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      Govt orders varsity's immediate closure

      Staff Reporter
      3/13/03 2:05:01 AM (GMT +2)

      THE government has ordered the immediate closure of the University of
Zimbabwe (UZ) because of a crippling lecturers' strike, amid revelations
that the state and civil servants have agreed to resolve a separate salary
dispute within 15 days.

      Education Minister Swithun Mombeshora told Parliament yesterday that
the UZ would be closed temporarily while the government attempted to resolve
a salary dispute with lecturers.

      The University of Zimbabwe's teaching staff downed tools last month,
demanding a 50 percent retention allowance for all academic staff, an 80
percent hike on basic salaries and a substantial increase in their housing
and transport allowances.

      Mombeshora said all lectures who had not performed their duties since
the beginning of the year would not receive any remuneration.

      "I have failed to understand why the Association of University
Teachers is adamant to go on with the strike action and why there is no
appreciation of all the efforts we have made so far to address their
demands," he said.

      "Even more baffling is their determination to hold my ministry at
ransom over a proposal that was never formally presented to me. Government
is therefore compelled to direct the university to close temporarily while
the contentious issues are being addressed."

      Mombeshora told Parliament that UZ departments that had not been
affected by the industrial action would remain open. These include the
education faculty, post graduate departments, medicine and the College of
Health Science.

      Exams scheduled for this month have already been postponed to May and
June because of the strike.

      Meanwhile, public service union officials told the Financial Gazette
that the government and civil servants had agreed to resolve a separate
salary dispute within 15 days.

      The agreement was reached at a meeting on Monday between civil service
unions and officials from the Public Service Commission (PSC).

      Civil servants want the government to iron out salary discrepancies
that they say are the result of an inefficient grading system.

      A review of the grading system would bring the salaries of all
government employees in line, leading to all civil servants being graded and
paid according to their qualifications and work experience.

      Union leaders say delays in sorting out the discrepancies have
resulted in delays in the payment of salary hikes that were supposed to be
awarded to civil servants at the beginning of this year.

      Leonard Nkala, the leader of the Zimbabwe Teachers' Association, told
the Financial Gazette: "All the stakeholders met and agreed on a deadline of
15 days from Monday to end the problem.

      "Some ministries are arguing that they have not been properly graded
but as teachers, we are saying we are okay. We have been graded as per our
expectations. Were it not for the disparities in the grading of other
ministries, I am sure we were not going to have these delays in getting our
new salaries and other perks."

      He added: "We all agreed, including the PSC, that the 15-day deadline
is enough for the issue to be solved amicably. We expect that by April all
this will be history. The ministries that are complaining about the grading
of their professionals are expected to submit their concerns by the set
window period."

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      Evicted farmers still receiving rates invoices

      Staff Reporter
      3/13/03 1:39:12 AM (GMT +2)

      BULAWAYO - Some rural district councils are still sending rates and
supplementary charges statements to white farmers evicted under the
government's controversial land reform programme, with agriculture experts
this week saying the councils might be unable to collect revenue from
farmers resettled on appropriated land.

      More than 90 percent of Zimbabwe's 4 500 commercial farmers have been
evicted under the govern- ment's programme to seize white-owned farms for
the resettlement of blacks, about 350 000 of whom have been allocated land.

      Several white farmers evicted from their properties in the
Matabeleland region this week told the Financial Gazette that rural district
councils still wanted them to pay rates, unit taxes and other supplementary
charges even though they no longer owned land.

      They said they were still receiving monthly statements from some rural
district councils, many of which cannot collect rates from resettled farmers
because their records do not accurately indicate the changes that have taken
place because of the farm seizures.

      Commercial Farmers' Union deputy president Mac Crawford said: "The
letters continue coming from rural district councils demanding that farmers
pay unit tax but we think this is stupid and crazy as most farmers being
sent the letters and receipts demanding payment are no longer on their

      "The farmers are unable to continue with their business of farming so
why should they pay the unit tax and other rates to the rural district
councils? This is unbelievable and the people now settled on the properties
should fork out."

      A farmer from Marondera, Kerry Kay, was sent an invoice number 700/434
dated 1st January 2003 by the Marondera Rural Council, requesting payment of
$395 400 for rates due for the year 2002/3.

      Documents in the possession of this newspaper show that Kay wrote to
the Marondera Rural Council alerting them that she had been evicted from her
property in the area.

      Part of her letter reads: "You might not have heard that our farm,
together with the others in the area, were compulsorily acquired last year
by the government and all the owners evicted, some like ourselves at

      "As we are no longer the legal owners in terms of the Land
Acquisition, might I suggest that you refer this account to war veterans on
the farm. I am sure that they will be able to collectively pay this large
sum of money in order to keep the roads graded, the health workers paid and
all the other services provided by your council."

      A Ministry of Lands and Agriculture official blamed the confusion to
inefficiency within rural district councils.

      "The government knows who is on what farm and what is left now is for
the rural district councils to feed this information into their files," said
the official, who declined to be named.

      "The statements being sent are emanating from the old files. These
will be updated soon."

      But farming experts pointed out that updating the rural district
councils' records was not a guarantee that the resettled farmers would pay
the rates and other charges that provide revenue for the councils and enable
them to maintain infrastructure.

      They said many of the new farmers were not farming because of lack of
inputs, equipment, financial assistance and the drought.

      They said most of the resettled farmers were not earning revenue and
therefore might not be in a position to pay the charges.

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      Financial firms' stance to fuel black market

      McDonald Dzirutwe
      3/13/03 1:50:58 AM (GMT +2)

      MANY local financial institutions are taking foreign currency
positions that will provide substantial income for their operations this
year but which analysts this week said could further fuel Zimbabwe's
parallel market for hard cash.

      The analysts said the financial institutions, buoyed by the government
's recent devaluation of the Zimbabwe dollar, were snapping up hard cash in
anticipation of further depreciation in the course of this year.

      They said hopes of further devaluation were being driven by Zimbabwe's
persistent hard currency shortages, which they said were unlikely to be
alleviated by the adjustment of exchange rates for exporters and other
foreign currency sellers.

      Banks last week devalued the Zimbabwe-US dollar exchange rate from $55
to US$1 to $824, which the analysts said would act as a reprieve for
exporting companies facing collapse, but would not lead to significant forex

      "Banks are taking large foreign currency positions at the current
prices because they forecast that by the end of the year, it is certain that
they will reap huge profits from disposing of their forex," an analyst with
a local stockbroking firm said.

      "Some banks have been hesitant but I believe they now realise that
while they can derive earnings from interest income, there is also scope for
much growth in foreign currency income."

      Sagit Stockbrokers said in its commentary: "With no permanent solution
in place to enhance foreign currency inflows, we foresee the foreign
currency factor remaining as a good source of income for banks."

      Most banks trade in foreign currency although this is rarely shown in
their income statements, in which it is sometimes only reflected as
non-interest income.

      Financial counters have in recent weeks posted exceptional results
that are above market expectations, adding to the bullish sentiment on the
Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE).

      Stock market analysts said investors would be cheered by a proposal by
Zimbabwe Sun (Zimsun) Limited directors to split the company into two, which
would benefit shareholders.

      The company will be split into a hotel management firm and a property
arm, which is expected to inherit Zimsun's assets estimated at $51 billion.

      Analysts said the property company would be a particular target for
institutional investors such as pension funds, which would take long-term
investment positions while the management firm would draw interest from
individual investors.

      "The property company would suit institutional investors and there
should be a huge appetite for such an investment vehicle," an analyst with
Intermarket Stockbrokers told the Financial Gazette.

      "The institutions will obviously want to take long-term positions,"
the analyst added.

      Stock market watchers said the two proposed companies' share prices
were likely to trade at between $40 and $50.

      Zimsun on Monday resumed trading on the ZSE, from where it was
suspended last Friday after its share price shot to $40 from $18 within a

      Meanwhile, insurance heavy weight Old Mutual tumbled 17 percent to $1
000 last Friday after it fell to an all time low of R9.10 from R9.49 on the
Johannesburg Stock Exchange, because of a firming rand and uncertainty over
the United States' threats to attack Iraq.

      The share has been languishing around $1 300 in the last few months,
making it one of the most inactive counters on the stock market lately.

      Meanwhile, on the money market rates remained firm in a market that
was $13.8 billion short on Monday and was expected to remain in deficit the
whole of this week.

      The central bank's purchase agreement rate remained unchanged at 41.88
percent this week, which saw call rates being quoted at above 60 percent,
the same position as last week.

      Seven and 14-day rates were unchanged at 56 and 57 percent.

      The 30, 60 and 90-day Treasury bills eased to 41, 40 and 40 percent
compared to 56, 46, and 45 percent respectively last week.

      According to dealers, the government again rejected all bids on its
traditional 90-day Treasury bill because banks were quoting higher rates and
also because the government still had resources from taxes paid by
corporates at the end of last month.

      On the foreign currency market, dealers said although there were signs
that foreign currency inflows into the official market could improve in the
short-term, there was however still little activity.

      The dealers however said the Zimbabwe dollar rate on the parallel
market had firmed from $1 500 to $1 300 against the United States dollar by
Friday last week, adding that the local currency could strengthen to $1 000
against the greenback.

      "There are good prospects for the official foreign currency market and
we see the Zimbabwe dollar touching the $1 000 level against the US dollar
on the parallel market," a dealer with a Harare commercial bank said.
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Strip Mugabe of knighthood say Lib Dems

            The Liberal Democrats have challenged the government to
strip Robert Mugabe of his honorary knighthood.

                  The party's peers have called on the government to advise
the Queen to remove the honour conferred on Zimbabwe's president.

                  They have tabled a question in the Lords arguing that the
government should make a symbolic gesture in protest at Mugabe's human
rights record.

                  "By and large, sanctions from the international community
on Zimbabwe have not worked. But there is a moral need to send signals to
Robert Mugabe that his actions are deplorable," Lord Watson said.

                  "Robert Mugabe has led the people of Zimbabwe to the brink
of destruction. He does not deserve an honour of this kind. The government
should advise that his honorary knighthood be withdrawn."

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Zimbabwe: update from Jenni Williams

Dear Friends,

Further to my eye witness account of Saturdays International Women's Day
Event, I was today visited by two CID law and order officers who requested
that I visit their office to be formally charged. For those of you who do
not know, I am a PR Consultant and my company is Public Relations

I went down to Byo Central Police Station and was charged under POSA Chapter
11:17 Section 24 (1)(6), a charge I denied as I was merely an observer on
the day. I presume they will proceed by way of a summons. I know of two
other ladies who have signed statements.

I watched proceedings from a distance and for the most part was in the
presence of journalists and was then arrested outside the Central Police
Station. I had followed the groups of women seeking to assist those injured.

Both officers were interested in obtaining more information on Public
Relations and asked me if they could have lectures! I am left wondering
which form of Public Relations they would required teaching. It seems that
the form of PR I spend much of my time undertaking at present is 'Protest
PR'. I would gladly arrange a workshop on this topic but not sure if they
will attend as participants or if they will attend to arrest/assault the
participants as they did Saturday.

My sister sent me this quote and hope it is a meaningful to you as it was to
me ...

Be strong!
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift.
We have hard work to do and loads to lift. Shun not the struggle; face it,
'Its God's gift. Be strong it matters not how deep entrenched the wrong,
how hard the battle goes, the day how long; Faint not, fight on!
Tomorrow comes the song.
Malbie Babcock from the book by Frank Mussel, A more excellent way.

To true FREEDOM!

Client information - For privileged use by the addressee only.
Contact Jenni Williams on Mobile (+263) 91 300456 or 11213 885 Or on email
or Fax (+2639) 63978 or (+2634) 703829
Office email
A member of the International Association of Business Communicators. Visit
the IABC website

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The Lesson Of The Geese

This fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in
the "V" formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why
they fly that way.

FACT: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the bird
immediately following. By flying in the "V" formation, the whole flock has
at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

LESSON: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get
where they are going more quickly and easily because they are travelling on
the thrust of one another.

FACT: When a goose flies out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and
resistance of trying to go it alone. It quickly gets back into formation to
take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front of it.

LESSON: If we have as much common sense as a goose, we stay in formation
with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help
and give our help to others. It is harder to do something alone than

FACT: When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation,
and another goose flies to the point position.

LESSON: It is sensible to take turns doing the hard and demanding tasks and
sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each
other's skills, capabilities, and unique arrangements of gifts, talents, or

FACT: The geese flying in formation honk from behind to encourage those up
front to keep up their speed.

LESSON: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where
there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of
encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the
heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek. We need to
make sure our honking is encouraging and not discouraging.

FACT: When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two other geese will
drop out of formation with that goose and follow it down to lend help and
protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it dies or is able to fly
again. Then, they launch out on their own, or with another formation to
catch up with their flock.

LESSON: If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by our colleagues
and each other in difficult times as well as in good!

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      Mugabe firmly entrenched a year after poll

      By Sydney Masamvu Assistant Editor
      3/13/03 2:09:22 AM (GMT +2)

      PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has defied predictions by maintaining a
semblance of stability in Zimbabwe in the 12 months since his controversial
re-election last March, but analysts say there are clear signs that the
country is ominously heading for collapse.

      The analysts said since the March 9 to 10 2002 presidential election,
Mugabe had maintained tight control over Zimbabwe despite forecasts of
massive social unrest that commentators predicted would be sparked by
worsening food insecurity and an economic crisis that has left thousands of
people nearly destitute.

      The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), wracked by
internal squabbles, increasing state repression and the treason trial of
three of its top leaders, has lost some of its lustre in the past few

      Civic society and the general population have been hard hit by
repressive laws that inhibit free expression, movement as well as assembly
and have been used to ruthlessly stamp out criticism of the government.

      African leaders have come out in support of the ruling ZANU PF,
calling for the suspension of sanctions imposed by Western countries against
Mugabe and his top hierarchy.

      Commentators said the international community had lost some of its
credibility because of divisions that the government had been quick to use
to its advantage.

      "While the crisis deepens, the international response has become more
divided," the International Crisis Group said in its latest report on

      "The Commonwealth's very purpose is being called into question. Though
the principles upon which it is based are being flouted, leading members
South Africa and Nigeria are arguing against all the evidence that Zimbabwe'
s suspension should be lifted because the situation has improved."

      The report added: "The relevant regional and continental international
organisations (SADC and the African Union respectively) have yet to engage
meaningfully while South Africa and Nigeria set the tone. The European Union
is rent by divisions, with France's invitation to Mugabe to participate in a
pan-African summit in Paris having engendered a controversy that nearly put
an end to the targeted sanctions regime that was established shortly before
Mugabe's re-election.

      "The US remains a weak actor, able to implement a promised asset
freeze component in its own targeted sanctions regime only after nearly a
year's delay because of internal mid-level policy disagreements. "

      Local analysts said buoyed by the semblance of political stability,
the government now felt secure enough to launch the agro-based National
Economic Recovery Programme (NERP) it believed would curb Zimbabwe's
economic meltdown.

      At the launch of the programme last week, Information Minister
Jonathan Moyo made much of the seeming political stability, saying the
drafting of the NERP would not have been possible without the "stability and
security in the country".

      But economists and political analysts warned that far from coming to
grips with Zimbabwe's economic and political instability, ZANU PF had merely
"papered over the cracks" by coming down hard on dissent.

      In the past 12 months, Zimbabwe's economic crisis has worsened, with
inflation rising 208.1 percent in the year to January 2003 and several
companies cutting back or suspending production because of fuel, foreign
currency and raw material shortages.

      "A year since the election, there is deepening distress of the
economy, it has been downhill all the way, nothing has changed," said
economic consultant John Robertson.

      "In actual fact, in the past year the country has been in limbo and
the economy is collapsing."

      He said there had been marked shrinkage in nearly every productive
sector in the past 12 months while Zimbabweans had become poorer, with at
least 80 percent of the population now believed to be living below the
poverty datum line and unemployment estimated at more than 70 percent.

      Robertson pointed out that while Mugabe had received moral support
from other African states, very few of them had come through with the
foreign investment crucial for the Zimbabwean economy.

      "Zimbabwe has received hollow moral support from the expected
countries because of historical links, but no help of substance to boost the
economy has been forthcoming and facts on the ground speak for themselves,"
he told the Financial Gazette.

      Close to eight million Zimbabweans are in need of emergency food aid
because of severe food shortages resulting from drought and the government's
seizure of white-owned land for the resettlement of black peasants and
aspiring commercial farmers.

      Food insecurity is expected to worsen from April after current food
aid initiatives expire and farmers bring in poor harvests.

      The International Crisis Group said in its report: "The economic
meltdown, food crisis, and deepening state-sponsored violence that have
plagued Zimbabwe in the year since the presidential election continue to
point in one ominous direction: potential state collapse.

      "One of Africa's most highly developed formal economies is
disappearing. Despite price and wage controls, the inflation rate may hit
500 per-cent before the year is out. Severe food shortages resulting from
the destruction of the commercial farm sector and the use of food as a
political weapon have turned one of Africa's breadbaskets into a beggar
nation subject to localised famines."

      The group said there was also a risk that "deterioration of command
and control" over the war veterans and youth militias the government has
used against its opponents could lead to a rapid increase in unstructured
violence throughout the country.

      Meanwhile, the impact of the economic crisis, food shortages and
political violence has sparked protests from several groups, including the
clergy and women's groups, all summarily suppressed.

      "There is nothing positive to record over the past year," said
University of Zimbabwe political analyst Brian Raftopoulos. "The economic
situation has been declining at a very fast rate and there has been an
increase in state-sponsored repression."

      He said it was crucial for the Zimbabwean economy that the government
re-establish relations with the international community and resume internal
political dialogue.

      The International Crisis Group added: "New efforts to coordinate both
African and wider international efforts are called for, with a practical
focus on restarting, ideally under new sponsorship, the negotiations between
ZANU PF and the MDC."

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      HIV/AIDS: legacy of a lost generation

      3/13/03 2:08:42 AM (GMT +2)

      With an average life expectancy that has plummeted to 42, HIV/AIDS is
tearing Zimbabwean society apart. Grandmothers taking care of 780 000
orphans, child-headed households and dying teachers are some of the virus'
tragic legacies.

      The World Food Programme (WFP)'s Benson Gono reports on how Zimbabwe
is learning to live without a lost generation.

      Nkayi - Mamhlope Nyathi spends sleepless nights praying and asking God
for forgiveness.

      The Zimbabwean grandmother believes God is punishing her.

      In the past four years, four of her eight children have fallen victim
to Zimbabwe's raging HIV/AIDS pandemic, leaving her to care for five
orphans, all aged less than 10.

      They need to be fed and sent to school, but Mamhlope's deceased sons
and daughters left her with virtually nothing to bring-up her grandchildren.

      "Why should all this be happening to me? I looked after my own
children after the death of their father and up to now I have never had any
rest in my life," she says.

      Her four remaining children abandoned Mamlhope's hometown of Dakamela
in Nkayi district over two years ago and are spread in different cities
around the country. None have returned to help.

      "I don't know whether they are still alive or they are also dead.
People of my age should be cared for by their children. I don't know why God
is punishing me?"

      Mamhlope, who only survives thanks to a WFP monthly food distribution,
is just one of the increasing number of elderly Zimbabwean women forced into
a tragic second motherhood by HIV/AIDS.

      Grandmothers taking care of orphans is just one of the symptons of an
adult prevalence rate which now exceeds 33 percent. Child-headed households,
780 000 orphans and dying teachers are other painful realities.

      With an average life expectancy that has plummeted to 42, HIV/AIDS is
literally tearing Zimbabwean society apart.

      The UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Southern African
humanitarian crisis, James Morris, came face to face with the consequences
on his recent visit to a home-care HIV/AIDS programme in Dziva rasekwa, a
suburb of the capital Harare.

      "I spoke to two young boys, one in seventh grade, one in fourth
grade," said Morris after his visit, "Mom had died this year of HIV. Dad has
simply left. Suddenly, these three kids had to fend for themselves.

      "17-year-old children should be having one kind of life and it usually
doesn't imply being the head of a household."

      Zimbabwe's ongoing food crisis, which has left close to eight million
people in need of food aid, has exacerbated the impact of HIV/AIDS.

      Food shortages rob the infected of one of the first defences against
AIDS-related illnesses and early death - good nutrition. While households
like Mamhlope's, who have lost their main breadwinners, are poorer and more
vulnerable to starvation.

      Even before the current drought, the responsibility for producing,
transporting and marketing the family crop had fallen on Mamhlope's frail

      "The lack of rain has made the situation even worse," she says.

      "After harvesting I would normally sell part of my maize crop.

      But I only managed to get maize seed in January and that was too late
and so there are no crops in my fields."

      The lack of income from her maize crop means Mamhlope has been unable
to pay her grandchildrens' fees at the nearby Dakamela Primary School for
the past two terms.

      "The school authorities are aware of my plight and they no longer
bother to send the children away from school," she says.

      "They know that when I get the money I will pay, but at the moment, it
is difficult to promise."

      In her own and Zimbabwe's current circumstances, Mamhlope is only
prepared to make a single pledge.

      "I hope that God will hear my prayers and give me more time to live
and look after these innocent souls," she says, her frail voice wavering.

      "I don't want to think about what will happen to these children when I

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            Tamoil to launch first mobile fuel stations in Zim

            Staff Reporter
            3/13/03 1:29:09 AM (GMT +2)

            LIBYAN oil firm Tamoil Private Limited plans to introduce
southern Africa's first mobile fuel stations in Zimbabwe, as part of a
partnership agreement with the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (NOCZIM), it
was learnt this week.

            Mohammad Azabbi, the Libyan ambassador to Zimbabwe, told the
Financial Gazette that the mobile fuel stations - petrol and diesel
dispensing facilities on wheels - would especially be targeted at remote
areas where there are fewer or no service stations.

            The proposed service stations are part of an agreement between
NOCZIM and Tamoil to set up a joint venture oil firm in Zimbabwe.

            The Libyan ambassador said the two companies had agreed in
principle to create the joint venture firm, but specific details of the deal
were yet to be finalised.

            "We intend to introduce mobile fuel stations in Zimbabwe but we
are waiting for the conclusion of the agreement between NOCZIM and Tamoil,"
Azabbi told the Financial Gazette.

            He said the mobile fuel outlets were manufactured in Germany and
each cost US$150 000 and had the capacity to carry more than 20 000 litres
of fuel.

            Similar mobile fuel stations are commonly used in north African

            The Libyan ambassador said Tamoil would provide 51 percent of
the joint venture company's fuel requirements, adding that this would be
equal to 51 percent equity in the new firm.

            The company would control the strategic oil pipeline from Beira
to NOCZIM's Mabvuku depot and all fuel depots owned by NOCZIM countrywide.
It would also set up new fuel outlets.

            Azabbi said Tamoil and NOCZIM were also yet to agree on a new
fuel supply arrangement for Zimbabwe, which is battling a crippling fuel
crisis. Tamoil has in the past provided fuel to the country under a special

            The Libyan ambassador said any new supply agreement would have
to take into account the recent devaluation of the Zimbabwe dollar from $55
to $824 against the United States dollar.

            According to Azabbi, a team of Zimbabwean officials that
travelled to Libya last month to renegotiate Zimbabwe's US$360 million fuel
deal with Tamoil was unsuccessful because the Arab country was observing a
religious holiday.

            He however said a Tamoil official was in Zimbabwe last week and
had held talks with the Jewel Bank, which in the past has played the role of
broker in supply discussions between Tamoil and NOCZIM.

            "The mission that went to Libya last month did not have much
success because we were observing a religious holiday," Azabbi said, adding
that the trip had now been rescheduled.

            "Negotiations are still ongoing but we will have to see the
impact of the new exchange rate policy," he added.

            Under the previous arrangement between NOCZIM and Tamoil,
Zimbabwe's state oil procurer would pay the Libyans using the exchange rate
of $55 to the Zimbabwe dollars.

            The money was then used to buy commodities such as tea and beef
and to invest in local state entities.

      3/13/03 1:29:09 AM (GMT +2)

      LIBYAN oil firm Tamoil Private Limited plans to introduce southern
Africa's first mobile fuel stations in Zimbabwe, as part of a partnership
agreement with the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (NOCZIM), it was learnt
this week.

      Mohammad Azabbi, the Libyan ambassador to Zimbabwe, told the Financial
Gazette that the mobile fuel stations - petrol and diesel dispensing
facilities on wheels - would especially be targeted at remote areas where
there are fewer or no service stations.

      The proposed service stations are part of an agreement between NOCZIM
and Tamoil to set up a joint venture oil firm in Zimbabwe.

      The Libyan ambassador said the two companies had agreed in principle
to create the joint venture firm, but specific details of the deal were yet
to be finalised.

      "We intend to introduce mobile fuel stations in Zimbabwe but we are
waiting for the conclusion of the agreement between NOCZIM and Tamoil,"
Azabbi told the Financial Gazette.

      He said the mobile fuel outlets were manufactured in Germany and each
cost US$150 000 and had the capacity to carry more than 20 000 litres of

      Similar mobile fuel stations are commonly used in north African

      The Libyan ambassador said Tamoil would provide 51 percent of the
joint venture company's fuel requirements, adding that this would be equal
to 51 percent equity in the new firm.

      The company would control the strategic oil pipeline from Beira to
NOCZIM's Mabvuku depot and all fuel depots owned by NOCZIM countrywide. It
would also set up new fuel outlets.

      Azabbi said Tamoil and NOCZIM were also yet to agree on a new fuel
supply arrangement for Zimbabwe, which is battling a crippling fuel crisis.
Tamoil has in the past provided fuel to the country under a special

      The Libyan ambassador said any new supply agreement would have to take
into account the recent devaluation of the Zimbabwe dollar from $55 to $824
against the United States dollar.

      According to Azabbi, a team of Zimbabwean officials that travelled to
Libya last month to renegotiate Zimbabwe's US$360 million fuel deal with
Tamoil was unsuccessful because the Arab country was observing a religious

      He however said a Tamoil official was in Zimbabwe last week and had
held talks with the Jewel Bank, which in the past has played the role of
broker in supply discussions between Tamoil and NOCZIM.

      "The mission that went to Libya last month did not have much success
because we were observing a religious holiday," Azabbi said, adding that the
trip had now been rescheduled.

      "Negotiations are still ongoing but we will have to see the impact of
the new exchange rate policy," he added.

      Under the previous arrangement between NOCZIM and Tamoil, Zimbabwe's
state oil procurer would pay the Libyans using the exchange rate of $55 to
the Zimbabwe dollars.

      The money was then used to buy commodities such as tea and beef and to
invest in local state entities.

