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Monday, 12 August, 2002, 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
White farmers warn of food crisis
President Mugabe
Mr Mugabe says no Zimbabwean will die of hunger
White farmers in Zimbabwe are warning that millions of people will starve under President Robert Mugabe's programme of land reform.

The newly-formed farmers' group, Justice for Agriculture (Jag), was responding to Mr Mugabe's warning that his government would stick to its policy of removing white farmers from their land.

In his first keynote speech since an eviction order for thousands of white farmers came into effect late last week, the president insisted the August deadline for land redistribution still stood.

We shall feed all. Even the stooges and puppets will have enough

President Robert Mugabe

But spokeswoman Jenni Williams told the BBC's Focus on Africa that farmers were not being defiant by staying on their land.

"There has been no consultative process," she said.

"We have to have a discussion on the way forward or we face a humanitarian disaster.

"If we continue to divide land in this manner under the guise of land reform compromising production millions more will starve."

Jail threat

Nearly 3,000 farmers have been told to leave their properties, but so far only about 500 have left despite threats of fines or jail for ignoring the eviction order.

Mr Mugabe said the August deadline would allow new owners of the land enough time to prepare and plant for the new crop season in October.

People queuing for food in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe faces mass starvation
Aid agencies have already predicted that up to 13 million people in six southern African countries, about half of them in Zimbabwe, face starvation by February as a result of drought and political mismanagement.

Mrs Williams said Zimbabwe's white farmers accepted that land must be redistributed, but not at the expense of production "or you will have starving Zimbabweans".

But the government had offered nothing that would help avert the threatened famine, she said.

Mr Mugabe rejected allegations that international food aid has been diverted away from opposition supporters into the mouths of his own followers.

"We shall feed all," he said.

"No Zimbabwean should die of hunger."

Farmer packing to leave
Zimbabwe's land reform

  • 2000: 4,000 whites own 70% of prime land
  • 1890-1980: Black peasants were moved to less fertile areas during the colonial area
  • March 2000: "War veterans" occupy white-owned farms
  • 2000-2002: Several white farmers and black workers killed during violence
  • 9 August 2002: 3,000 white farmers must leave their homes

  • His speech was to mark Heroes' Day - which celebrates victory over the old white regime.

    He also took the opportunity in his address to attack former colonial power Britain and Prime Minister Tony Blair, whom he said was a "gangster" who had "gone insane".

    The farmers have been anxiously awaiting a response from the president since they defied the order for them to leave by last Thursday.

    Commercial Farmers' Union spokesman Ben Zietsman said that despite some remaining uncertainty Mr Mugabe had toned down his remarks.

    "There is some relief that it seems there won't be a mass avalanche of evictions," he said.

    The president said that farmers who co-operated with the government would be able to continue farming.

    "All genuine and well-meaning white farmers who wish to pursue a farming career as loyal citizens of this country have land to do so," he said, adding that "no farmer need go without land".

    Mr Mugabe has promised to allow each farmer to keep one farm, but some have said all their land has been earmarked for acquisition.

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    Mugabe: Farm Evictions Will Continue

    White farmers defying an eviction order in Zimbabwe have been told that the programme to seize their land without compensation will continue.

    President Robert Mugabe said he stood by his deadline for their removal.

    "We set ourselves a deadline for the redistribution of land and that deadline stands," he said in a televised address.

    Mr Mugabe's government had ordered 2,900 of the remaining 4,500 white commercial farmers to surrender their land to black settlers by midnight last Thursday.


    Farming sources estimated that about 40% had obeyed the instruction.

    But others had been holding on in the hope of a reprieve from the country's courts or from Mr Mugabe himself.

    The President said the deadline would allow the new owners of the land enough time to prepare and plant for the new crop season in October.

    He claimed his land seizures programme would "right the wrongs of British colonialism".

    ZIMBABWE: Mugabe says white farmers must go

    JOHANNESBURG, 12 August (IRIN) - Zimbabwe's white farmers were on Monday issued with a stern warning from President Robert Mugabe to abide by last week's deadline to leave their land or face the consequences.

    In a speech honouring those who fought in the 1970s liberation war against the white-minority government, Mugabe said the government would not grant the farmers a reprieve.

    "That deadline stands, as it is our wish that everyone interested in farming should be on the land by the time the rains come," Mugabe said. Zimbabwe's rainy season usually starts in November or December.

    Most white farmers targeted under the controversial Section 8 Land Acquisition Act had until last Thursday to leave their properties or face a fine of US $375 or two years in jail, or both.

    But the majority of farmers remained on their properties, waiting to see if the government would enforce the order.

    "We had hoped that the president's speech would provide farmers with some kind of reprieve, but it has become quite clear that there is no room for compromise.

    "There is apparently no consideration for the human rights of farmers and workers on those farms," Jenni Williams, spokeswoman for lobby group Justice for Agriculture (JAG), told IRIN on Monday.

    JAG is encouraging farmers to seek legal advice on the evictions.

    Williams added that while the situation remained tense on farms throughout the country, the organisation was encouraged as there had been no reports of violence nor police action against farmers since the deadline had passed.

    "Perhaps the government's inaction up until now is an olive branch to farmers. If this is the case, it is heartening, but it is still too soon to tell. For now, however, we remain on tenterhooks," she said.

    The evictions come as close to six million Zimbabweans face a severe food crisis.

    The government's fast track land redistribution programme and a severe drought have been blamed for the poor agricultural output that led to the current food shortages.

    Mugabe's government maintains that land reform is meant to redress colonial era imbalances in land ownership.
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    from  The Times [UK],,3-382407,00.html
    August 13, 2002
    Mugabe tells Britain 'The game is up'
    by Jan Raath
    Leader reserves vitriol for overseas opponents instead of white farmers, reports our correspondent in Harare
    New deadline: President Mugabe and his wife, Grace, at the "heroes' day" ceremony. He said expelled farmers must be gone by the end of the month
    A TACTICAL retreat was staged yesterday by President Mugabe in his battle to evict 2,900 white farmers from their land. His long-awaited “heroes’ day” speech to about 5,000 supporters was full of hardline rhetoric about the need to redistribute white-owned land and fight white imperialism.
    But he failed to address directly the glaring issue of what to do about the many hundreds of farmers who have defied last Thursday’s deadline for leaving their homesteads.
    The farmers had feared that Mr Mugabe would use yesterday’s platform to signal a sweeping crackdown by the police or his lawless militias on those still in their homesteads.
    He did insist that the redistribution process be completed by the month’s end, before the rains come. “On this issue we will take no chances, brook no impediment and suffer no avoidable delay,” he said.
    He served warning “to those who want to own this country for Britain . . . the game is up and it is time for them to go where they belong. There is no place for rapacious supremacists here.”
    He also promised retaliation against the punitive sanctions imposed on prominent members of his regime by the European Union and other Western countries.
    “Let Europe’s sanctions list grow by another 50, another 100, another million to include all but the puppets and stooges they sponsor,” he proclaimed. “We the true owners of this land shall not budge or be deterred on this one vital issue — the land . . . We will announce in due course our own response to their sanctions on us. They forget they have interests here.”
    But his only direct reference to white defiance of last Thursday’s deadline was to say that “many farmers have relocated in compliance” with government directives.
    In similiar vein, the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported that “a handful of farmers . . . might have ignored the government deadline, although no such cases have been identified yet.”
    Wayne Bvudzijena, a police spokesman, said: “We have not received any reports of resistance from commercial farmers who have been served with eviction orders to vacate their properties so far. We can safely say the process is going on smoothly.”
    By contrast, farm union officials say that about 60 per cent of the farmers ordered to leave their land have stayed.
    “It’s bizarre,” a senior farm union official who asked not to be named, said. “The Government is perfectly aware that there are about 2,000 people who haven’t moved off. I can only think they are doing this because they are finally embarrassed at the prospect of arresting farmers while the country starves.”
    At times Mr Mugabe adopted an almost conciliatory tone. “All genuine and well-meaning white farmers who wish to pursue a farming career have land to do so,” he said. “No farmer need go without land. What we will not accept is that they should have more than one farm . . . We shall always welcome loyal citizens and residents who cooperate with Government and respect our policies.”
    Jenni Williams, of Justice for Agriculture, said that farmers would take heart from the speech, although great uncertainty remained. “The majority of people will feel it was not the normal vitriolic attack and that, perhaps, sanity is beginning to prevail,” she told the BBC.
    Mr Mugabe has come under intense international pressure to reverse his catastrophic land seizures because the policy is a significant cause of the famine facing about seven million Zimbabweans.
    The despair of ordinary Zimbabweans after three years of state-driven economic collapse also makes it likely that a mass eviction of a community respected for their role as food producers would backfire politically, observers said.
    Observers said that Mr Mugabe’s curious assertions over the eviction orders bore all the characteristics of his manner of dealing with uncomfortable situations. “He contrived this grand, resolute blow against the whites, and then found it difficult to carry out,” a Western diplomat said. “So he created a fiction that it had been done.”
    Mr Mugabe appeared to be stunningly oblivious of the effects of his “revolutionary” land nationalisation.
    “We have been generous,” he said. “No farmer, to our knowledge, has been rendered completely homeless on this principle. Only the greedy ones are complaining.”
    The Commercial Farmers’ Union says that at least 60,000 displaced farmhands were driven off the farms they worked on. Execution of the 2,900 evictions would force off another 1.2 million off the land. Farmers also rejected Mr Mugabe’s assertion that only those with more than one farm faced eviction. The Government had formally listed 1,024 singly owned farms for “compulsory acquisition,” Mrs Williams said.
    Mr Mugabe also denied widespread charges that Opposition supporters had been excluded from food aid. “We shall feed all,” he said. “Even the stooges and puppets will have enough. We do not discriminate when it comes to food.”
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    Independent [UK]

