HERALD of Friday 27TH MAY 2005,contains record breaking listings of farm
acquisitions, totalling 715 properties, as follows;
Section 5 Notice
under LOT No 169 for 281 properties Section 8 Orders under LOT No 24 for 230
properties Section 8 Orders under LOT No 25 for 26 properties Section 7
Notice under LOT No 13 for 178 properties
LOT 168 Section 5 for 284
properties which we sent out last week is repeated this week.
as a matter of urgency todays listings of section 7 notices which responding
to urgently within five days by lawyers.
The section 8 orders (lot 24
& 25) and section 5 notices (lot 169) will follow on monday and tuesday
Farmers are strongly encouraged to continue fighting for
your property rights.
Take notice that an application for the confirmation of the acquisition order
issues in respect of the following farms has been filed in the Administrative
Court at Harare and that the Respondent and any holder of real rights over
the said farm are required to lodge their objections within 5 days after the
publication of this notice failure of which the matter shall be set down
unopposed without any further notice.
A copy of this application is
available for collection at applicants undersigned legal practitoner of
records address between monday to friday 8 am to 4 pm
of the Attorney Generals office Applicants legal Practitioners 2nd flood
Block A New Govn Complex Crn Samora Machel Forth Ave Harare
E Mutasa Minister of State for National Security, Land Reforms
and Resettlement in the President's Office.
JAG 2005 Acquisition Act
1387 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 1 3645/2000 damsbo invest(pvt)
Beitbridge Bothasrus a nuanetsi Rance a 7246,35411ha LA 5521/05 1388
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 2 4431/87 JUNCTION ESTATES PVT Beitbridge lot 2
nuabeti Ranche a 9 581,9223ha LA 5520/05 1389 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 3
1189/67 BUBANI RANCH PVT LTD Beitbridge lot 1 nuanetsi ranche a 28 577,2993ar
LA 5588/05 1390 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 4 543/91 Amity holdings pvt bubi
dollar block 10 467,8325ha La 5529/05 1391 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 5
2730/87 pretorius paquet flooring tiling comp bubi subdivision b of
subdivision c rouxdale 225,4160ha LA 5590/05 1392 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13
6 305/65 Westfield farm holdings pvt ltd bulalmamangwe Remaining extent of
westfield 2 985,58ar LA 5541/05 1393 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 7 722/93 N R
AGENCIES PVT LTD bulalmamangwe remainder of doublevale 885,1776ha LA
5598/05 1394 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 8 2300/83 frederick ian harding
nesbitt bulilamamangwe remainder of st andrews of subdivision a mcgreers
luck 347,3309ha LA 5510/05 1395 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 9 2300/83
frederick ian harding nesbitt bulilamamangwe subdivision a if st andrews of
subdivision a mcgeerrs luck 80,9295ha LA 5424/05 1396 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 10 2001/94 embehope enterprises pl bulalmamangwe mali 2 569,5542ha LA
5475/05 1397 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 11 43/66 john andrew
rosenfels bulilmamangwe ficksburg 6 520,2991 ar LA 5439/05 1398 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 12 1719/86 MANDA FARMS PVT LTD bulilmamangwe mkuna of
sanddown south 827,4119ha LA5470/05 1399 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 13
1719/86 MANDA FARMS PVT LTD bulilmamangwe anfield 1947,2438ha
LA5465/05 1400 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 14 1719/86 MANDA FARMS PVT
LTD bulilmamangwe Remaining extention of manda 605,1671 ha LA 5557/05 1401
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 15 60/80 ALAN FREDRICK YORK
bulilmamangwe subdivision 18 sandownsouth 831,1565ha LA5540/05 1402
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 16 1719/86 MANDA FARMS PVT LTD bulilmamangwe
manda 438,5801ha LA5502/05 1403 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 17 7/4, BIFFEN
RANCHING LTD Bulawayo springs ranch 3 332,2970ha LA5496/05 1404 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 18 6/94, BIFFEN RANCHING LTD Bulawayo remaining extent heany
junction 1 359,2100ha LA 5560/05 1405 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 19 1865/77
herculaas philippus barnard charter farm harvieston 854,3882ha
LA5457/05 1406 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 20 2613/84 CAMPBELLS HOLDING P/L
charter hebron 790,8160ha LA5469/05 1407 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 21
1606/77 barend jacobus bester kirstein charter lot 2 kuruman 809.3710ha
LA5437/05 1408 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 22 3538/83 CAMPBELLS HOLDING P/L
charter farm maria's home 579,5729ha LA5459/05 1409 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 23 2527/74 alpol p/l charter remaining extent nyamazaan 2 335,9855ha
LA5460/05 1410 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 24 3856/97 cirnelius johannes nel
charter r/e farm mountain view ot the farm ingolubi 102,4107ha
LA5472/05 1411 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 25 2524/82 christiaan jacobus
albertus kirstein charter remaining extent of honey spruit 896,2180ha
LA5430/05 1412 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 26 2612/84 CAMPBELLS HOLDING P/L
charter remainder of inkosi 1 679,3188ha LA5427/05 1413 27-05-2005 SECTION
7 LOT 13 27 1951/86 harvieston farm p.l charter remaining of uitkyk
653,2579ha LA5450/05 1414 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 28 4224/82 carel
jacobus coetzee charter remaining of veeplaats 879,2569ha LA5426/05 1415
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 29 1780/66 jacobus johannes erasmus charter
remaining extent of rushfontein 1 431,9morgen LA5433/05 1416 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 30 5174/81 christian jacobus albertus kirsrein charter
wilderness 404,2675ha LA5423/05 1417 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 31 6113/70
thoma scholtzbenade charter leeuwfontein ranch 2585,7985ha LA5422/05 1418
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 32 14/90, chigarra estate p/l charter belvoir of
chigarra 2284,3336ha LA5482/05 1419 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 33 7552/81
chiredzi contracting p/l chipinga whittington valleys 478,5941ha
LA5445/05 1420 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 34 2836/85 neville hastings baker
chipinga lot 12a middle sabi 135,8121ha LA5561/05 1421 27-05-2005 SECTION
7 LOT 13 35 4502/93 jupieter farm p/l chipinga jupieter of de rust avontuur
extention 163,5588ha LA5416/05 1422 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 36 2954/92
dandon pvt ltd chipinga lot 3 of new castle 122,1433ha LA5501/05 1423
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 37 8225/97 S G F PVT LTD chipinga s/d a
of nyamuli 40,4519ha LA5538/05 1424 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 38 4616/93
shilor hunding p/l gatooma lot 1 of railway farm no 5 224,8543ha LA
5536/05 1425 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 39 778/00 mazarine trading p/l
goromonzi remaining chitara estate 495,9681ha LA5535/05 1426 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 40 3385/86 mavis elizabeth jenkison goromonzi dana b of
melforh estate 168,98ha LA5516/05 1427 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 41 5010/80
howson lands p/l goromonzi s/d a of mashona kop 296,0332ha LA5577/05 1428
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 42 7886/89 learig farm pvt ltd goromonzi reedbuck
kop a 361,4507ha LA5591/05 1429 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 43 3385/86 mavis
elizabeth jenkison goromonzi the remainder of dana a melfort estate
168,9839ha LA5578/05 1430 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 44 4799/97 hustwit
enterprises p/l goromonzi lot 2 of buena vista 650,9557ha LA5586/05 1431
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 45 480/97 decayon enterprises p/l goromonzi lot
3a buena vista lot 3a buena vista.wpoodlands ext of dunedin 533,0461ha
LA5597/05 1432 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 46 5262/59 patrick noel
wingfield goromonzi lot 1 belvedore 919,6135ha LA5484/05 1433 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 47 7975/97 FOUR L'S P/L goromonzi lot 1 of witness
628,4652ha LA5456/05 1434 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 48 1624/90 GLENTANA P.L
goromonzi fair view estate 237,8542ha LA5559/05 1435 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 49 1755/99 retziaff farm p/l goromonzi loney park estate 1 065,8811ha
LA5453/05 1436 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 50 9494/90 INNISLAOIDE PVT LTD
goromonzi leigh portion rudolphia 59,79ha LA5490/05 1437 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 51 1859/67 john francis freemanb alpin goromonzi lot 1
summerisland of middleton mashonganyika 251,4140ar LA5524/05 1438
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 52 6131/68 swiswa pvt goromonzi remainder new
creagory pf mount shannon of meadows 863,2816ar LA5525/05 1439 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 53 4645/79 chistoffel johannes greyling goromonzi s/d of
sellair 106,6832ha LA5535/05 1440 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 54 10053/89
dunstan estate p/l goromonzi remaining extent of dunstan estate 1 889,3195HA
LA5526/05 1441 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 55 4464/51 elsworth lands ltd
goromonzi remaining extent farm swiswa 141,1ha LA5448/05 1442 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 56 10614/00 joseph george sudlow goromonzi lot 1 mariandi of
nil desperandum of twenydales estate 40,4700ha LA5547/05 1443 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 57 716/70 rogers brothers & sons gwanda lot 1 of
marianda of nil desperandum of twenydales estate 40,4700ha LA5547/05 1444
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 58 6365/91 johannes hendrik ferreira Hartley
lisbon 682,4136ha LA5331/05 1445 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 59 5632/81
robert peter mcdonald smith Hartley remaining extent welcome home 590,5295ha
LA5498/05 1446 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 60 7317/95 burnbank estate pvt ltd
Hartley lot 3 crown ranch 470,5668ha LA5462/05 1447 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 61 8819/97 stefanus lombard triegaadt Hartley lot 1 bougainvillea
835.0913ha LA5543/05 1448 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 62 1951/91 gert
johannes odendaal Hartley ard behg rhodesian planations 419,1391ha
LA5568/05 1449 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 63 3083/76 penelope anne kirkman
Hartley reminder of daisy 989,2559ha LA5480/05 1450 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 64 5470/68 taunton estate p/l Hartley maine 2 964,3797ar
LA5504/05 1451 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 65 3907/85 trustees of the skea
family trust Hartley remainder of railway farm 30 461,0728ha
LA5479/05 1452 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 66 4854/74 derek homer scutt
Hartley subdivision a of maple leaf 430,8521ha LA5461/05 1453 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 67 8506/98 cedog pvt ltd Hartley lot 1a the grove 413,9430ha
LA5508/05 1454 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 68 120/93 marsden farm pvt ltd
Hartley marsden 1 462,9114ha LA5491/05 1455 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 69
2689/85 the trustees for the time Hartley lot 1 of grasmere 121,4030ha
LA5567/05 1456 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 70 3116/87 plumway properties p/l
Hartley r/e subdivision a deweras extention 506,2125ha LA5566/05 1457
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 71 6599/91 edgar henry gundry Hartley remaining
concession hill 303,5371ha LA5552/05 1458 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 72
4732/83 gent viljoen schaap inyanga mutsenga estate 190,0107ha
LA5532/05 1459 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 73 316/92 courtney ventures p/l
inyanga countnay of liverpool 105,2168ha LA5562/05 1460 27-05-2005 SECTION
7 LOT 13 74 2551/84 dorien eric philpot inyanga remainder of minnehaha estate
257,6486ha LA5494/05 1461 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 75 3780/93 glen helen
investments pvt ltd inyanga lot 70a of inyanga downs 80,7918ha
LA5528/05 1462 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 76 334/93 charles robert hartley
insiza the glade 2677,2570ha LA5999/05 1463 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 77
509/46 karna estates pvt ltd lupane remaining extent of karna block lot 3
karna block 4 610,9378ha LA5602/05 1464 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 78
3495/88 freezing point estates p/l makoni s/d of fishers farm 633,4902ha
LA5596/05 1465 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 79 12966/99 DAVEL FARM P/L makoni
LIFTON 364,2043HA LA5537/05 1466 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 80 145/86
marthius jacobus martin makoni arbeid estate 404,6778ha LA5492/05 1467
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 81 2525/57 rhodesia railways makoni remainder of
yorkshire estate 51,277morgen LA5497/05 1467 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 82
10616/20000 j G delport p/l makoni Fodga 353,4955ha LA5548/05 1469
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 83 1820/69 wakefields estate p/l makoni wakefield
10 144,3731ar LA5486/05 1470 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 84 1468/54 lesbury
estate p/l makoni remainder extent of farm urmston 1219,0251mor
LA5515/05 1471 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 85 7410/97 torrish farm p/l makoni
