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Zimbabwe Oct inflation up to 1,070.2 pct y/y


      Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:11 PM GMT

By Cris Chinaka

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's annual inflation rose to 1,070.2 percent
year-on-year in October, up from 1,023.3 percent in September, shy of a
previous record but still the highest in the world, official data showed on

Analysts say Zimbabwe's galloping inflation is pressuring President Robert
Mugabe's government, which many critics blame for a severe economic crisis
marked by chronic shortages of food, fuel, foreign currency and
deteriorating social services.

The Central Statistical Office said that, on a monthly basis, Zimbabwe's
consumer price index rose 27.5 percent in October compared with a 14.8
percent increase the previous month.

The increases in both annual and monthly inflation were in line with
forecasts by local economists who say inflationary pressures are very strong
in the economy over faltering efforts to boost production in industry and
the key agricultural sector.

Mugabe's government has admitted inflation is one of the biggest hurdles to
reversing an economic slide that critics say has been worsened by poor
yields from commercial farms seized from their previous white owners and
distributed to blacks.

Mugabe, who has ruled the former British colony since independence in 1980,
denies responsibility for the ailing economy and, in turn, charges sabotage
by opponents of his controversial land seizures.

Zimbabwe's soaring inflation is seen as a major stumbling block to pulling
the country out of an eight-year recession also marked by a jobless rate of
above 70 percent. Inflation reached a record 1,204.06 percent year-on-year
in August.

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IMF mission in Zimbabwe, but has no promise of aid


Fri 10 Nov 2006 5:34 AM ET
By Cris Chinaka

HARARE, Nov 10 (Reuters) - An IMF delegation is visiting Zimbabwe to help
improve relations with President Robert Mugabe's government, but officials
say the fund has not offered any aid to the country's crumbling economy.

The southern African country is in its eighth year of recession, marked by
the world's highest inflation and chronic shortages of fuel, food and
foreign currency that critics blame on government mismanagement.

On Friday, state media reported the IMF executive director responsible for
Zimbabwe and other African countries, Peter Gakunu, met Mugabe late on
Thursday to discuss the country's economic woes and strained relations with
the fund.

"There was no talk about an immediate assistance programme," a Zimbabwean
official told Reuters, adding: "Just what is in the newspaper."

The IMF and other key Western donors, including the World Bank, suspended
financial aid to Zimbabwe more than six years ago over policies including
the seizure of white-owned farms for redistribution to new black farmers.

Gakunu and his delegation were not available for comment on Friday, but the
state-owned Herald quoted Finance Minister Herbert Murerwa as saying Mugabe
had told the IMF team Zimbabwe was focusing on agriculture to revive the

"Comrade Murerwa said comrade Mugabe told Mr Gakunu that Zimbabwe would also
make use of its mining and tourism resources to improve economic
performance," the daily said.


The IMF executive director had encouraged Zimbabwe to achieve growth by
using its own resources, it said.

"Mr Gakunu said countries should develop their own programmes especially
when their relations with donors are frosty," the Herald said.

It quoted Gakunu as saying: "The suggestion is very clear, stay the course,
make sure your priorities are properly funded."

Gakunu said although Zimbabwe was complaining that the IMF had failed to
resume lending after it repaid $193 million earlier this year to clear its
arrears on the fund's critical general resources account, "that should not
be an excuse for not dealing with macroeconomic problems," the newspaper

The IMF has previously urged Mugabe to make comprehensive reforms to repair
an economy many once saw as one of Africa's most promising but now
struggling with inflation of over 1,000 percent.

The IMF, which suspended Zimbabwe's voting rights in the fund in 2003 for
failure to service foreign debts, lifted expulsion threats early this year
after the arrears payment.

Mugabe, 82 and in power since independence from Britain 26 years ago, denies
he has mismanaged the country, saying the economy has been sabotaged by
domestic and foreign opponents of his land seizures.

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Amid fanfare, Zimbabwe launches 99-year leases on land confiscated from whites

International Herald Tribune

The Associated PressPublished: November 10, 2006

HARARE, Zimbabwe: The government launched a program to issue 99-year leases
to black farmers allocated land seized mostly from white farmers, state
radio reported Friday.

It said 125 leases were granted for medium to large scale commercial farming
and another 150 applications from resettled farmers were being processed as
surveying of redistributed farmland continued.

Since the land seizure program began in 2000, nearly 15,000 blacks received
parcels of former white-owned land for commercial agricultural production,
replacing more than 4,000 white large scale producers. Another 141,000
families received small plots.

The official state media said President Robert Mugabe described the first
leases as a landmark in his redistribution program that would improve farm
production by giving new farmers security of tenure for more than a

Though all farmland remains the property of the state and cannot itself be
used as collateral for loans, the leases encouraged farmers to develop their
properties, he said.
"I believe the farmers who receive the leases will now have the confidence
to invest in important infrastructural developments," Mugabe said.

Improvements to buildings, dams, barns, irrigation and other facilities on
the land could be used to guarantee loans, he said.

A handful of displaced white farmers are expected to get leases, but not on
their former properties, and white farmers' support groups have expressed
skepticism over the leases program.

An estimated 400 white farmers are still working on their original farms but
seizures have continued, with at least 30 receiving eviction notices from
the government in recent weeks

Among recipients of leases from Mugabe in a ceremony Thursday were a number
of prominent government officials and ruling party supporters including
Reuben Barwe, chief correspondent at state radio and television, the
nation's sole broadcaster and seen as central to Mugabe's propaganda

Ruling party militants marched through Harare Thursday celebrating black
empowerment and the success of land redistribution that corrected colonial
era land ownership imbalances, the state media reported.

Marchers' placards proclaimed: "Long Live President Mugabe" and
"Revolutionaries stand together."

Marches and demonstrations by government opponents are routinely banned by
police under the country's sweeping security laws.

The chaotic and often violent land seizures since 2000 disrupted the
agriculture-based economy in Zimbabwe, a former regional breadbasket,
plunging the country into its worst economic crisis since independence in

At more than 1,000 percent, official inflation is the highest in the world
and compares to single digit inflation in neighboring Mozambique, South
Africa and Zambia.

