Bishop Abel Muzorewa, leader of Rhodesia's African National Council (ANC) on Wednesday (19 March) made an impassioned appeal on Zambian television and radio for unity among Southern Africa's nationalist movements following the assassination of the nationalists leader, Mr.
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Background: Bishop Abel Muzorewa, leader of Rhodesia's African National Council (ANC) on Wednesday (19 March) made an impassioned appeal on Zambian television and radio for unity among Southern Africa's nationalist movements following the assassination of the nationalists leader, Mr. Herbert Chitepo.
Mr. Chitepo, who was national Chairman of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), died on Tuesday (18 March) when his car was blown up outside his Lusakan home, apparently by a landmine.
Although there was immediate suspicion that the assassination was the work of Rhodesian agents, the conviction is growing the rivals within his own ZANU movement were responsible.
In his broadcast, Bishop Muzorewa said it was lack of unity which had robed Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) of black majority rule for the past 11 years.
He went on: "The blood (of "the freedom fighters") is being shed for Zimbabwe's liberation. Their precious lives should not be diverted from the noble purpose (of liberation) to a civil war among blacks themselves."
Let us throw away our bitterness, resentment and dissentions....I appeal to you in the name of Great Zimbabwe to stop any acts of enmity and disunity," he added.
Bishop Muzorewa had arrived in Lusaka on Monday (17 March) from Salisbury for talks with the Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda and with locally-based nationalist leaders, including Mr. Chitepo.