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WOZA (WOMEN OF ZIMBABWE ARISE) CO-ORDINATOR ARRESTED IN BULAWAYO THIS
MORNING MONDAY 2ND AUGUST 2004

Jenni Williams, one of the co-ordinators of WOZA - Women of Zimbabwe
Arise - has been arrested in Bulawayo this morning and is currently in
custody. Two other WOZA women have insisted on being taken into custody
with her although they are not under arrest.

WOZA offices were raided two weeks ago by police who said that they were
looking for explosives and weapons. Although they found only whistles and
scarves police said that the WOZA women were wanted for questioning. It is
not clear whether the arrest is in connection with the raid. Jenni
Williams, who spoke to members of the UK WOZA support group on Thursday last
week, was concerned about reporting to the police for questioning because
under Mugabe's latest draconian laws Zimbabweans can be detained for up to
30 days without charge. On a lighter note Jenni said she wondered whether
the police needed the WOZA women to show them how to blow the whistles -
WOZA being one of the principle whistle-blowers on injustices in Zimbabwe.

Over the past year and a half in Zimbabwe, WOZA, a cross-party and
cross-cultural women's group, has staged street protests against POSA (the
Public Order and Securities Act), against lack of constitutional rights,
against corruption in government, against lack of cash in the banks (when
the government ran out of currency in November last year) and against 'human
exports' when Gideon Gono urged Zimbabwe nationals to find work abroad and
send back much needed foreign exchange.. The WOZA women have also joined in
protest with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trades Unions demonstrating about
economic hardships last November and with the National Constitutional
Assembly demonstrating for human rights.

Earlier this year WOZA held a Valentines Day demonstration calling for love
and humanity in Zimbabwe during which they regaled the Chitungwiza police
with roses and valentines cards. The idea of these peaceful but spirited
women posing a threat through weapons and explosives is laughable but it
seems the ZANU PF regime is out to silence all voices of dissent in the run
up to the 2005 elections.

For more information contact WOZA on 00 263 4442988 0r +263 91 288605 or UK
WOZA support group members Lois Davis 07811452030 or Tracy Doig 07967505433.
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From The Financial Mail (SA), 23 July

IMF spells it out

Fund expresses grave concern over continued downward spiral in economic and
social conditions

Just as some analysts - notably Standard Bank - suggest that Zimbabwe's
economy is on the mend, the IMF has published a critical assessment that
even President Thabo Mbeki's policy advisers will find difficult to ignore.
Harare is trying to make the best of the assessment, arguing that the
decision by the IMF executive board not to expel Zimbabwe is a vote of
confidence in the monetary policy. But the IMF's accompanying statement
could not have been more explicit about the need for Zimbabwe to go much
further, not just in economic reform, but in re-establishing social and
political stability. The board expresses "grave concern over the continued
and sharp decline in economic and social conditions", noting that GDP has
fallen 30% over the past five years and will decline a further 4%-5% this
year. Though inflation has slowed dramatically from 622% in January to 395%,
"unemployment is very high and increasing, social indicators, which were
once among the best in Africa, have worsened, and the widespread HIV/Aids
pandemic remains largely unchecked". "Severe food shortages have
necessitated massive food imports and donor assistance," which the IMF Board
blames on "inappropriate macroeconomic policies and structural changes". In
particular, it says, "the disorderly implementation of the land reform
programme has contributed to a sharp reduction in agricultural production.
Concerns about governance and human rights, and the continued lack of
clarity about property rights have severely damaged confidence, discouraged
investment, and promoted capital flight and emigration."

Two lessons stand out. There will be no international support for the
Zimbabwe government until far-reaching economic and policy reforms are put
in place. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono is tinkering
at the edges of the problem and even his well-meant reforms are starting to
unravel. Monthly inflation, which slowed to 4,8% in April, was 9,2% in June
and though Gono is likely to reach his year-on-year target of 200% by
December, the signs are that inflation will rise again in the first half of
next year. So far this month the RBZ has managed to meet only 31% of
foreign-exchange demand at its twice-weekly auctions. Despite this, the
auction rate has held steady at about Z$5 350/US$. Exporters are warning
that they cannot continue without further devaluation or new export
incentives. Bankers expect Gono to announce devaluation - to at least Z$6
000/US$ - within the next few weeks. Money supply figures and especially the
recent surge in lending to troubled banks also point to higher inflation
next year. At the end of May loans to banks were Z$2,8 trillion - or more
than 12% of GDP - while money supply was expanding at about 450%. On the
Zimbabwe Stock Exchange share prices have more than doubled in little more
than six weeks as investors have concluded that the RBZ is not going to
allow interest rates to rise. Investors are shunning money market
investments that yield well below inflation and are piling into the stock
market, just as they did during the hyperinflationary boom a year ago.
Analysts argue that Gono dare not raise interest rates because troubled
banks would be at risk, while the cost of servicing the government's
domestic debt, currently Z$1,8 trillion or 8% of GDP, would bust the budget.

The second lesson is that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. The UN
Industrial Development Organisation's "Industrial development report" for
2004, published this month, shows how much Zimbabwe has deindustrialised in
recent years, slipping 20 places down its competitive industrial performance
index. The UN Development Programme's "Human development report" shows that
Zimbabwe has slipped down that league table, too, so that its human
development index is lower now than in the mid-1970s. Above all, the African
Union's highly critical report on the flawed 2002 presidential election
sustains the IMF's assessment that the Gono reforms fall far short of what
is needed to turn the country around.
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Private Clinic, Hospital Fees Go Up

The Herald (Harare)

August 2, 2004
Posted to the web August 2, 2004

Beatrice Tonhodzayi
Harare

PRIVATE clinics and hospital fees recently went up by between 17 and 22
percent, further pushing the cost of health care beyond the reach of many.

The advent of private clinics and hospitals had provided people in the
country with an alternative to the public health centres.

In fact, most of the working population on medical aid favoured private
health centres to public ones owing to the better quality of service.

However, due to costs, this is changing slowly and people are now going to
public and municipal health centres whose charges are far lower cheaper.

With effect from July 1, the average fee that a person may expect to pay for
attendance, including consultation and treatment for up to 15 minutes, at a
private centre is now between $70 000 and $120 000.

Those who require treatment for a longer period would have to fork out more.

Core hospital fees now range between $300 000 and $777 000 per day while a
normal maternity procedure at the maternity units, ranges from around $300
000 to about $500 000.

Taken into account would be whether the delivery was a single and normal or
whether any complications arose during labour.

The clinic or hospital one would be booked into as well as the type of a
ward or room they would be in would also play a part.

A private suite where one gets first-class treatment and occupies one's own
room at a top-class clinic costs more at around $700 000 a day, while a
general ward in which there are three to four beds costs less at less fancy
health centres.

Costs at Avenues Clinic would be automatically higher than those at Arcadia
Medical Centre, for instance.

Drugs and medication supplied would also push the costs up further.

Critical care units at private health centres now cost anything between $475
000 and more than $1 million.

In operating theatres, basic fees range around $300 000 to $500 000 for
general and local anaesthetic.

Costs are calculated thereafter per minute.

Some of the private health centres in the country are Marimba Medical
Centre, Montagu Clinic, Harare East Memorial Clinic, Willowvale Medical
Centre, Westend Clinic, St Anne's Hospital, South Medical Chitungwiza
Hospital and Westend Hospital, Avenues Clinic, Baines Clinic, Michael
Gelfand Clinic, Glen Norah A Medical Clinic and Bulawayo's Mater Dei
Hospital.

According to the National Association of Medical Aid Societies (NAMAS), with
effect from July 1, 2004, it would be the responsibility of individual
hospitals and units to maintain and ascertain their own fee structures
depending on the facilities and services provided.

Some people said the increase in fees by private clinics, come at a time
when they were already failing to raise the "ridiculous" amounts charged.

A further increase only made the situation worse, they said.

Some private clinics and hospitals have in recent months refused to accept
patients on medical aid and demanded cash deposits, which raised the costs
beyond what the average working person could afford.

Most of their clientele was made up of people on medical aid who were
supposed to enjoy the service without paying cash upfront.

When private health centres started demanding cash deposits and core
payments of anything between $2 million and $6 million, some people who used
to prefer them turned to Government hospitals and municipal clinics.

