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The Australian

Zimbabwe's loss is our gain
Verity Edwards
August 08, 2005
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's campaign to seize Zimbabwe's white-owned farms has
proved an unexpected boon for an unassuming Australian farming magnate.

As Mr Mugabe has thrown off their farms some of his nation's most productive
farmers, Tom Brinkworth and his wife Pat have found a labour force and
provided a haven for almost 40 men, women and children.

Over the past two years Mr Brinkworth has travelled seven times to Zimbabwe
and has sponsored nine families, with another six on the way, to settle and
work his more than 40 farms in the triangle between Kingston, Naracoorte and
Keith in South Australia's fertile South East.

"When I was a kid everybody wanted to be a farmer," Mr Brinkworth said.
"Nowadays nobody wants to be a farmer."

Mr Brinkworth, 68, was spurred into action in 2003 when he spotted an
advertisement calling for sponsors placed by former Zimbabwean journalist
Jill Lambert, who has since helped more than 200 families settle in

The humanitarian aspect of the Brinkworths' actions are not lost on the
families they have housed and employed. '

'They're not our parents but they've really taken the place of them," says
dairy farmer Jan Bronkhorst. Mr Brinkworth said Zimbabwe property owners
normally had dozens of workers.

"The blokes just had to delegate," he said. "I didn't think they'd be much

The families have made Mr Brinkworth eat his words.

"They've coped remarkably well," he said. "We almost prefer that they don't
know much so that we can teach them. All they have to be is honest and hard
working, and willing to work."

Lisa and Thomas Niehaus and children Aiden, Connor and Jessica were the
first to be taken under the Brinkworths' wing after they lost their land.

Mr Niehaus, who had more than 40 employees on his produce and livestock
farm, found the new work tough.

"The first couple of months here almost killed me," he said. "It was a hell
of a wake-up call. We grew up spoilt."

Mr Niehaus, 40, said it was difficult leaving Zimbabwe. He feels he is
starting life again.

"I'll never be able to own my own farm. As a farmer here you have to put
down a 40 per cent deposit and I'll never be able to afford it."

Mr Bronkhorst left his father behind to come to Australia with his wife
Bridget and children Kaelee and Justin.

"I nearly got killed by a heap of guys. They threatened my wife and my kids
and when that happened I said 'That's it, we're out of here'," he said.

"My daughter Kaelee was with me when I was threatened and I put her through
the window and told her to run home."

The Bronkhorsts' house was surrounded by a 3m electric security fence and by
bars, and Mrs Bronkhorst said it took months for the family to relax in the
sleepy South East.

"Our kids took a couple of months to go out in the paddocks and feel safe,"
she said.

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Democratic Institute urges Mugabe retirement as best option

      By Tererai Karimakwenda
      06 August 2005

      In the aftermath of reports that South Africa's cabinet had agreed in
principle to bail out Zimbabwe from the IMF and to help with humanitarian
aid, many critics and observers have expressed disappointment at Thabo
Mbeki's unwillingness to demand concessions. They say any money given to
Robert Mugabe would be a free gift because the country is not able to pay it

      Ivor Jenkins, director of the Institute for Democratic Alternatives-
South Africa (IDASA), said the best plan for Zimbabwe would be a retirement
plan for Mugabe as he has become a liability for the whole region. Jenkins
believes if a loan is given, South Africa should insist that Mugabe
establish a more open democracy and agree to some specific economic reforms.
Without such concessions, Jenkins believes there would be no security for
South Africa.

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news
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Angola Press

Farmers appeal to world arbitration over farms

Harare, Zimbabwe, 08/07 - A group of 60 Dutch farmers have taken Zimbabwe to
international arbitration after Harare seized their farms to resettle
landless peasants under its controversial land reforms.

The farmers said they had filed their case with the US-based International
Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, an affiliate of the World

The group claims the farmers` property was protected by a Bilateral
Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (Bippa) signed between the two
countries, and should therefore have been spared the seizure.

The Zimbabwe government seized thousands of farms from white farmers, who
owned the bulk of the country`s arable land, to resettle land-less blacks.

An official at the Dutch embassy in Harare, Lily Talapessy, said the farmers
were seeking compensation from the government for the loss of the farms.

"The farmers do not demand more than Zimbabwe has agreed to compensate,
stipulated in the Bippa between Zimbabwe and the Netherlands," Talapsessy, a
first secretary at the Dutch Embassy, said.

"Where the government has not followed the agreed procedure, the Dutch
farmers claim compensation, mutually agreed and paid in the currency and
into the account of their individual choice," she added.

Some 70 Dutch farmers were affected by Zimbabwe`s land reforms, and lost
their property. The majority grew flowers.
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Sent: Monday, August 08, 2005 2:05 AM
Subject: Update - Hatcliffe Extension 5 August 05

On Friday  5 August I visited Hatcliffe Extension for the second time since the people had been allowed back to their stands in the "New Stands" area.  4000 stands have been allocated or reallocated. Many people are back, but some have not yet come, presumably because they have not been informed about the reallocation.  Some are now too sick, like Mr M.. who is still in Epworth with relatives.  Some have not found the money to transport their belongings back.
Very few people have been given the 4 asbestos sheets promised by Minister Muchena & co when they addressed residents 2 weeks ago.  Some were promised they would be given the sheets last Monday, but so far no-one has come back to fulfil that promise.  In any case, those asbestos sheets are narrower than a single bed, and scarcely longer - they cannot make a house with that!  Residents are however very busy putting up their shelters with whatever they can find, and some are already making solid foundations for substantial houses.  Many are living in bits of plastic and any corrugated iron etc they managed to salvage and hide before they were chased away - but at least one young mother is sleeping in the open with her baby, she doesn't even have plastic.  We are asking well-wishers to please now help with plastic sheeting and building materials if at all possible.   It is so tragic that all these residents had adequate, if flimsy, shelter 3 months ago, and many now cannot afford to replace even that basic shelter!
The promise of extra lessons to make up the two months of lost classes has come to nothing - there are no facilities at all for extra lessons.  Many parents have opted to wait until the new term begins in September rather than wasting more school fees for just 3 or 4 days of lessons at the end of this term.  However it is unclear whether Zambuko Primary School will reopen.  Currently it is being vandalised, with a number of broken window panes and probably books etc from the classrooms are disappearing, if not already gone.  The corrugated iron roofing on the main hall is being "helped" to come off.
The biggest shock was the Clinic, near the school, which has disappeared!  It was still standing and unharmed a month ago, and we were told it would probably re-open, but only the foundations remain.  Before and after photos are available on request.
I am very concerned that so many efforts from churches, NGO's and individual well-wishers have been destroyed by the regime and its agents in this Operation Murambatsvina.  I know that it will be extremely difficult to persuade those people and organisations to invest in the residents of Hatcliffe Extension a second time round, after this deliberate destruction.  They also need major infrastructure investment in terms of boreholes and/or upgrading of the Municipality infrastructure to be able to cope with their water and sewerage requirements, etc - it is not clear what help, if anything, they will get at that level.
Meanwhile, it is still very cold at night, and many residents have lost their property one way or another in the various upheavals, so we appeal yet again for whatever you may be able to give to assist - especially building materials and plastic sheeting.   Also warm clothes, blankets, children's clothes, and dry foods esp. mealie meal.  Donations can be dropped directly at New Stands (opposite SIRDC and further down the hill near the contractors' site) or at St Augustine's Catholic Church in Hatcliffe One (access from Scam Way off the Borrowdale Rd before Domboshawa) or small amounts at my Parliamentary office in Mt Pleasant Hall (leave with caretaker Mr Gwarada), my home at 4 Ashbrittle Crescent, Emerald Hill or at Our Lady of the Wayside Mt Pleasant (crnr The Chase/Pendennis Rd) or St Gerards in Borrowdale.  Every donation goes to very deserving people, and we are very grateful for everything, however small!
Thank you.
Trudy Stevenson MP
Harare North Constituency
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Farmer goes berserk

Shame Makoshori
issue date :2005-Aug-08

ABOUT 300 hectares of crops worth billions of dollars belonging to Zimbabwe's
ambassador to China, Chris Mutsvangwa, and the director of State Occasions
Anne Knuth, were reportedly destroyed by a disgruntled former commercial
farmer, only identified as Nickleson.
The two government officials were last year allocated Nickleson's Chingford
Farm, part of the vast Burgandy Estate in the prime farming zone of Chegutu.
Nickleson allegedly resorted to sabotage tactics in a vain bid to derail
operations on the farm.
Knuth and Mutsvangwa have since sought the intervention of Mashonaland West
provincial governor Nelson Samkange, alleging that immense graft had crept
into Chegutu district.  A clique of remaining white farmers are apparently
working in cahoots with politicians to remain on a number of farms.
Documents at hand allege that Nickleson was allowed to wind up his
operations at the farm but became hostile and reportedly set his cattle to
graze on 15 hectares of seed maize crop in January.
A further 70 hectares of seed maize and 45 hectares of seed sugar beans is
said to have wilted after Nickleson's farm manager, a Bolton, allegedly
removed irrigation equipment from the plots.
Another 45 hectares of sugar beans were razed after Thornhurst Investments,
a company contracted by the Jewel Bank to assemble irrigation equipment at
the farm, delayed the job.
Bolton allegedly removed electricity circuit breakers a night before
Thornhurst finally delivered.
"In April, 150 hectares of land had been prepared for the winter wheat.
"However, six irrigation pumps and engines were removed, all to sabotage and
throttle our winter planting programme.
"It is surprising that whilst we are going through all this naked sabotage
and hustles with Nickleson/Bolton, while these reports have reached the ears
of all top government officials and authorities in Chegutu, none of the
officials have dared to correct this inconvenience.
"This leaves us with no hesitation to conclude that they are on the side of
the inconveniencer since some pipes and sprinklers removed from the premises
found their way to the Selous councillor's farm and other officials around
Chegutu," Knuth alleged in a letter to Samkange, dated 24 May 2005.
She confirmed last week that together with Mutsvangwa they had sought the
provincial governor's help, after suspecting underhand dealings were at play
as pleas for assistance from local political and government departments,
including the police, were hitting brick walls. "I don't want to name
people, but I sought the governor's (Samkange) intervention after realising
that it was impossible to farm. They were not forthcoming," Knuth said.
"However, after we wrote the letter, Nickleson was asked by the District
Administrator (DA) for Chegutu to bring back the pumps."
The letter was also copied to the DA and other government officials.
Samkange yesterday said the dispute could have been dealt with at a lower
level, but he quickly pointed out that he was prepared to intervene if the
farmers were still facing problems.
"If I am appraised of the current state of the situation, I will be quite
happy to resolve it," he said.
The officer-in-charge of Selous Police Station confirmed receiving
complaints from

 Knuth and Mutsvangwa but referred questions to the police provincial
headquarters in Chinhoyi.
"We have received the complaints, but we are not allowed to speak to the
press. Talk to the provincial public relations officer in Chinhoyi," he said
adding that four reports were received.
Efforts to get comment from Nickleson were fruitless at the time of going to
press yesterday.
The Daily Mirror investigations last week revealed that graft had reached
alarming levels in Chegutu district.
Information at hand shows that about 20 white commercial farmers have
assumed immense influence to dictate things after allegedly pumping out
millions in this year's parliamentary polls to prop up chances of prominent
local politicians in return for protection against compulsory acquisitions
of their properties.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

High Court delays hearing CHRA urgent application

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Aug-08

THE Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has described as
unacceptable delays in setting down their urgent application to the High
Court challenging the continuous stay in office of the commission led by
Sekesai Makwavarara.
The commission was appointed in December last year.
CHRA's legal committee chairperson and MDC MP for Harare North Trudy
Stevenson, said they filed the urgent application to safeguard residents'
right to be represented by democratically elected councillors.
"CHRA applied for an urgent hearing of this matter in order to avoid
prejudice to residents in terms of rates and charges payments and prevention
of their right to be represented by democratically-elected councillors,"
Stevenson said.
"Our urgent chamber application has still not been heard nearly two months
later and this is unacceptable," she added.
She said residents were now being forced to pay huge increases in rates and
service charges despite numerous objections made to the Commission
administering the capital.
CHRA applied for an urgent hearing of the matter to avoid prejudicing
residents in terms of rates and charges payments and snapping of their right
to be represented by office bearers of their choice.
"Our urgent chamber application has still not been heard nearly two months
later and this is unacceptable," Stevenson charged.
She went on: "Residents are being forced to pay huge increases in their
rates and charges, despite numerous objections that were lodged with the
Municipality. The Makwavarara Commission has failed to respond to these
objections in clear contravention of the law." CHRA filed the urgent High
Court application challenging the continued stay in office of the Commission
on June 7. But the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and Urban
Development Ignatius Chombo extended its mandate by a further six months on
June 9.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson, Justice George
Chiweshe, the commission running the affairs of Harare and Chombo have been
cited as respondents in CHRA's urgent application.
"CHRA is concerned at the judiciary's delay in setting down our challenge to
the extension of the Harare Commission beyond the 6-month term provided by
the Urban Councils Act and confirmed by the Supreme Court in the case of
Stevenson Vs Chombo, Chanakira Commission et al. in 2001" Stevenson said.
The residents' lawyers, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), have
also written to Judge President (JP) Paddington Garwe over delays in hearing
the matter.
In a letter dated July, residents' lawyer Rangu Nyamurundira said: "On 7th
June we lodged an urgent chamber application on behalf of CHRA arising from
violations of the electoral laws and Urban Councils Act asking this
honourable court to urgently rectify the situation. It was served on all
parties the same day and was allocated to the Honourable Mrs Justice Makoni.
Despite the initial certificate of urgency and a number of enquiries, no
action has been taken and nothing has been heard from the learned Judge."
The JP is yet to respond to the residents' concerns.
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Govt should clarify Zimbabwe loan conditions: SACP

