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Zim Online

Sat 23 October 2004

       HARARE - Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) party says it will stick to its decision to boycott next year's
election despite an independent survey showing half of its supporters were
against the move.

      Dismissing a survey by the Harare-based Mass Public Opinion Institute
as "simplistic," MDC spokesman, Paul Themba Nyathi, said the party would
only agree to participate in the crucial poll only if political violence was
put to an end and the rule of law upheld in the country.

      The government also had to sufficiently democratise Zimbabwe's
electoral laws and processes to meet Southern African Development Community
(SADC) norms and standards for elections before the MDC could agree to
contest the March 2005 ballot.

      Nyathi said: "It is difficult for the MDC to rely on simplistic
surveys that ask certain questions without asking other questions.

      "If they (the institute) had asked people if they supported the
violence, the propaganda and the killings associated with our elections,
they would have got another response. But if they asked them (MDC
supporters) if they supported the MDC "boycott of elections" obviously
people would say no."

      In the survey, whose results were released last week, more than 64
percent of all the people interviewed by the institute said they did not
support the decision by the MDC to boycott the election.

      Out of those who identified themselves as supporters of the MDC, 54
percent said they did not favour the boycott saying they instead preferred
the party to contest the ballot so they could maintain a presence in
Parliament and use the House to push for wider

      Only 17 percent of interviewees said they were aware of electoral
reforms proposed by President Robert Mugabe and his ruling ZANU PF party but
which the MDC says are insincere and far below standards agreed by SADC
leaders last August.

      Commenting on the results, a senior researcher at the institute,
Thulani Sithole, said: "The results of the survey show that notwithstanding
the nature of our elections - the violence, rape and people being displaced
from their homes - people would still want to see the MDC participating in
next year's election."

      The MDC wants the government to set up an independent commission to
run elections in accordance with SADC electoral norms and standards that
require only such commissions to oversee elections.

      The opposition party also wants political violence ended and harsh
press and security laws that have severely hampered it from campaigning
repealed before it agrees to take part in the March poll.

      The government has proposed a new Zimbabwe Electoral Commission it
says will have the power and autonomy to run elections in the country.

      But the MDC says the proposed five-member commission will be beholden
to Mugabe because the President will appoint its chairman while the other
four members will be nominated by the ZANU PF dominated Parliament.

      The MDC, which has accused the government of inflating the number of
eligible voters in areas it enjoys more support, also wants Zimbabwe's
voters' roll audited before next year's ballot. - ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Regional civic groups to besiege border posts
Sat 23 October 2004

       JOHANNESBURG - Southern African civic society groups will this year
commemorate the International Human Rights Day by holding demonstrations at
Zimbabwe's border posts, it was learnt yesterday.

      International rights group Amnesty International, which is
co-ordinating the protests, said they were meant to draw world attention on
rampant human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. The United Nations human rights day
is celebrated on December 10.

      An official with Amnesty's South African office, Joseph Dube told
ZimOnline: "We are going to march to the borders and register our concern
about the situation in Zimbabwe and the plight of Zimbabweans in the

      The protests, that are expected to force the temporary closure of
entry points into Zimbabwe, were meant to pressure Southern African
Development Community leaders to do more to help end a grinding economic and
political crisis that has driven more than three
      million Zimbabweans into foreign countries.

      Churches, labour unions, civic and human rights organisations are
expected to take part in the demonstrations.

      Demonstrators from South Africa will march to the Beitbridge border
post, while those from Mozambique will gather at Forbes border post. Groups
from Zambia and Botswana will converge at Chirundu and Plumtree border posts

      They will march onto the "no-man's land" between the border posts,
where speeches will be read as well as other activities will take place.
Dube said protests on the Zimbabwean side were unlikely because Harare will
not allow them. - ZimOnline

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The Times

            October 23, 2004

            Tour to Zimbabwe seems set to go ahead
            By Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Chief Cricket Correspondent

             THE delay in making public the findings of a delegation to check
security arrangements for England's ten-day tour of Zimbabwe next month is
unlikely to change the ECB's opinion that, like it or not, the visit should
go ahead. John Carr, the ECB's director of cricket, and Richard Bevan, the
England players' representative, returned from Zimbabwe yesterday evening
after an inspection to assess the safety and security of players, officials,
supporters and the media, but their verdict will not be made public until
next week.
            The one-day team is due to leave for Namibia on November 15 to
prepare for five one-day internationals, two in Harare and three in
Bulawayo. During a four-day stay in the country's two main cities, Carr and
Bevan met officials from the British Embassy, the Zimbabwe Cricket Union and
the Zimbabwe Government. They will now report their findings to David
Morgan, the ECB chairman, and to the England team management and the

             A statement next week is likely to make clear once again that
the board intends to honour the tour, in line with the consistent but
dubious ICC policy of refusing to make moral judgments on any regime.
Despite their reservations, the indications are that the selected team will
stick together and make the trip unless strongly advised to the contrary by
Bevan, the chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association.

            A senior spokesman for Vodafone, England's sponsors, said
yesterday that there would be no objection to Michael Vaughan's team wearing
the company logo in Zimbabwe. Last week, an independent judgment found that
there had been no racism but a tactless application of policies designed to
integrate black players into the Zimbabwe team, leading to the withdrawal of
most of the country's experienced international cricketers.
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ABC Radio (Australia)

      People go hungry as Mugabe's land reforms take hold
      AM - Saturday, 23 October , 2004  08:08:00
      Reporter: Rochelle Mutton
      HAMISH ROBERTSON: There's dramatic confirmation this morning of the
desperate plight of farm workers in Zimbabwe. Under the country's
controversial land reform program, once highly productive commercial farms
have been seized over the last four years.

      The farms used to give many ordinary Zimbabweans a home, and a good
living, but so-called "war veterans", linked to Robert Mugabe's ruling
ZANU-PF party, who have no agricultural experience, now run the farms.

      Well, one farm worker has just been giving Rochelle Mutton in
Johannesburg, a graphic description of life under the new landlords.

      ROCHELLE MUTTON: John is 36. Two years ago he worked for a prosperous
commercial farm. Now he has lost his wages and begs for jobs, just to feed
his family. John talks about life under his new masters, knowing if he is
caught he will be killed.

      JOHN: We are working for them just for food, we may work for a cup of
tea and two slices of bread per day. They are growing nothing, they're not
doing irrigations, it's only maise that they are growing, but it is not good
quality maise, and it's not enough to feed the whole country.

      I've got three children, my own children are three and I'm looking
after three children who were left by my younger brother who died two weeks
ago. So that gives me six children, plus my wife, myself, that's eight, my
father, my mother, that's ten. We have no food so that means we have no

      ROCHELLE MUTTON: For others it's even worse.

      JOHN: So far some of the workers whom I have been working with, 20 of
them already died of hunger, that's what we're crying for. The commercial
farmer has to come back to the farm and then we start a good life, which we
have been saying all along, not this rubbish.

      ROCHELLE MUTTON: Farm dogs whimper as invaders kill them. Most
commercial farmers and their families have fled or been brutally evicted.

      Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe held a referendum in 2000 to
consolidate power, bribing the public with promises of land. He lost, but
still confiscated farms without compensation.

      Opposition is silenced, Mr Mugabe's supporters make sure of it.

      JOHN: There are people who are called Green Bombers. They are moving
in the area every week, especially during the weekends, forcing people to
produce their party cards. If you don't have that card, you get beaten.

      ROCHELLE MUTTON: John is desperate for the Opposition to win next
year's election.

      JOHN: If I had the opportunity and without being scared, I would say
something to them in front of even the President, saying that you are
killing us. But in this situation, I can't do that. If they know that I am
here, talking this, I will get killed as well.

      ROCHELLE MUTTON: John's former boss feels powerless. His industry has
collapsed and his 170 employees and their families, are destitute.

      JOHN'S FORMER BOSS: There's no expertise, agricultural expertise, out
there now. It is a total, total failure, maybe their lives weren't all that
great, but they were a thousand times better than what they've got now.
There's very little human traffic now between town and country, I think that
appalling things are taking place there.

