MDC trounces Zanu PF in Harare council
3/19/02 7:43:00 AM (GMT +2)
By Luke Tamborinyoka
THE MDC won 44 of the 45 wards in the council
elections held in Harare last
weekend, to become the dominant party in the
Harare City Council chamber.
Two of the opposition’s party’s candidates,
Dale Dore (ward 6) and Michael
Laban (ward 7) won the polls in their
respective wards but were disqualified
on the grounds that they are not
citizens of Zimbabwe.
They are challenging their
Zanu PF’s Hubert Mafadze Nyanhongo provided the sole
consolation for his
party when he won the election in ward 1. The ward
comprises mainly farming
areas in Harare South, where Zanu PF resettled its
supporters in the
controversial land reform programme.
executive mayor for Harare, Elias Mudzuri (MDC) also lost in ward 1,
Zanu PF’s Amos Midzi polled 3 059 votes against Mudzuri’s 1
Surprisingly, details of the results of the council election were
available yesterday, a week after the election. This did not
jubilant MDC councillors from taking their oath of office and loyalty
Town House before Nomutsa Chideya, the Harare City Council clerk,
accordance with the Urban Councils Act.
The councillors are
required to take their oaths before assuming office.
Among the new
councillors is Dr Chris Mushonga (Ward 17), the husband of
Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC), the MP for Glen Norah.
told the councillors that they would hold their first
tomorrow at Town House.
The new council replaces the government-appointed
commission, which has been
running council affairs since February
The commission, led by former diplomat Elijah Chanakira, was
John Nkomo, the then Minister of Local Government and National
he dismissed the entire council led by Solomon Tawengwa, on
corruption and maladministration.
The MDC also resoundingly
won the mayoral election last week, in which
Mudzuri polled 262 275 votes
ahead of Midzi’s 56 796.
Made to be axed
3/19/02 8:00:14 AM (GMT
By Collin Chiwanza
ZIMBABWEANS, who have of late been
forced to endure never-ending queues for
mealie-meal, may have a reason to
smile when they learn that the main cause
of their misery, Agriculture
Minister Joseph Made, is to be axed from his
post in a Cabinet reshuffle to
be announced soon by President Mugabe.
Jonathan Moyo, another unpopular
minister who has hogged the limelight
spreading propaganda on local
television for the past two years, will now be
spending more time outside the
country, in his new post of Foreign Minister.
Mugabe is expected to
announce a new Cabinet this week following his
controversial re-election in
the 9-11 March presidential poll.
The MDC has refused to recognise
Mugabe’s victory, arguing that it was
flawed and marred by violence. Mugabe’s
rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, dismissed
the election as “daylight robbery” and
“the greatest electoral fraud in
history”, while the European Union has
recognise Mugabe’s government and threatened to impose further
Well-placed Zanu PF sources said Mugabe’s two
ageing Vice-Presidents, Joseph
Msika and the ailing Simon Muzenda, will be
It is understood Muzenda is likely to be replaced by his
Mudenge, the Foreign Affairs Minister, while Msika’s post will
be taken over
by John Nkomo, the Zanu PF national chairman and Minister of
Nkomo is a long-time Mugabe loyalist.
not been well for the past few months and had already indicated
willingness to step down after the watershed presidential
Professor Jonathan Moyo, the junior minister for Information and
is tipped for the powerful Foreign Affairs post, while
secretary, George Charamba, is tipped to replace him as minister
Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Joseph Made,
blamed for misleading the nation on the level of the country’s maize
is expected to be kicked out of Cabinet or receive a junior
Mugabe had a torrid time during the presidential election campaign
tried to calm the restive electorate and assure them that nobody
starve because of the acute shortage of the staple food currently
Two people in Hwange have already died of starvation,
while many more face
severe food shortages throughout the
Made ignored early warnings of the looming food shortages from a
respected organisations, including the Southern African
Community Early Warning Unit, the Commercial Farmers’ Union and
Nations World Food Programme.
He repeatedly appeared on the
State-controlled television to assure the
nation that there were adequate
food reserves and the warnings of an
impending maize crisis were
Two Cabinet ministers perceived to have adopted a neutral
stance during the
presidential election campaign are likely to face the chop,
They said Saviour Kasukuwere and Elliot
Manyika of Mashonaland Central
province could be rewarded handsomely for “not
wavering from the party”.
Manyika, the Minister of Youth Development,
Gender and Employment Creation,
is expected to be elevated to the Home
Affairs portfolio, while Kasukuwere,
the party’s deputy secretary for youth
in the politburo, replaces him in his
Timothy Stamps, who suffered a stroke last year, and Simba
Makoni, branded as
“too clean” for Zanu PF, face an uncertain future.
Stamps’ deputy, David
Parirenyatwa, is tipped to take over from his boss.
Nhlanhla Masuku and
Nicholas Ncube, both Zanu PF favourites, could find
themselves ascending the
Mugabe’s two homeboys, Swithun Mombeshora and Ignatius
Chombo, are not
likely to be touched by the reshuffle.
Zimbabwe police arrest four for farmer's
HARARE, March 19 — Police in Zimbabwe said on Tuesday they
four men in connection with the murder of a white farmer, but
it was not
clear if they were farm invaders or war veterans.
people have been arrested, and firearms which we suspect were
used in the
murder were recovered,'' assistant commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena
''The four are from the Norton area...We have not gone
he said when asked if the suspects were war veterans or land
settled on the victim's farm.
Terry Ford was tied up and
shot to death outside his homestead in
Norton, 40 km west of Harare, early on
Monday, by what the farming community
said were suspected self-styled war
veterans of the 1970s liberation
This was the first
attack on a white farmer since President Robert
Mugabe beat off a challenge
by Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader
Morgan Tsvangirai last week in
a presidential election marred by violence
and charges of vote
Most Commercial Farmers Union members backed Tsvangirai, who
promised to stop the illegal seizure of white-owned farms and to
negotiated programme to advance black land ownership.
Ford was the 10th white farmer to be killed since landless blacks
government sanction to seize white-owned farms two years ago.
of farms have been abandoned in the face of the violent
occupations and many
other farmers moved to the cities or out of the country
for the election,
Mugabe said at his inauguration on Sunday he had
stunning blow'' to Britain and said he would accelerate the
white-owned farms for redistribution to landless blacks.
Fresh problems rock Harare’s Anglican Diocese
7:43:42 AM (GMT +2)
PROBLEMS that have dogged
the Anglican Diocese of Harare since last year
resurfaced last week, with
Reverend Godfrey Tawonezvi, the Dean of the
Anglican Cathedral of St Mary and
All Saints, allegedly suspending Ambrose
Chikukwa and Newton Nyamupingidza,
the two church wardens at the cathedral.
A member of the cathedral
congregation, who declined to be named, said on
Friday: “They were suspended
for refusing to be subservient to the dean.
What he seems to want are ‘yes
men’ around him, for reasons best known to
to discuss the issue and referred The Daily News to George
spokesman for the diocese, who was said to be unavailable.
refused to comment, saying: “Nothing is to be said at this
But Chikukwa said: “We don’t work at the cathedral, so the dean
suspend us. We are just people who help to see that everything,
the finances, is run properly. We are not paid.”
was appointed dean by Bishop Nolbert Kunonga in September
The appointment was viewed by some as a reward for his
support for Kunonga
during the controversial election for bishop, which Rev
Tim Neill, one of
his rivals, charged was irregular.
Neill has since
resigned from the church.
Kunonga, who became Bishop of Harare in April
last year, has been mired in
controversy ever since because of his overt
support for Zanu PF, despite
attacks on innocent people and members of the
opposition by the ruling party
Last month an election
for church officials at the cathedral was abandoned
that Tawonezvi wanted to impose his own candidates on
the congregation. He
and the parish council clashed at the 3 February
meeting, with the council
accusing him of violating the Acts of the Diocese
when giving notice of the
The council wanted audited financial statements for last year
before the meeting could proceed.
ZCTU stayaway on tomorrow
3/19/02 7:40:52 AM (GMT
THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions
(ZCTU) has called for a nationwide job
stayaway from tomorrow to Friday in
protest over the harassment of workers
by the police.
council meeting of the ZCTU was disrupted last week by the
Wellington Chibhebhe, the ZCTU secretary-general, said the
body “categorically denounced” the use of draconian
interfered with the running of the affairs of trade unions,
the government announced that it was going to withdraw
recognition of the
He said workers had been beaten up for no
reason and harassed by State
agents, a development the organisation is
“The ZCTU, therefore, calls on all workers to stay away from
places from Wednesday 20 March to Friday 22 March in protest
State’s disregard for trade union freedoms, the harassment,
displacement of workers and the general lawlessness which will
company closures and loss of jobs,” Chibhebhe said.
workers would be protesting against the displacement they are
the aftermath of the presidential election, Chibhebhe said.
He said the
ZCTU was determined to make sure that the workers’ interests in
difficult times are taken care of, regardless of the intimidation and
Last week 15 Shamva Gold Mine workers were thrown out of
their houses by
Zanu PF supporters for allegedly having voted for Morgan
Tsvangirai, the MDC
leader, in the presidential poll. The Zanu PF militants
ordered them to go
to Harare and secure jobs from Tsvangirai
March 19, 2002
Victorious 'veterans' slaughter
From Jacqui Goddard in Harare
HE HAD vowed to apply
“greater speed and strength” to his land-seizure
programme and yesterday it
was clear exactly how President Mugabe’s
supporters were interpreting
Less than 24 hours after the Zimbabwean leader formally took up his
term of office, Terry Ford, 53, a white farmer, was murdered. He was
through the head while trying to defend his property against a
gang of Mr Mugabe’s “war veterans”.
Wearing Zanu (PF)
T-shirts and taunting Mr Ford with insults and victory
chants, they had
beaten him up and dragged him across the ground before
propping him against a
tree and killing him.
Police ignored three telephone calls for help – one
from him, two from his
neighbours – the duty constable claiming that he could
not get to the farm
because the station’s driver was asleep.
farmer’s body lay where it had fallen yesterday, draped with a bedspread
guarded by his dog, Squeak.
“He was such a gentle fellow, old Terry,” Ben
Freeth, a friend and
neighbour, said as he visited the farm to organise the
“Why did they come and murder a guy like
this, who’s never been involved in
politics of any kind and never harmed
anybody? He wasn’t stopping anyone
from farming his land. He already had war
vets living on the land and had
left the place to work in the
Mr Ford’s body was found at 6am when his cook arrived for work.
his fiancée, who had not been with him, arrived at Gowrie Farm
having driven the 30 miles from Harare to Norton, where the farm
is. At 1pm
the police finally arrived.
“Terry phoned me at midnight to
say the homestead was being attacked — at
that point by eight men — and he
was just waiting for the police,” Ms Raaff,
43, said. “I don’t think he had
any idea of what was waiting for him.”
What was waiting for him was a
terrifying and drawn-out battle as he tried
to protect his homestead
At 11.30pm on Sunday he telephoned neighbours to report
that his property
had been invaded. “He ran out and fired a shot over their
heads and chased
them out,” Mr Freeth, a fellow landowner, said.
know he was still alive at 1.15am because a neighbour spoke to him and
seemed that things had calmed down.”
The gang clearly returned, however.
Tyre tracks in the dust indicate that
the gate to the property was blocked by
a vehicle and that Mr Ford — dressed
only in a pair of boxer shorts and
sandals — got into his pick-up truck and
tried to ram his way through the
6ft-high security fence.
“It was bashed about, but he obviously didn’t
get through. He then tried a
three-point turn and maybe got stuck because we
believe he then jumped out
of his vehicle and tried to get over the security
fence on foot.”
His escape failed and instead, Mr Ford was dragged
through the dirt and
pushed against a tree where he was killed with a single
bullet. Then, his
killers streamed into the house and helped themselves to
mobile telephone, binoculars and hunting
“Terry was one of the most kind-hearted people in the world and
wanted to do was farm,” Ms Raaff said. “What has this achieved, other
the loss of a much-loved, innocent man?” Mr Ford, a fourth
Zimbabwean, had farmed all his life and grown up with many of
workers. The younger ones among them called him Father. “They
devastated,” Ms Raaff said. “They are saying to me: ‘We have lost our
today.’ That is the deepest compliment one could receive
Since the Government declared two years ago that it intended to
land, Mr Ford had been barred from working on it. It was a move that
affected his scores ofworkers. “These people have had a much, much
life,” Ms Raaff said. “They have no money. They have no work. They
She and Mr Ford had moved to Harare where he found work
as a school estate
manager, returning to the farm only
Ms Raaff, a Zimbabwean, holds a British passport but had
hoped that she
would never need it. “Now I have lost Terry. It is over for me
she said. Gowrie Farm was one of four in the Norton area to
attacked and looted over the past week. An elderly farming couple
forced to leave one property and, at a second, the 81-year-old
owner had all
his household goods stolen while he was in hospital undergoing
In Chinhoyi, in the north-west of the country,
44 farmers and their wives
and friends were hauled into court accused of
“conspiring to interfere with
the electoral process”. The charges stem from a
plan by local farmers to
help polling agents for the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change to get
to the polling stations during last week’s election.
transport, food and water: evidence, say police, that they
were trying to
corrupt the agents.
At Esigodini, near the second city
of Bulawayo, Paul Goodwin, a farmer, was
visited by a Zanu (PF) gang
yesterday and given three hours to get himself
and his cattle off his land
for good. At Nyamandhlovu two farmers struggled
to move their dairy herds and
evacuate their homes after being given three
hours to quit.
No deal struck after Zimbabwean
Movement for Democratic Change pours cold water on unity
ZIMBABWEAN unity talks, brokered by SA and Nigerian
yesterday to produce a co-operation agreement among the key
boosting the prospect of further international sanctions against
country's ruling elite.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
poured cold water on the two-way
mediation by President Thabo Mbeki and
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo,
saying the meetings involving the MDC
and the Zimbabwean government were
designed merely to prevent Commonwealth
sanctions against Zimbabwe.
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who met
Obasanjo and Mbeki after the two had
met President Robert Mugabe earlier,
said the talks failed because the two
African heavyweights did not put any
concrete proposals on the table.
Tsvangirai, who accuses Mugabe of
stealing last week's election, said: "The
talks were designed to head off
Commonwealth sanctions. The whole meeting
was about how the two leaders could
facilitate a negotiating process between
(the ruling) Zanu (PF) and
ourselves." Neither did the issue of a government
of national unity now known
to be supported by many African governments come
up for discussion, he
Mbeki said after the meetings: "The responsibility for resolving
problems, first and foremost and principally, lies with the
leadership." All sides had agreed to consider what was discussed
Further meetings including the possibility of one between
Mugabe are planned.
Though the mission to Harare
secured agreement for future talks, its
inconclusive nature has set the scene
for a tough summit meeting today
between Obasanjo, Mbeki and Australian Prime
Minister John Howard.
The three men were mandated by Commonwealth leaders
a week ago to decide
what action, if any, to take against Harare. The action
either a collective
condemnation of Harare's conduct or Zimbabwe's suspension
Commonwealth was to be based on the group's election observer
last week judged the election unfree and unfair.
Tsvangirai-Mugabe co-operation deal would have constituted tangible
of the success of SA's and Nigeria's quiet diplomacy.
observers say, pressure is on them. Still, the two leaders,
who have hitherto
opposed sanctions, are unlikely to change their stance.
It is understood,
though, that the meeting with Mugabe went better than the
Tsvangirai. Mugabe had already signalled his intention to
work with the MDC
"in and outside parliament", though the shape of this
The MDC feels that he merely wants to buy political legitimacy
and fight off
growing international isolation.
Obasanjo said that he
was in Harare with Mbeki to initiate talks between
Mugabe and Tsvangirai.
"Zimbabwe at this point needs Africans to get it out
difficulties. There's scarcity of food and drought looming. This
Zimbabwe needs assistance from the international community."
of another white farmer yesterday cast a pall over the talks.
which is seeking a rerun of the poll, received a boost when the
Confederation of Trade Unions which groomed its leaders announced
strike to protest against Mugabe's unionbashing during
To drive home his demand for a fresh election,
Tsvangirai will today seek
the support of his executive for mass action
Constitutional overhaul in Zimbabwe the only
March 19 2002 at 06:54AM
The efforts by South Africa to foist a
government of national unity on the
people of Zimbabwe are misguided. We have
been there before. The government
of national unity established in Zimbabwe
in 1987 created the present
monster and we don't need demonic, unaccountable
We are now in very much the same situation that we
were in before
independence when we had an illegitimate government and a
franchise - then only white votes counted, now only Zanu-PF "votes"
The Rhodesian deadlock was broken by strong diplomatic pressure that
constitutional review and fresh elections - leading to the Abel
government in 1978, and again to full independence in
The innovators of the process were South Africa and America, with
Vorster and Henry Kissinger as the prime actors. The process worked
and, Thabo Mbeki and Colin Powell please take note, it could work again.
following steps could result in establishing democratic and accountable
in Zimbabwe within six months.
The first crucial step is to
replace the existing, seriously flawed
constitution. Civic society in
Zimbabwe has long since drafted a
constitution that could be put to a
referendum within three months. The
referendum would, of course, have to be
run by an independent electoral
commission and the new information bill would
have to be repealed.
Once a new constitution is in place, a general
election (not just a
presidential election) could be held within two months
to allow Zimbabweans
to elect a government and president of their choice to
lead them for the
next five years.
During the five or six months that
this process would take, two further
steps would be necessary. Firstly,
humanitarian assistance would be required
to stave off famine and, secondly,
the ministries of finance and agriculture
would need to revise fiscal and
land policies to minimise further economic
less than rapid constitutional reform and the restitution of
Zimbabwe, and all that that entails, will lead inexorably to
the decline and
eventual collapse of southern Africa.
Zimbabwe: Citizens' rights, not politics must set the agenda.
Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty
18 March 2002 AFR 46/023/2002
authorities continue their crackdown on human rights defenders
non-governmental organizations following the presidential elections,
International today appealed to the troika of Commonwealth leaders
human rights concerns in their deliberations.
"Addressing human rights
concerns in Zimbabwe means immediately disbanding
releasing over 100 individuals still in illegal
detention, reforming the
police to ensure impartiality, and repealing laws
which curtail freedom of
expression and assembly," Amnesty International
urged the presidents of South
Africa and Nigeria and the Prime Minister of
important that the Commonwealth leaders work constructively now to
long-term solutions to ending the culture of human rights violations
impunity in Zimbabwe," the organization said.
Next week's meeting of the
UN Commission on Human Rights is the first major
opportunity to put forward
concrete steps to address these human rights
International has received numerous reports of state-sponsored
groups, which far from being disbanded, have begun a coordinated
track down, attack and abduct members of the opposition -- many
who acted as
polling agents during the elections -- in Chitungwiza and in
In Marondera on 15 March, some 20 members of the ZANU-PF
beat to death a security guard on a farm and seriously
injured a commercial
farmer. The same militia held and tortured three MDC
polling agents on the
A local human rights organization last week described how
militia operating from 10 bases located around Macheke
town in Mashonaland
East Province were torturing suspected political
opponents. National Youth
Service trainees from the Border Gezi Training
Centre near Mount Darwin were
reportedly assisting in the abduction and
So far, Zimbabwean human rights groups have recorded 22 torture
have sought medical treatment in Harare after being released from
detention by these militias operating across the
Amnesty International estimates that more than 100 persons
at these bases, with police officers reluctant to intervene
to free those
being held. In one case, a detainee told the organization of
detention in several camps around Mutoko in Mashonaland East
Privately, the police have stated to
Zimbabwean human rights activists that
they can take no action against the
militia and ruling party supporters.
However, victims have often reported
seeing police officers at the scene of
attacks and beatings by
The human rights crisis is being compounded by the threat of
famine that has
affected parts of the country. Thousands of people may soon
be forced to
move into neighbouring countries. In past circumstances, the
used control of food aid as a weapon against those perceived
opponents, and today's press reports indicate ruling party
militia have taken over food aid distribution in the province of
"The international community, especially Southern Africa
recognize that the combination of human rights abuses and the
crisis threatens not only Zimbabwe , but also the entire
The solution to Zimbabwe's human
rights crisis lies in bringing to justice
those who have planned,
orchestrated and carried out serious human rights
violations, regardless of
their high rank or the power they wield.
Putting an end to impunity would
be a first step towards restoring public
confidence in Zimbabwe's police
force and judicial system. Initiating the
reforms necessary to bring it back
into line with international standards of
justice is also vital.
challenge of overturning years of impunity and carrying out
necessitates that the international community, especially Southern
countries and the Commonwealth and the UN, support all efforts in
human rights in Zimbabwe at the top of their agendas for talks with
Zimbabwean government. This includes pressing the government of Zimbabwe
extend an invitation to UN special human rights
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Mass civil unrest over Mugabe's election crackdown
Butcher in Johannesburg
THE threat of mass
civil unrest loomed over Zimbabwe last night as the
opposition ordered a
three-day general strike and a diplomatic mission was
rebuffed by President
The Movement for Democratic Change, allied to
Zimbabwe's largest trade
unions, called for the strike from tomorrow to
protest against Mr Mugabe's
brutal crackdown on its members after last week's
disputed election. More
than 1,400 have been arrested or
Yesterday the post-election clampdown claimed its first white
victim when a
farmer was murdered by a mob outside Harare.
industrial action is likely to provoke a brutal response from Mr Mugabe.
1999 and 2000, he used troops and riot police to attack businesses
obeyed opposition calls not to open during previous general
Meanwhile the Presidents of South Africa and Nigeria left
empty-handed last night after failing to persuade Mr Mugabe and
Tsvangirai, his rival, to work together in a government of national
The talks represented a last-ditch attempt by African leaders to
compromise on Mr Mugabe, who most international observers believe
victory in the presidential election 10 days ago.
focus now shifts to London today with a ground-breaking
to determine whether it is possible to bridge the
growing rift between Africa
and the West.
Observers said the next two days represent the "the
toughest test yet of
Thabo Mbeki's presidency and the willingness of South
Africa to play its
rightful part as the regional leader".
talks were kept secret but Mr Mbeki is understood to have been
direct with Mr Mugabe after months when the South African leader
reluctant to criticise the 78-year-old dictator in public.
With the West
threatening to withdraw its support for Mr Mbeki's African
debt relief plan
unless the Zimbabwe crisis is resolved, Mr Mbeki was
reported to have
threatened to withdraw his backing for Mr Mugabe's regime.
understood to have been shocked by the way the South African observer
at the presidential election was ridiculed for giving a
assessment that the poll was legitimate.
With almost all
other observer missions questioning the legitimacy of the
poll and with some
members of the South African mission breaking ranks from
finding, South Africa's international standing was being
sensitive was Mr Mbeki's message that he ordered his spin doctors
political advisers not to accompany him to Harare to ensure that
comments were not leaked or misrepresented.
The tone of the day
was set when Mr Mbeki and Nigerian President Olusegun
Obasanjo kept Mr Mugabe
waiting for two hours, a clear diplomatic snub to a
leader who was sworn in
for a further six years at the weekend.
Mr Mbeki kept silent after the
talks with Mr Mugabe and Mr Tsvangirai
although Mr Obasanjo said: "In a
matter of days they [Mugabe and Tsvangirai]
should let us know where we stand
and where they stand.
"Zimbabwe at this point in time needs assistance to
get it out of its
economic difficulties. Whatever the ordinary people of
Zimbabwe have done,
voted or not voted, they need to be assisted. It is up to
Zimbabwe itself to
set its own agenda," he added.
While Mr Mbeki and
Mr Obasanjo would normally be reluctant to criticise
other black African
leaders, both will be under severe pressure today when
they meet Australian
Prime Minister John Howard in London to distance
The three leaders were authorised by the Commonwealth heads of
meeting earlier this month to meet after the election to decide
should be taken. Commonwealth observers have already published a
highly critical of the poll and questioning the legitimacy of the
Britain, backed by Australia, Canada and New Zealand, has called
Zimbabwe's suspension from the 54-nation grouping.
While Mr Mbeki
and Mr Obasanjo do not favour this outcome, in the face of
evidence of electoral fraud last week any other outcome from
would represent a significant blow to the
The Movement for Democratic Change was
"bitterly disappointed" at this
month's Commonwealth delay in dealing with
the Zimbabwe crisis.
"We still hope that the Commonwealth will be able to
credibility. We hope it will vindicate itself," said Tendai Biti,
movement's shadow foreign minister.
As I write this e mail it seems that the situation in the country
deteriorating. One of our church members is facing a
appearance in regard to helping to deploy election monitors
during the recent
sham of an election. Nothing
illegal was done and yet property and people
have been detained. In the same
case 20 monitors who were detained
the electio have still as yet been denied bail. I was sitting in the
room and heard the 'evidence' , it was so
filled with inconsistencies and
lies that even I could tell a great
was being commited. The case
tomorrow, Tuesday morning Zimbabwe time. Please pray for their
in prison here without sanitation or
On the news a farmer was reported to have been murdered by
veterans. He was shot in the head on his
farm. Right now, in
Mazoe, an elderly couple are being held hostage by thugs
surrounding the farm
house. These folks
are Mr and Mrs Bailey, 90 and 80 years old respectively.
They are the
of one of our church members here at
Church and have been hostage in the their farm house since
week. As of tonight, the thugs are
still camped on the front lawn beating
their drums , banging on the windows
night and threatening the couple.
police are standing aside , helplessly watching the new force of
and disorder in our nation. Please pray
that God will put a
spirit of fear in to the hearts and minds of these
persecutors and that
TONIGHT they will be driven
away by the angels of the Lord.
Mbeki of South Africa holds little hope or regard in our minds.
ABSOLUTELY COWARDLY and seems
bent on supporting this growing
anarcy. God answers prayer, please pray.
regards, Pastor Chris
|Police warn against Zimbabwe general
Zimbabwe police have warned the main union federation against going ahead
with plans for a three-day nationwide strike from Wednesday.
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions has called the strike in protest at
harassment of labour groups aligned with the opposition Movement for Democratic
The opposition and several election observer groups have condemned last
week's presidential election as intentionally tilted to ensure Robert Mugabe's
The strike was also called in protest at the breakdown in law and order,
state-sponsored political violence, and the economic crisis in Zimbabwe, said
Wellington Chibebe who heads the grouping of trade unions.
The government was using repressive legislation to stop the federation from
holding meetings in an effort to weaken the organisation which represents 90
percent of organised labour in Zimbabwe, union officials said.
"It is an attempt to expose workers to unchallenged victimisation," Mr
Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said the union federation had not sought
police permission for the strike which is required under new security laws
passed ahead of the elections in a bid to crack down on dissent.
Police would deal with illegal action "in accordance with the law,"
Bvudzijena said. He would not elaborate.
Meanwhile, opposition officials, met in Harare today to discuss mounting
pressure to hold talks with the ruling party over the election it has dismissed
Morgan Tsvangirai said he was ready to hold talks with Mugabe's party, but
only with the aim of securing a new election.
Story filed: 12:10 Tuesday 19th March 2002
|Zimbabwe suspended from Commonwealth for a
Zimbabwe has been banned from the councils of the Commonwealth for one
A troika of Commonwealth leaders - South African President Thabo Mbeki,
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Australian Prime Minister John Howard -
announced the suspension following several hours of talks at Marlborough House
John Howard said Commonwealth observers had concluded the recent elections
were "marred by a high level of political violence" and had not allowed for a
free expression of the wishes of the electorate.
However, Mr Howard also said the Commonwealth leaders wanted to promote
reconciliation between the main political parties in Zimbabwe, and were
conscious of the perilous state of the southern African state's economy.
"The committee calls upon the international community to respond to the
desperate situation currently in Zimbabwe, especially the food shortages," Mr
But he went on: "The committee has decided to suspend Zimbabwe from the
councils of the Commonwealth for a period of one year with immediate effect.
"This issue will be revisited in 12 months time having regard to progress in
Zimbabwe based on the Commonwealth Harare principles and reports from the
Commonwealth Secretary General."
The decision was warmly welcomed by Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. "In
deciding to suspend Zimbabwe, the Commonwealth has today spoken with one voice.
The message could not be clearer, nor the messengers more significant," he
However, in a Commons point of order, Tory spokesman Richard Spring called
for him to make an emergency statement in the House.
Deputy Speaker Sir Michael Lord said there had been no indication from the
Government that such a statement would be made.
Story filed: 17:58 Tuesday 19th March 2002
Zimbabwe suspended from Commonwealth
ZIMBABWE was tonight suspended from the Commonwealth for
a year after
election observers found that the elections which returned
Mugabe to power were seriously flawed.
A troika of
Commonwealth leaders - South African president Thabo Mbeki,
president Olusegun Obasanjo and Australian prime minister John
announced the suspension following several hours of talks at
House in London.
Mr Howard, chairman of the troika, said the observers
had concluded that the
elections were "marred by a high level of politically
and conditions did not allow adequately for a free
expression of will by the
The troika decided to suspended
Zimbabwe from the councils of the
Commonwealth, which effectively bars the
country from any of its meetings.
It could have gone a step further and
suspended Zimbabwe's membership
completely although the effect would have
been virtually identical.
Announcing the decision after the three-hour
meeting, Mr Howard said: "The
committee decided to suspend Zimbabwe from the
councils of the Commonwealth
for one year with immediate effect.
issue will be revisited in 12 months' time, having regard to progress
Zimbabwe and report from the Commonwealth's Secretary General
"The committee mandated the Commonwealth Secretary
General to engage with
the government of Zimbabwe to ensure that the specific
the Commonwealth (elections) observer group report,
notably on the
management of future elections in Zimbabwe, are
Today's meeting had lasted about three hours and Mr Howard
told reporters it
had taken note of the observer group report, which "had
concluded that the
presidential election was marred by a high level of
violence and that 'the conditions in Zimbabwe did not
adequately allowed for
a free expression of will by the
"They deemed these conclusions, together with other aspects of
to be an adverse reflection on the electoral process, requiring
appropriate Commonwealth response."
But the Australian premier
stressed: "The committee expressed its
determination to promote
reconciliation in Zimbabwe between the main
said there was strong support for the initiatives of the Nigerian and
African presidents "in encouraging a climate of reconciliation between
main political parties in Zimbabwe which they considered essential to
the issues of food shortages, economic recovery, the restoration of
stability, the rule of law and the conduct of future elections".
Howard added: "I have noted in the lead-up to this meeting that people
said repeatedly that this is a test for the Commonwealth as to whether
going to be consistent in its treatment. I believe we have been
He added that the action taken was "at the more severe
end of the options
available to us if I can put it that way".
options had ranged from a statement of condemnation to full suspension
The Australian Prime Minister added: "The most
important thing about
Zimbabwe is the future of its people. I believe that
the series of measures
I have announced today are an appropriate and balanced
The decision was welcomed by Mr Blair, who kept in touch with
during the day, speaking twice by telephone to South African
Mr Blair is also expected to have talks with prime
minister Howard in
Downing Street tomorrow evening.
On a conciliatory
note, Mr Howard said the Commonwealth leaders wanted to
reconciliation between the main political parties in Zimbabwe, and
conscious of the "parlous" state of the southern African
"The committee calls upon the international community
to respond to the
desperate situation currently in Zimbabwe, especially the
Mr Howard said.
The Age, Melbourne
Zimbabwe economy on its knees needs outside help -
HARARE, March 19 AFP|Published: Wednesday March 20, 5:55
Zimbabwe's economy has been brought to its knees amid the
turmoil and cannot recover on its own, according to
economists, who doubt
much foreign assistance will be
Western donors and international financial institutions are
estranged from the government of longtime ruler Robert Mugabe,
power last week in an election widely condemned as
"Zimbabwe is on its knees. Mugabe offered absolutely no
John Robertson, a white Zimbabwean who supports the
opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC), told AFP today.
are not going to get assistance."
When asked to comment on Mugabe's
repeated calls for Zimbabwe to strive for
Robertson said: "The crisis has reached such a
level by now that I do not see
how we can get out of it on our own. Mugabe
is the worst news for the
Tony Hawkins, another liberal white economist, said: "The MDC
were the only
ones who could deliver access to the foreign aid, investment
restructuring without which there can be no sustained economic
Farai Zizhou, chief economist of the Confederation of
(CZI), was more sceptical of the benefits of aid that
might come from the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the World
"The IMF has been very good at giving lessons and dictating its
without understanding the constraints of our economy," Zizhou
Mugabe, who led the 1970s Marxist guerrilla war against Ian
segregationist regime in the then Rhodesia, shed his socialist ideals
years after independence from Britain in 1980, agreeing to an IMF
adjustment program in 1991.
stimulated growth but caused prices to skyrocket,
hurting the poorest
sections of the population and eventually leading to
IMF suspended disbursements in 1999, objecting to excessive
In early 2000, Mugabe launched his controversial
fast-track land reforms,
seizing white-owned farms and resettling them with
marginalised blacks at a
time when parliamentary elections were looming and
the MDC looked set to
unseat a number of ruling party MPs.
violent land invasions were spearheaded by veterans of the
liberation war and
continued with Mugabe's tacit approval even when courts
ruled them illegal,
and police mostly turned a blind eye.
The IMF program, combined with
drought, has devastated the agricultural
sector, turning Zimbabwe, once a
regional breadbasket, into a net food
importer. More than half a million
people are in need of emergency food aid.
Throughout his campaign for
re-election, Mugabe railed against former
colonial power Britain, accusing
Prime Minister Tony Blair of bankrolling
his opponent, the MDC's Morgan
He claimed that Zimbabwe did not need Western aid and won
sympathy - if not promises of aid - from African allies including
Africa and other neighbours nervous over the possible ripple effects
Zimbabwe's crisis on their own economies.
"Banking on aid from
Africa and developing trade with African and Asian
countries is an option but
a limited one," Zizhou said. "Until recently our
main business dealings were
with the West."
In 2001, Zimbabwe stopped repaying its debts, accusing
the IMF of protecting
Western interests and those of Zimbabwe's white
Exports, the main source of foreign exchange along with tourism
- also hard
hit - have fallen off more than 30 per cent, according to the
The currency, the Zimbabwe dollar, is weakening
The official exchange rate of 55 dollars to the greenback has
in reality, since a dollar will fetch 310 Zimbabwe dollars on
Thus imports are extremely expensive and exports
far less lucrative.
