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      Crafty Mugabe will never change his spots

      Let us take whatever he says with a large pinch of salt

      PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, that master of political guile and intrigue,
was at it again last week: this time telling- the whole world that he was
now ready to meet opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai; British Prime
Minister Tony Blair and even to entertain debate on his eventual departure
from office.

      In an interview with the state-owned ZTV, Mugabe, who nevertheless at
times appeared completely lost, tried to portray a new image: that of a
reasonable, caring and concerned leader who realises that only serious
dialogue can save Zimbabwe from becoming the real "Zimbabwe Ruins".

      But has Mugabe changed? Can we seriously say the leopard has finally
changed its spots?

      It is obvious that many Zimbabweans, battered by the combined effects
of an imploding economy and an increasingly paranoid and repressive regime,
would want to hope that Mugabe has changed and is now honestly seeking a
solution to the current economic and political problems.

      But given the history of the deviousness of the ruling Zanu PF party
and its top leadership, could this newly found optimism among the broad
spectrum of Zimbabweans not be mere wishful thinking?

      History has taught us that Zanu PF, and indeed Mugabe, do not accept
that there is anyone or any political party better suited to rule this
country than the current governing party.

      With the benefit of hindsight, the late Zapu leader, Joshua Nkomo, a
Zimbabwean political colossus if ever there is one, would have testified to

      Nkomo was the only one who swallowed his pride to make the so-called
1987 Unity Agreement brokered by former president Canaan Banana, become a
reality. In the end, both Nkomo and his beloved ZAPU were swallowed up by
Zanu PF and never to be heard or seen in this country again.

      Of that formidable party that was the front-runner in Zimbabwean
nationalist politics, what remains are token leadership positions in the
ruling party for some of its luckier cadres.

      The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is now on Mugabe's
radar. There is nothing that would please our aged leader more than to see
the demise of the MDC as has happened to other parties that challenged his
rule, such as Bishop Abel Muzorewa's United Parties and Edgar Tekere's
Zimbabwe Unity Movement (ZUM).

      Mugabe will try all sorts of tricks to see the demise of the MDC, so
his recent call for dialogue with Tsvangirai should be viewed in that light.

      The MDC therefore has to learn from history that it is foolhardy to
enter into any talks of sorts with Mugabe and Zanu PF that would lead to
transitional governments or shared power because these people are never

      Mugabe has ruthlessly crushed the careers of even those among Zanu PF
that dared to offer alternative solutions to the country's problems such as
Tekere and Eddison Zvobgo. Why then would he enter into an agreement with
Tsvangirai that he fully knows would allow the MDC leader one foot into
State House?

      The Zanu PF leader, a master tactician, knows fully well that his back
is on the wall, what with the crumbling economy, mounting poverty and an
increasingly restless society.

      He knows, and knows very well, that the only solution is to continue
to curry favour with the likes of South African President Thabo Mbeki and
Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo, who have worked tirelessly to defend him and
his discredited land reforms, the main source of his current problems.

      What better way is there to win over Mbeki and Obasanjo, as well as
the whole region, than to say, in one breadth, "I am ready to talk to
Tsvangirai, Blair and to listen to the succession debate".

      So while Zimbabweans, and their neighbours, might be hoping that
Mugabe is finally beginning to see reason and is now on a reconciliatory
mission with his perceived and imagined enemies such as Tsvangirai, Blair
and George W Bush, the reality might be that he is just buying time as he
has done so many times before.

      Mugabe might once again be trying to hoodwink the MDC, the British
government, Mbeki, Obasanjo and the whole lot to regard him now as a changed
man and a man who has seen the light so that they remove international
sanctions against his rogue regime, and restore vitally-needed aid.

      There is no doubt that this change has been caused by the big three:
the shrinking economy, international sanctions and the effect of the mass

      If these three are removed from Mugabe's shoulders, then it would not
be long before the Zanu PF leader resorts to his old ways and begins to
harass the opposition, lock up opponents and muzzle the press, because the
leopard does not easily change its colours.

      So it is imperative that the international community maintains its
relentless pressure on Zanu PF and Mugabe, and perhaps tighten remaining
loopholes, while the MDC, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and ¾
the generality of Zimbabweans continue to pile up more pressure on the
domestic front.

      The MDC, the ZCTU, the NCA and the entire Zimbabwean society should
not lose sight of the ultimate goal, which is to remove Zanu PF and Mugabe
from power because they have failed Zimbabweans and have reduced us to a
begging lot: the laughing stock of the whole world.

      So there was really nothing new in what Mugabe said on ZTV on Monday.
He insulted millions of Zimbabweans who voted against him in last year's
poll by saying that they needed "re-education". He belittled Blair, whom he
says he is keen to talk to, by calling him a "little bully".

      He even went to the extent of telling a US senior government official
to "go hang".

      In vintage Mugabe style, he said so much while saying nothing. What he
might only have managed to achieve was to hoodwink some people that he has
changed but deep down, we know, he has not!
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      A president living in dreamland
      By Chido Makunike

      THE president made only¡ passing reference to all the suffering
Zimbabweans are going through in his independence day speeches. There was no
empathy with the citizens for the lack of fuel and its many effects, not to
mention its sudden much higher price, the immediate cause of the whole
nation taking the unprecedented step of staying home in protest for three
days this week. Nothing said about an inflation rate that is creeping up to
300%, nor the many other things that have made this year's independence
anniversary the saddest ever.

      He sang his usual one-note song, about the biggest recent achievement
being the taking of land from white farmers. We may have been a reasonably
functional country a few years ago, compared to today, but we were not free
because we did not own the land. Now that we do, "Zimbabwe's future is
bright," he said to national incredulity.

      Economic malaise will be a thing of the past when the people realise
it has been caused by the opposition party, who are foreign stooges. This
about sums up President Mugabe's analysis of where Zimbabwe is, and his
vision for the nation, if you can call it that.

      Both his independence speeches and his ZTV interview with Supa
Mandiwanzira, who did a commendable job of asking pertinent questions, show
just how out of touch the president is. He fidgeted through his answers, and
it became clear that President Robert Mugabe is completely divorced from the
reality of Zimbabwe's critical condition. He is immersed in a weird sort of
fantasy world of his own.

      Zimbabwe gained independence many years after most other countries in
Africa. We had plenty of time to study their errors to avoid them. How
astonishing then that some politicians, academics and many others who should
know better have fallen for the simplistic magic wand of expropriation as
the solution to economic ills.

      If Idi Amin's Uganda is too extreme an example of the pitfalls of
race-based nationalisation of property, there is that of Zambia under
Kenneth Kaunda. In a popular orgy of misguided nationalism, Zambia's single
cash cow, the copper mining industry, was "Zambianised" at one stroke.
Zambians were stirred by the rhetoric of "Zambia for Zambians" and all the
arguments against greedy foreigners getting rich off the mineral wealth of
the country, while the locals were relegated to being their workers. "After
all, the foreigners stole the land from our ancestors, we have a right to
take it back any way we choose."

      Solution? Simply kick out the foreigners, take over the mines and live
richly, happily ever after.

      In the nationalistic fervour, little attention was paid to the capital
intensive nature of mining, and the hard currency to keep the mines running
soon ran out. The international price of copper also fell. The industry was
no longer profitable to run, but couldn't Ü be shut down for all sorts of
social, political and other reasons. The asset of copper, now "owned" by the
Zambians, was actually becoming more an instrument of national
impoverishment than enrichment.

      Once promising Zambia became broke and heavily in debt, with no means
to service the debt. The currency plunged in value, shortages forced regular
shopping trips to the then prosperous Zimbabwe, and many other economic ills
that will sound familiar to Zimbabweans became the norm. They had
 "sovereign" ownership and possession of their copper alright, but it didn't
prove to be all that useful!

      It was not many years after the mine takeovers that Zambia got another
chance to exercise its "sovereignty" again. This time, it was by going cap
in hand to beg international lenders to bail them out, and international
mining conglomerates to come back and try to revive the mines!

      Zambia is now slowly recovering from economic policies that sounded so
correctly nationalistic it was considered almost treasonous to question
them. They can now laugh at the formerly arrogant Zimbabweans, who are
falling into the same trap that set the Zambians back decades in terms of

      Take home lesson? It is neither here nor there whether the
international mining companies in Zambia, nor the white farmers in Zimbabwe,
were nice guys or not. In both cases, they were not particularly loved by
the natives for all sorts of reasons, including the arrogance and blindness
to one's surroundings that often comes with economic power. Still, the
process of empowerment should have been driven more by the best long term
interests of the natives, rather than by mere blind hatred of the farmers.

      Because it was the latter, it is the natives who are suffering more
than the white farmers from silly overnight economic reversals. In both
Zambia and Zimbabwe, mediocre politicians had squandered whatever positives
they had inherited, and run out of ideas to build on them and justify their
continued rule. They fell back on getting segments of their populations
worked up into anti-foreigner/anti-white frenzies.

      We cannot console ourselves by saying the current hardships are
short-term and will be over as soon as we reap our first few harvests. Even
if we all decided to forget about the mayhem of Mugabe's methods and get
busy farming, economic conditions wrought by Mugabe's excesses make this a
particularly difficult time to begin to be serious farmers.

