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Sunday Independent, SA

      The horror of Bob Mugabe's 'final solution'

      'We must clean the country of the crawling mass of maggots,' says the
police commissioner as hundreds of thousands are put out in the cold
            July 3, 2005

            By Loveness Jambaya

            "The house I spent all my fortune on is gone. My family is
homeless. It all happened so quickly. One minute we heard rumours about our
houses being demolished, the next we were hurriedly packing our family's
belongings since the riot police were moving in fast. We watched helplessly
in the winter cold as bulldozers razed our houses. The house I had spent
four years building was destroyed in the blink of an eye. I had borrowed
money and used most of my salary on this house but it is no more."

            Monalisa* narrated her ordeal with despair in her tear-filled

            She is one of the many women and men who have been devastated by
the government-sanctioned twin operations "Operation Restore Order" and
"Operation Murambatsvina".

            The latter literally translated means "no to dirt" and is being
executed by the local government authorities and the police.
            Monalisa lived in Tongogara, in a home she bought through one of
the many housing co-operatives that emerged during the land reform
programme. It is situated a few kilometres outside Harare along the
Harare-Bulawayo highway. The entire settlement was destroyed despite the
fact that people had lived there for more than four years and paid rates to
the local council.

            Observers estimate that more than 300 000 families have been
affected while about 22 000 informal traders have been arrested for
operating without licences among a host of other reasons. Those worst
affected - women, children, Aids patients and the elderly - have had to
brave the cold as they keep vigil over their property.

            While it may be true that the sprouting of illegal settlements
and informal traders needed to be addressed, it is the manner in which it
has been carried out that has raised the ire of Zimbabweans and the
international community alike.

            The question is: why did the authorities allow the situation to
get out of hand in the first place? Their argument centres on the need to
return the city of Harare to its former "sunshine status".

            Yet what "sunshine" is possible when the devastating impact of
the exercise on its citizens' dignity and humanity is completely ignored?
            More disturbing is that these are the experiences of Zimbabweans
at a time when the country is neither under siege nor at war.

            The callousness of the authorities was aptly captured in a
statement by Augustine Chihuri, Zimbabwe's police commissioner, at a
ceremony where he said: "We must clean the country of this crawling mass of
maggots ..."

            His statement was cruel, unwarranted and an insult to the
dignity of Zimbabweans.

            And if this was not enough, approximately 30 members of the
Bulawayo-based activist group Women of Zimbabwe Arise were arrested on June
18 for protesting against the state's continuing campaign against the urban
poor. What do these actions say about the attitude of the state towards its
most vulnerable citizens?

            Displaced families have been put into temporary shelters -
vegetable stalls, tents and farms - where there are neither suitable
sanitary facilities nor fresh water. And those who are here are lucky - many
more are living in the open. I shudder to think of how women, already
traumatised by their forced removal, are managing to maintain their

            And it's made even worse by the continued shortages of mealie
meal and other basic commodities.

            Zimbabwean media are filled with images of homeless women and
children who, like Monalisa, have been stripped of their livelihood.
            The Daily Mirror quoted Shamiso Makamba, 23, who is living on
the banks of the Mukuvisi River with her three children, all under five
years old.

            "Our lives have been destroyed. I was living in the Joburg Lines
[in Mbare] with my younger brothers and sister while I made a living selling
vegetables at the bus terminus. Now that they have destroyed our houses and
prohibited us from selling our wares from Mbare Musika, we do not know what
to do next," she said.

            Fortunately Monalisa is still employed as a primary school
teacher in one of Harare's high-density suburbs, Warren Park. While she has
managed to keep her family alive, all her hard work has been "taken away by
the stroke of a pen", she said.

            "I have nowhere to go with my children. I have spent four days
sleeping in the cold. Even if I get a place to live, I do not have the money
to pay rent and transport to go to work. My husband is unemployed and I have
three children who are all in school.

            "I do not know how they are going to cope with the situation.
            "Accommodation is a problem in the city as several more
affordable cottages I could have gone to rent with my family have been
destroyed. Even Aeneas Chigwedere, the education minister, has admitted that
schoolchildren who lived in these illegal homes have been forced to drop out
of school. However his ministry is assessing the extent of the problem
before they can act on the matter. But how long will it take for them to
assess the matter while children miss out on classes?"

            Monalisa has to start from scratch. Her children have been
deprived of their right to a decent shelter.

            "I have been made homeless in my country of origin, where can I
go for refuge? We hope they are going to do something as this is a

            She said she could only pray for divine intervention: "May God
intervene before we perish."

            *Not her real name.

            .. Loveness Jambaya is the Zimbabwe representative of the
Gender and Media Southern African Network. This article is part of the
Gender Links GEM Opinion and Commentary Service

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The Telegraph

Make corruption history
By Jane Flanagan
(Filed: 03/07/2005)

As we trooped wearily out of Wembley Stadium that July night 20 years ago,
my schoolfriends and I were convinced that Africans would never again
starve. It was exhilarating to be part of what we saw as the Live Aid
solution. To be fair, we were only 15 and had been assured our small
contribution to the millions of pounds raised was the best response to the
continent's plight.

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Aside from Freddie Mercury in a white vest, the most haunting image of the
day had been the grotesque footage of stick-thin Ethiopian children clinging
to life as The Cars' soundtrack Drive filled the stadium. But since then,
more than £200 billion has been spent on African aid and yet, as I witnessed
during five years living in Africa, those appalling scenes of starvation

Large swathes of the continent are less prosperous now than when Bob Geldof
called on me and my classmates to Feed the World and an African life is
shorter and more precarious than ever. African girls are still more likely
to be raped than learn to read, and 30,000 of the continent's children die
each day from preventable illnesses. The Aids pandemic is hollowing out
African society, leaving a community of orphans and grandparents.

Despite its vast mineral wealth, Africa is poorer per capita now than in
1985 and remains woefully behind other developing continents in terms of
economic growth and competitiveness.

Ghana is a prime example of Africa's squandered potential. In 1957, when it
became the continent's first nation to achieve independence from a colonial
power, the former Gold Coast was much richer than South Korea and Malaysia.
While those Far East countries prospered, Ghana's citizens now rank among
the poorest in the world.

Although rich in mineral resources, it has been hamstrung by the endemic
corruption that has turned so many of Africa's bread baskets into basket

Robert Mugabe's recent destruction of Zimbabwe's economy, unchallenged by
his African counterparts, bears testament to the West's impotence in the
face of autocrats who have turned grand larceny into an art form.

A "Make Corruption History" campaign might not have such a glamorous ring to
it, but with nearly £1.5 billion being spirited out of Africa each year into
secret accounts, the issue euphemistically known as "bad governance" is an
obvious priority.

In Africa, where the fast track to personal wealth is through politics,
corrupt leaders could easily be ostracised internationally and the bankers
who hold their ill-gotten gains should be exposed as grubby fences of looted
goods. Take the case of Africa's last absolute monarch, King Mswati III of
Swaziland, whose contempt for the poverty of his people is infamous. His
tiny kingdom is kept afloat by £14 million in aid each year - almost a
million from Britain alone. The Sherbourne-educated ruler last year lavished
almost £9 million on palaces, parties and cars, without overt censure from
the West.

Meanwhile, 40 per cent of Swazis are infected with HIV/Aids and most live on
less than 50p a day. And yet, under recommendations by Tony Blair's
Commission for Africa, Swaziland will be among needy nations sharing an
extra £13 billion in aid by 2010 and another £13 billion after that.

It is almost impossible to imagine how such great slabs of cash will ever
deliver prosperity to those outside the political elites, unless conditions
are imposed on how the money is spent.

Live 8 is correct in shifting the focus on to trade. A cow in Europe
receives more cash support each year than an African. This grotesque anomaly
can be corrected only by removing agricultural subsidies in the developed
world and allowing African farmers to compete on a level playing field. Debt
reduction, "smart" aid packages and a review of trade laws would help to
provide more capital to the continent. But true self-sufficiency in Africa
can be achieved only in tandem with proper governance and a respect for
property rights.

Most Africans knew nothing about Live Aid or what was being done in their
name back in 1985. It was a crucial ingredient to the tragedy. Today that is
no longer true. The internet and satellite television meant that Africans
could not only watch Live 8 but stage their own parallel concerts in a
unique global event.

Today, millions of Africans with only a limited education are as consumed by
the technological revolution as anyone in the developed world. The
communications revolution is informing Africans about the corruption of
their own leaders and raising awareness of trade and employment
opportunities. This, more than a few billion pounds of aid, will contribute
to a lasting change in attitudes needed to rid Africa of its dictators and

. Jane Flanagan was an Africa correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph between
2000 and 2005.
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      US Renews Call for End to Zimbabwe Slum-Clearance Campaign
      By David Gollust
      01 July 2005

The United States Friday renewed its call for an end to the Zimbabwean
government's widely criticized urban slum clearance campaign. The comments
followed reports of at least three deaths in the demolition of a shanty-town
near the capital, Harare, Thursday.

The United States has been a persistent critic of the government of
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

But the slum clearance project, ostensibly aimed at reducing crime in urban
areas, has drawn some of the sharpest U.S. criticism to date, with one
official recently calling the demolition campaign obscene.

State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack opened Friday's news briefing with
a volunteered statement reiterating a call for an immediate end to the
demolitions, which the United Nations estimates have left $200,000 people

Mr. McCormack said Zimbabwe's problems cannot be remedied by what the State
Department has termed a heavy-handed crackdown on the country's poor. "The
government of Zimbabwe must respect the rule of law and address the
country's serious governance problems if it wants to reverse the sad course
that that country is currently on," he said.

Mr. McCormack said the issue is a matter of high-level attention in the Bush
administration, and has been raised in U.S. contacts with the United
Nations, the African Union, South Africa and other concerned parties.

The spokesman said it was also discussed at last week's London preparatory
conference for the upcoming G-8 summit meeting, where British Foreign
Secretary Jack Straw said African leaders have a high responsibility to not
turn a blind eye to what is going on in Zimbabwe.

U.S. officials, who say they have little leverage with Harare, have been
privately critical of South Africa for what they see as a lack of
assertiveness in its dealings with the Mugabe government on human rights

Spokesman McCormack said the administration officials are awaiting the
report of a special United Nations envoy Anna Tibaijuka, who is in Zimbabwe
investigating the slum-clearance program.

In the meantime, he said the United States has allocated an additional
$750,000 to the International Organization for Migration, which is assisting
displaced persons in Zimbabwe.

About $1 million had been previously committed to the Geneva-based
organization for its Zimbabwe activities.
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      S. Africa's Mbeki Reaches Out to Zimbabwe Opposition
      By Ndimyake Mwakalyelye
      01 July 2005

South African President Thabo Mbeki was to meet with officials of the
Movement for Democratic Change on the weekend. This would be the first
meeting between the region's dominant political figure and Zimbabwe's
opposition since the MDC suspended discussions with South Africa following
March general elections in protest over what it said was biased mediation on
Mr. Mbeki's part.

