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Dear Family and Friends,
Exactly one month after the Presidential elections in Zimbabwe, Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede held a Press Conference this week and announced new election results. In his "new figures" Mudede has found a further 4002 votes for the MDC. Reporters demanding explanations for a number of conflicting figures and totals saw Mr Mudede getting very annoyed and finally losing his cool altogether. "Get Out !" he shouted at the Daily News chief reporter, "call the boys" he said to his officials. Mr Mudede's conduct as the Registrar General of elections in Zimbabwe is just one of the reasons the MDC yesterday filed papers with the High Court to challenge the results of the recent Presedential elections. The challenge ran to 138 pages and Mr Mudede is one of the respondents. The MDC say the elections were not free or fair; they cite violence, murder, intimidation and rigging. They pinpoint militia and terror bases set up throughout the country, talk about ballot boxes which had been opened at the bottom, court rulings which were ignored and say the figures announced on ZBC by Mr Mudede had been doctored.
Mr Mudede is not the only one who's been speaking to the press this week. Yesterday agriculture minister Dr Joseph Made also held a press conference which he said was needed to "give direction in order to complete land reform." Minister Made outlined a number of new directives designed to get farmers off their land and he said the "major objective is to further enhance social, political and economic stability." Dr Made said that "white commercial farmers must stand warned that government will not tolerate interference of the operations of newly settled farmers." He also said that civil servants within his own ministry who had been working hand in hand with farmers would be "dealt with." It's not immediately clear what plans Dr Made has to get food onto our tables or how he will satisfy the 300 odd people who were standing in a line outside a Marondera supermarket yesterday waiting to buy a bag of sugar. Neither is it clear how Dr Made will get milk, cooking oil and maize meal on our supermarket shelves. The only thing that is clear is that he wants all farmers with white skin to get off their farms and out of their houses. His "direction" is being assisted by Andrew Ndlovu, the secretary for projects in the War Veterans' Association who is less patient and wants every white farmer off their land NOW. This week war veterans have been delivering letters from Mr Ndlovu to farmers telling them they must be off by the end of the month. Ndlovu said: " We have so far issued ultimatums to more than 800 farmers. ...The farmers have to vacate their farms regardless of whether their farms have been listed for acquisition by the government or not." Ndlovu said that farmers should "go and get compensation from Britain" and "if they refuse to go peacefully, we will remove them violently." Neither Andrew Ndlovu nor Dr Made explained why armed riot police this week forcibly evicted 80 people settled on a property just outside Marondera because the farm is wanted by the Minister of Defence, Dr Sekeremayi. Neither Made nor Ndlovu came to Marondera to address the 80 people, 20 of whom were women with babies on their backs, as they gathered outside our Governers Office and demanded an explanation. Finally the Marondera DA explained the situation by telling the settlers who had been on that farm since March 2000 : "that was random occupation. This is now land reorganisation." Like a pack of cards Zimbabwe's ministers and leaders are shuffling things around every day and ordinary people are stuck in the middle. Women with babies on their backs have nowhere to go and neither do white farmers who sit with huge truck loads of furniture in car parks and wander around aimlessly. For thousands of people this has turned into an absolute disaster and if Ndlovu and Made and various Governors and DA's have their way, over half a million farm workers will also be wandering around aimlessly. There are officially over 7 million people needing food aid now and the figures are growing by the day. Until next week, with love, cathy
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The Scotsman

Prize white-owned farm seized by Zimbabwe politician

Fred Bridgland in Johannesburg

ONE of Zimbabwe’s most productive and profitable farms, a model for the way
it treats its black labourers, has been expropriated by a senior Zimbabwe
army officer who is also a ruling ZANU-PF party MP.

Brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri’s forcible takeover of the £8 million cattle,
tobacco and maize farm of Guy Cartwright, 68, came as the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) yesterday filed a petition in the
Zimbabwe high court to have Robert Mugabe’s victory in a presidential
election last month nullified on grounds of fraud.

A devastated Mr Cartwright, who was away from home when Brig Mutinhiri,
accompanied by so-called war veterans, took over the farm, Waltondale, said
his property was one of the few commercial farms not officially designated
for takeover by black Zimbabweans.

Mr Cartwright’s father bought Waltondale in 1934. The farm, in the Marondera
area, to the east of Harare, has 700 head of prize cattle, fields of tobacco
and maize, and huge stocks of cured tobacco ready for the upcoming Harare
tobacco auctions - Zimbabwe’s biggest source of foreign exchange earnings.

"All of which the brigadier has announced now belongs to him," said Mr
Cartwright, a Zimbabwean citizen, in a call from the house where he is in
hiding in Harare.

Mr Cartwright has built homes with electricity and piped water, for his
large black workforce, together with a school on the farm for 400 children.
He has also donated hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of medical
supplies to Marondera’s public hospital.

Mr Cartwright had no involvement with politics - unlike other white
commercial farmers in the area, who had ties to the MDC and whose farms have
been forcibly occupied by war veterans.

Brig Mutinhiri won the Marondera seat in a controversial by-election 15
months ago amid accusations that he had bought votes and intimidated MDC

He defended the occupation of white farms, calling it "a revolution in which
those without land are prepared to fight for it, while a minority group are
resisting parting with it".

The MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, said the petition to the high court in
Harare would "expose overwhelmingly shocking evidence of electoral fraud ".

He said any "independent and impartial court" would immediately set aside
the election result when presented with the MDC’s evidence.

However, Mr Tsvangirai said Mr Mugabe had subverted the judicial system and
packed the bench with ZANU-PF loyalists. The MDC had no illusions that it
could win in the courts and its political battle to secure a new
presidential election would continue, he added.

Landmore Jongwe, an MDC spokesman, said: "The evidence we will present to
Mugabe’s cronies on the high court bench is overwhelmingly shocking. Ballot
boxes were stuffed. Voters’ rolls were manipulated. Hundreds of thousands of
people were denied the right to vote."

In a further development in the Marondera farm takeover saga, a dispute has
broken out between Sydney Sekeramayi, the defence minister, and war veterans
over the ownership of a confiscated white farm.

The independent Daily News yesterday said Mr Sekeramayi had laid claim to
the Maganga estate, ten miles from Marondera. To reinforce his claim, Mr
Sekeramayi sent armed riot police to clear 80 black squatters who have been
occupying the farm for the past two years.

The squatters said they were particularly angered that Mr Sekeramayi was
evicting them just a month after the presidential election, as they had
voted for Mr Mugabe. "Now that the election is over they are evicting us to
make way for the party boss," one told the Daily News.

The district administrator, Eric Samunda, said: "When they settled on the
farm, that was random occupation. This is now land reorganisation."
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From The Saturday Star (SA), 13 April

Police evict farm 'settlers' for Zim elite

Harare - Just a month after Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe returned to power, members of his Zanu PF party elite have begun evicting self-styled war veterans and peasant settlers off commercial farms to make way for themselves. In the Marondera district 70km east of Harare, armed riot police this week evicted about 80 settlers from a prime forestry estate, allegedly in preparation for its takeover by Sydney Sekeramayi, Zimbabwe's defence minister. The settlers and war veterans on Maganga Estate say they have been on the farm since March 2000. One of the evicted settlers said that armed riot cops had swooped on the farm and ordered them off. "The police said the same government that had let us settle on the farm was the same government that was now evicting us." The farm's owners, Zimbabwean pulp and paper giant Hunyani, were not prepared to comment. Commercial Farmers Union regional executive Steve Pratt, said he had heard of other instances where war veterans and peasant farmers had been evicted to make way for the so-called A2 resettlement scheme land occupiers. A2 settlers are small-scale commercial farmers. "I suppose these people have a lot more clout than the peasants they evict from the ground," said Pratt. Marondera district administrator Eric Samunda said Sekeramayi had every right to be allocated land. "There's no discrimination just because he's a minister," he said.

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Comment from The Financial Gazette, 11 April

With love from Uncle Sam

Over the past week, there has been pandemonium within the business community after names of Zimbabwean tycoons who have been banned from entering the United States began to leak out. The list has been the talk of town and debate has been raging on in political and business circles on who is on the list and who is not. A witch-hunt has even started on why the names of some business leaders perceived to be close to the governing Zanu PF party were left out from the list. Many top local business chiefs are frantically making inquiries to the US embassy every day to check their status and how best they can evade the net, which is likely to be expanded. Never have I seen the Who is Who of Zimbabwe's business community so concerned about a decision made so far away in Washington. As I write, several business leaders are in the process of being served with letters from "Uncle Sam" to confirm their status of being banned from entering the United States either for business or for pleasure.

In coming up with the criteria and decision of drawing up the list that slaps President Robert Mugabe, his inner circle and business leaders close to Zanu PF with the travel restrictions, the United States clearly states: "These actions have forced the United States to impose targeted travel restrictions on senior members of the government of Robert Mugabe, certain persons with business dealings with Zimbabwe government officials, and others who formulate, implement or benefit from policies that undermine or injure Zimbabwe's democratic institutions or impede the functioning of multiparty democracy. The restrictions seek only to limit the ability of a few people from inflicting further damage on Zimbabwe." I do not want to be drawn into debating individuals affected by this measure or those who may not be affected and whether or not they are supposed to be on the list. The bottom line is that a very small clique within the business community with strong leanings with the current leadership has been the single biggest beneficiary of this regime. No doubt about that.

In fact, some of their business empires have been built purely on Zanu PF patronage under which these business persons have received preferential treatment in shady deals and operations because of their links with Mugabe's regime. Some, in most instances, are even conduits which have been used to loot state resources and to siphon money out of state coffers. Lucrative multi-million-dollar government tenders which in the past have been given to Zanu PF cronies are well known and no longer an issue to debate. Some of these businessmen and their empires are known to even get a sympathetic ear from the taxman largely because of their strong relationship with the status quo. These are business empires that have been built or set up to serve the needs of the ruling elite and not of ordinary poverty-stricken Zimbabweans.

Without Zanu PF and if they were operating under a fair, honest and professional environment, most of the affected business leaders and their empires would not survive even a day. These institutions' sole purpose has been the funding and fuelling of Zanu PF's political activities while others have been used as fronts by corrupt politicians in setting up business empires for themselves. We have seen on numerous occasions some of the business leaders, including their companies, falling over each other to donate to the coffers of Zanu PF. This clique also has the most vocal and elite supporters of Mugabe. It is composed of people who have made a significant input in undermining democracy in this country by funding and sustaining Zanu PF's violent political activities of oppression for their own selfish interests.

The Zanu PF "supply line" has to be cut and its main players put under check if its excesses have to be contained. The same clique of business leaders is the one that does not want to hear talk of Mugabe's retirement or him being voted out because they know they cannot survive under a new administration that would not tolerate shady deals. Most of the business leaders targeted by the Americans do not see any life beyond Mugabe and Zanu PF because their empires and operations have no professional foundation. But this is the clique that wants to lecture us about black empowerment and indigenisation when, in actual fact, it is the empowerment of a few and a free rein to loot and plunder for those close enough to the powers-that-be. Time is up for those who want to be double-faced and are involved or used in funding this tyranny. Time has come to punish all those who support tyranny and those who fund it. This is the way it should be.

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Daily News - Leader page

A compelling case for nullifying poll results

4/13/02 9:44:40 AM (GMT +2)

If there is one man who is in big trouble in this country at this point in
time, it is the Registrar-General, Tobaiwa Mudede.

The man appears to have made such a mess of conducting the recent
presidential election that only a miracle could free him from blame.

There are those who will argue that he was only acting under orders to win
the election for President Mugabe.

Yet, even if that speculation is true as seems likely, it cannot be denied
that he bungled that assignment in spectacular fashion. His every move taken
in fulfilment of the assignment was so amateurish it gave the game away even
to the most unsophisticated of sleuths.

His troubles started some time before the election itself. There was, for
example, the illogical decision to reduce polling stations in urban centres,
notably Harare and Chitungwiza, while at the same time increasing those in
rural areas. Everyone knows we cannot even begin to compare the vast
differences in population density between Harare and rural areas, to say
nothing of the disparities in levels of political awareness between the two.

In view of that and, more so, because voters in Harare were going to cast
three different ballots in one outing, effectively meaning they were going
to need to spend three times as much time in the polling booths than voters
in the rest of the country, common sense would have dictated the opposite of
what Mudede did.

Alternatively, he could have opted to maintain the number of polling
stations as they were for the June 2000 parliamentary election and treble
the number of voting days for Harare. But then common sense does not seem to
be a common commodity at the Registrar-General’s Office.

Denying this can only strengthen charges that his action was in line with
helping Mugabe to win.

Then there was his initial refusal to comply with a clear court order to
allow voting to continue at all the polling stations in Harare beyond the
original two days. Mudede only finally gave his staff orders to reopen the
stations at about 12 noon when thousands of voters who had been long in the
queues had left in frustration and despair. Again this was widely seen as
the obverse side of Mudede's assignment: ensuring Tsvangirai loses the

But the real coup de grace was delivered on Mudede on Wednesday, courtesy of
The Daily News.

Having gathered irrefutable evidence that the figures officially announced
by the Registrar-General in a live broadcast on 13 March were at variance
with the figures subsequently published in other media, we had a duty to
inform the public.

It was because of our story that Mudede was forced to call a hastily
arranged Press conference to announce the “final results” of the
election -one month after he had announced the winner! We find it singularly
instructive that the “final” figures he announced on Wednesday differed so
vastly with those he gave in his first “final” announcement which he ought
to have labelled “preliminary” and dutifully told the nation so, being the
honest official he says he is.

Trying to justify his ineptitude or, alternatively, dishonest intentions,
Mudede offered the unintelligent explanation that the discrepancies arose
because when he made his first announcement on 13 March declaring Mugabe the
winner, “figures were (still) coming (in) from the counting centres and they
were subject to correction in the event of that the centres discover some

The question we must all ask is: Why announce a winner when the figures are
still coming in and subject to correction? Indeed, why the hurry?

What all this boils down to is that the results cannot easily be accepted as
a true reflection of the will of the majority of the people of Zimbabwe.

They are highly contestable and chances of their being declared null and
void in a fair court of law are almost guaranteed.

In the event of that happening, because he was one of the contestants who
has a vested interest in seeing the results stand, Mugabe shall have no
right at law to block a rerun.

He will have to comply.

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Daily News

Zanu PF has no rural support

4/13/02 9:17:46 AM (GMT +2)

OUR beleaguered and belligerent President is at it again. He recently
castigated people who live in the cities of Harare and Bulawayo for not
supporting him in last month’s presidential elections.

He stopped short of calling them totemless as he once did to the people of

He, however, accused them of being so intoxicated with sugar that they had
lost their minds. One wonders if at State House they have porridge and drink
their tea and coffee without “intoxicating” sugar.

Zanu PF prides itself on having the undivided support of people in the rural
areas. If this is so why did they ban civic groups and churches from
conducting voter education there? Why did they set up roadblocks by youth
brigades to stop people from towns visiting their rural relatives? Why did
they ban the informative Daily News from these areas?

Despite denials by two-faced Zanu PF ministers, all Zimbabweans know that
the rural areas suffered the brunt of Zanu PF’s brutal violence prior to the
presidential election. I could not even go to my village to bury my
favourite uncle, Elijah Nyandoro, because I had received information that
Zanu PF “boys” would be waiting for me there. Zanu PF’s much-vaunted rural
support is a figment of their own imagination. If it was real the party
would not have declared rural areas “no-go” areas for the opposition MDC.

There would also have been no need for the well-documented violent
intimidation which took place.

In some places MDC polling agents were harassed, tortured and killed so that
they would not be at their posts to monitor the polling process. This left
Zanu PF free to stuff ballot boxes with phantom votes. I am inclined to
believe that the rural support we hear so much about only exists in the Zanu
PF leadership’s minds.

Even in those areas where the support was real, hunger, violence and lies
have turned the people against Zanu PF. The people, though unsophisticated,
have seen the light. I was intrigued to read that villagers in the remote
Gwangwara village in rural Rushinga lashed out at Grace Mugabe, accusing her
of thinking about them only when elections were around the corner.

One villager is reported to have publicly said: “Mugabe thinks we are fools
but some of us are not. We have suffered for a long time and now we know
that we are being abused. We have had to think again.” She is reported to
have said the issues of starvation, unfulfilled promises and poverty had
contributed to the growing dislike for Zanu PF countrywide. Her sentiments
are today being echoed in almost every village and growth point in Zimbabwe.

Zanu PF has virtually no support in the rural areas.

The people of Zimbabwe are facing mass starvation. If the President really
loved the people he would do everything in his power to alleviate their
suffering, even if it means a rerun of the election. He could ask that,
since the country is broke, the European Union or the United Nations fund
the exercise. He has nothing to fear but the reality of losing, of course.

The fact that Zanu PF lost the election only to steal the vote through
chicanery is common knowledge, even among the rural people. No amount of
retributive violence can remove that truth from the people’s minds.

They know that the regime now calling itself the government does not have
the mandate of the people. They are impostors. Our real government should be
an MDC government.

Even Zanu PF knows that. This is why they are eager to make some kind of
accommodation with MDC. If they won why are they talking to the MDC about
the legitimacy of the presidential election?

In all the history of parliamentary democracy who has even heard of a
president who, after winning a free and fair election, and being duly sworn
in as president, goes on to invite the leader of the losing party to form a
government of “national unity” with him?

After the brutal way they treated white Zimbabwean farmers and sinking so
low as to take away Sir Garfield Todd’s citizenship from him, it is quite
clear that Zanu PF is not capable of such magnanimity. In their hearts they
are aware that they are an illegitimate government and that the people and
the international community knows that. Hence their frantic efforts to get
the “tea boy” to legitimise their theft. He won’t, for if he does, he will,
in the eyes of the people, also become a thief. The story of Zapu and the
Zanu PF killer whale is still fresh in his mind. Once it swallows him it
will not spew him out, as in the case of Jonah.

President Mugabe relied heavily on his friends to back his theft of power.

It seems he over-estimated the strength of their feelings of “African
solidarity”. When Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo were faced with certain
realities, they decided to turn towards what was in their national strategic
interests, rather than back a spurious Mugabe victory in Zimbabwe.

Mugabe’s claim that he is in the forefront of fighting imperialism is
believed by nobody except an eccentric like Muammar Gaddafi, whose country
does not practice democracy. He seems to be the only friend that Mugabe has
left. He has his own agenda, of course. He would like to replace the British
as our coloniser.

Even Ghana, the breeding ground of Pan-Africanism has washed her hands. The
Ghanaian observer team said the election was not free and fair and the
results were, therefore, unacceptable. This must have been a tough decision
for Ghanaians to make. After all Robert Mugabe was their son-in-law.

