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      Tourism sector set for further battering

      Date:15-Oct, 2004

      THE tourism sector, which this year is expected to contribute two
percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), is projected to suffer a heavy
knock ahead of the 2005 parliamentary elections.

      Statistics indicate that in 1999 the tourism sector earned the country
US$770 million. Direct employment in the sector has also fallen from 128 244
in 2003 to 42 748 workers in 2004.

      International tourists continue to shun Zimbabwe because of the
negative publicity the country is receiving abroad.

      Tourist arrivals tumbled a massive 36 percent from 1 303 901 recorded
last year to a low of 827 245 visitors in the first half of the year.

      The majority of the visitors during the period January to June this
year were from mainland Africa, which constituted 675 538 visitors while the
overseas market contributed the remainder.

      The United States emerged as the leading overseas source, contributing
23 300 visitors, while the United Kingdom, for long the country's major
source within the international market, only contributed 19 892 visitors.

      China, which accorded Zimbabwe Approved Destination Status,
contributed 11 percent. Despite the political fallout between Zimbabwe,
United Kingdom and the United States citizens of the latter's countries have
so far saved the country's flagging tourism fortunes for the first half of
this year.

      Figures released by the country's premier marketing agency the
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, have also painted a gloomy picture on the
political inclination favouring that the country does more business with
China, which is on a third position.

      During the first six months Zimbabwe recorded 11 584 from China,
whilst Japan and Australia contributed 9 479 and 9 653 respectively.

      China accorded the Approved Destination Status (ADS) to Zimbabwe in
December last year, making it one of the three African countries to be given
that rating.

      The ADS rating is recognition by Chinese government towards Zimbabwe
as a recommendable place for visitors. For the past three years the
Zimbabwean government has been accusing the United States and the British
government of meddling in the country's local politics.

      Hardly a fortnight ago, President Mugabe also attacked the USA and
British government for the invasion of Iraq when addressing the United
Nations General Assembly.

      Mugabe has also appealed to the local business community to change
their inclination from the European Union and USA block towards the Far
East. Although, Mugabe has been heavily lobbying for more business ventures
towards the east, the country has been flooded with cheap merchandise.

      Some of the products, which have flooded the market, include cheap
electricals, shoes, and clothes. The sub-standard products have led to a
serious outcry from industrialists and the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe.

      A Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs, Industry and
International Trade chaired by Zanu PF legislator Phillip Chiyangwa will be
deliberating on their findings of a tour of Harare Shopping Malls.

      The deliberations were carried out as part of a fact-finding mission
on complaints leveled on farce and substandard Chinese products.

      Despite the outcry, Zimbabwean minister of Industry and International
Trade, Dr Samuel Mumbengegwi has since defended the Asian-made products.

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      How to prevent Zanu PF from demonisation

      Date:15-Oct, 2004

      IN Harare this week President Robert Mugabe appealed to the Catholic
Church not to be so critical of his government.

      In Addis Ababa, his chief propagandist Jonathan Moyo berated a United
Nations agency for presenting a damning report on his government's record of

      In Parliament during the week, a lawyer, Patrick Chinamasa, made an
amazing comparison between the MDC and Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist

      Chinamasa spoke in the context of allowing the opposition access to
the government media in election time, as stipulated in the Sadc election

      He said in the United States, the government would not allow Al Qaeda
to broadcast its message on its state media. Obviously, he has his facts

      The MDC has MPs in Parliament, men and women elected by Zimbabweans of
their own free will. What terrorism that party has engaged in must be in
Chinamasa's fertile lawyer's imagination.

      But he is the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. He
is conforming to his party's campaign to demonise the opposition, without
any regard to the facts.

      His Non-Constituency MP colleague, the Minister of State for
Information and Publicity, has called journalists of the independent media

      The government's appeals to be treated with fairness ignores the cause
of its notoriety. For a start, it was suspended from the Commonwealth over
its conduct of the 2002 presidential election.

      In 2003, it hoped to have the suspension lifted. But it was not lifted
and Mugabe pulled Zimbabwe out of the Commonwealth.

      During the last four years, the government has managed to get
Parliament to pass the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act
(AIPPA) and the Public Order and Security Act (Posa).

      Today, it is about to push through Parliament the Non-Governmental
Organisations Bill. Like AIPPA and POSA, this latest law would limit the
freedom of ordinary citizens to interact with others, local or foreign.

      What the government has been doing, with little subtlety, is to
frighten almost everybody into either joining Zanu PF or shutting up when it
commits outrageous acts of silencing dissent, even through murder.

      In essence, the government wants nobody - in and out of the country -
to speak against its policies. This is what it calls "demonising" Mugabe,
Zanu PF and the government.

      After UDI, the Smith regime was in the same predicament. At every
international forum, it was "demonised"; at the OAU, at the United Nations,
at the World Council of Churches, at the International Labour Organisation
and at the same Economic Commission for Africa conferences, as the one in
Addis Ababa this week, the regime was condemned.

      Perhaps it is time for Mugabe and Moyo to wonder if there are any
similarities between their government's policies and the Smith regime's.

      Mugabe's may be a perfectly legal government, but there must be
something it is doing for which all these organisations are demonising it. -

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      Digruntled Zvimba villagers attack Zanu PF officials

      Date:15-Oct, 2004

      ZVIMBA - Disgruntled Zanu PF supporters in Zvimba yesterday claimed
that the evictions of newly settled farmers at Little England Farm were
mostly driven by greed and corrupt senior ruling party officials.

      They alleged that at least $300 million exchanged hands in illicit
land deals.

      In separate interviews the evicted farmers said that during the 2000
land invasions, several high-ranking ruling party officials, among them
Ignatius Chombo, the Member of Parliament for Zvimba North, Phillip
Chiyangwa, the Zanu PF chairman for Mashonaland Central and Sabina Mugabe,
the MP for Zvimba South held several meetings with villagers from Zvimba and
surrounding areas encouraging them to settle at Little England.

      "Chombo and Chiyangwa came on several occasions and told us no one
would evict us from the farm," an evicted settler said. "We believed them
because they appeared to be in charge. But as time went on senior civil
servants started coming in replacing some of us. We asked some people about
the land invasions and we were told that we should pay $300 000 to Masendo
and Chando."

      Chiyangwa and Chombo could not be reached for comment.

      The settler claimed that nearly all the 1 000 settlers who occupied
the farm paid the money to the two men, hoping they would not be evicted.

      President Robert Mugabe's government has been evicting settled farmers
at various farms across the country claiming to be following laid down land
allocation procedures.

      According to the settlers, Masendo and Chando, believed to be senior
policemen at Nyabira Police Station demanded between $200 000 and $300 000
from every settler in order to allocate them land at Little England.

      A settler who identified himself as Tsenzi said: "They said they would
facilitate the release of our offer letters for the allocated land. At least
426 farmers were finally allocated the land after they had filled in forms
provided by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement.

      "But a fortnight later, armed riot policemen were evicting us and some
people were arrested. We asked where our land offer letters were and they
assured us that they would give them to us but they did not. We demanded our
money but instead we were imprisoned for some days. Imagine how much we
spent preparing the land."

      A traditional leader from Nyabira communal area said the problems at
Little England would remain unsolved as long as Chombo and Chiyangwa
continued to meddle in the affairs of land allocations.

      The government land reform exercise has displaced over 500 000 farm

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Zim Online

Fri 15 October 2004

      HARARE - The Zimbabwe government said it had put its security forces
on high alert ahead of today's court verdict on opposition leader Morgan

      Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi told a Press conference in Harare
that the security forces had been put on high alert to quell any unrest by
"malcontents and mischief-makers" after Judge President Paddington Garwe,
announces his verdict.

      Tsvangirai could be sentenced to death or a lengthy jail term today if
Garwe finds him guilty of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe.

      Mohadi's statements virtually confirmed a ZimOnline report yesterday
that police had deployed and kept the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
party's Harare headquarters under tight surveillance as tension heightened
in the capital ahead of the judgment.

      The ZimOnline report also said that police, some unarmed and some in
civilian clothes, had stepped up patrols on the streets of Harare and put up
roadblocks on all roads leading into the city centre.

      Mohadi said security forces were on high alert to quell any
disturbances whatever the outcome of the Tsvangirai case.

      He said: "Those with an inclination towards disorder are strongly
warned against such behaviour and law-abiding citizens are assured of peace
and security. We will be on standby countrywide."

      Mohadi's announcement appeared to have unnerved the MDC itself.

      "The question uppermost in our minds is why the state should go that
far. Is there someone, other than the judge, with advance information as to
the contents of the judgment?" asked party spokesman, Paul Themba Nyathi.

      He added: "We are further informed that there shall be a heavy police
presence throughout the City of Harare, plus airborne patrols by air force
personnel armed with guns and teargas canisters to intimidate our members
and supporters from going about their
      legitimate business in peace.

      "The majority of the city's residents are MDC supporters. They have
indicated that they wish to attend court for the verdict."

      Mohadi said intelligence information was that "some malcontents and
mischief-makers" were determined to ensure that there was lawlessness within
the vicinity of the High Court and in other parts of the country whatever
the decision of the court.

      The MDC has insisted that the treason charges against its leader are
all part of an unrelenting campaign of harassment by the Mugabe government.

      Tsvangirai himself said he was not afraid of any outcome but wanted
the case to come to an end.

      "This case should come to an end. Whatever the outcome, I don't mind,
be it a conviction or an acquittal. The sooner it is ended, the better," he
said yesterday.

      MDC foreign affairs spokeswoman Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga told
diplomats accredited to Harare that Tsvangirai would remain the opposition
party's leader even while in jail.

