Bitter Harvest

Zimbabwe and the Aftermath of its Independence

Ian Smith



For more than a decade, Ian Smith served as Rhodesia's Prime Minister during the era of white minority rule. Following his death in 2007, he is still a man with the ability to excite powerful emotions. To some he is a leader whose formidable integrity led him into head-to-head confrontation with the Labor government of Britain in the 1960s. To others he is a demon best known for stating "I don't believe in black majority rule ever, not in a thousand years," for staunchly opposing Britain's insistence that majority rule be implemented before the nation’s independence, and for imprisoning the leadership of the newly emerged black nationalist movement.


Regardless of everything else that’s been said about him, enough time has passed for us to know one thing about him without question . . . Ian Smith was right. - Foseti


Ian Smith was a politician, farmer and fighter pilot who served as Prime Minister of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) from 1964 to 1979.