smith udi.jpgThe 11th of November 1965 was a black day for black Zimbabweans as any hopes of a negotiated settlement with Ian Smith evaporated.


Local analysts say although the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) by British rebel leader Ian Smith on the 11th of November 1965 was aimed at asserting white supremacist policies, the hard ships created by the move actually encouraged the oppressed blacks to take up arms and liberate their country.

While the white Rhodesian government sought the policies that would entrench them in power forever, UDI was the last straw sons and daughters of the soil needed to rise up in arms leading to the first shots of the 2nd Chimurenga on 8 August 1966. 


Political analyst, Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa says UDI should be remembered for its last resort reckless attempts to legitimise the colonial regime.


While Zimbabweans make reference to UDI’s historic significance, it is crucial to note that in as much as the Smith regime was bold in its segregatory stance, the same boldness is required at present to move ahead with total economic reform.


An analyst, Mr Wellington Gadzikwa says the UDI undertaking made nationalists realise that there was no way in which the Smith regime would accept handing over power through negotiation.
While UDI re-defined the course of history as far as the struggle for independence was concerned, the nation has been exhorted by observers to continue standing guard as the unrepentant elements that once occupied Zimbabwe are still on the charge through different neo-colonial designs.