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Zimbabwe police demolish township
A woman sits by her demolished home in Harare
About 200,000 people have been made homeless, the UN says
Police in Zimbabwe have fought running battles with residents of one of the oldest townships of the second city, as they demolished illegal structures.

The BBC's Themba Nkosi says that Makhokhoba in Bulawayo was the centre of resistance to colonial rule.

One woman stripped naked in protest after police destroyed her shack.

A police spokesman said that more than 20,000 structures had been destroyed and 30,000 arrested in the three-week nationwide operation.


The opposition say "Operation Murambatsvina [Drive out rubbish]" is punishment for urban dwellers who mostly voted against the ruling Zanu-PF party in March elections.

I witnessed police in Mzilikazi removing belongings of those who had fled their dwellings as they were being demolished
Themba Nkosi
President Robert Mugabe said it is needed to "restore sanity" to Zimbabwe's towns and cities.

The crackdown, which the United Nations says has left some 200,000 people homeless, has been condemned by Zimbabwe's churches, teachers and doctors.

Zimbabwe's teachers' association said it had been a "catastrophe".

Even those whose homes escaped "seem so traumatized they cannot concentrate on their learning", it said.

In London, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said that Zimbabwe's charge d'affaires had been summoned in protest.

He said the many HIV-positive Zimbabweans had been especially badly hit by the evictions.

He also said that an extra 25 names had been added to the 95 people subject to a European Union travel ban and assets freeze.

Magic charms

But Zimbabwe's police superintendent Oliver Mandipaka said that the operation would continue "until we have weeded out all criminal elements countrywide," reports the state-owned Herald newspaper.

Our correspondent in Bulawayo says that even the well-respected traditional doctors in Makhokhoba township were not spared as riot police ordered the healers and their patients out of their shacks before setting them on fire.

Most of the traditional doctors lost their herbs and supposedly magic charms.

Makhokhoba has been a vibrant and colourful township for many decades, our correspondent says.

From the shacks of this township have come some of Bulawayo's top football players and theatre actors, such as Peter Ndlovu, the former Coventry City player now playing in South Africa.

The police then moved on to flatten houses in Mzilikazi township next door to Makhokhoba,

"It is a totally chaotic situation with people running in different directions," says Themba Nkosi.

"I witnessed police in Mzilikazi removing belongings of those who had fled their dwellings as they were being demolished. Many told me they are now homeless."

Bulawayo police spokesman Smile Dube said so far in Makhokhoba, police have discovered electrical goods worth thousands of dollars which they claim have been smuggled across the Botswana and South Africa borders.

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Sokwanele - Enough is Enough - Zimbabwe

"Operation Murambatsvina" Continues
Sokwanele Special Report : 14 June 2005

Banner of images showing Killarney victims and the destruction of their property.In an earlier report we referred to the residents of the informal settlement at Killarney waiting anxiously for the arrival of the police. We reported how they were so terrified of Mugabe's storm troopers who have the reputation of destroying everything in their path, that they had been persuaded to destroy their own makeshift dwellings even before the latter arrived. We called it the ultimate betrayal of his people by the dictator, who has so terrorized the poorest of the poor that they choose to demolish the only shelters they have, preferring the winter cold to the threat of unrestrained violence.

The ZANU PF forces of lawlessness and anarchy arrived on the scene on Saturday morning (June 11). On a clear, bright morning the blue-helmeted riot police could be seen at some distance as they advanced. They came in strength, wearing full riot gear and armed with AK 47 rifles. The fear on the faces of the residents was painfully evident, as they sat there helplessly besides the pathetic bundles of pots, blankets and mattresses they had assembled in compliance with the orders given. Orders, which it must be said, were totally illegal.

The riot police who came to clear Killarney were acting without any warrant or court order and in defiance of a statutory provision (The Urban Councils Act, section 199) that affords to the local authority alone the right to remove illegal structures (and that after due process of law and notice to those affected). The casual observer of the scene might well have concluded that the residents of Killarney had committed some gross offence, and that the police were there to enforce the law. On the contrary it was the residents who were acting within the law entirely, and the so-called agents of law enforcement who were committing a criminal offence. But the latter had the guns and a clear mandate given them by this lawless regime, and which of these defenceless, destitute people was going to dispute their authority? In similar situations across Zimbabwe, when the authority of the police or army has been questioned, the answer has been brutally simple: "We are the law now".

The riot police proceeded to destroy every dwelling in their path, knocking down flimsy walls and setting fire to thatch or any combustible material used in the structures. Their orders were evidently to leave nothing standing which could possibly be rebuilt as a shelter, and they seemed to even relish the task. The helmets and visors they wore no doubt helped to "distance" these servants of a perverted legal system from their wretched victims - men, women and children who could easily have been their own mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. The demolition itself did not take long, and the police were soon moving on, from one village to another. Many of the residents had already fled in terror, and most of those who stayed observed the wanton destruction in a kind of stunned silence.

In one village however these uniformed thugs encountered a funeral wake. A poor "gogo" (grandmother) had lost her only son. She and the mourners gathered with her were awaiting the delivery of the body from the mortuary. They pleaded for a stay of execution, just a little time to observe the rituals of death. But no, these politicised and brutalised thugs of a heartless regime, showed no mercy. "We have our orders," they said, as though that excused the grossest human rights abuse - and proceeded to clear the dwelling and reduce the structure to rubble.

That evening a steady trickle of cars and trucks, large and small, began to arrive at Killarney, making their way over the rough tracks to where the residents were waiting, still obviously in shock. This was a rescue operation, Dunkirk style, to ferry the poor homeless to places of overnight shelter in one or other of the Bulawayo churches that had agreed to offer sanctuary. Despite the prospect of a night in the cold and the risk that Mugabe's uniformed thugs might return at any time, many of the residents were reluctant to leave without their few belongings, and not all the mattresses, pots, pans and assorted goods could be loaded that evening. A compromise was reached whereby some would stay while the most vulnerable, including the elderly and young children would be moved to places of refuge. Those involved in this little mission of mercy could hardly fail to be moved by the gratitude registered in the faces of these residents-now-turned-refugees.

As night was falling one of the drivers came across three women huddled together next to the burnt-out remains of their hut - an old gogo who must have been at least eighty years old, a middle-aged women who was mentally disabled and a younger woman, probably in her twenties, who appeared to be suffering from a condition like Down's Syndrome. Their home destroyed, whatever little security and dignity they once possessed now snatched from them, there they sat among the ruins staring uncomprehendingly at the brutal reality which this fascist regime chooses to call "Operation Murambatsvina" ("Operation Clear Away the Trash").

No doubt in ZANU PF's book they are the trash.

* Enlarged versions of these images are available on our website. A link to a set of images taken during 'Operation Murambatsvina', sent to us by various concerned Zimbabeans, can be found on our blog. Please send us more if you have them.

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Zimbabwe May Inflation Jumps 144.4 Percent
      By VOA News
      14 June 2005

Zimbabwe's inflation rate surged by 144.4 percent in the year to May from
129.1 percent the previous month, the Central Statistical Office said on

Month-on-month inflation added 5.8 percentage points to 13.1 percent in May
from its April rate of 7.4 percent. Inflation has retreated from a record
peak of 623 percent in January 2004, but remains among the highest in the

Last month the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe sharply revised upwards its
inflation target for 2005 to between 50 and 80 percent from 20 to 35
percent, citing drought, high rentals, rates and fees by local authorities
and electricity costs.

President Robert Mugabe's government has singled out inflation as the
biggest scourge of an economy which has suffered six years of recession, but
rejects critics charges that this is a result of its mismanagement.

Mugabe, 81 and in power since independence from Britain in 1980, denies
mismanaging the economy, arguing in turn that it has fallen victim to
sabotage by opponents of his seizure of white-owned commercial farms for
landless blacks.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.
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      Crackdown Destroys Harare Child Facilities
      By Blessing Zulu
      Studio 7
      14 June 2005

The Tariro orphanage and the Batsirai and Rutendo child care centers
provided services to more than 300 children.

Dominican nuns ran Tariro for AIDS orphans. Two elderly women established
the Batsirai day care center and the Rutendo facility for disabled children
was operated by members of the Soroptimists, an international women's

Sister Patricia Walsh of the Dominican Order of the Zimbabwe Roman Catholic
Church issued a statement saying that Tariro housed about 180 AIDS orphans.
The orphanage offered clinic and crèche services, and the Dominican sisters
cared for some 100 people with HIV-AIDS taking anti-retroviral drugs.

Batsirai provided food and other services to about 50 orphans in Hatcliff
Extension. The two women who founded it have filed an urgent application for
relief with the High Court challenging the demolition. Their lawyer, Otto
Saki of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, provided Studio 7 reporter
Blessing Zulu with details about the court  filing and the services the
organization provided to orphans.
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Courier Mail, Brisbane

Australia tightens sanctions against Zimbabwe

AUSTRALIA has tightened sanctions against Zimbabwe after thousands of people
were forced to flee their homes amid a Mugabe government operation to
restore order.

As of today, Zimbabwean police had demolished 21,194 "illegal structures"
nationwide and 32,435 people had been arrested since Operation Murambatsvina
(drive out trash) began on May 19.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australia condemned the Mugabe
government's destruction of homes and livelihoods.

"These developments underline the need to maintain sanctions against the
Mugabe regime," Mr Downer said in a statement.

"To reinforce Australia's own smart sanctions regime, the government has
decided to discontinue the privilege extended to Zimbabwean passport
holders, including diplomatic passport holders, to transit Australian
airports on their way to a third country without holding an Australian

Mr Downer said the Mugabe government's actions had created an internal
refugee crisis at a time of food shortages caused by economic mismanagement
and drought.

"Once again the Mugabe regime has demonstrated its contempt for basic human
rights and the rule of law," he said.

"The regime should focus on the real issues of concern to its people instead
of punishing those whom it considers oppose it.

"Australia urges the government of Zimbabwe to immediately halt the
operation and provide food and shelter for those in need."

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Court to review ruling on Bennett

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jun-15

THE Supreme Court is tomorrow expected to make a judicial review of the
Electoral Court ruling by Justice Tendayi Uchena initially mandating jailed
former MDC legislator for Chimanimani Roy Bennett to contest last March's
parliamentary polls.
But Uchena made a U-turn and suspended his judgment, effectively barring
Bennett from the electoral race won by Samuel Undenge of Zanu PF against his
wife Heather, who stood on an MDC ticket.
Bennett was jailed by Parliament for a year last October for contempt of the
House after flooring Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa.
In the Supreme Court case, Bennett and Uchena are the first and second
respondents respectively, while the chairman of the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) Justice George Chiweshe and the constituency elections
officer, are the applicants.
Chiweshe, in papers filed with the superior court, said both at law and
fact, Bennett was not supposed to participate in the elections as ruled by
Uchena, whose judgment was described by President Robert Mugabe as "madness".
The ZEC boss added Bennett's incarceration entitled the deletion of his name
from the voters' roll.
Chiweshe added that the order granted by Uchena setting a new date for the
sitting of the Nomination Court and another one for the Chimanimani
elections went beyond the powers of the Electoral Court.
 "The provisions of section 29 of the Act seem to have eluded his lordship -
a clear misdirection," Chiweshe said in his affidavit.
However, in his heads of argument, Bennett said according to the Electoral
Act there is no appeal on points of law on a decision of an elections court
He added that by seeking a review, ZEC was trying to "circumvent that
statutory position".
He defended Uchena's judgment, saying the constitution bars one from
contesting in elections if he has been convicted of a criminal offence and
sentenced to six months or more.
He added the judgment was above board.
Citing a precedent of a similar parliamentary case between Didymus Mutasa
and Nolan Makombe (now late), the then Supreme Court Chief Justice Anthony
Gubbay ruled that: "A finding of guilty by Parliament on a contempt offence
is not a crime in the conventional sense. When dealing with these contempt
offences, Parliament though sitting as a court, does not sit as a court of
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Sent: Tuesday, 14 June, 2005 10:35 AM
Subject: CHRA Website updated - Churches pour aid

Dear Friends

Herewith results of last week's poll. We asked whether the Makvarara led Commission will setp down on 9 June 2005. 2 Poll Particiants belived they would compared to 13 who felt they would not. It has certainly proved true. The Commission has actually been given yet another term in office. log on to to hear that CHRA has taken the state to court over this issue.

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Churches respond to humanitarian Crisis
14 June 2005

by Jameson Gadzirai
CHRA Advocacy and Information Officer

The Roman Catholic Parish in Tafara has never been this crowded. Various assortments of furniture and clothing lie closely packed inside the yard, with their owners perched at varying points, either on the bed, on top of suitcases or leaning on the clothing cabinet. Three nights ago these people were proud workers and dwellers of the sprawling township. Two days ago they developed blisters as they crushed the houses that resembled their castles. Today they hold clenched fists against their jaws, a sign of dispair.

The Church has taken to providing transport to the families to go to the rural areas. " The church has been merciful," we hear someone say. One would agree, the residents do not have to sell their furniture to get busfare to transport their family home. They are being taken to the rural areas free of charge.

The church has managed to transport thirty three families to date. It is a mammoth task considering they have only one lorry and can afford to take one load per day. Ques of people registering with the church clerk have turned almost into a mob, and the dreaded Criminal Investigating department officials are hovering over proceedings with a vengeance, ready to incarcerate anyone who dare take a photo of the dispair in the eyes of the defenceless people in Mabvuku.

We turn to follow the truck on its way out in frustration. My sole ambition is to take a good photo, to tell the world that "the man made tsunami" as it has been labelled by the people, is a far cry from the nefarious incarntations of "order, order, order everywhere belched by the state sponsored news reporter, Reuben Barwe. On our way my sole fear is that the police will pounce on our vehicle and arrest us. Memories of the two hour torture i suffered at the hands of youth militia on 13 January 2003 for precisely the same reason, taking photographs of state rot and inhumanity, create a nauseating deja vu.

I smile when the families packed at the end of the truck see what i am doing and pose for the camera. They smile at their circumstance and accept the situation. They smile at the camera and appear to be telling the world that we are people, and we will overcome.

Elsewhere other churches are providing recourse to the downtrodden. The United Methodist Church under the watchful eye of Reverend Gaga is providing transport to residents who have homes along Mutare Road and Mutoko Road in the rural areas. Anyone can come in. So far, the church is bursting to its seems with 28 families. More will surely come.

There are other evangelists who felt the Operation Murambatsvina was skewed and unGodly. These include the flamboyant minister, Rev. Obadiah Musindo of the Destiny for Africa Ministries. State television quoted him as saying that he was averse to the operation, but thanks to the goodness of the lord, state personnel took him for 'education'. He now knows government means well.

People cring at the hypocrisy of such expressions and shudder to think of the impact this has on his flock. Residents must not deaden their conscience in the wake of this disaster. Government must reconsider; people are losing their lives, people are being displaced, people are losing the very essence of their being.

Combined Harare Residents Association
Box HR7870


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Displaced families face bleak winter

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

HARARE, 14 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - Around 190,000 homes have been destroyed and
thousands arrested in the operation to clean up Zimbabwe's cities and towns,
leaving many of those affected unable to find proper shelter or food.

Authorities claimed the operation, launched on 19 May, was aimed at ridding
urban areas of informal flea markets and illegal residential shacks and
houses, saying they had become a haven for criminal activities. About 30
housing schemes, set up by war veterans after the fast-track land
redistribution programme commenced in 2000, have also been demolished.

Mike Davis, chairman of the Combined Harare Residents' Association (CHRA),
said the majority of those affected by the clean-up operation were now
living in desperate conditions.

"The thousands of 'Operation Murambatsvina's' victims are now living under
deplorable conditions: they have been reduced to virtual refugees in their
own country, with the only difference being that there is no one who is
looking into their plight," Davis told IRIN.

"In fact, by destroying their homes and saying they were illegal, the
government has made the problem worse because most of these poor people are
now squatters," he pointed out.

The Red Cross Society of Zimbabwe, while acknowledging that the affected
people were living under difficult conditions, has said it could not help
because its mandate did not allow it to do so.

Ignatius Chombo, the Minister of Local Government, and Witness Mangwende,
metropolitan governor of Harare, the capital, and the nearby Chitungwiza
township, have both said residential areas have been identified for
resettling those displaced by the operation.

Mangwende recently invited people to apply for residential stands on White
Cliff Farm, about 20 km west of Harare, where hundreds of families had been
illegally allocated stands by war veterans who occupied the farm in 2000.

However, Davis doubts that the government will be able to provide
alternative shelter to those affected by the exercise.

"The government does not have the capacity to resettle about 200,000 people
overnight - with the national housing backlog standing at more than 2
million, who would believe that so many people can be offered houses in a
month or so?" asked Davis.

He questioned why formal housing was not provided for those affected by the
clean up before the government destroyed their homes.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Miloon Kothari, recently
appealed to the authorities to halt the mass forced evictions, and reminded
the government of Zimbabwe that various resolutions by the United Nations
Commission on Human Rights clearly state that "the practice of forced
eviction constitutes a gross violation of human rights".

An alliance comprising the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC),
the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, the National Constitutional Assembly
and other civil society organisations recently organised a poorly supported
two-day stayaway to protest against Operation Murambatsvina.

Lucy Mwanza, a former resident of Mbare, one of Harare's oldest suburbs, was
among the 40 families the government has moved to a holding camp at
Caledonia Farm.

"I volunteered to move here [Caledonia Farm] when the police told us we
would stay here until alternative shelter was found for us," Mwanza told

"However, all they did was just to come and dump us here and we have not
heard from them since then. Just like the other families that were brought
here, my five children and I were forced to set up two shacks using plastic
and cardboard boxes, but the cold is unbearable at night," she said.

Caledonia Farm lacks proper sanitation and, although there are several
communal taps, residents say they suffer frequent water cuts.

Police chief superintendent Edmore Veterai has said affected people should
go back to "wherever they came from", but Mwanza has known no home other
than Mbare.

Her parents were Malawian migrant workers and she was born and wed to her
now deceased husband in Mbare, where her family lived in a backyard cottage.

After the death of her husband, Mwanza survived by selling scrap metal in a
nearby informal market that was also destroyed in the clean up, depriving
and Mwanza of her only source of income. She can no longer afford to send
her children to school.

"Nearby schools have said they are fully enrolled but then, would my
children be able to cope, given the fact that they sleep in the open and
would be ridiculed by fellow pupils aware of their plight? My plan is to
have them continue with school next year if the situation gets better," she

Some of the families made homeless are now camped in open spaces close to
their previous homes, where they have set up makeshift shelters.

A few metres away from the Matapi police station in Mbare, Samuel Togara has
put up a rough shelter and has vowed to stay there until the "government
finds me somewhere to go".

"Police details from the station have been threatening to burn my
belongings, but I told them they should find me somewhere to stay with my
wife and three children, even if it meant going into the detention cells.
They stopped visiting me a week ago," said Togara.

"I am employed as a shop attendant in town and that is my source of income.
Even though I could have relocated to my rural home, where would I start?
There is no land there, and with the current drought, where would I get the
food to feed my family?" he asked.

His two-year old daughter caught a cold last week and Togara fears it could
get worse because the extremely cold winter nights.

Although Togara will not go to his rural home, hundreds of others have done
so, but have experienced problems reintegrating into their former

Dickson Jaya, who was an informal trader, packed up his few belongings and
took a bus to Chirumanzu district in the Midlands province after the
crackdown. "I sold some of my personal belongings to raise money for
transport but when I got home, I discovered that life would not be easy,"
Jaya told IRIN.

He has managed to find places in school for his two children, but has
problems finding space to build a home.

"The headman told me that there was no space to accommodate me and advised
me to approach the district administrator's office for resettlement
elsewhere," said Jaya. As a result, he has no choice but to live with his

"The issue of living space aside, I am cracking my head over how I will be
able to find food for the family. As an informal trader, I used to send
money here [to his parents] because there is drought, and if we do not get
help from the government or donors we might starve," he added.

The headman, who refused to be named, told IRIN that he could not
accommodate Jaya because he was afraid that he might be seen to be "too
friendly" with people from the urban areas, where the MDC has traditionally
enjoyed support.

"As you know, people from urban areas are viewed as being too much against
the government, and I don't want to be in trouble with the politicians," he

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This morning my husband and I went to Barclays Bank Avondale.  While waiting for my husband to do a transaction I spoke to the flower sellers who had been moved into the area under the gazebos together with the sculptures, next to the bank.  The flower sellers used to be on the corner of St. Georges St. and the entrance to the Avondale shops but were now moved to the back of the craft area.   As I walked in about 8 men eagerly approached me, hoping to make a sale.  I said to one of them that I had not come to buy but to ask them how they were doing now that they had been moved.  "Not good - but we have just been told by the police 30 minutes ago that we are going to have to all move from here because the municipality has plans for this area".  "Where will you go?"  I asked.   "We have nowhere to go, we cannot now buy and sell so we shall have to go to our rural areas.."  Just then some officials came into the area and the men looked very restless so I bid them farewell.

As we walked past them I saw one man picking up his cane furniture, making as if to pack up, and I think by now the whole place will be empty.

We also went past a place on St. Georges street that I seem to remember was selling stuff and the wall had been taken away and it looked like the bulldozers had been there, but I cannot be sure of that.  I can be sure however, that everyone looks bitter and angry and there is a tangible feeling of rage and depression in the air.   We visited the Avondale flea market, now relocated to the top of the car park.   Where the stalls had been between TM and the Bank - it was empty and oh so sad looking.

At the market so many people were selling second hand clothes and shoes or crafts - but very few people were there to purchase and the whole area is full to capacity.   At least they are allowed to operate there but under the following conditions according to one stall holder:

"We have to be screened to see if our  slate is clean as far as I know.

First l buy finger print forms from Kingstons.
Second,  l go to a police station to get finger printed and l pay for that.

Third, l take the forms to Morris Depot so they can check my record and l pay for
that. They give me a time and date to come back there and after that l presume l
can get my stand holders license which l have to pay for again!!"
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Not only poor affected in blitz
14/06/2005 20:36  - (SA)

Harare - Police say they have razed more than 20 000 shacks and other
structures in what President Robert Mugabe calls an urban clean-up
campaign - but what critics at home and abroad have decried as an assault on
the poor.

Police superintendent Oliver Mandipaka, quoted on Tuesday in a government
newspaper, said that 21 194 "illegal structures" had been demolished
nationwide, and 32 435 people arrested since "Operation Murambatsvina" began
on May 19.

