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Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2001 4:34 PM
Subject: burned on the soles of their feet

Dear Family and Friends,
There are a host of things that keep coming back to remind and haunt me about the nightmare seven months that I lived on a farm with men who call themselves 'war veterans.' When I wrote about my own experiences of those months from hell, it was cathartic but to this day I cannot even open my own book,'African Tears', because it is all still too real and too raw. Those of you who have read African Tears will know that it is not just a story about a white woman on a Zimbabwean farm but about the political monster whose evil is devouring men, women and children of all colours and professions. I am now working on another book which picks up both my story and that of Zimbabwe because the evil continues. As I write this letter I am listening to all of the presenters on ZBC's Radio 1 saying goodbye to their listeners. The Zimbabwe government have declared that Radio 1, the only light listening and  slightly informative news station will close down next Thursday and be changed into a sports channel. This is almost the final step in our government's programme of completely closing the media down and will leave hundreds more people unemployed and emotionally broken. This week I have spent many hours talking to both black and white Zimbabweans. Their encounters and two photographs have made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and made me more than ever determined to speak out about the unspeakable horror that has become everyday life in Zimbabwe. In my letter this week I would like to tell  just a couple of the things I have heard and hope I can find the words to paint this picture of our  continuing terror.
In African Tears I tell how one weekend the 'war veterans' kept demanding that I give them my truck so that they could use it for a political rally and in order to avoid a confrontation I left the farm for the weekend. When I got back one of my employees had been tortured by 'war veterans' who had burnt her on her upper lip with a heated iron bar. That horror of seeing Jane's burned mouth, the thought of the agonising pain, the smell of burning flesh and the weeks of carefully tending her wound - all of that stayed with me and was bought right back into the present this week when I saw the photographs of a 27 year old mans' feet. This man, this week, was burned on the soles of his feet with heated iron bars by men calling themselves 'war veterans'. This 27 year old man was accused by the 'war veterans' of supporting the opposition party and was punished by being burnt. This man is one of dozens who have been burned with heated rods on the soles of their feet. The skin is gone, the wounds are massive, purple and suppurating and the look on the man's face is of pure agony. The people who did this to him have been identified and are known to the police. The police were contacted for comment, they confirmed the incident had taken place but have not made any arrests and refused to explain why.
The second thing which has haunted me this week is the horror experienced by a five year old boy. 40 marauding 'war veterans' went on the rampage through three farms just outside Marondera one evening this week. Farm workers, their wives and children were ordered by 'war veterans' to vacate their homes. When they did not come out, the veterans smashed all the windows, broke down the doors and pulled people out screaming and kicking. They chased everyone out and ordered them to leave. Anyone who could not run fast enough was beaten by men with sticks, knobkerries, chains and stones. A five year old child could not run fast enough and was whipped across his face by men with sticks. The attackers are known to the local Police, none have been arrested, they all reside in shacks on invaded farms in the area. The child's forehead, cheek and upper lip are swollen and lacerated. Seeping wounds weep under his nose and his upper lip is enormously swollen. In his mother's arms, this five year old boy in his little blue and green checked shirt, dried blood caked on the collar, could be your son or mine. His eyes show fear and exhaustion, confusion and pain. If I didn't know better I would say the look in the child's eyes is the same look I have seen a dozen times this week in the eyes of all the people I have spoken to -  a look of despair and resignation. A look I saw on a nurses face who has not had disposable gloves to wear at work for over two months. A look I saw on a newly redunant businessman's face - a man who was approached by a skeletal and terrified farm worker who had only eaten roots and insects for four days and was hiding in the bush with his family having been evicted by 'war veterans'. A look I saw on the face of a middle aged farmer who had been ordered to vacate his home by  'war veterans' and was trying to decide what to do with a lifetimes work and posessions.
There are so many thousands of people now receiving this letter from me every week and I thank you all for your loving messages and continued support. I believe this letter now goes on to at least six major websites every week and I thank those webmasters for their continued support. Rod Stevens at
is now also running my letters and I am indebted for his friendship and support. Rod is also publicising African Tears for me and I am most grateful for that because I can only use word of mouth to tell of the horrors. Until next week, with love, cathy
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Is this about land?


Kerry Kay.

Article Violence on farms in Mashonaland East
 - Zimbabwe’s trouble spot
(On behalf of the Commercial Farmers’ Union)
TWENTY-FIVE farm workers, including a 3 year old child and 8 month pregnant woman were assaulted on Munemo and Mushangwe farms in Ruzawi River Valley, Marondera last night, after a group of invaders began their rampage by visiting Eirene farm village smashing doors and breaking windows, burning down a house and destroying a vegetable garden.
10 of the injured were taken to Hospital for treatment and later discharged. According to a letter of complaint submitted to the Assistant Inspector Mafu of Marondera Police Rural, the group is the same one that attacked Uitkyk farm and assaulted 22 farm workers on 13 October, despite the issuing of a High Court order on 9th October to Marondera Police. The order, issued by Justice Chinengo granted a relief order to five farmers, upholding their right to continue farming on Eirene, Uitkyk, Safari, Bonne Chance and Munemo farms.
Two days after the court order was served, a mob arrived on the one of the farms, and ordered the farm owner, Mr. Angus Campbell to stop farming operations. They further said that the Court Order was ‘powerless’ as they were above the law and that if he did not comply  "blood would be spilt on the ground"; they would return ‘to finish us off’, Campbell said.
On Tuesday 6th November, a 69-year-old farmer, Loutjie de Jongh of Esperance Farm in the Wenimbi Valley of Mashonaland East had his home attacked by over
30 invaders during the night. Over $ 300 000 dollars of damage and theft occurred.
Farmers on the radio network reported that a frightened Mrs de Jongh came over the radio saying, “They’re breaking everything. They’re coming into the house “, before the radio had to be disabled before the couple retreated into their bedroom, preventing personal harm. The screaming and smashing noise made by the attackers was so loud that it was heard on the neighbouring farms kilometers away.
The group tried to set fire to curtains and looted goods from the house which were ferried away in a vehicle. This follows the looting of Malabar farm where over  $ 900 000 of damage was done; estimates now stand at over ZD $ 4 million dollars worth of damage on just a handful of farms in this district.
The section of the farm where the homestead is built has been issued with a Section 5 (Preliminary notice of acquisition). This farmer along with
13 others in the valley has been badly affected by labour and production disruptions compromising tobacco earnings in excess of US 2,5 million. There are 18 farms in this district. On Ponderosa Estates over the weekend, a group of 20 invaders barricaded the farm owner in his house overnight and most of the next day before Police were able to remove the group who had camped out on his lawn.  The farmer was injured with a whip as the group gained entry through the security fence. A fire was started on the lawn with chairs placed around it, a window was broken and water poured into a room in the house via a hosepipe in an attempt to flush the family out.  They had been preparing to go camping for a few days and all their camping equipment and food was stolen
Ponderosa Estates, described as “a highly productive” farm growing Tobacco and Tobacco seed, Flowers and Maize. He also runs 230 head of Cattle but has had to move over 150 cows and calves off to other farms as his grazing was burnt out.
The farm has been served with a Section 5 (Preliminary notice of acquisition) and has been pegged for resettlement. Although a letter of objection has been sent no response has been forthcoming to date, this also lends itself to the confusing state of affairs permeating our land reforms.
At a meeting called once tension had eased, the farmer was informed that he would be allowed to stay within his 6-acre homestead but that both farms belonging to his family had been taken. He would be allowed to employ guards but his 250 staff would have to leave.
A tractor-drawn maize planter arrived on Arcadia and proceeded to plant maize for illegal settlers in a land ripped and disced by the farmer. The same land was rendered unusable from the farmer's point of view when illegal settlers built a line of huts along the crest. The farm is not listed, but in spite of this and the fact that the hut building took place after Abuja, no progress has been made through the DA to remove the settlers.
Regional executive, Steve Pratt called for action by law enforcement agencies to arrest the perpetrators of this spate of violence, as there is an increasing risk of loss of life and limb.
He said “ Latterly the incidents have taken a more sinister turn, where there used to be a noisy demonstration outside the security fence, the mobs now break the fence and come through and attempt to flush out besieged farmers by burning rubber tyres to smoke them out and by breaking windows and pouring water into the house via hosepipe to flush them out, or just breaking down the front door. We remain hopeful that arrests will be made and we can once more return to a more productive lifestyle.”
In Ruzawi district 20 out of 42 farms have also had production halted by ongoing disputes to land occupation, which remain unresolved despite 'speechifying' by top government officials at national level. Another farmer unable to farm is Mr. Iain Kay. His Chipesa Farm was granted a Court Order allowing him to continue with farming operations without harassment, but there has been no let up in intimidation.
Such events are now common occurrence for Zimbabwe’s’ commercial farmers who have exhausted all legal channels to give them respite and return the sector to its once highly productive state. Although the constitution of Zimbabwe and the Government Land Reform document detail procedure for land acquisition, with calls by various Government ministers, including Vice President Msika to follow these procedures, farmers remain under threat from illegal invasions perpetrated by opportunists under the guise of being War veterans. The Constitution of Zimbabwe seems to have been superseded by the 'Fast track methods’.
In a recent survey conducted by the CFU, of the 613 farms surveyed in Mashonaland East, 252 had work stoppages, putting at risk the harvesting over 18 673 hectares of crops already in the ground.  The jobs of 5
250-farm workers are under threat.
On Fairview Farm in Macheke/Virginia production is at a stand still with no traffic being allowed on or off the farm. Both entrances were barricaded for several hours with five settlers guarding the gates. A 30-hectare gum plantation, valued at ZD $5 million was burnt as part of the intimidation tactic.  On Lowlands the farm owner was penalized six head of cattle for not providing access to grazing for illegal settlers cattle. A further four farms had their grazing and gum plantations extensively burnt.
In Featherstone both farmers and illegal occupiers have complained of the loss of cattle and game, with Tradou Farm recording a loss of 15 Sable and
5 Eland from within their game fence.
On Wemel 26 illegal occupiers were planting maize in land prepared by the owner. When approached they stated that they will plant in their "plots" if the owner ploughs for them.
On Kinfauns, in Harare south, an illegal settler David Mugombe I.D.08
270229D started fires in the grazing paddock. The farmer went to put the fires out and was told by the drunken settler that he was not allowed to do so. The police arrived and took the settler to jail over night.
In Beatrice, on Brakveld, resident illegal settlers stopped the farmer from planting maize. The police came and told the settlers not to get involved with farm operations. If they did the army would come & remove them.
At Home Park, a resident war veteran arrived at the homestead on his tractor, waving a beer bottle and shouting "Abuja is dead!" and saying the farm belonged to the illegal settlers. He demanded access to a cottage on the farm. On Monday the road to the homestead was blocked with rocks. The farmer was told that any visitors would be searched, and he was not permitted to leave. He managed, however, to get out by driving across the bush, and is currently off the farm.
In Hwedza district alone, 56 out of 90 farms are no longer operating and over 1748 farm workers have lost their livelihoods, affecting approximately
9 614 people. In the area twenty-six out of a total of 45 cropping farms have been shut down in the district by disturbances, which began in August. Twenty-seven livestock farms have been affected as well, with beasts being left to tend to themselves after the disruption of farming activities
More than 24 people are facing murder charges following violence on Bita Farm in Hwedza. A mob of about 100 people arrived on the farm in two trucks and severely assaulted several farm workers and burnt their houses, resulting in the deaths of two men who fell off the trucks. A female farm worker has since also died from injuries sustained during this attack.
Meanwhile in the same district, operations at Corby Farm have ceased after the farm owner, Mr. Craig White, was forced by war veterans in the area to dismiss his entire labour force, a total of about 80 families threatening the grading and sale about 60 000 kilograms of tobacco.
Another farmer, Mr. Kobus Van Rooyen of Ruwari Farm, had production stopped in September when a group of war veterans and occupiers on the property chased away about 100 workers, demanded and received 70 litres of diesel from the farm owner, and ordered him to plough their plots in return for safety guarantees. The group then ordered his labour to uproot about two hectares of tobacco, already in the ground.
A failure to communicate lends itself to the confusing state of affairs permeating our land impasse. Some farms such as Ponderosa have been evaluated for Government by young and inexperienced evaluators but compensation can only be for development on the farms, payment for land must come from donor funding, currently being withheld due to lawlessness and human rights abuses condoned by Government.
8th November 2001
For more information, please contact Jenni Williams on 011 615 300 or 011 213 885
263-09-72546, 63056
263-04- 702269,703210,776323
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Mugabe Pipped By Rival in Popularity Polls

Lewis Machipisa And Dumisani Muleya

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is trailing his main rival in the public approval stakes ahead of presidential elections due by next April, according to an opinion poll released yesterday.

The poll, conducted by Target Research for Zimbabwe's independent Financial Gazette newspaper, found that 52,9% of Zimbabweans backed Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), while 47,1% supported Mugabe.

The MDC, which won 57 of 120 contested seats in last year's parliamentary elections, has gained support countrywide, including in traditional rural power bases of Mugabe's ruling Zanu (PF) party.

The poll was published just hours after Zimbabwe police arrested Daily News editor-in-chief Geoff Nyarota and former Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ ) director Wilf Mbanga, claiming that they were probing the firm's shareholding holding structure.

The two were taken to the criminal investigation department in Harare for questioning and were later transferred to Rhodesville police station, where they would be held overnight before a court appearance this morning.

They have been charged with violating section 40 of the Zimbabwe Investment Centre Act. They are accused of giving false information when they registered their company.

If convicted, they face imprisonment or a Z2000 fine.

The incident followed a report in the government-controlled Herald alleging that ANZ breached investment procedures. It said the company had lost its investment permit and faced closure, but the newspaper denied the report, saying it was part of Mugabe's clampdown on the local independent media.

The government alleges that Zimbabwe's privately owned media is funded by Mugabe's opponents and wants to topple him over his controversial and often violent drive to seize whiteowned farmland for redistribution.

The SA National Editors' Forum said last night it noted the arrest of Nyarota and Mbanga "with great concern".

"The arrest and imminent closure of The Daily News is obviously designed to remove an independent voice that has not kowtowed to Zanu (PF) dictates. These events are intended to remove obstacles to Zanu (PF)'s propaganda machinery," the editors' forum said.

National Post
Limits on voters give Mugabe edge in election
Foreign monitors barred: Expatriates, citizens with dual citizenship lose their franchise

National Post newswires
(Robert) Mugabe

HARARE - With polls showing he would lose a fair vote, Robert Mugabe is beginning to put in place restrictions to prevent electors from kicking him out of office in next April's presidential elections.

Under a package of new laws unveiled by Patrick Chinamasa, the Justice Minister, foreign monitors will be banned from observing elections and Zimbabweans outside the country will be unable to vote, except for diplomatic staff and soldiers, who can be counted on to back the government.

Anyone who tries to fly home to cast their ballot will also be banned, as will people with dual citizenship, disenfranchising 30,000 whites.

Although no surveys have polled the hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans living overseas on their political views, analysts here said those people were likely to vote for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

"I suspect from the Internet and from correspondence that we get from abroad that many of them would vote MDC," said Masipula Sithole, an independent pollster.

"If they were going to vote for [Mr. Mugabe's party], it would be foolish to make a move barring them. We suspect that the regime is convinced that Zimbabweans outside, most of them will vote MDC."

Mr. Mugabe, the Zimbabwean President, has already sought to prevent people with dual nationality from voting, by requiring they renounce their right to a foreign passport or give up their Zimbabwean citizenship.

Apart from the white Zimbabweans who qualify for foreign passports, the move affects up to one million farm workers and their families who came to Zimbabwe from Malawi, Mozambique or Zambia during colonial times.

The latest announcement will also restrict the rights of hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans living in other countries, mainly in neighbouring South Africa and in the former colonial power, Britain.

In addition, Mr. Mugabe's government is moving to ban independent monitors of the poll.

Last year, about 24,000 people, many recruited by civic groups, monitored the parliamentary elections in which the opposition MDC won 57 of 120 elected seats.

Most of those civic groups "are partial, foreign-funded, loyal to their funders and therefore produce monitors who are partisan," said Mr. Chinamasa.

The MDC said it would continue to press for independent supervision of the election.

"We have a delinquent government of geriatrics who want to cling to power regardless of anything. So we will insist the elections be held under the full glare of scrutiny, because they want to cheat left, right and centre," Welshman Ncube, secretary-general of the party, said.

Jonathan Moyo, the Information Minister, said critics of the planned amendments were "inherently subversive" and "unpatriotic."

The European Union and other foreign donors "are partisan and should never be allowed to poke their noses into our elections," he said.

"We will not mortgage our constitutional bodies and processes either as a reaction to what these people are saying, or accommodating their ultimatums."

The moves follow the release of a poll on Thursday showing Mr. Mugabe would lose a fair election. The poll, conducted by Target Research for Zimbabwe's independent Financial Gazette newspaper, found 52.9% of Zimbabweans backed Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC leader, while 47.1% supported Mr. Mugabe.

Business Day

Mugabe paves his way to win election

President plans to ban independent monitors and expand state media
HARARE Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's government is leaving no stone
unturned in a bid to win next year's presidential elections.

A report in the official Herald newspaper yesterday that the government
wants to ban independent election monitors was followed by news that the
state's media would be expanded in preparation for an unprecedented
propaganda onslaught.

In a bid to widen viewership of the state television channel, the Zimbabwe
Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is seeking a deal with satellite television
services provider Multichoice Africa.

Multichoice Africa GM for Corporate Affairs Lebogang Hashatse confirmed
yesterday that the group, which also operates in Zimbabwe, was discussing
the possibility of adding the ZBC channel to Multichoice's satellite
platform. However, he said nothing had been concluded yet.

The Herald said under the proposed amendments to be tabled before parliament
later this month, the Electoral Supervisory Commission, which oversees all
Zimbabwe polls, would "be required to draw the monitors from the public
service, banning international and local monitors".

Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the government wanted to
move away from the commission's reliance on monitors recruited and trained
by nongovernmental organisations, whose impartiality he said was
questionable. Any amendment to a law needs a simple majority in parliament
to be passed. Mugabe's party holds 93 seats in the 150-strong legislature.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said the proposed
amendment was "cause for serious concern".

Last week the Zimbabwean government said it rejected what it called an
ultimatum by the European Union to allow foreign observers to monitor the

A senior SA foreign affairs official said yesterday he was aware of the
Herald report, but had yet to receive official confirmation of the ban from
the SA embassy.

Sources also indicated yesterday that authorities were working hard to
launch another huge government-controlled media group to be known as the New

This organisation will have its own 24-hour television and radio stations,
eight newspapers, publishing services and recording facilities to augment
state-controlled Zimpapers and the ZBC. The company, expected to be a rigid
government monopoly, will emerge from the state news agency Ziana, the
Community Newspaper Group and other concerns.

Last week Mugabe's Information Minister Jonathan Moyo and his department's
permanent secretary, George Charamba, held a meeting with the Zimbabwe Mass
Media Trust, Ziana, editors and consultants to finalise the plans.

Sources at the meeting said Moyo made it clear that "we will continue hiring
and firing until we get the right people".

The news came in the wake of Herald reports this week that the privately
owned Daily News' parent company, Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ),
was not properly registered. Derek Smail, one of the founding members of
ANZ, said the allegations were "another move to discredit and undermine the
Daily News".
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Farm Invasions and Security Report
Thursday 8 November 2001 

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.




Macheke-Virginia - 120 hectares of gums were destroyed on Chabwino Farm. Irrigation piping was stolen from Glenisla farm  and was reported to the Marondera Police.  A blue land rover with people claiming to be war vets who would not give their names or ID’s, instructed the storekeeper on Chikumbakwe Farm to close the store, because they claimed the prices were too high.  Malda Farm had an individual arrive at the farmhouse, demanding compensation for the loss of his garden, caused by cattle belonging to the owner. The owner claimed his cattle were nowhere near that part of the farm, and called the police.  Illegal settlers on Hazeldene Farm  were arrested for the theft of a tyre in the yard. Later a group of 8 illegal settlers gathered outside the kitchen gate pressurising the owner, who informed the Macheke Police. The situation was later defused by the owner and his son.  On Mignon Farm the gate key was removed and cattle driven into the Lupin seeds. This situation could have arisen because the owner switched off the electricity to the farm village housing which is now only occupied by illegal settlers. War veteran Mtsatse from Macheke visited the farm to talk to the resident group. He told the farmer that he must negotiate with the committee of 7 to resolve problems on the farm.   Agritex arrived to peg Twist Farm  and Journey’s End   On Mignon Farm  60 head of cattle were moved inside the security fence by illegal settlers and a work stoppage continues.  The owner phoned Dispol who organised for the D.A. Murehwa and the Lands Committee to attend but the meeting achieved nothing and they left, telling the farmer to negotiate with the illegal settlers.  The Assistant DA  visited and advised the farmer that he was not permitted to feed workers still on the farm who were no longer working, and that he should give up the maize to the State. He insisted that the farmer sort out his problems by talking with the settlers’ committee on the farm. When the farmer did so with reference to the 90 head of cattle driven into the yard, he was told that he would have to pay the illegal settlers grazing fees. He was also told that only 5 workers could be employed on the farm, and that they would be chosen by the settlers. The farmer did not concede to these demands. Illegal settlers on Royal Visit  tied a calf to a stake in the vegetable garden, separating it from its mother in the hope that its bellowing would attract its mother and others into the garden, thereby facilitating a claim for compensation for damage. Fencing has also been stolen.

