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A Zimbabwean has written to me telling me of an incident in a shopping centre in the city centre recently. She was waiting in the car with her two children while a friend went into the centre to collect a parcel. She was approached by a man claiming to be a war-vet. He told her "that he "owned" the buildings and parkings in this particular part of town. He told me had to pay his rent and if I wanted to park there, I would have to give him his rent money or move! ". She said he started getting aggressive and her children were frightened. She refused his demands and he began using foul language and getting very nasty and a security guard came across and shoved him and told him to push off. The so-called war-vet moved away to another vehicle and she saw him remove something from the dashboard. Fortunately at that moment her friend came out of the shopping centre and they left immediately. An unnerving experience in the city - "there is NOWHERE you can go without being harrassed".
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Daily News

Evicted farm workers reduced to destitutes

5/1/02 10:16:45 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporter

SCORES of farm workers and their families, evicted by war veterans and Zanu
PF supporters from Chipesa and Chakadenga farms in Marondera two weeks ago,
are now living like refugees in their own country.

They were given a 20-minute ultimatum within which to pack all their
belongings and vacate the properties.

After hurriedly packing a few items, they were ferried in their employers’
lorries and dumped at a secluded spot near Lastly Farm in Marondera West
where, together with their wives and little children, they endured the cold
weather for a week.

A Good Samaritan who drove by came to their rescue and carried them to
Harare where humanitarian organisations, including Amani Trust and the
Zimbabwe Community Development Trust, offered them food and tents for

The farmworkers said most of their children would not attend school next
term and faced a bleak future.

Robson Mapara, 42, said: “I stayed at the farm for more than 12 years and I
am a Zimbabwean by birth. I also need the land and I think it would have
been fair to equally divide the land among all those who need the land,
instead of chasing us away.”

A total of 127 workers at Chipesa were displaced and are now camped in
Msasa. The workers yesterday complained that they had no food, clothes or
decent shelter. All the workers are living in crammed shacks provided for
them by donor organisations in Harare.

Their spokesperson said:
“We are Zimbabweans. We were born and bred on those farms but Zanu PF
supporters and war veterans have told us to go to Harare where the MDC won
(during the 9 - 11 March presidential election). They said they had opened
the ballot box used in the Chipesa area during the last election and
discovered that all the farm workers had voted for the MDC.”

The destitute workers alleged they were evicted by people wearing T shirts
emblazoned with the Zanu PF’s “Third Chimurenga”, wielding axes, sticks,
stones and other weapons.

The workers said they approached the government’s Social Welfare Department
and were promised assistance, but none had been forthcoming so far.

Officials at the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement told
the workers they would be allocated another farm in the Nyabira or Norton
areas once the people living there were evacuated.

“Life is tough for us in our own motherland,” said an elderly woman. “What
puzzles us is are we not considered Zimbabweans because we have been working
for white farmers. That is our only source of earning a livelihood and we
think it is unfair for us to live like refugees in our own country.”

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Zimbabwe arrests British paper reporter over story

HARARE, May 1 — Zimbabwe police on Wednesday arrested a journalist working
for a British newspaper, a day after charging two Zimbabwean reporters over
a story alleging a woman was beheaded by supporters of President Robert

       American Andrew Meldrum, a correspondent for Britain's Guardian
newspaper and a permanent Zimbabwe resident, was picked up by police at
around 7.40 am (0540 GMT) at his home in the capital Harare, his wife
Dolores told Reuters.
       ''It's about the same story that they arrested the Daily News
reporters for yesterday,'' she said.
       Neither Zimbabwean police nor representatives of the Guardian in
London were immediately available for comment.
       The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said last week
53-year-old Brandina Tadyanemhandu was killed at her home in Magunje in
Mashonaland West in front of her two daughters, citing a report by the
woman's husband. It blamed supporters of Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF.
       On Tuesday, police arrested the privately owned Daily News reporters
Lloyd Mudiwa and Collin Chiwanza over an April 23 story on the alleged
       The story was also carried by several other international newspapers
including the Guardian.
       The Daily News reporters' lawyer Lawrence Chibwe said the two men had
been charged under a tough new media act which imposes tight controls on the
media. If convicted, they face a fine of Z$100,000 ($1,818) or up to two
years in jail.
       On Saturday the Daily News said it had doubts about the alleged
murder after failing to locate the woman's grave.
       It quoted editor-in-chief Geoff Nyarota as saying it appeared the
newspaper had been misled by the husband.
       ''Until...Tadyanemhandu's grave is located and positively identified,
we are left with no option but to...tender our most profound apologies to
ZANU-PF, whose image was tarnished by the report in question,'' Nyarota
       Zimbabwe human rights groups say 54 people, most of them opposition
supporters, have been killed in political violence since the start of the
       Most of the deaths occurred in the run up to Mugabe's controversial
March presidential election victory over MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
       Nyarota was arrested earlier this month and charged under the new
media act with publishing false information in a story alleging Mugabe had
fraudulently won the presidential race.
       The law came into force just days after Mugabe extended his 22-year
rule. The MDC accused Mugabe of using violence and electoral fraud to secure
another six-year term and demanded fresh elections. Western governments have
widely condemned the poll as fraudulent.

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Independent daily faces economic sanctions
April 30, 2002

The Minister of Information and Publicity in the President's office
Professor Jonathan Moyo has warned government parastatals against
advertising in "The Daily News", which he alleges has created a reputation
of peddling lies, the state-owned "Herald" reported on Monday, April 29.

This comes after "The Daily News" published an article on April 23 alleging
that two young girls had witnessed the beheading of their mother by alleged
Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) supporters in the
rural area of Magunje. The story was later picked up and published on the
front page of the "Independent" of London. "The Daily News", in a front-page
story on April 27, apologised to the ruling party, ZANU PF, and to the
government after it was revealed that the husband of the victim might have
misled the paper.

Moyo said that the government could not allow advertisers to "subsidize" the
"destruction" of Zimbabwe through outright naked lies published by "The
Daily News", and added that this incident was the worst example of what both
government and the public are concerned about.

"What is particularly unacceptable and something which must now stop is the
fact that there are some government owned parastatals who advertise in a
trash paper like 'The Daily News'".

He said that the government could not continue to allow a situation whereby
the taxpayers' money is used to subsidise endless attacks on Zimbabwe. He
added that if parastatals did not stop the rot on their own, that government
would ensure the law assists them.

Moyo added that as Minister responsible for information and publicity in the
office of the president and cabinet he now realize that the problem is not
just with "The Daily News". He lashed out at the owners of "The Daily News",
among them Strive Masiyiwa and Nigel Chanakira. He further added that "those
who owned and backed "The Daily News" were working with a "common" purpose
to discredit the country. He accused Andrew Meldrum and Basildon Peta, both
correspondents for British papers in Zimbabwe, for flashing the story

Moyo promised to look at the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy
Act to see if it is adequate to deal with "this rot". He promised to amend
the Act should it prove inadequate, vowing that no media owner or advertiser
would, in his view, be allowed to fund and subsidize the destruction of

"The Herald" reports that the police have intensified investigations inside
and outside the country to track down the perpetrators who were behind the
construction and dissemination of the story. The paper reports that the
police are also investigating the opposition party the Movement for
Democratic Change's (MDC) role in connection with the case.


