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            Eighteen killed in Zim as 'racing buses' crash

            Harare, Zimbabwe

            25 August 2005 04:45

                  At least 18 people were killed in western Zimbabwe on
Thursday when a bus burst a front tyre and crashed near a bridge while
racing another bus, state radio reported.

                  Police spokesperson Bothwell Mugariri told the radio that
the accident occurred in Nkayi when two buses from the same bus company
"were racing each other".

                  The radio said 17 people died at the scene while another
person died in hospital.

                  Zimbabwe's narrow roads are plagued by fatal motor
accidents caused mainly by speeding or unroadworthy vehicles. -- Sapa-DPA

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      Zimbabwe seeks 30 pct local mine ownership in 10 yrs
      Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:02 PM GMT

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will soon present a bill to parliament seeking
to compel foreign mining firms to sell 30 percent of their shareholding to
local partners within 10 years, state media reported on Thursday.

The Country's Chamber of Mines had previously proposed to the government
that foreign mining firms sell 25 percent of their shares within the same

President Robert Mugabe's government is preparing new mining legislation it
says is aimed at boosting local participation in a mining industry now
dominated by large foreign firms. The bill is in the draft stages and has
not yet been made public.

"Companies shall achieve a 30 percent ownership of the industry's assets in
ten years of which 20 percent shall be achieved in two years, 25 percent in
seven years and 30 percent in 10 years," the official Herald newspaper
quoted an unnamed source as saying, describing the draft bill.

"It (government) is working on modalities to create an indigenous
empowerment vehicle that will assist new players to tap into mining ventures
and to acquire stakes in existing operations."

There was no immediate comment from government on Thursday.

The mining industry had proposed that local empowerment groups take up 15
percent shareholding in foreign owned mines as a starting point, which would
rise to 25 percent in 10 years.

Mugabe last year sent jitters through the mining industry after he was
quoted by state media saying the government would take 50 percent of foreign
owned mines.

Anglo American Platinum Corp, South Africa's Impala Platinum Holding Ltd,
the world's biggest and second biggest platinum producers and the world's
second largest diversified mining company Rio Tinto Plc are all foreign
firms with mining investments in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is mineral-rich, with reserves including gold, platinum, nickel,
chrome, copper and coal.

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   Government ask for more certificates before releasing South African
food Aid

      By Violet Gonda
      25 August 2005

      The Zimbabwe government is unashamedly still using stalling tactics to
delay humanitarian aid to victims of Operation Murambatsvina from the South
African Council of Churches (SACC). 37 tonnes of food aid is on two trucks
near Beitbridge and the blankets are reported to be in storage in a bonded
warehouse in Harare.

      First, it was certificates to show that the maize was not genetically
modified. The SACC provided this and now the authorities are asking for
certificates for soya beans. The blankets are also still not available
because the Zimbabwe authorities are demanding that they pay a surcharge in
order to release them.

      Pastor Ron Steele of the Rhema Church in South Africa who has been
working closely with the aid mission says the value of the new blankets
which were purchased in South Africa was 200 000 rand, but the Zimbabwe
government is asking for an amount which is more than they are worth. "The
figure has not been specified but at one stage it was 700 000 rand, but they
then changed to slightly less than that," he said.

      The SACC donation is supposed to feed about 4 000 victims of operation
Murambatsvina for at least a month but the shipment is being deliberately
stalled by red tape. The Zimbabwe government simply has to provide a rubber
stamp on a piece of paper to clear the consignment which has been held up
for almost a month.

      From the beginning, the delay has been seen as a continued form of
punishment for the displaced people whose homes were destroyed because they
voted for the opposition. While the displaced families go hungry and sleep
in the cold, 37 tonnes of white maize, soya beans, cooking oil and blankets
have spent almost a month in limbo, waiting for an unnamed authority to sign

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news
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      'Transmitters falling apart'

      The head of Transmedia, Zimbabwe's only signal carrier, says the
country's radio and television transmitters are so antiquated that it is a
miracle that any services are broadcast at all, writes Gugulethu Ziyaphapha.

      Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH), the state broadcaster, reaches
only 30% of the country.
      Mandere said the analogue transmission equipment and network has
outlived its lifespan and efforts to repair, replace or refurbish some of
the 30-year-old equipment have been dealt a heavy blow by foreign currency

      Nearly all our equipment is now beyond its useful life and we are even
surprised that the people (broadcasters) are still on air because the
situation is bad," said Mandere.

      Mandere also told the parliamentary portfolio committee on Transport
and Communications that Transmedia's financial position is worsened by the
fact that it is unable to charge ZBH commercial rates for their services.

      In order to generate revenue to sustain Transmedia, the signal carrier
has now resorted to providing services like web casting to other

      Mandere said a Chinese company is about to loan Transmedia US$40
million (Z$2 trillion) in exchange for mining concessions in Zimbabwe.

Thursday, 25 August, 2005
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'SA will bear the brunt of Harare meltdown'
          August 25 2005 at 03:13PM

      South Africa will experience huge problems as a result of a meltdown
in Zimbabwe, opposition MP Roy Bennett said in Johannesburg on Thursday.

      "They could have done something about the situation five years ago,
but now it's too late," said Bennett, a member of the Zimbabwean opposition
party Movement for Democratic Change.

      He was addressing the Johannesburg Press Club while en route home from
a two-month visit to Britain, where he spent time recovering from eight
months in Zimbabwean prisons.

      Bennett said he was out of the loop with the MDC's strategies due to
his recent absence.

      "But my personal view is that the MDC must stop buying into Mugabe's
agenda and start calling the shots.

      "We need not attend parliament, nor (ruling party) Zanu-PF functions.
We do not need to legitimise the government."

      Commenting on the loan being negotiated between South Africa and
Zimbabwe, Bennett said no amount of money for the Harare government would
turn the situation around.

      "If the money was to assist people who are suffering, it would be very

      "Personally, I think that by propping up the regime you are subjecting
people to longer poverty and suffering.

      "I don't see the loan assisting things needed by good governance."

      If the money did not go to help the people, "you might as well put the
money in a pile and burn it".

      On Zimbabwe's danger of being kicked out of the International Monetary
Fund, Bennett said if the fund needed to stop providing money to bring about
change, "it would be a good thing". - Sapa

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Police Probe Nurses

The Herald (Harare)

August 25, 2005
Posted to the web August 25, 2005


POLICE have launched investigations into allegations that several nurses in
Harare are masquerading as medical doctors and operating illegal clinics.

Officer Commanding Harare CID Drug Squad Chief Superintendent Andrew
Kadungure said police suspect that some of the nurses were left running
surgeries by doctors who went abroad.

He said in some of the surgeries, the nurses were administering expired
drugs to their patients and police were investigating the source of the

This comes after police arrested three more nurses who were allegedly
masquerading as doctors and running illegal clinics in and around the city,
resulting in the recovery of drugs and equipment worth over $500 million

This brings to five, the number of nurses arrested this month in separate
incidents on allegations of masquerading as doctors and running illegal
clinics in the city and Chitungwiza.

Chief Spt Kadungure said police believe that there could be more nurses who
were running the illegal clinics. He said police detectives received
information that there was one woman operating an illegal clinic in Mbare.

They went to the house where they found two nurses and two secretaries at
the premises.

One of the nurses was quizzed and she revealed that the clinic belonged to
another woman who was not at the premises when police raided.

"Investigations revealed that the clinic was operating without a doctor.
Various medical and patient record cards were recovered," said Chief Supt

Further investigations revealed that the same woman was operating two other
clinics in Glen View and Budiriro.

"Police went to the two clinics and located the two accused who were nurses
and were dispensing medicines to patients without a medical doctor," said
Chief Supt Kadungure.

He said they recovered various drugs at the two premises. The clinics were
using a medical aid number belonging to a doctor who did not attend to the

"Investigations are still being carried out to establish the doctor's
association with the accused (suspects)," he said.

However, a follow-up which was made during the night, led to the arrest of
the alleged owner of the clinics at her home and she will appear in court
facing charges of contravening the Medicines and Allied Substances Control
Act and fraud.

The other two women will appear in court as soon as police complete

He said the clinic owner was facing 168 counts of fraud over the use of the
doctor's number.

Police were investigating where the medical drugs were coming from and were
checking with manufacturers. Chief Supt Kadungure said some of the drugs
recovered had expired but the suspects were continuing to give them to their

Early this month, two Harare nurses who were masquerading as medical doctors
were arrested for running illegal clinics in Chitungwiza, resulting in the
recovery of drugs and equipment worth millions of dollars.
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      15:00 - 25 August 2005
      A Disabled woman who escaped Zimbabwe after her family farm was seized
by the government has been left in limbo as Home Office officials delay a
decision over her status.

      Briony Beattie, 30 who lives in Badgers Close, East Grinstead, with
her mother and father, fled Zimbabwe in May 2000 to join her family in the

      Four years later, she and her eldest brother, Sport, applied for
indefinite leave to remain and more than a year on she is still waiting for
a decision.

