Zimbabwe demands fees from media
Meldrum in Harare
Monday June 17, 2002
The Zimbabwean government
announced yesterday that all media organisations and journalists must pay a fee
to be registered and accredited under its new media law, which critics say is
designed to curtail press freedom.
In addition to the hefty fee, all media
organisations, including international news agencies and local newspapers, must
divulge detailed financial information about their operations, and pay 0.5% of
the audited annual gross turnover of their local operations to a
state-controlled media fund, the Sunday Mail reported.
It is expected that many international wire services
and individual journalists will refuse to register, creating a showdown with
President Robert Mugabe's government.
Under the new regulations, published in the
government gazette at the weekend, the office of a foreign media organisation
must pay US$2,000 (about £1,350) to apply and US$10,000 to register.
Zimbabwean organisations must pay Z$20,000 (US$360)
to apply and Z$500,000 to register. In addition, Zimbabwean correspondents for
foreign media are required to pay US$50 to apply and US$1,000 for accreditation.
The government's media commission can refuse to
register any organisation or journalist, making it illegal for them to practise
journalism in Zimbabwe.
Foreigners are barred from working in Zimbabwe as
correspondents for their companies, but those allowed in "for specified periods"
may do so for US$600, the paper said.
The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy
Act became law on March 15 and since then 12 journalists have been arrested, and
some of them jailed.
The Foreign Correspondents Association of Zimbabwe is
contesting the constitutionality of some sections of the law, and other media
groups are preparing legal challenges.
The act prescribes heavy fines and jail terms of up
to two years for "abuse of journalistic privilege", such as publishing
Andrew Meldrum, is the first journalist to be tried
under the new law. His trial began last week and continues today. He could be
jailed for two years
From CNN, 16
Teargas fired at Zimbabwe
Harare - Riot police used teargas and fired shots in the air on
Sunday to halt a Zimbabwe opposition rally held to mark South Africa's youth
day, arresting more than 30 activists and a freelance television journalist. A
freelance journalist at the scene said police armed with batons, guns and
teargas attacked the rally of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) 20 minutes after it had begun. MDC youth chairman Nelson Chamisa told
Reuters police fired shots in the air and arrested more than 30 party activists,
including MDC parliamentarian Munyaradzi Gwisai. Freelance television cameraman
Newton Spicer was among those arrested, his wife, British-born journalist Edwina
Spicer said. The rally was commemorating anti-apartheid protests in South Africa
in 1976 when police killed hundreds of students.
Police Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said the police
had stopped the rally because some MDC activists had gone around the city
beating people up and trying to provoke trouble. "We had told the organisers
they could not hold their rally at the Harare Gardens because that venue and the
city atmosphere is not conducive for political gatherings," he told Reuters. "We
based our decision on the Public Order and Security Order (POSA) but we had
agreed that they could hold their rally at their offices. We intervened when
their people went around trying to provoke a situation," he added. Bvudzijena
said police had arrested 15 people.
Edwina Spicer said her husband had been asked to report to the
police after filming at the MDC rally. "When he presented himself to the police,
he was arrested and locked up but has not been told under what charge they are
holding him," Spicer said. The Spicers' son is an MDC youth leader. Chamisa
denied the MDC was out to cause trouble and accused the police of being
heavy-handed. "The bottom line is that they are out to attack us whenever we try
to carry out normal political activities," he said. The MDC says Zimbabwe's
ruling Zanu PF party has been trying to destroy its structures and has disrupted
many of its public meetings since President Robert Mugabe won a controversial
presidential election in March. The election was condemned as seriously flawed
by Western powers and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is demanding a re-run.
Mugabe, Zimbabwe's ruler since independence from Britain in 1980, says he won
fairly and accuses the West of trying to impose Tsvangirai as leader of the
southern African state.
From The Daily News, 15 June
Police arrest 170 MDC
Mutare - Nearly 170 MDC supporters, including 11 top officials
in Birchenough Bridge, Chipinge North, were on Thursday beaten up and arrested
by heavily armed police after attending their party’s gathering in the area. By
late Thursday night, the supporters were being held at a police base in the
constituency. Among those arrested are James Mkwaya, the provincial organising
secretary, Prosper Mutseyekwa, the vice-chairman, Lloyd Mahute, chairman, and
Christine Chishakwe, the provincial vice-chairman for the women’s league. Pishai
Muchauraya, the MDC provincial spokesman said on Thursday the MDC members were
arrested at Mapari holiday resort. "After the police denied us room to hold our
rally in the area, we went to Mapari holiday resort centre where we held our
meeting peacefully. In the middle of our meeting, armed police suddenly
surrounded us in a cow-horn formation similar to that used by the Zulus under
Chaka and beat us up indiscriminately for no reason," Muchauraya said. Brian
Makomeke, the acting police spokesman in Manicaland, said he was not aware of
the arrests but would investigate.
