Counter-Insurgency in Rhodesia by J. K. Cilliers

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This bickering hampered the smooth functioning of the defence apparatus as a whole. Prior to the elections, Rhodesian forces launched a daring Land Rover raid into Lusaka on 13 April. Although Nkomo was not killed in the attack on his home, the operation was a definite blow to both ZPRA and Zambia. At the same time the Kasangula Ferry, the only link between Botswana and Zambia, was sunk in the most audacious raid yet into Botswana. Then, during the first days of April, having delayed the announcement for as long as possible for security reasons, Harare announced that polling would begin on 17 April.

18. , p. 88. 19. Africa Research Bulletin, (1-28 Feb. 1974), p. 3144. 20. Sithole, Struggles within the Struggle, pp. 75-76. 21. Stiff and Reid Daly, Selous Scouts, p. 84. 22. M. Meredith, The Past is Another Country, revised and extended edition (Pan Books, London, 1980) , p. 171. 23. Wilkinson in Raeburn, Black Fire, p. 41. 24. According to classified Army documentation total Rhodesian mobilisation figures at this stage were Army Regulars 3 650 National Servicemen 2 000 Active Territorial Army 4 100 Territorial Army Reserve 7 000 Colours and Asians 1 500 Total 18 250 Air Force * 1 200 58 BSAP Regulars Reservists Total 8 000 35 000 43 000 25.

The Agreement of 3 March was based on two primary objectives: the first was the achievement of international recognition; the second an end to the war. Recognition was to be achieved by presenting the outside world with the results from a free and fair election which bore witness to the support these three black parties had amongst the black population. On the one hand an end to the war flowed from the internal political initiative, and on the other from the support Bishop Muzorewa and Reverend Sithole claimed to have within the ranks of the insurgents.

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