Beatrice - After the manager of Maasplein finished his term of employment and removed his possessions from his house, war veteran Mombe arrived at main homestead and demanded the keys to the vacated house from the owner. Police attended, but resolution of this issue is still pending.

Marondera South - A large and aggressive mob arrived at the homestead on Esperance in the Wenimbi valley, broke through the security fence and almost immediately set about breaking outside doors down and attempting to gain access through the roof. The owner and his wife were forced to disable the radio and retreat into the bedroom as the mob smashed down the door and entered the building. Police were contacted but the Support Unit only arrived three hours later. Fortunately the mob did not break through to the bedroom. The following morning neighbours gained access to the homestead to assess the situation, and on leaving their vehicle was attacked and damaged. Loss of broken windows, smashed doors, roofing, and looting from the kitchen amounted to an estimated $300 000. This attack is believed to have been in retaliation for the neighbour’s refusal to supply transport for illegal settlers to harass owner of nearby Ponderosa Homestead barricades and accompanying violence and looting are increasingly common and volatile in the Wenimbi and Ruzawi area, as is pressure against labour, with the perpetrators getting away with their excesses War veteran Musimbi and a mob returned to Eirene and smashed doors and windows in the farm village, burning down at least one house and destroying a vegetable garden. They then  went to Munemo and beat up 25 people including a three-year old child. Ten of the victims were hospitalised. The same mob then went on the rampage on Mushangwe where they again assaulted workers and smashed doors and windows in the farm village. Uitkyk is under threat of similar treatment this weekend. These violent activities follow the granting of a High Court Order to these farmers preventing the eviction of workers and allowing the farmers to get back to work. The police and DA, who are compelled to comply with the Order, have failed to do so and continue to ignore it in spite of the escalating excesses by war veterans and their followers.

Marondera North - A grey Land Cruiser, with white registration plates, arrived at Essexdale with members of the District Land Committee. After going to the farm village they spoke to the farmer at his house, introducing themselves as members of the Land Committee and the farm’s settler committee. The farmer was told that the illegal settlers were now the owners of the farm and that he and his workers were illegal squatters. The farm has been listed as a Section 5. The farmer was instructed to remove all his workers from Essexdale onto Coylto, a farm that the owner had previously offered through Provincial/District Administration. If he complied, he would be allowed to stay in his house for a short while, but if not he and his workers would be forcibly evicted “within hours”. The fact that there are no houses on Coylton did not concern the visitors who insisted that housing could be built within 2 to 3 days.

Harare South - Nyatsimefarm is being pegged. A fire was started on Auk’s Nest by illegal settlers. A returning illegal settler named Madzidire moved into the cook’s one-roomed house. After police spoke to him he agreed to move out. One sheep was killed and one injured by a settler’s dogs. Police undertook to arrest the owner of the dogs and to destroy the dogs.  A white 7-tonne Nissan lorry reg. No. 511-961D arrived with 10 passengers ranging from 13 to 40 years old. They dropped a metal hut on unlisted Stilton farm before leaving.  Agritex is pegging on Edinburgh

Marondera North – On Bothas Rust Agritex arrived to peg and left again as the farm is not listed.  Increased building is taking place on Rapids Agritex pegged with steel pegs and cement on Longlands   Hut building and work stoppage continues on Kirndean Warwick is unable to plant maize due to threats and valuators were there yesterday.

Featherstone – On Kuruman A  the owner was told by DA Chikomba that his dairy is not a registered dairy and cattle should be off the property by 15/11/01. The owner has been dairy farming for 35 years and the milk has been delivered to DZL.  The DA claims that there are only two registered dairies in Featherstone.  New pegging is taking place in a 70Ha gum plantation and also in the feed pens on R/E Kuruman  which allegedly will be "State Land". The situation concerning workers’ eviction and work stoppage on this property remains unresolved.  The owner of Vergenoeg  has until 11th November to remove the cattle from the property or the cattle will be rounded up and closed in handling facilities.    On Harvieston about 10 valuators, led by a Mr Gonah, arrived in a 7 tonne truck (GLM 2257) to value the property and stated that they will return to Uitkyk on Wednesday.  On Knockholt   two national registration officials in vehicle GLLS 2177 requested accommodation from 11th November for voters roll inspection and a voters registration team. A further team will be deployed to register births, deaths and national registrationCattle numbers have been severely decimated in the last two months.


Norton - Pegging continues, even on one property which is not actually listed, by employees of the District Administrator who says that his orders "from the Ministry" are to continue pegging unpegged properties.  The tobacco crop looks to be about 30% down in the Norton area, due to farmers not having been allowed to plant.  Increased hut building is reported throughout the area.

Selous - Some work stoppages have been resolved.  On Mount Carmel Farm fires have been started every day this week.  The gate stopping free movement of cattle from the Musengezi small scale area has been broken three times in the last week without any arrests.  Pegging continues within the area by Agritex.

Kadoma/Chakari/Battlefields - On Benga Farm approximately fifty war veterans arrived at the farm village and a number of farm workers were assaulted, sustaining cuts and bruises.  The war veterans smashed 332 windows, damaged 13 asbestos sheets, 11 doors and 12 locks before moving off.  On Tawstock Farm fire setting continues.  On Pamene Farm the Agritex team is cutting up the irrigation lands into 1acre plots.  On Lanteglos he owner was surrounded and made to take his shoes off and dance and chant slogans.  He was also spat at and prodded with spears until Police intervened.  He has been told that he is not allowed to plant under his centre pivot.  On Normandy North Farm  another two beef cattle were slaughtered, but the culprits have finally been apprehended.   On Sillery Farm theft of sheep and goats continues on a weekly basis.  The ex-owner of Damvuri Ranch, who offered his farm for resettlement and is now living in town, was arrested on Monday night under charges related to Section 24 of the Law and Order Maintenance Act.  The alleged contraventions are supposed to have taken place on a farm that he was leasing, but has not been involved with since September.  Mr Lewis is an upright and respected member of the community and the charges appear to amount to straight harassment. 


Umboe – On Temperley Farm settlers called a meeting and asked when would the pegs in the lands be replaced. The Chairman and settlers agreed that they were going to sort out the problem.  They told the farmer to supply the pegs and labour as his cattle knocked out the pegs (to our knowledge there were no pegs put in ).  The farmer asked the Chairman and the seven settlers on the farm if they were going to plant the 205 ha of arable land that they had pegged.  This was confirmed and the farmer gave him the farm foreman to assist replacing the pegs and  made it quite clear that now that the settlers have decided they would plant all the row cropping land on the farm, the farmer would not be held responsible if at a later date the land was not fully utilized and blamed for not having used it to it's full potential.  Mseteka Sekesai I.D. No. 70-102209C70 arrived on the farm looking for his plot.  He showed the farmer an official letter from the D.A. Chinhoyi stamped 19.10.2001 informing him he had been allocated plot No. 8 on Temperley Farm.  On Oswa Farm settlers are burning their lands and chunks of grazing.  Fences are being cut daily.  Approximately 100 snares have been collected from the fence lines. A meeting was called with the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the settlers and the Asst. D.A. and 5 Land Committee members.  The main voice in the meeting was that of W V Magwaza who told the settlers that the land was already theirs, so they should carry on as they pleased.  The Asst. D.A. advised that as the owner had not been paid this was not yet the case and the answer was to share the land so that the sheep would still be able to graze.  The settlers returned to the farm and decided the farmer could use 18 out of 122 ha for his sheep, but under the condition that he provided ploughing and fertiliser seed for them. At the meeting the settlers were told not to take on more land than they could effectively use, but they refuse to share even with each other and are scared of forfeiting their pegs.  They were also informed by the D.A. that production had to be optimum or they would loose the land next year.  The farmer refuses to deal with them nd says he will make another plan for his livestock as he is expecting to be very short of grazing soon.  At Palmtree Extention  fires continue almost daily, random and unsupervised. Thousands of hay bales are being bought in to feed the cattle, and there is stumping of huge indigenous trees by the settlers. Snaring is also on the increase.  A policeman was brought in to speak to the chairman about all these illegal activities who denied all knowledgte of the burning even though the water carts were passing his house.  The manager was told not to approach the Chairman's house in case he was attacked by the guards.  All paddocks bar two have areas of stumped settler lands in them and one is not burnt yet, but pegged.  Steel wire is being stolen off the electric fence and turned into snares.  Lynfell Farm  has been closed down and farmer left.  Listed with Section 8. On Kaukua Farm snaring continues.  The Boundary fence has been taken down and used for snaring. Due to the fact that settlers continue to damage the ball valve on the cattle trough, the farmer is unable to graze the cattle on one portion of the farm.  The owner’s dog was killed in a snare.  3 more settlers have moved onto the farm although the farm is not listed.  On Devonia Farm a verbal agreement was reached between the settlers and the farmer that if any burning was to be done on the farm, settlers would approach the farmer and make arrangements with him for a water cart and they in turn would supply the labour to control the fire.  This was not done and on Saturday several small fires were started by the settlers, which got out of hand and as a result  burnt approximately 300 ha of grazing.  On Dichwe Farm  there is a work stoppage. A Fiat Tractor with two furrow Moldboard Ploughs arrived on the farm and commenced to plough an irrigated wheat land that has been harvested.  The tractor has ploughed approximately 4 ha.  On Ringari Farm a work stoppage occurred.  Settlers were involved in a dispute with the farmers irrigation staff over water.  A tap where settlers obtain their water was left open wasting water. Irrigation staff closed the tap and removed the tap handle.  Work stoppage lasted for about 1 hour and the matter was resolved.  3 Support Unit details are back on Long Valley Farm where there is an on going dispute between the farmer and the settlers over 90 head of cattle that have been brought onto the farm.  The cattle are mixed and no agreement  can be reached regarding the grazing and watering facilities.  The commercial herd is continually being pushed by the settlers onto the main road.  No land prep is being allowed .  On Inyati Farm land prep has not been allowed and no tobacco has been planted.  The settlers have stated that once the potato crop has been harvested, the owner must leave immediately as the farm no longer belongs to him.  On Talfourd Farm only work inside the security fence is allowed.  No land prep has been done and no tobacco planted. A decision has been made that no planting will take place this year. Settlers stole three bags of maize off the back of a farm trailer.  On Long Valley Farm cows are calving and there is no place for the cattle.  The farmer spoke to D.A. Chawaruwa about the stocking rate on the farm as the grazing is burnt out, and he said he would send an Agritex Team if he could fit it into his schedule.

