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Dear All,

You will all have seen the news release about the Wheeler family from West
Nicholson. They have been barricaded in their home since 16th April. Twin
River Ranch is their only farm and it is being acquired despite the Abuja
Accord and government policy stating that single owned farms would not be

I wanted to share with you this communication from the Wheeler children.
Vilanda and Eric did not start school today, they spent the day with their
parents and farm manager, Mr Mazhvo and his wife who are all barricaded in
their home.

The Pueblo blessing goes like this...."Hold on to what is good, even if it's
a handful of earth', Hold on to what you believe, even if it's a tree that
stands by itself, Hold on to what you must do, even if it's a long way from
here, Hold on to your life, even if it's easier to let go, Hold onto my
hand, even when I am far away."
Jenni Williams

I am a Form Four pupil at Petra High School in Bulawayo. I would like you to
know what has transpired in the school holidays that have just gone by. What
started off as a peaceful holiday ended in a nightmare. Our water and power
supplies have been cut off for the past 21 days. Our water for washing and
drinking is collected by ourselves about 60m away from our homestead in
plastic containers. Every day, for the last 21 days, we have been told to
get off our ranch. We have been barricaded in with wooden Mopani booms on
all the entrances into our ranch. All our workers were fired by Katazo
Magogorosi Ndou, a so-called war veteran.

I am dreading going back to school and leaving my home since this is the
only home I have ever known, and if I should leave I may never see it again.
I don't want to leave my mum and dad and my dogs. Our food supplies are
running low and when we attempted to get food in, they took away our land
rover and the next day, when we got our vehicle back most of our supplies
were stolen.

At night they take turns in patrolling around our security fence, at times
blowing whistles and beating drums. My dad also had to move his cattle to a
different location because they stole the diesel engine off the borehole and
left the cattle to die of thirst.

We will keep on praying to GOD to give us strength in this time of trial.



I am a Form One pupil at Petra High School in Bulawayo. A peaceful holiday
turned out to be a nightmare. It all started on 16 April when Katazo
Magogorosi Ndou and others ordered us to leave our property. Since that day,
they have been coming daily shouting and screaming for us to leave our
property. On the 20th there were at least 70 so-called (war
veterans/settlers) most of them under the age of 24 yrs singing and beating
drums and blowing a kudu horn. Thanks to our dogs they could not break in to
our yard. During this time they chased good friends of ours who were staying
at our safari camp threatening to burn their company car and that they had
to be off by 4pm that same day.

The MP of our area, a Mr. Mohadi was addressing people in the area telling
them to get us off the farm. On the 21st April they fired all our staff
except for our manager, Mr. Mazhvo and his wife. Mr. Mazhvo is a 32 percent
disabled man who has stood by us through all these problems.

The following items were stolen:

1) A 5yr guarantee battery off one of our generators
2) One wheelbarrow
3) Three Lister diesel engines
4) 32 head of cattle
5) Hosepipes for watering our garden (safari camp)
6) Supplies from well-wishers were also stolen from our land rover when Mr.
Mazhvo attempted to bring the supplies us.

We are all very grateful to our God for giving us the strength and courage
and for keeping us safe. Thanks also to all the prayers and the very many
phone calls we receive daily from people all over our beautiful country.


For more information, please contact Jenni Williams
Mobile (Code +263) 91 300 456 or 11 213 885
Office landlines: (+2639) 72546 Fax 63978
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Farm Invasions And Security Report
Tuesday 7 May 2002

This report does not purport to cover all the incidents that are taking place in the commercial farming areas.  Communication problems and the fear of reprisals prevent farmers from reporting all that happens.  Farmers names, and in some cases farm names, are omitted to minimise the risk of reprisals.
· Border Gezi's wife visited Bodele and Karima Farms, Bindura, stating she will be sending tractors and using the owners’ irrigation equipment to plant wheat.
· Karoi North - the Songalala Farm owner was preparing for wheat planting, when settlers stopped him, stating they will allow him to continue if he does a 50:50 deal with them.  He produced a wheat model depicting costs, which they rejected as “it was too expensive”.  Later on they said the deal “is off” and the owner must get off his farm with his cattle. He has done so.
· On Parklands Farm, Norton, which Mrs Rusike controls, preparation and planting of over 800 ha of wheat was prevented
· Chakari - Farmers are still not allowed to grow any wheat in this area.
· Kadoma - No farmers are allowed to grow any wheat, unless things change in the next few days.
· Battlefields - No one is able to grow any wheat, unless things change in the next few days.
· Kwekwe - On Loozane, a bull wildebeest was found slaughtered. When six men with dogs came to collect the beast, they were ambushed by security. The poachers were taken to court, where they claimed they were visiting farm labour and knew nothing about the beast.  The case could not be proved. 
Chipinge – Mrs. Mhlambo chased off labour from Kenilworth and Glenree Farms on 06.05.02.  On Lushoff there is continued harassment of cattle with 67 now missing.  On the night of 04.05.02, the labour were beaten up and ZW$ 1 million worth of milking machinery stolen.  The following day the dairy cattle were prevented from going out to graze.  The Police and Land Commission arrived to “sort out” the problem and the owner was asked for 20 bags of maize.
Headlands – as reported in a special bulletin, Dr. CJ Jones was shot in the back on the evening of 03.05.02, she returned to the farm with the farm wages.  She is in a stable condition in hospital.  On Sunrise Farm, the guards were told they must not guard the house or outbuildings, as the property no longer belonged to the owner.

