Mail and Guardian
Percy Zvomuya and Lloyd Gedye | Johannesburg, South Africa
12 July 2007 11:59
In a damning 59-page catalogue of policy advice to the
Zimbabwean government, Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono spells out his
repeated attempts to persuade the government to change course and save the
country from imminent economic collapse and ruin. The Mail & Guardian is in
possession of the document.
Zimbabwe is heading for a meltdown as top state officials,
businesses and the Reserve Bank clash over the economic crisis gripping the
former breadbasket of the subcontinent.
Gono has slammed the government for not taking his advice to do
away with price controls. He claims he has called repeatedly for foreign
investments to be protected and for property rights to be upheld, but his
advice has fallen on deaf ears.
His disgruntlement comes at a time when government policies are
becoming increasingly incoherent following the arrest of business executives
for defying government orders to lower prices.
An analyst who does not want to be named says Zanu-PF currently
has no clue about how to resolve these issues.
"You are dealing with a regime that is reacting in an irrational
manner," says the analyst. "He [Gono] is the person tasked with resolving
these issues for the government and he is finding it impossible to do his
In a letter, of which the M&G has a copy, to Minister without
Portfolio Elliot Manyika, who is tasked with enforcing price controls, Gono
complains that a raft of advice he has given the government in the past
three years has not been heeded.
"It is our strongest conviction that only through a holistic
framework can we stabilise prices, without inducing shortages in the
market," he writes.
Gono's shopping list of measures to be taken to stabilise the
economy ranges from agriculture to tackling corruption. He has called on the
... stop land invasions and the criminality that has affected
conservancies, including poaching and cutting down trees;
b.. protect private property;
c.. rationalise external trade tariffs to enhance producer
d.. exercise restraint in setting prices;
e.. respect existing and future investment protection
f.. privatise key parastatals;
g.. engage business in a social contract;
h.. stamp out corruption;
i.. provide subsidies for actual production as opposed to
pre-production free handouts; and
j.. build an environment free of disruptive policy
inconsistencies and enhance the viability of business.
The invasions, Gono asserts, have led to "land degradation, loss
of potential foreign currency earnings, erosion of confidence and lack of
security [thus] scaring investors".
On government plans to force foreign companies to cede 51%
stakes to locals, Gono calls for transparency in the "indigenisation and
empowerment programmes" as they have created anxiety among potential and
Gono criticises ministries for living beyond their means. This
has fuelled "money supply growth and inflation". He bemoans the growth of
money supply that is not matched by productive economic activity and has
To generate foreign currency, which has been in short supply
since the land invasions began, Gono suggests that bonds be issued. He notes
the response has been lukewarm because of "perceived country risk". His
attempts to encourage "Zimbabweans in the diaspora" to invest in local
companies and property have not been successful.
The "social contract" that was meant to control the spiking of
prices is stillborn and "prices continue to increase because of a lack of
commitment" from labour, business and the government.
Read Gono's advice (PDF)
... Intro and part one
... Part two
... Part three
... Part four
Zimbabwean economist John Robertson says that the very
structured social contract that Gono is trying to put in place has been
thrown out by the government.
"He has been sidelined in this process," says Robertson. "The
Zimbabwean government has short-circuited the whole process by imposing
retroactive price controls, a much harsher approach."
He says the price controls are a failure and are causing food
and fuel shortages, which have led to a massive transport crisis, with many
Zimbabweans unable to get to work.
"Retailers have been forced to reduce prices and, at these new
prices, they cannot afford to restock," he says. The government is hoping
that the Zimbabwean population will buy its version of events that taints
retailers as the exploiters and that the price cuts are what they deserve.
The analyst says that already retailers are refusing to accept
the Zimbabwean dollar and this is sure to lead to economic collapse.
"Government is printing huge amounts of money. It is in
circulation and there is nowhere for it to go," says Robertson.
Michael Spicer, head of Business Leadership South Africa, says
it is quite clear that the Zimbabwean economy is in a state of free-fall.
"It is self-evident that the price cuts are completely untenable and
It is imperative that politicians, civil society and business
from within Zimbabwe and the greater southern African region come together
to rebuild the Zimbabwean economy and society, says Spicer.
Robertson says the hope is that someone with the courage and
organisational capacity to offer leadership will come forward. Perhaps
Gono's criticism of the government should be viewed in the context of his
"I think he might be looking out for his future; he might
believe he is one of the contenders for a top job when change comes," says
Robertson. "He is probably working on his monetary policy statement due in
the course of this month, but I am sure, at this stage, he wouldn't know
what to put in it."
Another analyst, who wants to remain anonymous, agrees that Gono
may be looking out for his political future.
Mining, corruption, nationalisation
Gono points out in his letter that corruption remains rife and
it is "adversely affecting economic activity".
The central bank urges the government to realign mining
legislation, including speeding up diamond mining regulation. This is to
ensure the optimal use of the country's mineral resources, but
"uncertainties about the amendments to the mining legislation negatively
affect investor confidence".
Similarly, he urges the regime to institute greater surveillance
at the mines, where smuggling of gold and other minerals is prevalent.
In a direct challenge to Mugabe's strategy on nationalisation
and unfettered state support, Gono calls for the privatisation of the
country's parastatals and the removal of subsidies, to reduce the budget
deficit. Parastatals "remain a major drain on the fiscus".
His pleas to insurance and pension funds to support the
country's ailing construction industry have not been heeded. As a result the
"construction industry is declining".
The backbone of the economy has been agriculture, which has
suffered the most since the land invasions in 2000. His attempts to get
banks to give loans to newly resettled farmers have not been heeded, as
banks keep their distance "due to risk factors".
The bank's intervention in providing funds for buying goods,
marketing and tillage programmes, have not been able to shake up the
"lethargy" in agriculture.
Land invasions have disrupted attempts to revive farming
activities. Gono urges the government to place a moratorium on further
Challenging Gono's remarks, a top government official is
reported to have said that technocrats have failed to make politicians
understand their "demagoguery", which cannot be a substitute for policy.
The rebellion in Zanu-PF might well have started. As a Mugabe
appointee and friend, Gono's move could well be interpreted as a step
towards a different political future.
... Willard Zireva: chief executive of OK Zimbabwe
... Michael Fowler: Innscor chief executive
... Zed Koudounaris: Innscor non-executive director
... Gavin Sainsbury: Colcom chief executive
... Norita Adams: a sales executive at Colcom
... Tambudzayi Dakwa: pork shop manager at Colcom
... Misheck Ndlovu: a wholesale manager at Colcom
... Robinur Parlou: a general manager at Spar Athenitis
... Joseph Masango: a store manager at Spar
... Adam Esats: group finance director at Edgars and Express
... Charles Janga: operations manager at Harare Edgars Stores
... Larry Mukombwe: operations manager at Power Sales
... Archlas Ringirirai: a director at Jaggers
... Garrith Lumsden of Buchu Butchery
... Kuda Mufukari: a senior depot manager at National Foods
... Bervin Nyandoro: a manager at Little Harods Fife Avenue
... Vladmir Branchev: a West Oils director
... Phineas Mhike: a sales manager of Goldline Motors
... Zedias Chinjiva: a manager at City Lane Motors
... Stobber Brilliat: a director at Union Avenue Car Sales
... Trymore Simango: a director at Top Wheel Car Market
... Leroy Murape: a director at Motorview Trading
SW Radio Africa (London)
12 July 2007
Posted to the web 12 July 2007
The government's price monitoring task forces are reported to be forcing
many businesses to reduce their prices beyond the levels stipulated by the
new law published last Friday. Shops around the country lost billions on
Thursday as the price monitors allowed mobs of shoppers to empty the shelves
within hours, buying products at prices made up on the spot. Public
transport is also in crisis. According to the state press police in Harare
impounded 49 commuter omnibuses and arrested their drivers for overcharging.
They are being held at Mbare police station. Our sources in Bulawayo said
minibus operators went on a wildcat strike Thursday protesting the reduced
fares which they say do not cover their costs for fuel and parts.
Even the state run ZUPCO buses are reported to have stopped operations.
The state run newspapers reported that at least 1 768 business people have
been arrested countrywide and 1 328 companies have appeared in court since
the government ordered price reductions two weeks ago. They have been
ordered to pay fines ranging from Z$70 million to Z$100 million. The
deepening crisis has raised fears in South Africa, where the umbrella labour
and business unions expressed deep concern for the people in Zimbabwe and
the threat to South African businesses.
A South African owned Makro super store in Bulawayo was looted Thursday
after a price task force reduced the price of goods by two thirds. Bulawayo
businessman Eddie Cross told us the team arrived at 10am and reduced the
price of televisions, refrigerators, books, beans and other imported goods
by two thirds. But imported goods are not subject to the government price
controls. There were near riots as shoppers grabbed what they could. By 3:00
pm the shelves were empty. Cross said he spoke to some staff members who
told him they had lost billions of dollars and will not be able to restock.
The Makro store in Harare shut their doors Wednesday but were forced to
reopen Thursday and sources say they had ridiculously low prices dictated to
them. The queues stretched for miles down the road, and like their sister
store in Bulawayo, they were wiped out and lost billions. The Herald
reported that the chief executive of OK Zimbabwe, Willard Zireva, has also
been arrested and faces 41 charges for 'overpricing' at two of their retail
supermarkets. This means three executives of South African companies have
been arrested so far.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the Business Unity
South Africa (BUSA) released separate statements expressing deep concern at
the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe and the threat it poses to South
African owned businesses. BUSA plans to send a mission to Harare to
investigate the role South African business could play to help end the
The South African government has been remarkably silent.
By Blessing Zulu,Jonga Kandemiiri and Carole Gombakomba
12 July 2007
Divisions were said to be emerging Thursday within the Zimbabwean government
over its scorched-earth offensive against high prices, even as stage agents
enforcing price cuts extended operations to rural areas and impounded
Government sources said Trade Minister Obert Mpofu, directing the operation,
was at loggerheads with Labor Minister Nicholas Goche, who argued that price
monitoring should be carried out under the Tripartite Negotiating Forum
which he chairs. The forum brings together government, business and labor
Legal experts, meanwhile, said Mpofu had violated the Incomes Act barring
members of Parliament from setting prices. The office of the attorney
general was also feuding with Home Affairs Ministry, complaining that the
charges which police have brought against business people were murky, in
some cases refusing to prosecute.
Ruling party sources said parliamentarians of the ruling ZANU-PF party
challenged Mpofu to explain the logic of the price-rollback operation,
citing mounting shortages of staple foods and complaining that lawmakers had
never been consulted.