August 07, 2005, 12:30

The SACP has called on the government to attach what it calls clear
conditions to Zimbabwe before any loan facility is extended to the cash
strapped southern African state.

Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwe president, has asked South Africa for a one
billion US dollar loan to help relief his country's economic woes.

Blade Nzimande, the SACP general secretary, has urged the South African
government to be firm and vigilant in engagement with the Harare on the loan
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BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Aug 7 (Infostrada Sports) - Scoreboard at close of     
play on the first day in the Test between Zimbabwe and New Zealand on          


New Zealand 1st innings                               
J. Marshall  c Taibu b Mahwire              5
L. Vincent   c Carlisle b Mahwire          13
H. Marshall  lbw b Mpofu                   20
S. Fleming   c Carlisle b Mpofu            73
N. Astle     c Taylor b Streak             23
S. Styris    run out                        7
B. McCullum  c Cremer b Mahwire           111
D. Vettori   b Streak                     127
J. Franklin  b Cremer                      13
S. Bond      not out                       41
C. Martin    not out                        4
Extras       (b-1 lb-7 nb-5 w-2)           15
Total        (for 9 wickets, 89 overs)    452


Fall of wickets: 1-21 2-24 3-63 4-104 5-113 6-233 7-309 8-369 9-432


Streak       23.4 - 5 - 102 - 2             
Mahwire      26 - 4 - 115 - 3 (nb-2 w-2)    
Mpofu        16.2 - 1 - 100 - 2 (nb-2)      
Cremer       22 - 0 - 113 - 1 (nb-1)        
Taylor       1 - 0 - 14 - 0                 

© Reuters 2005. All Rights Reserved.
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Sunday Mirror, Zimbabwe

IMF/World Bank to re-engage Zim
Tawanda Majoni

Recent developments and murmurings locally and internationally might
indicate that Zimbabwe, on the verge of an economic collapse, could soon
re-engage the international community in order to creep out of its crisis.

The Zimbabwean Ambassador to the New York-based United Nations, indicating
Harare's dramatic shift from its anti-western rhetoric, has called on the
International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB) and other donor
agencies to move in and find how best they can help solve Zimbabwe's
economic crisis in order to avert collapse.

The call comes in the wake of what appears to be positive engagement between
Zimbabwe, South Africa, China and the United Nations, among other nations
and international bodies.

The South African government, according to media reports, has already okayed
a US$500 million loan to Zimbabwe, while the UN secretary-general, Kofi
Annan, is expected in Zimbabwe in the near future on a mission that insiders
at the world body say would focus on how best to mobilise humanitarian
support for Harare.

South African government spokesman Joel Netshitenzhe has said monetary aid
to Zimbabwe would be "within the context of their (Zimbabwe's) programme of
economic recovery". On the other hand, China is increasingly showing
willingness to forge out business deals with Zimbabwe, when the country's
traditional partners in the European Union and the United States of America
(USA) have sharply reduced trade volumes or completely withdrawn. Boniface
Chidyausiku, Zimbabwe's ambassador to the UN, said it would also be in the
best interest of southern African countries to help their neighbour because
developments in Zimbabwe have a direct impact on them as well.

