The sacked partner of Zimbabwe's coalition government, Mr.
1. CU PULL BACK TO GV OF United Apostolic faith church. 0.08
2. GV Nkomo getting out of car, PAN OF him walking towards meeting. 0.24
3. GV EXTERIOR Crowd walking to church. 0.31
4. GV PAN INT People sitting inside church. 0.37
5. SV Nkomo addressing meeting. 1.43
6. SV Audience. 1.46
7. SV PAN Journalists taking notes. 1.52
8. CUs OF Nkomo and SVs OF journalists during a question, and answer session. (5 SHOTS) 2.54
TRANSCRIPT: NKOMO: (SEQ 5) "The future of our country is at stake. The future of our people is vital. And therefore I would like to remind you that in discussing the vital matters you will be discussing this afternoon, consider this seriously, that whatever you decide will determine the course of history of our young republic. It will determine the vital issue of peace and stability in Zimbabwe, and indeed peace and stability in the sub-continent of Africa."
JOURNALIST (SEQ 8) "Do you expect the coalition still to be in effect?"
NKOMO: "I don't think so, no."
JOURNALIST: "Did you ask the Prime Minister?"
NKOMO: "A coalition is a coalition when the leaders are in there. When no leaders it becomes a working, just a working arrangement."
JOURNALIST: "So you consider what we have now is a working arrangement?"
NKOMO: "It is a working arrangement."
JOURNALIST: "How do you now regard the situation as regards a one party state, do you think this, the events of the past few days have brought this closer?"
NKOMO: "I don't think so, no. You've got to take the elements in this country to account and, and the movement by one party to a one party state does not take the elements into account. And therefore you cannot have a one party state based on the decision of one party without the support of all the elements in this country."
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Background: BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE
The sacked partner of Zimbabwe's coalition government, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, announced on Sunday (28 February) that his party's remaining Cabinet ministers and two deputy ministers have been asked to stay in the government. Mr. Nkomo and three other ZAPU ministers were sacked from the Cabinet by the Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, last week. The 28-member coalition government is dominated by Mr. Mugabe's ZANU-PF. After seven hours of debate in a church hall in a suburb of Bulawayo, ZAPU's 150-member central committee announced its decision to maintain a token presence in the ruling coalition. Afterwards Mr. Nkomo told a press conference that the future of Zimbabwe and its people were at stake. He said it was important not to allow the young people to fight each other. He said humiliating Zimbabwe was one thing, killing Zimbabwe was another.
Source: REUTERS - CHRIS EVERSON