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Zimbabwe tour farce
Robert Craddock

PLAYERS' representative Tim May last night flew to Dubai on a mission to
stop Australia's tour of Zimbabwe becoming the most farcical mismatch in
Test history.

The Zimbabwe Cricket Union yesterday jolted the cricket world by terminating
the contracts of the 15 white rebels, including former captain Heath Streak,
who had been in dispute with the ZCU over team selections and other contract
The rebels were sacked hours before they intended to announce they would
accept mediation in their dispute and return to practice.

Ricky Ponting's Australian squad flies to Zimbabwe tomorrow for two Tests
and three one-dayers against a rebel-less, rudderless and hopelessly
inexperienced outfit thrashed 5-0 by Sri Lanka in a recent one-day series
and by an innings and 240 runs in last week's first Test in Harare.

Hopes of the rebel players competing against Australia now seem almost
non-existent and several Australian players have told May they will be
reluctant tourists.

The subdued body language of several Australian stalwarts at yesterday's
training camp in Brisbane suggested they were about to spend a month digging
ditches, rather than tour a nation dubbed the breadbasket of Africa before
going to ruin under the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe.

However, none is expected to follow the lead of leg-spinner Stuart MacGill
and withdraw.

May will try to convince members of the ICC in Dubai the game's ruling body
must take urgent action to try to solve the feud.

"They have the power to act," said May, chief executive of the Australian
and world cricketers' associations.

"The ICC's strategic plan states that there is no place in the game for
racism, which both sides have been accused of here. The ICC is charged with
upholding these values.

"Our players will go there with heavy hearts and a degree of reluctance and
I can understand that. These matches will go down as Test matches but they
are not Test matches."

Fast bowler Glenn McGrath summed up the helpless predicament of the
Australian players yesterday when he explained his mixed feelings, ruling
out action by the Australian players "at the moment".

"It is a tough one and the way the regulations are with the ICC I don't
think we have any grounds to sort of warrant that," McGrath said.

McGrath wants to play the best team, feels for his great mate Streak, and
would like to help out, but the realist in him knows Australia is committed
to the ICC's future tours program.

The program imposes a multi-million dollar penalty for any side that
withdraws from a tour for reasons other than safety and security.

"We'll just go over there and see what happens. For Australia to tour there
is a pretty big thing for Zimbabwe cricket. I would hope they would want to
put the best team on the park," McGrath said.

"We prefer to play the best team available, but if not there is nothing we
can do about it. It will be business as usual."

Rebel batsman Stuart Carlisle felt the players were sacked because the ZCU
feared being embarrassed if their grievances were aired in public during

"They were worried about that because all their dirty laundry will be out in
the open," Carlisle said.

"They have panicked and that's why they fired us."

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LOT 144: SECTION 5: 7TH MAY 2004

7.5.2004.  1.  59/99. Victor Baillie Bindura: Foothills: 703,2013 ha

7.5.2004.  2.  6684/84.  Roger Topping P/L: Bindura: Gasforth: 894,2048 ha

7.5.2004.  3.  490/86.  Jacob Solomon Kotze: Chipinga: Remainder of
Hartebeest Nek: 858,5751 ha

7.5.2004.  4.  7185/97.  Grassflats Farm P/L: Chipinga: Ypres 1A: 891,4524

7.5.2004.  5.  693/96.  Pepperidge Farm (1991) P/L: Darwin: Lot 2 of
Kwarate: 565,8982 ha

7.5.2004.  6.  6760/72.  Alfred John Read: Gatooma: Pamene: 1 253,9424 ha

7.5.2004.  7.  4452/2000.  Inspan Investments : Gatooma: Coryton: 1 291,4500

7.5.2004.  8.  4392/85.  Philip Arthur Peter Manchip: Gatooma: Prixy Combe:
563,5726 ha

7.5.2004.  9.  4085/76.  Molina Ranch (Private) Limited: Gatooma: Molina: 6
965,014 ha

7.5.2004.  10.  4300/85.  Peter Haritatos: Gatooma: Remainder of Farm 1 of
Umsweswe River Block: 712,1259 ha

7.5.2004.  11.  11104/98.  Milanwood Enterprises (Private) Limited: Hartley:
Milanwood: 7798,8800 ha

7.5.2004.  12.  2584/78.  Helden Estate (Private) Limited: Hartley:
Sivundazi: 780,2879 ha

7.5.2004.  13.  3376/75.  Kenneth Selous Sherriffs: Hartley: Tilford:
856,5180 ha

7.5.2004.  14.  1715/63.  Merton Park (Private) Limited: Hartley: Lot 3 of
Knockmalloch Estate of Austria: 1788,6987 acres

7.5.2004.  15.  11800/99.  J T Management Consultancy (Private) Limited:
Hartley: Zimbo Drift: 996,1305 ha

7.5.2004.  16.  4897/85.  Johannes Jacobus Jourbert: Hartley: Lot 1 of
Mopani: 885,2304 ha

7.5.2004.  17.  7315/95.  Burnbank Estates (Private) Limited: Hartley: Lot 6
of Crown Ranch: 727,0774 ha

7.5.2004.  18.  4587/89.  Ronald Herbert Speight: Hartley: Ezintabeni: 4
305,5291 ha

7.5.2004.  19.  5733/94.  B Barry (Private) Limited: Hartley: Nugget:
274,3365 ha

7.5.2004.  20.  1168/83.  Balclutha (Private) Limited: Hartley: Remaining
Extent of Good Hope: 513,0380 ha

7.5.2004.  21.  303/82.  Zimbo Junction Farm (Private) Limited: Hartley: Lot
1 of Zimbo Junction: 485,6257 ha

7.5.2004.  22.  5305/72. Willem Johannes Steyn: Hartley: Torpin: 647,9131 ha

7.5.2004.  23.  5682/74.  Brunswick Farm (Private) Limited: Hartley:
Remainder of Brunswick of Railway Farm : 13 514,1667 ha

7.5.2004.  24.  10302/99.  Mike Campbell (Private) Limited: Hartley: The
Remaining Extent of Railway Farm 19: 1 132,8408 ha

7.5.2004.  25.  6769/85.  James Crichton Lamb: Hartley: The Remaining Extent
of Lambourne of Railway Farm : 16 591,7045 ha

7.5.2004.  26.  2058A/86.  Ronald Herbert Speight: Hartley: Reaminder of
Farm Lowood: 883,1076 ha

7.5.2004.  27.  1761/91.  Danlyn Estates (Private) Limited: Hartley:
Childerly of Makwiro Source: 445,1076 ha

7.5.2004.  28.  0432/91.  Ryange Farming (Private) Limited: Hartley:
Homedale: 566,9507 ha

7.5.2004.  29.  5138/94.  Mafuti Estates (Private) Limited: Hartley: Donore:
653,0522 ha

7.5.2004.  30.  7085/80.  Hopeful Farm (Private) Limited: Hartley: Faun of
Rederma: 984,2277 ha

7.5.2004.  31.  612/97.  Sez;om Omvestments (Private) Limited: Hartley: The
Remaining Extent of Preston Estate: 419,2812 ha

7.5.2004.  32.  012/91.  G D R Investment Holdings (Private) Limited:
Hartley: The Remainder of Cornucopia: 823,8123 ha

7.5.2004.  33.  4573/80.  H W Smithyman and Company P/L: Lomagundi: Karoe of
Gurungwe: 1215,0346 ha

7.5.2004.  34.  3446/94.  Mvurachena Enterprises P/L: Lomagundi: Remainder
of Mvurachena Estate: 711,2734 ha

7.5.2004.  35.  7164/72.  Anthony Ellis Howland: Lomagundi: Remainder of
Birkdale Estate: 2023,3224 ha

7.5.2004.  36.  126/82.  Maruchi and Cesare: Lomagundi: Nzira Farm: 692,066

7.5.2004.  37.  4861/91.  Dedi Farm P/L: Lomagundi: Mwonga: 902,1191 ha

7.5.2004.  38.  4869/91.  PTA Farming P/L: Lomagundi: Bassett: 158,0221 ha

7.5.2004.  39.  2025/91.  Mission Vlei Farm (Private) Limited: Lomagundi:
Mission Vlei: 559,6075 ha

