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U.N. food agencies say drought and economic crisis will leave 4 million hungry in Zimbabwe

International Herald Tribune

The Associated PressPublished: June 5, 2007

ROME: A poor harvest coupled with a worsening economic crisis will leave
more than a third of Zimbabwe's population in need of food assistance by
early 2008, two U.N. food agencies said Tuesday.

Around 2.1 million people in the country's southern provinces will face
serious food shortages by the third quarter of 2007, and the number will
reach 4.1 million of the 12 million population in the first three months of
2008, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program

About 352,000 tons of cereals and 90,000 tons of other food aid will be
needed to meet the basic needs of the endangered population, the Rome-based
agencies said in a joint statement.

The worst affected provinces include Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South
and Midlands, where families could run out of food as early as next month,
the statement said.

While drought has affected other countries, Zimbabwe's poor harvest is being
"exacerbated by the country's unprecedented economic decline, extremely high
unemployment and the impact of HIV/AIDS," said Amir Abdulla, WFP's regional
director for southern Africa.

The country's hyperinflation and the plummeting of the Zimbabwe dollar have
also drastically reduced the population's buying power, limiting access to
food supplies for low and middle incomes, he said.
Zimbabwe's economic meltdown is blamed largely on political turmoil since
President Robert Mugabe ordered the often-violent seizures of thousands of
white-owned commercial farms in 2000 that disrupted the agriculture-based
economy in the former regional breadbasket, leading to acute shortages of
food and most basic goods.

Mugabe and ministerial colleagues have frequently accused labor and business
of refusing to cooperate in recovery programs.

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Electricity charges raised during chronic blackouts in Zimbabwe

International Herald Tribune

The Associated PressPublished: June 5, 2007

HARARE, Zimbabwe: As Zimbabwe suffered a third day of chronic electricity
outages Tuesday, the state power utility increased its consumer charges by
50 percent.

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority said in a statement the charges
will be reviewed every month and adjusted upward in line with the nation's
rampant inflation - 3,714 percent, the highest in the world - in the worst
economic crisis since independence in 1980 that has led to acute shortages
of food, gasoline and most basic goods.

The Harare city council also increased its charges Tuesday for virtually all
its services from rentals to garbage collection by between 30 and 300

The independent Consumer Council estimates an average family of five needs
about 2 million Zimbabwe dollars (US$130; ?95) a month to live modestly and
not be classified as living in poverty.

Average incomes are less than half that amount and a varying scale of new
household charges added to the burden of homeowners struggling to pay
routine costs, including monthly power tariffs for a small house or
apartment starting at about US$10 and rising with usage.

Businesses and long-suffering householders across the country - already
plagued by pothole-ridden residential streets, broken traffic signals and
most street lighting out of action - faced repeated power outages of up to
14 hours since Saturday.
The power utility blamed the latest blackouts on a breakdown at the western
Hwange coal mine that stopped coal deliveries to its main generating station

Three other smaller coal-fired power stations have been shut down for more
than a year by breakdowns and shortages of spare parts and replacement

Zimbabwe imports up to 40 percent of its electricity from regional countries
but is facing an acute shortage of hard currency to pay for imports.

Regular power cuts of a few hours known as "load shedding" and water outages
occur daily, creating a boom in sales of generators and inverters, a power
storage device using a rechargeable battery that runs computers, lamps and a
television, and water storage tanks and pumps.

But the cheapest alternatives cost around the equivalent of US$1,000 (?735)
to install.

Earlier this year, the authorities in the second city of Bulawayo asked
householders without power who were cooking on wood fires in the garden or
indoor hearth to stop scouring their pots with sand and soil, as is
traditionally done, as this was leading to blocked drains.

Supermarket managers reported thefts of wire shopping baskets, which they
said were overturned and placed over wood fires as a makeshift barbecue-type
frame for cooking, heating water and brewing tea and coffee.

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Beijing cools relations with Mugabe

Financial Times

By Alec Russell

Published: June 5 2007 17:55 | Last updated: June 5 2007 19:01

Asked whether China's close ties with President Robert Mugabe's regime risk
harming its image, one of Beijing's senior officials in Africa gives an
intriguing reply.

"In China we have a saying," says Zhou Yuxiao, the minister counsellor at
the embassy in Zimbabwe's neighbour, South Africa. "Will you drop a stone
into the well when someone is drowning, or do you try to give him a rope to
pull him out? We don't think that at times of difficulty [in an old
friendship] you wash your hands and walk away."

"We are doing this not because we want to help a 'bad guy' in Zimbabwe," he
adds. "But in China friendship is a tradition."

Sceptics might caution that Chinese officials have long liked to bamboozle
foreigners by citing ancient nostrums to explain away controversial
policies. But only the sycophantic Zimbabwean state press could spin the
"well" analogy as anything but the most lukewarm of endorsements. It
reinforces the growing perception in Harare that Beijing is quietly scaling
down its relationship with Mr Mugabe's regime.

In the past few years the Chinese ambassador in Harare is one of the few
foreigners whose visits Mr Mugabe can have welcomed. Since the Zimbabwean
president launched his "Look East" policy in 2003, Beijing has refused to
condemn his repressive policies and has provided much-needed loans to help
prop up the crumbling economy.

In the latest tangible sign of support, much to the delight of Mr Mugabe,
Jia Qinglin, a senior Chinese Communist party official, toured Zimbabwe in
late April promoting the arrival of a batch of 424 Chinese tractors and 50
trucks. They are badly needed in the country's once booming agriculture
sector, which has all but collapsed since Mr Mugabe expropriated most of the
commercial farms as part of his controversial land reform scheme.

But diplomats in Harare say that in private their Chinese counterparts
confess to being increasingly concerned that their links to Zimbabwe are
damaging their image, and risk harming their investment prospects elsewhere.

While posters at the recent meeting of the African Development Bank in
Shanghai lauded Zimbabwe, diplomats believe that the African itinerary of
President Hu Jintao in February was a clearer guide to the state of
Sino-Zimbabwean relations: he all but circled Zimbabwe on his eight-nation
tour yet did not stop off to see his most ardent fan in the region.

Mr Zhou denies that was a snub. "It's easy to be interpreted that way, but
we can't go there every time," he says, recalling visits by senior officials
in recent years. To understand the relationship the world has to appreciate
that the ties go back several decades to when China supported Mr Mugabe in
the liberation war, he says.

Yet he readily volunteers that Zimbabwe is in crisis. "Zimbabwe is a
much-discussed problem. Everyone realises there is a problem there. It is a
sad situation."

Businessmen in Zimbabwe suggest economics, as much as politics, are
affecting Chinese calculations. China is now Zimbabwe's second-largest
trading partner after neighbouring South Africa, and the largest investor.
But Zimbabwe is struggling to honour its debts, and has given Chinese firms
mining contracts and mortgaged much of the tobacco crop as payment.

But there are very few statistics testifying to the relationship. In 2006
the volume of bilateral trade between Zimbabwe and China reached $275m,
split roughly evenly, according to the Centre for China Studies, at
Stellenbosch University. The centre cautions that much of the commerce is
not done through official channels.

"We hear a lot of pronouncements about big Chinese investments that somehow
are never followed up," said Innocent Matshe, the author of a report on the
relationship for the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development, a
non-governmental organisation in Harare. "The Chinese feel very much that it
will be difficult to recoup any investment if the present situation remains
. . . [But] my impression for the Chinese side is that they believe in
waiting and seeing."

Another difficulty for the Chinese, as they plan for an eventual post-Mugabe
Zimbabwe, is the perception that their goods are sub-standard.

The chief executive of a Zimbabwean manufacturing business is scathing about
the new tractors: "They are not suited to local conditions, do not have
spares or back-up. In truth they are bloody awful tractors which break down
and rust."

Mr Zhou readily concedes that China has an image problem in parts of Africa
but he pleads for time, saying China is a relative newcomer to the world of
global trade. "We do commit mistakes but not intentionally. China is always
regarded as an elephant and when the elephant comes people tend to be
scared. But actually the Chinese are just ordinary business people."

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The next big asset grab

Mail and Guardian

Mail & Guardian reporter

04 June 2007 11:59

       Zimbabwe's remaining foreign investors, who have chosen to ride
out the world's fastest economic decline, could see their patience rewarded
with the seizure of at least half their assets if radicals in President
Robert Mugabe's government have their way.

      Empowerment Minister Paul Mangwana is set to push a new law
through Parliament whose "various measures will accelerate the
implementation of the indigenisation and empowerment agenda, promoting
further indigenisation of the economy and empowerment of people and
achieving at least 51% indigenous shareholding in the economy".

      Mangwana said his reforms would affect businesses ranging "from
banking to manufacturing".

      At the core of the Zimbabwean government's latest threat is a
belief that foreign-held companies are unduly driving up prices,
deliberately feeding the country's record 3 700% inflation rate to incite
the poor against his government.

      Government officials say the draft law would provide for a
"national indigenisation and empowerment charter, to fight against

      There has been keen discussion within the Zimbabwean government
on empowerment legislation since December, when Mugabe urged rapid enactment
of a law that would "see the means of production in the hands of our people".

      Radicals in Mugabe's government are pressing for such sweeping
reforms, but moderates, key among them Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono,
are urging caution.

      Gono has already criticised the government's inability to sell
shares in its own loss-making companies, many of which are stuffed with
Zanu-PF loyalists and are blamed for gaping state budget deficits. Gono has
identified six state enterprises that, he says, would earn the country
$3-billion if they were sold to foreign investors.

      In the absence of any available details about the proposals,
comparisons are being made with Zimbabwe's seizure of commercial farms, and
proposals for a new law increasing local mine ownership.

      Land seizures ruined Zimbabwe's once robust agriculture, leaving
the country scouring the region for grain. And a lack of clarity on the
Mines and Minerals Act, which will determine government and local ownership
of foreign owned mines, left planned new foreign investment on ice.

