Zimbabwe police demolish township
Police in Zimbabwe
have fought running battles with residents of one of the oldest townships of the
second city, as they demolished illegal structures.
About 200,000 people have been made homeless, the UN
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.
Robert Mugabe said it is needed to "restore sanity" to Zimbabwe's towns and
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
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.
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
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
"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
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.
Sokwanele - Enough is Enough -
PROMOTING NON-VIOLENT PRINCIPLES TO ACHIEVE
Sokwanele Special Report : 14 June
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
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.
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
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.
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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
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
inflation target for 2005 to between 50 and 80 percent from 20
percent, citing drought, high rentals, rates and fees by local
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
for this report provided by Reuters.
Crackdown Destroys Harare Child Facilities
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
Courier Mail, Brisbane
Australia tightens sanctions against
AUSTRALIA has tightened sanctions against Zimbabwe
after thousands of people
were forced to flee their homes amid a Mugabe
government operation to
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
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australia condemned the Mugabe
government's destruction of homes and livelihoods.
developments underline the need to maintain sanctions against the
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
again the Mugabe regime has demonstrated its contempt for basic human
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
"Australia urges the government of Zimbabwe to immediately
operation and provide food and shelter for those in
Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe
Court to review ruling on Bennett
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
Uchena made a U-turn and suspended his judgment, effectively barring
from the electoral race won by Samuel Undenge of Zanu PF against his
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
In the Supreme Court case, Bennett and Uchena are the
first and second
respondents respectively, while the chairman of the
Commission (ZEC) Justice George Chiweshe and the
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'
Chiweshe added that the order granted by Uchena setting a new date for
sitting of the Nomination Court and another one for the Chimanimani
elections went beyond the powers of the Electoral Court.
of section 29 of the Act seem to have eluded his lordship -
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
He defended Uchena's judgment, saying the constitution bars one
contesting in elections if he has been convicted of a criminal offence
sentenced to six months or more.
He added the judgment was above
Citing a precedent of a similar parliamentary case between Didymus
and Nolan Makombe (now late), the then Supreme Court Chief Justice
Gubbay ruled that: "A finding of guilty by Parliament on a contempt
is not a crime in the conventional sense. When dealing with these
offences, Parliament though sitting as a court, does not sit as a
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June, 2005 10:35 AM
Subject: CHRA Website updated - Churches pour aid
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 www.chra.co.zw to hear that CHRA has taken the
state to court over this issue.
This week we ask what government should do to solve the current crisis in the
country, should it
- Allocate serviced stands?
- Give Residents three month's grace period?
- Seek funding for low cost housing?
- Recognise the need for shelter as a constitutional right?
- Dump people in Goromonzi?
Tell us what you feel. Log onto www.chra.co.zw and
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
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
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
Harare Residents Association
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.
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
The Red Cross Society of Zimbabwe, while acknowledging that
people were living under difficult conditions, has said it
could not help
because its mandate did not allow it to do
Ignatius Chombo, the Minister of Local Government, and Witness
metropolitan governor of Harare, the capital, and the nearby
township, have both said residential areas have been identified
resettling those displaced by the operation.
invited people to apply for residential stands on White
Cliff Farm, about 20
km west of Harare, where hundreds of families had been
stands by war veterans who occupied the farm in 2000.
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.
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
of Zimbabwe that various resolutions by the United Nations
Human Rights clearly state that "the practice of forced
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
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
"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
all they did was just to come and dump us here and we have not
them since then. Just like the other families that were brought
five children and I were forced to set up two shacks using plastic
cardboard boxes, but the cold is unbearable at night," she
Caledonia Farm lacks proper sanitation and, although there are
communal taps, residents say they suffer frequent water
Police chief superintendent Edmore Veterai has said affected people
go back to "wherever they came from", but Mwanza has known no home
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
"Nearby schools have said they are fully enrolled but then, would
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
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
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,"
"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.
managed to find places in school for his two children, but has
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
"As you know,
people from urban areas are viewed as being too much against
and I don't want to be in trouble with the politicians," he
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!!"
Not only poor affected in blitz
14/06/2005 20:36 -
Harare - Police say they have razed more than 20 000 shacks and
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
Police superintendent Oliver Mandipaka, quoted on Tuesday
in a government
newspaper, said that 21 194 "illegal structures" had been
nationwide, and 32 435 people arrested since "Operation
on May 19.
