A new parliamentary session began in Zimbabwe on June 15, the third since independence in 1980.
SV EXTERIOR National flag outside parliament building ZOOM OUT TO LV
LV People gathered outside building PAN TO native women who begin chanting (2 shots)
SV Bishop Abel Muzorewa walking along past camera
SV MP walking along past camera
SV ZOOM INTO SCU Prime Minister Robert Mugabe out of car, crowd watching (2 shots)
GV Cavalry trot by and President Banana's limousine arrives, he emerges
SV People cheering PAN ALONG crowd, some holding placards
SV Placard; "Third Session, Progress and work: That's our cries"
SV Women holding placard
SV President Banana entering building
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Background: A new parliamentary session began in Zimbabwe on June 15, the third since independence in 1980. Hundreds of people were outside the parliament buildings when member of both legislative houses arrived amid scenes of colour and pomp. Political observers said the new session would contain a heavy programme, with more than 30 Bills mooted for discussion. The Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Eddison Zvobgo, had said earlier this year there were likely to be major changes to the Constitution. The first phase is the Constitutional Bill, which mainly seeks to outlaw dual citizenship a clause which former Rhodesian governments insisted must be part of any Constitution they were prepared to accept. At the end of July, the parliament is scheduled to debate the renewal of the state of emergency, the sixth since independence. It is felt that the renewal would not be challenged because of dissident activity, which has made the government send police and troops into Matabeleland.