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Mugabe extradition bid fails
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 Posted: 1404 GMT (10:04 PM HKT)

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A British judge has refused to issue a warrant for
the arrest and extradition of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on charges
of torture.

District Judge Timothy Workman issued the ruling rejecting an application
for a warrant that had been filed by human rights activist Peter Tatchell
under Britain's Criminal Justice Act of 1988.

Tatchell was told that his application at London's Bow Street Magistrates
Court could not succeed because under UK common law Mugabe has absolute
immunity to prosecution as a head of state.

Tatchell was trying to exploit international laws that led to the arrest of
former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet when he visited London for an
operation in 1998.

The move meant Mugabe could have been sent to Britain from more than 100
countries with which Britain has an extradition treaty.

These include Switzerland, France, Malaysia, Thailand and South Africa --
all nations that Mugabe has visited in the last year.

Judge Workman told the court: "I am satisfied that Robert Mugabe is
president and head of state of Zimbabwe and is entitled whilst he is head of
state to that immunity.

"He is not liable to any form of arrest or detention and I am therefore
unable to issue the warrant that has been applied for."

Tatchell, who was beaten by bodyguards as he tried to make a citizen's
arrest on Mugabe in Belgium in 2001, told reporters afterwards he was
considering an appeal.

"This judgment gives President Mugabe and all other heads of state a free
hand to torture with impunity," he said.

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


Prelude text


Letter 1:


On reading AgricAfrica's 14-point paper I summarize their targeted
activities and aims to be:

1.  Challenge the government of Zimbabwe over non-adherence to Investor
protection agreements for Foreign Nationals (Points 5 and 6).

2.  Relocate Zimbabwean farmers to neighbouring countries (Points 7,8 and

3.  Collect 4% of future gross payments that will be paid out to farmers in
the fullness of time.  This compensation relies on the fact that we have
"good title" and that where good title has been tampered with in the past
(Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Eastern Europe, Kenya, Croatia, etc), title
holders have always got their land back, or compensation for it, down the
line.  (Points 1, 2, 3, 4 and 11).

NB Points 10, 12, 13 and 14 deal with "the mandate" and the information
they require to achieve the payments.

In essence Agricafrica are wishing to use the work done in the past
regarding the setting up of the valuators consortium (a JAG initiative) and
the loss Document (also a JAG initiative) and use the databases for their
own commercial gain.

The Agricafrica shareholders are all commercial men and have stated
categorically that their interests are commercial.  On reading and
re-reading their document it is clear that:

a) Agricafrica is NOT planning to challenge in the courts any of the
injustices relating to the expropriation of farms belonging to Zimbabwean
citizens (as opposed to foreign nationals protected by International

b) Agricafrica is NOT planning to assist in documenting and getting
compensation for the vast area of "other losses" not included in "land and

c) Agricafrica is NOT interested in restitution claims (through "other
losses") to rebuild the commercial agricultural sector in Zimbabwe once
good title is recognised again.

d) Agricafrica is NOT interested in bringing accountability to the
perpetrators of injustices that have caused the losses in the first place.

e) Agricafrica is NOT interested in targeting the vast ZANUPF business
machine that has grown so wealthy on the back of the losses incurred
through dispossessing the farmers.

f) Agricafrica wants to facilitate the relocating of the agricultural
skills base in Zimbabwe to neighbouring states (for financial gain to

It must be noted that points (a) to (f) above are factors that benefit the
regime (that has caused these losses) greatly.  It must also be noted that
if the figure of 3 billion pounds sterling for land improvements is
considered reasonable, the shareholders of Agricafrica, on their 4% would
get 120 million pounds sterling divided between them.  Even if only 10% of
the farmers signed up they would still get 12 million pounds sterling and
11 shareholders would each be millionaires in pounds sterling.  It makes
John Lockwood look like a mere beginner.


There are only 2 bodies documenting losses and putting together the
databases for farmers to get compensation.
1.  The Valuator's Consortium set up in August 2002 through JAG to value
land and improvements. The Valuator's Consortium, is putting the database
together at minimal cost, but intends to take 3.15% on a successful payout
on land and improvement.
2.  The JAG Loss Document which was also set up in August 2002 to combine
land and improvements with "other losses" which will be, in many instances
as big a claim (if not bigger) than land improvements.  JAG, as a farmer
lead body, will not be taking a cut of payouts due to farmers.  JAG is
committed to the best deal for the farmer and his workers and primarily
wishes to see justice, accountability and the rebuilding of agriculture in
the future in Zimbabwe.

We need farmers to stand with JAG and not give their mandate to commercial
groups who are relying on others to do the work for them, so that they can
get rich.

JAG needs support from farmers and farming leaders to ensuring that farmers
are put first and are not given a raw deal.  JAG is there for you.  Become
a member.  Fill in your Loss Document and get others to do likewise.


All letters published on the open Letter Forum are the views and opinions
of the submitters, and do not represent the official viewpoint of Justice
for Agriculture.
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New Zimbabwe

Chaos as Zimbabwe school term opens

By Special Correspondent
CONFUSION reigned in Zimbabwe's secondary schools as the new term opened
after parents reacted to the steep fees increases by pulling their children
from expensive boarding schools and registered them with township day
secondary schools, resulting in administrative difficulties due to the high

Scores of Form One students enrolled at various township schools in Harare
and Bulawayo were turned away as the new term begun Tuesday. A snap survey
conducted by this website revealed an average class in these schools had
over 50 students.

Day schools in the capital Harare and the second largest city of Bulawayo
were overwhelmed with students as parents reacted to the steep rise in
boarding fees this year, in some cases topping 2000 percent.

Most township schools had enrolled more students than they used to do
previously, however they could not allow them to start lessons without
approval from the Ministry of Education and the delay has become a bitter
pill for most parents.

Weighed down by a failing economy, most parents said they could no longer
afford boarding fees and transferred their children to local schools which
are usually cheap.

At Ellis Robins High School in Harare, all students who enrolled late and
students with poor grade seven results could not be allowed to start lesson
with others.

"We reached at this unfortunate move because the Ministry has not yet
responded to our request to accommodate more students this year," a school
official told

Elsewhere at Kuwadzana High 1, a list of students was made and parents were
asked to check with the school authorities next week, with the hope that the
Ministry would have responded.

In Mufakose and Mbare there were places at number 3 and 4 High Schools and
at St Peters, Mbare High and George Stark as these are regarded as the worst
schools in schools in Harare.

According to statistics, the annual pass rate at these schools is not so
pleasing and parents are shunning these schools. In the same locations, at
Harare High and Mufakose Number One, school authorities indicated that they
had enrolled extra students this year because of the great demand for form
one places.

