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ZOC plan leaked

By Investigations Unit ⋅ © ⋅ July 7, 2008 ⋅
Despite the much publicized talks between the MDC and ZANU-PF,state
sponsored terror is raging on and according to a plan by JOC the MDC has to
be destroyed completely.Metro has obtained information from Credible Sources
with the Zimbabwean Security Services.

Soon after arriving back from the AU Summit in Egypt, Mugabe met with the
ZOC , namely Chiwenga, Chihuru, Shiri, Mnangagwa, Zimondi and others.

He briefed them on:

AU Position on Zim

Botswana’s position on Zim

West Africa (Nigeria)

All anti-Zimbabwe sentiments worldwide

Looming sanctions

UN Position

Africa’s position

ZANU PF’s increasing isolation from the rest of the world.

The JOC’s response was as follows:

To target and eliminate the MDC from the political map in Zimbabwe.

This operation is to begin at cell, ward, District, province and national

To target and eliminate selected MDC MP’s so that the other MPs are forced
into hiding and after 21 days of being absent from parliament by-elections
will be held and rigged to regain ZANU PF’s majority in parliament.

Killing of all critical journalists from both the public and private media
to silence all independent voices.

Police internal security intelligence (PISI) have all the names of all the
MDC activists in the country so targeting them will not be a problem.

This is meant to cripple the MDC to eventually force it into a government of
national unity where it will be swallowed by ZANU PF and there will be no
MDC in the future.

This operation is being coordinated now and all logistics are being
mobilized. The operation will begin Monday 7th July 2008 by attacking and
abducting MDC refugees.

The Junta assured Mugabe that no country in the world can invade Zimbabwe as
their state of preparedness was second to none in Africa.

It is obvious from this information that the Mugabe regime is not sincere
about negotiating a peaceful resolution to the Zimbabwe crisis and is
determined to continue to wage war against the people of Zimbabwe.

Personnel Identified as being integrally involved in the past and
forthcoming violent operations:

Supt Remegio Utsiwembanje - Officer Commanding Police Protection Units (PPU)

Supt Absalom Mudzamiri – DISPOL Minor PPU Tomlinson Depot

Ex-Supt Nyawani – now with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe

Inspector Patric Maramba – Officer In ChargeTomlinson Depot

Inspector Marufu – 2nd IC Parliament

Inspector Mbokochena – Officer Commanding PPU

Assistant Inspector Jongwe – PPU Tomlinson Depot

Assistant Inspector Madziwana – PPU Police Internal Security Intelligence

Assistant Inspector Muranganwa – PPU PISI

Assistant Inspector Ndangana – PPU State House

Assistant Inspector Maguma - PPU State House

Sgt Nyamunaki – PPU PISI

Sgt Muridzo – PPU Transport

Sgt Madzinga – PPU Willovale

Sgt Chikazaza – PPU State House

Sgt Deremete – PPU State House

Assistant Inspector Mudonhi

Assistant Commissioner Martin Kwaimona

Chief Superintendent Musvita

Superintendent Linda

Superintendent Chikerema

Chief Inspector Mukudu

Chief Inspector Tigwere

Superintendent Mumba

Inspector Ngazi

Inspector Bonyongwa

Insepector Muzondiwa

Sgt Mudzova

Sgt Jaji

Sgt Sharara

Assistant Inspector Mutendamambo

Constable Tarise - Armourer

Constable Matara

Assistant Inspector Matienga – Armourer Police General Headquarters

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Militia attack Zimbabwe displaced

Monday, 7 July 2008 09:27 UK
People seeking refuge at the South African embassy
Some of those targeted had previously fled to the South African embassy

Armed militia have raided two camps for people fleeing post-election violence in Zimbabwe, opposition and medical officials have said.

Several people were killed in one attack in Gokwe, north of Harare, the opposition said.

In Ruwa, near the capital, masked men beat up and abducted people who had previously sought refuge at the South African embassy, a witness said.

At least eight people were taken to hospital, the witness said.

About 400 people have been sheltering in local squash courts in Ruwa after being moved on from the South African embassy.

The opposition Movement of Democratic Change says 5,000 of its members are missing and more than 100 of its supporters have been murdered since elections in March.

It accuses the army and ruling party militias of being behind the violence - charges denied by President Robert Mugabe.

This led the MDC to pull out of the 27 June presidential run-off against President Mugabe.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the first round of presidential elections in March, but official results gave him less than the 50% needed to avoid a run-off.

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G8 summit: Leaders increase pressure on Mbeki over Zimbabwe

The US president, George Bush, and the South African president, Thabo Mbeki, prepare for lunch at an outreach session during the G8 summit in Japan

The US president, George Bush, and the South African president, Thabo Mbeki, prepare for lunch during today's African outreach session at the the G8 summit in Japan. Photograph: Getty Images

Thinly submerged tensions between Britain and South Africa over how to handle the crisis is Zimbabwe are likely to emerge today at a summit between the leaders of the G8 countries and African nations.

At least five African leaders, including the South African president, Thabo Mbeki, are expected to attend a G8 outreach session on aid to Africa, but the crisis on Zimbabwe is likely to feature prominently.

The G8 is likely to support a UN envoy to work alongside the quiet - and some say ineffective - diplomacy Mbeki has shown over the last six years.

The meeting is likely to test the temperature on whether the UN should impose worldwide sanctions against Zimbabwean leaders, something that will require the support of the reluctant Russians, who are permanent members of the security council.

The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, may introduce the sanction resolution in New York today, with British support.

