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Zimbabwe Pensioners trust fund newsletter

Dear Friends,

Send ON  To Zimbabweans and friends world-wide !       
Special News for the Aussie's , Auzim's !

Following our belated April newsletter, please find attached the latest
Very up to date news on the pension trust from Zimbabwe ! It seems the
Zimbabwe fund's network of beneficiaries continues to grow and this
coupled with inflation makes the demand on their resources more and more
onerous !

Continued local fund raising hopes to keep ahead of the increasing
demand but this is ever more difficult as more people leave the country
or they themselves find they cannot keep pace with spiralling costs of

Our international fund is as important as ever, to back up the Zim
Resources and as a much needed foreign currency resource available on
application, for imported needs, i.e. medicines.

The Botswana fund has continued to grow, albeit slowly of late. Deloitte
And Touche have invested the funds and very kindly continue to manage
the account. Its time for the second chova !

We ourselves are back on the trail again and intend to be on line for
punctual communication henceforth.

Our e mail addresses are and

Fantastic news for AUSTRALIAN donors is that thanks to some persistence
From Jon Swire-Thompson and friends there is now an AUSSIE account for
direct deposits:

"Jon Swire-Thompson, Danny Gruenthal, and Frank Hodder, have opened up
an account at the National Bank in Perth in the personal names of
Gruenthal, Hodder and Swire-Thompson

The name of the account is a bit tortuous and the bank says it can be
shortened to the surnames i.e. Gruenthal, Hodder and Swire-Thompson.

The Full details are as follows:-

Account Name           : DJ Gruenthal, FW Hodder and J Swire-Thompson
Bank                          : National Australia Bank
Branch                       : West Perth
Account Number        : 56827 9227
BSB Code                : 086 492
SWIFT Code            :  NATAAU3306P

As a reminder, the account was set up to allow those sympathetic to the
cause to send cash to the account in Australia. International banking
transactions cannot be carried out from Australia using internet
banking, but  internal transactions are no problem. Obviously, T/Ts into
the account are no problem either."

We hope that this allows Aussie folk to make a "local" deposit, bulking
up the Aussie account to allow them to make one off "bulk" transfers to
the international account on a regular basis, this saves on TT costs and
makes smaller and most important donations viable.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE FUND BY making your contributions directly and either
let Jon or ourselves know what you have deposited/sent in. Anyone
wishing to discuss the account may contact Jon at

Jon Swire Thompson []

Jon has already made the first TT transactions to the international
account in Botswana. Thank-you Jon, Danny and Frank for your persistence
and support.

Any Kiwi's in a position to follow this lead, would be much appreciated.

The newsletter has all the contact and most importantly all the
respective donation points/bank details on board.

A reminder to those of you who can TT contributions the Botswana fund
account details are :


FAX:  +267 3912596

ACCOUNT NUMBER:  62055647344


Please send Debs a mail to let her know what you have sent so we can
make sure it arrives safe.


We are in the process of investigating and setting up a NEW fund for

As horrific as it is to believe, a number of children have been found
abandoned by desperate parents as they have left the country. There is a
Christian family in Harare who have taken the children in and provided
Them with shelter.The Zimbabwe trustees have so far been helping these
wonderful folk.

As our Fund raising cause was specifically for Old age pensioners we
appreciate that this is a separate desperate cause.

I have asked Harare (the same folk as involved with the Pensioners fund)
To give us more details of the children and I enclose a paragraph from
the earliest reply.

"As you know, the (Zimbabwe) fund was referred to as Pensioners, but it
Also supported a local child refuge called Bezer, who take in
disadvantaged kids, and orphans. Tales of these kids (being left behind
by parents who skip the country etc) were all part of our original
appeal to donors.

"I have visited Bezer. It is a well run home. The people who run it are
Lay preachers, the ****. They have about 18 kids (it varies as kids come
in And as kids are taken out, either by family or into foster homes.
Ages are a Few months to 20 years. They are home schooled and well
looked after. We have also had them around to our house for a braai - it
is a vital home for These kids who would otherwise be abandoned to the
state system which is flooded with "aids" orphans anyway, besides the
cultural problems that ensue."

If you communicate with friends and family in Zim they can probably tell
You more about this nightmare story ! It is unbelievable.

We will get more details, and we will most likely approach the same kind
folk about setting up a seperate fund for this !

I am satisfied that the same trustess as for the pension fund will
ensure the resources are put to best advantage for those poor poor kids.


Thanks again for your support, well done you all

Best wishes and regards
Chris and Debs
CJ  & Debs
Tel : + 27 31 562 9343
Fax : + 27 31 562 9450
Mobile: + 27 721082892
e mail:
Debs: +27 825358235

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Mugabe slams church leaders

August 22, 2004, 09:35

Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, has hit-out at some church leaders
who he says are turning to the country's opponents instead of talking to the

Mugabe made the comments on state television at a ceremony to mark the
installation of the new Roman Catholic archbishop of Harare. The Zimbabwean
president slammed Pius Ncube, the well-known government critic and
archbishop of Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo, for failing to interact
with his government.

Ncube has in the past accused the government of concealing the true level of
food shortages in Zimbabwe. - Sapa
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New Zimbabwe

Misihairabwi: 'It feels like his enemies have won'

By Mduduzi Mathuthu
Last updated: 08/23/2004 11:32:26
ZIMBABWE'S opposition Movement for Democratic Change legislator Priscilla
Misihairabwi is one of the few politicians to work with the late Eddison
Zvobgo in his official capacity shortly before he fell into a coma and
stepped out of the public spotlight.

Misihairabwi attended a workshop in Washington DC with the firebrand
politician late last year and spent five days with the man who
affectionately referred to her as "my daughter".

"I really believed Zvobgo would never die, he just looked gloriously
unstoppable and too good to die," said Misihairabwi, speaking Sunday as news
came through of Zvobgo's death. "He always looked like he could beat death,
I just can't believe that whole intelligence...that resilience is gone."

Zvobgo, a Harvard-trained lawyer and veteran politician, died at St. Anne's
Roman Catholic hospital in Harare aged 69. He had increasingly become frail
after falling into coma, and losing his wife in February this year. They had
three children.

A longtime ally of Mugabe, Zvobgo in recent years started criticizing the
president's autocratic rule.

Zvobgo opposed sweeping media and security laws passed in 2002 that led to
the closure of Zimbabwe's only privately owned daily newspaper and the
arrests of at least 31 independent journalists.

He became the subject of an internal party disciplinary inquiry last year
after describing the laws as a weapon to stifle opposition to the
government, but allegations of disloyalty were eventually dropped.

"It feels like his enemies have won," Misihairabwi said Sunday. "During his
last days, it became increasingly difficult for me to visit him, I couldn't
watch him break down....I just went into denial and preferred to keep the
memories of the Zvobgo that I know."

Zvobgo had become increasingly isolated after supporting a parliamentary
motion for President Mugabe to leave power. Zvobgo, a former Justice
Minister for almost two decades after independence in 1980 was critical of
tough new legislation aimed at silencing dissent in the opposition.

As chairman of the parliamentary legal committee, Zvobgo famously attacked
the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, which eventually
made it through parliament and has been used to ban THREE independent

He said before Parliament: "Upholding the constitution is a duty which I
have to pursue, regardless of the consequences. Any person who brings a Bill
that is bristling with arrows that are pointed at the heart of freedom to my
committee, I will have no hesitation in setting that legislation aside."

Inevitably, Zvobgo made himself several enemies within the Zanu PF circles,
led by Information Minister Jonathan Moyo and Justice Minister Patrick
Chinamasa who surreptitiously lobbied a renegade group of party supporters
in Zvobgo's Masvingo province to petition the Zanu PF hierarchy to
"discipline Zvobgo".

Zanu PF national chairman John Nkomo REFUSED to sit at any hearing where
Zvobgo was going to be "disciplined", leading to the charges that he was
working with the opposition being dropped. But that was not before he had
made his response in a letter to Nkomo.

He wrote: "This allegation is another example of ill-founded rumours peddled
by ciphers struggling hard to become digits.This kind of allegation is made
by people who have nothing to stand on but lies, lies and lies. All they
have is the ferocity with which they shout "Pamberi ne ZANU, Pamberi na
Comrade Mugabe" (forward with Zanu, forward with President Mugabe) and
nothing more. They were not in the war, they contributed nothing to the
struggle but merely eat by claiming to be more loyal to President Mugabe
than true vintage revolutionaries. If your Committee will allow visitors and
strangers who came into the party yesterday to divide us, we are doomed!!"

This candid side of Zvobgo was his downfall, Misihairabwi believes.

"Zvobgo was a victim of his openness. He told me during the five days I
spent with him in the States that you have to manage your intelligence and
opinions in politics otherwise they can be your downfall.

"Zvobgo's career is testimony to that. If he had kept his opinions to
himself, he would have been one of the closest people to Mugabe up to his
death," said Misihairabwi.

"I believe he died a bitter and disappointed man - all his aspirations
betrayed. What pains me is that I know the kind of funeral Zvobgo would have
wanted, I know the people that he would have wanted by his graveside -- but
he is dead, he can't speak."

President Mugabe has often used the burial of national heroes to dabble in
his preferred quarrelsome brand of politics, mainly attacking his perceived
opponents in the West and opposition.

Misihairabwi also spoke of how Zvobgo had once skillfully tried to convince
her and the former opposition leader Margaret Dongo to join Zanu PF in the
mid 90s.

"He was a very convincing man," she recalls. "If you didn't know where you
stood, he could easily sway you. He was one man who never used the language
of 'puppets' and 'sell-outs' to refer to the opposition, he disagreed on
principle and saw everyone as Zimbabwean first and foremost."

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New Vision, Uganda

      Zim farmers fail to come

      By Charles Ariko

      LACK of capital has hindered Zimbabwean white farmers from investing
in commercial agriculture in Uganda.

      Dr. Margaret Kigozi (below), the executive director of Uganda
Investment Authority (UIA) said recently, the farmers who were offered land
in Uganda failed to raise capital even after approaching some local
commercial banks.

      The farmers had identified Uganda as one of the friendly countries
they could invest in after the Zimbabwean government nationalised all
farmland formerly owned by white farmers.

      Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe justified the nationalisation
of the white-owned farms, saying the move was necessary to restore land to
the majority of Zimbabweans who were dispossessed when Britain colonised the
country more than a century ago.

      The Zimbabwean government does not allow evicted farmers to take any
agricultural machinery with them.

      Kigozi said, "Those farmers needed capital in form of machinery like
tractors for large-scale farming which they failed to secure."

      She said some of the farmers had been employed by some companies in
Uganda as farm managers.

      Kigozi said she did not have details of the exact number of
Zimbabweans employed here as farm managers and the companies employing them.

      "What I know is that some of them came back as individuals and got
employed," Kigozi said in an interview.

      Published on: Monday, 23rd August, 2004

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Zim Online

Mon 23 August 2004

      HARARE - Information Minister Jonathan Moyo has ordered editors of the
government's vast media empire to intensify propaganda against the main
opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party ahead of next year's
general election.

      Some of the editors, who did not want to be named, said Moyo last
Friday met editors and senior journalists working for state-controlled
newspapers and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holding (ZBH)'s radio and
television services. The meeting took place at Harare's Sheraton hotel from
about 9 o'clock in the morning to about 2 p.m.

      According to the editors Moyo criticised the journalists for being too
soft in their coverage of the MDC and instructed them to use their papers,
television and radio stations to "bury the puppet MDC."

      Moyo, who is known to have held such briefing meetings with
journalists working for state-owned media companies in the past, switched
off his cell phone when ZimOnline called him from Johannesburg.

      A journalist who attended the meeting with Moyo said: "He said he was
disappointed that our stories were not reflecting the fact that the MDC was
no longer in existence as it had died a natural death.The Minister said he
did not want to see a story that gave the MDC any measure of legitimacy. He
said our job should now be to write obituaries on the opposition."

      "Moyo said our stories should reflect that we are in a one party state
because ZANU PF cannot compete with a dead party (MDC). He told us he wanted
a big funeral for the MDC to show the whole world that the opposition party
was indeed dead," reported another editor.

      Stories suggesting that there were any talks going on between the MDC
and ZANU PF had to be spiked, Moyo is said to have told the state

      Once one of President Robert Mugabe's fiercest critics, Moyo crossed
the lines four years ago to emerge as the most zealous of Mugabe's

      As Information Minister, Moyo has used the government's vast media
empire to demonise the MDC and its leader Morgan Tsvangirai. He also crafted
the draconian Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA)
which requires journalists and newspaper companies to obtain licenses from
the government in order to operate.

      The country's largest and only independent daily paper, the Daily
News, was shut down last year because it had not registered in accordance
with AIPPA.

      Moyo's instruction to editors of state media to deny positive coverage
to the MDC comes barely a week after a Southern African Development
Community summit in Mauritius last week. SADC leaders, including Mugabe,
agreed to allow all political parties in their countries equal access to the
public media as one of  the conditions meant to ensure free and fair elections in
      the region. ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Donors branded "threat to national security"
Mon 23 August 2004

      HARARE -  President Robert Mugabe's  government yesterday branded
foreign donors a threat to national security and strongly defended its plan
to ban all foreign funded human rights groups operating in Zimbabwe.

      The government has already approved the Non-Governmental Organizations
Bill which is to become law in October. The proposed law will ban all groups
involved in governance and human rights work from operating in the country
and prohibit foreign funding for Zimbabwean NGOs.

      The bill provides for a council to register and regulate all NGOs
operating in Zimbabwe. Organisations not granted registration licenses will
be shut down. Defiant officials who continue with their activities illegally
face up to six months in prison.

      The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in a statement yesterday
defended the bill saying it was necessary in the interests of national

      "The mischief the government wants to be rid of is that of foreign
donors employing local puppets to champion foreign values much to the
detriment of national security."

      "This legislation should not come as a surprise ... to patent
adversaries of government. It was long overdue. Foreign-funded organizations
and foreign organizations have demonstrated to be a threat to national
security when it comes to governance issues."

      Civic society groups including churches have warned that the ban would
deprive millions of hungry Zimbabweans of aid as the nation suffers its
worst ever economic crisis.

      The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), the Media Institute for
Southern Africa (MISA), the Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum, the Media
Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ), the Crisis Coalition of Zimbabwe and
Amani Trust are among groups threatened by the proposed law. ZimOnline
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Zim Online

Government ignores Parliament's recommendation on state broadcaster
Mon 23 August 2004

      HARARE - The government has still not implemented recommendations made
by Parliament more than six months ago to free the state broadcaster, the
former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) now known as the Zimbabwe
Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH) from interference by powerful politicians,
ZimOnline has established.

      Chairman of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Transport and
Communication, Silas Mangono, said his committee asked Information Minister
Jonathan Moyo to  end the meddling by politicians in the organisation's
affairs and to re-organise the  debt-ridden ZBH into a professional business
operation that would be able to generate income to fund its activities.

      The committee investigated ZBH between October and November last year
and tabled its recommendations before the House earlier this year. Mangono
said they had established that Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings was heavily
indebted and was operating along political lines.

       "We discovered that the national broadcaster was not attracting
enough advertisers, particularly because of the political polarisation in
the country. Just when the ZBH was failing to meet most of its financial
obligations, we discovered that they discouraged some companies from
sponsoring some programmes or barred them from showing advertisements during
      some programmes."

      Mangono, who is opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party
Member of Parliament for Masvingo Central, said his committee had
recommended that laws governing the ZBH and its editorial charter be
reviewed to ensure that it became a truly national broadcaster.

      All the recommendations by his committee, Mangono said, were now
gathering dust, with the state broadcaster still run the same way it had
always been.

      Neither ZBH executive chairman Rino Zhuwarara nor Minister Moyo could
be reached for comment. His permanent secretary, George Charamba, refused to
take questions on the matter when contacted by ZimOnline.

      The Information Ministry is in charge of ZBH and government owned
newspapers. It lays down policy and appoints boards of directors to run the
various state-owned media organisations.

      ZBH is the only radio and television broadcasting company in Zimbabwe.
Stringent licensing laws have so far kept would-be investors out of the
broadcasting field. Two shortwave radio stations, Shortwave Radio Africa and
Studio 7 broadcast into Zimbabwe from outside the country.

      The ZBH has constantly come under criticism from civic society and
opposition political parties for denying them coverage and concentrating on
promoting Mugabe and his ruling ZANU PF party. ZBH denies the charge.

      Mangono said his committee would maintain pressure on Moyo through
Parliament to act on the recommendations. ZimOnline

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Business Day

Winds of change on Harare may be from Mauritius


PROBABLY the most notable thing about the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) is that it is generally ineffective.

In light of that fact, the adoption last week of an electoral charter that
specifies how free and fair elections should be conducted was a big step

However, the move prompts the question why did it take so long to draw up a
document that was just as urgently needed a decade ago as it is now?

Questions have been raised over the years about the process or outcomes of
elections in many of those SADC countries that actually have elections at
all Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia and so on and there has been no
mechanism in place to adjudicate.

Whenever a thorny issue arises, the organisation retreats into one of two
options silence or fierce antiwestern rhetoric. A change may be on the cards
as the organisation moves into a new term led by a country often seen as a
rank outsider in terms of African politics: Mauritius.

This is a country which is often not seen as really being part of the SADC,
despite its membership of the organisation, and whose politics seem more
aligned with the east than its neighbours.

Prime Minister Paul Berenger, who has taken over as SADC chairman from
Tanzania's Ben Mkapa, is a relatively unknown political player outside his
country. Formerly a radical socialist, he is now a dedicated free marketer
who is not likely to take kindly to errant leaders who threaten investment
in the region.

Berenger has a lot riding on the new electoral charter which now falls into
his leadership.

The SADC parliamentary forum, established in 1996 to fulfil a range of noble
objectives in promoting democracy in the region, has played an important
role in fostering democratic practices but has not been effective in
resolving electoral problems.

The forum declared the 2002 Zimbabwe elections fundamentally flawed. It was
put under pressure by some member states to change its verdict and although
it stood its ground, the SADC accepted the election result.

It is not clear whether the new charter will fare any better in swaying
events in SADC country elections as it has no punitive powers. Nevertheless,
it opens space for debate and is a vehicle for putting greater pressure on
countries seen to be violating it.

The timing is crucial given the spate of elections to be held in the rest of
the year and next year in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and

Yet more significant to regional developments, notably unblocking the
Zimbabwe logjam, is the new SADC leadership itself.

Two of the three countries making up the new SADC leadership troika
Mauritius and Botswana have taken a nononsense approach to the Zimbabwe
government's wilful destruction of the economy and political freedoms. The
third member, Mozambique, has, publicly at least, allowed Mugabe to drive
his country into the ground.

Tensions between Zimbabwe and Botswana are well documented. And although
Mauritius has not suffered the same direct problems from the Zimbabwe saga,
its focus on economic growth and political stability is likely to make it
impatient of problems that may affect success.

The country has one of the most dynamic economies in Africa, boosted
significantly by its reformation into an offshore financial centre which has
attracted more than 9000 companies. It therefore has a lot to lose from
international disaffection.

Berenger's address to the summit, which emphasised the importance of
normalising relations with the international community, particularly the
European Union and US, was out of step with a group that is more used to
spending time lambasting western countries.

Mauritius is well placed to lead the charge to improve regional democratic
behaviour, as it has a fairly clean record on this issue. The 2000 election,
in which Berenger was elected, got a resounding clean bill of health from
observers, including the SADC parliamentary forum, in a poll that drew above
80% of voters.

Berenger, who has kept aloof from the SADC old boys' club, could find his
reputation at stake over the Zimbabwe election. The enforcement of the
charter is a major test of his SADC leadership. He is up against powerful
forces backing Mugabe. However, the winds of change may be blowing in from
the Indian Ocean.

Games is director of Africa@Work, a research, publishing and events company.

Aug 23 2004 07:49:18:000AM  Business Day 1st Edition

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Daily News

      ZESN makes inroads at SADC summit

      Date:23-Aug, 2004

      THE Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) and other
non-governmental organisations met and briefed the new chairman of the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) Paul Berenger on the real
situation obtaining in Zimbabwe at the conclusion of the two-day meeting of
the SADC heads of states in Mauritius last week.

