US embassy cable - 89HARARE4004

RENAMO KILLS MORE CIVILIANS IN NORTHERN ZIMBABWE

Identifier: 89HARARE4004
Wikileaks: View 89HARARE4004 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 1989-07-12 13:13:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PTER PHUM MZ ZI
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
R 121313Z JUL 89
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 2358
INFO AMEMBASSY LILONGWE
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA
AMEMBASSY MAPUTO
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
SECDEF WASHDC//USD/P
USCINCEUR VAIHINGEN GE//ECJ4
C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 04004 
 
LONDON FOR KOLKER 
 
E.O. 12356: DECL: OADR 
TAGS:  PTER, PHUM, MZ, ZI 
SUBJECT:  RENAMO KILLS MORE CIVILIANS IN NORTHERN 
          ZIMBABWE 
 
REF:  A. HARARE 2478 (NOTAL), B. 88 HARRE 6792 
 
1. (U) ACCORDING TO LOCAL PRESS REPORTS, ON THE NIGHT OF 
JULY 1, RENAMO KILLED FOUR CIVILIANS IN AN ATTACK IN THE 
RUSHINGA AREA OF NORTHERN ZIMBABWE.  THE ATTACK5S SHOT 
DEAD A 27 YEAR OLD FARMER AND THEN BURNED DOWN THE HUT 
CONTAINING HIS WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN, AGED FIVE AND TWO 
YEARS OLD. AN EARLIER ATTACK IN THE SAME AREA WAS 
REPORTED REF A. 
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2. (C) POLOFF SPOKE ON JULY12 WITH FATHER HANSKO OF 
MARYMOUNT MISSION ABOUT THE REFAMO ATTACK.  HANSKO SAI 
THAT THE JULY 1 ATTACK TOOK PLACE SOME 10 KM INSIDE THE 
BORDER WITH MOZAMBIQUE AND SOME 40 KM FROM THE MISSION. 
AN EARLIER ATTACK, PERHAPS THAT REPORTED REF A, TOOK 
PLACE ONLY 1.5 KM FROM THE MISSION.  HANSKO SAID, HOWEVER, 
THAT SECURITY AT THE MISSION IS NOT A PROBLEM.  SOME 100 
PEOPLE ARE NOW LIVING NEARBY IN ORDER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE 
OF THE PROTECTION AFFORDED BY THE POLICE ENCAMPED THERE 
(REF B).  THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN "GENTLY" ENCOURAGING 
PEOPLE FROM ISOLATED BORDER SETTLEMENTS TO SEEK 
PROTECTION AT NIGHT AT SUCH GUARDED POINTS AS PART OF 
ITS "VILLAGIZATION" PROGRAM.  THE GOVERNMENT IS ALREADY 
PROVIDING THOSE WHO AGREE TO SO GATHER WITH FOOD AID. 
HANSKO BELIEVES THE GOVERNMENT'S PROGRAM TO BE WELL 
ADVISED.  HE ESTIMATES THAT HALF OF THE POPULATION EAST 
OF MARYMOUNT TO THE BORDER HAS FLED SINCE RENAMO BEGAN 
HITTING THE AREA.  HENSKO ADDED THAT WHILE HE IS HOPEFUL 
THAT THE SIGNS OF MOVEMENT TOWARD NEGOTIATIONS IN 
MOZAMBIQUE WILL LEAD TO REAL PEACE, HE IS AFRAID THAT 
IN ANY LEADUP TO TALKS, RENAMO WILL SEEK TO INCREASE 
ITS LEVERAGE OVER THE GOZ BY INCREASING ITS ATTACKS 
IN ZIMBABWE. 
 
 
LARSEN 

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