INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe's rival political leaders Prime Minister Robert Mugabe and minority party head Joshua Nkomo made a rare joint appearance on Saturday (11 April) at the funeral of the Minister of Roads George Silundika.
GV ZOOM IN Coffin carried by soldiers, followed by mourners.
SV Mourning women.
GV Prime Minister Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo and President Canaan Banana walking.
GV Guard of honour and military officers. (2 shots)
GV Mourners PAN TO coffin, women mourners. (2 shots)
GV Mr. Nkomo speaking.
SV PAN Military officers.
GV ZOOM TO CU Coffin lowered SV Nkomo weeping, and mourners. (3 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 6: NKOMO: "He fought against an evil system. He did not spare himself. He fought because he believed that we together as a people here can live after we have been able to get a fair institutional government."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe's rival political leaders Prime Minister Robert Mugabe and minority party head Joshua Nkomo made a rare joint appearance on Saturday (11 April) at the funeral of the Minister of Roads George Silundika. The minister died as the result of a stroke.
SYNOPSIS: George Silundika, aged 52, was given full military honours when he was buried at Heroes Acre, a site on the outskirts of Salisbury where the graves of guerrilla leaders Josiah Tongogara and Jason Mayo are located.
Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Nkomo, with President Canaan Banana, led several thousand mourners at the emotional funeral ceremony.
The late minister was in exile in Zambia during the seven-year bush war and played a key role in Mr. Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union Party and in the formation of the Patriotic Front Alliance, grouping this party and the Zimbabwe African National Union. Mr. Nkomo paid him tribute.
The tribute was echoed by Mr. Mugabe, who said of Mr. Silundika; "It is not our tears but our unity that his memory demands". President Banana said his death was an irreparable loss to all Zimbabweans. The late minister leaves a wife and four children, one of whom is studying in the Soviet Union and another in East Germany.