Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Joshua Nkomo, says his dismissal from the government of Robert Mugabe has brought Zimbabwe to the brink of civil war.
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TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCE NINE:
NKOMO: "The position really that I took today and which I take is that of correcting the misconceptions that have been told round the country so that the people make judgements for themselves. I have not said so-and-so has actually done this. The government says that I planned the coup and that I will be tried and sentenced to death. I have been accused, tried and convicted. The police say the contrary, you see."
CHILTON: "Do you think that you are going to be arrested and tried?"
NKOMO: "I have been arrested before. I have said to you what really startles me is that we fought against the old laws of this country, and these people have really forced them, have been given the motives, and this is why I say; Have we been quarrelling about the government's Law and Order Maintenance Act because it was being used by a white man now that the black man is using it to make every little bit much more abhorent than the white people, then we should keep credibility? This is what we are fighting against, this war of words, we are against this type of thing....If I was plotting a coup, I have sufficient arms, more arms even than a while ago....and...ah....that I could type of person, I am interested in doing something and win the hearts of people in order to be in government. That's how I look at it."
CHILTON: "Do you think you are going to get into government?"
NKOMO: "Of course, that is unless these people organise a coup against the state, and they succeed.. We will not allow them to succeed. If not, if it is a popularly elected government and we go to the people right throughout this country, and give the people what they want, we'll get there."
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Background: Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Joshua Nkomo, says his dismissal from the government of Robert Mugabe has brought Zimbabwe to the brink of civil war. Speaking to about 60,000 supporters at a rally in Bulawayo on Sunday (4 April), he said Mr. Mugabe's policies could bring about factional fighting and complete chaos. It was Mr. Nkomo's first public appearance since he was dismissed from Zimbabwe's cabinet in February. That followed the discovery of large quantities of arms on property connected with a member of his ZAPU party. Mr. Mugabe alleged they had been hidden there in preparation for a coup. In his address to the rally Mr. Nkomo said this allegation was part of an attempt Mr. Mugabe to divide the country. But he urged his followers not to be provoked by claim. Later, in an interview with Visnews' Geoff Chilton, Mr. Nkomo again denied that he was plotting a coup. He also said Mr. Mugabe's plan to create a one-party government amounted to a coup against the state.