    Robert Mugabe: We will not kowtow on the land issue

    From the Heroes' Day speech given by the Zimbabwean president in Harare

    13 August 2002

    This is about the survival of our land and we will suffer no delays. We do not kowtow to Western imperialists. We set ourselves an August deadline for the redistribution of land – and that deadline stands. We, the principled people of Zimbabwe, we, the true owners of this land, shall not budge. We shall not be deterred on this one vital issue – the land. The land is ours. We shall feed all. Even the stooges and puppets will have enough. No Zimbabwean should die of hunger.

    All genuine and well-meaning white farmers who wish to pursue a farming career as loyal citizens of this country will have land to do so. But we will not allow whites to remain on large properties or own more than one farm while maintaining ties with the former colonial power, Britain. To those who want to own this country for Britain, the game is up and it is time for them to go where they belong. There is no room for rapacious supremacists.

    Britain, Europe and the US can impose their sanctions in their devilish ways ... We shall not budge on this vital issue. The land is ours. We are not an extension of Britain. Let Europe's sanctions list grow by another 50, another 100, another thousand, another million. We will in due course announce our own comprehensive response to those countries that have declared sanctions on us. They should recognise that we reserve the right to respond as best we know how. They appear to have forgotten that they also have interests here.

    No gold, no silver is precious enough to buy our sovereignty. We are not for sale. We are not for sale, and Zimbabwe is not for sale. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans. We are not for the highest bidder in Europe or elsewhere. Let Blair hear it. We are not for the British bidder either.

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    Highlights from Mugabe Heroes' Day speech

    HARARE, Aug. 12 — The following are the highlights of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's speech at the burial of a former cabinet minister on Monday, which coincided with commemoration of Zimbabwe's national Heroes' Day.

    The government's August deadline for the handover of white farms for resettlement of blacks remains in force.
    Mugabe reiterated the government would not be deterred from its controversial land reforms: ''We, the principled people of Zimbabwe. We, the true owners of this land, shall not budge. We shall not be deterred on this one vital issue, the land.''
    Warned white farmers against a forming a resistance movement in the style of former Prime Minister Ian Smith's Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1965:
           ''We keep a watchful eye on what is happening on the farms. Those who think Ian Smith can rally the white folks as he did in the UDI days for another war should think again while there is still time to do so,'' Mugabe said.

    In an apparent reference to court challenges and possibly to defiant white farmers: ''We brook no impediment and we will certainly suffer no avoidable delays:
    Mugabe reiterated that Zimbabwe would guard its sovereignty:
           ''We are not for sale and Zimbabwe is not for sale. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans.... Let (British Prime Minister) Mr Blair hear it. We are not for the British bidder either.''

    Assured white farmers that they would be allowed to continue working in Zimbabwe, provided the accepted the government's programme and lived within its guidelines:
           ''All genuine and well-meaning white farmers who wish to pursue a farming career as loyal citizens of this country have land to do so.''

    In reference to European Union and other Western sanctions on Mugabe and his ruling elite:
           ''We will in due course announce our own...comprehensive response to those countries that have declared sanctions on us. They should recognise that we reserve the right respond as best we know how. They appear to have forgotten that they also have interests here.''

    Copyright 2002 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters.
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    Sent: Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:13 AM
    Subject: Amnesty NZ- Fletcher Dulini Ncube

    Fletcher Dulini is the Treasurer of the Movement for Democratic Change in
    Zimbabwe. He is one of its most senior leaders. A quiet, reserved man, he
    a devout and active Christian and any who know him personally, know that
    is simply laughable that he can be suspected of the crime for which he is
    being prosecuted. The senior High Court Judge who heard his case two weeks
    ago said in his Judgement that the state had no case on which to indight
    Fletcher. The Judge has been transferred to Harare and another Judge - a
    Zanu PF sympathizer has been assigned the case by the Judge President.

    The case against Fletcher is a complete fabrication and is simply designed
    to intimidate the opposition leadership. Virtually every senior MDC leader
    has a case pending against them - the majority of a petty or contrived
    nature. The "treason" charges against Morgan Tsvangirai, Welshman Ncube
    Rensen Gasela are other examples.

    What makes this case so serious is that when Fletcher was detained in the
    first instance - he was held in Jail and denied proper medical treatment
    diet. The family offered the latter and the offer was rejected. He is
    elderly, has severe health problems and as a direct result of the
    he recieved during his first period in prison, he has lost an eye and part
    of his hearing - typical diabetes damage. He has had the eye surgically
    removed and his present condition is concidered life threatening.

    Amnesty International have picked up his case and I set out their appeal
    below. Could I ask you to write to the people listed as well as the
    Embassy in your area. Please also write to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    in Pretoria as they are the only people with any clout here. Thank you for
    praying with us for Fletcher and his family - your messages of support and
    prayer are getting to him and encourage him anourmously. Lets make this a
    global effort.

    Eddie Cross
    Bulawayo, 11th August 2002.

    AI Index: AFR 46/038/2002

    8 August 2002

    Further information on UA 246/02(AFR 46/037/2002, 5 August 2002) - Health

    ZIMBABWE         Fletcher Dulini-Ncube (m), aged 62 (not 61, as previously

    On 8 August, Fletcher Dulini-Ncube was indicted for trial in relation to
    abductions and murders of Cain Nkala and Limukani Luphahla, supporters of
    the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF)
    party. Shortly after the High Court decision was announced, prison
    went to the hospital where Fletcher Dulini-Ncube is under police guard.
    removed his hospital clothes and replaced them with a prison uniform and

    The use of leg irons is in contravention of article 33 of the Standard
    Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which states that irons
    not be used as restraints.

    Fletcher Dulini-Ncube suffers from severe hypertension and diabetes, and
    recovering from the surgical removal of one eye. He has complied with all
    his previous bail conditions. It therefore appears that any form of
    restraint on Fletcher Dulini-Ncube is unnecessary.