      Briony, who works at IQ Project Solutions in Charlwoods Road, said:
"We applied for leave to remain through an ancestral visa. My grandparents
were born in Scotland and this allows my father to apply for a British

      "My brother was given indefinite leave to remain in March, but I am
still waiting 14, almost 15, months later."

      And it is not just her brother whose situation has been resolved - her
brother Stuart, sister Hope Yeoman, brother-in-law Gary Yeoman and mother
and father Bernadine and Fred have all been granted British Citizenship or
indefinite leave to remain.

      "I am so despondent, there is no reason why I should not get it. When
I applied I met all the requirements," Briony said.

      "I have not come here looking for any special treatment. I came here,
found a job almost straight away and have been working for about five years.

      "This is my home now, I am never going back to Zimbabwe."

      Briony, who is confined to a wheelchair and has the use of only one
arm, has had correspondence with a number of organisations and people in a
bid to find out what has delayed the decision.

      "Everyone keeps saying they will pass on my information, they just
keep passing the buck. I have contacted Liberty, the Immigration Advisory
Board and I have sent all my correspondence to Mr Blair - he sent a letter
back saying it was not part of his department and he would pass it on.

      "Nicholas Soames is the only one that has been a help."

      Mr Soames told the East Grinstead Courier he had just received a
letter from Tony McNulty, a Home Office Minister who deals with immigration
matters, saying the department could not predict how long it would take to
process the application.

      Mr Soames said: "The government has been less than helpful on this. I
have made the strongest possible representations to try and speed this up,
but I am afraid the government is just digging its heels in."

      Briony said the Home Office told her if she wasn't happy with the way
they have handled her application she could withdraw it.

      "If I do that, I can't apply for indefinite leave to remain," she
said. "I can't travel and my family can't travel because they have to stay
and look after me.

      "This has taken so long, I am stressed and it is affecting my job and
my health."

      Briony's boss Jacquie Russel, director of IQ Project Solutions, is so
concerned about her situation that she herself has started writing to people
for help.

      She told the East Grinstead Courier: "Briony has been told that her
application is valid but the Home Office can't process it at the moment as
it has to go for further analysis. This has been going on for over a year

      "She is a model immigrant, she is hard working but can't enjoy the
rights of a British Citizen.

      "I think Briony is being discriminated against, but there is no
reason. She is being shoved from pillar to post.

      "I think the situation is absolutely disgraceful when there are so
many others who flout the system."

      Mr Soames said: "She should be perfectly entitled to stay here and I
think it is a great shame that it is taking so long to reach a conclusion.
My view is that the government is being lamentably slow."

      The Home Office refused to comment on individual immigration cases.

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Still waiting for a place to call home

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

HARARE, 25 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Grubby-faced children play on a patch of ground
beside a towering plastic water container marked "UNICEF", one of the few
humanitarian organisations helping hundreds of displaced families at Hopely
Farm as they wait for the government to deliver on promised plots of land.

Each gust of wind whisks up the fine dust, which gets into mouths and eyes.
The 967 families here have lived in the open for more than a month, with
little to protect themselves against the elements. Some have built knee-high
shelters, others have tried to lash plastic sheeting together to build
flimsy shacks.

"Government appears to have forgotten us. Without UNICEF [UN Children's
Fund] assistance we don't know how we could have coped," said Moses Misheck,
who tries to make a little money by mending shoes.

The displaced at Hopely are among the poorest of Zimbabweans. They had
occupied illegal shanties around the capital, Harare, which were torn down
by the authorities in a campaign of urban renewal, begun on 19 May, that
left more than 700,000 people homeless.

Most of those at Hopely came from the settlement of Porta Farm or the
transit centre at Caledonia Farm, created to cope with displaced people who
failed to move back to their rural areas when the government launched its
much-criticised cleanup campaign, known as Operation Murambatsvina ('Drive
out Dirt').

They arrived in Hopely with next to nothing: UNICEF provides water and
sanitation and the International Office for Migration distributes rations
from the World Food Programme.

On the other side of the farm, earth-moving equipment lies idle after
carving out service roads for the proposed housing scheme, of which 600
plots are ready for allocation. It is not clear how the recipients will be
selected, whether the plots will be distributed under a rent-to-buy
arrangement or not, and how much the plots will cost the unemployed

Despite toilets and water provided by UNICEF, conditions at Hopely are

"We fear for the spread of disease at this place," said Virginia Tsauro, a
39-year-old pregnant woman with four other children. "What crime have we
committed that we are treated like this? We were assured of being allocated
proper housing when government evicted us from Porta Farm."

