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Deported Zimbabweans heading for SA

December 17, 2004, 21:15

Some Zimbabweans who have been deported from Britain are said to be heading
for South Africa or Malawi instead of their home country. That's according
to the Zimbabwean Association in the UK.

The Association says at least 20 Zimbabweans have already left Britain.
Their pleas for political asylum in that country were turned down.
Zimbabweans living in England say they have become victims of politics
following reports that Britain plans to deport 10 000 Zimbabweans.

Earlier this week, Zimbabwean protesters handed over a petition to Tony
Blair, the British prime minister, at his London residence. The Zimbabwean
government has described Britain's reported plans to deport Zimbabweans as a
plot to destabilise their country before next year's polls. Brighton
Chireka, the Zimbabwean campaigner in Britain, says the British government
is sending out mixed signals. - Reuters
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Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2004 1:34 AM
Subject: SADC Protocol Watch: Issue 4

On August 17 2004, SADC leaders, meeting in Mauritius, adopted a protocol on guidelines and principles governing democratic elections.


On 25 August the MDC National Executive unanimously agreed to suspend the party’s participation in all elections pending the government’s full compliance with the new SADC protocol. 


On the seventeenth day of each month, the MDC publishes a report, assessing the extent to which the Zimbabwe Government is complying with the SADC Protocol. 


The fourth monthly report is attached.








‘MONTHLY UP-DATE’ – an assessment of the extent to which the Zimbabwe Government is complying with the SADC Protocol on Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections.



Issue 4: 17 November – 17 December










(During the time-period stated above)

GRADING: 1 = No Compliance  2 = Very Minimal Progress  3 = Minimal Progress  4 = Good Progress  5 = Full Compliance

Full Participation of citizens in the political process


9 December: The NGO Bill, which seeks to ban foreign funding to civic organisations and ban civics from operating in the areas of governance and human rights, is passed by the Zanu PF controlled Parliament.



 9 December: The ZEC Bill is passed by parliament. The Bill bans civic society organisations from engaging in voter education. The Bill also contains provisions requiring the names of printers to be printed on all election material produced by political parties. In the context of Zimbabwe’s political environment this will make it high risk for any printer to print MDC material.


An amendment tabled by the MDC, which was aimed at ensuring the Bill contained a provision guaranteeing citizens’ basic right to influence government policy through civic society, was rejected by the Zanu PF majority. 


9 December: Parliament passes the Criminal Law (codification and reform) Bill.  This bill effectively silences all opposition or criticism of the government. The Bill will mean that voicing criticism, even in private, of anything the government says or does can result in a jail sentence of 20 years or a fine of Zim$5 million.


Freedom of Association


 3 December: Police ban an MDC rally that was due to be held at Mapate Business Centre in the Gwanda North. The police claimed lack of manpower.


5 December: Police ban a rally that was due to be held at Khozi Business Centre.


15 December: Police in Harare and Chitungwiza ban consultation meetings planned by the MDC structures.  MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai was scheduled to address both meetings.


17 December: Police ban a consultation meeting planned by MDC structures in Masvingo. MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai was scheduled to address the meeting.

Political Tolerance


30 November: 4 MDC supporters were seriously injured after an attack by a group of Zanu PF youth militia. The four who were attacked have been identified as Abel Mukamba, Tendai Jakachira, Spencer Gwizo and Walter Marange.


13 December: MDC MP for Glen View, Paul Mudzore, was arrested by police along with 13 MDC activists, on spurious grounds. Members of the police and army were deployed in the constituency and proceeded to beat up suspected MDC activists.


Equal opportunity for all political parties to access the state media


Neither of the ZEC Bill or the Electoral Bill contain provisions that ensure opposition parties have equal access to the state media. The state media remains harnessed to the political agenda of the ruling party.


30 November: The MDC submitted an audio advert to the state controlled ZBC. The advert was instantly rejected on the grounds that it was critical of government policy.