Zimbabwe is suffering acute shortages of food, hard currency, gasoline and
essential imports.

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Mugabe is an obstacle to change - opposition


          November 10 2006 at 03:40PM

      By Cris Chinaka

      Harare - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday
welcomed an initiative by churches to help end the country's political and
economic crisis, but charged President Robert Mugabe was in denial and
obstacle to change.

      Mugabe has rejected calls made by leaders of Zimbabwe's major churches
two weeks ago for a new constitution, and said while he backs their drive
for a national political dialogue his government had some "non-negotiable"

      Addressing a news conference after meeting a church group that
launched the document The Zimbabwe We Want, Tsvangirai - leader of the main
opposition Movement for Democratic Change - said the country's salvation
lies in Mugabe and his ruling party accepting responsibility for its woes.

      "This crisis shall remain with us unless Mugabe and ZANU-PF shift
their mindset through a patriotic desire to save Zimbabwe from further
haemorrhage," he said.

      Tsvangirai charges Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party have rigged three
elections since 2000 to remain in power N accusations firmly rejected by the

      In that time Zimbabwe has descended into a deep economic crisis, and
critics blame Mugabe's policies for food, fuel and foreign currency
shortages, massive unemployment and the world's highest inflation rate of
over 1 000 percent.

      On Friday, Tsvangirai said Mugabe - who complains of economic sabotage
by his opponents - had to address governance and rights issues at the centre
of the country's crisis.

      "We believe the latest initiative from the church, like previous
efforts by both local and international political players, shall lead us to
a cul-de-sac as long as Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF remain stuck in a state of
denial," he said.

      "A national consensus and a national vision shall remain elusive for
as long as the dictatorship defines, in its own terms, what constitutes
people's freedoms, people's choices and people's way of life," he added.

      Zimbabwean church leaders, including the influential Catholic Bishops'
Conference, announced that they would lead a countrywide dialogue in the
coming months on such issues as land, electoral and constitutional reforms,
human rights, national reconciliation and economic policies.

      In a bold challenge to Mugabe, the alliance is proposing the
establishment of an independent Land Commission to ensure fair distribution
of land, and a review of tough media and security laws that critics say are
being used to stifle the opposition.

      Mugabe told the church heads at the launch of their programme that he
was not convinced the country needed a new constitution, and people who
believed that Zimbabwe's independence constitution was imposed by Britain
were wrong.

      Critics say Mugabe - 82, and Zimbabwe's sole ruler since independence
from Britain in 1980 - has manipulated the national constitution to tighten
his grip on power in the face of severe the economic difficulties.

      Mugabe generally treats demands for radical reforms as part of a drive
by his opponents to oust him over his seizures and redistribution of
white-owned farms to black Zimbabweans.

      The combative Zimbabwean leader told the churches that issues such as
economic empowerment through land reforms, and the country's political
independence were "non-negotiable".

      On Friday, Tsvangirai said: "Given the humanitarian emergencies
confronting our nation, we urge the Church to press Mugabe and ZANU-PF to
open the door to all in order to save Zimbabwe."

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The Zimbabwe We Want

10 November 2006

The MDC national executive met at the weekend and considered the latest
initiative by the Zimbabwean churches to address the deepening national
crisis through a proposal to map out a national vision for the country.

Today, I met the Bishops and shared with them our views on some of the some
of the issues they raise in their document, The Zimbabwe We Want. We commend
the Bishops for their efforts. It is now common fare that the people of
Zimbabwe feel the negative impact of the crisis.

Families are torn apart as millions of young people have sought refuge in
the Diaspora; the vulnerable can barely breathe; millions are out work;
business is on its knees; and the middle class has long disappeared from our
social scene. Even the bishops can feel the pressure and are desperate for

The few Zimbabwean workers still at work are paid salaries and wages way
below the official sustenance level - their continued employment is a form
of slavery.

May I take this opportunity, fellow Zimbabweans, to record my appreciation
for the tireless efforts of our civil society partners and political
activists who have consistently confronted the Mugabe dictatorship against
such heavy odds? I wish to pay special tribute to my fellow colleagues in
the MDC who have remained steadfast in their fight for democracy, to the
labour leaders recently brutalised for their convictions and beliefs; to the
women who protest no food a decent education for their children; to our
youth who struggle daily because of the lack of jobs; to civic society who
has fought to find new ways tackle the issues we all face; and to the church
and the Christian Alliance for its leadership's determination to continue to
speak out for the voiceless.

All of these great Zimbabweans are heroes fighting for survival in a country
that showed a lot of promise at independence in 1980 but is now one of the
poorest and a near hermetic nations  on earth.  All of these people - every
one of them- fight every day for a new Zimbabwe. The work done by trade
unions, students, peasants and thousands of political and Constitutional
reform advocates to press Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF to see reason deserves
special mention.

Who would have believed in 1980 that in 2006, only 26 years after
Independence, Zimbabwe would have the highest inflation rate in the world?
Workers would earn a mere Z$10 000 when the poverty datum line is Z$140 000?
Who would have believed that 26 years after Independence the average life
expectancy of a man in Zimbabwe would be 37 and for a woman 34, the lowest
in the world in 2006?

The last advantage we have as a country is in the strength and resilience of
our people. That is why we will not fail at this critical time in our
history. It will take all of us working together to solve this crisis:
bishops, trade unions, civic society, the MDC and other political parties,
students and women.

But to save Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF have to address the known
roadblocks to a new society.  Although the crisis is clear to all, Mugabe
and Zanu PF are refusing to realize that they have a role to play, like all
Zimbabweans, and to end the current mess.  Our understanding of democracy
has always been rooted in our own reality and our sovereign status, but this
must not be exploited to evade our obligations to posterity.

This crisis shall remain with us unless Mugabe and Zanu PF shift their
mindset through a patriotic desire to save Zimbabwe from further

The social costs of the Zimbabwean crisis has claimed a many a life. Acts of
suppression and victimization have become visible throughout the country and
even beyond. I need not remind you of cases of selective food distribution
or even Operation Murambatsvina which invited the attention of the United
Nations last year.

