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Zimbabwe faces chaos, violence after Mugabe: think-tank
Wed 8 June 2005
  HARARE - Zimbabwe could erupt in violence and chaos unless the
international community acts now to ensure a peaceful transition of power
from ageing President Robert Mugabe, the International Crisis Group (ICG)
said in a report released last night.

      The influential ICG tracks and analyses developments in various
trouble spots in the world. The Brussels-headquartered group is widely
consulted by the European Union (EU), the United States of America (USA) and
key international bodies.

      In a report entitled: "Post-Election Zimbabwe: What Next?" the ICG
said despite giving the impression that he is firmly in charge after his
ruling ZANU PF party controversially won a general election last March,
Mugabe's time as Zimbabwe's leader was coming to an end.

      "The post-election situation may seem like business as usual, but
Mugabe's era is ending", ICG South Africa project director Peter Kagwanja
says in the report.

      After Mugabe and ZANU PF manipulated the electoral process, they now
control a vital two-thirds majority in Parliament and can unilaterally amend
Zimbabwe's constitution to ensure a safe and honourable exit for Mugabe, the
ICG said. But the respected think-tank said a peaceful transfer of power
from the 81-year old President to a successor is far from guaranteed.

      This, chiefly because ZANU PF is ill-prepared for the departure of its
old and ailing leader, who this week had to issue a statement denying he was
dead after rumour spread across Zimbabwe that he had collapsed and died. The
rumour appeared to have started following media reports last week that
Mugabe had sought medical attention from a prominent Harare cardiologist.

      ZANU PF, which has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain 25
years ago, is bitterly divided over Mugabe's succession with powerful
figures in the party positioning and readying themselves for what could turn
out to be a vicious fight for power, the ICG said.

      Mugabe appeared to have just averted division in his party last year
over his succession when he openly pushed for the wife of powerful former
army general Solomon Mujuru, Joyce, to become second vice-president of ZANU
PF and subsequently Zimbabwe.

      With Mugabe and ailing first Vice-President Joseph Msika expected to
retire at the same time in 2008, the way appears clear on paper for Joyce to
take over the top job ahead of former parliamentary speaker, Emmerson

      Mnangagwa, for long perceived as heir apparent to Mugabe, was ditched
on the eleventh hour after he was linked to a meeting convened by former
government propaganda chief Jonathan Moyo last year, which Mugabe said was
illegal and meant to topple ZANU PF's leadership.

      Seven out of ZANU PF's total 10 provincial chairmen were suspended
from the party for four years for having participated in the meeting held in
Zimbabwe's southern rural Tsholotsho district.

      But ZANU PF insiders insist Mnangagwa, who hails from the largest
sub-group of the majority Shona tribe, is not finished yet and may still
strike new alliances between his Karanga sub-group and other tribal groups
to mount a challenge for power against Joyce.

      Joyce is from the Korekore sub-group of the Shona but is widely
regarded as belonging with the Zezuru sub-group because she is married to
Mujuru, who is Zezuru. The Zezurus, to which Mugabe also belongs, are the
second biggest grouping among the Shona. The Shona make about 70 percent of
Zimbabwe's 12 million people with the other major tribal group, the Ndebele,
constituting about 14 percent. The ICG said the main factions within ZANU PF
essentially represent un-reconciled ethnic interests, which could make
holding the ruling party together and by extension Zimbabwe after Mugabe's
departure difficult.

      But more worrying for Zimbabweans, it is not only ZANU PF that must
grapple serious existential challenges. The main opposition Movement for
Democratic Change that could provide an alternative centre for political
order and authority has to also decide difficult but fundamental questions
about its structure and strategy, the ICG said in its report.

      The Brussels group said the only route with a realistic chance of
resolving Zimbabwe's interlinked crises was Mugabe's exit from office at the
earliest possible time, while the international community, ZANU PF and the
MDC should begin planning now for the post-Mugabe era.

      The USA, EU and key international financial institutions must in
particular insist that merely shuffling the names of people at the top of
government structures will not be enough.

      The international community should make it clear that there would be
no end to targeted sanctions, no prospect of substantial aid and no
resumption of normal relations unless there is a change in governance and
there is palpable democracy on the ground, the ICG said.

      Regional powerhouse South Africa should also review its failed quiet
diplomacy policy towards Mugabe and work with the Commonwealth and G8
nations in urging Harare to abandon its controversial polices.

      "The policy of 'quiet diplomacy' has failed", ICG vice-president and
acting director of its Africa programme Nancy Soderberg says in the report.
"The international community must act now to ensure that a post-Mugabe
Zimbabwe will not be explosive." - ZimOnline
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ABC Australia

Wednesday, June 8, 2005.
Aid workers banned from helping displaced Zimbabweans
Aid agencies working in Zimbabwe have been warned they will be treated as
"Tony Blair's dogs" if they help people displaced by a Government crackdown
on urban townships.

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless in Zimbabwe after a
Government campaign to clean up urban townships.

Shacks have been burnt and bulldozed and people have been left with nowhere
to go.

However, aid agencies have been warned not to help them or they will be
treated as supporters of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Zimbabwean Government has long accused the British and other
international governments of interfering in its affairs.

Aid workers fear that if they help the new homeless population, they will be
imprisoned under strict NGO (non-government organisation) laws, or deported.

In the meantime, those evicted during the campaign have been given a week to
remove the rubble of their destroyed homes.
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Zim Online

Central bank quietly loosens control on exchange rate
Wed 8 June 2005
  HARARE - Zimbabwe's central bank is quietly easing controls on the
exchange rate and will allow the local unit to depreciate at its foreign
currency auction floors to around $12 000 against the American dollar by
month-end, bank officials told ZimOnline yesterday.
      Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) officials, who cannot be named for
professional reasons, said the move to let the local currency float to $12
000 against the green back was trigged by the need to encourage more
companies to remit earnings to the government and to extinguish an illegal
but thriving black market for hard cash.

      An acute foreign currency shortage has seen Zimbabwe defaulting on
obligations to foreign debtors and unable to import food, electricity, fuel,
essential medical drugs among other basic survival commodities in critical
short supply in the country.

      The International Monetary Fund's withdrawal of financial assistance
to Zimbabwe six years ago coupled with Harare's chaotic land reforms that
damaged the export-earning agricultural sector are blamed for the country's
hard cash woes.

      But economic analysts also say a controlled and unattractive exchange
rate has forced citizens to divert hard cash earnings to the black market
where rates are higher and in the process deprive the government and
legitimate businesses of vitally needed forex.

      In line with loosening controls by the RBZ, the Zimbabwe dollar traded
at $9 499 to the greenback at last Monday's auction, which was above the
"diaspora rate" set by the country's chief banker on May 19.

      The $9 000-to-one-US dollar diaspora rate is a preferential rate at
which Zimbabweans living abroad convert their hard cash to local currency.
The rate is meant to entice the exiles to send more hard cash home through
official channels and not the black market.

      The RBZ had always kept the auction rate fluctuating below the
diaspora rate and last Monday was the first time since the hard cash
auctions began in January 2004 that the floor rate climbed above the
diaspora rate.

      A senior official in the RBZ's exchange control department said: "This
is part of the carrot and stick approach with the express purpose of
attracting more foreign currency into our coffers . . . it is in line with
the expected convergence of all exchange rates in the country. But central
bank policies will never be determined or driven by speculators in the
unofficial markets."

      Desperate to increase hard cash inflows, Zimbabwe has used several and
varying exchange rates packaged as incentives for key sectors such as the
gold industry, tobacco sector or exiled Zimbabweans to increase export

      The foreign currency auctions were also introduced as part of measures
to increase hard cash flowing into the official market. But the auction
floors have failed dismally. For example, on Monday out of the 6 373 bids
valued at US$169.2 million, 6 224 were rejected and only US$12.5 million was

      Zimbabwe, which consumes US$40 million worth of petrol each month,
must also raise more than US$250 million to import 1.2 million tonnes of
food urgently needed between now and the next harvest around March next year
or about a quarter of the country's 12 million people will starve. -
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Zim Online

Stayaway still on despite police threats
Wed 8 June 2005
  HARARE - Human rights lawyer and civic leader Lovemore Madhuku yesterday
pressed on with plans to call for a mass job stayaway tomorrow despite
threats from the police to crack down on people participating in the
      The job stayaway which is scheduled for tomorrow and Friday is being
organised by the Broad Alliance, a coalition led by Madhuku which includes
the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), the main opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) party, the trade union movement and other civic

      In a statement released to the press yesterday, Madhuku criticised the
crackdown in urban areas saying the government "continued to inflict misery
on the people through economic mismanagement."

      But the police yesterday warned that they would "deal severely" with
anyone who participates in the strike action.

      Madhuku said the stayaway was meant to protest against a crackdown
that has rendered over 200 000 people homeless after the government
demolished shacks and illegal buildings in urban areas.

      Organisers say the stayaway is also meant to register Zimbabweans'
general anger at the deteriorating economic situation in the country which
the MDC party and other civic groups blame on President Mugabe's policies.

      Over 20 000 people have been arrested in the last three weeks as the
government cracked down on informal traders and settlements around the

      The MDC accuses the government of punishing urban voters for rejecting
Mugabe's ZANU PF party in a disputed election last March. - ZimOnline
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Zim Online

State to respond to former minister's bail application
Wed 8 June 2005
  HARARE - The state yesterday said it will respond today to an application
to grant bail to former finance minister Chris Kuruneri pending finalisation
of the case.
      Kuruneri's defence lawyer Jonathan Samkange argued that the
application was urgent and that his client should be granted bail but State
prosecutor Joseph Jagada said they needed time to consider the State
submissions before responding.

      "In practical purposes bail application has always been considered as
a matter of matter of urgency in that the accused can make bail application
at Christmas or midnight," Samkange said.

      Earlier in the day, Marita Mathias, an employee of Amalgamated banks
of South Africa (Absa), testified in the trial that under South African law,
Kuruneri who opened a Money Market Account with the bank, was considered a
foreign investor.

      "If you are not permanent resident and do not have a work permit it is
not possible to open an account, but it is possible to get a Money market
account if one is a foreigner."

      The trial continues today.

      Kuruneri was arrested last year in April for allegedly externalising
huge sums of foreign currency in violation of Zimbabwe's tight exchange
policies. He denies the charge.

      The former minister has already been convicted of a minor charge of
possessing a Canadian passport in violation of Zimbabwe's citizenship laws
which bar dual citizenship. - ZimOnline
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Anger as SA sells helicopter parts to Mugabe
          June 08 2005 at 08:41AM

      By Basildon Peta and Graeme Hosken

      The Democratic Alliance and Zimbabwean civic groups have expressed
their outrage at South Africa's sale of helicopter spares to Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwean Air Force Alouette helicopters hovered over Harare on
Tuesday in a show of force ahead of a two-day strike which is due to begin
on Thursday.

      Zimbabwe turned to South Africa for the spare parts after France,
where the helicopters were initially acquired, refused to sell the parts
because of the European Union arms embargo on the Mugabe government.

      Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change,
said the sale confirmed what it had always said: "South Africa is aiding and
abetting the Mugabe regime in its systematic destruction of Zimbabwe.

      "We have a regime that goes on buying sprees of arms and their spares
in China and South Africa when its people are starving and it has no fuel,"
said MDC secretary-general Welshman Ncube.

      "South Africa obviously sees nothing wrong in how Mugabe abuses the
security forces against the nation."

      Democratic Alliance defence spokesperson Rafiek Shah said it was
morally outrageous for Armscor to sell spare helicopter parts to replenish
the armoury of a country that was virtually waging war "against its own
defenceless citizens".

      "What message are we sending to the international community if
President Thabo Mbeki's government keeps on allowing South African
institutions to aid a thoroughly discredited regime like President Robert
Mugabe's?" Shah asked.

      Armscor spokesperson Bertus Celliers confirmed the sale in an
interview with Independent Newspapers on Tuesday.

      An Afrikaans daily had originally reported the story.

      Celliers stressed that Armscor had sold only spare parts and not
entire Alouette helicopters.

      The spares included rotor blades, windscreens "and other such similar
parts", he said.

      The sale was concluded in March.

      Celliers said the sale was not in contravention of the National
Conventional Arms Control Committee, which must issue prior authorisation
for any sales of military equipment abroad. NCACC regulations did not
prevent the sale of spare military parts, he said.

      Zimbabwean National Constitutional Assembly spokesperson Lovemore
Madhuku, who is spokesperson of the alliance calling for Thursday's strike,
said Armscor should come and see the Alouettes at work against innocent
civilians "whose only crime would be to try and stage peaceful protests".

      "When they (Armscor) see people being brutally beaten during the
strike on Thursday and Friday, they should know they have played a crucial
role in strengthening Mugabe's hand. They should feel happy for their
efforts," he said.

