PRINCIPLES TO ACHIEVE DEMOCRACY
have a fundamental right to freedom of expression!
the 18th we will told by our masters that we must celebrate. What is celebration? We normally celebrate when there is something
to cheer about!
people of Zimbabwe will be reminded, by their illegitimate and selfish rulers,
exactly why they should dance and sing. In reality the people will be thinking
that the familiar personalities that will blurt away from podiums are those that
have stolen their lives from them.
Stolen their hopeful futures and stolen their country, literally! These are those that have destroyed the land
they love and brought misery into virtually every household whilst enriching
will hear the propaganda, how they have developed the economy and how they have
brought land to the people. In actual fact we are all learning how they have
ruined the economy and dispossessed millions in their greedy, lustful bid to
satisfy their insatiable appetite for anything that is not theirs. They have
raped the country of its wealth, bought bus companies and businesses, and built
mansions using our money! We know that their salaries could not have been big
enough. Then they stole the farms from their rightful owners and made us
a contradiction when we will be viewing and listening to endless programmes on
the liberation of the country when these very same people had no intention of
improving the lives of the majority of our people. We will look at them and
listen to them knowing that they have created a man made disaster. Look at where
we were in 1980 and where we are now. Where is
free health and education that we used to take for granted? Where are the new
roads and factories that used to spring up? Look at the peeling pant and broken
down infrastructure. We all know that this bunch of geriatrics have no interest
in the future of younger generations and hence their savage destruction of our
beautiful and bountiful land.
of Zimbabwe, do not be deceived, do not accept this any more and demand that you
are given back your country, your hopes and the future for you and your
strong and stand up against evil. Be ready to despatch these ruthless
kleptomaniacs when your chance comes. It will and you will have the final say.
chefs and their opportunistic and gullible friends will only be remembered by
how much people hated them.
will be replaced by those that care and those that will rebuild your country and
ensure that you will all share in a better future.
For Conducting a Free and Fair
MDC congratulates President Thabo Mbeki, the government and the people of
Africa for conducting a predominantly peaceful and free and
fair election. We also congratulate the ANC for coming out victorious.
The manner in which the South
African election was held speaks volumes on the growth of democracy in
Africa only ten years after the demise of apartheid. What
has happened in South
Africa is what the MDC, through its 15 demands for a free
and fair election in Zimbabwe, has been asking for twenty-four
years after independence.
The government of
Zimbabwe’s continued obstinacy towards
emulating the democratic progress being made by its
SADC neighbours represents a tragedy for
the people of Zimbabwe and a scar on the
SADC region. Zimbabweans are desperate
to experience the joys of participating in a genuine democratic election and
having a role in how our country is governed. The fact that we continue to be
denied such basic freedoms is simply wrong.
We therefore urge
SADC countries to help rectify this
chronic democratic injustice by exerting pressure on the
Zimbabwe government to honour its
obligations vis-à-vis the SADC protocol on elections.
We reiterate that all that the
MDC, and the people of
Zimbabwe, are asking for is that the
Zimbabwean authorities should conduct elections in the same manner that we have
just witnessed in respect of the South African election. The people of
Zimbabwe are not asking for any special
dispensation or favours, but are simply demanding that the
SADC minimum conditions for elections we
have seen operate so well in South
Africa should be applied in
for Information and Publicity
Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2004 3:32 AM
Subject: Executive Mayor Mudzuri fired
Elias Mudzuri has been fired as Executive Mayor of Harare at
16th and has been given 7 days to vacate the council guest
This action by the illegitimate mugabe regime confirms yet again
contempt for democracy and their willingness to do whatever it takes
maintain their tyrranical grip on power.
Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
Monday April 5th - Sunday April 11th
Media Update 2004-14
* General Comment
Ati-graft campaign or succession war?
* Human rights abuses
Recent comments on Press freedom from Information
Jonathan Moyo clearly confirmed the suspicion that repressive media
laws such as AIPPA and POSA reflect government's pathological terror
a free media environment in Zimbabwe.
ZTV (7/4, 8pm) and The Herald (8/4)
quoted Moyo dismissing the
universally held doctrine of democratic societies
that media freedom is
an indivisible element of freedom of expression when
diplomats at a luncheon during the week. He told the diplomats
Zimbabwe did not believe Press freedom was a basic constitutionally
guaranteed human right because it was merely "the baggage of
polarism" that "only came about after the end of the Cold War".
Moyo: "We do not agree that there is something called media
freedom and that
it is a fundamental value and that we should
kick ourselves and spend
sleepless nights trying to achieve that".
