Bishop Adel Muzorewa, leader of Rhodesia's United African National Council (UANC) said on Saturday (26 November) his organisation's first move would be to find out if Prime Minister Ian Smith was genuine in his one-man one-vote offer.
GV: Bishop Abel Muzorewa, leader of United African National Council speaking from platform to crowd seated on ground inside tent. (3 shots)
SV: Muzorewa speaking
MUZOREWA:"To demand that the formal constitutional conference as called for in the UANC four-point Plan many months ago be convened under the chairman ship of the British government and to be attended by all the representatives of the groups which participated in the 1976 Geneva Constitutional conference, provided that: the voluntary non-participation of any group, the British government included, shall not prevent the holding of such conference, or negotiations. In other words, UANC is the largest and the strongest (indistinct) in this country, it is not going to be held by some....somebody who is going to say: No, I don't (indistinct) by what you are doing'. We will go ahead as long as we know it is going to give us one man-one vote. (Cheers)
Mr Smith said on Thursday (24 November) he had accepted the principle of majority rule based on adult suffrage and he planned to launch talks this week (28 November-2 December) with black nationalist leaders living in Rhodesia. The idea of negotiations on this basis has been agreed to by the African National Council (ANC) of the Rev.Ndabiningi Sithole and the Zimbabwe United People's Organisation (ZUPO) of Chief Jeremiah Chirau. With UANC, these are the nationalist organisations which Mr Smith said he wanted to talk about an internal settlement.
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Background: Bishop Adel Muzorewa, leader of Rhodesia's United African National Council (UANC) said on Saturday (26 November) his organisation's first move would be to find out if Prime Minister Ian Smith was genuine in his one-man one-vote offer. If Mr Smith was genuine, UANC was prepared to talk about a Rhodesia settlement based on universal adult franchise.
SYNOPSIS: Just before speaking at a UANC Youth League rally in Salisbury, Bishop Muzorewa had said he believed Mr Smith's offer was genuine. He continued: