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On the 18th April 1980 I was seated in the stands at Rufaro Stadium in Harare immediately behind Indira Gandhi from India and to the right of the podium where Prince Charles and Robert Mugabe sat for the flag raising ceremony at midnight. Like most Zimbabweans it was a night of mixed emotions – relief that the long years of a savage civil war were over, the years of mandatory UN sanctions were behind us and perhaps new opportunities lay ahead.