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Source: Sunday Mail - London
Posted on 11/25/01 12:56 AM Pacific by cmvc3

Zimbabwe Whites Finished - Nation 'Like One Big Departure Lounge'
The Sunday Mail - London 11-25-1
HARARE - We marked Heroes and Ancestors Day - or Gooks and Spooks, as we prefer to call it - in Harare yesterday. The city was a place of eerie calm but in the bush all hell was breaking loose, with women, children and old folk being evacuated hourly by light aircraft.

There is a 'fin de' everything, atmosphere among white people now, a sad, bitter resignation to the fact that our world is crumbling around us. It,s like going through a bereavement for the beloved country many of our families came to from England 100 years ago. It's an agonising process: anger, denial, bargaining - then maybe death.

The entire generation of whites know they are not wanted and have left or are leaving. The older generation is still desperate to live out what remains of their lives in what is left of British colonial style.

I saw a prosperous looking elderly couple in the supermarket last week looking at the prices of pet food. The woman said: "I don't think we can afford to keep the dogs anymore." They are lucky. Upcountry other pensioners have resorted to cooking with dog food - they cannot afford proper meat. Their fixed pensions have been almost wiped out over the past two years by an inflation rate which must be well over 150 per cent. With their children and grandchildren going or gone, many have been reduced to a kind of genteel poverty, trading in their beautiful old homes to huddle together in old age compounds.

The elderly are not the only vulnerable ones. A few days ago I saw a pretty white girl of about 17 touting for business at a flea pit hotel north of the city centre, in a mini skirt despite the cold winter wind. In a country where one in four people is thought to have AIDS, you have to be really desperate to become a prostitute.

There's simply no money here and certainly no security, not even in death.

Suburban street signs have been removed wholesale - we think they are being melted down and made into coffin handles. Graves have been opened, corpses dumped in the bush and coffins taken for resale, spruced up with aluminium from the signs. The other day I was trapped in a huge traffic jam - a rush of middle class black people applying for white land at the Ministry of Agriculture. Spectacles like that make even the bitter-enders talk about quitting.

The government's 'indigenisation' policy makes it more and more difficult for us to be employed instead of the millions of jobless black Zimbabweans. And without a very good job you can't afford a ticket to get out. There used to be a joke that if whites and middle-class blacks waited too long they would have to sell their plush mansions just to pay for the air fare to London. That joke is rapidly coming true as the value of the Zimbabwe dollar depreciates weekly. It's expected to reach 500 Zim dollars to the pound within a month, yet when the current government took over 21 years ago, one Zim dollar was worth £1.

The country feels like one big departure lounge in which we carry on our day to day activities while waiting for our flight. You go to the café but you only talk about who's gone, who's going and then you see someone you used to take coffee with who,s now sleeping on the pavement.

A chronically optimistic farmer friend told me recently he had always thought the rest of Africa could learn from Zimbabwe, but last week he changed his mind. "I was so naïve," he said. "to think that 50,000 whites could really make a difference and hold out against the tidal wave of chaos that is engulfing the rest of this continent." An opposition party supporter, he revealed that what really depressed him was the seeming indifference of most black Zimbabweans to what was happening to the whites.

Mobs of veterans - the catch-all name for Mugabe thugs - and party supporters have been surrounding farms, building road blocks and forcing farmers to flee in what is seen as the start of campaigning for the presidential election next year.

As I flew over the bush I watched crowds of people looting from the abandoned farmhouses, taking away white families possessions on their heads, donkey carts and on 'liberated' farm vehicles, some of which they immediately crashed.

At one farm in the Doma area I saw looters load bags of fertiliser from a smashed open warehouse on to a donkey cart. At another I saw beds, tables, cupboards and other bits of furniture scattered over the lawn and thrown into the swimming pool. I spotted caches of stolen goods in the bush around the farms. One farmer told me many workers had been forced at gunpoint to plunder their employers property but some loyal ones were hiding valuable stuff such as computers so they could return it later when law and order was restored. The farmer said that if that happened he would never miss another church service again.

Despite all this, Jack Straw, the UK'S new Foreign Secretary, has done nothing to help whites in what was for so many years a British colony, and in which so many of the white tribe still hold British passports.

The slaughter and robbery might seem random but it is not. There is a brutal logic at work. The government knows if it can drive the whites out of Zimbabwe, the rest of the world, and particularly the Western media, will lose interest and then it will be able to deal with its political opposition in no uncertain terms.

If that happens, there will be a descent into poverty and terror from which Zimbabwe, a once civilised and sophisticated nation, may never emerge.

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From 10 Downing Street Newsroom

Zimbabwe: Statement by the Foreign Secretary
[26 November 2001]

The Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has made a statement regarding reports of
comments, made by a Zimbabwean government spokesman, on foreign and local

The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw made the following statement:

'I am profoundly concerned by reports of comments made by the Zimbabwean
government spokesman in which he implied that foreign and local journalists
were assisting terrorists. This is in clear breach of the Abuja Agreement
which explicitly referred to Zimbabwe's commitment to the freedom of
expression, and goes against principles set out in the Harare Commonwealth

'The British High Commission in Harare is making urgent representations to
the government of Zimbabwe to seek assurances that independent journalists
will continue to be able to report freely and without sanction. I will also
be speaking to my EU & Commonwealth colleagues to consider how else we
should respond. There are Foreign Office questions in the House of Commons
this Tuesday (27 November) when I shall be making a statement on the
situation in Zimbabwe.'
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There needs to be a Revival and desire in our lives in believing and following the word of Jesus Christ as our  Lord and Saviour. We need to now more than ever before give praise to God for who he is and what he has done. We need to ask God for forgiveness and confess with our mouths. We ask you to join us in thanksgiving for the health and freedoms we have today. Paul says, '' If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (2 Cor 5:17). That means you are forgiven, redeemed, and perfect in the eyes of God. 
We ask you to join us in Prayer for Zimbabwe, for healing, for understanding, for tolerance, for respect for one another, for freedom and a revival so we may come together as one in the body of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.  We prayer Christians shall join us as Zimbabwean's cry out in their darkest hours of need. We invite ALL to Pray on the day where we will worship and know we can only turn to One awesome and mighty God to deliver us. We Call upon all Churches and governments throughout the world who have remained silent to finally stand up and speak out against the Zimbabwean the exploitation, injustice towards, and oppression of the poor, weak, defenceless, and innocent.
Human Rights Day is on Monday 10th December.  
God Bless and God willing, we pray you will join us.
Albert Weidemann
1 Ambrose Road
North Yorkshire
Tel: 01765 607 900
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In colonial times, the oppressor was of a different complexion.  Today what has changed is the complexion of the oppressor, and sadly the oppressor's complexion is the same as the complexion of the oppressed.

