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EU takes steps to rebuild Zimbabwe dialogue

By Tony Barber in Brussels

Published: September 11 2009 17:27 | Last updated: September 11 2009 17:27

The European Union will signal its interest in reopening a political
dialogue with Zimbabwe on Saturday when a high-level EU delegation meets
government leaders on the first such visit to the African nation for seven

EU diplomats cautioned against expecting a breakthrough from the talks, in
which the Europeans will be represented by Fredrik Reinfeldt, prime minister
of Sweden, which holds the 27-nation bloc's rotating presidency, and Karel
De Gucht, the EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and development.

No EU leaders of this rank have visited Zimbabwe since the bloc began
imposing sanctions in 2002 on the government of Robert Mugabe, the country's
president, who is now aged 85.
South Africa and other countries in the region called on the EU and the US
on Tuesday to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe. But Mr De Gucht told
reporters in South Africa on Friday that the European sanctions, which
include visa bans and asset freezes, were carefully aimed at Mr Mugabe's
entourage and specific companies.

Mr De Gucht, a former Belgian foreign minister who took up his Commission
post in July, and Mr Reinfeldt plan to meet Mr Mugabe in Harare. They will
meet Morgan Tsvangirai, Mr Mugabe's prime minister and main political
opponent, in Bulawayo.

Speaking to reporters in South Africa on Friday, Mr Reinfeldt made clear the
EU's view that political reform in Zimbabwe had not gone far enough, in
spite of a power-sharing agreement between Mr Mugabe and Mr Tsvangirai last

"We still see the use of violence directed against the supporters of
Tsvangirai and also the abuses, still, of human rights," Mr Reinfeldt said.

However, officials in Brussels said the EU would happily restore
co-operation with Zimbabwe in economic development and other fields if Mr
Mugabe and Mr Tsvangirai fully implemented their accord, known as the global
political agreement.

"There is an urgent need for all parties to fulfil their obligations under
the GPA. By doing this, the EU can once again fully re-engage with Zimbabwe
and help the country on its return to normality and prosperity by resuming
our development co-operation in full," Mr De Gucht said.

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Mugabe slams 'bloody whites' ahead of EU visit

By Alex Bell
11 September 2009

Robert Mugabe has cast a dark cloud on this weekend's landmark visit by a
delegation from the European Union (EU), condemning 'bloody whites' for
meddling in Zimbabwe's affairs.

Swedish International Development Cooperation Minister, Gunilla Carlsson,
and EU Aid Commissioner, Karel de Gucht, will travel to the country this
weekend after an EU-South Africa summit came to an end on Friday. They are
set to meet Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, as well as other
ministers, officials and representatives of NGOs, in an effort to start
rebuilding a diplomatic relationship with Zimbabwe.

But that relationship will likely be a one-sided initiative, after Mugabe on
Friday said the 'bloody whites' had not been invited to the country. He also
denounced the targeted sanctions still imposed by western nations on him and
his cronies. He was speaking at a gathering of the ZANU PF youth wing where
he accused America and the EU of being 'imperialists' that want to steal the
country's heritage.
"Who said the British and the Americans should rule over others? That's why
we say down with you. We have not invited these bloody whites. They want to
poke their nose into our own affairs. Refuse that," he said.
He continued: "We have stood firm and we have refused to let go. Zimbabwe,
sanctions or no sanctions, Zimbabwe remains ours."
The visit by the EU delegation is the first since the targeted sanctions
against Mugabe, his cronies, and several regime-linked businesses were
introduced in 2002, and comes amid African calls for the targeted sanctions
to be lifted. EU officials have said there is no plan to lift the sanctions,
saying the visit is merely 'preparatory' and to 're-establish political

South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday dismissed the EU's position and
instead echoed the calls made by leaders at the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) summit in Kinshasa earlier this week, for the sanctions to
be removed. He told South African media on Friday that the lifting of the
sanctions would speed up Zimbabwe's recovery.

"The EU has a position that they are not lifting sanctions. We are seeing
things, as SADC, from a different point of view," he said.

Zuma was speaking after talks with visiting Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik
Reinfeldt, which included discussion on the situation in Zimbabwe. Referring
to the EU fact-finding mission heading to Zimbabwe on Saturday, Reinfeldt
stressed it was going there to listen, and was "not in preparation, at this
time, for lifting of the restrictions we have coming from the EU."