      Zimbabwe normally uses its Alouettes to co-ordinate the efforts of
security forces in crushing protests during demonstrations. Teargas is also
fired from the air.

      Zimbabwe's helicopter squadron has been effectively grounded after
being damaged in the Democratic Republic of Congo and hampered by poor
maintenance because of the lack of spare parts. But South Africa's help will
ensure the squadron is airborne.

      As the strike to protest against Mugabe's "senseless repression"
looms, Zimbabwean police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena vowed that the police
would deal ruthlessly with anyone participating in the protests.

      The protests were called to highlight the plight of more than 22 000
arrested informal traders and the destruction of informal settlements that
has left thousands homeless. - Independent Foreign Service

      This article was originally published on page 6 of The Star on June
08, 2005
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Zimbabwe: Mugabe’s Terror Campaign

A stall burns in the Harare suburb of Glen View May 25 after being set on fire by the police. (Photo: STR / AFP-Getty Images)

Zimbabwe’s authoritarian capitalist government, headed by President Robert Mugabe, has unleashed a massive wave of police brutality and destruction in an attempt to terrorize the country’s fiercely anti-government urban working class and other poor city dwellers.

Thousands of riot police have invaded working-class urban townships in the dead of night, looting and torching small traders’ market stalls, roadside “tuck-shops,” carpenters’ workshops, and arresting and fining anybody suspected of “informal” economic activities. The wave of repression began in mid-May, reached a crescendo in late May and has continued into June.

Police are also evicting tens of thousands of backyard lodgers and impoverished residents of urban “squatter camps.” Families’ homes and meager personal possessions have been bulldozed, leaving them without shelter from southern Africa’s frosty winter nights. According to the Combined Harare Residents Association, more than half of Harare’s 3 million residents live in makeshift housing.

Late on May 26, more than 10,000 people were driven from their homes in the informal settlement of Hatcliffe, northern Harare. Many of the victims were supporters of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), settled there in 2002 by the government. As in other raids, huge quantities of merchandise — especially scarce staples such as maize, sugar and petrol — as well as foreign currency were seized, whether or not the owners had licenses to operate.

On May 24, Zimbabwe police spokesperson Oliver Mandipaka told the government-owned daily Herald that the raids had so far netted $900 million Zimbabwe dollars [$95,000] in fines and $2.2 billion Zimbabwe dollars worth of goods. On June 1, the Herald quoted Zimbabwe assistant police commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena’s boast, “We have so far arrested a total of 22,735 people, and recovered 33.5 kilograms of gold … and 26,000 liters of fuel.”

The official unemployment rate is running at more than 70 percent and tens of thousands of rural workers have sought refuge in the cities after being violently driven off farms. As a result, the vast majority of working-class Zimbabweans eke out a living in the “informal” economy. Even those still in jobs must supplement the wages in the informal sector, as their incomes are ravaged by 129 percent hyperinflation.

There is no love lost between the Mugabe regime and Zimbabwe’s urban masses. In the March 31 general election, despite widespread poll rigging, Zanu-PF was defeated in all but one of Harare’s 18 electorates. Similar results were recorded in other cities.

Dubbed Operation Murambatsvina (translated literally as “drive out the rubbish,” or euphemistically as “restore order”), the government claims its purpose is to root out “economic saboteurs” and criminals, and rid the cities of “illegal structures.”

In truth, Mugabe’s paramilitary invasions are designed to disorganize and discourage any resistance to May 28-29 price increases for maize meal (up 51 percent) and bread (up 29 percent). In the past, such increases have triggered massive urban rebellions in Harare.

The Mugabe regime also needs to prevent organized working-class resistance to austerity as it embarks on a campaign to win support from local big business and foreign capitalists, and eventually repair its relations with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Gideon Gono, governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, has declared 2005 “the year of investment attraction.” Gono declared soon after the Mugabe regime’s March 31 election victory: “we must realize as Zimbabweans that we cannot postpone the ‘turnaround’ [in economic policy], we have to take the pain like grown-ups and must know that the responsibility to turn around this economy squarely lies on our shoulders.”

According to Munyaradzi Gwisai, the former member of Parliament (M.P.) for the Harare seat of Highfield and a leading member of the International Socialist Organization of Zimbabwe (I.S.O.Z.), Mugabe and Gono “are intent on sending a clear and unambiguous message to their capitalist paymasters … that the country has turned over a new leaf and is ready to do everything it takes to advance and protect private property, and the wealth of the capitalists and the rich.”

