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The following comment was incorporated into the Zimnews issued on the 2nd of July 2002.  It is a pungent, tough statement on the land issue and I found the summary of Mugabes statements in the penultimate paragraph very telling.
What he did not mention in this section were the statements Mugabe made recently that "whites are second or third class citizens in Zimbabwe" and that the "only good imperialist (read white) is a dead one".  The statement that whites can leave the country - they are not wanted here, is a damming indictment of Mugabe who constantly alleges that it is the whites who are racist and reactionary.  We are yet to see a real condemnation of this language from other African Heads of State although Mbeki came close recently.
As for black Africans living abroad and for "Afro-Americans" in the USA, do they accept this racist language and policies?  To do so is to invite the racist extreemists in their adopted homelands similar rehetorical rights.
My own wife, a citizen of Zimbabwe for 42 years, has recently been told she may not vote or claim a new passport simply because she was born in South Africa.  To get past this she must renounce any claim to a citizenship she does not have any right to (she has renounced her South African citizenship rights twice before - when she became a citizen in 1960 and then after independence, when required to do so by the Mugabe regime.  Her most recent renouncement of her right to SA citizenship is actually signed by the present Registrar General, Tobiwa Mudede.
Eddie Cross

The Zimnews Statement reads thus:
Mugabe’s ramshackle cavalry rides on many lies.  One in particular seems to serve them well.  It is the claim that every white farmer has been allowed to keep one farm and has been encouraged to carry on farming it.  This claim is utterly untrue: hundreds of farmers have lost all that they have ever owned already, illegally evicted by Zanu PF supporters.  Mugabe’s chaotic fast track resettlement process makes no distinction between one of the thousands of farms it would destroy, and another.  Mugabe’s henchmen and supporters are equally unfettered when they set off into what was once commercial farmland in search of plunder.  Yet Mugabe and his mouthpieces continue to spout the lie.  And some African leaders choose to believe it.

Gaborone, November 2000: wounded by the (then) Zimbabwean Supreme Court’s contemptuous rejection of Mugabe’s fast track land resettlement policy, his security chief, Nicholas Goche, tells the SADC conference that Mugabe’s clear intention was to abide by the findings of the 1998 donor’s conference and acquire only those farms which meet certain criteria: an absent owner or one who owns other farms, under-development, proximity to a communal area.
The same line has been trotted out at every SADC or AU conference since.
Every visiting delegation, every interested head of state, the UN, the EU, all have been subjected to the same plausible, reasonable, argument.
Mugabe was at it again last week, telling the visiting Human Rights forum that every farmer would be encouraged to farm one farm.  Often delivered more in sorrow than in anger, these lines suggest a benign administration, resolved to repair a crippling colonial legacy but stymied by the reactionary resistance of a rump of feudal white land owners.  African leaders, increasingly concerned as Mugabe slams down the cards of death, famine and war, are reassured by his trump card, ‘land’ - faded and unconvincing though it may be - and, yet again, sink back into inaction and ineffectiveness.

Some argue that Mugabe speaks from the heart, that he really believes that out there on the farms brave, resettled, indigenous farmers are defending rich fields of maize and sprouting wheat against the prowling Selous Scouts and Rhodesian Light Infantry.  His henchmen, particularly the spectacularly incompetent Minister of Agriculture, Joseph Made, and the rest of the boys, keep the truth from him.  He knows nothing of the wasteland that Zimbabwe has become, of the tens of thousands of farm workers now homeless and unemployed and the millions waiting to join them, of the most competent farmers in the world swept out of their homes by a tide of racism and violence.  It is certainly true that Mugabe and his inner circle now inhabit a neo-Maoist cell, luxuriously appointed and utterly remote from the hungry Zimbabwean family on the Masvingo road.  But can it really be true that Mugabe has no idea how his policies are being implemented?  Let us hear from the man himself:
"Whatever the courts might say, the land is ours and we’ll take it."
(November 2000); "The courts have no role to play in the resettlement process." (January 2001); "This is the land-based 3rd Chimurenga (liberation war)." (April 2001); "To those of you who support whites, we say ‘down with you’." (September 2001); "This is war, this is not a game.  This is the 3rd Chimurenga.  We must do without the white man in this country"; (December
2001); "To those farmers we allowed to continue farming…we have reconsidered.  We have no mercy left.  We are going to take all the farms.
All of them." (February 2002).  "White settlers have not repented…the British should keep their pink noses out of our business."(March 2002); "Land redistribution is under attack from radical and reactionary (sic)…racist commercial farmers" (June 2002).  This is pretty conclusive.  Neither Mugabe, nor his threadbare apologists, can claim that he does not know what is happening on the farms when his public utterances so enthusiastically direct his followers to throw the white farmers off their farms, and throw Zimbabwe into poverty as they do so.  He wishes to see all the white farmers gone from Zimbabwe: that is his policy and it is implicit in every howling drunk outside a remote farmhouse, every confused and mis-directed despatch from the Ministry of Lands, every battered family leaving its farm village and shuffling off to poverty and hunger.

To Mugabe, truth is whatever he says it is, whatever is of use to him.  In conversation with the leaders of Africa he is a nationalist freedom fighter who, nevertheless, is prepared to include the agricultural expertise of the whites in his land plan.  In Zimbabwe he is a war leader who will destroy his country rather than yield power, brandishing the banners of race and land until he drops.  It is bizarre that anyone should still believe a word that Mugabe says.  His land reform programme is illegal, unconstitutional and incompetent.  The parliamentary majority that passed the laws that license it, and the self-styled president who signed those laws, owe their position to stolen elections.  Mugabe’s Supreme Court judges, who seconded those laws, have personally benefited from the programme.  Constitutional practice, legality, due process, all lie shattered in its path.  Human rights and natural justice have been ripped up in the interests of Zanu PF and plunder.
The incoherence and the randomness of the land programme beggar belief.
Already Zimbabwe is hungry.  Soon it will starve.  Mugabe’s land policy may be a lifeline for him, but for Zimbabwe it is a suicide note.  When will the likes of Mbeki, Chissano, Obasanjo, and Kofi Annan look at the facts and, by so doing, see Resident Mugabe’s lies for what they are?  For how much longer can he make fools of them?
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From IRIN (UN), 3 July

Food crisis forcing people from homes

Zimbabwe's food security crisis, brought on by drought and a controversial plan to redistribute commercial farms to landless citizens, has forced people to leave their homes in search of food, UN sources said. The creation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to the food crisis is cause for concern as there are no accurate figures on the number of IDPs in need of aid, said the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Harare. The UN's World Food Programme and Food and Agricultural Organisation estimate that about six million Zimbabweans require food aid. In order to enable aid agencies to better prepare themselves to mitigate the complex humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe, the UN is set to begin an independent assessment of the number and situation of food security-related IDPs in the country.

The UNDP said: "Issues around the food security crisis in the country have raised the concern of population movements and IDPs. The matter, however, has become highly politicised on all sides and it is very difficult to get precise figures on [IDPs]." The issue was raised with the government by UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kenzo Oshima, during his recent mission to Zimbabwe. It was now being pursued by UNDP Resident Coordinator Victor Angelo. "An assessment will be carried out, and a database established, of IDPs in the near future through the Resident Coordinator's Relief and Recovery Unit," the UNDP said.

While there was concern that the food crisis in Zimbabwe could cause refugees to flee to Zimbabwe's neighbours - South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique - there had as yet been no reports of this, said the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pretoria. UNHCR Assistant Representative Abel Mbilinyi told IRIN that "if there were any large movements we would certainly know". He said Zimbabweans continued to cross regularly into South Africa but that this was not out of the ordinary. "For the time being we have not been alerted [about refugees fleeing Zimbabwe] either by Home Affairs [in South Africa], or our other offices [in the region], but we are watching what is happening," Mbilinyi said.

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From The Mail & Guardian (SA), 4 July

Report shows how Bob rigged the vote

Some 17,2% of ballots cast in Zimbabwe's March 9-11 presidential election were "directly problematic," the Human Rights Forum of local and international rights groups said on Wednesday. "Of 3 062 303 votes accounted for by the ESC (Electoral Supervisory Commission), at least 526 479 (17,2%) were directly problematic," the forum said in a new report. President Robert Mugabe was declared the winner of the election with 56,2% of the votes, against 41,9% for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). "Many results changed even after they had been verified and announced. The total prejudice to Morgan Tsvangirai on these post-verification changes alone was 50 729 votes," the report said. "Over half of all polling booths at some stage lacked opposition observers. In four of the 120 constituencies, opposition electoral agents were banned from verifying the counting of votes. In another five, MDC agents were allowed to be present for only part of the time," the report said. Tsvangirai has refused to accept Mugabe's victory, and the MDC has launched a court challenge to his win.

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      Govt urged to repeal oppressive laws

      Staff Reporter
      7/4/02 11:18:54 AM (GMT +2)

      AMNESTY International, the international human rights watchdog, this
week urged the Zimbabwe Government to repeal or amend legislation which
curtails freedoms of conscience and expression and of peaceful assembly and

      In its latest report, Policing to Protect Human Rights, a survey of
police practice in the 14-nation Southern Africa Development Community
(SADC), Amnesty says such legislation denies fundamental human rights and
can facilitate political use of the police.

      The mountain kingdom of Swaziland is the only other country in the
region sharing with Zimbabwe similar legislation limiting these rights.

      The report says that Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe have
constitutions which fail to properly limit the use of lethal force.

      Amnesty urged Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Swaziland and Angola to sign or
ratify the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

      The survey follows similar other reports by Amnesty and other human
rights groups of alleged police brutality in the run-up to Zimbabwe's
parliamentary elections in June 2000 as well as the March 2002 presidential

      Amnesty documents cases of Zimbabweans beaten up or tear-gassed by the

      It also profiles various citizens and members of the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change who it said had been assaulted by supporters
of the ruling party with what the agency said was the full complicity of the

      It noted that although Zimbabwe had a human rights training component
in its police training, the gains of the training had been ignored since

      Earlier this year Amnesty International spokesman Samkelo Mokhine
said: "The ordinary Zimbabwean hasn't had any sense of justice, not just
from the 1970s under the minority Rhodesian government but up to 2002 under
the current regime."

      Mokhine, who was launching an earlier Amnesty report entitled
Zimbabwe: The toll of Impunity in Johannesburg, noted: "With this report, we
are hoping to jog the international community and SADC into action. If we
don't do anything, what hope are we giving to the ordinary Zimbabwean?

      "They are facing a food crisis, unattended human rights violations and
the undermining of the judiciary. People are assaulted or killed with

      The latest report urges all SADC governments to ensure that training
on human rights is a permanent component of police training programmes and
that the commitment to human rights training is reflected in police plans
and budgets.

      Mozambique and Angola were urged to incorporate human rights training
into their relevant training programmes.

      The report said the international community had a role to play in the
SADC, which has suffered years of armed and civil conflict and pressures on
its economic resources by increasing its efforts and resources in
transforming the region into a democracy
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      Nkomo's allies fight for Nuanetsi

      Staff Reporter
      7/4/02 11:16:08 AM (GMT +2)

      A POLITICAL showdown is looming between powerful Masvingo politicians
and close allies of the late vice-president Joshua Nkomo over his vast
Nuanetsi Ranch which the ZANU PF provincial leaders want to hive off for the
production of irrigated maize, it was learnt this week.

      Nkomo established the Development Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ), the owner
of Nuanetsi, in 1989 as a vehicle for black empowerment.

      DTZ bought the 311 000-hectare Nuanetsi Ranch - reputed to be the size
of one percent of the total area of Zimbabwe - from Imperial Cold Storage of
South Africa during the same year at the then princely sum of $20 million.

      According to Nkomo's vision, Nuanetsi was to be the hub of a new
settlement scheme drawing agro-minded technocrats such as water engineers,
agronomists, trainee farmers and economic planners - among others - to
create a new crop of black commercial farmers.

      Thirteen farmers have since been resettled in Nuanetsi by the DTZ on
60 hectares each of its land in the Mwenezi area and are already involved in
large-scale sugar production.

      Nkomo's land reform plan for Nuanetsi, which was finalised in 1996 in
association with neighbouring large-scale commercial sugar producers, would
have resulted in the systematic resettlement of thousands of other new
farmers on 100 ha each to produce sugar and cotton.

      The whole project was to be fuelled by the billion-dollar construction
of the Tokwe- Mukorsi Dam, one of the most ambitious dam projects being
planned by the Zimbabwean government.

      According to sources, both Nkomo's vision for Nuanetsi and plans for
the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam are now in tatters because of the bitter political
jockeying for turf that has torn ZANU PF apart in Masvingo.

      A faction led by governor Josaya Hungwe, which has the blessings of
Vice-President Simon Muzenda, has eyed the acquisition of a large part of
Nuanetsi to resettle thousands of supporters as the jewel that could crown
its political dominance of the province.

      Last week Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge, a senior member of the Hungwe
faction, said his executive was formally applying to the Cabinet for 100 000
ha of Nuanetsi.

      Contacted this week, DTZ board secretary Liberty Mhlanga said no
formal request had yet been received by the trust from the government for
the land on which ZANU PF in Masvingo wants to grow irrigated maize.

      It was also learnt that DTZ board chairman Vice-President Joseph
Msika, a long time close ally of Nkomo who took over the affairs of the
trust after the death of the veteran former ZAPU leader, had not yet been
formally approached with the request for the land.

      "It's all politics and jealousy and none of this would have happened
were Nkomo still alive," said one source who was also close to the former
ZAPU leader.

      He said although DTZ, the government and other interested parties were
close to securing a deal for hard cash for Tokwe-Mukorsi, the dam project
was now under threat because financiers were worried that without Nuanetsi
there was no potential collateral.

      The source said only the political dexterity of President Robert
Mugabe could ease the tension between Masvingo politicians and former close
allies of Nkomo who feel that the veteran politician's legacy is under
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      UN, govt debate private sector role in food aid

      7/4/02 11:15:23 AM (GMT +2)

      THE government has so far allowed a limited role for the private
sector in importing food into Zimbabwe as discussions drag on between the
administration and United Nations representatives on setting up a foreign
currency facility which private firms could tap into to pay for food

      The United Nations' resident co-ordinator in Zimbabwe, Victor Angelo,
yesterday told the Financial Gazette that discussions were still going on
with the government to allow a greater role for the private sector in the
importation of food to feed the about six million Zimbabweans, half the
population, threatened with starvation.

      The proposed foreign currency facility, whose value Angelo did not
give, would be set up with the aid of the international community to ensure
that hard cash was available for private importers to bring in more maize
and other foods into the country once the government gave them the green
light to do so.

      Angelo said: "There have been a number of private players who have
already been allowed by the government to import food on a case-by-case

      "Discussions are now going on to see if we can go beyond this
case-by-case arrangement and have an approach that is acceptable to both the
government and donors and whereby the private sector can play a bigger role
than is the case now."

      Angelo said the foreign currency facility, if it were eventually
agreed upon, would be an additional resource to the food aid already being
mobilised by the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) from the international
community on behalf of Zimbabwe.

      Critics blame the government's chaotic land reforms under which
productive farms were seized by ruling ZANU PF supporters since February
2000 for the 60 percent fall in the production of Zimbabwe's staple maize
grain this year.

      The hard cash-strapped government complicated matters last year when
it banished private sector players from importing maize. It decreed that
only its debt-ridden grain utility, the Grain Marketing Board, was allowed
to trade in maize and wheat.

      Angelo said talks last week between President Robert Mugabe and the UN
's top emergency relief co-ordinator, Kenzo Oshima, had helped convince the
government to change its stance on the involvement of the private sector.

      Angelo spoke as diplomatic sources said the WFP planned to make a
fresh appeal in two weeks' time for more than US$250 million worth of food
and humanitarian aid to feed hungry Zimbabweans.

      The new consolidated appeal would be launched at the UN's New York's
headquarters during the world body's Economic and Social Committee meting
expected to take place in mid-July.

      Previous appeals have met a lukewarm response from donors, some of
whom accuse the government of adopting policies that impede the country's
economic recovery. - Staff Reporter
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      ZDI rejects gun running charges

      Staff Reporter
      7/4/02 11:12:01 AM (GMT +2)

      ZIMBABWE Defence Industries (ZDI) boss Tshinga Dube this week denied a
report that the state-owned weapons-maker is supplying arms to Liberian
leader Charles Taylor and Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front (RUF)

      "It is totally false that we have supplied weapons to the west
Africans," Dube, a retired Zimbabwe army colonel, said in response to
queries from the Financial Gazette.

      "It is unfair for people to want to conclude that, because ZDI used
the same (international) bank that RUF and the Liberians use, we therefore
were supplying arms to them. That is simply not true."

      In its latest edition, the Paris-based Indian Ocean Newsletter charges
that the ZDI is involved in a weapons-selling network which includes
gun-runners who supply Sierra Leone and Liberia.

      According to the newspaper, the weapons are being bought mainly from
former Eastern Block countries and delivered to rebel groups in Liberia and
Sierra Leone through neighbouring Burkina Faso and Cote de'Voire.

      It says the ZDI allegedly paid for the weapon purchases through a
Hungary-based subsidiary of Italian bank Intesa BCI, while rebel-clients
also reportedly paid the Zimbabwean arms utility through the same bank.

      For example, the newspaper said the ZDI in April 1999 transferred
close to US$1.3 million to an arms supplier through the Hungarian bank. The
Zimbabwean arms manufacturer made another US$2.1 million transfer the
following month, it charged.

      In June, shortly after the two transfers by the ZDI, three successive
payments totalling about US$300 000 were made to the Zimbabwean firm through
the Hungarian bank.

      It is these payments to the ZDI which, according to the newspaper,
were suspected to have been from Taylor and the RUF, both under an
international arms embargo.

      Dube admitted making payments for weapons through the Intesa BCI but
said the ZDI was making payments for its normal supplies for its
weapons-making plant.

      He said the firm had provided various suppliers with
end-user-certificates confirming that the ZDI was the end-user of all
military goods supplied to it.

      He said the ZDI had only used Intesa BCI at the request of the
suppliers of the materials.
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      ZBC faces eviction

      Staff Reporter
      7/4/02 11:09:18 AM (GMT +2)

      BULAWAYO - The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is being
evicted from its rented premises in Bulawayo and Gweru due to outstanding
rent arrears of about $250 000, lawyers for the property owners said

      The corporation, already facing difficulties in raising billions of
dollars to pay off almost 500 workers it wants to retrench, owes property
firm Knight Frank $121 301.98 for the rented offices in Bulawayo and $106
558 for the Gweru offices.

      Lawyers representing Knight Frank said yesterday they had sent summons
to the ZBC to pay up immediately or be evicted before the end of this week.

      They charged that the ZBC had not made any effort to pay the
outstanding monies despite being sent several letters of demand.

      "We served the ZBC with papers early this week and we will be evicting
them before the end of the week," said Tavengwa Hara, a legal practitioner
with Bulawayo-based Moyo-Hara and Partners.

      The Gweru and Bulawayo offices housed the ZBC's Licence Inspectorate.

      It is understood that the corporation has failed to remit the rentals
for the Bulawayo office at Mership House, which is owned by the Construction
Industry Pension Fund, since November 2001.

      It has not paid the rentals for the Gweru offices, situated at First
Mutual Centre since March this year.

      Hara said: "This is clearly a violation of lease agreements signed
between the ZBC and our client. As we talk, there has not been any payment
received from the corporation."

      No official comment could be obtained from ZBC management yesterday
but insiders said the corporation's financial position was unlikely to
improve in the near future.

      "Most of the people in the Licence Inspectorate in Bulawayo, for
instance, have been retrenched. There is no one collecting revenue for the
ZBC at the moment," one insider said.

