• Short Summary

    MATABELELAND, ZIMBABWE/ LONDON, U.K.

    In Zimbabwe, two white farmers and their grand daughters were killed on March 18, at their farm in Nyamandlovu, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Bulawayo, the capital of Matabeleland.

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    MATABELELAND. (CHILTON - MARCH 19)
    1. GV Stratford farm in Nyamandlovu, near Bulawayo 0.04
    2. SV Farm workers 0.08
    3. GV Police entering kitchen where murders took place 0.13
    4. SV Police and security forces in farm (3 shots) 0.21
    5. SV PULL BACK TO GV Police guarding farm workers (3 shots) 0.44
    6. GV Helicopter TILT DOWN Farm workers seated under guard 0.55
    7. GVs AND PAN Troops alighting from helicopter (2 shots) 1.05
    8. GV Helicopter surveying area around farm 1.16
    LONDON. (BBC - MARCH 21)
    9. SCU Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwe opposition leader speaking (ENGLISH SOT) 1.49
    SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE NINE): NKOMO: "My reaction is that of condemnation. Any killing of anybody in Zimbabwe, whether he is black or white, I have condemned the killings by the Fifth Brigade and I condemn this killing. I don't know who are responsible. I understand that some government spokesman said supporters on Nkomo. This is absolutely nonsense. One would have expected these people, before saying stupid things like this, to have apprehended these people."
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    Background: MATABELELAND, ZIMBABWE/ LONDON, U.K.

    In Zimbabwe, two white farmers and their grand daughters were killed on March 18, at their farm in Nyamandlovu, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Bulawayo, the capital of Matabeleland. Police claim guerillas arrived at the farm of Erick and Christine Stratford after local workers had said the couple were bad employers. On March 21, police were still looking for the killers, who shot the Stratfords and their 15 and 16-year-old grand-daughters after ransacking the house. Prime Minister Robert Mugabe recently sent troops of the Fifth Brigade to crush dissident forces in the area. Police leading the murder hunt said the culprits were likely to belong to dissident forces of ZAPU, the party led by Opposition leader Joshua Nkomo, who has now fled the country. According to the president of Zimbabwe's Commercial Farmers' Union (CFU), Mr Jim Sinclair, farmers were calling for a return of weapons they surrendered during a disarmament campaign launched shortly after Zimbabwe became independent. Mr Nkomo, speaking from London on March 21, denounced the murders and said he did not know who was responsible. He repudiated suggestions that troops of the ZAPU party, loyal to himself, were responsible.

    Source: BBC AND REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA2R2VHZYWEXX43NABQYLFGS4N
    Media URN:
    VLVAA2R2VHZYWEXX43NABQYLFGS4N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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