In Bulawayo, government troops from the 5th Brigade were much in evidence on March 6 and 7 as they patrolled the streets with their weapons after a claim that they had been sent to kill a senior Opposition party leader.
1. GV TRACKING SHOT Troops line the streets in Bulawayo. 0.06
2. GV Armed troops walk through street, 5th Brigade government soldiers with red berets.(2 shots) 0.24
3. CU PULL BACK GV Gates padlocked at the front of Joshua Nkomo's home. 0.29
4. GV PAN Car with smashed windows at rear of home PAN Chauffeur's lodge. 0.34
5. SV INTERIOR CU Ransacked scenes in lodge. Mattress with large blood stains.(3 shots) 0.49
6. GV Street scene in Bulawayo. 0.52
7. GV Residents, standing in streets, in garden, watch troops patrol streets in lorries. (4 shots) 1.07
8. SV Nkomo speaks. (SOT) 1.58
9. SV Family sit in open.(2 shots) 2.05
10. SV Resident speaks.(SOT) 2.13
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 8):
NKOMO:"I didn't fancy going back there. I didn't think it was safe. But I've had descriptions from people who have seen that place. It is quite obvious that the search for the arms was in fact a cover. The aim was to come and kill me."
QUESTION:"So what are you going to do now? Are you running for cover?"
NKOMO:"Do I look like I'm running? I'm here in Bulawayo. And I should say that this, to me, it is something I never thought a responsible person could do."
RESIDENT (SEQ. 10): "They lined us here. They took us from the houses and lined us here. Wanting to shoot us all."
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In Bulawayo, government troops from the 5th Brigade were much in evidence on March 6 and 7 as they patrolled the streets with their weapons after a claim that they had been sent to kill a senior Opposition party leader. The gates at the home of Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU), were locked, and cars at the rear of his Pelandaba house had their windows smashed. Mr. Nkomo said that government forces had been ordered to kill him and his chauffeur. The driver's lodge at the rear had been ransacked and the mattress had several large blood stains on it. Troops told people to stay in their houses, and Reuters reported that up to 1,000 were arrested, including a ZAPU member of Parliament. Mr. Nkomo was the Home Affairs (Interior) Minister in the first post-independence government of ZANU leader adn Prime Minister, Mr. Robert Mugabe. But he was demoted after one year, and finally sacked by Mr. Mugabe on grounds that he was plotting a coup. At a news conference, held at a secret address in Bulawayo, on March 7, Mr. Nkomo said that government forces had tried to kill him in his home. He said he had no intention of returning there, and that he found it difficult to believe such a thing could happen. Other residents of the country's second city told of their encounters with security forces. One man said that he and his family had been told to line up in their garden as they were all going to be shot.
Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTERN