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Wednesday, January  29, 2003. Posted: 10:22:24 (AEDT)

Geldof looks to bail England out of Zimbabwe matches

Pop star turned charity fundraiser Bob Geldof is behind an attempt to get
England out of their controversial World Cup match in Zimbabwe.

Geldof and a human rights organisation, the Aegis Trust, are launching a
public phone donation to raise the one million pounds ($2.79 million) they
say would cover the financial penalties England would face if they boycotted
their Harare match on February 13.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has led calls for England to pull out of
Zimbabwe in protest at the human rights abuses of President Robert Mugabe.

Geldof, who shot to global fame as the organiser of the Band Aid concerts
and record which raised money for famine relief in Ethiopia back in 1985,
said England had a moral duty to withdraw from Zimbabwe.

"On a day in which perhaps thousands will die of state-sponsored famine, the
English nation as represented by their cricket team will be guests of their
perpetrator, Robert Mugabe," the Irishman told Tuesday's London Evening

"Against these facts a game of cricket is wholly absurd. We must withdraw. I
wholly endorse this appeal for you to pick up the telephone and buy this
game off," the former lead singer of the Boomtown Rats insisted.

On Monday, England's players insisted they wanted the fixture moved to South
Africa where the bulk of the February 8 - March 23 tournament's 54 fixtures
are taking place.
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Zimbabwe Arrests Two American Journalists
VOA News
28 Jan 2003, 21:56 UTC

Zimbabwean authorities have arrested two American journalists and a
Zimbabwean freelance photographer in Bulawayo, the country's second largest

Reporters Dina Kraft of Associated Press, Jason Beaubien of the National
Public Radio and free lance photographer Tsvangirayi Mukwazihi were arrested
Tuesday while on a field trip, organized by the U.N. World Food Program.

They were picked up outside the building that houses the government's Grain
Marketing Board. The authorities say the reporters will be released as soon
as they show they are in the country legally.

The lawyer, representing the journalists, says his clients were accredited
to report on the WFP sponsored field trip.

Last week, the Zimbabwean government allowed more than a dozen journalists
to enter the country in response to a WFP request but refused to accredit
British and Australian journalists.

Meanwhile, the Harare government has released five foreign church workers
who were arrested on Friday. They were accused of entering the country
illegally as journalists.

The five, two Germans, a Kenyan, an American and a Finnish citizen, have
been ordered to leave the country.
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Horses saved from butchers
28/01/2003 22:38  - (SA)

Eagan Williamson

Pretoria - Wet Nose, an animal rescue centre located outside the city, is
battling to keep neglected and abused horses from Zimbabwean butchers.

Tracy Forte, president of the non-governmental organisation, on Tuesday said
there was a growing black market demand for horses to be sold to abattoirs.

"This is a huge problem, and we are trying to save as many horses as
possible from such inhumane treatment," she said.

The horses, left behind by farmers whose land had been occupied by so-called
war veterans, were being subjected to violence and abuse.

"Often the horses roam the fields for days and they are frightened and
traumatised when approached by humans."

Usually they are in a terrible condition when they arrive in South Africa.
Wet Nose treats the horses and puts them up for adoption by private owners.

Forte said the adoption process was very successful. Only 14 of 42 horses
rescued from Zimbabwe were still in the care of the centre.

"Because of their poor condition when they arrive, it sometimes takes a
while to treat them, and it is very expensive to transport and feed them and
provide them with medical care."

Often the horses are in such poor condition that they are no longer suitable
for riding.

It costs R2 000 to adopt one of the horses. For additional funding, the
centre relies on donations.

Another 14 horses will enter the country at the end of January. Several more
horses are being kept in Harare until Wet Nose is able to relocate them.
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The Herald

President set to be appointed ZNLWVA national chairman

Herald Reporter
THE Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association will appoint
President Mugabe as national chairman at a congress set for next month.

The association's acting chairman, Cde Patrick Nyaruwata, said yesterday
that the constitution would be changed at the congress to allow for the
President of Zimbabwe to become the chairman automatically so long as he was
associated with the struggle.

"But we will make it clear that any president not associated with the
liberation struggle will not lead us. The privilege will be for those who
fought in the liberation struggle."

Cde Nyaruwata said the war veterans had also decided to make the late Vice
President Cde Joshua Nkomo the patron of the association posthumously.

Cde Nkomo, the commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary
Army during the armed struggle, died in July 1999.

The move to make President Mugabe the chairman of the war veterans
association effectively means there will not be elections for the position
at the congress next month.

Cde Nyaruwata said the agreement to make the President the national chairman
was reached at a meeting early this month.

The election of the organisation's national executive was going to be the
major highlight of the congress.

The ZNLWVA had been under an interim executive led by the late Cde Chenjerai
Hunzvi and subsequently by Cde Nyaruwata since 1999.

The organisation's constitution stipulates that elections to choose a new
leadership should be held once in every three years.

But the war veterans agreed to hold elections after the presidential
election in March to avoid divisions in the association that would
jeopardise Zanu-PF chances in the crucial election.

"We want to fight together with the President as united war veterans," said
Cde Nyaruwata.

"This is why we want to involve him so that we are together in this fight."