torrish of crofton 617,9654ha LA5601/05 1472 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13
86 2175/88 masori investment p/l makoni york of yorkshire estate 2 055,6581ha
LA5425/05 1473 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 87 145/86 marthiud jacobus martin
makoni arbeid estate 404,6778ha LA5468/05 1474 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13
88 12966/99 DAVEL FARM P/L makoni lifton 364,2043ha LA5555/05 1475
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 89 1615/93 anne jeanne sorensen-wedel marandellas
the remaindee of gatzi 971,4841ha LA5477/05 1476 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13
90 6780/71 dombi estate p/l marandellas dombi estate 1 0736,7617ha
LA5471/05 1477 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 91 8367/71 DOUNE FARM P/L
marandellas doune estate 965,8940ha LA5429/05 1478 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 92 1158/69 hedon farms p/l marandellas hedon estate 2 923 4078ar
LA5454/05 1479 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 93 7075/83 j h erasmus p/l
marandellas remindinf extent of highlands 628,5403ha LA5558/05 1480
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 94 8718/91 idapi tobacco comp pvt ltd marandellas
idapi 1 303,6062ha LA5572/05 1481 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 95 3756/79
IGUDU FARM P/L marandellas remaining extent of igudu 872,1471ha
LA5564/05 1482 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 96 773/91 golden cap estate
p/l marandellas remainder of lot hg carruthersville 1 388,1586ha
LA5435/05 1483 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 97 2111/84 claire kit wiggill
marandellas remaining of coquetdale of rudmans 119,4115ha LA5573/05 1484
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 98 8656/90 elmesbeef p/l marandellas lot 1 of
elmeswood 866,2207ha LA5550/05 1485 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 99 158/83
nurenzi farm p/l marandellas s/d m of carruthersville 1 031,5876ha
LA5583/05 1486 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 100 7819/97 silver queen estates
p/l marandellas lot 14 of wenimbi estate 699,9673ha LA5580/05 1487
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 101 2551/95 Loujo farming pvt ltd marandellas lot
22 wenimbi estate 542,1331ha LA5582/05 1488 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 102
2783/93 malibar farm p/l marandellas malibar estate 284,6738ha
LA5589/05 1489 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 103 116/96 g h westhoff & sons
p/l marandellas meandu of longlands 509,5034ha LA5592/05 1490 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 104 3487/53 creigton guthrie nicholson keene marandellas
nyazwitza portion hopeful portion of alexandra 472/4682morg LA5570/05 1491
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 105 5676/73 PETRUS GERHARDNESS BOTHA marandellas
laasgedink portion of pinhoe 572,3366ha LA5575/05 1492 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 106 6012/84 somerset farrm p/l marandellas somerset estate 973,6153ha
LA5505/05 1493 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 107 1769/96 rapako farm p/l
marandellas remainder rapoko of marandellas 332,7101ha LA5509/05 1494
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 108 1/96, clare jane hough marandellas remainder
extent of farm 7 of wenimbi estate 651,2950ha LA5444/05 1495 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 109 449/51 mushangwe estate ltd marandellas mushangwe of
eirene 1 594,143morg LA 5600/05 1496 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 110 4582/91
samanyanga cash store p/l marandellas stow estate 394,7461ha
LA5585/05 1497 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 111 2042/83 redeener farming comp
pvt ltd matobo adams farms 2 569,5584ha LA5587/05 1498 27-05-2005 SECTION
7 LOT 13 112 3859/80 far horizons pvt ltf matobo shumbashaba of mkulu
289,9963ha LA 5563/05 1499 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 113 1825/77 sibintuli
investments comp p/l matobo betzeba 1 736,9378ha LA5595/05 1500 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 114 4054/97 m sanderson p/l mrewe re ainder of glen wyvis 2
459,4372ha LA 5512/05 1501 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 115 32/88 esperanza
farm pvt mazoe remainder esperanza of moores grant 363,0121ha
LA5542/05 1202 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 116 32/88 esperanza farm pvt
mazoe remainder of highwood portion of culmstock of moores grant
290,9666he LA5553/05 1503 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 117 32/88 esperanza
farm pvt mazoe remainder of portlock of moores grant 162,9666ha
LA5451/05 1504 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 118 32/88 esperanza farm pvt
mazoe subdivision a of subdivision b of esperanza of moores grant
120,9002ha LA5479/05 1506 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 119 4410/82 WENGI
FARM mazoe remainingof wengi river estate 927,7500ha LA5522/05 1506
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 120 4410/82 frank thomas miller mazoe lot 1 of
farm 37 of glendale 368,3351ha LA5485/05 1507 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 121
6536/80 howard phillips arnold mrewa remainder of lot 1 of whispering hope 1
181,8687ha LA5464/05 1508 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 122 8839/97 seasonal
enterprises p/l mrewa methven ranch 2 092,9108ha LA5447/05 1509 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 123 7929/87 good returns invest p/l salisbury rudolphia
802,0700HA LA5544/05 1510 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 124 1132/56 c b allison
sons p/l salisbury riseholm 582,6259morg LA5543/05 1511 27-05-2005 SECTION
7 LOT 13 125 5241/79 closeburn p/l salisbury closeburn of rastenburg
569,0955ha LA5539/05 1512 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 126 4507/70 lanark farm
pvt ltd salisbury lanark 2 688,9337ar LA5549/05 1513 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 127 9398/01 john anthony bradshaw salisbury remaining extent of
romoraima 571,7622ha LA5446/05 1514 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 128 1224/71
nora development p/l salisbury reminder of binder 1 335,3671ha
LA5554/05 1515 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 129 2529/96 atlanta farm p/l
salisbury Atlanta of the meadows 546,5099ha LA5569/05 1516 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 130 5481/99 shepherd hall farm p.l salisbury chakoma estate
1 275,9283ha LA 5495/05 1517 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 131 8092/94 j
williamson properties pvt ltd salisbury remainder of banana grove 1
233,2532ha LA5534/05 1518 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 132 3709/83
shiloh-shalom p.l salisbury remainder of carmholme 107,3228ha
LA5571/05 1519 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 133 6116/93 liemba farm p/l
salisbury being s/d of weardale 792,0332ha LA5473/05 1520 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 134 4312/93 dorisdale farming pvt ltd salisbury thursfield
41,1338ha LA5481/05 1521 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 135 3534/59 steve
delport p/l salisbury remainder extent of s/d a of the twentydales estate
990,0608ac LA5438/05 1522 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 136 4557/72 andy green
p/l salisbury glen avon 708,3404ha LA5476/05 1523 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT
13 137 5078/79 V R FARMING P/L salisbury remaining extent of vuta 518,1475ha
LA5474/05 1524 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 138 6460/95 la residenze p/l
salisbury lot bd of marvel 85,5239ha LA5441/05 1525 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 139 4592/96 danbro holdings p/l salisbury the remaining of arlington
estate 336.5954ha LA5574/05 1526 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 140 388/91 t j
searson p/l salisbury beatrice estate 191,196ha LA5440/05 1527 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 141 6932/88 m m pretorius pvt ltd salisbury charmaine of
drayton 304,1502ha LA5436/05 1528 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 142 391/74
daniel rudolgh nel salisbury chelmsford 802,3747ha LA5466/05 1529
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 143 7588/90 asgard investment p/l salisbury doune
667,2276ha LA5483/05 1530 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 144 678/95 mnadi farm
pvt ltd salisbury ealing 734,0360ha LA5545/05 1531 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 145 2080/84 guy stanley waston smith salisbury alamein 766,9668ha
LA5455/05 1532 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 146 4542/86 paul stephanuus
theron salisbury friedanthal estate 2 417,6115ha LA5452/05 1533 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 147 2074/69 tavistock estate p/l salisbury inyondo a 1
086,5811ar LA5449/05 1534 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 148 6862/92 ALIDY FARM
PVT salisbury REMAINDER EXTEND OF VEGNOEG 428,2571HA LA5576/05 1535
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 149 5070/85 charles campell waghorn salisbury
subdivision a of newlands 179,1700ha LA5432/05 1536 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT
13 150 3812/90 weinnes and sons p/l salisbury lot 1 of cavan estate
344/7509ha LA5519/05 1537 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 151 6047/93 Innesfree
pecans pvt ltd salisbury lot 1a of corby estate 242,7286ha LA5527/05 1538
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 152 3336/83 t j greaves p/l salisbury goeie hoop
764,8364ha LA5458/05 1539 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 153 1121/62 TCAINE P/L
salisbury norham 1 710,1397ar LA5513/05 1540 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13
154 9525/99 paraziva trading com pvt salisbury norway of sweden of herne
375,2950ha LA5467/05 1541 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 155 1070/95 jetmaster
properties pvt ltd salisbury nyarungu estate 193,5046ha LA5428/05 1542
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 156 1055/75 archie black and sons p/l salisbury
remaining extent of syston 882,1544ha LA5579/05 1543 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT
13 157 12998/99 rich harvest estate p/l salisbury rusimbiro 656,0927ha
LA5493/05 1544 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 158 4577/76 kenneth michael
mumford salisbury s d of gowerlands 384,6710ha LA5556/05 1545 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 159 4073/88 ross donald watkins salisbury scotsbank of
kenomo 405/1330ha LA5507/05 1546 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 160 636/95
ralston investments p/v salisbury farm silver oak 1 173,4297ha
LA5537/05 1547 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 161 5121/87 david malcolm mcvey
salisbury swallowfield 856,5180ha LA5499/05 1548 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT
13 162 9525/99 paraziva trading comp p/l salisbury remainder of sweden of
herne 374,22420ha LA5431/05 1549 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 163 5111/80
mohammed cader salisbury undale of chisandtsa 713,4795ha LA5514/05 1550
27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 164 3294/94 verdum farm p/l salisbury verdun
874,5049ha LA5488/05 1551 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 165 3495/88 freezing
point estates p/l umtali eden vale 1 362,0000ha LA5500/05 1552 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 166 1688/86 valley coffee plantation p.l umtali r/e of
mazonwe 3 746,2964ha LA5518/05 1553 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 167 2487/86
jean carol franklin umtali lot 1 of premier Estate 1 657,0500ha
LA5517/05 1554 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 168 4434/96 d t z ozgeo p/l
umtali fairview south of fairview 413,4455ha LA5511/05 1555 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 169 3894/85 hugo amos lock umtali oukar estate 867,5035ha
LA5546/05 1556 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 170 423/63 Mapor estates p/l
umtali lot 2 of mapembe estate 1 903,6362ar LA5503/05 1557 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 171 2329/73 mutare board and paper mills p/l umtali drennan
884,69ha LA5530/05 1558 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 172 1446/63 goldberh
brothers p/l umtali yardley 311,1200ar LA5551/05 1559 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 173 3822/72 mutare board and paper mills p/l umtali savillen estate 1
855,36ha LA5523/05 1560 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 174 8963/71 mutare board
and paper mills p/l umtali banks 783,24ha LA5487/05 1561 27-05-2005
SECTION 7 LOT 13 175 2265/80 esias johannes terblanche umzingwane whites run
estates 2 560,9947ha LA5593/05 1562 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 176 2569/80
boomerang farms pvt ltd umzingwane remainder of crocodile valley 2 353,9972ha
LA5489/05 1563 27-05-2005 SECTION 7 LOT 13 177 1676/70 terance arthur bowen
wankie railway farm 53 6 008,1250ha LA5463/05 1564 27-05-2005 SECTION 7
LOT 13 178 2808/73 lodewikkus smith wedza okiahoma estate 1916,2053ha
Police to use live ammo, army rolls into suburbs Sat 28 May
HARARE - Armoured troop carriers yesterday patrolled several
Harare suburbs as the army was summoned to help suppress swelling public
anger against an ongoing government onslaught against informal traders and
As soldiers descended on suburbs such as Glen
Norah, Glen View and Mbare, where police fought running battles with
informal traders in the last week, sources told ZimOnline that the police -
who have led the evictions - were under orders to use live ammunition
against civilians attempting to resist.