Her children last went to school while at Porta Farm; there are no education
facilities at Hopely.

Luke Anderson says he hopes the government will keep its housing promise,
but is concerned. "We hear those who are not formally employed will have to
make way for soldiers and policemen, but that has not been officially
communicated to us."

He was worried that other evictees, who have yet to be allocated stands,
might spoil things for the rest.

"There are people here clamouring for stands - but what they are doing is
inviting their relatives, who had relocated to their rural homes, and
accommodating them here so that they are allocated stands," he said.

Winfrida Svosve insisted that households not yet allocated plots have vowed
to stay put. "If they say we should go back where we came from, then we will
have to go back to Porta Farm where life was more bearable."

She said the government had warned residents not on an official list to
vacate the camp before the end of the week. "Government officials notified
us that police and soldiers will beat us up if we do not move. We do not
fear anything, we even want them to kill us."

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Zim Online

Zimbabwe adopts controversial amendments as MDC pulls out counter proposals
Fri 26 August 2005

      HARARE - Zimbabwe 's Parliament yesterday adopted controversial
constitutional amendments, a stage preceding a vote for the changes to
become law while the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party
withdrew its counter-amendments after the ruling ZANU PF party threatened to
shoot down the motion.

      Parliament adopted 26 clauses of the Constitutional Amendment Bill
with minor changes despite protests from the MDC MPs who were outnumbered.

      The Bill will now be put to the vote next Tuesday and ZANU PF requires
a two-thirds majority out of the 150-member parliament for the amendments to
become part of Zimbabwe 's supreme law.

      ZANU PF won 78 seats in the disputed March 31 parliamentary election.
But President Robert Mugabe's party is assured of support from 20 unelected
Members of Parliament directly and indirectly appointed to the House by the
President and the 10 traditional chiefs, who were elected to Parliament by
their peers and have always voted with the ruling party.

      The Bill seeks among other things to ban individuals from challenging
the seizure of their land in court, the setting up of a senate, and allowing
authorities to withdraw passports from individuals suspected of travelling
outside the country to conduct "terrorist" activities.

      MDC spokesman on legal affairs David Coltart presented the
opposition's version of amendments on Thursday but immediately withdrew the
121 page document after indications from Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa
that the ruling party would shoot down the amendments.

      The MDC's alternative constitutional amendment document sought to
counter the government Bill on the emotional land issue by proposing that
fair compensation should be paid for seized farms as well as securing the
rights of individuals from eviction from their properties by the government.

      "Everyone has the right not to be evicted from their home and not to
have their home demolished, unless an order of court, made after
consideration of all the relevant circumstances, has authorised the eviction
or demolition," the MDC said in its document.

      The opposition also said every Zimbabwean should have "immunity from
expulsion from Zimbabwe " and that every citizen had the "right to move
freely in the country."

      According to the opposition document, the senate would comprise 60
people, of whom 50 would be voted into the upper chamber while the remainder
would be elected from the Chiefs Council.

      The government has proposed a senate with 66 members, 50 who will be
voted for while President Robert Mugabe will appoint six and the remainder
elected by the Chiefs Council.

      The six appointed senators would bring to 26 the total number of
legislators directly or indirectly handpicked by Mugabe, a situation
opposition and human rights activists have said would further undermine
democracy in the country. - ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Judge trying pro-Mugabe bishop quits
Fri 26 August 2005

      HARARE - A Malawian Supreme Court Judge presiding over an
ecclesiastical court trying pro-President Robert Mugabe Anglican bishop
Nolbert Kunonga quit on Thursday because of bickering between prosecutors
and the defence over procedure.

      Justice James Kalaile, hearing the trial of Kunonga on a variety of
charges including incitement to murder and preaching of a doctrine contrary
to the church's teachings, stepped down after about one and half hours of
heated wrangling between church prosecutors and the bishop's lawyers.

      "I have no intention to continue with the case," said Kalaile, who was
appointed to hear the case by leader of Anglicans in central Africa ,
Archbishop Bernard Malanga. "The archbishop will have to appoint another
judge because I have never encountered these problems in all cases I have
presided over so I withdraw," the Malawian judge said before adjourning

      The court got bogged down in heated argument after Kunonga's lawyer,
James Mutizwa, demanded that further evidence on 16 of the charges against
his client be submitted separately as is the rule in circular courts.

      But church prosecutor, Jeremy Lewis, insisted he wanted to present
evidence on the various charges as one combined submission, sparking off a
heated argument with the defence and leaving the judge stranded.

