Zimbabwe has provided a spectacular welcome for its friend and military ally, President Samora Machel of Mozambique.
GV Rally at Harbour fields stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe PAN TO spectators watching drum majorettes
SV Prime Minister Robert Mugabe saying "Viva Machel, etc" through microphone to rally as Machel watches seated under canopy
SV Robert Mugabe welcomes President Machel onto rostrum as crowd watches
SV President Machel waves to crowd and speaks to them
GV President Machel with white army officer at military training camp at Shaw Barracks, near Balla , Bulawayo
CU Joshua Nkomo
CU Robert Mugabe PULL OUT TO MS Mugabe with President Machel
GVs & SVs Army recruits undergoing military training (6 shots)
GVs Ruins near Fort Victoria (2 shots)
GV President Machel and officials walk towards ruins and GV ruins (2 shots)
CU PULL OUT TO GV President Machel with archaeologists and officials examining ruins (2 shots)
CU President machel outside ruins speaking about them in Portuguese & GV President Machel speaking to archaeologist Mr. Cook
GV Group of officials with President Machel PAN TO ruins
GVs President Machel walking with children carrying placard reading "Mozambique Zimbabwe" as supporters chant "One people, one country".
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Background: Zimbabwe has provided a spectacular welcome for its friend and military ally, President Samora Machel of Mozambique. Mr. Machel whose country supported 150,000 war refugees and supplied rear bases for Zanu (Zimbabwe African National Union) guerrillas during the seven year war has now been given a V.I.P. welcome in the new Zimbabwe.
SYNOPSIS: The visit by Mr. Machel, which began with a 21-gun salute and escort of Hawker, Hunter jets has continued in the same style.
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe said that the invitation to President Machel to pay the first state visit to newly independent Zimbabwe, was a token of his appreciation of the role played b Mozambique during their struggle for majority rule.
But the friendly relations between these men has aroused inter-party clashes. A spokesman for Joshua Nkomo's Patriotic Front (PF) accused Zanu-PF (Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front) of trying to turn the visit into a party spectacle, to the exclusion of Mr. Nkomo's followers.
However, Mr. Machel has been quick to praise the efforts of both men as heroes and to credit Mr. Nkomo as well as Mr. Mugabe with the creation of the new state of Zimbabwe.
As an honoured guest of the state Mr. Machel has been accompanied by the Prime Minister around the Shaw Barracks military training camp near Bulawayo. The military camps are the scene of a highly sensitive exercise of integrating two previous warring guerrilla factions into one united national army. One of the main problems facing the government and the British supervisors of the army training is how to create a common purpose for the three divergent groups, of Mr. Mugabe's and Mr. Nkomo's guerrilla forces and the white Rhodesian security forces.
The official visit includes a trip to the site of historic ruins near Fort Victoria, in the south east of the country, and also the wheat and sugar plantations known as the country's 'bread-basket'. Mr. Machel's wife accompanied him on this visit.
He showed a great interest in the site. The Zimbabwe Bird which features on the country's national flag is a copy of a stone carving found in these ancient ruins. The bird became the symbol of the newly independent state. Mr. Machel was keen to discuss the origins of the ruin with site archaeologist Mr. Cook. It is seen as an important step in discovering the rich history of this part of the African continent.
This visit by Mr. Machel is a further reinforcement of the strong alliance between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Although a directive to schoolchildren to attend the welcoming ceremony to their visitor was not accepted by many of the whites in the country, black children were keen to oblige and are still eager to show unity with neighbouring Mozambique.