      ROCHELLE MUTTON: Under land reforms, the poorest Zimbabweans were
promised a better life.

      JOHN: By 2005, I don't think I will still have six children, maybe two
of them will die, maybe I myself will die. One cup of tea, two slices of
bread per day and share that with my family. Do you think I will survive?
Nothing like that.

      HAMISH ROBERTSON: The reality of life on the farm in Robert Mugabe's
Zimbabwe. That report by Rochelle Mutton in Johannesburg.
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Until we meet again
Saturday 23rd October 2004

Dear Family and Friends,
My letter this week has been written by my Mum who came to this country in
the mid 50's. I have added nothing to her words as they speak for themselves
and express the pain that 3 million other families have gone through as they
too have been forced to leave Zimbabwe.

My name is Pauline and I am proud to say that I am Cathy Buckle's mother and
the grandmother of her son about whom she has written so movingly in many of
her letters and in the two books which describe the horrors of the past four
and a half years in our beloved Zimbabwe.

In two weeks time I am very reluctantly leaving Zimbabwe. There is such a
turmoil of feelings going on inside me but above all there is sadness at all
the goodbyes. Goodbye to the country which has been my home for so long.
Goodbye to the people, the wonderful ordinary people of Zimbabwe that I
shall miss more even that the beauty of the land. Goodbye also to all the
hundreds - if not thousands - of students I have taught over the years and
particularly in the past ten years since I have been living in a small rural
centre some one hundred kilometres from Cathy's home in Marondera.

There are so many memories that I shall take with me, some happy and some
sad and painful. Like everyone else, I have watched in disbelief as this
beautiful country has became entrapped in a web of violence and hatred as if
a huge and all-pervasive evil had spread over the land. Every morning I
would wake early and stare out at the soft grey gomo behind my house and
wonder how it was possible that a landscape so beautiful could contain such
evil. I would watch as the kids trotted happily to school and wonder what
the future held for them in a country which was rapidly falling into total
ruination around them. Friends and students would come to the house, for
tutoring or just to share friendship and laughter and discussion and ideas.
They stopped coming for a while when things were really bad and we spoke
only in lowered voices for one never knew who might be listening. It's
always like that in the run-up to or aftermath of an election but now we
seem to be in permanent election mode in Zimbabwe.
In spite of the problems, there are good memories and I shall always
treasure the absolute acceptance all those friends showed me, a woman of a
different culture from their own.

Now that I am leaving I am overcome by a deep sadness that Zimbabwe should
come to this. I have lived through and fought in my own way the hideous
racism of the Smith regime which swore ' never in a thousand years' would
the people take over power in their own country only to see now the savage
cruelty of a dictator and his party, apparently drunk with power and
determined to hold on at all costs regardless of the suffering of their
people. Politics dominates every sphere of life in this country. It seems
that we have learnt nothing from history.

I want to thank all those dear and special friends who have made the past
ten years so memorable for me. I shall never forget them or Zimbabwe which
remains forever in my heart. It is the they, the people of Zimbabwe who hold
the power to change their lives for the better. I pray that they find the
will and the courage to do that. Stay well, my Zimbabwean friends until we
meet again.
Until next week, love cathy
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Tsvangirai to meet with Mbeki
23/10/2004 22:09  - (SA)

 Harare - Morgan Tsvangirai, head of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for
Democratic Change, flew out of the country for the first time in over two
years on Saturday for talks with southern African leaders, party officials

His trip to Mauritius and South Africa followed the return of his passport
on Wednesday this week, which has been held by authorities since he was
indicted for treason in September 2002.

On Friday last week, the High Court acquitted him of charges of conspiring
to assassinate President Robert Mugabe and to seize power in a coup d'etat,
saying that the state had provided no evidence of any plot.

His first stop will be in Port Louis to meet Mauritian prime minister Paul
Berenger, currently the head of the Southern African Development Community,
the 14-nation regional bloc, said William Bango, Tsvangirai's press aide.

