Front for the Liberation of Zimbabwe

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James Chikerema

Front for the Liberation of Zimbabwe (FROLIZI) was a political party in Rhodesia which participated in the war of independence from the Rhodesian government. It was founded in October 1971 and later merged with the African National Council on 6 December 1974.[1]


FROLIZI was formed by dissatisfied members of the two main political parties at the time; the Joshua Nkomo led Zimbabwe African People's Union and the Ndabaningi Sithole led Zimbabwe African National Union.[2]

James Chikerema was one of the two party founders and he became its President.[3] He had defected from ZAPU. The other was Nathan Shamuyarira who had broken away from ZANU.[4]

Other parties disliked FROLIZI and considered "nothing more than a tribal union of Zezurus".[4]


  1. Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence. Zimbabwe: Report of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence By Australia Parliament. Page 140.
  2. Tabata, I. B. Imperialist Conspiracy in Africa. Page 110.
  3. Nyangoni, Wellington Winter. Africa in the United Nations System. Page 141
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fay Chung, Re-living the Second Chimurenga, Memories from the Liberation Struggle in Zimbabwe. Page: 87 Weaver Press, 2006. ISBN 91-710655-1-2.