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ZIMBABWE CONSERVATION TASK FORCE
Contrary to the
Government's statement that the land seizures are now over, the very few white
farmers and game ranchers who have so far managed to hold on to their properties
are now under pressure to give up their land. Justice for Agriculture has issued
a warning to those farmers who were not previously gazetted for land
resettlement, that operation "clean sweep" is about to take place whereby
high-ranking government officials want the remaining farmers and their workers
off their land.
40 kilometres north-east of Bulawayo are two game farms adjoining each
other are known as the "Halglen Animal Conservancy". This 4 500 hectare
conservancy, which is completely unsuitable for agriculture, is one of the very
few places in Zimbabwe which still has wildlife and the owners have gone to
enormous expense to protect the 3 200 animals there. The properties are properly
fenced and adequate watering points have been positioned throughout. In addition
to this, 12 trained scouts patrol and protect these animals 24 hours a day from
The owners of Halglen are now under pressure to give up the conservancy
and sacrifice 3 200 wild animals to untrained and undisciplined people. The
records show that on most of the other game ranches and conservancies that have
been resettled, the wildlife has been wiped out in a very short space of time.
On many game farms where the wildlife was previously abundant, there is
literally nothing left. The game has
been indiscriminately poached and slaughtered by the settlers and in addition to
this, they have been selling hunts to unscrupulous hunters from South Africa and
Botswana who are capitalizing of the chaotic situation here in flagrant defiance
of the laws laid down by National Parks, Zatso and the Zimbabwe Tourist
Authority. Because of this the country has lost millions of dollars in foreign
Unless we have a change
of government, it seems we are powerless to stop this tragedy which is unfolding
daily. There is very little wildlife left here now and we need to save these 3
200 animals from being slaughtered by a handful of greedy, misguided individuals
who will, no doubt, hunt them for personal gain as they have already done
countrywide. WE NEED HELP!
Chairman for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force
Fax 09 2634 335114
Mobile 09 263 11
JUSTICE FOR AGRICULTURE
PR COMMUNIQUE - September 15, 2003
Farm or Not to Farm.
"Formerly, all people were hunter-gatherers;
referred to by Hobbe's as
having a 'nasty, brutish and short'
Today's affluent First World citizens do not actually do the
raising food themselves - food production (by remote agribusiness)
less physical work, more comfort, freedom from starvation, and a
It still took until 8 500 B.C. for food
production to be adopted in the
Fertile Crescent in place of
Over the last 10 000 years there has been a shift from
food production. There are five main contributing
factors to this shift:
*The decline in the availability of wild
*Depletion of wild game.
*Cumulative development of
technologies for collecting, processing and
storing wild foods - and later
domesticated foods. The basis of commercial
*The two way
link between the rise in human population density and the rise
production. Which came first - the food or the population?
denser population of food producers (previously hunter-gatherers)
them to displace or kill hunter gatherers by sheer numbers."
Professor Jared Diamond's book about "The Fates of Human Societies."-
Professor Diamond's title 'To farm or not to farm' creates more
than answers for Zimbabweans today:
1. Is Zimbabwean agricultural
practice reverting to 8 000 B.C - more
physical work, less comfort, shorter
life and exposure to starvation?
2. Do we have an unprecedented example
of hunter-gatherers displacing and
killing food producers, rather than the
other way round? - trend reversal
within the 10 000 year norm?
a frightened little group of surviving food producers, decided to
the hunter gatherers in the hope that they will survive this
probably brief reversal - blissfully ignoring the well
trends of mankind since 8 500 B.C?
4. Given that Zimbabwean life
expectancy is now down to 33, is this a
master plan of the leadership of
hunter-gatherers with the minority group
of food producers?
is their next step, when all the animals and plants (wild and
are fully depleted - will they then turn to food producing
security of tenure) in America or Europe, and say:
"nobody ever told
6. Do those American and European food producers and tax payers,
right to choose who they will 'give' their surplus to, and 'how' it
done? Or will our local hunter-gatherers and food producers (now
hunter-gatherers) know best?
"Not to Farm."
JUSTICE FOR AGRICULTURE
LEGAL COMMUNIQUE: CORRECTION/ADDENDUM - September
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Legal Communiqué of Friday 12 September 2003 drew farmers' attention to
further listings for Compulsory Acquisition in the Herald of that day.
be advised that Lot 110 had an additional 22 farms listed over and
original 19 listed under Section 5 Preliminary Notice dated
September 2003. Friday 12th's listing (41 farms) under Lot 110
Preliminary Notice to acquire under Section 3 (not Section 5) of the
Acquisition Act. Those farmers listed under Section 3 under Lot 110
contact this office for clarification as to the implication of
Section 3 of
JAG OPEN LETTER FORUM
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send any material for publication in the Open Letter Forum to
firstname.lastname@example.org with "For Open Letter
Forum" in the subject
The Freedom Charter put out by the Crisis
Coalition has expressed fully the
need for the following
..of belief and worship;
..the right to food
..equality of all citizens before the law, regardless of gender,
race, nationality or political opinion;
A group of farmers
(from Matabeleland) appears to be exercising its rights
to a few of these
fundamental freedoms. It is disturbing to see the press
report that some
leaders in Agriculture (and Professor Chikowore), have
Matabele Zimbabweans for claiming their freedom of
association and choice. On
top of that it has been referred to as a
Political stand, rather than an
inherent right or basic freedom.
Do the people making these claims (CFU
President and the Honourable
Minister of Agriculture?) understand the purpose
of the Crisis Coalition
and the Freedom Charter? The Freedom Charter would
seem the opposite of
2: Isn't it an amazing thing!
Dear fellow farmers and ex
Isn't it an amazing thing!
government is in the process of implementing Operation Cleansweep,
· a new
constitution is being prepared which enshrines property rights and
current regime is trying to form an interim government and re-designate
farms so that they can legally nationalise the farms prior to the
constitution being put in place
· ZESA has increased rates on export
oriented businesses to such a level
that it makes the remaining export
produce farms unviable,
· inflation sits at 399,5% officially for August but
much higher in real
· Daily News has just been taken off the
streets for being "illegal" and so
removes our main form of public
information of the current economic and
leadership in Matabeleland find it necessary to withdraw from CFU
a lack of trust between the leadership.
For over forty years the debate
about trust between the leadership in
Matabeleland and the rest of the
country has raged from time to time. Over
the past years our very brave men
have put aside personal differences in
order to stand united as a Union to
fight matters of importance to the
farmers and our nation.
internal power struggle rages, our homes burn and our
We are a democratic union. We have to accept the
decision of the majority
and work within the framework of our Constitution.
We need to put aside our
personal fears and aspirations in the interests of
our farming "family" and
do what is good for our people.....
have to work together as a team.
United we stand and divided we
I pray that our leadership is able to put aside their conflicts
work for the community they profess to lead.
letters published on the open Letter Forum are the views and opinions
submitters, and do not represent the official viewpoint of Justice
Commonwealth urged to reverse Zimbabwe CHOGM
South Africa has strongly criticised the Commonwealth's decision not
invite Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to the Heads of Government
in Nigeria in December.
South Africa says Australia and other
key nations should allow Zimbabwe to
South Africa is
calling on the Commonwealth to reverse its decision.
A spokesman for
South African President Thabo Mbeki, Bheki Khumalo, says
Zimbabwe should be
included in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
are very disappointed because we don't think that excluding Zimbabwe
CHOGM in Nigeria will achieve anything," he said.
"We would have hoped
that Zimbabwe would have been invited to attend the
was suspended from the councils of the Commonwealth last year when
to contain political violence and intimidation.