"The operation continues until we
have weeded out all criminal elements
Widespread criticism about clean-up campaign
International (AI) has condemned the government's actions and the
Nations (UN) has called them a clear violation of human rights.
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".
minister Aeneas Chigwedere said in Johannesburg on Monday people
moved on to an "appropriate place", adding there is "nobody in
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
In a statement on Tuesday, the Zimbabwe teachers'
most of the country's 80 000 school and college
professionals, described the
evictions as "a catastrophe".
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
Even those whose homes escaped "seem so traumatised they
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
The Herald reported on Tuesday it was not only the poor who were
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
co-operatives" established by ruling Zanu-PF party members on farms
from white Zimbabweans under the land reform plan.
Also on Tuesday,
Innocent Gonese, lawyer for an American missionary who was
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
Statement 13 June
ZIMBABWEANS TO ACTION SATURDAY
18 JUNE 2005 - A DAY
TO RESTORE OUR DIGNITY.
Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) has called on Zimbabweans to mobilise and prepare for a
day of peaceful resistance and demand Social Justice on
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
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
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
to Zimbabweans: Freedom is not for free, be prepared to
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Commemorating World Refugee Day 2005
- The theme, is courage. http://www.comminit.com/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.unhcr.ch/wrd/
Courage n. Mental or moral
strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.
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
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
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
Anthrax Outbreak in Humans Resurfaces in Gutu
June 13, 2005
Posted to the web June 13, 2005
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.
of anthrax in Gutu comes a few months after the province had
managed to tame the disease that had also resulted in the death
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
"There has been another outbreak of anthrax in humans in Gutu and we
closely monitoring the situation as the whole district is affected.
since the beginning of the week about five cases of anthrax have
reported in humans and we are dealing with the situation.
are also investigating one death that occurred in Gutu because the
might have died of the disease but at the moment we are still
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.
districts in Masvingo province have since last year been losing cattle
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.
Farmers warned over Africa land offers
Africa say offers of free land for South Australians willing 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
He says there are other costs South Australian farmers should
account, if they are thinking of moving to Africa.
got to be vigilant all the time, you've got to have your wits about
you've just got to be aware of where you are and what you're doing
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.
people, laid back, no crime; to go from here, to a totally different
where everything works on bribes, people have just got to realise
go to these sort of countries that they are stepping into a hot
Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe
Vendors play cat and mouse with police
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
Order/Murambatsvina, which scared them off the streets some four
The Daily Mirror has witnessed some vendors engaging in
with law enforcers.
Even though their wares were confiscated, the vendors
argue that they have
no choice but to devise survival strategies to counter
challenges while on the lookout for the clean-up
"We are forced by circumstances to be here and if we vacate this
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
vendor on the veranda of Food World Supermarket, along Kaguvi
A snap survey showed that vendors selling cigarettes,
maize cobs and cellphone juice cards, were back on the
Police maintained a contrary view yesterday
when called for comment, saying
the capital was under control.
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,"
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
Police embarked on the clean-up campaign, which has resulted in flea
being shut down, vendors arrested and street people driven from the
Meanwhile, informal traders displaced by the ongoing
clean-up blitz have
expressed concern over the conduct of the vetting
exercise to grant
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
"I went to Rowan Martin Building to get a licence and I was given a
fill. They required a permanent address of the area one operates
is an insult to my conscience as we were forcibly removed from
our areas of
operation," complained Costa Nyarukokora, whose sewing shop was
the police a fortnight ago. "My shop was closed and right now, all
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
"We are not criminals, yet they would want to treat us as if we are.
an honest living and this vetting might cause authorities to grant
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.
crusade has been dismissed by critical civic organisations as a ploy by
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.
Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe
Muderede faces new charges
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
Muderede was not asked to plead to the charge of contravening the
of Corruption Act and was remanded to June 24 on $25 million
Prosecutor Tonderai Nyakudanga told the court that the Banket
was specified on May 28 last year by the Ministry of Justice,
Parliamentary Affairs and his investigator was Chief
He owns Shankuru Estates in Banket and CRCM
Transport Company in Harare.
