(On behalf of Justice for Agriculture)
from the Triangle/Chiredzi have been arrested under section 8
are due to spend the weekend in jail. They are Dave des
Wenham, Henri Souchon, Aleck Geddie, Graham Babbf, Benori
Blatchford, Jeremy Baldwin, and four others.
The farmers all have section
8 orders and are part of the Cane Growers
Association who are taking
representative action against the orders in court
today. It is thought that
this action would still proceed.
Meanwhile in the Tengwe farming area
another four farmers are presently
barricaded in their homes by war veterans
who are demanding that they pay
off their workers and vacate their farms,
despite the nullification of their
section 8 orders in the High
The four are Andy Kockott of Tengwe Estates, Leith Bray of Meldon
Simon and Peter Dawson of Kemasembi Farm.
According to Andy
Kockott, who is a single farm owner, his workers have not
been allowed to
work since Saturday when the war veterans instructed the
Kockott's to leave
the farm by 2pm on Sunday.
Police arrived on Monday and inquired why he
was still on the farm, to which
he explained that there was no official
document or order for the eviction,
only an illegal verbal notice issued by
the war veterans.
Patrick Maponga, a retired army officer and well known
war veteran in the
area visited the farm on Tuesday and gave the family a
further ultimatum to
leave by 6pm that evening to leave.
As of Friday
(13th) noon, the situation was at a standoff following the
Thursday of a small contingent of war veterans. As the group
arrived at the
farm, Mr. Kockott took a photograph of them as they
approached his back door.
At that moment, the war veterans ran away and
proceeded to the farm village
where they rounded up all the workers and
walked them down to the main
The war veterans then sent a delegation, including a few workers,
to have a
meeting with Kockott. As the meeting was due to commence, a vehicle
Red Cross personnel arrived. They had coincidentally come to assess
situation on the ground about farm workers and their families. The
the meeting proceedings.
The war veterans complained that Mr,
Kockott had already ignored 3 evictions
and a police directive to leave the
farm and insisted that he pay his
workers their retrenchment
Mr. Kockott insisted that there were no legal grounds upon
which the war
veterans could evict him from his home or compel him to pay off
These discussions went on for about an hour before the
foreman and one of
the farm drivers approached Mr. Kockott and informed him
that they wished to
continue working. They asked that the police be called in
so that they could
address the war veterans in the presence of police
officers. However, the
police refused to attend to the scene.
Cross personnel left the farm soon after and the war veterans
demand that Mr. Kockott should sit down with his workers and
the hour (i.e. by 4pm), retrenchment packages. However, Mr.
to give in to their demands and informed them that
Agricultural Plantation Workers Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ) and
Employment Council (NEC) officials were expected on the farm to
The problems intensified Friday with other farmers
being barricaded in. On
Leith Bray's Meldon Farm a group of war veterans have
homestead completely and are trying to break into the house.
Mr and Mrs Bray
are in an end room and are in radio contact. The war veterans
pushed cattle into the Bray's security fence.
has settled down on the Dawson's Kemasembi Farm. According to
the group of about 45 - 50 people has now moved off and two
were at lunch time speaking to the NEC. Earlier, members of
the group had
held hostage Simon's brother Timothy for four hours during
which they pushed
him around and threatened him. They also let the air out
of the tires on his
vehicle to prevent him from getting away. He did not
All the farmers are currently in the process of grading tobacco
they should be able to do as they have High court orders allowing
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We managed to sneak Podge, Mike and Stuart out through a back
road with Howard Champ's help. Lucky the house is almost up against Howard's
boundary. I think Cannon was more than relieved to get his new pickup out - that
will teach him to react to a call for help in the new one. The mob at the top of
the road spied them leaving and came running towards the house. They wanted to
know why thay had not driven out the proper way so we said that we that since
the gate was wired up this morning, we could not be sure. Anyway, the crowd then
stayed on but outside the fence. At 2.45 they found a way into the fence - not
difficult, there are holes. They came and asked to speak nicely. We got the full
confession of how sorry they were etc etc etc etc. Eventually we were told they
were being kicked out of the compound, had nowhere to go, needed money. To cut a
long story short, I had to give them a letter stating our proposal that we sit
down and talk after NEC, GAPWUZ and ALB (all the unions which do our collective
bargaining) team had been here - they have promised to come on Monday. I stated
that we would not enter into discussions with warvets or anyone not in the
workforce and that we would terminate any discussion that got violent or tried
extortion and that we demanded to be allowed to come and go freely over the
weekend. What I actually said was "I expect to be able to conduct my life in a
normal fashion this weekend and not be confined to my homestead." I let them
read the unsigned draft said they were to discuss it and raise any questions.
Josiah read it out loud as "I expect to be able to conduct my
wife in a normal fashion this weekend" and
then translated it as such. They all solemnly agreed but Heaven knows what they
think it means.
The questions they raised were:
1. When they were going to get paid? After the NEC
consultation and our discussion.
2. How would they find us if we skipped without paying? By
phoning Jeff or HO.
3. If we did not believe the farm had been taken away form us,
would we like the DA to come and explain? No.
4. If they were kicked out before Monday, what about payment?
Not on a Saturday or Sunday or without the Unions?
They also said they had no food. I made the mistake of saying
we would organise some maize for tonight if they all pissed off back to the
compound. By doing so I put Jeff in a spot because we got the maize from him.
The deal was supposed to be that our driver would fetch it. I watched helplessly
as the flipping warvets got on the vehicle when it drove out the fence. Jeff
used his head and took the maize to meet them but they have promised him a visit
tomorrow and thats all because I gave in. I feel terrible. To make matters worse
the maize was not dropped at the compound, it was brought here and we have the
crowd at the gate for the night. There is a drum banging session on now with not
much variation in tune. The horrid thing is that they are all being forced to
smoke huge cheroots of pot - we could see our main guys made to sit in a line in
front being handed the zols. Before Issof left we had got a signed undertaking
from them which read "People are not after fighting. Gates will be opened.
Brothers and relatives can come in the house." The bloody dogs you gave me, Dave
Penny, have not barked once!!
Leith and Debs had to get out this evening. They live in a
thatched house and after the DA arrived to harangue them, and Leith got involved
in a scuffle, they drove out. Podge had got into their house at some stage
(don't know how he managed it.) Debs said she gave the DA a final "Maita basa"
(thank you for a job well done) as she drove past him. Podge got them to sign a
note that said they wouldn't touch anything. I don't suppose it will mean
I am not watching Parkinson on BBC Prime because I wanted to
finish this e-mail so I hope you all realise how important you
I have never taken a sleeping pill, nor am I deaf but I see
some merit in both this evening.SK
Friday, 13 September, 2002, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
Retired judge held in Zimbabwe
Judges have overturned government
Zimbabwean police have arrested a 65-year-old former judge
who earlier this year sentenced a government minister to a jail term.
Retired high court judge Fergus Blackie was arrested at four o'clock on
Friday morning at his home, according to friends of the family.
The arrest is the latest incident in a series of conflicts between the
government of President Robert Mugabe and the judiciary.
Judges have overturned government decisions on the media and the land
resettlement programme, to the anger of ministers.
Seven judges have resigned or retired early from the bench in the last 15
months, and there is only one white judge left in the high court.
Twelve white farmers were also reported to have been arrested in the southern
area of Chiredzi on Friday for defying eviction orders requiring them to leave
On the same day, the government gazette published new regulations on land
resettlement which are intended to speed up the process of land redistribution.
The arrested judge came into conflict with the government on 18 July, the day
of his retirement from the high court.
He sentenced the Justice Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, to three months in
prison and fined him 50,000 Zimbabwe dollars ($900) for contempt of court.
The sentence was later overturned on appeal.
The Information Minister called the judge a
Information Minister Jonathan Moyo accused the judge of racism after the
verdict against his fellow minister.
Former Justice Blackie has been detained in connection with a fraud case in
which he quashed the conviction of a white woman convicted of stealing from her
The South African press agency reported that the judge is said to have
overturned the conviction against the woman without consulting the black judge
who sat with him in the case.
No charges have been laid against Mr Blackie.
The white farmers' support group Justice for Agriculture (JAG) said on Friday
that 12 white farmers in the Chiredzi district in the south of the country had
been arrested for defying eviction orders that required them to leave the farm.
John Worswick of JAG said that the men, all sugar farmers, were likely to be
held over the weekend, according to the French news agency, AFP.
Farmers have faced eviction and
He added that all 12 were planning to challenge the eviction orders.
The government is attempting to speed up the evictions of white farmers.
The government gazette on Friday published new regulations to make it easier
to seize land.
The proposed new measures, which parliament is likely to debate next week,
cut the time given to farmers to leave farms from 90 down to seven days and
increase fines for defying orders from 20,000 to 100,000 Zimbabwe dollars
John Worswick of JAG said that farmers knew of the new proposals and would
challenge them in court if they are passed by parliament.
IMF starts process to suspend Zimbabwe
Reuters, 09.13.02, 6:01
By Mark Egan
WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The
International Monetary Fund began the
formal process of suspending Zimbabwe's
membership for failing to repay
millions of dollars in arrears, threatening
to further isolate the African
The move was largely expected
after the lender put Zimbabwe on notice in
June that it could lose its
privileges as an IMF member for unpaid arrears.
The World Bank is expected to
take the IMF's lead and discuss whether to
strike Zimbabwe from its ranks on
According to the latest data available, the African nation has
in arrears to the IMF. Another $186 million is due to be paid
and the end of 2006.
"Today's board decision initiates the
process that could lead to the
suspension of Zimbabwe's voting and related
rights in the fund," the IMF
said in a statement.
Noting a worsening
economic situation and a looming food crisis, the IMF
urged Zimbabwe to take
action to restore economic stability and to promptly
repay its IMF debt.
Under IMF procedures, the nation now has up to six
months to repay its
arrears or face expulsion.
Should Zimbabwe lose its IMF rights, it will
join a small club of countries
that have faced such a fate -- Iraq, Liberia,
Somalia and Sudan. Afghanistan
has IMF arrears, but that liability is
expected to be cleared once it
resumes full membership.
warned that Zimbabwe's expulsion from the IMF would
Harare to the economic doldrums in the face of acute
shortages of foreign
currency to buy fuel and import essential raw
Expulsion from the IMF and World Bank would deprive the country
loans to alleviate poverty and reform an impoverished and
Zimbabwe has been rebuked for its
controversial policy of redistributing
land by taking it from white
At the recent Earth Summit in Johannesburg, Mugabe invoked
socialist principles in refusing to consider devaluing
The currency trades on the black market at one-twelfth of
its official rate.
The distortion is so large that analysts estimate 80
percent of basic foods
are now bought and sold at the black market rate.
Inflation is expected to
reach 150 percent by December.
The nation was
once known as Southern Africa's breadbasket, but now six
million of its 14
million population face famine. An estimated two million
become economic refugees in South Africa and other
Copyright 2002, Reuters News Service
COMMERCIAL FARMERS' UNION
Farm Invasions And Security Report
report does not purport to cover all the incidents that are taking
the commercial farming areas. Communication problems and the fear
reprisals prevent farmers from reporting all that happens. Farmers
and in some cases farm names, are omitted to minimise the risk
Middle Save - The farmers
with Section 8's are still off their farms. The
reaping of wheat is due to
start in the next week.
Chipinge - After a terrible incident at their
offices, the owners of
Chipinge Diesel have opened their garage again.
Farmers are still off their
Burma Valley - All appears to be quiet
in the area.
Mutare - There has been an increase in theft of irrigation
Odzi - All is quiet, and everyone is farming.
Nyazura - Clare
Farm reports "war vets" want to break down the shed where
maize is stored for
the labour. GMB have already taken some of the maize
and left the rest in
the shed for the workers.
Nyanga - On 07.09.02, a farmer was told to get off
his property by the
Police. The owner went to see the DA who was then told
that his offer had
Rusape - All appears to be
Headlands - four farms this week suffered work stoppages. The
demands their packages, but also to continue working after they have
paid. NEC, ZFTU, Ministry of Labour and the Police were brought in
resolve these issues. They explained to the workers that unless the farm
shutdown they would not receive their packages.
No report received.
there was a house break-in by three men, one of who was armed
revolver. An elderly person was assaulted, and a TV, microwave,
three shotguns stolen, with one firearm later recovered. Another
returned from leave to find his foreman had his arm broken and the
were denied grazing and water for a week. Five dry cows died
starvation. The foreman was prevented from reporting this.
once they were advised. One farmer had 1000 acres of grazing
farmer had his dairy storeroom broken into and 100 bags of dairy
on to the floor. One farmer had fencing standards and gates
at ZW$ 1.4 million.
Marondera - One farmer was asked to report to the Police
090.09.02 for contravening his Section 8 but the Public Prosecutor
case out of court. The Police picked up one farmer on 07.09.02,
he was later released and asked to appear in court on 09.09.02:
unknown at this time. One farmer was asked to report to the Police
with his High Court papers showing his Section 8 had been
Wedza - three farmers were asked to report to the Police station.
farmer received a letter from the Lands Office stating he could
with his wheat until 09.011.02, and he was allowed back to the
Another farmer was in receipt of a letter from the Lands office stating
must downsize to 200 ha and he was allowed to return to the farm. The
farmer who had already downsized had to appear in court as his cattle
still on the farm as his 400 ha had not yet been demarcated, but the
Prosecutor threw out the case.
Karoi - Quiet this morning 12.09.02. Good police
reaction. Plenty of
hassle in the farm village and strikes are ongoing. One
farmer is trapped
in his house because of SI6. 25 farmers stopped farming in
this area. A car
was stolen from a woman in Karoi.
Banket - Work stoppages
occurred on four farms in Banket: Doondoo Farm
Templeton Ranch, Mariandale
Farm and Sholiver Farm. These farms have only
received a Section 5 but the
workers demand their retrenchment packages. As
many as 50 farmers are off
their farms in the Trelawney, Darwendale and
Ayrshire - the
Erewhom Farm owner was told to vacate her house.
Chinhoyi - Farmers are still
being evicted off their farms. On 11.09.02
Natalia Farm and Magonde Farm
owners were given 24 hours to leave their
homesteads. An armed robbery took
place in town with one weapon and
ammunition stolen. Labour hassles ongoing
with Zanu PF officials used to
intimidate and extort from farmers.
- three farmers were thrown off their farms over the weekend.
(Ayrshire) - Grading is ongoing but there is less than a month
people have been barricaded into their houses. Less than 25% of
left. The Ayrshire Club staff was given their packages
11.09.02 and the
Ayrshire Club is closed. The settlers want to take it
over. It is no longer
viable. To be a member now would cost $100 000 per
annum with the present
Karoi - In Karoi at the Cochranes' farm, "blackboots" were
deployed and the
scene is quiet there. The pressure for SI6 packages is
spreading like wildfire. There is little hope of normality. A
was knocked to the ground in Karoi Town and had her car keys
taken from her.
Pursuit commenced and +- 300 people allowed the robber to get
to the Zanu PF
offices where he is held up.
Chinhoyi - three farmers who
were consulting with the NEC in Chinhoyi were
made to go to the Zanu PF
offices and sign documents to say they would pay
The Kapenta Workers Union (KWUZ) affiliated to the ZFTU are sending
stop s to
fishermen and trying to get them to sign "amount to be deducted".
This is a
matter of considerable concern within the kapenta industry. Any
costs will obviously be handed on to the customers making kapenta
Trelawney/Darwendale - four farmers were asked to
leave their farms by
08.09.02. At Hendra Farm the owner was given a "one
accompanied by an A1 Settler by the name of Gombo, and two ZRP
officers: Murongori and Chikowbera. The OIC of Darwendale Police
states his orders come from Norton and if he does not carry them out,
will lose his job.
Tredar Security Report For
Clydesdale Farm had theft of a water pump
from a pump house. Nothing was
recovered. At Glen Athol Farm four accused
were arrested for netting. They
had 4x50 m net and 5 kg of fish. Accused
were handed over to Banket Police.
At Riverhead Farm two accused were
arrested for netting. They had 1x50 m
net and 1 x 100 m net. The accused
were handed over to Banket Police.
Samos Farm suffered theft of a Lister
Engine from the borehole. Nothing
recovered. Musonzoa Farm had theft of 3 x
100 Amps MCB, 4 x timers, 1 x
main switchbox from the pump house, the total
valued at ZW$ 2 million.
Nothing was recovered. Mgwaco Farm had theft of a 5
HP electric motor
valued at ZW$ 200 000 from the pump house. Nothing
Farm suffered theft of a 20 HP electric motor valued at
ZW$ 150 000 from the
pump house. Nothing recovered. Bickleighvale Farm had
theft of an angle
grinder from the workshop. Nothing recovered. Clonsilla
Farm saw theft of
a 30 HP electric motor and switchboard from the dam.
Marrasino Farm suffered theft of a black purse containing
ZW$ 60 000, which
was a retrenchment package for one of the woman labour who
had been paid.
One suspect was picked up. Nothing recovered. Euthopia Farm
had theft of
2x5 litres of EDB chemical from a storeroom. Nothing was
Doma - at Tevrede Farm on 07.09.02, the owner was paying his
Gapwuz present. A Major Mbweni arrived in a Gaza Driving School
whereupon he and the owner of the driving school incited the labour
take the packages. The crowd killed a sheep and broke into the
store. When the police arrived, they had to wait for the Major to
his portion of the spoils. Before leaving, the two tampered with
farmer's belongings, which are packed up. A Doctor Mwiri who is a
from Chinhoyi, subsequently arrived and threatened to cut the fence,
a plot on the farm. Today Monday the owner is barricaded in his
Tengwe - All 27 farmers in receipt of Section 8 s are off farm due
eviction s by ZRP, with the deadline being Sunday 08.09.02, 14.00 hrs.
did a complete evacuation. At Mchowe Pool Farm settlers cut the
gates, entered the workshop area and put on their own padlock. The
are not present because of a Section 8 eviction by the ZRP. 85% of
grazing is now burnt and there is pressure for livestock to be moved.
have instructed no grading of tobacco to take place on Section 8
have allowed labour to continue with domestic, livestock and
seedbeds. The Sapi Valley Farm owner was barricaded in by labour
08.09.02. Police refused to assist and said it was a labour issue.
came to assist him but their vehicles were stoned so they
Eventually he cut his own fence and left. There is pressure on
farms from A2 settlers for farmers to move off their properties.
insisting that all property left behind is
Masvingo East and Central - the Chidza Farm owner was
harassed at a
roadblock concerning his licences for his two-way radios (old
and their authenticity. The radios were confiscated and the
licences demanded. Owner then had to return to the Police Station
following day and told the radios had been misplaced! (This occurred on
weekend of 08.09.02.) Eventually radios were located and handed back
owner. Owner also reports ongoing escalation of people moving onto
New fencing has been stolen. The Mayo Farm owner reports an
fires and settlers burning whatever they can on the farm. The
Court officially returned this farm back to the owner.
/ Chatsworth - The Nuwejaar Farm owner was told the Chief Evaluation
visited three properties on 10.09.02. Three Dairy cattle were
the weekend of 07.09.02, however one has since been recovered.
another three dairy cattle were stolen. Welvaart Farm reports
stolen over the weekend of 07.09.02. A farm owner faced
settlers, threatening to trash his home and demanding
livestock be removed
from the property. Another farm owner presently off
the farm, heard reports
his labour was told to leave the farm on 09.08.02 by
six officials in a
Police land rover. Three labourers were beaten up. He
went to court for
contravening a Section 8, which was thrown out by the
returned to the farm. In general, it has been noted with
concern that some
officials are taking papers off farmers when shown proof
of their situation
i.e. Section 8s have not matured, deals made through the
that are officially accepted and endorsed etc. Once the
papers are taken,
they are put into officials' pockets and "innocence" is
claimed they have
never seen any paperwork concerning that property.
Mwenezi - Battlefields
Ranch suffers continued cutting and stealing of
fences. One Giraffe and One
Kudu poached again. On Marcon Ranch Mr. Mutema
from Nyika (who owns half of
Nyika) moved two loads of communal cattle from
Nyika, which is adjacent to
where Foot and Mouth disease has broken out and
placed under quarantine, on
to the ranch and into the Lowveld. Owner reports
33 head of cattle have been
Chiredzi - the Wasarsara Ranch owner reports eight cattle are
the last three days. On the evening of 11.09.02, a break in to
garden was reported. Vegetables and fruit were removed. It is
this is driven by hunger. The Eaglemont Ranch owner reports that
the hunger in the area poaching of wildlife is escalating rapidly.
continues for much longer the wildlife will be decimated and the next
will be on the cattle.
Save Conservancy - Poaching and snaring
The general situation remains
relatively peaceful, with most farmers with
Section 8 s reaching some
understanding, through negotiation, with their
Committees. This has been assured, either directly
and/or with support from
the Governor, Chief Lands Officer and/or liaison
representatives in Kwekwe
and Gweru. This state of affairs was confirmed as
a result of a visit to the
Governor's office on Friday, where he indicated
that a Police report in his
possession made reference to the fact that, out
of a total of ±228 farms in
the Midlands, served with Section 8 s, ±219 had
responded conclusively to
date. Meanwhile, as a result of such examples,
word has been put out to
farmers that anyone in possession of section 8 s,
who has not initiated or
concluded negotiations with the District/Provincial
Land Committees, should
promptly do so.
A farmer on Happyvale farm in the Somabhula area
filed a report with the
Gweru Rural Police office in connection with the
snaring of 3 beef cattle as
well as the suspected poisoning of 3 others. In a
separate report, he has
drawn attention to the lighting of fires on both the
property as well as an adjacent farm and to the incidence of
in the headwaters of the Amapongokwe Dam (a major contributor
to the Gweru
City water supply) arising from indiscriminate tree felling,
fires and clearing of land for cultivation. It can be reported
that there is
a general increase in the incidence of veldt fires in the
Somabhula area as
the new settlers pay little heed to containing these fires
as they clear
their lands for cultivation. No reports have been received from
at this time.
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ZIMBABWE: THE WAY
THE ZIMBABWE CRISIS AND THE WAY FORWARD.
Remarks by Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai,
President of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
Mass Public Opinion Seminar,
Harare Sheraton Hotel.
September 9 2002.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The dimensions of the Zimbabwe crisis are mutating and
seemingly becoming more pervasive throughout every aspect of our political,
economic and social life. The regime has consolidated all its arsenal to defend
personal privileges. So that to the ordinary Zimbabwean citizen and
international observer, the forces of democracy have become even more embattled,
more beleaguered than at any time in the past three years. But the democratic
forces have remained resilient and will ultimately weather the storm of tyranny.
The old adage still holds: The darkest hour is before dawn. The regime has
expended all its resources of tyranny and the will of the people shall prevail.
However in the context of this onslaught, there are some fundamental questions,
which every Zimbabwean democrat and democratic forces are asking:
- Has the democratic movement in Zimbabwe hit a brick wall or is it in a
cul de sac?
- Are we in retreat in the face of this determined tyrannical onslaught?
- Are we in a state of paralysis?
- In which particular direction are the forces of democratic change moving?
- And finally, does the stolen presidential election represent new and
qualitatively different circumstances and challenges, which call for alternative
The answers to these fundamental questions define and condition
our agenda for action now and in the future.
The majority of Zimbabweans looked towards the aftermath of the
presidential poll with rekindled hope. They expected to experience positively
changed circumstances in their economic, political and social lives. They
expected that the aftermath of the presidential poll would present them with
boundless opportunities to forge a new and more enduring political culture. They
yearned for a period of national healing, in which the nation could come to
terms with its traumatic experience and devise strategies to handle the
political demons of the past three years in a mature and constructive way that
would permanently vaccinate against future relapses into tyrannical evil and
darkness. So, to many Zimbabweans, the stolen presidential election had a much
more devastating effect than any physical catastrophe could ever have achieved.
It was a shattering setback for change.
All the visions and hopes for a new democratic political
dispensation appeared shattered by the stolen presidential poll. The cherished
agenda for a new democratic political dispensation and political culture
appeared to have been negatively re-written through sustained state terror and
However, this did not kill people’s hope for change.
In the context of this derailment from the preferred course of
deliberate and positive change, where are we now and where are we going? In
order to chart an effective path for the future, we have to have an accurate
picture of where we are. There is absolutely no doubt that in the aftermath of
March 2002, we are in the middle of a ferocious struggle against the massive
forces of a qualitatively different and more dangerous form of tyranny. At
independence in 1980, the people of Zimbabwe regained their national sovereignty
and with it, albeit theoretically, their basic freedoms and national
independence. Tragically since 1980, the Mugabe regime has been encroaching on
both national sovereignty and the people’s basic freedoms. The stolen
presidential election completed this negative process of change. Today we
therefore face vastly changed political circumstances without precedent in our
history of independence. The process of subverting and ultimately neutralising
of the people’s sovereignty has been completed. The people are no longer
sovereign and basic freedoms have been abolished. The Mugabe regime has
redefined national sovereignty to mean that Mugabe is now sovereign. He has
become a benevolent dictator who grants and withdraws basic freedoms according
to the whims of his temper.
People’s basic freedoms are now under quarantine, there are
confined to a political arena that has been effectively shrunk. Through the
effective closure of democratic space, people have been violently forced to
depart from democratic political activity into prescribed spaces defined and
created by the dictatorship. The will of the people as expressed through their
representatives in the legislature has been subverted. One absolute ruler now
wields the functions of the judiciary and law enforcement agencies. Mugabe’s
will is violently rendered the will of the people. The fusion of the three
pillars of state, i.e. the executive, the judiciary and the legislature, has
resulted in the obliteration of the last vestiges of a civilian administration.
This is a veritable coup de’ tat against the regime’s own shoddy constitution
that is in place. Therefore, what confronts us in Zimbabwe today is an absolute
dictator presiding over a civil-military junta and imposing an illegitimate
government on the people. So the new and lived reality in Zimbabwe today is that
after a long and bloody protracted struggle, Mugabe has completed putting in
place a repressive infrastructure to become an absolute monarch, presiding over
a totalitarian state.
This new situation gives rise to two further fundamental
- Have the democratic forces lost the struggle for democratic freedom?
- Are the conventional methods of democratic struggle still relevant in the
Before answering these questions, let me complete the picture
of where we are today. The total emasculation of people’s political power has
been complemented by another strategy to reduce the majority of the population
economically to the level of Stone Age scavengers available for manipulation and
abuse by Mugabe and his cronies.
At the level of the economy, the impact of totalitarianism has
been devastating. The collapse of the delivery systems for health, education,
other social services and material commodities is almost complete. National
economic output has declined by 11% down from 9% in December 2001. Cereal
production in general and maize production in particular has declined by 69% and
77% respectively on the 2000/2001 production levels. The national currency has
been eroding at a fast rate than the regime can print the money; spending on
vital services such as health and education has dwindled while the associated
costs to the individual have risen astronomically to 2106% and 857%
respectively. The HIV/Aids pandemic is devastating the nation and the regime has
no resources to bring about relief. About 81% of the people are now living below
the Poverty Datum Line (PDL) and the unemployment rate of economically active
people is equally high. The young section of the population entering the job
market for the first time has been hit hardest. For instance there are no jobs
available for the over 4000 graduates who graduated from our national
universities this year. Although spending on the army and police has increased
by leaps and bounds, this has not even resulted in any meaningful efficiency in
the professional standing of these national forces. The conditions of service of
the ordinary soldier and policeman have actually deteriorated, while the officer
corps has cornered the major portion of the budgetary allocations for their
personal comforts. Hunger and starvation are decimating the nation especially
the more vulnerable rural communities with few alternatives for survival. Entire
rural communities are being denied food and subjected to an incessant regime of
political violence, because they steadfastly refuse to submit to Mugabe’s
tyranny. The run-up to the local government elections has seen violence and
denial of food relief as the most lethal weapons in the regime’s bid to snuff
out any remaining vestiges of the people’s democratic rights.
What this means is that the regime’s war against people’s
democratic rights is neatly dovetailing into an onslaught on the peoples’ last
survival refuge, i.e. the deliberate destruction and denial of the people’s
means of sustenance. As we all know, poverty defeats all possibilities. In the
final analysis, the regime’s comprehensive strategy is to weaken the population
both economically and politically and render them totally defenceless against
the designs of tyrannical rule.
The battle lines between the people and the dictatorship have
never been more sharply and profoundly drawn. In this combative equation, the
biggest threat to Mugabe’s absolutism is the people’s refusal to be crushed and
their stubborn determination to resist.
WHICH IS THE WAY FORWARD?
We remain resolute in our conviction that the illegitimate
Mugabe regime shall not be allowed to consolidate and make its fraud permanent.
The people must and will reclaim their stolen victory. As a nation born out of a
revolution we know that freedom comes at a price and we have absolutely no
intention of letting the dictator hold the nation to ransom and in shackles
As a political party, which believes in peace and democracy
rather than violent confrontation, immediately after the stolen presidential
poll, we accepted an invitation from Nigeria and South Africa to give dialogue a
chance. We entered into negotiations with ZANU PF even though we knew from the
beginning that the regime regarded the whole exercise as strategy to buy time
and assuage people and that both Nigeria and South Africa were more interested
in managing the crisis rather than its resolution. So from the very beginning
there were no ingredients for the talks to succeed. Whatever the future holds
Zimbabweans and history will absolve us.
We face vastly changed circumstances from those that confronted
us before the stolen presidential election, but it is important to emphasize
that the democratic movement is neither in retreat nor paralysis. The struggle
for freedom under these changed circumstances has just begun. The illegitimate
Mugabe regime is on the run. We must now employ qualitatively different methods
of struggle from the ones that won us the 2002 presidential elections. Within
the MDC, this new phase of the struggle has already started. As a political
party, since our arrival on the Zimbabwean political landscape, we had never had
ample opportunity to put in place solid and purposive structures to enable us to
enter the political fray and come out triumphant. The process of party building
went hand–in-hand with real political combat on the ground during the
parliamentary elections in June 2000, the presidential elections in March 2002
and during the various local government victories that we registered. The
violent onslaught by ZANU PF found our structures in a state of infancy, but we
survived. We fought battles while simultaneously building the party and we
survived. Our first major task was to reorganise and strengthen the party. That
programme was completed at the end of August 2002 and we are ready to go into
mortal combat against the illegitimate regime.
The starting point of our new struggle must be rooted in our
history. We must go back to the noble ideals of the liberation struggle, which
have been prostituted and monopolized by the illegitimate Mugabe regime. We must
re-dedicate ourselves to the unflinching quest for justice, freedom, peace,
prosperity and the restoration of the supremacy of the sovereign will of the
people. These are the ideals of the liberation movement abandoned by the Mugabe
regime, which have now come to describe the inner soul of the MDC. This
rededication calls for new strategies to galvanise the people of Zimbabwe to
confront the dictatorship wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head.
In the ferocious struggle that lies ahead, the MDC must undergo
a period of rebirth or renewal. It must go back to its roots, to its cradle, to
its base. As a Social Democratic Party we believe in the strength of purposive
unity of all progressive social forces. The coming mass storm against tyranny
must obliterate all artificial and tactical strategies among the MDC, the labour
movement, the civic organizations and the constitutional movement in order to
forge a purposive alliance for a PEOPLE’S STORM in a final confrontation
with autocracy. We must reach out to all the progressive forces in society, such
as the Church organisations, which share with us the same values of democracy,
peace, good governance and human rights. Each of the components of the
PEOPLE’S STORM must build certain purposive competences, with the
participation of the people of Zimbabwe, competences that will lead to the last
push on the corrupt and dictatorial regime that has relied on raw power to
subjugate the people. The culture of democratic activism and instinctive
resistance to tyranny must be continuously cultivated.
The question that many of you are burning to ask is whether
mass action is still on the agenda. My answer is that, we shall never acquiesce
to tyranny. The Mugabe regime has been busy over the past few months preparing a
fertile ground for an unavoidable and unstoppable show of people’s power. The
momentum for this is being generated daily by the regime’s actions. We are
impelled by circumstances to move inexorably in that direction. But this does
not call for adventurism, the temptation to which must be resisted at all costs.
During periods of crisis such as the one we are experiencing, frustration at the
seemingly slow pace of events and overall change, might tempt some sections of
the broad democratic movement to abandon the common strategy and vision and come
up with sectional programmes that may appear to hold the key to the resolution
of the crisis, leading to the abandonment of a common platform for the struggle
and the corresponding weakening of the democratic front. There may be a mistaken
view that there could be other alternative visions out there when it seems that
the present shared vision is taking too long to accomplish. Such individual
adventurism is a negative force in the process of amalgamating and harnessing
people’s power. It feeds on all efforts to galvanise a united people’s front
against tyranny. We must all synchronise and consolidate our efforts in a final
show down against autocracy. Whatever action we take must be strategically
calculated to yield the desired results. There can no room for failure or
rearguard remedial action.
We are aware that the Mugabe regime is putting in place
strategies to divide the united stand of all the democratic forces in the
country through such diabolical schemes as the so-called government of national
unity or GNU in order to avoid an election re-run and compromise the people’s
desire to reclaim their stolen victory. The systematic brutalisation of the
democratic forces that has been sustained since the stolen presidential election
is part of a grand strategy to weaken the opposition and ultimately swallow it
through the so-called government of national unity. To the concept of a GNU our
answer has not changed. We say NO to any attempt to expand and legitimise
fraud. We remain unshaken in our conviction that the only way out of the present
crisis is through a fresh free and fair presidential poll under international
supervision. On that score there can be no compromise or surrender. We are also
aware that the regime intends to imprison or drive into exile a certain number
of MDC legislators in order to enable it to achieve a two-thirds majority in
parliament and thereby facilitate a change in the current constitution to enable
Mugabe to slide into oblivion without the need for a fresh presidential poll as
mandated by the current constitution. Our response to that ruse is quite
predictable. The people will massively resist any illegitimate tampering with
We shall never allow the political proceeds from fraud to be
inherited by Mugabe’s handpicked successor.
Some people may wondering why we still take part in elections
in view of the fact that they are routinely rigged and as such, continued
participation in the electoral charade exposes people to physical danger and
demoralisation. Yes elections have yielded death and destruction, but we cannot
abandon them. Elections are part and parcel of our broad strategy to remove
Mugabe from power. As a democratic movement, which believes in the creation of
an enduring democratic culture in the country, we value the democratic educative
value of elections. They are an essential component of our national political
curricula and political practice to build a democratic culture. However, should
we decide in the long run that this route has run its course, then we will have
to devise other effective non-violent modes of political combat. But this will
mean that the people are organized to the strength of an unshakeable bundle.
Such an alternative course of action must be sustainable. It cannot meaningfully
be just an angry knee-jerk reaction with no chance of successfully withstanding
the inevitable onslaught from the dictatorial regime. Mugabe has already
declared that he is ready to shed more blood in order to remain in power, so
again in this scenario, adventurism could be counterproductive. Casualties on
Zimbabwean citizens must avoided or minimized. This calls for the leadership of
all the democratic forces to be responsible and minimize chaos.
The final choice on when to change course, strategy and tactics
might not necessarily lie with the formal structures of the organised democratic
movements. It must be remembered that over the past three years it is the MDC,
which has kept the peace in the face of a sustained regime of state terror and
violence. After the March 2002 presidential poll, during the politically charged
and explosive atmosphere that engulfed the nation, we counselled restraint when
people were ready to mount barricades and go into the trenches. As a political
party we chose the legal route in challenging Mugabe’s electoral fraud, as a
practical demonstration of our sincerity in the quest for peace even though the
regime was taunting us to take up arms. And this is also why we have always had
a peaceful political solution to the crisis, i.e. a re-run of the presidential
poll under internationally supervised free and fair conditions, rather than a
call to arms. We have therefore acted as a restraining force on the people to
desist from confronting violence with violence. But now we have reached a stage
whereby it may no longer be possible to keep the lead on. The people are angry.
They being battered, murdered, raped, tortured and brutalised on a daily basis
with no end in sight. Whatever happens from now on is entirely the regime’s
responsibility. The people cannot take it any longer.
So the launching pad to reclaim our stolen victory must be the
immediate strengthening and consolidation of all the democratic forces in the
country. Our goal remains the speedy installation of an MDC government.
