January 28 2006 at 04:31PM
Harare - Zimbabwe's electricity supplier has been forced to make power
cuts in its two biggest cities due to a "power shortage", officials said
In the latest blow to consumers grappling with poor service, the
Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority plunged the capital Harare and the
second city of Bulawayo in darkness for about four hours Friday evening.
"We introduced load shedding in some parts of Harare and this also
affected other parts of Bulawayo suburbs," spokesperson Obert Nyatanga said.
"Eskom was experiencing problems with its own generators, so we ended
up having a shortfall of 400 MegaWatts which resulted in power shortages,"
he said, referring to neighbouring South Africa's electricity utility Eskom.
Zimbabweans have been reeling under power cuts and poor service but
Nyatanga said the problems will be solved by the end of next week.
"We have taken one of our generators... for repairs in preparation for
the winter peak electricity demands," Nyatanga said.
"But the situation was made worse because of problems at Eskom which
resulted in our imports being reduced by 80 percent," he said.
Zimbabwe's power requirements are currently met 60 percent through
internal generation and 40 percent through imports.
Imports are expected to stop in 2007 when exporting countries are seen
as likely to run out of surplus power due to increased demand.
Zimbabwe imports most of its power from South Africa, Democratic
Republic of Congo and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe's once-model economy has been in a downturn for the last five
years, characterised by runaway inflation and perennial shortages of foreign
currency and basic commodities. - Sapa-AFP
By Michael Wines The New York Times
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2006
JOHANNESBURG Zimbabwe's security minister was quoted in a
government-controlled newspaper Friday as saying that "the net will soon
close" on those remaining journalists whose criticism of the government
threatens the nation's security.
The warning, by National Security Minister Didymus Mutasa, followed
the arrest this month of employees and directors of Voice of the People, a
Harare news organization that had broadcast uncensored reports into Zimbabwe
via a shortwave transmitter in Madagascar operated by the Netherlands'
The police in Mutare, in eastern Zimbabwe, also seized a well-known
journalist on Jan. 18 and held him for three days on charges of violating
media laws. The journalist, Sidney Saize, was released last Saturday, but
prosecutors indicated that he would still face charges.
Mutasa indicated that more arrests were forthcoming, saying that some
Zimbabwean journalists had worked for foreign news organizations under
pseudonyms but that the government "had since identified them from their
The journalists were "driven by the love for the United States dollars
and British pounds, which they are paid by the foreign media houses to
peddle lies," he was quoted as saying in a report in the Manica Post, a
state-run newspaper in Mutare.
Independent journalists have been under assault in Zimbabwe since
2003, when the government closed down the nation's biggest newspaper, The
Daily News, which frequently criticized President Robert Mugabe's
Only two weekly newspapers of significance remain outside government
control, and all broadcast outlets are state-run.
Civil liberties advocates inside Zimbabwe nevertheless said in
interviews Friday that the latest comments might signal a renewed effort by
the government to close down remaining channels for disagreement with
Otto Saki, an attorney with the advocacy group Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights, said that the government appeared to be implementing proposals
made at a December conference of the ruling Zimbabwe African National
Union-Patriotic Front, or ZANU-PF, to suppress dissent.
That party conference singled out independent journalists, human
rights groups and civic organizations as "weapons of mass destruction" that
presented a threat to the state.
"This is the culmination of various efforts and statements by
government officials on their intentions to possibly rein in individual
organizations that are in the fore of critiquing human rights and general
governance," Saki said in a telephone interview from Harare, the capital.
"It's a well-calculated policy which is going to be orchestrated with the
help of various arms of the government."
African News Dimension
Saturday, 28 January 2006, 3 hours and 12 seconds ago.
By ANDnetwork Journalist
Zimbabwe is using 'stolen' money to repay its debts to the
International Monetary fund (IMF).This is according to Mutumwa Mawere whose
business empire was nationalised by President Robert Mugabe's government.
The IMF board this week sent a team to Harare to ascertain the source
of the US$155 million that government used to service its arrears last year
amid reports that President Mugabe's bankrupt administration raided private
accounts to raise the desperately needed foreign cash that averted Harare's
expulsion from the fund.
In an interview with A.N.D on Wednesday Mawere said, "..governments
operate with budgets, where is the money being used to pay IMF budgeted for
in terms of parliamentary acts. The government said SMM was a forex earner
which needed to be saved, so who is getting that foreign currency now?
Although closely associated to the Zanu-PF government in the past,
Mawere alleges that the government is on a crusade to illegally assimilate
private businesses and has used funds from such businesses to inter alia
settle its debt to the IMF.
Mawere, who is in the midst of a legal battle challenging the validity
of a Reconstruction Order, in terms of which the Zimbabwean government took
control of his multi-million dollar assets, has likened the State's action
to that of Uganda during Ida Amin's reign.
Zimbabwe government's desire to control nationalised business empire
has taken a new twist with the Attorney General's office admitting their
case lack merit before a competent court of law.
In a letter sent to the administrator appointed by the Zimbabwe
government the attorney general's office demands that they be furnished with
evidence of how SMM holdings became indebted to the state.
"..There is further need to clarify the issue of indebtedness in order
for us to be able to make meaningful submissions before the court in the
event that the hearing if this matter resumes," the letter sent to Afraz
Afraz Gwaradzimba was appointed the Administrator by the government
after the take over of SMM holdings.
President Mugabe's government, claims that Mawere's businesses were
indebted to the State due to insolvency and, because of the nature of the
businesses, it was of national interest to intervene in their
administration. In addition, the "private" nature of Mawere's business
interests has been questioned by the government. It is alleged that Mawere
acquired his assets through government funding - funding that Mawere has
failed to repay - and this, according to the government, further justifies
According to the relevant legislation, a court's basis for ordering
the reconstruction (in other words the forced administration, by the State,
of its affairs) of a private company is the company's indebtedness to the
State. The legislation also lays out the procedural steps to be followed in
ordering and confirming a reconstruction order.
Mawere, in his defence and in his contention that the reconstruction
of the companies was illegal and, as such, null and void, has put it to the
court that the companies in question were neither insolvent nor indebted to
the State itself. He also alleges that the procedural regulations were
African News Dimension
Saturday, 28 January 2006, 5 hours, 45 minutes and 34 seconds ago.
By James Mapapu
Central bank governor, Gideon Gono, has intensified efforts to have
President Robert Mugabe's government declare an amnesty on the six fugitive
bankers who fled the country at the height of the financial sector holocaust
that spanned from 2003 to 2004.
Gono used the presentation of his monetary policy framework last week
as a platform to urge the Mugabe administration to forgive the six, who
currently resident in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
The six are former Intermarket chief executive, Nicholas Vingirai;
Barbican boss, Mthuli Ncube, and four NMB Bank directors who are Julius
Makoni, Otto Chekeche, James Mushore and Francis Zimuto.
They stand accused of having illegally externalized foreign currency -
charges which they vehemently deny.
".We call upon Government to declare an amnesty to all those who may
have erred and strayed economically in the past, so that a new beginning can
be worked out.As a Central Bank, we will, beginning 1 February 2006 be more
focused on the present challenges and the future and apply the limited
resources we have accordingly. We recommend that Government does the same so
that we can all begin from the present tense into the future and apply the
resources we have accordingly," said Gono.
This is the second time in less than six months that Gono has urged
authorities to allow the six to come back.
Last July, Gono made the calls, only to have minister of Justice,
Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Patrick Chinamasa brush his calls aside.
While agreeing in principle that the six bankers, Chinamasa said
government would only entertain such calls if the bankers were to first
confess to wrongdoing.
However, the bankers have refused to make "confessions" and have all
along been arguing that they were victims of a government crackdown on
individuals perceived to be hostile to the Mugabe regime.
They refused to return to the country to work out a settlement with
government following the enactment of the Presidential Powers (Temporary
Measures) (Amendments of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act).
The law has a controversial provision allowing the state to detain
individuals deemed guilty of being illegally externalising foreign currency
for 21-days without charge.
Following this, the state can apply to the courts for an extension of
the detention period, while the police carry out investigations, and the
court is not permitted to deny such a request.
This is the same provision that saw embattled Zimbabwean business
tycoon, James Makamba spend close to six months in detention, while
ex-minister of Finance, Chris Kuruneri suffered even worse, spending over 14
months in jail.
The Zimbabwean government has since declared the bankers specified
individuals and seized their properties.
However, Gono has said that those with cases before the courts should
not benefit from such an amnesty, and this will affect Makamba and ENG
director, Gilbert Muponda.
Embattled magnate, Mutumwa Mawere will also not benefit from such.
Mawere has become an unofficial enemy of the state, and any return to
Zimbabwe will see him being incarcerated.
FUND RAISER COMMUNIQUE
For funds in aid of the Justice for Agriculture Trust.
The JAG Trust is relaunching the African Art fund raising project commencing in January 2006.
It is the Trust's intention to silent auction via the Internet and the Trust’s extensive e-mail network an anonymous donor commissioned painting in each month of 2006.
The much needed funds raised by this initiative will go towards the operational costs of the Justice for Agriculture Trust, which carries out community charitable support work and various action projects on behalf of farmers and farm workers under extremely difficult circumstances and against all odds.
About the artist:
IAN HAMILTON HENDERSON
Ian Henderson was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia in May of 1954. He schooled at Milton High where he did A-level Art. After a stint with the British South African Police he flew helicopters in the Air Force. This afforded him the opportunity to travel around the bush, culminating in the next period of his life as a licensed Professional Guide.
He started painting professionally in 1996 and enjoyed a first night sell out of his first exhibition in Harare. Since then he has had several solo exhibitions and partaken in group exhibitions in Zimbabwe, Dubai and the United Kingdom. In 2000 he had a solo exhibition in Abu Dhabi to raise money for challenged children. One of Sotheby’s Directors ensured the total success of this exhibition.
He still walks in the bush.
He still flies ……
he still paints……..
and, one day in the future it is his wish to farm the soils in Zimbabwe.
The painting will be offered on silent auction up until February 28 2006. Bids may be registered via email with JAG’s office: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is hoped that this and the other silent auctions will provide the purchaser with a unique opportunity to obtain a valuable painting by leading local and internationally recognised artists whilst at the same time assisting an organisation and community dedicated to Zimbabwe’s future.
The opening pre-auction bid on this, the first in the series of paintings, is US$4000.00 received from a UK prospective purchaser.
Please could JAG membership, recipients on the JAG email network and all those sympathetic to Zimbabwe’s plight, humanitarian or environmental, forward this email worldwide via their mailing lists; it is especially important to target collectors of African art.
About the painting:
TITLE: THE MEETING PLACE
SIZE: 1380mm x 950mm (54”x38”)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas – unframed
PAINTED BY: Ian Henderson
This painting is set on the floor of the Zambezi Valley in the hot season when the leaf is no longer on the tree and the mopane stands stiff and tall like witches fingers.
The only respite from the sun is provided by the shade of the baobabs and the larger the trunk the more popular the meeting place. Closely spaced piles of dung foraged on by baboon and guinea fowl attest to the popularity of certain trees. Well-worn paths reflecting the striking rays of the sun crisscross the mopane and the jesse, using the baobabs as cardinal points of focus for their direction.
If you are lucky enough you will come across some old bulls and witness their greeting rituals as they pass through these places. Here, one such old man and his friends spend a few minutes together before returning to their ceaseless wanderings
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2006 2:15 AM
Subject: Zim Visit.
I flew to Zim for a week to see the folks, and would like to convey to you
some of my impressions of the country as it is now, compared to June 2004
when I was last there.
It is difficult to comprehend how people survive up there in the current
economic climate, you certainly need to be hardy and resilient. ( Something
that we learned how to do during the sanctions years. )
To give you some idea of spiralling prices, last year in June, chicken and
chips from Nando's cost Z$ 98,000.00, now that same meal costs you Z$
A Z$ 220,000.00 pension per month will see you right for a months supply of
bananas, yes, that's one per day.
The hardest hit of course are the elderly. Some of them are fortunate enough
to have kids who support them, others have UK pensions which make life a
little more bearable when converting 1 £, you get Z$175,000. 1 US Z$100,000.
Surprisingly, you can still go and enjoy a good cappuccino at Sopranos in
Avondale, sets you back a staggering Z$ 69,000 for the cuppa. A toasted
sandwhich sets you back Z$255,000. The zeroes have now been replaced by K's,
as this probably saves some ink during printing of the menu's prices which
are probably reviewed on a monthly / quarterly basis.
A decent slice of cake from the Italian bakery costs Z$100,000, some places
push Z$160,000 for the same thing.
Doon estate still serve a very good lunch, lovely home baked bread, and very
fresh. Paying for lunch is a bit of a joke, you have to count wads of notes
in Z$20,000 denominations, and having to cough up several millions for the 4
It is useful to put rubber bands around each wad of Z$1,000,000.00, and even
half millions, helps when paying bills.
Imagine Z$5,000,000.00 in Z$10,000 bills, it's like holding 2 bricks side by
side in your hand. = $50 US
Z$50,000 is on it's way, as is the proposed new currency. They will have to
drop the zeroes, just like the Angolans did with their Kwanzas.
On the way back from Doon estate I saw a Mazda 323 zig - zagging to miss the
potholes in the road. He fell into the last pothole just afore the traffic
light, and trashed his front-end, sorry sight that was.
The availability of petrol is an ongoing problem, even Wedzera garage, ( who
take fuel coupons that have been bought with US currency ) , have been out
of fuel for some 3 weeks now.
There are places other than garages ( private residences / business ) that
sell fuel for Z$ 100,000 per litre, when they have it.
A lot more robots are out of action, they have either been crashed into, or
the bulbs are dead, or stolen for use in disco's, etc
It costs a million to go and see a GP, pensioners can no longer afford the
luxury of a medical check up.
