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ZIMBABWE: MDC wins two by-elections, police step up security

©  Lewis Machipisa

Security was being stepped up in Zimbabwe

JOHANNESBURG, 31 Mar 2003 (IRIN) - As Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) celebrated two by-election victories on Monday, the country's security forces were setting up road blocks ahead of an opposition deadline for the government to meet demands on political reforms.

Delighted over winning the Harare seats of Highfield and Kuwadzana at the weekend, MDC information director Nkanyiso Maqeda told IRIN: "We couldn't be happier. This is a victory over oppression. The people have shown their resilience against all odds. They have had enough of the hunger and intimidation that has become part of their daily lives."

Electoral Supervisory Commission (ESC) spokesman Thomas Bvuma told IRIN that in Highfield, MDC candidate Pearson Mungofa won 8,759 votes against his closest rival ZANU-PF's Joseph Chinotimba's 4,844. In Kuwadzana, the MDC's Nelson Chamisa scooped 12,548 to ZANU-PF's David Mutasa's 5,022 ballots.

The seats were seen as a crucial test for the MDC who had lost a string of recent by-elections to the ruling ZANU-PF. Losing seats in their urban stronghold would also have allowed ZANU-PF to inch closer to the two-thirds majority required to make constitutional amendments.

The conduct of the elections were also seen as crucial for the future stability of the country. The police and the ESC said their investigations into complaints of violence and intimidation had not turned up any evidence. But Bidi Munyaradzi, national director of the human rights NGO ZimRights, which had been among the poll monitoring groups, disagreed. He said his organisation would release a report on Tuesday.

Among those arrested was MDC vice-president Gibson Sibanda, who was picked-up on Monday in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo. Assistant Commissioner of Police Wayne Bvudzijena told IRIN that although he was not yet in a position to provide details, Sibanda's arrest was related to alleged activities in an MDC-run stayaway on 18 and 19 March.

The two-day stayaway, called to protest government policies, was followed by an MDC ultimatum demanding the release of political prisoners and respect for civil liberties, backed by the threat of more mass action after 31 March.

Bvudzijena said the police were aware of the MDC's ultimatum and the Ministry of Home Affairs had ordered increased policing in urban areas in anticipation of "acts of criminality".

"During the two days of mass action the MDC said they would be peaceful but it turned out to be something else," Bvudzijena said. "Three-hundred-and-sixty-two MDC activists were arrested on allegations relating to dynamite and petrol bombings."

He said this included some of the party's top leadership.

Zimbabwe's security forces were widely reported to have cracked down sharply on those perceived to be MDC supporters in the wake of the stayaway. The two by-election constituencies were also allegedly targeted.

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Zimbabwe opposition wins polls

By Stella Mapenzauswa
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's opposition have won key parliamentary
by-elections despite what it says was government violence and electoral
fraud, but deputy party leader Gibson Sibanda was arrested shortly

Sibanda, a leading organiser of a two-day protest strike earlier this month
against President Robert Mugabe's 23-year rule, surrendered to police who
had been hunting for him for several hours in the southern city of Bulawayo.

"The police officers said Sibanda was being arrested for contravening (the
Public Order and Security Act) in organising for the recent two-day stay
away," Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesman Paul Themba-Nyathi
told Reuters on Monday. No police comment was immediately available.

The MDC, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has accused Mugabe of ordering security
forces to crack down on the opposition and says hundreds of its supporters
have been assaulted or detained.

The strike was one of the biggest protests in recent years against Mugabe's
rule and shut factories and shops in the capital Harare and Bulawayo.

The MDC's by-election wins in two Harare constituencies were a blow to
Mugabe's hopes of eroding the opposition's urban power base.

A senior official of his ruling ZANU-PF, which holds none of the capital's
19 parliamentary seats, said the results showed that Zimbabwe was a
democratic country.

Mugabe, 79, won re-election for another six-year term as president in polls
last March criticised as fraudulent by both the MDC and some Western

A once vibrant economy in the former British colony has been crumbling in
the face of food, fuel and hard currency shortages.


Hundreds of MDC supporters rushed into the streets of Harare on Monday after
state radio reported the opposition had won the two by-elections in the

A MDC official, who asked not to be named, said riot police beat some
supporters as they cheered outside party offices. Police were not available
for comment.