      In his independence speech in April, Mugabe appeared to admit to
the damage his land policies had brought, stressing a more measured approach
to the entry of locals into mining.

      Mugabe has soothed fears among mining companies by making
concessions. Under one such deal, platinum producer Zimplats - owned by
South Africa's Implats- received empowerment credits in exchange for a third
of its unused mining areas.

      Threats of a government takeover of private companies are not
new. In 2004 Transport Minister Christopher Mushohwe frayed nerves when he
told an industry convention that government would seize companies that were
"working against government". He later said no such policy was planned.

      And earlier this year, Industry and Trade Minster Obert Mpofu
threatened to shut down and seize private companies that had closed for a
two-day national strike.

      Business has learned to discount such threats as a ploy to keep
big business in check, according to one official of the Confederation of
Zimbabwe Industries.

      But how much foreign investment really does remain in Zimbabwe?

      "Nearly all the big commercial farms are already locally owned,"
says economist John Robertson. "But a number of the manufacturing operations
are still owned by foreigners, some of them large multinationals."

      Barclays owns 68% of the country's second-largest bank, while
the local operation of Standard Chartered is the largest lender in Zimbabwe.

       However, it is understood from government officials that the
government's implementation of the law is likely to focus more on companies
that produce consumer goods than on banks.

      Global firms Nestlé, the Heinz group and Unilever manufacture
many of the country's basic products. Tiger Brands owns 41% of National
Foods, Zimbabwe's biggest producer of flour and the staple maize meal.

      Many international observers feel that the decision about
whether or not to stay in Zimbabwe should be easy, given hyperinflation and
erratic policy. But there are many foreign investors in the country clinging
to assets and waiting for a recovery.

      Although new foreign investment in the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
(ZSE) has fallen sharply, many of its 82 counters boast significant foreign
interests. Analysts say that at a value of $2,5-billion, the ZSE is
undervalued and bulging with bargains for foreigners.

      And despite uncertainty over legislation, foreign interest in
resources remains firm.

      But investing in Zimbabwe requires a great deal of patience, and
nerves of steel. Heinz, the United States domestic goods giant, has
confirmed that it is now "exploring opportunities" relating to the sale of
its 51% share in Olivine, its Zimbabwe business.

      Heinz's decision to sell comes after a disagreement with
government over the pricing of its products.

      Olivine is Zimbabwe's biggest maker of basic supplies such as
cooking oil and soap, which puts it straight in the firing line. Executives
at companies that produce basic goods are routinely arrested and harassed,
and accused of increasing prices to heat up anti-government sentiment.

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Zimbabwe says to control strategic mining sectors


Tue Jun 5, 2007 12:04 PM BST

By Eric Onstad

WINDHOEK, June 5 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's government is to take control of
strategic resource sectors such as uranium under a new law due to take
effect by year-end, but in other sectors local businesses will take majority
stakes, the mines minister said on Tuesday.

Companies such as Impala Platinum and Rio Tinto  which are already operating
in the country would be treated differently under the new law, which will
require 51 percent local ownership of mining firms, Amos Midzi said at a
metals conference in Namibia.

Controversy has swirled for years around Zimbabwe's proposed new mining law
as investors feared the government would seize majority stakes in all mining
firms. "I would like to dispel this notion that Zimbabwe wants to
nationalise its mining industry," Midzi said in a speech at the conference.

"It's not that the government will take 51 percent in every instance, it's
only in selected minerals or mines."

He told reporters afterwards that sectors such as uranium, coal and methane
gas would likely require control by the government.

"We are looking at what we have defined as strategic minerals, uranium for
instance. We are saying that as far as uranium is concerned it's untouchable
by any private company."

In those strategic sectors, the government might hold up to 100 percent of
mining firms, with a minimum of 51 percent if joint-venture partners are

The value of the mineral deposit would be converted into equity to give the
state control or a stake, he added.

For other minerals, the government might not have any shareholding, but
local businesses would take stakes to meet the requirements of the law,
which is due to be passed by parliament in August or September, and take
effect before the end of 2007, he added.

Companies already operating in the country would be treated on a
case-by-case basis, with the government recognising any social improvements
they have contributed.

The chairman of Rio Tinto, which owns diamond operations in the country, has
already had discussions with President Robert Mugabe, Midzi added.

South Africa's Implats, the world's second-biggest platinum producer, has
already sealed an agreement with Zimbabwe that gives it credit for
improvements such as roads and housing it had built.

"Companies that have a good, commendable track record in terms of their
social responsibility, we will take that into account," he said.

"On Implats, we have not completed the discussions as such, but the
agreement recognises what Implats has done."

The Mines Ministry last year said the cabinet had approved changes to the
mining law to indigenise 51 percent in some instances of all foreign-owned
companies, with 25 percent going to the state for free.

The proposals were later withdrawn for further consultations, but Mugabe has
insisted that locals should take control of the country's rich mineral

Government empowerment has worried investors in one of the few sectors of
Zimbabwe's economy that has continued to attract foreign capital following
the collapse of the key agriculture sector, which critics blame on Mugabe's
seizure of white-owned farms for blacks under a land redistribution drive.

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Global press group accuse Zimbabwe of abuses


Tue 5 Jun 2007, 15:45 GMT

CAPE TOWN, June 5 (Reuters) - An organisation representing thousands of
newspapers around the world called on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on
Tuesday to end what they called widespread rights abuses against

At a gathering in Cape Town, the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) urged
Mugabe to uphold international standards of freedom of expression. He has
denied allegations of human rights violations.

"The Board of WAN calls on President Robert Mugabe to put an end to
arbitrary and violent arrest, detention and torture of journalists, to
firmly commit to the rule of law...," it said in a resolution at the 60th
World Newspaper Congress.

The Paris-based WAN represents 18,000 publications on five continents.

WAN strongly condemned what it said was continuing harassment, detention and
torture of journalists in Zimbabwe.

It said it was "appalled" by the reported March 29 abduction and murder of
Edward Chikombo, a former cameraman for state broadcaster ZBC. Police have
said his body was found and the case is being investigated.

WAN suggested Chikombo's death might be linked to the leaking of footage
showing police brutality against activists from the opposition party
Movement for Democratic Change.

WAN also criticised the recent threat of reprisals against foreign
correspondents accused of publishing what it called "fabricated stories".

"In its policy to suppress press freedom and to asphyxiate the very last
private media, the government is assisted by the Media Information
Commission (MIC), which disrupts independent newspapers and strips
journalists from their accreditation," WAN said.

Mugabe has remained defiant despite facing an economic meltdown and mounting
pressure from the opposition and Western powers he accuses of plotting to
overthrow him.

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Harare Street Life

Institute for War & Peace Reporting

The capital is home to thousands of street people, many of them children -
the victims of poverty and harsh government policies.

By Josephine Gwara in Harare (AR No. 115, 5-June-07)

Chipo Sithole turns 16 towards the end of this year. Her birthday will mark
the end of her career as a beggar and, very likely, the beginning of a new
life as a prostitute.

"I cannot continue begging because of my age," she explained. "What normally
happens is that girls of my age graduate from begging to prostitution."

Chipo lives on the streets of Harare, sleeping in an open-air market. She is
among more than 12,000 street people in the Zimbabwe capital, according to
City of Harare estimates. Deepening poverty and the effects of Operation
Murambatsvina (clear out the rubbish) continue to haunt Zimbabwe two years
after Robert Mugabe's government bulldozed the dwellings of the urban poor
in a military-style operation condemned worldwide.

The situation is similar in other urban centres. People have run away from
the settlements they were forced into after the destruction of their homes
in the cities, where districts that voted overwhelmingly for the opposition
were razed to the ground.

Thousands are also fleeing their drought-stricken rural homes where
government has restricted the distribution of relief aid by non-governmental

The ripple effects of Operation Murambatsvina are there for all to see.
Those who had no rural homes to go to were forced into camps, where the
government refused NGOs the right to provide tents and food. Those who've
escaped accuse government agencies of ill-treating them, distributing donor
food on partisan lines and denying them access to government-built houses.

The youngest amongst them - street kids - hustle motorists, offering to
guard their cars for a fee. They form a class of their own and have
well-defined territories, which they fiercely guard. Many have lost one or
both parents, mainly as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which claims
3,000 people in Zimbabwe weekly.

The youngest street kids sleep anywhere they can find space, while many of
the older ones head for the suburb of Mbare, where they stay the night at
the local bus terminus, pretending to be travellers waiting to resume their
journey the following day.

One of the latter is Fungisai Murape, a victim of Operation Murambatsvina.
She shows receipts, which she guards like treasured possessions, for the
rent she paid for a two-roomed cabin where she lived before it was destroyed
by a bulldozer.

"I have nowhere to go," she said. "When I was evicted I moved from one
relative to the next but as you know due to the economic hardships, there is
a breakdown of extended families.

"Some were honest enough to tell me that it was impossible to live with
them. There is a shortage of accommodation in Harare and where it is
available, I can't afford it. So I have resigned myself to living in the

The street kids endure freezing cold nights in the sleeping areas they refer
to as "bases". Chipo Sithole shares hers in Mbare with six other children,
whose ages range between seven and ten years.

She offers them protection, for a fee. The children surrender their begging
earnings to her, and she buys the food they eat at night, which depends on
the amounts made that day.

She is not looking forward to becoming a prostitute. However, the only other
choice, she says, is to continue exploiting her young charges, who need her
protection, mostly from sexual abuse by older street kids and adults.

"It is even tougher for the younger ones, both boys and girls, because they
also have to deal with rape from fellow street kids and then also these
older men. Some of the kids are picked up while begging at street corners by
men in cars and others are raped where we sleep," she said.

"But because we have no rights in this country, when we go and report to the
police, they chase us away and don't take our cases seriously. They first
ask where the child lives and when she says on the streets, they sneer at us
and tell us not to bother them because we are from the streets."

Asked where "her kids" came from, she said four were orphans and the others
ran away from abusive stepparents.

The government has failed to deal with the issue of street people and all
their interventions have failed. Some street people have been rounded up
more than five times, but they still find their way back on to the streets
of Harare.

Josephine Gwara is the pseudonym of an IWPR contributor in Zimbabwe.

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Mugabe's Turbulent Priests

Institute for War & Peace Reporting

Relations between Mugabe and Zimbabwe's Catholic bishops continue to worsen,
but without the church he would not be where he is today.

By Max Chaya in Harare (AR No. 115, 5-June-07)

President Robert Mugabe's recent scathing attack on the Zimbabwe Catholic
Bishops' Conference has been viewed by critics as the latest example of his
false sense of infallibility and self-justification.

The bishops invited Mugabe's ire when they circulated a pastoral letter,
"God hears the cry of the oppressed", on April 5. The letter, which was
supported by a number of other Christian groups, accused Mugabe of bringing
about the country's socio-economic and human rights crises through bad
governance and a lack of moral leadership.

Mugabe has hit back strongly at the Catholic Church, describing the bishops'
letter as "political nonsense". And he has threatened the bishops,
"This is an area we warn them not to tread."

But the real cause of Mugabe's over-reaction was not just his general
arrogance. It was also an acknowledgement of his worsening relationship with
the church, which has been his de facto guardian from his youth.

The moment his drifting father Gabriel Matibiri ditched his family at Kutama
Mission in Zvimbab, the church adopted Mugabe as their beloved son; fed him;
and gave him an education that he would never have dreamed of, including a
scholarship to study at Fort Hare University in South Africa.

By criticising him now, "the bishops have hit him where it hurts most", said
Jonas Chimusoro, a parishioner of the Catholic church of Highfield where
Mugabe frequently attends Mass.

Mugabe's fiercest critic, Archbishop Pius Ncube, last year observed the
octogenarian leader's hypocrisy. "He does not apply his faith to his
political governance of the country. He totally ignores it," he told SW
Radio in October last year.

Ncube further noted that the southern African leader goes to Mass, receives
Holy Communion and speaks at church meetings - but he does not respect human
rights; instead he goes on to justify himself and his bloody actions.

Without the church, Mugabe would not be where he is today, for his political
career would have been doomed from the beginning.

When he and other nationalists fought against Ian Smith's Rhodesian regime,
the Catholic Church, through the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace,
CCJP, assisted them. The CCJP protested against Smith's discriminatory
policies, particularly his land policy, treatment of blacks as second-class
citizens and human rights abuses.

Mugabe then was happy that the church was on his side. Ironically, 27 years
after independence, when the same church criticises the same policies that
resulted in a wanton land grab and the abuse of human rights, Mugabe turns

"The message he is sending is that it was okay for the Catholics to
criticise Smith for human rights and other abuses, but that should never be
applied to him," said a priest from the Chinhoyi diocese, Mugabe's home

During the colonial era, Mugabe was happy to tout to the world books he
published through the CCJP such as "The Man in the Middle" (1975) and "The
Civil War in Rhodesia" (1976), among others, but he was hurt when his
atrocities in Matabeleland were published by the same organisation,
chronicling the massacre of thousands of people in the early 1980s during
the period referred to as the Gukurahundi.

At the height of the liberation war, Mugabe's family members, including his
sister Sabina, who is now the member of parliament for Zvimba South, were
granted refuge at Silveira House, a Catholic institution just outside

The CCJP assisted the then 51-year-old Mugabe in 1975 to escape the clutches
of Smith's Rhodesian forces. Key to his escape into Mozambique were CCJP
members: Sister Mary Acquinah, who drove him at night to Ruwa, and John
Deary, who introduced him to Robert Gumbo, the man who eventually
facilitated his journey to Nyafaru near the border with Mozambique. This
made Sister Acquinah the target of Smith's Special Branch and she was forced
to flee the country.

At independence, on April 18, 1980, Mugabe was sworn in as the prime
minister of the first black government with blessings from the Catholic
Church through the late Archbishop Patrick Chakaipa.

In September 1988, Pope John Paul II visited Zimbabwe in what was seen by
many as the Vatican's acknowledgement of one of their Catholic sons as a
morally upright leader.

Five years after Mugabe's first wife Sally succumbed to a kidney ailment in
1991, the Zimbabwean leader, with the help of the church, brushed aside the
moral blemish of tying the knot with his former secretary and mistress Grace
Marufu, with whom he had already had two children out of wedlock.

The head of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe at that time, the late
Archbishop Patrick Chakaipa, presided over the grand wedding, which was
attended by about 6, 000 people, including African leaders.

Of late, however, a growing concern with human rights abuses perpetrated by
Mugabe's government and his unrepentant attitude has seen the rift widen
between Mugabe and the church.

The April pastoral letter, much to Mugabe's chagrin, candidly noted, "None
of the unjust and oppressive security laws [inherited from Rhodesia]
have been repealed."

The repressive Law and Order (Maintenance) Act used by Smith to suppress
African nationalism was simply transformed by Mugabe's government into the
draconian Public Order and Security Act, POSA, and the Access to Information
and Protection of Privacy Act, AIPPA.

Typical of Mugabe when faced with criticism, he has turned his back on the
Catholic clergy. Many religious rites at state functions are now performed
by Anglican bishops who have among their ranks some of Mugabe's greatest
loyalists, such as Bishop Nolbert Kunonga and the controversial Obadiah
Musindo, a revivalist evangelist who is on trial for raping his children's

As if to confirm that they have the same mindset as Mugabe, the Anglican
bishops, led by Kunonga and Bernard Malango, Primate of Central Africa, on
April 12 wrote their own statement countering the Catholic bishops by
praising Mugabe.

"Is Mugabe going to turn Anglican as he turned East when he faced severe
criticism of his undemocratic policies from the West?" quipped Chimusoro.

The April pastoral letter has been endorsed by more than a dozen other
church organisations countrywide. In a press statement by the Harare
Ecumenical Working Group and signed by 10 religious organisations, the
ecumenical group said the pastoral letter gave encouragement and hope to the
people of Zimbabwe in the knowledge that the church was with them.

"Political arrogance, lies and deceit will not save our people from the
national crisis which is characterised by brutality, misery, suffering and
death," noted the statement. "We have no option but to face the truth
contained in the Bishops' pastoral letter."

The organisations called on all Zimbabweans to be guided by the pastoral
letter in understanding the source of their suffering.

Max Chaya is the pseudonym of an IWPR contributor in Zimbabwe

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Harare residents are faced with massive increases in rates and charges


5 June 2007

Yet again residents are facing massive increases in rates and charges
imposed by the de facto authorities at Town House without consultation. Such
increases will not be accompanied by any discernable improvement in service
delivery. Indeed we can expect services to continue to decline.

Let us be very clear: contrary to the Herald report [appended below], there
is no Council running the affairs of Harare. Instead there is an illegal
Commission imposed by a partisan and illegitimate regime in an effort to
deny citizens their democratic right to elect a Council headed by an
Executive Mayor. Makwavarara and her fellow commissioners are nothing more
than thieves feeding at the trough that continues to be filled by docile and
fearful residents.

These increases therefore should be rejected with contempt, even if a case
can be made for increases based on the horrendous inflation caused by the
flawed policies of the Mugabe regime.

CHRA has petitioned the Judiciary to protect our rights. We have called on
Parliament to uphold the laws they enacted. Neither has responded. We
therefore feel justified in engaging in civil disobedience to assert our
rights. Apart from demonstrations and local actions, the rates boycott is
the main weapon at our disposal.

            CHRA reiterates its call for responsible residents to refuse to
pay any rates and charges until our rights are respected and a
democratically elected Council is in place with a clear mandate to
administer the city. CHRA will provide advice and legal support to all bona
fide boycotters who are members of the Association and who register with us.

With the theft of our water system by ZINWA (yet another trough for
patronage!), the Municipality can no longer use the threat of water
disconnections to intimidate ratepayers and has no choice but to take legal
action. The current use of private debt collection agencies is illegal and
has no force in law. Any seizure of assets authorised by the courts for
non-payment can only be carried out by the Master of the Courts. Residents
who receive demands from debt collection agencies should immediately contact
CHRA for advice and support.

            We have no illusions that the rates boycott will cause the
regime to correct its ways but at a minimum, boycotters can proudly claim
that they are not funding the thieves who not only steal our money on a
daily basis but who unleashed the crime against humanity known as Operation

            Stop being a subject and become a citizen. Stand up for your
rights! No taxation without representation!


"CHRA for Enhanced Civic Participation in Local Government"

For more details and comments please contact us on 011 862 012, 0912 924
151, 011 443 578 and 011 612 860 or email you can also visit
us at Exploration House at Corner Robert Mugabe Way and Fifth Street.

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Chinotimba's security company in court for failing to pay worker

By Violet Gonda
5 June 2007

Joseph Chinotimba, the self-styled war veteran and leader of the farm
invasions, is making headlines again and as usual for the wrong reasons. It's
reported a company owned by the Chinotimba, who is the Vice President of the
state sponsored Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions, was hauled before the
courts recently for failing to pay one of his workers.

Chinotimba, who is also the ruling party's chairman for Harare province, has
in the past called for better salaries for workers but failed to pay ZW$14
000 in wages and leave arrears to a guard who had worked at his security
company for two months.

The company, Smash Security, which is accused of breaching sections of the
Labour Relations Act, was remanded to June 18.

SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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Looming Interim Deadline In Zimbabwe Crisis Talks Increases Pressure


      By Blessing Zulu
      05 June 2007

South African officials are likely to push harder for progress in crisis
talks between the Harare government and ruling party and the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change that pick up later this week, sources said.
Officials of the ruling ZANU-PF party only Monday submitted a position paper
two months after it was due.

The ruling party has been accused of stalling, but senior ZANU-PF sources
said internal divisions over the mediation process delayed the submission.