Those of pensionable age are now forced to work ( if they can find it ) to
make ends meet, they basically have to keep working till they drop dead. We
have all heard of children losing their childhood in sweatshops, the elderly
are now in the same boat. A comfortable retirement, or the golden years as
they say, has become a dream.
I heard that: The mount pleasant library was vandalized around Xmas, and
that derogatory comments against whites were found inside.
Bibles were stolen from a church. ( even criminals cram for finals )
Doctor's surgeries have been broken into, etc.
6,000 a week are dying of aids in Harare.
Power cuts and inadequate water distribution are commonplace, part of
As you all well know, Air Zim have been having fuel problems, ie aziko
aviation fuel, Jet A1
I was surprised to see that the A319 airbus that was leaving for Joburg, was
being topped up by a HAFS truck on the tarmac. I am not sure what HAFS
stands for, but in the present climate, perhaps a fitting acronym for
Have Aviation Fuel Sometimes.
Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe
The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2006-Jan-28
BLACK market fuel prices in Harare this week surged to $650 000 per five
litres from $500 000 in December with oil companies hiking petrol and diesel
prices from $100 000 to $110 000 a litre.
The $650 000 translates to a rise of $130 000 a litre.Analysts yesterday
said the fluctuation of prices was subdued by the increased fuel inflows
caused by the liberalisation of prices.
Commuter omnibus operators yesterday said black market prices sometimes
shoot up to $180 000 a litre depending on the availability of fuel on the
market. As a result of the price hike, some increased fares this week to $30
000 a trip arguing that with the current state of the transport industry,
their operations would be affected if no adjustments were effected.
"The viable price would be $80 000 a trip. We are incurring increased
operational costs and it is difficult to breakeven," on operator said.
Analysts noted that the black market would take long to stop if privileged
people continued to access fuel at subsidised prices and disposed it on the
parallel market for quick returns. In a survey yesterday, most service
stations in Harare were dry, but the few that were selling fuel were
charging between $110 000 and $120 000 a litre.On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank
of Zimbabwe (RBZ) said fuel problems were a result of poor organisation
where the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (Noczim) sold the commodity at
below procurement costs, leading to losses.The bank said Noczim made losses
in excess of $1 trillion last year.
"We are ready to enter into some arrangements where tailor-made
interventions are put in place to cushion, on a targeted basis, the
vulnerable groups, to allow for the realignment and liberalisation of fuel
prices," said RBZ governor Gideon Gono. Fuel inflows have been affected by
foreign currency shortages among petroleum companies.
Bogus foreign companies have taken advantage of the distress to reap off
billions of dollars out of prospective petroleum importers by enticing the
local dealers to deposit foreign currency into offshore accounts for the
delivery of the highly sort after fuel. However, most of the local fuel
dealers are reported to have failed to receive their consignments.
Major players in the petroleum industry, like BP and Shell, said there had
been an increase in companies acquiring deliveries after being duped into
depositing money in the accounts of people claiming to be official
representatives of registered fuel companies in Zimbabwe.
The petroleum products are paid for under the Direct Fuel Imports (DFI)
scheme, which started in 2004 when government deregulated the industry to
allow independent importers. The deregulation increased fuel shipments into
the country, but pushed the cost of other commodities and services beyond
the reach of many.
Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe
The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2006-Jan-28
... prices of basic commodities continue escalating
THE prices of most basic commodities have continued to escalate on the
backdrop of salary increments effected this month for most workers.
Some shoppers have, considering the trend, even called for the phasing out
of shopping trolleys because they can hardly be filled now.
The prices appear to have risen in reaction to the increase in the
disposable income of most workers because of a shift in the taxable
threshold from $1.5 million to $7 million at the beginning of this month.
Remuneration negotiations have also seen the minimum wage rising to an
average of $6 million.
A random survey conducted by The Daily Mirror in three major retail outlets
showed that the prices of most basic commodities had more than doubled
inside two months since last year.
The price of two litres of cooking oil in the three outlets averaged between
$360 000 and $500 000 from $250 000 last month.
A half keybar washing soap at OK supermarket was selling at $92 000, at TM
$62 000 and a 750 grammes bar at Gutsai sold at $144 000. In some smaller
shops, the full bar could not be found with half bars and quarter bars
dominating the shelves.
Packs of beef at Gutsai Supermarket sold at $445 000 a kilogramme while at
OK the same quantity went for $395 000 and $295 00 at TM.
A 2kg pack of Suncrest oven ready chicken portions sold between $582 000 and
In all the three shops, Chimombe fresh milk cost between $46 000 and $52
Mealie-meal, which was scarce in most shops, cost $150 000 for a 5kg pack at
The price of bread, however, remained uniform in all outlets at the gazetted
$44 000 a loaf.
