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Zimbabwe's farm seizures have met their first resistance
at a firm supplying
British supermarkets, writes Peta Thornycroft in Odzi
Thousands of Zimbabweans who grow vegetables for British supermarkets are
fighting attempts by a cabinet minister to confiscate the land they work on.
The rebellion by 6,000 black workers is the first in nearly four years of
state-sponsored terror on the country's white-owned farms.
Kondozi's 1,500 profitable acres provide huge quantities of runner beans,
mange tout and red peppers for stores including Safeway, Sainsbury's and
But the minister for agriculture, Joseph Made, wants the business for
himself. A few weeks ago, he arrived at the farm with colleagues and ordered
out the workers and the white owners.
A fortnight later, scores of ruling Zanu-PF party loyalists were sent in but
around 200 women workers fought back with broken tiles, stones and broken
bricks. Shots were fired, apparently by pro-government thugs, but they were
forced to flee. Mr Made was not available for comment.
Many of the workers are themselves farm invaders who have arrived during the
past four years. The owners, the de Klerk family, reached an accommodation
and taught them to cultivate crops as registered "outgrowers".
With the de Klerks running the export business, Kondozi has since prospered
and expanded while murderous raids on Zimbabwe's largely white commercial
farming sector continued elsewhere.
One worker, who led the first squatters on to white farms four years ago and
was a teenage guerrilla during the Rhodesian war, pointed to the horizon
where the government's Agricultural Rural Development Authority, ARDA, owns
more than 50,000 acres.
"Look there, nothing is growing on ARDA land. They couldn't even pay their
workers at Christmas."
For his own safety, he cannot be named. "We needed land reform. OK? OK, you
hear? But now it is gone too far by politicians. We don't want Joseph Made
or the local MP to come here."
Chris Mushowe, the local MP and deputy transport minister, has seized one of
the homesteads on the estate, after Jacobus de Klerk and his family were
beaten up, barricaded for four days inside their house and finally violently
evicted. Nothing of value grows on his land.
The workers are now travelling widely in buses and trucks telling people to
warn their chief that President Robert Mugabe and his cronies should "go
away and let us work".
Patricia Macharaga, 38, a mother of four, was part of a bean-picking
team."We are going to see the chief," she said as they prepared to leave.
"If the government takes this place, they will keep only 400 workers. We
will have nothing. I have a job, a house, school for the children, food. I
can't lose it."
The de Klerk family share common ancestors with South Africa's last white
president, F W de Klerk. The eldest son, Piet, whom Mr Mugabe has publicly
threatened, has fled to Harare.
The major shareholder in the de Klerks' vegetable export business for the
past eight years is a black entrepreneur, Edwin Moyo, who has been labelled
a "sell-out" by Mr Mugabe's clique.
"They are just greedy, bloody greedy," Mr Moyo said of those seeking the
remainder of Kondozi, which includes acres of pack sheds, store rooms,
equipment and more than 120 tractors, refrigerated trucks and buses.
Britain's major supermarkets made clear yesterday they would not buy produce
from any farm that had been illegally seized in Zimbabwe, or anywhere else.
Neither Safeway, Sainsbury's nor Tesco had been told of attempts to seize
Kondozi but their spokesmen said they would not take its produce if there
was an illegal change of ownership.
Sainsbury's said it never bought goods from illegally seized farms. A
spokesman for Tesco said: "If such a seizure were to happen we would switch
sourcing to other places either in Zimbabwe or elsewhere."
England hit another Zimbabwe road block
Tuesday February 10, 2004
The Champions Trophy, a mini-World Cup intended as a stirring climax to the
English season, looked jinxed before it had begun when it was confirmed
yesterday that England will face Zimbabwe at Edgbaston on September 10 in an
opening match that may already be doomed because of political wrangling.
England will press the case for their tour to Zimbabwe next autumn to be
cancelled when David Morgan, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket
Board, meets his fellow International Cricket Council delegates next month.
