NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 09, 1979
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(Studio) Britain and Zimbabwe Rhodesia noted agreeing on compromise plan for that nation's independence; resistance to plan by Patriotic Front representatives stated. Britain reported giving guerrilla leaders Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo 48 hrs. to accept plan. Zimbabwe Rhodesia's multiracial government reported beginning to draft blacks into army.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Zimbabwe Rhodesia) New draft program noted affecting blacks with jobs and education as potential replacements for white officers in guerrilla war. Position of Prime Min. Abel Muzorewa on situation outlined. Opposition by many draftees noted. [Training base commander Lieutenant Colonel Mark MATKOVICH - comments.] Refusal of some black students to enter army mentioned. [MAN - comments.] [Parliament mbr.'s DAUGHTER - comments.] Opposite assessment of program's success, from government and from student perspectives, outlined.
REPORTER: Tom Ackerman