Joshua Nkomo’s freedom of movement and association in Southern Rhodesia is restricted

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Thursday, 16 April 1964

Joshua Nkomo, Ndebele nationalist leader, is served with a restriction order that affects his freedom of movement and association in Southern Rhodesia. This came after Nkomo failed to persuade the Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere, to support his plans for a government-in-exile. He returned to Salisbury where he was placed in detention, along with other fellow leaders of the nationalist struggle.

Nkomo, who supported the African National Congress (ANC) when he was in South Africa inthe 1940's, came to the attention of colonial authorities as one of the rising stars of Rhodesia's African nationalist movements. Subsequently, British colonial authorities attempted to co-opt him and the movement into their plans for a federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The federation became a reality in 1953-1963.

• Boddy-Evans A. (2011), ‘This Day in African History: 16 April’, from African History, 16 April, [online], Available at [Accessed: 07 March 2012]
• The Independent, (1999), ‘Obituary: Joshua Nkomo’, from The Independent, 02 July [online], Available at [Accessed: 07 March 2012]

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This article was produced by South African History Online on 11-Apr-2012

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