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Daily Telegraph

Mugabe poisons the wells
(Filed: 22/08/2002)

Washington has felt driven to deliver a judgment on President Robert Mugabe far stronger than anyone at Westminster has yet felt able to muster. "America," declares Walter Kansteiner, the US government's Africa policy chief, "does not see President Mugabe as the democratically legitimate leader of the country". It is a timely reminder.

Because Zimbabwe is constantly in crisis, we tend to forget the lawless tactics which Mugabe employed in the presidential election to come out on top. But America is right. Though many in Europe and Africa prefer to look the other way, Mugabe is not the legitimate leader of Zimbabwe. The election he fought was invalid. His return as president was a swindle which his own courts are powerless to redress.

His seizure of white-owned farms is condemned by America as "morally disgusting madness, set to trigger a wholly avoidable famine". It is not even if as the land held by Zimbabwe's 5,000 white farmers was going to ease Africans' land hunger. As the world can plainly see, much of it is being handed over to Mugabe's family and supporters. His wife has just chosen her own farm and told its occupants to get packing.

Talk of land reform turns out to be sheer hypocrisy. During yesterday's outburst, Mr Kansteiner was joined by Andrew Natsios, administrator of USAid, America's aid agency. Called on to deliver another dollop of relief to repair Mugabe's blunders, he too was outspoken. "It is a disgusting grab, where you're just basically stealing land from one group to another. The distinction here is, the group that's being stolen from are very good farmers, and the people they're giving the land to cannot farm anything."

Aware that Mugabe is striving to restrict the distribution of food to his own supporters, so that his political opponents starve, America will deliver relief through independent agencies and charities and keep it out of the hands of the Zimbabwean government. Such food, America insists, will not be used for political or economic purposes. Mugabe's decision to use food as an instrument for starving his political opponents seems to have been a turning point for America.

This outburst of anger from Washington is hardly surprising. President Bush has an agenda for Africa which Mugabe's conduct is making ever harder to implement. The only nations that can deal effectively with someone such as Mugabe are African nations. For deep-seated reasons they are reluctant to condemn him. South Africa's government, in particular, seems unwilling to lift a finger to check Mugabe's inhuman conduct against his own people. Observing this, much of the world is running out of sympathy for the continent. That great emotional stream that poured help into Africa at the time of the Ethiopian famine in 1984-85 has dried up. Some of the charities that serve Africa are finding it hard to attract public sympathy. In short, Mugabe is poisoning the wells of goodwill. He has not only ruined his own country but is on the way to turning much of the world against Africa. America shows us she has a firmer grasp of that sad truth than we do.

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Daily Telegraph

Mugabe cheated his way to power and he must go, says US
By David Rennie in Washington and Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor
(Filed: 22/08/2002)

America has issued its strongest attack yet on President Mugabe of Zimbabwe, describing him as an illegitimate leader who won power by fraud and saying it would encourage his people to "correct that situation".

Stopping just short of calling for a change of regime, Walter Kansteiner, the US government's Africa policy chief, said America does "not see President Mugabe as the democratically legitimate leader of the country".

Mr Kansteiner said Washington was working with countries in Africa and Europe to "encourage the body politic of Zimbabwe" to "correct that situation and start providing an environment that would lead to a free and fair election".

US support being offered to Zimbabwean aid organisations and human rights groups is reminiscent of the West's successful move to undermine Slobodan Milosevic by providing Serbian pro-democracy activists with money, computers and other aid.

In the strongest comments made by the Bush administration, Mr Kansteiner, the assistant secretary of state for Africa, said: "It is madness to arrest commercial farmers in the middle of a drought when they could grow food to save people from starvation."

Mr Kansteiner noted that, despite the drought, Zimbabwe's reservoirs were full, and commercial farms would have been able to feed the people of southern Africa if Mr Mugabe had not closed them all.

The British Government will be happy to allow Washington to take the lead on Zimbabwe, given Mr Mugabe's attempts to present the crisis as a struggle between native Africans and Britain, the former colonial power.

Mr Kansteiner, briefing reporters in Washington, was flanked by Andrew Natsios, the administrator of USAid, the American government aid agency.

In unusually angry comments, Mr Natsios, who was there to announce an additional 190,000 tons of food aid for southern Africa, attacked Mr Mugabe for handing white farms to members of his family, cabinet ministers and the military.

"It is a disgusting grab, where you're just basically stealing land from one group to [give to] another. The distinction here is, the group that's being stolen from are very good farmers, and the people they're giving the land to cannot farm anything," Mr Natsios said.

All US food aid would be distributed through independent organisations, church groups and charities, rather than the Zimbabwean government, Mr Natsios said.

Mr Kansteiner accused Mr Mugabe of a "gross violation" of aid policy, by distributing food to members of his own political party, rather than on the basis of need. America had "confirmed reports" of such abuses, notably in the worst affected southern areas of the country, he said.

In an apparent attempt to forestall the inevitable accusations from Mr Mugabe that he is being undermined by colonial forces, Mr Kansteiner played down the role of Western countries, saying he was working with South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique on isolating Mr Mugabe.

Washington was working with opposition groups and independent journalists within Zimbabwe, and with "a number of the European Community countries too", he said. He did not mention Britain.

America was not considering a general trade embargo, Mr Kansteiner said. "A trade embargo is a blunt instrument that could in fact affect the general population, and we do not want to do that."

Last night the Harare government accused the US and Britain of waging a "racist" campaign and using "bullying tactics" to isolate Mr Mugabe and maintain white economic dominance in southern Africa.

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Dup Muller, 59, a commercial farmer in Headlands, 110 kilometers, East of Harare, shows his 17th. century clock, 11 August 2002, that was destroyed when his farm house was burnt by suspected war veterans. Scores of white Zimbabwean farmers have reportedly fled into hiding to avoid arrest as police continued to crack down on them for defying a government order to leave their farms.    AFP photo (Photo: AFP Photo) 

Dup Muller, 59, a commercial farmer in Headlands, 110 kilometers, East of Harare, shows his 17th. century clock, 11 August 2002, that was destroyed when his farm house was burnt by suspected war veterans. Scores of white Zimbabwean farmers have reportedly fled into hiding to avoid arrest as police continued to crack down on them for defying a government order to leave their farms. AFP photo
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Anna Zibarras, the President of the South African Society in British
Columbia has requested that I pass on this information about new
Canadian Immigration laws.

Here is the email from Anna:

From: Azibarras <>
Subject: Rhodesian and South Africans

Hi Alastair,

My name is Anna Zibarras and I am the founder and the President of the
South African Society in British Columbia in Canada, of the SA Canadian
Business networking Group in Vancouver, and the publisher of the SA
telephone and Business Directory of B.

I am very busy with many South Africans and Canadians wanting to
immigrate to Canada for the last 7 years.

I would love to let Zimbabwean farmers know that according to the new
Canadian Immigration system of June 2002 farmers are welcome in Canada
and should anyone like more information and free assistance for any type
of Immigration to Canada can contact me i.e. Anna at  

Also I would love to put a link for you in our website if you give me the permission

Please do acknowledge my e-mail and forward it to relevant people around
the world. I will be waiting to hear from you.

Email : azibarras @  


Thanks and regards,

Alastair Honeybun
Rhodesians Worldwide
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Alastair Newland in Adelaide has provided information on a support
service in South Australia.

Here is the message:

From: "Alastair Newland" <>
Subject: Re:  Contact Details on RWW
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 09:38:36 +0930

Dear Alastair

Please be advised of an ex Zimbabwe association "The Zimbabwe
Connection" based in Adelaide. We help ex Zimbabweans with household
goods, networking, jobs etc......

Contact Joy Brook +61 8 8344 6510 or +61 422629020. E-mail:  

Please can you let anyone know who may wish to come to Adelaide South
Australia. Also, let us know if anything else is required to assist
resettlement here, and to register with this organisation in Adelaide.

Many thanks,

Alastair Newland



Alastair Honeybun
Webmaster - Rhodesians Worldwide
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Land-grab is ethnic cleansing: farm boss
By ANGUS SHAW in Harare
A LEADING white farmer has branded Zimbabwe's land reform program "ethnic
cleansing" as the Government urged black settlers to move on to farms
despite a growing number of court challenges.

Of 96 white-owned farms in his district, Commercial Farmers Union official
Ben Freeth said only three were still operating."It is a desperately sad
situation," he said. "People are loading up their assets to move out. Many
have nowhere to go and are looking for places to stay.

"Ethnic cleansing is exactly what it is. There's no other term for it."

Police yesterday said 207 white farmers had been arrested since Thursday,
when the authorities began a crackdown on those defying orders to leave
their land and clear the way for black settlers. The Government ordered 2900
farmers to leave their homes by August 8, but about 60 per cent ignored the

Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told state media yesterday that settlers
should move on to the farms, even though court cases for the arrested white
farmers and other cases challenging the land reforms may not be completed
for months.

"Those who have been allocated land should move to the farms and utilise
it," he said.

So far, court rulings have had little effect on the land reform scheme. The
Government has repeatedly ignored unfavourable court rulings, even from the
Supreme Court.

Farmers' lawyers believe the eviction orders violate constitutionally
entrenched rights of freedom from racial discrimination, and also contain
technical errors, rendering them invalid.

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Scotsman             Thu 22 Aug 2002

Zimbabwe police hunt missing farmers

Jane Fields In Harare

MORE than 200 white farmers have now been arrested in Zimbabwe for refusing
to leave their land, while police said dozens of others were on the run.

At least 215 farmers are now being held by police in a clamp-down that began
last Thursday, after many farmers defied an edict ordering nearly 3,000 of
them to leave their land.

The wave of arrests has been compared to the 1970s, when the government of
the Rhodesian prime minister Ian Smith moved against black and white
dissidents across the country.

A police spokesman, Lovemore Sibanda, quoted in the state-run Chronicle
newspaper yesterday, said that police "had intensified the search for
defiant farmers". He said that at least 179 farmers in one province alone,
Matabeleland North, had gone on the run, leaving wives and children behind.

"The farmers we are looking for are those who vacated their farms leaving
behind children and their wives. Others left the doors to their houses
locked, with all their property inside, hoping to return later," Sgt Sibanda
told the newspaper.

Farming officials denied that farmers were on the run. "I don't know how you
count people who are hidden from you," said Jenni Williams, of the farming
pressure group Justice for Agriculture (JAG), yesterday.

She suggested that the missing farmers were simply seeing lawyers in towns
before handing themselves over to police.

At least 145 farmers have now appeared in court, and most have been granted
bail. But many have been told they cannot stay on their farms. "Many are
packing as we speak, leaving their homes along with over 6,000 people who
live on those farms," Ms Williams said.

The government has ordered new black farmers to move in immediately and take
up plots on formerly white-owned farms, raising fears of fresh
confrontations between whites and blacks over land. At least 11 white
farmers have been killed since militant supporters of President Robert
Mugabe's land redistribution programme began invading farms.

The justice minister, Patrick Chinamasa, said this week that "those who have
been allocated land should move to the farms and utilise it".

President Mugabe has voiced concern that that new black commercial farmers
are not moving fast enough on to their new properties. Some of the new
farmers complain, in turn, that they are not being given enough financial
backing to make a success of agriculture.

The fears of the white community in Zimbabwe - who make up less than one 1
per cent of the population - have intensified following last week's murder
of a British lecturer from a Bulawayo college.

Jerzy Stanislaw Tolocszo was allegedly hacked to death by two men who worked
for him. Mac Crawford, a CFU official from Matabeleland, western Zimbabwe,
told The Scotsman that whites were feeling particularly vulnerable. "The
only way out we believe is for the government to be forced to come to the
negotiating table. The only way to do that is for enough pressure to be

"On the one hand we're crying out for food aid and here we are kicking off
the very people who are producing the food. It just doesn't make sense."

The eviction of white farmers and their workers comes at a bad time for
Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of southern Africa but now facing its worst
food crisis for a decade.

At least six million people could need food aid by September. Among those
are likely to be many of the 1.5 million people who stand to lose their
homes and livelihoods if the government insists the white farmers leave
their properties.

A United Nations mission to Zimbabwe warned yesterday in a preliminary
report that farm workers in the centre and east of the country were among
those who had experienced a "drastic shortage of food".

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The Guardian
US admits plan to bring down Mugabe

Chris McGreal in Johannesburg
Thursday August 22, 2002
The Guardian

The United States government has said it wants to see President Robert Mugabe removed from power and that it is working with the Zimbabwean opposition to bring about a change of administration.

As scores of white farmers went into hiding to escape a round-up by Zimbabwean police, a senior Bush administration official called Mr Mugabe's rule "illegitimate and irrational" and said that his re-election as president in March was won through fraud.

Walter Kansteiner, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, went on to blame Mr Mugabe's policies for contributing to the threat of famine in Zimbabwe.

"We do not see President Mugabe as the democratically legitimate leader of the country," he said. "The political status quo is unacceptable because the elections were fraudulent. So we're working with others, other countries in the region as well as throughout the world, on how we can in fact, together, encourage the body politic of Zimbabwe to in fact go forward and correct that situation."

Mr Kansteiner said the US was working with trade unions, pro-democracy groups and human rights organisations to bring about change. He did not say how he believed Mr Mugabe could be brought down, but dismissed the possibility of a trade embargo, calling it "a blunt instrument" that would hurt ordinary Zimbabweans.

Mr Mugabe is likely to seize on Mr Kansteiner's statement to reinforce his contention that his opponents are stooges for western neo-colonialism.

Shortly after the US official's remarks, a senior Zimbabwean foreign affairs official told Reuters: "The legitimacy of our political system or our president is not dependent on America, Britain or any other country, but on Zimbabweans.

"The bullying tactics that America and Britain are using against us are meant to frustrate our quest for social and economic justice, to stop our programme to redistribute some of the very large tracts of land held by whites here to the indigenous black people."

The US attack on Mr Mugabe came after police began arresting white farmers for defying an August 9 deadline to vacate their land and homes. Initially, more than half of the 2,900 farmers had refused to obey, but after police began making arrests, many packed up and went.

So far, 215 commercial farmers have been arrested on a charge that carries a two-year prison sentence. Many have been released on bail, sometimes on condition that they leave their farms within days.

One of those detained has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly driving his vehicle at four policemen.

Police spokesman Sergeant Lovemore Sibanda said that scores more had gone into hiding.

"The farmers we are looking for are those who vacated their farms, leaving behind their wives and children. Others left the doors of their farmhouses locked, with all the property inside, hoping to return later," he said.

The government has appealed to poor black people to move on to the expropriated land immediately in an attempt to help address the country's dire food shortages.

Harare blames drought for a massive shortfall in this year's harvest. But Andrew Natsios, the head of the US Agency for International Development, says Mr Mugabe's policies have contributed to the threat of famine. "It is madness to arrest commercial farmers in the middle of a drought when they could grow food to save people from starvation," he said.

Mr Natsios accused the Zimbabwean government of using the expropriated farms to reward politicians loyal to Mr Mugabe, and military officers, instead of giving them to the poor and landless.

About six million people, half of Zimbabwe's population, are likely to be in need of food aid within weeks, according to the UN. But only a fraction of the 1.5m tonnes of food needed to avert famine has arrived.

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Dear Friends
There used to be a ridiculous advert on TV. Two women plonk down at a cafe
No. 1: "What a day!"
No. 2: "What a headche!"
No. 1: "Joan, take Anadin - they're strong!"
In Zim she would have to say "Take crack or scotch" or something to that
effect because we need something a little stronger to get through this
bloody madness. Trying to keep up with the arrests and court appearances is
a nightmare, let alone trying to figure out how the magistrates cooked heads
are working. Bail conditions amount to sentences in a vast number of cases.

Imagine being like Souchon et al in the lowveld: You are not arrested but
told to please be at the court EARLY on Saturday (No, no, there is no need
for you to have a lawyer etc.) You get there (without a lawyer) and in the
wink of an eye the following happens: $5000 Bail - Staff and owner to be off
farm by 8am 20/08/02.
Or in Bromley: Piercy, Woodhouse, Burton, Laver et al. Detained overnight
and appear in court - $5000 Bail. Have to have Police escort to remove
assets - deadline 30 August. Due for Court 2 September 2002.
Tengwe: Pete and Colin Mason, Kosie Paulsen - $5000 bail - not allowed to
reside on farm - can visit their homes during the day after notifying police
of their visit but can't sleep there. Case remanded.

When the cops came here on Sunday to pick up Andy, we had some people here.
The cops let Andy and an Aussie national go after he had harangued the cops
about being in contempt of court etc. Leith and Jimmy stopped to see what
the matter was and they got arrested. The cops came back on Monday afternoon
at 2.00pm but we had gone to Harare for a meeting on Monday morning and
stayed for funeral on Tuesday morning. This morning, Wednesday, Andy took
his High Court ruling and he and the other Tengwe/Karoi farmers who had had
their Section 8's set aside, went to the copshop and said "OK. Here are our
documents - if you are going to arrest us, then arrest us, but just be aware
that the case will be thrown out." They had to see a plain clothed person -
not sure of his rank or affiliation - in the copshop. They went in pairs -
Andy with Trevor Tatham first. The other guys wanted Andy last because they
were not sure if they would escape arrest after he had been. He was told to
"BE VERY NICE!!" Andy and Trevor were both told their stuff was in order and
they could go. The last guys were still having their interviews at 12 but it
seems that everyone was let go.

At first, after the initial rash of arrests, there were some serious
cat-and-mouse games with the cops. Luckily we were able to monitor their
movements and potential victims went elsewhere for a few hours. Since
Monday, the guys with High Court protection have just walked in and said
"I'm here!". Leith, Pete, Nigel, Colin and Jimmy spent a cold night in jail
on Sunday night. There were too few blankets and the cell was very crowded
but at least they were all together. Pete says as the night got colder,
Leith said to him "Mason, if you want to snuggle up, I promise I won't tell
anyone." Nigel had apparently sneaked in some sleeping pills but didn't
offer any around. Pete says he had to try and sleep wih Nigel obliviously
snoring on one side and Leith's habitual log sawing on the other so didn't
get much shut eye. Leith had to reprimand one of the other inmates in the
because he was not paying attention when he used the urine bucket and it was
all over the place. Serena says the smell in her car after she got Nigel,
Pete and Colin home the next day was really something. Leon van der Merwe,
who was arrested on Monday, reckons there are 3 people to a blanket and the
smell of ammonia from the buckets makes your eyes water.

Our new heroine, Louise Cochrane was absolutely amazing. She was put in a
cell by herself notwithstanding the fact that any or all of the Tengwe guys
would gladly have offered to look after her. She is a blonde, pretty, slim
and very petite lady but says from now on her mission is to put on a LOT of
weight - she says she found she had bones she didn't know existed on that
hard floor. Leith says she was an inspiration and so strong. What must her
little children (3 and 7) have thought when she got arrested? She refused to
have Rob come in and take her place because the cops would not guarantee
that she would be released if he came into the copshop. It was an unlawful
arrest of course - they do not own a farm. We are so very proud of Louise -
I think this Chimurenga needs its own set of medals. They will bear
absolutely NO resemblance to the medals RGM dished out last week to members
of the armed forces. There were EIGHT gold crosses, 4 or 5 silver crosses
and OVER A HUNDRED bronze crosses - so many in fact that they only handed
out a few bronze crosses at the ceremony - the rest had to go and pick
theirs up during office hours. The whole RBW (Bush War) saw only
one gold cross awarded but perhaps these ones were awarded for the grand
scale of their looting of the DRC's natural resources.

The farmers who have section 8's and have done nothing to contest them in
the High Court have no protection and WILL be arrested and evicted from
their farms - that is patently clear. CFU have advised against challenging
Govt. As a result of this idiocy, Jag came into being. JAG has been up and
down the country exhorting farmers to take action. A lot have done so, but
unbelievably, some have listened to CFU and done nothing! Whether they did
not want confrontation or whether they thought the problem would somehow go
away by itself, I don't know. Some, who have put their faith in the DA's
word and been "allowed" to carry on (with written permission in some cases),
have ended up evicted and homeless. The arrests are generally over the
weekend when lawyers are thin on the ground and magistrates, who are
normally incommunicado Friday to Monday, have suddenly been working over the
weekend. (The flipping magistrates are on strike now because one of their
colleagues was "brutally assaulted" by some warvets - thats NOTHING to what
I would like to do to them!)

Can you imagine how much time, energy and resouces has been sucked up in
this ridiculous exercise? Just what the last week has cost must be mind
boggling. 7 Mashonaland Central guys had to pay a conveniently lurking
lawyer of undefined qualifications $50 000 each for their 20 minute court
appearance on Saturday - it was either that or have no representation
because they were also told they did not need a lawyer till 5 minutes before
they were due to appear. Just then the lawyer popped up out of nowhere. He
was probably the younger brother of either the magistrate or
Member-in-charge (or both!) The first 10 guys to pitch up for the meeting on
Monday had all spent a night in a suite at Government expense. I heard an
unconfirmed rumour that the guys from a small town in Matabeleland went to
the copshop before the long weekend and said: "Right! We know we will be
locked up soon and we don't want to end up with unsavoury parasites so we
are here to clean, fumigate and paint the cells" which they promptly did.

We have to keep our sense of humour - its either that or weep. I wish we
still had Spud drawing weekly cartoons - he would have had a field day but
sadly we don't have the Farmer magazine arriving once a week anymore - we
are reduced to an electronic bulletin called Countdown. How I miss Brian
Latham's leaders and OTT (Over the Top) on the back page. Remember Sue de la
Bundu who wrote for them years ago from the Lowveld? She would have a few
more problems than a mamba in her longdrop today. Anne Ominous in Tobacco
News is great but she should write a column at least once a week.

All this must cook our kids heads though - poor Peter had his birthday on
Monday. Far from being indulged, he opened his presents and got thrown in
the car and taken off to Harare - there he was ignored for hours while we
tried to deal with meetings and information. I took him briefly to try and
find some cricket boots but there was not a single pair in his size. Oh! he
also got a half hour coffee break with Andy before we fell into bed at
nearly midnight. Please don't let him EVER write a book called "Mommy
Dearest" or something like it, detailing how abused he was!!!

Will write soon! Keep safe.
Lots of love
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Please circulate this to concerned parties..We need all the support-
Even if you can't be there physically, be with the supporters spiritually
TIME : 10AM - 12PM - assemble at 9:30am
VENUE : SANDTON - WSSD - Johannesburg





















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News Release
(On behalf of Justice for Agriculture)

THE SCHULTZ family have been evicted off their Mupandaguta farm despite a
nullified Section 8 acquisition notice; a night in a Banket jail with
charges withdrawn before plea and the fact that he is a single farm owner.

Former War Veterans leader, Joseph Chinotimba, who is also vice president of
Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions was in the area today assisting a senior
official of the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO), to evict Vince
(57) and Monica (58) Schultz by forcing the retrenchment of their 135
permanent employees at the Banket based farm.

A security co-ordinator in the area was informed by the Banket Officer in
Charge, Inspector Bare, that his officers would not assist in this instance
as they have received instructions to disregard any High Court Orders. They
apparently will only follow written instruction from the Ministry of Lands
and Agriculture.

The ZUPCO official is said to be the company's Chief Executive Officer, Mr.
Bright Matonga, who has visited the property on previous occasions, claiming
it as his own.

Schultz and his wife were advised by Inspector Bare to move off the farm
after they had been threatened by Matonga, whom they found at the Police
station in the company of Chinotimba, when they went to make a report.

Trouble for the Schultz's came to the fore on the morning of Tuesday 20
August when a vehicle, which had been to the farm on 3 previous occasions,
arrived with 4 occupants. Matonga then left two militia to guard 'his'
property, and returned around midday with 3 more militia.

Matonga proceeded to the rose houses where he gathered the workers and
informed them that he was the new boss and they were free to work for him
after Schultz had paid them all monies due to them.

Matonga then went to the office and informed Schultz that as from then he
was the new owner and Schultz should vacate the property in two days.  At
this point, he stopped all work and instructed the driver not to deliver
roses to the airport the following day. He also instructed the workers to
congregate at the gate in the morning and that they would be paid all monies
due to them on the 21st August.

On the afternoon of the 21st, Matonga arrived whilst Schultz was having tea
with friends. After a short argument about the legality of what he was
doing, he told Schultz that he was not impressed that he (Schultz) had not
yet vacated the house.

Matonga went on to say that if Schultz was not off the farm by the 22nd, he
would return with a battalion of militia and remove him. He left five
militia to guard the gate and will not allow anyone to visit.

Schultz promptly went to the police station and made a report to the officer
in charge about the threats.

The Schultz's who were first served with a Section 8 notice on the 21st of
April this year, contested the order in court in June and it was declared
null and void due to a technicality. This was stamped and signed by the High
Court on the 24th of June.  However they were subsequently served with a
section 7.

On Sunday 18th August at 11.30am, Schultz was informed that a police
landrover was parked at the front gate and was sounding its horn. Schultz
did not go an open the gate, however they found a pedestrian gate open and
entered the premises armed with a big stick, which they claimed was to ward
off any dogs.

They told Schultz that they were taking him to the police station for
questioning and that he should bring his documents with him. On arrival, he
was informed that he was being arrested for contravening section 8.

He was subsequently instructed to remove his shoes and jersey and was left
with two items of clothing and locked in a cell with 11 other people.

Schultz appeared before a Chinhoyi magistrate on Monday. His case was
withdrawn before plea and he was allowed to return home.

22 August 2002

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Grace Mugabe, thief
National Post - Canada

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's President, justifies his policy of seizing white-owned farms the same way he justifies everything -- as a campaign against the vestiges of colonialism. "Land, being the most important natural resource of any country," he says, "must belong to ... the indigenous people."

But for the most part, the only "indigenous people" who have profited from the seizures are uneducated thugs loyal to Mr. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party. Because these men have no farming experience, Zimbabwe teeters on the brink of starvation -- its once bountiful white-owned farms divided into black-owned weed warrens.

And just in case there's anyone out there who still gives credence to Mr. Mugabe's anti-colonial posturing, this just in: Grace Mugabe, Mr. Mugabe's 38-year-old wife, has personally taken ownership of a choice white-owned plot called Iron Mask. A land-reform campaign launched under the banner of reversing a racist legacy has descended into baldfaced criminal nepotism.

A comparison with Nelson Mandela, the hero of the campaign against white rule in adjacent South Africa, is instructive. When Mr. Mandela's wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, discredited his cause by engaging in criminal activity, he distanced himself from her and eventually sought a divorce: Loyalty to family was trumped by the struggle for racial justice. But in Mr. Mugabe's case, his wife's crime is actually part of his program: Black empowerment is merely a fig leaf -- personal enrichment and political opportunism comprise his real agenda.

For years, Mr. Mugabe has sought to portray himself as Zimbabwe's Nelson Mandela. But in every other aspect except skin colour, the two men are polar opposites.

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Thursday, 22 August, 2002, 14:37 GMT 15:37 UK
South Africa denies anti-Mugabe plan
President Robert Mugabe
Mugabe says his western critics are racists
South Africa is not involved in a United States plan to oust Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, a senior government official has said.