Recently some people called on the Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Cde
David Parirenyatwa, to launch an investigation into the operations of
private health centres, saying their financial demands were getting worse.
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'Red Lions' tour draws to a close

Liam Brickhill

August 2, 2004

The Red Lions played their final game at Cuckfield Cricket Club
Getty Images

Cuckfield Cricket Club, at first glance, seems an unlikely setting for a
gathering of boisterous Southern Africans with two things on their mind:
beer and cricket. The cricket ground lies a short walk down a quiet country
road from the village of Cuckfield, and is set among the rolling green hills
and farmland of East Sussex, with the backdrop of a majestic country manor.
It was here that the Zimbabwe rebel players' "Red Lions" tour of England
drew to a close on Friday, at the Tony Oates Memorial Cup tournament, and
most of the players flew back to Zimbabwe on Sunday.

The rebel players had an extremely stressful three months running up to
their tour of England; Heath Streak's criticism of team selection and
certain selectors in April led to the sacking (twice) of 15 players and an
ongoing legal dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union, which has now gone
into arbitration. The players organised the tour to act as a break from
their traumatic lives back in Zimbabwe, but despite the relaxed, jovial
atmosphere at Cuckfield, it was obvious that many of them saw this as the
last time they would meet on a cricket field.

Cricket has been played at Cuckfield since 1891, and it seems little about
the place has changed since then. The surroundings create a serene
atmosphere, which was immediately shattered upon my entry to the ground,
with the announcer shouting "Ross, chum, that is my child! Beware!," over
the PA to a batsman who had just carted a six dangerously close to the group
of wives and children near the pavilion.

Jason Oates, who organises the event every year, said on the club's website
that: "The whole ethos behind the day is to get as many people down to the
club as possible and enjoy a day of cricket, laughter and of course a few
beers. I would like to keep the cricket to a decent standard and hopefully
this year, with no first-class cricket on that week, we will get a few of
the legends to come down and show us how it's done."

Obviously looking to maintain the "decent standard", Travis Friend, one of
the rebel cricketers taking part, joked before the first game: "It's no more
Mr. Shamwari (friend) for you guys." The action on the field was non-stop,
with games limited to 15 overs a side, and the teams were a mixture of
professionals and amateurs. Barney Rogers, who had just broken into the
Zimbabwe national side before the dispute between the players and the
Zimbabwe Cricket Union started, smashed the bowlers to all parts of the
ground before falling to the catch of the day, from Wayne Campbell - a
player with no cricket credentials whatsoever.

Travis Friend: with a cricket ball in his hand, he's nobody's
shamwari Getty Images

Campbell's non-existent reputation was exposed by a man with "Has-beens,
with a great future behind us" emblazoned across the front of his Red Lions
tour shirt. Excitedly describing Campbell's catch to a few of his friends
who were, unsurprisingly, in the bar ordering some Castles (Zimbabwe's most
popular beer) when the action happened, he gasped: "Barney hit it and Wayne
was sprinting round at cow corner. He didn't have a chance, but he dove to
his left and caught it in two fingers, just like that. He doesn't even play
cricket! He only plays once a year at these games."

Stuart Carlisle, who has been captaining the Red Lions side, explained that
the memorial cup was not part of their itinerary, but they were more than
happy to come down to help out, and have some fun. "Tony Oates was a farmer
who was killed in Zimbabwe a couple of years ago, and every year his son,
Jason, organises a memorial match here at Cuckfield," he said. "The Red
Lions aren't actually involved with the organisation at all, but we're
pleased to take part."

Eight rebel players took part in the four-team tournament, with Carlisle,
Gary Brent, Richard Sims and Neil Ferreira playing alongside a team of
Zimbabwean expats and ex-professionals in the Zimbabwe A side, Rogers
playing for Old Whits, and Friend, Craig Wishart and Trevor Gripper
representing the Red Lions in the Zimbabwe B team. Brian Murphy, who
captained the Zimbabwe national side for a short time in 2001-02, also
played for Zimbabwe B. The atmosphere on the day certainly embodied the "fun
and frivolity" which was the Red Lions mantra at the start of their tour,
and the other two teams - Cuckfield and Old Whits - were made up of friends,
family and Cuckfield's resident cricketers.

"We came over here for stress relief, and to get some of the young guys
playing again," added Carlisle. "It was a three-week tour, and we've played
five games. We tied two, won two, and lost one. They've all been controlled
games, though, more for the crowds really. Hopefully we've provided some
entertainment.

"It's been very enjoyable. We've also been raising money for charity. That's
been successful and we've raised some money for the pensioners in Zimbabwe.
We leave on Sunday. Some of the guys are going home, some have had offers
from sides in Australia and New Zealand."

At the end of July, the rebel cricketers accepted the ICC's proposal for
their dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union to be taken to arbitration. A
three-man tribunal has been set up, and will now attempt to resolve the
standoff between the two parties that began in April, and ended with nearly
all of Zimbabwe's main players banned from representing the country.

"Basically we're in arbitration now, until October 5," explained Carlisle.
"That's when the deadline is, but things are moving forward now, and we're
hoping for a result. It's going to happen."

Zimbabweans, both white and black, have been scattered far and wide because
of the severe problems at home, and the rebel cricketers are only the latest
group to feel the wrath of the government. Before them, the white farmers
and journalists came into the firing line. Ahead of the Red Lions' arrival
in England, Paul Strang, who played against the rebels for a Zimbabwe World
XI in the first match in Wimbledon, lamented the breakdown of the structure
of the first-class game in Zimbabwe, which mirrored the collapse of normal
society in the country.

"In domestic cricket, you know, we'd have a beer after the game, and just
talk about the game and about cricket in Zimbabwe," he said. "You'd have 20
guys in there, just to have a drink and a chat after the game. But now so
many players are leaving, it's not really happening so much anymore."
Perhaps not in Zimbabwe, but in places just like Cuckfield, communities of
exiled Zimbos have gathered together, and still find time to talk about a
game that was once their nation's pride, over a cold beer at sunset.

Wisden Cricinfo Ltd
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Top Official's Farm Underutilised

The Herald (Harare)

July 31, 2004
Posted to the web August 2, 2004

Harare

IRRIGATION equipment worth millions of dollars and other farming implements
are lying idle on Lynton Farm Plot 15 near Marondera while workers on the
plot allege that they have not been paid since May.

The A2 plot measuring over 200 hectares belongs to the Secretary for Lands,
Land Reform and Resettlement, Mr Simon Pazvakavambwa.

Some people - including senior civil servants and politicians allocated
pieces of land under the Government's land reforms - have been accused of
underutilising the land, exposing the Government to criticism from its
detractors in the process.

Workers on the farm said the farm used to be very productive but was now run
down and feared for their future as the new owner was allegedly not
committing himself to farming.

They cited tobacco barns and pigsties as some of the facilities that were
going to waste.

The previous owner, Mr Mike Malzer, used to grow paprika, maize, tobacco and
ran a thriving cattle ranch and piggery.

But, according to the workers, only one maize field and one groundnut field
were planted last year.

There are 39 cattle and one calf on the farm.

The farm was divided into 24 A2 plots with Mr Pazvakavambwa securing the
portion where the farmhouse is located.

The Herald visited the plot on Thursday and discovered that the irrigation
equipment was lying idle and gathering dust.

Three tractors - two Fiats and one John Deere - a planter and two discs were
seen at the farm.

Workers at the farm complained that they had not been paid and claimed that
some workers stopped work on July 3 in protest over non-payment of wages.

Mr Witness Pazvakavambwa, a relative of Mr Pazvakavambwa, who is also
employed at the farm, said workers were last paid a meagre salary of $52 000
each in May.

There are close to 15 workers on the farm but initially Mr Pazvakavambwa
employed only four with the rest being hired during the last agriculture
season.

He said Mr Pazvakavambwa last visited the farm three weeks ago but did not
address the workers as he usually does. Other workers said they only heard
of the visit.

But, Witness said, the fact that he was related to the permanent secretary
had not made his situation any better. He was suffering just like the rest
of the farmworkers.

"I hope he will come and pay us," he said.

Another worker, Mr Owen Murisi, said some of the farmworkers were now
contracted to other nearby farmers but continued to stay on Mr
Pazvakavambwa's farm in the forlorn hope that he would one day come and pay
them.

Some pregnant women on the farm showed gloomy faces as they narrated the
hardships they were enduring as a result of the non-payment of salaries and
wages.

The women said they had to rely on the generosity of well-wishers in the
community to survive.

"Around this time Mr Malzer would have put tobacco and paprika seed and
would be planting early maize for December," said one of the workers.

Mr Murisi said Mr Pazvakavambwa indicated to the workers that he would grow
wheat this year but to this day nothing had happened.

Yesterday Mr Pazvakavambwa refused to comment on the operations on the farm.