      When you "own" land that you cannot farm commercially because you don'
t have the capital or the technical expertise and can neither find the
diesel for machinery, nor afford it and spare parts when available, that
surely is a hollow kind of sovereignty. This is the reality for the
overwhelming majority of those whom land reform is supposed to benefit.
Ownership or possession of an asset only guarantees empowerment when many
other conditions are right, which is not the case in Zimbabwe today. It is
like having one's legs amputated, and then being given running shoes to go
and run a marathon.

      As in Zambia, Mugabe identified a popular cause in Zimbabwe, the
desire for the natives to be masters of their economic destiny. In both
cases, instead of studying the situation carefully with a view to not only
achieving that aim, but doing it in a way that genuinely empowered the newly
"sovereign" owners, they did so in an emotional, knee-jerk fashion.

      "Instant empowerment" stirred the pan-Africanist soul, giving a
politically and emotionally satisfying release of centuries of pent-up anger
against colonial/racial humiliation. Here was a way to not just get back at
the whites, but achieve "development" and economic dominance in a few years,
rather than painstakingly over decades. Obviously those who said it would
take time, training, experience and capital accumulation for the natives to
reverse colonial economic equalities were Western stooges and Uncle Toms!

      "Let's march on the mines/farms and take them over now! After all, the
land is the economy and the economy is the land!"

      After the initial nationalistic euphoria had died down and economic
collapse caused by hot-headed naivete set in, the formerly popular Kaunda
was hounded out of office by an impoverished people, as is happening to
Mugabe in Zimbabwe today. Chido Makunike's e-mail address is
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Zim Standard

      Petrol, Police and Propaganda
      Over The Top

      THE government of a troubled central African country has said a strike
called last week was successful only because mischievous transport operators
withdrew their taxis and buses. One minister, Comrade Witless, informed the
operators that they might lose their licenses if they didn't get straight
back to work.

      The statement didn't impress the taxi drivers. Most said they'd love
to get back to work, but where was the fuel? It seemed only the advent of
the More Diesel Coming party was able to resolve their problems, they said.

      Meanwhile at the other end of the continent, another country with long
fuel queues and even less excuse for them, it is Africa's largest oil
producer, was also in the spotlight. A certain Mr Banjo, one of the top
negotiators pretending to resolve the crisis in the troubled central African
nation, was found to have rigged his own election.

      The move surprised no one in either country. Citizens of the troubled
central African country said they knew all along there was a conspiracy.
They claimed the only reason Mr Banjo ever visited the troubled central
African dictatorship was to see how it was done.

      "Now watch that barking mad loony down south do exactly the same
thing," warned a political analyst who cannot be named for the same reason
political analysts quoted in the state-controlled press can't be named: they
don't exist.

      And adding confusion to the troubled central African country, the
foreign minister of a morally bankrupt, war ravaged kleptocracy in the
region paid a visit. Finding nothing useful to say, and less to loot, the
man left without saying anything useful.

      Insiders told Over The Top that the oil rich foreign minister was
meant to pave the way for a task force coming to the troubled central
African nation. But finding the situation so incomprehensively muddled, he
boarded a plane for richer pickings elsewhere.

      Meanwhile critics pointed out that the chances of success had to be
remote. Tasking people who in 500 years had never allowed democracy to take
root in their own countries with establishing democracy in the troubled
central African regime, was hardly encouraging.

      Still, police in the troubled central African police state vowed to
continue with their relentless defence of democracy, especially in foreign
countries. Speaking to a handful of police officers, the police chief said
democracy in the troubled central African nation would work splendidly if it
weren't for the opposition.

      His amazing grasp of politics could spark a new form of democracy
known as the one party state, said an enthusiastic Zany party supporter who
was disappointed to hear it had been tried before. He was even more
disappointed when he learnt that it was old fashioned and frowned on by
democratic nations with large bombs.

      Still, Zany party officials put a brave face on matters by denying
there had been a strike and pretending not to notice their west African ally
's own election was being condemned much as their own had been. Instead they
said it was all the fault of the British and Americans.

      OTT has decided to ask the Zany party to cease anti-US and British
rhetoric and concentrate instead on the French, who provide a far easier and
more amusing target for vitriol. After all, it doesn't really matter who the
enemy is, what matters is that we have an enemy to blame for our troubles.
Meanwhile Over The Top will continue with his tortuous study of Uganda in an
effort to unravel the complexities of life in the troubled central African
nation. Despite repeated failure, there has to be solution in there
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Zim 'needs a revolution'
29/04/2003 23:21  - (SA)

Erika Gibson

Pretoria - Workers in Zimbabwe are planning a stay-away action for May Day
in protest against the Zanu-PF government, sources said on Tuesday.

They believe their only hope is a revolution.

The stay-away will only end once the current Zanu-PF government and
President Robert Mugabe step down and an election takes place.

A government of national unity, which will amount to an integration of the
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and Zanu-PF, is not acceptable because
the current corrupt elements in government will stay in power, the sources

They say the only negotiated settlement that the masses will accept is total

Details about the planned protest action are being kept secret since
organisers could be sent to jail for at least five years under current
legislation should their identities become known.

The sources said the latest action was a grass-roots initiative rather than
a formal stay-away action arranged by the MDC and labour unions.

Cheaper to stay home

"People are at a dead-end. They cannot go on any more. It is cheaper to stay
at home than to go to work every day," one of the organisers said on

He said there was literally no more paper money available - partly because
of the astronomical inflation and partly because people have withdrawn their
savings from banks because of economic uncertainties in the country.

Money and food are now being stockpiled in case the coming strikes continue
for more than a month or two.

Public servants, who should have received their salaries last week, received
payslips but not their salaries.

Rich the target of hungry masses?

Sources said the countrywide strike would probably become evident in public
and on the streets as services and food supplies finally collapse.

"There are fears that the rich and privileged will become the targets of the
hungry masses.

"There is a strange mood among the people: the silence before the storm. The
one thing everyone agrees on is that nobody will back off this time.

"We will have to see it through until the end. Hopefully there will be a
Moses that will lead the people through the desert."

Fears for reprisals

Chris Maroleng, researcher at the Institute for Security Studies confirmed
the stay-away action on Tuesday.

He said Zimbabweans were "cautious" not to disclose too much about the
planned action because of fears for reprisals.

"Previous talks between the MDC and Zanu-PF derailed because too much
information was leaked. Now there is total secrecy."

He said the two parties have been locked in negotiations for the past three
weeks. Important topics under discussion include how the country's key
interests, including the economy, could be supported; the possible
composition of a government of national unity and presidential and
parliamentary elections.

"It seems that there are also speculations about Mugabe's retirement and
that he would probably have immunity against future prosecution.

"An important point in the Zimbabwean constitution is that an election has
to be held within 90 days after a president steps down - he cannot simply

"A president with no executive power is an alternative, but the MDC does not
find this option viable."
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      Police bar MDC's Machiridza's wife from his burial
      By Langton Nyakwenda

      AGE-old African traditional culture prescribes that a widow has to
perform the vital rite of body viewing before the body of her husband is
laid to rest but Lydia Guvi, the widow of the late opposition activist,
Tonderai Machiridza, does not even know where her husband was buried.

      Soldiers and police barred Machiridza's relatives from attending his
burial after the family had dumped his body at St Mary's police station last

      The Movement for Democratic Change activist died on Independence Day
from injuries he sustained after being assaulted by police two weeks ago.

      He was abducted and tortured by heavily armed police officers who
accused him and three other MDC activists of confiscating handcuffs from a
police officer during the two-day stayaway last month.

      "I did not even view my husband's body. I demand a proper burial for
my husband because I am not happy with what happened," said Guvi who married
Machiridza in 1994.

      Up to now soldiers are still guarding Machiridza's grave in

      Guvi and her two children, Kudakwashe, 7, and Vanessa, 3, have been
chased away from the house they "were renting by the landlord who is a
Zanu-PF supporter. "They have given me notice to vacate saying that they
cannot live with MDC supporters and I have nowhere to go," said Machiridza's
widow while holding little Vanessa.

      The situation is worsened by the fact that Machiridza did not have a
rural home as he grew up in St Mary's.

      "If we had a rural home we could at least go there but we do not have
one and we are stuck here in Chitungwiza," she said.

      Guvi and Machiridza's mother, Rosemary, are now staying at Lovemore
Mutamba's residence. Mutamba is the MDC organising secretary for St Mary's

      When The Standard arrived at the Mutamba residence, the Machiridzas
were having tea and the widow had to be persuaded to talk to the paper.

      She said she was lost for words and was pondering the future of her
family after the death of her husband who was the sole breadwinner.

      "Though Tonderai was self employed he could look after the family but
now that I am alone I do not know what to do. We used to survive on vending
with me selling freezits and him buying and selling goods but now it is
going to be difficult," she said.

      Machiridza's only brother, Raymond, is bed ridden with diabetes and
cannot look after the family.

      "Right now we are surviving on food donated by the MDC. They bought
the coffin and provided food and transport during the funeral," said the
grief stricken widow.

      "Where will I get the school fees, rent and clothes for the children;
this is all because my husband died for supporting a party of his choice."

      She said Machiridza was a well-known MDC activist in St Mary's and was
on the police and soldiers' blacklist.

      "They kept on threatening him with death, telling him he would not
last this year," she said.

      The widow revealed that on the night Machiridza was abducted more than
20 policemen viciously beat him.

      "They were kicking him all over the body and hitting him with objects
on the head. The police also hit me for harbouring an MDC supporter,"

      Machiridza's mother, Rosemary, said she was bitter at the way her son
was brutally killed.

      "My son had a vision for his children. He wanted to raise his family
and that is why he was tireless. I have been robbed of my son," she said.

      Machiridza died at the Avenues Clinic two weeks ago after being
tortured by St Mary's policemen. At his funeral, the police arrested and
beat up 61 mourners, including Mutamba and Machiridza's mother-in-law.
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            Cosatu speaks out against Zimbabwe economic state
            April 29, 2003, 19:45

            The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has once
again raised concern over the Zimbabwe economic crisis. This as the trade
unions held a three-hour long meeting with President Thabo Mbeki.

            "If the economy of Zimbabwe is affected, it's going to affect
this country. It will affect the workers of this country, as such we need
something to be done," said Joseph Maqhekeni, the National Council of Trade
Unions president.

            The call comes as Mbeki prepares to leave for Zimbabwe on
Monday, where he will be joined by Olusegun Obasanjo, his Nigerian
counterpart and Bakili Muluzi of Malawi. The three Presidents will meet
Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean President, where they are expected to
encourage discussion between the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and

            The talks went into overtime discussing issues like the upcoming
growth and development summit.

            "We really need to find quantifiables around this of
unemployment, poverty and issues of inequality," said Membathisi Mdladlana,
the Labour Minister.

            These issues will be taken to Geneva when Mbeki addresses the
International Labour Organisation next month.

            TAC under the spotlight
            The Treatment Action Campaign's (TAC) suspended disobedience
campaign also came under the spotlight. Trade unions said the TAC was on its
own. Willie Madisha, the president of Cosatu, said: "We have said ours is a
legitimate government and you begin to raise issues of civil disobedience,
you are then saying you are dealing with an illegitimate government and
therefore Cosatu cannot agree to that kind of thing."

            The TAC suspended its civil disobedience campaign this
afternoon, pending the outcome of a full day meeting with the South African
National Aids Council (Sanac) on May 17. The decision was made at a meeting
of the TAC executive committee despite reservations expressed by several
members who stressed the urgency of changing government policy on treatment
for people living with HIV/Aids and concerns about whether Sanac had the
power to act to save lives.

            In a statement, the organisation said the current civil
disobedience campaign was being suspended to give the government a full
opportunity of proving its good faith and to demonstrate that the TAC's
campaign was about saving lives.

            The executive of the TAC would meet on May 18 to approve an
agenda for the Sanac meeting which would include, an anti-retroviral
treatment programme for the public sector, the TAC's relationship with
government and Sanac, and questions Sanac may have about the TAC's structure
and finances. - Additional reporting by Sapa
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Christian Science Monitor

from the April 30, 2003 edition

      Zimbabwean youths tell of their reign of terror

      More than a year after contested elections, many finger young 'green
bombers' for a campaign of violence against opposition supporters.

      By Nicole Itano | Special to The Christian Science Monitor

      JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - They were given marijuana to dull their
senses and alcohol to increase their rage. But after months of carrying out
a campaign of terror against government-opposition supporters, even the haze
of intoxication was not enough to hide the horror of their actions.
      "First they gave us dagga [marijuana]. We smoked dagga and smoked
dagga and then we got drunk. Then we burned the houses, took the cattle, and
beat people," says Henry, a teenager and former member of Zimbabwe's feared
National Youth Service. Henry fled to South Africa and is now living on the
streets of a run-down Johannesburg neighborhood. Henry and others who spoke
to the Monitor asked that their names not be used out of fear of retaliation
against them or their families.

      "The worst thing I did," he says, "was beat my own grandmother because
she was opposing [President Robert Mugabe's party].... After that, I felt so
bad that I ran away from Zimbabwe."

      More than a year after Zimbabwe's contested presidential elections,
which many observers say was stolen by Mr. Mugabe, violence against
opposition supporters continues. In the aftermath of a two-day
opposition-led strike in March, while the world's eyes were focused on Iraq,
hundreds of Zimbabweans were beaten and hospitalized, arrested and tortured.
Last week, a three-day strike led to the arrest of many opposition workers
during raids on their offices.

      In recent months, attacks have been reportedly committed by the police
and military. But much of the violence is blamed on the National Youth
Service, nicknamed the "green bombers" after their uniforms and the
destruction they leave in their paths.

      Human rights groups estimate there are 10,000 young men in the
National Youth Service, in camps at schools and community centers around the
country. The government established the service two years ago to teach
skills and patriotism, and to get young people involved in community

      But many Zimbabweans say the young men have been trained by the
military to terrorize opposition supporters and dissidents. The government
denies this claim.

      Until now, most of what was known about the bombers' darker side came
from victims. But a few of these young men, like Henry, have fled Zimbabwe
and are telling their stories.

      Most are just teenagers and see themselves as victims of Zimbabwe's
political turmoil, just like the people they beat and raped. On the run from
their own government, harassed by South African police, and shunned by their
own countrymen, they're asking for forgiveness and help. But few Zimbabweans
are ready to so easily forgive.

      "You're left now with a large number of people who have done things
and need to be integrated back into the community - but they've done
terrible things," says Tony Reeler, regional human rights defender for the
Institute of Democracy in South Africa. "I think there's no doubt, and all
the evidence shows, that these young people become deeply disturbed
themselves. Compassion says they need help. Human rights and law says
they're villains."

      Like most of the 20 or so former bombers who he has met up with here
in Johannesburg, Henry came from a poor family in a "high-density suburb" -
a euphemism for the black slums - near Zimbabwe's second-largest city,

      With few prospects, he says he joined the bombers because he was
promised land and a job in the Army. All the boys in his area over 16, he
says, were told they could join and be rewarded, or resist and be beaten.
Henry joined, but the land and the jobs never materialized.

      For months, the trainees lived in a tent near a secondary school,
going through boot-camp-style training. They ran, jumped, and learned to
handle guns and spears. The training was conducted under the watchful eye of
military officers.

      Later, they were given uniforms and were deployed to harass opposition
supporters and man food lines. They prevented anyone without a ruling-party
card from buying food. In a country where more than 7 million were said to
be at risk of starvation recently, food was as powerful a weapon as a gun.

      Twenty-two-year-old Luscious, the oldest of the Johannesburg group,
stutters heavily when he speaks; it's a problem, his friends say, that
increases when he is angry or emotional. Stumbling over the words, he says
he burned houses, watched while children were raped, and shot a white
farmer. But he says it was the alcohol and drugs, not him, that did these

      "I didn't realize," Luscious says of the day he shot the farmer. "I
was drunk. Afterwards, when I was sober, I came to my mind. I said, 'I'm
sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.' "

      Luscious says he wants counseling, food, and a place to stay, but
Zimbabwe's exile community here is generally unwilling to help the men who
terrorized them at home.

      The South African government refused to comment on the bombers'
presence here. But the increasing number of Zimbabweans coming to
Johannesburg to escape political oppression and economic disaster is making
the situation across the border increasingly difficult for the South African
government to ignore.

      Officially, South Africa says Zimbabwe is on the mend and continues to
protect its neighbor from international censure. Last week, with the backing
of other African and Asian countries, South Africa stopped the United
Nations Human Rights Commission from condemning Zimbabwe for human rights

      Henry knows those human rights violations occurred. He just hopes he
will be forgiven for his part in them. "They must forgive us," he says.
"Because we didn't know what we were doing."
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Zimbabwe govt suspends Harare opposition mayor

HARARE, April 29 - The Zimbabwe government on Tuesday suspended the
opposition mayor of Harare who has been locked in a power battle with
President Robert Mugabe's ruling party since he won office a year ago.
       In a statement on state television, Local Government Minister
Ignatius Chombo said Elias Mudzuri, a member of the main opposition Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC), would be investigated for alleged inefficiency,
mismanagement and corruption and had been replaced by his deputy, also a
member of the MDC.
       ''The executive mayor is being suspended for failure to run the
affairs of the city of Harare efficiently,'' he said.
       Mudzuri, the first opposition mayor of Zimbabwe's capital since
Mugabe came to power in 1980, was not immediately available for comment on
Tuesday night.
       Over the past year he has accused the government of frustrating him
by failing approve vital loans for municipal services, and undermining his
authority in the city through ruling ZANU-PF party officials occupying
senior positions in the city council.
       Earlier this year, Mudzuri was detained for two nights after being
arrested for allegedly addressing a political meeting without police
       Zimbabwe is grappling with its worst political and economic crisis
since independence from Britain in 1980, which many blame on Mugabe, but the
79-year-old former guerrilla leader says the country is being sabotaged by
his domestic and Western opponents.
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This is London

Zimbabwe widow: Ban cricket tour
By Rob McNeil, Evening Standard
29 April 2003
The widow of a white farmer murdered by Robert Mugabe's armed supporters has
branded the English Cricket Board "totally disgusting" for inviting the
Zimbabwe national team to play here.

Maria Stevens, whose husband David was dragged from his farm and shot three
years ago, is furious at what she calls "a tacit acceptance of Mugabe's
genocidal policies - which are just as appalling as those of Saddam Hussein
or Slobodan Milosevic.

"Politically it would be far better if these players did not come. They are
only in it for the money and I think it is a disgrace".

She was speaking two days before the Zimbabwe team fly in to London to play
a number of matches, including one at cricket's spiritual home - Lord's.

President Mugabe is the patron of the Zimbabwean team, which has been purged
of any players unwilling to support the government - including former
captain Andy Flowers and fast bowler Henry Olonga.

Mrs Stevens said: "It was an outrage that the English cricket authorities
were willing to send a team to play in Zimbabwe in the Cricket World Cup,
but at least people made a stand.

"For the team to be invited here by the English Cricket Board is an insult.
Things shouldn't have been allowed to get to this stage. This has destroyed
the reputation of cricket as a gentleman's game. What sort of gentleman
stands by and watches while murders and rapes are taking place?"

The 42-year-old mother-of-four has seen her entire life turned upside down
since the death of her husband, who was shot twice at point-blank range.

The once-profitable marigold and tobacco farm that the couple devoted their
life to has been reduced to scrubland. Their beautiful home was burned to
the ground and the 300 people from 75 native families that were once
employed by the Stevens family have been forced to seek work elsewhere.

Mrs Stevens and her three youngest children are now living with another
exiled Zimbabwean woman and her two children in a small house in an
Oxfordshire village.

She has a cleaning job in the mornings to help make ends meet and her two
youngest boys - twins Warren and Sebastian who turned five last week - have
only the vaguest memories of their father.

She said: "Mugabe and his thugs not only killed my husband, they destroyed
the lives of hundreds of ordinary Zimbabweans who depended on the farm to
make a living, and they took away my children's father.

"The man who was arrested for killing David - and subsequently convicted of
it and jailed - was pardoned by Mugabe because he was such an 'upstanding
member of the community'. Zimbabwe is being sucked dry by Mugabe and the
rest of the world is standing by and watching it happen."

Mrs Stevens added: "The English Cricket Board is doing the same as the
Government - putting money before people.

"The great tragedy of Zimbabwe is that it isn't really in anyone's financial
interests to deal with the problems there.

"There is torture, rape, looting and the brutal murder of Mugabe's political
opponents. But while we use these very human rights abuses as a
justification to attack Iraq, in Zimbabwe they are all being ignored. But
then Zimbabwe doesn't control huge oil reserves.

"My husband was a decent, kind man who spoke Shona - the local language -
and looked after his employees very well. He wasn't in any way racist and he
wasn't political. His murder was essentially arbitrary."

*Additional reporting by Georgina Godwin
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      Labour pullout sounds TNF death knell
      By Itai Dzamara

      THE Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) faces collapse with revelations
that labour has pulled out and business could soon follow suit, Standard
Business can reveal.

      The forum, set up by government, business and labour, suffered a major
body blow last week when the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
organised a successful three-day mass job stay away to protest against the
exorbitant increases in fuel prices. The ZCTU accused the government of
leaving it and business out when making the 300% fuel price increases.

      Collin Gwiyo, the deputy secretary general of the ZCTU, said the union
's council resolved that if government did not reduce the fuel prices,
participation in the TNF would become impossible for the union.

      Said Gwiyo: "Last week, the council resolved that if fuel prices are
not reduced back to the prices before the recent increases, we would cease
to participate in the TNF. The decision will now depend on the outcome of
the stayaways."

      Anthony Mandiwanza, the president of the Confederation of Zimbabwe
Industries (CZI), told Standard Business that to him the current scenario
means labour has pulled out of TNF, leading to the crumbling of the forum.

      That, he said, left the business community with no choice but to
accept that the forum had collapsed.

      He added that business would regard the forum as "ineffective and
dysfunctional" after the withdrawal of labour and as a result, it would
follow suit by withdrawing from the forum.

      "The TNF was set up for the three social partners to work together.
Now, with one of the partners (labour) having withdrawn, the forum becomes
ineffective and dysfunctional. As business we have no choice but to accept
the reality that the TNF has collapsed unless the lost partner bounces back.
Therefore, one can say the forum can no longer continue," said Mandiwanza.

      Although stating his desire to see the TNF remain intact and
continuing to work towards reviving the economy, James Sanders, the
president of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC), acknowledged
that labour's participation was vital.

      Both labour and business have declared that the TNF has failed to
achieve its intended goals.

      Mandiwanza said: "The essence of the TNF was to resuscitate the
economy, through reviving industry. But we have been experiencing an
unfortunate scenario whereby government has been continuously destroying
industry through its policies."

      The TNF was established last year and has been a stage for bickering
as the partners persistently differed on policy matters.

      President Robert Mugabe's government has been obstinately pursuing
populist policies such as price controls of basic commodities and distorted
foreign currency exchange regimes while largely ignoring contributions from
labour and business.

      While such populist policies like price controls might have found
favour with workers and the ZCTU, they crippled industry and commerce where
many companies were forced to operate below profit, forcing them to close or
scale down.

      The collapse of the TNF also hampers the prospects for success of
Zimbabwe's new economic recovery programme, the National Economic Revival
Programme that hinges on the success of policies jointly formulated by
government, labour and business.
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Zim Standard

      Politicians and the art of shifting the burden
      Pensions &Investments By Vince Musewe

      IT is with sad that Mugabe sees it fit to focus on our past rather
than on our future. Many African politicians continue to focus on the past
as a justification for their current problems, problems which they
themselves have created in the first place.

      There is a term called "shifting the burden" used in systemic
analysis. This typically happens when we fail to address the fundamentals of
a problem and our failure leads us to "reframe" the problem situation by
creating a context that justifies our failure, and thereby shift the burden
of the problem to a past event that occurred when we were not part of the

      Politicians are well known for mastering the art of shifting the
burden and actually pay ministers of information to do just that (a typical
example being of course the Iraq information minister and others we all know
very well). In other words they are never wrong nor are they ever at loss
for a solution. Now when dealing with an "intelligent" individual, they are
well known for manipulating the context in their favour so that it appears
as though they are not part of the problem but rather part of the solution.
What happens from there is that they will continually focus on past facts
that you and me cannot really argue about or change.

      By focusing on past facts, they focus our attention away from the
fundamental problems and their role in creating them. This of course does
not only happen in politics but also in organisations where there is a power
struggle. It is an art; an art for survival in systems that are crumbling.

      Let us look at shifting the burden statements and compare them to the
fundamental problem.

      Shifting the burden statement: We have always done things that way so
why change:

      Fundamental problem: the changes you are suggesting, although
necessary, will make me irrelevant and I must protect my interests

      Shifting the burden statement: price controls are a result of
profiteering by companies:

      Fundamental problem: we actually do not have a solution to that
problem so let's blame the weakest link.

      Shifting the burden statement: the opposition are funded by whites and
are puppets:

      Fundamental problem: anyone who opposes us is our enemy, whites
opposed us historically so if blacks also oppose us now, it must be because
the whites have influenced them.

      Shifting the burden: land is the economy, the economy is land:

      Fundamental problem, the economy is not performing because of our own
mismanagement but we can shift the problem to land, which is not in our

      Shifting the burden statement: petrol shortages are a result of
ownership by multi-nationals of the industry and not pricing;

      Fundamental problem: the pricing formula is creating the shortages so
whether blacks own it or not, the problem will persists

      Shifting the burden statement:foreign exchange shortages are a result
of the black market:

      Fundamental problem: the black market arises as a result of shortages
and not the other way round. The shortages are due to our isolation and the
fact that the world does not need us anymore.

      Shifting the burden statement: sorry dear I am late because the guys
would not let me go:

      Fundamental problem: I was actually enjoying being with the guys at
the pub and forgot about coming home on time.

      What then typically happens is, by shifting the burden and reframing
the problem situation, politicians then justify their "intervention" and
hence their relevance to change what they have reframed as the problem, and
they typically blame everything on you as the one who does not understand
what the problem is in the first place!

      Examples are price controls as an intervention to stop inflation,
awarding licenses to black suppliers as a means of ending fuel shortages,
giving land to blacks despite their lack of capacity to produce, closing
bureau de changes, stifling debate on the current realities, violence to
discourage change and so on. But what happens is the problems persist, they
are reframed and new solutions prescribed, and so the cycle continues.

      In all these situations you can see that the problem is addressed in
the wrong manner because it has been reframed and by reframing, one tends to
come up with ad hoc solutions that create unintended consequences and make
the problem even worse in the future. Symptoms are addressed because they
are less painful to the one prescribing, albeit only in the short term.

      Having said the above, it is clear that this cycle becomes
self-perpetuating, as each time there is a real problem it is reframed and a
solution that does not address the fundamental underlying cause prescribed.
The fundamental underlying cause of all our problems is the style, manner,
habits and philosophy that has driven the current government's existence and
its interests from day one; their perceived indisputable right to preside
over every aspect of our social and economic life at any expense, whether we
like it or not.

      Now of course that is totally unacceptable but only as unacceptable as
we want it to be. There are many of our brothers and sisters who are living
the life of their dreams under such a situation and would of course not
benefit from change. They have become a creation and inadvertently the props
of a dictatorship.

      But the fact of the matter is that, social systems are by their own
very nature dynamic and recreate themselves continually. Social systems are
"intelligent" systems and their growth and necessity to change can never be
limited through domination and prescription by individuals or groups; they
collapse and recreate themselves to "viable systems" with new leaders and
new aspirations. We cannot change that; it is a fact of nature.

      By our nature as humans we are unable to survive in a social system
that is not viable, we are unable to be prescribed to on what we must think
and do, what our future should be and what information we must see, who we
must associate with, who we can become and so on. We were not built for that

      Quote of the week

      "Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have
acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence
of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for
evil to triumph." Haile Selassie.

      By Vince Musewe is an independent investments consultant and co-author
of the book A trustee's guide to investment management and may be contacted

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      Barclays mulls survival tactics
      By our own Staff

      CITING Zimbabwe's alarming and poor macroeconomic fundamentals,
Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd (Barclays) is reviewing operations in the
country to concentrate on projects with a low foreign currency content.

      The international bank is also considering withdrawing its local
credit cards later this year unless the country's poor macroeconomic
fundamentals improve.

      Barclays, whose headquarters are in the United Kingdom, is the country
's most heavily-capitalised financial counter on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
(ZSE) worth more than $40,6 billion.

      The latest decisions come at a time when Zimbabwe is facing a severe
foreign currency shortage, which has resulted in several projects either
being delayed or abandoned as the economy slowly grinds to a halt.

      The country's balance of payments deficit during 2002 pushed the
economy into foreign exchange shortages.

      The official exchange rate has remained fixed at Z$55: US$1 since
October 2000 and this, coupled with the 40% retention of export proceeds by
the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), had substantially eroded export sector
earnings as Zimbabwe's inflation continued to surge while that of trading
partners remained generally subdued.

      The government, however, recently introduced a dual foreign exchange
regime during which exporters now earn the equivalent of about $800 for
every US dollar earned.

      The country's foreign payment arrears continued to build up during
2002 and are forecast to have ended the year at US$1,5 billion up from
US$700 million in 2001.

      In its financial report for the year ended December 31 2002, Barclays
chairman, Dr Robbie Mupawose said: "The bank is reviewing its products,
processes, delivery platforms, infrastructure and internal supportive
structures to ensure that its business model meets customer needs and
demands. Primary focus during the review process will be the bank's capacity
to invest in low foreign currency content solutions in light of the acute
shortages of foreign currency."

      Mupawose said as a result of the Banking Act's provisions, which now
permitted commercial banks to engage directly in leasing business, Barclays'
leasing subsidiary, Fincor Finance Corporation Ltd, would shortly become a
division of the bank.

      "This will add value to the bank by reducing operating costs and
eliminating roles which were of necessity duplicated by its position as a
subsidiary company," Mupawose said.

      "The brand name will be retained to maximise customer loyalty. The
affordable asset financing facilities, for which Fincor is well known, will
continue to be offered."

      Mupawose, who co-chairs several other blue-chip companies listed on
the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, said the critical shortage of foreign currency
had forced Barclays to withdraw its international credit card facility and
to consider withdrawing its local credit cards later this year.

      "Unless the situation improves, the bank will be forced to discontinue
its local credit card system but will offer customers an alternative card

      The chairman said 2002 had seen a further deterioration in Zimbabwe's
macro-economic environment and shortages of foreign currency reached
alarming levels.

      Year-on-year inflation continued on its upward trend, closing the year
at 198,9%. He said the economy was expected to have shrunk by about 12% in
2002 compared to 2001
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      Ex-President Banana in UK for treatment
      By our own Staff

      ZIMBABWE'S first president, Canaan Sodindo Banana, has left the
country for the United Kingdom (UK) where he is reportedly suffering from an
undisclosed illness.

      Sources close to the Banana family told The Standard yesterday that
the former president was flown out of the country three months ago after his
health condition continued to deteriorate.

      They said Banana had been in and out of the hospital for some time and
that his children, who are now resident in that country, had invited him to
get specialist treatment in the UK.

      "Banana was seriously ill when he left the country. He had a long
history of a heart ailment but this time around his condition had worsened
since he came out of jail. I think loneliness also compounded his problem,"
said the source, a relative of the former president

      Most of Banana's family members now live in the UK and his estranged
wife, Janet, skipped the country last year after alleging that her life was
in danger from Zimbabwe's state security agents.

      The two separated after Banana, a Methodist Church minister who became
Zimbabwe's first president at independence from Britain in 1980, was
embroiled in a messy homosexual scandal.

      The former president was jailed for a one-year term after being
convicted of 11 counts of sexual offences including two of sodomy in 2000.

      Allegations of rape against Banana were first revealed when Jephta
Dube, his former aide de camp, who was facing murder charges, told the court
during his dramatic 1996-97 trial that he fatally shot a fellow policeman
who had referred to him as "Banana's wife".

      The revelations resulted in Banana being dragged to court where he was
convicted of sodomy and subsequently ordered to serve a jail term at the
Connemara Open Prison near Gweru.

      Dube died in February 2001 after battling with tuberculosis. He had
just received $250 000 restitution fee from the former head of state.

      "Banana's health has not been well even when he was in jail. You may
recall that he was later moved from Connemara to Chikurubi Maximum Security
Prison in Harare, closer to his doctor. He had a long-running case of high
blood pressure and a heart ailment. We are hoping that he can get better
treatment in the UK where his wife and children are now residing," the
source said.

      But Banana's niece and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
legislator, Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga, on Friday allayed fears that
the former president's health had worsened.

      "Banana is living well with his family in the UK. It is true that he
left the country three months ago on grounds of ill health but the last time
I spoke to him, not so long ago, he said he was very well," said

      She could, however, not be drawn to elaborate on what the former
president, who brokered Zimbabwe's national unity agreement between
President Robert Mugabe and the late ZAPU leader Joshua Nkomo in 1987, was
suffering from saying only that he was ill from a "combination of a number
of things".
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      State, ZCTU headed for fresh showdown Government sticks to new fuel
      By Henry Makiwa

      THE government yesterday ruled out any reduction in the prices of
fuel, setting the stage for a bitter and protracted confrontation with the
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) which successfully organised a
three-day stayaway last week.

      Amos Midzi, the Minister of Energy and Power Development, told The
Standard yesterday that the government would not bow down to demands by the
ZCTU to reduce the more than 300 percent fuel price increases, despite the
mass protest which paralysed industry and commerce from Wednesday up to

      "The ZCTU can keep on dreaming. We cannot reduce the prices of fuel,"
said Midzi.

      Meanwhile, the ZCTU's general council yesterday held a special meeting
where a decision was made to come up with "decisive action" that would
force{ the government to bow down to their demands.

      Such action, Lovemore Matombo, the ZCTU president told The Standard,
would come after a thorough consultation exercise with the workers which he
said had already started.

      Matombo said: "The government still has to reduce the fuel prices to
previous levels as we demanded.

      "Our protest was a show of the great strength of the workers and they
should grow in the confidence that if they stand firm their demands will be

      Matombo added: "The government now knows that they have a challenge in
their hands and they need to take a realistic and holistic approach to the
current situation. They are the ones who have reduced all of us to a nation
of paupers."

      The ZCTU held a successful three-day workers' stayaway in protest
against the fuel price hikes that were announced by the government to save
its national oil procurement company, Noczim.

      The stayaway saw business grinding to a halt in most urban areas while
the police and soldiers reportedly ordered business owners to open shop at
other centres.

      The government clearly acknowledged the effects of the stayaway with
ministers coming out in the open to condemn the protest.

      Government later responded by increasing the minimum wages of workers
that ranged from $23 070 to $42 168 which were rejected by the ZCTU.

      The combination of the general failure by the government to mend the
economy and its persistence with lopsided policies has dragged Zimbabwe into
its present economic and political crisis.

      Zimbabwe currently has one of the fastest shrinking economies in the
world resulting in mounting poverty, massive unemployment and lack of hard
currency, basic foodstuffs, fuel and electricity.

      To all intents and purposes, the Zimbabwean economy has collapsed.
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            ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed


      The International Cricket Council's handling of the Zimbabwe affair at
the World Cup has come under severe attack in the 2003 Wisden Almanack.

      Tim de Lisle, editor of the 140th edition, criticises the decision to
defy public opinion and allow games to take place in Robert Mugabe's
Zimbabwe, instead of shifting them to South Africa.

      De Lisle also has a dig at the ICC's request for Andy Flower and Henry
Olonga to relinquish their black armbands and punishment of England's
refusal to play in Zimbabwe.

      "The ICC ended up doing something that ought not to have been
possible," de Lisle says. "Washing their hands at the same time as burying
their heads in the sand.

      "For much of the past year, the ICC were at their worst, which is
saying something. Their Champions Trophy did not produce a champion. Their
Test championship produced the wrong one.

      "Their new one-day championship was so arcane that it went virtually
unnoticed. Their World Cup consisted of more than 50 matches, but hardly any
real contests. And they adopted a stance on Zimbabwe that shamed the game."

      The issue - which breaks with tradition by using a photograph of
England's Michael Vaughan on its famous yellow jacket - names the Yorkshire
opener as one of its five cricketers of the year.

      The others are England Test captain Nasser Hussain, Surrey's Adam
Hollioake, South African Shaun Pollock and Australian opener Matthew Hayden
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Zimbabwe says early Mugabe exit ''wishful'' thinking

By Cris Chinaka

HARARE, April 29 - Zimbabwe said on Tuesday President Robert Mugabe had no
plans to retire before the end of his six-year term in 2008, calling media
reports on an early exit strategy ''wishful'' thinking.
       Speculation on Mugabe's future has been rife in the past week after
the 79-year-old leader hinted at his possible retirement by encouraging an
open debate on his successor as head of the ruling ZANU-PF party.
       In an interview with state television aired a week ago Mugabe also
said he was ready to meet opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai over
Zimbabwe's deepening crisis if the opposition recognised his disputed
re-election last year.
       Newspapers in Zimbabwe and South Africa have since reported that
Mugabe would soon discuss his retirement plans with the presidents of South
Africa, Nigeria and Malawi. They also said talks were underway between
ZANU-PF and Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on a
transitional government.
       In a statement on Tuesday, the Harare government accused
''British-linked newsmen'' of sensational reporting meant to create
uncertainty by suggesting that Mugabe wanted to leave.
       ''President Mugabe has not indicated a wish to leave office now or at
any other time before the expiry of his term,'' the statement said.
       ''All the president did in the recent interview...was to invite
debate on a range of national questions, including that of succession,'' the
government said, calling the media reports ''at best wishful and at worst an
undemocratic insult.''

       It said Malawian President Bakili Muluzi, South African President
Thabo Mbeki and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo wanted to visit Mugabe
as part of their efforts to repair Zimbabwe's relations with former colonial
ruler Britain.
       ''The three presidents are very clear that Zimbabweans have no wish
to see their gains reversed through back-door deals meant to either entrench
or perpetuate colonial interests in Zimbabwe,'' the statement said.
       It did not give a date for the proposed visit.
       Zimbabwe has plunged deeper into a political and economic crisis
since Mugabe defeated Tsvangirai in presidential polls last year condemned
as fraudulent by some Western governments.
       Tsvangirai, who is on trial on charges of plotting to kill Mugabe
before the election, has said he would drop a legal challenge of the poll
results to secure talks with Mugabe.
       Zimbabwe is facing its worst crisis in more than two decades, with
soaring unemployment and shortages of fuel, foreign exchange and food which
many blame on Mugabe's policies.
       The southern African country has been hit by two major national
strikes in the past month to protest against government polices and a sharp
hike in fuel prices.
       Mugabe, the country's sole ruler since the former Rhodesia gained
independence in 1980, says the economy has been sabotaged by domestic and
Western opponents of his campaign to seize white-owned farms for
redistribution to landless blacks.
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Workers Fired for Participating in National Stayaway

UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

April 29, 2003
Posted to the web April 29, 2003


Workers who participated in last week's three-day strike have experienced a
backlash in Zimbabwe, according to reports of mass dismissals and beatings
which emerged on Tuesday.

About 2,800 state post office workers were fired for participating in the
stayaway, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) told IRIN.

There have also been reports of beatings and the victimisation of people
accused by so-called war veterans of having participated in the strike.

Among those who have lost jobs at the post office is ZCTU president Lovemore

"Our president also received a letter saying that they participated in an
illegal strike and were therefore being summarily dismissed," ZCTU
secretary-general, Wellington Chibebe, told IRIN.

The strike was organised by ZCTU to protest the latest fuel price hike,
which doubled a price that had already risen by 95 percent in previous
weeks. The union called on the government to reverse the fuel price hikes
because of the inflationary impact on ordinary Zimbabweans.

Following the firing of post office workers, ZCTU said it intended
contacting the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the
International Labour Organisation to alert them to the current developments.

"We will also see how we can tackle the issue legally," Chibebe said.

ZCTU had written to the government to express its concerns about the plight
of workers prior to last week's stayaway, but had still received no reply,
he added.

"Government has not responded to our letter, [so] we sent another one
yesterday [Monday]. We're waiting to see whether or not they will respond.
We have re-submitted our demand [for] the reversal of the fuel price hike,"
Chibebe said.

He added that ZCTU was consulting its members regarding the way ahead. "If
government does not respond positively [then further] action is on the
agenda, the form and timing of which is going to be announced in due
course," Chibebe noted.

The union was "humbled" by the response to its call for a strike, he added,
but was "not happy" about the government's lack of response to its demands.
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April 29, 2003



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you to check availability with your farming members.

1 x 60 KVA, 2 x 500 KVA, small gensets (+-25 KVA) suitable for houses.
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Updated April 29, 2003

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Job # 2
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A competitive package will be offered for the right person.
Contact Norman 369877 or

we need a retired semi retired mechanic to assist in the daily running of
our vehicle workshop behind Jaggers Harare.
Mornings only is preferred but we can offer flexibility of time.
Job description: to assist and advise workers on the floor. Undertake some
of the more complex work. Offer general expertise.
Vehicles maintained are general light goods. Work covers all aspects of
repair and maintenance.
Package subject to discussion.
Please contact Kevin or Chris on
Sincerely, Kevin Smeda

(ad inserted 1 April 2003)
WANTED: FARM TRIAL BALANCE BOOKKEEPER, computer literate, based Harare.
Pleasant environment at Fife Ave/10th Street - hassle free on site car
parking. Full time preferably, but part-time/flexi-time will be considered.
Negotiable salary based on experience.

Contact Norma Gordon Tel. 04-704949/email


(ad inserted 13th Feb 03)
We are looking for a book keeper type person for two months till the end of
March - needs computer experience (pastel is used but easy to pick up if
computer literate) to work from a house close to Highlands School - may be
able to take some work away - part time or full time is OK - salary to be
neg depending on time and experience.
Contact Lynda Scott 091 201 324 or 498705


(ad inserted 13th Feb 03)
WANTED: FARM TRIAL BALANCE BOOKKEEPER, Needs to be computer literate and
based in Harare.
Pleasant environment at Fife Ave/10th Street - hassle free on site car
parking. Full time preferably, but part-time/flexi-time will be considered.
Negotiable salary based on experience.
Contact Norma Gordon
Tel. 04-704949/email


(ad inserted 17 April 2003)

"Personal Assistant/Secretary to Consulting Legal Practitioner: Mornings
Lovely working environment in a family home in Avondale West.  Work
consists mainly of typing (which must be accurate).  Consultant dictates
all work and a dictaphone playback machine is used to transcribe work;
answering the telephone, taking messages and attending to assist clients;
maintaining Consultant's diary - as Consultant travels away from the office
from time to time the Applicant will sometimes be required to work on her
own initiative; attending to monthly payments of PAYE/NSSA etc for one
employee (the Applicant). Some accounts experience is necessary, as
Applicant will need to assist with Consultancy accounts, income tax and
liaising with the Consultancy's Accountants and Bookkeeper.

Applicants should contact Alannah or Gayle on (04) 335866 (strictly
mornings only) or Alannah on 091 367 197 (strictly 08.00 to 16.30 hours)"


Positions Vacant

Highly capable farmers required to join a progressive team.
Qualifiers will be men who have the ability to grow within themselves and
to generate growth within a team.
Experience and competence in one or many facets of
agriculture will be of interest, in particular irrigation, horticulture,
tobacco and cattle.

Please respond to Carswell Group
                            Fax: 304415


(ad inserted 10 April 2003)

Carswell Group is looking for experienced Cattleman to run
a ranch 60 km from Harare.


Cattleman required who is capable of progressing to a high level in a large
vertically integrated little/operation.

Please send invoice by return email to


(ad inserted 28 April 2003)

Caretaker required for a farm (2000 chickens) in Tengwe.  Please contact
011 204 454 for further details.


(ad inserted 24 April 2003)

Job available in the Trelawney area to manage 6 Ha of roses. Looking for a
couple, the wife to do the farm books. Start on May 1. Phone 011 401 974.


(ad inserted 09 April 2003)

Farm Manager wanted on a Dairy Farm in Kwe Kwe.  Please Phone 011 407097 or



Senior Accounts Person

Either male or female, Balance Sheet Bookkeeper also involving foreign
payments. Experienced person preferred.  Very good package.  Ruwa area,
export company.

Please contact Annalize at 073-2847/50 or 091 406 934.

Trucks required for hire

Seven (7) tonne trucks with or without trailers required for agricultural

Please contact 091 213 989 for further details.


