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Ring Out, Wild Bells
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Ring out, wild
bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is
dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is
going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the
grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the
feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a
slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler
modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want,
the care the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out
my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false
pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the
love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old
shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the
thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the
valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the
darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
Zimbabwean activists to
spend New Year's in jail
Dec 31, 10:53 AM EST
By ANGUS SHAW
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- A
respected human rights campaigner and 31 other
activists in Zimbabwe will
remain in jail over New Year's after a High Court
judge postponed an
application for their release until Friday.
Zimbabwe Peace Project leader
Jestina Mukoko and the other detainees are
accused of plotting to overthrow
President Robert Mugabe, who has been in
power since 1980.
leaders say the detentions are part of Mugabe's clampdown on
activists and are further evidence of his determination to
keep control of
his stricken nation in defiance of a power-sharing
year ahead, 2009, looks grim," Grace Mutandwa, a Zimbabwean staff
the British Embassy in Harare, wrote in a blog. "Many in Zimbabwe
to forget 2008 but this is something we might not be able to do."
source of regional pride, Zimbabwe has been crippled by galloping
hyperinflation - one egg now costs 300 million Zimbabwe dollars. There is
mass unemployment and worsening malnutrition, and the country's education
and health systems are collapsing.
The southern African nation's
power, water and sewage treatment systems are
in total disrepair, and a
cholera epidemic has killed more than 1,600 people
international Red Cross said Wednesday it has deployed seven emergency
response units throughout Zimbabwe to combat the worsening cholera crisis.
The units - specialized teams that are fully self-sufficient for one month -
are usually only deployed in the most critical humanitarian situations, such
as the Indian Ocean tsunami and large earthquakes.
Tammam Aloudat, a
Red Cross emergency health officer, said the mobile units
would be able to
reach rural communities. Currently 43 percent of cholera
victims in Zimbabwe
are dying before they can reach a treatment center, even
though the disease
is easily treatable, he said.
Activists say the humanitarian crisis has
been accompanied by increasing
repression in recent weeks.
attorney Beatrice Mtetwa said state lawyers conceded Wednesday for
time that state security agents abducted Mukoko from her home in
December. For weeks police had denied they were holding the peace
High Court Judge Alphias Chitakunye on Wednesday postponed
application for the immediate release of Mukoko and the other
Mtetwa said police have defied at least two
court orders to free them and
ignored a magistrate's ruling that they be
allowed visits from private
doctors after they appeared in court Monday with
swollen and bloodied faces.
The defense team also demanded that the
police commissioner and attorney
general be summoned to the High Court for
contempt. A Dec. 24 ruling said
the activists should be transferred to a
hospital for investigation of
The High Court
applications came shortly after a magistrate ordered them to
stay in custody
Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe also ordered five officials
with the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change to remain in detention to
Jan. 5 on
allegations of involvement in two minor bombings at the main
station earlier this year and a small explosion at a bridge
They included a close adviser to opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai and his
party's head of security.
high court to rule Friday on Mukoko proceedings
Dec 31, 2008,
Harare - A Zimbabwean High Court judge is to rule
Friday on whether criminal
proceedings against human rights activist Jestina
Mukoko on charges of
plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe's government
should be halted
until circumstances surrounding her kidnapping and
subsequent arrest are
This follows an urgent application
filed Wednesday by Mukoko's lawyer,
Beatrice Mtetwa, seeking an order
compelling the police and the attorney
general to identify the people who
Mukoko was seized early on the morning of December 3 from
her home in
Norton, some 40 kilometres south-west of the capital Harare.
abduction she could not be accounted for three weeks.
police said they were treating the matter as a kidnapping. She only
in public at a court on December 24 to face charges of recruiting
Dydimus Mutasa, Zimbabwe's state security minister, said in an
filed to judge Alpheus Chitakunya that the people who kidnapped
not be identified, citing the 'sensitivity' of the
But Mtetwa told journalists outside the court that she was not
the minister's explanation.
'If anybody has committed an
offence the law is very clear - the
constitution must not be suspended
because there are state security issues.
'No law allows anybody to grab a
suspect in a their night clothes and take
them to an undisclosed location
and spend weeks without your family, lawyers
or courts knowing were you
are,' said Mtetwa.
