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Cape Times

      On the run: Things may get hairy when guerrilla Joyce takes over from
Nutball Bob
      December 7, 2004

      By Ben Trovato

      There is a tremendous amount of unseemly arguing going on in the
country at the moment. Apart from the power-crazed race war brewing in the
judiciary and the battle between the church and the presidency for the moral
high ground, Brenda and I are having a terrible fight after she accused me
of gawping at the bare-breasted foxes who cavort and frolic on the beach in
front of our house.

      I made the mistake of not denying it. Instead, I stood there with a
defiant smirk. With one tight slap, Brenda made short work of my smirk,
causing the foxes to snicker and bray among themselves.

      Even more worrying than Brenda's frightening new role as top dog in
the manger is the news that a woman is going to be the next president of
Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe, behaving even more squirrelly than usual, stood up
at the Zanu-PF fawnfest and announced that Joyce Mujuru was his new

      Amid spontaneous cheering and dancing choreographed by the cultural
wing of the Central Intelligence Organisation, an enormous apparition in
green took the stage.

      The resemblance was startling. If Nutball Bob ate more staple foods
and had a sex-change operation, he would look just like his new VP. Uncanny.

      Of course, urban voters won't be fooled. They will recognise Joyce for
what she is. Bob without balls. The huge rural constituency will, however,
vote for Joyce in the next election because by then their brains will be
even more shrivelled from hunger and general deprivation.

      I fear that militant feminists everywhere are celebrating the
appointment of a woman to such a powerful position. But since feminazis
can't even see when their legs need a damn good shaving, they are unlikely
to see that this is not so much a blow for women's rights as it is a blow
against it.

      Having Joyce Mujuru in State House will not mean a kinder, gentler
Zimbabwe. Not merely because she is a woman and genetically prone to
irrational behaviour, but because at the age of 18 she had bunked school,
adopted the nom de guerre "Teurai Ropa", and begun shooting down Rhodesian
army helicopters.

      Fabulous. Just what Zimbabwe needs right now. A president whose
guerrilla name means "Spill Blood".

      What's more, Joyce is not yet 50. You may think that young is good,
considering that senile dementia has long been a prerequisite for election
to high office in Zimbabwe.

      In this case, young is not good. Not good at all. Right slap bang in
the middle of her second term, Joyce is going to be chairing a politburo
meeting and with no warning at all she will begin displaying vasomotor

      She will flush hotly, become anxious, forget important stuff and have
difficulty in concentrating. She will be even more irritable than usual and
will, in all likelihood, scrap the colonial boundaries and demand that
Zambia be returned at once.

      Menopausal women cannot be trusted in positions of power. They go mad.
They start collecting shoes, like Imelda Marcos. Or, like Benazir Bhutto,
they help set up the Taliban while taking kickbacks from Swiss companies.
Or, like Golda Meir, they cosy up to uber-hawks like Moshe Dayan. Or, like
Indira Gandhi, they attract assassins like the untouchables attract abuse.

      Comrade Bob pokes a stick at Britain as a nation of limp-wristed
neo-colonialist degenerates, but at least Britain will never again make the
mistake of appointing a woman to lead the nation.

      When Margaret Thatcher felt her oestrogen levels dropping, she invaded
the Falklands and struck up an unseemly relationship with Ronald Reagan.

      Maggie was forced out of office only when she began growing clumps of
unwanted hair, something that has always been the prerogative of the left.

      It is unlikely that Joyce Mujuru will suffer the same fate. In Africa,
we prefer our leaders to be hairy. I, for one, would never consider voting
for anyone who couldn't grow a moustache, at the very least. Just as long as
they weren't moody. I cannot stand moody people, even if they have facial
hair, and if there's one thing that menopause makes you, it's moody.

      I could be wrong. Maybe the time is right for southern Africa's
biggest basket case to have an ill-tempered, capricious leader known as
"Spill Blood". Perhaps Banzai Bob really believes that a woman is the right
man for the job.

      As journalists who are too afraid to predict the unpredictable are
inclined to say, only time will tell.

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New Zealand Herald

NZ demands release of jailed Zimbabwe MP

07.12.04 3.40pm

Foreign Minister Phil Goff has demanded Zimbabwe release Opposition MP Roy
Bennett, who has been jailed for a year with hard labour for pushing a
minister during a parliamentary debate.

Zimbabwe's Parliament has the right to sit as a court and impose penalties
of up to two years in jail.

But Mr Goff said Mr Bennett's sentence was harsh and raised concerns the
Zimbabwe government was trying to stifle and intimidate Opposition

He was also concerned about reports the MP was being mistreated in custody.

Mr Bennett reportedly charged at and pushed to the ground Justice Minister
Patrick Chinamasa after he called Mr Bennett's father and grandfather
thieves and murderers who deserved to lose their land because it was
wrongfully taken from black Zimbabweans in the first place.

Mr Chinamasa was not hurt and Mr Bennett apologised at the time for his

Mr Goff said in a statement that while Mr Bennett's behaviour was against
that parliament's rules, his actions were the culmination of years of
political persecution aimed at the Opposition MDC Party, the MP, his family
and employees.

It had been reported Mr Bennett's family and his farm managers were evicted
from their land in April, and that many of his employees had been killed,
raped or shot. Mr Bennett had been assaulted three times and jailed twice.
Despite six court orders, the land had not been returned.

Mr Goff said he had written to the Speaker of Zimbabwe's Parliament Emmerson
Mnangagwa raising New Zealand's concerns and urging the Mugabe government to
release Mr Bennett.

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The Telegraph

Cricket should hang its head in shame
By Sue Mott
(Filed: 07/12/2004)

What a waste of transmission time. All these sporting events going on in the
world and BBC's Radio Five Live had to tell us about the chronic
non-happening that was Zimbabwe v England every 15 minutes on Sunday

Who cared? Whether Michael Vaughan was on 14 not out was of no interest to
us or to the 45 people in the ground. It was such a meaningless and
despicable contest, even some of the radio station's own producers were
amazed that it led the sporting bulletins. Apparently, they had to. It was
due to "contractual obligations". So we see how Robert Mugabe's tentacles
were everywhere, even setting the news agenda in London. Newspapers must
hold their hands up a bit, but not as much.

At least the matches didn't make the front page headlines. We printed the
scorecard as though it mattered and poor old Wisden on its venerable pages
will have to record the nominal facts and figures. Presumably they would
say, as did England coach (and Zimbabwean) Duncan Fletcher: "We're just here
for the cricket." What a poor excuse. As though the noble sport should rise
above all considerations of murder, deprivation and genocide.

Sport is not best played in a vacuum. It needs a bit of air and human
context. It was absurd and faintly disgusting of cricket to pretend it
superseded life and death. It would have reflected better on us all if the
broadcasters had been silent, the sports pages blank and our cricketers
entirely absent from that ravaged dust-bowl a tyrant has created.
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People's Daily

      China seeks to strengthen cooperation links with Zimbabwe

      China has reiterated its support for the government of Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe by dispatching a high level official to attend the
national conference of Mugabe's ruling party.

      Jiang Yikang, a alternate member of the Communist Party of China's
(CPC) central committee, attended the five-day fourth national conference of
the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), which ended
Sunday, at the invitation of ZANU-PF.

      Jiang met Wednesday with Emmerson Mnangagwa, a top ZANU-PF official
and speaker of the Zimbabwe parliament, and Didymus Mutasa, ZANU-PF
secretary of foreign affairs.

      Both Mnangagwa and Mutasa thanked the Chinese government for
supporting ZANU-PF and reiterated their adherence to the one-China policy.
Zimbabwe hopes to deepen cooperation with China in agriculture, mining and
tourism, they said.

      Jiang said China and Zimbabwe respect, trust and support each other
and have carried out effective cooperation in various fields.

      Jiang described China and Zimbabwe as "all-weather friends" and added
that the CPC values the cooperation with ZANU-PF and stands ready to
strengthen cooperation between the two sides.

      Jiang read out a congratulatory message from the CPC Central Committee
to ZANU-PF Thursday at the national conference and on Monday conveyed
Chinese President Hu Jintao's congratulatory message to Robert Mugabe who
was re-elected as ZANU-PF party leader at the conference.
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Zim Online

Tue 7 December 2004

      HARARE - Acting Finance Minister Herbert Murerwa used inaccurate or
completely fictitious figures and projections in his 2005 national budget
tabled in parliament two weeks ago, independent economists and the
opposition said yesterday.

