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The Age

The end for cricket in a bankrupt land
By Peter Roebuck
May 22, 2004

Zimbabwe Cricket Union has buckled in the face of international
condemnation. As far as the officials responsible for running cricket in
that starving and bankrupt country are concerned, the game is up. It's over.
Once the ICC realised that the current dispute between senior players and
their board was about something more important than pay it could not remain
on the sidelines. Rightly the game's governing body rejected the moralising
of those prepared to bomb women and children and to shake hands with
Gaddafi. But they could not ignore spitefulness in their own ranks.

Heath Streak and company have not sacrificed their careers for money. They
were not even protesting about the nasty and illegitimate regime imposing
its will upon their country. Rather they were making a last-ditch stand
against racism in cricket. Now it is up to Peter Chingoka, the long-standing
Chairman of ZCU, and his supporters to join the struggle.

Pigs might fly to the moon. Zimbabwean cricket is finished. Everyone has
been driven away and only youngsters are left. The ICC might as well
withdraw recognition and funds. Cricket has been dragged into the quagmire
by the same forces that have devastated a once prosperous land.

Chingoka is a suave and sophisticated man who has failed to resist the
agitators in his ranks. Great things were expected from him. He was the
first black prefect appointed at his school in Harare. Till now he has
seemed capable of delivering on his promise. In the last few months his lack
of backbone has been exposed. He is a mere time-server and now it is up to
him to disprove persistent rumours about his close links with his
government. His credibility is in tatters and angry denials no longer
Chingoka's failure to counter the influence wielded on his board by Otias
Bvute has been the critical factor in the demoralisation of Zimbabwean
cricket. Bvute is a swine who has screamed and shouted at black selectors
and commentators and has a much lower opinion of white people. Hysterical
fools are loose in his office and Chingoka has twiddled his thumbs and
looked civilised.

Furthermore, he has tolerated the appointment as selectors of Steve Mangongo
and Max Eprahim, a slippery customer incapable of advancing any cause except
his own. Mangongo is a firebrand who had worked hard in the high density
areas but lacks the experience needed to serve as a convenor of selectors.

Until the ZCU confronts its own cancer the country cannot be allowed back
into the fold. The cat is out of the bag. Everyone hoped cricket could
survive the bad times ready to rise again like a eucalypt after a bushfire.
Most of the white players held on in the hope of better days ahead. Even
Andy Flower and Henry Olonga were protesting about the death of democracy
and not the conduct of their board.

Finally the players came to believe that there was no course available to
them except confrontation. There was nothing left to lose. Their threat to
take legal action was well calculated because senior officials will not want
to have their behaviour exposed. Chingoka and Vince Hogg, his likeable CEO,
may say they kept the politicians away as long as possible but they failed
and that is the end of it. Now they must go and Zimbabwean cricket must go
with them.

Cricket is a game of many colours and faiths and it must stand firm against
prejudice of any sort. Every playing country is expected to work within
these confines.

Chingoka and the ZCU cannot be allowed merely to cancel these matches. Much
more is at stake than the belated reluctance of supposed leaders to send a
bunch of boys into battle on their behalf. The work of a lot of fine men,
black and white, has been undone.

Sean Ervine has moved to Perth. His dad was thrown off his farm but kept
watching and coaching and hoping. Nor was the youngster easily beaten.
Australians are familiar with his fighting spirit. Then came the arrogant
sacking of Streak and the abuse that followed. Some members of the Board
were pleased that Streak had gone. They wanted an all-black team. The ICC
cannot allow attitudes like that to prosper.

Zimbabwe must be thrown out of the international cricket community. Only
when ZCU reforms itself can it be allowed back. It's not going to happen.
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The Age

Aussie cricketers head home
May 22, 2004 - 10:30AM

Some of Australia's cricketers are returning home after a week of
frustration ended in the scrapping of the two Tests against Zimbabwe.
Simon Katich, Justin Langer and Cameron White are headed home because the
Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) offered to cancel the Tests amid the political
turmoil that has engulfed the sport in this country.

Shane Warne left Harare soon after Friday's announcement to return to
England, where he captains county side Hampshire.

For the rest of the Australian team, it's a case of putting the whites back
in the suitcase and bringing out the coloured clothing earlier than

Australia has agreed to play the three one-day matches before leaving.

The matches will be played at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday, Thursday
and Saturday week.

While Cricket Australia and the ZCU agreed to cancel the two scheduled Tests
to protect the integrity of the traditional game and avoid more of the
thrashings Zimbabwe suffered at the hands of the Sri Lankans this month, the
limited overs matches will still be one-sided.

The ZCU will sack the 15 white rebel players despite them making themselves
available for selection earlier in the week.
The long-running dispute between the rebels and the ZCU looked to have ended
earlier this week when the group said they were keen to play again, but not
in the Tests as they were not physically and mentally prepared.

Despite that, five of the rebels - Heath Streak, Andy Blignaut, Ray Price
and Trevor Gripper - were included in the Test squad but told the union they
would not play.

ZCU chief executive Vincent Hogg confirmed the rebels would have their
contracts terminated because they could not make a conditional return to the
national side and because they did not attend training.

The rebels are now back in talks with their lawyers.

The rest of Australia's one-day squad - Ian Harvey, Andrew Symonds, Michael
Clarke and Shane Watson - are currently in England playing county cricket
and will arrive in Harare on either Sunday or Monday.

Zimbabwe's second-string side recently lost the one-day series 5-0 to Sri
Lanka and in one of the matches, were all out for a world record low 35.
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Players' union threat to boycott Zimbabwe

David Hopps
Saturday May 22, 2004
The Guardian

Australia and Zimbabwe players were being pressed by union representatives
last night to boycott the forthcoming one-day series in a joint show of
force intended to save the careers of 15 sacked white players.
The call from FICA - the Federation of International Cricketers
Associations - came after another chaotic day in Harare in which the
Zimbabwe Cricket Union surrendered to pressure to defer its two Tests
against Australia and then vented its anger by sacking the disaffected
players for a second time.

The deepening crisis will almost certainly force England to delay further
their decision on whether to tour Zimbabwe this autumn, while the outcome of
the International Cricket Council's attempts to salvage the game in that
benighted country becomes clear.

The sackings goaded FICA into open rebellion against the ZCU board, as it
imagined a surely unrealistic scenario in which the board might be forced to
resign and be replaced by a more moderate body. This body would simply not
be countenanced.

Richard Bevan, chief executive of England's Professional Cricketers
Association and a FICA board member, said: "People seem to be accepting that
these 15 players will never again play for Zimbabwe. We are not accepting
that and neither are a lot of players around the world.

"These players are the future of Zimbabwe in the short term. If 15 guys
don't go back to work, Test match status will be in jeopardy for some time
to come. If the ICC suspended Zimbabwe from the World Cup and the Champions
Trophy, it would force the board to resign or to bring these guys back to
the negotiating table."

Union officials, led by their Australian chief executive, Tim May, are
furious at the deal hatched between the ZCU board and the chairman of
Australian cricket, Bob Merriman, in which the Tests were deferred on the
promise that Australia would honour the one-day series.

Bevan said: "One hour after Merriman reached an agreement with the ZCU, they
made it clear they would not talk to the players either now or in the future
and they were told to return their cars and mobile phones immediately.

"Meetings with players and others are taking place over whether even any
one-day internationals should take place. The current members of the
Zimbabwe team are coming off the fence. They are not in an easy position -
they have severe security concerns for their families - but regional and
provincial cricket in Zimbabwe could collapse.

"The ZCU board should resign for the good of Zimbabwe cricket. Effectively,
Merriman's negotiation of a deal with the ZCU has wrecked the chances of
this happening. We have been making telephone calls to Merriman since 6am,
and none of them have been answered - and that includes calls from the
Australian players' association."

The ICC, in contrast, was relieved that an immediate stand-off with Zimbabwe
had been avoided. A telephone link-up between representatives of the 10 Test
nations, called to vote on whether the Tests should lose their official
status, was cancelled.

The Zimbabwe issue will now be discussed at an ICC executive meeting at
Lord's, beginning on June 27, making it likely that the England and Wales
Cricket Board will defer until July at the earliest its decision on whether
to tour.

In the meantime, the ICC will respond favourably to a request from the
Zimbabwe players' lawyers to enter the disputes resolution process. An
independent, three-strong committee will be drawn up in the next few days.

Ehsan Mani, the ICC president, said: "Suspension of Zimbabwe's Test status
is not up for discussion at the moment. There will be a comprehensive
discussion of the Zimbabwe issue in June. We have never had a situation
where the depths of cricket in a country has been exposed so severely.

"The one-day game is different. It is important that, should the experienced
players not come back, their replacements have a chance of exposure. We have
high-performance programmes in Bangladesh to help their cricket and Zimbabwe
might have to take this step."
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The Age

Australia avoids fine by staying in Zimbabwe
May 22, 2004 - 1:38PM

Australia appears to have avoided a hefty fine and a one-year suspension
from international cricket by agreeing to take part in three one-day matches
against Zimbabwe.
But the international players' association is furious with Australia's
decision to stay on in Zimbabwe, blaming Cricket Australia chairman Bob
Merriman for the sacking of the 15 white rebel players.

Had Australia decided to leave the African nation after the Zimbabwe Cricket
Union (ZCU) agreed to scrap two Test matches, International Cricket Council
(ICC) chairman Malcolm Speed confirmed it was at risk of being fined, or

''It's possible that there would be a fine,'' he said.

''But in any event that's hypothetical because Australia has agreed to play

Under ICC regulations, every Test-playing nation must play every opponent
home and away every four years or face suspension.

Australian cancelled its 2002 tour to Zimbabwe on security concerns and
Merriman said because of cricket's heavy schedule the postponed Test matches
would not be played for at least four years.

Speed said there was a slim possibility Zimbabwe and Australia could be
suspended for breaching the rules, along with England if it pulled out of
its upcoming tour to Zimbabwe, but it was highly unlikely.

Seven of the 10 full members of the ICC would need to vote for suspension
and the ICC annual meeting would then have to approve the sanction.

''It's a possibility that any country can be suspended,'' Speed said.

''But that's not a serious issue that's on the table.''

Australia will now play Zimbabwe's second-string side in the one-day matches
starting on Tuesday.

The 15 rebel white players made themselves available for selection during
the week but the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA)
said they had been sacked immediately after Merriman agreed to play the
one-day matches.

The ZCU's offer to scrap the Test series followed a request to do so two
weeks ago by the ICC and preempted a vote on the matches by the 10 ICC board
presidents, whom ICC president Ehsan Mani said would certainly have voted to
deny the games Test status.

He declared the ZCU's decision had ensured the integrity of Test cricket
would be preserved but rejected suggestions the ICC was unconcerned about
the integrity of the one-day game.

FICA chief executive Richard Bevan blasted Merriman for sealing the fate of
the rebel players and saving the ZCU board.

He believes Merriman should have left the matter to the ICC, which he
predicted would also have put an end to the one-day matches.

''If you were to suspend Zimbabwe completely from the one-day matches and
the Champions Trophy what you would do is you would force the Zimbabwe board
to resign ... or it would bring the guys back to the table,'' Bevan said.

''Effectively, by Bob Merriman negotiating with the ZCU and coming to this
conclusion, it's robbed us all of actually having the Zimbabwe Cricket
position put to a vote.

''And gone to a vote, it probably would have seen the one-day and the Test
matches removed and then they would have had to have brought the 15 players

Mani said the issue of fining or suspending clubs, along with Zimbabwe's
Test status, would be reviewed at the ICC meetings in London in June.

''Zimbabwe might have to take a step backwards for a little while and
regroup and then move forward, with our help,'' he said.

Speed said the postponement of the two Test matches would not effect
Australia's status at the top of the ICC Test ranking.

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Fox Sports

Push for Zimbabwe expulsion possible
May 22, 2004

CRICKET Australia could push for the expulsion of Zimbabwe from Test cricket
following the past week's farcical events.

CA chief executive James Sutherland today refused to rule out the move after
the two Test matches between the countries were "postponed".

Australia will formulate its policy on Zimbabwe's future as a Test
cricket-playing nation before next month's ICC executive board meeting.

Sutherland said today the issue of the African nation's status in the game
needed to be resolved quickly.