      It was not possible to immediately reach Malanga to establish how the
church would now proceed against Kunonga, who has quarrelled with
parishioners and courted controversy ever since becoming Anglican Archbishop
of Harare four years ago.

      Some of the charges levelled against Kunonga are that he allegedly
intimidated and improperly fired priests, ignoring church law.

      Kunonga, who was rewarded by Mugabe's government with a farm seized
from its white owner after he used the pulpit to garner support for chaotic
and violent government t land reforms, is also accused of bringing the "the
diocese into contempt."

      The Harare bishop is also accused of inciting members of Zimbabwe 's
feared spy Central Intelligence Organisation and "war veterans" militia to
murder 10 of his critics in the local Anglican community. Kunonga denies the
charges. - ZimOnline

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Zimbabwe begins moving clean-up victims 'living like animals' to rural homes
Fri 26 August 2005

      VICTORIA FALLS - Police in the resort town of Victoria Falls on
Thursday began moving to their rural homes hundreds of victims of a
controversial government clean-up exercise who were said to be 'living like
animals' in the bush after their homes were destroyed.

      The majority of the evicted residents who were from the sprawling
Baghdad and Kinshasa informal settlements were said to be living dangerously
at the mercy of wild animals such as lions and elephants which roam on the
periphery of the resort town since the demolition of their shanty homes.

      The police said they were moving the people, some of whom had sought
shelter in the bush as well as in churches and industrial buildings in the
town, to their rural homes.

      A pastor who was caring for the displaced families in the town,
Stanford Thembo Ndlovu said: "Most of them have lived like wild animals
since the demolitions of their houses and we as the church are glad to see
them going home.

      "We are working with the police to transport those who are willing and
as they leave, we give then a package of relief aid that will cover them for
the first two months when they arrive in their respective areas."

      Matabeleland North Police spokesperson Mavis Marufu said the
repatriation exercise would continue in the next week.

      The Zimbabwe government two months ago demolished thousands of houses
and shanty homes in a campaign President Robert Mugabe said was meant to
restore the beauty of cities and towns.

      But the United Nations in a hard-hitting report compiled by special
envoy Anna Tibaijuka strongly chastised the Zimbabwe government over the
demolitions calling the exercise an "assault on the rights of the poor."

      The UN said at least 700 000 people had been rendered homeless through
the exercise which also closely affected another 2.4 million people
throughout the country.

      Mugabe's government has since rejected the UN report alleging bias on
the part of the world body's envoy. - ZimOnline

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Police carry out more evictions in Harare

Takunda Maodza
issue date :2005-Aug-26

THE police on Wednesday evicted about 500 squatters from MacDonald (Dhonoro)
Farm in Epworth, south east of Harare under unclear circumstances.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said he
was not in a position to comment on the ejections until he verifies facts.
However, some of the squatters cried foul claiming they were chucked off the
farm to make room for its ex-owner whom they could not immediately identify
by name, while others were adamant the eviction was a reassertion of
Operation Murambatsvina/Restore Order.
Vice-President Joice Mujuru recently said the clean-up was now over and
called on the international community to assist the government whose focus
had now shifted to the successor mass reconstruction programme Operation
Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle.
When The Daily Mirror news crew visited the farm, the police were relocating
the squatters in a T-35 vehicle.
The squatters were dumped at a place identified as Muza, which is on the
outskirts of Epworth along Ruwa road.
Scores of people interviewed by this newspaper said they had nowhere to go
following the evictions.
"They came on Tuesday and ordered that we vacate this farm. No reasons were
given. Today (Wednesday) they pounced on us and ordered everyone off the
farm. Some people were forcibly taken to a valley next to a township known
as Muza where they are languishing in the open while some were dumped next
to a cemetery," said an elderly woman who only identified herself as Mbuya
The granny said she would soon be relocating to Concession in Mashonaland
According to her, the evictees comprised settlers who resisted the clean-up
crackdown and returnees from Caledonia Farm.
"Mwanangu (my child) we are confused and afraid as some people in the
community are moving around saying (Operation) Murambatsvina has been
revived," Mbuya vaEriza, lamented.
Scores of Dhonoro Farm ejectees  "dumped" at Muza said some of their goods
were destroyed during the first phase of the clean-up leaving them without
access to basic needs such as shelter, clean water and food.
"I have lost a lot of valuable goods in the past two months due to this
continuous movement. We were removed from this farm in June and relocated to
Caledonia Farm and then we were ordered to return where we had come from.
They are now removing us again and I don't even know where to go," said John
Kapita, who said he is originally from Mozambique.
Another victim, who only identified himself as Noah, claimed the people were
being evicted from the farm to pave way for a white commercial farmer.
"The police are evicting us from this farm to pave way for a white
commercial farmer, whom they say has been given back the farm by the
 courts," Noah said.
He implored the government to protect them saying the settlers have nowhere
else to go.
Health personnel from various Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) were
seen rendering assistance to the squatters at the farm while others were
ferrying their goods in pushcarts to different destinations.
Yesterday Bvudzijena said: "I have no comment until I get feedback from the
police station which is carrying out the evictions."
Zimbabwe's clean-up was widely condemned by the West which prompted UN
Secretary General Kofi Annan to dispatch a special envoy on human
settlements  Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka.
In her report, Tibaijuka claimed that at least 700 000 people were dislodged
during the blitz - assertions that the government has vehemently denied.
Harare argues that the clean-up was noble and long overdue saying the
exercise was meant to eradicate illegal structures, businesses and vice.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

