The Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere, began a state visit to Zimbabwe on Tuesday (2 December) amid growing concern over the murder trial of the Zimbabwe Manpower Minister, Edgar Tekere.
GV Airport building, Salisbury, Zimbabwe.
CU Placard, PULL OUT TO GV people dancing.
GV Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere's aircraft taxis.
CU Reflection in brass musical instrument, PULL OUT TO GV band.
GV Mr. Nyerere down aircraft steps, greeted by President Canaan Banana and Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe.
SV Zimbabwe Home Affairs minister Joshua Nkomo walks across tarmac.
GV Mr. Nyerere, garlanded, escorted by military officer.
CU Mr. Edgar Tekere Manpower talking to people at airport.
GV Mr. Nyerere presented to official by Mr. Mugabe. (2 SHOTS)
CU Onlookers waving.
CU Mr. Mugabe, PULL OUT TO GV OF children dancing.
GV & CU Crowd in Salisbury city centre. (2 SHOTS)
GV Motorcade, CU Street sign, GVs (2 SHOTS) motorcade. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: The Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere, began a state visit to Zimbabwe on Tuesday (2 December) amid growing concern over the murder trial of the Zimbabwe Manpower Minister, Edgar Tekere. The President's arrival coincided with an announcement that judgement on the case would be handed down in Salisbury on Monday (8 December). Mr. Tekere is accused of murdering a white farmer. President Nyerere's visit is the second by a leader of the "frontline" states.
SYNOPSIS: The visit by President Nyerere to Salisbury is one which Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, urged Salisbury residents to turn out in their thousands to witness. President Nyerere is the chairman of the five so-called 'frontline' states who backed the Patriotic Front guerrillas during Zimbabwe' seven year bush war. His visit follows one by Mozambique's President Samora Machel, Mr. Mugabe's closest ally during the war.
President Nyerere was greeted by the Zimbabwe head of state, President Canaan Banana, and Mr. Mugabe. President Nyerere is said to be closer to Mr. Mugabe than the Home Minister, Joshua Nkomo, the other guerillas leader during the war.
The Manpower Planning Minister, Edgar Tekere, attended the reception for the President, whose visit coincided with an announcement that judgement would be handed down on Monday (8 December) in Mr. Tekere's murder trial. The Minister is accused of murdering white farm manager, Gerald Adams, during a security operation near Salisbury in August.
The Tekere affair is an important test for Mr. Mugabe. On the day that Mr. Adams was killed, President Samora Machel was visiting Zimbabwe. The subsequent arrest of Mr. Tekere eclipsed the President's stay. There's a chance that speculation about the judgement could do the same to President Nyerere's visit. But President Nyerere is due to leave Zimbabwe two days before the crucial judgement is handed down. Before he leaves, President Nyerere will tour the south western city of Bulawayo, and the Zimbabwe ruins, and ancient site from which black nationalists took their name for the former Rhodesia.