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War vets clash with Sekeramayi

4/12/02 9:03:07 AM (GMT +2)

By Sam Munyavi

DR SYDNEY Sekeramayi, the Minister of Defence, is at the centre of a wrangle
over a commercial farm near Marondera from which scores of settlers, among
them war veterans, were evicted allegedly to pave way for the minister.

The settlers were on Wednesday this week ordered off Maganga Estate, about
17km north-east of Marondera, by armed riot police, allegedly to make way
for Sekeramayi and other senior Zanu PF officials who are interested in the

About 80 settlers, among them 20 women, some with babies, besieged the
provincial governor’s office in Marondera early yesterday morning to protest
against their eviction.

No comment was immediately available from Sekeramayi yesterday. He was
continuously said to be in meetings.

But Eric Samunda, the District Administrator for Marondera, defended
Sekeramayi’s right to the land. He said: “Sekeramayi has the right to be
allocated land like everyone else. But I do not allocate A2 plots.

That is done by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement.
There is no discrimination, just because he is a minister.”

The settlers, who came from Murehwa when they were resettled north of
Marondera, demanded a meeting with David Karimanzira, the Mashonaland East
provincial governor.

Karimanzira told The Daily News through his secretary that Samunda was
handling the case.

Some of the settlers, who declined to be identified for fear of reprisals,
said they were particularly angered by the fact that their eviction was
coming just a month after the presidential election. They said they had
voted for President Mugabe.

One of the settlers said: “Now that the election is over they are evicting
us to make way for the party bosses.

“We have been here since March 2000, but they now tell us that the farm is
for A2 commercial resettlement. We hear that the farm has been given to
Minister Sydney Sekeramayi and other senior party officials.”

A spokesperson for the settlers, who identified himself as Marange, said:
"Armed riot policemen came and told us yesterday that we must leave the farm

"They said the same government that had let us settle on the farm was the
same government that was now evicting us."

He said the riot policemen had threatened to return to the farm and beat up
anyone they found still on the farm.

Samunda said: “They have been asked to move because this is an A2 scheme,
which they have not applied for, and which has since been allocated to the
beneficiaries. When they settled on the farm, that was random occupation.
This is now land reorganisation.”

He said the settlers were resisting efforts to move them to Surrey Farm,
about 20km from Marondera along the Harare road.
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Residents say Mudede must go

4/12/02 8:33:17 AM (GMT +2)

By Luke Tamborinyoka Municipal Reporter

THE Combined Harare Residents’ Association (CHRA) yesterday demanded the
resignation of the Registrar-General, Tobaiwa Mudede, because of his shoddy
conduct of the presidential and municipal elections held on 9-11 March.

The CHRA said the polls, especially the municipal elections, were fraught
with serious irregularities, including Mudede’s failure to comply with a
series of court orders to hold elections in Harare. “At no time did we hold
any faith in the ability or the intention of the Registrar-General to hold
free and fair elections and events have done nothing to erode our
 pessimism,” the association said in a statement.

The CHRA statement comes hard on the heels of Mudede’s confusing
announcement of fresh presidential results at a Press conference in Harare
on Wednesday. This has cast more doubt on the credibility of the results as
the announcement comes nearly a month after he officially declared President
Mugabe the winner.

The association said it would be better if urban councils reverted to the
old system where the elections were conducted by the Town Clerk. The civic
group said while they applauded the fact that Harare now had an elected
council, the questions arising from the flawed electoral system needed to be
addressed. “The failure of the Registrar-General to release the full results
of the council elections . . . timeously does little to promote faith in his
office and encourages the proliferation of rumours,” the CHRA said.

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Manchester on line

MEP: Ban Zimbabwe hangers-on

A EURO MP has warned that if Zimbabwe athletes are allowed to attend the
Commonwealth Games, political leaders must not accompany them.
North west Labour MEP Arlene McCarthy has called for the Zimbabwe team to be
banned from the Manchester Games in July over corruption claims and the way
the recent elections were handled.

But Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has since said the athletes themselves
should be allowed to attend - providing they are not accompanied by
"stooges" of Zimbabwe President Mugabe.

Mr Straw rejected calls from Ms McCarthy and others for the African state to
be thrown out of the sporting event. The final decision is for the
Commonwealth Games Federation.

Ms McCarthy told the Manchester Evening News she had not changed her mind
about calling for a ban on the Zimbabwe team.

"But I accept that the Foreign Secretary has to apply the rules and the
Commonwealth Games Federation has said that the Commonwealth suspension on
Zimbabwe does not include the Games,'' she said.

"But I believe that we should be very careful that the team is not
accompanied by what Mr Straw describes as stooges, getting round the
European ban on visas,'' said Ms McCarthy.

She claimed that at the World Cup in France, Nigerian diplomats managed to
get round a visa ban, with the country's Sports Minister himself turning up.

"We don't want to see diplomats with Rolex watches, or members of Mugabe's
family, sneaking in to Manchester with the team of athletes,'' she added.

"I wouldn't put it past Mugabe to try to get his own back."
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ZIMBABWE: EU urges government to respect human rights

JOHANNESBURG, 12 April (IRIN) - The European Union (EU) has submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) urging Zimbabwe to comply with its human rights obligations.

Wednesday's submission, by Spain as head of the EU, expressed concern over government human rights violations and "the adverse impact of the actions by the government of Zimbabwe on the security of its citizens".

The submission referred to "continuing violations of human rights", the deaths of "at least 100" opposition Movement for Democratic Change supporters since June 2000 and the actions of "youth militia" and "war veterans".

The EU said it was concerned about  disappearances, executions, kidnapping, torture, beatings and detentions without trial of members of the media, the opposition and human rights groups.

Its submission referred to attacks on the judiciary and the rule of law, and cases of sexual and other forms of violence against women. It also cited the recent Public Order and Security Act and the Access to Information Act as violations of freedoms of expression, opinion, association and assembly.

The EU urged the government of Zimbabwe to uphold its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention Against Torture, and other human rights treaties to which it is a party, including the African Charter on Human and People's Rights.

It also asked for an investigation into allegations of politically-motivated killings, violence and harassment and to create conditions for the "proper exercise of human rights".

The resolution asked for UN special rapporteurs on torture, the independence of judges and lawyers, freedom of expression, extra-judicial executions and violence against women to carry out missions to investigate the allegations and report to the Commission at its 59th session.

The EU urged the international community to strengthen support for human rights non-governmental organisations in the country.

UNHCR spokesperson Veronique Taveau said that once the resolution was finalised and voted on it would be "a moral contract" on Zimbabwe.

The EU rejected the outcome of the March presidential election in Zimbabwe after a stand-off over foreign election observers. The EU team left the country even before the election.

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Government urged to boost security on farms

4/12/02 9:17:39 AM (GMT +2)

By Ngoni Chanakira Business Editor

The government now needs to seriously introduce security measures in the
farming community to ensure that agricultural output is maintained, says the
business community.

This comes barely a week after President Mugabe told the Zanu PF central
committee, that all efforts would now be put towards agricultural production
to solve the “land issue once and for all”.

Mugabe said the country’s economic programme would be an agriculture-led one
which would result in growth and development stimulating the small-scale
agriculture sector through greater input and extension support.

He said: “We cannot brook any further delays, whether coming from our
bureaucrats or from farmers from whom the land must come.” The controversial
fast-track land resettlement programme has caused a lot of damage on the
country’s image. Zimbabwe is now rated as the world’s riskiest destination
by the European Intelligence Unit. It has been suspended from major
international fora, and is facing a severe foreign currency crisis because
exports have dwindled.

Malvern Rusike, the chief executive officer of the Confederation of Zimbabwe
Industries, said: “Provision of security measures in the farming community
to ensure agricultural output should be enhanced to avert hunger and
starvation.” Farmers have complained that they are not being protected by
the State when individuals calling themselves war veterans attack them. The
police, on the other hand, say they are not informed of attacks, some of
which have resulted in the death of farmers.

Because of the poor planning in agriculture and the current drought,
Zimbabwe now needs at least US$300 million (Z$16,5 billion) this year alone
to feed 7,8 million starving individuals.

This comes at a time when the government does not have money to pay for food
imports from some of its neighbours ­ especially South Africa who have been
supporting the food programme. Rusike said with the dust now settling after
the presidential election, attention should be on the economic revival of

He said drastic changes were needed to the current “poor policy
implementation record”. Rusike cited the Economic Structural Adjustment
Programme, which led to individuals suffering even more than before it was
introduced due to failure to stick to conditions of the programme.