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Please note that the classifieds will go out every Tuesday.  Payment is required upfront and all adverts to be in by 0900 hrs every Tuesday.  This ensures efficient distribution of the Classifieds.
Mature 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house plus 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage.  All set in approx.. 2.7 acres with pool, borehole.  Walled 2 sides with electric gate.
Price Guide $ 100 million
Huge, character, executive residence set in 2 acres, fully walled with electric gate and fence.  Pool, borehole, all weather flood lit tennis court.
Price Guide $ 150 million
Immaculate, secure executive residence set in approx 1.5 acres of walled grounds with razor wire and electric gate.  Pool and borehole.
Price Guide $ 150 million
Immaculate hill top residence with superb views of the city.  3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.  Good Value.
Price Guide $ 50 million
Please phone EDWARDS REAL ESTATE (PVT) LTD  745642/7 for full details
NP [11/3]
LOVELY OLDER HOUSE TO RENT: On two acres, with pool and tennis court. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large reception room and dining room (parquet flooring).  Pretty garden.  Alarmed. Barred.  Double car port and electric gate.  Walking distance to the Borrowdale Shops (for all but teenagers!)  $220 000/mth.
Phone 882412
NP [11/3]
HOUSE TO LET - Bluff Hill, 3-bedroom house with two bathrooms, double lockup garage, lovely garden, staff quarter, walled and gated.  $70 000.  Avail 1st May.
Contact Marion 091 215548, 091 300684.
NP [11/3]
COTTAGE for rent.  2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.  Very neat.
Contact 073-2786.
AF19 [11/3, 18/3]
CHRISTON BANK.  3 bedroom cottage, lounge, separate dining room, lockup garage.  On 12 acres.  Available April 2003.  Phone 075-2232, 075-2615, 091 260 494.
DL [11/3]
Natal Midlands developed dairy farm, supplies nearby cheese factory; fully irrigated with housing and some machinery. Supplementary income from a tile factory.
Strawberry farm with trout dam; up market housing; tourism potential.
These farms are adjacent and are available jointly or separately.
Contact: e.mail -
Phone - 27 33 396 5498 fax - 27 33 386 9993  Cell - 0832744253
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Small secure private cottage available to rent.  Picturesque surroundings in the Avondale area.  Rental $40 000 per month includes lights and water.  Tel 304572.
BK [4/3. 11/3]
LOOKING FOR CARING TENANTS.  Live-in basis - look after 2 dogs. 1 Rottie, 1 Foxy and keep an eye on property and servant.  Available mid-year. 
For more information write Box WGT 240 or e-mail
AF4 [4/3, 11/3]
Looking for a small house, cottage, flat or house to share in the Marlborough, Westgate, Avondale, Strathaven or surrounding areas, rent around $30 000.00 per month for a lady with 3 school going children.  Please call Leonie at 309800 ext 241, cell: 091252076.
LN []
KARIBA: house for occasional letting. Consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.  Fully furnished and equipped, swimming pool and double lock-up garage, walled and serviced.  House is located in Baobab Ridge.  Tel Ben Kaschula on Harare 498121 or at CFU 309800.
#BK []
Upmarket two bed-roomed garden flat with courtyard, self-contained garage, in small complex for sale in Mandara, Harare.
Please contact Carrie Wilson on 747935 (evenings).
#CW []
House to share in Highlands. Fully furnished. Suit single lady or gentleman, available immediately.
Phone: Ben on 309800 (Bus) or 498121 (Home).
#BK []
We offer a personal and efficient service for all your computer requirements, including: -
* upgrades
* hardware and software sales
* maintenance contracts
* trouble shooting
* repairs
Please call Gus McTiernan at RD Computers on 091 347 961 or email for further details.
#GM []
LEARN HOW TO USE YOUR COMPUTER in a safe, friendly and pleasant environment, by the real professionals in the field.  If you need to start right at the beginning, expand your existing knowledge or learn something new, then contact us to book a place on one of our many courses on offer.  Enrol for the ICDL course to gain an internationally recognised certificate in just 12 days.  Join others in a classroom situation or book the trainer for a one-to-one either at your place or our offices.  WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU!  For more information, phone Sutherland Computers on 732286 or 726476/9 or E-Mail us on : Stay on track . . . . TRAIN!  
AE60 [4/2-11/3]

BUSINESS FOR SALE  :  Photocopying bureau, stationery shop, binding, laminating, manufacture of rubber stamps, laser engraving.  Msasa.  Good customer base, sound investment, trained staff.
E-mail :
AF33 [11/3, 18/3]
VEHICLE FOR SALE  :  Nissan 3.2 Diesel Pick-up, 2001, 55000 ks, air-con, power steering, snug-box, tonneau, solex locks, radio/tape, rhino lined, tow-hitch.
Phone Mitch Green,- 011 211 911
NP [11/3. 18/3]
12 x 12m x 100m
2 x 6m x 100m
10kg black twine
Contact Ken King  e-mail  Tel 055 24250
NP [11/3]
LAKE CROCODILE PARK are selling 51 White Work suits of various sizes.
Anyone interested in the items above should contact Serena on email:
AF32 [11/3, 18/3]
2 BRICK MOULDING MACHINES.  Over 2 000 bricks/day.
New price US$6 500 – Our price Zim $2 000 000.
Phone 011 416 592.
AF20 [11/3, 18/3]
Peugeot 405 - 1995.  Genuine mileage 135 000km, radio/tape.  In excellent condition (single owner).
$6.8 million plus tax.
Phone Steve Riley 496675 (h), 091-232713/4.
NP [11/3]
DEEP FREEZE to fit standard pickup.
Internal dimensions 2.7m (long) x 1.5m (wide) x 1.1m (high).  Minus 20 degrees.
Highest Offer secures.
To view phone for appointment Allan Poultney 091 238 740
AF30 [11/3, 18/3]
1 Defy Fridge/Freezer
1 Kelvinator stove
Contact Sam  - 091 380 814
SC [4/3, 11/3, 18/3, 25/3]
BACK ON OFFER – Piranha 75 Mercury.  Plenty of extras.
Tel Hickman 300443 Cell 011 403 765
AF16 [4/3, 11/3]
1x Drotsky vertical food mixer c/w switchgear & cables.
1x Drotsky Hammermill c/w 50 Hp electric motor, switchgear & cables.
For more info contact Mike 04-481532 or 091 352 267.
AF13 [4/3, 11/3]
Brand new Isuzu double cabs and pick-ups.
Brand new Opel Astra sedans.
Good quality used cars and pick-ups.
Phone; Mitch Green  011 211 911.
AE91 [18/2, 25/2, 4/3, 11/3]
Hino 8 tonne lorry for sale.  Bulk sides.  Motor is sound.  Contact : 334802-4.
CC []
Suzuki 125 farm bike.  Good condition.  Recent overhaul.  Contact : 023 782 824 or 496672.
CC []
25000 tobacco clips for sale.  Contact : 023 782 824 or 496672.
CC []
VEHICLE WANTED  :  Diesel Double-cab, 1998 upwards, must be in good nick.
Phone : Mitch Green  -  011 211 911.
NP [11/3, 18/3]
VEHICLE – Looking for a diesel pickup.
Phone 04-301565 (pm) or 091 235 161
AF31 [11/3, 18/3]
1 x Washing Machine with spin dryer in good working order
1 x Polisher
Please contact:
Jenny Swift at 055-20160 or e-mail or write Box 44, Kwe Kwe.
NP [11/3]
LAKE CROCODILE PARK are wanting to purchase a 9 000 litre petrol tank (for underground use).
Contact Serena on email:
AF32 [11/3, 18/3]
Wanted:  Second hand swimming pool fence.  Telephone Jo on 301289 or 011 412 901.
BK []
RVV []
Second hand back pack and warm coat/s.  Phone : 303673 (After hours) or 091 338 047.
#AB []
Buyer of Irrigation Equipment.
The buyer of irrigation equipment mentioned in previous Classified Advertisements has committed all his current resources to the purchase some of the equipment offered so far.  As a result, he is unable to consider any more offers for the time being.  When he is able to re-enter the market, a notice to that effect will be issued. Water Affairs Exec @ CFU.
#GD [11/3]

1.        Old solid wood furniture e.g. Oak or Teak items.
2.        Portable car port, preferably 2 car size with shade cloth cover.
3.        Old Belgian or Persian carpets.
4.        Old silver plate tableware e.g. candelabra and old brassware.
Phone Ben Kashula on 309800 (Bus) or 498121 (Home) or Sheila Mumford on 495699.
#BK []
Second Hand Asbestos Roofing Sheets, Wheat straw delivered to Harare (a couple of truck loads). Please Phone Nick on 011 213 188 / 304310
#KP []
Any old camping equipment e.g. paraffin pressure lamps, folding chairs etc. Phone Ben on 309800 (Bus) or 498121 (Home).
#BK []
Ahoy There!  For all your Houseboat and Cruiser Bookings on Lake Kariba.
Please contact Rhino Rendezvous  Harare 745644/8
PS. Discounted Rates Available on Selected Boats.
NP [11/3, 18/3, 25/3, 1/4]
Kariba - Warthogs Bush Camp. . Simple self cater accomm nestled in Mopane bush on lakeshore for up to 20 people. 'A' frame bashas and a family dorm. Splash pool, bar. Boat launching nearby. 3km from Kariba shops and fuel (!!) From $1,000 p.p or have the whole camp to yourselves for $18,500/night.  Bookings being taken now for Easter.
Tel 011 201 733 or email .
AF26 [25/2, 11/3, 25/3, 8/4]
Contact, ph 861766
AF18 [4/3, 11/3, 18/3]
EASTERHOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION – 6 bed wooden Chalet – fully equipped/serviced, on beachfront.  No 10 Kowie River Chalets, Port Alfred.  Two week rental - April 12th – 26th.  Also available for part time or monthly rental for March/April  - 6 bed fully equipped house in Port Alfred, walking distance from sea.
Contact Debbie Ford or Bartlett
AF10 [4/3, 11/3]
Three bedroom luxury thatched house, bathrooms on suite open plan kitchen upstairs bar with magnificent view, comes with a domestic, lock up garage, sleeps maximum 8.  Bookings can be made direct with Eve at Lomagundi Lake side on 061-3037/39 bookings confirmed on payment.
12 Passengers. 3 Crew.  2 Tender boats.
Splash pool on top deck.  Phone / Fax 066 7315 or 72942.
AE47 [7/1, 28/1] AE48 [4/2] AE51 [11/2] AE49 [18/2] AE50 [25/2] NC [4/3] AF7 [11/3] AF8 [18/3] AF9 [25/3]
SITUATION WANTED:  Gardener.  Young, strong and willing.
Tel: Hickman 300443, e-mail
AF16 [4/3, 11/3]
EMPLOYMENT - S/retired army officer (Lt. Col) Rhod/Zim army looking for anything within reason – army career including tactical, logistical and quarter mastering (stores and transport).  Civilian occupation included the following:  warehousing and distribution incl. transport.  Worked as an area manager in a security company.  On leaving the service spent one year with a crop-spraying aircraft company responsible for fuel.  Tel:  Harare 744556 or 744591 or email: or
AF27 [4/3, 11/3]
The Job Involves:
§         Management of the mower repair department in every aspect of its operations.
§         Monitoring repair throughput and ensuring that delays are minimized as much as possible.
§         Training mechanics in repair work and ensuring correct tool usage – quality control is a very important part of this job both as regards in-house and field service work
§         Attending personally to special repairs, and overseeing work on specialized mowers.
§         Establishing an engine shop for the correct re-building of engines.
§         Overseeing warranty work in conjunction with Assembly.
§         Liasing with Spares and ensuring that stock holdings are adequately managed.
§         Ensuring that the workshop is kept to high professional standards of safety and cleanliness at all times.
§         Servicing and repair of company transport if required.
§         Setting budgets where applicable and when required.
The person should:
1)      Ideally have a background in petrol mechanics and engine machining, and experience in repairing/servicing petrol engines – a definite mechanical aptitude is a prerequisite for this post.
2)      Have substantial people management experience in a technical environment coupled with training them and achieving increased levels of productivity.
3)      Have a strong and focused personality
4)      Be highly organized and have the desire to involve themselves in other parts of Mowpower’s business.
5)      Be entirely self-motivated and highly diplomatic, particularly as regards dealing with customers.
Contact :
Please either e-mail CVs to
or fax them to : Attn:  Ralph Stead fax no. (04) 497100
Phone : Mowpower (Pvt) Ltd – 485738/486729/486780 (Attn: Ralph or Rose Stead)
NP [11/3]
FARM SITTER REQUIRED in Odzi for 26.3.03 - 26.4.03.
Duties to include supervising reaping of tobacco crop and livestock.
Contact no:  020-4-2376 or 020 62307.
NP [11/3]
BOOKKEEPING/ADMIN POSITION using Pastel available with immediate effect.  All male environment - would suit a mature gentleman.  Good benefits and a pleasant working environment.
For more details please phone Dale on 011 401 128 or 498525.
NP [11/3]
KEIRAY ESTATE is looking for couple to get involved in management of farming operations.  The horticulture is the primary area we are looking in at the moment, the spouse will be absorbed in the other operations.
Anyone interested please respond on this means or telephone 011613190 or 069252 or 011615840 or 091365060.  Speak to Keith or Adrian.
NP [11/3]
FARM MANAGER REQUIRED for 6 month contract to supervise combining, reaping and curing of current tobacco and soya crop.  Workshop and dairy knowledge a distinct advantage.  Farm situated 60kms from Harare. 
For further details please contact Cell: 011 209 241 or leave message on Harare tel: 303847.
AF28 [11/3, 18/3]
A man and wife with a farming background to manage the maintenance of a wine farm in Franschhoek, South Africa.
ü      The couple to be in their fifties
ü      The husband to be a handyman, who has an understanding of building
ü      The wife to be able to run a household for the owner, and
ü      Have a knowledge of bookkeeping
ü      House and transport provided
ü      Salary to be negotiated
Tel: 27 11 804 3630
Fax: 27 11 804 2960
NP [4/3, 11/3]
Transport Operations Manager required for Tour Company depot in Vic Falls. Attractive package offered. Phone 091-338627 or 04-723151/2, Ext 215.
DTF [4/3, 11/3]

A small saw milling operation based in Harare seeks a suitable person to assist in the running of its operation which entails saw milling, firewood and charcoal distribution.  Please phone Harare 703774 office hours.
AF 11 [4/3, 11/3]
FARM MANAGER REQUIRED for commercial farming operation in the Midlands province near Kwekwe.  Farming operations include paprika, soyas, barley and dairy.  A person with mechanical aptitude will have distinct advantage. 
Please reply by e-mail to or phone 011 406 846.
AF5 [4/3, 11/3]
WANTED: FULL TIME BOOKKEEPER with sound computer and company secretarial skills.  To work in a small congenial accounting practise in Mount Pleasant.
Contact Alasdair Hidden on 744265 Harare.
NP [4/3, 11/3]
Upmarket peri-urban restaurant offers employment and accommodation to displaced farming couple, or single person.  Duties include supervision and maintenance of extensive gardens, general upkeep of restaurant, cleanliness and flower arranging, etc. 
Telephone Dan at Four Seasons 499038 for interview.
BK [25/2, 4/3, 11/3]
BR TOYOTA for friendly, efficient attention to your service and parts requirements specialising in Toyota.  Please call Godfrey on 302027, 304059, 304650, 304659.  New and second hand vehicle sales, call Glen or visit us at 7 Brickfields Road, turnoff 15,5 km peg Lomagundi Road. 
Remember your St Patrick’s and April Fool’s gift!
AE69 [11/3]
Are you having difficulty keeping your motor vehicles correctly insured?
With motor car values increasing almost monthly it has become almost impossible for Zimbabweans to keep their cars adequately insured.  To avoid being penalised with the “average” clause you have to top-up your insurance.
We have the solution!
You are now able to insure your Zimbabwean registered motor cars with an international insurance company.  The obvious benefit to doing this is that you will only have to do your insurance once a year as the vehicle is insured in hard currency.
To find out more e-mail us on
AF20 [11/3, 18/3, 25/3, 1/4]
Long Range fuel tanks for any type of vehicle, big or small.
Buddy Gym equipment for home or commercial use.
Phone : 755170/1.  E-mail
NP [11/3, 18/3]
We buy and sell on commission cars, trailers, boats, tractors, and earthmoving equipment.
Contact The Sales Team of Carisbrooke Enterprises –
Mathew Katoma 023 512 550 or S Dube 011 800 867 or 309800 ext 313
MK []
Alarm Systems
Automatic Gates
Electro Fencing
Borehole Repairs and Maintenance
Garage Doors
Electrical Contracting
General Engineering
Lightening Protection Systems
Phone 300893/309427/091 238 740/011 601 672
AF29 [11/3, 18/3]
We have an on line International Business waiting just for you, this opportunity could change your life.
NP [4/3, 11/3, 18/3, 25/3]
BUPA INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL AID Are you worried about the increasing costs AND treatment which may not be available in Zimbabwe.  Would you like to choose which country AND which hospital or clinic within that country to go for your medical treatment?
If so, why not join 5.0 million others and subscribe to the world's biggest international healthcare provider, BUPA. Depending on which scheme you choose - you will enjoy an annual overall maximum cover from up to GBP1,000,000!  On all schemes BUPA provides a "full refund" for all in-patient treatment, outpatient surgical operations, MRI and CT scans and cancer tests, drugs and consultants fees for oncology.  Would you like a FREE quote for your family or company directors?  Would you like a brochure with full details of all the schemes? 
If so please email by return to individual names and dates of birth of all potential members and their families. We will email you a quotation and offer to meet to discuss things further.
Call: John Ford 091 499485, OR Dee Connolly at BUPA Adviser Office, tel: 862265 Harare, to discuss your BUPA quote further.
AF12 [18/2-22/4]
 in conjunction with
PHONE GEOFF OR ROD ON 067-23047 OR 067-22421.
AE95 [18/2-6/5]
An independent professional group of internationally qualified Valuers.
A vital database is being prepared which will form the basis for any compensation scheme.
Contact:          The Valuation Consortium (Pvt) Ltd
P.O. Box HG 734, Highlands, Harare
Tel: Harare 746926, email:
Participating firms:
Redfern Mullett  (04)746654/5;        GRL Farm Sales & Valuations  (04)781655-7;
Pocock & Co  (09)70753;                   Purkis & Co - (04)572369; Holland & Redfern  (020)64303;
I. Burgoynd  (079)21979                    CC Sales - Harare - (04)252253-57; Gweru - (054)21912-5
AE93 [18/2 – 18/3]
Pam Mullins is offering her services as a stress management consultant. Please call her on 741498
PM []
International Investment Conference
2 & 3 April, 2003
Maputo, Mozambique
In line with the government’s identified investment objectives, Africa @ Work will be running the Mozambique Investment Opportunities Conference, MozVest, in Maputo on April 2 and 3.
This high-level event aims to highlight investment and business opportunities in Mozambique and promote international partnerships.
The two-day Conference will be held in conjunction with MozBex, a three-day exhibition taking place from 2 – 4 April 2003 at FACIM, the showground facility in Maputo, run by pan-African exhibition specialists, EMS.
The conference will focus on investment opportunities in the key sectors described above, the prevailing business and investment climate, and areas of possible co-operation. Attached herewith, please find the provisional programme as well as sponsorship opportunities.
Cost: Early Bird Registration Fee US$250.00 or R2,500 (Registration Forms to be received by 28 February 2003)
            Normal Registration Fee US$350.00  or R3,500
Registration Fee includes: Documentation, Lunches, Refreshments and any Receptions.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
·         Main Sponsorship           
·         Co-Sponsorships
·         Lunch Sponsors
·         Cocktail Party Sponsor
·         Delegate Folders/Bags
·         MozVest CD
·         File Inserts
·         Audio-Visual Branding
For more information on the above, please contact Sharon Stocks Tel: +27 11 234-9338, Fax: +27 11 234-9337 or email
For delegates in Mozambique, please contact Helen or Rob Batten on: Tel: (258 1) 485-336, Fax: (258 1) 485 994 or mobile: 082 311 907
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      Gubbay struggles to get pension

      Staff Reporter
      3/13/03 2:05:48 AM (GMT +2)

      FORMER Chief Justice Anthony Gubbay, who left the bench two years ago
amid a government crackdown on the judiciary, is facing difficulties in
securing his state pension, it was learnt this week.

      A source close to Gubbay, who stepped down amid accusations by the
government that he was using his position to protect "British interests",
said the former chief justice had made several trips to the Pensions' Office
in an attempt to resolve the matter.

      "They have not been very fair to the judge because he has made
countless trips to the Pensions' Office to have this issue sorted out," the
source told the Financial Gazette.

      "At times, he has been given far much less than is due to him and it
could all be part of the politics of frustration which saw him being retired
from the bench," the source added.

      But Gubbay, who this week declined to discuss the matter in detail,
said the issue was being resolved by the Pensions' Office.

      "I understand they are sorting it out. Get the details from the
Pensions' Office," he said.

      A senior official in the Department of Pensions was adamant yesterday
that the former chief justice was receiving his pension and that any late
disbursements of correct monthly amounts could have emerged after the
January salary increments awarded to civil servants.

      "If there are any problems, I believe it can only be because we get a
schedule from the Ministry of Justice for those who are on pension for
updating and in that case, it becomes a matter of procedure which is
affecting other people as well," the official said.

      "Otherwise, the issue will be sorted out," the official added.

      Gubbay, one of several judges who retired because of what critics said
was a government campaign to fill the bench with ruling ZANU PF
sympathisers, was accused by the ruling party of being sympathetic to white
commercial farmers fighting the compulsory acquisition of their farms
through the courts.

      Soon after his retirement in 2001, there were reports that the
Zimbabwe government had interfered with plans by Botswana and Namibia to
appoint him to senior judicial posts. The government has denied the reports.
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U N I T E D  N A T I O N S
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN)

ZIMBABWE: Post-flood concerns over malaria and diarrhoea

JOHANNESBURG, 13 March (IRIN) - Malaria and diarrhoeal diseases are likely to worsen the plight of Zimbabweans already battling to survive. This follows a year marked by floods, drought, and serious food shortages.

According to the latest Zimbabwe Humanitarian Situation Report by the UN Relief and Recovery Unit (RRU), there has been a sudden increase in malaria in Binga, Hurungwe and Kariba in the north west of the country and outbreaks have been reported in Bindura and Shamva districts in the north east.

The report said that although no statistics had been provided, the affected populations were mainly the newly resettled farmers who had benefited from the land redistribution programme.

The RRU noted that by the end of the first eight weeks of the year, there were 163 deaths from malaria and 97,885 cases reported. A spraying programme was still ongoing but coverage was "very low". Also, two important drugs had not been procured leaving the drug situation "critical".

The agency warned that there would be a malaria outbreak in Muzarabani, Guruve and parts of Masvingo and Manicaland provinces which were affected by Cyclone Japhet last week.

At least eight people died in the south and east of the country during floods brought on by the cyclone.

"There is a high potential for disease outbreaks and thus interventions for mitigation are urgently needed. Resources are needed for the rehabilitation of water supplies, and chemicals for disinfection of drinking water at household level," the report said.

Chris McIvor, director of Save the Children UK (SCF) told IRIN that last Friday the Zimbabwe Air Force had had to rescue at least 30 people stranded between two rivers in Nyaminyami in the north west, while villagers came to the rescue of another 20 people.

"They have been displaced from their homes so SCF provided them with blankets, cutlery, cooking equipment, mosquito repellant and food," McIvor said.

They were currently being housed with family and friends. However, the concern now is for their crops and whether it would be possible to plant a late season bean crop to replace those lost in the floods for a community where at least 12,000 people were already dependent on food aid.

"A few weeks ago there were indications that the harvest would be reasonable, but although assessments are being conducted, it seems there is a significant amount of crop damage," he said.

In Chimanimani in the east of the country, a visit by the RRU and the local district administration found that up to 70 percent of the banana crop, 50 percent of the avocado crop and 50 percent of the maize crop had been lost during the floods in the low lying areas. These were mainly cash crops for the people living there.

In nearby Chipinge the cyclone's effects were more severe with reports of infrastructure damage to both housing and schools. Sixty percent of the maize crop has been estimated to have been damaged and beans, avocado and coffee crops had also been damaged.

The team that toured the area, which borders Mozambique which bore the brunt of the cyclone, suggested that if 5 mt of short-season maize seeds were procured for the area over the next 14 days there could be adequate agricultural recovery.

Meanwhile, cholera continues to pose a threat in the Beitbridge area with four deaths and 52 cases were reported from 17 February to 4 March, the report said. All cases were reported outside Beitbridge town itself and the district has set up treatment camps and mobile teams for the control and surveillance of cholera.
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Daily News


      Closing borders won't seal out the truth from the world

      3/13/2003 3:22:07 AM (GMT +2)

      I have been back to Zimbabwe many times over the past 10 years - many
of these being secret visits, because as a former member of the British
South Africa Police (BSAP), I am only too aware of what is happening and
what would happen to me if I was caught filming.

      I wanted to get a filmed record of the decline of the country, so I
visited all three major areas in the country. I also visited friends, black
and white, who still remain in the country and have on film their responses
to questions I raised. I also have films of police brutality, basically
ethnic cleansing by the government not supplying food aid destined for the
whole country. Wherever I went I saw poverty and, to some extent, greed.
      It would seem that to stay alive one has to hold a Zanu PF membership
card, irrespective of personal views. Without this card there is no access
to basic food rations and medical aid. I also revisited the many old mine
shafts in Matabeleland and know fully well that many thousands of people in
that region were killed and thrown into these shafts as their last resting

      You would be amazed just how much documentary evidence there is in
Bulawayo of the atrocities of 5 Brigade. It is my understanding that all
this, together with all other information available, is to be handed to the
British Foreign Office as a means of determining what action to take to
protect the people (as a whole) in Zimbabwe. I personally cannot reconcile
someone who reportedly earns just £19 000 per year, allowing his wife to
spend thousands on shopping trips. Perhaps it is from the money that Colonel
Muammar Gaddafi has paid the President, but it simply does not make sense. I
have it on good authority that the existing sanctions against President
Mugabe and his cohorts are to be extensively strengthened in the immediate
future, and aid of various types is to be given to the opposition MDC in
order that it can flourish and provide for a stable government in a country
that was once regarded as the breadbasket of Africa, and today cannot even
feed its own people.

      Mugabe must know that there are government officials from many
countries carrying out secret enquiries in Zimbabwe. All of them can only
report back what I have seen and filmed. Closing official borders does not
keep out those who are determined to find out the truth as to what is
happening, record the same and get this information to the appropriate
bodies. I would think it's only a matter of time before a new government is
voted for and installed. The MDC must remain committed to progress and is it
not time for the Zimbabwe Republic Police to start acting as an independent
body, just as the BSAP did, and stop all this corruption, violence and
death. It is quite obvious how the President keeps control: he does so by
fear and rewarding his close colleagues with seized land and property, all
of which will have to be returned shortly. It is simply a matter of time.