"The government needs to take immediate steps to
revive the export sector
and revive agriculture," Zizhou said, advocating a
lifting of price
controls, which have served only to fuel inflation and lead
Analysts also stress the need to restore investor
confidence, for which "a
certain degree of peace an unity is necessary",
according to Kenzias
Chibota, president of the Employers Confederation of
By Isabelle Ligner
The Age, Melbourne
Zimbabwe: One of few countries suspended by
LONDON, March 19 AFP|Published: Wednesday March 20, 6:33
The Commonwealth's suspension of Zimbabwe today relegated the
country to a small group of nations on whom the body has slapped
Pakistan, which joined in 1989, was suspended from the
54-nation group in
October 1999 after President Pervez Musharraf seized power
in a bloodless
The Commonwealth "unanimously condemned the
uprooting of the elected
democratic regime" and continues to call on
Musharraf to set up an election
calendar that would see democracy return to
Despite the fact that Musharraf pledged elections in October
and has become
a close ally in the war on terrorism, Commonwealth leaders
decided during a
summit earlier this month to maintain Pakistan's suspension,
country had failed to make sufficient progress in restoring
The Commonwealth suspended Fiji from its councils in June
2000, following a
coup that led to the imposition of martial law.
was suspended from the councils of the Commonwealth, but not from
organisation as a whole, after the coup in which failed businessman
Speight and a band of special forces soldiers seized parliament and
then prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry and his government hostage for
The group decided in December, however, to readmit the
country as a full
member after September elections and the swearing in of a
The suspension marked the second time Fiji was
reprimanded by the
Commonwealth, following its 1987-1996 suspension resulting
from the October
1987 coup that led to the country's independence from
Zimbabwe, suspended from Commonwealth councils following
elections that re-elected Robert Mugabe, joins a group also
Nigeria and South Africa, who were suspended, but later
Nigeria was suspended in November 1995 after nine opposition
the Ogoni ethnic group, including writer Ken Saro Wiwa, were
The Commonwealth told the country it would be re-admitted after
human rights and political freedom, and let Nigeria back into the
with the election of Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999.
quit the Commonwealth in 1961, during its apartheid government,
re-admitted into the group after the end of apartheid in 1994.
1997, Uganda was outlawed from the group without being suspended, the
year that Gambia and Sierra Leone were sanctioned for the lack of
rights in the country.
The Age, Melbourne
US still mulling Zimbabwe options:
WASHINGTON, March 19 AFP|Published: Wednesday March 20, 6:42
The United States said today it was still mulling a response
"fraudulent" presidential election and chided African nations
for turning "a
blind eye" to irregularities in the vote.
States is continuing its conversations with allied nations about
proper response should be to the fraudulent election in Zimbabwe,"
Fleischer, spokesman for US President George W Bush.
names, the spokesman also said that Bush was "disappointed"
that some African
nations have not spoken out against alleged irregularities
around the vote,
which returned President Robert Mugabe to power.
"The president is
disappointed that some African nations that profess their
practice for democratic values nonetheless have been willing to
turn a blind
eye to what happened in Zimbabwe and the abuse of those values,
president thinks are important everywhere," said Fleischer.
comments came after the Commonwealth agreed to suspend Zimbabwe
for one year
over the violence-scarred election, and Switzerland said it was
sanctions on Zimbabwe, including a freeze on financial assets held
Zimbabwe government officials.
Talks with allies "will continue because
the president wants to make certain
that no decision be rushed, that whatever
decisions are taken will be
constructive in improving conditions for people
on the ground," said
COMMERCIAL FARMERS' UNION
Farm Invasions And Security Report
This report does not purport to cover all the incidents
that are taking
place in the commercial farming areas. Communication
problems and the fear
of reprisals prevent farmers from reporting all that
names, and in some cases farm names, are omitted to
minimise the risk of
NATIONAL REPORT IN
Mashonaland West (South) - Norton – Norton farmer, Terry Ford of
Farm, who was in his mid fifties was bludgeoned to death sometime in
early hours of the morning on Monday 18th March,2002.
midnight, a group of about twenty, suspected to consist of
settlers and war
veterans, approached the homestead area. Mr Ford, who was
alone in the
house, immediately made a report to the Norton police station
and alerted a
neighbouring farmer. At 02.15hrs, Mr Ford contacted the
neighbour to say
that there still had been no police response and that he
vigilant and call for assistance if necessary. Mr Ford’s
battered body was
found in the early hours of the morning.
Manicaland - Chipinge – Farmer on
Smithfield Farm, was dipping his cattle
when he was surrounded by ZANU PF
supporters who said he could not leave
until he had given them a cow, he
managed to escape and reported the
incident to the police who then dispersed
the war veterans.
Mashonaland Central - Bindura - On Benridge Farm, the crop
guard and his
wife were abducted by youths from Ledbury Farm on Friday
evening at 6pm. The
guard was severely beaten and both he and his wife were
returned the next
morning and ordered to leave the farm. The Police responded
and managed to
defuse the situation.
Assault in Marondera North - At
Oxford farm in Marondera North at 6.00am on
Friday morning, John-John
Rutherford was instructed to hear what the youths
on the farm had to say. He
was taken to a house in the farm village where
accusations were leveled at
him that he had been involved in political
activities His wife was forced
to go to the farm village, to witness her
husband being beaten, after which
she was told she would be killed. A number
of individuals, took turns in
beating him with a badza handle. He was forced
to lie front-down whilst being
beaten on the buttocks. The other assailants
identified by the victim are
Obert Makiwa, Washington, Jealous Ndaudzwa,
Lynn, Constable Chikove, who has
been allocated a plot on the farm, Joe
Nyatsiwe, Aida Mambare and others
unnamed. A farm security guard,
Darlington, had been severely beaten
beforehand and was also in the room. He
collapsed repeatedly, and was taken
outside the house and dumped. When it
became evident to the assailants that
the guard’s condition was critical,
two of them with the two victims drove to
Borradaile Hospital in Marondera.
The guard died before arrival. John-John is
being treated at Borradaile
Hospital. He has severe bruising on both
buttocks, abrasions on his knees
and a bruise on his left
Chipinge – Lessee Smithfield
Farm, was dipping his cattle when he was
surrounded by ZANU PF supporters
who said he could not leave until he had
given them a cow, he managed to
escape and reported the incident to the
police who then dispersed the war
Rusape - Section 7's have been issued to Silverbow Farm, Chimbe
Chitora Farm. These were received on Saturday 16 March 2002.
Mutare - On Mountain Home, the war vet has told them that he is taking
the administration tomorrow morning and they need not come to work.
police have been advised.
Headlands - On Ruanda Farm, a month ago some of his
cattle went into the
settlers maize, it was settled amicably. The settlers
came back yesterday
demanding compensation for the incident. The Police were
collected and have
diffused the situation but there is still tension
Odzi - There was a large mob present at Kondozi Farm demanding closure
the packshed. Police are present.
Nyazura - The war veterans
approached Gerald Knight on Saturday and demanded
a cow for their
celebrations but eventually only got ZW$10,000.00. However
for Ward 17 said that no-one can approach a farmer without a
letter from the
council and then it is up to the farmer whether he will
donate anything or
Bindura - On Benridge Farm, the crop guard
and his wife were abducted by
youths from Ledbury Farm on Friday evening at
6pm. The guard was severely
beaten and both he and his wife were returned the
next morning and ordered
to leave the farm. The Police responded and managed
to defuse the situation.
Harare West - On Danbury Park two truck loads of
Zanu PF supporters and war
veterans arrived on the farm and broke down the
fence and ordered the owner
to leave immediately. He refused and reported the
matter to the Marlborough
Police. They have been unable to resolve the
situation and all night pungwes
have been held outside the owners home since
Tsatsi - Youths have been hijacking vehicles in the area since
Police and heads of the Zanu PF have promised to put an end to
Horseshoe - The owner of Nyamsewe Farm was ordered to leave his farm
Sunday. The Police reacted and the situation is under control. A dispute
arisen on Penrose Farm where the war veterans have claimed that the
belongs to them. They are reaping and selling the fruit. On Manovi Farm
similar incident has occurred with bananas, but the war veterans and
settlers are arguing amongst themselves as to whom the fruit belongs to.
Police have reacted but nothing has been resolved. The owner has been
not remove any of his belongings without Police protection. The owner
Andrea Farm is not allowed to feed the pigs.
Victory Block – Yesterday
(15th March, 2002) was a bad day in the V. Block.
It started with a work
stoppage (for the 2nd day) at Birkdale. This was
resolved before the Police
could react. A commandeered pick up visited
Nrowe farm having collected a
cow for celebrations from Delken Farm and
drove round the district all
At lunch time there was a report that trouble had broken out at
farm and that youths were threatening to ransack the house. A
drove to Mvurwi to collect the Police. In the interim the owner
been released from jail in Bindura) arrived back at his farm with
member-in-charge, Mvurwi and the Police Support Unit from Harare and
managed to sort everything out before any damage was done.
at Msitwe Farm, the settlers demanded that the owner's son pay
them for his
tobacco, which he had cured in his father's barn and return the
he had used for this purpose. They also demanded that the
farmer and their
workers move out immediately. Luckily, the team from
Prangmere went on to
Msitwe Farm and sorted that matter out and everything
is quiet again
A farmer reported that his African manager had been thrown out of his
and asked for the same team to go to his farm. The owner at Nrowe
requested a visit from the team as even his settlers were fed up with
Another report was received that the African manager of
farm had telephoned from Mtoko to say that he had been
driven off. He was
advised to stay there and call again later. Have just
received a report
that he has done so and he has been asked to return and to
report to a
neighbour as his farm is totally occupied by unfriendly
The owner of Kelston received a letter from the manager of the
farm Kelston Park requesting assistance as the war vets there were
to live in the owners house and had also asked for the farm keys.
