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    The black African nationalist leader, Bishop Abel Mozorewa, has accused the Rhodesian and British governments of playing games while Rhodesia bleeds.

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    GV PAN Burnt out kraal near Mount Drawin, Rhodesia

    SV PAN Burnt bodies amidst ruins of building

    CU Army officer and District Commissioner speaking over shots of burnt bodies

    GV PAN Burnt out kraal

    OFFICER: "Some time on Friday night a group of terrorists which were obviously (indistinct) from the letter they left behind came to this (indistinct), herded the women and children straight out of their beds into the hut you have already seen and then set the hut alight and the (indistinct) has completely incinerated the bodies. We estimate that there are twenty two to twenty three bodies in that hut."

    REPORTER: "These were all members of one family?"

    OFFICER: "All were members of one family. The farmer had nine wives."

    REPORTER: "Mr. (indistinct), you are the District Commissioner here. You have been on the scene since this morning?"

    DISTRICT COMMISSIONER: "I have never seen anything like this."

    OFFICER: "This is he note left at the scene of the atrocity. It is signed by (indistinct) and says: 'Zimbabwe comes from the barrel of a gun. Forward with Zanu.' It calls 'You Smith, soldiers you are dogs, pigs and baboons'---that's obviously calling the kettle---the pot calling the kettle black. And various other derogatory remarks signed (indistinct). It goes on to say that this day you will see how bad we can be. (indistinct)."

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    Background: The black African nationalist leader, Bishop Abel Mozorewa, has accused the Rhodesian and British governments of playing games while Rhodesia bleeds. In a prepared press statement issued on Thursday (21 July), the Bishop said the general election proposed by Premier Ian Smith for the 31st of August was an indulgence in power politics while Rhodesia and its people bled to death. Ironically, the authorities announced the same day that a family of 23 Africans had been burned to death in a hut near their home in northeastern Rhodesia.

    The black nationalist Patriotic Front has blamed the massacre on what they call the "murderous and notorious" Selous Scouts -- a special corps of highly-trained officers and men attached to the Rhodesian army. A Patriotic Front spokesman is reported to have said: "No freedom fighter can carry out such a mission of eliminating the people he is supposed to defend."
    SYNOPSIS: This grim evidence of the continuing conflict was found just after dawn at an African homestead 200 kilometres (124 miles) northeast of Salisbury. The charred bodies lying at grotesque angles in the still-smoking ruins bear mute testimony to the problems involved in trying to find a peaceful settlement to Rhodesia's troubles. All those killed belonged to the family of farmer John Chiriwa. They included his nine wives and thirteen children. After inspecting the scene of the massacre a Rhodesian army officer gave his version of the story to a Rhodesian Broadcasting Corporation reporter.

    Reuters News Agency quotes Government sources in Salisbury as saying that Mr. Smith is still determined to go ahead with his planned elections.

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