Sources in the ruling party told VOA that its demands include recognition of
President Robert Mugabe by the opposition as Zimbabwe's legitimate leader,
and denunciation by MDC leaders of the the targeted travel and financial
sanctions imposed by the United States, Europe and others on Mr. Mugabe and
his inner circle.

The government blames sanctions for the collapse of the economy, though most
economists blame fast-track land reform, poor governance and corruption.

The submission of ZANU-PF's demands paves the way for a second round of
talks between the parties to the mediation process. Justice Minister Patrick
Chinamasa and Labor Minister Nicholas Goche will represent Harare in the
talks Friday in Pretoria.

They will face the two secretaries general of the divided Movement for
Democratic Change, Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube. South African Local
Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi will chair those talks as to the
substantive agenda.

The Southern African Development Community expects a progress report on June
30 from Mr. Mbeki, whom it appointed Zimbabwe crisis mediator in March.

But former information minister Jonathan Moyo, expelled from the ruling
party for challenging Mr. Mugabe in late 2004 over the president's choice of
Joyce Mujuru as vice president, told reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio
7 for Zimbabwe that he believes not much can be expected from the Mbeki
mediation effort.

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British Diplomat's Warning To Mugabe Contrasts With Blair Approach


      By Ndimyake Mwakalyelye
      05 June 2007

Political analysts watching Zimbabwe took a critical angle Tuesday on
remarks by British Foreign Office Minister for Africa Lord David Triesman,
who said this week that President Robert Mugabe could one day face charges
of crimes against humanity.

The analysts warned that his comments could cause Mr. Mugabe to cling even
harder to power for fear of being brought up before the International Court
of Justice in the Hague, the Netherlands, like former Liberian President
Charles Taylor today.

"Robert Mugabe is at one of those points where dictators have to consider
whether if they press on they don't fall into the category of committing
crimes against humanity on the sort of scale that the law proscribes,"
Triesman said Monday.

"Charles Taylor presented quite a difficult target in the sense of coming to
trial, (but) no impunity is a baseline we shouldn't cross," Triesman said.
"Those who commit terrible crimes will come to trial and be convicted and go
to prison."

Observers added that Triesman's statements came in contrast with the subdued
tone adopted by Tony Blair, Britain's outgoing prime minister, while in
South Africa last week. Mr. Blair said he supported President Thabo Mbeki's
efforts to mediate the struggle between the Mugabe government and the
political opposition.

Two experts weighed in on the issue: Sydney Masamvu, a senior analyst for
the International Crisis Group in Southern Africa, and Patrick Smith, editor
of the bi-weekly newsletter Africa Confidential.

Smith told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that
he was puzzled by the timing of Triesman's comments.

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Giving up the fight in Zimbabwe

Zim Online

Wednesday 06 June 2007

By Justine Muponda

HARARE -- Zimbabwe's economic crisis touched a new low this week as prices
of utilities and commodities shot up, forcing weary consumers to give up on
fighting for their survival and instead watch as the turmoil unfolds in the
former breadbasket of the region.

The southern African country, which was once an economic model for Africa
has plunged into political and economic crisis in the last seven years due
to what critics say are President Robert Mugabe's controversial policies
such as seizing white-owned commercial farms to give to blacks.

Analysts said Zimbabweans - known for being both resolute survivors and
fearful of state intimidation -- were now giving up on the fight for
survival, worn by the world's highest inflation rate at more than 3 700
percent, unemployment above 80 percent and shortages ranging from food, fuel
and foreign currency.

"We are beginning to see more and more people just giving up on the battle
to survive," John Robertson, a prominent Harare economic consultant said.
"You can not blame them, but then things are only getting worse because the
government has not shown it has the capacity to stop this mess."

Robertson spoke as electricity tariffs jumped more than 50 percent, with
promises of more monthly increases while the Harare City Council voted to
hike rates with effect from next month.

Economic analysts said this was a double-edged sword for consumers. They
said consumers would not only have to content with paying more for the
electricity but with frequent power cuts, which have often plunged the many
suburbs into darkness for days.

The government has in the past maintained uneconomic electricity tariffs,
arguing this was meant to cushion consumers but analysts said authorities
were now being forced to increase charges by higher margins in a bid to make
electricity generation more viable and guarantee future supplies.

The rise in council rates will likely anger many residents who complain that
a government-appointed commission running Harare had failed to dispense its

Mugabe four years ago fired Harare's elected opposition-led council and
replaced it with a commission led by a member of his ruling ZANU PF party
activist, Sekesayi Makwavarara, and has since blocked elections to choose a
new council.

Residents point to refuse, which goes for days without being collected while
burst sewer pipes have seen raw sewage spilling onto the streets and posing
a health hazard.

"There is a time when you just feel hopeless because no matter what you do
it will not change anything, this is now the story of our life," said
Raphael Kamocha, in the local Shona language, as he sold sweets and
cigarettes at a street corner in central Harare.

Kamocha's feelings are shared by many people who feel overwhelmed by the
economic crisis and have also been suffocated by the country's hostile
political environment as Mugabe's government cracks down on the main
opposition and civic groups it accuses of launching a terror campaign to
illegally seize power.

Recently Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said nurses were no longer
coming to work because their salaries were not enough to last the month.
Doctors have since last week started an indefinite strike to protest their
poor salaries and working conditions.

Intern doctors, who run state hospitals in Zimbabwe, earn a basic salary
minus allowances of about Z$252 000 per month, which is equivalent to about
US$16 using the government 's overvalued exchange rate of Z$15 000 to one
American unit.

The strike by doctors and failure by nurses to report for duty have left
hospitals jammed with desperate patients seeking treatment but most have
been turned away, probably to face their death at home.

The health sector has been one of the most affected by the economic crisis
as hospitals operate without enough drugs and equipment while 70 percent of
the admissions are HIV/AIDS related.

Some teachers in western Zimbabwe have also boycotted work, leaving
classrooms unattended while Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi has admitted
that thousands of disenchanted police officers just stayed away from their
employment without official leave.

"I think there is no doubt now that the wheels have finally come off and you
can see that this regime has decided to fold its arms. It has surrendered,"
John Makumbe, a political scientist at the University of Zimbabwe said.

Zimbabwe's economic problems have worsened after key Western donors and the
International Monetary Fund shunned Harare's administration and withdrew
over policy differences.

But Mugabe, who has held power for more than 27-years and plans to stand for
another five-year presidential term in 2008, blames the deepening crisis on
what he calls sabotage by Western powers who are angry over his often
violent programme to hand out white-owned farms to blacks. - ZimOnline.

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Suspected mercenary leader to remain in Zim jail

Zim Online

Wednesday 06 June 2007

By Thulani Munda

Harare - Briton Simon Mann will remain jailed at Zimbabwe's notorious
Chikurubi Maximum prison for the next two months after the High Court said
it could not hear the former British Special Forces soldier's appeal against
extradition to Equatorial Guinea.

"The High Court is saying that their roll is full this month, and probably
until the end of July. So we are just waiting to be given a date," said Mann's
lawyers, Jonathan Samkange.

Mann last month completed serving three-year jail term at Chikurubi slapped
on him after he was convicted of trying to purchase weapons without a

He was arrested in March 2004 along with 70 other suspected mercenaries,
when their plane landed in Harare to pick up weapons en route to Equatorial
Guinea where they were accused of plotting a coup against that country's
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

Mann's colleagues were released a year later after having served their
sentences for flouting Zimbabwe's immigration and aviation laws, leaving the
Briton to serve an additional two years.

The Zimbabwe government refused to release Mann on completion of his
sentence, instead holding him in prison while preparing for his extradition
to Equatorial Guinea to face treason charges and a possible death sentence
if found guilty.

A Magistrate's court rejected an application by Mann's lawyer to have him
released on bail pending the outcome of his appeal against extradition,
prompting the former soldier to seek recourse in the High Court.

Equatorial Guinea has claimed that it will grant Mann a fair trial, but
Samkange argued that the charges that Mann was facing were very serious in
Equatorial Guinea, and would attract a lengthy jail term if he were

Five others arrested in Equatorial Guinea are serving lengthy prison
sentences in Equatorial Guinea's Black Beach prison.

Mann, instead, has offered to be deported to the United Kingdom, as opposed
to plans to extradite him to Equatorial Guinea.

He has already voiced concerns that Black Beach prison officials will do
anything to get him to reveal details of those who funded the alleged coup
attempt against the government of the oil rich nation.

Black Beach, situated in Malabo, has been tainted with reports of gross
torture, and at its worst, cannibalism, but the International Red Cross has
admitted that it failed proved some of the allegations.

Eighty prisoners are incarcerated at Black Beach, and if extradited Mann
will be considered a high-risk offender, who will never be allowed outside,
will never see the sun, and will spend up to 12 hours in solitary
confinement shackled at the ankles. -ZimOnline.

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Mugabe a creation of African leaders

Daily Nation, Kenya


Publication Date: 2007/06/06 When Zimbabwe got independence in 1980 under
President Robert Mugabe, there was hope that it would develop into a model
for Africa both economically and democratically.

      In particular, the British Government pledged to assist the new
government in the purchase of large farms owned by white farmers for
transfer to Africans.

      Numbers of such farms were acquired, but the new government was not
interested in ensuring that they were kept productive, and some were even
leased to white farmers from outside Zimbabwe.

      Instead, the government spent time and money in setting up a special
military force to "punish" members of the Matabele tribe.

      In the course of time an organised political opposition to President
Mugabe and his supporters appeared. At this point President Mugabe announced
that his government would take over without compensation many of the large
farms owned by white Zimbabweans and distribute them after division into
small plots to "war veterans". Yet, the land so acquired was not suitable
for small- scale farming.

      As soon as this policy was effected, whenever President Mugabe
appeared at meetings attended by African leaders, he was always rapturously
applauded. Not so much, it was soon realised, for doing something which
would be catastrophic for Zimbabwe.

