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We must be concious of the fact that the only problem with Zimbabwe is R G Mugabe - who is prepared to sacrifice the whole country and its 13 million people to stay in power. 
What is Timothy Stamps and his other appointed ministers and Speaker without MUGABE - absolutly nothing - and we must therefore treat them with the contempt they deserve.
Stamps could not even win a ZANU PF primary election - 231 votes is all he got - regected by the people yet retained by Mugabe - the gravy train is long and very dirty.
The tourism recovery programme announced by Mugabe has no hope of sucess with Mugabe - he is the problem
from the desk of  R W  { Topper }  Whitehead

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23 July 2000 

In today's issue:

From The Zimbabwe Standard, 23 July

Farmers' strike tomorrow

MEMBERS of Zimbabwe's 4 000-strong commercial farming community, who have had their operations disrupted since February by war veterans-inspired farm invasions, are believed to be going on a potentially devastating strike from tomorrow. If the strike goes ahead, as authoritative sources say is planned, its effect could be catastrophic for Zimbabwe's ailing agro-based economy. The commercial farming sector is not only the largest employer in the country, but is the single biggest foreign currency earner.

Sources within the commercial farming community told The Standard on Friday that they now had no other option other than striking, as all other avenues had not been successful in compelling President Robert Mugabe's government to order the invaders off occupied farms. Mugabe has on several occasions openly urged the so-called war veterans to continue with the invasions in what he says is the final onslaught of Zimbabwe's liberation struggle. Although Dave Hasluck, director of the farmers' umbrella body, the CFU, professed ignorance over the issue, he did not rule it out altogether on Friday. "Farmers in Macheke-Virginia and Shamva are experiencing serious disruptions and might be considering shutting down because life is getting very difficult," said Hasluck. "Although I have not heard of the planned strike, farmers might however be talking among themselves about this issue," he added.

The harassment of commercial farmers by the invaders has already led to the closing down of farms in what is Zimbabwe's bread basket region, the Glendale area. Commenting of the halting of operations in the area last week, Tim Henwood, the president of CFU, said: "The lack of proper police protection and intervention, coupled with continuing invasions and threats, means that there is a strong possibility that other farming areas may take similar measures to protect their lives."

From The Independent (UK), 23 July

Farmers call Mugabe's bluff on land

Harare - "Robert Mugabe has created this monster, now it's out of control," says Ian King, a farmer. Outside his office armed police try to negotiate with government supporters who say they have come to throw Mr King off "their" land. In the build up to last month's elections in Zimbabwe, President Mugabe encouraged his followers, led by "war veterans", to occupy hundreds of white-owned farms. He told them: "After the elections, the land will be yours." Having just scraped through the poll, he is now trying to meet their impossibly high expectations.

The veterans want their land and are losing confidence that Mr Mugabe will deliver it, so they are giving farmers deadlines of between 24 hours and seven days to leave. The government is desperate to be seen to be doing something but can only make more empty promises, which further heightens the tension. Last Saturday, the Vice-President, Joseph Msika, announced that people would be given land "within hours". The official in charge of implementing the land reform programme confided it would take "at least four or five weeks". This represents the view of technocrats. Some officials do want to allocate land in an orderly way by providing water and credit to the beneficiaries so that they can become productive farmers. But this takes time - a commodity which Mr Mugabe is running out of.

Critics argue that the President does not want to solve the land question, so as to keep what he sees as his trump card for the next election in 2002. Making grand announcements when it is obvious that nothing is actually happening on the ground does nothing to dispel that impression. A week down the road, with more farm invasions, more death threats and not a single person given land, those who have been squatting in makeshift shelters are only becoming more angry and frustrated. And so are the farmers. Last week a group of farmers in Glendale, 40 miles north of Harare, went on strike. Over a breakfast of wholemeal toast and instant coffee, Richard Arkell said: "For the past five months, we've been wondering what was going to happen tomorrow. When we stopped work, at least we knew what tomorrow would bring. We had regained some control over our lives." The authorities, grappling with an acute shortage of foreign exchange, know the importance of farms to the economy. Three days later, the police had begun to take action and the Glendale farmers began watering their wheat again, lifting the spectre of bread shortages later this year.

Before the strike, government supporters had forced their way inside the gate of one of Mr Arkell's neighbours and lit fires on his front lawn, while singing war songs about killing whites. He ran for his life. Mr Arkell knows that the police are not going to evict the squatters. "But we want to be able to carry on with our work. [Protesters] should remain 100 yards from our homes, they mustn't interfere with the farmers, our wives or workers, and they mustn't demand fuel, food, transport, or anything else." The police agreed to these requests and are now asking farmers to lay charges against anyone stealing or being violent. Two squatters' leaders have been arrested. Others have moved to a corner of a nearby farm. They refuse to speak to reporters "until we receive instructions from our superiors". They live in shacks made from plastic sheets. A Zimbabwe flag flutters in the wind, while washing is hanging on a wire fence. From time to time they go into the wheat fields and drive pegs into the ground, marking out "their" plots. But as long as they don't demand the farm labourers stop work, farmers accept this as progress in Zimbabwe.

Farmers in other areas are following the Glendale example. Mr King's Dorking farm, which supplies Harare supermarkets with dairy produce, is 15 miles away. He and his neighbours went on a one-day strike last week. The next day he was issued with a 24-hour ultimatum to pack his bags. But when the deadline expired and the squatters returned in a brand new pick-up truck, armed police were waiting for them. Mr King reflects: "Thank God they were here, otherwise who knows what would have happened?" He has received several death threats and, until the strike, the police did nothing. After a three-hour meeting, Mr King agreed to give the squatters a portion of his farm. Although they said they would not stay to claim it, the situation was defused. But as one of his neighbours observed: "We're not farming any more. We're spending all our time dealing with these invasions." Mr King says that Mr Mugabe now has a choice - he can either evict the war veterans or let them take over and destroy the country. "A week ago, we believed that he was prepared to let the country melt down. But his appointment of a government of technocrats has given us hope."

From News24 (SA), 22 July

Zim police watch assaults

Harare - Police in northwest Zimbabwe looked on as war veterans occupying a white-owned farm beat four workers for helping their boss try to prevent the occupiers from poaching wild animals on the land, the owner said on Saturday. "They were beaten with the backs of axes - four or five heavy blows on the back and legs," said the farmer, Finn O'Donoghue, by telephone from the Karoi farming district. He said his 80 workers had a confrontation with a group of war veterans after the militants confiscated a rifle and ammunition from a government-appointed ranger patrolling the farm's game ranch, where O'Donoghue breeds buffalo.

"We called in the police, but they arrived with a contingent of war veterans," said O'Donoghue, whose 1 600-hectare farm was among hundreds invaded, often violently, by landless blacks in a government-backed campaign that began in February, spearheaded by veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation war. O'Donoghue said he was called a "white pig" and forced to leave his workers who were then subjected to beatings and "re-education". "They told them I'm a white man and don't belong in this country," he said. "My workers all had clubs and axes with them, but they were all taken away before they were beaten," he said, citing an eyewitness account from one of his workers. He said one of the policemen involved was the Member-in-Charge of the police station in the town of Karoi, about 170 kilometres from Harare. The white farmer told AFP the situation prevailing in the district was one of "total lawlessness". White farmers in several provinces this week launched work stoppages in protest against police inaction towards the war veterans.

From The Zimbabwe Standard, 23 July

Zanu PF now unhappy with farm invasions

SEVERAL members of the ruling Zanu PF central committee on Friday roundly condemned the ongoing invasion of commercial farms, arguing that it was hurting the economy, The Standard has been informed. Instead, the members urged the government to speed up the land reform programme in order to avoid a potential disaster. The Zanu PF members made it clear they were not happy with the ongoing invasions since they were affecting agricultural production, and would impact negatively on the economy.

The sentiments from some of the central committee members came in the awake of an update of the land resettlement programme that was made by vice president Joseph Msika. Insiders said the land issue was one of the subjects that took a long time to be discussed, with some calling on government to speed up the land reforms. "While everyone is behind the land reform programme, we made it clear that resettling people should be done as a matter of urgency. But we deplored the continued farm invasions since it is now hurting the economy. We suggested that those who had invaded the farms should be resettled on land that is available for such a programme," said one Zanu PF legislator. The legislator said the party was worried with "criminals" that were invading the farms, and who were also charging people money for them to be resettled. "We have people who are not war veterans who are invading commercial farms. We made it quite clear that there must be some control to combat the ongoing invasions. The exercise aimed at removing people from the farms has already started," he said.

From The Zimbabwe Standard, 23 July

Mazowe ballot boxes to be recounted

JUDGE president, Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, has ordered that the ballot boxes for Mazowe East constituency, won by Zanu PF candidate, Chen Chimutengwende, be reopened and inspected in order to verify an alleged irregularity raised by the MDC candidate, Shepherd Mushonga. In an urgent chamber application heard on Friday before Justice Chidyausiku, Mushonga, through his lawyer, Advocate Eric Matinenga, argued there were strong suspicions that some members of the ruling Zanu PF party voted more than once in his constituency. He also alleged that there was a lot of movement of people from one polling station to another, and that some people travelled more than 30 km to cast their votes when they could have done so at polling stations closer to their homes.

Chimutengwende polled 18 824 votes against Mushonga's 7 473. In his application to the High Court, Mushonga wanted the registrar-general to open for inspection all the sealed voting packets, voters rolls/registers, and the election materials used in the June 2000 parliamentary election for Mazowe East. "The contents of the sealed packets, election materials and voters rolls/registers shall be opened and inspected under such conditions as are necessary to ensure that the way in which a particular person voted shall not be discovered or disclosed until it is proven that he/she voted and his vote or votes have been declared by the High Court to be involved," said Mushonga.

The MDC candidate, who is also a Harare legal practitioner, said last night there were a number of allegations that he raised in his chamber application which violated the provisions of the Electoral Act. Mushonga alleged that Chimutengwende bussed people to vote for him and that his supporters were intimidated. But in his opposing affidavit, Chimutengwende said his constituency had around 46 000 registered voters, and that if 26 000 people voted in the constituency, that was something to be commended.

"It is unlike the previous elections. What is interesting is that if there was as much intimidation and corrupt and illegal practices as applicant alleges, why such a high percentage turnout? Besides, nothing has been led to show that by virtue of such intimidation, applicant's supporters shunned the voting exercise. Certainly no evidence is before this court to show that one had otherwise left his or her home to vote, and had to refrain from doing so, thanks to my supporters' intimidation," said Chimutengwende in his opposing affidavit. Although Chimutengwende, who recently lost his cabinet post as minister of information, posts and telecommunications, had initially opposed the inspection of the ballot boxes, lawyers representing the two parties agreed to have the ballot boxes inspected.

From The Star (SA), 23 July

MDC disputes lost parliamentary seats

Harare - Zimbabwe's opposition MDC is compiling more than 20 petitions challenging the results of last month's parliamentary elections, the party's legal affairs secretary said on Saturday. "In most of the cases the principal ground is intimidation," David Coltart said, citing "widespread cases of intimidation and violence perpetrated by (the ruling) Zanu-PF with the tacit approval of the candidate." Five applications have been made so far to the high court, ahead of the deadline next Wednesday, all from MDC members who lost in rural constituencies where the violence was centred.

"If any candidate or the agent of a candidate intimidates, that's a literal crime," Coltart said. In many cases, candidates did nothing to stop the violence in their constituencies. "Failure to act amounts to tacit approval," he said. For some losing candidates "we have a very strong case. The evidence is clear (and) we won't have to rely on witnesses that could be intimidated. That's one of our worries", he said. Coltart said the MDC also had evidence of vote-rigging, including ballot stuffing and "treating" or wooing voters through bribes or offers of loans.

Zanu-PF, for its part, has no intention of contesting any results, the state-owned Herald reported, quoting the Zanu-PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, as saying the ruling party would leave the "childish" business of contesting the results to the MDC. The winning candidates will be given an opportunity to respond, after which the high court may order elections to be reheld in contested constituencies if it finds any discrepancies. Such orders may be appealed to the supreme court. Coltart was hopeful that "we'd have trials within a few months", adding: "The courts do recognise that they are urgent."

From News24 (SA), 22 July

Mugabe blames West, whites, for loss of power

Harare - President Robert Mugabe launched an angry attack against the West, white farmers and critical churches, blaming them for the ruling party Zanu-PF's loss of its former near-total control over national politics in recent elections. Addressing the meeting of the party's hierarchy Mugabe said the country's problems were mostly foreign-induced, with "Western forces destabilising the economy" to make the government unpopular and to boost the opposition MDC. He said there was a campaign of "donor hostility" from the IMF, the World Bank and the EU who, "in apparent concert, decided to punish us for pursuing our land reforms". Mugabe said the British government had mobilised "the rest of the world" not to do business with Zimbabwe and tried to influence political events in the country to replace the government "with a pliant one which would not threaten European interests historically entrenched by colonialism".

The senior hierarchy of Zanu-PF went into a second day of meetings on Saturday to try to resurrect its fortunes after suffering unprecedented damage in parliamentary elections last month. On Friday Mugabe admitted the party had suffered "a major political disaster". The party's organs "either do not exist or have long gone dormant", he said. "Probably we got the shock and punishment we deserved." He denounced white farmers - about 800 of whose farms he is in the process of trying to confiscate without proper compensation - as "a beachhead for the retention of British influence". Anglican and Catholic clergymen whose "prayers became full-blooded politics" also came under attack.

Mugabe is expected to address the party's national consultative forum, a larger and broader-based body than the central committee that includes groups like guerrilla war veterans and traditional leaders, on Saturday. At the last central committee meeting in February, after Zimbabweans voted overwhelmingly in a referendum against a Zanu-PF-manipulated draft of a new national constitution, angry party officials shocked the 76-year-old Mugabe with an undisguised offensive against his 20-year domination. However, members may be more reserved at Saturday's meeting as some may be hoping for positions as deputy ministers and ministers of state. According to reports in the Zimbabwe independent press, Mugabe has come under immense pressure from senior party officials demanding to be "rewarded" with official positions.

From The Sunday Telegraph (UK), 23 July

Sympathy for Zimbabwe as they near end of road

THAT native weakness for the underdog notwithstanding, willing the opposition to win - unless a series or tournament has already been won, of course - is hardly the done thing for even a mildly patriotic Englishman. Especially amid an era of ritual humiliations by Romanians and Ecuadorians. It was tricky, nonetheless, to suppress a cheer yesterday whenever a Zimbabwean did something right, and almost inhuman not to smile when Andy Flower's wilting side began to make a game of it.

After five months on the road, at a time when the focus of Heath Streak and other players of farming stock could not help but be distracted by concern for the safety of their families during the most turbulent period in the history of their nation, the end of this tour probably cannot come quickly enough. That Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson were making their farewell representative appearances, before returning to Western Australia and Cape Town respectively, served merely to heighten sympathies.

That the slightly-built but endlessly combative Goodwin fell, albeit cheaply, to what was arguably the ball of the day, a Darren Gough off-cutter timed at 74.1mph that he clearly contemplated leaving, at least made for an honourable and dignified exit. Of the two Johnson leaves the more gaping void. The Flower boys may have lent yesterday's innings a vestige of substance but the left-hander's downfall, edging a lavish drive into his stumps, was the moment hope of a substantial recovery dissolved. One dismissive pull off Andy Caddick to the Mound Stand, self-belief rampant, encapsulated what he has brought to a team.

Dissatisfied with the package offered by Zimbabwe, Johnson's desire for financial security with Western Province was also attributable to the increasingly parlous state of the economy and the rapid decline of the local dollar. Test aspirations, self-evidently, now take a back seat to more earthy considerations. Before throwing his lot in with Zimbabwe he turned out for South Africa A - alongside the likes of Dale Benkenstein and Neil McKenzie - but that decision to recross the Limpopo River, according to International Cricket Council regulations, precludes him from becoming eligible again for another six years. Mercenary? Yes. Understandable? Definitely.

In the light of all this, how typical that Dirk Viljoen, another son of the farmlands, should come close to a serious injury when, plunging to stop a drive from Graeme Hick, the ball struck him on the jaw. As he lay on the turf awaiting treatment, concern was rife that something awful had happened. In due course, happily, he bounced back up and resumed his duties as if nothing untoward had occurred. Whether his country will do likewise remains to be seen.

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Zimbabwe - Our plea for help!!
The farmers need support from the nation. The nation depends upon agriculture

Farmers' strike tomorrow

Staff Writer 3

MEMBERS of Zimbabwe's 4 000-strong commercial farming community, who have had their operations disrupted since February by war veterans-inspired farm invasions, are believed to be going on a potentially devastating strike from tomorrow.

If the strike goes ahead, as authoritative sources say is planned, its effect could be catastrophic for Zimbabwe's ailing agro-based economy. The commercial farming sector is not only the largest employer in the country, but is the single biggest foreign currency earner.

Sources within the commercial farming community told The Standard on Friday that they now had no other option other than striking, as all other avenues had not been successful in compelling President Robert Mugabe's government to order the invaders off occupied farms. Mugabe has on several occasions openly urged the so-called war veterans to continue with the invasions in what he says is the final onslaught of Zimbabwe's liberation struggle. Although Dave Hasluck, director of the farmers' umbrella body, the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU), professed ignorance over the issue, he did not rule it out altogether on Friday.

"Farmers in Macheke-Virginia and Shamva are experiencing serious disruptions and might be considering shutting down because life is getting very difficult," said Hasluck.

"Although I have not heard of the planned strike, farmers might however be talking among themselves about this issue," he added.

The harassment of commercial farmers by the invaders has already led to the closing down of farms in what is Zimbabwe's bread basket region, the Glendale area. Commenting of the halting of operations in the area last week, Tim Henwood, the president of CFU, said:

"The lack of proper police protection and intervention, coupled with continuing invasions and threats, means that there is a strong possibility that other farming areas may take similar measures to protect their lives."

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Sent: Monday, 24 July 2000
Subject: messages of support


We have had a flood of emails over the last two or three days expressing
support for the farmers and their employees who have stopped work in
response to the continuing anarchy in the countryside.

However, we have had quite some difficulty in distributing these messages
the people on the farms through our normal channels.

We have compiled the messages into this one email - about two thirds the
size of the average daily ZimNews report.  Our request is that you mail or
post this compilation to every farmer you know, and to every one you know
who might know a farmer.  It is very important that these messages get out
to the people thay have been sent in support of.

Thank you in advance.

We received the following over the last two days.  We promised anonymity,
names have
been removed, except where the sender explicitly asked to be identified.
These messages come from Zimbabweans of all colours, and from well wishers
overseas.  Please pass on to the people who should read this.

1.  To all those farmers who are standing up not only for themselves but
all of us Zimbabweans, thank-you and good-luck, I personally believe you
have done the right thing, for how long can they get away with this?  I
regret you will all suffer emotionally and financially but I truly believe
it is a worthy cause.  All of our thoughts and prayers are with you, well

2. Would you mind forwarding this to your mailing list in the hopes that
some Glendale farmers see this. My heartiest Congratulations to you all on
your difficult decision to shut down your farming operations until rule of
law is restored and the abominable situation you find yourselves in is
resolved. If more farmers took a principled stand like yours, and more
businessmen in the cities backed them up by: a) not investing in Treasury
Bills and b) not paying Sales Tax, PAYE, and the innumerable levies, over
central Treasury, then the situation would be resolved very quickly. We
have to face losses to bring a return to sanity in our beloved country.
for us all to pull together. With effect from the end of this month I am
withholding all tax payments and banking them in a savings account (not
POSB). They will only be paid over to central treasury once there is a) a
return to the rule of law, b) removal of all farm invaders and c) a start
has been made on a people-driven constitution. I have a small operation,
and, alone, my contribution is not going to effect change. But I hope that
others will be inspired by the principled stand  taken by the Glendale
Farmers, and will join me in this.  I have received three death threats,
the CIO come looking for me while I was on holiday at Kyle, been arrested
and released, and had rifles cocked and pointed at me at a road block.  I
live up in the hills in Goromonzi, and the farms all around us in the
valleys have been invaded. I'm an unarmed, grey-haired grandmother who was
mildly involved in politics (not even with the MDC!!) before the
and I have had ENOUGH of this s--t. It has to be brought to an end.
Glendale, millions of  people are behind you. Our thoughts and prayers are
with you. You all deserve medals for the
hardship you have endured, and for the stand you have taken. You are an
inspiration to us all. Best Regards to all of you wonderful people.

3.  The Glendale Decision You will all have seen by now the message I
forwarded on the decision of the Glendale farmers to cease operations
government sponsored terrorism ceases. I do not know if this will reach
anyone in Glendale (which is the constituency next but one to mine I
but if it does I would like to congratulate you with all my heart. Farming
friends (I actually do have some!) agree that this is what should have
happened after the referendum, as soon as Mugabe moved his terrorists on
the farms. This move may be little, and it may be late, but is to be
commended. However, to be effective it should be done country-wide in the
next few days. Will others have the courage? I pray they do. Pray with me
too. You have more than half the population backing you, probably a lot
given the "margin of terror" in the election. All people respect a stand
principle, and a show of courage.

4. To the Glendale Farmers Vasbyt!   We salute you!  Without the
courage displayed by people like you who are at the cutting edge, we will
not be able to continue
in the towns.  Without your stand we will not have a country.  We  have
reached break-point, may your brave stand help this country to turn around
and allow some sense to rule.  Please tell your workers that we think of
them too.  They have done nothing wrong and nor have you.  We have,
long sad period, longed to reach out to you all, in support. May God bless
you all and keep you safe.

5.  This is to show our support for the action taken by the Glendale
and we hope the rest of the farmers will follow their example. The world
knows that our farmers have had an extremely horrid time, all for the sake
of a mad man's hold onto power. Perhaps the Government will now realise
seriousness of the problem and restore Law and Order through out the
Country. We all also hope that the CFU will take more action instead of
trying to reason with these gangsters.

6.  I fully support the Glendale Farmers' decision to stop all farming
activities - I only wish we could do more in the cities.  Should we all

7.  I would like to urge the farmers who are in protest of the continuity
farm invasions and abuse to carry on with the strike,as far as I am
concerned Glendale as part of Mashonaland central is the countries bread
basket and I wonder why these squatters can risk the whole country losing
all those crops which are suppossed to feed the nation wilt just like
I work for an animal health organisation and I feel I might as well lose
job just like the labourers at the farms if these farms are closed. To the
war vets I would say you failed to farm at your small fields in your rural
homes because of the non-availability of farming equipment how would you
able to do it on these large fields,you're just like a grade one child who
is told to write his name on a small piece of paper and says I can't
I need a big one,how would he manage then?


8.  Congratulations on your very brave stance against this madness. You
have our deepest respect and admiration. God Bless.

9. To the CFU and all Glendale farmers and families, Just to let you know
that we, in Victoria Falls, are thinking of you all and congratulations on
standing united in your protest.  Please let us know if there is anything
'urban dwellers' can do to help you in your efforts. Stay strong, good

10.  I support the farmers' action. There will be no investment in this
country without the rule of law. The lawlessness we see in the farming
community is going to create an environmental problem that will take
to correct.

11.  I fully support the farmers and if there is any way in which I can
assist please let me know.

12. Good on you, Glendale!!!

13.  Our prayers are going to all the farmers' safety. God be with you in
these very trying times.

14.  Hang in there, somebody has to feed us next year. Our thoughts and
prayers are with you. This anarchy will end, history proves that. I wish
could do more to help.

15. This is to advise that the Glendale farmers have my full support in
stance they have taken. I feel that they and their families are so very
brave and something needs to be done to correct the situation and soon.

16. Support for all farmers is always in our inner most minds.

17. To all the farmers who are struggling to maintain their beautiful
country; to their families; to their loyal workers we send you our total
support. We might be 5,000 miles away but you are in our thoughts.

18.  If  what is happening in the rural areas continues, I am
hence such a solution like closing business is the only last option I
support,and what Glendale Farmers did is the best. The tax we pay is being
used to fund the Government thugs to terrorise the Rural areas. The last
resolution is to go to war against such an unbearable condition.We have
abused for too long now,imagine the combined Police and Army terror in
Harare soon after elections,it needs somebody to answer in court. Do not
hesitate to establish my name,we can not die silent,this is what caused
other people to go war during the liberation struggle [unbearable

19. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people affected by the
lawlessness and madness prevailing in our beautiful country right now. We,
and our friends, feel at risk with our British heritage and we worry about
our homes and future here, but we can only imagine how stressed and afraid
the farm families and workers must be.  We never cease to wonder how
restrained the farmers have been to date, and we congratulate them on
strength and bravery. We hope that their 'strike' will pay dividends and
that there will be an end to the violence and intimidation by the
unprincipled, sub human element of our society.  We all know the twisted
thinking of the master of this mess, but we pray that THIS time it will
be used against these already stressed people. God Bless you all.

20.  Glendale farmers, I'm right behind your stance, hang in there, good
luck. We did it - it works. From the Timber Company.

21.  I would like to lift my thumbs up for the Farmers in Glendale.  This
the only way the government might open up their eyes and see the harm and
damage their doing to our economy.  We are with you in support and
Remember the word of God says " I will never leave you neither will I
forsake you,  I will be with you until the end of age".  Fear not the best
is yet to come.

22.  Glendale Farmers, we are 100% ++++++++++ behind you!!  We are in awe!

23. Dear Glendale Farmers, Thank you for taking a principled stand. I and
am sure the entire country support you 100%. I wish the CFU had taken this
approach when the problem initially arose as I believe it would have been
nipped in the bud. Please do what you can to get the rest of the farming
community to follow your wonderful example, you have given new heart to an
extremely dispirited country. Appeasement NEVER pays, a principled stand
ALWAYS pays.. Chas

24. I would like to pledge my support for the Glendale farmers and any
farmer in Zimbabwe who takes action to eliminate the horrible
that the criminals are imposing on them. I have written to my two
congressmen and all Virginian National  House of Representatives in
Washington D.C., asking them to request that the United States not
the Mugabe government until he brings Law and Order back into the country
Zimbabwe and establishes a sound economic recovery policy for all

25.  To the Glendale farmers, their families and their labourforce,
you all the Lord's strength and wisdom you need at this incredibly
time! Thank you for having the courage to make a stand like you did, we
our hats off to you, even on this cold winter's day. We pray it may have
the effect you so desire: that life may be restored to normalcy, for you
for all of us, so that we can work together again in peace for this
beautiful nation. May our Dear Lord give you Courage. Keep it up!!

26.  As a townie - it is impossible to imagine what the farmers and their
families and workers have endured over the last months.  I am in awe at
your tenacity, self-discipline and courage.  This comes with 100%++++ support
for any action you deem necessary to take for your survival and safety.  If
there is any help we can give, please shout....

27.  Just to let all the Glendale farmers know that their recent stoppage
has all my support. Congratulations for taking this stand and I hope your
actions will inspire other Zimbabwean farmers countrywide to join you.
United we stand, divided we fall. Collective action now! Best wishes, Bev

28.  I fully support the Glendale Farmers' action.  The farming community,
both the owners of the farms and their employees, have my full sympathy.
However, this is not a "farming" issue, nor a "land issue" - this affects
every single Zimbabwean, to a lesser or greater degree.  The State's
over the past few months are leading us into an abyss of anarchy and total
disregard for the rule of law. For too long we have accepted our lot,
been brainwashed into believing we could do nothing to change it.  Now
things are different, and we must all stand together and bring about
for the betterment of all our people, and our environment. - Shirley -
citizen of Zimbabwe.

29.  Claire Goddard and her mother, originally of Shangani but now in
Dublin, Ireland, are deeply concerned at the desperate situation that has
driven the Glendale farmers to strike against the violence, abuse and
anarchy of these (so-called) war-vets, by having to close down their
productive farming operations.  Zimbabwe Police, please show your mettle
intervene  -  and intervene decisively !

30.  I just want to say WELL DONE Glendale Farmers, enough is enough and I
feel that all other districts should follow suit, mass action will have
impact.  (Thinking of you Tont and Philip, Kandy Farm, Glendale). Sally
Castledine, Esperance, West Australia

31.  To all the Glendale farmers (in so many of the world's newspapers
today) - Lots of us over here in the UK are  thinking and praying for the
restoration of Law: we admire your courage! euan nisbet

32.  May we add our support for the courageous Glendale farmers who have
closed down their farming operations. Athol, Jan, Peggy.

33.  To:   The Glendale Farmers, We would like to express our support to
Glendale Farmers through this message. Just to let you know there are so
many people who may not be able to help you much physically ~ but you are
all in our thoughts and prayers.

34.  I fully support the stand of the Glendale Farmers in closing down
operations in objection to total lack of enforcement of the rule-of-law by
the authorities. I urge others to support civil disobedience actions as
objection to the partisan bias of the Police & other civil servants. (I
to give Policemen Lifts if I saw them walking on the road, but until they
their job they can walk). If you're not part of the solution you are part
the problem! Enough is enough, we all need to start rebuilding this
& get on with our lives. Bryn, Harare.

35. I applaud the stand that the Glendale Farmers are making against an
intolerable situation that has been going on unabated all over Zimbabwe
several months. I call again for mass civil disobedience by all companies
and individuals in Zimbabwe - why should we continue to work to pay taxes
a government that uses these against us in blatant violation of almost
law in the book - torture, murder, rape, theft, arson etc etc.

36.  In this organisation we whole heartedly support the action of the
farmers of Glendale, further more we believe that other farmers should
the demonstration if they are able to do so.

37.  I salute the bravery of the Glendale farmers!  Thank goodness some
farmers still have b...s!! Trudy Stevenson, MP

38.  I write to express my support for the Glendale farmers. I have never
been happy with the CFU's response to the farm invasions and I think it is
well past time that another approach was taken. What the farmers are doing
seems to make perfect sense to me. I wish them all the best in these
difficult times.

39.  Eventually. A district has decided enough. Congratulations. Our area
will follow your example, God willing.

40.  You are encouraged to proceed with the closing of farming operations.
The World needs to understand that the issue here is RULE OF LAW, not
No one can negotiate with a gun to their head.  You are also encouraged to
approach the diplomatic community with concrete suggestions concerning
role/actions they should be taking.  (from a Harare based diplomat)

41.  I wholeheartedly support the action of the Glendale farmers to "down
tools" while this anarchy is going on.  It is a silent and non violent
protest.   With no help from the government - this is one way their voice
may be heard. Ms. L.

42.  I fully support the farmers actions and the whole of Zimbabwe should
follow suit to show Mugabe that there are very few people who support his
inaction - only those on the gravey train. Let us all pull together -
accomodation is available if required - Topper

43.  The Zimbabwean farming scene is tonight at flashpoint.  Farmers, with
land unlisted, undesignated and even uninvaded are now being visited by
serious groups of militants and being given hours to get off their land.
Violence is being used against them, farm weapons stolen and houses
and the police ignore calls to act. What is going on here?  On the eve of
the opening of Parliament doesn't it reek of orchestration?  Hasn't all
land issue been contrived and manipulated for political gain?  Where is it
all going to end?  And why is it coming to a head at this particular point
in time? The townships are enduring a reign of terror nightly perpetrated
the army and police saying "You voted for change, let us show you the
you will get!" And all because of one foolish, evil old man needing even
more money and power.  And not one thing on any news bulletin. Does it
death to make us news worthy?

44.  Best wishes to those farmers with their actions.  Let us hope a spark
of sensibility will come out of this. I cannot believe the insanity of
is being allowed to happen by the powers that be!!


46.  Dear Sir, I wish to express my total approval with the action taken
the Glendale farmers. The risks they take and the courage they show will
day bring democracy to this land. A big thank you to all of them. JP &

47.  I certainly do support this action by the Glendale farming community,
this is a matter of principle and a courageous decision on their part.
is an example to us all.

48.  Dear Glendale Farmers, As a Christian from the Kadoma area I would
to applaude what you are doing and I pray God will strengthen you and
you into the right decisions. We will also be praying for your safety and
protection. Deuteronomy 31 vs 8: The Lord himself goes before you and will
be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do
not be discouraged. Psalm 5 Exodus 14:14 Your courage is an example to us
all! Cathy

49.  I and my family and my colleges at work  here in Stockholm, Sweden
people), are very worried about the fact that the anarchy, the occupations
and the chaos in Zimbabwe is still going on. The change for the better has
to come. We all support the farmers. leena kokkare

50.  Be strong.  Africa is in our blood and in our thoughts every hour of
every day.

51.  Fully support the Glendale farmers. Why has it taken the CFU so long
stand up to the intimidation? Appeasment can only lead to futher demands
threats. Matt

52.  Please pass this message on - You are in our thoughts, keep up the

53.  By withdrawing our support of the government "newspapers" by not
it and witholding advertising we have made good progress in crippling
Zimpapers.  If we pull together in the same way with regard to farm
invasions,  we can achieve the same thing again.  Starve the Monster.
Shutting down operations must be spread throughout the country despite
financial loss to ourselves.  The townspeople have been to cut off from
terror perpetrated by the incumbent government and don't realise the
of daily life on the farm and rural areas. A message of solidarity must be
spread throughout the country to peacefully demonstrate our anger and
outrage by being willing to forgo our pay if necessary.  Soon there won't
anything to buy with it anyway and what there is, is unaffordable. Some
suggestions 1) Lobby for the investigation into european and other world
asset of members of the incumbent government. Said assets can pay for the
investigation,  afterall we know that there is enough there.  2) Denial of
landing rights and enrty to any and all members of the incumbent party
anywhere in europe or other countries that are concerned. This includes
family members of the incumbent party. 3) Continual badgering and
of the incumbent party by the  international comunity. 4) Withholding of
financial support until a responsible government is in place.

54.  We have nothing but admiration for the stand being made and the
positive attitude of the commercial farmers. In particular we admire the
restraint they have shown when faced with such provocation from the
actions of Hunzi's mob. Regards  Don and Jenny

55.  To all those brave people at risk on a daily basis, I salute you.Be
strong in mind and body.Be gentle but cunning. Please, be carefull in what
you say and do, so as to see another day. The country and its people need
you.My wife and I rent a small house which you are welcome to share if you
or your children need a place to stay in Harare and if I can assist in any
other way please just say the word. Best Regards Gerald.

56.  Yes I greatly support those farmers and on behalf of the university
students I say no to continued anarchy...please keep on communicating so
that we embark on a national demonstaration if necessary.

57.  To Ian Mckersie and all Glendale farmers, Best wishes in your
endeavour, our thoughts are with you. Jean and Paul Watkins (ex Wright
108 South Street, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, 4350

58.  Hello Glendale bunch, Well done, very brave to try to defy Mugarbage
his murderous hellions. Now we need a web raising fund for the demise of
same insane prez. Rgds. L.

59.  You have our support. Your action is applauded. No nation can survive
without  farmers. Lawlessness & anarchy has proven the worst enemy to us.
has maimed our beloved ones, killed our  innocent fellow Zimbabweans & has
destroyed our economy.

60.  To all the Glendale Farmers:- Greetings and good wishes, especially
the many Arundel connections, staff, pupils and parents.  Be assured
Brookehaven is beautiful and the Virtue bell still rings! From Mrs D
former Headmistress.

61.  wd very much like to send messages of support to Glendale and other
farmers. They have been so very patient, courageous and so caring of their
workers - we are all behind them. Many thanks.

