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Army put on alert as fears of civil unrest mount
Tue 24 May 2005

HARARE - Zimbabwe has put the army and police on high alert as
deepening economic and social hardships push public anger to dangerous
levels, ZimOnline has learnt.

Intelligence sources said an ongoing police crackdown against informal
traders - the majority of Zimbabweans now depend on petty and informal trade
for survival - had raised fears in government security departments of a
possible spontaneous backlash by irate citizens.

To preempt the possible protests, the government last week increased
the number of armed police officers on patrol in the capital, Harare, where
the campaign against informal traders has been severest.

Roadblocks manned by heavily armed soldiers and police have been set
up on all major roads leading into Harare city centre. Passengers and
motorists are first thoroughly searched for dangerous weapons that could be
used to commit public violence, before they can be allowed to proceed into
the city centre.

Police have also set up makeshift camps in the city's low income
suburbs such as Highfield, Glen View and Dzivarasekwa known to be
strongholds of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)

State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa, whose ministry advised the
government of the increasing risk of spontaneous mass protests, refused to
take questions on the matter saying he could not discuss security matters
with the Press. "I cannot comment on security issues," said Mutasa, before
switching off his mobile phone.

But the sources said the operation to ensure "containment" of any mass
uprising, which has so far focused mainly on Harare, will spread in the
coming weeks to other cities such as Bulawayo, Mutare and Gweru to ensure
the government is not caught unawares should rising public anger boil over.

They said the ongoing "clean-up" operation in Harare that has seen the
police forcing thousands of people and informal traders out of the city's
central business district while public commuter buses were banned from
dropping passengers in the city centre, was all part of a plan to reduce
congestion in the city and ensure any violence can be easily dealt with.

"The operation is meant to reduce the number of people in the central
business district so that if violence erupts, it would be easy to contain,"
said a senior state intelligence officer, who is part of the team
co-ordinating the clean-up operation.

President Robert Mugabe and his ruling ZANU PF party have become
increasingly paranoid fearing civil unrest in the wake of biting shortages
of fuel, electricity, food and other basic survival commodities that
escalated days after their controversial victory in a general election last

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai accused Mugabe at the weekend of trying
to provoke conditions for declaring a State of Emergency, which would give
him unlimited powers of detention, seizure and censorship. - ZimOnline
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Zim Online

Central bank chief threatens to shut down hotels over forex remittances
Tue 24 May 2005
HARARE - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono has threatened to
close down some of the country's biggest hotels for allegedly failing to
remit to the central bank hard cash earned from foreign guests.

Addressing business leaders at the weekend, Gono vowed to force the
closure of some hotel and tourism ventures the same way he shut down several
banks and other financial institutions since 2003 for illegally dealing in
foreign currency and other unethical practices.

"We did it with the financial sector and we will not hesitate to do it
with the tourism industry," the all powerful central bank chief said. He
added: "We will not hesitate to close down two or three five star hotels, up
until the sector complies with regulations."

Gono, who used to be President Robert Mugabe's personal banker when he
was still chief executive officer of the partly state-owned Commercial Bank
of Zimbabwe, now Jewel Bank, is one of the Zimbabwean president's closest
and most powerful advisers.

He is tasked to raise hard cash for fuel and other key imports and to
also lead government efforts to revive Zimbabwe's comatose economy. Gono's
word is often regarded as Mugabe's command.

Zimbabwe Council of Tourism president, Paul Matamisa, clearly
unsettled by Gono's threats attempted to plead with the central bank chief
saying a number of the foreign visitors that come into the country opt to
stay with friends or at unregistered hotels and lodges and the industry
could not account for whatever hard cash earned from these.

Matamisa said: "Some of the visitors would be in transit, and either
stay with friends or relatives whilst others would be booked at unregistered
places. This is (the) problem."

But a stern Gono would have none of it insisting that according to
government statistics, 400 000 foreigners visited the country in the first
quarter of the year and the hotel and tourism industry should have remitted
close to US$200 million.

"Statistics show us that there were about 400 000 visitors who came
into the country during the first quarter, but instead of the hoteliers
remitting close to US$200 million they declared less than $50 million," he

Zimbabwe's tourism sector, one of the country's fastest growing
sectors a few years ago, is in the doldrums as foreign tourists shun the
country because of lawlessness, human rights violations and political

Unlike the banking sector that was able to survive the closure of more
than nine commercial banks and other financial services firms by Gono, the
closure of any major hotel could trigger the total collapse of the
hospitality and tourism industry. - ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Firm continues building ex-minister's mansion in Cape Town
Tue 24 May 2005
HARARE - A South African property firm says it has continued developing a
mansion in Cape Town for former Zimbabwe finance minister, Chris Kuruneri,
now standing trial for illegally purchasing properties abroad.

An official of the firm, Venture Projects and Associates, yesterday
told the Harare High Court that the company's dealings with Kuruneri were
above board and that the firm would continue building the seaside mansion
until it was shown evidence to prove it was illegal to build the house.

The official, Brian John Gelling, said when news of Kuruneri's
property dealings first surfaced in the South African Press his partner,
Christopher Haeyman, carried out investigations to establish whether the
property development contract with the former Zimbabwe government official
was within the law.

"He (Haeyman) was satisfied that there was nothing wrong with what we
were doing therefore did not terminate the contract . . . as a result he has
continued to honour his mandate until evidence to the contrary emerges,"
said Gelling under cross-examination by defence lawyer, Jonathan Samkange.
Gelling, who was in Harare as a state witness also told the court that
under South African Reserve Bank regulations, his firm was permitted to hold
large sums of client's money in hard cash but for a limited period.

Earlier on Saturday, the court heard that Kuruneri pitched up in Cape
Town with a briefcase stashed with close to US$500 000 which he used to buy
the property and a car.

Kuruneri is on trial for allegedly externalising millions of dollars
in hard cash in breach of Zimbabwe's foreign exchange regulations.

The former finance minister, who has pleaded guilty to another charge
of illegally possessing a Canadian passport in violation of Zimbabwe's
Citizenship Act, is denying he siphoned money outside the country saying the
funds he took to South Africa were free funds earned from consultancy work
he did outside Zimbabwe.