“We have about 70 students in each class this year which makes it a very
difficult task for the teachers. The form one stream has 10 classes and just
imagine how many teachers we will need for these students to create an
equilibrium. There is need for us to maintain the teacher morale at a high
level to avoid a fall in the results and job actions. We have written to the
ministry and we hope they are going to give us a good response”, an official
at Mufakose Secondary School said.

“The economic climate prevailing now has caused all these problems. Parents
who have traditionally been sending their students to boarding schools have
been caught flat-footed this year," said an official from Progressive
Teachers Association of Zimbabwe.

"Some parents quickly secured places at good schools in town because they
could afford that money at any given time. This has created problems for the
poor parents who had to look for school fees elsewhere, because by the time
they got the money places had been filled by the rich. We hope that the
education for all policy, is going to be applied forcing all schools to
enrol extra students for form one.”

Most parents we spoke to said the high rise of boarding fees has created a
wide gap between the rich and the poor, such that the rich are now dictating
the activities at schools where their children are attending.

At a private school in Norton it is alleged the board of trustees set down
and instructed the Principal of the school not to enrol more than 20
students per class. The school was forced to do so because parents felt that
there was need to maintain the high standards set for the school.

"Whilst this is important for a private school, the ministry should also
intervene to safe interests of other students who are finding themselves at
home at a time when education is considered the best human asset," said a

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The Star

      Jackboot on the other foot for crony of Mugabe's
      January 14, 2004

      By Basildon Peta

      President Robert Mugabe's henchmen are now getting a taste of their
own medicine. Mugabe's wealthy relative, Philip Chiyangwa, was set to spend
his fifth night in prison yesterday.

      Chiyangwa, Zanu-PF chairperson of Mashonaland West province, was
arrested over the weekend while Mugabe was out of the country - and police
have defied a High Court order that he be released.

      Chiyangwa was arrested on Saturday after being implicated in a
Z$61-billion (officially about R1-billion) fraud scandal. The flamboyant
Chiyangwa, a black empowerment crusader, has now gone back to court in a bid
to force the police to respect the High Court order.

      But magistrate Sukai Tongogara ordered that he be remanded in custody
until today while she considers the application. Previously, the police have
defied court orders only in favour of Mugabe's enemies.

      Chiyangwa had initially been summoned to court - without being
arrested - to answer questions that he tried to obstruct police
investigations over the biggest fraud case ever in Zimbabwe.

      But in the typical style of Mugabe's henchmen, he reduced the court to
a circus and threatened the policeman who had raised the allegations. He
openly boasted that his party was running the country and that as one of its
top officials, he could do what he wanted. He refused to withdraw the
remarks after being ordered by the magistrate. This embarrassed Acting
President Joseph Msika, who warned that he would not tolerate corrupt

      Chiyangwa was arrested, and his jail experience seems to have humbled
him. In court appearances he was a shadow of his former self, and faces a
plethora of charges ranging from contempt of court to his involvement in the
scandal, which has led to the closure of two financial institutions in

      nA day after a Zimbabwean editor and two reporters were released from
jail, they were threatened by the government again - for alleged racism.

      A letter from Tafataona Mahoso, the head of the Zimbabwe media
commission, accused the privately owned Zimbabwe Independent of racism after
the newspaper published a prior letter saying Zimbabweans were "as docile as
a herd of wild beasts".

      The letter, apparently signed by a black Zimbabwean, said Zimbabweans
were "a stupid lot" and complained about the failure to stand up to
repression. Zimbabwe Independent editor Iden Wetherell said: "We do not
accept his view that writers are necessarily being racist when they say
Zimbabweans are docile in standing up to tyranny." - Independent Foreign

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New Zimbabwe

Mugabe ally charged with perjury, 18 cars recovered

By Staff Reporter
ZIMBABWE police investigating the country’s biggest financial scandal ever
have recovered a staggering 18 luxury cars from properties of businessman
and legislator Phillip Chiyangwa as it emerged that he was being charged
with perjury for lying in court.

The flamboyant MP and advocate for black empowerment was arrested last
Saturday and was still in police custody Wednesday morning after being
implicated in a fraud case involving the theft of US$66 million investor
funds from an asset management firm.

Before the court brought the latest charge of perjury, Chiyangwa was already
charged with threatening a police officer and attempting to pervert the
course of justice by hiding evidence. He was initially set to be released on
Sunday following a court order, but the police swiftly moved in and inserted
the latest charge.

Watched by his friends and fellow MP Saviour Kasukuwere in the public
gallery, a disfigured Chiyangwa, clad in prison garb was brought to court
Tuesday afternoon where his defence lawyers pleaded with a magistrate for
his release. But state prosecutors said they were strongly opposed to any
bail. A ruling was due to be made later on Wednesday.

Chiyangwa first made a theatrical court appearance on Wednesday last week
where he threatened to “deal” with an investigating officer, called the
prosecutor a “young man” and ordered him to “stop asking irrelevant
questions”. He further claimed to be able to pay back all the missing

He had been summoned to court to explain his dealings with the collapsed ENG
Capital Asset Management firm, whose two directors are accused of plundering
over US$66 of investor funds and diverting over 20 luxury cars to their own

A whistle blower who brought the scandal to light told the court that
Chiyangwa was a 40 percent shareholder in the firm. But he insisted that his
only interest in the matter was to help the ENG directors in his capacity as
a “black empowerment guru”. He further stated that he only had TWO cars from

It is now clear the court doesn’t believe Chiyangwa’s explanation which has
resulted in him being charged with perjury. Prosecutor Stephen Musona shot
down suggestions by defence lawyer, Advocate Happias Zhou that Chiyangwa was
being sacrificed by senior Zanu PF officials trying to sideline him in the
succession dogfight to replace President Mugabe.

”Mr Chiyangwa should have known that by lying to the court, he would be
arrested,” said Musona. “The State has reasonable conviction that if
released, the accused will interfere with police investigations. This has
been shown by continuing with this offence of defeating or obstructing the
course of justice.”

When the magistrate sought the opinion of the prosecutor on how long he
thought Chiyangwa should be held, Musona said: “Until the police have
finished their investigations, and that would take up to a month.”

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The Herald

Warrant of arrest issued against Sikhala

Herald Reporter
A warrant of arrest has been issued against MDC Member of Parliament for St
Mary’s Mr Job Sikhala, who was fined $25 000 for assaulting a policeman but
sneaked out of court without paying the fine.

Magistrate Ms Chipo Chikowore last week fined Sikhala $25 000 or
alternatively 15 days in prison for assaulting the policeman who was inside
his work station.

A court official yesterday said they were left with no option but to issue a
warrant of arrest after discovering the legislator had gone without paying
the fine or serving the alternative sentence.

"Every person convicted and sentenced can only be freed after successfully
applying for bail pending appeal.

"What Sikhala did was not procedural and we, therefore, issued a warrant of
arrest," said the court official.

Sikhala’s court record reflects that he was not given time to pay and he
was, therefore, supposed to pay the fine soon after the magistrate passed
sentence or start serving the jail term.