Mvurwi - The situation on Msonedi Estate has not changed with a work stoppage on the farm. Pegging by A2 settlers has begun on Waddon Chase. The owners of Hariana were evicted from the farm. The problems concerning the picking of citrus on Mandindindi Farm have been resolved.
Bindura - Border Gezi's wife visited Bodele and Karima Farms, stating she will be sending tractors and using the owners’ irrigation equipment to plant wheat.
Horseshoe - Negotiations are in progress concerning ownership of the citrus and labour terminations on Nyavuti Farm. The remaining unpegged farms are being allocated 400 ha. The owner of Nyamfuta farm has been ordered to vacate his farm by the end of the morning on 05.05.02.
Macheke/Virginia – there is ongoing stocktheft. Some farms had settlers removed by Support Unit and were told no new invasions would be tolerated.  One farm has ongoing problems where the labour was told to take up plots or leave.  The owner phoned the Police who said they could not help.
Wedza – there is ongoing ploughing using owners’ tractors and diesel, with threats if owners do not comply they must leave.  Cattle that have been bought are stopped at roadblocks set up by the settlers and are not allowed to leave.  Ongoing theft all over the district.
Chinhoyi - Kingspeak Farm  reports 200 ha of Rhodes Grass was burnt by an A2 settler, because the settler was preparing his land and lit the grass Over the last three months, the Magondi Farm owner has lost 18 cattle, 13 of which to poachers using snares, spears etc., and 5 were poisoned.  It transpired the stock thieves have restarted operations using chemicals mixed with salt for killing game and cattle.  This regional office suspects temic or monochrotophos but samples will be taken for analysing.  Impala, kudu and warthog were found dead in the same area. The matter was reported to the Police on 3.05.02 who to date have not responded.  Farmers must be made aware of this problem/practice.  Death is very quick and cattle and game are usually found in close proximity of the poison site.  
Karoi North – on 14.04.02, the Songalala Farm owner was cutting tobacco stalks and preparing for wheat planting, when the settlers stopped him stating they will allow him to continue if he does a 50:50 deal with them.  He produced a wheat model depicting costs, which they rejected as “it was too expensive”.  Last week they said the deal “is off” and the owner must get off his farm with his cattle.  On 06.05.02, early morning, he had to leave.   The owner of Wajetsi Farm returned to his farm and within 40 minutes, the settlers/"war vets" broke down his gates and sat on his verandah and will not allow him to operate.
Umboe – the Long Valley Farm owner tried to move his cattle by truck.  A "war vet" appeared and extorted 27 head as “compensation” for the cattle eating his maize - a fabricated story.  Banket - Northwood Farm was invaded last week and communal cattle were moved on to the farm.
Norton - Along the Porta Road things continue to deteriorate.  On Crebilly the owner has not been able to return to his farm for some time and it is understood occupiers have moved into his house.  On River Gardens invaders have commandeered the owner’s tractors and are ploughing, despite the farm not ever being listed.  The owner is still unable to return.  On Wilbred the owner is still unable to return to his farm after it was trashed by Mrs Rusike and company.  All his household goods were stolen costing approximately ZW$ 10 million.  Mrs Rusike was also involved with other crimes involving firearms, stock theft etc but was just released on bail.  On Parklands Farm, which Mrs Rusike controls, preparation and planting of over 800 ha of wheat was prevented.  On Gowrie Farm, where Terry Ford was murdered, much of his stock has been slaughtered and his son is not allowed to live on the property.  Occupiers have chased off management on a number of occasions when they have tried to see to Terry Ford’s affairs.  All these properties fall under Zvimba district, under Sabina Mugabe's area.  The rest of the Norton area, apart from Agritex pegging and various threats bandied about, is generally limping along with a small semblance of production taking place. 
Selous - The owner of one property is still not able to get back to his house.  On Umfuli Banks a Chartered Accountant from Harare by the name of Dzumbunu has commandeered the owner’s pipes and is using the pumps and water to grow wheat, depriving the owner of his only source of income.  The pipes in use equate to approximately ZW$ 20 million.  The owner has no other farm and Mr Dzumbunu has no letter from the Governor although he says that Minister Chombo has given him verbal authority.  He has so far planted 15 hectares.
Chegutu - The Deputy Minister of Justice is depriving the owner of Faun Farm of his only source of income by ploughing up his lands and using his water and irrigation facilities.  Faun Farm has not been acquired by Government and is a fully productive single owned farm. 
Chakari - On Tawstock there was a dairy cow slaughtered and A2 settlers told the owner they wish to move into his house.  The owner has the MP for the area, Mr Ziyambi, forcibly living in his manager’s cottage in the garden.  Farmers are still not allowed to grow any wheat in this area.
Kadoma - No farmers are allowed to grow any wheat, unless things change in the next few days.
Battlefields - No one is able to grow any wheat, unless things change in the next few days.
Masvingo East and Central - No reports received from this area
Chiredzi - No reports received from this area
Mwenezi - illegal movement of goats and cattle continue in this area. On 27.04.02, goats were transported into this area from an area west of Beit Bridge. Police and the Veterinary Department are aware of this situation. Kleinbegin Ranch reported a gathering of  about 100 people on 04.05.02. Officials from Gwanda were present. A weapon was also seen on one of the settlers. A Giraffe came down to the waterhole to drink and was shot by the settlers, with the meat taken and shared amongst all present. More cattle and goats have come on to the property, which was reported to Chief Animal Inspector Mutandi. No reaction as yet.
Gutu / Chatsworth – the Chomfuli Farm owner received a Section 8 Order for Lot 2 of Chomfuli. Settlers are ploughing up owner’s fields on the other property not yet listed. Wire theft is occurring daily. No response from the Police.
Save Conservancy - Continued poaching and movement of people.
General - Maize theft and stocktheft is rampant throughout the region. Inhabitants of the Chiwundura communal area are suspected in most cases of maize theft. Police are reacting.
Kwekwe - on Forestvale there were three incidents of maize seed theft, to a total value of ZW$ 120 000. In all cases arrests were made and the perpetrators convicted. Police have been very helpful. On Loozane, a bull wildebeest was found slaughtered. When six men with dogs came to collect the beast, they were ambushed by security. When the poachers were taken to court, they claimed that they were visiting farm labour and knew nothing about the beast and so the case could not be proved.  Agritex are on five farms in the Kwekwe District, pegging them into plots of 500 Ha or less. Agritex are recruiting for help with this exercise.
No report received.
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Court deals blow to Mugabe's citizenship law

      May 07 2002 at 06:36PM

Harare - Zimbabwe's government conceded on Tuesday in a high court that it
cannot strip rights activist Judith Todd of her Zimbabwean citizenship, even
if she could qualify for a passport from another country.

"I concede the heads of argument presented by the applicant, so I have no
further submissions to make," Nelson Mutsonziwa from the attorney-general's
office told the court.

Zimbabwe's government had refused to renew Todd's passport, saying that she
was a citizen of New Zealand because her parents were born there.

Government argued that a 1943 New Zealand law gave citizenship to anyone
whose parents were born in that country.

Todd's lawyer, Bryant Elliot, said Zimbabwean law required an expert from
New Zealand be present in court, if that nation's laws were to be

He also argued that Zimbabwean law automatically gives citizenship to anyone
born here.

Judge Sandra Mungwira is expected to hand down her judgment on Wednesday.

Both Todd's parents were born in New Zealand, but she was born in Zimbabwe,
when it was the British colony of Rhodesia. Her father, Garfield Todd, is a
former prime minister of Rhodesia.

She has never sought a New Zealand passport.

Judith Todd is an activist who supported Zimbabwe's liberation struggle but
who now opposes President Robert Mugabe, accusing his government of
widespread human rights abuses.

Todd's case could have wide-ranging implications for all Zimbabweans of
foreign descent.

In March last year a law was passed that required anyone wishing to retain
Zimbabwean citizenship to renounce any right to foreign citizenship - even
if they had never held a foreign passport.

A high court judge had ruled in February that people cannot give up a right,
but only a citizenship they actually hold.

The law targeted the estimated 30 000 white Zimbabweans who were entitled to
a foreign passport and tens of thousands of blacks whose parents or
grandparents had immigrated from neighbouring nations.

Government critics had feared the law would bar people with foreign-sounding
surnames as well as the small white minority from voting because they had
not renounced their entitlement to foreign citizenship.

The legislation was viewed as part of a wide-ranging strategy to ensure
Mugabe's re-election in the elections. - Sapa-AFP
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The Age

Zimbabwe court tosses out one charge, upholds two
HARARE, May 7 AFP|Published: Wednesday May 8, 3:00 AM

A magistrate court in Zimbabwe tossed out charges against one reporter,
while placing two others on remand today, over charges of "abuse of
journalistic privilege".

Magistrate Lilian Kudya tossed out charges against Collin Chiwanza, a
reporter for the independent Daily News.

But she placed his colleague Lloyd Mudiwa and US journalist Andrew Meldrum,
who writes for Britain's The Guardian, on remand until May 22.

The three were arrested last week over the story alleging that a Zimbabwean
woman had been decapitated by pro-government militias in full view of her
two daughters.

The story has been denied by police, while the Daily News has apologised for
running the story.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), which initially backed
the story, later said it was false.

Kudya last Thursday released the three from police custody while she
considered their lawyers' request to either toss out the case or make an
appeal to the Supreme Court.

A fourth journalist, columnist Pius Wakatama of the Daily News, was arrested
yesterday over the same story.
Zimbabwe journalists trial goes ahead

A court in Zimbabwe has denied a call by two journalists to dismiss charges against them of violating a new media law.

The magistrate, Lilian Kudya, said the trial of the two - Andrew Meldrum, of the British Guardian newspaper, and Lloyd Mudiwa of Zimbabwe's Daily News - would start on 22 May.

A third defendant, Collin Chiwanza, was cleared.

The two men are accused of abusing journalistic privileges and publishing false information, offences which can now carry a two-year jail sentence in Zimbabwe.

The case arises out of reports - published by the two journalists but later found to be unsubstantiated - that a woman had been beheaded by supporters of the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Critics of the new laws in Zimbabwe fear they are aimed at stifling free speech and suppressing dissent against the government.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

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Zimbabwe Mirror

      Zimbabwe can survive Western sanctions - Cuba
      Caiphas Chimhete

      ZIMBABWE can still post positive economic growth even if the current
threats of sanctions against the country by some Western countries are
implemented, a Cuban government official has said. Cuban first deputy
minister of foreign affairs, Fernando Remirez de Estenoz, said the
Zimbabwean economy, which is depended on agriculture, has the resiliency to
withstand any sanctions imposed by the West.

      "Cuba enjoyed a total economic growth of 25 percent in six years
despite the reinforcement of sanctions against the country by the US. "So, I
don't see any reason why Zimbabwe, which a stronger economy, can not survive
any sanctions," said Remirez de Estenoz, who was recently in the country on
a solidarity visit.

      The US has imposed a travel ban on President Robert Mugabe and his
close associates while several other western countries have frozen aid
alleging the absence of rule of law and a rigged election.

      Losing opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Morgan
Tsvangirai, has been calling on the international community to impose
economic sanctions against President Robert Mugabe's government.

      Remirez de Estenoz said in the case of economic sanctions against
Zimbabwe, Mugabe's government should seek alternative trade markets,
especially in developing countries, in the spirit To Page b7Caiphas Chimhete
ZIMBABWE can still post positive economic growth even if the current threats
of sanctions against the country by some Western countries are implemented,
a Cuban government official has said. Cuban first deputy minister of foreign
affairs, Fernando Remirez de Estenoz, said the Zimbabwean economy, which is
depended on agriculture, has the resiliency to withstand any sanctions
imposed by the West. "Cuba enjoyed a total economic growth of 25 percent in
six years despite the reinforcement of sanctions against the country by the
US. "So, I don't see any reason why Zimbabwe, which a stronger economy, can
not survive any sanctions," said Remirez de Estenoz, who was recently in the
country on a solidarity visit.

      The US has imposed a travel ban on President Robert Mugabe and his
close associates while several other western countries have frozen aid
alleging the absence of rule of law and a rigged election.

      Losing opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Morgan
Tsvangirai, has been calling on the international community to impose
economic sanctions against President Robert Mugabe's government.

      Remirez de Estenoz said in the case of economic sanctions against
Zimbabwe, Mugabe's government should seek alternative trade markets,
especially in developing countries, in the spirit of the South-South

      "Apart from that, unity of the Zimbabwean people including the
leadership, is of paramount importance especially when a country is facing
external threats.

      "In the case of Cuba, the people and the leadership are united and we
are succeeding," said Remirez de Estenoz, whose country endorsed President's
re-election in the March poll.

      But registering a growth would be mammoth task, as the economy
continues to recede. The economy has suffered from negative growth over the
past years, registering -1 percent in 1999, -4.2 percent in 2000 and about 8
percent last year. Some economists predicted a further fall of 12 percent
for this year.

      Relations between the two countries started during Zimbabwe's armed
struggle against British colonialism. President Castro provided technical
and logistical support to the freedom fighters. But bilateral trade between
Zimbabwe and Cuba is insignificant. The Cuban economy is depended on
tourism, agriculture (sugar and tobacco), mining and pharmaceuticals.

      Said Remirez de Estenoz," Our commercial relations are not that big
and there is need to re-look at that area." Despite the US blockade, said
the Cuban government official, the country has been able to increase revenue
generation from such sectors as tourism.

      Over the last ten years, the number of tourists increased five-fold.
Last year alone, 1.8 million tourists visited Cuba up from 300 000 in 1996.
Improvements have also been registered in education, health and social
security. Presently, Cuba has 700 000 university graduates from 57 campuses.

      In total, Cuba has 67 000 medical doctors, of which 130 are in helping
in the country. About 2 500 others are in 20 countries in Africa, Central
America and the Caribbean helping out different health projects. "You can
see that despite the sanctions, we are even helping other developing
countries," said Remirez de Estenoz, who added that Cuba has made a proposal
to the United Nations to provide 4 000 doctors and create 20 new faculties
of medicine in developing countries to fight the Aids pandemic.

      The US imposed sanctions against Cuba in 1962 shortly after President
Fidel Castro seized power in a revolution on the island. The embargo was a
response to Castro's nationalisation of American-owned enterprises; it
sought to deprive Cuba of foreign exchange and hasten the end of communism.
Before 1962, more than two-thirds of Cuba's foreign trade had been with the
US - so when the embargo came into effect Cuba had to find alternative
markets, and it became highly dependent on the Soviet Union.
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BA reintroduces direct Harare-London service

business Reporter

BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) is to reintroduce direct flight services from Harare to London this month to retrace one of their three return flights a week out of Harare.

BA general manager Peter Best said the changes coincide with the recent introduction of the hi-tech Boeing 777, the airline’s aircraft that will operate the long haul route from Zimbabwe to United Kingdom.

“The Boeing 777 is probably the most modern aircraft in the BA fleet and one of the most tested and fuel efficient aircraft in the sky today,” he said.

Powered by two sophisticated Rolls Royce engines, each capable of more than 100 thousand pounds of thrust, the aircraft’s engines are twice powered as those on the Boeing 747s. The direct services were scheduled to start yesterday. It will depart Harare on every Thursday and Sunday night, and arrive in London the following morning. Return flights from London are scheduled for the same days.

“This means that the northbound flights will arrive in London in the early morning, allowing passengers to have a full and exciting day in front of them. It is beneficial to business people who will be able to land in London on Monday just in time for the start of the week,” he said.

He however said the southbound return flight; passengers will be able to experience the magnificent transcontinental daylight flights.

The long haul flights will offer a very few opportunities for passengers to experience what it feels like to cross-continents during the day. BA’s daylight flight from London provides the opportunity for passengers to view the recesses of the European and African continents by day.

“The Boeing 777 will also offer travellers an unparalleled safety record which is combined with a convenient travel scheduled to customer needs,” he added. The 777, the first air craft to be completely designed on computer, was created over a 5 year period with input from BA, Boeing and General Electric.

Before its launch in the country, in March this year, the aircraft went through one of the most comprehensive testing programme in commercial aviation history, involving 7 000 flying hours and 4 900 flight cycles.

BA became the first airline firm to take delivery of the long ranch Boeing 777 in the February 1997. To date, the airline has 38 of these aircraft.

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Daily News

      CIO boss linked to man behind beheading claim

      5/7/02 8:20:30 AM (GMT +2)

      By Pedzisai Ruhanya Chief Reporter

      THE Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) Chitungwiza branch may
have engaged George Nyadzayo, alias Enos Tadyanemhandu, to approach the MDC,
with his fabricated story of a beheaded wife to establish if the party was
still financially sound.

      The CIO has denied any connection with Nyadzayo, the still missing
former boyfriend of the dead woman.

      But investigations into the death of Blandina Ntoko Musopero, whose
very existence the police denied when the story of her death first broke,
have linked the boyfriend to the CIO.

      Nyadzayo is now alleged to have been assigned by the CIO
officer-in-charge at Makoni post in Chitungwiza, named only as Sigauke.

      A source, who asked not to be named, said yesterday: "Sigauke created
the story because he wanted to find out if the MDC still had money after the
opposition party was rumoured to be broke following the presidential

      "Sigauke wanted to establish if the MDC was still able to pay its
displaced people, as well as what its financial position was after its High
Court application challenging the outcome of the presidential election."

      The source alleged that when Sigauke heard that Blandina had died, he
instructed Nyadzayo, her boyfriend, to ask the MDC to give him money for
funeral assistance.

      Nyadzayo, masquerading as Tadyanemhandu, claimed his wife, Blandina,
was beheaded by alleged Zanu PF youths in Magunje. The story has been proved
to be a complete invention. The MDC paid him $19 800.

      The source said: "The CIO mission was accomplished because when the
MDC paid Nyadzayo, the CIO got to know that the party was still financially

      "But it was not part of the CIO's plan to send Nyadzayo to The Daily
News. In fact, the CIO officers in Chitungwiza were completely surprised
when the story appeared in the paper."

      The paper obtained Nyadzayo's story after he approached the MDC for

      When the MDC realised later that it had been swindled by Nyadzayo and
decided to press charges against him, the police would not arrest him.

      When the reporter called the CIO offices in Chitungwiza yesterday for
a comment from Sigauke, a receptionist initially denied such a person worked

      But when the reporter insisted Sigauke was the head of the CIO office
there, he was called to the telephone.

      Sigauke denied the allegations, saying: "Where is Tadyanemhandu now?
Did he approach you? I did not assign anything to such a person. I do not
even know such a person."

      While Sigauke denied knowledge of Nyadzayo, investigations have
revealed that Sigauke owns a shop called China G. Malati Investments, at
Zhakata shops in Seke communal lands.

      Sigauke's shop is about 400 metres away from the late Blandina Ntoko
Musopero's residence. Neighbours said yesterday Sigauke used to give
Nyadzayo piecework at his shop.

      A worker at the shop yesterday confirmed it was indeed owned by
Sigauke, saying: "Sigauke is away at the moment, but on Sunday he said he
would come to the shop early today."

      Blandina was Nyadzayo's girlfriend. She died of natural causes on 14
April 2002.

      On Sunday, Blandina's relatives, including her son, Ngoni Ntoko,19,
and daughter, Sharon, 25, said her correct name was not Blandina
Tadyanemhandu, as she was only a girlfriend to the man calling himself

      The family denied that Blandina was killed by Zanu PF supporters as
alleged by Nyadzayo while masquerading as Tadyanemhandu. She had been
operated on before her death.

      Ngoni said they are four siblings in the family. The other two are
Betty,14, and Brighton,11.

      He said Nyadzayo was his mother's boyfriend from 1997 after Blandina
divorced his father, Magombo Ntoko, who died in 1999.

      Since their parents' divorce, they have been staying with their
maternal uncle, Mhondiwa Musopero, in Zhakata village.

      Sharon, now married, also confirmed Ngoni's story.

      On Sunday Ngoni took reporters to his mother's grave outside the

      The epitaph states that indeed it is Blandina who is buried in the

      Bennie Tumbare-Mutasa, the MP for Seke, was conned by Nyadzayo into
parting with some money. Nyadzayo claimed that he needed the cash to look
after his family after his home was allegedly burnt down by Zanu PF
supporters in March.

      The MDC MP and the police in Dema discovered that they had been lied

      During that incident the purported Tadyanemhandu gave George Nyadzayo
as his name.

      Nyadzayo's false story has led to the arrest of two Daily News
reporters, Collin Chiwanza and Lloyd Mudiwa, and the British Guardian's
Andrew Meldrum.
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Daily News

      Fate of farm workers hangs in balance as tension rises

      5/7/02 8:54:25 AM (GMT +2)

      By Staff Reporter

      The situation at Blackfordby Farm, near Harare, remains tense as
several farm workers have been evicted from their houses by war veterans who
have settled there illegally.

      The 420-hectare farm, owned by the Zimbabwe Tobacco Association (ZTA),
is a former training centre for the Tobacco Training Institute that has
since been relocated to Concession.

      The farm, under Ward 1 of Greater Harare, is leased by Richard Thorne
who has relocated into the city for fear of attacks from the invaders now
occupying some of the buildings.

      Before the invasion last year, the farm employed 120 workers but now
the number has been reduced to about 50.

