Zimbabwe mass grave raises questions ahead of elections

2011-03-31 10:45

Chibondo – Hundreds of skeletons found in a mine shaft have brought a macabre thrust to election campaigning in Zimbabwe, but the presence of some corpses still with skin, hair and body fluids has raised doubts over claims that colonial-era troops committed the massacres more than 30 years ago.

Pathologists say visual evidence may point to more recent killings.

Since President Robert Mugabe called for elections later this year, his party and state media have mounted a campaign to discredit rivals and Western critics of his authoritarian rule.

Mugabe party loyalists last month launched a programme to exhume skeletons in the mine shaft in northeastern Zimbabwe, saying the country’s former rulers were guilty of human rights violations far outweighing any accusations of rights abuses levelled against Mugabe.

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