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Harare throws SADC initiative into turmoil

Zim Online

Thursday 16 August 2007

Own Correspondent

JOHANNESBURG - The Zimbabwean government on Wednesday further threw into
disarray a regional initiative to negotiate a settlement to the country's
long-running crisis, ruling out resumption of talks with the opposition.

Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told reporters in the Zambian
capital, Lusaka, that Harare would not resume dialogue with the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, which he accused of engaging in
a violent campaign to remove President Robert Mugabe from power.

"There is no justification whatsoever for committing violence against
innocent people," he told reporters from the Zambian National Broadcasting

He accused the MDC of carrying out bombings and arson.

"They are only interested in getting into power through unconstitutional
means," he said.

The combative Chinamasa spoke as leaders of the 14-member Southern African
Development Community (SADC) gathered in Lusaka for an annual summit at
which the Zimbabwe crisis was expected to top the agenda.

Chinamasa's comments could pose challenges for South African President Thabo
Mbeki, appointed by SADC in March to mediate in the feud between Mugabe's
ruling ZANU PF party and the MDC.

Mbeki is expected to table a progress report on the talks at the Lusaka

Observers said Chinamasa's utterances could reflect Harare's stance on the
crisis talks and put both SADC and Mbeki in a difficult position.

SADC is desperate to see an end to the seven-year Zimbabwean crisis to allow
the region to forge ahead with an ongoing economic crusade that has seen the
regional economy registering average growth of five percent for the past six

Zimbabwe, beset by serious economic challenges, is currently the weakest
link in the regional jigsaw puzzle and registered growth of minus 4.4
percent last year.

An unresolved Zimbabwe crisis also poses a serious security threat for the
rest of the region, with more than three million Zimbabweans, a quarter of
the country's 12 million population, having fled into neighbouring countries
to escape hardships at home.

The influx of Zimbabweans into mostly South Africa and Botswana to buy basic
commodities in short supply at home has resulted in higher prices for goods,
a potential time-bomb for social unrest in these countries.

Chinamasa also spoke as Zimbabwean police arrested more than 40 civic
society members on their way to Lusaka for the SADC summit.

A police officer at Chirundu border confirmed to ZimOnline the arrest of the
civic activists but refused to give details.

The officer said the activists were arrested at the Chirundu border post
between Zimbabwe and Zambia because they "wanted to cause confusion in

They would be detained until the end of the summit after which they are
expected to appear in court.

"We have a number of people - close to 50 - who were denied entry into
Zambia and we are holding them in cells here," the police officer said.

ZimOnline is reliably informed that among those detained was National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) spokesman Madock Chivasa who was expected to
lobby regional leaders to take the Zimbabwean crisis seriously.

NCA chairman Lovemore Madhuku could not yesterday confirm the arrest of

"We are yet to confirm whether or not our spokesperson is indeed among the
people who were arrested, but we have not been able to communicate with
 him," said Madhuku.

SADC comprises Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho,
Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland,
Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. - ZimOnline

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Zim clinics demand paraffin lamps, water from pregnant women

Zim Online

Thursday 16 August 2007

By Farisai Gonye

HARARE - Hundreds of Zimbabwean women have been giving birth in the dark as
an all round collapse of the once prosperous country begins taking a toll
even on newly born babies.

While ZimOnline could not get exact figures, authorities at various
hospitals and clinics around the country confirmed that "several" newly born
babies were dying during birth because of poor sanitary facilities and lack
of electricity.

As a result, state- and council-run urban hospitals and clinics have started
demanding packets of candles and gallons of water from expecting mothers as
biting electricity and water shortages take a toll on health institutions.

Power outages, a normal way of life for millions of Zimbabweans, had over
the past year spared health institutions.

But authorities told ZimOnline that the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply
Authority (ZESA) was no longer sparing hospitals and clinics, cutting off
electricity supplies to these institutions for several hours at a time.

This has forced hospital authorities to demand candles or paraffin lamps
from women intending to give birth at hospitals.

A nurse at Chegutu District Hospital, more than 100 kilometres south-west of
Harare, said water and electricity supplies to the health institution are
erratic, making it almost impossible to deliver babies.

"A good number of newly born babies have died during birth because of these
conditions. Maternity wards are a critical area because of the strict
sanitation conditions required," said the nurse who could not be named for
professional reasons.

She added: "Now we don't admit into the maternity ward anyone without water
and candles. Paraffin lamps are a good substitute for candles."

Deputy Health Minister Edwin Muguti yesterday denied reports of children
dying because of current electricity and water shortages.

"We have an arrangement with ZESA to ensure that health institutions are not
affected by electricity cuts. I will investigate but I don't have such
reports yet," said Muguti.

But another nurse at Warren Park clinic, run by the cash-strapped Harare
City Council, begged to differ with Muguti.

"We are affected (by electricity cuts). There is also no fuel to run the
electricity generator that is now lying idle," he said.

Ochi Chivi, a primary school teacher in Zimbabwe's fourth city of Mutare,
said his wife was turned away from Zimunya community hospital in the city
because she did not have water, candles and cotton wool.

"They demanded 20 litres of water, three kilograms of cotton wool, and
candles. My wife was experiencing serious labour pains and I left her in the
open at the clinic ran around looking for the required things," Chivi said.

Zimbabwe is battling acute shortages of electricity, water and other
commodities as a seven-year economic crisis critics blame on President
Robert Mugabe's mismanagement bites. - ZimOnline

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ZANU PF bigwigs raid grain silos

Zim Online

Thursday 16 August 2007

By Thabang Mathebula

BULAWAY0 - Ruling ZANU PF party bigwigs in Matabeleland region have been
linked to a scam involving diversion of scarce maize grain from the Grain
Marketing Board (GMB) for personal use at the expense of starving millions
in the region.

GMB sources yesterday said the officials are muscling their way into GMB
depots in the region where they buy the bulk of the limited maize being
delivered to the region and move it to selected millers in the area where
the staple is turned into stock-feeds.

One of the senior politicians named in the maize-diversion scam was Industry
and International Trade Minister Obert Mpofu who confirmed to ZimOnline that
he buys maize from the GMB for feeding cattle at his Nyamandlovu farm but
denied diverting the staple from the parastatal.

"I have cattle to feed and I do order grain for that purpose from time to
time. It is not true that I divert grain meant for public consumption,"
Mpofu said, insisting that he uses normal channels to get the maize.

"I queue up for it like everyone else," said the minister who ironically
heads a crack government taskforce on pricing, which has been on a two-month
purge of businesses and individuals accused of hoarding and overcharging.

But the sources insisted the minister has planted people at GMB's Bulawayo
depot and always calls each time there is a delivery of maize giving orders
for the grain be taken to Sitshebo Milling.

"From there, some of the stock-feed is delivered to his cattle farm in
Nyamandlovu while the rest is sold at black market rates," said a source who
spoke on condition he was not named fearing reprisals from his superiors.

Workers at Sitshebo Milling yesterday confirmed that Mpofu comes to the
company once a week with maize for milling into stock-feed.

One of the workers said the stock-feed is transported to Mpofu's farm in
Nyamandlovu where part is fed to his cattle while the remainder finds its
way onto the black market.

"Part of it is used to feed over 300 cattle and the rest is sold at black
market prices. They say dealing in stock-feed is more profitable because the
price of stock-feed is not controlled," the milling company employee said.

Mpofu however denied allegations that he was using his political influence
to get large quantities of maize from the GMB, which he later uses to feed
the black market for stock-feeds in the region.

"I do not sell the stock-feed because it is never enough to feed my own
cattle," Mpofu said.

The actions by the political leaders is depriving genuine millers and
starving masses from accessing cheap GMB maize.

Bulawayo and surrounding areas are currently experiencing an acute shortage
of maize-meal due to the absence of grain at the GMB, a state monopoly with
the sole responsibility of buying and selling maize in the country.

Matabeleland is one of the regions most affected by poor harvests caused by
drought and the government's ill-conceived land reform programme that chased
away thousands of productive former white farmers.

President Robert Mugabe's government has however insisted that no one would
die of hunger despite the poor harvest experienced last season.

Harare is reported to have ordered maize from Malawi and Tanzania to
supplement its poor harvest - ZimOnline

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Civic groups meet SA government over ZANU PF, MDC talks

Zim Online

Thursday 16 August 2007

Own Correspondent

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwean civic groups on Tuesday met officials from the
South African government in Pretoria to offer their input into ongoing talks
to resolve Zimbabwe's seven-year old political crisis.

South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki has since last March been spearheading
regional efforts to facilitate dialogue between the ruling ZANU PF party and
the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

The talks, which are seen as the last chance to peacefully resolve Zimbabwe's
deepening political crisis, are however said to be hanging by a thread after
the ZANU PF delegation failed to turn up for the talks last month.

Pretoria has however stressed that the talks are still on track with Mbeki
expected to present a report to Southern African Development Community
(SADC) leaders at their annual summit that begins in Lusaka today.

In a communiqué issued after the four-hour meeting, the civic groups said
any attempts to resolve the Zimbabwe crisis should be premised on the
penning and adoption of a new, democratic constitution for the country.

"The process (of writing a new constitution) must be owned by the Zimbabwean
people for it to be credible," said the communiqué.

The civic groups also said Zimbabwe's "electoral framework must be reviewed
to make it comply with the barest minimum requirements of the SADC
(electoral) guidelines and other recognised international standards."

"The practice of organised violence and torture has to be dismantled in a
credible and transparent manner so that Zimbabweans can live in an
atmosphere of peace, freedom and security," said the communiqué.

President Robert Mugabe has already rejected opposition demands for a new
constitution saying that his government will forge ahead with plans to
unilaterally amend the constitution in Parliament where ZANU PF has a

Tuesday's meeting between civic groups and the South African government,
represented by Local Government Minister Sydney Mafumadi, came three months
after Zimbabwean civic groups sharply protested over their exclusion from
the Mbeki-led talks.

The civic groups had since last May been clamouring for a role in the talks
warning that any dialogue that excluded civic groups would be doomed to fail
as they represented a huge constituency in Zimbabwe's political affairs.

Among some of the groups that attended the meeting were the National
Association of Non Governmental Organisations, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights, the National Constitutional Assembly, Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition, Zimbabwe Election Support Network and the Women of Zimbabwe
Arise. - ZimOnline

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Mbeki urged to stop shielding Mugabe from censure

Zim Online

Thursday 16 August 2007

By Ntando Ncube

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's opposition African Christian Democratic Party
(ACDP) party on Wednesday urged President Thabo Mbeki to stop shielding
President Robert Mugabe from censure.

ACDP President Kenneth Meshoe made the remarks after the South African
government denied weekend reports that said Pretoria blamed the crisis in
Zimbabwe on former colonial master Britain.

The report claimed that Mbeki would paint an optimistic picture of his
efforts to broker a political settlement in Zimbabwe between Mugabe and the
main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

South Africa's deputy foreign affairs minister Aziz Pahad on Wednesday
categorically denied that there was ever such a report.

Responding to the government denials of the report blaming Britain, Meshoe
said Mbeki must confront Mugabe to force the Zimbabwean leader to change
tack and save the troubled southern African country from the brink.

"If the report is untrue then President Mbeki must make it categorically
clear that it is his friend, President Mugabe and not Britain, that bears
the brunt of the blame for the imminent collapse of the Zimbabwe economy",
Meshoe said.

"It's time for the President (Mbeki) to accept the fact that his quiet
diplomacy has failed dismally and confront the Zimbabwe leader," he added.

Mbeki has since last March been leading regional efforts to find a
negotiated solution to Zimbabwe's seven-year old political stalemate.

But his efforts appear to be floundering with Mugabe contemptuously reneging
on pledges he gave last March to regional leaders to engage in dialogue with
the MDC over the crisis.

On Wednesday, Zimbabwe Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, who is leading
the ZANU PF delegation at the talks with the MDC, said there was no need to
engage the opposition in talks in the clearest indication yet that the
ruling party is not serious about the talks. - ZimOnline

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Relief for Zim mobile phone company

Zim Online

Thursday 16 August 2007

By Thulani Munda

HARARE - A Zimbabwe High Court judge on Wednesday reversed a government
order issued last week to cancel an operating licence for a private mobile
phone company, Telecel Zimbabwe.

Last week, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of
Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) said it was canceling Telecel's licence after it accused
the mobile firm of failing to rectify its shareholding structure.

Under Zimbabwe's investment laws, foreign ownership should be limited to no
more than 49 percent.

Telecel was said to be 60 percent owned by Telecel International while
Empowerment Corporation, a consortium of indigenous Zimbabwean businessmen
owns the remaining 60 percent.

In a judgment delivered in his chambers yesterday, High Court Judge Joseph
Musakwa gave Telecel Zimbabwe some relief after he suspended the
cancellation of the firm's operating licence.

In his order, Musakwa said: "It is hereby ordered that the determination of
the appeal by the 2nd respondent (Transport and Communications Minister
Chris Mushohwe) canceling the licence and directing the applicant to switch
off its telecommunications issued by the 1st respondent (POTRAZ) be and is
hereby suspended."

Telecel was licensed in 1998 at a time when President Robert Mugabe's
government pushed strongly to economically empower the indigenous black

But the mobile phone company has been dogged by infighting with Mugabe's
nephew, Leo, insisting that he be given a stake in Empowerment Corporation.
The other members in the grouping have however resisted the plans.

Economic commentators say the cancellation of Telecel's licence was an
attempt to punish fugitive Zimbabwean businessman James Makamba who skipped
the country in 2005 after he was accused of externalising huge sums of
foreign currency.

Makamba holds a 23 percent stake in Telecel through his company Kestrel
Corporation. - ZimOnline

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Masvingo villagers vow to resist eviction

Zim Online

Thursday 16 August 2007

By Regerai Marwezu

MASVINGO - About a hundred villagers living near Neshuro rural service
centre in Mwenezi district are up in arms against a government plan to evict
them from the area to pave way for the expansion of the service centre.

The villagers, some of whom say their ancestors settled in the area about a
century ago, have vowed to resist the eviction order, saying they could not
be moved away from their ancestral land.

The villagers also say the eviction plans are reminiscent of colonial-era
land evictions that saw thousands of black villagers forcibly removed from
fertile lands to "tribal trust lands."

But Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo says the villagers must comply
with the order since they were compensated for the inconvenience sometime
last year.

In a letter to the rural district council in Mwenezi, seen by ZimOnline,
Chombo said the villagers should vacate the area before the end of next

"Please be advised that following your request to remove people settled
around Neshuro, the ministry has since agreed to have them removed.

"Please issue the villagers with eviction notices so that they will have
left by the end of September this year," said Chombo.

Chombo, who insisted that the villagers were compensated for their loss, on
Wednesday confirmed sanctioning the eviction, saying it is "the duty of
local authorities to manage and address problems in areas under their

Some villagers who spoke to ZimOnline this week said the money that they
were given last year was not enough to build proper structures in the new
areas where they were to relocate.

"While we were given some compensation, the money is not enough. We were
given Z$45 million before the government slashed three zeroes on the
currency, meaning that effectively we were given just about Z$45 000.

"We have already communicated to the council that the money that we were
given is not enough even to build a pole and dagga hut," said Irene Muyambo,
a spokesperson for the villagers.

Another villager, Onismus Mavundu, said they were prepared to fight anyone
to retain their ancestral land.

"Our ancestors lived and died right here. We settled here before the rural
service centre was set up. We are prepared to fight any army or anyone who
comes here to effect the evictions," said Mavundu.

Contacted for comment, Mwenezi rural district council chief executive
officer, Stanislaus Mavesere said the villagers must prepare to move as the
minister had already given the go ahead for the evictions.

"We played our part as council and compensated the villagers," said
Mavesere. - ZimOnline

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Dongo and Wilfred Mhanda on Hotseat
15th Aug 2007 23:41 GMT

By Violet Gonda

SW Radio Africa Transcript

Hot Seat interview: Margaret Dongo and Wilfred Mhanda

Broadcast 14 th August 2007

Violet Gonda: The scheduled programme with Dr. John Makumbe will be flighted at a later date. Instead we bring you a Heroes Day debate with two former freedom fighters. Is the day still significant given the current crisis?

On the 11 th of August Zimbabweans commemorate Heroes Day, an event meant to honour the thousands who died fighting in the liberation war against the colonial regime led by Ian Smith. But events in Zimbabwe have rendered the occasion meaningless  due to a crisis of governance that has produced hunger, hyper-inflation, state sponsored violence and oppression at the hands of the same government that was supposed to liberate Zimbabweans.

Many see no significance in commemorating Heroes Day since what the heroes fought for - freedom – is now lost? My guests on the programme Hot Seat today are; Wilfred Mhanda, who is a former liberation war senior commander & former director of the Zimbabwe Liberators Platform. He is one of the people personally responsible for bringing Robert Mugabe to power; and Margaret Dongo a co-founder of the National Liberation War Veterans' Association and the first woman to stand as an independent in Zimbabwe . Amai Dongo was also the first woman to successfully challenge the electoral system in the High Court. Welcome on the programme Hot Seat.

Margaret Dongo: Thank you very much Violet.

Wilfred Mhanda: Thank you Violet.

Violet: Now I’m going to start with Wilfred Mhanda. If Josiah Tongogara and Herbert Chitepo were alive, what do you think they would say about what’s happening in Zimbabwe right now.

Wilfred Mhanda: Naturally, they would be pained at the suffering that the people are going through. This is totally opposed to what they would have hoped that liberation would have ushered into free Zimbabwe.

People would have been free, there should have been adequate food, we would not be worrying about water, we would not be worrying about electricity, fuel and so forth. Definitely it’s more or less like an anti climax in terms of that. But what I’m saying is that we always focus on people like Tongogara and Chitepo. I think our war of liberation started earlier in the 1890’s. We should also be asking ‘what would Nehanda be asking, what would Chaminuka, what would Lobengula be asking?’ It’s the suffering of the people. It’s the suffering of the people. They would not be happy. No liberation fighter would be happy with the suffering of the people that the people are going through right now.

Violet: And Amai Dongo, have the tenants of freedom been eroded?

Margaret Dongo: Have a look Violet, what I would want to respond to first is the question you have asked my colleague. I think when you look at leaders, if you look at Zimbabwe today, my answer would be unpredictable. It’s very difficult to tell what a person would do in future. What our current President is doing today is not what he used to do before. So people change with the environment and with the situation prevailing at that time.

So I wouldn’t say Tongogara would have been the best but I want to believe that the ideals of the liberation struggle, if one was to follow that then there would actually be a best leader. But for me to say Tongogara would have done better, I don’t agree because human beings are like wind, they can change the direction. You know how wind blows.

Violet: And, Mr. Mhanda, what do you make of what Amai Dongo has just said? People change with time. Now you were together in the struggle with the likes of people like Robert Mugabe, has he changed, or he’s always been like this?

Wilfred Mhanda: As far as I am concerned, I would not say he has. From my understanding of the man himself, beginning in the 1976 when I first met him he has hardly changed. It’s people’s perception of him that has changed. He has not changed as far as I am concerned. He has always been relentless, focused on power and consolidating power, nothing else. In that regard he hasn’t changed.

Violet: So now, many people in Zimbabwe feel there is nothing to celebrate when it comes to Heroes Day commemorations, do you agree with this vaMhanda?

Wilfred Mhanda: I would not agree with that. It’s time for reflection; the sacrifices, the pain that we went through to bring about the Independence that people are so proud of. We might talk of the suffering and so forth, but at least we are an independent country and a sovereign country that Mugabe boasts about. So I would say it’s not a question of saying that we should not think about that period, we should not reflect about the sacrifice that people made.

I would go as far as to say that what is painful is that whilst we remember the sacrifices made by the former liberation fighters, we should also not forget the atrocities committed by the Rhodesians, by Ian Smith. These have been conveniently forgotten. Ian Smith is a free man, he has not been called to account for murdering and killing innocent young children, men and women. That is a painful experience to me. We should not only think of the sacrifice but also we are reminded of the atrocities and also the cruelty of the regime that we were fighting against.

Violet: But sadly, some people say the situation under Ian Smith was actually much better than the situation right now in a new Zimbabwe .

