by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
February 26, 1980
1 page
Coverage in Africa: Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Kingdom
Language: English
The mailing says that at press conference in Salisbury on February 25, a group of five American and seven Canadian election observers called on the British Governor Lord Soames to take a series of steps before the election to correct the British bias in favor of Bishop Muzorewa. The American observers included representatives of the Washington Office on Africa, TransAfrica and the NAACP, and the American Committee on Africa. From what they have observed, they reported that the principal blame for intimidation lay with the security forces and the auxiliaries loyal to Bishop Muzorewa. The group called on British Governor Lord Soames to take the following steps before polling begins on February 27: (1) return all auxiliaries to bases, (2) keep the Commonwealth monitoring force at the assembly points until a new government is formed, (3) extend the buffer zone around the assembly points from 5 to 10 kilometers, (4) cancel the call-up of Rhodesian troops, and (5) issue a statement before the election results are announced ensuring that the Governor will call first on the African party which wins the largest number of seats to form a government.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Alan Zaslavsky Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections