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Mbeki struggling to keep Zimbabwe talks on track:
by Fanuel Jongwe 18 minutes ago
HARARE (AFP) - South African
President Thabo Mbeki's presence this week in
Harare pointed to deep-rooted
problems in his efforts to mediate a
power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe's
political crisis, analysts said Thursday.
Mbeki flew here and held
face-to-face discussions with President Robert
Mugabe on Wednesday after
negotiations at a secret location near Pretoria
between Mugabe's ruling
ZANU-PF party and the main opposition MDC adjourned
After meeting Mugabe, Mbeki insisted the negotiations were on
would resume on Sunday. He also met with Arthur Mutambara, the
leader of a
smaller Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
"There are naturally some matters which require the negotiators
to come back
to consult. That's why they are all here in Harare today,"
But observers suggested that the South African leader was
putting a positive
spin on a difficult situation.
signifies that there has been a deadlock no matter what the
facilitators would want the world to believe," Charles
Harare-based political analyst, said.
"He (Mbeki) is trying to use his
influence to push each of the leaders to
make certain compromises," he
Takura Zhangazha, a Harare independent political analyst said
pointed to "an urgency" surrounding certain issues in the
"The visit was probably to emphasise to Mugabe
what the MDC wants from the
talks," Zhangazha said.
Mbeki had met the
MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, in Pretoria on Tuesday
before his visit to
Mugabe, 84, who has been in office since Zimbabwe's independence
Britain in 1980, expressed his "total commitment" to the negotiations
"We are still negotiating, we want to succeed," Mugabe
said. "We would like
to see the speedy conclusion of the talks ... and
successful outcome so that
we can focus in the future our attention around
Mbeki's spokesman Mukoni Ratshitanga warned against reading
too much into
Mbeki's visit to Harare, saying it was simply "part and
parcel" of efforts
to achieve an all-inclusive government in
"There is no deadlock at the talks. Newspapers invented the
deadlock and the
parties do not agree with that media suggestion,"
John Makumbe, a political science lecturer at the
University of Zimbabwe,
argued that the media coverage was probably
"Things are not going well. President Mbeki can pretend that
under control. But the body language, even of Mugabe makes it
that there is a deadlock," he said Thursday in an interview on
Africa's public broadcaster SA FM.
"I had expected all along
that there will be serious problem on agreeing on
a vehicle for transition
to democracy; either to adopt a government of
national unity, as canvassed
by the ZANU-PF or create a transitional
government, as suggested by the
Tsvangirai, Mugabe and Mutambara signed an accord on July 21 in
begin talks on sharing power after a months-long election
While Tsvangirai believes his victory in the first round of a
election in March should give him the right to the lion's share
MDC sources say Mugabe's negotiators are so far only offering him
to become one of several vice presidents.
crisis in Zimbabwe heightened after the June 27 victory in the
denounced and controversial presidential run-off in which Mugabe was
only candidate after Tsvangirai boycotted it, claiming violence against
supporters ahead of the poll.
Talks hit deadlock over Mugabe-Tsvangirai roles
By Lance Guma
South African brokered talks between Zanu PF and the MDC have
a brick wall because the ruling party insists Mugabe should
lead any unity
government. Party insiders have dismissed the optimism
expressed by South
African President Thabo Mbeki that talks are progressing
instead that Zanu PF negotiators are not willing to budge on
position. It has also been made clear by Justice Minister Patrick
and Labour Minister Nicholas Goche that their mandate at the talks
fall in line with instructions from the Zanu PF politburo.
Tuesday Tsvangirai flew to South Africa to meet Mbeki, in the first clear
sign the talks had reached a deadlock. On Wednesday Mbeki travelled to
Harare to meet Mugabe and tried his best to hide the collapsing initiative.
'There are naturally some matters which require the negotiators to come back
to consult. That's why they are all here in Harare today,' he told
journalists. Mugabe's role in any new government remains a polarizing issue
a diplomatic source told Newsreel. 'Any chance of these talks succeeding
will be riding on the back of how much Tsvangirai is willing to compromise,'
the source said.
On Thursday Tsvangirai arrived in Senegal for a
meeting with President
Abdoullaye Wade, in what some are already seeing as
attempts to pile up the
diplomatic pressure on Mugabe. A Senegal Foreign
Ministry statement said
Tsvangirai was in the capital Dakar to 'learn the
position and get the
advice' of Wade. A similar trip to Angola and other
African countries is
said to be on the cards, an ominous sign the MDC might
be preparing a plan
B, should the talks fail. On Wednesday Mbeki insisted
the talks will resume
on Sunday, but an air of uncertainty now hangs over
any chances of a
During an interview with British TV
Channel 4 Tsvangirai struck a
conciliatory note, arguing Mugabe should be
allowed an 'honourable exit.'
The MDC President insisted the talks should
result in a transitional
government that will run the country for not more
than 2 years. The behind
the scenes deadlock has not appeared to faze
Tsvangirai who told journalists
in Senegal that the 2 week timetable for the
talks was flexible and could be
adjusted as the process moves
SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news
Tsvangirai says talks deadline flexible
DAVID LEWIS | DAKAR, SENEGAL -
Jul 31 2008 18:00
Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai
said on Thursday he was "fairly
satisfied" with talks with President Robert
Mugabe's party to end a
political crisis, and said a Monday, August 4
deadline was "not inflexible".
Tsvangirai said talks would resume as
planned on Sunday with Mugabe's
Zanu-PF party. Power-sharing negotiations
began last week under
international pressure after Mugabe's unopposed
re-election in a poll
dismissed around the world as a sham.
fairly satisfied, but there are, like in any negotiations, sticking
that need to be unravelled," Tsvangirai told reporters in Dakar after
meeting Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.
The talks adjourned on
Tuesday, leaving little time to complete them by the
August 4 deadline set
out in the framework for negotiations signed on July
may appear too short, but it is not inflexible and I am sure that
facilitation will adjust as progress moves forward," Tsvangirai
South African President Thabo Mbeki is mediating between the
whose political struggle has exacerbated an economic crisis
that has brought
hyperinflation and food shortages and forced millions into
Tsvangirai won a first round of voting in
March but official results said he
fell short of an outright majority. He
abandoned a run-off vote against
Mugabe in June because of attacks on his
supporters. He says more than 120
have been killed.
Mugabe, who has
ruled Zimbabwe since 1980 and wants to carry on with his new
mandate, said on Wednesday that the talks were going well and he
But the MDC has said only Tsvangirai can lead a new
government as he won
the first round of voting.
Analysts say both
sides are deeply entrenched and finding middle ground
will be difficult.
Tsvangirai declined on Thursday to give any details of
the progress made in
the talks so far.
