In Rhodesia nationalist leader the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, has begun a campaign to promote the internal settlement agreement to the nation's blacks.
In Rhodesia nationalist leader the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, has begun a campaign to promote the internal settlement agreement to the nation's blacks. He declared that he and his followers are prepared to defend it with their lives. The agreement signed on Friday (3 March) by Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith and three Rhodesia-based black leaders was in essence a statement of principle, a declaration of intent to introduce majority rule on the 31st of December.
SYNOPSIS: More than 2,500 of the Reverend Sithole's supporters turned out for a major rally backing the settlement in the Rhodesian midlands town of Que Que on Saturday (4 March)
The crowd sang songs in support ??? the Nationalist leader and danced while fire bombs believed to have been planted by factions opposing the agreement exploded in Salisbury.
The Reverend Sithole, who joined in the celebrations, told the enthusiastic crowd "they should praise God that independence, that divine element of human life, would come in 1978". He said the agreement should be defended by people's very lives and the concept of majority rule based on one-man one-vote should be whole heartedly supported.
In effect the meeting marked the beginning of the campaign for the country's first universal franchise elections. Although a fourth-ranking official in Bishop Muzorewa's camp drew a crowd of 30,000 in the black township of Highfield a few days before, the Reverend Sithole showed no signs of disappointment with the number or spirit of his own supporters.