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Africa must speak up on 'wrong policies' - Annan
Wed Jul 6, 2005 8:39 PM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on
Thursday African leaders must speak out against what he called the wrong
policies of any governments on the continent.

Annan told the Financial Times in an interview it was vital for African
countries to break their silence to protect the continent's credibility in
the eyes of the world.

"What is important -- and what is lacking on the continent -- is (a
willingness) to comment on wrong policies in a neighboring country," he said
before attending a summit of the Group of Eight (G8) top industrialized
nations in Scotland.

Annan did not name Zimbabwe in the interview, but a special representative
of the U.N. secretary-general is assessing Zimbabwean President Robert
Mugabe's demolition of shanty towns that human rights groups say has made
300,000 people homeless.

African leaders have been criticized for a reluctance to speak out against

"I've often tried to tell them they cannot continue to treat these
situations as purely internal. It starts as internal but it becomes a
regional problem," said Annan.

"Nobody invests in a bad neighborhood and if you have just one or two
countries behaving that way, that hurts everybody."

A leading Zimbabwean churchman urged G8 leaders on Wednesday to make action
by African states against Mugabe's government a precondition for more debt
relief and aid.

"The international community has done little to prevent Mugabe's excesses
and it is time to act," said a report co-authored by the Roman Catholic
Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube.

On Tuesday, South African President Thabo Mbeki, criticized at home and
abroad for so-called "soft diplomacy" on Zimbabwe, said he and Annan had
agreed to wait for a report by Annan's envoy on the demolitions before
deciding on a course of action.

© Reuters 2005. All Rights Reserved.
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Zim Online

Government drops farm eviction plans
Thu 7 July 2005

      HARARE - The Zimbabwe government will no longer extend its
controversial clean-up exercise to former white-owned farms where thousands
of its supporters illegally settled themselves at the height of farm
invasions five years ago, ZimOnline has learnt.

      Intelligence Minister Didymus Mutasa two weeks ago said his department
was compiling lists of former white farms from where "illegal settlers" will
be evicted as the government widened its clean-up drive to farms.

      Mutasa said all farm settlers unable to prove they were put on the
farms by the government would be expelled regardless of their political

      But authoritative sources yesterday told ZimOnline that the inner
politburo cabinet of President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU PF party last
week instructed the government not to go ahead with plans to evict black
villagers who settled themselves on former white farms without government

      The politburo took the decision apparently because many of the farm
invaders are ZANU PF supporters who seized white farms in the last five
years with open encouragement from Mugabe, who also defended their actions
as a genuine demonstration of "land hunger."

      "It was a popular decision (by senior ZANU PF members). The farms will
be left untouched for now. There is no other place that has a bigger
concentration of our supporters than the farms and this prompted the
decision," said a senior ZANU PF official, who did not want to be named.

      There are several hundreds of black villagers who illegally seized
former white farms on their own and outside the government's own land reform
programme under which it resettled blacks on land grabbed from whites.

      But many of the illegal farm invaders were publicly encouraged to take
white land by Mugabe, who also disobeyed several court orders to remove the
invaders from farms.

      Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo confirmed the operation
would no longer target farms but denied that this was because the government
wanted to spare its supporters there.

      Chombo said this was because Operation Murambatsvina (the government's
code for its campaign) had now been replaced by a new Operation Garikai
focusing on building houses for evicted families.

      He said: "Operation Murambatsvina is history. As a government we are
not static. We are moving on and the phase we are in now is that of
rebuilding to ensure a better life for all Zimbabweans. That is why it is
called Operation Garikai."

      Close to a million people have been made homeless after police and
soldiers demolished backyard cottages in city suburbs and shanty towns under
the clean-up drive that has been roundly condemned by the international
community as a gross violation of poor people's rights.

      The government says the campaign is necessary to smash crime and
restore the beauty of Zimbabwe's cities and towns.

      But the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change party, which
enjoys more support in urban areas, says the government campaign is meant to
punish urban voters for rejecting the ruling ZANU PF party in last March's
disputed election. - ZimOnline

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Zim Online

ANALYSIS: Mugabe blows chance to drag himself from the hole
Thur 7 July 2005

      HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's government has blown any chances of
emerging from international isolation after forging ahead with a condemned
urban clean-up operation that has left thousands of poor people homeless,
without food and some dead, analysts said.

      Police, armed with guns, pickaxes and supported by bulldozers pressed
on this week with the demolition of shanty towns and backyard cottages in
cities despite a public declaration a week ago, at the arrival of United
Nations (UN) envoy Anna Tibaijuka that the controversial programme had
ended. Tibaijuka is in the country to probe the mass evictions.

