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Defamation whisper campaign

Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 5:36 AM
Subject: Defamation whisper campaign

It has been brought to my attention that some misguided MDC members are moving around Harare North telling lies about me, specifically:
- that I have been paid by ZanuPF to support participation in the Senate election;
- that I received money from President Thabo Mbeki in South Africa to support participation in order to legitimise Mugabe.
Anyone who believes such blatant lies needs their head examined, in my view!  People who know me will know for certain that I would never accept money from ZanuPF for anything whatsoever.  Indeed, if anyone from whatever background offers me money for favours, they will discover I am one of the most fiercely resistant people against bribery and corruption.  Try it and see!  That is how you sell your soul - and my soul is not for sale.
The allegation about President Thabo Mbeki is so ludicrous that it does not merit any answer.  I will however be sending this information on to his Office, as they may wish to deal with it from their side.
The person or persons behind this defamation whisper campaign need to be exposed for what they are - ZanuPF clones.  To stoop so low as to indulge in slander in order to promote the "No to Senate" campaign is disgusting, in my view, and I do not wish to be associated with any such person or campaign.  It is pertinent to note that the allegation about "Yes to Participation" members being paid by ZanuPF was earlier made at a rally in Silobela last weekend.  It is also pertinent to note that my personal position concerning participation has never been made public. That I publicise the apparently unfashionable side of the argument I will accept - my position as Secretary for Policy and Research requires me to present research and ideas for debate.  Which side I personally support has not been stated at any public forum, but I have always stated the position of my District very clearly - they are against participation.
On a related matter, some of these same people - who call themselves MDC members but obviously do not respect our party principles and values - are also moving around with letters supposedly signed by Morgan Tsvangirai and Harare Province Secretary Maengahama, raising funds ostensibly for a youth choir. I advise members of the public to be very wary of such fundraising efforts, as the legitimacy of such letters and fundraising cannot be established by myself.
Trudy Stevenson MP
Harare North Constituency

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Job Sikhala (MP) on why he fell out with Tsvangirai

Behind the Headlines
wth Lance Guma


Job Sikhala defends himself


Outspoken MP for St Mary’s, Job Sikhala, says opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has no power to suspend him. Sikhala was suspended on Monday after making sensational allegations that the MDC received illegal foreign funding from Nigeria, Ghana and Taiwan. Although he later withdrew the charges claiming he just wanted to force the squabbling leaders in the party to talk to each other, it was not enough to avoid the suspension.


Behind the Headlines tracked down the maverick MP and sought clarification on various issues. He believes it does not need prophet Micah to come down from heaven and proclaim to Zimbabweans, the fact that he has personal problems with Tsvangirai. Narrating how he fell out with Tsvangirai after an initial honeymoon period in the party, he denies being bitter over losing the Shadow Security Ministry in a reshuffle. What next for Sikhala as he hides under the wing of the Vice President, Gibson Sibanda, the custodian of the disciplinary process in the party and currently Tsvangirai’s bitter rival?



Lance Guma
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UK's maize farmer tastes success

David Mwanaka
Mr Mwanaka has now expanded to grow pumpkins and squash
A Zimbabwean who moved to the UK 14 years ago and missed white maize - his country's staple crop - so much he began growing it in a field near London, has become one of Britain's most successful small farmers.

David Mwanaka, 40, has grown 20 acres of white maize in a field near Enfield, on the north-eastern outskirts of London - despite the fact this is hugely difficult to do as white maize usually only grows in a hot climate.

He spent six years trying to find the best ways to grow white maize in Britain's colder climate.

Mr Mwanaka told BBC World Service's Outlook programme that it was "almost impossible" to grow white maize in the UK.

"What I've always been told is that you can't grow white maize in Britain. In countries where white maize is grown, the growing season is a bit longer than in this country," he said.

Tasting to believe

Initially, Mr Mwanaka took on a number of low-paid jobs when he first moved to the UK in 1991, including a parking attendant.

But during this time he made several efforts to grow the white maize in his back garden in Essex, eventually achieving success in his fourth year of trying.

In 2002, he decided to quit his job in a bank and become a full-time farmer. He placed an advert in the classified newspaper Loot seeking arable land. Although he received no replies, a journalist with the Guardian newspaper saw the advert and contacted him.

White maize
The crop is picked as it ripens and is sold almost entirely on site
When the journalist wrote up the story, offers began to come in.

White maize is a relative of the corn normally grown in the UK and is an important staple food in many African countries.

Mr Mwanaka explained that white maize is "much sweeter" than British corn, and has a much higher starch content.

But unlike British corn - which Mr Mwanaka "could not stand eating" - it is relatively little-known in the northern hemisphere.

