The main nationalist movement in Namibia, the South West Africa Peoples' Organisation (SWAPO), is appealing for increased arms supplies and training following Sough Africa's decision to hold unilateral elections in the territory.
EXTERIOR MV SWAPO vice-president Misheke Muyongo interviewed by reporter Abbey Maine in Lusaka, Zambia.
MAINE: "Mr. Muyongo, now that (South African Prime Minister John) Vorster has resigned, and has declared UDI over Namibia, what action are you going to take?"
MUYONGO: "Oh, I think things are clearer now. I think I must say that I'm...that people are saying there's a hope for peaceful solution. People were saying Vorster is a man who will respect his words; that he will not go back on it. Now the fact that he has gone back on his words and declared UDI gives us chance to intensify the war for liberation. (UNCLEAR) We still don't know, I must say, but I think at the moment we are going to pick it up, and Vorster and his henchmen will boar the responsibility."
MAINE: "Do you think perhaps that Vorster climbed down to allow for a more progressive man, is it possible?"
MUYONGO: "Well, I think Vorster, i must say, he suffered from political cancer. I think some of his colleagues were not happy with the way he was handling Namibia. I think of people like Pieter Botha, the Defence fellow, would have liked not to talk to anybody about Namibia; would have liked just to see a war going on, anybody wanting to get Namibia...(INDISTINCT). And that's exactly what we are entering now. I don't think anyone who would take over from Vorster is moderate at all. He may be even more fascist than Vorster himself."
MAINE: "Yes, you say you see war coming. How long is it going to take?"
MUYONGO: "Well, war for liberation can never be given a time scale. What is important is the Namibian people have now been told that it's only through their blood that they will achieve independence. It took years in Vietnam, but eventually the Americans were defeated. I remember watching one of their movies, the American ambassador leaving Saigon with the American flag under his armpit. It's possible the South Africans might do the same thing in Namibia. The question here what is important is the will of the Namibian people to fight....(UNCLEAR) until they achieve independence."
MAINE: "Are you likely to call into the war some of your friends, your very best friends?"
MUYONGO: "Well, we certainly will talk to our friends, explain to them the current situation, what is happening, and all we ask from our friends is to give us the hardware, the material in order to effectively conclude our war."
MAINE: "Do you mean you won't get anybody else, from outside, involved in the extra fighting?"
MUYONGO: "I think at the moment we have - the Namibian people are ready to liberate themselves."
MAINE: "Thank you very much."
MUYONGO: "Thank you."
REPORTER: ABBEY MAINE
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Background: The main nationalist movement in Namibia, the South West Africa Peoples' Organisation (SWAPO), is appealing for increased arms supplies and training following Sough Africa's decision to hold unilateral elections in the territory. At a press conference on Friday (September 22) the Zambian capital of Lusaka, SWAPO vice-president Misheke Muyongo gave an ultimatum to the five Western powers which have been trying to negotiate a settlement in Namibia. Unless the five could offer something positive, he said, it would be difficult for SWAPO to go along with further Western peace moves. Mr. Muyongo said SWAPO considered the eighteen-month duration of the Western iniative long enough. He appealed to socialist states to increase their supplies of arms and training to SWAPO to help the Namibian people fight what he called their "war of liberation." Visnews' reporter Abbey Maine asked Mr. Muyongo what SWAPO's plans now were....