Violence is a threat to our nation's peace and we unreservedly condemn it.  We owe it to future generations to stop it.  We owe it to ourselves.  Let us say no to violence by voting Zanu PF out.

All Zimbabweans over the age of 18 have a right to vote.  The state has no business creating conditions and passing laws which they know violate our rights.  When people decide to be free, nothing-absolutely nothing-can stop them.  We want a president elected freely by Zimbabweans and this should not come about through bloodshed.

When you see a government which claims to be a people's government deploying police with guns and rubber truncheons to stop people from delivering a petition to Parliament, then that government has lost its legitimacy.

Zanu PF has tried to divide us and failed.  They dream up charges in the middle of the night and then wake up to charge us with all sorts of crimes.  Their consciences bother them because they know that their time is up.  They think they can silence the voice of justice that way.

The Police, CIO and state agents arrest our members in the dead of the night to torture them, but that too has not broken us.  Eighty of our members have died because of state sponsored violence.  Thousands have been tortured and many more thousands have fled their homes.  Let us weep at all that has happened but let us not allow hatred to consume us. 

The power of darkness, of evil and of destruction have taken their toll.  But this is not the end.  Together we will complete the change that we started in June 2000 Parliamentary Elections.  Let us not be filled with bitterness and despair.  They say the darkest hour is just before dawn.  Let us be patient and support each other because freedom is coming.

Freedom is surely coming.  It is almost here and we are about to touch it.  Just make sure you have registered to vote.  Inspect the voters roll to make sure that your name, ID number and address are correct.  To inspect the voters roll, take your ID or passport and proof of residence.

You have the power through your vote to bring about a better life for your children.  Your vote has the power to create jobs and a new future for Zimbabwe.

We want peace, prosperity and justice.  We can have it if we work together.  The MDC wants a better life for all Zimbabweans.  Every vote counts!

Contact us:
Address:  Box A1728, Harare
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ZIMBABWE: ''Terrorist'' journalists vow to continue

JOHANNESBURG, 26 November (IRIN) - Zimbabwe correspondents working for foreign newspapers told IRIN on Monday they would continue to report on events in their country despite being accused by the government of assisting "terrorists".

"I take great exception to being called a terrorist, I'll carry on reporting the truth," said Basildon Peta, who files for Britain's Independent and South Africa's Star. "I'm now getting death threats on a daily basis, today I found a box of live ammunition on my doorstep," he added.

A government representative said on Friday that correspondents for Britain's Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, and The Independent newspapers distorted the truth and assisted terrorists through their reports.

The state-run Herald newspaper quoted an unnamed government representative as saying that South Africa's Star, The Zimbabwe Independent and The Associated Press (AP) news agency were also guilty. South-African based human rights activist, Richard Carver was also named by the government.

The journalists had all reported on attacks on opposition activists by government supporters. An unnamed presidential spokesman said their reports were "demonising Zimbabwe, its government and people".

Peta Thornycroft, Daily Telegraph correspondent in Zimbabwe, told IRIN that such accusations were the sign of a desperate regime. "It's a hell of a serious thing, because we don't know how the new public order security act will deal with 'terrorists'," she said.

The new law, that is being fast-tracked through Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF-dominated parliament will punish acts of "insurgency, banditry, sabotage, terrorism, treason and subversion" with life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Thornycroft added that despite the current dangers, foreign journalists were much more fortunate than their local counterparts. "They have nowhere to run to and there's less international interest in their plight."

Zimbabwe's independent press has been under siege for most of this year. The printing press of the privately-run Daily News newspaper was bombed in January in what the opposition say is an attempt to silence critics ahead of next year's presidential poll.

Last week, two journalists from the Daily News were arrested while reporting on the killing of prominent Bulawayo war veteran Cain Nkala. The newspaper's editor and owner were also recently arrested on fraud charges but later released. Three foreign correspondents have already been expelled from Zimbabwe this year. The BBC was banned from the country in July.

"The government is just shooting itself in the foot, by banning us and muzzling us they pass up the opportunity to put their side of the story to the world," one foreign journalist who now has to report on Zimbabwe by going undercover as a tourist, told IRIN.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the High Commission had lodged an official complaint over the "terrorist" slur.
"This is in clear breach of the Abuja agreement which specifically referred to Zimbabwe's commitment to the freedom of expression," he said, referring to September's deal signed in the Nigerian capital.

A former foreign correspondent operating in Zimbabwe told IRIN that reporting from the Southern African country had become increasingly dangerous. "I was assaulted in a police station by government supporters while the police looked on. There is absolutely no security there for journalists," the journalist said.

Foreign journalists trying to cover the crisis in Zimbabwe have been frustrated by a new state ruling that means reporters have to apply a month in advance for accreditation. "Even when we follow the new guidelines our applications are just turned down," a Johannesburg-based Scandinavian television journalist told IRIN.

The Windhoek-based Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) said labelling journalists as terrorists was both unfounded and unfair, and would create an environment in which war veterans and other government supporters could feel free to harass and beat journalists.

Other correspondents approached by IRIN expressed frustration and fear when asked how they planned to cover the upcoming presidential election.

"At the moment all we can do is report clandestinely, but that will get more dangerous as election time approaches. Killing a foreign journalist as an example is something we all think is a possibility," said a British broadsheet reporter from Johannesburg.