The case has also sucked in Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon
Gono with Kuruneri arguing it was Gono who personally approved the transfer
of some of the money to South Africa, when he was still chief executive
officer of the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe.

Gono is expected to testify as a state witness in the case against
Kuruneri, in jail since being arrested in April 2004 under a drive by
President Robert Mugabe to stamp out corruption. - ZimOnline

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Air Zim in trouble over Dubai trip

Shame Makoshori
issue date :2005-May-24

. . . flight was criminal, says Kaseke

THE history-making Air Zimbabwe maiden flight to Dubai two weeks ago could
have sucked between $430 and $650 million out of the troubled airline's
drying coffers in airspace charges, handling fees, staff allowances and
other overheads, The Daily Mirror can reveal.
In a development that has sent shock waves in international aviation
records, Air Zimbabwe reportedly cruised more than 6 000 km between Dubai
and Harare with one passenger, courting the ire of the government.
Transport and Communications Permanent Secretary Karikoga Kaseke declared in
an interview yesterday that government would institute thorough
investigations into the issue of the futile flight and disciplinary measures
would be taken if required.
"To me that is criminal; we will set up an investigating team to get the
facts on what exactly transpired. As a ministry we will not sit down and
watch such a strategic company running down," said Kaseke whose ministry
recently handed over to Air Zimbabwe two MA60 planes from China in an effort
to revive the airliner.
"We have a situation where the Reserve Bank governor has gone out of his way
to help the parastatals. Air Zimbabwe was the biggest beneficiary of the
Productive Sector Funds (PSF), with $1.1 trillion, and we were just starting
the turnaround.
"So he (Gideon Gono) should not be taken as Father Christmas who dishes out
presents generously. Any turnaround programme, no matter how good, will not
be successful if it is poorly implemented. We will surely take steps to
correct the situation at Air Zimbabwe and make sure it is a viable
A former chief executive officer (CEO) with the Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA), Kaseke added that he estimated the cost of
the Boeing 737 flight at between US$60 000 and US$70 000.
This translates to about Z$434 million using the benchmark of US$1 to
Z$6 200 at the official exchange rate, and Z$650 million at the $9 000:
Diaspora rate.
Last week, impeccable sources at the beleaguered Air Zimbabwe said to
break even, the 205-seater Boeing 737 airliner requires 60 percent of
passenger capacity.
Effectively, about 120 passengers are needed to break even.
However, the highly placed sources claimed that it was Air Zimbabwe's CEO
Tendai Mahachi who gave the green light for the plane to take off with only
49 passengers on board.
The plane then returned from Dubai with only one passenger.
The sources said the flight was hurriedly organised without proper
"We never recovered even 10 percent of the costs of flying the aircraft.
What is happening at this airline is a clear example of mediocre planning
while at the same time claiming to be turning the airline's fortunes
around," the sources
"The world over, the procedure is that before a flight is launched, it is
preceded by extensive marketing to appraise the market.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Deadline looms for city hotels

Business Reporter
issue date :2005-May-24

THE Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) says there will no backing down on
demands that two major hotels in Harare improve their standards or face an
imminent chop of their rating.
Diversified industrial concern, TA Holding runs the four star Jameson Hotel
while Zimsun Leisure Group runs the Crown Plaza Monomotapa.
The two are among several hotels that have been given strong warnings to
revamp or face the docking of one star each in the next 30 days, if they
In an exclusive interview with The Business Mirror on Friday last week, ZTA
chairman, Emmanuel Fundira said local hotels had been abusing clients for
too long and the government felt it was time to act and save the tourism
"We have given them up to the end of June. We did not want to instantly chop
down the stars because that would send a wrong signal to the market that the
situation in Zimbabwe's hotels has deteriorated".
"We understood that under the current economic situation it is difficult for
hotels to carry out extensive refurbishment programmes due to depleted
arrivals. But if we leave them in that state, we will compromise
international ratings and destroy the industry," Fundira said.
He added that a client from a five star hotel anywhere should enjoy similar
hospitality at five star hotels in Zimbabwe.
Investigations by The Business Mirror revealed that some hotels rent
properties from other companies and the companies are refusing to comply
with the industry's demands to refurbish after every five years.
Sources close to TA say the Local Authority Pension Fund (LAPF) owns the
building but the hospitality group has encountered stiff resistance from the
owners to refurbish the property.
Two years ago, Zimsun weaned off property arm, Dawn Properties to separately
run all buildings while Zimsun concentrates on core business.
Early this year, the company's chief executive officer Shingi Munyeza told a
media briefing that the group had been forced to close some wings in hotels
to cut down on costs due to ballooning overheads.
This newspaper also understands that a team from the ZTA has been inspecting
hotels in recent weeks.
Although some hotels have been upgrading their facilities, officials said
there is no guarantee that ratings will remain at the current levels.
The situation in most hotels has severely deteriorated with dirty carpets,
peeling walls, poor heating and cooling systems and torn linen in use.
The situation is however different for facilities in the major tourist
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The Herald

Banks increase lending rates

Business Reporter
COMMERCIAL banks have begun to increase minimum lending rates in response to
last week's announcement of a new interest rate regime by the Reserve Bank
of Zimbabwe.

This is the first time in more than 15 months that minimum lending rates
have been increased as they have been on a tumble since the announcement of
the 2004 monetary policy statement.

A continued fall since last year saw minimum lending rates dropping from
more than 300 percent to between 115 percent and 130 percent.

RBZ last week unveiled a new rate regime where accommodation rates were
hiked to 160 percent for secured lending and 170 percent for unsecured

It had been foreseen that with the new rate regime, financial institutions
would respond and increase their minimum lending rates.

Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe has so far been the only one that has announced
that it has increased the minimum lending rates to 180 percent.

"Following the recent monetary policy review, we will be increasing our
minimum lending rate to 180 percent per annum with effect from Monday, May
23, 2005. Deposit rates will also be reviewed in line with market
conditions," said Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe in a statement.

