The Prime Minister designate of Zimbabwe, Mr.
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NISSAN; "Far more moderate than we anticipated. It's been a turn-up for the books, in fact."
HAYTON: "Were you one of the whites though that said before-hand that if Robert Mugabe got into power, you'd be leaving?"
NISSAN: "I must admit I had that sort of frame of mind."
OFFICIAL: "People make these bloody false statements and don't back them up afterwards. They're just as well, no matter who got into power, they have to stay, this is their country. What do they "take the gap" (leave) for, these people who are fly-by-nights. i think any of these who'd have wanted to take the gap have already taken it before the elections. Don't think there'd be anybody who'd want to take the gap now."
REPORTER: PHILIP HAYTON
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Background: The Prime Minister designate of Zimbabwe, Mr. Robert Mugabe, spent the first day after his electoral victory was announced planning for the political and military future of the country. A spokesman for Mr. Mugabe said the Governor, Lord Soames had been asked to stay on in the country after independence day as a sign of reassurance to the white minority.
SYNOPSIS: Chipinga, a small town on the border with Mozambique, is one of many towns where white residents are considering their future. During the guerrilla war with security forces, it was the scene of ambushes, mortar attacks and explosions.
Years of violence have caused many white families to leave the area. The white families to leave the area. The white community still remaining hopes that the new Prime Minister will ensure the end of fighting and its death toll. Sandra and Jim Nissan and their two children suffered mortar attacks on their home, but Mr. Nissan said if standards didn't deteriorate, especially at the local school, they would stay. He spoke to BBC reporter Philip Hayton about his impressions of the new Prime Minister.
Many white people in Rhodesia claimed they would take the first convoy out if Robert Mugabe won the election. But (5 March) only a handful of people turned up to take the road leading to South Africa. Only ten cars joined the convoy south and all the drivers were reported as saying they'd be back in the country after their holidays. An official overseeing the convoy commented on the white people who had vowed they would leave.
Observers say the transformation of the country under the new government will be a trying time for the white community. But many whites have said they will try to see it through.