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Morgan's tough mission

JASON MOYO - Jun 13 2009 12:37

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai met United States President
Barack Obama on Friday as part of an eight-nation tour Tsvangirai hopes will
soften Western scepticism about Zimbabwe's unity government.

The mission is important for Tsvangirai because, in a deliberate strategy to
undermine him before new elections, his Zanu-PF coalition partners have
begun blaming him for Zimbabwe's failure to raise enough aid.

Zanu-PF has said openly that Tsvangirai's tour must result in a removal of
travel bans on its senior officials.

Tsvangirai has voiced fears that Western reluctance to extend aid is arming
his opponents. He told a visiting French minister last week that by denying
Zimbabwe aid, the West was strengthening the "hardliners".

The state media were jubilant when Tsvangirai won only guarded support on a
visit to the Netherlands. The Herald screamed "Dutch government turns down
Tsvangirai" across its front page.

A day later the paper declared that Tsvangirai was heading for failure in
the US, where he "is on assignment from the president [Robert Mugabe] to
press for the removal of sanctions".

Over three weeks Tsvangirai will visit the US, France, Sweden, the
Netherlands, Britain, Germany, Denmark and Belgium.

According to Tsvangirai's officials, he will give world leaders assurances
on the security of foreign investment and aid to Zimbabwe, emphasising that
aid will bypass the discredited Reserve Bank and be channelled to a trust
fund set up outside the country.

The US ambassador to Zimbabwe, James McGee, has said his government will not
provide budgetary aid to the country beyond existing aid programmes while
Gideon Gono remains central bank governor.

Ahead of the tour, Finance Minister Tendai Biti told the Mail & Guardian
that the international community had "an obligation" to support Zimbabwe.The
country faced "catastrophe" without financial support, he said.

Zimbabwe has secured more than US$1-billion in credit lines, whereas global
lenders, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, have
begun re-engagement. Ministers from Western governments have been arriving
in Harare and pledging increased humanitarian aid. But they have fought shy
of offering the budgetary support needed.

US congressman Donald Payne, chairperson of the US Senate subcommittee on
Africa and global health, met Mugabe and Tsvangirai last week. He was
central to sanctions legislation against Zimbabwe in 2001. Payne supports
Tsvangirai's call for the removal of "restrictive measures" against the
economy, but rejects Mugabe's desire for the removal of smart sanctions
against Zanu-PF members.

Western diplomats in Harare are debating whether aid to Zimbabwe will
strengthen Tsvangirai or Zanu-PF. "Once aid starts coming in, it's either
the MDC [Movement for Demo-cratic Change] that will look good or Zanu-PF
itself will claim credit and use the opportunity to reorganise itself," one
diplomat said.

Johnnie Carson, US assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, was
quoted this week as saying substantial aid and lifting of sanctions depend
on further reforms, including an end to media restrictions and a commitment
to free and fair elections.

The new government falls short of these requirements and Tsvangirai will
find it difficult to convince the West that there has been enough reform to
warrant support.

Top army figures and war veterans have publicly rallied behind Gono. Mugabe
used the funeral of Gono's brother to praise the central bank chief for
helping his regime bust "illegal sanctions".

This week a group of independent journalists won a landmark high court
ruling that allows reporters to work without being licensed by a commission
packed with Zanu-PF supporters.

Despite this, security personnel barred the media from covering a trade
summit of regional leaders in Victoria Falls because they were not on an
approved "government list".

Meanwhile, the Guardian's Simon Tisdall reports that Britain is edging
towards closer political engagement with Zimbabwe, despite continuing
concerns in London about appearing to legitimise Mugabe.

Minister for Africa Mark Malloch-Brown is expected to discuss Zimbabwe
during a tour of Southern African countries this week when he will make what
is billed as a "major address" in Mozambique.

Zimbabwe is not on his itinerary. But officials say a ministerial visit is
more possible now than at any time since 2001 when Lady Valerie Amos met
Mugabe in Harare. Malloch-Brown's regional visit follows a meeting with
Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe's foreign minister, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, at last
month's inauguration of President Jacob Zuma.

While listing British concerns, Malloch-Brown recognised "areas of progress
made by the inclusive government" and emphasised Britain's willingness to
help rebuild the country. London's more positive tone follows initial
scepticism that Zimbabwe's power-sharing deal will endure. Biti is said to
have made a good impression in London in April and a senior UK Foreign
Office official recently travelled to Harare.

But officials warned that problems remained, notably Mugabe's unilateral
reappointment of Gono, continuing illegal detentions and farm invasions by
Mugabe's allies.

"They [British officials] have plenty of reservations. But they don't want
to be seen as spoilers," a source said. "They don't want to be thought to be
undermining Tsvangirai."

Britain is considering moving beyond humanitarian aid to offer direct
political support in such areas as constitutional reform and strengthening
the rule of law. Such assistance could be channelled through the British
embassy in Harare to Tsvangirai's office, bypassing ministries controlled by
Mugabe loyalists.

But the pace of re-engagement is hotly debated in London, with some
officials said to be anxious that Mugabe could try to hijack the process and
embarrass Downing Street by declaring a British climbdown.

Britain's shifting stance is partly driven by fear of being outflanked by
France and other European countries showing renewed interest in political
and business links with Harare.

Some in London recall former president Jacques Chirac's feting of Mugabe in
Paris in 2003. Anne-Marie Idrac, the French state secretary for foreign
trade, made a surprise visit to Harare last month.

In meetings with top ministers Idrac reportedly opened talks on French
investment in Zimbabwe's power and private sectors. A delegation from the
French development agency was also due in Harare. -- Additional reporting:
Guardian News & Media 2009

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London welcome for Zimbabwe Prime Minister

13 June 2009

By Zimbabwe Mail

LONDON - The Prime Minister of Zimbabwe is to visit Southwark's Anglican
Cathedral later this month. The Dean and Chapter of Southwark have extended
a welcome to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe. (Pictured: Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai)

On Saturday 20 June at 1pm, following prayers for the people of Zimbabwe led
by the Dean, the Very Reverend Colin Slee, Mr Tsvangirai will address
Zimbabweans and their friends in Southwark Cathedral.

The Diocese of Southwark is closely linked to four of the Anglican Church's
Dioceses in Zimbabwe; it is therefore a natural and appropriate venue for Mr
Tsvangirai to use. Mr Tsvangirai is visiting several governments to build
relationships that may be helpful to the recovery of Zimbabwe.

Tsvangirai said after a speech in Washington that his country's relations
with Britain are sometimes acrimonious because of historical and cultural
ties. But he added with a laugh that he would still go visit Brown despite
his present circumstances.
The comment drew laughter at the Council on Foreign Relations, where
Tsvangirai was speaking during a three-week tour of the West.

Brown is fighting off calls for his resignation amid dismal public approval
ratings, a major political scandal, mass resignations from his cabinet and
disappointing results in European Parliament and local assembly elections
last week.

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai urged the United States on
Wednesday to support his government despite abuses by his coalition partner,
President Robert Mugabe.

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Regional Integration in Southern Africa Takes Another Step

Stanley Kwenda interviews to SINDISO NGWENYA, COMESA Secretary General

HARARE, Jun 12 (IPS) - Zimbabwe has just hosted the 13th Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) summit where a customs union among some of the region’s countries was launched. But will it improve regional trade and assist passage across borders for the member countries’ numerous women traders?

Stanley Kwenda asked Sindiso Ngwenya, COMESA secretary general, about value addition, regional credit lines and how the customs union will help women cross-border traders.

IPS: The theme of the summit was ‘‘Deepening Regional Integration Through Value Addition, Trade and Food Security’’. What does this mean?

Sindiso Ngwenya: Over the past 25 years, COMESA (and its previous incarnation as) the Preferential Trade Area for Eastern and Southern African states has made significant strides in integrating the economies of eastern and southern Africa regions, culminating in the launch of the COMESA Free Trade Area in 2000. Intra-COMESA trade subsequently rose.

We have seen diversification of trade and cross border investments. For example, Kenya became a major investor in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. We have also seen Zimbabwean companies investing in the region despite the economic crisis it is facing.

Companies such as Dairiboard Zimbabwe Limited acquired a diary plant in Uganda and the Zimbabwe insurance and banking sector has moved into the region. It is from this movement that we want to consolidate trade among COMESA countries.

IPS: What does the launch of a customs union mean to member countries?

SN: The customs union will level the playing field among COMESA countries. When it comes to customs duties, taxes and other related levies charged to goods coming from outside COMESA there will be equal treatment. For example, if a common external tariff involves raw materials coming from outside the region, they will attract zero percent customs duty.

The same with capital goods, while intermediate goods will attract a 10 percent customs duty and finished or processed products will attract a 25 percent customs duty.

IPS: What benefits will it bring?

SN: The common external tariff means that COMESA countries will have a common trade policy vis-a-vis third party countries. Investors will know in advance the kind of duties that they will pay. They will know that if they bring capital goods in the region then they will be zero rated.

