Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #487) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #487)
Transcript: Shower. Then discussions with Colonel Tadesse, who was also assistant Commissioner of Police in Ethiopia, crushed December '61 (?) coup. We used two shooting ranges one that of the bodyguard (not far from Addis), other for whole army where we went with the whole Battalion (50 miles away). Now learnt to see the country beautiful, forests, highlands eetc. Had fatigue marches. Country very backward ploughing with wooden ploughs with just a tip that is of iron. Hand sowing. Peasants like in South Africa hospitality give you amasi plus local beer. Strange rock formations sharp dangerous to animals (this in Erithrea far away didn't go there). Trained for two months out of a programme for 6 months when telegram from home that I should return immediately. Home arranged for return on a Sunday but I only reached Dar that Sunday. Nyerere gave us a private plane to Mbeya. Reached Botswana on Monday and came through that very night with Cecil. (I was armed modern pistol plus 200 rounds given as a present by the Batallion). Return Ethiopia Khartoum Dar (stayed with Commissioner of Police, met Oliver, also met first group of 32 chaps on the way for training in Ethiopia; also Nyerere who wished me good luck), with Oliver to Mbeya, with Fish from Mbeya to Kanye (N.B. Kirby no longer there) by car to Lobatsi with Joe Modise and Joe Matlou with Cecil home.
Re African image the African image had nothing to do with policy. Our policy remained as set out in the Freedom Charter and we never had any intention of either amending or altering that policy. We ( that is Oliver, myself, Xola, Robbie, Pilisco) abroad were merely concerned with the picture we were projecting abroad that we were not a genuine African political organisation taking up issues affecting Africans only, that we were lost in a nebulous organisation representing everybody.
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