"The operation continues until we have weeded out all criminal elements
countrywide," said Mandipaka.

Widespread criticism about clean-up campaign

Amnesty International (AI) has condemned the government's actions and the
United Nations (UN) has called them a clear violation of human rights.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change has compared "Operation
Murambatsvina" to the Cambodian Pol Pot regime's efforts to drive urban
people to rural areas for political "re-education".

Education minister Aeneas Chigwedere said in Johannesburg on Monday people
would be moved on to an "appropriate place", adding there is "nobody in
Zimbabwe who does not have a rural home".

But thousands of people who apparently have nowhere else to go are living
amid the ruins of their bulldozed homes in the winter chill.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Zimbabwe teachers' association, representing
most of the country's 80 000 school and college professionals, described the
evictions as "a catastrophe".

For students and teachers alike "their trauma, mental and physical anguish,
social humiliation, psychological stress, and extent of material deprivation
are too excessive to imagine", the association said.

Not only the poor affected

Even those whose homes escaped "seem so traumatised they cannot concentrate
on their learning".

Many displaced teachers and pupils were unable to get transport to former
schools. Those sleeping in the open, with no prospect of getting shelter,
were "seriously disoriented", it said.

The Herald reported on Tuesday it was not only the poor who were affected.
It reported the demolition of 100 houses, including a 21-room mansion in a
wealthy southern Harare neighbourhood.

In Harare alone, The Herald reported, the government was demolishing 24
"housing co-operatives" established by ruling Zanu-PF party members on farms
seized from white Zimbabweans under the land reform plan.

Also on Tuesday, Innocent Gonese, lawyer for an American missionary who was
arrested for filming the demolitions, said Howard Smith Gilman had been
expelled from the country and returned home to Washington DC.

Police dropped charges of illegally practicing as a journalist against
Gilman, 68, but he was fined $44 for censorship and immigration offences,
and deported on Friday, said Gonese.
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Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)

Press Statement 13 June 2005




WOMEN of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) has called on Zimbabweans to mobilise and prepare for a day of peaceful resistance and demand Social Justice on 18 June 2005 ahead of the 20 June World Refugee Day. WOZA wishes to acknowledge the special relevance of the United Nations Theme for World Refugee Day 2005. The theme is “Courage”. Together with the UNCHR, we call on Zimbabweans who are refugees in their own country to put their courage to the test and join us on the street come Saturday 18 June.


We quote parts of the UNCHR Statement, “As ordinary people living peaceful lives, we rarely have to put our courage to the test. Refugees are ordinary people, too, except that through no fault of their own, they find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. As such, they are often required to dig deep into their own inner sources of strength in order, as another dictionary puts it, to find "the ability to overcome fear. It takes courage to be a refugee. Courage not to give up hope and to make the most of the hand that has been dealt. Courage to start a new life against daunting odds, eventually to become contributing and enriching members of society once more.”


Over 30 000 Zimbabweans have been arrested, some assaulted, had their goods and livelihoods stolen and many have had to suffer the further indignity of paying a $ 25 000 admission of guilt fine. Some 200 000 Zimbabweans have been added to the number of us who can no longer take for granted our dignity and rights.


We call on our sisters and brothers who are fighting to defend their livelihood to use peaceful means of mass action as a way to safeguard their dignity. Another test of your courage will be your peacefulness as only cowards resort to bullying and violence.


A reminder to Zimbabweans: Freedom is not for free, be prepared to sacrifice.



13 June 2005


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UNHCR Statement is available from the following website:

Commemorating World Refugee Day 2005 - The theme, is courage.


Courage n. Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. Le Petit Robert.


As ordinary people living peaceful lives, we rarely have to put our courage to the test. Refugees are ordinary people, too, except that through no fault of their own, they find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. As such, they are often required to dig deep into their own inner sources of strength in order, as another dictionary puts it, to find "the ability to overcome fear".


Initially, that fear may be the immediate one of trying to escape the horrors of war and persecution, the pain of losing homes and loved ones, and the ordeal of flight. Later comes the deeper anxiety of uncertainty – the worry of how to rebuild their lives, either in completely new circumstances, or back home where they now may not be welcome.

It takes courage to be a refugee. Courage not to give up hope and to make the most of the hand that has been dealt. Courage to start a new life against daunting odds, eventually to become contributing and enriching members of society once more.



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Anthrax Outbreak in Humans Resurfaces in Gutu

The Herald (Harare)

June 13, 2005
Posted to the web June 13, 2005

Masvingo Bureau

AN anthrax outbreak in humans has resurfaced in Gutu district in Masvingo
with five cases having been reported since the beginning of last week and
reports that the disease has claimed one person in the district.

Health officials in Gutu said they were still investigating the death of one
person who died recently after eating some beef suspected to have been
contaminated with anthrax.

The resurgence of anthrax in Gutu comes a few months after the province had
successfully managed to tame the disease that had also resulted in the death
of hundreds of livestock; mainly cattle.

The acting Masvingo provincial medical director Dr Charles Sandy last Friday
confirmed that there had been an outbreak of anthrax in Gutu that had
affected five people so far.

"There has been another outbreak of anthrax in humans in Gutu and we are
closely monitoring the situation as the whole district is affected. However,
since the beginning of the week about five cases of anthrax have been
reported in humans and we are dealing with the situation.

"We are also investigating one death that occurred in Gutu because the
person might have died of the disease but at the moment we are still
investigating the cause of the death," said Dr Sandy.

He said the disease was more rampant in Bhasera and Chingombe communal lands
where it had wreaked havoc and had killed a lot of cattle.

Dr Sandy said they had enough stocks of anthrax drugs to treat people
infected by the deadly disease, adding that they were currently carrying out
educational campaigns to teach villagers on the dangers of anthrax.

He said the major cause of anthrax in humans was the consumption of beef
from cattle that would have died of the disease. Hundreds of cattle had been
dying of anthrax in Gutu recently.

Most districts in Masvingo province have since last year been losing cattle
and sometimes human life to anthrax.

The Veterinary Department was early this year forced to impose an indefinite
quarantine of the movement of cattle in Chivi as a result of the disease.

The quarantine has since been lifted after anthrax had been contained.

Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by spore-forming bacteria -
bacillus antracis - whose spores can survive for a long time.
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ABC, Australia

Farmers warned over Africa land offers
Farmers from Africa say offers of free land for South Australians willing to
move to Kenya or Tanzania may not be as good as they appear.

The African Chamber of Commerce in South Australia says 36 locals have
registered their interest in the deal, which gives the farmers tax-free land
for 10 years, with a peppercorn rent for up to 99 years.

After being kicked off his land in Zimbabwe, farmer Warren Allanthwaite
moved to Wudinna on the Upper Eyre Peninsula.

He says there are other costs South Australian farmers should take into
account, if they are thinking of moving to Africa.

"You've got to be vigilant all the time, you've got to have your wits about
you and you've just got to be aware of where you are and what you're doing
all the time," he said.

"Why are they now offering free land after getting rid of farmers in Kenya,
now they want them back."

Mr Allanthwaite says farmers would be giving up a lot.

"South Australia, to me, has got to be one of the safest places in the world
to ever live," he said.