62.  The citizens of this country note  with concern, the continued state
sponsored illegal occupation of our vital agricultural sector. We note
the heightened intimdation of the farmers and the retribution that is now
taking place as a result of  the election result. In this light, the pull
out by the Glendale farmers is not only supported, but lauded as the only
way to restore order and sanity in this country. If necessary our entire
farming sector should be brought to a halt, and maybe then, the very real
prospect of starvation for the innocent population of our country, will
our collective conscious as a people and more particularly the
of this violence, out of this destructive bout of insane anarchy. Our
thoughts and prayers go out to the farmers and their families who from day
to day, have to live with this Godless breakdown of law and order. Themba

63.  My wife and I have had the privilege of working in the
Glendale/Concession farming community for a number of years.  Given the
character and commitment of these people, it is not surprising that they
have taken a step as courageous as a united work stoppage.  I have said
years that a united passive stand on the part of the commercial farming
community would be one of the few remaining means of reining in a
that is out of control.  Until now, the individual cost of such a move was
probably too high a price to pay.  Tragically, the situation has
deteriorated to the point where there is no other choice.  We fully
the commercial farming community of Glendale, Concession and Shamva in
most recent action, and suggest that they be joined by the rest of their
brethren across the country.  Mass action on the part of the people is one
thing that present leadership in Zimbabwe cannot resist.  It is criminal
that a rag-tag army of 12,000 should hold a population of 12,000,000 to

64.  Dear friends, Just a short note to let all our farming friends that
are behind you all the way!! Thank goodness we have people of your
and strength to fight for the rights of all Zimbabweans. God Bless and
you all safe, Brian Harare.

65.  In some ways things are changing, the edifice is cracking and there's
possibility of the light at the end of the tunnel being found again (it
stolen by ZPF thieves). It seems as if parliament is going to be fairly
exciting now. I note RGM cancelled the party for new MP's at State House.
Said it was to save money, I think it was because he couldn't stomach MDC
people in his stronghold - and maybe eyeing it up for size. But to me the
biggest and most fundamental change has been the Glendale Decision. I see
today's Zimnews that Shamva also threatens to strike. DO IT guys! The
whole  country will be proud of you, and in particular the majority of the
population who have felt that many farmers have let them down. Passive
resistance was proved by Ghandi to be an extremely effective weapon.
Appeasement NEVER pays, a principled stand ALWAYS pays.. The time for
sitting on the fence, the time for believing what RGM says and for talking
to Hitler Hunzvi is long past. If you believe in "doing the right thing" -
then do it. And if you feel you are doing the right thing, persuade other
districts to follow you. Unity is strength and a united community is a
formidable power. An individual is a soft target, a united community is a
tough nut.

66.  We support the action taken by the Glendale farmers.  Farmers and
workers the nation over have suffered enough.  It is time the Government
publically acknowledged the role farmers play in the economy of Zim.  They
should not just be a punch bag!  Barbara

67.  To all Glendale Farmers, I congratulate you on your brave stand and
prayers are with you through these troubled times. We pray that God will
protect you, your families and your workers and that through this, Gods
will be praised. God bless Zimbabwe

68.  You have my support.  This should be happening throughout Zimbabwe.
What will it take to make these people understand that without a viable
agricultural sector, 9 million+ people will be in need of food aid by the
end of this year????

69.  I send this message as a New Zealand citizen who is appalled at the
harrassment and intimidation of a country's citizens by its own
We wish to express our solidarity with the minority group of farmers and
farmworkers who have courageously carried on farming under the most
difficult circumstances.  The time has come however to say enough is
and we hope this strike will serve as a wake-up call to the government to
get up and do something.  The future success of Zimbabwe and its economy
depend on it. Our support to the farmers and thousands of farm employees
their families. To change.  Carol and Richard Simpson

70. Not being a farmer I can only begin to imagine what the farmers have
been going through to keep the agricultural sector viable. Obviously the
Glendale farmers have our total support. How is it so difficult for the
government to realise that without agriculture the country is finished.
prices in the shops reflect the deteriorating conditions, and when there
very little produce to buy and what is available is out of everyone's
what will happen next.  The farmers are the backbone of this country and
must be given every consideration if we are to survive as a nation, not
in the production of necessary forex but in the production of essential
food. Please let them get on with their jobs and have the rule of law not
only restored but enforced. All squatters are illegal trespassers, on a
farm or in a private home and should be treated as such. We need strong
government not lawlessness.

71.  These farmers have a lot of guts, considering that no matter what
stance is taken, will be misconstrued by the prevailing powers. Lets hope
that with a change from passive to reactive, which they are taking, does
lead to further loss of life as experienced when they had to watch their
farms being invaded earlier this year. Good luck, and keep up the courage.

72.  I write in support of the glendale farmers who have chosen to take a
stand by 'downing tools' in protest of the continuing human rights abuses
occuring throughout zimbabwe. regards tanya, harare, zimbabwe

73.  I fully support the actions being taken by the farmers in the face of
increasing anarchy within Zimbabwe. thanks

74.  A quick message in support of the above...the pressure of carrying
every day tasks with the feeling that you could be attacked at any time
be unbearable. I give my full support and best wishes to all involved.

75.  All the best ,it is about time that you resisted together.You are in
our prayers. Regards, Peter

76.  I support the actions of these courageous farmers without hesitation
and think that the whole country should follow suit.  We need to send a
STRONG message to the murderer at the helm of this govt and his thugs. The
people of this country have had enough of the intimidation, brutality and
uncertainty that has brought the economy to a standstill.  This is the
beautiful country in the world with the most beautiful people and being a
fourth generation African/Zimbabwean, I know it is my right to live here
my right to a peaceful existence.  We have all suffered enough. FARMERS -
bring him to his knees and then let's impeach the bastard.  Well done!

77.  I support and applaud the action taken by the Glendale Farmers. This
should have happened months ago when it first started. The stress and
treatment by these so called war veterans that the farmers have been under
is unbelievable in this modern day and age.  Businesses should also
contribute to making our government take serious action against these war
vets by withholding their tax payments. The land issue should be addressed
in a professional and fair manner not by just walking into their homes and
farms like criminals and telling people what to do and how to do it.  What
right do they and what is our government, army, police doing about these
vets.  It will ruin the country completely.  No farmers no food - its as
simple as that. Lucy

78.  It is about time somebody stood up to the lawlessness in this
Well done Glendale Farmers.

79.  I strongly recomend,this action continues,until the perpurtrators &
their masters desist from this evil.

80.  As a citizen of Zim and an ex resident I wholeheartedly support the
farmers in Zim who are in the front lines, so-to-speak. May the
spirit of these fine people that manifested in the past again manifest
itself in these trying times. Charl

81.  I support these farmers wholeheartedly.I think there action should be
copied by everyone including the urban business communities.

82.  I suppose all I can say must be very similar to what a lot of people
are saying.  Keep up hoping, and remember you have a lot of people who are
thinking and praying for you. We are behind you 100%.

83.  I fully support the action of the Glendale farming Association and I
believe this is the kind of action that should have been encouraged and in
place at the beginning of this fiasco. It is unacceptable to allow the
down in law and order to continue. Not only does it affect the farming
community but it spills over into all aspects of life throughout the
country. The CFU have lost any credibility by their lack of action and I
have yet to meet any Zimbabweans who have any respect left for the

84.  I would like to add my support to the farmers who have decided that
'enough is enough' and would like to suggest that the entire nation be
mobilised along the same lines. The only real power we have is in our
numbers and the distribution of those numbers within our population. We
certainly received the 'quality' vote andf I have no doubt that we would
have won the 'quantity' vote had free and fair elections been allowed. We
can bring this government to its knees provided we all act together. I
believe that there is a lot of dissent in ZanuPF and the time is now ripe
strike and stirke hard. We may have short term problems with this approach
but they will be bearable compared to the long term problems associated
simply tolerating the current situation.