"Zimbabwe has one of the best infrastructures on the (African) continent and
it would be sad for them (the IMF and other donors) to let it go to waste
for political reasons. "If people in Washington (at IMF) are willing to
help, we are not asking for too much. All we are saying is that they should
resume balance of payments in order for our foreign currency reserves to
improve, so that we can be able to adequately fund agriculture and
 industry," Chidyausiku told the Sunday Mirror.

He said it was a "miracle" that the Zimbabwean economy had not collapsed
following the withdrawal of financial aid by the IMF and WB from seven years
ago. "Most developing countries have their budgets largely donor-funded,
with some of them receiving as much as 90 percent of aid. But, as experience
has taught us, there is no free money and those who assist always aim to
reap political capital," he added.

From the turn of the century, Zimbabwe has been burdened by dwindling
foreign currency supplies which have impacted negatively on macro-economic

Currently, the country is having problems in sourcing fuel from outside, a
situation that has hit hard, not only the transport sector, but also other
industries that depend on fuel and forex. Basic goods are in short supply
and there is a thriving oil and commodities black market, while inflation,
which had been on a downward trend from the beginning of last year, is now
perched at 164 percent and might shoot upward of 300 percent by year-end.

In spite of these problems, there is optimism in some circles that if the
government heeds advice, there could be a real turnaround in the fortunes of
the country.

It is expected that the windfall that Pretoria has extended to Zimbabwe
could be used to largely settle the country's debt with the IMF, which by
June stood at US$295 million, following which negotiations between the
government and the international financial institution would take place for
the country to be re-instated as a full member.

In a statement in June the IMF external relations, following a visit by the
body's team to Harare, said the move to defer deliberations was meant to
provide for "the country (Zimbabwe) with another chance to strengthen
cooperation with the Fund in terms of policies and payments". ""A rebuilding
of relations with the international community is a critical part of the
effort to reverse the economic decline. We hope the authorities will work
more closely with us to formulate and implement such a policy package, which
would help stabilise the economy and improve the welfare of the Zimbabwean
people," stated the IMF. The IMF intends for Harare to come up with a
"comprehensive policy package" that would lower the fiscal deficit being
experienced and the establishment of a "unified market-determined exchange
rate" as well as structural reforms to ease bureaucracy and restore investor

There are calls for the government to use the loan from South Africa to
ensure long-term solutions to its problems rather than merely plough it into
consumptive programmes.

South Africa last week availed the loan, half of what Zimbabwe had
reportedly asked for, saying the collapse of Zimbabwe's economy would have a
destabilising effect on Pretoria. A senior official at the UN, speaking off
the record, told the Sunday Mirror that the resumption of balance of
payments to Zimbabwe by the IMF would help restore investor confidence and
boost the economy.

"Engagement between Zimbabwe, the IMF and other donors would help improve
macro-economic dynamics. As it were, the perception of (Zimbabwe as) a
country in conflict, whether justified or not, has taken root and once the
IMF comes in again, there could be renewed investor confidence," said the UN

He said even though a date has not been set, Annan "would be too happy to
undertake a visit to Zimbabwe and see how best he can help".

The UN secretary-general was recently invited to Zimbabwe by President
Robert Mugabe to assess for himself the situation on the ground following a
controversial clean-up operation that led to a special envoy, Anna
Tibaijuka, being dispatched to the country on a fact-finding mission.

She produced a report that damned the government for causing suffering to
about 700 000 Zimbabweans when their homes and informal markets were

The UN source said Annan would be coming principally to address humanitarian

"The Secretary-General will soon visit Zimbabwe basically to engage the
government and other stakeholders on how best to mobilise food aid in the
wake of the drought that affected the country and to see how people who were
affected by the clean-up operation might be helped.

"He will assess how Zimbabwe sees the prospects of dialoguing with the
international and donor communities, after which he would encourage those
that can help to chip in because he would be better equipped by his visit,"
he said.

He added that Annan would not be coming as a mediator between the ruling
Zanu PF and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), in the wake of renewed
local and international calls for dialogue between the two political
parties, but said the secretary-general would also talk to the main
opposition and civil society.