This will level the playing field because countries have been charging different percentages, leading to others complaining that the field is not level and they cannot compete. It will also bring price transparency and predictability for investors because when you have a common trade policy it is no longer a question of each country deciding on what taxes to charge on goods from outside.

IPS: Who will benefit most?

SN: The customs union is for the people such as agricultural producers, manufacturers and those in the service sector. But these sectors can only compete globally if there is significant value addition to African products.

COMESA’s share of global trade needs to be increased and that will be the second stage after the launch of the union.

IPS: Do you have a value addition strategy?

SN: We have the Buy Africa Build Africa (BABA) vision. It says that if we add value to our commodities, we will address the issue of wealth creation. This means that we need to start processing, branding and marketing our goods. We should stop exporting raw materials which we import at a higher price than the (raw materials).

The dream is to have farmers who benefit directly from the sweat of their toil.

IPS: What is your message to political leaders in this regard?

SN: Let’s have more small and medium enterprises (SME) in our countries and bring them together in networks through contracts to produce or sub-contract them to do work on behalf of the bigger international market players. This is the only way in which they can grow and be globally competitive one day.

IPS: What kind of measures are you taking to ease the burden of trade in the services sector in view of the fact that African countries still have to confirm credit via Europe and America?

SN: We have the COMESA clearing house which will be hosted by Zimbabwe. It is basically a regional payment system which will allow African countries to trade without going through London and New York to confirm letters of credit. It will save Africa millions of dollars and expedite payments to exporters.

IPS: How are cross-border traders going to benefit from the customs union?

SN: They have already been accommodated under the COMESA Free Trade Area. They are trading duty and quota free. We have the COMESA/Southern African Development Community (SADC) Cross-Border Association. But the ultimate goal is to do away with rules of origin, meaning we will have free circulation of goods and services once the union is fully operational.

IPS: Cross-border traders complain that the FTA you talk about has not brought free movement of people.

SN: There are countries that have signed the COMESA protocol on the free movement of people. But others countries argue that if they do so, they will have a deluge of people. In those countries where there is free movement of people we have not seen that. What we have is a fear of the unknown.

What we envisage is a people-to-people integration because it is only through these individual and collective efforts that Africa can become what India and China are -- the locomotives of the global economy.

IPS: Women constitute the largest number of cross-border traders. How will they benefit under this arrangement?

SN: In line with Article 154 and 155 of the COMESA Treaty the grouping has adopted the COMESA Gender Policy and the Addis Ababa Declaration of 2002. The COMESA Gender policy advocates equal and full participation of women in all aspects of COMESA activities and other operations taking place in the region.

Affirmative action will be employed to ensure that barriers that prevent women’s participation in core COMESA activities such as trade, the private sector, infrastructure development and science and technology are addressed and removed.

The COMESA policy will also facilitate the ‘‘engendering’’ of legislation in member states in order to promote women’s access to and control over productive resources such as land, technology and credit.

IPS: Will this customs union change the manner in which African countries have been negotiating the economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the European Union?

SN: We hope the launch of our customs union will see our countries negotiate as one bloc. We are already working together on EPAs as SADC and COMESA. (END/2009)

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Fewer Takers for Customs Union

Financial Gazette 

Munyaradzi Mugowo

11 June 2009

Victoria Falls — More than half of the 14 members of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) free trade area (FTA) have opted out of the regional bloc's ceremonial customs union launched here on Sunday by President Robert Mugabe, the new chairperson of the COMESA Authority of Heads of State and Government.

So far, about eight countries in the FTA have withheld their signatures saying they are either not ready for it, indifferent or not convinced with the trade creation potential of the new trade arrangement, which many feel was launched prematurely.

Not more than three signatures, from Egypt, Kenya and Zimbabwe, are expected in total.

During the official launch, the East African Community (EAC), a five-country bloc made up of Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania, clearly stated that it would not join the COMESA customs union as it is also aiming to regularise its customs union next year.

The World Trade Organisation rules state that a country cannot belong to more than one customs union as dual memberships distort the application and operation of the common external tariff (CET). This rule may also hold back Swaziland, COMESA's next chair, as it is already a member of the South African Customs Union.

"We need to discuss among ourselves because one of our members, Tanzania, is not here (Tanzania pulled out of COMESA in 2000)," Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on behalf of the EAC. "We have also not discussed it among ourselves, but that does not stop others from moving on. The rest can move on while we sort ourselves out."

Although the EAC stated its position as a collectivity, Kenya -- east Africa's lever of power -- is likely to sign the COMESA customs union as it traditionally has never taken the EAC seriously.

Since it launched its customs union, the EAC has failed to break out of the trappings of an FTA regime. The bloc has, however, agreed to harmonise its CET with COMESA.

Other COMESA FTA member states that have said they will not sign up on the grounds of special and differential treatment include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Seychelles and Zambia, which hosts the COMESA secretariat.

Currently, only four countries, namely, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are implementing the COMESA's four-band CET adopted by the COMESA Authority during its last summit in 2007.

The four-band CET prescribes a tariff rate of 10 percent for intermediate goods and 25 percent for finished goods.

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Gold Rush In Gutu

GUTU-The discovery of gold deposits in Gutu a fortnight ago has
attracted a massive inflow of illegal miners in the Zoma area, a few
kilometers out of the growth point.

The discovery has diverted the attention of illegal miners from
Chiadzwa Diamond fields in Manicaland.
The gold deposits were discovered a fortnight ago by quarry diggers
who were extracting pebbles from Zoma hill for construction, leading to a
gold rush that has left schools and offices deserted as pupils and teachers
as well as other civil servants try their luck.
Environmental Management Agency (EMA) provincial head Milton Muusha
confirmed the gold discovery. "We heard about the discovery of gold, but we
are waiting for machines from our head office so that we can scan the area
to see how big the reef is. But I understand there is massive illegal
panning and environmental damage there."
Chief Trinos Gutu however lamented the discovery saying: "This gold
has brought all sorts of bad things in my area. School children abscond
school, young girls are turning into prostitutes, and thieves are on the
increase. These people do not sleep at night, I urge the government to help
Provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Phibion Nyambo, said: "We
are to deploy our officers to maintain order in the area due to cases of
theft and rape. But we have not yet received orders to seal off the place."
One Gutu resident who was buying a new scale said he had made a
killing from the gold deposits.
"The Gods have come to our rescue. The last time, it was diamond in
Chiadzwa, this time, it's in Zoma. It's our turn now," said an ecstatic
Tawanda Hwicho.
A gramme of gold is going for USd 250.
  No comment could be obtained from the Minister of Mines and Mining
The gold rush comes after another one in Chimanimani recently which
has seen illegal diamond miners moving from the heavily protected Chiadzwa
Diamond Area.
Ilegal diamond mining in Chiadzwa resulted in many people killed by
the government who wanted to protect the illegal mining of the precious
mineral in what was viewed as human rights abuse by both local and
international human rights groups. A probe into some of the deaths is
currently underway.

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MDC Members Demand Compensation For Stolen Livestock

Masvingo - More than 20 MDC members have filed papers at the Masvingo
Magistrate Courts demanding compensation from known Zanu PF youths who stole
their livestock during the run up to the June 2008 presidential election.

The MDC supporters from Nyahunda purchase area, ward 29, in Bikita
South said they took the matter to the courts in a bid to recover their
livestock and some of the culprits had already been summoned to court.

In papers filed at the courts, the MDC members said marauding Zanu PF
militia youths went on a rampage, grabbing livestock including cattle, sheep
and goats.

The gang reportedly slaughtered the livestock at nearby bases where
they were torturing MDC activists.

The MDC supporters said they would fight to reclaim their livestock
until they got justice through the courts.Thousands of MDC supporters lost
their livestock and property across the country after the party resoundingly
won the March 2, 2008 harmonised elections beating Zanu PF.

Over 500 MDC supporters were also murdered while more than 20 00 were
injured during the violent campaign perpetrated by Zanu PF militia with the
support of State security agents.

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Authoritarianism undermines the family in Zimbabwe

Published on: 13th June, 2009

By Mutsa Murenje

in Nairobi, Kenya

A closer look at and critical analysis of the family shows beyond argument
that the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society
entitled to protection by society and the State. For we all know, don't we,
that the family is the custodian of morals and traditional values recognised
by the community. What gives me heartache, however, is the fact that
authoritarian regimes undermine the beautiful institution of the family and
this shall be the subject under discussion in this, my humble contribution.
A lot shall surely be shown in the paragraphs that follow.

Fighting Mugabe's authoritarianism in Zimbabwe during the past decade or so
has been a project of surpassing difficulty for many families. The road to
the Biblical land of Canaan has not been very easy. I remember reading the
late Professor Masipula Sithole's essay, 'Tasks of a democratic opposition'
in which he wrote that: "..authoritarianism is a pathology against which
humanity has a tendency to always rebel." In trying to rebel against Mugabe's
dictatorship, the following are but some of the true stories that have taken
place in Zimbabwe.