"The people of Zimbabwe have struck a blow for freedom by posting a
remarkable the face of concerted violence and electoral fraud
on the part of ZANU-PF and its illegitimate government," the MDC said in a

State radio said the MDC won 12,548 votes in the Kuwadzana constituency,
against 5,002 votes for ZANU-PF. The MDC won 8,759 votes in the Highfield
constituency, against 4,844 for ZANU-PF.

"We accept the outcome because that is what democracy is all about," said a
senior ZANU-PF official, who asked not to be named.

The MDC had accused the ruling party of trying to rig the polls by using
thousands of "ghost" names on the voters' rolls. Both parties had blamed
each other for a violent campaign in which hundreds of their supporters were

The MDC had set Monday as a deadline for Mugabe to meet 15 demands,
including an end to arrests of opposition supporters and a move toward free

As the deadline expired, police set up roadblocks on major roads and outside
Mugabe's residence.

"It is now up to us as the party, backed by the people of Zimbabwe, to
choose the time, place and mode of resisting this kind of oppression,"
Themba-Nyathi told South African radio.

In Pretoria, Britain's Africa Minister Valerie Amos said her government
would carry on providing food and other aid for poor Zimbabweans despite
Mugabe's accusations that the former colonial ruler was responsible for his
country's problems.

"No matter how much abuse we get from Mr Mugabe, we will not turn our backs
on ordinary Zimbabweans," she told reporters.

Mugabe says the MDC is a puppet sponsored by the West to subvert his plans
to seize white-owned farms for black resettlement.

ZANU-PF has a comfortable majority in the 150-member parliament with 95
seats. Winning the by-elections would have taken his party closer to the
two-thirds majority it needs to push through constitutional changes.
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Press Statement
March 31, 2003
MDC Vice-President Arrested in Bulawayo.

Police in Bulawayo today arrested MDC Vice-President Gibson Sibanda. Officers from the Law and Order Section visited Sibanda’s home in the morning but did not find him.

Upon hearing the news that the police were looking for him, the MDC Vice-President went to Bulawayo Central with his lawyer Josphat Tshuma.

Tshuma informed us that Sibanda was formally arrested at about noon today and would be formally charged later in the day.

"The police officers said Sibanda was being arrested for contravening Section 5 of POSA in organizing for the recent two-day stay away", Tshuma said.

This is yet another sign of panic by a regime that is conscious of its unpopularity. This nervousness stems from realizing that the war they have been waging against the people is lost. These are the last kicks of this dying regime.

The people of Zimbabwe must realize that now is the time to reclaim their power. Every one must remain focused and ready to play their part in dismantling all the pillars of oppression.

The people are destined for victory against hunger and dictatorship but every one of us must realize that change demands action.

Paul Themba Nyathi
Secretary for Information and Publicity.

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Zimbabwe Human Rights Demonstrations

Zimbabweans in the Northwest of England will be holding demonstrations because of the gross human rights violations, being perpetrated by the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe.

Date: Friday, 18 April 2003, Manchester

Venue: March starting from Longsight Flea Market towards Piccadilly Gardens where the main speaker will give a speech.

Time: 12pm - 3pm

All welcome showing solidarity with and for peace loving people of ZIMBABWE.

Press contacts: 

07876220259/ 07939165044

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ABC Australia

Last Update: Monday, March 31, 2003. 11:34pm (AEST)
Zimbabwe police surround Mugabe home as opposition deadline looms

Police have deployed large numbers of security forces around President
Robert Mugabe's official residence in the Zimbabwean capital as an
opposition ultimatum to government is set to expire.

The country's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party
have given President Mugabe's government until today to address a series of
demands which include the restoration of law and order and an end to alleged
state-sponsored violence.

It has warned that if the government fails to meet the demands, the MDC will
march on State House, the official residence.

An AFP correspondent has seen an unusually high number of police milling
around street corners leading to the State House located on the outskirts of
the central business district.

Police are deployed in groups of around a dozen at each street corner.

Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi has said the government takes the
opposition threats "very seriously" and warned that anyone trying to stir
unrest would be "dealt with severely".

Police set up road blocks along main roads leading into the city, stopping
buses and searching commuters.

The ultimatum expires as results from crucial weekend by-elections, preceded
by a period of violence and tension, are due to be announced
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      Zimbabwe tension mounts as protesters promise 'final push'

Zimbabwean police have deployed reinforcements to Robert Mugabe's official
residence as the opposition promised a final push of anti-government

State radio quoted Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi as saying the security
measures have been taken to thwart any attempts to cause anarchy.

