Southern Africa International Affairs Report

(Letter. No. 12)
by Ted Lockwood, American Friends Service Committee
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
July 27, 1985
Publisher: American Friends Service Committee
9 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Lockwood reports on the Parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe. He discusses the parties to the election: ZANU-PF (Patriotic Front), the ruling party headed by Prime Minister Robert Mugabe; ZANU, the minority party headed by Ndabiningi Sithole that split from ZANU-PF prior to independence; the United African National Un ion (UANC), headed by Bishop Abel Muzorewa; and the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU), headed by Joshua Nkomo. Lockwood reports that Ian Smith's party, the Rhodesian Front, renamed the Conservative Alliance, won 75% of the 20 white seats in Parliament that were imposed by the Lancaster House Constitution to preserve white settler interests, at least for a time. ZANU-PF won 63 seats. • Smith's Last Hurrah • How did Smith win? Liberal apathy? • How Did Smith Win? Organization versus Complacency and Incompetence • What Now? The white liberals fear disaster ahead • What Now? The Government's reaction • Pleasant Surprises: A peaceful poll • The Nasty Aftermath to the Happy Surprise • The Not So Surprising Results -- ZANU wins but the Nation stays Polarized • How to Explain the Results • Conclusions: Where does Zimbabwe go from here?
Used by permission of American Friends Service Committee.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root