We believe the latest initiative from the Church, like previous efforts by
both local and international political players to resolve the Zimbabwean
crisis, shall lead us to a cul-de-sac as long as Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF
remain stuck in a state of denial. The absence of a political will to attend
to our bleeding nation has become the single biggest obstacle to progress.

A national consensus and a national vision shall remain elusive for as long
as the dictatorship defines, in its own terms, what constitutes people's
freedoms, people's choices and a people's way of life.

We believe it is important for our nation to heal its wounds and re-build
for the future, recognising that what binds us is far greater than what
divides us, celebrating our diversity and differences as individuals and as
communities, and with a common resolve to institute safeguards to ensure
that never again will our dignity be undermined by any one person or
political party.

While the church effort is a well intentioned and a noble attempt to
reaffirm what the rest of the country has been aware of for the past 26
years, a speedy breakthrough to this national crisis hinges on the behaviour
of Mugabe and Zanu PF. The urgency of the matter cannot be over-emphasized.
We believe Mugabe and Zanu PF must embrace the reality and allow the nation
to express itself out of the crisis.

The crisis is essentially political; we need to work together and create an
enabling political environment for a national vision to be realized. We are
ready to make an unconditional contribution through open and principled
dialogue towards a new Zimbabwe in the national interest.

In our national executive meeting we noted that Zimbabwe needs a stable
political environment to allow for a new Constitution; open the way for a
free and fair election; and enable us to embark on a reconstruction agenda,
national healing and a stabilization programme.

We further noted that the framework for new vision for Zimbabwe and of
rights and responsibilities must be enshrined in a new Constitution and Bill
of Rights that is the result of a comprehensive process of social debate in
which all stakeholders and communities have a full and equal opportunity to
participate and have their say in the drafting a new founding document.

A new Zimbabwe must be anchored on the foundation of equality - in which our
country provides shelter and care for all women, men and children who live
there, with equal access to justice, to public goods and services, and to
economic opportunity and resources, and where no unlawful discrimination
shall be accepted.

We re-stated our desire for a Zimbabwe that cherishes good governance,
compassion, solidarity, peace, security and respect for women, men and
children. We reaffirmed our subscription to the principle of sustainable
development grounded in prosperity, quality of life and community stability.

Given the humanitarian emergencies confronting our nation, we urge the
Church to press Mugabe and Zanu PF to open the door to all in order to save

Zimbabwe. We owe it to our children to resolve the national crisis speedily
and to cast away our current pariah status in the eyes of the international

The people of Zimbabwe need food, jobs, medical drugs and a good education
system for their children. The people of Zimbabwe want to come back home and
re-unite with their families. The people of Zimbabwe want to live well, with
an affordable way of life. They want respect, at home and abroad. The people
demand a new Constitution: an environment that shapes the future and allows
for free and fair elections. The people of Zimbabwe want a respectable and
accountable government.

I look forward to working with all Zimbabweans to build a better life for
them and their families: to make Zimbabwe once again one of the richest
countries in the world, where every young person has a job, where every
child has plenty to eat, where every family can look to having their own
home, where every old person can have quality health care - working together
we can and will save Zimbabwe.

Morgan Tsvangirai

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Reserve Bank Policy Measures in October 2006

John Robertson has done a forecast of inflation and I thought you should see
it. It is interesting - confirm the IMF view that inflation will rise over
4000 per cent next year. However I found his view of the next few months

Eddie Cross
9th October 2006



Their Implications for Foreign Exchange Rates,

Interest Rates and Inflation


Zimbabwe’s prospects of seeing any economic improvements emerge from the latest Reserve Bank moves remain poor, mainly because the measures have again made no attempt to address the basic causes of Zimbabwe’s problems. These problems include the losses of production from most sectors, declining export earnings, the disappearance of investor confidence, the country’s vanishing job opportunities, its collapsing social services and public utilities, its declining tax base and its inability to provide for the welfare needs of its increasingly disadvantaged population.

The impacts of all of these have been worsened by obligations to import food as well as many other consumer goods for which Zimbabwe used to produce surpluses for export. Between them, these have caused shrinkages in gross domestic product every year for the past eight years.

This history is interesting. In the adjacent graph, these years are labelled Land Reform, as it was the forced closure of the commercial farming industry, accompanied by increasingly determined attacks on property rights, which inflicted most of the initial damage on the economy.

In its efforts to achieve some degree of success for its land reform plans, government was forced to hand out considerable sums in cash or in the form of farm inputs, the costs of which it could not support from tax revenues. Parastatal losses also increased and their borrowings had to be guaranteed by the state.

Government’s borrowing requirements increased sharply, but interest rates were not permitted to match the rising rate of inflation, so it was not long before the capital value of savings was being severely eroded by negative real rates of interest.

Initially, inflation was forced up by the flight of confidence that caused repeated collapses in the value of the Zimbabwe dollar, but deepening economic distortions and increasingly severe scarcities of essentials such as food and fuel were soon driving prices up to unprecedented levels.

These causes of Zimbabwe’s problems do not receive a mention in the two Reserve Bank statements issued during October. Indirectly, attention is drawn to many of the symptoms of the deeper malaise, such as investors’ inclination to choose the share market in preference to the money market in their efforts to avoid negative rates of return, and gold panners’ inclination to smuggle their gold to people who will pay them an acceptable price.

Attempts at self-preservation are described by the Reserve Bank as speculative and non-productive activities. This claim is used to justify the imposition of every possible disincentive and control on these activities.

Promises made to the business sector that management of the exchange rate would be put onto a better footing have not been kept. This was made when the long-delayed August devaluation moved the dollar to Z$250 for one US dollar, but three full months have now passed with no change to the rate despite a further 85% depreciation of the buying power of the dollar.

Government now appears to be persuaded that inflation is about to be brought under control and that the needs to further devalue will subside as the evidence of their successes become apparent. Their faith in their yet-to-be realised hopes come from the belief that they can recover control over inflows of foreign exchange from the Diaspora and re-assert their control over fuel prices.

Future fuel imports are supposed to be paid for with foreign exchange disbursed from the Energy Stabilisation Fund, which will capture 10% of all export revenues at the official exchange rate. US dollars costing Z$250 will make more feasible the controlled prices of Z$320 a litre for diesel and Z$335 a litre for petrol.

