Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere visited the Zimbabwe Ruins and the Triangle sugar-to-fuel plant at Chiredzi on Wednesday (3 December).
SV EXT Villagers and tribal dancers await arrival of Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere. (2 SHOTS)
SV President Nyerere arrives and is greeted by Zimbabwe President Canaan Banana.
SV & GV President Nyerere being shown round Zimbabwe Ruins. (3 SHOTS)
GV Sugar refinery southeastern Zimbabwe. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV President Nyerere being shown refinery, (4 SHOTS)
SV President Nyerere signing visitors book. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere visited the Zimbabwe Ruins and the Triangle sugar-to-fuel plant at Chiredzi on Wednesday (3 December). It was the second day of his five-day visit to Zimbabwe.
SYNOPSIS: The crowds and tribal dancers eagerly awaited President Nyerere's arrival at the Zimbabwe Ruins. The day was to be spent sight-seeing, and in a relaxed atmosphere Zimbabwe President Canaan Banana greeted his guest and showed him the ancient sites.
The night before, on the first day of his Zimbabwe visit, President Nyerere made a passionate plea for unity in the newly independent country. He urged Zimbabweans to bridge a split between the country's ruling coalition partners Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe and Home Affairs Minister, Joshua Nkomo.
But on President Nyerere's sight-seeing day the political speeches faded into the background, replaced by the Tanzanian leader's interest in the Triangle sugar-to fuel refinery.
The refinery produces ethanol, an alcohol fuel distilled from sugar-cane juice and molasses. 15 percent of all petrol used in Zimbabwe is ethanol. It saves the country some 20 million dollars (US.) annually in foreign exchange. Zimbabwe is the second country in the world--after Brazil -- top use ethanol this way. The plant cost about 10 million dollars (U.S.) to build. After the tour around the Triangle refinery, President Nyerere signed the visitor's book. Then the Tanzanian head of state returned to Salisbury, for more discussions during the last three days of his state visit.