ZIMBABWE PEOPLE’S ARMY Interview with ZIPA Deputy Political Commissar Dzinashe Machingura by the Mozambican Information Agency, 22 September 1976 • The introduction by the Liberation Support Movement says that, for many years, black Africa played only a peripheral role in the designs of U.S. foreign policy. Concerned Americans complained about the absence of a coherent Africa policy, and African diplomats resented the lack of U.S. attention while Henry Kissinger shuttled in other parts of the world and showed little apparent interest in the continent. U.S. economic interests in Africa were limited and, politically, according to the Secretary of State's National Security Study Memorandum of 1969, capitalism had things well in hand. The interview mentions neocolonialism, the Soviets, colonial and white minority regimes, U.S.-backed forces in Angola, Rhodesia, Namibia, South West Africa, the Smith regime, the 1974 collapse of Portuguese colonialism, revolutionary regimes, apartheid, Joshua Nkomo, the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), liberation, guerrilla struggle, settler rule, Zimbabwe Africa National Liberation Army (ZANLA ), a joint military command, the Liberation Committee of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the frontline Heads of State, the Lusaka agreement, armed struggle, Muzorewa, ANC, mass organization, children, women, peasants, workers, liberated areas, political freedom, freedom fighters, the recent Rhodesian massacre at Nyazonia, racial discrimination, and mass participation.
Used by permission of former members of Liberation Support Movement.
Collection: Private collection of Candice Wright