      Zimbabwe has in the past five years earned a bad-boy tag over
controversial policies, from violent seizures of white-owned farms, company
invasions by mobs from Mugabe's ruling ZANU PF party, alleged rigging of
elections and a despicable human rights record.

      "After this, there is no chance that Mugabe's government will break
out of international isolation especially by the West," National
Constitutional Assembly chairman Lovemore Madhuku told ZimOnline.

      Madhuku, whose group campaigns for a new and democratic constitution
for Zimbabwe, spoke as a United States (US) Congress team in the country to
assess whether Washington could revisit its policy on Harare said they were
"astounded" by the impact of the clean-up operation.

      The US delegation virtually ruled out the possibility of the world's
super power lifting sanctions against Mugabe's government saying it was
highly unlikely Washington would review its Zimbabwe policy after the mass
evictions of poor people from urban areas.

      The US, European Union, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland banned
Mugabe and his top officials from visiting their territories and embargoed
military sales to Harare.

      Multilateral financial and development institutions have also
suspended relations with Harare while the International Monetary Fund is
expected to expel Zimbabwe later this month.

      But the badge of isolation was yesterday pinned on Mugabe by Russian
President Vladmir Putin whose country was seen as a staunch ally of Mugabe
from as far back as the Cold War days when Moscow backed African liberation

      Joining a growing list of world leaders disenchanted with Mugabe,
Putin, labelled the 81-year-old Zimbabwean leader a dictator, in what
analysts said was the final confirmation of Zimbabwe's status as a pariah

      "Why is it that a person who has been an ally of Zimbabwe calls Mugabe
a dictator? This is reflective of the underlying fundamental issues that
ZANU PF needs to resolve," said University of Zimbabwe lecturer Heneri
Dzinotyiwei, echoing the views of most analysts.

      The analysts said Zimbabwe was now an albatross around the neck of the
continent as Africa sought debt relief and more aid to fight grinding
poverty from rich nations holding a G8 summit in Scotland.

      African countries have largely refrained from openly criticising
Mugabe but they are increasingly getting exasperated as the subject of
Zimbabwe keeps popping up at most international fora.

      But analysts said the treatment of African Union (AU) envoy Bahare Tom
Nyanduga, who since his arrival last Thursday has been denied access to
people affected by the operation, was surely to enrage even some Mugabe

      The Zimbabwe government has virtually stalled Nyanduga's mission by
refusing to see him and have now asked the AU to withdraw him from the
country saying the continental body failed to follow proper procedures.

      "That I believe will not go down well with some leaders who have
continued to back Mugabe, some will surely be angered," Dzinotyiwei said.

      Mugabe has fingered Britain of leading a racist campaign to punish his
government for the land seizures that saw the white farming population
plunge from 4 500 in 2000 to around 600 today.

      The former socialist guerrilla leader denies his urban clean-up drive
has made families homeless and defends the operation as necessary to rid
urban shantytowns of crime and illegal trade in foreign currency and other
scarce basic commodities.

      Analysts said although pressure was mounting on the ZANU PF
government, Mugabe, a deft and cunning old political fox who is forging
closer ties with Asian and Muslim nations, was unlikely to be moved without
popular internal pressure.

      "This regime is instinctively opposed to democracy there is no chance
of Mugabe reforming. We need to put pressure by building a very strong based
popular movement to achieve the desired change," Madhuku said.

      About four million Zimbabweans or a quarter of the country's total
population face starvation unless international donors provide 1.2 millions
tonnes of food aid.

      The southern African country's 144.4 percent inflation rate is one of
the highest such rates in the world. Joblessness stands at about 80 percent
while severe shortages of fuel, electricity, food, essential medical drugs
are routine because there is no hard cash to pay foreign suppliers. -

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Zim Online

Motorists flock to Mozambican town to refuel
Thur 7 July 2005

      MANICA, Mozambique - Desperate Zimbabwean motorists are flocking to
this small Mozambican town to buy fuel which is in short supply in their

      Zimbabwe is going through a severe five-year fuel crisis blamed on the
government's failure to raise enough foreign currency to import the

      Desperate motorists from the eastern border city of Mutare are now
crossing over to Manica in Mozambique, about 20km from the border, to buy
the fuel. The fuel crisis is threatening to virtually ground the country to
a halt as thousands of motorists battle to secure supplies.

      A ZimOnline correspondent witnessed Zimbabwean motorists jostling for
fuel at run down fuel stations in Manica.

