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6th SEPTEMBER 2002
OFFICER IN CHARGE
REPUBLIC POLICE KAROI
P O BOX 60
THREATENED EVICTION OF FARMERS THIS COMING SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2002
We represent the farmers who have received visits from your subordinates on
Friday 6th September 2002, threatening them and ordering them to vacate their
farms by midday on Sunday the 8th September 2002. We are advised by our lawyers
that our members should inform the various Police details that any such action
would be illegal because of orders pertained in the High Court of Zimbabwe
setting aside the Section 8 orders issued against our members.
As you are aware, Section 9 of the Land Acquisition Act as amended, only
comes into force when a valid Section 8 order is served on the farmer concerned.
In the absence of a valid Section 8 order, the farmer is entitled to remain on
his property and to continue farming. In any event, we would point out to you
that even if there is a valid section 8 in place, only a duly constituted court
can issue an order for the eviction of a farmer in terms of Section 9 of the
Land Acquisition Act.
In the circumstances, any police officer or any other person for that
matter, who attempts to evict any of our members, that action will be illegal.
We are instructed to advise you as we hereby do, that if any police officer
is involved in such illegal evictions this weekend, we will sue you and the
various police officers involved for damages in your personal capacity. You will
appreciate that all police officers are bound in terms of the constitution to
honour the constitution of Zimbabwe and its laws, and if you fail to do so you
will be acting beyond the scope of your employment and accordingly you will be
held personally liable. We stress that any such action for damages will include
a claim for any consequential loss sustained by our members including loss of
Numerous farmers have had their Section 8 orders set aside and they have
the relevant high court orders which confirm our contention with the Section 8
Some farmers have not had their Section 8's set aside by the High Court. We
should stress, however to you, that even in respect of these contraventions only
a court has lawful authority to issue eviction orders and any action taken by
the police to evict these farmers will be equally illegal.
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As the last of Zimbabwe’s white farmers and
their workforce wait to be evicted from their farms, countless wild and
domestic animals continue to be brutally killed, maimed and tortured. For
wildlife, in the country’s south-eastern conservancies of Bubiana, Save and
Chiredzi, the death toll is worse than the 1992 drought which utterly
devastated wildlife populations. Today, in Bubiana it is thought that 40 rhino
have been lost to poachers’ snares, and a snared calf, unable to escape, was found
to have burnt to death in one of the poachers’ fires which swept through the
conservancy killing everything in its path. Along with vast numbers of plains
game, elephant and the critically endangered African Wild Dog have also fallen
victim to the poacher’s snares. ‘I removed a snare from a female that had actually bitten off the lower
half of her rear leg to try and break free,’ reports Save’s conservator. It is a perilous position
for those attempting to fight this massacre. Scouts are intimidated and
attacked regularly – one had
the top of his skull sliced off with an axe whilst another had deep cuts from
machete blows to his back. Another was killed by a bow and arrow.
sustain these brave men are running low. To help the scouts and preserve the
little that is left of Zimbabwe’s wildlife, the David Shepherd Wildlife
Foundation’s Zimbabwe Appeal asks for
your help. All donations will go towards funding and equipping the scouts on
the conservancies. Without donor help it is feared no one will be left to halt
what is becoming the country’s worst man-made disaster.
acres Save Valley in Zimbabwe is one of Africa's largest conservancies. It
supports about 1,200 elephant and has one of the most successful black rhino
breeding programmes in Africa. Since the invasions,
about 25% of the conservancy has been almost fully occupied by settlers. Over
the two years 1,089 animals have been recovered dead from the snares (including
elephant, wild dog, cheetah, leopard, and rhino). The numbers of recorded
animals killed in no way reflects the true horror of the extent of the killing
as it only accounts for the animals that were found by the patrols.
Many, many more will have escaped detection as ‘no go’ areas, where the scouts have
been forbidden access by the ‘war veterans’, have grown into poaching
playgrounds. In other areas there simply aren’t the funds to support
anti-poaching patrols and it has become a free for all. Some conservancies feel
they now have, at most, two months left before their wildlife is annihilated
A more significant indication of the extent
of the poaching rests with the number of snares recovered. Since last August
the number of snares found on Save equated to about 40 kilometres of wire, but
more than 80 kilometres of fencing has been destroyed. This suggests that a
potential 427,000 snares have been made and only 27,000 have been recovered. This minefield of cable snares,
scattered throughout the conservancies, act by slowly strangling, and starving,
their victims to death. In addition to snaring, the
poachers use dogs to run the animals down, where they are then speared or axed
On Bubiana an estimated 30,000 animals have
been killed in the past 18 months. Many have had only their limbs cut off for
the poacher’s pot leaving the rest of the carcass to wastefully rot.
As well as the loss of animals, the
destruction of habitat has been severe. Bubiana has lost an estimated 240,000
trees in the clearing of land for subsistence plots whilst 50% of Chiredzi’s 270,000 acres have
been destroyed. Rob Style, Chiredzi’s Vice Chairman, reports, ‘The worst thing
is the Mopane forests, which take years and years to regenerate, are being
hammered really hard. Big chunks of forest are being cut down and burnt,
opening up the bush, and exposing vast tracts of soil to erosion. A whole
ecosystem is being destroyed.’
A 5,000 hectare property on Chiredzi has been entirely burnt out.
Says Theresa Warth, ‘It all went up in a day and they’re still burning what’s
left now. Burnt land is easier to poach than thick bush. It enables the poacher
to hunt with dogs as the animals are in clear view. The animals are rapidly
losing condition as there is no graze or browse for them now and hundreds of
smaller animals have also been killed in the fires.’ Recently Theresa found a
warthog that had been stabbed 30 times in the face as the poachers had tried to
extract it from its burrow. It was a pregnant female and the poachers had
removed the front and back leg, leaving the rest to rot. ‘They’re doing so much
damage. What’s happening is worse than a drought as it’s not selective, the
strong are being taken out as well as the weak.’
The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force
reports that in the Midlands Conservancy area, 4 of the game ranchers have lost
80% of their wildlife. On land that has been officially ‘fast-tracked’, there
is no game left at all. It is significant that game is being shot not snared in
these areas and reports suggest the police and senior war veterans are behind
the poaching. This highly organised crime has resulted in an influx of bush
meat being sold in Bulawayo and surrounding towns.
For the rhino, only recently brought back
from the brink of extinction, this lawless, uncontrolled epidemic is especially
threatening. Private farms and conservancies protect 70% of
the national total of rhinos which are all state owned. A government that once granted the rhino’s custodianship to the
conservancies is now encouraging invasions into their habitat and turning a
blind eye to a crime that is destroying them. After South Africa, Bubiana has
the second biggest rhino population in the world. Here, where a quarter of
Zimbabwe’s 400 rhino live, 50% are thought to have been killed. The most recent
to have been found had been snared and then stabbed to death. Another southern
conservancy, Lynwood Ranching, has found 7 of its 36 black rhino in snares. In
Matusadona National Park two rhino were poisoned with pesticide and one had its
horn hacked off.
With this evidence it’s not surprising to
hear reports that there has been an influx of rhino products into the Orient,
and the suggested source is Zimbabwe.
Rhino are not the only protected species to
be threatened. Since the elections, at least 33 elephant have been poached
(shot not snared) in the Kariba area, and 65 anti-personnel mines have been
uplifted from game paths. It seems unbelievable that in this chaos, Zimbabwe
are proposing that the elephant be down-listed by CITES so that the country can
start trading in ivory and other elephant parts.
If any animals survive this current
holocaust it will be because of the tenacity and bravery of the scouts on the
afflicted conservancies. A special mention needs to be made for them as their
life is becoming increasingly difficult and morale is low. Every day they face
severe mental and physical abuse from gangs of poachers.
On Save a scout received serious ‘panga’ (machete)
wounds across his back from a ‘war vet’ calling himself ‘Killer’. Another had
the top of his skull sliced off with an axe. Another was recently killed by a
bow and arrow. A Chiredzi scout reports, ‘If we arrest
one of the poachers in the area, they come in bulk to fight against us. They
have axes, big knives and bows and arrows. I was beaten by twelve of the
poachers and my eardrums were perforated. I’m still having pains in my chest
and back.’ The man responsible for these beatings twice failed to appear in
court, and the hearing was then postponed for a year – he is still free and has
never been tried!
Meanwhile conservancy owners are facing the
daily fear that one day their diminishing resources will run dry and they will
no longer be able to pay for scouts to patrol. For many this has already
happened. Clem Coetsee has been involved in wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe
for 40 years. After 18 months of pressure and intimidation, he abandoned his
property on Chiredzi. On this property alone, the cost of the damage to fencing
amounts to US$46,000. ‘They bring cattle in and have burnt and chopped down trees.
They take the wood out into the communal land for firewood. Whatever poles they
can get and our fencing all goes into building homes on the communal land. They’ve destroyed the borehole and pump. I
have a dam with a 4 kilometre pipeline which they’re also digging up and
stealing. There’s nothing left there, not even a duiker.’ With all his assets
gone, Coetsee can no longer afford to pay for anti-poaching patrols. Poaching
is so bad that in the rocky hills even the hyrax have been slaughtered – one poacher
was found with a pile of twenty-two.
The longer this madness is allowed to
continue, the more likely it will be that these wildlife saviours will be
forced to watch the animals they’ve fought to protect, fall to the poacher’s
From the standpoint of Zimbabwe’s wildlife,
the country is fast approaching the point of no return. The country is dying a
rapid death as it destroys the very means it has to shape a productive and
sustainable economic future. Whilst it’s understandable that a country on the
brink of starvation should turn to every means it can to survive, it is
incomprehensible that the government has so little control over its own
economic assets, appearing to favour short-term mass slaughter over long-term
Zimbabwe’s extraordinary natural
environment has to be regarded as a gift from God. To disrespect and mistreat
this gift is to kill the very foundation on which life grows. Everyone in
Zimbabwe will be the poorer for this negligence.
Digby Nesbitt, Chiredzi’s Chairman put it
very succinctly when he said, ‘Every month it costs me Z$250,000 to pay my game
scouts – how long can we keep this going whilst they’re destroying it around
you at a rate you can’t imagine? Sooner or later, financially it’s going to
cripple you. It’s a lose-lose situation. Nobody’s going to gain from it. The
whole thing has been motivated by a government trying to stay in power, it
doesn’t matter if the economy collapses or people starve, it’s just a case of
staying in power at any cost. It’s a crisis situation and we need immediate
action, the longer we wait the more animals are being killed and the less
likely it’ll be that we can ever make use of wildlife in this country’s
economy. All we want to do is preserve the little bit that’s left.’
