In London, the Black Rhodesian nationalist leader, Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, has opened a new campaign to win foreign acceptance of the internal independence agreement reached with the White Rhodesian Government of prime Minister, Mr.
CU Black nationalist leader, Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole speaking
SITHOLE: "Those of us actually involved in the exercise are sure to the very core of our beings that things are moving in the right direction. We see guerrillas from the bush, we discuss with them and they are equally excited that they are going to see independence on the 31st of December this year. The ordinary people in the villages, in the towns are looking forward to this thing. One has to be in the situation to feel the new vitality, the energy, the hope, the bright prospects that are coming for the people of our country."
REPORTER: JOHN SIMPSON: "But the fact is Minister that all the fuss is about Mr. Byron Hove who says he doesn't think Mr. Smith is serious about the date of independence on December 31st.
SITHOLE: "I don't think that Mr. Hove's remarks are serious."
SIMPSON: "You think that Mr. Smith will hand over power to given majority rule?"
SITHOLE: "He's bound to. I can't see him failing to do that, otherwise there'll be tragic consequences for the country. I can't see him failing to do that. He has agreed, we have agreed, we have signed an agreement, the guerrillas are happy out it, the Rhodesian security forces are happy about it, all of us who like a settlement and woe unto that leader who will not honour the agreement, I can assure you in that way."
REPORTER: JOHN SIMPSON
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Background: In London, the Black Rhodesian nationalist leader, Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, has opened a new campaign to win foreign acceptance of the internal independence agreement reached with the White Rhodesian Government of prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith. Reverend Sithole introduced, to a news conference, his just-published book "In defence of the Constitutional Agreement" and said copies of it would be distributed to members of the British Parliament, the United Nations and United States Congress. He said the 10-week-old agreement was here to stay.