Meanwhile, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change said its deputy
leader, Gibson Sibanda, has been arrested in Bulawayo amid claims he helped
organise a two-day national strike earlier this month.

Lawyer Josphat Tshuma said Sibanda was arrested under stringent security
laws banning political demonstrations without police clearance.

Zimbabwe's political crisis deepened at the weekend after Mohadi threatened
to arrest opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and other opposition
officials. He accused them of inciting violence by calling for more protests
against the government.

Tensions were also heightened during two parliamentary by-elections in
opposition strongholds in western Harare on Saturday and Sunday.

State radio reports both seats were retained by the opposition, with 31,000
people voting in the township election districts of Highfield and
Kuwadzana - a turnout of about 30%. The opposition said the polls were
marred by intense intimidation from ruling party militants to discourage
residents from casting their ballots.

Dozens of paramilitary police have now been posted on routes leading to
Mugabe's residence and his State House office complex where Mohadi said
demonstrators had threatened to march.

In a message to supporters,Tsvangirai said a March 31 deadline for Mugabe to
begin sweeping democratic reforms was about to expire without progress.

He said: "This will be the final push that will restore our sovereignty,
liberty and freedom. It will be a struggle that calls for extreme
sacrifices, indeed even the supreme sacrifice of death."

© Associated Press
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Please send any material for publication in the Open Letter Forum to with "For Open Letter Forum" in the subject line.


Letter 1: Below is a poem written by Clive Kay in October 2000, perhaps
appropriate to the division that is so prevalent amongst us at this time.


Life is too short
to be filled with anger.
Anger is an emotion
that easily manifests itself
But is difficult to rid oneself of.

Anger clouds rational thinking,
It provides the opening
for evil to establish itself.
When one acts in anger,
Remorse and regret and regret inevitably follow.

I have experienced that anger
in its most destructive form.
With it came hatred,
a passionate loathing,
of careless minds and lost souls
who so easily succumb to evil.

It is not their fault!
They have a brain and the ability to choose.
But how can one choose what is right
When one cannot distinguish it from wrong?
Evil grows where good was never sown!

Do not frown on those who frown on you,
Rather unite to shed light on their darkness.
Help where help is needed
Because where good turns a blind eye to the helpless
Evil lends a hand of demise and destruction.


Letter 2: J Worsley-Worswick

The Senior Editor
The Daily News

Dear Sir,

In the 25th March 2003 edition of the Daily News on your leader page (8) in
the commentary column you categorically state and I quote:

"The government hurriedly put in place the controversial Land Acquisition
Act, which is being challenged by the Commercial Farmers Union, representing
white farmers, as it violates property rights as enshrined in the

This is factually incorrect as, at this time, the CFU have no
constitutional challenge to the Land Acquisition Act.  There are a number
of small constitutional cases being brought on an individual basis
necessitated by CFU's reticence to litigate on their members' and their
workers' behalf.  Justice for Agriculture on the 24th June 2002 brought a
constitutional challenge to the Land Acquisition Act (known as the Quinnell
case) on behalf of commercial farmers and their workers.  This case raises
eight constitutional points where the government have violated the
constitution.  Appeal was made by farmers and Justice for Agriculture to
the CFU to bring this challenge as a representative action which would have
granted the interim relief ruling as handed down to Quinnell to every
commercial farmer in the country and saved commercial farmers approximately
$600 million of individual litigation costs.

In light of the above and in the interest of factual reporting and
upholding the truth I respectfully request a published correction to this
misleading commentary that is likely to cause consternation amongst
commercial farmers and their workers.

I look forward to your response to this request and in the meantime,

Yours sincerely,

John Worsley-Worswick


Letter 3: D Conolly

Dear Dave,

I thank you for your letter to me as Chairman of JAG.  You use many thought
provoking words and phrases, which require a calculated, factual and
truthful response, so that, as you correctly identify, farmers' genuine
interests may be served.

I would say to you that a united and positive CFU without the correct
consensus derived policy and the will and strategy to implement it is sure
to fail.  I cannot come to grips with your thinking that an organisation
without policy direction and strategy can prosper.