Zimbabwe and Ghana enjoyed a special friendship because of that

Many Zimbabweans feel that the tragedy which has befallen us would not have
taken place had Mai Sally Mugabe been alive. She would have prevailed upon
her husband to do the right thing.

She loved her husband and the people of Zimbabwe. We were all proud to call
her mother. She would never have called fellow Zimbabweans who thought
differently from her husband, cats and dogs.

Mai Sally did not marry her husband for wealth and position. He was a
struggling schoolteacher while she came from a highly placed family in
Ghana. She struggled with us and was loved by all. May her soul rest in
peace, despite the suffering her beloved people are going through at the
hands of her husband and his new wife. He who has ears to hear, let him

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Daily News

CFU closes down magazine

4/13/02 9:11:55 AM (GMT +2)

Farming Reporter

Modern Farming Publications Trust (MFP), the publishing division of the
Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU), has stopped the publication of its weekly
magazine, The Farmer, because of financial problems.

The magazine was the mouthpiece of the CFU members.

Mike Rook, the MFP Trust chief executive officer, yesterday confirmed that
The Farmer magazine was last published last week.

Rook said: “It is just a temporary closure as a result of a restructuring
exercise we have embarked on. The MFP Trust board and the
Commercial Farmers’ Union will be meeting to map the way forward about the
magazine’s future.”

He, however, could not be drawn into giving an exact date when the next
issue of the magazine would be published.

It could also not be established whether other publications by the trust,
Ruminations and Cattle World, would continue operating.

All the workers under the MFP Trust, including Rook, the editor Brian
Latham, editorial and advertising personnel were laid off at the end of last
month. Latham was named in a newspaper report this week as the new deputy
editor of The Standard newspaper following the resignation of Mark
Chavunduka, who has taken over Thomson Publications.

The closure of The Farmer magazine is believed to be linked to the collapse
of the commercial farming sector as a result of the government’s
controversial land reform programme and the violent commercial farm
invasions which started in February 2000.

David Hasluck, the CFU director, was said to be out of town and could not be
reached for comment.
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Daily News

No cattle exhibition at ZITF due to disruption of farming

4/13/02 9:09:07 AM (GMT +2)

From Sandra Mujokoro in Bulawayo

DISRUPTIONS in farming activities due to the fast track land reform exercise
have dealt a major blow to the participation of the Bulawayo Agricultural
Society in this year’s trade fair.

The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) runs from 23 to 28 April.
This is the first time that the BAS has failed to showcase cattle at the
fair, which is expected to be officially opened by the newly inaugurated
Zambian President, Levy Mwanawasa, on 26 April.

The BAS cited the general hardships being faced in the agricultural sector
as part of the reason why they could not take part this year.

The ZITF general manager, Graham Rowe, confirmed that there would be no
animals this year adding that this was because of fears of foot- and- mouth
disease outbreaks.

“It happened a few years back that there was a foot-and-mouth disease
outbreak in the country during the trade fair period and we had to keep the
cattle here for about six months. We would not like that to happen again,”
he said.

The agricultural society also said the uncertainty in the supply of
stockfeed has also contributed to their non-participation of the livestock
sector. The society will only showcase the home industry and projects

Stockfeed has become increasingly difficult to secure as maize and cereals
have become scarce in the country.

Zimbabwe is on the verge of starvation as very little maize was harvested
from the last farming season.

Cattle, poultry and ostrich farmers have been struggling to get enough
stockfeeds. Some have already abandoned their projects because of a
viability crisis.

This year only 13 foreign countries with 67 companies have so far confirmed
their participation in the trade fair along with 406 local exhibitors.

Last year, 172 foreign and 451 Zimbabwean companies took part in the trade

The participating countries are Malaysia, Pakistan, Botswana, Austria, DRC,
China, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa.

SADC and COMESA will also be represented.

Addressing a press conference in Bulawayo on Wednesday, the Minister of
Industry and International Trade, Dr Herbert Murerwa, said despite the
reduced number of exhibitors, the fair would be a success due to the huge
amount of space taken up by the exhibitors.

Already 95 percent of the ZITF budget has been covered by the space taken up
by the exhibitors.

Last year the area covered was 43 186 square metres and this year so far it
is 42 891 square metres with more companies still to confirm participation
Murerwa said traders days had been reduced to two instead of the traditional

The public days have been increased to four due to the positive response of
the public towards the trade fair over the years.

“Despite the economic problems being faced by the country, trade fairs are
valuable during such times because they helpboost the industries,” Murerwa
said adding “If we can still host a trade fair then it means our industries
are still very resilient.”

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Daily News

Zanu PF supporters remanded in court for burning MDC activist’s home

4/13/02 7:57:05 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporter

SEVEN Zanu PF supporters were granted $5 000 bail each when they appeared
before Rusape provincial magistrate, Tranos Utahwashe, last Friday on a
charge of setting on fire the house of Idah Mafuli, a Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) activist. Property worth $183 000 was destroyed.

Utahwashe ordered them not to interfere with state witnesses, particularly
the Mafuli family until the matter was finalised in court.

The accused are Zenzo Elijah Nyoni, 28, Tendai Nerwande, 21, Taurai Manyama,
20, Claud Gwete, 18, Charles Chipunza, 18, Tafadzwa Bhero, 18 and Calisto
Sekani 24.

They are being charged with contravening section 17 subsection 1(a) of the
Public Order and Security Act.

Tirivanhu Mutyasira, for the state, told the court that on 16 March 2002,
the accused seven acting in concert with Gilbert Soko, who is still at
large, went to Mafuli’s house in Vengere, Rusape.

Whilst at Mafuli’s house, the Zanu PF supporters started throwing stones at
her house and broke the windows panes in the process.

Mutyasira said they then soaked a rug with petrol, set it on fire before
throwing it inside the house.

“The house caught fire and property worth $183 000 was damaged.” Mutyasira

The ruling party supporters were represented in court by Andrew Makoni from

They were initially denied bail and remanded in custody. They will appear in
court on 26 April.

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Daily News

Top Zanu PF officials knew of Mpofu’s homosexual activities

4/13/02 7:56:30 AM (GMT +2)

By Collin Chiwanza

SENIOR Zanu PF and government officials knew about the homosexual tendencies
of Alum Mpofu, well before he was appointed to head the country’s sole
public broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, in August last

It has now been established that Mpofu’s political rivals in Mberengwa, his
rural home, thwarted his political ambition to become the constituency’s MP
by decampaigning him over his sexual orientation.