The government’s attacks have met with some resistance. In the most determined response, on May 25 thousands of residents of Glen View and Budiriro, in Harare, blockaded streets and, armed only with stones, fought running battles with the paramilitary invaders for several hours. A protest march to the Glen View council hall was held before the residents dispersed.

One resident described the events to Zimbabwe’s Daily Mirror: “The whole of Glen View was here. This is a protest … Zanu-PF, M.D.C. [Movement for Democratic Change] … supporters were all involved, they are fighting back. They hit back soon after police had destroyed the vegetable markets. People have been driven to the edge by the destruction of the … major sources of their livelihood.”

The Zimbabwe Standard on May 29 reported that the cops marched into the area singing: “You haven’t had enough of being beaten up. We are famed for roughing up people.” The BBC reported on June 1 that residents of Zimbabwe’s second major city, Bulawayo, fought a two-hour battle with riot police the previous night.

According to the May 30 Zim Online, hundreds of residents attended a public meeting in Sakubva, a working-class suburb in Mutare, Zimbabwe’s fourth-largest city, to demand that their M.P., the M.D.C.’s Innocent Gonese, find arms so that the government can be fought. The M.D.C. has continued to discourage mass action against Mugabe since the election and instead argued for legal action.

A national day of action against Mugabe’s attacks has been called for June 18 by the activist group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (W.O.Z.A.), and supported by a number of activist organizations, including the I.S.O.Z. and the Zimbabwe Social Forum.

Originally published June 8.

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Business Day

Posted to the web on: 08 June 2005
Zimbabwean police gear up for mass protest
David Morgan


HARARE - Zimbabwe's security forces were bracing for a mass strike this week
against a highly controversial urban clean-up campaign that has left
thousands destitute and led to the detention of at least 22000 in Harare, a
police spokesman said yesterday.

"We are geared to ensure safety and security for all," police spokesman
Wayne Bvudzijena said, referring to a planned two-day protest due to start

"We already have information that some individuals and motorists want to
disturb the flow of traffic by blocking roads. Police will impound any cars
used in such activities."

Bvudzijena said the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and
some nongovernmental organisations wanted "to engage in illegal mass action".

A coalition of opposition, labour, students and rights groups calling
themselves the Broad Alliance has called for "a two-day nationwide stayaway
from June 9 to 10 to protest against the insensitivity of this government".

"It (the government) . has destroyed the livelihood of millions of innocent
people in the informal sector," the group said yesterday.

"It continues to inflict misery on the people through economic
mismanagement, which has led to shortages of fuel, unemployment and
transport problems."

Military helicopters hovered over Harare's central business district and
residential areas yesterday in what was interpreted by many as a
fear-instilling tactic.
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Source: Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA)

Date: 07 Jun 2005

Ahead of protests, Zimbabwe reassures nation of food supply
Harare, June 7 (dpa) - Zimbabwe's government, which facing protests this
week over growing deprivation including food shortages, has assured the
nation it has enough food and urged against panic, state television reported
late Tuesday.

The acting head of the state-run Grain Marketing Board (GMB) told state
television that large quantities of the staple maize were being brought into
Zimbabwe from neighbouring Mozambique and South Africa.

"We hope in a few days time we will have actually covered every part of the
country'' with maize deliveries, the acting chief executive officer of the
state-run Grain Marketing Board, Samuel Muvuti, told state television.

"We want to assure the nation that there's no need to panic,'' he said.

His comments come just two days ahead of a planned two-day national strike
organized by an alliance of opposition parties, worker and student unions
and civil rights groups to protest growing hardships including food
shortages gripping the southern African country.

Zimbabwe has been critically short of most basic commodities since
parliamentary elections on March 31, won by President Robert Mugabe's party.

Earlier Tuesday, state radio dismissed recent reports in state media that
Zimbabwe is also facing imminent bread shortages due to dwindling supplies
of flour. Bread has become the main substitute to the staple maize meal,
which has been scarce in recent weeks.

Muvuti told state television Tuesday that around 50 trucks loaded with maize
were coming in daily through Zimbabwe's southern border with neighbouring
South Africa. Maize is also coming in from Mozambique to the east, he said.