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Zimbabwe falls further into anarchy
African group sees 'calm' in Zimbabwe - Yet latest human-rights report tells
of continuing brutality
Land-grab policy causes Zimbabwe famine
Gadhafi eyes Zimbabwe: Libya supports Mugabe's confiscation plan -- for a
South Africa's ANC stained by scandal - Mandela: Corruption 'actually worse
than the apartheid government'
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epidemic of crime?

Zimbabwe falls further into anarchy
Murder of whites continues while famine grows nearer

Posted: March 30, 2002
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Anthony C. LoBaido
© 2002

"This is a great victory against the white colonialists. Soon we will
cleanse Namibia and then South Africa of all Europeans and whites."
– A Namibian commenting on the election of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe

WINDHOEK, Namibia – The election of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe,
strongly condemned as fraudulent by outside observers, has given the
strongman a platform to continue a crackdown on his opponents – both black
and white – as the nation grows closer to a full-fledged famine accompanied
by increasing anarchy.

Some observers believe the dictator's recent "victory" has spiraled the
nation to perhaps the point of no return. The Movement for Democratic
Change, or MDC, is Mugabe's main opponent in Zimbabwe. They have thus far
refused to form a coalition government with Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF Party.

As Mugabe's land confiscation policy has driven white farmers off their
land, a famine is coming to the nation. Scores of Zimbabweans are heading
for South Africa, creating a refugee crisis in a nation that already has
lost control of its vreemdelingehabeer, Afrikaans for "border influx

Says Nina Van der Hausen, a South African policewoman in Cape Town, "The
Marxist leaders in Namibia, South Africa and Angola are watching Mugabe's
terror tactics go unchallenged by the West, and this only eggs them on to do
the same, I'm afraid."

Mugabe recently passed a law in Parliament banning all foreign journalists
from the nation. News is hard to come by. Last week, the British Daily
Telegraph's Zimbabwe correspondent, Peta Thornycroft, was jailed by Mugabe
under new security laws. Thornycroft, a 57-year-old woman, is being held by
the Central Intelligence Oganization in Chimanimani, east of Harare,
according to her lawyer, Tapiwanashe Kujinga.

Mugabe ordered the arrest of Daily News editor Geoffrey Nyarota last week
for running what Information Minister Jonathan Moyo called a "patently
false" story in Zimbabwe's only independent daily paper.

Nyarota had written a story stating that a meeting of parliamentarians from
the African, Caribbean and Pacific organization and European Union had
jointly agreed on a resolution calling for a redo of Zimbabwe's recent

How is Mugabe kept in power, many may wonder. To begin, Mugabe is backed by
a series of "white angels" in the UK who fund and launder his many African
adventures and financial operations. Mugabe is heavily involved in fighting
UNITA in Angola and in the Marxist Congo, where he has lucrative mining
deals going on.

South African military intelligence officer Pieter Coetzee told
WorldNetDaily, "Famine aid will surely come to Zimbabwe, and the West's
powerful food conglomerates, through the United Nations, will surely profit.
Mugabe makes money from sanctions, farming, famine, mining, ivory, drug
laundering – you name it."

Last week, Zimbabwe's finance minister, Simba Makoni, issued a public
statement in which he said he would revise Zimbabwe's budget to find money
to feed the country's citizens.

Makoni said that preliminary forecasts showed that Zimbabwe would need to
import more maize and other grains than was anticipated when the budget was
presented last November.

Under white rule until 1979, Zimbabwe, then known as Rhodesia, was a net
exporter of grain. Times have changed, however. Makoni's public statement
said that Mugabe's government has so far spent about US$37 million on
imports of maize and grain. Even Mugabe's own government officials say that
over 500,000 Zimbabweans will need food assistance. That figure, say
international aid agencies, is grossly underestimated.

One British SAS commander, who asked that his name not be revealed due to
political considerations, told WND, "The Labor Party [in the UK] supports
Mugabe. The Conservative Party does nothing. The British army is apolitical,
but in reality, our troops get sent overseas to Sierra Leone to guard
diamond mines owned by our wealthy countrymen when Tony Blair should be
sending us into Zimbabwe to put the MDC into power."

Former South African civil servant Alan Grieve commented that the ANC
government of South Africa "is unlikely to pressure Mugabe. South Africa's
leaders are not elected by popular vote. South Africans vote for a party,
not an individual. Even Nelson Mandela called this phenomenon 'a serious
flaw' in South Africa's new dispensation. Mugabe can tell [South African
President] Mbeki that he [Mugabe] has been popularly elected, while Mbeki
was not."

From inside Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean Cathy Buckle, a white farmer who has survived Mugabe's farm
invasions and chosen to remain inside the country, reports that conditions
are worsening in Zimbabwe.

"The picture on the front page of this week's Zimbabwe Independent is
gruesome and shocking. It is of murdered farmer Terry Ford, lying in a pool
of blood, his body covered from top to bottom in wounds and bruises. Terry,
trying to escape from his farm, was overrun by a mob, caught, tied to a
tree, bludgeoned and then shot," she told WorldNetDaily.

"Terry's family were brave enough to allow the world's cameras in to expose
this horror, but his murder is only one of seven that have taken place in
the last 10 days [at the hands of Mugabe supporters.]"

Those seven, Buckle said, are Terry Ford, Ernest Gatsi (MDC activist –
beaten to death), Tafi Gwaze (MDC polling agent – abducted, tortured and
beaten to death), Laurence Kuheya (MDC activist), Funny Mahuni (MDC
supporter), Owen Manyara (MDC activist – beaten to death) and Darlington
Vikaveka (farm security guard – beaten to death).

"In each case, the brutality has been barbaric in the extreme, and I offer
my condolences to the families and friends of them all. In addition, scores
of people have been beaten. A dozen farms have been looted or trashed, and
an estimated 1,200 MDC polling agents have been displaced from their homes
and are on the run, being hounded by government supporters who seem intent
on hunting down anyone who dared to differ in our recent elections," Buckle

Buckle told WorldNetDaily that the only comfort for ordinary Zimbabweans "is
that world pressure is mounting."

"We have been suspended from the commonwealth council for a year. Denmark
has closed its embassy in Harare and suspended all development aid, and
Switzerland has imposed travel and financial bans on President Mugabe and
other top government officials. We all know that the horrors in Zimbabwe
cannot and will not last, and each day has become one of survival. I
continue to wear a tattered and frayed yellow ribbon on my chest in support
of all who are suffering and in silent protest of anarchy."

Says Herman Davids, a white Zimbabwean farmer who recently fled Harare with
his family to come to Cape Town and live with relatives, "Mugabe has killed

"Where is the West?" Davids asked. "Where is President Bush and Colin Powell
on this issue? We are bleeding and dying in Zimbabwe while the world does
nothing. It's almost as if the West has an unwritten agreement with the
communists to hand over control of all of Africa to interests hostile to the
West. Only God knows why."

Anthony C. LoBaido is an international correspondent for WorldNetDaily.

African group sees 'calm' in Zimbabwe
Yet latest human-rights report tells of continuing brutality

By Anthony C. LoBaido
© 2001

Despite recent reports that leaders throughout the world were beginning to
speak out against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's human-rights abuses,
members of the Southern Africa Development Commission appear to have come to
the dictator's defense, having discovered an "improved" Zimbabwe on a recent
trip there.

Six foreign ministers from the Southern Africa Development Commission, or
SADC, traveled to Zimbabwe on a fact-finding tour last week. The tour was
aimed at examining the fallout from Mugabe's campaign to drive the nation's
white farmers off their land through violence and murder, and the resulting
famine that threatens the nation.

What did the SADC leaders uncover? Nothing too encouraging for those who
oppose Mugabe's rule, according to Cathy Buckle, a white Zimbabwean farmer,
author and activist.

"After two days in an Harare hotel, the SADC members said they 'welcomed the
improved atmosphere of calm and stability' and were 'gratified to learn that
violence on farms had reduced significantly,'" Buckle told WND.

"Their spokeswoman was Malawian Foreign Minister Lilian Patel," explained
Buckle, "and although she spoke with apparent conviction, her words make no
sense at all in view of recent statements condemning events in Zimbabwe from
her own president and others in the region. Our regional neighbors are
already suffering because of the crisis in Zimbabwe, and the time for
groveling, appeasement and the 'old boys club' is long past."

"With an estimated 300,000 Malawian farm workers in Zimbabwe about to be
unemployed and destitute, I think Ms. Patel and her fellow delegates should
be ashamed. The facts … do not describe an 'improved atmosphere of calm and

Mugabe's reign of terror and anarchy has shown no signs of improvement in
recent weeks, Buckle said.