Constitutional and legal guarantees of freedom and rights of citizens


There has been no move to repeal those aspects of the Public Order and Security Act and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act that place severe limitations on citizens’ basic civil and political rights.

Conducive environment for free, fair and peaceful elections


9 December: In his annual state of the nation address to parliament, Mugabe announced that outside observers will only be allowed into the country on the basis of invitation.

Non-discrimination in the voters’ registration


The Registrar General’s office embarked on a mobile registration exercise in May 2004 but the exercise was discriminatory because in urban areas the RG’s office was only issuing birth certificates and identity documents. In the rural areas, a massive door-to-door voters’ registration exercise was conducted.


In a letter to the Chairman of the Delimitation Committee, MDC Secretary General Welshman Ncube wrote, “In our view, the voters’ roll information submitted to your commission (by the RG’s office) is incomplete and disenfranchises thousands of persons who should be entitled to vote”.

Existence of an up-dated and accessible voters’ roll


Opposition parties continue to be denied access to electronic copies of the voters’ roll. Studies that have been carried out on parts of the hard copy version have revealed serious anomalies, indicating a deeply flawed and inaccurate voters’ roll. 


Comparison with the lists used for the presidential polls in March 2002 show dramatic decline in registered voters in traditional MDC heartlands. For instance in Harare 878,715 voters were registered in 2002. Since then 46,780 names have disappeared. This reduction is open to serious doubt given that the last official census showed that Harare’s population had increased by 30%, a trend consistent with most African cities as people migrate from the countryside in search of jobs. Interestingly, the roll reveals that in Mashonaland Central, a traditional Zanu PF stronghold, the number of registered voters has increased. It had 418, 277 registered voters in 2000 and now has 605, 390.

Establish impartial, all-inclusive, competent and accountable national electoral bodies


9 December: The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Bill is passed by parliament. The reforms to the electoral process that are contained in the Bill do not even meet the basic criteria for free and fair elections. For instance, Mugabe will appoint the chair of the proposed commission whilst the other four members will be chosen from a list provided by a Parliamentary committee dominated by Zanu PF.


The Bill also contains a clause requiring state employees, including members of the defence forces, the police force and the prison force to be seconded to the Electoral Commission during elections.


Ensure that adequate security is provided to all parties participating in elections


The police and other state security agents continue to discharge their respective mandates in a partisan manner and deny MDC members their right to protection under the rule of the law.

Independence of the judiciary



Safeguard the human and civil liberties of all citizens, including the freedom of movement, assembly, association, expression and campaigning


 1 December: 15 year-old Coneck Ruzvidzo, brother of Traner Ruzvidzo, the MDC candidate  for Kadoma West, was abducted by four Zanu PF supporters on the orders of a Zanu PF official. He was severely assaulted before being dumped in the bush.


6 December: Zanu PF officials in Kadoma West dropped two letters at the home of the Ruzvidzo family threatening to kill their son (Coneck) if his brother did not step down as an MDC parliamentary candidate.

Counting of votes at polling stations


The Electoral Bill, which passed its 2nd reading on 9 December, contains a provision expressing the need for votes to be counted at polling stations; however, the Bill fails to make it clear whether or not this process will be mandatory.

Voter Education


The clauses in the ZEC Bill that ban civic society from engaging in voter education and ban foreign funding for civic education are unconstitutional.

Polling stations should be in neutral places


No law has been passed to ensure polling stations are in neutral places.

Regular intervals as provided for by the respective National Constitutions


The constitution provides for parliamentary and presidential elections every 5 years and 6 years respectively.

Take all necessary measures and precautions to prevent the perpetration of fraud, rigging or any other illegal practices throughout the whole electoral process in order to maintain peace and security



The state continues to use food as a political weapon against its opponents, as illustrated in a recent report published by Amnesty International. In its report, AI points to the fact that Zimbabweans without ruling party membership cards have been denied access to grain distributed by the government-controlled Grain Marketing Board.


      “The monopoly of the state-owned GMB on trade in and distribution of maize has been used by the government to control food supplies and manipulate food for political purposes”, says the report.