To me this is the main reason why JAG and CFU cannot operate on a united
front.  In fact, Made's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) document as
published in the Herald, and perceived by most Zimbabweans to be CFU
policy, is a direct result of CFU being devoid of policy direction and
strategy.  Should you choose to go through that document (MOU), you will be
shocked to see that 95% has been promoted and implemented by CFU in the
past.  I have personally met with CFU on a number of occasions and pleaded
with them to come out with a policy document and I am sorry to say as yet
to no avail.

Referring back to your letter and the thought process behind the creation
of policy and strategy within JAG, you use the phrases "spurious drivel",
"detached thinking" and "garbage" to describe some of the information on
the open letter forum (OLF).  This encourages me as open debate is now in
progress, which the closing of The Farmer so successfully stifled.  We at
JAG are convinced that consensus policy created out of open debate is sure
to succeed.  That is why JAG was so frustrated when CFU never took up the
recent challenge to an open forum debate with JAG and farmers at Art Farm.
We felt that clear policy would result from that and this would unite
farmers and their representative groups with a single policy reflecting
unity of purpose and strategy for the way forward.

Returning to the OLF and admitting that I have never been one for history,
I do concede that the situation we find ourselves in today in Zimbabwe is
nothing new and it would be foolhardy of us not to take note of how our
ancestry solved identical problems.

Dave, I would encourage you to come to a JAG policy meeting, held every
Tuesday.  I agree wholeheartedly with you when you say commercial farmers
are diverse in opinion, formidable and determined.  I can assure you at our
meetings there are no sacred cows, there is much grandstanding and
defending of positions and most importantly an open door policy of
inclusion and participation by any farmer.  However, when we walk out of
that door there is huge mutual respect and most importantly a commonality
and unity of purpose and policy and a consensus strategy for the way

Returning to your letter and the use of the phrase "reformed leadership".
As a hunter you should know, a leopard does not change its spots and a man
will do what is in his heart.  That is why I have great cautious and
guarded respect for the Zanu-PF leader.  He is implementing what was in his
heart when he grew up as a boy at Kutama (he is a Madota Sibili) even
though this is a complete disaster for the country we all know and love,

The CFU leadership has been implementing what is in their hearts for the
last 3 years, the majority of which can be found in Made's MOU.  This
explains why they will not come out with a policy document that they are
prepared to defend in an open forum debate.  It also explains why they
proceed with the Zanu-PF plan for compensation only as opposed to
restitution/compensation (i.e. the so called land reform process is
irreversible).  It also explains why, during the national stay away, for
the top echelons of Zanu-PF, CFU and ZTA it was business as usual.  It
explains why CFU will not put its name to a representative legal action
proving that the breakdown of the rule of law in the commercial farming
areas of Zimbabwe is state inspired, or to any legal action for that
matter.  Dave, you ask us to support this unconditionally, I say to you the
proof of the pudding is in the eating.  Get into bed with the CFU and when
you wake up in the morning you will be lying next to Zanu-PF and Zimbabwe
the country we all know and love will have passed you by.  There is ample
historical evidence to prove this.

Your contention that we have dropped the ball we refute categorically.  In
fact we are still running with all the balls we set out with which include
not only the various litigation initiatives (primarily the Quinnell
Constitutional Case and the Rule of Law Case) but also the publicity and
accountability initiatives to the extent in fact that CFU are using this as
a very comfortable excuse to do and implement nothing on these fronts.

Dave, JAG has a policy of challenging the unconstitutional laws of Zimbabwe
where they hinder viability and production, holding people accountable for
their actions where these infringe the constitutional law through the loss
document, and taking advantage of the once in a lifetime opportunity that
we now have in creating a unity of purpose for agriculture that can benefit
generations to come. These generations will hopefully include members of
the JAG team's families.  We have no desire for positions of influence or
recognition, simply a future in a new Zimbabwe amongst free and empowered

Yours sincerely
Dave Conolly


Letter 4:

The letter by Dave Joubert.......he makes a valid point. Criticism ceases
to be constructive once the reason that prompted the censure in the first
place has been removed.

However, having made his point he should have left it at that. It was a
shame to stoop to badmouthing the one person who had the courage to voice
his feelings. Willie Robinson has committed to writing the sentiments that
most of us have felt and he was also asking the questions that most of us
wanted to ask.( And doing it with humour and style).

It would be nice if the CFU hierarchy has seen the light and found some
courage to stand firm. We await their "Mission Statement" and to see
whether they carry it through or not -- there are "Mission Statements"
lying in tatters all over the just have to visit any
Police camp.



