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    Oscar Kambona, the former Tanzanian Minster for External Affairs, who is being tried in his absence in Tanzania, was interviewed in London on Tuesday (May 12).

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    GV Oscar Kambona enters hotel

    CU "Clive Hotel"

    INT. Kambona makes statement (SOF)

    GV Kambona with interviewer (SOF)

    CU Kambona Question asked (SOF)


    SEQ. 3: KAMBONA: "The brief reports in the British Press that a group of former leading members of the Tanganyika African National Union and former members of the Tanzanian Government, including myself, have been formally charged with conspiracy to overthrow the Government, reveal that President Julius Nyerere is preparing a show trial in Tanzania. Why? Is it because of the disturbing growth of opposition and popular dissatisfaction in Tanzania? There is reason to believe that widespread demand in many parts of the country for far-reaching constitutional changes to strengthen democratic processes in the One-Part State have reached such proportions that a deliberate attempt is being made to divide and inhibit the growing opposition.

    SEQ. 4: INTERVIEWER: "Generally speaking, President Nyerere is becoming stronger in other words, and there is no means within the present system of improving the situation or ridding the present dissatisfaction in the country?".

    SEQ. 5: KAMBONA: "My own felling is that what is happening now in the country is that President Nyerere is establishing a Government of personal power. I was hopping it would be possible for the authorities in Tanzania to be able to tolerate constructive criticism and therefore possible for me to make these criticisms within the country itself.

    INTERVIEWER: "And your own future now will be to criticise form the outside presumably?"

    KAMBONA: "Well, I hope that I will go back because I believe that Tanzania belongs to all of us. The total development of that country must take place with all of us and must take our country to a position which is far better than it is at the present. So my own hope is that is will be possible to have an effective opposition, effective criticism, within the country."

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    Background: Oscar Kambona, the former Tanzanian Minster for External Affairs, who is being tried in his absence in Tanzania, was interviewed in London on Tuesday (May 12). Mr. Kambona is charged with plotting to overthrow the Government.

    Eight people, including Mr. Kambona, have been committed for trial in Tanzania on a charge of treason. It is alleged that they plotted between July 1968 and September 1969, to overthrow the Government of Dr. Julius K. Nyerere. It is Tanzania's first treason trial and the charge carries the maximum penalty of death. Mr. Kambona has lived, in voluntary exile, in London since he resigned from President Nyerere's Cabinet in 1967.

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