In Zimbabwe, tight security has been imposed around the township of Chitungwiza following two days of fighting which left six dead.
SV Minister of Local Government & Housing Eddison Zvobgo speaking in English to crowd in Chitungwiza PAN TO GV crowd
GV Police patrolling area
GV Police standing by armoured vehicle AND PAN TO crowd by roadside
GV Crowd crossing road as ambulance drives by
CU Automatic weapon on policeman's hip PAN TO other
GV Police with weapons and radio crossing road
GV Armoured police vehicle drives along road
SCU Eddison Zvobro speaking in English and answering reporter's questions
TRANSCRIPTS: REPORTER: "Well, what's being done to curb the violence in Chitungwiza?"
ZVOBGO: "We have plans and programmes to ensure that violence will be curbed. You can see the number of police we have poured into here, the law enforcement officers. And now we want the people, the population, to cooperate with the police, in order to ensure that criminal elements will be quickly identified and deal with, and dealt with firmly."
REPORTER: "But this division between ZANU and ZAPU has been going on for 17 years, how do you think you can solve the problem now?"
ZVOBGO: "What is at issue is not a division between ZAPU and ZANU. What is at issue is criminality, criminals, murderers. And those ones we can live with other parties, but we can't live with criminals."
REPORTER: "Do you think it's possible to curb the violence without disarming the guerrillas?"
ZVOBGO: "We will smash all criminal elements in Chitungwiza so the people can live in peace."
REPORTER: "But the guerrillas are involved i this violence."
ZVOBGO: "Well, those who are involved will be identified and deal with. Thank you."
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Background: In Zimbabwe, tight security has been imposed around the township of Chitungwiza following two days of fighting which left six dead. Police reinforcements were moved in on Wednesday (18 November) to stop the feuding between rival guerrilla groups, and the Zimbabwe government has pledged to wipe out what it calls "criminal elements and murderers."
SYNOPSIS: As extra security forces were called in, Zimbabwe's Minister of Local Government, Mr. Eddison Zvobgo, was confronted by residents complaining of harassment by guerrillas. Mr. Zvobgo told the crowd to disperse with a guarantee that the government would restore peace.
The troubles at Chitungwiza, twelve miles (18 kilometres) south of Salisbury, stem from differences between the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army and its rival, the zimbabwe Peoples' Revolutionary Army. In the past seven months, fighting between the two sides has claimed the lives of ninety people in Chitungwiza alone. And the latest outbreak of trouble has added to fears of an escalation in the fighting. As a result, the government has sent in heavily armed squads of police to keep the peace.
Mr. Zvobgo, a member of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe's National Liberation Army, rejects the claim that violence results from inter-party rivalry. He says it is the work of subversive elements. Tension has been high since the pitched battles in Bulawayo which killed fifty-five people, but Mr. Zvobgo is confident the show of force from the authorities will restore calm.