Other commercial banks said they would soon review the minimum lending rates
as the new rate regime has made it inevitable not to do so.

An increase means borrowing will become more expensive especially for the
manufacturing industry that does not export.

However, the central bank has also cushioned the exporters as the
export-oriented manufacturing firms will benefit from the new productive
sector support measures unlike those who produce for domestic consumption.

Exporting companies, in principle, will enjoy privileges even better than
those they were getting under PSF as the governor announced that he had
earmarked several billions of dollars under which export oriented firms
would borrow at a special interest rate of 5 percent per annum.

The rise in interest rates means inflation will follow up in the long-term
but demand for money will fall in the long term, and the development would
certainly result in less borrowing for non-productive purposes and accrue
back to inflation reduction objectives.
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Preliminary Notice to Compulsorily Acquired Land

Notice is hereby given, in terms of subsection 1 of section 5 of the land
Acquisition act chapter 20;10 that the President intends to acquire
compulsorily the land described in the schedule for resettlement purposes.

A plan of the land is available for inspection at the following offices of
the ministry of state responsible for lands,land reform and resettlement
between 8am and 4pm from Monday to Friday other than on a public holiday on
or before the 20th of June 2005

a)Block 2 Makombe Complex crn Harare Street and Herbert Chitepo,Harare
b) Ministry of Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement,,Cf 119, Government
composite block,Robert Mugabe Way,Muture.
c) Ministry of lands,Land Reform and Resettlement,4th Floor ,Block h,office
146,Mhlahlandlela Government Complex,Bulawayo.
d)Ministry of Lands, Lland Reform and Resettlement, M W Building,corner
park,Link street,Chinhovi.
e)Ministry of lLands, Land and Reform and Resettlement.1st floor, Founders
House ,The Green Marondera;
f)Ministry of Lands.Land reforms and Resettlement,19 Hellet
g) Ministery of lands,land reform and resettlement,Exchange Building,Main
h)ministry of lands,land reform and resettlement,Mtshabezi Building,First
Floor,office f20 Gwanda;
i)Ministry of Lands,Land reform and resettlement,Ndodahondo