Letter 5: J L Robinson

My dear Worswick,

I am now an ex farmer, and an ex union member - having returned my Licence
Card in terms of the conditions of a farmer that ceases to farm - as per
the reverse of the card. I think that I no longer qualify to participate in
that chapter. As an emancipated farmer I have been studying Mr. Fiske's
assessment of the problems we face in this country - please do not write
them off as garbage just because you might put them on the Open Letter

"Honesty and Justice are the most valuable business assets. All capital is
man made. The supply of land is finite and constant - there will always be
the same amount. All macro-economic talk of `land shortages' and `land
surpluses' is therefore ridiculous. To blame human poverty on a shortage of
land and expect men to solve the problem is crying for the moon. No one can
increase the supply of land or reduce it. All we can hope to do about land
as an economic resource is to make better use of it. The richest places on
earth are densely populated. The supply of labour can vary modestly."

His assessment of our poverty is a bitter pill to swallow:
"Wherever communities are poor it is always because people and their
governments have been trying to take a short cut to wealth and affluence.
When they down play honesty and justice on a modest scale we recognize them
as thieves and fraudsters. When they conspire to get their governments to
do it for them, we get confused. In reality, the only difference between
theft and `redistributive taxation' is the size of the gang."

His clinical analysis of us "becoming confused" really hurts and he has
probably been watching from the sideline for three years now.

It is of great comfort to me that Mr. Joubert has joined the game. I
honestly thought that we had placed the ball in the High Court on 24th June
last year - not dropped it. It is now in the Supreme Court ready for June
this year. Perhaps with our focus on the price tag of this treat - in
excess of thirty five million dollars - he feels that we, as a new team
"became confused" about indulging ourselves in this `luxury' of Honesty and
Justice. I think not.

I believe that Mr. Joubert's ball skills and fresh ideas will be most
welcome at the reformed leadership team, and I urge him to scrum down with
them at his earliest convenience for this country's benefit, to help them
play their game.

I trust that my suggestion is taken in good faith, and not deemed to be
divisive by any player or team.

Best wishes,


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For immediate release 31 March 2003

Psychological Warfare Mugabe Style: Movement for Democratic Change Vice
President Arrested

Gibson Sibanda, the Vice-President of the Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) in Zimbabwe was arrested earlier this afternoon, but has yet to be
formally charged.

A Save Zimbabwe campaign spokesman said today, "Robert Mugabe, a
self-appointed Hitler, said only this month that he wants to smash the
opposition.  In light of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC's)
electoral victory in 2 local by-elections over the weekend, it is not
surprising that the government has stepped up its assault on the MDC

"The regime is now showing signs of desperation, and we are entering very
dangerous times. The weekend bi-elections are a further rebuff to the
regime.  Candidates and voters were intimidated and detained, electoral
rolls were reportedly falsified, an election official kidnapped on the eve
of the weekend poll, and in a country where nearly half the population is
facing starvation, food was again used as an incentive for voters to vote
for the ruling party, ZANU-PF.  But people still voted for the Opposition".

"Today is also the deadline for the government to meet 15 pre-conditions for
the restoration of democracy and human rights established by the MDC
following the stay away on 18-19 March.  As the government has not
delivered, more peaceful demonstrations have been planned.  We have already
seen Mugabe unleash his fury on those who dared express their
dissatisfaction with the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe.
Following the stay away, more than 250 people were hospitalized and one was
man was murdered after being beaten by government agents.  With more
peaceful opposition planned, we can only expect the worst from Mugabe's
regime", he added.

"The latest arrest could be the start of a wider crackdown to break the MDC
leadership.  Zimbabwe is extremely tense at the moment, and a concerted
attack on the opposition leadership could result in country-wide violence",
he said.  Police and militias are already anticipating violence and they are
ominously concentrated in urban areas."

"The people of Zimbabwe have shown their patience, their commitment to
non-violent means of expressing their dissent, and their commitment to human
rights and democracy.  This is a remarkable feat in the most difficult of
circumstances.  It merits the respect and support of all nations committed
to the freedom and independence of its people in the face of tyranny".

For press enquiries please contact

Helen Campbell +44 (0)7905917459
Fiona Wickham +32 (0)498292502
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A Press advertisement was placed in The Sunday Mail of March 30th 2003, by
the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, listing over 300
farm names from all Provinces - quote "The below schedule summarises
details of farms whose owners or representatives should contact the
Department of Lands and Rural Resettlement discuss the position of their
farms as a matter of urgency".