England's expected boycott, as condemnation of the corrupt regime of Robert
Mugabe, could cause Zimbabwe to boycott the Champions Trophy in retaliation.
And if they do attend, England might find themselves obliged to give them a
walkover - and risk an identical fate as in last year's World Cup when, as a
consequence, they failed to reach the knockout stages and faced heavy
The final will be at The Oval on September 25, when organisers will be
hoping the weather does not create the problems delivered by the elements at
Colombo in 2002, when monsoons twice wiped out the Sri Lanka v India final
and forced a no-result.
· Worcestershire are expected to bring back the Australia all-rounder Andy
Bichel as their second overseas player after confirming yesterday that
Nantie Hayward would not complete his two-year contract. Northamptonshire
have signed the South African all-rounder Johann Louw as their replacement
overseas player for fast bowler Andre Nel, who has been ruled out for the
coming season through international commitments.
Asian Bird Flu Gives Zimbabwe Tourism a Cold
February 8, 2004
Posted to the web February 9, 2004
THE outbreak of the deadly bird flu
virus in Asia could once again deal
another deadly blow to any chances of recovery to Zimbabwe"s struggling
tourism industry that has been eyeing the Asian market.
Tourism promoters said the outburst of the deadly bird flu virus could
impact on international travel. They said arrivals from the emerging Asian
markets, which dropped last year, would continue declining on the back of
the fresh flu epidemic.
"It will have some significant impact on our tourism as there will be some
restrictions and reluctance to travel,"said Norman Moyo, Cresta
Hospitality"s Group Sales and Marketing Manager.
Bird flu, health experts further warn, may prove to be a far greater threat
to Asia"s health system than the SARS virus that was detected last year,
raising fears and prospects of more travel warnings and restrictions.
Following the outbreak of the SARS epidemic in China, global tourism
suffered a knock. It is also estimated that growth in global tourism slowed
Leading Zimbabwean hospitality giant Zimsun Leisure group last year
conceded, in its September interims, that the SARS epidemic coupled with the
conflict in Iraq had impacted on its trading.
Zimsun chairman Eben Makonese said although turnover for the group increased
by 343% to $12 694 billion, occupancies dropped 6% on the back of the SARS
outbreak and the Iraqi War which saw arrivals from emerging markets"
segments stowing down.
Givemore Chidzidzi, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority"s Marketing and
Communications Director, said although there were no restrictions on people
coming from the affected Asian countries yet, the outbreak would definitely
affect Zimbabwean tourism.
"It will indirectly or directly have some effects on tourism worldwide and
Zimbabwe is not an exception,"said Chidzidzi.
Asia is Zimbabwe"s most important emerging source of tourists and local
tourism promoters have been directing their energy to tap this lucrative
Last year, ZTA dispatched tourism attachŽs to China and several destinations
in Asia and Europe to promote Zimbabwe".
This culminated in China granting its highly esteemed Approved Destination
Status (ADS) to Zimbabwe late last year, a move that was seen to most likely
open floodgates in Chinese tourism traffic to Africa. But industry officials
now fear the outbreak could scuttle local spirited efforts to tap the Asian
"We were excited by the response from the Asian market but that excitement
will disappear for a while,"said Moyo.
China has over a billion people and because of its current economic boom,
many Chinese are getting richer and likely to become more adventurous.
According to the World Tourism Organisation, the number of tourists leaving
China has risen by a million since 1998. By 2001 more than 12 million
Chinese were taking holiday abroad.
Zimbabwean tourism has during the last six years lost its glitter with
earnings shrinking from US$770 million in 1999 to US$77 million last year.
Makamba arrested over forex deals
ZIMBABWE’S on-going political storm over a financial sector clean-up
targeting top politicians and businessmen thickened Monday as Telecel
chairman and top Zanu PF official James Makamba was arrested, charged with
“externalising foreign currency”.
Makamba, a former Member of Parliament, becomes the second high-profile
business and political figure to be arrested following a policy decision by
new Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono to rid the financial sector of
corruption and stem the decline of the dollar.
Showy Chinhoyi legislator and businessman Phillip Chiyangwa was sucked into
the vortex of a US$66 million ENG Capital Asset Management scandal - the
biggest in Zimbabwe’s history - after allegedly attempting to obstruct the
course of justice by withholding police evidence.
He is also charged with perjury for allegedly misleading a court and
contempt of court for threatening a policeman in court and refusing to
withdraw the offending statements when instructed to do so by the
Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said Makamba was "picked up for
questioning in connection with externalisation of foreign currency,” a
reference to illegal foreign currency dealings on the once-thriving black
From early Monday morning, the country was buzzing with rumours about the
hunt for Makamba after police issued an appeal for his whereabouts through
state radio and television before Makamba surrendered himself later in the
Makamba is a former Rhodesian Broadcasting Corporation disc jockey and was
in charge of the consortium that ran Zimbabwe’s short-lived private
television station, Joy TV which folded in 2002 after the government refused
to renew its licence.
He has long entertained ambitions to be Harare mayor. Despite winning Zanu
PF primaries, he pulled out in the last elections citing business
commitments. Previously, he failed to produce his O’ Level certificate, and
was twice prevented from standing in 1996 and 1999 by Zanu PF’s decision
making organ – the politburo.
President Robert Mugabe issued a warning to Makamba two weeks ago after he
built a supermarket on an occupied farm in the Mazowe area without a council
permit, or any approval for his business plan.
"We have people just building shops without authority. You should have the
correct licence and proper registration. If you fall short of that then that
business is illegal," Mugabe thundered.
Mugabe vowed to rid his party of corrupt officials, and in a Cabinet
announced Monday, he appointed his long-time ally Didymus Mutasa to a newly
created ministry that deals specifically with corruption.
"We will deal with them," said Mugabe. "We will not allow lawbreakers and
corrupt characters to get away with their illegal activities. People should
be honest and trustworthy. That is the issue we are trying to solve. No one
is supposed to act unlawfully. We have to respect each other and respect the
law so that we become a disciplined nation."
He added: "Right now there are companies which handle people’s money, but
they sell the people’s money when it’s supposed to be used in a good way.
These companies are using the money to buy US dollars, pounds and rands
which they sell at high prices. This is what caused the shortage of money
and prices to go up. It was the work of thieves."
Before Chiyangwa was arrested, similar warnings were issued by Vice
President Joseph Msika who chastised the Chinhoyi MP for threatening a
Mugabe rewards loyalists in new Cabinet
By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has expanded his government in a Cabinet reshuffle
which brought reward for his loyalists, including his most notable praise
singer, Didymus Mutasa who famously called the 79-year-old tyrant Jesus, the
son of God.
A single minister lost his post, but instead of downsizing his large
Cabinet, Mugabe announced three new ministerial posts on Monday evening.
Mugabe also left political commentators guessing after failing to name his
second deputy following the death of Vice President Simon Muzenda last year.
It had been widely speculated that he would promote either Speaker of
Parliament Emmerson Mnangagwa or the Minister for Special Affairs John Nkomo
to that position.
Mutasa, the former MP for Makoni North was plucked from the political
wilderness and thrust into the position of Minister of Special Affairs in
the President’s Office in charge of the Anti-Corruption and Anti-Monopolies
Mugabe dropped Mines and Mining Development Minister Edward
Chindori-Chininga who was replaced by Amos Midzi, formerly Minister of
Energy and Power Development. Former deputy Minister of Finance Chris
Kuruneri now becomes the minister, replacing Herbert Murerwa who took over
the Higher and Tertiary Education portfolio which was vacant following the
death of Swithun Mombeshora.