Other hopes stem from government’s belief that by intimidating business leaders, they will persuade them not to risk imposing unauthorised price increases, and that by quenching demand for shares on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, it will prevent the share prices from rising further, an issue that is considered important as some of these share prices had been used to set or influence the parallel market exchange rate.

However, as none of the measures will improve the inflows of foreign earnings and none of Zimbabwe’s foreign supporters has shown any wish to give, or even lend us any foreign exchange, its shortage on the market is certain to persist and it might well worsen. Inflows from the Diaspora are most likely to fall or suffer delays while the rate remains unattractive, so this will worsen the shortages.

These shortages are being further aggravated by the exchange rate rigidity that is making exports less profitable and causing further shrinkages of foreign earnings. Shortages therefore seem set to continue and to exert more pressures on consumer prices.

Fuel procurement costs will remain a leading indicator as these inevitably have an immediate impact on selling prices. Despite arranging nickel export – supported lines of credit with a French bank three months ago, no useful changes have become evident and the fuel importers who paid for their foreign exchange at parallel market rates clearly have no intention of releasing their fuel stocks at the controlled prices.

As this stand-off is overlapping the planting season for next year’s crops, it has become yet another of the lengthening list of reasons why very low hectarages and yields are a near-certainty for the 2007 harvests.  Food imports to make up for the crop failures and the resettlement farmers’ failure to farm at all will drain even more of the scarce foreign exchange out of the market.

As its scarcity deepens, the parallel market will become more robust and foreign currency will gain ground as one of the better investment options. And Zimbabwe’s recent history proves that the longer the exchange rate remains fixed, the larger becomes the parallel market premium over the official rate.  This is illustrated in the adjacent graph, which also shows that inflation was not held back by the lengthy periods of fixed exchange rates.

The fixed exchange rate will have to give way eventually, as it has done so often before, but the mind-set that is holding it fixed offers reasons to believe that the government has extravagant beliefs in the power of its own authority. This has also become evident in its dealings with the banks in demanding that significant percentages of their balance sheet values should be converted into cash and used to purchase bonds. With the further increase in demands from the banks today many banks will have had to allow more than 60% of their balance sheet assets to become tied up in government paper that will average rates of interest well below the inflation rate and mature only after five years.

While the exchange rate remains at Z$250 to one US dollar and the bulk of the country’s liquidity can be spent by government, its conduct will continue to generate other distortions, most of which will find their expression in the economy through rising rates of inflation. In the table, these are forecast to rise to more than 40% a month in the final quarter of 2006 and the first half of 2007, even though adjustments will be made to the official exchange rates during that period.

The basic thinking here is that the money being raised by government through the bond and other issues will be used largely to settle debt maturities and meet growing demands for subsidies for resettlement farmers and to support indebted parastatals in need of working capital. A large proportion of this will not be useful to the recipients until it is converted into foreign currency to pay for imported equipment, spares, food and fuel, so competition for limited supplies of foreign currency will increase its cost on the parallel market.

As before, the effective parallel exchange rate will remain the main driving force behind the inflation rate, but as this rate is a function of scarcity, the government’s attempts to bring the flow of foreign funds under its complete control will not overcome the problem as it will do nothing to increase foreign exchange supply.

As only an increase in supply will help, government’s efforts should be directed towards policies that will promote the production of more exports. However, as most of these would require investment inflows, which would require investor confidence, the emphasis should first be placed on plans designed to increase confidence in Zimbabwe’s future. 

If this were done well enough, Zimbabwe would also improve its chances of attracting loan capital, which would offer the fastest way to reduce the foreign exchange shortage. But confidence of that order could be built only by reversing many of the recent political policy decisions and, in particular, restoring property rights.

The forecasts of inflation and parallel market exchange rates reflect my feelings that achievements of this magnitude will remain beyond the scope of Zimbabwe’s leadership. To deal with the damage still being done to production and to Zimbabwe’s credibility, and to continue paying the public sector salaries needed to keep these employees from becoming too disaffected, government will continue throwing money at every problem.

The table illustrates the inflationary consequences, which now seem almost inevitable in a situation that has left the authorities without politically acceptable options, but still confident of their prospects of success.

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MDC Beitbridge

It was reported this morning that three MDC members in the Beitbridge
District have been evicted from a local irrigation project following their
decision to stand in the recent Rural District Council elections. This
follows a similar pattern of recriminations in the rest of the country where
candidates are being summoned to see their traditional leaders and are now
being denied access to inputs and opportunities because of their MDC

Anyone wishing to follow up this particular story can contact Madebvu on 091
323 470 in Beitbridge.

Eddie Cross
10th November 2006

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If you have low expectations it is difficult to be disappointed! So I guess
when the Heads of Denominations here produced their much-vaunted report on
the "The Zimbabwe we want" I had few illusions about the men who were
involved and scant expectation. After all, these are the same men (no women
involved at all) who bowed and scraped whenever they were in the presence of
the State President. These are the same people who said little about
Gukurahundi and who co-operated with the State in trying to hide what
actually went on during that shameful era. These are the same men who have
(in some cases) accepted the allocations of farms taken illegally from their
rightful owners by force. These are the same men who said nothing when
Murambatsvina was being implemented.

The Church has a lousy record when it comes to defending the poor and the
fundamental rights of mankind. It is not that the Bible does not speak into
these areas - it does and often in stark and powerful terms: -

"Many, many bodies flung everywhere. Silence! Hear this you who trample the
needy and do away with the poor of the land. Saying, when will the new moon
be over that we may sell grain and the Sabbath be ended that we may market
wheat, skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest
scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals,
selling even the sweepings with the wheat." Amos 8 vs. 3 - 6.

On the issue of justice, the Bible is one of the great examples of teaching
that this is not a negotiable right - it is a fundamental right, especially
for the poor and heaven help anyone who denies justice to the downtrodden!