UN programme to benefit children affected by Operation Murambatsvina

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Aug-26

THE United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) in conjunction with the Ministry
of Education Sport and Culture will soon launch a 'Back to School campaign'
aimed at absorbing pupils affected by Operation Murambatsvina/Restore Order
back to school.
The re-enrolment campaign, set to start in two weeks time, would also be a
blessing in disguise and an opportunity for orphans and other vulnerable
children not in school prior to the crackdown, to be enrolled also.
An estimated 300 000 pupils reportedly affected by the blitz which the
government says was noble and meant to renew cities of filth and crime.
Despite the harsh economic environment in the country due to record
hyper-inflation, rising joblessness, HIV and Aids pandemic and the
Murambatsvina/Restore Order-induced displacements, Unicef, has, however,
commended Zimbabweans for keeping their children in schools.
The UN charity body says 90 percent of school going age children in Zimbabwe
were in school.
"There is no doubt this is the strongest piece of good news coming out of
Zimbabwe. The story is encouraging but at the same time we must strive to
ensure that quality teaching is nurtured while we continue to aim for 100
percent primary school enrolment," Unicef country representative Festo
Kavishe said.  According to Unicef, national primary school enrolment rates
have risen from 92 percent to 96 percent between 2000 to 2004 while nearly
four out of five orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) continue to go
to primary schools (77 percent).
Against the background of a general perception that OVCs have no access to
education, Unicef noted a significant difference in primary school enrolment
of orphans and non-orphans. Generally, there was gender parity in enrolment
at primary schools, Unicef said.
In an endeavour to continue uplifting the standards of education in
Zimbabwe, Unicef has since called for international support to enable
Zimbabweans ensure this positive culture doesn't disappear in the face of
grinding economic realities.
"Zimbabweans are making many sacrifices so that their children can continue
going to school," said Kavishe. "General enrolment is up while families who
have been greatly stretched by absorbing this country's 1.3 million orphans
are somehow finding it difficult to keep orphans in school. Recent surveys
have shown signs of strain in families' ability to send their children to
school, Kavishe said.
He said: "I can think of no clearer reason (besides tough experiences
Zimbabweans have been going through) why Zimbabweans deserve the full
support of the international community."
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Murambatsvina hits Celsys