On Wednesday, the police raided the Buhera home of Morgan
Tsvangirai, the MDC leader, for the second time in a month. Tsvangirai said his
caretaker was arrested in the latest raid and he was seeking legal recourse. A
Mutare lawyer, Chris Ndlovu engaged by the MDC to represent the arrested, was
thrown out by the police when he went to the police station on Thursday. "I was
told to leave immediately. As policeman escorted me to my car, they advised that
I should leave to avoid problems. They threatened to harm me and so I left,"
Ndlovu said. Muchauraya condemned the arrests saying they were a selective
application of a section of the notorious Public Order and Security Act. "Two
days ago, our rally in Mutare South was disrupted by Zanu PF supporters and
so-called war veterans in the presence of the police," Muchauraya said. "They
just watched as the armed Zanu PF supporters paced up and down at the venue of
International Herald Tribune
Don't let Zimbabwe implode
Gareth Evans IHT Tuesday, June 18, 2002
BRUSSELS Since the
deeply flawed March 2002 presidential election, Zimbabwe
has dropped off the
radar screen of the media and most policymakers, but its
crisis is deepening
in three main ways.
The government and the governing ZANU-PF party are
violence to intimidate the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC)
and civil society in order to compel them to accept
the results. The economy
is further deteriorating as foreign investment and
food both become scarce:
With regional drought compounding the land seizure
crisis, United Nations
agencies are warning of possible famine. And as the
mass protests, the prospect of serious internal conflict
imminent, with grave implications for the stability of the wider
The international response has been mixed
and inadequate. South Africa and
Nigeria, who made possible the
Commonwealth's suspension of Zimbabwe in the
immediate aftermath of the
election, have attempted throughout the spring to
talks between ZANU-PF and the MDC. But many
African governments have given
barely qualified, albeit slightly
embarrassed, approval to President Robert
Mugabe's re-election - while at
the same time talking down Zimbabwe's
relevance to their efforts to
construct new economic relationships with the
Most Western states have done little except repeat
condemnations. These appear, counterproductively, to have
that their policies are "all bark, no bite" and to have
for him in much of Africa.
The European Union and
the United States have expanded neither the target
list of affected
individuals nor the scope for the sanctions - primarily
travel restrictions -
they imposed on senior ZANU-PF figures before the
election. Key Group of
Eight countries have signaled in advance of their
June 26-27 summit meeting
that they may be prepared to relax the requirement
that African states apply
serious peer pressure on Zimbabwe as a
precondition for advancing the New
Program for Africa's Development
initiative, or NEPAD, on which the continent
pins its hopes for integration
into the world economy.
party-to-party talks initially made progress. An agenda was agreed, and
facilitators had begun to explore ideas, built around a
power-sharing arrangement, to pursue constitutional reform and
the presidency to require new elections. But the talks collapsed
in May when
ZANU-PF withdrew, demanding that the MDC drop its court challenge
The substantive gap is considerable, and
ZANU-PF is carrying out repressive
actions around the country that heighten
tension and damage the environment
for any negotiation. The MDC entered talks
despite skepticism at its grass
roots that the governing party intends
anything except to destroy or co-opt
Serious internal fissures
and pressures now threaten to radicalize the MDC's
strategy. Its leader,
Morgan Tsvangirai, has begun to speak of switching to
mass public protests
within weeks if there is no movement toward new
elections. Every indication
is that this would produce a sharp ZANU-PF
response and set off a cycle of
much more serious domestic conflict,
refugees across borders, and further
In these circumstances, it is vital for the
international community to focus
its efforts with renewed urgency on defusing
the immediate crisis. The most
promising avenue is presented by the
party-to-party talks. South Africa and
Nigeria need to be much more assertive
in encouraging ZANU-PF to return to
the negotiating table and both sides to
pursue genuine compromises.
Other African states should give full
support and make clear that Mugabe
will be isolated if he does not negotiate
in good faith.