The war veterans held a meeting with the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and
Rural Resettlement, Cde Joseph Made yesterday to urge commercial farmers to
take their commitment to offer help for the land reform seriously.
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 Dear Fellow Zimbabweans,

I have observed developments in the media regarding the 'dialogue' between
the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) and Government ministers. I have also had
sight of CFU statements in this regard. As I no longer represent farmers, I
have remained a silent observer. However after watching the ZBC News tonight
(Tuesday 28th Jan) I feel compelled to comment.

The misdirected Land reform programme has resulted in Zimbabwe moving from
bread basket to basket case. The cherry-picking of prime farms in Zimbabwe
by government fat cats has reduced many  innocent souls to berry-picking to
stay alive.

Is this the Land reform programme that the CFU members now suddenly support?

Whilst I do not stand in judgement of farmers seeking compensation, many
have lost everything, I do appeal to them to ensure that the issue of
compensation is not used for political gain. Let it be known that current
propaganda trends are tantamount to attempting to administer a cardiac
arrest to a regime whose soul is long gone.

Zimbabweans, pure of heart and soul will have their day of reckoning.
Farmers who insist that they are loyal Zimbabweans would do well to remember
that their allegiance is better served assisting those living on berries
than fattening up the obese.

I made this appeal to farmers in a communiqué on 18th October 2002 and the
cautions still hold:

Meanwhile, they (farmers) must commit themselves to focusing their energy on
the core issues enshrined in the Zimbabwean Constitution. The constitutional
issues and human rights are a solid basis to envelope the agricultural
plight and communicate through the quagmire. If we are to resolve this
impasse, which plays itself out under the guise of land or agrarian reforms,
we must couch our message in pressing for a return to a democratic Zimbabwe
with all its characteristics: good governance, the rule of law, the respect
for human and property rights allowing dignity, and where the freedom of
expression is canonised.

They should take stock of their position and fully recognise and draw
unlimited strength from the fact that it is their God-given and democratic
right to own property and earn a living and their right to call themselves
Zimbabweans or investors to Zimbabwe that has been eroded. To do this
effectively they must take their place amongst civic society and with other
Zimbabweans to defend their human rights. It is not a crime to demand
justice, peace and freedom.

Dialogue has been exhaustively conducted by many. It is however, not being
carried out on a fair and democratic negotiating platform so it will not
yield the desired results. No amount of dealing or signing of sub-division
forms will provide honour where there is none, and just serves to feed the
appeasement crocodile. We can only resolve the conflict if we have a fair
and equal negotiating platform and equally important and communicated views.

Calls to acceptance of foreign compensation under these conditions will be
selling out Zimbabweans right to a Democratic win-win solution.


Jenni Williams
Bulawayo 28th January 2003

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Comment from ZWNEWS, 29 January

France and Mugabe: déjà vu - all over again

By Michael Hartnack

As Robert Mugabe cosies up to France, and France cosies up to Mugabe, there'
s a sense of déjà vu - all over again. During Ian Smith's white-minority
Rhodesian regime, the French almost outdid Portugal and apartheid South
Africa as breakers of U.N. mandatory sanctions imposed from 1965 to 1979.
There's a double irony in France insisting on inviting Mugabe to
French-African summit on Feb.19, effectively acting as a bridgehead for him
within the European Union whose travel ban on Zimbabwe leaders and their
cronies comes up for renewal Feb. 18. If Zimbabwe were an ex-French
territory, Les Paras would likely have given Mugabe and his wife, Grace, the
"coup de grace" three years ago when he began seizing white-owned farms and
stepped up repression of political opponents. A French-brokered deal with
rebels in the Ivory Coast - which prompted violent demonstrations in Abidjan
this week including torching the French Embassy - is the latest example of
France's hands on, send-in-the-troops approach to its former African
colonies. France says it is inviting Mugabe to discuss "human rights".
During the era of sanctions against Smith's Rhodesia, France also went
through the diplomatic motions, closing its consulate in the then-Salisbury
in 1970. Otherwise it was pretty much business as usual. Frenchmen from
Mauritius and Madagascar settled in Rhodesia, bringing special expertise in
sugar production. Some were killed on their farms by guerrillas. French
veterans of the Algerian and Vietnam Wars joined the Rhodesian army. French
Alouette III helicopters, continually re-supplied with spares through shady
middlemen, were the mainstay of Rhodesian anti-insurgency operations and
Rhodesian pilots trained on supersonic Dassault Mirage jets in South Africa.

Citroens and Renaults, assembled in Rhodesia, suddenly appeared on the
streets in place of British makes. Smith rode around in an unobtrusive
convoy of two Peugeot 404s, escorted by four bodyguards, while the same
model replaced British-made Austin Westminsters. French fabrics were on sale
in the expensive department stores. In the late 1960s, new season Beaujolais
wine was available. The telephone book advertised "official agents for the
French aircraft industry", headed by Wing Commander Roy Simmonds, an ultra
right-wing member of Parliament for Smith's Rhodesian Front. Despite pious
denials, it was clear a powerful element in the French establishment was
seeking to transfer Rhodesia to its economic sphere of influence from that
of Britain. Similarly, France's attitude to Mugabe gives the impression that
a longtime policy toward Third World countries is in force: favour our
businessmen and your human rights record won't be a problem.