I know of well-learned and beautiful young women who, upon completion of
their studies and because of the economic collapse of the country, left
their noble professions to join the despised and unpopular profession of
prostitution to eke out a living. They are foraging for greener pastures
because the State is 'bankrupt' or is it corrupt, and has nothing to offer
them although they also happen to be the very people with the very potential
to turn around the rotten economy of Zimbabwe. And I wonder if at all these
people will found their own families. If they were to do that, will they be
good parents Mr. President?

And yet I also know of unemployed young men who have become pundit criminals
because the rotten regime of Robert Mugabe could not provide them with
employment. These young people have lost their inherent dignity and they
need it restored soonest. For I know, as you also know, that investing in
this generation of present as well as future national, regional and
international leaders has huge payoffs especially when taking into
cognizance the critical fact that these, unlike the older generation, have a
lifetime of potential productivity ahead of them.

The question is: Will our leadership restore their dignity, when and how?
Let's not forget that these have fallen behind due to especially difficult
circumstances brought about by the tyrannical despot, Robert Mugabe, and his
unpopular regime. Restoring their dignity therefore is fundamentally
important in that it helps them to rebuild their future which has a
long-term beneficial effect on society as a whole.

Need I say more? Why not? I know of caring and loving husbands who, because
of dictatorship in Zimbabwe, have been wrongly blamed for 'abandoning' their
wives and children and driving them into poverty when they left Zimbabwe for
'greener pastures' in South Africa and other neighbouring nations. Some of
them entered into marriages of convenience, (am sure some of my colleagues
from University will remember them as juntado unions as we learnt in our
Social Anthropology course!), when they got the rude shock that not all
pastures are green. This has had a devastating impact on their marriages
back home.

Some have eventually returned empty-handed and are ill and they expect their
suffering wives to take care of them. What do these wives have to take care
of their husbands when they are also in extremely difficult circumstances?
They have virtually nothing! What about husbands and wives who have not
returned? What happened to their families because of your dictatorship Mr.

And yet friends and faithful followers of the dictator are already asking:
Is he blaming the right person? Shouldn't he be talking about the "illegal
sanctions" imposed on us by Britain and her allies? My response to them is:
I know Robert Mugabe as the president of Zimbabwe who has led it since
independence in 1980, and as the chief architect of the 1980s slaughter of
20,000 Matebele people. Not only that, Mugabe's administration is corrupt,
incompetent and its primary concern is political repression and cronyism
that has ultimately led to the economic collapse of the country.

What then is the way forward? There is an imperative need to restore the
dignity of the beautiful institution of the family. Let's recognise the
family as a school of deeper humanity; within which each member learns best
what it means to be a human person. There, each member of the human family,
from conception to natural death, experiences the gift of unconditional and
enduring love. Thus each human person is carefully taught by the family to
be responsible, to commit, to share, and to love.

My training on the philosophical foundations of the dignity of the human
person at the World Youth Alliance-Africa, where I am currently undergoing
the regional internship programme has brought to the fore that it is only
within the beautiful institution of the family that children first come to
understand their own intrinsic and inviolable human dignity (ubuntu/utu wa
mtu). Through their complementary roles, mother and father, equal in
dignity, show their children that the freedom of the human person is most
fully and rightly lived in the gift of self (service to others).

True love freely received and given within the family is an image of the
transcendent love that makes possible the fulfillment and completion of
every human being. Restoring the dignity of the family therefore should be
our top priority in this new political dispensation. This is so largely
because the family sustains society as it gives life to the next generation.
It also has the privilege of forming free and responsible citizens, thus
securing democracy. As the fundamental unit of society, the family ensures
the sustainability of civilization and culture. It takes on essential tasks
in the care of all and especially the weakest and most vulnerable.

In finale, ".and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished
the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live
together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I
hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I
am prepared to die" (Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela). How I wish these words
would become second nature to us especially in view of our vigorous fight
against dictatorship in Zimbabwe. I put it to you dear readers and I rest my
case until next time. Be blessed.

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What wheat crop

Dear Family and Friends,

The first little seed of truth was planted in the government
controlled Herald newspaper this week. In a report about the
country's annual wheat crop, we were finally told in writing what we
already know and can see with our own eyes, which is: What wheat

The Vice President of the Zimbabwe National Farmers Union, Garikai
Msika said the winter wheat cropping

programme was a total failure. The report cited the usual litany of
plaintive excuses including a lack of money, seed, inputs and the
change to US dollars. The report said that the Zimbabwean government
should immediately start mobilising funds to import wheat.