Chinhoyi (Lions Den Area) - Agritex have started pegging Ormisten Farm The owners have left Kapiri Farm and Amagora Farm .  On Braeside Estates settlers tried to burn 4000 bales of Oats Hay in the field.  Only 4 were burnt and no investigation was carried out.  Theft of irrigation pipes has occurred on several occasions.  Whilst the police were investigating, the farmer asked them to investigate the setting of several fires.  They apprehended one suspect, and left the other and said this would be referred to the Land Committee.  Settlers have put their cattle into the farm workers vegetable gardens.  The farmer is missing 9 cows and calves and the theft of fencing continues.  Wytchwood Farm has a work stoppage.  At 6.00 am this morning all tractors were prevented from going to the land, trees have been chopped down and pulled across to block the road. The farmer approached the resident settlers, Budson, Badza’s brother and Abel, who instructed him not to send any tractors to the land because no agreement has been made with them. Budson warned not to attempt to move the trees as reinforcements were waiting in the bushes to prevent this. Apparently 6 of the settlers, Budson included are going to plant cotton in the fertilized ridges. The owner has reported this work stoppage to the police This farm is not designated and no section 5 or section 8 letters have been received.

Karoi - Troon Estate reported the arrival of Agritex who advised that they would not interfere with the farming operations. Agritex then visited Goodhope Mukunga, Buttevant Lot 2 Hunters Lodge and Bananza

Banket - Glenluce  has a work stoppage on land prep of 430 ha and irrigated pastures of 20 ha. The farmer was accused of holding an MDC meeting and the invaders threatened to burn his house.  North Banket has a work stoppage.  Mr Kadoza told the owner to stop farming or expect trouble, and not to work until he had spoken to the D.A.  The farm is not listed and no action was taken by the police.  On Koodoo Hill the building of houses continues and the owner has shut down the farm until police take action to restore law and order on the farm.  On St. Ninnians there is a work stoppage.

Tengwe - 26 house kitchens have been burnt and two brick houses on Ndiripo Settlers demanded a signed agreement from the owner of Chobeni Farm  before they will allow him to continue farming. 1 Kudu was killed over the weekend. 

Tayesa Farm (neighbouring farm to Chobeni) was previously stopped from all farming operations but has been allowed to plant tobacco on certain lands this last 2 weeks. All has being going well, but early this morning(7/11) the chairman of the settlers tried to stop the workers fertilizing a ridged land. Work is continuing at this time.  

Doma - Woelwehoek Farm Gravellotte Farm and Rukute Farm are all being pegged for A2 resettlement of 35 ha each.  In Rukutes case they want more plots than there are hectares.  At Gravelotte Extention the leasee Norman Madzoreke has killed about 80 sable. 

Raffingora - Junction Farm is an unlisted farm and cannot plant.  He went to see the P.A. who said he would get hold of the D.A.  Court case dates given to some listed farms. Agritex is in the process of preparing for the cases. Agritex arrived to peg Mariwano and the farmer phoned the relevant authorities and established it should not be pegged as it was not listed.

Trelawney/Darwendale - Mvebi Farm - 5 resident 'illegal settlers' prevented normal farming
operations from taking place demanding that an agreement be drawn up between settlers and the farm owner with the owner to provide transport for them to go to Murombedzi and the owner to sign the new
agreement. They want a tractor to transport poles, maize, water and the sick, without the settlers having to pay for this service. They also require food. The settlers refused to go to the police station. Police said they could not respond even though the farm made transport available, saying it was an issue for the Lands' Committee.  The Lands' Committee said they were busy, had no fuel to attend the matter, but they would attend the next day if they were given transport/fuel.  The settler's, approximately 15 in number, verbally abused farm management and told various lies about management to the police.  It was agreed farmer could continue with farm work and a meeting would be held the following day. A meeting held on Wednesday 31st October resolved these issues. The Land Committee drafted a letter to Mr Churu, forbidding him from interfering with Mvebi farm and cites that the full wrath of the law will apply to him should he break the law. The farmer took the settlers to the Member in charge Darwendale on Thursday 1 Nov to make it clear to the settlers what they can or cannot do.  The Member in Charge agreed to attend any further work stoppages or breaches of the law.  On Mpanda Farm hut building has started on an unlisted section of the farm
Tengwe - A Support Unit and Constable Moyo from Tengwe arrived on Indiripo  to inform the settlers that the farmer  was to plant the lands that had been prepared for this season.  One of the lands had some structures on it, three of which needed to be moved.  The Support Unit Sergeant told the settlers this and ALL of them that were there agreed.  The farmer and his labour then attempted to move the structures so that he could disc the land.  War vet Sitcha arrived on the farm and declared war on the farmer He does not agree with Support Unit's instructions because he was not present at the meeting.  He said he does not take orders from Government, this D.A., the Governor, Police or Support Unit and said "they are all kids, babies in civilian clothes". The Settlers then ransacked the compound, beat the labourers and burnt their houses.  They broke open 4 of the main gate entrances to the premises.  The farmer  was told to leave the farm by 12.00 pm otherwise "there would be blood, my blood


Horseshoe – On Dunaverty a large quantity of irrigation equipment was stolen.  On Penrose a door and electrical switchgear was stolen. A cottage on Nainital was broken into and burgled.  The owner of Chingoma sent a pickup to the valley with a driver and a worker who had retired to move his belongings to his home. The retiree was dropped off and on the way back, in the Masomo area, the vehicle was stopped by logs on the road and about 30 youths, who were all drunk.  They pulled the driver and two passengers from the car, searched them and the car looking for MDC cards. Nothing was found and the youths beat up all three and wanted to burn the truck but couldn't find matches. The main problem apparently being the influx of farm workers (MDC) from the closed farms into the valley. This is perhaps a warning to others who may send vehicles down that way.  Mangondo experienced extensive hunting with dogs, large numbers of animals being killed and meat sold; no assistance or support from Parks despite promises to do so.  Peugeot station wagon 369-807R and Nissan 7-tonne truck G-LMP bring people onto the farm to fish and hunt. Amajuba returnws to work (at the request of farm labourers) after total work stoppage i.e. coffee, banana, horticulture and fishery, although no tobacco/planting is allowed.  Despite advice and direction from the Ministry of Labour and NEC to the Worker's Committee on Blue Grass to cease the total work stoppage, the labour have again been very militant and prevented any feeding or watering of pigs all day.  Police notified but there has been no resolution.  Finally late in the day the Ministry of Labour instructed ZRP and DA to allow a return to work at the piggery on condition that the farmer pays the labour in the interim in part as per the pending legislation and has to make up the difference as and when legislation effective.  Penrose experienced a militant labour disturbance and total work stoppage, including no watering of citrus and mango orchards. ZRP attended and the police were locked up in the farmhouse by the war vets and labour. They were finally released late in the evening. Watering of orchards has finally been allowed.  All the farm labourers forced off Rungudzi by war vets.  On Siyalima farm labourers were requested by war vets to return to work after a total work stoppage.  A local war vet instructed he would consider allowing work to continue and stated that the Ministry of Labour and NEC were not in charge, the war vets are. Discussions with the DA and Member in Charge at Guruve ZRP gave no resolution. - directions from DA were "there are laws in this country, follow them".  Large numbers of war vet cattle are being driven onto Siyalima, including on to irrigated pastures. On Nyamfuta there is a total work stoppage. On Karoe tobacco planting was stopped but after negotiation with settlers the farmer was allowed to complete the final 7ha of tobacco planting.


General - Police are not being very co-operative in dealing with identified gang members who are operating over a wide area, robbing farm villages.

Kwekwe: On Sunday morning, two persons posing as thatching grass buyers, accessed a homestead armed with a revolver. They forced the husband and wife to lie on the floor and demanded the whereabouts of the safe, threatening to shoot the couple if they did not give them this information. The wife was then escorted round the house by the unarmed thief, looking for a non-existent safe while the husband was held at gun point. Having searched the house and found no safe the couple were again threatened. The wife gave them all the money in the house and the thieves demanded the keys of their vehicle, saying they would leave it in town. The thieves then locked the couple in the bathroom and made off with the satellite decoder, video, TV and cell phone. By about 1.00 p.m. the couple managed to escape by unscrewing the bathroom burglar bars and immediately alerted the Police through family members in town. Police response was slow as it was their lunch break and they had no transport. Family members provided transport to the property but, on arrival, police advised that they could not take fingerprints as they had no dusting kit. The vehicle was sighted in a lay-by on the Harare road near Sable Chemicals. Police were again transported by family members to recover the vehicle but were again unable to take fingerprints. The satellite decoder was in the vehicle but nothing else was recovered. On another farm a substation door and 13 x 50kg bags of MOB were stolen. Elsewhere, more irrigation equipment has been stolen. 4 cattle have been found in snares, cattle were moved off a property 3 weeks ago and the herd is now 41 short.  A poacher was caught with an impala carcass whilst two others were caught netting fish in the dam. Police have not responded to the last two incidents. Approximately 7 hectares of land have been opened up and cleared with a bulldozer on a property on which new people are opening up lands. When the owner went to help a neighbour put out a fire, he was verbally abused by war veterans. The farmer’s cattle camp was set on fire but it was extinguished in time. As was threatened last week, 80 Ha of wheat stover was burned by settlers and a bulldozer was brought in to clear lands. 14-16 structures are going up and the farmer is still unable to plant. On an un-designated farm, a farmer has been given permission to plant paprika by the D.A.  Another farmer was visited by the Governor and told not to plant on designated land and to have all the lands burned by the 10th November. Settlers threatened to burn the combined lands but the D.A. told them this can only be done by the farmer. On another farm, a fire on combined wheat lands was put out as the adjacent land is still to be combined. The fire brigade was called in to assist and the owner has since received death threats. House building continues. The D.A. visited the farm to tell the farmer to co-exist with the occupiers and to wait for confirmation from him before planting. A group of 9 people arrived on another A group-designated farm from a Game Park, which they said was not good enough anymore. Snaring and poaching continues on this farm and two new groups have started tree cutting but left when apprehended. The farmer was approached by a settler from a neighbouring farm asking for the loan of a tractor to prepare his lands. The request was refused. Invaders drove through properties on private roads and the boundary gate to the Rhino Conservancy, which has been kept locked for many years, has been broken down.  Perpetrators say there is no such thing as trespass anymore.