      She said: "The whole trial was nothing but a political show
specifically designed to cripple the opposition by targeting the leadership
with the hope of eventually paralysing and ultimately destroying the MDC.

      "All this is a terrible miscalculation on the part of the regime. The
leadership is united on all our common objectives and party organisation is
focused to confront this challenge and achieve the goals that we have set
for ourselves." - ZimOnline
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Amnesty attacks Mugabe's food sufficiency claims
Fri 15 October 2004

      JOHANNESBURG - Human rights group Amnesty International has attacked
President Robert Mugabe's recent claims that Zimbabwe has enough food saying
there is compelling evidence of serious food insecurity and hunger in the

      In a report to be released today, Amnesty accuses the Mugabe
government of underplaying Zimbabwe's food crisis saying it wants to use
hunger to reward supporters and punish political foes ahead of next March's
parliamentary elections.

      "The government's claims (that it has enough food) have been widely
discredited, and there is compelling evidence that serious food insecurity
and hunger persist in Zimbabwe," the London-based Amnesty said in a damning

      "Local and international human rights groups, as well as organisations
involved in monitoring food security in Zimbabwe, believe the government's
claims are part of a strategy to manipulate people through fear of hunger
ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for
      March 2005," Amnesty said.

      Amnesty has in the bulky report recommended that the Mugabe government
allow impartial humanitarian agencies free passage to monitor food security
throughout Zimbabwe and report publicly on their findings.

      It also recommends that the government guarantees free and unimpeded
passage of aid provided by impartial humanitarian organisations and  UN
agencies such as the World Food Programme, among other things.

      Amnesty also urges President Mugabe to consider the establishment of
an independent and broad-based commission of inquiry to review the
fast-track land reform programme "from a human rights perspective and to
make recommendations based on securing human rights for all."

      The government curtailed foreign food aid earlier this year after it
stopped a United Nations team from undertaking a crop assessment mission in
the country. The UN has since disputed the government's forecasts that
Zimbabwe will reap enough to see it through to
      the next harvest.

      Amnesty said the cessation of most international food aid since
mid-2004 had left millions of people dependent on grain distributed by the
state-run Grain Marketing Board (GMB).

      But it said the GMB maize was widely abused by the government as a
political weapon to punish opponents.

      "The almost total monopoly of the state-controlled Grain Marketing
Board (GMB) in the trade in and distribution of maize - the staple food for
millions of people in Zimbabwe - has been used by the government to control
food supplies and to institutionalise discrimination against supporters of
the political opposition," said Amnesty.

      It said for the past four years millions of people in Zimbabwe have
had great difficulty gaining access to adequate food. While food aid
programmes had provided much-needed relief, not everyone in need had
benefited from food aid distribution.

      Tens of thousands had gone hungry, unable to obtain food because of
discrimination and corruption.

      One of the major causes of the food crisis in Zimbabwe has been the
drop in domestic food production. While climatic factors, the HIV/AIDS
pandemic and economic problems have all played a role in declining
agricultural productivity over the past four years,
      government policies and practices have exacerbated Zimbabwe's food
security problems, said Amnesty.

      While land redistribution, by giving people access to productive
resources, was a legitimate means of realising the right to an adequate
standard of living, including the right to adequate food, Amnesty said the
government's fast-track land reform programme was politically motivated, and
resulted in violations of a number of human rights, including the right to
adequate food.

      "As a result of the way in which the land reform programme was
implemented, agriculture in Zimbabwe has been severely disrupted, farmers
have been prevented from growing crops and fertile land went  unplanted even
when half the population was in need of
      food aid," said Amnesty.

      Amnesty said it was gravely concerned about potential further
violations of the rights to adequate food and freedom from hunger in the
run-up to the March 2005 parliamentary elections in view of the GMB's
history of discriminatory distribution of grain, and the
      manipulation of access to food around elections. - ZimOnline
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Friendly wave not so friendly in Zimbabwe, UK warns nationals
Fri 15 October 2004

      LONDON - Britain has warned its citizens visiting Zimbabwe not to
greet friends or wave goodbye with an open hand as this could invite the
wrath of supporters of the country's ruling ZANU PF party.

      In its latest travel warning, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
urged Britons visiting the southern African nation to find alternative ways
of showing affection to people other than the open hand.

      The open hand is the political symbol of Zimbabwe's main opposition
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, which is involved in a bitter
struggle for power with President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU PF party.

      The Foreign Office said: "You should be aware that an open hand is the
political symbol of the main opposition political party, the Movement for
Democratic Change, and a friendly wave may therefore be misinterpreted as a
provocative gesture."

      The office, which first classified Zimbabwe as an unsafe destination
in 2000 after the outbreak of political violence and invasion of white-owned
farms by ZANU PF supporters, also warned Britons against reading Zimbabwe's
independent papers which ruling party militants view as anti-Mugabe.

      "The carrying of the main independent newspapers (the Financial
Gazette, the Independent and the Standard) can provoke a hostile reaction
from ZANU PF supporters.

      "Political violence has resulted in serious injury and deaths. We
cannot rule out the possibility of such violent events recurring
particularly in the run up to the Parliamentary elections scheduled to take
place in March 2005," the warning by the Foreign Office read in part.

      Militias trained under the government's controversial National Youth
Service Training Programme routinely harass and torture MDC supporters,
while ruling party youths have banned independent papers from circulating in
several rural areas where ZANU PF enjoys strong support.

      The youths have also from time to time demanded people visiting ZANU
PF's strongholds of Mashonaland East, Central and West provinces to carry
membership cards of the ruling party or they will be beaten up.

      The government denies youths commit violence against its opponents
insisting that its youth training programme inculcates discipline and
patriotism in the country's young generation. - ZimOnline

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MDC officials arrested for holding meetings without clearance
Fri 15 October 2004

      BEITBRIDGE - Police here have arrested and detained five local
opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party district officials for
holding meetings with their supporters without clearance from the law
enforcement agency.

      The five, who were arrested on Wednesday and were still in police
custody by late last night, are Tapson Ndou, Enos Chili, Nomathanqa Tshuma,
Ronald Ndhlovu and Winnie Mtasa.

      A lawyer for the five opposition officials yesterday said they were
set to appear in court today to answer charges of violating the state's
security laws.

      "They are being charged under Section 24, Subsection 6 of the Public
Order and Security Act which prohibits people from organising a public
gathering without authority of the police. The five will appear in court
today," James Thompson Mabhikwa, who is representing
      the opposition officials, said.

      The police were also understood to be hunting for 10 other officials
of the opposition party here whom they accuse of also holding meetings in
the district without seeking clearance.

      The MDC accuses the police of using the security Act to prevent the
party from meeting Zimbabweans to market its policies. In August alone, the
police canceled about 10 meetings which MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai had
planned to hold with supporters in several districts across the country.

      The police deny manipulating state security laws to prevent the
opposition party from meeting with its supporters. - ZimOnline
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Treason verdict due for Mugabe opponent as critics say repression in
Zimbabwe won't stop resistance
Thursday October 14, 2004
Associated Press Writer
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) On the eve of the verdict in the treason
trial of Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, opponents of the government of
President Robert Mugabe predicted Thursday that government-sponsored
repression and political violence will escalate.

Morgan Tsvangirai could face the death penalty in a trial widely seen in the
southern African nation as a government attempt to use the cover of law to
get rid of Mugabe's main challenger and discredit the main opposition party,
the Movement for Democratic Change.

``But they cannot stop the tide of democracy. People are still resisting,''
said Lovemore Madhuku, a leading opposition activist in Zimbabwe, where
political turmoil has wrecked a once prosperous economy and left much of the
population in hunger.

In an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, Tsvangirai said his
trial was not about the evidence but about persecution. ``It is not because
of the facts of the case; it is about political decisions outside the
bench,'' he said.

Mugabe was declared a narrow winner over Tsvangirai in a March 2002
presidential election marred by state-sponsored violence, vote rigging and
intimidation. Almost all independent observers said the election was deeply
flawed or fraudulent.

Since then, Mugabe has moved to tighten his grip on power, packing the
courts with judges loyal to his party, closing the country's independent
press and silencing dissent with a security law that restricts freedom of
speech and association.

At the same time, he has used police and other security forces to harass
opponents and journalists and deployed state-controlled militias of youths
and purported veterans of Zimbabwe's war against white rule to violently
suppress dissent.

``The repression is increasing every day,'' Madhuku, chairman of the
National Constitutional Assembly reform group, said from Harare, the capital
of Zimbabwe.

Political scientist Brian Raftopoulos in Harare said the opposition faced an
enormous dilemma over whether to participate in parliamentary elections in

``They are under pressure to go in, but electoral conditions are so bad
there is no chance of them competing in a free and fair way,'' he said.

The opposition's election demands include fair access for all political
parties to state media. But on Thursday, state radio quoted Justice Minister
Patrick Chinamasa as saying the opposition would not be allowed to ``peddle
hate and disunity'' through state media.

Tsvangirai told APTN his party was still weighing its options about the
election, but added: ``You can't expect us to endorse a farce and legitimize
an illegal process.''

Raftopoulos predicted that if Tsvangirai is convicted, as is widely
expected, the government will procrastinate in passing sentence and allowing
an appeal.

``The way the political game is playing out, they would want to drag it out
to constrain Tsvangirai in the election period,'' he said.

Critics fear the ZANU-PF party's government plans to use delivery of food as
a political weapon in the elections by withholding food from opponents.

While the government predicts bumper crops and has refused to accept any
food aid, U.N. agencies contend local food production has collapsed and say
nearly half of Zimbabwe's 12 million people will need food aid to survive
next year.

Zimbabwe was suspended from and later quit the Commonwealth, the association
of Britain and many of its former colonies. The United States and the
European Union froze bank accounts and restricted travel by Mugabe and his
ruling elite, and Western nations cut development aid to protest human
rights violations and disputed elections.

