• Short Summary

    The government is Zimbabwe is desperately trying to bring violence between rival guerrilla groups under control.

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    CU & SV Mrs Sally Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe dances with farms wives at Mount Darwin, Zimbabwe.
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    CU Prime Minister Robert Mugabe looking on.
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    GV Women continue dancing.
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    LV Mugabe standing behind table and audience seated.
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    SV Mugabe speaking.
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    GV Rural women carrying goods on head.
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    GV Building wrecked by mortar attack during bush war.
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    CU & GV Child grinding maize and woman sieving maize flour.
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    GV & CU People queuing for food and rations from aid agencies.
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    SV Black soldier receiving instruction from white soldiers.
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    CU & GV Black commander giving orders and former guerillas drilling. (2 SHOTS)
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    SV Platoon training fro physical fitness.
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    GV PAN FROM Traditional huts in Chitungweza Township TO new housing development.
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    GVs & CU Men building houses and PAN ACROSS completed house. (4 SHOTS)
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    GVs White farmer arriving to inspect the work of black women farm workers. (2 SHOTS)
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    SVs Workers, one with baby moving maize kernels from husks by hand.
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    GV & CU Damaged farmhouse where white farmer, Gerald Adams war murdered, bullet holes in walls and shattered windows. (3 SHOTS)
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    CU PULL BACK AND PAN Manpower Minister, Mr. Edgar Tekere talking and walking with followers around farm compound ruing judicial visit.
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    SV, GV & LV Police look on as Mr. Tekere and followers emerge from farm building. (3 SHOTS)
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    BULAWAYO: SV Body taken out of truck and lowered onto stretcher. (2 SHOTS)
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    CU INTERIOR & GV Wounded black man with bandaged head, man lying on bed and other man being attended by nurse
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    GV Wounded man slumped over bed and PAN UP hospital ward.
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    Background: The government is Zimbabwe is desperately trying to bring violence between rival guerrilla groups under control. At the same time, thousands of people are waiting for full implementation of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe's rural resettlement programme in order to begin better lives in black-rule Zimbabwe. But abut ninety people have been killed in political violence since Mr. \Mugabe formed a coalition government with the Patriotic Front leader, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, in April. Mr. mugabe has been plagued by problems within his own cabinet -- including the trial of his Manpower Minister, Mr. Edgar Tekere, for eh murder of a white farmer. And there are fears that tension is growing in both white and black communities.

    SYNOPSIS: A group of ZANU-PF (Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front) supporters celebrate the visit of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe and his wife, Sally Sally Mugabe. The Mount Darwin farmers, members of Mr. Mugabe's own Shona tribe, were anxious to hear about the progress of the government's extensive land resettlement programme. But many black farmers have not yet been given pilots and many who have, complain about the poor soil.

    The Mugabe government is faced with reconstructing an economy once based on privilege on the whites, and then ravaged by a seven-year war. Independence and black-rule have had little immediate effect on the black population and a two-year drought has made already serious food shortages worse. Aid organisations were called in this summer to feed many Zimbabweans.

    One of the most crucial reforms needed in order for the country to get on with other economic and social reforms is the successful integration of former guerrillas into a united security force. In mid-November, seven integrated units were operational and a senior officer reported the units feel they represent the new Zimbabwe, not Mr. Mugabe or Mr. Nkomo.

    But the problem remains of housing and feeding former guerrillas still awaiting retraining. In Mid-November, Mr. Mugabe announced thirty-five thousand members of this ZANLA army and Mr. Nkomo's ZIPRA army would be accommodated in new housing in the Chitungweza Township. But, as feared, the township has become a centre of factional fighting and six people have been killed in the past two days. (20 November).

    At independence, Zimbabwe was a nation where less than six thousand white farmers controlled millions of the acres of the most arable land. At the same time, four million Africans lived on most of the poor land. The situation is slowly changing, but many blacks still rely on white farmers for employment.

    The killings of white farmer Mr. Gerald Adams, allegedly in the presence of Manpower Minister Mr Edgar Tekere, has outraged the remaining whites. Mr. Tekere and seven others are accused of participating, Mr. Tekere's defence is based on a law brought in by the former white regime, which allows immunity for Government Ministers "acting in good faith for the suppression of terrorism".

    Prime Minister Mugabe is said to have blamed ZIPRA forces loyal to Mr. Nkomo for recent Bulawayo riots in which sixty people lost their lives and more then two hundred were wounded. But both leaders have since emphasised that the country can't afford to have friction between Zimbabweans who should be trying to rebuild the nation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA188X63M6L0RDX7530GIAJQ2L1
    Media URN:
    VLVA188X63M6L0RDX7530GIAJQ2L1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:51:00
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    N/A

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