But he told Britain's Channel 4 news on Wednesday that
he hoped the process
would allow Mugabe an "honourable
European Aid Commissioner Louis Michel said he hoped the talks
succeed, but said he was worried at continuing violence and
well as restrictions on humanitarian work.
situation is unacceptable and is putting thousands of innocent
lives, including women and children, at risk," he said. "I
upon the Zimbabwean authorities to denounce and abandon
violence and to
provide unfettered humanitarian access." - Reuters
Brussels "deeply worried" by Zimbabwe violence, aid
Monsters and Critics
Jul 31, 2008, 12:54 GMT
Brussels - Political
violence and restrictions on humanitarian work in
Zimbabwe are putting
thousands of lives at risk, the EU's top aid official
said in a statement
'I am concerned about the continued widespread violence and
Zimbabwe). I am also deeply worried about the persistent
imposed to humanitarian activities,' EU Aid Commissioner Louis
in a statement.
'This situation is unacceptable and is
putting thousands of innocent
civilian lives, including women and children,
at risk,' he said.
On July 21, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and
opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai signed a deal which was meant to put an
end to the widespread
political violence across the country and open it up
to humanitarian aid
That deal was 'an important step towards
a genuine political solution to the
current crisis in Zimbabwe,' Michel
However, violence in the country, especially attacks on
supporters by forces linked to Mugabe, remains rife, and aid
not been given access to much of the country, the commission
Tsvangirai led the polls in the first round of Zimbabwe's
election on March 29, but pulled out of the June 27 run- off
after dozens of
his supporters were killed in attacks by Mugabe
Mapped: 2094 cases of political violence in Zimbabwe
Last week the BBC had a report that groups of MDC supporters returning
from South Africa were carrying out reprisal attacks against Zanu PF war
veterans who had beaten up their relatives. The link to the piece was emailed to
us by a few people with different messages ranging from “It’s about time someone
did this”, to “I hope Sokwanele will condemn this as much as you do Zanu PF-led
The incidents, close to Zimbabwe’s border with South Africa, followed
accusations of torture and arson attacks by war veterans.
Youths loyal to the opposition have now launched retaliatory attacks against
Sokwanele campaigns for non violence, and that includes all forms of violence
so we condemn these sort of actions completely.
I delayed my response to this because we’ve been adding more
violence data to our map and I wanted to see if this latest sample included
violence against civilians perpetrated by MDC supporters. It does: out of the
total of 2094 cases mapped so far, there are four cases in Harare denoted by
four bright pink map pins. These were not, as you might imagine, all MDC
reprisal attacks against Zanu PF thugs - three of them are cases arising out of
infighting between the two MDC formations and only one was of a Zanu PF
supporter who came forward to report his experience at the hands of an MDC
Our political violence map reflects cases of violence and terror regardless
of who is responsible: each pin is a victim. To date, our sample - and it is a
sample - has seen little evidence that the opposition parties are
attacking Zanu PF supporters. Solidarity Peace Trust’s latest report says
that in the sample cases they used for their report, only 1% of the victims were
Zanu PF supporters.
Because of the way we have mapped the data (recording confirmed testimony
from victims) the picture sometimes doesn’t quite tell the whole story. For
example, the colour-coded pins identify perpetrators of the crimes - ours is a
map of accountability. In the few cases where Zanu PF supporters have been
attacked, we have recorded who
attacked them and not the fact that they are ‘Zanu PF-supporting’ victims. I am
personally unmoved whether a victim is MDC or Zanu PF because no one deserves to be criminally
assaulted, and especially not because they exercise a democratic right
to support a party of their choice.
What is significant in these cases is that the criminals have mostly been
Zanu PF aligned, all organised by the State. What we hope the map will do is
show the level of organisation and coordination and clearly identify who is
responsible for the crimes.
There is another story not quite fully revealed on our map that appeared in
our most recent batch of data, and this has to do with reprisal attacks.
A group of MDC youths in an area of Zimbabwe took it upon themselves to beat
up Zanu PF thugs who had been responsible for a particularly vicious crime
against an MDC supporter in their community. The angry youths went on a rampage
and also destroyed the property of the Zanu PF thugs.
However, the reason why these youths ended up in our sample is not because
they perpetrated crimes, but because they ended up being victims again as a
result of them. Unsurprisingly, the Zanu PF youths counter-retaliated, this time
backed up by the local police and militia, and the MDC supporting vigilantes had
to flee for their lives. They continue to live in fear, unable to go home,
everything they own has been destroyed and death threats have been issued
against them. Our map records victims and identifies who attacked them, so each
of these youths is now a map pin recording that they have been displaced, their
property destroyed and that their lives have been threatened. The map shows that
that their persecutors are Zanu PF aligned.
Would we map the victims that the MDC supporters attacked and would we
identify that they were attacked by MDC youths? Absolutely, but these
individuals have not reported their experience to the people who feed the
confirmed cases our way. If they did, they would be treated fairly and
reasonably and their experiences would be mapped by us. We can’t map them
despite knowing that something happened to them because we don’t know
how many were beaten, exactly what happened to them, or where it all took
To be clear for those who assume that Sokwanele deliberately does not map
incidents of violence against Zanu PF, this group of cases that we cannot map,
refering to actions against Zanu PF supporters, is among the first we have seen
where violence against a Zanu PF supporter has been mentioned (out of the 2094
cases now on our map). I can think of only one other case (from Manicaland)
where an individual had to flee death threats because, like the MDC in this
case, he had attacked a Zanu PF supporter.
So why don’t the Zanu PF cases end up coming our way? It’s hard to say, but
my interpretation is that they possibly do not consider themselves in the same
light as the MDC people who have been beaten by Zanu PF thugs to an inch of
their lives. Unlike the MDC victims, whose pictures we have seen and stories we
have read, the Zanu PF victims of this case of MDC-led violence had alternative
‘options’. They didn’t need to resort to last desperate measures by appealing
for help because they had nothing left at all and because no one else would help
them and they had nowhere to go.
The Zanu PF victims used their other options and turned to the police and the
militia who rallied around and chased away their persecutors. Yes, they have
lost their property, but we know that the militia are given free reign when it
comes to looting property. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if the Zanu victims
recouped their losses by taking it from an MDC ‘enemy’ neighbour close by,
possibly adding a few good whacks for good measure. We know the police will do
It is this bizarre case of knowing violence we can’t map, where
‘victims‘ became ‘violent vigilantes‘ only to be forced even
deeper into ‘victimhood‘ as a result, that underscores why reprisal
attacks simply don’t work.
Who won in this instance?
As for the comunity left behind after this spate of vigilantiasm, what’s to
become of them? I can’t imagine there won’t be further reprisal attacks and that
they won’t be drawn into a widening vortex of violence.
Will they be the next set of map pins on our map? Will their testimony read
“Zanu thugs beat us and stole our property as punishment because MDC people
took vengeance on them“? We can’t say at this stage, but given what we know
about Zanu PF and retaliatory violence, it is not an implausible possiblity at
This entry was written by Hope on
Thursday, July 31st, 2008 at 5:16
Pressure on Mugabe to pay troops
Sydney Morning Herald
August 1, 2008
ZIMBABWE'S leader, Robert Mugabe, is under
pressure to resolve the country's
political deadlock because hyperinflation
threatens his ability to pay his
key backers, the police and the army, say
Power-sharing talks are to resume on Sunday, the South
Thabo Mbeki, said after flying to Harare to meet Mr
Mugabe amid reports that
the talks are at a standstill. Mr Mbeki is
mediating the talks.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change says
Mr Mugabe is on a much
tighter timetable than it to find a resolution
because of the economic
Today, with annual inflation
officially at 2.2 million per cent, Zimbabwe's
Reserve Bank will introduce a
currency that wipes 10 zeros off the previous
notes - $Z10 billion will be
worth $Z1 in the new currency. But as the
regime has done nothing to improve
economic fundamentals, the inflation will
"We would like to
see the speedy conclusion of the talks . and a successful
outcome so that we
can focus in the future our attention around our
economy," Mr Mugabe said
this week in Harare. He voiced his "total
commitment" to a successful
conclusion to the negotiations in South Africa
between his ZANU-PF party and
the two factions of the MDC.
David Coltart, a senator-elect for the
smaller MDC faction, said the speed
of the talks was being driven by what
was happening in the economy. "I think
Mugabe understands he has no solution
to hyperinflation and the looming
problem of him not being able to pay the
military and police has put
enormous pressure on him to reach a settlement,"
Mr Coltart said in Sydney
The new currency was Mr Mugabe's
last throw of the dice. "We had been told
they had new currency printed,
that it was done in the hope they could
tackle inflation and then introduce
the new currency," he said. "But they
have had to do it without tackling
hyperinflation to buy themselves some
The regime's hand was
forced last month when its German banknote paper
supplier refused to supply
any more paper.
"The pressure is off us, we have more time, it gives us
leverage," Mr Coltart said, "though of course, we can't adopt a
stance - the people are suffering."
Horrific injuries, but wounded go months without treatment
July 2008 07:40
BY STAFF REPORTER
are only now treating people severely injured by Zanu (PF)
thugs as long ago
as May. The delay in getting proper treatment has led to
Sixty-eight-year-old Simon Mapurisa Muphomo from Matengarumvi
was attacked by Zanu (PF) militia in May, after being abducted and
Jori Business Centre. The leaders of the group, whom Muphomo was
identify, asked him why he had voted for the Movement for
and called him a sell-out. They tied his face tightly with
a cloth and tied
his hands behind his back. He was severely beaten on his
buttocks with logs
and forced to give his assailants two goats.
Reginald Nendanga (28), from Chapanduka village was abducted and
beaten on June 26 by a group of Zanu (PF) youths who took him to
Although beaten with logs, Nendanga was one of more than 20 MDC
supporters in Buhera South who received only paracetomol for their injuries
at Murambinda and nearby clinics.
Kokayi Vengenyedzayi (68) from
Matengarumvi village was brutally
tortured after being forced to attend a
Zanu (PF) meeting on June 1. The
meeting was organised by Joseph Chinotimba,
the losing MP for the area.
Kokayi was the MDC Vice-Chairman Chinyamukonde
They attacked him using logs, iron bars and machetes, and was
to get medication or medical attention.
The three men were
eventually brought into hospital on July 26.
Others were not so lucky.
The driver, Witness Maamvire, who went to
collect the victims was abducted
himself and detained overnight at Colonel
Mzilikazi's homestead in
Mutiusinazita Village, Buhera South. He was unhurt,
but was prevented from
rescuing another 20 people in urgent need of hospital
Zanu chiefs kick white farmers off land
Thursday, 31 July 2008
BY CHIEF REPORTER
HARARE - Government is evicting the
few remaining prominent white
commercial farmers in Manicaland. The
Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) said
dozens of white farmers in Manicaland
were under pressure to leave
"The farmers are being
told to pack up and leave their homes," the CFU
said in a statement. "They
have been informed that police will not assist if
the new 'owner' comes and
throws their belongings out of their houses."
The CFU said all the
farmers were challenging the Section 8 notices in
court, and had applied for
a stay of execution to harvest their winter crop.
appear to have been ignored by the individuals
involved in the evictions,"
The evictions fly in the face of appeals by Reserve Bank
Gideon Gono that evictions of the remaining white farmers must stop
CFU officials said the farmers who were still on their
those who had been encouraged by government to stay on the
land and grow
"Government is now issuing compulsory
acquisition orders to
everybody," one farmer said. "Farmers are being told
to get out of their
only homes by government officials."
and Communications deputy minister Hubert Nyanhongo has
defied two orders by the High Court to move off Gwindingwi
farm in Burma
Valley owned by white farmer Johan Vorster.
The farm was highly
mechanized and produced bananas for local and
Nyanhongo has seized valuables at the farm including 45 tonnes of
fertiliser, 100 tonnes of bananas, six tractors, 15 trailers, a Mazda
pick-up truck, irrigation equipment and a seven-tonne CK10 Nissan lorry. The
farm seizures are being repeated across the province by senior government
officials and security officials.
Woman commits suicide after humiliated & refused ZPF food aid
31 July 2008
The clamp down on MDC supporters is continuing
across Zimbabwe, with
government officials using degradation and forced
starvation to inflict
suffering on the desperate and hungry.
from Mutasa Central constituency in Manicaland province took her own
Tuesday after she was publicly humiliated and refused permission to
cheap food packets at a government food distribution programme in her
village. The mother of three, identified as Mai Tarwa, joined a throng of
roughly a thousand people at the Moyoweshumba primary school where goods,
supplied by ZANU-PF under the Basic Commodities Supply Side Intervention
(Bacossi) were under distribution.
Wellington Zindove, a co-ordinator
for the Zimbabwe Youth Forum, told
Newsreel on Thursday the village headman
who was leading the food
distribution process identified the woman as a
known MDC supporter and
stripped her naked in front of the crowd, in an
effort to force her to
denounce the party. Zindove said the woman was
"humiliated and devastated
because she failed to condemn herself". She was
then refused Bacossi goods
and fled to her homestead, where her body was
found later in the day hanging
from a tree.
The poorest of the poor
are bearing the brunt of the economic meltdown in
Zimbabwe, with basic
commodities becoming luxury items in terms of cost and
supporters in rural areas have also often been forced to
give up their food
and livestock to marauding ZANU-PF thugs. The situation
has left tens of
thousands of people dependent on any form of food aid,
however, with the
government blocking international food aid, people such as
Mai Tarwa are
forced to rely on Bacossi or face starvation.
