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Women call for end to SA support
August 11, 2004

By Basildon Peta

Harare: Representatives of Zimbabwean women who have suffered rape,
torture and victimisation under President Robert Mugabe's regime have called
on South African women to help lobby President Thabo Mbeki's government to
end its support for the Mugabe regime.

The Zimbabwean women, represented by the Women of Zimbabwe Arise
(Woza) lobby group, joined South African women in celebrating Women's Day
this week.

They performed an emotional play at Johannesburg's main Methodist
church complex, depicting how Zimbabwean women have suffered under Mugabe's
regime.

At the gathering, Walter Sisulu's daughter-in-law, Elinor, author of a
biography on Walter and Albertina Sisulu, chronicled the suffering of the
Zimbabwean women and spoke at length about how South African women could
help their Zimbabwean counterparts.

She also told of the suffering of women in other parts of Africa,
including the Sudan, Swaziland and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Woza representatives have been arrested several times. In their play
they described the harsh treatment their leaders had received in jail,
incarcerated in tiny cells without flushing toilets. In winter they had to
sleep close to each other to keep warm after being stripped naked.

Last month the police stormed the Woza head office in Harare, claiming
to be searching for weapons of war, subversive materials and inflammatory
pamphlets meant to "incite the overthrow" of Mugabe's government.

Woza spokeswoman Jenni Williams said the police had not found
anything, yet had "proceeded to burn copies of the newsletter and later
arrested 73 women" She has been jailed 13 times.

Williams said the Zimbabwean women had come to South Africa as part of
their mission to build a community of sisterhood in African countries that
could apply pressure for change in Zimbabwe.

Williams said Mugabe's late mother would most probably not have
approved of the crimes being committed by Mugabe's militia against women in
Zimbabwe. She said Mugabe knew well the power of women in mobilising against
his misrule, if they chose to do so.

Masechaba Mabaso, the founder of South Africa's Inter-denominational
Women's Prayer League, lamented the much publicised extravagance of Mugabe's
wife, Grace, while the rest of Zimbabwe's women suffered. - Independent
Foreign Service

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Business Day

Mugabe wants successor with struggle history

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Harare Correspondent

ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe has for the first time outlined the
criteria his party will use to select his successor when he retires in 2008.

Mugabe told his ruling Zanu (PF) mouthpiece, The Voice, at the weekend that
only "honest" candidates with liberation struggle credentials would be
considered. "I look at someone who will appeal to the people and who the
people will have chosen naturally as having the qualities of a leader," he
said.

"We must have honest leaders and that comes first."

The 80-year-old Zimbabwean ruler who has been in power for almost 24 years
said he would not accept a corrupt leader.

Mugabe said this week that he would continue to crack down on graft, even if
it meant arresting his relatives.

This puts potential successors in a fix. Mugabe's perceived heir apparent,
Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been linked to several corruption cases although he
has consistently denied the accusations.

Mugabe said his successor should also have a record of participation in the
struggle against British colonial rule.

"(It must be) someone naturally with a political record of participation in
the struggle and one who cherishes the principles and objectives of Zanu
(PF) and who is also people-oriented and knowledgeable in other ways," he
said.

"We want a successor who will cherish our revolutionary gains and ensure
these are a national preserve."

This effectively shuts out the so-called Young Turks such as former finance
minister Simba Makoni. It also thwarts ambitious junior ministers such as
Information Minister Jonathan Moyo from ascendancy.

The criteria favour the old guard and make ministers such as John Nkomo,
Sydney Sekeramayi, Didymus Mutasa and Dumiso Dabengwa potential frontrunners
in the succession race.

Mugabe said he would not accept a "stupid fool" or people with money to buy
their way into power.

His unusual remarks came ahead of the ruling party's December congress, at
which new leaders will be elected for five years.

The congress, which party spokesman Nathan Shamuyarira has said will be a
"watershed event", is expected to come up with a major shake-up of the
party's fossilised leadership and command structure.
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Comment from New Era (Namibia), 10 August

Botswana - the US-UK "Trojan Horse" in the SADC?

Joyce Ncube

Pretoria - How safe is the stability of the Southern African Development
Community (SADC)? How much pressure do the US/UK/EU governments exert on the
now vulnerable southern African state, Botswana? Which type of covert
diplomatic games are being played to manipulate interference by African
armed forces to bludgeon change on behalf of the international west in
Angola, Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe?

Botswana played a major role towards the exclusion of Zimbabwe from the
British Commonwealth, when it was the only SADC-member that distanced itself
from SADC's unanimous decision to bring Zimbabwe back into the mould of the
said Commonwealth in Abuja, Nigeria, in December last year. Botswana's
decision was made clear in a letter construed by a certain Jeff Ramsay, an
American spokesman operating from the Office of Botswana's President Festus
Mogae. Ramsay seems to be employed by Botswana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Relations, but positioned in the Office of the President.
Highly placed officials in Gaborone explain apologetically that it was the
US Embassy in the capital that strongly recommended the former headmaster,
Ramsay, to the government of Botswana.

The American professor of history at the University of New York and one of
the most celebrated intellectuals in the US, Niall Ferguson, claims in his
new book and television series under the title Colossus, that the problem of
most African states "is simply misgovernment: corrupt and lawless dictators
whose conduct makes economic development impossible", a school of thought
zealously nurtured by colonial-apartheid whites throughout sub-Saharan
Africa and elsewhere. "Intellectuals" of such "calibre" and the US Foreign
Policy seem to obviously assert to "direct rule" over sovereign countries
with elected governments that "require the imposition of some kind of
external authority", meaning that imperial Washington should ultimately
govern. Today, it is common knowledge that the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) controls the economies of most of the so-called Third World,
particularly those of sub-Saharan Africa. Poor nations were forced to
structure their economies to accommodate international financial speculators
and corporate theft that plunder Africa to the benefit of the manufacturing
industries of the G-8 countries, the very same countries that are supposed
to support NEPAD.

Well-informed sources in Gaborone, speaking as concerned citizens, insist
that Botswana, as host of SADC Headquarters, seems to be pressurised to
force its neighbour, Zimbabwe, to rid itself of President Mugabe and his
Zanu PF rule. Botswana's geo-political position in southern Africa; its
willingness to cooperate with the US/UK alliance; an unbalanced economy
perceived to be strong, which explains the neglected infrastructure; the
strength of the currency, the Pula and its position as host for the SADC
Headquarters have created a situation for that country, to be pressurised
into accepting the role of a "Trojan Horse", a role that could endanger the
stability of the region. This gives the plea of the concerned citizens from
Botswana credence, when they demand that the SADC Headquarters should be
spread throughout the SADC on a rotating basis, similar to the EU, if the
region wants the SADC to be effective.

The US/UK currently seem to find it too difficult to directly interfere in
Zimbabwe, Namibia and Malawi, as their forces seem to have their plates
filled to capacity in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Mid-East. Despite continuous
efforts by Botswana's minister of foreign affairs, who last year went to
great lengths to assure the region that its territory is not being used as a
springboard into the region by foreign forces in their ef-forts to
destabilise, it has come to the attention of SADC member countries,
according to the highly placed and reliable sources in Gaborone, that every
time members of the government of Botswana meet with the ambassador of the
US and the high commissioner of the UK, those government officials go onto
public platforms to express their concern about the situation in Mugabe's
Zimbabwe. The government in Gaborone has also become vocal in its criticism
of crimes committed by economic refugees from Zimbabwe, who nowadays make
out about one-tenth of Botswana's population. As many Zimbabweans are
detained and deported, the relations between Botswana and Zimbabwe grow in
hostility, those highly positioned and reliable sources observe.

Meanwhile, the Botswana government has undertaken to improve its
relationship with its eastern neighbour, particularly by developing a
framework for a "Standing Committee on Defence and Security". This would be
just another covert manner to monitor developments in Zimbabwe, the above
reliable sources complain. They further express their fears that Botswana's
foreign policy of "silent diplomacy", particularly for the SADC, allows
their country to be covertly used to initially undermine the Zanu PF led
government in Zimbabwe. Well-informed sources within the SADC member
countries point out that Botswana's role becomes clearer now, to be one that
compensates for the positions lost so far by the regional organisational
structures of the international West. However, Botswana's government does
not disclaim the principle of "African solidarity", as it is also not open
about its cooperation with the US/UK/EU, so the concerned sources in
Gaborone explain. They further add that the levels of close cooperation with
the US/UK/EU include intelligence and counter-intelligence.

Meanwhile, the establishment of American military bases and British police
schools on Botswana territory have not gone unnoticed in Harare. Zimbabwe's
Ministry of Foreign Affairs is openly critical of such developments. Another
bone of contention within the SADC is the position of the relay station of
the "Voice of America" in Botswana, blasting US-propaganda in its daily
broadcasts into the region, a station that under Reagan/Kissinger and Bush
Senior described African national liberation movements as "communist
terrorists". It is thus small wonder that informed sources in the SADC refer
to Botswana as the "fifth column" of the US/UK/EU. The latest of the above
international foreign axis policy of "anti-terrorism" provides a cynical
legitimacy for interference in countries perceived to accommodate
"terrorists", or allow their territories to be infiltrated by such "evil
forces". That policy motivates the establishment of army and more
particularly, police schools in southern Africa. Highly reliable sources in
Botswana insist that the US government in particular shares such
"anti-terrorist training programmes" with its Botswana counterpart.

They explain that in 2003, American instructors prepared about 30 policemen
from Botswana at an International Academy in their fight against terrorism.
In addition, the UK government assisted the Botswana police with a programme
to improve structure, methods of operation and the sub-division of the
police force. The abuse by a super-power such as the US and its allies, of
their foreign policy against world terrorism by directly or indirectly
interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign states, renders smaller
nations vulnerable and even fearful. Specially trained anti-terrorist police
sub-units of countries sympathetic to the international West's efforts to
destabilise a country and/or a region and funded by Washington/London, could
put those exposed to the wrath of such forces under enormous pressure. The
reliably informed sources also claim that particularly leaders with a
history of liberation struggle in Africa could become first victims of the
international West's "anti-terrorist operation in southern Africa" with the
help of neighbouring African armed forces and from their territories.
History will show whether Botswana and leaders from other African countries
will allow the international West to use them as their mercenaries in covert
"Trojan Horse" or "fifth column" structures to overthrow their own kith and
kin in fellow African countries that refuse to cow tow the neo-colonial
foreign poicies of the US/UK/EU and therefore are condemned as "terrorists".
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Zim Online

CIVIC SOCIETY SEEKS TO PUT ZIMBABWE ON SADC SUMMIT AGENDA
Thurs 12 August 2004

JOHANNESBURG - Civic and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in
Zimbabwe are trying to push the situation in Zimbabwe on to the agenda of
the annual heads of state and government meeting of the Southern African
Development Community (SADC). The summit will be held in Mauritius next
week.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights director Arnold Tsunga told
ZimOnline they would use a provision in the SADC Treaty to put pressure on
the Council of (foreign) Ministers. The Council meets from Friday to Sunday
and will decide on the agenda for the summit.

'The SADC protocol provides for civil society to be involved in all
SADC matters. Using articles 4 and 23 we will be able to make submissions to
the leaders and hope that from the evidence we present them, Zimbabwe would
be included on the agenda.'

Article 4 calls on member states to uphold the rule of law, democracy
and human rights. Article 23 reads in part: 'In pursuance of the objectives
of this Treaty, SADC shall seek to involve fully the people of the Region
and non-governmental organisations in the process of regional integration.
SADC shall co-operate with, and support the initiatives of the peoples of
the Region and non-governmental organisations, contributing to the
objectives of this Treaty in the areas of co-operation in order to foster
closer relations among the communities, associations and people of the
Region.'

Public relations manager at SADC's secretariat in Gaborone Esther
Kanaimba confirmed that civil society groups could use SADC statutes to make
their case heard. Kanaimba said they would have to present their case
through the SADC council of NGOs, as individual country representatives are
not allowed to address the council of ministers.

'They can present their case or whatever documents to the council of
NGOs. It is the council of NGOs that will take the matter up to the relevant
authorities. The council of ministers is an inter-government meeting which
cannot just be addressed by anyone.'

Tsunga said his group wanted to highlight ongoing human rights abuses
in Zimbabwe, continued failure by the state to uphold the rule of law and a
proposed NGO Bill that, if enacted, lawyers say would virtually banish all
civic groups involved in democracy and human rights work.

Zimbabwe's Foreign Affairs Minister Stan Mudenge, who is expected to
block attempts to include his country on the SADC agenda, could not be
reached for comment. ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Zimbabwe's information chief Moyo runs into more flak from his comrades
Thurs 12 August 2004

BULAWAYO - Senior ZANU PF politicians in the Matabeleland region are
joining forces to block Minister of Information Jonathan Moyo's growing
influence in the party, ZimOnline has established.

Sources said ZANU PF and state Vice-President Joseph Msika and party
chairman John Nkomo were behind the effort to bring down Moyo, who also
comes from Matabeleland.

Other members of the anti-Moyo group are Zimbabwe National War
Veterans Association chairman Jabulani Sibanda, and the governors of
Matabeleland North, South and Bulawayo provinces, Obert Mpofu, Angeline
Masuku and Cain Mathema.

The group has already moved to thwart Moyo by opposing his candidacy
for the Tsholotsho constituency in Matabeleland North province in next
year's general election. Instead they decided to back Mathema as ZANU PF's
candidate.

Moyo declared earlier this year that he wanted to contest the
constituency. At present he is an unelected Member of Parliament, appointed
by President Robert Mugabe under a clause in Zimbabwe's constitution which
allows the state president to personally appoint 30 parliamentarians to the
House.

Analysts say as an unelected MP despite using his control of the
state's media empire to increase his influence and power - Moyo still lacks
a personal power base. He has little chance of winning an election in his
urban home, Harare, which, like all other urban areas is a stronghold of the
opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). He needs to contest and win
in his rural home of Tsholotsho in order to strengthen his position in ZANU
PF.

But sources said the ZANU PF Matabeleland leaders, whose backing Moyo
needs, have even 'enlisted the help of local traditional leaders to garner
support for Mathema (Moyo's rival candidate) to ensure that they mobilize
their subjects into voting for Mathema instead of Moyo."

Mathema confirmed he was standing for Tsholotsho. 'The people of
Tsholotsho have already shown their support for me and I am definitely going
to submit my application to contest the primary election. As far as I am
concerned, there has been no confirmed candidate for the area, hence I stand
a chance of getting the sole ticket to represent the party.'

Neither Moyo, Nkomo nor Msika could be reached for comment on the
matter. ZANU PF nominates candidates for parliamentary elections through a
system of primary elections through which local party supporters choose
their preferred candidate.

Mpofu, who is said to be working with the group opposed to Moyo, said
the declaration by Moyo that he wanted the Tsholotsho ticket was null and
void because Moyo could only be ZANU PF's candidate if the party chose him
during the primary elections.

"We have a way of selecting candidates to represent us in elections.
We are not going to allow anybody to use shortcuts into representing the
party. The people should choose their representative," Mpofu said

Once one of Mugabe's most outspoken critics, Moyo has emerged as the
most committed defender of the Zimbabwean leader since changing sides four
years ago. But his use of state media to advance his views and to attack
senior party leaders has earned Moyo the wrath of many of ZANU PF's big
wigs. ZimOnline

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Zim Online

University lecturers to interrupt capping ceremony
Thurs 12 August 2004

HARARE - Disgruntled University of Zimbabwe (UZ) lecturers announced
they will disrupt the capping of students by President Robert Mugabe on
Friday to protest poor salaries and working conditions at the state
institution.

The lecturers said they had already given the Ministry of Higher
Education, which oversees state universities, notice of their plans. They
told ZimOnline that they would also boycott lessons when the university
opens next month.

Outgoing secretary of the UZ Association of University Teachers James
Mahlaule said, "Lecturers continue to be abused and treated as second class
professionals. At our meeting lecturers resolved to go on strike to ensure
that our demands are clearly understood. It would appear like no-one is
prepared to address our concerns."

Mahlaule said the association had resolved to disrupt the graduation
ceremony presided over by Mugabe, who is chancellor of the UZ, to force the
government to act on their grievances.

UZ vice-chancellor Levi Nyagura could not be reached for comment. A
secretary in Nyagura's office said he was out attending meetings. About 3
000 students are expected to graduate in various disciplines. It is a long
standing tradition for Mugabe to cap graduates at the country's oldest
university.

Set up by British educationists decades ago, before Zimbabwe's
independence in 1980, the UZ developed into one of the biggest and most
respected universities in Africa. Its links with the University of London
helped add prestige to the institution.

But critics say years of under-funding and mismanagement have brought
down standards. Strikes by both lecturers and students clamouring for better
pay or food have almost become an annual ritual. ZimOnline
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Maize makes its way to Zimbabwe

[ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 11 Aug 2004 (IRIN) - The South African Grain Information
Service's weekly import/export charts indicate that between 2,000 and 6,000
mt of maize was being exported to Zimbabwe every week from April until the
first week of July, a total of almost 40,000 mt.

Over the same period, about 23,600 mt of maize from the United States, as
well as 19 mt from Argentina, also made its way through South Africa to
Zimbabwe, according to the import/export figures.

Grain SA, the South African grain growers' association, said the export
figures included food aid donations to Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwean government has forecast a bumper maize harvest of over two
million mt since the beginning of this year, but other analysts have
consistently warned the crop was likely to be well below national demand.

Zimbabwe's Grain Marketing Board last week said it had received about
119,000 mt of maize from local farmers since the beginning of the marketing
season in April. The country needs at least 100,000 mt of maize every month
to feed its people.

Zambia's Food Reserve Agency (FRA) told IRIN last month that it had received
export queries from Zimbabwe, but Charles Chabala, FRA's director of
operations, said on Wednesday no maize had been exported, although a trade
mission was expected to visit Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee calculated earlier this year
that 2.5 million people in rural areas would require food assistance in the
2004/05 marketing season. A similar number of urban poor are likely to be in
need of aid.

A food relief agency official said, "The importation of almost 40,000 mt of
maize is only the beginning - we expect the amount of grain imported by
Zimbabwe to increase by the end of this year."
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SABC

Bishops call for sanctions on Zimbabwe and Sudan

August 11, 2004, 16:50

The Southern African Catholic Bishop's Conference has urged the
international community to take stronger action including sanctions against
the governments of Zimbabwe and Sudan.

The two week conference which ended today in Durban, also announced a total
of R16 million for the fight against Aids in the region. South Africa is
home to 27 000 recognised refugees mainly from the African continent. With
the continuing violence in Darfur, Sudan, this number is set to increase.

The plight of refugees and the human rights abuses in Zimbabwe and Sudan
topped the agenda at the conference. It also concluded that the African
Union and the United Nations impose sanctions on these governments.

The church has pledged R16 million to fight against Aids. Four hundred
people from South Africa and Botswana are presently receiving
anti-retroviral drugs through a Catholic Church initiative. The funds will
also pay for the care of Aids orphans.
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EU Business

Zimbabwe minister blames Britain for Olympic ban

11 August 2004

Zimbabwe's Sports Minister Aeneas Chigwedere accused Britain on Wednesday of
pressuring Greece into barring him from attending the Athens Olympics and
described the decision as "completely out of order."

"Olympics are an international event, they are not a European Union thing,
they are not an African Union thing, they are like the UN. In my view it is
completely out of order," Chigwedere told AFP in an interview.

EU member Greece announced on Tuesday it would bar Chigwedere from attending
the Olympics, in line with political sanctions against Zimbabwe for human
and civil rights violations.

"We can't force our way, but it does not make any sense that our team goes
but the minister is not allowed. I know they were put under a lot of
pressure by Britain," the minister added.

Chigwedere is not allowed to enter EU countries since his name is on a list
of 95 top government officials blacklisted by the 25-country bloc.

President Robert Mugabe is also barred from the EU but he has over the past
two years been allowed to attend UN conferences in Europe.

Chigwedere was supposed to accompany the Zimbabwe team participating in
athletics, tennis and swimming competitions at the Games.

In February, EU interior and justice ministers adopted an extended list of
95 Zimbabwean officials who are banned from entering EU countries and a
freeze on their assets.
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New Zimbabwe

Zanu PF politburo to grill Moyo

By Nkululeko Sibanda
Last updated: 08/11/2004 21:00:19
INFORMATION Minister, Jonathan Moyo is today set to be arraigned before an
investigating committee appointed by Zanu PF's decision making body -- the
Politburo -- over his conduct following vitriolic attacks on senior ruling
party officials.

Politburo and other high-ranking officials were on Tuesday mum on the issue,
insisting that politburo discussions were for the politburo alone and not
for public consumption.

Nathan Shamuyarira, Zanu PF's information and publicity secretary, said it
was taboo for him and other party and politburo members to discuss the
goings-on in the politburo to members of the public as this action had
far-reaching effects.

"That is a politburo issue which cannot be discussed in the public domain as
it is for the party members and not for the public," he said.

Despite the refusals to discuss the issue, The Daily Mirror newspaper
reports growing despondency among senior Zanu PF officials over the manner
in which Moyo has been conducting business in recent months.

Senior party officials who have been subjected to Moyo's tirades include
national chairman, John Nkomo, Vice President Joseph Msika (over the Kondozi
farm issue), Shamuyarira and other officials among the old guard of the
former PF Zapu.

According to sources, a discussion on Moyo's conduct was raised during a
politburo meeting last week by retired General Solomon Mujuru, Thenjiwe
Lesabe, and Dumiso Dabengwa, among others, who are said to have asked
President Mugabe to "cut Jonathan Moyo to size".

They said the continued attacks on the party's senior members could have an
adverse effect on the party's campaign come next year as people could regard
the goings-on as clear confusion reigning supreme in the party.

Said one source: "Some of the politburo members questioned Moyo's continued
attack on the party's official mouthpiece, The Voice (formerly known as The
People's Voice), saying there was supposed to be harmony between Moyo's
office and that of the paper."

Moyo attacked the paper after it reported that there were discussions
between the ruling Zanu PF and the opposition MDC over electoral reforms
proposed by the cabinet. Moyo described The Voice editor, Lovemore Mataire
as "ideologically confused" and accused him of publishing "complete
falsities".

"It is appalling that an editor of an organ of the ruling party can get it
so wrong," a statement from Moyo's office read.

However, Mataire hit back through a "Candid Brief from the Editor" last week
saying, "As an editor, I will not be intimidated by individuals whose
dubious past always haunts them to a level where they are now evidently
suffering from a serious megalomaniac disease - trying to cover up for the
time that they were on the other side of the political divide."

Mataire ominously ended: "I am not a prophet, but let it be known that the
people who are watching in silence are surely not stupid or dummies. One
cannot continue insulting everyone in the party without any reprisals. In
Shona they say: Kana ngoma yoririsa inenge yoda kuparuka."

The Voice, which is the official mouthpiece of the ruling party, had
hitherto played second fiddle to Moyo's department even on party matters.
But this week the paper declared that it was reclaiming "its rightful status
as the mouthpiece of the party" and would, in that regard, launch a
"Presidential column to be written by the First Secretary and President of
the party, RG Mugabe."

Party sources disclosed to the Daily Mirror that although The Voice had
successfully sought an exclusive interview with President Mugabe, which was
subsequently published in this week's issue, officials from Moyo's office
sneaked in the Sunday Mail's political editor and Moyo's blue-eyed boy,
Munyaradzi Huni to also cover the interview.

The sources said President Mugabe is said to have expressed strong
reservations at this invasion of what was essentially supposed to be an
exclusive interview with the party mouthpiece.
Daily Mirror
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New Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe forex auction faces collapse

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 08/11/2004 19:24:56
ZIMBABWE'S foreign currency auction, which was introduced last year as part
of tough economic reforms, faces collapse due to inadequate foreign currency
inflows, New Zimbabwe.com has established.

Market analysts told New Zimbabwe.com that for the past three months bids
for the greenback, which have been averaging US$300 million have gone
unsatisfied after the Reserve Bank only managed to raise an average US$90
million.

According to information obtained from the currency
auction market in Harare on July 24, auction number 54, a total of 1170
business people and individuals placed bids for US$40 million while the
Reserve Bank only had US$9 million resulting in 757 people failing to get
anything.

The auction market was introduced as an attempt to
snuff out the thriving parallel market which has recently seen foreign
currency rates steadily increasing over the past few months.

Economists predict that the foreign currency auction will get a further
knock as a scheme dubbed Homelink which enabled Zimbabweans in the diaspora
to send money home through official channels faces imminent collapse.

Patson Mashingaidze, a business man in Harare, says the failure of the
auction market has had a serious effect on business.

"They are suffocating the parallel market at the same time failing to raise
the foreign currency. The result has been disastrous," he said.

Foreign currency receipts of companies associated with the Homelink
programme have taken a nose dive after Reserve Bank governor, Gideon Gono,
announced that money transfer organizations are no longer going to make
pay-outs in foreign currency. Zimbabweans living in the diaspora are
reportedly snubbing the Homelink programme and are sending their money to
Zimbabwe through irregular means.
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Xinhua

37 cars go up in smoke in Harare

www.chinaview.cn 2004-08-11 05:35:06

HARARE, Aug. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- At least 37 cars were reduced to
shells on Tuesday when a raging fire gutted two adjoining garages along Seke
Road, opposite Prospect Industrial Park in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe,

Most of the burnt vehicles belonged to customers who had brought
them for servicing at AG and Kazembe Motors, and Dube Mazda Motors.

Aaron Kazembe, owner of AG and Kazembe Motors, said about 17 cars
were engulfed by the blaze at his garage while 20 others wereburnt at the
adjacent Dube Mazda Motors.

An employee of AG and Kazembe Motors said they managed to save two
cars in the garage.

An eyewitness, who refused to be named, said the fire started at
around 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) when a five-year-old boy lit a thatched enclosure
around one of the garages.

Kazembe, however, said he was not sure of the cause of the
fire,but said some eyewitnesses told him that it was not the child but some
batteries at the garage caused the fire. Enditem

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