In Zimbabwe Rhodesia, Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa has launched a campaign to try and convince guerrillas fighting inside the country has had little effect and few guerrillas have come forward to take advantage of a fund set up to help them settle into civilian life after years in the bush.
GV Crowd gathered for amnesty meeting
SV & CU Ex-guerrillas May Gomo and Pasipanodya Kabarwi (3 shots)
SV PAN Gomo being introduced to villagers and security forces look on (2 shots)
SV Kabarwi being introduced to villagers
SV Members of guard force handing out leaflets and CU leaflet (2 shots)
GV Crowd cheers as Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa's helicopter lands
GV Crowd cheers as Muzorewa mounts platform
SV Muzorewa waving to crowd
GV Muzorewa leads crowd cheering (3 shots)
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Background: In Zimbabwe Rhodesia, Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa has launched a campaign to try and convince guerrillas fighting inside the country has had little effect and few guerrillas have come forward to take advantage of a fund set up to help them settle into civilian life after years in the bush.
SYNOPSIS: These two guerrillas have become part of the amnesty campaign -- one voluntarily and one after he was wounded and captured. They were taken to "spread the word" to a protected village sixty kilometres (40 miles) north of Salisbury where guerrilla attacks have been frequent since the war began. They were accompanied by an amnesty officer. His task is to make sure the amnesty message reaches guerrillas still fighting in the bush.
The men were introduced as former platoon commanders. They told the crowd they had given up the fight because Bishop Muzorewa was now in power and there was no more need to fight for a black government. Leaflets distributed to the villagers had a similar message -- and the amnesty officer said the hope is that the leaflets will eventually fall into guerrilla hands.
The Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa was greeted by five thousand supporters when he swept in to launch the amnesty campaign. He arrived in a helicopter which is mounted with twin Browning machine guns, a reminder of the firepower used in tracking down the guerrillas. The Bishop seemed out to demonstrate who's in charge of Zimbabwe Rhodesia. He appealed for guerrillas to come home and live in peace. The amnesty campaign is aided by a one million pound (two million dollars) fund to help rehabilitate those who return.
But few guerrillas have put down their arms. The bush war still affects most of the country and the guerrillas may have some cause to think they are winning. The amnesty campaign moves ahead sparked by the support of Bishop Muzorewa and the enthusiasm of his supporters. However, according to police and district commissioners the campaign has done little to stop the day to day fighting in the area.