Petroleum Jelly, which used to be the product for those who could not afford
expensive lotions, or alternatively for miscellaneous use has also been
priced beyond the reach of many.
A 300ml bottle averaged between $170 000 and $180 000, not far removed from
Ingrams Camphor Cream whose 500g averaged around $500 000.
Women would feel hard hit by the rise in the prices of sanitary pads whose
Stayfree pack of 10 sanitary pads averaged between $230 000 and $260 000 up
from around $150 000 last month.
Translating the costs of the commodities, one could easily exhaust $1
million on 2kg chicken and 1kg of meat, which is not enough to last a
six-member family a month.
With rentals pegged at an average $1,5 million a room a month in the
high-density suburbs, transport costs at over a million for an individual, a
worker who earns about $6 million would find himself empty-handed two weeks
after payday, if not earlier.
It has also become a rare sight for any customer to fill up a supermarket
trolley with groceries, prompting one shopper, Loveness Mukaro, to say the
trolleys should be phased out.
"Who can fill up that trolley? To fill it up you need more than $20 million
and who earns that much? Life has just become so difficult that one has to
stick to the bare basics," she said.
Cecilia Kanyowa from Glen View said it was preferable to have price controls
than a free market where entrepreneurs charged prices from the sky.
"We feel government must intervene by way of price controls as some
retailers are taking advantage of the already overburdened consumers by
charging unrealistic prices. Life is increasingly becoming tough for the
majority of people especially those living in urban areas where one buys
everything from the shops," she said.
Well, we made it through the year in spite of the many obstacles and setbacks associated with the situation in Zimbabwe. We remain resolute – we have to for the sake of our animals, but the social and economic decline does make it difficult for any welfare organization to keep going.
In spite of the odds we have continued to expand our activities, with the focus on the Inspectorate. The Society agreed on this as being an essential survival strategy. At all costs and no matter how badly the situation deteriorates, we have to ensure that the Society is able to continue to protect the animals of Zimbabwe, both now and in the very uncertain future.
We currently have 4 permanent Regional Inspectors covering Mashonaland, Matabeleland, Masvingo and Midlands Provinces. We continue to expand and the goal is to have a permanent Inspector for each Province.
Due to the mass exodus from Zimbabwe, closure of businesses, general economic decline and the resultant level of unemployment (around 70%) coupled with widespread poverty, SPCA Centres have battled to keep going. Due to the emigration of Inspectors, Committee Members, supporters and understandable apathy from remaining struggling communities, Regional Inspectors have proved vital in safeguarding animals in the vast rural areas without an SPCA as well as actually taking over the running of SPCA Centres where Committees and support structures have collapsed.
We commend our team of hard-working and dedicated Inspectors who travel great distances over appalling terrain and the deteriorating road system in order to carry out their duties. Needless to say the wear and tear on vehicles is extreme.
We have fortunately been able to recommence our Outreach Program and hundreds of donkeys are now being treated every month, primarily in the Midlands and Masvingo Provinces. Due to appeals and lobbying, Cottco have agreed to provide water troughs and shelters at their depots, where donkeys are often placed in queues for many hours in the blazing sun or even overnight, in order for the owners to effect deliveries.
The response from peasant farmers and villagers has been most encouraging and local authorities and the police have welcomed our return to areas such as Sanyati, Gokwe, Copper Queen and Nembudziya. Indeed, Chief Nembudziya has lent his support to our efforts to educate rural communities which will have a greater impact on people who generally hold strong cultural views.
We have launched a pilot project to produce cheap and comfortable harnesses for distribution to rural donkey owners. Due to the declining situation, we discovered that the padding and bandages which the teams were using to mend harnesses were being removed for use or resale by the owners.
With conveyor belting donated by the mining industry and fastenings donated by Glynn’s Bolts, locals have been employed to manufacture harnesses. The locals will generate a small income and donkeys will be fitted with new harnesses. This means that instead of the Inspectors fixing old or damaged harnesses, these will be confiscated and replaced with new harnesses.
We are pleased to report that the wild female Leopard which was trapped in August and kept by National Parks at Nyamaneche for several months in a small enclosure has been released. The Leopard was destined for Abuja and mindful of the terrible fate of the last Leopard that was sent to Abudja, the National Inspectors did not rest until her release was assured.
Our Inspectors are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of two elephant calves that died at Nyamaneche recently – one from starvation and one was speared. Following this incident, talks have been held with National Parks officials and they are equally keen for better communication and co-operation with our Inspectors. To this end, Parks will be providing ZNSPCA with a register of all authorized wildlife in captivity and have requested our assistance in checking on these animals and helping to ensure that these facilities submit all the requisite returns regarding the movement, acquisition, sale, disposal or death of any of these animals. This will go a long way in keeping track of any animals that are exported, the detection of any cruelty or other illegal activities.
The ZNSPCA and National Parks were featured in the media this week following a joint exercise to rescue 258 young crocodiles which were facing starvation on a ranch in Serui near Chegutu. A worker tipped off the ZNSPCA after 12 of the 4 year old crocodiles had died on this designated property. The crocs have been relocated to Pangula Farm near Gweru for feeding and treatment. ZNSPCA were heartened when the Minister for Environment and Tourism, commenting on the case, stated that “cruelty to animals is a serious offence that warrants a custodial sentence”. Regional Inspector Jimmy Zuze headed the ZNSPCA team having dealt with a similar case recently where young crocodiles were confiscated by ZNSPCA from a farm near Norton and relocated to Kariba.
The Animal Welfare Forum has been resuscitated and the Chief Veterinary Officer is being most supportive, recognizing the need for ZNSPCA Inspectors to have greater authority in areas where there are no veterinary officers.
Another positive development is the inclusion of ZNSPCA on the list of organizations to form part of the emergency response team in the event of any national disaster.
Fortunately, Zimbabwe is enjoying an excellent rainy season and there is now abundant water and grazing for livestock and wildlife although we are coping with the resultant outbreak of diseases which affect humans and animals.
Incidents continue to arise on farms as the wrangle over land drags on. Horses continue to be uplifted around the country, some in appalling condition. In one incident at Esigodini near Bulawayo in Matabeland, Inspectors arrived to find one horse dead in its stable, another four had to be destroyed to prevent further suffering and the remaining two were rescued. A further two horses were later confiscated which the owner had been hiding during the initial visit. Matabeleland Regional Inspector Glynnis Vaughan carried out the initial investigation and on the return visit the armed guards advised that they had been instructed that should she return they were to “get the murungu (white) Inspector off the property or shoot”. The team was not prevented from uplifting the horses. We commend Claire Eienhorn for all her voluntary assistance with rescuing and caring for horses from Matabeleland.
Following reports, an exercise was carried out to check on horses in the Vumba area. One owner, who agreed that he had more horses than he could care for, arranged for the destruction of 6 horses and surrendered 4. Two horses were confiscated from another property in the area and were cared for in Mutare as they would have not have survived the journey back to Harare.
In Masvingo and Manicaland Provinces, three herds of cattle being held by settlers were released and there were 7 prosecutions and 6 warnings for cruelty to livestock. 37 yokes were confiscated from donkey owners. A new farmer in Bromley is being prosecuted for cruelty to 336 head of cattle.
The welfare of cattle and horses on several farms in Mashonaland is being monitored to ensure that they receive adequate food and water. The Inspectors are endeavouring to capture three horses which are roaming in the bush and have become wild. The upliftment of horses often proves difficult with fencing having been removed and many of the horses which were left behind by farmers not being handled for two to three years.
Farmers are still requested to contact the ZNSPCA should they require assistance or have any animal welfare concerns. Inspectorate details have been published in the newspaper and appear below this update.
The ZNSPCA have been called in to monitor the movement of cattle through the Beitbridge border to ensure that they are cleared quickly and not left standing in the sun in the sweltering heat.
The consequences of Operation Murambatsvina are still reverberating around the country and many small animals have been surrendered to SPCA’s. A few have been restored to their owners but many are being euthanaised as owners no longer have the means to care for them. There has been a nationwide shortage of euthanise as suppliers have not been able to keep up with the demand from vets for this imported drug.
The ZNSPCA would like to acknowledge the invaluable support which it continues to receive from so many individuals and animal welfare organizations. We would most certainly not still be here today without the wonderful assistance received from IFAW, SPANA, WSPA, RSPCA, Sylvanus Charitable Trust and in particular the NSPCA and the amazing people and SPCA Centres of South Africa who have so generously extended their concern and support for animal welfare across the border to the animals of Zimbabwe.
Bernice Robertson Dyer
ZNSPCA HQ (04) 497574 OR 497885
MATABELELAND REGIONAL INSPECTOR 091 367 260
MIDLANDS REGIONAL INSPECTOR 011 528 449
MASHONALAND (& MANICALAND NORTH) REGIONAL INSPECTOR 011 630 403
MASVINGO (& MANICALAND SOUTH) REGIONAL INSPECTOR 011 867 099
African News Dimension
Friday, 27 January 2006, 9 hours, 47 minutes and 32 seconds ago.