It could not be
established whether the army was also under instruction to shoot at
civilians with live ammunition.
According to the sources, Harare
police commander Edmore Veterai, on Thursday told about 2 000 police
officers at Morris police depot in the city that they should not fear
shooting with live ammunition at people resisting eviction because the
campaign against informal traders had the blessings of President Robert
THE police have been ordered to use live ammunition to
suppress resistance in Harare suburbs
Veterai, who was
addressing the policemen before dispatching them on the so-called "clean-up"
campaign, is said to have told the officers: "Why are you letting the people
toss you around when you are the police? From tomorrow, I need reports on my
desk saying that we have shot people. The President (Mugabe) has given his
full support for this operation so there is nothing to fear.
"You should treat this operation as a war. Those people fighting back need
to be taught bitter lessons because that is the only way to avoid further
Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo, who
oversees urban councils, said security forces were out to restore order and
would crush any attempted hooliganism or resistance by
He said: "We are simply restoring order. Yes we expected
some resistance but the security forces are on hand to crush any
hooliganism. It is these people who have been making the country
ungovernable by their criminal activities actually."
spokesman Oliver Mandipaka denied that the army had been called in to help
clamp down on rising public anger in the suburbs. "That (army involvement)
is an absolute lie. The army only comes when the situation gets out of hand.
As things stand there is absolutely nothing which warrants us to call in the
"We are moving on with the exercise until the city is clean,"
Mandipaka said before switching off his phone. It was not possible to
ascertain from Mandipaka whether the police were under orders to use live
However, a ZimOnline news crew that toured Glen
Norah saw armoured cars carrying heavily armed soldiers patrolling the
suburb, where hundreds of millions of dollars worth of goods were destroyed
when the police set fire to informal household furniture-making shops in the
In Glen View suburb, adjacent to Glen Norah, residents said
the soldiers did not harass anyone but claimed that the armed troops had
threatened them with unspecified action if goods looted from shops during
riots there earlier this week were not returned.
were not beating up people as they used to do in the past, but their
presence was intimidating enough . . . they also said they will be coming
back to deal with us if goods which were stolen from OK supermarket were not
returned," said one resident, who did not want to be named.
Meanwhile, the police yesterday widened the crackdown against informal
traders and homeless people to include squatter settlements on Harare's
Police razed to the ground hundreds of homes at
WhiteCliff Farm, about 20 km west of Harare, where pro-ruling ZANU PF party
veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970's independence war illegally settled at the
height of farm invasions.
About 10 000 residents including war
veterans and their families watched in shock offering no resistance to the
police who were armed to the teeth.
The police also dismantled
dwellings in Hatcliff extension when more than 20 000 families lived after
being placed there by the government in the 90s.
At the old
Epworth squatter camp established years before independence in 1980, police
fought running battles with mostly youths from the area trying to stop the
police from demolishing homes there. At least six people were seriously
injured in the clashes that were still ongoing by late last
More than 18 000 people have been arrested so far in the
clean-up operation which is also being carried out in other cities across
the country. - ZimOnline
Former finance minister blames Mugabe links for loss of top
banking job Sat 28 May 2005 HARARE - Former Zimbabwe finance minister
Simba Makoni yesterday publicly admitted for the first time that his links
with President Robert Mugabe cost him the Africa Development Bank (ADB)
presidency last week.
Makoni, who many on the continent and beyond
said was the best candidate for the job, told a press conference in Harare
that he had been warned weeks before the polls to select the ADB president
that the United States (US) and European countries with a stake in the bank
would oppose his bid because he is Zimbabwean.
who bowed out of the race in the third round, said: "Even before the
election, a number of Western diplomats in this country had warned that they
would not support me because of my Zimbabwean connections . . . Some
(Western countries) told me in my face that because I come from Zimbabwe,
they would not support me."
Western countries control 40 percent of
the ADB with African and Arab nations holding the remaining 60
The US and European Union countries have lobbied against
Mugabe and officials of his government and ruling ZANU PF party at many
international fora as part of punitive measures since 2002 to punish Harare
for failure to uphold democracy, the rule of law, human and property
Mugabe rejects the West's allegations against his
government accusing Washington and Brussels of targeting his government for
victimisation as punishment for seizing land from white farmers for
redistribution to landless blacks.
ZANU PF spokesman Nathan
Shamuyarira said the party, to which Makoni is a member, was disappointed
that the he had lost "because of some people who chose politics instead of
the right person." Makoni, a respected businessman, was sacked by Mugabe as
finance minister in 2003 over fiscal policy differences but retained his
position in the Politburo, ZANU PF's central decision-making
The ADB will be led by an interim president after the bank's
board of governors could not agree between Rwandese, Donald Kaberuka, who
had the backing of Western countries and Nigerian, Olabisi Ongunjobi. -
New Zimbabwean radio station opens in New York Sat 28 May
2005 JOHANNESBURG - Former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings disc jockeys,
purged in a government crackdown five years ago, have set up a new radio
station in New York, United States.
The new radio station,
Southern Africa FM, broadcasts on the internet news and music from southern
Africa targeting the diaspora audience.
The new radio station
becomes the fourth station to be set up outside the country since the
government began a crackdown against independent media voices five years
ago. The other radio stations are: Studio Seven, a Voice of America
initiative, SW Radio Africa and Afro-Sounds FM which broadcast from
Former ZBC disc jockeys Chaka Ngwenya, Brenda Moyo and
Plaxedes Jeremiah are part of the team at Southern Africa FM.
There are no independent radio stations in Zimbabwe. Attempts to break the
state media monopoly on radio broadcasting in the last few years have
virtually failed as the government dragged its feet in opening up the
President Robert Mugabe's government has shut down
four newspapers including the country's top selling daily, The Daily News,
in the last three years as the authorities stepped up a campaign against
The government has also refused to repeal harsh
media laws blamed for stifling the operations of private players in the
media sector forcing journalists to set up private radio stations outside
the country. - ZimOnline
SA lawyers to fight for jailed Zim MP May 27 2005 at
Two of South Africa's foremost constitutional lawyers will
appear in Zimbabwe's Supreme Court to mount a constitutional challenge
against the continued incarceration of former opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) Member of Parliament Roy Bennett.
to appear before Zimbabwe's highest court in Harare on Bennett's behalf are
advocates Mathew Chaskalson SC and Jeremy Gauntlett SC.
try to help Bennet barely a year after George Bizos saved MDC leader Morgan
Tsvangirai from going to the gallows on charges that he plotted to murder
President Robert Mugabe.
Roy Bennett is serving a 12-month sentence
with hard labour after he pushed Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa during a
heated debate on the land issue last year.
labelled Bennett's white ancestors as "murderers and thieves". - Independent
a.. This article was originally
published on page 10 of Daily News on May 27, 2005
Plan now for when Mugabe is gone, says Hill Patrick
Leeman May 27 2005 at 10:27AM
Neither the United
States government nor the countries of the European Union appear to have a
comprehensive plan for the reconstruction of Zimbabwe after President Robert
Mugabe is no longer in power.
This was said in Durban on Thursday
night by Geoff Hill, the Africa correspondent for the Washington Times. He
has just published a book entitled What Happens After Mugabe - Can Zimbabwe
Rise From The Ashes?
Speaking at the launch of the book, Hill said
Mugabe was now 81 - there were fewer days ahead of him than behind
However, no one seemed to know what to do when change did come
to Zimbabwe. There had been similar vacuums when the Taliban-controlled
government of Afghanistan was toppled and when the Saddam Hussein regime was
overthrown in Iraq.
The author said there were only two
foreign journalists left in Zimbabwe, and those working for the state radio
and television services were "propagandists".
