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Murder Trial Opens in Zimbabwe; Deeper Political Divisions at Stake

Zimbabwe’s High Court has begun hearing a case the government hopes will prove that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change is what the government calls a terrorist organization. Six men, including an opposition member of parliament, are accused of murdering Cain Nkala, a veteran of Zimbabwe’s war for independence, 13 months ago in the city of Bulawayo. The state’s first witness was Sikhumdudzo Nkala, who said she did not recognize any of the accused from the night she saw her husband kidnapped and bundled into a vehicle. At the time of his death, Mr. Nkala was out of prison on bail, accused of abducting an opposition election official, who was never seen again. Following his death, the government, including President Robert Mugabe, accused the Movement for Democratic Change of being a terrorist organization. Full Story

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