The Zimbabwe capital of Salisbury is taking on a festive air as the nation prepares to celebrate two years of independence on April 18.
GV PAN Salisbury, Zimbabwe capital.
GV Independence celebrations, banner on side of building
GV People walking in Salisbury streets
GV F lags flying on Electricity Supply Commission building
CU Rhodes Avenue sign
GV Man handling flags across street (2 shots)
GV Flags on building exterior and man hanging up more flags (2 shots)
SV People walking in streets
GV Street sign -- Samora Machel Avenue and Julius Nyerere Way, Second Street and Stanley venue (2 shots)
SV Robert Mugabe speaking (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT FOR SHOT TEN:
MUGABE: "The way ahead must first be a peaceful and safe road to walk before we can constitute also the path of our socio-economic plans. The state of peace we currently enjoy must continue to reign over our entire territory, if not over the whole southern region as a pre-condition for progress. Our people, for many years, were torn asunder by a war which others might have considered just but which we considered unjust, had neither the heart, nor the money nor the will to (INDISTINCT) into another violent conflict, purely for the sake of conflict."
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Background: The Zimbabwe capital of Salisbury is taking on a festive air as the nation prepares to celebrate two years of independence on April 18. Flags and bunting are hung across the city streets, on buildings, and from windows. Remnants of the former Rhodesia's colonial past blend with the symbols of the new nation, the independent Zimbabwe. In Salisbury, many streets have been re-named but many retain the link with the past -- Rhodes Avenue and Stanley Avenue contrast with Samora Machel Avenue and Julius Nyerere way. Two years after independence, Zimbabwe faces a future which will not be without economic and political problems. Its once-booming economy has been hard-hit by plunging gold prices and the reconstruction necessary to cater for the entire population after a century of white rule. And politically, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe has clashed with his former coalition partner, Joshua Nkomo, resulting in Mr. Nkomo's dismissal from the government, amid accusations that he planned to undermine the government. However, speaking in Salisbury recently, Mr. Mugabe sounded an optimistic note for the future.