South Africa and Nigeria have most of the real leverage
that can influence
Mugabe. However, the EU, United States and other friends
of Zimbabwe can
play important roles by focusing on helping the facilitators
party-to-party talks back on track within the next several weeks.
should mute the rhetoric, but toughen and extend targeted sanctions;
clear there will be no progress on NEPAD at the G-8 summit meeting
Africans put more pressure on ZANU-PF; and - especially Britain -
anew to contribute significantly, in the context of an overall
to land reform in Zimbabwe.
The international community
should also offer assistance that strengthens
civil society and helps provide
unemployed young people with economic
alternatives to joining the governing
Zimbabwe is not a lost cause. Conflict prevention based
on democracy, the
rule of law and a functioning economy can succeed, but only
if the key
international actors, led by the Africans themselves, throw their
weight behind a genuine negotiating process before the grievances are
into the streets.
The writer is president of the International
Crisis Group, whose new report
"Zimbabwe: What Next?" can be found at www.crisisweb.org. He contributed
comment to the International Herald Tribune.
Christian Science Monitor
Rights group urges international action
Agence France Presse
HARARE, ZIMBABWE – The International Crisis Group warned Monday that
Zimbabwe's political crisis is deepening and urged other leaders to step up
pressure on President Robert Mugabe.
"The international response has been mixed
and inadequate" since Mr. Mugabe claimed victory in the March presidential
election, ICG said in a report.
"The ruling ZANU-PF party and the government are systematically using
violence to intimidate the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and
civil society in order to punish and compel them to accept the results" of the
vote, it said. "As the opposition considers mass protests, the prospect of
serious internal conflict is becoming imminent, with grave implications for the
stability of the wider southern African region."
The report called on Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Olusegun
Obasanjo of Nigeria to take a more assertive stance in pressuring Mugabe to
return to talks with MDC on finding a peaceful solution to the impasse.
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has rejected Mugabe's reelection, saying
widespread political violence and fraud at the polls had compromised the
Most independent observers shared that assessment, and the European Union,
the United States, and other Western nations imposed sanctions on Mugabe and his
The ICG report urged EU and US officials to expand the sanctions to include
directors and senior officials in businesses affiliated with the ZANU-PF. It
also said the EU and US governments should investigate assets held by ZANU-PF
officials and use aid money to strengthen links among independent unions, civil
society, and the political opposition.
ICG said the Group of Eight (G8) – the world's seven most industrialized
nations plus Russia – should link progress on the New Partnership for Africa's
Development (NEPAD) initiative to stronger efforts by African governments to
resolve Zimbabwe's crisis. That initiative will be a major theme at next month's
G8 summit in Canada. Under the scheme, participating African nations promise
good governance in return for investment and development aid.
ZIMBABWE: IMF suspends technical assistance to Zimbabwe
June (IRIN) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has adopted a declaration of
non-cooperation for Zimbabwe and suspended its technical assistance because it
isn't dealing with its arrears payments adequately.
An IMF statement said
the declaration of non-cooperation was one of the remedial measures used with
members who fail to settle overdue financial obligations.
As of 12 June
2002, Zimbabwe owed about US $132 million - about US $74 million to the IMF's
general department, and about US $58 million to the Poverty Reduction and Growth
Facility (PRGF) trust, the statement said.
Zimbabwe first incurred
arrears to the IMF in mid-February 2001. On 24 September 2001, the country was
declared ineligible to use the general resources of the IMF and removed from the
list of countries eligible to borrow resources under the PRGF.
paid US $1.6 million in 2001 and US $3 million in the first half of 2002 but
arrears have increased after that.
The fund's executive board had urged
the Zimbabwean authorities to adopt an economic adjustment programme to help the
country restore economic and financial stability. It also offered to help the
authorities design the necessary policy measures.
The board will review
Zimbabwe's arrears in three months and if Zimbabwe has not strengthened its
cooperation with the Fund it would consider suspending its voting and related
rights in the fund.
Zimbabwe is already dealing with a warning by the
World Food Programme (WFP) that at least 6 million people could face food
shortages this year through drought and the disruptions to commercial farming by
the land acquisition programme.
Meanwhile, opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai slammed what he called police
brutality in the country.
He said 170 MDC activists had been arrested in
Buhera south, in the east of the country, and 100 MDC youths in Harare during a
rally over the weekend.
The Daily News reported that riot police used
batons and teargas to break up the Harare rally.