"We issued the warrant of arrest after noting that Sikhala had not paid the
fine but he went home," the official said.

Sikhala assaulted Constable Munyaradzi Matiza in a bid to force him release
his younger brother Harry who had been arrested for assaulting a motorist
and causing extensive damage to his vehicle.

Ms Chikowore reminded him that it is important for him in his capacity as a
legislator to display exemplary behaviour to earn respect from society.

She said: "The court reminds you that you need not be feared but respected.
Gudo guru peta muswe kuti vadiki vakutye (A person of your stature should
behave in an exemplary manner to gain respect).

His departure without paying a fine also reflected badly on the Zimbabwe
Prison Service who were expected to detain him until the fine was paid and
order of liberty produced.
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Seeking rapprochement

      "It is shocking that any right-thinking citizen can have the nerve to
destroy the currency"


      By Michael Hartnack

      Even rudimentary societies had some form of agreed currency, but in
Zimbabwe the anarchic regime of Robert Mugabe has succeeded in destroying
even that. The value of the currency has crashed by 100,000 percent since
independence in 1980 and now, following the collapse of commercial
agriculture, a clutch of banks are in crisis. Mugabe and the new Reserve
Bank governor, Gideon Gono, appears to have chosen this moment to try to
pave the way for new negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and
the World Bank. Their chances appear non-existent without a return to the
rule of law and other drastic reforms.

      A small find last week by police in Bulawayo reflected the country’s
entire economic crisis: several thousand 500 dollar notes lying shredded on
a rubbish tip. Until recently Z$500 was the largest denomination. Now you
need two to buy the cheapest roll of sweets. A police spokesman described
the note shredding as "economic sabotage", and added with unconscious
humour: "It is shocking that any right-thinking citizen can have the nerve
to destroy the currency." Similarly, information minister Jonathan Moyo was
furious about the banking crisis: his anger was not directed at the banks,
however, but at the correspondents who reported the established facts to
British and South African newspapers. "These are the hallucinations of a
wishful thinker who has gone crazy," declared Moyo. For more than 11 days
the six banks were excluded from the daily inter-bank clearance of cheques.
Lack of liquid cash left them unable to pay the difference between cheques
in favour of their customers coming from other banks, and cheques passed by
their customers to remit money into accounts with other banks.

      Professor Tony Hawkins, a leading consultant, said this crisis
threatened to create a gridlock of frozen funds and unpaid inter-bank debts,
which could obstruct circulation of money within the already troubled
domestic economy. Stores gave cashiers black lists of banks whose cheques
were not acceptable. Economist John Robertson said it was a crisis that had
long been brewing as inflation soared beyond 600 percent (on conservative
official figures) while the regime kept interest rates down to a fifth of
that, to help it pay off local debt of Z$600 billion. Mugabe has defaulted
on external debts of US$3,5 billion, saying, "The IMF can go to hell." But
sources in Harare believe Governor Gono, until recently himself a prominent
banker, has Mugabe's support in policies aimed at finding a rapprochement
with these bodies Mugabe so recently dismissed.

      A sudden blitz on cross border traders, who come to Zimbabwe to buy
relatively cheap goods, and on black market foreign currency dealers, led to
a temporary fall in the parallel rate to Z$4500 for US$1. Police began
stopping travellers and seizing their foreign currency, quite illegally.
Private sector interest rates were temporarily allowed to shoot up.
Investment houses that had used borrowed money to buy property, consumer
goods, cars, and foreign currency suddenly found themselves unable to
service their debts or market these "hedge" assets. There was, as Hawkins
put it, a "flight to quality". Overnight, one recently launched bank lost 30
percent of its deposits. Standard Bank, not one of the banks with liquidity
problems, reported a 70 percent increase in balances as nervous depositors
rushed to its doors.

      The IMF last year instituted moves for Zimbabwe's formal expulsion in
view of the duration and magnitude of its default on debt servicing.
International donors withdrew budget support in 1999 when they discovered
Mugabe was secretly spending as-yet untold billions on a military adventure
in the Congo. Now Mugabe’s plan - supported by South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki -
is to get debt restructuring in place, as if the four-year nightmare of farm
seizures, the invasion of urban businesses, the collapse of commercial
agriculture, of tourism, mining and manufacturing were all a bad dream.
Robertson said the first thing the IMF would want was restoration of the
rule of law, property rights, a judiciary free of political interference by
the ruling party, an end to terror by state-funded youth militia.

      In other words, an end to anarchy. Last week a mob of 40 militia led
by a woman, who said they were acting on the orders of security police
moguls, attacked the homes of suspected opposition supporters in the Shamva
area, 70 km north east of Harare. Alexander Chizeda, 49, was beaten to death
with iron bars and his wife critically injured. Police told the family to
bury the body as no autopsy would be held, said Henry Chimbiri, spokesman
for the MDC. In other words, it will be impossible to press charges of

      Meanwhile the regime issued a furious denial that agriculture minister
Joseph Made had been embroiled in attempts to seize once more a confiscated
commercial farm at Odzi, near Mutare, whose new black owner Made said was in
partnership with the white former owner, producing export crops. "The
government will not be duped by Uncle Toms that make themselves willing
tools of former Rhodies who are hopelessly trying to hold on to the land."
Made’s office said in a statement. The farm is owned by a company, and Made
is trying to repossess it via the parastatal Agricultural and Rural
Development Authority. The black employees on the farm, fearful for their
well-paid jobs, are violently resisting the ARDA newcomers.

      Police on Friday spurned the fourth consecutive court order to stop
obstructing the publication of Zimbabwe’s only independent daily newspaper,
The Daily News, illegally kept off the streets since September 12. The
following day police detained Iden Wetherell, editor of the weekly
Independent, and two of his staff, for reporting that Mugabe had
commandeered an Air Zimbabwe wide-bodied jet to go on holiday to South East
Asia. In this and much else, such apparatus of the state as survives is
being used by Mugabe and his ruling elite simply as an instrument for
suppressing any challenge.

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Two more arrested over Mugabe 'plane grab' report
January 14, 2004, 04:38 PM

The publisher and a reporter of the Zimbabwe Independent were arrested today
following the newspaper's report last week, that President Robert Mugabe had
"commandeered" an aircraft of the national airline to take him on holiday.

Iden Wetherell, the newspaper's editor, said police arrested Raphael
Khumalo, the publisher, and reporter Itai Dzamera.

Wetherell and two reporters were released yesterday on bail of $Zim20 000
after spending the weekend in police cells on allegations that they had
"criminally defamed" Mugabe in the story.
Wetherell said the two were asked by the police yesterday to come for
questioning at Harare central police station about the report. "They went
down to central police station at about 10 am. They knew what they were in
for. I think it's a case of police tidying up the case (following his

Dzamera was one of the two authors of the report. Dumisani Muleya, the
other, was arrested with Wetherell and released also yesterday. - Sapa
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Mugabe vows tough response to corruption

      January 14 2004 at 12:27PM

      By Reuters

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has promised the government will
deal firmly with corrupt financial institutions involved in an upsurge of
fraud, the official Herald newspaper said on Wednesday.