Consumers say they are running out of food and that replenishing stocks is
difficult as they rise early in the morning or buy at exorbitant prices on
the black market.
Economist Godfrey Kanyenze, representative of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade
Unions in the three-way economic forum and on the Price and Incomes
Commission created in recent months, told reporter Blessing Zulu that labor
as well as business have become confused by conflicting positions within the
While politicians wrangled, police pursued the price crackdown, impounding
scores of buses in Harare and Bulawayo whose operators were alleged to have
overcharged. Operators in response grounded their fleets - leaving commuters
Police extended the blitz against hyperinflation to rural areas, leading to
hoarding of basic items in the countryside and the closure of many small
State agents raided branches of large retailer Makro in Bulawayo and Harare,
causing pandemonium as customers rushed to buy goods reduced in price by
A Makro manager in Bulawayo, speaking on condition that he not be named,
said the police riot squad had to be called in to prevent a serious
Correspondent Safari Njema reported from Harare that as the government
tightened controls, residents encountered problems due to market chaos and
In a related development, the National Association of Non-Governmental
Organizations said it had received reports that the government raided
warehouses belonging to two member organizations that were accused of
Industry Minister Obert Mpofu had earlier charged that NGOs were hoarding
food so they could distribute it at election time in an effort to topple the
Sources close to the developments said that authorities raided a Care
International warehouse in Masvingo and a World Vision warehouse in Harare,
However, Care Country Director Stephen Vaughan said the organization's
facilities had not been raided and that such actions were unnecessary
because Care operated in a transparent and nonpartisan manner regardless of
the election schedule.
A World Vision official declined to comment on the government accusation of
Sources said NGOs are afraid to speak out for fear Harare will revoke their
licenses to operate, preventing them from carrying out food distribution and
Spokesman Fambai Ngirande of the National Association of Non-Governmental
Organizations told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the government allegations
and actions were intended to curtail the operations of NGO's distributing
The seeming irrationality of the state offensive against high prices has led
to the proliferation of theories on why Harare has in effect crippled the
One is that the blitz is meant to divert public attention from the
forthcoming national elections. Proponents of this theory note that the war
on high prices coincided with the beginning in late June of voter
registration which runs through August 17.
The Zimbabwe Election Support Network noted that registration is a yearly
event, but takes on greater importance with local, general and presidential
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition National Coordinator Jacob Mafume told reporter
Carole Gombakomba that his organization is worried about the impact of the
government's single-minded price-cutting campaign on the country's electoral
Zimbabwe Election Support Network Vice Chairwoman Irene Petras said most
people are dedicating many of their waking hours to the search for food and
other essential items such as fuel at a time when it is critical that they
register to vote.
SW Radio Africa (London)
12 July 2007
Posted to the web 12 July 2007
"It was a night without much moonlight and they walked through. It was like
the sound of cattle moving through the grass. You couldn't see the other
people but to your left and to your right across the distance in the silence
of the night you could hear people moving through the bush and it was like
the sound of a herd of cattle moving through the grass." This was a
Zimbabwean refugee describing the movement of desperate people to
neighboring South Africa this week.
Experts say between two and three thousand people are crossing the border
every night, as a result of the price cuts crisis that began a couple of
weeks ago. Although the influx of Zimbabweans has been growing steadily over
the last few years, South Africa has seen a marked jump in recent weeks.
In the past many of the people who fled the country were political refugees
but observers say now it's almost entirely economic refugees. Hunger,
combined with years of difficulties, has finally pushed people over the
Journalist Geoff Hill said: "Whereas people used to cross just by the Beit
Bridge area, people are now going across the entire length of the South
Africa border with Zimbabwe - which is almost 200km - and they are using the
whole river to come into South Africa."
Hill added: "To show concern for that there was a huge South Africa police
conference in Messina today."
South Africa Home Affairs officers and border police working the Limpopo
River district also told reporters on Thursday that the flow of economic and
political refugees crossing South Africa's northern border has become "a
Questions are now being raised as to whether or not South Africa has the
capacity to deal with the ever-increasing flood of refugees crossing the
Limpopo River. Crime is said to have also risen at Beit Bridge, a situation
that is now affecting the security and integrity of the border post. Geoff
Hill said: "But there is no sign of the government (SA) or SADC breaking
ranks or speaking out on Zimbabwe, despite this crisis every night of 2 000
to 3 000 people continues, across the Limpopo River."
Meanwhile, most of the major supermarkets in Zimbabwe are empty, causing
serious food shortages. While long queues of people searching for food and
fuel have resurfaced, others prefer to cross the crocodile-infested Limpopo
River in search of food - and hope.
Friday 13 July 2007
By Hendricks Chizhanje
HARARE - Zimbabwean police on Thursday said they had arrested more than 2
000 company executives and owners in a two-week old crackdown against
business that fail to comply with a directive by President Robert Mugabe to
slash prices by 50 percent.
Police spokesman Oliver Mandipaka said 100 public transport operators were
also arrested and their vehicles impounded for overcharging, in a campaign
Mugabe has defended as necessary to stop rouge businesses from unjustifiably
hiking prices in a bid to ferment anger among the majority so they can
revolt against his government.
"Its over 2 000 people who have been arrested so far," said Mandipaka,
adding that some of the business executives had been released after paying
admission of guilty fines while scores of others were still in police
Most of the public transport operators were released and their vehicles
returned also after paying fines, he said.
