• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe faces bitter political controversy in the wake of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe's first Cabinet reshuffle.

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    1.
    SV & SV PAN Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe sitting at table surrounded by microphone and newsmen in room (2 shots)
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    2.
    SCU Mr. Mugabe speaking in English
    0.42

    3.
    SV PAN Newsmen and Mr. Mugabe on rostrum
    0.48

    4.
    SCU Mr. Mugabe speaking
    1.55


    SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)



    SEQ. 2: MUGABE: "He is an innocent man in respect of that but I felt he needed a bit of rest and I have decided to give him that rest so he can recover from the pressures and strains he has had and be fit for reinforcing us at a later stage. But for now he needs quite a lot of rest."



    SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)



    SEQ. 4: MUGABE: "He happened to unfortunately head a department which needed transformation over a long period and transformation seemed to lag behind public expectation. And so most of the criticism of the police -- because the police had been military, and so remained conservative and kind of paramilitary in outlook -- became a criticism by the public of Comrade Nkomo which was completely unjustified. And there has therefore been this unforium be impression created and so it is because of that lack of rapport that has existed that I felt he should head another ministry. But he has been doing his best and I give him credit for all that he has done in very difficult circumstances."





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    Background: INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe faces bitter political controversy in the wake of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe's first Cabinet reshuffle. Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of the minority coalition ZAPU-PF party has refused to accept demotion from the Home Affairs Ministry, even though his party's strength in the Cabinet has been increased in the reshuffle and one of his main opponents, Manpower Planning Minister Edgar Tekere, has been removed. Mr. Nkomo's supporters believe the reshuffle leaves Mr. Mugabe's arty in virtual control of all important ministries and they claim that Mr. Mugabe has broken agreements that the two parties should share security portfolios. The present deadlock has raised fears that relations between the two parties could again reach the same levels as they did in November, when 58 people died in factional clashes.

    SYNOPSIS: When Mr. Mugabe announced his reshuffle on Saturday (10 January), he was asked if Mr. Tekere's removal was connected with his recent trial on charges of murdering a white farm manager.

    Mr. Mugabe explained why Mr. Nkomo is losing his job controlling Zimbabwe's police.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAWQF2FGPBEEKUBRMTCUBYRBV5
    Media URN:
    VLVAWQF2FGPBEEKUBRMTCUBYRBV5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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