      A manager at one of the fuel stations, Calu di Mimizinha said the
price of fuel had jumped from Z$22 000 to $27 000 due to the sudden
overwhelming demand.

      "We don't usually have any queues here because we have plenty of fuel
but as you can see, queues are forming. These are Zimbabweans desperate for
fuel because they have none in their country," he said.

      A Zimbabwean motorist, Ben Kariwo said: "It's cheaper to buy the fuel
here. Even if it was expensive, this is where it is available anyway. But
when you compare black market prices back home, then you will appreciate we
are getting a deal.

      "The exchange rate for the currency is 1:1 so there are no headaches
in calculating the money. The only set back is that I am allowed only an
extra 30 litres at the border," he said.

      A litre of petrol sells at Z$10 000 at garages in Zimbabwe but on the
thriving black market, it is selling for Z$60 000. - ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Former ZANU PF official's farming equipment confiscated
Thur 7 July 2005

      HARARE - Officials from the lands ministry yesterday raided former
ruling ZANU PF legislator Pearson Mbalekwa's farm near Gweru town and
confiscated farming equipment allocated to him during the government's
controversial land seizures five years ago.

      Mbelekwa resigned from ZANU PF last week in protest over President
Robert Mugabe's "clean up" exercise that has seen the police and soldiers
destroy thousands of homes and backyard cottages.

      The United Nations, church and human rights groups have all criticised
the crackdown which has thrown close to a million people onto the streets as

      "This is part of a mission to punish me. They are on a mission to
destroy me," said Mbalekwa, a former member of the government's feared
Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) spy agency. State security Minister
Didymus Mutasa could not be reached for comment last night.

      But ZANU PF has a well documented history of clamping down viciously
on former members who cross its path.

      The government has in the past withdrawn land offers and privileges to
its former officials who would have fallen foul of the system in what
observers said showed the vindictive nature of ZANU PF politics.

      In February this year, veterans of the country's liberation war
invaded former information minister Jonathan Moyo's farm in Mazowe after he
was fired from the government for challenging Mugabe's choice of a
successor. - ZimOnline

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Peoples Daily

      Zimbabwean entrepreneurs to visit China

      About 100 young entrepreneurs are set to leave the country for a
week-long visit to China to economically exploit the existing relations
between Zimbabwe and the Asian country.

      The organizer of the tour, Farai Mukutuya, said the mission would
facilitate an enabling environment for young business people to participate
in the country's economic turnaround and to grow their businesses.

      "There is need to convert the political doors that have been opened
between the two countries for the country's economic benefit," he said on

      "Given the right exposure and support, young entrepreneurs
representing the new breed of business leaders and captains of industry can
spearhead the economic turnaround the government is so actively aiming to

      While many Zimbabwean companies had started to source trade
opportunities with Chinese companies, Mukutuya said there was still room for
a more aggressive approach to exploiting the available opportunities.

      He said the visit to China would consolidate the government's " Look
East" policy, and create a platform for future cooperation between
Zimbabwean and Chinese businesses.

      "The exposure to China will be of critical importance to the delegates
who will create relationships with the companies they will visit and gain
experiences they can apply locally," he said.

      There was a great need for Zimbabweans to take a cue from the way the
Chinese had turned around their fortunes to become one of the fastest
growing economies in the world, the delegates said.

      During the visit, the entrepreneurs will tour major industrial centers
in China and to look at companies with trade potential.

      The entrepreneurs will be drawn from various sectors of the economy
including manufacturing, agriculture and agro based industries, tourism,
construction, information technology and telecommunications.

      Source: Xinhua

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The Scotsman

Zimbabwe deportations 'halted', says Home Office official


DEPORTATIONS to Zimbabwe have been halted in the light of the changing
situation in the country, a Home Office official told an asylum and
immigration tribunal yesterday.

Peter Armstrong, a Home Office reporting officer, was opposing a bail
application by two failed asylum seekers who have been on hunger strike for
two weeks.

 Asked by the immigration judge, Patricia Drummond- Farrall, what was
happening to those facing deportation to Zimbabwe, Mr Armstrong said:
"Returns have been halted."

The judge asked: "So that is a changed situation, isn't it?" "Yes," Mr
Armstrong replied.

After the London hearing, he said: "That is information I have picked up in
the office. It is in light of recent developments in Zimbabwe. There has
been no official announcement."

Earlier in the day, Charles Clark, 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".
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Cape Times

      Bring end to corruption if you want aid, Africa told
      July 7, 2005

      By Steve Holland and Patrick Lannin

      Copenhagen: US President George Bush delivered a tough message for
African nations hoping for more aid or debt relief, saying yesterday they
had to abide by the rules of democracy and fight corruption.