Tsvangirai said: "These
police actions, or rather the actions of ZANU-PF militia, disguised as police
action, do not come anywhere near legitimate law enforcement of lawful
maintenance of public order."
MDC spokesman Pishai Muchauraya also told
IRIN the MDC provincial offices in Mutare had been closed by police on Monday
and that 100 people had been arrested in Chipinge on the same day on suspicion
of being involved in a mass action campaign against the government. Last week
the MDC offices in Chimanimani were closed by police.
"Things are very
dangerous and explosive in Zimbabwe at the moment. There is a crackdown on all
In continuing pressure on the media, news agency AFP
reported that the Zimbabwe government has set new fees that journalists must
Local media organisations must pay Zim $520,000 (US $9,454 at the
official rate) to operate, while individual Zimbabwean journalists working for
news organisations must pay Zim $6,000 (US $109). The fee for foreign
journalists is US $50 and US $100 for application and registration,
respectively. Foreign media houses must pay US $2,000 and US $10,000 to operate,
a government gazette said.
For the IMF press release: http://www.imf.org/external/country/zwe/index.htm
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Monday, 17 June, 2002, 13:45 GMT 14:45 UK
Crackdown in Zimbabwe
Anti-government demonstrations have been repressed
The main opposition party in Zimbabwe has warned President
Robert Mugabe that it will organise more protests, after police cracked down on
opposition militants in two cities at the weekend.
The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, said
that the government should brace itself for more demonstrations.
Mass action is never impossible, this is only going to
strengthen our resolve
MDC's Tendai Biti
He did not specify when they would take place, but said that it was a matter
of time before action was taken.
A rally by MDC supporters was dispersed by police in the capital, Harare, on
Police say at least 80 MDC youths and officials have been arrested and will
be charged for violating the law on security and order.
They are expected to appear in court on Tuesday.
Last week, state-run media reported that President Mugabe had put security
forces on high alert to crush any mass demonstrations calling for a re-run of
the March presidential elections.
Hundreds of ruling party militants clashed with MDC supporters in Zimbabwe's
second city, Bulawayo, early on Monday.
Mugabe signed the media law in March
Zanu-PF militias deployed in the townships last week, and started harassing
MDC supporters overnight, raiding their houses and beating them up.
No casualties have been reported in the clashes, in which hundreds of people
were involved on both sides, according to residents.
Police and soldiers were deployed in the townships, but there were still a
few pockets of resistance a few hours after the clashes started.
'Struggle for democracy'
The arrests in Harare took place at a demonstration held to commemorate the
1976 Soweto uprising.
Riot police used tear gas and clubs, and fired shots in the air to disperse
hundreds of opposition supporters.
An MDC member, Tendai Biti, vowed to keep up the struggle for democracy in
"Mass action is never impossible, this is only going to strengthen our
resolve," he told AP news agency.
Media restrictions Sunday's opposition rally also is reported to have
led to the arrest of three journalists.
Geoff Nyarota, the editor of the independent Daily News, told the BBC that
three of his journalists had been beaten up by the police as they tried to cover
the march in Harare.
Meldrum's trial is expected to resume on Monday
Mr Nyarota said the reporters were then taken to Harare central police
station. One of them is in severe pain from injuries to his arm.
At the weekend, the Zimbabwean government introduced more restrictions to the
work of national and international reporters in what critics see as an attempt
to limit foreign media in the country.
An amendment to the new media law says that foreign media companies will need
to pay the equivalent of a total of $12,000 US to be registered.
American journalist Andrew Meldrum, who works for the British newspaper, The
Guardian, is already facing trial for publishing falsehoods.
He could face a hefty fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.
Zimbabwe opposition vows to mount more protests
June 17 - Zimbabwe's main opposition party vowed on Monday to mount
protests against President Robert Mugabe, a day after riot police
gas to break up an opposition rally and arrested dozens
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai accused the police of
they arrested more than 100 youths from the opposition
Democratic Change at Sunday's rally.
Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said the police had
stopped the rally because
some MDC activists had attacked innocent
bystanders before the gathering. He
said 80 youths were arrested and denied
the police had been heavy handed in
''The MDC leader might be trying to score political
points but he
knows very well that his statement is false and reckless
Police used teargas and fired shots into
the air to break up the MDC
rally to commemorate youth day in Harare on
Sunday, witnesses said.