"Great people, laid back, no crime; to go from here, to a totally different
country where everything works on bribes, people have just got to realise
when they go to these sort of countries that they are stepping into a hot
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Vendors play cat and mouse with police

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jun-14

DEFIANT vendors have resurfaced on the streets of Harare, playing
hide-and-seek with national and municipal police cracking down on illegal
Despite the joint police and Harare City Council blitz, dubbed Operation
Restore Order/Murambatsvina, which scared them off the streets some four
weeks ago, The Daily Mirror has witnessed some vendors engaging in
cat-and-mouse games with law enforcers.
Even though their wares were confiscated, the vendors argue that they have
no choice but to devise  survival strategies to counter the economic
challenges while on the lookout for the clean-up crusaders.
"We are forced by circumstances to be here and if we vacate this area, then
our families will starve. Due to the so-called 'illegality' of our area of
operation, we have to be well informed about the movement of the police," a
vendor on the veranda of Food World Supermarket, along Kaguvi Street, said.
A snap survey showed that vendors selling cigarettes, vegetables, roasted
maize cobs and cellphone juice cards, were back on the streets, albeit
Police maintained a contrary view yesterday when called for comment, saying
the capital was under control.
 "We have our men in plain clothes on the ground to arrest such people. So
to say that vendors have resurfaced is not only an exaggeration but a lie,"
police spokesperson Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka said.
Vendors could be observed keeping an eagle eye over their wares from a
"You have to be cautious because you might be arrested and pay a hefty fine.
What I normally do is to watch my wares from a distance and only come to
serve a customer," said Donald Magwenzi, a juice card vendor along Samora
Machel Avenue.
Police embarked on the clean-up campaign, which has resulted in flea markets
being shut down, vendors arrested and street people driven from the city
Meanwhile, informal traders displaced by the ongoing clean-up blitz have
expressed concern over the conduct of the vetting exercise to grant
operating licences.
Traders, mostly ex-flea market owners, said the stringent requirements
demanded by city council authorities to be eligible for a license were
unfair and likely to force many to quit business.
"I went to Rowan Martin Building to get a licence and I was given a form to
fill.  They required a permanent address of the area one operates from. This
is an insult to my conscience as we were forcibly removed from our areas of
operation," complained Costa Nyarukokora, whose sewing shop was closed by
the police a fortnight ago. "My shop was closed and right now, all my
machinery, including an embroidery machine, three heavy duty machines, an
over-locker machine and several domestic small machines are packed in my
house in Mabelreign," he said.
Other traders said the process was laborious and they never understood why
the police must clear them first.
"We are not criminals, yet they would want to treat us as if we are. We want
an honest living and this vetting might cause authorities to grant licences
to those who would have been cleared," said Passmore Gweshe, who had a stall
in a flea market in the city centre.
Questions still remain unanswered regarding the rationale behind displacing
informal traders first and then encouraging them to register after their
businesses were crushed by the clean-up crusade.
Government initiated the blitz to root out criminal elements in the formal
sector but the benefits of the operation are still to be enjoyed, with
critics saying over-zealousness and insensitivity on the part of the law
enforcers had smeared an otherwise noble cause.
 The crusade has been dismissed by critical civic organisations as a ploy by
the ruling party to "punish" urbanites for voting for MDC in the March
parliamentary polls, allegations the government vehemently deny. The
government has since reiterated that there was no going back on the exercise
to bring back Harare's status of the Sunshine City.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Muderede faces new charges

Court Reporter
issue date :2005-Jun-14

MASHONALAND West farmer and businessman Cecil Muderede, on trial for fraud
and economic crimes, appeared before magistrate Paradzai Garufu last
Saturday facing fresh corruption charges after he continued to withdraw over
$130 million from his company's account that he failed to declare when he
was specified last year.
Muderede was not asked to plead to the charge of contravening the Prevention
of Corruption Act and was remanded to June 24 on $25 million bail.
Prosecutor Tonderai Nyakudanga told the court that the Banket businessman
was specified on May 28 last year by the Ministry of Justice, Legal and
Parliamentary Affairs and his investigator was Chief Superintendent Patrick
He owns Shankuru Estates in Banket and CRCM Transport Company in Harare.
When he was asked to declare his assets upon specification, Muderede
allegedly did not declare CRCM and its First Bank account number
In March this year, he allegedly received a Grain Marketing Board (GMB)
cheque with a value of $159 551 400 due to Shankuru and knowing fully well
that this company was under the control of Ncube, he allegedly deposited the
cheque into CRCM account on April 7.
During the period spanning from April 8 to May 3, he subsequently made
withdrawals amounting to $130 777 546.
The State further alleged that investigator Ncube was never aware of the
withdrawals and the expenses and Muderede was in violation of the Prevention
of Corruption Act.
Meanwhile, his lawyer, Tawanda Chitapi yesterday told the court that when
his client sold foreign currency to Telecel Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited there was
an acute shortage of forex.  The cellular network provider was in dire need
of the money to pay a loan to Siemens of Belgium for telecommunications
equipment and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe could not assist at the time. The
foreign currency was used to sustain the company's communications network,
which was of benefit to the public.
However, Prosecutor Obi Mabahwana argued that the RBZ was the sole
institution tasked with monitoring the inflows and outflows of foreign
currency in the country.
He said Muderede sold the foreign currency at a rate that was far much above
the official rate, thereby fuelling the parallel market, which had wrecked
the economy of the country.
About two weeks ago, the businessman pleaded guilty to violating the
Exchange Control Act by selling US$50 000 to Telecel.
His trial, in which he is facing charges of contravening the Grain Marketing
Board Act involving more than $60 million and allegations of externalising
US$390 000, is expected to open today.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Bread queues resurface

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jun-14

BREAD queues, which had now become a thing of the past, have since
resurfaced in most parts of Harare, with the shortages being most pronounced
in the high-density suburbs of Mabvuku and Tafara.    As the blitz on all
illegal structures, some of which sold bread, enters its fourth week, city
residents continue feeling the pinch of Operation Murambatsvina/Restore
Long, winding queues for bread are now common at Marowa Supermarket and
Sachies Bakery at the Mabvuku/Tafara shopping centre.
Riot police were at one stage called in to calm the situation after people
viciously jostled for bread on Tuesday - a development which could have
turned nasty.
Most people in Mabvuku, Tafara and other surrounding areas, including Circle
Cement compound and Chishawasha, mostly depend on tuckshops for basic
commodities.  They are now at pains to come to terms with the disappearance
of the tuckshops.
Tuckshop owners were on Monday ordered to demolish their illegal structures
as the clean-up operation intensified.
Kamunhu Shopping Centre, with at least four grocery shops, is the main
meeting point for residents.
The demolition of the tuckshops has left residents without alternatives but
to queue for bread and other basic necessities at the business centre.
"This shopping centre cannot cater for all these people from Tafara, Mabvuku
and Chishawasha. Tuckshops were really assisting us," lamented Tapiwa
Chiwetu, of Mabvuku.
He said while the motive of the joint operation was appreciated, it was
imperative for both the police and municipality to provide ready solutions
on issues of service delivery and ensure that people's basic needs were met.
Mabvuku and Tafara residents have been demolishing all illegal structures
after police orders on Monday. The mere sight of a large contingent of riot
police was enough to coerce people to demolish their structures.
"We are not doing it voluntarily but what do you expect us to do when armed
police tell us to do so? Since Tuesday, I have been sleeping outside and I
don't have anywhere to go," said Sharon Phiri, of Mabvuku.
Affected people have been sleeping in the open and early this week, most
were hunched together at an open space along Tafara Way.
Meanwhile, police on Tuesday demolished structures of informal traders near
Kamunhu Shopping Centre.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Government looks at improving media laws

