ZIMBABWE: Fractious Land of Promise

A murder trial obscures an infant country's solid progress

A cortege of mourners had just filed along the dusty village street and assembled inside a modest frame house for the funeral of a local official of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) party. Suddenly an armed band of renegades attacked the group. A hand grenade was lobbed inside the house, and the walls were raked with a hail of automatic fire from Soviet-made AK-47s. Four of the mourners were killed; 16 were wounded.

The Shootout at Dzivarasekwa Township last week was one of the violent encounters between rival remnants...

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