Police Mutoroshanga were informed and advised that he should report
matter to Raffiingora Police. He was advised by letter to do
16.03.02 A farmer’s truck had been from Prangmere to Chengoma and on to
with settler Nari on board. There they had met up with the Member in
and 2 Police land rovers. They confiscated the meat (from Delken
picked up Nari and his wife. They took statements and went to a
they insisted that the Manager be reinstated in his house. Then
Delken Farm and from there back to the original farm, where they
beer hall. As a result the labour was happier as they felt
things would be
returning to normal.
At about 2.15 p.m. a crowd of about
60 people arrived inside the gate of
Kelston Ranch singing and beating drums
and carrying a mock coffin for
Tsvangiraison and a placard declaring
"Tsvangiraison go to hell and rest in
peace 2002". They advanced on the
owner's wife and daughter saying they
would not harm them. After some talk
with a Mr Mutungwa (who showed his
card saying war hero) they were given a
contribution to their celebrations
and they left to threaten 4 workers in the
farm village with eviction. They
were in a white half ton truck reg. no. 762
405 A They then proceeded to
Msitwe Farm. There they followed the same
procedure and the owner went out
to talk to them. They then left after the
owner had also given them a
although it is not on the sitrep area on Monday 1000 youth
descended on the
ZANU PF headquarters demanding $28000 pay They were
addressed & told that
"You have been given maize & sugar, cattle had been
bought from the white
farmers for you do not be greedy go away."
Marondera - Police Reaction - It
is noteworthy that the following
post-election disturbances from Thursday to
Sunday in the Marondera and
Wedza commercial farming areas all took place in
the area falling under ZRP
Marondera Rural. In most cases, whilst reports
were made at station level,
appeals for assistance from the police were
fraught with frustration, lack
of professionalism and sometimes hostility.
Again, in most cases it became
necessary to appeal to District or Provincial
level before any reaction
occurred on the ground, and even after such
reaction occurs many problems
It is of concern that
there is little consistency in the level of response
from one station to
another, and in some cases from one day to another in
the same station. For
example, police reaction from Macheke over the weekend
was markedly more
positive than that from Marondera, where in the former,
cases of threatened
illegal eviction of workers on two farms were averted
because of the action
of the police. Last Wednesday police reaction to the
looting of a farm in the
Marondera Rural police area was swift and decisive.
It appears that the
command structures within the police are being
undermined by elements within
and outside the police at station level. It is
in turn a potential threat to
the effectiveness of the entire command
structure when decisions that should
rightly be taken at station level have
to be referred upward by members of
Assault in Marondera North - At Oxford farm in Marondera North at
Friday morning, John-John Rutherford was instructed to hear what
on the farm had to say. He was taken to a house in the farm
accusations were leveled at him that he had been involved in
One of the accusations came from a worker named Godfrey, who
the farmer had met with him recently and instructed him to burn
settlers’ huts after the election. John-John’s wife was forced to go
farm village, to witness her husband being beaten, after which she
would be killed. A number of individuals, including the above-named
two other ex-employees and others took turns in beating John-John
badza handle. He was forced to lie front-down whilst being beaten on
buttocks. The other assailants identified by the victim are Obert
Washington, Jealous Ndaudzwa, Lynn, Constable Chikove, who has
allocated a plot on the farm, Joe Nyatsiwe, Aida Mambare and others
John-John was forced to sign an admission of his alleged misdeeds,
death. A farm security guard, Darlington, had been severely
beforehand and was also in the room. He collapsed repeatedly, and was
outside the house and dumped. When it became evident to the assailants
the guard’s condition was critical, two of them with the two victims
to Borradaile Hospital in Marondera. The guard died before
John-John is being treated at Borradaile Hospital. He has severe
both buttocks, abrasions on his knees and a bruise on his left
His wife and two children are safe.(RRB No. 05416, ZRP Marondera
The previous night on neighbouring Suffolk a driver was beaten up. It
believed that there may be a connection between this incident and that
Oxford today. Both farms currently are tense but calm.
- In the Ruzawi River area, at Chipesa at about midday on
Friday a mob beat
up a tractor driver then went to the farm village intent
on beating up
workers there. Workers stood their ground, and the mob left.
later with reinforcements. The owner and his son were forced
to flee. The
homestead/farmyard area has been occupied and looting has taken
extent of which cannot be ascertained due to the presence of very
people. Police have been contacted on numerous occasions but the
On Sunday night at approximately 9.30 p.m. a group of
people entered the farm village on Gresham and proceeded
to smash doors in
the farm village. The extent of the damage could not be
ascertained due to
the instability of the situation. It is believed that the
mob was searching
for senior workers who had fled from the disturbances on
Chipesa. (RRB No. 054148 through Constable Mazhindu at Marondera
same group returned on Monday morning and told the owner to
vacate the farm.
He was also told that the same fate awaited Monte Cristo,
On Sunday workers were forced to vacate their houses
and get off the
property on Ponderosa and Bali Hai in the Wenimbi valley.
O/I/C Marondera Rural personally attended on Ponderosa, the
matter was not
On Saturday night at Esperance in the Wenimbi
valley a mob got inside the
homestead fence and harassed the owner. Police
arrived at 2.10 p.m. after
which the crowd calmed down., but did not leave.
One Richard Maguda, a
settler, claimed that the farmer was being barricaded
because cattle had
damaged his plot. Police again came at about 8.00 a.m. on
without effect. The barricade was ongoing by nightfall, and
by 9.00 a.m. the
mob was reported to be smashing windows in the homestead,
efforts were being made to get the police to bring the problem
On Sunday afternoon owner’s son was returning home to Home
when he found the farm road blocked by a barricade of rocks.
attempting to drive away a rock was hurled at the vehicle, smashing
Marirangwe settlers demanded to use the barns to cure
tobacco. Chopped trees
and blocked off all entrances and exits. Police did
respond and took away 2
people however the others remain, have broken down
the gates and are
currently using the barns.
Uitkyk - Cattle once again
confined to one small paddock as a "reprisal" for
supposed political activity
of the owner in Bulawayo. Police responded once
but have done nothing to
resolve the matter. Owner told on Friday that he
must vacate within the next
Wedza - Increased pressure in the western sector of Wedza F.A. being
area falling under Police Marondera:
On Thursday on Bickleigh, war
veteran Kujeke told owner that he was to pay
him rent for the use of tobacco
barns. He also said that the owner’s son
and the labour had to get off the
farm by Monday (18.3.2002). On Sunday
workers were evicted on Bickleigh, and
the owner’s son is not able to return
to his house. The owner was threatened
on Sunday with eviction from his
house on Skoonveld unless he negotiated and
paid rent for the use of tobacco
On Thursday evening on Chakadenga,
youths told workers to leave the farm
village and proceed to the war veteran
base. Four senior workers were
threatened with death. Instead the workers,
who have been the subject of
severe and sustained intimidation and violence,
went to the homestead and
told the owner at they would not move until the
police arrived to sort the
issue out. Police arrived after midnight, but in
the meantime many of the
workers, including the four who had been threatened,
had taken refuge in the
bush. Others spent the night at the homestead gate.
Only about ten of the
workers reported to the war veteran base.
approximately 9.00pm on Thursday night a blue Mercedes Benz arrived at
Arthur. The lessee was away at the time. The visitors forced the guard
open the security fence gate and broke into the homestead. Doors
smashed; a few cabinets trashed; a washing machine burnt; TV, VCR
various other household items and provisions were stolen; two tractors
Ford 4x4 and an Ursus) and a trailer and workshop equipment were stolen
a brand new Nissan pickup was doused in petrol and set alight. None of
stolen items have been recovered by the following Monday.
on Thursday night, a vehicle arrived at Torre with at least five
One of them claimed to be "Ignatius Chombo" from the President’
They gave the owner until today to vacate the farm.
On Sunday a group of
people including war veteran Kujeke and four others
arrived in a metallic
brown Mercedes Benz at Saltash from the war veteran
base camp on nearby
Liliefontein. The owner was told to vacate the farm the
following day or
suffer the consequences. The workers were told to leave the
They were back on the farm on Monday morning, but were
very nervous and
expectant of problems.
Enterprise/Ruwa/Bromley - Nothing to
Beatrice - Victory - at about 4.00pm yesterday afternoon six youths
meat and maize from the farmer. This was refused.
11.00pm last night a mob gathered at the homestead gate
shouting and singing.
They kept up the noise all night, entering the fenced
area in the morning.
The farmer spoke with the group and succeeded in
pacifying them. Youths threw
bags of stockfeed into a water tank. The
principal aggressors were Mukambari,
who is the deputy headmaster of Gura
School, and Mudhi Zenge.
settlers from Wheelerdale resettlement are demanding maize, $50
labourer and transport.
Colandra War vet Godfrey told the owner to vacate the
house; owner refused.