    Amnesty International is concerned that the treatment of Fletcher
    Dulini-Ncube is also incompatible with Zimbabwe's international
    under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the
    African Charter on Human and People's Rights. Even though Fletcher
    Dulini-Ncube is facing criminal charges, he still retains all human rights
    and fundamental freedoms, including the right to be presumed innocent by a
    competent court or tribunal, and the right to humane treatment.

    The High Court Judge presiding over the case decided to indict Fletcher
    Dulini-Ncube despite an appeal pending to the Supreme Court in relation to
    the indictment. The trial is scheduled for 11 November. Fletcher
    Dulini-Ncube has been granted permission to remain in hospital until his
    doctors determine that he is fit to leave. His lawyers filed papers at the
    High Court on 8 August seeking bail.

    FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals in English or in your own

    - expressing concern that Fletcher Dulini-Ncube has been forced to wear
    irons while in hospital;

    - reminding officials that this contravenes Article 33 of the Standard
    Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners;

    - reminding officials that under the International Covenant on Civil and
    Political Rights, and the African Charter on Human and People's Rights,
    everyone, including Fletcher Dulini-Ncube, has the right to be treated
    humanely and presumed innocent until and unless convicted according to the

    - urging officials to respect his right to health, life and liberty,
    including his right to bail;

    - calling for Fletcher Dulini-Ncube to receive any access to medical care
    may need in the future, in accordance with the Standard Minimum Rules for
    the Treatment of Prisoners.


    The Hon Andrew Chigovera


    Office of the Attorney-General

    PO Box 7714




    Telegram:             Attorney-General, Harare, Zimbabwe

    Fax:                        + 263 4 790 901

    Salutation:            Dear Sir

    The Hon Patrick Chinamasa

    Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

    Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

    5th Floor Corner House

    Private Bag 7751




    Telegram:             Minister of Justice, Harare, Zimbabwe

    Fax:                        + 263 4 790901 /  772999

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    Mr Augustine Chihuri

    Police Commissioner

    Police Headquarters

    PO Box 8807




    Telegram:             Police Commissioner, Harare, Zimbabwe

    Fax:                        + 263 4 253 212 / 728 768 / 772 033

    Salutation:            Dear Commissioner


    The Hon John Nkomo

    Minister of Home Affairs

    Ministry of Home Affairs

    11th Floor Mukwati Building

    Private Bag 7703




    Telegram:             Minister of Home Affairs, Harare, Zimbabwe

    Fax:        + 263 4 726 716


    H.E Mrs.Florence Lubalendlu Chitauro

    High Commissioner

    High Commission for the Republic of Zimbabwe

    11 Culgoa Circuit


    Canberra ACT 2606


    Fax                          +61-2-6290 1680

    Salutation:            Your Excellency

    PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the Urgent Action Network
    Co-ordinator, Rebecca Lineham (, if sending
    appeals after 19 September 2002.
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    Sent: Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:54 PM
    Subject: Fletcher Dulini - Update number 3.

    I saw Fletcher tonight - he has aged 10 years but was in good spirits even
    though he has two armed Policemen in his room and a Prison guard and must
    wear a prison uniform. He was getting a proper diet courtesy of the
    Nuns who run the Mater Dei Hospital in which he is being treated. Cannot
    read as this puts too much pressure on his remaining eye.

    We thought he was out of leg irons - but could not be sure as we could
    hardly ask Fletcher and his guards. He is not being allowed visitors - we
    simply "gate crashed" and asked if they minded if we talked with Fletcher
    and then prayed with him - they were a bit flustered but let us stay for a
    few minutes. I gave Fletcher copies of the e mails form you all - hope
    someone will read them to him. One was from a French Monastery where 26
    Georgian Monks sang a Gregorian Chant for Fletcher at their service in the

    Fletcher did not know he is now the subject of the Amnesty Internationals
    world wide effort on behalf of prisoners of conscience. He was encouraged
    that news and said he was due to have his case for bail heard again on
    Wednesday in the Bulawayo High Court.

    What we need now is real pressure and expressions of concern - please do
    what you can in your own corner of the world. Picket the Zimbabwe Embassy
    your capital - write to your media, contact your local Members of
    Parliament. Pray.

    Something we did not know until today is that Fletchers wife is in the UK
    where she was attending the graduation of their son. She is trying to get
    home but cannot get a seat an a plane!!  I would have thought that was an
    easy problem for the UK authorities. The Dulini's are a very close knit
    family and Fletcher has been handling this crisis on his own.

    Thank you for all the messages of support. One day Zimbabwe will be free
    again, a democracy with the rule of law and respect for human rights.
    Fletcher is putting his own life on the line for these principles - we can
    do no better than throw our weight behind his efforts and those of his

    Eddie Cross
    Bulawayo, 11th August 2002
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    News release
    (On behalf of Justice for Agriculture)
    Please visit the Justice for Agriculture - Website -
    Two wrongs do not make a right

    JUSTICE for Agriculture (JAG) recognise that over 60% of farmers under
    notice of acquisition have remained on their farms and in their homes along
    with their staff and families - making up over one and a half million
    Farmers are not defying Government but rather the orders, which they believe
    to be illegal, and therefore intend to continue to fight the acquisition of
    their farms and title through the Courts. This is not confrontational. It is
    regrettable that the opportunity to restore the rule of law and establish
    proper planning and sustainability to the inevitable process of land reform,
    has not yet been addressed and this is endangering the lives and livelihood
    millions of Zimbabweans.
    The official agrarian reform programme has been altered in terms of the
    implementation of the legal process and in terms of the awarding of farms.
    Limitless power has been put in the hands of local government officials, who
    decide what land will be acquired and allocate it without due regard to
    legal instruments or production.
    The 10-year programme was to leave single fully utilised farms and an
    economic core of 6 million hectares. Instead almost all independently owned
    land has been listed, and most of it compulsorily acquired, without
    assessing or budgeting for any compensation.
    Many Zimbabweans will die from starvation, the AIDS pandemic and the rest
    will be impoverished by unsound economic programmes. The time has come for
    them to put 'principle and production' above 'political patronage'. If we
    are to share the land we must do so lawfully and without ignoring food
    Another aspect is that of Title. It is as important for new settlers to have
    clear title and adequate resources as it is for the existing farmers to be
    treated fairly, humanely and in accordance with the law. This was not

    A plethora of legal cases have already been brought before Zimbabweans
    Courts, and some judgments have already been made nullifying compulsory
    notices of acquisition. Examples of cases already won are the Simon and
    Kockott cases. In some instances the Attorney General has advised that the
    Ministry of Lands and Agriculture have conceded that Section 8 notices have
    been irregularly issued and have withdrawn acquisition.

    President Robert Mugabe today reconfirmed that the deadline for farmer's
    eviction would go ahead; the formation of JAG is therefore timeous in terms
    of leading legal challenges. The President also acknowledged that the
    government would abide by acquisition processes and we would like to take
    him at his word and request the immediate delisting of 1024 single owned
    We take heart that the President acknowledges the existence of loyal
    farmers, amongst these are the 70% who bought their land after independence
    in 1980 and have invested heavily in their farming operations. These are the
    people who along with their loyal workforce have nowhere to go and vow to
    stay put.

    The JAG leadership are also advising farmers to complete comprehensive
    affidavits and an inventory of assets and once this paperwork is complete,
    legal counsel will be briefed to sue for losses using every redress the law
    allows. The respondents in this action can only be determined once all the
    paperwork is in place but it is expected that the settlers, war veterans and
    politicians will be key respondents as in most cases they have orchestrated
    the trashing, looting and theft of assets on the ground under the guise of
    land reform. Legal advice is that we first take this matter to a Zimbabwean
    Court and if we do not get a fair judgement, we take it up internationally.