At the Feb. 19 summit expect a massive propaganda offensive as Mugabe struts
his stuff before the Great Nation. Apart from shopping, always a favourite
activity, Mugabe will use his Paris trip to ram down the throats of his
people the message that the world has now accepted as a fait accompli his
stolen 2002 presidential election, his seizure of the white farms, his
terror tactics against opponents. This has been the theme of the
state-controlled media during the past week with visits by Nigerian foreign
minister Sule Lamido and South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. In public,
the pair merely said that relations were cordial and they brought
confidential messages from presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Thabo Mbeki.
With Australian Prime Minister John Howard, the two presidents form the
"troika" due to review Zimbabwe's year-long suspension from Commonwealth
councils imposed after the election last March. Mugabe appears supremely
confident of the outcome - calling Howard during a visit to Lusaka January
14 "the product of genetically modified criminals bent on eliminating
Aborigines.'' In other words, it does not matter what racist abuse he
employs - Mugabe trusts his friends will always chortle behind their hands
and back him up.

Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change,
said France, South Africa and Nigeria bore a heavy responsibility for
buttressing Mugabe's regime. "The people being starved to death are not
white; the majority of victims of the killing machine are not white; those
who languish in jail and are subjected to daily torture and inhuman
conditions are not white; those in the rural areas are not white," he said.
While Lamido and Zuma guarded their tongues before the media, both were seen
being feted on successive nights at Amanzi, the most expensive restaurant in
Highlands, Harare. Diners saw them exuberantly enjoying the company of
Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge, Agriculture Minister Joseph Made and Mugabe's
propaganda chief Jonathan Moyo, who recently called South Africans "filthy
and uncouth". There were about 10 people in each dining party. Amanzi bills
usually come to at least Zimbabwe $10 000 a head - which represents 400kg of
mealie meal at the controlled price or about 60kg on the black market
operated by ruling party fat cats who receive preferential supplies. Let us
hope the wine was not French, at prices running into five figures.
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Dear Friends,
The Aegis Trust in association with Bob Geldof and Yann Martel have launched the Zimbabwe Fund.
The Zimbabwe Fund asks people to donate one pound per person so that the England Cricket team's fine for not playing in Zimbabwe is sorted out.
The English team have taken the lead in refusing to endorse the Mugabe regime by stating that they would prefer to play their cricket match elsewhere.
For more information please visit:
and please tell all your contacts in England about it.
Donate 1pound by dialing: 0906 12 00 005
Spread the word.
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            29 Jan 2003 00:00
            Zimbabwe crisis dims anti-hunger gains in Africa

            JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Massive food aid has helped stave off
hunger in southern Africa and avert mass starvation so far, but Zimbabwe's
policies are deepening the AIDS-crippled region's crisis, United Nations
officials said on Wednesday.

            Once a breadbasket making up its neighbours' production
shortfalls, Zimbabwe's commercial farming sector has been decimated by
President Robert Mugabe's seizures of white-owned land for redistrubution to
landless blacks, triggering an unprecedented economic and political crisis.

            "Through the incredible generosity of donors, food has been put
in place over the last several months in such a way that massive starvation
and death has not occurred," said James Morris, United Nations humanitarian
envoy for the region.

            Around 15 million people in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Lesotho,
Mozambique and Swaziland are at risk of going hungry -- nearly half of them
in Zimbabwe.

            Winding up a tour of four of the region's countries suffering
food shortages, Morris said there were already signs of an improvement in
the food situation in Zambia and Malawi.

            "I'm less optimistic in Zimbabwe of their ability to produce
food," Morris told reporters in Johannesburg.

            "There's just no question that the change in the makeup of the
agricultural picture in Zimbabwe has affected everybody.

            "They would claim they have planted more hectares of
crops...(but) the productivity of commercial farms is five, six or seven
times what it is for a communal farm," he said.

            Morris said Zimbabwe, which has suffered months of fuel and food
shortages as the government struggles to find foreign exchange, should float
food prices and allow private operators to import and distribute food.

            "They need to import something approaching one million metric
tonnes of food a year and they don't have the foreign exchange to do that.
And if they don't allow the market to operate I don't know how they are
going to do that," he said.

            Morris said Zimbabwe's foreign relations were suffering because
of concerns it was interfering with the distribution of humanitarian aid,
though he was confident distribution of United Nations food aid was not
being interfered with.

            "There is still considerable concern...that there may be some
political guidance in the distribution of the government's food. I raised
this issue with President Mugabe," Morris said.

            GRIM REAPER

            Morris made his tour of southern Africa along with U.N. envoy
for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, who said the pandemic had combined
with the food crisis to create what had been dubbed "new variant famine".

            "The sense of destruction is positively surreal in this
interlocking of AIDS and hunger. Death has become the fulcrum of society,
everywhere it is evident," Lewis said.

            "The image that comes to mind is of the Grim Reaper."

            Lewis said the crisis was the start of the social collapse
threatened by AIDS, which had claimed the lives of seven million of the
region's farmers over the past 10 to 15 years.

            "What happens when your education sector goes? What happens when
your health sector goes?," he said.

            "It feels like an overall societal collapse."

            Lewis said the spread of AIDS and HIV, the virus which causes
it, was being fuelled by "predatory sexual male behaviour" across Africa,
including widespread sexual abuse within the family.

