On Tuesday (21 March), Rhodesia's new multiracial Executive Council was officially sworn in as the country's highest body in the transitional Government.
On Tuesday (21 March), Rhodesia's new multiracial Executive Council was officially sworn in as the country's highest body in the transitional Government. The four members, Mr. Ian Smith, Chief Chirau, Bishop Muzorewa and the Reverend Sithole met at Mr. Smith's official residence for just over an hour and-a-half. When they emerged from their historic meeting, it was to face a large contingent of newsmen waiting for the outcome.
SYNOPSIS: The four leaders came out of the swearing-in ceremony looking relaxed. The ceremony had been conducted by the Anglican Bishop of Mashonaland. Mr. Smith gave details of the meeting.
But the idea of Rhodesia's executive power being in the hands of the four men has not pleased all. The internal spokesman for the Patriotic Front, Josiah Chinamano, held a rally outside Salisbury the following day, where he made it clear that his group would not support elections planned for later this year.
The Reverend Sithole also held a news conference on Wednesday (22 March) where he expressed confidence in the future.