7.5.2004.  40.  5756/56.  Blue Grass Farms P/L: Lomagundi: Andrea: 1186,7333

7.5.2004.  41.  7481/86.  Prangmere Farm P/L: Lomagundi: Prangmere:
1042,2698 ha

7.5.2004.  42.  6502/84.  Fletchers P/L: Lomagundi: Chingomo of Gurungwe:
937,4175 ha

7.5.2004.  43.  2521/61.  Norwe Farms (Private) Limited: Lomagundi:
Remainder of Nrowe of Birkdale Estate: 6 958,6930 acres

7.5.2004.  44.  1060/86.  Sherwood Farm (Private) Limited: Makoni:
Fernicarry: 850,5224 ha

7.5.2004.  45.  2193/94.  Pebworth Estate P/L: Makoni: Farm 6 of
Lawrencedale Estate: 1 013,7291 ha

7.5.2004.  46.  447/84.  C W Van Der Linden: Makoni: Remainder of Castle
Kop: 1 570,5972 ha

7.5.2004.  47.  5879/70.  Siverbow (Private) Limited: Makoni: Farm "Early
Mo": 455,667 ha

7.5.2004.  48.  6109/87. Normavalerie V. Dum, Neville Clayton Tapson, John
Granville Tapson, Anthea Jon Koly Brenda, Elizabeth James, Dephne Vivian
Ball and Estate Late Rosaland Marvis Adams: Makoni: Remainder of Diana: 1
590,8571 ha

7.5.2004.  49.  1271/96.  G I Balance (Private) Limited: Makoni: Remainder
of Ripple Mead: 725,7751 ha

7.5.2004.  50.  1696/62.  Kenneth Charles Ziehl: Makoni: Remaining Extent of
Recondite: 2 136,4329 acres

7.5.2004.  51.  2504/95.  Putney Enterprises (Private) Limited: Mazoe:
Remainder of Avontuur: 814,3973 ha

7.5.2004.  52.  4982/94. Newrose Properties (Private) Limited: Mazoe:
Remainder of Erin: 1 287,3138 ha

7.5.2004.  53.  6496/69.  Ruwanga (Private) Limited: Mazoe: Ruwanga: 3
042,9340 acres

7.5.2004.  54.  3420/51.  The Wattle Company Ltd: Melsetter: Heathfield:
3243,547 morgen, 547 roods

7.5.2004.  55.  6617/72.  Millgrove Pvt Ltd: Melsetter: Remaining Extent of
Mermaid's Grotto: 931,4706 ha

7.5.2004.  56.  599/97.  Marigond Farming (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo
Valley Settlement Holding 14: 168,4800 ha

7.5.2004.  57.  1354/67.  Aromabe (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo Valley
Settlement Holding 1: 487,3840 acres

7.5.2004.  58.  2477/72.  Emobeni Estate P/L: Ndanga: Hippo Valley
Settlement Holding 12: 193,0106 ha

7.5.2004.  59.  3604/86.  C Sauzier P/L: Ndanga: Hippo Valley Settlement
Holding 15: 163,5698 ha

7.5.2004.  60.  1494/96.  Chipoto (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo Valley
Settlement Holding 26: 157,4462 ha

7.5.2004.  61.  1289/80.  Fantaisie Farm (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo
Valley Settlement Holding 27: 147,7585 ha

7.5.2004.  62.  1333/94.  Mkwasine Ranching Company (Private) Limited:
Ndanga: Hippo Valley Settlement Holding : 28 113,9987 ha

7.5.2004.  63.  1720/84.  N & B Holdings (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo
Valley Settlement Holding 30: 127,3425 ha

7.5.2004.  64.  6448/85. Jerry's Farm P/L: Ndanga: Hippo Valley Settlement
Holding 35: 154,9187 ha

7.5.2004.  65. 2092/86.  Bon Espoir P/L: Ndanga: Hippo Valley Settlement
Holding 37: 137,1074 ha

7.5.2004.  66.  461/66.  Bendezi Sugar Farm (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo
Valley Settlement Holding 4: 588,6756 acres

7.5.2004.  67.  118/83.  Saurel Holdings (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo
Valley Settlement Holding 44: 125,8536 ha

7.5.2004.  68.  1632/95.  Preston Investments (Private) Limited: Ndanga:
Hippo Valley Settlement Holding 48:  146,1593 ha

7.5.2004.  69.  4406/67.  NiemeEstate (Pvt) Ltd: Ndanga: Hippo Valley
Settlement Holding 5: 539,8793 ha

7.5.2004.  70.  2511/92.  Cherington Farm P/L: Ndanga: Hippo Valley
Settlement Holding 51: 114,5396 ha

7.5.2004.  71.  341/66.  Kwa Ingwe Farm (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo
Valley Settlement Holding 6: 516,6012 acres

7.5.2004.  72.  913/70.  Ngwindi Sugar Estates (Private) Limited: Ndanga:
Hippo Valley Settlement Holding 7: 449,8851 acres

7.5.2004.  73.  4398/76.  Ngwindi Sugar Estates (Private) Limited: Ndanga:
Hippo Valley Settlement Holding 8: 503,2912 acres

7.5.2004.  74.  2399/75.  LA Lucie (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo Valley
Settlement Holding 42: 91,7295 ha

7.5.2004.  75.  2176/72.  Pour Dre D'OR (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo
Valley Settlement Holding 18: 90,2685 ha

7.5.2004.  76.  1914/73.  Denarii P/L: Ndanga: Hippo Valley Settlement
Holding 25: 179,4908 ha

7.5.2004.  77.  2701/74.  Chiredzi Ranching P/L: Ndanga: Hippo Valley
Settlement Holding 36: 177,6474 ha

7.5.2004.  78.  1180/76 Sucre D'or estates P/L: Ndanga: Hippo Valley
Settlement Holding 41A: 89,8186 ha

7.5.2004.  79.  2037/72.  LA Lucie (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo Valley
Settlement Holding 43: 100,7451 ha

7.5.2004.  80.  3772/78: Andrew John Dudgeon Stein: Ndanga: Hippo Valley
Settlement Holding 19: 106,4387 ha

7.5.2004.  81.  3604/86.  C Sauzier P/L: Ndanga: Hippo Valley Settlement
Holding 49: 25, 6948 ha

7.5.2004.  82.  2934/78.  Fantaisie Farm (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Hippo
Valley Settlement Holding 24: 189,9952 ha

7.5.2004.  83.  2152/95.  Gilt Adge Pigs (Private) Limited: Shamva:
Aburndale: 69,8062 ha

7.5.2004.  84.  6651/85.  Douglyn Farm (Pvt) Ltd: Shamva: Remainder of
Didsbury: 73,8618 ha

7.5.2004.  85.  3078/82. Daniel Andries Swart: Sipolilo: Norwi: 914,8969 ha

7.5.2004.  86.  7614/86. Peter Denard Bowen: Sipolilo: Nyamseve: 1224,6730

7.5.2004.  87.  079/91.  Brendon Inglis: Sipolilo: Nyamfuta: 1324,2443 ha

7.5.2004.  88.  9387/87.  D B Hewitt P/L: Sipolilo: Mangondo Estate:
3485,7120 ha

7.5.2004.  89.  5712/94.  D N Gallow P/L: Sipolilo: Nyavuti: 1395,6782 ha

7.5.2004.  90.  3606/79.  Muir of Ord Farms P/L: Sipolilo: Muir of Ord:
1138,1070 ha

7.5.2004.  91.  6897/83.  J P Crouch P/L: Sipolilo: Camsasa: 1114,2873 ha

7.5.2004.  92.  2422/87.  Andrew Richard Verney Evans: Sipolilo: Kelston
Park: 998,7168 ha

7.5.2004.  93.  9213/2000.  Cumberland Farm P/L: Sipolilo: Brandon:
1511,9567 ha

7.5.2004.  94.  19194/61.  Michael Barry McGraath: Sipolilo: Siyalima: 1
916,2046 ha

7.5.2004.  95.  392/87.  Mbada Farming P/L: Sipolilo: Marirambada: 818,5744

7.5.2004.  96.  2439/95.  W J Hughes P/L: Sipolilo: Ternanog: 1527,2921 ha

7.5.2004.  97.  5756/56.  Blue Grass Farms P/L: Sipolilo: Blue Grass:
959,2411 morgen