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Delay looms for Harare election
Riot police on patrol outside parliament
Mugabe appears increasingly intolerant of criticism
Next month's local elections in the capital, Harare, which could have given the opposition a major boost ahead of presidential polls next year, have been thrown into doubt.

Zimbabwe's Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku convened a special hearing on Sunday to hear arguments from government officials saying they do not have enough time to organise the vote because of preparations for next year's presidential elections.

Lawyers for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) say Justice Chidyausiku - who was recently appointed by President Robert Mugabe - may have already decided in favour of the government.

Critics say the government has deliberately held up polls in Harare and other urban areas where the opposition MDC made a strong showing during last year's parliamentary elections.

Farmer shot

Meanwhile, a white farmer is reported to be in critical condition after being been shot by assailants on his farm in the Macheke area, about 80 km southeast of Harare on Sunday evening.

The funeral of war veteran, Cain Nkala
Renewed violence has increased political tensions

A spokeswoman for the Commercial Farmers' Union (CFU) said Alan Bradley had been ambushed and then transferred to a hospital in Harare.

She did not say whether self-styled war veterans were to blame.

Many farm workers and white farmers have been injured, and some killed in an often violent campaign of invasions of white-owned farms in the past 18 months.


Zimbabwe could be moving closer towards some form of sanctions following a warning from the the British Foreign Office not to harass foreign correspondents based in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwean voters
Elections might not be recognised

A presidential spokesman was quoted in the government newspaper as calling six journalists "terrorists" after they reported on last week's political violence in Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo.

Also on Saturday, The Herald quoted President Robert Mugabe as rejecting calls from a visiting European Union delegation to monitor next year's presidential elections.

The EU has threatened to impose sanctions against Harare if it is not allowed to monitor next year's elections, in which Mr Mugabe will face his strongest-ever challenge from the MDC's Morgan Tsvangirai.

EU officials earlier said that relations were "critical".

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CFU warns of massive agricultural disinvestment

11/26/01 8:56:22 AM (GMT +2)

By Takaitei Bote Farming Editor

THE latest government decision to reduce the sizes of agro-industry
plantations and conservancies is an economic set-back because it will result
in massive disinvestment from Zimbabwe by owners of the affected properties,
the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU), has warned.

On the other hand, the Indigenous Commercial Farmers Union (ICFU), has
welcomed the move.

Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Minister Joseph Made announced
this week that through an Statutory Instrument 288 of 2000, every property
that was not gazetted for compulsory acquisition would be sub-divided to
comply with the maximum size regulations.

The farm size limits would range between 250 and 2 000 hectares, depending
on the type of land.

This effectively means that agro-industry properties, plantations and
conservancies would be reduced to a maximum size of 2000 ha.

Estates such as Mazoe Citrus, Hippo Valley and Triangle Estates, which
employ thousands of workers, would have to be downsized.

CFU president, Colin Cloete said: "However, the implementation of the
regulations over the agro-forestry properties of the Eastern Highlands, the
agro-industrial sugar producers of the Lowveld and the large conservancies
of the drier regions, is clearly impossible without resulting in massive
disinvestment from Zimbabwe."

Cloete said the move to reduce the sizes of agro-industrial properties flies
in the face of bilateral agreements on protection of property rights of
foreign nationals, especially those with Zimbabwe Investment Centre approval
and Export Processing Zone status.

Most large agro-industrial investments in Zimbabwe, for example, Border
Timbers forestry projects are protected by foreign investments and,
therefore, should not be compulsorily acquired.

Border Timbers is protected by the Germany-Zimbabwe Investment Protection
Agreement for the government of Zimbabwe signed in 1995.

Meanwhile, Cloete said the new government directive to reduce plantation
sizes was confusing as some of the plantations were listed already despite
objections being lodged several times.

Last month, Border Timbers accused the government for failing to honour the
Abuja Agreement as its properties measuring about 30 000 hectares, were
listed despite being forestry farms.

The company sought protection from the Germany investors, but to date the
properties were still listed.

Last week, the government listed two properties where Interfresh Limited's
multi-billion dollar Mazoe Citrus Estates is situated.

Cloete said: "Once again, the Instrument has caused confusion and dismay in
farming circles and requires clarification. The minister also states that
the army and service ministries will be called in to speed up the programme,
so that the beneficiaries, presumably of these sub-divisions, can benefit
from the current season (which is already underway).

"The minister, however, does not indicate how this land is to be
redistributed, nor whether the government of Zimbabwe is to buy all this
land and, if so, with what resources it is to do so."

Cloete said although the government had accepted in principle land offered
by farmers, it seemed was not interested.

"If more land is so desperately needed for the resettlement programme, why
has the minister not taken up the offer of one million hectares under the
Zimbabwe Joint Resettlement Initiative, currently on the table (since May of
2001) while accusing the farmers of delaying and attempting to derail the
resettlement programme," he said.

ICFU president, Thomas Nherera said the reduction in farm sizes would result
in the efficient use of land while those who did not have land would access
more land.
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MDC must now consider boycott as an option

11/26/01 8:01:37 AM (GMT +2)

When the true history of this country is finally written, President Robert
Mugabe's megalomanical disposition will be cited as having been the biggest
stumbling block in efforts by the rest of the world to rescue this country
from its present quagmire, the worst crisis of governance since the war of

It will certainly also be recorded that he was the sole architect of the
crisis when, scared stiff by the idea of losing power, he enlisted the
services of opportunists and the failed never-do-wells among former
guerrillas of the war of independence to deny the people of this country
their right to freely choose who will govern them from next year onwards.

It is that fear of losing power which is behind all the irrational moves the
government has been taking to make sure that, if he does not win next year's
presidential election, no one else will.

Apart from the on-going State-sponsored terrorism, which is indirectly aimed
at destroying opposition support in rural areas, the disenfranchisement of
virtually hundreds of thousands of potential voters living in the diaspora
as economic refugees, through the yet-to-be-effected amendment to the
Electoral Act, was the first direct move in that blatantly undemocratic

Since then, against all dictates of reason and plain common sense, the
government has feverishly embarked on a do-or-die course that is not too
different if not, in fact, more carelessly self-serving than the late Piet
van der Byle's scorched-earth policy advice to Ian Smith in the final days
of the Rhodesian Front government.

Long before the proposed amendments to the Constitution, the National
Constitutional Assembly had given notice that it would not sanction any
election held under the prevailing conditions as provided for by the
lamentably flawed Electoral Act. But, in a move that proved beyond any
reasonable doubt that those who say the government is completely out of
touch with the mood of the nation are right, the government went on to do
worse things.

Hollow denials aside, the forced confessions by people set up to make it
appear that the MDC was behind the abduction and brutal murder of war
veterans leader Cain Nkala - as reported in The Daily News today – are
irrefutable evidence that Nkala's death was a carefully planned thing meant
to achieve three things.

First and foremost, it was the only way of silencing him permanently for
purposes of preventing him from naming the big fish in Zanu PF who were
behind the kidnapping and presumed murder of Patrick Nabanyama. It may
appear redundant, but it is absolutely vital to reiterate that Nkala had
made no secret his intention to name names in his scheduled court appearance
set for the day following his abduction.

Secondly, conditions simply had to be created for it to be impossible to pin
Nabanyama's disappearance on Zanu PF as a political party or on the CIO
which, it is strongly believed, carried out the outrage on behalf of the
ruling party.

Thirdly, good reasons had to be found to, as President Mugabe put it,
"crush" the MDC, his one and only stumbling block to remaining in power up
to the day he himself chooses to quit, or for life, as his sycophants have
been conditioned to fool him into believing.

But the truth which the MDC and its president Morgan Tsvangirai must be told
is that, under the present electoral conditions, as set out by the
government, the chances of anyone other than Mugabe winning are virtually

It is, therefore, important that, cognisant of his earlier position that
boycotting the poll is not yet an option for the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai
revises that stand. Boycotting the poll must now be a mandatory option
unless minimal conditions, as spelt out by both the NCA and the European
Union, are met.
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Nkala murder suspects tortured to admit crimes

11/26/01 9:03:03 AM (GMT +2)

From Our Correspondent in Bulawayo

Khethani Sibanda and Remember Moyo, two key witnesses in the Cain Nkala
murder case, have alleged that they were tortured and told to admit
committing the murder in front of television cameras.

Justice Lawrence Kamocha, sitting at the Bulawayo High Court, heard this on
Friday in the bail application hearing for one of the kidnap suspects, Daren
Spooner. Nkala, who was kidnapped from his Magwegwe West home by 10
unidentified gunmen on 5 November was later found dead, buried in a shallow
grave near Solusi University, 40 kilometres north of Bulawayo, a week later.
Joseph James, the lawyer representing the two, on Thursday produced the
affidavit in the High Court which disproved early admission of their
involvement in the kidnap and murder.

The two, according to the affidavit, alleged that they had been tortured by
police to agree to Nkala's kidnap and murder to implicate Spooner and
several other MDC members who include two Members of Parliament, Fletcher
Dulini-Ncube of Magwegwe Lobengula and Moses Mzila Ndlovu of Bulilimamangwe
In the affidavit, Sibanda and Moyo said their torture began when they were
arrested in Gweru.

They also named some of the police officers who allegedly tortured them. The
two appeared on State television on 13 November admitting to the murder and
describing how they murdered Nkala allegedly by throttling him with
Sibanda's shoe laces.

The State was relying on the pair's alleged confession. After James produced
the affidavit the State counsel, Mercy Moyo-Matshangu, asked that the two be
brought to court today to verify their new confessions.
Spooner's defence counsel, advocate Tim Cherry, also concurred with the
State that Sibanda and Moyo be brought to court when the hearing resumes
However, after Spooner was cross-examined, Moyo-Matshangu decided against
calling the two accused to testify in Spooner's bail application today.

She said doing so would jeopardise the case because Moyo and Sibanda would
be cross-examined on "a lot of issues". But Justice Kamocha ruled that
Sibanda and Moyo be made available to the court today and it would be to his
discretion as judge whether to let them appear or not.

"You cannot have it both ways," Kamocha told Moyo-Matshangu.
"I want the two (Sibanda and Moyo) to be made available on Monday. I will
make up my mind whether they should appear or not."
In his defence-in-chief, Spooner, the managing director of a Bulawayo
company, said he was denied food by police for two days while at the cells
at Nkulumane police station.

He has been moved around several police stations including Esigodini.
Spooner, who was David Coltart's polling agent in last year's parliamentary
election, told the court that he was not likely to abscond if granted bail
because he was the shareholder of a company and had a house in Bulawayo
worth about $10 million.
Six of the people who were initially arrested as murder suspects have had
their allegations changed to a lesser charge of receiving military training.
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Government to bar poll observers from 'hostile states', says Chinamasa

11/26/01 8:45:33 AM (GMT +2)

By Luke Tamborinyoka

PATRICK Chinamasa, the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs,
yesterday said the government would not accept as observers, representatives
from organisations and foreign countries that have been calling for
sanctions against Zimbabwe.

Chinamasa told Parliament this week that the government would not change its
stance on accepting foreign observers for next year's presidential election.

"We cannot allow people who are our enemies to come to our soil.
"Those organisations and countries who come with the prejudicial view that
Zanu PF will not win the election will not get the privilege to tread on our
soil," Chinamasa said.

He was responding to a question by Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC),
the MP for Glen Norah.

Mushonga had asked the minister which civil servants would be trained as
monitors and to explain who falls in the category of "friends of Zimbabwe"
to be invited to observe the elections.

"There are organisations and countries who have been campaigning for
sanctions. They know it themselves and cannot expect any invitations from
our government," said Chinamasa.

He said biased observers wanted to play a political role and they are not a
constitutional requirement in the conduct of elections.