EU sanctions are already being tightened, but UN-level sanctions could hit the bank accounts of the some of the regime's leaders across the world.

The presence of so many African leaders is seen by the British as a golden opportunity to press the Zimbabwe issue hard. Privately many British officials believe fresh pressure has to be put on Zimbabwe because Mbeki is no longer a reliable conduit of international opinion.

Gordon Brown is likely to make this point to Jakaya Kikwete, the Tanzanian leader and current African Union president.

In a bid to show his continued leadership over Zimbabwe, Mbeki flew to Harare at the weekend for a meeting between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai.

However, Tsvangirai boycotted the meeting, saying Mbeki could no longer be trusted and that a new mediation mechanism was needed to tackle the crisis in his country.

British officials believe Tsvangirai's refusal to meet with Mbeki reveals the extent to which Mbeki has lost his exclusive leadership role.

Mbeki had hoped to arrive at the summit claiming a major breakthrough in Zimbabwe, something that British officials feared might prove to be a bogus exercise to get him through an awkward encounter with western leaders.

Mbeki's closest aides attacked Britain and the US, saying their governments had advised Tsvangirai to refuse to meet both Mugabe and Mbeki.

A spokesman for Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), George Sibotshiswe, said the AU should appoint a permanent mediator to work with Mugabe and declared the party would not attend any meeting designed to give legitimacy to Mugabe's presidency.

Britain is still working towards establishing a government of national unity or a transitional government and is heartened that other key African players, such as Nigeria, Botswana, Tanzania and Ethiopia, are refusing to accept Mugabe's explanations for his regime. The Nigerian president, Umaru Yar'Adua, is at the G8.

In a further sign of tension between Britain and Mbeki, the foreign secretary, David Miliband, travelled to South Africa at the weekend to visit the camps that house up to 3 million Zimbabwean refugees. Mbekei has refused to go to the camps, saying the people are not refugees but fugitives.

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British PM calls for strong G8 message to Zimbabwe


Mon 7 Jul 2008, 6:13 GMT

TOYAKO, Japan, July 7 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called
for the Group of Eight leaders gathered in northern Japan for a summit to
send a strong message to Zimbabwe, a Japanese official told a group of
reporters on Monday.

Brown's comment came as the G8 nations, along with seven African head of
states, met on the first day of the three-day summit to discuss issues such
as the political crisis in Zimbabwe as well as rich nations' aid pledges to

"I believe the G8 should send a strong message so as to ensure that
democracy in Zimbabwe will be protected," Brown was quoted as saying in a
meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

Japan's foreign ministry press secretary, Kazuo Kodama, said Fukuda
responded by saying that he was concerned about the situation in Zimbabwe
and agreed that the G8 nations should send a message. Zimbabwe has been
condemned by the international community since Mugabe, who has held power
since its independence from Britain in 1980, was declared re-elected after a
runoff in June in which he was the only candidate after the opposition

The G8 foreign ministers, as well as the U.N. security Council, issued
statements last month deploring the situation in the African nation.

The African Union summit issued a resolution last week calling for talks
leading to a national unity government in Zimbabwe.

But despite heightened African criticism, Mugabe, who attended the AU
summit, seemed unchastened.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also met with Fukuda on Monday, told
Fukuda during the meeting that in addition to the G8 discussing the crisis
in Zimbabwe, it was important for the African leaders to express their own
views, Kodama said.

The G8's talks on Monday at a luxury hotel have included leaders of Algeria,
Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

The G8 comprises the United States, Japan, France, Britain, Germany, Canada,
Italy and Russia. (Reporting by Yoko Kubota)

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G8, African leaders differ on Zimbabwe next move


Mon 7 Jul 2008, 7:40 GMT

TOYAKO, Japan (Reuters) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete suggested
African leaders and the Group of Eight differed on Monday over how to
respond to elections in Zimbabwe that President George W. Bush called a

Standing next to Kikwete after a meeting between the G8 and seven African
leaders aimed at assessing the progress of the rich nations club's pledges
to the world's poorest continent, Bush said Zimbabwe was discussed
extensively at the meeting.

"I care deeply about the people of Zimbabwe, I am extremely disappointed in
the elections which I labeled a sham election," Bush said.

Kikwete, who is also head of the African Union, said: "I want to assure you
that the concerns that you have expressed are indeed the concerns of many of
us in the African continent."

"The only area that we may differ is on the way forward. You see differently
but for us in Africa we see differently, but I think again there is still
room for us for discussions."

Kikwete, who called for a unity government, said discussions would continue,
"and as friends at the end of the day we'll come to an understanding".

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown earlier called for the G8 to send a
strong message to Zimbabwe, a Japanese official told a group of reporters on

The G8 nations were meeting on the first day of a three-day summit in
northern Japan.

"I believe the G8 should send a strong message so as to ensure that
democracy in Zimbabwe will be protected," Brown was quoted as saying in a
meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

Japan's foreign ministry press secretary, Kazuo Kodama, said Fukuda
responded by saying that he was concerned about the situation in Zimbabwe
and agreed that the G8 nations should send a message. Zimbabwe has been
condemned by the international community since Mugabe, who has held power
since its independence from Britain in 1980, was declared re-elected after a
run-off in June in which he was the only candidate after the opposition

The G8 foreign ministers, as well as the U.N. security Council, issued
statements last month deploring the situation in the African nation.

The African Union summit issued a resolution last week calling for talks
leading to a national unity government in Zimbabwe.

