The ZIMBABWE Situation Our thoughts and prayers are with Zimbabwe
- may peace, truth and justice prevail.

Back to Index

Back to the Top
Back to Index

Financial Times

      Mugabe 'to blame for region's woes'
      By Nicol Degli Innocenti in Johannesburg
      Published: December 2 2002 4:00 | Last Updated: December 2 2002 4:00

      The crisis in Zimbabwe is hurting the economies of the region,
damaging trade relations and undermining efforts to reach closer
integration, Pascal Lamy, the European Union trade commissioner, said at the

      "Southern African countries are paying a high price," Mr Lamy said at
the end of a trip to southern Africa. "They know Zimbabwe is a mess, an
absolute shambles. Their solidarity has cost them very dear. They have lost
a lot of trade."

      Mr Lamy met ministers in all the Southern African Development
Community countries, including the representative from Harare, to outline EU
policy, boost trade co-operation talks and explain the benefits of trade

      Last week a meeting between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific
countries had to be cancelled when the ACP representatives objected to the
EU's exclusion of two Zimbabwean officials. The SADC has also criticised EU
sanctions against Zimbabwe.

      But despite shows of unity, SADC is deeply divided over Zimbabwe.
Botswana and Mozambique have been critical of President Robert Mugabe's
policies, which they believe are undermining efforts at promoting good
governance, developing their economies and attracting investment.

      South Africa has focused on engaging with Mr Mugabe and keeping the
channels of communication open. Yet South Africa's exports to Zimbabwe have
dwindled and Mozambique has replaced it as its biggest African trading

      "Peer pressure is the only way to address the crisis in Zimbabwe," Mr
Lamy said. "SADC is the right forum to deal with the Zimbabwe problem.

      "The main focus of my trip has been the encouragement and promotion of
regional integration," Mr Lamy said. "It is the only way southern African
countries can hope to compete with the strong economies of the developed

      Mr Lamy's trip is part of a renewed effort by the EU to improve
relations with African countries. The lingering resentment towards the EU
was partly due to a communications problem, Mr Lamy said, and partly to
history: "The EU is seen as the former colonial power and the US is not. It
boils down to a psychological thing. But in general, there is no doubt we
are much more open than the US to South African imports."
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Olusola Warns of Imminent Land Dispute in South Africa

This Day (Lagos)

December 1, 2002
Posted to the web December 2, 2002

Joseph Ushigiale

Following the Federal Government's revelation last week to establish the
complicity of the British Press and some South African businessmen in the
aborted Miss World Beauty Pageant, because of Nigeria's perceived role in
the Zimbabwe land issue, Ambassador Segun Olusola has warned of a similar
recurrence in South Africa if urgent and adequate measures were not put in

Speaking as a guest at the 5th anniversary celebration of the Centre for
Democracy and Development,(CDD), in Lagos Friday, Olusola, who was Nigeria's
former ambassador to Ethiopia, explained that " I was in Pretoria last week,
and what I saw, if urgent steps are not taken, a similar situation that
occured in Zimbabwe may not be far away".

He pointed out that the reaction from the West towards not only President
Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, but also those who support his land reforms,
which pitched the black farmers against the white land owners in that
country, showed a poor appreciation of the fact of the matter.

He urged the British and the United States of America governments to have a
change of attitude especially as it concerns the Kenya land matter, and take
a more critical appreciation of the fundamental situation, the antecedent in
regard to its effects on the black population, beyond the villification of
Mugabe and those African governments backing him.

Olusola's comment coincided with last week's declaration by the Minister for
Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, who linked the cancellation of this year's
Miss world Beauty Pageant to a gang up between the British Press and some
South African businessmen whose economic interests were hurt in the land
seizure initiated by President Mugabe with Nigeria's backing.

Another guest speaker, who doubles as a member of both the ECOWAS and
Senegalese Parliament, Dr Abdoulaye Bathily noted that corruption is not
limited to Africa alone but also in Europe, stating that while in Africa,
money siphoned by African leaders ends up developing the West at the expense
of Africa.

He pointed out that while corruption created national co - operation in the
far east through joint ventures, where such monies are used internally to
develop those countries, the reverse is the case in Africa where capital
flight is the order of the day.

Bathily traced the root of the corruption problem to the historical
perspective especially in the West during the Cold War era, noting that the
fight against communism led to the development of western economies in the
same vein as in Asia, where there was an inevitable need to invest heavily
in infrastructure to ensure that capitalism as a model was entrenched in
those countries.

He blamed the lack of development in Africa on not only the inability of the
respective countries to put in place a conducive environment to encourage
African stranded abroad to return home and contribute their quota to nation
building, adding that what obtains is brain drain.

Bathily maintained that for African to come out of its present hopeless
situation, there must be a change to the prevalent cutural attitude to
development where every body waits on government for development, collective
assertiveness and a stop to the the prevalent beggarly culture of looking up
to the west for grants and aids.

In a lecture entitled "State, Governance and Insecurity in Africa",
delivered by Prof Richard Joseph, Director, Program for African Studies,
Northwestern University in the USA, insecurity in African was identified as
the bane of undedeveloment in African.

According to Joseph, the spate of insecurity in the continent has affected
every segment of the society cutting across ethnic, religiuos, regional and
political boundaries, adding that " it is also driving Africans in
increasing numbers pout of Africa".

He explained the commitment of the President George Bush's administration
towards the enlargement of the African Growth and Opportunity Act(AGOA)
initiated by the past President Bill Clinton, by establishment of the
Millenium Challenge Account(MCA), adding that with $5b increase over the
current Overseas Development Assistance, new resources are to be made
available to Africa.

He however stressed that for African countries to benefit from MCA, they
must show show genuine commitment to uphold the rule of law and reducing
corruption in governance, invest in their citizenry through expenditure on
education health and potable water and pursue sound macro economic policies.

Joseph said that with the escalation of hostilities in the Middle East,
economic attention in oil is gradually being shifted to Africa, adding that
" we strongly advocate democracy, human rights, rule of law and transparent
and honest economic performance; we need your oil, your bases, overflight
facilities, and your active facilitation of our security operations".

He lamented that over the years, catastrophic governance has been mainly
responsible for Africa's failure to realise its immense development
potential, pointing out that "Africa's most crippling deficiency is not te
absence of adequate resources but failure to generate the necessary
institutional capacity in both public and private sectors to make effective
use of available resources".

He warned that " unless the chains of catastrophic governance are broken,
Africa's productivity will slip further behind that of the rest of the
world. It will take a concerted effort among many actors and organisations,
in Africa and internationally, to effect a lasting formation of African
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Economic nightmare of great proportions

Zimbabwe Independent (Harare)

November 29, 2002
Posted to the web December 1, 2002

Eric Bloch

SOME time ago I reported in this column of a dream I had had. Now I must
sadly report a nightmare of gargantuan proportions. Inexplicably, I had
acquired invisibility, and even more, I was ensconced in a chair of the
cabinet room of the Zimbabwean cabinet. The vastness of the cabinet is such
that it was a very tight squeeze for all to be seated, for a president, two
vice-presidents and 21 ministers constitute a cabinet of 24, which exceeds
that of the US notwithstanding that Zimbabwe's population is minuscule in
size as compared to that of the US.

In addition, of course, the cabinet was aided by a bevy of secretaries. As
the principal item of the agenda was consideration of the proposed 2003
budget, every minister was present.

As debate commenced, it focused upon the prevailing state of the economy.
After many had bewailed Zimbabwe's pronounced inflation, its immense lack of
foreign exchange and consequential massive shortages of many essential
imported goods, the ever increasing levels of national debt, and even
greater extent of unemployment, the almost total destruction of the
agricultural sector and resultant lack of food, the near complete absence of
investment, meeting progressed.

Dialogue waged fast and furious, until one of those present (his voice
quivering so much with concern that I could not identify him) suddenly said:
"Comrades, it is time that we stopped patting ourselves on the back. Yes, it
is true that our great skills have been such that we have been able to
afflict immense traumas upon an economy which, from 1994 to 1997, was
steadily growing and becoming virile and vibrant. Yes, we have frequently
castigated ourselves for having allowed such a considerable transformation
to occur, from an economy in intense distress to one which was beginning to
show signs of spectacular growth. In those few years we blindly allowed
industry to expand, servicing both the improving economy and the demands of
diverse export markets. Agriculture was yielding all-time record earnings,
the mining industry was rapidly growing and tourism was developing
exponentially. The financial and service sectors were performing better than
ever before."

This, he said, was totally at variance with our wishes and objectives. "We
had always believed that we would entrench our power and authority only if
we could create and maintain a society in crisis, so detracted by the
economic and other ills befalling it as would divert attention from
whatsoever we may do, and as would render all so gullible as to believe
whatever we would say, including our blaming the economic disasters created
by us upon whichever victims we would see fit to blame".

He then said: "When in mid-1997 we recognised that economic development was
occurring diametrically opposite to all we intended, we devised a series of
strategies to reverse that development and to bring the economy rapidly to
complete ruination. We were agreed that our primary target should be
agriculture as it constituted the foundations upon which the economy was
built. We determined that we should, with utmost confrontation and
aggression, expropriate almost all of Zimbabwe's farms with contemptuous
disregard for property rights and international laws and norms. We would
falsely justify our doing so with unfounded allegations that the land had
previously been stolen from us. In doing so, not only would we destroy
agriculture and, therefore, the mainstay of the economy but also we would
cause much disruption in those other economic sectors as interact with
agriculture and we would alienate the long-supportive international

But, he added: "We did not rely upon that strategy alone. We made payments
of great largesse which we could not afford to war veterans, thereby adding
further distress to a very derelict exchequer. We turned a blind eye to the
economic erosion of corruption. We rescinded policies of deregulation and
liberalisation of the economy. Instead, we imposed draconian, impractical,
unrealistic and counter-productive regulations, all designed to destroy the
economy although we pretended otherwise. Most of all, as we progressively
reversed the economic gains and fuelled inflation, we steadfastly refused to
devalue our currency, thereby removing all price competitiveness from our
exporters, bringing them increasingly to their knees."

And then I heard the unknown minister continue, saying: "But, my comrades,
we greatly underestimated the Zimbabwean economic infrastructure. We grossly
misjudged our economy. We were oblivious to its very considerable
resilience. Despite all that we have done to the economy over the last five
years, it still survives. Yes, it is weakened, it is frail, it is
struggling, but it is not dead. Comrades, we have failed!"

A deafening silence descended upon the cabinet room. As all present pondered
upon the dismal picture of failure so eloquently described by their fellow
comrade, they became more and more depressed, for such failure was too
horrifying to contemplate. And then, suddenly, another voice was heard
saying: "All is not lost. We should not be discomfited by the fact that we
have not yet wholly destroyed the economy. In fact, we should derive much
satisfaction by recognising the magnitude of the economic chaos that we have
wrought. And yet more we can be heartened by recognition that further
opportunities to bring about economic Armageddon lie right ahead. I refer,
my comrades, to the forthcoming 2003 budget. We can readily convert that
budget into a weapon of ruination."

All stared at him in wide-eyed astonishment. How could a budget possibly
achieve that which five years of destructive machinations could not? Almost
in unison they demanded that he explain how they could use the budget to
achieve their long-wished for economic collapse to levels beyond recovery.
And explain to them he did.

"First," he said, "we must recognise that Zimbabwe is a very heavily
import-reliant country and that one cannot import without foreign exchange.
So, let us ensure that there be no foreign exchange. Destroy the parallel
market and the bureaux de change so that none can export profitably and so
that importers who do not export be so deprived of access to foreign
exchange that their imports will be minimal and, therefore, their businesses
will fail. The collapse of export operations and of import-dependent
enterprises will cause unemployment for tens of thousands. The inadequacy of
foreign exchange earnings will severely reduce availability of energy and
fuel, bringing the economy to a halt.

"At this same time, we must ignore the inefficacy of previous price
controls. We must impose a total price freeze. Of course, it will apply to
the private sector businesses only. Parastatals will continue to raise their
charges and most wage-earners will receive inflation-adjusted, increased
wages from January. The price controls will force many businesses into
liquidation, although they will fuel an even more successful black market
than before

, for the black market thrives when shortages exist. That will cause further
escalation in inflation, destroying the last vestiges of viability of any
businesses that still exist.

"To ensure that this succeeds, we must increase government spending
wheresoever we can, thereby causing mammoth fiscal deficits to be funded by
borrowings founded upon the Reserve Bank endlessly printing money, there
being no others as will lend to us. That will cause inflation to rise even
further. There are wide open opportunities for us to spend more. Let us
allege that with the exit of our magnificent forces from the DRC, they must
be re-equipped. That will enable us to vote more to Defence than to any
other ministry."

"Let us also ensure our profligate spending by including within the
President and Cabinet Vote half-a-billion dollars for 'special services'
much of which shall not be subject to audit. Let us spend astronomic amounts
upon international travel, and upon our vast plethora of State Residences.
And let us demoralise the private sector further. We can readily do so by
token adjustment of tax thresholds while concurrently responding to
inflation with massive increases in the values of taxable benefits.
Wheresoever it is beneficial to the taxpayer, we must adjust marginally for
inflation. Wheresoever it is beneficial to the fiscus, we must adjust
massively for inflation, as for example, the value of employee usage of
employer-owned motor vehicles."

At that stage, all present in the cabinet room burst into spontaneous
applause, the volume of which awakened me from that nerve-shattering
nightmare, only to realise that it was a reality!

Back to the Top
Back to Index

'Boycotts should be the province of governments'

David Hopps on cricket's hapless mission to ensure World Cup 'safety' in
strife-torn Zimbabwe

Monday December 2, 2002
The Guardian

The last time anyone checked, an old election poster, bearing the clenched
fist of Robert Mugabe, was still pasted to the walls of the Harare Sports
Club. The presidential residence lies a six-hit away, so nobody was about to
tear it down. The graffiti on the cricket club walls, a few yards away,
might also cause Mugabe amusement as he is driven past in his motorcade.
"Jihad on whites," it states. "We want our land back."
It will be interesting to discover whether anyone dared to scrub out the
graffiti in time for the International Cricket Council delegation's
three-day jaunt in Zimbabwe last week to check security arrangements for
next year's World Cup.

Whether they did will have no consequence. Zimbabwe's right to co-host the
World Cup will be confirmed by the ICC later this month because, as long as
Harare and Bulawayo can maintain a fake veneer of normality, the cricket
authorities see no cause to do the politicians' business. But the only
delegation that interests the politicians is the United Nations
investigative team trailing around Iraq in search of weapons of mass

Whenever sport tries to stay out of politics, it can cut a ridiculous sight.
The ICC's security checks in Zimbabwe were not concerned with the murders
carried out in Mugabe's name, or with a worsening famine in which the
distribution of food has been blatantly used as a political weapon. And, in
all common sense, if world political opinion has not been effectively
marshalled against the endemic corruption, how could the ICC have done?

No, the ICC concerned itself with other "safety" matters. There were the
stock demands for players and officials to be protected by security
officers, police outriders and closed-circuit TV. Then they moved on to more
momentous safety instructions, such as the banning at all World Cup venues
of cool boxes, drums, trumpets, cans and banners bigger than 1m x 1.5m.

Finally, there will even have been the little reminder - and this is how
stupid the world has become - that no spectator at the World Cup will be
allowed to wear clothing bearing logos in direct competition to official
sponsors. Zimbabwean police might have failed to investigate innumerable
murders, beatings and lootings, but woe betide you if you wear the wrong
baseball cap.

Malcolm Speed, the ICC's chief executive, and a former Melbourne lawyer, is
a man of considerable intellect. His justification of cricket's stance did
not lack clarity. "It's not our function to evaluate the political regime of
any country," he said. "There have been sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by
some governments, but there have not been any sporting sanctions. It's not
our function to perform the role of politicians."

In that, Speed is correct. Boycotts, should any boycott be deemed just, are
the province of national governments. And, so far, England, Australia and
the Netherlands have not been instructed to withdraw, and the rest do not
seem to care. As Tony Blair regards cricket as about as important as a WI
whist drive - and its delegates as far less fearsome - any such gestures
before England's opening group match against Zimbabwe in Harare on February
13 are unlikely to be driven by Downing Street.

Nor will they be driven by Richard Caborn. Last week's intervention by the
sports minister was a mealy-mouthed masterpiece. On the grounds that two
English journalists were refused visas to join the ICC delegation, Caborn
stated that, if this was how Zimbabwe behaved, then the ICC should consider
whether it was a fit and proper place to hold cricket matches. This was a
nonsense on two counts: in Zimbabwe's litany of human-rights abuses,
knocking a couple of cricket writers' visas on the head hardly seems top of
the list. And, when it comes to considering what is "fit and proper", it is
high time that Caborn abandoned expediency and accepted that such
conclusions should be down to him.

The crucial problem with making a political stand and boycotting World Cup
matches in Zimbabwe on grounds of conscience is this: the only people that
it would punish would be Mugabe's opponents.

Mugabe might well be patron of the Zimbabwe Cricket Board, he might well
have suggested soon after coming to power that he wanted Zimbabweans to play
cricket and grow up to be a nation of gentlemen, he might well even have
announced the result of the 1990 election at Harare Sports Club, to a
bewildered England A captain Mark Nicholas, before the votes had even been
counted. But boycott the World Cup and not one Zanu PF activist would blink
an eye. Instead you would remove a source of comfort and sustenance from
many of those he has targeted. It would be gesture politics, and it would be

That is the crucial reason why the situation in Zimbabwe cannot be compared
to the cricket boycotts against South Africa a generation ago. The banishing
of South African cricket in the apartheid era was an opportunity to hit
where it hurt. South Africa's shameful racist regime drew enormous pride
from its success in sports run on racist lines. To shun South African sport
was not just a moral imperative, it was an effective force for change.
English cricket, however much its South Africa apologists kicked and
squealed, had to play its part.

International sport persistently exists in a political vacuum, in the
general belief that playing games between nations is good. For all that, it
is hard to state that the World Cup should proceed as planned in Zimbabwe
without guilt.

Anti-Mugabe activists are rightly infuriated by the assurances given last
month by Zimbabwe's captain, Heath Streak, when he said: "There are no
problems in Zimbabwe at the moment. Security is fine. Our government and
ministry of sport have pledged their support."

His comments have been cast as puerile, but fearful would be closer to the
mark, because he has not been immune from the political upheaval. Streak's
family farms in Matabeleland and, only a few days earlier, his father Denis
had been briefly arrested for failing to vacate his farm.

The World Cup will take place a year after Zimbabwean elections condemned by
the British foreign minister, Jack Straw, as "a systematic campaign of
violence designed to achieve one outcome: power at all costs". The European
Union protested with limited sanctions, but the Commonwealth summit, forever
trapped in the old black vs white colonial arguments, flunked it. Zimbabwean
sportsmen and women still perform around the world; there is no reason why
Zimbabwean cricketers should anticipate any different.

