August 17, 2007
Michael Evan,s Defence Editor and Fred Bridgland in Johannesburg
British military commanders are reviewing contingency plans for the
evacuation of up to 22,000 Britons from Zimbabwe after months of rising
violence and food shortages.
The Ministry of Defence has been asked to look urgently at what logistical
help it could provide amid "real concerns" in Whitehall about Zimbabwe's
slide into chaos.
Diplomatic sources said that the review was focusing on a "civil contingency
plan", which included seeking help from neighbouring countries. There is no
plan to send in troops. "Military evacuation from a third country would only
be used as a last resort," one source said.
Under existing plans, Britons would be advised to take routes out of
Zimbabwe into South Africa and to head for a former military base at
Artonvilla in Limpopo province. The MoD has been asked to consider whether
it could help in the airlift of Britons from the region. The diplomatic
sources said that if the MoD were unable to do so, chartered commercial
aircraft would fly the evacuees to Britain.
"At the last count there were between 17,500 and 22,000 British nationals
still living in Zimbabwe. If there was an evacuation they would be entitled
to bring their families and dependants with them, which is what happened
when we evacuated British passport holders from Lebanon last year," an
Thirteen months ago Royal Navy ships helped to evacuate some 4,600 people,
of whom 2,230 were British passport holders, from Beirut to Cyprus, to
escape the war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. The evacuation,
however, was launched with the approval of the host country and the Israeli
military. Britain would have to take a far less interventionist role in the
event of a decision to move Britons from Zimbabwe if it were to avoid a
confrontation with President Mugabe's Government.
The trigger for approving a "national evacuation order" would be a sudden
and sustained escalation in violence or a deliberate targeting of Britons on
a wide scale.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said there was no evidence at this
stage of British people being threatened. However, the Foreign Office travel
advice for Zimbabwe, which was updated last week, says: "The current
situation is unpredictable, volatile and could deteriorate quickly, without
Political leaders from southern African countries formed a laager, or
defensive circle, around Mr Mugabe yesterday, publicly lauding as a hero the
man who has brought his country to the brink of collapse.
Mr Mugabe was greeted with cheers, applause, dancing and laughter from
fellow dignitaries when he arrived in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, for the
two-day summit of leaders of the 14-nation Southern African Development
Community. He flew in aboard one of Air Zimbabwe's remaining serviceable
Boeing aircraft, which was taken off its passenger flight schedule by
Mr Mugabe, 83, smiled broadly as he acknowledged the rapturous welcome,
louder and more enthusiastic than for any of the other heads of state or
government. The reception dented any lingering hopes that African leaders,
in particular President Mbeki of South Africa, would put pressure on Mr
Mugabe to step aside.
Mike Mulongoti, the host country's Minister of Information, said: "Zambia
cannot impose its will on Zimbabwe, just as Zimbabwe cannot impose its will
on Zambia." But he admitted that, as Zimbabwe's plight worsened by the day,
all that the community's leaders could do was to "quietly whisper to each
other our concerns".
Patrick Chinamasa, Zimbabwe's combative Justice Minister, rejected the need
for political reform. "There are no political reforms necessary in my
country," Mr Chinamasa said. "We are a democracy like any other democracy in
In Zimbabwe, a 15-year-old schoolboy and a security guard were crushed to
death as hordes of shoppers tried to buy scarce sugar in Bulawayo, the
country's second city. Several others were injured at the Entumbane shopping
A Government order slashing the price of all goods and services by half in
June has led to panic buying and hoarding and critical shortages of maize
meal, bread, meat, petrol and other basic commodities. A thousand people had
lined up from 6am in an attempt to buy some sugar, according to the
government-owned Chronicle newspaper.
Zimbabwe has the fastest declining economy in the world. Inflation has
spiralled to more than 4,500 per cent and unemployment is at more than 80
There are serious shortages of food and all basic commodities. Millions of
Zimbabweans have fled to neighbouring countries, including three million to
Friday 17 August 2007
LUSAKA - Southern African leaders on Thursday settled for public posturing
rather than confronting embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe whose
widely condemned policies look set to derail the region's ambitious economic
Political observers said Southern African Development Community (SADC)
leaders meeting in the Zambia capital, Lusaka, for the 27th annual regional
summit chose the inconvenience of living with a deranged neighbour rather
than facing the crisis head-on.
The observers discounted any prospects of any major breakthrough on the
long-running Zimbabwean crisis.
Incoming SADC chairman and host President Levy Mwanawasa set the tone at the
beginning of the two-day summit by pledging to stand by Zimbabwe's side.
Mwanawasa said SADC was always ready to assist resolve the problems in
Zimbabwe. The Zambian leader appealed to Zimbabweans to maintain unity even
as the country faces political and economic crises.
"My strong advice to my brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe, therefore, is that
maintain peace and stability at all costs because the opposite will just
push your beautiful country even further backwards. SADC is there for you,"
The Zambian leader, who early this year referred to Zimbabwe as a "sinking
Titanic", urged other southern African leaders to be mindful of the
difficulties that Zimbabweans were currently experiencing.
"In the meantime, SADC is there for you," he told the Zimbabwean delegation.
The incoming SADC chairman's opening comments resonated in Harare where it
was already being seen as another diplomatic coup for the 83-year-old Mugabe
who is accused of running the once-prosperous economy into the ground.
Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba was quoted by Zambia's The Post newspaper
as having said that Harare expected "nothing short of an extension of the
solidarity expressed by the region during the SADC extraordinary summit held
in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in March this year."
Harare also celebrated the rapturous reception received by Mugabe at the
start of the SADC summit.
Observers said, while the regional body was uneasy about the goings-on in
Zimbabwe, the liberation movement mentality was going to carry the day for
Most of the countries in the region have relations dating back to days of
the liberation struggle against white minority rule.
Mugabe played a crucial role in the liberation of South Africa and Namibia,
and helped the governments of Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of
Congo repel rebel attacks.
Analysts say Mugabe would be banking on these historical ties when South
Africa's President Thabo Mbeki tables a much-awaited report on his mediation
role in the Zimbabwe crisis talks involving Mugabe's ZANU PF party and the
opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa on Wednesday told the media
that Harare saw no justification in resuming dialogue with the MDC, which he
accused of engaging in a violent campaign to remove Mugabe from power.
He repeated the position on Thursday when he rejected calls for political
reforms in Zimbabwe.
"Political reform is not necessary in my country because we are a democracy
like any other democracy in the world," said Chinamasa, who is part of the
ZANU PF team negotiating with the MDC. - ZimOnline
Friday 17 August 2007
By Thabang Mathebula
BULAWAYO - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has allegedly deployed
hundreds of illegal foreign currency buyers in Bulawayo and Harare in a bid
to raise scarce hard cash to finance desperately needed grain, fuel and
power imports, ZimOnline has learnt.
Sources at the central bank said the RBZ has for several months combed the
streets of Bulawayo and Harare using its own network of buyers in search of
elusive United States dollars and South African rands.
The bank is allegedly injecting more than Z$80 billion daily to its network
in each of the two main cities to buy all the foreign currency available on
A senior RBZ security officer said the bank had more than 40 foreign
currency dealers operating in Bulawayo and almost double that number in
"Upon delivery, the cash is taken to a special operations department which
is overseen by Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) state security agents
attached to the bank," said the RBZ source.
The special security department is responsible for recruiting and running
the buyers, disbursing the cash and setting the daily parallel market rates.
"They are also responsible for direct supervision of the buyers on the
streets," said the source.
ZimOnline was introduced to some of the RBZ illegal foreign currency dealers
in Bulawayo who operate mainly along the city's Fort Street.
Some of the illegal dealers said they had been working for the central bank
for three months, and disclosed that the bulk of the foreign currency traded
on Bulawayo's streets ended up in RBZ vaults.
"One in every three foreign currency dealers you see are either fully
employed or contracted to buy currency for the central bank," said one of
the dealers who requested anonymity.
The illegal currency dealer said they also acted on behalf of private
companies, but these were a minority.
Most of the RBZ dealers do not carry the cash, which is kept by bank
officials and is only released when they find foreign currency sellers.
"They used to give us the cash but because of a number of incidents where
people disappeared with the cash, they now deploy their own people who keep
the cash, leaving us with the sole duty of catching the customers. The (RBZ)
cars are our mobile ATMs," said another dealer.
Contacted for comment, RBZ governor Gideon Gono denied the bank's
involvement in the parallel market but said there were times when they were
forced to resort to "desperate measures" to source foreign currency.
"As a matter of policy, the RBZ does not deal in any way with the parallel
market," said Gono.
He said any dealers claiming to be buying foreign currency on behalf of the
RBZ were misleading the public.
He added: "Our involvement has been limited to fighting the parallel market
with a view to shutting it down."
The RBZ chief conceded that there were times when the bank resorted to
bending the rules and bought hard cash from the parallel market to "finance
key national interests, but you will also realise that such matters are
sensitive as they involve national security."
Gono is reported to have last week suspended a senior official in the bank's
foreign currency acquisition section for allegedly swindling the bank of
billions through a scam in which the official inflated rates at which he
bought hard cash from the parallel market.
Zimbabwe is battling its worst economic recession that has manifested itself
in acute shortages of fuel, raw materials and basic commodities. - ZimOnline
Friday 17 August 2007
MUTARE - Mutare City Council could have lost billions of dollars following
allegations that the imposed ruling ZANU PF commission running the city has
been disposing of council property among its members at below market prices.
The unelected Fungayi Chaeruka-led commission is accused of not following
procedures in the disposal of a motor vehicle and house recently sold to the
chairperson and his deputy, Irene Zindi.
A businessman, Chaeruka is alleged to have bought a late model Nissan Cefiro
vehicle from the local authority for only Z$300 million, payable over four
years at an interest rate of 19 percent per annum.
This is about five percent of the open market value for the vehicle.
The open market value of the vehicle is about Z$6 billion, ZimOnline
investigations revealed yesterday.
It is alleged that Zindi, a former ZANU PF Member of Parliament for Hatfield
in Harare, bought an upmarket three bed-roomed council house for a miserly
Z$975 million, also payable over four years at an interest rate of 30
percent per annum.
The house is situated close to the city's central business district. Similar
houses fetch more than Z$5 billion, city estate agents told ZimOnline.
Contacted for comment, Chaeruka confirmed buying the council vehicle but
insisted that both transactions were above board.
He told ZimOnline that proper valuations were conducted on the vehicle and
house in question before they were sold to the pair.
"Before we bought these properties the council's evaluators went out on the
market to get actual market values.
"I bought the Cefiro for $300 million and there was nothing sinister about
that because the issue went through all the stages before I finally bought
it," said Chaeruka, adding the same applied with the sale of the house to
The decision to sell the properties to the two senior commissioners was made
during a council meeting held on June 21 this year.
Chaeruka is also being accused of abusing the council's fuel facility after
he reportedly drew 432 litres of fuel between July 5 and 8 using four
Top council officials including Chaeruka are allocated a total of 80 litres
of fuel a week.
The council fuel record book, shown to ZimOnline this week, revealed that on
5 July, Chaeruka received 55 litres for a vehicle, registration number
AAX9193 and 80 litres for the same vehicle the next day.
He received another 20 litres the following day for vehicle registration
number AAL6784 and another 30 litres for vehicle registration number
On July 8 he got 247 litres of fuel for vehicle registration number ABA4126.
Chaeruka is also accused of allocating a Nissan Hardbody belonging to
council to his wife.
The commission chairperson insisted that the fuel withdrawals were done
The commission was appointed by Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo in
2006 after he fired another government-appointed commission led by Kenneth
The Saruchera commission had been forced on the people of Mutare when Chombo
dismissed an opposition-dominated council that he accused of incompetence
Before its term was extended last December, the Chaeruka commission caused a
stir in Mutare after demanding exit perks that included vehicles, commercial
stands and upmarket houses for the six months they had served. - ZimOnline
Friday 17 August 2007
By Prince Nyathi
HARARE - At least 360 families are still staying in shacks at Hopley Farm on
the outskirts of Harare, two years after their houses were razed down to the
ground during a controversial government clean-up exercise.
A confidential report compiled by Engineer Tobias Chombe, a site planner
with the government reconstruction project, Operation Garikayi, says the
government had failed to allocate stands to the families to rebuild their
President Robert Mugabe's government in 2005 sanctioned the demolition of
thousands of backyard shacks and houses in urban areas, leaving close to 700
000 people without shelter, according to a United Nations (UN) report.
The hard-hitting report said the operation, code-named Operation
Murambatsvina (Operation Clean-up Rubbish), had also directly affected
another 2.4 million people around the country.
The UN said the Zimbabwean government was guilty of human rights violations
over the controversial exercise that also drew howls of protest from the
United States, Britain and other major Western countries.
"The 365 families are still staying in the open. I again pray for your
authorisation for us to allocate them stands," said Chombe in the report
that covers the period 2006 up to February 2007.
Chombe said the situation was extremely dire for the families that have to
endure the vagaries of the weather and communicable diseases. He said the
families are drinking water from shallow wells and have to use the bush to
relieve themselves because there are no toilets at the farm.
The Harare authorities, stung by international criticism over the home
demolition exercise, in August 2005 announced plans to build thousands of
houses for the clean-up victims.
But the ambitious programme to build houses for the clean-up victims however
fizzled out because the government ran out of funds to complete the project.
Beneficiaries were in most cases asked to occupy incomplete houses or were
asked to finish building the houses on their own.
"Once again I draw your attention to the fact that there is no construction
going on. The reason is that there are no funds to pay workers (involved in
the reconstruction project)," said Chombe in the report.
Local Government, Public Works and Housing Minister Ignatius Chombo, who was
in charge of the reconstruction project, could not be reached for comment on
the matter. - ZimOnline
Friday 17 August 2007
By Nqobizitha Khumalo
BULAWAYO - A Zimbabwean man who is suing Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube for
alleged adultery on Thursday stormed and disrupted a public meeting that was
being addressed by the clergyman in Bulawayo.
Onesimus Sibanda is suing Ncube for Z$20 billion after he accused the
clergyman of having an adulterous relationship with his wife, Rosemary.
On Thursday, Sibanda stormed Pumula Hall in the city and headed straight to
the front table where he handed Ncube an envelope containing some
It was not possible to establish if the photos were similar to the lurid
pictures that were carried by the state-run Chronicle newspaper last month
that showed Ncube in a compromising position with the woman.
Organisers of the function, however, quickly intervened and dragged Sibanda
out of the hall, leading to an abrupt end of the meeting that had been
called by the Archbishop Pius Ncube Solidarity Trust to rally support behind
the embattled cleric.
The meeting in Pumula was the second one addressed by Ncube this week,
following another meeting that he addressed in Nkulumane on Wednesday.
At the Wednesday meeting, Ncube threatened to shut down all Catholic schools
if the government went ahead with plans to force schools to slash fees in
line with a recent government directive to reduce prices of basic
"For how long shall our people suffer?" asked Ncube at the Wednesday
"Recently I was in Plumtree and saw scores of people stranded waiting for
transport. But the government is not looking at all that. They are busy
focusing on people's private lives," Ncube told the gathering.
Ncube is a harsh critic of President Robert Mugabe's government.
The Catholic clergyman has in the past called on former colonial power
Britain to invade Zimbabwe to remove Mugabe from power, accusing the
Zimbabwean leader of murdering political opponents and other human rights
violations. Mugabe denies the charges. - ZimOnline
THE Southern African Development Community (Sadc) has imposed
stringent conditions on the proposed economic rescue package for Zimbabwe
whose economy was yesterday described by the Zambian President Levy
Mwanawasa as in the "doldrums".
Well-placed diplomatic sources said yesterday the conditions to
economic aid - which Zimbabwe needs urgently to avoid total collapse which
could have a grave regional contagion - are tougher than those usually
imposed by global institutions such as the International Monetary Fund.
The demands are designed to secure concessions of political reform
from President Robert Mugabe (pictured) who is hostile to democratic change.
Conditions attached to the regional bail-out for Zimbabwe are
contained in a confidential report compiled by Sadc executive secretary
Tomaz Augusto Salomao who addressed the grouping's summit in Lusaka
The stern conditions include the need for political and legal reforms,
economic liberalisation, and privatisation of public enterprises.
Sadc is also demanding fundamental structural reforms, including
public enterprise and civil service overhaul, removal of administrative
controls in pricing, restoration of the rule of law and property rights, as
well as improvements in governance.
Sadc also wants Zimbabwe to immediately and decisively address the
current economic crisis by implementing a comprehensive stabilisation
package comprising several mutually reinforcing actions.
The regional body wants a tightening of fiscal and monetary policies.
It has raised alarm over quasi-fiscal activities by the Reserve Bank and
recommended price and exchange rate regime liberalisation. Sadc further
wants a reduction of the budget deficit and fiscal discipline to contain
inflation unofficially estimated to be 13 000%.
The grouping believes the Zimbabwe crisis is extremely serious and
needs to be tackled with commanding urgency to limit the ongoing implosion
that is already destabilising the region through a wave of economic refugees
fleeing from economic chaos in Zimbabwe across neighbouring borders.
Sadc has proposed to send economic advisors and monitors to oversee
the implementation of the economic rescue programme. This implies firm
methodologies and reporting, progress monitoring, and censure in the
Sadc leaders began their summit in Lusaka yesterday, with the spectre
of the Zimbabwe situation hanging over their heads.
Salomao has already presented the economic report to chairman of the
Sadc troika on politics, defence and security President Jakaya Kikwete of
Tanzania, who has presented it to the summit which ends today.
Kikwete has also received a report on the talks between the ruling
Zanu PF and the MDC from South African President Thabo Mbeki, facilitator of
the current dialogue for a negotiated settlement to the Zimbabwe crisis.
Mbeki briefed Sadc leaders on the Zimbabwe situation in a closed door
session yesterday. The delivery of the economic rescue package depends on
the success of the talks.
But since Harare yesterday said there would be no political reform,
Sadc might also play hardball with Mugabe's government. Harare officials
talked tough this week in Lusaka, with Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa
blatantly saying no to political reform.
"Political reform is not necessary in my country because we are a
democracy like any other democracy in the world," Chinamasa said. He said
Mugabe was "our sure foot forward" in next year's elections.
However, while Chinamasa said there would be no political reforms in
Zimbabwe, his own party is currently struggling to introduce reforms in
parliament through a Constitutional Amendment (No 18) in a bid to retain
Mugabe in power, probably for life. Mwanawasa seemed to caution against
Chinamasa's hardline tendencies when he said that "unnecessary political
acrimony centred on personal political salvation" is not helpful.
"The Sadc summit will assist, where it can, to bail Zimbabwe out of
its current economic doldrums," Mwanawasa said. "Put your self-interest
aside and work in unity. I strongly advise you to maintain peace and unity
at all costs."
Salomao told a news conference on Wednesday Sadc would consider
options including a "hard line", "quiet diplomacy" or a "different" method
Chinamasa suggested in an interview with Zambian state television on
Wednesday that quiet diplomacy would not work. He said government, accused
of repression and widespread human rights abuses, did not see any reason to
negotiate with the MDC, repeating Mugabe's accusations at the Sadc
extraordinary summit in Tanzania in March that the opposition was involved
in violent attacks on civilians and security forces.
Mugabe's claims have collapsed spectacularly in the courts after
failure to secure any conviction of MDC activists who were accused of
terrorist and bomb attacks. This means Mugabe and his government have misled
Sadc on the issue.
The stern conditions attached to the rescue proposal leave Mugabe and
Sadc leaders on a collision course despite stage-managed appearances of
support in Lusaka. The Sadc package is a take-it-or-leave-it deal for
SOUTH African President Thabo Mbeki yesterday presented a progress
report on talks between the ruling Zanu PF and the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) to regional leaders in Zambia.
Mbeki presented his report - which sources said claimed there was a
step forward in the negotiations - during a closed session of Sadc leaders
at their summit in Lusaka.
This follows hectic meetings over the past two weeks between Zanu PF
and the MDC, as well as civil society groups with Mbeki's negotiating team
chaired by South African Local Government minister Sydney Mufamadi.
Zanu PF chief negotiators Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche met
with the MDC team of Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti in the past two weeks
for talks in Pretoria, while civil society leaders also went to South Africa
to meet Mufamadi's group.
Reports say civil society leaders were told by Mufamadi that the main
item on the original agenda for talks, the constitution, is no longer on the
The civic groups had said the constitution was the key issue in the
Sources said the agenda for talks has been slightly revised after Zanu
PF demanded some changes. There would be no new constitution-making bid but
a constitutional review process instead.
The latest agenda now also includes the Bill of Rights, electoral laws
and other legislation which need to be dealt with. These entail the need for
Zimbabweans abroad to vote, delimitation and the death penalty.
The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act which was left
out of the original consolidated agenda is back on the table. It will be
debated together with the Public Order and Security Act, as well as
The original consolidated agenda included the constitution, electoral
laws, security legislation, communication laws, and the political climate.
Sources said the new agenda largely deals with the need to come up
with a "hybrid" constitutional document by merging aspects of the
government-sponsored draft rejected at a national referendum in 2000, the
National Constitutional Assembly draft and the 2003/2004 document compiled
by Chinamasa and Ncube from the two drafts. The hybrid document would also
include Zanu PF's proposals in Constitutional Amendment (No 18).
Zanu PF wants the amendment to be the feeding point of all proposals
as President Robert Mugabe is openly opposed to a new constitution. It said
this has been agreed upon by both parties, although the process seems to be
leading to constitutional reform anyway.
The parties, sources said, have also agreed on harmonisation of
elections, although the date of the polls remains negotiable. Sources said
elections could probably be held in June next year if the parties agree. The
holding of parliamentary and presidential elections at the same time helps
Mugabe, who is clearly afraid of facing the electorate alone because if his
fate and those of Zanu PF MPs are tied together he would be the main
Sources said Mbeki and the other parties involved are trying hard to
keep the details of the talks under wraps to prevent leakages which have
been continuing despite frantic efforts to plug them. The scramble to
maintain a veil of secrecy has resulted in conflicting reports on the
progress in the talks.
Sources said Mbeki reported there was tremendous progress and the
talks would resume after the Lusaka summit. It is said he indicated the
process should be complete by mid-October ahead of the critical elections.
But Chinamasa on Wednesday suggested there was no progress in the
talks which he suggested were irrelevant. Zanu PF says it is only engaged in
negotiations out of respect for Sadc leaders, not because there is really
anything to talk to the MDC about.
Chinamasa said the Zimbabwe crisis was caused by Western interference
and sanctions, not policy failures. He said there no need for political
reform in Zimbabwe.
This was consistent with the political line pushed by Foreign Affairs
minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and colleagues, Didymus Mutasa, Sydney
Sekeramayi and Kembo Mohadi at a Sadc troika on politics, defence and
security ministerial meeting in Tanzania last week.
Asked about Mbeki's mediation efforts and Chinamasa's rejection of any
dialogue with the opposition, South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma told Reuters: "As far as we are concerned the process continues
until President (Mbeki) finishes what he is doing, the dialogue never died."
Dlamini-Zuma had earlier rejected claims of a leaked report showing that
Mbeki would support Mugabe in his feedback to Sadc.
The MDC faction led by Morgan Tsvangirai said in Zambia there was no
progress in the talks, while the MDC group headed by Arthur Mutambara said
people should support the Sadc process. The MDC's position in the talks is
weakened by its lack of leverage and internal divisions. Zanu PF seems to be
pushing the frontiers to secure its interests, while the MDC is divided and
After Mbeki's report, Sadc leaders failed to deal with Mugabe as
The United States-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) had
urged the regional bloc to put pressure on Harare to "end its broad-scale
attack on human rights".
"Sadc members must take strong and effective action to deal with one
of the region's most grave crises - Zimbabwe," HRW director for Africa Peter
"Sadc's credibility as a real force for change on human rights is on
the line here and its leaders should insist on tangible improvements in
BREAD shortages are set to worsen as the Grain Marketing Board (GMB)
has failed to secure US$10 million to pay for wheat currently docked at
Employers' Confederation of Zimbabwe (Emcoz) senior vice president and
Superbake owner David Govere this week said bakers were failing to meet
production targets because GMB was not providing the wheat.
"The GMB has been battling to secure US$10 million for 36 000 tonnes
of wheat which docked in Beira two months ago," Govere said. "Some officials
believe that the RBZ has been trying to bypass GMB by using South African
agents to secure the wheat but that has failed since RBZ needs GMB for the
He said bakers were now blaming poor co-ordination between the
government institutions for the low production of bread and the shortages.
Forecasts for this year's wheat - due to be delivered in October -
indicate that production will be the lowest in 20 years.
"This year's yield is less than 25% of the country's annual
requirement," Govere said. "Unless urgent steps are taken to avail foreign
currency to secure more wheat, the country is heading for a huge food
crisis, particularly so given that most supermarket shelves are already
empty of alternative foodstuffs. This food crisis is expected to spill well
into next year until the next harvest."
Farmers recently blamed Zesa for erratic power supplies, saying that
their wheat crop wilted in the fields from lack of irrigation. They said
irrigation cycles on farms were disrupted, and many electric irrigation
pumps were damaged resulting in the projected poor harvest.
Farmers groups have predicted a harvest below the 78 000 tonnes
produced last year against the country's needs of more than 400 000 tonnes
of wheat a year for local consumption.
The country has been plunged into serious basic commodity shortages
following the recent government price blitz. Impact assessment surveys have
shown that retailers have suffered most as those that had purchased goods at
high prices made huge losses.
Some manufacturing companies have been forced to scale down
operations, some closed shop, leading to shortages of basic commodities and
GOVERNMENT'S controversial price crackdown has disconnected the
countryside from urban areas worsening the plight of a vulnerable rural
Acute fuel shortages have crippled transport services forcing
operators to withdraw their fleet, leaving thousands of travellers stranded
at bus stops across the country. The situation worsened during the just
ended Heroes holiday.
Operators who used to ply the country's major highways cited scarcely
available fuel and unrealistic fares as the major factors that have forced
them to abandon their routes.
Government is planning to deploy at least one bus to each district by
the end of the year. There are about 53 districts throughout the country,
many of them vast, suggesting that availing one bus would not make much
Thousands of travellers dotted the sides of Harare's main arterial
highways over the holiday, trying to flag down rides. Crowds formed on
downtown sidewalks waiting to clamber aboard trucks and private cars.
Many people gave up and headed for their township home, which became
yet another nightmare.
"There is just no transport," said Elvis Chakawa who intended to take
his two sons to Masvingo for the holiday. He had arrived at the
Harare-Masvingo highway pick-up point before 0500hrs. Around 1500hrs, he had
"I hope they will see their grandparents at Christmas. Hopefully the
situation would have improved."
He said his elderly mother was ill. This was Chakawa's second attempt
to travel to his rural home during the just ended holidays. The previous day
he had tried his luck from Mbare-Msika the main bus terminus in Harare. At
Mbare, he said buses were just not available, except for the infrequent
Zupco buses recently deployed to rural areas. "To get into those buses would
be a war," he said. "There is no way I could get into such pressure with
Across the country, in Masvingo the situation was the same if not
Some people have spent the past week going to the bus stop everyday.
They said some bus operators abandoned their routes in protest at
government-controlled fares. The few that were still plying at sporadic
times demanded exorbitant fares. Transport operators said they were still
buying fuel on the black market at about five times the subsidised price.
At the black market, fuel is going for anything between $250 000 to
As if the transport woes were not enough for the poverty-stricken
Zimbabwean populace, the price blitz has emptied supermarkets of all basic
commodities leaving people worse-off. The latest commodities to disappear
from the shelves being salt and tea-leaves. When they resurface on the black
market, the prices are normally four to five times the gazetted price.
In times of hardship people often drawn their sorrows in beer, but for
the first time in history it is nowhere to be found. The little that
trickles onto the market has doubled or even trebled the government-gazetted
prices. Bottle stores asked for anything from $50 000 to $100 000 a pint
instead of the gazetted $30 000.
Harare was the worst affected as beer was not available at virtually
all-popular and even posh outlets. Even Harare Sports Club, venue of a
cricket match between Zimbabwe and South Africa A teams, had no beer. It had
no bread rolls or ground meat for burgers.
Council bars and bottle stores in a number of suburbs have literally
closed down as the beer ran out. In some cases they are just open to sell
only spirits and brandy.
Restaurant and fast-foods outlets have been forced to withdraw their
menus as meat, chicken and other basics run out. Even chicken and pizza
take-aways are running out of food and shutting down early. Under normal
circumstances food outlets were open 24 hours.
The government at the weekend backed down on a ban on private
slaughter houses, which are accused of profiteering, and doubled the price
of beef to restore meat supplies.
David Hasluck, head of the Livestock and Meat Advisory Council, over
the weekend said the new beef price was still not enough when compared to
levels in neighbouring South Africa and other countries.
ARCHBISHOP Pius Ncube has spoken out for the first time since a $20
billion adultery lawsuit was filed against him by a Bulawayo man two months
Ncube addressed Bulawayo residents in Magwegwe at a meeting organised
by the Solidarity Trust.
However, Ncube's address was cut short by police who ordered that the
time applied for the meeting had elapsed.
Ncube however in his address did not tone down on his criticism of
President Mugabe's government which he accused of dealing with secondary
issues while ignoring those that were pertinent.
"People in this government are now boasting of their evil," said
Ncube. "The government is concentrating on secondary issues and
ignores pertinent issues. The government should stop focusing on people's
private lives and deal with issues that should help people."
He also took a swipe at the government price controls.
"The price controls are extreme and are justified by lies by the
Zimbabwe government. We should resist them and if the insensitive government
slashes fees as they are threatening to do, then we will close Catholic
schools and if they go ahead with the threats then I will make sure that
happens (closing schools),"Archbishop Ncube said.
One of the organisers of the meeting with the residents, Qhubekani
Dube of the Solidarity Trust, said police ordered the meeting to be stopped
a few minutes after Archbishop Ncube had started addressing city residents
who had attended the meeting.
The meeting was the first public meeting by Ncube after a Bulawayo man
Onesimus Sibanda filed a $20 billion adultery lawsuit against the cleric.
The lawsuit was announced at a press conference attended by the state
media and the case later played out in the state media where pornographic
pictures of the alleged affair were splashed.
A private investigator, Ernest Tekere, allegedly produced the pictures
after he claimed that he was hired by Sibanda to track down his wife,
Rosemary Sibanda, who was allegedly having an affair with Ncube.
Ever since the adultery allegations were levelled against Ncube he had
shied away from the media and not made any public statements over the
GOVERNMENT has ordered over 200 buses and 100 engines from China to
refurbish Zupco's old fleet to service rural areas as it gears for a glitzy
2008 parliamentary and presidential election campaign.
Impeccable sources in both government and Zupco told The Zimbabwe
Independent that the Reserve Bank would finance the purchase of the
The sources said Zupco would use the engines to refurbish its grounded
AVM and DAF buses, which will service rural areas.
Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, who oversees Zupco's
operations, confirmed to this newspaper recently that the public transporter
was buying buses to be used in the rural areas.
He, however, denied that the deployment of buses in the rural areas
was part of Zanu PF's election campaign strategy.
"We resolved as a government that there must be at least one bus in
every district," Chombo said. "In that vein we have ordered 100 engines from
China to refurbish our old AVM and DAF buses. So far we have refurbished
five and they are like new."
Chombo said the decision by Zupco to service rural areas was arrived
at after realising that private companies were shunning the areas citing
poor road networks.
"We are saying the Zupco buses should ferry passengers to and from
remote areas onto main roads where private companies are comfortable to use
their buses," Chombo added.
But another cabinet minister who asked for anonymity said the
deployment of Zupco buses to rural areas was meant to consolidate the ruling
Zanu PF's support ahead of the parliamentary and presidential elections.
"Our focus is on the rural voter. Why should we continue to buy buses
and deploy them in urban areas where we are not getting votes?
"Our support is in the rural areas and we must guarantee our voters
good transport," the minister said.
In his Heroes Day address, President Robert Mugabe said the objective
of the government was to have Zupco servicing more routes through buying of
new buses and refurbishment of old ones.
"I am glad to report that Zupco is also covering more rural routes,
thus providing an affordable alternative for many rural travellers," Mugabe
said on Monday at the Heroes Acre in the capital.
Sources at Zupco said a team was dispatched to the rural areas to
assess the road networks and advise where there was need for rehabilitation.
Zupco public relations manager Richard Mlambo did not respond to
questions e-mailed to his office last week despite having acknowledged
The public transporter was incorporated and registered in 1980 with
the government assuming sole ownership in 2004
In the last financial year, the company posted a profit after tax of
$1,4 billion. The company's revenue grew by 1 320% to over $8,6 billion.
While 60% of the revenue was generated from long distance buses,
metropolitan operations accounted for 38%.
Foreign currency revenue remained constant, at about 2% of total
Fleet availability, however, deteriorated from 73% to 69% due to an
aging fleet and shortage of spares.
FRESH details about Zanu PF's plan to launch cyber warfare against
online publications seen as hostile surfaced this week amid disclosures that
it intends to train its supporters to be conversant with the information
super highway to deal with the party's growing number of detractors, the
Zimbabwe Independent has established.
Sources say the increasingly fragile ruling party, rocked by fierce
succession battles to succeed President Robert Mugabe, has hatched a plan to
set up an array of websites to counter what it perceives to be negative
publicity from Western-based online publications. The ruling party also
wants to implement a massive digitalisation programme at its headquarters in
Harare, which surprisingly has not been fully computerised.
The programme will also spread to Zanu PF provincial and district
offices across the country. Zanu PF secretary for science and technology,
Olivia Muchena has already blacklisted over 40 online publications accusing
them of peddling reports aimed at demonising the ruling party. The
blacklisted online publications, sources say, are the prime target of the
cyber warfare plan which will see Zanu PF setting up a variety of websites
to counter bad publicity. Muchena, sources said, wants the official party
website to be effectively run and updated daily "to defend the party and its
Zanu PF through government already controls agenda-setting in the
public media were it has a stranglehold.
Muchena told a politburo meeting recently that websites, Internet and
cell-phones are now the daily weapons used "to fight Zanu PF".
"We have to use the same platform to defend Zanu PF and its government
and legitimise our just cause," said Muchena. "ICTs change the way we work,
live, play and learn. May I ask? When did you last write a letter to your
relative? Becauseof ICT, you have changed the way you communicate with your
relatives and the same applies in the political game."
The cyber warfare against offending online publications supported by
the digitalisation and computerisation programme will among other things see
Zanu PF acquiring state-of-the-art equipment and related computer software.
Muchena also wants the party to build a comprehensive database of its
supporters and devise means of communicating with them and updating them on
current developments, the sources said.
THE government could disenfranchise hundreds of people by excluding
their addresses from the blockers manual that is used to compile the voters'
role, a Movement for Democratic Change MP said this week.
A blockers manual is a list of residential properties' addresses in an
urban constituency. The manual is used to by the registrar of elections to
confirm a voter's address during voter registration.
Chitungwiza MP Fidelis Mhashu said he suspected a deliberate ploy to
disenfranchise known opposition supporters after discovering that his house
and 66 others from his neighbourhood have been excluded from the blockers
"When my nephew went to register to vote and gave my address as his
residence, he was informed that it doesn't exist in the blockers manual
compiled in 2006," Mhashu said in an interview yesterday. "On receiving such
information, I rushed to cross-check with the registration centre. "Officers
checked and said the computer could have skipped the number. I approached
the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officials based at Seke 2 High. At
perusing the manual, I discovered that house numbers 2310 to 2377 were all
missing, implying that all the tenants of these houses could be
Mhashu said the omission was very suspicious since he had been voting
in the past elections. "This is very suspicious," Mhashu said. "My house is
not new or an infill which needed to be added to the manual. It has been
there since 1982 and should be automatically included in the manual."
He said his main worry was that the omissions might be prevalent
throughout the country and have gone unnoticed.
"How do we know that this is not rampant throughout the country,"
Mhashu said. "This constitutes one of the fundamentals of rigging and might
not be corrected during the voters' roll inspection."
He said although the ZEC officials made an undertaking to correct the
situation there could be a number of people deliberately excluded from
Voter registration is set to close today to enable the compilation of
the final voters' roll that would be used in next year's harmonised
VICE-PRESIDENT Joice Mujuru's daughter Nyasha last weekend wedded
Spanish businessman Pedro Del Campo at a lavish ceremony at the Victoria
Campo is also Zimbabwe's honorary tourism ambassador charged with
promoting the nation's tourism destinations in Spain and other
Invited guests to the wedding, which took place on Saturday at the
five-star Elephant Hills Hotel, were flown from Harare to Victoria Falls in
a chartered Boeing 737 Air Zimbabwe plane.
The Vice-president's husband, retired army general Solomon Mujuru,
hired the plane at an estimated cost of US$10 000 paid in local currency.
"To charter a Boeing 737 costs about US$5 000 a block hour and it
takes two hours to fly from Harare to Bulawayo and back to the capital," one
of the people who attended the wedding told the Zimbabwe Independent
yesterday. "General Mujuru paid about US$10 000 in local currency for the
plane for the wedding,"
Close to 100 people attended the occasion, among them Tourism minister
Francis Nhema, Economic Development minister Sylvester Nguni, Policy
Implementation minister Webster Shamu, Water Resources minister Munacho
Mutezo, Industry deputy minister Phineas Chiota and Zimbabwe Tourism
Authority (ZTA) chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke.
"It was a lavish wedding," a senior government official who attended
the ceremony said. "On Wednesday we had an after wedding party at the
vice-president's Chisipite home for those who were in Victoria Falls and
others who failed to make it to the venue."
Campo reportedly brought his relatives from Spain to attend the
Efforts to speak to Campo and Nyasha were in vain as they were
reportedly preparing to leave Zimbabwe for their home in Spain yesterday.
The wedding comes amid industry information that Campo was owed more than 77
000 euro by the ZTA in consultancy fees. Kaseke yesterday dismissed the
assertions that ZTA was paying huge sums of money in foreign currency to
Campo as its tourism ambassador.
In an interview, Kaseke said Campo was one of several honorary tourism
ambassadors appointed by ZTA to market Zimbabwe's tourism destinations
without receiving any payment.
"The truth is that we appoint as honorary tourism ambassadors people
who love Zimbabwe and understand its tourism. Campo is one of them," Kaseke
said. "We don't pay the ambassadors, but only reimburse them whatever money
they use doing our job. The reimbursement is done upon production of
invoices and after they are thoroughly scrutinised."
Campo was appointed an honorary tourism ambassador on December 7 2006.
His appointment expires on December 31 this year.
Asked about reports that ZTA had paid Campo over 70 000 euro for
consultancy work, Kaseke said: "He is not our consultant. Why should we pay
him? We know that there are people who want to scandalise him because he is
married to the vice-president's daughter."
Kaseke said in February ZTA spent US$70 000 for a travel show in Spain
that was organised by Campo.
The money, he added, was used to pay for exhibition space, stand
construction, collateral material, air tickets for ZTA delegation and
"We salute Campo for the work he has done for Zimbabwe. Tourist
arrivals from Spain have gone up by over 100% since he was appointed our
ambassador," Kaseke said. "Zimbabweans must understand that for us to
reverse the impact of negative publicity the country has been receiving
there is a cost to it."
ZIMBABWE's gold production tumbled by more than 70% during the first
half of the year as the sector continues to collapse due to foreign currency
In a mineral production report released this week, the Chamber of
Mines said gold production output for the first six months fell by more than
two thirds compared to the same period last year.
According to the report, gold producers only managed to produce a
total volume of 3 612 kgs of gold in the first half of the year against the
projected output of 8 715 kg. The figures reveal that monthly gold
production output has been on a free fall since January where it stood at
819 kg and currently stands at 517 kg.
There are fears that Zimbabwe risks losing its licence with the London
Bullion Market Association (LBMA) if it fails to produce 10 tonnes this year
to maintain the accreditation.
The LBMA accreditation approves gold refiners that are allowed to sell
their gold directly on the international market.
Chamber of Mines chief executive officer Douglas Verden attributed the
decline in gold output to power outages, lack of chemicals and spare parts.
The central bank has also contributed to the decline because of its failure
to pay gold miners on time. "Gold production is going down drastically due
to several factors which include lack of electricity which is mostly used by
miners for blasting," said Verden yesterday in an interview.
Other sectors like agriculture, manufacturing and tourism have also
slumped because of foreign currency and power shortages.
Verden said: "Lack of chemicals, spare parts and the delays in payment
of gold delivered to the central bank has brought the mining sector to its
"We are supposed to have reached half of the required 10 tonnes which
is five tonnes but only managed three tonnes, meaning that it will be a
miracle if we reach even eight tonnes."
Gold is a key foreign currency earner for Zimbabwe's struggling
economy where inflation is said to be standing at over 10 000%. Gold
earnings accounts for about 52% of total mineral production and a third of
By Walter Hurley
PERSISTENT and ongoing in the Zimbabwean media are wails about the
Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Public Order and
Security Act that are in actuality ill-founded.
The alleged legal gags on local reporting on sensitive Zimbabwean
matters are already subserviently or voluntarily in place - not less than by
the now alleged bootlicking or the durably cowed local free press.
The provable reality is that the intellectually and morally reduced
local Zimbabwe media has often failed to find, research, disclose or
factually report on submitted or authenticated material, facts or stories,
particularly about alleged unlawful or unusual conduct by certain allegiant
Zanu PF comrades.
At times when they do publish a cursory report, the essence of their
reports is often distorted, devoid of detail, in denial, or in retention of
the real known facts.
The easily demonstrable evidence is that despite often being given
stimulating fabric for research and reporting opportunities, most local
"free-media editors" have in effect elected to "filter" or abstain from
reporting on the "politically alienating or embarrassing" matters exposed to
their respective offices by victims of Zanu PF.
It is apparent that most local Zimbabwean media reporters do not
understand some fundamental values.
If ever they had a prospect of gaining a moral compass, they have
never found it, or they have already lost it.
As it now stands, many may conclude that the present crop of
Zimbabwean journalists are collectively a bunch of Zanu PF bootlicking
comrades hell-bent on survival and personal gain at any cost.
*Walter Hurley writes from Pretoria.
HAVING scoffed at industry as it pleaded with government to relax the
price blitz, the state has become the latest casualty of its own making with
the taxman now feeling the pinch of the disastrous exercise.
Government argued that companies and certain individuals had been
profiteering at the expense of the poor majority as justification for the
blitz. It spiced up things when it declared that the same companies had been
pursuing a regime change agenda.
However, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has come to the
painful realisation that the contentious operation will cost an arm and a
leg in lost revenue. A recent government study says Zimra will lose $13,1
trillion in potential tax revenue this year.
This spells disaster for a government which has resorted to the
printing press to finance recurrent expenditure. The gravity of the
situation can only be understood in the context of a broke government which
exhausted the 2007 national budget in the first three months of the year.
The biggest losers have been businesses who according to Zimra
projections lost so much that Zimra had to revise their tax forecasts
downwards and declare a $13,1 trillion tax loss riding on the much larger
losses from industry.
Information to hand shows that taxable income in the country is set to
decline by over 45% from $85,5 trillion to $47 trillion. This means business
countrywide will lose a staggering $38,5 trillion as a direct cause of price
freezes imposed by government.
"The total revised estimated government revenue for 2007 was $30,2
trillion, with a respective nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $85,5
trillion," the study said.
"The recent price control initiative is likely to result in revised
total revenue of $17,1 trillion, implying a loss in revenue of $13,1
Nominal GDP is the total output in an economy. The reduction in
revenue levels for Zimra - consequent to the contraction of the nominal
GDP - will force government to sink deeper than it has already.
In its submissions to President Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwe National
Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) last month said it was imperative that government
avails enough foreign currency and fuel to avert a situation where the
economy would grind to a halt.
The chamber suggested a number of funding options, which included
seeking balance of payments support, privatisation, removal of pricing
distortions on the foreign exchange market and restoration of direct fuel
The study document noted that the 45% decline in nominal GDP would
translate to a higher budget deficit which would require financing from
domestic monetary sources.
"This type of finance increases inflationary pressures. The above
expected revenue developments, for a given level of expenditure would widen
the budget deficit to exceed 50% of GDP," the document stated.
With the domestic debt currently at $8 trillion as of July 6,
government is struggling to cope with huge interest payments of $6,08
Inflation is officially at 4 530% according to the central bank but
recent Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ) estimates placed food inflation at
over 13 000%. And faced with government's funding dilemma, it looks set to
get worse. Two options exist for a government with no recourse to
international financing - either run the printing press into overtime or
increase borrowing from the domestic market.
But economists contend that both options will have negative effects
for the troubled economy.
The Zimbabwe Independent found that the inflationary effects
highlighted in the study could not be overstressed.
According to David Mupamhadzi, an economist with a local finance
institution, there was no lesser devil between the two options in trying to
offset the massive budgetary deficit.
Mupamhadzi said government had no recourse to funding except from the
"The funding of that budget deficit would have very adverse effects on
the economy. Either route is no option really. Government has been crowding
out the private sector," Mupamhadzi said.
Another economist, Tony Hawkins, said apart from the price blitz not
making sense, the funding of the budget deficit would - to a large extent -
depend on prevailing inflation figures.
Hawkins said the revenue figures in the Zimra document expressed their
predicament because of the lost revenue. It was therefore vital that an
assessment be made of the inflation figure they had used in making their
"Their revenue forecasts depend on the inflation model they used. If
one assumes that inflation will slow down in the second half of the year as
government forecast, then obviously they would be living in funny-land.
Common sense will tell you right now that inflation will not slow down,"
Hawkins added that the budget deficit was likely to be in excess of
the said 50% because of the exclusion of quasi-fiscal finances in the
"It is nearer to 80%," he said.
By Rashweat Mukundu
IN his weekly diatribe against real and perceived opponents of
President Robert Mugabe in the Saturday Herald of August 11, Nathaniel
Manheru, known to be an individual very close to the centre of power, was in
a melancholic mood.
Manheru sang songs of sorrow on the attitude of many of his colleagues
who are betraying the revolution. In his words the children are devouring
the revolution by refusing to take their cattle, pigs, chicken, goats, sheep
and rabbits to the CSC thus failing to supply the GMB with their produce.
Manheru is his usual self, blames everyone except President Robert
Mugabe for this development. It is probably the first time that Manheru
reveals a troubled heart about how the system he defends day in and day out
is betraying itself and has caught itself in irretrievable difficulties from
which escape is almost impossible. The problem however is the failure by
Manheru to identify the source of the problem.
In Manheru's thinking it's all because of the British and Americans.
There is no doubt that the British and the Americans are not the best of
friends with President Mugabe. They have made it clear in their statements
that their aversion is to the system and not the skin colour of those in
Unlike others who pronounce their displeasure with the system openly,
the children in Zanu PF have decided to simply boycott the system, pretend
to be with it but act otherwise where it matters or rather where it concerns
their pockets and lifestyles.
True, as Manheru says they now own the land, they own the cattle,
chickens, pigs and even rabbits some of which they slaughtered needlessly
since 2000. They have the grain in their bedrooms in the northern suburbs
and farmhouses. By not releasing the grain they are equally making strong
statements to President Mugabe and to Manheru that populist policies don't
What Manheru fails to grasp in his songs of sorrow is that President
Mugabe has indeed reached his wits' end where it concerns solving the
problems of this country. It is in this regard that Manheru tries very hard
to paint a picture of unity and rhythm in Zanu PF. In the process he
identifies enemies who are trying hard to cause divisions within Zanu PF and
the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper is accused of being the conveyor belt of
those behind dividing Zanu PF.
Manheru does not allow those who are reported to be opposed to the
price slashing blitz to speak for themselves and all we hear is his voice
covering up for what any rational person would see, that is the divisions in
Zanu PF and indeed the open opposition to the current policies by the likes
of Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono.
Manheru is concerned that the divisions in Zanu PF and the proffering
of alternative and probably progressive policy directions will expose the
weakness in the executive. The weaknesses in the executive which Manheru
acknowledges are that President Mugabe no longer commands the respect of his
colleagues in terms of leading them forward. He has reached the end of his
vision in terms of pulling this country out of this morass. Any leader who
lacks a vision will consequently lack the respect of those who are supposed
or expected to follow.
What we are seeing in Zanu PF which Manheru tries hard to dismiss as
false is clear evidence of a system that even those inside no longer believe
Those in Zanu PF, Manheru might care to know are also questioning the
leadership of President Mugabe, they are always thinking of an exit strategy
not only for President Mugabe but for the party they have known since the
1960's and indeed faced bullets in defence of its policies and ideology.
Any party or anyone who is led by a leader of President Mugabe's age
would surely and rationally so, ask where are we going to be in 10 years
time if not in five- six years time. Under the present circumstances these
are real questions that no one can run away from. So the regime change
activists are within Zanu PF and they have a genuine right to question
President Mugabe's vision or lack of it.
Indeed regime change activism is not a crime; it is called politics,
and happens throughout the world.
If for argument's sack President Mugabe's vision is to defeat Britain
and America which he blames for all that has gone wrong in this country, his
lieutenants have to ask whether it is Zimbabwe's priority to defeat the two
nations, at what cost and for what purpose. Zimbabweans have to ask, if the
British do not want to pay for our land, so what? Is it their land, is it
their agriculture, is it their hunger and is it their problem?
Zimbabweans also know that millions of pounds were paid and remain
unaccounted for in terms of their use. Zimbabweans genuinely ask why a
"visionary" leader would embark on a war against "imperialists" without the
necessary tools to win and consequently lead to the ruin of the nation.
Why would a visionary leader run away from looking west to looking
east, why not follow Kwame Nkrumah and simply look forward? Zimbabweans ask,
as Manheru pointed out, why a 27- year old nation would still have an
economy which is externally owned and which President Mugabe now tries to
control by ginya.
The mere fact that Mugabe has taken it upon himself to defeat Britain
and America, at the same time cry day in and day out that Zimbabwe is under
sanctions smacks of a leadership caught in self-deception. For instance, the
Herald in August was harping about how trade between Zimbabwe and Britain
remains steady despite political differences; a few months ago we heard how
trade between America and Zimbabwe is growing from the same state media that
operates under Manheru's nose.
While Zimbabweans remain diametrically divided on political issues,
Manheru can be assured that everyone is concerned about the future, be it
those in Zanu PF, MDC or civil society, CIO, military and religious groups.
Visions and leadership reach their end. It is for this reason that
despite all his good intentions for the children of Israel and his ability
to talk face to face with God, the same God would not allow Moses to cross
the River Jordan to the Promised Land.
There was a purpose for that, maybe Moses could have turned into a
dictator, claiming how he fought Pharaoh and how he should remain in power
till "madhongi amera nyanga", claiming the Egyptians might as well come back
and it was him and only him who can defend the Promised Land.
The children of Zimbabwe, more so those in Zanu PF who cannot speak
freely and openly, ask what vision President Mugabe still has for the nation
amid all this chaos.
* Mukundu is Misa Zimbabwe director.
By Mutumwa Mawere
THE word paradox is often used wrongly and interchangeably with
contradiction but whereas a contradiction asserts its own opposite, many
paradoxes do allow for a resolution of some kind.
The recognition of ambiguities, equivocations and unstated assumptions
underlying known Zimbabwean leadership paradoxes has led to significant and
material confusion among the contenders for power to the extent that the
real focus on the change agenda has become obfuscated.
Twenty-seven is a significant number in southern Africa. One of Africa's
most illustrious sons, former South African president Nelson Mandela, spent
27 years in prison in as much as President Robert Mugabe and former
president Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia have spent the same amount of time in
When Mandela was released from prison, it was obvious to the
custodians of apartheid as it was to its victims that change had to come and
the new order could not accommodate the old order. There was no discussion
of any third way but a new direction informed by new values and political
When Zambians, speaking eloquently through the ballot forced President
Kaunda out of office, it was obvious the country needed a new beginning
without him. However, Kaunda like many African leaders has not accepted that
he was responsible for lowering the standards of political leadership in his
country and for giving birth to Fredrick Chiluba.
When Chiluba took over, the country was a basket case and at the time
people used to refer euphemistically to KK (being the president's initials)
as Kwacha Killer. Indeed, the Kwacha was battered by KK's policies and after
27 years of misguided humanistic policies, Zambians were poorer than at
Zambia's brain trust was largely externalised and those that remained
were too afraid to be the change they wanted and left the job to the trade
union movement to promote the change agenda.
Today, it is not surprising that Kaunda is one of the public admirers
of President Mugabe. He feels strongly that Zambians made a mistake by
electing Chiluba as president and in a sense he also feels that Zimbabweans
will make the same mistake if they were to elect anyone from the trade union
Unfortunately, Kaunda had no choice in deciding his successor and
never woke up to the fact that through his policies and programmes he had
denied his fellow countrymen the right to decide their political destiny.
The risks associated with challenging the hegemony of ruling parties
in Africa are well known and are no different from the ones that prevailed
under colonial states. As a result, the successors to tyrannical regimes
need not fit into an intellectually defined strait jacket.
Mandela became a leader because he symbolised the suffering of the
majority. If he had not spent 27 years in prison, he may never have acquired
the iconic status he has today or become the founding father of South
Africa. Equally if Chiluba had not been a victim of Kaunda's policies,
Zambians may never have voted him into office. In the case of Zimbabwe, can
it be the case that people who have not endured suffering the effects of bad
policies by Mugabe will be the beneficiaries?
Arguments have been advanced that the problem in Zimbabwe is that the
opposition has no credible leadership and, therefore, the prospect of
unseating President Mugabe is remote. What is undisputed however is the fact
that Morgan Tsvangirai has given more headaches to Mugabe than anyone has in
the last 27 years.
Zimbabwe has known of no other leader than President Mugabe. As Mugabe
approaches 28 years in office and an election whose outcome may already be
pre-determined - not because of the will of the people but due to the power
of incumbency - it is important that Zimbabweans ask themselves some basic
questions whose answers will inform what kind of Zimbabwe they should have.
Having watched Arthur Mutambara's Hard Talk interview on BBC and his
paradoxical message, it occurred to me that it is important that the
question of succession and leadership be interrogated critically now more
While it is undeniable that Mugabe is an eloquent and educated leader,
it is also undeniable that his tenure in office has not produced the kind of
results that should be associated with such an intellectual giant. It is
also common cause that with the exception of a few, including the late Vice
President Simon Muzenda, Mugabe's cabinet since Independence has been
dominated by intellectuals.
What is clear is that such leadership has failed to give hope to
Zimbabweans and has dismally failed to fight poverty and entrench the rule
While Mugabe would like the world to believe that he is the champion
of the poor, the last 27 years has demonstrated that he has no faith in the
poor's minds and if anything he would rather have Jonathan Moyo, Joseph
Made, Patrick Chinamasa and others than have a Tsvangirai or Wellington
Chibhebhe in his cabinet, notwithstanding the fact that the latter may be
more popular and in touch with the poor.
The difference between what Mutambara may want to see in Zimbabwe and
what Mugabe believes in may be the same. What is evident is that Mugabe's
elite approach to development has failed in as much as Kaunda's same
approach failed as well and produced a Chiluba with the unavoidable
At the heart of the Mutambara and Tsvangirai feud is the failure by
many people to recognise that the real agenda for change has to focus on
Mugabe and not on the victims. Mugabe has been in charge of for 27 years. He
is after all the president of MDC, Zanu PF, and all other Zimbabweans. When
he took the oath of office he did not do so as the president of a club
called Zanu PF but as a president of Zimbabwe. The sovereignty of Zimbabwe
is not owned by Mugabe or Zanu PF but by the people. A leader should
therefore emerge from the people irrespective of whether he is an
intellectual giant or not as long as the people are given a fair chance to
express their will.
The question is whether President Mugabe's reign has produced an
environment in which the citizens of Zimbabwe are free to express their
will. In addition, President Mugabe as is the case for any sitting president
has the natural advantage of incumbency.
He has access to state resources without which it is plausible that
Zanu PF would have disintegrated into worse factions than are evident in the
opposition. Has the president used his powers to promote oneness among
Zimbabweans? Or has he used the presidency to divide people? How much of the
state resources are being used to promote partisan interests? Is the state
machinery neutral in the contestation for power or is it an instrument for
entrenching the status quo?
To what extent is the opposition able to access state resources to
Mugabe has won all the elections since Independence. Is it the case
that if he did not have state power, he would still have won all these
elections? One has to explain why it is the case that Zimbabwe is well
endowed with great minds and yet on the radar screen of the opposition such
great intellectual minds are missing in action. If they are missing in
action, why should people like Tsvangirai be excluded? Does a president have
to be an intellectual for the country to have the change it deserves? Who
should the change speak to? Today even Mugabe accepts that Tsvangirai has
the confidence of the educated and working people while Zanu PF has the
support of the rural masses.
If superior education matters, then Tsvangirai should be more
qualified to lead the rural masses on the back of the allegation that he is
not an intellectual and Mugabe should be the leader of the educated urban
minority. Has Mugabe's policies really helped the poor? How can Mugabe be
compared with Tsvangirai when the latter belongs to a different order and
has not been given a chance to rule?
Ultimately the citizens should own the change agenda and yet in the
case of Zimbabwe many intellectuals think that they should own this agenda
irrespective of their contribution to such change. While many would like
change to take place in Zimbabwe, it is evident that they would rather
invest as little as possible in such an agenda.
However, if there is no investment in any process, the outcome may not
be what people want. Mugabe has invested in making Zimbabwe a country in
which liberation credentials and not service is the key to power. Under this
construction, if you were never part of the struggle then you are less
Zimbabwean and yet no one bothered to change the constitution to reflect
If it is accepted that to be a president of Zimbabwe you must have
participated in the struggle then surely how can people like Tsvangirai who
have struggled for a better and new Zimbabwe be excluded from leading the
post Mugabe era. Should the focus be on Tsvangirai or the people of
We now know that the MDC was divided - for whatever reasons in October
2005 - and two formations emerged. Barely two years later, the formation
that broke away from the Vatican and chose its own Pope, now wants to be
under the same Pope it vilifies. If the new Pope who accepted to lead the
formation strongly feels that he does not have what it takes to deliver
change, then surely, he must resign or join the winners.
In as much as the Mutambara faction would not support Mugabe because
of values it should also be the case that they should not support Tsvangirai
for the same reasons. However, if they have come to the inescapable
conclusion that Tsvangirai like Mandela represents the majority, then it is
not too late to rally behind him and produce the baby that Zimbabweans want.
Yes it is easy to talk of the third way but without a leader such kind
of language does not help the country move forward. Equally the talk of one
candidate like the Kenyans discovered does not help advance the cause of
It should not be up to Tsvangirai to decide who should govern and he
rightly refused to endorse a scheme in which leaders will be packaged in
elite circles without the participation of the citizens. If the Mutambara
faction is confident that it has the people then what Tsvangirai is
proposing makes sense. Why would Mutambara want Tsvangirai to enter into
contracts on behalf of sovereign people?
The accusation that President Mugabe has ceased to be the president of
Zimbabwe and is now behaving as if the country belongs to Zanu PF needs to
be dealt with squarely as Zimbabweans approach the 2008 elections. The abuse
of power has to be part of the conversation. The absence of the voice of all
social partners (including business whose interests are threatened by bad
policies) in the discourse on change has to be a worrying phenomenon even
for President Mugabe.
I am not sure that the kind of Zimbabwe people want to see is a
country in which increasing the price of goods becomes a treasonable
offence. In such an environment can one expect people to freely express
Politics is an expensive game and to the extent that the opposition
cannot access resources freely from any Zimbabwean while Zanu PF has
unfettered access to private and public resources, it is important that the
financing of political parties be openly discussed.
President Mugabe has made the allegation that he is victim of
imperialist conspiracy and the opposition is nothing but a surrogate of such
forces. A construction has been made that the opposition is a beneficiary of
unlimited funds from the West. How true is this? If this was true, I have no
doubt that the opposition MPs would have resigned from parliament where many
of them still remain members fully knowing that they have no impact but are
acutely aware that they would lose all the benefits that come with the
Does Tsvangirai exhibit signs that he has access to the funds that
Mugabe alleges? Could it be the case that the opposition is challenged
financially and in the final analysis would not be in a position to marshal
the kind of resources required to bring the change required? If this is the
case, how are Zimbabweans in the diaspora discussing the financial
implications of change and what kind of investment they need to put in place
for the change to occur?
Succession is the act or process of following in order or sequence.
The investment by Mugabe through deliberate policies has made political
succession a tricky subject. How can change be expected when citizens are
not free to openly discuss the track record of a long serving incumbent who
wants more time in office?
Even in 1978, it was obvious to Ian Smith that the future of Rhodesia
was doomed and he had no power to decide who should lead the post-colonial
state. I am convinced that Ian Smith would have liked someone other than
Mugabe to take the lead. He may have had his doubts about Mugabe's maturity
to provide the kind of leadership to move Rhodesia to new heights but
ultimately he had no input into the succession issue. In the case of South
Africa, the case may not be any different from the Zambia or Malawian.
If Ian Smith or Kaunda had no role to play in the succession issue,
why is it the case that people assume that Mugabe will have a role in
deciding who should lead Zimbabwea after him?
The future of Zimbabwe is as uncertain today as anything but what is
instructive is that the people who are the torchbearers of change
irrespective of their intellectual aptitude will become the inheritors of
the mess created over the last 27 years and before.
The law of succession has no aptitude test and anyone can be president
of Zimbabwe as long as there is any individual who has the ability to
influence, motivate and enable others to contribute towards the cause.
Leadership is the ability of an individual to set an example for others and
lead from the front. It is an attitude that influences the environment
Having accepted that the future of Zimbabwe may be led by someone less
intellectual than Mugabe it is important that citizens invest in ensuring
that there are checks and balances that will allow for the development of
society where pluralism can thrive.
Such investment should start now and it should not be the
responsibility of the leader to invest in such an institutional framework of
tolerance and justice but it should be incumbent upon all to start changing
the conversations of hate into conversations of interest driven change.
Ideological discussions need to start now with a view to locating the
post-Mugabe era in an ideological matrix that is informed by global trends
By Michael Gela
THIS is an open letter to MDC faction leader Arthur Mutambara:
I shall waste no time in letting my utter disbelief in what came out
of your supposedly learned mouth on BBC's Hardtalk on August 8. It is in
your best interest that I write highlighting how pathetic your conduct was
on the programme that might have sealed your political fate.
You pronounced your own demise by waxing lyrical on matters people
have long before tried to warn you not to indulge in. You tried to put up a
brave face but deep down you knew you had lost the plot!
You made a fool of yourself on a world-renowned international channel
and programme for that matter!
Has it ever dawned on you that your days as a student activist have
since gone by, eons ago? Your theatrics as a student leader do not apply on
the big stage you have embarked on!
I watched aghast as you waxed lyrical about a few points that you
seemed to have hurriedly snatched away from Morgan Tsvangirai.
All that you managed to do was re-echo what Tsvangirai has been saying
since the conception of the now matured MDC (anti-senate). You talked about
the need for a new constitution, the much-needed level playing field in the
political arena, fighting as a united front etc!
You echoed Tsvangirai's stance on freedom: he has always been saying
that the price of freedom is death. He showed that prior to his arrest last
year when he organised a protest march against police brutality.
You were also reminded on the night of your demise how Tsvangirai
faced treason charges - which carries a death penalty in Zimbabwe. What more
do you want?
So what really is the problem when those are some of the points the
MDC is fighting for?
I was expecting to hear something different coming from you the
learned professor. You put up a pathetic show and I am sure your backers
must be withdrawing their financial support in haste.
In case you did not know, I failed to see the difference between you
and the infamous Joseph Chinotimba, except for the English! You repeated
yourself continually and the interviewer was getting frustrated.
You claim bravery alone as shown by Tsvangirai is not enough and you
went on about his lack of intellectual tact and analysis. Please do not make
me laugh, for I have
seen in you what you are accusing him of.
Go back wherever you came from and I am pretty sure it is not from
outer space though you sound alien to our cause. You seem oblivious of
President Mugabe's love for power hence his grave moral fault seen through
the use of force, repression, intimidation, vote rigging etc.
