• Short Summary

    TWO BRITISH MINISTERS ON A FACT-FINDING MISSION TO RHODESIA YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) FLEW IN TO THE HEART OF THE AFRICAN BUSH COUNTRY.

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    THE MINISTERS TALKING WITH CHIEF BINGA, LEADER OF THE TONGA TRIBE WHO INHABIT A REMOTE AREA NEAR LAKE KARIBA, MEETING HIS SEVEN WIVES AND CHILDREN, AND OTHER TRIBAL LEADERS, BEING PRESENTED WITH PIPES, LORD GARDINER HAVING A PUFF FOR THE BENEFIT OF CAMERAMEN, AND THE DANCING DISPLAY.




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    Background: TWO BRITISH MINISTERS ON A FACT-FINDING MISSION TO RHODESIA YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) FLEW IN TO THE HEART OF THE AFRICAN BUSH COUNTRY.THEY MET CHIEFS OF THE 30,000-STRONG TONGA TRIBE, SUCKED ON SMOKING PIPES PRESENTED TO THEM, AND WATCHED A SPECTACULAR DISPLAY OF TRIBAL DANCING.THE MINISTERS, THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, MR ARTHUR BOTTOMLEY, AND THE LORD CHANCELLOR, LORD GARDINER, ARE LOOKING INTO DIFFERING CLAIMS BY BOTH AFRICANS AND WHITES FOR INDEPENDENCE.

    THE MINISTERS HAD FLOWN TO BINGA, A SCATTERED COLLECTION OF HUTS WHICH FORM THE CAPITAL OF RHODESIA'S TONGALAND.THEY WERE MET BY CHIEF BINGA, WHO THEN INTRODUCED HIS SEVEN WIVES AND THREE DOZEN CHILDREN.

    THEY WERE PRESENTED WITH TRADITIONAL TONGA PIPES, WHICH ARE NORMALLY SMOKED BY WOMEN OF THE TRIBE., MR BOTTOMLEY SOON GOT DOWN TO BUSINESS , TELLING A GATHERING OF CHIEFS THAT THERE WERE CONSTITUTIONAL MEANS BY WHICH THEY COULD PLAY THEIR PART IN THE GOVERNMENT OF RHODESIA.HE WARNED THAT VIOLENCE WOULD NOT BE TOLERATED.

    LATER, LORD GARDINER - NORMALLY A PIPE SMOKER - THIRD HIS PRESENT FOR SIZE.HE SEEMED MORE THAN SATISFIED.BUT THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY WAS A SPECTACULAR TRIBAL DANCE BY THE TONGAS, WHO ARE REGARDED AS RHODESIA'S MOST PRIMITIVE AFRICANS.

    TODAY (SUNDAY), THE TWO MINISTERS ARE MEETING EUROPEAN AND AFRICAN FARMERS IN THE CENTENARY AND CHINESE AREAS, NORTH OF SALISBURY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAJWW2W939B401L40F5SUB7POV
    Media URN:
    VLVAJWW2W939B401L40F5SUB7POV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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