Typically, the two media
organizations allowed Moyo's comments to
pass without inquiry - and robustly
refused to seek comment from his
The Herald also
quoted Moyo justifying his control of the media saying
it was meant "to put
across our national views and not those of
the United States or Britain or
the Voice of America" thereby
preserving the country's sovereignty.
stated that this was the reason ZBC had scrapped CNN bulletins.
revealing who controls ZBC's content, he vowed: "We will
never have it (CNN)
again as long as we are still around".
Interestingly, the authorities have
previously denied government control
of ZBC's programming.
obsession to control media content has resulted in the authorities
the media they run for their own political interests - and a
demonstrated this fact in the same week.
The Chronicle (2/4) and The Herald
(3/4) both ran a bizarre story that
tried to divert public attention away
from an alleged affair Moyo had
with a Kadoma woman, Irene Ali, by
portraying the minister as a victim
of his political "detractors".
claims Moyo fathered her son.
Instead of treating the matter as a personal
dispute, the two papers
gave the story prominent front-page space and sought
"political analysts" to lend credence to their conspiracy
there were politicians bent on derailing Moyo's campaign to
the Tsholotsho constituency.
As The Zimbabwe Independent (8/4)
wondered, it remained unclear as
to how "this private matter turned out to
be a campaign strategy to
elicit the comment of any self-respecting
The Herald and the Chronicle's (5/4) passive coverage of
was further demonstrated by the manner in which they handled Ali's
subsequent arrest under criminal defamation laws. The papers
Ali's arrest as proof of Moyo's innocence.
This contrasted with the way the
private media handled the matter.
For example, The Zimbabwe Independent, The
Tribune (9/4) and The
Standard (11/4), offered an alternative view on the
issue when they
cited officials from women and human rights organizations
Ali's arrest. The groups accused the police of "being used to
advance the interests of Moyo" and they challenged Moyo to take a
paternity test to prove his innocence.
As the week ended, The Standard
reported Ali as having gone missing
following her arrest. Subsequently, the
media have not explained her
2. ANTI-GRAFT CAMPAIGN
OR SUCCESSION WAR?
A double-pronged approach characterised the
media's coverage of the effects of government's
crusade on the political and economic fronts in the week
The government electronic media generally used the development
spruce up ZANU PF's image ahead of Zimbabwe's 24th independence
anniversary, while the government press presented it as a committed
effort by the authorities to eradicate graft.
Revelations that some
directors of ZANU PF companies had fled to
Britain following the ruling
party's decision to investigate its own
companies, were craftily presented
by the government Press to relay
As such, these newspapers
failed to ask pertinent questions about the
circumstances surrounding the
alleged flight of directors Jayant Joshi,
his brother, Manharlal Chunibal,
and their colleague, Dipak Pandya.
But this was hardly surprising as they
sought to absolve the ruling party
of any wrongdoing by shifting the
culpability to the alleged fugitive
directors and giving the impression that
the companies were operating
independently of ZANU PF.
As a result,
they were blind to other political manoeuvres, such as the
for President Mugabe's post within ZANU PF, which
was seen by some of the
media as a factor in precipitating the probe
and possibly a potential purge
of some of the frontrunners in the
This angle only
appeared in the private media.
Following up on The Sunday Mirror's breaking
news (4/4), The Herald
(5/4) reported that the escape of the three directors
was facilitated "by
a top politician who has worked with them over the
paper did not name the politician.
Rather, its comment of the
same day likened the probe to a fulfillment
of the adage, "charity begins at
home," adding "President Mugabe
and his Government's commitment to this war
[on graft] is now
This fixation with endorsing
government's anti-graft campaign resulted
in The Herald (7 & 8/4)
reducing its reports on the saga to mere follow-
ups on the flight of the
directors at the expense of vital information
disclosing the operations and
set-up of the companies.
A clue on the composition of the companies'
appeared in The Financial Gazette and The Zimbabwe
The papers revealed that the Speaker of
Mnangagwa, long touted as President Mugabe's heir
apparent, and the
three fugitives were among the directors of the ZANU PF
companies, M & S Syndicate and ZIDCO.
The Gazette thus
noted that the investigation into ZANU PF
investments was "focused on him
[Mnangagwa] as the immediate
past finance chief for the party".
unnamed "senior" ruling party official was quoted saying, ". this
thing boils down to the succession issue. as you know,
Mnangagwa has always
been seen as the front runner."
However, not all private papers agreed. The
Sunday Mirror (11/4) for
example, dismissed the succession angle, saying it
that such perceptions should exist, worse that they should
The paper's opinion was echoed in The Sunday
Mail (11/4). It quoted
Police Commissioner Chihuri dismissing the
speculation as "bizarre"
and "one of the strangest things that I have ever
Moreover, the paper provided him with a political stage to accuse
Britain of trying to "politicise criminality" by frustrating government
efforts to punish those accused of economic crimes who had fled to
country: ".Britain is becoming the only country, which is
itself as a safe haven for our local criminals. This is
being done for none
other reasons but political [sic]".
If the government newspapers glossed over
the reasons behind
government's investigations into ZANU PF companies, its
media was equally guilty of being used to portray the probe as
Zimbabwe's economic achievements ahead of its 24th independence
It was therefore not surprising that only government
sources, or those
aligned to it, were given platforms in these media to
sided assessments of the country's economic accomplishments.
Consequently, the subjective successes of government's controversial
agrarian reforms and anti-graft campaigns were sanitized and
as the beacon of hope from which all Zimbabweans should
and celebrate independence day (Radio Zimbabwe,
7/4, 1pm and
Earlier, ZTV, Radio Zimbabwe and Power FM (6/4, 8pm) passively
quoted Information Minister Moyo claiming that Zimbabweans would
celebrate Independence against a background of "high rainfalls, a
successful land reform (and) a good harvest"
Said Moyo: "We have a
reason to celebrate. the people are
saying finally, we have taken the land.
we have started using it.
to empower ourselves as a nation."
Mugabe, Finance Minister Chris Kuruneri and pro-
government analyst Augustine
Timbe were also quoted reinforcing this
notion (ZTV, 6/4, 6 pm and 8pm).
While ZTV and Radio Zimbabwe (6/4, 8pm) claimed that
celebrations came at a time "when the country's
economy is on the path to
recovery, thanks to government
policies", they unwittingly revealed the
extent of the collapse when
they quoted a Reserve Bank statement saying the
shrunk by 48 percent since 1999.
This revelation was
given more flesh by Studio 7 (6/4), which was the
only the private media
organisation to expose the lie of the government
media's propaganda. It
reported that Zimbabwe's 24th independence
anniversary would be held under
the worst economic conditions ever
experienced with inflation currently
pegged at 600 percent and
unemployment at 80 percent.
recent private media predictions that the Reserve Bank's
campaign against errant financial institutions would
soon be forced to
compromise was seemingly vindicated by revelations
that the Bank had
abandoned its hard-line policy against these
Independent (8/4) revealed, albeit belatedly, that the
RBZ had "granted
amnesty to banks caught dealing in foreign
currency on the parallel market
on condition that they do not
commit a similar offence..
for selling foreign currency on the parallel market
refunded the principal penalty". It also noted
that the amnesty had been
granted in January.
The Financial Gazette (8/4) only referred to the
amnesty at the end of
one of its stories, while Studio 7 (7/4) broke the
story, saying the
persecution of the banks was affecting confidence in the
However, it remained unclear why government, (as revealed by ZTV,
Power FM, 6/4, 8pm, The Herald and Chronicle, 9/4), still took
Kingdom and Interfin banks to court on the same charges
In fact, The Zimbabwe Independent criticised the prosecution of
and other companies for dealing on the parallel market, saying
government should consider the circumstances that led them to
such transactions. It said the practice was so common that
"every bank and
business which has been involved in the
country's economic life over the
past few years could be dragged
before the courts".
The directors of
ZANU PF-owned Tregers group of companies echoed
this view, saying that if
they had not dealt on the parallel market some
of their companies would have
been closed (Sunday News, 11/4).
Thus the Zimbabwe Independent
observed: ". So long as there is a
failure to acknowledge government's role
in encouraging state
companies to survive as best they could on whatever
could find.and allowing the private sector to do the same, the
current purge will appear unfair and even vindictive".
On-going human rights violations continued to receive scant
from the government media.
As a result audiences of these media
have largely remained in the dark
on the violence, intimidation, and in some
cases, torture of opposition
supporters and their perceived sympathisers
perpetrated by mainly
suspected ZANU PF activists.
For example, out
of about 37 stories on politically motivated violence
and other human rights
violations carried in the media in the week, only
nine stories appeared in
the government-controlled media.
Even then, the government media's
stories were either basic
announcements or follow-ups on previous rights
abuses and generally
For example, ZTV (8/4, 7am)
merely reported that government had set
up a board of inquiry to investigate
claims by "18 suspected terrorists
that they were tortured by prison
officers" without elaborating. In
fact, instead of properly investigating
the allegations, the national
broadcaster ironically appeared more
interested in articulating the
concerns of Justice Minister Patrick
Chinamasa about the
circumstances under which the suspected terrorists'
Samkange, "was able to interview his clients a few minutes
the alleged torture."