He demanded that The Herald explain to him how it got wind of the fact that
his farm was underutilised.

"I cannot talk to you unless you reveal your source. Reveal your story and I
will tell you a story. I don't want to see a story in the paper tomorrow
(today)," he said.

He let slip that his workers would be paid today.
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Muderede Case: State Refuses to Disclose Interfering Politicians

The Herald (Harare)

July 31, 2004
Posted to the web August 2, 2004

Harare

THE State has refused to disclose in court the names of the high-ranking
politicians and senior Government officials who are allegedly interfering
with investigations in the case of Chinhoyi businessman and farmer Cecil
Muderede who is facing charges of externalisation, smuggling and
contravening the Grain Marketing Board Act.

A Harare magistrate had ordered the State to supply it with the names of the
high-ranking politicians and senior Government officials after the
investigating officer, Chief Superintendent Musarashana Mabunda, said that
some politicians and Government officials were giving him instructions to
stop the investigations and prosecution.

However, the State, represented by Mr Gerald Butaumocho, submitted that if
the names were revealed it would prejudice investigations.

"It will prejudice ongoing investigations if we reveal the names," Mr
Butaumocho said before Muderede was further remanded to August 17.

Muderede, clad in prison garb, briefly appeared before magistrate Ms Memory
Chigwaza.

Charges against Muderede include externalisation of funds, theft, smuggling
and breaching the Grain Marketing Board Act.

The State alleges that between August 2000 and August 2001 Muderede
allegedly exported 6 400 metric tonnes of cottonseed to PJC Raw Materials, a
South African company.

He is alleged to have instructed the company to pay US$527, 500, 00, which
was due to him into a South African account, and the money was not
repatriated to Zimbabwe.

During the same period, it is alleged, Muderede exported 2 000 metric tonnes
of soyabeans to PJC Raw Materials and instructed them to deposit a total of
US$390 000 due to him into his ABSA bank account in Sandton, South Africa.
The money was allegedly never repatriated to Zimbabwe.

In October 2003 Muderede exported 2 000 tonnes of maize to South Africa*s
Industrial Commodities Holdings and advised the company to pay US$344 767,74
into his ABSA account and the money was also not repatriated.

The charge of contravening the GMB Act arose between May and August 2003
after he bought 2 527 metric tonnes of maize from Guruve, Chiweshe,
Raffingora, Mhangura, Banket and Chegutu without the authority of the GMB.
He is alleged to have sold the maize to Makonde Industries through Mayflower
Commodity Brokers after he misrepresented that it had been imported from
South Africa.
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Hard-liners retain control of Zimbabwe board

Wisden Cricinfo staff

August 2, 2004

Although the annual general meeting of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union doesn't
take place until this Friday (August 6), Wisden Cricinfo has learned that
the entire board will be returned unopposed.

It was expected that the meeting could prove troublesome for Peter Chingoka,
the chairman, and his board after a year in which Zimbabwean cricket has
touched new lows. But 11 of the 12 board members have been re-elected by the
provincial associations and the Ozais Bvute-led integration committee. Only
Kevin Arnott will not be standing, as he is stepping down for personal
reasons.

The news will be a blow to the rebel cricketers, as the continuing presence
of hard-liners Bvute and Max Ebrahim on the new board makes any compromise
highly unlikely. The antipathy of both towards the rebels is well
documented, and they are likely to veto any move towards concessions being
offered to resolve the dispute.

One of the delegates to the provincial-associations meeting, where the
provinces made their nominations, which took place nine days ago, said the
whole process was stage-managed by the board.

"How can a non-performing board still want to be retained," said one
provincial chairman, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals.
"These guys are there for personal gains, and that's why they still want to
cling on to their posts." He added that the recent changes to the ZCU
constitution meant that the current board could not now be removed from
power. "They're there until the money runs out," he added. "And the way they
are going it'll run out next year."

Tavengwa Mukuhlani, the Mashonaland Cricket Association chairman, and his
Matabeleland counterpart Ahmet Esat automatically become board members.
Ebrahim and Allan Welsh were the other two names put forward by the
provincial associations. That may explain why Ebrahim was so desperate to
join the provincial set-up and had to go out of his way to become chairman
of a small province called Masvingo.

