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ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland:The Government System during the Federation

  • There were two departments of government, that is, the Territorial Governments and the Federal Government to separate the identities of the territories from that of the Federal State
  • Territorial Governments were separate from the Federal Government even though they did have limited sovereignty
  • Members of the Federal Government were taken from the three colonies as well as the civil service
  • A constitution to govern the federation was put in place which took into consideration the needs and rights of the two racial groups, that is white and blacks
  • Territorial Governments dealt with the day to day lives of people whilst the Federal Government dealt with bigger and more complex issues of territories, politics and economics
  • The Federation Government’s decisions always overrode those of the Territorial Government

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