"For example, 29-year-old Augustus Chacha was kidnapped from Gonye Village
in Gokwe in front of his wife and five children last weekend. Augustus was
the MDC (the Mugabe opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change) youth
organizer in the area. His body was found floating in Gonye Dam two days
later," she said.

"In another incident of 'improved calm,' the newly elected MDC mayor of
Chegutu, Francis Dhlakama, was forced out of his office on his first day at
work. About 50 war veterans, chanting and singing pro-government songs,
ordered him out. Police were present but did nothing to assist the
mayor-elect, who left to avoid violence."

Buckle mentioned the November report on political violence just released by
the Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum.

"It certainly does not describe 'improved calm and stability,' either,"
Buckle said.

The report details the horrors of the past month inside Zimbabwe. In
examining the report, WorldNetDaily found details of six deaths/executions
in November, eight kidnappings, 81 cases of property damage and 115 cases of
torture and rape.

The Forum defines "torture" as: "Severe pain and suffering, intentionally
inflicted, with a purpose, by a state official or another acting with the
acquiescence of the state."

The 25-page report tells of people having their heads forced into ant bear
holes, having their mouths filled with sand, being beaten by gangs armed
with chains, sticks and rubber hoses. It also tells of highly irritant plant
powders known as "huriri" or "uriri" (Buffalo Bean) being soaked into
peoples' clothes, stuffed into their anuses and smeared under the penile

Buckle told WorldNetDaily that Mugabe's "electioneering" has started in
earnest and that he launched his ruling Zanu-PF campaign at his party's
annual congress last week with the theme: "Land for Economic Empowerment."
The presidential election is set for March.

"A massive [tent], seating the 7,618 delegates, has been pitched on the
Elephant Hills Golf Course in Victoria Falls, and the rhetoric is beyond
belief," said Buckle.

"The president said, 'The Rhodesians have been organizing themselves' and
described the opposition MDC as 'agents of the white settlers.' Talking
about the hundreds of companies forced into liquidation in the last 21
months, about 80 percent inflation and 60 percent unemployment, President
Mugabe said these are 'obviously trends that were meant to achieve a
political purpose.' He also told the delegates that they 'must prepare for a
physical fight. We must maintain a high sense of caution and security
because we have seen the enemies' capacity for evil and murder. Our youths
should rally behind us in defense of our independence.'"

Speaking of the UK, Zimbabwe's former colonial ruler, Mugabe told the
delegates, "The British were brought up as a violent people, liars,
scoundrels and crooks, and I am told that [Prime Minister Tony] Blair was a
troublesome little boy at school. So we cannot have reasonable dialogue with
such people."

Land-grab policy causes Zimbabwe famine
Mugabe government won't allow relief agencies to distribute food

By Anthony C. LoBaido
© 2001

Although less than 25 years ago, Zimbabwe, then known as Rhodesia, was a net
food exporter, the current policies of the nation's dictator, President
Robert Mugabe, have produced a serious famine in the land.

Mugabe – through both unofficial violence and official government policy –
systematically has driven white farmers off their land, some of the most
productive in all of Africa.

Cathy Buckle, a Zimbabwean farmer, has been updating WorldNetDaily on events
inside Zimbabwe, which have for the most part been overlooked by the
establishment media. Buckle is also an author, having compiled stories of
the killings and harassment of white farmers in a book on the Zimbabwe land
grabs entitled, "African Tears: The Zimbabwe Land Invasions."

"The events of this last week in Zimbabwe are almost beyond belief.
According to world relief agencies, including the World Food Program, the
U.N. and Oxfam, 1 million Zimbabweans will be in urgent need of food aid
within the next month. Our government, having acknowledged the crisis and
held out the begging bowl, announced this week that they would not allow
anyone but themselves to distribute the food as it comes in. The government
has banned all foreign aid agencies from distributing humanitarian food
aid," Buckle told WorldNetDaily.

Zimbabwe's minister of information spoke at a press conference last week and
declared, "We will not allow strangers to roam around our country
interfering." The minister claimed foreign aid agencies were "planning to
smuggle election monitors into Zimbabwe using the guise of food aid to
'decampaign' (destabilize) the present government."

Says Buckle, "Can there be anyone now who believes that the Zimbabwean
government actually cares for her own people? It is criminal that 1 million
people face starvation because our government has prevented farmers from
growing food and have allowed people calling themselves 'war veterans' to
rule supreme for the last 20 months. I can hardly bear to think how people
who do not support the ruling party will survive. How can any government
refuse to allow donors to distribute the food they have collected?"

Buckle explained that the imminent food crisis has been overshadowed by what
she called the "devastating announcement" that Mugabe's Land Acquisition Act
again has been amended. The strongman now has plans to evict over 4,000
white farmers in Zimbabwe.

"Farmers who have been served with a section-8 letter informing them of the
seizure of their land have been told to immediately cease all farming
operations and have 90 days to get off their farms and out of their homes.
The starvation we face now will be compounded a hundred fold in 2002 and
2003," Buckle said.

"I say this not because I believe only whites can farm but because the
people squatting on farms simply do not have the experience or capital
needed to grow more than enough food for just themselves. The mere fact that
they cannot even plough the land they have invaded and, as I write, are
waiting for the government to give them seed, demonstrates this fact very

Buckle continued, "More worrying is the evidence that many of the men
squatting on farms are being paid to do so and are not farmers at all but
political pawns. I gave proof of this in my book "African Tears" and told
how an American TV crew actually filmed the 'war veterans' receiving their
weekly pay for squatting on my farm."

Zimbabwe's minister of agriculture, Dr. Joseph Made, told South Africa's
media that any payment of compensation to farmers evicted from their farms
would be up to the British government. The UK is the former colonial ruler
of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia. Made said that Zimbabwe's government would pay for
"improvements" (the buildings, fencing, dams, etc.) but could only afford to
pay 25 percent now and the balance over 5 years.

"While farmers have been frantically trying to decide what on earth to do
now, both with themselves and their families but also with nearly a quarter
of a million people who work for them, the country has seen burning, looting
and beating in Bulawayo. An abducted war veteran was found murdered. Two
terrified young men stood in front of a TV camera and 'confessed,' but there
was a huge wave of arrests. As I write, more than 16 people are in police
cells – all are active members of the official opposition MDC party; one is
an MP. Many have been denied their rights to legal counsel. Many have been
held for more than 48 hours without being charged. All have been denied
bail," said Buckle.

Anarchy reigns

Buckle said that the rule of law is rapidly vanishing in Zimbabwe.

"A magistrate in Gokwe convicted two government supporters of robbery and
sentenced them to eight months. That night the magistrate was attacked by a
mob in his home. His windows were smashed, furniture trashed, and he fled
bruised and terrified into the night. The magistrate is unable to return to
either his home or workplace and is in hiding," explained Buckle.

"I met last week for tea with a farming couple in their 70s who survived the
most terrifying experience recently. A mob of 40 'war veterans' got into
their house at night by breaking down the back door. While this elderly
couple hid in their bedroom the 'war veterans' smashed the windows, climbed
onto the roof and broke a hole in the asbestos with a steel pole. They
looted the contents of the fridge and deep freeze, stole tools from the
garage, cutlery from the kitchen and then smashed glasses and plates. They
put the plug into the sink, turned the taps on and flooded the lounge,
dining room and pantry. They smashed the bedroom window where the couple
were hiding and tried to set the curtains alight."

Continued Buckle, "For three hours, 40 men roared and shouted and destroyed.
The police were called at 7 p.m. and did not arrive until after 10 p.m. The
following morning, three men were arrested. They were found with two of the
25 geese that the mob had stolen. This couple is not leaving. They have been
terrorized repeatedly in the last 20 months but are not leaving. This is
their home."

When Zimbabwe's anarchy stops may have a lot to do with the nation of Libya.
The London Telegraph recently reported that Muammar Gadhafi and Libya are
dispatching 10,000 mercenaries to Zimbabwe. The Telegraph reported that each
mercenary will be given a Zimbabwean passport.

"Gadhafi has been cooperating with the West in the new war on terror.
Perhaps that is why he is being given a free hand to operate in Zimbabwe.
Why won't the U.S. and UK help us?" Graham McKeever, a Zimbabwean farmer
living in Harare told WorldNetDaily.

According to Geoff Cooke, an ex-Rhodesian intelligence officer, Mugabe's use
of foreign troops to suppress the people is not unprecedented.

"Mugabe used North Korean mercenaries to kill off more than 30,000 Matabele
tribesmen in northern Rhodesia who opposed his rule. This was done back in
the early 1980s. Mugabe is not opposed to using foreign troops," Cooke said.

The Southern Africa Financial Gazette, the bible of commerce in Zimbabwe,
reported that in anticipation of civil unrest, Mugabe ordered The Ministry o
f Home Affairs to seek authority from Treasury to make a down payment of
$Z105 million to an Israeli company recently contracted to supply nearly $Z1
billion worth of special vehicles and water cannons that can be used in
riots by the Zimbabwe Republic Police ahead of presidential elections next

The Financial Gazette reported that the equipment being bought is part of a
wider government strategy to ensure that the Zimbabwe Republic Police is
adequately equipped to deal with any possible riots ahead of the election,
which Mugabe is seen losing.

Anthony C. LoBaido is an international correspondent for WorldNetDaily.

Gadhafi eyes Zimbabwe
Libya supports Mugabe's confiscation plan -- for a price

By Anthony C. LoBaido
© 2001

Libyan potentate Moammar Gadhafi is strengthening his alliance with Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe with an eye toward gaining more influence in black

Geostrategy-Direct Intelligence Brief quotes Western intelligence sources as
saying Gadhafi and Mugabe have struck a deal – Libya will support Mugabe as
it expels white farmers from the country and confiscates their property.

The deal is based on the assessment that Mugabe's expulsion will result in
international sanctions as well as a flight of hard currency from Zimbabwe.
That's where Libya comes in. Gadhafi has pledged to export oil to Zimbabwe
regardless of its ability to pay.

The Libyan supply will cover 70 percent of Zimbabwe's needs. Gadhafi, who
visited Harare in July, ordered his state bank to make the necessary
financial arrangements.

What does Gadhafi want? First, the Libyan ruler wants to extend his grip to
Black Africa. At the same time, Gadhafi wants a piece of Zimbabwe's
lucrative mining industry.

Libya has been aiding the Marxist-run nation of Zimbabwe as it continues to
slide into totalitarianism.

As recently as 1979, Zimbabwe was known as Rhodesia, a white-run, pro-West
nation that was an exporter of grain to other nations in Africa. Mugabe has,
in recent years, encouraged cadres to attack white-owned farms and
confiscate property.

Libya is heavily involved in propping up Mugabe’s failing regime. On July
29, the Zimbabwe Standard reported that Gadhafi made a pledge of $1 million
to Mugabe's political party to bolster his campaign for next year’s
presidential election. Such a gift is illegal under the Political Parties
(Finance) Act.

South Africa's ANC stained by scandal
Mandela: Corruption 'actually worse than the apartheid government'

Posted: April 11, 2002
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Anthony C. LoBaido
© 2002

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – When billionaire Mark Shuttleworth blasts off with
Russian cosmonauts on April 22, becoming the first South African in space,
several beleaguered leaders of the ruling ANC might feel like flying off
with him.

The African National Congress – armed, trained and educated by communist
China and the Soviets – has long been the darlings of Western liberals and
hard core communists in Cuba, Zimbabwe, Angola and North Korea. Now, after
more than eight years in power, the ANC is struggling to keep its head above

The ANC's membership rolls are dwindling as South Africa's emerging black
middle class becomes increasingly dissatisfied with the ANC's ineptness
dealing with issues such as AIDS and violent crime.

Internationally, the ANC's tilt towards Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe and
his brutal white farm confiscation has enraged even the liberal Labour Party
in the UK, as well as the U.S. State Department. When South African
President Thabo Mbeki backed Mugabe's election victory last month, the
British Commonwealth threatened not to fund Mbeki's economic initiatives for
a southern Africa economic agenda. Within 24 hours, Mbeki changed course and
followed the UK in condemning Mugabe's victory as bogus.

Recognizing Mugabe's election victory is one of the more recent black eyes
on the ANC, which touted itself during the apartheid struggle as a champion
of true democracy.

While all governments are plagued to some degree by corruption, the ANC's
missteps are especially troubling to former South African President Nelson
Mandela. Mandela told the world press that he was "most saddened" by the
corruption of the ANC leadership, which was "actually worse than the
apartheid government."


South Africa and the ANC have been rocked by so many scandals it is
sometimes hard for observers to keep track of them.

ANC-authored kickback scandals involving ARMSCOR, the Armaments Corporation
of South Africa, and AIDS/HIV drugs have tarnished its image.

The ANC recently blundered by promising 800 billion Rand for slave
reparations against South African corporations in the February budget. This
fund was supposed to go to "victims" who earned "victories" in the Truth and
Reconciliation Hearings, or TRC.

"One of the provisions of the TRC was that guilty parties would be fully
pardoned if those injured by them were fully compensated," said Ansuriettta
Wolfardt, a South African policewoman, in an interview with WorldNetDaily.

ANC cronies were recently linked to a diamond-rights scandal in
Schmidtsdrift near Kimberly, South Africa, where the black empowerment
mining company New Diamond Corporation has seized the rights to ancestral
lands occupied by poor blacks.

Another scandal that has hurt the ANC is its claim that Germany's Deutsche
Bank Securities colluded to drive down the value of the South African Rand
through dishonest financing methods with South African chemical corporation
SASOL, a major player in the nation's economy.

Another stain on the ANC is the emergence of NDF, an offshoot of the
apartheid-era mercenary army Executive Outcomes, which has been deployed in
the oil fields of southern Sudan by the militant Islamic government of
Khartoum in its war against black Christians and animists in that nation.

Another scandal broke open recently with the revelation that the ANC was
caught red-handed accepting bribes from Taiwan to keep the ANC from
recognizing mainland China.

This scandal was particularly troubling, one former Afrikaner intelligence
official told WorldNetDaily, "because it shows that the ANC's foreign policy
is for sale."

As the ANC was coming to power in 1994, the anti-communist government of
Taiwan, fearful that the ANC would switch recognition to mainland China,
offered the ANC $11 million to maintain relations. The ANC initially asked
for $20 million. President Nelson Mandela at first said that it would be
"immoral" to abandon Taiwan. This struck most South African analysts as
strange and infuriated the ANC ranks since communist China had long armed,
trained and backed the ANC against the apartheid regime.

The point man in this operation was Taiwanese colonel Lui Kuan-chun, a
National Security Bureau agent. The ANC, says Lui, asked for the cash to
"help pay off its campaign debts." (China had donated $10 million to the ANC
about two years earlier as incentive to switch recognition.)

Taiwan paid the ANC the money in three installments. This transfer was
confirmed by former Taiwanese ambassador to South Africa Loh I-cheng.

Loh told the international media that when he brought up the matter with
Mandela, the president was "very surprised to hear about this, yet also very
pleased. At the time, Mandela was very grateful to our country and thanked
me profusely."

In the end, the ANC took the Taiwanese millions then recognized Beijing
anyway. Taiwan responded by stopping its funding of a $350 million chemical
plant and a $30 million foreign-aid package to the ANC.

Claire Montgomery, a white ANC activist in Cape Town told WorldNetDaily that
she is troubled by the recent misdeeds of the ANC.

"We were idealists, as whites, believing that the ANC was fit to rule this
country. Pure greed and a thirst for power have replaced apartheid, and
considering the state of affairs in this nation, it's far, far uglier."

Anthony C. LoBaido is an international correspondent for WorldNetDaily.

Apartheid in the rearview mirror
Is South Africa capable of overcoming epidemic of crime?

Posted: April 3, 2002
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Anthony C. LoBaido
© 2002

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – There are only two kinds of people in South
Africa, goes a local saying, those who believe there are no problems, and
those who believe there is no hope for the future. In Constantia, a wealthy,
safe white suburb of Cape Town, most residents believe the former.

Here, daily life seems not only frighteningly "normal" but somewhat of a
utopia. Crime is almost non-existent. Children play safely in parks;
churches have lively services; and the local shopping mall is filled with
both goods and customers. The cost of living for foreigners is low.

"If crime can be controlled, then South Africa can have a bright future,"
said Internet e-mail café owner Jacob de Boer, a longtime Cape Town

"But honestly, the ANC (African National Congress) cannot govern this
country, and their membership rolls continue to dwindle, mainly due to the
apathy of the emerging black middle class. However, alternate parties
critical of the ANC are springing up. Perhaps they will be capable of
restoring South Africa to a peaceful, prosperous nation where Marxism is
again anathema, criminals are punished and life is respected."