      Contributing during an official post-budget analysis meeting hosted by
Parliament's Budget and Finance Portfolio Committee, economists and
opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party parliamentarians said
for example, Murerwa's calculation of inflation was inconsistent with
current methods and trends of calculating and projecting the key rate.

      The budget review meeting is held every two to three weeks after the
Finance Minister tables his budget in Parliament.

      The government's Central Statistical Office, on which Murerwa relied
heavily for data, was using old systems to calculate both Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) and inflation, according to economic analysts.

      Because CSO statistics used to calculate GDP and inflation were
themselves inaccurate, it was wrong to assume that inflation will decrease
to between 30 and 50 percent by next December, as projected by Murerwa in
his budget, they said.

      The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe insists that it is now on top of the
inflation scourge with the rate dropping from a peak of 622.8 percent in
January this year to 209 percent in October.

      But ordinary Zimbabweans complain the central bank's successes in
fighting inflation are not visible on shop shelves where prices continue on
a steep rise.

      University of Zimbabwe economist Clever Mumbengegwi said: "We do not
have accurate GDP and inflation figures from the CSO and hence the figures
we get are inconsistent with current inflation rates on the ground."

      Mumbengegwi said a budget deficit of $4.5 trillion or 5 percent of GDP
forecasted by Murerwa would increase the government's domestic expenditure
and eventually feed inflation growth.

      "The government will eventually print more money to finance the
deficit and this will push up money supply growth."

      An economic analyst with the local CFX Bank, Moses Chundu, told the
meeting that the absence of political statements in the budget statement
undermined its potential given that revival of Zimbabwe's crumbling economy
also largely depended on the government resolving its political differences
with the international community to unblock financial support and aid.

      Chundu said: "The absence of political statement in the budget
statement on relations with the international financiers such as the
International Monetary Fund and the World Bank limits the budget from
attaining its objectives. How will it address issues of investor confidence
if it is silent on such important policies?"

      The bank analyst also questioned Murerwa's projected Z$23 trillion in
revenue next year given the dismal performance of corporate tax which
contributed only 10 percent in the last fiscal year.

      "The bulk of the government's expected revenue is from individual pay
as you earn, which is not sustainable considering that corporate tax has
been performing dismally contributing only 10 percent of revenue in the last
fiscal year," Chundu said.

      He said the corporate tax rate of 30 percent was still far too high
and worked as an incentive on companies, most of them already on the ropes
because of a harsh operating environment, to evade paying tax.

      Chundu accused Murerwa of being economic with the truth by not
revealing that some of the funds he identified as savings from the 2004
budget where actually funds earmarked for pending projects that government
failed to implement.

      "Some of the funds identified as savings were originally funds
actually earmarked for pending projects which have not been undertaken,"
Chundu told the review meeting.

      Farming expert and MDC shadow minister of agriculture, Renson Gasela,
described as bogus the 28 percent phenomenal growth forecasted for
agriculture in 2005 by Murerwa.

      Gasela said the key sector's state of near total collapse did not
justify Murerwa's optimistic projections.

      Murerwa also predicted the mining sector, which will record 11.6
growth this year, to grow by 7.5 percent next year. GDP which has declined
by 2.5 percent in 2004 will grow by between 3.5 and 5 percent next year,
according to Murerwa.

      He could not be reached last night for his views on the charges by
economists and the opposition on his positive projections for 2005. -
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Zim Online

Umguza villagers feel hard done by the government
Tue 7 December 2004
  TSHOLOTSHO - Although Umguza district lies less than 200 kilometres north
of Zimbabwe's second biggest city of Bulawayo in Matabeleland North
province, the area looks like one of the forgotten corners of the country's
remotest districts.

      Twenty-four years after independence, villagers in Goldfields and Buda
A and Buda B resettlement areas, say development still eludes the area which
has only two primary schools. The nearest secondary school, Sawmills, is
situated more than 35km away in Igusi.

      School children, some as young as 13, walk 35km to school. The school
has a high dropout rate, as most fall by the wayside after failing to cope
with the rigorous trips.

      For some students, the solution lies in erecting shacks near the
school. Their new homes resemble a mine compound.

      But the "solution" has its drawbacks. Away from the protective eyes of
parents, schoolgirls have been exposed to the vagaries of the harsh economic
climate,prostituting themselves in order to eke a living.