      Thorne could not be reached for comment but reporters found his
workers reaping the last of his 60-hectare tobacco crop.

      One worker said the situation was very tense and the war veterans were
abusive, and threatened to beat up the workers for offering their labour to

      "We don't know what will happen to us," said one elderly farm worker
who asked not to be named. "We just wait for our fate."

      Before schools opened this term, one invader took over a teacher's
house in the compound, forcing the owner to look for alternative

      Herbert Nyanhongo, the Zanu PF councillor for Ward 1, said he was
unaware of the situation at the farm.

      "I was last there two weeks ago. Why don't you go and see for
yourself? You people have a tendency of writing false news as you did in
Magunje. I don't want to talk to you," Nyanhongo said before hanging up his
telephone yesterday.

      The ZTA spokesman, Oliver Gawe, said the invasion had stalled a
massive housing development project planned by the association in
conjunction with the Harare city council under the South Areas Local Plan
which incorporates farms around the area.
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      War vets' leaders clash over farm invasions

      5/7/02 8:55:13 AM (GMT +2)

      From Brian Mangwende in Mutare

      ANDREW Ndlovu, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans
Association's secretary for projects, has accused Patrick Nyaruwata, the
association's acting chairman, of backtracking on the land reform programme
and alleging he has been bribed.

      Ndlovu recently said this after Nyaruwata urged war veterans in
Manicaland to ignore threats and ultimatums being issued by Ndlovu to white
commercial farmers and Indians.

      Ndlovu said: "Nyaruwata is a traitor. He must tell us how many
millions he was given to backtrack and that money must be recovered
forthwith. On 23 March, we discussed the issue of chasing away white
commercial farmers still on the farms and he assigned me to lead the
programme, but now he demeans me in the newspapers."

      Ndlovu argued that Nyaruwata was not constitutionally elected and his
statements should be taken with a pinch of salt.

      "His statements are not doing any good to the white commercial
farmers. He is merely misleading them because whether he likes it or not, we
are going to beat them up and chase them from the farms."

      Nyaruwata dismissed Ndlovu saying he was an over-zealous dissident. He
said: "When dealing with such people, one has to be careful.
      "Where was he during the presidential campaign? Such mafia tactics of
hijacking the revolution should not be allowed. He has to explain to us who
sanctioned him to take such action. Besides, he does not hold any position
within Zanu PF, even at cell level."

      Ndlovu is a former dissident who participated in the insurrection
against the government by armed bandits in the Matabeleland and Midlands
provinces in the early 80s.

      Nyaruwata said anarchy should not prevail in the country now that the
elections were over.

      On Thursday, Joel Nyoka, the war veterans' secretary for projects in
the Midlands handed the ultimatums to three farmers in Manicaland which
      "We are advising all white commercial farmers to leave with immediate

      "This decision comes as a result of white commercial farmers refusing
to reconcile with the government of Zanu PF even after the government had
tried its best to reconcile with them.

      "We have also realised that some white commercial farmers are using
the farms to re-organise themselves against the ruling party/government for
negative publicity on Zimbabwe."

      The three farmers are Robin Franklyn of Sissol farm, Brian James of
Grange Farm in Penhalonga and Charles Bezuitdenhout of Welvierdien Farm in

      Last week, Oppah Muchinguri, the Manicaland Governor, said the
government would not hesitate to arrest invaders illegally allocating
themselves pieces of land in the province.
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Daily News

      Grace Mugabe's plans to house street kids snubbed

      5/7/02 8:58:56 AM (GMT +2)

      Staff Reporter

      The Zimbabwe Children's Rehabilitation Trust, founded by the First
Lady, Grace Mugabe, in 1998 to house and rehabilitate vagrant children has
run out of steam after her efforts were snubbed by stakeholders who felt her
methods would encourage the increase of street children.

      The municipalities of Bulawayo and Harare donated large pieces of land
to the trust at its inception. The mayors and town clerks of the two cities
were co-opted into the trust's committee.

      Contacted for comment on the progress made by the Trust on building
homes for street children two weeks ago, the chairman of the Trust, Gideon
Gono, asked for written questions.

      He has not responded to them.

      The whereabouts of a mini-bus donated to the trust by a German company
and the $10 million raised through dinner dances and donations could not be
readily established.

      Nomutsa Chideya, who is supposed to represent the Harare City Council
on the Trust's board said:
      "Since the time of Solomon Tawengwa, that project has never moved. The
last time I attended their meetings was before Tawengwa left. Besides, I
understand the land donated to the Trust was occupied by land invaders."

      Bulawayo Town Clerk, Moffat Ndlovu, said: "There's just no progress on
the project. Our plans are ready for implementation. We wrote to the
chairman and the First Lady but there was no response from them."

      He said some Bulawayo-based board members had threatened to resign,
citing lack of progress as their reason.

      Kilton Moyo, a Bulawayo-based advocacy officer for Scripture Union's
      Thuthuka Street Kids Rehabilitation concurred.

      "How could such a big project fail to take off? Maybe it was a
political gimmick. Some people are always happy to be seen to be in a
position of giving while others are perpetually seen as beggars."

      He said the apparent demise of the project would have no impact on
efforts to rehabilitate destitute children.

      "It depends on whether the people wanted such a thing in the first

      Some stakeholders in Bulawayo initially resisted the project from the

      Moyo said they did not need such big projects to rehabilitate vagabond

      "There are some organisations already involved in rehabilitating
children and anyone with money should use it to increase the capacity of
existing organisations."

      He said building large homes for homeless children would encourage
young people to flock there.

      "We believe in returning children to their families, and as an
organisation, Thuthuka has reunited 300 children with their families since

      Moyo said keeping children in institutions was not healthy as it could
expose them to abuse.

      Another social worker dealing with children's rehabilitation, said
building more institutions would create institutionalised people.

      "Current methods of rehabilitation are that poor families should be
given resources to pay school fees and feed their children because poverty
is driving them away from their homes."

      He said a person raised in an institution would not know how to cope
with life after being released into society.
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As long as Mugabe remains in power, I prefer to die fighting

5/7/02 9:10:51 AM (GMT +2)

As long as Grace Mugabe continues to label us cats and dogs, I will remain in the opposition. As long as Jonathan Moyo is Minister of Misinformation, I will remain opposed to Zanu PF. As long as Tobaiwa Mudede is allowed to walk freely after what he did during presidential poll, I have no reason to be party to this gang of thieves who stole the election.

As long as Vitalis Zvinavashe and Augustine Chihuri continue to be partisan, instead of being professional, I will not fear their uniformed war veterans. As long as the ZTV screens tapes of the 1970 war, and spend half the day playing Hondo Yeminda war songs, I will not pay the licence.

As long as Joseph Made remains Minister of Agriculture, more starvation will fall on Zimbabwe. As long as Patrick Chinamasa remains Justice Minister, employing judges like Godfrey Chidyausiku, there is little hope for the MDC to win any court case against Zanu PF.