Unless the British government changes tack, the World Cup will go ahead in
Zimbabwe, and England will reluctantly fulfil a fixture in Bulawayo.
Tourists will be virtually absent and journalists will only be admitted if
they sign a declaration that they will write only about the cricket. Nothing
is about to suggest that Zimbabwe is existing in a state of paradise.
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Dispatch online

Zim troops 'ready to tackle state enemies'

HARARE -- Zimbabwean troops, who recently returned home after four years at
war in Congo, were now ready to use their combat experience against the
government's enemies, President Robert Mugabe said at the weekend.

Addressing lavish celebrations to mark the final withdrawal from Congo of a
Zimbabwean troop contingent that numbered 14000 at its peak, Mugabe promised
land formerly owned by whites to the war's veterans.

Government-backed militants began seizing white-owned land in February 2000,
plunging the country into economic turmoil.

"You needn't worry, there is still a lot of land to parcel out (and) we will
parcel it out to our people, those committed because they have roots in our
country," Mugabe told a parade at the Chinese-built National Sports Stadium

Zimbabwe backed Congo President Joseph Kabila's government in a war against
Ugandan and Rwandan-backed rebels. A ceasefire was brokered earlier this

Mugabe reiterated claims that the British government was behind mounting
opposition to his 22-year rule, because it sympathised with white

"We cannot have little England, little Europe in either Zimbabwe or Africa,"
he said.

"This is our land and it shall remain our land."

Aid agencies say 6,7 millions Zimbabweans risk starvation before the next
harvests in March. The food shortages have been blamed on the farm seizures
and drought.

Mugabe warned western governments against intervening in his country.

"Our participation in this (Congo) operation strengthened our combat
capability," he said.

"Our forces have gone that extra mile in terms of combat readiness and would
be more than prepared to use their experience and skill in dealing with
aggression either at home or elsewhere if duty should call."

Mugabe declined to say how much Zimbabwe's intervention in Congo cost or how
many soldiers died, saying only that losses were minimal.

Meanwhile slogans calling for a "holy war" against Zimbabwe's 30000 whites
were daubed on the walls of Harare's main cricket ground, ahead of a visit
by International Cricket Council officials.

Zimbabwe is due to host six games during the Cricket World Cup in February,
and the ICC visit was aimed at establishing whether the country was safe.

"Jihad (holy war) against Whites" and "We shall have our land back" were
sprayed in red paint on the club's walls, within sight of the armed guards
patrolling Mugabe's heavily fortified official residence.

Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said police were investigating the
incident. -- Sapa-AP

Back to the Top
Back to Index

Business Day

Forex dealers attacked in Zimbabwe


HARARE - Youths in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, have attacked a group of illegal
foreign currency dealers ahead of a government ban on exchange offices.
Eleven youths attacked the women, street traders and members of a church
sect on Friday one day ahead of the government's deadline for people to stop
trading money on the black market.

They made off with foreign currency worth more than Z$1-million ($18,00).

It said the youths were "angered over the continued destruction of the
economy by illegal forex dealers".

Last month Finance Minister Herbert Murerwa announced that currency exchange
offices would be abolished from the end of November.

The government blames the exchange offices for the crippling lack of foreign
currency on the official market.

It is not yet clear how closely the ban will be followed.

Back to the Top
Back to Index

Comment from The Zimbabwe Standard, 1 December

Get on yer bike

Over the top by Brian Latham

It has been announced that the fuel crisis gripping a troubled central African country is about to become a fuel catastrophe. Just a few weeks ago, the most equal of all comrades announced petrol woes would end because oil companies would import their own fuel. Though most troubled motorists thought this would mean a sharp rise in the cost of petrol, they viewed the prospect as better than having no fuel at all. Still, this week the most equal of all comrades had his decree quashed by the troubled central African nation's minister for fuel queues. The minister said a new company would be formed to procure fuel for the troubled central African country. The new company will be a joint venture between the company that failed to supply the troubled central African nation's fuel for the last two years and another company that refuses to supply fuel on the unreasonable grounds that it would rather like to be paid. Petroleum industry analysts pointed out that while the joint venture was a courageous new initiative, it was hardly encouraging news for motorists or consumers. "If the state-owned No Oil Company hasn't been able to pay its debts and this other company from up north won't sell, we have to predict the likelihood of success is more than a little remote," said one analyst who added that the whole business was rather gloomy and depressing.

Not to be discouraged, the minister for fuel queues said he was confident the new plan would work. He said it would encourage competition in a marketplace so regulated by government that retailers can buy from only one supplier and sell only at a price set by the state. Moreover, he said (because ministers like the word), there would now be serious competition among the imperialist capitalist oil magnates because the state supplier would supply only to its own filling stations. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the More Diesel Coming Party (you'll be lucky) said the plan was madness but he looked forward to the day when the masses rose and set fire to the state-owned fuel stations. "Not that it'll be that spectacular," he said, "there won't be any explosions or anything like that because we can confidently say that all of them will be empty."

Still, while it's bad news for motorists, it's good news for bicycle merchants. Retailers around the troubled central African nation were reported to be doing a brisk trade in bicycles as troubled citizens prepared to make themselves look ludicrous on the two wheeled contraptions. Even in remote areas of the troubled central African country elderly bicycle mechanics are reported to be coming out of retirement to repair and rebuild the foolish looking machines in an effort to keep the people mobile. It has even been suggested that the cavalcade of the most equal of all comrades will in future be a multi-million dollar German limousine pulled by several dozen oxen confiscated from an colonialist farmer. "Under those circumstances a siren will probably be unnecessary," said a police spokesman. The rumour of a prototype Mercedes Scotch Cart has been scotched by both the heirs to the Nazi car manufacturer and the troubled central African nation's spin doctors. "There's no point in making a bullet proof limousine if you can shoot the cattle and render it immobile," said a pragmatic German - while a spin doctor for the most equal of all comrades dismissed the claim as undignified. "Next you'll be suggesting he queues for petrol like the rest of you ungrateful peasants," he said.

Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Std
We have failed, says Made 12/2/02
Story by By Chengetai Zvauya

LANDS and agriculture minister, Joseph Made, finally admitted last week that government has failed to ensure food security for the famine-stricken nation, more than a year after repeatedly dismissing warnings of a serious grain shortage.