Wilfred Mhanda: I would not agree with that. It’s better to be a free man. It’s better to suffer in freedom. It’s better to have your own dignity. Here, we are abusing our own selves. We were fighting against colonialism, we can never wish to be anybody’s colony; be it British or American. The responsibility should be ours. We have let things degenerate and deteriorate to that. But it should not get us to the point of saying ‘it was better to be under Ian Smith’. I respect my own dignity; I was not treated as a person during Smith’s era. Of course, admittedly, in terms of the suffering, some of the suffering is exactly the same; the abuse of power, the abuse of human rights, it’s exactly the same. But, when you look probably at the material conditions in terms of people being able to make ends meet, like in the urban areas, comparatively, people fared better that time, but not in terms of the whole nation.

Violet: Amai Dongo, what are your thoughts on this, is there anything to celebrate?

Margaret Dongo: Violet, this is a very important day to Zimbabweans, and this is the only time they can acknowledge the role, the outstanding role, that was played by the former freedom fighters with no regrets. It’s also time to reflect on the future and the past, and I think what people need to do is to separate issues here. A Heroes day is a Heroes day and it has a meaning. To both, be it opposition, be it the ruling party, even Ian Smith should actually be joining hands because he has his own heroes as well, which he calls heroes who were fighting against us. It is actually the greatest moment that you can also use to remember them because they also played a role in protecting his power. So, this is the day which brings us all together.

I think the problems that we have as Zimbabweans, we abuse certain platforms, and that’s the dilemma that I see. We abuse certain platforms. This platform is meant to remember the fallen heroes irregardless of what is said but I think more so, we also need to remember that even here, there are heroes who didn’t hold a gun; people like Jairos Jiri are important factors in my life. There are so many heroes that we can talk about and that’s the only time that we can remember them all. Even my father, he is a hero, he is late. That’s the only time when I can join hands and I can commemorate, I can remember, I can begin to begin to reflect on how he has played his role. My father was a politician as well and it’s not only the leaders who should be remembered, but every individual who made a contribution towards the liberation of this country should be remembered today. So people should learn to separate issues and should learn to use the different platforms appropriately. I think the problem is that people make mistakes, several mistakes, in terms of abusing ma platforms akadai (these kind of platforms).

So, I see it from a separate perspective. The idea of commemorating a hero is, for us, an opportunity to reflect on the future and the past. And, as far as I’m concerned, now we need to concentrate on the future and find whether we have achieved what we fought for. Like, for instance, you look at the ideals of the liberation struggle, you know, they have been betrayed. Why? The people have gone there and they are pursuing their individual interests and now they are sacrificing the public. They are sacrificing the masses that they were fighting to liberate. Now, at the end of the day, this is why when you hear people say Smith was better off. But I don’t regret being a freedom fighter and I don’t regret having fought the colonialists you know. I’m saying, yes, we could even be better than the times of Smith. That’s what we should be crying for. There’s nothing to compare there.

Violet: So, do you feel that the struggle has been hijacked and if so, by who?

Margaret Dongo: To some extent, yes, it has been hijacked and I put that problem, I think, to the leader of this country. Because, what I’ve notice and what I’ve experienced, in my life, both in politics and in having been a former ZANU PF member, and a former Central Committee member, is that you know the actual heroes, the actual fighters, have been sidelined for no apparent reason. If you look today people that are spearheading the ideals of the liberation struggle, some of them have no background. Some of them are opportunists. Some of them are not committed. You know, it’s different from the nationalist movement, the graduates or people that we used to have. You know, the level of commitment is quite different from the level of commitment that the current leaders have. It’s like they behave like celebrities. For me, if you look at the structures today, this country has been destroyed, not by Mugabe as an individual but by Zimbabweans themselves and the leadership is in place today. Because, one, it’s full of liars, crooks and people who are selfish, people who are not honest.

I’m telling you today if Mugabe was what he was before, I think things would be different. I think Mugabe wouldn’t want to be flown to Mhondoro, only for 147kms instead of driving through the normal roads and see the damage that has been caused, both in the farms and the roads that are not being repaired. You will be surprised if he is to drive to Chihota there and see what is there practically on the ground. But what happens with his leadership achef (when he is chef) and then you fly him and he doesn’t see what is happening on the ground. On the other hand, yes, you may blame it on him but the leaders that are surrounding on him, I’m telling you I have no regret for that, I think he has to seriously review that.

Violet: But, Amai Dongo, according to Mr. Mhanda, Mugabe has not really changed and this is how he was during the war, and, Mr. Mhanda says its people’s perception of him that has actually changed. What can you say about that?

Margaret Dongo: He has changed, as far as I’m concerned, he has changed because it is not the Mugabe that we used to know who would say ‘please don’t eat before the kids eat’. I don’t think he would still repeat that statement or do that in practice. He was a person who was selfless. He was a Mugabe that you would see putting on shorts and mingling with people. Not rich people only but you could see him sitting with people and discussing problems and so forth. But now, for a rural person coming from Chipinga the bureaucracy that he has to go through just to shake his hand is not easy. He has changed to me, even the behavioral. He has changed his behaviour in terms of how he looks at the ordinary masses. It’s something that he reads from the newspapers and also gets from the reports from his commanders or from his leadership. Whereas, some of these things, he has honestly one day to wake up and say I want to drive to Mhondoro and I want to drive through St Michael’s road and see how it is, whether there is development, and see how things are, practically. Or, say, one day ‘I want to drive to Chipinga or I want to drive to Tsholotsho’, rather than him being flown. And my worry is that the Mugabe that we used to know would actually drive in those dusty roads and go to Chimoio and so forth and not come to Chimoio by chopper.

So I still feel that he has changed his behaviour and to some extent he has lost track, even though I would have respect for him that he is principled. You know, when I say that he is principled, once a dictator and you say you want to pursue your dictatorship and you don’t hide and you tell them the truth that this is what I want and this is my line of thinking and this is my style of leadership. I hate hypocrites who pretend and say we can do this and on the other hand tomorrow they turn up to be something. Mugabe is ruling the way he is and the way he would like to rule. And, I blame Zimbabwean people for that and I don’t blame him, because he is not voted in by animals; he is voted in by human beings. Even if you talk about the rigging Violet, Violet if 14 million people are tired of him they should go and register that they are tired. Why is it that we still have pockets of people that go there and endorse him? That’s my question.

Violet: Mr. Mhanda, how can you answer that question?

Wilfred Mhanda: As far as I’m concerned, I would say Margaret Dongo is talking about maybe Mugabe’s behaviour in Mozambique and so. Those were the resources that were available. He could not drive by chauffeur; he could not have a Mercedes Benz, but, the moment he got his hands on the levers of power, that’s all he wanted. He was actually courting support and making sure that he gets what he wanted. He was pretending, he was an imposter - pretending to be someone who is caring. I cannot blame the people around Mugabe because noone can impose on Mugabe to pick anybody, to choose anybody.

He chose those people freely of his own free will, people like (Patrick) Chinamasa, people like Jonathan Moyo. Surely it’s Mugabe himself who wanted them, it’s his own choice. I would not blame the people of Zimbabwe, he makes these choices on his own, because he has got the power and he has deliberately sidelined the people who participated in the liberation struggle. It’s his choice. He is not forced by anybody to do that. He’s only revealing his true colours. As we say in Shona rino nyenga rinowarira. He was only courting support. But we are now seeing the true Mugabe himself who doesn’t care about anybody and people’s suffering, he doesn’t care about anything. He was pretending to be somebody with principles, who was concerned about peoples suffering, but deep down, he was just masquerading as somebody who is a revolutionary. As far as I am concerned, he has never been a revolutionary and he has never cared about peoples’ suffering!

Violet: But what about this other issue that Amai Dongo raised, that if 14 million people are fed up with him, why don’t they just go and vote him out.

Wilfred Mhanda: Do we have a level playing field for people to do that? If people go into the streets they are beaten; they are tortured for no reason; they spend weeks and months, surely that’s intimidation? You will find that the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Central Intelligence Organisation, have been reduced to a party militia to support him. Why does he need this protection? Who is running the electoral machinery, electoral management system? They are all hand picked by Mugabe, they are all state security agents. So there is no avenue for change through the ballot box, he has literally blocked that. So, I wouldn’t blame the people. Look, for example in the urban areas, where people have a greater chance of voicing their opinion. ZANU PF has difficulty in controlling the urban areas. It is said that ZANU PF has got support in the rural areas, but I dispute that because that is exactly where you get those rogue war veterans and youth brigades and also the blackmailing of chiefs and headmen. That’s not popular support, that’s coercion, that’s not support!

Violet: So do you think nationalism has been commodified by ZANU PF?

Wilfred Mhanda : As far as I am concerned, Mugabe is a nationalist. I’m not a nationalist and I was never a nationalist. Nationalists were just fighting against colonialism to substitute colonial regimes with themselves. The political movements like the ANC of South Africa, ZANU, ZAPU, the ANC of Zimbabwe, they were all nationalist movements which later transformed into liberation movements. Being a liberation movement is qualitatively higher that being a nationalist movement. Structurally, the goal of nationalism is not very progressive. It doesn’t aim and it doesn’t have as its goal - the transformation of society to serve the people’s needs. It just has at its goal the elite; the black elite; stepping into the white elite. That is the problem we have had in Africa which has ended up in re-enforcing neo colonialism. So, I really don’t subscribe to the notion of nationalism. Actually I would say ZANU has regressed from being a liberation movement to a nationalist movement where it had begun in the 1960’s.

Violet: So what actually happened in the war, can you briefly tell us briefly about this because there is so much contention about Robert Mugabe’s leadership?

Wilfred Mhanda: How Mugabe got there, he was part of the leadership of ZANU which comprised Ndabaningi Sithole, Leopold Takawira, Mugabe himself and Chitepo. These were the top four. When the top four, when the other three were out of the way, it was only Mugabe who then ascended to the leadership of ZANU, that’s how it happened, it was in terms of the protocol within ZANU itself. It was not like he was imposed as such, but he was part of that leadership. With the other three not being there, he was the most senior ZANU leader available. He merely filled that position.

Violet: What role did you play in this?

Wilfred Mhanda: The role that I played in that, together with my other colleagues, was that we had first hand experience of problems and difficulties of working with the founding President of ZANU, that was Ndabaningi Sithole, and when we discussed this problem with the external leadership of ZANU, that was the Dare Re Chimurenga, that was formerly headed by the late Chitepo, it became clear that the founding President was no longer committed to the founding principles of the organisation and also to the liberation struggle itself; to the armed struggle. It was their view and our view as well that there was a need to continue the war in view of the detente exercise unleashed by Ian Smith and Vorster. And therefore there was need to have a leadership that subscribed to those founding principles of the organisation and it was the view of the external leadership of ZANU that the best person to do that was Robert Mugabe.