So, while the clouds, or "tablecloth," roll across the top of the
picturesque Table Mountain, passing softly over the Cecil Rhodes Memorial,
who pioneered a "United States of Africa," Cape Town residents can be
thankful that they live in the safest region in the entire nation. Other
than a few bombings of Western targets carried out by Islamic extremists in
recent years, the region is safe and even prosperous.

On a nation-wide basis, however, South Africa's problems are legion,
manifesting themselves most severely in cities like Johannesburg and

There is a rape every 25 seconds in this nation. The murder rate is
skyrocketing. The police are out-manned, out-gunned, under-funded and

In an interview with WorldNetDaily, South African special forces war hero
Wynand du Toit affirmed that crime is a major problem. Du Toit's private
security company is a multiracial group dedicated to fighting crime.

"One of our members, who had joined our group after a stint in the French
Foreign Legion, was killed recently fighting crime," du Toit told WND.

Then there are the farm killings of whites. South Africa has 40,000 white
farmers. Over 1,200 have been murdered since 1994 and another 7,000
attacked. This makes the white Afrikaner/Boer farmer the highest at-risk
murder group on Earth.

The ANC's response so far has been to put a moratorium on crime statistics
due to fear that such publicity might scare off foreign investment.

Baby rape is epidemic. Says Mary Swinton, who taught school in South Africa
for 20 years, "Baby rape is not new in this country. There are cultural
aspects associated with it."

Little Angels, a hospital that caters to victims of baby rape, was recently
forced to move out of Constantia due to "zoning" violations. The hospital
continues its function to help babies in need in a nearby suburb, say South
African social workers.

Radical Islamic groups like PAGAD and Marxist organizations like the Pan
African Congress are also a problem in South Africa, for they are breeding
grounds for extremism. A few years back, one PAC leader publicly stated,
"When [Nelson] Mandela dies, we will kill you whites like flies."

Not all South Africans embrace that notion. In fact, most reject it.

Squeeza Jabulani, a Zulu woman who works as a maid, told WorldNetDaily that
her people want to maintain friendly relations with white South Africans.

"I moved to Cape Town from KwaZulu ('Kwa' meaning 'place of') to avoid the
bloodshed and violence," she said.

Over 20,000 Zulus were killed in politically related violence in the nation
in the 1990s, the highest of any single ethnic group.

"There were shootings every night," Jabulani explained. "My children, they
could hear the gunshots and they would be frightened. In Cape Town, we have
excellent schools and lower crime. It was the whites who built this country,
and we must continue to embrace them. Apartheid is gone. I say forgive and
forget the past."

Amazingly, there was little resistance to the dismantling of apartheid by
South Africa's whites. Those with skills fled overseas to Anglophile nations
like Canada, New Zealand, the UK and Australia. Right-wing leaders like
Eugene Terreblanche of the renegade Afrikaner Resistance Movement were put
in jail, where they remain even today.

"When South African war heroes like Willem Ratte were put in prison and the
Conservative Party broke apart, that signaled the death of the old South
Africa," said Franz Pretorius, a former Conservative Party activist in the

In general, South Africans of all political stripes are amazed that the
right wing is staying quiet in the face of the decay of the nation. The ANC,
especially Nelson Mandela, has tried to reach out to whites. He visited the
widow of apartheid's founder and asked that white South Africans who fled
the nation return to help rebuild the country.

John Anderson, an Australian immigration consultant based in Cape Town, told
WorldNetDaily that while many whites are fleeing South Africa, emigration
out of South Africa isn't necessarily the best option for everyone.

"South Africa still offers so much for its citizens," he asserted. "It's
still possible to build a future here."

Yet many whites, especially conservatives, are skeptical of the new

"This nation is filled with communism, rape, AIDS, political correctness and
affirmative action," Pretorius said. "In all honesty, I am ashamed of the
Afrikaners. We fought against these wicked communists and terrorists,
against the United Nations and the globalists since 1948, and in the end,
our leaders betrayed us, especially F.W. de Klerk. Couldn't de Klerk have
cut a better deal for us whites? Now China and the ANC are calling the shots
inside our nation, along with the Russians. It's just disgusting."

Change comes to South Africa not in small doses but like a tidal wave. The
army, the erstwhile South African Defense Force, the same army that drove
out the Soviets and Cubans from Angola and fought the Nazis in World War II,
has been decimated. China has been embraced, while longtime ally Taiwan has
been forsaken.

Last month, the ANC was shaken by revelations that in 1994, the Mandela
government accepted money from Taiwan (about 1 billion rand) to have the ANC
continue the apartheid government's recognition of Taiwan vis-à-vis China.
The ANC pocketed that money but then changed South Africa's foreign policy
toward Beijing.

The ANC is decidedly anti-Israel and pro-Islam.

"It's hard to remember at times that it was South Africa who helped Israel
build her atomic arsenal," South African intelligence officer Garth Smuts
commented. "These days, Gadhafi, Mugabe, Castro and other Islamics and
Marxists are being feted by the ANC."

AIDS will infect about a third of the black population by 2010. Abortion,
pornography and homosexual rights have been legalized and protected by the
new constitution. The South African rand is now 12 to 1 against the U.S.
dollar. In 1973, the rand was worth 20 percent more than the U.S. dollar.
Today, it holds about 3 cents of its 1973 value. Labor problems and
affirmative action hurt productivity.

Privacy and Internet issues also dog the government, as civil libertarians
in South Africa oppose new ANC laws attacking personal privacy.

Over 25 percent of the drugs in the world are shipped through South Africa,
and the drug Mandrax is a serious problem for the police. Many whites take
their children to school escorted by armed guards.

There is a lot at stake for the West in the "new South Africa." It is the
world's strategic mineral treasure chest. The Cape of Good Hope is a vital
sea lane. China is making inroads to the port at Walvis Bay, now abandoned
by South Africa, and setting up space-war infrastructure capabilities in
neighboring Namibia. Is the West optimistic about South Africa's future? The
new U.S. Embassy in Pretoria is the most expensive embassy ever built,
prepared, say officials, to withstand a nuclear and biological attack.

Not all the news is bad. South Africa boasts excellent medical
professionals, tourism is booming, whites affected by affirmative action are
starting their own businesses, foreign investment is pouring in and the
tired old excuses about "racism" are no longer being tolerated by the
average South African citizen, be they white, black or Indian. The Truth and
Reconciliation Commission, criticized by the right as a "witch hunt," has
exposed the deeds of apartheid killers like Wouter Basson and Eugene de Kok.

The Zulu king has reinstated the ancient custom of having all females
inspected publicly for virginity, serving to restrain sexual behavior and
reduce AIDS/HIV amongst the Zulu nation.

"We Zulus must survive. AIDS is killing off the Mosai in Kenya, but our king
won't let that happen to our people," Jabulani told WorldNetDaily.

As South Africa rebuilds from its current ethos of destabilization, a return
to the old ways may be just what the nation needs to build a new South
Africa that works for all its citizens.

Anthony C. LoBaido is an international correspondent for WorldNetDaily.
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UK-bound Zimbabweans conned
Blessing Zulu

CONTROVERSIAL Zanu PF publicist Temba Mliswa is running a recruitment agency
in London which has seen Zimbabweans anxious to enter the United Kingdom
turned around at Gatwick by British immigration officials and sent home.

Mliswa's company, Education UK Ltd, whose British office is given as Wembly
Point, 15th Floor, Harrow Road, Middlesex, promises applicants placement in
the UK on payment of £100 (or $400 000 if paid in Zimbabwe) as a
registration fee. The company specialises in the recruitment of students,
teachers and nurses and claims to have offices in Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Russia
and East Africa.

The company has so far failed to refund nine people who were deported in
February alone. Mliswa is the company's director for Southern Africa.

One of the deportees said Mliswa, a former national soccer team fitness
trainer, had taken them for a ride.

"His company assured us that everything would be okay as they had assisted
many Zimbabweans who had gone abroad," said one woman who spoke on condition
of anonymity.

"I cannot disclose my name because I might be victimised by Mliswa who is
well-connected to the ruling party. Besides I might not even be able to
recover the $400 000 I paid," she said.

"In order for us to help you," says the company's prospectus, "you must
first register with us. The cost of registration is £100 for five years if
you are applying for the UK and £520 if you are applying for the United

Education UK Ltd claims to assist applicants gain admission to education
programmes overseas.

"This means that after registering, we can help you to gain admission not
just for one course, but also for many different courses," the prospectus

Contacted for comment, Mliswa said: "Look, I am not an immigration officer.
I only assist people to have their papers in order. If they fail to answer
questions at the airport that is not my problem. I cannot assist them with
my brains. Those people should have paid me £100 before leaving but they did
not," said Mliswa.