By Oscar Nkala www.andnetwork.com
The government of Zimbabwe says it has always been ready to discuss
its bilateral differences with the British and American governments, but
only if they accept the irreversability of the country's land programme.
Addressing Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) troops at the
Zimbabwe Staff College in the capital Harare, foreign affairs minister
Samuel Mumbengegwi said countries in the rgion should remain vigilkant and
guard their nations against the threat of unilateralism that is posed by the
Mumbegegwi said Zimbabwe had faced such threats since 2000 when the US
and UK governments imposed targeted sanctions in protest of the land reform
and human rights abuses.
"Countries should therefore remain vigilant, and continue to safeguard
their interests, especially when multi-lateralism by big powers in posing
the greatest threat to international peace and security.
''Zimbabwe has always been prepared to talk to its erstwhile enemies
if they accept reality on the ground. We won't be talking to those who won't
accept the finality of the land issue. This is a battle we are prepared to
fight," said Mumbengegwi.
Zimbabwe has consistently refused to acknowledge the fact that the
land reform exercise was disorganised and chaotic. Mumbegegwi told A.N.D
that the country's programme was a model for Africa in terms of returning
land to local Africa populations, the rightful owners.
By Blessing Zulu
27 January 2006
Growing concern in Harare as to the chance of civil unrest over food
shortages has spurred the formation of a top-level working group of senior
security, police, army and intelligence officials as well as the governor of
the central bank, governmental sources said. The working group's brief is to
head off any incipient popular uprising.
Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono hinted at such top-level consultations
Tuesday in his quarterly monetary policy statement when he told a national
television audience that Army General Constantine Chiwenga warned him of the
danger that his forces might have to put down disturbances if if food
shortages are not addressed.
Gono's remarks were blunt. "To quote the wisdom of General Constantine
Chiwenga, 'a hungry man is an angry man,' and he said we must do everything
to ensure the army does not one day have to face angry hungry people on the
Governmental sources said Chiwenga is chairman of the working group formed
in early January. Its members, besides Gono, include State Security Minister
Didymus Mutasa, Central Intelligence Organization Director Happton Bonyongwe
and Police Commissioner Augustine Chihure, said the sources, insisting on
The working group is said to be meeting on a regular basis to coordinate
information on food security and other economic conditions, and to defuse
However, Gono and Mutasa are known to be at odds over continuing farm
invasions that the central bank governor has denounced as a form of
Contacted by VOA, Mutasa, who holds the food security and land reform
portfolios as well as his state security brief, declined to comment on his
working group role.
Reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe spoke with senior
political analyst Sydney Masamvu of the International Crisis Group's
Southern African office in Pretoria, South Africa, about the unusual role
which Gono has assumed.
By Bill Saidi
HUGO Chavez, the Marxist-Leninist president of oil-rich Venezuela,
shares many likes and dislikes with the Marxist-Leninist president of
not-so-richly endowed Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe. Among their near-pathological
dislikes is the United States and almost everything it stands for.
Many people, some of them not politicians and others not necessarily
Venezulean or Zimbabwean Marxist-Leninists, don't like some things about the
US: rock'n roll, Madonna, Clark Gable, Bill Gates, Janis Joplin, jazz, Elvis
Presley, Coca Cola, Soul music
or George W. Bush. But for Chavez and Mugabe, the US seems to be the
epitome of The Great Satan, as someone else said of the country. But Chavez
and Mugabe have something else entirely unique in common: they both have a
religious nemesis among their citizens.
Recently, Chavez discovered he had his own Archbishop Pius Ncube in
his midst. A retired Catholic archbishop publicly condemned his policies as
ruining the lives of the people of Venezuela. Pius Ncube has been a thorn in
Mugabe's side for years. In response, Mugabe has called him names, generally
ending up with the accusation that the man of God was, in fact, an ally of
the United States and all those who wish Mugabe's political career ill.
Chavez said more or less the same about his "Ncube". Many Zimbabweans
and Venezuelans have scolded their respective leaders for being ungodly in
their disregard of the people's welfare. In Zimbabwe, where the Catholics
outnumber any other group of Christians, there were calls for Mugabe's
excommunication over his romance with Grace Marufu while Sally Mugabe was
ailing. When Archbishop Patrick Chakaipa married them, regardless of the
protests, he too was condemned. When Chakaipa died, nobody related his
demise to some kind of retribution from on high - such is human nature.
The Marxist-Leninist ideology is contemptuous of religion, which Karl
Marx called "the opium of the masses", presumably because it sends them into
such a narcotic stupor they are deprived of the will to assert their rights.
But most of what religion stands for is to be found in most cultures in the
world. Where is it permitted for children to abuse, disrespect
or neglect their parents? Where is adultery glorified as the highest
form of marital righteous living? Where is murder, except in war, or
self-defence, considered justifiable?