Meanwhile a Zimbabwe action group based in the UK, on Friday cautioned the
delegation against handing over developmental aid directly to the unity
government. The Zimbabwe Europe Network said in a statement that the EU must
"use this very timely visit to increase the pressure for the Zimbabwean
inclusive government to undertake the key reforms it had committed itself to
in the GPA."

"For the European Union to support the inclusive government directly, before
any reform, would be rewarding the instigators of violence," Tor-Hugne
Olsen, Coordinator of the Zimbabwe Europe Network said.

Government officials at the same time told the state-controlled Herald
newspaper on Friday that the government would demand an apology for the
sanctions, while the EU delegation is in the country this weekend.

"There can be no ties where one nation is treated as inferior. It is not in
our national interest to allow foreigners to dictate to us how we should
govern ourselves," an Information Ministry official said in the paper.

"The starting point would then obviously be that the EU has to admit that
sanctions are wrong and that land reform in Zimbabwe is irreversible," the
official said.

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EU, S.Africa urge Zimbabwe to make unity govt work

by Fran Blandy - Fri Sep 11, 10:26 am ET
KLEINMOND, South Africa (AFP) - The European Union and South Africa Friday
urged Zimbabwe's political rivals to make their troubled unity government
work as they failed to resolve their differences over sanctions.

After talks, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and South African
President Jacob Zuma issued a joint statement calling on Zimbabwe to "remove
all obstacles to the full implementation of the global political agreement
(unity pact) and the effective functioning of the inclusive government".

"We recognise and appreciate the humanitarian and other assistance that the
international community continues to provide to the people of Zimbabwe,"
added the brief statement, notable for its absence of any reference to

Zuma and his fellow southern African leaders issued a joint call for an end
to the sanctions earlier this week and he made clear that he intended to
bring up the subject during the summit with Reinfeldt.

But Reinfeldt, whose country holds the EU's revolving presidency, was
equally insistent ahead of the talks that it was not time to drop the
measures targeted against veteran President Robert Mugabe and his inner

A high-ranking EU delegation is due in Zimbabwe this weekend for the first
such visit in seven years, and six months after the signing of a unity
accord between Mugabe and his long-time rival, now prime minister Morgan

The pact has helped Zimbabwe stem its shattered economy but has been plagued
by power-struggles over key posts and continued rights abuses. Several
lawmakers from Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change party have been
arrested, including its choice for deputy agriculture minister.

"Hopefully that will give us an on the spot description and possibility to
learn more about the actual situation in Zimbabwe and we welcome that very
much," Reinfeldt said during opening remarks at Friday's summit.

After a regional summit in Kinshasa ended with a joint call for the end to
the sanctions, the South African leader said he would continue to lobby the
EU over the matter.

But the Swedish premier said on Thursday that penalties will be kept in
place, saying that Zimbabwe's mismanagement and poor human rights record and
not sanctions were behind the country's problems.

"I want to be clear: the EU is not prepared (for) lifting the restrictions
we have on Zimbabwe," he said.

Speaking Friday at a gathering of his ZANU-PF party's youth wing, Mugabe
lashed out at the sanctions, condemning "bloody whites" for meddling in
Zimbabwe's affairs.

"Who said the British and the Americans should rule over others? That's why
we say down with you. We have not invited these bloody whites. They want to
poke their nose into our own affairs. Refuse that," he said.

The former colonial power Britain and other EU countries imposed a travel
ban and freeze on bank accounts belonging to Mugabe and his inner circle,
over claims that he rigged a 2002 election and allegations of rights abuses.

The state-run Herald newspaper reported Friday that the EU was expected not
only to end the sanctions but apologise for their imposition.

"There can be no ties where one nation is treated as inferior," an
information ministry official said.

But the EU Aid Commissioner Karel De Gucht, who will lead the EU delegation,
on Friday said the mission was "not about naming and blaming".

"It's not about excuses and disputes it is a mission aiming at trying to
find common ground so we can make progress with the political agreement and
reinvigorate full co-operation with Zimbabwe."