But despite heightened African criticism, Mugabe, who attended the AU
summit, seemed unchastened.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also met with Fukuda on Monday, told
Fukuda during the meeting that in addition to the G8 discussing the crisis
in Zimbabwe, it was important for the African leaders to express their own
views, Kodama said.

The G8's talks on Monday at a luxury hotel have included leaders of Algeria,
Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

The G8 comprises the United States, Japan, France, Britain, Germany, Canada,
Italy and Russia.

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Bush denounces Zimbabwe 'sham' election


TOYAKO, Japan, July 7 (AFP)

US President George W. Bush said Monday after meeting with African leaders
on the margin of a rich nations summit here that he was "extremely
disappointed" with Zimbabwe's "sham" election.

"I care deeply about the people of Zimbabwe, I am extremely disappointed in
the election, which I labelled a sham election," Bush said with African
Union chief and Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete.

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Mugabe Aide Tells West To Stop Interfering In Zimbabwe -Paper


HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP)--A top lieutenant to Robert Mugabe told Western
governments Monday to stop interfering in Zimbabwean politics amid mounting
international pressure on the president after his controversial re-election.

"We appeal to foreigners and external forces to leave the resolution of the
Zimbabwe situation to Zimbabweans alone," Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa
told the state-run Herald newspaper.

"Britain, the U.S. and the E.U., in particular, should stop meddling in our

Western governments have refused to legitimize Mugabe's reelection in a June
27 poll that was boycotted by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change,
or MDC, leader Morgan Tsvangirai after deadly attacks on his followers.

U.S. President George W. Bush again Monday dismissed the one-man election as
a sham while the E.U. has said it will only deal with a government led by
Tsvangirai who came top in a first round of voting in March.

Thabo Mbeki, the region's longtime mediator between the ruling ZANU-PF party
and the opposition, held talks with Mugabe at the weekend and a breakaway
MDC splinter faction but Tsvangirai refused to meet the South African

Chinamasa said that Western powers were trying to wreck the chances of a
negotiated settlement.

"It is very evident that their hand is involved and complicating the smooth
dialogue between ZANU-PF and the two MDC formations," he said.

"We are confident that if we are left to discuss this matter as Zimbabweans,
we will find a solution sooner rather than later."

  (END) Dow Jones Newswires

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The agenda for change, post Sharm-El-Sheikh

New Zimbabwe

By Mutumwa D. Mawere
Last updated: 07/08/2008 10:09:57
AS WIDELY expected, the African Union did not ostracise President Mugabe at
the Sharm-El-Sheikh summit which concluded last week.

Instead, the communiqué issued at the end of the two-day summit called on
him and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to enter talks to establish
a government of national unity (GNU) and in so doing implicitly confirmed
his legitimacy as the head of state.

In calling for the establishment of the GNU after the universally condemned
run-off elections, the majority of the AU members had no alternative but to
endorse the continuation of President Thabo Mbeki's mediation efforts -- 
confirming the position that there is a serious disconnect between the
understanding of the West and the AU as to the real causes of the Zimbabwean

The hunger for social, political and economic change in Zimbabwe is still
relevant today as it has been for the last 8 years and it is must now be
abundantly clear to even a naïve observer of the unfolding Zimbabwean drama
that any expectation that the AU can be a reliable partner in encouraging
President Mugabe to accept and respect that the call for change is not only
in Zimbabwe's but the continent's interest is misplaced.

President Mugabe has been resolute and clear about what he stands for. The
AU has implicitly accepted Mugabe's version that the Zimbabwean crisis has
less to do with democracy, justice, corruption, economic mismanagement, and
governance but with what he has framed as an outstanding bilateral dispute
with the UK government on how the land reform programme should be financed
and managed.

At face value, it would seem as if President Mugabe now supports the
proposal for the establishment of a GNU but the devil lies really in the
details. In fact, he must have convinced the AU that a GNU was attainable
and, in any event, the opposition has never been able to speak with one
voice on what kind of Zimbabwe they want to see and the role, if any, of
Zanu PF in any transitional arrangement.

He must have informed the AU that there was consensus on the need for a new
constitution, a signed copy of which no doubt must have been distributed at
the summit, and in the circumstances there could be no dispute that the
process that led to the March 29 elections must be pursued aggressively.

President Mugabe must have convinced his colleagues that he had no real
alternative but to proceed with the 27 June elections as required by
Zimbabwean law and he was, therefore, placed with no viable alternative by
his opponent who unilaterally decided to pull out of the electoral process
for political expediency. On the question of violence, President Mugabe must
have made the case that Zanu PF members were also victims but more
importantly that the violence was allegedly initiated by MDC particularly
its white sponsors who cannot wait to reassert their land rights.

It is significant that President Mugabe wants Tsvangirai to accept that he
is the legitimate head of state as a starting point to any negotiations and
there is nothing to suggest that President Mbeki does not share the same
Whereas Tsvangirai's starting point is the 29 March elections, it is not
clear how President Mugabe will be persuaded to accept any other
construction that may not serve his interests.

President Mugabe's calculation that it would be easy for him to intimidate
the AU into accepting him as the legitimate head of state irrespective of
the means used seems to be paying off. His strategy is to divert attention
from the real economic challenges that face Zimbabwe which have resulted in
the mass exodus of predominantly black Zimbabweans for whom independence was
expected to bring a brighter day.

