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Could Jonathan Moyo be the next president?
By Chido Makunike

The official policy in Zanu PF has been that it is sacrilege to even
think about a successor to Comrade Mugabe as its leader.

Until he himself decides to step down, to talk about someone else
carrying the baton has been tantamount to treason. In a democratic
organisation, the leader is accorded respect, but is not allowed to rule
like an infallible, immortal monarch. But Zanu PF is hardly a model of a
democratic mass movement.

So the position has been that there is no succession issue, despite
the president being almost 80 years old. Individuals interested in being the
next president must pretend to not have any such ambitions.

Zanu PF has elevated Mugabe to such a mythic, feared cult figure that
even its intelligent members must act like unthinking robots. Blind loyalty
to the incumbent is the price for status and a party position, even at the
expense of the party's reputation, and one's own legitimate personal
ambitions. Step out of line by daring to suggest you consider yourself
worthy of filling his shoes, and you will surely be ostracised, if not
worse.

So party members who should have protested against practices that made
Zanu PF sink so low in public esteem, merely sheepishly looked on as their
party went to the dogs.

Now Mugabe has given his regal permission for talk about succession.
But don't expect a flood of party members openly throwing their hats in the
ring. There is still the entrenched Zanu PF culture of absolute obedience
and fear, and the official dogma that Mugabe is indispensable to the party's
existence. There would likely be severe penalties for some brave, foolish
Zanu PF member openly coming out and declaring he wants to take over after
Mugabe.

In Kenya, previous president Daniel Moi expressed his preference for
Uhuru Kenyatta to succeed him, for what cynics carped were self-serving
reasons. Moi had been up to a lot of dirty stuff during his long tenure and
wanted a malleable fellow who would cover for him after he stepped down.
Things didn't quite turn out that way, but at least he tried.

If Mugabe manages to leave office peacefully, he may try to pull off a
Moi-type stunt. Many have speculated that Mugabe fixer and aide Emmerson
Mnangagwa would be the choice to cover up Mugabe's messy tracks.

I believe another strong contender for preferred successor would be
chief of propaganda and spin doctor extraordinary, the one and only Jonathan
Moyo. There would be howls of outrage from more senior party members who
secretly would like to step into Mugabe's shoes, but they could be easily
neutralised. Fully developed farms confiscated from white farmers, grand
sounding positions and German luxury sedans, even women could be thrown at
them to buy them off, in the time-tested, well known Zanu PF tradition.

Moyo has a lot of qualities to recommend him as Mugabe's successor.
When Moyo was in trouble, being hotly pursued by the Ford Foundation in
Kenya, and Wits University in South Africa for alleged hanky panky with
their monies, Mugabe came to his rescue and appointed him spokesman for the
constitutional commission and then as Zanu PF general election strategist.
Although neither effort was successful, Moyo acquitted himself well by his
sheer ferocity against Mugabe's opponents, especially when you consider that
before his stunning reversal Moyo had been Mugabe's harshest critic!

Despite the electoral debacle, Moyo was rewarded with a ministerial
position, as well as a senior portfolio in the party he had attacked so
forcefully and eloquently for years. Just as Mugabe has kept the sharks away
from Moyo, the latter could be counted on to keep the wolves away from a
retired Mugabe. "You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours."

Moyo has applied himself to his tasks with uncommon vigour. He has
liberally insulted individuals, organisations and even nations that dare to
question the stance of his boss on any issue. He was initially ridiculed as
a turn coat and Johnny-come-lately, but he has leapfrogged over and silenced
many of the party's longer-serving, more senior members. They hate his guts,
but are scared of him because of his closeness to the fierce Mugabe. They
would grumble were Moyo anointed successor to the throne, but would be too
chicken to do anything about it.

Once he took control of Zanu PF and consolidated his power, which the
no-nonsense Moyo would probably do quickly and ruthlessly, it would not be
difficult to go on to the next logical step, taking over the country. If the
entire membership of all opposition parties, who "it is quite clear" are
lackeys of British imperialism were in jail for treasonously challenging the
ruling party's leader, he would be able to sail into the presidential palace
with ease. Elections in Zimbabwe are also notoriously fixable, and one would
be able to draw upon Zanu PF 's considerable expertise at this.

A lot of Zimbabweans would moan and groan, but Moyo is a strong
character, and is not likely to be bothered by the minor nuisance of being
deeply disliked, "not least because" he is already used to being unpopular.
Whether the private Press would continue to exist under a Moyo presidency, I
cannot say, but I am doubtful of this.

Zimbabwe's relations with the world would plummet to a new low given
Moyo's harsh, undiplomatic language. A positive is that he has such a hot
temper and a sharp, withering tongue that no nation would dare attack us for
fear of being repelled and defeated by his strong rhetoric. In Iraq, Saddam
Hussein's propaganda chief, who was full of bombast, bravado and hot air was
embarrassed when the invading Americans easily walked over Baghdad, but Moyo
is in a league of his own.

Sanctions, shortages and general misery may all worsen, but we are
hardened and used to being deprived under Mugabe now, so it would not at all
be a difficult transition for us to be ruled by Moyo.

An immediate crisis on Moyo becoming president would be how to refer
to him without being sent to jail under his version of "rule of law" for
being disrespectful. He is known to be very tied to the title "Professor."
While that shows off his "scholarly prowess", it would no longer suffice for
a head of state. Perhaps the safest would be to call him "Your Excellency
Professor President Moyo" in hushed, reverential tones, eyes cast downward
and head bowed.

His wife would simply be 'Amai' like the present 'Amai Grace Mugabe'.

Some say it is too soon after the liberation struggle to contemplate a
president who is not a war veteran. No problem. Even though Moyo is alleged
to have skipped training camp for the safety of groovy, psychedelic, laid
back California during the struggle, he has earned his war credentials by
his hot-headed "revolutionary" rhetoric against whites, the British, the
Americans, the opposition, the media; in fact against pretty much everybody!
We hereby confer on him the special title " honorary rhetorical liberation
war veteran of the Third Chimurenga for the land," complete with all the
perks due to real war veterans.

Those who may want to ingratiate themselves to the possible future
president are reminded that based on his recent South African shopping
spree, he is known to enjoy polony. I am not sure whether he prefers the
French or the garlic variety.

chidomakunike@yahoo.com
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Rise! Men and women of goodwill in Zanu PF, rise

THE former East Germany leader Erick Honecker attributed his downfall
in 1989 to lack of democracy in the then Communist Party, intolerance of
dissent, lack of open discussions, murder, economic collapse, public
resentment and crude media propaganda.

This is the tragedy of Zimbabwe at the moment. The present predicament
of our country is starring us in the face and needs no repeating here save
to say that the East German situation is a replica of President Mugabe and
the ruling Zanu PF party.

If the concerted efforts of tomorrow's visit by the leaders of South
Africa, Nigeria and Malawi are to bear fruit, then committed and patriotic
Zimbabweans in Zanu PF must grab the bull by the horns and say enough is
enough.

Zimbabwe has the best educated population on the African continent and
quite a large chunk in Zanu PF. It is deeply disturbing that we have nothing
to show for this. All the bright people in Zanu PF-where are you? Why are
you letting buffoons and the Mafikizolos determine the course of a party
that has a proud and revolutionary history?