Made stunned members of the lands, agriculture and rural development committee on Monday, by painting a grim picture of the food situation in Zimbabwe.
The Standard was the only newspaper to attend the committee meeting, a situation which troubled Made enough for him to say: "Mr Chairman, I would have preferred a balanced mix of reporters."
The minister said apart from accumulating a serious maize deficit each week, government had not the slightest clue of the amount of grain farmers resettled under the controversial and chaotic land reform exercise would produce this current season.
Said Made: "The country needs 35 000 tonnes of maize, but it is only able to import 22 000 tonnes, leaving a deficit of 13 000 tonnes every week. At one time, we ordered 400 000 tonnes, but only got 118 000 delivered. This is a big challenge for us as we will continue to need the stocks to feed the population. We don't know when we will be able to get these remaining stocks, but we are trying to make sure that they are in the country so we can distribute it.''
Asked by Renson Gasela-the former Grain Marketing Board (GMB) head who is also the MDC shadow minister for lands and agriculture-why it was that government was failing to fulfil the simple task of buying grain in bulk, Made said: "I don't have the purse to buy the adequate maize supplies. Remember, it is allocated to us, so please bear with me."
On his ministry's projected figures for the coming season, the minister said no such estimates were available.
"At the moment, we don't have the projected figures of what we have planted this season and this is a big problem for us as government. We only hope that the new farmers will be able to produce enough grain to feed the country,'' said Made.
Agricultural production was last season severely hampered by a combination of crippling drought and government-induced disturbances on commercial farms.
The government went on to grab farms from about 3 000 commercial farmers, leaving the highly specialised sector with an estimated 1 000 farmers.
Speaking after the meeting, also attended by Zanu PF MPs Kumbirai Kangai and Paul Mazikana, Gasela who was ordered by committee chairman Daniel Mackenzie Ncube not to ask too many questions, expressed disgust at the way government had up to this time failed to tell the nation the truth.
"The nation will obviously be shocked by the minister's admission that the problem is far from over and that they are not even sure of what will come out of their much touted land reform exercise. We are in the middle of the rainy season, and Made chooses this time to expose his inability to plan. Surely this is a testimony of how the Mugabe regime is determined to drag our nation into further economic abyss,'' Gasela told The Standard.
Made, one of the ministers handpicked by Mugabe after the June 2000 parliamentary election, has in the past misled the nation about the food situation.
Last year, he dismissed early warning signs of a serious maize deficit, saying according to the knowledge he had gained from aerial flights across the country, Zimbabwe would have adequate grain supplies.
However, several months later, Zimbabwe is facing a food crisis and over six million people are in need of food aid. Agricultural-based commodities such as bread, cooking oil and sugar are also in short supply.
Long queues of people seeking bread and mealie meal have become the order of the day at shops throughout the country.
The worst affected areas are the rural constituencies where the majority of the population are not gainfully employed.
The Standard understands that the government is importing food from America, Argentina and Europe.
Two years ago, government embarked on a land resettlement programme which saw white commercial farmers being displaced by indigenous farmers.
The majority of these new farmers have not bothered to take up their pieces of land.

Back to the Top
Back to Index

   Zim Standard
Sengu dismissed over bonuses  12/2/02
Story by By Itai Dzamara
ZIMBABWE Under 20 captain, David Sengu, was sent packing from South Africa where the team is participating in the Vodacom Cosafa Youth tournament, as discontenment over promised but unpaid bonuses mounts.
The Under 20 side is mainly composed of players who also turn for the national Under 23 side which booted out Mozambique in an All Africa Games qualifier.
The players had been promised $50 000 each for progressing to the next stage, a feat which they accomplished. The promised bonuses were, however, not paid by the national fooootball association, Zifa.
According to information at hand, the players threatened to boycott the Vodacom tournament while on their way to South Africa from Mozambique if they were not paid their bonuses. Sengu, along with Nyasha Chazika and Tapuwa Kapini, were pinpointed as the most vocal resulting in Sengu being sent home.
Sources say the three were threatened with expulsion. Chazika, and Kapini were, however, spared as there were no replacements for them since some of the players who were part of the Mozambique excursion where over 20 years.
"Kapini, Chazika and Sengu were threatened with expulsion from the tournament after they led complaints over the non-payment of winning bonuses after the Mozambique tie. However, Sengu was sent back home on allegations of indiscipline. It appears Kapini and Chazika were spared the axe because there were no replacements for them since quite a number of players who played in Mozambique were not eligible to play for the Under-20 team," said the source.
Sengu confirmed that he returned home together with about eight other players.
He, however, was not eager to discuss the clash over non-payments of bonuses. "I was sent home on allegations of indiscipline by the coaching department. They have been accusing me of indiscipline for quite some time. I am not at liberty to discuss the issue of bonuses," he said.
Edgar Rodgers, ZIFA chief executive officer, was not available for comment.
The under-23 team overcame Mozambique in the All Africa Games qualifier 2-1 on aggregate, and will be meeting Zambia for the final qualifier. The Young Warriors had been promised $25 000 each winning bonuses after the first leg they won 1-0 in Harare last month.
The issue had featured prominently as the players demanded that they be paid before leaving for Mozambique. They eventually agreed to leave after a promise was made that they would be paid upon return.
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Standard
Mawere blasts govt  12/2/02
Story by By Farai Mutsaka
BUSINESSMAN Mutumwa Mawere, who appears on the United States sanctions list as a crony of the Mugabe regime, has accused government of double standards and of trying to intimidate him out of a court case against the government.
Mawere, through his Ukubambana-Kubatana Investment (UKI), successfully challenged the Privatisation Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) to release results of the tender for the government-controlled Astra Holdings' unbundling.
However, government is appealing against the High Court judgment in the Supreme Court.
According to initial results, UKI had emerged as the leading bidder for two of the three demerged entities, Astra Limited and Tractive Power.
Speaking to The Standard over the UKI-PAZ case, Mawere said: "In the appeal they have included the President as an additional appellant and that is tantamount to intimidation. How can you drag in the President who was not party to the High Court case? It is a sign a of desperation.
"Clearly some people in government don't want UKI. They now want to turn what was actually purely a legal battle into a political theatric in which the merits of the case are lost in innuendoes, name calling and character assassination. UKI is being blocked because it has no favoured person on board.
"What is all this talk of indeginisation when UKI is deemed to be unworthy of being eligible to get the offered assets on terms and conditions that were set by no other than the state?" fumed Mawere.
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Standard
MDC to name Kuwadzana candidate  12/2/02
Story by By Michael Kariati
THE Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) is today expected to select its candidate for the Kuwadzana parliamentary seat left vacant following the mysterious death of one of its members, Learnmore Jongwe in remand prison.
MDC information officer, Nkanyiso Maqeda, confirmed that primary elections would be held in the constituency today but referred The Standard to the party's election directorate for further details.
The Standard understands that five names appear on the provisional list including that of MDC national youth chairman, Nelson Chamisa and Kuwadzana resident, Derrick Madhavani, who served as Jongwe's campaign manager in the 2000 parliamentary elections.
Also on the list is Mathias Kufandirimbwa and outspoken indigenous businessman, Paddington Japa Japa.
Japa Japa contested as an independent candidate for the Dzivaresekwa constituency in the 2000 parliamentary elections after leaving Zanu PF.
Alfred Mukundi Nyahunzvi, a lawyer by profession, who had earlier forwarded his name withdrew it on Friday in support of Chamisa's candidature.
"I can confirm that we now have four candidates for the seat as Nyaunzvi has withdrawn to pave way for Chamisa," said Donald Chirunga.
Following the death of Jongwe, the Kuwadzana seat has threatened to cause divisions in the party. At one time, MDC president, Morgan Tsvangirai, was accused of trying to impose on the area, one Murisi Zwizwai, who is based in Masvingo. Tsvangirai has, however, denied the accusations.
Despite the problems, MDC insiders say the seat is in the safe hands of the opposition party which has routed Zanu PF in many urban centres.
Zanu PF's secretary for publicity Nathan Shamuyarira, said Zanu PF would come up with a candidate once the dates of the election had been set.
Back to the Top
Back to Index