any owners of occupier of any other person who has an interest and right in
the said land.and who wishes to object to the proposed compulsort
acquisition , may lodge the same in writing,with the minister of state
Responsible for lands,land reform and resettlement,private bag 7779,
Causeway, Harare,on or before the 20th of June 2005.
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1 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 1709/63 Allen Vernon Schaller chillmanzi
Sable Flat Rhodesdale 1 058,2548ha
2 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 8106/87 W.N.B.Private Ltd chillmanzi
Subdivision H Rhodesdale 325,5900ha
3 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 4148/83 A V SCHALLER chillmanzi Subdivision
k Rhodesdale 370,4019ha
4 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 4245/67 H A Smith chillmanzi Subdivison m
Rhodesdale 1 351,5300ha
5 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 4148/83 A V SCHALLER chillmanzi Subdivison
L Rhodesdale 380,3875HA
6 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 5942/95 G V Purcell Golpin chillmanzi
Busgy Park Subd A Rhodesdale 2 4981,6247ha
7 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 5721/88 David Bruce Clark chillmanzi Sweet
Water 2 602,1689ha
8 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 3844/87 Agicor Farming chillmanzi Rose 3
9 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 2239/98 Morvale Estate(prv) ltd chillmanzi
Hillview 1 251,1000ha
10 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 2311/57 J W Meurs chillmanzi Lot 1 of
Lalapanzi 175,0835morgen
11 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 7195/19 Willoughbts Consolidated co pr
chillmanzi Subdivison A Iron Mine Hill 9,4260morgen
12 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 2411/50 Willoughbts Consolidated co pr
chillmanzi Ortons Drift 250,0000morgen
13 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 4847/83 Binga Estates Private Ltd
chillmanzi Palgrave 1 600,8600ha
14 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 4847/83 Binga Estates Private Ltd
chillmanzi Uamvar Estate 1 742,5600ha
15 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 1660/65 B Hallam chillmanzi Subdivision A
of Lovedale 1 587,2900ha
16 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 470/80 Michael Francis Mee chillmanzi
Subdivision A of Bultfontein 481,4900ha
17 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 6523/86 Michael Francis Mee chillmanzi
Subdivision B of Bultfontein 467,7900ha
18 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 1054/80 T G Harrison chillmanzi
Nooitgedacht 488,0800ha
19 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 3756/87 Binga Estates Private Ltd
chillmanzi Lot 1A Moolplaats Estate 647,4800ha
20 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 3372/90 Shinghai Holdings(prv) Ltd
chillmanzi Walden 1 205,4100ha
21 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 7519 David Johannes Du plooy chillmanzi
Palmeifontein 1 100,0000morgen
22 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 1711/62 David Johannes Du plooy chillmanzi
Lot 1 of Palmeifontein 904,0173acres
23 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 5965/94 F J Nel (pvt) ltd chillmanzi
Orangia 1 755,8600ha
24 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 3794/77 O.W Nielsen chillmanzi Lot B of
Fairfueld 813,0900ha
25 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 1566/84 David Alan Coventry chillmanzi
Grootfontein 1 048,6422ha
26 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 3972/84 J E Erasmus chillmanzi Finale
27 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 3029/74 Lbergesen chillmanzi Primrose
28 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 27/31 W R Selmon chillmanzi A of Manzi
29 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 6585/99 Landprep Pvt Ltd Chipinga The
Morgenson of Avontuur 340,6416ha
30 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 4627/89 Jonty Prv Ltd Chipinga Homefield
31 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 591/68 E H Wilkinson Gwelo Springvale 1
32 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 2049/58 Backaschuta Pvt Ltd Gwelo
Deanfield 2 999,3930morgen
33 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 1022/86 Finchey Farms Pvt Ltd Gwelo
Redlands of Northfield 809,3582ha
34 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 1022/86 Finchey Farms Pvt Ltd Gwelo
Highgate of Long Valley 449,5100ha
35 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 794/84 Aco Williams Gwelo Subdivision F
of Strathfillan Estate 663,2594morgen
36 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 794/84 Aco Williams Gwelo Subdivision D of
Strathfillan Estate 221,5311 morgrn
37 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 613/63 G L Van De Merwe Gwelo Broomacres
of Broomrigg 499,9517morgen
38 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 1987/86 Capstan Farming Pvt Ltd Gwelo
Clifton Down 745,7000ha
39 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 2316/04 R Hapsody Venture (Pvt) Ltd Gwelo
Subdivision B of Bendhu 62,5800ha
40 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 40 1908/81 V R Bowers Gwelo Subdivision K
of mnyami 130,2474ha
41 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 41 380/83 V R Bowers Gwelo Subdivision J of
Mnyami 276,1078acres
42 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 42 232/87 B W Scheeres Gwelo Subdivision G
of Mnyami 278,8076morgen
43 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 43 2031/86 Bay Tany (PVT)td Gwelo
Subdivision F of Mnyami 123,3882morgen
44 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 44 2491/69 Z S R K T M G AND S Naideo Gwelo
Subdivision 2 of Travellers Rest 261,5553acres
45 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 45 1303/84 P J Cochran Gwelo Subdivision 3
of Travellers Rest 105,9163ha
46 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 46 1772/82 J Hicks Gwelo Subdivision 5 of
Travellers Rest 104,4907ha
47 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 47 4327/82 B Salis Gwelo Subdivision 6 of
Travellers Rest 104,5973ha
48 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 48 1061/78 A B & D J Pillay Gwelo
Subdivision 8 of Travellers Rest 101,2411ha
49 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 49 2538/01 M Meyer Gwelo Subdivision 10 of
Travellers Rest 255,9569acres
50 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 50 689/97 L A Gasse(pvt)Ltd Gwelo
Warwickshire of Fife Scott Block 481,6100ha
51 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 51 1879/85 Lybon(pvt) LTD Gwelo shropshire
of Fife Scott Block 592,9700ha
52 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 52 3088/73 M S M Leibenberg Gwelo Surrey of
Fife Scott Block 502,2100ha
53 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 53 507/48 Government of Southern Rhodesia
Gwelo Berdfordshire 840,4150morgen
54 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 54 1642/57 Fremington (Pvt) Ltd Gwelo The
Grange 128,1810morgen
55 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 55 2644/90 C I Venables Gwelo Subdivision 5
of Gwelo Small Holdings 3 000,0000acres
56 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 56 996/79 Leopold Ludwing Hein Gwelo
Subdivision 25 of Gwelo Small Holdings 176,6026ha
57 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 57 1587/57 O & R Trust Finance Co (Pvt)Ltd
Gwelo Subdivision 21 of Gwelo Small holding 246,3180morgen
58 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 58 1014/71 Walter James Avery Gwelo
Subdivision 28 of Gwelo Small Holding 239,6509ha
59 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 59 1271/92 Zim Beef Marketing Gwelo Cowfod
60 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 60 1236/72 Lional Arthur Carslisle Gwelo
Subdivision B of Bonnyvale 40,8995ha
61 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 61 1429/51 C Macglip Gwelo Subdivision 11
of Gwelo small Holding 284,5619morgen
62 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 62 3506/72 J C Schonken Gwelo Lot 3 of Lot
80a umsungwe Block 118,6337morgen
63 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 63 1752/81 I Burgoyne Gwelo Lot 7 of Lot
80s Umsungwe Block 104,1160morgen
64 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 64 1753/81 I Burgoyne Gwelo Lot 8 of Lot
