27th February, 1959 : Claiming that Southern Rhodesia was faced with an imminent outbreak of violence instigated by African political agitators, Sir Edgar Whitehead, the colony’s British Premier, today declared a state of emergency and ordered the detention of suspected troublemakers. By tonight 435 people had been rounded up – 88%, according to the police, of those whose names were on their lists.

But one of the key figures in the African nationalist movement, Mr Joshua Nkomo, is out of the country, having left for Ghana to attend an All Africa Peoples Conference.

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