Hill said there
were three million Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa alone. A radio school
could be set up in Johannesburg where many of these people could be trained
to become broadcasters in the Zimbabwe of the future.
nurses were in short supply in Zimbabwe because many had emigrated because
of the deteriorating health conditions.
A database could be set up
now to determine the number of Zimbabwean-born nurses worldwide, or others
who could be trained to take over in a new dispensation.
Zimbabwean police had previously enjoyed a very good reputation, but in the
recent past they had been "hopelessly politicised" in favour of
A properly-trained police force, which was impartial,
would be essential in a new Zimbabwe, the correspondent said.
Zimbabwe would need to establish a truth and reconciliation or justice
commission and embark on a process of reconciliation.
the success of the peace moves in Rwanda after the genocide of
. This article was originally published on page 7
of The Mercury on May 27, 2005
Reporter Last updated: 05/28/2005 01:14:46 A ZIMBABWE court on Friday
sentenced the country's registrar general to a two-month suspended jail term
for defying a series of court orders to surrender ballot boxes used in
disputed presidential elections held two years ago.
was sentenced to two months in jail by Justice Yunus Omerjee, and fined
Z$5-million (R3 690) for failing to obey court orders issued over the past
However, the judge suspended the prison sentence for 10 days
"on condition that [Mudede] complies with the order of this honourable
Mudede appeared on Friday to have capitulated to the court
demands, with government lorries seen outside the High Court offloading
ballot boxes from the 2002 polls. They are being stored at a room at the
Morgan Tsvangirai of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) is challenging President Robert Mugabe's victory in presidential
elections held in March 2002, which Tsvangirai lost by about 400 000
The opposition leader claims the vote was rigged, and his lawyers
have been battling to have the ballot boxes and packets containing the
papers delivered to the court so they can investigate them.
whom the MDC accuses of being a Mugabe loyalist responsible for rigging
three consecutive elections, denies he was deliberately defying the court
orders and said his office did not have the resources to comply. --
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Police torched
dwellings in a poor squatter camp overnight and deployed more than 3,000
officers Friday to "monitor" the destruction of informal settlements around the
capital. Residents rioted Thursday night in at least one township on the
southern edge of Harare as police arrested street vendors and burned their
kiosks. While police used gasoline and torches to destroy shacks in one
township, state radio said desperately poor residents in other areas hurriedly
tore down their own shacks, taking away building materials they had bought with
their life savings. Police are under orders to destroy "illegal dwellings"
and vendors' shacks as part of a campaign to clean up the city. About half of
the city's urban poor live in the shacks. About 10,000 street vendors have been
arrested since the crackdown began eight days ago. The opposition says the
campaign, which has triggered rioting, is a government ploy to justify declaring
a state of emergency. "We are on high alert. We really do not know where they
(police) are striking next," said Lovemore Muchingedzi, an opposition Movement
for Democratic Change party worker in the Glen Norah township where there was
extensive rioting Thursday night. "Police went around beating up anyone they
came across. They made sure there was no electricity in the area and under cover
of darkness they were beating everyone up," said Muchingedzi, who said the area
had quieted by daybreak. Trudy Stevenson, an opposition legislator for the
area that includes the Hatcliffe squatter camp in northern Harare, said people
there called her when three truckloads of armed police arrived late Thursday
night. "They told me they were burning everything but I better not come as I
might get shot in the darkness," she said. Opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai alleges the blitz, called "Operation Marambatsvina" (drive out trash)
is aimed at provoking unrest which will force urban opposition voters to return
to the countryside and the justify declaration of a state of emergency ahead of
nationwide economic collapse. A state of emergency would give the government
of President Robert Mugabe, 81, unlimited powers of search, seizure, detention
and censorship as the country goes into a food crisis with up to 4 million
people needing food aid. James Morris, head of the World Food Program and
representative of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, is due here next week to
discuss the relief effort with Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980
independence. Before recent parliamentary elections in which he claimed to
have won a landslide victory, Mugabe refused assistance saying the country had
had a "bumper harvest." His Zanu-PF party was alleged to have used access to
food to intimidate rural voters. Harare's government-appointed mayor, Sekesai
Makwavarara, announced Tuesday that illegal settlements and houses would be
destroyed in three months. The government has not explained why police have
already begun the destructions. State radio raid the roundup of street
traders and demolition of "informal housing" was discussed at a meeting Thursday
of Mugabe's elite 40-member policy-making body, the Politburo, in advance of a
Zanu-PF central committee session Friday.
Bhebhe Last updated: 05/27/2005 23:49:58 I HAVE been reading media reports
that SW Radio Africa is going to shut down if pledges by donors are not
This honestly cannot be allowed to happen. The fact that Robert
Mugabe's regime invested over £30 million in two Chinese built transmitters
at Thornhill Airbase to block their broadcasts into Zimbabwe speaks volumes
about their effectiveness. It is testimony to how threatened they felt over
the station's uncensored, free-flowing broadcasts.
We now have two
dedicated internet radio sations in Affro Sounds and the recently launched
SAR FM in New York but to be honest, Robert Mugabe will not lose sleep over
these. Why? They are targetting fairly rich middle class people in the
diaspora who can afford computers and broadband connections. If you are
already in the diaspora you can't vote or demonstrate in Zimbabwe and Mugabe
will not worry over your activities. Power in our country now resides in the
rural areas. These are giving by hook or crook the majority of votes for
Mugabe's tattered legitimacy in elections. We have a serious rural-urban
divide that needs bridging and the internet is certainly out of
This is what makes SW Radio Africa clearly effective. Their
Shortwave transmissions are reaching people in the rural areas and really
fostering a change of allegiance in the mentality of the rural people.
Mugabe always does his home work, and reports were filtering in that the
station founded in September 2001 has in the past four years been steadily
penetrating the rural areas while simultaneously updating the urban dwellers
on daily breaking news. If as is being predicted, the station is closed
down, what hope does Zimbabwe have? What is the use of funding NGO's,
newspapers and internet radio stations that target an already informed
audience who are already supporting the opposition anyway?
jamming devices installed by Mugabe, SW Radio Africa has to broadcast on at
least three or more frequencies to reach Zimbabweans. This, broadcasting
fundis will tell you is a very costly exercise requiring close to hundreds
of thousands of pounds. Although I understand they can still broadcast on
Medium Wave which is not currently being jammed, I am assuming their money
has already been exhausted by the multiple frequency broadcasts courtesy of
the Chinese intervention. I call on all the donors who are involved in
helping Zimbabwe to please stand up and support effective projects. Mugabe
has already shown us this project is effective so why are they not pushing
Is the world admitting China is now the superpower and
spreading its repressive tentacles around the world? Where are the so-called
super powers in this? How do you spread democracy by misdirecting resources?
Are we so blind to see what is needed? I was just thinking today how we
could change things if every Zimbabwean in the diaspora donated one US
dollar to the station. In our millions, we could have the station run on for
another year. I suggest the station has to open up such an account and see
how we will respond. I am personally prepared to put up 50 US dollars as the
opening donation and challege everyone in the diaspora to
The diaspora just has to lead the way for Zimbabweans back home.
Broadcasting is the key to power back home, this is why Mugabe has viciously
defended ZBC's monopoly for 25 years. It just has to be broken by an
independent Zimbabwean radio station. We in our wisdom or lack of it are
letting slip one of the few remaining voices capable of delivering change.
The irony of it all is that SW Radio Africa wins the Free Media Pioneer
Award 2005 from the International Press Instititute (IPI) and then closes a
few days later. Are we being serious? How the mandarins in Zimbabwe will
celebrate! I say no, this is a serious development in our fight for
democracy. Bhebhe is in the Media Studies Department at the John Moore
University in Liverpool TO LISTEN TO SW RADIO AFRICA: http://www.swradioafrica.com
WOZA CALL ZIMBABWEANS TO ACTION SATURDAY
18 JUNE 2005 - A DAY TO RESTORE OUR DIGNITY.
WOMEN of Zimbabwe Arise
(WOZA) deplores the ongoing treatment by the Zimbabwe Republic Police of
citizens attempting to eke out a living by informal trade. With unemployment
at over 70%, most Zimbabweans have tried to survive by becoming fulltime or
part time vendors. Many members of WOZA, widowed mothers, grandmothers and
youth fit into this category and have been affected by this mindless clamp
down. We sympathise with their loss of livelihood but call on them to remain
determined to free themselves from this cruel tyranny.
In a statement
issued on the 4th April, WOZA called for Zimbabweans to make a choice between
Mass Action or Mass Starvation but it has become important as mothers of the
nation to remind Zimbabweans what type of Mass Action could bring pressure to
bear and yield our better enjoyment of basic freedoms.
We call on our
sisters and brothers who are fighting to defend their livelihood to use
peaceful means of mass action as a way to safeguard their dignity. Mugabe and
his regime have 'degrees in violence'; striking back or hitting back will not
work, as violence only begets violence.
The Mass action referred to by
the women of WOZA is a nationalist version of civil disobedience or
resistance which we call 'Tough Love'. We promote the concept of loving your
country and fellow citizens enough to sacrifice yourself and suffer the
consequences. We sacrifice by acting to show that laws or treatment by
government are unjust and suffer the consequences of being beaten, tortured
or imprisoned. Mahatma Ghandi once said, "The willing sacrifice of the
innocent is the most powerful answer to the insolent tyranny that has yet
been conceived by God or man." Martin Luther King said, "Just men cannot
follow unjust laws."
The women of WOZA are inviting Zimbabweans to join
them in peaceful protest on Saturday, 18 June 2005, ahead of UN World Refugee
Day on 20 June. We have especially selected this day, as Zimbabweans are
living the lives of refugees in their own country especially so if they
cannot even earn a basic living by the honest trade of a vendor.
invite Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to organise protests outside
their Zimbabwean Embassies to highlight the plight of their kith and kin
back home. We know that as we make this call the 'slaves of POSA', will begin
to hunt us down to deter us from organising this peaceful expression
against the indignities we are made to suffer at their hands. But we are
reminded of the sacrifice of a great African Statesman, Nelson Mandela, who
led South Africans in a spirit of 'Amadelakufa' (Self sacrifice for the
To the leadership of the Movement for Democratic Change,
and other politicians who care about the living standards of Zimbabweans, we
have a simple message. Provide leadership to the Zimbabweans on the
street, participate in teaching principles and methods of peaceful
resistance, plan and organise to join us on the 18 June, when we restore our
To Zimbabweans: face facts Freedom is not for free. Stop
criticising what leadership you do have; if they are peaceful and are ready
to do battle with 'Tough Love', be they male, female, rich or poor, black or
white, play your part and you will find yourself blessed with the courage to
I went out to Hatcliffe Extension this
morning. It is like a bomb site! People are sitting beside their worldly
belongings, some still trying to take down their shacks before the police
get to them - everyone is looking dazed. The ZRP officer commanding told me
proudly there are 3000 police in there, so no wonder the people don't fight
back! Those without a place to go in Harare will be shipped out to a farm
beyond Tafara (Caledon?) but noone can take their cabin panels, bricks etc -
and the police don't know if there is any accommodation at the farm - I
doubt it!! Disaster - and this is a proper site and service scheme, and
people had paid 300 000 per stand last year for their lease documents, they
were legally there!!