80a umsungwe Block 101,5887ha
65 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 65 1755/81 I Burgoyne Gwelo Lot 10 of Lot
80a Umsungwe Block 101,5012ha
66 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 66 3753/91 S Schonken & Sons(Pvt)Ltd Gwelo
Subdivision 81 of Umsungwe Block 631,5540morgan
67 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 67 3081/99 Malthar Enterprises (pvt)Ltd
Gwelo Subdivision 76 of umsungwe Block 7663124ha
68 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 68 3883/99 Pentatron Service (Pvt)LTD Gwelo
Subdivision 78 of Umsungwe Block 667,3880morgen
69 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 69 1635/88 S T Modesto Gwelo Subdivision 77
of Umsungwe Block 87,4890morgen
70 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 70 2644/88 Bar "V" Ranching (Pvt) Ltd Gwelo
Subdivision 66 of Umsungwe Block 85,2890morgen
71 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 71 2644/88 Bar "V" Ranching (Pvt) Ltd Gwelo
Subdivision 57 of Umsungwe Block 829,5800morgen
72 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 72 3873/99 Pentatron Services (pvt) Ltd
Gwelo Happy Valley of Umsungwe Block 491,2160ha
73 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 73 2504/91 G & T Enterprises (pvt) Ltd
Gwelo Subdivision 69 of Ussungwe Block 50,2980morgen
74 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 74 1102/47 bietchingley (Pvt Ltd ) Gwelo
Ridgemont Township 7 of Unsungwe Block 271,6725morgen
75 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 75 250/91 G & T Enterprises (pvt) Ltd Gwelo
Subdivision 2 of Umsungwe Block 41,1500morgen
76 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 76 3722/99 F J Vermaak Gwelo lot 3 of Lot
61 of Umsungwe Block 147,8854 Acres
77 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 77 459/45 Bletchingley Farm (Pvt) Ltd Gwelo
Subdivision A of Umsungwe Block 94,2960morgen
78 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 78 3083/96 Nursells Farming (PVT) Ltd Gwelo
Mount Pleasant of Umsungwe Block 170,1172morgen
79 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 79 2007/75 C C C Verems,R M Coventry Gwelo
Greenvale of Bickford of Umsungwe Block 137,8344morgen
80 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 80 1793/90 J F Klooper Gwelo Bickford of
Umsungwe Block 453,6206morgen
81 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 81 2504/91 G & T Enterprises (pvt) Ltd
Gwelo Subdivision 2 of Umsungwe Block 47,1500morgen
82 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 82 982/90 P J Witmore Gwelo Subdivision 7
of Umsungwe Block 47,1500morgen
83 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 83 1976/02 I A W Peen Gwelo Subdivision 8
of Umsungwe Block 47,1500morgen
84 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 84 305/89 T G Shaw Gwelo Subdivision 9 of
Umsungwe Block 52,9100morgen
85 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 85 427/51 J H Sellan Gwelo Subdivision 10
of Umsungwe 52,3000morgen
86 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 86 2027/88 D V G Futter Gwelo Subdivision
11 of Umsungwe Block 47,1500morgen
87 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 87 2027/88 D V G Futter Gwelo Subdivision
12 of Umsungwe Block 47,1500morgen
88 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 88 2504/91 G & T Enterprises (pvt) Ltd
Gwelo Lot BA of Umsungwe Block 80,1077ha
89 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 89 419/01 New Stead Farming (Pvt) Ltd Gwelo
Lot 15a of Umsungwe Block 197,9855acres
90 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 90 1897/58 E A Hill Gwelo Rockland of
Woollabra 154,8000ha
91 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 91 32/82 S B Tombs Gwelo White Water 1
92 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 92 1943/00 Beefcrop Farming (pvt) Ltd Gwelo
Subdivision 45 of the Wildebeeste Block 384,9378ha
93 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 93 1748/83 B S Hein Gwelo Subdivision 48 of
the Wildebeese Block 236,1360morgen
94 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 94 989/85 De Bryans Motors pvt Ltd Gwelo
Subdivision 34 of the Wildebeeste Block 41,1500morgen
95 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 95 456/90 L Weir Gwelo Subdivision 35 of
the Wildebeeste Block 47,1500morgen
96 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 96 3238/99 Raisin Farming (Pvt)Ltd Gwelo
Lot 1 of Grainthope 1 552,5057morgen
97 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 97 1285/91 Brucefree Bain Gwelo Divide 1
98 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 98 1254/91 E Stock Gwelo Lot 2 of Brockley
of Divide 18,0659morgen
99 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 99 3553/98 L Baird Gwelo margaretting of
Oaklands 49,6802morgen
100 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 100 4067/99 Spinstal Farming (pvt) Ltd
Gwelo Zorora of Oaklands 49,6813morgen
101 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 101 1255/82 E L Shaw Gwelo Subdivision A
of Oaklands 229,9048acres
102 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 102 2459/90 Bare Hill Farm(Pvt) Ltd Gwelo
Bare Hill 2 110,0400ha
103 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 103 992/01 southern Waye Enterprise Gwelo
Bijou 1 284,1700ha
104 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 104 1084/88 J J R I Schuolltz Gwelo
subdivision A of Subdivision b of Sonambula 472,2840morgen
105 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 105 3047/97 C C Sales Pvt Ltd Gwelo Koede
Estate 1 910,0400ha
106 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 106 1847/83 nevjen Investments Gwelo
Subdivision A of Clydesdale 47,1480morgen
107 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 107 2901/01 W B Lawry Gwelo Farm 5a West
Gwelo Block 52,5179morgen
108 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 108 1726/82 S Petrus Schoultz Gwelo
Somabula 832,2044ha
109 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 109 2727/81 G C O Smit Gwelo Lot 1 of
Watershed Block 202,5150morgen
110 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 110 1903/91 I E Davies Gwelo Lot 1a
Watershed Block 41,9820ha
111 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 111 1393/67 PK Davies Gwelo Wondershed
Block 102,4510morgan
112 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 112 4786/97 Zimhih Pvt Ltd Gwelo
Subdivision A of Subdivision 2 Watershed Block 434,2715ha
113 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 113 788/91 J L Van Helsdingen Gwelo
remaining Ext Subdivision 3 Watershed Block 204,2700morgen
114 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 114 788/91 J L Heisdingon Gwelo Blink
Watershed Block 102,1600ha
115 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 115 2627/84 W B Lawry Gwelo Subdivision 5
Watershed Block 189,0000morgan
116 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 116 1972/96 J E Nica Holsteins Pvt Ltd
Gwelo Lot 6 Watershed Block 205,0000morgen
117 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 117 4786/97 Zimwick Pvt Ltd Gwelo
Watershed Block A 434,2715ha
118 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 118 7908 F Choveaux Gwelo Lot 4 of Kanuck
119 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 119 321/80 W B Lawry Gwelo Lota 14,15
Watershed Block 939,3270morgen
120 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 120 1485/83 P Schoultz Gwelo Subdivision 6
of Sonambula 2 174,8300morgen
121 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 121 3772/99 Fajvermaak Gwelo Lot 3 of
Umsungwe 147,8854acres
122 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 122 4397/96 S Newton Gwelo Subdivision A
WestGwelo Block 132,1750morgen
123 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 123 775/95 Earalics Investment Pvt Ltd
Gwelo Subdivision 2 of Subdivision a West Gwelo Block 80,9984acres
124 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 124 3620/98 Five Star Enterprises Pvt Ltd
Gwelo Lot 24 West Gwelo Block 1 226,0000ha
125 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 125 2170/87 Dixie Ranches Pvt Ltd Gwelo
Lot 15 West Gwelo Block 1 258,2800morgen
126 20-05-2005 SECTION 5 LOT 168 126 1778/91 M A Gous Gwelo Sesame
Extension West Gwelo Block 15,1900morgen
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East African Standard