15 September 2003
U.S. "Deeply Troubled" By Government Action Against
Independent Press in
Calls on Mugabe Government to allow
newspapers to publish
"The United States is deeply troubled by the
September 12 raid by armed
members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police on the
offices of the Daily News and
Daily News on Sunday newspapers, and by the
Government of Zimbabwe's
decision to prevent those newspapers from
J. Adam Ereli, State Department deputy spokesman, made that
point in a
September 15 statement, which called those actions
infringements on press freedoms," which stand as "the latest
incidents in a
pattern of intimidation and violence directed against the
"We call on the Government of Zimbabwe." Ereli noted,
"to permit the Daily
News and Daily News on Sunday to resume publishing at
once and to cease
intimidation and harassment of the independent
Following is the text of the State Department
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the
September 15, 2003
STATEMENT BY J. ADAM ERELI, DEPUTY
Zimbabwe: Raid and Closure of Independent Newspapers
United States is deeply troubled by the September 12 raid by armed
the Zimbabwe Republic Police on the offices of the Daily News and
on Sunday newspapers, and by the Government of Zimbabwe's
decision to prevent
those newspapers from publishing.
These actions are unwarranted
infringements on press freedoms. They are the
latest incidents in a pattern
of intimidation and violence directed against
the independent media. Editors
and staff of the Daily News have been
arrested and harassed on numerous
occasions, and the Daily News's printing
press was bombed in January 2001. As
the country's largest circulation
independent newspapers, their closures
deprive Zimbabweans of access to
information beyond the government's tightly
controlled news outlets.
The raid and closures follow a September 11
Supreme Court ruling compelling
the Daily News' publisher to register under
the provisions of the
controversial Access to Information and Protection of
Privacy Act, and
reinforce widespread concerns that the Act could be used to
operations of the independent media.
We call on the
Government of Zimbabwe to permit the Daily News and Daily
News on Sunday to
resume publishing at once and to cease intimidation and
harassment of the
independent media. We will follow closely the Zimbabwean
treatment of the Daily News and its publisher.
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs,
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
Straw slams Zimbabwe for censorship
Mon 15 September, 2003
HARARE (Reuters) - The publishers of Zimbabwe's sole privately
say its top editor has quit after authorities shut the paper
down, but vow
to fight a closure that Britain has branded an attempt to
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said in a statement
Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF
party could not justify the closure.
outside world will see it for what it is -- an attempt to stifle
scrutiny and silence democratic voices in Zimbabwe.
"We will continue to
support all those in Zimbabwe working for a return to
democratically-elected and accountable government which respects
rights and the rule of law."
Police shut down the Daily News
last week after the Supreme Court ruled its
publisher, Associated Newspapers
of Zimbabwe (ANZ), was operating illegally
because it had not registered with
a media commission created by Robert
Gugulethu Moyo said the newspaper group had applied for
registration and had
asked the police to reopen its offices, but the company
said the paper's top
editor had quit.
"I can confirm that (editor-in-chief Francis Mdlongwa)
has resigned. It is
not connected to the closure of paper. I had known he
wanted to resign long
before this," ANZ Chief Executive Sam Sipepa Nkomo told
Moyo and Nkomo said the paper would file a challenge with the
High Court if
the police failed to approve their registration request.
Nigeria delivers summit ultimatum to Mugabe
By Anton La
Guardia, Diplomatic Editor, and Andrew Chadwick in Harare
Nigeria has bluntly told President Robert Mugabe that he
will be excluded
from the next Commonwealth summit unless he agrees to share
power with the
Zimbabwean opposition, a senior Commonwealth official said
Tony Blair and several other leaders have made clear they will
meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, in December if Mr Mugabe
President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, the summit host, has
sacrifice solidarity among African countries to avoid a deep
split within the Commonwealth. A well-placed diplomatic source
said he sent
an envoy to Harare during the summer to "explain the
Mr Mugabe was told that he could attend only if he made
progress" towards forming a government of national unity with
Movement for Democratic Change.
However, there is
little sign that repeated South African attempts to
mediate such a political
deal will yield results any time soon. Rather than
easing the political
repression of the opposition, Zimbabwean police have
effectively shut down
the country's only independent daily newspaper, the
Oyo, a spokesman for Mr Obasanjo, said yesterday: "No invitation has
sent to Zimbabwe and Pakistan, but consultations are going on."
was suspended "from the councils" of the Commonwealth in March last
international election observers issued a damning report on the
that surrounded Mr Mugabe's re-election.