But there is nothing new in respect to this stony silence by the Church on
issues of governance and justice in society. I well remember when I first
stood up for black rights in the early 60's having been given a baptism of
fire by a young Methodist who challenged me on the conditions under which
black Rhodesians were living. The reaction of the white, evangelical
community was to label me a Communist and to steer carefully around us when
we appeared in public. At the same time many of those same Christian leaders
did more than bow and scrape to the leaders of the Rhodesian Front - many
were active in their political programs. When I attempted to bring black
Rhodesians into the structures of our society I was asked if I was in favor
of miscegenation - I resigned from most of my Evangelical associations in

Now obviously there are many exceptions and the Church has, on occasion,
played a key role in the resolution of many singular human rights failures -
the abolition of slavery and the destruction of apartheid perhaps being
prime examples. But even in these cases, many Church leaders collaborated
with those who were guilty of gross human rights abuse. The rise of Hitler
and the Nazi Party happened under the noses of European Church leaders and
the record of the Lutherans was not very exemplary!

So now these Church leaders, who hitherto have been notable only for their
silence, have discovered that all is not well in the State and have set out
to try and conjure an agreement on a possible way out of the impasse we are
in. But my colleagues argue, at least they have woken up and have now
spoken - we may not be happy with all they have said, but overall what they
say is welcome and a useful addition to the pressure we have been trying to
bring on the Zimbabwe regime to talk to the rest of us about finding

Pius Ncube, the Catholic Bishop of this part of the country, is reported to
have said on an occasion when the prelates were presented to the State
President, that he was unable to stay in the same room as the President, let
alone share in the fawning attitude shown by his colleagues - after all, the
man they were meeting was guilty of the murder of thousands of his own

If the initiative of the Church were to produce some sort of action on the
part of Zanu PF and the President, we would all welcome their actions.
However, at best they have added their voices to those who have been
speaking out on national issues and at worst their report will be used by
Zanu PF to prevaricate on the issues that confront us all in our daily
lives. I see no sign that they are going to move one inch.

In recent days we have had Nathan Shamuyarira - one of our most senior
political figures with a PhD from Princeton saying that Zanu has nothing to
be ashamed of in respect to Gukurahundi, then Chombo - another senior
figure, saying that there was nothing untoward with Murambatsvina and that
they were preparing for another round of shack demolitions. Not to be
outdone, Mugabe himself has defended the actions of the police when they
beat MDC and ZCTU activists recently while in custody. And remember these
were not beatings like the one they gave me last year outside the Supreme
Court which left me with deep bruising on my back and arms, in this instance
they broke bones and two people required medical attention in South Africa
for head injuries.

The Minister of Information said in a clear statement that Zanu was not
about to negotiate itself into oblivion. To me this frank admission says it
all - they know very well that if they give one inch, they will start an
avalanche that will bury them all and sweep away every vestige of Zanu PF in
our society. So the stalemate continues and Zimbabwe burns. The monthly
inflation numbers should be out today - I have no idea  what they will
reveal but the chaos in fiscal and monetary policy continues.

To me the joke of the week however, was a plaintive cry from the IMF
representative in South Africa who complained that if only the Zimbabwe
government would follow their prescriptions, recovery would begin. I hope
Washington is not so naïve or ignorant.

The Rural District Council elections are over - we put up over 1000
candidates and got thumped in most areas. Zanu simply used the exercise to
confirm they control the process and the outcome. Our people were not
deceived - they simply stayed away and the total poll was under 5 per cent.
I am relieved we did not win many seats - what on earth would we do with
them? We cannot deliver any meaningful change or development until the whole
evil hierarchy of Zanu PF is put out to pasture. That will take a different
battleground and that is coming - not even Zanu PF can avoid that.

Eddie Cross
10th November 2005

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Assistance for "Enhancing food security through empowerment of schools" project in Zimbabwe

Source: Government of Japan

Date: 10 Nov 2006

1. On the 10th of November (Friday), the Government of Japan and the United
Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 1,389,333.51 US dollars
(approximately 156.9 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security
to a project entitled "Enhancing Food Security through Empowerment of
Schools" that will be implemented by the United Nations Children's Fund
(UNICEF) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
in the Republic of Zimbabwe.

2. Formerly a net exporter of food, Zimbabwe has received food aid since
2002 because of a combination of consecutive years of drought, the HIV/AIDS
epidemic and declining investments in basic social services including
agricultural education. This project aims at improving the quality of
education for 20,000 rural children in 50 schools through learning of
practical methods in agricultural skills, nutrition, health, hygiene
knowledge and life skills. The following activities will be implemented:

Training teachers, children and community volunteers on practical
agricultural skills;

Providing access to safe water supply and basic sanitation for the children;

Conducting community outreach activities such as teaching agricultural
skills to community members through parent-teacher associations;

Procurement of necessary tools and seeds.

3. This project is expected to enhance food security in Zimbabwe's
communities through the empowerment of schools.


The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations
Secretariat in March 1999 at the initiative of the Government of Japan.
Since then, total contributions have reached approximately 31.5 billion yen
(US$ 279.7 million). The Trust Fund has supported projects from more than
160 UN agencies, each one addressing various threats to human life,
livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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Zimbabwe board makes concessions on constitution

      Cricinfo staff

      November 10, 2006

      As expected, Zimbabwe Cricket has made amendment proposals to its
draft constitution after the country's Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC)
rejected the original. Of particular note is the clause relating to the
appointment of board directors which means that the chairmen of the
country's ten provincial boards will be brought together to compose an
electoral college.

      The electoral college will then appoint seven directors, according to
this week's Zimbabwe Standard newspaper. But a source said they would "not
necessarily" come from within the current set-up of Zimbabwe cricket. They
will further appoint a further six directors, but these will be from names
put forward by others from the provincial associations.

      These changes could well be approved by the SRC a meeting with ZC this
coming Wednesday.

      Sources have told Cricinfo that the seven provincial chairmen are to
be appointed to bring aboard individuals with an "acceptable track record
and cricket background", in line with demands from the international cricket

      ICC pressure has also been mounting on ZC to put up a board made up of
some of the country's known legible and experienced administrators after
criticism that those selected had al most no cricketing pedigree.