      Mhlupheki Sibanda, the headman of Buda B resettlement area, says while
he deplores the decision by the students to erect shacks and stay on their
own, he doesn't expect anything else from youths who are forced to cope
without parental supervision for as long as three months.

      He told ZimOnline that it is very difficult for parents to keep tabs
on their children.

      Like the secondary school, the nearest clinic is also situated at
Igusi, 35km away. In emergency cases, patients have to walk 10km to the
railway station, where they wait overnight for another train to take them to
the clinic.

      The only other alternative, is for patients to take a scotchcart
directly to Igusi. Much more serious cases, are referred to Nyamandlovu
hospital, about 150 kilometers away.

      A teacher at Umguza school, Sindiso Sibanda, said a number of
villagers have died in the area because of delays in accessing treatment,
due to lack of transport.

      A traditional leader in the area, Chief Deli blames the area's lack of
development on politicians. He said: "I don't think other areas are as
under-developed as Umguza. To be honest, I think we're still being punished
for supporting Joshua Nkomo. They (ZANU PF government) still consider us

      Shortly after independence, former freedom fighters loyal to Nkomo,
the then leader of the PF ZAPU opposition party, led a rebellion against the
government of President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe sent in a crack army battalion
which crushed the rebellion, leaving about 20 000 civilians dead.

      Former Matabeleland North Governor, Welshman Mabhena, accused the
government of deliberately turning a blind eye to the plight of people in
Matabeleland province.

      "Every resource that should be poured in Matabeleland is re-directed
elsewhere. That is why there is no development in this area," said Mabhena.
"When I was governor, I always ran into trouble with top politicians because
I didn't hesitate to point this out."

      But the current Matabeleland North Governor, Obert Mpofu, says the
authorities are doing "a lot" for the Umguza district.

      "Much is being done, and will still be done, for rural areas because
the government is trying to improve the lives of people living in those
areas. The rural electrification programme is one of them," says Mpofu.

      "It is not Umguza alone that feels left behind, but a lot of other
rural communities," says Mpofu. - ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Committee to Protect Journalists attacks fresh bid to gag media
Tue 7 December 2004
  HARARE - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has written to
President Robert Mugabe expressing outrage at fresh moves by the government
to impose new and more severe legislation against the media.

      In a letter dated December 2, 2004 CPJ executive director, Ann Cooper,
criticised Harare for tightening media laws at a time when some African
countries were moving to relax media controls.

      "CPJ is outraged at your government's continued clampdown on
independent media in Zimbabwe, including proposed new legislation that could
be used to jail journalists for up to 20 years," Cooper wrote.

      Under the draft Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Bill before
Parliament, journalists could be jailed for up to 20 years for publishing
"false" information that could endanger public safety, damage the defence
and economic interests of Zimbabwe, promote public disorder or undermine
public confidence in state security forces.

      The government is expected to use its majority in Parliament to push
the Bill through the House before year-end.

      Under existing law, Zimbabwean journalists already face a two-year
jail term and could be banned from practising for life for publishing false

      Cooper said: "Other African countries are lifting criminal sanctions
for press offense, bringing their laws in line with international standards,
your government is preparing to introduce penalties that are among the
harshest on the continent."

      The CPJ official urged Mugabe to drop the proposed law and also order
the re-opening of the country's biggest daily paper the Daily News and two
other newspapers forcibly shut down by the state for breaching its tough
media laws. - ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Women elbowed out of AIDS Day commemorations
Tue 7 December 2004

      BULAWAYO - Women and girls were officially the focus of World AIDS Day
commemorations but in Zimbabwe's second biggest city, they were almost out
of the picture.

      In Bulawayo, several activities to mark World AIDS Day were held
belatedly over the weekend. Highly publicised national commemorations were
held in the capital last Wednesday under the theme "Women, girls, HIV and

      Sukoluhle Ndlovu is HIV positive. She lives in the low-income suburb
of Entumbane where she is actively involved in HIV and AIDS awareness
campaigns and counselling.

      Ndlovu was among 300 residents who attended activities to mark the day
held in downtown Bulawayo on Saturday morning. The commemorations were
organised by a group of civic organisations known as Bulawayo join hands

      Ndlovu told ZimOnline this week that when she postponed her Saturday
household chores to attend the AIDS commemorations, she had high hopes of
meeting other women living with HIV/AIDS and sharing experiences.