Said the source: "Mr Annan is in constant touch with all UN agencies and
programmes to impress on them the need to mobilise support for Zimbabwe, and
I am aware that there has been a flash appeal to raise US$31 million for
humanitarian aid." "Depending on the discussions, Mr Annan would also want
to talk about the political environment in Zimbabwe and advise on how best
the country can shed off the tag of intolerance and address certain
controversial laws, but that would only be done bearing in mind that
Zimbabwe is a sovereign country." He said even though Annan had commissioned
Tibaijuka to write a report based on her observations, his visit was still
relevant because the secretary-general might not necessarily agree with the
contents of his envoy's report.

The African diplomat added however that the government should seriously
consider the recommendation for developmental co-operation with UN agencies
in order to mitigate the effects of drought.

There has been an outcry in the past when the government virtually banned
humanitarian food donors to avail aid to hungry Zimbabweans, accusing them
of harbouring political agendas. Some observers have been speculating that,
in spite of a bona fide desire in South Africa to help the country out of
its mess, there could have been behind-the-scenes manouvres between
President Thabo Mbeki and the IMF to rescue Zimbabwe.

They also say China might have encouraged Zimbabwe to shed its defensive
attitude against perceived political enemies in the EU and the US and work
towards progressive dialogue with them.

China itself had lived in near-isolation for decades before bringing down
its own "Iron Curtain" in the early nineties, opening up its economy to the
world and setting the tone for its current economic bloom. Even though the
IMF pulled out in 1998, accusing Zimbabwe of fiscal indiscipline, the
monetary institution has never shown any urgency to completely expel the
country from its ranks.

In February, the IMF extended by six months deliberations on the compulsory
ejection of Zimbabwe. The timing of the loan from South Africa is seen as a
deliberate way of making sure that Harare rises from the depths.

Chidyausiku admits that Zimbabwe has made political and economic gaffes in
the past, but hastens to add that institutions like the IMF should also
shoulder the blame.

Analysts say the attitude of the IMF, whose policies a former WB chief
economist, Joseph Stiglitz, once likened to "high-altitude bombing" stems
from an unacknowledged admission that it has also played a part in Zimbabwe's
economic crisis.

The IMF in the 1990s pressured the government to adopt a structural
adjustment programme that proved to be disastrous and offset a debilitating
economic downturn.

The economic structural adjustment programme (ESAP), which was premised on
the almost unhindered liberalisation of the economy, crippled industry and
led to massive job losses and flight of capital.

Analysts say there should have been a quid pro quo between economic
liberalisation by Zimbabwe on one hand and balance of payment support by the
IMF. The government has been arguing that it had been playing its part,
while the IMF in 1998 refused to provide balance of payment support, arguing
from 1995, that while Zimbabwe had been heeding its directions, not enough
was being done. The failure to provide balance of payment support, at a time
when Zimbabwe had liberalised to the extent of massive capital flight by a
footloose section of the population, proved almost economically fatal, from
the late nineties to the present.
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Angola Press

Moderate quake hits Zimbabwe, Zambia

Harare, Zimbabwe, 08/07 - A moderate earthquake, measuring 3.6 on the
Richter Scale, hit the border areas of Zimbabwe and Zambia Monday night,
meteorological officials said here.

Lovemore Masawi, spokesman for Zimbabwe`s earthquake monitoring agency,
Goetz Observatory, said there were no reports of damage after the tremor,
which struck in the middle of the night, and had its epicentre along the
Zambezi River, the border line between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

He said the resort towns of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and Livingstone in
Zambia, felt the quake, but no damage was reported.

"There was a tremor at 0231 hours and 28 seconds. The epicentre of the
earthquake was 18.11 south on the latitude and 26.27 east on the longitude.
Its magnitude was 3.6 as measured on the Richter Scale," Masawi said.

According to him, this was on fault lines along the Zambezi River, which has
experienced several earthquakes in the last six years.

"Generally, the possibility in this area is very high because of some
faults," he explained.
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No Forgetting the Blood On Moyo's Hands

Sunday Times (Johannesburg)

August 7, 2005
Posted to the web August 7, 2005

Justice Malala

The least of the former Zimbabwean Information minister's crimes is blinding
hypocrisy, writes Justice Malala

He is a vile, evil, two-faced, dissembling co-conspirator to torture,
starvation and murder

MEMORIES of injustice persist. They cannot be erased, they cannot be subju
gated. They rise.

I, for example, cannot forget Gugu Moyo. No one who meets her would. Frail,
serious, the young lawyer used her devastating intellect and stamina to help
launch and drive an international campaign to save the Daily News in

Two years ago she travelled to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, the UK and
the US to ask govern ments and civil organisations to help save the
newspaper after it was shut down by the government of Zimbabwe. She failed.