Zimbabwe's long running economic crisis took a turn for the worst last month
after the government ordered manufacturers and retailers to slash prices by
50 percent, in a desperate attempt to stem runaway inflation, which at more
than 4 500 percent is the highest in the world.
Soldiers and police have raided several shops in Harare and Bulawayo to
force owners to lower prices and yesterday extended the price crackdown to
rural areas, in a campaign the main opposition said was being orchestrated
by Mugabe's securocrats in a desperate attempt to appease voters ahead of
elections next year.
Secretary general of the main wing of the opposition Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) party, Tendai Biti, said in a statement that the Joint Military
Command - a bureau of powerful military, police and intelligence commanders
that has backed Mugabe's controversial rule - was behind the crackdown on
"The assault of retailers is not the sporadic, unplanned action of a
desperate tyrant. (It is) a grand scheme, carefully engineered by the
military generals running and controlling the country through the Joint
Operations Command (JOC)," said Biti, adding that the government was in
election mode and would do anything to retain power.
"This regime is a militarised Vampire State, whose sole aim is the continued
reproduction of power - and power alone. In pursuing this quest, it will use
legal and extra-legal means. Put simply, this regime will burn the house if
that is a precondition for sustaining power," he said.
State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa, who chairs the JOC, was not
immediately available to respond to Biti's claims.
Zimbabwe holds joint presidential and parliamentary elections next year
which some analysts say Mugabe and his government could lose, citing a
severe economic meltdown most blame on mismanagement by the state and that
has brought untold hardships on the electorate.
Analysts say the government's latest effort to keep a lid on prices was
meant to pacify angry workers ahead of next year's polls but would come at a
heavy cost as this could force companies to shut down and could bring
Zimbabwe's severely weakened economy to a complete halt. - ZimOnline
Friday 13 July 2007
By Edith Kaseke
HARARE - When word reached Abigail Chakohwa that prices of electrical
appliances and basic commodities had been slashed at a major Harare
wholesaler, she quickly left her office, jumped into her car and drove off
only to join hundreds of other consumers who had already jammed the premises
of the business.
"I was unlucky because when I arrived most of the products had been bought,"
Chakohwa, an accounts officer at a Harare commercial bank, said moments
after having hustled in a long queue to no avail.
Chakohwa was referring to a trip to Makro wholesalers, owned by South Africa's
Massmart, which on Thursday was forced by a government taskforce on prices
to slash prices by 50 percent, including prices of imported electrical
Zimbabwe has in the past two weeks been slowly grinding to a halt as workers
spend more of their time in long queues in search of bargains after
President Robert Mugabe's government ordered a price freeze and directed
businesses to cut prices by half two weeks ago.
Uniformed military and police officers have joined the buying frenzy and are
normally seen at the front of long winding queues at a time they are
supposed to be on duty.
More than 1 760 business executives and managers have to date been arrested,
with many being fined by the courts for ignoring the government price
But economic and political analysts said while the price bonanza was a
welcome relief to a majority of long suffering consumers used to daily price
increases, this would further drive Zimbabwe's battered economy into the
ground as industry would not be able to operate within tight profit margins
in a hyperinflationary environment.
The analysts warned that thousands of workers were setting aside more time
to bargain hunt for cheap commodities, which would hit production levels and
take a toll on an economy that has continued to shrink since 1999.
"Certainly a lot of time is being wasted as workers seek commodities which
are now being sold at give away prices and this will have a bearing on the
overall performance of the economy," John Robertson, a Harare-based economic
Mugabe has warned businesses to stop "this nonsense of escalating prices",
accusing them of seeking to topple his government through arbitrary
increases he says are meant to ferment anger among the majority so they
could revolt against his government.
Main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, while accusing Mugabe of seeking
votes in next year's general parliamentary and presidential elections from
hard-pressed urbanites through the communist-style price controls, has
described the price rollback programme as a "short honeymoon".
Already manufacturers have scaled back on production while supermarket
shelves are running empty despite threats by Mugabe to seize and nationalise
their operations if they stopped producing, raising the spectre of more job
cuts in an economy where 8 out of 10 people do not hold a formal job.
Zimbabwe's economy is teetering on the brink of collapse with inflation
soaring to nearly 5 000 percent while acute shortages of foreign currency,
food and fuel bite even more.
"With this latest adventure Mugabe has just managed to grind the country to
a halt," John Makumbe, a University of Zimbabwe political scientist told
ZimOnline. "It is a tragedy which I am sure will have an unhappy ending as
the economy is being sacrificed for political gain."
There have been ugly scenes outside supermarkets and even clothing shops
that have slashed prices as shoppers try to take advantage of the price
Signs such as "Closed for Price Reduction" have drawn the attention of many
people, some who have formed groups to trawl shops for bargains and by the
time the shops open, they would be jammed by hundreds of people.
Yesterday, riot police were called in at Makro when about 400 people laid
siege at the company's premises after word circulated that electrical
appliances such as televisions, which were selling for $30 million were
reduced to only $10 million.
The shop, on the east of Harare city centre, was forced to close at midday
over fears of looting by an increasingly restless crowd.
"No one is working anymore because people are always looking for something
cheap to buy," Chakohwa told ZimOnline as most businesses recorded huge
sales, albeit at half price.