Argylle War vet Chitsinde stopped the milk tanker
before it was loaded and
told driver while he was loading to leave some of
the milk in the farm
tanks – this was refused. There was then an all night
pungwe attended by
Canterbury Settlers requested maize, this
Nengwa Settlers demanded to be given access to the cottage to
live in – this
Featherstone - Jakkalsdraai yesterday the owner
was visited by the MP for
the area, the DA and the Deputy DA, accompanied by
others who appeared to
have been drinking. The MP stayed in the vehicle
whilst the DA and his
deputy did the talking. They told the owner that they
were going to take
over the farm. Later from a black neighbour’s farm that
has come under
recent pressure workers were seen running away from a
specific details are not known.
Harare South - Welmer On
Friday youths were around the fence all night.
Mashonda Two settlers came to
inspect their plots – no problems.
Auks Nest Settler numbers are building
MASHONALAND WEST (NORTH)
At Halstead Farm, at about 6am approx 30
settlers demanded a cow be
slaughtered for their victory celebration. When
the farmer refused to give
them one, they released all cattle into his
tobacco. They then took two
bulls and started to herd them away. Police
reacted. Bulls were returned and
two settlers arrested.
At Moniack Farm,
(mid-morning) approx 30 settlers reaped green mealies,
saying it was now
theirs. Police reacted too late and no arrests were made.
The farmer then
hired six guards, who, when the settlers returned to reap
again, arrested a
number of them. They were taken to the Police Station
where they were
released, as some of them were women who had small children.
Kiplingcotes,(mid-morning) approx 40 settlers reaped green mealies.
were too afraid to stop them. By the time the Police arrived they had
left taking the maize with them. No arrests were made. 15 cattle have
At Mawara Farm, 28 cattle were taken by settlers and herded down
road. One of the Community reported the matter to the farmer, who
the Police immediately. The farmer then went and retrieved the
was bringing them back to the farm when the Police arrived. The
spoke to the herdsmen and then left. As soon as the Police drove away,
settlers returned reclaimed the cattle and chased the herdsmen away. Only
of the cattle have been returned. The Police have done an excellent job
retrieving these 16.
At Mukuyu Farm, approx 35 settlers demanded the
keys for the Guest Chalets
on the farm, saying they wanted them for a school.
The farmer refused the
request. The situation went on for days. Eventually,
the settlers broke all
the locks off surrounding barns and sheds. Police have
been reluctant to
react saying it is a matter for the DA to sort out. The DA
says the farmer
and the settlers must come to an greement!
At Zebra Downs,
a large number of green mealies have been stolen.
The owner of Nyamanda Farm
was threatened and told to leave his farm by six
Zanu PF supporters. He was
told to leave in 24 hours or they would not
guarantee his safety. At Hesketh
Park, there was a work stoppage. The
farmer was attempting to reap tobacco,
when the settlers informed them that
the tobacco now belonged to them.
Policve reacted and everthing was fine
until the Police left. No reaping was
done that day. Today the workers took
it upon themselves to reap and suffer
the consequences. The settlers have
said they are going to get
A similar incident occurred at Rocklands Farm. Once again the
decided to work regardless.
At Mlichi Farm, cattle have been
At Blockley farm settlers demanded that the farmer hand over two
workers to them as they had been seen to be supporting MDC over the
period and needed to be re-educated. The farmer refused. A lot of
and shouting went on at the gate before they eventually left .
There was an
incident at Tivoli Farm. Two farm radios were stolen. They Have
MASHONALAND WEST (SOUTH)
Norton – Norton
farmer, Terry Ford of Gowrie Farm, who was in his mid
fifties was bludgeoned
to death sometime in the early hours of the morning
on Monday 18th
Just before midnight, a group of about twenty, suspected to
settlers and war veterans, approached the homestead area. Mr
Ford, who was
alone in the house, immediately made a report to the Norton
and alerted a neighbouring farmer. At 02.15hrs, Mr Ford
neighbour to say that there still had been no police response
and that he
would remain vigilant and call for assistance if necessary. Mr
battered body was found in the early hours of Monday morning.
farm is in the vicinity of Winsor Farm, where looting took place last
and the farmer and his family were forced to vacate. Also, in the same
the homestead at Wilbered Farm, owned by an 81 year old cancer victim
away receiving medical treatment, was completely looted of all
These incidents have been reported to the police at all levels.
Of the group
of approximately 70 looters involved in these incidents, 3 have
War veteran leader, Mrs Rusike, controls the Norton district. The
veteran base commander on Gowrie farm is Cde Wamba. Both are known to
been involved in the previous two looting
Masvingo East and Central – Dromore farm owner has
ongoing problems with the
settlers and the trench they are digging alongside
his dam for irrigation
purposes. Cambria farm– on the evening of 14th march,
2002 a war veteran
known as Muzenda arrived on the property at 1.00am. He
was drunk and made a
lot of noise, blowing his hooter and shouting verbal
proceeded to inform the owner that he was returning on the
weekend to claim
his farm. He also informed the owner that the trench he had
across his main entrance would be used to bury the owner
Chidza farm owner reports that 21 communal cattle were moved illegally
property. Farm workers responded well and pushed cattle back and
fence where it had been cut. CID visited the property as the owner
allegedly selling maize illegally and they were following up on
Lamotte farm - war veteran arrived on the property
claiming compensation for
maize that had allegedly been eaten by cattle. The
war vet. was told that
there was no compensation as the whole crop had been
destroyed by lack of
rain. Owner and FA Chairman told the war vet to report
to Agritex and ask
for an assessment. War vet then left. This matter was
also reported to the
Officer in Charge, rural who responded by advising the
owner that if the war
vet returned demanding compensation that the police
should be contacted and
they would deal with the matter.
Lochinvar farm -
10 cattle were stolen from the cattle kraal in broad
daylight and in front of
all farm labour. Farm labour knew the individuals
and reports were made to
the Mashava police who refused to react.
Chiredzi Area - General – theft
of wire is now out of control as settlers
claim everything now belongs to
them. Small fires are reported here and
Mugwezi Ranch - A huge
meeting reported to be taking place this morning
(Monday 18th March, 2002) It
is reported to be loud and aggressive.
Dawlfish Ranch - Game Scouts on this
ranch have been threatened by the
settlers that they should not remove any
snares otherwise they will kill the
horses and beat up the game guards. This
has been reported to the police
with no reaction.
Mwenezi Area - Over
the last two years certain properties have experienced
damage to the main water pipeline feeding properties.
Pipes have been broken
etc. Police were seen on Sossonye, Quagga Pan Ranch,
Twiza Ranch and Alko
Ranch, apparently catcing up on the backlog of reports
and checking the main
water source. Breakage of water pipes occurred
Kalahari Ranch - large fire reported on the property over the
La Pache Ranch - The settlers have called a meeting for 5pm this
(18th March, 2002) Owner has been told that pegging and allocating
is to take place next Wednesday within the owner’s irrigation land.
have been informed.
Nandice Ranch - follow up report from last
sitrep. the Manager has declined
to attend meeting arranged by settlers, but
went out to the property later
in the week. Unknown to him the meeting had
been rescheduled and he walked
into it. He was then made to stay all day
and listen to discussion and
demands. Settlers attempted to make him chant
slogans but he declined. The
following demands were made:
The owner, ZRP
and DA Mwenezi had to attend a meeting on 22nd March, 2002.
None of the
owner’s cattle were to be allowed to return to this ranch.
Owner had to
remove one engine from a certain water point so that settlers
could put in
their own engine.
The foreman was to be removed from the farm and would not
be allowed to
The game scouts would not be allowed to carry out any
of their duties in the
Save Conservancy – No report. Ongoing
snaring and poaching.
Gutu\Chatsworth – Makanya farm One steer found with
rope around its back of
legs. Six women apprehended stealing maize, caught
with six bags of maize.
Reported to police at Mvuma.
Kanya farm - One
steer found cruelly hacked on back legs – owner had to
shoot it. Another
steer found slaughtered at the river on the farm. Head
and some meat found
in the river.
A Owner has been threatened by the Chairman of the ZANU\PF
that he will have to pay $180 000 in grazing fees for his 250
head of cattle
still on the property. Owner declined and told that these
orders have come
from the Minister of Agriculture. Owner told he has until
the end of the
month to remove the remaining 250 head of cattle.