"I think that's a question that's probably come onto the table and is higher
on the agenda now than it has ever been before," Sutherland said.

"There's no doubt that Cricket Australia and a number of other full member
countries are concerned about how things have developed in recent weeks."

"Certainly to some extent that will be dealt with by the executive board
when they meet in June.

"On top of that I think it's well known that the ICC have commenced a review
of the structure of international cricket and there's been some speculation
about the various forms that might take into the future.

"The circumstances around this are no good for the game of cricket,"
Sutherland said.

"The ICC and the member countries really need to address it so there is some
certainty into the future."

However he did leave the door ajar for Zimbabwe to regain some integrity,
saying it was too early to expel the country because "there's a bit to

"It's over a month away now and obviously that gives in some ways the
Zimbabwe Cricket Union a chance to have a look at what's happening and
perhaps resolve some of their differences with their players."

The three planned one-dayers next week would be "second-rate" matches,
Sutherland said, but added they had never been under threat of being

"Cricket Australia has obligations to the future tours program, such that
these one-day matches should go ahead.

"It's never been discussed or never been an issue that the one-day matches
were in consideration," he said.

The Australian players who were in Zimbabwe to play the Tests would be
compensated, Sutherland said.

"All players will be paid. In terms of the split and how that works we
haven't resolved that yet, not that it's a big issue," he said.

"We'll just make sure that it's right and appropriate - the players have
obviously gone out on a limb to make themselves available and commit to the
tour and they'll obviously be remunerated properly," he said.

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Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 5:14 PM
Subject: Sheep

Dear Family and Friends,
Most days when I watch the main evening news on television, I wonder if the
news writers live in the same country as me. The Zimbabwe that they describe
worlds apart from the country that I wake up in every morning. For the last
couple of weeks we have been bombarded with propaganda which tells us that
country is booming, the economy is on the mend, a bumper harvest is being
and inflation is plummeting. The Zimbabwe government's figures say that
inflation dropped by 78% in the last month. In the same week as they made
announcement, there was an article in the State run Herald newspaper which
that prices of all sorts of goods and services were surging upwards. The
went on to list old and new prices of meat, toothpaste, eggs, chicken, soap
cooking oil. The price of both bread and public transport went up by 50% in
same month that inflation apparently plummeted. Announcements were also made
that the wage for a domestic employee had been increased from twelve
thousand to
eighty three thousand dollars a month and that the poverty datum line is now
pegged at nine hundred and eighty eight thousand dollars a month. I don't
how the numbers and statistics are juggled but as an ordinary housewife I
understand how inflation goes down when wages, food and transport prices
gone up. In the last few months electricity and water bills have more than
trebled, the telephone bill has quadrupled and medical expenses are worse
than a

As I write this I can hardly believe how casually we all talk in millions
days, how it came to this and why a country with almost twelve million
sat back and watched this happen. I ask myself the same question every day
of my
life: What IS wrong with us.

 The simple answer, I suppose, is fear. Regardless of our age, sex or race,
are scared of our leaders. We are scared of their guns and soldiers, their
militia and power. In four years we have watched the price of a single loaf
bread go from ten to three thousand dollars and yet we are too scared to do
anything about it. Things that we used to throw into the shopping basket
a thought have become luxuries; things like milk, cheese, bread, eggs,
jam and peanut butter.

Asked by a journalist how an air crash survivor had found the courage to do
what he did to save himself and a few others, the man said that his courage
come from fear. To me his real courage was his leadership because in the end
are all just sheep and wait for someone brave enough to lead the flock.
next week, with love, cathy.

Copyright cathy buckle  22nd May 2004.
My books on the Zimbabwean crisis, "African Tears" and "Beyond Tears" are
available outside Africa  from: ; ; ;  in Australia and New Zealand: ;  Africa:

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From The Zimbabwe Independent, 21 May

New US envoy faces bumpy landing

Dumisani Muleya/Gift Phiri

The United States has appointed Christopher Dell as its new ambassador to
Zimbabwe amid fears in the diplomatic community that incoming Western
ambassadors might have difficulty securing their "agreements" - permission
from their hosts to commence duties. The White House said Dell - an
experienced career diplomat who has previously served in two African
countries - will soon assume his new role in Harare, replacing Joseph
Sullivan who has already left. Dell is a career foreign service officer and
currently serves as chief of mission in Luanda, Angola. He previously served
as the designated chief of mission in Pristina, Kosovo, and held earlier
postings in Bulgaria and Mozambique. Several Western countries including
Britain, Germany, Australia and Spain are expected to soon post new
ambassadors to Zimbabwe. However, diplomatic sources say the new ambassadors
could face a hostile reception from President Robert Mugabe's government as
a result of the political stand-off between Harare and Western capitals. The
sources said when a new ambassador is nominated the host country must issue
an "agreement" before the foreign diplomat can start official duties. In
Zimbabwe Western representatives could be forced to wait for a long time
before Mugabe accepts presentation of their credentials as a result of
bilateral disputes. Harare is said to be still fuming, for instance, over
Kumbirai Kangai's treatment by British immigration officials when he
transited London earlier this year.

Zimbabwe has been locked in political disputes over systematic repression
and autocratic policies with the United States and European Union states, as
well as countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This has often forced Western
ambassadors to square off against authorities in Harare. British ambassador
Brian Donnelly, who is due to leave next month, has borne the brunt of
government hostility towards the West. Despite official threats and abuse by
the state media, Donnelly has remained defiant. In the latest edition of
Britain-Zimbabwe magazine, Donnelly said his country still shared "a common
appreciation that in a number of key areas - political intimidation and
violence, democracy and human rights, freedom of expression, justice and
land reform - the situation in Zimbabwe has appreciably worsened". Only a
few countries in the EU appear to have less serious problems with Zimbabwe
at a diplomatic level. France, whose ambassador Didier Ferrand left
recently, did not have any hitches in securing an agreement for its new top
diplomat, Michel Rambaud.

