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      UN Envoy to Zimbabwe Criticizes Forced Resettlement
      By Studio 7
      06 July 2005

The United Nations special envoy looking at the humanitarian effects of the
government's slum clearance program has taken a strong position against
forced urban-to-rural resettlement.

Anna Tibaijuka, the Tanzanian director of the Nairobi-based U.N. Habitat
agency, expressed the view after a meeting in Bulawayo, on Wednesday with
the governor of Bulawayo Province.

Correspondent Netsai Mlilo of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe gave an account of
the envoy's visit to Zimbabwe's second city.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Foreign Ministry snubbed the envoy sent by the
African Union last week. It issued a statement saying it could not organize
an itinerary for Bahame Tom Nyanduga as its hands are full hosting the U.N.
envoy. The ministry also said the African Union gave too short notice of his

But Mr. Nyanduga told VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he has not officially
received this information, and that he intends to stay in Harare pending the
outcome of intense negotiations between Harare and the African Union.

Mr. Nyanduga sits on the A.U. Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights which
issued a damning report on Harare's human rights record in 2002. One
Zimbabwe human rights lawyer says Harare is loath to receive Mr. Nyanduga
because it knows its slum clearance drive violates the African Union

Reporter Blessing Zulu asked Mr. Saki to expand on the relevant provisions
of the A.U. charter.

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Destroy your home or the bulldozers will, residents told

[ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]


Residents in Epworth comply with an order to demolish their homes

JOHANNESBURG, 6 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - The Zimbabwean government has continued with its programme of demolishing illegal homes, despite urgent calls by aid workers to halt the operation.

In Epworth, an old settlement of around 300,000 people 15 km east of the capital, Harare, residents began destroying their own homes on Tuesday rather than pay a fee of US $150 per room if the job was done by government bulldozers.

Aid workers told IRIN that the walls of houses and kiosks due for demolition had been daubed with a large cross by police and local authority officials, in an operation affecting over half the residents.

With no transport available to the designated transit camp of New Caledonia, 20 km east of Harare, or back to their rural areas, the displaced people were left to fend for themselves out in the open in the cold of mid-winter.

"The situation is bad and we don't know what to do - the people are desperate," said one NGO official who asked not to be named.

"There has been no assistance since the operation started; people need transport to their rural areas, food to eat and tents. Now it's very cold at night," he added.

The initial clearance operation in Epworth began on 20 June with the demolition of newer sections of the settlement, leaving around 12,000 people homeless.

On Monday the police moved into the centre of Epworth and began marking structures deemed illegal, although one aid worker alleged this was done at the discretion of individual officers rather than city council housing plans.

The target was extensions to legal homes, "cottages" built by property-owners for renting out to tenants, the main market and individual kiosks.

Residents in the older section of Epworth said they had been given seven days to tear down their houses before the bulldozers moved in; those in newer parts of the settlement were told they could expect a final visit from the authorities anytime this week.

"These [homes] had no approved planning, but for poor people - and considering the semi-rural nature of Epworth - this was housing that could be easily formalised; they were not shacks," an aid worker said.

The government has argued that its cleanup programme, which has displaced 370,000 people, is part of an urban renewal strategy that will eventually build 10,000 homes at a cost of $300 million. For the moment it wants people cleared from illegal settlements to move to New Caledonia or transit centres in the eastern city of Mutare, and a yet to be established facility in Bulawayo in the south of the country.

From the transit centres people are supposed to move on to their rural areas, or alternative locations, but for more than a month the vast majority have remained in the temporary holding camps.

Critics point out that new housing should have been provided before the demolitions began; most people, with little opportunity to make a living in the rural areas, have chosen to stay put in their communities even after their houses were destroyed.

"Discussions between the UN and the government are ongoing to see if we can get funds to assist the people," said Mohammed Abdiker, director of the International Organisation for Migration in Zimbabwe, which is providing limited relief to people in the transit centres.

"The humanitarian crisis is dire - we need to do something as soon as possible to provide assistance to the people displaced," he added.

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Africa Fighting Malaria -

     Media Release

                                                            6 July 2005


State in Fear:

Zimbabwe’s Tragedy is Africa’s Shame

Archbishop Pius Ncube, Dr Roger Bate & Richard Tren



Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo calls on G8 leaders to exert pressure on President Mbeki to “act in the interest of the suffering Zimbabweans and not the political elite”. 


He supports the urgent call by Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, for the United Nations to assist with the installation of an internationally supervised, legitimate transitional authority to lead Zimbabwe out of the present crisis.


Stressing the humanitarian catastrophe in his country caused by the destruction of homes and informal businesses, the Archbishop endorses the need for a comprehensive rescue package. 


This would include food, fuel, medicine, foreign currency, support for up to 1.5 million people left homeless and funds for rebuilding homes, marketplaces and informal street markets destroyed ruthlessly by the Mugabe regime.


In a report released today on Mugabe’s “Operation Murambatsvina” or “Operation drive out the filth”, Archbishop Pius Ncube details the horrific human rights violations and outrageous abuse of whole communities in Zimbabwe.  This “operation” has devastated the lives of poor Zimbabweans who were already starving and who now have no means of earning a living. 


He says that, after suffering years of abuse and violence at the hands of the Mugabe regime, vast numbers of poor Zimbabweans have now had everything they own or have ever worked for destroyed.


Archbishop Ncube’s report is co-authored with Dr Roger Bate of the Washington DC based American Enterprise Institute and Richard Tren of the South Africa-based health advocacy group Africa Fighting Malaria (AFM). 


AFM has recently launched a special fund which will direct monies to Archbishop Ncube’s church to assist Zimbabweans devastated by what is widely know as the “Mugabe Tsunami.”


According to Archbishop Ncube, “the G8 leaders have an excellent opportunity, when meeting with African leaders such as President Mbeki to hold him to account for his support and collusion with the Mugabe regime.” 


President Mbeki’s recent apparent change of heart on Zimbabwe following last week’s meeting with the Movement of Democratic Change, which is calling for a transitional authority to restore peace and democracy, should be seen against years of inaction and broken promises.


The authors of the report believe that aid, debt relief and other forms of assistance to African countries should only be forthcoming if those African leaders defend the institutions of a free society and basic human rights. 


That these leaders have been all but silent on the destruction of people’s property and livelihoods in Zimbabwe suggests that they little respect for human rights and their demands for assistance and support do not deserve to be entertained by the G8 leaders.




“State in Fear” available in pdf format from


Contact Details:


Dr Roger Bate


American Enterprise Institute

UK Cell + 44-776-377-2538


Richard Tren


Africa Fighting Malaria - Johannesburg

+27 11 884 9578

SA Cell + 27 82 921 1081


Please contact either Dr Bate or Mr Tren for interview requests with Archbishop Ncube.

Click here to read the report
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Zim Online

Russian leader brands Mugabe a dictator
Wed 6 July 2005

      JOHANNESBURG - Russian President Vladimir Putin, who rarely speaks
about Africa and Zimbabwe in particular, has branded President Robert Mugabe
a dictator and argued that aid would be of little value to Africa as long as
the likes of Mugabe are in charge.

      News agency reports said Putin launched his first ever scathing attack
on Mugabe in Kazakhstan before flying to the G8 summit in Scotland.

      Putin said aid would be useless if African leaders were corrupt, and
added: "We should not be afraid to stop aid to dictators, like Zimbabwe's

      Mugabe has long regarded Russia as one of his key allies and the East
European country bankrolled ZAPU and ZANU PF's 1970s guerilla war of
independence from Britain.

      Russia remained Zimbabwe's key ally and main source of weapons after
independence in 1980 and its officials have maintained silence on rights
abuses in the country.

      But Putin's tough remarks now mark Mugabe's growing international
isolation even among his traditional allies.

      British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is hosting the G8 summit, has
already expressed concern that Zimbabwe would make it difficult for him to
get his fellow leaders to agree to his agenda to double aid and remove trade
barriers with Africa.

      Mugabe's senseless campaign of destroying informal settlements, which
has left nearly one million people homeless, has sparked international
outrage and seems to have given allies like Putin the impetus to condemn him
publicly. - ZimOnline

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Judge calls for halt to Zimbabwean deportations
Wed Jul 6, 2005 7:49 PM BST
LONDON (Reuters) - A judge called on Britain on Wednesday to halt
deportations of failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers over worries about their
possible treatment back home.

Mr Justice Andrew Collins also warned courts should brace themselves for a
flood of legal challenges from Zimbabweans fighting deportation orders.

The judge doesn't have powers to halt deportations but his comments will add
further pressure on the government after a more than 40 failed Zimbabwean
asylum seekers went on hunger strike late last month.

The asylum seekers say they will be at risk if returned to Zimbabwe. A
crackdown by President Robert Mugabe's government has destroyed tens of
thousands of homes and businesses and drawn fierce criticism from rights
groups as well as the United States and Britain.

"It is difficult not to be concerned about the situation in Zimbabwe and not
to be concerned that those returned there might be at risk," the judge said.

Mugabe's government insists the campaign is simply meant to remove
shantytowns and illegal markets which it says had become a haven for
criminal activity.

The Refugee Legal Council, which offers advice to refugees, told the judge
that evidence suggested asylum seekers would be at risk if returned to
Zimbabwe, on the basis they had sought asylum in Britain.

Justice Collins ruled the council should be given an opportunity to present
its evidence to Home Secretary Charles Clarke. A further hearing has been
schedule at London's High Court on August 4.

Until the matter has been "fully probed", failed asylum seekers should not
be sent back to Zimbabwe, he said.

The purpose of Wednesday's hearing had been to look at streamlining the
procedure for dealing with challenges by Zimbabweans against orders that
they be returned.

The judge said he could see no way around cases being judged on their
individual merits rather than on bulk.

There are around 80 cases being considered.

The number of asylum seekers and the costs of processing their cases has
been a focus of public opinion and was a big issue the country's last
general election.

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The Times

            July 06, 2005

            Confusion over halt to Zimbabwe deportations
            By Mark Sellman, Times Online

            The Home Office policy of deportating all Zimbabwean asylum
seekers was in disarray tonight after conflicting statements by officials
and judicial pressure to halt the removals.

            The confusion came after an immigration tribunal hearing in
London was told that forced removals had suddenly been halted. Peter
Armstrong, a Home Office reporting officer, said during a bail application
by two detainees on hunger strike that "Returns have been halted."

            But the Home Office insisted policy had not changed and that
Zimbabweans will still be deported. One woman is scheduled to be flown home
tomorrow night.

            Earlier Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, said in a written
ministerial statement that the Home Office continued to assess each asylum
application from Zimbabwe on their "individual merits".

            Mr Clarke said: "The Home Office assesses cases on their
individual merits providing protection to those who need it and seeking to
remove from the UK those who do not.

            "Each case is considered thoroughly before removal proceeds and
any new information or representations are examined accordingly." A Home
Office spokeswoman added: "The policy has not changed. We are not providing
a running commentary on deportations."

            This came as a High Court judge called on Mr Clarke to halt
further expulsions  The judge acted after a Refugee Legal Council (RLC)
representative told him there was evidence to suggest that asylum seekers
were in danger of being ill-treated and abused in Zimbabwe just because they
had claimed asylum in the UK.

            Mr Justice Collins said it could be "arguable" on the basis of
the RLC material that it was unsafe to send back failed asylum seekers to

            The judge stressed that he was not saying that was the case, but
he said the RLC should have the opportunity to put forward its evidence and
it should then be considered by Mr Clarke.

            The judge directed that a court hearing over the issue should be
held on August 4. In the meantime, suggested the judge, failed asylum
seekers should not be removed "until this is sorted out".