      Now, largely as a result of these measures, Zimbabwe is in ruins both
politically and economically, and it has become quite clear that to retain
power, President Mugabe is ready to kick anyone in the teeth, whether black
or white, who opposes his rule, while the same African leaders who once
applauded him so rapturously, are now wringing their hands and asking what
can be done to put a stop to what is happening.

      But they should remember that it was their approval of his earlier
excesses, which may well have encouraged him to follow the path he has

      Despite his academic achievements, President Mugabe is at heart of the
same species as Jean Bedel Bokassa and Idi Amin Dada.


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Zimbabwe Cricketers Discouraged In Quest To Regain Test Status


      By Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye
      05 June 2007

Zimbabwe's troubled national cricket team has been dealt a severe blow by a
subcommittee of the International Cricket Council which recommended the team
be barred from international test cricket until its performance improves.

Zimbabwe Cricket in January 2006 asked to be suspended from test cricket
because it was rebuilding its squad following severe internal disputes. It
hoped to return to test cricket in November, but the ICC board seems likely
to dash those hopes.

The ICC subcommittee recommended that Zimbabwe play four single-day matches
with other member teams before trying to return to test play. Analysts say
the panel's  recommendations may boost pressure for internal reforms at
Zimbabwe Cricket.

A decision from the ICC board in the matter is due later this month.

Commentator Hartwell Tshuma tells sports reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye
of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Zimbabwe Cricket should give local
cricketers more international experience to avoid further deterioration of
the domestic sport

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JAG Open Letter Forum No. 486

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Letter 1 - Chris Jarrett

Dear Jag,

Very early on it became clear to the working group set up to resuscitate the
Cattle Producers Association that what was required for the industry was a
completely new organization capable of representing the interests of all
Zimbabwean cattle producers. In order to achieve this objective it had to be
totally independent and have no affiliation of any kind other than to cattle

 At the meeting held on 19 January 2007 of the ten members of the working
group present, nine argued strongly in favour of adopting such a position,
each emphasizing that for the new body to be acceptable to all it could have
no connection to the CFU. The tenth member made no comment on this issue.

On this basis a new Constitution was drawn up by Matabeleland which provided
for an independent Association. Chairman Max Makuvise together with
consultants Mario Beffa and Richard Winkfield spent quite some time fine
tuning this Draft Constitution. They put their version to the meeting held
at Surrey on the 23 February 2007. With a few more amendments made there and
some minor tweaking by Matabeleland those minutes recorded that the
Inaugural Meeting was to be held in Kwekwe on the 23 March 2007.

In the newsletter of 1 March 2007 notice was given that the new Constitution
was to be "considered and ratified at a Special General Meeting on Friday
23rd March 2007 in Kwekwe". Then in the newsletter of 8 March 2007 the
Inaugural Meeting was downgraded to a "discussion of the way forward and of
the (now) 'draft' constitution", and on 14 March 2007 a notice went out
saying that the meeting of the 23 March 2007 had been postponed due to a
"clash of events".

Three requests to Mario Beffa for an explanation as to the change in
direction have gone unanswered.

At the working group meeting held in the CFU Boardroom on 19 January 2007
the penny started to drop that the CFU was to be presented with an
impossible dilemma. We were advised that at a previous meeting it had been
decided that the old CPA would be dissolved by their remaining members, and
in terms of their Constitution, were to transfer their assets accumulated by
earlier Cattle Producers to the new Cattle Producers Association. These
assets were, we were told, a motor car, two flats and 11% ownership of
Agriculture House.

The quandary in which the CFU was to find themselves was that the new
organization had divorced itself from them. Subsequent discussions with
three Matabeleland dairy farmers showed they too wanted a similar split as
they objected to their NADF being part of the CFU, and to an NADF
Constitution which authorised the use of dairy levies to fund the CFU.

Clearly this fact would spell the end of the CFU unless the new CPA baby was
stillborn. The CFU couldn't openly help themselves to the CPA's assets, but
nor could they allow their building to be part owned by an independent
Association who had disassociated itself from its anchor tenant. The
Commodity Associations hold a big chunk of the building in Marlborough and
if, as seemed increasingly likely, the members of other Associations
followed the same path and decided to dissolve their Associations and
dispose of their assets to new organizations antagonistic towards the CFU,
that organization could easily find itself out on the street.

This predicament the CFU have brought upon themselves. An organization
comprised of members will wither progressively as it alienates the members
of which it is composed. The CFU now have no alternative but to cure the
cause of the disillusionment and reconcile with all who built the Union. It
is no solution to gloss over what has happened, keep the remaining
supporters in the dark, put the old CPA in mothballs in order to hang on to
their assets and hope the problem will go away. The CFU must do some soul
searching and consider why it is that an organisation which was the envy of
agriculture throughout the world and proudly acceptable and revered by its
members of all races is now progressively abhorred and shunned. Why did
Matabeleland leave en masse and other members abandon individually? Why too
was it that JAG was formed?

The CFU needs to take action at their upcoming Congress and correct where
they have gone wrong. The view from Matabeleland is that a mechanism should
be found by which all farmers, past and present, farming or not, members and
ex members, elect the leadership, not just a handful who sit on what is seen
as a parochial Council. Under present conditions it may very well be that
the most suitable candidate is a farmer totally dispossessed who has nothing
left to lose. He can fearlessly represent the interests of all his fellow
farmers. The leader we need will act in an honourable way which is
acceptable to both members and ex members. Then it will no longer be
necessary for any resuscitated CPA to isolate Commodity Association

Should this course not be followed, the Consultants will doubtless be tasked
to rebuild not just the CPA but the CFU as well. By then it will be too



Letter 2 -  FIT Australia

Dear Jag,

I received a copy of FIT from the CFU.

It reads "We need your information so that we have a mandate to represent
you."  This worries me.

Five years ago I went to CFU (who had my mandate for twenty years) and they
said "we are working with the Government on the land reform programme."  I
believe I have now seen the results of their Third Chimurenga handiwork with

FIT reads further "who is running CFU and for whom."
I am fully aware that Zanu is running CFU (through Mr. Freeme) and it is
being run for the benefit of Zanu.

Zanu has now instructed Mr. Freeme to stand for a fourth term.

When I went to CFU five years ago I was told categorically that "Doug can
open any door in Zanu."  This has been proved correct, but not necessarily
for the benefit of the old
CFU membership - but rather for a select group of Zanu mujiba
farmers/bobbejaan spanners.

I do see Eric's name on the list, but I do need to remind him and his
colleagues, that most of us understand that "you cannot talk your way out of
a situation that you have behaved yourself into."

Is this is a big push from CFU to coincide with "Mugabe's umpteenth born
again embrace of democracy" to endorse another "Mudede Free and Fair
Election?"  Mugabe will torture, rape and murder like hell and then suddenly
flick a
switch, stop for a bit, and say to the world "but I am a  Christian
democrat, you know that!"

CFU, FIT, SACFA, MDC 1 and MDC 2 need to take care not to get too carried
away with their own importance of being employed by Zanu to run around the
country white washing all the Gukuruhundi/Third Chimurenga/Green
Bomber/ZRP/ZNA/CIO/CFU inflicted Tombstones.
Zanu loves creating tombstones and has shown the world this very fact -
Sekai Holland could very easily have ended up another Zanu tombstone.

I concede to Zanu that they have used CFU brilliantly to destroy the
people's power - through starvation as "faithfully enunciated" by Munungagwa
in the 80s.

As soon as CFU is no longer useful to them, Zanu will give them a tombstone.

That is one tombstone I will just have to paint.  Now I'm giving CFU "the
information they need" - I've ordered the paint

You guessed right - it's yellow!

"FIT," Australia.
"Following Itinerate Tombstonepainters"


Letter 3 -  Martin Tracey

 Dear JAG,

In response to the long letter from Cherad Made in your Open Letter Forum
number 485 dated May 30 2007, it is apparent that he or she is oblivious of
the existence of God, who has spoken to us by His Son, through whom He made
the universe, and who sustains all things by His powerful word. But we have
desecrated His Creation, and so He set about creating His new Creation, of
which by His grace, He has made every one who believes on His Son a part.

His or her atheism is evident from his or her contumelious remarks about
prayer and those who faithfully and tirelessly apply themselves to
intercession. But prayer is not a 'penny-in-the-slot' machine. Prayer
involves finding the will of God in a given situation and co-operating with
Him through prayer and the consequent relevant action as He directs those
who pray.

To take just one of his or her statements: "No brutal regime ever changed
because of people's prayers." Yet the Soviet Union ended its 70 years in a
whimper, largely because it had bankrupted itself through trying to keep up
with the military expenditure of the United States. God ordains His own
ways, but we are in error if we imagine that it was not God, but unaided
human endeavour which brought this about. If He doesn't seem to work in the
way people had expected and hoped, it in no way discounts His authority to
work as He wills.

Cherad Made may not have been old enough to experience the divine miracle of
the British Expeditionary Force being evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940, almost
under the noses of the invading Panzer divisions. England had turned out
belatedly to pray fervently. Furthermore, the weather in the Channel changed
overnight from calm conditions to tempestuous storms, which effectively
prevented the Germans from following up their victory, while the exhausted
British Army regrouped.

When people are up to their eyes in stress, it is very difficult for them to
comprehend that their own situation is only a tiny part of our world's vast
and horrendous troubles.

I am a Christian and I hold firmly the belief that "in every thing, God
works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to
His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to
the likeness of His Son."

This is what God is working out in every one in our situations, through the
thick and the thin. Our individual response to that outworking will
determine whether His purpose leads us into conformation to or rejection of
His Son, Jesus Christ, the God-man. It is humbling and challenging to
realise that this world is merely the prelude to eternity. This life is only
a speck in Eternity, but it is the field of destiny for Eternity.

I believe that no individual will be able to pat himself on the back, when
God restores justice to our land, as I am convinced He will, in His perfect
time. He will use men and women for His purposes, but the direction and the
empowerment will need to come from Him.

Yours faithfully,

Martin Tracey.