South African Foreign Ministry spokesman Ronnie Moemepa confirmed that a
meeting was scheduled, but said he did not know which MDC representatives
would be meeting Mr. Mbeki. Analyst Chris Maroleng of the Institute of
Security Studies in South Africa said Mr. Mbeki's new approach to the MDC
means he understands it is a key element in any resolution of the Zimbabwe

Mr. Maroleng spoke with reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyele of VOA's Studio 7 for
Zimbabwe from Johannesburg.
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      African Union Initiates Zimbabwe Fact-Finding Mission
      By Studio Seven
      01 July 2005

Sydney Sithole Reporting from Mutare
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Irwin Chifera Reporting from Caledonia Farm
Listen to Irwin Chifera Reporting from Caledonia Farm
Interview with Jesse Majome
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Interview with Displaced Zimbabwean
Listen to Interview with Displaced Zimbabwean

The African Union is sending a special rapporteur on a fact-finding mission
to Zimbabwe to examine the impact of the Harare government's six-week
campaign in which hundreds of thousands of unauthorized houses were
destroyed, leaving an undetermined but large number of people homeless. A
statement on the AU's Web site identified the special rapporteur as Bahame
Tom Nyanduga, a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples'

The statement said that Mr. Nyanduga would conduct a fact-finding mission
between June 30 and July 4. In Zimbabwe he is to meet with authorities and
with "relevant human rights organizations," the statement said. Mr. Nyanduga
will visit the communities of Hatcliff, Mbare, Mufakose and Chitungwiza, and
the Harare-area holding camp of Caledonia Farm, among other locations. He
will also go to rural villages where people have been relocated after losing
their homes.

Meantime, United Nations special envoy Anna Tibaijuka continued to assess
the consequences of the government's housing crackdown. She traveled by
plane to the eastern border town of Mutare late Friday after visiting
Caledonia farm earlier in the day and Porta Farm, site of another holding
camp, on Thursday. Sources said the displaced begged her for help, to which
she responded that all parties would work to find a "permanent solution."
Reporter Sydney Sithole of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe described Mrs.
Tibaijuka's visit to Mutare.

Displaced people living at Caledonia Farm, 25 kilometers southeast of
Harare, told another Studio 7 reporter that conditions there remain bleak.
Mrs. Tibaijuka toured Caledonia Farm on Friday morning. Her staff handed out
bread and juice to the crowd of displaced people. Thousands of families were
moved to the camp after they lost their homes in Operation Murambatsvina.
Irwin Chifera visited Caledonia Farm today and filed a report on the
conditions there.

One human rights activist said that the U.N. envoy's visit has allowed Mrs.
Tibaijuka to measure the scale of the crisis in Zimbabwe. Spokeswoman Jessie
Majome of the National Constitutional Assembly said reports in the official
Herald newspaper indicating Mrs. Tibaijuka has endorsed Operation
Murambatsvina should be taken with a grain of salt. Ms. Majome told reporter
Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that she is encouraged the
international community has become involved.

The United Nations special envoy faces certain challenges in getting a true
picture of events from victims of Operation Murambatsvina. Some refused to
tell the U.N. delegation their stories for fear of reprisal by state
security agents. Mrs. Tibaijuka tried to allay such fears by taking
testimony behind closed doors.

Sources among civil society organizations said she heard moving testimony
from victims of the state crackdown including one young woman who gave birth
on the rubble of her demolished home. Another victim spoke with reporter
Chris Gande of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe, asking that her name not be
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How to find asylum in Britain

Be a nurse or a doctor seeking work rather than a genuine refugee fleeing
oppression in Zimbabwe

Nick Cohen
Sunday July 3, 2005
The Observer

Take two nurses from southern Africa in the week of the G8 summit. The first
is a Malawian who wants to escape to Britain because she's tired of striving
for next-to-nothing in flyblown hospitals and looks forward to making 10 or
20 times her salary in a job with the NHS.
The second has fled Zimbabwe to escape Mugabe. Malawi isn't a safe place for
a Zimbabwean to be. The local cops are friends with Zanu-PF, as are the
ANC's finest in the South African police. There are stories of dissidents
being handed over to the goons. She, too, wants to reach Britain and find
sanctuary in the imperial mother country, a land she has heard which prides
itself on its liberal good faith.

If you listened to Tony Blair last week, you'd assume there'd be no contest.
'Genuine asylum seekers, or people whose claims are upheld from Zimbabwe,
will continue to get asylum here,' the PM said. The asylum-seeking nurse
will be fine, as long as her fear of persecution is genuine. By contrast,
our Malawian nurse should have no chance. Since 1997, when dictator Hastings
Banda died aged 101, and proved in his long struggle to cling on to his
worthless life that only the good die young, there hasn't been significant
persecution in Malawi. She's bogus and, as the press and politicians have
said for years, Britain welcomes genuine refugees but has no time for
economic migrants.
The nurses will find that the truth is the exact opposite. All the fuss
about New Labour temporarily suspending the deportation of Zimbabweans for
fear of spoiling this weekend's euphoric self-satisfaction missed the point
that the government has done its best to stop all refugees from Zimbabwe
getting to Britain in the first place by imposing visa controls.

I asked Sarah Harland of the British Zimbabwe Association to name one
opponent of Mugabe who had been granted a visa. She laughed. The whole point
of visas is to stop refugees. The more wounds you can show, the faster you
are shown the high commission's door.

Zimbabweans go to Malawi and South Africa. The few with the money and
inclination buy fake passports and rely on people smugglers to find a way
into Britain. They've no choice, but their desperation means that a
government that has driven them into the arms of people smugglers can
maintain they're con-artists using criminal gangs who aren't really

'People were claiming to be from Zimbabwe and turning out to be from
somewhere else,' said Tony Blair last week, while former Foreign Secretary
Robin Cook went on Radio 4 to denounce the people smugglers. They sounded
like Dr Frankenstein railing against his monster.