A freelance journalist at the scene said
police armed with batons,
guns and teargas broke up the rally 20 minutes
after it had begun and forced
dozens of people into trucks, including MDC
Freelance television cameraman
Newton Spicer was among those
arrested. Zimbabwe's private Daily News
reported on Monday that three of its
staffers were also arrested and
Tsvangirai said Mugabe was using the police to crack down
against his disputed election victory in March, which the MDC and
Western governments have rejected as fraudulent.
He said a
crisis-bound economy -- coupled with severe food shortages
partly blamed on
the state seizure of white-owned farms for black
resettlement -- might force
Zimbabweans onto the streets.
''Starvation in the rural areas and mass
poverty in urban areas for
which the regime is responsible, will no doubt act
as a catalyst for a firm
and comprehensive mass response of this country who
have been short-changed
by the regime,'' he said.
Zimbabwe's ruler since independence from Britain in 1980,
says he won the
March 9-11 election fairly and accuses the West of trying to
Tsvangirai as leader of the southern African
25th June slithers closer like a python stalking its prey
The Government of Zimbabwe passed an amendment to the land
on 10th May giving farmers under compulsory notice of
8) 45 days to stop farming activities and then a further
45 days to leave
The number of title deeds with Section 8
Orders is 2 443 (51%). With the
ongoing service of Section 8 Orders, it is
not unreasonable to assume that
60% of CFU members' farms (about 2 900 title
deeds) are now subject to a
Section 8 Order.
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them to me.
1. Stay on her farm and continue to produce food even though
doing this she
would be facing possible violent / arrest a fine of ZD$ 20 000
years in prison. YES / NO
2. Flee the country abandoning her
way of life and family, loyal staff? YES
3. Hand herself over to
police along with the other 2 900 farmers who would
also be violating the act
on 26 June 2002 by walking their fields or tending
their crops which could
feed the nation. YES / NO
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Jeans email reads ......
are ticking by a and the deadline that Dr Made has apparently set
white farmers to be off the land moves closer like a python stalking
I received a Section 8 (compulsory notice of acquisition) from
government on 22 March (dated 25 February) which effectively allowed me
days to wind up my farming operations and then 45 days to stay in my
before I was supposed to leave my home.
If I had followed the 25
February date as the start of my 90 day notice
period I would be due to leave
my farm on 26 May. If the notice starts when
I signed for the section 8 on 22
March then I would be due to leave my farm
on 20 June.
ratification of the amendment to the Land Acquisition Act by
Parliament on 9
May to confirm the President's decree on 9 November 2001
stretches all operational section 8's to start from 10 May 2002.
that all section 8 holders are due off their farms by 10 August.
understand that government have set up a task force of army, police and
to ensure that the notice period is adhered to and that farmers will
arrested if they are not off their farms by that date.
having to remind myself that I bought my farm, still own it and that
not offer it to Government. That I also have not seen any grounds for
government to acquire it in the interests of the nation, and that even
this was necessary, that the government will have paid me fair
for the loss of my farm. I keep reminding myself that I am a
citizen who came home in 1980 to be part of this new nation
and who believed
that we could build a nation blind to colour, racial,
gender, or religious
prejudice. I keep having to remind myself that I was
able to buy and farm
this piece of land despite the huge financial pressure
it placed on me to get
the finance and to meet the repayments required by
the bank to clear the debt
on the farm.
I always prided myself on the fact that my children were
being brought up in
a wonderful country where there was equal opportunity for
all, where we
could make our dreams come true, where there was very little
violence and we
are a peace loving nation.
I then have to blink to
stop myself from shuddering when I see that the
government have put
legislation through parliament depriving me of my right
to own property,
receive compensation, live safely, ask the police for suppo
rt and help if my
basic human rights, as cemented into the United Nations
violated. I have to breathe slowly every time I read the basic
and consider how many of my Human Rights have been violated by
and sectors of our country.
And then I look at how many of my staff's
human rights have been violated by
those very people who purport to stand in
parliament and government on
behalf of their constituents.
We face the
most daunting hunger and food shortage that this country has
experienced. Our leaders have been so involved with remaining in power
the magnitude of the disaster may not have struck them.
And then I pray
that the need to deal with the national disaster facing all
of us in the form
of hunger will bring this government to its senses so it
realises that we are
farmers who want to grow food for the people of this
country, that we are
Zimbabweans, just like the fellow black Zimbabweans
that we rub shoulders
with. So that this madness of racialism and opposition
phobia that currently
haunts the ruling party, will go away and we will be
able to live as ordinary
Zimbabweans with our human rights inviolate.