From: Trudy Stevenson Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2005 2:40 AM Subject:
Please help - no humanitarian assistance available!
I have spent the
afternoon trying to get some humanitarian assistance for the Hatcliffe
Extension residents who are now without shelter for the second night and
will soon be without food, when they move away from their small kitchen
gardens, chickens etc. I am shocked to report that so far, I have not been
able to identify a single NGO or other organisation prepared to help, apart
from one church - Thank you God for your churches!
Cross reports they only deal with war situations. Zimbabwe Red Cross person
in charge of humanitarian assitance forgot cellphone this morning.
Zimrights says this is a nation-wide problem, too big for them... and so
Please, friends - we need help for about 500 families. We need
plastic for shelter and some emergency foodpacks, delivered either directly
to residents at Hatcliffe Extension New Stands (opposite SIRDC) or to
Northside Community Church - attention Destitute Care - or to my home at 4
Ashbrittle Crescent, Emerald Hill. We doubtless also need blankets and
jerseys, since it is much colder if you do not have proper
Thank you for any help you can give.
Stevenson Member of Parliament for Harare North Constituency
and even soft drink cans are being pressed into service by Zimbabwean gold
smugglers desperate to avoid trading their treasure for worthless currency
at rock-bottom rates.
One man's favourite method involves
putting his gold dust into an opened Coke can. When he arrives at Beit
Bridge, he puts the can to one side and allows customs officers to search
his car and pockets. A pair of brothers hides paper-wrapped packets in their
shoes. In the mountains of Chimanimani, locals claim that the convoys of
pickup trucks speeding down an otherwise deserted road carry sacks of sand
and gold in their trailers.
"See those?" gestures a man
towards the vehicles, some of which bear government registrations. "They are
going down to the diggings by the river. They will be back this way in a
couple of hours and heading for the border with
Local people are surprisingly open about the
illegal activities taking place in their midst. The small-scale smugglers
may escape official notice but, for any serious operators, Zimbabwean
officials insist on a cut.
On the plush lawns of the polo
club bar in Bulawayo, government involvement in gold smuggling is an open
secret. "I reckon about 80% of gold that is being mined here is being
smuggled out of the country," said one mine owner who did not want to be
named. "And everyone knows [Zanu-PF] is at the bottom of most of
Other miners dispute the percentage of gold smuggled out
of the country but figures from London-based metals and minerals consultants
GFMS show wide fluctuations in the amount of gold mined. From a high of
nearly 30 tons in 1999, official production fell to about 12,6 tons in 2003.
The next year it was up to 21,3 tons.
"The swing occurs
when the official buying price doesn't match what the gold is actually
worth," explained Bruce Alway, a senior metals analyst at
"A lot of gold is undeclared by producing mines and
ends up leaving the country through the back door."
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the number of small and medium-scale mines
is booming as other sources of employment shrink. Terry Alberry, who owns a
business in Bulawayo that supplies mining equipment, says that his customers
have increased tenfold in the past seven years.
mine owners fear that the newly re-elected Zanu-PF government is planning a
blitz on the mining industry similar to the land redistribution programme
that destroyed the agricultural sector five years ago. The ensuing violence
also drove away the lucrative tourist trade. Five years later, a quarter of
the population has fled the country and there are riots in the streets when
hungry citizens spot a rare bag of sugar on supermarket
One white farmer turned miner complained, "Today the
ruling party commandeered my tractor, driver and fuel. We do not dare object
to it. They want to process ore for free. Now they're coming to us and
saying we must sign over 51% of our mine to previously disadvantaged
The former cattle farmer, his face still scarred
from the beatings he received, went into mining in 2003, after he was shot
and threatened with decapitation. Now, like many other former farmers who
have invested in the mining sector, he is watching his business, which
employs 100 men, crumbling before his eyes.
government forces us to sell all the gold to the Reserve Bank. The parallel
[black market rates] are about 15 000 to 1, but we are being forced to sell
at 5 000 to 1," he said.
Despite losing one business, and
the threat of losing a second, this miner is one of the lucky
"Before the economy crashed I worked in a shop," said
42-year-old John Salburi. "We dig on the road because it is already clear of
bush. I am just trying to pay some school fees." Some weeks he does not even
make enough to feed his wife and two children. Now he sleeps outside near
his diggings under a plastic sheet spread between some trees and returns to
the city with money for his wife when he can.
among the tiny artisinal mines are large illegal mining camps with powerful
backers, usually rumoured to be high in the echelons of Zanu-PF. One such
site in Chimanimani, in the east of the country, has piles of neatly stacked
shovels and wheelbarrows, prefabricated buildings and heavy earthmoving
equipment. Gouges several metres deep have been dug into the road in both
directions to discourage any unauthorised vehicle
The uncontrolled excavations are devastating the
environment. Less than a mile from a broken-down digger left to rust on the
road, giant trees lie scattered over muddy pits. The miners believe that
gold collects around the roots of the trees, and dig around the base until
the tree collapses. The deforestation and digging increase the flow of silt
into streams and rivers, blocking them, and unregulated businesses washing
ore to remove the gold are dumping cheap cyanide into the same water
With inflation in the triple digits, and four out of
five people without jobs, the devastation and corruption dogging the mining
sector look set to kill the golden goose.
says nearly three million are in need of food aid Harare (dpa) - Zimbabwe's
government has revised initial estimates of those in need of food aid
upwards to nearly three million, but says the figure could be higher, a
newspaper report said Friday.
The state-controlled Herald quoted Sydney
Mhishi, a director in the ministry of social welfare, as saying 2.8 million
people had been identified as needing food aid this year.
government has set aside 100 billion Zimbabwe dollars (11 million U.S.
dollars) to buy food, Mhishi said.
``The number of people needing
assistance is expected to rise from last year's figures due to the fact that
this year has been another abnormal one in terms of rainfall,'' he
Mhishi said that the government did not have ``actual statistics''
for people requiring food aid as teams were still gathering the
The Herald reported him as saying demand was increasing by
the day. Aid agencies say at least five million out of Zimbabwe's 11.6
million people will require food aid this year.
James Morris, the
head of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) is due in Zimbabwe next week to
assess the country's food aid requirements.
President Robert Mugabe's
government, keen to stem criticism of its controversial land reform
programme that aid agencies say is partly to blame for recurrent food
shortages in the country, previously said just 1.5 million people needed
food aid this year.
The government blames food shortages on crop failures
caused by erratic rainfall. dpa rt wjh sc
Anger flares in high density areas BY MWANA
WEVHU HARARE - People whose taps run, whose dustman calls every day, whose
air is clean and fresh and whose lights and household gadgetry go on at the
flick of a switch can readily understand the despair boiling up to rage of
dwellers in crowded urban high density areas - who go for weeks without any
of these essentials of modern living. In Tafara and Mabvuku, the poorest
people have long endured a low standard of living as a direct consequence of
local government's incompetence, corruption and neglect. But at least they
could find fuel for their cookers, water to wash their dishes, bathe
themselves and keep their streets free of refuse and the stink of human
waste. That was in another time.
Now the outlook is bleak, and what was a
daily struggle has become an impossible nightmare. They have started to make
spontaneous protests, to throw stones and wield sticks and run amok. The
resulting damage to property has brought a fierce response by the forces of
law and order.
It affects us all, no matter how careful we may have been
to steer clear of politics, or how 'nicodemously' we carried a party card of
one side or the other (or both) as a shield and protector. The proudest
housewife, reveling in the admiration or envy of her neighbors and the love
and respect of her family, has been reduced to the level of an inhabitant of
a squatter camp. Even refugees in Dafur and other African hellholes get
occasional help with water and elementary sanitation services brought to
them by strangers.
As if this suffering was not enough, the people now
face the terrible consequences of their wholly understandable expression of
anger and frustration. They are entrapped by the Public Order And Security
Act (POSA). They probably didn't know just how draconian this law is,
because it has hitherto been applied mostly to people like civic minded NGOs
or journalists or cheeky lawyers.
When high-density dwellers finally
overcame any fear of the all-pervasive police and took whatever action they
thought would bring their plight to the attention of the authorities, they
could not have known how utterly cynical and cold the final response would
be. A harsh reminder of the prospect for those deemed to be leaders of the
recent disturbances in the townships is Section 17 of POSA, which has this
to say about Public Violence:
(1) Any person who, acting in concert with
one or more other persons, forcibly:
(a) disturbs the peace, security
or order of the public or any section of the public; or
the rights of other people;
intending such disturbance or invasion or
realising that there is a risk or possibility that such disturbance or
invasion may occur, shall be guilty of public violence and liable to a fine
not exceeding $100,000 or imprisonmentfor a period not exceeding 10 years or
The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA), a predominantly
voluntary group of public-spirited people, is the leading organization
showing concern for the plight of the people. It has made a call
The suspension of increased rates and charges, an end to the
imposed Makwavarara Commission, the restoration of a democratically-elected
Executive Mayor and Council, and dialogue between residents and Municipal
officials to seek a way forward.
CHRA has stated that it did not organize
the demonstrations or participate in any way but it recognizes and supports
the inalienable right of citizens to protest against injustice. "CHRA
salutes those residents who have the courage to stand up to this brutal and
repressive regime. Their example should encourage residents in other areas
to take action to demand acceptable service delivery."
of course, the inevitable political spin-off of all this mayhem. There has
been far too much interference in civic matters by the ruling Zanu (PF)
party and now that the majority of Harare's voters have rejected that party,
it would seem that they will be left to stew in their own juice.
added cruelty of the law is just another jab in the already bleeding side of
normally law-abiding people. History abounds with examples of whole
populations exploding with anger and bringing their tormentors to regret
their actions. CHRA's appeal may well prove to be the last bid for a
peaceful resolution of a highly inflammatory situation.
Zimbabwean exiles appeal to UN LONDON - Exiles in
Britain gathered outside the Zimbabwe Embassy on Wednesday to call on the
United Nations to intervene in Zimbabwe to prevent catastrophe. Organised
by the UK arm of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC), the demonstration drew attention to the complicity of
Zimbabwe's neighbours in maintaining President Mugabe in power by their
endorsement of the rigged elections in March.
The organisers said
they had chosen to demonstrate on Africa Day as this was a day of great
symbolic importance, marking the establishment of the Organisation of
African Unity (now the African Union) in 1963. Africa Day is observed
throughout the African continent.