Meanwhile, press reports in Ethiopia say an estate agency has taken the
Zimbabwean diplomatic mission in Addis Ababa to court for failing to pay
rent. The Daily Monitor this week said the state-owned Agency for the
Administration of Rented Houses has sued the Zimbabwean embassy in absentia
at the Federal First Instance court in Addis Ababa last week and won. The
paper said despite the mission's diplomatic immunity the housing agency put
up a charge against the embassy claiming default of rent payments. The
agency is understood to be owed 14 880 birr (Z$9,2 million) by the
Zimbabwean embassy and has also complained about damage to its property. The
agency has been frantically trying to engage Zimbabwean ambassador to
Ethiopia Andrew Mtetwa. Foreign Affairs spokesperson Pavelyn Musaka said she
was unaware of the issue. "This is news to me," she said. "I will check with
the mission there. But we have been sending them reimbursements and we
thought the mission was up to date with their payments."
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From The Herald, 21 May

UNDP wasn't stopped from assessing food situation: Made

Harare - Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Cde Joseph Made
yesterday dismissed reports alleging that Government had stopped a United
Nations Development Programme team from assessing the food situation in the
country. "Those who are saying that the team was withdrawn from the field
should provide the evidence if they have it and I would like to be shown
that evidence," he said. Cde Made said this in response to a question by
Harare South MP Mr Gabriel Chaibva (MDC), who wanted to know why the
Government had stopped the UNDP team from assessing the food situation if
claims by the State that there was enough food were true. "I would like to
emphasise that it is the member country which conducts the food field
assessment and then gives its crop assessment and Zimbabwe has given its
final crop assessment figures," he said. The Government, Cde Made said, had
already made it clear that there would be enough food for the country this
season. Cde Made said the Government would never go back on the land reform
programme as this was being done lawfully. He said this in response to a
question by Mabvuku MP Mr Justin Mutendadzamera (MDC) who had asked why the
Government had acquired farms such as Kondozi Farm in Odzi in Manicaland
province. Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Cde Patrick
Chinamasa also dismissed reports alleging that some Zimbabweans were dying
of starvation. "It is a lie that some Zimbabweans are dying of starvation
and we have not been shown one Zimbabwean who has died out of starvation,"
he said. The minister said this in response to a question by Mufakose MP Ms
Paurina Mpariwa (MDC) who had asked why the Government had stopped the donor
community from assessing the food situation and alleged that some people
were starving to death.

Cde Chinamasa said it was clear that there were some organisations and
individuals that had been thriving on food aid and wanted to continue
ripping. "It is a lie that Zimbabweans are starving and the lie is intended
to please their masters. When the need for food aid arises again in the
future, we will engage those organisations," he said. Zimbabwe is expected
to produce 2,8 million tonnes of maize this season of which 1,2 millions are
expected to be delivered to the Grain Marketing Board. Cde Chinamasa said
there were currently about 5,6 million voters on the voter's roll and the
on-going voter registration exercise was meant to cater for those who had
not registered before. He said this in response to a question by Kuwadzana
MP Mr Nelson Chamisa (MDC), who had asked the minister to clarify the
position in regard to the voter registration. Cde Chinamasa dispelled
rumours alleging that the Delimitation Commission had been appointed, saying
it would only be appointed when there are major transfers of prospective
voters from one constituency to another. The minister said the resident
ministers who had been appointed in Harare and Bulawayo would deal with
governance issues such as drought relief and social services while the city
councils would concentrate on service delivery. "A city council has to work
with the Government of the day not like a misguided missile. We do not have
problems with the Bulawayo City Council but with the Harare City Council
because it thinks it is the Government of the day," Cde Chinamasa said. He
said this in response to a question by Nyanga MP Mr Leonard Chirowamhangu
who had asked why the Government had appointed resident ministers for Harare
and Bulawayo.
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From cricinfo, 22 May

South Africa unwilling to host second-string Zimbabwe

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Within a day of the scrapping of Zimbabwe's Test series against Australia
comes the news that South Africa might not be willing to play them either.
The South Africans are scheduled to play three one-dayers and two Tests at
home in February 2005, but Ray Mali, the president of the United Cricket
Board of South Africa, stated that they wouldn't host a second-string
Zimbabwe team. Agreeing with the decision to postpone the Australian series,
Mali said: "We would not like to play against a very inferior Zimbabwe team
and so we will be doing everything possible to assist them in the
development of a top-class side." Talking to Reuters, Mali stressed that the
South African board would continue to work with the ZCU in an effort to
resolve the crisis in Zimbabwe. "I have spent the last two weeks talking to
the Zimbabwe Cricket Union as the representative of our board and things
have turned out the way we wanted. But no cricket board can be held to
ransom and the issue with the rebel players must be resolved quickly."
Zimbabwe have played five Tests against South Africa so far, but only one of
them was an overseas game, at Bloemfontein in 1999-2000, when a
full-strength Zimbabwean team - inclusive of the Flower brothers, Murray
Goodwin and Neil Johnson - were thrashed by an innings and 13 runs. If the
tour to South Africa does happen, the plight of Tatenda Taibu and co. would,
one suspects, be much worse.
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18 May 2004


Lawyer Obstructed from Accessing MP Client

On 18 May 2004, an altercation allegedly took place in the Parliament of
Zimbabwe involving the Honourable MP for Chimanimani Constituency Roy
Bennet and Honourable Minister Patrick Chinamasa. The security and state
agents at Parliament thereafter detained Hon MP Roy Bennett. Reacting to
the Hon MP Roy Bennett's distress calls, lawyer Otto Saki proceeded to
Parliament where he demanded access to his client, the Hon MP Roy Bennet.
Initially the security and state agents refused to allow Mr. Otto Saki
access to his client professing ignorance about his whereabouts. It was
only after being made to wait for over 30 minutes at the Parliament
entrance that Mr. Saki was finally allowed access to the Parliament
building where Bennet remained detained. While Parliamentarians are
encouraged to behave in an exemplary manner and not to abuse Parliamentary
privileges, the incident between Hon P Chinamasa and Hon R Bennett should
be investigated in terms of the standing Parliamentary rules.