The governments of Namibia and Botswana in 2001 effected similar economic
sanctions on privately owned newspapers.

Namibia's President Nujoma in May last year ordered a total ban on the
purchase of "The Namibian" newspaper by the Government of the Republic of
Namibia. The directive by the President was issued hot on the heels of an
earlier Cabinet decision to ban Government line ministries from advertising
in the newspaper on grounds that it maintained an "anti-Government stance".

The Botswana government in May 2001 slapped a ban on advertising in the
"Botswana Guardian" and "MidWeek Sun newspapers because they were too
critical of the country's leaders and government hoped to demonstrate its
displeasure at "irresponsible reporting and the exceeding of editorial

However, in September 2001, in what is regarded as a victory for media
freedom and freedom of expression, the Botswana High Court declared the ban
on advertising in two newspapers unconstitutional.

Justice IBK Lesetedi said the advertising ban by the Botswana government on
the newspapers violated the papers' constitutional rights of "freedom of

What the government was doing, said the Judge, was telling the papers that
if they wanted to continue to "enjoy the benefit of receiving advertising
from government it should conform to a reportage that falls within what it
considers to be the parameters of editorial freedom".


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Comic has last laugh over illicit arms trade with Zimbabwe

Rob Evans and David Hencke
Wednesday May 1, 2002
The Guardian

The satirist Mark Thomas has revealed how easy it is to evade the arms
embargo on Zimbabwe by setting up a deal to sell 200 British machine guns,
armed only with a mobile phone and the name of a false company.
The comedian claims that his stunt - to be broadcast tonight on Channel 4 -
has made a mockery of the government's system for controlling arms exports
and embarrassed BAE, Britain's biggest arms company.

The ruse worked so well that an arms manufacturer offered to make him its
official agent to sell more machine guns to Zimbabwe.

Thomas believes that he has uncovered two loopholes which will not be
plugged by the government's bill to tighten controls on the arms trade which
is about to be approved by parliament.

Thomas has established a reputation in his television programme for needling
government ministers and pulling off stunts which expose wrongdoing by
powerful corporations.

Posing as Mark Clifford Thomas, the director of a London-based company, he
sought to export machine guns manufactured by Heckler and Koch, a company
owned by BAE, to Zimbabwe.

He approached Heckler and Koch's official agent in Switzerland, who turned
down the deal. But the agent then put him in touch with another agent in

This agent, Olli Salo of Finnrappel Oy, was taped in conversation with
Thomas explaining how he could send the machine guns to Zimbabwe without a
licence, despite the embargo agreed by European Union countries this year.

The consignment was to be shipped through Finland to Zimbabwe, after being
assembled in Switzerland which is outside the European Union.

He was recorded as saying to Thomas: "It has to come outside the European
Union. If it comes from Germany, we'd need an export licence, but when it
comes outside, it does not. That's the trick." Heckler and Koch guns are
manufactured at a factory in Germany.

Yesterday, Mr Salo said there had been a misunderstanding between him and
Thomas. He had initially agreed to help sell the arms without checking
whether a licence was required because he did not want to lose the potential
business to a rival competitor.

"You have to say yes to keep the customer interested, or else he goes to the
next supplier.

"We have never shipped anything to Zimbabwe."

A BAE spokesman last night said that it abided strictly by the export laws
and any evidence of lawbreaking would be turned over to the authorities.

He added that the licence production agreements were made before BAE
purchased Heckler and Koch, and BAE did not currently derive any profits
from the agreements. Any violations of these agreements were a matter for
the German government, he said.

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The Age

Rudd calls for sanctions against Zimbabwe
CANBERRA, May 1 AAP|Published: Wednesday May 1, 12:07 PM

Zimbabwe's food crisis should prompt the Australian government to impose
targeted sanctions on the regime of Robert Mugabe, Labor said today.

The food crisis was a direct result of an appalling policy from the Mugabe
regime in Zimbabwe, opposition foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd said.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer must enact his promise of targeted
sanctions to bring about change, Mr Rudd said.

"Foreign Minister Downer promised the Australian parliament and people that
he would institute these targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe and the Mugabe
regime prior to the presidential elections," Mr Rudd told reporters.

"That's nearly two months ago now. We're still waiting for action."

The world community must respond to ensure the Zimbabwean people did not
suffer as a result of poor economic and land management policies, he said.

"And I would be optimistic that the Australian government would lend
financial support to that end as well," Mr Rudd said.

"Finally, I think it's very important that given this further crisis in
Zimbabwe, brought about by the Mugabe regime, that the Australian government
once again revisit the question of the imposition of targeted sanctions."

Prime Minister John Howard's talk of contributing an extra $2 million in
food aid to Zimbabwe may need to be revised upwards, Mr Rudd said.

"The time has come and it's now long past due that the Australian government
join the United States, the European Union and Switzerland in imposing
targeted sanctions on the Mugabe regime," Mr Rudd said.

"These are sanctions which freeze the personal financial assets of members
of the regime and freeze their personal international travel.

"It's designed to bring about leverage on the regime to encourage the regime
to bring about effective political and economic change in that country."

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In this update

MDC not bothered by Zanu PF threats to quit talks - Apr 29, 2002
More MDC supporters arrested over CIO murder suspect's house bombing - Apr
29, 2002
MDC dismisses Chronicle/Herald story - Apr 30, 2002
Only MDC can turn around Zimbabwe’s economy - Apr 30, 2002

MDC not bothered by Zanu PF threats to quit talks
29 April 2002

The Movement for Democratic Change is not bothered at all by Zanu Pf threats
to quit talks as reported in today’s edition of the Herald. It is Zanu PF,
which needs these talks more than the MDC.

The reasons cited by Zanu PF spokesman Professor Jonathan Moyo as the basis
upon which the on going inter-party talks may collapse are either blatantly
unreasonable or far from convincing.

First, he insinuates that the MDC should not have gone to the High Court to
challenge Zanu Pf’s illegitimate claim to power. This view is obviously
hypocritical as Jonathan Moyo himself is on record encouraging the MDC to go
to court if it had any complaints with the election outcome. In going to
court the MDC acted in the interests of its members. At no stage will the
party act in the interest of another political party before taking a

Second, Jonathan Moyo accuses Professor Welshman Ncube of publishing adverts
on the MDC position, which according to him violates rules and procedures of
the talks. This is false. The advert we are running in the press merely
summarizes the MDC’s position at the talks as pointed out in Professor Ncube
’s opening remarks to the dialogue on 8 April 2002. Zanu Pf’s own propaganda
outfit, the Herald, published our position in full together with the Zanu PF
opening position, which came in the form of opening remarks by Zanu PF’s
secretary for legal affairs Patrick Chinamasa. Surely what rule of procedure
can be violated by restating what is already public knowledge?

