ZIMBABWE RHODESIA: Power or Pageantry?

Muzorewa's new regime raises doubts at home and abroad

Sporting a tribal headdress and wearing a leopard-skin cloak over a rainbow-hued tunic, the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia moved into his official residence two weeks ago. Accompanied by a ululating crowd of followers, Bishop Abel Muzorewa rode in an ox-drawn cart to the stately white mansion —renamed from Independence House to Dzimbahwe (House of Chiefs)—that for 15 years was occupied by Ian Douglas Smith. The scene raised unsettling questions about Muzorewa's month-old multiracial government: Is it really more than an African show masking...

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