ZLHR is once again alarmed at the attitude of state agents to continue
refusing lawyers unimpeded access to their clients. The practice of refusal
to allow lawyers unimpeded access to their clients is complemented by a
persistent conduct on the part of the state to defy court orders that are
deemed to be unfavourable to the state. In the context of the general
conflict between the state and Roy Bennett, ZLHR is aware that the state
has defied no less than 6 court orders all effectively barring the state
from interfering with the farming activities at Charleswood Estate, the
farm belonging to the Bennett Brothers. A summary of the defied orders is
given below:

Defied Court Orders specific to Charleswood Estate
13 May 2004; High Court Judge, Justice Ben Hlatshwayo granted an order by
consent in terms of which the State was interdicted from interfering with
the business operations at Mawenje Lodge situated at Charleswood Estate.
This order was served on the relevant state organs but has been ignored by
the state to date.

3 May 2004; High Court Judge, Justice Guvava granted a provisional order
interdicting the state from interfering in any manner whatsoever with the
farming operations at Charleswood Estate. The state and all those in
unlawful occupation of the farm at the instance of the state were ordered
to forthwith vacate the farm and to allow employees of Charleswood Estate
that they had forcibly and without right ejected out of the farm to return
to their homes on the farm. This order was served on all the relevant state
organs cited such as the Provincial Governor of Manicaland Retired Major
General Mike Nyambuya, The Minister of State Security, The Minister of Home
Affairs, The Commissioner of Police and The Commander of the Zimbabwe
National Army. The order has regrettably been defied by the State.

25 February 2004;High Court Judge, Justice Karwi granted a provisional
order which provided that, Bennett Brothers Farming Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd
("Bennett Brothers") is given leave to remain and carry on its business on
Charleswood Estate; the state or its functionaries were interdicted from
interfering in any way with the farming and business operations of Bennett
Brothers on Charleswood Estate; the state functionaries or other persons
occupying the farm at the instance of the state were ordered to immediately
vacate the farm.  This order was served on the state but the state has
chosen to defy and disregard the court order.

18 November 2003; The Magistrates' court at Mutare, Manicaland issued a
provisional order against functionaries of the state led by Sergeant Nasho
and the Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA) to the following
effect; that the state functionaries were interdicted from setting foot or
entering upon Charleswood Estate; that the state functionaries were
interdicted from harassing or assaulting the employees of Charleswood
Estate; that the state functionaries were to vacate Charleswood Estate
forthwith failing which the messenger of court and the police were directed
to eject them; the state functionaries were further ordered to vacate and
restore the offices of Charleswood Estate to the Bennett Brothers.  This
order has also been defied by the state.

8 April 2003; High Court Judge, Justice Karwi granted an order by consent
which provided that, the state and its functionaries be interdicted from
threatening, abusing, intimidating, harassing assaulting or communicating
with the directors, employees and their family members of companies
belonging to the Honourable MP Roy Bennet, operating at Charleswood Estate;
and that the employees of Charleswood Estate and their families were
permitted and directed to return forthwith to their homes on, and continue
working for Charleswood Estate.  This order has also been ignored.

May 2002; The High Court Harare issued a provisional order that is still
standing that barred the state from acquiring Charleswood Estate. Needless
to say that such order has also been ignored and completely defied by the

Lawlessness and Defiance of Court Orders
Unfortunately the courts can only go so far in asserting the rights of
individuals. Once they make a pronouncement as to the correct legal
position, the responsibility to enforce the law immediately shifts to the
Executive organ of the state, it being the one that is in charge of the
state machinery. In enforcing court orders, the Executive complies with its
responsibility to ensure that citizens enjoy the right to the protection of
the law which right is provided for in our constitution and other
international instruments that the government has acceded to or signed and
ratified. A culture of defiance of court orders severely undermines the
judiciary and the justice delivery system and entrenches a culture of
impunity and lawlessness. ZLHR believes that there is a strong relationship
between the shameful episode that took place in Parliament and the defiance
of Court orders.


ZLHR recommends that:
1. The state immediately restores the rule of law and complies with all
judgments even if they may be unfavourable to the state.
2. The Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs be at the
forefront of defending the independence of the judiciary and to this extent
issues public statements in support of the judiciary in instances where the
judiciary gets targeted for persecution, harassment, assaults, defamation
and also in cases where the independence of the judiciary is being
undermined through such unworthy conduct as defiance of court orders. In
particular the Minister should cause investigations and possible
prosecution to be done in all cases where members of the judiciary and the
legal profession have been assaulted such as the case of Magistrate
Chikwanha who was beaten by known assailants (in August 2002) who still
roam the streets of Chipinge free.
The state should comply with the law if it needs to acquire Charleswood
Estate or any other property. There is no conceivable reason or any legal
justification for the state to operate outside the law in dealing with any
of its citizens notwithstanding their ethnic, racial, or tribal origin or
political inclination.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
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JAG would like to remind all Commercial Farmers that the Quinnell Case is
scheduled to be heard in the Supreme Court this coming week (Thursday 27th
May 2004.)  Senior Council Trengrove will be arriving in the country ahead
of this date and will be in consultation with Senior Advocate Chris
Anderson, JAG Trustees and Farmers with a view to fine tuning and putting
the final touches to this extremely important constitutional test case


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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.


It is better to discuss things, to argue and engage in polemics than make
perfidious plans of mutual destruction.

Mikhail S. Gorbachev


Letter 1.  Subject: Re: JAG Open Letters Forum 18th May 2004 OLF 268

Dear friends at JAG,
Just thought you would like to read the following. Start from the bottom.

On discovering that this company was dealing with your illegal regime, a
tentative enquiry was sent to Senry about their dealings. The response at
the bottom is your starting point. The next message up the ladder is the
response to Sentry and the next one up is a letter sent to a subscription
list of approx 30,000 subscribers. If 10% of that subscriber list writes to
Sentry, it's going to clog them - I s'pose. As Mr Frizzell wisely suggested
letter writing, how about you consider using this as a trial first run.
Please would you all consider writing to this Mr Kirk Heaton (E-mail giving him your thoughts about how you feel
about his secret deal with supplying +/- 900 tonnes of grain which could be
used to subvert democracy and be used as a political weapon by this regime.
Please give this one your best shot.
There will be more requests like this in the near future
God bless Zimbabwe

My friends

As you know, I sometimes write about matters close to my heart! South
Africa's neighbour, Zimbabwe, has turned down a major offer of food from
the United Nations and even kicked out a UN group trying to investigate how
critical the food shortage is there. It is estimated that well over 7
million people are on the verge of starvation. Famine stalks that country
that was known, until a few years ago, as the breadbasket of Africa.