Berenger is seen as one of the main forces behind a SADC treaty signed by
the region's heads of state - including Mugabe - in August in Port Louis and
which commits member states to holding democratic elections.

In South Africa Tsvangirai is due to meet President Thabo Mbeki, the
chairperson of SADC's powerful Organ on Defence and Security. When
Tsvangirai left Harare, attempts were being made to confirm a meeting with
Botswana President Festus Mogae, the deputy chairman of SADC.

The thrust of his mission is to try to get leaders to pressure Mugabe to
implement the spirit of Mauritius, said Bango, referring to the SADC
guidelines and principles for democratic elections.

He said Tsvangirai, encountered no obstacles when he, accompanied by MDC
deputy secretary-general Gift Chimanikire, passed through immigration and
customs procedures at Harare airport.

The ready acceptance by Pretoria and Port Louis to meet Tsvangirai at short
notice is seen by diplomats as an endorsement of his status as an
indispensable figure in attempts to resolve Zimbabwe's crisis.

And according to one diplomat, it will also "get up Mugabe's nose" that
Mbeki and Berenger are hosting Tsvangirai immediately after his acquittal.

Tsvangirai had to surrender his passport and report twice weekly to police
as part of his bail conditions against the treason charges. He faces a
second charge of treason for allegedly inciting his followers to rise up
violently against Mugabe in 2003. His bail conditions on this charge do not
include surrendering his passport or reporting to police. - Sapa-dpa
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                   Cricket protesters risk torture again to condemn Mugabe
                  By Jane Flanagan in Bulawayo
                  (Filed: 24/10/2004)

                  A teenage Zimbabwean protestor who was tortured and
sexually assaulted by Robert Mugabe's secret police after waving a banner at
an international cricket match has vowed to launch fresh protests during
England's tour games next month.

                  Kindness Moto, 19, and his friends are determined to use
publicity offered by coverage of the games as a new chance to criticise
publicly Mr Mugabe's regime.

                         Anti-Mugabe protestors arrive at a Bulawayo court
                  "If the England team come it looks as though they are
supporting this government," Kindness said. "But it also presents us with a
chance to show the outside world how we feel - that our country is dying
under Robert Mugabe.

                  Melusi Dube, another protestor, said: "The violence and
intimidation have merely served to strengthen the resolve of all those who
are against Mugabe." British cricket officials visited Zimbabwe last week to
review security arrangements for visiting players, officials and fans.

                  John Carr, director of the England and Wales Cricket
Board, and Richard Bevan, the England Players' Representative, spent four
days in Harare and Bulawayo meeting government and sports officials and will
report back to the ECB chairman, the team management and players this week.

                  The England team are due to depart for their winter tour
of Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa on November 15.

                  It was during Zimbabwe's World Cup match against the
Netherlands in February last year that Kindness and scores of other
protesters shouted anti-Mugabe slogans from the stands and waved banners
supporting the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

                  Kindness was dragged from the crowd, arrested and held in
police cells for four days. He was raped by officers, starved, electrocuted
and beaten on the soles of his feet before being thrown from a moving car.
"They wanted the names and addresses of the protest organisers, but I didn't
tell them anything," he said.

                  He was lucky to live, and spent two weeks recovering in
hospital. He has been arrested, detained and beaten on three further
occasions. When talking about his ordeal, he was nervous of every sound.

                  His eyes flicked constantly round the room as he described
how cricket matches in Zimbabwe have become a political charade, used both
by Mr Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF and the MDC.

                  Spies from Mr Mugabe's feared Central Intelligence
Organisation have already started rounding up protesters who were arrested
during the World Cup games in the MDC stronghold of Bulawayo.

                  Albert Sibanda was among those arrested last year. He was
also tortured but after his release, fled to South Africa. Although his name
is on a list of the CIO's "most wanted", he has secretly returned to

                  Last week, for the first time since their arrests, Mr
Sibanda, 25, Kindness and Mr Dube decided to visit the city's Queens Sports
Ground. They will return in a few weeks when England play three of their
five one-day internationals at the stadium.