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jun-14

THE government says it has embarked on a consultative exercise aimed at
improving the country's media laws, among other issues.
So far, the current media laws, namely provisions of the restrictive Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa), have met with stiff
resistance from the fraternity who view it as draconian, saying the law does
not appreciate freedom of expression.
The journalists argued also that Aippa, which was crafted during the era of
the disgraced former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, also failed to
promote and protect such freedom, but instead curtails it.
In a telephone interview at the weekend, the permanent secretary in the
Ministry of Information and Publicity George Charamba, said: "We are making
consultations in the media, not only about the Access to Information and
Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa); there are many other areas that need to
be looked into that include a code of ethics, the security of journalists
and the law itself."
Although he did not say who specifically the government was consulting with,
he said the government was engaged in dialogue with stakeholders, among them
editors and other communicators.
The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) president Mathew Takaona welcomed
the move by the government to consult the media.
Takaona said the public statements made by the government were encouraging
and it has always been the union's culture to co-operate with the
"All I can say is we have had signals from the Deputy Information Minister,
Bright Matonga, advocating for a voluntary media council where the media
comes together to resolve issues arising.  The public statements are
encouraging and it has always been our culture to co-operate with the
government," Takaona said.
He added that through countrywide consultations his organisations had
already come up with a code of ethics which would be submitted to the
Minister of Information and Publicity, Tichaona Jokonya, in two weeks' time.
At a function hosted for journalists by the information ministry in the
capital last month, Jokonya called for a pleasant working atmosphere between
the media and his ministry, adding that groups and individual journalists
were free to approach his ministry to discuss any issues.
Under Aippa, many journalists were hauled before the courts on charges that
did not stick.  No one has been convicted so far, although the new Attorney
General Sobusa Gula-Ndebele joked on World Press Freedom Day, that it showed
that his prosecutors had not done a good
Brian Mangwende, the Assistant Editor of The Daily Mirror and former ZUJ
acting secretary general, had this to say about the government change of
heart: "I hope the government is sincere in its endeavours because an
unnecessary, acrimonious relationship had developed between the media and
the government over differences in the way laws governing the fraternity
were brought about.
"This animosity had trickled down to journalists, effectively splitting the
media down the middle - a situation that needed urgent redress.
"It must be borne in mind that journalists are the mirrors of society and as
such the promotion of the free flow of information to assist society to make
informed decisions is vital in a democratic state.
"The idea is noble and I hope that all stakeholders will be involved, so
that the media can flourish in Zimbabwe and freedom of expression - as
provided for by Section 20 of our Constitution - is not tampered with."
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

GMB loses $320m fertiliser

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jun-14

THE Grain Marketing Board (GMB) lost 55 tonnes of fertiliser worth
approximately $320 million to thieves on Friday at its Lion's Den Depot in
Mashonaland West province.
Sources said two of the grain utility's employees have since been arrested
in connection with the thefts, but the claims could not be immediately
The GMB's Lion's Den depot manager and the quasi government institution's
Mashonaland West loss control manager identified only as Dziruni and Kadhoza
respectively confirmed the incident.
The depot manager said he was not allowed to give details on the matter, but
added that the incident had been referred to Kadhoza."Yes there has been a
theft at the Lion's Den Depot but at the moment I do not have more details.
Try and call me tomorrow I will be in a position to tell you what
transpired," Kadhoza said.
Police spokesperson Oliver Mandipaka said he was still looking at the
matter, while GMB acting chief executive officer Samuel Muvuti told this
newspaper to "go to hell" before his mobile went off.
However, sources at the Lion's Den depot said on Friday some thieves arrived
in lorries belonging to a Harare company and said they had come to collect
fertiliser that had been ordered by a well -known female farmer.
The sources said company staff released the fertiliser only to realise that
they had been duped, as the said woman did not have any connection with the
people who had taken the fertiliser.
Sources said a production manager and a junior clerk   had been arrested in
connection with the theft and were helping police with investigations.
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Minister says poaching is under control in Zim park

June 14, 2005, 06:15

Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the minister of environmental affairs and tourism,
has dismissed reports that Zimbabwe's Gonarezhou National Park has been
plagued by extensive poaching.

The minister made the statement after flying over the Great Limpopo
Transfrontier Park, which extends to South Africa and Mozambique. Van
Schalkwyk says he is also convinced there are no cases of land invasion.

His statements followed a high-level meeting of ministers from Southern
African countries on how transfrontier parks could benefit tourism in the
region. He said a Zimbabwean government minister has assured him that the
area has not been plagued by poaching.

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Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:54 AM
Subject: Zim ISO on stayaway

Operation Povo Yaramba: 'Great stir in the air' . We must continue the

Introduction - assessment of weaknesses of stayaway
Assessments of  9-10 June are varied, some calling it a flop and others a
mixed bag.

But to assess the success or otherwise of the action merely
on the basis of the turnout and closure of businesses would be a grave
mistake. Admittedly turn out was much poor than we expected. But a strong
minority of workers heeded the call.

There were several negatives stacked against the action: (a) as the first
real action called since the disastrous failure of the MDC's 2003 'Final
Push', people are still cautious, afraid and numbed by the sheer scale of
Operation Murambasvina; moreso because of  (b) the massive deployment of
police and soldiers into townships ahead of the action, (c ) the belated
luke-warm support by MDC leaders, who only publicly came out on support on
Wednesday, (d) the complete paralysis of the ZCTU, with key leaders away in
Geneva, and those remaining saying they had no mandate from General
(e) the fact that bosses and capitalists, partly out of fear of the state
but mainly because as capitalists they are basically in support of Gono's
anti-poor actions, did not close their businesses as in 1997. Capitalists
can never be trusted as consistent fighters against dictatorships, for they
always put first, their business and profits; (f) the objective reality of
80% unemployment and massive poverty, made most workers choose the safer
option, even if most supported the mass action in spirit. Moreso in the
context of weak and hesitant leadership from MDC and ZCTU and an apparently
overwhelmingly superior enemy; and (g) finally, in the above context, the
tactic of a pure stayaway not backed by public protests, is not ideal. By
its passive and individual nature, such action isolates and atomises the
masses, failing to visibly show our strength and mobilize the weaker ones.
Sadly, in the above context, emotions and anger alone were not enough to
carry us through.

But we scored many achievements!

But many positives can be identified: (a ) there was indirect support by
most ordinary people, shown by the feeling in the air in the days leadingup
to and during the action, forcing reluctant MDC leaders to come out in
support. This shows that the fighting spirit is coming back, although for
now hesitant, cautious and confused. This reminds us of the situation in
February 1997, following the abortive two day general strike that was
bravely for called by Tsvangirai in support of the nurses, against the will
of the majority of ZCTU leaders. Although the strike failed in terms of
out, it marked a turning point in developing a radical mood amongst workers
and the poor, who exploded less than six months later in the biggest urban
and rural strikes, demonstrations and farm invasions in the history of this

To stop now would demoralize the masses and strengthen the conservative and
cowardly elements who want to collaborate rather than fight the regime.
Already MDC's W. Ncube has disassociated himself from the action saying he
is not in the Broad Alliance, even though on Wednesday he was calling for
public support for the action; (b) the action saw the emergence of an
enthusiastic layer of young activists and workers drawn from different
organizations who wholeheartedly mobilized for the action distributing tens
of thousands of leaflets despite the lukewarm support of their leaders and
harassment from the police. They were drawn from as many and differing
organizations as the Zimbabwe Social Forum, NCA, CHRA, ISO, WOZA, students,
MDC and rank and file union activists. A new militant cadreship is being
born for the oncoming struggles; (c) our actions have restored the
Zimbabwean crisis back on the headlines of the world-stage, with support
only from the traditional left and socialist movement regionally and
globally, but also forced western governments and media to give crocodile
tears support and coverage. This is critical because it stops or slows down
the détente between the elites of Zanu PF and MDC, which Gono, the
in both parties and the capitalists are pushing for. With more action, MDC
leaders, will be forced to support the movement, even if nominally, or
to be swept aside by history! (d) despite its apparent bravado, our action
has shaken the regime. It has started some back-pedalling, with the
operation virtually suspended during the two days of action. Now the
emphasis of its propaganda is rehabilitation and distribution of new stands

But most importantly, our actions have encouraged sections of Zanu PF
supporters to waiver, in particular the war veterans, as revealed in the
statements of Jabulani Sibanda, the chairperson of the War Veterans
Association, quoted in the Financial Gazette: 'the government has this
time ignited a bonfire which is going to backfire .Once government started
valuating itself against the strength of its army, its police and its
airpower, then there is something wrong. We cannot have a situation where
government strength is measured by the strength of its forces as opposed to
support from the masses. People are like a coiled spring: if you suppress
it, it comes together and becomes dangerous. They might not rise today, but
rise they shall. war veterans are prepared to defend the revolution whether
within Zanu PF or outside, and the revolution is the will of the people,
a few government officials.'

