Abel Muzorewa was the first black prime minister of Zimbabwe.
Bishop Abel T. Muzorewa led efforts throughout the 1970s to forge a non-violent transition from white-ruled Rhodesia to majority rule in the newly renamed Zimbabwe. In 1979 he was elected his nation’s first black Prime Minister. Although imprisoned for a time by the Mugabe government, he continued too lead the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe as a preacher and through numerous charitable works. He retired in 1992 yet continues to minister to the people of his nation, notably as patron of the Araunah Mission Fellowship for the blind. Bishop Muzorewa is recognized as one of the outstanding African Christians of the twentieth century.