            Earlier lawyers for the Home Secretary had told the judge that
Mr Clarke had no evidence of any systematic abuse of failed asylum seekers
returned to Zimbabwe.

            Jenni Richards, appearing for the Home Secretary, said Mr Clarke
was well aware of public concern following reports from Zimbabwe and was
keeping the situation under close observation.

            The judge said there were 70-80 applications before the High
Court at the moment involving Zimbabweans fighting removal on the grounds
that they fear for their lives or that they would suffer inhuman and
degrading treatment.

            During the case the judge had angrily condemned the deportation
of a Zimbabwean woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after a
mistake was made by Securicor, who were responsible for escorting her out of
the country. The woman, who was flown to Harare, was now "in hiding", said
the judge.

            He said the Home Office had cancelled the removal directions
after the woman lodged an application for judicial review with the High

            But the fax sent by the Home Office to Securicor was dealt with
by a temporary member of staff who was not fully trained and did not realise
the significance of the fax.

            "How anyone could fail to appreciate the significance of a fax
from the Home Office telling them removal directions had been cancelled
frankly escapes me.

            "Even a half-wit would understand. All I can say is that I
sincerely hope nothing like this ever happens again," said the judge.

            Today's legal action follows recent pressure to halt Zimbabwean
deportations after the Archbishop of Canterbury and former Labour leader
Lord Kinnock joined the growing chorus of concern.

            Dr Rowan Williams said it would be "deeply immoral" to send
failed claimants back to a country where they could face persecution and

            Lord Kinnock said it would be better to let "a couple of dozen"
unjustified claimants remain in Britain than risk sending back people who
needed protection.

            Lawyers for the Zimbabweans are expected to argue when the case
comes on for a full hearing that the removal directions made against them in
the past few months are in breach of Articles 2 and 3 of the European
Convention on Human Rights, which protect their right to life and not to be
subject to inhuman and degrading treatment.

            Earlier this week The Times reported that Mr Clarke was under
growing pressure to explain why he assured the House of Commons that
deported asylum seekers would come to no harm when there was mounting
evidence that some had been tortured.

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The Guardian

Zimbabwean hunger striker wins bail

Staff and agencies
Wednesday July 6, 2005

A Zimbabwean asylum seeker who went on hunger strike in a British detention
centre was granted bail today, as the government confirmed that 33 other
Zimbabweans are still on hunger strike.
Crispen Kulinji, a senior Zimbabwean opposition politician, claims he faces
certain death if deported. The 32-year-old was released from custody today
following a hearing at the Asylum and Immigration tribunal in Birmingham.

Mr Kulinji, from Harare, was being held at the Campsfield detention centre
near Kidlington in Oxfordshire. He said he would continue his hunger strike
until all of his compatriots had been released. "Although I have won the
battle, the war is still on. I am urging all the people left behind not to
lose heart," he said.

The member of the Movement for Democratic Change also urged G8 leaders to
help make changes in his homeland. "If they are saying they want to make
poverty history, they should also make dictatorship history," he said.

The government wants to send Mr Kulinji back to Malawi as he entered the UK
using a Malawian passport. But he claims the regime of Zimbabwe President
Robert Mugabe would be able to track him down there.

Mr Kulinji won a temporary reprieve from being deported last month after the
intervention of Labour MP Kate Hoey. Another hearing will take place at the
tribunal on August 10.

Mr Kulinji's case comes after a two-year blanket ban on all deportations to
Zimbabwe was lifted last November.

The home secretary, Charles Clarke, confirmed today that 33 other asylum
seekers from Zimbabwe were still on hunger strike in protest at being
deported against their will. He said that none of the hunger strikers had
yet needed hospitalisation.

"Food is available to all hunger strikers and they are seen daily by a
medical practitioner to check their condition," he said in a written
statement to MPs.

Home office figures reveal that 106 failed asylum seekers are being detained
in Britain awaiting removal to Zimbabwe. During the first three months of
this year, 95 Zimbabweans were sent home.

The government has come under increasing pressure over the removals, which
have been bitterly opposed by MPs on all sides of the Commons. Media reports
say Zimbabweans who have been returned to the country are being ill-treated.

Mr Clarke admitted today that the government did not "routinely" monitor the
treatment of deportees but said the situation in Zimbabwe was constantly
assessed by a variety of sources.

In Strasbourg today, the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, called on Zimbabwe's
neighbours to follow the lead of the European Union and condemn "the
gratuitous and violent actions" by Mr Mugabe against his own people.

In recent weeks, Mr Mugabe has launched a so-called urban renewal drive
aimed at clearing away shantytowns, markets and other structures deemed
illegal. Aid workers and opposition leaders estimate the campaign has
displaced up to 1.5 million people.S

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Zimbabwe police continue with demolitions in Bulawayo

      Tichaona Sibanda
      6th July 2005

      Government has failed to find alternative accommodation for the tens
of thousands of people who are still homeless after the clean up operation
in Bulawayo.

      Despite this, police in the city continued on Wednesday to demolish
houses in Luveve, Gwabalanda and Lobengula. Churches in the city are now
overstretched with the number of people seeking refuge.

      Zimbabwe Standard journalist Savious Kwinika told us from Bulawayo
that churches are now struggling to feed thousands of people because
government has not been helping with anything at all.

      He said: 'The UN envoy is expected in the city late in the afternoon,
but this has not deterred the police from continuing with the demolitions.'

      Instead government has been busy trying to remove people from the
streets to holding camps, away from the prying eyes of the world.

      A vetting exercise, for people needing new stands in the Western
suburbs, had to be called off when word got around that the UN envoy was due
to visit the city.

      Kwinika said more than 5000 homeless people turned and that government
officials called off the exercise, fearing a visit by the UN envoy.
Meanwhile in Norton, police moved into the Knowe Phase 3 area near Bulawayo
road and demolished several houses. It is also reported that they are
revisiting certain areas and making sure all structures destroyed have not
been rebuilt.

