Newsmen in Rhodesia were shown the alleged results of atrocities by anti-Government guerrillas during a tour of a "protected" village on Friday (6 September).
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Background: Newsmen in Rhodesia were shown the alleged results of atrocities by anti-Government guerrillas during a tour of a "protected" village on Friday (6 September).
The tour of the new Chiwese tribal trust land was arranged for newsmen by the Rhodesian Government and was conducted by Provincial Commissioner, Mr. Geoffrey Henson. A number of clergymen were included in the party.
During the tour, the journalists and clergymen were shown the bodies of two guerrillas alleged to have been responsible for more than 40 incidents -- including murder and rape -- in the district in the past eight months. They had been hunted down by a special police team earlier in the week.
The bodies were identified by a 36-year-old black farm worker, Asimi Wasiri, who told reporters from hiss wheel chair that the two guerrillas had left him for dead. They had accused him of being an informer, hacked off one of his legs with an axe and almost severed the other.
The newsmen also spoke with another man, Samuel Chikonabaya, who allegedly had his upper lip cut off by guerrillas.
The Chiwese tribal trust land -- about 37 miles (60 kilometres) north of Salisbury, the capital -- is the home of 40,000 tribespeople who have been moved into 21 wire-enclosed villages from their traditional lands nearer the Zambian border.
The Provincial Commissioner -- responsible for Rhodesia's troubled north-east border area -- said the movement of tribespeople into protected villages had been done "only after a great deal of soul-searching".
Water supplies and sanitary facilities in the "protected villages" are not yet adequate, an Ministry of Health officials have moved in to try to stop the spread of recent cholera outbreaks.