Maputo Conference on Zimbabwe and Namibia

by Peter Molotsi, David Sogge, American Friends Service Committee
with Martha Honey, Tony Avirgan
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
June 10, 1977
Publisher: American Friends Service Committee
29 pages
Memorandum To Those Concerned about Southern Africa. The memorandum says little noticed in the Western media, the United Nations Conference in Support of the Peoples of Zimbabwe and Namibia, held in Maputo, Mozambique from May 16 to 21, 1977, may have marked a turning-point in the history of southern Africa; attended by representatives of 93 nations plus nationalist leaders of Zimbabwe and Namibia, the event underscored the now formidable world support for liberation in southern Africa; we of the AFSC Southern Africa Program are pleased to share with you some exclusive reports on the Conference, and the words of leading figures in it; Martha Honey, a former AFSC staff person, now a journalist resident in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, went to Maputo on our behalf. The memorandum discusses building a socialist state after independence, Tanzanian Ambassador Salim Salim, Article 41 of the UN Charter, tele-communications sanctions, Rhodesia, mercenary recruitment, multinational corporations, the five western Security Council members, the Patriotic Front, John Vorster, political prisoners, elections, Ian Smith, Joseph Musika, the Zimbabwe Development Fund, Henry Kissinger, British Ambassador to the UN James Murray, Chris Root of the Washington Office on Africa, the Carter administration, the non-violent tactics of the American Civil Rights Movement, Frelimo, Nigerian Ambassador to the UN Leslie Harriman, NATO, Jimmy Carter, U.S. policy, civil disobedience, armed struggle, Soweto, oil companies, the Geneva Conference, the Anglo-American initiative, Zimbabwe refugees, massacres of missionaries and other civilians, training Mirage pilots, UN sanctions, arms, the Byrd Amendment, Dr. Owen, Sithole, ZAPU, ZIPA, Bishop Lamont, civil war, Dr. Mutiti, Joshua Nkomo, Tongongara, elections, a constitutional conference, the Front Line States, the OAU (Organization of African Unity), independence, Kenneth Kaunda, the International Court of Justice, the UN Council on Namibia, the Turnhalle tribal talks, the defeat of Portuguese colonialism, the Committee of 24, and 1514 (XV). The memorandum includes Report on U.N. Conference in Support of the People of Zimbabwe and Namibia Maputo, 16 - 20 May 1977, WASHINGTON STAR ARTICLE, ANDREW YOUNGIIS ADDRESS TO UN CONFERENCE: (excerpts), ROBERT MUGABE PRESS CONFERENCE (Following Address by Andrew Young to Conference), ROBERT MUGABE 'S SPEECH TO UN CONFERENCE, Interview with Robert Mugabe, Patriotic Front and ZANU: 14/5/77, INTERVIEW WITH BISHOP ABEL MUZOREWA IN DAR ES SALAAM<.em>, Sam Nujoma Press Conference: 17/5/77, Interview with Hidipo Hamutenya, member of SWAPO Central Committee based in Lusaka, 20/5/77, and Speech by the President of the People's Republic of Mozambique at the Formal opening of the International Conference in Support of the Peoples of Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Used by permission of American Friends Service Committee.
Collection: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections