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SABC

Zimbabweans must get act together: Pahad
March 10, 2003, 23:15


Zimbabweans should get their act together to help find solutions
for the problems in their country, Aziz Pahad, the South African Deputy
Foreign Affairs Minister said today.

"Zimbabweans across the political spectrum have to begin to
analyse the crisis in which they are, both politically and economically,"
Pahad said in Pretoria. They should give leadership which the rest of the
world could support.

Pahad told reporters South Africa remained "seized" with
Zimbabwe's problems. Instability in that country would have serious
consequences for South Africa.

"There is an unreal debate about quiet diplomacy and aggressive
diplomacy. What we need is a solution."

This could be done through organisations such the Commonwealth,
the Southern African Development Community, and the African Union. "Most
importantly, the Zimbabweans must get their act together," Pahad said.

He said he doubted whether new sanctions imposed against
Zimbabwe by the US would contribute to the solution.

George W. Bush, the US President announced economic sanctions on
Friday against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and 76 other officials.

Pahad said earlier US travel restrictions against Zimbabweans
had not achieved much.

"We now want to see what these new sanctions are going to
achieve. If this is the route some countries want to go that is their
decision. We want to find solutions," Pahad said. - Sapa

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Africans must wise up to Mugabe
President Bush has acted appropriately when others would not by freezing the
assets of Zimbabwean President Mugabe and 76 government officials and
prohibiting Americans from doing business with them.

Mugabe's policies, Bush notes, are "contributing to the deliberate breakdown
in the rule of law in Zimbabwe, to politically motivated violence and
intimidation in that country and to political and economic instability."

Last month, the European Union took a similar step when it renewed travel
restrictions on Mugabe and his government leaders, banned arms sales to
Zimbabwe and froze the country's assets in Europe. The Commonwealth of
Britain and its former colonies have also suspended Zimbabwe from
membership.

Predictably, Zimbabwe's leadership is crying foul over the imposition of
sanctions against the dictator and his cronies. Mugabe's allies describe the
U.S. sanctions as a "white racist" attack, and Mugabe characterizes outside
critics of his regime as imperialists who want to impose a new form of
colonialism on developing nations, even as he himself brutally represses his
own people.

What's discouraging is that the presidents of South Africa and Nigeria, two
nations with their own tragic experience with tyranny, are urging the
Commonwealth to end its suspension of Zimbabwe's membership. They cite the
country's "progress" since the rigged elections last March, a theme
reiterated in speeches Sunday at a summit of African leaders in Abuja,
Nigeria.

The next day -- U.N. International Women's Day -- baton-wielding police in
Zimbabwe attacked women marching to protest violations of women's rights.

Today, nearly half of Zimbabwe's 13 million people face starvation amid a
drought aggravated by Mugabe's authoritarian actions: seizing the productive
lands of white farmers to give to inexperienced supporters, repressing the
opposition and stifling the media. Soon, Zimbabweans may not even own their
country: Mugabe is selling off agricultural, banking and other assets to
Libya in return for fuel.

Sadly, the lack of initiative from fellow African leaders has historical
precedent, but this is supposed to be a new era. The continued pandering to
Mugabe is outrageous and deserves to be harshly criticized. They act as if
saving a crony's rear end is of greater importance than democracy.
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Business Report

Cash-strapped Zimbabwe wants forex for its fuel
Independent Foreign Service
March 11 2003 at 08:01AM
Johannesburg - In a bizarre act of desperation to raise hard currency to buy
fuel, the Zimbabwe government wants foreign motorists, including tourists,
travelling through the country to pay for fuel at filling stations in
foreign currency.

The proposal has been made by the ministry of energy and power development
to improve the fuel shortages in Zimbabwe.

It has since been submitted to the government-business-labour Tripartite
Negotiating Forum for further discussion. It was not possible to ascertain
from energy minister Amos Midzi how this system would work.

The weekly Financial Gazette speculated that measures would involve foreign
motorists being asked to pay foreign exchange at points of entry into
Zimbabwe. They would then be given coupons to redeem at chosen service
stations around Zimbabwe.

A document on the proposed policy quoted by the Financial Gazette said the
ministry of energy argued that the measure would stop Zimbabwe from
subsidising foreigners' fuel purchases and curb the illegal cross-border
trade in fuel.

It said: "Foreigners have taken advantage of the existence of the foreign
currency parallel market, which has made Zimbabwe's fuel cheaper for them.

"Foreign motorists therefore drive into the country with empty tanks for
them to fuel in Zimbabwe.

"By ensuring that foreigners pay in hard currency, this will make them pay a
reasonable price for the fuel and will go a long way in channelling foreign
currency into the formal market.

"The ministry is therefore recommending that foreigners should pay in hard
currency."

Zimbabweans have lived with fuel shortages for close to three years now,
since the farm seizures began in 2000.

The Zimbabwe government almost doubled the price of fuel last month but the
measure has not helped to improve fuel supplies. The country remains without
foreign currency.

The shortages have become more acute after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi cut
fuel supplies four months ago.

His country's oil company, Tamoil, is owed more than $100 million by the
state procurement company, the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (Noczim).

Reports say Gaddafi has now demanded that President Robert Mugabe surrender
all Noczim assets in Zimbabwe and hand them to Libya before supplies are
resumed.

He has reportedly demanded that Mugabe seize the assets of multinational oil
firms and hand them over to Libya.

The ministry of energy argued that a system in which foreigners paid in
forex for goods and services in Zimbabwe was not new and was already
operational in the tourism industry.

Foreigners are normally required to pay their hotel bills in foreign
currency in Zimbabwe.

Analysts cautioned that foreigners might be unwilling to part with their
money at entry points, since holding coupons would not guarantee they could
secure fuel once in Zimbabwe.

Witness Chinyama, the chief economist of Kingdom Financial Holdings, said:
"This scheme has to be worked out properly, otherwise it could create trade
division instead of trade promotion." - Independent Foreign Service
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Mail and Guardian

'Zimbabwe is like communist China'

Shoneez Bulbulia | Johannesburg

11 March 2003 08:06

Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube said the situation in his country was
worsening each day and had become "very much like communist China with
everything totally controlled by the State".

Speaking to Sapa on Monday night, the Catholic Archbishop, who is in South
Africa on private business, said hundreds of people were detained on a daily
basis for various incidents.

"More than 300 people were arrested over the weekend during Women's Day
celebrations and marches and some detained for five days. A 15-year-old boy
was beaten up and shocked and then taken to a police camp after he
apparently protested at a cricket match, while one woman was beaten
unconscious.

"The government has become so harsh that they don't care about their people
who are starving and suffering."

Ncube said poverty was one of the major problem areas in Zimbabwe. There is
not much harvest due to the crippling drought and no input in the fields.
There will not be much of a crop this year.

"Zimbabweans are in a very difficult position and there is not much the
people can do because of the government's trickery and deceit. They make it
very difficult for people, and those who are outspoken and protest suffer
the most. "They are followed and intimidated with death while their
telephones are tapped and constantly checked.

"Mugabe has an army of some 40 000 soldiers whom he could just call to shoot
people. The county has become much like communist China, with everything
totally controlled by the state."

Ncube said the crisis had become so severe that professionals were moving
abroad while the poor were coming to South Africa and Botswana to find
jobs. - Sapa

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News24

Witness 'withheld key facts'
10/03/2003 19:33 - (SA)


Harare - The main state witness in the treason trial of Zimbabwe's
opposition leader ended four weeks on the stand Monday, but defence lawyers
said they wanted to question him again, saying he withheld key facts in an
alleged plot to kill President Robert Mugabe.

Defence attorney George Bizos said Ari Ben Menashe, a Canadian-based
political consultant who said he was asked to help arrange an assassination
of Mugabe, refused to reveal details of bank transfers involved, the
identities of government security officials he dealt with, and information
about key meetings.

"The witness has withheld important information that would enable us to lead
rebuttal evidence," said Bizos, representing opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai.

Earlier, Ben Menashe told the court he refused to hand over his passport for
examination by the defence. The defence asked for it to corroborate trips he
said he made to Zimbabwe and the Congo, where he said the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change sought to enlist Zimbabwean soldiers serving
there to help stage a coup.

"It is private. My travels are not a matter of public knowledge," Ben
Menashe told the High Court.

Ben Menashe has accused Tsvangirai and two other opposition leaders of
hiring him to help them kill Mugabe.

Government payroll

The opposition officials deny the charges, saying Ben Menashe was secretly
on the government payroll and framed them. Tsvangirai and his two co-accused
could face the death penalty if convicted.

Bizos questioned why Ben Menashe had not mentioned the plan to recruit
soldiers in Congo in his main statement to Zimbabwean investigators.

The main evidence offered by the state in the treason trial, now in its
fifth week, is a secretly recorded 4 1/2 hour video of a meeting between
Tsvangirai and Ben Menashe in Montreal on December 4, 2001.

Tsvangirai was charged with treason two weeks before he ran against Mugabe
in presidential elections last year.

Mugabe won the election, which international observers said was swayed by
rigging and political intimidation.

Ben Menashe has testified he received US$200 000 from the government two
weeks after he handed the secretly recorded video to Zimbabwe agents.

He insists, however, that he was not working with the government to entrap
the opposition. - Sapa-AP
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Reuters

Witness: Mugabe Rival Wanted Death to Look Natural

March 11
- By Cris Chinaka

HARARE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - A key witness in the treason trial of
Zimbabwe's Morgan Tsvangirai said on Tuesday the opposition leader had
proposed that President Robert Mugabe be assassinated in a way to make it
look like a natural death.

Tsvangirai and two senior colleagues could face death sentences if
convicted of plotting to kill Mugabe. All three deny the charges.

"Mr. Tsvangirai said the elimination must look like an accident or as
natural causes, say a heart attack," Tara Thomas, a personal assistant to
star witness Ari Ben-Menashe, told the High Court.

"It was his belief that if it did not look like an accident or
natural, the army would step in and there would be no possibility of a
smooth transitional arrangement," she said.

Thomas went into the witness box on Tuesday soon after Ben-Menashe
left for Canada after being cross-examined for over a month by Tsvangirai's
defense lawyer George Bizos.

The 32-year-old Thomas said she was employed by Ben-Menashe's Dickens
and Madson consultancy firm as a personal assistant and research analyst.
She accompanied her boss to a London meeting in November 2001 where she said
Tsvangirai talked about his plans to assassinate Mugabe.

Thomas said she was there to record the meeting, but the
tape-recording was hardly audible as nearby construction work had made the
meeting room "very noisy."

The state has submitted this tape-recording as part of its evidence
against Tsvangirai and his colleagues.

But the government's treason case against the Movement for Democratic
Change leaders rests mainly on a grainy video tape of a meeting in Canada
between Ben-Menashe and Tsvangirai, who allegedly discussed Mugabe's
"elimination."

The tape was recorded just before Ben-Menashe's firm signed a contract
with the Zimbabwe government.

Ben-Menashe has said he taped the meeting solely to get incriminating
evidence for Mugabe's government, but he denies entrapping Tsvangirai.

The defense says the tape was doctored to implicate Tsvangirai and
discredit the opposition as Zimbabwe spirals into its worst crisis since
independence from Britain in 1980, which many blame on Mugabe's
mismanagement.


Copyright 2003 Reuters News Service. All rights reserved.
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Globe and Mail, Canada

Harare trial split marriage, Canadian tells court

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail









COLIN FREEZE - The key Canadian witness in the treason trial of
Zimbabwe's opposition leader said Monday that his role in the case has
wrecked his marriage, a remark that his wife's divorce lawyer later rejected
as "not true."

"I am in the middle of a very, very nasty divorce case that has been
created partly because of this case," Ari Ben Menashe, a Montrealer, told a
Harare court Monday.

Among other things, Mr. Ben Menashe said that his wife, Haya Chetrit,
has received "telephone calls from lots of people that if her husband
appeared as a witness in Zimbabwe, she and her child will be in danger."
This, he said, placed a strain on their marriage.

Contacted by The Globe and Mail, Ms. Chetrit's lawyer, Anne-France
Goldwater, said she was surprised to hear this. She checked with her client
and said no elaborate foreign controversies were involved in the marital
breakdown.

"This case [in Zimbabwe] has nothing to do with anything between
them," Ms. Goldwater said.

"Maybe he should ask himself, as a human being, what contributed to
wrecking his marriage. . . . We don't start blaming political opposition
leaders several thousand of kilometres away as to why we wreck our
marriages," Ms. Goldwater said.

She denied that Ms. Chetrit received threatening telephone calls from
strangers.

There are, however, accounts of her own husband threatening her.

This past August, after receiving complaints from Mr. Ben Menashe's
wife and mother-in-law, Quebec police charged him with two counts of assault
and one count of threatening death or harm. That matter is still before the
courts.

An Iranian-born Israeli, Mr. Ben Menashe came to Canada more than 10
years ago after becoming persona non grata in the United States. Shortly
after arriving in Montreal he married Ms. Chetrit, a lawyer who is now a
stay-at-home mother.

Mr. Ben Menashe is one half of a controversial consultancy duo in
Montreal who once boasted of doing $50-million in global business.

He had not been charged with a crime in Canada until the recent
charges. These prompted him to sign an undertaking to "be of good behaviour"
and to keep 300 metres away from his wife, according to documents obtained
by Toronto-based Advocate Investigations.

The investigative agency has been hired by Zimbabwe's Movement for
Democratic Change to probe Mr. Ben Menashe's controversial business
activities. He and the MDC were once on better terms.

In December, 2001, Mr. Ben Menashe filmed MDC Opposition Leader Morgan
Tsvangirai by means of a camera hidden in the ceiling of a Montreal
boardroom. A month later he signed a contract to work for Mr. Tsvangirai's
archrival, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

The videotape is now the basis for the treason charges against the
opposition leader and two other party members, all of whom could be executed
if convicted.

Mr. Ben Menashe has been giving testimony in Harare for weeks, and at
times has shown frustration at the MDC's myriad attempts to prove he is not
a credible witness.

Monday, he told reporters that his wife perpetrated a kidnapping of
his young child, which precipitated the charges against him.

Ms. Goldwater, the divorce lawyer, said that is not true. Mr. Ben
Menashe made allegations that resulted in Ms. Chetrit's arrest, she said,
but no charges were ever laid against her. "The whole thing was trumped up
to begin with," Ms. Goldwater said.

She added that her client didn't want publicity but rather hoped to
set the record straight after Mr. Ben Menashe's remarks were carried around
the world by news-wire services Monday.
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Letter 1: submitted by Kerry Kay

I would like to share a letter we received from a very dear black
Zimbabwean friend living in exile in the UK - his letters over the past
three years have always been a great source of encouragement:

We still have the little photo of the small hill on Chipesa Farm, which you
gave us a long time ago - the little hill at which L. said she would like
to be buried. Why am I telling you this? I am telling you this because I
have watched over and over again the BBC2 documentary, which showed the
destruction, rather, the raping of Chipesa Farm. Oh how I wish I had never
seen that documentary so I could live with the sweet memories of the time
we spent at Chipesa.

What sort of people have we become? We are supposed to be the
better-educated lot on the dark continent - but surprise surprise we have
become the most brutal and for all intents and purposes the least
civilized.

I hope one day - soon - every tainted hand will be called upon to answer
for their sins of commission and will those of us who have stood silently
on the sidelines live with an easy conscience for the rest of our lives.
Of course the tragedy of Chipesa has been played out all over the country
but, still, each situation remains painfully unique in the gravity of it
trauma for each individual family. So last week another family lost their
home. If I could find the right words to say I would say them over and over
and over again if that would lessen your pain. All I can say is I am
really sorry - and I love you all very much.

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Letter 2: submitted by Anthony Brownlee Walker

I don't know who wrote this, but I thought you might find it of interest.
A.R.BW.

STALIN

Last night I listened to a radio programme on Stalin, it's now fifty years
since he expired. One of the world's really nasty people, he apparently
killed more people than anyone else, ever in history (an estimated sixty
million Russians).

I heard Malcolm Muggerige describe a trip though Russia during the time of
the suppression of the Kulaks. The Kulaks were the commercial farmers of
Russia, and Stalin had decided to eliminate them and give their farms to
the peasants. Unfortunately, in Muggerige's words the peasants were
generally "too stupid, too greedy and too lazy" and all they did was steal
everything they could from the farms and destroy the rest.

Muggerige described how their train passed a small station, and one of the
journalists threw a gnawed chicken bone out of the window. Immediately the
peasants standing on the platform all dived for the bone, as they were
starving. More than seven million Russians died of starvation due to the
elimination of the Kulaks, the skilled farmers who were the backbone of
Russian agricultural production.