            "There is clearly in Africa a phenomenon of inter-generational
sex...(which) has in a significant measure been driving the epidemic," he
said, calling for improved legal protection for women to help fight AIDS.
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Blair in bid to ostracise Mugabe
29/01/2003 18:12  - (SA)

London - The regime of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is a threat to
everyone in the country and Britain is doing everything possible to
ostracise it, Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday.

"It cannot be emphasised too often that that regime is a threat most of all
to Zimbabwean people and not simply to white Zimbabwean people but to black
Zimbabweans as well," Blair told the House of Commons.

"It is a tragedy. We are doing whatever we can in every international forum
in order to try to ostracise the Mugabe regime," the prime minister said.

Britain has led an international outcry against Mugabe's government in the
wake of controversial land reforms and a presidential poll last March which
observers said was rigged.

Blair did not respond directly to a challenge to act against the decision of
France to invite Mugabe to a Franco-African summit in Paris next month.

"The humanitarian situation (in Zimbabwe) now is becoming dire. There are
literally millions of people who are starving or at risk of starvation in a
country which is rich with potential natural resources," Blair said.

France caused a furore last week by inviting the Zimbabwean president to the
summit on February 20 and 21, two days after the current sanctions expire.

EU foreign ministers failed earlier this week to renew the sanctions, which
include a travel ban, despite evidence that a food shortage is being used to
starve opponents in Zimbabwe.

In Paris, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday France's invitation to Mugabe
to Paris next month still stands, but Paris wants agreement with its
European partners over the issue.

"We have a certain number of things we want to say to Mugabe and that's
normal," French foreign ministry spokesperson Francois Rivasseau said,
responding to strong protests from Britain and other countries.

Britain was joined by Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark in strong
opposition to a Mugabe visit to Paris. - Sapa-AFP
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The Australian
Zimbabwe jitters set in

January 30, 2003
AUSTRALIA'S World Cup tour of Zimbabwe hung in the balance last night after
Players Union boss Tim May revealed there was widespread concern among
players about safety issues.

May expressed the players' reservations at a high-powered meeting with
Australian Cricket Board chief executive James Sutherland, ACB general
manager Michael Brown in Melbourne yesterday.

"You can say we have growing concerns but I don't want them to be
exaggerated," May said yesterday.

"The players have some concerns but that does not mean they are not going to

As the Australians fly out this morning bound for cricket's gala event in
southern Africa, players who have maintained the party line have now started
to splinter with Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist admitting they have
concerns about safety and security.

"There are some concerns, There's no doubt about that," Ponting said

"I think whenever you travel in any part of the world, there's always some

The ACB is keen for the February 24 cup match in Bulawayo to go ahead but,
if the players ultimately decide they don't want to go, the game could be
moved to South Africa or the team could forfeit the points.

If the game is abandoned, the ACB faces a huge compensation payout to the
International Cricket Council.

While the ACB continued to push the party line yesterday, it's believed to
have some serious concerns about for the safety and security of its players
in Zimbabwe, leaving the tour extremely doubtful to go ahead.

Last year the ACB maintained Test tours to Zimbabwe and Pakistan would go
ahead before pulling out at the last minute.

"Obviously the situation and climate in Zimbabwe has somewhat changed,"
Sutherland said. "There is uncertainty within the group to exactly what the
circumstances are.

"We've made that commitment and we've said all along the safety of our
players for any tour is a paramount concern. If we have a problem with that
we will take necessary action.

"If we can't fix the problem we will make the decision not to play there.
We've done that before and I think that should be an indication we are
prepared to do that here and now."

Journalists intending to travel to Zimbabwe have now been warned they may be
prime targets for militant aggression in the country.

The Australian players' fears escalated after a move by the English players
to have their February 13 cup match against Zimbabwe in Harare transferred
to South Africa.

This was fuelled further when the US urged Americans to consider fleeing the
strife-torn country.

The US upgraded its travel advice amid growing concern about the safety and
security of Americans in the famine-ridden country led by rogue President
Robert Mugabe.

The ACB also took advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
yesterday but DFAT has not upgraded its advice since January 10.

Australians who wish to attend the first match have been asked to maintain a
high level of personal security amid concerns about civil disorder and

"The deteriorating economic situation is leading some people to desperate
and criminal activity, and has increased the risk of incidents of civil
disorder," DFAT warns.

"Increasingly serious food shortages are also of concern."

Pressure was also growing fast on the ICC last night to make a unilateral
decision on World Cup matches in Zimbabwe and Kenya. Six games are set to be
held in Zimbabwe and two in Kenya.

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Commercial Farmers, Land Committee Talks to Resolve Unnecessary Differences:

The Herald (Harare)

January 29, 2003
Posted to the web January 29, 2003


PROMINENT banker Mr Enock Kamushinda, yesterday hailed a meeting between the
Cabinet Action committee on land reform and the Commercial Farmers Union
saying it will help resolve unnecessary differences and ensure the country
moved forward.

"The meeting is a welcome development," he told The Herald.

"It will help break the unnecessary impasse. This meeting must be commended
as a meeting between Zimbabweans who are determined to resolve their own

At a meeting held on Monday, the Government assured white commercial farmers
interested in farming that they would get land to do so while in turn the
farmers reiterated their support for the land reform.

Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Minister Cde Joseph Made chaired
the meeting.

