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    Edgar Tekere, the Zimbabwe Minister charged with murdering a white farmer, was refused bail after a closed hearing at the High Court in Salisbury on Thursday (7 August) night.

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    GV & SV Farmhouse being cleared of belongings, near Salisbury, Zimbabwe. (4 SHOTS)

    GV & SV ZOOM TO CU Bullet hole in wall.

    GV Security guards outside farmhouse. (2 SHOTS)

    CU Edgar Tekere MP, Manpower Minister.

    GV House of Assembly in Salisbury. (4 SHOTS)

    SV Reporter speaking to former Prime Minister Ian Smith.

    SCU Ian Smith speaking in English.

    SV & GV Zimbabwe Prime Minister, Mr. Robert Mugabe and President Samora Machel of Mozambique at rally.(2 SHOTS)

    HAMILTON: "Today, furniture was being moved out of the house in which the white farm caretaker "Bill" Adams died after being shot in the back by armed raiders, while trying to raise the alarm. As yet, no clear motive for the killing has emerged, though it's known there had been a previous shooting incident in the vicinity of the farm just 24 hours before.

    "Police say a total of seven men have now been charged with Mr. Adams' murder, with the Manpower Minister, Mr. Edgar Tekere in prison in Salisbury awaiting trial. He hasn't offered his resignations, but if he's convicted, he'll automatically be stripped of all parliamentary privileges.

    "In the House of Assembly the Deputy Prime Minister has assured MPs there will be no political interference in the case. But this latest incident has done little to bolster white confidence in the government's ability to maintain law and order in the country. Among these most worried is the former Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith."

    SMITH: "What it discouraging people is the fact that we are not getting back to normality and peace. So you say, has Mr. Mugabe the stature to be able to control the situation. Well this is the sixty-four thousand dollar question. Everybody who meets him, speaks with him, is impressed with him, and with some of his most senior lieutenants (INDISTINCT) responsible. But on the other hand, counteracting this, there are the wild elements in his party, who are not only saying irresponsible things but doing irresponsible things. And one wants to know who is in control It could take probably a few more months before you even got an answer to this question, that this will be the deciding factor as to whether the white man will have confidence and go on staying,or whether he will come to the conclusion that there is no hope, that this country is going to go the same as the rest of Africa, degenerating to bankruptcy and chaos."

    HAMILTON: "For Mr. Mugabe at least, there was a chance to forget his immediate worries as forty thousand of his supporters packed a Salisbury football stadium for a rally in honour of President Machel of Mozambique, who has now clearly emerged as perhaps the country's closest and most important friend."

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    Background: Edgar Tekere, the Zimbabwe Minister charged with murdering a white farmer, was refused bail after a closed hearing at the High Court in Salisbury on Thursday (7 August) night. Mr. Tekere, the 43-year-old Minister for Manpower Planning, is charged along with six other men, with the murder of 68-year-old Gerald Adams, at his farm south of Salisbury, on Monday (4 August). A leader of the radical element of the ruling ZANU-PF (Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front) Party, Mr. Tekere is ranked third in the sixteen-week old government of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe. The case has raised much concern throughout Zimbabwe and former Prime Minister Ian Smith has warned there is a limit to the tolerance of the country's white population. This report from the BBC's Bill Hamilton.

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