Our Malawian nurse, economic migrant though she is, will sail through
immigration control. The shortage of nurses will guarantee her a work permit
and once she has done a short course, she can go on the wards. Last year,
Britain took 511 nurses from Nigeria, 391 from Zimbabwe, 354 from Ghana and
64 from Malawi.

If our Zimbabwean nurse said she was an economic migrant, she'd be fine. If
she made the mistake of telling the Home Office or Foreign Office she was a
victim of political persecution, she could be stopped from entering by visa
restrictions or arrested at Heathrow.

Georgia Benjamin, health officer of the World University Service which helps
foreign academics, told me she sees about a dozen asylum-seeking doctors a
week. While the NHS takes their colleagues from all corners of the world,
they sit around waiting to hear if they will be deported. They're unable to
practise and unable to take the exams which would allow them to practise.

The Department of Health has a code of conduct which prohibits hospitals
taking nurses from sub-Saharan Africa. But because New Labour is the way it
is, the code doesn't apply to private recruitment agencies. It only stops
British hospitals deliberately seeking African nurses. If a nurse from
Malawi is picked up by an agency and applies, trusts are free to take her.

This licence to depopulate African hospitals can hurt the nurses. Howard
Catton, of the Royal College of Nursing, tells stories of women falling into
the hands of gangster agencies which take their passports and their wages.
But a survey he organised with the King's Fund found that most were happy.
If you were a talented nurse working in a country which was burnt out by
Aids and corruption, you'd be happy to get here, too.

The result is a catastrophic flow of medical staff from south to north. When
there are only 600,000 healthcare workers for the 682 million people living
in sub-Saharan Africa, when only 60 of the 500 doctors trained in Zambia
since independence are still there, you can give as much to charity as you
want, but you won't save the children from preventable deaths if there's no
one to administer the drugs.

The best side of New Labour is that it has doubled health spending since it
came to power. Such has been the increase in medical training, Britain will
soon be self-sufficient in doctors.

It sounds marvellous, but James Johnson, the chairman of the British Medical
Association, warns that this happy state won't last for long. The US will
need to employ 200,000 more doctors and 800,000 more nurses in the next 15
years. The wages are the best in the world, America is a great place to live
and Johnson predicts that doctors and nurses will be sucked in from every
English-speaking country, including Britain.

Perhaps it will only be when we know what it's like to spend money training
doctors to be poached by foreigners, that the British will learn how
hypocritical and self-defeating their bogus treatment of poor world migrants
has been.

Pipe dreams and Mafia dons

As the sun beat down on Sicily last summer, there was the traditional water
shortage and the luckless residents of Palermo knew who to blame.

Ever since the Mafia brought the island's water vendors under its control in
the 1870s, it has been determined to stop Sicilians getting a reliable
supply. 'They aren't interested in repairing damaged systems because that
would mean losing business,' explained Roberto della Sora, director of the
Legambiente environmental group.

Indeed it would. The dons want pipes to leak so they can sell water from
their private wells at exorbitant rates and add to the $1.4 billion they've
stolen in the last 20 years from funds for new reservoirs which were never

The Sicilian re-formed communists campaign on the slogan 'Water in Every
House! No to the Mafia!' Their killer fact is that 40 per cent of Palermo's
water vanishes through leaking pipes.

Back in Britain last week, the Environment Agency warned of a hosepipe ban,
while Ken Livingstone told Londoners not to flush if they had 'just had a
pee'. Neither mentioned that according to Livingstone's own London Assembly,
the killer fact about the shortage is that Thames Water loses 40 per cent of
London's water through leaking pipes at 1,000 million litres a day, or
enough to fill 17 Olympic swimming pools every hour.

In these circumstances, appeals for restraint will be hopeless. We will
think of the execs' seven-figure salaries and the shareholders who have
grown fat by sucking at the public teat, and let the taps run.

Unless, that is, privatisation moves on and the incompetents are replaced by
the Mafia. The boys from Palermo couldn't be worse managers than we have
already and they'd be much better at confronting householders who insist on
keeping their bathrooms clean and lawns healthy.

Save me from café society

The Independent reports that a recruit to Richard Curtis's office saw him
slumped over his desk, head in hands. Half-an-hour later, he was in the same
stricken state. 'The thing is,' explained a colleague, 'Richard's very
worried about Africa.'

Maybe. Or maybe he was weeping tears of rage against the BBC for failing to
save him from himself and allowing The Girl in the Café to be broadcast.

Curtis is a kind and good man. But by the time Gina (right, played by Kelly
Macdonald) had burst into the G8 and, with clicking fingers and a lump in
the throat, persuaded the world's leaders to set about poverty with the
vigour of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland putting on a show in the old barn,
I was ready to donate money to the Common Agricultural Policy or join
Zanu-PF or start a new war between Ethiopia and Eritrea... anything rather
than sit through any more of this monument to vacuity.
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The Sunday Times UK - Comment

                        July 03, 2005

                        Let's target our poor record on dictators

                        WHEN we live in a society of excess, it seems absurd
that so many people around the world and particularly in Africa die from
poverty. However, Michael Portillo (Comment, last week) is right in that we
cannot simply pump money into Africa and elsewhere without ensuring that it
really does go to the front line.
                        With the 20th anniversary of Live Aid, I cannot but
wonder whether the money raised then did go to help the people it was
supposed to or whether some inadvertently helped to prop up corrupt and
brutal dictatorships that make up too many governments in Africa.

                        Yes, we should all strive to eliminate poverty in
the world but more needs to be done to bring about an end to regimes such as
Mugabe's in Zimbabwe. Jack Straw may talk a good talk, but what actually has
the world community done to bring this tyrant to book?

                        Michael Newbold
                        Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

                        GLOBAL PARTNERS: Portillo suggests re-colonisation
but why not a new partnership with Africa? Africa will only be saved with
good governance.