We have to be mindful that it’s not only
the government that has a duty to perform. I believe that as individuals we all
have a responsibility to do what we can to prevent this country’s suicide. To
be aware of what is happening and silently utter our dismay, is not enough.
It’s wrong to believe we have no power to make a difference – let us all take
responsibility for what is happening and make our indignation and outrage
Write to: Minister Francis Nhema, Ministry
of Environment and Tourism, P.O.Box CY286, Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe.
If you would like to make a contribution to
help sustain and increase the number of scouts protecting wildlife on the
conservancies, please see details on the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
website (www.davidshepherd.org) or you can contribute:
By post: with a cheque payable to
DSWF Zimbabwe Appeal - sent to 61
Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8JJ, England
By phone: (+44 1483 272323) with credit card details and specifiying that it is
for the DSWF Zimbabwe Appeal.
N.B. Before making a donation you should be
aware that some of the conservancies have been almost entirely funded by
hunting operations, and they will continue to be so once a situation of
normality has returned. Save in particular relies on hunting to sustain the
conservancy as their conservator explains, ‘The hunting business ensures that
the conservation project can continue to survive and that the conservancy
remains intact in its biodiversity.’ Whilst I personally do not support hunting,
I do believe that if we don’t do all that we can to protect what is left in the
conservancies, there will be no wildlife left in this corner of the country and
no means for economic development for local communities - be it through hunting
or photographic safaris.
Sunday Times (SA)
Farm evictions pick up speed as Mugabe returns
Sunday Times Foreign Desk
A triumphant President Robert
Mugabe returned to Zimbabwe from his warm
reception at the World Summit on
Sustainable Development in Johannesburg
this week just as police began
preparing to evict yet more farmers from the
According to farmers' groups, police gave farmers served with
notices in Matabeland, Mashonaland West - the country's
grain-producing area - and Mashonaland Central until 2pm today to
all their possessions.
The farmers include single
property owners - belying Mugabe's claim that
only those with more than one
farm would be targeted.
The police notices came just as the country's
bakers warned of worsening
bread shortages in urban areas and as Mugabe
reversed a decision to ban the
import of genetically modified food aid in an
effort to avert the worst
famine in the country's history.
rare interview with journalists after his return from Johannesburg,
said it was "absolute nonsense" that the seizure of farms had
the hunger crisis threatening half of all Zimbabweans.
he was quoted as saying, "it's the only way you can empower
produce, not just for subsistence, but to enable them to enjoy
life and to
enable the country to continue to export maize."
Meanwhile, the South
African business community has denounced Mugabe's
economic mismanagement, and
warned that the crisis could spell disaster for
the region .
statement this week, the SA Chamber of Business said: "We believe the
Union, in conjunction with the Southern African Development
urgently assess the Zimbabwean situation and come up with
a pragmatic and
sustainable plan to deal with the situation there."
And as relief
organisations stepped up food programmes, Zimbabwe's
opposition Movement for
Democratic Change warned of "political interference"
in the distribution of
food aid , with MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai saying
authorities had impounded
30 tons of maize bought from South Africa.
Suspend 'degenerative' Mugabe, says
September 06 2002 at 09:56PM
|By Michael Morris|
South Africa's efforts to cajole tyrannical neighbour Robert Mugabe into
reforming his ways have been "distinctly unproductive", says forthright New
Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke.
Instead, Clarke believes Mugabe has
gone from bad to worse.
Zimbabwe, she argues, should be suspended from
She made her views clear at a media briefing at the
University of Cape Town on Friday after delivering an address on economic and
political challenges facing her country.
Clarke's brief visit to Cape Town follows her attendance at
the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.
|'In these three areas, Zimbabwe is very seriously in
acknowledged that South Africa, with Nigeria, "has tried to have a process of
engaging with Mugabe to try to get reconciliation process going between him and
the opposition". This followed a compromise at the Commonwealth Summit earlier
But she added: "It is fair to say that that process has been
distinctly unproductive and I think it should be said - and I will say it - that
Robert Mugabe has gone to greater excesses since. It remains a concern that the
best efforts of South Africa and Nigeria have not brought the kind of change
needed to bring Zimbabwe to compliance with Commonwealth principles."
Zealand's outspoken Labour prime minister cut her political teeth in the service
of 1960s left-wing activism which, with growing intensity, was directed at
apartheid South Africa.
She and other cabinet colleagues such as Foreign
Minister Phil Goff, who visited South Africa earlier this year, celebrated
Mugabe's 1980 victory as a triumph of democracy over oppression.
But when the Zanu-PF leader became oppressive himself, they
made no bones about it.
|New Zealand had long 'been a voice for Zimbabwe's
suspension from the Commonwealth'|
Clarke said Mugabe's intransigence "gives the
Commonwealth some leverage to move on suspension".
New Zealand, she said,
had long "been a voice for Zimbabwe's suspension from the Commonwealth".
"From the South Pacific perspective, we have some experience. Fiji has
been suspended twice - following the 1987 coup, which led to a process to help
it get back on a constitutional track and, two years ago, when there was another
coup. Again, there was a process to assist the situation there."
basis of this experience, and the Commonwealth's own guidelines, suspension
should be the course of action where there was a breakdown in three key areas:
rule of law, constitutional democratic government and human rights, she said.