7.5.2004.  98.  3656/93.  Tiaseka Farm P/L: Sipolilo: Tiaseka: 1140,7771 ha

7.5.2004.  99.  5571/96.  John Hamilton Taffs: Sipolilo: Brooklands:
924,3463 ha

7.5.2004.  100.  3208/82.  Neville Dawson: Sipolilo: Remainder of Dande:
1215/7439 ha

7.5.2004.  101.  6374/84.  Penlands P/L: Sipolilo: Penrose: 1765,4116 ha

7.5.2004.  102.  1852/98.  Harvey James P/L: Sipolilo: Nyalungwe: 775,7682

7.5.2004.  103.  9430/90. Griff Enterprises P/L: Sipolilo: Chireingwe:
684,3860 ha

7.5.2004.  104.  2438/95.  Hughes and Games P/L: Sipolilo: Taikoo: 1063,6751

7.5.2004.  105.  8035/94.  Blue Star Investments P/L: Sipolilo: Bonheim:
1479,8404 ha

7.5.2004.  106.  1058/93.  Rusumbi Farm P/L: Sipolilo: Rusimbi: 1029,0860 ha

7.5.2004.  107.  548/98: David A J Lilford P/L: Sipolilo: The Remainder of
Gurungwe: 1268,4169 ha

7.5.2004.  108.  391/87. Mbada Farming P/L: Sipolilo: Lot 1 of Gomo:
575,4351 ha

7.5.2004.  109.  440/96.  Manovi Farm P/L: Sipolilo: Manovi: 1252,4417 ha

7.5.2004.  110.  288/76.  Daisy Christina Maureen Kennedy: Sipolilo:
Nyadopia: 753,8576 ha

7.5.2004.  111.  4734/84.  Alexander Martin Anderson: Sipolilo: Nainital:
753,8576 ha

7.5.2004.  112.  547/98.  Mayjoy Enterprises P/L: Sipolilo: Lot 1 of
Gurungwe: 1268,4152 ha

7.5.2004.  113.  1351/73.  Disi P/L: Sipolilo: Remaining Extent of Disi
Estate: 2624,7483 ha

7.5.2004.  114.  6984/88.  Alan MacLaggenJack: Sipolilo: Woma: 693,8184 ha

7.5.2004.  115.  3102/82.  David Frederick Dolphin: Sipolilo: Mount Fatigue:
2508,6633 ha

7.5.2004.  116.  6791/88.  Impinge Farm (Private) Limited: Sipolilo:
Remainder of Impinge Ranche: 4 792,9600 ha

7.5.2004.  117.  306/96.  Cracklehill Enterprises (Private) Limited:
Sipolilo: Lot 1 of Norwe of Birkdale Estate:  477,6783 ha

7.5.2004.  118.  1350/73/ John Strong (Private) Limited: Sipolilo: Lot 1 of
Disi Estate: 2 397,8735 ha

7.5.2004.  119.  7164/72. Anthony Ellis Howland: Sipolilo: Hanworth Park:
311,7726 ha

7.5.2004.  120.  6789/88: Kazilo Farms P/L: Sipolilo: Lot 1 of Impinge
Ranche: 941,000ha

7.5.2004.  121.  6790/88.  Mwembezi Farms (Private) Limited: Sipolilo: Lot
of Impinge Ranche: 1 134,000 ha

7.5.2004.  122.  8340/96.  N D Carter Farming (Private) Limited: Sipolilo:
Lot 1 of Nyabonda: 393,4340 ha

7.5.2004.  123.  143/61.  Dikanayi Estates P/L: Umtali: Delamore Portion of
Clare Estate Ranch: 1 467,9376 morgen

7.5.2004.  124.  2689/81. M M De Kock & Sons P/L: Umtali: Remaining Extent
of Heiman of Clare Estate Ranch: 1 185,8508 ha

7.5.2004.  125.  8174/99.  Varmland Investments P/L: Umtali: Beestkraal of
Clare Estate Ranch: 1 176,4862 ha

7.5.2004.  126.  6141/94.  Anthony James Waterkeyn and Juliet Anne Virginia
Waterkeyn: Umtali: Lot 1 of Maonza:  297,0721 ha

7.5.2004.  127.  9801/98.  Hedon Tours P/L: Umtali: Eastlands A: 128,5293 ha

7.5.2004.  128.  1346/85.  Stonewall P/L.  Umtali: Wallacedale: 1 627,3843



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Collection of Section 8 Orders for lodgement of Section 5 Notice objection
letters can be effected at the following address which is not given in the

Block 2
Makombe Complex
cnr. Herbert Chitepo Street/Harare Street
See Mr. Pazavakombewa
  Vesting of land, taking of materials and
  exercise of rights over land

NOTICE is hereby given, in terms of paragraph (iii) of subsection (1) of
section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act (Chapter 20:10), that the President
has acquired compulsorily the land described in the Schedule for
resettlement purposes.

Minister of Special Affairs in the President's Office in Charge of Lands,
Land Reform and Resettlement.


LOT 5: SECTION 8: 7TH MAY 2004


7.5.2004.  1.  4705/83.  Chirobi (Private) Limited: Mazoe: Remainder of
Farm 45 of Glendale: 328,2168 ha

7.5.2004.  2.  8148/87.  Margarey May Ward: Mazoe: Thurlow's Plot of
Normandale: 30,8489 ha

7.5.2004.  3.  5182/84.  Kathleen Joy Harris; Mazoe; Brucia; 171,30 ha

7.5.2004.  4.  6909/97.  Rockwood Retirement Village (Private) Limited;
Mazoe; Lot 2 of Amandas; 230,4624 ha

7.5.2004.  5.  5183/84.  Kathleen Joy Harris; Mazoe; 38 of Glendale
(Limbeck); 359,3400 ha

7.5.2004.  6.  3529/89.  Luwali (Private) Limited: Mazoe: Lot 1 of Pembi
Junction: 1 109,9142 ha

7.5.2004.  7.  784/91.  Layandra (Private) Limited: Mazoe: Farm 44A
Glendale: 414,0874 ha

7.5.2004.  8.  784/91.  Layandra (Private) Limited: Mazoe: Farm 44A
Glendale: 414,0874 ha

7.5.2004.  9.  2516/78.  Villa Franca (Private) Limited: Mazoe: Remainder
of Farm 36 of Glendale: 509,0983 ha

7.5.2004.  10.  2516/78.  Villa Franca (Private) Limited: Mazoe: Lot 2 of
Farm 35 Glendale: 440,06588 ha

7.5.2004.  11.  282/66.  Felicity Claire Von Der Heyde: Mazoe: "Vigila"
of Umvukwe Estate: 2 814,9577 acres

7.5.2004.  12.  6141/85.  Davaar Farm (Private) Limited: Mazoe: Remaining
Extent of Farm 32A of Glendale:
 518,3512 ha

7.5.2004.  13.  3214/93.  Prosperity Dairies P/L: Mazoe: Hidden Valley of
Maryvale of Mgutuof Great B: 433,3160 ha


7.5.2004.  14.  7303/83.  Mazuri Farms (Private) Limited: Mrewa:
Murrayfield: 843,6417 ha


7.5.2004.  15.  7092/81.  Peter Noel Buchan: Victoria: Chikore: 478,76 ha


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The Herald

Forex found in toilet

From Masvingo Bureau
POLICE in Masvingo last week impounded over 75 000 rands and other small
amounts of foreign currency, equivalent to about Z$88 million, from the
house of a British national who was keeping the money in a safe in a toilet.

Simon Wadhamas (40), a director of Steam Team Engineering in the city, was
also found with badges of Rhodesian forces and over 200 rounds of ammunition
at his house.

He was charged with contravening the Defence and Firearms Acts and
convicted. He was fined $400 000.

Wadhams was also found with a big picture frame with a Rhodesian map.

The frame also had badges of security organs, among them the notorious
Selous Scouts, Rhodesia African Rifles and Rhodesian Airforce.

The Officer-in-Charge Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Masvingo
Central Police Station Detective Inspector Phillip Ncube yesterday confirmed
that they impounded some foreign currency, ammunition, bayonets and
Rhodesian forces' badges at Wadhams' house in Rhodene suburb.