We are perplexed and bewildered to see people who are opportunists and
literally brain dead with no history of sacrifice; of political struggle and
nationalistic politics, in the forefront taking Zimbabwe to the edge of
precipices. What was once a great party has been destroyed by these
mafikizolos. These political mongrels are doing a great disservice not only
to Zanu PF but to the country as a whole. President Mugabe has become a
virtual prisoner of these political upstarts.

The current massive abuse of human rights, the very critical state of
public opinion and the depth of Zimbabwe's economic difficulties must give
any true and genuine cadre of Zanu PF cause for serious thought. Things
cannot continue like this. We are still at a loss to find out why these true
sons and daughters of Zimbabwe are quiet while the country is burning.

No doubt they are busy looting and scrambling for spoils in this Zanu
PF-induced anarchic environment. But for how long can they continue to
defend their ill-gotten gains? Can you sleep easily at night with your
obscene wealth and extravagant prosperity in the midst of such enormous
suffering and terrible poverty? Can you be secure politically and
economically in such an environment?

These are the questions that even the most diehard of die hards in
Zanu PF must also ask themselves. Men and women of goodwill who we know are
still there in Zanu PF must ask themselves these questions and each in their
own way answer them honestly and genuinely. It is never too late in life to
change and do the right thing.

People engage in politics to have life without scarcity. But scarcity
mentality confined to a few as opposed to abundance mentality is
counter-productive in the long run. The major challenge that face the Zanu
PF people with Zimbabwe at heart is to break ranks with the Johnos,
Chinoses, Chombos, Chinamasas, Mades, Chiyangwas etc and their prisoner
President Mugabe and join hands with Morgan Tsvangirai and Presidents Thabo
Mbeki, Olusegun Obasanjo and Bakili Muluzi who are genuinely trying to find
the best way forward for our country.

This is the plea we are making as representatives of the general
public of Zimbabwe. As Zimbabweans, we have to get our house in order.
Others including the leaders of southern Africa, Britain, the EU, the USA
and the Commonwealth can and are assisting us but they do not owe
Zimbabweans a living or happiness. In the final analysis, prevention or
cure, only Zimbabweans can solve their own problems.

True, the only country in the southern African region with the power
to do something to stop the madness in this country is South Africa. Many
people within Zimbabwe and outside have said that South Africa must exercise
its power by giving President Mugabe a clear and unequivocal warning to
restore the rule of law or face sanctions and ostracism.

That may well be in our interest as Zimbabweans but in President Mbeki
's thinking, there are limits to South African power and wealth. Hence,
South Africa's policy of quiet diplomacy which has so far failed. But with
dogged determination, it is still pursuing this-with the end result being a
transitional government without Robert Gabriel Mugabe but with a renewed and
overhauled Zanu PF working with the opposition Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC).

It is hoped that the fusion of the renewed Zanu PF and the opposition
MDC would generate incandescent energy for the recovery of Zimbabwe's
economy, freedom and democracy. It would appear that the three leaders
(Mbeki, Obasanjo and Muluzi) who will be visiting Zimbabwe tomorrow for
talks with President Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai are
convinced about the promise and utility of such a transitional arrangement.

Only time will tell. But what we can say for sure is that Zimbabweans
are grieving and the country is in great difficulties. Uncontrollable events
have taken control. The Zanu PF government is no longer in the driving seat.
It is now clearly locked in a reactive mode, unsure which way to turn, how
to respond and what solution to try next.

It is in this context we welcome with open arms the three Southern
African leaders visiting Zimbabwe tomorrow. The pressure is intensifying and
this in itself is good. The task is huge for the three Presidents. They need
help from committed and patriotic Zimbabwe not patriotism as defined by Zanu
PF but in the true meaning of the word.

Men and women of goodwill in both Zanu PF and the MDC must surrender
personal ambitions whatever they might be-in the interest of Zimbabwe.
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Zanu PF propaganda blitz backfires
NEWS FOCUS BY WALTER MARWIZI

RUFFLED by the two successful protest stayaways that paralysed
business in the country recently, the department of Information and
Publicity in the President's Office has launched a propaganda blitz on the
state owned media which is, ironically, sending a contradictory message to a
battered Zimbabwean audience.

The propaganda blitz, meant to rubbish the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC), appears to be doing the exact opposite-it is now even
endearing the opposition party more with the long suffering masses of
Zimbabwe who have endured hardships during the past two to three years.

The set of adverts, flighted on national television on a daily basis,
incidentally popularise MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai who is shown making
strong political statements to a nation that is battling with the reality of
a President who refuses to leave office in the face of an economic meltdown.

In one of the adverts, Tsvangirai is shown addressing a rally in Gweru
where he predicted something that Zanu PF failed to do: food shortages after
the widespread grabbing of commercial farms.

A fired up Tsvangirai is shown on the ZBC adverts forewarning
Zimbabweans of impending food shortages spawned by the chaos on the farms.

The crippling food shortages, which were felt hardly two months after
Tsvangirai's "prophecy", were denied by Zanu PF officials, chief among them
agriculture minister Joseph Made, who lied to the nation that he had seen,
while overflying farming areas, vast hectarages of maize enough to feed a
country of over 12 million people.

In a clip played relentlessly on ZBC, the MDC leader is given prime
television space to try to portray him as a leader without the interest of
Zimbabwe at heart, but that again backfires.

Tsvangirai is seen telling a huge audience: "Munoti munoshaiwa
chikafu... (interjections)...Mati madiyi, Muchashaisisa" (You are talking
about food shortages, you shall completely run out of food supplies)."

While Zanu PF propagandists hoped that showing this clip over and over
again would convince people that Tsvangirai rejoices when people suffer, it
has emerged that the opposite is the truth.

Many Zimbabweans who have struggled to survive during the past few
years yesterday hailed Tsvangirai for being brave enough to forewarn the
nation about the looming disaster.

"Tsvangirai, like a fearless modern day prophet, did his bit well. He
warned everyone including the government and unsurprisingly though, the Zanu
PF regime chose to ignore this warning pretending that everything was OK,"
said Johannes Makonya of Warren Park 1.

Virginia Moyo, a vendor in Samora Machel Avenue said thanks to Moyo
and his department, everyone could see Tsvangirai tried to wake them up to
the reality.

"Tsvangirai like anyone else with common sense knew that after we
grabbed farms from real farmers and after giving them to lazy Zanu PF
cronies, soon we had to run out of food. At least now anyone who did not
attend the rally now sees that Tsvangirai is a pragmatic man who tells
bitter truth unlike these ruling party crooks who say there is fuel when all
the service stations are dry," said Moyo, who confessed that she hated
Mugabe's regime.

In another clip, Tsvangirai is shown making a speech which, contrary
to the official viewpoint that it is subversive, is viewed by many
Zimbabweans who have borne the brunt of violence perpetrated by war
veterans, the Zanu PF militia, the army and now the police as an act of
courage .

Tsvangirai said: "What we want to tell Mugabe today is that please go
peacefully. If you don't go peacefully, we will remove you violently." After
the speech, grainy images of excited youths running around the streets,
which do not resemble any town in Zimbabwe, appear.

