Rhodesian guerrilla leader, Joshua Nkomo, has predicted that the country's new coalition government will collapse by the end of this year.
GV EXTERIOR Martin Luther King Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta. (2 SHOTS)
SV Anti-Nkomo demonstrators with placards marching outside chapel.
SV President of College, Hugh Gloster, speaking in English and awarding honourary degree to Rhodesian Nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo.
SV Crowd listen as Nkomo receives cheque and crowd applauds. (3 SHOTS)
SV Nkomo speaking in English.
GLOSTER: "Upon the recommendation of the Faculty and by virtue of the authority vested in me as President by the Board of Trustees of Morehouse College, I hereby confer upon you the honourary degree of Doctor of Laws, with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities there unto appertaining."
ATLANTA MAYOR'S REPRESENTATIVE: "On behalf of Atlanta citizenry and others across the world, I present you now a four thousand cheque for the Patriotic Front."
NKOMO: "We did not pick up arms because we love fighting. We did so because we tried all means, but imperialism, fascism, takes no notice of reason. The only language they understand is the gun."
In Salisbury, Rhodesian military authorities announced on Monday (21 May) that 322 guerrillas and "collaborator" had been killed the week before. It is believed to be the highest seven day toll since the bush war started.
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Background: Rhodesian guerrilla leader, Joshua Nkomo, has predicted that the country's new coalition government will collapse by the end of this year. Mr. Nkomo was speaking at a college in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree. He told an enthusiastic audience that Rhodesia's Prime Minister-elect, Bishop Abel Nuzorewa, was an "Uncle Tom" -- or traitor to the black causes. Mr. Nkomo also referred to him in his speech as "our confused little Bishop". Local supporters of Mr. Nkomo's guerrilla movement also presented him with a cheque for four thousand dollars.
SYNOPSIS: The degree ceremony took place at the Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Chapel at Morehouse College. About a dozen whites staged a demonstration on the campus, calling Joshua Nkomo a terrorist for shooting down civilian airlines in Rhodesia. Morehouse College is a predominantly black institution.