Britain's rebel colony, Zimbabwe Rhodesia, will return to legality soon, with the arrival of the newly appointed Governor, Lord Soames.
LV & CU EXTERIOR ZAPU Education Secretary Mr. Cephas Msipa's home and bulled hole in bedroom window (2 shots)
CU & SV Mr. Msipa replying in English to questions from Reuters reporters, Peter Gregson (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: GREGSON: "How serious is the security situation in Salisbury for you?"
MSIPA: "I think it is very serious indeed, and I'm surprised that the British Government doesn't realise how serious it is -- particularly when you realise that almost every white person in this country is armed. He has some firearms of one kind or another. It is very serious."
GREGSON: "How are you protecting yourself? Do you have bodyguards? Have you acquired guns?"
MSIPA: "So far, I have no bodyguards. I have no guns at all. I don't think here they would give me guns. But I'm going to try to apply for one although the chances are that they won't allow me to have any guns."
GREGSON: "Mr. Nkomo is deeply resented by many whites here because your group ZAPU has claimed responsibility for shooting down two Viscount airliners in which more than a hundred people died. How serious a threat of assassination does he face if he comes back to contest an election?"
MSIPA: "Well I know there is a large body of people who resent Mr. Nkomo because of what happened and they are talking of assassinating him but I want to believe that it's just mad talk. When the time comes they will have to think again. I believe that at some stage they realise that we've been through a war and like any people who have been going through a war, we have got to forget the past and think of the future."
REPORTER: PETER GREGSON
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Background: Britain's rebel colony, Zimbabwe Rhodesia, will return to legality soon, with the arrival of the newly appointed Governor, Lord Soames. His arrival in Salisbury will bring to an end fourteen years of rebellion against Britain by Zimbabwe Rhodesia's white minority. As Britain and Commonwealth countries prepare to send troops to monitor the pre-election period, a Patriotic Front official in Salisbury has survived a bizarre attempt on his life. The official, Mr. Cephas Msipa, is a member of ZAPU -- the guerrilla group belonging to Mr. Joshua Nkomo which claimed responsibility for shooting down two Air Rhodesia Viscount planes.
SYNOPSIS: One evening, earlier this week (3 December) a shot was fired through Mr. Msipa's bedroom window, narrowly missing his wife. Later an anonymous caller phoned him and asked whether he remembered the Viscount.