Zimbabwe's lonely record over Press freedom in Africa

By Bob Wekesa

Although Kenyans complain about the difficulty of getting information,
other journalists gave a gloomy picture of the profession in their

Take the case of Zimbabwe, where being a journalist is like signing a
death warrant.

John Gambanga, an editor in Zimbabwe, feels sorry about the
developments in a country once referred to as "God's own country" by early
white settlers.

Gambanga is the editor of The Daily News, an independent newspaper
that has borne the brunt of President Robert Mugabe's high-handedness.

"The slogan of our paper is 'Telling it as it is' and so I will tell
the story of media in Zimbabwe as it is," Gambanga told delegates attending
the 54th IPI General Assembly in Nairobi on Sunday.

"I would be a liar if I said there is Press freedom in my country
today," he said.

He listed "intimidation, arrests, censorship, repressive media laws
and jail sentences" as the routine.

It has not helped matters that the newspaper that started in 1999
under the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe is partly owned by British
nationals, whose home country Mugabe loathes.

Through what Gambanga calls "well-oiled propaganda machinery", Mugabe's
government labels the newspaper as an instrument for foreign interests
hell-bent on influencing regime change.

"The newspaper's founding Editor-in-Chief, Geoff Nyarota, left the
country after being detained, jailed and taken to court before the case was
dismissed in December 2002. He now lives with his family in the US," says

Gambanga says by unearthing scandalous activities by members of the
Mugabe elite and publishing them, the newspaper has attracted the Government's
wrath. The Daily News' circulation rose from 50,000 copies to 129,000,
showing that the public took its message seriously.

Gambanga says independent media have attracted the wrath of the
Government by training their sights on glaring social inequalities.

"The irony of Zimbabwe is that on one end, we have millions scrounging
to sustain themselves, yet on the other end of the scale, a few who wallow
in untold luxury through corruption."

When the newspaper published details of fabulous lives by a minority
in the midst of extreme poverty, Mugabe "reacted with a hammer".

"The paper's printing press was destroyed in a mysterious bomb attack
in January 2001 and closed down because it had refused to register under the
draconian Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act of 2002," he

But The Daily News soldiered on after Swedish friends donated another
printing press. But also came to nought when Government hatched a law
requiring all media corporations to register with a commission.

The presses went silent at The Daily News, the vanguard of democratic
expression in the country in September 2003.

Gambanga describes the crude methods the Zimbabwe government used to
control free media.

"Over the last three years, as many as 25 journalists from The Daily
News have either been arrested, charged, detained, tortured, humiliated or
been harassed by the state. One foreign correspondent, Andrew Meldrum of The
Guardian in London, was deported for reproducing a story. Our vendors have
been beaten up and in some areas many workers resigned because of harassment
by state agents," he says.

Zimbabwe maintains a stranglehold on the country's single broadcasting
station. Citizens set up South West Africa radio in London, which broadcasts
for a few hours and for only a number of days in a week.

Gambanga says the other alternative for Zimbabweans starved of news
and information is the Radio 7 broadcast by Voice of America.

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New York Times

Dragnet Arrests in Zimbabwe Send Warning Amid Disorder

Published: May 24, 2005
JOHANNESBURG, May 23 - With grocery stores bereft of basic goods and the
currency once more in free fall, Zimbabwe's government said Monday that it
had rounded up more than 9,600 residents of the capital, Harare, in a
crackdown on black-market peddlers and "general lawlessness."

The official explanation for the dragnet, announced in state-run newspapers,
was that the raids were aimed at black-market profiteers who were hoarding
commodities like cooking oil and corn meal, creating artificial shortages.

But the roundups sent a pointed message to Zimbabweans that the government
could arrest and prosecute anyone deemed a threat to public order at a time
of growing unrest. In recent days, the police have had to quell near riots
at gas stations and stores as thousands of people fought for a chance to buy
fresh deliveries of scarce commodities like gasoline and sugar.

"I would say that it's designed to signal that the government is in control,
including in the nation's teeming cities where the government has suffered
numerous electoral reversals," said Iden Wetherell, an editor of The
Zimbabwe Independent, a weekly newspaper that is one of the few remaining
publications not under state control.

The operation began about five days ago in Harare and, according to reports,
will be extended to urban areas like Bulawayo and Gweru.

The Herald, a state-run newspaper, quoted the police as saying the dragnet
had razed 34 illegal flea markets, netted 36 tons of black-market sugar and
7,900 gallons of gasoline, and recovered negligible amounts of illegal
currency, led by $12,165 in American cash and $150 in American travelers'
checks. The police fought "running battles" with residents of Mabvuku, a
poor suburb, as they swept the area to destroy illegal stores and shacks,
the newspaper reported.

The city police chief, Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka, told reporters for
state news media that the police "will leave no stone unturned in their
endeavor to flush out economic saboteurs."

But well over two-thirds of the reported detentions were for traffic
violations and other offenses unrelated to Zimbabwe's economic crisis, the
stated focus of the crackdown.

It was not clear how many of the people rounded up had actually been
arrested, or how many had been fined and released.

Zimbabwe's economy is in tatters, plagued by steep drops in production and
ballooning inflation since the ruling ZANU-PF party won crucial
parliamentary elections on March 31. Critics say the government bankrupted
the national treasury to woo voters before the election, and now has no
reserves left to cushion the bruises of a long economic decline.

A resident of Bulawayo, the nation's second largest city, said in a
telephone interview on Monday that no gasoline and few basic goods were sold
there for three days, except on the black market at prices few could afford.
The lack of gasoline has all but shut down public transportation, forcing
thousands in cities to walk to work.

The currency, officially valued at 9,000 Zimbabwean dollars per American
dollar after a 45 percent devaluation last week, now trades at 25,000 per
dollar on the black market, up several thousand in the last few days.
Government inspectors have descended on hotels, travel agencies and other
businesses that deal with foreigners, searching for foreign exchange that
the government needs to buy gasoline and other essentials that keep the
economy running.
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New Zimbabwe


Waiting for a miracle

Last updated: 05/24/2005 11:35:40
MOST people in Zimbabwe now understand that unless there is a sudden
infusion of foreign currency into the economy, the many shortages and other
problems that have dramatically worsened since March's general election will
not go away. It also seems quite clear that there is not going to be any
such forex quick fix. No cash loans or grants from abroad are forthcoming
and all the export sectors are struggling to just survive.

Never has the situation been as critical. The government's forex
coffers are pretty much dry, and unlike before, there is little effort to
pretend otherwise. Without forex therefore, not much could have been
expected from Gideon Gono's latest media event.