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news
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Student accommodation time-bomb in Zimbabwe

      By Lance Guma
      06 July 2005

      Over 15 000 non-resident students at the country's universities will
be stranded for accommodation when colleges open on the 18th August. The
majority of students rent cottages in the various towns and with police
demolishing most of these, student leaders are predicting a major disaster.
Washington Katema, University of Zimbabwe Students Union leader and Vice
President of the Zimbabwe National Students Union slammed the operation as
'barbaric, satanic and diabolical.

      He said that universities were absorbing less than a third of the
total student population and the rest had to look for accommodation on their
own from private landlords. This is what made cottages the easier
alternative as landlords prefer single people in their homes. Meanwhile
Katema revealed that authorities at the Harare Polytechnic have imposed a
curfew and are locking students up in their hostels after 9pm at night.

      It effectively means the freedom of students is curtailed after 9pm
and they become prisoners in their hostels. He described the move as a
serious fire hazard and a ridiculous attempt to control students. A fire
could easily break out at the hostels and the evacuation of students
severely compromised. The National Students Union met the Dean of Students
who failed to give a proper explanation for the curfew. Katema bemoaned the
lack of financial resources as the main reason why they have lost the
ability to mobilize students nationally on such important issues. With run
away inflation most students are concentrating on basic survival.

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news
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UN Envoy to Zimbabwe disturbed by suffering in Mutare holding camps

      By Violet Gonda

      6 July 2005

      The Mayor of Mutare Misheck Kagurabadza has said the UN envoy was
disturbed by the scenes that have greeted her. Government officials had
tried to cover up the appalling conditions that people are living under at a
holding camp at Sports Oval in Mutare. But when the envoy, Anna Tibaijuka
arrived Friday night there were only two tents available while scores of
people were sleeping in the cold. The envoy was told that the rest of the
tents had been pulled down.

      Victims at the holding camp at the Sports Oval were allowed to give
their testimonies to the mission. The envoy showed concern after she was
told that the victims were being forced to go to the rural areas even though
many of them have no homes in the rural areas.

      Mr Kagurabadza said that he was impressed that Tibaijuka showed
concern about the humanitarian impact. He said, "She is not looking at the
symptoms but the source of the problem."

      Kagurabaza told us that the effects of operation murambatsvina have
created unemployment and severe homelessness in Mutare. He added, "so many
children are not going to school because they have been displaced".

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news
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RE : Lion & cheetah park

Lions at Lions & Cheetah park have  not eaten for five days due to fuel

The Park has been offered  2 mombies a day & 300 kgs chicken every two days
and these are being burnt because they can't be collected or delivered.  If
everyone donated 1 litre of petrol or diesel these lions would be able to
eat.  Please contact Paul on 011 613 953 or 072 2433/ 4 (try both 072 &
062 )
to organise a drop off point, if you can help.  Please, please, please don't
let these animals starve.
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A bit of Bulawayo has gone

The Bulawayo Flower sellers outside the City Hall in Bulawayo have been an
institution for as long as I have been alive and trust me that is an
extremely long time !!

A favourite and enchanting tourist trap featured in every tourist
publication on Bulawayo since the inception of the city. But now they are no
more thanks to the strange behaviour of the Government known as Operation
Murambatsvina !!

Gone is Ma Moyo with her colourful buckets of baby's breath and carnations
brought in fresh each day from the Martins' farm - Ponderosa which is now of
course no more at any rate....

And if Colin and Judy did not have a wedding on that week, you could
sometimes get a precious bunch of Saint Joseph's' Lilies from Ma Moyo which
was a real treat for the home.

Gone is old Willie Ndlovu with his half dead roses and the agapanthas he
used to "borrow" on his way to work every morning !!

Gone are the predictable ready made posies and wreaths which were so popular
for weddings, funerals and just to say "I love you" or just to say "I love

On the northern end of the City Hall mall were the curio sellers selling
everything and anything in wood, wire or soapstone.

Gone is that awful rapscallion Solomon who would add four zeros onto the
price of a wooden hippo the minute he heard an American accent, but would
reduce it quickly when you spoke even a word of Ndebele !!

Gone are the worm sellers who could discuss most knowledgeably the merits
and de merits of the thin red worms as opposed to the fat brown earthworms
in the art of catching tiger or bream at Kariba (in spite of the fact that
they had never gone further than Nyamandhlovu in their lives !!

Gone are the placid ladies who sat day in and day out, legs stretched ramrod
straight in front of them, crocheting and knitting doilies and tablecloths
festooned with pretty beads. Remember those little covers weighed down with
blue, red or green beads, that were used to cover the milk and the sugar
bowls back in the days when gentility was paramount ?

Gone are the touts and the tricksters, an integral part of the tableau of
every society the world over, who would rush up to you and drag you over to
someone else's stall where they would expertly talk you into believing that
this particular hand- carved bowl was exactly the one you needed to send to
Aunty Clara in New Zealand, and then he would fix his own inflated price
which included his cut of the takings!

The wire toy sellers will be missed too. Such ingenuity was displayed by
these dextrous young men, who could fashion anything out of wire "borrowed "
from someone's farm fence or from the telephone wires leading to someone's
property !!

Gone are the livelihoods and possibly the very lives of people who have
lived in Bulawayo, paid rental on their flower stalls, and who are now
totally destitute with no means of survival.
Artists, painters, sculptors, wood carvers, floral artists, an incredible
wealth of talent has been decimated in one ruthless sweep of absolute power.
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'Blair must pressure Mbeki'
06/07/2005 20:18  - (SA)

Johannesburg - British Prime Minister Tony Blair should exert pressure on
President Thabo Mbeki over developments in Zimbabwe, a new report said on

It also criticised African leaders for failing to act against human rights
violations in the southern African country.