A small sign inscribed with the words "DRC" which a casual observer
might not notice, also appears near the tree branches barricading the roads,
betraying the true location of the street protests.

"Jonathan Moyo or whoever cobbled up these images must know that by
showing Tsvangirai talking about violently removing Mugabe who has boasted
of his several degrees in violence is psyching-up people to implement the
idea," said one psychologist who preferred to remain anonymous.
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MDC warned against predatory Zanu PF
By our own Staff

ORDINARY Zimbabweans, battling to make ends meet in an unbearable
economic environment, say the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) should be
wary of any dialogue with ruling Zanu PF party.

They said the ruling party had a well-documented history of
"swallowing" opposition parties threatening its continued stranglehold on
Zimbabwe's political landscape and the current manoeuvres to meet the MDC
could not be trusted.

In a snap street survey conducted by yesterday, many people noted that
Zimbabwe could only be put on a path to recovery if Mugabe left office.

They said the worsening economic situation in the country was a direct
result of Mugabe's failed economic policies and therefore the 79-year-old
President had to go without wasting time on useless talks.

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and
Bhakili Muluzi of Malawi are expected in the country tomorrow to hold
separate meetings with Mugabe and MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, apparently
to craft an honourable exit plan for Mugabe.

The African leaders will also try to break the impasse between the two
parties that has driven Zimbabwe into a political and economic crisis.

However their previous efforts have not brought any joy to
Zimbabweans.

Sixty-two year-old John Chitara, a Harare vendor, dismissed the
proposed talks as Mugabe's political gimmick to buy time while tossing the
MDC around.

"Mugabe and his party should just leave office because they have
failed us for the past 23 years, there is no need for dialogue," he said.

Chitara said Zanu PF intended to "swallow" the opposition through
luring it into dialogue and render it politically ineffective like it did to
Zapu in the so-called Unity Accord of 1987.

Allan Mutambiri, a clerk with a local cement manufacturing company,
said considering the divergent views the two parties, success of the talks
were in doubt.

However, some interviewees said dialogue was the only option left if
the country's economic meltdown was to be curtailed.

Said Michael Matsika: "We have reached a dead end now and the only
option left is for MDC and Zanu PF to sit down and resolve their differences
amicably, otherwise we will continue to suffer."

Mugabe in a televised interview a few weeks ago said that he was ready
for talks with the MDC leader, as long Tsvangirai recognised that he was the
President of Zimbabwe.
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Suspended For Not Being Allowed To Work
overthetop By Brian Latham

THE mayor of a troubled central African country's capital city has
been suspended for not being allowed to do his job. The surprising
development came this week when a Zany politician decided he'd had enough of
the More Drink Coming mayor.

After a year of depriving the mayor of the necessary tools to perform
his duty, the Zany party decided the mayor should go for... not performing
his duties.

In a policy most troubled central Africans said was deliberate, the
Zany party ensured the More Drink Coming mayor had no foreign currency to
import essential goods and no fuel to run his fleet of ageing vehicles.

So when essential items weren't imported and the fleet of vehicles was
grounded, the Zany party suspended him.

Still, the suspension caused some embarrassment to the Zany party

who forgot that the mayor of an important German city was visiting the
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Drink Coming mayor. Just as the two were sitting down for a small
cocktail, a comrade from the Zany party summonsed the now angry and troubled
central African mayor and handed him his suspension letter, which he was
told to read at home.

The letter said he was being suspended for not delivering essential
services to the city, including clean drinking water.

But Over The Top is reliably informed that the city's water crises
have been caused by the Zany party's reluctance to provide essential foreign
currency to buy water treatment chemicals.

The move follows a series of half-hearted demonstrations outside the
mayor's city centre office. Zany party cadres bussed in from various places,
have demanded the mayor be removed from office, despite his overwhelming
popularity in the capital.

Meanwhile the suspension sparked angry condemnation from the rest of
the More Drink Coming party who said Comrade Chump, who wrote the offending
and offensive letter, had no right to suspend the mayor. Even the More Drink
Coming party leader said the suspension was invalid.

The suspension also coincided with a visit by a group of confused
southern African parliamentarians to the troubled central African
dictatorship. Most of them said they were very happy with the way things
were going in the troubled central African country and hoped to initiate
similar policies in their own country just as soon as the rest of the world
wasn't looking.

The confused southern Africans said they were here to study land
reform, a political process that has seen dozens murdered and raped,
hundreds tortured and thousands displaced in the troubled central African
regime. Still, the confused southern African said they had spoken to several
Zany party people who told them everything was going swimmingly and that was
good enough for them. "We have much to learn from all this," they said,
sparking fears in the confused southern African country that a similar
bloodbath was about to be initiated.

Still, back in the troubled central African capital, angry residents
prepared themselves for action to reinstate their mayor, whom they said was
unjustly removed. And the German mayor, promising to provide help with
solving the city's water problems, said that would only happen if a
democratically elected mayor governed the troubled city.

The threat led to a certain amount of resigned shrugging of shoulders
as residents of the troubled city said they expected their water problems to
last for some considerable time.

Meanwhile unnamed political and economic analysts pointed out that the
Zany party had in three short years managed to bankrupt the troubled central
African nation, deprive it of once abundant food and lay waste to a once
strong infrastructure. If they could do that to an entire country in just
three years, they pointed out, it would probably take Comrade Chump about
three weeks to ensure there was no water, no rubbish removal and in fact no
services of any kind in the capital city.

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Soldiers beat Epworth residents on May Day
By our own Staff

MARAUDING bands of armed soldiers allegedly assaulted at least 30
residents in the sprawling high-density suburb of Epworth on the eve of the
Workers' Day holiday.

Victims of the beatings told The Standard that the soldiers accused
them of supporting the opposition and said the assaults were the soldiers'
"gifts" to the workers on their holiday.

Said one of the victims who requested anonymity: "We were waylaid in
the streets at around 7 pm by about six soldiers while coming from work.
They were armed with rifles and led us to some spot where at least 30 other
unfortunate people were being held and coerced to chant pro-Zanu PF and
anti-MDC slogans."

He added: "We were beaten indiscriminately with clenched fists, booted
feet and rifle butts and only released after performing a song denouncing
the opposition and encouraging residents to walk around with their
identification particulars."

Another victim, who sustained a fractured ankle and severe lacerations
from the attack, complained that the assault had worsened his financial
plight, as he could not afford to foot his medical expenses.

"They confiscated my identity documents and the little groceries I was
bringing home and yet I had not done anything wrong or acted in any illegal
fashion."

Epworth residents complained that the soldiers have been carrying
frequent assaults on residents since they set camp near Domboramwari
Shopping Centre recently.

Tapera Huni, a 27-year-old vendor, said: "The soldiers came to my
stall on Friday and demanded that I sell them my food at 1999 prices! I had
seen them beat another vendor for overcharging. He was threatened not to cry
out or block their blows."

The government last month accused the MDC of hiring army deserters to
terrorise high-density residents in an attempt to tarnish President Robert
Mugabe's image.