The Herald (8/4) carried a similar report.
During the week, the government media also masked the political
affiliation of Ernest Mutsotso whom they reported as having appeared
court after he was arrested on suspicion of murdering MDC activist
Chinozvinya during the Zengeza by-election when "MDC and
ZANU PF youths
clashed" (The Herald, 7/4, ZTV, 8/4, 8pm, Power
FM and Radio Zimbabwe, 9/4,
SW Radio Africa (7/4) and The Daily Mirror (8/4) also carried the
and like the government media, did not identify the political party
Mutsotso belonged. Neither did they give any background of the man.
This only appeared in The Tribune (9/4). The paper carried a
page picture of Mutsotso standing behind Mines Minister Amos Midzi
and noted in its caption that the suspect was a "former managing
director of an ex-combatants run firm, Sankorp".
By comparison, The
Herald (6/4) was categorical on the violence
allegedly perpetrated by MDC
supporters on their way to Chinozvinya's
funeral. The paper claimed the MDC
mourners had gone "on the
rampage beating up anyone wearing the ruling Zanu
regalia" and tearing down the posters of ZANU PF's victorious
Zengeza candidate, Christopher Chigumba. But the paper made no
to investigate the circumstances leading to the alleged
private media carried a total of 28 stories depicting the
human rights situation in the country. Eighteen of these
were reported by SW
Radio Africa and Studio 7.
For example, SW Radio Africa (6/4) reported that
CIO agents in
Mukumbwa, Mashonaland Central had abducted MDC district
chairman for Mt Darwin North, Force Chapfuruka, after they accused
of "acting as an agent for the 70 suspected mercenaries who
were arrested in
Harare last month".
Further harassment and beatings of MDC members were
Victoria Falls, Sunningdale, Masvingo, Lupane, Chimanimani and
Meanwhile, the report of an investigation by the
Committee on Youth, Gender and Employment Creation
National Youth Service training camps added a new dimension to the
recent BBC Panorama documentary on the activities of the
youth camps that so enraged government.
The Zimbabwe Independent
reported that the committee had
"slammed living conditions at national youth
saying they were "deplorable". A member of the committee,
Evelyn Masaiti, was quoted as saying "the principle of national
youth service is noble in those countries where there is
"here in Zimbabwe the way it is used is that of
In fact, The Financial Gazette quoted MDC MP Gabriel Chaibva
revealing that the abuse of the youths by ZANU PF to silence its
opponents was not a new idea in Zimbabwe. Chaibva reportedly told
Parliament that he also underwent a similar training programme in one
the camps created soon after independence "at the behest of
now State Minister in charge of anti-corruption".
Said Chaibva: "When we
went there, we spent two weeks. We
were.taught. on how to deal with ZAPU and
to kill opponents
to ZANU PF's rule.in the 1980s. So the historical origin
programme is very acquainted to me".
From News24 (SA), 16 April
Zimbabwe set for gala
Harare - As Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party prepares
spectacular bash on Sunday to fete the country's 24th
anniversary, the opposition and many Zimbabweans have little to
Mugabe's ruling Zanu PF party remains firmly in control despite
economic problems. The once-prosperous nation is in its fifth year
recession. Now 70% of Zimbabweans are unemployed, inflation is more
600% and 80% of the country's 11.6 million people live in poverty.
an 80-year old former guerrilla leader who spent 10 years in prison
the white minority regime of Ian Smith saw his hold on power threatened
the formation of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) five years
The party of Morgan Tsvangirai won nearly half of all contested seats
general polls in 2000, many of them in the cities. But following
controversial re-election in a presidential election two years ago,
has lost ground. In the last four years Zanu PF has won back four
party has also enjoyed significant victories in recent urban
elections, despite a crippling economic crisis that critics blame on
party. Last month Zanu PF took a crucial parliamentary seat in the town
Chitungwiza in polls marred by the fatal shooting of an
"We stand united as we head towards a
resounding victory in the 2005
elections against reactionaries and puppets of
the western world who have
already started scampering for cover," Zanu PF
chairman John Nkomo wrote in
a special Independence editorial column in The
Voice, the party's paper.
