RHODESIA: Preparing to Live with History

Beginning the countdown to a fateful election

You should have no fear. Our security forces will protect you before, during and after you have voted.

With that grim radio appeal to Rhodesia's 2.8 million black voters, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, one of the three black moderate leaders of the country's interim government, focused on the regime's most immediate problem. That problem is how, in a country torn by guerrilla war, to get a convincing number of blacks to turn out for the April 12 to 24 election period, which is intended to establish Salisbury's version of black majority rule.

Muzorewa and his two black...

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