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    Zimbabwe's new leaders have revealed what they called a bomb plot to shatter the country's independence celebrations two months ago.

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    GU ZOOM OUT Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office, Comrade Emmerson Mnangagwa, looking at confiscated war materials

    CU PAN War materials

    SCU Mr. Mnangagwa speaking in English (2 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: MNANGAGWA: "For some time now, ever since the attainment of our independence, and the formation of our government, we have been aware of efforts by certain right elements who used to live here in Zimbabwe, and went to South Africa, to interfere in the internal affairs of our new nation. We are also aware that these efforts are directed at enforcing South Africa's occupation of Namibia, as well as destabilising Mozambique. These efforts consist especially of recruiting Zimbabwean nationals and the former Rhodesian soldiers for military training in South Africa, with South-African-trained forces. On the 17th of April, our security and intelligence uncovered offensive weapons in the highly-explosive material brought into the country by white elements mentioned in paragraph one above, with the immediate objective of killing the country's leaders and foreign dignitaries attending our country's independence celebrations, and thereby instantly disrupting the celebrations taking place at the time, and generally causing alarm and despondency amongst the millions of this new nation. The long-term objective of this abortive attempt was to reverse the progressive course of events ushered in by the victory of our revolutionary struggle."

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    Background: Zimbabwe's new leaders have revealed what they called a bomb plot to shatter the country's independence celebrations two months ago. The Zimbabwe Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa, said right-wing extremists now living in South Africa and planned to use the explosives at independence celebrations in Salisbury in April.

    SYNOPSIS: The explosives Mr. Mnangagwa showed to newsmen included ground-to air missiles and of our giant claymore mines. He said that if they had been exploded, untold death and devastation would have resulted among the huge crowds.

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