The second anniversary of Zimbabwe's independence has been marked by celebrations throughout the country.
GV Rufaro Stadium Prime Minister Robert Mugabe arrives in car and is greeted by defence chiefs of staff (3 shots)
SCU Mugabe and wife seated in stadium
SV President Canaan Banana arrives in car, and walks to Presidential podium flanked by defence chiefs (2 shots)
SV mugabe lights ceremonial flames to start anniversary celebrations, as crowd watches (2 shots)
SCU President Banana speaking as crowd listens (2 shots)
GV Troops displays combat skills in stadium (3 shots)
SV PAN Crowd holds posters to form "A new history of Zimbabwe"
CU PULL BACK TO GV Young men perform gymnastics
SV Crowd watches as girls dance with flower garlands (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCE 5: (PRESIDENT BANANA):
"It is a matter of great satisfaction to all Zimbabweans that we should celebrate our second anniversary of independence under conditions of peace, economic progress and political stability. This is indeed Zimbabwe's finest hour."
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Background: The second anniversary of Zimbabwe's independence has been marked by celebrations throughout the country. At Rufaro stadium, just outside the newly re-named capital Harare, formerly Salisbury, members of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe's ZANU (PF) party and the armed forces watched as Mr. Mugabe lit a ceremonial eternal flame to set the celebrations going. Zimbabwe's President, Canaan Banana, told the assembled crowds they were witnessing their country's finest hour. In removing Salisbury (named by British settlers for the Prime Minister of the day) from the map, the Zimbabwean authorities wee restoring to the capital the Shona name for the hill on which a pioneer column raised the Union Jack flag in 1980. Residents have been awaiting the release of an official list of changes of names used during 90 years of white rule to those deemed more befitting a new African state.