As long as Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo keeps on issuing directives to the democratically elected mayors, it were better there had been no such elections. As long as Reward Marufu, Sydney Sekeramayi, etc continue to grab the rich soils, confiscating property in the name of land redistribution, I prefer to die poor .

As long as President Mugabe remains in power allowing such anarchy, lawlessness and corruption, fraud, violence, I prefer to die a refugee, otherwise I will continue fighting this enemy .


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Mbeki, Obasanjo hypocrisy exposed

5/7/02 9:16:23 AM (GMT +2)

WE thought Thabo Mbeki was the only reluctant actor against Zimbabwe on the decision to suspend it from the Commonwealth. Now Olusegun Obasanjo has shown his true colours by mobilising and stopping a United Nations probe on human rights violations in Zimbabwe by the minority ruling Zanu PF against the majority opposition MDC.

The Nigerian army is guilty of similar excesses against the citizens. Is Obasanjo afraid of the same probe visiting Nigeria? Are Mbeki and Obasanjo really serious about the New Partnership for Africa’s Development? I hope the Group of Eight is taking note that two of Africa’s leading advocates of a Marshall Plan for the continent are taking equally strenuous steps to protect an ageing and cruel dictator.

With the latest evidence of Mbeki and Obasanjo’s hypocrisy, the MDC must pull out of the hopeless talks and call for an indefinite stayaway now!

Vox Populi

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Daily News - Leader Page

      When roller meal becomes more precious than gold

      5/7/02 9:15:29 AM (GMT +2)

      By Cathy Buckle

      DOES anyone know where our Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural
Resettlement is?

      If I were Dr Joseph Made I would be in hiding in deepest Siberia and
making plans to stay there for a long, long time.

      The minister has been deadly quiet for such a long time that perhaps
he is in fact in Siberia (or Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe!)

      In the 2000/2001 season, Made told us that he had undertaken an aerial
survey of the country and there was going to be a record maize harvest.

      Later in the year as more and more commercial farmers were prevented
from growing food, Made told us that the new settler farmers would grow a
bumper crop and that everything was going to be absolutely fine.

      When December came and the rains went, Made finally said that small
amounts of grain would, in fact, need to be imported, but that it was all
completely under control.

      Limping into 2002 the election drew near and rhetoric was the only
thing flourishing.

      Again Made assured Zimbabwe that maize was pouring into the country
day and night in trucks and on trains.

      Officials from Made's Grain Marketing Board, accompanied by ZBC-TV
cameras, raced around the country, seizing small stocks of maize being kept
by farmers to feed their own workers and livestock.

      Price controls were introduced on the few basics that were still
available and we were told that food was being made affordable for all.

      Barely two months after the presidential election we have arrived at
crisis point.

      Roller meal, sugar and cooking oil have become more precious than

      The prices of basics, lowered to buy votes, have all gone back up
again to levels which are unaffordable by most people.

      There is no roller meal to buy and now we cannot afford either bread
or milk in substitution.

      Last week President Mugabe declared a national disaster in Zimbabwe.
Made said nothing. He did not go into an immediate flurry and implement
plans to ease the disaster.

      The minister sat back and allowed arbitrary men to continue evicting
commercial farmers who have the knowledge, expertise and capital to grow
food under extremely adverse conditions.

      Made then announced that it was a criminal offence for evicted
commercial farmers to remove their agricultural equipment from the seized
properties as it is needed by the new farmers.

      A fortnight ago three new farmers, with shaven heads and wearing Ray
Ban sunglasses, evicted farmers just outside Marondera.

      As ordered, the agricultural equipment was left behind and in good
working order.

      The men moved into the main house, switched all the lights on, had hot
baths and turned their radio up to maximum volume.

      This all came to an abrupt end on the fourth day when the proud new
owners of the farm burnt out the electric motor on the borehole which
supplies water to the fields, house, dairy and workers' village.

      They sent a message to the newly evicted farmers - the borehole is not
working, you must come and fix it because we cannot survive without water.

      This is the calibre of Zimbabwe's new settler farmers. These are the
people Who are now responsible for feeding the nation and Made says nothing,
so we must assume that he is satisfied with their expertise and

      There have been 142 farmers evicted from their homes and farms in
Mashonaland East alone since the 9-11 March election.

      There are 142 farms in Mashonaland East now being run by men
accompanied by youngsters with shaven heads, wearing Ray Ban sunglasses.

      When all the assets have been stripped, the equipment broken and the
crops and livestock sold, will Made finally do something?

      When the wives and children of policemen are hungry and crying, will
these public servants do something?

      For two years Made has been assuring us of food security. Mugabe
promised the nation that no Zimbabwean would go hungry.

      For the words of these men to be translated into fact we must have
capable farmers -black or white - in charge of the farms.

      We must have men and women who understand the land, who know how to
care for the soil and the animals, who have the ability to nurture plants
and care for the livestock.

      We must have people who know how to use the agricultural equipment
they have commandeered.

      In short, we must have farmers on our farms and Made must ensure this
happens immediately.

      This week the men and women whom we have chosen to represent us in
Parliament, and others who were chosen for us by the President, again take
their seats in the House.

      The reopening of Parliament, almost two months after the presidential
election, cannot have come soon enough for most of us.

      The country is very rapidly sliding down the slippery slope and we all
look to the Members of Parliament to throw us a rope.

      More than the MPs though, we urgently need all government ministers to
start behaving like leaders, worthy of both our votes and their salaries,
which are paid for by our taxes.

      There are two issues which must come before the House and stay there
until they have been resolved - food and law and order. You cannot have one
without the other.
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      Bishop urges Zimbabweans to reject political violence

      5/7/02 9:03:17 AM (GMT +2)

      Staff Reporter

      THE Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland, Dr Sebastian Bakare,
has expressed concern at the manner in which Zimbabweans were inflicting
suffering on each other through abuse of power, HIV/Aids, families breaking
up and the rising violent behaviour.

      "People are crying from the pain inflicted upon them by fellow
citizens through torture, because they support another party.

      "Sisters and brothers, we hear the silent cries of politicians who are
frightened to lose power. We hear strange voices from some church leaders
saying all is well, there is peace, when we know that there is no peace,"
Bakare said.

      He said some church leaders claimed there was justice when people
experienced torture, murder, loss of their properties and displacement from
their homes.

      Some citizens, he said, were victims due to the HIV/Aids pandemic,
while women were being raped by those who had lost respect for others and

      Bakare said he heard the anguished lament of hungry people and migrant
mothers or fathers forced to leave the country to seek employment elsewhere.

      He said a deep sense of horror rose by the day as the mass media
reported different forms of torture meted out to people by fellow citizens.

