In Rhodesia, the Black nationalist leader, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, said in Salisbury on Saturday (29 April) that he and other members of his United African National Council (UANC) had retirement from the new multi-racial administration on their minds.
In Rhodesia, the Black nationalist leader, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, said in Salisbury on Saturday (29 April) that he and other members of his United African National Council (UANC) had retirement from the new multi-racial administration on their minds. The crises came about when Mr Byron Hove, a UANC member, was sacked; he had shared the portfolio of Justice and Law and Order. Mr Hove had allegedly refused to with draw strong statements he had made that Rhodesia's judiciary and police should be reconstructed. After an emergency meeting on sunday (30 April) Bishop Muzorewa said his party would demand Mr Hove's re-instatement, but UANC was still reviewing a decision whether to remain in the interim government.
SYNOPSIS: On Saturday, an estimated 250 members of UANC demonstrated outside their party building in Salisbury, some with placards declaring slogans such as 'Without Hove, UANC Pull-out' and 'UANC Can't Tolerate Hove Expulsion'. Police closely watched the demonstration, but there were no reports of scuffles or violence.
Mr Hove had shared the portfolio with White minister Hilary Squires for just two weeks. His comments, made soon after he took office, triggered heavy criticism from the White population, and he was dismissed last Friday (28 April). After four hours of marching, chanting and singing, the demonstrators went home.
The same day, Bishop Muzorewa was interviewed at a wedding in Salisbury. An official statement had said the four-man governing council of the interim government had acted together on Mr Hove's dismissal. But Bishop Muzorewa insisted he had no hand in the Executive Council's decision to remove the minister.