                        It is only the West mortifying itself over its
colonial past that prevents it offering a new partnership. We help build
transparency in government, assist in education building, rejig trade
relationships and supervise in partnerships. If some think tank isn't
thinking along these lines, it should be.

                        It might even add some gloss while the US and the UK
take a battering on Iraq.

                        John Norman
                        London N12

                        PREVENTION AND CURE: You report that Cardinal Cormac
Murphy-O'Connor is going to lead the Roman Catholics in Edinburgh in a
demonstration to reduce poverty in Africa (News, last week).

                        I think his time would be better spent going to Rome
and arguing with the Pope against the man (not God) made laws about
contraception and the distribution of condoms. Reducing unwanted pregnancies
and the spread of HIV/Aids would do more to reduce poverty than billions of
pounds and dollars.

                        Professor Eva Kohner
                        London W14

                        SHOW US THE MONEY: Perhaps the media could report on
the use of public donations and government aid to the suffering people,
instead of endlessly focusing on Geldorfian simplicity.

                        Perhaps someone could follow the movement of
donations from members of the public, through to their use and effect on the
apparent targets.

                        David Russell
                        Vilamoura, Portugal

                        NO QUICK FIX: There are sometimes things in life you
can't "fix". Perhaps we can't "just fix" Africa.

                        David McMullan
                        (aid worker in Africa since 1989), Alicanate, Spain

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A cry for the poor of Zimbabwe

Human rights violations by the regime government in Zimbabwe should never be
treated with kid gloves by the free world! It's a pity African silidarity
ignores crying voices of  the traumatised people of Zimbabwe and instead
appease a clever and cunning dictatorship.Why does the government ban
international journalists if it is not to prevent them from reporting its
evil machinations. 'Silent diplomasy' is silent assassination, a stub in the
back by fellow Africans without compassion of the victims of hatred. Urban
people are paying for the government's mismanagement and corruption and
challenge to their one party sate dictatorship.
                                                     Who will protect the
poor if their own governmemt kicks them away as dirty (tsvina)."Operation
Murambatsvina" is wicked and callous, its motives are clearly to decimate
the population.The world shoud take the cues, Didimus Mutasa is on record
for saying Zimbabwe only needs a polulation of 6 million and so they will
kill.Do we wait for a genocide do take place then eveil can be stopped? How
can anyone justify the madness of throwing people out of their homes in the
coldest month of the year? This should treated as a a crime agaoinst
humanity.People's means of livelihood, shelter, children's education and
security all have been destroyed mercilessly with armed men! Imagine being
forced to distoy your own shelter at gun point! Think of the people now
starving, those who have died and those who will die! Think of all those
weakened by HIV /AIDS sleeping outsite homes out in the cold in June! The
leaders distroyed the economy, they distroyed people's jobs and now they
distroyed their homes and means of livelihood.

The world should never be hoodwinked into thinking there is government
planning to help poor people! You don't bring Youth militia, riot police and
armed soldiers with guns beating up people making them refugees in their own
country then and turn and say that this is good for the people! Right now
people are frightened of their own governmemnt, is that an internal affair?
How many millions have now become refugees  and being are degraded in other
countries?Botswana is creating an electric fence to block Zimabweans and
introduced flogging of Zimbabwean refugees-Is that an internal problem?
People are being tortured home and away! Zimbabwe is now a police state and
people are not free!The African leaders are all pathetic in failing to
rebuke a clear case of human rights violations.They claim that it is an
internal problem when they are receiving an influx of refugees whom they are
mercelessly abusing in their countries.Somalia moved to the present state
bit by bit when the shameless OAU now callin itself AU watched at a distance
and dismissed as an internal problem.Now Somalia is no more and it has
disintegrated into War lords's territories sponsored by Arabs.

Let us say "NO!" to dictatorship.Honorable men and women with conscience
should resign from a cruel organisation. MDC is silent when all this
happening and some are ven coniving with the ruling party!


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The Scotsman

Mugabe attacks Blair and turns back on 'useless' Commonwealth


ROBERT Mugabe has ruled out ever trying to get back into the "useless"
Commonwealth during a blistering attack on Tony Blair and his "gay

In his first interview for more than a year, Mugabe also insisted he had
discussed the issue at length during a meeting with Prince Charles, where he
expressed his admiration and respect for the Royal Family.

The 81-year-old did, however, say he would open his doors to Foreign Office
diplomats in a bid to restore relations between Zimbabwe and Britain.

Mugabe has been ostracised by the international community after a million of
his own people were made homeless in a campaign to punish opposition
supporters for voting against his ruling party Zanu (PF).

The Zimbabwean president said in Harare: "If Tony Blair wants to open his
doors and he wants us to open our doors, fine. His people can come here. My
people can go to London and mend our relations."

But he dismissed speculation that members of the Commonwealth Secretariat
would be able to persuade him to try to rejoin the 53-nations 'club' that
takes in roughly a third of the world's population.

He described the Commonwealth as "a useless body which has treated Zimbabwe
in a dishonourable manner". Mugabe told the London-based magazine New
African that he wants his rejection of the Commonwealth written in the
hearts of the people of Zimbabwe.

"We will establish relations with individual members of the Commonwealth;
there is nothing wrong with that. And even if we get a Britain which is not
run in the same way in regard to our relations as the Britain of Tony
Blair - fine.

"We will mend our relations, and this is what I told Prince Charles when we
met in Rome recently at the Pope's funeral."

It is the first reference Mugabe has made to his handshake with the heir to
the British throne on April 8.

A Clarence House official said: "The Prince of Wales was caught by surprise
and not in a position to avoid shaking Mr Mugabe's hand." But according to
Mugabe, the two men had a long chat and recalled the night of April 17,
1980, when the Prince attended Zimbabwe's independence celebrations.