Tragically, the report did not even mention the continuing farm
seizures or the effect they are having on food production in the

We are still trying to take in the news that an American doctor,
resident in the USA for the past 30 years and with an established
medical practice there is trying to take over the remaining 60
hectares of a Chegutu farm. The doctor has not lived in Zimbabwe
since Independence three decades ago and yet now she says she is
merely correcting an 'historical imbalance.' Even harder to
comprehend was the doctor's own admission that it was her sister, a
church Pastor, who had tried to evict the farmer. I am reeling still,
to think that a woman of the church would be involved in this and
cannot help but wonder what example this is for the parishioners in
her church.

Most distressing of all is that 4 months into Zimbabwe's unity
government this madness is still going on. As fast as Prime Minister
Tsvangirai and Finance Minister Biti persuade the world to give us
money, farm grabbers are just as fast sabotaging all attempts to pull
the country out of starvation. Daily we hear of maize crops being
stolen by the truckload, of export oranges and mangoes being looted
or going rotten in cold rooms and all because there continues to be
no law and order on the farms.

The UN said recently they expected to have to feed 7 million
Zimbabweans by the end of this year. We have wasted our chance to
grow a winter wheat crop and the Red Cross are even having to feed
our prisoners. While this goes on non resident doctors, church
Pastors, politicians and security personnel continue to ravage
Zimbabwe's few productive farms. Surely the time has come for Prime
Minister Tsvangirai to put a stop to this.

I am delighted to close with the news that my book "African Tears" is
at last available again, as an E-book. Have a look at my website and
follow the links if you are interested. Until next week, thanks for
reading, love cathy.Copyright cathy buckle 13th June 2009. <>

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A way out for dictators?

Brendan Boyle Published:Jun 13, 2009
Zuma says immunity would help ease out some African leaders

President Jacob Zuma has called for a continental accord that would allow
long-serving African leaders to retire without facing the threat of
prosecution for crimes committed while they were in office.

Without naming Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, Zuma said the threat of
prosecution could be delaying the transfer of power in some countries.

"The world has changed and we need to do things differently," Zuma said
during a televised conversation with Rwandan President Paul Kagame during
the three-day meeting of the World Economic Forum in Cape Town.

He said African leaders needed to get together and confront the legacy of
Cold War leaders "frankly" and "boldly".

"One of the issues will be that that period caused a lot of havoc on the
continent and some people might be thinking: 'If I move out, what will
happen to me?' I think it is an issue we need to talk about: what do we do
in order to remove the fear?

" The world has changed, therefore let us do things differently and not
emphasise punishment. If you are saying: 'Okay move out, but tomorrow we
will deal with you,' then you are causing a problem with somebody saying:
'Why should I leave when I still have power? I had better remain here.'

"The leadership of Africa today must come very boldly and deal with these
issues. It's not for our sake as leaders, it's for the sake or our people,
for the sake of our continent," Zuma said.

"We're not naming names?" asked the moderator, CNN's Robyn Curnow. "We musn't,"
said Zuma.

Many political analysts believe one reason for Mugabe's tenacious grip on
power is the fear that he could be indicted for human rights crimes
including the alleged massacre of about 20000 civilians in Matabeleland by
Zimbabwe's Korean-trained Fifth Brigade shortly after independence.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that US President Barack Obama
publicly scolded Mugabe on Friday, using a White House meeting with Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to praise Tsvangirai and accuse Mugabe of
opposing democratic freedoms.

"(Zimbabwe) has gone through a very dark and difficult period politically,"
Obama told reporters after meeting Tsvangirai. "The president - President
Mugabe - I think I've made my views clear, has not acted oftentimes in the
best interest of the Zimbabwean people and has been resistant to the kinds
of democratic changes that need to take place."

Tsvangirai is seeking help from the West, which puts Obama in the difficult
position of trying to deliver that help without bolstering Mugabe.

"I congratulate him," Obama said of Tsvangirai. "We've seen progress from
the prime minister."

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Washington Sansole - what a great man he was


June 13, 2009

OBITUARY for lawyer and former High Court judge, Washington Sansole, who
died in South Africa on Monday, June 8, 2009 following an accident the day

He died in Bloemfontein on Sunday night. His family was in South Africa
following the funeral there of one the sisters of his wife, Bapsie.
Washington was sitting in the front passenger seat when a tyre burst. Bapsie
was in another car.

