The "Zimbabwe Connection" is a not-for-profit, voluntary, association.
objectives are to provide assistance to all Zimbabweans who, for
reasons, have left or are intending to leave Zimbabwe to make a
new home for
themselves and their families in Australia.
of the many tragedies of Zimbabwe is that we all have friends and
who have been scattered to the four corners of the earth.
So we thought
we'd try and find a way to connect everyone up again.
Many people would
love an excuse to visit Australia (especially with the
rugby world cup on
tap) so we've put together 5 days of opportunity to
get all your sisters and
your cousins and your aunts and your friends
and acquaintances together to
meet up, to play sports, to watch sports,
to have a makulu braai and a
Before we do anything - we need to do a survey - to
find out if you are
interested, how long you might stay, whether you would
be wanting to
stay on in Aus, or go round the world and what type of
would be looking for so that we can negotiate the best
and rates for you. We'll also ask where you spent most of
your life in
Zim, what school you went to and what was the date of your last
school - because when we play those sports some will be silly and
will be amazingly serious - and boy, when they're serious, old
will be revived whether it's croquet or cricket!
hopefully, going to be a politics free week, where we get
together to make
contact with wonderful friends again. Please send this
on to anyone you
might like to try and meet up with, or anyone who you
feel would like to
attend and check in to our website
to find out more detail and fill in
It would be
fantastic to see you all this time next year.
Showdown looms as govt evicts ex-squatters
9/26/02 8:57:25 AM (GMT +2)
has given eviction orders to more than 2 000 families
stands in Harare's Hatcliffe area by Local Government
Chombo in the run-up to the March presidential elections,
settlement posed a health hazard.
The eviction orders, issued by
Local Government permanent secretary
Vincent Hungwe on September 16 and with
a deadline of September 30, are
however being ignored by the former Churu
farm squatters who have vowed to
In his memorandum,
Hungwe said the families should vacate the stands
to allow for servicing to
"The ministry's intention is to have a properly
of stands where each individual would be shown their
stands to avoid
occupation of wrong stands," he wrote.
situation that has been created on the new stands has caused a
health hazard, which may result in the outbreak of diseases
since there are
no proper sanitary facilities and reticulated water."
families who lived in Dzivarasekwa Extension and Hatcliffe
before they were each allocated a stand in Hatcliffe by
Chombo on February 20
this year say they fear that the directive is a way of
getting them off the
"We were only told that we would come back after
the servicing of the
stands is complete, but we think this just an excuse to
chase us from these
stands now that the elections are over," said one of the
"We know that they want to sell the stands to some other
they want to use servicing as an excuse," he added.
When the Financial Gazette visited the area this week, it established
water and sewerage pipes had already been laid and only roads were
The families said they were prepared to cooperate
with the contractors
when they start laying the roads by moving their
makeshift houses to give
earth-moving equipment enough way but they would not
go back to the squatter
"Where do they want us to go now
when the rain season is just
starting? These are the same people who put us
here and now what is the
problem? If they want to put the roads, they can do
it while we are here,"
vowed one woman settler.
complained that Chombo was being inconsiderate by
ordering them to go back to
the filthy squatter camps despite the heavy
costs $15 000 to hire a car for one trip back to Dzivarasekwa
some of us would need to make two or three trips to carry all
Where do they think we would get that money? We would then
be expected to
raise more money to move the things back. Does it make
The settlers said efforts to see Chombo over the
issue had been
fruitless because the minister, who parcelled out the stands
as part of
President Robert Mugabe's re-election campaign, had repeatedly
Chombo and Hungwe could not be contacted for comment
this week because
they were said to be out in Manicaland until the end of the
World leaders seen imposing stiffer sanctions
By Abel Mutsakani News Editor
9/26/02 8:57:40 AM (GMT +2)
ZIMBABWE is likely to end up being more isolated internationally than
with more countries, frustrated by the Commonwealth's refusal to
President Robert Mugabe, likely to act unilaterally in imposing
against him, analysts said this week.
They said Mugabe's
respite after the Commonwealth troika of Australia,
South Africa and Nigeria
this week could not agree on imposing stiffer
sanctions against Zimbabwe
would be short lived because the international
community's grievances against
Mugabe remained unchanged while a political
and economic crisis at home was
University of Zimbabwe (UZ) political scientist Masipula
the Financial Gazette: "We are likely to see more and more
alone in imposing sanctions against the
The European Union (EU), the United States, Canada, New
Switzerland have already imposed travel and financial sanctions
and his top officials over a presidential vote earlier this year
most of the world to have been fraudulent.
international community is also unhappy about Mugabe's
controversial drive to
seize land from white farmers for redistribution to
blacks and his
government's crackdown on political foes, the judiciary and
In March the Australian-led Commonwealth troika
suspended Zimbabwe for
12 months from the councils of the club which groups
Britain and its former
This week's meeting of the troika
in Nigeria's capital Abuja was to
review progress made by Harare in
fulfilling conditions set by the 54-nation
group: to uphold democracy, the
rule of law and implement a just,
transparent and legal land reform
South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki and his Nigerian
Olusegun Obasanjo opposed immediate expulsion of Zimbabwe from
Commonwealth, saying Harare should be monitored for another six months
which stiffer measures could be taken.
But signposting the way
the international community might react to the
hesitancy of the Commonwealth
panel to punish Mugabe, Australian Prime
Minister John Howard said after the
"The question of any treatment of Zimbabwe separately
suspension is a matter collectively for the Commonwealth. And the
of any measures against Zimbabwe are decisions for individual
members of the
Commonwealth and other countries."
Howard himself had
already indicated before travelling to Abuja that
Australia could follow the
EU, the US and others in imposing sanctions
against Mugabe and his
Several Western diplomats in Harare said the Abuja decision
not to act
against Harare could actually open the floodgates for tougher
the Zimbabwean leader by individual governments.
Sithole said Mbeki and Obasanjo were only buying time and delaying
inevitable by pleading for Mugabe to be given more time to change
policies, blamed for triggering the country's worst economic crisis that
shown out by record high inflation, unemployment, hunger and
Without a solution to the economic crisis that has estranged
from the electorate, the former socialist guerrilla leader
increasingly resort to more repression -the same reason why
international community is angry with him in the first place - in order
keep the lead on swelling public discontent against him, Sithole
Consultant economist John Robertson concurred, saying that
economic problems could only worsen.
"There is absolutely
no sign there will be a let-up. The food crisis
can only get worse and so
will poverty and unemployment," Robertson said.
"It is clear that at
some point the patience of the people will be
pushed to the limit."
Sithole said the next six months could be critical for Mugabe's
with the political and economic problems deepening inside
Zimbabwe while the
international community steps up its campaign against
six-month grace period the two African leaders had given Mugabe to
face tougher measures could turn out to be the proverbial long
could decide the political fate of the 78-year-old leader,
"Those in the government who are euphoric about Mbeki
stance in Abuja are better advised to watch the events of the
months," he warned.
Missing e-mails raise eyebrows
8:58:31 AM (GMT +2)
SOME members of Zimbabwe's civil society fear that
their electronic mail
(e-mail) is being regularly intercepted but Internet
and e-mail service
providers yesterday said the country did not have the
allow this despite enabling legislation.
from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and some media workers
have had several experiences that have led them to conclude that
is being intercepted.
These include messages they have sent or they are
supposed to receive that
do not reach their destinations, even though the
e-mail network would be
working normally, or e-mail delivered a week or two
later than it is
"These are not isolated incidents," an
official at a Harare-based civil
society organisation told the Financial
"You send a message and it's not received even though the
address is correct
and it's re-sent three or four times. When you check with
provider, they are not experiencing any problems and there is no
explanation for it."
Affected individuals said this usually
happened with Zimbabwe-controlled
e-mail networks and not international ones
like yahoo or hotmail.
Financial Gazette arts and lifestyle editor Grace
Mutandwa said: "I used to
get e-mail from a lawyer friend and the e-mail
would get here, but the text
would be missing. But when she sent it to my
yahoo address, it would be
Andrew Nongogo, a spokesman for NGO
coalition Crisis in Zimbabwe, said:
"We've heard from time to time about
e-mails taking two to three days to
arrive or not arriving at all. When a
check is made with the service
provider, they say as far as they are
concerned, they haven't been
experiencing any problems. This has led to the
general feeling that there is
some interception going on.
fact that Internet service providers (ISPs) have an obligation to
government to interfere with e-mail and that they are not allowed
to tell the
user, this is not as far fetched as it seems.
"A lot of NGOs are trying
to manage this situation through various means
like using international
(e-mail) platforms or limiting the kind of
information that they pass through
Section 98 of the Postal and Telecommunications Act of 2000
Robert Mugabe, if he considers it necessary in the interests
security or the maintenance of law and order, to direct that
communication transmitted by "means of cellular telecommunication
telecommunications service" be intercepted or monitored.