Chinamasa said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would extend invitations to
preferred countries and organisations, while his ministry would co-ordinate
the invitation of local eminent persons as observers.
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Soldiers kill UZ student in train

11/26/01 8:37:53 AM (GMT +2)

By Collin Chiwanza

Lameck Chemvura, a second year student of University of Zimbabwe died after
he was assaulted by a group of uniformed soldiers who threw him out of a
moving Mutare-bound passenger train on Saturday night.

The incident reportedly took place between Nyazura and Tsungwezi. His body
was found late yesterday afternoon near the railway station at Nyazura.

Six soldiers have already been arrested in connection with the incident and
are now in custody at Odzi army barracks.

The soldiers allegedly harassed passengers and caused terror and mayhem on
the train before brutally attacking the UZ student, accusing him of
supporting the MDC.

The police in Nyazura and Mutare yesterday confirmed the incident.

Senior National Railways of Zimbabwe, (NRZ) managers yesterday said a
soldier, identified as Private Kugwa, was among the group that attacked
Chemvura before throwing him out of the moving train.

Inspector Mandininga, of Mutare Central police station, said a team of
policemen from Nyazura had been deployed to search for Chemvura. He said:
"This morning, we received a report that soldiers on a train to Mutare
assaulted passengers and after the assaults, they threw one of the
passengers out of the train. Acting on that report we have instructed police
in Nyazura to investigate the incident."

One of the passengers who phoned The Daily News yesterday said the soldiers
boarded the train in Harare. He said the soldiers harassed passengers
accusing them of being supporters of the MDC.

Said Samson Makuwaza of Mutare: "It was a nightmare. Women and children
started crying as they were kicked, searched, molested and beaten up. The
soldiers pounced on an innocent young man in the economy class and started
assaulting him with clenched fists and booted feet. They strangled him with
a shoe-lace before throwing him out of the window.

"By that time he was groaning with pain, looking miserably weak and
struggling to breathe. He must have died on the spot."

The soldiers then reportedly silenced the wailing women and threatened them
with a similar fate if they continued crying. Chemvura left his bags on the
train which are being kept by NRZ officials.

The NRZ officials managed to identify Chemvura after they retrieved his
identification documents from one of the bags.

The identification documents indicated that he was a second year student
studying for a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Politics and

His student ID number is R-0028465.
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Commission launches voter registration exercise

11/26/01 8:44:31 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Writers

The chairman of the Electoral Supervisory Commission, Sobusa Gula-Ndebele
says his commission has launched a voter registration programme to create
awareness among the electorate nationwide on the need for them to vote and
on the electoral process in general.

In an interview on Friday, Gula- Ndebele said although the programme,
launched last Monday to coincide with the start of the inspection of the
voters' roll, had come late, "it is better late than never".

"I know we should have launched this programme in March but there were a
number of problems mainly to do with funding and logistics," he said.

He pointed out that the inspection of the voters' roll, which runs until 9
December, was an important step in the election process and all eligible
voters should seize the opportunity to find out whether their names appeared
on the roll or not.

"Once a person realises that his name does not appear, he or she should
register as per laid down regulations," Gula-Ndebele said.

He said the commission would make full use of both the electronic and print
media to educate the electorate on the electoral process.

"My office will work closely with the government-controlled and
privately-owned media houses to disseminate information to prospective
voters from now until the election next year.

"But I think it is important to state that the current process is not meant
only for next year's presidential election but for future elections as
well," Gula-Ndebele said.

He said it is crucial that every registered voter casts his or her vote as
they will be exercising their basic right and determining the destiny of the

The commission comprises Gula-Ndebele, a lawyer and former freedom fighter,
Chief Bepura, A Dzvukamanja, Joyce Kazembe, the chief administrator and a
trustee of Sapes and Richard Moyo-Majwabu, a lawyer.

Meanwhile, the voters' roll inspection in Harare and Chitungwiza has been
characterised by a slow trickle of voters, a random survey by The Daily News
showed yesterday.

In Mufakose, there were unconfirmed reports that young men and women who
have turned 18 years old and were trying to register as voters for the first
time were being turned away at some centres for unspecified reasons.

These young adults are generally disillusioned with the government's failure
to facilitate employment creation and are viewed by the ruling Zanu PF party
as likely to vote for the opposition MDC.
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Harare under fire for poll repression


FURTHER signs of the Zimbabwean government using repressive methods to win
next year's keenly awaited presidential elections including fresh threats at
the weekend to journalists have led to severe criticism from the
international community.

In his sharpest criticism of Harare since replacing Robin Cook as UK foreign
secretary, Jack Straw threatened diplomatic action against Zimbabwe because
of its threat to journalists working in Zimbabwe for foreign publications.
Apart from lodging a formal complaint with Harare, Straw said he would be
consulting European Union and Commonwealth colleagues about further action
against President Robert Mugabe's government.

"I am profoundly concerned by the reports of comments made by the Zimbabwe
government spokesman in which he implied that journalists were assisting
terrorism," he said.

Straw's remarks are a marked departure from the more measured approach he
has hitherto adopted on Zimbabwe. They come a week after a UK Labour member
of the European Parliament called for targeted sanctions, including travel
bans, against Zimbabwe's rulers.

Both the EU and US governments are considering sanctions against Harare.

In SA the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) said it was "deeply distressed"
by Harare's decision to blacklist the correspondents it accused of aiding

Mathatha Tsedu, Sanef chairman, said by attacking the media, Mugabe's
government was "barking up the wrong tree" as journalists merely recorded
what was happening in the country.

"One is at a loss for words because we have said all kinds of words
condemning the deteriorating situation (in Zimbabwe) as regards the media,"
he said.

Tsedu said Sanef would discuss the matter during its national council
meeting today.

Zimbabwe's Minister of State for Information and Publicity, Jonathan Moyo,
was quoted at the weekend by the governmentcontrolled newspaper, The Herald,
as saying: "We have always known that these so-called foreign correspondents
are partisan and have purposely been used as instruments of the opposition
by demonising Zimbabwe, its government and its people.