Wisden Cricinfo Ltd
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Zim Online

New law to control influx of DRC and Nigerian nationals
Tue 3 Aug 2004

HARARE - The Zimbabwe government is drafting legislation to curb the
large influx of Nigerians and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals
in the country, ZimOnline has established.

Harare enjoys warm relations with both Abuja and Kinshasa. But the
sources said the Zimbabwean authorities were worried by the increase in
criminal activities including drug peddling allegedly committed by the
Nigerians and Congolese.

Hundreds of Nigerian and DRC nationals have flocked into Zimbabwe in
the last three years setting up several street corner businesses mostly in
Harare's Avenues residential area.

Both Foreign Affairs Minister Stan Mudenge and his spokeswoman,
Pavelyn Musakwa, could not be reached for comment.

Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi, in charge of immigration policy,
refused to speak on the matter when contacted by ZimOnline. "I don't talk to
South African journalists. You are persecuting us," said Mohadi, clearly in
the mistaken belief that ZimOnline is run by South African journalists.

Sources in the Home Affairs Ministry's Immigration Department said
what had prompted the legislation was the perception within government that
most nationals from the two countries were engaged in illegal activities.

The Immigration Department's investigations branch was probing
numerous cases involving Nigerians and DRC nationals, who had either come
into the country illegally or were using fake travel documents. Some were
also being investigated for allegedly illegally dealing in foreign currency
and gold, the sources said.

"Yes, I can confirm that something is being done but I can't say more
because these people come from two friendly nations," said a senior
immigration official, who spoke on condition he was not named.

According to the sources, the authorities are also investigating
several marriages between Zimbabwean citizens and Nigerian and DRC nationals
which they suspect to be unions of covenience only meant to secure
citizenship and residence permits for the west and central Africans.

The Zimbabwe government has deported scores of Nigerians and Congolese
since the beginning of this year for prostitution, money laundering and
foreign currency deals. ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Zimbabwe and Botswana talk border problems
Tue 3 Aug 2004

HARARE - Senior Zimbabwe and Botswana government officials met last
week to discuss security and immigration problems between the two
neighbours. Relations between the two southern African nations have soured
over Gaborone's decision to construct an electric fence along the
Botswana/Zimbabwe border which it says is meant to restrict the movement of
cattle and wild animals across the frontier.

The Zimbabwe government believes the fence is aimed to keep out its
citizens, many of whom illegally cross into Botswana to seek jobs. Harare is
also unhappy about what it says is the inhuman treatment of its citizens
visiting Botswana.

Botswana Presidential spokesman Jeff Ramsay said the officals, who met
under the auspices of the Zimbabwe/Botswana joint permanent commission on
defence and security, "discussed a number of issues relating to police,
customs, immigration and wildlife management.

"These included illicit trafficking in drugs, diamonds and firearms
and the containment of crime along the common border." ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Electoral law reform in the region discussed at Vic Falls
Tue 3 Aug 2004

HARARE - Southern African civil society groups, political parties and
parliamentarians are meeting at the Zimbabwean resort town of Victoria Falls
to discuss electoral law reform in the region.

The two-day conference, which began yesterday, is being hosted by the
Zimbabwe Election Suppport Network (ZESN) and the Johannesburg-based
Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA).

A Southern African Development Community (SADC) heads of state summit
scheduled for Mauritius later this month is to review laws governing
elections in SADC states. The conference in Victoria Falls will draw up
recommendations to be presented to the SADC summit.

An EISA project officer, Dieudonne Tshiyoyo, said: "The conference
will (discuss) electoral management bodies and how these can be structured
and appointed such that the elections conducted reflect the will of the
voters." ZESN is expected to table recommendations for reforms required to
ensure democratic elections in Zimbabwe.

President Robert Mugabe has pledged to reform Zimbabwe's electoral
laws and to appoint a new Zimbabwe Electoral Comission (ZEC) to run
elections in the country including a crucial general poll set for March
2005.

Civil society groups and the main oppposition party Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) say the proposed ZEC will lack independence because
the President will still have the power to hire and fire its chairman.
ZimOnline

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The Herald

Next year's election an anti-Blair one - Moyo

From Cletus Mushanawani in Mutare
The Minister of State for Information and Publicity, Professor Jonathan
Moyo, has said next year's parliamentary election is an anti-Blair one and
aimed at consolidating the gains made since the 2000 polls.

