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Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2002 11:35 PM
Subject: Breaking news just received from Chiredzi

Just received this............
Breaking news just received from Chiredzi

Benoit Largesse has just received a call from the Chiredzi Chief of Police,
Insp Bhebhe, a list
of 25 cane farmers the police intend to arrest this weekend and hold until
the courts open until Monday next. This will mean that the farmers will be
inside over the Christmas period - for a good 10 days. The charge -
continuing to farm, despite an official letter from the DA Mr Sanjobo,
permitting us to remain in our homes and on our farms.

To find out exactly who is on the list, and what is going on, contact :

Dave van Wijk (011)408011 - Chief Executive, Zim Cane Farmers Assc
Benoit Fayd'herbe (091) 231547 - Chairman, Farmers' Association
Benoit Lagesse (011) 710956 - Vice Chairman Farmers' Association

Both Benoit Lagesse and Benoit Fayd'herbe are on the list of farmers to be
arrested. Others that I know of are Brian Alford and Pete Henning. For some
this will be the third arrest for this offence.

Will keep you posted of any developments

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It has been reported that at a "land committee" meeting held at Rutenga on Monday December 16th, that farm workers would not be supplied any food aid by the government "because they should not be on the farms and they are supporting the whites".
The farmers are struggling to get hold of mealie meal for their staff from the local miller due to extensive and prolonged telephone faults, as well as the limited availability of petrol and diesel. They often have to travel vast distances to attempt to obtain very limited amounts of maize from the miller, and often go home empty handed.
60 telephones operating from the Mwenezi exchange have now been out of order since late October, which has brought the district to a virtual standstill. Telephone engineers say that the radio link has been damaged and their only source of repairs are from other similarly broken radios from which they are trying to salvage spare parts. TelOne say they have no access to forex to buy spares and even if they did they would take about 9 months to import the spares from Italy. The probable truth of the matter is that it is just another case of an obsolete system having been sold to another 3rd World country.
The main telephones which are affected are the Police, CID, Clinic, Post Office, District Administrator and Farmers' Association Chairman. There is no indication as to when the lines will be back in commission, and attempts to get comment from TelOne Acting Chief Executive Mr. Hampton Mhlanga in Harare have failed and even email messages have gone unanswered.
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Mckinnon Not Welcome to Zimbabwe, Says Chiwewe

The Herald (Harare)

December 20, 2002
Posted to the web December 20, 2002


Zimbabwe will not welcome Commonwealth secretary-general Mr Don Mckinnon if
he visits the country on a mission to fulfil the Commonwealth Troika
decision to suspend the country from the organisation's councils.

Foreign Affairs senior secretary Mr Willard Chiwewe yesterday said Mr
McKinnon's intentions were not legitimate as they were based on a flawed
Commonwealth Observer Group's report on the March presidential poll.

He said the Government had observed a trend where the Commonwealth
secretary-general has been trying to put pressure on Zimbabwe to receive him
on a mission to fulfil the Commonwealth Troika decisions.

"The Zimbabwe Government has not entertained or succumbed to these pressures
because the secretary-general is following a flawed process about which
Zimbabwe feels no obligation to fulfil," said Mr Chiwewe.

Mr Chiwewe was speaking at a ceremony to hand over Zimbabwe's response on
the Commonwealth Observer Group's report on the presidential election in
March this year.

He said Mr McKinnon would not be welcome in Zimbabwe as long as he based his
visit on flawed processes that were not binding within the Commonwealth.

Zimbabwe, Mr Chiwewe said, had not offended the Commonwealth, but was
rejecting the group's involvement in bilateral relations between the country
and Britain, the dispute of which was based on the land reform programme.

He said the country would not recognise the decision of the Commonwealth
Troika to suspend it from the councils of the Commonwealth because the
decision was flawed.

The decision was flawed because it was based on the Commonwealth Observer
Group's report on the presidential election that was not credible.

"The Government of Zimbabwe has, therefore, taken the position that the
decisions of the Troika, both at Marlborough House and Abuja, which
proceeded from this flawed report are similarly flawed and cannot be a
legitimate guide for Zimbabwe's relations and status in the Commonwealth,"
said Mr Chiwewe.

The troika is composed of Nigerian President Mr Olusegun Obasanjo, South
African President Mr Thabo Mbeki and Australian Prime Minister Mr John

It slapped Zimbabwe with a 12-month suspension in March basing the decision
on a Commonwealth Observer Group's report on the presidential election.

Nigeria was represented by its High Commissioner to Zimbabwe Mr Wilberforce
Juta at the handover ceremony, while South Africa was represented by acting
High Commissioner Mr Kingsley Sithole.

Australia was not represented at the meeting, but Mr Chiwewe said they had
been expecting a representative.

The suspension of Zimbabwe was not a full suspension as it only excluded
representatives of the Government from inter-Governmental meetings, with the
country remaining a full member of the Commonwealth.

"The Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe has taken some time to consider
the Commonwealth Observer Group's report on the March 2002 presidential
election and has come to the conclusion that the composition of the group,
its intentions, procedures, methodology and conclusions were flawed in the
extreme and out of keeping with the best Commonwealth traditions," said Mr

The Hindu

C'wealth dismayed at Zimbabwe's statement
London, Dec. 21. (PTI): The Commonwealth today condemned Zimbabwe's decision
to bar Secretary General Don McKinnon, from visiting the country.

"We have been urged by our member Governments to communicate their dismay at
this statement," Commonwealth Secretariat spokesperson James Robertson,

"But despite this unfortunate development, the Commonwealth will continue to
make every possible effort to engage the Government of Zimbabwe in dialogue
in order to help find a resolution to the ongoing crisis in the country, in
the interests of the people of Zimbabwe and its neighbours."

The spokesperson responded to the Zimbabwe Government's recent publication
of its commentary on the Commonwealth Observer Group Report on March 2002
Zimbabwe Presidential Election: "The Secretariat rejects the criticisms made
in the commentary. The fully independent Commonwealth Observer Group
comprised eminent citizens from across the Commonwealth, led by a former
Nigerian Head of State.

The group examined all the factors impinging on the electoral process in
Zimbabwe and freely came to the conclusion that 'the conditions in Zimbabwe
did not adequately allow for a free expression of will by the electors'.
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Fuel trickles into Zim

Cris Chinaka

Harare - Emergency fuel imports began trickling into Zimbabwe on Saturday,
but industry sources said the amounts were too small to have a major impact
on a severe fuel shortage that has crippled the country.

A two-week fuel shortage has almost ground the country to a halt, paralysing
public transport and leaving motorists in long fuel queues - highlighting an
economic meltdown critics blame on President Robert Mugabe's government.

The fuel crisis has dampened the Christmas holiday season of a nation
already grappling with its worst economic crisis in decades, including
serious food shortages.

Motorists jammed a few fuel service stations that received some petrol and
diesel early on Saturday, but oil industry sources said the supplies
expected from the emergency imports would not help much.

"The supplies we are seeing so far are too small to make a major difference,
and only a few service stations have received some fuel so far," one source

No Libyan deal

Energy and Power Development Minister Amos Midzi said on Thursday the
country had ordered fuel worth over $15 million from Kuwait and South Africa
to ease the shortage. He expected the shipments to arrive in Zimbabwe on
Saturday and Sunday.

Midzi said a barter fuel deal with Libya had run into problems because
Zimbabwe was unable to supply the beef, sugar and tobacco it had agreed to
pay for Libyan oil imports and had no foreign currency for other oil import

Midzi and officials from the country's sole oil procurement agency NOCZIM
were unavailable for further comment on Saturday.

The fuel crisis has worsened Zimbabwe's economic woes and sparked public
anger against Mugabe's government, in power since independence from Britain
in 1980.

Zimbabweans are grappling with shortages of many basic consumers goods,
including bread, milk, cooking oil and sugar.

Nearly half of the country's 14 million people are threatened by severe food
shortages which Mugabe has blamed on drought but his critics point to the
state seizure of white-owned farms for redistribution to landless blacks.

Running out of cash

Mugabe (78) denies he has grossly mismanaged the economy and says the
country is a victim of sabotage by domestic and foreign opponents opposed to
his land reforms.