However we realize that dictatorship is not simply an internal
problem. Rather it is a regional, continental and international problem. The
denial of a democratic entitlement to good governance is a recognised
international problem, which in many circumstances before our own predicament,
has jogged the conscience of the international community and has routinely
jolted it into action. Murder, crimes against humanity and the systematic
violation of human rights are international problems and so is the deliberate
sabotage of sustainable development.
We therefore call upon all progressive forces in the region and
the continent to rise up to the Mugabe outrage. Mugabe’s dictatorial project
points to nobody’s future. It undermines collective efforts at regional and
continental advance. We call upon the SADC region to be steadfast and resolutely
confront the Mugabe tyranny. We call upon President Mbeki to rise up and assume
the regional leadership for which we have waited for so long. We wish to remind
him that the resolution of the Zimbabwe crisis is not altruistic, but it is for
the common good of all of us. We call upon President Obasanjo of Nigeria to show
the same kind of resolve that he demonstrated when confronting evil in his own
country. To the Commonwealth, we ask for increased political and diplomatic
pressure on the Mugabe regime. Most importantly, the United Nations should not
remain on the sidelines, when crimes against humanity are being committed by
this brutal, corrupt and murderous regime. To the rest of the international
community, we say: we cherish your past support, please remain with us as we
walk the last mile towards our freedom.
I hold no brief from Mugabe, but his standpoint, like that of
all bloody dictators is simple to grasp: All democratic forces that dare
challenge his autocracy must be literally killed or slaughtered. This is what he
considers to be the final solution to all the democratic challenges to his
illegitimacy. I have a message for him from all the democratic forces in
You cannot destroy an idea that defines the people’s preferred
circumstances and conditions of living. Your bullets cannot stop the tide of
change. Bloodshed from an illegitimate regime can never, and in history has
never, neutralized the potency of change that has to happen.
Finally, my message to my fellow Zimbabwe remains very simple.
Freedom is not free. As that illustrious son of Africa, Nelson Mandela
prophetically said all those years ago: There is no easy walk to freedom. Fellow
Zimbabweans, the remainder of the path to our freedom is still littered with
skeletons and splashed with the blood of innocent people. Lets soldier on with
courage and determination.
I thank you.
Congress - National Federation of Woman's Institutes of Zimbabwe
- Great Ndaba Room
- Tuesday 10th September 2002
Jenni Williams - Justice for Agriculture Spokesperson
(Please note that in accepting to speak at this function I was
avoid controversial issues)
I am proud to have been asked
to officially open this the 75th annual
Congress of the National Federation
of Woman's Institutes.
In my view, women of substance such as yourselves
are the new heroines of
Zimbabwe. Together, we have the energy and enthusiasm
that can bring about a
transformation and a renewal in our beloved land... it
is a worthy goal and
one that we must concentrate our energy on for the well
being of our
families and the nation as a whole.
I am not an opera
lover but the old saying goes... 'IT A'INT OVER TILL THE
FAT LADY SINGS', is
relevant here. I believe that our role is to ensure that
woman's voices are
heard throughout Zimbabwe, from the remote rural
dwellings to the urban
centres. The fat lady I speak about is in my minds
A woman sitting in her village surrounded by happy and
healthy children, her
granaries full, she is content, has a future and is
secure. The sun is
shinning, she has adequate water closeby and the
livestock, chickens, cows
and goats are also well tendered and healthy. She
begins to sing because she
is happy and fulfilled in her role as mother, wife
and producer of a good
harvest. She sings about soft rains falling on her
fields and about her
hopes and dreams for her older children who have moved
into the city to
further their education. She is by nature very feminine BUT
I paint an idealistic scene here, but life is all
about moving daily towards
an ideal existence. As you return home today and
ponder your future, please
remember that IT A'INT OVER TILL THE FAT LADY
SINGS LOUD AND CLEARLY IN
I have kept this picture in my
mind over the last few months. It is my
source of inspiration as I carrying
out my daily duties some of which are
very stressful.... It gives me the
energy to carry on because I believe that
we are bound in one great family
...a sisterhood and yes, a brotherhood. We
are a family of Zimbabweans and
Together..... As one nation, we can meet any challenge,
create unity where
it is lacking but also learn to rejoice in our divergent
To reach a high level of what I call 'interstanding' we must
first get to
know each other's cultures; it will be the most fascinating
embark upon... find out about totems, extended family concepts
that form the
basis of African culture.
Appreciate each other's
concerns and needs, share ideas and come up with a
colourful new pattern that
is a tapestry of Zimbabwe... We can be the envy
of the whole world...and
believe me the world is watching closely to see if
we can solve our own
Lets not fool ourselves...families do have squabbles and
times of testing
but at the end of the day the ties that bind us and our
collective needs and
wants are greater than our differences.
land, our Zimbabwe ... blessed with abundant gifts and as women we
remain constantly in an 'attitude of gratitude' for the gifts of
Nature which we respect and safeguard.
One of the most testing issues
women of all races have been faced with in
modern day Zimbabwe is the issue
of gender equality. It always amazes me
that some 'men born of women' still
actively seek to suppress the feminine
To those men I say ' We,
the women of Zimbabwe bring balance to a male
dominated world, we are by
nature practical, opposed to violent means to
resolve conflicts and our soft
touch can soothe a child who is hurt or calm
a board room of angry
We must in the words of Virgil 'Be favourable to bold new
need to reinvent ourselves on a daily basis.
that computer course and get training in various disciplines so that we
not left out of decision making forums...not excluded from the
world. Start that new business, insist that banks give us that
begin a new venture...be tenacious and strong willed when it
declaring ourselves and our plans for advancement.
courage from the fact that most women, from housewives to secretaries
parliamentarians, strive to become great achievers. In some cases they
to overachieve to be recognised......
Three of the greatest world leaders
since World War Two have been women:
Golda Meir of Israel, Indira Ghandi of
India and Margaret Thatcher. These
women seized the opportunities presented
to them, they were courageous and
they valued life and made tremendous
sacrifices for the good of fellow
citizens... They saw the bigger picture and
embraced an ideal vision.
It is true that life must have value or it is
worthless. Who better to give
life value then women who carry and care for a
child from conception to
birth and beyond.
When I speak to many groups
around the country and beyond our borders I try
to demonstrate courage. Those
who know me well will know that I draw my
inspiration from the creator of
heaven and earth and it is He who guides me
daily and gives me the insight to
walk a path that can be rocky at times. I
firmly believe that a clean
conscience makes a soft pillow.
In these times of crisis and information
overload we need to remain focused
on achieving the ideal scene for ourselves
as individuals.... this spills
over into our families and outward to touch
each and every citizen. THIS IS
OUR HOME - OUR ZIMBABWE.
Lets start a
word of mouth campaign; the most powerful form of advertising
Let us call upon all Zimbabweans to seek solutions rather than
Practise acts of kindness towards each other to defuse stress,
aggression. Communicate daily what the solutions could be...
speak in the
positive whenever and whenever possible. Pave the way for the
we know can be ours to enjoy and share.
SO WHAT IS THE
BEST WAY TO FACE ZIMBABWE'S CHALLENGES?
I BELIEVE IT IS TO KEEP OURSELVES IN
A FLEXIBLE FRAME OF MIND - A FLEXIBLE
FRAME OF MIND - AND IN THIS WAY REMAIN
'FAVOURABLE TO BOLD NEW BEGINNINGS'.
Madam chair, National President, and
all here present on this significant
day... It is now my heartfelt pleasure
to declare the 75th Annual Congress
of the National Federation of Woman's
Institutes of Zimbabwe officially
Mugabe 'thugs' kidnap election
September 13, 2002
The Harare regime has unleashed a wave of terror as
voters prepare to go to the polls
ORGANISED gangs loyal to Robert Mugabe have kidnapped
and beaten hundreds of opposition candidates to stop them from registering for
this month’s local elections.
As Zimbabwe’s President attended the United Nations General Assembly in New
York, his opponents in Harare released a dossier showing how nearly 600 of their
1,200 candidates had been blocked from contesting the ballot. Leaders of the
main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), said that
Western powers were so obsessed with dealing with Iraq that they were ignoring
President Mugabe’s worsening reign of terror.
Paul Themba Nyathi, the MDC’s Director of Elections, who has met Foreign
Office diplomats in London, said: “Mugabe is acting with impunity now because he
knows he can get away with it. Western leaders talk about dealing with tyrants,
so how does Mugabe escape?”
MDC candidates have been kidnapped and beaten to stop them from registering
in time for the September 28 elections. Police roadblocks have been placed at
registration centres in some parts of the country to bar access by MDC
candidates and armed militias have waited outside a number of offices to
intercept opponents attempting to meet the deadline. Some candidates are still
being held hostage.
Mr Nyathi said: “So who do we complain to about this? The courts, the police,
the election officials are all in Mugabe’s pocket. Look at who the beneficiaries
are who are being given previously white-owned farms — judges, army commanders,
secret police chiefs, senior policemen; so who maintains the law? “The West is
more concerned about the confiscation of white-owned farms and Mugabe’s
performance at the Earth Summit to monitor this latest episode. It doesn’t
matter what sort of intimidation is employed during campaigning if you have
stopped nearly half of the opposing side from even standing.”
For his part, Mr Mugabe told the UN yesterday that Zimbabwe had cast off the
“colonial yoke for all time”, and attacked Britain and Tony Blair. He said: “I
appeal to this General Assembly to convey to Britain and especially to . . . Mr
Tony Blair that Zimbabwe ceased to be a British colony in 1980 after Prince
Charles had gracefully lowered the British flag.
“He should also be informed that the people of Zimbabwe waged an armed
revolutionary struggle for their independence and stand ready to defend it in
the same way.”
The campaign of intimidation in Zimbabwe is worse than that during the
presidential election campaign earlier this year. Mr Mugabe won, but
international observers said that the election was flawed. For the vote on the
last weekend of September there will be no outside observers.
The MDC’s dossier alleges that one of Mr Mugabe’s ministers, Didymus Mutasa,
led a Zanu (PF) mob in Manicaland that was stopping opposition candidates from
registering. In Chegutu a mob stormed the district offices, assaulted MDC
officials and abducted Hilda Mafudze, the local MP.
In Midlands South, 100 miles (160 km) south of the capital, 36 candidates
pulled out of the election and 20 other aspiring councillors were assaulted and
Typical of the assaults was the midnight abduction last month of Wilson
Mabhera, the MDC chairman in Hurungwe. He was woken by a group of men who said
that their lorry had broken down and asked for help. As he stepped outside he
was dragged to the lorry where he recognised some of his Zanu (PF) opponents. He
was beaten for two hours and told he would be killed if he stood in the
The MDC leader has begun a court challenge to March’s presidential election.
He has also warned that the growing frustration inside Zimbabwe is leading to a
“people’s storm” which is ready to take on what he calls the President’s
MDC leaders have restrained their followers from mass demonstrations because
they fear that the security forces will be ordered to use “extreme force”
against any protest.
Mr Nyathi said: “Frustration is boiling over. There is hunger and soon there
will be starvation. If you remove their only hope, which is the election, then
what have people got left but to protest?
“The West does not think Zimbabwe is a priority and so Mugabe can do what he
wants. It’s too late for any observer force. The damage has been done. This
election is the worst fraud yet."
Zimbabwe 's violence continues...... letter to G W Bush
I thank God everyday
that you are the man in the oval office to lead our nation against the Muslim
terrorists that threaten not only our way of life but freedom everywhere. My
confidence is high with you as our commander-in-chief. I believe that we will
ultimately prevail in this new kind of war in which we are engaged despite the
best efforts of the petulant, morally-challenged naysayers quivering in their
boots in the United Nations, academia, and elsewhere. Honestly, if history had
turned out differently and you were not the leader of this nation at this time
in history I would be truly frightened for America and the rest of the
Even as we wage this
war against Muslim terror, I implore you to take action to stop the Atrocities
that are taking place right now in Zimbabwe where Marxism, in the
form of Mugabeism, is rearing its ugly head, leaving a path of death and
destruction in its wake. Please do not allow another Rwanda-like nightmare to
occur in this majestic country. The world needs to open its eyes to the despot
named Robert Mugabe and the horrors that he is perpetrating on the people of
Zimbabwe. Where are all those
people who were so passionately condemning and attempting to prosecute an
out-of-power Pinochet? Where are they now that they have an opportunity to
really confront evil that is occurring right now and on a much greater scale?
