Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo Explain Why They Walked Out on The Constitutional Talks (1979)

The Rhodesian Bush War was coming to an end and Zimbabwe was on the verge of getting its independence. The war was won and the time for a final settlement was at hand. The UK could no longer support the Ian Smith regime that was attempting to impose white minority rule in Zimbabwe and the rest of the South African region. Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo explain why the Patriotic Front walked out the constitutional  talks. The UK had the talks with the Rhodesian government and the Salisbury delegation without the Patriotic Front. Britain was presenting itself as a mediator, but it was clear they favored white minority rule. Zimbabwe would get its freedom in 1980, but obligations of the Lancaster House agreement were not fulfilled. Land distribution was a part of the agreement and when this did not happen, Zimbabwe acted. The land seizures in the 2000s  were a response to the white Rhodesian theft in the 1960s. Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo did have a long history of political disagreement,but in certain situations they acted in solidarity with one another. During the 1980s political factionalism in Zimbabwe almost plunged the country into civil war. Both leaders were able to reconcile and Nkomo served as vice president from 1987 to 1999. The two rival political parties ZANU  and ZAPU  would merge forming ZANU-PF.

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