Rhodesian black nationalist leader, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, has warned that there would be 'a disaster' in Rhodesia if elections were not held by the end of the year.
Rhodesian black nationalist leader, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, has warned that there would be 'a disaster' in Rhodesia if elections were not held by the end of the year. He was reacting to a statement by Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith that it was mechanically impossible to hold elections before the 31st of December - the deadline set in the third of March internal settlement agreement.
SYNOPSIS: Bishop Muzorewa arrived back in Salisbury on Friday (3 November) after a three-week tour of the United States, London and other European capitals. At the airport to welcome him were two thousand enthusiastic supporters of his party -- the United African Nationalist Council.
Bishop Muzorewa was one of three black leaders who reached agreement with Mr. Smith on the third of March to bring about black rule in Rhodesia by the end of the year. The Bishop said that his party would counter an attempt at postponement 'with all its power".
Bishop Muzorewa also gave strong warning that failure to hand over Rhodesia to the black majority by the end of the year could undermine the transitional government's ceasefire programme. Delayed elections could, he said, also lead to urban violence, and destroy the credibility of the government.
Earlier, the Bishop renewed his appeals for Britain to back the internal settlement. He also asked Britain to stop supporting guerrilla leader, Joshua Nkomo, and his Patriotic Front.