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The courage to go on

Dear Family and Friends,
Christmas 2004 is an incredibly difficult time for most Zimbabweans as we
struggle to cope financially with additional burdens and emotionally with
families which are spread out across continents because of the ongoing
turmoil in the country. I would like to use this Christmas letter to thank
some of the people who have made life bearable, others whose leadership
and determination has been inspirational and yet others who, just by being
there in the background, day after day, week after week, have given me the
courage to go on.

Mostly I would like to thank Zimbabwe's opposition political party who
have managed, for five years, to stop our country from descending into
civil war. The MDC have fought with words, with court battles and with
dignified determination. Every single one of the MDC MP's have made
supreme sacrifices for the country. They have almost all been arrested;
they and their families have been harassed, abused and intimidated; some
have been tortured, others beaten and detained and some have even lost
their lives in the fight for democracy. MDC MP Roy Bennett will spend this
Christmas in prison and our thoughts will be with him because we know that
the sacrifices he and his family made were for us all and for Zimbabwe.
Some days I look at film clips of armed militants in Sudan, Ivory Coast,
the Congo and other African countries and think that if it were not for
the determined non violent stance of the MDC, that could so easily be us.

This Christmas I would also like to thank the growing number of people
inside the country who have formed and joined civic action groups and
raised their voices for Zimbabwe. I hesitate to list them for fear of
putting them at risk but they all lead by their bravery and example. Most
of them have suffered appalling indignities and outrageous injustices and
have put their lives and families on hold as they fight for democracy in

Lastly this Christmas I would like to thank the people outside the country
who continue to fight for Zimbabwe. The staff of Short Wave Radio Africa
who are banned from returning to Zimbabwe but who faithfully report to us
every night; without them we would be lost in a fog of propaganda. There
are MP's in country's all over the world who continue to lobby their own
governments to speak out about events in Zimbabwe. There are human rights
organizations and associations, writers, reporters and lobby groups who
speak out for Zimbabwe all the time now. There are groups who hold vigils,
marches, protests and demonstrations in the UK, USA and South Africa on an
ongoing basis. And then there are just the ordinary people, the men and
women all over the world, who care about Zimbabwe. The people who send
emails and letters, sign petitions and join marches. People who write to
their MP's, tell their friends about what's happening in Zimbabwe and add
their voices to the rising international discontent. There are many people
who take the time, every week, to read my letter from Zimbabwe and then
pass it on to others to read. I thank you all for your support and
compassion, and for your generosity to the people in need that I have
written about and been able to help because of you.

I will not write a letter next Saturday as it will be Christmas Day and so
I wish all my family and friends a wonderful, peaceful and happy Christmas
and thank you for everything you have done to help Zimbabwe. With love,
cathy.  Copyright cathy buckle 18th December 2004.
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From The Daily Mirror, 18 December

Zanu PF moves to rein in war vets

Farirai Machivenyika

President Robert Mugabe yesterday appointed a high powered committee to
restructure the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association
(ZNLWVA) as the ruling Zanu PF moves in to rein in the militant body torn
apart by protracted power struggles. The committee comprises retired defence
forces chiefs, Generals Vitalis Zvinavashe and Solomon Mujuru, retired air
marshal Josiah Tungamirai, and former Minister of Home Affairs Dumiso
Dabengwa. President Mugabe said the team would also include the current
armed forces. The current commanders are Air Marshal Perence Shiri and
Constantine Chiwenga. The committee was mandated to overhaul the leadership
structure of the former guerrillas' body, among other tasks. During the Zanu
PF fourth National People's Congress at the beginning of the month,
President Mugabe indicated imminent re-structuring of the war veterans'
association. "I am constituting the committee made up of Mujuru, Tungamirai,
Dabengwa and Zvinavashe to look into the war veterans issue. They will work
together with the army commanders on how the leadership and the whole
organisation should be restructured," he said.