CFU president Colin Cloete and director Hendrieck Olivier attended the

Mr Kamushinda said it was now important for Government to proceed with speed
to discuss with banks and organise a meeting between banks, the Reserve Bank
of Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Finance to raise money and start making
payments for movable property which the farmers had offered.

"The Government promised to pay for movables and they ought to be seen to be
paying so as to demonstrate their commitment to the whole world," he said.

"The Government must meet its share of the burden in terms of the promises
it made under the land reform."

He said it was also important to expedite the applications for white farmers
who were still interested in farming in the country just as it was for the
rest of the people under the A1 and A2 resettlement schemes.

Mr Kamushinda urged the CFU to send a delegation to the UK to inform the
British that the fast track land reform programme was now over and that they
should process compensation for white farmers quickly.

"The British government should not punish white farmers," he said.

"They have an obligation to pay them and the whole world knows it.

"They should not continue to inconvenience them by reneging on the promise
that they made."

He said the perception that blacks cannot farm was being wiped off as most
of them were managing to surpass the farming records that were set by former

"And we thank God for the rains he has brought to support the land reform
and new farmers," he said.

"We stand ready to raise money to pay white farmers for their equipment and
to even go further and make sure that the infrastructure they left is
protected and used to increase agricultural production for both domestic
consumption and export."
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 Tear-gas used to break up Zimbabwe meeting
            January 29, 2003, 19:45

            Zimbabwean police fired tear-gas to break up a meeting called by
Harare's opposition mayor today and civic groups warned of nationwide
protests against President Robert Mugabe during the cricket World Cup next

            Police cordoned off the offices of Harare mayor Elias Mudzuri
and barred people from entering for a meeting to discuss water shortages,
the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said.

            "They then fired tear-gas at the residents and indiscriminately
assaulted all the people including those who were simply passing by," the
MDC said in a statement.

            Mudzuri was elected MDC mayor of Harare last March in council
elections held alongside presidential polls that the MDC and some Western
governments say were rigged by Mugabe to ensure his re-election. Police
arrested Mudzuri earlier this month for holding an illegal meeting without
the approval required under tough new laws the MDC says are aimed at
stifling democracy.

            The incident at Mudzuri's office comes amid a growing
controversy over the six World Cup matches to be played in Zimbabwe next

            The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) a coalition of church
and student groups, rights organisations and political parties said it
planned nation wide pro-democracy protests during the World Cup.

            "The aim is not to disrupt the cricket World Cup, but with or
without the cricket games the programme will go on," Douglas Mwonzora, an
NCA spokesperson, told reporters.

            "If the games are disrupted as (a result) of our programme then
that is regrettable, but we are not going to suspend our programme," he

            Australia's cricketers said today they were increasingly worried
about playing in Zimbabwe, while the English team has requested to pull out
of their match against the home nation in Harare on February 13.

            Zimbabwe is grappling with its worst economic crisis fuelled by
record unemployment and severe food shortages since Mugabe came to power on
independence from Britain in 1980.

            Previous NCA protests have mostly flopped with critics blaming
poor organisation and co-ordination with the MDC.

            Police have accused the opposition of planning civil unrest
ahead of the World Cup matches in order to force a change of venue. The MDC
has denied the accusation. - Reuters

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White Farmers Must Get Compensation from Britain, Says Zimbabwe

Peta Thornycroft
29 Jan 2003, 17:17 UTC

The Zimbabwe government has told the Commercial Farmers' Union that if it
wants compensation for farms seized in the country's controversial land
reform program, it will have to get it from Britain, the country's former
colonial ruler.

When the leaders of the farmers' Union went to meet with a new task force of
seven cabinet ministers earlier this week, they expected to discuss ways to
reverse the sharp drop in agricultural production since their farms were

Instead, the government officials wanted to discuss the issue of
compensation for the confiscated land.

      Colin Cloete
The president of the Union, Colin Cloete, says the ministers asked him to
press the British government to pay compensation to farmers who were evicted
from their homesteads, often violently, in the land reform program.

The government has seized more than 90 percent of white-owned farms,
homesteads and equipment since 2000, and Zimbabwe's commercial agriculture,
which provided 40 percent of the country's foreign currency, has since

Under the law governing the seizure of white-owned farms, the government is
obliged to pay the farmers for all improvements they have made, such as
buildings and irrigation systems, but not for the land itself. The
government has always said the farmers would have to ask Britain to
reimburse them for the land, but now it says Britain should fund the
compensation for the improvements as well.

The government admits that fewer than 200 farmers, out of more than 3,500,
have been compensated for even a portion of the improvements on their farms.
The government says it has no money to pay any more compensation.

Britain has said it will help finance Zimbabwe's land reform only if the
program is legal and transparent.

After the meeting with the ministerial task force, the Union leader, Mr.
Cloete, said the Union is in no position to ask a foreign country to
compensate people like himself, a Zimbabwean, whose property was taken by
his own government.

The Union says many former farmers are now living in towns, and are
destitute, while most of the land they once farmed is fallow because the
newly installed farmers lack both the money and the skills to cultivate it.

The government described the meeting with the farmers Union as good, and
said efforts were made to sort out the question of compensation.

On Wednesday, Mr. Cloete was in court in Chegutu, 120 kilometers south west
of Harare. He was standing trial for remaining in his home, and growing
crops, after the expiration date of his eviction notice.