Shurugwi: A farmer’s security gate was barricaded by a crowd of illegal occupiers, assisted by gold panners, chanting and uttering threats. Two employees were threatened with death. Police reacted and advised the crowd to disband and remove the barricade.

Somabhula/Daisyfield: 3 people were spotted stealing 10 dairy heifers in broad daylight. The farm workers set off in pursuit and managed to recover 9 of the heifers.  Occupiers are setting snares all along the fences of a farm. The fences are being pulled down by the wildlife which gets entangled as a result, mainly Tsesebe. Most of the wildlife thus caught is left to rot in the snares. On another farm a breeding cow was slaughtered. The case was reported to ZRP who have been out to investigate but have as yet no suspects.

Gweru East/Lalapanzi: Two poachers with a dog were apprehended trying to dig an antbear out of its hole. The poachers were taken to the police who were reluctant to do anything until the farmer insisted on an RRB number. The dog was taken to the SPCA. The same farmer, acting on information received, located $5000 worth of 20mm polypipe that had been stolen from him. The police were taken to where the pipe had been found but did not arrest the perpetrator, Hamba Trust, because he claimed to be suffering from TB and could not travel in the back of a pickup. He claimed to have bought the piping in Chinhoyi.


Nyamandhlovu – On Merrylands a 4 month old calf was killed and only the hindquarters removed.   Two men in a government vehicle visited the owner and invited him to a court case in Harare regarding the property that they maintained had been offered to the government. They could not produce an official summons and were handed a copy of the letter of objection to acquisition.  A suggestion that the matter could be resolved in Bulawayo was unacceptable to the farmer who declined further discussion on the issue and the men left.  Two out of three workers’ huts were demolished by squatters and all the personal property scattered around.  Constable Kantosa of the Z.R.P. Tsholotsho who assists the Prosecutor In Charge at Tsholotsho Magistrates Court phoned to find out how his workers were on Luchabi Ranch where he has a plot.  A D.D.F. vehicle driven by an unidentified man with a woman passenger and a number of youths on the back arrived at Porter Farm saying they were checking the infrastructure with a view to settling people.  When told by the farmer that following the listing of the farm no Section 5 order or any other order had been served, they looked at one pump and drove away.
On Redwood Park a D.D.F. tractor is ploughing up paprika lands with irrigation drip lines and irrigation equipment  valued at $11 million.  The drip tape had been removed from the lands and thrown aside in a manner that has caused hundreds and thousands of dollars worth of damage, and the tractor has turned on rows and rows of connectors causing extensive damage.  This is despite a new High Court Order that invaders should not interfere with the work on the farm.
General  - Poaching, starting of bushfires and general lawlessness continues as does the plea from the Police that transport is unavailable when required.  When a farmer said an accused poacher would be held until such time as he was collected the Police vehicle arrived within 45 minutes.

West Nicholson – On Janee a self appointed settler cut a gate into the game fence along the main Bulawayo Beit Bridge road and has allocated himself a plot.  This is in spite of the fact that the other half of the ranch north of the Sandawana road has been conceded for re-settlement, and is in the process of being settled.  The settlers who moved off Jonsyl Ranch were actually evicted as the ranch has now been allocated to 30 individuals who will each receive 1000ha under the model A2 Resettlement Scheme.  The small-scale commercial lots are being taken up by the owner of Pindi Stores and various other businessmen and a Mr Mangena.  Reata has also been divided into 1000ha plots and is being occupied by a Magistrate, some doctors and four senior policemen from Gwanda. An Agritex team returned for the second time to peg Swallowfork Ranch, presumably for Model A2 resettlement.  They failed to gain entry to the ranch as the boundary fence was locked and they could not break the lock or chain.  A phone call to the elderly mother was threatening, demanding that the gate be opened or they would break through that day. This is happening whilst many neighbouring properties are being cleared of settlers by the Army and Police. In retaliation for the eviction of settlers by the Police and Army from the Bubiana Conservancy, a group of 100+ settlers surrounded the farmyard of Peregwi, outside the security fence, and threw stones at the workshop where the owner and his manager were repairing a vehicle.  The owner moved to the house to radio for help, attracting a hail of rocks, one of which crashed through the asbestos roof into the living room.  A passing army detail involved in moving the settlers was nearby and reacted.  Police also came and the situation was contained.  A second demonstration occurred the following day. The Army were also present and prevented the situation from getting out of control.  On Atherstone Ranch 10 Members from the Law and order Maintenance Unit arrived with a search warrant claiming that the farm owner had an arms cache on his property.  An extensive search of the property revealed nothing.  It is suspected that a false report was made by a fired domestic worker.

Insiza/Shangani – On Battle Farm a white Mazda B1800 pick-up, Registration Number 750-112N, containing six army members, with the driver identifying himself only as Hobb, was found driving around the property "looking at accessibility of property for official military manoeuvres".  They claimed to be lost in spite of having district maps with them.  They said they had "hardware" with them and the attitude toward the farmer was quite menacing.  The farm has not been designated, yet the DA claims that as the Council had not sent a rates account, the farm was now Government's.  The voter's registration caravan in Shangani and on Debshan, and now on the mine, is reported to be registering land applicants and not voters.

Gwaai – On Gwaai Ranch three individuals, one positively identified as a National Parks employee, each brandishing  an AK47 rifle, have been travelling around the district in a Parks government number plate Land Rover claiming to be doing a game count on the game ranches.  They claim Parks will not issue any hunting quotas in the district next year as there is no game.  A major portion of the area they are inspecting has been burnt out and the game has naturally moved elsewhere.  On Hankano the owner has had his borehole and equipment tampered with on several occasions as reported last week.  This Friday the ball valve was smashed and a section of pipe removed to prevent him from pumping water for his staff and his homestead. 

Umzingwane - Management on Essexvale Ranch has been weakened with the resignation of the second farm manager.  The property is being overrun by settlers with little attempt being made to control the problem. 

Inyathi/Bubi – On Shemers  invaders arrived and Mr Ben Mkandla has cut 46 poles and is working for Mr Douglas Magutshwa, a teacher in Gweru, and Nkosilathi Magutshwa of the Zimbabwean Airforce. Reports have been made to the Member in charge at Inyathi Police Station who said he would be visiting the farm with the DA and the Chairman of the War Veteran's Association of Inyathi.  Agritex officials arrived on South Beldans to measure the diptank, troughs and the dam.  Pegging and marking of stands has started by Agritex officials.  This was reported to the ZRP who advised the foreman to contact the DA.  There was no reply.  On Redlands Farm the owners have, after much haggling, been offered a sandveld property of approximately 3000 acres with absolutely no infrastructure at all in exchange for his 11,000 acre property with approximately $40-50 million worth of improvements.  The farm that was originally agreed to by the authorities over a year ago has in the meantime been settled on by a top local official and his family.

Marula – On Mananda Farm cattle have been snared and the case is being investigated.  The accused are setting snares in the late afternoon They then drive the cattle into the snare line during the evening or after dark.  Once the animal is caught it is killed with an axe, cut up and carried away.  The meat is dried and sold.  Police and farm security have arrested three people in connection with the snares, all of whom admitted the act.  A large amount of meat was recovered. 

Beit Bridge -  The owner of  Sentinel Ranch discovered that the war vets are paying their cattle herders on the property $800 a month.  He has told them that he will report them for paying below minimal agricultural wages if they do not meet the legal stipulated wages.  Strict measures are being enforced on the property to control and prevent further illegal movement of stock.  Any cattle without Veterinary brands will be removed and/or prevented from coming onto the property.  War Vet cattle owners whose animals are on the property are agreeable to these measures.


Masvingo East and Central Area -Nothing to report

Mwenezi Area

The water situation in Mwenezi has now become very desperate.  On Lizuma Farm, the owner reports that he may have to start killing cows and calves due to the continued harassment of water rgihts.

Mor invasions of people continue all over the area, more huts erected on a daily basis.  Fires are a daily occurrence as are cutting of fencing and wire theft, as well as continued poaching and laying down of snares.  Farm gates are left open, on one farm alone nine out of ten gates are left open on a daily basis and the owner is having to continually check.

Chiredzi Area

Continued poaching, snaring, building of huts, felling of trees, veld fires.

Save Conservancy

Nothing to terport

Gutu\Chatsworth Area

On Wheatland farm, Chibakwe farm, Lorn farm and Edgars Ridge farm cattle have been chased off the properties by very militant illegal occupiers wielding axes and pangas.  A heavy presence of army personnel is present throughout the disrict and owners are presently dealing with DA Gutu and the police to try and resolve this issue.


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Mugabe steps up evictions

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has used his sweeping powers of
decree to force farmers off their land and sidestep their rights to have
their eviction approved by the courts, the state press said on Saturday.

The state-controlled daily Herald said regulations issued on Friday under
Mugabe's "presidential powers" - close to state of emergency authority -
allow the government to resettle people on white-owned farms before the high
court has heard the owners' appeals.

Farm union officials were shocked by Mugabe's latest move.

"It demonstrates that the government's fast track resettlement programme is
illegal," said David Hasluck, director of the Commercial Farmers' Union.
"Otherwise, why would they use executive powers?"

Mugabe's new decree on land seizure allows the government to effectively to
confiscate land without legal recourse, he said.

Under current legislation, the government can issue farm owners with orders
which state that their property has been acquired by government.

However, Hasluck said, the government has no right to interfere with the
farm until the owner has exercised his right to object to the high court.
Only after the court has approved the acquisition can the state prepare the
land and move settlers on.

The court's approval is also needed before the owners' eviction is ordered.

However, the new presidential decree allows the state to "survey, demarcate
and allocate it (the land) for resettlement," and order the farmer off the
land, the Herald said. Owners will have three months in which to abandon
their land.

The move follows a series of high court rulings recently that have ordered
squatters to stop harassing farmers and preventing them from carrying out
farming operations while the farmers challenge the state's plans to seize
their land.

Friday's decree appeared to undermine any further appeals by farmers to be
allowed to work without being attacked and harassed by squatters, Hasluck

The move is expected to cause new anxiety of arbitrary mass evictions of
white farmers as Mugabe attempts to build up support ahead of presidential
elections due by the end of March 2002.