Letter 4 -  Cathy Buckle

Dear Jag,

As ridiculous as it may sound, little lights of hope are flickering on all
the time now in Zimbabwe. They are not practical everyday lights of
decreasing prices, increasing food and medical supplies or improved
services - quite the
contrary in fact. The lights of hope that I am talking about are those that
are beginning to illuminate the future direction. Some are from events
across the border where it seems there are actually things going on -
although no one is saying what!

Other signs of hope are coming from  within. One is the blatantly obvious
declining interest and support by people in rural areas for overweight
politicians in smart clothes and fancy cars who come only at election time -
and then shout and threaten people in their bid to garner votes. A prime
example is underway at the moment in the run up to a by election about to be
held in
Zaka East. At last both sides of the MDC have managed to stand together and
say they will not contest the seat - what is the point if conditions are not
free and fair. This leaves Zanu PF standing against two virtually unknown
parties, the UPP (United People's Party) and the  UPDP (United People's

Some of the earlier  ZANU PF rallies were shown on ZBC television and it was
embarrassing to watch great obese men, shouting and waving their fists at
the painfully thin people, sitting barefoot in the dust staring blankly
ahead. The
contrast between speaker and spectators was so extreme it was a wonder it
was shown on national TV at all.

 A few days later, arriving to whip up support for the ruling party
candidate, a former soldier,  disappointment was immediate and the rally
cancelled.  Zanu PF Chairman, John Nkomo, said: "We have to postpone this
rally to Thursday next week because we cannot address these few people." The
days of Zanu PF being able to take support for granted - even in remote
dusty villages  - are gone.

Other reasons for hope are coming from people in positions of responsibility
who are making courageous decisions and are standing up to do the right
thing - politics and propaganda aside.

This  week High Court Judge Tedious Karwi granted bail to Ian Makone - one
of 32 leading opposition officials and activists arrested in  late March who
have been held without trial for the past 2 months and 2 days. In making the
bail ruling Judge Karwi stated a fact which of late is not guaranteed and
been very elusive in Zimbabwe. The Judge said:" Our law presumes people to
be innocent until proven guilty."

Until next week, thanks for reading,

Love Cathy.

Copyright Cathy buckle 2 June

Letter 5 -  Eddie Cross

Dear Jag,

The Dip Tank Scenario

If you are a farm boy like myself, you will be very well acquainted with the
dip tank. It's a concrete lined rectangular tank - quite deep at the
"plunge" end rising rapidly to the "walk out" end with a long drainage shute
to a holding pen on the other side. The purpose is to remove the accumulated
parasites off the skin of the cattle and to give them some
protection from reinfection for a few days out in the veld.  It is filled
with water and dosed with an appropriate insecticide.

On dipping day the cattle are brought together and herded into a holding pen
that leads via a short shute to the dip tank. They have been through this
before and although it is not a pleasant exercise they seem to get used to
it and when pressured from behind they leap, one by one, into the tank and
swim to the others side where they then climb out dripping wet from head to

In the past week we have heard from several commentators that the MDC/Zanu
PF talks are on track. Because of the secrecy surrounding this process we do
not know exactly what that means but words along those lines have come from
President Mbeki, Union Buildings in Tswane, the German Parliament and
yesterday from Tony Blair in South Africa. By now you will know that these
talks are the first ever between the two political movements (both fractured
into several pieces) since the MDC was formed in 1999.

We also know that the talks are expected to lead to an agreement about the
required conditions for a "free and fair" election in March 2008 by the end
of June. Today it is the 1st of June so in four weeks time we should know
what is happening and can postulate what will happen next.

I was very skeptical about this whole process at the start, but the more I
have seen, both on the inside and the outside, has persuaded me that this
time we might just have some chance of success and get a shot at real
change. It is the dip tank process that persuades me of this.

To be successful the process requires a number of things. First you have to
muster the cattle. That means you send out into the field several men who
are familiar with the land and the cattle and get them to herd the players
towards the dip tank and then finally into the holding pen. In this
particular exercise, this has been achieved. Dipping was set down for March
2008 and then the SADC States set about getting the cattle involved into the
pen. This has been done and not without a bit of cussing and cracks of long
whips made from good African rawhide.

The pen on this occasion is an interesting one. I have worked with wild
cattle in Matabeleland and can recall one scene where some Brahman animals
were being penned for handling and I saw an animal sail over a gate that was
at least 6 foot high. Once free we never saw him again and the Rancher told
me that he had to actually shoot the animal later as ration beef as they
simply could not pen him for handling and loading.

The walls surrounding this dip tank pen are too high for any of the
participants to get over. On the right hand side we have the position of the
international community. They met earlier this year and told those
responsible for this operation that they wanted five basic benchmarks to be
met before they would recognise a new government in Zimbabwe and provide the
resources required to get the country back on its feet. These fundamental
demands have been set out with great clarity and in specific terms, if they
are not met then what is the purpose of any agreement? We have to have
international support to climb out of this deep hole we are in at present.

Rescue is impossible without a rope!

The very people herding the cattle - the leaders of the SADC, crafted the
other side of this pen some years ago. They sat down and agreed that a "free
and fair" election had certain common characteristics. These were defined
and laid out in the SADC Protocols or principles for democratic activity.
All the leaders at the time agreed that they would conduct their own
elections on this basis and this decision laid the groundwork for much of
the progress in the SADC that we have seen since then.

This side of the pen cannot be broken out of, as they would be allowing one
of their numbers to violate the very rules they prescribed and adopted for
the region as a whole. Indeed they can legitimately say that the one bull in
this holding pen actually had agreed to these conditions when they were
drafted and has been in violation of them for some years now! They know this
bull well and they know that given half a chance he will break out of the
pen and run. He is therefore the target of a specific containment exercise
and a big whip is being used to bring him into line if and when required.

So this weekend we are about to close the gate on the cattle herded into the
holding pen. Once in there they must decide how they are going to approach
that dip tank. I am told that those with the whip are saying that no one
will be allowed to leave the pen until all have been through the dipping

For those of us who have been demanding just such an intervention, the dip
tank holds no fears. Lets get it over with, we say. For those who fear the
dip tank, they do not know what lies ahead and they are deeply apprehensive.

The talks that will start in the next few days will be about how to
translate conditions on the ground in Zimbabwe into the clear requirements
laid out by the international community and the SADC. They will not be about
the requirements for a free and fair election - these are known and
predetermined. It is what we have to do to satisfy those requirements that
is at stake.

There is no way the cattle can avoid going through the dip. Behind are a
number of herdsmen with cattle prods - battery operated machines that
deliver a powerful shock to the rear end of any reluctant animal. From the
sides of the pen you cannot see the prod being administered because of the
dust and the heaving bodies, but you can clearly see the effect!

Once in the dip, the liquid does the rest. We can expect that if we can get
to a free and fair election, that the people will deal with the parasites in
our midst. Those that survive the dip can then get on with the task of
rebuilding our suffering land.

Eddie Cross
Bulawayo, 1st June 2007


Letter 6 - A Mother

Dear Jag,


We have forgotten about our CIVIL LIBERTIES the ones most of our present
population does not even KNOW we should have, or had before Independence.

The liberty to have water from a tap, or even to have any water, the liberty
to have electricity to run our houses or businesses the liberty to travel
wherever we needed because we had fuel the liberty to go to our outside
toilet at night without being assaulted by policemen
the liberty to stop and meet and talk with our family and friends the
liberty to pick the grain after the tractor had cut the maize the liberty to
have enough food to live
the liberty to send our children to schools which had books to learn from
the liberty to work


because of our silence a generation of Zimbabweans have no idea of what LIFE
SHOULD BE because of our silence our children have been told lies about the
pre-colonial past and the colonial past because of our silence we are
returning to a pre-civilization era.

God bless us all



Letter 7 -  Phillip Owen

Dear Jag,

I am trying to trace Tony and Debby Thorne.  After being at Gwebi, first as
student and then lecturer, Tony worked for Raffingora Estates for some time
in the early sixties and then for Crest Breeders in Harare South.  I believe
they left for Natal at some stage (Creighton?) in the eighties or early
nineties.  I would be grateful if anyone can assist.  Please e-mail



Letter 8 - P. Mangwende

Does anyone know when the CFU intends to disband?

P. Mangwende


Letter 9 - Eddie Cross

Dear Jag,

Collapse looms - 10,000% Inflation

In my own business we passed a milestone today - by our calculations
inflation in our business now exceeds 10 000 percent per annum. I was told
by my supplier today that flour for the bakery would now cost me Z$250 000
for a 50 kilogram bag and that I have to collect it at my own cost from
Harare - 600 kilometers distant, the last time I bought flour from the same
supplier it was Z$30 000 a 50 kilogram bag delivered to Bulawayo.

We have given our staff a 100 per cent raise at the month end for two months
now - it still leaves them with insufficient funds to cover their basic
costs of living. We started today to provide food to them in addition to
their wages or they simply will not be able to feed their families and come
to work.

One major supplier told me today that they are selling every product in
their range below cost. They are headed for bankruptcy and do not know what
to do next. Another service provider told me they were not able to replace
their stocks of spares and essential inputs. When they had run their stocks
down to zero, they would then go onto a hand to mouth basis, asking their
clients to source the required spares and raw materials before they could
start work.

Fuel is trading at Z$45 000 a litre, the dollar at Z$50 000 to 1 against the
US dollar and it has depreciated by 50 per cent in a week. I estimate prices
are rising 20 per cent a day and this is putting huge pressure on all firms.

There is no sign of this process slowing down and with the government simply
spending wildly in anticipation of an election in 2008, we cannot expect
inflation to slow - we are headed for super inflation in the near future.

It will then be impossible to hold money - people will have to consider
barter and the widespread use of another currency. In Mozambique when they
were experiencing similar conditions the common currency was the US dollar.

The same situation existed in Angola but because of the shortage of actual
foreign currency notes there, they also used things such as canned beer and
coca cola as currency.

