The Chronicle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, Au­gust 30,1966 — Twelve armed African ter­ror­ists, who un­der­went sab­o­tage train­ing in Al­ge­ria and Tan­za­nia, were smug­gled into Rhode­sia with in­struc­tions to fight and kill Euro­peans and po­lice, it was al­leged at a prepara­tory ex­am­i­na­tion at a Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

Be­fore the court were 11 men. They were com­mit­ted for trial be­fore the High Court by the mag­is­trate , Mr Rod­ney M Woodrow, on a charge of be­ing in pos­ses­sion of of­fen­sive weapons-an of­fence un­der the Law and Or­der (Main­te­nance Act).Yes­ter­day’s hear­ing was held in cam­era .Armed po­lice car­ry­ing a sub-ma­chine­gun, stood guard in­side the court.

The 11 men, all hand­cuffed sat in a line on a bench in front of the dock. At the re­quest of the Crown, Mr Woodrow or­dered un­der the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure and Ev­i­dence Act that the name of the po­lit­i­cal party they rep­re­sented and the places where they were ar­rested by po­lice be with­held.

The court was told that all 11 men ad­mit­ted in state­ments to the po­lice that they were found in pos­ses­sion of ma­chine­guns, au­to­matic ri­fles, pis­tols, hand grenades and det­o­na­tors, and a quan­tity of ex­plo­sive ma­te­rial. In his al­leged state­ment, one of the 11said that he was one of the 90 Africans who went to Al­ge­ria in 1965 for train­ing.

They were later trans­ferred to camps in Tan­za­nia where they un­der­went train­ing in the use of ex­plo­sives and au­to­matic weapons. Some of the group were sent to Zam­bia. But many were ar­rested try­ing to cross the bor­der with­out pass­ports.

The re­main­der went to Lusaka where they re­ported that some of their col­leagues were be­ing de­tained. Orders went through to the po­lice and the men were later re­leased. Twelve men in Lusaka were driven to the Zam­bezi River. They were armed with weapons and ex­plo­sives and in­structed to fight and kill Euro­peans and po­lice in the Gwelo, Nkai and Gokwe ar­eas.

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