Gerald B. Clarke
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Gerald Bryan Clarke, born in Gwelo, on November 1 1909, the son of Francis Joseph Clarke and Margaret Shiel. He was the principal secretary to the Rhodesian Cabinet (under Prime Minister Ian Smith) throughout the existence of the Rhodesian Front Government (1964–1979). A close confidant of Prime Minister Smith, Clarke attended virtually every conference and Heads-of-Governments meetings that Smith attended throughout his tenure.
Clarke organized and ran the sub-committee that drew up the Unilateral Declaration of Independence, which Smith and his cabinet signed on November 11, 1965. Thus he is regarded as the architect of the UDI.
- Young, Kenneth (1969). Rhodesia and independence: a study in British colonial policy. Dent. p. 225. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
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