"If the foreign correspondents have a difficulty in being professional and
ethical then we will have to assist them through the rule of law," he said.

The SA government was reluctant last night to be drawn into discussing the
controversy, citing Zimbabwe's sovereignty.

President Thabo Mbeki's spokesman Bheki Khumalo said the most critical thing
for SA was to "see free and fair elections take place because that is in the
interests of Zimbabweans."

The naming of the six journalists, including Business Day's Harare
correspondent Dumisani Muleya, has left many people worried after the
government said last week it planned to reintroduce a Public Order and
Security Bill that will punish acts of terrorism with life imprisonment or
the death penalty.

The other names on the list include four British newspaper correspondents:
Jan Raath (The Times), Peta Thornycroft (The Daily Telegraph), Andrew
Meldrum (The Guardian) and Basildon Peta (The Independent).
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Car Hijacking Cases Drop in Zimbabwe


Xinhuanet 2001-11-26 08:31:03

  HARARE, November 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Zimbabwe Anti-hijacking Trust said
here on Sunday that there had been about 200 reports of car hijacking
between January and August this year, 30 percent down compared with that of
the same period last year.
The trust warned however that the drop in the number of hijackings so
far did not mean that the crime was no more there, saying that December of
this year and January and February of nextyear were traditionally the worst
months for hijacks.
With the high unemployment rate, rise in crime and increased poverty,
the governmental organization said hijacks were set to increase during the
festive and holiday season.
A vehicle registration scheme was recently introduced by the trust to
come up with a data base which would give details to facilitate the tracing
of stolen cars.
According to the scheme, information about a hijacked car wouldbe passed
on to the police and then to other relevant authorities at customs and the
borders of the country.
This year the trust introduced a reward of up to 100,000 Zimbabwean
dollars (about 1,818 U.S. dollars) for anyone who gave them information on
car hijacking.      Enditem
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Zimbabwe retreats on election observers


ZIMBABWE’S state election agency said yesterday that foreign observers would
be welcome at presidential elections next year, in an embarassing retreat
from President Mugabe’s enraged dismissal of a European Union delegation
last week.
Diplomats confirmed reports in the state press that Mr Mugabe had stormed
out of the meeting with three senior EU officials when they insisted on
sending observers and said Zimbabwe should comply with “minimum
international standards” for the vote.

“The President could not take that,” the state-controlled Sunday Mail said,
quoting senior government sources. “He instantly told the EU delegation
(Louis Michel, the Belgian Foreign Minister, Chris Patten, the European
Commissioner for External Relations, and Javier Solana, the EU’s foreign
policy chief) that Zimbabwe would not allow other countries to run our

“He told them to ‘keep out’ and (he) walked out. For a few seconds the
delegation sat glued on their seats. They could not believe what had

Mr Michel gave a warning afterwards that the EU would not recognise the

The incident came after alarm over rising statesponsored intimidation and
fears that the Government was legislating to “rig” the vote, due by the end
of March.

Diplomats said that Mr Mugabe’s outburst laid the ground for an
international dispute in which the Western world would disregard an election
won by Mr Mugabe and declare his Government illegitimate. “Of course they
were shocked,” a Western diplomat said. “You don’t expect that kind of
behaviour from a head of state. It just succeeded in embarrassing the

However, in the Sunday Mail yesterday Sobusa Gula-Ndebele, chairman of
Zimbabwe’s state-appointed Election Supervisory Commission (ESC), said that
Zimbabwean law defined “monitors” as officials of the ESC who have special
powers to report to the Government on the conduct of elections. Foreign
“observers” are outside the scope of the electoral law.

Mr Gula-Ndebele said that he had held talks with diplomatic representatives
in Harare and they had “indicated that they had only advocated the
deployment of ‘observers’. Election monitors are an arm of the ESC, but
foreign observers are free to come, as has always been the case.”

A Western diplomat said: “This is a semantic problem and they have been
playing on it to show that nobody can impose on them. It was always
observers we were talking about.”

In Harare yesterday security police were seeking a court order to force a
local independent mobile telephone company to issue itemised bills of 12
senior officials of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change who are

On Friday two policemen arrested a junior official of Econet Wireless when
he refused to hand over the accounts, which would have disclosed details of
their calls. He was released on Saturday.

“We are bound by law to keep our subscribers’ details confidential,” Norman
Nyazema, the Econet chairman, said. “It’s also a violation of constitutional
guarantees to freedom of association. They arrested him for refusing to
break the laws of the country.”

He said that Econet would challenge any application from the police to seize
the documents. “The whole thing is political.”
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Why is 'ethical' Britain still silent over Mugabe's brutality?
By Alan Judd

DO we still have an ethical foreign policy? We've heard little of it
recently. It was a gratuitous bit of tub-thumping, anyway, since British
foreign policy - what remains of it - is substantially what it was since
well before New Labour.

But if you call yourself ethical and say you're acting on behalf of
humanity - that comfortably remote constituency - then at the very least you
should, in the words of Lady Park, "respect and defend [my italics] the
principles of freedom under the law". If, however, you do this by
subordinating your own responsibility to that of international bodies that
do little or nothing, then you are shirking. Things may be about to change,
but we have been shirking our ethical responsibilities to the people of
Zimbabwe for some time.

Robert Mugabe is corrupt and brutal. He resents his eclipse in the league of
international darlings by Nelson Mandela, who has labelled him a tyrant and
called for his removal. Mugabe and his Zanu-PF leadership have corruptly
amassed fortunes at home and overseas, of which there is detailed knowledge
available to the British and other international authorities. He has rigged
elections and intimidated opponents by beatings, burnings and killings.
Fearing that the presidential elections due next March might yet unseat him,
he has intensified his attacks on white farmers, encouraging mobs of
so-called "war veterans" (mostly too young to be veterans of anything) to
beat, burn and kill. Recently, he issued a decree which effectively forbade
further crop planting. Now he proposes to exclude overseas voters, plus the
tens of thousands of African farm workers he has dispossessed, and to make
it a capital offence to oppose his government.

