[The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) headed by Robert Mugabe, has won an amazing and overwhelming victory...]
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
March 4, 1980
American Committee on Africa
The mailing says the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) headed by Robert Mugabe, has won an amazing and overwhelming victory in the unprecedented election in Rhodesia; I have just returned from a three week trip to Rhodesia (soon to be officially Zimbabwe); I was part of an unofficial group of five American observers; although our group represented four organizations; we acted as a team during the time we were in Rhodesia; enclosed is a copy of our report, based on our findings and experiences, and issued on March 3 before the result of the election was known; we had previously issued an interim report on February 25 in Salisbury in collaboration with seven unofficial observers from Canada I which we made a series of practical suggestions to the British governor which we hoped might improve chances for a "free and fair" election. The mailing discusses the media (newspapers, TV and radio), Nkomo's Patriotic Front (PF), the UANC United African National Council), Joshua Nkomo, Able Muzorewa, Load Soames, the House of Assembly, parliament, and the Commonwealth Observers. [Note: The report that was enclosed with this mailing is available on this website.]
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root