      "There may be some people who will choose to ignore the cries. It is
their choice to be indifferent," he said.

      Bakare was addressing the 10th Synod session of the Anglican Diocese
of Manicaland at the Cathedral Church of St John's in Mutare on Friday.

      The synod is the highest decision-making policy body of the Anglican
Church in Manicaland and is held after every two years.

      Delegates to the synod are elected representatives from each
congregation in the whole diocese of Manicaland. He said as Christians they
were meeting at a time when they were faced with real difficulties as a

      Bakare said 22 years ago Zimbabweans were proud to be their own
liberators, but they were now ashamed to have become their own oppressors,
creating hostility among themselves, even within their families.

      Bakare said Zimbabweans should respect the land inherited from
forebears first before self-interest and aggrandisement, even where they
held different views.

      He said political systems tried to achieve peace by destroying their
opponents, and this was happening in Zimbabwe, in the Middle East, in the
Democratic Republic of Congo and in Afghanistan.

      Bakare said Christians knew that killing those who did not agree with
them never brought about peace, justice or love.

      "We have to transform those who are sick in body and mind, into
healthy and respectful citizens of our nation.

      "We urge you to go and offer such services in the full knowledge that
our fellow citizens, who are the perpetrators of so much unhappiness in our
communities are also in need of the opportunity to regain their
self-respect," Bakare said.
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Parliament resumes

5/7/02 8:53:43 AM (GMT +2)

By Sandra Nyaira Political Editor

PARLIAMENT resumes sitting today, two weeks earlier than the day it was adjourned to, ostensibly to discuss what the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Patrick Chinamasa, says is urgent public business.

Parliamentary sources said the government wanted to push through the House the Land Acquisition Amendment and the Electoral Amendment Bills.

The controversial amendments to the Electoral Act, which were designed to favour Zanu PF in the March presidential elections under the General Laws Amendment Act, were struck down by the Supreme Court a few days before the poll.

The court ruled the General Laws Amendment Act had been passed without regard to parliamentary procedures.

The two Bills will be introduced in the House for the first time today while MPs are also set to consider six other Bills, including the General Laws Amendment, Value Added Tax, Environmental Management, the National Social Security Authority Amendment, Patents Amendment and the controversial Labour Relations Amendment Bills.

The House was last adjourned as political parties went out to campaign in the March presidential election.

Austin Zvoma, the Clerk of Parliament, said yesterday: “On behalf of the President, the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, in terms of Standing Order No. 188, made a representation to the Speaker of Parliament, Emmerson Mnangagwa, that the public interest requires that the House meet on Tuesday 7 May.”

He said the House was resuming earlier to consider urgent public business.

“The Speaker is satisfied that the public interest does so require the House to meet earlier,” said Zvoma.

Parliament is also set to consider the first report of the Public Accounts, Defence and Home Affairs and the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committees.

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Media Update 2002-13
Media Update No.  13 (April 22nd - April 28th 2002)

