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The Food Weapon


Why is there hunger and near famine in Zimbabwe?


With the politically induced food shortages in Zimbabwe we have the NGOs and other well-wishers clambering to distribute food to the needy. Whilst this is highly commendable (and expected) is it not just playing into the hands of the strategy of a desperate political party?


Those that have jobs have the money to buy food for themselves and their rural families, but the staple diet of maize is just not available to buy. Do they therefore also fall into the category of the starving people?


If the commercial farmers (and their bankers) could see a return to law and order and political stability they would have rallied to the call for urgent winter food production. How could this be achieved when there is no stability and massive looting and destruction of commercial farms?


The large commercial millers are no longer being supplied with adequate supplies of maize. Instead it is being distributed to small-scale millers, issued with “special” licences and who are under total control of the political machinery who in turn ensures that only the “politically correct” are receiving adequate supplies.


Party thugs and hoodlums strictly control deliveries done by small-scale millers. The quality control of these millers is deteriorating fast and sample weights of the bags marked 10kg and 20kg weighed at 7.8kg and 17.4kg respectively. On top of this they are not being sold at the “controlled” price. Whilst at source they are sold for only a few dollars more that the controlled price, on the street they are sold for up to six times the price! If a customer complains it is a case of “take it or leave it”, and “don’t come back!”


With the large commercial millers being cut out of the market none of the by-products are available on the shelves of the supermarkets. This includes cooking oil and stockfeed ingredients, which now have to be imported at huge extra cost. This has caused a huge shortage of cooking oil, which is again being exploited by the privileged elite and being re-exported for “real money” which ends up being sold on the parallel market at exorbitant rates.


A recent example of this was seen in Zambia recently when six thirty ton rigs of Zimbabwean sugar was impounded. Yet in Zimbabwe people have to queue for days, or weeks, to obtain just 1kg of the precious commodity. This abuse by the political elite is part of the racial redistribution of wealth (or power, as it is perceived). The average men on the street (or “masses”) are being starved whilst the political elite is being enabled to amass enormous fortunes. The profit from one 30-ton rig of sugar sold outside the country is said to be 35,000 Rand – or ZW$2,450,000!


Coming back to maize distribution, it was often wondered why A1, or intensive resettlement, has been carried out in the dry Region V. The settlers are being given 25 to 35ha of dry Mopani forest, where commercial farmers can only graze one livestock unit to 15ha on a sustainable basis. The grazing land and forest is being cleared by axe and fire so there is little to sustain settler’s herds of between 15 and 50 head (plus goats and donkeys), which are now grazing there. And what do the wildlife survive on!


These arid areas used to be part of huge cattle ranches because they were both uninhabited and unsuitable for dryland. BSA Company used to own Nuanetsi Ranch, which was 3.25million acres! The present communal areas of Maranda, Mtetengwe, Matibi 1 and 2, and Sengwe were cut from this ranch and sold to the Government many years ago.


Because they were so sparse and uninhabitable one of the previous governments decided some of them were good dumping grounds to restrict their political opponents to at the time of African Nationalism. As the new restricted inhabitants could never hope to be self sufficient in agricultural production due to the erratic rainfall and droughts, they were always reliant on Government food handouts. This was the carrot and stick.


Is this not the same method being applied today?


Force the new settlers onto the farms in the arid areas and ensure their allegiance by reliance on Government for their food supplies? Is another part of the equation not to eliminate all the wildlife and other natural resources, firstly to force the farmer off, and secondly to destroy the natural value of the land, thus reducing the compensation values?


This is all a devious plot indeed, but what of the future of Zimbabwe if this is allowed to continue its perverse and destructive path?
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The Australian

PM may face Mugabe
By Debra Way and Philippa Bourke
September 15, 2002
PRIME Minister John Howard could come face to face with Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe in a meeting to decide if the African country should be
expelled from the Commonwealth.

Mr Howard will fly to Nigeria next weekend to join other members of the
Commonwealth leaders' troika on Zimbabwe in considering sanctions against
the Mugabe government.

Mugabe has ignored international pressure to reform Zimbabwe's economy and
political processes after electoral corruption and human rights abuses.

White farmers have been driven off their farms by independence war veterans,
leading to greatly reduced rural production and fears of famine in a country
once a food exporter.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, speaking after a meeting in New York with
Commonwealth foreign ministers, said it was possible Mr Mugabe might attend
next weekend's talks.

"President Obasanjo's confident that President Mugabe will come to the
meeting ... we haven't had any confirmation of that, though," Mr Downer told

"We're going there with an open mind about what the Commonwealth could do.

"We're going to the meeting acknowledging there is an enormous problem and
the Commonwealth needs to do more to address it."

Mr Downer did not confirm what action the Commonwealth might take, although
the troika does have the option of expelling Zimbabwe.

"The Commonwealth would have a range of things it could do," he said.

"But the important thing here is the Commonwealth Heads Of Government
Meeting held in Coolum in Australia in March gave the troika ... the
authority to manage this issue of Zimbabwe.

"What the troika has done so far at a meeting in London a few months ago is
to suspend Zimbabwe from the councils of the Commonwealth.

"And some countries individually have imposed so-called smart sanctions,
United Kingdom, New Zealand, one or two others perhaps.

"What other measures the troika may come up with, I don't know that I want
to canvass here."

Labor's foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd said Australia should slap
smart sanctions on Zimbabwe immediately and should have done so six months

Mr Rudd said the government promised earlier this year that if Zimbabwe's
elections were fraudulent Australia would impose targeted sanctions.

"We should have done so six months ago, we must do so now," Mr Rudd told the
10 network.

He said as a Commonwealth election observer to Zimbabwe he was in no doubt
Mugabe had been elected through violent and fraudulent means.

"Once again we've got some evidence here that the foreign minister and the
prime minister are not leading the debate around the world on Zimbabwe, they
are following the debate," he said.

Australian Democrats interim leader Brian Greig also said Australia should
have acted earlier.

"I would have much preferred that Australia took action much earlier," he
told reporters in Canberra.

"I regret that it has got to this point."
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Zimbabwe court refuses to order ex-judge's release

HARARE, Sept. 15 - Zimbabwe's High Court refused on Sunday to order the
release of a retired white judge who was arrested on charges of misconduct
while on the bench, saying there was nothing wrong with his detention.

       Former High Court Judge Fergus Blackie clashed with President Robert
Mugabe's government and hit the headlines this summer after ordering the
arrest of the justice minister.
       Blackie was arrested on Friday and his lawyers said he would be
formally charged on Monday afternoon after their bid failed on Sunday to get
him freed from police custody.
       ''The application was dismissed and the net effect of the ruling is
that the arrest was proper in the circumstances,'' advocate Firoz Girach
told reporters. Blackie, 65, was not brought to court.
       Blackie retired as a High Court judge in July -- the seventh judge in
15 months to leave the bench which has accused Mugabe of undermining
judicial independence. Mugabe has called the judiciary ''white-controlled
and white-serving.''
       Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Bothwell Mugariri said Blackie
was under investigation and could face criminal prosecution for irregularly
overturning a white woman's conviction for fraud.
       Zimbabwe's official Herald newspaper reported on Friday that in May
Blackie allegedly quashed the conviction and set aside an effective one-year
jail sentence without consulting a black judge who heard the woman's appeal
with him.
       Authorities say the case has only just come to light.
       Blackie was arrested on corruption charges, or alternatively
defeating the course of justice. His lawyers say he is innocent.
       Just before he left the bench, Blackie ordered the arrest of Justice
Minister Patrick Chinamasa for contempt of court.
       The Supreme Court later set aside Blackie's ruling that Chinamasa was
in contempt for his public condemnation of a sentence passed by another
judge three years ago.
       Chinamasa said Blackie's ruling was ''a hostile parting shot against
the executive which should not be tolerated'' and Information Minister
Jonathan Moyo accused the judge of racism.
       The government was also incensed by the judiciary after the country's
Supreme Court ruled against its seizures of white-owned farms for
redistribution to landless blacks.
       Mugabe, 78, and Zimbabwe's ruler since the former Rhodesia gained
independence from Britain in 1980, is battling a deep political and economic
crisis which critics blame on policies including the land programme.
       Critics say Mugabe has targeted the judiciary in a drive against
growing opposition to his government.
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ABC Australia

Posted: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 23:09 AEST

Zimbabwe journalist arrested for 'contravening Police Act'
A Zimbabwe journalist arrested just days after writing an article claiming
the country's police chief was unfit for duty, has been charged with
contravening the Police Act.

State-run ZBC television reports reporter Tawanda Majoni, a former
policeman, had "not properly resigned from the force" before getting a job
with the recently-launched Daily Mirror newspaper.

He was arrested on Thursday and released today, facing charges of
contravening the Police Act.

, police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena told ZBC.

ZBC says the investigations were prompted by an article Majoni wrote in the
Daily Mail's first edition, alleging Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri
is unhealthy and unfit for duty.

Mr Chihuri dismissed the report as untrue.

The report prompted an angry response from Information Minister Jonathan
Moyo, who said if the paper's editor could not run "a professional paper,
the law will have to assist him".

Under tough press laws introduced this year, publishing false information is
punishable by a stiff fine, a prison sentence, or both.

The state-controlled Sunday Mail reports Majoni is expected to appear before
a police hearing.
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Sunday, September 15, 2002
Zimbabwe-style land grab in South Africa?
By Anthony C. LoBaido

Posted: September 15, 2002
1:00 a.m. Eastern

"Our common and decisive victory against domestic apartheid confirms that
you, the peoples of the world, have both a responsibility and a possibility
to achieve a decisive victory against global apartheid."
- South African President Thabo Mbeki in his opening speech at the recent
U.N. conference on Sustainable Development

HOUT BAY, South Africa - The mantra heard in the malls, shops, churches and
pubs around South Africa goes like this: "What's happening in Zimbabwe can't
happen here."

Unfortunately for freedom-loving South Africans, it has indeed begun - the
taking by force of white-owned farmland by blacks.

When radicals representing the 6,000 squatters in Hout Bay, a sunny seaside
community just outside Cape Town, stormed the Cape High Court last week,
South Africa whites were not surprised. Landless blacks have been protesting
their plight since the late 1940s. However, what was shocking to South
Africans was the fact that these protesters were carrying Zimbabwean flags.

How did South Africa get to this point, which many fear is a
Zimbabwean-style land grab?

"The squatters in Hout Bay, they have no infrastructure or jobs. Now they
are being moved again - this time by the ANC (ruling African National
Congress). They have been there for a decade, but the number of squatters
has outgrown that squatter camp's ability to accommodate them. The fact that
they are all carrying Zimbabwean flags - well it's scary," said Mary Anne
Southard, a South African hotelier based outside Hout Bay.

It is not a random phenomenon that South African blacks are taking to the
streets carrying Zimbabwean flags.

During the U.N.'s recent Sustainable Development Conference held in
Johannesburg, Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe was welcomed as a conquering
hero by large South African crowds carrying Zimbabwean flags.

"Many felt it was the Zimbabwean Central Intelligence Organization that
secretly organized Mugabe's welcome," South African intelligence agent
Jerome Botha told WorldNetDaily.

"But then South African President Mbeki gave Mugabe twice as much time to
speak at the conference as any other leader. Mugabe and Namibian leader
Nujoma railed against the West, along with Venezuelans and Cuban Marxists.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was booed off the stage when he
criticized Mubage's confiscation of the white farmland in Zimbabwe. Make no
mistake - Mugabe has the full support of the non-white community in South
Africa, save for the million black Zimbabweans who fled to South Africa to
escape Mugabe's man-made famine. Hout Bay is the final sign that this is the
beginning of the end for white South Africans," said Botha.

"Mbeki should put down the Hout Bay rebellion before its spreads across the
whole nation, but he won't. Even South African communist leader Jeremy
Cronin has protested the ZANU-ification (the ZANU-PF party is Mugabe's
platform) of the ANC. The stealing of the whites' land in South Africa has
gone slower than Zimbabwe only because Mbeki was trained in the Soviet
Union, while Mugabe and Namibia's leaders believe in a Maoist style agrarian
reform system and mass extermination as carried out by Pol Pot in Cambodia.
Mugabe waited more than 20 years to take the white farms. In South Africa,
these events will occur much quicker."

A representative of South Africa's white farmers told WorldNetDaily that the
ANC has set a series of laws in place to allow blacks to confiscate
white-owned farms.

"Basically, the new ANC laws say that any black can make a verbal claim to
white-owned farmland by saying their ancestors were taken off that land by
force. It is up to the white farmer to prove that he owns the land," the
representative said.

"We saw the ANC faithful chanting 'Kill the Boer, kill the farmer,' at a
recent funeral for a top ANC leader. The Marxist intellectuals have set the
ideology for killing whites and taking all they own. Now that ideology is
being marketed to the black impoverished masses. The South African army and
police are now a joke under ANC rule. Who can stop what is coming?"

One political voice in South Africa rising in protest is Tony Leon, the
leader of the Democratic Alliance, which opposes the ANC in parliament.

Leon last week accused the ANC government of "tacit support" for Mugabe's
"lawless land-reform program." Leon told the South African people that the
ANC would "share moral responsibility for the Zimbabwe crisis. This amounts
to nothing less than tacit support for the Mugabe regime's lawless
land-reform program and an implicit renunciation of each and every core
principle of Nepad (the New Economic Program for African Development)."

ANC foreign affairs chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma issued a statement
challenging Leon, saying that it was "too late" to change Zimbabwe's course
and that it was "time to focus on Britain's failure to finance land

"Mugabe has claimed that Zimbabwe's farmers owned 75 percent of the country.
In reality, they owned roughly 15 percent. Most of the white farmers
purchased their farms after Mugabe took power," Julie McKay, a spokesperson
for Zimbabwean Justice for Agriculture told WND.

The Pan African Congress, a radical black Marxist group, has given the ANC
an order to begin Zimbabwean-type land reform by April of 2003. However, it
appears that some in South Africa aren't willing to wait that long.

The PAC said recently that it supported the claim to all white-owned farms
and assets as issued by Namibia's Nujoma and Zimbabwe's Mugabe. In a press
release, PAC President Stanley Magoba stated, "We indeed agree with them, as
we have always done, that there can be no peace for all if there is no land
for all. Some apologists for slow inconsequential land distribution have
used the tired argument of law and order to justify historic inequalities.
It is against the law to seize the land, they claim, forgetting that
apartheid was legal, and it was unlawful for Africans to exercise political

Protesting 'neo-liberal capitalism'

Spearheading the new drive for Zimbabwean-style land reform in South Africa
is the so-called Landless People's Movement. The LPM has mushroomed
miraculously almost overnight into a global organization linked to radical
Marxist groups from all over the world - the most important being La Via
Campesia, an international group of "disenfranchised" rural people.

At the recent Sustainable Development Conference in Johannesburg, the LPM
marched in defiance of globalization and what they felt is the ANC's
pro-capitalist stance in regard to their domestic fiscal and economic

During this march, the LPM handed out leaflets stating: "The leaders of the
world tell us over and over that they are solving our problems, saving our
Earth, providing us with a better life. But the system they represent,
neo-liberal capitalism, continues to destroy people and the planet."

Recently, 72 people with the LPM were arrested after they launched a
separate march that led to the offices of ANC Transvaal leader Mbhazima

Mangaliso Khubeka, the national organizing chief of the LPM, told the South
African media, "The [ANC] government is trying to destroy us, but actually
they are giving us more power. If the government was doing the right thing
for us we wouldn't be with La Via Campesina. What we are striving for is
land. The people in Zimbabwe are getting land by taking it."

In 1994, the ANC promised to give 30 percent of South Africa's land to
landless blacks by 1999. The LPM is calling for a "land summit" in which a
Zimbabwean-style land-reform program would be enacted by the ANC to hand
over the land of white "abusive farmers."

"Can someone please define 'abusive' for me?" asked the representative of
white farmers.

"That word can mean almost anything. Isn't anyone going to stand up against
Mugabe and his admirers in South Africa?"

New Zealand has called for the expulsion of Zimbabwe from the British
Commonwealth. Fiji has endorsed that expulsion, which was enacted last
March. ANC Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad lashed out at New Zealand, saying
that they "could not speak for the British Commonwealth as a whole."

Mugabe has stated that Zimbabwe is facing a famine. However, secret aerial
footage smuggled out of Zimbabwe and showed to journalists recently at a
press briefing in the Transvaal showed Zimbabwe's dams to be filled to
capacity with rainwater.

Andrew Natsios, the head of USAid, issued a press briefing stating that it
was "madness" for Mugabe to arrest commercial farmers "in the middle of a
drought when they could grow food to save people from starvation."

About 6 million Zimbabweans will need food aid, according to aid groups.

Where will all of this lead?

Natasha deBoer, a Cape Town-based executive with dual citizenship in both
the UK and South Africa, told WorldNetDaily she is not surprised at Mugabe's
newfound popularity in South Africa.

"The whites in Cape Town live in a dream world. They have but a few years
left of their fantasy of a normal life under communist black rule," she

"My father was in the British SAS. Almost 25 years ago he said that Mugabe
was the 'wave of the future.' I find it positively shocking that Tony Blair
and Colin Powell would protest Mugabe's murderous actions now - this after
the British Foreign Office and the U.S. State Department destroyed the white
leadership of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and put Mugabe into power in the first
place. People should be asking what the master plan is in southern Africa.
It certainly doesn't include whites."

Adriana Stuijt, a former anti-apartheid crusader and Dutch journalist, told
WorldNetDaily, "I think the first time the Afrikaner farmers start using
violence to defend their land rights - after the violence against them
spreads because of the increasing famine creeping in from the rest of the
subcontinent - a huge ethnic-cleansing campaign will be launched by the more
radical elements within the African community. It will be carried out with
the secret approval and active backing of the ANC regime in South Africa.
This will mirror the terror campaigns in Kenya, Uganda, the Congo, Angola
and Mozambique."

Stuijt continued with her grim scenario: "It will target all the remaining
Afrikaners who all will be described as 'racist right-wing whites who want
to overthrow the government,' and this all will result in hundreds of
thousands of deaths, a slaughter of the innocents which will however be
largely covered up by the international news media for years because it will
be politically incorrect to write about it. Anybody with even half a brain
should actually quit the southern African continent very soon before this
starts happening - I expect within the next five years."
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From The Daily News, 13 September

Government mulls laws to deal with opposition MPs

By Luke Tamborinyoka

Patrick Chinamasa, the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, on Wednesday told Parliament the government would soon come up with comprehensive measures to deal with opposition MPs who walk out of the House. Chinamasa was responding to a question by Chirumanzu MP, Innocent Chikiyi, on whether there was no law to deal with MPs who boycott the President’s speech. "This is a clear lack of patriotism on the part of the MDC and it is a cause of concern for the nation," Chinamasa said, amid jeering by opposition MPs. "They did not only boycott the opening session but they have been going around the country and all over the world, lobbying for sanctions and military intervention by other countries. We are looking into ways and means against MPs who exhibit evidence of unpatriotism when they have sworn an oath of loyalty to the country," he said. The MDC MPs walked out again when debate on the President’s speech resumed soon after Chinamasa had threatened the government would take action against them.

The MPs first walked out when President Mugabe officially opened the third session of the fifth parliament in July. They said they would not listen to his speech because their party’s position was that President Mugabe was not the legitimately elected leader of Zimbabwe. The MDC is challenging Mugabe’s victory in the High Court, citing massive rigging and intimidation. The MPs again walked out on Tuesday when debate on President Mugabe’s speech started. Later, Chinamasa skirted a question by Pumula-Luveve MP, Esaph Mdlongwa, on why Mugabe had increased the size of the Cabinet when the government had no money. Three ministries were also formed. "The number of deputy ministers has increased from nine to 12 and this is at a time when the workers of this country are heavily taxed. These deputy ministers do not act in the absence of Cabinet ministers and they do not attend Cabinet meetings. We wonder why they are being increased," Mdlongwa said. Chinamasa said he would not respond because the issue had nothing to do with government policy.

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"Chilling in view of Libya's current interest in Zimbabwe.........."

Grace Gateere

English 1102

Research Paper On A Dictator



Africa’s Most Feared Dictator

What would your reaction be if you knew that Adolf Hitler were alive somewhere today. Certainly you remember how much pain he caused the world? Would you attempt to have him murdered? Would you attempt to have him tortured maybe have his skin peeled off from his body in a slow and painful process? Perhaps drop him inside a pot of boiling oil? What if you knew that there is a man of the likes of Hitler alive today living in luxury in exile of course in Saudi Arabia? Would you still do all that? His name is Idi Amin Dada. He was the president of Uganda as well as Field Marshall, V.C., and Conqueror of the British army. He was president of Uganda between 1971 and 1977. The following is about his regime, how he started, where he started from and especially what he did.

Unfortunately for Idi Amin he was born of a witch. This must surely explain his weird life. He along with his friends strategically placed in the Ugandan army killed over 500,000 people and with assistance from them destroyed the economy of Uganda. At birth Amin was a very heavy baby actually twelve pounds. As a youth he was tall and towering for his age a big bully. Joseph Kamau and Andrew Cameron (1979) say that "in the sun down hours of play he would over come any opposition by simply grasping his opponent’s genitals and crushing them in his great bear paw of a hand" (p. 5). According to Henry Kyemba (1977) he started off as cook and was promoted to sergeant in the King’s African Rifles when he earned the title of Uganda’s heavy weight champion.

(p. 21)

Henry Kyemba describes him as being a renowned soldier for his willingness and smartness. He continues to explain that Amen’s height; his presence and his desire to win badges of merit marked him for promotion. (p. 48) His superiors were so enthusiastic about him that they ignored his ability to speak much English and continued to rise in rank. He was also ruthless with his opponents as previously described. It should not come as a surprise that early in his life in the army, he cut off the genitals of a group of cattle rustlers known as the Karamajong as George Ivan Smith (1980). He continued to explain that Idi Amin did this as an attempt to find out where they had hidden their weapons (p. 51). Henry Kyemba (1977) emphasizes that he actually massacred a number of people in search of arms, when Obote the president of Uganda at the time heard of this, he decided not to persecute him after all he was a black officer (p. 22). It is safe to say that Amin started to take the lives of other people very early.

According to Henry Kyemba, the end of the civil war in Belgian Congo led to a number of significant events that would change the lives of Ugandans for a long period forever. Obote was sympathetic to the rebels who were against the rule of Mobote Seseko and wishing to aid the rebels at the most gave all the responsibility to Amin who was now the Deputy Commander of the Ugandan army. In Amin’s support of the rebels, he recruited many Nubians and south Sudanese who were in revolt against their own government (p. 28). Unfortunately Amin and the southern Sudanese had other mutual interests. As Amin supported them in their civil war against their own government, in turn provided Amin with ready made corps which was steadily absorbed into many Ugandan units (p. 28). That thought alone is scary because should Amin take over from Obote by any chance the country would be under the military control of people of another nation.

It is important to realize that in the meantime Obote was becoming more and more unpopular with the people of Uganda and Amin more and more popular with his recruits. Obote did not like this and it made him feel insecure. It became even worse because there was an attempted assassination on his life and Amin was the chief suspect. Obote never thought of Amin as a threat but as an illiterate who showed no signs of political ambition unfortunately he was dead wrong. Obote was never able to find proof of Amin's attempted assassination. Right after the failed attempt, Amin had a quarrel with a Brigadier whose body together with his wife’s was found shot dead at close range inside their house. Immediately Amin was suspected yet again.

Obote organized for Amin to be arrested while attending the Commonwealth Conference in Singapore in January 1971. Unfortunately Amin got wind of this before it could actually happen and took advantage of Obote’s absence and organized a coup. Henry Kyemba (1977, p. 33).

The civilians welcomed Amin; at this point, they thought that Amin was going to be a better leader than Obote. Man has always been optimistic about new leadership and in Uganda’s case it was not an exception. Celebrations took place all over the country for several weeks. Amin gained peoples favor he even released Obote’s detainees (p. 40).

Remember earlier that Amin could not speak English? Not only could he not speak it, but he also could not read it. In short Idi Amin Dada was illiterate, and this is clearly seen through out his regime. According to George Ivan Smith (1980), "within a week of the coup he had appointed his own cabinet, dissolved parliament and ordered that no political activity should take place within the next two years" (p. 83). It is so hilarious to note that Amin never sat with his cabinet. Not once. He never sat at his desk, he never listened to his cabinet’s advice and all his orders were given verbally after all he could not write. George Ivan Smith (1980) further goes on to say "he made himself Commander in chief, Army chief of staff, Air chief of staff…He was such a military man that all he did was to take command of the situation. He called his house the ‘Command Post’ " (p. 83). How foolish he was!

After the coup the murders started immediately. Idi Amin being from the Kakwa tribe had the Langi and Acholi tribes as primary enemies. It becomes easier to understand why Amin overthrew Obote; he was after all a Langi. At the time Uganda’s army was largely comprised of a large group of Langi. Amin had a lot of them killed meanwhile telling his cabinet that he was ‘mopping up’ the mess caused by the Obote regime Henry Kyemba (1977, p. 44). Nobody had an idea what was actually going on. He had officers from the tribes of Langi and Acholi herded into a room and blown up with explosives. Many were bayoneted and dumped into the River Nile (p. 45). That is simply the way he dealt with people he did not like. Some he had tortured and killed. Other prisoners were made to fight each other with z promise that if they killed the opponent they would be released only to have another prisoner told the same thing. This was a way of killing while ensuring that it was entertaining. Towards the end of his book George Ivan Smith (1980) lets the reader know that during the purges of 1977, two hundred men were executed a day (p. 187). Amin realizing that it was becoming increasingly to bury thousands of bodies organized for the bodies to be dumped in the River Nile, whose crocodiles were supposed to finish off the corpses removing all traces of dead humans. Unfortunately this did not really work out because the bodies ended up being washed on shores. Some were seen floating half decayed and bloated on the surface of the rivers Henry Kyemba 1977, p. 45). Only somebody as sick and crazy and demented as Amin would do a thing like that.

In fact, Henry Kyemba (1977) says "Amin’s extraordinary sadism and cruelty have often been said to be a direct result of syphilis, which in its final stages affects the brain, driving the victim insane. Amin's records show that he has indeed suffered from syphilis" (p.111). Amin says, "I have also eaten human meat" (p.109). Remember Amin was the son of a witch therefore anything is possible.

As Amin went on killing officers in various positions in the Ugandan army and government professionals continued to flee from Uganda. They sought exile in Britain and in nearby African countries. Many vacuums were filled by Amin’s men who were obviously as illiterate, inexperienced and inadequate as he was. All these promotions were never confirmed in writing, Suddenly tank drivers became leaders of battalions, intelligence officers, army officials etc. In an attempt to have these men trained, he had a British officer train them whose response after a couple of trials was that for men to become intelligence officers they should have some basic intelligence! Henry Kyemba (1977, p. 50).

President Amin after talks with Gadaffi decides to change Uganda to a Muslim state. Libya was going to provide the funds necessary to do this. Poor Amin overwhelmed by the thought of receiving that much money from Libya, arms and training facilities played along. Gadaffi further urged Amin to take control of his economy as he had done from the Italians (George Ivan Smith 1980, p. 94). Hence according to the Economist (1995) Amin’s famous dream that God had instructed him to get the 70,000 Asians out of Uganda (p. 42).

An earlier edition of the Economist (1991) stated that East Africa applauded the expulsion of the Asians (p. 35). Unknown to them at the time this ‘famous dream’ would be the cause of the rapid economic decline of Uganda. The reason being that Asians controlled all of Uganda’s trade. They were the lawyers, the doctors, the businessmen, owners of industries, companies, factories etc. They virtually held Uganda’s economy in their hands. The Asians formed the middle class society of Uganda. Amin did not care about that he gave them ninety days to get out of the country.

Amin’s army officials pretended to help the Asians to pack while looting their houses. Pile after pile of boxes were laid out at the airports where the Asians believed would be put on a flight out and sent to them. This was only a dream because every single possession was taken to the homes of Amin’s friends in the army. According to Henry Kyemba (1980) Amin had great pleasure assigning the Asians houses to his officials. He did the same to their businesses. They simply could not run the businesses, hence the supply system collapsed and there after immerged a black market. Only the rich could afford those products, the rich being Amin’s friends. Ugandans had to do without the most basic of commodities such as sugar, salt, milk etc (p. 97).

After the Asians were kicked out, Amin’s men started to take on the patterns of their Leader. They became ruthless. They took whatever they wanted by force. They robbed cars at gunpoint, the Ugandan police could not be trusted, people preferred to walk to wherever they were going to, people in buses were looted and raped, it was a bad time to live in Uganda. The people sought comfort in religion. They survived on subsistence farming, after all Uganda is a very fertile country.

Amin had no respect for anybody. He had an Anglican Arch Bishop murdered. His crime was a plea to Amin to reform and stop all the bloodshed and terror reigning in the country. He died in a car accident but according to Henry Kyemba (1977) a minister during Amin’s reign, Bishop Luwum’s body was found riddled with bullets. He had to be secretly buried to prevent suspicion (p. 192). Bishop Luwum had made the mistake that cost his life he had confronted Amin about his government.

Amin squandered the money he received as aid from Libya. Instead of building mosques or at least buying more buses for the people to use or trying to rebuild the economy, Amin bought American planes, Russian ammunition, he lined his pockets with money and those of his friends. His pockets were known to literally bulge with money in all forms of currency. He also ensured that his jets and helicopters were fuelled and ready for take off incased he had to run away. He also deposited money in various countries around the world and maintains a house in Libya.

Idi Amin had five wives. He divorced three of them over national radio and later on organized to have one murdered. His second wife was found mutilated without arms and legs. He has been suspected to be the cause. He had the lover of his fifth wife murdered and married her twice in private for himself and publicly for Ugandans to witness. He had numerous affairs, has many girlfriends and over twenty children. Henry Kyema (1980) admits that there is no department in Uganda that has been left untouched by Idi Amin (p. 145-165).

Fortunately for Uganda in April 1978 Amin’s troops attacked Tanzania. The Ugandans who only know how to spill blood killed more than two thousand Ugandans destroyed homes and captured women and children. Amin employed Libyan forces that were not used to fighting in the jungle. He led them to believe that they were aiding a Muslim state fight against a Christian minority. How deceptive Amin really is. The Tanzanian soldiers invaded Uganda and caught the Libyan army by surprise. They rescued the captives held in dungeons and this marked liberation for the Ugandans subjected to oppression by one of their own.

Idi Amin is presently in Saudi Arabia. According to Giles Fodden (1998), "Mr. Amin's presence is thought to be an embarrassment to King Fahd, who is bound to honor his predecessor's offer of hospitality". This is after Amin attempted to send a consignment to Uganda thought to be arms. If anybody feels the need to take him out that would be a great satisfaction for those who suffered in his hands and the thousands upon thousands who lost their lives.

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Zimbabwe cricket captain Heath Streak has urged the cricket world not to boycott the six matches scheduled to be played in Zimbabwe in next year’s World Cup, despite the political crisis there.

"There are no problems in Zimbabwe at the moment. Security is fine and our families are there at the moment," he said. "We’re confident the matches will go ahead. Our government and Ministry of Sport have pledged their support and when Pakistan come on tour in October it will be a good chance to see that things are all right when it comes to sport," he said.

"I’d prefer not to delve into politics as sport and politics don't mix," Streak said.

zimactivism would like to remind Heath Streak that:

"jihad on whites - we want our land back"

We are proud of the achievements of the Zimbabwean cricket team. We understand that a depressed and seemingly defeated nation needs to be uplifted and unified through various events, sport included.

However, we object to Streak's insensitive and selfish position on the subject of a world cricketing boycott of Zimbabwe. We are also outraged by the ZCU's pursuit of revenues and profits in the face of mass suffering in Zimbabwe. And we are incredulous that Zimbabweans themselves will still set their consciences aside and support the ZCU for some fun in the sun and beer in the belly whilst thousands of their fellow countrymen and women are severely impoverished directly through actions of the Zimbabwean government.

At the VERY least, a percentage of gate-takings from all World Cup cricket matches held in Zimbabwe should be donated to victims of political violence.


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ABC Australia

Govt must target sanctions against Zimbabwe: Rudd
The Federal Opposition has accused the Government of being out of step over

Prime Minister John Howard will meet the leaders of Nigeria and South Africa
in Nigeria next week, as conditions continue to deteriorate in Zimbabwe.

The troika met in London six months ago and issued a series of steps to
address the situation.

Mr Howard has said little progress has been made by Zimbabwe's President,
Robert Mugabe.

Shadow Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, today called on the Australian
Government to implement targeted sanctions on the personal financial
transactions of members of the Mugabe regime.
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Farmers Arrested
On Friday 13th Sept. 2002 a well planned exercise was initiated to arrest farmers in the Southeasten Lowveld by unites of police that were not from the lowveld, but obviously from Masvingo and further up
Many farmers were taken completely by surprise, because this exercise of arresting farmers for contravening the Section 8 orders, had been done and completed on the weekend of the 19th August.
At a meeting with the police and the provincial lands officer Mr. Muterio during that week, they
rationalized farmers that were allocated plots on their own properties who were then made to sign a register and told to go back to their farms and continue farming. So even in their own books, this latest harassment of the farmers is completely illegal and unwarranted. In some cases the police barged into farmers homes brandishing AK,s and scaring the hell out of the wives and children. This was completely unnecessary as there have been absolutely no cases of farmers resisting arrest.
The farmers, which number 11,  with 11 other prisoners are stuck into a 6mt x 4mt cell, which has only  one hole in the floor, in a corner, to be used as a toilet. The cell was filthy and had not been disinfected in ages.  Whilst the farmers are in good humour, they feel very demeaned by the condition of the cell,
and how they are being treated as criminals for being landownersand good business men.
Really, the farmers only crime, it seems, is to be white and  to disagree with the land distribution exercise as it has been designed, and for good reason as everybody is now aware.
Some one thousand plus workers, and their extended families, rely on these farmers for employement and their livelihood. These people are very confused and worried about their future, and rightfully so.
A country getting destroyed by terrorests whilst the world watches and dose nothing, shame to the civilised world.
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Zim Standard

      Mzee embarassed
      By Parker Graham

      MASVINGO-Vice president Simon Muzenda on Friday watched helplessly as
over 1 000 graduating students of the Masvingo Technical College walked out
as he was making his speech-an incident which deeply embarassed the veteran
politician who considers Masvingo his political domain.

      Muzenda, whose spirited efforts had resulted in the establishment of
the college some years ago, was left speaking mainly to officials and
several empty chairs and desks, as students, disgruntled by the idea of a
proposed mass graduation rather than individual capping, scurried out of the
graduation venue.

      The students had arrived at the venue with their families and
relatives in tow plus hired photographers in the hope of taking pictures
with either Muzenda or Swithun Mombeshora, the new minister of higher
education and technology.

      Traditionally, graduating students receive their certificates
individually from the guest of honour who also shakes their hands. This
gives them the opportunity of having themselves photographed with the
special guest or any other distinguished officials present.

      However, student hopes were dashed when Mombeshora announced that he
was conferring their graduation status on them by word of mouth and there
would be no shaking of hands or handing over of certificates.

      The students departed from the venue in anger saying they had not been
informed in advance about the changes.

      An attempt by the vice principal of the Masvingo Technical College,
Clever Nyamukapa, to persuade the students to stay put while vice president
Muzenda delivered his speech, were to no avail.

      "You cannot do that as the vice president speaks. It shows lack of
respect," said Nyamukapa.

      But the defiant students continued to shuffle out, ignoring both him
and Muzenda,

      the man who battled for over a decade with veteran politician Eddison
Zvobgo for control of this most populous province.

      In separate interviews with The Standard, the disgruntled students
said they were against the idea of forced mass graduation.

      "This graduation is just like a mass burial. What surprises me most is
that President Mugabe has for years individually capped over 5 000 UZ
graduating students and conferred on them masters degrees, honours degrees
and diplomas, but a mere minister appointed last week is already too lazy to
show that he has some life. He should show that he has energy," said a
disappointed student as he walked away with a hired photographer.

      "Three years down the line, this minister could be sending
representatives in his place," said Wilbert Ncube, another graduand.

      "It's right for us to protest when we see that things are going to the
dogs. We are adults and should be seen as parents just like them," Obert

      Masvingo Polytechnic principal, Barnabas Taderera told The Standard
that the idea of conducting a mass graduation had been necessitated by the
huge number of graduating students. A total of 1 600 students were awarded
certificates or diplomas.

      "Remember, last year we had no graduation ceremony because of the
student unrest which forced the graduation ceremony to be abandoned. It was
something beyond our control hence the decision to carry out a joint
graduation," said Taderera.

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Zim Standard

      MDC barred
      By our own Staff

      ZANU PF officials and hooligans, including a politburo member and
former cabinet minister, Didymus Mutasa, on Thursday barred several MDC
candidates from registering with the nomination court for the forthcoming
local government elections.

      The opposition, which had intended to contest most of the vacant posts
in the local government elections, ended up failing to field candidates in
some of the posts due to the heavy intimidation of prospective candidates.

      While in other areas candidates were forced to withdraw their
candidature before the nomination day, others were forced to flee for their
lives after heavy intimidation at the nomination court.

      The government has set aside 30 September as election day in all
vacant rural district council and urban council areas.

      In Manicaland, the MDC failed to field candidates in its strongholds
of Mutasa and Mutare North. A number of candidates who were meant to have
stood for the party in the Chipinge and Makoni areas were also forced to
stand down after receiving threats.

      Even Zanu PF candidates who had failed to win party approval and opted
to stand as independents were strongly warned from doing so by Mutasa, who
has emerged as a warlord in Rusape and surrounding districts.

      MDC Manicaland provincial spokesman, Pishai Muchauraya, said Mutasa
had intimidated 12 candidates of Makoni East, North and West and they had
subsequently stepped down. Muchauraya said Mutasa was moving around with a
pistol telling prospective candidates that they would be chased out if they
dared register for the election.

      Said Muchauraya: "Because of this hostile situation, we ended up
fielding 78 candidates out of a possible 132 in the province. The tactics
used to scare the candidates away varied from area to area. While in
Chipinge, Mutasa and other areas candidates were mostly threatened on
nomination eve, in Makoni, candidates were forced to flee from the
nomination court. This shows a lack of democracy in this country. Zanu PF is
trying to force us out of the rural areas because they know the impact there
will be if we were to win this election."

      MDC secretary-general, Welshman Ncube, confirmed that a huge number of
his party's candidates were barred from registering for the elections.

      The situation, he said, was most prevalent in Manicaland,
Matabeleland, Midlands and Mashonaland Central.

      Ncube said Matabeleland North governor, Obert Mpofu, had led a group
of Zanu PF thugs into disrupting the nomination court, adding that there was
a near riot when he ordered the court to close before the end of business.

      In Tsholotsho, Ncube said, some of the MDC candidates were abducted
and could not register. The MDC secretary-general said the party also
experienced problems in Bubi-Umguza, Matopo and in Lupane where Zanu PF
supporters intercepted prospective candidates on their way to the nomination
court and destroyed their papers.

      "In Midlands people were literally told that they would be dead if
they were seen anywhere near the nomination court and these are rural people
who are vulnerable and exposed so they withdrew their candidature.

      "We can go on giving examples but the net result is that this is Zanu
PF's way of winning the election. They will be bragging that they won the
election without any votes cast but this is because they have prevented
people from exercising their right to vote. In the meantime, we have
instructed our lawyers to look at all the cases and then we will seek legal
recourse," said Ncube.

      Although the ruling party won in most of the rural constituencies
during the 2000 parliamentary election and the presidential poll of March
this year, the current mass starvation being experienced by most rural
families could tilt the tide in favour of the opposition.
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Posted: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 10:38 AEST

Zimbabwean Govt and judiciary relationship continues to crumble
A retired white judge has appeared in court in Zimbabwe, accused of abusing
his judicial powers.

Former High Court justice Fergus Blackie is being held in custody.

The arrest of Mr Blackie is the latest incident in the deteriorating
relationship between the Zimbabwean Government and the judiciary.

Lawyers for the retired judge say he is innocent.

But the Government accuses Mr Blackie of mishandling a case, in which he set
aside a jail term for a white defendant.

The former High Court judge has not been charged, but police are refusing to
release him.

Mr Blackie retired from the bench in July, after attempting to sentence the
Justice Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, to three months jail for contempt of

The sentence was later overturned, but the case infuriated the Government,
who accused Mr Blackie of racism.
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Scotland on Sunday

Howard calls for decision on Mugabe sanctions


AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister John Howard has called for a second meeting of a
tri-nation panel of Commonwealth leaders to consider implementing sanctions
against Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.

Howard said preparations were under way for a meeting of the so-called
troika in Abuja, Nigeria on September 23 to discuss the latest developments
in Zimbabwe where an estimated six million people are short of food because
of disruption to farms and drought.

Zimbabwe has been gripped by a political and economic crisis since
pro-government militants invaded white-owned farms in early 2000 in support
of Mugabe's campaign to redistribute farms to landless blacks.

"My fellow Commonwealth troika leaders, President (Olusegun) Obasanjo of
Nigeria and President (Thabo) Mbeki of South Africa, have confirmed their
availability for the meeting, assisted by the Commonwealth Secretary General
Don McKinnon," Howard said.

Zimbabwe dominated the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia
earlier this year, but the racially divided summit agreed to take no
immediate action against the country other than to set up the tri-nation
taskforce to monitor developments.

At a March meeting in London, the troika decided to suspend Zimbabwe from
the councils of the Commonwealth for 12 months, but this fell short of full
suspension and no caveats or targets were laid down.

"Zimbabwe has been quite indifferent to the requests properly made of her by
the Commonwealth and we want to talk about what might further be done in
relation to that," Howard said. "All troika members are anxious to see
progress in Zimbabwe and its earliest possible return to full protection of
Commonwealth democratic values."
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Sunday Times SA

Commonwealth bid to rein in Mugabe

Justice Malala : New York

The Commonwealth troika of leaders tasked with resolving the crisis in
Zimbabwe has asked President Robert Mugabe to attend a meeting in Abuja,
Nigeria, at the end of this month to try to thrash out a lasting solution to
the country's problems.

The three leaders - Australia's Prime Minister John Howard, South Africa's
President Thabo Mbeki and Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo - will meet
Mugabe for the first time since they agreed, five months ago, to slap
Zimbabwe with a one-year suspension from the Commonwealth after his
controversial election win in March this year.

Mbeki announced the new initiative this week as Mugabe once again gave
notice to the United Nations that he would not back down from his land
restitution programme. In speeches to world leaders gathered for the UN's
57th general assembly this week and to a group of supporters in New York ,
Mugabe reiterated his intent to resettle landless blacks on white-owned

Mbeki told US business and political leaders on Thursday that the land issue
was central to the Zimbabwean crisis and had to be addressed. Financier
George Soros and former US Treasury Secretary Robert Rudin were among those
who listened to Mbeki's speech.

"Everybody will agree that there is indeed a need for land redistribution in
Zimbabwe. The issue is how it is done," Mbeki said. T he meeting with Mugabe
was called to "look at the entirety of the issue" and explore ways to
address the "matter of instability and [a] more coherent Zimbabwean response
to the problem that they face".

Mbeki also said that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan would continue his
efforts to persuade Zimbabwe to work with the UN on a "credible, viable,
correct process for handling the land issue within the context of the rule
of law".

Mugabe received rapturous applause from about 35 supporters at New York's
city hall on Thursday afternoon where he was invited to speak by
controversial councilman Charles Barron. Barron, who caused a furore
recently when he told a rally that he "wanted to slap the first white man I
can find", said he had invited Mugabe because he was an inspiration to black

The supporters - members of a fringe African-American group called Friends
of Zimbabwe - held up placards and chanted "Hands Off Zimbabwe" and
"Zimbabwe is not an extension of Europe".

Mugabe told them that Zimbabwe was their home. There was so much land in
Zimbabwe that any of them wanting to move to the country would be given
plots . H e said the land restitution programme was an attempt to correct
the failure of Britain to finance the process as they had promised during
the Lancaster House negotiations of 1979.

In his earlier speech to the UN , Mugabe defended his land restitution
programme robustly and said he had instituted it to deal with colonial
injustices. He said African nations were fully supportive of his efforts
while European countries wanted to maintain a colonial-type control over
African affairs.

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ABC Australia

Australia out of step on Zimbabwe: Opposition

The Federal Opposition says Australia remains out of step with the
international community in its response to the political situation in

Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd made the comments after the Prime
Minister announced yesterday his decision to convene another meeting of the
Commonwealth leaders troika.

Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth six months ago over concerns
about the Government's conduct in an election that saw the regime of Prime
Minister Robert Mugabe returned to power.

Mr Howard will leave for Nigeria next Saturday to meet South African
President Thabo Mbeki and Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The leaders will discuss the worsening political and humanitarian situation
in the country, and whether to impose sanctions against Zimbabwe.

But Mr Howard says he will not pre-empt the outcome of the meeting.

"Zimbabwe has been quite indifferent to the requests properly made of her by
the Commonwealth and we want to talk about what might further be done in
relation to that," Mr Howard said.

"There are a range of options available to the Commonwealth but in the end
of course, individual countries - whether they're in the Commonwealth or
not, can choose to take action, but it's not an easy position," Mr Howard

"The internal situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating very rapidly."

While Mr Rudd has welcomed the talk of sanctions, he says the Australian
Government should have taken such action long ago.

"Six-and-a-half months ago, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer promised to
implement immediately, targeted sanctions against the regime of Robert
Mugabe," he said.

"Six-and-a-half months later we have had no action. And during that period
of time, sanctions have been imposed by the United States, by the European
Union and by Switzerland."
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