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Mugabe: liberator and looter

Africa is shrugging off a generation of leaders who have reduced their
people to penury, says Ken Wiwa

Sunday May 11, 2003
The Observer

How the world turns: while African leaders try to broker a political deal,
protests are planned at cricket matches in London. An embattled but defiant
African government circles the wagons against public opinion and pressure
from the international community. Is it really only 11 years since the end
of apartheid?
It is doubly ironic in a week when Walter Sisulu died, following hard on the
heels of the conviction of Winnie Mandela, that the crisis in Zimbabwe
suggests that history might have turned a full revolution.

Margaret Thatcher once famously suggested that anyone anticipating the end
of white rule in South Africa was living in cloud-cuckoo-land. Yet the
despatches from Zimbabwe over the past year sound like reports from a land
in the clouds: while President Mugabe bends the constitution to suit his
purpose, the bottom is falling out of the Zimbabwean economy.

Inflation stands at an eye-watering 228 per cent, unemployment is nearly 70
per cent, and the nation is battling acute shortages of hard currency, food,
gasoline, medicines and other imports. And as the situation in his own
country deteriorates, President Mugabe continues to rage against Britain and
categorises opponents to his government, including Morgan Tsvangirai of the
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), as imperialist stooges.

Mugabe's rhetoric is emotive and evocative, a platform that once propelled
him inexorably to power on a tide of anti-colonialism. And Mugabe himself is
a potent symbol of this anti-colonialism, the last of a generation of
leaders to emerge from Africa's independence struggles.

The President of Zimbabwe is a survivor, robust and fit for his 79 years, he
allegedly runs five miles a day. But time has run out for Robert Mugabe. The
future of Zimbabwe must be configured without the man who has ruled the
country for more than 20 years.

His failure to come to terms with his political mortality and make provision
for a life after office is typical of his generation of African leaders, who
have almost without exception clung to power beyond their shelf life.

In Africa, elders retain an influence and reverence that increases with age,
but the gerontocratic aspect of African politics is on trial in Zimbabwe.
Last year Kenya's former president, Daniel Arap Moi, was forced to retire.
Although Moi was able to earn himself a nice stipend in retirement, he
couldn't deliver the presidency to his chosen successor, Uhuru Kenyatta.

And this is the sticking point for Mugabe, who is adamant that opposition
leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC will not succeed him. The future of
Zimbabwe seems to have become personalised in the struggle between
Tsvangirai and Mugabe in much the same way that Israeli-Palestinian
relations are symbolised by the animosity between Yasser Arafat and Ariel

Although it is clear that Mugabe would rather die than see Tsvangirai in
power, I would imagine that in Zimbabwe's power dynamics, Mugabe's clique in
the ruling Zanu-PF party, who are desperate to cling on to the trappings and
privileges of office, represent even more of an obstacle than their leader.

Efforts to broker a deal by the presidents of South Africa, Nigeria and
Malawi have so far not been successful but resolving the impasse may only be
a matter of hammering out the fine print of a power-sharing arrangement
between the MDC and Zanu-PF. The battered economy and people of Zimbabwe
need this sooner rather than later.

The ramifications of any political deal will reverberate beyond Zimbabwe. It
wasn't so long ago that the Zimbabwe issue was described by the G8 as a
litmus test of Nepad's (the New Economic Partnership for African
Development) commitment to good governance.

Having staked their fortunes to Nepad, President Mbeki of South Africa and
to a lesser extent President Obasanjo of Nigeria are committed to proving
the Nepad mantra that African solutions to African problems can resolve this
crisis. And while a successful resolution of the Zimbabwe crisis will go a
long way to easing investor fears, and perhaps force the G8 to come up with
real cash for Nepad, the crisis in Zimbabwe should remind us that many
African countries have yet to come to terms with the legacy of colonialism.

It is instructive that the land issue was the trigger for the crisis in
Zimbabwe. Mugabe was able to exploit the simmering and centuries, old
resentments over land, resentments that characterise the political landscape
in many African countries.

South Africa has an impending land issue of its own but in Nigeria the
crisis is already at hand: the infamous land use decree of 1978 which vests
all land and resources in the hands of the federal government is at the crux
of Nigeria's political dysfunctions. The land issue speaks to the enduring
colonial legacy that drew seemingly arbitrary lines across Africa to satisfy
the economic agendas of the colonial powers. Africa is still configured
along those economic agendas, agendas that cut across the cultural,
historical, social, economic and intellectual interests of the continent.

The crisis in Zimbabwe illustrates how a continent rich in natural
resources, in ecological, social and intellectual capital is being
systematically pillaged by leaders, looters and lenders. For me the most
depressing statistic in the Zimbabwe affair is the estimate suggesting that
as many as 60 per cent of the country's trained professional class -
engineers, accountants, lawyers and doctors - have left.

· Ken Wiwa is a leading specialist on African affairs and research fellow at
the University of Toronto
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'Bush and Blair must come to Zimbabwe'

"I asked our part-time gardener, George Moyo, how things were back home in
Zimbabwe. The watering was quite forgotten as he fixed me with glittering

David Beresford
Sunday May 11, 2003

In this part of the world a gardener is a good substitute for the ubiquitous
taxi driver as a foreign correspondents' source. Taxi drivers in South
Africa tend to be refugees from Eastern Europe and as such too busy mulling
over past injustices to have much time to gather their thoughts about their
adopted homeland and its neighbours.
Gardeners on the other hand, are always black, usually Zimbabwean and have
plenty of time for thoughts while absent-mindedly watering the oleandor, or
bougainvillea. And so it was that, in passing, I asked our part-time
gardener, George Moyo, how things were back home in Zimbabwe. The watering
was quite forgotten as he fixed me with glittering eye.

"Zimbabwe is not good anymore. Things are going bad, very bad. People are
still disappearing - Matabeles, like myself, and MDC supporters. It's a
horrible situation there.

"Like the food. Food is short in Zimbabwe, but it is coming in from donors.
But this food is not going around the country; it goes only to Mugabe
supporters. All Zimbabweans now have Zanu-PF cards, just to try to get food.
But, because they know this area and in this area Zanu-PF didn't get the
votes - places like Plumtree and Tsholotsho, places where there are plenty
of MDC supporters - they don't get food. Zanu-PF supporters are the only
people who get food.

"Like in Gwanda, on the Beit Bridge road, there are some old gold mines.
They throw people down the mines. Alive. They torture you until you are
paralysed and then they throw you there. There is another place there, near
Gwanda, a grave where they dig a canyon, and bury them together. Everybody
in Zimbabwe knows about it. But nobody will talk about it. Because in
Zimbabwe you can't talk politics. If they see you carrying a camera, you are
a spy. Just like that.

"The South African government knows everything about it. But they are not
concerned. They always say, no, things will come alright with Mugabe's

"They want the MDC to be united with Zanu-PF. The MDC say, look what
happened to Zapu! They disappeared. Some just vanished. Some were given slow
poison. Joshua Nkomo's younger brother Steven Nkomo just died. There were
rumours that he was a double agent and in the MDC. We heard the CIO, Central
Intelligence, went to his house and told him to watch out. Then we heard he
was in hospital.

"Plenty have disappeared. People I know myself - they were our families, our
tribe, our relatives.

"They say that the farmers are not being attacked anymore. It is not true.
They are still attacking the farmers. Recently there were some strikes.
Everyone was in the strikes. What the police and the troops did, they went
to the farms for the MDC. They were torturing people. Some they were raped
in front of their kids. It is true.

"Now everybody is thinking about Ian Smith. His government practised
discrimination, they say. Smith was fighting the so-called freedom-fighters.
But there was freedom - plenty of work and the food was cheap.

"You would have thought the country would have peace after Lancaster House.
Things were still ok in Zim. The country still had loads of whites. The
country would be governed by a majority and things would be like here in
South Africa. But that didn't happen. Because Zanu-PF came to power and they
tried to kill our tribe, the Matabele. The so-called 5th brigade, trained by
the Koreans.

"Now, between Botswana and Zimbabwe, there are plenty of troops patrolling
the border. They believe that, since it happened in Iraq, that Bush will
invade Zimbabwe, coming through Botswana. Botswana and Zimbabwe are no
longer friends. Everybody is praying that the same thing will happen as
happened in Iraq. Bush and Blair must come to Zimbabwe. Tony Blair and Bush
will come through Botswana."

Coleridge had it much better, of course:

Under the water it rumbled on
Still louder and more dread
It reached the ship, it split the bay
The ship went down like lead

I was freed from my mariner's clutch by the preposterous idea of that
thinly-populated country going to war against a neighbour under the
leadership of President Festus Mogae. Making my excuses I left him to the

Later I idly punched "Botswana" into Google. There is, of course, that giant
US military base in Botswana. Nobody could understand why they built it when
they built it. It seems the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw will be meeting
Walter Kansteiner, the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, in
Botswana in 10 days time. Kansteiner is said to have been given the job of
getting rid of Mugabe, although Botswana and South Africa say they know
nothing about it.

I gazed out into the garden. "Not too much water", I called out crossly.

· David Beresford writes a fortnightly online column for Observer Worldview.
The gardener's name in this piece has been changed to protect his identity.
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Sunday Times (SA)
Who is going to succeed Mugabe?

In Zimbabwe nowadays the question on everyone's lips is: who will follow Robert Mugabe as president? Veteran Zimbabwean journalist Newton Kanhema examines the chances of those being tipped for the job

Staying power: Robert Mugabe has held on to the presidency for 23 years. Now, for the first time, there is serious speculation about a successor

Simba Makoni

Morgan Tsvangirai

Jonathan Moyo

Sydney Sekeremayi

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Former finance minister

An engineer by profession, Makoni's chances of filling Mugabe' s shoes are about as good as Ian Smith's.

He may well find favour with Western leaders, particularly as he understands how the International Monetary Fund works, but he has little clout with the all-important military.

As a Cabinet minister, Makoni was almost invisible. He has no political constituency and, while he may know his way around a boardroom, he is scarcely acquainted with the Machiavellian world of politics.

It has been mooted by some that Makoni could be a compromise candidate - a suggestion that may make sense in Pretoria, but not within the ranks of the Zanu-PF elite.

Minister of Defence

A medical doctor by profession, Sekeremayi has been considered a presidential contender because he has served in Mugabe's Cabinet since 1980. But the truth is that he is simply too bland for president.

Despite his tough portfolios - security and defence - Sekeremayi's strength of will has been questioned. He is known only for his loyalty to Mugabe, not as a man capable of original leadership.

Minister of Information

Anyone suggesting Moyo as a serious presidential candidate - and there have been several such suggestions in recent weeks - doesn't know what they're talking about.

Mugabe's spin doctor and one-time Wits University academic is considered an infant in the realpolitik of Harare.

Observers have even suggested that Moyo will have reached his sell-by date the moment Mugabe leaves office.

Despite his high profile, particularly outside the country, Moyo's only contribution to date has been to serve as Mugabe's flak catcher - and he will remain useful only as long as he fills the role of Zanu-PF punchbag.

Moyo has neither the military nor the civilian support to command enough votes for a mayoral position - let alone the presidency.

Leader of the opposition MDC

While he has commanded enough votes to get the job, Tsvangirai is considered by many the least qualified for the position, a man simply lacking the required sophistication for president.

Once a successful trade unionist, Tsvangirai and his ill-experienced advisers appear to have no understanding of, or interest in, African politics.

Politically he has proved incorrigible. On the land issue, which runs so deep among Zimbabweans, his position has not been at all clear.

Tsvangirai has failed to articulate any sort of feasible plan to get Zimbabwe's economy off its knees; his only contribution to this debate is his constant refrain that things will get better once Mugabe has gone.

He has even called for full sanctions against the country - an act that would harm his supporters more than Mugabe.

Instead of building alliances with leaders of neighbouring countries, Tsvangirai has elected to insult them and, at the same time, court favour with Western leaders.

He has, for example, dismissed in recent weeks both President Thabo Mbeki and his Nigerian counterpart, Olusegun Obasanjo, as dishonest brokers - not the way to win friends and influence people, let alone garner their support in a push for the presidency.

Tsvangirai was a rising star in the late 1990s but committed a fatal mistake in 2000 when he allowed the international media to film him receiving donations from white farmers, many of them soldiers of the Rhodesian army that fought against Mugabe's freedom fighters. This association did much to alienate Tsvangirai from progressive people locally and abroad.

Parliamentary Speaker

The strongest contender, Mnangagwa has been described as an exceptionally calculating man who intimately understands the nature of power.

That understanding he perfected over several years as chief of intelligence at a time when Mugabe' s government was hellbent on breaking the backs of a group of powerful right-wing Rhodesians.

During Mnangagwa's tenure at the head of the security ministry, the Central Intelligence Organisation (the secret police) was feared more than at any other time.

Mnangagwa was instrumental in Mugabe's effective neutralising of Joshua Nkomo and his Zapu party, which resulted in a merger with Zanu-PF.

A lawyer, he served as a Cabinet minister for 20 years, most of that time handling the justice and, briefly, the finance portfolios. Since losing his parliamentary seat to an MDC candidate in 2000, Mnangagwa has presided, as Speaker, over Zimbabwe' s first multiparty parliament in which the ruling party has not had a two-thirds majority.

Mnangagwa, however, lacks the full support of the Zanu-PF executive, which is riddled with ethnic factions jostling for Mugabe's position. But he is known to be the one politician connected to "big" money. He has substantial business connections both in Africa and abroad.

Internationally, Mnangagwa has influential friends in all the capitals that matter. If he enjoys a reputation in the West, it is that he gets things done and keeps the troops in line.

Mnangagwa's struggle record is impeccable. Joining the liberation movement at a critical time in the 1970s after leaving the University of Zambia, his anti-colonialist resolve was enough to attract and retain Mugabe's interest and backing.

Most importantly, Mnangagwa is more comfortable in an officer's mess than in a golf club - a trait that goes down well with the generals who have muttered that they would only serve under a leader they believed would not compromise the principles their fellow comrades died for during the independence struggle.

Some observers believe Mnangagwa's chances of succeeding Mugabe are seriously hampered by the Mata beleland massacres of the 1980s - when he was in charge of intelligence. The crushing of that Zapu revolt claimed an estimated 20 000 lives - most of them civilians - in the worst atrocity of the Mugabe regime.

It is likely, however, that any immunity Mugabe negotiates for himself before quitting office will include his most faithful lieutenants - and Mnangagwa certainly fits this category.