      Ahead of a meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) leaders at Gleneagles in
Scotland, where more aid for Africa as well as climate change will top the
agenda, Bush did not single out any African nation for criticism.

      His host, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, was more
outspoken. He mentioned Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe as one to whom the
world should not be afraid to refuse aid.

      "We will give aid, absolutely, and cancel debt, you bet, but we want
to be assured that governments invest in their people ... and fight
corruption," Bush said during a visit to thank Rasmussen for his support in
Iraq, where Denmark has 530 troops.

      "I don't know how we can look our taxpayers in the eye and say, this
is a good deal to give money to countries that are corrupt," Bush added at a
news conference.

      Bush was due to fly later from Copenhagen to Gleneagles.

      British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the G8 host, has received backing
from G8 members for debt relief for African nations.

      Washington and others have opposed a more ambitious plan to raise an
extra $50 billion in aid money by issuing bonds using future development
budgets as collateral.

      Rasmussen said his Nordic nation was a generous donor to poor
countries, but there had to be conditions.

      "All our aid will come to nothing if countries are ruled by corrupt
dictators," he said.

      "We should generously reward countries that fight corruption, ensure
political liberty and economic freedom ... and we should not be afraid to
stop aid to dictators like Zimbabwe's Mugabe," he added.

      The EU has set targeted sanctions on Mugabe, whom it accuses of human
rights violations.

      Although Denmark has been a staunch supporter of US policy in Iraq,
there has been some popular scepticism.

      Bush said Rasmussen had brought up the issue of the Guantanamo
detention camp during their talks. The camp, where some 500 foreign
terrorism suspects are held, has come in for much criticism, both in the US
and abroad.

      Bush said he had told Rasmussen that the prisoners were well treated
and that the Red Cross was free to visit at any time.

      "There's very few prison systems around the world that have seen such
scrutiny as this one," Bush added.

      "And for those of you here on the continent of Europe who have doubt,
I'd suggest buying an airplane ticket and going down and look - take a look
for yourself," he said.

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      Moral costs of touring Zimbabwe too great: Bishops
      Thursday, 7 July 2005, 12:53 pm
      Press Release: Anglican Church in Aotearoa
For immediate release
June 6, 2005

Moral costs of touring Zimbabwe too great, say Anglican Bishops

New Zealand's Anglican bishops have spoken out against the scheduled Black
Caps' cricketing tour of Zimbabwe next month.

They have acknowledged that the cancellation of the tour may bring heavy
penalties, and have endorsed the New Zealand and Australian governments'
efforts to persuade the International Cricket Council to suspend Zimbabwe
from its membership.

However, the bishops have indicated that the moral costs of proceeding with
the tour outweigh these considerations.

"The extent of human rights abuses in Zimbabwe," they say, "must be

In their statement, the bishops draw attention to a resolution passed by the
Anglican Consultative Council, which concluded its three-yearly meeting in
Nottingham, in the UK, last week.

The ACC, which is chaired by the Bishop of Auckland, The Rt Rev John
Paterson, heard extensive testimony from folk in Zimbabwe and the wider
African community about the plight of the country under President Robert
Mugabe, who is the Patron of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union.

The statement by the bishops includes the signatures of the Archbishop of
the Anglican Church in this Province - Most Rev Whakahuhui Vercoe - and the
three senior bishops representing Tikanga Maori (Rt Rev Brown Turei);
Tikanga Pakeha (Rt Rev George Connor) and Tikanga Polynesia (Rt Rev Jabez

The statement follows:

5th July 2005

Statement of the Anglican Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia Te
Hahi Mihinare ki Aotearoa, ki Nui Tireni, ki Nga Moutere o te Moana Nui a

We add our voices to the voice of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of New
Zealand and those others who have called for the cancellation of the planned
tour of Zimbabwe by our cricket team, the Black Caps. While acknowledging
that the immediate and long term costs of the cancellation of the cricket
tour are extremely high and that there is the risk of some short term
financial benefit to the Government of Zimbabwe, nonetheless the extent of
human rights abuse in Zimbabwe must be challenged. We also endorse the
efforts of the governments of New Zealand and Australia in approaching the
ICC. In doing this we endorse the words of the Anglican Consultative Council
last week, with its large African representation, which speaks on behalf of
the 80 million member Anglican Communion throughout the world. As the
Anglican News Service reports:

