In Zimbabwe Rhodesia and Britain, preparations are underway for the administration of Zimbabwe Rhodesia during the transitional period before fresh elections.
In Zimbabwe Rhodesia and Britain, preparations are underway for the administration of Zimbabwe Rhodesia during the transitional period before fresh elections. Following the attainment of a peace agreement last Friday (7 December), Lord Soames has been named as the new British Governor for the transitional period and British troops have begun preparations to travel to Zimbabwe Rhodesia to monitor the cease-fire.
SYNOPSIS: Government House in Salisbury is at present occupied by the President of Zimbabwe Rhodesia, Josiah Zion Gumede, but from this week (10 December) it will become the residence of the new British Governor, Lord Soames. The house was originally guilt in 1910 and used on several occasions for royal visits.
The arrival of Lord Soames will formally end the white-led rebellion begun fourteen years ago in the British colony. According to British officials, Lord Soames will arrive sometime this week, regardless of whether or nor final agreement on a cease-fire has been reached. Once agreement has been attained, Lord Soames will oversee the cease-fire and the transition period up to the swearing-in of the new government, which is expected to be in about four months' time.
In Britain the troops which will make up the cease-fire monitoring force are preparing to leave. The first to arrive will be about a hundred men from the Signals regiment whose first task will be to set up a communications link from Zimbabwe Rhodesia back to Britain.
Each Land-Rover is being equipped with a mine protection kit and white crosses are being painted on the vehicles to indicate they belong to non-combatant force. The army has been working day and night to get the vehicles ready in time and the force of about nine hundred men will be ready to fly out any time this week from (10 December).