I as a member of the military, merely followed the instructions from the political leadership in terms of paving the way of Robert Mugabe to get to the leadership, to the political leadership, which involved persuading the leaders of the Frontline states, President Nyerere and also President Samora Machel, to let him free, to let him assume his position as leader. So, I was merely implementing the decisions that had been taken by the political leadership.

Violet : And, if you had your way and knowing what you know now, would you have done things differently?

Wilfred Mhanda : That’s a good question, knowing that we were… It’s more or less, for example, Ndabaningi Sithole was the founding President of ZANU, and we had problems with him. We were convinced that he was not serving the best interests of both the party and the country. If I was convinced of the fact that Robert Mugabe was also going to betray the liberation ideals and to betray the trust bestowed upon him by the party and the people, definitely, I would not have supported his ascendance to power.

Violet: And, Amai Dongo, what was it like for a women in the struggle? You know, can you briefly describe the conditions for a woman fighter. And, that after all that women went through during the struggle is the loss of their lives vindicated?

Margaret Dongo: It’s a sad story, because if I look at the position of where we are today as women fighters, I am still not satisfied, I am not still happy. Because, if you go back to the history of the liberation struggle, you know there is this tendency of abuse. And, I feel that abuse has even extended to Zimbabwe as well. You know in the struggle women were treated equally, in terms of training - you received the same training, you received the same treatment in terms of other things. But if you look at the situation that we have today you find that it is also getting back in the sense that if you look at the abuse, I will tell; during the liberation struggle women went through terrible times. Young girls were also being abused. The abuse that you find here also happened during the struggle where you would find chefs also coming in and abusing young girls and so forth.

But also, if you look at the dividends of the liberation struggle, you say OK, what are the benefits that women got through the liberation struggle. There is very little because the women are to be chosen, leaders are chosen and a few managed and the majority are still living in abject poverty. If you look at the majority of ex-combatants, honestly some of them are living in abject poverty. Only when it comes to elections that is when you hear much of their publicity. After elections you don’t hear anything. And also, you know when you say you are liberated - when you say that women at least are treated equally - you will find a situation right now where there are laws that should have been repealed a long time back to give power to women to exercise their rights. I will give you an example, the Guardianship Act, the Guardianship Act doesn’t allow a woman to sign for travelling documents for her child. Think of it, nine months - and let alone you are allowed to sign any health certificates - but you don’t have the power to sign just a paper, what is in a paper? And you are going back to a number of things that have to be reviewed and also, the leaders in Zimbabwe , both ruling party and the opposition political parties, it’s like they were born by one mother. The way they treat women, you know, it’s like a privilege in terms of position. If one is promoted to a position she becomes a queen bee and that queen bee syndrome arises and she forgets and she treats herself like a man among other men instead of remembering to say the role that I’m supposed to play is that I have to uplift other women.

So, they’ve done it purposefully, to make sure they create this divide and rule. If you look at how many women are in leadership positions today, both public and private sector, you will find pockets where women are in control, but not full control, but still they have to be governed by the men again. So you find if you talk about women being liberated, I think, at the end of the day women have to liberate themselves as well have to take a position to say this is what we want to see happen. But you find that some of the problems we create them on our own because we have a role, we should be partnership in whatever we do, even in governance. You know this idea of having the Women’s Affairs, has further reduced us because we have problems in every sector, be it private sector, public sector, in agriculture, in land, we need access to land, we also have economic problems. We should be involved everywhere as human beings. The moment we sideline ourselves and we say ‘we are a Women’s League’, then they will create special packages for us and make sure that they will create the packages that they want us to have.

Violet: And you mentioned about the suffering during the war, if you don’t mind, are you able to elaborate a little bit more about what sort of abuse you are talking about, just for the benefit of our listeners.

Margaret Dongo: There were young girls who went, who made babies and some of them, those babies are from the so called leaders and they have never bothered to follow up and to maintain those children. And, in actual fact, when you are in the war, there is no rule of war, the law there is what we call jungle law and you can’t report to anyone that someone has raped me, because there is no mother, there is no father, there is no any judiciary system. So, you find even those who had babies, they didn’t have babies because of their own liking. They didn’t prepare to have babies, neither did they go to the struggle to make babies but some of them were unfortunate victims. And this is what happened, and that’s a fact, anyone who wants to challenge me, you are free to challenge me, but the truth of the matter today, even if some of my friends who are listening they could actually recall to say OK, this is the time when I lost my virginity and I didn’t lose it because I wanted, but because I was forced into it and I had no one to report to. It did happen and anyway it’s a thing of the past and I want to believe in every war situation, it does happen. But, I’m saying that happened and it should not continue because we are still having the cases of rape, rapists here and so forth. So, such things, the government and citizens of Zimbabwe should have a stop to it.

Violet: Mr. Mhanda, your thoughts on this?

Mr. Mhanda: Ya, the liberation struggle was not exactly a bed of roses and I think we need to come to terms with our past; to come clean with the past. A number of atrocities and excesses were also experienced or perpetrated during the liberation struggle. And, unfortunately it is taboo to discuss the details of the day to day goings on during the liberation struggle, the victimisation, rape and so forth. But what we are saying, it is us, the former fighters themselves who should take the lead in opening this chapter, in coming to terms with this and actually acknowledging where mistakes were made, but unfortunately we don’t have that opportunity. The people who monopolise chronicling about the liberation struggle are people like (George) Charamba who was no where near there, or you had Jonathan (Moyo) doing all that, or you had Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, or (Tichaona) Jokonya controlling information and this and that, then there would be no chance that people would actually get to the bottom of what happened. Because, if our own colleagues were in control of some of these key ministries, it would actually pave the way for people to talk about it. Unfortunately, we also have responsible women in leadership positions, like Margaret has been saying, very senior people, women comrades, but they forget about everyone else because it’s now fine for them. They should spearhead the coming clean about that. Whilst we condemn what happened during the Smith regime, if anything also was wrong, we should speak openly out about it, come clean about it. From the era of colonialism, Smith regime, liberation struggle to Mugabe, let us call a spade a spade. We need to do that. It’s painful to know that these atrocities actually happened, not only in Mozambique , in some cases, even in the liberation, in the war zone. We need to talk about it but there is no forum because we don’t have control over the leavers of power to make sure that something is done about it.

Violet Gonda: And, be sure not to miss the concluding discussion with the two former freedom fighters next Tuesday. We will find out why Wilf Mhanda believes why conventional politics and a new constitution won’t change things in Zimbabwe and we will also hear Margaret Dongo’s views on what accounts for Mugabe’s staying power.

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In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Food Shortages Lead To Deadly Stampede


      By Patience Rusere
      15 August 2007

A stampede by hundreds of shoppers at a supermarket in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe,
led to the death of a security guard and serious injuries to a 10-year-old
boy Wednesday as pressure from a mob determined to buy sugar caused a wall
to collapse.

Witnesses said the security guard at the Entumbane Shopping Complex was
trying to unlock a gate to admit people who had been in a queue since dawn
to buy sugar.

Police in Bulawayo said they could not provide information on the incident
because the provincial spokesman for the Zimbabwe Republic Police was out of
the office.

Zimbabwe is experiencing severe shortages of basic commodities such as maize
meal and sugar following a controversial government campaign to force prices
lower in the face of hyperinflation which was last seen approaching an
annual 5,000%.

Bulawayo resident Peter Dube, at the supermarket during the incident, told
reporter Patience Rusere that people in the crowd were so determined to buy
sugar that they insisted the commodity be put on sale even after the death
of the guard.

He said people in the crowd insisted that his death was "not their fault."

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Juniors boo army commanders

The Zimbabwean

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, Constantine Chiwenga and Air Force chief,
Perence Shiri were booed by junior soldiers at the KGV1 offices on Tuesday
when they tried to convince disbelieving soldiers that the hardships being
experienced in the military were caused by sanctions imposed by Britain and
Chiwenga, who is used to fawning behaviour from middle ranking and senior
officers came face to face with the disgruntlement among the rank and file.
He was openly heckled by the most junior in the military, including
privates, corporals and warrant officers.
The incident was witnessed by this correspondent who had gone to visit a
relative at the military complex.
Upon arrival, this correspondent was herded into an open ground with more
than 2 000 grumbling soldiers who had been rounded up from other units in
With the impatient soldiers wondering why they had been rounded up, the
military chiefs arrived in a small motorcade.
Up strode Chiwenga who grabbed the microphone and started giving the
perplexed soldiers a lecture in history, describing the causes of the First
and the Second World Wars.
He was stopped in midstream by an elderly but junior officer who asked him
to introduce himself, together with his entourage.
The junior soldiers broke into howls of derision before an enraged Chiwenga
introduced himself, amid shouts of: "Hatikuzivi! We don't know you!"

'Sibanda we know'
Now frothing at the mouth and sweating profusely, Chiwenga introduced Shiri
who received similar treatment of catcalls and boos.
However, when he introduced ZNA commander, Philip Sibanda, the soldiers
cheered amid calls of : "Ndiye ega watinoziva chete. He is the only {senior
official} that we know."
Sibanda became popular among junior soldiers after buying dozens of buses
three years ago, which now provide transport for ordinary soldiers to visit
their families around the country once a month.
Chiwenga then resumed his address and accused some of the junior soldiers of
belonging to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
He had another shocking response.
"Tinozviziva kuti mukadzi wako Jocelyn Jacobsen Chiwenga akambopinda mu MDC.
She is a founder member of the MDC. {We know that your wife was at one time
a member of the MDC.}

No meat for months
The statements elicited a wry smile from Perence Shiri who appeared to be
enjoying the grilling that Chiwenga was experiencing.
Another elderly soldier complained to Chiwenga that the soldiers were
surviving on beans and cabbages and had gone for more than four months
without meat.
Chiwenga produced a priceless nugget of an answer.
"Currently we have about 50 piglets which are being fed at one of our farms
and soldiers will soon be eating pork."
Again, howls of laughter which took several minutes to die down.
"Mombe dzakange dzirimumapurazi dzakayendakupi?" {What happened to the
cattle which were on the army farms}
They told him they wanted to eat beef which is currently in short supply as
farmers, including Zanu (PF) big wigs are refusing to sell their beasts for
the reduced prices.