Sansole's funeral will be held at the Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo on
June, 20.

By Judith Todd

Ega Washington Sansole, born in Marondera, Zimbabwe, on 29 September 1942
was named after Booker T. Washington whom his father Josias Ndozwi Sansole,
linguist, court interpreter and business man, admired for having achieved so
much despite a background of slavery.

Washington was educated at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and
Swaziland, now Roma, and, at the peak of white supremacy in Southern Africa,
King's College London and Gray's Inn London.   Returning to his country at
the height of activity against the illegal Rhodesian Front regime he
embarked whole-heartedly on his life's work of resolutely seeking justice
for the poor, the oppressed, the traduced and the victimised.

Joining Lazarus and Sarif in Bulawayo, before founding his own firm of
Sansole and Senda, he ceaselessly travelled the dangerous roads of war
depending on children along the way to indicate where the imbambayila/sweet
potatoes/land mines were concealed, risking his own life to try, most often
successfully, to rescue others in remote places from prison, torture or

Post Zimbabwe's attainment of Independence he served for some years as a
judge of the High Court.  Having been taught the profound lesson by his
father of regarding all people as innately good and deserving of respect, he
banned the use of handcuffs or shackles on anyone, however dangerous the
accused was regarded, appearing before him. From then on, for all the years
during and after he had left the Bench, he was affectionately called "the
judge" throughout the land.

An astute businessman, he served on the boards of many companies including
United Refineries, Delta, Zimnat, Blue Ribbon, Wankie Colliery and
Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe.

He also became Chairman of Council for the National University of Science
and Technology, and the Railway Employment Council.  He was an esteemed
arbitrator whose services were sought at all levels, academic, business,
union, parastatal, and he was eventually appointed a Trustee for the Centre
for Peace Initiatives in Africa.

He found the wilful destruction of Zimbabwe by those in power from 1980
painful beyond words and he would quietly shake his head, reflectively
asking, "How is it possible that we allowed this?"  But his colleagues in
the brave, short-lived opposition Forum Party remember that he "put so much
of his huge personality and his gravitas, his fine intelligence and his good
humour" into trying precisely, with them, to stop the harm being done to his

His efforts were noted and punished and he was quietly removed from many
boards, starting with Delta.

There were also unsuccessful attempts by the State to humiliate him and
twice, once as director of Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe, publishers of
the eventually banned Daily News, and the other as Director of United
Refineries, he was arrested and kept barefoot overnight by police in
Bulawayo. Released from a night spent in an overcrowded police cell he said,
typically, that he had nothing to complain about. Laughing, for he was a
humble man, he described how well he had been treated by his fellow
prisoners and how they had called to each other over his head...

"Make more room for the judge!" "Make space by the air for the judge!" "Be
quiet! The judge is wanting to sleep!"

His death in South Africa on Monday, 8 June 2009 following an accident the
day before, is heart-breaking for his family, his colleagues and friends,
for all the many who respected and loved him and for those unknown numbers
whose lives he quietly helped to keep ticking along.  He leaves Bapsie, his
beloved wife of forty years, his children and his grandchildren to whom a
friend wrote:  "May the Almighty Lord comfort all those he loved and cared

Another sent words of consolation and precious, rare in Zimbabwe, inclusion
".he is now in the arms of the Lord where he will be safe and appreciated."

A contemporary of his sons from Bulawayo's Falcon College emailed them "He
had a good innings, your father.  I would even go so far as to say he hit a
few un-catch-able sixes at the crease."

Finally, and comprehensively, the writer Elinor Sisulu summed up everything
about Ega Washington Sansole in four words. What a great man.

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Zim Idol is here

Zimbabwe’s very own music talent show is here and will be carrying out auditions all over the world. Auditions will take place in six countries at different venues whilst the finals will be held at Rainbow Towers Hotel(Sheraton Hotel). Audition venues will be as follows:

·                       Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Masvingo and Kadoma)

·                       United Kingdom (Bradford, London and Edinburgh)

·                       Australia (Melbourne)

·                       Canada (Toronto)

·                       USA (Atlanta Georgia) and

·                       South Africa (Johannesburg)

Zim Idol Pvt Ltd is a company that is wholly owned by Zimbabweans and will work hand in hand with all open minded Zimbabweans who want to showcase their music talent. We also realise the geographical spread of Zimbabweans due to the economic and political upheaval in the country for the past ten years. It is with this in mind that Zim Idol is going far and wide to listen to the Zimbabwean people sing. Our very own Rozalla Miller also known as the queen of rave" is best known for her 1991 hit. Although she was born in Zambia, she is one proud Zimbabwean who put her country on the map back in the 1990s. "Everybody’s free" has since been remixed several times over recent years with the latest being “Everybody's Free" (Klaas Remix) (with Global Deejays in 2008/9. "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good).

