• Short Summary

    HEATHROW AIRPORT, UK/HARARE & MATABELELAND, ZIBABWE/BOTSWANA/NEW DELHI, INDIA

    Zimbabwe's Opposition ZAPU Party leader, Joshua Nkomo, arrived in London on March 13 vowing he would return to his country.

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    LONDON, MARCH 13 (BBC) (MUTE)
    1. GV PAN Mr. Nkomo walks through Heathrow terminal with officials. 0.05
    2. GV Mr. Nkomo seated, surrounded by reporters and cameramen at news conference. 0.08
    SOUND
    3. CU Mr. Nkomo answering reporter's questions. (SOT) (3 SHOTS) 1.01
    HARARE, MARCH 12 (CHILTON)
    4. GV PAN EXTERIOR Prime Minister Robert Mugabe down aircraft steps, welcomed by officials. 1.13
    5. CUs Demonstrators with anti-Nkomo banners. (3 SHOTS) 1.24
    6. SV Prime Minister Mugabe waving to crowd. 1.29
    7. GV & CU INTERIOR Prime Minister Mugabe answering reporter's questions at news conference. (SOT) (4 SHOTS) 2.36
    MATABELELAND, ZIMBABWE, MARCH 11
    8. GV ZOOM TO CU & CUs EXTERIOR Skulls and bones in burnt out grave site. (2 SHOTS) 2.52
    9. CU Cartridge shell in grass. 2.54
    10. GV ZOOM TO CU Human remains, covered by tree branches. (2 SHOTS) 3.04
    BOTSWANA, MARCH 13 (BBC)
    11. GV & SV Refugees, said to be deserters from Zimbabwe army, in temporary refugee camp. (3 SHOTS) 3.17
    NEW DELHI, INDIA, MARCH 11 (PRAKASH)
    12. SCU INTERIOR Prime Minister Robert Mugabe speaking. (SOT) 3.29
    TRANSCRIPTS:
    NKOMO: (SEQ 3) "It is absolutely vital that everything is done to try and change the problem of that country and minimise the violence that has plagued us and found ourselves in this most grave situation."
    QUESTION: "If you can't solve the problem of whether or not you can go back, where will you settle down? Here or in Eastern Europe?"
    NKOMO: "Now look, there is nothing that will make me not go back to Zimbabwe. It is a problem the solution to which has got to be solved within that country...and I'm not going to be pessimistic and say what's going to happen if the problem is not solved. It just has got to be solved and with the co-operation of our people."
    MUGABE: (SEQ 7) "He is welcome to come home and he will be safe. I understood that the reason he fled the country was not because of the impending charges but because he feared for his personal security. But that is not what I talking about. I couldn't give you a guarantee that the police will not charge him if the police have a case against him. Sure. They must proceed. You cannot interfere."
    QUESTION: Inaudible
    MUGABE: "If you give me the facts I'm prepared to investigate them. Lets not just shout noises for the press, for your employers to that your paper is published, or your sponsors can carry propaganda."
    QUESTION: Inaudible.
    MUGABE: "Informed about what? Inform me. You are alleging excesses and if you allege them do bring evidence, concrete evidence."
    QUESTION: (SEQ 12) "Are you still committed to multi-party democracy?"
    MUGABE: "Ah, please do you know my position? We don't believe in multi-party democracy as the only form of democracy. There are other forms of democracy."
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    Background: HEATHROW AIRPORT, UK/HARARE & MATABELELAND, ZIBABWE/BOTSWANA/NEW DELHI, INDIA

    Zimbabwe's Opposition ZAPU Party leader, Joshua Nkomo, arrived in London on March 13 vowing he would return to his country. Although he told reporters there was no question of his settling anywhere else, his first attempt to negotiate a safe return met with a blunt rebuttal from Zimbabwe's Information Minister, Nathan Shamuyarira, also in London on a hastily-planned visit. According to Mr. Shamuyarira the Harare government was not prepared to talk to the self-exiled Opposition leader "in foreign lands". He said meaningful assurances on Mr. Nkomo's safety could be made only in Zimbabwe. Mr. Nkomo's presence in London caused embarrassment to the British government. He neither asked for, nor was granted, asylum; and was admitted for one week only, as a visitor. But despite the uncertainty of his immediate future, Mr. Nkomo claimed there was nothing that would not make him go back to Zimbabwe. Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, who was in New Delhi for the Non-Aligned summit when Mr. Nkomo fled, arrived back in the capital, Harare, to a welcome from supporters who clearly showed their contempt for his one-time ally. At a news conference he said Mr. Nkomo was welcomed in Zimbabwe and would be safe; but he could not guarantee that police would not proceed with impending charges "if they found a case against him". Mr. Mugabe also faced many questions about the discovery of bodies in the Matabeleland bush allegedly killed by the government's North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade, conducting anti-rebel operations in the area. The human remains found on March 9 were believed to have come from 17 young men ambushed on a bus about two weeks previously. The decomposed corpses were lying face down and bones, apparently human, lay on top of smouldering embers. Mr. Mugabe told reporters that if they were making allegations of excesses they had to present him with facts, not just noises for the press. But hundreds of Matabeleland villagers from Mr. Nkomo's Ndebele tribe have fled across the border to Botswana to escape what they clai
    m are atrocities committed by the Fifth Brigade. Observers see the alleged harassment of Mr. Nkomo, and the Fifth Brigade activities in Matabeleland - where most of Mr. Nkomo's supporters live - as an attempt by Mr. Mugabe to wipe out his opposition and impose a one-party state. When asked in New Delhi, before his return, whether he believed in a multi-party democracy, Mr. Mugabe said it was not the only form of democracy. There were "other forms".

    Source: BBC/REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON AND PREM PRAKASH

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1ZMEDZWF29267FW9TYNMIL5WK
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ZMEDZWF29267FW9TYNMIL5WK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:30:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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