    JAG is a group of concerned Zimbabweans with a mission to secure justice,
    peace and freedom for and in the agricultural sector. Its contribution to
    the Zimbabwean economy is presently under attack, which has led to the
    displacement of expertise, causing poverty and starvation.

    JAG is concerned with the interests of commercial farm owners, farm workers,
    as well as the agricultural ancillary industries and their employees, and
    all those having any interest in the land. Its mission at present is to
    safeguard and support people directly affected, in whatever way possible,
    and to document and expose the injustices and human rights abuses being
    perpetrated against them. These rights are enshrined within the Universal
    Declaration of Human Rights as adopted by Zimbabwe, a member of the United

    Made up of committed Zimbabweans, JAG remains determined to find a lasting
    and just solution to the crisis currently facing the agricultural sector, in
    accordance with the freely expressed wishes of the people. We therefore call
    on all affected Zimbabweans in a bid to represent as wide a spectrum of
    interests as possible.

    The next few weeks will be a crucial time for Zimbabwean farming families.
    Until that time JAG has resolved to explore every legal avenue to expose the
    iniquities of the accelerated "fast track" programme.

    Justice for Agriculture overview:
    JAG believes in justice for agriculture in Zimbabwe and the unbiased
    non-racist application of just and constitutional laws in accordance with
    locally and internationally recognised standards. ·
    JAG will expose and make accountable all persons actively destroying
    essential agricultural under the guise of land reform. To achieve this, JAG
    will encourage the taking up of legal proceedings that argue against
    violations of the Zimbabwean constitution and laws.
    JAG believes that a rational, orderly and legal process of agrarian reform
    is needed for food sufficiency and long-term prosperity, not only in
    Zimbabwe but also in Africa as a whole.

    JAG will work to keep agricultural skills on the land and in the country,
    and to find innovative ways to increase production whilst working towards
    recovery of the sector.
    JAG believes it is essential that good farming practice be widely taught and
    that successful farmers share their knowledge and expertise with others who
    wish to become productive farmers.

    JAG believes land is a precious and finite national resource and that it is
    essential that it be used productively.
    The Zimbabwean constitution expressly forbids discrimination on grounds of
    race, religious affiliation or gender. JAG believes the laws and decrees
    that are discriminatory are unconstitutional and should be challenged.
    JAG supports a duly elected and democratic government whilst refuses to be
    transformed into political apologists.
    JAG recognises the resolutions of the International Donors' conference on
    Land Reform and Resettlement held in Harare on 9th September 1998 and also
    the Abuja Accord signed on 6th September 2001.
    No one has disputed the need for land reforms. No government accountable to
    Zimbabwe's people will be ever able to avoid dealing with it.  But there is
    no legitimate excuse for the violent lawlessness and injustices now, and no
    legitimate reason for reckless haste or a lack of transparency.

    Farming versus starvation
    Whilst this ban on planting, producing and marketing of food occurs, Mr
    Mugabe, his cabinet ministers and aid organizations are lobbying the
    international community for food aid to feed over six million Zimbabweans
    who are already starving.

    2002 commercial crop planting projections were:
    24 692 hectares are already in the ground and will be harvested Sept/Oct.
    Its value in terms of dollars and cents is Z$6 billion. But its value as a
    scarce food commodity is priceless in the current stock out position. Cereal
    production at 670,000 tonnes has dropped 57 per cent compared to last year
    and 67 per cent compared to 1999-2000. Cereal import needs, including maize,
    is up to 1.8 billion tonnes.

    Over 170 million kgs of tobacco is produced and waiting grading on the
    farms. US$35,5 million worth of tobacco has already been sold and the
    Section 8 Orders have cast doubt over the fate of the US$330 million crop
    still in grading sheds on the farms. Government has made it clear that it
    has funds only for some inputs for this coming season's food crop, with
    nothing for tobacco and other essential export crops which provide the
    foreign currency needed for fuel, chemicals, medicines etc. It has not been
    able to secure any significant funding for these.

    Maize (2002/2003):
    41 067 hectares will translate to 226 000 tonnes: three months supply for
    the staple diet of Zimbabwe. The value of the crop is Z$9,4 billion. Last
    season 50% of the maize crop was stolen with no police action taken against
    the perpetrators. This severely eroded confidence for the commercial sector
    and compromised viability. Maize production at 480,000 tonnes is estimated
    to be 67 per cent less than last year and 77 per cent less than 1999-2000.

    Unless significant delisting is done and the law altered to something more
    practical, it is impossible at this time to confirm how these estimates will
    translate into yields as some of the farmers who expressed intentions may
    yet come under Section 8 notification and will have to leave before the
    planting/harvesting. All listed farms can be acquired without a hearing and
    the crop seized after only 45 days. The few farms, which have not been
    listed, have only 75 days protection ensuring that the current legal
    framework is inimical to any land preparations or crop planting. It is
    difficult for any farmer to plan ahead until the past promises to de-list
    farms are honoured and it is clear that allocations have been administered

    Large Scale Commercial Sector (6 000 farms) on 11 020 000 hectares which is
    28.2 percent. Zimbabwe is 39 079 000 hectares in extend.

    The Large Scale Commercial Sector, totaling 11 020 000 hectares, Commercial
    Farmers' Union Members owned 8 595 000 hectares.

    STATE LAND is 27 604 000 hectares, 70.6 percent; PRIVATE LAND is 11 275 000
    hectares, 28.9 percent and URBAN LAND is 200 000 hectares, 0.5 percent.

    The Government of Zimbabwe Land Reform programme has resulted in changes to
    the above picture. Land has been acquired through notices of acquisition and
    in some instances, invaders have first arrived on farms, under the 'Fast
    track' programme and then steps have been taken to acquire the farms through
    legal means available.

    Some farms were deemed unsuitable and were then delisted from acquisition,
    however in November 2001, the Government of Zimbabwe announced its intention
    to implement Maximum Farm Size regulations and this resulted in the
    relisting of farms. The results below indicate this shift in policy.

    Lising refers to the naming of the farm in Government Gazette notices - it
    is a preliminary notice, Section 5. The following are compulsory acquisition
    statistics; they represent the changing picture of occupation of land in

    Large scale commercial farms comprising 11 020 000 hectares (28.2% of
    Zimbabwean land) under threat of acquisition.

    As at 19 July 2002, there were 6148 farms measuring 10780963 hectares of
    land listed for acquisition.
    On this date there were 465 farms measuring 864 579 hectares delisted from
    acquisition. There were 339 farms, 770 759 hectares that had previously been
    delisted, relisted for acquisition. This brought the nett figure to 6 022
    farms on 106 8714 hectares of land. To translates to 97 percent of the land

    12th August 2002
    For more information contact Jenni Williams
    Justice For Agriculture Publicity Team
    Mobile (263) 91 300 456 0r 00 213 885
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           The Sunday Times - World

                 August 04, 2002

                 Mugabe's lost whites find jungle refuge
                 Jon Swain, Mozambique

                 THEY are living in a leaky tent 30 minutes' drive down a dirt
    road in the Mozambique bush - and loving it. Dave and Carol O'Neill-Williams
    have no electricity, no running water, no telephone, no television and their
    toilet is a hole in the ground. Snakes and malarial mosquitoes abound and when they
    bathe in the nearby Nhadzunya River they keep an eye open for crocodiles.
                 Yet as she brewed tea over a camp fire last week before
    blowing out the candles and turning in for the night, Carol O'Neill-Williams said:
    "This is home sweet home." Her husband nodded in agreement.

                 The couple, both 40, are part of an intrepid new generation of
    pioneering white settlers fleeing the devastation of President Robert
    Mugabe's disastrous land seizure programme in Zimbabwe to build a new life in
    neighbouring Mozambique.

                 Much like their British ancestors who trekked into Zimbabwe
    just over 100 years ago, the O'Neill-Williamses are determined to transform
    virgin African bush into prosperous farmland. Behind them they have left a nation
    in chaos and despair, beset by a collapsing economy, rising unemployment and
    a crumbling currency.