Mpofu resigned 11 days ago after he was arrested by a security guard at a
Harare nightclub, while engaging in a homosexual act. Mpofu’s partner on
that day is alleged to be an Angolan.

In 1995, Mpofu contested in the Zanu PF primary polls to represent the party
in the June 2000 parliamentary election.

He lost after his opponents - who included the late Byron Hove, the former
Zanu PF MP for the area, Joram Gumbo, Zanu PF’s parliamentary chief whip,
Rugare Gumbo, now the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, and Ben Mataga, a
Mberengwa businessman and a Zanu PF heavyweight -publicly decampaigned Mpofu
on the grounds of his homosexual activities.

Allegations of homosexuality against Mpofu date back to 1983 when he was a
headmaster at Makuwa Secondary School. Several villagers in Mberengwa
district, particularly around Makuwa Secondary School, which he headed from
1983 to 1992, testified that Mpofu had homosexual tendencies.

It was during his days at the school that his tendencies became a matter of
public knowledge.

Hove, who eventually won the parliamentary seat for Mberengwa East,
reportedly denounced Mpofu for engaging in homosexual practices.

Mpofu tried his luck again in the 2000 Zanu PF primary elections which he
reportedly won. He was, however, elbowed out in unclear circumstances
following a rerun of the primaries held at Maringambizi, which saw Gumbo
emerging victorious. Rugare Gumbo subsequently won the Mberengwa East seat o
n a Zanu PF ticket.

Dickson Manjengwa, a Zanu PF member in Mpofu’s rural home village, who at
that time was privy to the circumstances surrounding Mpofu’s sidelining,
said it was on the grounds of his homosexuality that Mpofu was eliminated
from the race.
Manjengwa said: “In 1995, he contested and lost to Byron Hove because he was
publicly denounced as a homosexual. Hove asked the people why they wanted to
be led by a man who was gay.”

Rugare Gumbo, the MP for Mberengwa East, refused to comment. He could only
say: “I don’t have a comment because I don’t want to be involved and I am
sorry I am seeing my doctor. Can you excuse me please?”

Joram Gumbo also said he could not comment on the issue because he was the
MP for Mberengwa West. The police have since recorded a statement from Kevin
Olivier, 25, the security guard at Tipperary’s nightclub, who arrested

In Mberengwa, scores of villagers, including one who claimed to have been
Mpofu’s victim during his days at Makuwa Secondary, this week said students
at the school once staged a demonstration against Mpofu’s activities when he
was heading the school. Elders in the area then called for Mpofu’s

He eventually left the school.

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Daily News

Harare residents boo Chombo at mayor’s installation ceremony

4/13/02 7:54:04 AM (GMT +2)

By Luke Tamborinyoka Municipal Reporter

IGNATIUS Chombo, the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National
Housing, was yesterday booed by about 4 000 Harare residents who attended
the installation ceremony for the new mayor of the capital city, Elias

Chombo was officiating at his first installation ceremony of an MDC mayor at
the City Sports Centre in Harare.

He has boycotted installation ceremonies in Chitungwiza, Bulawayo, Masvingo
and Chegutu where MDC candidates have won the mayoral elections.

When he rose to make his speech, the residents booed Chombo, who has had a
frosty relationship with the MDC-dominated Harare City Council since Mudzuri
was sworn into office two weeks ago. Chombo has served the council with
three directives in a show of muscle of who is in control at Town House.

Meanwhile, upon realising how tense the situation was, Chombo made amends
and endeared himself with the crowd when he immediately acknowledged the
presence of Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC leader, who was seated in the crowd.

“I would want to welcome the presence of Mr Tsvangirai, who I understand is
sitting somewhere behind me,” he said.

“Losers must accept defeat with magnanimity while victors should also accept
victory with dignity,” Chombo told the residents, who continued shouting MDC

Chombo clashed with the new council after he issued a first directive to
save the jobs of 1 235 mainly Zanu PF supporters who were given jobs by the
Chanakira Commission just before it vacated office last month.

The other directives barred Mudzuri from attending Cabinet Action Committee
meetings and to refer all personnel and financial matters to the minister
for scrutiny.

Chombo extended what he called “a special congratulatory message” to Herbert
Nyanhongo, the only Zanu PF councillor in the council chamber.

The ceremony was attended by Harare MPs, the Executive Mayor of Chitungwiza,
Misheck Shoko, the Executive Mayor of Masvingo, Alois Chaimiti, and
councillors from other towns.

In an apparent reference to the political polarisation at Town House,
Mudzuri said council employees must not indulge in politics while at work.

“My council will have no compromise with and will not accept political
actions at work and measures shall be taken to ensure that politics is done
outside the council’s working hours,” Mudzuri said.

He was apparently referring to the council’s chief security officer, Joseph
Chinotimba, a war veterans’ leader, accused of spending most of the time he
should be at work on Zanu PF business.

Chinotimba, the self-styled commander-in-chief of farm invasions, has
reported for work intermittently since February 2000 when war veterans and
Zanu PF supporters led violent farm invasions with the backing of the

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Daily News

Highfield demands Gwisai’s expulsion

4/13/02 9:35:10 AM (GMT +2)

By Collin Chiwanza

ANGRY Highfield residents yesterday called on Munyaradzi Gwisai, their
controversial Member of Parliament, to immediately resign and make way for
another legislator with the interests of the constituents at heart.

The residents said they would soon lodge a petition with the national
executive of the MDC calling for the ejection of Gwisai from Parliament.

This comes in the wake of statements issued by Gwisai on Thursday in which
he attacked the MDC for entering into inter-party talks with the ruling Zanu

Gwisai’s secretary, Tafadzwa Choto, yesterday denied that the MP had
resigned from the MDC as reported by The Herald yesterday, but would only do
so if the MDC continued to participate in the talks when they resume on 13

Gwisai himself said as much at a news conference on Thursday.

His threats were, however, immediately dismissed by Learnmore Jongwe, the
MDC secretary for information and publicity, who said Gwisai and a few of
his colleagues in the International Socialist Organisation (ISO), which the
maverick politician heads, were free to leave the party.

Tambudzai Chirisa, of Highfield, said Gwisai had outlived his welcome within
the MDC camp.

Chirisa said: “This is not the first time that Gwisai has caused such
confusion within the MDC. If he is allowed to continue on this path, he will
destroy the party.”

Dudley Ben, another Highfield resident, said the time had come for people in
his constituency to take decisive action against Gwisai.