"We got a tip off that Wadhams was hoarding foreign currency and made a
search during which we found the foreign currency in South African rands,
British pounds and United States dollars hidden in a safe in a toilet at his

Det Insp Ncube said police also impounded bayonets and unlicenced

He said Wadhams had argued that he was given the badges by a friend of his
late father and was keeping them as souvenirs and that he was making a
collection of bayonets.
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From The Daily Mirror, 11 May 2004

Wheat scam unearthed - Ex-MP Irene Zindi implicated

Nkululeko Sibanda

Irene Zindi, a Grain Marketing Board (GMB) board member and prominent member
of the ruling Zanu PF has been implicated in a multi-million dollar scandal
in which she is alleged to have sold wheat to a private bakery instead of
doing so to the grain procuring parastatal. Under law, farmers are obliged
to sell their cereals to the public utility. There have been reports of many
new farmers sabotaging the land reform programme by selling their produce
directly on the black market, thereby denying the GMB the chance to boost
its national grain reserves. Most of the produce sold on the black market
has allegedly been clandestinely externalised. A source told the Daily
Mirror that Zindi, the former member of parliament for Hatfield in Harare,
sometime last year received inputs for wheat, which included seed and
fertiliser, for her Harresvale Farm in Concession. She reportedly used the
inputs to plant the wheat but when she harvested the crop, she allegedly
hatched a plan with an accounting employee of a leading bakery (name
supplied) whereby she would sell the wheat to the private concern, thus
prejudicing the GMB of millions of dollars. Zindi however denied any
wrongdoing, when her comment was solicited.

Instead of the 120 tonnes of the harvested wheat being delivered to the GMB
depots in Concession, the produce was loaded onto three lorries
(registration numbers also supplied) and taken to a private warehouse on the
outskirts of Harare. The source also alleged that the warehouse was being
used to conceal more than 600 tonnes of wheat. Zindi is also alleged to have
obtained a removal permit from the GMB inspectorate to allow her to
transport the wheat from the farm after convincing the utility's officials
that the wheat was destined for the GMB depots in Concession. The permit,
the source added, would enable the drivers of the three trucks to get
clearance at police traffic check-points (roadblocks) since the wheat was
purportedly destined for the GMB, a government entity. However, eyebrows
were raised after the inspectorate discovered that the wheat was not
delivered to the depot as had been promised by Zindi. An employee at the
buying and selling department at the GMB depot in Concession revealed that
Zindi had only sold 22 240 tonnes to the GMB at a price of $776 205.00 per

Said the employee: "We do not have records of (Miss) Irene Zindi selling the
120 tonnes that you are talking about. What I have seen in the records with
me here is that Zindi only sold us 22 240 tonnes of wheat between December
last year and early this year." This casts doubt over where Zindi sold the
other tonnage which is in excess of 97 000 tonnes. In addition, Zindi has
also been accused of trying to conceal evidence by firing all the 30 workers
who loaded the wheat onto the trucks that transported it to the secret
warehouse. It is alleged that Zindi trumped up theft charges against the
workers before taking them to Concession police station where she intended
to have them charged. However, the police reportedly refused to press
charges against the workers. After failing to manipulate the police, Zindi
is alleged to have fired the 30 workers on April 3 2004, following threats
by the workers to report the case to the police. In an interview yesterday,
Zindi vehemently denied ever selling any wheat to the bakery. "First of all,
the issues that I fired workers as a means to conceal any evidence is
nothing but a very big lie made up by someone who wants to tarnish my image.
'Secondly, I did not at any one time sell any wheat to (the bakery). I sold
all the wheat that I harvested to the GMB depot in Concession," said Zindi.
She added: "You may go ahead and write the lies that you were told by
whoever is plotting my demise and I will make sure that I sue you for
defamation and circulating lies against me." She accused the Daily Mirror of
acting like a court. "You are now the court and it is up to you to phone
that depot and find out the details that you want," Zindi said before
hanging up.
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From The Herald, 11 May 2004

South African police probe suspected fish smuggling

Herald Reporter

Two senior South African police officers are in the country to investigate
the illegal shipment of over 200 tonnes of an expensive type of fish,
abalone, which they suspect had been passing through Zimbabwe to Hong Kong
since 1999. Sources from the police said at the weekend that South African
police suspected the frozen and dried fish could have been smuggled from
South Africa through Zimbabwe en-route to Hong Kong over the last four
years. Joint police operations have since identified two local agencies,
which allegedly cleared some of the consignments before they were further
shipped to Hong Kong. "The two will be taken as witnesses in the case
following the arrest of part of the syndicate comprising South Africans and
Chinese nationals in South Africa," a police officer said. It is also
understood that the South African government has not offered any permits for
exportation of the fish as it is classified as an endangered species.
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11 May 2004




Zimbabweans finds themselves in a political quagmire today mainly due to their inability to exercise their basic rights. For the past 24 years, the people have had to rely on a highly centralised state system for privileges.


Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF proclaimed themselves the primary source of life, liberty and the pursuit of development. Only last week, Mugabe promised traditional chiefs all kinds of material benefits in return for their recognition of his regime. He wants to buy them out with monthly allowances of up to $1 million, electrified homesteads and new vehicles. Why has he decided to do that today, 24 years after independence and on the eve of an election? Has it suddenly occurred to him that our chiefs need these facilities?


Mugabe told the chiefs that they were paragons of virtue. How does virtue exist in a society without essential freedoms necessary for the people to make basic moral choices? Can virtue flourish in a climate of coercion?  Our chiefs have witnessed some of the horrendous acts of Mugabe’s brutality. Since 2000, there were mass displacements in villages; Zanu PF activists banished teachers and other civil servants from the rural areas; several homes were burnt down; businesses collapsed and thousands were brutalized. Our traditional leaders and chiefs know all this. They know that Zimbabweans are crying out for a virtuous social environment in order to cast off the nation’s pariah status.


Any chief who supports a dictatorship risks alienating himself from the people. In Smith’s Rhodesia, some chiefs co-operated with the regime and lost out. Let us avoid a repeat of that sad history. We expect our chiefs to be apolitical, representing the interests of all their subjects. We expect our chiefs to earn the respect of their communities and to be above reproach.


Only yesterday, traditional chiefs were sidelined during the so-called fast track land redistribution exercise. They were denied a voice in the selection of beneficiaries and in the acquisition process. What is it that has changed today? A pending Parliamentary election?


As long as there is no peace and security, our chiefs will find it hard to perform their duties in their communities. Our chiefs will always fail to pacify a hungry constituency. Our chiefs will never live in peace as long as unemployment, poverty and political violence continue to stalk their communities.


The loss of our rights and freedoms started soon after independence in 1980 with government exhortations that everybody must belong to some kind of co-operative society. Villagers were organized into tiny committees run by Zanu PF chairpersons; capitalism and private initiative was shunned and discouraged; and Zanu PF or the party, as it was called, was the ultimate provider of security and happiness. In short, the nation traded away its freedom for empty nationalism and Zanu PF privileges. These experiments failed us.


Organized social and economic structures, including traditional leaders, trade unions, the church and the rest of civil society, inherited from our past were substantially weakened. The regime was unkind to dissent and opposing views. The regime replaced the value of individual to society with a central, authoritarian accumulation of power resulting in a wholesale usurpation of basic freedoms and dwindling initiatives for wealth creation.

As a people, we made a serious mistake to allow a tiny elite to use force to intervene in our lives. We lost confidence and interest in ourselves. We lost our rights.


The emergence of the MDC in September 1999 rekindled the people’s hopes and dreams. People renewed their interest in elections; people felt confident to prepare and direct change in their lives; people defied the patronage system and sought their freedom.


There was a radical shift in attitudes compared to the 1996 Presidential election when a mere 27 percent of the people came out to vote. In February and in June 2000, the country was abuzz with excitement. Voter apathy, which had progressively set in for 20 years, had suddenly ended. That worried Mugabe and Zanu PF. The result is now common knowledge.


As we prepare for the 2005 Parliamentary election, let us reflect on the potential for our vote to change our lives. The election gives us a second chance to take on the regime and reclaim our dignity. We must be ready for it.


Notwithstanding our reservations on the conduct of the polls, we must realize that the only way we can correct 24 years of denial and decay is through the ballot box. We must prepare for that box. We must be in a state of election preparedness.


We agree that Zanu PF will leave a legacy of misery and poverty. We accept that once we allow peace and security to flourish, once we embrace freedom as an indispensable aspect of development, and once we recognize our past mistakes as danger signals we can turn our misfortunes around and celebrate our efforts in March 2005.


