Bishop Abel Muzorewa, one of the leaders of Rhodesia's transitional government, left Salisbury on Thursday (12 October) to join the Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr.
SV Bishop Abel Muzorewa leaves Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith's residence in Salisbury.
CU Bishop Muzorewa makes statement in English to newsmen.
SV Bishop Muzorewa answers questions.
MUZOREWA: "The executive council at its meeting today, the tenth of October, 1978, resolved all outstanding issues. These include urban residential areas, and conditions of tenure in tribal trust land, the decision on which effectively means the repeal of the Land Tenure Act. I repeat, the repeal of the Land Tenure Act. The other matters resolved are education and development."
REPORTER: "Bishop Muzorewa, are you now happy that racial discrimination has been completely removed?"
MUZOREWA: "You know I am so happy I could jump onto top of the, on the floor, I mean on the roof, but I am afraid I would hurt myself!"
REPORTER: "Are you satisfied this has taken it as far as you want it to go?"
MUZOREWA: "This is finished. All racial discrimination is finished."
REPORTER: "When will this legislation go to parliament?"
MUZOREWA: "Well, as soon as the Executive Council orders the parliament to act on it."
REPORTER: "Is this a unanimous decision of the Executive Council?"
MUZOREWA: "Absolutely unanimous decision."
Before leaving for the United States on Thursday (12 October) Bishop Muzorewa asked the Patriotic Front leaders Mr Robert Mugabe and Mr Joshua Nkomo return home, because all race discrimination in Rhode is to be abolished. He said the guerrilla leaders continue to fight a war that is already won.
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Background: Bishop Abel Muzorewa, one of the leaders of Rhodesia's transitional government, left Salisbury on Thursday (12 October) to join the Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith in the United States. Earlier in the day he told newsmen that he would use the recent end of racial discrimination as the main platform for his speeches during his tour of the United States. The Rhodesian Land Tenure act was to be changed, he announced giving blacks equal rights in hospitals, schools and residential areas.
SYNOPSIS: Bishop Muzorewa announced the repeal of the Land Tenure act after leaving Mr. Ian Smith's residence in Salisbury. Mr. Smith was in the United States seeking support for the internal agreement.