Ben said: “I am very saddened to hear Gwisai’s irresponsible statements. He
is always disagreeing with the party policies and we feel it’s high time he
went together with his ISO.

“Gwisai was not part of the team that introduced the MDC in Highfield. He
came much later, but he is now causing serious confusion.”

MDC MPs Job Sikhala of St Mary’s and Tafadzwa Musekiwa of Zengeza lashed out
at The Herald, saying the paper had brazenly thrown out of the window all
professional ethics in its bid to discredit the country’s largest opposition

Citing Sikhala and Musekiwa in its front page story yesterday, The Herald
said Gwisai’s “resignation” could open the floodgates for more resignations
from the MDC.

Dismissing the story, Musekiwa said: “It is regrettable that we have some
people in Zanu PF who believe that at some stage founding members of the MDC
like myself will leave the MDC.

“It is unfortunate that their prophecies of doom will never come to

“When we formed the MDC, I believed in its policies and I still believe in
those policies. For anyone to think that I will leave the MDC is mere
wishful thinking.”

Sikhala said he would never leave the party which he helped form.

Said Sikhala: “We in the MDC should remain united by our noble objective of
removing Mugabe’s dictatorial government. This is the time when we should
come together to fight Mugabe until he goes.”

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Ncube accuses Moyo of lying on talks agenda

4/13/02 7:52:34 AM (GMT +2)

Chief Reporter

The ruling Zanu PF reportedly only agreed to have the legitimacy of the
presidential election on the agenda of the inter-party talks with the MDC
after the opposition party threatened to pull out of the exercise.

Professor Welshman Ncube, the MDC secretary-general and leader of the party’
s delegation in the inter-party talks with Zanu PF, yesterday said Zanu PF
was pressured by the Nigerian and South African facilitators to have the
legitimacy of the presidential election and President Mugabe’s government
included on the agenda after the MDC threatened to withdraw from the talks.

Ncube said: “'The South African representative and his Nigerian counterpart,
Kgalema Motlanthe, and Professor Adebayo Adedeji, respectively, came to my
office to persuade me to leave this vital issue out of the agenda, but I
completely refused.

“There is no way we could recognise a government which assumed office by
uprooting our supporters’ houses, murdering, raping and torturing
law-abiding citizens.

“Let there be no illusion from anyone that the MDC wants to join the Zanu PF
government. Our supporters do no want to hear this rubbish.”
Ncube said he had decided to speak out after what he described as “the
unprofessional and unethical behaviour” by Professor Jonathan Moyo, the
Minister of State for Information and Publicity in the President’s Office.

He accused Moyo of using the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and
other State media “which he controls”, to deliberately misinform the public
about the talks.

Ncube was responding to allegations by Moyo on ZBC on Thursday night that
the MDC had only contributed one item on the agenda for the talks which
resume on 13 May.

Ncube said: “I would not have talked to you in this manner because some of
us are professional people. The rules of the talks state that what happens
in the talks shall be confidential.

“Because we have integrity, we decided not to speak to the media, but we
cannot allow Moyo to continuously lie and mislead the nation about these

Ncube said contrary to Moyo’s claims, the MDC contributed four items on the
agenda including the most crucial one, which deals with the legitimacy of
the election result and the government.

He said it was evident that Moyo was lying when he said the MDC only brought
up the issue of confidence-building.

“Is Moyo telling me that he put the issue of legitimacy of the election
result and the government on the agenda?

“If that is what he wants the nation to believe, has his party abandoned its
misplaced position that President Mugabe’s victory is non-negotiable?” Ncube

He said the MDC never raised the issue of changing the composition of the
Zanu PF delegation. The MDC, however, pointed out to the facilitators that
the ruling party’s team was “a delegation meant to fail the talks because
Moyo was not a serious person because he always wants to play to the

Ncube said: “If the people of Zimbabwe elected Zanu PF into power without
undue influence we will congratulate it, but we will never accept a
government elected through violence and murder.”

Ncube said the MDC was aware that the talks would not yield anything because
Zanu PF had stolen the election and was not going to surrender its “stolen

He said his party went into the talks because some respected African leaders
sincerely believed that a solution to the crisis of governance in the
country could be found. Ncube said it would have been undiplomatic for the
MDC to have spurned the African leaders.

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Please note that this statement is sent out on behalf of the Commercial
Farmers Union as a service to farmers. Every effort has been made to
reproduce as per the fax copy received.
For more information, please contact Jenni Williams Mobile (Code +263) 91
300 456 or 11 213 885
Office landlines: (+2639) 72546 Fax 63978



The Land Reform Programme has seen many challenges to government and in
particular the implementation of the Fast Track Resettlement Programme
launched 18 months ago.

Some of the challenges that government has faced in implementing the land
reform programme have been: -

 * Resistance by the Commercial Farmers
 * Delays in the Administrative Courts
 * Bureaucratic delays at the ministry level. Officers wanting
to formulate policy instead of implementing policy.
 * Lack of adequate resources (financial, human and physical)

In order to address most of the challenges that have been faced, government
through my ministry has taken a decision that we fully address the issues
and give a public statement to indicate which measures we are going to take
and the direction in order to conclude the Land Reform Programme.

The major objective being to further enhance social, political and economic


Where government has expressed an interest to compulsorily acquire a farm by
gazetting the farm and serving a preliminary notice (commonly referred to as
a Section 5). The landowner shall not: -

 * Sub-divide or apply for a permit to subdivide such land
 * Construct permanent improvements on the farm
 * Dispose of such land
 * Demolish, damage, alter or in any other manner impair the
farm, or
 * Release water from the dams; destroy pastures or carry out
activities that sabotage the smooth implementation of the land reform


The serving of an acquisition order (commonly referred to as section 8) on a
gazetted farm, has the effect of immediately transferring the ownership, of
that farm to the acquiring authority, represented by the Ministry of Lands,
Agricultural and Rural Resettlement. The acquiring authority will
immediately survey, demarcate and allocate the land concerned without undue
interference to the living quarters of the owner or occupier of that land.
It is a criminal offence for the landowner to interfere with the exercise of
survey, demarcation and settler emplacement. The landowner should now
confine himself or herself to the homestead, and must vacate the farm within
90 days of being served the acquisition order. The acquisition order now
also serves as an eviction notice. No requests for extensions of the notice
period shall be entertained. Government expects the new settlers to quickly
move into their newly acquired land and become the landowner and newly
settled farmer. White commercial farmers must stand warned that government
will not tolerate interference of the operations of the newly settled


Government has now started to implement the Maximum Farm Size regulations.
The Maximum Farm Size regulations will be implemented as follows: -

 * The affected farms are going to be gazetted and compulsorily
 * the farms are going to be subdivided to conform with the
required maximum farm size,
 * the current landowners that wish to continue farming in
Zimbabwe will have to indicate their intention to do so and government will
consider the requests.

