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- may peace, truth and justice prevail.

There will be a phone-in programme on ZTV at 7:00 pm tomorrow (Tuesday 25) featuring Professor Jonathan Moyo - the Minister of Information and Publicity. The subject will be the Abuja agreement. The number we have for callers is 498603.

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Hoogstraten charged with murder

by Philip Nettleton
Millionaire businessman Nicholas van Hoogstraten was today charged with the
murder of Mohammed Raja, who was gunned down more than two years ago.

Mr van Hoogstraten, 58, who owns one of Britain's most expensive homes - the
£40million Hamilton Palace in Framfield, East Sussex - was arrested in July.
Mr Raja, 62, was stabbed five times and shot in the head and stomach by two
masked men on the doorstep of his home in Sutton, Surrey, in July 1999.

Mr van Hoogstraten returned to be questioned by detectives from the Met's
Serious Crime Group at Bexleyheath police station and was charged with
murder and conspiracy to murder.

He was remanded in custody and will appear before magistrates tomorrow.

Mr van Hoogstraten is worth an estimated £200 million, owning mines, hotels
and houses in Britain, America, South Africa, Zimbabwe and in the Caribbean.

In recent years he has waged war on ramblers near his Sussex home.

A £25,000 reward was offered in the quest to find Mr Raja's killers and an
appeal was made on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

Pakistani-born Mr Raja, a retired property owner who was once labelled
Brighton's most notorious landlord, moved to Sutton from Brighton two years
before his death and had been the subject of several arson attacks.

Mr Raja's son, Amjad, said his father, who had more than 100 convictions
dating back to the Seventies concerning the letting of properties unfit for
human habitation, had been a " wonderful figure" who was humble and honest
about his business dealings.
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Zimbabwe government accuses whites of 'economic terrorism'

HARARE - A Zimbabwean white farmer charged with murder over violence on his land saw his bail application postponed on Monday as President Robert Mugabe's government accused commercial farmers of "economic terrorism".

A high court judge put off the bail hearing for three days in the case of John Bibby, a 70-year-old farmer arrested with more than 20 of his labourers after two government supporters died in September 15 clashes on his land.

Bibby's lawyer, Ray Passaportis, said the judge postponed the case until Thursday, after the government's lawyer applied for more time to examine the evidence.

Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, one of Mugabe's top aides, meanwhile accused the country's 4 000 or so white farmers of colluding with journalists to commit "economic terrorism".

Moyo told the state-run Herald newspaper that the Zimbabwe correspondent of Britain's Independent newspaper, Basildon Peta, had assisted white farmers to spread false reports about the situation on their land.

"Commenting on what he does dignifies economic terrorism at a time when we should be combating it," Moyo was on Monday quoted by the Herald as saying.

The Commercial Farmers Union last week stated that 570 tobacco farms had seen recent work stoppages, while 20 farms had been invaded by pro-government activists after the government had pledged to stop all invasions.

Veterans of Zimbabwe's liberation war spearheaded the sometimes violent occupation of commercial farmland by activists of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front from early last year, in support of plans for land redistribution to the black majority.

The government early this month agreed to halt farm invasions in return for foreign financial support for land reform.

The incident on Bibby's farm was one of several to follow that agreement.

Bibby has already spent nine days in custody, his lawyer said on Monday, describing the court postponement as "grossly unfair".

The state alleges that Bibby and his workers attacked land occupiers trucked in for resettlement on Bibby's Bita farm in Hwedza, 100km southeast of Harare.

However, Bibby's security guards said the two men died after falling from a lorry and being run over by the government supporters who were ferrying them from farm to farm. - Sapa-AFP

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) -- Zimbabwe began counting votes on Monday after a weekend by-election for the parliamentary seat left vacant by the death of a liberation war veterans' leader who spearheaded the invasion of white-owned farms.

Four parties contested the election, but analysts said the real contest was between the ruling ZANU-PF, for which Chenjerai Hunzvi had held the seat, and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Analysts said ZANU-PF was likely to retain the seat in Chikomba, a traditional stronghold of the ruling party in southeast Zimbabwe.

"A defeat for ZANU-PF would be very shocking and of great significance ahead of next year's presidential poll," said Brian Raftopoulos, a political analyst at the Zimbabwe Institute of Development Studies.

Hunzvi, a key political ally of President Robert Mugabe, died in June. He won 63 percent of the Chikomba vote at last year's general election against the MDC's 32 percent.

Hunzvi was at the forefront of the commercial farm invasions by pro-government militants which began in February 2000.

His supporters -- many claiming to be veterans of Zimbabwe's war of independence against white-minority rule -- also waged a violent election campaign which was widely credited with helping ZANU-PF narrowly win the June 2000 elections.

At least 31 people, mostly opposition supporters, died in pre-election violence. Five of the victims were farmers whose properties were invaded.

While voting in Chikomba was peaceful on Saturday and Sunday, the MDC has accused ZANU-PF supporters of killing a school headmaster who backed the opposition two weeks ago.

ZANU-PF officials have blamed MDC militants for the death, saying the man had defected to the ruling party.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai poses the first serious challenge to Mugabe in presidential elections due by April next year.

Critics say Mugabe's controversial programme to seize white-owned farmland for redistribution to landless blacks is part of a campaign to retain power in the face of an unprecedented economic crisis widely blamed on 21 years of misrule since independence.

Results of the Chikomba by-election are expected later on Monday.

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Call for terrorism fight to target Mugabe
THE Australian Democrats today called on the Federal Government to broaden the fight against international terrorism to include Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.

Andrew Murray (AD, WA), who grew up in Zimbabwe, asked whether the government would agree to detain and prosecute anyone heading an organisation accused of committing acts of terror.

"Is it true the government is aware of the identity of someone whose organisation has been accused of the murder of tens of thousands more than Osama bin Laden's group, as well as many many thousands of tortures, burnings, beatings and rapes?" he asked during Senate question time.

"Is the government aware that the organisation ZANU-PF headed by Robert Mugabe has been accused of these very things starting with the mass murder of the N'debele minority in the "80s and continuing with farm workers, farmers and political opponents right up to the present?

"Does the government accept that if it is going to join in an international campaign to punish mass crimes against humanity - and I support them doing so - then from (accused Nazi war criminal) Konrad Kalejs to the Burmese government or the Zimbabwean government it cannot be selective and must apply the same standards in Australia?"

President Mugabe is due to come to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane next month.

Government Senate Leader Robert Hill said Australia condemned the violence upon white Zimbabwean farmers.

He said Australia had used what diplomatic measures it could to try to influence the situation in Zimbabwe and would continue to do so.

"The way to respond to (Mugabe's regime) is to, together with our friends, exert sufficient political pressure on Mr Mugabe to accord to the basic tenets of human rights," Senator Hill said.

Senator Murray said the focus of the coalition of nations headed by the United States was Afghanistan's Taliban regime for harbouring bin Laden but it should be broader.

"No members of those organisations which carry out terror should be safe outside their own countries or their own havens," he said.

"Otherwise we'll face the situation ... when all people who have in the past been classified as terrorists become in fact people who are perfectly acceptable to society and have tea with the Queen."

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Mugabe party set to hold ‘Hitler’ seat

ZIMBABWEANS turned out in large numbers yesterday to vote in a by-election for the parliamentary seat left vacant by the death of a liberation war veterans’ leader who spearheaded the invasion of white-owned farms.

Chenjerai Hunzvi, who was an important ally of President Robert Mugabe, died in June. Nicknamed Hitler, he had been at the forefront of the hundreds of farm invasions by militants in February last year.

Results of the voting in Chikomba is expected late today. Mr Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party is expected to win the seat that Mr Hunzvi won easily in parliamentary elections last year.

At least 31 people, mostly opposition supporters, died in political violence during the run-up to last year’s elections in which Mr Mugabe’s party narrowly defeated the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

While voting in Chikomba was peaceful over the weekend, the MDC has accused ZANU-PF supporters of the killing two weeks ago of a school headmaster who backed the opposition. ZANU-PF officials have blamed MDC militants for the death.

Four political parties are contesting the Chikomba seat, but analysts said any real contest was between ZANU-PF and the MDC. "I think this will be another ZANU-PF victory because this is a ruling party stronghold, and I don’t believe there has been any change in voting patterns since last year," said Brian Raftopoulos, an analyst at the Zimbabwe Institute of Development Studies. "A defeat for ZANU-PF would be very shocking and of great significance ahead of next year’s presidential poll," he added.

The MDC, led by a former trade unionist, Morgan Tsvangirai, is the first serious political threat to Mr Mugabe who must call presidential elections by April next year.

Mr Critics say Mugabe’s controversial programme to seize white-owned farmland for redistribution to landless blacks is part of a campaign to retain power.

President Mugabe has held unprecedented talks with rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the prospects for peace and the political future of Africa’s third-largest nation after three years of civil war, a rebel leader said yesterday.

Adolphe Onusumba, head of the Congolese Rally for Democracy, said after the talks that he had "sensed a genuine willingness on the part of Mugabe to end the conflict", that has claimed an estimated 2.5 million lives, most of them civilian victims of hunger and disease.

The talks were the first between the rebels and Mr Mugabe. Zimbabwe has been the main backer of the Congolese government, together with Angola and Namibia, in the war that broke out in August 1998 when rebels backed by Rwanda and Uganda attempted to oust the then president, Laurent Kabila. Reuters and AP
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24 Sep 2001
HelpAge Zimbabwe - moving the elderly from the bottom of the list

Insiza Godlwayo Goat Project, one of several income generating projects funded by HeplAge Zimbabwe for the elderly in Matabeleland South province.

Faced with declining living standards and poor nutrition among the country's elderly population, HelpAge Zimbabwe (HAZ) has launched a pilot nutritional programme for older people in Masvingo province in the south. HAZ's new director Douglas Mhizha spoke to AlertNet correspondent Busani Bafana about the scheme.

AN: What has necessitated the launch of a nutritional programme for older people?

DM: All along we have been talking about the welfare of the elderly but have not given a thought to their nutritional standards, especially with the increasing costs of basic food items. The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and HelpAge Zimbabwe together with the UNDP launched a pilot programme in July specifically to improve the situation of the elderly. We realised that the Ministry of Health had no way of catering for the elderly, unlike the case with children and under-fives who have a support programme and an act of parliament protecting their rights to a healthy life, why not the elderly?

AN: What do you hope to achieve through this pilot programme?

DM: We are saying older persons are also a vulnerable group like children and lactating mothers. We want to tackle the issue of malnourishment by investigating the traditional diet and see how we can bolster it without adding anything new. We expect the results of the pilot project by April next year and we hope to replicate the same project in the 10 provinces of the country. Mind you, there is more to the well being of the elderly than just nutrition.

AN: Is the programme costing anything?

DM: Yes. We have made representations to government for funding. The pilot programme covers over 800 elderly people in Masvingo alone. We will need about Z$10 million (U.S. $190,000) for the nutritional programme alone.

AN: Taking stock of HelpAge Zimbabwe's activities since the International Year of Older Persons declared by the United Nations in 1999, how would you say you have performed?

DM: 1999 was a period for us to review our success towards achieving the 18 United Nations Principles for Older Persons of December 1991. It was a period of scrutiny for us and we feel we felt short in some of the goals. For example, on the social welfare of the elderly we are still battling to have the Elderly Persons Bill made into law since it was drafted in 1991. We were the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to draft it. The absence of such an act has militated against our plans to improve the livelihood of the elderly. It all comes to priorities and the elderly seem to be at the bottom of the list. We need to change that attitude.

AN: What would you say about social welfare payments to the elderly?

DM: The social welfare benefits for the elderly are a sore point. We have made recommendations to government to peg them at least at Z$1,980 (US$36) per month per person. Currently the social welfare pays a paltry Z$250 (US$5), that does not even buy a decent meal, let alone provide health cover. We are appealing to both government and the private sector to help us support our ageing population. We also want the payment system speeded up.

AN: It is just over a year since your appointment as director-- what challenges have you faced?

DM: One of my challenges is to improve our fund raising efforts as it costs about Z$18 million (US$325,000) to finance our programmes in Zimbabwe annually. We would want government to consider tax relief to companies that fund programmes for the elderly. I am also facing the challenge of making our nutritional pilot project as success.

AN: What about the future of HelpAge Zimbabwe?

DM: We hope in future to be able to promote and support all the needs of the elderly persons in Zimbabwe. Currently we need to help the elderly deal with the effects of HIV/AIDS as more elderly people have taken the added on responsibility of caring for orphans, some have up to 10 children. Besides, we have noted a growing problem of urban destitution with a lot of elderly people roaming the streets. Elderly people have an important role to play in society and we need to support them.

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Farm Invasions and Security Report
Thursday 20th September 2001

This report does not purport to cover all the incidents that are taking place in the commercial farming areas.  Communication problems and the fear of reprisals prevent farmers from reporting all that happens. Farmers names, and in some cases farm names, are omitted to minimise the risk of reprisals.

Theft of irrigation equipment has become a countrywide problem 
Valuators are active throughout the Provinces
Farm Owners continue to receive threats to evacuate their farms and remove their cattle 
Fires continue to be a problem
The number of work stoppages continues to increase countrywide. In this report there are reports of  9 farms in Norton and 38 farms in Karoi not planting due to illegal occupation
Chiredzi/Save - snaring and poaching continues 
The manger on Maas Plein in Beatrice was held under siege in his house for two days by illegal occupiers. 
 About 300 illegal occupiers arrived on Sable Flats in Featherstone and took over the grading shed claiming that they were turning it into a school.
The owner of Walmer in Harare South was barricaded in his homestead
In the case involving Bita farm in Wedza, the farm owner's father, John Bibby, and 20 farm workers have been remanded in custody until 4th October. Police and military have maintained a presence on the farm. 
In a case representative of many occurring in tobacco areas, 40 head of communal cattle were driven into the seed beds at Nyachura Farm in Tsatsi and the owner was threatened with death if he planted tobacco.
Protea Farm in Karoi was warned that the illegal occupiers "want war"

Mashonaland East
Beatrice - The owner of Nengwa has been stopped from planting his prepared land as the illegal occupiers have flattened the land that he had ploughed. When he went to see them in order to restart planting they told him that that land was theirs and that if he wanted to plant he could use a fallow land nearby. The manger on Maas Plein was  held under siege in his house for two days by illegal occupiers.  The police went there at about 10pm and the farmer is grading again. The owner of Alamein farm has been chased off his farm by illegal occupiers.  Theft of irrigation equipment is becoming a huge problem in the district.
Bromley/Ruwa/Enterprise - There have been valuators in the district who appear to be young and unqualified and are collecting data. DDF was pegging on Colga and Neptune farms with ZRP escort.
Featherstone  -  The area is tense due to the by-election to be held in Chikomba this week end.  A new land invader, arrived last week, has stopped women from collecting wood on Versailles. About 30 head of cattle moved off Struidport farm and put into a security fence around the workers village on Nooitgedacht.  The cattle are locked in with no water/food and occupiers refuse to release them until $5000,00 per person is paid.  The police went out to the farm and released the cattle and people locked within the security fence. About 300 illegal occupiers arrived on Sable Flats and took over the grading shed claiming that they were turning it into a school.  Over the week end the DA Mvuma and police instructed them to leave.  Pegging has also started on Edendale, Forest Hill and Dangarendove and told to move on. A blue Nissan lorry and two vehicles dropped off 25-30 people and said they would be back with more soon on Vergenoeg. 3 youths and Mr Gatsi arrived on Oasis farm and the workers were instructed to attend a meeting in the afternoon and it is essential that farm workers be at work the following morning.  The following morning no workers reported for work and it appears this will go on until after the elections. A vehicle arrived on Ngesi carrying brand new asbestos and poles.
Harare South - The owner of Walmer had a group of illegal occupiers outside his homestead gate with a barricade and they had a Pungwe. The managers on Auks Nest were again told to move their cattle and tobacco off the farm.  When they did not agree to this the illegal occupiers demanded that they had over the keys to them so that they could be the security for the farmer.  When they did not agree to handing over the keys, the illegal occupiers said that they would then have to force their way into their houses. 
Marondera North - Situation remains the same and valuators arrived on Seaton Farm.
Wedza - There is a work stoppage on Eager Weaver farm.  The illegal occupiers have demanded that the houses be vacated by the week end. The owners wife and some farmers went onto Bita to try and get the dogs but about 150 people chased them off and the homestead on the farm have been broken into.  There are now 6 army men and 2 ZRP details on the farm. Fires continue to be a problem. A 7 tonne lorry was going down the Corby road with a few people and some dogs.  They turned into Journey’s End farm and when asked what they wanted, they said they were going to poach.
Mashonaland Central

Centenary - Two farms, being Kungwa and Casamia have had ongoing skirmishes with their labour concerning gratuities, with some of the labour entering the garden on Casamia Farm in an aggressive way. On the farm Kamwedze there were labour disputes over the gratuities. Also on Venture Farm there were ongoing labour disputes but these have all been peaceful.

Mvurwi - There have been several reports of work stoppages where the labour are demanding gratuities

Tsatsi - A report was received from Cranham Extension Farm which is unlisted, that a group of valuators arrived on the farm saying that they had been sent by the DA. The following day between 15 and 18 people arrived and pegged the whole farm including the centre pivot. A vehicle arrived at Wengi Farm, which was pegged by Agritex, and began looking for the plots which had been allocated to them. A group of 20 people arrived at River Farm and stated that they were awaiting the arrival of the DA to allocate them land. When he failed to arrive the group then wandered around the whole farm before eventually leaving. A report was made to the police but no reaction was forthcoming. Nyachura Farm had an increase of illegal settlers with additional huts being built. 40 head of communal cattle were driven into the tobacco seed beds and death threats were issued to the owner if he plants tobacco. On Glen Devon Farm the number of illegal settlers has doubled and new huts have been built. A DDF vehicle with ten new illegal settlers arrived on Gem Farm and threatened to bring more people the following day.
Norton - On Garvillan Farm there is increasing likelihood that the owner will not be able to plant due to interference from illegal occupiers.  This is also the case on Serui Source, Nyadgori ,  Knockmaroon, Rock, Beersheba, Emojeni, Fort Martin, Ruanda, and several other properties.  The main problem appears to come from intimidatory and violent action from Police and army, although war veterans and illegal occupiers continue to harass farm owners and their farm workers individually.

Selous - Illegal occupiers who were placed on Fairholme by the District Administrator after the farm was recently illegally pegged stopped the owners' farm workers cutting wood, and stole their axes before later returning them.  They have also said that he cannot continue with his tobacco crop.  Deliberate fires continue with up to ten fires being lit on a single property in a day, requiring farmers to spend a lot of money on stock feed to keep their stock alive.  On Exwick wing commander Mazamban who is a serving member of the Air Force was collecting firewood in an Air Force Puma lorry with a trailer.  This property was de-listed over two months ago, but police continue to fail to respond. 

Chegutu - On Just Right there are threats by Gilbert Moyo to move into the owners house.  On Bougainvillea seven cattle have been moved on to the property illegally.

Chakari - On Tawstock the Chakari police have refused to press any charges after several workers were assaulted, and one of the workers took a written affidavit to the police station to get charges pressed.  On Newbiggin farm workers continue to be intimidated and have been forced to attend ZANU (PF) meetings during lunch hours and at any other occasion that arises.  On Rondor Farm Agritex have come to move the illegal occupiers' village on to the best irrigated land on the farm.   

Kadoma - On Hellaby the owner has abandoned all plans to plant for this season, and many of the farmers in this area will have to follow suit if orders regarding planting do not take place in the very near future.

General - illegal pegging continues and new invasions are taking place on a continuous basis.  The DAs say they are unable to do anything about this unless they are given orders from the Governor.


Trelawney/Darwendale - Planting has been stopped on St. Andrews Estate. Owner tried to ridge and was stopped after being given a letter to inform him that he was not allowed to plant. On Mtotwe Farm   t he resident Chairman and a young settler castigated the farmer for ridging one of the lands without their permission and reminded the farmer that he will not be allowed to plant a dry land crop. 28 illegal occupiers invaded Riverside Farm.  On Woodrow Farm about 30 people arrived in a 3 ton pickup, a Toyota 2.4d - reg 693870F, reportedly from Murombedzi. They said Zanu PF had given them the land and they are cutting wood and walking around the tobacco lands.  Another five houses have been built this month on Squatodzi Farm. The army have been to the farm and told farmer he must stop planting. He has 80 HA prepared for tobacco. They also wanted to know why their pegs had been removed. Farmer was not aware that any land had been pegged on the farm. Over the week-end there was a lot of movement of families coming on and off the farm. Government valuators carried out their duties. West Enton started planting and there has been no attempts to try and stop them since they went to Murumbedzi. Shumba, the teacher from Strathdon came and said that they were going to bring more people, but to carry on planting. Molby pegged but no one there. Roxburgh has 8 settlers with 10 houses still in the building stage and illegal occupiers have brought 4 donkeys and scotch cart! They have now been allowed to plant, but been given a list of demands. On Ziroto there has been a lot of movement and now have 20 families living on the farm who have given the farmer a list of demands including a borehole, cement and bricks, cultivation, cattle dipping but nothing has been given to them. On Sratford there have been 7 houses built with between 7 and 30 illegal occupiers being housed. There has been a lot of vehicle movement . Thurbar had a visit from Shumba saying they are going to bring settlers. Marussino has 14 illegal occupiers and 17 houses. They have asked for a meeting. Munda Wa Bwino had a visit from Shumba who said they are going to bring illegal occupiers,no one arrived as yet.  Venmara has 5 houses built so far and 7 people living on farm with hunting dogs,a further 6 have come and gone saying they will be back later .There have been demands made for tractors. Sundown has 3 - 4 houses built but no-one is on the farm. Glen Esk has been stopped completely from planting tobacco and the lessee has been told he must not go back to the farm. Buildings have been put up on Perrenporth/Dunlorne.  Approx 12 illegal occupiers arrived with a single barrel shotgun which has since been taken away from him. The driver of vehicle was very aggressive.  Illegal occupiers  wanted to see the D.A. who was not there at the time. The farmer went to see the D.A., who was not there again!  The farmer was directed to see Fl. Lt. Jumbi. The illegal occupiers told him he is not allowed to plant tobacco.  Jumbi said it's up to the settlers whether they are allowed to plant or not.  Jumbi said designation is irrelevant (this farm is not listed) because the fast track scheme has no boundaries.  They want to take from the Manyami River up to the railway line.The  owner and his son are not allowed to interfere with the building of huts, and had a long lecture on co-existing.  They were also told in Shona not to drink water out of the water tank as the water might be poisoned.  The meeting wasn't going anywhere and farmer said he is making no deals.  The owner took two farm workers with him as witnesses, and keeps a daily diary of events. 

Ayrshire - District very quiet but there are work stoppages.  On the street 5 farms had work stopped for future crops, but grading or harvesting continues. 

Mutorashanga -  There is no tobacco planting but grading continues on four farms.

Raffingora - going towards Victory Block 8 farms total work stoppage with no future plans being made. On Cornrise Farm threats were made to kill the owner or burn his tractors if he continued with operations.  They have not worked for 8 weeks. The owner was forced to sell 1800 head of cattle. The labour have been told to get out of their houses at the end of September.

Chinhoyi - At Inyati Farm & Longmead Farm 50 ha of grazing was burnt by illegal occupiers.  On Highlands Farm Nigel Cherawa is trying to export diesel. He threatened that if he doesn't get diesel the farm will be invaded.  On Mtunzi Farm a new White Nissan 2700 No. 751903K arrived with 3 people who threatened the farmer not to plant tobacco. Kanyami Farm was pegged by some illegal occupiers who refused to give them names and they told him to refer the matter to Agritex.

Banket - Wannock Glen have been told to leave the farm by Friday and move all his cattle and not plant any tobacco this year.

Karoi - On Monday 10 September illegal occupiers on Protea Farm, who had been staying at the farm store for about 4 days arrived and said that they intend to take over the whole farm.   They said they were going to resettle the whole farm as they had been issued their cards by the D.A.   One of the committee said "We want War". They were told they should wait for our leaders to settle the land programme and co-exist. An army vehicle arrived, No. 33FC98, and the driver smashed the security gates down and assaulted the security guard, then assaulted the irrigation foreman, pointing his revolver at him and said he would kill him in front of everyone. The same afternoon 2 full truck loads of illegal occupiers arrived from nearby farms, and again 1 load on Tuesday. 38 farms in Karoi cannot plant tobacco.