Addressing hundreds of Zanu-PF supporters at Nyahondo Primary School in Mayo
communal lands on Sunday, Prof Moyo said time had come to deal with Britain'
s puppet MDC once and for all by recording a resounding victory for the
ruling Zanu-PF at next year's election.

He said: "Britain's Prime Minister, Tony Blair, confirmed on June 14 that
his country was working closely with MDC to effect regime change in
Zimbabwe. That was a confirmation of what we have been talking about since
the formation of the party. Time has come for us to deal with the puppet
once and for all.

"In May last year, the MDC tried to organise a 'final push' to oust the
Government, but it backfired and it was the party's final fall. They fell
into a Blair toilet and that is where they are as I speak now. What is left
is just to flush the toilet and that is what we are going to do next year."

Prof Moyo said the elections were also aimed at defending the country's
land, sovereignty and heritage.

"The land reform programme is a logical thing to defend and if we lose the
elections, we will have surrendered the land back to the whites - a thing
that will never happen. Like what President Mugabe said, next year's
elections are not a Zanu-PF and MDC thing and Britain has shown interest in
Zimbabwe's affairs because of the successful completion of the land reform
programme.

"For the past we were saying everyone has a duty to play in the land reform
programme. That is why our detractors are now bitter. Makore ose apfuura aya
taiti iwe neni tinebasa ndosaka vaya vanewaya vavekugumbuka," he said.

Prof Moyo called on party members to be united and avoid divisions caused by
trivial issues as that would give the enemy a chance to gain mileage.

"There is a sad development within the party where some of us appear to be
working to reverse the gains made by the land reform programme by working
with some of the white former commercial farmers. Some are already selling
their land to them and this should stop," he said.

Prof Moyo took a swipe at newspapers which were publishing so-called opinion
polls in which they were saying people in Zimbabwe had shown unwillingness
to participate in next year's elections.

"We wonder when are the surveys done because people are registering in large
numbers to exercise their right to vote in next year's elections. Those who
say Zimbabweans are not willing to register in next year's elections are
dreaming," he said.

Prof Moyo took a swipe at some civil servants whom he accused of frustrating
those intending to register when they embark on the mobile registration
exercise.

"Although most people are showing interest in registering to vote, there are
some civil servants who are playing games and always give a lot of excuses
when they go out to do the mobile registration. We want to warn that these
bad apples in the civil service will be weeded out," he said.

Speaking at the same occasion, the Minister in charge of Anti-Corruption and
Anti-Monopolies Programme and Member of Parliament for Makoni North, Cde
Didymus Mutasa, said he were aiming for a 100 percent vote for Zanu-PF in
the constituency.

"Like what Professor Moyo said, we want to ensure that Zanu-PF wins the
elections overwhelmingly. We now have our land back and we should
consolidate it. We can only achieve a 100 percent in the votes if people
register," he said.

Prof Moyo donated 100 flags and 2 200 rulers for schools in Makoni North. He
also donated Umdala Wethu Gala T-shirts to the Zanu-PF Makoni District
Co-ordinating Committee.
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The Herald

Government invites China to assist in housing development

Municipal Reporter
Government has invited China to assist in the development of affordable
housing and provision of heavy-duty equipment for road construction.

At least 80 percent of residents in urban areas are lodgers and there is a
huge backlog for houses.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde
Ignatius Chombo, last Friday appealed to China to help in the construction
of houses.

He appealed to Chinese financial institutions to advance housing loans,
which could be repaid over a period of time.

"We can also go into joint ventures with Chinese construction companies," he
said.

He made the request during a visit to his office by a Chinese delegation led
by Cde Xie Lijuan, the vice-chairperson of the Shanghai Municipal Committee
of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

"Zimbabwe and China can co-operate in housing construction and delivery. We
have a huge backlog of those in need of housing," he said.

A number of Chinese construction companies are already operating in the
country with a majority of them winning Government tenders.

Cde Xie said Zimbabwe and China should take advantage of sanctions imposed
on the country by the West to boost relations.

Cde Chombo said another area of co-operation was in the supply of heavy-duty
equipment like graders, bulldozers, tipping trucks and equipment for road
tarring.

He said companies that have traditionally done business in this area were of
British and American origin and were no longer keen on working with the
Government.
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New Zimbabwe

Zim, Malaysia postpone Zambezi Water Project deal

By Agencies
Last updated: 08/03/2004 04:36:38
MALAYSIA and Zimbabwe have postponed plans to cooperate on the massive
Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project that is envisaged to improve water
distribution in the arid Matabeleland region.

