Bishop Able Muzrewa, President of the African National Council on Thursday (20 July) night urged the Rhodesian Government to call a convention of all races in an attempt to solve the country's seven-year-old constitutional dispute and achieve a settlement with Britain.
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SOF STARTS: "A just and honourable sentiment..."
SOF ENDS:...ALL People."
MUZOREWA: "A just and honourable settlement...Nothing else. Nothing less. Let there be no misunderstanding, the last proposals have been genuinely and spontaneously rejected. You know, their people have gone around and made all sorts of stories. You know, that the people have been asked to do this and that. You know? A little fellow like myself, in command of five-and -a-half million people, all over from corner-to-corner of Rhodesia, to say "no"--then you must all worship me tonight. (laughter).
All I'm saying is this, that people just felt spontaneously that this was something to be rejected. There is not one single genius, even if we had brought Hitler himself he would not have commanded that, if people didn't like to do it. But it was just, honourable and democratic settlement. This has been, and still is his desire. How can this be achieved? First, by accepting the wise, constructive suggestion of Sir Alec Douglas-Home, for us (Rhodesians) to come together in order to iron our own differences. Secondly, by calling on Mr. Ian Smith to take the work of Lord Goodman seriously to treat Africans as human beings; to be willing to listen end to enter into constructive dialogue with them and all people.
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Background: Bishop Able Muzrewa, President of the African National Council on Thursday (20 July) night urged the Rhodesian Government to call a convention of all races in an attempt to solve the country's seven-year-old constitutional dispute and achieve a settlement with Britain.
Bishop Muzorewa spoke to a meeting of more than one-thousand people in a white suburb of Salisbury. This was the first meeting held in the heart of a white residential area and the Bishop Muzorewa told the predominantly white audience that by coming together the different races in Rhodesia could achieve a just and democratic settlement.
He said that the negative feeling of the Africans to the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement was genuine and spontaneous. Bishop Muzorewa went on to say that the agreement between Britain and Rhodesia could only be reworked by Rhodesians coming "together in order to iron out our own differences".