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The real reason British resigned control was that they had no more interest in controlling Rhodesia, whether it was ready for self-government or not.


Except they did attempt to control it. After its unilateral deceleration of independence, Rhodesia had an independent functional government. However, the British (and others) didn't like that it wasn't representative enough and thus pressured it to become more representative, and then declare mission accomplished, even though the new government was also non-functional.