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Muzorewa, Abel Tendekayi, 1925-2010, priest and statesman

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Muzorewa, Abel Tendekayi, 1925-2010, priest and statesman

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Born at Umtali (now Mutare) in eastern Rhodesia. Muzorewa was an ordained a minister of the United Methodist Church and, having studied in the United States, he returned to Southern Rhodesia in 1963. Having worked at the Umtali Mission, in 1968 he was appointed the first black bishop of the United Methodist Church in Africa. In 1971, he was invited to head a new unity movement, the African National Council: an alliance of followers of the banned Zimbabwe African People's Union (Zapu) and the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu). Bishop Muzorewa was to be the first black prime minister of the short-lived Republic of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, but having reached a 'settlement' with the regime of Ian Smith, he was to be displaced by the government of Robert Mugabe.


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Married Maggie Chigodora, in 1951, with whom he had five children.

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GB 193

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ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).


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Obituary, Daily Telegraph, 9 April 2010.

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