In December 2000 government gazetted Statutory Instrument Number 288 of 2000
in which maximum farm sizes were prescribed for all the agro-ecological
regions of our country.

The maximum farm sizes were broken down as follows: -

Agro-Ecological Zone Maximum Farm Size (ha)
l 250
lla 350
llb 400
lll 500
lV 1 500
V 2 000

 All farms that have not been gazetted for compulsory acquisition are going
to be  sub-divided to comply with the maximum farm sizes.

The following farms/properties will be exempted from the maximum farm size
regulation: -

 * State land
 * Properties belonging to church or mission organisations
 * Properties belonging to educational institutions
 * Properties owned by black indigenous farmers
 * Properties where Model A1 and A2 allocations have already
taken place

My ministry is still working out the appropriate maximum farm sizes for
conservancies and plantations in consultation with the Ministry of
Environment and Tourism.


Government has also identified under the Land Reform Programme, a second
challenge, that is, the need to support fully the resettled families in
order to optimise agricultural production so that economic growth, food
security and employment creation are assured.

In all government-supported programmes under the Land Reform Programme, the
production of starch based crops like maize, sorghum, millet and potatoes is
going to be emphasised and production targets are going to be set.
Government is also going to put a price structure that will encourage
farmers to produce these crops. As people are moved from marginal land to
land with better pastures, livestock is also going to take centre stage in
our programme so that the country can meet domestic consumption and export

Government is also going to beef up resources and support services at
provincial and district levels to meet the demands of the land and agrarian
reform. The required personnel are going to be recruited so that the various
activities under the land and agrarian reform can be carried out swiftly and

We have to create a normal life in the resettled areas by designating areas
for rural service centres in order to provide schools, clinics,
infrastructure for grain storage, etc.


We have received reports of commercial farmers who are destroying
infrastructure and removing or vandalising irrigation and other farm
infrastructure.  The aim is to frustrate government efforts to grow a winter
crop and preparations for the summer crop and other farm operations. The
nature of other acts of sabotage, include among others the spraying
sugarcane plantations with harmful chemicals and infecting cattle with
diseases. These criminal acts are going to be investigated and the culprits
will be brought to book.


The Ministry's civil servants have done a hard job so far.

However a serious problem has arisen of different levels not working at the
same pace. A number of critical officers seem to be putting brakes on the
implementation of the Land Reform Programme. Numerous reports are coming
from the ground alleging that civil servants in my ministry at certain
levels are working hand in hand with commercial farmers to derail and delay
the gains so far achieved on the future of the Programme. As Minister I will
not hesitate to deal with officials that derail and or delay the land reform


The National Land Task Force has been re-activated. The Task Force will have
very clear terms of reference to monitor and recommend action to be taken by
my Ministry in order to have the Land Reform Programme effectively
concluded. In addition to the Task Force, various Ministers will be
requested to assist in various provinces to see that our targets are met.
Ministers Mujuru, Chombo, and Made will soon meet the Task Force to map out
its action.


Our Land Reform and Agrarian Reform are well crafted as they are based on
studies that have indicated that we have land that is under- utilised or
virgin. Our Land Reform Programme is going to be carried out in an
environmentally sustainable manner.

I would like to take this opportunity to tell the nation that there is no
going back on the land reform programme.

Overally by implementing land re-distribution and de-racialisng the
agricultural large scale sector, Zimbabwe will ensure that agricultural
production is never again in the hands of a few who under-utilise or hold to
ransom the means of food security, employment creation, and economic growth.

I thank you.

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Zimbabwe election challenged in court
By Peta Thornycroft in Harare
(Filed: 13/04/2002)

ZIMBABWE'S opposition Movement for Democratic Change lodged a 135-page
affidavit in the Harare High Court yesterday, demanding annulment of
President Mugabe's election.

After chaotic and violent polling on March 9 and 10, Mr Mugabe was declared
the winner over Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC candidate, by more than 400,000
votes. Mr Mugabe has used his victory to step up attacks against the mainly
white commercial farming sector. Mr Tsvangirai refused to recognise the
result, saying it was "illegitimate", and demanded a new poll under
international supervision.

David Coltart, the MDC justice spokesman, said yesterday the affidavit
contained 38 "profound cases of election fraud. In a normal court any one of
them would be sufficient to throw the election out the window". He said it
could be several months before the challenge is heard.

Mr Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party has refused a re-run of the election,
saying it was free and fair. In the June 2000 parliamentary elections the
MDC challenged the results in 30 constituencies and out of 20 cases heard so
far, has won five, which Zanu-PF has appealed to the Supreme Court. Zanu-PF
has packed judicial benches with judges loyal to the party.

The Commonwealth election observers, South Africa and Nigeria, have
initiated dialogue between the MDC and Zanu-PF to explore ways of healing
the rift between the two parties. Ahead of the talks, Mr Mugabe's officials
and his militant supporters, including the self-styled veterans of the
independence war, have further raised the stakes against the commercial
farming sector.

More than 60 white farmers and about 5,000 worker families were evicted from
their homes this week by Mugabe's supporters who said all farms now belonged
to them.

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The Irish Times

Zimbabwe's Irish grit their teeth and hope for better days ahead

  ZIMBABWE: People are waiting for something to happen, but they don't know
what, one resident told Declan Walsh

Jim McComish's first trip to Zimbabwe was a six-month business contract.

Eleven years later he still hasn't gone home, having fallen in love with the
country, married a Zimbabwean and become a partner in a Harare architect

But life in the African idyll is souring fast for him and the rest of
Zimbabwe's Irish community, estimated to be 3,000-strong.

The crumbling economy and powderkeg politics, culminating in the recent
elections, have caused many to think twice about staying on.

"Corruption is destroying the economy, and the country is being run into the
ground. People are leaving in significant numbers," said the Belfast man.

For example, nine committee members were elected to the Mashonaland Irish
Society last June. Four have since left. But many others, like Mr McComish,
say they are determined to stick it out.

