In Zambia, the exiled Rhodesian Patriotic Front co-leader, Joshua Nkomo, has condemned the Rhodesian forces that carried out a raid at Mboroma in Zambia.
SV ZOOM INTO CU Rhodesian Patriotic Front co-leader Joshua Nkomo speaking to newsmen in English.
NKOMO: "The murder of our comrades by the regime's soldiers underscores the fundamental difference between our conduct in the war and that of the regime. We treat the captured enemy agents in accordance with internationally accepted norms in armed conflict. We look after them. We feed and re-educate them at great expense to ourselves. We treat them well in spite of the fact that some of them have committed dastardly murders of our people in Zimbabwe. This belies Smith's claim that we kill people at home. You know that in their reports, they always say so many collaborators, so many lies, so many cattle-rustlers have been killed and then they ask how many were killed by what they call cold terrorism, meaning us. If we can keep these people the way we have kept them, how on earth can we be accused of killing our own people within the country? And yet this regime has told them.
And yet Smith regime on its part has carried out massacres of our people on various pretexts - that they are harbouring freedom fighters; that they are collaborators, that they are cattle rustlers, that they were running, with the so-called terrorists and for many other flimsy reasons.
In addition, the regime has taken to its sham courts our party organisers and executed them for no crime other than encouraging people to fight for their human rights. Our security-guards brought down at Mboroma two planes of the regime. The regime's raids in Zambia are red herrings across the trail designed to divert attention of whites in Zimbabwe and the international community from the devastating effects of the war in the country itself."
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Background: In Zambia, the exiled Rhodesian Patriotic Front co-leader, Joshua Nkomo, has condemned the Rhodesian forces that carried out a raid at Mboroma in Zambia. He called Mboroma "a re-education centre for captured members of the Rhodesian forces." He said thirty-two people were released during the raid and four of his own people killed. He claimed two Rhodesian aircraft were shot down. Mr. Nkomo said captured members of the Rhodesian forces are kept in humane conditions according to international law. He condemned the tactics used in the raid, and warned Prime Minister Ian Smith that the war they were fighting is in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) not Zambia.