Zimbabwe is mired in its worst economic crisis with no viable prescription
on the radar screen and yet the AU, in a predictable manner, chose to focus
on the establishment of a GNU as if to suggest that the outcome of the 29
March elections did not accurately reflect the will of the Zimbabwean
people. It must be accepted even by President Mugabe that the post-colonial
state in which he has had the privilege of leading has created its own
sufferers who must be transformed into builders of a new Zimbabwe.

What Zimbabweans clearly need at this defining hour in the country's history
is a government that they can own and not one that is imposed on them.

No amount of intimidation can force citizens to believe in the country and
as such President Mugabe and his colleagues in the AU must know that it is
not sufficient to frame the crisis solely in political terms of who has won
or lost but to locate the problem in a broader context of what is required
to make citizens believe again in the promise of majority rule.

Nation building is a complicated task requiring an investment in financial
literacy and regrettably it must be accepted that, in the mind of President
Mugabe, Zimbabwe's brighter day will come not only from assimilating the
opposition into a rudderless ship but from the ill conceived notion that the
state can promote economic and social progress through nationalisation of
productive assets.

The disastrous socialist/communist experiments in many sister developing
nations should have taught President Mugabe some valuable lessons about what
is required to build progressive and successful nations but he seems not to
be alone in Africa in maintaining that imperialism can forever be used as
currency for explaining failure.

The Berlin Wall no longer exists because citizens in Europe did in our
lifetime come to the inescapable conclusion that sustainable economic
progress must necessarily be underpinned by the initiatives of citizens and
not the benevolence of the state.

With the AU now having accepted President Mugabe's version, it must be said
that President Mugabe has now conveniently boxed Tsvangirai in the corner
where he is at his weakest i.e. at the mercy of the so-called imperialists
whose voice is carried on global newswires calling for new targeted
sanctions against a seemingly weak government defending its citizens against
the domination of its resources by foreigners.

Notwithstanding the facts on the ground that Tsvangirai must enjoy the
support of the majority of Zimbabweans, President Mugabe's investment in
fear at the domestic level and intimidation at the continental level has had
the undesirable effect of leaving Tsvangirai exposed as a surrogate of the
west and positioning Mugabe as a reliable custodian of national sovereignty.

An observation has been made that the only consistent thing about the West's
foreign policy is its inconsistency and President Mugabe has no doubt many
examples to demonstrate the hypocrisy of Tsvangirai's alleged masters on
foreign policy issues for him to easily dismiss the allegation that it is
through his administration's policies that Zimbabwe finds itself in the
current crisis.

If President Mugabe can use violence to reverse the 29 March electoral
verdict then it should be accepted that he is capable of sinking even lower
in a bid to remain in power.

The first strategy is obviously to bait Tsvangirai using the tested and
tried diplomatic skills of President Mbeki into negotiations that President
Mugabe would symbolically prefer to be held at a government building.

President Mbeki has clearly no problem acknowledging President Mugabe as the
legitimate head of state and in as much as he would like to be neutral, it
cannot be said that the 27 June elections were free and fair allowing him to
recognise the outcome there from.

Tsvangirai had no choice but to be unavailable when President Mbeki met
President Mugabe last weekend. It was left to the Arthur Mutambara faction
of the MDC whom I believe made the point that the starting point had to be
the 29 March results and insisted that Tsvangirai was necessary for any
credible resolution of the legitimacy and governance crisis facing President

Mugabe is acutely aware that he needs Tsvangirai as much as Tsvangirai is
also aware that Mugabe and Zanu PF are in a corner and the Zimbabwean people
were not so stupid in deciding to give parliamentary control to the MDC.

There is still a temptation for President Mugabe to reverse the outcome of
the 29 March elections through further violence and also using the judiciary
but it must be said that this strategy has already been exposed.

History will be the ultimate judge of whether the decision by Tsvangirai to
withdraw his name from the run-off elections was a wise one but it must be
accepted that conditions for a free and fair elections did not exist and, in
any event, President Mugabe had taken the position that the end justified
the means. He had already conditioned his party and himself that he had to
emerge as the winner at all costs.

President Mugabe has no history of losing an election or accepting that his
version of reality does not represent the universe.

Understanding the mind of President Mugabe may be beneficial in better
predicting whether the continuation of the Mbeki-led mediation is likely to
produce a positive outcome for Zimbabwe.

Rightly or wrongly President Mugabe is not convinced that there is any
better Zimbabwean to lead or protect the country than him. He feels strongly
that he was democratically elected and the decision by Tsvangirai to
withdraw his name from the run-off was principally motivated by the
realisation that he was going to lose the elections.

President Mugabe believes that if he were to leave office, white Zimbabwean
commercial farmers will reassert their land rights. Furthermore, he is of
the view that black economic rights are perishable without the active
support of the state led only by him.

The experience, albeit short, from the land reform programme suggests that
the mere transfer of asset ownership from white to black hands does not
necessarily lead to production gains or efficiency.

What does the country need to go forward? Is a GNU a positive force for
change? Who should lead the GNU?

It must be accepted that beyond the conversations on democracy, the crisis
facing Zimbabwe is unique and to a large extent a reflection of the impact
of bad policies and a deep seated misunderstanding of the role of the state
in nation building. It is evident that the crisis will not be remedied
without a change of direction in terms of policies.

The absence of serious policy and ideological debates in the post-June 27
elections clearly suggests that the future of Zimbabwe may continue to play
hostage to the whims of a few men and women privileged to lead but
challenged by the distortion created by the force of Mugabe's personality on
the values and principles that ought to have informed the post colonial

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We will not recognize Mugabe - Kenya

By Staff ⋅ © ⋅ July 7, 2008 ⋅
Kenya has joined
Botswana,Liberia,Uganda,Tanzania,Norway,Canada,Germany,Japan to say that
they will not to recognise the government of President Robert Mugabe as

Kenya’s foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula said Kenya would not
recognise Mugabe’s government as legitimate.

