With just ten days to go before the London conference on Zimbabwe Rhodesia on September the 10th, the Salisbury Government was seeking a new image, symbolically cutting its ties with its colonial past with a new flag and a new name.
With just ten days to go before the London conference on Zimbabwe Rhodesia on September the 10th, the Salisbury Government was seeking a new image, symbolically cutting its ties with its colonial past with a new flag and a new name. The country is to be called plain Zimbabwe -- the African nationalist name for the territory. So that for the first time since 1890 all reference to Cecil Rhodes, the British colonial settler, is to be eradicated from the country's name.
SYNOPSIS: Work is under way to produce the new flag for Zimbabwe to replace the symbol of white minority government. The new design has a black vertical stripe to symbolise black rule and three horizontal stripes: a red one to represent the blood shed in the struggle to attain black rule, a green one to show the importance of agriculture, and a white one for the minority white community. In the black stripe is the image in gold of the Zimbabwe bird.
As part of attempts to bring about a new Zimbabwe, Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa has launched a campaign to try and convince guerrillas fighting inside the country to lay down their arms and join an amnesty.
So far though, the campaign has had little effect and few guerrillas have come forward to take advantage of a fund set up to help them settle into civilian life.
But undaunted, Bishop Muzorewa continued his campaign on Wednesday (29 August) when he flew to address inhabitants of the Urungwe tribal trust land. The Bishop had been hoping to have proof that many guerrillas supported his new government so as to strengthen his hand in the London talks with the Patriotic Front's Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo, who both condemn his compromise with the whites. Bishop Muzorewa was asked in Urungwe about the coming talks.
One of the key issues facing the participants in the London conference is the validity of the Muzorewa Government. While Mr Nkomo and Mr. Mugabe have agreed to negotiate with Mr Muzorewa under British auspices, they both contend he is a puppet and that whites remain in control of the Government.