      The ICC executive, which met last week in Mumbai, said that "Zimbabwe
Cricket's board, when constituted, must be inclusive rather than exclusive."
The ICC also "noted the divisions created by in-fighting have clearly
contributed to disenchantment and disenfranchisement felt by players and

      © Cricinfo

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Zimbabwe State Media Urged To Burnish Image Of Mugabe Backer


By Jonga Kandemiiri
      10 November 2006

Reliable sources in Zimbabwe's state-controlled media say a spokesman for
the ruling party invited editors of the country's state media to a luncheon
Wednesday where he introduced British millionaire and ZANU-PF backer
Nicholas van Hoogstraten, then urged the senior journalists to ensure van
Hoogstraten got positive coverage.

ZANU-PF information chief Nathan Shamuyarira cited van Hoogstraten's
investments in Zimbabwe and said the country's people should thank him. But
this could only come about with the cooperation of the media, which he urged
to put a positive spin on coverage of the highly controversial Dutch-born
U.K. multimillionaire.

Van Hoogstraten served a four year jail term in Britain for ordering a
grenade attack on a former business associate who owed him money. The
businessman once described President Robert Mugabe as "100% decent and

Shamuyarira could not be reached for comment. Nor could van Hoogstrateen,
whose London office said it was not clear whether he was in Britain or

Political analyst Pedzisai Ruhanya told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's
Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that van Hoogstraten's past is so tainted that there
is little that the Zimbabwean state media can do to rehabilitate his

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Economic Skepticism On Zimbabwe's 99-Year Farm Leases


By Blessing Zulu
      10 November 2006

Zimbabwe started issuing 99-year leases to farmers on land seized in recent
years from white commercial farmers, but some economists warned that the
move might not produce the agricultural bonanza that the Harare government
is hoping for.

President Robert Mugabe approved a batch of 120 leases this week - but most
of the beneficiaries were officials with only 5 white farmers represented in
the program.

Mugabe conceded in a ceremony marking the issuance of the leases all is not
well in Zimbabwe agriculture, and he urged farmers to boost maize and wheat

Economist Eric Bloch noted that the mere issuance of the leases would not
change much so long as inputs such as fertilizer and fuel remain scarce.

Spokesman Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change faction led
by Morgan Tsvangirai dismissed the event as a "ZANU-PF Muppet show,"
redounding to the exclusive benefit of the ruling party hierarchy and its

Chief Economist Prosper Chitambara of the Labor and Economic Development
Research Institute told reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for
Zimbabwe that Harare must do more to restore Zimbabwe's role as Southern
African breadbasket, noting that Zimbabwean banks are not likely to rush to
make new farm loans.

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Zimbabwe Opposition Reports Reprisals Following Rural Elections


By Carole Gombakomba
      10 November 2006

Some members of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe's rural areas
say they are now facing retribution from the ruling party and local
officials because of their support for the opposition in just-ended rural
district council elections.

The ruling ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe took the lion's share of
council seats in the October 28 rural district elections. The opposition
posted minor gains.

Opposition sources said three members of the MDC faction led by Arthur
Mutambara were evicted from an irrigation scheme project in Beitbridge, in
the south of the country, after they sought ward seats in the district
council elections.

Matabeleland South spokesman Zinti Mhlanga of the Mutambara faction said
four of the winning members have been threatened and urged to join the
ruling party.

In Mashonaland West, a village leader said members of the MDC faction of
Morgan Tsvangirai have been evicted from a market place in Sanyati.

Mbichana village head Chikomborero Dhliwayo told reporter Carole Gombakomba
of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that people in two local wards were living in
fear in the wake of the ruling party's reassertion of control over their
rural areas.

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Harare Residents Alarmed At Impending 2,000% Increase In City Fees


By Patience Rusere
      10 November 2006

Faced with a 20-fold increase in Harare local rates for water and other
services, the Combined Harare Residents Association is mobilizing Harareans
for protests.

The Zimbabwe Independent weekly newspaper reported that local property taxes
and rates for water and sanitation are slated to rise by as much as 2,000%.

Residents association spokesman Precious Shumba said the budget was
submitted to Local Authority Minister Ignatius Chombo October 31 and should
be published soon.

Shumba said residents in Harare's Mbare and Glen Norah districts have
expressed a willingness to turn out for demonstrations. The association is
also considering legal action and a resident boycott or mass refusal to pay
increased rates.

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Harare impounds plane from Zambian tour operator

Zim Online

Saturday 11 November 2006

      BULAWAYO - The Zimbabwe government has impounded a four-seater plane
from a Zambian tour operator alleging the plane was stolen during the
transition to black rule 26 years ago.

      The plane, a Cessna 206, was impounded by Zimbabwean police after it
landed at Victoria Falls airport last Monday.

      Trevor Howard Lane, who runs a tour company in Zambia, was arrested in
Zimbabwe last month but was later released on Z$100 000 bail.
      Police spokesman in Matabeleland North province, Assistant Inspector
Andrew Zimbili, confirmed the seizure of the plane.

      "Police have impounded the plane a Cessna 206 aircraft belonging to
Trevor Howard Lane as part of our investigations and we will decide on the
next course of action soon," Zimbili said.

      The Harare authorities allege that Lane took advantage of the chaos
during the transition phase from white settler rule to independence in 1980
to seize the aircraft for his own use.

      The Harare authorities say the missing plane was discovered during
routine investigations into missing government property.

      But observers question why it took the government 26 years to raise
the issue with the tour operator. - ZimOnline

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JAG Important Notice of Meeting Update Communique 10 November 2006

JAG Hotlines:
+263 (011) 610 073 if you are in trouble or need advice.  Please don't
hesitate to contact us - we're here to help!
+263 (04) 799 410 Office Lines



The JAG Membership Association (JAGMA) and the JAG Trust have timeously
announced the holding of their joint AGM's on Tuesday, 14 November 2006 at
Northside Community Church Hall, Borrowdale.  Proceedings are to commence at
2.00pm sharp.

The Jag Team and office staff which encompass both organisations and their
respective committees are on call for the farming community virtually 365
days of the year - 24 hours a day - addressing a wide range of conflict
problems and often, distress scenarios.  It is essential that the JAG
Membership Association meet at least once a year with the farming members,
not only with a view to updating members on progress and to review
initiatives over the past year - but also to receive valuable, essential
feedback and ideas for both organisations, in terms of plotting a way
forward for the coming year, on a number of critical fronts.