Wetangula said the presidential election re-run in Zimbabwe was not free and

He urged Mugabe to demonstrate political maturity and look for “real
solutions” to the crisis facing his country.

“Kenya is ready to help and show Mugabe how to solve the crisis,” said the

He said Kenyans experienced problems after last year’s disputed elections
and had acquired crisis resolution experiences that Mugabe could borrow

Wetangula said Mugabe should opt for a coalition government to solve the
political impasse. “If he accepts a power-sharing formula, Kenya is ready to
offer advice and also mediate,” he said.

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Botswana's position regarding the situation in Zim

The Zimbabwean

Monday, 07 July 2008 06:59

Mr. Chairman, Your Excellencies

1. I wish to prefix my remarks by informing this meeting that Botswana
has over the years enjoyed cordial and fruitful relations with Zimbabwe
and these have been characterised by cooperation in various sectors.

2. Our two countries are united by a common historical and cultural
heritage which has brought our people together over centuries.

3. Botswana, like other Frontline States, played an important role to
promote the cause of Zimbabwe's struggle to attain self rule and

4. We are proud to have played our role in that regard.

5. Our support for Zimbabwe's liberation was informed by our own
national interests, for without a free, democratic and stable Zimbabwe, we
could not hope to enjoy the same in our own country.

6. It is for these reasons, Mr. Chairman, Your Excellencies, that
Botswana has made some public pronouncements prior to the recent presidential
run-off elections, condemning the acts of violence and intimidation, and
urging the Government of Zimbabwe to ensure an environment that is conducive to
the holding of free, fair and credible elections.

7. The Election Observers, in particular those from the Pan African
Parliament and SADC, have concluded that the election process did not
meet the required minimum standards and did not reflect the unfettered will
of the people of Zimbabwe.

8. Botswana's position, therefore, is that the outcome of these
elections does not confer legitimacy on the Government of President Mugabe.

9. In our considered view, it therefore follows that the
representatives of the current 'Government' in Zimbabwe should be excluded from attending
SADC and African Union meetings.

10. Their participation in the meetings of the two organisations would
give unqualified legitimacy to a process which cannot be considered

11. Botswana's position is that such a scenario would be unacceptable.

12. Botswana supports the consensus that seems to be emerging, which
calls for the two parties to be brought together in a mediation process to
find a political solution to Zimbabwe's problems.

13. The personalities for the mediation process should be acceptable
to both parties.

14. It is also Botswana's strong view that the mediation process must
treat both parties as equals.

15. I wish to conclude by urging both parties to seriously reflect on
the plight of the people of Zimbabwe.

16. The people of Zimbabwe have suffered long enough.

17. As a neighbour and a friend, Botswana stands ready to offer any
assistance to the mediation process within the limits of her

18. Mr. Chairman, let me conclude by saying that Zimbabweans are our
friends and we would not be genuine friends, and in fact, we would not
live with our conscience if we did not express our views honestly and
objectively at this critical hour of need in the history of Zimbabwe and Southern
Africa, and indeed our tortured continent.

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Zim slams UK's Miliband

Article By:
Mon, 07 Jul 2008 08:12
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband's visit to Zimbabwean refugees on
Sunday was a "malignant political lie" tailored to coincide with the opening
of the G8 Summit in Japan, charged Zimbabwe's ambassador to South Africa
Simon Khaya Moyo.

"There are no Zimbabwean refugee camps in South Africa. We only know of
centres for displaced African foreign nationals from all over the continent
following the recent xenophobic violence," he said.

"So, Mr Miliband must stop his mischief and attend to the problems affecting
his Labour Party in the United Kingdom.

"He has no business to come to South Africa and lecture about Zimbabwe.

"Zimbabwe is no longer a British colony and shall never be again.

"Let the mediator on Zimbabwe, President Thabo Mbeki, as mandated by (the
Southern African Development Community) and recently by the African Union
Summit in Egypt, execute his task without British interference.

Miliband met with about 2000 refugees at a centre in Johannesburg.

It was "imperative" that a solution be found to the worsening crisis in
Zimbabwe, he said afterwards.

He added that Britain would intensify its efforts to ensure Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe's regime was not seen as "a legitimate
representation of the will of the people of Zimbabwe."

Miliband also called on the international community to support United
States-proposed sanctions on Zimbabwe to be tabled at the United Nations
Security Council in New York.

He arrived in South Africa on Sunday for the eighth session of the SA-UK
Bilateral Forum on Tuesday in Pretoria. Zimbabwe is likely to be on the
agenda of the talks.

Britain does not want Mugabe to be part of any power-sharing deal, as a
condition of economic aid.


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Court frees MDC activists,Police defy

By Philip Mangena ⋅ © ⋅ July 7, 2008 ⋅

 Despite the much publicized talks between the MDC and ZANU-PF,state
sponsored terror is raging on,ZANU PF militia bases have not been dismantled
and police continue to defy court rulings.

MDC activists being held in Lupane and Jotsholo went to court today. There
were two separate cases The 14 from Lupane who were being accused of
inciting violence and then MP Pearson Mbalekelwa and two others who were
been charged with inciting and sponsoring violence.

Six of the fourteen were released after the court dismissed the case.

