INTRODUCTION: Government troops in Zimbabwe have halted nearly a week of factional fighting between guerrilla supporters of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe and rival groups loyal to Patriotic Front leader Joshau Nkomo.
SV EXTERIOR Government troops putting dead body onto van.
GV Armed government troops in fighting positions. (2 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM INTO CU Military personnel uncovering dead body on roadside.
TRACKING SHOT ALONG Entumbane military camp.
SV Damaged camp buildings.
SCU PF-ZIPRA Chief Joshua Nkomo speaking in English.
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SEQ 6: NKOMO: "What we have done was to get the combined military command to agree firstly the armed men will be removed from Bulawayo and placed outside the area. To me it's a problem that stems out of the failure of the British, or the refusal of the British, when we wanted to have the national army formed before elections. They flatly refused."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Government troops in Zimbabwe have halted nearly a week of factional fighting between guerrilla supporters of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe and rival groups loyal to Patriotic Front leader Joshau Nkomo.
SYNOPSIS: Some of the worst fighting was here in Bulawayo, where a beer-hall brawl on Saturday (7 February) developed into a full-scale battle. Three battalions of the new national army divided along factional lines and the town was taken over by rebels loyal to Mr. Nkomo on Monday night (9 February). Government troops, led by whites, moved in with mortars and guns, and by Thursday afternoon (12 February) the rebels were crushed.
Nearly a week of fighting between tribal and political factions in Zimbabwe has left a toll of more than a hundred dead, hundreds more injured and thousands made homeless.
Now Mr. Mugabe's government plans to move the guerrilla camps out of the town. His coalition partner Mr. Nkomo blamed Britain for the current situation.