                 Nobody knows what the future holds when a 45-day deadline set
    by Mugabe for almost 3,000 white farmers to abandon their land expires this
    Many are expected to defy eviction orders and risk the wrath of the war
    veterans and youth militia who are thought to be preparing for trouble.

                 "The crunch has come and it is better that we are out of
    Zimbabwe, primitive though our life in the bush is," said Dave O'Neill-Williams. "At
    least we have made our decision rather than hanging on in the hope that things
    will get better, as many other farmers have been doing.

                 "Mozambique is a fantastic opportunity and we are glad we
    grasped it when we did. In Zimbabwe white farmers are being discriminated against
    but here we are being made welcome."

                 During their drive across Zimbabwe to Mozambique last week,
    the O'Neill-Williamses passed farm after farm that had been occupied by
    The once green fields were largely abandoned. Many of the whites had
    already moved out of Chinoyi, a sizeable town north of the capital, Harare, some
    emigrating as far afield as New Zealand. At Marondera, several firms
    connected with agriculture had closed down.

                 The couple are among a score of white farming families from
    Zimbabwe who have resettled in the central Mozambican province of Manica.
    For the Mozambique government, eager to revive an agriculture industry ruined
    by years of fighting (first for independence from Portugal, then in a savage
    16-year civil war), the influx is a boon.

                 The paradox is that on independence in 1975 Mozambique drove
    out the entire Portuguese population. The late President Samora Machel, who
    saw the country reduced to poverty as a consequence, told Mugabe on Zimbabwe's
    independence in 1980: "Whatever you do, don't lose the whites." Mugabe has
    not heeded his advice and the exodus of whites is accelerating. Mozambique is
    considering dozens of applications to settle from white Zimbabweans who
    have been driven off their farms.

                 The O'Neill-Williamses own a milling company at Banket,
    northwest of Harare. Since the violent land invasions began in early 2000 they have
    seen their farming friends beaten up, humiliated and sometimes jailed. Hardly a
    farm is now operating in their area.

                 With the collapse of agriculture, production at their mill
    dropped by two-thirds this year but they struggled on, hoping for change. Mugabe's
    controversial presidential election victory last March, guaranteeing him
    six more years in power, was the final straw.

                 Two months ago Dave O'Neill-Williams travelled to Mozambique
    to explore the possibilities. He was drawn immediately to Manica by the
    cheapness of the land and its tax-free status. The authorities offered him various
    sites but he opted for 2,000 hectares (nearly 5,000 acres) of uncleared bush
    south of Catandica on an annual $2,000 lease. He liked the soil, the proximity of
    rivers for irrigation and the low number of villagers in the area.

                 Within a month the provincial authorities had given their
    approval with the proviso that the local villagers had the final say on whether
    they  wanted a white-run farm nearby. Shadrek, the tribal chief, summoned
    everyone to a meeting. A few older villagers objected, perhaps because of their
    memories of exploitative Portuguese colonial rule and the role Rhodesia and South
    Africa played in their long civil war. They suggested that the O'Neill-Williamses
    should lease land in a dense and inaccessible forest on the other side of
    the Nhadzunya River.

                 The vote went in the couple's favour, however, when the
    younger generation of villagers opposed the elders, saying the presence of whites
    was good news because it would provide them with work. O'Neill-Williams
    undertook to relocate at his own expense any villagers who wished to move. Few have taken up the offer.

                 The deal was sealed with a gift to Shadrek of two pairs of
    brown and white shoes. Last week the O'Neill-Williamses paid a courtesy call on
    Shadrek and his family of 10 children in his mud-hut village. The old
    chief was so delighted with his new footwear that he was wearing a brown shoe on his right foot especially for the occasion. Small children jumped up and down in
    excitement at their first sight of white people.

                 Several young men ran up to the couple asking for work. It was
    the sort of friendliness they had been used to in Zimbabwe before Mugabe
    presented the land reform issue in racial terms and encouraged squatters to seize
    millions of acres of white-owned farmland.

                 Clearing of the bush has already started. Where the
    O'Neill-Williamses plan to have their farmhouse and workshops, villagers
    with shovels were labouring in the noonday sun last week. A septic tank was
    being  dug and thousands of newly prepared bricks were lying out to dry. Even a
    villager who was hobbling on a withered foot, the result of a puff adder bite, was
    working away, glad of a job after years without employment.

                 O'Neill-Williams's intention is to cultivate maize on a quarter of
    his new land and to rear beef cattle on the remainder. With a mill and an
    abattoir they believe that their farm, which they have named Catandica
    Ranch, will turn in a handsome profit in a year or two. They also plan to
    introduce  game to the farm and to run safaris.

                 Meanwhile, they are content to be in the immense Mozambican
    bush, where the only sounds are of birds and insects. "The good thing is that
    there is no way Mozambicans want to get rid of the whites again," said
    "They say they have been through that and are delighted that white farmers
    are abandoning Zimbabwe for their much poorer country." The only people who
    need convincing are their two teenage sons, who still do not want to leave

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    Zim Std
    Zanu PF exploits Chidzero
    Posted on 8/10/02
    Story by By Walter Marwizi

    BERNARD Chidzero, the former finance minister who died on Thursday, is yet another high profile Zimbabwean who has been callously forgotten in life and glowingly remembered in death by an increasingly insensitive ruling Zanu PF party, it has emerged.
    Like many Zimbabwean heroes who selflessly dedicated their lives for the independence and development of the country, Chidzero, who retired from public service in 1995 due to failing health, was forgotten by the Zanu PF regime as he battled with a nagging illness for over a decade.

    He remained on the political periphery where he was contented with, according to President Mugabe, regularly submitting thoughtful papers that proposed scenarios for resolving the economic challenges that faced the nation.

    It was only after his death that President Mugabe claimed that government had plans to honour Chidzero, who opted to leave a well paying United Nations job in order to serve his country at independence.

    Said Mugabe on Friday: “We were going to have quite a big do. The do would have seen us give him the honour that we felt he deserved and he would have been the first person to receive the honour. But alas, this was not to be. God has decided to take him away just a few days before we could honour him. But that’s life.”

    However, members of the public yesterday expressed outrage at the way Zanu PF had ignored Chidzero in his “greatest hour of need”, only to talk about honouring him when he was dead.

    “Zanu PF is at it again. They are bemoaning Chidzero's death who died a few days before they could honour him although they had failed to do so since 1995 when he left government. We know that the motive is to simply get political mileage. They have perfected the art of manipulating the deaths of popular figures for their own selfish ends. This is very bad,” said Sydney Maware of Mbare.

    MDC president, Morgan Tsvangirai, said Chidzero’s death had robbed Zimbabwe of a true hero.

    “He was never a pasi nanhingi (down with) politician. Chidzero was a truly selfless son of this nation who played a big part in our independence. He never in his illustrious career ever uttered a single word that sought to alienate any section of Zimbabwe’s population in a bid to gain political advantage,” said Tsvangirai in a statement.

    This is not the first time that heroes have been neglected by Zanu PF whilst they are alive and only to receive glowing praise posthumously.

    Joshua Nkomo, the late vice president, was hounded into exile by government agents who sought to kill him in 1983 for thwarting Zanu PF attempts to create a one party state. Zanu PF only welcomed him into government when it was convenient for the party to do so in 1987, when the Unity Accord was signed .

    “It’s surprising that I only got to know that Nkomo was Father Zimbabwe when he had died. All along we associated him with the dissidents that rocked the Matabeleland and Midlands regions. He was considered a rogue who had to go into exile dressed as a woman,” said Grace Marowa of Glen View.