As the leader of the liberation struggle at home and as a friend to
anti-apartheid exiles from South Africa, Mugabe receives little criticism in

South Africa's government pursues what it calls a policy of ``quiet
diplomacy'' toward the crisis in its neighbor, an approach that Mugabe's
opponents dismiss as ``silent diplomacy.''

Former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a winner of the Nobel Peace
Prize for opposing apartheid, lashed out at his country's government last
year for failing to speak out against human rights abuses in Zimbabwe and
for accepting Mugabe's re-election as legitimate.

Mugabe responded by denouncing Tutu as ``an angry, evil and embittered
little bishop.''
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Safety group to visit Zimbabwe
BBC Online, undated

A delegation from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will fly to
Zimbabwe this weekend to check out safety and security ahead of the proposed

John Carr, the ECB's director of cricket operations, and Richard Bevan of
the Professional Cricketers' Association will arrive on Sunday.

An ECB spokesman told BBC Sport: "At this stage we fully expect the tour to
go ahead in November."

But he added: "Safety and security of the players is most important."

The taskforce will canvass opinion from all sections of the community,
including opponents of President Robert Mugabe's ruling party.

They will also inspect the facilities and hotels England will be using on
their two-week tour, which involves five one-day internationals starting in
Harare on 26 November.

England have reluctantly agreed to go ahead with the tour because if they
withdraw without a legitimate reason, they could face tough penalties from
the International Cricket Council.

Safety and security is, however, one of the grounds which could offer
England a way out of the tour.

The ECB are also awaiting on the findings of a hearing into alleged racism
within the Zimbabwe Cricket Union which led to 15 white players being

The ICC is set to reveal the decision at its executive board meeting this
weekend and could expel Zimbabwe.
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Race to distribute maize seeds

[ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 14 Oct 2004 (IRIN) - Zimbabwe's government on Thursday said it
would make every effort to ensure that farmers received maize seed in time
for the October/November planting season.

According to a senior official, so far the demand for maize seed has
outstripped the supply, with an expected deficit of more than 40,000 mt in
the 2004/05 agricultural season. Zimbabwe requires more than 100,000 mt of
seed for the 2004/05 planting.

Government spokesperson Steyn Berejena said the increased demand was mainly
due to the agrarian reform undertaken since 2000.

"Since the start of the land reform programme there has been a phenomenal
demand for maize seed, because there has been more crop cultivation going
on. In the past we had one farmer on, for example, a 1,000 ha piece of land.
But now we have on average about six new farmers on a piece of land and they
are all interested in growing crops, which means more seed is needed,"
Berejena explained.

Earlier this week the official Herald newspaper quoted Seed Co chairman Ray
Kaukonde as saying that his company was looking to produce about 26,000 mt
of maize seed this year, and had so far released 3,000 mt onto the market.

The company, the country's largest seed producer, is to import 19,000 mt of
seed maize from Zambia, South Africa, Malawi and Botswana. Seed Co is
expected to deliver 17,000 mt of maize seed to the government this season
and the Pannar Seed company said that of 4,000 mt of seed produced, 3,900 mt
had been offered to the government.

Berejena acknowledged that newly resettled farmers, who were in some cases
contracted by seed houses to provide hybrid seed maize, had failed to
produce adequate supplies. He said the poor showing was due the lack of
requisite skills to produce the seed.

"Of course, certain skills are needed, but the government has already
budgeted millions to support these new farmers," said Berejena. About Zim
$20 billion (about US $3.6 million) was recently allocated to the
Agricultural and Rural Development Authority and the District Development
Fund (DDF) for tillage purposes, while Zim $10 billion was apportioned to
the Grain Marketing Board to transport seed and fertiliser countrywide.

Questions regarding Zimbabwe's ability to provide maize seed to thousands of
newly resettled farmers came in the wake of a wrangle between agricultural
experts and the authorities over projections for this year's maize output.

The government has forecast a bumper maize harvest of over two million mt
since the beginning of the year, but other analysts have consistently warned
the crop was likely to be well below national demand.

The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee calculated earlier this year
that 2.3 million people in rural areas would require food assistance in the
2004/05 marketing season, with a similar number of urban poor likely to be
in need of aid.

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A crew of seven has died in a jumbo jet crash in Canada.
A spokesman for MK Airlines, based in Hartfield, East Sussex, confirmed
there were seven people on board - from South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The Ghanaian-registered Boeing 747 cargo plane was on its way to Zaragoza, a
centre for fish distribution in Spain.
It had stopped to refuel and pick up fish supplies in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
and the weather at the time of the accident was good with clear skies.
Initial reports suggested the jet's tail hit the runway during take-off. It
crashed shortly afterwards near an industrial park.
Emergency services took four hours to quell the flames that engulfed the
The craft was carrying a consignment of tractors, lobsters and fish.
A team from MK Airlines was flying to Nova Scotia to assist investigators.
MK Airlines was set up in 1990 "to provide cost effective and reliable air
cargo capacity to the world cargo industry" and operates scheduled and
non-scheduled cargo flights around the world, it says on its website.
Although its fleet of Boeing 747s and McDonnell Douglas DC-8 freighters are
registered in Ghana, MK Airlines' administrative centre is in Britain.
Comment:  This is Mike Krugers outfit - his uncle was the legend Jack
Mallock who
ran various outfits notably Afretair.
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Shun Western aid now, Mugabe tells bishops
          October 14 2004 at 01:08PM

      Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has urged the country's
Catholic Church to free itself from Western donations that are likely to
"suppress its voice."

      "In my view, the Church must remain 'a guiding light unto our path'
and should thus extricate itself from offers of assistance that suppress its
voice," Mugabe was quoted as saying on Friday by the state media, while
addressing a meeting of regional Catholic bishops.

      "Quite often, when its voice is silenced, hate-filled, divisive and
clearly foreign voices take over," Mugabe told an assembly of the
Inter-regional Meeting of (Catholic) Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA).

      Referring to the conference theme of self-reliance, Mugabe said even
government and political parties should shun foreign assistance aimed at
substituting homegrown programmes.

      "Our efforts at self-reliance should extend also to the domain of
governance and politics.

      "Where differences occur, we should seek to address these as brother
and sisters in unity and refrain from (an) obsession with foreign
interference," he told the bishops who included one of his fiercest critics,
Pius Ncube, archbishop of Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo.

      "It is for this reason that my government refuses to allow
non-governmental organisations to be used as instruments for the
destabilisation of our country," he said.

      Zimbabwe is soon to introduce a new law aimed at clamping down on
non-governmental organisations dealing with issues of human rights and

      Although lawyers and analysts say the law will affect churches, Mugabe
denied his government was hostile to the work of the Church.

      "Nothing, obviously, could be further from the truth. The proposed
bill seeks only to regulate the work of non-governmental organisations, some
of which have dabbled in politics by interfering in the conduct of our
nation's affairs," Mugabe said.

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New Zimbabwe

Sadc must hold Mugabe to account

By Grace Kwinjeh
Last updated: 10/15/2004 06:00:42
"IF YOU are an Al-Qaeda you cannot be expected to be given access to the
public media. You cannot expect the MDC to be given the right to say 'Mugabe
must go' in the public media," said Patrick Chinamasa (Justice Minister) in
Parliament after being quizzed by MDC legislators on access to public media
by the opposition.

The international community has to be clear of the basis upon which it is
going to judge whether the people of Zimbabwe have exercised their
democratic right to choose leaders of their choice in the coming
parliamentary elections set for March 2005.

Since 1999 Zimbabweans have campaigned relentlessly for their right to vote.
The ruling Zanu PF regime has however since then perfected the art of
subverting the people's will at elections to suit its own selfish agenda of
remaining in power at all costs.

On August 17 in Mauritius, the pro democracy movement was vindicated through
the adoption by SADC leaders, (including Zimbabwe) of the SADC Principles
and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections.

"The development of the principles governing democratic elections aims at
enhancing the transparency and credibility of elections and democratic
governance as well as ensuring the acceptance of election results by all
contesting parties," states the introduction.

The above sums up what the struggle or the crisis in Zimbabwe has been about
in the past four years. The spirit of Mauritius is what Zimbabweans have
been fighting for. The question is however whether the Government of
Zimbabwe will honour its commitment to other SADC States when it put its
signature on these Principles. Its actions on the ground go in the opposite
direction to what the region is hoping to achieve in the promotion of
democratic elections.

The MDC has questioned the credibity of the whole electoral process since it
contested in the 2000 Parliamentary Elections. It has challenged the result
in court of 37 out of 120 of the constituencies it participated in the 2000
Parliamentary Elections. It is also challenging the outcome of the 2002
Presidential elections. The basis of its challenges is mostly to do with
state sponsored political violence; outright rigging through the stuffing of
ballot boxes or related matters to do with the disappearance of ballot
boxes; no access to state media; no access to voters rolls; victimisation of
its candidates and polling agents during voting days; the list goes on.
Observer Missions from the Commonwealth, SADC Parliamentary Forum, Ghana,
Kenya, the European Union, Japan, the USA and others condemned those
elections for not being free and fair.

Unfortunately today we seem to be having another interesting yet traumatic
repeat of the Parliamentary and Presidential elections. The trauma we
suffered then we are going to suffer again, this time round as we prepare
for the March 2005 Parliamentary elections.

