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 paper seeks to analyse three autobiographies written by Bishop Abel Muzorewa, Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole and Joshua Nkomo and how they try to reorder, to compose, decompose and recompose the past in a bid to influence the trajectory of events into the future.
Abel Muzorewa: (Source: Muzorewa, Rise Up and Walk, Nashville: U.S.A, 1978)
And an overwhelming two-thirds of them voted for Abel Muzorewa
, making him Rhodesia/Zimbabwe's first black prime minister.
Led by Bishop Abel Muzorewa
and Reverend Canaan Banana, the African National Council in a remarkably short time mobilised the black population for a peaceful, though negative response to the Anglo-Rhodesian proposals.
Smith was successful in persuading Bishop Abel Muzorewa
and other internally based African nationalist leaders to agree to the internal settlement.
We have just received the report," said Mr James Chitongo, director of elections of Bishop Abel Muzorewa
's minority opposition United Party.
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.
At independence in April 1980, there were two liberation parties--Zanu-PF and PF Zapu--in addition to Abel Muzorewa
's UANC, Zanu Ndonga and Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front.
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.
I remember that when I covered the Geneva Conference on Zimbabwe's constitutional future in 1976, the Rev Canaan Banana arrived at the Conference on the ticket of Bishop Abel Muzorewa
's ANC, which Zanu detested.
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.