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Mugabe threatens white farmers refusing to vacate land

      September 11
2009 , 5:50:00

      Thulasizwe Simelane, Zimbabwe

      Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has threatened to unleash the
police on white commercial farmers who refuse to vacate land offered to
indigenous farmers for resettlement. The Zimbabwe president was addressing
his party's youth conference in Harare. He says the formation of the
inclusive government will not change the country's stance on its sovereign
rights to control its resources.

      Mugabe also triggered an almost certain stalemate over the new
constitution, saying he will instruct his legislators to reject any charter
that is not in line with a secretly written draft, whose opponents say it
gives him too much power. Mugabe addressed the party's youth, blasting
everyone from what he says are 'bloody whites' seeking to stick their noses
in Zimbabwe's affairs to counter-revolutionaries who voted against his

      Mugabe says farmers refusing to vacate demarcated land are courting
trouble. The president has vowed to shoot down any draft constitution tabled
in Parliament that differs from the one written and accepted by all
political parties two years ago. With the constitution needing a two thirds
parliamentary majority, the president's words point to an almost guaranteed
constitutional stalemate.

      The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and civil society oppose the
so called Kariba Draft on the grounds that it gives the president too much

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Teachers strike enters third week

By Violet Gonda
11 September 2009

The strike action led by the Zimbabwe Teachers' Association (ZIMTA) is going
into its third week, with no solution in sight. ZIMTA embarked on a
nationwide strike for better salaries and working conditions, to coincide
with the start of the new term on September 3rd. ZIMTA acting Chief
Executive Officer, Sifiso Ndlovu, said the strike action will continue until
the authorities prioritised education. However he said the union is waiting
for a number of crises meetings with the authorities next week.  Ndlovu said
this was as a result of meetings they first had with Education Minister
David Coltart on September 8th and a follow-up meeting with Public Service
Minister, Eliphas Mukonoweshuro.

According to Ndlovu they have also been directed to present their grievances
to the National Joint Negotiating Council, which operates under the Public
Service Ministry. He said; "We hope at that meeting we should be able to
reach an understanding."

ZIMTA is demanding a salary increase, up from about US$150 a month to
US$500, however the government has said this is beyond its means. Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was quoted this week saying teachers should stop
their industrial action as there was no way government could cede to their
demands, as it is broke. Reports quoted the PM addressing a stakeholders'
briefing at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic College saying the teachers
"cannot squeeze blood out of a stone."

Tsvangirai is also quoted saying: "We are all earning the same amount and I
believe the decision by teachers to go on strike was a bad proposition."

Ndlovu believes the crisis in their sector is not about the government's
lack of resources, but about misplaced priorities. He told SW Radio Africa
on Friday: "We have identified areas of wastage where we think government
has had its priorities wrong and areas where we think they can channel some
of the resources to education."

Since the formation of the coalition government, the authorities have been
criticised for spending much needed money on buying expensive vehicles for
officials and extensive globetrotting, at a time when it should be
streamlining all expenditure to set an example that the new government was
going to be different to the old.

Ndlovu insists the teachers are aware of the government's economic crisis,
but are asking for their salaries to be increased progressively towards the
poverty datum line, which at present is $502.

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Killings continue in Chiadzwa

      Written by Center for Research and Development
      Friday, 11 September 2009 16:14
      Army Commander Valerio Sibanda visits Chiadzwa as extrajudicial
killings continue
      In a show of the continued militarization of Chiadzwa Diamond Fields,
the Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army, Lieutenant General Philip
Valerio Sibanda visited the diamond fields in the company of senior military
personnel on the 3rd of September 2009. As has become the norm, a clean up
operation to drive out panners from the diamond fields was carried out by
the military ahead of Sibanda's visit.
      Sibanda's visit was for a few hours but the operation has continued
even after his visit. He is reported to have proceeded to the plant where
the Zimbabwe Mining Development Company is conducting mining activities.
Meanwhile the military imposed an illegal curfew around Chiadzwa during the
operation. For several days Chiadzwa residents could not enter or leave
their area due to the curfew. Several people failed to travel to Mutare to
seek medical attention and other essential services due to the illegal
curfew. One of the men accompanying Valerio Sibanda, Brigadier General
Chimonyo, was described as someone extremely cruel. Meanwhile the soldiers
captured and murdered Moreblessing Tirivangani of Harare on Sunday 6
September. Moreblessing was captured on Saturday and was beaten for the
whole night at a military base in Chiadzwa and subsequently died on Sunday.
      Meanwhile, the Police who brought Moreblessing's body to Mutare
General Hospital Mortuary were ordered to report that Moreblessing was
trying to disarm a soldier. This is highly untrue given that soldiers always
move around in pairs or more. Also given the general fear among the people
with regard to soldiers, it is very unthinkable that a civilian can try to
disarm a soldier in a highly militarized zone like Chiadzwa. Moreblessing
had a plastic covering his nose, suggesting that he may have been tortured
before his death. He also had stripes and bruises on his ribs, suggesting
persistent beatings.
      Sibanda's visit highlights two major issues of great concern: First
the military bosses have instructed soldiers to kill anyone found wondering
or panning in the diamond fields. The complete disregard of the laws of
Zimbabwe during a visit by a very high ranking military official reveals
that the soldiers were indeed under instruction to kill. It can therefore be
concluded that soldiers continue to kill people in Chiadzwa despite the
government denials. Deputy Mines Minister Murisi Zvizvai (MDC) has fiercely
contested that no single person was ever killed by the soldiers in Chiadzwa.
However, soldiers have quietly killed hundreds of civilians in Chiadzwa, in
complete violation of the laws of Zimbabwe. It must also be highlighted that
the Inclusive Government has betrayed the people of Zimbabwe in as far as
military abuses are concerned. Both ZANU PF and the two MDC formations have
conspired to suppress information coming from Chiadzwa, thereby allowing the
human rights abuses to continue unabated.
      Further, the CRD is grossly concerned with the lack of transparency
and accountability with regard to the mining and trading of Chiadzwa
diamonds. Close sources within the plant reveal that top government and
military bosses are in the forefront of looting diamonds from the plant. The
Deputy Mines Minister Murisi Zvizvai has also been reported to be using his
strategic position in government to loot diamonds. Given the rampant looting
of Chiadzwa diamonds by government and military bosses and widespread
panning activities being conducted by soldiers and civilians one wonders why
some people are still being killed for allegedly trespassing through the
diamond fields.
      It is against this background that the CRD is of the opinion that
Zimbabwe needs to be given enough time to reflect and come up with proper
mechanisms to conduct mining in a professional, transparent and accountable
manner. It is for the overall good of all Zimbabweans that diamond mining
activities be suspended until such a time that the country complies with the
Kimberly Processes Certification Scheme.

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Mugabe gears Zanu-PF for elections

September 11, 2009

By Raymond Maingire

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has told supporters of his Zanu-PF party to
start preparing for fresh national elections which he said could
spontaneously be called within the next two years.Mugabe (85) also urged his
supporters to remain loyal to his party which in March last year lost its
parliamentary majority to the then opposition Movement for Democratic Change

The MDC has since formed a unity government with Zanu-PF under a
SADC-brokered unity arrangement following the fiercely disputed elections in
June last year.

The unity agreement signed by the former arch-rivals, although saying the
elections would be held after the writing of a new constitution, has no date
for the holding of the elections.

The unity government was also occasioned by the failure by any of the
parties that contested the elections to produce a clear majority in

"The inclusive government is meant to last for 18 months to 24 months,"
Mugabe said in a one and a half hour-long keynote address to supporters at a
Zanu-PF youth conference held at the City Sports Centre Friday afternoon.

The Zanu-PF youth conference, held every five years, will see the
replacement of current chairperson Absolom Sikhosana and his deputy Saviour
Kasukuwere by younger leaders of between 15 and 30 years of age, as per new
party rules.

Mugabe continued, "Thereafter if we are agreed on a new constitution, there
should be another election and therefore we must be ready for that election.
Kutengesa kwakaitwa gore rakapera hatidi kukuona (Let there be no selling
out as happened last year).

"And it is the youth league that we rely upon. We have two wings, the youth
league and the women's league. But you (the youth) are full of blood, full
of vigour."

The youth conference was also attended by senior Zanu-PF politicians and
more than 2000 youths who sporadically burst into wild cheers as Mugabe

Mugabe said the holding of fresh elections also depended on the success of a
new constitution by the current inclusive government. He said his party
would not support any attempts by the MDC to push through a new constitution
which was not anchored on the Kariba Draft Constitution.

President Mugabe also accused the MDC of alleged siding with western
governments, which he said were fighting to block the continued takeover of
white-owned commercial farmland under the land reform programme.

"We do not want those who side with the British," he said.

"What sort of discipline or national consciousness is it of a person who
would decide to say Mugabe and his party Zanu PF are wrong, the British are
correct. Wabikirwa sadza rakaita sei nemaBritish? (What have you been fed by
the British?)"

Mugabe declared the seizure of farms would continue in spite of pleas by the
MDC to halt the process.

The MDC wants any fresh farm takeovers to stop to allow government to
conduct a transparent land audit.

The MDC accuses Zanu-PF politicians and the military of continuously
grabbing land from the commercial farmers to add on to multiple farms they
have seized since the onset of the violent programme in 2000.

Mugabe also said Zimbabwe will not abide by the SADC Tribunal ruling which
in November last year barred his government from further repossessing land
from the embattled white commercial farming community.

The Windhoek-based court, whose jurisdiction the Zimbabwean government has
since challenged, further ordered government to compensate commercial
farmers who had lost their land.

Mugabe said white commercial farmers who were hoping the MDC's participation
in the inclusive government would force a stop in fresh farm takeovers were
only fooling themselves.

He said his government will not hesitate to prosecute those farmers who were
defying orders to vacate their land.

He was adamant that Zimbabwe's former colonial power, Great British remained
under obligation to pay compensation for land taken by his government for

Mugabe accused the British labour government then led by former Prime
Minister Tony Blair of reneging on promises made by its predecessors to pay
for land repossessed by the Zimbabwean government.

"There is the sharing of power within the inclusive government," Mugabe

"However, the fundamental issues that have to do with our sovereignty, these
we would not want to see compromised. So there is no reversal of the land
reform programme at all.

"There is no reversal of our sovereignty. We don't want outsiders to
interfere with our system. Our stand with regards to interference is the
same. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans."

He also accused local Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) of inciting
Zimbabweans to vote against his party telling his supporters to be careful
about them.

He said Zimbabwe's the economic decline in the past 10 years has allowed
NGOs to move in with handouts to try and force massive rebellion against his

"We have foreigners now coming in with food aid through the NGOs," he said.

"Now these creatures called NGOs, you must be careful about them.

"They even get some of our people to act against themselves, to vote against
themselves, to vote against Chimurenga. They become counter revolutionary."

Mugabe had no kind words for the unity government which he formed with MDC
leaders, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara. He referred to it as "this

"When you vote against a revolutionary party, a Chimurenga party, you are
becoming a counter-revolutionary," he said. "You are voting against
yourself. You are voting against your right to the ownership of your land.

"And this is what happened last year when we had a balanced situation with
the opposition and that is why we have had this creature called the
inclusive government."

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Mutambara lashes out at China

September 11, 2009

(Reuter) DALIAN, China - Africa was "sick and tired" of having its natural
resources exploited by China and getting little development in return,
Zimbabwe's deputy prime minister said on Friday.

"We are sick and tired of the old model, where China comes to Africa and
extracts raw materials and goes back to China," Arthur Mutambara told
Reuters in an interview on Friday. "Now we are not interested in that."

China is one of the few countries close to the long-embattled Zimbabwe
government, but that did not deter Mutambara from challenging Beijing to do
more to help development.

"We are not going to produce raw materials in Zimbabwe for China. China will
come on our terms as partners," he said during a trip to China to attend the
World Economic Forum in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian..

"We want to manufacture cars with China in Zimbabwe. We want to manufacture
computers with China in Zimbabwe."

China and African nations will gather for their latest summit later this
year in Egypt.

While Mutambara does not stand at the front ranks of Africa's leaders, his
strong comments may suggest some of the ambitious expectations that Beijing
must address as that summit approaches.

Mutambara leads a faction of the Movement for Democratic Change, the
opposition group that has secured a place in Zimbabwe's government, which is
struggling with deep economic malaise, inflation and scant investment.

Zimbabwe has asked the world for help for its devastated economy, and says
it needs $10 billion to rebuild dilapidated infrastructure and ease a 90
percent unemployment rate.

Zimbabwe has urged Chinese mining companies to invest in that sector, but
Mutambara said his government also wants China to channel investment into
building the manufacturing plants that are China's strength, for products
such as catalytic converters and computers, and funding the country's banks.

"China has a lot of capital," he said. "We want them to capitalize our banks
so we can invest in agriculture."

Mutambara said Zimbabwe was in talks with Chinese companies on potential
manufacturing projects, but he gave no details.

While Beijing has shown more support for Zimbabwe's government than Western
powers, Chinese investors have remained skittish about investing amid the
recent unbridled inflation and political turmoil.

Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change in February formed a
brittle coalition administration with President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF to
end a long-running political crisis and a decade of economic ruin.

As he became a pariah in the West, Mugabe has tried to boost economic ties
with Asian countries, especially China.

Beijing and Chinese companies have pledged tens of billions of dollars to
Africa in loans and investments, mostly to secure raw materials for the
world's fastest-growing major economy.

China's trade with the continent has jumped by an average 30 percent a year
this decade, reaching nearly $107 billion in 2008.

Tsvangirai said earlier this year that Zimbabwe had secured $950 million in
credit from China to help rebuild its economy, but the Zimbabwe Finance
Minister later said no such agreement had been reached.

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'Keep sanctions against Mugabe until he dies'--  Job Sikhala

By Tichaona Sibanda
11 September 2009

The international community must not lift targeted sanctions against Robert
Mugabe until the day he dies, former MDC MP Job Sikhala said on Friday.

'Only when he is buried in Kutama or at their own shrine (Heroes Acre) can
the western world consider removing sanctions against him,' said Sikhala,
who claimed to have taken over the leadership of the MDC formation led by
Arthur Mutambara.

'Mugabe must die isolated if he doesn't want to reform. People can reform -
even the evil satan had the capacity to reform. So the ball is in Mugabe's
court, if he fails to change he must be ostracized until his very last day
on this universe,' Sikhala added.
Asked to comment on the SADC summit resolution that called on the
international community to lift targeted sanctions against Mugabe and his
cronies, Sikhala retorted; 'There are no sanctions against Zimbabwe. The
issue is that Mugabe has been denied access to civilized communities and I
hope they will still deny him that opportunity until he has totally reformed
Speaking to SW Radio Africa, the former St Mary's MDC MP said he was
saddened by SADC's decision to throw its support behind Mugabe, instead of
the suffering of millions of Zimbabweans.
He said the rejection of the removal of sanctions by the European Union was
further evidence that regional leaders may have miscalculated the global
political thinking on human rights violators.
'It is clear that SADC has always been in support of Mugabe and his ZANU PF.
It's really saddening that they only accepted issues raised by Mugabe at the
meeting. We've been betrayed by these leaders in the region and continent
who see no evil and speak no evil about each other,' Sikhala said.
The outspoken former University of Zimbabwe student leader said the trend by
African leaders to protect each other has caused underdevelopment in the
region and on the whole continent.
He added;  'As long as the SADC leaders don't think outside the box,
Zimbabwe will remain oppressed and never be able to achieve full democracy.'
'We've been throttled, abused, tortured and killed and these leaders still
want to pamper Mugabe's ambition to die in power. I find it strange that
they don't see anything wrong with Mugabe at all.'

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Britain willing to support Zimbabwe's land resettlement

     2009-09-11 16:00:27

          HARARE, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- British Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mark
Canning has said his government recognizes that the land redistribution
exercise is an unavoidable exercise and his government is willing to resume
support for the program.

          Canning was presenting a paper on understanding British policy
towards Africa and Zimbabwe at a diplomatic training course, ZBC News
reported on Friday.

          During a question and answer session, Canning revealed that his
government recognizes the need for equitable distribution of land and is
willing to resume support for the program.

          As part of the ambassadors-designate training, ambassadors from
different countries posted to Zimbabwe are being invited to make
presentations and so far ambassadors from Egypt, Palestine, Algeria,
Malaysia, Iran among others have been invited.