The 23 suspected "rogue" soldiers were paraded in what many saw as an
attempt by the government to absolve itself from mounting accusations of
state-sanctioned human rights abuses.
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ZRP senior officers get military training
By Itai Dzamara

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police, which is expected to assume a more
prominent role to quell expected disturbances because of the deteriorating
political and economic crisis, has now started training its senior officers
in military combat, a Standard investigation can now reveal.

The paper has seen a copy of a memorandum dated April 18 from
Commissioner Augustine Chihuri's office that is directed to "All Stations
Class A", with lists of officers who have been nominated for the first batch
of military training at the Buchwa Training Centre in the Midlands.

Although the memo says the subject of the Buchwa training scheme was
"developmental courses for inspectors and chief inspectors", police sources
told The Standard that the exercise was to train senior police officers in
military tactics.

Said a high ranking officer: "It was made quite clear that
communication came from high up in government to brace for even more serious
forms of mass action.

"It was therefore decided that the chief inspectors as well as
inspectors be trained in military tactics, which they would most likely go
on to impart to the junior level police officers in their camps
countrywide."

The memo tells each officer attending the training course to bring
firearms such as a "CZ Pistol and magazine and FN/AK rifle and magazine".

Wayne Bvudzijena, the police spokesman, confirmed that the ZRP was
conducting the Buchwa training programme but denied that it was meant to
equip senior officers with military tactics or to prepare them for mass
action.

"Indeed there is a training programme going on. But it has nothing to
do with military skills. And it has nothing to do with stayaways. The
purpose is to update officers with various skills pertaining to leadership
and responding to situations," said Bvudzijena.

When probed on the specified requirement for the officers to bring
firearms, Bvudzijena said that was a normal order within the ZRP.

"We have many weapons, some even more deadly than the ones you talk
about. There is nothing unusual in us using them for training," he said.

Although not stated in the memo, sources also added that the training
programme would also incorporate the use of anti-riot gear purchased by the
government last year from Israel.

Among the anti riot gear are deadly tankers, which have already been
deployed into townships and suburbs during stayaways, and which are expected
to play a leading role in quelling any violent mass action.

While it could not be established who would conduct the training, some
sources said members of the Zimbabwe National Army would put the police
officers through their paces

The list for the first batch of officers comprises 550 senior
policemen from across all the nine provinces and the memo emphasises that
officers who failed to report on the required date and time would face
strong disciplinary action.

"No excuses will be entertained for late comers and disciplinary
action will be taken against officers who fail to comply," reads the memo.

Officers from the Police Support Unit, notoriously referred to by
Zimbabweans as the "riot police" and widely feared for their brutality, are
also included in the training.

President Robert Mugabe warned that he would use the armed forces to
crush the opposition if it continued to bother him after it had organised a
successful two-day stayaway in April.
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Mudzuri goes into hiding
By Henry Makiwa

HARARE'S first elected executive mayor Elias Mudzuri has gone into
hiding because he suspects state security agents are after him following the
government's announcement of his suspension on Tuesday.

Mudzuri told The Standard from a location in the city yesterday that
he was being pursued by state agents following his suspension by Local
Government Minister Ignatius Chombo.

Mudzuri, who has clashed repeatedly with Chombo since assuming office
more than a year ago, called on the city's residents to defy the government
and make a stand against interferences in the running of the council's
affairs by the minister.

"I am confident of the residents' support. That is why I would not
want to make much noise about liars and mad men like Chombo," said Mudzuri.

"Right now I need the security and support of the residents of Harare
because the state has become a threat to my life. I have served this city
selflessly and honestly and the only reason the government is maligning me
is because they are scared that I am about to expose a huge can of worms of
their corrupt activities."

Chombo braved the expected ire of Harare residents and suspended the
mayor on allegations of corruption, abuse of office and of failing to
deliver services to the city. He said he would appoint a commission to
investigate Mudzuri.

The mayor, who was spotting a wide-brimmed hat, challenged Chombo to
set up an independent commission of residents and lawyers to investigate the
running of the city during his 14-month tenure as well as the government's
conduct towards the municipality.

"I would like to challenge Chombo to fall under the same knife of
scrutiny he would want to put me and find out who would come out dirty,"
Mudzuri said.

"My confidence is in the people because I am an elected man and Chombo
is not. What right does he have to demonise me if the people appreciate my
efforts?"

Mudzuri overwhelmingly won the mayoral elections in March last year as
the candidate for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change against Zanu
PF's Amos Midzi, now Minister of Energy.

He has since then been on a collision course with Chombo and the
government who were angered by his reformist programmes that they alleged
targeted senior council officials who are members of the governing party.

The government has retaliated by blocking some of Mudzuri's projects
and his administration from borrowing capital finance and even refusing it
enough foreign currency to import water purification chemicals for the city'
s water supply.

Other MDC mayors yesterday expressed shock at the suspension of
Mudzuri by Chombo.

Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube, the Mayor of Bulawayo said: "We were together
with other MDC mayors when we heard the news of Mudzuri's suspension and we
were quite stunned."

Meanwhile, the Combined Harare Residents' Association says it is
calling on city residents to protest against Mudzuri's suspension by signing
a petition it is drawing up.

Association chairperson Mike Davies yesterday said the petition would
show that Chombo did not consult Harare's residents before his unpopular
decision to suspend Mudzuri.
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Zim makes payment to avoid IMF action
By our own Staff

SENSING imminent suspension of its voting and related rights from the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month, the Zimbabwean government has
finally made some token payment to the institution.

The government paid US$68 745 as payment towards interest to the IMF,
which read the riot act to Harare authorities, last month.

The payment was made on April 25 for net Special Drawing Rights (SDRs)
charges. Payment is made quarterly and the charges' due date fell on May 1,
beating the deadline by only five days.

The fund issues SDR's which are a form of international currency to
member countries and are used mostly by developing countries.

However, despite the interest payment, Harare's arrears to the fund
amounted to about US$220 million as of the end of last month.

Economic analysts this week said the interest repayment was a mere
gesture and might not in any way stand in the path of the IMF, which acts as
the international commissioner of oaths, from suspending Zimbabwe.

"That is a token payment and by right we should have been suspended
now," said one local economist.

During the visit by the fund's mission in February, government renewed
an undertaking to make small quarterly payments of US$1,5 million and the
recent interest payment could be a realisation of the grave consequences of
an IMF suspension.

Despite President Robert Mugabe's vitriol against the Bretton Woods
institution, Finance and Economic Development Minister Herbert Murerwa
attended the IMF and World Bank's spring meetings in Washington last month
accompanied by Reserve Bank Governor, Leonard Tsumba, and other senior staff
from the ministry and the central bank.

The Zimbabwean delegation held "several meetings with the IMF's
management and staff during which a useful exchange of views on economic
developments and policies took place", said a government official.

Zimbabwe is in a tight hard currency squeeze that has spanned over
four years and has resulted in shortages of imported goods including fuel,
medicines, machinery, spares and foodstuffs.

The hard currency problem has also caused the southern African country
to default on its loan repayments to the IMF and the World Bank.

Failure to repay and Mugabe's chaotic land reforms, as well as the
breakdown in law and order, has resulted in the two Bretton Woods'
institutions stopping their technical support to the Zimbabwean government.

