In Zimbabwe, the government as withdrawn the passport of former Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith indefinitely because he campaigned abroad against Zimbabwe.
SV ZOOM TO SCU Former Prime Minister of Rhodesia, Ian Smith, speaking (SOT)
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INTERVIEWER: "Mr. Smith, could you tell us what your reaction is to your passport being confiscated?"
SMITH: "Well, I was a little flummoxed over this affair when it happened, because I asked the reason for the confiscation, and was told no reason was given. I would like to know what I've done. If I've done something wrong, then sure, I must face the consequences. But I can't think of anything wrong that I have done. I always have the best interests of my country at heart, and no reason has been given. So I am in a bit of a quandary, a bit taken aback at the whole thing."
INTERVIEWER: "Will it change your attitude to your country and living here in any way?"
SMITH: "No, I don't think so. I repeat to you what I have said before: this is my country, I was born here and five generations of my family have been through this country. I am not by character the sort of person who runs away from problems. I think we have got to face the future. We've got to be positive in our thinking and try to make life here worthwhile."
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Background: In Zimbabwe, the government as withdrawn the passport of former Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith indefinitely because he campaigned abroad against Zimbabwe. The national news agency Ziana quoted Home Affairs Minister Sydney Sekeramayi as saying that there was no country on earth that issued passports to its citizens to enable them to go out and campaign against their own country. The white Opposition leader's passport was seized on December 2. Mr. Smith told newsmen he had been given no reason for the action, and that he had done nothing wrong to warrant it. He said he had always had the best interests of his country at heart, and even this latest move against him would not change his attitude towards his homeland. Mr. Smith recently returned from a visit to the United States where he was reported to have complained that Zimbabwe was becoming a one-party Marxist dictatorship where the economy, education and health services were collapsing. On his way home, he met British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and afterwards she expressed concern about human rights in Zimbabwe, where some 20 whites have been detained on accusations of subversive activities. Political sources said that in withdrawing the passport, the government was reacting to a storm of complaints in the Zimbabwean media about Mr. Smith's remarks. Newspapers accused him of treason, and the State-owned radio and television demanded that he be jailed.