He is damn right --- the rising might not have been yesterday, but the coil
is now recoiling!

What now: . way forward

There is only one way forward. To build up for more actions, even if the
cowardly elements might want to derail us. For the cost of inaction, i.e.
demoralization, would derail our struggle by decades. The Broad Alliance,
CHRA, WOZA, ISO, ZSF and the progressive wing of the churches, need to
urgently meet to map out the next actions, including deciding whether to
continue with the 18th June action initially called for by WOZA or postpone
slightly as seems to be  suggested by Broad Alliance co-ordinator L.

But to move forward we need to learn from our strengths and weaknesses in
the past action. (a) Firstly the bedrock of our resistance hirtherto has
been the township women, who have led some very inspiring riots and
struggles on their own. Its true, when you hit a woman you hit a rock ...
The epicenter of our actions must move to the townships, so that we
the participation of women; (b) the action must this time be direct protest
actions and marches that unite and give us spirit. In the context outlined
above, the stayaway or general strike cannot for now remain our main tool,
but will be rescucitated once the movement has grown and become more
confident, for ultimately, general strikes backed by mass demonstrations
the most powerful weapon we have for they hit the system were it hurts the
most - the source of profits, money and power; (c )the actions must be done
on a day that maximizes the potential participation of everyone, such as a
Saturday; (d) to counter the justified cyncism and distrust amongst the
masses that leaders call for action which they themselves don't participate
in leaving the povo to make all the sacrifices, whatever protests are
called, the leaders of the Broad Alliance, civic and social movement
churches and trade unions and progressive opposition MPs and councilors
must lead from the front, suffering with the people; (e) we must choose the
most strategic areas from which to start our actions.

Today, the only
sanctuary left which the regime has not yet dared attack is the Church,
which is why it has not taken action against many church leaders who have
come out denouncing its harsh actions and rule, including the National
Pastors Conference and the Catholic Bishops led by Bishop Ncube. For
effect, the progressive church now needs to unite its actions with the
sections of society , as was done historically by Martin Luther King Jnr,
clerics like Tutu, Chikane and Boesark in the anti-apartheid struggles inSA
in the 1980s who worked with the UDF, or the Catholic bishops in Malawi
under Banda. As the church is the only place which the regime might not yet
possibly dare attack and as many people will have confidence congregating
there, we suggest that the progressive church leaders support whatever day
of national and international protests, is agreed on. We could start with
prayers at designated local churches followed by marches and protests from
the churches led by pastors and leadership of the movement to hand in
petitions to local police stations or council offices supporting our
demands. And let the regime dare attack such movement . Such actions, if
successful will then be the launch-pad for growing and more radical mass
actions in the near future; (f) the past actions show that only united and
democratic action of the poor and those in support of democracy, regardless
of party or organisation affiliation, can we succeed. We need to further
strengthen two aspects of our movement.

Firstly, strengthen the democratic
traditions, seeking to bring into the Broad Alliance, representatives from
all groups and organizations of the poor that are ready to fight, and
ensuring that decisions are democratically made. Further leaders must go to
report back, receive feed-back and mobilise their constituencies on agreed
actions. Secondly making all out efforts to bring into this growing
movement, the ordinary war veterans and other poor Zanu PF supporters who
too are under attack, and as J. Sibanda's statement shows are getting ready
to work with the rest of the poor and oppressed, reminding them that only
through action and not begging did they successfully stop Chombo and
from destroying their settlements in 2002. This time we must not allow the
regime to survive by dividing the poor, as it did in 1997.

Finally, we need to build on the massive support emerging from the global
and regional movement of the poor, the churches, the anti-capitalist,
anti-globalisation movement and Zimbabweans in the diaspora, as Mugabe's
fake left and anti-imperialist postures become increasingly exposed. We
notify them on time on the dates we agree as days of national and
international protests, so that they too mobilize solidarity actions, in
particular demonstrations at Zimbabwean embassies.

We should refuse to be intimidated or demoralized in our struggle for an
to Operation Murambasvina, compensation of victims, resignation of those
responsible like Gono, Chihuri, Chombo and Makwavarara and democracy
including a new people driven, democratic and anti-neoliberal constitution.
Let Mugabe and his minions like Gono know that they can build as many
prisons as they want, but they will never be enough to fill all of us ---we
are the vast majority and they the tiny few! No prison cell in history has
ever stopped a people's revolution whose time has come! Not under Smith,
under Botha, Not under Banda and today certainly Not under Mugabe!

National Co-ordinating Committee (NCC): International Socialist
11/06/05  Harare
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      Zimbabwe Churches Lead Aid Effort
      By Sydney Sithole
      14 June 2005

Churches are now in the forefront in helping families displaced by the
ongoing mass evictions as humanitarian organizations struggle to get an
official go-ahead from government to make donations.

An official with one of the international organizations says churches have
been providing help by feeding people and giving them blankets.

He says his organization has only been able to assess the situation in
anticipation of receiving government permission to assist directly. This aid
official adds that despite help from the churches there is still much more
assistance needed in terms of food, shelter and medication.

He said his organization, which deals with displaced people, is negotiating
with Harare to be allowed to provide assistance. So he spoke on condition
that neither he nor his organization be named.

Despite such official delays, this aid official said he is still hopeful
that his organization will eventually obtain permission to work with the
displaced - despite media reports quoting Social Welfare Minister Nicholas
Goche as saying that help from such nongovernmental organizations is not

Efforts by Studio 7 to obtain a comment from Mr. Goche were unsuccessful.

Hundreds of displaced Mutare residents poured into the offices of the
Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace early today seeking aid. The
Commission sent homeless and hungry families to the city's cathedral, where
church workers distributed food and blankets. But the handouts were
insufficient to meet the needs of residents affected by Operation

Studio 7 reporter Sydney Sithole filed a report from the Mutare cathedral.
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Refugees caught in Zim blitz
          June 14 2005 at 12:02PM

      Harare - Nearly 100 refugees from various African countries were
detained in Zimbabwe as part of an ongoing police blitz on illegal housing,
a newspaper reported Tuesday.

      Ninety-four people from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC), Eritrea, Mozambique and Rwanda handed themselves over to immigration
officials after shack homes they had been living in were demolished in
Harare, the state-controlled Herald reported.

      Last month, police began demolishing illegal shack houses throughout
the country as part of a controversial "clean-up" campaign to clamp down on
crime and spruce up the image of Zimbabwe's towns and cities.

      A senior immigration official told the Herald that 94 refugees had
escaped from a camp in Chipinge, south-eastern Zimbabwe, some years ago and
had been living in Harare's poor suburb of Mbare, where police have
demolished thousands of shacks in recent weeks.