The fear campaign has started. The commander of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces,
General Constantine Chiwenga, has announced that the army is not going to
accept any change in government that carries the label 'made in London'. A
repeat of back then in 2002 when the commander of the Defense Forces,
Vitalis Zvinavashe announced that the army will not salute anyone who does
not have liberation war credentials. A fear campaign was carried out on
television, radio and at Zanu PF rallies that if the MDC won in the
Presidential elections then the country would go back to war. To make this
campaign even more effective the population was treated to gory scenes of
liberation struggle pictures of mass graves, skeletons and skulls of some of
the dead fighters including other scenes of comrades singing revolution
songs. That was then another era another time almost thirty years back, but
all these scenes came back to life.

Previous elections have seen the rapid and systematic deployment of youth
militia in strategic parts of the country leading to the establishment of
what became known as 'no go areas' situated mostly in the rural areas of
Mashonaland East, central and west. This time it gets better, even the
police are going through re- education or re-orientation on how to deal with
enemies of the state, they are being taught what the MDC stands for and why
it has to be dealt with. The story of violence by Zanu PF gangs in the
communities is a sad one. Murder, rape and torture all carried out with
impunity. A selective application of the law exists. It is opposition
supporters who in most instances are arrested for having been beaten up or
even daring to go to the police to report cases of political violence.
Perpetrators are known but none of them are prosecuted. Top Government
officials are on record for using hate speech during election campaigns;
again they do so with impunity. The little credibility that was left in the
police force is going to be compromised.

To top it up, now that the rural population seems to be increasingly restive
it will be dealt with through chiefs and headmen who have now been given
extraordinary political powers. After having been awarded by the state
luxury vehicles and cash they have also been given new terms of reference,
like the police under POSA they will now have the power to authorise
meetings in their constituencies. Yes if any political party wants to have a
meeting they have to seek permission either from the police or their local
chief or headman. For 'security' reasons these village officials will be
protected round the clock by Zanu PF youth militias.

There is no end to the draconian legislation that is put in place just
before an election is to be held. Hardly a few months before the 2002
Presidential elections two Acts were enacted, the Access to Information and
Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Public Order and Security Act (POSA). Under POSA
all democratic political activity was criminalysed. For instance out of more
than 50 applications to the police for the MDC Presidential candidate to
hold rallies only 11 were authrorised in the last month in the run up to the
Presidential elections.

Many other meetings by both civic organisations and the opposition were
banned, raided and stopped by riot police. Scores of MDC activists were
arrested and charged under POSA, some have cases still pending in the
courts. Members of Parliament have been arrested under this law for having
unathorised meetings in their homes. A report recently adopted by the
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the victimisation and harassment of
opposition MP's chronicles some of these cases of state sponsored violence
against MDC legislators. Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa was at pains at
the last IPU meeting in Geneva recently, trying to defend the actions of his
Government but the facts spoke for themselves and report was adopted as it

The twin brother to POSA the AIPPA has and continues to subvert the
constitutional rights of freedom of expression and access to information.
The MDC cannot communicate its policies or agenda to the electorate. The
independent press continues to be muzzled with the frequent arrests of
journalists and closing down of the only credible independent daily
newspaper The Daily News. I will not even speak of the ordeal that the Daily
News board and its employees have been through.

This was all part of the grand strategy to rig the 2002 Presidential
elections in favour of the unpopular ruling party led by Robert Mugabe.

If Zanu PF is so popular why is it so scared of a democratic election?

In the MDC we are saying enough is enough. We are not going to give
credibility to a flawed election process, it is within this context that we
have alerted the region and the broader international community of our
suspension of participation in this election charade until our minimum
demands are met.

We adopted as a party the RESTORE document which contains our minimum
demands for elections. RESTORE sets out benchmarks that have to be met by
the regime to restore the integrity of the whole election process before the
MDC can participate. The proposed political and electoral reforms conform to
the whole spirit of Mauritius.

We are simply refusing, to be killed, raped, tortured and arrested in the
name of election campaigning.

Zanu PF it is very clear wants to put in place cosmetic changes to woo the
MDC into the election as a way of gaining regional and international
credibility. We are well aware of this strategy and will expose it as we
move to election time. On our part we have started to publish on a monthly
basis an assessment of the extent to which Zimbabwe is in compliance with
the SADC Principles. So far hardly five months before the elections are held
the ruling party is failing in the major areas of electoral reform as set
out in the principles.

Apart from the existing pieces of draconian legislation, Zanu PF is
proposing two other equally dangerous pieces of legislation that will
enhance the work of POSA and AIPPA in denying citizens their basic political
freedoms. The Non Governmental Organisations Bill will ban NGOs involved in
governance and democracy issues from operating in Zimbabwe as well as those
civic organisations that have been carrying out voter education. These
Organisations will also be banned from receiving foreign funding.

Interestingly the bill which seeks to register all NGOs with powers to deny
them a license is also likely to affect even those that have been dealing
with humanitarian assistance. Zanu PF is notorious for using food aid as a
political tool thus it is no coincidence when it claims at the moment that
there is a bumper harvest of 2.4 million tonnes of maize, contrary to
figures coming from the Grain Marketing Board and other independent
statistics that actually say that the country is left with a little less
than four months supply of grain stocks. After which there is going to be a
major humanitarian crisis. How this crisis will be dealt with is simple as
only those with Zanu PF cards will be able to buy maize or receive food hand
outs. Remember how in the Kuwadzana by-election residents suddenly had to
buy maize and mealie-meal from the Zanu PF officials houses?

Those NGOs that have been challenging Government in the area of food
distribution are likely to either be silenced or will volunteer to 'see no
evil and hear no evil' for fear of losing their licences if they do get
registered. This scenario presents a dire situation for a country devasted
by the HIV/AIDS pandemic which is threatening to wipe out a whole

What Zimbabwe needs is a leadership that has compassion - a leadership that
cares for its well being!

Another proposed piece of legislation is the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
bill which seeks to establish an 'independent electoral body.' President
Robert Mugabe will appoint the chairperson of the commission and four others
will be appointed by the Parliamentary Committee on Standing Rules and
Orders which is chaired and dominated by Zanu PF. Meaning that like the
Media and Information Commission established under AIPPA the Electoral
Commission is just another political structure whose sole purpose is to
pursue Zanu PF interests. If enacted, this law will not change much in the
work of the controversial Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede who has been at
the centre of election rigging on behalf of the ruling party. Mudede will
still run elections, register voters and be in charge of voters' rolls. To
date the MDC has been denied access to an electronic version of the voters
roll. Civic organisations will also be banned from carrying out voter
education, an essential component of a democratic election.

All these developments looked at in the context of disputed elections in the
past; Zimbabwe is sitting on another time bomb. I will re assert that now is
the time for the broader international community to be clear on the basis
upon which it is going to judge the outcome of the 2005 Parliamentary

Elections are not an event but a process. Hardly five months before the
elections are held the above is the situation we in the MDC are faced with.
Our driving principle as a party is change through the ballot box. We do not
believe in violence and will never consider it as an option or alternative
strategy to what we have been saying and campaigning for. We will continue
through peaceful means every day to challenge and fight for the right to
chose a leadership of our choice democratically. Even our suspension of
participation in the coming elections is just part of our own broader
strategy to ensure that our democratic rights as an opposition are

Some say Mugabe will go into the elections on his own, get a majority, be
able to amend the constitution and live happily ever after. It is not going
to be as easy as that. Firstly when we formed the MDC we knew we were
signing a contract with death. In the world over democracy has never come on
a silver platter. Tyrants have never willingly handed over power to the
people, it has been fought for. Neither have the people surrendered that
easily in their quest for freedom. Some have been killed others imprisoned.
Those in the fore front of the struggles did not give up they fought to the
bitter end and so will we in the MDC.

Even with the odds against us we know we won with an overwhelming majority
in both the Parliamentary and Presidential elections. This time we are not
going to be robbed of a victory again. No. We are going to get it proper and
straight under a level playing field.

But the question to pose to the region and the broader international
community based on the assumption that Mugabe will go into these elections
on his own is will they recognise his victory?

Is the international community going to reward Mugabe by giving him
legitimacy for what he has done to the country and its people? Is a tyrant
who presides over one of the most rotten and evil regimes going to be
accepted in the SADC? Are SADC Heads of State going to sit on the same table
with Mugabe? What is the reaction of the African Union, United Nations, the
European Union, United States and others going to be?

It is one thing to point fingers at the British and Americans at
international fora and yet his own people are suffering because of his
misrule. It is not the Americans or British who put in place POSA, it is not
them who pay gangs that rampage through villages and communities, that rape
and maim innocent citizens. It is the Robert Mugabe regime.

These international bodies have to make clear to Mugabe that the world is
refusing to continue being dragged back to dark ages where leaders trampled
on the rights of citizens with impunity, and still want to be recognised as
part of the world community.

Mugabe has to be made accountable for his actions. The world has to make
clear to him now, that it is not going to recognise a flawed election
process and the result that comes out of it. The world has to stand with the
people of Zimbabwe. There is nothing African about this state of affairs. As
a black African woman I regret that my country was ever colonised by
Britain, but I am in tears that this is now an excuse to deny me the very
rights that my uncles and aunts died for in the struggle for the liberation
of my country. That we were colonised and had to endure the brutality of the
Smith regime does not justify a repeat of the same kind of brutality under
another 'black' Smith who has mastered the art of repression and is now even
more brutal than his predecessor. It is ironic yet very sad.

The democratic world must refuse to be blackmailed into silence. The world
community must not fail the people of Zimbabwe. Mugabe is a residue of a
past we in Africa are trying to shake off our backs. A sad past indeed!
Collectively as Africans and citizens of the world we have to act and save
lives, save a country that is on the brink of total collapse.

