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    Rhodesian nationalist leader, Herbert Chitepo, was buried in Lusaka, Zambia on Saturday (22 March) with full military honours after a state funeral which rang which rang with declarations that the liberation struggle would continue.

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    Rhodesian nationalist leader, Herbert Chitepo, was buried in Lusaka, Zambia on Saturday (22 March) with full military honours after a state funeral which rang which rang with declarations that the liberation struggle would continue.

    Mr. Chitepo, National Chairman of the Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) African National Union (ZANU), was killed on Tuesday (18 March) when his car was blown up after, apparently, running over a land mine.

    Zambian police have not said who they believe is responsible for the attack, but sources in Lusaka indicate that it is generally understood that he was a victim of an internal ZANU power struggle.

    The funeral ceremony was attended by President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia. Bishop Abel Muzorewa, leader of Rhodesia's African National Council (ANC), Chitepo's widow, Victoria, the whole Lusaka diplomatic corps and several thousand other mourners.

    Saturday was declared a day of national mourning and all flags in Lusaka flow at half most from dawn to dusk.

    The ceremony was also for Mr. Chitepo's bodyguard, Silas Shamisa and a young Zambian boy, Nsambwa Chaya, who were also killed in the blast.

    On Friday (21 March) the Rhodesian Government announced that it had refused to allow Mr. Chitepo's body to be returned to Rhodesia for burial...."in view of Chitepo's history as a leader of a terrorist organisation, who was directly responsible for the murder of a considerable number of black and white Rhodesians."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8M1IHRZWXI9T9KXUNI2V08RWK
    Media URN:
    VLVA8M1IHRZWXI9T9KXUNI2V08RWK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
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    N/A

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