"We discussed relations and we said we have tremendous respect for the
Queen. Every member of the Royal Family has been to Zimbabwe and we have
tremendous respect for every member of that family.

"We have souvenirs of their visits here. We respect them and we continue to
respect them." But that "respect" excludes Tony Blair, whom Mugabe says is
surrounded by people he refers to as "Blair's gay gangsters".

A source close to the ruling Zanu (PF) party, who asked not to be named,
said: "It's a typical Mugabe ploy. He is appealing to the British people
over the head of Tony Blair.

"Mugabe is clever. He uses the same tactic with the South Africans and
threatens Thabo Mbeki whenever he can. He says to African leaders that
Mbeki - who is George Bush's point man in Africa - wants Mugabe to go slow
on land reform because he [Mbeki] is a puppet of the white man."

Last week Scotland on Sunday revealed that low-level talks between
Zimbabwean and British officials had already opened in Harare on the subject
of repairing long-damaged relations before the start of the G8 meeting at

Mbeki and his Tanzanian counterpart, Benjamin Mkapa, are expected to tell
Britain and other G8 countries to seek a fast agreement with Zimbabwe in
order to stave off hunger and chaos in a key southern African country.

They would like to see Mugabe retire and live comfortably with his young
wife Grace and their three children at a £7m palace in the once all-white
suburb of Borrowdale in Harare.

The understanding would be that Britain and the Commonwealth Secretariat
would then deal with the next Zimbabwean leader Joyce Mujuru, the vice
president, who is married to one of Zimbabwe's richest men, Solomon Mujuru.

He was the commander of Mugabe's military machine during the war against
white-ruled Rhodesia between 1972 and 1979.

Meanwhile, diplomats in Harare were stunned to hear that Anna Kajumulo
Tibaijuka, executive director of the Nairobi-based UN-Habitat and a close
friend of Tanzania's president Ben Mkapa, who supports Mugabe, had told the
People's Daily in China that by demolishing thousands of shantytown homes,
Mugabe had declared war "not on poor people but on poverty".

She was in Harare to study the scope of the recent eviction of "illegal
squatters and dwellers" who, say Zimbabwean insiders, supported the
opposition Movement for Democratic Change at the election in March.
Television pictures showed her being handed a starving baby at Porta Farm in

"The baby is starving," she exclaimed, handing it back immediately. "Give it
food." But a voice off screen said - "There is no food."

The legal affairs spokesman for the MDC, David Coltart, told Scotland on
Sunday that he expected Mugabe to start demolishing the homes of anyone who
opposes him. "I have no doubt that if the Mugabe regime can think of a
pretext that it can sell to Africa, it will do anything to undermine the
opposition," he said.

"That could easily include raiding homes of opposition figures. I suspect
that they will allege that leaders are individually guilty of some serious
offence and use that to justify further harassment."

He added: "Mugabe said that his intention was to bury the opposition, and he
and his cronies will undoubtedly do everything possible to destroy the
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Bay of Plenty Times, New Zealand

KAPAI: It's time to crack merciless Mugabe for six

      When Elvis released his hit song In the Ghetto it made the whole world
shiver with shame as you painted a picture of the snow falling on a cold and
hungry child in the ghetto, with his mama crying, because she couldn't feed
the little hungry mouth who cried out for kai.
      And so it is today in Zimbabwe where thousands of Mamas and their
babies are about to face the freezing cold in a ghetto created by Robert
Mugabe or should I say Robber Mudgarbage and his gutless government. This
dictatorial dickhead is waging war on his own people while the world watches
and waits for the next over to be bowled.

      Trouble is, if we wait and watch too long this mudguardhead Mugabe
will destroy everything and everyone in his way and before you can say Idiot
Amin, Pol Pothead or Slobbering Sonofabitch, we have genocide knocking at
Zims door.
      So what can little old land of the long white cloud do to rain on
Rubbish Mugarbage's regime? Send over our one warship our one warplane and a
truckload of get well soon cards? Yeah right. That's like sending kittens to
Clive to fix up the Lions.

      Surely we can stand up to Zimbabwe in the same way as we stood up to
South Africa not that long ago. What Graeme Mourie, a man of mana did, by
turning his back on a test jersey for the peoples of the rainbow nation was
a big ask. Now Stephen needs to stand tall in the same way and stay home.

      The other bad bugger in this sad movie is the part played by the ICC
who refuse to see past profit and, just like other fish heads who see human
suffering as some one else's sin bin, their refusal to stop this cricket
tour is a stubborn reminder of who controls sport on and off the field.

      And that's what the ICC who don't see and Rubberduck Mudguardhead who
won't see have in common, and that is control at all cost. He is hell-bent
on revolution not resolution and when there is no food, no whare and no
future but violence for the innocent citizens of Zimbabwe then it's time to
pull up stumps and stay home.

      Maybe we should send Tana and the boys in black over there to do a bit
of spear tackling practise on Mudguards head or maybe we should get Billy
Birmingham, the 12th man to send him a song that would be the new national
anthem for Zimbabwe. And maybe the words of Elvis will wake up the world
once again to the hungry child in the ghetto.

      If the voice is loud enough the ears of the ICC will have to listen.
At the moment there is a murmur of support for Zimbabwe here in Aotearoa New
Zealand that needs to be microphoned by the voices in Parliament with a
choir of korero from our Black Caps who will wear a black armband if they do
not boycott Mugabe's madness.

      To the uninformed, take the time to visit and
when you understand, then make a stand, for the mama who is crying for the
hungry mouth she cannot feed in the ghetto. Arohamai to the many South
Africans and Zim expats living here in Tauranga today who must be hurting
big time right now.