But South Africa has intervened on behalf of two of its citizens arrested in Zimbabwe for defying government eviction orders, Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad told Reuters news agency.

There can never be a policy for South Africa to replace any government

Aziz Pahad, Deputy Foreign Minister

Earlier this week, the most senior US expert on Africa said that the US was working with South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana to isolate Mr Mugabe in the region.

Analysts say that South Africa could hold the key to Zimbabwe's future and President Thabo Mbeki has been widely criticised for being too soft on Mr Mugabe.

Mr Mugabe and other Zimbabwean leaders are already the subject of a travel ban and have their foreign assets frozen by both the US and European Union following his controversial re-election earlier this year.

Blistering attack

"There can never be a policy for South Africa to replace any government... to discuss with anybody about how to replace another government," Mr Pahad told Reuters.

Mozambique has also denied any involvement.

"I am not aware of any initiative of that kind with us... Our approach to Zimbabwe is to bring everybody on board to find solutions," Reuters quotes Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao as saying.

Occupied white-owned farm
Production has stopped on many white-owned farms

The US State Department's African affairs chief, Walter Kansteiner, said on Tuesday that the US did not recognise Mr Mugabe as Zimbabwe's legitimate leader.

"We're continuing to work with the South Africans and the Botswanans and the Mozambicans on what are some of the strategies that we can use to isolate Mugabe in the sense that he has to realise that the political status quo is not acceptable," he said.

The chief whip of Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has also dismissed the US attacks on Zimbabwe's Government.

"The Americans don't even know where Zimbabwe is," Jerome Gumbo told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

"It is very unfair, especially coming from the administration of George Bush, which came to power in a very strange way," he said.


The most senior United States aid official also launched a blistering attack on the policies of President Mugabe.

These risk turning a drought into a famine affecting half the population - six million people - said Andrew Natsios, head of the United States Agency for International Aid (USAid).

The mechanised, irrigated white-owned farms were an "insurance policy" for the entire region, he said.

Despite the drought, reservoirs on these farms were full of water, which was not being used, Mr Natsios said.

But he blamed several different policies for worsening the food crisis:

  • Evicting white farmers from their land
  • Controlling the price of maize - meaning businesses are not importing maize into Zimbabwe for sale
  • Controlling the exchange rate, which has the same effect

"It is madness to arrest commercial farmers in the middle of a drought, when they could grow food to save people from starvation," he said.

Zimbabwe has responded to the US comments by accusing the Americans and Europeans of opposing the policy of redistributing farmland from whites to blacks on "racist" grounds, Reuters reports.

Invalid evictions

Among the 215 white farmers arrested so far for not leaving their land two are South Africans.

Six South African-owned farms have been listed for acquisition and Mr Pahad said that Pretoria's High Commissioner in Harare is in touch with the Zimbabwe Government about them, but he would not say whether Mr Mugabe was being asked to exempt their farms from the land redistribution programme.

White farmer outside courthouse
At least 215 white farmers have been arrested

South Africa is by far the biggest economy in southern Africa and has been badly hit by the Zimbabwe crisis, with some investors fleeing the entire region.

In another development, Zimbabwe's state lawyers have admitted that eviction orders served on 30 farmers had lapsed and so were invalid.

Lawyer Lewis Uriri told BBC News Online that this meant the government had to start again with the process of evicting those farmers.

He was not aware of any of the 30 being arrested.

Farmer Colin Shand says this he was arrested and ordered to leave his farm even though his eviction order had been declared invalid.

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Mugabe-inspired Nujoma eyes white farms

August 22 2002 at 11:09AM
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Windhoek - Namibian President Sam Nujoma, who has backed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's land redistribution and other policies, sounded a warning to white Namibian farmers still holding on to vast tracts of land.

Opening the third congress of the ruling Swapo party in the Namibian capital, Nujoma said on Wednesday: "Although we enjoy peace and stability in our country, up to now more than 70 percent of our arable land is still in the hands of the minority white farmers.

"In accordance with our constitution, the land reform programme in Namibia is based on the principles of willing buyer, willing seller.

"I call upon the white farm owners to cease the deliberate policy of inflating the prices of land. The white landowners must know that the majority landless citizens of this country are daily becoming impatient," Nujoma said.

'Be serious and co-operate with the government'
At the weekend, Nujoma appealed to Namibians to throw their weight behind Zimbabwe and defeat the forces of imperialism. "We cannot allow imperialism to take over our continent again. We must defend ourselves," Nujoma told delegates to a civil service workers union congress at Swakopmund.

"Today it is Zimbabwe, tomorrow it is Namibia or any other country. We must unite and support Zimbabwe. What is happening in Zimbabwe is British imperialism," he said.

Nujoma made the remarks as Zimbabwe arrested more than 100 farmers and started to forcibly remove them from their farms.

About 243 000 landless black Namibians are still waiting for land and to resettle them the government needs about R1,1-billion to buy 9,5 million hectares.

Namibia has 4 045 commercial farms. About 30,5 million ha is owned by white farmers and 22 million ha by black farmers. Nujoma's government is concerned by the slow pace of the willing seller, willing buyer policy of acquiring land for resettlement and said it would consider other means of acquiring land.

Lands Minister Hifikepunye Pohamba appealed to white farmers to "be serious and co-operate with the government" in its efforts to make land available to the majority blacks. Since independence in 1990, the Namibian government has acquired 105 commercial farms, of 599 077 ha, and re-settled just over 30 000 people. - Independent Foreign Service

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Thursday, 22 August, 2002, 10:00 GMT 11:00 UK
Zimbabwe's 'desperate' plight
Robert Mugabe
Mugabe is 'isolated', says Jack Straw
Zimbabwe faces an "immediate and mounting" humanitarian crisis, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has warned.

He stressed the importance of stopping the "madness and badness" of Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe from impacting on the nation's people.

The idea of military action resolving this from outside is crazy

Jack Straw
But he insisted that Tory comparisons between UK government action in Kosovo with its current dealings with Zimbabwe were "just silly".

Mr Straw said military intervention would not help resolve the current crisis which threatens the lives of millions of Zimbabweans.

Last week Prince Charles reportedly urged Prime Minister Tony Blair to do more to help British citizens fleeing Zimbabwe.

'Sense of frustration'

The foreign secretary told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday: "There is an immediate and mounting humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe.

"It is hitting white farmers at the moment ... and their plight is terrible.

"The plight of their black employees, who are being thrown off the land, is even worse."

Michael Ancram, shadow foreign secretary
Ancram: Questions why the government is 'pathetically silent and inactive' over Zimbabwe
There was a "sense of frustration" among foreign ministers in South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique at the way "in which Mugabe's bad and mad economic and social policies are impoverishing, not just Zimbabwe, but the whole of the region".

Mr Straw said while he felt the same frustration as everyone else over the situation, he reasoned: "In the end, the future of Zimbabwe has to be in the hands of the Zimbabwean people.

"What we have to do, however, is to support the forces of democracy in Zimbabwe meanwhile, to sustain the people against starvation and increasingly, to isolate the Mugabe regime and that's exactly what we are doing in concert with the international community."

'Isolate' Mugabe

But, he said: "If I had a magic wand. If there was some way - people say do more - well, by God, I am in the market for any additional suggestions about the more that we can do.

"We have more than doubled the food aid and humanitarian aid we are providing to Zimbabwe.

"That is a way of ensuring the madness and badness of Mugabe does not impact to any great degree on the poor people of Zimbabwe.

"What we have done ... is isolate Mugabe."

In a letter to Mr Straw on Wednesday, shadow foreign secretary Michael Ancram made a comparison between UK action taken in the Balkans and against ex-Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic with action taken against Zimbabwe and Mugabe.

'Evil as Milosevic'

He asked: "What is the difference between state murder and torture in Kosovo and in Zimbabwe?

"Why was the government so keen to take direct action in Kosovo and is pathetically silent and inactive on Zimbabwe? Mugabe is every bit as evil as Milosevic."

But Mr Straw retorted: "If Mr Ancram is saying invade, military action, then let him say so.

Jack Straw
Straw: Mugabe would 'relish' a western invasion
"If he is not saying so, then he must accept that the comparison with Kosovo and Afghanistan is just silly."

He said: "The idea of military action resolving this from outside is crazy.

"It would lead to a blood bath. It would lead to the immediate declaration of Mugabe as a hero for the whole of southern Africa.

"There would be no international coalition for it.

"I cannot think of anything that Mugabe would more relish than the idea that western powers were seeking to get together some kind of military invasion force."

Free and fair elections

When the UK was the colonial power for the then Rhodesia, it had been unable to muster such a force to deal with a rebellion by white settlers in 1965, said Mr Straw.

The UK had to help, increasingly, to help the "forces of democracy" in Zimbabwe, to enable them to hold free and fair elections as soon as possible so the people can choose their own leader, he added.

Sanctions imposed by the European Union earlier this year were tightened and targeted against the leaders of Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

Opponents of President Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe have rebuked the UK government for failing to do enough to help the plight of Britons in the troubled country.