Zimbabwe's official Herald newspaper reported on Saturday that besides
grappling with the fuel shortage Christmas shoppers had been hit by a cash
shortage at automated bank machines.

An unprecedented demand for cash had seen some banks running out of bank
notes in the past week, especially the highest denominated 500 Zimbabwe
dollar bills, it said.

The newspaper quoted official sources as saying that the currency shortage
was due to the high demand in cash and a shortage of foreign currency to
import the special paper used to print money.

Zimbabwe's annual inflation hit a record 175.5% in November, and private
economists say it might reach 400% by the end of next year.

Few Filling Stations Get Fuel

The Herald (Harare)

December 20, 2002
Posted to the web December 20, 2002


Few service stations received petrol supplies in Harare yesterday as
motorists formed long queues to access the commodity.

A survey in and around the city showed that most filling stations did not
have both diesel and petrol and were not sure when they would get their next

At least three filling stations were selling petrol in the city centre
resulting in the creation of long winding queues, which disrupted the flow
of traffic.

Petrol was available at a Total filling station along Nelson Mandela Avenue
and at another Total filling station along Chinhoyi Street.

Diesel was only available at a Mobil filling station along Chinhoyi Street.

Most fuel attendants in the city centre said they last received their
allocations on Wednesday last week and are still waiting for their next

In Highfield, some stations had petrol and diesel but long queues
characterised the situation.

A spokesman for Comoil, Mr Fanuel Kangondo, said they were selling small
quantities of petrol and diesel at one of their filling stations in the

"There is no consistency in the allocations Noczim is giving us as today we
can get 10 000 litres and the next day we get 20 000 litres," he said.

However, many fuel attendants raised concern over the behaviour of motorists
who no longer wanted to join queues.

"Issuing cards with numbers is no longer effective as we are failing to
control the motorists here," said one attendant at Nelson Mandela service

At the filling station the queue made it impossible for motorists to use the

Riot police had to maintain order and disperse crowds of people who made it
difficult for the attendants to serve the commodity.

In Chinhoyi Street, the police applied force to disperse some commuter
omnibus drivers who had completely blocked the street.


Zimbabwe fuel crisis looming over holiday season
December 20, 2002, 20:45
Fuel supplies are running out in Zimbabwe, as many residents also face starvation

Fuel supplies are running out in Zimbabwe, as many residents also face starvation

Zimbabwe's fuel crisis looked set to spill into the Christmas holiday season today, further dampening the mood of a nation grappling with its worst economic crisis in decades.

A two-week fuel shortage has nearly paralysed public transport and left motorists waiting in long fuel queues, the most graphic evidence yet of an economic meltdown critics blame on President Robert Mugabe's government.

Motorists were again lining up at Harare service stations after a government minister yesterday said that the country had ordered fuel worth over $15 million from Kuwait and South Africa to ease the shortage.

"My plan was to travel to my village home today, but I cannot go anywhere because I have no fuel," said one motorist at a station which had run dry.

"I spent the night here because the fuel pump attendants are saying they are expecting some deliveries but they don't know when it is coming," he added.

Airlines have so far not been affected by the fuel crisis. Amos Midzi, Zimbabwe's Energy and Power Development Minister, said the emergency fuel shipments were expected in Zimbabwe over the weekend.

Midzi said a barter fuel deal with Libya had run into problems because Zimbabwe was unable to supply the beef, sugar and tobacco it agreed to pay for Libyan oil imports. The fuel crisis has worsened Zimbabwe's economic woes and sparked public anger against Mugabe's government, in power since independence from Britain in 1980.

"What a miserable Christmas this promises to be with chronic fuel and food shortages," Zimbabwe's Independent newspaper said in a letter from the editor, entitled "Running on empty."
Zimbabweans are grappling with shortages of many basic consumer goods, including bread, milk, cooking oil and sugar. Nearly half the country's 14 million people are threatened by severe food shortages which Mugabe has blamed on drought but his critics point to the state seizure of white-owned commercial farms for redistribution to landless blacks.

Mugabe, denies he has grossly mismanaged the economy and says the country is a victim of sabotage by domestic and foreign opponents opposed to his land reforms. - Reuters
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From News24 (SA), 21 December

Zim short of banknotes

Harare - Along with shortages of fuel, water, bread and many other basic
commodities, Zimbabweans now have also to contend with a scarcity of
banknotes, the state-controlled Herald newspaper said on Saturday. Zimbabwe
is currently experiencing its worst economic crisis in the country's 22
years of independence from white minority rule, with high unemployment,
widespread poverty and inflation at 175.5%. Long winding queues, already a
common sight outside supermarkets and petrol stations in the southern
African country, have now also sprung up outside banks as shoppers jostle to
withdraw money. Banks are running short of cash due to a surge in demand
from Christmas shoppers and lack of foreign currency to import the paper to
print new notes, the Herald reported. "(Friday) was a nightmare to many
people who spent almost the whole day queuing for their money at ATMs
(automatic teller machines) and inside banking halls," the paper said.
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The Scotsman

Why mixing sport and politics is biggest game of all


"A MESSAGE of hope to the despotic Mugabe regime". That was how Zimbabwean
opposition leaders described the International Cricket Council's decision to
allow next year's scheduled World Cup match to go ahead in the turbulent
south-east African nation. Their views have to be respected given that they
are better qualified to judge the present state of Zimbabwe than the Western
nations starved of objective media coverage in recent months. What does
smack of hypocrisy though is the way those same Western nations have decried
the very notion that sporting events can be used as political propaganda.

It doesn't require a degree in advanced cynicism to appreciate that this is
the whole point: every nation in the world sees hosting a great sporting
event (or failing that, the cricket World Cup) as a potential
image-cleanser. Governments don't fund sport through a sense of altruism, or
a wish to see every kid involved in healthy outdoor pursuits, but because
sporting success is one of the few guaranteed ways of boosting national
identity and a lot cheaper than going to war.

The same day that various well-meaning figures were holding their noses in
horror at the thought of Mugabe being given an international stage for his
paranoid psychosis, the British government was unveiling its own 20-year
strategy for bringing the Olympics, the World Cup and other prestigious
competitions here.

The report offered a few generalised theories that sport contributed to
reducing crime (except in the case of footballers' Christmas parties
obviously), increasing health awareness, and improving educational
performance. It was less keen on acknowledging that the government was
interested not so much on what they could do for the nation's sporting
population, but what sport could do for the nation.

The issue highlighted was control. Previously, the report hinted, bids for
sporting events had been undermined by being left in the hands of the
amateur bureaucrats who administer British sport. A sinister paragraph
hammers home the point: "Events such as the Olympic Games or world athletics
championships can only succeed if central government is closely engaged from
an early stage."

Britain has been extremely sluggish in learning a lesson that was already
being applied in Berlin in 1936 at Hitler's notorious "Aryan" Olympics. The
great sporting showcases offer unparallelled opportunities to gild a nation'
s image, or at least to divert the population's attention from their
immediate problems.

Examples are legion, and tend to be weighted towards the negative. Mexico
hosted the World Cup in 1970 in the midst of violent political protests and
economic crisis, and yet what we recall is football at its zenith, samba
rhythms mingling with Latin tempos, of the sun-kissed Azteca. Those of us
ill-informed about Central American politics, which means most, still think
of Mexico in those terms, not as a ruthless parody of a democracy, with
widespread poverty and brutal government oppression. Football has that
degree of global power, to create an erroneous image and leave it there for

It may be facile to say that there would have been no Falklands War if
Argentina hadn't won the 1978 World Cup, but certainly the country's
military junta would have found it difficult to sustain their hold on the
nation without the huge populist propaganda boost of that sporting success.
The myth, or perhaps fact, is that Argentina bought progress to that final
with a huge package of aid to Peru, after the vanquishers of Scotland rolled
over 6-0 against the hosts. That it is such a seductive story is because it
would have been worth it. The national morale boost of Argentina's first
World Cup was beyond price.

There are other examples that in first viewing seem more benign. France's
World Cup victory of 1998 was a classic signifier of football's ability to
paint a romantic, and compelling picture. This glorious French team was an
encapsulation of a new pluralist France, a united colours of Benetton,
multiracial nation coming together, and showing what could be achieved with
unity rather than strife. We loved that story, and swallowed it whole. Zizou
was the new France. And it was a pathetic lie. Four years later the racist
politician Le Pen reached the height of his popularity, and went
head-to-head with Chirac for the presidency.