      Pai marire

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Graft campaign threatens Zambia's Mwanawasa
      03 Jul 2005 01:10:17 GMT

      Source: Reuters

By Manoah Esipisu

LUSAKA, July 3 (Reuters) - Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has made his
anti-corruption campaign the hallmark of his administration, hoping to
persuade voters to give him a second term in next year's elections.

Now it may well secure his ousting.

Mwanawasa's graft-busting drive has won Zambia backing from Western
governments, who this year granted nearly $4 billion in debt relief under
the World Bank and International Monetary Fund's Highly Indebted Poor
Countries (HIPC) initiative.

Bilateral donors have also poured millions of dollars into the impoverished
southern African country, burnishing its image as a can-do alternative to
chaotic neighbours such as Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

But the campaign has also won Mwanawasa powerful enemies within the circle
of former President Frederick Chiluba, the man the anti-graft efforts have
largely targeted, while some senior figures in his own administration are
unsure of whether they may be next in line for investigation.

The ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) last month expelled
former state vice president Nevers Mumba after he called for an
investigation into accusations of corruption he made against the president.

Significantly the party did not say whether it would probe the allegations
and Mwanawasa cancelled the MMD's internal polls planned in May to pick its
candidate in the 2006 polls, telling a public rally that his enemies had
plotted to oust him.

Mumba has rallied support around disgruntled MMD members while the
opposition is in talks to form a united front against Mwanawasa, a
combination which could pose a severe threat to the president's hopes for a
second term.


Chiluba picked Mwanawasa as a successor in 2001 after his own bid to change
the constitution so he could run for a third term failed. He has since
called the anti-corruption campaign a political vendetta and is known to be
close to the president's opponents such as Mumba.

"We have a very uninspiring presidency. Mwanawasa does not have the stature
and programmes that can deliver prosperity to Zambia," Mumba told Reuters at
his home in Lusaka.

"This so-called anti-corruption crusade has been a charade. Nearly four
years later Mwanawasa's government has secured only one conviction and he
has refused to respond to charges I made about corruption within the party
he leads," Mumba added.

Zambia's Supreme Court this year rejected a challenge brought against
Mwanawasa's 2001 election on the grounds that it was rigged. While it
admitted that some state funding had been used in Mwanawasa's electoral
campaign, it said graft was not widespread enough to invalidate the poll.

Zambia's graft credentials were tested last month when the government
withdrew corruption, fraud and abuse of office charges brought against
Mwanawasa ally Kashiwa Bulaya, who was accused by investigators of diverting
to private use millions of dollars meant for AIDS drugs.

After weeks of vocal protests by foreign ambassadors and opposition and
human rights groups, the government announced a climbdown and said that
Bulaya's case would be reopened in the public's interest -- but that failed
to satisfy critics.


"The mere fact that they tried to withdraw a case such as this one speaks
volumes about the government's commitment to fighting corruption," said
Alfred Chanda, professor of law and president of the Zambia chapter of the
global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International.

Jotham Momba, professor of politics at the University of Zambia, said he saw
Mwanawasa easing off the corruption campaign as he started to prepare for a
re-election campaign that could see him turning for help to some of the very
people who have been prosecuted.

"Therein lies the problem. This re-election saga could prove very costly,"
Momba said. "It could be Mwanawasa's downfall."

Momba also said that Mwanawasa had not delivered on promises to deliver a
new constitution that trimmed presidential powers and removed colonial-era
oppressive laws.

Instead Mwanawasa says he wants that constitution enacted after 2006
elections. Analysts say such a move would allow him, assuming he wins the
poll, to argue that his presidential term had only started under a new
constitution -- giving him a chance to try for a third term of office
through the back door.

Years of stringent fiscal discipline mean Mwanawasa has spent little on
social sectors, given the civil service no pay rise in the last years and
has seen doctors and nurses leave for better-paying jobs in South Africa,
Britain or the United States.

But he has squeezed donors for cash for infrastructure development and
reform of the state electricity company Zesco, ensuring a sharp reduction in
power outages.

With new investment in the copper and cobalt mining industries, investors
say new jobs are on the way, which Mwanawasa is sure to trumpet on his
campaign trail next year.

"The president is committed to fighting corruption, and despite all the
constraints Zambia is growing. We are living the mandate handed to the MMD
by the Zambian people," said Vernon Mwaanga, secretary-general of the MMD.
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Plenty of aid, but no sign of payback

William Keegan
Sunday July 3, 2005
The Observer

Despite the hype - and has there ever been a Group of Eight meeting so well
trailed? - these annual summits tend to be overtaken by events. What world
leaders spend most time talking about are the problems of the moment. It
will be interesting, in due course, to find out how much time Gleneagles
devotes to global warming, debt relief and overseas aid, and how much to
Iran, Iraq, China, the price of oil and a potential international economic
This is not to dismiss the efforts of our Prime Minister and Chancellor, in
alliance with Bob Geldof, Bono, Bill Gates, the economist Jeff Sachs,
various aid organisations, the churches and many others. Your correspondent
is lost in genuine wonderment that the worthy but traditionally boring
subjects of overseas aid and debt relief have become headline news, and
captured the imagination and energy of an entire generation.

With the interest in aid has come a reaction - and a healthy dose of
scepticism. Problems with the distribution of the funds raised by the
tsunami appeal have not helped. And President Mugabe's latest outrage in
Zimbabwe has been a reminder of how the scramble to help Africa now is still
blighted by the legacy of an earlier scramble for Africa.

A package of debt relief has already been agreed by the Group of Seven
finance ministers: the finance ministers and central bank governors of the
US, Japan, Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Canada. (The G8 meeting is the
heads of government of these countries, plus Russia, plus streams of
hangers-on and extra guests.)