We will run away
The soldiers also asked Chiwenga why he last week banned them from joining
queues in town to buy cheap commodities following the price cuts.
He denied ever issuing the instruction.
They told him that all army supermarkets around the country, supplied by his
wife, Jocelyn Jacobsen Chiwenga, were empty.
"Amai varikutadza ku supplier masupermarket emasoja chef," another soldier
shouted from the crowd.
Chiwenga told the soldiers that because of the large number of army officers
 who have deserted, no serving soldier would be allowed to retire except on
medical grounds or after reaching the retirement age of 55 years.
Chiwenga said he would shred all letters of resignations from the serving
soldiers but they had a ready answer.
"Tinotiza chete! We will run away."
Now speaking in a shrill voice, Chiwenga said he would soon change the name
KGV1 and give it a Shona name.
"The spirit of the white person after whom this complex is named is
influencing you to behave in the manner that you are doing," wailed
Chiwenga threatened the soldiers for leaking army information to local and
foreign-based media organisations.
"I know that as soon as I leave, most of you will rush to the internet to
write about this meeting but we are watching you."

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JOC plans to starve the nation unveiled

The Zimbabwean

Shiri to spend £17 million loan from Libya
HARARE - The Joint Operations Command - a think tank of top security
officials - is enforcing a deliberate and systematic ploy of using food to
ensure President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) party retains power.
Millions of people are going hungry not, as Mugabe's government claims,
because of poor rains but as a direct result of policies drafted by the JOC
of denying food to opposition supporters and enriching its loyalists.
An elaborate plan hatched by the JOC to ban food imports, which has been
reversed after being shamelessly exposed, forms part of this broad plan.
Top security officials told The Zimbabwean that control of the Grain
Marketing Board (GMB), Zimbabwe's state-owned monopoly supplier of
commercial maize, has been passed to one of Mugabe's most loyal henchmen,
Air Marshal Perence Shiri, an alleged war criminal.
Shiri, who sits in the JOC together with other generals, two weeks ago
appointed a new board at the GMB to oversee the elaborate strategy.
With Zimbabwe's economy in chaos, sources alleged Shiri's mission was to
spend a £17million loan provided by Libya buying just enough maize to stave
off food riots, which would then be supplied through the GMB.
The organisation, which is meant to supply maize at subsidised prices to all
Zimbabweans, has instead been selling desperately short maize only to
supporters of the ruling Zanu (PF) party.  Backers of the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change went hungry.
Worse still was the country's Food For Work programme.  Thousands of
opposition supporters would provide 15 days' labour only to be told at the
end there was no GMB food for them.
The GMB is so corrupt and politicised that aid groups shipping food into
Zimbabwe are being forced to set up their own expensive parallel storage and
distribution facilities, rather than using those of the GMB.
There is also evidence that the Zimbabwean government, through the JOC, is
deliberately blocking the work of these international aid groups and keeping
the flow of aid down to a trickle.
That trickle is enough to stave off threats of public unrest, but not enough
to provide food for all of the country. Last month an aid consignment was
seized in Masvingo.
"What we are seeing is nothing but humanitarian torture," an aid worker
said.  "It takes three months to die of starvation and this is a torture
every bit as bad as beating someone with barbed wire or hanging them from

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Coup plot details revealed

The Zimbabwean

3 generals killed as Operation 1940 fails to remove Mugabe
Following weeks of investigations, The Zimbabwean can now exclusively reveal
some aspects of the coup attempt against President Robert Mugabe, which was
ruthlessly crushed by loyalists within the security forces, resulting in the
assassination of three generals.
All three were declared national heroes in one of the most curious
developments in the country's history.
Senior army officers said the planned coup was code named Operation 1940 and
was supposed to have been led by Brigadier General Armstrong Gunda,
commander of One Brigade based in Bulawayo.
Gunda was also the commander of army units based in Hwange and Plumtree.
1940 was the time at which soldiers were supposed to storm President
Mugabe's palatial residence in Borrowdale Brooke. The coup was supposed to
be staged on June 15.
On the 15th of every month 95 percent of soldiers leave their barracks in
army buses  to visit their families across the country, leaving only two
units on standby, according to senior army officers.
Mugabe was supposed to have been toppled while the majority of soldiers were
away from their units and unarmed.
Gunda was given the assignment, according to senior army officers, because
for more than five years, he was the commander of the Presidential Guard.
The attempted coup was sponsored by a coterie of people connected to former
army commander, Retired General Solomon Mujuru.
"Gunda had so much intimate knowledge about Mugabe's security arrangements,
his movements, his hideouts and other small details - it made him a natural
leader of the operation," said a senior army officer.

Lifa, Mleya murdered
Another general, Taurai Lifa, a former aide de camp to Mugabe with vast
knowledge of his personal security, was given a lethal injection while
detained at a Harare private hospital recovering from a minor ailment. Under
the coup project, General Lifa served as a consultant. His remains were
interred at the National Heroes Acre.
The third general to be assassinated was Fakazi Mleya, who until recently
headed the  Signals Corps responsible for the army's national communications
He was also given a lethal injection and sent to Heroes Acre.
Another senior army officer told The Zimbabwean that: "Mleya was pivotal in
the sense that he was aware of how the national military communications
system could be scrambled before, during and after the coup in terms of
sending communications to army units around the country."
It was at Mleya's funeral that Mugabe spoke about attempts to topple him
through the military, suggesting that the British government had sponsored
an attempted coup against him. He reminded mourners about his boyhood dog
which had run away from a buck when he and his friends had gone hunting.
"I don't know what happened to that dog but I found it dead after some days.
Even in the liberation struggle it was known that politics leads the gun and
not the other way round."
At Gunda's burial, Mugabe gave another veiled but chilling warning to those
who might harbour ambitions of toppling him.
Using a football metaphor, the Zimbabwean dictator said: "Some people want
to employ rough tactics. What they don't know is that we can employ similar
tactics and score."
Three other senior officers who were reportedly part of the coup have been
spared, for now as soldiers and Zimbabweans are now talking openly about the
assassinations of the  generals.

On borrowed time
Those on borrowed time include Air Vice Marshal Elson Moyo, Army spokesman,
Colonel Ben Ncube and Army Quarter Master, Major General Angelbert Rugeje.
Said another senior army officer: "Air Vice Marshal Moyo was going to be in
charge of the air force element and was supposed to commandeer elements from
the air force whose first major task would have been to distribute fliers
across the country to inform the population about the new order. The
toppling of Mugabe was supposed to be immediately followed by the take over
of all Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings establishments and that is where Ben
Ncube with his public relations and journalism background would have come in
handy to notify listeners and viewers about the new developments. Rugeje was
supposed to convince other senior officers not to resist the new order."
A visit to ZBH Pockets Hill established that security has been doubled while
Moyo, Ncube and Rugeje are now being escorted and are under 24 hour
surveillance with no public roles.
The Zimbabwean visited the scene in Marondera where Gunda's car was supposed
to have been hit by a train the following day and found no evidence that
there had been a car accident.
Locals said they were surprised to learn that there had been an accident in
the area as they had not witnessed or heard about the crash.
Unlike in the past when such 'accidents' happen, the state media did not
film or photograph the car in which Brigadier General Gunda was supposed to
have died.

Gunda died under torture
An officer based in Harare told The Zimbabwean in an interview: "In the
army, the information that we have is that Brig General Gunda died while
being tortured at Chikurubi. His car, which had a slight dent on the
passenger side was actually driven into KGV1. When some soldiers questioned
why a car that had been hit by a train was still being driven around and
with a small dent, it was immediately taken to the workshop."
The senior officer said soldiers who visited the workshops the following day
had another big surprise waiting for them.
The cream truck had been mangled and destroyed with all the windows
shattered to make it look like it had been hit by a train.
Officers said although the official word was that he had been struck by a
train while going to pick up his son at a school in Marondera, protocol was
that he should have been in his official  Prado.
Children of senior army officers are usually picked from their schools by
army drivers.
Two weeks after his burial, Gunda's widow, a war veteran placed a memorial
advertisement describing her husband's death as mysterious.
Members of the Mbare born Gunda family told The Zimbabwean that they had no
doubt that he had been assassinated.
"To start with how do you explain that his corpse did not have a single
scratch which should be the case with anybody who would have been hit by a
train. Our brother survived three dangerous wars, the liberation struggle,
the Mozambican and the DRC campaigns, he was a guerilla and a soldier. We
don't buy the tale that he drove through a railway line without taking due
caution," said one of his cousins.
They said he had revealed that he was persistently being pestered to stand
for Zanu (PF) in Mbare during  next year's joint parliamentary and
presidential elections but had tuned them down presumably because by then he
was already working on bigger things.
The same had happened to Mleya who had been approached by Beitbridge Member
of Parliament, Kembo Mohadi, to run as an MP next year as the constituency
was going to be split into three.
Again he turned them down saying he wanted to retire from active service.