Our experience shows that Mugabe and Zanu PF are reluctant to grant the people their freedom. We should not expect a tyrannical regime to be a giver of rights and freedoms. We possess these rights.


We have the power to grant a government of our choice the necessary legitimacy through the exercise of these rights, regardless of the impediments the dictator may wish to place in our path. Our rights are not negotiable.


Our rights are superior to any legislation the regime has put in place; they are superior to any forms of violence and coercion Mugabe and Zanu PF might contemplate to distort reality.


The conferment of the primacy of rights on each Zimbabwean through a clean reclamation of those rights from a minority elite leads to a legitimate government. A legitimate government is only possible through a free and fair election.


That Mugabe and Zanu PF have grudgingly accepted a multi-party political system means that as individuals we have a right to pursue a variety of values and to exercise our freedom of choice. We cannot allow the regime to impose a single set of values in our plural society. For that reason, let us get ready to change the status quo by making sure that we campaign for a conducive climate for the 2005 Parliamentary election. We need to remain resolute until we achieve our objective.


We entered the political fray fully aware that the rules of the game were stark against democracy. Since 2000, we participated in all the by-elections because of our firm belief in taking over power through democratic means. We have not deviated from that course.


The regime’s five-year propaganda programme to demonise the MDC has failed to shift our mindsets from our objective. The spirit for change is still high. We are encouraged by the people’s resolution to fight on in spite of the odds against them.


Zanu PF thrives on apathy. Last week thousands of officials from Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede’s office were dispatched countrywide to register voters. In open societies, the responsibility for the mobilization of voters lies with everybody, including political parties. High schools, churches, universities and technical colleges must be involved in voter registration. In the rural areas, traditional chiefs and political party activists must urge eligible persons to register.  


History shows us that any voter registration process carried out by Mudede lacks transparency. We have constantly argued that a non-partisan Independent Electoral Commission should conduct a clearer exercise. Mudede is unsuitable for the job. The lack of publicity surrounding the current campaign could be the opening shot in attempts to influence the outcome of this crucial poll.


We believe an Independent Electoral Commission should have handled a transparent process. Irregularities around voter registration could lead to serious constituency manipulation that would impact negatively on the election outcome. Existing urban constituencies could be appended to rural communities as a Zanu PF way of eating into the MDC’s support base.

In the 2002 Presidential election, the regime used the voters roll as the main rigging tool after thousands were disenfranchised through deliberate exclusion. We need sufficient publicity and an independent infrastructure for mass registration of voters.


Our campaign for an improvement in the conditions is gathering momentum and we hope to have an election conducted in terms of the SADC norms and standards next year. These standards require sitting governments to create conditions that guarantee specific political rights to contesting parties.


We are getting positive responses from the people. I am confident we shall have an election run according to international standards. Fighting a dictatorship requires a sustained effort. Our strength is in our support.


Morgan Tsvangirai



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Zim jail 'worse than Auschwitz'
04/05/2004 22:28  - (SA)

Erika Gibson

Pretoria - Advocate Francois Joubert SC and Alwyn Griebenow who are
representing the 70 men being held in Harare's maximum security Chikurubi
Prison on charges of coup plotting have described the jail as a camp worse
than Auschwitz.

The legal team was speaking after their arrival in South Africa from
Zimbabwe where they have been dealing with the men's case.

They say the white men in the group, in particular, are at times placed in a
cell that measures only a square metre.

The men are given food in this cell - mostly pap - once a day. This is
pushed under the door and they have to eat with their hands.

While in these cells, they are not allowed anything to read, nor are they
allowed anything with which to write.

Some of the men are forced to undress and sit naked in front of the other
prisoners. On some days, it is "officially" approved that prisoners be

Bodies are carried out of prison

"One hears how the people are assaulted with batons to anything (that is

"Reon Schutte, another South African who is dying of cancer and who has been
in Chikurubi for more than 10 years on charges of apartheid crimes, has had
all his teeth knocked out.

One also sees how bodies are carried out of the prison.

"Only then is the abuse over," said Joubert.

According to him, this has had a traumatic effect on the South Africans and
their families.

The prison supplies only a blanket and the men wear summer prison clothes.

Lice is rife, but prison authorities refuse to allow the man insecticides.

Joubert said some of the men had contracted a skin disease, possibly due to
the poor food. One also had chickenpox. These were the most horrific
conditions that one could imagine.

He said that every day the men got pap and a cup of dried rice with a bit of
cooked cabbage.

After the legal team got a court order to allow them to take in food, the
prison authorities claimed it would have to be tasted in their presence.

The prison also had no jerseys for the men. The men's families organised
jerseys that looked exactly like prison ones as well as socks.

Kept under restraint 24 hours a day

Now, the prison authorities were refusing to allow the men to have the

There were reports that the men were planning to escape and they were now
being kept in handcuffs and leg irons 24 hours a day.

"They are also not allowed to wear the socks because then the leg irons
don't chaff as much," said Griebenow.

He said it was ironic that the "experienced" prisoners were helping the
South Africans. They kept up their spirits and advised them from experience.

Griebenow said: "They are hardened and used to the conditions. Surprisingly,
the men are in good spirits and are positive."
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Zimbabwe has enough food, says government

      May 11 2004 at 02:39PM

Harare - The Zimbabwe government has told international donors it will not
need emergency food aid this year because it expects a bumper harvest, state
media reported on Tuesday.

The announcement came a few days after United Nations food agencies had to
suspend a mission to assess crop supplies in the southern African country
when local administrators interrupted their work.

"We don't need food aid from outside the country. We generally believe we
produced enough for local consumption, and we have told our international
partners about this," Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mangwana was
quoted as telling state news agency ZIANA.

However, independent analysts and aid agencies say that about 5,5 million
Zimbabweans - 2,5 million of them in urban areas - require emergency food
aid this year.

      'We generally believe we produced enough for local consumption'
In March, 63 people, 48 of them children, were reported to have died from
hunger in the country's second city of Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe requires at least 1,8 million tons of maize a year for its human
and livestock needs, and independent agencies estimate that Zimbabwe may
face a shortfall of 900 000 tons of maize this year.

In April the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organisation commissioned an
independent survey that concluded that a shortage of fertilizers, seed and
tillage, combined with the effects of late rainfall would result in Zimbabwe
only producing between 650 000 and 850 000 tons of maize.

Technical experts from UN agencies are still waiting to hear from the
government if they can proceed with an annual assessment of Zimbabwe's food

Zimbabwe's food shortages have been attributed to drought and the
government's controversial land reform policy launched in 2000 that saw the
seizure of white-owned commercial farms for redistribution to blacks.

The government said it was confident of a bumper harvest in 2004, although
it has not publicised any crop figures so far.

"There are some areas that would have food deficits, but these would be
covered through internal food distribution," Mangwana told ZIANA.

He added that donors would only be asked to assist in development programmes
"and if we have good rains again this year, we will kiss goodbye to food
imports and donor food assistance". - Sapa-AFP
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Talks on Zimbabwe and AGOA with the US
JOHANNESBURG, 11 May 2004 (IRIN) - Mauritian Prime Minister Paul Berenger is
to discuss Zimbabwe and the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) with
US President George Bush in Washington on Wednesday, a senior official told

"As Mauritius assumes the chairmanship of the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) in August, Zimbabwe is one of the likely issues to be
raised. The issue has been blocked for some time, with SADC countries
holding a position contrary to the one held by the Commonwealth and the
developed countries on Zimbabwe," Kewe Chung, an advisor to Berenger, said
on Tuesday.

The SADC voiced its dissent from the Commonwealth's decision to continue
Zimbabwe's suspension after the 54-member organisation deemed the March 2002
presidential elections unfair and marred by violence.

Mauritius is one of the leading textile exporters in the region and Berenger
will also discuss sourcing raw materials for its textile exports from
non-AGOA "third party" countries.

AGOA has provided duty- and quota-free access for a wide range of products
from African countries that meet US political and economic requirements. To
qualify for eligibility, countries should source raw materials for their
exports to the US locally or regionally. The US has allowed African
countries to import raw materials from non-AGOA countries, but this
preferential condition expires on 30 September.