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The Australian

Zimbabwe arrests women's group

May 11, 2003
ABOUT 100 women were arrested after they tried to "sweep" away political
violence in a Mother's Day demonstration, a spokeswoman for the women's
group said.

The protesters set out to sweep the streets in the western town of Bulwayo
with traditional African brooms despite police warnings that the gathering
was illegal under Zimbabwe's strict security laws, Jenni Williams of the
group, "Women for Zimbabwe arise" said.

The women carried a banner: "Say no to hate and violence and yes to love."

Williams said police had told the women they were likely to be kept in jail
until Monday.

Authorities did not comment on the protest or the arrests.

President Robert Mugabe's government has cracked down on protests as his
popularity has plummeted and the nation's economic misery increased.

Human rights lawyers say hundreds of people have been murdered, beaten,
tortured and raped in political violence in Zimbabwe. Much of that has been
associated with the seizure of 5,000 white-owned farms by pro-government

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change, along with Britain, the
European Union and the United States, has refused to recognise the results
of last year's presidential elections which gave Mugabe another six-year
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Sunday Times (SA)

Question mark hangs over MDC's ability to run country

Sunday Times Foreign Desk

As diplomatic efforts to resolve Zimbabwe's political and economic crisis
intensify, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change's capacity to lead
the country to prosperity has come under close scrutiny.

Questions are being raised about the MDC leaders' ability to rescue Zimbabwe
from the ravages of President Robert Mugabe and his cronies.

Analysts say the MDC would face the arduous task of introducing fundamental
reforms in a country brought to its knees by years of incompetence and

The toughest challenge facing a new government would be the economy.
Inflation is scaling stratospheric levels at 228%, unemployment is estimated
to be 80% and poverty is widespread.

Zimbabweans suffer widespread shortages of foreign currency, fuel,
electricity, food and other basic commodities.

If the MDC ends up in power, it has to confront these problems head-on - and

The MDC's critics doubt the capabilities of its leadership .

They say the party is a conglomeration of various interest groups formed in
1999 to remove Mugabe from power and might disintegrate when he goes.

Analysts fear it could make the same mistakes as former Zambian President
Frederick Chiluba's Movement for Multiparty Democracy, which also grew out
of a trade-union movement.

Information Minister Jonathan Moyo has said the MDC would take the country
back to the "pre-Stone Age era" because of a lack of leadership.

"The average MDC MP is a disaster and the only change they could bring is to
take us to the pre-Stone Age era," he says. "While a handful of them are
promising, the majority of them are the antithesis of change and competence.
In fact, they just need to go back to school."

However, more objective analysts say the MDC needs to strengthen its
political leadership to take the country through the difficult times that
lie ahead.

They say the party needs a better mix of young and experienced leaders.

"I don't think the MDC would be able to run the government on its own as it
is," says political analyst Ibbo Mandaza.

"They have a lot of intellectuals around them, but suffer a serious lack of
people with managerial experience."

Analysts say the MDC has to beef up its economic and financial expertise.

The chairman of Crisis in Zimbabwe, Brian Kagoro, says the opposition
requires financial skill to be able to lead pragmatically.

Economic consultant John Robertson says the real test of the MDC would be
whether it would heed expert advice .

"Good advice is no doubt available but the challenge is whether they would
accept it. Refusing good advice has been Zanu-PF's major weakness," he says.

Mugabe's system failed because it was based on "patronage and ignorance, not
technical knowledge", Robertson says.

University of Zimbabwe law lecturer Lovemore Madhuku says: "People would
expect [the MDC] to deliver as soon as they come to power. Since their
policy framework would be based on social democracy, they need skilled
people to come up with policies that would make that work."
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"Failure to comply with this order shall result in direct confrontation and or disruption of such meetings without notice and the subsequent arrests and persecution of participants."
From one of our readers, a response to the police statement concerning the Combined Harare Residents Association meetings:

What, in the above excerpt, does the word 'persecute' mean? Surely a reputable police force does not resort to persecution; or does it?
Does Chief Superintendent B Murwira perhaps mean 'prosecute' or, having regard to other reports of ZRP behaviour, 'prostitute'? As I would like a direct response from the Chief Superintendent, could you perhaps supply his/her/its email address?
I accept that 'confrontation' and/or 'disruption' are accepted parts of duties of even the most humble and fatheaded constables (or even Commissioners) on the beat, so will not question these elements of officiate control of people on behalf of the scumbags of ZanuPF.
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Please send any material for publication in the Open Letter Forum to with "For Open Letter Forum" in the subject line.


Letter 1: Roy Mac

Re; "Twenty of the 33 largest exporters have signed new ZESA supply
agreements in US dollar tariffs."

Comment: Isn't this a bit premature, simply propping up the current
administration, by throwing them another line of assistance, thus
prolonging the agony?

This action reminds me of us farmers who tried to carry on with things like
the ZIJIRI initiative after Dave Stevens was murdered, when perhaps we
should all have closed down instantly?


Letter 2: M Clark


I recently drove to Harare via the Masvingo - Mvuma Road and had cause to
return via the Chivi - Buffalo Range Road. Having worked in all these areas
for many years I have an extensive knowledge of the commercial farms and
the communal areas, as they used to be. What I saw told me a story.

Travelling through the Masvingo and Chatsworth farming areas what I saw was
the best grazing I have ever seen in those areas. Although there were a
very few isolated groups of settler huts there was nothing else. There were
no crops, no cattle, no people, no farmers. The area was deserted, yet over
the last few years there has been a deliberate callous war against
commercial farmers and their infrastructure.

On the trip back from Harare the Gutu and Masvingo commercial farming areas
were exactly the same. Just an empty void. No crops, no cattle, no people,
no wildlife, no farmers, no production. One individual farm used to run
22,000 head of export quality cattle - now it is deserted. Why, what was
all the destruction, rhetoric, torture and harassment for?

When I got to the Lowveld, where the farmers are hanging on the best they
can, their farms are inundated with settlers who continue on their course
of destruction. Is this because the farmers are still there and therefore
the pressure is still being kept up? Once the farmers are off the
"settlers" have done their job of destroying another productive unit and
they leave?

I have spoken to a few farmers about this observation and this seems to be
the same throughout the country, even in the high crop producing areas.
What sacrilege. What waste.

I have just received a telephone call from one of my farmers to report that
one of the A2 settlers on his farm "dumped" two workers on his farm on 26th
February and has not returned to either pay or assist with food in this
remote area. The workers had subsequently turned to poaching to satisfy
their hunger. They were caught after snaring 2 eland, 1 giraffe and a
zebra. The farmer realising their plight organised transport to drop them
off at the nearest civilisation some 60km away. They left on their own free
will and the farmer therefore declined to prosecute.

On my own farm we used to run 1100 head of cattle and am reduced to 23.
This morning came the message that a heifer had been strangled in a snare
made from copper wire just close to the house. Police are investigating but
a future breeding cow worth $150,000 is lost.

To me, all this destruction of the commercial farming infrastructure has
been far more than just greed or covertness, it has just been destruction
for a political purpose, and most certainly nothing to do with land reform.

With hope we have now reached the point where we can sit down with more
rational non-destructive people to plot a way forward for the rebuilding of
our wonderful country and people.


All letters published on the open Letter Forum are the views and opinions
of the submitters, and do not represent the official viewpoint of Justice
for Agriculture.
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Updated May 9, 2003

Please send any job opportunities for publication in this newsletter to:
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Retired Farming couple required to live and work on a farm 60 km from
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Either male or female, Balance Sheet Bookkeeper also involving foreign
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I have 2 jobs available which might be of interest to some displaced

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We have clients looking for a bookkeeper to assist in running the business.
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011 204 454 for further details.


