Archbishop won't give in
EDMONTON, Alberta (Scripps Howard) -- As torture
victims shared horrifying stories of beatings, rape and murder during a service
in Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube's cathedral, secret police agents were
sitting in the back pews.
In what the archbishop is convinced was a plan
to arrest and assault him, the agents came looking for him after the service.
His secretary told them he had left. They couldn't see him in the pitch darkness
and gave up their search.
The story was recounted by the soft-spoken
Roman Catholic cleric in an interview as evidence of the lengths to which
President Robert Mugabe and his followers will go in their attempts to silence
One of Mugabe's most outspoken critics, the Archbishop of Bulawayo
has been branded a rapist, HIV-positive, gay and unholy. He says he has received
death threats, his phones are tapped, he is followed by intelligence officers
and he has been told his passport may be seized.
The harassment, he allows, is "inconvenient." But
with his voice rising and his body stiffening, he continues: "I refuse to be
afraid. If I'm afraid, then they have got me where they want me to
Archbishop Ncube, 58, has taken to the international stage in the
past year, including briefings for Prince Charles and U.S. Secretary of State
Colin Powell in which he has sought to raise awareness of Mugabe's regime and
the desperate conditions in Zimbabwe.
Mugabe has been in power since the
southern African country won independence from Britain in 1980. Zimbabweans have
endured years of chronic food shortages, high unemployment rates, staggering
inflation and political crisis.
Human-rights organizations and foreign
governments have accused Mugabe and his ruling ZANU-PF party of a reign of
terror lasting years.
Archbishop Ncube is one of several African clerics,
including Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican primate of South Africa, who became
loud and persistent voices of opposition under repressive regimes.
Zimbabwean church leaders disagree with his approach, which they say is
But Pablo Idahosa, a professor of African studies at York
University in Toronto, called the prelate a "very courageous person" who speaks
for Zimbabweans unable or unwilling to voice dissent. "His influence has been as
a catalyst," Prof. Idahosa said.
Archbishop Ncube was at the University
of Alberta before traveling to Winnipeg and Ottawa to meet politicians,
dignitaries and ambassadors.
Wearing a priest's collar, a large silver
cross and an ill-fitting gray suit that exposed his pale yellow socks, the
bespectacled archbishop said he wants Canada to continue putting pressure on
Mugabe's "evil" regime.
|Zimbabwe faces problem of
access to HIV/AIDS drugs: minister |
HARARE, Sept. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Zimbabwe faces the challenge of ensuring
that people infected with HIV/AIDS get access to anti-retroviral drugs, Health
and Child Welfare Minister David Parirenyatwa has said.
"Anti-retroviral drugs with greater potencies, improved resistance
profiles, better safety indices and more convenient dosing regiments are now
available in Zimbabwe," the minister saidon Friday in a speech read on his
behalf at a Barclays Bank healthand safety week staff conference. "The main
challenge now is accessibility to these currently expensive drugs which is why
the theme for this year's 15th International AIDS conference in Bangkok,
Thailand, was 'Access for All'" he said.
An estimated 1.8 million people in Zimbabwe are living with HIV/AIDS out
of a total population of around 11 million.
Parirenyatwa emphasized the need to prevent HIV/AIDS, saying the
principle of abstinence, mutual faithfulness and use of condoms for those who
cannot practice the ideal two, remained the cornerstone of tackling the
He urged the private sector to complement government efforts infighting
the pandemic which is claiming an estimated 3,000 lives each week.
Barclays Bank became one of the few private commercial banks inthe
country to contribute toward the health welfare of its workersby launching an
employee assistance program, through which it willoffer direct assistance in the
form of health promotion, counseling and medication to staff members.
Parirenyatwa said by investing in the health and well being of its
employees, Barclays Bank was investing in its future success.
He urged other organizations to emulate what Barclays had done so that
employees become productive for the betterment of all.
The program will offer free HIV testing services, anti-retroviral drugs
to the infected and other support services in theform of the health and welfare
department to staff members. Enditem
Timely words on terrorism in the modern world
DORIS LESSING IS rightly one of the most
famous of living authors. She is so famous that publishers are willing to bring
out collections of her occasional papers, essays and reviews, even very short
ones. Fourth Estate publish one such collection - Time Bites - this month.
This collection includes an essay on Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, the country
where she grew up, and it is quite the best and wisest thing I have read on that
troubled land, and on the man who has brought ruin upon it.
scarcely a page that doesn’t contain a sentence or a paragraph that makes you
stop and ponder it. Even Lessing’s occasional pieces are writing that matters.
But the one I would like to draw attention to is called "The Wrong Way
Home". Its subject is terrorism, and there is no subject today on which it is
more urgent to talk sense and shed light. Some things she says are already
widely recognised - the existence, for instance, of the "Young Son Syndrome" -
the young man of "good family who becomes violently opposed to what has made
Members of the Italian Red Brigades came into this category. So
did Lenin. So does Osama bin Laden. "These types of malcontent, revolutionary,
or reformer are easily spotted and understood."
sympathisers to whom we may choose to attach the terrorist label, but who, she
suggests, "have little in common with the true terrorist, like Bin Laden’s
specially trained terrorist groups". These sympathisers, of whom she takes the
young Afghans who became the Taleban as an example, find no place for themselves
in the modern world because they have been denied an education. Instead these
young Afghans were "educated as the poor have been in Islam for centuries, by no
more than a ritual chanting of the Koran. They might just as well be
14th-century people," she suggests.
How do we prevent the emergence of
other similar groups. Lessing has no doubt. "You cannot legislate against
terrorist groups once they come into being, but you can prevent terrorists from
coming into being. A good modern education is the solution."
not, as she realises, rid us of terrorists of the Younger Son sort, whose
alienation and desire to kill and destroy arise from their dissatisfaction with
their education, from the apprehension that the world is not as it was sold to
them. But it will isolate them.
To become a terrorist is to become a
member of a cult, of "an invisible brotherhood". That is part of the attraction.
Second, Lessing recognises that "the enjoyment of destruction is deep in
the human psyche ... My question is, how often is this deep and sick need to
destroy being led under the guise of ideology?"
terrorists, read Dostoevski’s great novel The Devils, sometimes translated as
"The Possessed". Terrorist groups are cults: "The main plank of cultish
behaviour is that the outsider, the person not on your side, is demonised."
There are two things to be done. First, to detach the sympathisers - a
long task, because education takes time. Second, to catch "those highly trained
ruthless groups waiting ... to murder, poison and destroy."
It will help
if we "stop using the word ‘terrorist’ like a witch’s spell and restrict it to
the real terrorists."
Will our leaders heed these wise
Kwara’s agrarian revolution and the Zimbabwean farmers
By DAYO OMOTOSO
Sunday, September 26, 2004
BEYOND paying lip service
to fighting poverty and ensuring food sufficiency, Kwara State government is
pioneering an agrarian revolution in Nigeria. Tuesday, 27 July, Governor Bukola
Saraki signed a business agreement with 15 commercial farmers, members of the
Commercial Farmers Union of Zimbabwe.
By embracing commercial agriculture,
Saraki said his administration was truly maximizing its comparative advantage
and tapping natural opportunities; a move which, he said, would put Kwara State
on the map of the world. His words: “We are convinced that Africa can only
achieve sustainable development by first achieving food security. We are also
convinced that it is only in the agriculture and agro-allied economy that Africa
can begin to claim its space in the global market arena”.
assured the Zimbabwean farmers of their safety and the security of their
investment. He also charged the expatriate farmers to give their best to the
project. The major pivot of the agreement was the allocation of 1,000 hectares
of land to each of the 15 pioneer farmers on a 25-year leasehold renewable for
another 25-year term. The state government will provide basic infrastructure
such as road, borehole and electricity to the farms and also ensure adequate
security at the farm-house. The white farmers are required to incorporate a
company and commence operations not later than the first week of October, this
year, and speed up significant development of their allotted portions over a
period of three years. The commercial farmers will source 90 per cent of local
manpower from indigenes of Kwara State and obey the nation’s labour laws. They
will patronize local suppliers for agricultural and agro-allied inputs and raw
The agreement provides for the establishment of a community trust
fund, jointly by all stakeholders, for the creation of social facilities and
infrastructure for the welfare of members of the host communities. The fund will
be financed by a special levy fixed at one per cent of the gross turn over of
the farmers. In addition, the government will establish a school, managed by the
union, to transfer skills and technology to local entrepreneurs.
justifying government’s bold attempt at making Kwara the food basket of the
nation, Saraki described the investment as a wise, inevitable option since it
was becoming unrealistic to depend largely on oil revenue.
estimation, commercial agriculture would provide an alternative economic base
for Nigeria as the international oil economy becomes increasingly volatile and
unpredictable. The governor assured the people that the government would
protect their interests and urged them to make friends with the white farmers
and learn from their expertise. The governor showered encomiums on President
Olusegun Obasanjo and the Federal Government for initiating and supporting
policies that favoured the bilateral cooperation.
Responding on behalf of his
colleagues, the project co-ordinator of the Commercial Farmers Union of
Zimbabwe, Alan Jack, expressed satisfaction with the negotiations started in
March, this year, which culminated in the July Agreement. Jack said the
Zimbabwean farmers were highly optimistic because of the warm reception and
cooperation from the host government. He promised that his union will work with
local farmers and share experience on dairy, poultry, rice and vegetable
cultivation and general mixed farming.
Kwara State Commissioner for
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Mohammed Boriya, blamed the reduction
in the population of peasant farmers in Nigeria on urbanization but emphasized
the need to modernize the local system of farming. An elated Boriya disclosed
that nine states initiated the invitation of commercial farmers into the country
to invest in agriculture, adding that Kwara state served on the technical
committee which produced the working document for the Federal Government. He
described the gains and expected benefits from the scheme as “unending” in the
short and long run.
The commissioner allayed the fears of host communities by
assuring them that the commercial farming programme was not designed to supplant
small scale farming. Rather it will explore the vast resources available in the
state to boost agricultural production. Alhaji Boriya, therefore, charged the
commercial farmers and their host communities to work in partnership to ensure
the success of the project. The initiative of Kwara State Government can be
described as historic and a bold attempt at attaining food security and fighting
Agriculture is the mainstay of the state’s economy as over 70
per cent of the population are peasant farmers. The agricultural sector does not
only produce food for the populace, it also provides the essential raw materials
for the state’s agro-allied industries. With a total land area of 34,600 square
kilometers and an annual rainfall of 1,500mm, Kwara State is naturally blessed
to produce large quantity of arable crops.
Unfortunately, agriculture had
suffered serious neglect before Saraki became governor. In order to redress the
anomaly and remove the stagnation in agricultural development in the state, the
governor initiated various programmes to increase food production and ensure
food security for the citizenry.
In July, last year, he started a pilot
project which he called Back-to-Farm scheme. It was designed to provide gainful
employment for the army of unemployed youths who had hitherto been engaged in
anti-social activities and to ensure food sufficiency in the state. Within a
short period of one year, the pilot project has become a full blown programme
with the acquisition of 5,000 hectares of land spread across the state where
about 5,000 youths are now gainfully employed. To assist the young farmers, the
government bought 28 new tractors and repaired three old bulldozers, two low
loaders and one Hyab crane. It also hired additional bulldozers and low loaders
to complement those refurbished.