Most recently, Mugabe's commissioner of police ordered a white farming
family off their home because he wanted it. An EU delegation which included
Chris Patten sought a "constructive exchange of views" but received "a
brutal reaction" from the dismissive Mugabe. The Daily Telegraph's
correspondent and others have been banned and labelled terrorists; Jack
Straw's expression of "profound concern" and threats to consult EU and
Commonwealth leaders appear to have had no effect. Compulsory identification
is likely to be introduced.

For 18 months now we have watched one of the most productive of African
nations slide down the economic waste pipe, with starvation threatening
thousands, and ruin tens of thousands. Neighbouring countries, South Africa
particularly, could be destabilised by population movement. It is the sort
of situation that could become genocide, and it has been engineered by one
man, with one aim: to keep himself in power. Meanwhile, he maintains an army
in the Congo at ruinous expense while his cronies acquire villas there, and
mining and diamond concessions.

What have we done about it? Although John Major cut off finance for land
reform in the early 1990s, when it became clear that farms bought for the
poor were being given to Mugabe cronies, the story since then has been one
of timidity and procrastination. The Commonwealth showed nothing of the zeal
with which it so enthusiastically condemned Pakistan and Fiji, preferring to
accept assurances that all would be well. The EU reacted noticeably less
sharply than when the people of Austria voted for a party it disliked (a
party which had killed or intimidated nobody, and burnt no houses), but sent
its commissioner for development to talk of "confidence building".

The UN issued reports but did nothing. The French president, however, met
Mugabe in an attempt to revive France's failed 19th-century policy of
becoming the dominant European power in Africa. Our own Lady Amos, a Foreign
Office minister, talked after a visit of "building international consensus",
but otherwise thought it should be left to Zimbabwe to sort out.

Tony Blair talked vaporously of "a partnership for Africa based around the
New African Initiative" with trade, aid and debt write-offs in return for
incorrupt governance. The burnings, killings and intimidation continued

Mugabe, meanwhile, talked to Libya's Colonel Gaddafi about Libyan
"assistance" during the forthcoming elections; there is evidence of land
gifts to Libyans and of Zimbabwean passports for Libyan use. In a
little-noticed letter to The Sunday Telegraph of November 4, a senior
Tripoli official implicitly confirmed these Libyan links, saying that they
were part of the Great African Union, that creation of "the mastermind of
African unity, Muaddafi Al Gaddafi".

Zimbabwean opposition responses have been more courageous than our own.
Mugabe's land invasions are "a crude and openly racist political campaign",
writes Trevor Ncube of the Zimbabwe Independent. "Mugabe openly prostituted
the people's legitimate cause for land reform to advance his own short-term
political agenda." Properly constructed, legal land reform was long overdue
but "Mugabe's regime had made land available to the ruling elite and not the
people that he now claimed to be so passionately fighting for". Nothing, Mr
Ncube says, justifies what is happening now. No words like these have been
heard from British ministers.

Mr Ncube makes these remarks in his introduction to African Tears, a moving
account by a white farmer, Catherine Buckle, of the seizure and destruction
of the family farm she and her husband bought in 1990, protected (they
thought) by a government-issued Certificate of No Interest. It ought to be
compulsory reading among all these bodies that have done so little for so

Yet New Labour's policy is defensible - more or less - so long as it doesn't
pretend it's ethically motivated. It may reasonably feel only limited
responsibility for what happens in the Zimbabwe that Britain helped create
long ago, and may reasonably wish to avoid giving Mugabe the chance to claim
that the old colonial power is interfering. It is reluctant to commit
significant resources to a problem not of its making, fears an influx of
British passport holders if there's a pogrom, and doesn't want to provoke
Mugabe to worse excesses while there's a chance that he might be ejected in
March. Therefore it plays the issue down and shelters behind the skirts of
the EU and the Commonwealth.

But passive appeasement of tyranny has a poor record and should anyway make
moralists uneasy. Had we a more ethical policy since 1997, we would have
taken the lead in freezing the overseas assets of Mugabe and his supporters,
restricting their travel, exposing their wrongdoing and investigating their
possible financial links with terrorist organisations. Crucially, we would
have acted in discreet alliance with South Africa to demonstrate to
Zimbabwean military leaders that their interests will suffer so long as
Mugabe remains.

Were Mugabe white, we'd charge him before an international tribunal with
atrocities against black farm workers in Matabeleland. No one will, of
course. Although there will now be sanctions and other measures, so long as
he remains, so will the problem. Perhaps he should be encouraged to become
honorary president of Gaddafi's Great African Union and spend the rest of
his days under palatial house arrest, corresponding with Africa's other
Great Leader. Even the most ethical policies have to be sauced with
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Anarchy in Zimbabwe


Sir, Many will remember well the actions of the British Government,
overruling the informed opinion of both the inhabitants and the elected
Government of Rhodesia, in forcing through independence for that country on
the basis of majority rule.
The country was showing great potential, which was being nurtured and
brought to fruition largely by the devotion, hard work and sacrifice of the
many British who had made Rhodesia their home. We are now seeing the
consequence of the interference in the destruction of this fine country and
the despotic sequestration of most of the agricultural land. The breadbasket
of Africa that once was Rhodesia will soon be another African country
begging for aid.

Why is our Government so spineless that it continues to permit Muga- be and
his thugs to terrorise the country and allow a state of lawlessness and
anarchy to prevail? Tony Blair, with all his rhetoric and jetting around the
world, should protect our own friends from Mugabe’s brand of terrorism.