(ad inserted 24 April 2003)

Job available in the Trelawney area to manage 6 Ha of roses. Looking for a
couple, the wife to do the farm books. Start on May 1. Phone 011 401 974.


Tshabezi Safaris - West Nicholson
Garage manager required for country workshop. Toyota Landcruiser experience
would be an added advantage. This position would suit a husband and wife
team - wife could help out either in safaris office or accounts department.
She must be computer literate.
Please reply with current CVs to:
Rogers Brothers & Son P/L (Garage Manager)
P O West Nicholson



The post of Warden at Borradaile Trust Marondera has become vacant.
This is a retirement complex with about 70 cottages for independent
residents. Two large establishments house about 60 semi-independent
residents and there is a small hospital called Borradaile House, for
dependent residents.  In the grounds is the separately administered
Borradaile Hospital. The Warden is provided with a house in Marondera.
Applications with C.V.s and two references should reach the Administrator,
Borradaile Trust, Pvt. Bag 3795, Marondera as soon as possible.  In view of
the high cost of postage, the Administrator only undertakes to reply to
those short-listed.  Acknowledgements will be made to those providing
e-mail addresses.

Thank you very much, from the Administrator.


(ad inserted 08 May 2003)

Opportunity to either manage/lease a farm in Chegutu area.  Irrigation
available for 40ha tobacco.  Please contact JAG offices for contact


(ad inserted 29 April 2003)

Do you love the bush, enjoy gardening, and have the personality to make
guests feel welcome?  Are you mechanically minded?  Interested in catering?
We are looking for a mature fit couple to run our resort at Kariba.  If you
feel this is for you. Call us on: 011 201839.


(ad inserted 29 April 2003)

I am looking for a Lodge Operations Manager for our up-market lodge outside
of Vic Falls. I am hoping to offer an employment opportunity to somebody
who has been affected by the closure of tourism facilities.

Here is a brief description of whom we are looking for:
Vacancy for a Lodge Operations Manager
We have a vacancy for a Lodge Operations Manager / Deputy General manager
at our up-market 60 bed, 125 staff, Safari Lodge situated 30 km outside of
Victoria Falls.
He/she should have the following qualifications & skills:
· Extensive knowledge and previous experience in lodge /hotel management
· Management skills
· Ability to co-ordinate the day to day lodge operations
· Good knowledge of Zimbabwe labour laws
· Computer literate, XL, Windows, F&B service systems
· Knowledge of food & beverage
· Drivers license & valid passport
· Proven track record & traceable references

· Front of house operation
· Control of kitchen & kitchen supplies
· House-keeping
· Control of cellar
· Guest hospitality & guest delight
· Groups co-ordination
· Liaison with head-office
· Staff motivation
· Staff training
· Managing relevant budgets
· Running of lodge in the General Managers absence
The ideal candidate is a self motivated all-rounder who is energetic and
has the ability to work independently. He/she must be able to work under
pressure, whilst monitoring standards and staff performance. The position
offers a comprehensive package to the right candidate.
Please contact Mr. R. Steiner at


(ad inserted 29 April 2003)

I am currently looking for a farm manager to manage a mixed farm on the
Transvaal highveldt. Please could you circulate this advertisement to any
of your members who may be interested.
Farm Manager
Day to day management of farm activities
cropping (maize)
poultry management
beef herd management
sheep flock management
pasture management
Full responsibility for production and sales activity.
400 Ha situated 30km north east of Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
Mixed animal production farm consisting of beef, broilers, sheep and
supporting pastures and maize cropping.
Remuneration is open for negotiation and could include profit share.
Accommodation, water, lights and use of company LDV is included in package.
Ideal candidate will have animal husbandry experience and be able to
operate independently.
My contact details are
Bruce Cook
telephone - 27-833256874 or -27-21-9753138 a/h


(ad inserted 25 April 2003)
It is a General Manager position responsible for the Management of the
Citrus Estate that employs about 40 Management staff as well as about 600
labourers. In addition there is an Avocado Estate and a Timber operation
that the
General Manager would take over also. It really needs someone with good
General Management skills; administration, labour relations,finance,
marketing and good sound judgement. The person would report to my
father(Dennis Solomon). He is in his late 70's and does not want to be
burdened with the day to day management, he would like to take a very hands
off role and only be involved in strategic long term issues. He will
probably spend about half his time in the Cape so expects that the GM take
full control of the Operation. Because its primarily a Citrus Estate, it's
a plus to be from a Citrus background but we are much more interested in
getting a good GM than a good farmer as we already have good farming people
on the staff who can do the day to day activities very well. I think
ideally that the guy will be in his 40's or 50's (fairly Mature) and not
trying to set the world on fire but be a good solid Manager.
Contact Nelspruit 013 7522141. My father is using a Recruiter from Cape
Town to screen candidates but he will be happy to talk to potentially
interested parties and to pass them onto the recruiter. Again, his name is
Dennis Solomon and the farm is Crocodile Valley Citrus Company just outside


(ad inserted 10 April 2003)

Drummond area of Natal....roughly 30 km from Durban on the way to
Organic Veg farm manager required.  General farm management and tractor
skills, knowledge of organic veg growing and Zulu.
We are looking for someone who is prepared to run the farm as their own
business, what you put in you get out.  Salary linked to profit share and
Phone/fax 031-783 4995 or e mail


(ad inserted 09 April 2003)

My brother has asked me to put ads in the local papers for a tractor
mechanic with Ford/New Holland , Massey experience.

Contact details in RSA are: Dennis on email address



Opportunity in Polokwane South Africa.

Mature person required as maintenance and farm manager including wildlife
for a very reputable hotel and game farm, (conservancy) outside Polokwane
(Pietersburg) Limpopo Province.

Duties include.
Organizational ability, vehicle maintenance, boreholes, electrical
maintenance at hotel and farm, good labour relations etc.

Only hard working and sober persons need apply.

Please contact, e-mail, Phone 0027836565729


I felt that there might be someone in your network that may be interested.
The post could suit a person that is currently underemployed, and it falls
vacant because the present incumbent has been employed by the World Bank.

ICC is looking for an agricultural consultant to service our market in
Manica and Tete provinces of Mozambique. The responsibilities include
selling to donor agenicies, helping to write proposals, and helping to
manage the resultant consulting projects. The ideal person will have
extensive agriculture experience, both commercial and small scale, will be
fluent in Portuguese and English, will be familiar with the customs of
Mozambique, and preferably live close to Mutare.  We can teach them the
consulting skills.

ICC is a Southern African consulting company with offices in Harare, Maputo
and Lusaka. In Mozambique we are active in consultancy work in Micro
finance, commercial and small holder agricultural projects. Recent projects
Strategic plan for a Mozambiquan manufacturer of oils, fats and soaps,
Market analysis and feasibility study for a new horticultural project,
Asssisting a major regional tea and coffee producer to prepare for further
regional expansion,
Business plans and facilitated negotiations for a major Zimbabwean agri
business to start a joint venture in Mozambique,
Feasibility and business plans for greenfields tea project in Espungabera.
Tel: + 263 4 731555/7
Fax: + 263 4 731558
Cell: + 263 (0) 91 272 767


(ad inserted 6th Feb. 03)
The JAG Office received an enquiry from Mr George Mashinkila who owns some
farmland in Zambia. He wants to lease out his farm. If anyone is
interested, they can get hold of him directly at e-mail


(ad inserted 27 April 2003)

A very good friend of mine who lives in Gabarone Botswana has asked me to
put out this piece of information so I thought your organisation would be
ideal to do it for me.

