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      Zimbabwe rejects 38 asylum seekers

      6/19/02 8:49:13 AM (GMT +2)

      From Kelvin Jakachira in Mutare

      ZIMBABWE has, since last year, refused to grant refugee status to at
least 38 asylum seekers - mostly from Angola, Rwanda and the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) - allegedly because they are suspected to have links
to rebel groups in those countries.

      The other asylum seekers whose applications were rejected are from
Burundi.The asylum seekers were rejected after they were thoroughly
interrogated by a vetting committee, which comprises security
agencies.Officials from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the police, the defence forces and
the Central Intelligence Organisation are involved in vetting all asylum

      The Zimbabwean government is suspicious of asylum seekers from
countries such as Rwanda, Burundi and eastern DRC, which is controlled by
armed rebels who are sponsored by Rwanda.

      Zimbabwean troops are actively involved in the DRC war.UNHCR officials
said this week some applications were turned down because the asylum seekers
initially had registered to stay in other countries such as Malawi and

      Tapiwa Huye, the UNHCR assistant programme officer in Zimbabwe, said:
"In some cases they would have registered in Malawi or Zambia so once they
seek asylum here we cross-check with these countries."

      On Thursday this week, Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge is expected
to be a hive of activity when about 800 refugees settled there join
displaced colleagues in the international community to celebrate World
Refugee Day.

      John Adu, who heads the UNHCR in Zimbabwe, home to 9 472 refugees,
said the theme of this year's celebrations is "Refugee Woman".Adu said: "The
parallel themes are 'positive contributions of refugees' and 'a shared
responsibility'." The refugee population at Tongogara comprise mostly of
nationals from Rwanda, Burundi, Angola, the DRC, Congo Republic, Somalia,
Ethiopia, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with several of them involved in
income-generating projects.

      There are about 26 million uprooted people around the world. Women and
children constitute between 75 to 80 percent of refugees in the world,
according to UNHCR statistics. As of January 2001, Adu said the UNHCR was
providing protection and assistance to some 21 million refugees and 5,2
million internally displaced persons around the world.

      "Celebrating and recognising the contribution of refugees is an
important step towards breaking negative stereotypes," Adu said. "The media
attention given to refugees is often negative."It is the drama of their
plight that is usually featured while their potential and positive
contribution to society is seldom mentioned."At Tongogara Camp, some women
refugees have managed to brush aside the refugee stigma and are engaged in
thriving income-generating projects.
      Sidate Kashamara, who fled violence from her home in Burundi, is
engaged in a thriving cotton growing venture. Others at the camp are running
tuck shops.

      Adu said some of the activities lined up for the World Refugee Day, at
which government and non-governmental organisations are expected to be
represented, include drama, cultural displays, and soccer and netball
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      Put differences aside and source for food aid, parties challenged

      6/19/02 8:46:02 AM (GMT +2)

      Staff Reporter

      THE National Alliance for Good Governance-Democratic Front (NAGG-DF)
on Monday urged Zanu PF and MDC to set aside their political differences to
help the country acquire food aid.

      Mufudzi Wamambo, the NAGG-DF secretary for national development in an
interview on Monday said the MDC should use its good relations with the
international community to source food for starving Zimbabweans.

      Wamambo said it would be "unfortunate" if the MDC just sat back and
expected the government to feed the people."The MDC should remember that
over one million Zimbabweans voted for them in the March presidential
election," Wamambo said.He said the MDC promised the electorate that it had
mechanisms in place to feed the nation if it won the election.

      "Even if the MDC lost the election, it is still responsible to the 1,2
million of its supporters," Wamambo said.He said the MDC must commit itself
to Zimbabweans during this time of hunger, before the 2005 parliamentary
election, or lose again to Zanu PF.

      NAGG-DF had urged both Zanu PF and the MDC in separate letters to
contribute to drought relief efforts to avert a food crisis, he said.The
letters were signed by Wamambo and Moses Mutyasira, the party's secretary
for information and publicity.
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      Church may resort to legal action to restart feeding scheme

      6/19/02 8:36:12 AM (GMT +2)

      From our Correspondent in Bulawayo

      INFORMED sources in Bulawayo said on Monday the Roman Catholic Church
may consider legal action against war veterans who have halted its feeding
programme for children and expectant mothers in Binga District.

      "The church is wondering whether the courts should be approached to
force the police to give the church protection when they are delivering the
food to the people," said the source.

      Some of the children are reportedly fainting from hunger while in
class.Church officials said the war veterans were still camped outside the
church's warehouse, ready to pounce on delivery trucks hired to distribute
the food to about 4 000 pre-school children and expectant mothers in the
drought-prone district.

      Joel Gabhuza, the local MP, said on Monday a report had been compiled
on the impact of the drought in the region. "A number of school children are
fainting from hunger and if the situation continues people will die of
starvation," he said.He said some families were going up to one week without
a solid meal.
      Gabhuza said war veterans wielding sticks and stones were milling
outside the Catholic Church to stop the feeding programme.

      They launched their siege after the Minister of Local Government,
Public Works and National Housing, Ignatius Chombo, ordered the Church's
Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace Commission (CCJP) to abandon the
feeding programme because it was using "structures similar to the government

      The MP said he had approached the District Administrator to convene a
meeting between the church and war veterans.The Catholic Church diocese
spokesman, Bishop Robert Ndlovu, could not be reached on Monday but was
expected back in the office at the weekend.But sources said the church was
considering taking legal action to be allowed to feed the people.

      In the run-up to the March presidential election, the government
announced that
      all food aid from donors should be channelled through it, alleging the
food was being used to whip up support for the Movement for Democratic
Change. The war veterans' action, came shortly after an order by Chombo that
the CCJP feeding project should be disbanded.Binga villagers on Monday
attacked the police for failing to remove the war veterans who are
preventing the food distribution.
      A Binga businessman, who asked not to be named for fear of
victimisation, said it was unfortunate that a government which claimed to
have the interests of children at heart should watch them suffer because of

      He said: "If the government wants to punish people for not having
voted for Zanu PF during the March election then it is shocking that
pre-school children who are the beneficiaries of the feeding scheme should
be made to suffer".
      Another villager said it was high time the people of Binga stood up
"in one voice and refused to be used as political pawns" for the sake of the
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      State publishes media registration regulations

      6/19/02 8:40:31 AM (GMT +2)

      A Government Gazette Extraordinary has been issued outlining the
stringent new regulations governing the registration of mass media
organisations and accreditation of journalists under the controversial
Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

      To be cited as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy
Registration, Accreditation and Levy) Regulations 2002, the statutes
require, among other things, an application fee of $ 20 000 for a mass media
service or news agency and registration fees of $500 000.

      Local journalists working for local media institutions are now
required to pay an application fee of $1 000 and an accreditation fee of $ 5
000 while local freelance journalists will pay half of what the local
journalists pay for both application fee and accreditation.

      Local journalists working for foreign media are now required to pay an
application fee of US$ 50 (about Z$4 000) and an accreditation fee of US$
1000 (about Z$80 000).
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      Dema police open docket against Nyadzayo

      6/19/02 8:44:19 AM (GMT +2)

      Chief Reporter

      THE police in Dema have opened a docket against George Nyadzayo alias
Enos Tadyanemhandu, the man who gave The Daily News a false story claiming
that his wife, Brandina, was beheaded by suspected Zanu PF supporters.

      The investigation into Nyadzayo's conduct followed a report last week
by Ben Tumbare-Mutasa, the Member of Parliament for Seke who complained that
Nyadzayo conned him of $3 000 in March just before he lied to the paper.

      Mutasa yesterday said: "I reported the matter and the
officer-in-charge of Dema Police Station assured me that the police would
arrest Nyadzayo for conning me."The officer-in-charge also interviewed me
before he assigned Constable Chimunoko to handle the case. The case number
is RRB013441."

      The police in Dema yesterday confirmed that they opened the docket
against Nyadzayo following the MP's report but said they could not reveal
the details of their investigations into the matter.Nyadzayo's fabricated
story led to the arrest of two Daily News reporters, Collin Chiwanza and
Lloyd Mudiwa, as well as Andrew Meldrum, correspondent for the British-based
Guardian newspaper.

      Chiwanza was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing by the Harare
Magistrates' Court but Mudiwa and Meldrum are facing trial under the
draconian Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act for allegedly
publishing falsehoods.Tumbare-Mutasa said on 16 March, Nyadzayo, using the
alias George Mazhindu, came to his house in Chitungwiza aboard the MP's
truck which was delivering bread to Zhakata shopping centre in Dema,
claiming that his wife and children were captured by 500 Zanu PF supporters
who were operating a torture base at the centre.