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Mail and Guardian

Diplomat says Zimbabwe will abide by peer review

      Donwald Pressly | Cape Town

      29 January 2003 14:02

The Zimbabwean Consul General in South Africa, Godfrey Dvairo, told South
African Members of Parliament here today that his country had no problem
with the peer review mechanism of the African Union.

In a briefing to members of the foreign affairs portfolio committee of the
national assembly on the "internal situation" in Zimbabwe, Dvairo defended
his country's record, which he said had five years ago been touted as an
example of a stable and prosperous country -- but since the land reform
program attempts had been made to present it as a pariah of the world.

Asked by Democratic Alliance MP Colin Eglin -- the longest serving South
African parliamentarian -- whether Zimbabwe would abide by the peer review
mechanism, Dvairo said the mechanism was an instrument of the New
Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), which in turn was associated
with the African Union.

"We are a member of the AU, Nepad is an initiative of this union. We
subscribe to everything that is contained in that initiative in a way that
has been agreed to by the rest of the continent. The short answer is we are
willing to subject ourselves to that peer review exercise," he said.

Amid an avalanche of international criticism of Zimbabwe, the diplomat said
that the government was legitimate, there was a multi-party system and the
courts were "open".

"A lot of lies, disinformation and rumour mongering have muddied the picture
of that situation in Zimbabwe. Very often it is difficult for people to tell
exactly what the situation is like. It is not an exaggeration; we have a
constitutionally elected government in Zimbabwe, its legitimacy has been
certified by this very parliament and other responsible members of the
international community. We are a sovereign state; we are not a rogue state
as is often presented by the media and Zimbabwe's detractors".

"The situation we find ourselves in is one which basically illustrates the
double standards that are applied to states who have the power and those who
wish to interpret international law and its principles in accordance with
the furtherance of their own narrow interests," he said, in apparent
reference to Britain and the United States.

Referring to the land reform program -- which the opposition argue has seen
thousands of commercial farmers and farm workers displaced -- he said:
"Because of the bold step that we took in Zimbabwe in bringing the fight
against colonialism to its logical conclusion, the government and leadership
of Zimbabwe have been demonised and vilified. Our land reform program has
elicited the wrath of the United Kingdom, our erstwhile coloniser, and its

Zimbabwe's economy has been battered by sabotage to punish the government
for embarking on that program."

Eglin thanked him for his "spirited defence" of Zimbabwe, but noted that
South African parliamentarians were able to access other information about
the country from among others business interests, opposition
parliamentarians in Zimbabwe and other interest groups and a contrasting
view of the country had been the outcome.

But Dvairo said that "apart from petrol and food queues everything else
seems to be ticking over in Zimbabwe".

At the insistence of Britain and the United States the Bretton Woods
institutions had cut off financial support to Zimbabwe but he believed that
the economy would return to normal "with balance of payments support".

Asked by the Freedom Front's Corne Mulder, if he would welcome an
international media group to the country to see the situation for
themselves. Dvairo said: "They would be very welcome."

He defended registration of journalists, saying that the government merely
wished to know who they were and that they did not have some hidden
agenda. - I-Net Bridge
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Mugabe the problem guest
29/01/2003 11:20  - (SA)

Lisbon - Portugal says it is in favour of putting off a European
Union-Africa summit, which it is set to host in April, because of the debate
about whether or not Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should be allowed to

Portuguese foreign mnister Antonio Martins da Cruz told journalists at a
meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels he had "the clearest signs" that
if Mugabe came to the Lisbon summit several European leaders would stay
away, reported the Lusa news agency.

At the same time, many African heads of state had indicated they would
boycott the summit if the Zimbabwean president did not attend, he added.

As a result, Da Cruz said he backed the postponement of the summit for "the
time necessary" to await conditions that would be more likely to lead to a
successful event.

"It doesn't make sense to hurt dialogue with Africa," he said.

The 15-member EU imposed a visa ban on the Zimbabwean leadership last
February when violence flared in the run-up to a presidential poll widely
condemned as rigged.

Chirac invites Mugabe to France

In theory, the sanctions should be renewed on February 18, maintaining a
travel ban on Mugabe and about 70 other senior Zimbabwean officials.

But, French President Jacques Chirac clouded the matter by extending an
invitation to Mugabe last week, arguing that his presence at the February
20-21 Franco-Africa summit would help promote democracy, justice and human
rights in Zimbabwe.

Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain reportedly said they would not
attend the Lisbon summit if Mugabe was allowed to attend.

But several African states, including Nigeria and Sudan, have rallied behind
the Mugabe regime, and threatened to boycott the EU-Africa summit unless
Mugabe is there, too.

Talks at the EU-Africa summit, which has been tentatively set for April 4
and 5, are expected to focus on ways to boost trade between the two regions,
the fight against poverty and Aids, as well as debt relief.