His name is Snowy Du Toit ( ex Zimbo ) and his details are as follows :-

Phone: 00 267 3971026 / 00 26771724810 ( cell )
Fax: 00 267 3909610
He has been offered a certain piece of land near Gabarone which would be
ideal for market gardening or horticulture. It apparently has plenty of
water from the municipal waste. He has indicated that he could probably
negotiate a loan on anyones behalf should they be interested as he is now a
citizen of Botswana. All the technical details can be provided by Snowy
himself, so if anyone is interested, please could they contact him direct.
I know time is of the essence so if anyone is interested they must contact
him ASAP .


(ad inserted 22 April 2003)

Mr Johan Boshoff - Pontdrif, RSA is looking urgently for a dynamic reliable
middle age couple to manage a farm in the north western part of Botswana,
close to the Caprivi strip. Preferable no young children still in the
house, due to the distance from schools.
Experience: Farm management & general farm equipment maintenance
crops: Vegetables under irrigation - drip & Pivot irrigation
Contact # Johan Boshoff
Tel (+27) 15-5751425
Fax (+27) 15-5751580
Cell (+27) 82 822 6310
e-mail Minds,



Cattle farming business in Ghanzi District, North-West Botswana for sale.
(The owners moving for kids schooling.) Comprises 2 well-developed freehold
farms, measuring 10 112,06 Morg (8 660 Ha) in total, 1050 head of cattle
(cross Santa-Sussex), all necessary farming equipment, lighting-plants,
gensets, inverter equipment managers residence, main farm residence, staff
accommodation, workshops and storerooms etc, etc Walk-in / walk-out deal
BWP4 500 000-00 (Approx US$ 775 000-00). All serious offers will be
Contact Mike on (267) 72290622 or e-mail


Tobacco managers wanted in Malawi: 2003/4 seasons
100ha Flue cured 100ha Maize African tobacco managers of Malawian
extraction wanting to relocate with costs paid and paper work facilities.
Malawian Passport Holders will obviously be given preference. Respond to
JAG's email address and we will forward.


(ad inserted 17 April 2003)

We are looking for an ex farmer, with tobacco experience, to oversee the
building of tobacco curing systems in Malawi.  This position will be for a
period of ten months, with the possibility of extending the contract to two
years, either in Zimbabwe or elsewhere.  Accommodation and vehicle will be
provided.  Contact or send your application to
Debbie Graham at Brown Engineering, Box ST 311, Southerton, Harare.


ANGOLA (Ad inserted 22nd Feb 03)

A farming opportunity exists in Menongie , Cuando Cubango Province in
Angola for a person experienced in the cultivation of maize. Land will be
made available and various options exist with regards to the funding of
the operation. Interested parties can e-mail their information and a
summary of their experience to


(ad inserted 08 April 2003)
Farm Manager wanted for a coffee/tea estate in Kenya.  Please phone 091 233
852 for further information.


KENYA (ad inserted 24th Feb 03)
I came across your website when searching for information on Zimbabwean
Farmers. We are looking for a General Manager for a large horticulture and
floriculture company based in Nanyuki, Kenya. I wanted to know if you could
pass on the attached brief to farmers that might be interested in looking
at this opportunity?
Many thanks and Kind Regards,
Zia Manji
Recruitment Manager
P.O. BOX 25118, 00603 NAIROBI, KENYA.
TEL: +254-2-3752400 / 1 FAX: +254-2-3752401
MOBILE: 0733 994469 OR 0722 516043
Position Specification & Candidate Profile

Our client, one of Kenya's most established horticultural and floricultural
companies, is a major exporter to the large retailers in the United Kingdom
and Europe. The group encompasses 3 large vegetable and flower farms,
packing facilities, a clearing and forwarding company, and a propagation
business. Exporting Two Million stems of cut flowers and 120 MT of
vegetables monthly, the Company is managed by a dynamic multicultural team
employing over 3,000 staff countrywide.

Our client's biggest challenge is to remain the market leader by
maintaining a strong customer focus coupled with a continuous expansion and
improvement strategy to deliver the highest possible quality products in
line with the requirements of this fast paced industry.

Nanyuki, Kenya.

THE POSITION The General Manager will be responsible for independent
co-ordination and management of all aspects of the business unit
incorporating 15 hectares of flower greenhouses, a fully automated rose
propagation unit and 25 hectares of vegetables. Within the framework of the
company's objectives and action plans, the manager's key focus will
include: Day to day growing, packing and propagation of required product
within the specified quality, cost and time. Overseeing the packing of
flowers onsite to meet international standards. Overseeing the cutting and
bulk packing of vegetables to the centralized pack house in Nairobi.
Managing the financial and administrative functions on the farm, providing
frequent and accurate reports to the head office. Ensuring optimum
processing and workers performance as well as maintaining safety and
developmental requirements. Supervising the maintenance of all processing
equipment. Ensuring the compliance of the farm, packing operations, workers
welfare and environment within Company's and client requirements.
Responsibility for the manpower organisation of 600 employees including
maintaining cordial and efficient industrial relations. Managing and
co-ordinating the audits by client supermarkets throughout the year.
Responsible for the preparation of operating plans and programmes and
ensuring proper implementation. Providing strategic advice and
co-ordination of agreed development and expansion projects. The General
Manager reports to the Board of Directors.

These include:
Respecting production commitments in terms of volume, deadlines, costs, and
product compliance.
Correct team performance. Creating and encouraging a cordial working
environment in the farming and processing team.
Guaranteeing the compliance of the Company and its Clients standards in all
areas of farming, processing, staff welfare and environment.
Proper management of the farm's budget.

Key responsibilities include:
Help define the long-term plan, the improvement and expansion plans for the
entire farm.
Proposing annual production programmes and making adjustments as required
in line with group requirements and good agricultural practice.
Preparation and submission of annual budgets. Identify adjustments and
modification required in the farming and processing to optimise the
performance and the quality of the products.
Co-ordination of the program of inspections, visits, and audits with the
Board of Directors.
Planning and organisation of manpower to best suit the delivery programme.
Identifying and resolving problems relating to farm and processing
management on a daily basis.
Maintaining of equipment in good working condition by ensuring compliance
with correct usage practices, and regular inspection and liaison with the
maintenance team.
Implementation and management of approved expansion and improvement
projects in line with Company objectives.
Monitoring labour performance, setting work targets, implementing viable
bonus schemes to boost labour productivity and motivation.

A graduate in agriculture/horticulture/floriculture or any other relevant
5 to 8 years experience at a senior management level in a large
horticulture or floriculture concern.
Relevant experience in rose growing is an advantage.
Good knowledge of product quality parameters and compliance regulations.
In-depth knowledge and a proven track record in of growing, packing and
Computer literate and proficient in the use of MS Office.
An understanding of management concepts, agricultural practices and quality
management methods e.g. ISO 9000, HACCP and EUREPGAP.