          Portuguese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Jaoa Dia Camara made a
presentation on appreciating EU policy towards Africa and expressed optimism
that trade relations between EU, Africa and the east will improve.

          Five ambassadors designate and foreign affairs officers are
undergoing a two month diplomatic training course to prepare them for the
demanding roles they will soon be playing at various stations through out
the world.

          The training course is designed to equip the prospective
ambassadors and foreign service officers with professional and
administrative skills for them to be able to effectively articulate and
manage the country's foreign policy when they are eventually posted

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1. Stockdale Citrus


As the SADC summit draws to a close which has rattled the government cage
there are ashes in the Chegutu area which no arrests will be made On
Stockdale citrus estate where Edna Madzongwe has illegally taken the farm
and stolen the export oranges some of which were supplied to Mazoe Citrus
estate (Mazoe orange juice) Senator Madzongwe's son Valentine has stolen
a four trax motor bike from the residence of Peter Etheredge The motor
bike is currently parked at the house where they are living a report was
made to the local police but NO arrests have been made Etheredge is a
SADC member farmer who has the Protection of the SADC Tribunal ruling
which the treaty was signed by the Zimbabwe president in 1992

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Engen, KenolKobil to buy BP, Shell Zimbabwe assets

Friday September 11, 06:19 PM

HARARE, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Engen Petroleum and KenolKobil plan to acquire
BP and Shell 's Zimbabwe assets in anticipation of economic growth under a
unity government formed earlier this year, the companies said on Friday.

They will acquire more than 75 service stations in a deal now under
consideration by Zimbabwean authorities.

BP and Shell's move would be the highest profile exit by a major foreign
investor since President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
set up a power-sharing government in February in a bid to end a political
and economic crisis.

Engen -- one of South Africa's leading petroleum products retailers -- and
east African KenolKobil said they were to acquire all the shares in Shell
Zimbabwe and BP Zimbabwe.

BP and Shell, whose joint Zimbabwe operations employ about 400 people and
whose blending plant in Harare has a capacity of 30 million litres per year,
were not available to comment.

Engen has existing operations in Zimbabwe and Jacob Segman, managing
director of KenolKobil, said the joint venture would seek to benefit from
the country's reconstruction.

'While Zimbabwe's economy has declined sharply over the last decade, it
still boasts good infrastructure and we believe that this will form the
basis of renewed economic growth under the new government of national
unity,' Segman said in the statement.

(Reporting by Nelson Banya; Editing by Dan Lalor)

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Gono moves into 112 roomed Mansion

By MEMORY KHOZA September 11, 2009
HARARE - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono has moved into a
112-roomed mansion in the leafy Borrowdale estate, zimGossip can report.

The mansion, located at Number 2, Luna Road on Sunlands Farm, is located on
the periphery of the Borrowdale Estate and boasts 45 Bedrooms and four

A close associate  told  zimGossip that the 'beloved' Governor boasts that
his house is better than 'Mudhara's'.

"Just after Mugabe's 25 bedroomed mansion was completed a few years ago and
everyone in Zanu-PF was talking about it, Gono whispered to me saying, wait
till I finish mine - "Yamudhara hapana zviripo" (Mugabe's mansion is
nothing), the source said.

The governor, accused of stealing from the treasury, is said to have blew
US$5 million on the imposing structure. The house has been under
construction since 2001 when Gono was still head of the partly
government-owned Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe.

Government Deeds and Registry office records confirm that the farm on which
the imposing castle-like house stands is registered in Gono's name under
deeds registration number 6225/00.

Neighbours told zimGossip that Gono had moved into the property.

According to sources on the site, Gono, who is also Mugabe's personal
financial adviser, has demanded the faces of his wife, children and himself
be carved onto the house's stone castle tower.

And among some of the features of the beautiful mansion are an art gallery,
billiard room, library, a 60-guest dining room, servants' quarters, and
plasma televisions in virtually every room. The grounds boast a magnificent
swimming pool, with three islands and a gazebo.

The house, believed to be the biggest in Harare, has a Victorian shingle
style. Sources said the interior is expansive, but contains many classical

"The original quarter-sawn golden oak woodwork is magnificent," said a
source. He added: "The home is furnished with museum quality oil paintings,
furniture, and family heirlooms."

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