The IMF has gone further to initiate a process to suspend Zimbabwe's
voting and related rights from the fund because of its failure to meet
obligations to the fund and the deteriorating political and economic
environment.

Its executive board meeting that will review Zimbabwe's position is
tentatively scheduled to take place on June 6.

The decision to suspend Harare's voting and related rights in the fund
will depend on the board's assessment of the country's policies and on
repayments made to the fund.

"All policy measures taken and payments made until that date will be
taken into account. A suspension of voting and related rights would mean
that Zimbabwe would no longer be able to participate in the election of an
executive director and to cast its vote in the IMF's executive board on
policy and country matters," said an official in the fund's external
relations department.

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Zim Standard

Aids patients cash in on their condition
By our own Staff

SOME people living with HIV/Aids are now demanding payment for any
interviews that appear in newspapers or any media because they say exposure
is bringing them more trouble than solace, The Standard has learnt.

This emerged after efforts by this paper to speak with some Aids
activists and people infected with the HIV virus that causes Aids were
repeatedly spurned unless they were paid significant amounts of money.

A counsellor at The Centre, an organisation for people living with
HIV/Aids, agreed that some HIV-positive people she knew were now demanding
payment for interviews.

The counsellor said: "Some HIV/Aids patients are indeed asking for
money because they say it is a way of making a living and providing for
themselves as society has shunned them.

"They also ask for payment because they say disclosure or being
reported about in the press placed them at risk of being outlawed by their
beloved ones."

Angeline Chiwatani, the national project co-ordinator for the Network
for HIV Positive Women in Zimbabwe, blamed the government for putting up
"half-hearted efforts" in the fight against Aids and forcing desperation
among some HIV-positive people.

"The government should encourage people to come out more into the open
in order to halt the spread of Aids," she said.

Chiwatani added: "We need to see more influential people and public
figures, some of whom we know fully well that they are HIV positive, to
confess their status and help fight the scourge."

She said stories of members of the public suffering from the disease
did not make much impact in effecting significant behavoural change in the
fight against Aids as much as those of well known figures.

"Not much message is sent when the little people confess. That is why
ordinary patients are now asking for money to disclose their HIV status
because they stand to lose more from the confession than the little money
they get from baring their souls.

"We should all know that the reason why Aids has ravaged this country
this much is because all talk about it is hushed," Chiwatani said.

According to UNAIDS, Zimbabwe has an HIV prevalence rate of 34 percent
which means that about 2.3 million people are living with the virus that
causes the dreaded killer disease.

l Meanwhile, VictorAngelo, the United Nations Development Programme's
resident representative and humanitarian co-ordinator, this week blamed the
high HIV prevalence rate in Zimbabwe on the worsening economic environment.

In an interview with IRIN, Angelo said: "We have knowledge that the
immediate consequences of the virus have been exacerbated by the current
humanitarian crisis.

"People queue for hours for a loaf of bread at an unaffordable price
and, because the government cannot source foreign currency to purchase fuel,
even just getting to work in the mornings is a serious challenge to many
Zimbabweans.

"In developed countries, a person might be diagonised with HIV and
continue to live a very healthy and happy life for many years, but that is
because those persons have access to proper nutrition and medical care."
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Maize Output Falls Far Short of Needs

The Daily News (Harare)

May 3, 2003
Posted to the web May 4, 2003

Business Reporter

FARMERS produced an estimated 900 000 tonnes of maize this year, up from 550
000 tonnes harvested the previous year.

The figure falls far short of the 2 million tonnes consumed locally every
year.

It means therefore, that the government will have to import 1,1 million
tonnes to cover the deficit.

This comes at time when non-governmental organisations, which have been
feeding over seven million people facing starvation, have indicated that
they would stop food aid schemes next month.

Davis Mugabe, president of the Indigenous Commercial Farmers' Union said:
"The country will produce about 900 000 tonnes, which is not enough to feed
the nation for the next year. While the food situation will improve, there
is still need to import food."

The importation of maize would put more pressure on the little foreign
currency reserves available.

As of November last year, foreign currency reserves had fallen below two
weeks' import cover.

While President Mugabe has blamed drought for causing the current food
crisis, farming experts attribute it to the unplanned land reform.

Sources said the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) should import maize as soon as
possible to augment local supplies.

Zimbabwe has been facing severe food shortages in the past two years due to
the drought and the chaotic land reform that disrupted farming operations.

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network Unit had earlier predicted that
Zimbabwe would produce 1,3 million tonnes.

"While the mid-season rains benefited the late crop, generally the late crop
does not contribute much to the national output compared with the early
crop," said an official with one of the major farming organisations.

Large-scale commercial farmers who contributed between 600 000 and 700 000
tonnes of maize over the years, are expecting about 80 000 tonnes of maize
enough to feed the nation for 16 days.

"We used to have about 1 500 commercial farmers producing maize and now they
are down to 500. While the small-scale farmers contribute about 60 percent
to the national requirements, most of the maize they produced will be
retained for subsistence and GMB will get very little maize inflows," the
official said.

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Dr Joseph Made
increased the maize producer price by 364 percent to $130 000 a tonne in
March as an incentive to boost deliveries to the GMB.
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African Leaders Must Find African Solutions for Africa's Problems

Sunday Times (Johannesburg)

OPINION
May 4, 2003
Posted to the web May 4, 2003

Mathatha Tsedu
Johannesburg

TODAY marks the beginning of an important week of attempts to find solutions
for Zimbabwe. President Thabo Mbeki and Nigerian and Malawian presidents
Olusegun Obasanjo and Bakili Muluzi will travel to Harare tomorrow for
crucial talks.

Mbeki says it is unhelpful to characterise the visit as being designed to
effect a regime change, as it is not the reason for going there. They are
going, he says, to help restart the dialogue between Zimbabweans - the
dialogue which is the first step towards resolving the crisis facing the
country.

This is diplomatic-speak. However, the President should not be too worried
that the rest of us do not share his sensitivities around the language used;
he should use the language he is comfortable with. It helps him achieve what
he wants to achieve.

Equally, he should allow the rest of us to see the effort for what it is -
an attempt to get rid of a despotic leader who has brought pain, and more
pain, to the people of that land.

For example, Zimbabweans travelling back home in South African-registered
cars have to pay pollution tax, in rands. This is in addition to the other

difficulties of life such as shortages of petrol and food and a general
breakdown in services.

President Robert Mugabe has no new ideas on how to extricate Zimbabwe from
this mess. His party, Zanu-PF, is unable to produce someone who can redirect
the country as long as Mugabe is in office. He has said he considers his
mission of land transfers virtually complete and that "people may now be
able to retire". Indeed.

I do not think anyone is more acutely aware of the seriousness of the
situation in Zimbabwe than Mbeki, and he has invested much energy, resources
and time on the issue.

There are, however, those who think that - because he has not been loud
enough about it - he has not done anything. There are times when I feel the
same. But the three presidents travelling to Harare to meet not only with
Mugabe but also with opposition leaders is an important development.

African leaders carry a responsibility to help find African solutions to
African problems.