The candidate must also be:
Able to manage and work with a culturally and educationally diverse team.
A good planner and organiser.
Must have good analytical skills, and a decision-maker.
Proactive in their work and take the initiative to propose and implement
new approaches.
Out-going, articulate with high verbal abilities.
Results oriented.
A team player willing to work in a very competitive and fast-paced

A highly competitive package will be offered to the right candidate.

Online registration only. Log onto the following web-site, register and
upload your CV:
For more information, please email:
Zia Manji
Recruitment Manager
DEADLINE: 28/02/03


(ad inserted 21 April 2003)

A 5000 hectare concession in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, west of
Kasaï Province, 800 km to the south of Kinshasa, in the region of Kikwit.
This property was farmed by a Belgian for more than 40 years and he had
nearly 4,000 heads of cattle!
There is a forest with nearly 150,000 trees, mostly eucalyptus and pine. A
river flows on the domain's border. Agricultural plantations such as corn,
manioc, groundnut as well as chicken farming are possible.
There is a building in Kikwit with a commercial ground floor and living
quarters on the 1st floor.
The whole complex is very pleasant and offers great opportunities of
further economic development!
Asking price for the transfer of the concession is 125,000 euros.

I sincerely believe this project is well worth your attention so please do
not hesitate to ask should you require additional information. If you like
I could for instance scan some photos.

Contact: Rue des Chardons, 20/8 - 1030 Bruxelles -
Tél. +32-2/644.17.73 - GSM +32-496/87.11.66


(Ad inserted 24th Feb 03)
Employment available as part of a Team, thinning and harvesting summer
fruit, apples and kiwifruit in the Hawkes Bay area of New Zealand, (North
Island, East coast).  The company, Labour Force, NZ, is expanding to fill
contracts.  Dormitory/Single/Married Accommodation is available within easy
commuting distance. For more information, please email in the first instance with personal details, and a
summary of recent work experience. Advice, assistance and support with
settling in, will be given by local branch of the Zimcare Trust, NZ,


(ad inserted 02 April 2003)

There is a newspaper report this week of the dire shortage of skilled
farmer workers to take up vacancies in the cropping areas of Western
Australia. This is predominately seasonal, i.e. seeding time and harvest
time but can also be on a long term basis in many instances. I have this
afternoon spoken to the President of the W.A. Farmers Federation, Colin
Nicolle, based in Perth and he was very sympathetic and indicated that his
office could be a source of contact at this end. Their E-mail address is

I am sure there might be some Zim. farmers who could benefit in this way,
but in some cases the Aus. farmer would have to provide sponsorship to
assist the Visa application. I am told that the Australian High
Commissioner in Harare would look favourably at applications from
Zimbabwean farmers. It also could be an idea for some to come on a visitors
Visa initially to get the feel of the work which would largely entail
operating and maintaining tractors and machinery.

Hopefully this letter might be a catalyst to assist some families to make
contact with farmers in Australia.


(ad inserted 02 May 2003)

Nursing opportunities in Australia. For more information please contact
Ginty Thomson on or 091 237 442 or 066 30555


(ad inserted 22 April 2003)

telephone: 61 0356832464

message: We have two beautiful farms in the South of Victoria, Australia.
We would be interested in spnsoring a family to migrate with a view to help
us.  We can offer a package of a base of $50000 Australian plus a 3  One farm is dairy, the other beef. We are in our late fifties so
need someone in say mid 30's to late 40's
Please reply to Dick and Judy Edwards


(ad inserted 19 April 2003)

Foreign teachers for NT jobs 'better late than never': CLP
The Northern Territory Opposition is welcoming a move to recruit teachers
from overseas, but says this should have been implemented months ago.

The Government has announced it will try to attract teachers from regional
areas, as well as from countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Canada.

The Government says there are 25 permanent teaching vacancies in the

Shadow Education Minister Terry Mills says the Country Liberal Party (CLP)
has been calling for this to happen since late last year.

"To implement them now is an indication that they are in panic mode, the
teacher shortage is in excess of what the Government currently claims," Mr
Mills said.

"These initiatives will take an extended period of time to actually bed in
and to produce the results, which is teachers in the classroom for students


(ad inserted 18 April 2003)

HELP ON FARM needed for approx. 3 days per week.  The farm consists of 400
acres of marginal pasture and woodland overlooking the Severn Estuary. The
grazing is let on an annual basis, and some of the woodland is of special
scientific interest.

Work would comprise farm and estate maintenance, including driving of
Unimog, use of chainsaw, fertiliser spreading, weed-wiping, fencing.
Mechanical ability an advantage.  Might suit someone with an interest in
wildlife and conservation.  Preferred age 24-45.  Suit couple.  Ability to
caretake occasionally would be an advantage.

East Wing Annexe is available as part of a deal to be negotiated.  It
comprises separate front door, lobby, kitchen and small living or
dining-room downstairs, and bathroom and two good-sized rooms upstairs.
Partial central heating included.  Extra storage space available.

For further details please ring 01633.400213, or contact us by `e'-mail :



I am wondering if you might be able to assist me. I am a partner in a farm
in UK and we currently have a vacancy for a Farm Manager and I thought this
might be of interest to some of the unfortunate farmers
recently displaced from Zimbabwe by Mugabe. Would you have any idea where
it might be best to advertise the vacancy in order to attract any
interested parties' attention? I am contactable at



We are a Farming partnership in North Essex. We have a 600 acre mixed farm
and are currently seeking a Farm Manager. This position may well suit a
displaced Zimbabwean farmer and his family. Accommodation is likely to be
available and the position should become vacant in the Autumn.

Please forward this message to any who may be interested or please let us
know the best way of contacting such dispossessed farmers who are arriving
here or planning to move here in the near future.  Our email address is:

Many thanks

Tom Richardson


For the latest listings of accommodation available for farmers, contact (updated 9 May 2003)
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May 11, 2003

Zimbabwe, too, needs a regime change


The sorriest country on the continent of Africa is also the country that
had the most potential for harmony and prosperity - and blew it.

When Zimbabwe replaced Rhodesia in 1980, it inherited from the white
government of Ian Smith a thriving economy, an infrastructure that worked,
a minimum of racial and tribal tensions and a capable population
conditioned to hard work, innovation and self-reliance.

It was a head start that no other country in Africa enjoyed - not even
South Africa, with all its wealth.

Today, Zimbabwe is a mess. Corruption, shortages, violence and fear define
the country - all the legacy of 79-year-old Marxist President Robert Mugabe
who has used Stalinist methods to keep power and eliminate opponents.

The miracle of Zimbabwe is that there is still a viable opposition,
supported by a majority, that is capable of government. The Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) is led by an astonishingly brave and modest man,
Morgan Tsvangirai, whom Mugabe seeks to frame as a would-be assassin who
plotted to kill him prior to the 2002 election - an election that most of
the world (except Canada) agrees was rigged.

Although Zimbabwe has been temporarily suspended from the Commonwealth,
arguably Mugabe's best friend internationally is Canada's Jean Chretien,
who has forgiven Zimbabwe's debts and has backed Mugabe against Britain,
Australia and other Commonwealth countries that support human rights and
honest elections.

South Africa's Thabo Mbeki and Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo have recently
met with Mugabe and reportedly urged him to resign, fearing his tyranny
will deter future investments and aid to the continent.

So far, Mugabe defies the world.