We Zimbabweans take comfort in the fact that Mugabe is a mere mortal. Like
other tyrants before him his days are numbered. One day we will have victory
he and his Zanu PF party will be a thing of the past. Zimbabwe will never be
the same again. But let future generations not condemn us for having sat and
done nothing. It is for this that in the coming months we will not sleep
neither we will we tire. We are going to fight until democracy is realised
in our once beautiful country. We are the future. Freedom is ours. Aluta
Grace Kwinjeh is a Zimbabwean journalist now the MDC's representative in
Brussels, Belgium

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Your Excellencies, as you are aware the verdict in the MDC President’s treason trial is scheduled for tomorrow, October 15 at 10 am. Naturally, I assume that you might want to know our positions, state of our preparedness and responses to several scenarios that might unfold in the next 24 hours.


The position of the MDC on the whole treason trial saga has been a matter of public record since the whole charade began.


The whole trial was nothing but a political show specifically designed to cripple the opposition by targeting the leadership with the hope of eventually paralyzing and ultimately destroying the MDC.


The Mugabe regime has a well-established record of using trumped accusations of treason to destroy opposition political parties in this country. The political experiences of Abel Muzorewa, Joshua Nkomo and Ndabaningi Sithole are well known to the international community. In line with the political behavior of despots the world-over, this particular dictator regards criticism and opposition to his tyranny as treasonous.


A treason charge has therefore been a handy tool for Mugabe to silence political opponents and as was the case with Muzorewa and Sithole. Morgan Tsvangirai was accused of treason during the run up to an election as a strategy to discredit and cripple the MDC. It is a case with all the hallmarks of Mugabe’s legendary ruthlessness, opportunism and total moral deficiency.


The lengthy trial was an unnecessary and somewhat criminal abuse of public funds and a clear demonstration of the extent to which pillars of the state, state institutions and law enforcement agencies have been politicized and subverted in the service of a brutal tyranny.


In these clear circumstances of institutional abuse, the position of the MDC is that an acquittal is the only possible outcome dictated by the fundamental facts of the case. It is the only verdict capable of public defence.


The timing of the judgment is also designed to inflict what the regime believes to be maximum political damage on the MDC. The regime believes that a conviction of the MDC President would paralyze the organizational structure of the MDC, dismantle leadership cohesion and derail the focus of the party from concentrating on electoral reform and the upcoming elections. It is therefore a judgment, which will be delivered in the context of political calculation to weaken the MDC.


But of course all this is a terrible miscalculation on the part of the regime. The leadership is united on all our common objectives and party organization is focused to confront this challenge and achieve the goals that we have set for ourselves.


 Finally, I want to state for the record and put to rest any idle speculation on one critical issue. Whatever will be the outcome of tomorrow’s verdict Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai will remain the President of the MDC and so will the constitutional perking order of the party. Nothing will change in the leadership structure, personnel or composition. The leadership crisis within the MDC, which the regime has been expecting and trying to engineer in the press and through the treason trial will not materialize. If anything, the MDC    will emerge stronger and more resolute and united from the experience of the treason trial.

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To: Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 9:44 AM
Subject: Minimum Standards for Democratic Elections In Zimbabwe

Dear friends,
Last week I attended the conference on Minimum Standards for Democratic
Elections in Pretoria which was hosted by the South African Council of
Churches in conjunction with the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference,
Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Institute for Democracy in South
Africa and Centre for Policy Studies. The object was "to identify and define
how the South African community and the SADC region can support the process
of furthering democracy in Zimbabwe by building consensus on minimum
standards for elections in 2005". A wide cross section of representatives
from civil society in Zimbabwe and South Africa attended the conference
together with other regional observers. There were a number of powerful
presentations to the conference on the present state of tyranny prevailing
in Zimbabwe and the many severe obstacles to be overcome before anything
resembling a fair and free election can take place. Conference responded
with a number of specific proposals to address these issues urgently, but
unfortunately none of these were taken up in the final communiqué issued by
the SACC Secretary General, Molefe Tsele. That communiqué was, to say the
least, disappointing. It certainly did not represent the views expressed at
the conference. Fortunately however Bishop Rubin Phillip, the Anglican
Bishop of Natal (KZN), who was one of the key-note speakers, has now issued
a statement of his own which makes up for this deficit. A copy of his
statement is attached.
Of particular note is Bishop Rubin's proposal (which was aired at the
conference) that a civil society observer team comprising members from the
SADC region be immediately dispatched to Zimbabwe to monitor compliance with
the Mauritius SADC Electoral standards - and that this team reports back to
their respective governments by the end of November. This proposal has the
great merit of taking account both of the extreme urgency of the
deteriorating situation on the ground in Zimbabwe and the radical nature of
the obstacles to be overcome on the way to a democratic dispensation. It is
deserving of our full support. Please therefore give the proposal what
publicity you can, and let us together pray with a new urgency for the new
dawn in Zimbabwe and the region.
In Christian solidarity,

Statement by Bishop Rubin Phillip, Anglican Bishop of Natal (KZN) on the
Conference on Minimum Standards for Elections in Zimbabwe

A conference on Minimum Standards for Elections in Zimbabwe was held in
Pretoria on 4 and 5 October 2005. The aim of the conference, which was
co-hosted by the SACC, Idasa, SACBC, IJR, and CPS, was to identify and
define how the South African community and the SADC region can support the
process of furthering democracy in Zimbabwe by building consensus on minimum
standards for elections next year. The conference was attended by a wide
cross-section of representatives from civil society in Zimbabwe and South
Africa, as well as representatives from other SADC countries such as
Botswana and Mozambique, who are also due to conduct elections in the near

Representatives from ZANU-PF and the MDC were also invited to present papers
at this conference on their perspectives on the proposed electoral reforms
by the government of Zimbabwe aimed at complying with the SADC Principles
and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections signed by the SADC Heads of
State at their Summit in Mauritius in August. However, ZANU-PF failed to
send any representatives to the conference and thereby missed an important
opportunity of presenting the case of the government of Zimbabwe on their
proposed electoral reforms as they appear in the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission Bill (which was tabled in Parliament this week together with the
NGO Bill which seeks to curtail the activities of all NGO's involved in
human rights and governance work in Zimbabwe).

Whilst acknowledging that the signing of the SADC protocol on elections (and
some of the proposed changes to the current electoral system in Zimbabwe)
was a step in the right direction, representatives of civil society from
both Zimbabwe highlighted the many discrepancies and shortfalls in the
proposed Electoral Commission Bill (ECB) and the on-going abuse of political
power by the ruling party since signing this protocol. Representatives from
the MDC explained the rationale behind their decision to 'suspend' all
involvement in elections until certain conditions were met to balance the
playing fields and restore the rule of law in Zimbabwe, and clarified the
position on the so-called 'talks' between the two parties which had never
materialised. Of particular concern to delegates at the conference was the
fact that the ECB was an attempt by the government of Zimbabwe to appear to
be complying with some of the technical aspects of the SADC electoral
standards to gain legitimacy from SADC and international observer missions,
without addressing any of the underlying causes of the deepening political
and socio-economic crisis in Zimbabwe.

Specific reference was made to the following aspects of this crisis which
needed to be urgently addressed before credible and legitimate elections can
be held in Zimbabwe.

* The culture of political violence, intimidation and
intolerance by supporters of the ruling party was continuing unabated since
the signing of the SADC election protocol in Mauritius and needed to be
urgently addressed if elections were to be evenly contested. A detailed
record of incidents of political violence perpetrated by members of the
ruling party was produced by the MDC which was supported by reports from the
Human Rights Forum in Zimbabwe.
* The culture of impunity which had resulted in very few
arrests or prosecutions for the above cases of political violence over the
past five years also needed to be addressed as a first step towards seeing a
restoration of the rule of law in Zimbabwe.
* The continued drafting and use of draconian legislation to
close democratic space and dialogue in Zimbabwe including POSA, AIPPA, and
the soon to be promulgated NGO Bill which seeks to ban all non-profit
organisations working on electoral and human rights monitoring in the
lead-up to next years elections.
* The continued manipulation of the media and judiciary by the
ruling party witnessed by the closure of newspapers and publications that
are critical of the government, and the appointment of judges who support
the ruling party.
* The continued banning of legitimate political campaigning
and activity by the opposition party in the lead-up to the parliamentary
elections next year, and the unlawful arrest of protesters engaged in
legitimate protest action.
* The use of food as a political weapon, and control of food
distribution in Zimbabwe in the months leading up to the elections,
* Of very great concern are reports of the on-going sexual
assault and abuse of women as part of a deliberate political strategy to
coerce and humiliate members perceived to be supportive of the opposition.
* The fundamental Constitutional discrepancies which
concentrate power in the position of the President.

In response to these anti-democratic policies and practices, civil society
in Zimbabwe has demanded the following minimum conditions be met to ensure
that an electoral environment conducive to free and fair elections is

1. Dismantling of the infrastructure of violence (e.g. the
youth militia-Green Bombers) and political commitment not to resort to

2. Limitation of the Presidential powers not only not only with
respect to election but also to the democratic rights of citizens.

3. The Executive's power to legislate, especially on the
Electoral Act must be abolished as it is not consistent with a democratic
political system.

4. There must be an Independent Electoral Court manned by
senior judges with clear enforcement powers to deal with electoral
violations. This means that the President who is a participant in the
elections must not appoint or handpick his/her functionaries to head the
independent electoral monitoring body.

5. A Code of Conduct that is agreed upon by all stakeholders,
including the political contestants and civil society.

6. The airwaves must be freed of all interference and control.
A tripartite forum consisting of political parties and civil society
organisations must monitor the freeness of the airwaves. Alternatively, this
function must be discharged by the election monitoring body. As a
demonstration of good faith the government must repeal the Broadcasting
Services Act (BSA), which gives the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings monopoly
over the airwaves.

7. The repeal of draconian legislation such as the Public Order
and Security Act (POSA) and Access to Information and Protection Act (AIPPA)
is one of the first steps that need to be taken by the government towards
democratising the elections.