The government has also substantially solved
the perennial problem of inadequate supply of farm inputs to farmers at the
right time and at affordable prices by promptly releasing money for procurement
of such farm inputs. The money was used to purchase 18.5 metric tones of Soya
beans seed, 1,000 bundles on improved variety of cassava and 40,000 bundles of
the local variety which were distributed to farmers at highly subsidized
At the beginning of the 2004 planting season, the government
committed about 25 million naira to land clearing and preparation, so as to make
land available to farmers. The government procured farm inputs and agro-allied
chemicals worth 30 million naira for distribution to farmers to enhance their
production capacity and save them from insect menace and pest
In the last one year, the Saraki government
had given approval for the recruitment of 50 additional extension agents to
complement the existing ones who had been assisting farmers in their efforts to
attain good yield; a major goal of the Back-to-farm programme.
has also attained high level of success in rice production despite late
commencement of the scheme. In order to improve upon the achievement recorded so
far, 2,500 hectares of rice have been cultivated with the repair of the earth
dam and rehabilitation of the strategic Duku Lade Irrigation scheme at a cost of
65 million naira. The Patigi Rice Mill which had been grounded for years has
been revived with the purchase of 10 de-stoning machines, five cottage rice
mills and storage chemicals.
It is worthy of note that just as Governor
Saraki has been making waves at home with his agricultural policy, recognition
has come from abroad. In appreciation of his immense contributions to the growth
of agriculture in Kwara State, Dr Bukola Saraki was honoured by the European
Marketing Research Centre, Brussels, Belgium, in April during the 2004 Agric
Business Forum. And with the signing of a business between Kwara State and the
Commercial Farmers Union of Zimbabwe and the adoption of modern agricultural
technology, sustained government support and stable developmental policies, it
is certain that agriculture will revolutionize and improve the living standard
of the people of Kwara State.
Omotosho, a public commentator, resides in
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The Associated Press, 22 September
Zimbabwe denies reports of food
shortage - Angus Shaw
Harare - Zimbabwe's government on Wednesday
dismissed reports of dozens of
deaths linked to malnutrition as lies peddled
by detractors and insisted
the nation has more food than it needs. Health
officials in Bulawayo, the
nation's second largest city, have reported at
least 162 deaths related to
malnutrition this year. Information Minister
Jonathan Moyo accused the
regional council's health director, Dr. Zanele
Hwalima, of "doctoring lies"
meant to cause alarm and despondency. The
Bulawayo council, which is
controlled by the opposition, is the only local
council in Zimbabwe that
routinely compiles data on food shortages and
malnutrition. Zimbabwe, once
a regional breadbasket, was plunged into
political and economic turmoil
when President Robert Mugabe's government
began seizing thousands of white
owned farms for redistribution to blacks in
2000. Inflation is running at
314 percent, the highest rate in the world. The
often-violent land reform
program, combined with erratic rains, have crippled
agriculture-based economy. The government argues redistribution
to correct colonial-era injustices and has not affected food
The United Nations estimates the expected total harvest this year
1 million tons of grain, about half the country's needs. Last year,
half of Zimbabwe's 12.5 million people needed food aid. A
assessment group estimates that as many as 5 million Zimbabweans
help again before the next harvest in March. Moyo suggested in an
with the state Herald newspaper that even if there was malnutrition
Zimbabwe it wouldn't amount to a serious health problem. "Malnutrition
just ... a case of not having a balanced diet. ... People in the USA
fat because they eat too many burgers. That's malnutrition," Moyo said.
disputed the low U.N. harvest forecast and said the country will produce
record 2.4 million tons of grain this year, well in excess of the
consumption of at least 1.8 million tons, mostly of the corn staple.
is no food crisis in Zimbabwe," Moyo said. But Samuel Mavuti, the head
the state Grain Marketing Board told a panel of lawmakers this month
Zimbabwe had just 298,000 tons of the main corn staple. He said the
which is the sole legal distributor of grain, expected total
its depots of only 750,000 tons by March next year. On Monday,
U.S.-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network, a food
monitoring group, warned the grain delivered so far to the state
board already fell short of basic needs. "The quantity of grain
by the GMB as of mid-August is insufficient to meet the needs in
centers and rural areas with deficit production," it said. While the
meal staple was still generally available in stores, many poor
could no longer afford it, the group said. "Hyperinflation, high
unemployment and low wages contribute to food insecurity in urban
2. From VOA
News, 22 September
Zimbabwe says it needs no international food
Harare - The Zimbabwe Government has now officially informed Western
that it has had a bumper harvest and will need no food aid for
foreseeable future. A letter from the welfare ministry has been
to donor agencies telling them that Zimbabwe grew 2.4 million tons
last summer. A letter addressed to donor organizations, dated August
signed by welfare minister Paul Mangwana, has now sealed the doors to
intervention by non-governmental organizations in addressing the
of food in many parts of Zimbabwe. In its latest monthly report, The
Early Warning Systems Network, a long-trusted food security
group across the region, said scarcity of food is emerging in a
number of rural areas in Zimbabwe and more and more urban people can
afford to buy food from the shops. It says it is not sure how much grain
in storage at the Grain Marketing Board because those statistics are
longer freely available. The figure of 2.4 million tons of maize for
summer's harvest can not be accurate, according to crop analysts
to data collected over the last 30 years, as well as estimates of
harvest by the United Nations and other groups. The government's
indicates a larger harvest than in any previous season, even when
agricultural sector was in its best shape. Now about 80 percent
Zimbabwe's best land is unused, following the resettlement of new
onto former commercial farms over the past four years. Most of them
neither the financing nor the farming skills to grow more than a few
of maize. Information minister Jonathan Moyo is reported in the
edition of the government-controlled Herald newspaper, as saying
food imports are necessary, or planned, because Zimbabwe has produced
million tons. But according to information released to the state
recently, the government's Grain Marketing Board, the only legal
trader in Zimbabwe, has less than 300 000 tons in stock. Mr. Moyo
farmers are keeping grain at home this year. Statistics from previous
indicate grain farmers have traditionally held on to some stocks for
consumption, but sold the rest to generate cash for items like school
and essential items. The United Nations World Food Program
recently it had reduced its staff in Zimbabwe by nearly half.
operations were geared to feed more than five million people, or
half the population, at the peak of food shortages during the last
years. The government says if people do need food aid, it will do the
itself, from its own homegrown stocks. But well-placed sources close
food distribution agencies say the government does not have the
or infrastructure to deliver food if another food crisis happens,
they say could be in December. Additionally, non-governmental
say it will take several months for the World Food Program to
funds and become fully operational again, if the food runs
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15 LAND ACQUISITION ACT (CHAPTER 20:10)
Vesting of land, taking of
materials and exercise of rights over land
NOTICE is hereby given, in
terms of paragraph (iii) of subsection (1) of
section 8 of the Land
Acquisition Act (Chapter 20:120), that the President
compulsorily the land described in the Schedule for urban
Minister of Special Affairs in the
Office of the
for Lands, Land Refore and
SECTION 8 24TH SEPTEMBER 2004
1. 3975/87. Mashonaland
Holding Limited: Salisbury: The Remaining Extent
of Chizororo of Eyrecount:
2. 1723/76. Retreat Farm P/L: Salisbury: Retreat: 624,50
3. 4801/89. Turner Properties (Private) Limited: Salisbury: Remainder
Mount Hampden: 305,5417 ha
4. 9051/87. Mashonaland
Holding Limited: Goromonzi: Acorn Estates:
5. 4035/86. Crest Breeders International (Private)
Remaining Extent of Cerney Township of Saturday Retreat:
6. 4035/86. Crest Breeders International (Private) Limited:
Lot 2 of Saturday Retreat: 22,0776 ha
7. 4035/86. Crest
Breeders International (Private) Limited: Salisbury:
Remaining Extent of
Satruday Retreat Estate: 1 057,3810 ha
8. 4039/92. Bellapaise Estates P/L:
Salisbury: Lot 9 Block S of Hatfield
Estate: 140,3805 ha
Portland Holdings Limited: Salisbury: Remainder of
Subdivision E of Arlington
Estate: 530,2555 ha
10. 11351/2000. Alexander Stuart Ross: Salisbury: Stand
Township of Gletwyn: 255,9145 ha
11. 11352/2000. James Ian
Ross: Salisbury: Remaining Extent of Gletwyn:
Isable Mary Speight, Roger William Newmarch,Judith Eileen,
Andrew Antony Herbert Newmarch, Thelma Joan Newmarch: Salisbury:
Extent of Carrick Creagh of Section 4 of Borrowdale Estate:
13. 1289/91. Mount Hampden Investments (Private) Limited:
Remainder of Haydon: 744,5567 ha
14. 5428/2001. Sensene
Investments (Private) Limited: Salisbury: The
Remainder of Stoneridge:
15. 5022/82. Basil Jack Rowlands: Salisbury: Subdivision 14 of
16. 1190/86. George Kileff & Sons (Private)
Remaining Extent of Eyerston of Arlington Estate: 1
17. 7640/91. Portland Holdings Limited: Salisbury: Remainder
Subdivision E of Arlington Estates: 530,2555 ha
18. 4011/91. Colin
Malcom Small: Salisbury: Lot 11 of The Glen of Glen
Forest of Borrowdale:
19. 632/90. Sensene Investments (Private) Limited: Salisbury:
of Nyarungu Subdivision of subdivision A of Stoneridge: 113,8046
20. 4039/92. Bellapaise Estates P/L: Salisbury: Lot 9 of
Estate: 140,3805 ha
21. 642/66. Pangoula Farms P/L: Salisbury:
Pangoula of Sternblick:
22. 5382/68. Kaola Farm Estates
(Private) Limited: Salisbury: Kaola
Park: 259,3302 acres
Amalinda Estates (Private) Limited: Salisbury: Amalinda
Estates: 1 101,8288
24. 4035/86. Crest Breeders International (Private) Limited:
New Cennety Township 2 of Saturday Retreat Estate: 63,8951
25. 4606/84. Rothmans International Enterprises Limited:
Stand 48 Aspindale Township of Subdivision A and B of Lochinvar:
26. 506/79. Meadowlea (Private) Limited: Salisbury: Lot 18
of the Glen
of Glen Fores of Borrowdale Estate: 12,3681 ha
13945/2001. Magic Lyn Bake, Rosalind Elizabeth Tyler, James
and Collen Cannon Salisbury: Remainder of Gurlyn Barton:
28. 5428/2001. Sensene Investments (Private) Limited:
Subdivision A of Subdivision A of Stoneridge: 13,4188 ha
2242/69. P B Arnott and Son (Private) Limited: Salisbury: Remaining
Good Hope: 1 460,6822 acres
30. 2332/68. Clive Alfred Chester: Salisbury:
Lot 15B The Glen 38,6796
31. 1193/74. Craighall Estate (Private)
Limited: Salisbury: Buckland
32. 799/84. Anthony
Stephen Turner: Salisbury: Remaining Extent of Glen
Forest of Borrowdale
Estate: 149,0329 ha
33. 6406/88. Logaflor (Private) Limited: Salisbury: Lot
3 of the Glen of
Glen Forest of Borrowdale Estate: 10,1170 ha
1289/91. Mount Hampden Investments (Private) Limited: Salisbury:
Haydon: 744,5567 hs
35. 5816/65. Zimbabwe Tobacco Association: Salisbury:
The Remainder of
the Farm Odar: 605,8092 ha
36. 1012/56. Valarie Pape
Laing: Salisbury: Caledonia: 3 060 morgen
37. 2806/93. J Toole Trust:
Salisbury: Marydown: 50,38 ha
38. 632/90. Funden Hall (Private) Limited:
Salisbury: Remainder of
Nyarungu Subdivision of subdivision A of Stoneridge:
39. 1044/92. Nyamanza Farm (Private) Limited: Salisbury: The
Extent of the New Retreat: 529,1713 ha
40. 6516/69. B A
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Alarm over Zim deaths
September 25 2004 at 10:48AM
By Peta Thornycroft
Harare - Medical personnel in Zimbabwe have
confirmed an Amnesty International report issued from London on Wednesday which
said 10 people had died after they were teargassed at an informal settlement on
the outskirts of Harare earlier this month.
Up to about 10 000 people
were forcibly evicted from their homes on Porta Farm, about 15 km from Harare,
because the government says it needs that land.
Amnesty International has
called for a full and independent inquiry into the evictions.
|'This excessive use of force by Zimbabwe Republic Police
The deaths, which were confirmed on Thursday
by human rights monitor, and medical personnel in Harare, said teargas had been
fired into confined spaces during a raid on the informal settlement on September
The Amnesty report, as well as former residents from the settlement,
said that riot police, people describing themselves as veterans of Zimbabwe's
liberation war, and youth members of the ruling Zanu PF party, had gone to evict
10 000 people from Porta Farm.
At the time of the evictions the police
confirmed they had used teargas against some of the residents of the settlement
because municipal workers had been attacked.
Since then, doctors in both
public and private sectors have treated some of the former residents.
doctor, who asked not to be named, confirmed that 10 people examined by him and
his colleagues had died from illnesses caused by teargas.
who died were a mother and her five-year-old child, as well as another infant.
Residents told human rights monitors that teargas was fired directly into some
Doctors said that among those who had died were people who were
already unwell, and exposure to teargas had proved fatal.
So far, the
doctors say, they have recorded 10 deaths, but do not rule out that more may die
as some former residents, already in poor health, remain unwell.
excessive use of force by Zimbabwe Republic Police is appalling. Firing teargas
into a confined space is completely contrary to international human rights
standards on the use of force by law enforcement officials, because of the
danger posed to those exposed," the Amnesty statement said.
residents have complained of chest and stomach pains, nose bleeding and other
ill-effects since the teargas incident. Doctors who examined some of the Porta
Farm residents after the events of September 2, believe that those most
seriously affected by the teargas were particularly vulnerable because of
pre-existing illnesses such as tuberculosis."
Earlier this month the
Harare High Court ordered that the evictions of the Porta Farm residents cease,
because an earlier court ruling allowing them to remain there was still in
From the road, the sprawling settlement appears to have been all
but destroyed. Most of the roofs on homes and the school are
Amnesty International, which sent investigators into Porta Farm,
says Zimbabwe has broken international human rights treaties it has signed to
desist from forced evictions without due process of law.
So far neither
the police nor welfare officials have responded to Amnesty International's
report. - Independent Foreign
IOL from The Indepemdent
Tour party may be hit hard
By Huw Turbervill
England's party for the controversial tour to Zimbabwe will be
announced on Tuesday, with speculation mounting that Andrew Flintoff is poised
his best friend Stephen Harmison and boycott the trip.
Flintoff, England's leading all-rounder, is expected to use his
newspaper column as Harmison did to announce his withdrawal from the tour of
five one-day matches, starting on Nov 26. Like Harmison, Flintoff has a young
family - his first child Holly was born earlier this month.
Harmison said last Sunday: "In all honesty, my decision was made
in Cape Town 18 months ago. England's World Cup squad spent a horrendous four
days before finally deciding not to go to Harare. Nothing has changed for
In July the same Sunday newspaper claimed as many as seven
players were considering boycotting the trip.
The series is expected to be a mismatch, with Zimbabwe severely
weakened after the boycott of the players who toured England this summer under
the Red Lions banner. Even if Flintoff makes himself available, it could be a
prudent move to rest him ahead of the Tests in South Africa and next summer's
England have promised players will not be discriminated against
if they withdraw, although the England and Wales Cricket Board have felt
compelled to proceed with the tour because of the threat of severe financial
The squad will also cover the one-day games in South Africa,
presumably with a replacement for Harmison in Zimbabwe only, and will be
announced on the ECB's website at 2.30pm.
Another player who could conceivably be rested, Marcus
Trescothick, demonstrated once again yesterday why he has been a key player in
England's limited-overs resurgence.
After hitting 104, he admitted England were not happy. "It wasn't
our best performance, to be honest," he said. "It was hard-fought and we had to
grind it out. The wicket was wet and helped the ball skid on."