Analyst John Makumbe said it was "time for
soul-searching" for the main
opposition MDC, which had to decide whether to
boycott next year's elections
or "dance on an uneven floor". Makumbe said the
MDC was starting to
recognise that "dictators are not removable by democratic
means". The ruling
party denies being the villain, and instead accuses the
opposition of being
Western stooges bent on returning Zimbabwe to colonial
bondage. State radio
and television have been broadcasting a daily countdown
to Independence Day,
chronicling the sacrifices made by the country's
nationalists, many of whom
are members of the ruling party. MDC secretary
general Welshman Ncube
accused Zanu PF of trying "to appropriate independence
for itself." "We
don't accept for a moment that people now in the MDC did not
bring about our
independence," adding that party members were detained by the
regime and many others were commanders and fighters against
In 1963, a constitution was chalked up favouring whites in
power. Two years
later, the government unilaterally declared independence
from Britain. UN
sanctions and a guerrilla uprising then led to free
elections in 1979 and
independence - and the renaming of Rhodesia as Zimbabwe
- a year later.
From The Times (UK), 16 April
Zimbabwe descend into state of anarchy
over sacking of 13
By Geoffrey Dean
slipped closer to the abyss yesterday after it emerged
that the 13 white
players who aired their grievances in a statement on
Wednesday are to have
their contracts terminated by the Zimbabwe Cricket
Union. The ZCU, which is
expected to release the news today, is ready to sue
the players for breach of
contract. As a result, a 14-man squad of largely
inexperienced youngsters has been picked for the first two
internationals against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo next week. The group of
by Heath Streak, the former captain, heard of their fate "on the
yesterday, as one of them put it. "The lawyers are dealing with
it now," the
player, who wishes to remain anonymous, said. "I've been told
the ZCU are
taking legal action and we'll have to decide if we
counter-claim." Unable to
tolerate any further what they described as
"racial and ethnic discrimination
in the selection of the national team",
the group, among other things, called
in their statement for the replacement
of selectors who are without the
requisite cricketing experience. Without
any question, they were referring to
Max Ebrahim and Stephen Mangongo, two
politically motivated individuals with
minimal cricketing backgrounds.
Mangongo was instrumental in getting Henry
Olonga thrown out of his club
side, Takashinga, after the joint statement
with Andy Flower 14 months ago
deploring the "death of democracy" in
Not altogether unsurprisingly, the ZCU yesterday replaced
not Ebrahim and
Mangongo but the three selectors who are properly qualified -
Ali Shah, a former national player, John Brent, once a
and Geoff Marsh, the coach and former Australia opening
batsman. In their
place, Mpumelelo Mbangwa, the former Test bowler, and
Richie Kaschula, who
played for Rhodesia in the 1970s, were named, although
Mbangwa was unaware
of his new post until he read about it on the internet.
He declined it,
citing "conflicts". The new "appointments" were welcomed by
the 13 rebels,
who reiterated their opposition to the two "politicos". They
also issued a
new statement with several demands, notably that the ZCU
acknowledges, in a
public statement, certain "transgressions", including the
offered to Mark Vermeulen to give his place in the team for
a recent one-day
international to a non-white player. Streak's reinstatement
as captain was
also called for. "Heath was representing our collective
statement read, "and we feel he was unlawfully dismissed
from his playing
duties in retaliation to our stance, and that the board has
Peter Chingoka, the ZCU chairman, dismissed any
possibility of Streak being
reappointed, saying that he had stepped down
voluntarily and that his
"resignation" had been accepted. "There is no
business in the world that can
possibly operate under threats from employees
- and that is what they are,"
he said. "We simply cannot be dictated to." One
of the rebels said yesterday
that some of the black players picked against
Sri Lanka "do not want to play
and are supporting our cause". He added:
"We're not having any more
meetings. We have been in meetings for two weeks.
We are sick of meetings.
It's getting dirty. Everything's coming out. I have
no idea what the
consequences are going to be but we are not budging until
they meet these
fair demands of ours. It's been very tough for everyone. It
your families, wives, girlfriends - they are all affected and
the last week
has been very tough for them. We're willing to be unemployed
from next week
onwards and we're willing to risk legal action . . . to save
cricket. We also know that some of the provinces are very upset with
There was no statement from the International Cricket
Council (ICC) last
night, despite the prospect of a farce next week when
Zimbabwe put out what
one rebel's father predicted would be "a bunch of
Taibu, 20, will become the youngest captain in
Test-match history against
Sri Lanka, starting on May 6. "The ICC will do
absolutely nothing," the
rebel's father said. "The ZCU have got what they
wanted - to get rid of the
whites in the side - but a bit earlier than they
expected. They thought a
few hollow concessions would persuade the rebels to
play in the series
against Sri Lanka and Australia (in May)." The player sent
a text message to
his father last night, urging him not to worry and saying
that he would come
out of the experience stronger. Zimbabwean cricket cannot
TIMETABLE OF TURMOIL
Apr 2: Heath Streak says
that he would "consider his position" as captain if
his demands are not met.
