Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #481) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #481)
Transcript: recuperating. He helped me to change hotels from the Ambassador. I saw Bardeb alone on Monday just to pay respects, told him that I would only be able to start discussions on the arrival of Oliver Tambo. A few days later Oliver and Robbie arrived. Our assesment of the situation in Ghana led to a debate between the 3 of us: Oliver wanted me to draw up a comprehensive and serious memorandum because Barden would block our way to Kwame; that the memo should be such as to oblige him to pass it on to the President. I opposed the idea because I argued that we knew Barden he would simply give the memorandum to the PAC. In the end the view put forward by Oliver and Robbie prevailed.
We were in Ghana early in May. On the 28th May a conference of freedom fighters was due in Ghana. The Bureau headed by Barden, said that we should wait until then and that we could then see Kwame. But I could not wait until then. Barden however, could not be moved. The secretary of the Bureau, a certain Mr. Sam (?), quiet friendly, and a proper diplomat struck us as favourable towards us but he was the secretary and subject to Barden. We then saw Michael Dayaneng, the Minister Plenipotentiary and the gateway to Kwame, jointly with Adamafio, Minister of Presidential Affairs. Both said that we should wait until the 28th May. The impression I had got from the ambassadors was not confirmed by these experiences. They were well disposed, happy to see me but with regards to the possibilities of seeing Kwame, they remained adamant. We then saw Ako Ajei, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who let the cat out and for a minister he was astonishing in his approach. He was referring to Molotsi's speech at PAFMECSA. (Note that the reports of my speech at that conference were cut in the "Voice"). He gave us a lecture to this effect and
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