War veterans' leader Jabulani Sibanda's suspension from the ruling party for
taking part in the controversial Tsholotsho meeting has resulted in the
emergence of another faction led by Andrew Ndlovu and Endy Mhlanga. The
controversial duo claim being given the mandate to re-organise the
ex-fighters' body after Sibanda was ditched. Sibanda, however, insists his
executive was still in charge of the liberation war fighters. Dabengwa, a
former PF Zapu intelligence chief, known during the struggle by his nome de
gurre, "The Black Russian", said government erred in the first place by
giving war veterans too much freedom and power to do as they please. It was
our own mistake to give them power to vote each other in and out without
supervision and this has resulted in unnecessary divisions within the party.
We have to streamline the leadership and make sure that we have genuine war
veterans in the organisation," he said. He said they would streamline and
vet the former fighters in the same manner they did during the liberation
struggle. "The committee will sit down soon to discuss the finer details of
how to deal with the issue," said Dabengwa.
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Comment from The Saturday Argus (SA), 18 December

Graffiti highlights rough deal for Roy

By William Saunderson-Meyer

Graffiti flourishes wherever officialdom gets heavy-handed. One of the most
ubiquitous bits of modern graffiti is the obscure phrase "Kilroy Was Here",
originating in Europe at the end of World War 2. There is now a Zimbabwean
equival-ent. It reads "Free Roy". It refers to Roy Bennett, an MP for the
opposition Movement for Democratic Change. Bennett is serving a one-year
hard-labour sentence for assaulting Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa. The
assault was no more than a scuffle in parliament, after Chinamasa taunted
Bennett over the seizure of his farm and called his ancestors "thieves and
murderers". Never mind that Bennett bought his farm after liberation, in
accordance with the laws of an independent Zimbabwe. During the seizure one
worker was murdered, many were beaten and tortured, and two girls were
raped - and the only person convicted was given a presidential pardon.
Bennett's pregnant wife was held hostage and subsequently miscarried. One
would expect that a parliamen-tary fracas would fizzle out with an order to
the parties to keep the peace, or at worst, a small fine. Instead Zanu-PF
sentenced the apologetic Bennett to a year in prison, with hard labour.

It is an action that Elinor Sisulu of the SA office of the Crisis Coalition
of Zimbabwe describes as "unprecedented and illegal". The International Bar
Council slated it as harsh and degrading and, along with several
governments, has appealed for Bennett's release. To no effect. Bennett
started his sentence among hard-core criminals. He is in a farm gang all day
and is not allowed a hat to protect against the blazing sun. His wife can
see him for 20 minutes a fortnight. He is allowed no other visitors and may
not receive food parcels. Zimbabweans of all races speculate that the
government hates and fears Bennett because he, a white man and fluent Shona
speaker, dared to win a parliamentary seat with overwhelming black support.
Zanu-PF wants to break him. So is it to be "Free Roy", or, as the Zimbabwean
authorities undoubtedly would prefer, "Kill Roy"?
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Seventh Private Bank in Zimbabwe Shut Down
12.18.2004, 06:21 AM

The state central bank on Saturday shut down the seventh private bank in
Zimbabwe's troubled financial sector.

The Reserve Bank said in a statement it froze all dealings of the CFX Bank
for six months and appointed an independent regulator or curator, to
supervise the bank's affairs.

CFX Bank, a former foreign exchange dealership, was found to be in an
unsound financial position with a shortage of cash reserves that caused a
run on the bank's branches by nervous depositors earlier in the week, the
central bank said.

Along with severe liquidity problems and negative capitalization, CFX Bank
was affected by "poor risk management, poor corporate governance and
imprudent banking practices," the bank said.

This year, six other private banks have been put under the administration of
independent accounting experts to try to save them.

None have reopened and many depositors are still waiting to claim their

All the suspended banks are among a dozen local banks given licenses by the
government after it said it wanted to break a banking monopoly traditionally
held by the main international banks.

Zimbabwe is suffering its worst economic crisis since independence with an
inflation rate of 149 percent - the highest in the world - and soaring

Since 2000, the agriculture-based economy has been crippled by the often
violent seizure of thousands of white-owned commercial farms.