The ZCU claims Streak had given them ultimatum to
cut the number of selectors
from five to four and demands that selectors all
had to have first-class
experience. It treats his position as a resignation
and announces the
appointment of Tatenda Taibu as captain.
Apr 5: Streak denies resigning
and is seeking legal advice, his father,
Apr 8: Senior
cricketers consider striking after union refuses to back down.
Reports that four members of the Test squad - Sean Ervine, Travis
Price and Craig Wishart - have been dismissed.
Apr 13: Open statement is
released by Streak and 12 other named white
Zimbabwe cricketers, criticising
the "cancer" of politics that is "eroding
the game in Zimbabwe".
14: Union proposes a compromise. A team of selectors will include two
favoured by Streak, but two that he has opposed.
Apr 15: Thirteen players
refuse to play in the home series against Sri
Lanka, due to begin next
Players, Zimbabwe union sue each other
April 16, 2004 9:23 PM By Telford Vice
DURBAN (Reuters) - The Zimbabwe
Cricket Union (ZCU) and a group of 13
rebel players have issued writs against
each other for alleged breach of
The ZCU said the
group, which includes former captain Heath Streak,
had breached their
contracts after they failed to turn up, as ordered by the
union, at a
practice session in Harare on Friday.
"They didn't arrive," ZCU
managing director Vince Hogg told Reuters
from Harare. "There is a process we
need to follow on breach of contract and
the next stage is letters to the
individuals asking them to remedy their
The players, in
turn, have accused the ZCU of being in breach of
feel we have enough to allege a fundamental breach of their
Venturas, the players' lawyer, told Reuters from Harare.
implicit term of a contract that you have a reasonable board
of selectors and
that they have a requisite proficiency. I believe there is
that hasn't happened."
Both parties have 21 days to remedy the
alleged breaches, failing
which, matters will go to court.
Venturas said: "We want to settle this, we believe we can find a
can still be fixed, they can still apply their minds to fixing
Hogg said: "The door is always open from us. It always
has been, but
there are no meetings scheduled at this stage."
Earlier this week, the players threatened to quit
over what they
described as an "unprofessional manner of selection" that
"interference of a non-sporting agenda."
They have also
alleged "racial and ethnic discrimination in the
selection of the national
On Thursday, the board attempted to defuse the affair by
the selection panel from five to four but they retained Max
Ebrahim, who the
players oppose because he has not coached or played at
After their refusal to play in the series
against Sri Lanka, which
starts in Bulawayo on Tuesday, the ZCU was forced on
Thursday to select a
Only four of the
squad, captained by 20-year-old wicketkeeper Tatenda
Taibu, played in
Zimbabwe's last test and one-day side against Bangladesh in
The crisis was sparked earlier this month by a ZCU
Streak, a world-class bowler and the mainstay of the side,
had quit all
The board said he had resigned because he
was unhappy with the
composition of the selectors' panel, although Streak's
father denied his son
The 13 rebel players, who are
all white, are Streak, Stuart Carlisle,
Grant Flower, Craig Wishart, Andy
Blignaut, Raymond Price, Gary Brent, Sean
Ervine, Travis Friend, Barney
Rogers, Trevor Gripper, Richard Sims and Neil
Zimbabwe Government Says it Does Not Need More Food Aid
16 Apr 2004, 15:18 UTC
a new report, the Zimbabwe government says it does not need
more food aid
this year and that even if there is a shortfall in cereal
production, it will
be able to afford imports to make up any deficit. The
claim is contained in
the report published this week by the long-established
regional Famine Early
Warning System, FEWSNET, which closely monitors food
latest report, FEWSNET says the Zimbabwe government is estimating its
harvest at between 1.2 and 1.7 million tons.
If the lower prediction
figure is accurate, it will be only 500,000 tons
short of the country's
FEWSNET also said the government is insisting that
regardless of the size of
the harvest, it will be able to finance any
The network adds that the crop estimates need independent
it says that Zimbabwe's only cereals trader, the
Marketing Board, cannot cope with the management and
distribution of the
nation's maize needs.
FEWSNET's report warns that
inflation running at more than 600 percent means
that a majority of
Zimbabweans are unable to eat properly and that donated
food kept more than
four million people alive in the past year.
For the first time since
independence in 1980, Zimbabwe needed massive food
aid for more than two
years. It was one of the largest emergency relief
operations in the region in
more than a decade.