Of the conditions of Mukoko and other opposition
activists who claim to have
been tortured during their detention Mtetwa said
medical doctors had
examined them and 'confirmed that they were indeed
tortured. So it is
crucial that they are taken to a clinic with proper
facilities as a matter
The activists are in police
custody after an appeal against a High Court
ruling last week that they
should be released to a private clinic.
In the wake of Mukoko's
abduction, opposition Movement for Democratic Change
Tsvangirai has threatened to pull out of the power-sharing
deal he signed
with Mugabe in September unless Mukoko and other detainees
were released by
The power-sharing deal which will keep Mugabe as the
Tsvangirai becomes prime minister follows a hotly-disputed
run-off in June which was marred by more than 200 deaths mainly
the opposition supporters.
Human Rights Lawyers Fight to Get Imprisoned Zimbabwean Activists
By Peta Thornycroft
Several court actions are in process in Harare to try and free
abducted activists still in prison, despite a High Court order
them. Human rights lawyers believe more activists, mostly from
for Democratic Change party, who have been missing for weeks
detained at unknown locations.
Zimbabwe's small community
of human rights lawyers are extremely busy
petitioning the High Court to
secure the release of their clients who were
abducted by state security
agents in the last few weeks.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights director
Irene Petras said Wednesday that
there are 17 activists who have been
charged by the police with a range of
allegations in connection with plots
to overthrow President Robert Mugabe.
None have yet been charged in a
court of law. On Christmas Eve, the Harare
High Court ordered that nine be
taken to hospital, and the other eight be
All 17, including
a two-year old child whose parents are among those in
detention, are being
held in Zimbabwe's maximum security prison, although
none have yet been
charged in court.
Petras said her organization has a list of a further 13
whom she said were reportedly abducted and are still
missing. Petras said
the lawyers' group believes they also are somewhere in
detention in Harare.
Lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa has filed an urgent
application with the Harare High
court to prevent terrorism charges
proceedings against human rights activist
application also asks the court to investigate and charge those who
kidnapped Mukoko from her home on December 3.
Human rights lawyers
are also filing with the High Court a charge of
contempt of court against
the police for defying a court order on Christmas
Eve for the release of the
17 being detained. In additions, another group of
lawyers have filed an
application for charges against the 17 to be dropped.
All 17 have told
their lawyers that they have been assaulted or mistreated
since they were
abducted by security agents since October.
Human Rights director Petras
said some of those in detention have been
allowed visits from family members
and some are receiving food sent to them.
Meanwhile, the situation in
Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate.
The Red Cross said Wednesday that it
has deployed seven emergency teams
normally reserved for major global
disasters to fight Zimbabwe's worsening
They aim to
help 1.5 million people in Zimbabwe, where more than 16-hundred
died of cholera since August and nearly 30,000 have been
infected, the Red
The World Health Organization says the cholera epidemic was
disintegrating water and sewage systems and poor sanitation in
centers. All ten Zimbabwe provinces now have cholera.
the epidemic, Zimbabweans are also struggling against
severe food shortages and chronic political instability.
torture of Jestina Mukoko
The incarcerated human rights defender tells of her
Jestina Mukoko, the head of the Zimbabwe Peace
Project, who was kidnapped
from her home last month, and was today still
held illegally by the police,
has described her treatment following her
abduction. It is a grim story of
deprivation, assault, and
Jestina, 54, has told the world what happened to her in papers
filed at the
Harare High Court, in which she demanded that the trumped-up
plotting to topple President Mugabe be dropped, and that she be
ordered by a High Court judge last week.
She said that
for 19 days, following the abduction, she had no idea where
she was being
held. On journeys she was always blindfolded, even when the
agents who first grabbed her handed her on to the police.
statement she says bluntly: "I was tortured. At first I was assaulted
soles of my feet with a hard rubber object, while I was sitting on
floor. Later I was told to raise my feet to a table, and then everyone
the room started assaulting me.