      The ZBC is already struggling to pay Zimbabwean musicians their
royalties because of a severe financial squeeze blamed on a bloated staff
hired in the run-up to the March presidential election. It is some of these
staffers who are now being axed.
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Daily News

      Zanu PF woos Kadoma voters with jobs

      7/3/02 1:04:00 PM (GMT +2)

      By Luke Tamborinyoka Municipal Reporter

      THE Zanu PF-dominated Kadoma Town Council has embarked on a massive
recruitment drive of casual workers, in what is seen as a bid to bolster the
party's chances in the mayoral election scheduled for 27-28 July.

      The nomination court will sit tomorrow. The workers, mainly ruling
Zanu PF party supporters, were recruited last Monday in the tension-filled
town under the food-for-work programme. Their tasks include repairing roads
and cutting grass.

      The unprecedented recruitment drive takes place amid unconfirmed
reports that there was a sudden influx last week of Zanu PF youth brigade
members in the town, ahead of the polls.

      Last week, Daniel Mugomba, the opposition MDC party's mayoral
candidate, narrowly escaped death after suspected Zanu PF supporters hurled
a petrol bomb into his house in Rimuka suburb in the early hours of Tuesday,
destroying property worth more than $700 000.

      Mugomba will run against Fanuel Phiri, the acting Mayor of Kadoma, who
allegedly gave the nod for the recruitment of more than 1 000 casual

      Mugomba said: "We are aware of that development, but the people of
Kadoma are not prepared for any mercenary votes. Their aspiration is to vote
for a candidate of their choice and we know that democracy and the wishes of
the people will eventually prevail in this election."

      Yesterday, some of the workers said they were recruited on Monday from
all the 16 wards in the town to spruce up the roads, the parks and gardens.
They will be paid $7 000 a month.

      They have three-month contracts, while more than 1 000 people, 95
drawn from each ward, would be paid $1 500 for 15 days in the food-for-work
programme which Please, turn to Page 2

      Zanu PF has allegedly initiated as part of the electioneering. "We
were recruited by our councillors," said a spokesperson for the casual
workers, who were cutting grass in Rimuka.

      "We have never been recruited in such large numbers before and we all
hope our party, Zanu PF, will win the election. "

      Yesterday, Phiri said the only casuals they had hired were for
food-for-work programmes.

      "We have hired people for the food-for-work programme, as it is being
done by all councils in the country. There is no politics involved," he

      He denied his councillors were giving the jobs to Zanu PF supporters.
"We have told them to hire only elderly people and the disadvantaged in the

      The election follows the death in February of former executive mayor
Ernest Shamuyarira.

      Mugomba alleged that some of the casuals employed by the council were
given permanent jobs to pave the way for more recruitment.

      "The idea is to induce into the voters the idea that Zanu PF provides
employment, and make it difficult for the elected opposition mayor to fire
those who would have been given permanent employment," he said.

      But Phiri denied the allegation, saying his council was too poor to
afford hiring more people.

      The election has been preceded by reports that Zanu PF bused in people
from outside the municipal boundaries during the voter-registration
exercise, charges Phiri denies.

      Meanwhile, in an an Extraordinary Government Gazette published
yesterday, the government has postponed to 28 and 29 September all elections
for rural and urban district councils originally scheduled for July and

      In a General Notice 306A of 2002, Patrick Chinamasa, the Minister of
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, announced the postponement of
"rural district council elections and elections for vacant rural and urban

      Several wards are vacant in Rusape, Chiredzi and other rural and urban
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Daily News

      Zimpapers suspended

      7/3/02 1:51:26 PM (GMT +2)

      By Columbus Mavhunga

      Former blue-chip company, Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Limited
(Zimpapers), has been suspended from the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) for
flouting the bourse's regulations and the Companies Act requirements.

      Emmanuel Munyukwi, the ZSE chief executive officer, said yesterday
Zimpapers, the government-controlled publishers of The Herald and five other
newspaper titles, had not published audited results for the year ending
December 2001 and had not held its annual general meeting (AGM).

      Munyukwi said: "Zimpapers was supposed to have published its 2001
results at the end of March, but it only did that in May and the results
were not audited.

      The listing and Companies Act requirements stipulate that an AGM must
be held within six months after the publication of the audited results, but
Zimpapers has not yet done that.

      "We had no option but to suspend it on Monday until it has put its
house in order. This is done to safeguard the shareholders."

      Zimpapers shares have been trading below 100 cents and last year it
was among the strong contenders for the wooden-spoon award on the ZSE.

      After releasing lukewarm unaudited 2001 results depicting a $31
million profit in May, from a loss of more than $73 million, the Zimpapers
share price nose-dived by 29 percent.

      Ever since the launch of its major competitor, The Daily News,
published by Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (Private) Limited, Zimpapers'
newspaper division has been going through a nightmare.

      Sales for its flagship, The Herald, have plummeted from more than 115
000 copies to less than 30 000 a day, while those of The Daily News had
leap-frogged from a mere 35 000, to more than 100 000 before saboteurs blew
up the company's printing press early last year.

      Despite that setback, The Daily News is still Zimbabwe's best-selling
daily newspaper.

      Enock Kamushinda, the Zimpapers group chairman, was reportedly in a
meeting the whole day yesterday.

      Munyukwi, however, said: "Zimpapers have to rectify the problem,
otherwise it will remain suspended until the requirements of the ZSE and
Companies Acts are met."

      Apart from The Herald, Zimpapers also publishes The Sunday Mail, the
Shona language Kwayedza (Harare), The Chronicle, The Sunday News (Bulawayo)
and The Manica Post in Mutare.

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Zimbabwe heads for state of emergency
17.49PM BST, 3 Jul 2002

Zimbabwean police have accused the country's opposition of causing massive
food shortages in a campaign of "economic sabotage" aimed at creating

The charge was reported in the state-run Herald newspaper. But the
opposition Movement for Democratic Change dismissed the accusation as
government propaganda meant to pave the way for a state of emergency that
would give President Robert Mugabe even greater powers.

The United Nations has said about half of Zimbabwe's 12.5 million people are
in danger of going hungry this year after drought and government seizures of
white-owned commercial farms nearly destroyed the recent grain harvest.

However, the police statement blamed the staggering shortages on the
opposition. "It is believed the underlying cause is economic sabotage
maliciously intended to discredit the lawfully elected government of
Zimbabwe,"it said.

"The artificial shortages, in the minds of detractors, would ferment or
agitate the masses to engage in looting and defiance of the law."

That "would lead to an ungovernable state of anarchy, which would pave the
way for the overthrow of the government," according to the statement.

Police said they had mounted roadblocks across the country "to cut off
supply routes and trafficking" and prevent the illegal export of staple

They urged security forces be given more sweeping powers of search and
demanded the government take control of production and distribution of food
and ensure "patriotic Zimbabweans" occupy key positions in strategic

The opposition MDC, the greatest threat to Mugabe's rule since he led the
nation to independence in 1980, said the government was trying to find a
scapegoat for its economic mismanagement and disastrous agricultural

About 95 per cent of white commercial farms have been targeted for

MDC spokesman Learnmore Jongwe said the statement "borders on madness" and
the government appeared to be paving the way for a state of emergency, which
would give the increasingly authoritarian Mugabe even greater powers.