A bill introduced last November in the US Senate extended AGOA benefits
until 2015, and for the next four years permitted raw materials to be
imported from non-AGOA countries. Another bill, introduced to Congress in
the same month, extended AGOA to 2020 and allowed "third party" fabrics for
a further three years. But both pieces of legislation have stalled.

Ownership of the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean is also on
Berenger's agenda. Diego Garcia, where the US has its only military base in
the Indian Ocean, is one of the islands in the group. The US has leased the
island from Britain, Mauritius' former colonial power, since the early
1970s, but Mauritius claimed the archipelago should be returned after
gaining independence in 1968.

Chung said Berenger would not contest the right of the US to retain its
military base on Diego Garcia.

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Families fear for the safety of loved ones

      May 11 2004 at 07:09PM

Relatives of the suspected mercenaries being detained in Zimbabwe and
Equatorial Guinea urged South Africa on Tuesday to make sure the men get a
fair trial, saying they feared they might be executed unjustly.

South Africa's Human Rights Commission also asked Pretoria to reveal details
of what it said was an official report which concluded the detainees could
not get a fair trial in Equatorial Guinea where little opposition is

"We need to get the prisoners extradited to South Africa to stand a fair
trial and we need the government's help," Wilna Lubbe, a lawyer representing
the men held in Zimbabwe, told the South African Press Association (Sapa).

She joined dozens of friends and family of the detainees in a protest
outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Seventy suspects, most of them South Africans, have been held in a high
security prison near Harare since their arrest in March on charges of
conspiring to topple the president of Equatorial Guinea.

A further 15 men, accused of being an advance party, are held in the
oil-rich West African country on related charges.

Lubbe noted South Africa has said it will not interfere in the trials, but
had said it would get involved if the men are convicted and sentenced to

"This is not enough. They will be dead by evening once sentence is passed,"
Lubbe told Sapa.

South African diplomats paid a consular visit to the detainees in Harare on
Tuesday, but there was no official word on their findings.

South Africa has been deeply embarrassed by the charges against its
nationals and officials have said any citizen working as a mercenary is
violating South African law.

Family members and lawyers of the suspects say the government has not done
enough to help its citizens, who maintain they were simply security guards
on the way to a new job at a mining company in the Democratic Republic of

"I believe my brother is innocent and does not belong there. He is a South
African who needs his government's help," Whanita Horn told Sapa.
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The Age

Australians 'reluctant' to tour
By Chloe Saltau
May 12, 2004

Australian cricketers are reluctant to tour Zimbabwe and feel deep sympathy
for the 15 white players who have been sacked by their board, according to
player representative Tim May.
Ricky Ponting's Test team, which is scheduled to fly to Harare tomorrow, is
likely to go to Africa amid intensifying unease after hopes of playing
against a full-strength Zimbabwe team appeared to be dashed.
"I think it's very fair to say that our blokes are going reluctantly," said
May, the Australian Cricketers Association chief executive, after the
Zimbabwean rebels led by former captain Heath Streak were fired for breach
of contract by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union.
"They're playing international cricket, international cricket is supposed to
be the best versus the best. It's my understanding they have a significant
amount of sympathy for the rebel players and would far prefer to be playing
against the real Zimbabwe Test team."
Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy predicted the Australian players
would tour mainly out of a sense of duty. "I would think this tour wouldn't
be exciting them, it would be more the duty side and the schedule side of
things," said Healy, who is president of the ACA but said he had not
broached the issue with the players.

It is believed that privately some Australian players and officials are
hoping the Federal Government will take the decision out of Cricket
Australia's hands and prohibit them from touring.
Fast bowler Glenn McGrath admitted time was running out to reach a solution.
But, Australia's obligations to world cricket under International Cricket
Council rules are likely to keep the Australians from making a stand out of
solidarity with Streak's men, who are now preparing to sue the ZCU.
"At the moment, no," said McGrath yesterday. "It is a tough one and the way
the regulations are with the ICC I don't think we have any grounds to
warrant that, so we'll just go over there and see what happens.
"You always have hope that they will come to some sort of agreement. There
is a few days left, it's getting shorter and shorter all the time but we'd
prefer to play the best team available."
According to Streak, the rebel white players have been ordered to return
their board-issued cars to ZCU headquarters by today, following their
He refused to buy into the debate as to whether Australia should boycott the
tour, but did express his support for Stuart MacGill, who said he would not
make the trip to Zimbabwe.
"Of course I have an opinion on this, but I've got to be careful that what I
say isn't interpreted as encouraging the Australians not to come," Streak
told The Age yesterday. "If I was to encourage the Australians to boycott,
the ZCU could take legal action against me saying that I encouraged an
action that resulted in their loss of income. I respect Stuart MacGill for
the decision he's made, but I can't afford to just come out and express my
May, who will discuss the Zimbabwe issue at a meeting of players'
representatives in Dubai over the coming days, said the moral issues at the
heart of the six-week dispute between the white players and the ZCU
warranted ICC intervention.
"At the end of the day the standard of international cricket is at stake,
the value of international cricket is at stake, and there are various
accusations on both sides of the argument here, accusations of racism and
immoral behaviour," May said.
"They are two of the core pillars or values that the ICC says in their
strategic plan that they will uphold."
The ZCU terminated the players' contracts because they had not returned to
work by its Friday deadline, despite the fact they had agreed to mediation.
The union also added that any player who made himself available would be
considered for selection "subject to their commitment, form and fitness".
The players' legal representative, Chris Venturas, insisted the players were
not in breach. "We are taking them to court over this," he said.
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Plans to Build Museum At Heroes Acre Underway

The Herald (Harare)

May 11, 2004
Posted to the web May 11, 2004


The National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe is planning to build a museum
at the National Heroes' Acre and has already started conducting research on
the project, an official said yesterday.

National Museums and Monuments public relations officer Mr Stanley Goredema
said that the Government had already endorsed the construction of the
multi-million dollar museum.

"Research on the project is underway and it is quite substantial now," he

"We want to build a huge and unique museum that will be appreciated by
people. We have started collecting some of the equipment and weapons used by
freedom fighters during the liberation war."

He, however, could not say when construction would start.

Meanwhile, Mr Goredema said the National Museums and Monuments had
introduced visitors' entrance fees to the National Heroes Acre' and had
raised them at the National Gallery with effect from last month.

The fee for local adults is $1 000; local children $500, while
schoolchildren in uniform would now pay $300.

Non-resident adults would be charged US$5, while non-resident children would
pay US$2.

Mr Goredema said the introduction of the fees was meant to assist the
department enhance its service delivery.

"These places are living traditions which need to be continuously updated so
that people can continue to have interest in them," he said.

"Although the amounts to be charged are quite insignificant, they will help
us in improving the quality of our services.

"Besides, we also offer substantial valuable information that can be used by
schoolchildren and we felt we should charge for the service." - New Ziana
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Water Situation Gradually Improves

The Herald (Harare)

May 11, 2004
Posted to the web May 11, 2004


WATER supplies in Harare's northern and eastern suburbs were yesterday
gradually returning to normal, but the situation remained unchanged for Ruwa
residents who continued to draw water from open wells.

Water problems in some parts of Harare started last week when the city
introduced a water demand management exercise by cutting off supplies to
southern suburbs for 24 hours.

The idea to cut off the southern areas was in order to allow reservoirs in
the higher north-eastern areas build up supplies.

The shortages were experienced for the whole of last week.

A survey by The Herald showed that by yesterday afternoon water supplies
were restored to parts of Mabvuku, Tafara, Chisipite, Grange, Philadelphia,
Hatcliffe, Greendale and Chikurubi.

Highlands and Glen Lorne continued experiencing problems.

Residents could be seen carrying buckets or pushing wheelbarrows with water

Harare public relations manager Mr Lesley Gwindi said three out of the five
broken-down pumps at Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Works had been repaired.

He said, as a result, pumping had begun but not at full capacity.

He confirmed there were problems in Highlands and surrounding areas owing to
reduced pumping capacity.

Mr Gwindi said engineers were also repairing other faulty pumps, which are
normally used as back-ups.

He said the solution for Morton Jaffray rested in a complete overhaul of the

Some of the equipment at the plant has outlived its lifespan.

In Ruwa, residents were fetching water from open wells, a situation that
poses health hazards.

Farai Nemapote of Ruwa complained that the area has been without water for
almost a week now. He said his family had to rely on well-wishers who have
wells on their properties.

