NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
24th September, 1976 : In a 20-minute radio and TV broadcast tonight, Ian Smith stunned his white Rhodesian supporters by announcing a two-year plan for transition to black majority rule. It was, in effect, the end of 11 years of independence. Mr Smith’s Government is to be replaced at once by a Council of State, with half white and half black members and a white chairman. Mr Smith, who had often said black rule would never come in his lifetime, has been under heavy pressure from the US secretary of State, Dr Henry Kissinger.
[Under almost a quarter of century of black, i.e. Mugabe’s rule, life expectancy at birth for Zimbabwean men has since become 37 years and is 34 years for women, the lowest such figures for any nation. Henry Kissinger can be proud.]