Tengwe -   At  Meidon Farm approximately 40 - 50 illegal occupiers moved onto the farm and assaulted some of the labour force then commandeered the tractors and drove to the Police Station.  


Chipinge - Green Valley Farm  -  Four individuals including Mrs Mlambo, Moyo from Agritex and two others arrived at the gate demanding land for resettlement.  The farmer refused to do this.  During the following week war veteran Joseph Mlanga visited the farm village and told the labour that they had two weeks to get off the property. On the 18/9/01 a local government vehicle, registration no:659-537M, arrived with ZANU PF supporters They pegged 12 ha of young coffee with steel pegs.  On 19/9/01 there was a continuation of pegging, deforestation and stealing of fences. One labourer was picked up by police on the 18/9/01 and told to make a statement to accuse J Gambeau of telling the labour to beat up illegals on the farm.  There was fabrication by local authorities to try and intimidate him.

Nyazura - Gwinanzira Farm has been completely pegged and they are now moving onto Clare Farm to peg that.

Chimanimani - Charleswood  -  Two DDF Tractors arrived on the farm and have resumed ploughing.  Even though there are only 5 resident war vets.  They have complained that the owner's  cattle are disrupting their operations.  A further 21 army were brought onto the farm.

Middle Save - Farm 34 and Farm 33  -   The DA and a local councillor asked for farm plans and pegged both farms entirely. All work, except in the fence has been stopped, and coffee not looked after because they want to plough it in, cattle have all been moved out to a rough area that they don't want.
Masvingo East & Central - Lamotte Farm  -  29 gate valves have been stolen from the owner’s irrigation scheme. This has been reported to the Police and they are supposed to be attending to report today. 6 illegal occupiers reported back on this property after Police and army chased off illegal occupiers last week. Shallock Park Farm.  An unidentified individual is demanding that all the workers move out of the farm village as that piece of ground has been allocated to him.
Chiredzi - Cutting of firewood continues, building of huts, clearing and ploughing of lands is a daily scene. Poaching and snaring continue unabated.
 Save Conservancy - Situation remains the same. Poaching and snaring continue.
 Gutu/Chatsworth - Craig Farm  -  5 illegal occupiers on this property yesterday chopping trees, clearing and ploughing land. Blythe Farm  -  5 new illegal occupiers reported on this property cutting trees, clearing and ploughing land. Lauder Farm  -  Owner chopped some droppers from his blue gum plantation yesterday and was visited by illegal occupiers this morning demanding to know why he had done this without their permission. Condor Farm  -  The owner has been instructed to leave farm gates open to assist the illegal occupiers to come onto the property and settle.
General - Government evaluators continue visiting all farm owners and have been requesting to look at farm homes with the intention of converting them into satellite schools or clinics.
Mwenezi - Ploughing continues daily, tree cutting for building huts and for the selling of firewood continues daily. Poaching and snaring continues unabated. Quagga Pan B  -  Illegal squatters continue to plough lands right outside owners fence and have been cracking whips from early hours each morning. Owner has reported to Police who say the owner is provoking the situation.


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From The Star (SA), 23 September

Zimbabweans vote in ex-veterans' leaders seat

Harare - Zimbabweans turned out in large numbers on Sunday to vote in a by-election for the seat left vacant by the death of a liberation war veterans' leader who spearheaded the invasion of hundreds of white-owned farms. Veterans' leader Chenjerai Hunzvi, who was an important ally of President Robert Mugabe, died in June. He was at the forefront of the commercial farm invasions by pro-government militants in February last year. Polls in Chikomba are due to close at 7pm on Sunday, with the results expected late on Monday.

Mugabe's ruling Zanu PF party was expected to win the parliamentary seat for the Chikomba constituency. Hunzvi had easily won the seat during parliamentary elections last year but Mugabe's party narrowly defeated the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). At least 31 people, mostly opposition supporters, died in political violence during the runup to last year's elections. While voting in Chikomba was peaceful on Saturday and Sunday, the MDC has accused Zanu PF supporters of killing two weeks ago a school headmaster who backed the opposition. Zanu-PF officials have blamed MDC militants for the death.

Four political parties are contesting the Chikomba seat, but analysts said any real contest is between Zanu PF and the MDC. "I think this will be another Zanu PF victory because this is a ruling party stronghold, and I don't believe there has been any change in voting patterns since last year," said Brian Raftopoulos, a political analyst at the Zimbabwe Institute of Development Studies. "A defeat for Zanu PF would be very shocking and of great significance ahead of next year's presidential poll," he added. The MDC, led by former trade unionist Morgan Tsvangirai, is the first serious political threat to Mugabe who faces presidential elections by April next year. Critics say Mugabe's controversial programme to seize white-owned farmland for redistribution to landless blacks is part of a campaign to retain power.

From The Zimbabwe Standard, 23 September

Top official barred from entering US

The permanent secretary for the mines and energy ministry, Retired Colonel Christian Katsande, has been banned from attending a summit in the United States, becoming the first victim of travel restrictions being implemented by the United States government against President Robert Mugabe and his officials. The US has further deferred a training programme that had been scheduled for November in Zimbabwe to train people at the country’s Technology Transfer Centre.

Documents in The Standard’s possession show that US officials decided last month that Katsande be excluded from the Corporate Council on Africa 3rd Biennial US-Africa Business summit this month. After the summit, Katsande was scheduled to join other SADC permanent secretaries in meeting with Federal Highway Administration officials to discuss co-operation programmes. Contacted for comment yesterday, the minister of mines and energy, Edward Chindori-Chininga said: "I am not aware of that issue. This is my first time learning about it. I do not know that one of my officials has been denied entry into the US. There are many projects we have with the US government and we are still to be notified of their cancellation." US State Department official, Steve Kraft, asked an engineer with the Federal Highway Administration, Alfred Logie, to withdraw Katsande’s invitation as a way of protesting against political developments in Zimbabwe.

Since the run-up to last year’s parliamentary elections, Zimbabwe has been enveloped in a wave of state-sponsored lawlessness which has prompted the international community to intervene by threatening sanctions. Already the US Senate has approved the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act 2001 which seeks to formalise sanctions against Zimbabwe and impose travel restrictions on President Mugabe, his ministers, service chiefs and their families. The bill now awaits the approval of the House of Representatives before it can be signed into law by President Bush.

"You may advise him (Katsande) that due to the Administration’s serious concerns about recent events in Zimbabwe, it would be inappropriate at this time to support his travel on such a programme," wrote Kraft in correspondence dated 28 August 2001. He was responding to Logie’s inquiries whether Katsande should attend considering the situation in Zimbabwe. Wrote Logie on 24 August: "Understanding the current political sensitivity, we request the State Department’s reading in the appropriateness of this action (inviting Katsande)." Katsande had been invited as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s continuing co-operation in technology exchange with Zimbabwe. In a telephone interview with The Standard from the US, Logie confirmed the ban on Katsande but referred further questions to the State Department. "I am aware of that development, but everything is being handled by Steve Kraft from government. So I cannot comment on the matter." Although the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act 2001 has not been passed into law yet, events on the ground show that certain parties are already implementing its contents.

From The Zimbabwe Standard, 23 September

MDC delegation off to Brisbane

An advance MDC delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) left for Brisbane on Friday to meet Australian civic society and student movement groups ahead of the 6-9 October conference. The delegation, comprising Chimanimani MP, Roy Bennett, party secretary for international affairs, Sekai Holland, and youth chairman Nelson Chamisa, is expected to lay the ground for party president, Morgan Tsvangirai’s arrival in Brisbane. Tsvangirai and MDC shadow minister for foreign affairs, Tendai Biti, will join the group later to meet Australian government and opposition officials and those from other Commonwealth countries and the Club’s secretariat.

The party’s spokesman, Learnmore Jongwe, yesterday accused The Herald of lying in its Friday issue by claiming that the MDC was sending 240 youths to picket Mugabe in Brisbane. "Our trip has not been funded by any foreign government, let alone the so called ex-Rhodesians. It is also false that we are sending youths to Brisbane. What is happening here is that President Mugabe has, despite public confirmation, still not convinced himself that he is making the right decision by travelling to Brisbane in the light of the on-going state-sanctioned terror, his failure to breath life into the Abuja agreement and the Peter Tatchell factor. The Herald continues to deteriorate and is fast becoming a madhouse in which inmates are trying to run the asylum. No good can be expected from a madhouse where the patients are writing the prescriptions," said Jongwe.

Responding to The Herald’s assertions, Chamisa said: "That is hogwash. If we want to demonstrate against Mugabe then the State House is nearer to us than Brisbane and Mugabe is more accessible here than in Australia. If we have complaints against Mugabe we have a platform to put them across and the ballot box is one of them." Mugabe faces a hostile reception in Brisbane where several organisations have lined up demonstrations against him. Other Commonwealth heads of governments are expected to give Mugabe a roasting over his handling of the land issue which has been characterised by violence and mayhem.

The International Students Union (IUS), a grouping of the world’s student bodies is the latest to join the fray in planning action against Mugabe. IUS secretary for African affairs, Charlton Hwende, said his organisation had listed Mugabe as one of the worst leaders in the world and would recommend action against him by the international community. Peter Tatchell, a gay and human rights activist said he would have another go at Mugabe after failing to arrest the embattled Zimbabwe leader in Brussels earlier this year.

From The Zimbabwe Standard, 23 September

MDC unveils impressive education policy

AS government finalises moves to stop funding education altogether, the opposition MDC has unveiled an ambitious education policy. The blueprint, launched by MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai in Mutare a fortnight ago, seeks to restore Zimbabwe’s education sector as one of the best systems on the continent. Among the highlights of the blueprint are the merging of the two education ministries, provision of increased government funding towards education, subsidising tertiary education, the scrapping of privatisation of essential services at tertiary institutions, an improvement in the working conditions of teachers, and a special focus on pre-schools.

Zimbabwe’s education sector, once hailed as the most successful in Africa, has now crumbled due to reduced government funding. Government subsidies, which helped give hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans access to free and affordable education in the 1980s and early 1990s, have now dwindled to near zero levels. The policy of free primary education and subsidised higher and tertiary education helped Zimbabweans who otherwise would not have afforded a decent education train in various fields. The government was hailed in its attempt to empower the populace through an education system that would not discriminate against the poor.

However, the introduction of the Economic Structural Adjustment Programme in 1990, led to reduced funding of the sector. Ten years on, the sector has virtually crumbled as government funding priorities have been placed elsewhere. Analysts have blamed government for the collapse of this once very successful education system because of its failure to adequately fund it, among other reasons. Government has consistently refused to improve working conditions for teachers who have staged one job action after another to press for better conditions. The recent failure by the State to protect teachers from harassment by war veterans and Zanu PF supporters has not helped the situation either. Teachers, especially those in rural areas, are viewed as community leaders whose influence the state fears might be used on the rural electorate to support the opposition. Worse still, higher education and technology minister, Samuel Mumbengegwi, has of late been warning that government would soon stop funding education. But in a country where 70% of the population is now living under the poverty datum line, it is expected that the majority of people will fail to afford a decent education as a result.

"The MDC commits itself to providing adequate funding to schools and tertiary institutions of learning, to ensure that there is a future for every child. We will not accept a situation where a child is denied an equal opportunity to access education on the basis of their economic background," said Tsvangirai at the launch of the blueprint. "We commit ourselves to reviewing the outsourcing of catering and accommodation services in institutions of higher learning. The decision to outsource accommodation and catering services in tertiary institutions was a crazy decision," he said. "MDC will get colleges and universities to provide these services at controlled costs. Adequate loans will be made available to students to meet these costs and ancillary expenses."

Former University of Zimbabwe vice-chancellor, Professor Gordon Chavunduka, said the MDC policy would create a good foundation for education. Chavunduka said, unlike the government policy which is centred on the state abdicating its responsibility of funding education, the MDC blueprint would make education affordable to long suffering Zimbabweans. Said Chavunduka: "It is a very good policy as it stands now. It gives good recommendations in all areas, from pre-schools to tertiary education. Government is no longer playing its role of financing education." "Privatisation is done at many universities around the world, but these are rich countries. You cannot adopt the same system in Africa because we are poor. We also don’t need two ministries of education. The country’s education can be run by one ministry," said Chavunduka.

The MDC policy proposes rationalising government spending in other sectors and rechannelling the funds towards education and health. Charlton Hwende, the International Union of Students (IUS) secretary for African affairs, described the document as workable and realistic. "As the IUS, we think the policy is workable and serious. The MDC is empowering students. They are promising to fund students and constantly review the student support rate," said Hwende. "The MDC’s promise to reform the general administration and include students in the administration of institutions will help curb corruption that has become rampant. Unnecessary political meddling in the affairs of institutions of higher learning should be stopped," he said.

Dr Elizabeth Marunda, an educationist and human resources consultant, said although the policy was workable, problems would arise from obtaining sources of funding. "The idea of having one education ministry is commendable because it will mean cutting on unnecessary expenditure. The idea is to have various departments which, although working under the ministry, will operate independently," she said. "The departments should be competitive and should be run by experts. The policy looks at maximum utilisation of resources." "However I have queries on their funding policy. Free education is not a new thing. It has been tried before. I don’t know where they will get the money. One goes to ask where they will get the money to give grants, and to what extent they will give the grants?" she said.

Hwende, however, described the MDC document as realistic in that it identified areas where money to finance education would come from. The MDC has promised to disengage from the DRC war which has cost Zimbabwe billions of dollars, as well as to cut the number of ministries, as a way of reducing government expenditure. Added Hwende: "The document is realistic. Promises are not being made in a vacuum. It is identifying needs and the sources of income. The promises are being made on the background of an undertaking by the MDC to revive the economy through its economic recovery programme. The MDC has identified areas where expenditure will be reduced and the money rechannelled to social services such as health and education."

While the government has been emphasising on the need to make history, Shona and Ndebele compulsory, the MDC policy puts more emphasis on science and technical subjects. "The MDC policy emphasises the need to act swiftly in changing the curriculum in the education system. Any education system needs to be directly relevant to the needs of society. We at the MDC believe that there should be significant shift towards science and technical subjects," said Tsvangirai. Gabriel Shumba, a human rights lawyer, commended the MDC for focusing on technical and civic education. "It contrasts sharply with the Zanu PF thrust towards trying to empower people through the compulsory teaching of Shona, Tonga, Ndebele and history. The MDC policy has a strong leaning towards science and technical subjects. It would be a great miscalculation and fallacy to assume culture and pride can be a means towards economic empowerment particularly in view of global trends. The emphasis on civic, environment and Aids education should also be lauded. It reveals an undeniable touch with the realities of modern life," said Shumba.

The Zimbabwe National Union of Students (Zinasu) also applauded the MDC blueprint saying it would alleviate student suffering. "The present government has made students a poor lot. The promise by the MDC to scrap the privatisation of catering and accommodation will go a long way in alleviating students’ suffering," said Zinasu secretary for information, Phillip Pasirayi.

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From Associated Press, 23 September

Congo Rebels, Zimbabwe Leader Meet

Bukavu, Congo - Congolese rebels and Zimbabwe's president - a top ally of the Congo government - have held unprecedented talks on the prospects for peace and the political future of Congo after three years of civil war, a rebel leader said Sunday. Adolphe Onusumba, head of the rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy, returned to rebel-held eastern Congo from the talks with Robert Mugabe, saying he had "sensed a genuine willingness on the part of Mugabe to end the conflict." The talks were the first between the rebels and Mugabe. Zimbabwe has been the main backer of the Congolese government, together with Angola and Namibia, in the war that broke out in August 1998 after rebels backed by Rwanda and Uganda attempted to oust then-President Laurent Kabila.

Both Rwanda and Uganda accused Kabila of warmongering and threatening regional security by arming Rwandan and Ugandan rebels. Following Kabila's assassination in January and the accession to power of his son, Joseph, key provisions of the 1999 cease-fire deal were implemented, including the pullback of troops from front-line positions and the deployment of U.N. observers to verify the cease-fire. But a recent upsurge in fighting involving government-backed Rwandan rebels and tribal militias in eastern Congo could scuttle the peace deal, Onusumba said. "We requested Mugabe to advise Kabila to stop financing and arming the Interahamwe (Rwandan rebels) and sending the war to our territory," Onusumba said.

The Rwandan government holds the Interahamwe responsible for the 100-day slaughter of at least 500,000 minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in Rwanda in 1994. The Interahamwe fled to neighbouring Congo, then known as Zaire, to escape retaliation. "There is a danger of resumption of a full-scale warfare against the Interahamwe," Onusumba said, adding "we have the means and capacity to launch an all-out military assault." Onusumba said members of his delegation also discussed with Mugabe the forthcoming inter-Congolese dialogue that begins Oct. 15 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and which is expected to chart Congo's political future after decades of corrupt and dictatorial regimes. The rebel delegation told Mugabe that Kabila's proposal to hold national elections soon after the dialogue wasn't practical and encouraged the establishment of a three-year transitional administration to prepare Congo for democratic elections and integrate rebel forces into the national army, Onusumba said.

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A View from the Pan.

What is Mugabe doing?  We can say what he is not doing and that is plenty –
no action on the economic front, no action on the farm invasions, no action
in respect to the restoration of the rule of law, no action to tackle the
crisis situation in the Health and Education sectors. The Politburo of Zanu
PF – its highest policy making body after the Congress, has met and
considered the Abuja agreement – but no progress in public on that issue
either. Then there was the agreement reached with the SADC Heads of State
last week, the Cabinet has met – but no action so far. In fact we have had
intensified farm invasions, more violent and illegal interventions in the
affairs of companies and a supplementary budget which does not address any
of the fundamentals, but increases allocations to the security agencies and
slush funds for electioneering.

In the meantime, time is ticking away and the deadlines approach – Chogm in
Brisbane on the 8th of October, the EU deadline on the 10th of October and
the approaching adoption of the Zimbabwe Democracy Bill in the US House of
Representatives. What is at stake for Mugabe and his senior associates? We
can say they could face the following if they do nothing about the crisis at
home: -

1. Personal sanctions involving the freezing of their external assets.
2. A complete ban on travel for senior Zanu PF personnel and Ministers.
3. A comprehensive ban on any aid to the Zimbabwe government.
4. The possible expulsion of their children from educational institutions in
the USA, Canada and Europe.

Then there is the possibility of the regional States taking further action
to isolate the Zimbabwe government in Africa, possible suspension from the
Commonwealth and some form of action under the Cotonu Agreement with the EU.
Barring direct military intervention and the physical closing of the borders
with Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana, this is as far as the world can
go in influencing events here. If none of this has any effect and Mugabe
continues to be prepared to sacrifice the country for the sake of holding on
to power for a short while – what do we do next?  If we are denied a
democratic solution, then what?

Both the international diplomatic community and the regional governments are
now showing increasing pessimism in respect to any positive outcome from
either the Abuja agreement or the more recent SADC Heads of State meeting in
Harare. All agree, Mugabe is now more isolated and that his fellow Heads of
State have made it quite clear that they cannot support his violent and
illegal land reform exercise. They have also made it clear that in their
view, this is no longer just a internal matter for the Zimbabwe government
but is a matter of concern to all the countries in the region as it now
affects them by association. But so what?  None of this changes the
situation on the ground here one iota.

Having heard about the violence and intimidation in the recent bi elections,
I went to Chikomba last week to see what the situation was like on the
ground. It was just after a local Headmaster had been beaten to death for
supporting the MDC. I was shocked by the situation I saw on the ground. It
started when we were forced to go through armed roadblocks on all the roads
leading into the constituency. These were heavily manned and were in place
for 24 hours a day. They all included CIO officers and armed police details.
All also had the conventional “long stops” reminiscent of the days of the
Chimurenga War in the 70’s.

Inside the constituency government vehicles were everywhere – full of
people, some in uniform, the majority out of uniform, many carried weapons.
The attitude of the local people – both urban and rural was one of fear and
intimidation. They were afraid to be seen with people from the “outside” and
would not talk to me or even be seen in my company. Local MDC leaders were
all in hiding or also riding about in convoys with many people present to
protect themselves. The general atmosphere was one of sullen silence. The
Shona people are not like this at all – they are in fact renown for their
cheerful disposition and openness. Even the markets were quiet.  Even at the
height of the civil war the atmosphere was never like this, what is this? A
war against the people – is there any other explanation?  How can anyone
call this democracy?

Now a restructured Supreme Court bench, sitting as a “Constitutional Court”
is about to rule on the lawful nature of the fast track programme. The
position of the Chief Justice is well known, he will follow his master’s
dictates in these matters. However it must also be known that one of the new
Judges sitting on this matter, is a former war veteran himself. Three are
direct beneficiaries of the “fast track” programme in that they have been
allocated farms and the one lady on the bench, is a well known Zanu
activist. However these 5 learned Judges all know they are now working in
front of a world wide, informed audience, which includes many of their
associates in other parts of the world. They themselves are on trial.

But for those of us on the “front line of Change”, we now face a daunting
task. We must fight Zanu PF on the ground of its own choosing, with a voter’
s roll that will be manipulated and distorted so as to disenfranchise as
many potential MDC supporters as possible. They will control the supply of
food and inputs to the rural poor and will use this to perpetuate the
patronage system that has worked for them in the past. They will intimidate
and imprison and kill MDC activists and thereby instil an atmosphere of fear
amongst the whole population. They will use all the power at their disposal
to influence events – the state institutions, the states financial resources
and the ability to hold up developments and processes that might somehow
benefit the opposition. Already the Minister of Local Government has refused
a request by USAID to finance a programme in Bulawayo, which would have
benefited the population of this MDC stronghold after the mayoral elections.

M Ngwenya
17th September 2001.
Please note that this note is personal and does not necessarily reflect the
views of the Movement for Democratic Change.
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From the Zim Standard..... Corruption reigns supreme

Chinotimba promoted to engineer level

Paul Nyakazeya
THE Harare City Commission last week promoted self-styled commander-in-chief
of farm invasions, Joseph Chinotimba, from driver to municipal security
chief inspector.

Since Chinotimba,44, went on French leave in February last year to spearhead
farm invasions, he has risen from security guard to driver and now to chief

Chinotimba’s phenomenal rise has now placed him in Grade 8, the same salary
category as engineers, pharmacists, and planners whose entry point is that

The war veteran’s gross salary is now $45 000, up from the previous $25 000
he was earning as a driver, sources told The Standard.

Town Clerk Nomutsa Chideya flatly refused to comment on Chinotimba’s
elevation, saying he was too busy when approached for comment on Friday.

The decision to promote Chinotimba has been met with resistance by council
employees who accused the Harare City Commission and senior council
employees of engaging in political patronage.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Chinotimba said he was not aware of the
promotion as he has not yet been informed.

Said Chinotimba: “They should write a letter to me first. Even if I am
promoted, what does that have to do with newspapers? As far as I am
concerned, I am still a driver.”

An authoritative council source said the latest move to promote the war
veteran was just another ploy by the commission running Harare to endear
itself to Zanu PF.

“Where is the logic in promoting Chinotimba who last reported for work over
a year ago? The only reason he occasionally shows up is to abuse council
phones and other facilities. Our superiors must be above seeking cheap
political favours through such unprofessional conduct,” said the source.

Chinotimba’s absenteeism from work is well documented, with the war veteran
having officially reported for duty for only 37 days in the period between
11 April and 24 August 2000.

Chinotimba is said to have applied for annual leave from 11 April 2000 to 30
June 2000 and he was officially at work from 1 July to 6 August before being
granted leave again from 7 to 24 August 2000.

Council staff who spoke to The Standard last week said there were many
people who were better qualified to take up the post ahead of Chinotimba,
who does not even hold O-Level qualifications.

Chinotimba’s promotion came just hours after he led a group of municipal
policemen in beating up senior Harare City Council officials including
chamber secretary Josephine Ncube and commission deputy chairman Cleveria

By Friday, Ncube had still not reported for work due to the assault at Town
House, Chinotimba has been given preferential treatment since he declared
himself the leader of farm invasions. For example, even as a driver, he was
allocated an office at Town House, a benefit no other driver enjoys.

He was also awarded a car loan ahead of professionals in the council who up
to now are still on a long employee vehicle scheme waiting list.

On 4 May, Chinotimba was promoted to the driver of commission deputy
chairman Chizema.
Chizema reportedly refused to be driven by Chinotimba fearing that her car
would be stoned by people angry with Chinotimba’s role in farm and company

The war veteran is currently facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly
shooting his neighbour Anna Maria Maenzanise (50) on 13 October last year in
Glen Norah.

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