Zindove said the "continued
victimisation of MDC supporters in the rural
areas" is unacceptable,
particularly with regards to Bacossi food aid. He
said ZANU supporters are
"the only ones benefiting from Bacossi" and called
it a "partisan campaign
to thank those responsible for the violence". He
added in a Youth Forum
statement released on Thursday that given the country's
selectively refusing to give people basic food is a
tactic that has
"increased the vulnerability of 80% of the population to
SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news
Robert Mugabe's glorious victory over Zimbabwe's
National Post, Canada
Posted: July 31, 2008, 11:54 AM
There is something starkly simple at the
heart of the ruination being
inflicted on Zimbabwe by Robert Mugabe. Or
maybe the word should be
When something irks Mugabe, who
was largely responsible for the creation of
the country, he simply orders it
This week it was zeros.
There were 11 zeros in the Zimbabwe
100 billion dollar note, which was
nonetheless pretty close to worthless. A
loaf of bread goes for about $250
It was embarrassing.
Newspapers around the world showed pictures of the
bill, mocking it. Mocking
So Mugabe got rid of the zeros. Now the 10 billion dollar note
is just 10
bucks. Still worth squat, and the German company that dominates
business still won't sell them any paper to print it on, but
embarrassing as before.
Mugabe does this a lot. When
Zimbabwe's ridiculous inflation rate, which
rises almost too fast to
calculate, Mugabe got rid of that too. Or tried
too. He simply ordered shop
owners to sell food to buyers at fixed prices.
How were the prices fixed?
Who knows -- Mugabe doesn't sweat the small
stuff. Needless to say the plan
didn't work, and shops simply stopped
stocking the shelves rather than give
goods away. Eventually realistic
prices returned -- realistic being a
relative term in Zimbabwe -- and set
off again on the spiral that made the
10-billion note a necessity.
Mugabe likes to bark out simple orders on
more serious issues as well. When
the shantytowns around Harare irked him --
most were illegal structures,
though what really bothered Mugabe was that
their occupants regularly voted
against him -- he had them bulldozed. He
claimed it was an urban renovation
project, cleaning out riff-raff who
operated unlicensed businesses and
participated in other nefarious
activities. There was nowhere else for them
to go, and the government made
only token efforts to relocate them or build
more permanent housing, but
that wasn't the point. One day they were there,
the next they were gone,
like the zeros.
Or the white farmers.
Mugabe's most damaging
arbitrary order was the one seizing the property of
white farmers. The
farmers were just supposed to leave, and let new owners
take over. In theory
the owners were landless blacks who had suffered under
laws of earlier white governments, but in practise they
were cronies of
Mugabe, who knew as much about farming as they later proved
to know about
inflation or currency control.
The farms, once productive, prosperous and
efficient -- feeding the country
and making it one of Africa's most
comfortable -- collapsed, along with the
food supply, the economy, and
eventually the currency. See, it's all
connected in its way.
would be just another African corruption story if not for the singular
pedigree of Mugabe. Unlike many a usurping despot, Mugabe was already secure
in his status and his job when he suddenly careened off the rails. He'd been
president or prime minister for 20 years, and had no serious rivals, when he
embarked on his land seizure project. Zimbabwe wasn't shangri-la, but it was
in pretty good shape, and certainly livable. Then he went nuts, transforming
himself into a cartoonish caricature of the tinpot dictator.
be humorous if not for the tragedy of it. All those zeros, lopped
currency so the ruler-for-life won't be embarrassed any more. The
didn't bear the obligatory image of the president, a sure sign of
discomfort. Maybe they should have carried a likeness of the grim
which is certainly hovering over Zimbabwe and one day will come for
Maybe soon; he's 84 years old. No doubt he'll order the spectre
are he'll fail at that too.
Cartoon by Gado
Zimbabwe's 'worthless' $100bn notes sell for huge profit on eBay
Zimbabwean banknotes with face values of up to 100 billion dollars are
changing hands on eBay for hundreds of times their actual worth.
The Zimbabwean government this week responded to the hyperinflation crippling
the country’s economy by knocking 10 zeros of the value of currency.
From Friday notes with a face value of Z$100 billion will be worth Z$10, the
equivalent of 50p.
But the inflated notes, which will be legal tender in Zimbabwe until the end
of the year, have become desirable collectors items on the eBay, with single
notes changing hands for more than £100.
A Z$100 billion note - the highest denomination in circulation - currently up
for auction on the website has already attracted bids of more than £110.
Bank notes with face values of Z$50 billion and Z$25 billion are also being
sold, generally advertised in protective plastic sleeves.
They are technically “special agro-cheques” rather than traditional bank
notes, and were introduced recently in a desperate attempt to keep pace with
soaring food prices that have left millions of Zimbabweans hungry.
Unlike usual bank notes they are marked with issue and expiry dates, making
them ever more desirable for collectors.
Under the terms of the revaluation the hyperinflated notes will be valid
until the end of the year, when they will be replaced by new notes and coins.
But economists have warned that simply issuing new notes will achieve nothing
without accompanying reforms to prevent the government continuing to print extra
currency to pay its own bills.
Hyperinflation has been running at 2.2 million per cent a year according
to official figures, with economists suggesting the true figure may be far higher.
food and no medical care
Food shortages and hyperinflation are
forcing people to take desperate
measures to survive. Some extremely hungry
people have taken to buying
animal feed intended for cattle and chickens by
the cupful (because a full
bag is too expensive) for their own consumption.
It's a worrying development
because there is no telling what additives might
have been added to the
feed. For example, if hormones have been added, what
would the long term
impact be on humans or on child development?
military, however, are not eating animal feed. They have been seen
animals for slaughter in some rural areas. Reports we've received say
the soldiers are using foreign currency to buy the meat. The big
is, where are they getting the cash? In addition to the 'forex'
we've been told that the Bakossi shops are being used primarily for
card holders. So Mugabe loyalists receive privileged treatment yet
The health service has crumbled beyond belief. People are
dying in urban
hospitals for stupid reasons - because they have no saline,
etc. Health care has been in a desperate state for a very
long time now, but
it really feels like its on its very last legs. Zimbabwe
has at least 60
dialysis machines, but only one is operational and it is in
queue for that machine is no less than 100 people long per
Rural hospitals are now non functional: they have no drugs, plaster
etc. People with broken bones are strapped up (if they can provide
bandages) and told to go home. But supplying your own medical
materials is also becoming harder and harder to do - assuming a
the money to pay the very high prices. Normally a person would go
pharmacy to stock up on what the hospital or clinic needed to treat
but pharmacies are going bankrupt as they have no forex to import
This means people are relying on local manufacturers of drug
this is obviously very limited.