"They took a break for a while, then
started beating me again. And beatings
continued every few hours. The men
were always visibly drunk, many of them
with bottles of liquor in their
Her torturers constantly accused her of recruiting and training
banditry, and of working with the opposition Movement For
(MDC) in an alleged plot to topple Mugabe.
point, as she continued to deny the charges, one of her assailants
room, and returned shortly with a quantity of gravel, which he
spread on the
"He ordered me to pull up my clothes and kneel on the gravel. I
again while on the gravel."
Jestina suffers from severe
allergies and was denied medication for ten
days. Then she was seen by a
Doctor Chigumira, who was shocked by her
condition, and afterwards
medication was supplied.
At the time of writing High Court Judge Alpheus
Chitakunya is set to rule on
the legality of her detention, and her friends
and supporters hope she will
be set free today. There is also hope that the
31 other activists known to
have been kidnapped recently will also gain
Meanwhile, today is December 31. At this point I would
normally wish all who
visit this blog a happy new year. But to do so, to
those still surviving in
Zimbabwe, would be ironic in the extreme. Instead
may I humbly pray that
somehow we all get safely through 2009.
on Wednesday, 31 December 2008 at 15:5
Mutasa Wants Mukoko's Abductors Protected
HARARE, December 31 2008 - A
Zimbabwean judge will on Friday decide
whether the state should disclose
state security agents who abducted and
tortured human rights activist,
Jestina Mukoko while in custody.
High court judge
Alphius Chitakunye, heard submissions from the state
and Mukoko's lawyer
Beatrice Mtetwa, who urged the court to release her and
investigation into circumstances leading to her disappearance
Mukoko wants the court to compel the police to arrest
security agents who abducted her early this
She is compelling the court to force police to release
details of her
abductors and where she was being held over the last
"The judge has reserved his ruling to Friday 2 January
2009. The state
has stated that they cannot disclose who the abductors were
because they are
state security agents and that if they do so they
jeopardize state security.
So you have a government minister saying that in
fact it has certain
undisclosed facilities where they keep people who have
been abducted by
state security agents and that the court could not enquire
into those forced
disappearances," said Mtetwa."
no law in Zimbabwe that allows anybody to abduct people and
keep them in
undisclosed places for three weeks without family members
knowing where they
are, so we are not satisfied with the minister's claims,"
State security minister Didymus Mutasa however said
identities of the state agents who abducted Mukoko and the
involved in the matter could not be disclosed due to the
sensitivity of the
In an affidavit submitted to the
judge, Mutasa said: "In view of the
sensitivity of the case and the
necessarily clandestine modus operandi and
the nature of State Security
organs, it is imperative and prudent that the
identities of officers seized
with investigating matters of this nature and
any facilities involved be
kept a closely guarded secret. To do otherwise
would not be in the best
interest of national security," said Mutasa.
He urged the court
not to grant Mukoko's order for the disclosure of
"I have therefore personally duly considered
Order sought, particularly paragraphs 2-5 of the Draft
order and opine that
granting the order would be highly prejudicial to state
I pray that this Honourable Court decline from granting
the said order or
any order for that matter, which would have the effect of,
indirectly, of disclosing state security facilities and the
State Security agents," said Mutasa.
have confirmed that Mukoko was tortured while in police
"They were seen by private doctors on Tuesday who
have testified that
Jestina and others need to be immediately admitted at a
that has proper facilities to investigate the torture
claims because the
medical examinations have confirmed that they were indeed
"It is absolutely crucial that they be taken to those
institutions that have the proper equipment. We will get the
decision of the
judge on that," said Mtetwa.
magistrate remanded Mukoko and 29 Movement for Democratic
in custody to Monday 5 january 2009.
Reviews Cash Withdrawal Limits
HARARE, December 31 2008 - Reserve Bank
of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor,
Gideon Gono has further increased weekly cash
withdrawal limits for
individuals to Zd5 billion ($US1.25), up from $500
A single loaf of bread costs Zd4
Individuals will again be allowed to access a further
($US2.50) from their bank accounts before the end of one
The Zd10 billion cash limit is only accessible to
account holders upon
production of their December 2008 pay slips while
weekly cash withdrawal
limits for companies remain pegged at Zd15
The RBZ contends that Zimbabwean companies have little
use of solid
cash as they can still utilise electronic money transfer
facilities such as
the Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) and
The new cash measures take effect this Friday ahead of
change in cash withdrawal limits on the 12th of January 2009,
individuals will be allowed to withdraw all their money as long
as they are
able to produce December 2008 or previous pay
Gono has been criticized for putting a lid on bank
a myriad of other controversial
According to Gono, cash withdrawal limits are
intended to tame
spiraling inflation, currently pegged at over 231 million
highest in the world.