The difficulty in Zimbabwe is that we have a relatively sophisticated
economy and strict currency controls. The use of either the Rand or the US
dollar for exchange would actually be illegal at present.

>From other countries experience this situation will be bound to escalate
collapse of the formal sector, exacerbate human and capital flight, destroy
the value of savings in any form except property and the stock market and
plunge civil servants, whose conditions of service are less flexible, into a
state of crisis.

In the face of these critical concerns, neither the government nor the
Reserve Bank exhibits any concern or understanding of just what they are
doing. Their remedies suggest they have little understanding of the
complexities of macro economic management policy or how the economy and
business actually functions. Virtually every prescription they have trundled
out in recent weeks has simply made things worse.

Food is scarce and unaffordable and a real humanitarian crisis is building
up - one that might still threaten national stability and put the lives of
millions are at stake. There is plenty of evidence that Zimbabweans living
in the Diaspora are pouring money into the country to try and keep their
families afloat. With some 4,5 million adult Zimbabweans abroad, this
carries quite a punch and is probably the single most important factor in
helping keep things stable.

Eddie Cross
Bulawayo, 29th May 2007

All letters published on the open Letter Forum are the views and opinions of
the submitters, and do not represent the official viewpoint of Justice for

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1.  For Sale Items
2.  Wanted Items
3.  Accommodation
4.  Recreation
5.  Specialist Services
6.  Pets Corner



1.1  Generators & Inverters for Sale

The JAG office is now an official agent for GSC Generator Service (Pvt) Ltd
and receives a generous commission on sales of all Kipor generators and
equipment.  Generators are on view at the JAG office.  Please could all
those JAG subscribes who deal directly with GSC, rather that through the JAG
office, clearly stipulate that the commission if for JAG.

The one stop shop for ALL your Generator Requirements SALES:
We are the official suppliers, repairs and maintenance team of KIPOR
Equipment here in Zimbabwe.  We have in stock KIPOR Generators from 1 KVA to
55 KVA.  If we don't have what you want we will get it for you.  We also
sell Inverters (1500w), complete with batteries and rechargeable lamps.  Our
prices are very competitive, if not the lowest in town.

SERVICING & REPAIRS: We have a qualified team with many years of experience
in the Generator field.  We have been to Kipor, China for training.  We
carry out services and minor repairs on your premises.  We service and
repair most makes and models of Generators - both petrol and diesel.

INSTALLATIONS:  We have qualified electricians that carry out installations
in a professional way.

SPARES: As we are the official suppliers and maintainers of KIPOR Equipment,
we carry a full range of KIPOR spares.

Don't forget, advice is free, so give us a call and see us at: Bay 3,
Borgward Road, Msasa.  Sales: 884022, 480272 or
Service: 480272, 480154 or


1.2  For Sale

So Far and No further! Rhodesia's Bid for Independence during the Retreat
from Empire 1959-1965 by J.R.T. Wood

533 pages; quality trade paperback; pub. Trafford ISBN 1-4120-4952-0
Southern African edition, pub. 30 Degrees South : ISBN 0-9584890-2-5

This definitive account traces Rhodesia's attempt to secure independence
during the retreat from Empire after 1959. Based on unique research, it
reveals why Rhodesia defied the world from 1965.

Representing Volume One of three volumes, Two and Three are in preparation
and will take us to Tiger and thence to 1980;

To purchase:

Zimbabwean buyers contact Trish Broderick:

RSA buyers: WWW. 30 or Exclusives Books

Overseas buyers see:
and a link to Trafford Publishing


1.3 Pet Food for Sale

Still supplying pets food which consists of 500g of precooked pork offal and
veg costing $8000 and 250g of pigs liver or heart costing $8000 for 250g.

Collection points:      Benbar in Msasa at 09.00
Jag offices in Philips Rd, Belgravia at 10.30
Peacehaven which is 75 Oxford St at 12.00

This is on Fridays only. Contact details: phone 011 221 088 or E mail at


1.4 For Sale (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

1 x 30 cubic metre Cold Room Unit, new, unused.  TFH 4531 F Compressor
Condenser, 3 Fan Blower unit with complete electrics.

1 x 3kw Motors, Electric 1400 RPM, with Starter, new, unused.  Orbit pump
head all mounted on frame.  16 Pipes x 50mm with drive shafts.

1 BH50 Pump unit, new, unused.

Offers please contact:  054-228640 or 850863


1.5 For Sale (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

2 Carpets for Sale, Imported Sage green carpets with under-felt, 9 x 12, $14
000 000 (as new)

12 x12    $6 000 000

Electric Lawn Mower, $ 3 000 000

Fax phone;Panasonic KX F 50, Telephone answering System with facsimile, $12
000 000

Please tel: 882566 or 0912 400 759


1.6 For Sale (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

4 plate gas stove, eye level grill, timer, oven ,warmer draw with a 50kg gas
bottle. make monanch

7 years old. Price $10 million. Prestcold fridge 6cubit.electric. $5
million. phone Joe Lewis 755149 or view no 6 lincoln
road, rainbow rest flats Avondale.


1.7 For Sale (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Sale of the following items if anyone is interested please contact Tom
Lambert on 494 796 or 0912 288 448.

1 x Ford 7 tonne truck 1970 model D750.  Reconditioned engine. Owner driven
1 x Series 3 short wheel base Landrover diesel
1 x Motorola high frequency radio base set with telescopic stand, aerial and
1 x 16 channel Ericsson hand held radio
1 x 2 channel Motorola hand held radio
1 x magnetic car aerial for hand held radio
1 x old hardwood baling press for tobacco with slats.


1.8 For Sale (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Aquazone enhanced safe water enrichment purifier. No expensive expert
installation charges. No filters. Internal treated water with this unique
innovation. Only Z$3,2 mill.

Phone Joe 339378 or 0912 338414. e-mail


1.9 For Sale (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Satellite TV Receivers. Focus your satellite dish onto various satellites
and receive TV FREE! This is a one of payment - NO subs to pay. Example,
Telstar 12 has National Geographics, Reality TV, Club Zone, Extreme Sport
and others, Eutelsat 7/10 has SABC, Botswana, e-TV etc. Contact Joe
Esterhuizen on 339378 or 0912 338414 or e-mail


1.10 For Sale (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Road motorcycle for sale. YAMAHA - Model YZF 600cc - Thundercat - in
immaculate condition.

Highest cash offer secures.  For further details contact Dave on 011 600 770
or 091 22 55 653 or email


1.11 For Sale (Ad inserted 29/05/07)








ZNSPCA HQ156 Enterprise Rd, or tel: 497574/497885 or 882566



Going Overseas or down South? Why not take hand woven gifts for your friends
or family?
These super articles which are light,easy to pack, take or send, and fully
Contact Anne on 332851 or 011212424.Or email

Crocheted oven gloves--$360,000.
Cotton oven gloves--$340,000.
Small woven bags--$295,000.
Large woven bags--$360,000.
Crocheted bags--$420,000.

Queen(approx.250x240cms) size bedcover--$2,690,000.
Double(approx.250x210cms) size bedcover--$2,420,000.
Other sizes to order.
Single Duvet cushions(open into a duvet)--$1,810,000.
Other sizes to order.
2x1 meter Throw--$1,180,000.
Baby Blanket(1x1meter)--$780,000.

3 piece toilet set--$715,000.
Bath mat--$505,000.(small rug).

Decorated cushion covers--$360,000.

Table runner--$210,000.
Set(4)Bordered table mats + serviettes--$715,000.
Set(6)Bordered table mats + serviettes--$1,070,000.
Set(4) crocheted table mats only--$570,000.
Set(6)fringed table mats + serviettes--$1,070,000.
Lots of other combinations.

Small(approx.105x52cms) plain cotton rug--$505,000.
Medium(approx.120x65cms) plain cotton rug--$715,000
Large(approx.150x75cms) plain cotton rug--$1,070,000.
Ex.Large(approx.230x130cms) plain cotton rug--$2,310,000.
Small patterned cotton rug--$715,000.
Small rag rug--$505,000.
Medium rag rug--$715,000.
Medium patterned cotton rug--$1,070,000.
Large patterned cotton rug--$1,430,000
Ex.Large patterned cotton rug--$2,840,000.
Small patterned mohair rug--$1,410,000.
Medium patterned mohair rug--$1,780,000
Large patterned mohair rug--$2,310,000.
Ex. Large patterned mohair rug--$3,910,000.

Lots of other articles.PLEASE be aware that prices may change without
notice and orders take some time as they have to be woven and sent from
Gweru to Harare.


1.13 For Sale (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

MAZDA 2.5 petrol 4x4 single cab pick up, 1991 model.
12 cubic foot deep freeze.
Assorted Mono pump spares.

Please contact:  Tom Lambert, 494 796, 0912 288 448


1.14    For Sale (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Nissan CWA 45. 15 tonne lorry and 10 tonne trailer. Can carry 220 tobacco
bales. 176000 kms. Absolutely immaculate condition.  Phone 011 606595 or


1.15  GENERATORS AND INVERTERS (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Following units ex stock:


5 Kva Silenced, 15 Kva Silenced, , 40 Kva Silenced, John Deere 60 Kva
Silenced, John Deere 60 Kva Open Frame, John Deere 100 Kva open frame.


1500 Watt complete with 1 x 100 Amp Hr battery and charger in cabinet
5000 Watt complete with 4 x 100 Amp Hr Batteries and charger in cabinet

Large Range of Generators available from 5 - 2200 Kva ex import (some in
Bond South Africa)

Please phone:- Radium Africa
Tel + 263 4 335848 / 307740, Sean Bell: + 263 11 600389
Keith Lowe + 263 11 800859, Derrek Fachet + 263 11 611717


1.16 HARROW DISCS (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

We will have imported Harrow discs (24", 26" and 28") available June, 2007
book now to avoid disappointment.