The gathering is intended to be a follow-up to the first summit of EU and
African countries held in Cairo in 2000, which hosted leaders from 67
nations. The EU is Africa's biggest foreign-aid donor. - Sapa-AFP
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Zimbabwe opposition leader gets up close to fuel crisis

By Stella Mapenzauswa

HARARE, Jan. 29 - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai toured fuel
queues and sympathised with stranded commuters in Harare on Wednesday in his
first major walkabout since losing to President Robert Mugabe in polls last
       Tsvangirai, a former trade union leader who heads the Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC), hit the streets just days before he and two senior
MDC officials go on trial on Monday to face charges of plotting to
assassinate Mugabe.
       ''We love you Morgan. You are the country's true president,'' one man
shouted before he rushed into the crowd to push his way onto a waiting bus.
       Other commuters told Tsvangirai of the transport blues which have
persisted since fuel shortages hit the country in 1999 and intensified late
last year.
       Zimbabwe is in the grip of its worst economic crisis since
independence from Britain in 1980, with record unemployment and severe food
shortages threatening nearly half of its 14 million people with starvation.
       ''We are hungry Mr. Tsvangirai. We have nothing to eat,'' another man
told the MDC leader.
       Once a breadbasket making up its neighbours' production shortfalls,
Zimbabwe's commercial farming sector is reeling from the state seizure of
white-owned land for redistribution to landless blacks, triggering an
economic and political crisis.
       ''There's just no question that the change in the makeup of the
agricultural picture in Zimbabwe has affected everybody,'' James Morris,
United Nations humanitarian envoy for the region, told reporters in
Johannesburg after a recent visit to Zimbabwe.
       The Mugabe government has blamed the food shortages on a severe
drought affecting southern Africa.

       One woman told Tsvangirai how she spends up to 10 hours getting to
work and back home each day since the fuel crisis intensified last December.
       ''The problem is that we have learned to adjust to our problems and
this should stop. But don't worry, this year we will free ourselves,''
Tsvangirai told the woman.
       It was the MDC leader's first major public walkabout since he lost to
Mugabe in presidential elections last year which the opposition and some
Western nations say were fraudulent.
       ''We've gone through an unprecedented year of difficulties in 2002
and I think that 2003 must really begin to be a year when the people
themselves come out their lethargy and start organising themselves to deal
with the problems which they face,'' Tsvangirai told reporters after
Wednesday's tour.
       The MDC leader, the party's Secretary-General Welshman Ncube and
Secretary for Agriculture Renson Gasela were charged with plotting to kill
Mugabe last year.
       The three men have denied the treason charge, which is based on a
secretly filmed meeting between Tsvangirai and a Canadian security company
employed by the Zimbabwe government.
       The defendants say the video tape was doctored to misrepresent a
conversation led by the Canadian advisers.
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The wife of a commercial farmer who had traveled to Kwekwe with her
daughter with a view to obtaining a provisional driving license resulted in
a vicious attack by a civilian who was approached by the pair and asked to
assist in direction to the VID. The civilian, who had been picked up at the
police station, once the daughter was dropped off at the VID requested to
be returned to the police station. The attack took place during the return

This is the second serious assault of a commercial farmer's wife in as many
weeks. Farming families are cautioned to be aware of these two incidents,
and the fact that the breakdown of the rule of law is continuous and
becoming more widespread into urban areas. Effort should be made no to take
unnecessary risks, and thereby increase vulnerability


If there is any farming family packing up to leave for Britain in the next
few weeks who wouldn't mind a reporter trailing the family and recording
the trip, please contact us on one of the JAG hotlines. Please pass this
message on to those who do not have access to the JAG mailing list.


Letter 1: J.L.Robinson
The Director

Dear Sir

I believe that the CFU leadership, together with CFU Council, have been
very busy of late.  Their activities include two meetings with government
Ministers and a CFU President's Council meeting today, 28 Jan. 03.

Having covered so much ground with government Ministers, and the leaders of
commodities and regions within the Union, could I please ask you, the
Director, to give us a POLICY DOCUMENT at your earliest convenience.  I
shall wait for it because I have been criticised for believing the articles
published in the Herald.

Your assistance in this matter will be most gratefully received.

Yours faithfully

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Cricket: English sink deeper in Zimbabwe controversy
Huw Richards
International Herald Tribune  Thursday, January 30, 2003