What to do? Britain's Daily Telegraph says Mugabe intends to stay on until
2008, primarily because he fears if the opposition takes power, he and
those around him will face prosecution for human rights abuses, corruption
and brutality. It's a valid concern.

Interestingly, a "solution" appeared in the Telegraph by columnist Alasdair
Palmer which is breathtakingly simple, albeit politically incorrect, and
engagingly controversial.

Palmer argues that "a couple of thousand paratroops would be enough to
bring Mugabe's regime clattering down." Protecting human rights was the
rationale for the U.S.-NATO war against Serbia to protect Kosovo, and in
part was justification for the U.S. and Britain invading Iraq. British
Prime Minister Tony Blair has said it is legitimate to bomb or invade
another country on behalf of human rights.

The Zimbabwean military is about 30,000 strong, and has troops in the Congo
"to ensure that Mugabe has access to the diamond mines there," says Palmer.

Morale is poor, and the military leadership is thuggish.

More pertinent is that disciplined soldiers have little trouble imposing
order in Africa. The French do it all the time. In the 1990s, a handful of
SAS officers reversed a coup in Gambia. A battalion of British troops
brought an army of 20,000 in Sierra Leone to heel in 2000.

Loyalty to dictators is fragile - witness the ineptness of Saddam Hussein's
"elite" Republican Guard that many media and military pundits had predicted
would turn Baghdad into Stalingrad.

Likely Mugabe would be easy to topple. He is as hated as he is feared in
Zimbabwe. His wanton cruelty and greed have turned the majority against
him. Despite dangers of supporting the MDC, increasing numbers of
Zimbabweans take that risk.

Astonishingly, much of the Zimbabwean judiciary resists being a rubber
stamp for Mugabe; many judges have been killed for their integrity and

The so-called "war veterans" that Mugabe unleashes to confiscate white
farms that provide jobs and bolster the economy, are a rabble in arms. Most
are too young to have fought in the war which ended 24 years ago.

Palmer thinks if British troops were helicoptered into Harare from aircraft
carriers off the coast and took over Mugabe's presidential palace, the army
barracks and radio and TV studios, it would all be over fast.

If Mugabe were arrested and this fact announced to the country, any
opposition to the coup would likely collapse. Soldiers and generals would
desert, and an interim government could take charge until elections decided
the new government.

Palmer is probably right. Zimbabwe and its people would benefit, the cost
would be minimal, and one of Africa's most destructive tyrants would be

Of course, there'd be some squawking, but if done quickly and cleanly
there'd be little damage.

Remember, success is a virtue in war and politics; failure a sin.

A democratic Zimbabwe could be a model for Africa, and lead to more
democracy in that beleaguered continent, where examples of propriety and
responsibility are few.

Still, the possibility of such positive action being taken is slim because,
as Palmer says, any sort of British or European intervention would be
instantly labeled "racist colonialism." That epithet, no matter how
ill-deserved, is sufficient to deter any positive effort to secure the
human rights of Zimbabweans.
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      11 May 2003 13:38:26 GMT
      Zimbabwe to resume trial of opposition leader


By Stella Mapenzauswa

HARARE, May 11 (Reuters) - The treason trial of Zimbabwe opposition leader
Morgan Tsvangirai resumes on Monday with state prosecutors ready to push
ahead with charges that he plotted to assassinate President Robert Mugabe.

Tsvangirai, who heads the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC),
and two senior party colleagues could face the death penalty if convicted in
the case, which comes as Zimbabwe grapples with its worst political crisis
in decades.

Defence lawyer Innocent Chagonda said on Sunday the defendants could take
the stand when the defence presents its case, but added: "If the evidence is
such that we feel we should apply for a discharge (dismissal of charges) we
will do that."

The trial, which thus far has revolved around murky evidence and a
controversial Canadian political consultant, could last another six weeks or
so, Chagonda told Reuters.

The case against Tsvangirai, MDC secretary-general Welshman Ncube, and party
official Renson Gasela hinges on a videotape of a meeting in Canada between
political consultant Ari Ben-Menashe and Tsvangirai, who allegedly discussed
Mugabe's "elimination".

The tape was recorded just before Ben-Menashe's Montreal firm signed a
consultancy contract with the Zimbabwe government.

Ben-Menashe, challenged as an unreliable witness by the defence, has
admitted he taped the meeting solely to get evidence for the government but
denied entrapping Tsvangirai.

The defence says the video was doctored to discredit the MDC, the most
potent challenge to Mugabe's power since he led the country to independence
from Britain in 1980.

Tsvangirai, who has challenged Mugabe's victory in controversial March 2002
presidential elections, met last week with visiting leaders of South Africa,
Nigeria and Malawi, in Harare to help Zimbabwe resolve its deepening
political impasse.

The MDC on Friday asked the country's high court to set a court date to
review an election it says was marred by violence and vote-rigging.

Once one of southern Africa's most prosperous countries, Zimbabwe has seen
its economy all but collapse with fuel shortages, inflation well over 200
percent and about half the population of 14 million facing acute food
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'Go onto streets in numbers'
11/05/2003 16:14  - (SA)

Bulawayo - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader demanded on Sunday a re-run of
last year's disputed presidential poll, urging thousands of party supporters
to take to the streets in support of that call.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai made the call
at a rally in Bulawayo. About 20 000 people attended the event.

"What the MDC wants to do, is for people to go on the streets in numbers.

"And if we go on the streets Mugabe will know it's over for him," Tsvangirai

He did not set a date for the protest.

The call comes at a time when international efforts are gaining momentum to
resolve the political deadlock in Zimbabwe between Tsvangirai and the MDC,
and Mugabe.

This week three African presidents - Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Olusegun
Obasanjo of Nigeria and Bakili Muluzi of Malawi - held talks with Mugabe and
Tsvangirai in a bid to break the current deadlock between the two.

The MDC leader has consistently called for a re-run of last year's
presidential election, which Mugabe won.

The MDC is mounting a legal challenge in the country's courts.

Mugabe, however, says he will only talk to the opposition about the
country's political and economic problems if Tsvangirai and his party
recognise him as a duly elected president.

In March the MDC held a widely followed job stay-away in protest over
alleged misgovernance, which Tsvangirai on Sunday called a demonstration of
"people power".

He said the MDC would continue to call for stay-aways as a way of keeping up
pressure against the 79-year old Mugabe and his government.
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No Let-Up in Zimbabwe
Despite the intervention of three African leaders, the government and the
Zimbabwean opposition have failed to cooperate

By Obong Akpaekong

The persisting political crisis in Zimbabwe has become a thorn in the flesh
of African leaders.  A number of African leaders are worried that the
74 -year-old Robert Mugabe and president of the country since independence,
would neither introduce political reforms in the country nor relinquish
power in the face of mounting political and economic crises.  For several
years now, the ageing Zimbabwean leader has been battling devastating
famine, rising fuel prices and criticism from the opposition.

The Movement for Democratic Change, MDC, led by Morgan Tsavangirai has been
Mugabe's biggest problem for its refusal to recognise Mugabe as the
legitimate president of the country.  The MDC accused Mugabe of mismanaging
the economy and rigging the presidential elections in 2002.

