Rhodesia's transitional Executive Council has appointed a new Foreign Minister. He is Dr. Elliott Gabellah,?
MV EXT Black and White Rhodesia Interim Government members
GV Government members walk down steps
CU & MV Black Rhodesian government leaders talking on steps (2 shots)
MVs Rhodesian Foreign Minister Dr. Elliott Gabellah makes statement (2 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO MV Machine gun on police truck
CU Black Rhodesian man speaking
UTLEY: "Although the Whites still run the government apparatus, the Blacks will start to effect government policy. Today after being sworn in, the new Foreign Minister, Dr. Elliott Gabellah, talked about American opposition to the internal settlement."
GABELLAH: "I think if for them now. If they want one-man one-vote majority rule based on that. Exactly that is what we are doing. If that is what they want, now we are on the road to doing it up to 31 December. Why don't they let us alone to carry on and help us to make a reality."
Later some local Blacks gave their views on the new Black leadership.
BLACK RHODESIAN: "People I think must accept the deal as a whole, but should I say 90 per cent of the deal. And the main question remains how to stop the war."
BLACK RHODESIAN: "(indistinct) I am not very sure about what is going to happen and I very much doubt it, because the agreement is such that it has not been done by you know majority rule ..... although it is (indistinct) but I doubt it."
REPORTER: "Are you a Nkomo supporter?"
BLACK RHODESIAN: "I am no supporter of anybody not at all, I am just an ordinary, you know (indistinct)."
BLACK RHODESIAN: "I vote for majority."
REPORTER: "Why does Sithole appeal to you?"
BLACK RHODESIAN: "He has been my leader since I was born, and by now I still reckon as my father."
REPORTER: "Do you think he can stop the war?"
BLACK RHODESIAN: "As far as I am concerned he can, yes."
BLACK RHODESIAN: "The feeling is if Nkomo is around probably there would be peace. The feeling in the absence of Nkomo is still such there is a need for Nkomo's presence."
BLACK RHODESIAN: "The main person who was supported in this whole area (indistinct) was Joshua Nkomo."
BLACK RHODESIAN: "Cos I am one of those fellows, I am not happy with discrimination. I am doing a wonderful job here for no good pay. I want a nice (indistinct) somewhere and I can't get it because I am black."
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Background: Rhodesia's transitional Executive Council has appointed a new Foreign Minister. He is Dr. Elliott Gabellah, who is widely regarded as Ndabaningi Sithole's right-hand man. Dr. Gabellah was sworn in as co-minister with Pieter van der Byl last weekend and afterwards criticised international opposition to the internal settlement. Meanwhile public opinion among Rhodesia's black population remains divided as to whether the new multi-racial government will end the guerrilla war.