INTRODUCTION: Guerilla leader Sam Nujoma promised a safe future for the white minority in an independent Namibia (South West Africa) at the end of his recent visit to Zimbabwe.
SV Tribal dancers.
CU PAN Man with slogan PAN TO crowd.
LV Nujoma arrives by car and is greeted by Prime Minister Mugabe.
CU Nujoma waves to crowd.
GV & CU Nujoma and Mugabe waving to crowd from open car. (3 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM INTO CU Nujoma speaking to crowd in English.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 6: NUJOMA:"Namibian independence is inevitable. Whether racist South Africa want it or not. Whether the American imperialists and the other capitalist countries who are supplying jet fighters, helicopters, (INDISTINCT) and the other weapons of destruction to the racist regime of South Africa to maintain its grip on Namibia while they continue through their multinational corporations to exploit Namibian mineral wealth such as copper, diamonds, uranium and others, while the masses of our people are suffering from hunger, disease and ignorance."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Guerilla leader Sam Nujoma promised a safe future for the white minority in an independent Namibia (South West Africa) at the end of his recent visit to Zimbabwe. His promise came at a rally in Salisbury which climaxed his week-long visit.
SYNOPSIS: The mass rally, attended by thirty thousand people, took place at Salisbury's Rufaro Football Stadium. Mr. Nujoma - president of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) was promoting solidarity between the people of Zimbabwe and SWAPO.
Mr. Nujoma was greeted at the rally by Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe. Mr. Mugabe has pledged to provide moral, military and political support for Mr. Nujoma's SWAPO, but he said his country would not provide bases for the nationalist movement. He said SWAPO have training bases elsewhere and did not need them in the Zimbabwe region.
Mr. Nujoma told the crowd that SWAPO was ready to take part in free elections in Namibia, which is currently ruled by South Africa. It would also accept the outcome of those elections. He guaranteed the safety of white settlers in Namibia, and said SWAPO would welcome them to live side by side with African people. Multinational companies operating there would also be welcome to stay. But he hit out at South Africa and the Western powers and rejected Western efforts to draw up constitutional plans for the region.