INTRODUCTION: Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda, and Zimbabwe Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, moved closer together on Monday (19 January) following the official signing of a cooperation agreement between the two neighbours.
SV Robert Mugabe (on left) Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, and Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, seated signing documents as officials look on (3 shots)
SCU President Kaunda speaking in English (2 shots)
SCU Prime Minister Mugabe speaking in English, as President Kaunda looks on (3 shots)
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SEQ. 2: KAUNDA: "From Zambia's point of view, I want you to know, and indeed through you, I want the people of Zimbabwe to know, that Zambia, as I said in Parliament a few days ago, wants nothing for Zimbabwe that it doesn't want for itself. We did not support that struggle because of on man, two men; because of one party or two parties. We supported that struggle on the basis of principle. So when we say 'One Zambia--One Nation' we also speak for Zimbabwe. One Zimbabwe--One Nation."
SEQ. 3: MUGABE: "Comrade President, I wish to thank you for urging us to be united. We learned from you the meaning and purpose of unity. We learned from you that when the people of Zambia sign the slogan 'One Zambia--One Nation', they are not singing it in vacuum, they are singing it in a context in which so many tribes under your leadership, under your party in government, have been welded together into one nation. Thank you for urging us to work harder in consolidating our independence by achieving total peace and national unity. We are working along this line of endeavour in a situation where the forces of imperialist aggression, which are opposed to democracy, are working day and night to try and destabilise our situation."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda, and Zimbabwe Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, moved closer together on Monday (19 January) following the official signing of a cooperation agreement between the two neighbours. The agreement was signed in Lusaka during a six-hour visit by Mr. Mugabe. Ties between the two leaders were strained during the long guerrilla war for majority black rule in Zimbabwe, when President Kaunda supported the rival forces of Mr. Joshua Nkomo.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Mugabe was supported by Mozambique during the guerrilla war, but both men were anxious to put past allegiances behind them. Mr. Mugabe emphasised the need to create peace and unity in Zimbabwe, while President Kaunda stressed that relations between Zambia and Zimbabwe were warm and growing. Mr. Nkomo, demoted by Mr. Mugabe in a Zimbabwe cabinet reshuffle earlier this month, was not mentioned by name in statements by the two men, but President Kaunda made reference to him.