Shortages of gasoline, food, hard currency and even local bank notes spurred
speculation that gave finance houses a boom, but the boom collapsed when
borrowers failed to repay speculative loans.
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New Zimbabwe

History will judge destroyers of Zimpapers harshly

By Geoffrey Nyarota
Last updated: 12/19/2004 11:15:46 Last updated: 12/18/2004 21:53:17
"The Chronicle, which has been nicknamed the Tsholotsho Bulletin, used to sell more than 35 000 copies per day but has drastically lost readership and sells less than 12 000 copies a day despite the closure of The Daily News."

THE above statement which appeared in a story published on New this week refers. The ABC audited figure for the circulation of The Chronicle back in 1988 was 89 000 copies sold per day. By November 1988 we were printing in excess of 100 000 copies per day and selling out completely. Our highest figure during that month was 115 000 copies printed and sold. The ABC figure represents the average circulation of a newspaper in a given year.

Our projected print run for the end of 1989 was 150 000 growing up to 200 000 within five years, in keeping with a growing population and an escalating post-independence literacy rate. These projections were predicated on an alleviation of the prevailing serious newsprint shortage and the acquisition of a new printing press to replace the aging Heidelberg press which, at the time, was 57 years old and the only one of its kind in the world still in active service!

Apart from constant breakdowns, the production quality of The Chronicle had deteriorated so much that an old age pensioner with a sense of humour suggested that a pair of reading glasses be supplied with every copy of the paper sold. If I remember well, the cover price of The Chronicle at the time was 50 cents. In Harare where long queues formed around 11 am to wait for the arrival of the paper from Bulawayo, enterprising readers quickly digested the content of their copy before re-selling it to willing buyers for anything up to $5.00 - depending on the story on the front page.

It is, therefore, a gross understatement for New to suggest that the circulation of The Chronicle has reduced drastically to only 12 000 copies sold a day. In the 1980s any editor who, while having huge quantities of newsprint and a reliable printing press at his disposal, caused the total collapse of his newspaper in the manner suggested by yourselves, would be summarily dismissed.

Of course, politicians believe they can persuade the public at large to either love or hate a newspaper. This is simply not possible and the dismal performance of The Chronicle bears ample testimony to this harsh reality of the newspaper publishing world, where strictly speaking, politicians have no business, unless they own a private paper of their own.

I believe history will judge harshly those who caused the demise of Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Pvt Ltd.
Nyarota is former editor of The Chronicle

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New Zimbabwe


      Terminating the Zanu PF termite
      Last updated: 12/18/2004 21:21:31
      I AM not in the habit of kicking a man as he lies down writhing in
pain. In the case of Jonathan Moyo, I do not mind kicking him again and
again, finishing off my handiwork; or is it footwork by pouring some saline
waste onto the wounds he would have sustained.

      It does not need a rocket scientist (so to borrow from the erudite but
falling professor's trademark vocabulary) to see that the end of Jonathan
Moyo's reign of terror in the ministry of Information is nigh. It is not a
figment of my imagination (with due respect, this is another of the
professor's famous lines as he poured scorn upon scorn on his enemies) that
I see the man walking the dust roads of Tsholotsho alone; albeit dejectedly.
By no means am I trying to turn ciphers into digits (to borrow from the
professor's impressive tongue-twisters again) by surmising on Moyo's fall
from grace. The man is down, over and out!

      The overly-educated man from economically down-trodden and
AIDS-ravished Tsholotsho District should have seen it coming when he asked
some ZANU-PF provincial powerhouses to assemble at his rural domain. For his
very impressive level of education, one would have thought that Moyo's
prudence, more than his lack of political calculation, would have forewarned
him that a coup de tat could not be organised from the glaring skies of
Tsholotsho. The professor should have done better to know that one could not
necessarily hold a 'secret' meeting involving half of the country's ZANU-PF
provincial leadership in Tsholotsho.