If there is anyone who has demeaned the integrity of the talks by going to
the media and misrepresenting facts, it is Zanu Pf’s Jonathan Moyo who,
against the rules of procedure, went to the public media and lied that of
all the items on the agenda, the MDC had only placed one item.

Third, the Herald alleges that the MDC recently published an advert in the
Daily News alleging an escalation of violence citing the alleged beheading
of a Magunje woman as an example. This is false. While we maintain that
there indeed is a factual escalation in post election Zanu Pf violence, we
have never published any advert that cites the alleged beheading of the
Magunje woman as evidence of that fact as claimed by the Zanu PF controlled

Finally, Professor Jonathan Moyo accuses the MDC of manufacturing falsehoods
as one reason that might lead to the collapse of the talks. He cites the
story of the alleged beheading of a woman in Magunje as an example.

The point has to be made here that while the MDC regrets that a report that
appears to be misleading was made on this matter, the party acted in utmost
good faith in releasing the information of the alleged murder to the press.

The MDC has a reputation of dissemination of honesty information and will
maintain that reputation. In fact, out of reports of over 100 MDC members
and activists who have died at the hands of Zanu PF since the run up to the
June 2000 elections, this is the first murder report we have released to the
press that has turned out to be inaccurate.

While the MDC is currently carrying out its own investigations in order for
the party to get to the bottom of the matter, we can however, at this stage,
point out that we suspect on reasonable grounds that the decapitation report
may have been stage managed by people who wanted the MDC to send out false
information to the press so as to attack the integrity of the party as a
reliable source of accurate, honesty and truthful information.

What we also find to be extremely disturbing is the fact that after the
Herald ran a story in which the police denied the murder report on April 24,
Enos Tadyanemhandu, the alleged husband of the woman who was supposed to
have been murdered reappeared at MDC offices where he dismissed the police
denial and insisted that indeed the murder had taken place.

The MDC’s director of security personally went to Harare central police
station where he alerted the law and order section of the police that the
party had Tadyanemhandu in their custody and that the police should pick him
for questioning. Surprisingly, the police declined the invitation. It is
somewhat puzzling that the police who denied the murder report that very
day, would decline to seize an opportunity to question a man who was adamant
that his wife had been killed.

Having said this, the MDC maintains that, it acted in good faith in handling
this report. It should however be emphasized that the fact that the report
has emerged to be false does not erode the fact that retributive post
election violence is escalating and if Zanu PF does not indeed address this
the talks may truly collapse.

Learnmore Jongwe
Secretary, Information and Publicity


More MDC supporters arrested over CIO murder suspect's house bombing
29 April 2002

Six more MDC supporters were yesterday arrested by Chimanimani police in
connection with the petrol bombing of the house of Joseph Mwale, a member of
the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) implicated in the murder
Tichaona Chiminya, a trade unionist and MDC activist.

The arrested are Tendai Sahwe, Talent Barara, Benson Mukwanya, Lovemore
Mbiri, Shaine Kidd and Morgan Mucharika. Their arrest brings to 17 the total
number of MDC supporters who have been arrested in connection with the

When the lawyers representing the six, Chris Ndlovu and Trust Mhandu,
visited Chimanimani Police Station where the six are being held, they were
denied access to their clients, by a gun-wielding Mwale who was clad in army
regalia and brandishing an AK rifle as well as a pistol.

Mwale gave the two lawyers five minutes to vacate the premises. They were
force-marched to their vehicle at gun-point, leaving behind Mrs Kidd whom
they had brought because she wanted to see her husband.

Three more activists are currently being sought by the police in connection
with the case. The three are Pardon Maguta, Tiyayi Tsodzai and David
Mungengi. The 17 are still in police custody but have not been formally
charged. Up to now their lawyers are still being denied access to them.


MDC dismisses Chronicle/Herald story
30 April, 2002

The article carried by the state newspapers, The Chronicle of Monday 29
April and The Herald of Tuesday 30 April 2002, quoting MDC officials as
having encouraged party supporters to take up arms and overthrow the
government, is a gross misrepresentation, and should be dismissed with the
contempt it deserves.

The story first appeared in The Chronicle of 29 April, and was repeated in
The Herald of 30 April. It incorrectly quotes two MDC officials as having
encouraged party cadres to take up arms and violently seize power from the
current government.

The two officials, National Women's Assembly Chairperson Lucia Matibenga,
and National Youth Assembly Chairman, Nelson Chamisa allegedly said this at
a rally, which they addressed at Mkoba stadium in Gweru during the weekend.

The MDC would like to put it on record that at no time during the rally did
any MDC official instigate members of the party to take up arms to fight the

Furthermore, the fact that the two state-run newspapers quote Matibenga's
first name as Stella and not Lucia, is a clear indication of the story
writer's inability to capture facts as they are, thereby casting doubt on
the credibility of the article.

The MDC is perturbed by the continued misrepresentation of facts by the
state media. Only last week, The Chronicle carried a story in which it
alleged that the MDC was planning to march to State-House and bomb several
buildings in Harare and Bulawayo.

It would appear this is a deliberate ploy by the state media to divert
people's attention from the current wave of price increases and other
economic ills facing the country.

This most recent preoccupation of the state owned media to spend precious
time fabricating articles about the MDC is both frustrating and irritating.
One wonders what the two papers are trying to achieve by misinforming the
public with such wild allegations.

If the country were functioning properly, with the rule of law being applied
equally, the two papers would be charged under the recently enacted Public
Order and Security Act (POSA) as well as other legal instruments for causing
alarm and despondency through their reports. Unfortunately, this is not so.

The MDC is tired of these incessant negative reports and will get the
respective editors of papers who have published such trash to fully and
personally account for their waywardness in court.


Only MDC can turn around Zimbabwe’s economy
30 April, 2002

Contrary to Zanu PF spokesperson, Jonathan Moyo’s claim on national
television yesterday evening that Zanu PF is now geared towards turning
around Zimbabwe’s economy, all available evidence points to more
joblessness, sky rocketing of prices of basic commodities and general
economic decline and the people centred hardship and suffering in the
current year. All this is a searing indictment on the Zanu PF government.

The Ministry of Finance has recently revised its own estimate of the
expected decline in Gross Domestic Product to 9 per cent. The majority of
economists in the private sector are forecasting a decline of about 12 per
cent – the largest fall in GDP in the history of the country.

This dramatic fall in economic activity comes on the top of declines in
output in the past three years and will mean that at the end of 2002
Zimbabwe’s GDP will be about US$5 billion compared to over US$8 billion per
annum in 1997. Every Zimbabwean knows this even if they do not have access
to the statistics because they are feeling the fall in their own living
standards every day.