These demands are supported by civil society organisations in South Africa
and the wider SADC region, and an urgent appeal is made to governments in
the SADC region to endorse these demands to ensure compliance, not only with
the minimum standards for elections in the SADC region, but to ensure that a
credible and legitimate election is held in Zimbabwe next year to determine
the will of all eligible voters in free and fair conditions. Failing this,
the conference delegates fear a slide into greater anarchy and lawlessness
in Zimbabwe in the next five years of the new government which will have
very dire consequences for the entire SADC region.

In support of these demands, I (Bishop Rubin Phillip) proposed that a Civil
Society Observer team comprising members from the SADC region, be
immediately dispatched to Zimbabwe to monitor compliance with the Mauritius
SADC Electoral Standards by the government of Zimbabwe, and that they make
their report available to their respective governments by the end of
November this year. This will enable SADC governments to determine a
regional response to the electoral process in Zimbabwe prior to the
elections proper which are presently scheduled for March next year.

Finally, most delegates at the conference shared the concern expressed by
civil society representatives from Zimbabwe concerning the election
timetable determined by the government, and support the call for elections
to be postponed until such time as fundamental electoral reforms are agreed
between the two main contestants in the election, and proper instruments and
institutions for managing and monitoring the election process put in place.
Failing this, the elections in Zimbabwe next year will at best be a farce,
and at worst a fiasco for Zimbabwe and the entire SADC region. Neither
Zimbabwe nor the region can afford either of these outcomes.


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The ZNSPCA is renovating  an old house for an "Administration and Educational Centre" and urgently needs building materials to get it up and running. Should you have any surplus building materials lying around that
you don't require and would like to donate to ZNSPCA, items may be delivered to the site at 156 Enterprise Road or please phone Sue and we will collect. Tel: 882566 email:
List of Items required: 
River Sand
Pit Sand.
Quarry Dust
19mm Stone
Red Ochre
Brickforce  9"
Brickforce  4 1/2"
French Door 1.5m
Lintel 1.8m
Standard Bricks

Any unwanted floor or wall tiles
Asbestos roof sheeting
Window frames

Thank you for your support.

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Reports reaching us indicate that Zanu PF is planning to stir up trouble at the High Court in Harare tomorrow when Justice Paddington Garwe delivers judgment in the treason trial of President Morgan Tsvangirai.

We are aware of a series of meetings since Friday last week at the Zanu PF provincial headquarters in Fourth Street and at the party’s head office in Rotten Row in Harare at which a plan was hatched to cause mayhem at the High Court regardless of the verdict. The idea is to heighten tension at the court, create confusion, and in the melee, cause harm to President Tsvangirai. We can only hope for the best and expect the worst out of such a state-sponsored event.

The plan will be executed by members of the Zanu PF militia, with the support of rogue war veterans and misguided state security agents. New clothing has been procured for the militias to enable them to gain access to the High Court, fill up the court room and then execute their plan. Altogether, 600 Zanu PF activists are to be deployed for this operation.

The question uppermost in our minds is why the state should go that far. Is there someone, other than the judge, with advance information as to the contents of the judgment?

We are further informed that there shall be a heavy police presence throughout the City of Harare, plus airborne patrols by air force personnel armed with guns and teargas canisters to intimidate our members and supporters from going about their legitimate business in peace. The majority of the city’s residents are MDC supporters. They have indicated that they wish to attend the court for the verdict.

I wish to reiterate our position that instead of wasting time trying to harass the MDC, it is high time the Mugabe regime realizes that the priority today is food and jobs. The nation needs a new beginning. The n ationneedsafreshstart.Weneednationalhealing. We need a new Zimbabwe.


Paul Themba Nyathi

Secretary for Information

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From The Daily Mirror, 14 October

UNECA report: SAPES sets the record straight

Daily Mirror Reporter

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) report bemoaning
the dearth of good governance in Zimbabwe, among other African countries,
was tabled at the on-going Fourth African Development Forum in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia, with the knowledge of the southern African country's government.
According to Southern African Political Economy Series Trust (SAPES,) who
complied the report, the document was presented to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs ahead of the UNECA meeting currently underway in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia. Surprisingly, The Herald yesterday carried a story on its front
page headlined "Anti Zim report blasted" in which the State-controlled media
house alleged that the government had been "ambushed" as the delegation led
by Information Minister Jonathan Moyo only became aware of the document when
it was presented on Tuesday. The Herald also purported that the there was no
contribution from the government, yet several ministries participated in its
compilation. It also said the report - presented without the knowledge of
SAPES as the Trust was not represented at the Ethiopia meeting - was
incomplete and biased.

In a statement SAPES Trust yesterday said: "We wish to point out that the
final report had been submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to
the Addis Ababa meeting. Government ministries consulted during the
compilation of the report included Public Service, Lands and Agriculture,
Local Government, Finance and Economic Development, Foreign Affairs,
Defence, Home Affairs, Education, Sport and Culture, National Affairs and
Employment Creation, and Health and Child Welfare." SAPES further stated:
"It must be noted that SAPES Trust is not aware of who presented the report
at the meeting in Addis Ababa. Dr Ibbo Mandaza was unable to attend
personally due to his commitments at the Zimbabwe Mirror. Jennifer Chiriga,
co-coordinator of the research project, had been nominated to attend.
However, she arrived at the airport to find that her ticket had not been
paid for by the ECA. If SAPES had been represented at the meeting, the
misunderstandings presented in the Herald report would have been resolved
therein. The Zimbabwe report is objective and balanced." The Zimbabwe report
in its conclusion read: "Africans should develop their own paradigm on the
basis of which to contextualise and lend meaning to such apparently
universal idioms as democracy, good governance or even human rights. the
debate cannot lead anywhere unless we seek also to escape the Euro-Centric
and Rustovian conception of society. The discussion has to be centred on a
clear acknowledgement of the historical and socio-economic factors around
which contemporary Africa is defined, and therefore the means through which
the Motherland can liberate and find herself."

Among the countries surveyed and found to be the poorest performers of
democracy were Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya and Swaziland. The Zimbabwe report was
one of 28 country studies commissioned by UNECA, meant to measure and
monitor "Progress towards Good Governance in Africa", before SAPES Trust
chairman, Dr Mandaza, finally edited it. The Trust said the methodology and
guidelines provided by UNECA called for participation in the research
process of both government and civil society, and as such it adhered
strictly to that method in compiling the report. It said throughout the
research process, regular sub-regional meetings and workshops were held in
order to monitor progress and ensure that the guidelines were followed,
since the reports would eventually be incorporated into a continental
report. "One such sub-regional meeting was held in Lusaka from November 24
to 26 2003, at which Mandaza presented the major findings of the study. The
Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare (then July Moyo) was
present at the meeting," added SAPES Trust. The Zimbabwe study was launched
on October 9 2002 at a public workshop at a Harare Hotel, with the opening
speech written by Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Patrick
Chinamasa, and presented on his half by the ministry's permanent secretary,
David Mangota. Various other representatives from both local and central
government also attended the launch.

"With regard to the allegations regarding the completeness of the report,
SAPES wishes to make the point that the data and findings in the report are
all complete," the Trust said. "SAPES and UNECA would not put their
reputations on the line by submitting inaccurate data to an important
meeting such as the one taking place in Addis Ababa. The final report was
submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to the Addis Ababa
meeting." SAPES Trust is an intellectual forum and centre of academic
excellence for policy analysis and enhancing decision-making capacity in the
southern African region, both at national and regional level. The Trust,
which has been in existence since 1987, promotes the development of an
autonomous indigenous capacity for intellectual and scholarly discourse. It
has been involved in producing high quality reports and consultancies,
including the Regional Human Development Report and has had a vigorous
publications programme. Many of its books are used in university in the
continent and the world at large.
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Subject: znspca update Oct 2004

PVO 38/69

SPCA Member Centres:
Bulawayo - Chegutu - Chinhoyi - Chiredzi - Gweru - Harare
Hwange - Kadoma - Kwekwe - Masvingo - Mutare




The small ZNSPCA crew continue to respond to the relentless reports.  Their work on farms, of necessity, has increased and this has probably been the team’s busiest period yet.


Inspector Simon Chikadaya has been promoted to Senior Inspector and Trainee Mahias Trengaruwa is showing great potential – Meryl reports that he has a wonderful way with animals.    presently bottle feeding 2 young orphaned lambs that were found in a kraal on an invaded farm in Featherstone.  Trainee Inspector Justine Dare is kept very busy with her administrative duties, but has also been conducting investigations into condition of Security dogs.


Meryl has submitted the following report on recent events:


1.  Roy Bennett’s invaded farm, Charleswood Estate, continued to occupy much of our time during June and July.  ZNSPCA were tipped off that the Government owned Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) was going to commence moving Roy’s cattle from Chartleswood to their Charter Estate in the Chikoma area.   We were appalled as this would entail a journey of some 400 kilometres lasting approximately 12 hours and we knew that many of these cattle were too weak to survive the journey.  We also heard that several of the experienced cattle transporters had refused the job because of the very steep gradients between Chimanimani and Mutare.  The whole exercise was tantamount to stock-theft, but ZNSPCA were unable to stop it.


Simon and I drove down to Chimanimani to monitor the first load - we were not impressed with the two hired trucks and the loading of the cattle by ARDA staff was very rough.  The presence of ZNSPCA was vital and we were able to stop several weaners being loaded that would never have survived the trip.  We followed the first two truckloads out of Charleswood and were promptly stopped at a Police roadblock just outside the village of Chimanimani.  Normally ZNSPCA vehicles are always waved through.  This time they ordered Simon and I out of the truck and they just about stripped the vehicle.