The decree is the latest in a rash of legislation effected by the regime to
enable it to seize land with the minimum of legal process, observers say.

It also precedes the two-week survey due next week by a United Nations team
to check if Mugabe's so-called "fast track land reform programme" is being
carried out legally, transparently and without any disruption to
agricultural output.

Thirty-nine farm workers and nine white farmers have been murdered since the
thousands of state-backed militias began invading white- owned land in
February 2000.

Over 7 500 farm workers have been driven off their land and commercial
agriculture - responsible for 85 per cent of the country's formally marketed
output - is forecast to fall by 40% this farming season. - Sapa/DPA

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Zim Independent


IBBO Mandaza appears to have been stung by our criticism that the Mirror
seeks to protect individuals at the apex of the Zimbabwean state from public
scrutiny. This followed an attack on the Standard by his newspaper for
publishing Grace Mugabe’s abysmal exam results which in turn provoked a
response from Muckraker.

Accusing us of “puerile ranting”, he gave a demonstration of what puerile
ranting is all about with a diatribe against “neo-liberalism”, a concept
that has a doubtful existence outside the sclerotic frame of 1970s
apparatchiks trying to defend their failed state.

Justifying the Mirror’s willingness to collaborate with the Media Ethics
Committee, Mandaza says: “We do not believe in the mob approach to issues.
We could not just have dismissed the Media Ethics Committee simply because
other privately-owned newspapers had done so. Like we said before, our paper
believes national issues, no matter who initiates them, deserve our keen

Like we said before, an issue doesn’t become “national” just because the
Mirror’s editor, mirroring Jonathan Moyo, declares it so! The minister is
hardly a disinterested party. He has an axe to grind following his defeat in
last year’s referendum and failed attempts to block reporting on a civil
suit lodged in Kenya.

Mandaza is of course at liberty to collaborate with an outfit handpicked by
the minister with the declared aim of limiting media freedom. But if he can’
t see the conflict of interest involved when that committee contains the
wife of a minister who Moyo has pledged to protect from press “demonisation”
, together with other individuals closely identified with Zanu PF’s
repressive media agenda, he should perhaps join the Information department
where he belongs instead of claiming to be the publisher of an independent

Mandaza’s pompous claim to be seriously “dissecting issues” comes apart as
soon as we read his views in the Scrutator column. Indignantly rebutting the
suggestion that Zimbabwe shares similarities with Yugoslavia under Slobodan
Milosevic — a theme echoed in the state media — he says the Zimbabwean state
“is far from tottering and, worse still for those who have so personalised
and demonised the man, Mugabe is bound to win the presidential election in

Any coalition against Zimbabwe, he concludes, would require the cooperation
of Sadc and: “There is no African state in its sane mind that would ever
contemplate the possibility of assisting Europe in a campaign against one of
its own.”

Has he been following the debate at the ACP/EU joint parliamentary forum in
Brussels? Is he aware what other African states had to say about Zimbabwe’s
government? And isn’t this the same pundit who told us Thabo Mbeki would
never speak out against an African state like Zimbabwe because he was “one
of its own”?

What happened to that forecast? And as for next year’s election outcome, we
should bear in mind that this same political scientist gave the MDC 30 seats
when predicting last year’s poll result.

But what really stands out in Mandaza’s column is the reference to those
who have “so demonised” Mugabe. Apart from this being exactly the same
language as that used in the official media, it conveniently ignores the
central point that Mugabe is not just president of Zimbabwe enjoying
sweeping executive powers; he is also first secretary of an overweening
political party with claims to national hegemony and, assisted by a suborned
media, the most widely publicised person in Zimbabwe over a 21-year period.
His every word is the nation’s command.

If civil society wishes to engage in public discourse with the regime, it
has to at some point be able to criticise Mugabe’s record and his public
pronouncements, especially when those pronouncements have contributed so
evidently to the country’s decline and isolation.

That Mandaza can’t see this and regards it as “demonisation” tells us all we
need to know about his role as an apologist for the regime.

We shall leave aside the small matter that in nine references to
 “Muckracker”, including the heading, he didn’t manage to spell it right

Over the years Tafataona Mahoso’s capacity to start a column in the Sunday
Mail at exactly the point he left off the previous week has become something
of a national joke. Here was an individual with pretensions to being a media
trainer who didn’t understand the need for an introductory paragraph
explaining what he had said previously.

While the newspaper was partly to blame for lack of editorial intervention,
it seems Mahoso never pointed the problem out and continued submitting copy
without any limit on wordage.

Last Friday the Herald carried a contribution by Prof Mwesiga Baregu which
began as follows:

“Conversely, the article forbids members of the covenant from interfering in
the internal economic affairs of other members...”

There was a strap below saying: “This is the last part of a paper presented
at the conference, ‘Rethinking Land, State and Citizenship through the
Zimbabwe Crisis’ at the Centre for Development Research, Copenhagen.”

But no clue as to what he had said the previous week.

Nhlanhla Masuku appears to be singing for his supper at the Broadcasting
Authority of Zimbabwe. He was quoted in the Daily News last weekend as
saying: “It is a pity that our judicial system was about to become an
international disgrace by failing to understand the need for the
international administration of airwaves.”

Masuku is the disgrace. Being Jonathan Moyo’s appointee is bad enough. But
attacking the judiciary in the same vitriolic terms as his benefactor is
unacceptable conduct for a public official whatever his provenance.

The judiciary ruled that under clauses relating to freedom of expression,
ZBC should not have a monopoly of the airwaves. Instead a number of stations
could be licensed. It didn’t say these stations should be free of regulation
in respect of frequency allocations.

For Masuku, who functions under legislation of dubious legality designed to
limit freedom of expression rather than enhance it, to attack institutions
upholding the rights Zimbabweans are entitled to under the constitution is
to advertise a position we had before only been able to guess at.

It is not too difficult to guess who writes pieces purporting to come from
the Sunday Mail’s political editor. Last Sunday the paper ran its usual
story rubbishing the MDC. It quoted a “frustrated” MDC MP as follows:
“The emergence of the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions has taken away the
limelight from the MDC which relies on the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions
for support.”

However “frustrated” they may be, this certainly didn’t sound like the sort
of thing an MDC MP would say. In fact it sounded exactly what the Minister
of Information would say!

And so does this which was put into the mouth of an MDC MP: “The decision by
the government to gazette price controls also dealt a big blow to the MDC
which wanted to capitalise on the hardships that the people were facing.”

Are we seriously being asked to believe that an MDC MP said that?

Here is a note for party parrots and other propagandists. For people to
believe your lies there has to be an element of credibility. If you put into
the mouths of others Zanu PF-type sentiments, nobody will believe them as
coming from anywhere other than Zanu PF.

Then we had a funny little story about how a BBC documentary on President
Mugabe had “backfired” when “hundreds of viewers” applauded the president
for his bold stance on land.

And what was the source for this claim of “hundreds of viewers”? The
Zimbabwe High Commission in London working in cahoots with Admore Tshuma who
recently embarrassed the journalism profession with his extravagant praise
for Moyo.

A Zimbabwean “political analyst” in London, Professor George Shiri, was
quoted as urging Zimbabweans to rally behind the president.

“They should not allow external forces to divide our nation,” he told

Can anyone in London tell us what subject “Professor Shiri” lectures in and
where in the UK. Tshuma forgot to mention it.

The same goes for Solomon Majasi, described as “another academic” who said:
“I cannot participate in a programme that seeks to vilify my own president.”

Apparently he can’t think for himself either!

Our theory that state media journalists do not have their own voice was
confirmed last weekend when the Sunday Mail’s political editor, Munyaradzi
Huni, used exactly the same words as the Herald to describe the Canadian
minister’s insistence at Bath Farm that all stakeholders should be allowed
to speak.

The Herald said David Kilgour “went into fits of racial bigotry” when Stan
Mudenge and Joseph Made tried to block Dr Japie Jackson from speaking. In
fact all he did was to insist that Jackson be allowed to make his

But the Sunday Mail said: “Mr Kilgour went into fits of racial bigotry in a
foiled attempt to mislead the committee on the true situation in the

Either one journalist is copying another or they are both being told to
write the same thing! And by the way, the committee certainly saw the true
situation in the country after that performance by Mudenge and Made!

Before we finish with these bought hacks, how about this travesty. Under the
heading “Mr Leon says No to Mandela Street”, the Sunday Mail’s “Under the
Surface” columnist told his readers that South African opposition leader
Tony Leon had “called for the resignation of the mayor of Cape Town, Mr
Peter Marais, because the mayor wanted to rename the city’s main road after
Mr Mandela.”

Is the writer genuinely ignorant or is this plain deceit?

The proposal from the New National Party was to name two adjoining streets
after Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk. Leon took disciplinary action against
Marais for accepting a petition that was exposed by the media as fraudulent.
Many of the names on it appeared more than once.

That the Sunday Mail supports fraud and electoral rigging shouldn’t surprise
us. Nor should the deliberate omission of De Klerk’s name to make this look
like a racial issue. But open support for the National Party? Now there’s a
nice twist.

An avid reader of the Zimbabwe Independent has sent us a note on Philip
Chiyangwa’s latest achievement as an employer.

“We are sure that the flamboyant Mr Chiyangwa would rather have the nickname
of either ‘WaBenzi Chiyangwa’ or ‘Bentley Chiyangwa’ rather than the one
that is in common usage, ie ‘3 Shoes Chiyangwa’.”

This nickname presumably caught on as a sign of sincere appreciation from
G&D Shoes retrenched workers who each received three pairs of shoes on
termination of employment, the reader reminds us.
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News Analysis 2

Dumisani Muleya
THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) technical team due in
Zimbabwe next week to assess the efficacy of the fast-track land reform
exercise has a difficult task at hand.

It has been officially confirmed the team — whose findings could have a
serious bearing on the Abuja accord and other events in Zimbabwe — is to
make recommendations to the donor community on the way forward.

British Foreign Office minister Baroness Amos, who was part of a
Commonwealth ministerial mission to Zimbabwe two weeks ago, said the
advancement of the deal hinged on the UNDP findings.

But observers say the team, like others that visited the country before it,
could be caught up in an invidious process of weighing legal issues and
political demands.

While the team, which was here last year, would certainly want to produce a
scientific report to keep its reputation intact, it might give authorities a
sympathetic hearing to avoid estranging Harare altogether.

The land reform programme has had far-reaching ramifications on the
administration of justice in Zimbabwe. Government has been found to be
violating its own laws as political imperatives took precedence over
national interest.