Please wake up and smell the coffee! Look around and take stock. I am
sure you will realise what Zimbabweans are clamouring for. It is never too
late to jump ship.
* Michael Gela writes from Leicester, England.
By Vincent Kahiya
FINALLY received this week Justice Susan Mavangira's full ruling on
the acquittal of former Finance minister Chris Kuruneri on charges of
violating exchange control regulations. What has come out clearly from judge
Mavangira's ruling is that President Mugabe's anti-corruption drive will
always be weakened as long as state institutions mandated to execute the
task remain ill-equipped and amateurish in their conduct.
That there is reason to rid this country of corruption in both the
private and public sectors is a given. This cause has however been greatly
compromised by the state's inability to prove corruption in court.
What gives impetus to any anti-corruption drive is not the number of
people merely arrested but very importantly the ability of state
institutions to secure conviction of offenders, especially in high-profile
cases like the one involving Kuruneri.
But the charges have to make sense first and in the Kuruneri case they
On the six counts against Kuruneri, Justice Mavangira ruled that the
state had failed to establish a prima facie case against the accused.
"In this court's consideration of the evidence led by the state on
this account (of externalising funds), it appears to the court that the
state speaks with a forked tongue; for whilst the charge alleges that the
accused unlawfully caused the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) to transfer
funds in question, evidence of Dr (Gideon) Gono was that the transfer was
above board as they were free funds which had been lent for the state's
benefit at the request of the state.".
She added: "It would appear however that that particular allegation in
the charge is not an essential element of the offence in terms of the
section under which the accused is charged."
There were more damning comments from the bench: "As we have also
commented., the state appears to be seeking to have its cake and eat it. It
cannot blow both hot and cold to the prejudice of the accused."
The comments from the judge portray the state case as a messy affair
which only betrayed the true nature of President Mugabe's anti-corruption
drive. So convoluted was the state case that Gono as the star state witness
literally fought from Kuruneri's corner. In the end prosecutor Joseph
Jagada, according to the judge, "entangled himself" in trying to prove that
Kuruneri had indeed externalised funds simply because he was in possession
of foreign currency whilst in South Africa.
The handling of the case by state counsel and the police since the
arrest of Kuruneri two years ago exposes the ruse in President Mugabe's
commitment last year to eradicate corruption.
When he appointed what he termed an anti-corruption cabinet in
February he said he was abandoning the war cabinet because "the war is
getting less and less political, vis-a-vis Britain and America".
He added: "Those we have defeated. It is now the internal war to fight
corruption and tendencies to access wealth through illegal means."
The president has since appointed an anti-corruption commission which
is yet to flex its muscle and get on with the business of ridding this
country of corruption.
In February Mugabe in his birthday interview confirmed that there were
corrupt people in his government but his commission is yet to move in on
these corrupt leaders.
I am still not convinced that Mugabe meant what he said when he told
the nation at Heroes Acre in 2004 that no corrupt person would be spared.
"Even if it's Mugabe's relatives, he will be arrested if he is a
crook," he said. I can only assume that all his relatives are angels. But,
what about his corrupt ministers?
There are lessons to be drawn from the Kuruneri debacle. When a state's
flagship corruption case collapses, the anti-graft initiative loses its
This is the case with the Zimbabwean drive. It requires serious
habilitation and this is only possible if the Anti-Corruption Commission can
demonstrate aptitude in this area by ensuring there is successful and
expeditious prosecution of suspects.
Prosecutors and police officers need retraining to handle high profile
cases and these should at all times operate freely from political
Also, it must be said, we need robust judges and magistrates who are
not afraid to accord to applicants their liberty when it is obvious the
state does not have a case.
It remains a mystery that after appearing in court more than 20 times,
Kuruneri was only acquitted in the end. During his long period of
incarceration before being granted bail, in the eyes of the public, he
became a victim and not a felon.
He now joins a host of opposition members who have also been locked up
to satisfy a political agenda. That's not justice by any definition while
the anti-corruption crusade has been tarnished before it is even up and
VISITING Angolan Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Francisco Pereira
Furtado has blasted international media organisations for peddling hostile
propaganda against Angola and Zimbabwe, the Herald reported this week.
"The international media such as the BBC and CNN are at the forefront
of channelling negative information about some developing countries," he
said. Western media had demonised both Angola and himself, he claimed.
Zimbabwe's Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi joined in the attack
claiming Western media organisations had been "peddling lies" about Zimbabwe
since it embarked on land reform.
He didn't say anything about electoral fraud or political violence.
Zimbabwe's state media gave a fine performance of what the two chefs
would call patriotic reporting by failing to tell viewers and readers that
most of those charged with terrorist training or petrol bomb attacks have
been released from detention because the allegations against them would not
stand up in court.
Indeed, they proved to be fictitious, according to Justice Lawrence
Kamocha who ordered their release on bail.
This is an emblematic case. The charges of terrorist training and
petrol bombings were plastered all over the Herald for several weeks and
given massive airplay on ZTV. They were used to "prove" that the MDC was
involved in political violence. The charges were used by President Mugabe as
the centrepiece of his presentation to Sadc leaders in Dar es Salaam in
March where he claimed his regime was the victim of opposition violence.
His case has now collapsed like a house of cards. Very simply, the
farms where MDC militants were alleged to have undergone training didn't
exist. Nor did chief prosecution witnesses.
But there was not a squeak from the Herald or ZBC. They refused to
disclose unpalatable information that was not in line with the directions of
their political masters.
This exposes the so-called public media at its worst, keeping from the
public court proceedings that contradict the regime's claims, indeed expose
them as a tissue of lies.
Where are all those columnists who pontificate weekly on MDC violence?
Where are those lawyers who cannot practise law because they were found with
their hands in their clients' cookie jar but nevertheless give us the
benefit of their partisan opinions?
Strange how they have all become silent on the plot to unseat Mugabe's
regime which now turns out to be a fabrication.
There are obvious echoes of the Cain Nkala case here where the
president denounced MDC violence and key party leaders were incarcerated for
lengthy periods. What happened to those charges? Indeed, where are the real
killers of Nkala? And what about the Ari Ben-Menashe case where the chief
prosecution witness turned out to be a hired gun?
This record of false claims against the opposition needs to be
documented and brought to the attention of those governments that were
bombarded with accusations of MDC violence earlier this year. It's time the
tables were turned. No more "peddling lies" in the state media which is
happy to be used and refuses to ask a single challenging question.
Also happy to be used are Canadian and Caribbean columnists who are so
preoccupied with their defence of Mugabe in his battle with the West that
they are prepared to ignore human rights abuses in Zimbabwe and false
charges against the opposition. It's all OK with them and with columnists
like Peter Mavunga who has yet to explain why he prefers Britain to Zimbabwe
as his place of domicile.
Muckraker is rather surprised by recent silly remarks from otherwise
First we had Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chair Shingi Munyeza saying
the country was poised for a major tourism comeback.
"The world is starting to dismiss the whole notion about Zimbabwe's
safety," he told the Business Herald. Negative growth was passing and there
was still order in Zimbabwe, he claimed.
Indeed there is, largely enforced with batons. Just after Munyeza made
his naïve remarks President Mugabe could be heard in a BBC documentary
promising the opposition "they will be arrested and be bashed by the
The programme went out several times a day on Monday.
Munyeza should understand that tourists do not like repressive regimes
where the state uses violence against its opponents. It poisons the
atmosphere. And there is no prospect of recovery in tourism or any other
sector so long as damaging economic policies continue to be pursued.
Munyeza should take off his rose-tinted spectacles and look at what
potential investors see: a society with enormous potential being "bashed" by
its rulers. Not the sort of place for all those 2010 spin-offs Munyeza
thinks are coming.
Another Pollyanna perspective was evident two weeks ago from Malaysia's
ambassador Cheah Choong Kit who urged his countrymen to invest in Zimbabwe.
He told a Malaysian delegation comprising mostly soldiers visiting
Bulawayo on a trans-Africa tour not to be misled by Western reports.
"I want to tell you there is no risk at all in investing in Zimbabwe,"
he said amid applause from Bulawayo resident minister Cain Mathema, army
commander Philip Sibanda and army, police and prison officers who escorted
Ambassador Cheah confessed to "promoting Zimbabwe". It is not
surprising he got an enthusiastic reception from his Zimbabwean hosts. It
sounded as if they had written his speech.
But before he makes any further promises to Malaysian investors they
should enquire into the fate of their Indonesian counterparts. What happened
to their investment in Matabeleland?
And will Cheah undertake to use his own resources to compensate
Malaysian companies that are victims of Bilateral Investment Promotion and
Protection Agreements being arbitrarily torn up by Zimbabwean authorities?
It is entirely appropriate, given Cheah's determination to ignore
current investment realities, that Indonesia's problematic project should
have involved ostriches. They have a new recruit, it would appear.
At the same Bulawayo function, Lt-Gen Sibanda said the delegation
should be aware that the image of the country that they got through
organisations such as CNN was false as the Western media had "hidden agendas
against the country".
He said he hoped the few hours the delegation had spent in Zimbabwe
would give them a "true picture" of the country.
A visit to a supermarket would have done that. And we are sure the
escort from the police and prison service helped to give the right
impression. As mostly military men themselves, they would have been
surprised to hear a Zimbabwean general mouthing political platitudes.
Professional officers elsewhere try to avoid that sort of thing.
The Sunday Mail Metro has been waxing indignant over what it called a
"commercial island" in the middle of a Highlands residential area. There is
a restaurant, boutique, beauty parlour, curio shop and plant nursery, we are
told, among other enterprises in the complex. In all there are a total of
eight different businesses operating there.
This is a clear violation of the municipal zoning laws. But arbitrary
change-of-use is now standard practice and is it fair for the city
authorities to turn a blind eye for so long and then suddenly crack down on
Milton Park is now more commercial than residential and the council
has done nothing to prevent it.
There should be room for sensible compromise here. Firstly the views
of residents and neighbours should be obtained and taken seriously.
The council has a habit of ignoring these views. For instance it
permitted the conversion by Cimas of a residential home in Rowland Sq where,
contrary to assurances that it would be an unobtrusive consultation centre,
it has been transformed into a busy commercial clinic with dozens of
employees and customers parking outside.
Further, Cimas is a poor corporate neighbour that allows litter from
its visitors to pile up along the square's perimeter fence. Fedex,
authorised by embassies to process visa applications, is also a nuisance
neighbour as visitors park on residents' lawns.
"In Greendale, there are a number of furniture shops, a wedding
exhibition hall, sculpture garden and offices operating in the area without
the city's permission," the Sunday Mail tells us.
"In Willowvale there is a service station operating from residential
And the paper could have mentioned transport companies, crèches and
churches muscling in on residential neighbourhoods. Quite obviously the city's
by-law enforcement system has broken down. And part of the problem has been
opportunist politicians demanding a relaxation of "colonial" planning laws.
Now we see the consequences.
"Instead of waking up to the sound of chirping birds," one Highlands
resident said, "sounds of delivery vehicles as early as five in the morning
are waking us up."
The price of "progress"!
The latest edition of New African contains another lengthy puff piece
on Zimbabwe (See story Page 3). "Once again the search for truth has taken
me back to Zimbabwe," says editor Baffour Ankomah. What he probably meant
was large payments from the government had lured him back to learn "the
truth" about the Zimbabwean economy.
To assist him in this task a number of the regime's publicists were
roped in to explain that things were not as bad as they seem.
Clear recovery signs are on the horizon in agriculture, claimed George
Charamba, improbably. And "massive investments" are underway.
"The air of suppressed euphoria is almost palpable and it is a safe
bet that the majority of Zimbabweans are happy," opined Mabasa Sasa with
regard to the price cuts.
And just in case you thought CZI president Callisto Jokonya might say
something sensible, he offered us this: "Sometimes the international
community doesn't realise that our president is our liberator, he is our
Gideon Gono confirmed his reputation for blurring population
statistics by claiming South Africa contained 56 million people, 10 million
more than the census figures. He also seemed to think Roosevelt's New Deal
was called the "Great Deal" and suggested the Federation of Rhodesia and
Nyasaland was disbanded in 1960, three years ahead of its actual demise!
Ankomah did throw out some useful challenges. When Gono claimed
Zimbabwe was merely going through a "rough patch", Ankomah reminded him that
it had been going through one for seven years.
Gono appeared to misunderstand Ankomah's question about drought.
Ankomah pointed out to the governor, in response to his claims that drought
was at the root of our problems, that other countries in the region were
suffering from the same phenomenon.
"Precisely, precisely," Gono replied without getting the point that
those countries weren't experiencing the same difficulties.
But as always the most revealing quote in the whole 78-page supplement
came from President Mugabe. Speaking at the funeral of Brig-Gen Paul Gunda
in June, he said the British didn't understand that Zimbabwe was
"It is no longer Blair's Zimbabwe. It is now the Zimbabwe of the
Mugabes, the Msikas, and the Mujurus."