Mbeki has sent Nelson Mandela and Deputy President Jacob Zuma to the Great
Lakes region to help find solutions for the intractable problem of Burundi.

And this week we witnessed what was difficult to imagine a few years ago -
Pierre Buyoya, a Tutsi, stepping down to make way for Domitien Ndayizeye, a
Hutu, as Burundi's new transitional president.

As this happened, the bitter-enders in fatigues who are still in the bushes
around the capital, Bujumbura, killed civilians in a flag-waving exercise to
announce that they were still active.

We must accept that they will be doing this for some time to come. But it
does not mean that Burundi is not moving forward.

In South Africa's case, the unbanning of many organisations in 1990 was
followed by some of the bloodiest killings in our communities. But sanity
eventually prevailed.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa invested much energy and
time to nudge a myriad combatants together. A day after the signing of a
peace agreement in South Africa three weeks ago, nearly 1 000 people were
killed in Drodro - again timed to announce that peace was not everybody's
choice.

The transitional arrangements in Kinshasa are nevertheless going ahead, and
DRC police were sent to remote areas where they had not been seen for more
than four years.

The road to the DRC's peace began back in 1997 when the dictator Mobutu Sese
Seko was persuaded to accept that his time was up.

Today it is Zimbabwe's turn. A s the three presidents fly into Harare, they
must know that we are all watching and waiting for a sign that will show
progress is being made.

That progress demands of the Movement for Democratic Change that it swallows
hard and withdraws its case challenging the outcome of last year's
elections - not because it is wrong, but because it is the key that will
unlock more important possibilities than an empty court victory.

In return, the talks must re-open. But Zanu-PF must also accept that
Information Minister Jonathan Moyo cannot lead the talks. Moyo's fate is too
welded to the continuance of the status quo and he is thus not interested in
change.

The court case against MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai must also fall by the
wayside in the fullness of time.

The key is that the three presidents can only help Zimbabweans and cannot
force a solution.

Leadership, maturity and a preparedness to take risks is what is now
required from Mugabe and Tsvangirai.

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Rain but no parade

Kevin Mitchell at Edgbaston
Sunday May 4, 2003
The Observer

As protests go, this was not the Gordon Riots. Andrew Hall, a training
manager from Worcester sporting beard, shorts, T-shirt and hiking boots in
bloody-minded defiance of the elements, was a leader of a party of two, his
infantry consisting of Hari Blackmore, a sixth-former from Bromsgrove, more
sensibly rugged up in long woolly jumper and wearing the look of the
concerned universal soldier.
Nevertheless, they handled the four-pronged media onslaught with a dignity
befitting their serious purpose. They said it was better there were two of
them than none at all. Back-up was probably on the way and, by the time of
the Tests, there would be many more, said Andrew.

Andrew, who left Zimbabwe nine years ago after 'falling out with Mugabe',
did not think there would be any pitch invasions today which, given the
paucity of his resources (Hari), sounded like sensible military strategy.

However Hari, more obviously from the militant wing of the Birmingham Two,
was annoyed that those people who had so enthusiastically supported the
attempt to remove Saddam Hussein had not turned out here to get rid of
Mugabe. 'Where are they?' he inquired. 'They should get off their arses.'

Obviously the prospect of putting their arses in front of the telly to watch
Manchester United toy with Charlton Athletic had proved a more attractive
proposition than coming to Edgbaston on a miserably grey Saturday to see
Zimbabwe bowl at British Universities.

In the morning session, the thought might have crossed the Zimbabweans'
minds, too, as they struggled to shift two students for 80. When the rain
hit seriously a little after 2pm, the score had crept along to 92 for two
from 38 overs and, as the players withdrew to the warmth of the bar, there
was little to do but to wait in hope for the public announcement signalling
an end to hostilities for the day.

Meanwhile, the numbers outside had swelled to 10, fallen back to seven and,
at various points, were on a par with those who had paid to come inside. It
was generally agreed those playing outnumbered those watching and those
standing at the gates in the rain. With the saturated electric scoreboard
glowing in the gloom, the picture of the summer game was complete.

While the tourists were looking to shake loose the cobwebs in this first of
possibly 18 matches, the team organisers were directing their energies in
other areas. Peter Chingoka, the president of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union,
paid a visit to the press box and was charm itself. He has need to be; this
tour is a particularly hard sell, given the terrible suffering that is the
backdrop to it in Zimbabwe.

If the public relations exercise has not gone perfectly - a London-based
Zimbabwean radio broadcaster, Georgina Godwin, was ham-fistedly turned away
by security staff from the opening press conference at Lord's on Thursday -
Mr Chingoka is trying his best.

Familiar with the ways of the regime, Godwin suspected foul play; Mark
Harrison, formerly with the International Cricket Council, and signed up for
the summer by the ZCU to handle the team's publicity, put it down to a
mix-up. Between the first Test at Lord's, which starts on 22 May, and the
final of the triangular one-day tournament on 12 July, there will no doubt
be opportunity for other misunderstandings between this troubled team and
the media.

Even Godwin - whose brother Peter fagged for Chingoka at the posh Catholic
school St George's in Harare - concedes Chingoka is 'a decent man in a
difficult position'. But it is hard, none the less, to allay suspicions that
the tourists are walking on eggshells.

As the captain, Heath Streak, confirmed, none of the players will be allowed
to comment on anything but cricket, which, given what happened to Andy
Flower and Henry Olonga during the World Cup (ostracised after their
black-arm-band protest), seems to be slightly missing the point.

The players selected, including Streak, are, according to good sources in
Zimbabwe, here because they are prepared to toe the party line. They will
keep their mouths firmly shut and, with a woefully inexperienced squad, do
the best they can to avoid being serially thrashed. British Universities
might not manage that. Although, on the evidence of some handsome shots by
the top order yesterday, they might go close.

You've read the piece, now have your say. Email your comments, be as frank
as you like, we can take it, to football.editor@guardianunlimited.co.uk, or
mail the Observer direct at sport@observer.co.uk
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Sunday Times (SA)

'Hit-and-run' protests may mark tour

Andrew Unsowrth in London

The Zimbabwean cricket team arrived in England on Thursday for a cricket
tour that could end up being as controversial as those by South Africa in
the apartheid era.

Human rights activists have promised to maintain "hit and run" protests
against President Robert Mugabe's government throughout the tour and some
British politicians have also spoken out against the visit.

Activists say protesters could once again invade playing fields wearing
black armbands or cricket flannels covered in blood. But only a handful of
protesters turned up outside the Lord's cricket ground on the Zimbabwe
team's arrival. They held up placards with slogans such as: "No Cricket
while Mugabe kills".

Some critics have suggested that financial concerns have forced the England
and Wales Cricket Board to go ahead with the tour. Earlier this year England
pulled out of their World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Harare, but the ECB
maintained the decision was made on security rather than moral grounds and
it now supports the Zimbabwean tour of England.

England are reported to be keen to support Zimbabwean cricket
administrators. "I don't believe that it is our remit to make moral and
political judgments about the various regimes around the world," ECB chief
executive Tim Lamb told the BBC this week.