analysts estimate the figure to be more than 2
Repeated increases in cash withdrawal limits have been
met with high
price increases, as retailers try to contain the resultant
shoppers, desperate to use their cash before it is eroded by
Gono, desperate to restrain the world's most
volatile economy, early
this month unveiled Zd1 billion, Zd5 billion and
Zd10 billion notes in a bid
ease recurrent cash shortages in
A day before its introduction, Zd10 billion was equal
to ($US55) but
its worth plummeted to $US14 in just 24
Only last month, the maximum cash withdrawal limit
was pegged at Zd50
million for individuals before being raised to Zd500
million following the
introduction of the Zd100, Zd200 and Zd500 million
Parallel market rates are now the most realistic models
of pegging the
value of the US dollar in Zimbabwe.
President Robert Mugabe's government has been battling to raise
currency after the suspension of balance of payment support by the
International Monetary Fund, owing to failure by administration to respect
To finance its operations, government now
relies on sending teams to
the black market through the RBZ, to harvest
available foreign currency,
which would have been sent by Zimbabweans now
living in the Diaspora to
their hard-pressed relatives.
Government early this month came to terms with the effects of its
policies when hordes of uniformed soldiers went on the rampage,
shops in the city centre and beating up suspected foreign currency
Most urban centres are now teeming with youths,
some of school going
age, parading crisp wads of high denomination
Zimbabwean dollar notes,
seeking to exchange them for the widely sought
after hard currency.
attends to Zim
The Red Cross has deployed seven emergency
teams normally reserved for major
global disasters to fight Zimbabwe's
worsening cholera epidemic, it said in
a statement on
The emergency response units have been used in the past
earthquakes and the Indian Ocean tsunami, but over the last week
the teams have been sent by Red Cross societies from Britain,
and other countries, it said.
They aim to help 1.5
million people in Zimbabwe, where more than 1500 people
have died of cholera
since August and nearly 30 000 have been infected, the
"Cholera is a preventable and treatable disease: no one should die
said Tammam Aloudat, an emergency health senior officer with the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in
"Currently, the proportion of people who get cholera and die as a
higher than five percent. To say that cholera is under control,
should not exceed one percent," he said.
alarming is that 43 percent of people die before they are able to
treatment centre," Aloudat added.
Besides the epidemic, Zimbabweans are
also struggling against
hyper-inflation, severe food shortages and chronic
Drugs, Experts to Country
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
31 December 2008
Harare - LIBYA
yesterday joined other countries that have rendered support
to the ongoing
fight against cholera after it seconded nine medical experts
and donated a
planeload of drugs and water treatment chemicals.
The consignment was
received by the Minister of State for Policy
Implementation, Cde Webster
Shamu; Agricultural Engineering, Mechanisation
and Irrigation Development
Minister Dr Joseph Made; Libyan charge d'affaires
to Zimbabwe Mr Amara
Albatal, Civil Protection Unit director Mr Madzudzo
Pawadyira and senior
officials from the Ministry of Health and Child
officials could, however, not disclose the quantities or value of the
Speaking soon after the arrival of the drugs at
Manyame Airbase yesterday,
Libyan head of delegation Dr Fidan Hamza said the
team of three medical
doctors, three nurses, two engineers and support staff
would be in Zimbabwe
for a week and would extend their visit if the
situation required them to do
"We are in the country to help
Zimbabwe fight the cholera epidemic as part
of efforts to stop the spread of
"The team has brought with it a consignment of drugs among
body fluids and painkillers for use in the current efforts
to halt the
spread of the disease.
"This is on behalf of our leader
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the people of
Libya and in the spirit of the
African Union and solidarity," he said.
Dr Hamza said the gesture should
mark the beginning of an African effort to
stop the spread of diseases on
Receiving the drugs, Cde Shamu expressed the Government's
the support Zimbabwe is receiving not only from the African
across the globe.