White maize is usually grown in South America and southern parts of Asia as well as Africa. Mr Mwanaka said that it had been "very difficult" to convince people he was serious about growing the maize in the UK.

"Some people said they needed to see it to believe it - and then when they saw it, they said they wanted to taste it, to make sure it was really white maize," he added.

"I have got people from many countries who come to buy white maize from us - people from east Africa, west Africa, southern Africa, and some from Asia and South America as well."

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Botswana-Zim negotiate passport waiver


      11/3/2005 11:49:44 AM (GMT +2)

      There are plans to allow Zimbabweans and Batswana living along the
common border to visit relatives in each of the two countries without the
use of passports. Botswana's ambassador to Zimbabwe, Pelokgale Seloma has
said they are working on modalities to use permits, passes and national
identity cards for visits by those living on the border. He told journalists
in the southern Zimbabwe city of Masvingo last week that Harare and Gaborone
are negotiating the passport exemption initiative.

      This is meant for people living along the common border and have
strong family relations on both sides.

      "We are not doing this because the people have no passports.

      "We want to do so because our people along the border have
intermarriages on either side. People in such situations just need permits
or passes which they use together with their national identity cards," he

      He added that the people would require identity cards to ensure that
the facility is not abused. Seloma explained that bi-lateral relations
between his country and Zimbabwe date back to the 1960s and 1970s when
Botswana provided a safe passage for Zimbabweans who fled their country to
go to Zambia, Angola and Tanzania for military training during the war
against British colonial rule.

      He noted that the moves to waive the passport requirement for the
people living along the border is part of a wider strategy to ensure that
Botswana-Zimbabwe relations are strengthened.

      Seloma reiterated that his country does not have a policy to mistreat
Zimbabwean visitors, pointing out that only those who commit crimes in
Botswana are prosecuted and punished according to the law. The ambassador,
who was posted to Zimbabwe two months ago indicated that Botswana welcomed
visitors as long as they obey the laws of the country. He said scores of
Zimbabweans work in Botswana. Both countries are planning to open a new
border post at Kazungula, a few years after opening two new ones at
Maitengwe and Mphoengs. The opening of additional posts is meant to ease
pressure on existing ones.

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South Africa admits Zimbabwe is crucial problem


      By Tererai Karimakwenda
      03 November 2005

      Aziz Pahad, the deputy foreign affairs minister in South Africa on
Wednesday admitted he was alarmed at the increasing numbers of Zimbabweans
coming into neighbouring countries to escape the economic crisis that has
continued to deteriorate. This is significant because South Africa's
president Thabo Mbeki has refused to criticise Robert Mugabe publicy or
admit Zimbabwe is causing problems in his country. Pahad is the first
official to admit this.

      But despite his admissions, Pahad said President Mbeki would stick by
his policy of quiet diplomacy as his way of finding a solution. However, the
opposition party and the ruling party in Zimbabwe always deny reports of
Mbeki's involvement in resolving the crisis.

      The Zimonline news site reports that at least three million
Zimbabweans, a quarter of the country's 12 million people, are living
outside the country. But the problem is being felt most in countries next
door to Zimbabwe. In South Africa, Bishop Paul Verryn has been taking care
of many Zimbabwean asylum seekers at his church in Johannesburg. The bishop
told us that he deals with at least 8 new cases everyday. Many are HIV
positive, but the hospitals are helping with those cases.
      As for South African officials, the bishop believes they are very
aware of the situation but are being blocked by the bureaucracy that
surrounds them. Bishop Verryn specifically mentioned South Africa's home
affairs minister as one official who is not oblivious to their needs. But
there are no facilities for helping asylum seekers in Joburg. The
immigration office there was closed months ago and the Bishop is appalled
that a city this big does not have one.

      Bishop Verryn also told us about 200 blind Zimbabweans that have been
living in the middle of Joburg. 80 were evicted from the building they were
in and the rest are due to be evicted from the unsafe building they are
living in. No facilities have been found yet to house them.

      Meanwhile in the UK, foreign secretary Jack Straw told the press that
Southern African states need to pressure Zimbabwe to change and force Mugabe
to embrace democracy. And in a speech at the UN headquarters Prince Charles
said: "I wonder, too, what extra role the United Nations might be able to
play with regard to a country, for instance, like Zimbabwe whose
independence celebrations I officiated at on behalf of the queen over 20
years ago and which is now undergoing such a traumatic experience."