The "discovery" of basic commodities like sugar, cooking oil, chicken meat
selling at half prices has resulted in long winding queues and at times
caused chaotic scenes as shoppers stampede to stock up, fearing that once
current stocks are exhausted, there will be massive shortages.
Long petrol queues which formed after the government reduced prices by half
have disappeared after petrol stations exhausted their stocks but the
commodity is available on the black market at nearly 10 times the set price
of $60 000 per litre.
The fuel shortages and a reduction in public transport fares has forced
commuter bus operators off the road, leaving thousands of workers stranded
with some resorting to walking to and from work.
Mugabe, who has in the past said he did not know of anyone who would have
ruled Zimbabwe better than him, says the price controls are meant to restore
sanity in the economy and officials see this as a panacea to stem galloping
inflation. - ZimOnline
Friday 13 July 2007
By Tsungai Murandu
HARARE - Zimbabwe's rule of law record is worse than that of war-ravaged
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan, according to a new World
Bank report on governance released this week.
The report titled, Governance Matters 2007: Worldwide Governance Indicators
1996-2006, also showed that Zimbabwe - currently still to come to terms with
the effects of a government swoop on prices - fares badly in terms of the
regulatory environment where it is again ranked lower than DRC, Sudan as
well as even Iraq.
The World Bank researchers tracked movements in six key governance
indicators in 212 countries during the past 10 years.
Countries were ranked according to their performance in the areas of
accountability, political stability, government effectiveness, regulatory
quality, rule of law and control of corruption.
The rule of law in Zimbabwe was found to be better than only 1.4 percent of
the 212 countries surveyed, slightly lower than the DRC, which was ranked
higher than 1.9 percent of the countries.
The report ranked Sudan higher than 6.7 percent of the countries. Both DRC
and Sudan have had or are in the middle of armed conflicts.
Zimbabwe's regulatory environment was marginally better than that of
Somalia, a country synonymous with war and anarchy.
Harare's quality of regulation was better than 1.5 percent of the other
countries surveyed while Somalia's environment was placed higher than just
0.5 percent of the countries.
Even then, Zimbabwe and Somalia only scored higher than the other countries
by virtue of the fact that no data was available for countries such as
Kosovo, Monaco, Nauru, Niue, Palau and San Marino.
The World Bank report coincides with an ill-conceived Zimbabwe government
onslaught on prices, which is threatening to decimate the country's
remaining industrial base.
Grappling with record inflation of more than 4 500 percent, President Robert
Mugabe has during the past two weeks ordered manufacturers and service
providers to slash prices and charges by half.
The move has worsened Zimbabwe's already tainted economic environment,
triggering panic buying and forcing factories to operate at a loss. Fuel
queues have resurfaced since last Friday's order to reduce prices.
More than 1 000 businesspersons have been arrested in the swoop, with Mugabe
threatening to seize and nationalise businesses that do not comply with the
order to lower prices and charges.
Economists and government opponents have described the decision as a
desperate gimmick to curry favour with the electorate ahead of elections
next year but which could bring Zimbabwe's weakened economy to its knees in
a couple of weeks as companies close amid shortages of basic commodities.
The World Bank reported an overall improvement in governance and fighting
corruption throughout the world over the past decade.
Significant improvements in governance over the past decade occurred in
countries such as Angola, Indonesia, Liberia, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone,
Tanzania and Tajikistan.
"Over the same period there were significant declines in governance in
countries such as Cote d'Ivoire, Zimbabwe and Venezuela," the report said.
The Zimbabwe government was found by the World Bank researchers to have a
casual approach in terms of controlling corrupt activities.
The country was ranked the seventh country with the worst corruption control
environment in the world after North Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Afghanistan,
Haiti, DRC and Iraq.
Several corruption cases have gone unpunished during the past seven years,
particularly those involving top Zimbabwean ruling party and government
The more recent cases involved senior officials accused of smuggling
precious minerals out of the country and others found to have violated
government rules on farm ownership.
Mugabe has not acted on the findings of an audit on his controversial land
reform programme, which reported that some of his lieutenants had acquired
up to six farms each in open violation of the government's one-man-one-farm
policy. - ZimOnline
Friday 13 July 2007
By Nigel Hangarume
HARARE - Zimbabwe's privately owned newspapers have slashed their cover
prices by 50 percent after the government threatened to revoke their
licences, ZimOnline has learnt.
The weekly Financial Gazette on Thursday cut its cover price from Z$80 000
to $40 000 in line with a government's directive issued to businesses last
month to reduce prices prices by 50 percent.
Sources at the Zimbabwe Independent said the newspaper will be sold for Z$40
000 today after management complied with the order to halve its cover price.
The Standard newspaper which is published on Sundays, will also halve its
cover price, said the source.
The three privately owned newspapers had last week defied the government
directive to roll back prices to 18 June levels and instead hiked their
cover prices citing a rise in printing costs.
State-controlled newspapers were the first to comply with the government
directive immediately after the decree was made.
The government's Media and Information Commission (MIC) this week threatened
to withdraw the newspapers' licences forcing the three papers to comply with
The MIC has over the past four years shut down four newspapers including the
biggest selling Daily News for allegedly failing to comply with the country's
tough media laws.
"We all know what has happened to The Daily News, there's no point in
tempting the government because we know what they are capable of doing," a
senior official at the Financial Gazette said yesterday.