In light of the above, we hope you agree that three hours of members'
valuable time, once a year, is very little to ask.  The JAG Trust and JAGMA
strongly urge all members, regardless of subscription status (paid up or
otherwise), to attend this important meeting.  The invitation is also
extended to all commercial non-member farmers, both in situ or displaced,
who - although very welcome to participate in debate and questions from the
floor - will be unable to exercise any voting rights.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

The JAG Team.


Justice for Agriculture Trust & Justice for Agriculture Members' Association


1.   The JAGMA Chairman's Welcoming Address and Report. (Mr Dennis Pascall)

2.   The JAG Trust CEO's Report.  (Mr John Worsley-Worswick)

3.   Presentation of Proposed changes to the JAG Notarial Deed of Trust and
the JAGMA Constitution.
      (Justice George Smith (Retired)).

4.   Presentation of the Adopted JAGMA 2005 audited Books of Account.
      of the JAG Trust's Audited Books of Account for 2004 and 2005.  (Mr
Alistair Forbes, FCIS-PAAB)

5.   Commercial Agriculture Reconstruction Challenges Initiative.  (Mr John
Robertson, Economist)

Tea Break

6.         Present Legal Position on Land Acquisition.  (Mr David Drury, Snr
Partner, Gollop & Blank)

7.         Stress and Trauma Counselling.  (Mr Ben Gilpin)

8.         Wildlife Report.  (Mr Johnny Rodrigues)

9.         Orphans and Old People Support.  (Mr Dennis Pascall)

10.       Any Other Business.

11.       Chairman's Closing Address.
             (Mr Dennis Pascall)




1)        Adoption of the 2004 and 2005 Audited Books of Account.
2)        Adoption of the Proposed Changes to the JAG Notarial Deed of
3)        Any Other Business.

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JAG Job Opportunities 09 November 2006

Please send any job opportunities for publication in this newsletter to: JAG
Job Opportunities; or



Secretary in tourism/hunting needed. Word, Email and common sense required.
Is a very interesting and can be very entertaining too. Salary negotiable.
Ad inserted 12 October 2006


We are seeking 'Foreign Teachers' to teach English in Seoul S. Korea. We
offer 12-month contracts with good salary and conditions of employment.
Please send your CV if you can fulfill ALL the criterion listed below.

Brief description.
Ten years ago (1996) Dr. Jeong established a private tuition college in
Seoul, South Korea. The college provides extra tuition in all subjects to
Korean school students..most of whom are of primary school and early high
school age. The majority of the staff are Korean teachers. However, ALL the
English teachers are recruited from outside Korea. In order to be eligible
for an E-2 teaching visa.. The Korean government stipulates that the
following two requirements are met:
1) The teacher speaks English as a first language. i.e. 'grew up in a home
where English was spoken.' This applies irrespective of their country of
origin. For example we get many applications from Australians who are of
Asian descent. Unfortunately, we are unable to employ them despite most
applicants having outstanding qualifications.
2) The teacher has a university degree. The degree MUST have been completed
in English. However, a teaching degree is not required, nor is teaching
experience. although clearly this is an advantage.

Ideally, the applicant has completed a recognized TESOL course. However,
this requirement is not mandatory.

Send applications of interest to


Ad inserted 12 October 2006

Situation Vacant

Balance Sheet Bookeeper - Either half or full day (what is important is to
get the job done!), Borrowdale surburban, friendly (if not 'flash'!)
environment. Immediate or ASAP start. Phone Rob on 011 604 136 or email


Ad inserted 12 October 2006

Accountant wanted

Blackfordby College of Agriculture is looking for a suitably qualified
accountant to fill the position of Bursar.  The job: To run the accounts
section of the college and farm from a-z, the preparation of college and
farm budgets and cash flows and to provide monthly management reports for
Board meetings.  Knowledge of agriculture may be an added advantage.  Only
applicants with solid accounting experience and those fluent with PASTEL and
EXCEL will be considered.   The package includes company car, medical aid,
competitive salary, with house free water free lights and other benefits.
The successful applicant will reside at the college about 70km from Harare
in the Mazowe / Concession area.  The job of assistant matron may be offered
to the wife of the successful applicant.  Phone for interview appointment.
Details of CV to be sent to The Principal.  P O Box EH197 Emerald Hill,
Harare, Zimbabwe. Phone; 075-2532 / 2533, Fax 075-2539, e-mail


Ad inserted 12 October 2006


Position open in Pemba, Mozambique, for a manager for a large hunting
operation.  Responsible for all aspects of the operation: permits, trophies,
camps, equipment, stocks, etc.  Previuos hunting experience not required but
proof of managerial ability essential. Good terms and conditions available.
Reply to with CV


Ad inserted 19 October 2006

Vacancy: Farm Manager, Lusaka Zambia

A vacancy is available for a dynamic farm manager just outside Lusaka
The ideal candidate would be:-a single, Black- Fordby Graduate or similarly
educated type of person.
The farm produces: - tobacco, maize, wheat and cattle.

Attractive salary, normal farm perks and production-based bonus will be

For further information, Phone 00 260 1213633 (evenings) or 00 260 96748249.
or 04 443017.


Ad inserted 19 October 2006

General Manager

Vacancy as a General Manager will arise at the end of November 2006.  The
position is within the textile industry and a more mature person from either
gender is being sought.  The ideal person must have a working knowledge of
sewing (the present incumbent is male) or have immediate access to a backup
who can advise on the more technical aspects of sewing and knitting and be
prepared to work in an all-female environment.
The candidate will be expected to be not only General Manager but bookkeeper
to trial balance, be computer literate in Excel, Word and email.  Experience
in export procedures would be an added advantage.  This position will be
suitable to people living in the Mount Pleasant, Borrowdale, Gun Hill,
Newland, Greendale, Eastlea areas of Harare.

Please forward your application and CV to  for to P O Box
BW1510 Borrowdale.  Remuneration package will be discussed at the interview.