In Sydney two years ago, an initially sullen, suspicious Australian
population fell in love with their Games and turned them into the most
joyously carefree sporting festival the world has ever seen. Australia, a
nation perennially troubled by how the world views it, threw off its
sensitivities and proclaimed to the international Olympic community, "we
love you all, stay and enjoy the party". Two years later Aussies voted en
masse for the man who promised to keep out immigrants, and sent their
warships to head off boatloads of starving refugees. Sydney 2000 was a lie

It sits ill then to hear British government voices getting sniffy about
sport being used as propaganda. It has always been about selling an
erroneous image of any nation. What is a separate issue though is that of
sporting conscience, and whether English cricketers have the stomach to play
a match in the midst of the misery and oppression of Zimbabwe.

Call me a psychic, but I have the vague suspicion that they will. You might
hope Nasser Hussain's team is a rather more enlightened and civilised bunch
than a previous generation who gave succour to the apartheid regime in South
Africa by touring there when the country was an international pariah, but
British sportsmen rarely show anything close to a sporting conscience.
Witness the antics of Chelsea last season, when several players refused to
go to Israel, not for political reasons, but because they were scared.

In truth, it's a lose-lose situation. Leave it to the politicians and sport
will always be propaganda. Leave it to the players, and we'll just be
invited to ignore the political ramifications of sport entirely.

Friday, 20 December, 2002, 22:24 GMT
Small calls for Zimbabwe boycott
England captain Nasser Hussain (right) leads his players off the field
Hussain has said he is happy to travel to Zimbabwe
Former England bowler Gladstone Small believes England players should refuse to travel to Zimbabwe for the World Cup.

Small told BBC Five Live that allowing the African country to hold World Cup fixtures would send out false signals of support for the policies of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

Small, a member of the Players Council, said he would urge players not to support the International Cricket Council's decision to give Zimbabwe the green light.

A couple of the England players refused to travel to Pakistan - there could be a similar scenario with Zimbabwe

Gladstone Small

"Sometimes we need to look at the wider issues and not hide behind the excuse that politics shouldn't get in the way of sport," he said.

"We need to look at the consequences of our actions and think about who's involved."

Small compared travelling to Zimbabwe to the controversial England tour of South Africa in 1989, under the captaincy of Mike Gatting.

"It's a personal decision but I would not be able to live with the situation in Zimbabwe," he said.

"I would feel as if I was supporting a system that is not benefitting the nation - it's a decision I took with South Africa a long time ago when I refused to go."

England captain Nasser Hussain has said he is happy with the ICC's decision, but Small said that should not stop players deciding to boycott the trip.

"The cricket authorities have made their decision - it now comes down to indivudual players," he said.

Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak
Streak said security would not be an issue

"A couple of the England players refused to travel to Pakistan because of the security issues and there could be a similar scenario with Zimbabwe."

But Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak insisted the ICC had made the correct decision, and said the security of players would not be threatened.

Streak told the BBC World Service: "We're looking forward to hosting those matches. We try not to get involved in the political side.

"I believe sport and politics can't mix.

"The security of the teams coming here is perfect. I think things should go ahead."

Streak has been affected by the seizure of agricultural land in the country with his family having earned a living through farming.

But Heath believes the decision to host matches in Bulawayo and Harare is an important step for the sport in the country.

He said: "We've had our fair share of problems but we are working our way through that to continue farming and make a living.

"Cricket is a huge foreign currency and Zimbabwe needs the foreign currency provided by the game of cricket."

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Cricket online

      Zimbabwe - it's one big party!
      Report by Stephen Green

      20 December, 2002

The I.C.C.'s decision on Tuesday to allow six world cup matches to go ahead
in Zimbabwe next year, rates as one of the greatest sporting cop-outs seen
this century. Given the I.C.C.'s reputation for finding sand & inserting its
head into it, the decision should, however, come as no surprise to anyone.

The tragedy of the situation in Zimbabwe is well known. Ignoring the plight
of the white farmers (including Heath Streak's father) & their workers,
Mugabe & his regime have single-handedly reduced the country from the
breadbasket to the begging bowl of Africa.

They have taken 13 years off the life expectancy of their citizens, with
either their direct actions, or in the case of aids, their inactions. They
use starvation as a political & tribal weapon and have a record of human
rights violations & abuse second to none.

The fact that most of the civilised world's governments have deserted the
moral high ground on Zimbabwe, doesn't mean that any event, sporting or
otherwise, should allow Mugabe to portray his country in any other light
than that, which highlights the suffering he inflicts on other human beings.

Claims by Malcolm Gray & Tim Lamb that this is just sport and the politics
of the country has nothing to do with them, really do have the faint smell
of cowardice lingering around them.

Lamb is of course correct when he says there are no U.K. government
sanctions against Zimbabwe. He is also right when he says that the ECB is a
commercial organisation & as no other commercial organisation is being
forced to lose revenue - why should they.

He is, however, missing the point. The one thing that is for sure is that
Robert Mugabe will milk this World Cup for all it is worth. You can
visualise the photo opportunity already, a sunny day in Harare, Robert
Mugabe stood proud, hand outstretched, looking to shake the hand of the
England Cricket Captain.

The fact that he knows the embarrassment this will cause, around the world &
in the U.K. especially, will make the moment even more satisfying for him.

Cricket's recent reputation on issues such as this, as witnessed in South
Africa, is embarrassingly consistent. How much better for the sport, if just
for once the game led the world, rather than being led by it.
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Independent (UK)

There are welcome signs in Harare of an end to Mugabe's tyranny
Mr Mugabe is reaching that point in the life of despotic regimes when the
people may be starting to lose their fear
Fergal Keane
21 December 2002

My friend in Harare sounded at the end of his tether. In the past week the
fuel queues have started to snake along city streets and meat stocks have
been vanishing from supermarket shelves. The agony that was until now
confined to the countryside is beginning to creep into the capital. "The
atmosphere is terrible," my friend said. In the past few days, government
officials have raided the homes of Asian businesspeople whom it suspected of
hiding foreign exchange. According to one newspaper report, some $18m was
confiscated. The same newspaper also reported that 40 families had been
driven off farmland in the east of Zimbabwe. These were farm labourers
accused of supporting the opposition and the raid was allegedly led by a
police inspector. There were 22 children among those forced on to the side
of the road.

On the international front the Zimbabwean government has just banned the
Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Don McKinnon, from entering the
country. Mr McKinnon is one of the most fair-minded and rational figures
around; the decision to exclude him suggests a regime that is suffering from
growing paranoia. In the midst of this the English cricket team has decided
it will play in Harare, a delegation having come to the conclusion that
security will be guaranteed. (We will come later to Mr Mugabe's ideas about

When I was last in Harare, about six months ago, petrol was plentiful and
the restaurants were full. The city's élite ate and drank as in the best of
times. Only the crowds of township residents gathering outside supermarkets
in search of bread and maize suggested the onset of severe crisis. But ever
since the disputed elections of last March, Mr Mugabe's regime has been
edging towards doom. His extraordinary gift for manipulation, cajoling and
bullying can no longer keep reality at bay. Among senior military officers
the whisperings of discontent are getting louder.

To stay in power Robert Mugabe needs to be able to do two things: keep the
military and party cronies compliant, with ill-gotten wealth, and the rest
of the population terrorised, with violence and intimidation. But the army
is now home from the Congo and a crucial source of loot has dried up. There
have also been signs that Libya, the key supplier of Zimbabwe's oil, has had
enough of Zimbabwe's president.

As for keeping the people terrorised, Mr Mugabe is reaching that point in
the life of despotic regimes when the people may be starting to lose their
fear. They sense that while the government is still dangerous, it is no
longer invincible. This may help to explain the strange manoeuvrings of the
past week in Harare. A retired army officer, Lieutenant Colonel Lionel Dyke
disclosed that he'd had meetings with senior members of the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change in order to facilitate a peaceful transition
in Zimbabwe. Under the plan apparently touted by Dyke, the opposition would
allow Mugabe an honourable exit and then refrain from forcing elections for
two years. The country would be run in the interim period by Mr Mugabe's
right hand-man, Emmerson Mnangagwa. According to the Zimbabwean press Mr
Dyke has also made contact with Labour and Conservative politicians in

The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, was
having none of it. He denounced the plan and said it had been concocted by
Britain and South Africa. The British have swiftly responded, saying they
had no intention of trying to "neutralise" the democratic wishes of the
people. Mr Tsvangirai's problem is that the MDC has been singularly lacking
in direction or unity since the elections, but he may be close to the truth
when he calls the proposed plan "unholy".