On the second case the court proceedings went ahead and the Magistrate
dismissed the case against all 14 activists from Lupane and ordered that
they should be released. As they were being realized a Police officer named
Hoko flouted his professionalism and halted the whole procedure and
instructed for them to be locked up again as per instruction from Assistant
Commissioner Veterai. and said that all of them are to be moved to Hwange.

All MDC vehicles in Matebeland North have been impounded by the police.

Last week South Africa ’s deputy Minister of foreign affairs had said ZANU
PF must stop violence and said if violence does not stop they will be forced
to ‘act’.

“It is up to Zimbabwe to take immediate steps to stop the violence. If they
do not stop it, we will take action, whatever action is possible to stop
 it,” Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad said on Friday.

Pahad also added his voice on the arbitrary arrest of MDC activists and
their continuous harassment and warned that it will disrupt talks.

‘So, we believe that logically, an important element of getting the
Zimbabweans to sit down and seriously talk is to create the necessary
conducive environment in which this can happen and that includes all these
aspects - the violence, the humanitarian situation and the issue of arrests.
I am also sure that if you want these discussions to succeed then you would
have to create the conducive climate.’

State sponsored violence had been on the rise.This week Buhera South
MP,Naisaon Madziva was abducted and two MDC supporters were killed last
night,police today said they want to arrest seven MDC MPs on unspecified
charges.20 MDC MPs are behind bars.

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Zimbabwe: Why Mugabe won't quit power-Maduekwe

Vanguard, Nigeria

Written by Tordue Salem
Monday, 07 July 2008
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ojo Maduekwe has attributed
Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe's reluctance to concede power to the
opposition, to Mugabe's conviction that leading African Countries had not
shown a good example for him to follow.
The Electoral Commission of Zimbabwe, had on Saturday, June 27, 2008,
extended the twenty-eight year regime of President Mugabe by 5 years, after
the 84-year old ZANU-PF candidate went through a run-off election held
without the opposition.

Chief Maduekwe at a Press Conference at the Federal Ministry of
Foreign Affairs at the weekend, disclosed that Mugabe insisted at a recent
African Union Meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt that Nigeria and other
African Countries were unqualified to advice him to step down for the
opposition led by Movement For Democratic Change(MDC) candidate, Morgan
Tsvangirai, even after the opposition won 47% of the vote against his party's
43% in the general elections.

The Former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), recalled
that, attempts by Nigeria and other "well-meaning" African Countries to
prevail on Mugabe fell on deaf ears, as the old freedom fighter, kept on
throwing counter-accusation punches.

Maduekwe's words: Some attempts were made to blackmail us based on the
situation in our Country. The President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe dared
other African Countries who are leaving in glass houses to throw stones. We
told him that even though we were bad, we have repented of our sins and we
have the right to throw stones.

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MDC press statement on the mediation meeting called by President Mbeki between President Mugabe Mr Tsvangirai and President Mutambara

  Monday, 07 July 2008 06:53

5 July 2008

On Monday 30 July 2008 negotiators from the two MDC formations met
with the negotiators from ZANU PF informally to explore the possibility of
the resumption of the negotiations in order to resolve the political crisis
in Zimbabwe.

It was agreed at the meeting that the negotiators should go back to
their political parties to seek a  mandate for the resumption of the
negations. It was formally agreed that the negotiators should meet again on
Wednesday 2nd July 2008 to report back to each other on whether or not they
would have been granted the said mandate.

The MDC Management Committee met on Wednesday morning 2 July 2008 and
formally mandated its negotiators to return to the negotiating table and
seek to negotiate political settlement that would bring an end to the
national crisis.

The negotiators from the two MDC formations and ZANU PF dully met on
the evening of Wednesday 2 July 2008 whereat the ZANU PF negotiors reported
that they had been mandated by their party to proceed with the negotiations
and we also reported on the mandate given by the management committee.

MDC Morgan Tsvangirai reported that Mr Tsvangirai and President Mbeki
had had a telephone conversation during which they had agreed, at the
request of Mr Tsvangirai, that the facilitator should organize a meeting
between President Mugabe and Mr Tsvangirai before the negotiators could
resume formal dialogue. The informal meeting was further advised that
President Mbeki was in the process of organizing such a meeting and
therefore the negotiators had to await the holding of that meeting. This
position was later confirmed to us by the South African facilitators.

On the evening of Friday the 4th of July 2008 the facilitator advised
that President Mugabe, President Mbeki  and Mr Morgan Tsvangirai had since
agreed to a meeting of the three principals, namely the Presidents of the
three political parties represented in Parliament, and that the meeting had
been set for the 5 of July 2008 at 3pm at the Zimbabwe House. We were
requested to ensure that our President and our negotiators are present at
that meeting. At the appointed time, President Mutambara, Secretary General
Professor Ncube and Deputy Secretary General Priscilla Misihairabwi-
Mushonga presented themselves at Zimbabwe House as requested by the
mediator. After the appointed time had lapsed, they were advised that Mr
Tsvangirai  had indicated that he was no longer coming to the meeting as he
had reached an agreement with Mr Ping of the African Union Head Quarters,
that the meeting should be cancelled until such a time that the African
Union had appointed a special envoy to Zimbabwe to assist President Mbeki
with mediation. We were also advised that MDC -T negotiators namely
Secretary General Tendai Biti and Deputy Treasurer General Elton Mangoma had
presented themselves at the South African Ambassador's residence for a
negotiating meeting at 14 30 hours which they had been asked to attend by Mr
Morgan Tsvangirai. As a result it was agreed that the meeting could not
proceed in the absence of Mr Tsvangirai and his negotiators.