"Recent reports that president Mbeki will finally act against the Mugabe
regime and be supportive of a return to democracy should be seen against
years of inaction and similar broken promises in the past," said the report,
compiled by Anglican Archbishop of Bulawayo Pius Ncube, Roger Bate and
Richard Tren.

Bate is a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, and Tren is
Johannesburg-based director of Africa Fighting Malaria.

"Prime Minister Tony Blair should seize this opportunity to exert pressure
on President Mbeki to act in the interests of the suffering Zimbabweans and
not the political elite," the report said.

The report, which examines the Zimbabwean government's Operation
Murambatsvina, which literally means "drive out trash" and which the
government calls "Operation Restore Order", called on leaders attending the
G8 meeting in Scotland to insist on improving regional democracy, not just
fiscal responsibility as a condition of debt aid.

The operation, which is touted as a programme to rid the country of illegal
homes and businesses, has left people homeless without notice, compensation
or alternative accommodation during winter.

Among those targeted were an orphanage and a clinic providing treatment and
home-based care for people with HIV/Aids.

Rescue package

The report said that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai had had meetings
with a number of African leaders, including in Ghana, Mauritius and with
Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo.

He requested an internationally supervised legitimate transitional authority
to lead Zimbabwe out of the present crisis.

This required a rescue package including food, fuel, medicine, foreign
currency, support for displaced people and funds for the rebuilding homes.

The aim of the discussions was to work with Mbeki and offer him the solution
of the transitional authority (perhaps by agreeing an exit strategy for
Mugabe, and a Truth Commission, not unlike South Africa's).

Support from the transitional authority should come from the UN and the EU
but most importantly from the African Union.
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Top Mugabe man quits over blitz
06/07/2005 16:42  - (SA)

Harare - A former senior intelligence officer has quit Zimbabwe's ruling
party over the demolitions campaign that has left hundreds of thousands
homeless, saying the governing clique was "punishing the people" for no

"After the elections when we thought there was going to be sanity, we see
this massive move of destroying people's homes and their means of
livelihood," Pearson Mbalekwa, a former member of parliament and senior
member of Zanu-PF's central committee, told AFP on Wednesday.

He becomes the first official from the ruling Zimbabwe African National
Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) to resign since government launched the
blitz in May, razing shacks, markets and nurseries and leaving hundreds of
thousands homeless in winter.

"I found we were turning against and punishing the people we were supposed
to represent.

"I asked myself, 'What for? What have these people done to deserve this? I
found myself unable to continue my membership in Zanu-PF'."

Govt 'responsible for slums'

A former top-ranking intelligence officer in Zimbabwe's security police,
Mbalekwa said President Robert Mugabe's government was responsible for the
proliferation of slums and makeshift market stalls across Zimbabwe.

"We created the system, allowed things to go the way they were going," said
Mbalekwa who served in Mugabe's government in various capacities since
independence from Britain in 1980.

"We ignored city by-laws for many years for political patronage."

Mbalekwa said he was "watching the situation closely" before deciding on his

On Wednesday, officials from the lands ministry went to Mbalekwa's farm
outside the central Zimbabwean town of Gweru and took away a tractor and
farming equipment given to him under the government land reforms, Mbalekwa

"This is part of a mission to punish me. They are on a mission to destroy

The government demolitions campaign has left between 200 000 and 1.5 million
people homeless according to the UN and the opposition respectively.

Two toddlers died during demolitions at Harare area slums in June and four
others were reportedly killed at the Porta Farm settlement, west of the
capital, although police have denied that those four deaths occurred.

Mugabe has defended the clean-up campaign, referred to as tsunami in street
lingo, saying it was necessary to rid the country of squalor and crime.

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Zanu (PF) On Verge of Split As MPs Question Mugabe's Blitz

Business Day (Johannesburg)

July 6, 2005
Posted to the web July 6, 2005

Dumisani Muleya

DIVISIONS within Zimbabwe's ruling party over the urban demolition blitz
widened yesterday after a senior party official quit in protest against the

Top Zanu (PF) sources said yesterday that a number of party officials were
exasperated by the government's Operation Murambatsvina (Drive Out Rubbish)
and Operation Restore Order, which have affected up to 1-million people.

"There is a lot of anger and division in the party over this ruthless
campaign, which has thrown people into the streets in the middle of a chilly
winter," said a senior party official who asked not to be named.

"The campaign has nothing to do with public policy issues and the claimed
clean-up. It's a self-serving agenda of a misguided clique that thinks it
can maintain power through vandalism."

A senior Zanu (PF) MP and deputy minister, Phineas Chihota, shocked
parliament last week when he said that displaced urban residents should
suffer because they are not "indigenous".

Chihota claimed the displaced urban people could not go back to their rural
homes because they were not Zimbabweans. Many Zimbabweans in urban areas
originate from Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.

Angered by such remarks and the blitz, several Zanu (PF) members were said
to be considering resigning over the issue.

Senior Zanu (PF) central committee member and former MP Pearson Mbalekwa
quit the ruling party last week over the campaign.

The move was also widely seen as an unprecedented display of frustration
with President Robert Mugabe's leadership failures.

Sources said that Mbalekwa's action could trigger more resignations from the
party, now divided over the ongoing crackdown and Mugabe's leadership.

Mbalekwa cited a number of reasons for his resignation, including the
demolition blitz, the fuel crisis and socioeconomic problems.

Mbalekwa, a former state security agent, said he was "perturbed and
disturbed by the prevailing political and economic developments".

People were "under siege, cornered by their very own government, which is
doing nothing about the fuel crisis that has brought untold suffering to
ordinary people", Mbalekwa said.

Sources said Mbalekwa's unexpected resignation might signal further tremors
in Zanu (PF) as the economy and social conditions deteriorate.

Speculation is rife that a "third force" could arise from Zanu (PF) and
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) officials forming a power bloc.