Ad inserted 19 October 2006


Our wonderful bookkeeper/secretary is leaving for South Africa and we need
to try and replace her.  Mornings-only in a small but chaotic office in
Hillside, Bulawayo - for a wildlife and ostrich ranch.  Mostly bookkeeping
(to trial balance plus company tax, VAT returns, salaries and PAYE), trophy
export documentation and some secretarial (emails and letters).
Meticulousness, common sense and a good sense of humour all essential.  To
start in December (end-November for handover if possible).

Please email in the first place to with contact
details and previous experience.


Ad inserted 19 October 20006

Childminder Wanted

Mature maid wanted to look after children, cook all meals, clean house, all
basic domestic chores.
Must have experience and traceable references.

Accommodation and competitive wage offered. Emerald Hill area.

Call Mrs. Revolta 339733 or email


Ad inserted 19 October 2006


Vacancy exists for husband/wife couple to assist in running rural superette.
All benefits: i.e., vehicle, house, medical aid.

Please submit CV's to  Phone for reply to 011 408 986.


Ad inserted 19 October 2006

Consultants Wanted

Consultants wanted for a 40 day project in Zimbabwe. Anyone interested
should contact  A good knowledge of Zimbabwe's sugar
industry and farming conditions in the low veldt would be extremely useful.

 1.  Rural Development Sociologist

The person must have a thorough understanding of Zimbabwean rural society
and social and economic characteristics of Zimbabwe in general. Experience
with gender, environmental, social, economic and poverty issues is
essential. The person must have at least 5 years experience in the
formulation and evaluation of development programmes.

2.  Agronomist

Ideally the person must have a post-graduate degree in agronomy. The person
must have at least 10 years of experience with the Zimbabwean sugar sector,
and substantial experience in irrigated agriculture in general.

Overall, the proposed team must have a thorough knowledge of business skills
 for full understanding of the larger players in the Zimbabwean sugar
sector, as well as development skills to assess issues related to the
smallholder sugarcane growers.


Ad inserted 26 October 2006


A plastics packaging manufacturing company situated in Msasa is looking for
suitable applicants to fill the position of Finance Manager.


-          -          Managing and guiding the day to day activities of the
accounting department.
-          -          Managing relationships with the company's bankers
-          -          Sourcing of finance & investment of excess funds
-          -          Forecasting, compiling and reporting financial
performance to stakeholders as required.
-          -          Managing and development of company information
-          -          Dealing with the tax authorities as need arises.
Qualifications & Experience:

-          -          An appropriate degree in accounting or professional
qualification (CIS/CIMA/ACCA)
-          -          Experience in a manufacturing environment,
-          -          Experience in the use of computerized accounting
software an added advantage.

Competitive package including Company Vehicle.

Applications for the above post accompanied by a detailed CV should be
forwarded, before 10 November 2006, by candidates directly to:        The
Operations Director, via e-mail to


Ad inserted 09 November 2006

Temporary position from the 27 November 2006 to 15 December 2006.  Locality
Mt. Pleasant.  Position is to fill in for General Manager who is going to be
away from the 3 December until the New Year. Basically it will be to oversea
the operations in conjunction with the Factory Supervisor and send off the
shipment on the 15 December 2006.  The operation is textile based.  The
ideal person needs to have a good working knowledge of knitting and sowing
as well as good administration skills.  Must be computer literate in Word,
Excell and E-Mail. Forward C.V. to soonest.


Employment Sought


Ad inserted 19 October 2006

Bookkeeper / Administrator

I am a 23 year old lady that currently works & resides in Harare.  I will be
relocating to Gweru in December and I am looking for a placement in the
above position or similar.  I am capable of performing the following

- Cashbook (manual & computerised)
- Petty Cash payments and analysis
- Bank Reconciliation's
- Debtors Invoicing, Statements & Debt collections
- Creditors Analysis, Reconciliation's and payments
- Budgets and Cash flows
- Journals and Ledgers
- Monthly Income Statements
- Draft Year End Financial Statements & Income Tax       Computations

- Salaries and wages administration
- Capital Gains Tax Calculations and reconciliation's
- VAT Calculations and payments
- PAYE Calculations, payments and reconciliation's
- NSSA payments and administration
- NEC payments and returns
- ZIMDEF payment and returns
- Medical Aid administration

- Company Secretarial work (statutory returns) such as forms CR14, CR6, CR2,
Annual Returns, Company formation and registration procedures.
- Functions of moderate Personnel Management

Computer Literacy:
- Pastel Versions 5 - 8
- QuickBooks (moderate knowledge)
- Belina Payroll
- Microsoft Office

For a detailed Curriculum Vitae please contact: P. Russell - 011 646 268 or
756 841 or 756 850.


Ad inserted 09 November 2006

Situation offered

Houseworker required.  Must be mature, clean, honest and hardworking.
Cooking would be an advantage but not a prerequisite.  A good salary is
offered along with excellent accommodation  to the right person.  Please
phone 04-301467 , cell 011 614 233 or email to:

Many thanks
Keow Norman
61 Pendennis Road
Mt Pleasant


Employment Sought


Ad inserted 28 September 2006

Workshop, parts manager and motor mechanic looking for employment.  Please
contact me on 091 772 473 or 011 732 084


Ad inserted 09 November 2006

Accounting Done from Home

Finding full time accounting staff too expensive, but need your accounts
kept up to date on a monthly  or weekly basis?

I am prepared to do books on a weekly or monthly basis. Documents handed in
to me on a Friday, will be updated and returned on the Monday. Accounts are
done in Pastel 5.2.

Rates depend on the amount of entries and time taken.


Ad inserted 09 November 2006

Bookkeeping done at home

Anyone looking for someone to do their books on a monthly bases on Pastel.
Monthly Balance Sheets, Profit and Loss produced.

Please contact or phone cell 011 400 754


Ad inserted 09 November 2006-11-09

Please find attached a copy of my CV for your perusal and reference.

At present I am still resident in South Africa but have plans to move due to
personal reasons, and it is to this end that I write you.
I would be most grateful if you would keep my details etc. on your system.
In the event that any suitable positions become available I am immediately
available for an interview or employment.
Please note that any positions in either Zimbabwe or Zambia would be gladly

Donald R Bennett.

+27 76 7444960 or +27 11 6092379.

For the latest listings of accommodation available for farmers, contact (updated 9 November 2006)

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