Analysts say the fundamental breakdown in the rule of law has shaken the
foundation of the state and consigned the country into a judicial jungle.
Harassment of the judiciary, sidestepping of court orders and selective
prosecution — all part of President Robert Mugabe’s struggle for political
survival — are now widespread.

Harare is accused of backdating laws it has put in place to give a façade of
legality to its ill-considered exercise.

In terms of the Land Acquisition Act, any farmer whose land is to be
compulsorily acquired must be served with a notice of intent to acquire the

The farmer may object within 30 days and agents of government may enter the
land with due notice to the landowner to appraise and value the property for
compensation purposes.

But no demarcation, pegging or settlement is permitted.

If the landowner’s objection is not upheld the Minister of Lands should make
an offer of compensation and may issue a notice of compulsory acquisition.

Again no partitioning, marking out or occupation is allowed.

As soon as the initial notice of acquisition has been served, a message to
appear for a confirmation hearing in the Administrative Court is served on
the land-owner.

Only if the acquisition of the property is confirmed by judgement in the
Administrative Court, and there is no appeal to a higher court by the
land-owner, is division, carving up and planning for resettlement

Occupation and settlement of people is only legal after the landowner has
been served a notice to vacate the property.

Land invaders who occupied farms before March 1 and were in occupation as at
June 8 are protected in terms of the Rural Land Occupiers (Protection from
Eviction) Act.

However, this Act does not accord any rights to use the land for crop and
livestock production or use timber and other materials for building.

The Law Society of Zimbabwe, which represents over 800 lawyers, made
comprehensive representations to the Commonwealth team.

Sternford Moyo, the association president, said his organisation has since
March last year been pleading with government to restore the rule of law.

He said lawyers were concerned about the executive’s unwillingness or
inability to enforce court orders.

The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) on March 17 2000 obtained by consent a
High Court order for the eviction of farm invaders. Government refused to
enforce it.

In November the same year a further order was made by consent in the Supreme
Court. Again authorities declined to enforce it.

The Law Society and the Sadc Lawyers Association issued statements urging
government to conduct land reform lawfully.

“On the 16th of August 2000, the Law Society met with the Minister
of Home Affairs (John Nkomo),” said Moyo.

“It expressed its support for a programme of land redistribution but
emphasised that land reform had to be carried within the framework of the

Moyo said the use of violence and coercion to redistribute land undermined
the rule of law.

“Resettlement by invasion is the antithesis of the rule of law, which calls
for a climate of legality, the absence of wide, arbitrary and discretionary
powers, and an effective legal order supported by an independent judiciary,”
he said.

Last year the Supreme Court found the land reform exercise to be
unconstitutional. It, however, acknowledged the need for land

It interdicted government from taking steps to acquire further land before
putting in place a workable land reform programme.

But the court at the same time suspended the operation of the interdict to
enable authorities to satisfy the court the rule of law had been restored.
Yet again the order was disregarded.

Instead, government responded with a flurry of attacks against the

Addressing his party’s extraordinary congress on December 14 last year,
Mugabe declared:

“The courts can do what they want. They are not courts for our people and we
should not even be defending ourselves in these courts.” He also made his
infamous “strike fear into the hearts of the white men” speech.

Prior to that on November 14 2000, the war veterans had stormed the Supreme
Court, singing and dancing on desks and forcing lawyers to scurry for

Moyo said this, and other blatant attacks on lawyers and the judiciary, were
appalling. Lawyers also expressed concern at what critics say is crude
packing of the Supreme Court, in which judges were increased from five to

The new judges led by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku recently granted
government an interim order to persist with land seizures.

Moyo said the CFU’s legal team argued the Supreme Court did not have the
jurisdiction to interfere with its own order issued on December 21 2000.

Government had no locus standi (legal basis) before the court because it
could not allege a breach of the declaration of rights, and it was in
contempt of court due to its failure to enforce court orders.

“The court directed that both the preliminary points and the merits of the
matter be argued together so that judgement could be given at the same
 time,” Moyo said.

“The effect of the order was to render the preliminary point relating to the
contempt of court academic. The preliminary point was to the effect that the
Minister (representing government) could not be heard whilst he was in

On October 22, the Supreme Court decided to issue an interim order granting
temporary relief to government pending its verdict on the case.
Observers note, while the UNDP will be sympathetic to government’s claims on
land reform, it will have no choice but to conclude that fast track is
unlawful and chaotic.

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News Analysis 1

Forward Maisokwadzo
ISRAEL’S parliamentary Finance Committee on November 1 rejected the proposed
2002 state budget and demanded the government’s spending package reflect the
lower domestic economic growth.

“Members of the Finance Committee asked me to ask the Ministry to come up
with a real budget and not one based on amounts...which have no reality,”
Finance Committee chairman Yakov Litzman told a news agency.

Back home on the same day, Finance minister Simba Makoni presented the 2002
budget which analysts said did little to tackle serious structural
distortions and would anyway prove hostage to political imperatives.

This was Makoni’s second budget. Plucked from the private sector where he
ran a successful software distribution company, the relatively youthful
minister was described as a technocrat who would bring much needed business
acumen to economic management.

But 16 months later his influence is minimal as Zanu PF dinosaurs continue
to sabotage economic recovery by directing scarce resources to military and
other non-essential spending.

The function of a national budget is to establish a sound macro-economic
framework. This lays the groundwork for policies that encourage investment
and growth.

Makoni, a staunch believer in a market-driven economy, presented his
November 1 budget statement with those strategic objectives in mind.

But analysts this week said despite its appeal to the ordinary person and
the corporate world, especially those in the export sector, the budget, like
those before it, was likely to be unsustainable and would consequently fail
to achieve recovery.

With government in a major policy retreat after abandoning the International
Monetary Fund and World Bank-recommended economic stabilisation policies in
favour of its much-vaunted Zimbabwe Millennium Economic Recovery Programme
(MERP), Makoni had been trapped in a corner.

Critics say he ought to have been more pragmatic. The first thing he should
have done was to come up with tangible measures to preserve, and if
possible, invigorate what is left of his tax base. This step would have been
a prerequisite to making meaningful cash-flow projections.

To secure the survival of what is left of business requires the will and
courage to identify, confront and seek to solve first and foremost the
problem of the forex drought.

With the depleted foreign currency reserves, the Zimbabwe dollar has to
suffer daily devaluation.

Analysts said it is senseless for anyone to plan on the basis of a currency
such as Zimbabwe’s. It is surprising that Makoni didn’t address himself to
the question of exchange rate management. He also made no mention of the
balance-of-payments problem.

Cabinet should rather have directed its effort towards the task of
cultivating a conducive business environment and overhauling the country’s
shattered image, leaving the arithmetic to Makoni and his staff at the
Ministry of Finance.

“Another unfortunate problem is Makoni’s decision, deliberately or
unwittingly, to close his mind to government’s performance record of the
past 21 years,” one analyst said, adding that by so doing he undermined his
capacity for systematic solutions.

The budget proposes modest tax reductions, a boost to the social services
sector and encourages construction in the high-density housing sector. The
indigenous sector will benefit from a 5% tax on bank profits.

But analysts say the social service dimension is overplayed in the budget,
crafted with next year’s presidential election in mind.

They said directing huge sums of money into social service ministries does
not indicate that government is serious about social problems alleviation.

“It’s just lip service as more resources should have been directed towards
boosting production,” a bank executive said.

He said Makoni fails to convincingly explain his programme of action which
shows that the minister has no room to implement market-driven policies.

“Zimbabwe requires more than what can be addressed by the budget. The
problems are of governance,” said the banker, adding problems being
experienced in the manufacturing sector stemmed from skewed macro-economic

Though welcoming the tax relief to the restive workforce, analysts said
incentives alone cannot stimulate production.

“A number of factors make the 2002 budget redundant,” said James Jowa, the
Zimbabwe Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) chief economist.

Domestic borrowing by the government, mainly to finance its budget deficit,
has crowded out the private sector and pushed up inflation.

Inflation is currently nudging 86%, while interest rates, which have stifled
industrial operations and therefore economic growth, have been reduced to

“The current interest rate policy is discouraging savings to stimulate
investment,” said John Makamure, a local economist.

Makoni projected a budget deficit of $138,3 billion or 14,9% of GDP in 2002,
which is 2,9 percentage points above the projected 12% for this year.
Jowa said the persistent high budget deficit, the major source of
macro-economic instability, should have been held at much lower levels.

He said the consequences of a high budget deficit are inflationary in the
sense that government is going to finance its deficit through local
borrowing and also borrow from the Reserve Bank, which will result in high
money supply growth.

A high proportion of the budget’s allocation in the 2002 budget went to
defence, health capital expenditure and social services.

This was at the expense, Jowa says, of economic ministries like Lands and
Agriculture, and Industry and Commerce. He said funds should have been
diverted to capital projects.

“Priorities are still misplaced. The budget has no capacity to generate
future revenue.”

Jowa said though welcoming the $2 billion allocated to resuscitate over 200
businesses that have closed down due to factory invasions and macro-economic
fundamentals, it would be more appropriate to intervene before companies
closed down.

He also warned that parliament should guard against unbudgeted expenditure,
a case in point being the $17 billion supplementary budget tabled in

Jowa said there must be mechanisms in place to avoid a voting cycle budget
which does not stimulate the productive sector.

Makoni said the accumulation of external payment arrears represents a big
burden to the country’s distressed economy.

He proposed to stabilise the country’s external arrears by intensifying
repayment efforts to unlock suspended disbursements on existing programmes.

This appears to have been wishful thinking as the government has no prospect
of reviving relations with the donor community.

However, analysts say Makoni tried his best under the current circumstances,
as he did not have much room to manoeuvre.

Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries chief economist Farai Zizhou welcomed
Makoni’s export incentives aimed at revitalising the industrial sector.

“The incentives are easy to implement,” he said.

However, Zizhou says Makoni accepted the economic challenges without
giving a solution.

“The actual implementation of what Makoni is expecting is quite
discouraging,” said Zizhou.

On the outlook, Makoni admitted that the economy will continue to struggle.
Makoni’s budget, which again rolls for three years, is anchored by MERP,
which analysts say is already redundant.

Zim Independent

Defence vote raises eyebrows

Godfrey Marawanyika
THE allocation of $34 billion to the Ministry of Defence in the 2002 budget
has raised questions over the country’s commitment to reduce expenditure on
the armed forces.

The ministry received $19,3 billion in the last budget, of which $6 billion
was a supplementary vote. In his 2001 budget, Finance minister Simba Makoni
projected that the Ministry of Defence would receive $12,9 billion but this
has been increased by more than two and a half times in the 2002 estimates.