To understand why we need to go back a little in history, to the early years
of the Mugabe government. Compared to the racist regime of Ian Smith that
preceded him, Mr Mugabe certainly promised to be better. Education and
healthcare were delivered for the masses and the government spoke of
reconciliation with its former enemies. But, alas, that did not include
black enemies. The people of Matabeleland who supported the party of Mr
Mugabe's main black rival, Joshua Nkomo, stood in the way of a one-party

With South Africa's apartheid regime sponsoring a campaign of
destabilisation in Matabeleland, Mugabe moved to crush Nkomo and his
supporters. The regular army was deployed to attack the dissident
guerrillas, while the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade was sent to sort
out the civilians. Nobody disputes that dissidents were killing and wreaking
havoc in parts of Matabeleland, but Mugabe used the dissident activity to
launch a murderous campaign against the civilian population. Who was the
politician who ran this campaign at his behest? Step forward Emmerson
Mnangagwa, the man being touted as an interim prime minister.

At least 7,000 people were murdered, thousands raped, tens of thousands more
beaten and tortured. In the second part of the campaign, Mugabe and
Mnangagwa tried to starve the population into submission. Then, as now, food
aid was used as a political weapon.

Also busy in the area was Lt. Col. Dyke, though his task was to concentrate
on the military task: killing armed dissidents. He did, however, have this
to say about the Fifth Brigade's operation: "You often have to be cruel to
be kind. Had an operation like the Fifth Brigade not taken place that battle
could have gone on for years as a festering sore. ... the fact is that when
Fifth Brigade went in, they did brutally deal with the problem. If you were
a dissident sympathiser you died. And it brought peace very, very quickly."

Such are the views of the man who now wants to negotiate an exit for Robert
Mugabe. Lt. Col. Dyke is an apologist for crimes against humanity. His old
boss and putative interim leader, Mr Mnangagwa, is a man who was an integral
part of the chain of command for these crimes. It would be astonishing if
Britain or South Africa were to be part of a plan to install him in power.
It is more likely the case that Mugabe loyalists are floating the idea to
see what kind of support it attracts. The answer is probably none.

Whoever takes over now will need to command popular support. Many of the
most senior military figures are compromised by past services to Mugabe. Yet
as the slide to disaster accelerates, it is the army that is most likely to
force the President out. That is probably the most realistic explanation of
the manoeuvrings of the past week. Lt. Col. Dyke does, after all, continue
to maintain excellent contacts with his old military comrades. What they
have not factored in is how the people or the political opposition will

The end is coming in Zimbabwe. The when, where and how will be decided by
Zimbabweans. I would like to believe that it will be peaceful and
democratic, but I wouldn't like to bet on it.

The writer is a BBC Special Correspondent
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'Police to Protect Consumers On Prices'

The Herald (Harare)

December 20, 2002
Posted to the web December 20, 2002


Police will intensify the clampdown on unscrupulous business people who are
increasing prices of basic commodities in contravention of the Government
regulations, Police Com-missioner Augustine Chihuri has said.

Addressing new police recruits at a pass out parade in Harare yesterday, Com
Chihuri said those increasing prices were working with enemies of the
country in order to undermine the Govern-ment.

"The police is endowed with an inviolable constitutional obligation to
protect consumers against the illogical price increases.

"It is crystal clear that some heartless and avaricious business people have
engaged in a spate of spiteful conspiratorial antics in complicity with
enemies of the State at a time when the Government is grappling with the
ravages of the drought," said Com Chihuri.
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Daily News Fails to Print Newspaper

The Herald (Harare)

December 20, 2002
Posted to the web December 20, 2002


There was no issue of The Daily News yesterday after the strike by workers
paralysed the Strive Masiyiwa-owned newspaper.

Staff at The Daily News staged a sit-in on Wednesday to press for 150
percent salary increase with effect from January next year.

The staff alleged that management, that offered them 10 percent cost of
living adjustments for the next three years, was unconscious of their
financial difficulties yet they continued buying luxury cars.

They alleged that the company wanted to buy a new top-of-the-range BMW car
for one of the managers yet it was saying it does not have money.

Some workers allegedly tampered with the printing press, resulting in the
skeleton staff that included editors failing to print the paper.

A series of meetings were reported to have been held yesterday as the
management made frantic efforts to have the damaged equipment repaired.

"The day is not yet over, it will be in the streets today," Mr Sam Siphepha
Nkomo consoled himself when asked for a comment at 7 pm last night.

Earlier, Mr Nkomo had said: "What you have carried in your issue of today
(Thursday) was correct, what more do you want? There are no new developments
and can you please phone tomorrow."

When asked further, Mr Nkomo was not kind and asked why the reporter was
interested so much yet it was not the first time they had run late.

"How come you never ask us why we printed late each time we do so? Why are
you interested this time? We have never asked you to explain anything when
The Herald comes out late," he said.

Daily News Editor-in-Chief Geoff Nyarota was reported to be particularly
furious as the continued failure to print denied him the chance to make a
public apology to President Mugabe after his paper reported that he was in
South Africa for the ANC congress.

"He has been in and out of the office and he was not at all happy," said a
security guard.

On Wednesday he told The Herald that he had not apologised in the paper's
issue of that day because he was not yet sure if the President was in the

"We are now working on that (apology), we had not come to full realisation
that he (President Mugabe) was in the country and we are now going to act,"
he said.

The Daily News report that Cde Mugabe was in South Africa was written by
Japhet Ncube who works for Drum Magazine in South Africa and was put to
print by Bill Saidi, his associate at the now defunct Horizon magazine.
Ncube gave an eye-witness account of President Mugabe's arrival, yet Cde
Mugabe never left the country for South Africa.

Many people called for the resignation of the embattled Nyarota from The
Daily News and his reporters alleged that he was using the paper to fight
personal wars with other people.

"He long departed from the correct ways of journalism and he seems to be
pursuing political interests. He has become selfish and we gather management
is not happy with his careless armchair approach," said one reporter from
the paper.

Nyarota could not be reached for comment as he was said to have escorted his
wife and two children who visited him at the office around 6 pm.

For the last two days he has had his mobile phone switched off.
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'Police to act on groups bent on undermining authority'

Herald Reporter
POLICE will act on pressure groups bent on undermining Government authority
by agitating for civil unrest and stayaways, Deputy Commissioner Godwin
Matanga said yesterday.

"Such organisations should not cry foul when the long arm of the law
eventually catches up with them. The Zimbabwe Republic Police will not sit
on its laurels in the face of this conspiracy to undermine security in the
country," Dep Com Matanga said when he officially opened a crime workshop in

He took a swipe at police officers who engaged in opposition politics,
saying they furthered the interests of imperialism and neo-colonialism and
frustrated the Government's quest for economic emancipation.

"Such misguided elements are reminded to absolve themselves from this noble
duty of policing the nation," he said.

The deputy commissioner said it was important for the country's senior
officers to familiarise themselves with Government policies.

He said the only way modern- day policing could find meaning in the country
was through putting people's aspirations ahead of everything else.

"Our loyalty as ZRP is to the people, the country and the law," he said.

Dep Com Matanga said the police planning and development section would be
carrying out a public opinion survey in January 2003 to re-market their
service charter.

Public relations officers at stations would assist to make the event a
success as the outcome of the survey was critical in the formulation of
policies that would guide the organisation in attaining a superior status in
service delivery.

He also said the fast-track resettlement programme presented the police with
policing challenges.

The formation of foreign- funded political parties, which resulted in
incidents of political violence in some instances, was also a challenge, he

"I am gratified by the performance of the ZRP during these trying times,
notwithstanding the avalanche of unjustified criticism by the private and
international media," Dep Com Matanga said.