Now that the aging megalomanic and despotic president, Mugabe, tries to
hang desperately onto power, he wants no-one to see what he's up to and he
wants to use food as a weapon to retain power while members of the ruling
party beat the opposition into submission through arrests, torture, raping,
burning and plundering.

It has come to my attention that a secret deal has been made with an
international American company, Sentry International Corporation, and you
may care to voice your disapproval.


Myke Ashley-Cooper

PS Please don't hesitate to forward this to as many people as you may think
will react to this.

----- Original Message -----
From: Myke Ashley-Cooper
To: Kirk Heaton
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 8:08 AM
Subject: Re: Sentry International
Hope that you are really proud of your association with Zimbabwe!
I suggest that you check this country out just a little better than you
have done.
It has a megalomaniac president and government that are torturing,
murdering, raping and wiping out the opposition.
What was the breadbasket of Africa is now a pathetic, starving nation but
conglomerates like yours are doing nothing to help that situation in the
"pursuit of business" (sic)!
As your answer is so disgraceful, I will pass it on to everyone I can.
Isn't greed a sad indictment of humanity?

Michel D Ashley-Cooper in South Africa
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Kirk Heaton
  Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 12:39 AM
  Subject: Sentry International
  Dear Ms. Cooper: in response to your email I can provide the following

  Since 1999, Sentry International ("Sentry") has been involved with
various business ventures in Africa, including transactions with companies
in the Republic of Zimbabwe.  All of Sentry's activities in Africa (and
other parts of the world) have been and will always be conducted in a
professional manner and in full compliance with all rules and regulations
applicable to Sentry.

  Among other business pursuits, Sentry has entered into agreements with
private companies in Zimbabwe, pursuant to which Sentry collaborates with
other international companies to import grain into the country of Zimbabwe.
Like most businesses, the specifics of Sentry's agreements with other
parties are confidential and, therefore, are not disclosed to third

Sentry's pursuit of business in various countries throughout the world does
not constitute the support or condemnation of the policies of the
governments of those countries.

  Kirk Heaton
  Executive Vice President & General Counsel

  Phone: (801) 303-1105
  Fax: (801) 303-8105
Letter 2.  JAG Open Letters Forum 18th May 2004 - OLF 268

This is not really about Agriculture but knowing that your list of readers
is large and springs from all walks of life this may be of interest.

I have the responsibility to run a large business that is an integral part
of most exporting activities in Zimbabwe. We depend on imported technology
and goods and so when forex began to run out in 2002 the challenge we faced
was how to continue. Import substitution was not an option, nor really was
closure of the business so an alternative was found in the parallel market.
That this was a baited trap is obvious in hindsight; at the time it seemed
we were all being pushed in that direction by deliberate, but unstated,
government policy. We succumbed and broke the exchange control regulations,
but kept our business and a number of exporting concerns viably operating.

In December last year Gono made it clear that this was a bad thing so we
stopped and have struggled on since then using the auction but with patchy
success. However that is not the point of this story. Last Friday I along
with another executive and lower level employee were picked up by Reserve
Bank. They handed us on to CID who in turn had us locked up for the weekend
in a Harare prison. CID were puzzled as to why they had to lock us up but
the instruction came from "high up".

As the company was the offender and all the files and documents that they
wanted they already had and we stated that we were happy to cooperate I was
unsure as to why it was necessary to incarcerate us individuals but I am
sure your farmer subscribers will understand the logic of this sequence of
actions. I suppose every story of jail time is the same so I won't bore
your readers with it, but to each individual it is unique in its
unpleasantness and for our loved ones who are helpless on the outside, a
hugely stressful experience.

By Monday mid-day we had been processed and released after almost no
interrogation, the case having being assembled from documentary evidence. I
am told we will have to pay a huge fine which we will find very difficult
as our financial resources are largely tied up in advances to our customers
who are finding it hard to stay afloat on the income they get from the
auction rate but that is a different problem.

In closing I would like to offer these thoughts. The prosecution seems to
be a random thing, but I was informed that every business will eventually
be caught in the net. Whistleblowers are the primary source at the moment,
what they don't realise is no bounty will be paid as that only applies to
people who make possible the entrapment of folk actually in the act of
buying forex in a cash form ! The whistleblowers need to read the small
print apparently.

Prison is an unpleasant place made more so by the fact that you are only
allowed to go inside with two items of clothing. I would recommend that you
have a little pack with you at all times containing a sweatshirt with a
hood and a pair of trousers with leg extensions that can be dropped and
secured to cover your feet. Padding at the hips and knees sewn into the
trousers will make sleeping on the cold hard concrete floor a bit easier.
When you are being processed into the cells you will be able to change into
these clothes. A small wad of toilet paper and a handkerchief are also a
good idea.

Remember that your watch, phone, rings, copper bracelets etc. will be taken
away and whilst they will not be stolen they will be paraded for the
amazement of the officers and men at the police station and any visitors
who may need to be impressed by the wealth of those inside.

You are allowed to have food delivered by relatives/friends my advice would
be to keep the food intake to a minimum as the loo is only flushed in the
morning by means of a bucket of water and poo-ing just before this is the
best time. The smell of urine is pervasive and you never seem to acclimate
but the cell-mates at my place of incarceration were fastidious in keeping
the loo surrounds clear of any splash and a cover of floor mat was kept in
place when not in use to keep the smell down.

There were an average of 17 inmates in our 4m by 5m cell rising to a peak
of 20. There were about 10 blankets and four sleeping mats so sharing was
the order of the day. We experienced no hostility at all either from
inmates or officials but a better knowledge of Shona would have made my
stay more interesting.

Knowledge is power



Letter 3.

message: I sincerely believe that Zimbabweans both in and out of the coutry
must use whatever platform they can to get the word out -

CRICKET - a symbol of everything colonial, historical, a game which breeds
dignity, patience, integrity and fair play has become an unwitting pawn in
the wholse sad tale that has become Zimbabwe.

For years now I have 'beating my drum' about the Zimbabwean Situation and
many recounts and tales have fallen on deaf ears, tales of rape and
mutilation and torture have produced no more that 'tsk tsk - terrible'.