LONDON Nasser Hussain, the captain of the England team, is not a man with
whom to get into a staring match. Yet that is precisely where his employer,
the England and Wales Cricket Board, will find itself Thursday, when the
International Cricket Council will discuss a statement by the England team
that it does not want to go to Zimbabwe for a World Cup game scheduled Feb.
13 in Harare.
Until Monday, when they issued their statement, the players had been
prepared to be guided by the cricket board, which wants to play the game.
The players stopped short of saying they would not go - that would have
placed them in danger of a breach of contract - but their stance makes it
unlikely the game will be played, unless the ICC is prepared to move it to
South Africa.
The English cricket administrators will be aware that playing the game means
dragooning an unwilling and unhappy team into a trip, and a match, for which
its safety cannot be guaranteed.
Worries about personal safety were certainly a factor. The players' minds
will have been concentrated by a briefing from the British Foreign and
Commonwealth Office, in which there were references to the possibility of
action against them by opposition groups in Zimbabwe.
In their statement, the players pointed specifically to the moral and
political arguments against playing in Zimbabwe that their employers had
explicitly ducked.
A cynic might dismiss this as window dressing: Elite sportsmen are not noted
for their concern with the state of the world. It was a cricketer, the
former England captain Mike Gatting - now, ironically, one of the loudest
supporters of a boycott - who dismissed South African anti-apartheid
demonstrators as "a lot of people jumping up and down."
Recent events have shaken the England players out of the cocoon in which the
top sportsman lives. They have been bombarded with information by protesters
and the media. Some have clearly taken the trouble to find out what all the
fuss is about. Hussain and Ronnie Irani, an all-rounder in the England
squad, spent last summer as Essex teammates of Zimbabwe's top player, Andy
Their action is also a further expression of the growth of player power. The
England team spokesman, who also drafted the players' statement, was Richard
Bevan of the Professional Cricketers Association. While trade unionism
recedes in traditional sectors, it continues to prosper in elite sport.
This is not a fluke. While international cricketers are better rewarded than
they have ever been, their employers continue to take them for granted. The
sale by the ICC of exclusive sponsorship rights for the World Cup to the
Global Cricket Corp., without considering that this cut across existing
contracts for leading players, is typical.
The rulers of cricket continue to overload the international program. The
England players arrived Tuesday in Johannesburg direct from a grueling and
disheartening tour of Australia. Similarly, their 1996 World Cup campaign in
India and Pakistan was tacked onto a long tour. After their failure in that
competition, the England captain, Mike Atherton, warned that this should
never happen again. But for the very next World Cup, the English authorities
have done exactly the same thing.
Presented with a moral and political challenge, the English cricket board
chose to treat Zimbabwe solely as a financial and contractual issue. Yet it
is those financial and contractual constraints, with cricket reliant on
income from television and sponsorship contracts, that give players their
leverage. It means that there is much more than World Cup pool stage points
at stake.
The English cricket board is fearful of ICC sanctions if it fails to fulfill
a fixture. The ICC, in turn, fears that the Global Cricket Corp., which
bought the rights to the World Cup at the top of the now-collapsed market,
will seize any opportunity to claim a breach of contract and tear up the
So the breach between the English board and the England players is just one
of many staring matches under way, each participant waiting for its
adversary to blink.
England's quandary is not expected to win much sympathy Thursday. The ICC
position is that it will only sanction the moving of a game if there is a
security risk - a possibility under consideration for the two games
scheduled for Kenya. Its view remains that it is safe to play in Zimbabwe,
but matches can, if necessary, be switched on as little as four days'
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ABC Australia

Thu, Jan 30 2003 12:03 PM AEDT

Zimbabwe 'a police state': Mayor

Police in Zimbabwe have fired tear gas to break up a meeting at the offices
of the Mayor of Harare.

Police assaulted and arrested several people who were trying to hold talks
with the Mayor. The crowd was dispersed before the meeting could begin.

Hundreds of residents had gathered at the offices of Harare Mayor Elias
Mudzuri to discuss water shortages but they were turned away when the riot
police arrived.

Mr Mudzuri says Zimbabwe has become a police state.

Under the Government's security laws, meetings of more than five people can
only be held with the authorisation of police.

In the southern city of Bulawayo, two foreign journalists and a local
photographer were arrested and held for more than seven hours after they
attempted to photograph the distribution of food aid.

The reporters were fully accredited by the Government and were released
without charge.

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Daily News Illegal: Moyo

The Herald (Harare)

January 30, 2003
Posted to the web January 30, 2003


THE Daily News and its reporters who have not been registered are operating
illegally in breach of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy
Act, the Minister of State for Information and Publicity, Professor Jonathan
Moyo, said this week.

Responding to the court application filed by Associated Newspapers of
Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, publishers of The Daily News, Professor Moyo is arguing
that the newspaper and its reporters were required by the Act to register
and be accredited with the Media and Information Commission (MIC).

He said the ANZ had chosen not to apply for registration and its reporters
have not applied for accreditation.

"The applicant is therefore by choice operating a media business in
contravention of the Act," said Prof Moyo.

"In other words the applicant has taken the place of Parliament and this
honourable court, adjudged the Act unconstitutional and proceed to ignore
the same completely."

The Daily News has challenged the media law as unconstitutional.

In its application filed in the Supreme Court, the paper said the provisions
of the Act relating to the registration of mass media owners are
unconstitutional and should be declared so.

It argues the law infringed on Zimbabweans' right to freedom of expression.

But in his response, Prof Moyo said the Act under which the media houses and
journalists should be licensed before operations was made law in this
country at the date of the instant application.

"I am advised that unless and until a piece of legislation is either
repealed by an Act of Parliament or declared unconstitutional and therefore
nullified by this honourable court such piece of legislation retains the
force of law obliging all citizens to obey and respect it," stated Prof

"I know of no country where a citizen has the option to respect a law if it
suits such a citizen or ignore the same with impunity if the piece of
legislation fails to meet the expectations of such citizen."

The minister will argue that it is unacceptable in this country and for the
court to tolerate The Daily News' attitude to breach the country's law.

Prof Moyo will further argue that The Daily News is going to court with
dirty hands, simply for a rubberstamp of its prior decision to disrespect
the Act which is the country's existing piece of law.

He will also urge the court to register and restate the Zimbabwean position
on the lawless attitude by refusing to entertain the ANZ application.

MIC chairman, Dr Tafataona Mahoso who also filed an opposing affidavit in
support of the minister said The Daily News had, in utter disregard of the
Act, not bothered to apply for registration.

"Applicant's journalists have similarly ignored the need to apply for
accredita- tion.

"It is clear that the applicant has unilaterally declared the Act a non-law
and therefore not to be complied with," said Dr Mahoso.
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