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    BULAWAYO, MATABELELAND, ZIMBABWE

    Zimbabwe's opposition leader Joshua Nkomo on February 2 accused government troops of mass murder, rape and looting in his home province of Matabeleland.

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    1. CU PULL BACK TO SV: Refugees in church (2 shots) 0.09
    2. SV: Girl showing injury marks on her back. 0.21
    3. GVs and SVs: People in village washing and eating (4 shots) 0.34
    4. SV: Nkomo speaking to reporter (SOT) 1.10
    SPEECH TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQ. 4.
    NKOMO: "There is a breakdown in law and order on the official side. It is a tragedy."
    REPORTER: "Are you saying the government is thing to destroy your party?"
    NKOMO: "Whoever is trying to do it. This young man has said they have claimed in most cases that they are not government army. They are not policemen. They are the Fifth-Brigade and they are loyal to ZANU-PF. They have told a number of victims that."
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    Background: BULAWAYO, MATABELELAND, ZIMBABWE

    Zimbabwe's opposition leader Joshua Nkomo on February 2 accused government troops of mass murder, rape and looting in his home province of Matabeleland. Mr. Nkomo, the ZAPU leader, said the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade, set up by Prime Minster Robert Mugabe as a specialist army unit to handle dissident guerrillas, was in danger of running out of control against civilians. He appealed in the Zimbabwe Parliament to Mr. Mugabe to set up an immediate inquiry. The Government denied the allegations. Hundreds of refugees set up camp in Bulawayo, the Matabeleland capital, to escape from the troops. They told reporters of scenes of violence and one girl showed cameramen the injuries she claimed she suffered when beaten by troops. The Government said the dissidents were former Nkomo guerrillas from the time of the Rhodesian civil war which preceded Zimbabwe's independence in 1980. Mr. Nkomo said he had no idea who they were and condemned them as vermin. The Parliament members of the ruling ZANU-PF party said the trouble was often caused by dissidents posing as army personnel.

    Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON

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    Film ID:
    VLVA440Y34CKZQZEE8G53P5EIQYC0
    Media URN:
    VLVA440Y34CKZQZEE8G53P5EIQYC0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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