This entry was
written by Hope on Thursday, July 31st, 2008 at 2:34 pm
Children follow shoppers to South Africa
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs -
Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)
Date: 31 Jul
, 31 July 2008 (IRIN) - Zimbabwean children are being drawn to South
to run errands and perform piecemeal jobs for shoppers from their own
country - who are heading south because of the unavailability of basic goods
in their own country.
The South African border town of Musina has
become a shopper's paradise for
Zimbabweans; these days there appear to be
more vehicles with Zimbabwean
registration plates than there are with South
African ones. The town is also
a regional trucking hub.
of Zimbabwe's economy, with annual inflation officially
estimated at 2.2
million percent, has turned Musina into a boom town.
"Don't worry mkoma
[brother] I will look after your car, your small boy is
here," a boy shouts
to the Zimbabwean driver who has parked his car outside
The 14-year-old Zimbabwean boy, who declined to be
identified, told IRIN: "I
do not charge a fixed amount - some give me R5
[US$0.65] per car, some give
me food, and some just drive
Polite Mpofu, 15, who gathers with other children at a South
frequented by truckers as night falls, earns money by loading
goods from taxis and buses crossing the border. Barefoot and
rags, he says travellers rely on his services.
Dube, 13, from Zvishavane, told IRIN his main business was collecting
discarded water bottles in South Africa and then selling them in Zimbabwe,
where they are in huge demand.
"I make more money in South Africa,
especially when I carry the 20 litres of
fuel - I am paid R10 [US$1.30]. The
Zimbabweans across the border pay in
Zimbabwe dollars, which cannot buy
anything," he said, waiting for a driver
to leave the food promised to
A security guard at a truck stop told IRIN that there appeared to be
children coming to South Africa since the disputed elections in
March and April.
"Some of the children come in from
Zimbabwe in the morning and return in the
evening. They go through the
border and no one seems to do anything to stop
them from crossing," said the
guard, who declined to be identified. "I am
worried about the little girls
who enter the parking lot for the trucks, one
wonders what happens in the
dark, the girls can be raped."
Sally, 14, from Zimbabwe, earns money by
running errands for street traders.
She told IRIN that the South African
police did not arrest or interrogate
the younger children, although this was
not the case with children in their
late teens. "We actually sleep next to
the police houses at night, we are
safer there," she said.
report by Save the Children (UK): Children on the move - Protecting
unaccompanied migrant children in South Africa and the region, said the main
pull factors for most of the unaccompanied migrant children living in South
Africa stemmed from the belief that they had a better chance of finding work
or other income-earning opportunities and going to school than if they
remained in their home country.
article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or
Tsvangirai visits Senegal
July 31 2008 at
Dakar - Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai
Senegal on Thursday for talks with Senegalese president
ahead of power-sharing talks between the ruling Zanu-PF and
"Mister Tsvangirai (..) arrived very early on
Thursday to visit his
excellency Adoullaye Wade," the Senegalese foreign
ministry said in a
Tsvangirai will meet Wade at 1.00
pm local time (13.00GMT) and is set
to give a press conference later on
Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe's president Robert
Mugabe signed an accord on
July 21 to begin talks on sharing power after a
The talks are set to resume on
Sunday South African President Thabo
Mbeki announced on
ZANU PF Terror Camps Now Brothels
GUTU, July 31 2008 - Most ZANU PF
terror bases, dotted around many
districts in Masvingo province, have now
turned into brothels, while
numerous cases of sexual abuse are going on
unreported, Radio VOP has
is endemic, some ZANU PF youths housed at one base
in Gutu's Hwiru
high-density suburb said. Some of the torture camps that
brothels are found in Chivi district at Chamanyoka,
Gudoshava, Dombo and Mashindi business centres, as
well as in the ghost
mining town of Mvuma's Mushayavhudzi Township.
While some ZANU
PF youths resident at the bases engage in sexual
activities with their
preferred partners, it is alleged force is being
regularly exerted on young
women to have sex with some senior "youth
According to the ZANU PF constitution, "youth" means anyone below the
40. This means that 40-year-olds and above are found in the camps,
"The bases have been turned into
brothels.everyone is doing what they
like when it comes to sex. Girls take
in their boyfriends; while some boys
also hire the services of prostitutes.
Some senior youth advisors also
molest girls without their consent," one of
the sources revealed.
Parents with children at some of these
bases have raised concern over
their living standards after one allegedly
found used condoms strewn around
one base in Chivi.
parent visited the base to see his female child but was very
seeing used condoms strewn all over. He wanted to withdraw
his daughter but
he was labelled a sell-out and went back home a very angry
ZANU PF provincial chairman, Retired Major Alex
Mudavanhu, denied the
existence of the bases. "There are no such bases in
the first place. so I
do not know where you are getting the story from,"
Meanwhile the Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) has reported the
murder of one of its supporters in Mashonaland
Central province allegedly by
ZANU PF militia.
Mashakada, the MDC acting spokesman, said the body of Fungisai
Ziome, an MDC
activist who was abducted at her home on 23 July 2008, was
discovered in a
maize field on Saturday morning in Glendale, Mazowe South
"In spite of the SADC brokered talks violence
is continuing," said
He said the discovery of
Ziome's body followed the death of Kingsley
Muteta, a police officer who
succumbed to injuries sustained from a severe
assault by ZANU PF militia in
Mashonaland East last month.
Ziome, of Ward 13 in Glendale, was
an active MDC supporter who was
abducted by Zanu PF supporters who
mutilated, burnt and dumped her body,
which was later discovered in the
early hours of Saturday by passers-by in
report was made about the murder to the police but no arrests have
made," said Mashakada.
The MDC and Ziome's relatives are
waiting for a post mortem before
burial arrangements are made.
Bail for activist found with evidence of political violence
31 July 2008 07:41
BY STAFF REPORTER
Muchengeti, an activist based in Gweru, has been released on
bail of Z$2
Muchengeti, Regional Chairman of the National
Non-Governmental Organisations, had been detained since last
Friday, when he
was picked up by state security agents.
charged with possessing documents prejudicial to the state and
falsehoods in connection with documents found in his office
incidents of political violence and the names of the
perpetrators, and which
included pictures of the victims.
Muchengeti said he was stripped and
suspended upside down while being
His case is due to
be heard on August 25.
New report highlights barbaric nature of violence in
By Violet Gonda
31 July 2008
The Solidarity Peace Trust report on violence since Zimbabwe’s March 29th
election is a sobering read. The report entitled ‘Desperately Seeking Sanity:
What Prospects for a New Beginning in Zimbabwe?’ has details of the kind of
gruesome acts of violence that are being perpetrated.