85.  I have read of the strike and I have read that some people are
about Mugabe ranting and raving about white farmers holding the country to
ransom. I think what we must remember is that Mugabe is in a very
situation now. His cabinet is made up of "new" blood, some of whom will
not go along with his ranting. Nkosana Moyo for example is there now, I
him, worked with him in fact, at TA Holdings. I am sure there is no way he
will put up with things that are going to make his job even more difficult
than it already is. Moyo is a man of integrity, who will want to get on
the job he has taken on for the good of Zimbabwe. Then there is Simba
Makoni, another man held in high esteem, and of course, there is the MDC
opposition, all of whom are on the side of the farmer. Take heart farmers,
the majority of Zimbabweans are behind you and will join you in a
revolution, be strong, continue to be brave and give the rest of us some
ideas on how we can help you.

86.  Full support for Glendale action. Just as farming is being made
impossible, so too are most businesses. As fuel situation looks like it is
critical once more it will be in the national interest for everyone to go
a campaign to save jobs and fuel... by suspending operations until a more
realistic climate for doing any type of business re-emerges.

87.  We are in full support of the Glendale farmers' action.  It is well
past time our Government did something about the continuing anarchy in the
rural areas.  Untold damage has already been done to this country, on a
political whim. Paul

88.  Just to let you know we are thinking of you all as you struggle to
and work despite the difficulties of the growing anarchy in Zimbabwe.
(Re)birth is a violent and bloody episode - we hope the newborn will be
strong and good for the people. In love and light...

89.  I would just like to say we are in full support of  the farmers
their tools due to the recent invasions of the farms by the supposed war
veterans.  Don't the war veterans realise they are ruining their own

90.  Hello from America, Just a note to say we support your efforts.


92.  Farmers in Zimbabwe be assured of our support from the farmers in
S.Africa fight for what you have worked for and try not to give in to the
criminals. Ben

93.  I support the farmers' action - the violence its abhorrent to any
being and it must STOP and if the farmers' action will help to put an end
it - it has my wholehearted support. Kay

94.  I fully support the actions undertaken by the Glendale farmers. If
commercial farmers followed this route it would give them massive
power that the Government would have to recognise. All the best, Richard

95.  Hang in there guys my thoughts are with you. Please rely on my
from Cape Town. Adam

96.  In the city we frequently feel powerless when hearing the news from
countryside. What we can do is continue our financial and logistical
for MDC and support any mass action required. It is a time for sacrifice
us all, and if that means a sacrifice of our lifestyles for a while, then
be it. I do feel only disdain and embarrasment when hearing of urban folk
fleeing the country when they are fleeing rumours. Good riddance to them,
the rest of us are staying to fight it out. Good Luck to you all and for
Zimbabwe in the cricket on Saturday! You are in our thoughts. Brian, Mount

97.  Every Zimbabwean, black and white is under threat from these tyrants
who are bent on destroying the economy and find the white farmers to be an
easy target. The farmers were murdered 22 years ago during the war, but
persevered, and are now in exactly the same position, from 20 YEAR OLD
"VETERANS". Please feel free to give my name and e-mail address to any Zim
farmers S.A. support group, if I can help in ANY way. Regards Rob

98.  AMAZING CFU.  I heard on ZBC radio this morning that the CFU "will
oppose the seizure of farms without compensation". Given that this was
on ZBC it could easily be a distortion of the truth (as usual!) I also
received an e-mail stating that the CFU would not encourage farmers to
the strike in other areas, as "the police were taking action." Is theft
dispossession OK if its not violent? Once more, I may have got the wrong
of the stick. However, if anyone tried to confiscate my business, or
interfere with my operations, I just cannot imagine rolling over and
dead. Closing down immediately would be the least action I would take.

99.  Please may the farmers know that I (and I'm certain that everybody
at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Bulawayo) fully support their action. It is
rather late, as we have been hoping for a real reaction from the CFU for
too long. It is high time the CFU gave a solid reply to the war vets'
action. It is our future as nation that is at stake here...

100.  I would like to express my support for these and all the other
in Zimbabwe. My thoughts and prayers for their safety and a quick solution
to this problem are with them. Jayne

101.  Good day, I must say how proud I am to be an ex Zimbo, when I see
these farmers and everyone else putting their all into what seems like a
nightmare. I certainly support these proud and couragous people, and can
only wish them all the very best in their endevour . GOD BLESS you all.
Best regards

102.  Our moral support and thoughts and prayers are with the farmers at
this time, as throughout all this wretched business.  They are the true

103.  CFU Glendale, Just to let you know that we think that it's
the stand you guys are makng - it's been a while that we were thinking
some action of this nature was needed, but much easier to say when one is
not personally involved ... we continue to pray for a resolution to the
issue - perhaps this is it ! We are reminded that all it needs for evil to
triumph is for good men to do nothing, and am happy to see that the "good
men" are able to do something ! God Bless,  The Davy Family

104.  Sir, Having just gleaned on the internet that there is a civil war
situation brewing in Glendale, I am doing as requested - supporting. Even
only in thoughts, they are definitely all positive.  If we could only get
the rest of the farming community to do a "together" thing, they would
discover just how much power they actually do have. Viva Democracy! T

105.  This sort of thing is happening on a daily basis in isolated
all around the country. On Monday 17th July at 3:45 p.m., my father and
mother were for the second time forced to flee their home. At David and
Lorna Coleman's farm in Concession between 200 and 300 war veterans armed
with spears and large sticks and led by Thomas Majuru forced open a locked
gate and surged forward. In doing this they beat up my Dad - a 66 year old
man with glaucoma, a history of heart problems and a back injury caused by
land mine in 1977. These war veterans then proceeded to lock the boom and
lock themselves and my family inside the security fence. They went on to
verandah while my brother, Gary, his 6 year old son Brett and my parents
escaped into the house. For nearly 1 and a half hours the war veterans
drums, lit fires and chanted while about 60 local farmers and the police
support unit rallied round. The police arrived complete with teargas and
guns and stood while a neighbouring farmer, Nick Stobart, rushed into the
house to rescue Brett, who was standing in the corner of the bedroom,
and clutching his blanket. Brett was in the bedroom with my father whom
described as "devestated". Nick managed to get Brett out of the house
he was met by the headmaster who took Brett home with him. Brett spent the
night there with no family and only his blanket for comfort and security.
The mob outside were definitely political - shouting "PamberiZanu PF" and
down with MDC and threatening to kill Morgan Tsvangirai. When Gary was
to dance he refused and was told thet they were going to dig a hole and
him there that night. This was witnessed by the police who did nothing.
can a police force that so easily fired tear gas into a stadium of
people out for a day's soccer stand by and watch while an angry,
gesticulating and potentially violent mob threaten innocent people and do
nothing? Surely they are there to preserve the peace, protect the innocent
and uphold the law and yet they stood by and watched while all this was
happening. Finally my brother and my parents were escorted out and were
to escape to a neighbouring farm where they spent the night. What do these
people hope to achieve with intimidation and violence? Does it make them
better or stronger people? My father was told to get on a plane and go
to Britian  - a place my Father has never been and has no claim to, not
being British. The local farmers were amazing and I still get a lump in my
throat when I think how so many of them risked their own safety and
round and rushed to my family's assistance. A heartfelt thank you to all
you, many of which I do not know but your solidarity has given my parents
strength. This violence has got to stop. People have to be aware that it
happening to many people black and white, all over the country - my family
is not an isolated incident. Zimbabwe has lost 31 people in the
violence - how many are we to loose in the post - election violence? Will
stop when more families have been disrupted and lose loved ones? How can
justify this violence? by keeping quiet are we condoning it? Only by
standing together and speaking with one voice can we make everyone aware
their social conscience and put an end once and for all to living in fear.
Please, pass this on to everyone you know. Don't stand by and watch
you know and care about become another statistic on our T.V.screen. Thank
You, Melanie Benzon (nee Coleman)