"We don't think the Zimbabwe cricketers are any more the henchmen of Mugabe
than the England players are foot soldiers of Tony Blair. They represent
their country at cricket."

Henry Olonga who, along with teammate Andy Flower, wore a black armband
during Zimbabwe's first game in the World Cup to mourn the "death of
democracy" in his homeland, told the BBC he is supporting this tour as well,
as it would put the human rights abuses by Mugabe "in the spotlight".

Olonga now lives in England on a six-month work permit and will be doing TV
commentary for Channel 4.

Former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower, who now plays county cricket for Essex
in England after retiring from international cricket after the World Cup, is
also backing the tour because he believes any protests could highlight the
problems in his country.

"That is a healthy thing for Zimbabwe because in the last six weeks to two
months that spotlight has not been on it because of other world events."
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Sunday Times (SA)

Zimbabwe's petrol thieves add fuel to the fire

Dingilizwe Ntuli

"Please make sure you do not leave any valuables in your car." This is a
sign found in many public parking places. But in Zimbabwe the equivalent
sign may soon read: "Make sure you drain all the petrol from your car."

Thieves are now targeting fuel rather than cars and there is a greater
chance of finding a car empty than missing.

Motorists have resorted to draining the fuel from their cars before going to
bed.

Petrol in Zimbabwe has increased from Z145.20 (about R16.50) a litre to Z450
(R51), while diesel has risen from Z68 (R7.70c) to Z200 (R22.70).

While many of Zimbabwe's garages are on the verge of running dry, a fuel
boom has emerged in Harare's townships. This probably explains why there has
not been a significant drop in traffic on the roads, despite reported acute
fuel shortages.

But in Harare's townships every fifth person you meet can direct you to a
house where you can fill up your tank. There are no queues, but petrol costs
about five times more than the official price.

At any given time, containers holding up to 800 litres of diesel and petrol
can be found at these mini-service-station houses, especially in Highfield,
Glen View, Glen Norah, Mbare and Mufakose townships.

There is no rationing as long as you are willing to pay Z1 200 (R136) a
litre for petrol. Diesel costs Z1 000 (R114). As the fuel is stored in
containers ranging from 20 litres to 200 litres in size, the minimum a
motorist can buy is 20 litres at a cost of Z24 000 (R2 700) for petrol and
Z20 000 (R2 270) for diesel.

Fuel has become such big business in the underground market that many people
have abandoned other trades to deal in fuel. It is believed they get fuel
from garage owners who want to circumvent government price controls. Another
means is to steal from cars.
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'Dino stole my song'
By Langton Nyakwenda

IN the rush to satisfy Jonathan Moyo's 75 percent local music content,
many young artists are resorting to plagiarism and outright theft of songs.

The latest controversy involves popular hip hop singer Dino Mudondo
who is being accused of stealing his hit composition Chirangano Chedu and
refusing to pay the composer, even after police intervention.

Songwriter Dickson Mandota told Standard Plus that he penned the songs
Chirangano Chedu and Taropafadzwa which have catapulted Mudondo to great
heights.

The songs are on Mudondo's hit album Makorokoto that has made him
popular among the youths.

"Dino Mudondo approached me and said he needed the song Chirangano
Chedu and I gave him but up to now he has not paid me the whole amount that
we agreed upon," said Mandota.

"We took the matter to the police and Dino was ordered to pay me $100
000 but he has paid me half the amount yet he is enjoying much publicity
because of my songs;" an angry Mandota said.

Mandota said he did Chirangano Chedu in 1997 with Noel Zembe and Dino
begged him to use the song on his cassette. Chirangano Chedu blazed the
airwaves last year and was in the run for the 3FM top slot in the hot 100.

Dino could not disagree that he worked with Mandota on the song
Chirangano Chedu but said Mandota was not the author though he put in a lot
of effort towards the track. "Mandota did the arrangements in a number of
the songs, he put in his ideas and melodies but I was the leader, he was
supposed to be an engineer and a backing vocalist," said Mudondo who accused
Mandota of trying to tarnish his image.

"On the song Chirangano Chedu, I ended up singing with Willom Tight
because Mandota was not forthcoming and I also did the final production
touches with Delani Makhalima."

Mandota was supposed to sing the part that was finally done by Tight,
one of Zimbabwe's most exciting young musicians.

Mudondo could however not run away from the fact that Mandota had done
immense work in the album Makorokoto and said he had agreed to pay him $100
000 of which he has only paid half of it.

"To me it is just a token of appreciation for what he did. I had
settled to give him $50 000 but when he took the matter with the police I
agreed to pay him $100 000.

"I told him that I would give him the balance when I receive my
royalties from Gramma Records," added Mudondo.

Mandota added that besides Chirangano Chedu, Dino had also stolen the
song Taropafadzwa, that he (Mandota) did with Millennium Blue in 1999.

"I was astonished to see the song on his tape because I did not give
him the green light to use the song. I wrote the song and gave it to a
certain lady called Patience who is now based in London. Dino featured on
the song but I was surprised when he went on to record it."

Mudondo agreed that he had worked with Mandota and Patience on the
song but said that he had done most of the work.

A disgruntled Mandota also disclosed that he helped Dino on the
instrumentals of the widely known track Makorokoto that Dino sang and became
an instant hit among the youths.

Mandota, who is also a producer, worked together with Dino in a
project for an album in 1999 with Millennium Blue but failed to release the
album that contained the songs now at the centre of controversy due to
financial constraints.

"I once worked with Dino in the late 90s on an album that had songs
Chirangano and Taropafadzwa but failed to release because we could not raise
the funds. He then took the tracks and recorded them on his own," Mandota
said.

"He still has got other songs such as Maringeni and Zimbabwe that I
penned which he has not yet recorded but I am sure he will sing them,"
Mandota said.

Mandota has produced for Assegai Crew and has worked with Tendai
Mpfurutsa and Simon Chimbetu on the album Panorama, but has taken a
temporary respite from the music industry.

"I am too stressed with what Dino did to me and I have decided to rest
for a while," he says.
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Sadza on the Internet
By our own Staff

ZIMBABWEANS living abroad can easily ensure their loved ones in this
crisis-ridden country are not starving - thanks to Sadza.com, an online site
that allows them to purchase groceries from local retail shops on the
Internet.

Outsiders with relatives and friends in Zimbabwe can log onto
Sadza.com and order groceries as well as gift vouchers from local
participating outlets such as Bon Marche, OK, TM, Jaggers and Farm and City.

They then pay using credit cards or checking accounts and the goods
will be available in the branches of retail shops closest to their relatives
in 24 hours.
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JAG OPEN LETTER FORUM

Email: justice@telco.co.zw; justiceforagriculture@zol.co.zw
Internet: www.justiceforagriculture.com

Please send any material for publication in the Open Letter Forum to
justice@telco.co.zw with "For Open Letter Forum" in the subject line.

Letter 1: Andre Snyman

Earn forex go trucking, we sell International and Freightliner trucks, 8
ton rigid units and trailers.Supply a full back up service through our
workshops and contracts to run on. Have a large stock of units in the
country.

Phone CSI on 091239003.