He urged officers to be firm during this festive season, especially when
dealing with traffic offenders on the roads.
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Violence, famine, corruption, racism. Anyone for cricket in Zimbabwe?
By David Llewellyn and Nigel Morris
20 December 2002
As Robert Mugabe lectured the Zimbabwe parliament yesterday on the evils of
Tony Blair, he must have had half an eye on a meeting a few miles up the
road from Downing Street.

In the genteel surroundings of Lord's cricket ground, in the heart of the
capital of the hated former colonial power, the International Cricket
Council was giving the go-ahead for his country to stage matches in
February's cricket World Cup.

The ICC's international development board (IDI) made the decision after
reading a 12-page report from a delegation that visited Zimbabwe to assess
the country's safety for visiting players. While South Africa will host the
main part of the competition, six first-round games will be played in its
northern neighbour, including England against Zimbabwe in Harare on 13

President Mugabe's critics believe Zimbabwe's human rights record, violent
elections, debilitating fuel shortage and food crisis, which has left half
the country's 14 million citizens hungry, render the country an unsuitable

The decision to go ahead with the matches provoked an angry response. Paul
Themba Nyathi, spokesman for the Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic
Change, which was boycotting 78-year-old Mr Mugabe's end-of-term speech to
parliament, said his party was "bitterly disappointed" at the "callous
message to the people of Zimbabwe".

He said: "This decision will damage the image of cricket and may come back
to haunt the ICC. Not only have they demonstrated indifference to the pain
and suffering of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, they are also,
albeit inadvertently, sending a message of hope to the despotic Mugabe

Mike O'Brien, the parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign
Office, has made clear the British government's reservations. But last night
Downing Street was forced on to the back foot, insisting the issue was one
for the cricketing authorities alone.

With that combustible mixture of politics and sport combining in the most
explosive way for cricket since the end of apartheid, the ICC did leave
itself a little room for manoeuvre.

The ICC chief executive, Malcolm Speed, said: "If there is any significant
deterioration in the security situation in Zimbabwe, the issue will be
revisited." But the ICC and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
insisted it was not their place to take decisions based on political

"The ICC and its members are concerned only with cricket-related issues. The
politics surrounding Zimbabwe are matters for politicians, not sports
administrators. While some countries have imposed specific sanctions on
Zimbabwe, no government has identified sporting sanctions as an appropriate
tool to achieve a political outcome."

The ICC said Zimbabwe has competed in high-profile international sporting
events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Davis Cup, and that its
players continue to represent their country in golf.

Tim Lamb, chief executive of the ECB, said: "The recent ICC fact-finding
delegation to Zimbabwe were asked to examine whether it is safe and secure
for our players to play in Zimbabwe. They were not asked to consider
political factors."

Vince Hogg, chief executive of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU), of which Mr
Mugabe is patron, said: "We are very happy with the decision; we thought it
was the correct one. We are delighted to be able to play the six games at
home. It is great news for our supporters and for the man in the street who
loves his cricket.

"Obviously, there are lots of problems in the country, but as far as
watching cricket is concerned, it is going to be safe

"We have had England here on numerous occasions, and their supporters, the
Barmy Army. They always have a great time and there is a big English
community here. Everyone will be given a warm welcome."

It is not the first time cricket has found itself entangled in politics,
most notably during the apartheid years in south Africa with rebel tours in
1982 and1989. The latter was scheduled as a two-parter, with players
contracted to visit the republic the following winter, but that plan was
shelved with the release of Nelson Mandela.

The former England and Nottinghamshire opener Chris Broad, a member of that
ill-fated 1989 rebel tour to South Africa, said: "It's incredibly unfair to
single out cricketers. We've got to use every opportunity to say on behalf
of these poor, suffering people that the world is not going to do anything
to give credit to Mugabe."

In London, the political row looked set for a long stay at the crease.
Michael Ancram, the shadow Foreign Secretary, accused the ICC of "a denial
of human values". He said: "I believe it to risk debasing the great game of
cricket by associating with an evil, murderous dictator like Mugabe."

Mr Ancram wrote last night to Lord MacLaurin, the chairman of the England
and Wales Cricket Board, calling on its members to pressure the ICC into
reversing its decision. "Failing that, the ECB should seriously consider if
the English team should play in Zimbabwe," he added.

Menzies Campbell MP, the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman, said:
"I personally have no doubt whatsoever that the cup matches in Zimbabwe
should be transferred. The sight of Robert Mugabe trying to make political
capital out of this sporting event would be sickening."

As for Mr Mugabe, he seemed to sum up the situation perfectly. In what was
ostensibly an appeal for what is left of Zimbabwe's businesses to keep faith
in his disintegrating country, he said: "The man and woman standing in need
of food cannot apply himself or herself when he or she is concerned about
where the next family meal [is coming from]".

And for Zimbabwe's millions, whose lives will be untouched by the
tournament, he was perfectly right.
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Sheltering family costs mum Dec 19 2002

      Exclusive By Genevra Fletcher

      RED tape almost cost a Newtown single mother her home after she took
in her father and members of his family when they fled to Reading from
persecution in Zimbabwe.

      British-born Richard Burgoyne arrived penniless and without warning at
Gatwick in September with second wife Jenny, her mother and teenaged son
after their Harare home was ransacked by armed thugs.

      His daughter Kathryn Burgoyne, who lives in a two-bedroom terrace in
Norton Road with three-year-old son Daniel, did not hesitate when the Home
Office rang to say they could have UK visas if she would offer them a home.

      But her gesture became a nightmare when she dutifully told the
Department of Social Security about her four temporary lodgers and found her
mortgage relief cut drastically and her council tax soared.

      The DSS responded by reducing her mortgage benefit to £1.93 a week
because her 59-year-old father is of working age.

      Reading Borough Council then told her because she is no longer
entitled to full mortgage relief she and her father's family were liable for
council tax. And she already owed £81.

      She explained she could not pay the bill from the £75-a-week she
receives from her son's father but the council's response was to send a
further bill for £200.

      Kathryn, a member of Wyclife Baptist Church, said: "I've been open. I
believe you have to live by example. I approached the Department of Social
Security and the council to tell them the situation. But I've been penalised
for doing the honest thing.

      "What really annoys me is if I'd taken in asylum seekers with no legal
status the authorities would be paying me to house them. I can't afford to
pay the council tax bill so I've told them I'll see them in court."

      Mr Burgoyne and his wife have found work and moved out this week and
Kathryn's mortgage benefit has now been reinstated, but yesterday £466.80
remained outstanding on her mortage and £117.99 in council tax.

      She wrote to Reading East MP Jane Griffiths, who says because the
Burgoynes applied to enter Britain on family grounds they were not
officially recognised as refugees.

      She said: "I fully understand why people in Zimbabwe do not want to
stay there, what's going on is madness. I think it's wrong she almost lost
her home as a result of looking after her family. I understand the rules and
why they operate as they do, but there is room for ministers to give special
consideration to such cases.

      "I've managed it in the past of other constituents. I can't say what
would have happened in this case, but there were opportunities to get the
charges imposed on her waived."

      Borough council spokesman Chris Branagan was unable to comment.
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      Travel warning issued to world cup players on Zimbabwe visit
      LONDON, DEC 20 (PTI)
      International cricketers have been issued with a travel warning today
concerning the threat to their personal safety in Zimbabwe and guidance to
cope with any violent situations during the cricket World Cup next year.

      The travel warning, issued to the ICC and its members, aims to protect
players and their support staff and provides advice in handling political or
racial incidents, which may occur during their stay.

      Under the advice issued in a letter from the "Save Zimbabwe" Campaign,
a non-partisan international body, players have been asked not to shake hand
with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and not to accept his hospitality.

      A spokesman for the Campaign said "Zimbabwe is a dangerous, lawless
country with regular and well-documented attacks occurring against
Zimbabweans and foreigners, whether black or white.

      "Now that the ICC has agreed to host part of the Cricket World Cup in
Zimbabwe, international players and spectators need to be made aware of the
personal risks they are taking by visiting the country", he said.

      "While international cricketers are there to play sport, their
presence in the country should not be seen in any way as justifying the
actions of the Zimbabwe Government", the spokesman said.