Tarisai Vushe another Zimbabwean born made sound waves in Australia when she sang her heart out to the world. Tarisai Vushe entered the audition room with only one thing in her mind standing tall to be a Zimbabwean. She went straight into the last twelve contestants and made each and every one of us proud. Although she did not win the Australian Idol Tarisai's future has completely changed. There are many more people who can sing in and around Zimbabwe whose talent we want to show and advertise to the world. To those diaspora Zimbabweans who can sing but probably do not have any intention of going back to Zimbabwe; our aim is to give you a platform from where the world of music can identify your talent. Auditions may boost singing aspirants’ confidence that can then be able to further their talent. Zim Idol’s aim is to find the best Zimbabwean vocals to compete with the world best in the world of music. There are more than fifty countries running pop idols competitions around the world with a few running the show under the X-factor banner. South Africa is in its fifth year running the idol whilst Ethiopia and  Afghanistan are some of the countries emerging from war that are running their idols successfully.

Social and Corporate Responsibility

At Zim Idol we believe that companies are no longer expected just to earn a profit therefore we are not doing this for profit motives.  We’re going to be judged on the contribution we are going to make to the Zimbabwe world around us. By contribution, we are talking about more than traditional corporate philanthropy.  It’s also about doing our part to help address social, economic and environmental challenges in Zimbabwe – not at the expense of our business, of course, but as part of making our company and communities stronger. We see corporate responsibility CSR as an opportunity to make a contribution to our communities and our economy as well as to enhance our relationships with sponsors, agencies and other partners.


We believe the time is now that our music moves to compete internationally and we want to show the world that we are a mature country as well as we are sovereign. To Zimbabweans we aim to reintegrate all Zimbabweans wherever they are heal and reconcile them through music. After the xenophobia in South Africa we want to put back the smile on the faces of those Zimbabweans that survived the xenophobia whilst paying homage to those that lost the lives at the hand of shallow minded murders. For Zimbabweans and all people resident in Zimbabwe, we want to usher reconciliation, reintergration and healing through music. There are great Zimbabwean musicians that have made it locally and internationally; Dr Thomas Mapfumo, Oliver Mutukudzi, Tongai Moyo, the late Tendai Mupfurutsa, Alex Macheso, Chioniso Maraire, Mbuya Stella Chiweshe, Solomon Skuza, Lovemore Majaivana, the late Bigie Tembo,the late Marshall Munhumumwe, James Chimombe, Leornard Dembo, John Chibadura and many more. We want to keep up the good work they have done by producing singers with international recognition.Zim Idol auditions are starting in September. To be exact, they will start the last week of September in London and will move to Bradford the first week of October after when they will go to Scotland. We want the show to be as spectacular so the audience will drive the outcome all the way through. We will have a live audience for all the auditions for the same reason that we do not want to have biases on voting people that will be going into the finals. There are great prizes to be won. We are beefing up the prize package so that winners have a new revelation in their lives.We also expect those that are good and may not make it to the finals to be exposed enough to be able to continue with their music talent.The late Tendai Mupfurutsa is a good example of what Zimbabwe can produce.We hear Akon was a guest on the Northants 96FM radio station in Northampton one of these days when Muparutsa’s song, Dreamgal, was played to him.

Akon said he would be interested in signing Muparutsa, raving: “Uhhh! That’s hot. Can you send that to me right now? Like right now? I’m serious. That’s a smash. I am gonna sign that kid.” Zimbabweans have done it before. They will do it again. We have the necessary exposure as a nation that we can compete with the world greatest. Makosi went into big brother and became a hit within weeks. Although she did not win the show she is one of the most popular Big Brother former house mate the show has ever had. Tarisai Vushe went onto the Australian Idol with no one knowing who she was within weeks she had made it to the finals.Munya went on to big brother Africa and came out one of the best contestants even though he did not win his life has changed forever. There are things that we can do to uplift our country as Zimbabweans. We do not need other countries like South Africa to do it for us. If we can not host the world cup now, we can do it within the next few years. In the mean time, we can do our own Zim Idol and choose our own music Idol to compete with the world and start moving Zimbabwe forward through music. There will be music and dance from established singing groups as well as from the icons of music from in and around Zimbabwe


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