JAG has had a number of enquiries about this advertisement but we are
awaiting information from some farmers who are following up.  You will be
advised as soon as we have the necessary feed back, as to what this
initiative pertains to and how to proceed

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Well well well. It was really necessary to watch ZBC's News Hour tonight. As was expected, they managed to once again subvert the crushing defeat of ZANU PF in both the Kuwadzana and Highfields by-election. We were subjected to 11 minutes of the success of the Zimbabwe football team beating the Seychelles 3-1. Whilst this effort is commendable, albeit against a somewhat inferior team, to fly this as a TOP STORY is just another example of the selective and unbalanced reporting carried out by the Governments propaganda machine.

Does the government really think that after so much propaganda build up of the ruling party's expected success plus  intimidation, unlawful arrests, torture, harassment etc.etc., that the government can sway Zimbabweans into believing that 11 minutes of football can cover up a total failure on their part to win two important by-elections?

The people have spoken with one voice. Even if ZBC only allowed 2 minutes to air the MDC success and only interviewed Chinotimba, who incidently does not accept the result, it can not be hidden that the People have the strength to create the Change

We must remember the power of the People in the hard times ahead. It is everyone's duty as a Zimbabwean to follow the call to effect the necessary change to create a better life for all Zimbabweans. The success in winning the two contested seats under extreme circumstances, is evidence that Zimbabweans will not be beaten into submission by a dictatorship that introduces draconian and unjust laws to quash freedom and democracy.

Let us continue our just demands for freedom of speech, freedom of association, a return to a just rule of law and democracy and a respect of human rights.

When the next call comes for action - HEED IT!

Mike Lander - Bulawayo
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            EU, G8 countries could lose confidence in Nepad
            March 31, 2003, 15:45

            Baroness Valerie Amos, the British Minister for Africa, says the
lenient attitude towards Zimbabwe by the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) could lead to the European Union and the G8 countries
losing confidence and enthusiasm in the New Partnership for Africa's
Development (Nepad). Amos was addressing the National Press Club in

            She says promises of action on Zimbabwe made in private by South
Africa have not resulted in visible progress. Amos says pressing issues in
Zimbabwe include the resumption of the inter-party dialogue, a re-look at
land reform and preparation for free and fair elections.

            Dismissing allegations that Britain reneged on the 1980
Lancaster House agreements, Amos said Britain had to withdraw its financial
support for land reform because Zimbabwe did not have tangible policy
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28 March 2003 15:21
Action !!

1) Subject: Wear black on the 18 April 2003 ...
Many Zimbabweans are deeply saddened and angered by what has happened and is still happening to our beloved country Zimbabwe. We are campaigning for people to show their disapproval of what is happening. We are asking all Zimbabweans at home and abroad to wear black on 18 April as a sign of mourning for the death of democracy in Zimbabwe. We are asking everyone who reads this letter to spread the message. Zimbabwean Patriots in the UK (and all over the world)  (Let's all do this to make it work - diarize the date and WEAR BLACK)
2) The next phase of Action for National Survival is likely to begin in the next week -10 days.  This will be more sustained, more widespread and possibly more violent, as the forces of repression become more cornered and fight for survival. Already the reprisals for the 2-day stay-away have been under way for several days and have resulted in deaths, torture, rape, abductions and imprisonment of both activists and innocent by-standers.

This is the price we are paying for showing the regime that it is we the people who have the power! This is the price we will continue to pay to return our nation to sanity.  However, many of these reprisals could have been avoided if people had taken minimum precautions - a safe house is  essential if you are a likely target.

Prepare for the next phase now - stock up on food, fuel and whatever else you might need.  Have your own survival plan in place, and remain alert at all times. Find out what's happening - don't wait for someone else to tell you!
Dear friends all over the world,
Pray for us Zimbo's. When we start getting e-mails like this, who knows what is in store for us next?  Add to the above information that there was a bomb scare at Border Timbers,  Mutare, 24 March 2003, (causing the entire company, both Paulington and Nykamete branches to evacuate their premises) and live hand grenades were discovered on the shelves of TM and Jaggers. Apparently these companies refused to take part in the 2-day national mass action stay away last week. I fear worse things are to come.

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