      However, Mugabe regularly uses international gatherings to make
political points, and an event such as this is unlikely to be an exception,
the campaigners say.
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State to Act On MDC Parliamentary Boycotts

The Herald (Harare)

December 20, 2002
Posted to the web December 20, 2002


The Government will next year introduce tough measures to deal with the
continued boycott of the Presidential address in Parliament by the
opposition MDC legislators.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa, who
is the Leader of the House, told Parliament yesterday that the behaviour by
the MDC MPs was unacceptable.

"I want to castigate in strongest possible terms the continued boycott by
MDC of sessions being presided over by the President," said Cde Chinamasa.

"In the new year, we will make recommendations to Cabinet that this must
stop. We will seek to introduce measures to put to stop this delinquent

Cde Chinamasa was speaking after the MDC legislators boycotted the 15th
State of the Nation Address to Parliament by President Mugabe yesterday.

He said the MDC MPs had taken oaths of loyalty to the State, but it was
surprising they continued to denigrate the national flag, the national
anthem and the Head of State.

Commenting on the boycott, the Minister of State for Information and
Publicity, Professor Jonathan Moyo described the behaviour of the MDC
legislators as unacceptable.

"We are now sick and tired of their (MDC MPs) misconduct and failure to
uphold their oath. They are being delinquent and that must now end. If they
cannot end it themselves, we will assist them through the laws and there is
no doubt about that," he said."We recognise that they have a right to behave
in whatever manner as they wish, but much as they have a right to behave as
they wish, we have a duty, especially as Government, to ensure that the
dignity of the institution of the Presidency is upheld."

Prof Moyo said in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe, there was a duly elected
President who was not just the head of the executive but was also a Member
of Parliament according to the Constitution.

"In as much as we want to see the dignity of Parliament upheld, we will
henceforth exercise our duty to protect the dignity of the Presidency,
national institutions, the Constitution and our laws," he said.

MDC chief whip, Mr Innocent Gonese, said they would continue boycotting the
sessions addressed by President Mugabe because MPs were not forced to attend

"We will wait and see the measures they will implement, but we believe it is
our democratic right because attendance of sessions is not compulsory," said
Mr Gonese.

"We do not see the basis of such measures because it is our right to choose
which sessions to attend."

He said they would continue to boycott sessions addressed by President
Mugabe, alleging that the presidential election in March was not free and

"You remember our position that we do not recognise his election because we
believe it was not legitimate," said Mr Gonese.
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'There's no Africa without Zimbabwe'

      December 20 2002 at 06:39AM

The ball was now in Europe's court to save next year's key European
Union/Africa summit which is under threat because Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe might be barred, according to Foreign Minister Nkosazana

Portugal, which will host the European Union/African summit in April, has
indicated that it may not allow Zimbabwe to attend the April summit because
of the travel sanctions imposed by EU countries on Zimbabwean government

"It's up to them (Europe) to see how they overcome the problem. It is in
their court. We as Africans are ready to go. The question is, are they ready
to receive us?" Dlamini-Zuma told reporters in Stellenbosch, where she is
attending the African National Congress's 51st national congress.

"There is no Africa that can exist without Zimbabwe. Africa is indivisible."

Earlier this month, an EU-African, Caribbean and Pacific meeting of
parliamentarians in Brussels was cancelled after European MPs barred two
Zimbabwean ministers from entering the Strasbourg parliament.

Dlamini-Zuma said she planned to visit Zimbabwe early next year to continue
talks with political leaders there in an attempt to help resolve the crisis
in that country.

This was in line with President Thabo Mbeki's statement at the conference on
Monday that Pretoria was "convinced that it is necessary to bring to a close
the controversial issues relating to our important neighbour, Zimbabwe".

Asked whether she believed the opposition Movement for Democratic Change
should drop its legal challenge of the presidential election results so that
talks with Zanu-PF could resume, Dlamini-Zuma said it was not up to South
Africa to prescribe what the party should do. - Sapa
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For immediate release Friday December 20 2002


International cricketers have today (Dec 20) been issued with a travel warning
concerning the threat their to personal safety in Zimbabwe and how they should
react if they witness violence, state sponsored or otherwise, during the 2003
Cricket World Cup.

The travel warning, issued to the ICC and its members, aims to protect players
and their support staff and provide them with guidance in handling political
or racial incidents, which may occur during their stay. Issued in a letter from
the international, non-partisan "Save Zimbabwe" Campaign the advice includes
answers to questions such as:

1. What if I come across a road-block or a group of youth militia when sightseeing?
2. Am I at risk of racially motivated incidents?
3. Will crowd control at matches be effective?
4. What if my interviews with the press are censored?

The travel warning also contains advice on how to react if players are presented
to President Robert Mugabe who is honorary president of the Zimbabwean national
cricket board, and is likely to use the staging of an international event to
show that his country is accepted in the world community despite its suppression
and organised starvation of democratic voices in Zimbabwe.

As part of the travel warning players introduced to the Robert Mugabe are advised
not to shake his hand and not to recognise his hospitality.

A spokesman for the "Save Zimbabwe" Campaign commented:

"Zimbabwe is a dangerous, lawless country with regular and well-documented attacks
occurring against Zimbabweans and foreigners, whether black or white.

"Now that the ICC has agreed to host part of the Cricket World Cup in Zimbabwe,
international players and spectators need to be made aware of the personal risks
they are taking by visiting the country.

"While international cricketers are there to play sport, their presence in the
country should not be seen in any way as justifying the actions of the Zimbabwe
government. However, Robert Mugabe regularly uses international gatherings to
make political points, and an event such as this is unlikely to be an exception.

"Robert Mugabe will limit and control media focus on Zimbabwe during the matches
to ensure that international media will be tightly controlled, and prevented
from reporting on matters of international concern, such as the rapidly deteriorating
food situation."

The "Save Zimbabwe" Campaign has requested the ICC and its members circulate
the travel warning letter to all players and support staff due to travel to Zimbabwe,
to ensure maximum awareness of the potential risks to their safety.

For more information please contact Mark Pursey on:
+44 7796 954 105, or
+44 20 7 939 7934

Notes to Editors:

1. The "Save Zimbabwe" campaign is a non-partisan international initiative, with
broad-based support drawn from both political parties and community groups. It
was launched during the recent African Union meeting in Durban and is designed
to restore democracy, human rights and legitimate government to Zimbabwe. The
holding of early, free and fair elections, under full and proper international
supervision, is a key objective of the campaign.
2. The full text of the letter sent to the ICC and national cricket bodies is


19 December 2002

Following the ICC's decision today that Zimbabwe will host 6 World Cup cricket
matches, the Save Zimbabwe campaign has developed a practical guide for team
managers and players participating in the World Cup matches hosted by Zimbabwe.
 Given the political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe today, players may be confronted
with a range of unusual and potentially difficult or uncomfortable situations.

A number of foreign offices around the world have cautioned visitors of the dangers
of visiting Zimbabwe and it is important that all players are familiarized with
travel advice.  The cricketing fraternity will face a range of situations that
ordinary travelers will not, including:

What if you meet Robert Mugabe?

Robert Mugabe is the President, the patron of Zimbabwean cricket and a cricket
lover.  However, his government is presiding over the deliberate and systematic
starvation of opposition supporters.  The UN World Food Program (WFP) is supplying
food to Zimbabweans, of whom up to 7 million (more than half) are suffering food
shortages.  The WFP is attempting to feed people free from political intervention.
 But they do not have enough food to feed all those denied food by the Zimbabwean
government.  The ICC has repeatedly claimed that politics should not be a factor
in decisions regarding the sport.  It is therefore imperative that cricket in
Zimbabwe does not provide a platform for Robert Mugabe to make political points,
as he has done in the past (cf World Environment Summit speech).

If players meet Robert Mugabe, they should not shake his hand, they should not
recognize him in any way or accept his hospitality.  It should be made very clear
to the ZCU that Robert Mugabe should play no part in the World Cup ceremonies
or related events.

Will crowd control tactics be effective?

The internal security laws in Zimbabwe are draconian.  They prevent public and
private meetings that involve people who hold independent political views.  Crowd
control at the cricket will therefore be very strict.  Police may seek to eject
opposition party supporters, particularly if they suspect individuals or groups
may be seeking to identify themselves as such in the presence of the international

Human rights violations, including torture, execution and assault against individuals
are well documented by well respected international bodies such as Amnesty International.
 For a list of last month's human rights violations, see the Human Rights Forum
report at <>.
 Being taken away by the police in Zimbabwe is a very different and frightening

If you see spectators being led off by police or the use of strong arm tactics,
you should walk off.

