In Zimbabwe, the Western countries preferred Bishop Abel Muzorewa.
Lerena later said: "My own view was [that] we could end up like in Zimbabwe where whites were stunned and shocked by the defeat of Bishop Abel Muzorewa by Mr Robert Mugabe.
The country was renamed Zimbabwe Rhodesia with Bishop Abel Muzorewa
as Prime Minister.
WHEN was Abel Muzorewa
consecrated the first black African Methodist Bishop of Rhodesia?
Ian Smith and the legitimate black leaders of Rhodesia accomplished that in 1979 in multi-racial elections that brought a black majority government to power under a former Nkomo/Mugabe comrade, Bishop Abel Muzorewa
, who had renounced violence to work for peaceful change.
In 1979 Abel Muzorewa
became the first black premier of which country?
Smith was successful in persuading Bishop Abel Muzorewa
and other internally based African nationalist leaders to agree to the internal settlement.
In Rhodesia this caused both the white population and the South African government to place their faith in Bishop Abel Muzorewa
as the 'acceptable face' of African nationalism.
Whatever the merits of these claims, Zimbabweans still remember support given by the Conservative government to the highly unpopular Abel Muzorewa
as leader of independent Zimbabwe in 1981.
At the end of the war of liberation, Mugabe once again raised British heckles when he defeated Bishop Abel Muzorewa
who was being actively railroaded by the British into the Presidency of the newly independent country.