Tshabezi Safaris - West Nicholson
Garage manager required for country workshop. Toyota Landcruiser experience
would be an added advantage. This position would suit a husband and wife
team - wife could help out either in safaris office or accounts department.
She must be computer literate.
Please reply with current CVs to:
Rogers Brothers & Son P/L (Garage Manager)
P O West Nicholson



The post of Warden at Borradaile Trust Marondera has become vacant.
This is a retirement complex with about 70 cottages for independent
residents. Two large establishments house about 60 semi-independent
residents and there is a small hospital called Borradaile House, for
dependent residents.  In the grounds is the separately administered
Borradaile Hospital. The Warden is provided with a house in Marondera.
Applications with C.V.s and two references should reach the Administrator,
Borradaile Trust, Pvt. Bag 3795, Marondera as soon as possible.  In view of
the high cost of postage, the Administrator only undertakes to reply to
those short-listed.  Acknowledgements will be made to those providing
e-mail addresses.

Thank you very much, from the Administrator.


(ad inserted 6th Feb 03),
Bright Steel (Zimbabwe) Ltd requires a Credit Controller with a strong
accounting background to manage a large debtors portfolio.  Strong computer
skills in Microsoft packages essential and the ability to communicate
across the board.  Main accounting package is Sage but knowledge of at
least one accounting package is essential.  Main duties will include the
1. All credit control functions
2. Product costing of imports.
3. Salaries for junior staff using Belina Computer System.
4. Computation of sales tax
5. Checking & capturing Goods Received Vouchers.
6. Preparing audit schedules.
7. Spreadsheets - excel.
8. Sage Computer System would be an advantage.
The above person to report to the Financial Controller and will have a
debtors clerk reporting directly to him/her from Bulawayo and a trainee.
1.  Competitive salary
2.  Pension scheme
3.  Profit Incentive Bonus Scheme (P.I.B.S.)
4.  Medical Aid paid in full
5.  Lunch provided
6.  Travel allowance
7.  Cell phone time paid.
Contact Brian Wilson
Phone: 754324. 091 400 588.


(ad inserted 30th Jan 03)
Retired Farming couple required to live and work on a farm 60 km from
Harare. Husband to carry out Sourcing and Procurement of farm supplies as
well as run Stores and Arrange movements of farm Transport fleet. Wife to
run Farm Store and Tuck shop. Usual farm perks are offered. Contact 011 403
558 or 091 218 822 or email


(Ad inserted 24th February 03)
Part time Manager for small farm 7 km on tar from Westgate Shopping Centre,
Harare. Wide range of crops- herbs, spices, etc with cleaning plant and
essential oils distillery, grown under EU organic certification.
Accommodation available- cottage with 3 bedrooms. Might suit someone with
farming experience who could combine this work with a job in Harare. Please
email details to


(ad inserted 29 April 2003)

Do you love the bush, enjoy gardening, and have the personality to make
guests feel welcome?  Are you mechanically minded?  Interested in catering?
We are looking for a mature fit couple to run our resort at Kariba.  If you
feel this is for you. Call us on: 011 201839.


(ad inserted 25 April 2003)
It is a General Manager position responsible for the Management of the
Citrus Estate that employs about 40 Management staff as well as about 600
labourers. In addition there is an Avocado Estate and a Timber operation
that the General Manager would take over also. It really needs someone with
good General Management skills; administration, labour relations,finance,
marketing and good sound judgement. The person would report to my
father(Dennis Solomon). He is in his late 70's and does not want to be
burdened with the day to day management, he would like to take a very hands
off role and only be involved in strategic long term issues. He will
probably spend about half his time in the Cape so expects that the GM take
full control of the Operation. Because its primarily a Citrus Estate, it's
a plus to be from a Citrus background but we are much more interested in
getting a good GM than a good farmer as we already have good farming people
on the staff who can do the day to day activities very well. I think
ideally that the guy will be in his 40's or 50's (fairly Mature) and not
trying to set the world on fire but be a good solid Manager.

Contact Nelspruit 013 7522141. My father is using a Recruiter from Cape
Town to screen candidates but he will be happy to talk to potentially
interested parties and to pass them onto the recruiter. Again, his name is
Dennis Solomon and the farm is Crocodile Valley Citrus Company just outside


(ad inserted 10 April 2003)

Drummond area of Natal....roughly 30 km from Durban on the way to
Organic Veg farm manager required.  General farm management and tractor
skills, knowledge of organic veg growing and Zulu.
We are looking for someone who is prepared to run the farm as their own
business, what you put in you get out.  Salary linked to profit share and
Phone/fax 031-783 4995 or e mail


(ad inserted 09 April 2003)

My brother has asked me to put ads in the local papers for a tractor
mechanic with Ford/New Holland , Massey experience.

Contact details in RSA are: Dennis on email address



Opportunity in Polokwane South Africa.

Mature person required as maintenance and farm manager including wildlife
for a very reputable hotel and game farm, (conservancy) outside Polokwane
(Pietersburg) Limpopo Province.

Duties include.
Organizational ability, vehicle maintenance, boreholes, electrical
maintenance at hotel and farm, good labour relations etc.

Only hard working and sober persons need apply.

Please contact, e-mail, Phone 0027836565729


I felt that there might be someone in your network that may be interested.
The post could suit a person that is currently underemployed, and it falls
vacant because the present incumbent has been employed by the World Bank.

ICC is looking for an agricultural consultant to service our market in
Manica and Tete provinces of Mozambique. The responsibilities include
selling to donor agenicies, helping to write proposals, and helping to
manage the resultant consulting projects. The ideal person will have
extensive agriculture experience, both commercial and small scale, will be
fluent in Portuguese and English, will be familiar with the customs of
Mozambique, and preferably live close to Mutare.  We can teach them the
consulting skills.

ICC is a Southern African consulting company with offices in Harare, Maputo
and Lusaka. In Mozambique we are active in consultancy work in Micro
finance, commercial and small holder agricultural projects. Recent projects
Strategic plan for a Mozambiquan manufacturer of oils, fats and soaps,
Market analysis and feasibility study for a new horticultural project,
Asssisting a major regional tea and coffee producer to prepare for further
regional expansion,
Business plans and facilitated negotiations for a major Zimbabwean agri
business to start a joint venture in Mozambique,
Feasibility and business plans for greenfields tea project in Espungabera.
Tel: + 263 4 731555/7
Fax: + 263 4 731558
Cell: + 263 (0) 91 272 767


(ad inserted 6th Feb. 03)
The JAG Office received an enquiry from Mr George Mashinkila who owns some
farmland in Zambia. He wants to lease out his farm. If anyone is
interested, they can get hold of him directly at e-mail



"Dynamic agriculturally based trading company looks for energetic person to
take over there Lusaka operations.  Looking for
reliability-honesty-integrity.  Please interested applicants email"


(ad inserted 27 April 2003)

A very good friend of mine who lives in Gabarone Botswana has asked me to
put out this piece of information so I thought your organisation would be
ideal to do it for me.

His name is Snowy Du Toit ( ex Zimbo ) and his details are as follows :-

Phone: 00 267 3971026 / 00 26771724810 ( cell )
Fax: 00 267 3909610
He has been offered a certain piece of land near Gabarone which would be
ideal for market gardening or horticulture. It apparently has plenty of
water from the municipal waste. He has indicated that he could probably
negotiate a loan on anyones behalf should they be interested as he is now a
citizen of Botswana. All the technical details can be provided by Snowy
himself, so if anyone is interested, please could they contact him direct.
I know time is of the essence so if anyone is interested they must contact
him ASAP .


(ad inserted 22 April 2003)

Mr Johan Boshoff - Pontdrif, RSA is looking urgently for a dynamic reliable
middle age couple to manage a farm in the north western part of Botswana,
close to the Caprivi strip. Preferable no young children still in the
house, due to the distance from schools.
Experience: Farm management & general farm equipment maintenance
crops: Vegetables under irrigation - drip & Pivot irrigation
Contact # Johan Boshoff
Tel (+27) 15-5751425
Fax (+27) 15-5751580
Cell (+27) 82 822 6310
e-mail Minds,



Cattle farming business in Ghanzi District, North-West Botswana for sale.
(The owners moving for kids schooling.) Comprises 2 well-developed freehold
farms, measuring 10 112,06 Morg (8 660 Ha) in total, 1050 head of cattle
(cross Santa-Sussex), all necessary farming equipment, lighting-plants,
gensets, inverter equipment managers residence, main farm residence, staff
accommodation, workshops and storerooms etc, etc Walk-in / walk-out deal
BWP4 500 000-00 (Approx US$ 775 000-00). All serious offers will be
Contact Mike on (267) 72290622 or e-mail


Tobacco managers wanted in Malawi: 2003/4 seasons
100ha Flue cured 100ha Maize African tobacco managers of Malawian
extraction wanting to relocate with costs paid and paper work facilities.
Malawian Passport Holders will obviously be given preference. Respond to
JAG's email address and we will forward.


(ad inserted 17 April 2003)

We are looking for an ex farmer, with tobacco experience, to oversee the
building of tobacco curing systems in Malawi.  This position will be for a
period of ten months, with the possibility of extending the contract to two
years, either in Zimbabwe or elsewhere.  Accommodation and vehicle will be
provided.  Contact or send your application to
Debbie Graham at Brown Engineering, Box ST 311, Southerton, Harare.


ANGOLA (Ad inserted 22nd Feb 03)

A farming opportunity exists in Menongie , Cuando Cubango Province in
Angola for a person experienced in the cultivation of maize. Land will be
made available and various options exist with regards to the funding of
the operation. Interested parties can e-mail their information and a
summary of their experience to


(ad inserted 08 April 2003)
Farm Manager wanted for a coffee/tea estate in Kenya.  Please phone 091 233
852 for further information.


KENYA (ad inserted 24th Feb 03)
I came across your website when searching for information on Zimbabwean
Farmers. We are looking for a General Manager for a large horticulture and
floriculture company based in Nanyuki, Kenya. I wanted to know if you could
pass on the attached brief to farmers that might be interested in looking
at this opportunity?
Many thanks and Kind Regards,
Zia Manji
Recruitment Manager
P.O. BOX 25118, 00603 NAIROBI, KENYA.
TEL: +254-2-3752400 / 1 FAX: +254-2-3752401
MOBILE: 0733 994469 OR 0722 516043
Position Specification & Candidate Profile

Our client, one of Kenya's most established horticultural and floricultural
companies, is a major exporter to the large retailers in the United Kingdom
and Europe. The group encompasses 3 large vegetable and flower farms,
packing facilities, a clearing and forwarding company, and a propagation
business. Exporting Two Million stems of cut flowers and 120 MT of
vegetables monthly, the Company is managed by a dynamic multicultural team
employing over 3,000 staff countrywide.

Our client's biggest challenge is to remain the market leader by
maintaining a strong customer focus coupled with a continuous expansion and
improvement strategy to deliver the highest possible quality products in
line with the requirements of this fast paced industry.

Nanyuki, Kenya.

THE POSITION The General Manager will be responsible for independent
co-ordination and management of all aspects of the business unit
incorporating 15 hectares of flower greenhouses, a fully automated rose
propagation unit and 25 hectares of vegetables. Within the framework of the
company's objectives and action plans, the manager's key focus will
include: Day to day growing, packing and propagation of required product
within the specified quality, cost and time. Overseeing the packing of
flowers onsite to meet international standards. Overseeing the cutting and
bulk packing
of vegetables to the centralized pack house in Nairobi. Managing the
financial and administrative functions on the farm, providing frequent and
accurate reports to the head office. Ensuring optimum processing and
performance as well as maintaining safety and developmental requirements.
Supervising the maintenance of all processing equipment. Ensuring the
compliance of the farm, packing operations, workers welfare and environment
within Company's and client requirements. Responsibility for the manpower
organisation of 600 employees including maintaining cordial and efficient
industrial relations. Managing and co-ordinating the audits by client
supermarkets throughout the year.
Responsible for the preparation of operating plans and programmes and
ensuring proper implementation.
Providing strategic advice and co-ordination of agreed development and
expansion projects. The General Manager reports to the Board of Directors.

These include:
Respecting production commitments in terms of volume, deadlines, costs, and
product compliance.
Correct team performance. Creating and encouraging a cordial working
environment in the farming and processing team.
Guaranteeing the compliance of the Company and its Clients standards in all
areas of farming, processing, staff welfare and environment.
Proper management of the farm's budget.

Key responsibilities include:
Help define the long-term plan, the improvement and expansion plans for the
entire farm.
Proposing annual production programmes and making adjustments as required
in line with group requirements and good agricultural practice.
Preparation and submission of annual budgets. Identify adjustments and
modification required in the farming and processing to optimise the
performance and the quality of the products.
Co-ordination of the program of inspections, visits, and audits with the
Board of Directors.
Planning and organisation of manpower to best suit the delivery programme.
Identifying and resolving problems relating to farm and processing
management on a daily basis.
Maintaining of equipment in good working condition by ensuring compliance
with correct usage practices, and regular inspection and liaison with the
maintenance team.
Implementation and management of approved expansion and improvement
projects in line with Company objectives.
Monitoring labour performance, setting work targets, implementing viable
bonus schemes to boost labour productivity and motivation.

A graduate in agriculture/horticulture/floriculture or any other relevant
5 to 8 years experience at a senior management level in a large
horticulture or floriculture concern.
Relevant experience in rose growing is an advantage.
Good knowledge of product quality parameters and compliance regulations.
In-depth knowledge and a proven track record in of growing, packing and
Computer literate and proficient in the use of MS Office.
An understanding of management concepts, agricultural practices and quality
management methods e.g. ISO 9000, HACCP and EUREPGAP.

The candidate must also be:
Able to manage and work with a culturally and educationally diverse team.
A good planner and organiser.
Must have good analytical skills, and a decision-maker.
Proactive in their work and take the initiative to propose and implement
new approaches.
Out-going, articulate with high verbal abilities.
Results oriented.
A team player willing to work in a very competitive and fast-paced

A highly competitive package will be offered to the right candidate.

Online registration only. Log onto the following web-site, register and
upload your CV:
For more information, please email:
Zia Manji
Recruitment Manager
DEADLINE: 28/02/03

(ad inserted 21 April 2003)

A 5000 hectare concession in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, west of
Kasaï Province, 800 km to the south of Kinshasa, in the region of Kikwit.
This property was farmed by a Belgian for more than 40 years and he had
nearly 4,000 heads of cattle!
There is a forest with nearly 150,000 trees, mostly eucalyptus and pine. A
river flows on the domain's border. Agricultural plantations such as corn,
manioc, groundnut as well as chicken farming are possible.
There is a building in Kikwit with a commercial ground floor and living
quarters on the 1st floor.
The whole complex is very pleasant and offers great opportunities of
further economic development!
Asking price for the transfer of the concession is 125,000 euros.

I sincerely believe this project is well worth your attention so please do
not hesitate to ask should you require additional information. If you like
I could for instance scan some photos.


(Ad inserted 24th Feb 03)
Employment available as part of a Team, thinning and harvesting summer
fruit, apples and kiwifruit in the Hawkes Bay area of New Zealand, (North
Island, East coast).  The company, Labour Force, NZ, is expanding to fill
contracts.  Dormitory/Single/Married Accommodation is available within easy
commuting distance. For more information, please email in the first instance with personal details, and a
summary of recent work experience. Advice, assistance and support with
settling in, will be given by local branch of the Zimcare Trust, NZ,


(ad inserted 22 April 2003)


telephone: 61 0356832464

message: We have two beautiful farms in the South of Victoria, Australia.
We would be interested in spnsoring a family to migrate with a view to help
us.  We can offer a package of a base of $50000 Australian plus a 3  One farm is dairy, the other beef. We are in our late fifties so
need someone in say mid 30's to late 40's
Please reply to Dick and Judy Edwards


(ad inserted 19 April 2003)

Foreign teachers for NT jobs 'better late than never': CLP
The Northern Territory Opposition is welcoming a move to recruit teachers
from overseas, but says this should have been implemented months ago.

The Government has announced it will try to attract teachers from regional
areas, as well as from countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Canada.

The Government says there are 25 permanent teaching vacancies in the

Shadow Education Minister Terry Mills says the Country Liberal Party (CLP)
has been calling for this to happen since late last year.

"To implement them now is an indication that they are in panic mode, the
teacher shortage is in excess of what the Government currently claims," Mr
Mills said.

"These initiatives will take an extended period of time to actually bed in
and to produce the results, which is teachers in the classroom for students


(ad inserted 18 April 2003)

HELP ON FARM needed for approx. 3 days per week.  The farm consists of 400
acres of marginal pasture and woodland overlooking the Severn Estuary. The
grazing is let on an annual basis, and some of the woodland is of special
scientific interest.

Work would comprise farm and estate maintenance, including driving of
Unimog, use of chainsaw, fertiliser spreading, weed-wiping, fencing.
Mechanical ability an advantage.  Might suit someone with an interest in
wildlife and conservation.  Preferred age 24-45.  Suit couple.  Ability to
caretake occasionally would be an advantage.

East Wing Annexe is available as part of a deal to be negotiated.  It
comprises separate front door, lobby, kitchen and small living or
dining-room downstairs, and bathroom and two good-sized rooms upstairs.
Partial central heating included.  Extra storage space available.

For further details please ring 01633.400213, or contact us by `e'-mail :



I am wondering if you might be able to assist me. I am a partner in a farm
in UK and we currently have a vacancy for a Farm Manager and I thought this
might be of interest to some of the unfortunate farmers recently displaced
from Zimbabwe by Mugabe. Would you have any idea where it might be best to
advertise the vacancy in order to attract any interested parties'
attention? I am contactable at



We are a Farming partnership in North Essex. We have a 600 acre mixed farm
and are currently seeking a Farm Manager. This position may well suit a
displaced Zimbabwean farmer and his family. Accommodation is likely to be
available and the position should become vacant in the Autumn.

Please forward this message to any who may be interested or please let us
know the best way of contacting such dispossessed farmers who are arriving
here or planning to move here in the near future.  Our email address is:

Many thanks

Tom Richardson


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