Rhodesia's former Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa has accused the chairman of the 11-man Commonwealth Election Observer Group, Indian diplomat Rajeshwar Dayal, of being biased.
CU INTERIOR Former Prime Minister of Rhodesia Bishop Abel Muzorewa answering questions at news conference
REPORTER: "In your opinion, does that make a mockery of the presence of a Commonwealth....?"
MUZOREWA: "I think it does, unfortunately, it does. Everything that is taking place now shows that a lot of them came with one side, they want to see it take place. A lot of people have busily left their homes to go and conduct a meeting talking about South Africans who are, well, were at the bridge. They are saying nothing about people who are killing people every day. Nothing, you know, people are crossing all the time from their former place, yet they are saving nothing about it. We are talking about people who are watching a bridge over there. If everybody was congregated at the bridge, Zipra, Zanla and the Rhodesian Forces...they are all at the bridge, everyone of them, there would now be total peace in this country, right? But now everyone is talking about other rubbish, when the real evil is taking place and they are quiet about it."
REPORTER: "But Bishop, what is the point....?
MUZOREWA: "It's all mockery, I'm saying it makes a whole mockery of the Commonwealth observers."
REPORTER: "But does it make a mockery of free and fair elections?"
MUZOREWA: "That is correct. If it goes as it is now, yes. It does make...exactly."
REPORTER: "Are you saying one month before the election that you will not accept the verdict...?"
MUZOREWA: "If it is a given by a man who came from India, who has made a judgement before he even steps his foot one yard out in the field, yes that's what I'm saying."
Bishop Muzorewa refers several times to the forces guarding Beit Bridge. British officials announced on 30 January that South African forces guarding the Beit Bridge crossing between South Africa and Rhodesia have been withdrawn from Rhodesian soil.
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Background: Rhodesia's former Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa has accused the chairman of the 11-man Commonwealth Election Observer Group, Indian diplomat Rajeshwar Dayal, of being biased. Bishop Muzorewa told a news conference on Wednesday (30 January) that Mr. Dayal came from India and made his judgment about the elections before taking a step in Rhodesia. The Bishop was asked whether his attitude makes the presence of election observers superfluous....