INTRODUCTION: The Zimbabwe government has announced measures to reduce by almost half the size of the national army.
GV Dancers performing in stadium
CU Nkomo watching dancers
GVs Dancers, drummers, musicians (2 shots)
CUs & GV Joshua Nkomo speaking and crowd applauding and Nkomo continuing speech (3 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
NKOMO: "It pays to be called someone belonging to another party. It pays to be called someone who speaks a certain language. It pays to be called someone belonging to a certain tribe. Why should this happen? Why should it happen? Why must you struggle against each other as a people. You may belong to various political parties, but you are the people together. There is no need now for you to fight against each other, to hate each other. Why should that be? This must end. What do we do when ZAPO were in government, do everything to support the policies of our comrades in ZANU PF. We do our best to make those policies succeed we may give up, and indeed we do give up from time to time, but as government together wise decision is made, then of course we have got to expect us and have got to respect, we have got to respect the principle of collective responsibility even if we do differ."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Zimbabwe government has announced measures to reduce by almost half the size of the national army. A spokesman for Prime Minister Robert Mugabe says a special demobilization directorate will be established to encourage and train about 30,000 ex-combatants to return to civilian life. In the wake of the announcement, Special Minister Without Portfolio, Joshua Nkomo, has called for unity and support of government policies.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Nkomo was at Gwanzura stadium in the Salisbury suburb of Highfields on Sunday (23 June) with other senior Patriotic Front officials to attend a special party rally.
The rally was held just days before two crucial by-elections.
Unity was the theme of Mr. Nkomo's address. The former guerrilla leader called on his supporters to live in harmony and to abide by the government's decisions. Within the carnival atmosphere of the rally, Mr. Nkomo was able to win an enthusiastic response.