Another deportee said Mliswa was not being honest.

"Mliswa had given us a letter which we were supposed to show immigration
officers at Gatwick. But once we mentioned his name, we were immediately
deported. They said he had sent many people to the UK claiming they would
only stay for two weeks and they had just vanished," the deportee said.

An official from the British High Commission said they had no arrangement
with Mliswa's company.

"I have never heard of this company and we have no dealings with Education
UK Ltd," she said.

Mliswa also claimed that people were being deported because of the Aids

"Let us not blame (Robert) Mugabe for these deportations. Many Zimbabweans
who go there are straining the British health system as they will be
infected by the deadly Aids virus," he said.

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Mugabe's economic recovery plan 'a disaster'
Augustine Mukaro

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's 10-point plan to revive Zimbabwe's ravaged economy
is a dead-end set to plunge the country further into crisis, a prominent
economist said this week.

He said the plan would not turn around the economy because it did not
address fundamental issues such as restoration of the rule of law and
investor confidence.

Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) policy manager James Jowa said
the 10-point plan unveiled by the president at the Zanu PF central committee
meeting last week would further erode investor confidence and increase the
risk of doing business in the country.

He said the revival plan would take Zimbabwe backwards.

"Modern economies are not driven by agriculture but industries. Instead of
the unsystematic taking over of the land through the ad-hoc fast track, we
should carry out an agrarian reform which is production-oriented with the
rightful people taking over the land," Jowa said.

"The fast-track resettlement scheme is just dumping people in the wilderness
where there is no basic infrastructure for them to be productive," said

Jowa said Zimbabwe could not concentrate on domestic capital formation
because of the absence of a savings culture in the country.

"Indigenous savings and investment rates are all below 9% of GDP after
having fallen from 20% before the year 2000.

"For an economy to be on an acceptable growth path it requires a minimum
investment rate of 25% of GDP, therefore a miracle is needed to bridge the
existing resource gap domestically," he said.

He said government is already over-involved in the running of business,
mainly through parastatals which have a long record of performing dismally.

"Parastatals have become a huge burden on the fiscus and to assume that the
government will fare better if it acquires additional companies is expecting
miracles," he said.

Jowa said history had shown that governments throughout the world were poor
managers of the economy.

"Government's duty is not to create employment, it is only the facilitator,
providing a conducive environment for business to flow while the private
sector creates employment," he said.

He said Mugabe's proposal of "extending our experience in agriculture to
transforming the owner- ship structures in mining and tourism in order to
create wealth for our country through economic empowerment and job creation"
would be a "total disaster and should not be allowed to happen".

"The move simply means that another violent occupation is to be promoted and
that should not be allowed to go ahead because it will further erode
investor confidence, it will be a total disaster for the country," Jowa

He said the government should concentrate on feeding the nation whose
citizens were virtually living in queues hoping to get a share of the small
rations of maize meal delivered to supermarkets.

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Zim Independent

Zanu PF hijacks food aid distribution from WFP

THE ruling Zanu PF party has hijacked the World Food Programme's food aid
distribution process in the rural areas by exploiting loopholes in the

Those in need of food assistance are required to register with their ward
councillors, village development committees, traditional leaders,
headmasters and agriculture extension workers. Most of these officials are
Zanu PF supporters and those who have tried to be impartial in the execution
of their duties have faced the wrath of war veterans and Zanu PF militias
who are leading a nation-wide purge of MDC members.

The WFP, which is heading the food distribution programme through its
implementing partners, Christian Care, Orap and World Vision, does not have
the capacity to handle the screening of those in need of food assistance.

In Umzingwane district last week war veterans threatened to derail the WFP
distribution exercise after they demanded that they should take charge.

Norbert Dube, the director of Orap, confirmed to the Independent that some
groups wanted to hijack the programme in Umzingwane district for political

"We had problems with some people who wanted to meddle in the distribution
exercise for political reasons but we made it clear to them that the food we
are issuing is apolitical," said Dube.

WFP officials in Umzingwane caused an impasse after they refused to hand
over the exercise to war veterans who wanted to move the distribution venue
to their stronghold in the Nswazi area.
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Zim Independent

MDC loses court case

THE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has lost its Supreme Court
application against the use of the supplementary voters role in the
hotly-disputed March 9/11 presidential election.

The ruling was made two weeks ago but details are only now emerging.

The full Supreme Court bench ruled four to one that Morgan Tsvangirai, the
losing candidate, did not have the locus standi (legal standing) to bring
the case to court. The case was thus dismissed on a technicality with the
court ruling that Tsvangirai could not be a "torch bearer" in the
application. The court did not therefore delve into the merits of the
matter, which was the introduction of the supplementary roll on the eve of
the poll.

Justice Sandura dissented.

Meanwhile, Justice Moses Chinhengo yesterday ruled in favour of the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions against the police intervening in their general
council meeting which starts today. Chinhengo said the police had no right
to attend today's meeting or any future meetings.

The order was made to Augustine Chihuri and the ZRP Officer Commanding
Harare Province.

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Zim Independent

Govt flouts maize tender procedures
Vincent Kahiya

THE government has since January imported 100 000 tonnes of maize without
following proper tender procedures, the Zimbabwe Independent has gathered.

Since October government has advertised three maize import tenders totalling
600 000 tonnes but not all the maize delivered was through the tender
process, industry sources said yesterday.

The sources said the circumventing of the tendering process was similar to
the problem that had landed former Agriculture minister Kumbirai Kangai and
former Grain Marketing Board (GMB) chief executive Martin Muchero in court
for importing maize in 1998/9 outside of tender procedures.

This week the Independent heard that GMB chairman Enock Kamushinda was in
Brazil to negotiate a 130 000-tonne maize import deal while bids for last
month's tender had not yet been adjudicated on.

The Independent heard that government had already paid R57 million to
Cargill in South Africa for 30 000 tonnes of maize as part of the Brazilian
deal. Of the Brazilian imports, sources said at least 40 000 tonnes would be
yellow maize of which 2 000 tonnes had already been delivered to the
Southern region GMB depots.

In October the government advertised for a 200 000-tonne maize tender and
contracts for a parcel of less than 30 000 tonnes were secured off-tender.
The same was true in January when another 200 000-tonne tender was floated
and contracts were awarded to non-bidders. Results of last month's tender
have not been made public yet a contract for 130 000 tonnes has already been

The sources said some of the overseas bidders were now enquiring through the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs on why tender results had not been made public.

"The net effect of this is that Zimbabwe is creating a bad name for itself
and in future no-one will want to do business with a country that ignores
its own tendering process," said one bidder.

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First Lady's brother in bid to take over local firm
Dumisani Muleya

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's brother-in-law is involved in a labour dispute
with a local white- owned company where workers under his leadership are
attempting to seize control.

The row has drawn in First Lady Grace Mugabe. Her younger brother Erasmus
Marufu is at the centre of a dispute at the Four Seasons herbs and spices
company sparked by quarrels over bonuses and wage increments.

Sources said the problem at the company erupted in January after workers
returned from their annual break and started to systematically sabotage the
company claiming its owners were externalising funds and wanted to shut it

"The workers occupied the company illegally and started demanding six week's
pay as bonuses," a company source said. "They issued notices to shareholders
and customers that they had taken over."

Sources said Marufu and co-workers resorted to management lockouts and
threats of appropriation as bargaining tactics. But Four Seasons' managers
resisted intimidation and ended up getting a High Court order to evict the
employees who had virtually taken over.

It is understood that after the workers failed to get their way, Marufu
turned to the First Lady for help. Her spokesman Lawrence Kamwi said he
referred such cases to the Ministry of Labour for arbitration.

However, political pressure has remained as a negotiating tool. General
manager Chris Dunbar has been pushed out. Dunbar, who has been replaced by
Norman Mavudzi whom workers are barring from taking office, said he was
warned that with Marufu involved, he would not succeed.

Marufu, who confirmed Grace was his sister, yesterday said workers wrote a
letter to the First Lady asking for her intervention.

"We wrote a letter but they didn't give us a clear answer," he said. "They
just replied saying we must go the Ministry of Labour. We went there but
nothing came out of it."

Kamwi last week said he could not remember the case but "we refer such cases
to the relevant ministry".

Four Seasons insiders said Marufu has now removed his overalls for a jacket
and tie and installed himself as the new receptionist at the front desk.

But he denied this.

"I did not place myself there. I was put there by the managing director
(Mike Jack)," he said. "The management is lying about a lot of things. We
didn't want to take over the company and we never locked them out."

