An historical occasion was filmed by VISNEWS April 1 at Government House, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia.?
GV. Exterior of Government House.
LV. Mr. Savanhu takes oath of allegiance.
SV. Mr. Savanhu signs oath of allegiance.
SV. Sir Malcolm Barrow and Sir Roy Welensky look on.
LV. Governor-General signs oath of allegiance, shakes hands with Mr. Savanhu.
SV. Lady Dalhousie and Mr. Savanhu.
SV. Sir Roy Welensky and Sir Malcolm Barrow shake hands with Mr. Savanhu.
CU.PAN.The group outside Govt. House.
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Background: An historical occasion was filmed by VISNEWS April 1 at Government House, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. Mr. Jasper Savanhu. M.P., was sworn in as the first African Minister in the Federal Government, by the Governor General, Lord Dalhousie. Interested spectators were Prime Minister Sir Roy Welensky; Minister for Home Affairs Sir Malcolm Barrow,...and Mrs. Savanhu.
Sir Roy Welensky announced Mar 23 that he had appointed Mr. Savanhu to the non-Cabinet rank of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Home Affairs, with a special responsibility for racial relationship. He said last year that he would have Africans in his Government, but they would be appointed on merit...not on grounds of race.
Mr. Savanhu, who entered Federal Parliament in 1953 as specially elected Member for Southern Rhodesia, won the important Angwasabi seat for the United Federal Party in last November's general elections.