Then began the long trip to Charter Estate.  The two trucks were in poor mechanical shape and several times on the steep inclines, the drivers had great difficulty changing from second to first gear.  At Clouds End we left them and droved down to Chipinge to collect an abandoned security dog.  At 9.30 pm the ARDA vet phoned me to ask me if I knew where the Charleswood cattle were.  They finally arrived at 10 am the next day, having had mechanical breakdowns and 2 punctures.


We monitored the off-loading of the cattle, several were ‘down’ and all were exhausted.  It was as if they had not been expected - there was no access to food in the kraal they were put into and ZNSPCA had to start mobilising ARDA staff to provide hay.  We returned to Charter Estate the following day to find two ‘downed’ cows still lying in the hot sun - no water and only a small handful of crushed maize had been placed near them.  ZNSPCA cut green grass for them, collected hay and brought them buckets of water.  They were extremely hungry and thirsty, but despite our efforts they both died the following day.


Over the next few weeks, approximately 600 head of Bennett’s cattle were moved by road to ARDA’s Charter Estate.  ZNSPCA monitored the loading and off-loading when we could, but several more did not survive.  We watched whilst ARDA workers superimposed their brand over Bennett’s brand.  On one of our many trips to Charleswood we had Roy’s old mare ‘Cutex’ euthanaised – she was loosing condition rapidly, had a very bad eye and was not being given the essential medication which we had provided for her.


2.  A family was violently evicted from Pendennis Farm in Karoi, this time by an Officer from the Prison Services.  Thugs arrived at 4pm and gave the family until daybreak to get off the farm.  In the early hours of the morning as they were leaving they went to put the 2 family dogs in the car but ‘Sheba’ an elderly Ridgeback was extremely stressed and bit the Son as he tried to lift her into the car.  Further attempts to catch her failed and the distraught family had to leave without their beloved dog.  ZNSPCA were contacted and several days later we drove the 193 km to Karoi.  Armed Prison Officers at the farm gate told us that we couldn’t go in without a “pass” from Harare.  We drove down the road, picked up a female Prison Officer, informed the guards that she was our “pass” and drove in.


We soon found Sheba wandering round the garden looking very lost and the house was empty and deserted.  However, as soon as she saw us she disappeared into the flowerbeds.  This was not going to be easy, but we had brought some steak and tranquillisers with us.  She ate the drugged meat hungrily but two and a half hours later she was still running away from us.  Finally she walked unsteadily into the garage and we were able to catch her.  It was after dark by the time we delivered Sheba to her anxious owners who had rented a house in Harare.  There was an emotional re-union that made it all worthwhile.  We later heard that Sheba slept for the next 48 hours!


3.  When driving through Karoi recently, we found a German Shepherd and a Labrador, both in excellent condition, running around in a very anxious state in the middle of the main Karoi/Kariba road.  We managed to catch them and get them into the back of the ZNSPCA truck.  We later discovered that their owner’s farm had been invaded and they were away.  Neighbours rallied round and moved all their possessions to another farm, putting the two dogs temporarily in the garden of the local churchyard.  Later a resident, unaware that the dogs were there, left the gate open.  The dogs were later re-united with their owners.


4.  In mid-August we received a frantic phone call from another farmer, again in the Karoi area.  He was the owner of 2 tame Lions ‘Beau’ and ‘Storm.  Officials from National Parks had arrived at the farm together with the Police, wanting to arrest him because he did not have a Permit for the Lions and because he had “dangerous animals” on the farm.  They had obviously been sent by war veterans in the area who wanted the farmer to leave.  He was taken away by the Police and spent two nights in jail for  this “offence”.  In the meantime, we applied to the Parks Department for an urgent Permit.  The farmer was released on the Monday but he and his Wife felt it was not safe to go back to the farm.  He had left two workers (whom the Lions loved!) to look after them.  A few days later, a neighbour phoned to say that the Police and Parks were back again, this time to “confiscate” the Lions.  I spoke to one of the officials and informed him that the Permit was being processed, that the female was pregnant and could possibly abort from the stress of being moved.  Parks later left the farm, without the Lions.


The issue of the Lions’ Permit was then held up by a major investigation into corruption taking place at National Parks.  In an official’s words “all permits will in future go under the microscope”.  Eventually, it was issued, but by this time the farmer had taken the matter of his arrest to Court where it was ruled that his detention had been unlawful.  The harassment continued and he and his Wife decided to leave the farm for good.  He requested the ZNSPCA’s help with relocating the Lions to another farm in the Karoi area.  In the meantime, Storm had given birth to two cubs, but sadly the stress of not having ‘Chalkie’ with her had taken its toll and she rejected the cubs – one subsequently died, but the other is being hand-reared and is doing well.


The Lions were successfully darted by a game-capture unit and relocated to a spacious new boma on the other side of Karoi.  It was a huge wrench for Chalkie to say good-bye to his beloved Lions for the last time – he and Sandy left for the UK a few days later.


5.  Several months ago farmers in the Odzi area had been violently evicted and left behind many of their possessions, including horses.   The owners were concerned about their welfare but it was not safe for them to visit the farm.  The ZNSPCA gained permission from the Police Officer-in-Charge to check on the horses.  We found war veterans in the garden who had been sent to “guard” the property.  They helped us find the horses which were in a pretty bad way – a chestnut pony mare had a wire snare round both hind legs, dragging half a tree behind her, several of the Palominos (these belonged to the farmer who had accidentally shot and killed a war veteran when he was attacked) had bad ear infections caused by ticks, with pus pouring down their cheeks.  A young gelding had very bad mange and all the horses were covered in ticks, especially large Bont ticks.  It took some time to catch the mare with the snare, but we were able to cut the wire and treat the wounds.  One or two of the Palominos were approachable and we were able to treat them, but the young gelding was very nervous, as were the other 5 Palominos.  ZNSPCA is grateful to Mark Evans who accompanied us to Mapor Farm and who used all his Monty Roberts cunning to catch the horses.  I asked the resident war vets if we could uplift the 7 horses and pet donkey.  We were referred to the war vets in Mutare and the Chairman later phoned to give ZNSPCA  the necessary authority.  Two weeks later, we returned to Mapor Farm with a large lorry borrowed from a local farmer, horse cubes, hay and of course Mark Evans accompanied by wife, Claire.  We had a feeling the settlers had been chasing the horses as they were even more elusive.  Sadly, in spite of our search, there was no sign of the pet donkey ‘Tackies’, presumably stolen for ploughing.  It took us 6 ½ hours to catch and load them with the little chestnut gelding being the easiest of the lot.  Without Mark and Claire, Simon, Mathias and I would still be trying to catch them.  Because they were so stressed we decided to move them a short distance to a ‘safe’ farm on the outskirts of Mutare.  Mark offered to leave one of his grooms with the horses for a week whilst he got to know their temperaments and suitability for re-homing.  The two owners had given ZNSPCA instructions “to do what you have to do” as they were now living in suburban Mutare unable to have the horses back.


We returned a week later.  Sadly in this job decisions have to be made and we euthanaised five of the seven, returning to Harare with a Palomino gelding and the chestnut pony.  A vet was called in to attend to both of them and in Mark and Claire’s care they are looking much better already.  ‘Alaska’ and ‘Denver’ will be re-homed as soon as the vet has given them the all clear.


6.  Brunton Farm, Bromley, was mentioned in our last report (owner’s Wife badly beaten and house ransacked).  ZNSPCA were monitoring the feeding of the horses, but after a few days workers were chased away by a local war vet (female) who wants the farm.  Horses had to be moved and two were euthanaised as unsuitable for re-homing.


Three cats were left behind and for over 6 weeks ZNSPCA has been checking the cat traps every day.  The cats are very nervous because the house is not empty and settlers are camped in the garden.  Tragically a settler with a grievance against the owners took 2 of the cats out of the traps before we got there and their bodies were found floating in a nearby well.  We called the Police and had him arrested.  He is due to appear in Court soon.  As for ‘Silver’, we are determined to catch her and now have the resident settlers on our side.  We have put the trap inside the house and have broken a window in the lounge, which she is now using to get in at night.


7.  Distressed Nyanga residents asked ZNSPCA to check on 6 horses that belonged to Brondesbury Park Hotel that, in spite of the hotel being closed, horses are still there.  Hotel has been closed for two years due to current decline in tourism, but a skeleton staff remains including two grooms.  Horses were not in bad condition, there is plenty of grazing and the grooms are doing the best they can under difficult circumstances.  However, ZNSPCA euthanaised one young horse that was very ill – neck and throat covered in abscesses – had apparently been like that for some time.


8.  August Hill Farm, Goromonzi, elderly owner violently evicted for the second time.  His farm was taken over several months ago by a member of the Central Intelligence Organisation who felled many fir trees and sold the wood, but did not move in.  Owner informed the local Police that the farm continued to be unoccupied, so the Police told him to return.  He had been living there for several weeks when he was violently evicted again.  Extremely traumatised, he left for this original home in Scotland.  ZNSPCA was called in to rescue the owner’s pet cat for the second time.  After two weeks we caught his cat but found her very dehydrated and stressed, however after a week at the vets she had made an excellent recovery and we are hoping to re-home her. 


9.  The Sable on Tengwe Estate were mentioned in the previous report – ZNSPCA had high hopes that after many weeks of negotiating with all stake-holders, with the Movement Permit issued by the Parks Dept and a Game Capture Unit organised, that we would at last be able to secure the release of the Sable.  However, it was not to be.  We arrived at the gate of the farm early in the morning.  The large trucks to move the Sable belonging to the Game Capture Team were already in place, but so was a large mob of settlers, war vets, ex-workers and their rent-a-crowd.  Two armed guards from National Parks arrived to oversee the re-location but to no avail.  The crowds were demanding a ”percentage” in exchange for allowing the removal of the farmer’s Sable – this could run into millions and was pure extortion.  All ZNSPCA could do was once again express our concern over the welfare of the Sable as they were being hunted and poached every weekend by Government Officials from Harare.  No one would listen to reason and finally a delegation, including war vets, National Parks and the Game Capture Unit departed for the offices of the Urungwe District Council.