Jack would not comment on the problems this week. He referred questions to
his company's public relations manager who would only say the matter was
being resolved

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Zim Independent

Sadc leaders exclude Mugabe from talks
Vincent Kahiya

SADC heads of state have apparently joined the international community in
isolating Zimbabwe, with the latest snub being delivered by South Africa
which last weekend did not invite its northern neighbour to a meeting
between regional leaders and visiting Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien
to discuss the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) project.

This comes amid reports that New Zealand would next week impose sanctions on
Zimbabwe in response to last month's controversial election result.

Officials at the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria told the Zimbabwe
Independent that the host country had sent out the invitations for the Nepad
talks and the decision not to invite Zimbabwe had come from Pretoria.

"South Africa was responsible for drawing up the list," an official said.
"They issued the invitations. You can talk to the Office of the President
here over that issue," she said.

Reports from South Africa this week quoted Walter Kansteiner, the US
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, as saying Zimbabwe's
suspension from the Commonwealth had saved Nepad's position on the agenda at
the Group of Eight (G8) summit to be held in Canada in June.

G8 governments are due to come up with a plan of action for Africa at their
summit in Canada in response to Nepad. Kansteiner said that the suspension
of Zimbabwe "was very important and sent some strong signals, and there was
a real sense that Nepad principles were behind that decision".

Kansteiner said that subsequent diplomacy led by SA and Nigeria to bring
about a political settlement in Zimbabwe had also rein- forced those

An officer at the Canadian High Commission in Harare this week said there
did not appear to be any keenness on the part of Zimbabwe to participate in
the Nepad initiative, hence the country's exclusion from the talks was not

The Pretoria meeting was attended by heads of state from Malawi, Botswana,
Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.

At the Pretoria meeting Chretien said there would be greater opportunities
for trade between African countries and Canada. He said those African
countries that did not join the Nepad initiative would miss out on the
opportunities and benefits.
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ZRP distances itself from army beatings
Abeauty Mangezi

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has distanced itself from last weekend's
indiscriminate beating of people in the capital and other major towns by
members of the defence forces to discourage them from attending peaceful
demonstrations called by the Nat ional Constitutional Assembly (NCA).

Speaking to the Zimbabwe Independent this week, police spokesman Assistant
Commissioner Tarwireyi Tirivavi said the involvement of the army came as a
surprise and that the ZRP did not invite it to intervene.

"The army was not invited to assist us in controlling the demonstrations,"
Tirivavi said. He said the police did not know that the army was busy
beating up people in the

high-density suburbs last weekend.

"If we had invited them, we would say so. We only invite the army to assist
us when the situation is out of hand and when more reinforcement is needed,"
he said.

He said the police were able to handle Saturday's demonstration on their

"Whoever invited the army last weekend is still unknown," Tirivavi said.

He said whenever the police are deployed, it is with the sole aim of
controlling crime and not to politicise the exercise.

In Highfield, members of the defence forces invaded Front Page nightclub
around 10pm and indiscriminately beat up revellers. Most nightspots closed
as early as 7pm on Friday after being informed of the army's presence in the
high-density suburb.

Other suburbs that were affected in Harare include Budiriro, Glen Norah,
Mabvuku-Tafara, Glen View and Mbare. The dormitory town of Chitungwiza was
not spared either.

The situation was tense in other towns such as Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, and

"The violence and lawlessness that has continued, and even intensified,
after the presidential poll has become cause for great concern for all
Zimbabweans, not just MDC supporters," said one resident of Highfield who
asked not to be named.

The army took Saturday's demonstration as an opportunity to show off their
new acquisitions, crowd-control vehicles - Acmats - some of which were
fitted with water cannons.

The Independent understands the order for the army to go onto the streets
came from the command centre at King George VI Barracks. The command centre,
comprising army, CIO, police and airforce personnel set up in the run-up to
the election, has not been disbanded. Under the control of the army, it was
responsible for all deployments of officers at election time and was set up
to deal with any election-related eventualities.

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Minister quashes rumours of fuel increase
Vincent Kahiya

THE National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (Noczim) is currently sitting on a $12
billion surplus after successfully paying off its debt, also estimated at
$12 billion, at the end of last year.

Industry sources this week said Noczim was in such a good financial position
that the price of fuel would not go up even if the Zimbabwe dollar was
devalued to 120:1 to the greenback.

Transport and Energy minister Edward Chindori-Chininga yesterday said there
would be no fuel increase, quashing rumours in the market that fuel was
expected to go up any time now. The rumours had been fed by a 25% fuel price
increase in South Africa last week and the volatility of the commodity's
price on the international market.

"We have done our calculations and there is not going to be a price
increase," said Chindori-Chininga.

"Noczim's investment in the financial sector amounts to approximately $6
billion. In addition to this amount there is an amount of approximately $6
billion in cash collaterals for current foreign denominated debt," he said.

The sources said the financial position of Noczim and power utility Zesa had
influenced the decision by the Reserve Bank and the Finance ministry to
devalue the dollar, which is currently pegged at 55:1 to the United States

Sources this week said Noczim had managed to build reserves because fuel
prices on the international market had been sup- pressed before this month's
jump. There should have been corresponding cuts in forecourt prices of the
commodity. This did not happen resulting in Noczim making a profit.

The oil company is currently using the reserves to buy hard currency for
fuel purchases from sources other than Libya. Zimbabwe also imports fuel
from IPG of Kuwait and Sasol in South Africa.

Libya has meanwhile continued to supply fuel to the country in exchange for
national assets.

Chindori-Chininga said the Libyan fuel was being paid for through
investments and exports to Libya. The government has ceded part of its stake
in the Jewel Bank and hospitality counter Rainbow Tourism Group in exchange
for fuel. The Libyans have also shown interest in infra-structural
development in oil-related industries and land.

Chindori-Chininga said some of the fuel was being paid for through a beef
exports deal secured by Farirai Meats, which is headed by businessman John

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Mugabe's ZBC now to be featured on DStv


Harare Correspondent

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's government is looking to have the state-run
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) included on the DStv network as it
seeks new ways of getting its views publicised internationally.

The placing of ZBC widely seen as a 24-hour propaganda outlet for Mugabe on
the DStv bouquet of channels broadcast throughout Africa will be done
through Transmedia, a local company over which the government has
significant influence. Transmedia has taken up a minority shareholding in
SkyNet Holdings, the holding company for MultiChoice Zimbabwe, the
Zimbabwean franchise of satellite broadcaster MultiChoice Africa. The local
licensing of MultiChoice Zimbabwe has taken place to allow it to operate
within the framework of recently introduced legislation on broadcasting

SkyNet CE Peter van Deventer said a deal had been signed between the two
parties and would have a number of benefits for television viewers in
Zimbabwe, and the broadcasters involved.

Featuring ZBC on DStv will expand Mugabe's already vast propaganda network,
which includes the government-controlled newspaper empire, Zimpapers, and
state news agency Ziana. The news agency is being restructured into a big
media group that will include eight newspapers, radio stations and "southern
Africa's CNN", a television channel committed to pan-African reporting.

The latter is designed to counter what Mugabe's government calls "western
disinformation and propaganda". "ZBC TV 1 will soon be included in the large
selection of African and international channels broadcast on the DStv
service by satellite into a growing number of African countries, and it is
also hoped that terrestrial broadcast of selected DStv channel programmes by
ZBC will in due course be facilitated, Van Deventer said.

"This development is the result of several years' discussions between
ourselves and the broadcasting authorities in Zimbabwe, and it is hoped this
will have a number of positive benefits for all the parties involved," he

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Daily News - Leader Page

We must never replace one dictator with another

4/12/02 9:16:44 AM (GMT +2)

By Wilbert Mukori

THE whole of last month’s electoral process was heavily loaded against the
opposition. The opposition could not win because of politically motivated
intimidation. Zanu PF could only win because of it.

Many African countries were ready to accept President Mugabe as the winner.
But the threat of having financial aid cut unless Africa stops paying lip
service to good governance has forced the African leaders to change their

To ordinary Zimbabweans at the mercy of Aids and the economic hardships, the
discussions between the two main political parties may appear of little
relevance to them. The alternative is to accept Mugabe as the President, but
that would be endorsing that Mugabe is not democratically accountable to the
people of Zimbabwe. That is very dangerous.

If there is one important lesson Zimbabweans should have learnt during the
last 22 years, it must be: never again to let our political leaders take us
for granted.

Zimbabwe is in the political, social and economic mess it is in today
because it was a de facto one-party state and Zanu PF has done as it

The land resettlement programme never took off. Some of the land acquired
for resettling the landless peasants was given to Zanu PF leaders.