      "I hoped that people would be focusing on the proclaimed theme. I
expected to hear other women talk about our situation and that of girls in
the face of this cruel pandemic," she said in an interview.

      But Ndlovu's expectations and those of scores of other women at the
commemorations were dashed.

      Out of 14 speakers and presenters, only five were women. Organisers
attributed the low number of women on the programme to last minute

      This is despite the fact that in Zimbabwe, as elsewhere across Africa
and the developing world, women bear the brunt of the HIV/AIDS scourge.
Traditionally and culturally, women nurse and care for their sick spouses,
children or relatives - even if they themselves are also sick.

      But with HIV/AIDS, the burden is doubled in that more often women must
care for the sick husband who may have also infected them with the disease.

      And girl-children find themselves exposed to the disease at an early
age as many are often abused by older men or are forced into prostitution to
get money for food or school fees for their siblings after their parents die
of AIDS or because they are too poor.

      Ndlovu said she was also not happy too that the organisers of the
commemorations had not included feminine materials and other HIV/AIDS
awareness materials and literature specifically designed to highlight the
difficult role women are called to play in the fight against the disease.

      "This year is different. You cannot tell its National AIDS Week at
all. There is little going on. I had hoped there would be ntsaru and qhiye
(cloth wrappers and head scarves) for women to wear and think about what
they can do, not the usual T-shirts," she said.

      "The men always end up taking the T-shirts from us anyway," complained
another woman." - ZimOnline

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New Zimbabwe

Thieves steal Mugabe's computers

By Paidamoyo Chipunza
Last updated: 12/07/2004 09:24:35
DARING thieves stole 10 state-of-the-art computers worth millions recently
donated by President Robert Mugabe to Mavhudzi Secondary School in Nyazura,

Police in Nyazura confirmed the theft, saying investigations were underway.

Two more computers belonging to the same school were also stolen when the
thieves pounced on the school on November 11, a fortnight after the
President's donation.

President Mugabe, as part of his nationwide programme to equip rural high
schools with information technology, donated the computers worth more than
$40 million to the school on October 28.

A school employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also confirmed the

Nyazura police officer-in-charge (crime), Assistant Inspector Muguro, said
investigations into the thefts were in progress.

At first, Muguro referred this
reporter to the school head, but after being pressed to either substantiate
or deny the allegations, Muguro confirmed the theft, saying: "The computers
were stolen and we are investigating the matter."

He refused to give further details and referred further questions to the
Police General Headquarters in Harare. Police spokesperson, Oliver Mandipaka
last week said he was yet to get a report on the matter.

Contacted again on Sunday, Mandipaka maintained he still had not received
the report.

"I tried to look for that information, but there is nothing like that,"
Mandipaka said.

"I'll continue trying looking for the information."

Efforts to get the latest developments on the issue from Muguro proved
fruitless yesterday as his home telephone number given to this newspaper by
his colleagues went unanswered and remained so until the time of going to
Daily Mirror

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New Zimbabwe

The end is nigh for the Professor

By Bekithemba Mhlanga
Last updated: 12/07/2004 13:08:36
IN MY native Ndebele language, there is saying that akuqili lazikhotha
emhlane. Loosely translated this means one cannot have his cake and eat it.
That indeed appears to have been the case with Jonathan Moyo.

Up until last week, Moyo had achieved a demi-god status within Zanu (PF)
circles. He who could do no wrong, the wise men, one from whom intelligence
flows 24-7.

To the outsiders he was the feared one, with connections at the top and one
who could not be matched in tongue-lashing matches.

What will puzzle many is how the Professor despite his created image and
intellect would organise this meeting in Tsholotsho to plot against Mugabe
in such a poor fashion.

The whole thing looks worse than a dog's breakfast and certainly more poorly
organised than Simon Mann's expedition to Equatorial Guinea. Moyo may not
end up in Chikurubi but his journey towards the political dustbin is now in

The Tsholotsho debacle, for lack of a better word, is not out character in
leadership change within Zanu (PF) and in this case one must read this as
the original Zanu (PF).