The ICC needs to be mindful not only of the safety of players, but also spectators
regardless of their political and other views. 

What if you think only government supporters are allowed entry to the match?

To avoid the world seeing those who do not support the ruling government party
(ZANU PF) through the international media, the government may seek to limit attendance
of the match to its party members only.  It would do so by requiring entrants
to show their ZANU PF cards at the entrance.  This is also how local authorities
ensure that ZANU PF supporters are the only recipients of food aid.  Once again,
this is well documented, including by UN bodies and by independent human rights
observers such as the Danish Physicians for Human Rights (<>).
 While sight seeing, you may see food queues being controlled in this way.

If you think only government supporters are allowed in, you should walk off.

What if you come across a road block or youth militia when sightseeing?

Violence against individuals, both locals and foreigners, by government sponsored
youth militias and so-called war veterans is commonplace.  In most cases, the
police, who work closely with militias, will not intervene.  The human rights
community has documented an alarming number of human rights violations, ranging
from arbitrary detention to execution, at road blocks by youth militias or by
police.  The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum produces an excellent monthly political
violence report, the October 2002 edition of which provides a statistical summary
of human rights violations in 2002 so far.

You should exercise extreme care and courtesy in such situations and do your
utmost to avoid confrontation.  You should tell them you are a cricketer.   

Am I at risk of racially motivated attacks in Zimbabwe?

Robert Mugabe's use of hate speech in Zimbabwe and on the international stage
has incited increasingly racist attitudes by those associated with ZANU-FP. 
Players and spectators should be mindful that this poses a threat to their security.
 Hunger, hate and limited access to information are a potent and dangerous combination.

Despite the media focus on the plight of white farmers in Zimbabwe, human rights
organizations document human rights violations across all parts of Zimbabwean
society, regardless of skin color. 

Again, exercise extreme caution. 

What if your interviews with the press are censored? 

The ICC has already had its first taste of the lack of press freedom in Zimbabwe.
 The presence of the international media is essential to world-class cricket
coverage, but has been increasingly constrained to the international media over
the past few years.  Local independent press operators have been squeezed out
of operation - including by bombing their print works and systematic intimidation
of journalists. 

Anything you say to the local government-operated press could be misconstrued
for political purposes, so you will need to be very careful in your dealings
with local media.  Government run publications include The Herald, The Chronicle
and the Sunday Mail and Sunday News.  Independent press includes the Daily News,
Financial Gazette, The Standard, and The Zimbabwe Independent.  If you plan to
travel in Zimbabwe, you should not carry independent publications around with
you while visiting local attractions as these can provoke hostile reactions from
ZANU-PF supporters and local authorities. 

Unfettered access of the international media to the World Cup series should be
a pre-condition for the matches to proceed. 

The Save Zimbabwe campaign would be most grateful if you could pass all those
traveling to Zimbabwe as part of your team and its management a copy of this

The Save Zimbabwe campaign wishes all players well in the upcoming season.

Save Zimbabwe campaign
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This is an open Invitation should you be in Bulawayo on Saturday 18th January 2003
If not, why not make it a National Event and make it happen in your village, town or city?
Why not International?
Interdenominational Services have proven to be both popular and well supported in different parishes over recent months.  "Christians Together For Justice and Peace" have organised a combined service for the whole of Bulawayo.  "Christians Together For Justice and Peace" was formed to present a united Christian front to pursue justice and peace. Their Vision and Objectives are detailed after this announcement.
It would be of great assistance if the invitation could be printed out by recipients and displayed in popular outlets such as SPAR, OK, Oriental Take-aways etc. Should the invitation not be announced in your Church notices, please bring it to the attention of your Priest, Pastor etc. Better still, propose that this notice is announced at all future services to ensure that a maximum show of unity between Christians of all denominations is achieved. Those churches with out reach programs or close contacts with Churches in the western suburbs (many do not have e-mail) are encouraged to advise as many as possible of this open invitation. Should people from outside Bulawayo be able to attend, they will of course be more than welcome.
Finally, please forward this invitation to as many as possible
Christians Together For Justice and Peace
Interdenominational Service for Peace and Relief from Suffering
Venue: St. Mary's Cathedral Roman Catholic Church
TIme: 8:30
Date: Saturday 18th January 2003
Should you wish to know more about the Service or how you can get involved with Christians Together For Justice and Peace. Please Contact :Fr. Barnabas Nqindi on 09 240582 or e-mail him on  for the attention Fr. Barnabas Nqindi
                                                             Christians Together for Justice and Peace

Our Vision

To focus on God’s kingdom vision and to work together with him and each other to build a kingdom community that promotes justice and peace and works for the total well-being of our people.

Immediate Objectives

The crisis situation in which we find ourselves dictates a number of urgent priorities to which we commit ourselves by way of immediate and short-term objectives. These include the following:

 ·        the funding, purchase and distribution of basic food requirements to as many as possible of those in this region who are facing starvation – the distribution to be strictly on the basis of human need and without regard to race, ethnic origin, political affiliation or other such criteria;

 ·        stand united  against the violence and lawlessness which are spiralling out of control in the post-election period and causing untold suffering to our people;

 ·        an act of Christian solidarity as we offer succour to and stand alongside the many victims of violence and lawlessness in our society;

·        a call for a rerun of the presidential election under international supervision and within the shortest time frame possible;

Furthermore, taking note that individual Christian leaders (including some of our own number)  who have taken a stand for Kingdom values, have been subjected to various forms of harassment and intimidation, we commit ourselves to support one another, and others “persecuted for the sake of righteousness”, through a network of caring and solidarity.


Mike Lander

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The Times

            December 20, 2002

            Mugabe opposition expresses anger
            By Matthew Pryor and Owen Slot

            THE threat of demonstrations in Harare and Bulawayo during the
cricket World Cup reared its head yesterday and the ICC stood accused of
pandering to the brutal regime of President Robert Mugabe by elements within
the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) after announcing that matches would
go ahead in Zimbabwe as planned. At the same time, the England and Wales
Cricket Board (ECB) challenged the Government to clarify its position on
Zimbabwe and accused some MPs of hypocrisy.
            The statements from Zimbabwe came shortly after the ICC had
claimed the support of the MDC, the opposition to Mugabe's ZanuPF party.

            "This decision will damage the image of cricket and may come
back to haunt the ICC," Themba Nyathi, a spokesman for the MDC, said. "The
MDC is bitterly disappointed with the decision. By agreeing to stage the
World Cup in Zimbabwe, despite the humanitarian crisis and unprecedented
levels of institutionalised violence, the ICC are sending a callous message
to the people of Zimbabwe. Not only have they demonstrated indifference to
the pain and suffering of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, they are
also, albeit inadvertently, sending a message of hope to the despotic Mugabe

            Nyathi urged the players to take the lead and refuse to play in

            Tim Lamb, the chief executive of the ECB, played a straight bat,
in line with the ICC's. He reiterated that players' security could be the
only basis for their decision and that senior members of the MDC had assured
him of their support on the ICC fact-finding delegation to Zimbabwe three
weeks ago.

            "The Deputy Mayor of Harare and the Mayor of Bulawayo, both
senior members of the MDC, who control these cities, confirmed their support
for the World Cup going ahead in Zimbabwe and said that they regarded these
games as being clearly in the national interest," he said.

            The ECB feels cricket is being singled out unfairly while more
than 300 British companies including British Airways, Barclays, Unilever and
BP/Shell continue trading with Zimbabwe. "There have been hypocritical
comments from MPs, who are shareholders in some of these companies but are
looking for cricket to make some Corinthian gesture," Lamb said.
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Catholic Bishops Must Unite Against Evil

Zimbabwe Independent (Harare)

December 20, 2002
Posted to the web December 21, 2002

Paul Taylor

AT the end of the Second World War the president of the United States
suggested to the Russian dictator Josef Stalin that the Pope should be
consulted regarding the future of Europe. Stalin refused. "How many (army)
divisions does the Pope have?" he asked with contempt.