Zimbabwe will have to import 1.2 million tonnes of maize this year to feed 3
million to 4 million of the country's 11.6 million people between now and
March 2006. The government blames drought for the food shortages, but aid
agencies say a controversial land reform programme is partly to blame.
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Africa still on road to disaster, says UN

Larry Elliott, economics editor
Wednesday June 8, 2005
The Guardian

The UN called for urgent action today to avert "disaster" in Africa as it
outlined the human cost of a business-as-usual approach to development in
the world's poorest continent.
Amid signs that the countries of sub-Saharan Africa would miss the 2015
goals for poverty reduction, child mortality and education by a wide margin,
the UN's human development office called for concrete steps to end the debt
crisis, open up western markets and provide more and better aid.

But Gordon Brown praised Europe yesterday for working "at its best" as he
hailed talks on increasing aid to the developing world, especially Africa.

Speaking after a meeting of European finance ministers in Luxembourg, Mr
Brown said he hoped that agreement would soon be reached on agreeing 100%
debt relief and a dramatic increase in immunisation programmes.

He said: "We are determined and there was a view right across the 25 [EU
countries] that Europe wanted to make a special contribution to the
resolution of problems between rich and poor countries."

Data collected for the UN's human development report due out in September to
coincide with a special summit in New York showed that progress made in
other parts of the world was not being replicated in Africa. By 2015, the
poorest countries in the continent would account for a rising share of those
living in extreme poverty, of those deprived of a primary school education
and of those dying before the age of five.

In terms of child mortality, the UN said 5 million children under five would
be dying in 2015, more than at present. If the millennium development goal
[MDG] of cutting infant mortality by 2015 were met, the number of child
deaths would be cut to 2 million, while the cumulative number of additional
child deaths over the next decade resulting from the failure to hit the
target would be 29 million.

"These preliminary figures are based on trends - and trends can be changed
through good national policies and more effective cooperation. But the
numbers speak for themselves: business as usual will carry a high price in
terms of lost lives and lost human potential for Africa," said Kevin
Watkins, director of the UN human development report office.

The UN said the trends in child mortality raised particularly grave
concerns. "Currently 4.8 million children in sub-Saharan Africa die before
the age of five every year - that is nine deaths every minute. With one
fifth of the world's births, sub-Saharan Africa currently accounts for 45%
of child deaths."

Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world where the number of child
deaths is rising, the UN added, noting that on current trends it would not
meet the MDG for infant mortality until 2115 - a century late. "If current
trends continue, there will be 5.1 million deaths in 2015, with Africa's
share rising to 57% of the total. Of 45 countries in the region, 10
countries - including Zambia, Kenya and Zimbabwe - have gone backward since
1990. Another 19 countries are progressing so slowly that the MDG target on
child mortality will be missed by more than 35 years.

Sub-Saharan Africa currently accounts for 43 million of the 115 million
children out of school, or just over one third of the total. That share is
rising over time, the UN said. "While the region is making progress towards
the MDG, that progress is too slow to achieve the target of universal
primary education by 2015."
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Global Politician

The Rising Military Opposition to Mugabe in Zimbabwe
Jan Lamprecht - 6/9/2005
Black opposition in Zimbabwe claims to be hunting for arms to fight the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe. It is easy for people to obtain weapons in Africa. Black Zimbabweans can even get them from people of neighboring states - especially Mozambique, and even in South Africa where millions of AK47's are floating around. If the Blacks in Zimbabwe could make a few small scale successful stands against Mugabe's military, you might see the flame of revolution sweeping across that country very quickly. A raging inferno may explode across that country in a matter of days and weeks. The secret to starting a revolution is to show the general population that resistance does stand a chance of success.

The logical base for an attack on Zimbabwe is neighboring Botswana. Botswana is an American ally and even has American military bases and a massive airfield there.

At one time, Zimbabweans told me of a strategy of surrounding Zimbabwe by setting up bases in Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. Unfortunately, at the time it was nothing more than just talk and nothing was done. However, Mugabe can be brought down through war or sabotage. It really is not as difficult as many think.

I sat and chatted to Black Zimbabweans years ago, and we brain-stormed. My thinking was that a successful revolution in Zimbabwe against Mugabe was very plausable. An idea I particularly liked was economic sabotage because it could send the country into a tail-spin of chaos and unleash a mass uprising which Mugabe could not control. I still suggested to Zimbabweans that they should sabotage everything that Mugabe and his Zanu Party(PF) controlled. I thought it would be good to break the actual strings which are holding Zanu(PF) in power. Among the discussions and ideas thrown around were things like launching attacks on businesses owned by Mugabe-connected elite.