Enos Nkala, wherever he is today, will probable agree that what happened in
Tsholotsho is not much different from what happened when the original Zanu
(PF) was formed. Indeed the common factor being the presence of a rural boy
from matebeleland involved in the whole shenanigan.

Ndabaningi Sithole is probable turning in his grave with a bid smile for he
could tell a similar story about the party goes about effecting a leadership

Even the war veterans will tell you about the Narira rebellion that was
brutally crushed in Mozambique following similar plots, night meetings and
clandestine discussions.

In all these events the central man, a silent agitator, emerging leader or
the threatened has always been Robert Mugabe. How this could have escaped
the Professor is beyond comprehension.

Threatening Mugabe is tantamount to dealing with the entire coterie of the
establishment that has been at the feeding trough since Mugabe assumed the
helm of Zanu (PF). Even the so called then anointed successor, Emmerson
Munangagwa admitted so much recently - conceiving the exit of Mugabe is
treason. Treason in Zimbabwe carries the death sentence.

A few years ago Robert Mugabe expressed in public his views on people who
conceived of his exit when Dzikamayi Mavhaire made the famous statement that
Mugabe must go.

At that point Mavhaire and his ilk were described as witches spreading
noxious mixtures within the party. The luminous political carriers of
Mavhaire began an accelerated decline from that day.

In as much as the knaves have been found out Jonathan Moyo has learnt much
to his chagrin that you cannot do a deal with Mugabe. The askari has been
found out and found out big time.

The epitaph on Jonathan Moyo's political grave though will make for some sad
reading. Here lies the political career of a man who personally fought back
a nation's march towards change and democracy for five years, dragged a
nation's media kicking and screaming to the grave and elevated public
humiliation of individuals to a national pass time status.
Mhlanga is a Zimbabwean journalist

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The Australian

Ban Zimbabwe: Stewart
From correspondents in London
December 07, 2004
FORMER England skipper Alec Stewart today called for Zimbabwe to be banned
from all forms of international cricket until they field a full-strength

Zimbabwe have not beaten a leading team in a one-day international since
consecutive victories against the West Indies in November 2003, their only
wins since against Bangladesh earlier this year.

"They are not good enough to play international cricket. They shouldn't be
playing international cricket purely on the fact they are not good enough,"
said Stewart. Meanwhuile, Britain's sports minister, Richard Caborn, wants
to meet with the International Cricket Council in a bid to help resolve the
sport's crisis in Zimbabwe. England completed a 4-0 one-day series whitewash
of Zimbabwe on Sunday as their controversial trip to the troubled African
state passed off without incident.

But, having come under political and public pressure to pull out of the tour
in protest at the policies of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, it was only
the threat of an ICC fine and suspension that saw England go ahead with the
first half of their winter program.

Even then there were problems, the hold-up in granting entry visas to 13
British journalists delaying England's arrival in Zimbabwe and causing the
abandonment of the first match of what should have been a five-game series.

And whey they did get to Zimbabwe, England found they were not playing their
hosts strongest side, with former captain Heath Streak among 15 white
players still out in the cold following a row over alleged racial bias in
selection earlier this year.

England captain Michael Vaughan made no attempt to hide his anger at being
duty-bound to lead the team to Zimbabwe just a year after the side forfeited
a World Cup match in Harare on security grounds and Caborn said the tour had
been an "unfortunate" episode.

"I think we should set up a dialogue and I would like that dialogue with the
ICC as soon as possible so we don't have another Zimbabwe situation," said
Caborn today.

But he insisted imposing a ban on sports teams, as Britain's main opposition
Conservative party said the Government should do in the case of the England
tour of Zimbabwe, is unrealistic.

"If the Government say 'don't go' and some decide to go, what do you do? Do
you go to parliament and say 'I want prime legislation so I can take
passports off sports people'? Because that is what it would mean.

"I don't want to get to that situation. I think we ought to be able to work
out a sensible arrangement with international governing bodies so we don't
have the problems of Zimbabwe arising again."

As England headed off for the second half of the tour, a Test and one-day
series in South Africa, Vaughan said he was "very sad" that Zimbabwe had
failed to pick the best side.

Zimbabwe, who were suspended from Test cricket after two crushing defeats at
home to Sri Lanka in May, are due to return to the five-day game next month
with a series away to fellow strugglers Bangladesh.

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