Simon and I waited outside the gate all day, nearby a beer hall provided loud music and alcohol to keep up the spirits of the waiting crowds.  At 5.30 pm, it was starting to get dark and the crowd were getting restless and talking about stoning the ZNSPCA truck – we left, having waited 9 ½ hours.  Returning to the farm the following morning, it was to learn that the meeting had not reached any agreement and the crowds were continuing to refuse the trucks entry.  We headed back to Harare.  Since then a fire has swept through Tengwe Estate and there is virtually no grazing for the Sable.  I spoke to the main war veteran at the farm this week who informed me that he was “now bored with the issue of the Sable and wants to get on with farming” – but he will still not allow them to be moved.  ZNSPCA will continue to fight for their re-location to a safe place. 


10.  Lussoff Farm in Featherstone – The Police phoned to report that sheep were dying in large numbers on this farm where the owner had been evicted, but had left the sheep on the farm in the hopes that he would be able to return.  ZNSPCA was provided with a Police escort and found the situation critical.  There was no grazing and several lambs had died, as their mothers had no milk.  We were shown the ‘graves’ of many adult sheep.  The owner was advised and immediately sent supplementary feed and moved all the sheep to an unlisted farm this week.


11.  For two and a half years ZNSPCA has been fighting for the release of 90 Sable that have been incarcerated in bomas at Somerby Farm, Norton at the Quarantine Station there.  Due to a long complicated dispute over ownership, involving a conservancy and politicians, the Sable have been living a miserable existence in small bomas lined with black shade cloth.  The Sables’ deteriorating health has resulted in most youngsters that were born not surviving or else the mothers aborting.  Adults’ hooves have grown too long as they have not worn down naturally.  Twice all the Sable have had to be tranquillised in order have their hooves trimmed – on the first occasion this was funded by ZNSPCA.


As the wrangles continued in Court and the whole issue became a political hot potato, the Sable began to die because they were not being fed properly.  ZNSPCA has now “seized” the sable in terms of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act – we obtained a Court Order from a Provincial Magistrate in Harare and  this in effect puts them in our care, until they are strong enough to be re-located.  Funding has been set up for their feeding and now that, after many months, they are receiving the correct food – their recovery has been remarkable.  One female has died in the last week, but she had recently aborted and for her, sadly help came too late.


Ironically the day after ZNSPCA obtained the Court Order, the Supreme Court ruled that the Sable did belong to the original owner (i.e. the farmer and his associates).


There are now only 54 sable left from the original 90, but in a few weeks time, they will have their hooves trimmed again and will be set free on a conservancy.  ZNSPCA’s long fight for their release has all been worth it.


We have held meetings with:

§         the Permanent Secretary for Lands in an effort to relieve the plight of the Dairy Cows at Collingwood Farm, Concession - he said he did not want to see our photos of the starving cows as he is “an animal lover”!; 

§         the Permanent Secretary  for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in an effort to secure the release of the wild Leopard held in captivity by National Parks at Nyamaneshe;

§         the Executive Director of ARDA in an effort to secure the release of Roy Bennett’s horses at Charleswood Estate.


ZNSPCA continues with its work in the Chinyika and Rusike communal areas with Trainee Inspector Mathias visiting the villagers there as often as possible.  We are currently trying to save a few cows belonging to a widow in the Chinyika area.  The grazing is non-existent but we have been taking hay and soya bean stalks to her and so far the desperately thin cows are holding their own.


Many of the local people come to our office at Goronmonzi seeking help for their animals – puppies, day-old chicks, donkeys, goats, etc.  One old man walked a very long distance to ask us for help for his donkey which had been attacked by a pack of dogs belonging to settlers.  It was in a bad state, but we have patched him up and filled him with a long-acting antibiotic.  He has found himself a little patch of settlers’ wheat to munch on and we do hope he makes it.


In addition to the farm issues which take up so much of our time, we have also dealt with the transportation of livestock, security dogs, chicken vendors, baboon control on the timber estates, etc.




Michael Madondo of Eaglesnest was found Guilty of Cruelty to a horse by a Rusape Magistrate, was fined $100,000 and banned from keeping an animal for 6 years.  This was an excellent result for us as this banning is provided for in the Cruelty Act but so few Magistrates use it.


We have since discovered that he is still keeping another two horses on his property.  When ZNSPCA informed the Magistrate, he requested that we uplift the two horses immediately, inform him afterwards and he would have Madondo arrested and “put inside”.  The Magistrate informed us that Madondo had tried to bribe him to drop the case and had also asked ZANU PF ‘Chefs’ in the area to see that the charges against him were dropped – this is one Magistrate who will not be treated with contempt.


I have also appeared in Goromonzi Court twice in the Mtetwa case - a woman who was keeping 12 large dogs in small cages.  She is very argumentative in Court – case remanded to 30 September.


The trial date for our dog fighting case is 17 November.  The accused has already appeared in Court and was remanded IN CUSTODY pending Z$200,000 bail.  The shocked expression on the accused’s face was a picture.  His mother paid the bail 2 days later.


We have many other cases awaiting trial dates, and several dockets being drawn up before being passed on to the relevant Police Stations.


(End of Report)

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Teachers strike over broken promises and low pay
14 Oct 2004 17:06:10 GMT

Source: IRIN
JOHANNESBURG, 14 October (IRIN) - Zimbabwean teachers have gone on a
nationwide strike to press for better pay and allowances following a
breakdown in negotiations with the government to increase salaries by 100

The Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) has been threatening since June
this year to pursue industrial action over low salaries, after giving the
government a 15 September deadline.

The boycott, which kicked off on Wednesday, comes at a crucial time in the
academic calendar as students prepare for the end-of-year examinations.

ZIMTA secretary general Dennis Sinyolo told IRIN the teachers had embarked
on the strike action following a deadlock in negotiations with the
government. Earlier this week, the education ministry said it had no money
to meet their demands.

On average, teachers in Zimbabwe earn a basic salary of Zim $670,000 per
month (about US $120), but the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe says a food
basket for an average family of five now costs Zim $1.4 million a month. In
January teachers called for a 1,200 percent wage increase to keep salaries
in tandem with rising inflation.

Government and ZIMTA negotiators settled for a 600 percent increase, but
teachers have so far received just half of that in two instalments of 250
percent and 50 percent. Teachers had also expected an additional 100 percent
cost-of-living adjustment by July.

After protracted negotiations lasting almost nine months, teachers accepted
staggered percentage salary increases during the course of the year.

"Our members have been patient, hoping something would come out of
negotiations, and now feel their trust has been misplaced," said Sinyolo.

Last month government gave state employees a 230 percent increase in their
housing allowances and 150 percent extra to cover transport costs, but the
teachers say this falls far too short of their expectations.
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JAG JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Updated 14th October 2004

Please send any classified adverts for publication in this newsletter to:
JAG Job Opportunities

1.  Advert Received 7th October 2004

Looking for a good cook and gardener in Kwe Kwe.  Phone 011 407747 or 055

2.  Advert Received 9th October 2004

We are leaving the country and would very much like to find our domestic
worker a job. He will be available from the end of October 2004. Cephas, 52
years old, has been with us for the past 14 years and is an extremely
honest, reliable and hard working man.  Please call Denise Corbett on
496891 or 011 412 113 or 011 401 706

3.  Advert Received 9th October 2004


Butchery in Greencroft looking for Elderly Gentleman to run the Shop on a
daily Basis.  Suit someone with nothing much too do, but not quite ready to
sit at Home getting old.

Please contact Brian on 336773 / 4 or 091239825
E-mail -

4.  Advert Received 10th October 2004

Highly experienced General Manager of Chabweno Farm, Enterprise for many
years looking for a position preferably in Zimbabwe and within the vicinity
of Harare but will consider neighbouring countries, presently in
Zambia.Family in Harare. Handled large Tobacco operation and horticulture
for the export market. Supervised large workforce. Has also had a year's
experience with a large Transport company in Harare and is an ex B.S.A.P.
policeman. Totally reliable and highly committed to whatever position he is
employed in. Excellent references. Looking for a position with suitable
remuneration and conditions. e-mail for c.v. and
further information

5.  Advert Received 12th October 2004

Carers I represent a small group of people who are considering establishing
an agency of care-givers.  For research purposes we would ask interested
parties who may require this service to respond to this e-mail privately
via, or contact me personally on 091-301125 (any time)
04-492566 (after hours) or write to PO Box CH 242, Chisipite, Harare.

We would offer the following services:
* Weekly visit to client
* Transport and assist client to medical / social / shopping outings
* Administration of home (i.e. housework, cooking of meals, etc)
* Confidential administration of personal affairs
* Weekly report to designated person

These services could be tailor-made to suit the client's individual needs.
They would also attract a fee.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact me at the above
addresses. Jane Swanepoel

6.  Advert Received 12th October 2004

Employment opportunity in Namibian Tourism industry

Ngepi camp, an Eco-friendly camp/lodge for self drive 4x4 travelers and
overland trucks situated on the banks of the Kavango (Okavango) river in
the west Caprivi is looking for a youngish, energetic honest person who is
interested in the environment to help the Manager with supervision, bar and
general duties around this busy lodge.


Contact the owner at

For the latest listings of accommodation available for farmers, contact
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