Both Zanu (PF) and the MDC are riddled with factionalism. This could lead to
the breakaway of blocs from both sides to form a new party to challenge
Mugabe's rule.

Mugabe's former information minister, Jonathan Moyo, has warned that "an
natural political emergence of a third force among the people of Zimbabwe
comprising the full spectrum of political persuasions is inevitable".

Moyo said Mugabe's party had lost "political and moral legitimacy" to rule
and was now surviving on a "de facto state of emergency".

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Straw slams Zimbabwe, urges market access for Africa
Wed Jul 6, 2005 3:29 PM BST
STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Foreign Secretary Jack Straw launched a
withering attack on Zimbabwe's government on Wednesday, while urging rich
countries to open their markets to allow Africa to lift itself from poverty.

"In Zimbabwe the government has already trampled over democracy and over
basic human rights," he told the European parliament in a debate on Africa,
accusing President Robert Mugabe's government of ruining the economy.

Global outcry has mounted over a government crackdown on informal housing,
which rights groups say has displaced more than 300,000 people.

"The government has now turned on the poorest and most vulnerable in that
country, driving hundreds of thousands from their homes and destroying their
livelihoods," Straw said ahead of a G8 summit in Scotland where Africa will
feature high on the agenda.

"The problem of Zimbabwe is not one of an intrinsic lack of resources nor
one of climate but one of bad, very bad government."

He later told a news conference that he sensed "a growing anger across the
European Union with the gratuitous and violent actions of the Mugabe

Straw told the parliament the EU should end market-distorting agricultural
and export subsidies, and open the markets of the developed world to African
products as a way of helping the continent develop.

"The total national income of sub-Saharan Africa countries is less than the
developed world -- the European Union, the United States, Japan, a few other
countries -- spend on farming subsidies," he said.

"We've got to deliver better access to developed markets for the world's
poorest countries so as to make a reality of the Doha development agenda,"
he said, referring to World Trade Organisation (WTO) free trade talks.

"We should start with this December's (WTO) meeting in Hong Kong. The
European Union, the United States and other rich countries must honour their
commitments to abolish export subsidies and do so to a clear and explicit
timetable," Straw said.

Britain took over the EU's presidency on July 1, in the midst of a dispute
over farm subsidies which has pitted Britain against France and Germany.

EU budget negotiations collapsed last month after London refused to give up
its rebate from the bloc's coffers without a guarantee from Paris to support
an overhaul of subsidies.

Britain also heads the G8 group of wealthy nations, and has put Africa as
well as climate change at the top of the G8 summit opening on Wednesday in
Gleneagles, Scotland.

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Mbeki to wait for UN report
06/07/2005 10:24  - (SA)

Johannesburg - President Thabo Mbeki has agreed with United Nations
Secretary-General Kofi Annan to wait for a report on Zimbabwe by UN special
envoy before taking any course of action, SABC radio news reports.

Mbeki and Annan held informal discussions on the matter at a summit of
African leaders in Libya.

Meanwhile, UN special envoy Anna Tibaijuka has added five more days to her
week-long visit to Zimbabwe to hear what Zimbabweans say about the

President Robert Mugabe's controversial Operation Muvabatsatsvina (Drive Out
Rubbish) campaign, which has left 200 000 homeless, is in its seventh week.

According to an Agence France Presse report, in the past week state media
have been referring to the clean-up campaign in the past tense, saying it
has been superceded by a reconstruction campaign.

However, demolitions have carried on, read the report.

The BBC Africa website reports that a former director of Zimbabwe's secret
police left the ruling party over the "callous" destruction of people's

Former ruling party MP Pearson Mbalekwa contradicted President Robert
Mugabe's assertions that the operation had been planned long in advance,
read the report.

"If there was a plan, we wouldn't have people sleeping under trees or next
to rivers," it quoted him saying.

Mbalekwa, a former senior director of the Central Intelligence Organisation
(CIO), was a member of Zanu-PF's senior body, the central committee, until
resigning last Friday, the report read.

It added that Mbalekwa said neither the central committee nor MPs were
consulted until the crackdown had already begun.

"This thing was not planned, it was done haphazardly, thereby causing a lot
of suffering to people," the BBC quoted him saying.

He said he had no idea why the operation was being carried out.

"It puzzles me and it puzzles all sane people," he told the BBC.

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Governor ordered out of Parliament

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jul-07

HARARE Metropolitan governor and resident minister David Karimanzira was on
Tuesday thrown out of Parliament after he gate-crashed into the august House
while it was in session.
After walking in, Karimanzira, who is not new to the House after serving as
a Cabinet minister and governor for Mashonaland East, was promptly spotted
by opposition MDC parliamentary chief whip Innocent Gonese, who raised the
issue with Deputy Speaker Edna Madzongwe, chairing.
"There is a stranger in the House," Gonese raised a point of order.
House leader and Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister Patrick
Chinamasa then approached Karimanzira.
After a short conversation between the two, the governor walked out, amid
laughter from Members of Parliament.
Karimanzira and his Bulawayo colleague Cain Mathema had stayed away from the
Chamber since their appointments as metropolitan governors, only for
Karimanzira to decide to claim a seat in the House on Tuesday.
In an interview yesterday, Chinamasa said Karimanzira had probably thought
that he was still a legislator, in the same manner he had been while he was
governor for Mashonaland East.
He, however, added that constitutional amendments would be brought forward
soon to allow the two metropolitan governors to be Parliamentarians.
"I think there was an oversight in not informing him that he was no longer
an MP. However, the positions of the two governors (Karimanzira and Mathema)
would be regularised through constitutional amendments," said Chinamasa.
Although Karimanzira, the finance secretary in Zanu PF's Politburo, is a
provincial governor, the constitution bars him from sitting in Parliament.
Constitutionally, of the 150 Members of Parliament, 120 are elected, 10
chiefs chosen by their electoral college, 12 non- constituency MPs appointed
by the President and eight provincial governors.
Last year's appointment of governors for Harare and Bulawayo is not catered
for in Parliament in terms of the Constitution, since they are a new
creation under the Provincial and Administrative Act.
Therefore, they will not sit in Parliament until the Constitution has been
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Govt to table supplementary budget