The allocation contradicts Makoni’s statement in his first budget last year
that the defence allocation was being reduced as government was anticipating
the withdrawal of the armed forces from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Since the outbreak of the costly war in the vast DRC, senior government
officials have been lobbying heavily for local companies to penetrate the
DRC market and set up businesses.

This year’s budget has not been without controversy. There were significant
omissions from Makoni’s statement — like the Defence vote not being
mentioned during the address. The vote was only announced the next day
although government newspapers were given the diskette containing the
allocation. They were also leaked details of the budget the previous day.

On the day of the presentation there was no “blue book” available which
gives the budget estimates for each ministry and government department.

The bloated defence allocation flies in the face of claims that social needs
were being prioritised. The Ministry of Health secured $22 billion, yet it
is close to collapse. Most government hospitals have antiquated equipment
and there is a serious shortage of drugs. Doctors and nurses have left the
service in droves as conditions continue to deteriorate.

The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce said defence spending remained a
major concern given that defence continued to dominate budgetary allocations
relative to health and social welfare matters.
“The allocation indicates a rather clear case of government’s waywardness in
prioritising issues,” the ZNCC said. “Despite the current land reform
programme being severely under-funded, it was only allocated $17 billion.”

The government missed most of last year’s budgetary targets.
MDC secretary-general Professor Welshman Ncube also expressed concern about
non-disclosure of allocations to some ministries.
“There are some significant non-disclosures in the statement,” said Ncube.

“The defence budget was not revealed, wages of civil servants were discussed
in an abstract way but no figures were given, no mention at all of price
controls and only a passing reference to the looming food crisis.”

Makoni even failed to be specific about government’s intentions in respect
of interest rates and the exchange rate, Ncube said.
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Daily News

Moyo, Mahofa threaten Masaiti for suing Mugabe

11/9/01 8:07:28 AM (GMT +2)

Political Editor

JONATHAN Moyo, the Minister of State for Information and Publicity and
Shuvai Mahofa, the Deputy Minister for Youth Development, Gender and
Employment Creation, allegedly threatened to have Evelyn Masaiti, the MP for
Mutasa, thrown out of Parliament for successfully suing President Mugabe in
the United States.

Masaiti alleged that Moyo approached her in the dining room in Parliament
last week on Thursday and harassed her over her victory in a US district

She said: "I was sitting at one table while he sat at another. He said to
me, 'You are happy you have won your case,' and warned they were going to
throw me out of Parliament because I had failed to respect the laws of my
"He said despite taking an oath of allegiance in Parliament, I had gone
ahead and sued President Mugabe in the States," Masaiti said. "I told him my
political rights had been violated in Zimbabwe and I decided to go to the
USA for justice."
She said she then moved over to another table where Mahofa and other Zanu PF
MPs were seated.
Masaiti said Moyo followed her there.

"Moyo followed me and asked his colleagues not to talk to me because I had
sued their party in the US," said Masaiti.
"I invited them to come with me to my constituency and see for themselves
the damage caused by their supporters and I also asked them to stop acting
as if I was fabricating things. As I was still explaining, Mahofa threatened
me with death."
The MP claimed Mahofa said to her, "Manje uchafira izvozvo" (You will die
for that).
Mahofa, however, denied threatening Masaiti.

Said Mahofa: "She is crazy. That is not true at all. I never said anything
like that to her. I was not alone at that table."
Moyo, on the other hand, twice replaced the receiver on finding out it was a
Daily News reporter on the line.
Earlier this year, Masaiti, Elliot Pfebve, the losing MDC candidate for
Bindura whose brother Matthew was killed in the run-up to the June
parliamentary election, Adella Chiminya and Maria Stevens, whose husbands
were murdered during the same period by suspected Zanu PF supporters filed a
law suit against Mugabe in a US District court in New York.
Matthew was killed during the run-up to the June parliamentary election
while Masaiti was harassed together with her supporters in her constituency
in Manicaland.

US judge, Victor Marrero, last Tuesday delivered his verdict in the landmark
case in which he ruled that Zanu PF was liable for murdering and torturing
its political opponents in the run-up to last year parliamentary election.
More than 30 MDC supporters were killed during the bloody campaign.
Masaiti said she would not be deterred from fighting for justice by the
attitude of Zanu PF officials.
She said: "I will not budge. I'm really happy with the judgment in the US
because it tells political leaders in the country that they must not kill,
rape or torture people to get into power or Parliament."

The government, through Patrick Chinamasa, the Minister of Justice, Legal
and Parliamentary Affairs and Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Speaker of Parliament,
has for a long time now been seeking legal advice on how to deal with
Masaiti for suing Mugabe in the US.
However, nothing has materialised since last November when the debate
cropped up in Parliament.
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Fergal Keane: Stop Mr Mugabe turning Zimbabwe into a bloodbath

'The interests of the big powers are so all-consuming that any tyranny can
go on without any action'
10 November 2001
Only this week President George Bush was telling us again that we lived in a
world that would never be the same again. There is some truth in that, but I
sense that Mr Bush is talking in strictly limited terms. When he refers to
the changed world, he of course sees it in terms of American interests. Not
for him the evangelical universalism espoused by Tony Blair at the Labour
Party conference, the world in which Africa would no longer be a scar on the
conscience of the world. Mr Bush has no interest in becoming a latter-day
Woodrow Wilson. As he himself has put it, the war is defined in terms of
simple opposites, a battle between good and evil in which those who are not
"with us" are "against us".

The United States may exert pressure for change in different parts of the
world, such as the Middle East, but only where American interests are
directly affected. Does anybody believe that Ariel Sharon would be feeling
serious American pressure to start talking with the Palestinians were it not
for the need to shore up support for the war in moderate Arab states – or at
least neutralise their active opposition?

One can forgive the Israelis a certain amount of bewilderment when they find
themselves faced with a White House apparently full of zeal for a peace
settlement. Where was that passion in the first months of the Bush
presidency? As for the rest of the world, with all its little wars and
tyrannies... How much of that forlorn landscape have we read about or seen
on our screens in the past month?

There is no "new" world, only the old one with new fears. All foreign policy
emanating from Washington is now defined in terms of the "war on terror".
Take the case of Colombia, where last week the US declared that the war
against left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries was a new front
line in the struggle against terrorism. Would that it were so simple. But
having framed the conflict in this way, the US will step up military
assistance and find itself dragged into the mire of a vicious civil war.
Accusing the questioner of being soft on terror can quickly neutralise any
criticism of this, just as early voices raised against the war in Vietnam
were denounced as pro-Communist.

Just as in the Cold War, the interests of the big powers are so
all-consuming that any amount of tyranny can go on without any imperative
for action. I find it hard to believe the West will intervene to stop
another genocide in Africa when its military force is so preoccupied with
events in Afghanistan and – within the next year – almost certainly in Iraq.
Remember the promises about Rwanda never being allowed to happen again? Just
this week in Burundi Hutu rebel groups and the Tutsi army were slaughtering
each other and numerous civilians in a conflict that has been described as a
"slow genocide". The only peacekeepers in the country are a lightly armed
South African VIP protection force.

The most troubling situation is in Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe must be
overjoyed at the lack of international attention. This week his henchmen
have been threatening legal action to close the excellent Daily News,
arguably the bravest newspaper on the planet. A regime notorious for its
indifference to law and order has drummed up a politically motivated charge
to try and silence The Daily News. The newspaper represents everything that
Mr Bush and Mr Blair proclaim as essential values of civilisation: it is
truthful, espouses political and social tolerance, and is courageous in
defence of these values.

In addition, Mr Mugabe's government has let it be known that no western
monitors will be allowed into Zimbabwe to ensure that the presidential
election has some chance of being free and fair. The EU has been told it is
not welcome – a fine thank-you for the decades of bilateral aid the Mugabe
regime has enjoyed. With the threats against The Daily News and the
rejection of monitors, Mr Mugabe is paving the way for an election that
promises to be an exercise in violent intimidation. The terrible violence
that accompanied the parliamentary elections and a recent by-election were a
foretaste of what the heavies in Harare are planning for the big contest.

A friend of mine who monitored the by-election described travelling to
polling stations with some EU diplomats and being threatened to "leave or
else" by ruling party officials. They were followed by so-called war
veterans, and when they tried to buy a copy of The Daily News they were told
that the paper was no longer for sale in the area.

At the time of independence Zimbabwe was the bread basket of the region.
Today it is sliding towards a catastrophe. Yet all of this is being watched
by the EU, the Commonwealth and the White House without any obvious sign of
the dramatic response that is needed. I didn't hear a squeak of outrage, as
distinct from restrained muttering, when the threat to close The Daily News
became public.

Two months back Britain offered to pay £36m to finance a land redistribution
scheme on condition it was carried out legally. That meant an end to land
invasions and intimidation by "war veterans". The ink was hardly dry when Mr
Mugabe's warriors were rampaging on to commercial farms. Since the
Commonwealth-sponsored accord, an estimated 680 farms have been invaded. The
Commonwealth itself has been repeatedly humiliated by Mr Mugabe, but it
refuses to expel Zimbabwe.

There is a great irony in this. It was in Harare in the early 1990s that the
Commonwealth adopted a declaration in favour of good governance. I was there
to watch the leaders solemnly intone their commitment to principles of
openness and accountability. Mr Mugabe was the smiling and gracious host.

The time for action on Zimbabwe is running out. The presidential election
must be held before April and Mr Mugabe will do anything to stay in power.
And anything means a lot of violence and intimidation. Those with longer
memories will remember how Mr Mugabe's army slaughtered its way through
Matabeleland just after independence. This is a man capable of extreme
ruthlessness and nobody in power in the West can claim ignorance if the
election turns into a bloodbath. Such is the fear of violence that most
foreign monitors would likely choose to stay away, even if Mr Mugabe were to
invite them.

One possible road for the international community is to tell Mr Mugabe that
unless he accepts a large and representative monitoring force the results of
the election will not be recognised. This would prove a difficult choice for
a country such as South Africa, turning against an African neighbour in so
dramatic a fashion. But the alternative is a disaster for human rights and
the African continent. The South African president needs to lead the way on
this. The West might provide money to rebuild Zimbabwe, but the real
pressure – economic and even potentially military – must come from Pretoria.
In a world where the big powers are preoccupied with their own war on
terrorism, Thabo Mbeki must attend to the terror to his north. It might be
the best thing his country ever does for the continent it dominates. And it
would be a lot wiser than waiting for the White House to ride to the rescue.

The writer is a BBC Special Correspondent

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