103 allows the President to direct companies licenced under the Act
perform certain tasks deemed to be in the interests of national
Such directives should be published in the Government Gazette
unless it is
deemed to be against the interests of national security to do
Service providers required to perform the tasks are not obliged to
that they have received a directive and will be found guilty of an
if they refuse to comply with the directive.
Service Providers' Association chairman Shadreck Nkala
said: "Under the
present Telecommunications Act, it is possible for the
government to do that,
but I don't think there is infrastructure that allows
aware that there is any interception of e-mail of any kind. I know
has been raised from time to time of e-mail being intercepted, but
of infrastructure is not available."
Internet industry sources said there
was speculation that attempts by the
government to purchase such equipment
had fallen through because of lack of
Jim Holland, the head of
e-mail service provider Mango, said: "As far as I
know no major ISPs are
doing anything of that sort unless they get a
specific request from the
police in connection with criminal cases, but I
haven't heard of it happening
for political reasons.
"The equipment needed is fairly sophisticated and
interception further up the line is possible. There are
two or three
(Internet) links and the major link is the PTC (Posts and
Corporation). If the PTC installed equipment it would be
possible for them
to have a look at e-mail."
Service providers said
many of the problems being experienced could be
blamed on technical
difficulties associated with routing e-mails, which
could result in delays,
or filtering by ISPs for viruses that could lead to
mail "bouncing" and not
reaching its destination.
"Some of the ISPs have filters to catch such
things as viruses and they may
use common lines (appearing in e-mail
messages) associated with viruses and
that might bounce mail," Holland
Nkala added: "There are
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various routes on
which e-mails travel into the country and there could be
in some servers keeping mail for a long time. If a server
to which mail is
supposed to be delivered is not available, it will be held
until it can be
Cyberplex Africa update supervisor Farai Manyarara said
e-mail users could
obtain "secure certificates" enabling them to determine if
their mail is
being tampered with and by who.
"People can look for
secure certificates and verisign.com is one of the main
providers of these
certificates," he said.
"Every time your account is tampered with, you
will be informed and it can
also detect the source of the
"They should also ask their service provider if anyone is
allowed to filter
the mail. For some ISPs, it's part of their conditions of
service that they
can filter your mail, people should check their contracts.
also go a long way in protecting you because no one can access
without proper verification."
Save Zimbabwe News Release
MORE SUPPORT FOR
September 26, 2002
Another prominent Zimbabwe
human rights organisation has thrown its weight behind
"Save Zimbabwe" campaign with the announcement today that the
won the backing of the influential Zimbabwe Human Rights Association
ZIMRIGHTS is a grassroots-based indigenous Zimbabwean
NGO, set up in 1992 "to
promote, protect and defend" human rights in
Zimbabwe. The organisation's growth
has been very rapid, with membership
rising to more than 15,000 within six years
of its launch.
ZIMRIGHTS statement said that it "supports and is proud to be associated
with the "Save Zimbabwe" Campaign". It cited as "highly commendable" the
efforts to keep Zimbabwe in the limelight internationally, "to
bring to the attention
of the world the real suffering that ordinary
Zimbabweans are going through".
ZIMRIGHTS added that that the Campaign's
activities "should enable people who
matter to distinguish the frequent
political rhetoric uttered by the Government's
officials, from the real
bread and butter issues that affect the silent majority".
Chief spokesman Ephraim Tapa said: "There is a growing tide running
the Mugabe regime now, both inside and outside Zimbabwe. The support
ZIMRIGHTS is particularly important because it reflects the feelings of
indigenous, ordinary Zimbabweans. The tragedy being played out in Zimbabwe
is not about the fate of 4,000 white farmers. It is about millions of
who are facing death, starvation, violence and intimidation at
the hands of a
brutal dictatorship, which has denied them human rights and
democracy. ZIMRIGHTS has been a beacon of hope for
Zimbabweans over the past
decade, and their backing for "Save Zimbabwe"is a
very welcome boost for the
The "Save Zimbabwe" campaign is
a non-partisan international initiative, with
broad-based support drawn from
both political parties and community groups. It
was launched during the
recent African Union meeting in Durban and is designed
to restore democracy,
human rights and legitimate government to Zimbabwe. The
holding of early,
free and fair elections, under full and proper international
a key objective of the campaign.