Zimbabwe's police have repeatedly been accused of bias against the
opposition during the country's two-year political crisis.

Human rights groups said police often stood by passively while ruling party
militants attacked white farmers and opposition supporters. In some cases,
the police helped the militants, they said.

Before March presidential elections this year, police commissioner Augustine
Chihuri said he would refuse to recognise a victory by MDC leader Morgan
Tsvangirai (pictured). Mugabe was declared the winner in a poll that many
international and domestic observers called deeply flawed.

According to the Herald report, police said they had confiscated staple food
worth 37 million Zimbabwean dollars from black market traders working at the
behest of the MDC.

Last week, Mugabe accused a company partially owned by Anglo American of
hoarding salt and threatened to seize the mining giant's local assets. The
company, National Foods, said it had been holding the imported salt while it
negotiated with officials for the right to sell it at a price higher than
the one mandated by the government. That price was far below its costs.
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      03/07/2002 14:54  - (SA)

17.2% of Zim ballots spoilt

Harare - Some 17.2% of ballots cast in Zimbabwe's March 9-11 presidential
election were "directly problematic," the Human Rights Forum of local and
international rights groups said on Wednesday.

"Of 3 062 303 votes accounted for by the ESC (Electoral Supervisory
Commission), at least 526 479 (17.2%) were directly problematic," the forum
said in a new report.

President Robert Mugabe was declared the winner of the election with 56.2%
of the votes, against 41.9% for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

"Many results changed even after they had been verified and announced. The
total prejudice to Morgan Tsvangirai on these post-verification changes
alone was 50 729 votes," the report said.

"Over half of all polling booths at some stage lacked opposition observers.
In four of the 120 constituencies, opposition electoral agents were banned
from verifying the counting of votes. In another five, MDC agents were
allowed to be present for only part of the time," the report said.

Tsvangirai has refused to accept Mugabe's victory, and the MDC has launched
a court challenge to his win. - Sapa-AFP
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Sunday Times - SA
Mugabe wants to patch US ties: report

HARARE - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe today congratulated the US on its independence day and said he hoped for improvements in relations between the two countries, the state-run Herald reported.

"I am confident that the years ahead will witness great improvements in relations between our two countries," Mugabe said in his message to his US counterpart, George W Bush.

"I wish you continued good health, peace and prosperity for the people of the United States of America," Mugabe added.

The United States has banned Mugabe and his inner circle from entering its territory, accusing the Zimbabwean head of state of widespread rights abuses and of using violence and fraud to win the March presidential election.

Last week the US decried an order from Mugabe's government for 2,900 of the country's 4,000 white farmers to stop working their land, calling it part of a misguided reform programme.

And this week a US magistrate in New York recommended that Mugabe's ruling party pay $73 million in compensation for several cases of political killings and torture of political opponents.

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Zimbabwe Govt investigates judge after arrest order

The Zimbabwean Government is to investigate the conduct of a white judge who last week ordered the arrest of the country's Justice Minister for contempt of court.

The state-run Herald newspaper has reported that High Court judge Fergus Blackie issued the arrest warrant last week after the Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, failed to appear in court because he was abroad.

Mr Chinamasa says the warrant is a "gross abuse of judicial office" and he will recommend that a tribunal be set up to investigate the conduct of the judge, who is expected to retire later this month.

The minister had been due to appear in court to answer charges for criticising the High Court for imposing a six-month jail sentence on three US missionaries convicted of weapons possession in 1999.

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Zimbabwe judge on the carpet for 'abuse of office'
04 July 2002 10:38
The Zimbabwean government plans to order a probe into the conduct of a white judge who last week ordered the arrest of the country's justice minister for contempt of court, the state-run Herald said on Wednesday.

High Court judge Fergus Blackie issued the arrest warrant last week after Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa failed to appear in court because he was on a trip abroad.

Chinamasa told the Herald the warrant against him was a "gross abuse of judicial office".

He said he would recommend to the country's chief justice that a tribunal be set up to investigate the conduct of the judge, who is expected to retire on July 18. Chinamasa told the newspaper he wanted the probe to go ahead regardless of Blackie's imminent retirement.

The minister had been due to appear in court to answer charges for criticising the High Court for imposing a six-month jail sentence on three US missionaries convicted of weapons possession in 1999.

Concerns have been voiced abroad and at home over the alleged erosion of the rule of law in Zimbabwe and reports that the southern African country's judges are being intimidated.

Meanwhile, president Robert Mugabe on Thursday congratulated the US on its independence day and said he hoped for improvements in relations between the two countries.

"I am confident that the years ahead will witness great improvements in relations between our two countries," Mugabe said in his message to his US counterpart, George Bush.

"I wish you continued good health, peace and prosperity for the people of the United States of America," Mugabe added.

The United States has banned Mugabe and his inner circle from entering its territory, accusing the Zimbabwean head of state of widespread rights abuses and of using violence and fraud to win the March 9-11 presidential election.

Last week the US decried an order from Mugabe's government for 2 900 of the country's 4 000 white farmers to stop working their land, calling it part of a misguided reform programme.

And this week a US magistrate in New York recommended that Mugabe's ruling party pay $73-million in compensation for several cases of political killings and torture of political opponents. - Sapa
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News from the European Parliament

Dear Friends,

Please find attached the emergency resolution on Zimbabwe which I have put
forward in this week's plenary session in Strasbourg. I am calling on EU
Member States to tighten its measures against the Mugabe regime, and on the
Commonwealth to move on from 'partial' to 'full' suspension of Zimbabwe from
the organisation.

Please continue to keep in touch with my office. I very much appreciate the
information which I receive from you. Please be assured that I will continue
to do all I can to apply pressure on the international community to take
tough action against the discreditable regime of Robert Mugabe.

Kind regards,

Geoffrey Van Orden MEP


Thursday 4 July 2002, Strasbourg
For Immediate Release
Geoffrey Van Orden MEP
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Conservative MEP calls for Zimbabwe's expulsion from Commonwealth Games

"Action should now be taken to ban the Zimbabwean team from taking part in the Commonwealth Games," said Conservative MEP Geoffrey Van Orden. "The idea of allowing Mugabe's regime a showcase for taking part in what are supposed to be the 'friendly games' is morally repugnant."

The Commonwealth Games will take place in Manchester between 25 July and 4 August. The Zimbabweans are planning to send around 60 competitors plus accompanying officials.

"Since the Commonwealth decided to impose a 'partial' suspension on Zimbabwe back in March, Mugabe's oppressive policies have now contributed to the famine which threatens millions of people in his country and the rest of the region," continued Mr Van Orden.