Economists have been pointing out that debt relief can, by definition, help
only the indebted and - trust the International Monetary Fund to come out
with this the week before Gleneagles - that aid does not necessarily assist
growth and can be counterproductive if the inward flows of assistance raise
the exchange rate and make the economy less competitive (always assuming the
recipient country actually has an economy).

Nevertheless, the report by the Commission for Africa, after a realistic
examination of the arguments about corruption, arrived at the conclusion
that - given all the provisos about the need for good governance, new
investment and the eventual need for African economies to stand on their own
feet - massive doses of financial assistance were still essential.

A lot has been learnt, and when hard-headed businessmen such as Bill Gates
become involved in the aid business, you can be sure they are concerned, as
President Bush clearly is, that aid really gets through. Even so, the
sceptics are probably right that there has been a certain naivety on the
part of public figures who suddenly discover a continent they knew nothing
about and think they can solve its problems by ticking off a list.

And at the heart of the debates between the UK and certain other governments
(the US, Germany and Japan) about the form of debt relief and the size of
aid packages is the plain fact that the G8 are way below the aid targets set
by the United Nations decades ago - targets set well before pop stars
discovered there was a humanitarian crisis in Africa. Indeed, the very
concept of the Chancellor's supposedly clever device of an International
Finance Facility is a confession of failure: it is because rich nations will
not cough up enough money for aid that recourse is made to borrowing in the
financial markets against the security of promises to raise aid budgets in
the future.

For all the bickering, at least some appreciable progress has been made in
this area, which is more than one can say at the time of writing for the
Prime Minister's attempts at a breakthrough with President Bush on the
global warming front.

Did it not occur to our Prime Minister that when he shamed our nation by
backing President Bush's invasion of Iraq, the people behind Bush, namely
Cheney and Rumsfeld, were principally interested in securing supplies of oil
in the Middle East, and the reason they wanted to secure oil supplies is
that they do not, to quote President Nixon, give an expletive deleted about
global warming?

The debate is moving in the US, but Blair was rash to assume he had any
serious influence on that debate, or that - obscene thought - this was
'payback time' for Iraq. What we do have are the immortal words of President
Bush in a recent interview in the Times: 'There's an interesting confluence
now between dependency upon fossil fuels from a national economic security
perspective, as well as the consequences of burning fossil fuels for
greenhouse gases.'

Part of the background to this summit is the instability in the world
economy associated with the way the US is spending way beyond its means,
both in the public and private sectors, and piling up debts as if there were
no tomorrow. As Sushil Wadhwani, a former member of the Bank of England's
Monetary Policy Committee, recently told the Society of Business Economists,
the accumulation of dollars by Asian economies means that they now account
for about 60 per cent of global foreign currency reserves, although for only
20 per cent of global gross domestic product.

The former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Paul Volcker, recently said:
'At some point, both central banks and private institutions will have their
fill of dollars.' The Bank for International Settlements - the Basel-based
central bankers' bank - states in its annual report: 'The dollar, in real
effective terms, is no lower now than its average of the last 30 years.
Given how little the US trade deficit seems to have been affected to date by
dollar depreciation... some further movement seems almost inevitable...
[yet] a number of important creditor countries, particularly in Asia, have
taken significant steps to hold down the value of their currencies against
the dollar, thus impeding the needed downward adjustment of the dollar.'

China is the big intervener in the exchange markets and the great
accumulator of dollars. The US may have defeated Russian communism, but it
lives in fear of China's one-party mixture of communism and capitalism. It
is fine for US institutions to buy up the world, but all hell has been let
loose in the US media because of the bid from the China National Offshore
Oil Corp (70 per cent owned by the Chinese government) for Unocal, a US
energy company with what is known in the trade as a 'global reach' for
scarce oil and gas resources.

The US has been content to finance its huge trade deficit with other
people's money, but some of the other people have accumulated massive
financial resources. As the US economist Paul Krugman recently observed:
'Buying a company is a lot cheaper, in lives and money, than invading an
oil-producing country.'

One of the concerns raised by the BIS is 'shortsightedness in policy advice,
which could turn today's solution into tomorrow's problem'. The BIS says of
the US: 'Given the size of the government deficit, the obvious first step
will be to cut expenditures and raise taxes.' It adds in a masterpiece of
understatement: 'While the administration has set a deficit reduction
objective, the specific policies required to implement this remain to be put
in place.'

The kind of specific policies Bush has gone in for are tax cuts for the rich
and an invasion of Iraq that has gone disastrously wrong. These were both
specific policies in the wrong direction. As a senior international official
recently observed, one cannot blame the resulting rise in the US deficit on
the Chinese desire to save.

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New Zealand Herald

      Greens draft bill to stop Zimbabwe cricket tour

      03.07.05 UPDATED at 4.25pm

      The Green Party has drafted a bill to make it illegal for the New
Zealand Cricket team to tour Zimbabwe.

      In Wellington today Green Party co-leader Rod Donald said he was
seeking cross-party support for the law which would make it an offence for
any New Zealand national sporting organisation to send a team on tour to

      The tour is under fire because of human rights abuses in President
Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe including the bulldozing of slums which has left
thousands homeless.

      Australia and New Zealand's governments have already joined forces to
oppose the tour. The two countries' foreign ministers issued a statement
this week saying they would make joint representations to the International
Cricket Council urging rule changes to allow teams to cancel tours to
countries where serious human rights abuses were occurring.

      They also want the Group of Eight - leaders of Britain, Canada,
France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States - to tackle the
Zimbabwe issue during their summit at Gleneagles, near Edinburgh next week.

      They want the United Nations to investigate past and present abuses in
Zimbabwe and proposes that President Mugabe be referred to the International
Criminal Court.

      However, New Zealand Cricket has said the tour must go ahead because
of the US$2 million fine the ICC would impose if it pulled out.- NZPA,
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