"If our neighbours had not sunk wells there could have been a disaster," he

Mrs Diana Mutasa from the same area said no one had explained the problem to
them. She said water was sometimes briefly available in the evening and

Another Ruwa resident, Mrs Lorraine Nzenza, said she was having to rely on
the goodwill of her grandmother who has an open well on her property.

Residents of Zimre Park also complained bitterly and took a swipe at the
authorities for denying them water prolongedly. Like their Ruwa
counterparts, the residents are relying on water from open wells.

Mr Gwindi said the other satellite towns of Harare - Norton and
Chitungwiza - were not affected by the water problem, noting that the
situation in Ruwa would be corrected by the end of day yesterday.

"By late evening (yesterday) all areas should have water.

"The engineers have assured us that pumping has started on three pumps," he

At least five pumps have to be operational to sufficiently supply Harare and
surrounding towns.
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129 Nswazi Families to Relocate to Botswana

The Herald (Harare)

May 11, 2004
Posted to the web May 11, 2004


ABOUT 129 families of the Nswazi tribe are expected to retrace their roots
in Botswana after they indicated to the governments of Bot-swana and
Zimbabwe their intention to relocate to their former homeland.

Several tribes living in Zimbabwe and many other countries are not original
citizens of those countries.

The chief immigration officer, Mr Elasto Mugwadi, yesterday said at a recent
meeting with his Botswana immigration counterparts, the matter was brought
up after 593 Kalanga-speaking people from Plumtree and Gwanda had claimed
Botswana citizenship.

"The matter concerning their final migration has since been referred to the
respective ministries of foreign affairs," Mr Mugwadi said.

He said during their meeting with the Botswana immigration officials, it was
clear that the families were given the go-ahead to retrace their original
homes believed to be in the Nkange area in Botswana.

"The Nswazi people are arguing that they want to be with the remains of
their chief, Kgosi John Nswazi, who died in Zimbabwe a few years ago and was
exhumed for reburial in Botswana in 2002," Mr Mugwadi said.

He said if the tribe, which mainly rears cattle, were to leave, arrangements
would be made as to what they will take with them as the Botswana officials
do not allow any cattle from Zimbabwe into their country for fear of the
highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease.

Last year demands by the Nswazi people to be relocated to Botswana were
dismissed as a mere ploy to run away from economic hardships that were then
being experienced in Zimbabwe.

Mr Mugwadi said there are several tribes in Zimbabwe which claim either to
be of South African or Swazi origin but had not claimed citizenship of those

He said most people in Plumtree who share the border with the Botswana
tribes living near the Mashambe, Mmamabaka and Mlambaphela border posts are
related either through inter-marriage or simply by the fact that one tribe
could have migrated to the other side of the border.
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"One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn
around to find the future has run out on us."



Letter 1.  Subject CFU & Meeting

I understand the CFU has received and is willing to respond to a request
from Minister John Nkomo to supply information on the number of CFU members
still on their farms,their status and their intentions. This willingness on
the part of the CFU has a bad smell about it.
1 What does the CFU hope to gain?
2 Is the CFU seeking to do a hole in the corner deal for the benifit of the
few at the expense of the many.
Minister Nkomo may be a more reasonable man than Minister Made but he is
still a member of the government that wantonly destroyed commercial
agriclture for it's own political gain.

I also understand that a number of farmers recently attended a meeting
addressed by Philip Chiyangwa and gave him a standing ovation. How
obsequious can you get, eating out of the hand of a tormentor and
persecutor.  This phenomena is described as the Stokholm Syndrome and is



Letter 2 Subject: More Addresses

Dear JAG

Thank you for the e-mail addresses for the UN, Commonwealth, etc.  Someone
kindly sent me all the addresses for President Mbeki, Dr Dlamini Zuma, etc
and NEPAD - attached below.  To get the ball rolling perhaps we should get
all of our children who are sitting at home today because they have been
locked out of their schools through no fault of their own, to write a
letter to President Mbeki.  It is the darkest day in the whole recent
tragic history of our nation that has brought the weight of racial hatred
to bare on their tender shoulders.  Watching the children of our nation on
the playing field and on the stage, of every wonderful different skin tone
in nature, standing shoulder to shoulder as they work as a team and sing in
moving harmony, they could teach our so called 'leaders' a great lesson in
patriotism, acceptance, mutual respect and how to live free from prejudice.

Are they forever to be visited with the sins of those who went before them
who bear no relation to them whatsoever except for having the same skin
tone.  How do I explain to my son who has been raised in a 'free' Zimbabwe
why he is called a 'white pig' when he walks down the street?

Is Zimbabwe's only legacy to our children going to be how to hate anyone
who does not look like you or share your beliefs - humiliate, oppress,
incarcerate or steal from those you hate or destroy what you cannot have or
cannot control?


Contact Information: The SA Presidency

Mail: Private Bag X1000, PRETORIA, 0001
Street: Union Buildings, West wing, 2nd Floor, Government Avenue, PRETORIA
Tel: (012) 300 5200
Fax: (012) 323 8246

Mail: Private Bag X1000, CAPE TOWN, 8000
Street: Tuynhuys Building, Plein Street, CAPE TOWN
Tel: (021) 464 2100
Fax: (021) 462 2838

President Mr Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki

Mail: Private Bag X1000, CAPE TOWN, 8000
Street: Tuynhuys Building, Plein Street, CAPE TOWN
Tel: (021) 464 2100
Fax: (021) 462 2838

Mail: Private Bag X1000, PRETORIA, 0001
Street: Union Buildings, West wing, 2nd Floor, Government Avenue, PRETORIA
Tel: (012) 300 5200
Fax: (012) 323 8246

Chief Director/Presidential Spokesperson
Mr Bheki Khumalo

Mail: Private Bag X1000, PRETORIA, 0001
Street: Union Buildings, West wing, 2nd Floor, Government Avenue, PRETORIA
Tel: (012) 300 5436/ (021) 464 2100
Fax: (012) 323 6080/ (021) 462 2838
Cell: 083 256 9133

 Director: Media Liaison
Mr David Hlabane

Mail: Private Bag X1000, PRETORIA, 0001
Street: Union Buildings, West wing, 2nd Floor, Government Avenue, PRETORIA
Tel: (012) 300 5200
Fax: (012) 323 6080
Cell: 082 561 9428

Deputy President
Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma

Mail: Private Bag X1000, PRETORIA, 0001
Street: Union Buildings, West wing, 2nd Floor, Government Avenue, PRETORIA
Tel: (012) 300 5200
Fax: (012) 323 8246
Spokesperson and Chief Director: Communication
Ms Lakela Kaunda

Mail: Private Bag X1000, PRETORIA, 0001
Street: Union Buildings, West wing, 2nd Floor, Government Avenue, PRETORIA
Tel: (012) 300 5316/ (021) 464 2100
Fax: (012) 326 3010
Cell: 082 782 2575
Director: Communication
Ms Zanele Mngadi

Mail: Private Bag X1000, PRETORIA, 0001
Street: Union Buildings, West wing, 2nd Floor, Government Avenue, PRETORIA
Tel: (012) 300 5200
Fax: (012) 326 3010
Cell: 082 781 9332

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mail: Private Bag X152, PRETORIA, 0001
Street: Union Buildings, Room 244, East wing, Government Avenue, PRETORIA
Tel: (012) 351 0006
Fax: (012) 351 0253
Mail: 17th Floor, Room 1714, 120 Plein Street, CAPE TOWN, 8001
Street: 17th Floor, Room 1714, 120 Plein Street, CAPE TOWN
Tel: (021) 464 3700
Fax: (021) 465 6548
Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma
Mail: Private Bag X152, PRETORIA, 0001
Street: Union Buildings, Room 244, East wing, Government Avenue, PRETORIA
Tel: (012) 351 0006
Fax: (012) 351 0253
Mail: 17th Floor, Room 1714, 120 Plein Street, CAPE TOWN, 8001
Street: 17th Floor, Room 1714, 120 Plein Street, CAPE TOWN
Tel: (021) 464 3700
Fax: (021) 465 6548
Director: Communication
Ms Nomfanelo Kota
Mail: Private Bag X152, PRETORIA, 0001
Street: Union Buildings, Room 244, East wing, Government Avenue, PRETORIA
Tel: (012) 351 0264
Fax: (012) 351 0364
Cell: 082 377 7208
NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development)

1. Prof. Wiseman Nkuhlu
Chairman Steering Committee
+27 11 313 3716 (tel)
+27 11 313 3684 (fax)

 2. Mr. Sunday Dogonyaro
Principal Programmes Coordinator
+27 11 313 3353 (tel)
+27 11 313 3450 (fax)
3. Ms. Thaninga Shope-Linney
General Manager: Communications & Marketing
+27 11 313 3776 (tel)
+27 11 313 3778 (fax)

 4. Mr Stephen Bakker
General Manager: Finance and Administration
+27 11 313 3539 (tel)
+27 11 313 3778 (fax)


Letter 3.  Subject: Open Letter Forum

The Editor,
Open Letter Forum

Dear Sir,

It appears that there is a certain amount of confusion regarding various
bodies involved in Zimbabwean commercial agriculture. Letter No.5 in OLF
264 entitled "Unity of purpose when chasing a bunny" from "Idle Bunny
Watcher" brought this to our attention.