He was speaking on the day that the European Parliament in Strasbourg passed an emergency resolution on Zimbabwe. The resolution, initiated by Mr Van Orden, attracted cross-party and trans-national support. It demands proper enforcement of the EU's 'smart sanctions' and their extension to include all those in positions of power in Mugabe's oppressive regime.



Note to Editors:

Geoffrey Van Orden MEP is the Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. He is Conservative MEP for the Eastern Counties of England and Conservative Spokesman on Defence and Security Policy and Human Rights.

He has initiated all five of the resolutions on Zimbabwe passed by the European Parliament since last September. The resolutions were passed on 6 September 2001, 12 December 200, 14 March 2002 and 16 May 2002.

The General Affairs Council is due to meet on 22 and 23 July to review the sanctions introduced against the Mugabe regime back in February.


1999   2004
Session document
3 July 2002  
pursuant to Rule 50(5) of the Rules of Procedure by
- Geoffrey Van Orden, Nirj Deva, Neil Parish, Jacqueline Foster, Mary Elizabeth Banotti, John Alexander Corrie, Charles Tannock, Michael Gahler, Eija-Riitta Anneli Korhola, Klaus-Heiner Lehne, Hanja Maij-Weggen and Lennart Sacrédeus on behalf of the PPE-DE Group;
- Karin Junker, Glenys Kinnock and Max Van den Berg on behalf of the PES Group;
-  Bob van den Bos and Jan Mulder on behalf of the ELDR Group;
-  Nelly Maes, Marie Anne Isler Beguin and Caroline Lucas on behalf of the Green / EFA Group;
-  Joaquim Miranda, Jonas Sjöstedt, Yasmine Boudjenah, Salvador Jové Peres, Christel Fiebiger, Emmanouil Bakopoulos and Esko Sepännen on behalf of the GUE / NGL Group;
-  Bastiaan Belder on behalf of the EDD Group;

on Zimbabwe
European Parliament resolution on Zimbabwe
The European Parliament,
– having regard to its previous resolutions of 13 April 2000, 18 May 2000, 6 July 2000, 15 March 2001, 6 September 2001, 13 December 2001, 14 March 2002 and 15 May 2002 on the situation in Zimbabwe,
– having regard to the decision of the EU General Affairs Council of 18 February 2002 to close consultations under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement and to introduce a package of targeted sanctions,
– having regard to the decision of the Commonwealth on 19 March 2002 to suspend Zimbabwe's membership for a period of one year,
– having regard to the conclusions of the General Affairs Council of 17 June 2002,
– having regard to the conclusions of the G-8 Summit in Alberta, Canada of 26 and 27 June 2002,
– bearing in mind that EU Member States are due to review the existing package of sanctions against the Mugabe regime at the next General Affairs Council of 22 and 23 July,
A. whereas the situation in Zimbabwe has deteriorated since the Presidential Election in March to the point of catastrophe, with the population suffering from political repression, the daily fear of intimidation and violence, and with attacks targeted especially against the membership of the main opposition MDC and the media,
B. whereas a severe drought is afflicting much of the southern African region and a growing food crisis resulting from a 1.8 million tonne cereal deficit now threatens over half the population of 13 million Zimbabweans with hunger and starvation the economy of Zimbabwe, and furthermore the Zimbabwean economy is in a catastrophic state, largely as a result of the disastrous land policies of the Mugabe regime, with inflation running at 122%,
C. whereas the amended Land Acquisition Act, which came into force on 24 June 2002, is an obstruction by the Mugabe regime to the necessary legal and equitable land reform process and has had the effect of prohibiting some 2,900 Zimbabwean farmers from working their own land and thousands of farm workers are set to lose their jobs, thereby leaving much needed crops uncultivated and livestock untended, exposing the country to even greater famine,
D. whereas Mugabe's mishandling of affairs inside the country threatens not only the people of Zimbabwe but also poses an increasing danger to the stability of the whole of the southern African region, especially countries already facing chronic food shortages like Malawi and Zambia, with the prospect of a breakdown in the regional economy and a possible refugee crisis,
E. whereas the international community has acted to provide emergency aid to Zimbabwe, such as the €6 million of aid granted on 24 June 2002 by the European Commission supplementing a sum of  €6.5 million already given in April 2002,
F. whereas quasi-judicial measures, such as the Public Order and Security Act and the Access to Information and Privacy Act, are now being used to persecute political opponents and journalists, including the current prosecution of Geoff Nyarota, Editor of the Daily News, Andrew Meldrum and Lloyd Mudiwa for alleged 'abuse of journalistic privilege',
G. whereas the authorities are intimidating any remaining independent elements of the legal profession, on 3 June 2002 arresting and holding for several days the President of the Zimbabwean Law Society, Sternford Moyo, and its Secretary, Wilbert Mapombere, under the provisions of the Public Order and Security Act,
H. whereas leading members of the Zimbabwean regime and their families have been travelling widely, including to European cities, in spite of the EU travel ban, while  opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and senior colleagues cannot leave the country as they are still facing trumped-up treason charges,
I. whereas it has been estimated that €8.5 billion worth of moveable assets have been illegally impounded or looted by senior figures in the Mugabe regime since February 2000, when ruling party militants began the programme of seizing private farms,
J. whereas the EU troika's visit to the southern African region in May was shamefully ineffective, exerting no pressure on the governments of the region to take robust measures against Zimbabwe, and leaving no clear message regarding action that is needed, and the Council has still not formally reported its findings to Parliament,
K. whereas the New Partnership for African Development [NEPAD] is supposed to commit African countries to setting and policing standards of good governance across the continent, pledging African leaders to consolidate democracy and sound economic management, and to promote peace, security and people-oriented development in return for an extra financial aid, greater private investment and a reduction of trade barriers by countries in the developed world,
1. Expresses its deep concern that the problems of Zimbabwe have grave implications for the stability of the wider southern African region, not least at a time when UN agencies are warning of even more widespread famine;
2. Condemns the merciless, counter-productive and corrupt land appropriations and the catastrophic effect of the Land Acquisition Act in contributing to human misery and starvation;
3. Underlines its commitment at this time to provide Zimbabwe with emergency humanitarian aid, including assistance with transportation; emphasises the importance that this is dispensed in a non-partisan manner, including through non-governmental agencies which are not under the control of Mugabe in order to prevent the misappropriation of food by ZANU-PF for selfish political ends;
4. Restates its view that the Presidential Election of 9 to 11 March 2002 was deeply flawed, that the circumstances in which it was held were certainly not free and fair, that human rights abuses have intensified since the election and, accordingly, does not recognise the legitimacy of the Mugabe regime;
5. Abhors the ruthless use of violence and intimidation by the ruling party against political opponents and other representatives of Zimbabwean civil society;
6. Calls upon all African leaders, especially the Presidents of Nigeria and South Africa and those of other states neighbouring Zimbabwe, to adopt a more assertive stance with regard to Zimbabwe and, in line with the commitments outlined in NEPAD, to give substance to their claims to have learned from experience that peace, security and good governance, human rights and sound economic management are the necessary pre-conditions for economic development, and therefore to end all diplomatic support for the Mugabe regime;
7. Insists accordingly that the willingness of African states to support action against Zimbabwe should be the first test of their seriousness about NEPAD commitments;
8. Trusts that in view of the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe the Commonwealth troika will now intensify its measures against Zimbabwe, including 'full' suspension to come into effect before the start of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester on 25 July 2002;
9. Calls for the early implementation of the recommendation by the UN Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of natural Resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] in order to reduce the Zimbabwean Government's ability to ignore international pressure to resolve its domestic problems, and for the Zimbabwean Government to withdraw its armed forces from the DRC;
10. Urges Libya and other states to end material support that reinforces President Mugabe's intransigence;
11. Insists that at the next General Affairs Council of 22 and 23 July, EU Member States and the Council take steps to implement more effectively the targeted sanctions already in place and to intensify measures to bring about rapid improvement in the situation in Zimbabwe;
12. Demands that these measures include the extension of the list of proscribed individuals to cover other key figures, such as the vice-presidents, all ministers, senior military, police and secret service commanders and leading businessmen who have helped to bankroll ZANU-PF or benefited from its corrupt activities, and who play a role in sustaining the regime and its campaign of violence, and also include their families, as they also spend illegally acquired money abroad;
13. Insists that the Council make a full statement to Parliament at the earliest opportunity concerning the troika mission and the further robust measures that it intends to take;
14. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council, the Member States and candidate countries, the Government and Parliament of Zimbabwe, the Presidents of South Africa and Nigeria, the Co-Presidents of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, the UN Secretary-General, the Secretary-General of the OAU, the Secretary-General of  SADC, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and the President of the World Bank.