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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Australia urges more pressure on Zimbabwe

      By Lance Guma
      03 November 2005

      Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer has said their
country will continue to pressure the international community to take
further action against Zimbabwe. He was responding to admissions by Zimbabwe's
Deputy Agriculture Minister, Sylvester Nguni that the country had no food
because land was given to people without a passion for farming. The
situation in the country continues to deteriorate with reports that 4
million people need food aid, but Robert Mugabe's government has rejected
help from the United Nations.

      He said they were working 'to pressure countries like South Africa to
be more robust in standing up to.Mugabe, to pressure members of the Security
Council to consider a referral of ..Mugabe's regime to the International
Criminal Court." Downer's statement follows increasing international
recognition that thousands of Zimbabweans are dying silently from starvation
with most international media outlets denied entry into the country to cover
the unfolding tragedy.

      Journalist Brilliant Pongo, now also exiled in the United Kingdom
bemoaned the fact that news stories from Zimbabwe were drying up to a
trickle. Experienced journalists have been kicked out leaving behind a
fairly young and inexperienced generation. The international community as a
result would never really get to comprehend the full scale of the disaster

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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Zimbabwe migrant: Rejoice Mkwananzi

Woman hanging up washing behind a garden fence
Professional Zimbabweans find themselves working as maids abroad
The BBC News website has been speaking to Zimbabweans who have left the country in recent years about their reasons and the risks they took.

Last week the International Organisation for Migration launched a "Safe Journey" campaign in Zimbabwe, with help from some of the country's best-known musicians, to make would-be migrants aware of the dangers involved.

Rejoice Mkwananzi (not her real name), 49, gave up her position as deputy head teacher of an infant school in Zimbabwe and moved to Israel to be a maid so that she could support her extended family.

When I left Zimbabwe in 1999 I was the acting head teacher at a very respected junior school.

I was in charge of 45 other teachers and would have soon been promoted to head teacher.

Basically at that time wages were too low - and then it was so much better than it is now.

I wish I could do a proper job - doing this is killing me mentally and I have developed a low self-esteem.

Almost half of my salary would go to the taxman. I then had my mortgage to pay for, my car, my various policies and at the end of it all I was left with almost nothing.

It was so hard to make ends meet. It felt as though the moment I received my salary, it was all gone.

My life was hand-to-mouth.

My sister had recently died tragically and her two children were left all alone. The way our society works is that the family steps in and takes over caring and providing as needed.

And so instead of supporting myself and my poor-in-health mother, I now had to provide for my sister's two little girls too.

If I had stayed at home I wouldn't have managed.

Initial intentions

At that time the situation in Zimbabwe was really desperate.

Now though, when I look back it was not all that bad!

Map showing Tel Aviv, Israel
Rejoice lives in a town near Tel Aviv

I met a cousin of mine who had a job in Israel and she told me that the family that she had been working for were looking for someone to help them.

I was just lucky.

The family paid for all my relocation expenses to where they live near Tel Aviv and sorted out a work permit for me.

My initial intentions were just to stay a year.

But things, back home, went from bad to worse and now I don't see myself going back. Well not soon anyway. I don't see how that would be possible.


The work is so depressing. I never thought I would find myself doing these jobs.

I clean the house, look after the children when they come home from school, sometimes I cook, I do everything.

I leave my apartment at half-seven in the morning and get home at nine in the evening, and between those hours I am constantly on my feet.

I only start work at the family's home in the afternoon but to make more money I spend my mornings going about cleaning in different places.

Some of the people are welcoming and good to me but the woman that I mainly work for, I couldn't call her exactly warm.

When I first arrived I used to share a three-bedroom apartment with a Ghanaian and a Kenyan.

It was really difficult though and I had to be so accommodating.

People are different - our cultures, the food we eat and how it smells, manners and all that.

I couldn't get used to it.

I am an independent woman and had always lived on my own, apart from when I was married.

And so as soon as I could I found myself a one-bedroom apartment to rent.


It is better to have my own space but I am lonely.

One does not have a social life living here. There are several Zimbabweans and South Africans that I am friends with - we all stick together.

An ultra-orthodox Jew rides in an almost empty bus in Israel
Rejoice says the thought of bombs makes her fearful of travelling on buses

They normally visit over our weekends - from Friday afternoons till Saturday.

But few of them have the correct papers and so are too frightened to go out in case the police stop them. Instead we meet in people's houses.

When I go around town I am sometimes nervous of a bomb going off. There was a time two, three years ago when we would have to carry gas masks.

And you feel frightened taking buses, because of the bombing. You can feel tensions amongst crowds of people.

Nothing bad has happened to me. God has really protected me.

Phone home

I miss home, so much.

I applied and was given political asylum and so I cannot go home, not even for a holiday. If I went, I would not be allowed back.