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      Tatchell steps up bid to curb Mugabe's travels

      3/13/2003 1:09:46 AM (GMT +2)

      From Raymond Mgadzah in London

      British gay and human rights activist, Peter Tatchell, says he wants
to file an application against President Mugabe to curtail his foreign
travel and make him a virtual prisoner within Zimbabwe.

      In an exclusive interview with The Daily News, Tatchell said despite
his recent abortive attempt to have Mugabe arrested for human rights
violations on his trip to Paris, he planned to press ahead with action
against the autocrat. Tatchell said: "In June I plan to go to a London
magistrate and file an application for Mugabe's arrest and extradition on
charges of torture under British and international law. "Section 134 of the
British Criminal Justice Act of 1988 says that any one who commits,
authorises or condones acts of torture anywhere in the world can be arrested
and put on trial in Britain. This Act is the incorporation into British law
of the UN Convention Against Torture 1984 which has been signed by over 130

      Tatchell said if an extradition order was granted against Mugabe he
could face arrest if he travelled to any of around 100 countries which have
extradition treaties with Britain, including South Africa, Malaysia and
Thailand. Tatchell said: "The only way President Mugabe will avoid being
extradited to Britain is by ceasing all overseas travel. My aim is to make
him a prisoner in Zimbabwe." Tatchell, who was severely assaulted by Mugabe'
s body guards after attempting to carry out a citizen's arrest in Brussels
nearly two years ago, attacked Mugabe for alleged human rights abuses which
made him "Ian Smith with a black face". "Lots of Zimbabweans have been
tortured but finding a direct connection to Mugabe has been difficult. But
now I have two affidavits. Ray Choto's torturers said that Mugabe had
personally authorised his torture and Tom Spicer's torturers said they were
acting under presidential powers.

      "I will personally be applying for the arrest warrant and extradition
order but if it ever comes to trial I would hand over the case to some of
ritain's top human rights laws who are very keen to take on the case, "
Tatchell said. He said his goal was "to put Mugabe on trial the same way
that the former Yugoslavia president Slobodan Milosevic is now on trial for
human rights abuses". "There are lots of legal and political obstacles to
getting Mugabe arrested and extradited but if we don't try there is no hope
of ever succeeding. "When Milosevic was first indicted no one seriously
thought he would end up on trial," said Tatchell.
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      Agribank pumps $3,3bn into agriculture

      3/13/2003 3:32:09 AM (GMT +2)

      By Chris Mhike Business Reporter

      THE Agricultural Bank of Zimbabwe (Agribank) says it has supported
agricultural activities to the tune of $3,3 billion. The major agriculture
sectors financed in the 2002 fiscal year included A1 and A2 farmers, and
agro-industries mainly input providers such as fertiliser and chemical

      Of the $3,3 billion advanced, $918 million was granted to agricultural
corporates and $2,4 billion to individual farmers and entrepreneurs.
Further, the $3,3 billion loan advances included $235 million paid to
communal farmers by the Agricultural Development Assistance Fund.

      Commenting on the latest agricultural finance statistics yesterday,
Taka Mutunhu, the Agribank managing director, said the bank could have done
a lot more had it not been for a limited capital base. Agribank currently
has a significant non-performing book inherited from the now defunct
Agricultural Finance Corporation as well as from defaulting clients whose
productivity was affected by the controversial fast-track land
redistribution programme.

      Mutunhu said negotiations were under way with the government, the sole
shareholder of the bank, for recapitalisation. Finalisation of the
negotiations was expected within this half of this financial year.
Recapitalisation would enable Agribank to sustain and increase lending
levels to both A1 and A2 resettled farmers. It would also enable the
creation or improvement of the earning asset base, thereby generating more
internal resources. Despite the massive disturbances suffered by the
agricultural sector over the past three years, and the present deficits in
the bank?s books, Mutunhu remained optimistic. He said: ?At Agribank we know
where we came from. We have moved from a glorious past, into a glorious
future. The past was in agriculture. The future is in agriculture. Our
intention is to remain the leading provider of agriculture financial

      Agriculture in Zimbabwe grew by an average of five percent every year
during the five years leading to 2000. The growth was in sharp contrast to
the 12,9 decline in 2001, and a further still unquantified contraction last
year. The year 2000 was the date when farm invasions were intensified by
State-sponsored Zanu PF supporters and war veterans. Performance of the
sector in the past two years was further constrained by inadequate fuel and
electricity supplies, as well as foreign currency shortages to procure
fertilisers, machinery and spare parts. To the end of last year agriculture
was a pillar to the domestic economy, accounting for 15,9 percent of Gross
Domestic Product and 26,3 percent to formal employment.

      The government has therefore been on a fund-raising campaign, to
support newly settled farmers, the ordinary and the elite, so that they may
be as productive as the displaced farmers were before the onset of the land
reform exercise.
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      Ugly manifestations of absolute power

      3/13/2003 3:26:07 AM (GMT +2)

      When Lord Acton made his famous observation that "power corrupts and
absolute power corrupts absolutely", he obviously had in mind some of Europe
's notorious absolute monarchs.

      But there can be no doubt he also had in mind some of the continent's
iron-fisted despots, such as Germany's Adolf Hitler, Romania's Josip Broz
Tito and Russia's Joseph Stalin. All these acceded to power through
revolutions that toppled insufferable monarchs with the promise of greater
freedom for the people but, invariably, they turned out to be far worse in
every respect than the kings they had deposed. At the time that remark was
made, Africa, then almost entirely under colonial rule perceived as fairly
democratic - if the racially discriminatory aspect of their exclusion of
"natives" from having a say in who governed them is conveniently ignored
that, is - was relatively free of tyrants, as colonisers had brutally
accounted for all its infamous absolute monarchs such as Shaka.

      But the end of colonialism and the emergence of independent nations on
the continent has seen the emergence of African rulers who have made for the
worst examples of absolute power corrupting absolutely. They have included
among them the Ugandan buffoon Idi Amin, the barbaric Jean-Beddel Bokassa of
the Central African Republic and the Congo's compulsive looter, Joseph
Mobutu Sese Seko. A common feature among all would-be absolute rulers is the
speed with which they move to transform national security organs, in
particular the police and the army, into politicised personal security

      These forces then start paying allegiance not to the state but to the
ruler and, consequently, protecting not the people but the ruler against the
growing wrath of his own understandably disaffected people over whom he can
only continue to rule by the use of brute force. It is doubtful that our own
 President Mugabe will, after he leaves office, escape being included by
historians among the list of Africa's absolute rulers whom absolute power
corrupted absolutely. With the wisdom of hindsight, it is not difficult to
see that almost everything he has done since assuming power appears to have
been carefully calculated to not just consolidate his hold on power but,
more disturbingly, to make that power absolute.
      Among the more obvious ugly manifestations of his quest for absolute
power was his declared intention to turn the country into a one-party state
and his party's mobilisation of women and youth to spearhead that clarion
call and drown all dissenting voices.

      But the master stroke was his swift move to retire, at the earliest
opportunity, all senior police and army officers from the pre-independence
era, replacing them with ex-guerrillas whose total loyalty he could count
upon, thus effectively turning the army and the police force into security
arms of his ruling Zanu PF party. Apparently still not completely satisfied
that these seemingly fail-safe measures would guarantee him the attainment
and retention of absolute power, the idea was hatched to brainwash all the
country's young people into virtual zombies to be used by the government to
literally whip everybody into line in support of Mugabe and Zanu PF. Of all
the cruel strategies Mugabe has employed to entrench himself in power, the
deepest cut is what he has done to the youth through what his government has
euphemistically labelled "national youth service training". The profundity
of the chillingly sinister nature of that programme was publicly revealed
for the first time by journalist Charlene Smith.

      In an article which appeared in South Africa's Sunday Independent
newspaper early this week and reproduced in abridged form in this newspaper
yesterday, Smith said she interviewed 14 "Green Bombers" aged from 15 to 28
who, unable to contain their own abuse any more, have fled to South Africa,
"giving the world the first insight into that terror organisation". One
youth said he fled after being forced to take part in the murder of his
uncle, an MDC supporter. Another said he fled after being instructed to
murder his own father, also an MDC supporter, while yet another said he fled
after being involved in killing an MDC chairman. According to Smith, the
youths said they "were taught how to kill people in ways that would be quick
and silent and leave no evidence." And they call that "national youth
service training"?
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      Zesa staff implicated in cable theft

      3/13/2003 1:06:56 AM (GMT +2)

      By Precious Shumba

      CORRUPTION involving senior workers with the Zimbabwe Electricity
Supply Authority (Zesa) has reportedly drained the power utility of billions
of dollars through the systematic thefts of cable and aluminium wires over
the past six months.

      According to employees at Zesa headquarters in Harare, last Wednesday,
a worker in the Projects Department drove a T35 truck,registration numbers
ending with -481K, to a house in Hatfield and dropped off four cable drums
with copper wire between 50 and 150 metres long each.