When he was asked to declare his assets upon
allegedly did not declare CRCM and its First Bank
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
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.
his lawyer, Tawanda Chitapi yesterday told the court that when
sold foreign currency to Telecel Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited there was
shortage of forex. The cellular network provider was in dire need
money to pay a loan to Siemens of Belgium for telecommunications
and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe could not assist at the time. The
currency was used to sustain the company's communications network,
of benefit to the public.
However, Prosecutor Obi Mabahwana argued that the
RBZ was the sole
institution tasked with monitoring the inflows and outflows
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
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.
Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe
Bread queues resurface
The Daily Mirror
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
Long, winding queues for bread are
now common at Marowa Supermarket and
Sachies Bakery at the Mabvuku/Tafara
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
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
Tuckshop owners were on Monday ordered to demolish their illegal
as the clean-up operation intensified.
Centre, with at least four grocery shops, is the main
meeting point for
The demolition of the tuckshops has left residents without
to queue for bread and other basic necessities at the
"This shopping centre cannot cater for all these people from
and Chishawasha. Tuckshops were really assisting us,"
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
Meanwhile, police on Tuesday demolished structures of informal traders
Kamunhu Shopping Centre.
Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe
Government looks at improving media
The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jun-14
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
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
The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) president Mathew
the move by the government to consult the media.
said the public statements made by the government were encouraging
has always been the union's culture to co-operate with the
"All I can say is we have had signals from the Deputy
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
Brian Mangwende, the Assistant Editor of The Daily Mirror and
acting secretary general, had this to say about the government
heart: "I hope the government is sincere in its endeavours because
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
"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.
idea is noble and I hope that all stakeholders will be involved, so
media can flourish in Zimbabwe and freedom of expression - as
by Section 20 of our Constitution - is not tampered with."
Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe
GMB loses $320m fertiliser
The Daily Mirror
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.
two of the grain utility's employees have since been arrested
with the thefts, but the claims could not be immediately
The GMB's Lion's Den depot manager and the quasi
Mashonaland West loss control manager identified
only as Dziruni and Kadhoza
respectively confirmed the incident.
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
However, sources at the Lion's Den depot said on Friday some thieves
in lorries belonging to a Harare company and said they had come to
fertiliser that had been ordered by a well -known female
The sources said company staff released the fertiliser only to
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
the theft and were helping police with investigations.
Minister says poaching is under control in Zim park
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.
made the statement after flying over the Great Limpopo
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.
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:54 AM
Subject: Zim ISO on
Operation Povo Yaramba: 'Great stir in the air' . We must
Introduction - assessment of weaknesses of
Assessments of 9-10 June are varied, some calling it a flop and
But to assess the success or otherwise of the
on the basis of the turnout and closure of businesses would be
mistake. Admittedly turn out was much poor than we expected. But a
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
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
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
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
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
Association, quoted in the Financial Gazette: 'the government has
time ignited a bonfire which is going to backfire .Once government
valuating itself against the strength of its army, its police and
airpower, then there is something wrong. We cannot have a situation
government strength is measured by the strength of its forces as
support from the masses. People are like a coiled spring: if you
it, it comes together and becomes dangerous. They might not rise
rise they shall. war veterans are prepared to defend the
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
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
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
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
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
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
decisions are democratically made. Further leaders must go to
receive feed-back and mobilise their constituencies on agreed
Secondly making all out efforts to bring into this growing
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
and not begging did they successfully stop Chombo and
destroying their settlements in 2002. This time we must not allow the
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,
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
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
including a new people driven, democratic and anti-neoliberal
Let Mugabe and his minions like Gono know that they can build
prisons as they want, but they will never be enough to fill all of us
are the vast majority and they the tiny few! No prison cell in history
ever stopped a people's revolution whose time has come! Not under
under Botha, Not under Banda and today certainly Not under
National Co-ordinating Committee (NCC): International
Zimbabwe Churches Lead Aid Effort
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
He said his organization, which deals with displaced people,
with Harare to be allowed to provide assistance. So he spoke
that neither he nor his organization be named.
such official delays, this aid official said he is still hopeful
organization will eventually obtain permission to work with the
despite media reports quoting Social Welfare Minister Nicholas
saying that help from such nongovernmental organizations is not
Efforts by Studio 7 to obtain a comment from Mr. Goche were
Hundreds of displaced Mutare residents poured into the
offices of the
Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace early today seeking
Commission sent homeless and hungry families to the city's
church workers distributed food and blankets. But the
insufficient to meet the needs of residents affected by
Studio 7 reporter Sydney Sithole filed a
report from the Mutare cathedral.