"We will not allow lawbreakers and corrupt characters to get away with their
illegal activities. We will deal with them," the paper quoted Mugabe as
saying after donating computers to a school in the central town of Kadoma.

Zimbabwe is mired in an economic crisis widely blamed on mismanagement by
Mugabe's government. Analysts say he may crack down on corruption, within
his Zanu-PF party and elsewhere, to boost Zanu-PF's chances in a
parliamentary election next year.

A Harare magistrate was due to rule on Wednesday on a bail application by a
businessman and senior Zanu-PF member arrested on Saturday on charges of
interfering with a major fraud probe. Laywers for Philip Chiyangwa, a
Zanu-PF legislator and provincial chairperson, said his arrest had been
engineered by political opponents amid feuding over who should succeed
Mugabe if he stands down as party leader.

Local media have over the past year reported splits within Zanu-PF as debate
intensifies over a successor for Mugabe, who turns 80 in February and has
hinted he could be ready to retire.

Police suspect Chiyangwa of withholding vehicles key to investigations into
allegations that two directors of the asset management firm ENG Capital
cheated investors of billions of dollars.

State prosecutors say the directors used the money to source foreign
currency from the black market to import personal vehicles. Chiyangwa has
denied any wrongdoing.

Authorities have accused financial institutions of driving a black market
where American dollars fetch up to five times the official rate against the
local dollar. The central bank has warned of a crackdown on speculative
trade in the sector.

"Right now there are companies which handle people's money, but they sell
the people's money to buy US dollars, pounds and rands which they sell at
high prices. This is what caused the shortage of money and prices to go up.
It was the work of thieves," the Herald quoted Mugabe as saying.

Chiyangwa, a champion of the government's black economic empowerment drive,
says he intervened in the ENG matter merely to ensure a political and legal
settlement that did not harm the programme.

Mugabe denies his government has brought a thriving economy to its knees,
arguing it has been sabotaged by local and Western opponents of his seizure
of white-owned farms for redistribution among landless blacks.

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Zimbabwe: Protecting Aid From Politics

UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

January 14, 2004
Posted to the web January 14, 2004


Protecting the neutrality of aid deliveries in Zimbabwe depends on fostering
better communication and working relationships between NGOs, government and
beneficiaries, says a new report.

The report, "Neutrality in Humanitarian Assistance: A Case Study from
Zimbabwe", released by the Overseas Development Institute, argues that "more
needs to be done to publicly disseminate the principles that inform
emergency programmes".

This would avoid the kind of conflict around aid programmes that has been
witnessed in Zimbabwe.

When drought hit Zimbabwe in 1992-93, "appeals for international assistance
raised generous amounts of support. At the same time, the positive relations
that the government enjoyed with the international community meant that much
of the aid was channelled directly through line ministries such as health,
social welfare and agriculture", the report found.

However, a decade later the appeals for assistance for the current
humanitarian crisis are largely underfunded, and relations between
government and the international community are strained.

This has had a negative impact on the international agencies and NGOs
attempting to provide relief aid in the country.

In September 2002 the government temporarily suspended Save the Children-UK
(SC-UK) operations in Zimbabwe, including a food aid intervention that
benefited 125,000 people. This was at the height of the food crisis, and
"the process of registering internationally respected humanitarian agencies
was beset with difficulties and delays, for reasons which were often
unclear", the report observed.

While SC-UK has since resumed operations, and a number of agencies have
subsequently been registered with the government, the experience raised
various issues around the neutrality of aid.

"Agencies' protestations of neutrality, specifically that aid will not be
used to further a particular political or religious standpoint, have at
times been met with considerable suspicion. The authorities have expressed
concern that, for some agencies, the primary motive for assisting people in
Zimbabwe has less to do with humanitarianism, and more to do with the
foreign policy objectives of the governments with whom Zimbabwe has
conducted a war of words over several years," the report commented.

"One of the reasons for this is the fact that the aid effort in the current
emergency is much more evidently an 'external' intervention ... [as] much of
the aid has been donated by those same countries that have been most
vociferous in criticising Zimbabwe's political situation," the report added.

Another problem has been that much of the aid is distributed by agency
personnel who were previously involved in development activities at the same

"These individuals, and their politics, are well-known within communities.
Agencies, including Save the Children (UK), have stipulated in contracts
with national staff that political views should never be expressed at
emergency food distributions. Nevertheless, the very presence of such
personnel has, in the eyes of some, undermined the claims to neutrality made
by the organisations that employ them," the report noted.


SC-UK Zimbabwe programme director Chris McIvor told IRIN that "we enjoy a
much more positive working relationship with government now [than in 2002]".

The NGO has prioritised information sharing and transparency regarding its
operations in Zimbabwe to foster this relationship.

"We have made very strong attempts to keep them [the government] informed
about what we do, and our principles. We have given a standing invitation to
authorities to come and inspect and verify what we are doing," McIvor

He added that "transparency and information sharing is extremely important
to minimise any suspicions that might arise and ... we have tried, to the
best of all of our collective abilities, to ensure the working relationship
remains good between NGOs and government".

"At the end of the day, it's the beneficiaries who are the first to suffer
if that relationship breaks down," said McIvor.

More also needed to be done about informing beneficiary communities of the
standards and principles that guide decisions about who qualifies for food
aid and who does not.

"Organisations generally see accountability in terms of accountability to
donors, government or head offices. We're much less strong on the issue of
accountability to the people we are supposed to be helping. In emergencies
the pressure to deliver aid is such that informing communities often gets
sidelined, partly because there's a rush to get aid in," McIvor said.

While communities may be informed about ration rates and the place, time and
frequency of distributions, the principles and "standards that agencies
should uphold in their operations are rarely discussed".

"Unless communities themselves begin to press for these standards to be
realised, including the prohibition on furthering a political or religious
position through aid deliveries, too much depends on the goodwill of
implementing agencies to enforce them. Feedback structures at local level
are needed, so that people who believe that a standard has been infringed
have a clear, transparent and independent mechanism of registering their
complaints," the report recommended.

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Unlawful suppression of independent media

Amnesty International

January 13, 2004
Posted to the web January 14, 2004

Amnesty International is calling on the Zimbabwean authorities to uphold the
rule of law and restore the fundamental right of Zimbabweans to freely
express themselves. The call comes as the Zimbabwe police continue to ignore
a High Court order directing them to vacate the premises of independent
newspaper, the Daily News.

"The failure of the police to uphold court orders undermines the legitimacy
and authority of the courts and the rule of law in Zimbabwe", Amnesty
International said.