The criticism from Zimbabwean campaign groups came as the first white farmers were being evicted from their land by militants.

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Foreign Secretary comments on intervention in Zimbabwe

In an interview for BBC radio on 22 August, the Foreign Secretary Jack Straw answered questions about the Government's reaction to the deepening crisis in Zimbabwe

Read the interview the Foreign Secretary gave to the BBC in full below:


What is your response to the situation in Zimbabwe?


This is a desperate situation and it's getting worse. It is hitting white farmers at the moment, we hear a great deal about that in the news and their plight is terrible but as they are the first to say, the plight of their own black employees who are being thrown off the land is even worse.

And when I talk as I spoke yesterday to the Foreign Ministers of South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique, their own sense of frustration about what is happening and the way in which Mugabe's bad and mad economic and social policies are impoverishing not just Zimbabwe, but the whole of the region, is palpable.

But let me just use the example of South Africa because in the end it's future had to be in the hands of the South African people and it was not until that a realisation, in this case by the white political elite who'd seized power in South Africa, that there had to be a democratic path for South Africa's future, that you then had negotiations between F W de Clerk and Mandela leading to now a much more benign path.

What we have to do is to support the forces of democracy in Zimbabwe meanwhile to sustain the people against starvation meanwhile and increasingly to isolate the Mugabe regime and that is exactly what we're doing in concert with the international community.


Not very effectively. I mean the fact is there is international law that allows them to travel around the country and around the world.


Look, my frustration with that is the same as everybody else's. But let me just say what we are doing. First of all there is an immediate and mounting humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe.

What have we done the British Government with Clare Short? We have more than doubled the food aid and humanitarian aid we're providing to Zimbabwe. That is a way of ensuring that the madness and badnesses of Mugabe do not impact to an even greater degree on the poor people of Zimbabwe.

Secondly what we have done to a much greater extent that anybody suggested we'd be able to achieve is isolate Mugabe. We've got the Commonwealth to suspend them from the councils of the Commonwealth. That was done by African leaders, Presidents Obasenji and Mbeke of Nigeria and South Africa. Everybody said they wouldn't do it, they did do it. They stood up against Mugabe. And then inside the European Union because Mugabe stole the election and that was obvious the European Union which where the other fourteen traditionally actually stood back from the issue and said this is an argument, domestic argument between Britain, former Colonial power, and Zimbabwe, leave it to them, they've joined with us. We also imposed sanctions in March and at the end of July at my request the sanctions were considerably tightened. And those sanctions are targeted against the leaders of Zanu PF, not against the people of Zimababwe.


But again not very effective in lots of ways and again not necessarily your fault. What the Conservatives say is to point to things like Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan where we got involved. We're not actually doing anything practical, physical in terms of Zimbabwe.


Well I listened very carefully to Michael on many occasions and he normally says you've got to do something. Well we are doing things. We're doing all the practical things that we can. If the point that's being made with Kosovo and Afghanistan is that we should assemble a military task force and invade Zimbabwe then the Conservative Foreign Affairs Spokesman had better say so.


And if they did you'd call that nonsense.


It would lead to a blood bath. It would lead to the immediate declaration of Mugabe as a hero of the whole of Southern Africa. There'd be no international coalition for it. I can't think of anything that Mugabe would more relish than the idea that Western powers would seek to get together some kind of military invasion force.

We weren't able when we were the Colonial power in face of a rebellion by the white settlers in 1965 when the circumstances were much more propitious for a military invasion, and we couldn't possibly do it now.

But if Mr Ancram is saying invade, military action, well let him say so. If he's not saying so then he must accept that the comparison with Kosovo and Afghanistan is just silly and meanwhile what we've got to do is, is to ensure that the focus is on Mugabe and what he is doing. Yes it is frustrating, yes it is, but we have increasingly to isolate the Mugabe regime, that's what we're doing.

We've got increasingly to help the people of Zimbabwe and meanwhile we've got to support the forces of democracy in there because if we and the Americans and the European Union and everybody else is saying, the crucial thing there is that there should be free and fair elections held as soon as possible, so the Zimbabwe people can choose who should lead them.

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22 Aug 2002
NGOs struggle as Zimbabwe farm showdown looms
By Busani Bafana
World Vision Zimbabwe officials prepare to start food distribution in Mount Darwin, Mashonaland Province.

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AlertNet) - Relief agencies in Zimbabwe are preparing for an even bigger aid operation as the food crisis worsens and a showdown looms between the government and commercial farmers defying an order to vacate their lands.

More than six million people in Zimbabwe, formerly the breadbasket of southern Africa, face starvation.

The government has stepped up food imports despite limited financial resources, a poor response to its international appeal and an increasingly negative perception of the country abroad.

The impasse between Zimbabwe's 2,900 white commercial farmers and the government has done little to help the country's efforts to ensure that no one starves.

There are fears that the removal of the commercial farmers in the name of land redistribution would aggravate the food situation, besides setting the stage for a violent confrontation between new settlers and farmers who have stood their ground.

In addition, the livelihoods of an estimated 300,000 farm workers are in limbo.

Coverage of the dispute has made the challenge facing NGOs in sourcing international food aid even greater.

Governments in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia have declared a state of emergency to try to attract international donor aid to contain the crisis.

Despite a swift response by the international community in mobilising food and personnel, the need on the ground remains overwhelming, NGOs say.

"So far we are looking at increasing the amount of food we will distribute by three fold," said Norbert Dube, spokesman for a consortium of NGOs operating in Matebeleland, which are implementing partners of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP).


The NGOs have distributed maize, beans, cooking oil and porridge, all imported. They are covering 19 districts in Matabeleland North but say food shortages are affecting more people than ever.

This follows the combined effects of flash floods in 2001, poor harvests, drought and agricultural disruptions.

"We are still distributing food and from this month we increased the number of districts in which we distribute food. The Organisation of Rural Associations for Progress (ORAP) alone will feed about 155,000 people in Matebeleland North province," Dube said.

Lucia Chinzara smiles after receiving food aid in Mount Darwin.
The number of NGOs in the consortium has increased from six to eight with the participation of the German government agency GTZ and Christian Aid, which are also involved in the supplementary schools feeding programme.

Dube said the number of schools benefiting from supplementary feeding had increased from 130 to 260. The feeding is expected to continue until the end of the harvest in March next year.

"The programme no doubt will cost millions of dollars. We cannot really quantify the exact cost to normalise the food situation," he said. "In some places…we have received cases of clinical malnutrition."

In an effort to avert malnutrition, several NGOs are carrying out supplementary feeding for children under five.

Participating NGOs include CAFOD, the Farm Community Trust, Care Zimbabwe and Plan International, which are running supplementary feeding programmes in the provinces of Matebeleland, Mashonaland, Manicaland, Masvingo and Midlands.

World Vision Zimbabwe (WVZ), in partnership with the WFP, launched a food aid distribution programme in Gwanda South, about 200 km south of Bulawayo, early this year.

WVZ communications officer Vongai Makamure said that, under the food aid programme, her organisation expected to distribute more than 32,000 tonnes of food over 12 months.


"World Vision plans to move from free food distribution to food for work in consultation with the local authorities," she told AlertNet.

Last month WVZ, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a food aid programme for people in Beitbridge and Bulilimamangwe districts.

The USAID-funded food being distributed by WVZ will cover almost 100,000 people in the two districts over nine months.

U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Kenzo Oshima, launched an appeal for U.S.$285 million for Zimbabwe in New York last month.

Approximately U.S.$230 million of the appeal will go towards food and the rest will be used for agricultural recovery and health programmes.

The WFP has said that pledges of up to 66,600 tonnes of food aid have been made to date.

An FAO/WFP Crop and food supply assessment report for Zimbabwe noted that all districts were in need of food aid for 2002/2003 and this made geographical targeting of food aid difficult.

"While the required amount of food aid varies from one district to another, the nine districts in northern parts of the country that experienced a reasonable harvest will require less assistance than other areas. The greatest food aid need is in the traditionally food insecure districts of Matebeleland, Masvingo and Manicaland Provinces," the report said.

The reluctance of the Zimbabwe government to accept genetically modified maize has also raised concern about the need to get food quickly to those who need it.

Last month, the Zimbabwe government refused 10 tonnes of U.S. maize that did not have a certificate indicating that it had not been genetically modified. Joint missions by the WFP and the FAO have confirmed that up to 13 million people in southern Africa face starvation unless emergency food aid can reach them.

The United Nations has appealed for a total of U.S.$611 million in emergency aid for southern Africa.

The funds would be earmarked mainly for immediate food shipments, but some would also go towards agriculture, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and child protection services.

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Section 8 illegal

8/22/02 9:52:18 AM (GMT +2)

By Lloyd Mudiwa and Precious Shumba

‘Ministry of Agriculture concedes in court that eviction orders are of no force and effect’

The government has conceded that the Section 8 orders it issued for the acquisition of 38 commercial farms in Mashonaland West province were invalid and of no effect, according to papers filed in the High Court in Harare.

This emerged during the hearing yesterday of 51 applications before Justice Charles Hungwe. The applications challenge the validity of the acquisition orders by farmers mostly from Hurungwe district.The Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, responding to 38 of the applications this month, said the orders were of no force and effect.