      The seemingly unsuspecting denizens of the place would have been too
naive not to see the hive of unusual activity in their small urbanised
village. Perhaps Jonathan Moyo assumed that the people of Tsholotsho would
see the evil but talk no evil as history seems to show that they to take
issues silently; just like they did when the men from the Fifth Brigade
literally culled them at Mtshayazafe and elsewhere! Perhaps Jonathan Moyo
assumed that the people would be too over-awed by the flamboyant occasion to
talk about it! Certainly he knew that the people would notice the occasion
because of its magnitude. They would have seen the planes landing and taking
off with the delegates to the secret meeting. The people would have seen the
entourage of the big-wigs who are known for their fear of traveling (and
perhaps dying) alone!

      Anyhow, using his special way of discretion and prudence, the
professor assembled his accomplices at Tsholotsho and the plot was hatched.
The internal plotters who were against Mujuru's appointment deliberated and
left convinced they had a winner of a plot tucked under their arm-pits!
Little did they know that they had been seen and suspected of plotting by
other people whose interests were at cross-purposes with theirs. One would
assume that every word of scheming, every detail of action plan and all
snide remarks made at the 'secret' meeting were relayed live to Mugabe's
listening post by the agents from the other side. May be as the plot
thickened in Tsholotsho, so did Mugabe's anger at the plotters boil over as
he listened to his trusted servant called Jonathan Moyo doing a 'Brutus'. It
may not surprise the world to hear that Mugabe even remarked, Julius Caesar
fashion, ' te Jonno!........ and you too Jonathan!

      Mugabe's reaction to this plot was decisive and fast. People were
suspended from the party for having taken part in the plot to dislodge the
imminent appointment of Mrs. Joyce Mujuru to the post of vice-president
ahead of the heir apparent, Mr. Emerson Mnangagwa. Jonathan Moyo got some
mouth-bashing from Mugabe and he apologized for his actions. Moyo would have
thought that the incident was over and forgotten. He did not know the
surprise that awaited him at the ZANU-PF congress. We will have to
understand that Moyo thought of himself as Mr. ZANU-PF, Mr. I am
indispensable, Mr. I know it all, Mr. Mugabe's image maker and Mr. brains
behind the party! He forgot to relate to ZANU-PF's blotted history of using
people. He forgot to recall how the likes of Callistus Ndlovu, Enos Nkala,
Mark Dube and others had been used and dumped just like some plastic sheath
that is used during safe sex!

      The fact that Jonathan Moyo was left out of the ZANU-PF's central
committee should have been enough signs for the learned professor. He should
have seen that for his political career in ZANU-PF, the sun had sadly set.
He should have quickly packed his bags and went straight to some university
and begged to apply his knowledge as a lecturer. Jonathan Moyo did not have
to wait for the members of ZANU-PF's women's league to start singing
derogatively at him to notice that his time was up. Normally, a man with
academic achievements as impressive as his would have tendered his
resignation no sooner than he had failed to make it into the central
committee; but then educated politicians are daft!

      His sixth sense seems to have told him that he was going to make it to
the Soviet-style Polit-buro even though he had not made it in the central
committee which is the catchment area for ZANU-PF's Polit-buro members. He
relied too much on his notion that he was practically indispensable and
waited for Mugabe to offer him a long rope to pull him up from the cactus
plains of Tsholotsho to the ZANU-PF Polit-buro comfort zone in Harare. He
failed to see that his popularity as Mugabe's praise-singer had waned. With
no more songs from him to extol the virtues of the agrarian revolution, it
was a matter of time! He was left out of the all-powerful ZANU-PF

      Perhaps the England cricket tour to Zimbabwe was the beginning of his

      If Jonathan Moyo fails to tender his resignation within the next few
days, people will conclude with authority that he is not as educated and
intellectually up-right as his chain of qualifications purport him to be. He
does not need to be as clueless as the illiterate Joseph Chinotimba. He has
to believe in the tenet that 'no-one fires Jonathan Moyo; Jonathan Moyo
quits'. He has to quit before he is kicked out of Liquenda House. On his way
out, Jonathan would do his friend and plotting colleague Patrick Chinamasa a
favour by urging him out of office as well before the axe of the evil Mugabe

      It is so scary to think of Jonathan Moyo not appearing on television
and on national papers at will. Maybe that is the motivation behind his
unwillingness to quit on his own volition. He sees a glimmer of hope as far
as the pending cabinet reshuffle is concerned. He could be doing all the
permutations and assuring himself that he is the best man ever to have
graced the organs of state and party propaganda machinery., hence his

      Shame on the learned professor.