Letter 2:

From: <Gary_CLAASSEN@sita.co.uk>
Date: 01 May, 2003 6:21 PM

Cathy Buckle has recommended JAG to myself. ( My uncle is a farmer in
Wedza so I was very interested) I am in the process of setting up a site
called Borderpost (http://borderpost.com).

I am a Zimbabwean living in Wiltshire in the UK. The site was set up on a
two tier basis. I had never been that impressed with the 'friends unite'
sites I had visited. Either the info was stale with the contact details
no longer valid, or it was very specialised e.g the OG site. I wanted to
set up a site which represented ex-pupils of all secondary schools in Zim
(and later SA by a range of links). That is taking time but I am getting
there. The second purpose was to have perhaps between 5 to 10 regular
contributors to the News section based on their opinions on particularly
Zimbabwe at present. At present, I have pages for Cathy Buclkle and
Eddie Cross, and am corresponding with Trevor Ncube, Brendan Tiernan and
Jenni Williams. I would like to do as much as possible to promote the
situation in Zimbabwe. I don't know a huge amount about JAG except what
Cathy has told me. How can we be of benefit to each other, even it
amounts to just having links?

Gary Claassen.

PS My preferable contact e-mail is: editor@borderpost.com

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JUSTICE FOR AGRICULTURE LEGAL COMMUNIQUE - May 2, 2003

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COMPENSATION

The purpose of compensation is to put the person who has some interest in
the land, in the same position, financially, had his property not been
compulsory acquired and had his legal and constitutional rights not been
infringed.

Claims for Compensation for Compulsory Acquisition of land can be divided
into two main categories.

1. Land and Improvements
2. Consequential losses

Land and improvements does not need any explanation and is the
responsibility of the valuator fraternity. All farmers must get a
current valuation for the purpose of compensation for land acquisition.
This is different to other valuations.

A deal was brokered with the valuators to form the Valuators Consortium
and offer special rates to farmers.

Consequential losses are more involved and need further explanation.

Under Zimbabwean Law it is known as Other Losses and are all other losses
that the owner of the land experiences due to the compulsory acquisition
of his farm.

Historically it is described as Disturbance Loss.

The purpose of Compensation is to compensate the owner whose land has
been Compulsory acquired to have the same value in assets as before the
acquisition. This is some times described as the principle of
equivalence.

Land may of course have a special value to a claimant over and above the
value of the land. Fair compensation requires that he should be paid for
the value of the land to him, not its value generally or its value to the
acquiring authority.

In practice it is customary and convenient to assess the value of the
land and the disturbance separately, but strictly in law these are no
more than two inseparable elements of a single whole in that together
they make up the value of the land to the owner.

This means that, the valuators value the land and improvements. The
disturbance loss is assessed by means of formulas and description and
need to be audited. However the claim remains a single claim with a
holistic value to the owner, greater than the sum of the two parts.


Persons entitled to Disturbance Compensation.

Compensation is payable to the person that is expelled from the land.
(This could be the owner or the lessee that is resident on the property.
The lessee must have a long-term agreement e.g. Longer than one year.)
Where only part of the land is taken the claimant can only claim
disturbance for the part that has been taken.

All losses can be claimed if;

(1) it is not too remote and is a natural and reasonable consequence of
the dispossession of the owner.

(2) there is a casual connection between dispossession and the loss.

(3) the duty to mitigate has been discharged.

Losses incurred before the service of notice of acquisition may also be
claimed.

A claimant must take all reasonable steps to mitigate his losses. This
duty is an objective one.


Particular Compensatable Consequential losses

1. Goodwill
2. Loss of Profits
3. Other business or trade losses
4. Relocation or extinguishment (of business)
5. New premises and their adaptation.
6. Removal expenses, legal costs and other fees.
7. Personal time
8. Interest paid and charges.
9. General interference.
10. Summary:

- The loss must be shown to have been sustained

- The loss must be the natural and reasonable consequence of the
dispossession; and

- The loss must not be too remote.


Additional Payments

1.Legal costs and other fees and losses

2. Other professional fees

1. Other losses (for farmers that have not been displaced but have
suffered losses.)


Home loss payments

The sum is in addition to any other compensation and is a small
recognition that a person is being compelled to leave his home. The costs
of seeking other accommodation are recoverable.


Farm loss payments

A payment is due where a farmer has an owner's interest (freeholder or
tenant for a year, from year to year or greater), and resumes farming
elsewhere within three years of being displaced. The payment is equal to
the average profit from the farm over the three years ending with the
displacement.


Business relocation

Where a business was operating from the land acquired the following act
as guidelines for claims.

1. Costs for the search for new premises. Travel, telephone postage and
fees paid to an agent.
2. Costs of survey and Valuation.
3. All removal expenses
4. Costs of notifying friends, clients or others of the change of
address
5. Costs of printing new stationary.
6. Costs of adapting to new premises.
7. Losses from the forced sale of goods that could not be removed
8. For businesses only the costs of directors or managers time occupied
in the search and relocation process.
9. Double overheads where two businesses were run on separate premises.
10. Loss of business profits, whether permanent or temporary.

The above points are guidelines only and will differ from region to
region and from individual to individual.

The law demands a high standard of reasonable demands from both parties
and that the process is about compensating the claimant for all losses
directly resulting from the acquisition.

You have the right to claim for all your losses but proper procedure has
to be followed.

Our Zimbabwean law has been corrupted over the past years to reduce the
rights of the individual. Our argument will be directed at the higher
level of governance where citizen's rights are acknowledged and
protected.


TO CLAIM FULL COMPENSATION FARMERS MUST FILL IN THE CLAIM FORM FROM THE
VALUATERS CONSORTIUM AND A FULL LOSS CLAIM DOCUMENT THAT INCLUDES
CONSEQUENTIAL LOSSES.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Updated May 2, 2003

Please send any job opportunities for publication in this newsletter to:
JAG Job Opportunities <justice@telco.co.zw>

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From: dhumpage@btinternet.com

My name is Bradley de Wet and I am married with a 16 month old daughter. I
am one of the displaced young Zimbabwean farmers. I am looking for a job in
farming that is challenging and exciting. I have 5 years managing
experience with tobacco, maize, seed maize, paprika, beef and with some
dairy and piggery. I am currently in the UK and want to get back farming in
Southern Africa because that is what I want to do. My qualifications are
not really useful to me in the UK. I am a Blackfordby graduate and was
about to start leasing my fathers farm before tragedy struck Zimbabwe. If
anyone would like to contact me please email me at desirehumpage@hotmail.com
and I can give you any other information you would like. Thankyou

Bradley de Wet.


From: "Erica Hughes" <ternanog@mweb.co.zw>
To Whom It May Concern

I have sent repeated emails to two of the farming job opportunities that
you have been advertising for some time in England, with absolutely no
response from the people concerned. The adverts concerned are to the
addresses abrich@hotmail.com and thomas.richardson@ukgateway.net

Consequently I do not know if our emails have even been received by them
or whether they are just not replying. With the state of the email system
and servers here I would not be surprised if they have not been received.

Do you have phone numbers for these two adverts or could you shed any
light on the situation for me. I sent the emails on behalf of my husband
Craig Hughes. My email address is ternanog@mweb.co.zw

Erica Hughes

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