One such response, dated 5 August, followed an application by Vachery Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd, which owns Lembwe Farm in Lomagundi District.
“It is common cause the Section 8 order served on the applicant lapsed by operation of law for want of filing a Section 7 court application to the Administrative Courts within the prescribed time,” reads the document. “The Ministry does not oppose the relief sought.”

Earlier this week, Macgregor Kufa, a Mwenezi magistrate, ruled that four farmers arrested for refusing to vacate their designated properties remain on their farms until the constitutionality of the evictions is determined by the Supreme Court.

The police, however, continue to arrest farmers for failing to vacate their properties by 9 August. All the 51 farmers in Mashonaland West were seeking orders declaring the Section 5 notice of acquisition and Section 8 orders null and void. In the remaining 13 cases, the ministry failed to respond to the farmers’ applications within the prescribed period. The State, represented by Nicholas Mutsonziwa of the Attorney-General’s Office, was barred from contesting the issuing of the orders to the farmers. But Hungwe postponed the granting of the orders sought by the farmers to next Wednesday in response to Mutsonziwa’s request.

Hungwe said: “I am reluctant to grant a postponement because the matter is unopposed, but I considered the State’s application because it is
a matter of national importance.“The court takes note of the general state of agriculture in the country and the problems that the government and farmers are trying to resolve.

“But the court hopes that such matters are resolved amicably and not by confrontation. “The court does not want to be seen as an impediment so that these problems can be quickly resolved, although Mutsonziwa failed to provide suggestions of how this could be done.”

Mutsonziwa had applied for a postponement of two weeks. He argued that if orders were granted yesterday, there would be serious security problems for the farmers, the new settlers, and their properties. He could not say how the nature of the insecurity and security affected the fact that the matter was supposed to be dealt with as an unopposed matter.

Opposing Mutsonziwa’s application, Jeremy Callow, the lawyer for 43 of the farmers, accused the government of threatening them with violence.
“If I have understood his submissions as to the security situation, it’s almost as if there is an implied threat. “As Zimbabweans and landowners, are they not automatically entitled, as you and I and any other citizens are, to the protection of the State?” In all the cases the deadline for the government to oppose the farmers’ applications had expired and in others the government had admitted that the Section 8 orders were invalid, he said. Meanwhile, Barry James Warwick, 34, and Gemma Frances Nicholson, 51, of Gurungwe and Tengenenge farms, both in Guruve, appeared before provincial magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe yesterday charged with violating the eviction orders.

Guvamombe, who ordered the Guruve farmers to vacate their properties by Monday 4pm until their matter was finalised, remanded them on $10 000 bail each to 29 August.

Seven other farmers appeared before the same magistrate on Saturday.
Guvamombe said he would rule on Warwick’s application for refusal to be placed on formal remand on 3 September. He rejected a letter by the district administrator (DA) for Guruve allowing Nicholson to remain on her farm, saying he was not the regulatory authority. He ordered the DA to appear in court to testify.

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Cloete says farmers’ resistance justified

8/22/02 9:49:06 AM (GMT +2)

By Precious Shumba

COLIN Cloete, the president of the Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU) said on Monday his members were justified in resisting vacating their farms under Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act.

Cloete said thousands of commercial farmers had resisted the eviction orders because they were challenging the unlawful delisting of their farms in the High Court. But Bharat Patel, the Deputy Attorney-General, insisted the ongoing evictions were lawful. Patel said: “I am not sure what’s happening. The only case before the High Court is about farmer George Pretorious Quinell who is challenging those preliminary orders.” Quinell was provisionally allowed to remain on his Nyalugwe farm by Justice Benjamin Paradza on 4 July in the High Court. Cloete is one of the seven farmers in Selous who appeared before a Chegutu magistrate on Monday charged with violating the Section 8 orders which made it illegal for white commercial farmers to remain on their properties after 9 August.

All the farmers are out on $5 000 bail and will appear at the Chegutu Magistrates’ Court on 30 August. “The farmers cannot be convicted outside a court of law.” Cloete said. “We have challenged our farms’ delisting in the High Court and now we have been arrested and ordered out of our properties before the matters have even been finalised in court.” He said the government’s use of the controversial Section 8 orders was unlawful as it rendered the legal course to address disputes irrelevant. About 2 900 Zimbabwean commercial farmers were served with Section 8 orders by the government.

Cloete said: “The evictions might suit the politicians but certainly they do not suit the farming season which is upon us. “This has rendered the farmers destitute and their workers homeless and jobless. Farmers have a greater responsibility to feed the nation and they have bank loans to repay.” Cloete said the provisions of the Section 8 orders were vague and clearly exposed the government’s unwillingness to pursue food production in the face of a famine. The UN World Food Programme has repeatedly said the country faces severe famine that threatens the lives of about six million Zimbabweans, nearly half the country’s population. Cloete said the eviction orders said that farmers have to vacate their farms within 90 days once they have been served with Section 8 orders.

“That only makes sense to politicians,” Cloete said. “There is no crop that is grown and harvested within 90 days.” He said once a farmer received the eviction order, he was expected to cease farming activities within the first 45 days and should vacate the farms within the remaining 45 days. The CFU president said if a farmer had grown wheat before receiving the eviction orders, then it meant they would lose their investment. He said he had abandoned 20 000kg of upgraded tobacco worth about $4 million and 70 distraught permanent workers.

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Mugabe accused of using Pol Pot tactics to starve opponents

8/22/02 9:50:00 AM (GMT +2)

From Sue Lloyd-Roberts in Bulawayo

IT’S quite simple. Those who have Zanu PF cards get food; those who don’t starve.” The man explaining the politics of food in Zimbabwe today is speaking in a hotel room in the city of Bulawayo.

It is too dangerous to talk in his home. The name of the 34-year-old railway worker must be concealed, along with the name of the hotel whose manager allowed 20 hungry black Zimbabweans to talk to me, and the name of the church mission who brought them. Any criticism of the government is considered a slur on President Mugabe and his party and can result in charges of conspiracy and subversion. In the absence of food, fear is the staple diet in Zimbabwe. “The food trucks arrive in the villages once a week,” the man explains. “Everyone has to stand up and shout ‘Long Live Robert Mugabe!’, ‘Down with the whites!’ and ‘Down with Morgan Tsvangirai!’,” (the opposition leader). “Only those who can prove they are members of the Zanu PF can stay in the queue.

They say to the others ‘go and get your food from Tony Blair in No 10 Downing Street in London!’ But we don’t know where London is.” As everyone in the hotel room nods in agreement, a woman, a former shop assistant whose husband died of Aids, begins to cry. “My seven children are starving. I heard that food was being delivered in a village 40 kilometres away” she says. “When I arrived, they said I could not have any because I supported the whites and the opposition party during the election. I dare not go home and face my children. I wish I could die.” Drought is causing famine across Southern Africa. In Zimbabwe the catastrophe is aggravated by the collapse of commercial farming, and manipulation of food supplies. “There is only food available for half the country of 13 million people,” an economist in Harare said.

“Robert Mugabe is employing the tactics of Pol Pot. He plans to get rid of the dissenting half of the population by starving them to death.” A village close to Nkayi, in the Midlands region of Zimbabwe, made the mistake of voting for the opposition in last February’s elections. Now its people are being punished. No food trucks arrive here and there are only 44lb of maize left for 200 people until the next harvest in June. Sithembiso Sekai sits in a forlorn heap outside her house, watching her painfully thin eldest daughter crack muphura, a foul-tasting wild nut, to feed to the other four children. The baby at her breast lies asleep, exhausted by the effort of sucking to no avail.

At the neighbouring house 15-year-old Musa prepares a supper of cow’s intestines and one tomato for her family of 16. They have two cows left. Her father, Simba, worked on a white-owned commercial farm before he was laid off when the farm was invaded by black squatters. He says that once the cows have gone, they will have nothing and the family will starve. While Mugabe appeals to the outside world for food, the 2 900 or so white farmers who are left have been forbidden from planting crops. They have watched helplessly as the war veterans and their hangers-on have invaded their farms, slaughtered their cattle and poached the wildlife. “It’s the paradox in Zimbabwe today,” says Peter Rosenfels, under siege at his farm near Bulawayo. “While the government carries a begging bowl we, the producers of food, are being criminalised. Zimbabwe once fed the region. Now we can’t feed ourselves.” – Times (UK) /

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MDC provincial chairman detained for allegedly breaching bail conditions

8/22/02 9:50:46 AM (GMT +2)

From Our Correspondent in Masvingo

Edmore Marima, the MDC provincial chairman in Masvingo, was arrested on Monday for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.Marima was detained at Chipinge Police Station but no formal charges were laid against him.

The police in Chipinge said they were waiting for the officer commanding Chipinge district to formally charge Marima. Marima is facing a murder charge arising from the death of Gibson Masarira, a Zanu PF activist allegedly killed by MDC supporters in Zaka during the run-up to the presidential election in March. He was remanded out custody on $10 000 bail. He was ordered to report once every Friday to Birchenough Bridge police in Manicaland. e was also ordered not to move out of his Mapari resort area without permission from the police.