I wish I could do a proper job - doing this is killing me mentally and I have developed a low self-esteem.

I love children and would give anything to be able to teach once more.

My mother is physically very ill but is so strong mentally.

I phone home once a week and she tells me to think of what I have achieved.

I have achieved a lot and it makes me happy that I can support my mother and nieces but I am living for my family. I don't even have a boyfriend!

My family depend on me for everything.

I send them money to pay all their bills, pay for the school fees. I make sure my mother can pay to see a private doctor, and that she has all her medications.

They depend on me left, right and centre.

I hope all the things happening in Zimbabwe end soon. I want to go home and live the kind of life that I used to have.

Mugabe says no to UN housing offer


          November 03 2005 at 08:28AM

      Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe rejected a United Nations
offer to help build temporary shelters for victims of a demolition blitz
because the government wanted to build permanent homes, a state-run daily
reported on Thursday.

      "If the UN and donors are keen to assist in augmenting government
efforts, they should assist in constructing permanent structures, not
temporary structures," Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba said.

      "The people affected are permanent citizens," Charamba told the Herald

      UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Monday voiced dismay that Harare
had rejected an offer of UN aid for some of the victims of a controversial
demolition campaign carried out earlier in the year.

      Annan expressed grave concern that tens of thousands of people still
lived in the open five months after the housing demolition drive and feared
that rains expected to start falling in two weeks would worsen the
conditions of the homeless.

      But Charamba said the government's policy was to build permanent
structures, "which is the reason we had destroyed temporary structures".

      "The Secretary General's office gave government material for temporary
structures and we went back to the UN office to say that we were not keen to
build temporary structures," Charamba said.

      Meanwhile, a government minister has promised that all victims of the
controversial Operation Murambatsvina who are still in the open would be
housed in "quasi-permanent" structures.

      "We will not leave Zimbabweans in the open," said Social Welfare
Minister Nicholas Goche.

      "The government and other stakeholders are giving the affected people
quasi-permanent structures so that when the rains come, people will not be
in the open," Goche told parliament late on Wednesday.

      But local government minister Ignatius Chombo said "there is no longer
a compelling need to provide temporary shelter as there is no humanitarian

      Zimbabwe on May 18 launched what it called an urban renewal campaign,
razing shacks, homes, small businesses and market stalls in shantytowns and
other poor urban areas amid severe food and fuel shortages.

      A UN report released in the aftermath said the demolitions had left
700 000 people homeless or without sources of income, or both, in cities and
towns across the country while another two million were affected in varying
degrees. - Sapa-AFP

Africa's shining path?


By: Barry Sergeant
Posted: '03-NOV-05 18:52' GMT © Mineweb 1997-2004

JOHANNESBURG ( -- This week's news that Phelps Dodge
Corporation, one of the world's leading copper miners, has taken a
controlling stake in the Tenke Fungurume project is the biggest to-date
thumbs up by the private sector in the freeing up of the Democratic Republic
of the Congo.

How things have changed from October 16, 2002, when UN secretary-general
Kofi Annan sent the Security Council a 25-page report, from the Panel of
Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of
Wealth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The report documented
precise criminal instances, and named individuals, in a story that boggles
the brain on every re-reading.

The UN took the report very seriously. After an initial DRC peace agreement
was signed in December 2002, the UN increased its DRC personnel to nearly
18,000 in November 2004. Just before this week's announcement from Phelps
Dodge (which was ratified by Congolese presidential decree), the Security
Council reinforced peacekeeper numbers in the province of Katanga, where
Tenke Fungurume is situated, as the DRC continues to prepare for its first
democratic elections in 45 years. The UN mission in the DRC is the UN's
biggest, costing about $1 billion a year.

The news from Phelps Dodge is very serious: mining the Tenke Fungurume
deposits requires an investment that will run into hundreds of millions of
dollars. J. Steven Whisler, chairman and CEO of Phelps Dodge, this week
described the deposits as "the largest and highest-grade undeveloped
copper/cobalt project in the world today." He wants the feasibility study
finished by mid-2006, with first copper production targeted in early 2008.

The news has been welcomed by companies operating in, or near to, the DRC,
not least Metorex (listed in Johannesburg) and foreign-listed entities such
as Equinox, First Quantum, TEAL Mining & Exploration, along with a number of
advanced exploration plays such as Banro, which holds a huge gold concession
extending over 210 kilometres in the South Kivu province.