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SABC implicated in Ncube sting operation

The Zimbabwean

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation, SABC, has been implicated in a
Zanu (PF) and Central Intelligence Organisation sting operation against
Archbishop Pius Ncube after it emerged that its correspondent, Supa
Mandiwanzira, using the name of SABC was part of the operation against the
respected cleric.
The SABC is one of the few respected public broadcasters in Africa as the
majority of radio and television stations such as the Zimbabwe Broadcasting
Holdings, ZBH have been taken over by governments and are now used as tools
for propaganda.
However, the SABC's latest move will result in questions being raised about
its credibility and its role in the persecution of one of the most outspoken
people against President Robert Mugabe's ethnic cleansing genocide of the
1980s known as Gukurahundi and the 2005 urban clearances known as Operation
Sources allege that Mandiwanzira was privy to the plot against Ncube and was
told by his superiors in the CIO to arrange for an interview with the bishop
using his status as an SABC correspondent.
Ncube rarely grants interviews to the ZBC because of bias against those who
question Mugabe's misrule and only agreed to speak to Mandiwanzira after he
told him that he was the SABC correspondent for Zimbabwe.
"We were all surprised at Montrose Studios when we saw Supa Mandiwanzira,
Happison Muchechetere and Tazzen Mandizvidza coming to collect cameras but
they did not say what kind of assignment they were on," said a journalist at
the Bulawayo television station.
Mandizvidza is the editor in chief of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings
while Muchechetere heads the redundant Twenty Four Seven, a propaganda
station which has failed to take off after it emerged that equipment used to
jam broadcasts from the Voice of America had also jammed the local station
in Gweru.
The Bulawayo based journalists said they were even more surprised when they
saw the two ZBH camera persons leave for the mysterious assignment wearing
SABC jackets, which were supplied by Mandiwanzira.
One of the journalists who was present when the Harare based journalists
approached Pius Ncube while pretending to be from the SABC said one of the
initial questions asked by the journalists was what he thought about some
Catholic Bishops in the USA who had broken their celibacy vows to which
Ncube replied: "Everybody is a sinner, there is nobody who does not sin."
That statement was then twisted to seem as if he had been responding to a
question on whether he had an adulterous relationship with Rosemary Sibanda.
"There was an element of déjà vu about the way Harare journalists were
deployed here. It was similar to the way that Rueben Barwe and other State
journalists were deployed to come and witness police 'discovering' Cain
Nkala's body when everybody was aware that he had been murdered by his
colleagues in Zanu (PF) in order to create an excuse for unleashing violence
against the MDC," said another journalist.
Meanwhile two journalists from the state-controlled Chronicle have been
disowned by their families for the roles they played in the saga.
A source who declined to be named said: "Our colleagues who were asking
Rosemary Sibanda questions in the Ndebele language on behalf of the
Harare-based journalists who could not speak the local language have been
ostracized by their families who have told them not to visit them, as they
are embarrassed by the roles which they played."
In 2002, Mandiwanzira produced a documentary on the sting operation launched
by the CIO and Canadina-based Ari Ben Menashe in which they tried to
implicate MDC president, Morgan Tsvangirai on treason charges. After a
lengthy treason trial, Tsvangirai was cleared of the charges.

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From the Streets of Harare with Itai Dzamara

The Zimbabwean

It was interesting last week to witness in central Harare bewildered
Zimbabweans watching Robert Mugabe, who had been far from the madding crowd,
return as his latest Mercedes Benz S600 (some say it is the Brabus) stole
the limelight.
The old man sparks all sorts of debate the moment his oppressed subjects see
or think about him - from hilarious, to farcical, hard-core political and
antagonistic. He brought from Malaysia what perhaps he hoped would be a
joke, news that he gave about 46 students there pocket money after
discovering that "they were out of pocket".
But after wondering when he would bring the same benevolence home and dish
out pocket money to battered students in Harare, Zimbabweans reverted to the
emotional debate about the MDC factions' latest round of squabbling and
mudslinging.  It is much noise about simple things. Arthur Mutambara is
entitled to his rights. He must be allowed to analyse and criticize Morgan
Tsvangirai the same as he does Robert Mugabe.
In the same way, Tsvangirai should enjoy all such liberties, including
operating on the basis of the capacity as well as abilities of his
intellect, or academic aptitude.
Indeed, it would have been ideal to have a form of unity of the opposition
to face the Zanu (PF) regime at this top hour of people's suffering.
But reality is more useful than idealism, and it is reality that the MDC
split almost two years ago on the basis of serious clashes and fights, which
to our knowledge have not been revisited or corrected.  In that case, the
nonsense about acres of space and time being wasted on this one crying
because that one refused to go into a coalition or being a single candidate
helps nobody, least of all the suffering Zimbabweans.
Why should Mutambara cry to be led by Tsvangirai when he believes his party
has a following and an intellectually gifted leadership? And on the other
hand, why does Tsvangirai fail to come out in the open and articulate his
position that he is not interested and shall go it alone rather than waste
time appearing to be engaged in negotiations, without the desire?
In short, Zimbabweans are desperate for serious confrontation of the Mugabe
regime both now and at the elections and cannot afford the dithering and
politicking of professors and former trade unionists confused about their
abilities, positions and  commitment. The people are crying out loud for
leaders who believe in people power, and will struggle with the people to
confront Mugabe and deliver them from this bondage.

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Howls of laughter - at last!

The Zimbabwean

This week's front page story about junior officers booing army and air force
supremos Chiwenga and Shiri is extremely encouraging news. At last, the
number of Zimbabweans brave enough to show the Zanu (PF) fatcats that they
no longer believe their stupid promises, nor are afraid of their power,
seems to be increasing.
No longer are the few courageous WOZA, MOZA and NCA supporters alone in
their battle against the Mugabe regime - its lies, its thieving and its
We hope that this open expression of discontent on the part of the forces
does not stop there.
For too long these men and women, who are, after all the husbands, wives,
fathers, mothers, sons and daughters of ordinary Zimbabweans, have allowed
themselves to be used by the authorities.
Many of them have committed unspeakable acts against their fellow citizens
in the name of doing their duty. Now they have seen the light.
We encourage them not to stop there, but to go the whole way and question
everything they have been brainwashed into believing about Mugabe and Zanu
"Currently we have about 50 piglets which are being fed at one of our farms
and soldiers will soon be eating pork," Chiwenga told the soldiers. How
utterly ridiculous! And how wonderful that this comment, which even a few
months ago would probably have been greeted by a respectful silence, was met
with "howls of laughter which took several minutes to die down".
At last, it seems there is a glimmer of hope. At last, sense is prevailing.
The last count showed the armed forces to number around 20,000. We know
there have been massive desertions lately - but that the remaining soldiers
could be fed on 50 piglets? Please!
We urge them all not to be intimidated or fooled by Chiwenga's parting shot:
"The spirit of the white person after whom this complex (King George VI
barracks) is named is influencing you to behave in the manner that you are
Is beef and pork only for white people? Do only white people resist survival
rations of beans and cabbage, for months on end? Cannot black people too
want their children to go to schools with books, desks, roofs and trained
teachers? Or be able to buy basic groceries with their hard-earned wages?
Or go to hospital when they are ill and receive treatment to heal them?
Just whose spirit does Chiwenga want us to be influenced by?

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SAWIMA feeds the hungry

The Zimbabwean

The Southern African Women's Institute in Migration Affairs has introduced a
feeding scheme that benefits Zimbabwean and other refugees.
SAWIMA director, Joyce Dube, said the realisation that a high number of
immigrants who were in need of their services and people that were on
medication were struggling to get food had prompted the organization to
start the 'soup kitchen'.
They are fed at the Methodist Church in Johannesburg - home to hundreds of
refugees and asylum seekers. Some impoverished South Africans are also
"Many people were coming to our offices (in Braamfontein) asking for food.
We noted with concern that among these were people were on antiretroviral
treatment. It is a fact that medication is not effective if the patient does
not take any food," said Dube.
The Solidarity Peace Trust and a few well-wishers are funding the project.
"We appeal to the corporate world and other well wishers to donate towards
this cause so that we can be able to assist the beneficiaries until they can
be gainfully employed and be able to fend for themselves," said Dube. - CAJ

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MDC star rally set for Limpopo

First published: 15th Aug 2007 23:57 GMT

      By Trust Matsilele

      LIMPOPO -  Thousands of Zimbabweans in South Africa are expected to
attend an opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) star rally
scheduled for Limpopo province Sunday afternoon.

      Zimbabweans in the province eagerly await to hear the message from
senior opposition leaders. Most of them want to know what can be done to
ensure the Zimbabwe government allows those outside the country to vote in
next year's harmonised elections. had an opportunity to visit the area ahead of
the scheduled rally.

      "I cannot wait to attend this rally as I know that it will, for sure,
bring positive developments for us in Limpopo and for all Zimbabweans in
Diaspora who want to participate in the forthcoming elections," said Tawanda
Shumba from the Musina area.

      The MDC's vice provincial secretary here, Emmanuel Ndunduma, confirmed
preparations for the rally had reached advanced stages with thousands
expected to attend.

      "We are expecting Zimbabweans in their numbers to come for this rally
as we will be setting up structures and pushing for massive action in the
Diaspora," said Ndunduma.

      He said the governing African National Congress (ANC) party in South
Africa was also supporting such initiatives being made by the MDC here.

      "We want to thank the ANC for offering the premises we will be using
on Sunday and we expect some of their senior members to attend as they
promised," added Ndunduma.

      The rally will be held at Phatudi College in Burgersfort Town, just
outside Petersburg.

      A senior MDC cadre here, Toindepi Shone, has urged Zimbabweans in
South Africa to attend opposition rallies saying they are part of the
democratisation process that will free Zimbabwe from Zanu PF shackles.

      "We urge all Zimbabweans in South Africa to go and be part of the
democratisation processes which will be taking place throughout the country
in the coming months as we push for a free and fair elections," Shone said.

      Senior party leaders are expected to address the party faithfuls,
among them national treasurer, Roy Bennet and Grace Kwinjeh from the
international affairs department.

      MDC supporters have since 2000 been fleeing political persecution in
Zimbabwe resulting in most of them crossing the border to South Africa.

      The exiles, together with the millions of others across the globe, are
campaigning so they can be allowed to cast their vote in next year's March

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JAG Classifieds dated 15 August 2007

As a JAG member or JAG Associate member, please send any classified adverts
for publication in this newsletter to:

JAG Classifieds: - JAG Job Opportunities:

Rules for Advertising:

Send all adverts in word document as short as possible (no tables, spread
sheets, pictures, etc.) and quote your subscription receipt number or
membership number.
Notify the JAG Office when Advert is no longer needed, either by phone or
Adverts are published for 2 weeks only, for a longer period please notify
the JAG office, by resending via email the entire advert asking for the
advert to be re-inserted.

Please send your adverts by Tuesdays 11.00am (Adverts will not appear until
payment is received.). Cheques to be made out to JAGMA.


1.  For Sale Items
2.  Wanted Items
3.  Accommodation
4.  Recreation
5.  Specialist Services
6.  Pets Corner
7.  Social Gatherings



1.1  Generators & Inverters for Sale

The JAG office is now an official agent for GSC Generator Service (Pvt) Ltd
and receives a generous commission on sales of all Kipor generators and
equipment.  Generators are on view at the JAG office.  Please could all
those JAG subscribes who deal directly with GSC, rather that through the JAG
office, clearly stipulate that the commission if for JAG.