Last week, Olusegun Obasanjo, Thabo Mbeki and Bakili Muluzi, presidents of
Nigeria, South Africa and Malawi, respectively, once again waded into the
Zimbabwean crisis.  The three African presidents who have been playing
significant roles in the attempt to resolve the crisis met separately with
Mugabe and Tsvangirai, in Harare to spur them into the resumption of peace
talks.  But their meeting with the Zimbabwean leaders yielded very little
fruits.  Both Mugabe and Tsavangirai accepted the idea of talks, but they
appeared not ready to shift their positions on issues they are quarrelling
about.  Although, Mugabe had earlier hinted that he might retire after 23
years in office, he told the visiting African presidents he was not ready to
be pushed out of office and would go after completing his land reforms.  He
claimed he won the last presidential election and that the contest was free
and fair.

He insisted that before he would go into talks or any negotiations with the
MDC, the party must drop its legal challenge to his 2002 re-election.  MDC's
protest and challenge made some western governments not to recognise Mugabe'
s government.  "The MDC said they do not recognise me, alongside Britain,
America and other Europeans.  Do they now say they recognise me?" he asked.
Mugabe insists that the MDC has to say it recognises his government for
negotiations to go on between him and Tsavangirai.

But Tsavangirai insisted the MDC would not recognise Mugabe.  He even denied
ZBC/TV's report that he accepted Mugabe as leader. "ZBC/TV report that I
accepted Mugabe was out of context.  Our position is clear that we have
never accepted him as the legitimate leader."  He went on:  "We have never
made any undertaking apart from saying that because of political crisis, we
are willing to talk to him."  He said MDC would not withdraw the court case
and called on the ruling Zanu-PF to "put the interest of the country above
its partisan quest to remain in power."

For several years now, Zimbabwe's economy has faced severe recession, with
unemployment at more than 50 percent and inflation estimated at 228 percent.
While the opposition blames Mugabe's economic policy for the drift, Mugabe
believes he is a victim of a western plot, following his redistribution of
land from white to black people.

Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations, comprising
countries of the former British colony because of the political crisis.  The
Commonwealth said the country's 2002 elections were held under a climate of
fear.  For similar reasons, the European Union also imposed sanctions on
Mugabe.  Among others, the EU sanctions prevented Mugabe, his wife and top
members of his government from visiting Europe.

The Southern African country was also isolated economically. Last week, the
Commonwealth lamented that the suspension did not have the desired impact on
Mugabe.  Don Mckinnon, Commonwealth secretary-general said Mugabe had not
adopted economic reforms the sanctions were supposed to bring about.  The EU
sanction has also not been very successful, as it is not being implemented
to the letter. Also last week, Walter Ransteiner, United States official
responsible for African policy, said the sanctions had failed to work the
magic and called on Zimbabwean neighbours to put pressure on Mugabe to
introduce political reforms in the country.

Newswatch Volume 37 No. 19, May 19, 2003
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Sunday Mirror Zimbabwe

UNDP, international financiers assist white farmers
Felix Njini Business Reporter

THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), European Investment Bank
(EIB), World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have teamed
up to offer financial support to an exclusive group of white Zimbabwean
former commercial farmers who have relocated to neighbouring countries.

The Sunday Mirror has it on good authority that the EIB has already availed
a R5 million loan (Z$1 billion at parallel market rates) to a company formed
by a group of Zimbabwe's displaced white commercial farmers who have resumed
farming operations in Zambia, where a significant number of them have gone
to seek a new lease of life.The farmers used the price they were guaranteed
for their tobacco crop by the United States-based Universal Leaf of America
as security for the R5 million loan.

Former Makonde farmer and Lomagundi Commercial Farmers' Union head during
the 1980s, Vernon Nicolle and Graham Rae, a former Bindura-based commercial
farmer, formed a company called Agric Africa to assist white farmers whose
farms were designated for resettlement by the government with relocation.
Peter MacSporran, a former Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) president and
tobacco farmer has also teamed up with Rae in Zambia to form another
company, Agricultural Advisors International (AAI), to help other Zimbabwean
farmers move to Zambia. The formation of both companies was done with the
assistance of the UNDP.

However, the UNDP is still to unroll its own support scheme for Zimbabwe's
land reform programme which has seen over 210 00 farmers being resettled
under the A1 fast-track scheme, with over 14 000 others being resettled
under the commercial farming Model A2 scheme.

According to Nicolle, Agric Africa would assist white farmers to secure
compensation from government, as well as connect them to the International
Bar Association (IBA), which has pledged to take their cases to the
International Court of Justice should the Zimbabwean courts fail to give
them favourable judgements.

AAI has set up a database of suitable land in Zambia and offers advisory
services on sources of sponsorship for white farmers who intend to relocate
to Zambia.

To date, the company has assisted 100 farmers in setting up operations in
Zambia and has applications from 50 more farmers.

MacSporran, Nicolle and Rae have set up shop on a 22 000 hectare piece of
land, which the Zambian government has agreed to lease out to themforthe
next 15 years. The land, situated in Chisamba region, 40 kilometres north of
Lusaka, is reported to be more than twice the size of Nakambala Sugar
Estates in Mazabuka, a major estate in Zambia.

CFU president, Colin Cloete told the Sunday Mirror that donor agencies such
as the UNDP, WB and IMF had expressed interest in financially assisting
farmers in relocating to neighbouring countries.

"The farmers are being supported by donor agencies to look for farming
opportunities in the region.

"UNDP, World Bank and IMF are tying up financial packages to prop up the
farmers, most of whom have not been compensated by the Zimbabwean
government," Cloete said.

Cloete could not, however, disclose how much money had been put together to
assist the commercial farmers.

He also expressed ignorance on the terms under which the farmers were being
granted loans by international financial institutions and donor agencies.

"Farmers' experience and expertise in commercial agriculture instil investor
confidence and any sound investment proposal would surely attract financial
support," Cloete explained.

But sources in Zambia say the ominous clouds of conflict were gathering in
Zambia over the facilities being availed only to white farmers.

Sources also say that the former Zimbabwean white commercial farmers were
being assisted by the British in grabbing vast tracts of land, most of which
is not being utilised.

"They are being abetted in grabbing huge tracts of land in Zambia by the
British; 22 000 hectares is more than twice the size of Nakambala Sugar
Estates in Mazabuka when they are using only 1 675 hectares," complained one
Zambian who preferred anonymity.

This year, the farmers planted 720ha of seed maize, 550ha of commercial
maize, 235ha of seed soya and 170ha of virgin tobacco under irrigation.

Zambian Information and Broadcasting minister, Newstead Zimba said his
country welcomes investment in any form.

Zimba, however, declined to comment on the acquisition of 22 000 hectares by
Rae and Nicolle: "I do not know the area nor the specifics of who bought
land where and when," he said referring further questioning to the Zambian
lands and agriculture ministry.

Diplomatic sources from Zambia said that some of the white commercial
farmers, especially those who fled Kenneth Kaunda's black government were
being repulsed.

"Those who fled Kaunda for a white regime in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) are being
turned back but most white commercial farmers trekking here are coming under
false pretences, they rarely seek help from the Zimbabwean High Commission
and one wonders whether these people have renounced their Zimbabwean
citizenship," said one source from Zambia. "Some of them, those who have
settled, are starting to behave like old Rhodesians," he added.

Early this year, the Sunday Mirror established that up to 2 000 farmers were
being assisted with capital finance to relocate to other countries,
disbursing the money through financial institutions. Zambia, which has been
facing economic problems since the collapse of its copper industry and war
ravaged Mozambique have been beckoning Zimbabwean farmers to take up farming
opportunities with promises of attractive incentives.
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