ZLHR takes Bennett's case to AC BY OWN
HARARE - Former Zimbabwean lawmaker Roy Bennett and the
country's only political prisoner is being held in such deplorable
conditions in Zimbabwe's notorious Chikurubi Prison that the once-burly
commercial farmer is hardly recognizable, according to reports from Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). He has lost 26kgs in the past six months
and is in extremely poor health says ZLHR, which has taken Bennett's case up
with the African Commission on Human and People's Rights. A ruling is
The lawyers' contention before the commission is that
Bennett has not been tried and sentenced by a competent court of law - but
was jailed by members of Parliament sitting as a court dominated by his
opponents from the ruling Zanu (PF) party.
He was sentenced to 12
months imprisonment with hard labour after he pushed the minister of
Justice, Patrick Chinamasa, during an altercation in Parliament in which
Bennett's ancestors had been slandered as "thieves" by the
Other ruling party MPs who joined in the fray, and kicked
Bennett, were not apprehended or even rebuked by the Speaker who convened
the court on Bennett and issued certificates barring him from appealing to a
competent court of law.
Recently, Bennett was moved from Mutoko
Prison, 170 miles from Harare, to the maximum security Chikurubi Prison on
the outskirts of Harare - which is generally reserved for hard-core
criminals. No reason for the move was given either to him, his family or his
Mistreatment of Bennett catalogued by his lawyers includes being
denied blankets in mid-winter, poked in the eye by prison guards, generally
being physically and verbally abused, denied a change of clothes and clean
water to wash as well as proper food for several days on end. Inmates seen
talking to Bennett, or offering him their blankets, have been harassed by
Meanwhile government agents have been digging all over
his farm in search of arms caches so that they can have a proper case to pin
on him. This raises the real apprehension that the Zimbabwe government is
trying to find an excuse to continue to harass Bennett as his prison term
nears its end.
ZLHR says appeals to the Supreme Court concerning inhuman
treatment of political prisoners in the past have effectively fallen on deaf
ears as the court simply reserves judgment for years on end - during which
time the person concerned continues to suffer.
Unethical Hunting CHINHOYI - Dendales, formerly Eden
Hunt Safaris, is a 16 000 hectare game farm, 40 km from Chihoyi on the
Sanyati Road which is home to about 100 elephant and a large number of
plains game of varying species. The owner, Charles Ridley was evicted and
the ranch was taken over by a relative of a prominent Zanu (PF) cabinet
minister. According to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, the new settler
of Dendales is now selling hunts on the property and hunters are invited to
shoot as much as they want. "No hunting quota has been issued and three
professional hunters have already been there and shot two elephants and a
substantial number of plains game. We have the names of these hunters on
record if anybody is interested. A simple phone call is all that is required
to hunt there," said the report.
Cost of dictatorship too high JOHANNESBURG - "Why is
this Tony Blair coming to our country to contest elections? He is the one
causing all this trouble." So effective had been the anti-Blair campaign of
the Zimbabwe government in the March 31st election that poor MaMoyo believed
that Tony Blair was in Zimbabwe physically participating in the
elections. MaMoyo's mistaken belief was not based on ignorance or lack of
intelligence but was a result of five years of sustained propaganda from the
state coupled with the almost total denial of media voices to the rural
populace of Zimbabwe.
Analysts seeking to explain the staying power
of the Mugabe regime agree that Robert Mugabe's greatest success has been to
divert attention from internal repression by invoking anti-imperialist
In a recent article published in the Review of African
Political Economy, Professors Brian Raftopoulos and Ian Phimister noted:
"The land question in particular has been located within a discourse of
legitimate redress for colonial injustice, language which has resonated on
the African continent, and within the Third World more
Thus the government-owned Herald is able to dismiss
international concern about human rights, democracy, press freedom and the
independence of the judiciary as 'a smokescreen to maintain the colonial
grip (of Britain) on Zimbabwe'.
The consequence of this, argue
Raftopoulos and Phimister, is that "when opponents of Zanu (PF) have
expressed their criticism of the regime through the language of human rights
and democracy, they have struggled to make their voices heard above the
clamour of anti-imperialism. Their protests have either been grotesquely
misrepresented or simply ignored."
Debates within the South African media
are a case in point. The South African president, cabinet ministers and ANC
leaders - especially the ANC Youth League - have buttressed Mugabe's
ideological position by launching stinging attacks on conservative white
Western critiques of the Mugabe regime and conspicuously downplaying or
ignoring critical African voices.
A case in point is the response to the
report on the situation in Zimbabwe by the African Union's Commission of
Human and People's Rights has been all but ignored by the South African
Based on a fact-finding mission to Zimbabwe in the wake of
the controversial 2002 presidential election in Zimbabwe, the AU Human
Rights report was compiled by distinguished and respected individuals,
including Professor Barney Pityana, a liberation movement veteran, former
chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission and current Vice
Chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA). It is ludicrous to
dismiss someone of Pityana's stature as a "puppet of Western imperialism" so
the AU report is simply ignored.
Also ignored was the Zimbabwe
government's exclusion of some of the most experienced African electoral
observers in the March 31 elections. Not one government in the region
protested against the exclusion of the Electoral Institute of Southern
Africa (EISA) and the SADC Parliamentary Forum.
If the democratic
movement in Zimbabwe wants to make any headway in breaking the Mugabe
regime's ideological stranglehold within the region, it has to highlight the
appropriation of an anti-imperialist discourse to serve narrow political
It has to invoke African instruments such as the Constitutive
Act of the African Union and the African Charter for Human and People's
Rights. It also has to make a shift away from Zimbabwean exceptionalism and
locate Zimbabwe within African debates on elections, democracy and
For example we should have had extensive Zimbabwean
commentary on the recent elections in Togo, the crisis in the Ivory Coast
and the attempts to restore peace in the DRC and rebuild the state in
There is a lesson for Zimbabweans to learn from all these
experience - the cost of decades of dictatorship is high and recovery is
sometimes well nigh impossible. Let us try to resuscitate the patient before
it is too late.
BY Ché HARARE - There was
an article the other day in the Herald about politically motivated arrests
of some 30 people in the DRC. Like many Zimbabweans, I glossed over the
article and moved on in search of "more interesting news." I did not organize
a picket of the DRC embassy, nor did I fire off a quick letter to Amnesty
International or the DRC ambassador. I didn't even mention it to colleagues
at work by the water cooler. Nope! It was just another bit of boring
statistical news in the paper.
This is precisely the problem Zimbabwe
faces. We are just another news item for the average South African, Tswana,
Zambian and Namibian. The Mozambicans, Angolans and Malawians do not even
read the full article on alleged retribution attacks by one political party
against another's supporters.
They have enough survival problems of
their own. How Zimbabweans can expect Thabo Mbeki and heir apparent
Dhlamini-Zuma to come to their rescue baffles me. We seem to think our
crisis warrants more attention than Darfur, Palestine and Iraq put together!
My, we are a spoilt lot!
Spoilt because our middle class has too much to
lose and so will not go into the streets in a mass peaceful protest. Spoilt
because we do not have a culture of activism at all. We do not know the
meaning of justice, equality, the right to stand up for our vote and reclaim
it. We do not even have the time to express our public outrage when a
general hand sexually abuses 14 children in a primary school.
activists for the day and only when the issue is our wages! The 1997 food
riots had more to do with our stomachs than our outrage at political
injustice. We understand injustice but cannot stand up for justice. Others
fought the war for us and unfortunately those who fought for us are on the
side of the oppressor - so we have no one left to fight our
We love press conferences and symposiums in ornate hotel
conference rooms - but we do not act on our word. The more conferences with
the same audience of students looking for a piece of action, the better it
is for our annual donor report. That done, we take off to another conference
in London, Brixton, Geneva and Johannesburg.
The first question we
ask is what the per diem amounts to. The next is where the nearest shopping
mall is before turning to matters at home. We then rattle off a few
statistics about the situation back home, call for Mbeki to do something
about it and then head for the mall before it closes for the
Yet we never walk the talk. We never announce a day of mass
protest because we are unsure of our leadership capacity and because we do
not want to "lose lives". A night of prayer is the best we can muster! Are
Do we lack the necessary belief in our own freedom to the
extent that we expect Mbeki and Dhlamini-Zuma to deliver it on our behalf?
Have we danced the kwasa kwasa tune to such an extent that our spines have
become too supple to stand up straight?
What did Zambians do when
Chiluba went for a third term? Call Mbeki? What did ordinary South Africans
do when Mbeki ignored AIDS? Call Obasanjo? Indeed what did the people of
Madagascar do when their vote was stolen? Call Mauritius?
Zimbabweans, we are the laughing stock of every opposition party and
oppressed people in the world. For the amount of publicity we received over
a minor problem compared to Sudan, Sierra Leone, Côte D'Ivoire and the DRC,
we have surely messed up and spurned the opportunity to take our destiny
into our own hands once and for all.
All we can do now is wait for
someone to die in office. Shame. And woe to us all if the next guy or woman
is worse. Perhaps then we can switch tactics and pray for the second coming
to be brought forward?
Who will stand? Who believes strongly enough in
the principles of justice and equality to stand and lead in the opposition,
in civic society and who believes strongly enough in the same things to
stand and follow those who will lead?
Impassioned plea from Gono BY LITANY BIRD Dear
Family and Friends,
This week the Reserve Bank Governor devalued our
dollar by a paltry third of its value, adjusted the projected inflation
figures upwards and told us exactly how bad things have got in the country.
For two and half hours the Reserve Bank governor's presentation was
broadcast live on national television.
The following day a question
and answer breakfast meeting was also broadcast live. Gideon Gono described
utter chaos while his audience of ministers, bankers and businessmen laughed
in the right places, sipped their fruit juice or pure bottled water and
feasted on a huge breakfast.
The Governor spoke about resettled farms,
where people who are supposed to be farmers are cutting down productive
orchards to sell the firewood, selling timber plantations to foreigners for
US dollars and chopping out mature coffee plantations in order to plant a
few maize pips.
He spoke of farmers stripping assets, destroying
infrastructure and making immovable property moveable in order to sell it.
He said that farmers were selling anything and everything that is left on
the farms they were given. He spoke of massive environmental degradation and
a rape of the land so widespread that there would soon be nothing left for
Zimbabwean children to inherit.
Gono talked about people leaving the
country by air, with suitcases literally bulging with US dollars. He said
others were crossing the border by road with foreign currency stuffed into
false fuel tanks under their cars and of unauthorized private aircraft
coming in to collect smuggled gold.