      The employee went to the house in Glamis Road accompanied by 11 men,
most of them reportedly ex-convicts. The officer-in-charge at Hatfield
Police Station, where a report of the incident was made, refused to comment.
The Zesa employees, who refused to be identified for fear of victimisation,
said the cables were moved from Ardbennie under the pretext that they were
to be used under the Rural Electrification rogramme.

      Dr Sydney Gata, Zesa's executive chairman, was last December quoted in
The Herald as saying the power utility had lost copper and aluminium cables
and conductors valued at over $130 million since May 2002.

      People familiar with the dealings at the Hatfield house said there
were women popularly known as "sisters". The stolen copper cables are
reportedly smuggled out of the country to South Africa and Botswana, where
they are sold. Last Thursday, a loss control officer and two policemen with
the Gold Squad at Harare Central Police Station visited the Hatfield house
and discovered two cable drums of copper and aluminium wires but had not
acted against the "sisters". The visit to the house followed a tip-off by a
member of the public. At the same time, two Toyota Hilux vehicles and a
Nissan Hardbody belonging to the power utility were stolen in January, amid
reports that Zesa employees were involved.

      An eyewitness said yesterday Zesa officials had deliberately left the
vehicles at the Zesa yard in the Willowvale industrial area claiming they
had run out of fuel. Stan Mupunga, the Zesa services manager for Harare,
yesterday admitted one of their vehicles had been sold by an employee who
has since been arrested. Mupunga said the corrupt deals involving copper and
aluminium cables and vehicles needed to be thoroughly investigated. Mupunga:
"On some of the issues of corruption and thefts of cable drums and cars, we
have managed to pick up some of the people implicated. "There have been some
arrests of outsiders following tip-offs supplied by members of the public.
"The information that I have concerns one vehicle which disappeared from the
transport yard in one of our departments. "The person who was picked up was
one of our employees."

      Sources said the stolen vehicles were taken to a house in Greendale
Avenue in Harare for spray-painting. Investigations revealed the vehicles
were taken to an engineering company in Waterfalls before being driven to a
diesel bay in Chinhoyi, en route to Zambia. Before being taken to Greendale,
the stolen vehicles were driven to a house along Alexandra Drive in
Hatfield, where the registration and engine numbers were defaced. Officers
at Southerton Police Station are reportedly involved in facilitating the
provision of the registration books. Last January, six guards from Kadison
Security Company, who were guarding Zesa Central Stores in Harare, were
arrested after the theft of electrical gadgets valued at over $15 million.
In the same month, the police recovered stolen bundles of copper and
aluminium cables worth over $20 million from houses in Mbare and Hatfield.
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      Witness denies Menashe's mugging claim

      3/13/2003 1:07:30 AM (GMT +2)

      Court Reporter

      ARI Ben-Menashe's personal assistant, Tara Thomas, yesterday denied
the claim of her boss that she was mugged in Montreal, Canada, by thugs
hired by the MDC when she announced that she would testify in the treason
trial of three top MDC officials.

      Ben-Menashe, the key State witness, told the High Court during
cross-examination three weeks ago that Thomas was attacked by thugs hired by
the MDC after she said she would testify in the high-profile trial. "You
will see for yourself," Ben-Menashe said in his evidence, saying the
 "attack" on Thomas showed the MDC's "violent nature". Thomas said yesterday
she fell off a bicycle in an accident that had nothing to do with the trial.
She told Bharat Patel, the Deputy Attorney-General, she did not suspect any
foul play. "I have never fallen off my bike since I was seven." The court
adjourned before the close of business yesterday after defence lawyer,
George Bizos protested that Thomas had written notes and personal opinions
on a transcript she was using in giving her evidence.

      Bizos said there was danger that Thomas would be influenced by what
she had written on the copy of the transcript and requested that she be
barred from reading from the transcript. "A witness cannot go to court with
notes for the purpose of giving evidence," Bizos said. "She cannot refer to
the notes and the witness has such notes in this document." Patel argued it
was "perfectly permissible". Justice Paddington Garwe is expected to make a
ruling on Bizos' application today. Thomas said Morgan Tsvangirai, one of
the accused, at one point walked out of the meeting at the headquarters of
Ben-Menashe's consultancy, Dickens and Madson, on 4 December 2001 following
a disagreement with Ben-Menashe.

      Problems started when Tsvangirai told the meeting about going to
elections and Ben-Menashe accused him of backtracking. Tsvangirai, Welshman
Ncube, the MDC secretary-general and Renson Gasela, the party's shadow
minister of agriculture have pleaded not guilty. Thomas said she
clandestinely switched on the video equipment to record the meeting between
Tsvangirai, Ben-Menashe, his deputy Alexander Legault, Rupert Johnson and a
man identified as Mr Simms. She said the meeting was to discuss the
transition process in Zimbabwe after the elimination of President Mugabe.
But from Dickens and Madson's point of view, the purpose of the meeting was
to collect evidence of Tsvangirai's alleged plot to assassinate Mugabe and
subsequently depose his Zanu PF government. "Mainly, they were trying to
ascertain what arrangement had been made on the ground to ensure a smooth
transition process after the elimination of the President and whether the
army would be co-operative," said Thomas. The trial continues today.
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      Resettled Bulima villagers starving

      3/13/2003 3:20:21 AM (GMT +2)

      From Ntungamili Nkomo in Bulawayo

      THERE is hunger among the resettled Bulima District villagers after
they were left out of the ongoing World Vision Zimbabwe (WVZ) relief aid
scheme because they were allegedly highly productive.

      The villagers were resettled in the early 1990s before the
controversial fast-track land resettlement programme. WVZ said the people
who live in the resettlement area were left out of the programme because
they were "highly productive" and therefore did not need any food aid. The
humanitarian aid organisation feeds more than 10 000 people in the
hunger-stricken area. It is also running a child supplementary feeding
scheme. Moses Mzila-Ndlovu, the MP for Bulima constituency said yesterday it
was very unfortunate that the villagers were not receiving any food aid
despite the worsening starvation.

      Mzila-Ndlovu said he approached the aid organisation last week and
requested that they start distributing food in the area to avert a "looming
calamity". "World Vision is certainly doing a commendable job in my
constituency, but what worries me most is that people in the resettlement
areas are not getting any relief aid," he said. Mzila-Ndlovu said most of
the villagers had resorted to eating wild roots to survive as starvation
worsened in the area.

      "The situation is so pathetic, crops in the area have shrivelled
beyond recovery because of the ongoing dry spell. "As a result, more food
aid is needed if a calamitous situation is to be avoided," he said. The arid
and drought-prone Bulima district is one of the areas hardest hit by
starvation in the country. Most people could not plough their fields this
season after failing to secure draught power. Thousands of cattle in
Matabeleland perished at the height of the drought. WVZ officials said they
were yet to launch investigations into the matter.
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      Chivaura runs amok

      3/13/2003 1:06:24 AM (GMT +2)

      By Brian Mangwende Chief Reporter

      VIMBAI Gukwe Chivaura, a senior lecturer in the Department of English
at the University of Zimbabwe, is alleged to have tried to stab the rector
      of Peterhouse, a prestigious school outside Marondera, with a dagger.

      Police at Marondera Rural Police Station confirmed the incident, but
declined to give further details. The incident reportedly took place at the
beginning of the school term. The incident followed a dispute between
Chivaura and John Calderwood, the rector, over the lecturer and TV
personality's child's enrolment at the $400 000-a-term school. Calderwood
was acting on the instructions of the child's mother who enrolled him there,
sources said. A senior official at the school, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said trouble started when Chivaura seemed to be highly disturbed
at the large number of white students at the elite school.

      Chivaura features regularly on ZBC-TV's programme, National Ethos,
viewed as a Zanu PF propaganda tool. Chivaura allegedly threatened to
      stab Calderwood with the dagger after he refused to withdraw the child
from the school, the official said. There was pandemonium at the school and
activity came to a standstill. More than 20 students rushed to Calderwood's
rescue and subdued Chivaura, who was stalking the rector.
      Fearing for their lives, school authorities have banned Chivaura from
entering the school premises without his wife's consent. Calderwood refused
to comment on the incident yesterday but said the child was still at the
school. The police also refused to comment. Contacted for comment, Chivaura
said: "Some of these incidents should not be reported because they do not
benefit the nation. Not everything is news."
      Last year, the lecturer was briefly appointed chief executive officer
of the Zimbabwe Inter-Africa News Agency, seen by many as a reward for his
pro-government propaganda on television.

      But his brief flirtation with the State agency did not last. Chivaura
was allegedly fired by Jonathan Moyo, the Minister of State Information and
      Publicity, after he demanded a hefty salary of $600 000 a month and
that his children be enrolled at private schools at the news agency's
expense. Fees cost at least $400 000 a term at Peterhouse, an amount which
allegedly infuriated Chivaura. The source said it was not certain whether
Chivaura was separated or divorced from his wife. The wife enrolled the
child at the school but Chivaura is responsible for the fees, the source
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