      "He also claimed that he was assaulted by the Zanu PF youths before
they attacked six of his cattle with axes. He said this was done because one
of his daughters was found in possession of the MDC's red card symbol,"
Tumbare-Mutasa said. The MP said he entertained Nyadzayo because he had told
him that he was related to Mazhindu, the late MDC chairman for Seke, a claim
that was later proved false.

      Tumbare-Mutasa said because it was late that day, he allowed Nyadzayo
to put up at his house that night."On 17 March, the man knocked on my
bedroom door early in the morning and said he needed $20 000 to move his
family to Chitomborwizi, and to buy clothes and food because all his
property was burnt by the Zanu PF youths," he said.

      Tumbare-Mutasa said that Nyadzayo claimed that he would pay back the
money by auctioning his remaining cattle to the MP after his family had left
the area, because they were in danger."I was saddened by his story and I
told him that we should first report the matter at Dema Police Station so
that the police could arrest the culprits but Nyadzayo said while I went to
the police he wanted to first check whether his family was safe at the
Zhakata base," he said. The MP said while at Chikwanha shopping centre in
Chitungwiza, he gave Nyadzayo $3 000 after they agreed that he would be paid
back after the latter had sold his cattle. Nyadzayo then went to Zhakata "to
rescue his family" while Tumbare-Mutasa went to report the matter to the

      He said the officer-in-charge of Dema Police Station assigned a police
detail to accompany him and investigate the issue but when they arrived at
Zhakata shopping centre, Nyadzayo had absconded.They also realised that his
story was a fabrication. "I was conned by that man. He lied to me. The
police should arrest him because he has harmed many people," the MP said.
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Zimbabwe white farmers urged to get out of politics

HARARE, June 19 - A leader of a mainly white Zimbabwean farmers' group told
growers on Wednesday to abandon politics, saying it hurt efforts to deal
with the government over its seizure of white-owned farms.

       It was the first time a white farm leader has publicly called on the
community to wave the white flag in the face of President Robert Mugabe's
land seizure drive.
       After two years of being targeted by Mugabe as relics of colonialism,
Zimbabwe Tobacco Association (ZTA) President Kobus Joubert said ''farmer
politicians'' posed a serious threat to the future of commercial
       ''These people are playing with our future, our lives, our very
existence,'' he told a largely silent audience at the ZTA's annual meeting.
       ''The time has come to recognise reality, that the ZTA and farmers
must work with the government of the day,'' he said.
       The association has about 2,000 mainly white members, representing
nearly half the country's white commercial farmers. More than 300 tobacco
farms have been forcibly closed since the beginning of the land reform
       The land drive began in February 2000 when militant government
supporters, led by veterans of the 1970s liberation war, began invading
hundreds of white-owned farms.
       At the time, many of Zimbabwe's 4,500 white commercial farmers openly
identified themselves with the main opposition Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC), which posed the first serious threat to Mugabe's two decades
in power.

       But after the MDC lost parliamentary elections in June 2000, and its
leader Morgan Tsvangirai was declared the loser in disputed presidential
polls in March this year, there were reports that many white farmers had
decided to abandon politics.
       Battered by the land invasions and crippling shortages of foreign
exchange, some farmers have left for neighbouring Mozambique, Zambia and
South Africa.
       Joubert said white farmers must recognise that Mugabe's land
redistribution drive was a reality, and that to continue farming they must
share available land with landless blacks.
       ''The time has come to make a choice: We offer a subdivision (of
land) and co-exist and try to keep a productive unit or we pack our bags and
go,'' he said.
       Joubert said he had long advised white farmers not to get involved in
politics, but ''farmer politicians'' -- political party activists who
campaigned, raised funds or ran for office -- had refused and some were
still refusing to listen.
       He urged farmers to be ''completely apolitical'' and recognise that
land would be redistributed whatever their opinion and that a racial or
arrogant attitude would not help their case.
       Farmers could not sit back and hope the country's political situation
would change and the status quo would remain in the countryside, Joubert
       Joubert's comments were echoed in a speech to the group by John
Chiweshe, the black chairman of the Zimbabwe Association of Tobacco
Merchants and a member of Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party.
       ''Let us try not to be too clever. Let us not push the government to
the wall because we are going to lose a lot,'' he said of farmers' getting
involved in politics.

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Blunt message to Zimbabwe farmers


HARARE - White Zimbabwean tobacco farmers were warned on Wednesday to
co-operate with the government of President Robert Mugabe or pack their bags
and leave the country.
"Time has come to realise that tobacco farmers must work with the government
of the day, that government is the ZANU-PF government," the president of the
Zimbabwe Tobacco Association, Kobus Joubert, said at an annual congress of
predominantly white large-scale tobacco growers.

"To survive and continue farming in Zimbabwe we need to be part of the
solutions, not part of the problem," Joubert warned.

James Chiweshe, head of the Zimbabwe Association of Tobacco Merchants, told
the scores of farmers gathered for the congress: "We need to be able to
liaise with the government. We should never try to be too clever".

Joubert added: "The time has come to make a choice, (either) we offer a
subdivision (of farms) and co-exist, and try to keep a productive unit, or
we pack our bags and go.

"Land will be distributed," he said, adding that the maximum farm sizes
drawn up by government for individual owners were a "reality".

Some farmers have tried resist Mugabe's controversial land reform programme
of taking land from white owners and redistributing it to blacks.

The reforms are a bid to correct longstanding inequities in land ownership
that has seen 70 percent of the country's prime farmland in the hands of
whites making up just one percent of the population.

The two speakers told the farmers to remain apolitical if they wanted to
stay in the tobacco business -- Zimbabwe's most lucrative crop and top
foreign exchange earner after gold.

"We must not get involved in politics. We as large-scale farmers do not make
the rules," said Joubert.

"We should not be used by Uncle Toms," Chiweshe said, in a reference to
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who has drawn considerable support from
white farmers.

Although Joubert acknowledged that the land reforms had had a "severe"
impact on tobacco due to disruptions of operations, eviction of farmers,
beatings and murders of farmers, and looting and extortion, he reminded his
colleagues that the programme would proceed.

"The sooner we get on and recognise these realities, the better," he said.

"Possibly our biggest problem is that we have got an attitude. Arrogance is
what breaks down everything," he said.

Chiweshe also warned the farmers: "If you think you can use it (tobacco) as
a weapon, that weapon can be used against you. Let us not push the
government up the great wall bacause it will be a big mistake. It
(government) will defend itself ... and it will be us who will be losers."

Tobacco brings in about one-third of the country's desperately needed
foreign exchange.

Zimbabwe last year was the second largest supplier of flue-cured tobacco on
the international market after Brazil. China was third.


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Paranoia Shows Zanu PF Knows Its Inescapable Fate

The Daily News (Harare)
June 18, 2002
Posted to the web June 18, 2002
P. Chari, USA

It will happen if it has got to happen! You can't stop the rain! Zanu PF
leaders know this and that is why they are so paranoid. The day is coming
and their worst fear will be translated into the horror that will accompany
the change which is inevitable.
I am very disturbed by the news coming from Mutare and Chimanimani that the
Central Intelligence Organisation and the police have banned the MDC. A
leaflet has been circulated in Mutare to intimidate people not to engage in
mass action. Let me tell them so that they really understand: it's just a
matter of time before the situation explodes.
Zanu PF is sitting on a time bomb. It must do the right thing; that is
respect for the will of the people. Ian Smith thought along the same lines -
that he could defy popular anger and prevent change - but he could not stop
the people's march towards freedom.
What some fail to understand is that being a leader should have the blessing
of the Most High. Believe you me, they will not succeed if they exploit the
people of God. Zimbabweans are the people of God, and God is just letting
the situation develop to a level at which no human force, even with the most
lethal weapons, can contain. That's when God will jump in and show them that
indeed a stone can be changed into bread, even Mt Nyangani can be moved to
State House. Nothing is impossible in the eyes of God. If you mess with
God's people, you are messing with God Himself!
Those who kill people every day in order to silence their calls for change
so they themselves can remain in power forever will pay dearly for their
evil deeds. I know I shall live to witness them being punished unless my God
is a fool.
To my fellow sufferers, I say whatever action we take, we are being inspired
by God. Let's do what we are told by the little voice inside us that we have
got to do. It is us who must change things, not outsiders. If they are going
to kill us they will only kill a few hundred, perhaps thousands, but not all
of us. We need not be violent ourselves.
The soldiers and police are also humans and when they reach a stage where
they are commanded to do the inhuman, instinct will tell them to stop.
That's when we will begin to glorify God. It's not going to be easy, but we
have got to sacrifice. When blood flows like water in the roads, they won't
keep killing otherwise they will live to rule corpses and ghosts. They are
human, not animals, that could keep doing the inhuman indefinitely. Let's
force them into becoming human once more.
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S.Africa tells Zimbabwe Come to your senses

CAPE TOWN, June 19 - South Africa warned neighbouring Zimbabwe on Wednesday
that its controversial political and economic policies would ruin the
       ''We have said it to them time and again: You must come to your
senses,'' Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin said during parliamentary
question time.