I sigh in disgust because Mugabe should have been gone at the time, but nobody with any real power is interested in doing anything. Mugabe's rickety regime just needs a serious push - and the whole thing will fall apart. I've been saying for years that Mugabe needs a war. Even the Western governments agree that the Zimbabwe regime is one of the most evil on Earth. So why doesn't anyone do anything? Blacks in South Africa, especially those who belong to the Zulu tribe (Zulus are ethnically tied Zimbabwe's persecuted minority Ndebele tribe), sympathize with those against Mugabe.

America has military power just across the border in Botswana. The government of Botswana can't stand Mugabe, and is pro-American, pro-Western and pro-Capitalist. Many of the Blacks of Zimbabwe, as well as almost all Whites, are pro-American in many ways. The whole region is staggering under the weight of the Zimbabwe collapse - especially Botswana, which is being flooded with a sea of Zimbabwean refugees searching for jobs, food or simply protection from Mugabe's "war veterans". The Zimbabweans loved talking, but this time there seem to be real possibilities to defeat the Mugabe dictatorship.

Mugabe can be overthrown at a small price. If America were to divert the money it spends on Iraq in just one day, which is $12,500,000, it would be enough to see Mugabe out of power and the whole southern Africa would be changed in a way that would be extremely positive. For that bit of money, they could arm thousands of men. In no time at all, you would see serious results.

There is also a chance that many Zimbabwean soldiers will start changing sides because they know how the populace feels. Just last week, Blacks in Mutare were gathering by the hundreds, calling for weapons to fight Mugabe.

Today, Zimbabwe is like dry wood - all it needs is a match and you will see the most amazing and dramatic change southern Africa has seen in decades.

Jan Lamprecht was born and raised in Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia, during the "Bush War", which resulted in Robert Mugabe coming to power. He was educated in Harare, the capital of the country, before leaving for South Africa, where he spent some time in the Navy. He wrote a book called "Government by Deception" about African politics related to Zimbabwe and the effects Mugabe's policies may have on other countries.

He publishes a popular, highly "politically-incorrect" web site
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Updated June 7, 2005
Please send any job opportunities for publication in this newsletter to:
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1.1 (Advert 2/6/2005)


Enthusiastic hardworking butchery manager required to control and run a
busy expanding retail and wholesale business.  Willing to travel and market
and able to do books and produce monthly accounts.

04 - 797868/9 091 239 825 011 401 974 011 607 068


1.2 SHOP (Advert 17/05/2005)

We are looking for someone to run a shop in the Borrowdale area. The
position would suit a more mature/retired person who would be happy to work
in a pleasant, quiet environment, for 3 days a week. Must be computer
literate (Pastel 6 Point of Sale).

Please contact Molley on 487223/4 or e-mail


1.3 TEACHING (Advert 17/05/2005.)

Teaching Position at a small ACE learning centre in Highlands.

The successful candidate must be:
 A Committed Christian.
 Passionate about teaching.
 Available to put in "extra hours" if needed
 Be prepared to undergo Supervisor and or Monitor training
35 years of age (or there about's).

Interested? Please contact Mrs. Padmore at Siloam Academy. Tel:

1.4 General Manager (Advert 31/05/2005)

A General Manager is required by a progressive agircultural dealer of
tractors and equipment for Lusaka, Zambia.  Applicants should have
of agricultural equipment, a farming background, some sales experience (if
possible) and management skills.

Attractive incentive for performance will
be offered to the successful applicant.
 Please send CV's to


1.5 Book Keeper (Advert 31/05/2005)

A friend suggested I contact JAG in my search for a bookkeeper. We are a
fairly small company (12 employees in total) based in Msasa, involved in
testing of ores and provision of equipment to the mining industry. We have
a fairly small number of transactions.

Our present bookkeeper is retiring at the end of this month, and to date I
have had no luck finding the right replacement. Our need is fairly urgent,
although I am sure Pat (our present lady) would be happy to continue to
come in for a few weeks to hand over.

Her duties include books to trial balance (Pastel 7) , petty cash, salaries
(Touchstone Payplus) and minor company admin. My partner & I travel a lot
so to a large extent the bookkeeper runs the show in collaboration with our
senior sales & lab staff.