The United Nations says the disaster was caused by
drought and massive
disruptions of commercial agriculture after the Zimbabwe
90 percent of productive white-owned land for
Most of the food distribution was handled by the United
Nations World Food
Program. WFP's Zimbabwe director, Kevin Farrell, said
Friday the United
Nations will do its own calculating of the food production
harvest at the
end of the month and expects to have its statistics ready in
Mr. Farrell also said that if the Zimbabwe government's predictions
wrong, and if it asked for emergency assistance, the WFP would be ready
respond with small quantities later in the year.
Mail and Guardian
UN will not probe Zim rights abuses
16 April 2004 16:46
The United Nations
Human Rights Commission has given Zimbabwe a clean bill
of health by deciding
against an international probe into alleged acts of
violence and other abuses, Harare's state-run press
"The UN has once again given Zimbabwe a clean bill on human
the Herald daily.
Twenty-seven largely African and Asian
member states out of the 53
commission members on Thursday rallied around a
"no action" motion, warding
off a debate on the Southern African country's
human rights record.
Last year Zimbabwe also escaped a probe over its
rights record after African
and Asian states in the UN human rights forum
voted against scrutinising the
country's human rights record.
victory for Zimbabwe and the Third World countries which have stood
abuse of the [human rights] commission by Western countries,"
Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told the Herald.
"The Third World
countries have resisted manipulation by the West. The West
African and Asian countries on the issue of Zimbabwe,"
The European Union had put forward a draft resolution at the
commission accusing Harare of violating human
Debate on Zimbabwe could have culminated in an international
probe into the
Twenty-four countries, including
European, Latin-American nations and the
United States, had wanted to pursue
the effort, while Brazil and Mexico
abstained. In 2003, only Brazil had
chosen to sit on the fence.
Many countries felt the resolution was simply
designed to resolve a dispute
between Zimbabwe and its former colonial ruler,
Britain, over the
controversial land reforms in the Southern African country
rather than an
attempt to investigate rights violations.
it is prepared to discuss any problems that Britain has with
its land reform
programme in which white-owned farms have been seized and
But Mary Whelan of Ireland, speaking on behalf of the EU,
EU's concerns over what she said were continuing rights abuses
politically motivated killings, torture, sexual abuse of women,
arrests, restrictions on the independence of the judiciary and
on freedoms of assembly. -- Sapa-AFP
Zimbabwe: 'No Action' Vote By South Bloc Defeats Human Rights
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April 16, 2004
Posted to the
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A Zimbabwean human rights body has
criticised an African-Asian grouping,
which shot down a draft resolution on
the human rights situation in Zimbabwe
for the second year at the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
(UNHCHR) in Geneva on
The draft resolution, mooted by the European Union and
supported by the
United States, would have expressed "deep concern" at what
it said were
"continuing violations of human rights in Zimbabwe, in
politically motivated violence, including killings, torture,
other forms of violence against women, incidents of arbitrary
restrictions on the independence of the judiciary, and restrictions
freedoms of opinion, expression, association and assembly".
proposed resolution also expressed concern over the "failure to
independent civil society in Zimbabwe to operate without fear of
or intimidation" and "urged the Government of Zimbabwe to take all
measures to ensure that all human rights were promoted and
However, an African group of 15 countries, including the
of Congo (DRC), Sierra Leone, Nigeria, South Africa,
Swaziland and Nigeria
backed a no-action motion on the draft resolution. The
motion against the
resolution was carried by 27 votes against 24. It received
the support of 10
Asian countries, Cuba and the Russian
"It is disheartening to note that a matter related to the
human rights of
the people of Zimbabwe has been reduced to the flexing of
the global South and the global North," Brian Kagoro,
national chair of the
Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum.
"The tragedy of
Zimbabwe is that there is so much haggling over the racial
contortions of the
crisis here. The fact that the lives of Zimbabweans have
been reduced to mere
votes makes the entire issue totally meaningless," he
Zimbabwean minister of foreign affairs, Stan Mudenge, was quoted in
official Herald newspaper as saying that the country "was pleased with
outcome of the vote and grateful to the international community and
country's friends, particularly from Africa, for supporting it for
second year running".
During the debate on the no-action motion,
Roger Menga, the DRC
representative, said the Zimbabwean government had been
of its redressing of the uneven distribution of land that
perpetuated since colonial days", a UNHCHR statement
The African group urged the authors of the draft resolution "to
negotiations with Zimbabwe and to avoid this path of confrontation.
recognised that Zimbabwe had some problems, but those issues should
addressed nationally and, possibly, regionally or at the continental
said the press release.
