Tanzania's Foreign Minister, Mr. John Majecela, has reiterated his Government's support for Zambia following Rhodesia's?
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IN: "Since You left there have been..."
OUT: "... will receive the same treatment."
REPORTER: "Since you left there have been a lot of things going on in south Africa, or between the border of southern African states and independent states of Africa. What are your comments on, for example, the closure of the border between Rhodesia and Zambia?"
MAJECELA: "Well, my only comment is that really the closure of the border between Zambia and Rhodesia is not only aimed at Zambia. It is aimed at the whole of Africa, because it is we in Africa who have encouraged the liberation movements and therefore, as the war of liberation will intensify, we have to expect these southern African racist regimes to react. And my view is one of the ways to intimidate us as they are now doing in Zambia. And therefore the intimidation is not only against Zambia but it is really the whole of Africa, to test our determination whether we are still determined to wage the armed struggle or not."
REPORTER: "Now, there has been an incident of border shooting in Lake Malawi. Would you say this is part of a strategy to intimidate African nations?"
MAJECELA: "Well, definitely it is. Because I believe that those gunboats must have come from Mocambique - after all, our relations with Malawi of late have been very good and therefore I see no reason why Malawi should send gunboats to Tanzania. Therefore they must have been Portuguese gunboats."
REPORTER: "Are you prepared for any eventuality in Tanzania?"
MAJECELA: "Well, I can assure you one thing is sure - we have trained our people to defend their borders, and I have absolutely no doubt that whoever will repeat the same thing most likely he will receive the same treatment."
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Background: Tanzania's Foreign Minister, Mr. John Majecela, has reiterated his Government's support for Zambia following Rhodesia's closure of their common border - and has claimed that the Rhodesians' move was aimed at 'the whole of Africa'
In an exclusive interview with VISNEWS at Nairobi Airport in Kenya on Saturday (January 20), where he was in transit on his way home from Ghana, Mr. Majecels said Rhodesia was testing Africa's determination to maintain an armed struggle against the southern African governments.
Referring to an incident on Lake Malawi earlier in the week, when a Tanzanian shore battery opened fire on a gunboat which had come from the direction of Malawi, he said the vessel must have come from Mocambique. His country's relations with Malawi had been good lately, he said, and there was no reason why Malawi should send a gunboat into Tanzanian waters.
The vessel, which was reported hit but escaped in the direction of Malawi, was seen to be manned by a mixed crew of black and white men. Lake Malawi is bordered by the Portuguese colony of Mocambique, with which Tanzania does not have relations.
SYNOPSIS: Tanzania's Foreign Minister, Mr. John Majecela, spoke about the Rhodesian-Zambian border issue at Nairobi Airport in Kenya on Saturday, while passing through on his way home from Ghana.