SPECIAL COMMENT Journalism in Zimbabwe suffered another blow to its already badly damaged image this week with the prominent publication in The Daily News (23/4) of a false story about a particularly gruesome politically motivated murder.
Notably, the casualties from this grim little fairy tale extend far beyond The Daily News, which itself stands guilty of committing the cardinal journalistic sin of not checking the facts of what sounded like a good story.
Other media to have fallen foul of this unsubstantiated third-party dependency syndrome included The Financial Gazette, which based its editorial on the incident, Short Wave Radio Africa, which also reported the alleged murder, and at least two British daily newspapers.
To be fair, the Financial Gazette clearly qualified its reference to the story by stating that it emanated from another media report and did not substantially undermine the pertinent point it was making about the horrific increase in unpunished violence.
But The Daily News (and The Independent) compounded its error by introducing its story, of a rural woman allegedly decapitated by suspected ZANU PF supporters, as if it was a matter of fact.  Its only evidence for this however, appeared to be the comments of the woman's husband, who can now be most charitably dismissed as an imaginative old crank.  While the paper may have made efforts to substantiate his gory tale, there was no evidence of this in the story itself, and particularly no comment from the police.
While MMPZ acknowledges the difficulties experienced by the private media in obtaining official comment from uncooperative government institutions (including the police), this cannot be allowed to provide the grounds for abandoning the basic journalistic imperative of strenuously attempting to verify the facts of a story before its publication.  Indeed, establishing the truth of any matter is the very activity that defines the business of journalism and separates it from unsubstantiated gossip.
It is therefore a matter of serious concern that veteran senior journalists at the paper set aside this fundamental journalistic principle to run the story, especially in the form of established fact.
Whatever the motive was for doing so remains a mystery and gravely compromises the credibility of the paper's reports, particularly on such an immensely important topic as the upsurge of post-election violence currently sweeping the country.  Most especially, it also tends to undermine the efforts of all those organizations in civil society, including the media, attempting to expose the extent and intensity of what evidently continues to be a violent nationwide retribution campaign - notwithstanding the fabrications of a poor old man familiar with the "rewards" of compensation whose family was once allegedly a victim of that violence.
An apology from the paper was to be expected and duly emerged on its front page in its Saturday edition, accompanied by a lengthy account of its unsuccessful efforts to corroborate the original story - something the paper should have done before publishing and being amply damned by the government media and their manager, the Minister of Information.
The incident should stand as a salutary example to all journalists and media organizations that they carry the burden of an exceptional public responsibility to report accurately and fairly as messengers of society.
MMPZ however, condemns the repressive media laws under which three journalists perceived to have been responsible for writing and perpetuating the story have now been arrested, charged and detained.
A civilized democracy cannot enact laws that single out media workers for special punishment since this represents an unconstitutional curtailment of an individual's fundamental right to freedom of expression - even if what is said is false.
As MMPZ has noted in the past, civil defamation laws protecting the reputations of individuals are sufficient regulation on the right to freedom of expression.  Draconian regulations contained in the new Access to Information Act are plainly designed to silence criticism of government excess and intimidate media workers and institutions from publicizing such critical stories for fear of becoming victims of the extreme penalties contained in the legislation.  Several clauses in this malicious law are vulnerable to constitutional challenge since they appear to contradict the Bill of Rights enshrined in the constitution.
MMPZ therefore calls upon the authorities to repeal this unacceptably authoritarian law, immediately put an end to its selective application, and stop their unwarranted and vindictive persecution of journalists from the private media.
SUMMARY OF OTHER STORIES Increases in the prices of controlled basic commodities attracted the attention of all the media during the week, although ZBC did little more than report them and, like its print sector stable- mates, Zimpapers, understated the amount of the increase in the price of bread by more than 4.5%.
What really captured the attention of the state-owned media was the "resounding success" (Sunday News 28/4) of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), which, they reported, showcased the "global" muscle of the country's small- to-medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) and the fact that Zimbabwe had "liberated" itself economically from the hegemony of Western multi-national companies.  ZTV accorded the event 77 minutes and five seconds, or 32% of the total time allocated to news in its 8pm bulletins during the week.
ZBC Bulawayo Bureau Chief Makhosini Hlongwane stated (ZTV, 24/04, 8pm): "Indigenous businesses that are now seeking more home-grown economic solutions as the best way forward are not only trying but are really going for big time businesses, demystifying notions that only the Western multi-national corporations are at the center of global economy."
The state media also feasted on the comments of the fair's guest of honour, Zambian President, Levy Mwanawasa, who was widely reported as echoing Robert Mugabe's assertion that Africa had nothing to learn from the West, "We taught them democracy.(and) when it comes to the rule of law, we have a lot to teach them." (The Herald 27/4).
He was quoted extensively by ZBC (Radio Zimbabwe, 3FM,
6am & ZTV, 8pm, 25/04) as having praised Zimbabweans for voting for Mugabe while addressing a rally in Chiredzi where he had gone to "learn one or two lessons" about winter maize farming.
Mwanawasa's official opening of the fair was broadcast live on ZTV, Spot FM, Radio Zimbabwe and 3FM (26/04).  Taking a leaf from Mugabe's speech (ZTV, 25/04, 8pm) during a dinner hosted for the Zambian leader, Mwanawasa attacked the West, saying (ZTV, 27/04, 8pm): "It will not be necessary at all to begin saying Zimbabwe is not democratic.We have nothing to learn from those countries on democracy."
It was left to the private Press and SW Radio Africa to report on what appears to be a sharp increase in incidents of violence around the country.  The private Press carried a total of 37 stories on political violence and 33 incidents were recorded.  The victims were overwhelmingly MDC supporters, white commercial farmers or the general public.  Perpetrators were identified mainly as ZANU PF supporters, war veterans, youth militias or state security agents.
In contrast, readers of Zimpapers' publications would have the impression that political violence was virtually at an end; they only carried eight stories of political violence in which two incidents were recorded.  ZANU PF supporters were the victims in both reports, which implicated the MDC.
The private Press reported that the violence threatened the talks between MDC and ZANU PF if government did not take practical steps to stop it.
The Financial Gazette (25/04) quoted MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai warning: "In the light of the state-sponsored violence and campaign of retribution being waged and sustained by ZANU PF, we now find it difficult to resume talks under a climate of banditry, lawlessness and terror.."
The Daily News (27/04) carried a similar story, MDC threatens to pull out of talks.
But in The Herald (29/4) of the following Monday, Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo, retaliated in similar vein, using The Daily News's false report of the murdered Magunje woman as the catalyst to accuse the MDC of exaggerating the intensity of political violence.  He threatened that ZANU PF would pull out of the talks if the opposition did not stop lying about the levels of violence in the country.  Manipulating The Daily News error he said: "If they really want to talk and to get something from the talks, they should stop forthwith manufacturing and peddling their criminal falsehoods."
SW Radio Africa carried about 35 reports on violence, including three deaths, although one of them was The Daily News' false report.  The station relied on an unidentified MDC official who narrated the incident.  To its credit, the station reported the police as saying they had not received such a report, but then stated that the Editors of the Daily News had confirmed it.
SWRA did not follow up the story during the week, even after it was later proved false.  As a result, listeners relying on the station's Newsreel for information were left with the impression that the incident had indeed occurred.
MMPZ notes that the station is becoming increasingly dependent on the private press as a source for its news coverage and is consequently becoming an electronic replica of the papers it trawls for information.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF PRICE INCREASES Six weeks after the ZANU PF government promised the electorate that it would hold down the price of basic commodities if its candidate were re-elected, it gazetted price increases for bread and cooking oil.
These were the first increases since government introduced statutory price controls on basic commodities in October last year.
During the election campaign, the public media vigorously condemned price increases and the shortage of basic commodities, describing them as economic sabotage and a conspiracy against the government.  But in the week under review they made a sudden about turn.  This time, the state media made a spirited effort to defend the increases, while the private Press viewed them as a manifestation of its claims before the poll that price controls were an election gimmick.
The Herald (23/04) led with the story on the bread and cooking oil increases and quoted CZI chief executive Malvern Rusike saying they would help producers meet rising production costs.
But it also unwittingly appeared to confirm the view that price controls were an election gimmick when the paper noted that:
"The Industry and International Trade Ministry advised industrialists that controlled prices would be reviewed after the presidential poll."
In its story of the bread price increase, The Daily News (23/04)
quoted a ZANU PF election campaign advertisement to remind its readers of government's promise and reported that it had approved a 24.89% increase in the price of a loaf of bread.  But it missed reporting the increase in the price of cooking oil altogether (a rise of 40%), while The Herald (23/4) reported the news but again understated the increase by 5%.
The Herald's follow-up story the next day supported the increases by loosely claiming that "most consumers" had described the increases as "reasonable".  But no named sources were quoted corroborating the comment.  Instead, it quoted a Consumer Council of Zimbabwe spokesman defending price controls which ".were never meant to make companies collapse.But to protect consumers whilst at the same time ensuring company viability." This was supported in the paper's editorial, ironically entitled Need for price controls vindicated.
The Daily News' story (24/04), Consumers blast bread price increase, quoted named consumers saying the increases in bread and cooking oil prices would make life unbearable.  It also noted consumer awareness of the political implications of the increases by quoting one Waterfalls woman as saying: "They are now increasing the prices because the elections are over.  They do not want to protect us anymore because we have voted for them."
ZTV's report of the increases (23/4, 8pm) was hidden beneath its report on the market prices of cabbages and other vegetables as the last item in its business section.
ZTV (26/4, 8pm) invited Trade and Industry Minister Herbert Murerwa, to the studio to justify the increases in bread and cooking oil, saying government had allowed "a small increase"
to avert shortages of basic commodities which have been missing from the shelves for months.  But he kept silent about the increases in the price of milk, margarine, beer, bath soap and washing powder that his Ministry had approved that day (Friday).  And he wasn't even asked whether 40% constituted a "small" increase.

The next day, ZTV (8pm) broke the news of the rise in beer prices, and Radio Zimbabwe (28/04, 6am) repeated the report.
But both of them ignored the increases in the prices of the other basic commodities gazetted by government the previous day (Friday).
The Standard too (28/04), only reported that beer prices had been increased by another 11%, a month after it had been increased by 66%.  The paper quoted a National Breweries official as having said "the latest increase.had been necessitated by the increase in the price of maize, a key ingredient in the brewing of beer."
The Sunday Mail (28/4) failed to report any of the increases.
Throughout the week, none of the media managed to provide a clear analysis of how the bread and cooking oil increases would affect the availability of the products and whether this would affect their black-market prices.
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