The Daily News has been closed since September 2003 when the Supreme Court
ruled that the newspaper was publishing illegally because it had not
registered with the state-controlled Media Information Commission (MIC), a
requirement of the 2002 Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act
(AIPPA). The police took up occupation of the Daily News offices on 19
December 2003, just hours after an Administrative Court ruled that the
newspaper should be allowed to resume publication. On Friday 9 January 2004
the High Court ordered the police to vacate the premises.

Amnesty International has repeatedly expressed serious concern about the use
of national legislation to suppress freedom of expression and silence
dissent in Zimbabwe. Many of the provisions of newly enacted legislation
such as the AIPPA directly contravene Zimbabwe's national Constitution and
international human rights standards. In recent months the Zimbabwe
authorities have stepped up attacks against independent media outlets and

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Police Defy Order to Vacate Banned Newspapers Premises

Media Institute of Southern Africa (Windhoek)

January 14, 2004
Posted to the web January 14, 2004

The police have defied a High Court order, passed on January 9 2004,
ordering them to vacate premises of the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe
(ANZ), publishers of the banned The Daily News and The Daily News on Sunday.

Despite being served with the order, police ignored it and stayed put at the
premises, preventing journalists from accessing the newsroom. Samuel Sipepa
Nkomo the ANZ chief executive officer said that the police did not comply
with the order.

"We had a lengthy meeting with them and served them with the order but they
said they had not received instructions from their superiors," said Nkomo.

The government argues that there is nothing in the order granting the ANZ
the right to resume publishing. The government has appealed to the Supreme
Court to have the paper remain closed. Gugulethu Moyo, the legal adviser for
ANZ said they would oppose the latest appeal by government. She told
MISA-Zimbabwe that they would sue the police for contempt of court for
refusing to leave their premises.


On January 9 2004, High Court Judge Tendai Uchena made a ruling that that
the police vacate the premises of the ANZ. The order further states that
police refrain from interfering with the normal business activities of the
applicant and its employees. The ANZ had applied for an order to be allowed
access to its offices and printing press following the illegal closure of
the ANZ premises.

The police however remained at the ANZ premises even after the judgement on
January 9. The latest judgement follows another one delivered on December
19, 2003, by Judge Selo Nare of the Administrative Court granting that the
ANZ resume publishing. The police ignored this as well.

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Schools Probed Over Increases of Fees

The Herald (Harare)

January 14, 2004
Posted to the web January 14, 2004


GOVERNMENT yesterday deployed education officers to schools throughout the
country to investigate the unauthorised increases of school fees amid
reports that some parents were withdrawing their children from elite schools
because of the exorbitant fees.

In an interview, the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Cde Aeneas
Chigwedere said the officers were deployed throughout the country to monitor
schools that are forcing parents to pay the exorbitant school fees without
Government approval.

Schools opened for the first term yesterday.

"As I speak now, officers from my ministry are already in the field and
monitoring the situation. If we prove that there are schools, which have
raised the fees without our approval, they are going to be prosecuted," he

Already, some schools have sent invoices of the new school fees structures
to parents without Government approval.

"The elite schools, which are the former group A schools are giving us a
problem. We have already turned down proposals from a number of them but we
hear that some of them have defied our order.

"We are investigating such schools and if they have a case to answer the law
will take its course. We are going to take them to the courts," he said.

Cde Chigwedere said they had advised schools who were still waiting for a
decision on their proposals to charge last term's fees.

"We have notified those schools where a decision has not yet been reached on
their proposals to use last term's fee structure. What it means is that when
their proposals are approved, they would then debit the balance to the
parents," he said.

Irate parents yesterday complained that their children had been dismissed
from school for not paying the new fees, which they suspected, were not
approved by Government.

Some parents of children attending an elite school in Bulawayo said they had
been sent invoices of about $3 million to pay as fees.

"They turned my child away even after I pleaded with the school authorities
that I had $1 million with me and I needed time to raise the difference.
They demanded that I pay them all the money due to them for my child to
attend class," said one of the parents.

Officials at the school refused to comment on the matter referring all
questions to the ministry.

It could not be established by yesterday whether the schools, which include
the elite and Government run schools had their proposals approved.

Cde Chigwedere said it was too early for them to have information on the
particular schools, which had defied the Government decision.

"If you give us time, we will be able to give you all the information you
are seeking. As it is, information is being collected throughout the country
at district level on the errant schools," he said.

In the wake of the unauthorised school fee increases, some parents yesterday
said they had already withdrawn their children from the expensive schools
citing inability to manage the payment of the new fees demanded.

"I have since transferred my child to a boarding school where I think I can
manage to pay the fees. They were now demanding that I pay about $2 million,
while at this other boarding school I am required to pay only about $600
000," said another parent in the city.

Some parents have also withdrawn their children from boarding schools and
placed them at day schools. Government day schools have increased their fees
to around $50 000 a term.

Late last year, some schools announced shocking fees of up to $4 million for
this year. Before a school increases fees, it has to draft a budget proposal
that has to be presented to parents for approval at a general meeting.

After being endorsed by parents, it would then be forwarded to the
provincial education office and the Secretary Education for approval.

In the past, the ministry has alleged that some schools cheated parents to
blindly agree to the proposals.

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ZIMBABWE: Cholera crisis not yet over
JOHANNESBURG, 14 Jan 2004 (IRIN) - Save the Children-UK (SC-UK) has warned
that although a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe's Zambezi Valley appears to
have abated, the rainy season could lead to a resurgence of the disease

"One of the main lessons that we learnt from the cholera outbreak in
November and December, that affected about 900 people and left nearly 40
dead, was that we were all unprepared. If cholera was to appear in another
part of the country tomorrow, I am not sure that collectively we would be
able to respond as effectively and promptly as we should," SC-UK country
programme director, Chris McIvor, said in a statement.

SC-UK, which runs humanitarian programmes in the Zambezi Valley, said
assessments carried out in the area indicated that poverty and very low
water and sanitation coverage were major contributing factors, especially in
the worst-affected wards of Mola and Marembera.

Research suggests there are only 11 latrines for a population of 10,000
people, which translates roughly into 1,000 people per toilet. In both wards
the availability of clean water and access to it was also critical, with
many wells having collapsed years ago and the only two boreholes providing
water unable to meet the needs of the communities.

"We have had diarrhoea and dysentery before, but not cholera. We knew it
could happen because there are no toilets here – people use the bush as a
toilet," the SC-UK statement quoted Misheck Madoro of Marembera village in
Nyaminyami as saying. "We have a serious water problem. People get their
water from springs, hand-dug wells or rivers – there are very few

As a result of the rainy season, the concern is that more cholera cases will

"It is clear that the overall downward trend in delivery of public health
services, coupled with a lack of sanitation and poor coverage of safe
potable water in some rural areas, contributes to a risk that cholera will
occur again," said McIvor. "We are also worried that people in these
communities are very mobile, and there is a high risk that cholera can
spread from one ward to another."