The debate becomes convoluted when you juxtapose religion with Darwin's
Origin of the Species. If God created Heaven and Earth, then who created
Mars, Pluto, Saturn and Krypton (the birthplace of Superman)? If God created
them why haven't we found people like us on them? It has been said by some
that Earthlings would have created God if He did not exist in the first
place - which the cynics say they probably did, anyway.
There is likely to be continuing debate on what good Christianity,
Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and even Conficinism did for Humankind? If all of
them had not existed since the creation of Earth, what would happened? Would
we be as relatively happy as we are today? Would we be as alive as we are
Chavez and Mugabe and their ilk must know the pivotal role of religion
in their lives, in their upbringing, in their education and in their rise to
prominence in the affairs of Humankind. They are most likely too stubborn or
self-absorbed to acknowledge this debt publicly.
In the Bible, they could grasp some insight into the dynamics of
existence if they read Ezekiel 25:17:
"Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and goodwill, shepherds
the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's
keeper and the finder of lost children and I will strike with great
vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my
brothers and you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance on
You could describe this as the "popular" interpretation of the verse.
The St James' version is more staid; our is taken from Pulp Fiction, the
late 1990s film which gave Quentin Tarantino his first break into films. But
the message remains the same: there is massive punishment for those who dare
"to poison and destroy" God's people. Lest I be misunderstood, neither
Chavez nor Mugabe has done all this - yet. But when we examine closely the
cause of the Zimbabwean imbroglio, is there any person, other than Mugabe,
who could be singled out as
having been responsible for the country's present economic and
political state of squalor?
The tragedy of the border jumpers who drown in the Limpopo River is a
poignant reminder of what has happened to this country under Mugabe. The 15
cross-border traders who died in a commuter omnibus accident while
travelling from South Africa is another reminder. At independence, Zimbabwe's
economy was rated, in the region, as second only to South Africa's.
Some Mugabe apologists have said it is pathetic and profitless to
dwell on the past. But a Mugabe Minister of Finance once quoted a passage
from the Bible in his annual Budget speech. Another called for Divine
Intervention. All such pleas have yielded zilch. The Marxist-Leninists will
blame it all on saboteurs, including the chief executive officers of the
banks which the governor of the Reserve Bank closed down as punishment for
their alleged "sabotage" of the economy. The others to be blamed are most of
the developed nations of the world, whose attitude towards Mugabe and his
policies is that he is a dangerous man to have as a political or economic
Herbert Murerwa and Gideon Gono ought to seriously examine the
probability that Divine Intervention will not be forthcoming as long as they
belong to this group which, in Ezekiel 25:17, is warned of the Lord's
"great vengeance" and "furious anger" for trying to "to poison and destroy"
His people". Gono's latest public show this month was a circus and he the
He reneged on an undertaking to reduce inflation and introduce "real
money". He offered no apologies and appealed, for the umpteenth time, to
Zimbabweans to tighten their belts. The price of belts has, like all other
prices, shot through the roof.
Then he tried to tell us about corruption, as if he had discovered it
only after the formation, by the government, of the corruption commission.
This monster has been around since independence - Samson Paweni must have
chortled as Gono thundered against corruption.
What is worse is that Gono was addressing some of the most powerful
people in the country. Some of them have campaigned ceaselessly for their
party, Zanu P, to have absolute power over the country. With this absolute
power, that party has become absolutely corrupt - an inevitable consequence.
Which brings us to the sad developments in the MDC. Next month, there
will be two MDC congresses, probably running concurrently.. One will be
chaired by Gibson Sibanda, the other by Morgan Tsvangirai. Two parties will
emerge. Yet if they can still focus on defeating Zanu PF at the next
elections in 2010, not many people will regret the split.
But if the general agenda is to engage in politics for the same reason
that Zanu PF now exists - to make money and to rule the country absolutely -
then they too will face the same vengeance and furious anger of the
All the politicians in Africa who have refused to "shepherd the weak
through the valley of darkness" - and led them, instead, to a bottomless pit
of starvation and death - died like demented curs in foreign lands. It could
have been coincidence, of course. The consequences of their cruelty in the
world could have earned them, through some unwritten law of Nature, the kind
of permanent punishment inflicted upon them.
Sani Abacha, Idi Amin and 'Forday 'Sanko, for instance, might have
been the victims of the furious spirits of the ancestors of thousands of
people who died on their orders. Or their fate could have been confirmation
of what God has always threatened to do with those who "attempt to poison
and destroy" His people.
Chavez and Mugabe could ponder these events in the context of what two
clergymen have told them is wrong with their conduct of their country's