   Zim Std
Kamushinda in retrenchment dispute  12/2/02
Story by By Chengetai Zvauya
PROMINENT businessman and banker, Enock Kamushinda, is embroiled in a legal dispute with his former workers who claim he forced them to accept paltry retrenchment packages with an armed person in attendance, The Standard can reveal.
The matter which is set to be heard in the High Court, pits Kamushinda, who owns Signal Engineering, and 31 retrenched workers who are being represented by Hillary Gunje of Chinyoka and Gunje legal practitioners.
The workers want the court to declare their retrenchments null and void on the basis that they were made under duress.
According to the affidavits of the workers who are seeking reinstatement, Kamushinda ordered security guards to close the company without the knowledge of the workers who were staying at the premises.
They claim the banker brought bodyguards to the company a few days later and asked the affected workers to claim their retrenchment packages at his office. The workers were then made to enter his office individually and were forced to sign retrenchment forms by Kamushinda who threatened to set his guards on them if they refused.
In their founding affidavits, the workers narrate how they were made to sign the retrenchment package under duress and they implored the court to invalidate the exercise.
They say apart from the intimidation, the packages were determined by Kamushinda himself without the input of the workers. The affidavits though does not state how much was received by the workers, some of whom had worked for the company for between two to 11 years.
One worker, Anthony Sanyangura, said he was forced to sign a retrenchment form, without reading its contents, under the watchful eyes of Kamushinda's security guards identified as Mupaikwa, Chamwaura and another who was identified only as "his soldier".
Another worker, Mutsetse Mabika, describes how he was forcibly removed from the company's premises by Kamushinda around 2300 hours on 14 July 2002. He further states that he signed the retrenchment form out of fear as there was an armed person around.
Clifford Ticharwa Matanhire said he had signed the form for fear of the gun and of losing the little money Kamushinda had offered.
The workers are determined to be reinstated to their old positions without loss of benefit.
When contacted for comment, Kamushinda asked The Standard to put its questions in writing. Later, his legal adviser got in touch with this paper to dismiss the allegations.
"The instructions I have are that the allegations are not true. What is on record is that employees entered into an agreement with the company for the termination of their employment. They received their packages in cash.
"When large amounts of money are being carried you need a security company which may be armed, and this is what happened. I have no doubt that the courts will dismiss their application."
Kamushinda, an indigenous businessman, owns several companies. amongst them Metropolitan Bank. He is also the chairman of Zimpapers and the Grain Marketing Board (GMB).
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Std
Students drop courses as forex shortage bites  
By Eupha Mahenga
THE dire economic conditions which have led to the severe shortage of foreign currency in the banks and its influx on the parallel market has ravaged the business sector without sparing students at private colleges, it has emerged. Students attending courses paid for in foreign currency are finding it difficult to cope as they cannot afford to register for their exams in foreign currency.
The business studies head of department at Christian College of Southern Africa, Brighton Shereni, confirmed that the scarcity and strength of the pound had led to more cases of students dropping out of courses.
"The actual number of students who have dropped out of their courses is not readily available. However in my department, I have about 30 diploma students doing management studies who have failed to get the money for their studies," said Shereni.
The cash-strapped students are being forced to change from their initial courses to those paid in local currency. Among the courses being paid for in foreign currency is the diploma in marketing which costs £18 pounds per subject (about $27 000 at the parallel market rate) and also hotel and catering management which costs about £25 (Z$37 000) per subject.
It is not CCOSA students alone who are affected as most of the students at private colleges like Speciss and Zdeco have felt the pinch.
Some of the students at Speciss colleges told The Standard how they failed to sit for the exams after failure to pay the registration and exam fees.
"I was at Speciss college doing travel and tourism until recently when I failed to sit for my exams. The course comprises of five subjects, with each costing £35 (Z$52 500) pounds. I failed to get the money and now I have to find another course which is paid for in local currency. I wasted my time for nothing," said the student who refused to be named.
In October when students were supposed to pay their fees, the pound was trading at Z$2 500 and a travel and tourism student at Speciss college doing five subjects at £35 each was required to raise about $437 500 in local currency.
When The Standard asked about the total number of affected students, the officials at Speciss college said the college did not deal with fee payment and could therefore not disclose the number of affected students.
"We don't facilitate the payment of fees .The students deal with the ICM board of examinations on their own and because of that, we are not in a position to know the number of affected students," she said.
However, sources said CCOSA college is currently negotiating with the British High Commission to obtain assistance for the affected students.
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Std 
Chinos' raid forces Bakers Inn to close
By our own Staff

BAKERS Inn, one of the country's biggest bread makers, has shut down one plant in Harare and a production line at another following a directive from war vets leader, Joseph Chinotimba, that they may not produce high quality bread not subject to price controls, it has emerged.