So that's what Independence was about?
By Eric Bloch
FOR many years I believed that the zenith of unmitigated cheek was
when a young man murdered his parents, and then appealed to the Court for
mercy because he was an orphan.
However, that was overtaken in the 1980s, when the then minister of
Commerce and Industry, Herbert Ushewokunze, appealed to apartheid-ruled
South Africa to supply Zimbabwe with fuel, in order that Zimbabwe could wage
trade and other sanctions against South Africa.
But, last week, a state-controlled newspaper succeeded in
demonstrating even greater gall and pronounced impertinence, bordering on
the realms of absurdity, when it published an editorial headed "Africa must
demand compensation for brain drain". It is undeniable that, over the years,
Africa in general, and in particular countries such as Kenya, Uganda,
Tanzania, Ghana, Senegal and Zimbabwe, amongst many others, have has lost
great resources to other countries. Most of the brain drain has been to
Europe and the countries of North America, save in the case of Zimbabwe,
where a very great number moved to regional neighbours.
Although the brain drain was, and continues to be, most pronounced,
culpability does not lie with the countries to which the "brains" departed,
but with their home countries. Admittedly, in some instances, the
destination countries did advertise, and otherwise make known, their needs
for various skills, and facilitated the entry into their countries of many.
But, on the one hand, they did not force any to change domicile from their
countries of birth and, on the other hand, an extremely great proportion of
those who relocated entered the countries that they had chosen wholly
unlawfully. Those countries had also not compelled the home countries to
develop skills of those of their populations who thereafter chose to use
those skills elsewhere. The forced transferal of Africans to other countries
ended more than two centuries ago, when the abominable practice of slave
trading came to an end.
Undoubtedly the editor who authored last week's demand for
compensation for the brain drain was provoked into doing so by the magnitude
of Zimbabwe's brain drain, and by the very negative consequences,
notwithstanding his suggestion that such compensation was due not only to
Zimbabwe, but to much of Africa. In the last few years the loss of skilled
and other Zimbabweans to other countries has been immense. Although
reliable, wholly authoritative data is not available, because of the very
great extent that Zimbabweans have departed the country through non-normal
channels, and have entered their countries of choice unlawfully, it is
estimated by some that there are now about three million Zimbabweans in
South Africa, almost a million in other neighbouring countries, and a like
number further afield, in the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, and elsewhere.
Thus, over the last six years or so, an estimated five million have departed
Zimbabwe for greener pastures, reducing the population by approximately a
third. That is a greater population loss than imposed on Zimbabwe by the
scourge of HIV and Aids.
And, with very rare exception, the loss of all those Zimbabweans is
entirely as a result of the disastrous, destructive, actions of government.
Small proportions of those who have left, but nevertheless, a meaningful
number, are self-imposed political exiles.
They left because they could perceive no future in living in a country
dominated by a government which speciously claims to adhere to the
principles of democracy, but a government which in actuality manoeuvres and
manipulates the constitution to assure its continued, unhindered, rulership,
which uses its media solely to propagandise the populace, and severely
restricts the existence and operations of independent media, and which
unhesitatingly and continuously allows its so-called guardians of law to
abuse the law and disregard the fundamentals of human rights, resorting to
never-ending, unjustified, brutal arrests, torture and oppression.
For some, to live in such an environment is untenable, and a very
pronounced personal risk, so with very great reluctance, and with great
hopes of being able to return at a future date, to a free, democratic
politically-just Zimbabwe, they flee to other countries.
The greater number of the estimated five million Zimbabweans abroad
left because of economic needs. Government had taken an economy which had
prospects of spectacular growth, and enhanced living standards for almost
all, and reduced it to near total destruction.
Its agriculture had fed the nation, and most of the region, and had
been the generator of the greater proportion of Zimbabwe's foreign exchange
needs. Today, Zimbabwe has to import two-thirds of the agricultural
commodities needed to provide its people with even a minimum of basic,
essential sustenance. And the foreign currency generation has declined
horrendously, leaving Zimbabwe devoid of many essential inputs.
In like manner, industrial production had declined continuously since
the turn of the century, tourist inflows have dwindled to almost a trickle
of those of less than ten years ago, most mining production has fallen
catastrophically, and almost all other areas of the economy are equally
Employment levels have reduced continuously, to less than 30% of 10
years ago, and inflation has soared upwards to the world's highest levels,
with annual inflation now exceeding 15 000%.
And as government dogmatically and obdurately continues to disregard
the inputs of the private sector as to the actual causes of the cataclonic
economic collapse, and how to reverse it, and spuriously denies any
responsibility for the economic chaos, instead unhesitatingly and falsely
blaming others, the ongoing economic collapse is perceived by all to be
Therefore, in order to sustain themselves, and all their myriad of
dependants (including aged parents and other relations, Aids orphans galore,
and numerous with permanent ailments worsened by non-availability or
non-affordability of requisite health care), the millions have gone to other
countries with more virile economies and economic opportunities.
Most of those who have gone, and as are presently going (at an
estimated rate of at least 10 000 per day), do so with every intent to
return to Zimbabwe. However, for a majority of them that will not happen,
except if unavoidable because of deportation by the countries in which so
many have settled unlawfully. Even those who are legitimately in those
countries, and who genuinely intended an eventual return to Zimbabwe, are
unlikely to do so.
In part that is because the Zimbabwean economic collapse is unending,
and there will soon be no economy to return to, but to a major extent it is
due to their establishing new roots. They meet others, get married, have
children, acquire homes, enjoy career advancement, and so forth, overtaking
the original intents of ultimate return to Zimbabwe.
So Zimbabwe has effectively denuded itself of the skills. Zimbabwe has
fuelled the brain drain. Zimbabwe has been the catalyst of the contraction
of its populace, and of the socio-economic negatives of the overwhelming
loss of skills.
Therefore, it has no basis to demand compensation for the brain
drain - in fact, Zimbabwe should compensate the other countries for
accommodating so many without skills that have become burdens upon the
economies of those countries. A demand by Africa and, especially, a demand
by Zimbabwe, for brain drain compensation is a consummate impertinence.
HOW dissonant can our government be? In Lusaka this week, Justice
minister Patrick Chinamasa was quoted in the press dismissing prospects of
talks with the opposition MDC whom he accused of carrying out violent acts
to seize power.
Chinamasa told Zambian state television that "there can be no
justification to make us (engage in) dialogue.
"There is no justification whatsoever for committing violence against
innocent people." Chinamasa accused the opposition of carrying out bombings
and arson. "They are only interested in getting into power through
unconstitutional means," he said.
He also said there was no need for political reform in Zimbabwe.
"Political reform is not necessary in my country because we are a
democracy like any other democracy in the world," Reuters reported.
The minister spoke on the eve of chief mediator South African
President Thabo Mbeki's progress report on the dialogue which he has
painstakingly tried to broker between the two parties.
Chinamasa's comments can be regarded as political grandstanding ahead
of the heads of state meeting. Chinamasa is Zanu PF's emissary in the
Pretoria discussions. The deliberations have been progressing at the speed
of a glacier but the engagement is there.
Chinamasa is confirming what we have long observed, that his party is
not interested in the dialogue with the MDC. In fact Zanu PF has only agreed
to engage the MDC out of respect for Sadc heads. Zanu PF has insisted that
the MDC is a puppet outfit. The ruling party wants to talk to the puppeteer
and not the puppets. This leaves the MDC marooned at the conference table in
Pretoria with Mbeki's team. It is now the opposition and civic organisations
who need these talks more than Zanu PF which gives Mugabe greater leverage.
Here is President Mugabe playing truant right in front of his Sadc peers. He
does not like their efforts to restore normalcy in Zimbabwe and we do not
expect strong words of condemnation from them. Indeed, misplaced solidarity
is the more likely outcome.
Mbeki's reported claim that there was progress in the discussions is a
case of the wish being father to the thought, perhaps based on the number of
meetings held and not necessarily what has been agreed to date. But what
progress Mr President? By saying that there is progress in the dialogue,
Mbeki is literally taking sides with Mugabe here. He is happy with what he
has achieved to date, so is Zanu PF which has tabled a constitutional
amendment which runs contrary to the whole spirit of the dialogue.
If anything, the gulf between the two parties has widened since March.
There is more repression and even greater attempts to portray the MDC as a
terrorist organisation, hence the pretence that drastic measures are
justified against them.
What makes the cheap propaganda from Chinamasa even more egregious is
that here is a minister responsible for a justice system that has failed to
prove that the opposition MDC carried out acts of violence aimed at removing
Mugabe from power. Police who arrested scores of MDC activists in March and
April on allegations of carrying out bombings and arson attacks in urban
centres have dismally failed to prove their case in the courts.
The arson attacks were President Mugabe's trump card in Dar es Salaam
when he tabled a dossier chronicling the supposed acts of violence. He
courted sympathy from his counterparts on the basis of a fictitious document
which was plastered on the Internet for maximum effect. This was followed by
the state buying editorial space in the New African magazine to peddle the
Even when this evidence has been discredited, the government is
sticking with the game-plan of vending conspiracy theories about the MDC and
the machinations by the West led by Britain and the United States. This is a
strategy that has its roots in Zanu PF's age-old approach to politics that
the opposition must be crushed. This has given rise to the adoption of
violent measures in dealing with any form of dissent. Only last month dozens
of National Constitutional Assembly demonstrators were hospitalised after
being beaten up by police in Harare. Chinamasa and his comrades in Zanu PF
consider this state violence against a peaceful protest normal and claim we
are a democracy like any other. He is wrong. Zimbabwe is a dictatorship that
is degenerating daily. As a result of government's campaign of repression,
"normalcy" is more elusive than ever. So is recovery.
By Dumisani Muleya
THINGS are rapidly and irretrievably going from bad to worse. There is
barely any food or basic commodities for survival in the supermarkets after
a government-engineered policy tsunami swept across a swathe of the land,
leaving a trail of destruction and mayhem in its ugly wake.
The current food crisis triggered by the misguided price blitz is
compounded by the social and economic collapse almost everywhere around us.
We do not have adequate water supply or electricity, among other things, and
there is clearly no let up in sight.
As the crisis deepens, the philosophy of Mugabe's bankrupt regime is
increasingly becoming more frozen. Their thinking is polarised and paranoid,
with dangerous emotional overtones and anxiety. Frankly speaking, Mugabe's
tunnel vision won't take us anywhere.
Desperate Zimbabweans are now flocking into neighbouring countries to
buy food - including the staple mealie-meal, beef and salt - in a bid to
fend off hunger. Clear conditions of a man-made famine - are now developing
Famines are usually the product of drought, crop failure and
pestilence, and man-made causes such as war or misguided economic policies.
In Zimbabwe the problem is clearly man-made. Leadership and policy
failures have caused the food shortages and suffering. A disastrous cocktail
of repression, human rights abuses and economic collapse have forced
Zimbabweans to flee to other countries. Our political and civil liberties
have been eroded or taken away except the right to starve!
While Zimbabwe is not facing famine, conditions for mass starvation
are there. The country has no food in the shops, let alone grain reserves.
The World Food Programme says a quarter of the population needs food aid. We
are now relying on food handouts from poor countries such as Malawi and
Zambia and buying goods from prospering neighbours such as South Africa.
This is what is largely keeping us going.
Imagine if Zimbabwe was surrounded by countries like Somalia, Sudan,
Djibouti, and Niger, poor and chaotic nations, people would be staring
hunger in the face without anywhere to scrounge for food. Neighbours, South
Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia, are sustaining us.
During the Heroes' Day holidays I travelled to Francistown, Botswana,
with friends from Bulawayo to buy groceries. Supermarkets and shops in the
City of Kings are really empty. On Wednesday at least one person died and
several others were injured in Bulawayo when people standing in a queue for
What we saw during the trip was both unbelievable and shocking:
Zimbabweans scrambling across the border in droves to purchase everything
from salt to mealie-meal. Banks and shops in Francistown are often
overcrowded by Zimbabweans trying to change money and buy food.
Trucks and private cars carrying containers for fuel are now a common
sight between Bulawayo and Francistown. The influx of Zimbabweans into
Botswana - which used to be one of the world's poorest countries in 1966
before post-colonial leaders built the current economy - dramatises the
Everywhere we went, in malls, shops and food courts, one way or
another we saw Zimbabwean-registered cars and people hunting for food.
Zimbabweans now even jostle for beer in Botswana bars.
The stampede was frightening, but drove home the point that Zimbabwe
has all but collapsed. If a country can't feed itself when it used to be the
bread basket of the region, what do you call that? Collapse, I suggest.
Botswana only had eight kilometres of tarred road at Independence in
1966 and did not even have its own currency. The South African rand was the
means of exchange. It relied on little customs revenue, foreign loans and
grants for survival, but through well-planned programmes of action and
vision, anchored in good leadership and governance, it merged from poverty
to relative prosperity.