The UK's Department for International Development has provided SC-UK with
extra funding for its programme supporting cholera-affected people and local
health structures. It will enable SC-UK to maintain a stock of emergency
cholera supplies to help deal with further cholera outbreaks, as well as
provide training and support to local NGOs and government departments in
cholera prevention and control.
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ZSE Suspends Trust, FML And Century

The Herald (Harare)

January 14, 2004
Posted to the web January 14, 2004


LIQUIDITY-stricken companies First Mutual Limited, Trust Holdings Limited
and Century Holdings Limited were yesterday suspended from the Zimbabwe
Stock Exchange.

The three companies will only resume operations once they have issued
cautionary statements to their investors regarding their involvement in the
ENG Capital saga that has rocked the financial sector in recent weeks.

The companies were exposed to the collapsed ENG which has led to the arrest
of ENG Capital directors Nyasha Watyoka and Gilbert Muponda, who are alleged
to have embezzled over $61 billion of investors' funds.

Although the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange chief executive Mr Emmanuel Munyukwi
could not be reached for comment yesterday, officials confirmed the

"The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange suspended trading of shares from the three
companies in a bid to protect shareholders interests," said an official.

Trust Holdings Limited confirmed that they had been suspended from trading
on the local bourse pending the issuance by the group of a cautionary
statement clarifying recent media reports as well as developments regarding
the liquidity situation and its impact on the overall performance of the

In a statement, Trust spokesman Mr Sure Chimbga said the ZSE had requested
Trust Bank to inform the public the effect on performance of the recent
liquidity crisis, high interest paid to depositors, the disposal of non-core
assets, and also to clarify recent changes to the management of the bank.

"The board will shortly be issuing the cautionary statement in compliance
with the ZSE request and is confident that the temporary suspension will be

"This suspension is in line with ZSE listing requirements, particularly
given the volatility of the market on the back of speculative behaviour on
the Trust counter," said Mr Chimbga.

FML spokesperson Ms Ruth Ncube said the company's suspension was meant to
"avoid distortion" in the trade of its shares.

"Trading in the FML shares has been suspended indefinitely. This was done so
as to avoid distortions in the pricing of the company's shares," Ms Ncube

The latest development came barely a few hours after three top FML company
executives were picked up by police for questioning in connection with the
$5 billion they received as soft loan after FML had invested in ENG.

Both Century Holdings chief executive Mr Gary Shoko and public relations
manager Miss Farayi Mangwende could not be reached for comment at the time
of going to press last night.

However, Century Holdings has also been battling to clear its name following
the cancellation of Century Discount House's operating licence.

The discount house had ceased to be under the group after it had been
acquired by ENG but had continued to operate under the name and premises of
Century so as to retain traditional clients.

The development is historic in the sense that it is one of the rare
occasions when three companies have been suspended from trading on the local
bourse on a single day.

Analysts said more suspensions were likely to follow in view of the fact
that several other companies were also exposed to ENG.

"It is only a matter of time before other companies are caught up in the
liquidity crisis in view of their exposure to ENG Capital," said an analyst

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Title: "Good and Bad in a Dark Place"
Size: 18 x 24 inches
Medium: Oils on Canvas - Unframed
Painted by: Larry Norton
Date: 2003
See attached image "Good and Bad in a Dark Place.jpg"
(For larger version of image plus Biography.doc, please write to or - message size is 450

The title of this painting and the image relate to the current situation in
Zimbabwe where men and woman fight an unequal battle against extraordinary

This painting is offered by an anonymous donor to raise much needed
operational funding for JAG (Justice for Agriculture). JAG's work on behalf
of farmers and farm workers has been incredible, it has been carried out
under extremely difficult circumstances and against all odds.

Silent Auction

The painting will be offered on silent auction up until the 31st of January
2004, bids may be registered with JAG's office ( or
(  The current highest bid will be on view
on the JAG email nightly.  The current highest bid is US$2,000.00 - two
thousand US dollars.

The painting can be delivered worldwide. It will be unframed.

Please could JAG membership recipients of JAG emails and all those
sympathetic to Zimbabwe's plight forward this mail worldwide via their
mailing lists; especially important to target collectors of African art.

About the Artist

Larry recently completed a highly successful one man exhibition in London
(Norton's African Safari). His painting "The Great Migration" was sold at
this exhibition for £25,000.00 (Twenty Five thousand pounds). It is hoped
that this silent auction will provide the purchaser with a unique
opportunity to obtain a valuable painting by a leading internationally
recognized artist, whilst at the same time assisting an organization
dedicated to Zimbabwe's future.

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LARRY NORTON - Biography

Born in Zimbabwe in 1963, Larry Norton grew up on a game farm in north-east
Zimbabwe. He started drawing as a boy and in 1988 began a professional
career. Since then he has exhibited around the world including several
successful exhibitions in New York and London.

Larry Norton works in oils, water colour, charcoal and pencil and
specializes in African subjects, including wildlife, landscape and people
of the continent.

1963 Born in Harare, Zimbabwe; 1983 - 1986 Bachelor of Applied Science
(Queensland, Australia); 1987 White water rafting guide, Zambezi River;
1988 - 1989 U.K. and U.S.A. art travels. Studied under renowned wildlife
artist Simon Combes for five months 1990; Built art studio - Dahwye Farm,
Mvurwi, Zimbabwe.

Until recently, Larry Norton worked from his home and studio built in the
Dahwye game park, in Zimbabwe. He is currently based in the Cape region of
South Africa. He travels extensively on field trips all over the world to
gather material for future paintings.


1988 Game Conservation International ( San Antonio, Texas)
1989 Society of Animal Artists - won the Society's highest award, the
Catasus medal (Boston Museum of Science, Massachusetts)
1990 One Man Show - King Gallery, New York
1990,1994,1997 Society of Animal Artists
1998 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum of Art (Society of Animal Artists)
Safari Club International - won SCI inaugural art show
1991 One Man Show - Richard Rennie Gallery, Harare
1992 Prestige Gallery, Canada
1993 One Man Show - John Boyne House, Harare
1994 "Spring Exhibition" Burlington Paintings, London
One Man Show - King Gallery, New York
1995 "Natural History Paintings and Sculptures" Everard Read Gallery
1996 Work selected for African Exhibition" Jackson Hole Museum of
Wildlife Art.
1998 One Man Show - Burlington Paintings, London - "African Epic"
1999 One Man Show - Burlington Paintings, London -"Cats of Africa & Asia"
2002 Friends of The Rainforest Exhibition - Air Gallery, London
2003 One Man Show - scheduled at Burlington Paintings London -
"Cape to (Oct) Cairo" - featuring paintings from across the continent.