106.  To the world at large and whoever may be listening.  White farmers
will be under threat in Zimbabwe until the land issue is settled; and not
creating MORE communal land.  What is happening now will continue to
until either ALL the land is nationalised OR all the land is under title.
Otherwise whites will always "own" land, and black peasant farmers never
will.  The present solution offered by the govt of Zimbabwe ensures that
this scenario will repeat itself again and again to the detriment of
and Zimbabwe as a whole. To the farmers of Glendale, I can only say that
have waited this long to down tools is incredibly brave: nobody can
understand the pressure you have been under and are still under. I
hope for all of you that this action will prompt the government to take
kind of action.  All power to you. Maria, Beit Bridge, Zimbabwe

107.  Val and Horse Sweeney fully support the Glendale farmers in their
actions.  We sympathise with all the farmers in these troubled times and
only hope that the new government will be able to turn things around and
bring some relief.

108.  Our prayers and thoughts have been very much with the farmers in
Zimbabwe for many months now. We believe they are all very brave people,
congratulate them on their stance, particularly those who have closed
farming operations and said enough is enough. "Those who sow in tears will
reap in joy". Remember the words of Isaiah 43 verse 1b to 3. Do not be
afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are
mine. Should you pass through the sea, I will be with you; or through
rivers, they will not swallow you up. Should you walk through fire, you
not be scorched and the flames will not burn you. For I am Yahweh, your
the Holy One of Israel, your saviour. We will continue to pray for you,
families, your workmen, your assets and all your needs. God Bless you all.
Jim and Anneliese.

109. FARMERS STRIKE I hear rumours of a general strike by farmers
outside the auspices of the CFU. If it is true, you can be assured that
whole country will be behind you. I sincerely hope this translates into
fact, because the confrontation and mayhem organised and orchestrated by
is totally unacceptable. If this were backed by the ZCTU and GAPWUZ it
be extremely effective. This is no time for the faint hearted, but I
that resolute action will bear rewards. As many have said, Enough is

110. Having followed the horror in Zimbabwe the last 6 months, through
newspapers, TV and internet, I have written many letters to newspapers and
to politiciens in Holland. I do know that international politics do very
little to help but if all the farmers are boycotting their production, it
will wake up the world. If the farms are going to be taken, production
be next to nothing anyway. An other way is to burn everything but who
do that to their life's work! A strike is really a last try, as if the
squatters are cutting down all the trees, it will be a desert within 6
months and the land will be unproductive anyway. Good luck, will keep on
pestering politics here with letters. Alice

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Hi everyone,

As I have mentioned in at least one recent message, I have had reports from
Matabeleland that more farms were to be seized in that area. While the
farms on the list below seem to be part of the 160 (20 per province) that
most people know about, the fact is that most of the farms on this list
were not even on the list of 804 that has previously been published (
http://www.niner.net/zimcrisis/33.html ).

Between my comments and the actual memo listing the farms is a message from
my correspondent in Matabeleland. Their farm is on the list yet is not, as
they say below, on the gazetted list of 804. This list came as a complete
surprise and shock to them.

I do not have the original copy of the memo, and the information below was
retyped from a faxed copy. Some of the numbers in the "hectares" column
don't make complete sense, but all twenty farms are listed. To see the
columns line-up properly you will need to view this message in a fixed font
(such as Times New Roman) as opposed to the proportional font (Arial) that
most e-mail programmes use these days. Please check your programme's
documentation for instructions.

If anyone out there can shed any light on how farms that are not on the
original list of 804 can be put on a "fast track" list, I'd love to hear
the explanation.


Message from my correspondent dated July 14th:

Dear Craig

So sorry about the letter last night. I was so upset. ZANU PF have said
that they will be resettling the 160 farms which have not been contested
this weekend. The farms have been acquired on willing seller basis. Many of
these farmers have left their farms in order for the resettlement to go
ahead. This new list came as a shock to us. We have not been on the 804
list and even though we have had squatters we have been told by Hunzvi's
men that they would not touch our farm.

On Monday we were in the CFU offices and had a chat with Ben Zietsman. We
both agreed that it seemed as though we were over the hump and that
resettlement would continue in an orderly fashion. The CFU have offered the
government another 200 odd farms.

Last night at 9:30 we had a phone call from our local farmers' association
chairman to say that they'd just seen a new list and that we are on it.
There are more farms in our area on the list and only 1 was on the original
804 list. The government will use section 8 whereby they can issue us with
the notice of acquisition and with immediate effect the squatters have the
right to the whole farm. They may not, however, come within the security
fence area until we have left.

This is all to take place this weekend. I hear rumblings that these orders
have come from Obert Mpofu. He was the ZANU PF candidate in this area and
he lost to the MDC. He is the one who ordered Martin Olds to be killed. He
has offered squatters farmers' heads if they wished to have it. He has
issued many death threats. Most of our death threats have come from Hunzvi
or his office. Since elections we have been on red alert each and every
weekend. Last weekend we fetched 60 odd MDC youths to come and play
football on the farm as Hunzvi was in the area once more and once more we
were to be targeted. Hunzvi never turned up and most of our squatters ran
away only to return on Monday in force.

Will this ever end? There is a farmers' meeting this afternoon in Bulawayo.
Richard has gone into town to attend the meeting. I decided to stay on the
farm and just keep an eye on everything. As soon as I have more information
about this list and a copy of the list I will forward it to you.

Memorandum listing twenty farms to be seized in Matabeleland North:


P.O. BOX 1496



Your minute LAN dated 28th June 2000 refers.

Please find below the names of twenty farms identified in Matabeleland
North Province for the accelerated (Fast Track) Land Reform and
Resettlement Programme.


NAME OF FARM                    HECTARES                OWNER

Crescens Bubi Block             14 571 4776     Cenmat (Pvt) Limited
Redlands Valley          4 349 4981
Gourlays Block
Gravesend Extension                                     E E Machinney
Horse Shoe farm               1 013     " " "
Braema Block                    13 444 6135     J Joubert and sons
Hamilton Farm                    2 567 1978     " "


Mindoro Farm                          2 581     Mindoro Ranches
Merryland Farm                        2 454     Kennebek Farm
Cowston Block                     12 661 03     Cowston Block
Taradale                                      2 621     Mindoro Ranches
Sandstone Creek            2 425 55     " " "
Matabeleland Concession       6 678     R H Greaves


Railway Farm 53          2 431 4548     Arthur Bowen
  " " " 50                                1 924 6468     Wankie Motors
Bingwa Farm                             990     Mr Hewlet
Deka Bridge Farm                 2 569,5591     Wankie Motors
Riverside Farm                   3 547,9712     Charles Davy (correct owner
is D Littleton)
Hankano Farm                     8 051,0727     M P Bennie
Gwaai Ranch                      8 498,24               G Oosthuizen

The Province would like to express its sincere apologies for the delay in
submitting. This was due to the unavailability of State Land Office
personnel who were away on other business and the untimely death of the
Province's Chief Agricultural Extension Officer


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