In what is being seen as consolidating his hold on power, Mugabe appointed a
former army commander Brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri to head the Youth
Development, Gender and Employment Creation Ministry which is responsible
for churning out the notorious youth brigades, popularly known as Green
Elliot Manyika who prewviously headed that ministry was demoted to Minister
Without Portfolio. July Moyo, formerly the Labour and Social Welfare
Minister becomes the new Minister of Energy and Power Development. His
previous post was handed to Paul Mangwana.
Chris Mushowe, a former ministerial deputy, was promoted to Minister of
Transport and Communications, taking over from Witness Mangwende who was
demoted to the recently created position of governor for Harare.
Two new positions of Minister of State were created. Webster Shamu becomes
the Minister of State for Policy Implementation, while Josiah Tungamirai –
only elected to parliament last week in a Gutu North by-election – becomes
the Minister of State for Indigenisation and Empowerment.
The ambassador to Zambia, Cain Mathema is being recalled to be governor for
Bulawayo, another recently created post.
Mugabe also named three deputy ministers, David Chapfika (Finance), Shadreck
Chipanga (Home Affairs), and Andrew Langa (Transport and Communications).
All other ministers retain their positions in the new set up, including
Nkomo who remains the Minister for Special Affairs responsible for Lands,
Land Reform and Resettlement. No changes were announced for the following:
Information and Publicity in the Office of the President and Cabinet
(Professor Jonathan Moyo), Defence (Sydney Sekeramayi), Foreign Affairs
(Stan Mudenge), Home Affairs (Kembo Mohadi), Justice, Legal and
Parliamentary Affairs (Patrick Chinamasa), Agriculture and Rural
Resettlement (Joseph Made), Education, Sport and Culture (Aeneas
Chigwedere), Industry and International Trade (Samuel Mumbengegwi), Health
and Child Welfare (David Parirenyatwa), Water Resources and Infrastructural
Development (Joyce Mujuru), Local Government, Public Works and National
Housing (Ignatius Chombo), Environment and Tourism (Francis Nhema), and
Small and Medium Enterprises (Sithembiso Nyoni).
Olivia Muchena, the Science and Technology Minister also retained her
position alongside Flora Bhuka who is the Minister for Special Affairs in
the Vice President’s Office and Nicholas Goche who clung to his State
All provincial governors retained their positions.
ANZ journalists will not be accredited: Mahoso
APPLICATIONS for accreditation by Daily News journalists would not be
accepted under the banner of Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe because the
company is not registered, the Media and Information Commission said
In an interview, MIC chairman Dr Tafataona Mahoso said the suggestion by
ANZ, publishers of The Daily News and Daily News on Sunday, that it was
entitled to publish was misplaced.
"As far as we are concerned The Daily News is not registered," said Dr
Dr Mahoso confirmed that application forms by The Daily News reporters were
submitted to the commission last week.
He said the journalists were not banished from practising but their
registration would only be accepted on condition that they find another
employer or editors willing to buy their stories on a freelance basis.
"We don’t banish the journalists because they were at The Daily News," Dr
He was reacting to suggestions by ANZ acting chief executive Mr Brian Mutsau
that the newspaper group was not stopped from publishing.
Mr Mutsau told The Herald last Friday that according to the Administrative
Court judgment of October 24 last year, ANZ was entitled to publish.
He said this after The Daily News stopped publishing following the
resolution by its reporters not to work until they got accreditation from
Dr Mahoso said if the ANZ was registered, there was no need for the
newspaper group to file a petition at the Supreme Court asking whether it
had complied with the law.
"If they were registered they would not have gone to the Supreme Court. It
means there is doubt about their status," he said.
"I don’t believe Mutsau believes his paper is properly registered."
Journalists at The Daily News last week resolved not to work until they got
accreditation from the MIC after the Supreme Court ruled that it was a
criminal offence for journalists to practise without accreditation from the
Ruling on a constitutional challenge by the IJAZ against compulsory
registration of journalists under the Access to Information and Protection
of Privacy Act, the Supreme Court upheld that it was constitutional for the
Government to make it compulsory for all journalists to get accreditation
from the MIC.
Last year The Daily News refused to register with MIC and challenged the Act
in court arguing that it was unconstitutional.
37 more school heads suspended
THIRTY-SEVEN more heads of Govern-ment and non-Government schools headed by
civil servants have been suspended pending disciplinary hearings after they
increased levies without approval from the Ministry of Education, Sport and
School development associations for 32 non-Government schools have been
dissolved with immediate effect while 10 more private schools have been
handed over to the police for prosecution for the same offence.
Last week the Government handed over 35 private schools to the police and
suspended 13 defiant school heads.
All schools now need written approval from the ministry before they can
increase fees or levies by more than 10 percent.
In a statement yesterday, the Minister of Education, Sport and Culture, Cde
Aeneas Chigwedere, gave the following list of schools whose heads have been
Government schools: Dudley Hall Primary, Norton 1 Primary, Msengezi Primary,
Sinoia Primary and Victoria High schools.
Non-Government schools headed by civil servants: Theydon Secondary, Rio
Tinto High, Chikangwe High, Kutama College, St Augustine’s Mission, Mazowe
High, Langham High, Howard Institute, Anderson High, Dadaya, Kubatana
Secondary, Dukaupfu Secondary, Lunga Secondary, Hwadze Secondary, Mutehwe
Primary, Chinyenyetu Primary, Nyamazengwe Primary, Zhombe Primary, Denda
Secondary, Gokomere High, Mukaro Secondary, St Anthony’s High, Silveira
Mission, Mutero Secondary, Zimuto High, Rujeko Primary, Dikwindi Primary,
Burombo Primary, Runyararo Primary, St Johns High and Bulawayo Adventist.
Cde Chigwedere said the following private schools had been handed over to
Eiffel Flats High, South East College, Highveld Primary, Christian Brothers’
College, St Thomas Aquinus Primary, Petra High, Petra Primary, Goldridge
College, Goldridge Primary and Camelot School.
Police will now launch their investigations and charge the schools according
to the relevant sections of the law.
Cde Chigwedere embarked on a campaign to flush out schools that increased
fees and levies without his ministry’s approval after some schools began to
demand amounts as high as $7 million as fees.
The move has been met with mixed reactions from the public with some parents
saying it was long overdue while others say parents should just send their
children to schools they could afford.
The Zimbabwe Teachers Association and Progressive Teachers’ Union of
Zimbabwe last week blamed the ministry for responding late to proposals of
fee hikes by schools.
The two organisations, which were part of the taskforce sent out to
investigate schools, said because of these delays, schools ended up
increasing fees and levies to meet operational costs.
COMBINED HARARE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
PRESS RELEASE 7 FEBRUARY
CHRA has engaged in an extensive consultative process with regard to the
Harare City budget for 2004. As the representatives of the interests of all
the residents of Harare, we are responsible for ensuring transparent and
accountable local government that provides efficient and cost-effective
service delivery to residents.
After receiving input from residents in all areas of the city, CHRA rejects
the budget on the following grounds:
a.. The budget is the result of an unacceptable process that did not seek
comprehensive input from the residents.
b.. It fails to take into account the economic constraints upon all
c.. It is the product of technocrats within the municipality with minimal
or no input from councilors who rubberstamped the budget.
d.. The consideration of the numerous objections (2 500) to the budget was
unacceptable and cursory. Objections were summarized by the Acting City
Treasurer not Councilors.
e.. It has been implemented without the approval of the Minister of Local
f.. Increases in the motor vehicle licensing fees must be promulgated by
the Ministry of Transport and Communication under the Vehicle Registration
and Licensing Act. Therefore the increases are illegal. (Statutory
instrument 333 of 2002)
g.. The punitive increases will force both residents and business out of
the city leading to a further decline in the revenue base.
h.. The increases in the water charges will lead to non-payment by poorer
residents, cut-offs and illegal connections. Water is a right not a
i.. Chitungwiza is charged at commercial rates for water yet is home to
tens of thousands of working class residents who pay three or four times for
water as Harare's residents.