While Botswana is a shining example of an African country which has
tremendously developed after its Independence, Zimbabwe is the exact
opposite. At Independence in 1980 Zimbabwe was the most industrialised and
strongest economy in sub-Saharan Africa - outside South Africa, but now it
has been reduced to a collapsing economy by a thoroughly corrupt and
incompetent regime. The country is now a monument to failure.
I spoke to a lot of friends - including respectable members of our
society who fought the liberation struggle - who had also gone to
neighbouring border towns such as Musina in South Africa, Chimoio in
Mozambique and Livingstone in Zambia to buy food. Apologists of the regime -
Mugabe's thought police and mind-guards - claim Zimbabweans are displaying
their purchasing power by flooding neighbouring countries. No one wants to
buy salt from a neighbouring country, but we don't have a choice. It's
desperation. No amount of spin, propaganada and lies can conceal the
spectacular failures of this regime. Efforts to cover up or to rationalise
its disastrous policies have so far failed miserably. Zimbabwe is now a
manual of how not to run a country, or how to run it down!
Mugabe's political heroics and rhetoric are irrelevant. People just
want food, water and electricity, not revolutionary antics. If his
government can't provide this, he must give us a break and go.
By Patience Rusere
16 August 2007
A faction of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change on
Thursday asked the member nations of the Southern African Development
Community, now in summit in Zambia, to expand the scope of South African
mediated crisis talks.
A delegation led by Thokozani Khupe, vice president of the opposition
faction headed by Morgan Tsvangirai, distributed the letters to the
embassies of the SADC member nations in Lusaka early Thursday shortly before
the summit's opening session.
The MDC faction called for the crisis talks being mediated by South African
President Thabo Mbeki to be concluded by October. It urged the repeal of
Zimbabwe's Public Order and Security Act and the Access to Information and
Protection of Privacy Act, and demanded an end to what it described as
state-organized political violence.
Khupe told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the
faction respects Mr. Mbeki's mediation process but believes it must be
Please send any job opportunities for publication in this newsletter to: JAG Job
Opportunities; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Secretary/PA required (preferably a displaced farmer’s wife
An opportunity has arisen at the JAG Trust for a secretarial/personal assistant to the CEO. The successful applicant must be punctual, reliable, able to use initiative, meet deadlines, engage in a high degree of public relation skills and able to work as part of a team and independently. JAG is a small office but a fun and challenging environment to work in, although can be stressful at times.
- Minute Taking
- Diary Management for CEO
- Knowledge of all Microsoft Office Programs
- Good PR skills
A competitive, inflation proofed remuneration package is offered plus a fuel allowance.
Interested applicants should contact the JAG Office on 04-799410 and furnish a written application with cv via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for the attention of the Trust’s CEO.
(Ad inserted 19 July 2007)
ENGINEERING MANAGER - Swaziland
A large progressive farming estate in Swaziland has a vacancy for an Engineering Manager.
Reporting to the Estate Manager the successful applicant will be responsible for the management of all the engineering functions on the estate including vehicle, machinery, pump, electrical and building maintenance as well as monitoring capital projects.
He will be responsible for the maintenance of all aspects of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Company's adherence to the National and international standards.
The ideal candidate will be suitably qualified with at least 5 years experience in a senior management position. He will have had at least 15 years work experience covering all aspects of the job. Computer skills are also essential.
THE PACKAGE OFFERED
-A highly competitive negotiable salary
-Free housing lights and water
-Assistance with children's education
-Assistance with Medical Aid
-Group Life Insurance
Interested persons should send their applications in writing to
STUMAC RECRUITING - PO Box 177, White River, 1240, RSA
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving full details of themselves.
Closing Date 31st July 2007
(Ad inserted 19 July 2007)
Anyone knowing of an experienced housemaid with a bit of cooking experience PLEASE send her my way. I am desperate. Phone Mandy Gilmour 0912 409750 or 0912 570521 or 069 3878. We live on a farm 40kms from town so accommodation is available with lights and water.
(Ad inserted 19 July 2007)
Position for manager of Meat Factory in RSA
I hope and pray that you are well in these difficult times and
I have an opportunity for an honest hard working couple who is destitute
though unforeseen uncontrollable circumstances.
They would need to re-locate to De Aar where the wife can run a Guest
House/Bed & Breakfast and husband can run a Meat Processing facility/Biltong factory. I have everything re the business except the time to run it. I only need able; hard working honest people. Profit sharing is a possibility.
The success/failure will depend solely on the manager/s of these
The position is available immediately and is rather URGENT.
Please reply to: email@example.com
(Ad inserted 19 July 2007)
SA ORGANIC FARMING OPPORTUNITY
Organic/Bio-dynamic farmer or organic-oriented farmer with mechanical skills required to operate 26 hectare certified organic small-holding one hour east of Pretoria and Johannesburg. 8 hectares currently in production with another 8 hectares to be developed growing vegetables. Poultry for eggs in another opportunity. Would suit younger, energetic, hands-on, organized and business-oriented couple. Must have mind-set to take direction and regularly report to owner. House available. Profit sharing. References required. Non-organic farmers will be considered as organic conversion training available. Send details to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: ++ 27 696 0750. Head responses: "SA ORGANIC FARMING OPPORTUNITY"
(Ad inserted 19 July 2007)
Unique Own Business Opportunity
To the right person a rewarding opportunity exists to ‘operate your own business’ in partnership with Zimbabwe and UK based businesses and a Non-Profit Organisation. No financial investment is required of you, HOWEVER, this opportunity has specific requirements which would be your contribution to the ‘partnership’.
This is not a ‘job’ - this is an opportunity to ‘operate your own business’
Self righteous religious zealots will not be considered
Timewasters will not be responded to
We are a low-profile service orientated business (inc 1994) and organisation, providing commercial services to the business community, and strictly confidential services to private clients, and non-profit activities.
The partners adopt a philosophical approach to Life, believing in the significance of an individual’s need to find their very own unique and special purpose, and to then live out their personal dream.
Excellence & proficiency in: secretarial & office practises, written & spoken communication, computer skills (especially MSOutlook & File Management)
Working knowledge of Company formation procedures
Basic knowledge of computer hardware (you know what’s in the tower)
Basic accounting experience - accounts are contracted out
Willing to learn LINUX
As the successful ‘partner’ person you will be self-motivated, and competently & with dedication, carry out the daily activities, expand the market of our services in Zimbabwe and further develop, maintain & operate various Address Book data bases (Network Marketing).
You will possess and be able to practically demonstrate: personal responsibility, a high degree of personal integrity and trustworthiness, that you are a ‘people person’ with compassion and empathy, emotional maturity and stability. Good health and bodily disposition. Be committed to staying....for the next year at least. An added ‘feather in your cap’ will be that you subscribe to the philosophy as expounded in the movie and book - ‘The Secret”
It goes without saying that you will be generously rewarded
Write an Email letter (attaching your Résumé) telling us sufficient about yourself that we would be wanting to meet with you for consideration as a ‘partner’ in Zimbabwe.
Thomas Vallance ACIArb, Executive Director, PARADiGM Trust(Pvt)Ltd
Trust Executives & Administrator, Para-Legal Advisory Services
POBox HG750, Highlands, Email: [email@example.com]
(Ad inserted 19 July 2007)
Accountant / Bookkeeper - at least 3 years experience required in the accounting field.
To work for a busy lodge, friendly environment, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. Good package offered including fuel. Please forward your CV's and References to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to T J Cornish, Box BW198, Borrowdale, Harare.
(Ad inserted 26 July 2007)
We are seeking to fill two vacancies in our tourism related business in Kariba, these can be filled by individuals or by a couple.
Senior bookkeeper / Accounts department supervisor
This position requires an experienced Pastel bookkeeper to manage our accounts department that consists of 3 additional staff. The successful applicant will be required to supervise the entire accounting functions of the company including cash controls and preparation of monthly trial balances and management trading account reports. This is predominantly a female environment, but the position may suit a retired male accountant seeking a quieter lifestyle.
This position will require a more mature person with considerable mechanical and maintenance experience as our workshop, with a staff compliment of 10 employees, not only maintains a fleet of speedboats and outboard motors, but also our property and buildings as well as all types of maintenance on houseboats. Experience of outboard motors, while not absolutely necessary, will be a distinct advantage.
Apply with CV to General Manager at email@example.com
(Ad inserted 2 August 2007)
Cotton Production Specialist
A local cotton company is seeking the full time services of an experienced cotton consultant to work locally and in the region with contract growers. Applicants to submit full C.V via email details of which are available through 0912233415.
(Ad inserted 2 August 2007)
Required to run a workshop on a busy farm in Matabeleland North.
Applicants must have a sound knowledge and long-term, hands-on experience in the servicing, maintaining and repairing of a wide diversity of vehicles and equipment.
The incumbent will be responsible for the supervising and development of workshop staff and tractor drivers.
Administrative work would include the timely procurement of inputs and spares, ensuring on-farm stocks and minimal downtime of vehicles and equipment.
The ability to operate a lathe would be an advantage.
The successful applicant will take up his post on 2nd January 2008.
Very competitive remuneration and fringe benefits are commensurate with the job.
If you feel that you meet the requirements, send your CV and traceable references to:
The Advertiser, Box 1288, Bulawayo or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 085-309.
(Ad inserted 2 August 2007)
Wanted - IT Technician with standard hardware and network experience.
Papers not necessary but need somebody with reasonable common sense and motivation. Contact Donald on 091 2 258159 or 771101/771097-9.
(Ad inserted 2 August 2007)
Qualifications : Must have excellent qualifications in Pastel Vs 7, 8, 9 and be proficient in Excel & Word
Duties : Perform all basic tasks of data capturing into Pastel and interpreting into Excel & Word Spread Sheets
Balancing inter Company Accounts (no wages or salaries)
Produce monthly balances of Expense Accounts in Pastel
Responsibilities : Ensuring daily sales are accurate
Reporting to Financial Manager & carrying out duties allocated
Supervising Accounts Clerk
Qualities :Well organised & Punctual
Efficient & Dynamic
Must work well under pressure & in busy environment
Suit mature female/male
Be prepared to work 6 day week
Forward updated C.V. with contactable references to :
Glynis Wiley, ABC Auctions, Hatfield House, Seke road, Harare
Telephone: 751343 / 751498 or Email: email@example.com
(Ad inserted 2 August 2007)
Qualifications : Must be very proficient in Excel, Word, Pastel and have good working knowledge of VAT
Duties : Data capture from departments and interpretation onto Spreadsheets
Balancing spreadsheet to Pastel
Produce cheques & write out orders
Responsibilities : Ensuring accurate daily data capture
Reporting to Financial Manager & carrying out duties allocated
Qualities : Well organised & Punctual
Efficient & Dynamic
Must work well under pressure & in busy environment
Be prepared to work 6 day week
Suite mature female/male
Forward updated C.V. with contactable references to :
Glynis Wiley, ABC Auctions, Hatfield House, Seke road, Harare
Telephone: 751343 / 751498 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Ad inserted 2 August 2007)
Accountant / Bookkeeper
At least 3 years experience required in the accounting field.
To work for a busy lodge, friendly environment, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. Good package offered including fuel. Please forward your CV's and References to email@example.com or post to T J Cornish, Box BW198, Borrowdale, Harare.
(Ad inserted 16 August 2007)
WORKSHOP MANAGER required
This position will require a more mature person over the age of 35, with considerable mechanical and maintenance experience of ERF and Renault trucks. Would prefer a candidate with at least 5 years experience in this same position, who would be able to manage the running of a fleet of cross-border trucks. Please send CV's to Mahomed Abdulla at firstname.lastname@example.org .
(Ad inserted 16 August 2007)
Cook and Gardener
I am looking for a cook and gardener (preferably husband and wife team) to start immediately. Accommodation is offered.
Please contact: Glenn 011888214 or email: email@example.com
(Ad inserted 19 July 2007)
I am an ex-Zimbabwean farm manager with 6 years experience in Horticulture and just recently established a 12.5 Ha project in Ethiopia working together with Richel and Netafim. I also have 3 years experience in Dairy and Beef farming. I am looking for a vacancy in any of these fields. My contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org
(Ad inserted 2 August 2007)
Position sought - Finance, Salaries and Administration.
Currently serving as a Finance and Administration Officer for a regional organisation.
17 years solid work experience, 8 in the NGO sector.
NGOs, Embassies, Regional or International organisations preferred.
Current salary in foreign currency.
Clean class 4 driver s licence.
Diploma in Personnel Management.
Higher National Diploma in Accounting.
Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Finance.
Juliah Murima – 04-2920769 home, 0912699258 cell, 091405281 husband
Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Ad inserted 16 August 2007)
I am mature lady with 14 years working experience in Administration and Human Resources. I am currently working at the University of Zimbabwe in the Human Resources Department. I hold A Bsc in Sociology from The University of Zimbabwe and Certificates in Human Resources Management. I am looking for employment either as an Administrator in Human Resources. My contact is Mrs Hove 011218590 or 333524 or 492348. My e-mail address email@example.com.
For the latest listings of accommodation available for farmers, contact firstname.lastname@example.org