                  Zimbabwe's traditional cricket supporters - whites and
Indians - are unlikely to attend in great numbers for fear of trouble and
out of contempt for the government. Instead, the ruling Zanu-PF is expected
to bus in school children to fill the seats.

                  Mr Sibanda, who is masterminding the forthcoming campaign
of protests, said that he and Mr Dube had started to recruit "the brave" -
volunteers prepared to make their mark.

                  Although there were more than 80 arrests during the World
Cup games, and severe beatings meted out, they have had no difficulty
finding activists. "We have nothing left to fear and are prepared to suffer
the consequences," said Mr Dube.

                  Cricket internationals, with their widespread media
coverage, are one of the last opportunities left for Mr Mugabe's opponents
to publicise its views in a country where the free press has been crushed.

                  England has named its touring squad, but a number of
leading players, including Andrew Flintoff and Stephen Harmison, excluded
themselves from selection. Other players, including Darren Gough, are said
to have reservations about travelling.

                  The England team has reluctantly agreed to go ahead with
the tour because it could face tough penalties from the International
Cricket Council if it withdraws without a "legitimate" reason.

                  A spokesman said: "The ECB is not oblivious to what is
happening in Zimbabwe - we have huge sympathy for what is occurring in that
beautiful country, but this is an issue for governments. Our duty is to
cricket in England and Wales, which will suffer potentially disastrous
consequences if we don't go, and to the cricket community around the world.

                  "That includes the cricket community of Zimbabwe, which
will also suffer if we do not fulfil our touring commitments in November."
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Zim Daily


HARARE - THE Ombudsman's Office is now in total shambles as the public
protector's office continues to be dogged by lack of adequate personnel,
gross under funding and alleged mismanagement.

The office is operating with only two law officers, instead of ten, a
situation that has led to a huge backlog of cases at a time when human
rights abuses are increasing at an alarming pace. The Ombudsman's Office was
established by an Act of Parliament in 1982 and is mandated to investigate
cases of administrative malpractice and alleged contravention of the
Declaration of Rights by members of the defence forces, police, government
departments and the prison service on civil society. It, however, does not
have powers to enforce its findings but can only make recommendations to
various arms of government, which they can easily ignore, and have tended to

The office currently has a backlog of 1 500 cases which it is battling to
clear. The Ombudsman, Bridget Chanetsa this week admitted that the office
was facing serious problems. "We have a backlog because we have low
manpower," Chanetsa said. "We have however obtained authority from the
Public Service Commission to engage eight more law officers after February
next year and we believe this will greatly improve the performance of the
The Ombudsman's office is funded through the ministry of Justice and the
department got a paltry $120 million as an annual expenditure budget this
year. Of the amount, $50 million is a human rights vote. Chanetsa said: "We
are not the only government department that is not adequately funded. We get
our budget every year."

The office has been accused of taking ages to investigate cases. Chanetsa is
the wife of former Mashonaland West provincial governor Peter Chanetsa and
her performance or the performance of her office has been described as
"lackluster." Sources told ZIMDAILY that there is a deliberate effort to
avoid confrontation with any of the government ministries that are reported
to have practiced unfair treatment of their employees or members of the
public. Chanetsa however dismissed the reports saying she was a

"My private life has nothing to do with my work," Chanetsa said. "I am
professional person and being married to a politician does not mean
anything. We are non political. We have received cases from government
officials and MDC officials and we have investigated them."

Recently a stinging African Commission for Human and People's Rights (ACHPR)
report on Zimbabwe criticised the Ombudsman whose mandate it described as
human rights protection and promotion. "It was evident to the mission that
the office was inadequately provided for such a task and that the prevailing
mindset, especially of the ombudsman herself, was not one which engendered
the confidence of the public." The ombudsman claimed she had not received
any reports of human rights violations, the report noted.

"That did not surprise the mission seeing that in her press statement
following our visit, and without undertaking any investigations into
allegations levelled against them, the ombudsman was defensive of
allegations against the youth militia." The office needed to be independent
and to earn public trust, the report said.
The Ombudsman has incessantly failed to produce annual reports. The office
hit the headlines two years ago after producing an annual report that was
five years late.

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Zim Daily


HARARE -THE opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has demanded
fresh council elections for Harare,where Government has dismissed the
elected council and replaced it with corrupt loyalists.

Gabriel Chaibva, MDC MP for Harare South and shadow minister of Local
Government, will move a motion in Parliament next week calling on Parliament
to urge government to disband the imposed city administration and make way
for fresh elections for the capital city.

Chaibva will urge Parliament "to express its unhappiness with the status
quo; condemn the executive's interference in the running of the affairs of
the City of Harare, urge the government to implement the mandatory
provisions of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15) and call for fresh

Chaibva said his plea is on the back of concerns raised by Harare
residents, who have seen their elected council being overrun by Local
Government minister Ignatius Chombo's meddling. Harare, Chaibva says, is
operating without a properly constituted council.

The government has fired Elias Mudzuri and 13 MDC councillors on
allegations of "improper conduct" after they resisted Chombo's interference.
Chombo has replaced Mudzuri with his deputy Sekesai
Makwavarara, who defected from the MDC to Zanu PF.

Chombo got Makwavarara in by preventing the holding of elections to choose
the city's deputy mayor and committee chairpersons as required by law.
According to the law, deputy mayors and chairpersons of council committees
are elected yearly.

Chombo appointed a commission to "help the council run its affairs",in
addition to government's appointment of Witness Mangwende as Harare
metropolitan governor to take charge of the city.The new commission is
teeming with Zanu PF loyalists, some of whom have been held responsible for
the city's decline in the past.One of those in Chombo's commission is former
mayor Tony Gara, the man who once likened Robert Mugabe to Jesus Christ.

MDC spokesperson Paul Themba Nyathi said his party did not recognise
Chombo's administration in Harare, as none of its members had been elected.

"We have councillors who have resigned and others have been fired, and what
that means is that we no longer have a council in Harare. We now want fresh
elections. The condition that people must be governed by those they elected
is universal," said Nyathi.

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JAG OPEN LETTER FORUM 22nd October 2004

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Please send any material for publication in the Open Letter Forum to with "For Open Letter Forum" in the subject line.


To dream anything you want to dream; that is the beauty of the human mind.
To do anything you want to do; that is the strength of the human will. To
trust yourself to test your limits; that is the courage to succeed.



Letter 1.  Subject: Open Letter Forum


So much happening here in the rural areas that we actually need to start
writing about it all again and make the world aware of what is happening.
So interesting to see the new farmers who threw off the commercial farmers
so violently two years ago now facing the same kind of justice. But for
them life has been hard. To qualify for a loan to farm, they have had to
put up property they own in town. They have no security in the form of FARM
land. And they have no security of tenure either! When a bigger guy comes
along and they cannot defend their rights against him then they lose
everything they have put into the property. The power issue is now so
prevalent that it is obvious that the issue at stake was power, not right
to rectify a racial imbalance in rural land ownership. Its a straight "I
want it and I have political power so I will take it" issue, combined of
course, with a nice big chunk of greed to act as a spice to the stew!!

And again, the upheaval comes just when the farmer has committed himself to
the new season, with inputs in the ground and in the shed. And land all
beautifully prepared for the first rains. Smash all that to pieces and what
do we get? Another wasted season. Its funny how the season waits for
nobody. If you have not got your inputs ready and your land prepared, then
you have to wait for next year. And next year just never seems to come.

But so many of the chefs thought that they could take the assets from the
farmers, convert them to cash and then to Mercedes Benzes and then just
wait for next year to do the same again. But there are no more rich farmers
to pick off. So there is no more money for the next top of the range,
latest model, Mercedes Benz. So the car gets older, and is not replaced.
And the capital has been used for consumer goods instead of productive
goods. And soon there will be no more money for a new merc, or a bag of
sugar, or cooking oil, or mielie meal. And the merc will be parked. And the
chef will remember that " Once upon a time, he owned a Mercedes Benz"

Simply Simon

Letter 2.  Subject: Dispossessed Settlers Deserve
                                No Sympathy

I WRITE regarding the plight of dispossessed farm settlers who have been
camping out for weeks along roadsides - principally and ironically, the one
connecting Harare with the Zanu PF heroes' shrine in Chinoyi.