"The Anglican Consultative Council acknowledges the social and historical
imbalance that the people of Zimbabwe have experienced in the tenure of
their land, their implications the current crisis and the need for them to
be addressed. However, the Council:

notes with profound sorrow and concern, and condemns, the recent political
developments in Zimbabwe where hundreds of thousands of persons have had
their homes destroyed and have become displaced persons within their own
country, and where:

after up to two years of drought many families are dependent on relief but
food distribution is often refused to those who do not support the political
party in power

those suffering from HIV/AIDS and orphans do not receive appropriate help
from the government

there are serious restrictions on democracy

there is little freedom of speech or tolerance, and human rights are denied

politicians and uniformed forces act as if they are above the law

people are arrested, imprisoned without fair trial, and tortured.

asks the government of Zimbabwe to reverse its policies of destruction and
begin to engage in development that eradicates poverty;

calls upon the leadership of the African Union to persuade the government of
Zimbabwe to consider the humanitarian aspects of the situation in that
country, and to act to remedy the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe;

supports the Church of England in its approaches to the government of the
United Kingdom to reconsider its policy of repatriation of refugees to

welcomes the proposed pastoral visit of church leaders from South Africa to
Zimbabwe to take place in the near future;

assures the Christian churches and the people of Zimbabwe of its prayers in
this time of national disaster."

Further, we affirm again our commitment to the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights of 1948 as endorsed by the international bishops' conference at
Lambeth 1998.

x Whakahuihui Vercoe Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New
Zealand and Polynesia Te Hahi Mihinare ki Aotearoa, ki Nui Tireni, ki Nga
Moutere o te Moana Nui a Kiwa

x David J Moxon Bishop of Waikato

x Philip Richardson Bishop in Taranaki

x John Bluck Bishop of Waiapu

x Thomas Brown Bishop of Wellington

x George Connor Bishop of Dunedin

x John R K Gray Bishop of Te Waipounamu

x John Paterson Bishop of Auckland

x Te Kitohi Pikaahu Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau

x William Brown Turei Bishop of Aotearoa

x Muru Walters Bishop of Te Upoko o te Ika

x Jabez Bryce Bishop of Polynesia

x Derek Eaton Bishop of Nelson

x Richard Randerson Dean, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland

x Gabriel Sharma Bishop in Viti Levu West

Note: Two bishops, Rt Rev David Coles, Bishop of Christchurch, and Rt Rev
Winston Halapua, the Bishop for the Diocese of Polynesia in Aotearoa New
Zealand, are overseas.

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Stuff, New Zealand

Mugabe facing a fax offensive
07 July 2005

Sending faxes of concern to the president of Zimbabwe may have no effect on
the country's situation, but it's better than doing nothing, says the
coordinator of the Manawatu Tenants' Union.

Kevin Reilly is campaigning for New Zealanders to voice their concerns to
Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe ambassadors in writing.

"It probably won't make an impact; it will probably be dismissed," Mr Reilly
said this week.

"But doing something is better than doing nothing, and it might help to
highlight the problem."

In a letter he has faxed to President Mugabe, Mr Reilly says Zimbabwe's
Operation Restore Order could amount to a crime against humanity.

"It is a breach of the right to shelter enshrined in several international
human rights conventions, which Zimbabwe has signed," he writes. "Lack of
democracy in Zimbabwe has contributed to this mounting poverty.

"If globalisation means anything, it must (mean) that we take global
injustices as seriously as injustices at home."

Mr Reilly says the time has come for the issues in Zimbabwe to be dealt

"It's been going on a long time, but it's got worse and worse. It is the
issue of the day.

"It's (Zimbabwe) in a state of anarchy. It's just Mugabe and his army."

The recent debate over whether the New Zealand cricket team should tour
Zimbabwe in August has fuelled the issue, but it needs to be dealt with by
the International Cricket Council, Mr Reilly maintains.

"They're the ones who have to be persuaded. I have sympathy for the
cricketers. They have their hands tied."

Mr Mugabe's fax number is International code-263-4-703858.
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“To everyone we left behind.  Those who cannot leave and those who have no voice.  To our families and our friends,

 We give you this day.”













This is a peaceful gathering hopefully of many Zimbabweans and their friends to speak to the press.


We need to be distinguishable amongst the crowds.

We should wear all white upper clothing with the black band on our right arm made significant by Henry Olonga and Andrew Flowers (our cricketers now living in exile) to commemorate the Death of Democracy in Zimbabwe and now also to commemorate the deaths caused by the destruction of the homes of thousands of Zimbabweans.





We need to encourage Zimbabweans all over the world to get followers and to have their voices heard








Do not be afraid to speak out! – Safety in numbers.










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