"The MIC told us the government directive on prices included us as well," he
added. - ZimOnline
Friday 13 July 2007
By Tendai Biti
HARARE - The on-going blitz on retail outlets and the arrest of retailers is
yet another sad chapter in the intriguing and farcical expression of Robert
During the burials of the late army Brigadier-General Armstrong Gunda and
Retired Major-General Gideon Lifa, Mugabe and Vice-President Joseph Msika
directed, from the graveside, the physical enforcement of price reduction
measures that are being executed by the army, the police, militias and war
In his graveyard speech at Gunda's funeral, Mugabe spoke in the following
terms: "Let everybody who is in business take note. This is now going to be
a rough game. We own the resources. We are the owners of this economy. We
will seize these companies. We will nationalise them. We will no longer
stand for their dirty tricks."
Pursuant to this statement, there has been a massive crackdown on shops,
supermarkets and retail outlets as well as the arrest of retailers.
Furthermore, to legitimise this "thugocracy", the Minister of Industry and
International Trade gazetted new price control regulations on Friday, 6 July
2007, that proscribe any price increase from the base date of 18 June 2007.
The immediate net result of the above banditry has been the closure of many
shops and the disappearance of essential food items from retail outlets. In
addition, many manufacturers have simply shut shop and further, there has
been a disinvestment from Zimbabwe as witnessed by the slump in the price of
stock on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.
These moves, coming two weeks after the gazetting of the Indigenisation and
Empowerment Bill, will further heighten the serious economic crisis
arresting the country.
Contrary to the views of many, the assault of retailers is not the sporadic,
unplanned action of a desperate tyrant.
In our view, the chaos that is being created and replayed in Zimbabwe every
day is a grand scheme, carefully engineered by the military generals running
and controlling the country through the Joint Operations Command (JOC).
This regime is a militarised Vampire State, whose sole aim is the continued
reproduction of power - and power alone. In pursuing this quest, it will use
legal and extra-legal means.
Put simply, this regime will burn the house if that is a precondition for
The regime's actions caricature and reproduce the key components of
totalitarian regimes e.g. Germany in the Third Reich, Zaire under Mobutu
Sese Seko, Togo under Eyadema, Malawi under Hastings Kamuzu Banda and
Somalia under Siad Barre.
This trait manifests itself through the obliteration of any value systems,
any objectivity, any bureaucratic predictability and the use of force,
coercion, immorality and corruption as major tools of arbitrary governance.
All this madness is always hidden beneath an avalanche of morbid populism
and infinite nationalism. Sovereignty becomes the sycophantic high note of
this discordant chaos.
It was the same organised anarchy that led the Vampire State to the
Gukurahundi genocide that resulted in the brutal murder of 20 000 innocent
people between 1982 and 1987 in the Midlands and Matabeleland provinces.
It was the same driving urge that resulted in the violence that was
unleashed on the people of Zimbabwe in the name of land reform between 2000
This resulted in over 300 MDC supporters being killed and over one million
farm workers were displaced.
The same madness and energy have been directed at the Zimbabwean economy.
Between 2000 and 2007, the ZANU PF government has systematically raped this
once-decent economy with the result that there has been the total collapse
of any macro-economic decency and a virtual death of the supply side of the
The net result is that Zimbabwe is operating at less than 25 percent of
normal productive capacity, a country where gross domestic savings are less
than 2 percent of GDP and where gross domestic investment is dwindling, a
country where the budget deficit exceeds the budget itself, a country whose
economy is in its tenth year of negative growth rates.
Yet despite this chaos, the gap between the rich and the poor has widened
and corruption, clientelism, kleptocracy and rent-seeking activities have
become the order of the day.
The same organised chaos reached its watermark during Operation
Murambatsvina that was unleashed on Zimbabweans from 19 May 2005, which
Clean-Up operation displaced over one million people who became internal
A small-scale Murambatsvina is taking place at the University of Zimbabwe
where hundreds of students have been expelled from their halls of residence
in this brutally cold winter.
Thus, the attack on retail outlets is not a surprise at all, particularly
given the election that is due in 2008. The hustlers and gangsters at the
RBZ headquarters and at Munhumutapa are now in an election mode and have
increased the decibel levels of fear in preparation of yet another stolen
All sectors are under threat; students, the church, judges, lawyers, civil
society and the opposition. As we write, over 20 MDC activists arrested in
March are still in custody for no apparent reason.
These include Glen View MP Paul Madzore, his brother Solomon, Kudakwashe
Matibiri, Phillip Mabika, Dennis Murira, Morgan Komichi, Friday Muleya,
Ishmael Kauzani, Better Chakururama, Peter Chikwati, Arthur Mhizha, Phillip
Katsande, Amos Musekiwa, Edmore Manyofa and Kenneth Nhemachena, among
others, are still languishing in prison and being denied bail by a complicit
and compromised judiciary.
The important lesson from the assault on business is that for so many years,
it has been a complicit partner with ZANU PF in the process of disempowering
Zimbabweans. Business has tried to bribe ZANU PF by donating millions of
dollars at ZANU PF functions.
It had remained deaf and indifferent to the calls for change by the MDC.
No one is safe in a train being driven by a madman.
One is reminded of the words of Reverend Martin Niemoller way bank in 1945:
"First they came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I was not
a communist. When they came for the Jews, I didn't speak up because I was
not a Jew. When they came for the Catholics, I didn't speak up because I was
a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time there was no one left
In our view, dictatorship and totalitarianism are an artificial construct
that does not last. This false construct has begun disintegrating. Four
issues predicate that we are in the last stages of the demise of the regime.
