In the process of conducting a study that discusses the political action of two religious leaders of two countries in a highly accurate manner and logical fashion, in a critical region, one needs to exercise great care in obtaining materials that enable one to interpret the events and the actions they took to shape the developments of which they were part. It is for this reason that the author wishes to express his profound gratitude and appreciation to the South African Embassy and Information Office in Los Angeles for allowing him access to important materials on Bishop Desmond M. Tutu and the events of which he was part during the time Africans were struggling for independence. He also wishes to thank the National Archives of Zimbabwe and the Information Office for access to some important materials they hold on Bishop Abel T. Muzorewa, Ian D. Smith, and the Rhodesia Front (RF) government that Smith led from 1964 to 1979. From these materials the author obtained useful insights into the role that Bishop Muzorewa and Bishop Tutu played in the transformation of Zimbabwe and South Africa during the leadership of Ian D. Smith and Frederick W. de Klerk, respectively.
The author would also like to record his gratitude to Ian Smith, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, and Rev. Ndabaningi Sithole, founding member of the African National Council and former vice-president of ZANU, for granting him interviews in 1983 from which he obtained sharpened insights about the impact of the RF's policy. The author is also indebted to many other individuals who participated in the interviews in Zimbabwe in 1983, 1989, and 1997, but fully understands