Americans need to be hit in the face with this real-life horror story that is
unfolding in Zimbabwe. They need to see that
evil did not stop after 9/11; indeed, evil is a like a nefarious virus that just
never stops shedding. Strong medicine is required to break the stranglehold that
this despot has on the good people of Zimbabwe and the
States is the only nation and
with the one leader having both the moral clarity and the will to administer the
treacle for this evil being unleashed in Zimbabwe.
The atrocities the he
and his minions are committing amount to raw, pure, unadulterated evil. They
have subverted the rule of law and have supplanted the natural rights of man
with their own evil, racist desires. They are stealing legally acquired land
from productive, hard-working farmers who, along with their ancestors, have
worked these farms for generations. They are being run off their lands by
threats of bodily harm and death. Moreover, Mugabe is exploiting the fact that
they are white as a way to justify these greedy, evil deeds. Mugabe’s “war
veterans” are doing much of his dirty work, raping and pillaging wherever they
go while the police stand idly by, allowing them to commit their mayhem. Normal
commerce has been severely disrupted, leading to the threat of mass starvation
while Mugabe, his kin, and his goons take over the farmers’ dwellings and hoard
the food, satisfying their own rapacious appetites and doling out crumbs only to
those who will pledge allegiance to realizing their evil Marxist blueprint.
Meanwhile, millions of men, women, and children go starving and the numbers of
unemployed continue to rise with no hope in sight.
Actually, this has the
potential to be much worse than Rwanda, believe it or not. If
Mugabe is allowed to continue his evil ways and implement his Marxist design in
Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe could experience
something analogous to the Great Leap Forward plan that was implemented in
China under Mao Tse Tung, a
plan which resulted in the death of 30 million people (mostly farmers and others
living in rural China) within three years.
Mass starvation coupled with the already mounting AIDS epidemic that is ravaging
much of the continent of Africa could prove
catastrophic, beyond the horrors that have occurred thus far.
I state this for the
record knowing full well that you know all of this and more. Yet, I do so to
urge, in the strongest of terms, and in the name of everything that we believe
in as Americans, as children of God, in the name of all that is just and good,
that you make these crimes against humanity that are occurring in Zimbabwe one
of the priorities in your foreign policy and exterminate the tyrant Mugabe
before he succeeds in doing so to the innocent people of
Los Angeles, CA
Zimbabwe Arrests Farmers, Retired Judge
- By Stella Mapenzauswa
HARARE (Reuters) - Police
rounded up 12 white farmers on Friday for
defying an eviction order and
arrested a retired white judge who had
previously clashed with President
Robert Mugabe's government.
The farmers were the first to be
arrested since Mugabe warned on
September 4 that white opponents of his
controversial land reforms faced
jail if they did not cooperate.
Police spokesman Bothwell Mugariri confirmed Fergus Blackie's arrest,
the retired judge was still in custody.
"The charge against him is
obstructing the course of justice,"
Mugariri told Reuters.
Zimbabwe has been in crisis since pro-government militants led by
the 1970s liberation war began invading white-owned farms in
Western protests and limited sanctions.
Mugabe ordered 2,900
commercial farmers to quit their land without
compensation by August 8 under
a controversial program to seize white-owned
farms and hand them over to the
largely landless black majority.
But some 2,500 farmers have defied
the initial orders, and police have
charged more than 300 of them, the
farmers' group Justice for Agriculture
the 12 farmers from the Triangle and Chiredzi areas in
southern Zimbabwe were
likely to spend the weekend in jail.
"The farmers all have
(eviction) orders and are part of the Cane
Growers Association who are taking
representative action against the orders
in court today," JAG said in a
SPEED UP LAND DRIVE
On Friday, the
government published proposed amendments to its land
acquisition law to raise
the fine for resisting an eviction order to
Z$100,000 ($1,818) from
The Land Acquisition Amendment Bill, which needs
approval, would also allow the government to re-issue any
previously rendered invalid.
"This bill will
amend the...Act...in the light of certain difficulties
that have become
apparent in implementing its provisions connected with the
agricultural land required for agricultural purposes," a
Last month the High Court, in a judgement in favor of a white
ruled that his mortgaged farm could not be taken for resettlement if
state had not properly informed the mortgage lender.
its ruling, the High Court has canceled about 60
Industry officials had said the ruling could
pave the way for similar
court appeals by other farmers, but the government
notice said the
amendments would overcome this legal loophole.
Speaking at the United Nations on Thursday, Mugabe dismissed
criticism of his land drive, saying the aim was to "redress
injustice perpetrated by Britain" that left 72 percent of the
land in white hands.
"We want to be left in peace to carry out our
just reforms and
development plans...We refuse to be an extension of Europe,"
Mugabe told the
The veteran African leader, who led his country to
Britain in 1980, has repeatedly clashed with Zimbabwe's
judiciary over the
Blackie, 65, was one of several
white judges whom the government
accused of racism in their
The state-owned Herald newspaper said Blackie, who retired
bench in July, was being investigated for quashing the conviction of
woman while on the bench.
Last month, the Supreme Court
set aside a ruling by Blackie that
Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa was in
contempt of court for publicly
condemning a sentence given by another judge
three years ago.
Five other judges have left the bench since the
government forced the
country's top judge Anthony Gubbay to quit last year
after he led a series
of court rulings against the land drive.
The land campaign combined with a severe drought have put nearly half
country's 13 million people in need of food aid this year, aid
The government blames the food shortages on the
President Arrives in New York for UN Assembly
September 12, 2002
Posted to the web September 12,
From Itayi Musengeyi in New York
Mugabe has arrived here to attend the 57th session of the United
General Assembly, which opens today.
Cde Mugabe is expected to address
the UN General Assembly today.
Cde Mugabe and his delegation were met at
JF Kennedy International Airport
by officials from the Zimbabwean mission to
The President arrived here on Tuesday after a successful working
Libya where the Zimbabwean delegation signed a trade, investment and
supply agreement with Tripoli. The deal ensures that Zimbabwe continues
receive fuel supplies from Libya while also expected to benefit
Tripoli's expanding investments in Africa.
At the UN Cde Mugabe
will join other world leaders to review recent
international conferences and
Zimbabwe's permanent representative to the UN Dr Tichaona
Jokonya said the
57th session would review the Millennium Summit held in
South Africa and
Dr Jokonya said developing countries
would push for developed nations to
increase aid for development. The session
will also discuss the problem of a
world with more ageing people than the
"The problem is noticeable in Germany and Scandinavian
for example, has had a population of eight million for the
past 15 years
which means there is no growth," said Dr Jokonya.
reform of the world organisations such as the UN Security Council, IMF
World Bank would also be under the spotlight.
Dr Jokonya said following
calls for democracy good governance and
transparency by the North, the South
would argue that these principles
should start at the international
"Democracy and transparency yes but it must be both at the
international levels. The IMF, World Bank and Security Council
reformed and not have a situation where these institutions are clubs
powerful countries," he said.
The session would also push for
non-interference in the internal affairs of
security, Dr Jokonya said developing countries did not share the West's
of embarking on a campaign to smash countries where terrorists are
to be taking cover. He said the South felt that the issue of
not be addressed without solving poverty, which poses
On Africa, the session would review the peace
initiatives in the Great Lakes
Region with an aim of setting up institutions
to deal with post conflict
The South will also push
against individual countries deciding to take
action on other
"The UN must decide not single countries. A matter must be
the Security Council or General Assembly and the
will take action," said Dr Jokonya in reference to
the United States plans
to attack Iraq.
Cde Mugabe arrived here on
Tuesday night enroute from Morocco where he told
journalists that Africa
valued Morocco's contribution to the liberation of
Sadc by campaigning for
the release of freedom fighters such as Nelson
Mandela. The President is
being accompanied by Cde Mudenge, the First Lady
and senior Government
The Nation of Islam in the United States will send a team of
American journalists to Zimbabwe to portray the accurate story about
situation in the country.
The nation's representative for Africa
Mr Akba Mahomed yesterday said the
journalists would visit Zimbabwe early
next month to gather accurate
information about events in the
He said the Press corp's reports would counter the
Zimbabwe being peddled by the world media, including US
newspapers such as
The New York Times.
"We feel that the
African-American should get the other side of the Zimbabwe
story because the
stories going out on Zimbabwe are not accurate," Mr
was speaking to Zimbabwe journalists after meeting President Mugabe at
hotel room in New York.
Cde Mugabe is here to attend the 57th UN General
Mr Mohamed said Cde Mugabe gave them the true picture of the
land reforms in
He said the Nation of Islam was pledging to
help train new farmers in the
Mr Mohamed also briefed
President on the Nation of Islam's arrangements to
bring into Zimbabwe 15
African-American doctors to work in the country, and
drugs for diseases such
as Aids. "We get free medicine in the United States
and we want to direct
some to Zimbabwe," he said.
The Nation of Islam pledged to help Zimbabwe
with doctors in July when its
leader Dr Louis Farrakhan visited the country
and met with President Mugabe.
The Nation of Islam is one of the US-based
groups that have rallied behind
Zimbabwe and its land reform
Another US group that supports Zimbabwe, The December 12
Movement also paid
a courtesy call on President Mugabe to express solidarity
Speaking to journalists after meeting Cde Mugabe, Cde
deplored attempts by US President George Bush and British
Tony Blair to use the Security Council to undermine Zimbabwe's
"We have to rise up and make clear that the question of
democracy in the
Security Council must be addressed," said Cde
The December 12 Movement will today (Thursday) hold a
solidarity with Zimbabwe at the UN Headquarters before
Cde Mugabe is expected to address the UN
General Assembly today. Other world
leaders are also expected to address the
Assembly today and tomorrow.
Zimbabwe President Addresses U.N.
Friday September 13,
2002 5:30 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe
told the U.N.
General Assembly his government had ended its ``fast track''
distribution program to seize white-owned farms and redistribute them
thousands of poor and landless blacks.
In Zimbabwe, however, a
farmers support group, Justice for Agriculture,
reported Friday 12 more
farmers were arrested for defying government
eviction orders. More than 300
other farmers had been charged with defying
the order to leave their land by
And shortly before Mugabe's Thursday speech, his government
it would tighten its land seizure laws, effectively canceling
reprieves that courts have given to scores of white farmers. Mugabe
mention the new regulations in his speech.
Mugabe has come
under intense attack from Britain and the United States who
have called the
land seizures illegitimate and irrational.
The government has targeted 95
percent of white-owned farms for seizure.
About 4,000 of the nation's 50,000
whites are farmers, and they owned a
third of the nation's productive land
before seizures began in 2000.
Zimbabwe is suffering its worst economic
crisis since independence in 1980,
with more than half of its 12.5 million
people facing starvation. Government
statistics indicate the economy has
shrunk by 28 percent and per capita
income has been cut almost in half to
$380 a year.
Relief agencies have blamed acute food shortages on
political violence and
the often violent seizures of white-owned farms in the
economy in the past two years, along with drought. Nearly
200 people, mostly
opposition supporters, have died in political
Mugabe blamed the current ``humanitarian crisis'' on the
drought. He thanked
U.N. agencies and international organizations for
providing food and other
assistance and said Zimbabwe would welcome
additional assistance to
``mitigate the effects of future
Defending the land seizures, Mugabe said, ``The primary
objective of our
agrarian reforms is to redress the colonial injustice
perpetrated by Britain
whereby a minority of British settlers in 1890 seized
our land and acquired
our natural resources but never paid any compensation
to our ancestors.''
``It will be recalled that we had to face vehement
publicity and misinformation from those who did not wish
us well,'' Mugabe
said. ``We remained resolute in the face of powerful forces
preserve vestiges of colonial privilege.''
no, but Africa said yes. Who do we listen to? The whites in
Europe or the
blacks in Africa? We listen to our own blacks and their
But while his government has given thousands of poor Zimbabweans
though not title, to small plots of land, many of the biggest and
have gone to Mugabe's relatives, government ministers, ruling
officials. One large farm went to Mugabe's wife, Grace, another to
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe blames his nation's troubles on
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 13
- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe told the U.N.
General Assembly his
government had ended its ''fast track'' land
distribution program to seize
white-owned farms and redistribute them to
thousands of poor and landless
In Zimbabwe, however, a farmers support group, Justice
Agriculture, reported Friday 12 more farmers were arrested for
government eviction orders. More than 300 other farmers had been
with defying the order to leave their land by Aug. 8.
shortly before Mugabe's Thursday speech, his government announced
would tighten its land seizure laws, effectively canceling eviction
that courts have given to scores of white farmers. Mugabe did not
new regulations in his speech.
Mugabe has come under intense attack
from Britain and the United
States who have called the land seizures
illegitimate and irrational.
The government has targeted 95 percent of
white-owned farms for
seizure. About 4,000 of the nation's 50,000 whites are
farmers, and they
owned a third of the nation's productive land before
seizures began in 2000.
Zimbabwe is suffering its worst economic
crisis since independence in
1980, with more than half of its 12.5 million
people facing starvation.
Government statistics indicate the economy has
shrunk by 28 percent and per
capita income has been cut almost in half to
$380 a year.
Relief agencies have blamed acute food shortages on
violence and the often violent seizures of white-owned farms in
agriculture-based economy in the past two years, along with drought.
200 people, mostly opposition supporters, have died in political
Mugabe blamed the current ''humanitarian crisis'' on the
thanked U.N. agencies and international organizations for
providing food and
other assistance and said Zimbabwe would welcome
additional assistance to
''mitigate the effects of future
Defending the land seizures, Mugabe said, ''The primary
our agrarian reforms is to redress the colonial injustice
Britain whereby a minority of British settlers in 1890 seized
our land and
acquired our natural resources but never paid any compensation
''It will be recalled that we had to face
vehement protestations, bad
publicity and misinformation from those who did
not wish us well,'' Mugabe
said. ''We remained resolute in the face of
powerful forces determined to
preserve vestiges of colonial
''Europe said no, but Africa said yes. Who do we listen
whites in Europe or the blacks in Africa? We listen to our own blacks
their judgment,'' he said.
But while his government has given
thousands of poor Zimbabweans
access, though not title, to small plots of
land, many of the biggest and
best farms have gone to Mugabe's relatives,
government ministers, ruling
party officials. One large farm went to Mugabe's
wife, Grace, another to his
The New York Times
A few cheers in US during Mugabe
By Diane Cardwell in New York
Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe, visited New
York's City Hall this week,
sparking a raucous display of 1960s-vintage
pan-African sentiment despite
the efforts of council leaders to keep it
As supporters chanted "Mugabe is right" and "Africa is not an
Europe", Mr Mugabe and his host, New York city councillor
climbed the steps of City Hall, hands clasped high overhead,
surrounded by a
phalanx of aides and Secret Service agents.
there to attend a reception with about a dozen council members,
most of them
black and Latino.
Many other councillors stayed away from the event,
snubbing Mr Mugabe, 78,
for his campaign to redistribute land by taking it
from white farm owners.
Mr Barron's chief of staff, Paul Washington, who
began an introduction by
wishing "peace and power to all people of colour",
said the visit fulfilled
Mr Barron's promise to "bring Mother Africa to the
hall in which she
Mr Mugabe, who spoke earlier at the
United Nations, has argued that
redistributing land is only fair because
millions of blacks were forced to
subsist on dry rocky soil after British
settlers seized the country's best
land during colonial times.
Western officials agree with the equitable distribution of land but
been mounting criticism in recent months of Mr Mugabe's tactics,
include forcing whites to abandon their farms and encouraging blacks
invade white-owned farms.
Mr Mugabe's speech was interrupted occasionally
by applause and shouts of
"That's right" and "Tell it".
councillors and city officials who avoided the meeting claimed
conflicts. New York's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, was more
succinct. "The mayor
has no interest in meeting with Mr Mugabe," a spokesman
Allard writes: Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard, will meet
Commonwealth leaders in 10 days to consider imposing targeted sanctions
The meeting of the so-called Commonwealth "troika" of
leaders - including
South Africa's President, Thabo Mbeki, and the Nigerian
Obasanjo - will take place in Abuja, Nigeria, on
The troika met in March in London to formulate strategies
to curb Mr
Mugabe's abuse of power.
Australia believes there has been
no progress, prompting Mr Howard to
convene the meeting of the troika.
Zimbabwe's president says program to seize, redistribute white-owned farms
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 12 - Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe told the U.N.
General Assembly on Thursday that his
government had completed its ''fast
track'' land distribution program to
seize white-owned farms and
redistribute them to thousands of poor and
But in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, the government
Thursday that it would tighten its land seizure laws,
eviction reprieves that courts have given to scores of
white farmers. Mugabe
didn't mention the new regulations in his
Mugabe has come under intense attack from Britain and the
States which have called the land seizures illegitimate and
The government has targeted 95 percent of white-owned
seizure. About 4,000 of the nation's 50,000 whites are farmers, and
owned a third of the nation's productive land before seizures began in
Zimbabwe is suffering its worst economic crisis since
from Britain in 1980, with more than half of its 12.5 million
starvation. Government statistics indicate the economy has
shrunk by 28
percent and per capita income has been cut almost in half to
dlrs 380 a
Relief agencies have blamed acute food shortages
violence and the often violent seizures of white-owned
commercial farms in
the agriculture-based economy in the past two years,
along with drought.
Nearly 200 people, mostly opposition supporters, have
died in political
Mugabe blamed the current
''humanitarian crisis'' on the drought. He
thanked U.N. agencies and
international organizations for providing food and
other assistance and said
Zimbabwe would welcome additional assistance to
''mitigate the effects of
Defending the land seizures, Mugabe said: ''The
primary objective of
our agrarian reforms is to redress the colonial
injustice perpetrated by
Britain whereby a minority of British settlers in
1890 seized our land and
acquired our natural resources but never paid any
compensation to our
''It will be recalled that we had
to face vehement protestations, bad
publicity and misinformation from those
who did not wish us well,'' Mugabe
said. ''We remained resolute in the face
of powerful forces determined to
preserve vestiges of colonial
''Europe said no, but Africa said yes. Who do we listen
whites in Europe or the blacks in Africa? We listen to our own blacks
their judgment,'' he said.
But while his government has given
thousands of poor Zimbabweans
access, though not title, to small plots of
land, many of the biggest and
best farms have gone to Mugabe's relatives,
government ministers and ruling
party officials. One large farm went to
Mugabe's wife, Grace, another to his
'The Game Is Over For The
White Man Throughout Africa'
The London Daily Mail
Among most British people,
Robert Mugabe inspires much more anger than
Saddam Hussein. Iraq`s leader
murders his enemies out of sight. Whatever
horrors he is brewing in his
secret laboratories and factories, they have
not been unleashed upon the
world at large. Mugabe, by contrast, terrorises
his white subjects under
floodlights. Farmers are driven from land they have
Casual brutality is the nation's staple diet, and heaven knows
little else to eat. Zimbabwe is sinking into a slough of
starvation and bankruptcy to satisfy the megalomania of one
If Tony Blair announced tomorrow that Britain intended to invade
and remove Mugabe from power, I suspect that the news would be far
enthusiastically received than a declaration of war on Saddam
Yet, of course, neither Britain nor the United Nations will
Many miles and the colonial legacy divide us from his
crumbling country. His
tyranny poses no threat to the outside world. His
victims are his own
For all the sentiment expended upon
Zimbabwe`s white farmers, most people in
Britain recognise that their fate
was sealed more than two decades ago when
black majority rule came to the
former Rhodesia. Since 1980 it has merely
been a question of how long the
dwindling number of Rhodesians could stick
After the bitterness of
the civil war there never seemed a realistic
prospect that a multi-racial
society would survive for long. For 100 years,
the white man lorded it in old
Rhodesia. Now a black tyranny does so.
The remaining whites will be
driven out of Mugabes`s Zimbabwe. The wise ones
will leave while they still
have the skin on their backs. Just or unjust,
that is reality.
go further and suggest that the game is up for the white man
Africa. It does not matter whether this is a good or bad thing -
represents the tide of history.
For four centuries, white immigrants and
their decendants have pitched camp
in Africa. "We belong here. We are as much
Africans as any of Mugabe`s war
veterans" a Zimbabwean farmer will
Yet, in the eyes of Africa this is not true. The white man is always
alien, the outsider, the former ruler whose very competence is a
embarrassment even to the most educated black Africans. However much
Zimbabweans, or their South African counterparts, love the countries
which they live, few black Africans will today acknowledge that the
man belongs among them. He is perceived as a leftover from the past,
drifting on the beach of history.
The remaining whites will
not be driven out in a single dramatic purge. Over
the next 30 years, they
will simply be prodded, frightened and squeezed
until they slip away
piecemeal, as the children of a good many friends of
mine has already
In a succession of lurches and surges, Africa is reverting to a
continent. Over the past 40 years, since the colonial powers began
depart, all the world's efforts to provide advice and aid have
frustrated by cultural resistance, lack of education, population
and above all, corruption on a vast scale.
nations suffer from political corruption. But they are rich
enough, and the
corruption modest enough, for their economies and political
co-exist with it. Across Africa, however, rulers have
national treasuries of their wealth. It was recently
estimated that 95
billion Pounds has been illegally removed from the
continent by national
rulers since the colonial powers departed. No society
can prosper amid
corruption on this scale.
We take for granted the honesty of our judges,
accountants - yes even after
Enron - banks and bureaucrats. Honesty is not
only the best policy, it is
indespensable if any economic system is to
prosper. In Africa, the only
wholly successful modern industry is the theft
of cash from businesses, aid
funds, government coffers, utilities, mines,
wildlife charities etc.
In the days when I travelled in Africa a lot, an
old hand in Nairobi
explained a few home truths to me. "In this society, if
you don`t use power
to enrich yourself and your family you are not merely
you are thought to be acting wickedly" he said. "There is
understanding here of the ideal of the community, of people at
is only the family, the tribe and yourself."
There are a
few exceptions such as Nelson Mandela. But for most of the
cynical piece of wisdom is as true today as it was 20
Almost every African state is governed solely in the
interest of its ruling
clique. National bankruptcy does nothing to diminish a
for first-class travel and absurdly pretentious embassies
abroad. Look at
the roll call in London alone - some of the most expensive
real estate in
the capital is occupied by the diplomatic missions of some of
countries of the world: Malawi in Grovener Street, Tanzania in
Street, Zambia in Palace Gate, Zimbabwe in the Strand.
almost every economic measure Africa has gone backwards, not forwards,
the 1960`s. Three years ago Bill Clinton toured the continent and
series of supremely cynical speeches, proclaiming that the West
henceforward be coming to Africa`s aid. It sounded like rubbish then
is rubbish now. The West has no intention of bailing out Africa, even
Blair has surges of compassion for the place.
Donors are tired of giving
cash of which only a smidgen reaches the people
for whom it is intended. Food
deliveries to starving people will continue,
but these do nothing to salvage
collapsing economies.----The end of the Cold
War means that no great power
feels a need to buy influence there. For many
years, African leaders bitterly
denounced "imperialist interference" in
their countries. Today, they are
learning that international indifference is
far more painful.
of Africa`s people the future looks even grimmer than the past.
ravaging populations. The statisticians expect its consequences to
worse before they get better. The influential American academic
Bobbitt, in his recent book Shield of the Achilles, observed that he
only misery ahead for Africans in the 21st century, as disease, famine
corruption relentlessly assail them.
There was a vivid moment a couple of
years ago during the first stage of the
British intervention to support the
struggling government of Sierra Leone.
Its prime minister asked a visiting
British politician, in the presence of
journalists, if it might be possible
for his country to become part of the
British Empire again. Most of those
present believed that the Leonese leader
was serious. The problems of African
societies are so huge, so deep- rooted,
that the few honest and decent
politicians despair. They grasp at any straw
to rescue their countries. It is
a tragic spectacle and few experts see a
When the West does
intervene in any African society, it is essential to stay
for at least 10
years or more to have any hope of making lasting progress.
failed miserably in Somalia a decade ago, because they treated
it as a short
term problem. The British Army training team in Sierra Leone
has done a good
job, but the lasting need is for civil assistance - to teach
collect taxes, administer courts and run infrastructure projects.
talking, of course, about something embarrassingly close to
Many Africans would be delighted if there was more of it
about. But political
obstacles remain overwhelming, the imperial memory too
every Western attempt to help Africa founders, sooner or later, amid
morass of political prejudice and cultural division. Zimbabwe`s
whites farm the land incomparably more efficiently than their
counterparts. But this makes their presence more intolerable, not less
the likes of Mugabe.
The big fib, propagated at the time of African
independence, was that local
people wanted the right to vote. Not so. They
scarcely cared a fig for
ballots, most of which were soon rigged anyway. They
wanted the land, cars,
houses, swimming pools of their erstwhile white
rulers. They still want
these things, in Zimbabwe and South Africa
Sooner or later, most African leaders find it expedient to
hand over the
white men`s toys to their own people, without all the bother of
that these things should be won through education, skills,
hard labour over generations.
I was never a supporter
of Ian Smith`s Rhodesia, which was founded on a huge
injustice to the blacks,
and sustained by cruelties as horrible as those of
Mugabe today. White
minority rule in South Africa was a loathsome thing.
Thank God it has gone.
But it remains a tragedy to see black-ruled Africa
sinking into the swamp of
Outsiders can do little to save it from itself as long as it
continent of tyrants, and democracy is making no headway at all.
one striking oddity about Africa`s misery today: passions remain
internally directed. Whereas in the Middle East resentment of the
spawns terrorism and active hostility, above all towards the USA,
Mugabe`s denunciations of Blair lack conviction.
are overwhelmingly preoccupied with their personal cravings
for wealth. Their
subjects merely struggle to survive. Some observers
believe that this may
change as the power of Islam grows across the
continent. The influence of the
Moslem religion may generate a new
assertiveness, even aggression, a decade
or two onwards.
For now however, African passion focuses exclusively upon
societies, and upon futile thrashings to make some brand of
Socialism blossom amid the failling crops.
You may have
noticed that even as more and more whites are obliged to quit
numbers of black Africans seek to migrate to Europe and the
United States -
refugees from the economic catastrophies their own rulers
have created at
home. On every plane that bears sorrowing whites away from
the continent of
their birth into exile in Europe or Australia, there are
also many seats
occupied by departing blacks who are just as much victims.
It is a bitter
I believe that the remaining whites will continue to
trickle away from
Africa until there are only a handful of communities left
between Cairo and
The Cape. Then the white outside world may notice less, and
care less, what
happens to the continent because we shall perceive no kin
story will have become an exclusive black
Well there you have it.
It is sad but true, history
Friday, 13 September, 2002,
13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
AM backs Zimbabwe visa appeal
White farmers have been forced off their
A south Wales politician is campaigning to get a British
visa for a Zimbabwean citizen who said he is fear for his life.
David Davies, Welsh Assembly member for Monmouthshire, is supporting the
22-year-old man, known only as John, who wants to join his mother, who now lives
near the Welsh borders.
We can't help you because you don't have the right to a
John, visa claimant
claims his life is under threat in Zimbabwe, but says he cannot get a visa
because the officer in charge of applications is away on holiday.
However, on Friday evening, Mr Davies announced that the British Embassy in
Harare will provide a visa to John but at a cost of £6,000 - which he says, John
Mr Davies appealed to Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, to investigate
allegations that John was turned away when he sought help from the British
Mr Straw has promised to look into the case.
John, who was born in Zimbabwe but is the grandchild of British citizens, has
allegedly been beaten by Harare police officers.
He said he went to the British High Commission in Zimbabwe for a visa, but
was turned away.
The man said he informed staff at the commission of his situation.
"I was assaulted by the police and I started telling him my story," he said.
"He asked 'was your mother born in the UK' and I said no.
"He asked 'was your father born in the UK' and I said no - only my
grandparents were born in the UK.
"He said, no we can't help you because you don't have the right to a British
David Davies, Monmouthshire MP, who recently helped launch Zimbabwe Hope, a
scheme to help citizens forced out of the country, said the man is entitled to a
David Davies is angry at the
"This gentleman has got right of abode in Britain because his grandparents
"How we do this, I don't know - I'm not an expert, but that is what the staff
in the consulate should be there to sort out.
"His life is under threat, he has been asked to report to police.
"He is on the run from the police in Harare at the moment - he has been
beaten up by police once already and has been warned that if he does get picked
up by the police, his life and safety cannot be guaranteed.
"Anyone who is a British passport holder has the right of citizenship in
"It seems there is only one person at the British High Commission in Zimbabwe
who can help and he is on holiday.
Jack Straw has promised to
"The foreign office has not sent anyone to cover and that is absolutely
disgraceful when you consider the country is falling apart at the moment," he
Jack Straw said that he would examine the evidence.
"I will look carefully at this complaint," said Mr Straw.
"I can't comment more than that because I haven't got all the details.
"Except to say it is implausible that anyone in the British High Commission
would have been able to talk to him about an asylum application which is what I
understand heI went there for.
"No British High Commission in the world entertains asylum applications -
asylum can only be claimed in Britain on our territory," he said.
Update: BBC2 Newsnight programme and channel 4 news.
Both news articles were spot on. Michael Ancram,
Shadow foreign minister, was interviewed on both and didn't mince his words.
Described Mugabe as a tyrant, expressed outrage and anger at the fact that the
world was doing nothing, said that next week's Earth Summit should be used as
forum where Britain takes a lead and unequivocally tells countries in the region
that there will be no money unless they do something about Mugabe. He emphasised
on both programmes that the G8 had given NEPAD $6 billion but that Mugabe had
cost the region £7.5 billion so far. His comment was that it made a nonsense of
the concept of sustainable development because by doing nothing the region was
in a deficit in spite of AID given. Ancram was in Zim a few weeks ago (articles
appeared in ZWNEWS) and used his own experience there to describe the empty
fields and testimony of both farmers and farm workers. The South African deputy
foreign minister was meant to be interviewed on Channel 4 but didn't appear.
They didn't say why. I was very disappointed, I think Ancram would have fried
Newsnight report was extensive and thorough. I
noticed a massive language shift in the reporting: instead of talking about
farmers being arrested for "defying eviction orders", Kirsty Wark introduced Sue
Lloyd Roberts's report by talking about farmers who were arrested for continuing
to farm. Instead of saying that people were starving "as a result of drought",
she said people were starving as a result of Mugabe's land policies. I think
this is very significant for us and hope it marks a change in
Sue Lloyd Roberts (the journalist who snuck into
Zim) commented how people in Zimbabwe weren't sure which would get them first
-- Mugabe's thugs, AIDS or starvation. Her report was lengthy and harrowing and
very accurate and covered farm evictions, the plight of farm workers, human
rights abuses (with awful pictures) and starvation. At the end of the report,
Kirsty Wark pointed out that several of the farmers who had featured in that
report had in the past few days been arrested -- it was a sobering moment of
reality after seeing their anxiety and fear in Roberts' report. Their faces were
frozen on the screen with the words 'arrested' or 'in hiding' superimposed.
Dramatic and chilling.
Wark interviewed Ancram thoroughly and he was very
clear at every turn. For example she said that some would argue that Britain,
instead of pressurising African leaders, should put their energy into helping
new settlers learn how to farm. Ancram accurately pointed out that the
'settlers' were actually Mugabe cronies so this wasn't a viable option. A WFP
representative was interviewed and said that he was confident that food aid was
not being used as a political weapon, Ancram effectively dispelled that nonsense
by saying that wasn't at all what he was told and saw for himself. He said what
he saw correllated with Robert's report which featured testimony from people who
had been denied food.
The Newsnight report in particular was harrowing,
but despite that I felt excited because it is one of the first reports I've seen
where I felt the real story was thoroughly told. I agreed with everything said.
A lot of myths were dispelled.
All that said, Jack Straw is noticeable in his
silence, especially given Ancram's energy and Howard's position this weekend.
Let's hope the Earth Summit produces results for
the people of Zimbabwe
Focus On Links With Libya
UN Integrated Regional Information
September 13, 2002
Posted to the web September 13,
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JOHANNESBURG, 13 September (IRIN) - Libya has renewed a
US $360 million
financing facility for Zimbabwe to cover the importation of
fuel for another
year, as queues formed this week outside filling stations in
Harare, amid fears of petrol shortages.
The state-run The
Herald newspaper reported that the deal was signed on
Monday, following a
visit to Libya by President Robert Mugabe. The
Zimbabwean delegation included
Finance and Economic Development Minister
Herbert Murerwa, Energy and Power
Development Minister Amos Midzi, and
Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe chief
executive Gideon Gono.
The Herald said the financing facility, a repeat
of last year's agreement,
involved the Libyan Arab Foreign Bank, the Libyan
Arab Investment Company
and the state oil company Tamoil. The facility would
tranches of $90 million as part of a "trade, investment and
agreement. Tamoil reportedly supplies about 70 percent of
needs, with the remainder provided by the Independent
Petroleum Group of
However, analysts said it remained unclear
what Tripoli wins in return for
the financial lifeline to Zimbabwe, which is
suffering severe foreign
exchange shortages and has almost zero aid
Murerwa, who signed the agreement with his Libyan counterpart
was quoted as saying that Libya would "invest in the mining,
agricultural sectors and infrastructure development in the oil
The independent Financial Gazette reported that Libya would enter
ventures in Zimbabwe and reopen gold mines that had closed as a result
the country's economic difficulties.
"Libya is looking for
investment in hotels, tourism and the service sector.
They are trading equity
stakes for repayment of the loans. But the
difficulty is giving them stakes
that are remotely close to the financial
commitments they have made," Patrick
Smith, editor of the London-based
newsletter Africa Confidential, told
The nature of the Zimbabwean economy, with close links to South
private industry, limits how far the Libyans can buy in. "That
Zimbabwe with only the option of privatising chunks of the economy for
benefit of Libyan interests," Smith added.
The new financing
agreement cements Libya's growing involvement in Zimbabwe,
that the north African country had been pressing hard for
According to Ahmed Rajab, editor of the London-based
Analysis, behind the new-found friendship between the two
distant countries is a shared anti-West ideology, with both
themselves as part of a "progressive, pro-liberation,
Smith noted that Zimbabwe in the past had
reservations over Libya's role in
Africa. Harare, for example, had been a
long-standing supporter of the
Sudanese People's Liberation Army, whereas
Tripoli has backed the Sudanese
"But as Mugabe has had
more and more problems with the West, [Libyan leader
Mu'ammar] al-Qadhafi has
made himself more and more useful. [There is now] a
web of commercial,
economic, political, diplomatic and security
connections," Smith said.
Friday, 13 September, 2002, 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK
As Zimbabwe's government moved this week to speed up the
white-owned farms, a newspaper in neighbouring South Africa
farmers to "get cracking" on the land reform issue.
"The South African farming community should now become proactive to
the land crisis instead of waiting for the government to do
prominent columnist Max du Preez wrote in Johannesburg's The
Farmers should "urgently" draw up a comprehensive register of all
land in the country, together with an assessment of land
"All this information should be put before government with a proposal
panel of assessors who would independently evaluate land -so the often
charge that farmers are thwarting reform by out-pricing their land can
avoided," du Preez urged.
But writing in the same paper, Pan-Africanist
Congress official Thami Ka
Plaatjie argued that current laws were being used
to stall land reform.
"The rule of law has been widely used as a means of
preserving the rights
accorded to whites by years of colonial rule... That is
why we submit the
land crisis is more acute here than in Zimbabwe," Ka
"It would also be foolhardy for any sane person to expect
dispossessors will return your land willingly. No thief would be so
as to give back the loot with a smile" he added.
South African weekly paper Die Afrikaner sounded a stark warning to
readers that "Land grabs similar to those in Zimbabwe are
"Revolutionary language is increasingly inciting more and more
The message from the Landless People's Movement urging
people not to vote
for the ANC in the next election "means that a renewed
attack on white
farmers' land in South Africa is being
"The white farmer is therefore warned to be on his
guard, be prepared to
resist," the paper said.
In Namibia, the government
moved to assure the Commonwealth that it would
not emulate Zimbabwe's
controversial land reform programme.
Prime Minister Theo-Ben Gurirab told
visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General
Donald McKinnon that the envisaged
land reform programme would not
destabilize the country, Namibian news agency
The government was committed to the principle of "willing
seller", Mr Gurirab was quoted as saying.
In Zimbabwe itself, the pro-opposition business weekly Financial
some hope for the country in President Mugabe's dramatic
about-turn on his
government's refusal to accept genetically modified maize
donated by the
The shift "shows that for all his inimical
actions which have brought
Zimbabwe to its bended knees, Mugabe can indeed
swallow his pride and climb
down from his high pedestal when confronted by
"The main lesson emanating from this episode is that Mugabe
still has the
capacity to right the wrongs which he has singularly brought on
just to remain in power," the weekly said.
"Although time is
running out for him to act in the same way he has
backtracked now, we urge
him to stop his violent land reforms which will
only worsen Zimbabwe's famine
and kill agriculture," it added.
state-controlled press meanwhile continued with its fulsome
praise for what
the Sunday Mail called President Mugabe's "brilliant and
at the World Summit in Johannesburg.
"The summit highlighted the British
folly of bringing an emotive subject
such as land to a multilateral
conference, on African soil," the paper said.
"What still remains puzzling,
however, is British Prime Minister Tony
Blair's anachronistic colonial
mentality, which continues to regard white
settlers as a privileged lot with
divine rights to land," it added.
And Harare's The Herald couldn't resist
a fresh swipe at the British leader.
"The image-obsessed Blair is devastated
by the realization that Africans and
the world are not impressed by his fake
moralisms and shallow defences of
the indefensible," it said.
reason why there is a quarrel over land that belongs to
Zimbabweans is Tony
Blair... We must recognize that in Blair we are dealing
with a determined and
cunning racist," the paper thundered.
BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham
in southern England, selects and
translates information from radio,
television, press, news agencies and the
Internet from 150 countries in more
than 70 languages.
We are indeed a nation of
WHEN President Mugabe heralded the current media crackdown, he
said it was
aimed at preventing newspapers from "telling lies" about his
didn't say what measures would be taken when his own captive
This week we have the most outrageous example
yet of calculated mendacity by
the official press. In an address to the Mass
Public Opinion Seminar in
Harare on Monday, Movement for Democratic Change
leader Morgan Tsvangirai
provided a sharp analysis of how Mugabe had become
"an absolute dictator
presiding over a civil/military
Tsvangirai outlined the steady erosion of civil liberties which
neutralised the people's sovereignty.
"The Mugabe regime has
redefined sovereignty to mean that Mugabe is now
sovereign," he pointed out.
"Through the effective closure of democratic
space, people have been
violently forced to depart from democratic political
activity into prescribed
spaces defined and created by the dictatorship."
Tsvangirai said the
emasculation of popular power had been "complemented by
another strategy to
reduce the majority of the population economically to
the level of Stone Age
scavengers available for manipulation and abuse by
Mugabe and his
He then provided details of how totalitarianism had impacted on
with the collapse of social services and drastically reduced
In a society where broadcasting and much
of the print media is supposedly in
public hands, those media have an
obligation to professionally report a
keynote speech of this sort by the
leader of a major political party in
order to fulfil their mandate to keep
the public informed. Instead, the
public media deliberately distorted
Tsvangirai's remarks, alleging he
"attacked thousands of people who have
benefited from the land reform
programme". They quoted Information minister
Jonathan Moyo at length who
called Tsvangirai's remarks an "insult to fallen
heroes" and - rather
unoriginally - described him as a puppet of the
Both ZBC and the Herald contrived a straw poll which lined up a
ruling-party supporters to condemn Tsvangirai's remarks. They
translated this handful of predictable commentators to mean
Zimbabweans" condemned the MDC leader.
None of this will come as
a surprise to those following the prostitution of
the public media by the
regime. Any semblance of professionalism has been
thrown overboard as a
revolving door of ministerial cronies compete to
satisfy the doomed rantings
of their intellectually-bankrupt masters.
Nowhere in the speech does
Tsvangirai refer specifically to resettled
farmers. But few would doubt their
fate. Abandoned on land they cannot farm,
deprived of credit, implements or
infrastructure, they have been sacrificed
on the altar of political
expediency. This willful under-resourcing of new
farmers renders them
susceptible to manipulation and abuse by Mugabe and his
cronies. That is what
everybody knows and has been saying for two years.
What goes under the
misleading rubric of land reform is nothing more than a
physical response to
But Tsvangirai was undoubtedly making a wider point.
That as a nation we
have been reduced to scavengers. Mugabe was in Libya this
for fuel. Businessmen have to scavenge for foreign currency.
in the cities scavenge daily for the means to sustain their
has pauperised all but his kleptocracy.
At the same
time his thugs are roaming the country preventing opposition
standing in the forthcoming rural district council
addition to being deprived of the information necessary to make an
choice by the public media's partisan and unprofessional reporting,
are also deprived of a choice of candidates by threats against
opposing the ruling party. Police chiefs who are supposed to uphold
and the rights of people to oppose the government appear to have
off by awards of land and adopt the same language as Zanu PF in
commercial farmers and the opposition.
Nobody can any longer expect the
security forces or the courts to do the
right thing according to the law and
the constitution. Instead we can
arguably expect them to do the wrong thing
given the extent of institutional
Yet the president and
his associates continue to claim they are being
unfairly "demonised"; that
they are the victims of a Western conspiracy.
In fact they are victims of
their own myopia and stupidity. Did they really
think they could get away
with a campaign of violence and confiscation
repercussions and the long-term alienation of millions
of Zimbabweans who are
now starving as a result of their selfish and
Tsvangirai made a telling point when he said poverty defeats
"The regime's war against people's democratic
rights is neatly dovetailing
into an onslaught on the people's last survival
refuge - the deliberate
destruction and denial of (their) means of
It is the regime's comprehensive strategy to weaken the
economically and politically to render them defenceless
against the designs
of tyrannical rule, Tsvangirai said.
definition of political criminality should be sufficient reason for a
The MDC leader shows no sign of giving up. "As a nation born out
revolution, we know that freedom comes at a price," he said, "and we
absolutely no intention of letting the dictator hold the nation to
and in shackles forever."
Legitimate defiance of this sort
should not be confined to the MDC. Civil
society must play its part in
mobilising the nation to resist wicked
policies that destroy lives and
livelihoods. Let's hear from as many as
possible what alternatives there are
to the sterile politics of Mugabe's
Sadc troika meet to formulate security pact
THE Southern African Development Community (Sadc)'s troika, which
Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Tanzania, is currently meeting in Harare
a document to establish a regional security and defence
The troika heads the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security and is
at ways in which southern African states can establish a regional
and defence pact.
Senior secretary for Foreign Affairs
Willard Chiwewe said the meeting was a
follow-up to a Foreign ministers
meeting held in Maputo recently.
"It is a follow-up to the Maputo
ministers meeting on the
institutionalisation of the organ. Its part of the
The meeting, expected to
end today, was convened to spruce up an earlier
document detailing the modus
operandi of the organ, which has been operating
in a vacuum owing to South
Africa's refusal to ratify its protocol. The
final document will be presented
to the Foreign ministers ahead of the
coming heads of state meeting to be
held in Angola at the end of the month.
Security experts and
diplomats from the troika countries have been meeting
at a local hotel in
Harare since Tuesday.
Diplomatic sources said the meeting touched on
sensitive security issues,
hence the attempt by the government to conceal it
from the media.
The meeting also looked at the management of the
peace process and attendant
risks in the Democratic Republic of Congo and
Angola, the two countries top
of the agenda at the Luanda
The meeting proposed the formation of a conflict resolution
forum and a
human rights commission which would, among other things, promote
freedom. Also proposed were mechanisms to deal with the Aids pandemic
region and disasters like floods and drought.
frank debates on human rights abuses occurring in all the
Zimbabwe, and on whether there should be expulsion or
suspension of offenders
as in the Commonwealth," said a source close to the
organ, currently chaired by President Joachim Chissano of Mozambique,
to establish a permanent mechanism to settle conflicts and forestall
outbreak of wars.
Since its formation, the organ has been a bone of
Zimbabwe and South Africa. President Nelson Mandela
threatened to resign as
Sadc chair ahead of the 1997 Blantyre Sadc summit if
South Africa didn't get
its way over regulation of the organ.
South Africans feared it would be used as an instrument of Zimbabwean
policy if not subordinated to Sadc heads of state. But Mugabe
attempt to prise the organ from him.
Libya ups demands
AS petrol queues
persisted yesterday, structural cracks are emerging in the
Zimbabwe/Libya fuel deal.
Despite being granted a pick of the country's
choice assets, the Libyan
government has reportedly stepped up pressure on
Zimbabwe to offer more
assets of greater value as guarantee for sustained
The Zimbabwe Independent has learnt that the trade
pact signed between the
two countries this week leans in the Libyans' favour
after they complained
they had not secured enough in the way of prime assets
in Zimbabwe since the
signing of the oil deal in August last
Industry sources this week said despite the renewal of the
fuel supply deal on Tuesday, there were still problems that
flow of fuel. The sources said although queues might disappear
in the next
two weeks, they would reappear as soon as the country started
payments. The government has blamed current shortages on
and panic buying of the commodity.
to be understood is that the deal with the Libyans is not a grant
but a loan
which has to be repaid using foreign currency which we do not
have at the
moment," a source said.
"Our ability to repay the loan will determine
the volumes we get unless
Zimbabwe devises other modes of payment which do
not involve foreign
Foreign currency inflows from the
sale of tobacco normally start around
October but Zimbabwe has a food deficit
of 1,1 million tonnes and requires
at least US$160 million to import maize
between now and the next harvest.
A Libyan delegation is currently in the
country exploring opportunities in
the petro-chemical sector. The delegation,
which includes officials from
Tamoil who supply fuel to Zimbabwe, on
Wednesday visited Noczim's Mabvuku
storage facilities in Harare. Yesterday
they were expected to visit Feruka
fuel handling facilities in Mutare. The
delegation is also expected to visit
cattle ranches in south-eastern
Sources said the Libyans also wanted a controlling stake in
the Jewel Bank
where they currently have a 14% stake. Absa Bank of South
Africa holds the
majority shares at 35%.
A source in the fuel
industry said the Libyans had strengthened their
resolve to acquire a portion
of Noczim, especially fuel-holding tanks.
"The Libyans have seen the
desperate situation we are in and are in a strong
position to cherry-pick
what they want," the source said. "They are keen to
acquire the holding
tanks, as these are strategic in their regional
The Libyans pump fuel into Noczim tanks and drawdowns depend
Zimbabwe has paid for.
"Tamoil is seeking to push its
product up to Zambia or Malawi if demand is
low in Zimbabwe, and the holding
tanks will enable them to do that in the
shortest possible time," the source
Other industry sources said the country was slowly reverting to
the 1999 and
2000 scenarios when it was buying expensive fuel because
charging a premium in the light of Zimbabwe's poor
"The Libyan fuel is no longer cheap because we
forfeited the initial trust
they had in us by defaulting on payments. They
are now putting a premium on
it," one source said. Zimbabwe owes the Libyans
US$60 million for fuel
Africa 'My People Elected Me in Valid Election,' Mugabe Tells
13 Sep 2002 01:42
In a defiant speech to the U.N. General Assembly,
Robert Mugabe has accused the international community of
interference in his
nation's elections and defended his country's
controversial land reforms.
On March 13
of this year, Robert Mugabe was declared the official
winner of Zimbabwe's
presidential election, extending his 22-year rule.
say the elections were flawed by violence,
intimidation, and voting
Mr. Mugabe used his speech to the General Assembly
to defend his
election. "Well, my people elected me, and that election was
held to have
been valid by Africa and its organizations. But Europe said
'No', and it's
Europe that yesterday was our oppressor and colonialist.
Europe said 'No',
but Africa said 'Yes.' Who do we listen to? The whites in
Europe or the
blacks in Africa? We listen to our own blacks and their
judgment. They are
our people. They are the ones who should elect us, and no
one else," he
Mr. Mugabe also used his U.N. speech to lash
out at critics of his
land redistribution program, under which nearly 3,000
white farmers have
been ordered to hand over their land, without
compensation, to landless
"The primary objective of our
agrarian reform is to redress colonial
injustice, perpetrated by Britain,
whereby a minority of British settlers in
1890 seized our land and acquired
our natural resources, but never paid any
compensation to our ancestors," he
Critics say the land re-distribution program has taken the
from being the "breadbasket of Africa" to the brink of
Mr. Mugabe defiantly told his critics that his country
wants to go its
own way and in his words, "refuses to be an extension of