If this were a game of chess, then this would be the endgame dominated by
passed pawns and marauding rooks.
The first critical issue is the economy. While Robert Mugabe can bash and
imprison Morgan Tsvangirai and others, he cannot bash and imprison the
economy. Official inflation figures of 4 500 percent are indicative and
reflective of a corrosive failure to rein in inflation.
Unleashing thugs and militias will not work. Nowhere in the world has an
economy been run by ginya (force). Ginyanomics (the use of force) do not
work. Ask the rulers of the former Eastern bloc.
The second factor is a population that is ready for change. The average age
in Zimbabwe is 25 years. Anyone who is 25 today was born in an 'independent'
Zimbabwe and his or her key concerns are job security and economic
Unlike other generations, that person is not prisoner to the ideological and
suffocating dictates of the national liberation war. Put simply, there has
been a generational transformation of the country's geopolitics.
The effect of this transformation is the occupation of space by a restive
population that sees Mugabe and everything he represents as the past and
everything Morgan Tsvangirai and the opposition represent as the future. It
is a pure and simple manachian reality.
The third issue is the regional and African perspective of the Zimbabwean
crisis. That perspective is now more enlightened and decisive. Before 11
March 2007, many believed that the crisis in Zimbabwe was an extension of
the national question, a struggle between black and white or between a
colonial power and its former colony.
Mugabe and his cronies thus sold and projected themselves as Pan African
heroes in an anti-capital, anti-global and anti-neo liberal crusade. 11
March debunked this myth when the battered head of Morgan Tsvangirai and the
discoloured lumps on Grace Kwinje's skin captured the brutal expression of
The regime has lost its last remaining moral face in SADC and the African
continent. It has to rely on expensive propaganda quislings such as Baffour
Ankomah of the New African magazine.
Fourthly, is the existence of a powerful but little understood opposition.
That appears disintegrated and disunited but is otherwise. It has the
capacity and numbers to win a free and fair election.
The corollary of a strong opposition is a weak ruling party, ZANU PF.
Mugabe has collapsed the State into ZANU PF. The State has become ZANU PF
However, it is a party that is torn by acerbic and profane divisions. At
least 11 persons are vying to succeed Mugabe. The conflict, rivalry and
friction in the ZANU PF camps have totally paralyzed ZANU PF and the State.
ZANU PF and the government have become prisoner to the mirage of succession
The next few months are thus critical for civil society, the church,
students, the opposition and the business community in Zimbabwe. There will
be further violence, assaults and deaths.
It is critical for SADC and Africa to be aware of the dynamics that are
playing out in this country and to act as an insurance and watchdog in these
dark dying days.
As for ZANU PF, the end is nigh. A caring government can never succeed in
terrorising all sectors of the economy. In any contest with the people,
dictators have always come second best. Mugabe cannot be an exception.
* Hon Tendai Biti, is the secretary-general of the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC
Friday 13 July 2007
By Nigel Hangarume
HARARE - The trial of former Zimbabwe Test batsman Mark Vermeulen on arson
charges has been postponed indefinitely as his lawyers and the state
continue deliberations on the case.
A hearing had been set for Wednesday.
"The case was supposed to be heard (on Wednesday), but nothing happened
because there are some negotiations taking place between us, the state and
other people," defence lawyer Eric Matinenga said. "Maybe within two weeks
there will be something out of this."
Matinenga could not elaborate on the negotiations.
The 29-year-old Vermeulen could be jailed for up to 25 years if he is
convicted of burning down the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy and trying to set the
union's boardroom on fire.
Vermeulen has admitted committing the crime but pleaded not guilty on
grounds of mental instability.
Doctors who examined the player diagnosed that he suffered from clinical
"temporal lobe epilepsy".
Under Section 32 of the Mental Health Act, the Attorney-General's Office
retains judgment if the accused has been certified mentally ill and not
responsible for his conduct when the offence was committed.
Last month, the defence team, Zimbabwe Cricket representatives and Harare
Area public prosecutor Tawanda Zvakare agreed to engage in deliberations on
the case and make recommendations to the AG's Office.
Vermeulen's lawyers had requested an out-of-court settlement with Zimbabwe
Cricket, pleading their client's mental instability when he committed the
Zimbabwe Cricket lawyer Wilson Manase last month said they would accept
Vermeulen's offer to repair the damages unconditionally, but still wanted
"justice to prevail".
Manase could not be reached for comment whether Zimbabwe Cricket had changed
its position or not.
Vermeulen has a history of violent behaviour and depression.
Last September he was banned in England for 10 years after throwing a ball
at spectators during a league match in Central Lancashire. The ban was
reduced to three years on appeal.
In 1996 Vermeulen was banned from representing his school Prince Edward for
uprooting his stumps after getting a poor lbw decision.
He was also sent back from Zimbabwe's tour of England in 2003 for
misconduct. Vermeulen has played eight Test matches for Zimbabwe, his last
coming in 2004. - ZimOnline
Thu 12 Jul 2007, 21:17 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department Thursday warned U.S.
citizens of the risks of going to Zimbabwe where "state-sponsored violence"
and a government crackdown have raised security concerns.