1989 Catasus Medal - Society of Animal Artists
Art Activities Press Print Award - Society of Animal Artists


The artist has been featured in magazines such as Wildlife Art (U.S.A.)
       Getaway (South Africa)
       Sporting Classics (U.S.A)
       Horse and Hound (U.K.)


1991 "Zambezi - River of the Gods" by Jan & Fiona Teede, published by
Andre Deutsch, London
1992 "African Wildlife in Art - Master Painters of the Wilderness"
Ed. D. Tomlinson, published by Clive Holloway Books, London (one
1993 "Hunting in Zimbabwe" (Vol2) by T. Sanchez-Arino, published by
Safari Press, California.
1994 "Elephants" by Clive Spinage, published by T & A D Poyser Ltd, London.
1995 "African Thunder - The Victoria Falls" by Jan & Fiona Teede
published by Acorn Books, Johannesburg.
1996 "The Secret River" by Laurens van der Post published by
Barefoot Books, London
1997 "Months of the Sun" by Ian Nyschens, published by Safari Press,


The artist is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and has
undertaken a number of his own expeditions in pursuit of material for his

1989 Hwange Hike (crossing Hwange National Park, approx 200km)
1990 Sengwa/Chirisa/Chizarira Hike (approx 200km)
1991 Gona-Re-Zhou Hike (approx 180km)
1991,1992 Trans Africa Flight - Led by Tom Claytor in Cessna 180, together,
pilot and artist traversed 18 African countries over one year.
1995 Zambezi River Expedition 1 - Source to mouth.  During this 3 month
long expedition, the course of the river was followed from source to
mouth, on foot, by motorized inflatable, by kayak and canoe, speedboat and
1996 Zambezi River Expedition 11 - Following the Zambezi River through
Zimbabwe and Mozambique and on to the unique coastal island of
Bazaruto, the team explored this region with the use of a World War 11
Catalina Flying Boat and Russian M18 helicopter.
Rafting, canoeing, abseiling and scuba diving provided unique perspectives.
1997 Matusadona Hike (approx 200kms)
1998 Nepal Expedition - 2 weeks walking in Western Himalayas in search
of the Snow Leopard (Shey Phoksundo National Park)
2 weeks in Karnali National Park in search of Tiger
2000 Mara/Amboseli (Kenya) - field trip
2001 Egypt field trip.
2002 Mozambique field trip.
2003 Scheduled field trip to Tanzania (Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater)


1995 Zambezi River Journey" National Geographic Television
Explorers Journal (20 minutes)
1996 "Okavango Series" - French Television (Ushaia TFI).  The artist was
featured in a documentary on the Zambezi River and its course through
Zimbabwe and Mozambique (90 minutes)


Norton's work has appeared on both SKY TV and CNN

Conservation and Charity

Throughout his career, Larry Norton's paintings have raised large sums of
money for numerous conservation organizations and charities, including Tusk
Trust, WWF, SAVE Australia, Zambezi Society, Dept. of National Parks
(Zimbabwe), Wildlife Society (Zimbabwe), Zimbabwe Farm Widows Charity,
Painted Dog Research, Emerald Hill Children's Home and many others.

The artist and his wife, Sara, are currently embarked on a major
fund-raising drive for the Children's Cancer Unit, Red Cross Children's
Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Sara Norton ran the London Marathon in
April 2001 and managed to raise approximately £7,000. A portion of the
proceeds from the Cape to Cairo exhibition in 2003 will be directed to the
Children's Cancer Unit.

In November 2002, the sale of a painting raised approximately £ 9000 for
the Rainforest Foundation.


Larry Norton is represented by the following galleries:

Burlington Paintings
10-12 Burlington Gardens, Waterfront, London W1X 1LG, England
Tel: 00 44 2077 349984
Fax: 00 44 2074 943770

Everard Read Gallery - Cape Town
Portswood Road, Victoria and Alfred, Cape Town 8002, South Africa
Tel: (021) 418 4527
Fax: (021) 418 4524

Everard Read Gallery - Johannesburg
6 Jellicoe Avenue, Corner Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa
Private Bag 5, Parklands 2121, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: (011) 788 4805
Fax: (011) 788 5914


LARRY NORTON is currently working towards another major One Man Exhibition
with Burlington Paintings, in London, entitled "Cape to Cairo" featuring
paintings sourced from field work across the length and breadth of Africa.

The artist is also working on his own book.

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----- Original Message -----
Sent: 12 January 2004 14:42

Hi All

I was forwarded this e-mail. This is the horrifying ordeal that Dave & Lindsay Capsopoulos and their family had to go through last week.

On Tuesday night, I put Dan and Amy to bed, had a bath and jumped into bed. Dave stayed up watching TV. At around 9:30pm, he heard a noise in the kitchen and got up to investigate. He picked up a knife, put his head out of the window, and called for our guard only to be met by a gun being pointed at him and an order to put the knife down, which he did. The next minute 8 thugs, some armed, climbed through our kitchen window and tied Dave up. He asked them to leave his sleeping family and take what they wanted and do what they wanted to him.

I was asleep in bed when I felt hands touching me all over - I woke with such a fright and began screaming hysterically when I saw 3 males by my bed. One shouted at me to shut up and began to strangle me. I could not breathe for what seemed ages and so many thoughts flashed through my mind - I was about to die! I experienced the most terrifying feeling ever. He eventually let go and began slapping my face telling me not to scream or he'd kill me. I frantically looked around to see where Dave was but did not see him. This savage then asked me to take him to my cellphone and jewellery, which I did. At that stage I saw Dave lying on the kitchen floor. Little did, I know that they'd already given him a few blows to the back with a wooden baton. Dave shouted to me that he was alright. I was absolutely terrified - I can never explain the feeling to you. One then took his gun, and loaded a bullet into it, saying, "we are all born to live and then die". Dave and I thought they were going to shoot us. They then led us both into the Study and ordered us to lie on the floor. Dave kept winking at me and touching my leg as we lay on the floor not knowing what our fate was.

Then the beatings really started. One thug dressed in black kept asking Dave for "the money" each time taking a full swing with the baton onto Dave's back. They kicked him in the stomach and hit his knees with a long screwdriver. I had to watch in horror as my helpless, tied up husband was repeatedly beaten. I begged and begged them to stop. At some stage, Daniel awoke and came to find us in the study. I pulled him onto my lap and hugged him tight. He was also petrified. Danny and Amy's worst nightmare had come true. Tsotsi's (thieves) had come. Dave was then blindfolded and beaten again and again, this time in front of his son. Daniel screamed to them to please stop, as he loved his daddy so much.