They cling doggedly to the hope that better days are in store for southern
Africa's most bedevilled country.

"I've devoted so much of my life here, and it's a fantastic country. We're
hopeful that change will come sooner rather than later," he said.

To yearn for "change" in Zimbabwe can be a dangerous thing, however, under
President Robert Mugabe's authoritarian rule, as two Irish missionaries
recently found out.

Last summer a Redemptorist priest, Father Gabriel Maguire, was expelled,
while an Anglican priest from Co Meath, the Rev Noel Scott, is currently
facing public disorder charges for the apparent crime of organising a prayer

The election results - which have been internationally condemned for
state-sponsored violence and irregularities - have seen a black mood descend
over many of Zimbabwe's Irish.

"The country is going to go down even further before it comes up again,"
predicted the Mashonaland Irish Society president, Mr Paul Robinson, an
industrial chemist who hails from Roscrea.

Unlike many white residents, Mr Robinson was able to vote at the recent
elections: draconian new laws disenfranchised thousands of citizens who had
not renounced their foreign citizenship.

However, he only managed to cast his ballot after visiting four polling

"Just seven people were being processed per hour at one station," he said.

Zimbabwe's problem is social, not racial, he said. "The government would
like to have racial tensions because they are in a weak position. They are
neutrotic about criticism."

These days the biggest challenge for Zimbabwe's Irish, a smattering of
engineers, teachers, other professionals and religious workers, is to cope
with the severe economic situation.

Mr Gary Killilea, a Limerick native, once employed 80 people at his Harare
civil engineering firm.

Now, due to the collapsing business environment, there are barely 20, and he
has moved much of his business to contracts in neighbouring Mozambique.

Since the elections there has been an "eerie, downcast" feeling about

"People are waiting for something to happen but they don't know what," he
said. "One wonders if something isn't going on in the background."

Mr Killilea has also been targeted by the government's controversial land
policy. He is part-owner of a 6,500-hectare ranch for a large herd of cattle
and a lucrative patch of paprika, mainly for export to Spain.

The property has been listed for seizure but not yet invaded by the dreaded
war veterans.

"We're just holding our breath and hoping that things will pan out," he

But daily life in Zimbabwe is not as dangerous as it may appear in the
media, he added. "The violence is very focused, and unless you are part of
the group, it's as safe as walking down Main Street in Limerick".

Nevertheless, he and his wife, Diane, have taken extra security measures,
such as avoiding driving through the city centre at night.

Despite the fears and dangers, however, many Irish stressed that their
difficulties pale in comparison with those faced by ordinary black

There are already long queues for the staple food, and the crisis is
predicted to escalate into a widespread famine before the end of this year.

"Some days 1,000 people can be queueing to buy mealie meal [ground maize],
but only half of them can get it," said one Irish resident.

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Farmers Warned Not to Vandalise Infrastructure

The Herald (Zim govt paper) (Harare)

April 13, 2002
Posted to the web April 13, 2002

Herald Reporters

COMMERCIAL farmers who vandalise infrastructure to frustrate land reforms
will be arrested, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement,
Cde Joseph Made, warned yesterday.

He told journalists that he had received reports of commercial farmers who
were vandalising irrigation equipment, spraying sugar cane plantations with
harmful chemicals and infecting cattle with diseases.

"These criminal acts are going to be investigated and the culprits will be
brought to book," he said.

The vandalism, he said, was aimed at frustrating Government efforts to grow
a winter crop.

"It is a criminal offence for the landowner to interfere with the exercise
of survey, demarcation and settler emplacement," he said. "The landowner
should confine himself or herself to the homestead and must vacate the farm
within 90 days of being served the acquisition order."

The acquisition order, he said, now also serves as an eviction notice and no
requests for extension of the notice period shall be entertained.

The serving of an acquisition order has the effect of immediately
transferring the ownership of a farm to the acquiring authority, the

Cde Made said the acquiring authority will immediately survey, demarcate and
allocate land concerned without undue interference from occupier of that

"White commercial farmers must stand warned that Government will not
tolerate interference of the operations of the newly settled farmers," he

He said he had received reports of some civil servants in his ministry who
were working hand in hand with commercial farmers to derail and delay the
gains so far achieved on the implementation of agrarian reforms.

"As minister I will not hesitate to deal with officials that derail and or
delay the land reform programme," he said.

Cde Made identified four challenges which he said were delaying the
implementation of fast track resettlement launched 18 months ago.

These were, resistance by the white commercial farmers, delays in
administrative courts, bureaucratic delays at the ministry level and lack of
adequate resources.

The National Land Task Force has been re-activated and will monitor and
recommend action to be taken by the ministry to conclude the land reform

The Government, he said, was going to beef up resources and support services
at provincial and district levels to meet the demands of the land and
agrarian reforms.

He said the Government also acknowledged the need to support fully the
resettled families in order to optimise agricultural production so that
economic growth, food security and employment creation were assured.

More emphasis, Cde Made said, will be put on the production of crops like
maize, sorghum, millet and potatoes for which production targets will be

A price structure will be set to encourage farmers to produce these crops.

As people are moved from marginal land to land with better pastures,
livestock breeding will take centre stage so that the country can meet
domestic consumption and export requirements.


The Government has started to implement the maximum farm size regulations.

Current landowners who wish to continue farming in the country will have to
indicate their intention to do so and Government will consider their
requests, he said.

Maximum farm size were set at 250ha for agro-ecological zone I, 350ha for
zone IIA, 400ha zone IIB, 500ha zone III, 1 500ha zone IV and 2 000ha zone

State land, church or mission land, educational properties, land owned by
indigenous farmers and properties on the Model A1 and A2 allocation was
exempted from maximum farm size regulations.

His ministry, he said, was still working out the appropriate maximum farm
sizes for conservancies and plantations in consultation with the Environment
and Tourism Ministry.

"I would like to take this opportunity to tell the nation that there is no
going back on the land reform programme," he said.

He said land redistribution and the de-racialisation of the agricultural
sector will ensure that agricultural production is never again in the hands
of a few who underutilise or hold to ransom the means of food security,
employment creation and economic growth.

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I have been sent a sad/funny song about the current situation on Zimbabwe
farms. It is an MP3 - a file of 2.70 megs! I do not like to email files of
this size, so have placed it on a web page for those who wish to download
it. This is the address:
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