Interesting!

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Letter 3: Kerry Kay

Dear Colin and Hendrik, FOKUS interview - another disappointment, but what
more do we expect? Strange that you did not mention the rule of law, that
people are being arrested, tortured, raped and beaten every day, the fact
that land was not the issue but maintaining power at all costs was, that it
is a man-made genocide by starvation, that dialogue has not saved lives or
farms in the past and is not doing so now?! You did say however that 341
farms had been section'd since the end of August.

Perhaps Bredenkamps advice is construed by the CFU as more credible than
that of others with a real and genuine stake in the country and its future?
When will the CFU have the courage of its convictions to call a meeting of
the remaining few farmers left in the country and seek their mandate?. To
think that you are representing your members is farcical - what Regional
Chairman meets with his members monthly before your councils - Mash East
doesn't.

It would be appreciated if you would reply to Iain's letter, my one of two
weeks ago, and this one at the same time, as there are questions that we
need answered.

Yours sincerely,

Kerry Kay.

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Letter 4: Swift

ROADS ARE MADE BY WALKING

The road to success is not straight,
There is a curve called failure,
A loop called confusion,
Speed bumps call friends,
Red lights call enemies,
and caution lights called family,
You will have flats called jobs,
but if you have a spare called DETERMINATION
an engine called PERSEVERANCE
Insurance called FAITH
and a driver called JESUS
you will make it to a place called SUCCESS!

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VOA

Group Meets to Discuss Zimbabwe's Political Future
Peta Thornycroft
Harare
11 Mar 2003, 16:22 UTC



For three days last week, about 50 Zimbabweans met in South Africa to
discuss the economic and political situation in their country, as well as
what steps are necessary to establish real democracy there.

The Zimbabweans met at a game park outside Pretoria. One of the remarkable
things about the meeting, several of the participants said, was that they
had no fear of being arrested. If it had taken place in their country, it
would have been illegal.

The meeting was organized by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa,
which played a prominent role in that country's transition from apartheid to
democracy, and is now widely seen by analysts as an effective democracy
watchdog. Members of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party had been invited to
attend the conference, but declined.

For many of the participants, politicians, religious leaders, trade
unionists, commercial farmers, lawyers and human rights activists, the
meeting marked the first time they could discuss their country's future in
relaxed circumstances.

By the end of the three days of talks, all the participants had reached a
consensus that the best way forward for Zimbabwe was the creation of a
transitional authority leading to new elections in the country.

Though all agreed that this was the best way to proceed, they also agreed
that a major obstacle remained. None of the delegates was able to say how
the ruling ZANU-PF party and its leader, President Robert Mugabe, could be
encouraged, or forced, to the negotiating table.

One of the final resolutions from the conference included a call for the
establishment of a group to help negotiate the difficult road to a
transitional authority.

Though the Zimbabweans at the meeting considered it an important milestone
for their country, several of them expressed one disappointment. They say
about a dozen members of South Africa's ruling African National Congress had
been invited to attend the conference, but most declined at the last moment.
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Short criticised over Zimbabwe

Clare Short's Department for International Development has
come under fire from senior MPs over Zimbabwe.

Short was criticised for not doing more to highlight the
misery Zimbabwe is causing by prolonging food shortages in southern Africa.

The international development committee urged her to do
more to explain how the controversial policies Mugabe's regime, such as land
reform, were adding to the crisis facing the region.


"We believe that the UK government is failing to
communicate clearly the ways in which Zimbabwe is exacerbating food
insecurity in southern Africa," they said.

"DfID should explain clearly the culpability of Robert
Mugabe's policies on land reform, and emphasise too that restrictions placed
on the movement of genetically-modified maize had hampered the relief effort
and contributed to the deteriorating situation across the region."

But the committee's report did praise Short for
"responding generously" to the crisis in Southern Africa last year.

Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho and
Swaziland are all facing a humanitarian crisis caused by food shortages and
the Aids epidemic.

The Mugabe government's programme of land redistribution
and only giving food to Zanu PF supporters has left more than half the
population in need of food aid.

Added to this, 35 per cent of adults are HIV-positive.


Short's department is expected to spend 25 million this
year on the humanitarian effort in Zimbabwe.

