In Rhodesia, Bishop Abel Muzorewa's Black Nationalists have offered the Rhodesian Transitional government a last chance to go back on its decision to dismiss Justice Minister, Mr Byron Hove.
In Rhodesia, Bishop Abel Muzorewa's Black Nationalists have offered the Rhodesian Transitional government a last chance to go back on its decision to dismiss Justice Minister, Mr Byron Hove. A meeting of the national executive of the Bishop's United African National Council on Sunday (7 May) said new evidence about the dismissal had emerged from a report by an all-party committee of investigation set up by the government. The executive council, the upper tier of the multi-racial government, would be allowed to consider this report before the Bishop's party decided its final position.
SYNOPSIS: Bishop Muzorewa arrived at his party's headquarters in Salisbury to be met by a choir. The Bishop said he was absent from the meeting of the government's executive council which voted to dismiss Mr Hove. Bishop Muzorewa sits on the council with Prime Minister, Mr Ian Smith, and black leaders, the Reverend Ndabanigi Sithole and Chief Jeremiah Chirau. Under the settlement agreement of March the 3rd, all decisions reached by the council must be unanimous and each of the four members has the power of veto.
Inside the United African National Council's headquarters, the party executive accused Bishop Muzorewa's colleagues on the executive council of "ganging up" against him.
The executive was highly troubled that it had not learned who had actually firec Mr Hove. The party said it was perturbed by evidence indicating that civil servants played a direct political role in precipitating the crisis. The party urged the Transitional Government to speedily put its house in order". Later, a senior member of the party, Mr Ernest Bulle, spoke to newsmen.