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jul-07

THE government will soon table a supplementary budget in Parliament to
finance obligations necessitated by last year's drought and the current
clean-up exercise, a cabinet minister told the House yesterday.
Minister of Finance Herbert Murerwa did not specify when the supplementary
budget would be presented in Parliament for debate.
"We are going to have a supplementary budget this year. the role of the
government is to solve problems when they arise," said Murerwa.
He added that when the current $8 trillion budget was tabled in November
2004, government had not anticipated that it would carry out the clean- up
The Goromonzi MP denied assertions by MDC legislators that the clean-up
exercise was destroying the informal sector, arguing that the government was
re-organising the sector for it to operate within the confines of the law.
Answering questions on the clean-up operation, local government minister
Ignatius Chombo said it was not mandatory for the City of Harare to hold a
council meeting to endorse the clean-up, as it was a national programme
sanctioned by the central government.
Chombo was responding to a question by Harare North MP Trudy Stevenson who
wanted him to "provide the House with the minutes of the meeting held by the
commission running Harare during which it resolved to implement Operation
Chombo however, conceded that during the operation, there may have been some
excesses, but added that where they happened, they should be reported for
responsible authorities to take corrective measures.
He added that at the moment it was difficult to state the number of people
affected by the clean-up or where they were resettled as the data was being
The minister also said it was not true that the construction of houses had
not been
envisaged as his ministry had submitted a national
Housing Delivery Programme which sought to avail 150 000 stands to the
people every
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Bulawayo housing list balloons to over 76 000

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jul-07

THE Bulawayo City Council's housing list has ballooned to over 76 000 from
70 000 following the ongoing clean-up operation.
Bulawayo executive mayor Japhet Ndabeni Ncube, revealed this  week when he
addressed government officials and city residents who attended a
groundbreaking ceremony of a housing project that authorities say will go a
long way in easing accommodation problems in the city.
Ncube said the clean-up exercise had worsened accommodation crisis.
"Although some government officials would argue that the operation was long
overdue and has sanitised the city in as far as vending and illegal
structures are concerned, it (the operation) has had some bad flashes as
well," Ncube said.
"I am saying so because the operation has caused the waiting list at your
authority, the Bulawayo City Council, to go up from the previous 70 000
people up to the current plus 76 000 people," he said.
Ncube added that the challenge to raise the required financial capital for
the housing programme was now bigger, adding that the weight could only be
reduced through the intervention of the government.
"The onus is on all the stakeholders, the government included, to make sure
that this issue of providing housing to the people becomes a reality and not
simply a talk show. The people out there are waiting to see what we are
capable of doing as leadership and not to just make political rhetoric about
their problems," said Ncube.
Speaking at the same occasion, Bulawayo Metropolitan province governor, Cain
Mathema pointed out that the government was doing all it could to ensure
that the dream of providing houses to all was realised.
The former Zimbabwean Ambassador to Zambia also added that the government
had undertaken a programme that will see the construction of 1 250 000 by
2008, of which 41 000 would be constructed in Bulawayo by the end of the
Mathema said: "The primary objectives of this new operation code-named
"Operation Garikai/ Hlalani Kuhle is to address the problem of accommodation
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Clean-up cruel:

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jul-07

THE two-member United States Congressional delegation visiting the country
to assess the current political, economic and health conditions on Tuesday
described as "cruel", the manner in which the government carried out
operation Murambatsvina/Restore Order, but the government quickly dismissed
their assertions.
Gregory Simpkins and Pearl-Alice Marsh who left yesterday but had been in
the country since Saturday are both
professional staff members of the US House of Representative International
Relations Committee (HIRC).
"We are as astounded as anyone that this situation has developed this way.
Even though the operation Murambatsvina has good intentions of minimising
the parallel market, the way it
has been done is absolutely
cruel. The way is shocking and has
been done in an uncivilised
way," Simpkins said.
However, the Minister of State for National Security, Didymus Mutasa who met
the delegation earlier on Tuesday, dismissed
the accusations saying they were reflective of America's "big brother
attitude." "They should just leave us alone, we are a sovereign and
independent state. We don't like their big brother attitude. They should
just leave us alone.
" If we are making mistakes, those mistakes reflect on us and is none of
their business, we don't like their condescending attitude," he said.
Ignatius Chombo, the minister of Local Government, Public Works and National
Housing, whose ministry is overally in charge of the operation said the
operation was planned and government had put in place, measures to help
"They are not well informed on what is on the ground, the programme was
planned as President Mugabe said and we have also put in place measures to
help the people who were displaced, that is why we have now launched
operation Garikai" he said.
Simpkins added that it was disheartening that vulnerable people like those
living with HIV and Aids, women and young children have been left in the
cold at this time of the year.
Marsh said it was surprising that a black government was treating fellow
blacks this way.
She said: " As a great grand daughter of slaves I would not be surprised if
white racists treat us this way. It is however, shocking when a black
government does this to a fellow black man.The struggle shouldn't be against
our own people."
Simpkins also mourned the decline in the economic fortunes of the country
after it had been a leading light in the region.
Relations between Zimbabwe and the USA have been low ever since the
government embarked on the fast track land reform programme in 2000 with the
Americans accusing Zimbabwean authorities of human rights abuses while the
Zanu PF government have in turn accused them of pursuing a regime change
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Chiefs lack legal knowledge