The decline in economic output is being felt in all sectors of the economy.
Tourism is down 60 per cent, industrial production is now below the level
last achieved in 1970, mining output is falling rapidly and agriculture will
have its lowest gross output this year for over half a century. In the past
three years Zimbabwe has moved from being a net exporter of food to the
point today where some 75 per cent of all the food consumed in the current
harvest year will have to be imported. By June over half our population will
require food aid to survive.

Moyo’s promise that Zanu PF has a recovery plan under these circumstances is
laughable. For the past three years they have been talking about a mythical
"Millenium Economic Recovery Programme" which has now been abandoned before
it even saw the light of day. Now Zanu Pf is promising a recovery in the
economy led by agriculture, even when they continue to destroy what we have
left of a farm industry worth talking about. It is now clear that the next
tobacco crop (for which land preparation should be complete) will be a small
fraction of what it has been for the past decade. This will rob Zimbabwe of
20 per cent of its foreign earnings next year. The decision to pay farmers
for the current crop barely a quarter of what it is worth is likely to
undermine all future tobacco production – even in the small scale sector as
no farmer can grow a crop under such circumstances.

Zanu PF plans for a revival of agriculture range from the ridiculous to the
sublime. Farm output in the midst of growing anarchy is simply not possible.
The only output of Moyo’s recovery strategies is likely to be more hot air.
Zanu PF does not have the capacity, plan and good will to turn around
Zimbabwe’s economy.

Only an MDC government in Zimbabwe holds out any prospect of economic
recovery. Our stabilisation and recovery programme (the Bridge) is clearly
laid out and has been acknowledged by all serious people as a sound basis
for economic recovery. Only when confidence and the rule of law are restored
can there be any progress.

Learnmore Jongwe
Secretary, Information and Publicity
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MDC warns of further economic hardships

5/1/02 10:34:02 AM (GMT +2)

Business Reporter

The MDC says Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate will skyrocket while basic
commodities and general economic decline will continue unabated.

Zimbabwe has an unemployment rate of more than 55 percent and the figure
continues to rise as companies close due to unsustainable production levels
caused by foreign currency shortages.

In a statement yesterday, the MDC spokesman, Learnmore Jongwe, said the
general economic decline and severe hardships were now the order of the day.

Jongwe was responding to a television statement made on Monday by the
Minister of State responsible for Information and Publicity, Professor
Jonathan Moyo.

Jongwe said: “Contrary to Zanu PF spokesperson Jonathan Moyo’s claim on
national television yesterday evening that Zanu PF is now geared towards
turning around Zimbabwe’s economy, all available evidence points to more
joblessness, skyrocketing of prices of basic commodities and general
economic decline and the people-centred hardship and suffering in the
current year. All this is a searing indictment of the Zanu PF government.”

He said the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development had recently
revised its own estimate of the expected decline in Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) to nine percent.

“The majority of economists in the private sector are forecasting a decline
of about 12 percent -the largest fall in GDP in the history of the country,”
Jongwe said.

“This dramatic fall in economic activity comes on the top of declines in
output in the past three years and will mean that at the end of
2002, Zimbabwe’s GDP will be about US$5 billion (Z$175 billion) compared to
over US$8 billion (Z$440 billion) per annum in 1997. Zimbabweans know this
even if they do not have access to the statistics because they are feeling
the fall in their own living standards every day.”

He said the decline in economic activity was pervasive.
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Daily News - Leader Page

Despots see democracy as an erosion of power

5/1/02 11:01:21 AM (GMT +2)

FROM the look of things, the noble ideas borne out of the desire by some
progressive people of Africa are being muddied by just a little group of
some African leaders who think that the evil they do should not be talked
about, especially by the whites.

While some of the African leaders see no harm in upholding the rule of law,
democratic principles, affording each and everyone protection by the police
and all law enforcement agencies, others look at it as an erosion of their
power. Their whole livelihoods would end if they followed such a noble path.

We have President Thabo Mbeki trying the African Renaissance so that Africa
moves away from being a basket case and people live in harmony, and on the
other side we have Muammar Gaddafi and President Mugabe going full throttle
for the African Union (AU) where they are able to kill, steal a vote,
plunder another country's wealth and fool the leaders there to continue a
senseless war, incite hatred and antagonise the developed world, strike fear
in the hearts of another section of their people and kill as many opposition
party supporters as possible.

With the help of other despots, they will tell us that Mugabe's electoral
"victory" is a victory for Africa, yet it is victory of the selfish, the
plunderers, hate mongers and racists, a stolen victory laced with the
innocent blood of fellow Zimbabweans.

Africa is for Africans is their cry. Which Africans? They have conditioned
people to suffer in the name of Africanism as if Africa is supposed to be a
continent of the sufferers.

All that the developed world is telling us is to put our houses in order,
respect each other, be answerable to the people, respect the will of the
people, allowing a free and fair electoral process.

All that Africa tries to do is use the American election as an excuse for
perpetrating electoral excesses. The American election was not stolen but
just close. There were no stuffed boxes, no arrests of polling agents, no
retribution. But some of Africa's cheating leaders have tried to force us to
believe the American vote was rigged.

If the rest of Africa would like to develop their countries they have to
come together and throw out tyrants from the AU. Otherwise the AU will be
just a grouping meant to encourage hate, murder, and human rights abuses in
the name of patriotism.

In Zimbabwe we hear ministers fouling up everyone and blaming it on the
independent Press. We have a government that sends battalions of soldiers,
troops of unprofessional and untrained policemen to crush a peaceful
demonstration calling for a new constitution.

A constitution is not about land, it is about everything. This did not take
away their right to ask for a better constitution. We have the Public Order
and Security Act whose evil surpasses Ian Smith's Law and Order Maintenance
Act. This is an Act that cannot stand a simple test. It is an Act that calls
for condemnation from the civilised world. It has nothing to do with the
opposition papers as they call them. Imagine they brutalised a Zimbabwe
Broadcasting Corporation reporter using this Act!

After noticing that they had beaten up one of their parrots they apologised,
yet we know they are on record brutalising reporters from the independent
Press and accusing them of trying to disturb the police in their "duties".

Judith Makwanya will go on air and say The Daily News reporter was arrested
inside the MDC offices as if it is a crime.

We do not know what Mugabe stands for at the moment. People are lied to
about how they will be very successful with the new-found peasantry


Having been to Malawi and seen how an agro-based economy is, I become very

People there want money, but jobs are hard to come by. Talking to them, you
will not help but lament whether these leaders really interact with the

A vendor occupies every square metre of the pavement. Even in front of
shops, there are so many pavement operators that there is very little room
for customers going into the shops. These pavement "entrepreneurs" will be
selling exactly what is in the shops shoes, sugar, buns, soft drinks,
clothes, fried chicken, boiled groundnuts, sweet potatoes you name it. Is
this the way to develop a country? This is exactly what

Mugabe wants what was once a vibrant economy to become.

I know in Zimbabwe one used to be a laughing stock to be seen selling apples
at bus terminuses when I was growing up. Sometimes you would not like people
to know that your mother sold apples or tomatoes at the market, not on the
streets. But as Mugabe continues on the crusade of destroying Zimbabwe, it
is now a source of pride to sell at least one tomato a day.

Every day, we are told that it is only the West and the MDC who have refused
to accept the results of the 9-11 March presidential election. No, the
Southern African Development Community refused to endorse it.

The South African Observer Mission is divided with those who have a lot to
hide saying it was free and fair and the clean ones saying it could not have
been free, fair or legitimate.

How an observer mission which witnessed MDC vehicles being burnt, their own
vehicles attacked and hear on television that it was because of provocation,
can then turn up and say the election was free and fair is a source of worry
for Africa.

Mugabe and Gaddafi have an intense hatred of the developed world because of
the way they treat their own people.

They know the developed world wants them to share power with the people, to
share wealth with the people, to listen to the people, to cry and enjoy with
the people, to create equal opportunities for each of their citizens, but
these are things they don't like.

They would rather have their children enjoy and get everything. They want
their children to be the soccer stars, the team captains even if they cannot
kick the ball. They want us to salute their children.

Fellow Zimbabweans, the choice is yours. Either to remain in this yoke
forever, to have unschooled children because of escalating educational
costs, to continue begging for food in your country of vast opportunities,
to live in squalor, to read a flawed history in praise of Mugabe, to kill
the future of your children, and to live in shame for the rest of our lives.

The other is to stop this tyranny. Read the proper history in order to avoid
the mistakes made by the tyrants. This future is in our hands.

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Hard times change the face of Harare

5/1/02 11:08:55 AM (GMT +2)

By Simba Chabarika Deputy Features Editor

"Take my hand, gracious Lord . . ." The man's loud, whole-hearted and
melodious voice fills the crowded street.

His voice box bulges as he churns out one gospel tune after another.

His stage is simple, the pavement.

Passersby are touched by the melancholic strain in his voice and,
instinctively, they dip their hands into their pockets or handbags to drop
coins into the pavement vocalist's begging bowl.

Others, simply overjoyed by the man belting out their favourite hymn,
generously slip $20 or $50 notes into his hands.

This is Jethro Gumbo, a blind street gospel musician who has achieved much
fame without the aid of the radio or television, but daily "live street
shows" along Harare's First Street.

Artistes record their music and become popular through the electronic media
and live shows, but Gumbo has been driven by sheer poverty to market his
music on the streets since 1988.

He can tell you how generous people were during those years.

Married with four children, two of them at school, Gumbo receives some
assistance from the Department of Social Welfare like most blind people, but
the money is never enough.

"I have to pay rent, electricity, water and school fees for my two children.
I also have to buy clothes for the family. My voice has been a big blessing
indeed and I want to thank God for that," he says.

"Under these harsh times, I have to sing even louder," Gumbo says, adding
that although life is difficult for everyone, he is grateful Zimbabweans
understand the plight of blind people.

"We can't get basic foodstuffs and if we queue for maize-meal, policemen
under the guise of maintaining order chase us away and grab all the
maize-meal instead of concentrating on their job of arresting thieves and
criminals in the city," he says.

Gumbo says he makes around $700 on a good day and about $250 when things are
not going his way.

Near the Dominican Convent School, an old destitute man, who survives on
collecting and selling waste plastic paper for recycling, takes a rest under
a tree. His wares surround him. His name is Wilson. He doesn't know his age.

"It's in the records office," he says of his age.

"I would rather die selling these plastics than be a beggar on the streets.
Some people steal or gamble to survive, but I want to live an honest life
doing what I can with my hands. I am able-bodied," he says.

He makes a paltry $20 a day from the sale of his plastic wares which make
him look like a tramp.

"I may look mentally disturbed, but I know what I am doing. I am helping

At the Anglican Cathedral along Nelson Mandela Avenue we meet another
destitute, 45-year-old Grant Wakfer. He is busy mending his broken sandal
with a piece of wire.

He is waiting to go into the church's soup kitchen where he gets his daily

Wakfer says although he receives R150 ($750) each month from his sister in
South Africa, it is not enough to see him through.

"Life is tough I tell you. I survive on the will of the good Lord. But I
find life in Bulawayo better than in Harare. People there are more friendly
and generous than in Harare," says the Kwekwe-born vagrant.

Hard times have descended like a big hammer upon the majority poor and
people have become so creative and innovative in their desperate efforts to
make ends meet.

Conmen have emerged out of this desperation to survive.

At every imaginable corner either in the city, in low and high density
suburbs, there is a tuckshop, a makeshift vegetable market, soft drinks,
cigarettes and many other commodities for sale.

The main road behind Rufaro Stadium in Mbare along the huge market place, is
lined up with traders selling all sorts of goods.

Some supermarkets and butcheries are now selling chicken offals that used to
be thrown into trash cans.

In Kuwadzana, it is common practice for women to buy fat only just to

savour their vegetables.

A child is sent to buy a piece of meat for baba (father) who doesn't eat
"greens" only.

If life can be so difficult for the ordinary worker, how then are street
kids, beggars and destitutes surviving?

In rural areas, the common talk is about food shortages.

Mupandawana growth point in Gutu has become another huge market for the
informal trader with all sorts of shelters dotted all over the bus terminus.

At Nerupiri business centre on the route to Masvingo, villagers wonder how
they will survive the starvation that stares them in the face.

"Normally, we start worrying around November or December, but this time we
are already short of food in April. It is unbelievable. We thought with the
presidential election over, everything would be available," says Chipo
Makuvaza, an elderly woman, of Mushairi resettlement area.

Nowadays, it has become common to see a wheel-chaired beggar in the middle
of the street or along the highways waving a red flag to slow down traffic
so that motorists can donate money.

Some organisations providing financial and material assistance to the
underprivileged, have withdrawn their support citing political turmoil.

Jack Maravanyika, an outreach worker with Streets Ahead, an organisation
which looks after the needs of street children, says life is now really
tough for the disadvantage people.

In the past, the ordinary worker would spare something for the needy, but
now the economic crisis has affected most people.

Streets Ahead is now run on a shoestring budget since its main donor, Danida
of Denmark, has withdrawn financial aid.

He says: "We have only a donor willing to see us through to the end of the
year and after that, heaven knows where we will be with these children. We
appeal to local donors to chip in. We have abandoned the feeding scheme
where children would come to our centre to feed, bath and receive clothes."

As Maravanyika spoke, he had just come across a 13-year-old street child,
Blessed Shonhai, who joined the street squad from Norton. Blessed says he
had to leave his stepmother after his father died.

There just wasn't enough food for the family.

"My father worked in Norton and he took me from Mberengwa after he and my
mother divorced. I was at school in Norton, but when my father died, I could
see that my stepmother was struggling to look after us. There was just not
enough food. I decided to leave for Harare," says Blessed who attended Mbuya
Bona primary school in Norton up to Grade Four. "I want to go back to school
if I can find someone willing to look after me. Right now I have no choice
except to feed from bins where we get enough food to survive," he says.

Maravanyika's job involves identifying and interviewing children like

Blessed and help trace any relatives or nearest next-of-kin. Streets Ahead
has no place of its own right now and is operating from a house in Milton

"We have no playgrounds or proper facilities for use by street children. We
now use open spaces to maintain contact with these children. They have their
own street peer leaders who supply us with information whenever anyone of
them falls ill and needs medical attention, or when there is any abuse such
as sodomy by older boys."

The country may have celebrated its 22nd independence anniversary, but life
has become most difficult and with sanctions looming, there is no respite in

Can a miracle happen?

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State wants to save its media by killing the private Press

5/1/02 11:00:50 AM (GMT +2)

THE threat by a government minister to parastatals to stop advertising in
The Daily News is an act of desperation, designed to force these companies
to direct all their business to the loss-making government-controlled media
houses, in order to save them from bankruptcy.

The government is aware that their own media operations cannot compete
fairly for business on the market, hence the directive.

But this is a worn-out strategy often resorted to by those intolerant to
critical or alternative views. Several regional despots have tried this with
no significant impact.

If The Daily News or any other independent news media have failed to perform
their duties and ceased to serve their purpose, then the decision lies not
with a government minister, but with the business decisions of the companies
in question.

One of the reasons why government-run companies are always struggling is
because of the interference by government.

It is an insult to the ability of those entrusted with the running of the
companies to operate on the basis of directives, some of them utterly
nonsensical to the growth and success of the enterprises.

Parastatals are funded partly from public resources, not just Zanu PF
taxpayers' funds, and for a minister of the government to make such
directives, demonstrates frightening abuse of power. Public companies do not
exist to serve the interests of supporters of the ruling party.

They exist to serve the interests of the public.

If the minister's decision is taken further, it can also be used to buttress
the argument that the public have a strong position in determining where
their tax money should go.

It can also mean they have the right to withhold their said taxes if they
have cause to believe that the resources will be channelled to causes they
are unhappy with.

In any case, it should be possible for taxpayers to mount a legal challenge
to the minister's directive to parastatals.

But the magnitude of the crisis in this country was demonstrated by the
timing of the directive, never mind its validity: it comes at a time when
the country joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Press Freedom
Day, this Friday. Zimbabwe is signatory to the 1991 Windhoek Declaration on
Press Freedom and the ministerial directive to parastatals is a violation of
the Windhoek principles.

When the world community protests at the government's attacks on the free
Press, the government sees and concludes conspiracies, but the reality is
the government is doing its damnedest, single-handedly, to sully its
character. The tragedy is its inability to see this, and more importantly,
put its house in order.

The statement by the minister that The Daily News is bent on the destruction
of this country is utter balderdash. It can only be made by someone who
assumes they have a monopoly on patriotism.

What it, however, indicates is the government's frustration with its efforts
to silence, once and for all, alternative and critical voices.

During the past 30 months, the government has waged an offensive against the
private media, which it views as a thorn in its side. The offensive assumes
different forms: cajoling, harassment, coercion, threats, arrests and
litigation against journalists and editors from the independent media. The
ultimate objective is to gag them forever, or ensure that the drums of the
Zimbabwean story become muffled.

But there could be an ominous insinuation to the suggestion that this
newspaper is bent on the destruction of Zimbabwe. First, there is a
deliberate attempt to confuse the difference between Zimbabwe, President
Mugabe and the ruling Zanu PF, by inferring that they are one and the same
thing. The intention could be to condition the public to the eventuality of
any action the government intends taking against The Daily News, under the
guise of "protecting the realm".

The warnings could, therefore, presage the final assault against the
independent media.

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State agents threaten lawyers representing MDC suspects

5/1/02 10:23:25 AM (GMT +2)

From Brian Mangwende in Mutare

TWO Mutare lawyers were on Sunday forced out of Chimanimani police station
where they had gone to represent MDC supporters arrested for allegedly
petrol-bombing the house of Joseph Mwale, a Central Intelligence
Organisation officer.

Mwale is a suspect in a case in which a group of suspected Zanu PF
supporters torched two MDC activists to death in Buhera at the height of the
2000 parliamentary election campaign.

The lawyers, Chris Ndhlovu and Trust Mhanga, were allegedly driven out of
the police station by Mwale and the officer-in-charge, identified only as

The two men accused the lawyers of assisting “terrorists” and being
anti-Zanu PF.

Ndhlovu said: “You should have been there. It was a nightmare. Mwale and
Chogugudza said we had not seen anything yet before throwing us out of the

“They labelled us terrorists and threatened to physically harm us if we
pursued the case. I will never go back there.

“I will meet my clients in court but as of now, I will never return to that
police station on any case involving Mwale. He is bad news.”

Mwale and a war veteran, Tom “Kitsiyatota” Zimunya, are implicated in the
murder of two MDC activists, Tichaona Tapfuma Chiminya and Talent Mabika,
near Murambinda Growth Point in Buhera on 15 April 2000.

Chiminya was a driver of the MDC president, Morgan Tsvangirai.

The High Court has ordered the Attorney-General, Andrew Chigovera, to
institute investigations into the case, but up to now there seems to be no
effort to pursue the matter.

It is alleged that Mwale and Zimunya, together with a group of suspected
Zanu PF supporters, doused Chiminya and Mabika with petrol before torching

On Sunday, the police in Chimanimani arrested eight more MDC supporters,
bringing to 19 the number picked up in connection with the petrol-bombing of
Mwale’s house in Ngangu village.

A door was allegedly damaged in the attack.

During the attack, Mwale allegedly dashed outside and fired several shots
into the air to scare off the assailants.

Meanwhile, Chiminya’s wife, Adella, is testifying against Zanu PF in a court
in New York, in the United States of America, for the alleged murder of her
husband in the run-up to the June 2000 parliamentary election. She is one of
the six Zimbabweans suing Zanu PF for about US$400 million (Z$2,4 billion at
the official rate and $132 billion on the black market).

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Soldiers in court for armed robbery, public violence

5/1/02 10:17:32 AM (GMT +2)

From our correspondent in Gweru

Three soldiers and six other men appeared at the Gweru magistrate’s Court on
Monday on charges of public violence and armed robbery.

Douglas Gaza, 34, Farai Vengesayi, 30, and Jefinos Muchemwa, 36, all
soldiers, are charged together with Prince Madzima, 32, Kingstone Mangwanya,
32, Morgan Fan, 42, Nabson Hlanya, 30, Silas Chigondo, 20, and a

They were all remanded to 10 May on $2 000 bail each and were ordered to
surrender their travel documents and not to interfere with witnesses.

The court heard that on 22 April this year, the men went to Nash 1 Mine
compound in Shurugwi, where they allegedly rounded up all the people at

They allegedly assaulted everybody, accusing them of being supporters of the
MDC. They then burnt down 84 huts and property worth $500 000.

It is alleged that Gaza was armed with a 303 rifle, while Muchemwa and
Vengesayi, wearing their army uniforms, carried AK rifles.

The men then ordered everyone to leave the compound or risk being shot.

Meanwhile, Fana and Madzima, again appeared before magistrate Mzinyathi on
charges of armed robbery. They were remanded to 10 May on $3 000 bail each
and were ordered to report at the nearest Central Investigation Department
station twice a week.

The state alleges that on 22 April this year, the accused threatened one
worker at Nash l Mine compound with a 303 rifle, searched him and took $60
000 from him. They were identified by the complainant later on and were

Barbara Mashawiro prosecuted in both cases.

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Food relief scheme for farm workers expands

5/1/02 10:15:16 AM (GMT +2)

From Our Correspondent in Bulawayo

A SUPPLEMENTARY feeding programme run by the Farm Community Trust in
Zimbabwe (FCTZ) is set to expand and include farming areas in Matabeleland
where thousands of farm workers have lost their jobs because of the farm

The trust has so far fed about 2 000 under-five children whose parents are
no longer in gainful employment.

Workers in areas such as Nyamandlovu, Lupane and Nkayi have been hard hit as
most as war veterans have chased away farm owners and have taken over farm

Thousands of farm workers have either been displaced or remain at the farms
because they have nowhere to go since they are first or second generation

The Commercial Farmers’ Union is undertaking an exercise to determine the
exact number affected.

About 300 workers at Redwood Park Farm in Nyamandlovu were dismissed in
September last year by war veterans who went on to loot from the homes of
those who fled the terror.

Chrispen Sango, a former security officer at the farm, said his property was
looted by marauding war veterans and that workers who had nowhere to go
remained behind and were continually being subjected to kangaroo courts by
the war veterans.

Production on the formerly thriving ostrich farm has stopped, leaving the
workers jobless and unable to fend for their families.

The situation is similar in Nkayi, which has been overrun by war veterans
and resettled villagers.

Production has also ceased in surrounding farms and hundreds of families
working on the farms are facing starvation.

Godfrey Magaramombe, the FCTZ director, said the organisation has been
running feeding programmes in Mashonaland but would soon spread its work to
affected areas including Matabeleland.

Magaramombe said: “We are aware of the predicament of farm workers
countrywide and especially in Matabeleland, but our activities have been
slowed down by low funding.

“We have, however, been discussing with people in Matabeleland and donors
and should move in as soon as the funding comes through,” he said.

Their current programme is sponsored by the British government’s Department
For International Development.

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AG's Office to set Tsvangirai's trial date

5/1/02 10:05:38 AM (GMT +2)

Court Reporter

THE Attorney-General's Office yesterday said it would set a date soon for
the trial of the MDC president, Morgan Tsvangirai and two senior MDC
officials alleged to be linked to a plot to assassinate President Mugabe.

Tsvangirai, Welshman Ncube, the MDC secretary-general and MP for Bulawayo
North-East and Renson Gasela, the MP for Gweru Rural and the party's shadow
minister of agriculture, appeared at the Harare

Magistrates' Court yesterday and were further remanded to 31 May.

They are facing a charge of high treason, which carries the death penalty.

Stephen Musona, a law officer at the AG's Office, told provincial magistrate
Peter Mufunda during the remand hearing that the State would set the MDC
officials' trial date before they appear for their next remand.

The State consented to an application by the MDC officials' lawyer, Innocent
Chagonda to have their bail conditions altered.

As a result, Tsvangirai will now report to Avondale Police Station once
every fortnight instead of weekly, as ordered on his initial remand, while
Ncube and Gasela will report to Rhodesville and Borrowdale police stations

Chagonda said he intended to apply for the court to refuse to keep his
clients on remand if the State failed to provide a trial date at their next

"The State can then proceed by way of summons," the lawyer said.

Tsvangirai is on $1,5 million bail while Ncube and Gasela were granted $500
000 bail each. The allegations against the opposition leaders arise from a
video film recorded by Ari Ben-Menashe, the head of the

Canadian political consultancy firm, Dickens and Madson, in which Tsvangirai
allegedly plotted to assassinate Mugabe.

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Zimbabweans flee to neighbouring states

5/1/02 10:03:02 AM (GMT +2)

From Kelvin Jakachira recently in Windhoek, Namibia

HUNDREDS of Zimbabweans, including a 45-year-old blind man, have sought
refuge in neighbouring countries after torture and death threats by war
veterans and Zanu PF youths.

The victims have fled to refugee camps in Botswana, South Africa, Zambia,
Malawi and Namibia.

Cosmos Chanda, a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) in Botswana, said the blind man was among 53 Zimbabweans at
Dukwe camp, north of Gaborone.

Chanda refused to name the man citing security concerns.

He said the man fled the country immediately after Zanu PF youths and war
veterans embarked on a massive retribution exercise countrywide after the
presidential election last month.

President Mugabe was re-elected amid allegations of fraud. Rampant
intimidation and political violence marked the campaign period. His main
rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC leader, and the international community
have rejected the result.

"The Zimbabweans who fled to Botswana have clear evidence of torture," said
Chanda. "They all looked very terrified when they came here."

In an interview during a three-day workshop in Windhoek, attended by
journalists from the Sadc region, Chanda said: "The victims had visible
bruises all over their bodies."

He said at least one Zimbabwean fled to Botswana every week.

"Most of the Zimbabweans who are here came after the presidential election,"
he said.

In Namibia, two Zimbabweans have applied for refugee status after fleeing
the terror.

One of them is staying at Osire refugee camp about 225km from Windhoek,
while the whereabouts of the other are unknown.

The Zimbabwean, believed to be in his early 20s, was last seen at Osire camp
last month, said a UNHCR official.

Another UNHCR official said the life of the Zimbabwean at the camp was under
threat because of the close political relations between Zimbabwe and

During a tour of Osire camp, this reporter saw a 24-year-old Zimbabwean who
arrived in Namibia three weeks ago.

He said he had campaigned for the MDC in Mberengwa East during the
presidential election.

He fled to Bulawayo after the CIO and war veterans threatened to kill him.

He said: "About eight men in an open truck approached me and tried to bundle
me into their truck, but I escaped and hid in a secluded place in the city

The following day, he said, he fled to Botswana, then to Namibia. UNHCR
officials in Namibia said disclosing the victim's name would further
endanger his life.

An official said two Angolan refugees had been kidnapped two years ago from
the same camp after government forces were informed of their whereabouts.

"Mentioning the details of this young man may not be in his interest because
we have an incident in which two Angolans were kidnapped and taken away from
the camp," said the official.

But Madga Medina, the UNHCR senior protection officer in Namibia, and
Elizabeth Negumbo, the Namibian commissioner for refugees, insisted the
safety of the Zimbabwean was guaranteed.

Osire camp has about 23 000 refugees mainly from Angola, Rwanda, Burundi,
the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Republic and Liberia.

"I will visit the camp on Tuesday to see him," Negumbo said. "But if he
feels unsafe he can say so and we will work with the UNHCR to transfer him
to another country."

Malawi has many Zimbabwean refugees who fled the countrywide violence.

Michael Owari, a UNHCR official in Malawi, said there could be more than 50
Zimbabwean refugees because some may not have reported the cases yet.

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War veterans chase out Chivi rural council boss

5/1/02 9:53:49 AM (GMT +2)

From our Correspondent in Masvingo

War veterans and Zanu PF supporters yesterday chased Elisha Chagonda, the
chief executive officer of Chivi Rural District Council out of his office,
accusing him of supporting the MDC and failing to run the local authority.

They seized his official car and office keys and ordered him not to report
for work until they had finished their so-called investigations.

The war veterans accused Chagonda of supporting the MDC in the run-up to the
presidential poll.

They also accused him of stealing council assets, misusing drought relief
funds and flouting tender procedures.

The veterans claimed that Chagonda deliberately failed to release money
earmarked for drought relief and it accrued interest which he allegedly

But investigations by The Daily News revealed that drought relief funds were
deposited in a council current account which does not accrue interest.

The disgruntled former fighters met last week and unanimously agreed to
forcibly remove Chagonda from office.

One of them said: "We are just implementing instructions from the President
that all civil servants who do not support the government should go.

"This man is an MDC sympathiser and we cannot continue to pay our enemies.
Right now we want to replace him with a war veteran," they said.

Yesterday, Chagonda confirmed he was chased out of his office by the

"I am not at work. The war veterans said they were conducting investigations
and chased me away," he said.

This is not the first time that public officials have been forcibly removed
from their jobs by war veterans.

A few months ago, Green Nyashanu, was removed from his position as chief
executive officer of Mwenezi District Council by a group of war vets, while
Angelus Dube of Binga Rural District Council also faced the same fate.

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British Airways to reintroduce Harare-London direct flights

5/1/02 9:51:51 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporter

BRITISH Airways (BA) says it will reintroduce the direct flight from Harare
to London twice a week on Sunday and Thursday.

But the airline said it would withdrawing one of its three return flights a
week out of Harare.

Peter Best, the BA general manager, said in a statement this week: "These
changes have coincided with the introduction of the hi-tech Boeing 777, the
airline's aircraft that will operate the long haul route from Zimbabwe to
the United Kingdom.

"The Boeing 777 will depart Harare on a Thursday and Sunday night at 22:20
and will arrive in London at 07:40.

"Return flights from London will leave on Thursday and Sunday morning at
09:30 and land in Harare at 20:25," he said.

Best said the introduction of the flights would benefit businesspeople who
will land in London on Monday morning and have time to start a new week.

"The passengers travelling from London will experience the magnificence of a
transcontinental daylight flight," he said.

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NCA duo in court over demonstration

5/1/02 9:50:24 AM (GMT +2)

From our Correspondent in Masvingo

Two National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) members appeared in court
yesterday charged with contravening the Public Order and Security Act by
participating in the organisation's demonstration last week.

Jonathan Chikukwa, 33, and Tachiona Mharadza, 29, were not asked to plead
when they appeared before Masvingo magistrate Shortgame Musaiona who
remanded them out of custody to 7 May for trial.

The state alleged that on 23 April this year the accused persons in the
company of others went on an NCA demonstration in Masvingo.

On the same day the accused were observed by members of the police as they
proceeded along Hofmeyer street in Masvingo town carrying placards.

Police officers trailed behind the group which later dispersed.

The two accused were arrested near the Masvingo magistrate courts where the
demonstrators had gone to hand over copies of the NCA draft constitution to
the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

It was the State case that the police never lost sight of the accused when
they pursued the demonstrating crowd.

According to the State, the accused had no right to be involved in an
illegal gathering which had not been sanctioned by the police.

The two were represented by Wellington Muzenda of Mwonzora and Associates
while Titus Taruvinga prosecuted.

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Daily News reporters locked up

5/1/02 9:54:51 AM (GMT +2)

Chief Reporter

TWO Daily News reporters, Lloyd Mudiwa and Collin Chiwanza, were yesterday
arrested and detained by the police over a story given to the paper by Enos
Tadyanemhandu claiming his wife, Brandina, was beheaded by suspected Zanu PF
youths in Magunje more than a week ago.

Chiwanza, 29, and Mudiwa, 26, were picked in the morning at The Daily News
offices along Samora Machel Avenue by three officers of the CID law and
order section at Harare Central police station. Detective Assistant
Inspector Sikhova, accompanied by Detective Sergeants Jena and Muza,
arrested the journalists.

Investigations by both the police and The Daily News have now established
that Tadyanemhandu appeared to have fabricated the story because people in
Magunje have said they knew of no such death and did not know Tadyanemhandu
and his alleged beheaded wife.

Lawrence Chibwe, of Stumbles and Rowe law firm, representing The Daily News,
said yesterday Chiwanza and Mudiwa were charged under Section 80 (1) (b) of
the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Chapter 10:27 which
deals with the abuse of journalistic privilege.

Section (b) forbids the publication of falsehoods.
The section stipulates that anyone who contravenes that section shall be
guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding $100 000 or to
imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.

Chibwe said the officer-in-charge of the law and order section at Harare
Central police station, who identified himself as Detective Inspector
Matedenge, told him the two journalists would be detained but did not say
when they would be released.

Chibwe said: “After the police recorded warned and cautioned statements from
the two, Matedenge told me that Mudiwa and Chiwanza had committed serious
offences and would be detained.”

By 6.30pm, Chibwe said he was preparing to file an urgent application in the
High Court against the detention of the two journalists. “I think the
detention is without any legal basis, but is meant to harass the two,” he
The controversial piece of legislation, crafted by Jonathan Moyo, the
Minister of State for Information and Publicity in President Mugabe’s
Office, was used two weeks ago to arrest Geoffrey Nyarota, the
Editor-in-Chief of The Daily News. Nyarota was arrested in connection with a
story carried in the newspaper which said there were serious discrepancies
between the total number of votes announced by the Registrar-General,
Tobaiwa Mudede, in March’s presidential election and the actual ballots

After the paper published the anomaly, about a month after the election,
Mudede announced fresh figures of the ballots cast.

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