      "Our investigations showed that the refugees sneaked out of Tongogara
Refugee Camp in Chipinge several years ago and most of them were now living
in Mbare with their families," said the official, Elasto Mugwadi. He said
they would be sent back to the camp.

      Other refugees are believed to be hiding in some of Harare's sprawling

      Operation Restore Order, which has the backing of President Robert
Mugabe, is estimated to have made around 200 000 people homeless.

      The operation, which comes in the middle of the southern African
winter, has been condemned by the United Statse, the United Nations, the
European Union, human rights groups and churches.

      The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says it is a
blatant attack on its supporters, most of whom live in cities. - Sapa-DPA

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      Countries lobby for seats at G-77 summit

      By JIM KRANE -- Associated Press

      DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- For an issue that isn't even on the agenda, the
lobbying is intense.

      Little Benin found itself courted by India and Japan in the morning,
and Brazil and Germany in the afternoon. Those big countries are using a
summit of smaller, developing nations to garner votes in the U.N. General
Assembly for permanent seats on the Security Council.

      Germany and Japan are not members of the Group of 77 summit that meets
here this week. But they, and India and Brazil, have formed the so-called
Group of Four with the aim of obtaining four of the six permanent seats on
the Security Council when the body's expansion goes to the vote, probably in

      Benin Foreign Minister Rogatien Biaou said India and Japan had courted
him Monday morning and he met Brazilian and German envoys in the afternoon.
Biaou said he told them it was "too early" to declare a position on their
Security Council aspirations as he had not consulted his African neighbors.

      There is broad support among U.N. member states for expanding the
Security Council, whose current five members are seen as a post-World War II
anachronism. The chairman of the G-77, Jamaican U.N. Ambassador Stafford
Neil, said: "A lot of diplomatic capital is being sunk into this issue, both
for and against."

      Germany, Japan, Brazil and India have found themselves in the
unrewarding position of contributing more to the U.N. budget than the five
permanent Security Council members. But their lack of a permanent seat means
they have less diplomatic clout than such countries as France and Britain,
who are on the council.

      Views on how to expand the Security Council are contentious.

      Under the Group of Four's draft resolution, the council's membership
would jump from 15 to 25 states, with permanent members rising from five to
11. The G-4 wants to capture four of the new permanent seats. Two others
would be reserved for African countries. South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt are
said to be vying for them.

      The expansion needs the approval of two-thirds of the U.N. member
states. Tougher is the necessary vote to change the U.N. Charter, which
requires a two-thirds vote and Security Council approval.

      The vote is far from clear. At least a third of U.N. members have yet
to decide whether to approve the plan, Neil said.

      Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar declared support Monday
for Germany and Japan, but most diplomats here are reluctant to publicize
their positions.

      Plenty of countries oppose the Group of Four plan, perhaps none more
vehemently than China, which has sent a delegation to Doha to lobby against
it, mainly because it fears an ascendant Japanese rival.

      "China is the toughest nut," said Nirupam Sen, India's U.N.
ambassador. "They're adamantly opposed to Japan and that means adamant
opposition to the expansion resolution."

      Chinese diplomats at the summit did not respond to requests for
comment. But Beijing has urged Security Council members not to approve the
G-4 plan, complaining Japan never properly atoned for its World War II

      The Group of Four sees July as the best opportunity in a decade to
expand the council, and they are lobbying hard at this conference in a Doha
hotel. They have made concessions -- offering not to wield a permanent
member's veto for at least 15 years.

      The hotel-lined seafront of this tidy city was in a virtual lockdown
Tuesday as dozens of heads of state arrived for the second-ever G-77, also
known as the South Summit. Helicopters and patrol boats covered the sea
approaches, as motorcades took leaders to their hotels.

      Among those presidents expected were Venezuela's Hugo Chavez,
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Lebanon's Emile Lahoud, Syria's Bashar al-Assad,
Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo and Sudan's Omar al-Bashir. Also expected were
the kings of Bahrain, Morocco, Nepal and Swaziland and the leaders of Kuwait
and the United Arab Emirates.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Police destroy 500 homesteads at co-op

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jun-15

POLICE yesterday destroyed at least 500 illegal homesteads at Ngungunyana
Housing Co-operative between Mufakose and Budiriro 4, while families who had
built their homes at Bob Farm near Old Tafara were warned to vacate their
homes by this morning.
The joint operation by the Harare City Council and the Zimbabwe Republic
Police (ZRP) has seen thousands of unsanctioned structures being destroyed
while scores of families have been left homeless and stranded.
By 7 am yesterday, armed police details and four earth moving machines were
at the housing scheme were they started by destroying the cooperatives
headquarters and a house belonging to a war veteran identified only as
Sibanda, who also had a piggery project running at his home.
The cooperative had over 8 000 members while at least 500 had already
constructed their houses or were at various stages of completion.
Mary Chapwanya from Kuwadzana Extension, who also owned a stand at the
scheme, said her house was at window level when it was destroyed.
"When we came around March 2001 we where asked to pay $1,5 million as
joining fee. Since last year we had been paying $300 000 towards the
servicing of the stands," she claimed. "Only last week we where told that
nothing was going to happen to our houses as everything was in order."
Archieford Matienga, a self employed man, who owns a push cart said he had
made a "killing" from ferrying property of those whose houses had been
brought down.
"We are have made a killing my brother, but its unfortunate it is at other
people's expense," he said.
Harare Province police spokesperson, Whisper Bondai yesterday warned
occupants of Bob Farm near Old Tafara that police would be destroying all
illegal structures at the farm today.
Residents of Mufakose also began pulling down tuckshops and other illegal
structures yesterday.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Parly committees to monitor govt activities

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jun-15

PARLIAMENTARY portfolio committees should be reformed and empowered to
monitor all government departments and institutions that use public funds,
the secretary in the department of Policy Implementation in the Office of
the President and Cabinet, Desire Sibanda has said.
Besides the empowerment of the committees Sibanda also called for the
re-introduction of the Parastatal Committee and the setting up of another
special committee to deal with local governance and operations of local
"These two sectors are (parastatals and local authorities) require more
specialised scrutinise as experience of other countries has shown," he said
adding that there was need to increase effectiveness of the parliamentary
committees dealing with these sectors in line with local government and
parastatals reforms currently taking place.
Sibanda said his department was willing to work with the new parliament,
officially opened by President Robert Mugabe last
"The Department of Policy Implementation and Parliamentary committees have
important oversight functions in the implementation of policies and
programmes. Therefore there should be a close working relationship in this
regard. The new parliament should therefore strengthen its oversight
"Portfolio Committees of Parliament should be strengthened and reformed to
shadow all governments and institutions use voted funds including private
institutions. Such coverage is crucial in the country's economic turn around
programme," he said.
 Sibanda added that the strengthening of the parliamentary committees would
ensure accountability of government ministries and agencies of parliament.
"The scrutiny of the activities of ministries and departments particularly
on financial matters is indeed a key function of the new parliament.
Parliamentary Committees such as the Public Accounts Committee should be
well equipped to provide the necessary financial oversight functions, "
Sibanda added.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

'My conscience is clear'

issue date :2005-Jun-15

CAPE TOWN - Jacob Zuma says he accepts and respects President Thabo Mbeki's
decision to sack him as deputy president.
He told journalists in Cape Town that it was Mbeki's prerogative to take the
decision "in the context and within his authority as the president of the
"I accept and respect his pronouncement. I believe he has taken this
decision not because he believes I am guilty of any crime, but because of
considerations relating to the constraints within which government
Zuma said he had also offered to resign his seat in parliament - not as an
admission of guilt of any kind, but in order to make it easier for the
African National Congress and the government to function in parliament.
"Let me reiterate that my conscience is clear."
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