    Another hero, Clement Muchachi, who died last year had a harsher fate than most gallant sons of Zimbabwe who were shunned by Zanu PF when they were still alive. The former minister died a pauper in the Midlands where he eked a miserable life. When he was critically ill, caring neighbours ferried him in an ox-drawn cart to a clinic, but when he died, Zanu PF heaped praises on him, extolling his virtues.

    Chidzero’s catalogue of feats is impressive. He narrowly lost the United Nations secretary-general’s post to Boutros Boutros Ghali of Egypt in 1991.

    Commenting on his failed bid for the position, Jonathan Moyo, who was a fiery critic of Mugabe at the time, said had Chidzero succeeded it would have been a “nightmare” for the international community.

    “This is because Zanu PF would have mistaken the selection as a vindication of its highly ideological and divisive foreign policy which has left the Zimbabwean government frozen in the cold following the end of the Cold War,” said Moyo, who is now junior minister of information and arguably Mugabe's closest confidant.
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    (Zim) Daily news
    Shunned Mugabe turns to Asia, Middle East

    8/9/02 10:55:57 AM (GMT +2)

    By Sandra Nyaira Political Editor

    PRESIDENT Mugabe’s Zanu PF government, its senior members barred from Europe and the United States of America, has turned to Asia and the Middle East for business as the economy heads for a meltdown.

    New embassies are soon to be opened in the regions, with the earliest being in Iran next month. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs; Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement; and Information and Publicity are this week in Tehran, Iran, seeking business ties. According to the Iranian embassy in Harare, Stan Mudenge, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, leads the Zimbabwean delegation. On Wednesday the Zimbabweans held talks with their Iranian counterparts and called for stronger Harare-Tehran co-operation. Mudenge said Zimbabwe would open an embassy in Iran next month with a new ambassador starting work at the same time. He did not name the ambassador who has already been appointed.

    The government is seeking new allies, especially after reports that Libya has threatened to cut off fuel supplies over non-payment, a government source said on Wednesday. Mugabe himself is now in Singapore drumming up business. In Tehran, Mudenge’s counterpart, Kamal Kharrazi, lauded “the recent measures taken by the Zimbabwean government in improving the country’s infrastructure and attracting foreign investment”. He spoke after his meeting with Mudenge and it was not immediately clear which measures or development he was referring to. Mudenge and his delegation attended the opening session of the Iran-Zimbabwe joint economic commission where he made a commitment to expand relations between the two countries. Mudenge said Zimbabwe considered relations with Iran as “especially important”. Professor Jonathan Moyo, the junior minister responsible for Information and Publicity, and Dr Joseph Made of Lands and Agriculture, are in the delegation which includes high-ranking economic, finance, trade and tourism ministry officials.

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    Zim Std
    Ailing Stamps denied UK visa
    Posted on 8/10/02
    Story by By Chengetai Zvauya
    DR Timothy Stamps, the ailing minister of health and child welfare, has been denied permission to go to the United Kingdom to seek medical treatment, as the European Union tightens biting travel sanctions imposed on President Mugabe and his associates a few months ago.
    The Standard is informed that Stamps, the Welsh born minister who has served in Mugabe’s cabinet for over a decade, had applied for a visa to enter UK for specialist medical treatment but his application was turned down two weeks ago by the British High Commission in Harare.

    Stamps’ name appears on the list of specified persons who have been blacklisted by the EU and the US for being associated with President Mugabe’s regime, accused of gross abuse of human rights and “stealing” a presidential election.

    Stamps suffered a stroke last year and has failed to resume his ministerial duties, leaving his deputy David Parirenyatwa running the ministry.

    A well placed source told The Standard that Stamps had applied for a visa to enter the UK for specialist treatment but was not successful.

    “There are a number of people who are blacklisted who are trying to find out if the sanctions are for real and are being turned away at the various embassies. So it is not surprising that Stamps was barred entry into the UK,’’ said the source.

    Contacted for comment, British deputy high commissioner, Diane Corner, refused to comment on the issue and referred this paper to the embassy’s spokesperson, Sophie Honey, who was not available at the time of going to the press.

    “I am aware of the list of the specified people but I refer you to our press officer, ’’ said Corner.

    Stamps’ wife, Cindy, refused to speak to The Standard when approached for comment.

    Two weeks ago, Zanu PF deputy secretary for the disabled, Joshua Malinga, was sent back home while in transit to New York.

    Foreign affairs minister, Stan Mudenge, was also barred from attending his daughter’s wedding in Germany two months ago.

    Four Zanu PF women legislators, including deputy speaker of parliament, Edna Madzongwe, were also denied visas to attend a parliamentary workshop in Sweden recently.

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    Zim Std
    Gukurahundi mooted in 1979 — document
    Posted on 8/10/02
    Story by By Grey Moyo
    BULAWAYO—The Gukurahundi operation that left an estimated 20 000 civilians killed in Matabeleland in the early 80s was a planned move based on a secret 1979 Grand Plan by the ruling Zanu PF to annihilate Ndebele speaking people who were mainly supporters of PF Zapu, claims a controversial document currently circulating in Matabeleland.
    The 14-page document, entitled Progress Review on the 1979 Grand Plan, highlights that Zanu PF created the dissident problem in Matabeleland in order to get a pretext to wipe out PF Zapu, which stood in the way of Zanu PF’s cherished one party state ideology.

    The document, which is widely circulating in the region, carries an alert message: “For the eyes of the Shona Elite only, please pass to most trusted person” and purports to have been authored by “The Core” of Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF party.

    It claims, among many other controversial issues, that the Gukurahundi operation was in fact a deliberate plan by Zanu PF to destroy Ndebeles who formed the bulwark of the support base of Joshua Nkomo’s PF Zapu.

    “At independence Zapu posed the most difficult challenge to Zanu PF over the leadership of the country. The threat was not so much in terms of grassroots support as it was in terms of military firepower which Zapu built over the years with Russian and Cuban support...Zipra was strong but inexperienced since they knew no battles of note.

    Nevertheless, Zipra remained an impediment in our aim to deal conclusively with the issue of Ndebeles and their ugly past and the need to pacify Zapu was never greater than in 1980,” part of the document reads.

    The document, which has been dismissed by junior minister for information, Jonathan Moyo, as the work of British intelligence bent on destabilising the country, says that RG (Mugabe) did his homework quietly and brought into the country super military training experts from North Korea.

    “Within eight months a feared and uncompromising crack force, known as Gukurahundi, had been trained. This is the force which was to strike terror in the hearts of the Ndebeles while RG consistently dangled the juicy carrot of a government of national unity and the integration of forces into the national army,” noted the document, in apparent reference to the short lived Zapu-Zanu PF government of national unity which ended with the arrest of senior PF Zapu officials in February 1982.

    The document also claims that it was Mugabe who created a small rebel force comprising recruits from Zipra, who were then deployed to start disturbances in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces.

    “Soon the self styled dissidents were joined by other genuinely aggrieved Zipras who could not stand the heat generated exclusively for them in the Zimbabwe National Army. However, the army deserters and a few notorious Zipra who hated RG had a cue that the dissident element was not a PF Zapu initiative,” says the document.

    It adds that the strategy kept the genuine dissidents confused and uncoordinated, “finally resorting to nomadic movement within the region.”

    Apart from the Gukurahundi issue, the document also refers to a 4th Chimurenga which will see Shonas asserting their influence over Ndebeles in nearly all the facets of life.

    In this struggle, even religious “stones” who are said to be pretending to be self appointed champions of a lost Ndebele cause will “roll”.

    Already, notes the document, several farms in Matabeleland have fallen into the hands of new Shona farmers in a move that will begin to “break the spine of the enemy.”

    Investigations by The Standard over the past few weeks have established neither the author nor the authenticity of the document.

    However, the document strikes a cord with the findings of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) contained in the report titled Breaking The Silence—Building True Peace.
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    Mugabe’s stance shocks human rights lawyers 
    8/9/02 11:05:11 AM (GMT +2)
    By Sandra Nyaira Political Editor
    THE Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights on Wednesday said they were dismayed that President Mugabe said he found it acceptable to ignore or defy a court judgement the government did not consider to be objective or was a result of bias by judicial officers towards any member of society.
    The lawyers were reacting to Mugabe’s recent statement calling on all judges to be objective, impartial and shun personal vendettas against any member of society.
    This was apparently a reference to the case in which Justice Fergus Blackie of the High Court convicted and sentenced a Cabinet minister, Patrick Chinamasa, to three months in jail for contempt of court. Commenting on Mugabe’s remarks, the lawyers said the call for judges to be impartial was in line with the oath of office they took upon appointment and it formed the foundation of the independence of the Judiciary. Mugabe made the remarks at a reception he hosted to mark the opening of the new Parliamentary session.
    “We sincerely hope that judges do not need this reminder to perform their judicial functions objectively and within the constraints of the law,” the association said.
    “We are, however, dismayed by the President’s position that it is acceptable to ignore or defy a judgment of any court in Zimbabwe where the affected party considers the outcome to have been the result of bias by the judicial officer.” Mugabe’s public comments were made after Blackie convicted Chinamasa of contempt of court for failing to attend a court hearing and another one for utterances attacking a court ruling on three Americans found guilty of possessing illegal firearms.
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    From The Times [UK]
    August 13, 2002
    Everyone knows this is a man-made tragedy - one man's
    Commentary by Peter Hain
    AS HUNDREDS of white commercial owners and tens of thousands of black workers face being forced off their farms in Zimbabwe by government decree, they can be forgiven for nostalgia over their country.
    The jewel in Africa’s crown. Stable. Peaceful. Democratic. Prosperous. And the breadbasket of the region, too.
    Yet Zimbabweans are now racked with starvation, the country torn apart by stateorganised violence, with the world’s fastest-shrinking economy, declining at the rate of 10 per cent last year and another 11 per cent this year. Despite Harare’s claims that this is purely a result of drought, everyone knows it is a man-made tragedy: one man’s.
    Instead of increasing food supplies, the regime has increased the suffering. Instead of encouraging commercial farmers to meet the food gap, it wants to evict them, leaving victims everywhere: farmers losing their land, farmworkers losing their livelihoods and the people losing their food.
    And, as the Zimbabwean Deputy Foreign Minister recently admitted, the regime is using food as a political weapon: denying it to areas which support the opposition.
    The regime claims that farmers will be allowed to keep one farm. But this is not how the chaotic land seizures have been implemented. It ignores the fact that millions from donors like Britain have been available for some time to help with land reform, so long as the beneficiaries were the rural poor, not the ruling party’s cronies. The British Government has long warned that this was a policy of economic suicide.
    A huge amount of food aid is now needed. The British Government is providing £32 million of assistance this year, but we are insisting that all aid is distributed outside Zimbabwean state channels and is properly monitored to ensure that the most needy are helped irrespective of their political views. Some say that Britain should compensate farmers for their losses. But that would merely justify retrospectively what the regime has done and encourage similar violent and illegal expropriations elsewhere.
    The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), put together by progressive African leaders, offers a vision for the future. It recognises that the donor community is right to focus aid on those who respect human rights and democracy. Regimes such as Zimbabwe’s will not be backed by the developed world.
    Britain, the Commonwealth and the European Union have done all we can to persuade the regime to change course. But a regime that cares so little for its own people obviously cares nothing for international opinion. That is why a number of countries, the European Union and the United States, have taken measures including targeted sanctions on 72 of Zanu (PF)’s leaders.
    The Government will do its best to give practical advice and support to any British nationals who face eviction in the coming weeks. At the same time, we will continue to provide as much emergency assistance as we can for Zimbabwe’s long-suffering poor.
    It is a tragedy that there was not an African solution to this African problem, especially since the Zimbabwe crisis has hit international investor confidence in the whole region. The message to Zimbabwe’s neighbours is that good government matters and, like charity, begins at home.
    Zimbabwean champions of decency and basic rights, the starving, the farmers, are all victims of Mugabe’s misrule: black and white, rich and poor. But frustrating though it has been for Zimbabwe’s friends to watch its sad collapse, change can only come from within Zimbabwe. In the meantime, we will maintain our solidarity while continuing to work for a change of direction and maintaining sanctions on the elite.
    Peter Hain is Minister of State at the Foreign Office
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    Diary of a murderer
    (Filed: 11/08/2002)
    © Copyright of Telegraph Group Limited
    JF in Matabeleland received this diary from one of the
    government-sponsored thugs enforcing this week's deadline for the final
    withdrawal of white farmers from their land. While he cannot be named, he
    wanted it published as a personal gesture of defiance against the vortex of
    violence that has become his life.
    Wednesday, August 7
    I am woken by a phone call from the boss and told to report to the Zanu-PF
    offices at 8am.
    "The day has finally come my friend," my governor shouts down the line, "we
    are going to show these British settlers that they have outstayed their
    For the past two years, I have organised invasions, beatings, abductions and
    even murder on behalf of Mugabe's government. I used to think of it as my
    own guerrilla war - I was too young to have fought for independence.
    It did not take that long for me to realise that there is nothing heroic or
    brave about terrorising people just because they are white or vote for
    another party. I don't even get paid for doing his dirty work any more. It
    is a life sentence. If I leave, I will be hunted down and shot like an
    The meeting is at the government complex in Bulawayo. More than 300 of us -
    war veterans and youth militia - are packed into the hall. Ignatius Chombo,
    a nephew of Mugabe's and head of the land reform programme, leads the
    He can probably tell we have lost our thirst for blood. He shouts and shakes
    his fist. He accuses the white farmers of being arrogant, selfish and
    superior. "They don't want to share their treasures with you because you are
    just worthless blacks."
    The youths whistle and shout and dance on the spot, calling for blood. I
    command a battalion of about 200 youths and we are to be given police riot
    uniforms, though none of us are police officers. Chombo says we must be seen
    to be working with the "might of the law" on our side.
    I return home with dread in my stomach. I have brought no money home for
    months and rely on wife's salary, but some months she doesn't get paid
    either. I am an embarrassment to her and my children and I wish I could
    change the past.
    Three years ago, I was made redundant from my job as a trainee manager at a
    factory. I began hawking on the streets and had a few guys working for me. I
    was hoping to open a shop one day.
    Then I was spotted by a Zanu-PF official who recruited me into the militia
    as a commander. I knew in my heart that it would end badly, but was promised
    land, a car, money and power. I signed up.
    Thursday, August 8
    The eviction deadline for white farmers is tonight. I am told to gather my
    youths and send them on to the land and show the whites we mean business. I
    have a list of 60 farms in the areas to be cleared as a priority. They are
    owned by MDC supporters or allocated to ministers or friends of Mugabe.
    I am allocated police riot uniforms for my teams. Once night begins to fall,
    I drive groups to farms surrounding Bulawayo with orders to "hassle and
    unsettle" the farmers and their workers. We have been told to take
    everything from the property "except clothes".
    After dropping off my last group of youths, I stop off at the homestead of a
    white farmer who has become a friend. Over a cup of sweet tea, I tell this
    man, who should be my enemy, where the roadblocks will be the following day
    so he can avoid trouble.
    He has built a clinic and a school on his land. There is no way they can
    stay open if he quits. We agree that the situation is a mess. But at least I
    can try to make sure this white is spared the worst of any violence.
    I rejoin one of my groups who are sitting at the gate of a tobacco farm. I
    try to relax over a game of cards. Someone accuses someone else of cheating.
    Punches and insults are thrown. At the end of the day, we are just a bunch
    of kids dressed up as policemen.
    Friday, August 9
    The youths are up at daybreak and anxious to see some action. One has a box
    of matches and says he is going to start burning. The farm workers come and
    go as though we are not there and this angers the militia.
    The governor calls and orders me back into town for another meeting. I tell
    the youths they must not act without my orders. I give one of them a punch
    in the head to show they have to listen to what I say.
    I hear shouting as I walk into the Zanu-PF offices. Chiefs in Harare say
    there are details still to be worked out before we can move our men onto the
    land, but that the notices will be enforced. There is no extension to the
    deadline: they insist "stubborn and selfish" whites will learn their lesson.
    Our boss is frustrated. "We have waited too long already," he yells at me. I
    listen to the radio which reports that farmers are leaving their land in
    huge numbers. But that is not what I have seen with my own eyes.
    Saturday, August 10
    Another meeting. Bernard Chidzero, Zimbabwe's first black finance minister,
    who died last week, has been declared a national hero. The President says he
    will be buried on Monday - Heroes' Day - at Heroes Acre in Harare.
    We are not to let the farmers steal any attention from him, the bosses say.
    I hear "grace period" being mentioned and am told to be ready for the "day
    of reckoning" on Tuesday.
    I go back to the rural areas to let the youth know what is going on. On the
    way, I stop off to see my white farmer friend to tell him to relax for the
    rest of the weekend.
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    Daily news
    Do they have to be part of this? 
    8/9/02 10:36:39 AM (GMT +2)
    I would like to expose the Zanu PF violence in Buhera. As a war veteran, I am contemplating crossing over to the Zimbabwe Liberators’ Platform due to terror and violence inflicted on people by Zanu PF thugs, the riot police and the youths (Green Bombers) from the Border Gezi Training Centre.