Unlike in the early days of his now almost two-year tenure as central
banker, it has now sunk into the public conciousness that he cannot pull a
rabbit out of a hat to address the long-running, complex and multi-faceted
problems of Zimbabwe's economic collapse. The reserve bank can implement
various measures to try to ensure that whatever foreign currency is
available goes through the system to fund critical imports, rather than
mostly for consumptive spending and currency speculation, as is wont to
happen when it remains under pillows, mattresses and in car boots. It can
formulate policies to try to encourage the formation and growth of the
forex-generating productive sector. But the central bank of any country is
not a productive entity itself, it cannot generate foreign currency.

Given this fact, there is no miracle that Gono could have come up with
in his much hyped speech last week. On first assuming office, as part of his
efforts to reform a financial sector that had become a speculative
free-for-all, many prominent bankers were jailed, others skipped town, their
banks having been discovered to be little more than giant pyramid schemes
built on depositors' funds. Many who had been lionized as Zimbabwe's great
new entrepreneurs overnight became crooks in the public's view. The changes
he brought about were high profile, with perhaps short-lived but dramatic
results. For a while inflation, the one economic index that everybody
understood because it affected them so personally, appeared to becoming
under control as a result of Gono's innovative interventions.

The man could seem to do no wrong, with an impressed, grateful public
holding him in awe. Finally, after numerous flirtations with an alphabet
soup of imported and home-grown economic experiments, after numerous cabinet
reshuffles that yielded nothing; finally, here was an economic czar who
captured the public imagination and seemed to actually have some ideas that
might work!

But after correcting some of the many distortions that had built up in
the economy over several years, it was inevitable that his drive and energy
would have diminishing returns, as long as the issue of falling foreign
currency revenues was not addressed. Gono also tried to spur long-term
growth through production by various support facilities to the declining
productive sector.

But even if successful, the results of this are necessarily long term,
not sexy, dramatic and high-profile like his early corrective measures of
the financial sector. In any case, those long-term measures unfortunately
were being applied in an environment of so many abnormalities and
distortions that were beyond the purview of the central bank to address.
Well intentioned as they were, and despite Gono's best efforts, they could
not produce the hoped for results that they might have done in a more normal
time. In an era of hyper-inflation and hyper-interest rates, it was
inevitable that low-interest money lent out for productive purposes would be
used speculatively: the temptation was simply too great to resist. Many
found they could become instantly wealthy by borrowing money at 50% interest
and then putting it on the money market that yielded three times that

Much easier than investing in a factory, and the return is guaranteed
and much higher! There have been many similar abuses of such previous "cheap
money" facilities, but Gono was confident that he could close the loopholes.
But how does one call in a defaulting loan to a senior cabinet minister,army
official or ruling party member who is on good terms with the president, for
instance? You can't, not in Zimbabwe's patronage-laden reality.

When fuel importation was opened up recently, many of the
beneficiaries were ruling party members and the politically well-connected
in general. Naturally they expected to be availed of forex to import the
fuel at the unrealistically cheap official currency exchange rate of one US
dollar to Zim$6,000. If they imported any fuel at all, the first stop before
doing so was to trade the forex on the parallel market,at more than
Zim$20,000 to the US dollar, making a rather neat instant fortune of a Zim
dollar profit!

Others didn't bother to import fuel at all-after all, there are
children's school fees to be paid in Australia, UK and the USA! Spare parts
for one's luxury cars and other imported symbols of the good life must be
paid for in forex!

When fuel is actually imported at a critical time of its shortage, as
is the case now, a portion of it is sold formally at the pumps by day. The
rest finds its way to the black market at several times the approved, fixed
price. So some of the well-connected are able to make a killing at the forex
trading end, as well as another one by selling the fuel at the high,
shortage-driven price of the free market.

Result? A worsened fuel problem, a high black market price for the
little that can be found, expenditure of forex on consumption than on
production, and so on. Again, the culprits are often too high up in the
system for them to be brought to book, and an already bad economic situation
is compounded.

Many of these obstacles to the abuse of facilities that are innovative
and well-meant are political, and therefore beyond Gono's ability to
address. At the beginning he seemed to believe he had the full backing of
the political establishment to not have to fear being tripped up by these
political factors, but that was nave in the extreme. Either he was given
false assurances, or the fluid and rapidly evolving political realities
involved in holding on to power when nothing is working required that he be

So he talks about "corruption' and "indiscipline in the economy," but
sadly this all has a hollow ring now. "Crackdowns on corruption" that fizzle
out before they get too far into the power structure have been a cynical
Mugabe joke for years now. Mugabe is certainly not going to allow Gono to go
after big fish that Mugabe himself has shied from for years now, as part of
his political balancing act. As Gono gave his speech the police were raiding
street traders, some of whom are indeed involved in "fuelling the parallel

But who do these street traders work for? Are some of them not parts
of organized syndicates representing some very high-up people in both the
private and public sector? Is this really still a secret? What good does it
do to arrest the black market's mere messengers while letting the king-pins
go scot free? I wonder if some of these king-pins were not right there in
the room cheering Gono on, as they privately sniggered behind his back!

The source of macro-economic "corruption" and "indiscipline" is not a
few thousand small time street traders, it is more in people holding some of
the highest positions in the land! Permitted corruption has become an
instrument of patronage, of buying the 'loyalty' of key members of the
ruling clique. This is just one of many reasons that any hopes of a real
"economic turnaround" under the present political system are a waste of
time. In a non-performing economy, there are too many fat-cats who have too
much to lose from the economy being allowed to run honestly, normally and by
the book. The shortages and general chaos that exist are the conditions that
allow their super profit-making, speculative activities.

Letting them continue with them is one way that the system can give
them an incentive to continue to have a stake in propping it up, at a time
when there are very few areas of honest business that are still viable in
this economy.

In a policy review that had very little to offer because of the
limited space in which he has to manouvre in an environment of international
isolation and worsening forex shortages because of declining productivity,
he has instituted various support measures to try to kick-start agriculture.

Very commendable, but if the present fuel crisis lasts for just two or
three months in its severity, on that basis alone one might have to write
off the next agricultural season. That might sound premature and alarmist,
but it would not at all be surprising if the latest edition of the fuel
crisis lasts that long : there is no money! Always before we have been given
some official cock and bull story about why there is no fuel, but this time
the government has been mum on the issue because there is no deal in the
offing to offer any hope of even a medium term solution.