      According to Reginald Matchaba-Hove, the chairman of ZESN, a
non-partisan network of 38 civic organisations in Zimbabwe promoting
democratic elections, they held several meetings with other civic groups and
later met the new SADC chairman, Mauritian Prime Minister Paul Berenger, who
appreciated their concerns.

      Matchaba-Hove said together with other civic organisations from
Zimbabwe, under the banner of the National Association of Non-Governmental
Organisations (NANGO, and the Crisis Coalition of Zimbabwe (CCZ), they
addressed a public meeting at the Port Louis Municipal Hall.

      "After the close of the summit on Tuesday August 17, ZESN, along with
other civic society representatives from Zimbabwe, secured a meeting with
the new SADC chairperson," Matchaba Hove said in a statement released to the
media on Friday.

      The ZESN trip to Mauritius was facilitated by the Movement Pour le
Progress de Roche Bols (MPRB), a member of the Southern African Human Rights

      The SADC heads of State met in Mauritius and unanimously agreed and
adopted the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections in
the region.

      The principles were formally introduced to the summit by the outgoing
chairman of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security.

      However, ZESN said they were still studying the final text of the

      "Our concern so far is that the text refers principally to SADC
Electoral Observation Missions (SEOM) and is somewhat silent on the need for
other international observer missions," Matchaba-Hove said.

      "As civil society we will be following up the question of
implementation of the principles and guidelines into domestic legislation
and practice."

      Zimbabweans vote in parliamentary elections scheduled for next March
amid concerns that the ruling party would again use the advantage of
incumbency to bar the opposition from campaigning through the selective use
of the Public Order and Security Act and the Access to Information and
Protection of Privacy Act.

      He said despite the few setbacks regarding clarity on the SADC
Principles and Guidelines on elections, ZESN commended the SADC governments
for agreeing to implement the recommendations.

      Matchaba-Hove said the final text of the principles and guidelines
include several principles from the various SADC and African Union election

      The SADC leadership has been under pressure to rein in dictatorships
by coming up with standard electoral guidelines.

      Last month SADC heads of electoral commissions gathered in Victoria
Falls to discuss ways of handling elections.

      Civic groups gathered at the same venue a fortnight later and resolved
to make their presentations to the SADC heads of States in Mauritius, a
process Matchaba-Hove said led to the adoption of the principles and
guidelines on electoral conduct.

      Meanwhile, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
yesterday urged Zimbabweans, the SADC region, the African Union (AU) and
other international economic and political blocs to continue to exert
pressure on the Zimbabwe government regarding the conduct of free and fair

      Paul Themba-Nyathi, the MDC spokesman and also Member of Parliament
for Gwanda, cautioned Zimbabweans and the international community in an
interview with the Daily News Online that they must trust the government of
President Robert Mugabe at their "own peril" because the history of the Zanu
PF government was strewn with broken promises.

      "They are the masters of deceit," Themba-Nyathi said.

      "The Zimbabwe government relies on people's short memories. Looking
back, one is faced with the Abuja Agreement where President Mugabe lied to
the whole world that he would abide by the rule of law, distribute land in a
manner devoid of violence, where the land would be distributed within the
legal framework. Everyone knows that people have continued to be beaten up
on the farms, white commercial farmers continue to be evicted willy-nilly
and helpless farm workers are being displaced."

      The MDC spokesman said although the SADC heads of state adopted a
protocol on electoral conduct in the region, the process would be painful in
Zimbabwe where repressive and colonial legislation remains in place.

      Themba-Nyathi said: "We are aware, and Zimbabweans know that they are
dealing with rogues. As the MDC, we have braced ourselves for another form
of struggle. Zanu PF thugs and militants are already setting up bases
throughout the country where they are intimidating, beating up and
threatening people with death or evictions from their villages if they lost
the parliamentary election next year."

      ZESN and other civic groups in Zimbabwe, in partnership with the
Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) have been lobbying for
democratic, transparent and inclusive electoral laws and practices in

      Zanu PF national secretary for information and publicity Nathan
Shamuyarira was yesterday not available to comment on the SADC electoral
guidelines and principles as well as on the allegations of spreading
violence against the opposition.

      His mobile was switched off.

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