The one stop shop for ALL your Generator Requirements SALES:
We are the official suppliers, repairs and maintenance team of KIPOR
Equipment here in Zimbabwe.  We have in stock KIPOR Generators from 1 KVA to
55 KVA.  If we don't have what you want we will get it for you.  We also
sell Inverters (1500w), complete with batteries and rechargeable lamps.  Our
prices are very competitive, if not the lowest in town.

SERVICING & REPAIRS: We have a qualified team with many years of experience
in the Generator field.  We have been to Kipor, China for training.  We
carry out services and minor repairs on your premises.  We service and
repair most makes and models of Generators - both petrol and diesel.

INSTALLATIONS:  We have qualified electricians that carry out installations
in a professional way.

SPARES: As we are the official suppliers and maintainers of KIPOR Equipment,
we carry a full range of KIPOR spares.

Don't forget, advice is free, so give us a call and see us at: Bay 3,
Borgward Road, Msasa.  Sales: 884022, 480272 or
Service: 480272, 480154 or


1.2  For Sale

So Far and No further! Rhodesia's Bid for Independence during the Retreat
from Empire 1959-1965 by J.R.T. Wood

533 pages; quality trade paperback; pub. Trafford ISBN 1-4120-4952-0
Southern African edition, pub. 30 Degrees South : ISBN 0-9584890-2-5

This definitive account traces Rhodesia's attempt to secure independence
during the retreat from Empire after 1959. Based on unique research, it
reveals why Rhodesia defied the world from 1965.

Representing Volume One of three volumes, Two and Three are in preparation
and will take us to Tiger and thence to 1980;

To purchase:

Zimbabwean buyers contact Trish Broderick:

RSA buyers: WWW. 30 or Exclusives Books

Overseas buyers see:
and a link to Trafford Publishing


1.3 For Sale

Road motorcycle for sale. YAMAHA - Model YZF 600cc - Thundercat - in
immaculate condition.

Highest cash offer secures.  For further details contact Dave on 011 600 770
or 091 22 55 653 or email


1.4 For Sale (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

1996 Toyota Land-cruiser for sale.  Very good condition with plenty extras.
Tel:  498001, 0912 437845 or email


1.5 For Sale (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

ZNSPCA HQ 156 Enterprise RD. Tel 497574/ 497885


113cm x 139 cm - $3 600 000
90 cm x136cm - $3 000 000
70 cm x 61.5cm - $900 000
59,5cm x 62 cm - $700 000




PRINTERS TRAY - $ 500 000


FIRE WOOD - $150 000 PER BAG


1.6 For Sale (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

10 kg LPG cylinders (empty): ea- 20

2 kg LPG cylinders - need attention ea- 10

Army (ex) steel frame stretchers: 20

Bar (small): 25

Book case (teak) 2 shelf small: 20

Camping stools and chairs: 6 - 10

Coffee table 30

Dart board with darts 15

Fans  various from fixed  to oscillating: 30 - 40

Garden hose on hose roller 15

Rucksacks (Hiking) (empty!): 20 - 40

Pentium 1 computer and screen  30

Soda streams and CO2 cylinders - 10 and 15

Spring-Master 4 serving bowl Hostess Food Warmer: 50

Steel garden swing chair (1950 era): 60

Steel garden round table and four chairs and securing chain: 55

Steel  chaisse longez: 20

Well used golf set with various clubs and woods and about 2 doz golf balls:

Figures represent US$ also payable at the current equivalent.

Email: for more details or Phone 301646 or 011 201 231
for viewing


1.7 For Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Nissan CWA 45. 15 tonne Lorry with 10 Tonne trailer. 176000 kilmetres.
Immaculate condition. Phone 747777 mornings or 011606595


1.8 Items for Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)


Following units ex stock:
Generators - 5 Kva Silenced, 15 Kva Silenced, , 40 Kva Silenced, John Deere
60 Kva Open Frame, John Deere 100 Kva open frame.

Inverters - 1500 Watt complete with 1 x 100 Amp Hr battery and charger in
5000 Watt complete with 4 x 100 Amp Hr Batteries and charger in cabinet

Large Range of Generators available from 5 - 2200 Kva ex import (some in
Bond South Africa)


We now have imported Harrow discs (24", 26" and 28") available :


Single Row forage harvesters available ex stock


Tractor Mounted 12 Metre / 600 Litre tank Boom sprayers and Canon sprayers
in stock.


Imported Offset disc harrows suitable for 80 Hp Tractors currently on order
and will be available August / September, 2007.

Please phone:- Radium Africa - Tel + 263 4 335848 / 307740
Sean Bell: + 263 11 600389, Keith Lowe + 263 11 800859


1.9 For Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Rare book for sale/Rhodesiana, Welensky's 4000 days, The life and death of
the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, by sir Roy Welensky, personally
signed by Sir Roy, with dust jacket.US$50.00 equivalent. Email -


1.10 For Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)


PHONE JUSTIN 011402896

PHONE 011402896


1.11 For Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Buy the Wiztech 223 Super Satellite Receiver and receive satellite TV FREE
by using your existing dish! This is a one-of payment - NO SUBS to pay. No
hidden costs. SABC 1,2, 3, Botswana, e-TV, SA News International, CNBC,
Press TV, Trade and Travel, several religious channels, Radio stations like
RSG, Radio Pretoria, SAFM, 5 FM, 2000 Fm etc. Contact Joe Esterhuizen on
Harare 339378 (anytime) or 0912 338414 or e-mail


1.12 For Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Scrap-booking papers for sale, various themes - holidays, baby christenings,
birthdays, weddings etc. sold as sets as well as single pages sold.  Lots of
designs, colours  including tartans, florals, etc.  Also frames, borders,
tags, word/thought bubbles used for scrap-booking.  Please sms or call Carol
on 091 2 264160 to arrange to see.


1.13 For Sale (Ad inserted 15/08/07)

1 x MF265S tractor - front to back rebuild.  $3 billion

1 x Ursus 3512 tractor - front to back rebuild.  $3 billion

1 x Renault ME160 7 tonne truck - immaculate condition, new tyres, imported
batteries etc. + 1 x 5 tonne drop side trailer - immaculate conditon, new
tyres etc. - $10 billion

Telephone Marondera 079-21421, 0912 256 661, e-mail


1.14 FOR SALE (Ad inserted 15/08/07)

Marondera - Ideal industrial premises suitable for transport, storage,
procurement etc.  Very attractive property in very good condition, and in
good location.  To include borehole, very good security, access to railway
siding etc.  Property size 6,051m2.  Outside covered workshop 700m2, inside
workshop 128m2, 10 offices, storage rooms, 5 x 20ft containers, 3 bed-roomed
cottage + more.  Asking price in the region of $50 billion.   Contact
details 079-21421, 0912 256 661, e-mail


1.15 THE WEAVERY.(The African Craft Market) (Ad inserted 15/08/07)

Going Overseas or down South? Why not take hand woven gifts for your friends
or family?  These super articles which are light, easy to pack, take or
and fully washable. Some of our articles are to be discontinued; so don't
miss out! Contact Anne on 332851 or 011212424.Or email

Discount of 20% on all articles.

Crocheted oven gloves--$810,000.
Cotton oven gloves--$765,000.
Small woven bags--$665,000.
Large woven bags--$810,000.
Crocheted bags--$945,000.

Single Duvet cushions(open into a duvet)--$4,080,000.
Double Duvet cushions--$4,720,000.
Queen bedcovers--$6,070,000.
Single bedcovers--$3,550,000.

3 piece toilet set--$1,610,000.
Toilet roll holder--$550,000.
Bath mat--$1,140,000.(small rug).

Cushion covers--$810,000.

Table runner--$473,000.
Set(4)Bordered table mats + serviettes--$1,610,000.
Set(6)Bordered table mats + serviettes--$2,420,000.
Set(4) crocheted table mats only--$1,280,000.
Set(6)fringed table mats + serviettes--$2,420,000.
The table mat range is to be discontinued once present stocks are sold.

Small(approx.105x52cms) plain cotton rug--$1,140,000.
Medium(approx.120x65cms) plain cotton rug--$1,610,000
Large(approx.150x75cms) plain cotton rug--$2,420,000.
Ex.Large(approx.230x130cms) plain cotton rug--$5,210,000.
Small patterned cotton rug--$1,610,000.
Small rag rug--$1,140,000.
Medium rag rug--$1,610,000.
Medium patterned cotton rug--$2,420,000.
Large patterned cotton rug--$3,230,000
Ex.Large patterned cotton rug--$6,390,000.
Small patterned mohair rug--$3,180,000.
Medium patterned mohair rug--$4,010,000
Large patterned mohair rug--$5,210,000.
Ex. Large patterned mohair rug--$8,810,000.

Lots of other articles. PLEASE be aware that prices may change without
notice and orders take some time as they have to be woven and sent from
Gweru to Harare.


1.16 FOR SALE (Ad inserted 15/08/07)

Are you leaving Zimbabwe and wanting an investment to take with you? For
sale (Valuation certificate by Sharon Caithness(Graduate Gemologist. USA)
Solid silver tray (2.836 gms), Solid silver coffee set - coffee pot,sugar
bowl and milk jug (1.307gms)

Silver-English Hallmark-Sheffield(1950). Oval. Handles and Edges
patterned.(Acanthus leaf). Mass 2.836 gms. Z$ 1,363,000,000.00.

3 piece coffee set,beaded rims, acanthus leaf swan's neck spout, scrolling
acanthus leaf handles and circular pedestal foot, comprising coffee pot,
ivory cover finial and handle heatproof liners, wt. 797.00 gms(Z$
509,000,000.00), 2 handled sugar basin wt.315 gms(Z$ 202,000,000.00), Helmet
cream jug wt. 195 gms(Z$127,000,000.00). Overall total mass 1.307 gms.
Birmingham c. 1905, Maker W.D., In original, oak presentation case, hinged
brass side handles, with key, fitted lined interior of rich cobalt

Total value, by Sharon Caithness  Z$2,201,000.000.00 (two billion, two
hundred and one million dollars). NO "chancers".email


1.17 For Sale (Ad inserted 15/08/07)

Cougar 16' Hull on trailer with Mercury redline 125 motor, electric start,
ride glide steering system, two built in fuel tanks, one carry tank.

Various '94 Peugeot 405 body parts
Windscreen - cracked
Rear window (with heater lines)
4 Doors (one bit of a dent)
3 glasses for the doors
Door panels
Rear tail lights
Back seats
Rims x3
Front & rear suspension

Boat motors:
Mercury Blue line 40hp motor, running but needs minor attn, complete with
controls, plus many spares.

