Joshua Nkomo presented evidence Tuesday that one of his political candidates had been abducted by followers of Robert Mugabe, the rival guerrilla leader. He said he would urge postponement of independence elections, now set for Feb. 27.
Without accusing Mr. Mugabe directly, Mr. Nkomo presented at a news conference two men who said they had escaped after being abducted by Mr. Mugabe's guerrilla army. Francis Makomba, campaigning for Parliament, was abducted with them but failed to escape.
Mr. Nkomo demanded Mr. Makomba be found and said the British governor, Lord Soames, "has got to do something" to stop political intimidation in the country.