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jul-07

CHIEF Mudzimurema of Marondera says traditional leaders' lack of legal
knowledge was affecting the delivery of justice in their areas of
Debating in Parliament on Tuesday, Mudzimurema said higher courts overturned
most of the chief's rulings because of mis-application of law.
"VeMinistry of Justice murikutiregerera. Tikatonga munhu tinomuti
unobhadhara. Akarega tinomutorera zvinhu zvake iye oenda kunamagistrate uyo
anouya oti tiri wrong. Tiri vanhu varikungo tonga, sekunge Kangaroo Court
(The Ministry of Justice, Legal and parliamentary Affairs you are letting us
down. If we decide that someone must pay compensation and when he fails we
confiscate his property. After confiscating his property, he goes to the
Magistrate Court. The magistrate says the chief was wrong. We are people who
are just presiding; it is now like a Kangaroo Court)," said Mudzimurema.
Mudzimurema also praised the ongoing clean- up operation saying it had
resulted in cleanliness in urban areas.Turning to some problems faced by
rural communities, the chief pointed out cattle rustling as one of the major
drawbacks. He alleged that sometimes thieves commit the crime in the
presence of law enforcement agents.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Zim far from meeting WHO target

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jul-07

WITH just six months before year-end, Zimbabwe might not meet the World
Health Organisation (WHO)'s target of providing affordable HIV and Aids
therapy to at least 100 000 people.
Since the inception of the government's antiretroviral (ARV) rollout plan
last year, at least 16 000 people have benefited - 84 000 shy of the WHO's 3
by 5 initiative target.
The 3 by 5 initiative, which was set in 2001 - aims to provide life
prolonging antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs to 3 million people living with HIV
and Aids in developing countries by the end of the year.
Former chairman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health, Blessing
Chebundo yesterday said Zimbabwe was far from reaching the target
attributing the failure to lack of foreign currency to import raw materials
for manufacturing the ARVs. "We are far from reaching the quarter way
because of foreign currency shortages hindering the manufacturing industry
to produce adequate antiretroviral drugs as cited by the companies
manufacturing ARVs," said Chebundo.
He added that the government should have prioritized the issue of ARVs by
pooling alternative resources to ensure that the drugs were made available
at affordable costs to infected people since HIV and Aids was declared a
national disaster.
Public Personalities Against HIV  and Aids Trust (PPAAT) founder member,
Tendayi Westerhof had this to say: "Obviously, Zimbabwe would not meet WHO 3
by 5 target considering that this is 2005 and we are almost half way through
the year yet we have to provide ARVs to 100 000 people by the end of the
She attributed the failure by Zimbabwe to meet the initiative to stigma and
lack of treatment literacy among Zimbabweans.
Westerhof said people were still reluctant to go for voluntary counseling
and testing, which is a prerequisite for one to be on ART hence impacting
negatively on ARV intake.
She said lack of knowledge among infected people on advantages of ARVs was
another barrier to reaching the initiative.
"Although the costs of ARVs have gone down because they are now manufactured
locally, they have not yet gown down to what we expect for ordinary
countryman," said Westerhof.
The former model was however, quick to appreciate the efforts by government
in making ARVs accessible and affordable to ordinary Zimbabweans.
She complimented the decentralisation of the government's ARV rollout
programme to provincial, district and some mission hospitals as a welcome
development in provision of HIV therapy.
She said Zimbabwe should be applauded for significant strides made in ARV
Zimbabwe started off with only two central hospitals - Mpilo and Harare -
but now more than 20 sites dotted across the country are administering the
life prolonging drugs to achieve universal treatment.
Statistics released in June last year during the National Aids Conference
indicated that about 5 000 people were on ART but to date around 16 000
people are benefiting from the programme.
A local pharmaceutical company also becomes the first ever indigenously
owned pharmaceutical company to offer Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), a move
Westerhof described as a welcome development in provision of affordable
Another HIV and Aids activist with Zimbabwe Activists for HIV and Aids
(ZAHA), Believe Dhliwayo attributed the failure by Zimbabwe to meet the
target to the process at national level.
Dhliwayo said the process was too abstract such that organisations had to
ascertain certain things before implementation takes place, hence impacting
on the number of people on ARVs.
He hoped that with funding made available by the Global Fund to Fight Aids,
Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) more people were going to benefit from the
A United Nations special envoy in Africa, Stephen Lewis backed a report
released by WHO on the progress made by countries in reaching the 3 by 5
initiative saying some African countries would not meet the target.
The WHO report identified Zimbabwe as one of the African countries, which
will not meet the 3 by 5 initiative.
The other countries are South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ethiopia and India
that represent fully half of the unmet treatment needs.
"The numbers for the other African countries (Tanzania, Nigeria, Ethiopia
and India) while smaller are proportionately even more grim. This is where
the international community must rally urgent support," said Lewis.
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      Zimbabwe Currency Stabilizes as Informal Market Dwindles
      By Chris Gande
      06 July 2005

The Zimbabwe dollar has regained some ground against the U.S. dollar since
the start of Harare's offensive against the black market in foreign
exchange. At one point the U.S. dollar fetched 30,000 Zimbabwe dollars, but
has slipped to Z$20,000 per U.S. dollar.

The Zimbabwe dollar's recovery won't last, though, according to Lucy
Sibanda, who has worked in the parallel currency market for six years.
Before Operation Restore Order she operated from a stall in the Bulawayo
forex mart known as the World Bank. But she has adapted to the new
circumstances for informal traders.

Reporter Chris Gande of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe spoke with Mrs. Sibanda
about the currency and her business.

Economist Eric Bloch, a member of the board of advisors of the Reserve Bank
of Zimbabwe, offers a different outlook for the exchange rate. He says the
recovery in the Zimbabwe dollar spells the beginning of the end for the
parallel market. Exchange rates had gotten out of hand, so much so that
customers refused to pay sky-high rates for dollars. Now, he says, flows
through the RBZ's Homelink scheme are picking up.

Mr. Bloch explained his views to reporter Chris Gande.
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