"In these three areas, Zimbabwe is very seriously in breach," she said.
It is understood that her private view is that South Africa has a great
deal of influence - but is not using it to the full.
Hunger takes its toll on students at Zimbabwean school
NHWALI, Zimbabwe, Sept. 8 — As the girls talk about their hunger,
they giggle nervously, as girls often do when they talk about themselves. Their
grades have plummeted. They fall asleep in class from exhaustion. Often, when
they have nothing at all to eat, they don't even bother coming to school.
''Sometimes it's better to stay home than to come and collapse
here,'' said Litsoanelo Moyo, a 19-year-old student at Nhwali secondary school.
Zimbabwe's worst food crisis in a decade has begun to take its toll
in places like Nhwali, a village 430 miles southwest of Harare.
now eat only one small meal a day. The poorest are forced to beg for a handful
of corn meal from their neighbors. Child malnutrition has more than doubled to 8
And teachers and students at the local schools worry about
the damage this is doing to the education system.
At the beginning of
the year, the school enrolled 450 students. More than 50 have dropped out for
three reasons: Their families stole across the border to South Africa, they were
forced to help scavenge for food or their parents could no longer afford the $2
in school fees, said Soneni Dube, the deputy headmaster.
remaining students, about 50 are absent on any given day, up from one or two in
normal times. Those that come are often too hungry to study.
fainted in the middle of a class. Teachers gave her some food, but she dropped
out a few days later.
This weekend, the schoolgirls talked of their
dreams — of being a nurse, a journalist, a flight attendant. But they were more
fixated on their hunger.
''I used to be fat,'' laughs Itumeleng
Mdlongwa, a petite 17-year-old girl.
It is noon on a weekend day and
they have walked between one and six miles to school to hold a study group on
the history of Europe's colonization of Africa. Not one of them has anything
more in her stomach than black tea.
The girls used to eat two hearty
meals a day of meat, corn mash and vegetables and a small lunch. Now, when they
are lucky, they get two small meals of corn mash and the rabe or spinach they
grow in small gardens in their yards. When the government trucks selling corn
don't come for a while — and they haven't been to Nhwali for months — they get
only one meal, sometimes just vegetables.
Their grades have plunged.
Nontokoza Moyo, 16, passed six subjects last term. Now she is only
''When I'm reading, I sleep,'' she said. ''We don't
normally concentrate much these days.''
Dube is worried that his
teachers are at risk of falling through the cracks in the shaky food delivery
system. They are too wealthy to get food aid and are not official residents of
any of the cluster of nearby villages, so never make it onto the lists to buy
scarce government grain.
''Even if we have the money, we don't have
the grain to buy,'' he said. ''Morale is very low. Very, very low.''
An estimated 6 million of Zimbabwe's 12.5 million people are threatened by a
hunger crisis caused by a terrible drought and the government's chaotic land
reform program, which has badly wounded its agriculture-based economy, according
to the World Food Program.
Nearly 7 million people in five other
countries in southern Africa are also at risk of starvation.
James Morris, who is touring the region to inspect the crisis, appealed Friday
for donor nations to increase their contributions to help head off a potential
disaster in the region.
The agency, which is currently delivering
11,000 tons a month to Zimbabweans, hopes to increase that to 60,000 tons. They
predict the situation will get much worse in the coming months.
Meanwhile, human rights groups accuse the government, which sells corn at the
fixed price of less than $1 for an 110-pound bag, of refusing to sell grain to
opposition supporters and making only sporadic deliveries to opposition
The government denies its land reform policies are to
blame for food shortages, saying drought is the sole cause. It also denies
allegations that it is denying the opposition food.
arrived in Nhwali to inspect the distribution of WFP corn, an unprecedented
seven government trucks filled with bags of corn for sale rolled up, the first
time since July that even one truck has arrived to feed the 9,000 people in the
area, deep in opposition territory.
Janet Siziba, a 73-year-old
widow, waits in line with money she has borrowed from a neighbor to buy corn to
feed herself, her grandson, his wife and their two children.
her grandson used to feed the family off the harvest from their tiny field and
the earnings they made by making bricks for neighbors. But their field produced
nothing this year, and no one has money to pay them for piecework.
she begs door to door for small handfuls of grain and watches fearfully as her
1- and 4-year-old great grandchildren grow weaker.
Siziba says she
has not even bothered to plow her tiny field for the upcoming planting season,
for one central reason: ''Where will I get the money to get the seed?''
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Deadline expires; no new arrests
Harare - A new deadline for Zimbabwe's white farmers to quit
properties and make way for landless blacks expired on Sunday with no
of fresh arrests.
John Worswick, vice chairperson of farm lobby
group Justice for Agriculture,
said some farmers had hurriedly left their
land as the 12:00 GMT deadline
approached, but would soon return.
sure a lot of them will be going back to their farms tomorrow. We also
lot of farmers on their properties who haven't been arrested,"
"The threat was very real, it was there... but it hasn't happened.
looking at a situation of a damp squib, it was an empty threat if you
President Robert Mugabe has ordered 2 900 commercial
farmers to quit their
land without compensation under a controversial
programme to seize
white-owned farms and hand them over to landless
JAG says some 2 500 farmers have defied the initial eviction
have charged more than 300 defiant farmers.
JAG spokesperson Jenni Williams said the latest order for white
leave their land on Sunday appeared to be unofficial and urged
"This is not an official deadline. It's a deadline that
Administrators and police have seemed to talk about, but we've had
government ministers actually say this is a specific deadline,"
District administrators and police had been visiting
farms - mainly in the Mashonaland West province - warning
them that if they
were not off their land by 12:00 GMT on Sunday they would
be arrested, she
Police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena said he
was not aware of the Sunday
deadline, but said police were carrying out
arrests relating to an initial
August 8 government deadline.
ongoing exercise as far as we are concerned," he said, without
details on new arrests.
On Wednesday, Mugabe told white farmers to
cooperate over the reforms, leave
the country or face jail.
(who are defiant) do not deserve to be in Zimbabwe and we shall take
ensure that they are not entitled to our land," Mugabe told
turned out to welcome him home from the Earth Summit
JAG urges farmers to stay
A separate statement
by JAG late on Saturday said scores of farmers affected
by the eviction
orders have had the notices overturned by the High Court.
"We call on
farmers who have the legal right to remain on their land to
against this latest threat to commercial agriculture, and we call
regional and international community to recognise the plight of
farm workers," it said.
Zimbabwe has been in crisis since pro-government
militants led by veterans
of the 1970s liberation war began invading
white-owned farms in early 2000.
Mugabe, in power since independence from
Britain in 1980, says his land
drive is aimed at correcting colonial
injustice, which left 70 percent of
the country's best land in the hands of
Aid agencies say nearly half the country's 13 million
people need food aid
this year, a result of a wider food crisis in six
African countries which they say has been
exacerbated by Mugabe's land
Mugabe's government says the
drought alone is to blame for the food
Zimbabwe farmers defiant as 'get out' deadline
The deadline for Zimbabwe's white farmers to leave their land has
amid signs some of them are prepared to continue to defy President
Official sources said there were no immediate
signs of any arrests having
But earlier this week, Mugabe
warned that he would crack down on those white
farmers who still refused to
quit. "Time is not on their side," he said,
adding a further warning that the
government would act against those who
He had claimed that
half the 2,900 farmers remained defiant, and said they
should cooperate with
the reforms, and leave the country or go to prison.
British Foreign Office's standard line is that there was a
need for land
reform but that it must be carried out on the basis of the
rule of law and
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has pointed out that the
seized land is not
being handed over to genuine black farmers but to Mugabe's
The Zimbabwe government says it is redressing
what it describes as "colonial
imbalances" and returning the land to
Story filed: 20:24 Sunday 8th September 2002
Zimbabwe farmers barred from removing possessions
least six white farmers in Zimbabwe have reported problems ahead of a
deadline for them to leave their farms by noon Sunday (10:00 GMT),
crisis group Justice for Agriculture (JAG) said.
farmers in several provinces had been told they must leave their
regardless of whether eviction notices served by the Government
JAG vice chairman John Worswick said a farmer in Doma, 160
northwest of Harare, was leaving his farm ahead of Sunday's
deadline "when a
Zimbabwe National Army major in camouflage kit and around 10
the farm labour and said the property belonged to
He ordered the property the farmer was removing to be put
Mr Worswick said that in the Tengwe farming area, also in
Zimbabwe, farmer Craig Werrett of Sapi Valley farm has been
inside his house by farm workers incited by outsiders.
said eight farmers who went to help him were stoned by an angry mob, and
of them was assaulted.
Both of the farmers had challenged their eviction
Another four white farmers were briefly arrested Saturday in
of Harare, allegedly for trying to remove property, JAG
The deadline comes exactly one month after around 2,900 of the
4,500 farmers who had been served with eviction orders were
leave their land to make way for new black farmers under a
land reform program.
More than 70 white farmers have had
their eviction notices declared invalid.
Friday, 6 September, 2002, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
Land offer to Zimbabwe's whites
White Zimbabwean farmers suffering from President Mugabe's
policy of land seizure have been offered a lifeline by a fellow African country,
the Central African Republic.
Not only would the farmers be given a safe haven but their presence would
help the Central African Republic develop and improve its agriculture, the
Prime Minister Martin Ziguele told Anita McNaught on BBC's HARDtalk: "We will
offer them land."
"My country has no problem with land.
"We are a country with 3.5 million inhabitants on 624,000 square kilometres.
It's a very big country.
"For each kilometre of land we have less than one inhabitant. So we have
The Central African Republic is rich in natural resources including unspoilt
rainforest and enjoys high levels of rainfall.
We are ready to host white people from Zimbabwe because we
want to improve agriculture
But it remains
one of the least developed countries on the continent.
Mr Ziguele said that exploiting the rainfall to achieve clean drinking water
and good irrigation, along with managing sustainable development of the forests,
were the two most important issues to be addressed in the country.
He stressed that he and President Ange-Felix Patasse recognised that
agriculture was key to improving the situation.
He said: "My President phoned me here yesterday and told me to tell everyone
I meet that we are ready to host people... white people coming from Zimbabwe
because we want to improve agriculture.
Zimbabwean farmers are gradually being stripped of their homes and livelihoods,
and some have even been killed, as part of President Mugabe's plan to
redistribute land to the blacks.
Although Mugabe has been widely condemned by the international community he
has shown no sign of relaxing his campaign.
Prime Minister Ziguele said: "What is happening in Zimbabwe is not a very
good example of what can be done in the sense of harmony between communities in
It is important is to help Zimbabwean society find a solution
around problems of land
the situation, adding: "I don't agree with the way the problem is explained or
He also said that the problem seemed "more emotional than rational".
"I think what is important is to help all components of Zimbabwean society to
find a solution around problems of land."
September 08, 2002
Namibia joins anti-white
RW Johnson, Windhoek
NAMIBIA'S President Sam
Nujoma, who stunned delegates to the Earth Summit in
Johannesburg last week
with his unbridled attack on Tony Blair and all-out
support for Robert
Mugabe, seems bent on repeating the Zimbabwean leader's
anti-farmer crusade in his own country.
In the past fortnight Nujoma, 73, has
sacked Hage Geingob, a relative
moderate who has been prime minister since
independence and - having
previously altered the constitution to allow
himself a third term -is
encouraging activists of his ruling South West
African People's Organisation
(Swapo) to nominate him for a fourth
Nujoma has ordered the expropriation of 192 farms belonging to
foreigners, but his furious anti-white rhetoric suggests this is
first step. He has dismissed plans for land reform from Namibia's
commercial farmers, who have offered to sell hundreds of farms, and
to rule out Zimbabwe-style land invasions. The 80,000 whites in a
1.8m are bracing themselves for a convulsion of
Nujoma has always been in awe of the
far-better-educated Mugabe - for the
Namibian leader, a former shepherd,
office cleaner and tea boy, is one of
the least educated men ever to head a
What he lacked in learning, he has made up for in determination:
the Ovamboland People's Organisation in 1959 and became its
post he continued to hold when it changed its name to Swapo. He
power in his party for 43 years.
Swapo's struggle for
independence from South Africa was conducted by
ceaseless diplomacy at the
United Nations and by a guerrilla war waged from
By the time Nujoma became president in 1990, however, it had
that he also had a great deal of blood on his hands. Some 2,000
activists who dared to ask for more democracy within the party
denounced as spies and traitors and flung into dungeons in Lubango,
Many were tortured, some until they died, and in the last few
independence 1,000 were taken from the cells and disappeared
for ever. On
more than one occasion the future president toured the torture
"I remember him coming to visit us," said Pauline Dempers, one
Lubango detainees. "He said he didn't know whether to call us
because we had become agents of the Boers. This was ridiculous and
"I had been buried alive as a punishment. I was lucky
to have been dug out
before I suffocated - others weren't so lucky. I had to
listen while friends
of mine were shot. In the end you had to confess to
being an agent just to
A presidential palace is now being built
for Nujoma by North Koreans on a
piece of land just outside Windhoek, the
capital. The North Koreans have
also just completed the building of Heroes'
Acre, a huge monument to Swapo
guerrillas who fell in the struggle - and a
replica of one they built for
Nujoma's hero, Mugabe.
Mugabe as faithfully as possible - and notably shares his
Namibia we don't allow lesbianism or homosexuality. They
must keep it in
Europe", he has declared.
He claims that Aids was invented by the CIA as
part of its biological
weapons programme, and many gays went into hiding last
year when he urged
that they should all be "arrested, imprisoned and
deported". The Namibian
Society for Human Rights has noted a fivefold
increase between 1999 and 2001
of "infractions upon civil and political
rights", including "virulent
attacks on human rights defenders, the
judiciary, the church, whites,
Europeans, foreigners, women and sexual
minorities as well as the banning of
The crisis in
Zimbabwe has created a dramatic new situation for Nujoma, who
belief that western criticism is part of a concerted
imperialist assault on
the national liberation movements of southern Africa:
if Mugabe falls, goes
the argument, then Nujoma and Thabo Mbeki of South
Africa will be
Accordingly, the Namibian leader has indicated that he wants to
his "revolution" so that it can never be reversed.
intends to turn up the heat against white farmers and to clamp down on
Returning from the Earth Summit - where he accused the
British of enslaving,
colonising and robbing his country - Nujoma astonished
even his own
ministers by announcing that he had told western nations at the
he no longer wanted foreign aid, even though drought has left his
facing a huge shortage of food.
Most whites believe that
Nujoma has no more respect for constitutional law
than Mugabe does and fear
that his latest moves are the prologue to a
Zimbabwe-style frenzy of
anti-white land invasions. Such a policy seems
entirely unnecessary: Namibia
is one of the emptiest and most beautiful
countries on the planet with many
"Sam's never been very bright but now he's lost the
plot completely," said
one farmer who did not wish to be
"Everyone who can is getting their money out and investment has
Blair shouldn't have been surprised by what happened in
penalty for not standing up to a Mugabe is that you end up
having two of
Zimbabwe opposition candidates 'intimidated' from
Hundreds of opposition candidates have been prevented from
upcoming local elections in Zimbabwe through "severe
intimidation", a party
official claimed on Sunday.
Paul Themba Nyathi,
elections director of the Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC), said about
half of the party's candidates for local council seats in
the September 28-29
elections had withdrawn, most due to "severe
council elections involving 1,400 wards come six months after
Robert Mugabe won re-election in an election rejected by the MDC.
state-controlled Sunday Mail newspaper reported that the opposition
register candidates in some 700 wards, effectively handing victory
candidates of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic
Mr Nyathi alleged more than 20 of the party's
candidates had been physically
assaulted, which he said had "sent a signal to
others to withdraw".
He said thirty per cent of the party's candidates
had been disqualified for
not possessing the correct documents, namely
so-called "long" birth
These documents are not required
by law, Mr Nyathi said.
"They [ZANU-PF] shouldn't start celebrating yet -
this is just the beginning
of the battle, as far as we're concerned," he said.
PAC supports Mugabe, Nujoma
Pretoria - The Pan Africanist
Congress said on Sunday it supported the
interventions of Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe and Namibian head of
state Sam Nujoma at the World
Summit on Sustainable Development in
Johannesburg last week.
indeed agree with them, as we have always done, that there can be no
for all if there is no land for all," PAC President Stanley Magoba
Pretoria after the party's National Executive Committee
"The desperate cry from the wilderness has been heard
by the world. Even the
deaf of the United States of America and United
Kingdom have heard it."
During the summit, Nujoma criticised British
Prime Minister Tony Blair for
pursuing sanctions against Zimbabwe, while
Mugabe aggressively defended his
controversial land reform
In a speech in which he launched an attack at Blair, Mugabe
development was not possible without agrarian
Magoba said "some apologists for slow inconsequential land
used the tired argument of law and order to justify
"It is against the law to seize land they claim,
forgetting that apartheid
was legal and it was unlawful for African's to
exercise political power."
Magoba also congratulated the organisers of
"The summit has come and gone. Indeed it was a historic
function - the
largest in our time.
"We congratulate our people,
especially the organisers, for conducting
themselves credibly. We hope
investors, who have been marginalising us, will
at long last bring the much
needed investment to bring release to the
unemployed and destitute of the
About former party deputy secretary, Wonder Masombuka, who is
appeal against his expulsion from the party at the NEC meeting,
"The matter is still in progress, we are still discussing
He said an announcement would be made later in the
Masombuka was expelled for four years in August last year when a
disciplinary committee pronounced him guilty of defrauding the party
least R350 000 and bringing the PAC into disrepute.
crossing the floor legislation, which the party was contesting at
Constitutional Court, Magoba said the NEC resolved that the legislation
"immoral and despicable".
About the raid of the PAC Free State offices,
PAC deputy president Motsoko
Pheko said: "We condemn the police's action in
He said the PAC had taken the issue up with police and it
would also take it
up in Parliament.
"We want them (the police) to
apologise. They said they were investigating,
but they did not find the
weapons they were talking about," Pheko said.
Police raided the PAC
offices in Bloemfontein on August 27 looking for arms
but found none.
Mugabe to Libya for talks
Harare - Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe and senior government ministers
left on Saturday for Libya,
which has provided most of Zimbabwe's fuel for
the past three year, state
The radio said Mugabe's delegation included Finance
Murerwa, Energy Minister Amos Midzi and Gideon Gono, chief
executive of the
Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe which has brokered previous oil
Last year, Mugabe renegotiated with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
fuel import deal for the supply of 100 000 tonnes of oil products per
Since foreign currency shortages triggered supply disruptions in
three years ago, the north African country is Zimbabwe's single
supplier of petroleum-based fuels.
Gaddafi is a key ally of
Mugabe, who has faced criticism on the
international scene over his
controversial drive to seize white-owned farms
for redistribution to blacks
and his disputed re-election in March.
Zimbabwe is currently suffering an
economic crisis widely blamed on Mugabe's
mismanagement since assuming power
at independence from Britain in 1980.
Reuters: September 8, 2002 5:32 PM
Deadline for Zimbabwe farmers
By Stella Mapenzauswa
HARARE (Reuters) - A new deadline for Zimbabwe's white
farmers to quit their properties and make way for landless blacks has expired
with no news of fresh arrests.
John Worswick, Vice Chairman of farm lobby
group Justice for Agriculture, said some farmers had hurriedly left their land
as the deadline approached, but would soon return.
"I'm sure a lot of
them will be going back to their farms tomorrow. We also had a lot of farmers on
their properties who haven't been arrested," Worswick told Reuters.
threat was very real, it was there... but it hasn't happened. We are looking at
a situation of a damp squib, it was an empty threat if you like," he
President Robert Mugabe has ordered 2,900 commercial farmers to
quit their land without
compensation under a controversial programme to seize
white-owned farms and hand them over to landless blacks.
JAG says some
2,500 farmers have defied the initial eviction orders. Police have charged more
than 300 defiant farmers.
Earlier, JAG spokeswoman Jenni Williams said
the latest order for white farmers to leave their land on Sunday appeared to be
unofficial and urged farmers to defy it.
"This is not an official
deadline. It's a deadline that District Administrators and police have
to talk about, but we've had no government ministers actually say this is a
specific deadline," Williams told Reuters.
District administrators and
police had been visiting white commercial farms -- mainly in the
West province -- warning them that if they were not off their land by 1200 GMT
on Sunday they would be arrested, she said.
Police spokesman Wayne
Bvudzijena said he was not aware of the Sunday deadline, but said police were
carrying out arrests relating to an initial August 8 government
"It's an ongoing exercise as far as we are concerned," he said,
without giving any details on new arrests.
On Wednesday, Mugabe told
white farmers to cooperate over the reforms, leave the country or face
"Those (who are defiant) do not deserve to be in Zimbabwe and we
shall take steps to ensure that they are not entitled to our land," Mugabe told
supporters who turned out to welcome him home from the Earth Summit in
JAG URGES FARMERS TO STAY
A separate statement by
JAG late on Saturday said scores of farmers affected by the eviction orders have
had the notices overturned by the High Court.
"We call on farmers who
have the legal right to remain on their land to stand firm against this latest
threat to commercial agriculture, and we call upon the regional and
international community to recognise the plight of farmers and farm workers," it
Zimbabwe has been in crisis since pro-government militants led by
veterans of the 1970s
liberation war began invading white-owned farms in
Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980,
says his land drive is aimed at
correcting colonial injustice, which left 70
percent of the country's best land in the hands of white farmers.
agencies say nearly half the country's 13 million people need food aid this
year, a result of a wider food crisis in six drought-stricken southern African
countries which they say has been exacerbated by Mugabe's land
Reuters: September 8, 2002 11:16 AM
Zimbabwe farmers face new deadline to
By Stella Mapenzauswa
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's white
farmers are facing a new deadline today to quit their properties and make way
for landless blacks under President Robert Mugabe's land reforms.
Jenni Williams, spokeswoman for
farm lobby group Justice for Agriculture (JAG) said the latest order for white
farmers to leave their land by 2 p.m. (1 p.m British time) appeared to be
unofficial and urged farmers to defy it.
"This is not an official deadline.
It's a deadline that District Administrators and police have seemed to talk
about, but we've had no government ministers actually say this is a specific
deadline," Williams told Reuters.
District administrators and police
had been visiting white commercial farms -- mainly in the Mashonaland West
province -- warning them that if they were not off their land by the deadline
they would be arrested, she said.
Police and government officials
were not immediately available for comment.
Mugabe has ordered 2,900 commercial
farmers to quit their land without compensation under a controversial programme
to seize white-owned farms and hand them to landless blacks.
JAG says some 2,500 farmers have
defied the eviction orders. Police have charged more than 300 farmers with
defying the initial August 8 government deadline.
"They are within their
constitutional and legal rights, they must stay. This is just another way that
they are trying to enforce the other deadlines that have come and gone,"
On Wednesday, Mugabe told white
farmers to cooperate over the reforms, leave the country or face jail.
"Those (who are defiant) do not
deserve to be in Zimbabwe and we shall take steps to ensure that they are not
entitled to our land," Mugabe told supporters who turned out to welcome him home
from the Earth Summit in Johannesburg.
JAG URGES FARMERS TO STAY
A separate statement by JAG late on
Saturday said scores of farmers affected by the eviction orders have had the
notices overturned by the High Court.
"We call on farmers who have the
legal right to remain on their land to stand firm against this latest threat to
commercial agriculture, and we call upon the regional and international
community to recognise the plight of farmers and farm workers," it said.
Zimbabwe has been in crisis since
pro-government militants led by veterans of the 1970s liberation war began
invading white-owned farms in early 2000.
Mugabe, in power since independence
from Britain in 1980, says his land drive is aimed at correcting colonial
injustice, which left 70 percent of the country's best land in the hands of
Aid agencies say nearly half the
country's 13 million people need food aid this year, a result of a wider food
crisis in six drought-stricken southern African countries which they say has
been exacerbated by Mugabe's land reforms.
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WHEN: Monday 9th September, 2002
TIME: 1730 Hrs (5.30 PM)
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Mugabe, ministers visit ally Libya -- state
Sept. 7 - HARARE, Sept 7 (AFP) - Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe
and senior government ministers left on Saturday for
Libya, which has
provided most of Zimbabwe's fuel for the past three year,
The radio said Mugabe's delegation
included Finance Minister Herbert
Murerwa, Energy Minister Amos Midzi and
Gideon Gono, chief executive of the
Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe which has
brokered previous oil deals.
Last year, Mugabe renegotiated with
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi a
$360 million fuel import deal for the supply
of 100,000 tonnes of oil
products per month.
Since foreign currency
shortages triggered supply disruptions in
Zimbabwe three years ago, the north
African country is Zimbabwe's single
largest supplier of petroleum-based
Gaddafi is a key ally of Mugabe, who has faced criticism on
international scene over his controversial drive to seize white-owned
for redistribution to blacks and his disputed re-election in
Zimbabwe is currently suffering an economic crisis widely
Mugabe's mismanagement since assuming power at independence from
Posted: Mon, 9 Sep 2002 7:45 AEST
Zimbabwe farming exodus continues
More than 100 white farmers have
evacuated their properties in Zimbabwe, amid fears of further arrests.
The farmers, from Mashonaland West district, packed up their possessions
and drove to the capital Harare after officials imposed a deadline.
They had been ordered to leave their properties by midday local time.
However, by early afternoon, there were no reports of arrests.
Spokeswoman for farm lobby group Justice for Agriculture, Jenni Williams,
says the deadline was unofficial.
"The nature of the deadline really was an illegal and we feel intimidatory
tactic, but definitely not a legal deadline in any way shape or form," she
Ms Williams says the farmers are expected to assess the situation and
return to their farms within the next 48 hours.