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    Political parties within Zimbabwe-Rhodesia are preparing their campaign machinery in anticipation of an election struggle early next year (1980).

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    CU Rhodesian Front Chief Whip Mr John Landau, speaking in English

    CU (SILENT) Journalist Tendai Dombochena

    CU Tendai Dombochena speaking in English

    CU (SILENT) Radio reporter John Makamba

    CU John Makamba speaking in English

    SV INTERIOR (SILENT) Political Scientist Professor Ernest Rusike

    CU Professor Rusike speaking in English

    LANDAU: "After a very full discussion the Rhodesian Front Caucus unanimously lent its support to what has been agreed at Lancaster House and will facilitate its passage through Parliament. The Caucus underlined the need for the conference to be concluded as soon as possible with the consequent removal of sanctions and the end of the war, and adds its weight tot he government delegations's endeavour to achieve those objects."

    DOMBOCHENA: "A settlement can hold out but there are tremendous problems. In the first place the PF (Patriotic Front) leaders have to come back and actually implement the cease fire. Now there are going to be tremendous difficulties doing this because PF leaders themselves have to convince the guerrillas that the deal they agreed to in London gives them something and meets some of their aspirations."

    STOREY: "And what about the African people in this country. How are they going to react to having the PF leaders back inside?"

    DOMBOCHENA: "I think there is great excitement at the imminence of the return of Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe. They have substantial following in the country and will present a very strong challenge in the forthcoming elections."

    MAKAMBA: "Maybe a month or so. It is a big country and maybe you are talking to guys who have been in the bush for five or six years and you do not just jump onto the streets like that. You are suspicious, `is ti true?' Maybe you hear one of the commanders saying `yes it is true, come out.' I think it is going to take some time."

    RUSIKE: "No, I think conflicts in the Nationalist movement have been exaggerated in this country. I take the view that one the PF, that the ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union) and ZAPU (Zimbabwe African People's Union) move in, the smaller parties are going to be squeezed out of existence. I am thinking in particular of (ZAPU) Chickarema's party, the Sithole party, I mean those three parties are going to be squeezed out of existence, and here we are talking about three parties, that is ZANU and ZAPU and UANC (United African National Council). Those are the three parties that are going to contest the elections seriously, and there is no doubt in my mind that given the present mood in the rural areas and in the urban centres the chances are that there will be a government most likely by the PF."

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    Background: Political parties within Zimbabwe-Rhodesia are preparing their campaign machinery in anticipation of an election struggle early next year (1980). A date has not yet been set, however, while the parties in London, U.K. begin debating proposals for a cease-fire. The negotiations have brought broad agreement between the Salisbury administration and the Patriotic Front leaders on a political settlement including fresh elections. Black opinions within Zimbabwe-Rhodesia checked by reporter David Storey agreed a settlement could be made effective, and a Political Scientist believes the Patriotic Front could win the elections. Meanwhile, the Rhodesian Front Members of Parliament agreed to support the settlement reached in London.

    SYNOPSIS: Journalist Tendai Dombochena was asked whether an agreement made in London could be effective throughout Zimbabwe Rhodesia.

    Radio reporter John Makamba believes it would take time for a cease-fire to become effective.

    Political Scientist Professor Ernest Rusike commented about reported divisions in the National Front.

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