In Rhodesia the leader of the United African Council and one of the four co-leaders of the transitional government, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, has been visiting one of the country's "hottest" areas.
In Rhodesia the leader of the United African Council and one of the four co-leaders of the transitional government, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, has been visiting one of the country's "hottest" areas. On Saturday (6 May) the Bishop drove to Mtoko and addressed two impromptu rallies.
SYNOPSIS: These days, Mtoko, scene of the shooting of the British freelance journalist, Lord Richard Cecil, just three weeks ago, is considered a danger zone in Rhodesia. People go about their business only with sophisticated weapons handy and some drive jeeps specially adapted to withstand blasts from mine fields.
Bishop Muzorewa had come to Mtoko to make contact with what was termed "the boys in the bush" through the local people. But when European farmers in the war torn area heard of his visit they called for a meeting and asked the Bishop to speak.
From the meeting with the European farmers Bishop Muzorewa, and his usual team of eight bodyguards went to the Mtoko showgrounds where a crowd of three thousand Africans had gathered to hear him speak. The Bishop urged the Africans to tell any guerrillas in the area that the time had come for them to give up the struggle. He said the guerrillas should move into frozen zones with their arms where they would be met by members of the security forces and taken into safe custody.
His speech and presence was greeted by scenes of clapping and singing and despite the intense security the locals were successful in getting Bishop Mozorewa to join in the dancing.