The affected plant is at Simon Mazorodze while the production line is in Lytton Road.
The Standard understands that last month Chinotimba led a group of war veterans which raided the plants and ordered Bakers Inn to take premium bread to Glen Norah and Glen View where it was sold at the gazetted $60 price. Bakers Inn's retail price for high quality bread was $130.
Chinotimba also ordered the bread maker to stop producing premium loaf in favour of the ordinary loaf which falls under the price control list.
"Noting that Chinotimba's demand did not make economic sense, Bakers Inn appealed to the government which also upheld the war veteran's order. This left it with no choice but to shut down the plant and production line. Now, a company, which used to produce 240 000 loaves a day, makes only 60 000 loaves," said the source.
Contacted for comment, Chinotimba denied ever visiting the plants.
"I have never been there. Pamwe kuda wakaona chipoko changu. What I can only confirm is that in Glen Norah, people are buying bread at $60 because we have put a stop to the practise of defying government price controls of $60. What's wrong with that?" asked Chinotimba.
However, a visit to Glen Norah yesterday morning revealed that bread, which was scarce in the township, was being sold for as much as $180.
Burombo Mudumo, the managing director for Bakers Inn Zimbabwe, confirmed the closures but attributed them to erratic flour supplies from the Grain Marketing Board (GMB), which is the country's sole buyer and marketer of maize and wheat.
"The plants ceased baking bread in November and we are still negotiating for price increases. If wheat allocation is increased to about 10 000 tonnes a week from the current 7 000 tonnes, we will flood the market with bread," said Mudumo.
Despite rising production costs, government has remained adamant that the price of bread remains pegged at $60. On the black market where it is now readily found, the same product is going for between $150 and $280, depending on its availability.
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Std 
Thou shalt not swear at Bob
newsfocus By Walter Marwizi

MANY born frees in Zimbabwe will easily recall how they were forced to stand for hours away from their classrooms in the sweltering heat waiting for President Mugabe's much-anticipated and awesome convoy of cars.

Their brief, together with members of the Zanu PF Women's League, was to wave and cheer for a few seconds as the presidential motorcade-known as Bob and the Wailing Wailers-passed through their town.
After performing this duty, the pupils would immediately leave the streets and head back to their classrooms, many of them clueless as to whom, apart from President Mugabe, was inside the convoy.
They also did not understand the point of the whole exercise.
After all, they never got to know whether or not the occupants of the convoy of saloons appreciated their efforts since their faces would be hidden behind darkly tinted windows.
Such scenes were common in Zimbabwe during the early 80s up to the mid 90s when government officials, keen to impress Mugabe wherever he went, force-marched children out of their schools to provide him with a rousing welcome.
In those days, Mugabe, who, together with tens of thousands of other Zimbabweans, had waged a bitter struggle against the colonial regime of Ian Smith, was still revered.
He was seen in the mould of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Samora Machel and Nelson Mandela.
But as resentment towards Mugabe rises sharply against the backdrop of an unprecedented economic crisis, analysts say that it is probably just as well that children, especially those in urban areas, don't have to worry about waving at the motorcade under duress..
The open hand, which is the symbol of the opposition MDC party is no longer a welcome gesture for Mugabe who stands accused of bringing economic ruin to Zimbabwe.
Analysts say Mugabe has had enough of these offensive gestures, and is not prepared to take any more insults from disenchanted Zimbabweans.
Only two weeks ago, the Zanu PF regime took a bold step towards ensuring that their 78-year-old benefactor had peace of mind outside of State House.
In yet another assault on the freedoms enshrined in the Zimbabwean constitution, it announced the amendment to the Road Traffic Regulations, drafted by the colonial regime, to ensure Mugabe would travel free of insults.
The new law makes it an offence to swear or gesture "within the view or hearing of the state motorcade with the intention of insulting any person travelling with an escort or any member of the escort."
This piece of legislation, which does not define the gestures which could be construed as offensive, means that people cannot make any sort of gesture in full view of the motorcade, lest this be misconstrued as offensive to the occupants.
David Coltart, the legal director for the MDC, said his party's supporters had been arrested for chanting the party's slogan, Chinja/Guqula, (Change) and waving the open hand.
"If anything is an admission that your subjects dislike you, it's this regulation," said Coltart in an interview with the South Africa's IOL.
Douglas Mwonzora, a lawyer who is also the spokesman of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), concurred: "They (amended Road Traffic Regulations) are the result of a direct acknowledgement that Mugabe has lost his popularity. You can easily tell that whoever cobbled them up was driven by a strong desire to stop people from making statements at Mugabe. They are a first class example of the suppression of the freedom of expression guaranteed in the constitution."
He added: "The bit about the gesture has not been fully explained. It is so wide that it may cover even a mere grimace. If you nod your head, who knows, you may even offend one or more of the occupants in the motorcade. It is clearly meant for the urban dwellers who are mainly MDC supporters."
Professor Eliphas Mukonoweshuro, said outlawing any form of expression towards Mugabe was an admission by those who worked with the President that he had become immensely unpopular among the people.
"In a democracy, there are various ways of expressing support or displeasure towards leaders and when you outlaw that, you are admitting that you are no longer governing in the context of any semblance of democracy. It is hard to comprehend why a President who claims to have been democratically elected would take measures to protect himself from the same people who elected him.
"We have come full circle-from spontaneous demonstrations in support of Mugabe to spontaneous demonstrations of anger against Mugabe. Even ordinary people are now expressing disgust at the way he has mismanaged the economy," said Mukonoweshuro.
Mugabe is now held in contempt by many people for standing by while his supporters killed political rivals, mainly supporters of the MDC. His chaotic land seizures exercise has also reduced his once promising state into a basket case characterised by severe food shortages and acute inflation, now officially estimated at 140% but unofficially much higher.
There is no longer any need, analysts say, for Mugabe's lieutenants to try to show urban dwellers who overwhelmingly rejected him in the election, that he is their darling.
And, as paranoia spreads within the Zanu PF government, the major preoccupation for them now is to ensure that Mugabe, who travels in a customised bullet proof stretch Mercedes Benz limousine, is secure from both physical and verbal harm.
Early this year, government introduced the draconian Public Order and Security Act (Posa) which makes "any abusive, indecent, obscene or false statement" about the President, an offence which attracts a maximum one year jail term.
Political commentators who spoke to The Standard said the armoury of repressive legislation aimed at maintaining the dignity of the President was an open admission that Mugabe had become very unpopular.
Said David Muneri of Nyazura: "I have never seen a government so preoccupied with coming up with repressive laws. It just shows how desperate they are to hang on to power."
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Std
Zanu PF heading for a fight in Mutare
By our own Staff

MUTARE-A serious crisis is looming within the Zanu PF provincial leadership as the hunt for a party candidate for the mayoral election, scheduled for next year, hots-up.