Please phone:- Radium Africa -Tel + 263 4 335848 / 307740
Sean Bell: + 263 11 600389, Keith Lowe + 263 11 800859


1.17 FORAGE HARVESTERS (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Single Row forage harvesters available ex stock

Please phone:- Radium Africa - Tel + 263 4 335848 / 307740
Sean Bell: + 263 11 600389, Keith Lowe + 263 11 800859


1.18 AGRICULTURAL SPRAYERS (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Tractor Mounted 12 Metre / 600 Litre tank Boom sprayers and Canon sprayers
in stock.

Please phone:- Radium Africa -Tel + 263 4 335848 / 307740
Sean Bell: + 263 11 600389, Keith Lowe + 263 11 800859


1.19 D1SC HARROWS (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Imported Offset disc harrows suitable for 80 Hp Tractors currently on order
and will be available August / September, 2007.

Please phone:- Radium Africa - Tel + 263 4 335848 / 307740
Sean Bell: + 263 11 600389, Keith Lowe + 263 11 800859


1.20 Items for Sale (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

2 Crastermatic Stokers
2 Twin Pass 4 Bank Radiators
Drotsky Mill
Electric Motor 25HP 1450 rpm 380V
2 Platform Scales

Please call 665398 after 1pm.


1.21 Items for Sale (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

2 Carpets for Sale - Imported Sage green carpets with underfelt 9 x 12,$10
000 000 (as new)12 x12, $4 000 000

Fax phone;Panasonic KX F 50 - Telephone answering System with facsimile $8
000 000

Tea Trolly -Oak - $2 000 000

Old Swimming pool and fish pond pump (needs recoiling) offers

Please tel: 882566 or 0912 400 759


1.22 For Sale (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

ZNSPCA HQ 156 Enterprise RD, tel 497574/ 497885









1.23 Tractors for Sale (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Same Explorer - 80 H.P External Hydraulics. 6275 Hrs.  Recently repaired and
serviced by I.T.S.  Very good condition.

Selling as a unit with 7".6" Trojan Tiller - US$20,000 (Equivalent).

Tafe 45H.P 1726Hrs. (Indian Assembled M/F).  New Tyres. Very Good Condition.

US$9000 - (Equivalent)

Please contact:  883279 or 023690390



2.1 Wanted

Sheila Macdonald (Sally in Rhodesia) - If you have any of Sheila Macdonald's
books for sale, please let JAG know the details including condition etc with
your name, telephone number and price wanted.

Telephone JAG - 04 - 799410


2.2 Wanted (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Looking for a Turbo for a Nissan 3ltr, 16v.  Must have done a low mileage.

Please contact:  011221088


2.3 Wanted (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Cold Boxes (Cooler Boxes) wanted decent condition.  Please contact:


2.4  Wanted (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Wanted domestic male not younger than 50years to do housework and ironing
only. No accommodation in our block of flats. Within walking distance of
Avondale shopping centre. Phone Joe Lewis 755149 or 0912 36 34 71.


2.5 Companion Wanted (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Mature farming lady looking for energetic, fun-loving male companion aged
between 60 - 70.  Living on farm near Harare.

Please contact the JAG office - 799410.


2.6 Shotgun Wanted (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Good quality, Baretta or Browning, 20 bore over/under shotgun.  In excellent
condition.  Please contact the JAG office on 799410.


2.7 PAPRIKA GROWERS WANTED (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

The Capsicum Company is looking to contract paprika growers for the 2007/8
season. We have various types of contracts, which may be adjusted to suit
your specific needs.

We also need uncontracted crop from the current season, for which we will
pay highly competitive prices.

Contact us on the following numbers 04- 369198, 369257, and 369143
or alternatively on the following cell numbers   Zane 011-611650, Brendan




3.1 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Ex farmers daughter, husband and two young children looking for 3/4
bed-roomed, 2 bath-roomed house, with domestic quarters to rent. Prefer a
long lease.  Please call on 0912258491.


3.2 Accommodation Offered (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Garden flat in Greendale, convenient shops, Msasa, town, lock up car
port, available immed, rent equiv US80 per month, plus 1 month deposit, call
Mr Wallis 496829 or 023894597 or email "


3.3 Accommodation Offered (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Attractive 2 bedroom cottage in quiet country surroundings 50 km from
Harare.  Z$750 000 per month.

Please contact Jenny Faasem @ or 073 - 3399


3.4 Accommodation Offered (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Dr. Seeks cottage somewhere near Parinyatwa hospital.

Current accommodation rent increased beyond government doctor's salary.
Contact dr. Martyn Edwards 335352 or cell 0912 66 44 33 "


3.5 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

I am a 43 year old Irish male teacher visiting Harare for the month of June
(3rd June to 1st July). I seek a furnished 1-2 bed-roomed cottage or flat to
rent for the month. I will pay very generously for the right property which
should be clean, safe and secure with at least the basics. Can also provide
deposit and references. The alternative (hotels) are OVERPRICED for
foreigners for what you get, and I can't afford to stay in hotels for a
month, nor do I want to (cabin fever!) I have lived in Zimbabwe in the past.
Dónal Mac Cormaic 0353860852101 and


3.6 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Wanted accommodation for single lady with pets, either garden flat or
cottage .Contact Caroline 0912325055


3.7 Accommodation Offered (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

House for rent available to rent immediately.  Immaculate house in mold
crescent, Avondale, within walking distance of shops, movies and

3 Bedrooms
1 Main Bathroom
Fitted Modern Kitchen
Open Plan Lounge Dining Area
Alarmed and Walled With Electric Gate and Fence
Very Pretty Garden
Lock Up Garage and Staff Quarters
Perfect For Business or Residential
Equivalent of 300 Per Month

Please contact Janna Pole to arrange viewing: 091 2 432523 / 870019 /




4.1 Need a break

Getaway and enjoy peace and fresh air at GUINEA FOLWS REST
Only 80kms from Harare, Self-catering guest-house
Sleeps 10 people, Bird-watching, Canoeing, Fishing, DSTV

REGRET: No day visitors.  No boats or dogs allowed.
Contact Dave: 011 600 770 or Annette 011 600 769
or 091 22 55 653 or email




5.1 Vehicle Repairs

Vehicle repairs carried out personally by qualified mechanic with 30 years
experience. Very reasonable rates.

Phone Johnny Rodrigues:  011 603213 or 011 404797, email:


5.2 SpeedWorx - WYNN'S

Intelligent Car Service has arrived!

Why pay ridiculous prices and be without your car for days.

Our services are done while you wait & cost a fraction of the normal repair.

At SpeedWorx we will:

Service your car
Increase your engine's performance and improve your fuel economy
Completely flush your engine oil to prolong your engine life
Restore your Power steering performance and stop it leaking
Restore your Automatic Transmission performance and stop it leaking
Completely flush your brake system and make you safe
Stop your car overheating and reduce the risk of leaks
Remove bad odours from the interior of your car and keep it fresh

Services done at your home or office.

Contact: Bryan 011 612 650 or Russell 011 410 525.


5.3 MAGNA PLUMBING & ELECTRICAL (Ad inserted 5/06/07)


Please be advised that the above Company has moved premises and the phone
number has changed.
We still offer continued professional and prompt service for the following

A.     Electrical repairs and installations
B.    Plumbing repairs and installations
C.    Home and Office renovations
D.    Extensions and Buildings
E.    Patios and Driveways
F.    Painting, Carpentry and Glazing
G.    Roofing, Gutters and Flashing

Please contact ROB and SUE

Phone: (04) 852658, Mobile - 011 601 885 or 023 824 896


5.4 VIDEO PRODUCTION (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Filming & Editing of Weddings & Special Events. DVD Production, Broadcast
Quality.  DVD & VHS transfers. Call Greer on 744075 / 0912 353 047

Greer Wynn, Focused Video Productions:  0912 353 047 / 744075


5.5 Unusual Flower Arrangements (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

For unusual flower arrangements for all occasions including iki bana
arrangements, please call Leighann Halfpenny on 011 632 272 or 302679



6.1 Anyone Lost a Weimeraner Dog (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

I found a male, 5 year old Weimeraner dog in our road leading off Drew Road
this morning.  The dog had no collar or identification on him.

He had been hit and stunned by a car I suspect and needed medical help.  He
is now being cared for and looked after at Chisipite Veterinerary Surgery,
phone 494824.

The SPCA have been informed.

PLEASE, if you know of anyone who owns a Weimeraner, phone them and find out
whether their dog is not lost.  He is a beautiful well cared for pet.


6.2 FOUND (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Male Dachshund, Tan with white muzzle.  Very sweet natured
Found in Pomona/ Doon Rd, At ZNSPCA HQ, 156 Enterprise Rd, Chisipite, Tel:


6.3 Seeking (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Seeking Purbred or Pedigree male Doberman to cover a Pedigree Doberman
female. Urgent as the bitch is ready in 5days time. Please phone sherry 0912
724 595 or 852027/8



7.1 Country Juke Box (Ad inserted 29/05/07)

Come and dance with Country Juke Box. Bring the family. Children allowed.
Reasonable bar prices, club menu and a great atmosphere. Wide selection of
dance music from the 60's to 90's, Country, Boeremusiek, Rock and Roll etc.
Contact Joe on 339378 or 0912 338414 for details.


7.2 Book Sale (Ad inserted 5/06/07)

Jig saw puzzles, magazines, records

SATURDAY10 JUNE, 10 - 1 PM, 156 Enterprise Rd, ZNSPCA HQ



MONDAY 13 AUGUST 2007 (over long weekend)

All serious runners, fun runners/walkers, family and friends are invited to
take part in the second Kariba Half Marathon, sponsored by Cutty Sark Hotel.

Disco, full bar and catering at Cutty Sark after the race.

Email: or for more information or
telephone 011 208 218 / 0912 275 714

JAG Hotlines: +263 (011) 610 073, +263 (04) 799 410.  If you are in trouble
or need advice, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're here to help!
To advertise (JAG Members): Please email classifieds to:
with subject "Classifieds".

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