Business Reporter
issue date :2005-Aug-26

OPERATION Murambatsvina, Zimbabwe's clean- up operation that whipped up an
international outcry recently, also had a negative impact on the performance
of Celsys Limited's payphone division. "Operation Murambatsvina had an
impact on our payphone operation which saw some dealers without units to
operate as a result of confiscations or having nowhere to trade from," the
firm said yesterday.
However, the company was able to assist dealers in finding solutions to the
problem after consultations with authorities, which led to the dealers being
allowed back into operation. Only last month, the company's CEO Alistair
Johnston had complained about the effects of the clean-up exercise.
He revealed that most payphone dealers were now without units to operate due
to confiscations or had nowhere to trade from due to their operations being
"Celsys are however, monitoring the situation very closely and are
proactively assisting the dealers in finding solutions. We are working very
closely with the local authorities to see what can be done in order to get
the payphones back into operation and the dealers earning an income,"
Johnston said.
One such initiative was to get its dealers operating in rural areas.
"This is key to our growth, and plans are at an advanced stage to provide a
support network for this new development. We aim to provide complete back up
and support to dealers in these remote areas allowing them to trade
efficiently as they have in the past."
The company was also badly hit by the recent double hike in interest rates
in the last month as the central bank swiftly moved to remain ahead of
inflation and to control speculative and unproductive spending.
They have since surged to 270 percent this month from 160 percent at the
beginning of July.
"These factors, in conjunction with the networks not releasing lines and
Operation Murambatsvina, have had a negative impact on turnover and earnings
during the period under review," Celsys said.
Turnover for the technology company was $84 billion this year compared to
$128 billion in 2004.
Celsys recorded a net loss of $19,6 billion compared to a net profit of $52
billion in the prior year.
The company runs a number of operations that cover pay phones, the sale of
Nokia handsets, a security card printing operation and operates supplies
automated teller machines (ATMs)
Operation Murambatsvina mostly affected the payphone division, known as
c-phone that said unit sales of payphone had been depressed in the period
though it continued to reap recurring revenues from existing payphones.
Celsys' ATM division witnessed a 15 percent increase in the number of ATMs
and this contributed to the significant revenue raised and higher
transaction volumes.
Celsys reduced its borrowings by $7 billion in the last six months, a
decision it took at the expense of growth in business.
Though the beginning of the 2006 financial year promises to be a challenging
year, the significant debt reduction is expected to put the technology
company on a much stronger footing to move forward.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Cuban doctor for Falls Hospital

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Aug-26

THE Ministry of Health and Child Welfare has deployed a Cuban doctor to
operate at Victoria Falls Hospital after the resort town's government-run
institution had gone for over a year without a practitioner.
Hwange East legislator, Thembinkosi Sibindi yesterday told this newspaper
that the Cuban doctor was posted to the area last week following his request
to the health ministry. The hospital functioned without a doctor since June
last year.
"We now have a Cuban doctor who started working at the hospital last week.
My appeal to the ministry of health for the deployment of a doctor has been
accepted," Sibindi said.
Health minister David Parirenyatwa last week visited the hospital to assess
its needs and immediately recommended that a doctor be posted to Victoria
Prior to the engagement of the doctor, critically ill patients sought
assistance from private doctors whose charges were exorbitant and beyond the
reach of many. Apart from private doctors, some of the patients travelled to
Bulawayo - 435 kilometres from Victoria Falls  -  seeking medication.
Sibindi said the hospital was hard hit by massive staff exodus in recent
"The situation in Victoria Falls was so distressing. People were dying
because there was no doctor at the only hospital in the constituency," said
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      Editor fined for false report

      The editor of Gweru's weekly, The Sun, Willie Mponda, has been
convicted for publishing a falsehood, thereby becoming the first journalist
to be convicted under Zimbabwe's controversial Public Order and Security Act
(Posa), writes Gugulethu Ziyaphapha.

      Mponda was convicted for publishing a story claiming a woman had
committed suicide after the police demolished her public phone shops during
the government's widely condemned "Operation Cleanup".
      The act makes it a criminal offence for a journalist to publish a
falsehood that may cause alarm and despondency or demean the security forces
or undermine the security of the country. The offence is punishable by a
five-year prison term or a fine of up to  Z$100 thousand (R40)
      Although he published a retraction, the court convicted and fined
Mponda on the grounds that the retraction was an admission of guilt.

      The state said the story was false because no phone shops were
destroyed in Gweru during the operation and that the woman had committed
suicide because of personal problems, as indicated by the suicide note she
left behind.

      Mponda said he will appeal against both conviction and sentence as
soon as secures funding.
      The law was enacted three years ago alongside its controversial twin
media law, the Access to Information and the Protection of Privacy Act
(AIPPA). Since then, more than a hundred journalists have been arrested but
Mponda is the first to have been convicted in terms of Posa.

Thursday, 25 August, 2005
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            THURSDAY 25/08/2005 08:12:57
      Zimbabwean pastor to tell of homeland horrors

      A Zimbabwean pastor will give politicians in Northern Ireland a
first-hand account today of the unrest in his homeland.

      The Rev Raymond Motsi will condemn human rights abuses by President
Robert Mugabe, most notably his decision to forcibly mass evict 700,000 slum

      Amnesty International footage of the evictions will be screened during
the meeting at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

      Mr Motsi, pastor of Bulawayo Baptist Church and chairman of the
Zimbabwe Council of Churches, said the international community must make a
stand against Mugabe.

      The African clergyman said: "The removal of the poor, innocent, weak,
voiceless and vulnerable members of society by riot police in the middle of
the night was uncalled for and unnecessary.

      "It is inhumane, brutal and in total disregard of human rights and

      The SDLP`s Patricia Lewsley, a founder member of the Zimbabwe
Solidarity Campaign, organised the event.