The Mutare mayoral post falls vacant when Lawrence Mudewe's term officially ends next August. Mudewe, who has already served two consecutive terms, is no longer eligible to stand, according to the Urban Councils Act.
A source close to the party in Manicaland admitted that the selection of a prospective candidate for the mayoral post was likely to split the party leadership in Manicaland.
"Factionalism within the party in the past has emanated from the mayoral election and I am certain the forthcoming one will be no exception. Already, there are signs that Zanu PF will be further weakened," the source said.
To avert a potential crisis, the party leadership was expected to convene a meeting last weekend to select a candidate, but the meeting was deferred indefinitely for reasons which are still unclear.
Names being touted for the position include that of Kenneth Saruchera, a councillor for Ward 11, who is also a former deputy mayor. Saruchera has, however, remained mum over his intentions.
Former Zanu PF provincial chairman and Mutare business tycoon, Shadreck Beta, has since declared his interest to run for the top civic post. He made his intentions clear during a media tour of his multi-million dollar housing projects in the city recently.
"I will accept if nominated," said Beta, who claims he is the legitimate provincial leader for Zanu PF. Esau Mupfumi who operates a transport business in Mutare is also linked to the post but-he has, however, vehemently denied any interest in standing.
The mayoral elections in Mutare have in the past been the source of squabbles within Zanu PF. Four years ago, deepening factionalism within the party forced the current mayor, Mudewe, to run as an independent, beating the party choice, Beta. Beta also lost a court case to have the results nullified.
The opposition MDC which poses a serious threat to Zanu PF has not yet come up with a candidate, but business man Patrick Chita is tipped to stand for the country's main opposition party.
Little known Zimbabwe Unity Movement executive member, Jeremiah Chakaza, has also shown interest in occupying the city's top job, though he said he was going to run on an independent card.
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Std 
Matobo officials escape graft charges
By our own Staff

BULAWAYO-A Commission of inquiry into allegations of corruption and maladministration against three senior officials of the Matobo Rural District Council has exonerated them and recommended that they be reinstated.

The three officials are Ernest Ndlovu (chief executive officer), Tapson Ncube (executive officer for projects) and G Gulu-Sibanda (executive officer administration).
They had previously been fired by war veterans and Zanu PF supporters on charges of maladministration-of deliberately stifling development in the district, inflating travel and subsistence claims and stealing fences from council stores. The commission of inquiry was set up by Matabeleland South governor Stephen Nkomo after a visit to the district by local government minister Ignatius Chombo, before the presidential elections.
Sources within the council said the commission's findings had been communicated to all council heads of department through a fax message sent from the office of the provincial administrator in mid-October.
Said the source: "The war veterans and Zanu PF supporters failed to substantiate the allegations before the commission in the initial hearing which took place at the council chambers just before the local government elections. It was clear from the beginning that there was nothing to incriminate the officers because the real issue behind their expulsion is that Zanu PF believes they are supporters of the MDC."
In its report, the commission indicated that there had been no proof that the three accused officers had committed any of the crimes listed against them. It also recommended that council reinstate the officers.
The source added that the commission had also advised the people of Matobo to refrain from seeking political solutions to civic problems.
The officers are, however, unlikely to return to work as Zanu PF is reported to have indicated that it does not want them to work within the Matobo district.
The commission was made up of Zanu PF functionaries handpicked from the party's Matabeleland South headquarters. They included Gwanda executive mayor Rido Mpofu, Lloyd Siyoka, the Zanu PF provincial chairman, Orders Mlilo, a senior Zanu PF official who is also the chairman of Gwanda Rural District council and minor party functionaries from Esigodini.
Nicholas Nkomo, the council chairman was said to be away on business when this paper sought his comment on the date and conditions over which the three would resume duty.
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Std - letters
Sick of blame game  
LIKE all dictators, Mugabe seems to be a slow learner. The winds of change are sweeping across his kingdom but the man keeps on turning a blind eye to this. He keeps on revisiting ancient policies despite the damage they have inflicted on Africa's once promising economy.
Today, half the population faces starvation mainly as a result of Mugabe's Stalinist type collectivisation of farms. Industries and mines are either scaling down operations or closing down, queues for basic commodities are lengthening each day, fuel reserves have dried up, inflation has soared to three digit levels, tourist arrivals have dried up while flights from Zimbabwe are enjoying a rare boom in business.
All this is the result of Mugabe's fascist style of governance yet the old man is quick to find scapegoats.
In his every speech, Mugabe paints Tony Blair black as if he was in power during the time that the British were colonising Zimbabwe. Mr President, we are sick of this blame game and mind you, it won't deliver our country from its mess.
Let me also take this opportunity to remind Zanu PF that the MDC is a legitimate opposition party. Remember it garnered more than one million votes and each day that support base is growing.
Smicing Cuth
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Std - letters 
Pakistanis may have felt at home

I BELIEVE that the area around the cricket ground in Harare was swarming with ZRP goons.

As Pakistan was recently thrown out of the Commonwealth, and as they live under a dictatorship of sorts as well, maybe this made them feel at home?
I hope the ICC team saw it though. Anyone speak to them? You cannot be apolitical where dictatorships and genocide are concerned.
Hitler made a big thing of the Olympic Games in Germany in 1936.
Charles Frizell
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Std
Well said!  
THE letter entitled, 'Mugabe's Dancing Monkey' (The Standard, 24 November 2002) is right on target when one considers what vice president Muzenda said when campaigning for the last parliamentary election.
He said that if Zanu PF had a baboon as its candidate the electorate should vote for that baboon.
Whether it be a baboon or a monkey, one knows what damage they can do to a crop. This has been plain for the whole world to see. Total destruction perpetrated by those appointed by Mugabe and his party to stand for the party... some not even voted in but hand picked to become the wreckers of a once wonderful land ...wreckers of all that the country stood for as the 'bread basket' of Africa.
The plan as espoused by the vice president, to appoint baboons, though probably meant metaphorically, has worked and is right on track with Mugabe's determination.
The economy of Zimbabwe has been wrecked.
Monkey/Baboon Dance
Back to the Top
Back to Index