Leopold Takawira, the first vice-president of ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front), was re-buried with full military honours in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital on August 11.
1. SV Coffin of Leopold Takawira being carried by military guard into Hero's Acre at Harare 0.12
2. Tv President Banana and Prime Minister Mugabe walking behind coffin with Takawira's family 0.20
3. CU Coffin is lowered on to grave site 0.43
4. CV Large crowd gathered on hillside 0.49
5. SV Priest blessing coffin with Holy Water 0.57
6. CU Mrs. Takawira sitting beside coffin with family 1.03
7. CU PM Robert Mugabe speaking 1.20
8. GV Crowd in hills 1.27
9. cu zoom out President Banana speaking 1.56
10. CU ZOOM OUT Chiefs of Staff lower coffin into grave and Last Post is sounded 2.10
11. SV President Banana lays wreath, followed by Mugabe (2 shots) 2.30
12. CU Garfield Todd with wreath 2.36
13. TV Mrs. Takawira lays wreath 2.44
14. GV Others lay wreaths 2.51
16. CU President Banana and Mr. Mugaba wave to crowd on leaving 2.57
TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE 7: MUGABE: "Let Leopold Takawira rest in peace and in this sacred soil for which he sacrificed his life to (indistinct) ... Shumba ya Zimbabwe. Well done good and faithful son of Zimbabwe. Your glorious labours have been rewarded, we will try to guard jealousy the independence of this country for which you suffered and gave so much. May you now rest in peace."
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Background: HARARE, ZIMBABWE
Leopold Takawira, the first vice-president of ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front), was re-buried with full military honours in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital on August 11. President Banana and Prime Minister Robert Mugabe walked behind the coffin with Mr. Takawira's family to the Hero's Acre where a monument will be erected in his memory. Leopold Mukumwaidzi Tapfumaneyi Takawira died in June 1970 after being refused medical treatment for diabetes whilst in detention. An ardent believer in violent armed struggle, Mr. Takawira led many sabotage raids against the Rhodesian government. As the last post sounded, Mr. Takawira's coffin was lowered into the ground and President Banana and Prime Minister Mugabe both laid wreaths. Mrs. Takawira, who also placed flowers on her husband's grave said he was a man who had loved working for his people and one who often put the nation before his own family.
Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON