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New Zimbabwe

D-Day for Zimbabwe's SW Radio Africa

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 05/31/2005 10:36:47
SW RADIO Africa which broadcasts into Zimbabwe from London could be doing
its last broadcast today after it exhausted its budget trying to beat
jamming devices used by the Zimbabwe government.

The station which has been broadcasting on short wave since 2001 was forced
into doing multiple broadcasts on both short wave and medium wave after
President Robert Mugabe's regime bought sophisticated Chinese equipment to
target the SW Radio Africa signal.

The station which recently won the 2005 Free Media Pioneer Award from the
International Press Instititute is headed by Gerry Jackson who started
Capitol Radio in Zimbabwe before its equipment was seized by police from the
Meikles Hotel in Harare.

Jackson left for the United Kingdom, immediately setting up SW Radio Africa
which has recruited top broadcast journalists from Zimbabwe including
Tichaona Sibanda, Violet Gonda, Lance Guma, John Matinde and Tererayi

New has been told the station needs at least £100 000 every
month to continue broadcasting, or just over £1 million for a year.

"The biggest chunk of that money goes into paying for transmitters," a
source at the station said.

The Zimbabwe government has publicly condemned the station, and has been
revelling at the prospect of it shutting down. Government officials see SW
Radio's problems as evidence of donor fatigue, but sources at the station
say efforts aimed at beating the jamming had eaten into its budget.

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The Mercury

      Zimbabwe Folly
      May 31, 2005

      by The Editor

      Zimbabwe sadly seems unable to extricate itself from a set of
disastrous economic policies that have reduced what was once an African
bread-basket to a country where millions of people do not get enough to eat.

      The latest folly is an announcement by Zanu-PF spokesman Nathan
Shamuyarira that the ruling party will soon amend the constitution to
abolish all private ownership rights to land and to nationalise all
productive farmland. This will virtually liquidate the rights of all private

      Shamuyarira correctly believes that such a constitutional amendment to
Zimbabwe's land tenure system will end "ceaseless litigation" by white
farmers who are still fighting to reverse the illegal confiscation of their
properties in the courts.

      However, what he fails to realise is that it will also end any last
remaining beliefs in the ability of Zimbabwe law to protect the private
rights of its citizens.

      This step also will take Zimbabwe down a well-trodden road littered
with failures. Private ownership of land is the cornerstone on which many
advanced economies were built. It provides society with its best opportunity
to build personal wealth among the people. Private initiative and the
freedom to own assets is fundamental to building an economy.

      The failures of former Eastern Bloc communist states were testimony to
the folly of stunting private ownership and initiative. Zimbabwe has already
seen a drastic reduction in its agricultural export capacity as a result of
its land policies and yet it continues to dig itself deeper into a poverty

      It is not surprising that the proposals have sparked a bitter rift
within the Zimbabwean cabinet, with several senior members saying it would
have serious negative economic and political implications for the country.

      This suggests there are at least still some sensible voices left in
the cabinet, although they are being drowned out by the sycophantic
supporters of an increasingly irrational 81-year-old president.
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New Zimbabwe


      Mugabes plant roses among thorns

      Last updated: 05/31/2005 10:35:22
      ZIMBABWEANS joined the rest of the African continent in commemorating
the sub-planet's biggest day on 25th May. The event widely known as Africa
Day is celebrated annually in a historical deference to the founding of the
Organization of African Unity in 1963. The organization has since then been
replaced by the African Union, which now has the unenviable task of carrying
the torch for the continent's future.

      Africa Day is a time in life when we as Zimbabweans are normally
expected to remember our Africahood with euphoria and pride. Zimbabweans are
anticipated to proudly appreciate their rich history of overcoming the
scourges of racist slavery and colonialism. They are expected to celebrate
their independence and look forward to a prosperous future for the nation.

      Unfortunately for many Zimbabweans this was not to be. Most of them
celebrated Africa Day amid alarm and despondency. The day arrived under the
dark and heavy clouds of doubt and uncertainty about the nation's future
hopes. Many Zimbabweans were still trying to come to terms with the ghastly
implications of the recently held Parliamentary elections. The polls had
only worsened the plight of the nation's majorities by further complicating
the resolution process of the crisis in Zimbabwe.

      As if suffering from the side-effects of an indecisive and contested
plebiscite was not enough, many Zimbabweans have now been ruthlessly exposed
to the side-effects of Zanu-PF's maladministration and crisis of purpose.

      The past month of May has witnessed some really frightening levels of
confusion on the part of the Robert Mugabe led regime. The regime appears to
be increasingly stranded and bereft of ideas about the way forward for the
nation. After stealing a third major poll in a row, the regime seems clearly
uncertain on what to do with its fraudulent legitimacy.

      It is no wonder why that while the nation's erstwhile neighbours
across the borders where busy celebrating Africa day in song and dance, the
situation was completely apposite in Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans spent the greater
part of the day reeling from the side-effects of the latest confused
government crackdown on their social livelihoods.

      As the most revered day in Africa dawned, most Zimbabweans were busy
wondering why a government that claims to be one of the most patriotic ones
in the sub-planet was busy unleashing a wave of unprecedented brutality on
its own people.

      Surely how did the government of Zimbabwe expect its people to take
time to celebrate their hard won African identity, integrity and sovereignty
when there was utter anarchy and mayhem all over the country? Indeed how
could they join the rest of the continent amid sounds and blasts of teargas
guns and the military armoured vehicles strolling in their neighbourhood?
Surely as the morning of 25th May dawned, some parts of the nation's urban
areas resembled some parts of Iraq!

      It is a very sad indictment on the Mugabe regime that it decided to
celebrate the 2005 Africa day by lowering the standards of hopes and
expectations among its own people. The regime decided to depart from its
normal practice of ensuring that its people celebrate their African pride
with the rest of the continent in style.

      In the many years since 1980, the regime has ensured that Africa day
is celebrated through pomp and ceremony. I do remember the times when
Zimbabweans where treated to a soccer final featuring some of the country's
leading teams such as Highlanders, Dynamos and Caps United. I also vividly
recall that the day was also commemorated through song and dance with
leading musicians in the country such as Leonard Zhakata, Simon Chimbetu,
among others.

      That was Zimbabwe then.

      How the times have changed! How the situation has become so different!

      On 25th May this year, the regime decided to treat its people to one
of its most callously and brutal menus since the 1980s genocide in
Matebeleland-Midlands. The regime decided to unleash the so-called
'Operation Restore Hope and 'Operation Marambatsvina' on its long suffering

      Surely how can the regime restore hope on its despondent people by
pulling down their homes, business stands, flea markets and other so called
illegal structures?

      How can they talk of the people's main source of livelihood as
'illegal structures'? Surely the only illegal structures that really need
urgent removals are imposed authorities that have no popular legitimacy. The
obviously illegal structures are such impositions as the Sekai Makwavarara
led Harare Commission and the so-called Metropolitan Governors like David
Karimanzira and Cain Mathema.

      The talk of illegal structures also evokes bitter memories of the
stolen elections results. Surely a presidency and parliament that are
derived from fraudulent polls certainly qualify to be called 'illegal
structures'! They are thus the ones that are the real illegal structures and
need urgent removal into the dustbins of political history.

      Surely how dare they call this whole callous operation, 'murambatsvina'?
Surely the only dirt that needs to be cleaned is the dead wood that Zanu-PF
has accumulated in the 25 years of its misrule! The only dirty that need to
be rejected and ejected is the culture of cronyism, corruption and chicanery
that has festered over the many years under the regime.

      As if it was not enough, the regime capped it all by the revelations
that the Mugabes (Robert and Grace) are planning to throw one of the biggest
wedding anniversary bashes in the wedding history of Zimbabwe. Not content
to see their people wallow in the mud of abject poverty, the callous couple
is reportedly hoping to display their luxurious best sometime in August.

      It is reported that this spending spree will gulp up to R3 million in
its budgetary wake. To imagine that this huge bill will be fitted by the
already heavily burdened Zimbabwean taxpayer! It is so hardhearted for these
heartthrobs to celebrate their romance at the expense of their people.

      I would like to warn the Mugabe couple that they are busy planting
their love roses in a garden full of thorns. The thorns of their people's
daily suffering will soon choke their marital bliss. Sooner than later they
might not have the privilege of holding their wedding anniversaries at the
people's expense. An angry tide will flow from the broken hearts of the
masses and spoil their romantic bash when they least expect it. I repeat,
sooner than later!
      Daniel Molokele is a lawyer and a former student leader. He is
currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His column appears here every

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

MDC sues Chidyausiku

Clemence Manyukwe
issue date :2005-May-31

THE MDC has dragged Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku to his own backyard,
seeking an order to declare as invalid the appointment of five Electoral
Court judges, arguing that the Judicial Service Commission was not
The opposition party on Friday filed papers in the Supreme Court through
Harare lawyer Chris Mhike, of Atherstone and Cook.
The party is saying that Section 162 of the Electoral Court used by the
Chief Justice to appoint the judges was inconsistent with Section 92 (1) of
the Constitution.
Section 162 of the Electoral Act reads: "The Chief Justice shall, after
consultation with the Judge President, appoint one or more judges of the
High Court to be Judge or Judges, as the case may be, of the Electoral
In the Supreme Court case, the MDC candidate for Goromonzi during the March
parliamentary elections, Claudious Marimo, and the MDC are first and second
respondents, while justice minister Patrick Chinamasa, Attorney-General
Sobusa Gula-Ndebele and Chidyausiku are the first, second and third
Marimo lost the election to finance minister Herbert Murerwa, who is cited
as the fourth respondent.
Marimo and the MDC are seeking a declaration that  "the manner of
appointment of judges to it as provided in section 162 (1) of the Act be and
is hereby declared to be inconsistent with section 92 (1) of the
constitution. All appointments already made by the third respondent to the
Electoral Court without first consulting the Judicial Service Commission on
that specific appointment are accordingly declared invalid."
Section 92 (1) of the constitution reads: "The power to appoint persons to
preside over a special court shall vest in the President, after consultation
with the Judicial Service Commission: Provided that Parliament may provide
that the Chief Justice may, after consulting the Judicial Service
Commission, appoint a person holding the office of judge of the High Court
to preside over a special court for such period as he may specify."
In his affidavit, Marimo said the Judicial Service Commission must always be
involved in the appointment of judges to avoid "unqualified or political
He added that presently all the judges were not appointed in terms of the
country's constitution and that the Electoral Law "which was fast tracked
through Parliament" must be amended to bring it into conformity with the
supreme law.
"It can be seen from the above that if we were to waive the requirements of
section 92 (1) and ignore the problem in these cases, we would open the
doors to any kind of tribunal created by the legislature being able to oust
the jurisdiction of the courts established in accordance with the
constitution," said Marimo in his affidavit.
Chidyausiku appointed Justice Rita Makarau as head of the Electoral Court,
where Justices Antonia Guvava, Tendayi Uchena, Maphios Cheda and Nicholas
Ndou will help her.
Cheda and Ndou are based in Bulawayo.
MDC secretary-general Welshman Ncube also filed supporting affidavits,
saying the opposition party stood by his claim and prayed for the same
The MDC, which garnered 41 seats against Zanu PF's 78, is challenging the
election in 16 constituencies won by Zanu PF.
The challenges are being heard in the Electoral Court.
Chidyausiku and his co-defendants were by yesterday yet to respond to the

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Mupedzanhamo flea market closed

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-May-31

THE police yesterday shut down the sprawling Mupedzanhamho flea market in
Mbare barely two days after stall holders expressed confidence that the busy
market, which is mostly synonymous with selling traditional artefacts and
regalia, would be spared the current clampdown.
They believed that since their wares were largely traditional it would not
invite the ire of the law enforcers who thought otherwise.
The police have since claimed that the bulk of illegal trading manly in
foreign currency was being conducted in flea markets throughout the country
hence the need to rid the cities of such activities.
But by mid-afternoon, scores of informal traders were milling and jostling
around the bustling flea market trying to get transport to ferry their wares
under the watchful eye of municipal and riot police.
Besides Mupedzanhamo, a number of buildings along Jo'burg lines and Mbare
Musika Bus Terminus, were razed to the ground.
"Taomeserwa hanzvadzi, handizivi kuti tichararama sei (things have been made
difficult for us my brother, I don't how we are going to survive," said
Alice Nyevhe, who resides in Tafara, but trades in Mbare.
Another vendor, Brighton Chivasa said: "The market was constructed by the
council and we were paying rents every month. I do not know why they have
closed it down. A lot of families are going to suffer as a result of this
because other flea market operators where coming here to get their orders
even from as far as Chegutu, Kadoma and so on."
At Mbare Musika, business was low with huge clouds of smoke billowing from
burning wooden cabins.
"I don't have anything else to do besides vending, so I will continue doing
so because my family will starve if I stop selling," said Sarudzai Mbasera,
who said she was a mother of four school going children.

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Transport problems trigger sugar shortages

Shame Makoshori
issue date :2005-May-31

THE current shortage of sugar on the market has been triggered by the
consistent breakdowns and derailment of wagons of the National Railways of
Zimbabwe (NRZ) and fuel supply bottlenecks that have hit the transport
sector, The Business Mirror heard last week.
Zimbabwe has in the past two months experienced a critical shortage of basic
commodities such as bread, salt, milk, mealie meal and cooking oil. This has
been largely blamed on speculative dealers suffocating the market to
influence price hikes through hoarding.
However, officials at the listed sugar production concern, ZSR last week
pointed out that while there had been massive incidences of  hoarding in
recent months, one of the major problems facing the company in meeting
market demand was transport.
"To transport our products from plants in the Lowveld to Harare has been a
mammoth task in recent months. In addition there have been occasional
derailments of NRZ wagons.
"We also have been hit by the current fuel shortages and on a number of
occasions, Blue Star Transport has failed to provide enough trucks due to
the fuel shortages," an official with Blue Star Transport said.
Blue Star is a subsidiary of ZSR and specialises in the transport business.
  ZSR chief executive officer (CEO) Patison Sithole said apart from the fuel
problems, the logistical company had also suffered from depressed business
due to several problems, among them, the slide in agricultural production,
which is also attributed to the removal of white farmers from their farms.
On sugar production, the company said while there were challenges in the
period ending March 31 2005, performance has picked up in the current year.
"We had a positive start to the New Year, the challenge is to secure
adequate stocks but like any other business in Zimbabwe, we will be more
aggressive on the regional front.
"ZSR is also looking at portfolio restructuring and we want to look at
existing businesses to see how we can grow," Sithole added.
He however stressed that the continuous price controls by the government
were impacting negatively on revenue streams and regular adjustments were
necessary to keep the company afloat.
Sugar is among the basic commodities that were placed under strict
government controls.
The government recently effected a 15 percent adjustment to the prices but
Sithole said this was not enough in the wake of the shooting production

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

The blind besiege governor's office

From Netsai Kembo in Mutare
issue date :2005-May-31

MORE than 50 furious visually impaired people in Mutare last week hit back
at the government sanctioned clean-up operation to rid urban areas of
illegal activities and lawless by besieging the office of Manicaland
Provincial Governor and Resident Minister Tinaye Chigudu.
They stormed the governor's precinct protesting the confiscation of their
wares by the police.
The foot stomping, singing and dancing protesters demanded an audience with
Chigudu to use his influential clout to seek "preferential treatment" from
the police to enable them sell their goods.
But the uniformed forces would have none of that and promptly dispersed the
blind protesters.
"We demand that the police leave us selling our wares in the streets for
that is our only means of survival," Onias Mangatu, spokesperson for the
visually impaired in the eastern border
"City wholesalers have been sympathetic enough by allowing us to buy either
a pack or carton of scarce basic commodities each for resale and yet the
police are trying to reverse that opportunity.
"This is total lack of sympathy for us and cruelty at its best because we
are trying to eke a genuine living."
Mangatu explained that vending was their only way of supplementing the
meagre $60 000 monthly subsistence allowance given by the social welfare
Efforts to get comment from Chigudu or Manicaland provincial administrator
Fungai Mbetsa, were in vain with their secretaries insisting the two
officials were "very busy" to respond to media questions.
Police superintendent Kenny Mtombeni confirmed that law enforcement agents
were summoned to the governor's office to disperse the irate protestors but
declined further details.
As part of the ongoing national blitzkrieg on vegetable vendors, flea-market
traders, black-marketeers and traders outside designated areas, Mutare
police since last weekend netted hundreds of the law breakers and
confiscated goods worth millions of dollars.
Police have warned they would deal appropriately with anyone found on the
wrong side of the law regardless of creed, race, political affiliation and
social status.

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

ZCTU sues Mohadi, Chihuri

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-May-31

THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has taken the Minister of Home
Affairs Kembo Mohadi, a senior detective and Police Commissioner Augustine
Chihuri to the High Court over recent searches conducted by the uniformed
officers at its head offices in Harare.

Mohadi, the Officer-in-Charge of the Criminal Investigations Department
(CID) and Chihuri, are cited in their official capacities as first, second
and third respondents in the urgent chamber application Case Number 2401/05
dated May 24 2005.
Police raided the Chester House offices of the ZCTU some two weeks ago and
searched for suspected shady deals.
In his certificate of urgency, ZCTU lawyer Andrew Makoni, stressed that the
police seizure of the labour body's property was unlawful. He also pointed
out that some of the confiscated property was not covered in the search
"The applicant needs the materials seized for their daily use. The police
also seized applicant's diskets, which provide essential back-up. The
material on the discs risk being lost or deteriorate in value if they are
not properly kept. The police also seized applicant's current cheque books
thereby paralysing its operations," said Makoni.
The urgent chamber application was also filed on grounds the search warrant
was "couched in vague and general terms" and therefore invalid.
Apart from the fact that the warrant did not specify the offence for which
the search was carried out, the lawyers also allege that the search itself
was conducted improperly.
"Most of the documents seized did not relate to those listed in the search
warrant," Makoni argued, adding, "applicant's operations are being hampered
by the continued and unlawful withholding of its property."
In her founding affidavit, Tsitsi Mariwo, the applicant's legal advisor,
said the court application was meant to have the search warrant issued by
Chihuri declared null and void.
"The Applicant is also making an application for the release of all items
seized by the police on the 13th of May 2005," Mariwo said.
 According to Mariwo, facts were that on the date in question and at around
1pm, members of the police CID fraud squad led by Detective Inspector
Mambambo descended on the applicant's premises located in the 9th and 10th
floors, Chester House, Harare.
The police were armed with a search warrant to scrutinize the ZCTU's bank
statements and financial records and any other documents relating to the
labour body's finances.
Mariwo claimed she tried in vain to block the police from carrying the
search after they had produced a warrant that did not specify what exactly
they were looking for.
"The search warrant did not disclose the offence for which the police wanted
to carry out the search. The relevant portion of the search warrant was not
completed. I also raised the issue with the police concerning that aspect
but I was not given any good reason why this was not done.
"Detective Inspector Mambambo and his lieutenants said they knew what they
were doing and were going to carry out the search whether we liked it or
not," claimed Mariwo.
She said Mambambo only mentioned in passing that they suspected applicant
had committed fraud against some of its affiliates without naming the said
According to Mariwo, the police did not conduct the search themselves but
let four officials from the National Economic Conduct Inspectorate (NECI)
namely Bernard Savanhu, Mapanzure, Musiiwa and Ms Sango do the brief.
Apart from files and cheque books, Mariwo said the NECI officials also
recovered foreign currency.
"The NECI personnel also came across twenty seven United States of America
dollars (US27), forty British pounds (40 pounds), two thousand five hundred
Zambian Kwachas (K2 500) and one hundred and ten Euros (Euro 110)," she
Savanhu allegedly took the foreign currency, which Mariwo stressed did not
belong to the ZCTU but to one of its officers.
Mariwo argued NECI personnel ransacked applicant's offices and even ruffled
through those outside the accounts department offices confiscating whatever
they wanted. Some of the things the police grabbed were not covered by the
search warrant.

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe to make constitutional changes

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-May-31

ZIMBABWE's current Constitution will be amended to allow for the
re-establishment of the Senate, President Robert Mugabe has reiterated.

Soon after the announcement of the March 31 polls in which Zanu PF won 78
seats against the MDC's 41, President Mugabe said one of the first things
his party would do was to amend the Constitution taking most of the leafs
from the rejected February 2000 Constitutional Referendum.
The remaining seat went to an independent.
"Through the overwhelming mandate we got from the Zimbabwean people, we must
now proceed purposefully to effect those constitutional changes which will
allow for better management of national affairs," President Mugabe said
while addressing an extraordinary session of the Zanu PF central committee.
President Mugabe said at independence in 1980, the country's legislative arm
had an Upper House or Senate and a lower House or National Assembly, which
were products of the Lancaster House discussion.
For quite some time, the country worked with both chambers until it was felt
that such an arrangement for a young nation emerging from a colonial past
was burdensome and protracted, and would be better served by a faster
law-making parliamentary process with one
"We accordingly abolished the Upper House and remained with only the
National Assembly, the arrangement we have had to this day. We now seek to
re-establish the Senate," the President said.
He said there were other areas of the Constitution relating to Land
Acquisition and Land Resettlement, the Electoral Supervisory Commission and
the composition of the Senate and mode of appointment or election of its
members, which needed to be amended as well.
He said there was need to bring finality to the land reform programme
started in 2000.
"In most cases we are not having that finality because of the tactics or
techniques being employed by the settler farmer to delay the process. These
amount to legal tactics when we have some farmers appealing to the courts,"
he said.
The President said the constitution needed to be amended to accommodate the
newly created Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
The ZEC was formed last year in terms of the Southern African Development
Community (Sadc) principles and guidelines governing democratic elections in
the region.
Meanwhile, the President said the government was working on a comprehensive
plan to alleviate the fuel and transport problems currently facing the
"The situation shows the need for us to bring into the country as fast as we
can all those buses we have secured," he said.
He was referring to more than 300 buses that the country has purchased from
-New Ziana/Mirror Reporter
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Power cuts to continue: Zesa

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-May-31

ZIMBABWEANS will have to make-do with power blackouts until the end of the
winter season, Zesa Holdings spokesman Obert Nyatanga has said.
In a statement   yesterday, Nyatanga also said the power utility had been
experiencing a "temporary power shortfall since Thursday last week.
"This is because we lost two generators at Hwange Power Station (or 380
megawatts) due to the critical shortage of spares for maintenance and
overhauls. We are having temporary supply interruptions throughout the
country," he said.
While promising that the situation at Hwange would be back to normal by
tomorrow, Nyatanga acknowledged that with the onset of the winter peak
period, demand for electricity was outstripping supply.
"We are, however, getting the maximum imports we can get from the region,
whose markets are also in their winter peak. These temporary power supply
interruptions are likely to be with us throughout the winter period," he

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The Herald

Chinese delegation seeks areas of co-operation

Herald Reporter
A FIVE-member delegation comprising some leading figures in the Chinese
media industry yesterday paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Information
and Publicity, Cde Tichaona Jokonya, at his Munhumutapa offices.

The head of the delegation and China Radio International's vice president,
Mrs Dongmei Wang, said they were in the country to seek areas of
co-operation for media institutions in the two countries.

To this end, she said, her delegation had held talks with the management at
New Ziana and Zimpapers, which centred on the exchange of programmes and
products between the two media institutions and those in China.

Mrs Wang said they had also visited the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH)
where discussions centred on the training of personnel, exchange of news and
the ongoing digitalisation at the State television.

"We are aware that ZBH is undertaking a digitalisation programme, which we
also went through. We believe that we are in a position to help Zimbabwe in
this process," she said.

Mrs Wang said they also looked at the possibility of distributing Chinese
newspapers such as the Beijing Review and China Daily in Zimbabwe.

Cde Jokonya said Zimbabwe was a very young country, which was under siege
from its former colonial master.

However, Zimbabwe could draw on the experiences of China when it was also
under siege during the time it was classified as a Pariah state because of
its position on Taiwan.

He said Zimbabwe needed all the support it could get especially in the area
of information, which was crucial for development.

The minister said cooperation between the media industries in Zimbabwe and
China was essential especially in portraying the situation in Zimbabwe to
the Chinese people and to the world.

He said the ministry was already looking at ways in which it could
co-operate with China for the development of the country's media industries
in various areas such as training.

"We are aware that China produces a lot of things like digital cameras which
are thrown away and we believe that we could come to some kind of
understanding to help each other," he said.

The Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Cde Xianyi Zhang, who was accompanying
the delegation reaffirmed his commitment to work towards the development of
relations in the media industries of the two countries.

Cde Jokonya said he had tasked the Zimbabwean ambassador to China, Cde Chris
Mutsvangwa, to look into the issue, while his ministry would follow-up on
the media delegation's visit.

The same sentiments were echoed by Cde Jokonya's deputy, Cde Bright Matonga,
who said his ministry was an action oriented one and would want to ensure
that the efforts being made to strengthen cooperation between the two
countries' media industries came to fruition.

Apart from Mrs Wang, other members of the delegation are Mr Gangyi Wang, the
Publisher of the Beijing Review, Mr Huo Wang, the assistant editor-in-chief
of the China Daily and Ms Lin Chunxiang, the deputy director of Information
in the State Council.

The delegation, which was in the country since Thursday, returned home

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The Herald

Harare failing to pay refuse collection companies

Herald Reporter
THE cash-strapped Harare City Council is failing to pay about $10 billion
owed to several private companies contracted to collect refuse.

Council has been facing serious financial problems that have seen it failing
to pay contractors on time and meeting its other obligations like paying its
workers on time.

However, the local authority has undertaken to settle the debt as part of
its turnaround strategy which seeks to change the fortunes of the local

Settling the debt, meeting other obligations and transforming Harare into a
world class city are among the things the turnaround strategy seeks to

Harare town clerk Mr Nomutsa Chideya confirmed that the council owed
contractors the money.

"We have been failing to pay contractors on time owing to the financial
problems we have been facing over the years but that is set to change owing
to the funds that we expect to get from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

"I don't know off hand how much is owed but that is the position," said Mr

With the budget on new rates, tariffs and service charges approved by
Government, Mr Chideya said the local authority was in a position to break
even and provide efficient services.

In a related matter, heaps of garbage have gone for days without being
collected in Mbare, Glen Norah, Kuwadzana, Glen View, Warren Park and

Residents have raised concern about the uncollected litter.

"They have not come to collect refuse for some time and rats have become a
problem which we fear could lead to a disease outbreak," said Mr John Kabaya
of Mbare's Matapi flats.

However, the city council is set to acquire 35 new trucks and 20 tractors
for refuse collection.
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'Increase entrance fees to Zim's tourist attractions'

Herald Reporter
DELEGATES attending the just-ended African Wild Life Consultative Forum said
Zimbabwe should increase entrance fees to its array of fascinating tourist
attractions because of their high historical value.

The delegates were reacting to a US$20 they had paid to view the
breathtaking Victoria Falls and US$15 to see the wondrous Matobo Hills,
which they said was too little.

Most of the delegates said while other countries charged more on less
attractive places, Zimbabwe had a more valuable and fascinating array of
tourist destinations, which were being undercharged.

They said huge foreign currency amounts could be generated if the country
charged the right amount.

"The most amazing thing that cannot be found anywhere else in Africa is the
naturalness of the Victoria Falls and Matobo Hills, among many others. To
imagine that we only paid US$20 to see such a miracle breaks my heart," a
Malawi conservationist Mr Isaiah Chele said.

He said Victoria Falls is endowed with so much mystery and the Government
had done well not to tamper with the fauna and flora species around it.

"It is of utmost importance for Zimbabwe to be made aware that they are
blessed with vast riches in the tourism sector that only awaits to be tapped
appropriately." The Victoria Falls has five 70 to 95 metre deep falls where
more than two million gallons of water gush through in a second.

Regional tourists pay up to US$10 while local tourists pay $30 000 to view
the falls.

At least 905 international tourists have visited Zimbabwe to see the falls
and other national parks surrounding it.

Another Wildlife expert from South Africa said more than US$20 is paid in
other countries to view other cities like where former presidents' homes
were and the clothes they wore.

"I did not expect to pay as little as US$20 because I have been to many
places were I was made to pay so much money but not happy with what I saw.
Victoria Falls should churn out more money to benefit communities that live
around this place and help in wildlife management," Mr Clement Hussein said.

Parks and Wildlife Management Authority director Dr Morris Mtsambiwa
yesterday said the tariffs charged were regularly reviewed after some

"We make various considerations which include the volume of tourists before
we review. Another section is, however, looking into the matter," Dr
Mtsambiwa said.
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