Brian Raftopoulos, the Director of Research for the Solidarity Peace Trust,
says the violence is a real indictment of the Mugabe regime that has used a wide
variety of torture to deal with people it considers its enemies. He said the
report provides details of; “graphic cases of people putting needles through the
hands of victims, pressing barbed wire around genitals of victims and tying
victims to logs.” The South African based NGO said although this kind of
violence was prevalent during the Gukurahundi killings in Matabeleland in the
mid 80’s, this kind of violence had not been seen in Zimbabwe since then.
Most of the victims are MDC activists, supporters or related to members of
the opposition. The report provides shocking details - Temba Muronde died after
being assaulted, given rat poison and finally being axed, Taurai Zindomba was
axed open and his intestines pulled out with barbed wire. Furthermore, this is
the first time in the violence of the last eight years that family members have
been targeted. Out of the more than 100 MDC deaths, 7 are wives of activists,
while 3 are sons of activists – two of these were small children. In Makoni
district of Manicaland province there were two instances where both husbands and
wives were beaten to death.
The forms of torture includes a tactic called falanga - beating on the soles
of the feet, while other forms included being burnt with burning grass, plastic
bags or being submerged in water. The Trust said it interviewed over 3 000
victims of human rights abuses over the last three months. “This figure
represents a fraction of those directly affected by violence, the majority of
whom are likely to have failed to access appropriate medical assistance.”
ZANU PF claims violence is being perpetrated by both sides, a claim supported
by a group of South African academics from the Human Sciences Research Council
(HSRC). But Raftopoulos said retaliation violence by MDC supporters has been a
fraction of the violence. He said: “The so-called findings of the HSRC report
are based on no evidence and I think it’s really mischievous for them to try and
create a parity of violence between the ruling party and the MDC, because quite
clearly the overwhelming weight of evidence is that this violence has been
carried out by the structures of ZANU PF.”
On July 21st the political parties signed an agreement dedicating themselves
to putting an end to the divisions and intolerance that have characterised
Zimbabwean politics; and to build a society free of violence, fear, and hate.
But reports of abductions and killings continue to materialise after the signing
of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Kingsley Muteta, a serving policeman died on Saturday, after he was attacked
by ZANU PF thugs at his parent’s (MDC supporters) home in Mudzi, and the burnt
body of Fungisai Ziome was found in a maize field in Mazoe on Saturday. She had
been abducted from her home on July 23rd.
Raftopoulos said violence is a negotiation strategy for the regime, exactly
what Zimbabwe saw in Matabeleland in the 80’s.
The full report by the Solidarity Peace Trust can be accessed via this link:
|SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news|
Anglo-American defends its plans to build platinum
By Rebecca Bream in London
Published: June 26 2008 03:00 | Last
updated: June 26 2008 03:00
Anglo-American, the UK-based mining group,
sought to justify its plans to
build a $400m (£203m, €257m) platinum mine in
Zimbabwe despite the growing
political crisis there and the widespread
international condemnation it has
Anglo-American, which was
founded by South Africa's Oppenheimer family, has
been an investor in
Zimbabwe for 60 years. It has sold several Zimbabwean
assets over the past
few years, leaving just the Unki platinum project and a
37 per cent stake in
Tongaat Hulett, a sugar and starch business.
The company stressed
yesterday that its activities in Zimbabwe complied with
national and international laws". It said the Unki project was
investment for a mine which is yet to start production and will
revenues for some years". The total budget for the Unki mine is
but a person close to Anglo said only "a fraction" of this had
Anglo's platinum division approved the project in 2003, but the
been proceeding slowly with the mine's development because of
deteriorating political and economic situation in Zimbabwe. It said it
monitoring the situation "very closely" and "reviewing all options
surrounding the development of the project".
deeply concerned about the current political situation in
condemns the violence and human rights abuses that are taking
The company added that if it stopped developing the Unki project,
government of Zimbabwe would assume control.
Minister Nabbed Selling Party Fuel
MASVINGO, July 31 2008 - ZANU PF
Minister of Finance Samuel
Mumbengegwi was recently caught by police
allegedly selling 6 000 liters of
diesel allocated for the party's 27 June
run-off campaign on the viable
arrest followed a tip off to the police by disgruntled fellow
official sources told Radio VOP.
Mumbengegwi - younger brother
to Minister of Foreign Affairs
Simbarashe Membengegwi - was picked up by the
Department police on Wednesday last week after he had
sold 2 000 liters of
the precious liquid to desperate motorists at
The remaining 4 000 liters, which were
later by the police at his
affluent residence in the Morningside suburb, are
at Masvingo Central Police
station, a source within the party revealed. ZANU
PF officials and Cabinet
Ministers get subsidized fuel per week, amounting
to more than 400 liters
each. Some of them are known to sell what they
Mumbengegwi, who is the former ZANU PR
provincial chairman, is accused
of bulldozing his way into local party
structures here to grab for himself
large quantities of the fuel at the
expense of other party members. He is
accused of employing a syndicate of
fuel dealers at many "strategic points"
in Masvingo city, where a litre of
diesel costs as much as $1, 5 billion
dollars on the parallel
"Everyone in the party benefits from the fuel but
some want to benefit
much more than the others. Some of us do not get the
fuel allocations at
times when others get large quantities; so this then
causes problems," the
ZANU PF provincial
chairman, Retired Major Alex Mudavanhu professed
ignorance on the matter,
saying: "I am not aware of that, is that what you
want to write about?" He
hung the phone, prematurely ending the interview.
police provincial spokesperson, Inspector Phibeon Nyambo,
they were keeping large quantities of diesel that they took
from ZANU PF,
but said the fuel was there for "safekeeping".
"It is true
that we have some fuel here, but it came here for
safekeeping, not that the
Minister was selling it at the black market,"
Inspector Nyambo said.
Tribune Staff 31 July, 2008 08:52:00
Workers, those who
still have a job, have been given relief by ZANU-PF
following the reduction
of income tax and a high taxable income threshold
Harare--Zimbabwe Thursday increased the tax-free income thresh old
trillion, up from Z$25 billion, to cushion workers struggling against
hyper-inflation of more than two million per cent.
In a statement
made available to the Tribune, the government also lowered
tax levels on
incomes in an attempt to ease the pain workers were feeling
from an economy
in free fall, characterised by high inflation and widespread
The measures, which take effect from August, come a day
central bank struck off 10 zeros from the national currency
in a bid to
tackle inflation and make transactions easier.
workers in Zimbabwe earn around Z$300 billion a month, barely enough to
a loaf of bread.