Please help to make the
world understand that we are Zimbaweans, with human
rights like all other
human beings who want to stay in our country of birth
or naturalisation and
lead normal lives with normal needs and
history of Jean to help you make a decision:
I was a university student at
Wits during the late 1970's while the
Chimurenga war was taking place. I
answered the call by our leaders and Mr
Mugabe in particular to return home
and help rebuild our nation. I worked in
Harare during the 1980's and saved
the money to buy my farm in 1992. I am a
white woman farmer on her own with
two children. My family have lived in
Africa for over 200 years. I have
lived in Zimbabwe for 44 years. Although
I was born in Louis Trichardt as
there was no hospital in Beit Bridge, I
returned home as an infant. I
renounced my right to South African
citizenship in terms of the latest
legislation before 6 January 2002.
I was abducted and beaten by Zanu PF
on 18 May 2000 and taken to meet (late)
Dr Hunzvi at Mvurachena Farm in
Raffingora. My staff ran with me and
protected me from the youth and war vets
who had abducted me. I was also
protected by the local black people who
negotiated to ensure my safety. I
was pushed around by a pro-government
supporter in September 2001 at my
gate. My staff intervened to stop him from
In December 2001 I was barricaded into my home by a group of
youth who were
led and controlled by the local War Vet, Lena, from
Raffingora. My staff
were prevented from working for 6 days. This illegal
strike lasted for 6
days. I had asked my staff please to take maize in lieu
of their back pay
for October and November as I did not have the cash
available to pay the
back pay. I have not received finance from a bank since
I was abducted and
then designated in September 2000.
On 18 January
2002 a group of Zanu PF youth locked me into my yard and gave
me 3 hours to
get off my farm. My staff, the local Zanu PF hierarchy and the
intervened on my behalf and the matter was resolved.
Zanu PF held a rally
at Raffingora at which Dr Chombo gave the instruction
that my farm, Erewhon,
is to be taken away from me on Tuesday 26 February
2002. I am to be removed
from the farm. I have been given this information
from a number of very
reliable sources this evening.
I am perceived to be a member of MDC, but
am actually an outspoken human
rights activist who is concerned at the lack
of medicines at the hospitals,
poor nursing and medical facilities at the
local medical centre, concerned
at the lack of teaching material at the local
schools and the fact that
there are up to 75 children in each class. I have
in the past been involved
with the local people trying to get the government
to build more schools
with better facilities for our farm children as well as
involved with the
local hospital and widows and orphans committees to try and
conditions in the local
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Statement by the MDC President on the on going brutalisation of
citizens by the police and Zanu PF agents.
Over the past
week, we have witnessed a sustained campaign of unprovoked
on innocent and defenceless citizens through out the
acts of police brutality and state hooliganism include the siege of
homes in Buhera North, the arrest of 170 MDC activists in Buhera South
the widespread barbaric disruptions of MDC meetings and more recently,
arrest and torture of over 100 MDC youths and officials who had
gathered to commemorate youth day at our Harare provincial offices
weekend, in accordance with written police directives.
police actions or rather the actions of Zanu PF militia, disguised as
action do not come anywhere near legitimate law enforcement or
maintenance of public order. They are a preemptive strike whose
objective is to instill fear in a cheated and restive population with
false hope that such action will avert a people oriented response to
regime's theft of elections
But let the point be made and made
strongly that this illegitimate regime is
misleading itself if it assumes
that its actions will give birth to a cowed
population. Starvation in the
rural areas and mass poverty in urban areas
for which the regime is
responsible, will no doubt act as a catalyst for a
firm and comprehensive
mass response by the people of this country who have
been short changed by
the regime. Just as the regime is determined to
repress lawful public opinion
and public action, the people are resolved to
reclaim their power.
MDC is determined to carry out its legitimate and lawful obligation
defending the people. We are aware of the moves by this regime to
the MDC an unlawful organization and arrest its leadership as a way
averting the natural consequences of election theft. Should that
history will have repeated itself with startling accuracy and such
unfortunate event will have long term repercussions for the
Finally, the police and other state institutions being abused by
illegitimate government must realize that a day does come to pass when
who have abused their power and responsibilities will be asked by the
to account for their actions.
It does not matter how long it
will take, the people shall prevail and
victory is certain.
Harare, 17 June 2002