On August 2, Zimbabwe's Opposition leader Joshua Nkomo said he had agreed with Prime Minister Robert Mugabe on joint action to deal with the violence currently sweeping through the southern province of Matabeleland.
GV PAN Open countryside with BBC reporter standing by a tree. (2 SHOTS)
SV Spot where bodies of three tourists were found. (2 SHOTS)
SVs Tourists on camp site. (4 SHOTS)
CU Holiday maker speaking to journalist.
SV People listening to radio and writing. (4 SHOTS)
GV/SV Military helicopter landing and Zimbabwe soldiers searching through bush and interviewing villagers. (4 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: FOREIGN HOLIDAY MAKER: (SEQ 4) "It is perhaps coming the same situation, captured also, and that's frightened us a little bit, of course."
Background: On August 2, Zimbabwe's Opposition leader Joshua Nkomo said he had agreed with Prime Minister Robert Mugabe on joint action to deal with the violence currently sweeping through the southern province of Matabeleland. The men had a two-hour meeting at the request of Mr. Nkomo, leader of the Zimbabwe African People's Union Party (ZAPU), repeatedly blamed by the government for the country's latest troubles. It was the first known meeting between the two men since Mr. Nkomo was dismissed from the cabinet in February for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. Mr. Nkomo, a close ally of Mr. Mugabe in the struggle for the country's independence, denies any involvement with incidents which have caused 30 deaths in the last four months. The corpses of three tourists were found in the bush on August 1, two have been identified as Britons. Foreign holidaymakers say they are frightened. Three girls on holiday in Bulawayo were kidnapped in mid-July by armed gunmen. They have now been released, but have had no news of their six male companions kidnapped on the same day. The search goes on for the six men, two Americans, two Britons and two Australians, who, according to the government are being held by ex-guerrillas loyal to Mr. Nkomo. The kidnappers have threatened to kill their captives unless top ZAPU officials are released from prison, where they are being held on treason charges.