Newly independent Zimbabwe received its first state visit by a foreign leader on Monday (4 August) when President Samora Machel of Mozambique arrived for a five-day visit.
GV People at airport in Salisbur, Zimbabwe (2 shots)
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CU Poster of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe Prime Minister, and Samora Machel, President of Mozambique being held high PAN TO crowd
SCU Parade past, by band at airport
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SV Crowd waiting at airport
GV Samora Machel alights from aircraft
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CU Samora Machel being introduced to dignitaries (4 shots)
GV PAN Prime Minister's car leaving airport
GV & SV Crowds watching from buildings and llining streets (2 shots)
GV Motorcade passes through streets lined with banner-waving and cheering crowds
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Background: Newly independent Zimbabwe received its first state visit by a foreign leader on Monday (4 August) when President Samora Machel of Mozambique arrived for a five-day visit.
SYNOPSIS: President Machel flew into Salisbury to a 21-gun salute and a rousing welcome from thousands of the capital's residents. His aircraft was escorted by four of the same Hawker Hunter jets that bombed his country before last December's ceasefire.
Rhodesians living in Salisbury were told last weekend that those who failed to turn out to greet Mozambique's leader would be viewed as enemies of the people. President Machel gave massive support to Prime Minister Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union, during Zimbabwe's seven-year bush war.
Mr. Mugabe has said that the invitation to President Machel to pay the first state visit to Zimbabwe was a token of his appreciation. He mentioned, in particular, the role played by Mozambique in providing rear bases for Zanu nationalist guerrillas and supporting 150,000 war refugees.
This official visit hasn't met with universal approval. Mr. Mugabe has been accused of turning it into a party spectacle to the exclusion of Joshua Nkomo's followers. The white minority also was unsettled when a statue of British colonialist, Cecil Rhodes, in central Salisbury, was hauled down during preparations.
Nonetheless, the crowds lined the streets as required, including thousands of schoolchildren taken by bus from their classrooms. And not only the atmosphere of the streets changed. Jameson Avenue, named after an early white pioneer, was renamed Samora Machel Avenue.