ENDS - as agreed at negotiations between Political Groups on 3 July 2002 at 10h45 am

If amyone wishes to receive the original WORD documents for the above - please email me
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      Joubert has learnt nothing from history

      7/4/02 10:27:55 AM (GMT +2)

    SO the Zimbabwe Tobacco Association (ZTA) president, Kobus Joubert,
believes "farmer politicians" are a serious threat to Zimbabwe's

      According to a Reuters report of 20 June 2002, Joubert believes the
farmers' involvement in politics has "hurt efforts to deal with government
over its seizure of white-owned farms". There are three things Joubert and
those who think like him must understand.One: No one is doing anything wrong
by belonging to a political party or playing an active role in the
governance of one's country.

      In fact, it is the patriotic duty of every thinking citizen to do so.
Just because Zanu PF has made membership or support of any political party
other than Zanu PF and/or criticism of the ruling party a punishable
offence, does not change a thing.

      All it proves is that we have had the tragic misfortune of being led
by men and women with no vision and, therefore, have relied on brute force
to retain political power.

      Still, that does not mean we must all go around with our eyes shut.
Each time people like Joubert agonise about how their organisation is
neither an opposing political party nor affiliated to any opposition
parties, my skin cringes.

      Non-governmental organisations supposedly fighting for human rights in
one form or another are guilty of this too. The double message they send out
is: Yes, it is OK for Zanu PF to intimidate, torture and murder those proven
to belong to opposition political parties.

      In the case of ZTA members, Joubert believes all members who have
supported the MDC rightly deserved to have their farms invaded, their
property burnt, and they and their families and workers beaten up and even

      It is not only the country that need quality leaders, but many, many
of our organisations and associations too.

      Two: The violent invasion of commercial farms was a ruse for a
countrywide campaign of intimidation and violence to win the parliamentary
and presidential elections.

      For 20 years Zanu PF had all the political instruments to address the
redistribution of land but did little. Then after two decades the party
suddenly realised the urgency of this matter!

      It was so urgent now that the party could not wait for due process,
but instead sent in murderous militants to seize farms. Only the very naive
would believe that nonsense.

      Zanu PF had always relied on vote-rigging, intimidation and violence
against its political opponents and the electorate to win elections. The
2000 parliamentary election and the 2002 presidential election were to be
the toughest the party had ever faced.

      While Zanu PF militants were supposedly angry with white farmers, it
was the farm workers who soon became the target.

      They were forced to burn their MDC T-shirts and pledge their support
to Zanu PF. Violence and intimidation also spread to the rural areas, making
most of them "no-go" areas to MDC election campaigners. The facts on the
ground bear this out.

      More than 50 people were murdered, most of them MDC officials or
supporters, in the first three months of 2002 alone, while a dozen
commercial farmers were murdered in the two years since the farm invasions

      Even if all the white farmers had heeded Joubert's warning and
remained apolitical, the invasions would still have taken place. Zanu PF
needed a diversion to take the electorate's mind off their economic
hardships, Aids, and other problems.

      The white farmers became the convenient scapegoat. I would not be
surprised to find that a significant number of the white farmers who were
victims of the Zanu PF-orchestrated violence of the last two years were
either apolitical or were "supporters" of the ruling party.

      It is impossible even to imagine a genuine white Zanu PF member or
enlightened black Zanu PF member for that matter, but the one thing you can
be sure of Zanu PF leaders is they will sell their friend without a moment's
hesitation if they stand to gain anything from it all.

      Friendship counts for nothing in their dog-eat-dog world. If Joubert
read The Daily News and not The Herald, then he would know there are white
farmers who know President Mugabe personally yet they too were victims of
the juggernaut.

      Three: Joubert may not be aware of this; the political activism in
Zimbabwe was born out of the desperate need to remove a political system
that has denied the majority of Zimbabweans economic hope, human dignity and
the right to life itself.

      "These people are playing with our future, our lives, our very
existence," Joubert told his fellow ZTA members.

      Zimbabwe's high inflation has boosted tobacco farmers' income 10 - 20
fold in the last five years. High inflation benefits all exporters and our
tobacco farmers are even allowed to keep a percentage of their foreign
currency earnings.

      No doubt ZTA members have a life and a future. I will not ask Joubert
how much of his members' increased earnings have been passed on to their

      My guess is, they have taken advantage of the country's high
unemployment rates to cut their workers' wages. The bottom line is unless
you are a white tobacco farmer the future is grim.

      To be apolitical in the face of such injustice and tragic human
suffering is madness, even for those, like Joubert, who might be doing well
out of it all.
      It was people like Joubert - and their parents before them - who at
best did nothing and at worst actively supported white oppression and
injustice because the system gave them prime land and provided them with
cheap labour.

      It was the oppression and injustice that led the whole nation into a
civil war, bringing suffering and death to so many lives and the ascendancy
of Zanu PF and all the suffering and injustices they have caused.