For more information, please
Terence Fane-Saunders on: +44 20 7939 7939 or +44 7768 283 144,
Helen Campbell on: +44 20 7939 7939 or +44 7768 283 145.
We extend a warm invitation to you to join us for the first
Farmers for Jesus Convocation to be held in Bulawayo. It will be at the Ascot
Racecourse, Bulawayo on Saturday 28th September 2002 starting around 10am with
Praise and Worship, and finishing around 4.30pm. Registration 9.30am for 10am.
(no registration fee but an offering will be taken up during the day).
Phillip Ligthart of the Tabernacles of David Church, Chinhoyi will be speaking.
We are also privileged to have Angus Buchan of Shalom Ministries in Kwa-Zulu
Natal, South Africa to speak to us. During the day we will have times of prayer
and ministry so it promises to be a day of inspiration, hope and encouragement
for each one of us.
We look forward to seeing you there. Please feel
free to bring along friends, workers and anybody else who might be interested
and spread the word that this event is on shortly.
Please note that
everyone needs to bring their own lunch, although we hope to have a stall
selling burger-type refreshments and we will serve tea and cooldrinks.
could I ask if you would print the poster attached and put it up wherever you
feel you can.
There is also a men's breakfast at Top-of-the-sun room at
Rainbow Hotel on Saturday 8am 28th September 2002. Tickets are $1200 and need to
be booked with Helen Palmgren on 09-241509 as soon as possible. Angus will be
the guest speaker.
Thank you so much . Stay safe and God bless
Peter and Nan Goosen
FARMERS FOR JESUS
Let us meet and be a joy to one another
Saturday 28th September 2002 VENUE : Ascot Racecourse TIME : 10am
extend a warm invitation to you to join us for a time of praise and worship,
prayer and ministry. It promises to be a day of inspiration, hope and
encouragement. Come and be blessed.
SPEAKERS : PHILLIP LIGTHART
Tabernacles of David Church, Chinhoyi
: ANGUS BUCHAN Shalom
Ministries- Kwazulu Natal
that everyone needs to bring their own lunch, although we hope to have a stall
selling burger-type refreshments and we will serve tea and cooldrinks.
Party fights Mugabe ban
opposition party is to defy security laws and hold rallies
without police clearance, opening the way for the arrest of
Under strict public order and security laws passed
by President Robert
Mugabe's ruling party, public meetings of more than three
police approval, often denied.
head of the opposition Movement for Democratic
Change, said his party's
leadership had decided to launch a defiance
campaign at a meeting in the
capital Harare yesterday.
Informal Sector Takes Over Border Town
UN Integrated Regional
September 26, 2002
Posted to the web September
Livingstone, overlooking the Victoria Falls
on Zambia's southern border with
Zimbabwe used to be a thriving industrial
town, but times have changed.
The factories that provided jobs and a
sense of pride have collapsed -
undermined by Zambia's economic failure in
the 1980s, and closures under a
privatisation programme in the 1990s. The
Livingstone Motor Assemblers,
which employed 200 people to assemble Fiat cars
from Italy, has shut its
gates. A once vibrant textile industry has been
retrenching under new
But the lack of formal sector employment
has not stopped the likes of Coster
Nyimba from earning a living. Nyimba,
from Malota compound, Livingtone's
poorest shanty area, has taken matters
into his own hands and turned his
bicycle into a money making
Decked out as a rickshaw, he peddles travellers between the
Zimbabwean border posts for 3,500 kwacha (US 70 cents) a trip. He
representative of the new entrepreneurial spirit in the town.
good day I do up to five round trips and that way I can make money for
meal (staple maize) for my family," Nyimba told IRIN proudly, as he
breather before battling uphill. "That way I can feed my wife and do
to beg from anyone. It's tough, but it's the only alternative
Across Zambia, a decade of freemarket reforms designed to
pull the economy
into shape after 20 years of a welfare state, have seen the
social services and deepening poverty. But with its tourist
Livingstone's decline has been much less precipitous than other
towns. It has an additional advantage of being next door to Zimbabwe,
its larger and more developed economy.
Cross-border trade, the
most common way of earning a living in Livingstone,
has boomed since the
collapse of the Zimbabwe dollar on the black market,
following the Harare
government's fast-track land reform programme.
At the official rate, US
$1 is worth Zim $55. On the parallel market the
rate is one to 600. Traders
change US dollars for Zimbabwe dollars at the
black market rate, which they
then use to buy low-priced Zimbabwe goods such
as sugar, cooking oil and
cement which are resold in Zambia at an easy
manufacturers unable to compete have complained, and the government
in April by banning trade in Zimbabwean goods for two years. But
the ban has
had little effect, and instead has created a flourishing
That includes using canoes to cross the Zambezi, and
shinning up cliffs to
avoid the customs posts.
"If you say, 'stop buying and selling goods from
Zimbabwe', you are passing
a death sentence on lots of people who survive on
cross-border trade unless
you find them an alternative, such as real
employment creation," said David
Moyowambuyu, a trader.
has both a high school and college education, but cannot find a
job in the
On the Zimbabwean side of the border, the largest
supermarket is filled with
Zambian women, queuing up for the banned products
which they intended to
"Most of these are Zambians you
are seeing," a Zimbabwean taxi driver
explained. "They buy all the groceries,
but thank God we have lots of
What he is less happy about
is that Zimbabwean fuel is also being smuggled
into Zambia. "They buy all our
fuel leaving us with nothing, that's just the
only thing I don't like. You
see petrol here is Zim $74 per litre (US $1.30
at the official rate) while in
Zambia I understand it is much more than
that. So the Zambians come and fill
sometimes three-times a day and go and
resell, that is bad."
Zimbabwe costs the equivalent of 518 kwacha per litre at the
exchange rate, but sells for 3,800 kwacha in Livingstone.
legislator Sakwiba Sikota is resigned to the fact that
smuggling rackets will continue.
"It could be a child
wanting to go to school or an adult looking at ways of
earning a living [that
is behind the smuggling], but whichever way we look
at it jobs, and we mean
meaningful well earning jobs, ought to be created in
this city to reverse the
situation," he said.
What signal does the world get if
it views 20,000 Zimbabweans basking in the sun, watching cricket, drinking beer
and generally appearing to be having a good and peaceful time? - Boycott the
Pakistan cricket tour to Zimbabwe
LET PAKISTAN COME
Let me start by saying I love
cricket, it's my favourite spectator sport. The Zimbabwean team has achieved
some memorable wins from a limited selection of players.
I have been saying for some time
that Zimbabweans should be engaging in civil disobedience and passive protests.
Lets face it, how can you go on a non-violent peace march when Zanu PF thugs
with assistance with the Army and Police can attack those demonstrators with
impunity. All confrontational protests will be quickly disrupted with people
being beaten, killed or arrested. Strikes and work stoppages will not work as a
lot of workers can not afford to lose any of their meager earnings. Prices are
escalating, a black market in basic commodities is thriving and mostly wages are
remaining static. Strikes will lead to more companies closing down and therefore
That the Pakistani cricket squad is
currently still intent in going ahead with the Zimbabwe tour is quite correct.
It is not up to professional cricketers to get involved with world politics,
this is also true of our Zimbabwean squad.
The world has focused on Zimbabwe
in the last 2 years and more so during and after the last elections. There is a
strong belief that the political climate over the past two years, the election
process and the state manipulation of the ballot all pointed to an illegitimate
election whose result does not reflect the views of many Zimbabweans. There have
however been conflicting reports from some observers and heads of state who
claim that the election was free and fair. If we do not have a consensus of
opinion on the last elections, this allows Zanu PF to use this confusion to
divide world opinion. How do we show that we still do not accept the result and
demand a new election run by the UN, commonwealth or both? As much has been done
by other countries, and as Zimbabweans we have to make a strong statement NOW.
What signal does the world get if
it views 20,000 Zimbabweans basking in the sun, watching cricket, drinking beer
and generally appearing to be having a good and peaceful time? Jonathon Moyo,
the Herald and ZBC will use this event to 'prove' to the world at large that
everything is OK and that the vast amounts of reports of widespread "wholesale"
violence are unfounded.
All Zimbabweans should boycott the
Pakistani tour by not buying tickets or attending any of the matches. This is
not directed at the Pakistan team or their government, instead it would
demonstrate to the world that the electorate do not accept the result of the
fraudulent election or the current state condoned violent instability that all
Zimbabweans are suffering under. Imagine that in the first ODI the players
outnumber the spectators. What a coup that would be for democracy! A clear
signal would be sent to the world regarding the true situation in Zimbabwe and
the feelings of the people. What message will the Pakistan squad take with them
to the rest of the world?
The result of this mass protest
will be seen worldwide via sport channels on satellite and terrestrial
television. No one would lose earnings (In fact you would save money by not
buying tickets), and no one could be targeted for retribution, unless Mugabe
decides to arrest the whole population of Zimbabwe for non-attendance of a
In the short term, the sport would
lose earnings and Zimbabwean cricket would suffer. Without a change in this
country, will there be a future for Zimbabwean test cricket anyway? With the
exodus of talent, skill and investment, will we be able to field a competitive
test side anyway? It as not inconceivable that we will lose test status or
nobody will be willing to play us if we can't give them a competitive game.
BOYCOTT THE WHOLE
TOUR. DO NOT BUY TICKETS OR ATTEND MATCHES. IF YOU HAVE OR ARE
CONSIDERING HAVING A HOSPITALITY TENT CANCEL YOU'RE BOOKINGS.
IF YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND POLITELY REJECT THE INVITATION. THIS IS NOT AN
ATTACK ON PAKISTAN OR THE COMMONWEALTH. THIS IS A PEACEFUL PROTEST THAT
ZIMBABWEANS DEMAND AN END TO STATE SPONSORED VIOLENCE, A RETURN TO LAW AND ORDER
AND FRESH INDEPENDENTLY RUN ELECTIONS.
PLEASE SEND THIS EMAIL TO EVERYONE
YOU KNOW AND COPY IT TO THE WORLD PRESS. LET'S MAKE THIS BOYCOTT WORK.
Howard slams Zimbabwe meeting
Prime Minister John
Howard has described his weekend meeting with the
Commonwealth troika on
Zimbabwe as a profoundly disappointing experience.
Mr Howard could not
convince his fellow Commonwealth leaders - South African
Mbeki and Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo - to suspend Zimbabwe
Commonwealth for President Robert Mugabe's repeated abuses of
"(It) was for me a profoundly disappointing meeting," Mr
Howard said after a
meeting with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in
"The unwillingness of South Africa and Nigeria to support what I
an entirely appropriate response to Zimbabwe's indifference to
Marlborough House statement ... was a disappointment.
continue to try to engage Zimbabwe but the reality is there was a
election earlier this year, that was the finding not of Australia and
but a Commonwealth observer group led by a former
Mr Howard, Mr Mbeki and Mr Obasanjo were
appointed to deal with the Zimbabwe
issue following a meeting of Commonwealth
Mr Straw said he and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were
to Mr Howard for his work in making sure that the abuses of
regime were brought to world attention.
Howard's trip to Abuja will rank in history as one well
beyond the call of
duty," Mr Straw said.
"The Commonwealth is able to see that the current
leader of the Commonwealth
is taking a firm stand on this and I'm as
disappointed as Prime Minister
Howard has been in the response by the
presidents of Nigeria and South
"The greatest sadness is that
the greatest harm from Zimbabwe, aside from
that caused to Zimbabweans, is to
Africans and to Africa."
Sunday Times (SA)
SADC won't discuss Zimbabwe
The Southern African development Community (SADC) heads of state
government meeting in Luanda next week is not scheduled to discuss
ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe, South African Foreign Affairs deputy
Aziz Pahad said today.
Pahad was speaking at a press briefing
on the summit of southern African
leaders - which will be preceded by a
foreign affairs ministers' meeting,
including SA Foreign Minister Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma, which is being held
from September 30 to October
"Zimbabwe is not on the agenda. I suppose the president (South
President Thabo Mbeki) might have to give a report on the meeting in
if he is requested to. Most of the SADC members are also members of
Commonwealth, but it is not on the agenda," Pahad said.
Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Mbeki and Australian Prime Minister
met in Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday six months after the
suspended Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth over
elections viewed as flawed,
which continued President Robert Mugabe's
22-years in power.
Howard backed the immediate suspension while Mbeki and Obasanjo
monitoring of the country for a further six months.
The SADC heads of
state and government meeting will review political and
developments within the region over the past year and be
briefed on food
shortages "and the consequent humanitarian crisis," said
Mail and Guardian
Zim journalist sentenced to three months
26 September 2002 12:42
journalist who wrote an article this month claiming the country's
chief was unwell, has been sentenced to three months in jail under
Act, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Reporter Tawanda Majoni, a former
policeman, was employed by the private
Daily Mirror newspaper before retiring
from the police, which is technically
an offence, said his lawyer.
was convicted by a disciplinary court in terms of the Police Act," the
Johannes Tomana said. The reporter was also fined 500 Zimbabwe
On September 9 Majoni wrote an article in the Daily Mirror's first
alleging that Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri was unhealthy and
The article was immediately dismissed as untrue.
Majoni was arrested and
questioned a few days later by police before being
charged under the Police
Act and ordered to appear before a police
"The sentence is harsh under the circumstances," said Tomana,
his client had appealed against both the conviction and
He said the state also alleged Majoni gathered information for
before he had been properly retired from the police on September
4 and this
was said to be "in conflict with his being an officer."
think they have erred," added Tomana.
President Robert Mugabe's
government has been criticised both in Zimbabwe
and abroad for its alleged
harassment of journalists who are critical of the
press laws introduced this year, publishing false information is
by a stiff fine, a prison sentence, or both. - Sapa-AFP
Zimbabwe court bars destruction of ballot
HARARE, Sept. 26 - A Zimbabwe court ordered a top
government official not to
destroy ballot papers from disputed presidential
elections in a ruling in
favour of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, his
lawyer said on Thursday.
Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede, whose
office runs Zimbabwe's
elections, had applied to the High Court to destroy
ballot papers from the
March election to use the ballot boxes in urban and
rural council elections
Tsvangirai, leader of the
main opposition Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC), argued that the ballot
papers were crucial evidence in a legal
challenge against President Robert
Mugabe's victory in the presidential
countries observers condemned the poll as fraudulent.
Matika ruled that Mudede was not to destroy any
ballot papers from the
presidential elections, but that Mudede could, if he
wanted, use ballot boxes
from the presidential elections this weekend,''
Tsvangirai's lawyer Adrian
deBourbon told Reuters.
There is no indication yet when Tsvangirai's
election challenge will
come to court.
Mugabe, in power since
independence in 1980, insists he won fairly in
the March poll, and accuses
Western countries led by former colonial ruler
Britain of seeking his removal
in retaliation for his seizure of white-owned
farms for redistribution among
The High Court is expected to hear an MDC application
on Friday to
postpone the weekend council elections. The opposition says most
candidates had been barred from registering or faced intimidation
''Our view is that this election is a
non-election if you have people
being victimised out of the race,''
Tsvangirai told reporters on Wednesday.
''It is part of the intimidation that
has been going on for months.''
The MDC accuses Mugabe of mismanaging
the country since assuming
power, and that his land policies have contributed
to a severe food shortage
which is affecting nearly seven million people, or
half the population.
Mugabe's government insists the shortages are
solely the result of
Washing of Hands
When Jesus was tried before a howling mob
in Jerusalem, the Roman Judge knew full well that he was innocent of the charges
made by the Jewish leaders. Yet, when faced with the choice of pleasing the mob
or following his training and the facts of the case, he bowed to the mob and
gave them what they wanted. Afterwards he washed his hands, as if that would
assuage his guilt. I hope Mbeki did the same on Monday when he blocked efforts
to intensify the pressure on Mugabe to adhere to the principles on which the
Commonwealth is founded and to which Mugabe committed this country 22 years
Six months is a long time anywhere. In
Zimbabwe it will encompass the failure to get a new crop into the ground for the
third year in a row, it will see all Zimbabweans lose another 15 per cent of
their income per capita. It will see exports decline by another 30 per cent, the
loss of our markets for flue cured tobacco and the closure of many mines and
factories. It will see 300 000 Zimbabweans die from hunger and malnutrition and
Aids related causes of death. It will see life expectancies drop another two
years. At least 250 000 Zimbabweans will leave the country for other lands,
two-thirds for the crowded slums of South Africa where many will turn to crime
for a living. If recent activity is anything to go by, 15 000 Zimbabweans will
go to jail for politically related "crimes", some 100 000 people will experience
political violence of one kind or another, 70 people will be murdered in
politically motivated activities.
Yes, Mr Mbeki, six months is a long
Today I heard Mr Blair say in the British
Parliament "dictators do not respond to diplomacy that is not backed by some
form of force". He then went on to say that the international community could
not stand by and watch Saddam Hussein brutalize his people, cripple his
country’s economy and threaten the stability of the whole region. He could have
been talking about Mugabe, the man who in the past three weeks has been allowed
to speak to the world at conferences in Johannesburg and New York and who was
entertained by some members of the New York establishment as an honored guest
When will the world say enough is enough,
this man must go? Two million Zimbabweans are forced out of their homes with no
where to go and no work to be found. Not by a natural calamity but by a
government that has deliberately targeted them and with force backed by all the
instruments of the State, forced them into refugee status in their own country.
I am sick to death of hearing the UN say that it’s a pity that commercial
agriculture is being dismantled when Zimbabwe has a food shortage, as if it was
only their capacity to grow food that justified their existence and their
activities. No mention of their rights or the violation of the constitution and
the rule of law, no reference to the fundamental principles of governance and
security of tenure that are being violated every day.
In one breath Mbeki and Obasanjo say to
the global community, African poverty can only be addressed if the continent can
grow its economy by 7 per cent a year. To achieve this they ask the rest of the
world to invest US$64 billion every year in economic ventures in the continent.
They ask for a huge increase in foreign aid and for leaders in the rest of the
world to persuade their business communities to commit their funds to the task
that lies ahead. Then when one of their number strips 4000 businesses of US$6
billion in assets, runs up national debts of US$12 billion in 20 years with
nothing to show for it except the odd monument to vanity. Scraps the rule of
law, denies its citizens the right to vote, or meet, or speak with any sort of
freedom – they simply wash their hands and say they will wait to see if this man
will mend his ways.
How did Mbeki and Mugabe get into the
Presidency of their countries? They will tell you it was by means of a
protracted political struggle, backed by armed force. In fact this is not so –
sure these things did contribute, but in the end it was global pressure, backed
by the threat of force, that turned the tide and brought freedom to South Africa
and Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe it was the US acting through the Secretary of State
who gathered a global consortium and then persuaded the South African government
to finally end Ian Smiths adventure. It was all over in a few weeks once the
decision had been taken. In South Africa it was Mrs. Thatcher acting on behalf
of another global coalition which brought down the Nationalist government and
ushered South Africa into an era of democracy. The force used in both cases was
not military, but it was force in every sense of the word. In the case of
Rhodesia, it was the threat to end all forms of support from South Africa. In
the case of South Africa it was the threat to make the Rand a prisoner of the
boundaries of South Africa.
But it takes political will to do these
things. The will to stand by your principles. The will to stand against the
unthinking mob. The will to do what is right – even if it costs you popular
opinion. Is the rest of the world going to do these things for African leaders,
as they did in the past during the liberation struggles? No I think not, they
want Africa to stand on its own two feet and to start doing these things for
themselves. That is what NEPAD is supposed to be all about. The rest of the
world is watching Mbeki and Obasanjo and asking can they deliver real change?
The answer this week was no they cannot, or worse, they will not because they do
not have the courage to do what is right and use the power in their own hands to
force a ruthless dictator to adhere to the basic rules that govern progress
No, they chose to wash their hands and
history will record the outcome and it will be to their
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ZIMBABWE: Government allows seed price increase
September (IRIN) - The Zimbabwean government has announced that seed producers
can raise their retail price by between 120 and 375 percent to encourage them to
release seeds for the coming planting season.
The controlled seed prices
for maize will go up by 120 percent, groundnuts and sunflower seeds by 150
percent, sugar beans by 300 percent and soya beans by 375 percent.
same time, local media reports said the government would inject Zim $37 million
(US $689,925 at the official rate) into the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) to
enable it to buy wheat from local farmers, with part of the money covering loans
of seed to newly resettled farmers. It would also reportedly scrap import duties
on wheat to help alleviate shortages.
Since this year's failed maize
harvest, Zimbweans have been increasingly turning to wheat as an alternative,
depleting already lower than usual stocks.
"Seed producers argued that
the previous prices were not commercially viable and so there were shortages on
the market. It was an artificial shortage and the companies' arguments were
valid," explained Steyn Berejena, a Department of Information press
Commenting on the seed price increase, George Hutchison, general
manager for commodities at the Grain Producer's Association, said: "It came just
in time. Farmers were beginning to panic about the availability of
But, the price increase would have to be built into next year's
consumer prices. "In April we will know the effect on the consumer," Hutchison
However, a seed company spokesman was less optimistic. "The
seed price increase makes sensational headlines, but it's not what we asked
for," said Brien Deworonin, marketing manager for Seed Co.
He noted the
increase was based on a 15-month-old price, overtaken by a 135 percent inflation
"But at least [the increase] enables us to carry on," Deworonin
said. "If they hadn't done it we would have to close down."