Refugees caught in Zim blitz
June 14 2005 at
Harare - Nearly 100 refugees from various African countries
detained in Zimbabwe as part of an ongoing police blitz on illegal
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
Last month, police began demolishing illegal shack
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
A senior immigration official told the Herald that 94
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
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
is estimated to have made around 200 000 people homeless.
operation, which comes in the middle of the southern African
been condemned by the United Statse, the United Nations, the
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
canoe network, Canada
Countries lobby for seats at G-77
By JIM KRANE -- Associated Press
Qatar (AP) -- For an issue that isn't even on the agenda, the
Little Benin found itself courted by India and Japan in
and Brazil and Germany in the afternoon. Those big countries
are using a
summit of smaller, developing nations to garner votes in the
Assembly for permanent seats on the Security
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
position of contributing more to the U.N. budget than the five
Security Council members. But their lack of a permanent seat means
less diplomatic clout than such countries as France and Britain,
who are on
Views on how to expand the Security Council are
Under the Group of Four's draft resolution, the
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.
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
Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar declared support
for Germany and Japan, but most diplomats here are reluctant to
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
"China is the toughest nut," said Nirupam Sen,
ambassador. "They're adamantly opposed to Japan and that means
opposition to the expansion resolution."
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
Group of Four sees July as the best opportunity in a decade to
council, and they are lobbying hard at this conference in a Doha
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
Among those presidents expected were Venezuela's Hugo
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Lebanon's Emile Lahoud, Syria's Bashar
Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo and Sudan's Omar al-Bashir. Also
the kings of Bahrain, Morocco, Nepal and Swaziland and the
leaders of Kuwait
and the United Arab Emirates.
Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe
Police destroy 500 homesteads at co-op
Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jun-15
destroyed at least 500 illegal homesteads at Ngungunyana
Co-operative between Mufakose and Budiriro 4, while families who had
their homes at Bob Farm near Old Tafara were warned to vacate their
The joint operation by the Harare City Council and the Zimbabwe
Police (ZRP) has seen thousands of unsanctioned structures being
while scores of families have been left homeless and
By 7 am yesterday, armed police details and four earth moving
at the housing scheme were they started by destroying the
headquarters and a house belonging to a war veteran identified
Sibanda, who also had a piggery project running at his home.
cooperative had over 8 000 members while at least 500 had already
constructed their houses or were at various stages of completion.
Chapwanya from Kuwadzana Extension, who also owned a stand at the
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
have made a killing my brother, but its unfortunate it is at other
expense," he said.
Harare Province police spokesperson, Whisper Bondai
occupants of Bob Farm near Old Tafara that police would be
illegal structures at the farm today.
Mufakose also began pulling down tuckshops and other illegal
Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe
Parly committees to monitor govt
The Daily Mirror Reporter
PARLIAMENTARY portfolio committees should be reformed and
monitor all government departments and institutions that use
the secretary in the department of Policy Implementation in
the Office of
the President and Cabinet, Desire Sibanda has said.
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)
specialised scrutinise as experience of other countries has
shown," he said
adding that there was need to increase effectiveness of the
committees dealing with these sectors in line with local
parastatals reforms currently taking place.
his department was willing to work with the new parliament,
opened by President Robert Mugabe last
"The Department of Policy
Implementation and Parliamentary committees have
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
Committees of Parliament should be strengthened and reformed to
governments and institutions use voted funds including private
Such coverage is crucial in the country's economic turn around
Sibanda added that the strengthening of the parliamentary
ensure accountability of government ministries and agencies
"The scrutiny of the activities of ministries and departments
on financial matters is indeed a key function of the new
Parliamentary Committees such as the Public Accounts Committee
well equipped to provide the necessary financial oversight
Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe
'My conscience is clear'
CAPE TOWN - Jacob Zuma says he accepts and respects
President Thabo Mbeki's
decision to sack him as deputy president.
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
decision not because he believes I am guilty of any crime, but
considerations relating to the constraints within which
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."