The government blames western sanctions and profiteering
and retailers for the high cost of living in the country,
cite mismanagement of the economy by the
government.--Harare Tribune News
Well Bob couldn't let the opportunity to speak go by
and what a fool he made
of himself. The first thing that was obvious and
apparent is that he sounds
really, really old, slow and weighed
He opened his rant after Gono's budget statement was over by
Gono's written statement ended with the words that he
monetary statement to God's hands", but Bob insisted he
didn't hear Gono say
Well we heard it, over the radio, clear as
day. Will somebody please turn up
Bob's hearing aid!
But we were
shocked when he extended Gono's feeble joke and went on to say
name also has a zero in it, but his does not, and he doesn't know
remove that "O" from God's name - blasphemous to say the least and
disrespectful beyond any bounds of taste.
He tried to redeem his
attempt at humour with the idea that "as we work,
plan and think" the
spiritual aspect of our lives is always with us. Later
on another religious
reference was brought in that all those who work
against Zimbabwe are those
who claim to be Christians, a religion that was
brought by the colonials,
but whose ancestors are unchristian he said
One high note was his
reference to the MoU and that those in government and
Zanu PF are totally
committed, and that he "hopes" the "others" are too.
But then the
geriatric ramble went from bad to worse.
He pontificated long and hard
that we are not alone in this world, we "wake
and live" for each other. We
all have flesh, a brain, a life, we all have
"love, sorrow, sympathy, pity"
and it was about at that time that I started
to nod off. Then he said "I
have a farm" and how he grows maize for others
who also have a stomach, but
not only for that mind you, he does want to be
paid for his labour, he must
also be satisfied.
This was the introduction to his attack on
profiteering and black
marketeering and that it is those evil people who
undermine the concept of
what is fair and affordable. He then moved to those
people who are
responsible for the fact that we are down in production, but
resources, that so many lack discipline.
Then came the
clanger: the threat to bring in a state of emergency -
the board, don't drive us further. If you drive us
even more we will impose
emergency measures." He went on that emergency law
dictates that decisions
are made for people, freedom is lost.
Of course he had to move into the
sanctions arena, as expected. "Illegal and
vindictive" sanctions are not
targeted against individuals, they are
intended to effect regime
Bob smirked over the state of Western stance claiming they say,
want that horrible government to be run by that terrorist". The
president then claimed he has no time for those Browns, Blairs
who influence Zimbabwe with "puppets to echo their demands"
dangerous rhetoric, "why should I leave the seat of power that
have given me?"
Bob is outraged that the United Nations'
own charter, has been twisted and
manipulated to invoke Chapter 7 against
him, hesays he is no threat to
international peace and security. He labelled
as "dishonest, hypocritical,
unreliable leaders" those Western leaders who
lie about Zimbabwe. "They want
our land. Their children are deprived." He
lamented that we still carry the
burden of CJ Rhodes' ghost whose remains
are still in Matobo, that he is the
cause of all our problems because he
took our land.
"Keep outsiders out" is bob's mantra and he invoked this
again towards the
end of the endless tirade, claiming that compromise is
difficult, but the
MoU is the road map open for debate.
He made a
further attempt at humour with his words to the effect that the
has realised we are all the same, and that, "only through unity
Well, Mbeki jetted in yesterday. Maybe he can make
more sense of the
geriatric tyrant bent on believing his own pack of
This entry was written by Still Here on Thursday, July
31st, 2008 at 1:17
Kwekwe Journalists Convicted
KWEKWE, July 31 2008 - Kwekwe journalists
Wycliff Nyarota and James
Muonwa were on 29 July 2008 convicted of
publishing falsehoods in breach of
the repressive Access to Information and
Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).
Kwekwe Magistrate Oliver
Mudzongachiso found Nyarota and Muonwa guilty
of contravening Section 80 (1)
(a) of AIPPA for allegedly unlawfully and
intentionally publishing a false
story in The Network Guardian that George
Muvhimi and Tatenda Munhanga were
caught with their pants down while having
sexual intercourse in a vehicle at
Mbizo Shopping Centre. He sentenced each
of them to a fine of Z$20 billion
or 20 days imprisonment in default of
judgment, Magistrate Mudzongachiso said although Muonwa had
story he had still been unprofessional when he wrote the
former colleague Blessed Mhlanga was found not guilty and
magistrate said Nyarota could not be exonerated as he was the
authority at the paper in his capacity as the editor and could not
anyone for the things that had been published in the story. He refused
believe evidence that Mhlanga had reinserted the names of the
into the story after they had been removed by Nyarota as the
He also said the two had acted recklessly in
publishing a false story.
The magistrate implored the media to be sensitive
and professional in the
manner in which it conducts itself.
MISA-Zimbabwe, which provided lawyers for the journalists, said in a
statement it was extremely concerned by the conviction of the two. The media
watch-dog said it reinforced its position and calls for the repealing of
MISA-Zimbabwe's Legal Officer Wilbert Mandinde said
journalists would appeal to the High Court against the sentence on
grounds that the magistrate misdirected himself in his interpretation of
repealed Section 80(1) (a) of AIPPA.
we will assist the two journalists to appeal to the
High Court as we believe
that their conviction is wrong," said Mandinde.
SADC Meeting On Country Crisis Postponed
Angola Press Agency
30 July 2008
Posted to the web 31 July
A summit of heads of State and Governments of the
Organ of Politics, Defence
and Security of the Southern Africa Development
Community (SADC), initially
set for August 1, in Luanda, has been postponed,
an official source
A press note issued by the Services of
Assistance to the President of the
Republic, says that the meeting was to
discuss the crisis prevailing in
Zimbabwe. No alternative date has been set
Talks for a solution to the crisis that followed the
Zimbabwe's July 27
election have been taking place.
CHRA officially meets City of Harare Mayor and Councillors
31 July 2008
The Combined Harare Residents Association
(CHRA) yesterday officially met the
new Mayor of the city of Harare and the 46 councilors. The meeting took
place at the council chambers with all councilors in attendance. The
CHRA delegation comprised the
Chairperson Mr. Simbarashe Moyo, C.E.O Mr. Barnabas Mangodza, Senior Programs
Officer Mfundo Mlilo, Administrator
Takazvida Chiumburu and Tendai Muchada. The meeting was meant to officially
congratulate the new council and to express the interest of the Association to
work with the council in developing the city of Harare.
The Combined Harare Residents Association
(CHRA) will be facilitating capacity
building workshops for councilors. The workshops will focus on a number of local
government themes i.e. legal and constitutional aspects of local governance,
Roles and responsibilities of councilors, budget formulation, sewer and water
management etc. CHRA will partner
the city of Harare in campaign for the reversal of sewer
and water services from ZINWA to local authorities. This is expected to improve
the water situation in the city while generating the much needed revenue to
finance community projects.
The Association is also making preparations
to facilitate municipal budgeting workshops for the councilors so that they can
be best able to analyse city budgets and make meaningful contributions. The
workshop is being organized in full blessing of the mayor Mr. Masunda.