We cannot speak on behalf of all the organisations mentioned but can
certainly explain the where SACFA - Zimbabwe and MFA fit into the picture.

Southern Africa Commercial Farmers' Alliance - Zimbabwe (SACFA-Zim)
We agree with and support the legal actions JAG has and is taking, together
with their Loss Document, which in our estimation is the best and most
comprehensive available to farmers..

However, JAG were, and still are, not involved in matters concerning day to
day agricultural production. They were considering Agrizim, but after
discussions with us decided not to proceed further along that route. The
vision and concept of SACFA was put to farmers in Matabeleland on 20
November 2003. This was after no progress was made in trying to resolve the
differences between CFU and Matabeleland farmers. We asked ourselves where
do we go from here and so SACFA was conceived. The organisation is now
legally constituted and the first meeting to elect office bearers is on 4

There is already a committee formed to represent interests of Wild Life
Producers. They are considering various options on the latest developments
in the industry.

Any commercial farmer interested in finding out more about SACFA is welcome
to attend the meeting but only registered members will be able to vote. At
this stage the majority of our members are based in Matabeleland. The
vision is to become a national body and then as the name applies a body
representing commercial farmers in the SADC countries. Each country having
its own constitution falling under the umbrella of SACFA.

Should anyone be interested in us visiting them we shall be pleased to do
so. We have been waiting to be legally constituted and to hold our
elections before actively going country wide.

Regarding Agri Africa we are recommending to our members that they complete
the mandate. At this point in time there is no risk to farmers and it seems
as though their plan is the most advanced regarding compensation.
We believe every farmer regardless of circumstances should:

Complete the JAG loss Document
Get an evaluation done by Evaluators Consortium
Sign the Agri Africa mandate

SACFA - Zim is not getting involved in these areas where we believe others
have done and are doing a great job for the benefit of commercial farmers.

Matabeleland Farmers' Association (MFA)
This association was set up in July 2003 specifically to obtain fuel for
Matabeleland farmers. Its membership is limited to commercial farmers in
Matabeleland. The idea is to grow this body to procure the most common
agricultural for members where we believe we can obtain the most
competitive prices because of volumes.
This body is also holding a meeting on 4 June to elect office bearers.

Hopefully farmers are clear about where we fit in and what our plans are.
Sadly there are too many IDLE watchers who are quick to complain and
criticise but do very little else. As farmers we need to decide what we
believe is right and pricipled and stand firm on that position plus give
our support to those who are of like mind.

Yours sincerely,
Gavin Conolly

for SACFA - Zim and MFA

Letter 4.  Subject: JAG Open Letters Forum

"I do believe that a constant stream of factual letters to world leaders
and to the media will have more impact on the situation in Zimbabwe than
anything other than an outright violent uprising - which is something none
of us want to see or to experience. Zimbabwe is on people's minds the world
over, and every little bit of information planted in the minds of
politicians and opinion makers adds to their perception of the situation.
The Zimbabwe government works tirelessly to promote one perception. We will
need to work even harder in order to erase that perception and promulgate
the truth.

Who has the energy and resources to co-ordinate the effort required? I
cannot, as I am trying to earn a living in a foreign country. I believe
that we need a team to tackle this. Make no mistake; there will be
harassment in direct proportion to the perceived effectiveness of the
information drive. The Daily News was harassed to death, and the New
Zimbabwe Internet site is subject to unceasing efforts at disruption. These
examples show how much the government fears the truth, because of the
enormous damage an exposed lie does to its very tenuous credibility."

CHARLES FRIZELL'S letter (extracts quoted above) again highlights the vital
need for a coordinated information strategy to counter the blatent lies
emanating from the Zimbabwe government.

Like Charles, we too are trying to survive in a foreign country and just
don't have the time or resources to do the necessary research and writing.
There are still many brilliant public relations tacticians, talented
writers, and ex journalists in Zimbabwe whose skills could surely be
privately harnessed to devise an information strategy and produce the
necessary material. The draft articles/letters could be made available via
an offshore hosted website to correspondents like ourselves around the
world upon request for disemmination to local publications, politicians and
pressure groups.

I know JAG is already doing a tremendous job, but are you planning to
coordinate such an initiative?

If this is the case could those of us who have expressed an interest could
be given some indication of intention/progress?

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.


JAG Hotlines:
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(011) 205 374
(011) 863 354 please don't hesitate to contact us -
(011) 431 068
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      Six 'mercenaries' in good health, says foreign affairs

      May 11, 2004, 20:23

      Six of the 70 Zimbabwe-held alleged mercenaries, all carrying South
African passports, were seen by South African consular staff today and were
in good health, the foreign affairs department said. Ronnie Mamoepa, the
department's spokesperson, said that he could confirm that six men had been
seen, each individually, and all were reported to be healthy and "in good
condition". Handcuffs and leg shackles had been removed in accordance with a
court order.

      Mamoepa was speaking after about 150 family members and friends of the
alleged mercenaries, held in Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea, handed over a
memorandum addressed to President Thabo Mbeki at the Union Buildings in
Pretoria, calling for government intervention. "I believe my brother is
innocent and does not belong there. He is a South African citizen and needs
his government's help," said Whanita Horn who with her family drove from
Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

      Her brother, Lourens (31), a former policeman and special task force
member based in Pretoria, had recently returned from a stint as a body guard
in Iraq when he volunteered to serve as a security guard in the Democratic
Republic of Congo. His brother, Michael, said he had spent a week with them
before leaving. "I did not ask him much but knew that he was on his way to
Congo as a security guard of sorts".

      "He has had a hard life but knew what was right and wrong. I know he
would not participate in any coup plot to overthrow any government," he

      Horn is one of 70 alleged mercenaries arrested at Harare International
Airport two months ago when their Boeing 727 stopped to refuel and pick up
military equipment. The Zimbabwean authorities claim they were on their way
to join 15 suspected mercenaries arrested in Equatorial Guinea and charged
with plotting to overthrow the government of the oil-rich West African

      Govt won't interfere in the judicial process
      Aziz Pahad, the deputy foreign affairs minister, yesterday reiterated
that the government would not interfere in the judicial process despite
announcements by lawyers representing the alleged mercenaries, that a free
and fair trial would be impossible. Pahad, however, added that if they were
found guilty and sentenced to death, the South African government would
enter into discussions with the country concerned.

      However, advocate Wilna Lubbe, representing the Zimbabwe prisoners,
feels this would be too late. "This is not enough. They will be dead by
evening once sentence has been passed," she told Sapa at the Union

      Lubbe said they had adopted the unorthodox approach of protesting at
the Union Buildings to draw government's attention to the seriousness of the
matter. "We need to get the prisoners extradited to South Africa to stand a
fair trial and we need the government's help," she said.

      Bernard van der Hoven, representing the 15 South Africans detained in
Equatorial Guinea, was more circumspect. He had just been awarded his visas
to enter Equatorial Guinea. "I have been battling for two months to get to
see my clients in prison but through a bit of government intervention I was
finally awarded the visas I needed," he said. He expects to leave within the

      Van der Hoven said he did not know what to expect but "will do my
utmost to get them (the prisoners) back here". Lubbe said that on the
Zimbabwe front, the accused were appearing in court tomorrow and their
defence would be moving for a discharge. "We are convinced there is not
enough evidence to convict them," she said. - Sapa

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