Almost every sentence contained words
like corruption, indiscipline, hoarding and abuse. He spoke about greed that
knows no bounds. But I fear his words and impassioned pleas to save the
environment and natural resources will fall on deaf ears because, frankly,
no one gives a damn any more.
Many of us have been crying out about
environmental destruction for the last five years but we have been silenced,
called colonialists, racists, imperialists and sell-outs. The facts,
however, are there for all to see - Zimbabwe's natural resources are being
looted, the environment is being destroyed and the pace quickens every
The people who have the power to stop it - ministers, politicians
and government officials - continue to do absolutely nothing. They do
nothing about stream-bank cultivation, ploughing, planting and well-digging
on delicate wetlands. They do nothing about fish netting, bird snaring and
animal hunting and poaching. They do nothing about widespread felling of
decades-old indigenous trees.
We can only assume that the silence and
inaction of our authorities means that they do not want or expect their
children to spend their lives in Zimbabwe. If they did, surely, they would
do something. Until next week, Ndini shamwari yenyu.
Farms for free EDITOR - I read with interest that the
Zimbabwe government is considering offering farms free of charge to Chinese
would-be farmers in the hope that they can restore productivity after
learning the techniques. This comes after the failure of Libya to do
so. Why on earth don't they give them 'back' to the owners who already know
how to farm more efficiently than anyone else and save themselves any claims
There is simply no food EDITOR - Traveling back from
Beatrice to Harare last night, I stopped on the road to phone my children to
warn them I would be late home. While I was busy an elderly gentleman was
walking past and stopped to ask if I was all right or needed help. His eyes
were sunken and his cheekbones protruding from his face. He had no fat or
flesh cover and looked much older than he really was. We started
chatting. He was an ex-farm worker living with relatives down the road as he
had no job and no food. He was concerned that there was nothing for him or
his family to eat for the future and no prospect of getting any job. Once I
was through with my call he cheerfully waved me off and continued with his
There is no food out in the rural areas. My family in Matabeleland
South eat only after 9pm so that they are not observed . They brew mahewu to
drink surreptitiously during the day and when we sent maize to them last
week, they quickly buried it underground in a hut so that they could not be
seen with food.
We continue to be told that no one will starve but
the only people who are able to get food are the well connected.
The facts about Kariba EDITOR - I refer to your article
"Kariba Dam Wall" published in The Zimbabwean issue of May 6th 2005. The
sentence "The word on the street is that due to the government's lack of
interest and/money, no maintenance work has been done on it for something
like three years" is quite misleading. The implication is that "the
government, presumably referring to the Zimbabwean government, has not been
maintaining the dam wall. The facts are:
1. The Kariba dam wall is
jointly owned by the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
maintenance of the wall and monitoring of hydrology and water quality and
water abstraction from the lake are a responsibility of the Zambezi River
3. ZRA is an intergovernmental organisation formed by
treaty between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
4. ZRA answers to an
Inter-ministerial Council composed of relevant Ministers from both
5.The generation of electricity from Lake Kariba was devolved
to the energy supply authorities of the respective countries, Zambia
Electricity Supply Commission (ZESCO) in Zambia and Zimbabwe Electricity
Supply Authority (ZESA) in Zimbabwe. The maintenance of the power stations
on the north and south banks units are the responsibility of the respective
There is thus no single government
responsible for the maintenance of the dam wall. So if you need information
on the condition and maintenance status of the Kariba Dam wall I suggest you
contact ZRA. They have a website. www.zaraho.org.zm
All disowned commercial farmers EDITOR - The
Compensation Coalition is a grouping of a number of organizations that
currently represent in one form or another in excess of 3000 of the
Zimbabwean Farmers who have been dispossessed of their Farms, their Homes
and their Livelihood, that has taken place since the year 2000 to the
current date, under the guise of the Land Reform programme. The Compensation
Coalition believes that for the benefit of Zimbabwe as an Independent
Sovereign State, and to enable Zimbabwe to be recognized and appreciated
throughout the world it is fundamentally important that the issue of
compensation for the losses incurred by those dispossessed, needs to be
justly and fairly resolved.
It is easy to understand that if those who
have been dispossessed in such a manner, are not accorded the correct
compensation, how can any would be investor into Zimbabwe be assured they
would not suffer the same dispossession of their investments in the future,
bearing in mind even Zimbabwean citizens in many cases as farmers for a
number of generations have not as yet been fairly
Farmers who themselves were encouraged by our government,
and who responded accordingly - to increase production, improve farming
methods, implement better housing schemes, build schooling facilities,
construct dams, canals and storage works to enhance irrigation, upgrade the
genetics of the livestock and poultry industries, open up the horticultural
industry; build our nation's tobacco output to be the world's second largest
exporter of quality Virginia tobacco, provide sufficient cereals to ensure
not only enough to feed the nation but allow for a surplus. Farmers who
produced yields and results as good as, and in many cases better than, their
fellow farmers around the globe, have had their enterprises acquired, homes
lost, and livelihood removed.
It is the prerogative of any government
to do what it believes to be in the best interest of the nation, and in a
method that it believes will yield the best results. The future and its
people will record whether or not any given decision will be judged as
successful or otherwise. It really is also incumbent on that same government
to ensure that fairness is achieved to all its people while undertaking what
it believes to be to the benefit of the state.
Coalition states the following:
1/. Those offered compensation currently
are being given a verbal quote as to the values of such compensation. This
is not the procedure as required under the act. Nor is any indication
provided as to how the values have been arrived at.
2/. Payment in
Zimbabwe dollars, under the current hyper-inflation is an amount with no
known real value. For example a house in Harare selling for 3-4 million
dollars just 5 years ago can be selling now for in excess of 2 Billion
3/. Payment in Zimbabwe Dollars over a number of years, as is
being proposed verbally to some, will render that value the same fate as has
happened to peoples Life insurance policies, savings, pensions etc. The cost
of a stamp now in some cases has exceeded the value of some Life insurance
policies taken out in good faith by pensioners when they were young working
individuals, taking out insurance which they believed would assist their old
4/. Title is recognized world wide, and is accepted as
ownership in places like Mozambique, even some 35 years later. The same
applies to many places that were once part of the communist block in Eastern
Europe, in excess of 50 years ago. If you opt to take compensation and
relinquish your title deeds, you lose any further claims to that
5/. Compensation consists of many parts. Firstly compensation
for the fixed assets that were on the property at the time the owner was
dispossessed. Secondly the land itself (which the Zimbabwe Government states
it will not compensate for). Thirdly there is the loss of income that the
business provided to the owner and fourthly there is what is known as
disturbance compensation or consequential loss.
offered so far to individual farmers appears to only consider fixed assets,
and at a value of only about 10 to 15 % of the value derived at by the
members of the Valuators Consortium who are all registered Real Estate
Valuators in Zimbabwe.
7/. Values for the other forms of compensation
mentioned in 5/. above vary from individual to individual, and are not as
easy to quantify and need to be negotiated by individuals, considering each
8/. While there is a divergence of views between our
government in Zimbabwe and many in the international community (Britain in
particular) as to who should pay the compensation and for the land, it is a
sad fact that the dispossessed farmers are suffering as a result of this
dispute over which they have no control. If our government does not have the
funds to pay the correct compensation, the payment of the wrong compensation
will only serve to increase the concern that new would be investors in
Zimbabwe would have regarding the security of any projects they may wish to
9/. Every farmer who has had his property acquired is in a
different situation. Some no longer reside in Zimbabwe, some still wish to
return to farming, as that is the profession in which they are trained, some
are now old and have no wish to return. Some are near destitute having lost
all their savings and their home, some have been successful in relocating to
neighbouring countries, and some have made new businesses away from
agriculture. Therefore the issue of compensation, its amount, and the method
of payment impacts differently on each and every individual dependant on
their own particular situation. Some have indeed been stretched so far they
have in reality lost the ability to negotiate and are prepared to take
whatever crumbs are offered.
10/. Think carefully and deeply in all
issues regarding compensation, especially if you believe it not to be fair.
Seek advice from the Valuators consortium, your farming representative body,
or any other organization or establishment that represents
Member organizations of the Compensation Coalition
Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe report on violence and
human rights violations in Matabeleland in the 1980s. This report makes
chilling reading. Please be warned that those of a nervous disposition might
find it distressing. In December 1983 in the Mgulatshani area, eight named
men and women and many others were detained by a ZNA unit (not 5 Brigade).
Some were demobbed ZIPRAs and they were tortured by the CIO and given
electric shocks to the testicles at Kezi Air Strip. One of those detained in
1983 was detained again in May 1984 at Bhalagwe.
Along with other
ex-ZIPRA members, he was held for four months and tortured regularly. Many
of the ZIPRA members simply disappeared during this time while others were
threatened with ending up 'down mine shafts'.
In January 1984 Zanu (PF)
officials addressed a rally at Mbembeswana in central Matobo. People were
forced to attend and were trucked in from all over the region, including St
On the way home from this rally an army puma crashed, killing
six school children from St Joseph's Mission and injuring 104 others, some
very seriously. The CCJPZ report comments that The Chronicle reports the
incident, but gets the location of the accident wrong.
1984 villagers in the area were rounded up to the 5 Brigade camp near St
Joseph's and then to Bhalagwe. (Tshipisane village was mentioned, among
other unnamed villages). Victims, both men and women, refer to being beaten
with 'logs' and thorn branches and being tortured into making false
There is also reference to women having sharp sticks
pushed into their vaginas. A man found herding donkeys west of the mission
was beaten by 5 Brigade for 'curfew breaking' and taken to Bhalagwe where he
was tortured and detained for three months.
Also in February 1984 an
elderly woman who ran a grinding mill was severely beaten by 5 Brigade at
Bidi Store - for breaking the curfew and the food embargo. The next day her
female co-workers were also beaten and forced to open the store so that
members of 5 Brigade could drink there. Two villagers (a Zapu branch
secretary and one other) were severely beaten by 5 Brigade in the bush, and
were hospitalised for 3 months. A woman, her brother and two others were
removed from their homes to Bhalagwe, and beaten.
The woman also had
sharp objects forced into her vagina, along with further beatings. An old
man and another man reported being severely beaten for 'parenting
dissidents' and were taken to Bhalagwe for several months.
In the Mzola
Dam area a group of at least 8 elderly men were severely beaten by 5 Brigade
for eating at eleven in the morning. They were forced to do strenuous
exercise while being beaten throughout the day.
One was then released,
while the others were kept overnight, transferred to Guardian Angel and then
Mabisi Dip. Torture continued and several of the men collapsed completely
and one was finally beaten to death.
In April 1984 a man found driving a
car at Bidi Shopping Centre was accused of being a senior Zapu official and
was beaten. His wife and child were beaten and his car was shot full of
He was then detained at Bhalagwe for three months and was tortured
by the CIO. In November of the same year in Mtsuli village nine members of 5
Brigade severely beat a man in front of others and kicked him in the
diaphragm until he vomited blood.