      Joubert has clearly learnt nothing from his past mistakes but, I hope,
some of us have.
      Unless we all join hands and fight to end the oppression of man by man
and for good governance, then there is no hope for us all.
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Daily News - Leader Page

      This cynical plunder of funds must be stopped

      7/4/02 10:26:01 AM (GMT +2)

      THE government is never ashamed of exploiting even those in the most
tragic of circumstances.

      The latest in its questionable conduct is the suggestion that the $4
million received for victims and survivors of last month's Masvingo bus
disaster be deposited in a bank account in Harare, with instructions the
disbursement be undertaken in August.

      It is proposed that the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and
National Housing, with its tainted record of the VIP housing scandal and
Regina Coeli bus disaster, administers the fund.

      If put away in a high-yielding investment instrument, the $4 million
will realise a substantial amount in interest.

      However, the immediate effect of such an announcement is likely to
result in members of the public and the corporate world becoming reluctant
to make any contributions because of the potential for corruption.

      There are many organisations particularly church related bodies with
far better records of assisting people in distress, and in this case it
would have been preferable to allow them to administer the fund, while the
government plays the role of auditing the fund - preferably through the
Office of the Comptroller and Auditor-General.

      Survivors and the families of those who perished in the bus disaster
are unlikely to agree that funds contributed towards their plight be kept
elsewhere in Harare for some period before they can benefit from them.

      The immediate fear is that someone could stand to benefit from the
interest generated by the money from the fund, while at the end,
beneficiaries will still have the same $4million at their disposal.

      The government has had its fair share of scandals for anyone -
especially potential sympathisers - to trust it where money is involved.

      The Nyanga Bus Disaster Fund is one example that immediately comes to
mind. Surviving students at Regina Coeli Mission and the families of 91
schoolchildren and teachers who perished in a bus accident in 1991 were
supposed to benefit from the fund.

      They did not. The funds disappeared while in the hands of government
officials. Many members of the public or the corporate world have not

      Some have not forgiven the government for exploiting their misfortunes
to its advantage.
      There were no arrests or censure of those suspected of diverting the
funds from the victims or relatives of the Nyanga bus disaster.

      There is also no guarantee that the government is committed to stamp
out such callous and corrupt activities.

      When the public shows reluctance to come to the assistance of such a
fund, it is the beneficiaries who are disadvantaged. There ought to be
public outrage at this because the government is full of barracudas, while
its own record is primarily one of looking after its own interests.

      Society should not just accept decisions by the government because
over the past 22 years the government has demonstrated amply that it does
not have the monopoly of wisdom and skills on most issues.

      It is the same Ministry of Local Government that was supposed to
administer the fund for the Regina Coeli Mission students that is
administering the Masvingo bus disaster fund.
      It should have little to do with the administration or handling of the

      For far too long the government has been allowed to do pretty much
what it wants with everything. The time has come for society to dictate how
things should be done.

      The primary consideration for the survivors and families of the
victims of the Masvingo bus disaster is money to help them cope with their
sudden loss or the injuries they may have to live with for the rest of their

      The money should be disbursed to the beneficiaries as it comes in.
There is, therefore, no need for it to be housed somewhere else, while those
for whom it was made available are left to suffer.

      The funds should be sent to Masvingo, where a church or any other
non-governmental organisation can administer them. Sending them to Harare
would be like sending whisky.
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Daily News

      Suspected Zanu PF youths brutally attack former MDC official

      7/4/02 9:59:34 AM (GMT +2)

      Staff Reporter

      ABOUT 30 suspected Zanu PF youths wielding axes, iron bars and stones
attacked Kefas Madzongera, 33, a former MDC district youth chairman at his
Bindura home on Tuesday.

      Madzongera sustained deep cuts in the head and bruises all over his
body. Property worth $17 000 was destroyed in the raid.

      Madzongera said he was coming from a funeral only to be confronted by
the youths at his home.

      He named some of the youths who were among the group that besieged his
home. Sensing danger, Madzongera rushed into his house to seek refuge.

      The youths then started throwing stones at the house, smashing the
      Madzongera said: "I realised that the youths were after me because
they were shouting obscenities at me.

      I recognised most of them because that was not the first time I was
attacked. They attacked me before in June last year."

      He said soon after the attack he reported the incident to the police
but they did not take any action.

      "The country is now lawless," said Madzongera. "I called the police
and they said they did not have transport to come to my house.

      "I then hired a car and went to the police station where I was given a
letter referring me to a hospital for treatment."

      The police in Bindura confirmed the incident but could not give
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Daily News

      Mugabe a stumbling block to Nepad: US congressman

      7/4/02 10:06:44 AM (GMT +2)

      By Sandra Nyaira Political Editor

      EDWARD Royce, the chairman of the International Relations Committee's
Africa sub-committee in the United States Congress, on Tuesday lambasted the
Zanu PF government for its appaling human rights record since the rejection
of the draft constitution in 2000.

      Royce said it was sad that most African leaders remained silent on
President Mugabe's reign of terror, saying this was bound to have a negative
impact on the New Plan for Africa's Development (Nepad).

      Nepad is based on a common vision and a firm and shared conviction
among African leaders that they have a pressing duty to eradicate poverty.

      The countries, individually and collectively, pledge to launch
themselves on a path of sustainable growth and development underpinned by
democratic tenets of good governance and subjecting themselves voluntarily
to peer review to verify and ensure compliance.

      Royce was commenting on an Amani Trust report released in the US
chronicling allegations of torture and violations of human rights in

      "I'm waiting for African leaders to embrace this report and that is my
goal," he said.

      "African leaders, with a few exceptions, have remained silent about
Mugabe's reign of terror.

      "Without a better-demonstrated commitment by African leaders,
Zimbabweans will continue to pay the price and there will be little support
for the type of resource commitment that Nepad's founders envisioned."

      The government has dismissed Nepad, the brainchild of Thabo Mbeki of
South Africa and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, as an imperialist ploy to
recolonise Africa.

      "This report that's released today condemns in considerable detail the
government's actions . . . on ongoing gross violations of human rights, on
electoral fraud, on attacks on Press freedom, on attacks on the rule of
 law," Royce said.

      Amani Trust is a non-governmental organisation which helps victims of
organised violence and torture.

      "Since January of this year, more than 450 Zimbabweans have been
tortured," said Royce. "Many others have been killed and many have

      The report looks at 180 documented cases on human rights abuses by the

      The US, said Royce, must be supportive of the tormented Zimbabweans
and "must echo their words and amplify their peaceful protests".

      Anthony Reeler, Amani Trust's clinical director, said measures must be
taken to stop Mugabe from violating basic human rights.

      He said the number of people affected by torture was growing and
torture prevention had to be stressed.
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