"American citizens in Zimbabwe should minimize travel within the country and
to the extent practicable, avoid public places and gatherings," the State
Department said in a public announcement.
"In light of the current circumstances, U.S. citizens are advised to
consider the risks before traveling to Zimbabwe at this time," it added.
Visitors should also be prepared for food shortages caused by sharp price
cuts which had led to panic buying.
Faced with inflation of 4,500 percent, Zimbabwe's government ordered
businesses last month to roll back and freeze prices of break, milk, cooking
oil and other key consumer items after a sharp increase in their prices.
The move pushed the economically blighted southern African nation closer to
breaking point and resulted in a crackdown against businesses that have
failed to heed the measures.
"In response to growing public protests against deteriorating conditions,
the Zimbabwe government continues to authorize its security forces to
suppress all dissent by whatever means deemed necessary," the State
It accused political leaders "at the highest levels" -- a reference to
President Robert Mugabe -- of condoning the use of violence by security
forces against anyone seen as an opponent of the government.
Of particular concern was the use of youth militia known as "Green Bombers"
who committed the worst offenses and were often under the influence of
drugs, the statement said.
"While heavily populated urban areas remain the focal point for the
government's crackdown, the U.S. Embassy has received reports of
indiscriminate state-sponsored violence in rural areas, including tourist,
hunting and safari areas," said the announcement.
By Patience Rusere
12 July 2007
Riot police on Thursday evicted more than 100 University of Zimbabwe
students from residences outside the schools's main campus in the Harare
suburb of Mount Pleasant, following the eviction of several thousand
students on Monday.
Students said police wielding batons gave student doctors at Parirenyatwa
Hospital and Mount Royale just 30 minutes to vacate their rooms. Social
welfare students housed in downtown Harare were also evicted.
In response to the evictions this week, student leaders met officials in the
Ministry of Higher Education - though without obtaining satisfaction - and
diplomats at the South African, Tanzanian and Ghanaian embassies to Harare.\
The student leaders demanded that a supplementary fee of Z$1 million be
canceled, that students to be allowed to return to their residence halls,
and that exams set to begin on Monday be postponed due to the turbulence on
University of Zimbabwe officials could not immediately be reached for
Zimbabwe National Students Union spokesman Zwelithini Viki told reporter
Patience Rusere that his organization will fight the evictions by every
July 12, 2007
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Steve Hanke's proposal to link the Zimbabwean dollar to South African rand
"on the table" in Southern Africa.
WASHINGTON -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is preparing
to rescue the Zimbabwean economy by extending the rand's Common Monetary
Area into Zimbabwe, press reports from the region indicate.
The SADC plan closely follows the proposal made by Cato Institute Senior
Fellow and Professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University Steve
Hanke, who has advocated the creation of a currency board that would end
Zimbabwe's spiraling inflation.
"[The board] should issue Zimbabwean dollars that would be fully backed by
and convertible into rand at a fixed rate. The currency board should be
initially capitalized by South Africa. In addition, the rand should be
allowed to circulate legally in Zimbabwe," Hanke, one of the world's leading
currency experts, argued in Forbes magazine on June 4, 2007.
Tomaz Salamao, the SADC's executive secretary, has reportedly drafted a
similar proposal that would top up Zimbabwe's depleted foreign reserves with
South African currency and allow Zimbabwe to join the rand monetary area
whose current members include South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.
In exchange for South African support, Mugabe's government would commit
itself to far-reaching political and economic reforms.
Zimbabwean inflation has been estimated at 5,000 percent per annum and the
Zimbabwean dollar trades at a rate of Z$250,000 to US$1. Zimbabwe's economic
meltdown, of which inflation is but one symptom, is a direct result of the
wrong-headed expropriation of commercial farms that vastly diminished tax
revenues and led the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to print more money to finance
the growing gap in the budget.
According to the South African press, the price of South Africa's help will
be Mugabe's commitment to economic and political reforms that must include
free and fair elections next year.
Afrique en ligne
Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, gunning
for a new five-year term, Thursday won unanimous endorsement to stand in
next year's general elections from his ruling party's parliamentarians.
His candidature has stirred controversy, with calls growing within and
outside the ruling ZANU-PF for the 83-year old leader to quit and allow
someone with fresh ideas to take over power.
Mugabe is personally accused of ruining Zimbabwe's once strong economy
with forced seizures of prime farmlands from white farmers in the last seven
The farm seizures, meant to allow for the resettlement of landless
peasants, have resulted in food shortages and closure of businesses, which
processed farm produce.
The resultant economic impact pushed inflation to current levels of
over 4,500 percent and caused widespread job losses.
It was against this background that Mugabe's plans to run for another
five-year term next year had met strong resistance in the ruling party.
But at a caucus meeting Thursday, ruling party MPs endorsed Mugabe's
candidature for the presidential poll, expected to be held in March 2008.
"We have today sat as a caucus and endorsed the candidature of his
Excellence Comrade Mugabe for the 2008 elections as we come to the end of
the second session of the Sixth Parliament," said Joram Gumbo, ZANU-PF
parliamentary chief whip.
"We find it prudent to make our voice as MPs that we fully support the
candidature of President Mugabe," he added.
Mugabe has been in power since Zimbabwe gained independence from
Britain in 1980 after the Lancaster House Talks.
Harare - 12/07/2007
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(Ad inserted 28 June)
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A large progressive farming estate in Swaziland has a vacancy for an
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