       ''As Zimbabwe, you'd better correct your policies because the
punishment that is being exerted on your economy is getting more and more
serious as time goes on.''
       Erwin's comments are amongst the sharpest criticisms yet by South
Africa of Zimbabwe, where the seizure of white-owned commercial farms and
the collapse of law and order are cited as key factors behind a looming
       In response to a question, Erwin said the political and economic
crisis in Zimbabwe would not affect South Africa's trade relationship with
the United States or the success of the New Partnership for Africa's
Development (NEPAD).
       Aid flows to Zimbabwe have been squeezed in protest against President
Robert Mugabe's farm seizures and the use of intimidation and violence in
the run up to March presidential elections which the opposition said the
veteran leader stole.
       Zimbabwe is suffering from a deepening recession, with inflation
soaring to 122 percent in the year to May and unemployment rocketing.
       South African President Thabo Mbeki has been criticised at home, in
Zimbabwe and abroad for failing to publicly condemn Mugabe, but he has
insisted that constructive engagement is the best way to influence the
Harare government.
       Erwin said South Africa had repeatedly warned Mugabe and the
country's business leaders of the cost of policies being implemented or
tolerated by the government.
       ''We have pointed out to Zimbabwe government and to business leaders
time and time again: 'You are making fundamental errors and the cost of your
errors is going to be extreme','' he said.
       In an apparent reference to Zimbabwe, Erwin said African countries
would have a choice whether to sign onto the peer review process proposed in
NEPAD, the programme for African economic recovery.
       The programme initiated by Mbeki and fleshed out with support from
Senegal, Nigeria and Algeria, includes provision for an African-administered
ratings system.
       Erwin said South Africa was optimistic that the peer review system
would be adopted at the inaugural meeting of the African Union, a successor
to the Organisation of African Unity, in Durban in July.
       ''We believe that many countries will make use of the peer review
mechanism during the course of this year.
       ''We have chosen in NEPAD to say ... we will take responsibility for
our own actions,'' he said.
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Former OAU Chief Says Africa Supports Zimbabwe


      Xinhuanet 2002-06-20 02:04:54

      HARARE, June 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Former Organization of African
Union (OAU) secretary general Salim Ahmed Salim said here on Wednesday that
Africa supports Zimbabwe and wishes the best for itat a time when it is
going through difficulties.

      Speaking at a press briefing after meeting President Robert Mugabe
at Zimbabwe House, Salim said "From the perspective of Africa, Zimbabwe
means a lot to us and at this difficult time we wish the best for the people
of the country."

      He called on Zimbabweans to "put aside whatever political
differences they have and forge ahead for the good of the country."

      He said that after his tenure at the OAU, he was now chairman of
the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Foundation which was dedicated to the promotion
of unity and continental independence.

      Salim said the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation represented the unityof
the continent, political and economic liberation, things that Nyerere stood

      The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) tried to see
what African countries could do for themselves and should be seen in the
context of the African Union (AU), he said, adding that Africa was trying to
deal with its socio-economic and governance difficulties

      The issues of good governance and human rights were something that
Africans should fight for and not wait to have conditions setfor them.

      "When something is wrong, Africans should be prepared to have the
courage to say that it is wrong. Other African countries should be judges of
that," Salim Said.

      He said the west could have its say but could not decide on
howAfrican conducted its business. It was important for Africans to work
together, he added.

      "What is at stake is how Africa can mobilize its own resources and
institutions so as to make a leap into the 21st century and bepart of
globalization," he said.

      The NEPAD was an African initiative, but there was need for
further articulation of what lay ahead .

      Salim hoped that there would be constructive discussion on the way
forward at the launch of the AU in Durban in July 2002.

      The NEPAD was initiated last year by Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo
of Nigeria and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. Enditem

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