The facilitator undertook to continue consultations with both MDC
formations and the African Union to resolve the misunderstanding over the
appointment of an African Union envoy to Zimbabwe.

Edwin Mushoriwa

Secretary for Information and Publity

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EU stays in Zimbabwe despite election

New Europe

      7 July 2008 - Issue : 789

The European Union will not withdraw its delegation from Zimbabwe,
despite the illegitimacy of President Robert Mugabe's election victory and
acts of intimidation perpetrated against its staff in Harare, officials
said. Addressing journalists directly through a video link with Brussels,
Xavier Marchal, the EU's head of delegation in Harare said, "The coming
months will be difficult for Zimbabwe, so I think we need to provide
assistance to these people." "The (European) commission delegation should
remain here and should be as active as it has been hitherto, if not more,"
he added. The European Union's executive, the Commission committed 90
million Euro (USD 142 million) in funds last year to help pay for a variety
of projects covering health, basic education, food aid and the upholding of
human rights. "I haven't met anybody in Zimbabwe, irrespective of their
political views, who has said that what we have done over the last few years
hasn't been a good thing," Marchal said. Italian Foreign Minister Franco
Frattini has been among those calling for EU member states to withdraw their
ambassadors from Harare in protest at the latest presidential runoff, which
election observers say was neither free nor fair. Marchal said that while
Mugabe "definitely does not have a clear mandate to govern the country," he
did not agree with Frattini's view, noting that his office tended to
recognise states rather than governments.

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Bill Watch 27 of 5th July 2008 [Parliament to meet soon]

BILL WATCH 27/2008
[5th July 2008]
Following the 27th June Elections
Swearing in of President
Mr Mugabe was sworn in as President on the afternoon of Sunday 29th June by Chief Justice Chidyausiku, following the Chief Elections Officer's declaration that he had won the Presidential run-off election.  His term of office is five years, ending at midnight on 28th June 2013.
Commencement of Parliament
The five-year term of the new Parliament commenced on Sunday 29th June, the day the President was sworn in. [Constitution, section 63(4)]
Opening of Parliament
The first session of the new Parliament [Zimbabwe's Seventh Parliament] must commence before 17th July [Section 62 of the Constitution prohibits a gap of more than 180 days between sittings, and the last sitting of the old Parliament was on 17th January.]  The date will be announced by the President by proclamation in the Government Gazette.  On that date the session commences with a ceremonial opening of Parliament performed by the President.  In his opening address the President will announce his Government's legislative programme for the session.
Swearing-in of MPs and Senators
Before the ceremonial opening of Parliament, MPs and Senators must be sworn in.  The Clerk of Parliament will notify MPs and Senators when this will take place, and will preside over the swearing-in ceremonies in the House of Assembly and Senate chambers.  The date for these proceedings has not yet been announced. 
Election of Speaker of House of Assembly and Deputy
Also before the ceremonial opening of Parliament, the Speaker of the House of Assembly and Deputy Speaker must be elected.  As soon as MPs have been sworn in and a quorum of 25 MPs is present, the Clerk of Parliament will preside over the election of the Speaker.  
·          The Speaker must be chosen from among persons who are or have been members of the House of Assembly.  Members of the Cabinet, Ministers and Deputy Ministers are disqualified. [Constitution, section 39(2)]. 
·          If more than one person is proposed and seconded, the Clerk of Parliament must conduct the election by secret ballot.
·          If a sitting MP is elected Speaker, his or her seat immediately falls vacant, and the vacancy will have to be filled by a by-election.  If a former MP is chosen, there is no effect on the membership of the House.
Following the election of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker is chosen from among MPs.  He or she remains an MP.
Election of President of Senate and Deputy
Also before the ceremonial opening of Parliament, the President of the Senate must be chosen, by Senators, from among persons who are or have been members of the Senate or the House of Assembly [Constitution, section 36(2)].  Members of the Cabinet, Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Provincial Governors are again disqualified.  If a sitting Senator is elected, his or her seat falls vacant and must be filled by by-election [if an elected Senator] or appointment [if an appointed Senator].  The proceedings for the election of the President and his or her Deputy correspond to those for the election of the Speaker.  The quorum is 11. The Deputy President is chosen from among Senators, and remains a Senator.
Composition of House of Assembly
The by-elections conducted on 27th June resulted in one seat for the MDC-T and two for ZANU-PF, making the final breakdown of the 210 seats in the House as follows:
MDC-T      100
MDC           10
ZANU-PF    99
Indep.           1
The combined MDC majority may be rendered ineffectual by the inability of some MPs to attend Parliament for reasons ranging from abduction, arrest and detention to hospitalisation as a result of post-election violence [some 10 MDC-T MPs have been arrested in recent weeks and 7 more are said to be on a police "wanted" list].
Effect of pending election petitions on House membership
An MP's right to take his or her seat is not affected by the lodging of an election petition challenging his or her  election.
Composition of Senate
The breakdown of the 60 elected seats in the 93-member Senate is as follows:
MDC-T                          24
MDC                                     6         
ZANU-PF                      30
The remaining 33 seats are made up as follows:
Chiefs                           18
Provincial Governors 10
Presidential appointees     5
No announcement has been made regarding the 5 Senators to be appointed by the President, or new Provincial Governors.
Vice-Presidents, Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Provincial Governors
·        The existing Vice-Presidents, Ministers and Deputy Ministers have continued in office, unaffected by the Presidential swearing-in on 29th June.  That is in accordance with the Constitution.  [Section 31E(1) states that Vice-Presidents, Ministers and Deputy Ministers continue in office until "a new President" assumes office.  Mr Mugabe is not "a new President" for the purposes of this provision; he has merely commenced a new term of office. There is a Supreme Court decision confirming this.].  
·        However, Vice-Presidents, Ministers and Deputy Ministers hold office at the President's pleasure and can be removed from office at any time.  Traditionally there has always been a post-election Cabinet reshuffle.
·        Ministers who failed to gain seats in the House of Assembly or the Senate will automatically forfeit their Ministerial status when the new Parliament first meets [Constitution, section 31E(2)] - unless by then they have secured seats.  The only seats available are the five Senate seats for Presidential appointees.
·        Provincial Governors at the moment are also continuing in office, but they too are subject to removal at the President's pleasure.  All ten Provincial Governors are ex officio members of the Senate.
Local Authority Councils
Under both the Urban Councils Act and the Rural District Councils Act, councils must meet "as soon as is practicable" after a general election and elect mayors or chairpersons.  These inaugural meetings must be presided over by provincial administrators [Harare and Bulawayo] or district administrators [all other councils].  There is no provision for the meetings to be delayed waiting for a Ministerial order.   
Nevertheless, the Ministry of Local Government delayed the swearing-in of the new councillors elected in the harmonised elections of 29th March until the result of the Presidential run-off election of 27th June was known and the successful candidate sworn in.  The legal basis for the Ministry's stance was not publicly spelled out. 
Following Mr Mugabe's swearing-in as President on 29th June, the Ministry gave the go-ahead for councillors to be sworn in and mayors and chairpersons elected.  This has already happened in Harare, where a non-councillor, Mr Muchadeyi Masunda, was chosen as mayor.  A non-councillor may be elected as mayor of a municipality.  In all other cases the council chairperson must be a councillor.
The new mayors will not be executive mayors; the institution of executive mayor was abolished by the Local Government Laws Amendment Act passed in January.  Their principal function will be presiding over council meetings [Urban Councils Act as amended, section 104].
Any "caretakers" [previously called "commissioners"] recently appointed by the Minister of Local Government to run council affairs, cease to hold office as soon as a newly elected council commences functioning [Urban Councils Act, section 84].
Veritas makes every effort to ensure reliable information, but cannot take legal responsibility for information supplied.