Our present lady manages to get the job done working 3 mornings a week, but
we would prefer 5 days a week. Definitely mornings only.

I'd appreciate it if you could enter our request to your email newsletter
of classifieds.

Many thanks
Pete Simpson

Ph +263 4 487361 Fax +263 4 487037

1.6 (Advert 24/5/2005)

A company currently building roads in the Sudan is looking for hardy and
enterprising people who are used to handling labour to work in the Sudan.
Three month contracts or until December this year.  Salary US$3 - 4000 per
month.  Living in temporary camps.  Might perhaps suit ex farmers who want
temporary work.

The company is called Civicon Ltd and applications should be made by e mail
to Bruce and/or Horace Horsey at


1.7 Operations Manager (Advert 1/6/2005)

Operations Manager required for an export and trading company:
Based at Harare airport.
40 - 50 years of age.
Horticultural knowledge would be an advantage.
Strong organisational and admin skills.
Personnel management skills.
Own vehicle.
Salary inclusive of vehicle R&M, medical aid, fuel,
cell phone expenses.

 Please email CVs and contact details to>

1.8 IT department (Advert Dated 6/6/2005)

Looking for person/people to work in IT Department of large company.  Good
computer knowledge a necessity.  Basic programming knowledge an advantage.
Please contact Mr Hobbs on 091 258159.


1.9 Bookkeeper (Advert Dated 6/6/2005)

We are looking for an experienced Bookkeeper to assist with our business.
Please phone 011 604517 667560/1 664587

1.10 Administration Manager (Advert 6/6/2005)

ADMINISTRATION MANAGER: - Established (50 years) Shop fitting and joinery
Mature person, computer literate - Word and Excel, Knowledge of Pastel or
other accounting package necessary.
Strong Administration and Organising Skills
Manage a team of six
Good Interpersonal skills.

Contact: John Heath 754138 or 091 237 507


1.11 Sectretary & Food/Travel Writer (Dated 6/6/2005)

Experienced Secretary/PA - mature lady -Interesting position. Mornings
only. Start immediately.

Food/Travel Writer - good editing experience
Well travelled. East Mediterranean knowledge an advantage. Start asap.

Email CV to or fax 304966




2.1 POSITION SOUGHT (advert 17/05/2005)

I am a divorced woman, ex farmer, aged 49 and am looking for a position in
Harare, will consider other areas and outside country, as an Assistant
Accountant/Bookkeeper or PA.  Am available immediately.

contact Cell 023408647

2.2 (ADVERT 6/6/2005)

Lady,aged 30 experience in sales reping, is computer literate, is looking
for a receptionist, girl friday job, I am willing to learn
Please contact Fern on 011732084

 2.3 FITTER & TURNER (Advert 24/5/2005)
Experienced fitter and turner seeks managerial or technical position.
Contact Fred Harmse 091-319272.

2.4 (ADVERT 24/05/2005)

Secondary..Forms 1 to 4 (IGCSE)
Please phone
Margaret Murphy...335954 or 091 348 248
or email to


2.5 (Advert 31/05/2005)

Ex General Manager of a large, highly successful tobacco'horticulture farm
near Harare is returning from Zambia aand looking for a position in or
around Harare.Has had experience in the transport industry and chemical
production. Very versatile, willing to try anything . For C.V. e-mail or Tel 884294 or 882129.Contact Tony Krynauw at either
of the above numbers.

2.6 Advert (31/05/2005

I am a single man, aged 34 and am looking for a position in
Harare, will consider any other areas, as an Administrator, Secretary or
Am available immediately. I have worked for the US Embassy, Ernst & Young,
US Peace Corps, Zimbabwe CAtholic Bishops' Conference and partly the
Bank.  I am highly proffessional.

Contact: cell 023 263 405 or or


2.7 Advert 31/05/2005

Im interested in looking for a job
I had my own business running a vehicle repair workshop
I was a workshop manager for Dulys
Im a Buyer/Stores manager at the moment being there for the last 7 years
If anything is available please let me know

Many thanks
Vernon Cockcroft

2.8 Advert 31/05/2005

young man seeking suitable position in tobacco industry , 4 years
experience of tobacco buying , broad knowledge of both flue cured and
burley tobaccos , experienced in the packing and blending aspects of these

 please contact Justin on 04 302779 or e mail me at


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