      He has a life-line to kick-start his career if it happens to be ended
by Mugabe. He can go back to Tsholotsho, tell the people that he is being
victimised by Mugabe just like they were twenty years ago. He can also pay a
visit to any university registrar and claim his place as an academic.
Politics stinks!

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Zimbabwe Daily Mirror

Youths attempt to close Zanu PF offices

From Our Correspondent in Bulawayo
issue date :2004-Dec-18

THERE was drama at ZANU PF's Provincial headquarters in Bulawayo yesterday
when marauding youths believed to be loyal to Dumiso Dabengwa, the former
Minister of Home Affairs attempted to close the party's offices.
The youths reportedly accused the incumbent provincial executive for
attending the unsanctioned Tsholotsho meeting held at the behest of
President Robert Mugabe's spin-doctor Information Minister Jonathan Moyo.
For convening the meeting, the mercurial Moyo was scrapped from both the
central committee and the Politburo together with his fellow "conspirators"
who have since been sacked from the party for up to six months.
The placard waving youths unsuccessfully tried to lock in staff and members
of the provincial executive at the offices.
When youths guarding the premises-believed to be aligned to suspended war
veterans chairman-Jabulani Sibanda realised the plot, they mobilised and a
scuffle ensured.
Timothy Mpofu believed to be in Dabengwa's camp said they had decided to
lock the officials in because they had lost confidence in the provincial
executive, which is largely dominated by Sibanda's people.
"Down with all those who went to Tsholotsho.  We, the Bulawayo people can no
longer work with rebels and renegades who want to topple the Zanu-PF
leadership" read some of the placards. About 30 members of the province's
executive are alleged to have attended the meeting.
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Zimbabwe Daily Mirror