    Teachers were forced to leave their stations before and after the presidential election for supporting the opposition party. Working hand-in-hand with the war veterans, Ministry of Education representatives here, some holding positions in the Manicaland Zanu PF executive, forced teachers to transfer to new stations with the aim of fixing them.
    The war veterans petrol-bombed the district education officer’s house on 12 July 2002, so that they could lay the blame on teachers. From there on, all teachers who were chased before and after the election were rounded up by the riot police and beaten up.
    Why then did we vote if we have a one-party state? It is the teachers’ right to support a political party of their choice.
    Please stop this violence because it could lead us to a civil war. This is food for thought for Buhera war veterans.
    Honoured Ndawana
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    Zim Std Congratulations Jenni Williams
    Posted on 8/10/02
    Story by PNR Silversides
    CONGRATULATIONS Jenni Williams, you escaped the utterly negative atmosphere of the CFU which “sought to comfort itself in the arms of the government” (The Standard, 4 August 2002). Now you’re spokesperson for Justice for Agriculture (JAG), an organisation currently taking legal action on behalf of farmers—whose properties have been looted by war veterans, Zanu PF supporters and government chefs—and of their farm workers and families. This action could cost Zanu PF multi billions in damages.

    I cheer that someone has had the guts to face up to this bunch of lawless looting thugs and the Zanu PF monstrosity, and wish JAG and all the farmers involved, all the good luck in the world in their quest and, for the respondents—as the Bible suggests—a great deal of “weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth”.

    A delightful thought: Since our temporary acting ‘president’ is the Zanu PF leader, he will presumably be the first respondent in this magnificent action.

    Just don’t give up your title deeds, chaps!

    PNR Silversides

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    Daily News
    Madiba’s degrees in peace

    8/9/02 10:45:13 AM (GMT +2)

    AI was fascinated by the article headed “Nelson Mandela still leads a busy life at 84”. I would like to congratulate Madiba for turning 84.

    As a defenceless Zimbabwean, I wish our haughty and insensitive leadership could learn a lesson or two from Madiba. He is an archetype of democracy and a paragon of racial amity. That is why Mandela has won universal acclaim. Last month he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The grim contrast is that our own leaders have won only degrees in violence and Presidential Medals of Freedom. Pardon the pun!

    E K Chivandikwa
    Birchenough Bridge

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    Daily News - letter
    Gullible CFU now paying for its ostrich mentality

    8/9/02 10:40:26 AM (GMT +2)

    PRESIDENT Mugabe has at last achieved his objective and has castrated the commercial farmers in Zimbabwe.

    The next act in the tragedy will be that the Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU) reach an “agreement” with the government and Mafikizolo Jonathan Moyo’s mouth goes into top gear assuring the international community that at long last the white racist farmers have seen the error of their ways and will co-operate fully with the “lawfully elected government”.

    With great fanfare and coverage by the international Press, some farmers will be “allowed” to carry on farming on their farms “in the interest of the

    The international community, and in particular South Africa and Nigeria, will heave a sigh of relief, thankful that the master of deception has pulled it off again, and once more the outside and gullible world will have been “Abuja’d”. Mugabe will protest that he had been misunderstood by the wicked West, who will go along with this fiction because they are all desperate to be rid of a problem that might have required a strong moral stand, or even action.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch the few remaining farms belonging to “unco-operative” farmers will be seized and handed out to the faithful rich. The co-operative farmers will be allowed to plant and tend their crops until harvest time or just before, when their farms will also be seized “in the national interest” because it will have been discovered that they were merely looking after their own interests and trying to make money from the starving people.

    As this, of course, is months away, the world will have long forgotten the issues and will only remember that the “land issue” in Zimbabwe was “amicably solved”.

    It may be a different subject entirely, but the following is what I believe should have been done. These are my thoughts as a non-farmer, but as a rural district councillor in a farming area my business also took me all over the country and deep into the rural areas where I spoke to a great many people of all stations in life.

    The first great error of the CFU lies in their oft-repeated statement: “We’re farmers, not politicians.” That statement is plain stupid, because political considerations run through all types of endeavour – commercial, industrial and mining. All of these are and were “politically aware”.

    This ostrich-like attitude is well demonstrated by the CFU remaining a largely white organisation 20 years after independence.

    I have heard that Zanu PF encouraged or instigated this. If so, it should have been strongly resisted way back then. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to know that this was a recipe for disaster, a time bomb ready to be activated when required. This mistake was deep and fundamental, and the entire country now suffers the consequences.

    The next huge error was the reaction when farms began to be invaded “spontaneously by landless peasants” shortly after the constitutional referendum in 2000. It very quickly became apparent that these invasions were directly orchestrated by the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO). And who has absolute control of the CIO? None other than the President, of course!

    Yet amazingly the CFU went along with the “spontaneous occupation” lie and actually sought an audience with the President to stop the invasions. What should have been done then?

    In my opinion, first the CFU should vociferously have drawn local and international attention to the fact that Mugabe himself ordered these “spontaneous” invasions, using Chenjerai Hunzvi and the CIO.
    I sincerely believe that had the CFU shouted long and loud and very publicly at that time and put the truth to the international community, then Zanu PF would not have had the courage to pursue their land theft and self-enrichment programme.

    However, meeting no resistance they pushed one ridiculous claim after another.
    I believe they were very surprised themselves that they “got away with the lie” and kept pushing to see how far they could go. In Africa, as elsewhere, weakness is not admired or respected.

    One may not like a person, and some farmers particularly got up one’s nostrils quite severely, but not liking someone does not make it OK to dispossess him or her. Also, not liking some farmers does not make it OK to deliberately plunge the country into mass starvation.

    I see from CFU president Colin Cloete’s statement that he and his executive believe “this confusion is in total contradiction of our State President’s policy on Land Reform”. I disagree totally.

    I believe that the State President’s policy on land reform has not only gone exactly according to plan, but has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, due to the complete lack of meaningful opposition.

    History is an ever-changing and moving river of events. There is a time when a principled stand can change the course of that flow, but if neglected, then it takes a far greater effort to change at a later date.

    When one assumes public office a measure of moral courage and integrity is demanded by those who elected you as their representative. You are expected, perhaps unjustly, to have a little more foresight, a broader perspective and more moral courage than the majority of those you represent.

    Charles Frizell

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