Farm– update from previous report. Police sent out two details to
property to enquire on developments and threats made to owner to
property by 1400 on 14th March, 2002. When owner explained the
police indicated that they have a number of reports of the
perpetrators and they were going to make arrests. The police could
them and indicated t the owner that they would return by the same
again try and make an arrest. On the evening of 14th March, a
was seen heading in the direction of the youth league camping
area. It has
now, however, been confirmed if any arrests were made,
although all is now
quiet. On the same property the owner has been
subjected to continued
harassment, verbal abuse by schoolchildren attending
school in the owner’s
shed (forcefully occupied). The owner approached the
alleged headmaster on
numerous occasions, however, when last approached on
15th March to report
verbal abuse there was a significant change in the
attitude and all verbal
abuse from the children has now stopped. Theft has,
however, occurred and a
two wheel trailer was stolen on the evening of 14th
Gweru East/Lalapanzi - ZanuPF youths have been going
round the area with a
letter requesting donations (cash or a beast) from
farmers for their
celebrations on the outcome of the elections. In one case a
vehicle, which was returning to the farm after delivering flowers,
commandeered to transport them to a couple of farms with their
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ZIMBABWE: Government dismisses impact of strike action
March (IRIN) - The Zimbabwean government has dismissed the impact of a planned
three-day stayaway called by the labour movement for Wednesday, and accused the
trade unions of playing politics.
"The stayaway is supposed to have been
called by the ZCTU [Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions] but they have no [labour]
grievances. They are protesting against the elections but they are not related
to labour concerns," senior ruling ZANU-PF official, Emerson Mnangagwa, told
IRIN on Tuesday.
Mnangagwa, the powerful speaker of parliament and
ZANU-PF secretary for administration, said the ZCTU's three-day strike was
called in collaboration with the opposition and white employers who he alleged
were prepared to pay their workers to stay at home. "It's an alliance between
the white employers, the ZCTU and the MDC [opposition Movement for Democratic
The police on Tuesday declared the strike action illegal. A
police statement reportedly accused the ZCTU of trying to whip up public support
against President Robert Mugabe and warned that "the law will be fully applied
against those who participate [in] and orchestrate these illegal
Mnangagwa said the stayaway was only of "political nuisance
value" and would not effect the government's plans to pull Zimbabwe out of its
deepening economic crisis. "We've got over the hurdle of the presidential
elections. What is left now is for the country and government to implement its
economic recovery programme."
Zimbabwe continues to be polarised over the
official results of the 9-11 March presidential election, which Mugabe won with
56 percent of the vote against his MDC challenger Morgan Tsvangirai's 42
percent. However, the poll has been condemned as deeply flawed by local election
monitors and some international observers.
Calls for an internationally
supervised re-election by Tsvangirai this week were dismissed as a "pipe dream"
by Mnangagwa. He said that initiatives reportedly led by South Africa for a
government of national unity as a way of healing the country's political
divisions were "currently not on our agenda".
"We'll examine it, we'll
look at it," said Mnangagwa, who has been tipped by some analysts as Mugabe's
chosen successor. But, he added: "We had a simple, straight forward election for
president. It went well and it's over ... We have a huge majority [in
parliament] and I don't see why there should be a transitional
However, Tsvangirai told IRIN on Tuesday that economic
pressures on Mugabe could force him to negotiate with the opposition. But he
would resist any political deal unless the government called a halt to alleged
violence and "retribution" against MDC members.
"If Mugabe feels we can
help him to solve his problems he can forget fit," Tsvangirai said. "He has
sworn himself in as president, let him continue, his position is not
sustainable. He hasn't got any economic resources or legitimacy."
former trade union leader said proposed talks with the government, as urged on
Monday by the leaders of South Africa and Nigeria, could only take place once
political violence was halted and "repressive legislation" repealed. Tsvangirai
said a transitional government could then be put in place to create the
conditions for fresh elections.
He added: "I have just come from a
national council meeting and there is no evidence of divisions [within the
party]. People are united and realise the MDC is the future and are not tempted
by short term gains."
Tsvangirai said he was not worried about treason
charges lodged by the government over his involvement in an alleged plot to
"eliminate" Mugabe. "I'm not worried about that. It's intended as harassment. If
he wants he can arrest me any time [but the government would not get] a
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JOHANNESBURG, 18 Mar 2002 (IRIN) - Zimbabwe's rival political leaders are
expected to comment soon on a Nigeria-South Africa initiative aimed at
encouraging them to work together.
But, following last week's
controversial presidential elections, civil society leaders said on Monday they
would oppose a government of national unity.
The presidents of South
Africa and Nigeria ended talks in Zimbabwe on Monday with their counterpart
Robert Mugabe and his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai, with an appeal that they
should bridge the political divide in the interests of the country.
a matter of days they (Mugabe and Tsvangirai) should let us know where we stand
and where they stand," Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo told a press
conference. South African leader Thabo Mbeki added that the "responsibility
rests first and foremost and principally on the leadership of Zimbabwe" to solve
the nation's problems.
South Africa has promoted the idea of a
government of national unity as a way to ease the country's political crisis in
the wake of the disputed 9-11 March elections, and to enable Zimbabwe to deal
with its crushing economic problems.
But Brian Kagoro, a member of the
NGO umbrella group Crisis in Zimbabwe Committee, told IRIN: "We as civic leaders
have rejected it on the basis that these guys [the ruling ZANU-PF party] stole
the election and you cannot unite with thieves ... Zimbabwe won't heal by
papering over injustices."
He acknowledged that some "weak" members of
the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) could favour a unity
government. But he said Tsvangirai did not have a "blank cheque" and was aware
of the sentiment of rank and file supporters opposed to a political deal that
legitimised a poll condemned by local monitors and some international election
observers as deeply flawed.
Kagoro said the only way forward would be for
Mugabe to resign and to be replaced by a "moderate" ZANU-PF leader. A
transitional government could then be formed which would oversee the amendment
of the constitution to reduce the powers of the presidency and allow for
electoral reform, leading to fresh polls under international
He predicted that "Mugabe will tell them to go to hell - he
doesn't understand compromise". The only other option left for the opposition,
Kagoro said, would be the "escalation of the conflict within constitutional
limits". Zimbabwe's labour movement announced on Monday a three-day strike to
begin on Wednesday in protest over the election results which handed Mugabe a
comfortable margin of victory.
Obasanjo and Mbeki are due in London on
Tuesday for talks with Australian Prime Minister John Howard, under the auspices
of the Commonwealth, on whether Zimbabwe should be sanctioned over the
elections. An interim Commonwealth report last week said the poll was marred by
violence and intimidation and was not free or fair.
Meanwhile, the MDC's
legal challenge has been strengthened by a statistical survey highlighting a
significant difference between the results announced by Tobiah Mudede, the
country's registrar-general, and those compiled by the state-appointed Election
Supervisory Commission (ESC), news reports said.
In Gokwe North, the
government said there were 32,300 votes cast, but the ESC put the figure at only
13,200. In as many as a quarter of the 120 constituencies, there was a
discrepancy of more than 5,000 votes between the two "official" numbers, the
Financial Times said.
According to MDC analysis, if the ESC count is
used with votes subtracted from Mugabe where the official count was "inflated"
and added to Tsvangirai where the official count was allegedly understated, the
opposition leader would have narrowly won.
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Tuesday, 19 March, 2002, 19:03 GMT
Africa 'passes' Zimbabwe test
The Commonwealth decision to suspend Zimbabwe for a year
means Africa has overcome one of the first tests for its economic recovery plan,
pressure Western donors US and UK, Zimbabwe's neighbours, most notably South
Africa and Nigeria, had been relucant to condemn the re-election of President
What is also on trial is the African economy, (since) without
democracy there's no future for Nepad
David Coltart MP
But in Washington, power brokers in Congress had been linking the success of
the New Partnership for African Development (Nepad) to South Africa's attitude
to the elections in Zimbabwe.
"This is the immediate test," Ed Royce, chairman of the US Congress African
sub-committee told the BBC's World Business Report.
Politicians from Zimbabwe's defeated Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
opposition party agree.
South African President Thabo Mbeki is "desperately looking for a middle
road" so that Nepad can get off the ground, said opposition MP David Coltart.
"What is also on trial is the African economy, (since) without democracy
there's no future for Nepad."
But a South Africa goverment spokesperson denied that Zimbabwe had threatened
the plans success.
"People saying that Nepad will not fly because of Zimbabwe, it is not true,"
said presidential spokesperson Bheki Khumalo.
The decision by the Commonwealth group of 54 nations to suspend cames after a
meeting in London between the leaders of South Africa, Nigeria and Australia.
Swiss impose sanctions on Zimbabwe over
BERNE, March 19 — Switzerland said on Tuesday that it
had imposed sanctions
on Zimbabwe, including a freeze on the financial assets
officials, in response to manipulation of this month's
The government also said that it would
restrict travel by senior
Zimbabwean officials to the Alpine
The announcement came shortly after leaders of the
Commonwealth suspended Zimbabwe from the group after concluding
re-election of President Robert Mugabe had been
The Swiss Foreign Ministry said Berne's decision had
been made ''in
view of the manipulation of the presidential election and
It said it was following the
lead of the United States and the
European Union after both declared that the
election had been neither free
''The measures are...also
intended to prevent Swiss financial
institutions from being misused for the
purpose of circumventing sanctions
applied by other countries,'' the ministry
It added that the sanctions applied only to
representatives and not to the civilian population. Switzerland
the humanitarian situation in the country under observation,
provide aid if needed