Mugabe fires Moyo

Constantine Chimakure Chief Repoter
issue date :2004-Dec-18

.Mnangagwa demoted

EMBATTLED junior Information Minister Jonathan Moyo continued with his
free-fall yesterday after President Robert Mugabe booted him out of the
Politburo he catapulted him into in 2000.
In a new and expanded 51-member Zanu PF politburo announced by President
Mugabe at an extraordinary meeting of the central committee yesterday, the
party leader also dropped Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister
Patrick Chinamasa and demoted Parliamentary Speaker Emmerson Mnangagwa to
the less influential position of secretary for legal affairs.
Until yesterday, Moyo was Zanu PF's information and publicity deputy chief,
while Chinamasa was the secretary for legal affairs and Mnangagwa secretary
for administration.
Mashonaland Central Governor and Resident Minister Ephraim Masawi replaced
Moyo, while Mnangagwa took over from Chinamasa.
The Minister of Anti-Corruption and Anti-Monopolies Programme, Didymus
Mutasa, was appointed the new secretary for administration, a position he
lost in 2000 to Mnangagwa when he was appointed secretary for external
The position of secretary for administration is considered the fourth most
powerful in the politburo, ahead of the commissariat considered fifth.
Yesterday, President Mugabe literally signalled the end of Moyo's flirtation
with the top echelons in Zanu PF when he sidelined him from the powerful
body - the politburo.
Moyo's political career has been waning since revelations that the former
rabid critic of Zanu PF - and the private media - was at the helm of an
unsanctioned party meeting in Tsholotsho recently.
The meeting was allegedly to outwit President Mugabe and boot out his
lieutenants in the presidium as well as block the election of Joyce Mujuru
to the position of co-vice-president.
The meeting so incensed the party leadership that all the six provincial
chairmen who attended it were suspended, while Moyo was severely
Mnangagwa, who was being supported by Moyo for the vice-presidency against
women's league nominee Mujuru, did not survive the censure either, and has
been appointed to the less influential post of secretary for legal affairs.
Moyo's reprimand has proved inadequate, since the party has continued to
clip his wings, starting with dropping his name from the Matabeleland North
central committee nominations list, and then ensuring that he is nowhere
near the party's most topmost leadership.
Chances are that he may not make it to Parliament on a Zanu PF ticket since
he has not been an active party member for the past five years.
Then he will have to lose the ministerial post, since President Mugabe has
indicated that only those who win elections will be appointed to Cabinet.
 The Tsholotsho indaba allegedly came up with all sorts of hallucinations
where Mnangagwa was to be elected vice president to replace Vice President
Joseph Msika, Chinamasa was to become national chairman ahead of incumbent
John Nkomo, and former women's league boss Thenjiwe Lesabe was to come in as
vice president.
As a result of the unsanctioned meeting, Zanu PF had been purging
undisciplined cadres, also resulting in the suspension of Zimbabwe National
Liberation War Veterans Association chairman Jabulani Sibanda for four
Speaking after the appointment of the Politburo, President Mugabe castigated
the Johnny-come-latelies (mafikizolos) for sparking fissures in Zanu PF and
warned that the party would crack the whip on them.
"Once in a while the party expects some deviation from the rules, asi vamwe
venyu vakauya nezuro, vana Mafikizolo, ndoo varikutishupa ivavo, (It is the
Johnny-come-latelies who are troubling us)" President Mugabe said.
Alleging that the Tsholotsho meeting was meant to spark tribalism and
regionalism in Zanu PF, President Mugabe added that Nkomo would soon
discipline the suspended six provincial chairpersons.
"Those who were suspended will remain suspended and will be disciplined by
the national chairman, while their vacancies will be filled in the future.
"There is everything wrong when chairpersons of the party go and meet
secretly without the knowledge of the leadership of the party, and worse
still, what would they be discussing there? There is no party run like
 that," said a combative President Mugabe.
He added: "When the war was fought, we fought as one on all fronts. We didn't
ask guerrillas where they came from, asi vana Mafikizolo ndovaakuti uyu
anobva kwakati, uyu anobva kwakati and so on (The new-comers now what to see
which region or tribe party cadres are from). They should know we are
non-tribalists and non-regionalists."
Zanu PF's Politburo's new heads of departments are Mutasa, Elliot Manyika
(commissariat), David Karimanzira (finance), Kumbirai Kangai (external
relations), Nicholas Goche (security), Nathan Shamuyarira (information and
publicity), Mathuthu (transport), Mnangagwa, Sydney Sekeremayi (health),
Josiah Tungamirai (indigenisation), Oppah Muchinguri (women's affairs),
Absolom Sikhosana (youth affairs), Naison Ndlovu (production and labour),
Richard Hove (economics), Sikhanyiso Ndlovu (education), Enos Chikowore
(lands and resettlement), Angeline Masuku, (gender), Olivia Muchena (science
and technology) and Dr Sakupwanya (the disabled).
Their deputies are Rugare Gumbo, a Patel, Richard Ndlovu, Stan Mudenge,
Obert Mpofu,
Ephraim Masawi, Tendai Savanhu, Kembo Mohadi, David Parirenyatwa, Sithembiso
Nyoni, E Sachi, Saviour Kasukuwere, Edna Madzongwe, Simba Makoni, Herbert
Murerwa, Ignatius Chombo, C Pote, Joshua Malinga and George Nyathi are their
deputies in that order.
Solomon Mujuru, Dumiso Dabengwa, Thenjiwe Lesabe, Tsitsi Muzenda, Sabina
Mugabe, Witness Mangwende, Vitalis Zvinavashe, Alice Chimbudzi and Victoria
Chitepo were appointed committee members.
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