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Smith's death creates uproar

afrol News, 21 November - The death of Ian Smith, the man who had unilaterally declared the Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe] independent from the British rule on 11 November 1965, has generated uproar, with most blacks describing him as "a symbol of the worst racial oppression."

Aged 88, the former Rhodesian Prime Minister died at a clinic in Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday. He had ruled the country until 1979 when his government was overthrown by a black liberation movement led by President Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo. This followed the change of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe by the liberation leaders.

Smith, whose tenure of office was characterised by international condemnations and sanctions, had been active in Zimbabwean politics until the abolition of the white reserved parliamentary seats several years after he was dethroned.

President Mugabe is yet to react to Ian's death, but the pro-government media and some government officials have already given a true reflection of the government's side of the story.

The Deputy Zimbabwean Information Minister, Bright Matonga, said Smith could not be forgiven for bringing untold suffering to millions of Zimbabweans during his white undemocratic minority rule. Matonga described Ian's death as a "good riddance" after all he had rejected the Zanu-PF government's hand of reconciliation.

“Smith will not be mourned or missed here by any decent person because he was an unrepentant racist whose racist stance and opposition to our independence caused a war, and he was responsible for a lot of deaths and suffering,” Matonga said.

The state-owned Herald Newspaper did not recognise Smith as a "man of significance." The paper recounted how Smith was sidelined at Lancaster House meetings where discussions to establish the real national independence of Zimbabwe were held. Smith was tackled on his speech [I don't believe in black majority over Rhodesia ... not in a thousand years].

Zimbabwean state media could not understand why the British punish their "kith and kin" for rebelling against the Queen, but would not forgive the current government for seizing the white farms.

But with increasing high rate of inflation [currently at over 8,000%] worsened by the economic and political crisis, Mugabe’s critics see little difference between the Smith and Mugabe governments.

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