Phelps Dodge has, of course, benefited from dollar copper prices, which have
tripled in the past three years. On the other hand, Tenke Mining
Corporation, now a minority partner in the project, has spent $88
milliontowards a feasibility study. The "force majeure" that was declared on
Tenke Fungurume in February 1999, upon resumption of a complex war, has now
been lifted. The "war" in the DRC, which left millions dead, according to
various non-governmental organisations, was no conventional war. It was all
about filthy lucre. In 2002, the Security Council read how the DRC conflict
attracted no less than seven African states to loot and plunder the country.
By 2002, the conflict had "diminished," but, said the report, "the
overlapping micro conflicts that it provoked continue."

The conflicts over money, money, and more money focused on pre-money, in the
form of metals and minerals, hardwood timber, land, and even farm produce
and tax revenues. Some of the main beneficiaries, according to the UN, were
criminal groups linked to the armies of Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe, and the
DRC itself, along with "powerful individuals in Uganda."

The "elite" network of Congolese and Zimbabwean political, military and
commercial interests transferred ownership of at least $5 billion of assets
from the DRC state mining sector to private companies under control of the
network in 1999-2000, "with no compensation or benefit for the DRC."

Among the individuals named were George Forrest, a Belgian national, who
"built up the most wide-ranging private mining portfolio" in the DRC. The UN
found that since 1994, Forrest had owned 100% of New Lachaussée in Belgium,
a leading manufacturer of cartridge casings, grenades, light weapons and
cannon launchers. Forrest was chairman of Gécamines, the DRC's state-owned
copper miner, from November 1999 to August 2001. The techniques used by
Forrest were allegedly replicated by - among others - Zimbabwean-backed
entrepreneur John Arnold Bredenkamp, who has an estimated personal net worth
of over $500 million.

Today, despite the certainty of hiccups going forward, the DRC is as primed
for success as it has ever been. Tenke Fungurume, first discovered by Union
Miniere du Haut Katanga in 1918, is at long last going to be mined. Charter
Consolidated, among others, tried its hand with the deposits, but abandoned
the project in 1976, for reasons that require little imagination. Phelps
Dodge this week said that it would now control 57.8% of Tenke Fungurume,
with Tenke Mining Corporation at 24.8% and Gécamines at 17,5%. Back in 2002,
the panel reporting for the UN found that the-then director-general of
Gécamines, Yumba Monga, facilitated several asset-stripping joint ventures
between Gécamines and private companies.

There may still be lots of worms to pop out of the woodwork. For one thing,
there is agitation in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, for the public release of a
report, finalised in May, that reviewed all contracts signed by the state
from 1996 to 2003. But the vote cast this week by Phelps Dodge says that
this time, the DRC could be for real.

Chingoka fights back as battle intensifies

Cricinfo staff

November 3, 2005

The crisis in Zimbabwe cricket plunged to new depths with an escalation in
the damaging stand-off between the national executive body and their
provincial chairmen.

The increasing bitterness was apparent in the tone of Peter Chingoka's
response to a letter from the provincial chairmen which contained demands
for explanations of what they described as "unusual financial dealings" by
executives and staff.

But Chingoka, the Zimbabwe Cricket chairman, dismissed the bulk of the
queries, insisting the answers could be found in already published
documents. Almost all the others matters raised were, he claimed, routine.

In a clear swipe at the chairmen's involvement in the game, Chingoka said:
"I am surprised that responses to most of the questions raised in your
document have not been furnished to you and your colleagues who do not sit
on the board by those of you who do and some of whom are, in fact, chairmen
of various ZC committees. I am sure you will agree with me that those who
are chairmen of their respective committees are actually closer than the
writer to several issues you raise."

The exposure given to Chingoka's response in the state-controlled Herald
newspaper was in stark contrast to the scant coverage it gave the original
meeting of the chairmen on October 21. There was also every indication that
this latest incident in an increasingly bitter row between the board and
stakeholders was being flagged as a racial battle.

The chairmen's letter probed the board's finances, asking why ZC made a $2.4
billion loss, why there were no explanations on debts and staff loans, no
explanation on income, no breakdown on sponsors and grants of $1.4 billion,
and why there was no explanation on secretarial costs that chewed up $3.8
billion. The dossier also accused the board of constantly breaching its own
constitution and demanded answers about the package of Ozias Bvute, the ZC
managing director.

The board's critics have also accused it of attempting to sidestep any
attempted coup by the provincial chairman by creating new provinces and
disrupting exiting ones. Max Ebrahim, the chairman of Masvingo and the head
of national selection, made clear that there was no racial divide. "It's a
case of six provinces and the players being together," he said. "It's a case
of stakeholders versus two or three individuals bent on holding on to

The deepening crisis is being monitored by the ICC, although as this is a
domestic matter, it is unlikely to become directly involved.

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