Marima’s lawyer, Tongai Matutu, confirmed that Marima was in police custody. Contacted on his mobile phone on Monday Marima said: “I am still in police custody. “The police are alleging that they saw my vehicle in Chipinge over the weekend. “I have a driver and my wife can drive and therefore it does not follow that if you see my car I will be in that car.”

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Cloak-and-dagger stuff bad for battered image

8/22/02 8:38:33 AM (GMT +2)

THE last thing a government on a slippery international slope as President Mugabe’s is right now would ever want is the deportation of a former counsellor at the Libyan Embassy, reportedly heavily involved in the procurement of oil for Zimbabwe from that country.

Yousef Saleh Murgham had to hurriedly leave his Zimbabwean-born wife and children in Harare after being declared persona non grata by the government: he knew too much.

No government deports a prominent national of a friendly country unless that individual has become either deadly dangerous or deadly useless to both.

Until either government comes clean, people will be free to speculate.
The juiciest but also the most terrifying speculation must be that Murgham had been hired to assassinate Morgan Tsvangirai before the presidential election.

Tsvangirai has posed the most dangerous challenge to Mugabe’s long, uninterrupted reign ever since the MDC was formed in 1999.

In the 2000 parliamentary election, the MDC came within a whisker of winning power at the ballot box, thwarted only by the murder and violence that frightened many voters from the polls and gave Mugabe’s party their narrowest win since independence.

Then, before the presidential election in March 2002, we had the amazing declaration by the heads of the army, the air force, the police, the intelligence services and the prison services that if Tsvangirai beat Mugabe, then there would be no President. There were widespread reports of rigging and tens of thousands of people were prevented from casting their ballots, in areas where their votes would have made a huge difference to the outcome.

Some will say this is now all water under the bridge, but the fate of a nation is at stake, and there is no profit in ignoring the past.

Zanu PF is in a veritable stew, largely of its own making. If some of its geriatric leaders believe a short-cut can be devised to eliminate the fiercest challenge to their hegemony, who is to say how low they would stoop?

Most of this is idle speculation.

What is true is that Zanu PF has plunged the country into such a mess that, even at the highest level, the party may not have the wherewithal of how to extricate itself from this self-made political morass.

The best they can do, it seems, is to react to situations. They have no stomach for taking the initiative any more, it would seem.

The country is drifting aimlessly from day to day, a rudderless ship, captained by this old man who seems totally unconcerned even if it were to hit an iceberg as large as the one which doomed the Titanic.

Yet a window of opportunity is offered, ironically, in the drama unfolding daily on the commercial farms.

If Section 8, the bane of the commercial farmers, can now be accepted as being illegal, it could provide the government with a good chance to gracefully step away from the brink – and start all over again.

The temptation to once again tell the courts to “Go to hell” may still be irresistible to a head of state whose macho juices have been bubbling since 2000.

But if Mugabe has any advisers left in his coterie who still love their country, they will tell him the time to end this cruel charade is long overdue.

The land reform programme was going to be implemented with a semblance of order, anyway, if it hadn’t been for the coincidence that Zanu PF lost the constitutional referendum around the same time.

Ruining the country’s reputation of good governance, let alone ruining one of the most promising economies on the continent, is not a price worth paying just to salvage the tottering political career of one man.

Zimbabwe and its future are many times bigger than him.

If Mugabe cannot be persuaded to abandon his reckless policies on land reform, then he ought to be educated urgently on the prospect of being remembered by posterity as the man who wrecked his country for the love of power.

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Mugabe – from a messiah to a despot

8/22/02 8:40:03 AM (GMT +2)

By Madeline Laming

Robert Mugabe and I used to be neighbours. Not the sort of neighbours who borrow a cup of sugar from each other when supplies run low and unexpected guests drop in, but we did live only a few hundred metres apart and I was frequently woken before dawn by his bodyguards passing beneath my balcony on an early morning run.

I used to see him sitting impassively in the back of his official car as it whisked him from his home to the Parliament buildings in the city. He never smiled, or waved at the domestic workers gathered on every street corner during their breaks from cooking and cleaning.

In 1981, as one of the first Australian teachers in Zimbabwe, I was occasionally invited to official functions. I was also dating
a reporter on The Herald, who introduced me to the genteel art of gate-crashing, so I met Mugabe a number of times. He took himself – and his position – very seriously even then.

A year after I first met Mugabe, I met briefly the then President of Mozambique, Samora Machel, during May Day celebrations in Maputo. The difference was remarkable. Machel was relaxed, happy to be with his people even at the end of a long day presiding over a state function.

Mugabe always seemed to be holding himself apart. He was among the people, but he was never with them.

Mugabe was born at Kutama in 1924. The founder, Father Jean-Baptiste Loubiere, suppressed all trace of African customs and controlled the private lives of his converts. Loubiere preached that salvation would come only through constant prayer and obedience to his orders.

Every task, every action was accompanied by exhortations and prayers for redemption.

Mugabe’s mother, Bona, thrived in this environment. His father, Gabriel, did not, and when Robert was 10, he left the mission and his family for good.

Father Loubiere’s replacement, Father O’Hea, was the first person, other than his mother, to be convinced that Robert was special. Quiet and serious beyond his years, Mugabe had a voracious appetite for learning.

Mugabe made few friends. When Father O’Hea suggested that Mugabe train as a teacher, his mother agreed immediately, even though the cost would be a huge burden to the whole family.

Kutama also provided Mugabe with his earliest lessons in racism. Father O’Hea used his own money to fund development at Kutama when the government tried to stop him “educating the natives above their station”.

Years later, Mugabe vividly recalled a conversation between Father O’Hea and Governor Cecil Rodwell in 1933. When Father O’Hea pleaded for funds to build a hospital, Rodwell responded: “Why do you worry about a hospital? After all, there are too many natives in the country already.” Mugabe never forgot those remarks, and some would say never forgave them either.

Mugabe lacks the visceral racial hatred that was common among Rhodesians – one man I met insisted that his wife wash all his underclothes because he could not bear to have the African servants handle them – but his lingering anger for the humiliations of colonial rule should not be underestimated.

By the time he was in his late 20s, Mugabe already had two tertiary degrees. As a teacher, Mugabe commanded immense respect in the African community, but his position strengthened his conviction that he was special, and separated him from ordinary people.

A scholarship to Fort Hare University in South Africa increased this separation even further.

Mugabe believed he was destined to be a leader to his people in some way, but was unsure what role to pursue. In 1955 he was a messiah-in-waiting.

When the call came, it was from an unexpected direction. Ghana’s President Kwame Nkrumah recruited talented professionals from all over Africa to transform the colony into the first independent African nation. Ghana was a revelation to Mugabe. The sight of a black prime minister and a black parliament exhilarated him.

Thinking of the power wielded by the mission fathers, he had briefly considered becoming a priest, but meeting Sally Heyfron (who later became his wife) changed his plans dramatically. It was Sally Heyfron who persuaded the reserved and austere Mugabe to join the national liberation movement.

Back in Rhodesia in the 1960s, as Mugabe began to make a name for himself, he was frequently patronised by the older, and better known, leaders Ndabaningi Sithole and Joshua Nkomo as idealistic and lacking in political experience. But he would not – could not – accept that liberation was a gift to be bestowed at the whim of the Smith regime.

In the early 1970s, when Ian Smith’s government was willing to discuss a peaceful settlement, Mugabe was afraid that fellow black leaders Sithole and Nkomo would settle for less than majority rule in return for guaranteed places in the new government.

He mistrusted the Rhodesian government and doubted that the British offer to mediate a settlement was genuine.

If they would not negotiate fairly, then he would fight for it. And fight he did. Step by step he forced the Rhodesians to recognise him as a force to be reckoned with.

Mugabe was not supposed to have his way at the Lancaster House Conference that ended the war of independence. He wasn’t supposed to win the elections that followed. Strategic insight, stubbornness and an absolute belief in his own destiny carried him through. Every step towards victory confirmed it.

Within a year of independence, some of Nkomo’s troops attempted a coup, believing he had been robbed of victory. Mugabe’s reaction was swift and deadly. I remember standing on the verandah of the Nashville Secondary College in Gweru watching the air force bomb rebel troops nearby.

Two years before Sally’s death in 1992, Mugabe married Grace Marufu, his former secretary and 40 years his junior. Their marriage was later formalised in the Catholic Cathedral in Harare.

All his life Mugabe has believed he is special, but lately he has undergone an apotheosis. He sees himself as more than the elected leader of his people these days. He is their ruler, their chief. His mandate comes not from their will, but from his vision of himself as somehow appointed by God or the ancestral spirits or by his own manifest destiny.

When this change occurred is not clear. My first warning came by post about 10 years ago. I had written, as I always did in April, to wish him a happy Independence Day. This time instead of a polite note, signed by an aide, acknowledging my letter there was a signed photo. A glossy 10 x 8, the sort that a movie idol might send a loyal fan.