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Zimbabwe church workers plead for decisive G8 action to end violence


Date: 07 Jul 2008

On the opening day of the G8 Summit in Japan, Zimbabwean church workers at
the forefront of aid efforts in the country issued an impassioned call to
world leaders for decisive action to stop the violence in the country.

Seven African heads of state, including the leaders of South Africa,
Tanzaniaand Ethiopia, will today join the 8 leading industrialised nations
for discussions to tackle poverty in Africa.

Speaking from Zimbabwe, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance
(ZCA), a partner of British aid agency Tearfund, said, 'We call on the G8
leaders to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to address the double
disaster of the political and humanitarian crises in the country.

'Our people are suffering terribly, but the ongoing violence is preventing
us from reaching those who are in desperate need.'

Economists estimate Zimbabwe's inflation to be running at over 9 million per
cent, with food in very short supply.

The ZCA spokesperson expressed deep concern at talk of forming a Government
of National Unity in the country at last week's African Union Summit. He
said, 'A Government of National Unity dismisses the will of the people. They
want change, as demonstrated in the March election. We need a government
that will put the needs of our people first.

'Our hope is that the G8 and African leaders will urgently appoint a team of
mediators to facilitate a transitional Government, to pave the way to free
and fair elections. Anything less will only serve to legitimise the Mugabe
regime,' he said.

The United Nations estimates that 5 million people - approximately half the
population of Zimbabwe- will require food aid over the next 9 months.
However, many aid agencies have been ordered to cease their operations by
the Government.

Commenting on the situation from Japan, Peter Grant, the International
Director of Tearfund, said that, 'Further sanctions being discussed at the
UN will be too little, too late. They will not be enough to resolve this
urgent crisis. We strongly support our Zimbabwean partners' call for a
transitional government.'

Other Tearfund church partners in Zimbabweare being severely hampered in
their efforts to reach 35,000 AIDS orphans with life-saving food supplies.
Workers trying to deliver aid have been intimidated and safety concerns have
led them to closing rural offices.

Ongoing violence is exacerbating the crisis, driving people from their homes
in search of safety. Tearfund's partners have had to suspend long-term aid
operations, to provide shelter for 800 people who have fled the violence. A
steady stream of new arrivals continues.

Also, sharp rises in food prices and riots in several countries will bring
into sharp focus discussions in Japanabout the global food crisis between
the G8 and African leaders. Just last month, the UN warned that 4.6 million
people face shortages in Ethiopia.

Mesfin Shuge, Assistant Director of Food Security for the KaleHeywetChurchin
Ethiopia, a Tearfund partner, said, 'The change in our climate means that
the rains do not come when they should. So there is very little food to eat.
Now the world food crisis means that the price of wheat flour and maize has
quadrupled in the last few months alone, so the very poorest are simply
unable to afford it.

'Recently, I met 30 people in my church who hadn't eaten for three days. We
collected money from the congregation and were able to help them. This is
not an isolated case and this situation cannot go on. We need help to do

Tearfund is urging the G8 leaders both to take action to address the current
food crisis and to tackle the underlying causes, especially climate change.

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