The decision was taken by
leaders from South Africa, Nigeria and Australia.
But the group split in
March, at the end of the initial one-year suspension.
Mr Obasanjo and
President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa argued in favour of
Mugabe but they were blocked by powerful protests from
minister, John Howard.
Despite Mr Mugabe's absence from the Commonwealth
Heads of Government
Meeting (CHOGM), the question of Zimbabwe will dominate
the summit as it
decides whether to continue the suspension.
spokesman for Mr Howard said he had received assurances from Mr Obasanjo
the Commonwealth secretary-general, Don McKinnon, that Mr Mugabe would
attend the Abuja summit.
"We consider that in the absence of any progress
in addressing the concerns
which led to its suspension from the councils of
Zimbabwe's suspension should stand," the spokesman
Australia is leading the fight for tighter sanctions against
Britain has largely stayed out of the limelight in the hope of
Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party the "colonial"
The Foreign Office hoped that African leaders would exert pressure
Mugabe but these hopes have been sorely disappointed.
Ncube, secretary-general of the MDC, said: "We heartily welcome the
the Commonwealth. It is an unequivocal demonstration that until
restores democracy and the rule of law he is not welcome at forums
"In the 18 months since Zimbabwe's suspension Mugabe has made no
stop the political violence he has unleashed on the people of this
He has made no effort to restore the rule of law, disband the
introduce a transparent and fair electoral
Zimbabwean police yesterday prevented the Daily News from
operations, keeping the newspaper off the streets for the third day
Police raided the newspaper's offices on Friday after the
ordered the newspaper to register with the government-appointed
Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary,
said yesterday: "The closure of the Daily
News is a clear attack on the free
and independent press in Zimbabwe."
Zim govt, Daily News stand-off deepens
Posted Tue, 16 Sep
The stand-off between the Zimbabwe government and the country's
independent daily newspaper, a fierce critic of President Robert
which was shut down last week, deepened on Monday amid legal
The Daily News, which was declared illegal
by the Supreme Court last week
for not registering with a government media
commission, was shut down in a
police raid on Friday, when the paper's
central Harare offices and its
printing presses were sealed off.
Daily News applied to register with the state-run commission early on
after not appearing on newsstands for three days.
But by late afternoon
the newspaper was still out of business, and company
lawyers prepared to make
an urgent application to the courts to allow
workers back into their
"They (police) claim to be enforcing the Supreme Court order,"
Moyo, a director and legal adviser at the paper, told
"There was no order to the effect that we should be shut out of
offices," she said. "We will take action for loss of revenue."
ruling against the Daily News came after it had challenged
constitutionality of having to register with the state-appointed Media
Information Commission (MIC).
The supreme court threw out the
application and told the paper it had to
register before challenging the
Under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act
signed into force by Mugabe shortly after his disputed re-election
year, all newspapers, reporters, media houses and outlets must
Earlier on Monday Moyo told AFP that the media
commission had accepted their
But the state-run Herald,
usually seen as a government mouthpiece, said on
Monday, quoting an unnamed
lawyer, that the Daily News was "approaching the
MIC with dirty hands", and
warned that the process might take up to two
"If they apply now
for registration, they are approaching the Media and
with dirty hands and it does not follow that they
will be automatically
The Herald also speculated that the Daily News risked having
confiscated by the state under the media law, which allows the
seize assets of a media house that operates
Meanwhile, the chief executive of the Daily News, Sam Nkomo,
was due to
appear in court Monday facing charges of running an illegal
But hiscourt appearance was delayed because the state had not
case against him, Moyo said.
"The state is not yet ready
to proceed against him," she said. "They said
they'd call us when they're
The Daily News is a fierce critic of Mugabe's government. It has
from circulating in the rural strongholds of his ruling Zimbabwe
National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF).
The paper has also
been the target of two bomb attacks in recent years, and
several of its
journalists, including the former editor-in-chief Geoffrey
Nyarota, have been
arrested several times since the paper was launched
Condemnation of the paper's forced closure continued on
Monday from local
civic and human rights groups.
In a statement the
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said the Supreme Court
ruling against the
Daily News "resulted in the biggest assault on the right
of freedom of
expression in the history of our independence".
Local media watchdog, the
Media Monitoring Project, said in a statement that
the closure of the Daily
News represented the "climax of the Zanu-PF led
government campaign to muzzle
alternative opinion using the ill-fated Access
to Information and Protection
of Privacy Act".
And the Independent Journalists Association of Zimbabwe
(IJAZ) urged the
media commission to "stop pandering to the whims of
politicians and allow
papers ... to register".
"The forced closure of
the Daily News ... is yet another clumsy assault by
the government on free
media in Zimbabwe," IJAZ said in a statement.
Moyo slams SA journalists
High Commissioner to South Africa Cde Simon Khaya Moyo has
journalists in that country as "racist fronts’’ whose
negative reporting on
Zimbabwe was "nauseating."
Addressing members of the Zimbabwe Union of
Journalists in Gwanda at the
weekend, Cde Khaya Moyo said most of the
journalists now had a tendency of
creating stories about Zimbabwe even when
there was nothing to write about.
"The South African media’s obsession
with Zimbabwe is truly nauseating. Even
if there is no story on Zimbabwe, one
must be manufactured.
"It is fascinating that even some editors cannot
extricate themselves from
their past racist enclave. Such journalists can
only be described as racist
fronts,’’ said Cde Khaya Moyo.
the media in South Africa, he said, were now being extended to
leaders who stand by Zimbabwe on its land issue.
He said what was
disappointing was the fact that the same journalists who
used to fight
Zimbabwe during the liberation struggle wanted to turn into
"The same journalists who apparently were supporters of
apartheid and the
former Rhodesia establishment have now taken the front
seats as champions of
"One can count them on one’s fingers
as their false articles appear in
various newspapers everyday,’’ he
Since the launch of the land reform programme in 2000, the media in
Africa has been on a mission to vilify the Government.
Government gazettes Appropriation Act
The Government yesterday gazetted the Appropriation (Supplementary)
which allows the State to withdraw from the Consolidated Revenue Fund
billion for a supplementary budget to finance shortfalls arising from
2003 original budget.
The original budget for 2003 was $784
The supplementary budget and the Appropriation (Supplementary)
approved by Parliament last month.
Votes that were approved
were for the Office of the President and Cabinet
$8,1 billion; Parliament of
Zimbabwe $2 billion; Public Service, Labour and
Social Welfare $35,2 billion
and Defence $47,1 billion.
Parliament also approved the votes for Finance
and Economic Development
$104,4 billion; Vote of Credit $6 billion; Audit
Department $371,6 million;
Industry and International Trade $1,7 million;
Rural Resources and Water
Development $8,3 billion; Lands Agriculture and
Rural Resettlement $73,7
Mines and Mining Development got
$1,4 billion; Environment and Tourism $1,2
billion; Transport and
Communications $16,4 billion; Foreign Affairs $29
billion; Local Government,
Public Works and National Housing $5,4 billion;
Health and Child Welfare
Education, Sport and Culture was allocated $153 billion;
Higher and Tertiary
Education $13,1 billion; Youth Development, Gender and
$4 billion; Home Affairs $45 billion and Justice, Legal
Affairs $13,1 billion.
Small and Medium Enterprises
Development was given $265 million and Energy
and Power Development $282,2
The supplementary budget was necessitated by several factors
rising inflation and the need to meet salaries for the civil
following the completion of the job evaluation exercise.
expenditure envisaged in the revised 2003 budget is $1 442,3 billion
$770,3 billion in the original budget.
The total expenditure of $1 442,3
and a total revenue of $1 141,3 billion
will result in a budget deficit of
$301 billion (7,3 percent of the Gross
Domestic Product) against the original
$230 billion (11,5 percent of Gross
deficit of $301 billion will be financed from the non-banking
would contribute $45 billion, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe up to
limit of $61 billion and the banking system financing the
balance of $195