Robert Mugabe and I used to be neighbours, but now we are much more than half a world away. – The Age

Madeleine Laming taught in Zimbabwe from 1981 to 1983 as a member of a group of Australian teachers recruited to help boost the number of local children in schools

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Resettled farmers still to receive inputs

8/22/02 9:56:10 AM (GMT +2)

By Collin Chiwanza

WITH just a few weeks to go before the onset of the new agricultural season, most newly resettled farmers around the country have not yet received their allocations of farming inputs promised by the government under its much-publicised $8,5 billion credit input scheme.

Several small-scale farmers interviewed by The Daily News yesterday said they had repeatedly appealed to the government to speedily distribute inputs to enable them to embark on dry planting before the onset of the rains, but with no success.Andrew Majachani, 38, a newly resettled farmer in Bindura said: “It now appears that we may never be able to get the fertiliser and seed which we require for the new season on time. “We are running late into the season and most of us don’t have ready cash to finance our farming activities. This delay on the part of the government may impact negatively on the new agricultural season,”

he said. The government announced early this year that it had $8,5 billion in its coffers earmarked specifically for the new farmers to enable them to get farming inputs, adequate training and extension services.

However, most farmers are yet to benefit from the fund, which they suspected could be hijacked by senior government officials and their relatives who corruptly benefited from the land redistribution exercise, now in its third year.

“Our greatest concern is that if inputs are distributed late, farmers will not be able to produce enough. If inputs are distributed after August this means farmers will experience poor harvests and food shortages will continue to haunt the nation into the year 2003,” Majachani lamented. In Chegutu, hundreds of peasants who invaded Paarl Farm said they could hardly afford to buy a single bag of fertiliser and were just waiting for handouts from the government. “If we don’t get the vital inputs from the government, some of us will just look at our newly-acquired pieces of land and do nothing because we don’t have the money. We are just waiting for the government,” said Ishmael Mukonoweshuro, who has been living on Paarl Farm for the past two years. In Nyazura, Godfrey Kapfumvuti, 43, said: “The success of the new farmers depends on the release of farming inputs from the government. We look up to the government to provide us with the inputs as they have long promised many of us who cannot afford to
finance ourselves.”

The problems facing new farmers have been compounded by the reluctance of most commercial banks to fund them, fearing that the new farmers may not be able to pay back because of the uncertainty surrounding
Since 2000, the government has been orchestrating a chaotic and often violent land reform programme that has seen a number of large-scale commercial farmers losing their properties to so-called war veterans, with the blessings of President Mugabe’s government.

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From The Times (UK), 22 August
Oust Mugabe, urges US
By Richard Beeston
Zimbabwe and America were locked in an angry dispute yesterday after Washington called for the removal of President Mugabe. Using language normally directed exclusively at its former colonial master, the beleaguered Zimbabwean Government said that America was trying to keep white domination in southern Africa. "The legitimacy of our political system or our President is not dependent on America, Britain or any other country," a foreign affairs official said. "The bullying tactics that America and Britain are using are meant to frustrate our quest for social and economic justice, to stop our programme to redistribute some of the very large tracts of land held by whites here to the indigenous black people."
His remarks came after blunt comments about Mr Mugabe by Walter Kansteiner, the US Assistant Secretary of State responsible for African affairs. "We do not see President Mugabe as the democratically legitimate leader of the country. The election was fraudulent," he said. He said that Washington wanted to encourage the opposition in Zimbabwe to hasten Mr Mugabe’s demise. "We’re working with other countries in the region as well as throughout the world, on how we can encourage the body politic of Zimbabwe to go forward and correct that situation and start providing an environment that would lead to a free and fair election," he said. "We’re continuing to work with the South Africans and the Botswanans and the Mozambicans on what are some of the strategies that we can use to isolate Mugabe in the sense that he has to realise that the political status quo is not acceptable."
America and Britain have been leaning on South Africa and Zimbabwe’s other neighbours to force Harare to halt its seizures of white-owned farms and stop violence against the opposition. However, no southern African leaders have made any serious attempt to reign in Mr Mugabe. Foreign Office sources said that the issue was likely to be raised at next week’s world environment summit in Johannesburg. A senior Zimbabwean official predicted that fellow Africans would never side with America or Britain against Zimbabwe, and said: "We pray that no self-respecting African will agree to be an Uncle Tom, a puppet for a hatchet job against fellow Africans no matter what arguments are used."
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From SABC News, 22 August
US wants to discuss Zimbabwe at WSSD

The United States says it will raise the issue of Zimbabwe at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg next week. This comes after the US said it did not consider Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to be a legitimate leader. Zimbabwe responded by accusing the United States and Britain of a "racist" campaign to isolate Mugabe. A large number of white farmers in Zimbabwe have been forced to leave their land over the past ten days. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Zimbabwe's opposition, has condemned the government's land reforms, accusing police of harassing farm workers and warning the scheme will worsen already severe food shortages. The MDC says commercial farm workers have in the past week been under siege from some members of the police and criminal elements. Renson Gasela, the MDC's secretary for agriculture, says none of the farmers who have been told to surrender their land have broken any law except the ruling party's amendments, which are themselves in contravention of the Zimbabwe constitution.
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From The Washington Times, 22 August
Mrs. Mugabe joins Zimbabwe land grab
By Adrian Blomfield
Harare - Grace Mugabe turned up last week at John and Eva Matthews' farm north of Harare - one of at least 190 white-owned farms that are being handed over to relatives and close associates of President Robert Mugabe. "I'm taking over this farm," declared the president's wife, surrounded by a coterie of government officials, senior army officers and young thugs from her husband's ruling party Zanu PF. "We asked her what would happen to us," said one black farm worker, whose identity cannot be revealed for safety reasons. "She replied: 'Go and live by the river over there.'" To press home the point, the police arrested 78-year-old Mr. Matthews on Saturday. "I was told I had 48 hours to get off the farm and if they found me here after that they would lock me up straight away," Mr. Matthews said as he loaded his furniture onto the back of a truck. This week at a Washington news conference, Walter Kansteiner, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, rejected Mr. Mugabe as the "legitimate" leader of Zimbabwe and called on Zimbabweans to "correct the situation." The implicit call by a high American official for yet another regime change came during a meeting on food aid to drought-stricken southern Africa.
It is not hard to see why Mrs. Mugabe had her eye on the 3,000-acre Iron Mask farm. Tucked into a valley between two dramatic hills, Iron Mask, founded by Mrs. Matthews and her first husband in 1967, is one of the most beautiful farms in the Mazowe area. The house itself has oak-paneled interiors, sloping roofs and a commanding view. Pretty cottages on the grounds and two swimming pools add to the attraction. It is understood that Mrs. Mugabe intends to settle her relatives on the farm. Mr. Mugabe's land redistribution policy was meant to deliver white-owned farms into the hands of millions of landless blacks, but many of the choice properties are going instead to his friends and relatives.
A list, by no means exhaustive, has been compiled by The Washington Times from information provided by the Commercial Farmers Union and the Ministry of Lands and Agriculture, among other sources. It shows that at least 190 senior politicians, businessmen and members of the armed forces close to Mr. Mugabe have been allocated farms. Many have been given several farms; one senior member of the Zanu PF party has been allocated seven. Among the beneficiaries are two of Mr. Mugabe's sisters, his brother-in-law and his wife's nephew. Zimbabwe's two vice presidents, Joseph Msika and Simon Muzenda, have both been rewarded, the latter with two farms. The outgoing and much feared head of the shadowy Central Intelligence Organization (CIO), Elisha Muzonzini has been given the farm of white opposition lawmaker Roy Bennet. In Washington, Andrew Natsios, director of the U.S. Agency for International Development, sharply criticized the reallocation of white-owned farms to Mugabe relatives. "So they're not exactly turning these over to poor people," Mr. Natsios told reporters yesterday. "It's a disgusting grab."
During the past few days more than 150 white farmers have been arrested and detained. They were charged with obstructing the Land Redistribution Act by ignoring an Aug. 10 deadline ordering 2,900 white farmers to leave their lands. Roadblocks have been mounted across the country to search for farmers who have slipped through the police net. Most farmers have challenged the constitutionality of the evictions in the courts, and a landmark legal judgment last week ruled that the vast majority of the evictions are illegal. Despite the rulings, police invaded Mr. Bennet's farm during the weekend and arrested and tortured 10 black security guards on his farm. They were taken for questioning at Mr. Muzonzini's CIO headquarters, according to the farm group Justice for Agriculture. At least 16 of Mr. Mugabe's ministers and members of his all-powerful politburo also have been allocated land. Others to benefit are the senior government officials in charge of distributing out the farms. Christopher Chingosho, the provincial lands chairman, has been given six.
Since February 2000, Zanu PF youths, describing themselves as veterans from the 1970s struggle against minority rule, have violently enforced Mr. Mugabe's land-reform policies, killing 12 white farmers and many more of their black farm workers. Setting fire to more than 10 million acres of crops and preventing cultivation on much of the rest of the farmland, they have precipitated a famine that threatens 6 million Zimbabweans, half the country's population, with starvation, aid workers say. Up to 300,000 black farm workers have been rendered homeless. According to pro-democracy groups, at least 30 percent of the white-owned farms were allocated to senior government officials and businessmen connected to the president. An additional 40 percent, originally given to landless blacks, have in the past few months been turned over to Mugabe cronies
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