Car for Sale
Datsun 180U 1800 Automatic in good running condition

Motorbike for Sale
Suzuki Bandit 400

Contact Tyron on 091 2 317 961 or 772156 for further information



2.1 Wanted

By way of loan or donation to the JAG Trust.  The Trust is Capacity Building
a New Project which necessitates the furnishing of an office with desks,
chairs, cupboards and shelving. Any surplus office furniture or trimmings
will be welcomed.  Phone 799410.


2.2 Wanted

Sheila Macdonald (Sally in Rhodesia) - If you have any of Sheila Macdonald's
books for sale, please let JAG know the details including condition etc with
your name, telephone number and price wanted.

Telephone JAG - 04 - 799410


2.3 Shotgun Wanted

Good quality, Baretta or Browning, 20 bore over/under shotgun.  In excellent
condition.  Please contact the JAG office on 799410.


2.4 Wanted (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

ZNSPCA :  We are looking to purchase two second hand 165 / 13 inch rims for
our horse box and one of our pickups.  Currently we have no spare for these
vehicles.  We are also looking for tools for our vehicles - pliers, spanners
and screwdrivers - so please if you are clearing your workshops we are keen
to buy your junk off you.  Any donation of the above equipment will be
greatly appreciated.
Head Office:  04 - 497885 / 497574

Is also looking for donations of
Buiding Materials:
Pit and River Sand, Bricks
Second hand Window Frames, French door
Wooden doors
Door handles/Locking Mech.
Fluorescent light fittings tubes and bulbs

ZNSPCA is always looking for 2nd hand Dog collars, leads, kennels and

ZNSPCA HQ156 Enterprise Rd or Tel: 497574/497885


2.5 Wanted (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Barwick School is in urgent need of a changeover switch for a 60KVA
generator (approx 100 amps).  Please phone 0912 262566 or


2.6 Wanted (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

We are looking for deep freezers and cold room units.

Please contact David and Janet Cunningham 09 251555/ 234879/232136 or

You can also contact   Khosi Bhebhe - 09 251555/234879/232136 -


2.7 Wanted (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Am looking for a wheelchair for a child who was born with severe curvature
of the spine and who now cannot walk. Any suggestions as to who to approach
or offers please.
Julia Burdett 744207, 0912236641,


2.8 Wanted PAPRIKA GROWERS (Ad inserted 15/08/07)

We are looking for Paprika Growers / Farmers for the 2007/2008 season. We
are an end user - we are not agents and we do not want agents.

Please contact or visit our website for
further information.




3.1 House-sitter Wanted (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

I am looking for a house-sitter for mid August till mid October on my little
farm in Bromley  There is no farming to be done, the settlers have seen to
that, just 6 pets (4 dogs and 2 cats) to love and look after.   I have a
home and garden (the house is over 100 years old), good security with two
night watchmen, and a very good house servant.  We are 50 kms from Harare.
No money exchanges

Please contact Jennifer at 073 3399 or 011 423614 - or sms, or E mail


3.2 FOR SALE (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Blue skies and warm seas

Situated in the village of PENNINGTON in Kwa Zulu Natal Mid South
Coast,close to the sea ,surrounded by up market homes and simplexes , three
golf courses in the town area ,an ideal investment for the future with real
possibilities for a simplex development.The two beautiful acres are side by
side with two road fronts together are 100 x 80 meters...,secluded open
natural forest park land. ,almost level , 5 minutes from the beach and the
very smart brand new  Village Mall shopping centre.  Price on request.

Please look up our website to see all or
properties for sale in the village of PENNINGTON.Our mission statement is
"Making homes more affordable" by reducing our commission tariffs.


3.3 PROPERTIES FOR SALE (Ad inserted 15/08/07)

GLEN LORNE - A Country Home in Town

Lovely hilltop property on 6 1/2 acres with views and beautiful garden with
msasa trees and abundant bird life.
3 bed-roomed home with wooden strip floors, 2 1/2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining
room area, big lounge with fireplace, bar, covered veranda.
Charming cottage with 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, open plan lounge and
kitchen. Modern fittings. Single lock-up garage attached. Independent to
main house - own ZESA and Water meters.

GOOD BOREHOLE plumbed in to both houses
Double garage / Swimming pool / Staff quarters for 4 / 2 x Mushroom Houses /
Chickens runs / Electric fenced all round / Woodrow Art Studio


Thinking of downsizing to a nice quiet area?

Situated on a quiet close this is a very appealing 3 bed-roomed home with
pretty garden, slightly elevated looking out over lovely msasas on 2 acres.
2 bathrooms, lounge with wooden doors opening onto covered veranda, dining
room, fitted kitchen. Alarmed / Swimming pool / 5000 litre storage tank /
walled with electric fence and gate. Small Guest Cottage
Very charming with Oregon pine features

Contact Helen Stephens: 011406428 or Kennan Properties:  334994, 302721




4.1 Need a break

Getaway and enjoy peace and fresh air at GUINEA FOLWS REST
Only 80kms from Harare, Self-catering guest-house
Sleeps 10 people, Bird-watching, Canoeing, Fishing, DSTV

REGRET: No day visitors.  No boats or dogs allowed.
Contact Dave: 011 600 770 or Annette 011 600 769
or 091 22 55 653 or email


4.2 Savuli Safari (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

Self catering chalets in the heart of the Save Valley Conservancy. Game
watching, fishing, horse riding, canoeing, walking trails and 4x4 hire. Camp
fully kitted including cook and fridges. Just bring your food,  drinks and
relax.    Best value for money. U12 are 1/2  price

Contact John : or Phone 091 2631 556


4.3 GACHE GACHE LODGE - KARIBA (Across the lake.) (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Still some available dates for August hols. Prices reduced to 18 June!
Contact: Fatima - or phone 301889.
Open for provisional bookings for December holidays too.


4.4 Self Catering Holiday Cottages S.A (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Figtree Self catering Holiday cottages almost on the beach in the quiet
village of Pennington four cottages which may sleep comfortably 20 persons.
Minimum of R300 per night and R60 per person per night.Kindly book in
advance so as not to be disappointed. Contact Cindy or Willy on 27833002394
or Email : We really look forward to hearing from you


4.5 NATUREWAYS SAFARIS (Ad inserted 15/08/07)

Urges you to take a step back in time to the untouched, unchanged wilderness
of MANA POOLS. Away from the rush and stress of the modern cities to an
exclusive paradise where you can be at one with nature and interact with a
variety of interesting neighbours such as elephant, hippo, waterbuck to name
just a few.

Partake in a luxury Odyssey safari (and spend your days walking, canoeing or
on safari drives) or climb into your canoe and set off on an exciting
semi-participatory Explorer canoe safari down the mighty Zambezi River. We
look forward to welcoming you to our magic world!

Email :, Phone: 333 414 / 339 001, Fax:   333414 /
Skype: natureways_reservations2 or



5.1 Vehicle Repairs

Vehicle repairs carried out personally by qualified mechanic with 30 years
experience. Very reasonable rates.

Phone Johnny Rodrigues:  011 603213 or 011 404797, email:


5.2 SpeedWorx - WYNN'S

Intelligent Car Service has arrived!

Why pay ridiculous prices and be without your car for days.

Our services are done while you wait & cost a fraction of the normal repair.

At SpeedWorx we will:

Service your car
Increase your engine's performance and improve your fuel economy
Completely flush your engine oil to prolong your engine life
Restore your Power steering performance and stop it leaking
Restore your Automatic Transmission performance and stop it leaking
Completely flush your brake system and make you safe
Stop your car overheating and reduce the risk of leaks
Remove bad odours from the interior of your car and keep it fresh

Services done at your home or office.

Contact: Bryan 011 612 650 or Russell 011 410 525.



Filming & Editing of Weddings & Special Events. DVD Production, Broadcast
Quality.  DVD & VHS transfers. Call Greer on 744075 / 0912 353 047

Greer Wynn - Focused Video Productions:  0912 353 047 / 744075


5.4 HUNTING TROPHY EXPORTS (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

·          Fast and efficient dipping and shipping
·          Professional administration and storage of trophies
·          Taxidermy in the USA
·          Convenient drop-off

Contact me, Joe Wells on Tel/fax (263) 04 490677, Cell: (263) 0912 239305





ROB and SUE - PHONE (04) 852658 - CELL - 011 601 885 / 023 924 896



6.1 Looking for a Home (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

Jack Russell male, tan/white 'PERCY' needs kind and loving home. 5 years,
owner left. Has been spoilt and adored. Tel Michelle on 884294 or 011602903
or e-mail


6.2 Looking for a Home (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Please would some kind person give a home to 'Jessica'. She is a 4 year old
brindle English Bull Terrier bitch. Loves cats but is terrified of other
dogs so doesn't get on with them. If you are wanting an only dog Jessica is
for you, she has a lovely temperament and just wants love in return. Tel
Michelle on 884294 011602903 or e-mail


6.3 Lost (Ad inserted 15/08/07)

Our little dog Molly, a miniature Jack Russel brown and white in colour has
gone missing in the Dawnhill area of Greendale between Greendale Avenue and
Coronation Avenue could even be Rhodesville Avenue.

$1 million reward is offered for her safe return to Delia and Philip Brown
23 Moulsham Road Dawnhill Greendale Please phone or text 0912 201686 or 0912
235579 Thank you!


6.4 Looking for a Home (Ad inserted 15/08/07)

Lovely cat -bout three years old, fat and fluffy, looking for a home.  She
is very loving, but doesn't like big dogs.  Or let's say she isn't used to
them.  Her name is Ginger.  Please urgently looking for a home for her!!!
Contact Sandy on 091 2 908262 for further information.



7.1 Country Juke Box (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Come and party with Country Juke Box. Bring the family. Children allowed.
Reasonable bar prices, club menu and a great atmosphere. A wide selection of
dance music from the 60's to 90's, Country, Tiekkie Draai, Rock and Roll
etc. For details contact Joe Esterhuizen on 339378 or 0912 338414 or e-mail

JAG Hotlines: +263 (011) 610 073, +263 (04) 799 410.  If you are in trouble
or need advice, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're here to help!
To advertise (JAG Members): Please email classifieds to:
with subject "Classifieds".

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