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    Rhodesian nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo, was in Kenya on Monday (18 October) for talks on the forthcoming Geneva conference on Rhodesia's future.

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    SV EXTERIOR OF: Afaia house building in Nairobi.

    CU SIGN ON: door 'Hon J.C.N. Osogo Minister for Health'.

    CU PAN OF: Joshua Nkomo being greeted by Mr. Osogo.

    SV: Mr. Nkomo and Mr. Osogo take seats

    CU: Newsman

    SV: Nkomo seated ZOOM OUT TO Osogo.

    CU: photograph of Jomo Kenyatta, President of Kenya.

    CU: Nkomo being interviewed.

    "I though that I made it plain. Sithole is a member of ZANU. We have come into this alliance with ZANU. But before doing so we wanted to discover who the political leaders of ZANU were, after the problem they have had over the assassination of Herbert Chitepo and after the expelling of the Reverend Sithole. I was given a list of the people acceptable to the ZANU section of ZIPA, the ZANU section of ZIPA. Because ZIPA is ZIPA only, with ZANU and former ZAPU together. So the ZANU section of ZIPA gave me a list of who they recognised as their leaders. And among that list, in that list the name of the Reverend Sithole was not there. The prominent name in that list was that of Mr. Mugabe. And I got this list from one of the heads-of-state."

    The position over nationalist groups in Rhodesia has become confused in recent years with the creation of new groupings and the dissolution of others. Two of the main groups when Unilateral declaration of Independence (UDI) was made in November 1965 were the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU) led by Joshua Nkomo and the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) led by Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole. Both men agreed in December 1974 to unite within another organisation, the African national Council (ANC) under the leadership of the Reverend Abel Muzorewa. However, dissentions led to the formation of an external wing of the ANC with Muzorewa and Sithole and an internal led by Nkomo. That split still exists between the two groups. A further complication was added in March 1975 with the murder of Herbert Chitepo, who was then leading ZANU. Since that time, the leadership of ZANU has been contested by Reverend sithole and Mr. Robert Mugabe. In January 1976, the Zimbabwe Peoples Army (ZIPA) was created to fight a guerrilla war in Rhodesia. Mr. Mugabe is not a member of ZIPA but has been taken by the group as its main spokesman.

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    Background: Rhodesian nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo, was in Kenya on Monday (18 October) for talks on the forthcoming Geneva conference on Rhodesia's future. Mr. Nkomo was accompanied by part of his delegation for the constitutional talks.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Nkomo went to the office of James Osogo, the Kenyan Minister for Health. Mr. Osogo is also Kenya's acting Foreign Minister. Mr. Nkomo briefed Mr. Osogo on the latest developments in Rhodesia. During his stay in Kenya, Mr. Nkomo commented on reports in the British press that one of his colleagues, Robert Mugabe, was plotting an armed take-over of Rhodesia. The press report was based on an alleged secret tape-recording made at a meeting in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. Mr. Knomo brushed aside the reports and said there was no proof that the voice on the recording was Mr. Mugabe's. The nationalist leader was also asked about the invitation to the Geneva conference of Mr. Mugabe's main political rival. The Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole.

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