"On behalf of the Government and
people of Zimbabwe, allow me to express my
utmost gratitude and appreciation
for this vital gesture of solid
humanitarian assistance from the government
and people of Libya.
"Zimbabwe continues to count on Libya's
consistent and unconditional
commitment to targeted socio-economic
interventions as well as political
support and solidarity in the wake of
phenomenal challenges such as the
current cholera epidemic," he
Cde Shamu said it was gratifying that the Libyan government had
and generously responded to the appeal by Sadc for urgent
Zimbabwe and, therefore, stands out, along with other African
Zimbabwe, he said, would always hold dear the support rendered
Zimbabwe’s tourism pipe dream
Apparently, the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism
president somehow expects tourism-generated-foreign currency earnings to surge
from US$50-million to $1-billion by 2010 — ie in the space of little over more
than a year. He also miraculously predicts a global downturn-defying tripling of
visitor arrivals from one million people to three million. He doesn’t explain
where the money — or the visitors — will be coming from or quite why they’ll be
swarming into the country in 2009 when they’ve been avoiding the place since the
land invasions began in 2000.
In true Zanu-PF mouthpiece style, The Herald blames
the tourism industry’s current woes on the West:
Since then , it has been negatively impacted on
by the harsh economic environment arising from warnings against travel to
Zimbabwe from traditional source markets, resulting in reduced arrivals, low
occupancies, job redundancies and business closures.
Sunny optimism won’t get Zimbabwe’s ruling cabal
anywhere. It might make for uplifting newspaper copy but it’s certainly not
going to save the nation. But then again, that’s the last thing the ruling
party’s thugs are concerned with.
Thanks to Mugabe and his cronies’ systematic
destruction of a once vibrant country and economy, the Zimbabwe tourism brand is
dead — and is set to remain so for quite a while. Even were democracy to be
restored and the Zanu-PF dictatorship removed within the next few months (which,
considering the current stalemate, is highly unlikely), there’s absolutely no
way that there would be the kind of tourism growth projected by the ZCT. With a
cholera epidemic, widespread starvation, chronic shortages, rolling power cuts,
civil unrest and hyper-inflation, there’s a lot that needs to be resolved before
most visitors even consider it a holiday destination option. Of course it
doesn’t help that Zimbabwe Tourism’s website isn’t functioning either — although
it’s hardly surprising and a rather more accurate reflection of the current
state of Zimbabwe’s tourism.
Tourism will one day return to Zimbabwe which is an
extraordinarily beautiful country with friendly, hospitable people. But,
whatever The Herald might say, the day that visitors return en masse is still
far, far away.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 at 10:36
we will not remove Mugabe, then we should shut up
Published Date: 31
By Bernard Ingham
LET me make a New Year confession. I
have never seen a Harold Pinter play. I
have never felt any inclination to
spend an evening wondering what on earth
he was on about. My pleasures are
altogether more simple.
I am thus in no position to praise or criticise him,
though, as always, I
suspect the Left's hero-worship is a bit
My reading of his obituaries, however, suggests that his stage
trade mark -
pregnant pauses - assumes a certain international significance
as the New
Year fast approaches. How pregnant is the interminable pause over
Will 2009 produce action to rid the world of that mad, racist
Don't hold your breath.
Margaret Thatcher, who was full of foreboding when Mugabe won power
could have foretold the sheer horror of his régime.
Over the past 29
years and, more spectacularly, since the turn of the
century, we have
learned increasingly of the full misery of living under his
And what does the world do? At best, it tut-tuts.
am the first to recognise that Mugabe may be mere par for the course
continent of Africa. From Somalia to the Congo, from Equatorial
Darfur, man's contempt for man, if he is of the wrong tribe or on
side, knows no bounds.
Life is cheap and death often a release from a
feudalism armed with
relatively modern weapons and all the inventive
tortures of the psychotic.
And yet, if you ignore the noble efforts of
aid agencies trying to alleviate
the worst excesses of Mugabe and others, we
do next to nothing.
