INTRODUCTION: Rhodesian nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa, the only major black representative operating from within the country, ha called for a referendum among the races to elect a leader to whom the white minority Smith government should hand over power.
GVs, SVs & CUs Dancing, singing cheering crowds in Salisbury, Rhodesia, Rhodesia (6 shots)
SV Rhodesian nationalist leader Bishop Muzorewa addressing gathering (in English)
CU-INTERIOR Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith
CU (SAME SHOT) Smith speaking to reporter (in English)
SEQ. 2: MUZOREWA: '...Mr Smith categorically and unequivocally surrenders political power and authority to black majority immediately. Point number two -- that all persons at present in detention; under restriction; being held as political prisoners in the so called 'protective villages'; be released and allowed to participate freely in the nation referendum which we are calling for under the next point, and this includes all the people eighteen years of age, men and women, and above. Point number three -- that Her Majesty's Government in Britain, taking her decolonisation role urgently, and acting by herself or through the good offices of the United Nations, and or the Commonwealth, must do the following: Ensure that there is free political activity throughout the country; prepare the precedent...repeating the precedent set over the Pearce Commission -- organise and supervise a national referendum to elect a national leader to whom Mr Smith shall hand over power. Point number four -- that facilities are provided for all Zimbabweans, wherever they may be, and including nationalist guerrillas, to enable them to participate in the national referendum.'
SEQ. 4: SMITH: 'I think I have said previously we are sympathetic to an exercise which is going to produce the leader of black opinion in Rhodesia. I think it is important that we find this out, because there are about half a dozen of them squabbling amongst themselves as to who is representative of black Rhodesia opinion. It's quite clear, as far as my Government is concerned, we have a mandate to speak on behalf of white Rhodesians. I don't think anybody argues that one. So if we can get the other side clear, then I think it is possible that we should be able to make some progress.'
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Rhodesian nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa, the only major black representative operating from within the country, ha called for a referendum among the races to elect a leader to whom the white minority Smith government should hand over power. The Bishop, leader of the United African National Council, made his call at a rally in Salisbury, the Rhodesian capital, on Sunday (March 27). The major part of the proposals were immediately rejected by Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr Ian Smith, who did, however, find some of it acceptable.
SYNOPSIS: The Bishop, who claims to have the support of 90 per cent of Rhodesia's six million blacks, attracted an enthusiastic crowd of five thousand to make his announcement. Bishop Muzorewa, whose main opponents are all operating outside Rhodesia, listed his new proposals point by point.
Mr Smith, departing for South Africa, welcomed at least that part of the Bishop's proposals seeking a leader to represent black opinion.