INTRODUCTION: In Zimbabwe, army camps damaged in clashes between two factions in the military in Bulawayo last February are being repaired by the government.
GV PAN Hut in former Zanla camp where renovations beginning
SV Damage to buildings from fighting in February (2 shots)
SV Workers in camp and rows of building materials
GV PAN Empty buildings PAN workers rebuilding roof (2 shots)
SV Workmen repairing water pipes
GV PAN Repaired buildings in former Zipra camps (2 shots)
SV Villagers who now live in camp (4 shots)
GV Mother with babies walking down road in camp
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Zimbabwe, army camps damaged in clashes between two factions in the military in Bulawayo last February are being repaired by the government. So far, two-thirds of the houses have been repaired and they're being bought by civilians.
SYNOPSIS: The fighting that broke out was between former Zanla loyal to the Prime Minister, Mr. Robert Mugabe and the mean of Mr. Joshua Nkomo's old Zipra army. On independence, the former guerrillas had been formed into an integrated batallion, but in February, a fight in a beer hall started running battles in the streets.
Automatic weapons were used in the fighting and the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office, Mr. Manangagwa, put the death toll at two hundred although at the time, some estimates put the toll much higher. The integrated batallion was deployed here in Bulawayo's western suburb of Entumbane after training which ended in December last year.
The township was all but destroyed in three days of pitched battles in the streets. Integration of the Zipra and Zanla armies is seen as a critical test for Zimbabwe's future stability. To defuse the crisis Zanla forces were moved to a separate camp north of Bulawayo. But that didn't end the trouble.
The two thousand Zipra men refused to give up their weapons until the personal intervention of Mr. Nkomo.
The Zimbabwe government started repairing the army camps in June. Two-thirds are now complete and are being bought by civilians. A further 1500 damaged civilian homes near the camps are being repaired by the Bulawayo City Council.