I am also the first to acknowledge that, after Iraq
and Afghanistan, man's
appetite for trying to deal with the menace of cruel
dictators as well as
violent Islamic puritans, is strictly limited. Iraq has
not yet proved we
can export democracy in sustainable form.
case, we have discovered the limits of overwhelming military power
At the same time, our condemnation of racism
provides pathetic little
domestic stories for the press about this nominally
suppress-ing innocent traditions lest we upset those born
into a coloured
skin or a different faith. In our palsy, we are very good at
self-flagellation but useless when it comes to tackling real
life-threatening discrimination - as Africa daily testifies.
more, Mugabe and his ilk know it. That is why, in his foam-flecked
he confiscates white farmers' lands and starves his people,
greater prey to disease, while his propagandists divert
attention with tales
of British subversion. If only.
He can be pretty certain, even in
overriding an election and imprisoning his
opponents, that nobody will do
anything beyond Gordon Brown's saying "enough
is enough", or Archbishop
Desmond Tutu's condemning South Africa's loss of
moral authority for
blocking firmer UN action.
But then we have to ask ourselves what more is
the UN likely to do other
than posture. It is so riddled with political
self-interest and a West rendered indolent by fat living
inhibition, that it is a mere machine for the passing of
The EU is no better - indeed, perhaps even more resolute in
disinclination to act as a united front against any outrage.
at its mainly abject performance in Afghanistan from which springs at
some terrorist threats to European cities. As for the Commonwealth,
Africa - as Tutu implies - could have sorted out Mugabe years ago. But
won't because he is one of them, and so, ironically, the consequences of
their racism is visited on their poor black fellows in Zimbabwe, robbing
them of their reasonable prospect of a better life in a potentially rich
And, surrounded as he is by acquiescent black states, Mugabe
sufficiently sane to recognise that military options against him
strictly limited - if they exist at all.
I mention all this
because in this uniquely hypocritical season of New Year
resolutions, let us
not compound our insincerity by cosily calling for
action to end Mugabe's -
or any other African leader's - affront to our
The New Year will not end the world's great pregnant pause over
will just extend it, convince Mugabe of his impregnability this
side of his
descent into the hell he so richly deserves, and leave the
UN, Commonwealth and EU looking ever more
If we are not prepared to remove him, we should shut up.
prompt Mozambican authorities to issue red alert warning
31, 2008, 15:40 GMT
Maputo - Heavy rains have forced Mozambican
authorities to issue flood
warnings and urge people in flood-prone areas to
abandon their residences
The warning is aimed at
preventing a repeat of disastrous flooding last year
that forced more than
100,000 people to seek safety.
The country is facing its worst rainy
season in decades. Rains and flooding
have so far inflicted serious damage
on infrastructure, property and field
crops. Several villages have become
isolated from the rest of the and
authorities say there are no signs of rain
letting up in the near future.
On Wednesday, heavy rains continued to
fall into three major river basins,
the Zambezi, Pungue, and Buzi. The
central region, parts of southern
Mozambique and the tourist resort province
of Inhambane have also been hard
Hundreds of thousands of people
across the country are in danger of being
affected by the
Mozambican Meteorology Institutes Spokesperson, Mussa Musafa,
Wednesday that the rainy season has just began. Musafa added the
still to come, especially in the lower lands where most people
stay to care for their crops and cattle.
'We are predicting
rains over the normal levels. This will go on for a
longer period until
March, because we are still in the middle of the rainy
Rains have washed out a major highway between Morrombene and
thousands of motor vehicle en route either to Maputo or the
northern part of
the country stranded.
Some villages have been cut
off from the rest of the country. The situation
is especially dire in the
village of Mussurize, which has also been hit by a
Traveling to the village requires a journey through
Zimbabwe, which has been
hard hit by cholera.
The situation in the village has been described as
deteriorating. Reports say people lack food, medicine and
Further north, in the Zambezi basin, authorities are on alert as
Bassa dam continues discharging enormous amounts of water
following the rains in the region. The extra water could affect
Sergio Moiane, administrator of the Buzi
basin, said today on national
broadcaster Radio Mocambique that the river
banks have surpassed their
normal levels, with surrounding lands under three
to four metres of water.
'Today, the rain has reduced, but we continue to
warn people living near the
basins to be cautious in order to avoid
emergency, which would require
another effort to evacuate people, a problem
that should have been solved by
now, given the tremendous effort made
earlier this year,' he said.