Bishop Muzorewa returned to Rhodesia and urged white Rhodesians to accept what he termed "the inevitability of black majority rule." The Bishop returned to Rhodesia after a tour of black African countries where he attempted to gain support for his moderate, non-violent policies for achieving majority rule in Rhodesia.
SV EXT Muzorewa arriving in open car cheered by large crowds
GV Crowds cheering Muzorewa
SV Tribal dancers
SV & GV Muzorewa forcing its way through crowds
SV Tribal dancers in crowd
SV Muzorewa climbs on to rostrum and addresses crowds with leading of chant (2 shots)
GV ZOOM INT SV Muzorewa and other official on rooftop
SV Muzorewa being interviewed
SIMPSON: "It was, no doubt about it, a triumphant return. The Bishop's supporters had been waiting many hours for him to come back from his trip around black Africa, where he has been trying to win support for his moderate, non violent approach. (Indistinct) that 200,000 people turned out in welcome. Some of them even tried invoking the power of magic to ensure his success. But the Bishop will need more than magic or mass support for that matter to come to power once white rule in Rhodesia has ended. It will need international backing of the kind he has not managed to find so far. For all the frenzy of his support he has not shown himself a particularly able politician. He lacks fire and he can't seem to sway a crowd either in English or his own language (indistinct). His aim is a non-racial democratic Zimbabwe to be created after a white handover. He is prepared, he says, to talk to Mr. Ian Smith or to anybody provided it's on the basis of majority rule. But he says there is no question of ??? over some kind of sell out deal."
QUESTION: Sir, can I ask you, you say you want active politics. What does that mean?"
MUZOREWA: "What I mean is that we must demand more than ever immediate settlement of this country on the basis of one man ON vote. I do not want however, how do you say, some of the things that we think we believe we are going to do."
QUESTION: "Some of your critics say that you are not a very good politician. What do you say to that?"
MUZOREWA: "Well that is not the only thing they have said. They have said a lot of rubbish thing about me. I let them say so but I will continue to seek ??? liberation of Zimbabwe in my own way."
QUESTION: "Does that mean that you are prepared to enter into some of agreement with Mr. Ian Smith?"
MUZOREWA: "I would not seek to enter into any kind of agreement with Ian Smith. I would seek to find a way whereby Zimbabwe can attain full majority rule. And I will do it in my own way."
REPORTER: JOHN SIMPSON
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Background: Bishop Muzorewa returned to Rhodesia and urged white Rhodesians to accept what he termed "the inevitability of black majority rule." The Bishop returned to Rhodesia after a tour of black African countries where he attempted to gain support for his moderate, non-violent policies for achieving majority rule in Rhodesia. However, other Rhodesian nationalist leaders have criticised Bishop Muzorewa. BBC reporter, John Simpson, was in Salisbury when the Bishop arrived and filed this report.