Now the same words are able to describe what the Zimbabwean Government have
done to Cricket -

I remind people that this is reality of daily life in Zim - not just sport,
but Homes, Farms, Businesses, Hospitals, Industry and Schools.

Looks of amazement and horror now appear to dawn on faces of those who
years ago said "tsk tsk - terrible - what's the score in the rugby match?"

If a game of Cricket is what it takes to put Zimbabwe on the map and bring
its' dictators to justice - HOWZAT!!

You're out and the 3rd Umpire will show them the red light to walk.
Pam Crowther

Letter 4.  Subject: Murder

Dear Editor,

Please could this letter be forwarded to Zimbabwe Republic Police
spokeperson Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena at PGHQ, Harare, for
comment on the progress of the investigation into the murder of the late
David Stevens and the late Julius Andoche.

The two deceased were abducted by so called War Veterans from his Zimbabwe
Republic Police station in Murehwa on April, 15th 2000 and were taken away
and executed. It is now over four years since the murders.

There are a number of International Human Rights organisations that would
like to share this information with you, as well as the possible motive for
the simultaneous murder of a white commercial farmer with his presumably
black foreman. The Human Rights Organisations should not be concerned with
the colour of the victims, but the murder of two races simultaneously would
tend to rule out a racial motive. I look forward to Ass. Comm. Bvudzijena's
professional and comprehensive report for international consumption.

Biographer Abroad.

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 20th May 2004

Please send any job opportunities for publication in this newsletter to:
JAG Job Opportunities <>

1.  Advert Received 18th May 2004

Responsible for:-
        monthly management accounts (Pastel)
        Revenue control
        Debtors/Creditors control
        Statutory Returns
        Stock take reviews
Reply: G Dickens.  Tel 707522-7 Fax 707844

2.  Advert Received 18th May 2004
P.O.BOX 117
(023 516 276)
(0758 2744)

REF: Application for a job as a Farm Manager:

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am a young man aged twenty-three currently undertaking a diploma in
agriculture at Blackfordby Agricultural Institute. I will be graduating on
the 10th of June this year and it is in this capacity that I respond for
the above post.

During my two years I have been offered a comprehensive package of
commercial farming and greatly endeavor to explore my accelerated knowledge
in agriculture. I also underwent a comprehensive study of horticultural
crops including Roses

I also was understudy on a college attachment on a rose enterprise for
three months on a 12ha project under John Sole Pvt Ltd in Glendale where I
learnt a lot in as far as propagation is concerned. I refer you to them on
the above address to the rose productions manager Brain (0758-21267).

During the two year programme the college offers greater bias to tobacco
offering a full year programme on tobacco from seedbed to marketing of the
For more information on my character and conduct, academic performance feel
free to contact my college director Mr. D. Baxter on (075 2532/3. My
contact number is 023 516 276.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon forward to hearing from you

Yours Faithfully.

Bernard Mudhe

3.  Advert Received 20th May 2004





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      Streak makes England plea

      Sacked former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has urged England and all
Test teams to boycott his country until the player crisis is resolved.

      Streak is at the centre of a dispute over selection which saw 15
players fired by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union.

      England are under pressure to pull out of their October tour in a
moral protest against Robert Mugabe's regime.

      Streak told BBC's Test Match Special: "If England come it would
suggest they agree with what is going on."

           Test Match Special

      He added: "I don't think any country should be coming to play cricket
in Zimbabwe until they have fixed the problem, whether it be England,
Australia or Bangladesh."

      If the row carried on in the coming months it would provide England
with a plausible reason to not tour.

      But International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani was confident
it would be resolved by then.

           England tour 'unaffected'

      South Africa have gone on record as saying they would not be prepared
to host Zimbabwe next year if the two parties were still warring.

      Zimbabwe's Test series against Australia was scrapped on Friday, one
day before the first match was due to start.

      It was agreed the one-day series would go ahead, but the players in
the dispute were not considered and sacked by the ZCU.

      The rebels have turned to the ICC to resolve the dispute, and the
ruling body is currently making a legal assessment of whether it is able to
answer the request.
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Woman who risked her life for kids says she would do it again

A WOMAN who was jailed after risking her own life to bring children into
Britain from war-torn Zimbabwe has said that, if necessary, she would repeat
her actions.

Elizabeth Kalonga (right), 33, of St Michael's Crescent, Luton, was sent
down for ten months last October after pleading guilty to using a forged
passport and unlawful immigration.

We told last week, however, how her sentence had been cut to eight months on
appeal and that she had been freed immediately because she had already
served half of it.

The married mother-of-three brought the four youngsters into this country
for their mother - a student friend who she was living with at the time who
had just been given asylum.

Zimbabwean born Mrs Kalonga, who faced possible arrest in Zimbabwe as she
too had escaped the country claiming persecution, decided to risk her own
life to return after finding out that one of her friend's children had died.

Taking up the story she said: "My friend was in a terrible state, crying all
day and night because one of her babies had died and she wanted to be with
the others.

"She was waiting for clearance from immigration to bring the children over,
but it was taking too long.

"I flew out there to check on them and found them living in poverty, with no
shoes, no food and no mother.

"I came home and we talked about it and I agreed to fly back out to see what
I could do and spoke to the Zimbabwe High Commission."


Mrs Kalonga claims the powers-that-be put the children's names on her
passport although UK officials believe she tampered with the document

She added: "When we landed at Heathrow I told immigration that they weren't
my children and explained what had happened. But they took me to one side,
interrogated me, arrested me and before I knew it I was in court and jailed.
It happened so quickly, I was in shock."

Mrs Kalonga, who still has to wear a tag as she has been released on parole,
added: "My main concern when I was in jail was what had happened to the
children. I have since found out that they are with their mother and have
been given asylum in Nottingham.

"I am told they are happy and are going to school. They have enough to eat
and shoes on their feet. It makes what I did and going to jail worth it. I
would do it again in the same circumstances."
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Sydney Morning Herald

ICC failing numbers game over Zimbabwe
By Peter Roebuck
May 23, 2004
The Sun-Herald

Nothing has been resolved in Zimbabwean cricket. No progress has been made.
By cancelling its meeting after the abandonment of the Test matches, the ICC
indicated it was satisfied with the state of affairs prevailing in that
country. Zimbabwean officials were let off the hook without having to make a
promise of any sort.
ICC head Malcolm Speed has spoken with axed Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak
and is familiar with the issues involved. Accordingly, the game's governing
body did not need to ease the pressure on the Zimbabwe Cricket Union at this
critical moment.