      Ms Lewsley said: "We would call on the British Government to send
someone from the United Nations to ensure that when food aid arrives in the
country it goes where it is supposed to go.

      "Our information suggests Mugabe banks the aid and uses it in the run
up to an election."

      The Lagan Valley MLA also called on international leaders not to
recognise Mugabe at global events.

      Today`s event will be attended by politicians and representatives of
non-governmental organisations.

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25 August 2005


The MDC is deeply disturbed by news reports alleging that the Zimbabwe
Government is demanding that custom duties be paid for 6,000 blankets and
essential food items donated by the South African Council of Churches.

If true, then the Zimbabwe Government stands accused of attempting to make a
profit out of the human misery that its policy blunders have precipitated.
Such morally reprehensible behaviour must be widely condemned.

Rather than taking steps to ensure that humanitarian aid is delivered
expeditiously, Mugabe and Zanu PF appear to be pulling out all the stops to
block aid getting through to those most in need.

The trucks carrying the aid mobilised by the SACC have been impounded for
over two weeks.

Given Zimbabwe's humanitarian needs, the absence of any sense of urgency by
the government to mobilise and distribute resources is beyond comprehension.

The MDC urges the South African Government to intervene and engage its
counterparts in Harare to secure the swift removal of the obstacles
preventing the SACC from carrying out its relief exercise.

Paul Themba Nyathi
Secretary for Information and Publicity

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Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2005 3:22 AM
Subject: Lobengula causes stir in Parliament

Daily Mirror
Lobengula causes stir in Parliament
Farirai Machivenyika
issue date :2005-Aug-25

A ZANU PF legislator stirred a hornet’s nest on Tuesday when he dragged into
Parliament the name of Ndebele king Lobengula – whom he said sold the
country to the British over a century ago.
The statement, which some MDC legislators’ felt had damning ethnic
connotations, immediately courted their ire.
The opposition MPs then threatened to walk out of the august House during
debate on the Constitutional Amendment Bill (No.17) if the government
backbencher did not withdraw her statement.
While contributing to debate on the proposed appointment of six chiefs to
the Senate, Zaka West MP Marble Mawere said: “The white colonialists stole
our land from the time King Lobengula sold our country…”
MDC legislators then viciously objected to the assertions arguing that the
Zanu PF parliamentarian’s statement smacked of tribalism before threatening
to march out of the House unless Mawere revoked her innuendo.
MDC Hwange East MP Thembinkosi Sibindi said: “Madam Speaker, that is a
misrepresentation of facts and an insult to Ndebeles and the honourable
member should withdraw her statement.”
Zanu PF Gwanda South MP Abednico Ncube also disputed Mawere’s claims and
said the opposition legislators would not continue with deliberations until
Mawere retracted her comments.
He said such careless statements were responsible for the ethnic
disturbances that rocked Matabeleland region soon after independence.
However, Mawere refused to withdraw her comments, saying that was what
people were taught by the colonialists.
Glen Norah MP (MDC) Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga also urged Mawere to
retract her statement saying: “As female MPs, we have agreed that we would
not respond to what a colleague says but I hope that the honourable MP will
withdraw her statement. We want to build unity and not say anything that
will insult other tribes.”
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The topic for debate, “the position of traditional chiefs in Zimbabwean
politics”, was introduced by the deputy Speaker of Parliament Edna Madzongwe
after which the leader of the House Patrick Chinamasa was expected to
respond to the concerns raised on Tuesday.
The debate was raised after MDC’s Welshman Ncube accused Zanu PF of abusing
chiefs in Parliament when voting on pieces of legislation.
“Chiefs should not see themselves as extensions of Zanu PF. They are used as
voting fodder by Zanu PF,” Ncube said. “Shifting chiefs from one House to
another will not add any value to our political system.” Currently,
Parliament has 10 chiefs selected by the chiefs council and then appointed
by the President.
Lobengula, of the Khumalo clan, had dominion over  most of present day
Zimbabwe when British imperialists colonised the country in 1890 which
subsequently triggered uprisings in Matabeleland and Mashonaland culminating
in the First Chimurenga of 1896-97.
Lobengula, whose whereabouts still remain a mystery after his warriors were
wiped out at the Battle of Shangani, is believed to have died in the Zambezi
Valley while fleeing capture and his remains interred at Pupu, Lupane in
Matabeleland North. He was the last Ndebele king after succeeding his
father, the State’s founder King Mzilikazi kaMatshobana who trooped north
after rebelling against fiery Zulu King Chaka.
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