Yours faithfully,

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe seeks to delay Harare elections

HARARE, Nov. 25 — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's government sought on
Sunday to overturn a High Court decision allowing long-delayed mayoral and
council elections in Harare to go ahead next month
 Critics say the government has deliberately held up municipal polls in the
capital and other urban areas where the main opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) made a virtual clean sweep in last year's
parliamentary elections.
       Mugabe faces a tough presidential election challenge next year from
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, whose party narrowly lost the parliamentary
polls to the president's ruling ZANU-PF.
       Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede filed an urgent application for
Supreme Court Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku to dismiss the High Court
ruling that a commission which has run Harare since 1999 should step down to
allow for elections on December 28.
       High Court Judge Charles Hungwe made the ruling on Friday after an
application by Harare's residents association.

       Mudede urged Chidyausiku, 54, a political ally of Mugabe, to overturn
the ruling on grounds that the Harare polls could not be held because all
financial and human resources were tied up in preparation for next year's
presidential election.
       ''Calling for a deviation at this stage to deal with an unplanned
need to organise local council elections will render this task impossible
within the time limits imposed,'' Mudede said in an affidavit.
       Lawyers for the residents associaion said Chidyausika suggested
during a closed hearing in his chambers that he intended to enable the
government on Monday to postpone the Harare polls.
       ''We are waiting for a decision tomorrow morning...but we can
probably almost guarantee that he is going to stay the (High Court) order
because he said that,'' one of the lawyers, Edith Mushore, told reporters.
       Harare has been run by a commission for more than two years since the
executive mayor resigned and the government fired the entire council for
       Chidyausiku was sworn in as chief justice in September after the
government forced his predecessor Anthony Gubbay into early retirement,
accusing him of favouring the white minority in rulings on the country's
thorny land reform programme.
       Mugabe plunged the country into crisis in February 2000 when he
allowed pro-government militants to invade hundreds of white-owned farms in
support of his drive to seize white-owned farms for redistribution to
landless blacks.
       Last year's parliamentary elections were accompanied by a violent
campaign in which at least 31 people, most of them opposition supporters,
were killed in the former British colony.
       Violence flared in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo in September
after the MDC swept the board in elections for seven councillors and an
executive mayor.
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Zimbabwe white farmer shot in troubled district

HARARE, Nov. 25 — A white Zimbabwe farmer was shot and wounded on Sunday in
a district often targeted by militants loyal to President Robert Mugabe for
occupation of white-owned farms, a spokeswoman of the Commercial Farmers
Union said.

Alan Bradley was shot twice in the upper body after he got out of his
vehicle to inspect a felled tree blocking the road to his farm in Zimbabwe's
eastern district of Virginia-Macheke, spokeswoman Jenni Williams told
       He was seriously wounded. His wife and two children, who were
travelling with him, were unharmed, Williams said.
       ''At this point it is not clear who shot him, or whether his farm is
invaded, but many farms in the Virginia-Macheke area have been occupied over
the past year,'' she added.
       Police were not immediately available for comment.
       Nine white farmers have been killed and scores of black farmworkers
badly assaulted in farm invasions by pro-government militants.
       The militants, led by veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s independence war,
say the invasions which began in February 2000 are a show of support for
Mugabe's drive to grab large tracts of white-owned farmland for
redistribution to landless blacks.
       Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said this month the government would
limit farms not earmarked for seizure to a maximum size of 2,000 hectares
(4,940 acres), with the excess going to blacks.
       White farmers say Mugabe's government has failed to implement a
September pact to halt the farm invasions in return for funding for fair
reform from former colonial power Britain.
       Critics say Mugabe wants to use the land issue as a main platform in
his campaign for presidential elections due by April. He is facing a stiff
challenge from main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
       Industry officials say the land crisis has hit farm production and
contributed to food shortages. The U.N. World Food Programme said it planned
a huge relief food operation to feed more than half a million mainly rural
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Zanu PF’s new media centre

By Farai Mutsaka
ZANU PF has set up a massive $200 million propaganda centre at its
headquarters in preparation for next year’s presidential election, The
Standard has established.

The purpose of the office, according to sources, is to counter information
from the private media which is viewed as being sympathetic towards the MDC.

Most of the programmes generated by the office would be churned out through
the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and newspapers
under the Zimpapers stable.

Authoritative sources within the party told The Standard last week that the
party would spend $200 million to boost its propaganda machinery.

Zanu PF’s secretary for information, Nathan Shamuyarira, confirmed the
development saying they were simply restarting an exercise which had been
suspended for lack of resources.

“We will be showing films from the archives, old films about the liberation
struggle. There is nothing important or big about it. It is a routine
exercise that we have always had,” said Shamuyarira.

The project will include a film and video project aimed mainly at the rural
electorate which has not been exposed to the mainstream media.

The aim is to arouse nationalist sentiment through film clips on the ongoing
fast track land resettlement programme.

Zanu PF will use over $100 million to buy 10 Land Rover Defender vehicles
for the blitz. The party has also placed orders for cameras, video
recorders, radios, transformers and amplifiers.

The Defenders, which will be custom-made Audio and Video (AV) vans, will be
used as mini studios with each vehicle carrying three or four video cameras,
amplifiers and transformers.

The party is also to buy 15 state of the art iMac computers worth about $500
000 each, printers, scanners and furniture for the office.

“The programme is in line with the party’s campaign strategy. Zanu PF has to
be seen in the light of a nationalist movement fighting to preserve the
gains of independence while presenting the MDC as a foreign-sponsored party.

“A lot of footage will be from the days of the liberation struggle and this
is meant to invoke memories of the war. This programme is going to be quite
extensive, covering all the 10 political provinces,” said a Zanu PF
headquarters source.

It is understood that the deputy information secretary of the party,
Jonathan Moyo, had expressed reservations over personnel currently running
the information office. Moyo wanted the party’s information office to be run
by professionals rather than simple loyal party cadres.

The new department, sources said, was likely to headed by Thomas Madondoro,
a former reporter with The Herald.

“The feeling was that the party was being overshadowed by the MDC in the
matter of information dissemination, and there was need to come up with a
fully-fledged department to outdo the MDC campaign,” said the source.

Moyo, of late, has stepped up efforts to spruce up the Zanu PF propaganda
machinery and has instructed government editors to “tear the MDC apart”
through exposing alleged cracks within its ranks.
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