Forty years later a Polish Pope masterminded the trade union and human
rights coalition, Solidarity, which marked the beginning of the end for
Stalin's creation, Soviet communism.

Though invisible, the Pope's divisions exist and they are still rather
powerful. For all its faults and failings, its defects and scandals, the
Catholic Church outlasts tyrants. This is the church's special power. Evil
men may be prepared to kill for evil purposes - but even in this day and age
good men are prepared to die for the Catholic Church.

Zimbabwean Catholics know this very well. The first priest to enter Zimbabwe
died a martyr. Our faith is refreshed by blood. For this blood, the church
has never asked for blood in return. It forgives. Even the worst of
Catholics - like me - cling to the church because we remember the goodness
of our clergy. The bishop who gave me my first Holy Communion died
violently. The priest who heard my first confession died violently. The
priest who prepared me for confirmation was arrested under unjust laws.
These are just a few. There were many others.

In the Mutare Diocese Bishop Donal Lamont shouted long and loud for justice,
peace and freedom for all Zimbabweans. He was charged under draconian
Rhodesian security legislation, found guilty of failing to report the
presence of guerillas, sentenced to 10 years in prison, then stripped of his
citizenship and deported from the country. When he went on trial, five
Catholic bishops and two Anglicans were there to express their solidarity.

How can the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference president Alexio
Muchabaiwa, Lamont's successor in the Mutare diocese, preach the Word by
keeping quiet? Indeed, not only is the ZCBC silent, but it has silenced
others too. The South African Catholic Bishops' Conference has been asked to
say nothing about the Zimbabwean situation by Bishop Muchabaiwa. Mugabe has
the Catholic Church where he wants it: very quiet and very respectful.

Why? Because the bishops think silence will appease Mugabe and prevent the
loss of life? But lives are being lost and silence is creating a climate of
complicity. The Holy Bible warns "because you are lukewarm and neither cold
nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth".

If silence is disastrous for the country, it is also very unhealthy for the
church. There was a scandal of sexual abuse at the Church-run Tongogara
refugee camp. What was the chain of responsible management? Who was supposed
to be supervising the camp? Mutare Diocese has said nothing. The Bishops'
Conference has said nothing.

In this atmosphere rumours breed like flies. Personalities become the object
of gossip. An official at Africa Synod House is rumoured to have danced with
joy when Zanu PF "won" the parliamentary election in 2000. An amount of
three million dollars is rumoured to have evaporated from the Bishops'
Conference funds. A Church official is rumoured to have taken an
unauthorised international flight, for work or play. We do not know what
steps have been taken to identify and bring to account the individual
concerned. He should be named.

Father Walter Nyatsanza, the general secretary of the ZCBC, should
communicate with the faithful. He finds time to let himself be misquoted in
the state media in a way which suggests he is casting doubt on the honesty
and integrity of Archbishop Pius Ncube. But on the internal scandals of the
Bishops' Conference he cannot be misquoted because he has not said a word.

There is only one bishop who is prepared to roar and thunder for the lives
of God's little people. That man is Pius Alick Mvundla Ncube. By holding
fast to the values of the Kingdom of God, Ncube exposes Mugabe's devotion to
those values which are fathered by lies.

Mugabe cannot pretend to be a good and faithful Catholic where Ncube is
concerned. Good Catholics do not threaten their Bishops. He cannot maintain
his pompous and fraudulent posture as Zimbabwe's liberator.

He cannot try to frighten the country with his Green Bombers and his goblins
and his tedious and childish war talk. He cannot expect to be taken at his
own estimation of himself. All because a man like Ncube has been man enough
to say "President Mugabe and his ilk can go and jump in the Zambezi River".

As the wise and witty John Makumbe put it, "four or five men like Ncube and
Mugabe would be in real trouble".

Mugabe's response has been predictable. He has tried to frighten Ncube. Pius
will not be frightened. Unlike Mugabe, he does not believe in goblins.

So the regime has tried to destroy Ncube's reputation instead. Jonathan
Moyo's strange and misshapen little organ, the Chronicle, regularly tries to
smear the archbishop with one lot of nonsense or another using fantasies
about gay porn and prisoners which fill the head of its lickspittle

After the Job Sikhala debacle Moyo should have learned that homophobic slurs
have a nasty habit of backfiring. Evil he who evil thinks.

And the latest desperate ploy to shut Ncube up is a police "investigation"
into an alleged cheque irregularity. The Chronicle has even invented
Catholic Church "elders" to claim that Pius Ncube is bringing the church
into disrepute. Amazingly, certain honest and independent spirits still
inhabit Tredgold Building and the state itself has refused to charge the

Mugabe's watchdogs will continue to watch the archbishop. But Pius Ncube
knows the Pope's divisions and our friends in other churches, and indeed all
who love truth are watching over him too. And we are watching the
bloodthirsty Catholic from Kutama as well.

To our other bishops we must say: "Lay people are angry and embarrassed by
your silence. The quieter you are, the louder we will become. The very rocks
and stones now cry out for justice and peace. How many people must die
before, like Pius, you too summon the courage to confront Mugabe, his
manipulation of Christianity and vadzimu/amadlozi, his hatred and violence,
his racism and tribalism, his goblins and spirits, his Blair toilets and gay
gangsters, his war vets and Green Bombers, his well-dressed secret policemen
wearing magogorosi and well-fed Women's League ladies wearing his face on
their bums, and tell them, one and all, jointly and severally, to take a
running jump into the Zambezi - and stay there!"

Paul Taylor is a freelance writer on church issues.
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US Hits Out Over African Food Policies

Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

December 17, 2002
Posted to the web December 21, 2002


The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agricultural
Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday hit out at
leaders of southern African states for using food aid as a political weapon
and for rejecting food that has been genetically modified.

Ambassador Tony Hall even went so far as to say that Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe should be put on trial for criminally denying his people food.
In Zimbabwe it is estimated that seven million people face famine that is
blamed on a mixture of drought, AIDS and a violent and chaotic land reform.

Although Ambassador Hall did not specifically name President Mugabe, his
comment that "anybody who denies food to people, and uses food as a weapon,
and these people die, he or she should be tried" was clearly aimed at the
Zimbabwean leader who has been accused of withholding food aid from his
political opponents. He continued that "if it's the president of a country
that is giving the orders, he should be tried by the highest court".

The United States is the largest donor of food aid to lessen the effects of
the famine hitting 14.4 million people in drought-hit southern Africa.
However, the US has only sent shipments of genetically modified food and
this has been perceived by many as an attempt to force GM crops upon African
countries without their free consent.

In the United States many farmers grow maize that has had its genetic makeup
altered to improve its yield. However, in much of the world there is a great
deal of public scepticism over the benefits of such grain in comparison to
its potential, unknown, dangers.

Mozambique has only agreed to accept GM grain on the condition that it be
sent directly from port to mills to prevent the seeds being grown on
Mozambican soil. This policy has been followed by Lesotho, Malawi and
Zimbabwe. The US has refused to make any donations to cover the cost of the
milling, arguing that there is nothing wrong with the grain and that it is
just ignorance that makes the African states opt for milling.

Zambia has gone further and issued an all-out ban on GM food aid, with its
President, Levy Mwanawasa, comparing the genetically modified seeds to
poison. Up to three million people in Zambia face starvation as the debate
about the theoretical dangers of the altered food continues.

However, it is not just a question of the public's health that is concerning
agricultural ministries across the region.

There is also the question of whether states that accept GM grain can in
future guarantee that their exported crops are free from genetic

Ambassador Hall's intervention marks a new phase in the campaign to get GM
crops accepted in southern Africa, stating "I see this as a major problem.
And I've got to the point where you get so frustrated with these people,
they're denying food to their own people, they're using it as a political
weapon, and nobody says anything, nobody does anything. These leaders are
getting away with a tremendous amount of illegal acts and it's time they be
held accountable, especially if people die".

Clearly, the mention of "leaders" in the plural shows that Hall is not
merely taking aim at Mugabe.

Meanwhile, the latest figures from the World Food Programme shows that
donations are well below what is needed to stop starvation. It has asked for
507 million dollars to cover the needs of Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe,
Zambia, Lesotho and Swaziland, but has only received 286 million dollars.
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