Government and corporate officials from both countries had been expected to
sign a deal regarding the project during an ongoing business summit on
Malaysia's northern Langkawi island.

The project is expected to cost at least US$600 million.

But Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is attending the summit, said
that the agreement could not be sealed immediately because various details
were still under negotiation.

"The water project still requires much more discussion and it's not yet
ripe," Mugabe was quoted as saying by Malaysia's national news agency,
Bernama.

The project is expected to involve pumping water from the Zambezi River, the
largest river basin in Africa, and channelling it 450 kilometres away to the
Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo and other parts of Matabeleland province.

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The Herald

25 police officers leave for Kosovo

Herald Reporters
LOCAL security forces continue to serve on United Nations missions in a seal
of approval of their professionalism and expertise.

Yesterday the Zimbabwe Republic Police dispatched a contingent of 25 senior
police officers to Kosovo on a peacekeeping mission and also welcomed back
17 other officers returning from a similar tour of duty in that country.

This is despite a barrage of negative reports in the local private and
international media alleging that the police lacked professionalism.

Speaking at a farewell and welcoming ceremony for the officers in Harare
yesterday, Police Commissio-ner Augustine Chihuri said the UN had shown its
faith in the officers' professional abilities by requesting more officers.

"Allow me to hastily point out that the Zimbabwean police force has
continued to earn the trust of the United Nations in spite of a barrage of
negative reporting our country has been subjected to by some political
malcontents masquerading as journalists.

"Our police officers have shone like beacons in these international duties
as exemplified by the ratings of the contingent which we are welcoming," he
said.

At least 17 officers recently arrived in the country from Kosovo where they
were on a peacekeeping mission while the other 25 are set to leave the
country today for Kosovo.

The team, which includes two chief superintendents, three superintendents,
two chief inspectors, five inspectors, including police spokesperson
Inspector Andrew Phiri, seven assistant inspectors and six sergeants, is
expected to spend a year in Kosovo.

Commissioner Chihuri said the police's industriousness and diligence has
left an indelible mark on the international scene.

"The United Nations itself has shown its trust in our officers by requesting
for an even bigger number to replace the returning 17 at a time when the
mission in Kosovo is reported to be downsizing," he said.

"I hope that the contingent, which is departing tomorrow (today), will take
cue and try to emulate or surpass your success."

On a sad note, he said some of the officers had lost their property during
the mission but the UN officials had compensated them.

"We all felt sorry at the news, although unfortunate, that should be
expected in a country ravaged by such intense ethnic fighting.

"This should also sound a strong message to those who are deploying tomorrow
that you are not going for a holiday," said the Police Commissioner.

He said the officers were expected to strictly adhere to the UN Code of
Conduct as any deviations would be dealt with ruthlessly.

Commissioner Chihuri urged them to remain united and exhibit their true
ambassadorial qualities throughout their deployment.

"Always bear in mind that the country's detractors, working in cahoots with
the foreign media, have continued to dent the nation's image," he said.

He said they would be deployed together with officers from other countries
and they were expected to appreciate the differences in culture and remain
disciplined.

"It is through your behaviour that the international community will judge
the country," he said.

Cde Chihuri urged the departing officers to take advantage and use the
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe's Homelink facility to send money back to their
families.

The central bank came up with the facility to harness foreign currency from
Zimbabweans living and working in the Sadc region and abroad.
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Daily New (SA)

Calling all Zimbabwe pensioners
August 2, 2004

A Zimbabwe Pensioners Association has been formed under the auspices
of the Flame Lily Foundation of South Africa.

The aim is both to alleviate the plight of those whose pension has
become worthless and are without alternative means of support, and to bring
pressure on the Zimbabwe government to honour its pension obligations
abroad.

Zimbabwe/Rhodesian pensioners and annuitants, widows and others
interested should write to the ZPA, PO Box 1884, Pinetown, 3600, providing
the following information: full name, postal address, telephone number,
e-mail address if available, pension fund, pension number, date of last
payment received and last amount received (Zimbabwe dollars).

If the pensioner is critically in need of assistance, this should also
be stated.

Edward Osborn
Zimbabwe Pensioners Association

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