You cannot talk of any serious farming with fuel in such critically
short supply. That is just one parameter to contend with, but there are so
many other things wrong , both in the economy and with the spirit of the
nation, that I unfortunately do not expect much to come out of Gono's
valiant efforts.

Before we can fix the economy, there needs to be not only further
corrections of countless skewed economic fundamentals, there also needs to
be a political will to fix things no matter the cost to certain cliques and
individuals. That political will is not there, and without it much of Gono's
efforts are wasted. There is also a spirit of public distrust of the rulers,
a cynicism about their double standards and a deep demoralisation in the
land about the continuing misrule and decline of the country. Reversing all
these factors that may be intangible and incalculable, but are nevertheless
a crucial prelude to any recovery, requires a political overhaul first.

Expecting an economic turnaround without such a political renewal is
to expect a miracle which is not likely to happen. Gono has tried hard under
the narrow, difficult conditions he has had to work with but as his policy
review of last week showed, he has no more tricks up his sleeve. And even
his ideas to try to help various sectors to seriously begin to generate
forex again are coming at a time when there are too many things wrong
outside his control to make that likely any time soon. He is simply
grappling with the economic symptoms of our political problems, and there
cannot be any cure until the political root cause is fixed.

I think Mugabe is so central to the reasons that Zimbabwe has been
considered a write-off by much of the world that no resolution of the
politics that would make any real difference to the economy is possible with
him at the helm of government. If it is unthinkable to imagine his exit
until he kicks the bucket or willingly decides to retire in his own sweet
time, then I am afraid that we will try all sorts of economic gimmicks, but
we will only be fooling ourselves, like we are doing now. For us to hope to
get enough foreign credit and grants to really meaningfully kick start
agriculture and industry, generating our own forex again; for the country to
begin to again believe the leadership are their servants, for people to have
a sense of hope, sacrifice and excitement about helping to revive a dying
country : for all this to happen, which might then be the genesis for a
"turnaround," down the road, the destructive Mugabe and all that he
represents will have to go.

Nice try Gono, perhaps some of your ideas might have to be tried again
some time in the future, after a political turnaround has been achieved
first. Sorry fella, if you really thought that you could easily undo all the
destruction that Mugabe has been so carefully causing all these years.
Makunike is a social and political commentator based in Harare

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New Zimbabwe

Double tragedy for UK asylum deportee

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 05/24/2005 11:34:11
COVERED under a blanket, and her legs and hands firmly chained, Catherine
Mbele is goaded to the waiting Egyptian Airlines plane.

It has been six months since she was grabbed by fierce-looking police
officers and immigration officials in an early morning swoop at her flat in
Swansea, Wales. She was shuffled into a waiting truck and taken to a
high-security immigration removal centre in Bedford.

Two days before she was deported last Sunday, Mbele spoke to New from inside the Yarlswood Immigration Removal Centre. She was
determined to defy deportation to Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe.

"It has been six months since they took me. They have done just about enough
to break me down. But I will try and resist deportation," she said.

"I can't belive the British government wants me to be deported to face
Mugabe's despotic regime."

Of course her resistance came to nought. Many Zimbabweans have successfully
managed to avoid deportation by creating ugly scenes at the airport. But the
strategy has changed since her friends were taken there a few days before.
Now she had a blanket over her to muffle her screams, and both feet and
hands controlled by cuffs. She also had the attention of three guards all
determined to take her to Zimbabwe, two males and a female.

Arriving in Zimbabwe with 1.50 in her pocket, a worn-out and exhausted
Mbele approached the Kukura Kurerwa Bus Company with her story, and the bus
staff agreed to an arrangement to be paid on arrival in the second largest
city of Bulawayo, about 400km from the capital Harare.

Arriving at her family home in Mpopoma suburb, Mbele's already desperate
situation took an an extra-ordinary twist for the worse.

"She was met by mouners. Her father had died at about the same time she
boarded the plane," a friend told New "She is devastated. She
has plunged the depths of despair, she has totally cracked."

Mbele's case is a sad one. She is the latest victim of a new violent form of
removal of asylum seekers by hired bouncers from security firms contracted
by the British Home Office. Successful removals are rewarded by the with
more contracts.

Tens of Zimbabweans have complained of being mistreated on the journey to
Harare. Often, such complaints have not been exhaustively investigated, or
police have declined to interview witnesses, like the case of a group of
Zimbabwean women held at the same detention centre who resisted deportation
in April.

One of them told the London-based internet radio station Afro Sounds FM from
the centre: "A guard stepped on my neck. I overheard them talking about
visiting friends in Harare, and my attempts to resist deportation were,
therefore, disrupting their plans and they took it personal. My friend was
also roughed-up and her breasts have been painful since. They are refusing
us to see a doctor."

Many of the detainees said in separate interviews that they had been
detained usually when reporting to the police on the regulatory weekly
basis; seized from home in the early hours of the morning or when stopped
while driving.

Zimbabwe's eminent clergyman, Archbishop Pius Ncube, who was in Scotland to
receive an international award last Friday highlighted the abuse going on,
and pleaded with the British government to rethink its policy.

"It saddens me that the British government since September last year has
embarked on forced repatriation of Zimbabweans who are asylum seekers. They
fled from harassment, torture, and a threat to their lives and they will be
made to suffer when they are returned," he said in his acceptance speech of
the Robert Burns International Humanitarian Award.

"Some Zimbabweans are handcuffed, jailed and badly treated here in Britain.
And as Great Britain is a highly respected country in the world, I am afraid
that this attitude will be followed in other wealthier Commonwealth
countries, as happened with the imposition of the visa on Zimbabweans in
November 2002. I plead that you be patient with Zimbabweans till the
situation normalises," the Archbishop said.

A Home Office spokesman said the complaints by the women had been looked at
by Bedford police who decided no further action was necessary. The Home
Office insists all cases are looked at and reviewed to ensure all those
deserving protection by the British government are granted asylum, and to
protect the United Kingdom from abuse of the system through bogus claims.

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