The leaders made the usual public platitudes about reforming the economy and
ending corruption but did nothing.

The electorate felt powerless and, as a result, voter apathy set in. One
could not get the people to register as voters in 1990 and 1995, let alone
to vote. The ruling party showed that it was easier to rig any election with
a poor voter turnout. It bussed in its supporters from other constituencies
and allowed them to vote hence the curious phenomena of dead people “voting”
, as Margaret Dongo’s High Court challenge of the 1995 Harare South election
results revealed.

Voter apathy was self-defeating. It achieved nothing. The people learnt and
re-engaged themselves in the political process. The long queues of
determined voters during the referendum, 2000 parliamentary election and
2002 presidential election forced Zanu PF to sit up and listen to the people
for the first time in the 22 years the party has been in power.

There is more evidence that Zanu PF for once is listening. The party is now
serious about redistributing land. The party “hopes to resettle 150 000
families between now and 2008”, the Zanu PF manifesto said. The same
document admits only 91 000 families were resettled in the last 22 years -
many believe the true figure is 71 000. So the party will now resettle twice
as many families in one quarter of the time!

The people must realise just how powerful their vote is. For the Zanu PF
leadership, the lesson they must learn is no one has the divine right to
rule Zimbabwe forever. All who seek public office must be accountable to the
public; the ordinary man and woman who pay the taxes and whose lives the
public office bearer’s actions and policies affect.

I do not think there is one single Zimbabwean who would say no to being
given a piece of land. The tragedy is, people are now getting the land when
the overwhelming majority of them are so impoverished they cannot make use
of it. Many of the militant Zanu PF supporters who terrorised commercial
farmers and have since settled on the farms found they could not afford to
buy the seed, let alone the fertiliser and the farming equipment.

The reality is many of the new farm owners will be subsistent peasant
farmers. Many of them will be living in the middle of nowhere, with the
nearest school, clinic and shop many kilometres away. Those with farms near
urban centres will sell the only handy resource they have - firewood. This
could lead to serious deforestation. The novelty of owning a farm will not
last and the people will be back asking for a better life.

The only sure way for a better life for all Zimbabweans is through increased
production in all sectors of the economy. Agriculture was the engine that
drove Zimbabwe’s economy. Tobacco was our biggest foreign currency earner.

But Zanu PF has completely disrupted the agricultural sector - the party
needed a scapegoat for its past failures and commercial farmers came in
handy. We were at one point the breadbasket of the region, but now the
country can no longer feed itself.

While Zanu PF can dish out land like confetti to appease the voters, the
party does not know what to do to stop the economic rot. Its price controls
have created shortages, the huge salary increases for soldiers and
government ministers is the root cause of the spiralling inflation, while
its anti-West rhetoric has scared away foreign investors.

Zanu PF is well aware that the novelty of owning land will soon wear off and
the voters will be back demanding food, jobs, quality health care and other
things which it is incapable of delivering now or in the future.

Mugabe is boxed in. The only way out, now that the voters are cracking the
whip, is to continue and intensify his campaign of terror against the
opposition and their supporters. The overwhelming majority of the victims
are supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Zanu PF
supporters, the police and the army are carrying out these acts.

It is not the MDC that Zanu PF is hoping to destroy. It is the spirit and
political will of the Zimbabwean electorate they are after. What the party
wants is the country to return to the 1980s when the voters were herded into
the polling station and told who to vote for and they dutifully did. If not
that, then the 1990s when the voters felt they were so powerless their vote
did not count.

The MDC-Zanu PF talks must include non-governmental organisations and the
Church, the free media and others. We must not forget that once upon a time,
Mugabe and his Zanu PF friends were “freedom fighters” fighting to end white
oppression. Yet how many of the oppressive laws and practices are still on
the statute books?

Zanu PF has added many more of its own. It would be naive to think the MDC
will not suffer from the same change of heart once they are in office.

The biggest challenge in the post-Mugabe era is not to replace one dictator
with another. In 1980, Zimbabweans were convinced we would not make the same
mistakes other African countries who attained their independence before us

The MDC 2001 Election Manifesto says the core of its charge for power is
“reclaiming the people’s power”.

However, the manifesto says precious little about how the party intends to
reclaim the power or how it will deter any future dictator who would want to
usurp it.
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Daily News

Polling agents, war veterans demand pay

4/12/02 8:45:34 AM (GMT +2)

From Brian Mangwende in Mutare

ABOUT 40 Zanu PF polling agents and 10 war veterans on Tuesday forced the
closure of their party’s offices at Murambinda growth point in Buhera North,
accusing the ruling party of failing to pay them about $500 000 for services
rendered in last month’s presidential election.

The angry activists besieged the offices in the early hours of the morning,
demanding that they be paid or they would permanently close the offices. The
offices were reopened after Robert Gumbo, Zanu PF’s political commissar in
Manicaland and provincial chairman for war veterans, and Kenneth Saruchera,
the ruling party’s deputy treasurer, intervened. An insider within Zanu PF
said the polling agents were given $100 000 as part payment before they
agreed to leave the premises. But Gumbo denied paying the agents.

He said: “The problem was very minor. The polling agents wanted to know when
we were going to pay them. I explained that they would be paid as soon as
the money arrives from Harare. They were satisfied and work continued as
usual. “As for the war veterans, they had problems with the rural district
council which we are looking into. I need to go through the allegations
being levelled against the council before I can comment.” Saruchera denied
the offices were temporarily closed and downplayed the event, saying the
incident was a minor misunderstanding.

Last month, a group of youths besieged the party’s offices in Mutare and
later went to those of Oppah Muchinguri, the governor of Manicaland,
demanding payment for attending President Mugabe’s re-election campaign

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Bulawayo residents blast Zanu PF base

4/12/02 8:44:52 AM (GMT +2)

From Saul Gwakuba Ndlovu in Bulawayo

RESIDENTS of Bulawayo’s Sauerstown, Rowena and Kenilworth low-density
suburbs are complaining about increased cases of burglary and theft in their
areas since Zanu PF established a youth brigade camp at the Jessie Lovemore
School in Sauerstown early this year.

The chairman of the residents’ association of the three suburbs, Amen Mpofu,
told The Daily News in Bulawayo that between 15 and 25 March, about 16
houses were broken into and a large quantity of property, including
television sets, was stolen. “Why are the youths still at that place where
boys and girls live together under extremely immoral conditions?” asked
Mpofu. He added: “What is going on there is pathetic; it is worse than Sodom
and Gomorrah.” He said the residents, as parents themselves, were deeply
worried about the health and future of the youths housed at the base. Asked
whether the residents had ever asked the youths why they did not return to
their respective homes, Mpofu said the youths had said they are awaiting
payment which they were promised by Zanu PF. He said the group was not
violent, but the residents were wondering why the camp was still being
maintained weeks after the presidential election.

Mpofu said that residents would discuss the whole matter at a meeting, to be
attended by the police, at Hugh Beadle Primary School in Kenilworth last
Sunday. “It’s not morally proper to keep boys and girls together in a
confined place. “Why do those responsible for that place not separate the
girls from the boys, and accommodate them at the Sauerstown Police Station,
for instance?” Mpofu asked.

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Villagers vow not to move from church land

4/12/02 8:44:05 AM (GMT +2)

From Our Correspondent in Masvingo

Villagers from Chief Mugabe’s area in Masvingo have vowed to remain on
Muzero Farm owned by the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ), despite a
government eviction order to pave way for the construction of the Great
Zimbabwe University.

The villagers argue that the farm belongs to their ancestors. The RCZ has
proposed to build the university on the 673-hectare farm but villagers who
moved onto the property at the height of farm invasions are refusing to

The villagers argue that they are the custodians of the Great Zimbabwe
national monument and, therefore, cannot leave the area. The farm is located
a short distance from the monuments.

One of the villagers said: “Our ancestors lived in this area and there is no
way that we can be evicted. We have sacred places here and we are also
custodians of the monuments.” RCZ secretary-general Austin Mandebvu on
Wednesday confirmed the standoff with the villagers over their eviction.

Said Mandebvu: “It is only that some villagers have failed to understand the
position. This farm originally belonged to the church and some time ago we
surrendered it to the government.

“We later got the farm back after we successfully applied to government that
we needed the property for the construction of the university. It is our
hope that a long lasting solution will be found.”

On Tuesday, Masvingo governor Josaya Hungwe held a meeting with the
villagers and advised them that they were going to be evicted to pave way
for construction of the university.

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