Evidently the ICC's sole concern has been the integrity of Test cricket.
Once again cricket's obsession with statistics has led it up the garden
path. The point of the dispute is not the legitimacy of the Zimbabwe side or
the value of the runs scored against it. The bona fides of the ZCU are under

Peter Chingoka and his cronies have won a great victory. Malign forces at
the ZCU can continue their malpractices unchecked. About the only hope is
that, presented with its own mortality, the ZCU will come to its senses.

Only cricket works itself into such a lather over statistics. Of course it
is ridiculous that inexperienced shavers have been elevated to the status of
Test cricketers. Of course it is demeaning that runs and wickets can be
easier to gather than in a public park.
A fortnight ago, Kumar Sangakarra and Marvan Atapattu scored Test
double-centuries with the ease of children plucking apples from a tree. But
does anyone really care?

Test cricket has a checkered past. Don Bradman scored runs against weakened
Indian teams led by incompetent gentlemen. SF Barnes scythed down South
African teams that could hardly hold a bat. Some odd fellows represented
Australia during the Packer years. We are living in an age of soporific
pitches and huge scores. Brian Lara has just hit 400.

Test cricket has never been as pure as traditionalists imagine. In recent
times matches have been fixed yet no attempt made to remove them from the
books. Figures are not the issue.

Cricket has been given a chance to break the tyranny of the statisticians.
It is starting to happen. Everyone knows that Rahul Dravid produced the best
batting of last summer. No-one dwells on Australia's previous matches
against a full-strength Zimbabwe.

The dispute with the ZCU was caused by its racist policies. Zimbabwe has no
reserve strength because white players like the leg spinners Strang, Huckle
and Murphy have been driven away. Dark deeds have been done in the name of

The ICC has ignored this and concentrated on the reputation of Test cricket.
Otherwise it could not have allowed matches to take place next week without
extracting some promise about future governance. Doubtless officials wanted
to stay on the sidelines in the hope that a compromise might be found. But
the ZCU has been taken over by men with agendas. Streak and company might
return but it will not last.

Australia's willingness to stay behind for one-day matches shows that
Cricket Australia is also reluctant to take sides. But this is an issue that
goes to the core of the game. Doubtless the ZCU needed the money from
television contracts to pay its bills. Since it is already bankrupt in every
other way the finances hardly matter. By the way, those seeking illumination
from the television commentators will have a long wait.

Cricket cannot duck this issue. The ICC must keep the heat on the ZCU.
Chingoka and company must be reminded that prejudice has no place in this
game. Cricket has survived dictators, wars and terrorists but it cannot turn
a blind eye to the traitor in its own ranks.
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Speed calls for Harare delay May 22 2004

      By The Journal

      International Cricket Council chief executive Malcolm Speed
recommended yesterday that England delay a decision over their autumn tour
of Zimbabwe until after next month's ICC meeting.

      The postponement of Zimbabwe's two-Test series against Australia
earlier yesterday has placed England's trip to the troubled African nation
in further doubt.

      The England and Wales Cricket Board are due to meet on June 8 to
discuss the future of a tour which has been heavily criticised by opponents
of Robert Mugabe's despotic regime.

      But Speed suggests the ECB halt their discussions until the end of
June when the ICC are scheduled to hold a series of meetings with the
Zimbabwe issue at the top of the agenda.

      "The ECB are better off waiting to see what happens when we meet next
month before making a decision," Speed said.

      "The debate over whether England should complete this tour began very
early and there were always going to be many twists and turns."

      It has been suggested that the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwean cricket
could lead to a suspension from the international game but Speed insisted
that such a drastic course of action was not under consideration.

      He also played down fears of England being hit with the same
punishment should they decide not to proceed with the tour to Zimbabwe.

      "The suggestions of a year's ban for England popped up some time ago,"
he said.

      "Suspension of a Test-playing nation can only occur if a majority of
ICC directors vote for it - we're not even close to that.

      "No-one is contemplating England's suspension. Any country can be
suspended if they're in breach of regulations but suspension for England or
Zimbabwe is not an idea on the ICC's agenda."

      It had been expected that an ICC vote would be instigated after a
lunchtime teleconference was called to discuss whether the matches between
Zimbabwe and Australia should be accorded Test status.

      The Zimbabwe Cricket Union, however, decided overnight to act and
offer to defer the Test series as previously suggested by the ICC. Zimbabwe,
having lost 15 players due to a dispute between them and the board, were
heavily beaten in their recent Test series against Sri Lanka.

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Times of India

Blame it on ICC

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2004 12:36:13 AM ]

The crisis in Zimbabwe cricket should never have been allowed to fester this
long. The ICC has been lax and senior administrators all over the cricket
world callous. Matters have been spinning out of control for more than 15
months, everybody knew that what was happening, but nobody did anything. By
the time the ICC was provoked into decisive action, Zimbabwe cricket was in
a shambles, and the sport itself had been considerably shamed.

At one level, the hard approach of the Robert Mugabe regime is
understandable. Zimbabwe , like South Africa , lived under the sinister
clouds of racism for decades. Apartheid was a blot on human society, and
release from such an oppressive system was always likely to have
repercussions, some of them not always the most logical.

Promoting native values and talent was a stated objective of governments
that overthrew racist regimes and is to be lauded. Sport, because it has
mass appeal and glamour, is often used to showcase political thought. That
this must be done in a level, not bull-headed manner is, of course, the

In that sense the cancellation of Zimbabwe 's Test series against Australia
is to be supported. It would have reduced the game to a farce. Sporting
conflict demands some kind of parity between the adversaries to make it
enjoyable and credible. You can't match a pea-shooter against a sten gun.

That said, it is important for the cricketing fraternity to keep Zimbabwe 's
links with cricket alive. The player base in Zimbabwe is very low. Cricket
needs to be promoted extensively and the ICC perhaps needs to step in now
with a scheme that involves former and current players from other countries
to assist in this.
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