The United States representative at
the Commission, Richard Williamson, said
no-action motions "amounted to
approval of the human rights abuses being
perpetrated by nations that
disregarded the fundamental principles of the
Commission. The world community
should resolutely condemn the repressive
policies of the [President] Mugabe
regime that denied the Zimbabwean people
their inalienable human rights, and
should publicly express its support for
and solidarity with the Zimbabwean
The Zimbabwean representative, Chitsaka Chipaziwa, was quoted in
release as saying that whenever a similar resolution had been
Commission had wisely rejected these "dreadful beasts dressed as
lambs". He also said "any human rights problems in the country were
of the ordinary and allegations on that front should not take up any
the Commission's attention".
Nigeria said it was committed to
"a peaceful solution for the country, both
at the Commonwealth and African
level. All [countries] should join hands in
the dialogue with Zimbabwe and
avoid any action that might continue the
isolationist trend related to the
country. In the light of these views, and
without prejudice to Nigeria's
commitment to human rights and fundamental
freedoms, Nigeria would endorse
the position of the African Group on the
host of the Commonwealth summit in its capital, Abuja, in December
among the countries which voted for Zimbabwe's continued
suspension from that
body. Zimbabwe was initially suspended from the
Commonwealth in 2002
following allegations that Mugabe had won the
presidential elections by
vote-rigging and intimidating the opposition.
Times of India
Rebel cricketers face sanctions
APRIL 17, 2004 12:12:54 AM ]
HARARE: White Zimbabwe cricketers in dispute
with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union
(ZCU) over the dismissal of captain Heath
Steak are to be disciplined after
they defied instructions to report for
training on Friday.
The 15 players defied an ultimatum to join a practice
session Friday in
spite of the ZCU making it clear they would face action if
they did not show
This could mean dismissal and loss of perks,
including cars and allowances.
A ZCU official said a meeting of the
directors would decide shortly on
"appropriate action". The number of white
players in dipute has now risen to
15 with Charles Coventry and Gavin Ewing
joining what Peter Chingoka,
president of the ZCU called the
Meanwhile the players' lawyer Chris Venturas met some of
the players at his
office on Friday in a bid to persuade them to show up and
negotiating door open. But they ignored his advice.
despite Chingoka making it clear that the Streak resignation -- as
he put it
-- is no longer for discussion. Streak left Harare on Thursday for
and safari operation near Bulawayo, 450 kilometres west of the
Zimbabwe play Sri Lanka next week.
Some of the other players were at a
suburban coffee shop while the Zimbabwe
team selected to play Sri Lanka on
Tuesday and Thursday practised at Harare
Sports Club under national coach
Geoff Marsh in drizzly conditions.
One of the players in dispute, batsman
Grant Flower said they would be
sending their replacements -- a "good luck
message" on a
Zimbabwe 's new look
Zimbabwe cricket chiefs have named just two white players in a
for the opening One-dayer against Sri Lanka next week as the
crisis in the
sport deepened on Thursday.
The 13 white rebels who
refused to either train or have their names put
forward for selection
following the controversial dismissal of skipper Heath
Streak were all
ignored for the game in Bulawayo on April 20.
The team will be skippered
by 20-year-old Tatenda Taibu, who is set to
become the youngest ever
international skipper, with Dion Ebrahim as his
have international experience, as has Douglas Hondo. Stuart
Alester Maregwede, Vusimusi Sibanda, Mluleki Mkala and
have also played at the top level while the others are
all newcomers to
The squad's two white players are Brendan Taylor,
a highly promising
18-year-old batsman and Edward Rainsford, a reliable
player in first class
Friday, April 16, 2004 - Web posted at 10:16:40 GMT
SA's Nedcor in merger talks with Zim bank
JOHANNESBURG - South African banking group Nedcor said yesterday it had
entered formal talks about a possible merger with Zimbabwe's Trust Bank.
Nedcor unit Nedbank Ltd and the Zimbabwe unit of its majority owner insurer
Old Mutual had signed a memorandum of understanding about the possible
The link-up would join Trust Bank with Merchant Bank of Central Africa, which
is indirectly majority-owned by Nedbank and Old Mutual Zimbabwe, a statement
"While Nedcor's main focus continues to be on its South African banking
operations, its strategy includes building a strong base throughout southern
Africa," the statement said.
A crisis hit the banking sector in Zimbabwe last December, but institutions
with strong controls such as Trust Bank benefited, Nedcor said.
Zimbabwe's central bank has indicated the need for consolidation in the
"This makes it an ideal opportunity for Nedcor to expand its operations in
Zimbabwe at a relatively low cost," Nedcor said.
Trust Bank, which focuses on the corporate and commercial banking sector, has
14 branches, mostly in Harare and Bulawayo.
Trust Bank shares closed at Z$36 on Wednesday, while Nedcor ended at R61,50
on Tuesday, before a holiday in South Africa on Wednesday for elections.