CHRA has committed itself to
improving and enhancing civic participation in local governance and will involve
residents of Harare at these key platforms.
The Mayor, Mr. Muchadeyi Masunda appealed
to CHRA and other progressive forces
to run capacity building programs to empower councilors with knowledge and
skills necessary for effective and transparent local governance. The mayor also
expressed his wish to work for the people of Harare and improve the quality of social
service delivery with the assistance of organizations like CHRA and other key stakeholders. Speaking at the same
occasion, CHRA Chairperson Mr.
Simbarashe Moyo deplored the corruption and collapse of service delivery that
characterizes the city of Harare as a result of political appointees who
have no mandate of the people. CHRA
will continue to monitor the operations of the council and will stand to defend
the interests of the residents.
Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)
145 Robert Mugabe
Exploration House, Third Floor
Landline: 00263- 4-
Zimbabwe Arts Experience
Today free expression in Zimbabwe is
bloodied and torn. Repression and crisis have trampled upon our social and
cultural life. Some Zimbabweans are creating the kind of life they wish to live;
their chosen power is the arts. The humanity and freedom of African arts and its
role in fostering social cohesion, is upheld at Book Café in Harare.
Saturday 9 August African Synergy Book Café, the South African partner of Book
Café Harare hosts a day of vibrant, pulsating Zimbabwean arts. The day and night
event takes place at Atlas Studios in Johannesburg.
Since 1997 Book Café has
been a place of joy and togetherness; celebrating free expression, where artists
work with dignity and audiences appreciate the diversity of cultures in
Zimbabwe. We laugh, sing and dance together.
South Africans and the
cosmopolitan cultures of Johannesburg will be able to feel the magic at
"Zimbabwean Arts Experience".
Doors open at 1pm and the event kicks off
with the 'House of Hunger' poetry slam, a movement of outstanding young poets
that has changed the way people think, how they express themselves, and
liberated the spoken word. Be prepared to laugh and cry.
Zikanyongolo, theatre, dance and song ensemble, a product of Bulawayo's
legendary Amakhosi Theatre takes us to the roots with authentic traditional
dance, costume, soaring voice and movement from Murehwa to Gwanda; every dance
tells a story, love and sadness, harvest and drought.
Dhindhindi punk soul
singer Tomas Brickhill packs a new-style punch with his powerhouse brand of
Zimbabwe-infused punk ballads. Young jazz diva Nomsa Mhlanga takes us back to
the classic days of 60s 'township' swing in a duet with renowned guitarist Louis
Mhlanga. The sweet, rhythmic melodies of Dark Mbira Crew dance into a place of
ancestors and spirits.
Take a hilarious and haunting journey into the
underground of Zimbabwe's psyche with classic play 'Great Escape' by Zimbabwe's
acclaimed playwright Andrew Whaley, featuring Michael Kudakwashe and Mandla
Moyo, directed by Ian White. The play performed to 6 nights of full houses in
Harare in June … under ominous threat from Zimbabwe's secret police.
are proud indeed that our "Minister of Impending Projects" will also be joining
us on this occasion, as he wishes to 'dialogue' with 'Zimbabweans of no fixed
abode' and with the peace-loving people of South Africa. The Guests Comedy has
been causing mayhem at Book Café for years; outrageous, unpredictable, the
funniest stand-up comedy in Zimbabwe.
Comrade Fatso, Toyi Toyi Poet,
fuses urban street poetry with chimurenga, hip hop and Afro-beat. His poetry is
insurrection. Fatso performs with Chabvondoka to create music that is rebellious
and danceable. Their recent performance at the Harare International Festival of
the Arts 2007 was labelled "the best performance of the festival" (Kinobe &
Soul Beat Africa).
There will be a social forum of civic society groups
active in humanitarian work. And if all this is not enough to whet the appetite,
sample the authentic Zimbabwean food, nyama ne sadza, muriwo ne dovi. There will
be a book sale and display, and arts and crafts. It is a family occasion, full
of peace and happiness, so bring the kids.
With freedom threatened, the
economy in ruins and mob brutality tearing people's lives apart, there is
humanity through the arts. Art is not escape, it is transcendence. Book Café and
African Synergy fight for human dignity.
Through Book Café hundreds of
artists derive their livelihood and thousands more benefit from development,
training, support and services. African Synergy is a Johannesburg-based
pan-African network of arts and artists, venues and festivals, from Zanzibar to
Dakar, Johannesburg to Addis Ababa.
Zimbabwe Arts Experience takes place
on Saturday August 9, at Atlas Studios, Auckland Park, Johannesburg from 1pm to
10pm. There is a R50 cover charge. There is safe parking. All are welcome. Let
us be together.
For more information contact Vic Moyo 079
VICTOR S MOYO
Cell: +277 90 243 686
Tel/Fax: +2711 447
Comment from a Correspondent
1.1 Recognising your entitlement to the freedoms of speech and other
1.2 Recognising your rights to apply your skills and knowledge
however you may desire;
1.3 Appreciating your contribution to the improved
access news and information for those that might otherwise have not; and
Appreciating your concern for Zimbabweans:
I would like to express
concern over the lack of balance in your paper. Surely, you cannot be like the
local state controlled paper that denies readers the rights to their own opinion
by deliberately bombarding us with pro-Government propaganda and ignoring
anything to the contrary. Your paper is very simillar to the Herald or ZBC, the
only difference is that yours is pro-Western propaganda.
I am not a
journalist, but I am convinced, as a consumer of journalism, that I have a right
to be fed enough to leave room for my own analysis. I have the right to conduct
my own affairs as I wish, within accepted laws. I have the right to conduct
these without any undue influence from others.
I am not requesting
anything of you, simply advising you that as the present becomes history, you
might not be treated kindly within your own circles. It is wrong to carelessly
promote the publication of news that has not been thoroughly researched just
because it is in tune with your own agendas.
Furthermore, some foreign
communities would treat me as a "poor, hungry, terrorised. etc" person, or
believe I am coming from some "hell on earth" because of your "beautiful and
loved work". I have, and still am, suffering a heartshattering personal
experience which to a greater extent is a result of dis-information of
foreigners by organisations like yours. MY TORMENT FEEDS OFF YOUR WORK- WELL
DONE!!! I wonder what wrong i did to you. Or am I just "collateral Damage" to
your organisations. I would never wish such for even my worst enemy, but it has
happened to me. I cannot take on everyone who has contributed to my emotional
trauma but I can at least let them know - if they have a conscience, they might
re-think how they go about making money....right?
Once again, I am not
requesting anything of you but your audience for a moment. There are many more
that suffer from the negative effects of your work, mine is just but one story
which, if you desire to find out from me, I will be glad to go into detail.