On February 11, 1985 a man from
Bidi was among many abducted throughout Matabeleland in nightly raids by
CIO. By November 1985, he had not been located. Two other named men went
missing in this area in February 1985.
In May 1987 dissidents accused
people in Mtsuli village of being sell-outs. They severely beat two men. The
incident was reported to ZRP and the two dissidents were later
Next week - an overall look at the human rights violations in all
the areas covered.
Witness account of Police brutality BY FRANK
CHIKOWORE HARARE - Exactly 15 days after Zimbabwe joined the rest of the
globe in Commemorating the United Nations World Press Freedom Day on May 3,
and less than two months after the nation celebrated 25 years of
"independence and democracy," the Harare administration saw it fit to
torture me for practicing my profession. My crime: filming police details
while they raided flea market vendors in Harare's central business district.
But in its lead story, the Herald newspaper carried a big picture of vendors
who had been rounded up by the police. Some police details are in the
picture. I am told that State television covered the raids as well on the
day I was arrested. How partisan could the police be?
If the cops
knew they were doing the correct thing by beating citizens who were trying
to live an honest life by vending, why would they assault me and hundreds of
the vendors? If they were right, why would they be afraid of being filmed?
Now we are told the blitz is expanding countrywide.
But let me go back
to the illegal raids. They were made around 1700 hours when the nation was
closing for the day's business. The timing speaks volumes. After vendors had
spent the whole day selling their goods to public, the police saw it fit to
confiscate their property so that they would be made to pay admission of
guilty fines at Harare Central Station.
When I was in custody, I could
hear some police details claiming that three quarters of the raided goods
went missing. It would not surprise me to hear that police had taken the
property for their own personal use.
My arrest while on duty - in
possession of a government license (press accreditation card) as required by
the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) -was not
Police details used their baton sticks, clenched fists and
guns to assault me. I thought that was the end of me. I turned to God for
the first time in my life. But my prayers did not stop the police officers -
from the Juliet Troop of Chikurubi Support Unit - hitting me with the butts
of their guns.
I could hear one of them shout: "We want to do more than
what we did to your friends Ray Choto and Mark Chavhunduka. And to make
matters worse, you are a freelance journalist. Sellout. I thought you were
from the Herald!"
The beatings only stopped after about 25 minutes (while
handcuffed) when members of the public were screaming "leave the boy; he
will die now if you continue beating him". I was no longer feeling the pain.
I was thinking of death at the hands of the police.
account of his ordeal will be continued next week.
* "It's outrageous
that Zimbabwean authorities would lock up someone who was simply filming the
activities of police in a public place," said Ann Cooper, executive director
of the Committee to Protect Journalists. "We demand the immediate and
unconditional release of Frank Chikowore and an end to this kind of
HARARE - The Zimbabwe
Conservation Task Force has reported that the Harare drinking water which
comes from Lake Chivero is not fit for human consumption because raw
sewerage is being pumped into the lake. "Since the onset of the land reform
programme, the people who previously worked on farms in the rural areas have
moved into the main centres in search of employment and the sewerage system
can no longer efficiently cope with the waste of the increased
"The raw sewerage now goes directly into Lake Chivero. This
has been the case for the past few years but the problem is now critical
reports of people being hospitalized for stomach ailments are becoming more
and more frequent. There is a terrible stench of human excrement emanating
from the water," said spokesman Johnny Rodrigues.
"I contacted the
Harare branch of the World Health Organization who passed me from one person
to another. In the end, I was told that they couldn't do anything about it
and I should contact the Government Water Resources Task Force but I
couldn't get through to them. I then tried the Municipality who were not
interested. In desperation, I contacted the media and took a team of
journalists and photographers out to the lake. The story and photos were
published last week in one of our local newspapers.
"We would like to
urge Harare residents to boil all their drinking water because there doesn't
seem to be any solution to this problem at the moment," he
Meanwhile the task force has reported that its report about
poaching in Lake Chivero has been acted upon by National Parks. "They did a
raid and 15 poachers were arrested and were fined Z$2.5 million each. A
large quantity of nets and several boats which had been utilized in their
poaching operations were recovered," said Rodrigues
Government will descend on errant service stations,
which are deliberately diverting fuel from the formal market to the black
market where it is sold at exorbitant prices.
The Permanent Secretary
for Energy and Power Development, Mr Justice Mupamhanga, said yesterday
Government would take action against all parallel market
"All defaulters will be brought to book. It's something we have
been doing and we have never stopped. But at this time we have intensified
the programme so that the situation is put under control," said Mr
Fuel has continued to be in short supply during the last two
months but the commodity is readily available on the parallel market at
For instance, petrol is being sold at prices ranging
between $30 000 and $60 000 per litre.
"We are working with the
police," said sources who could not be named. "Although at this stage the
campaign has started in Harare where police are also working to flush out
illegal dealings, the programme (to rid the fuel sector of unscrupulous
dealers) will also be implemented countrywide and it is expected to be
completed in a month's time."
It was discovered that no informal traders
have been accessing fuel from the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (Noczim)
depots, but instead, were getting supplies from the service stations that
would have bought the commodity from the parastatal.
The fuel station
operators are said to be working in cahoots with illegal fuel
At some service stations, half of the fuel supplied would be
sold at the official price while the rest found its way on to the black
Some individual fuel importers have also been cited as the major
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe on Tuesday announced that it had
released US$18,5 million to Noczim for importing fuel with the first tranche
expected tomorrow, a development which is likely to see improvements in the
"It should be understood that the clampdown on the
errant service station operators is meant to kill the black market. People
should not expect to see an improvement in the fuel supplies after the
campaign but we are saying no to black market," said one source.
was indicated that all fuel loopholes, which have contributed to the
shortages of the commodity and black market, would be dealt with to ensure
that sanity prevails.
Zimbabwe has not been receiving constant
supplies of fuel due to shortage of foreign currency.
THE trial of the now defunct Daily News reporter,
Kelvin Hamunyare Jakachira, who is facing allegations of contravening the
Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), has been set
for August 4 this year.
Jakachira (31) of number 10 Marlborough Court
in Mutare yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Marehwanazvo Gofa
who announced the trial date.
Allegations against Jakachira are that he
practiced as an unaccredited journalist between January 1, 2003 and
September 13 the same year.
The State alleges that on June 15 2002, the
Government published a Statutory Instrument to the effect that all
journalists working in the country should be registered and accredited by
the Media and Information Commi-ssion as envisaged in AIPPA.
Statutory Instrument had a grace period of up to December 31, 2002.
October the same year, the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists organised a
conference to map out the procedure and requirements for
On January 1 2003, Jakachira was not yet registered with
the MIC as required by the law but he continued to practice as a journalist
in the country.
Jakachira, the State alleges, only stopped practising
without accreditation on September 13 after the Supreme Court ruled that the
Daily News was an illegal publisher.
The State argues that
Jakachira's actions were in contravention of section 83 (1) of
SEVERAL filling stations took delivery of petrol and
diesel yesterday following efforts by Government and the Reserve Bank of
Zimbabwe to alleviate the fuel crisis.
As queues formed at the few
service stations which received supplies yesterday, tankers could be seen
queuing at the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (Noczim)'s Msasa
Security guards manning the depot's entrance confirmed that the
tankers had been moving fuel since morning.
Long, winding queues
stretching for at least 600 metres could be seen on roads leading to several
filling stations such as Engen along Fourth Street and Total along Samora
Machel Avenue in the city centre, where motorists were sitting in their
vehicles as they awaited their turn to fill up.
At Ford Service Station
along Chiremba Road in Chadcombe police and soldiers had to be summoned to
control the queue after some motorists threatened to burn down the filling
station alleging favouritism in the selling of the fuel.
the police presence, the motorists were threatening to beat up anyone who
dared to jump the queue.
At one filling station Mr Roy Nyashanu, waiting
in the queue, accused the owner of tricking them into believing that the
fuel supplies had run out.
"He told us that the fuel had dried up. But
when told him that we were going to contact The Herald to expose his black
market dealings, he promptly ordered the attendants to pump the fuel into
the vehicles in the queue.
"At times when you come here, you are told
there is no fuel only - to your total surprise - to see the same garage
selling fuel to apparently favoured motorists during late hours at night,"
he said. The owner of the filling station refused to comment on the
A service station at Warren Park shopping centre also took
delivery of fuel. However, motorists had to fork out $200 000 for five
litres of petrol instead of the regulated pump price of $18 000.
areas such as Tynwald, Belvedere and Dzivaresekwa, motorists had formed long
queues at filling stations in anticipation of fuel deliveries.
crisis, which had hit hard public transport operations in Harare,
subsequently spread to other parts of the country.
As a result,
hundreds of commuters in Harare and other affected areas had to walk long
distances to and from work because of transport shortage resulting from the
The positive effects of the resumption of deliveries had not
yet filtered down as the transport situation remained tight yesterday
despite it being a holiday.
Many people in the high-density suburbs
who intended to get into town in the morning were stranded while those
wishing to return home from the city had to wait for long hours for
Some commuters from suburbs close to the city like Hillside,
Arcadia and Braeside could be seen walking to town along Robert Mugabe and
Ruwa commuters' difficulties were further compounded by the
fact that both road and rail transport services were erratic.
yesterday morning, there was only a single Zupco bus transporting people to
the city from the satellite town.
Mr Emmanuel Manyau, a University of
Zimbabwe student, who commutes to and from the campus on a daily basis,
lamented over the problem.
"Transport blues are affecting our studies as
we are getting to college late for the end of semester examinations," he
Since Monday this week, many people were increasingly making use of
commuter trains although their availability was reportedly
Efforts to contact the spokesperson at the National Railways of
Zimbabwe were fruitless as the Harare officials refused to comment referring
the Press to their headquarters at the Bulawayo office, which could not be
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe on Tuesday announced that it
had released US$18,5 million to Noczim for the procurement of fuel with the
first tranche made available on Friday.
However, there is normally a
time delay between payment and delivery of fuel as requisite arrangements
have to made and it takes time for the fuel pumped from the port city of
Beira in neighbouring Mozambique to reach Zimbabwe and be
Secretary for Energy and Power Development Mr Justin
Mupamhanga told The Herald that he was confident that the situation would
"We are working hand in glove with the RBZ. It's not just
about the money, but also the logistics in the supply chain. The process is
a bit long, but efforts are being made to plug all the gaps," he
Mr Mupamhanga also stressed that the current fuel shortages needed
to be viewed in a broader light, pointing out that "you cannot isolate fuel
procurement from the challenges the economy is facing".