I write on behalf of those who, by force of circumstances, are not
themselves placed to speak - and here I refer to the widely scattered
victims of this rabble.

It is with former commercial farmers - many of them my friends and their
employees in mind, that I say these newly-dispossessed opportunistic
predators deserve no sympathy.

Their situation serves them well.  If they by any chance read this so much
the better!  I hope that in accordance with their creed they suffer

It is not before time that farm invaders, war veterans or whatever tag they
place on themselves, faced the consequences of their common criminality. It
is not before time either, that they discovered the reality of their
miserable lives under a repressive dictatorship.

Almost all of these people are victims of their own greed and lack of
principle.  No right-mindedperson buys all that do-gooder guff about them
just being simple folk, gullible, easily led and so on.  For instance, when
they occupied land to which other people held legal and until then,
government-endorsed titles, they did so willingly, often violently, openly
and without remorse.  It was in the culture of, if it moves steal it and if
it doesn't or won't break it.

Through their mindless actions, this rabble not only dispossessed
titleholders of their dwellings, personal effects and animals, but
deliberately struck fear into their hearts and destroyed their souls.

They included in this mindlessness their own kind without thought, pity or
humanity.  This was despite the fact that most of them had been living
perfectly normal lives before greed entered the picture.

Their stations in life might not have been that elevated but, like it or
not, all men or women are not born equal.  The miserable roadside scenes
now being wept over are merely mirror images of earlier ones.  A case of a
eye for an eye perhaps.

The casualties which these people were themselves instrumental in causing
are by now dead, dispossessed, licking their wounds, financially ruined or
straitened and scattered to the four winds.

As predicted, it becomes the turn of the tormentors - with one material
difference.  The Chinoyi road flotsam can be returned from whence it came,
which is somewhat easier than the former owners and employees being told to
go back to where their forefathers had their origins.

To the invaders I say "Your plight is a case of when thieves fall out ..."
It is only the beginning and unfortun        ately,theendisalonglongwayoff.

I have no doubt whatsoever that we are all going to suffer for your sins.
The rabble of unrepentant thieves who willingly participated in starting
this are already among the biggest losers.

As ye shall sow, so shall ye reap.  Go back to where you came from and
repent.  But above all, exercise a few brain cells before you act in

Post Nubila Phoesbus Borrowdale

Letter 3.  Subject: Update

Dear Jag,

Hope Mr Faber is on the home stretch by now. Re the book you so kindly
punted. It would seem that doing business with the rainbow nation has its
own pitfalls - in that the relevant printers with whom I had met and had
considerable subsequent discourse now doubt that they can have my new book
ready for Christmas, as first was their undertaking. This turnaround, at
such a late stage, leaves it way too late to find a slot in any other
printing company's schedule. I apologise for messing you, and the folk who
emailed their interest, around. Will be contacting them forthwith.

On a slightly more positive note, I had previously agreed with RowlandWard
Books in Jhb that they could re-print, undertheir publishing label, Sand In
The Wind and Fothergill in 2005. They will also now bring out the new book,
Between The Sunlight And The Thunder, sometime in the first quarter of next
year. I appreciate that the end of this year will probably see the usual
increase in migration out of Zim, but for anyone wishing to stay in touch
apropos the new book, my current email contact address will apply, at least
for the short term future. Keep to the high ground, Keith

Letter 4.  Subject: JAG Open Letter Forum,
                                 18th October 2004 OLF 303

Dear JAG

Keep up the good work

I too read Eddie Cross's letter and was moved by it.

I too can walk home in the dark now, but the oaks dont wave their leaves at
me like the msasas do.


Letter 5.  Subject: Looking for Piet van der Reit

Dear Jag

Please could you put out a message that I am trying to contact Piet van der
Reit ---- Last I heard was that he was still on the Goddard ranch at
Shangani, Many thanks Charlie Aust
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