Daniel pulled off the blindfold from his daddy and one of the thugs led terrified, crying Daniel away from us. Dave shouted to him to do what he was told to do and reassured him that everything would be alright. Amy was then woken up and our 2 precious children were told to go to sleep in our bedroom. They lay in our bed together holding hands, while 3 of these B*****ds questioned them about our business, and where they could find money. Dave and I had no idea what they were doing to our darling children. While all this was going on, our house was being looted - they went through every single cupboard in our house, helping themselves to what they wanted. We gave them the key to an empty safe, which seemed to infuriate them even more - they were after money and were not going to stop until they got what they wanted. We told them there was some money in the safe at our work, which they could have and that they could have absolutely anything else they wanted. They wanted to take me to work and leave Dave behind but he insisted we all go together. This didn't stop the beatings!

The creature in black then told Dave he had 5 lessons to learn and the beatings were Lesson Number Zero. Now was the time to rape his wife. With this we were led to the lounge and Dave was made to sit on one chair and I on the other. One thug came over to me and gave me a good hard slap on the face, while another tied my hands behind my back and took off my pants. He then proceeded to take of his jeans saying, "I want to F.... your wife". Two others tried to hold me down and open my legs. He also asked how old our daughter was and said that she would also like his penis insider her. I begged, begged and begged them not to rape me or touch Amy, while my darling husband could do nothing but watch in horror and beg in Shona for them to leave me alone. Dave then began to negotiate again in Shona about going to Kitchen Décor (our business) to get the money there. He was telling them, how he could phone the security company to switch off the alarm and kept trying to make a plan with them to go and get this money. At this stage they left me alone. One came over and covered me with a blanket and offered to put my pants back on - I cannot tell you how relieved I felt, until another came over and said, come we have to rape his wife. I pleaded again saying the others had agreed to leave me alone and go to Kitchen Décor for any thing they wanted. Then they stopped. A couple of the thugs were excited by the idea of going to Kitchen Décor, while the others thought it was not safe.

After 2 hours of terror, I think they finally realised there was no money in our house. They asked Dave which truck they could take and loaded our Mitsubishi Colt full of our things. They then said we must go into the toilet and we begged for them to give us our children which they finally agreed to do - they locked the 4 of us in, took the keys and spare keys and drove off, laughing - music blaring.

The 4 of us stood in the loo and hugged each other very tight, so relieved to all be together again - alive. Thank you God for answering Daniel's and my prayers and sparing our lives. Brave Daniel and Amy then climbed through the tiny toilet window and walked through the house to find any keys that had been left so they would be able to open the door. They were so incredibly brave for two little people who had just experienced a nightmare come true. We managed to unlock the door and were, all numb with shock.

Dave called for our guard who we thought may have been killed - he'd been handcuffed with his own handcuffs, severely beaten, tied to a tree and gagged. We drove to our neighbours and phoned my mum and dad to tell them we were on our way to them.

The next day, we packed up our beautiful home of five happy years and left with frightening memories.

This is Daniel's story:

I was sleeping when a thief came up to me and said, I am a killer. I ran to my mum, watching my dad getting beaten and I was frightened so I asked them to stop because I didn't like to see my dad getting beaten and I love my dad so much. Then they put a blindfold on my dad. I jumped up and took it off. They then told me to go and sleep in my mum and dads room with my sister. Me and Amy lay in bed and I was so scared the whole bed was shaking. They asked us some things and said if we tell lies they would kill us. At last they went and locked us in the bathroom. Amy and I went through the window and got the keys.

This is Amy's story:

I was sleeping and they pulled my mosquito net down and it fell onto me and I woke up. Then they pushed me to my mum and dads room and shouted at me to go to sleep. I said ok!!! I went to sleep then I woke up then the guy asked me where upstairs was and I said there was no upstairs I said it is just a place where the air comes in. They also shouted at me and Daniel. Then I heard my mummy call me to come and we got locked in the small toilet all together. We climbed out the window to get the keys and we heard a noise and got a fright so jumped back into the window. Then we climbed out again and found the spare keys and took them to my mum and dad and we found a key to unlock the door!!!!!

Please forward this onto all your friends.

Dave, Lindsay, Daniel and Amy - Harare, Zimbabwe

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14 January, 2004


MDC condemns police refusal to release Chiyangwa

following court order



The MDC, like all Zimbabweans, has been watching the Chiyangwa saga unfold with great curiosity.


While the MDC will be fully supportive of full

mobilisation of police against any and all lawbreakers, including the perpetrators of political violence, rape and murder and all forms of corruption, the MDC remains convinced that the continuing refusal of the Zanu PF regime to submit itself to the authority of the country’s courts by obeying all court orders is gravely undermining the very fabric of our society.


If the government of the day does not lead by example in obedience to court orders the public would be also be equally justified in holding the courts in contempt and refusing to submit to the law. Once that stage is reached Zimbabwe slides into anarchy characterised by law of the jungle and the survival of the fittest.


Whatever allegations Chiyangwa is facing, we believe that the police should comply with all court orders.

In this regard we condemn the failure to obey the High Court order for Chiyangwa’s release issued on Sunday, which has hitherto been ignored by the police. It is our firm belief that every citizen of this country must be treated fairly. The due process of the law must be followed to the letter.


Paul Themba Nyathi

MDC Secretary for Information and Publicity

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Mail and Guardian

Zim human anthrax cases double in a week

      Johannesburg, South Africa

      14 January 2004 13:38

The Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Welfare confirmed that the
number of people in Zimbabwe afflicted with anthrax has doubled from 50
nearly a week ago to 100, medical information service Medinfo reported on

Three people have already died from the disease.

Spokesperson Dr Andrew Jamieson said that a cumulative total of 191 cases of
human anthrax were reported in the Masvingo province since the outbreak of
the disease about a month ago, including the three deaths.

Jamieson said although no further deaths in humans have been attributed to
the disease, the number of cattle dying from anthrax continues to rise.

Masvingo province's Bikita district has been hardest hit, notably in the
areas of Ngorima, Chikuku and Devure.

More than 60 head of cattle had died by the end of December 2003, prompting
a mass vaccination exercise to contain the disease -- an initiative that may
not succeed due to reported shortages of anthrax vaccine as a result of
foreign currency shortages.

Health authorities have also intensified awareness campaigns regarding the
disease among the small-scale farming communities in the area. A general
appeal has been made to all villagers not to consume meat from cattle
suspected to have died of anthrax.

Jamieson said: "Anthrax is an acute infectious disease that typically
affects livestock but which may be transmitted to humans through exposure to
infected animals or tissue from infected animals.

"If left untreated, anthrax can be fatal in humans. It is therefore wiser to
avoid exposure rather than run the risk of infection and possible death from
the disease."

Travellers visiting affected areas should strenuously avoid contact with
livestock and eating locally slaughtered meat, he warned.

Jamieson said that the situation of food shortage in Zimbabwe has made the
consumption of meat from animals dying of anthrax by local inhabitants more

"Its much harder to educate people when they're starving." -- Sapa

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