Moyo is not the only one I cannot forget. I cannot forget the young
journalists at SW Radio Africa, forced to broadcast from London because they
would be jailed in their own country. I also cannot forget Wilf Mbanga and
John Masuku, journalists who have fled the same persecution in Zimbabwe.

I cannot forget the despairing faces of the hundreds of activists - many
with devastating stories of torture - I have met in New York, Hillbrow,
London, Pretoria and Amsterdam. All of them fled the torture and death that
Jona than Moyo - as Robert Mugabe's Information minister - gleefully
orchestrated, ruthlessly carried out and defended with a frightening
robustness in public.

These memories - and those of millions of Zimbabweans and others across the
world - are alive.

At a time when so many get away with murder, memory remains the most
powerful weapon against a repeat of the corruption, dishonesty, cant and
murder that is visited upon our fellow human beings in places like Zimbabwe.
In fact, it is the only weapon we have.

Dictators and their cohorts thrive on the rewriting of history and the
erasure of memory.

Jonathan Moyo writes in last week's Sunday Times, "Mugabe has dug Zanu-PF's
grave", as though he were not complicit in the wave of torture, repression
and murder that has engulfed that country in the past seven years.

With breathtaking hypocrisy, he calls Mugabe a "rhetorical nationalist who
does not want to see democracy anywhere near him".

For years Moyo was the main driver of Mugabe's attempts to throttle the
legitimate voices of the Zimbabwean people - and now he wants us to forget
his role in all this?

Nothing can erase from our collective memory what Moyo has done and the
numerous deaths he has to be accused of causing.

We must also not forget that Moyo is not where he is today because he
decided to stand up against Mugabe's excesses. Moyo and some of his cohorts
within Zanu-PF were plotting to block a Mugabe favourite from taking over
the party leadership and thereby hopefully succeeding the ageing and
demented dictator.

Moyo and his friends wanted themselves to sup at the table that Mugabe is
luxuriating at while Zimbabweans starve.

Moyo thinks we have suddenly forgotten all this. But memory must persist,
and it does in his case. We have not forgotten the Sunday Times expos© of
his living it up in Johannesburg, stocking his 4x4 with luxuries, while the
poor ate mud in Zimbabwe.

Let us remember the Daily News, once Zimbabwe's biggest-selling newspaper.

The Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) points out that when legal
steps to close the paper in 2000 failed, Moyo - then getting into his stride
as Mugabe's apologist - began "extra-legal" steps to shut it down.

"In April 2000 its head office was bombed. In January 2001, its printing
press was bombed in a military-style operation. Hours before this attack,
the Information minister [Moyo] had told the government-controlled
broadcaster that the state would silence the Daily News, saying it posed a
security risk to the nation," the MMPZ wrote.

Moyo went on to introduce one of the most undemocratic pieces of legislation
ever passed through an African parliament, the Access to Information and
Privacy Act. After its adoption, foreign journalists were kicked out of
Zimbabwe, more newspapers shut down and hundreds of journalists forced into
exile or jail.

When Moyo brought the legislation to parliament even his Zanu-PF colleagues
thought he was bonkers. The chairman of the Parliamentary Legal Committee,
Dr Eddison Zvobgo, said: "I can say without equivocation that this Bill, in
its original form, was the most calculated and determined assault on our
liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, in the 20 years I served as
Cabinet minister."

Moyo cannot fool us, must not fool us. He is a principal player in the
conspiracy that has brought Zimbabwe to its knees, and he is a principal
player in and accessory to the harassment, torture and murder that has
become the signature of Robert Mugabe.

He is to Mugabe what Goebbels was to Hitler. While Mugabe killed, Moyo lied,
whitewashed and turned the screws on independent media. Through his columns
in The Herald he exhorted Zanu-PF's militias to harass and where possible
eliminate the opposition. He is a vile, evil, two-faced, dissembling
co-conspirator to torture, starvation of the poor and murder.

All this we have not forgotten. These memories must stay with us for the day
the International Court of Human Rights rolls into Harare, Bulawayo and
Mutare and we must take the stand and testify.

And Moyo, no matter how much whitewashing of the past he attempts, will be
in the dock.

Malala is a freelance writer
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