The committee warned that Africa is now the only continent
moving backwards and failing to reach the Millennium Development Goals.

MPs gave their support to the department's strategy of
taking a regional approach to giving early warnings to the international
community of food crises.

They warned the same organised strategy was not being
followed by international governments and non-governmental organisations.

"As part of its evaluation of the UK response to the
southern Africa emergency, DfID should assess the effectiveness of its
working relationships with international, regional and national partners,
including NGOs, and should draw lessons for improved co-ordination," they
said.
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Commercial banks hike lending rates

The Herald (Harare)

March 11, 2003
Posted to the web March 11, 2003

Harare

SOME commercial banks have hiked their minimum lending rates, ending months
of market speculation.

The Zimbabwe Banking Corpora-tion and Kingdom Bank this week increased their
minimum lending rates to 45 percent, an increase of about 6 percentage
points.

Other commercial banking houses are likely to take cue and announce their
own minimum lending rates in the near future.

The market had been bracing for a sharp increase in interest rates after the
announcement by the Reserve bank of Zimbabwe in November last year of a new
dual interest rate policy.

The policy, meant to discourage non-essential and consumptive borrowing
while at the same time boosting production by offering concessionary
interest rates for producers and exporters, paved the way for
market-determined lending rates.

Borrowing for export and productive purposes now attract interest rates of 5
percent and 15 percent, respectively.

It was largely expected that a sharp rate increase was in the offing as
banks have always argued that the rate of interest should be linked to
inflation if savings were to be encouraged.

The year-on-year inflation figure as at the end of January stood at 208
percent, making it virtually impossible for the interest rates to track
inflation as this would push a lot of people into bankruptcy.

Bankers Association of Zimbabwe vice president Mr Jerry Tsodzai denied that
there had been confusion in the sector on the lending rates following the
RBZ's dual interest rate policy, saying it was up to individual banks to
determine their own rates on the basis of their assessment of the cost of
funds.

"There was no confusion whatsoever, except that banks were assessing the
cost of funds on the money market before coming up with appropriate rates.

"As you know, the rates are currently on the upward move and individual
banks will take their positions basing on their own assessment of the cost
of funds," Mr Tsodzai said.

Analysts said the new rates were indicative of firming rates on the money
market, saying the trend should continue unless the Govern-ment comes to the
market to borrow.

"That is not likely to happen in the foreseeable future as the Government
might feel it has sufficiently met the need to finance the agrarian reforms
and might not need cheap funds at the moment," market analyst Mr Loyd
Kazunga said.

He added that the movement of the lending rates was in the right direction
towards closing down the gap between the rates of inflation and interest.

"The moves will provide an incentive for savers and, in turn, a growing pool
of savings is an incentive for investment, while at the same time
speculative borrowing will be discouraged as this is inflationary.

"So this development, coupled with a positive response from the supply side,
could stabilise prices and, consequently, slow down inflation," Mr Kazunga
said.

The attractiveness of the return on savings would, however, depend on the
margin between deposits and lending rates, which is usually a huge gap.

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11th March, 2003
Democratically elected Parliamentarian attacked by Zanu PF thugs

Abednigo Malinga, the MDC Member of Parliament for Silobela was last night attacked by seven ZANU PF thugs at a fuel station in Kwekwe. The incident took place at around 18.30 hours. Honorable Malinga was filling his car at a fuel station when seven ZANU PF youths emerged and demanded that he should not fill his car.

The ZANU PF youths accused Hon Malinga and the MDC of advocating for sanctions against Zimbabwe and demanded that he should not fill his car. As he was walking towards his car with the intention of leaving the filling station, he was hit on the head with an empty bottle. He fled into the darkness and sought help from the police who took him to his car.

Despite the fact that the police had stayed behind guarding the vehicle, the ZANU PF criminals still managed to smash the front windscreen of the vehicle and even attempted to burn the vehicle. A docket has been opened at Kwekwe Central police station.

Malinga was rushed to Redcliff Medical Hospital where he is receiving treatment.

This incident serves to demonstrate the extent to which ZANU PF criminals are holding the country at ransom. We condemn this criminal act and call upon the police to ensure that these criminals are brought to book


Paul Themba Nyathi
Secretary for Information and Publicity
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