CHRA therefore demands that
a.. Council immediately suspends the proposed budget prior to a review of
the budgetary process, the implementation of extensive consultations with
residents at ward level and the implementation of a people-driven budget.
b.. Council put its house in order, including sound financial management
that ensures all residents and businesses contribute to the running of the
c.. Parliament amends the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15) in line with
recommendations from CHRA and others stakeholders to create a
people-oriented Local Government Act that institutionalizes participatory
democracy and accountability.
d.. The regime reinstates the Executive Mayor of Harare and the fired
councilors and desists from interfering with the operations of the City.
CHRA reject attempt by the regime to impose the Town Clerk as de facto
CHRA calls upon all residents of Harare to demand accountability from
Council at city and ward level, and to affirm their ownership of the city by
rejecting the punitive budget until such time as Council accedes to our
demands, we call upon residents to consider their options which include a
refusal to pay the iniquitous increases and to pay only those rates and
charges prevailing in December 2003.
Should Council fail to accede to our legitimate demands, CHRA will call for
their resignation en bloc and the holding of new elections that will
hopefully result in the election of councilors who are genuinely interested
in the welfare of the city and its residents.
Combined Harare Residents Association
11 Armagh Avenue
Crisis in Zimbabwe CoalitionPO Box CY434CausewayHarareemail; firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS week has seen further
disturbing events unfolding all pointing out to the fact that
HEAVILY armed anti-riot police on Wednesday descended on National Constitutional Assembly demonstrators outside the Parliament building and set dogs on them in a bid to thwart the demonstration for a new constitution and the call for an end to human rights abuses in the country.
Dr Lovemore Madhuku, the NCA Chairman and Bopoto Nyandoro, the organisation’s chairman for Mashonaland East province and other demonstrators were bundled into a police truck and severely beaten and dumped in a bush on the outskirts of Harare.
Four women were mauled by police dogs and are reportedly battling for life at a private clinic in Harare and more than 130 protestors who were arrested during Wednesday’s demonstration were asked to pay Z$10 000.00 each as admission of guilty fine.
As Crisis Coalition we have always held that we no longer have any confidence in the judiciary, has been severely politicised. Yesterday’s Supreme Court judgment endorsing the constitutionality of Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act as constitutional despite a contrary view expressed by some legal analysts is cause for concern to all of us who cherish freedom of expression and media pluralism.
The judgment by Chief
Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku against the Independent Journalists Association of
Zimbabwe indicates that freedom of the press, which is one of the basic tenets
of a sound democracy are a mirage in
As Crisis Coalition our
problem with AIPPA is not only its unconstitutionality but also its selective
application. AIPPA has created two media worlds in
There have been numerous instances where reporters employed by the government-controlled Herald and the Sunday Mail have fallen foul of the provisions of AIPPA, which prohibit the deliberate publication of false information, but much to our surprise nothing has been done.
Many people have asked for the addresses of other PCICs in Harare & Chitungwiza - this is what I have from the large ads placed by Parliament in December eg The Standard 21.12.03 where all PCICs are listed.
Shoko, Hon M
No 419-228 Close, Budiriro 1, tel 252369
Mhashu, Hon F
No 12826 Unit N, Seke
Tel 091 286 077
Mushoriwa, Hon E
Dzivaresekwa Community Hall #21604, tel 224379
Misihairabwi-Mushonga, Hon P
4110 28 Gwanda Cres, Glen Norah A tel 612302 091 924 175
Stevenson, Hon T
Mt Pleasant Hall (tel h 304492)
Mungofa, Hon P
Highfield Hall, Zimbabwe Grounds opp Mushandirapamwe Hotel tel 690876
Chamisa, Hon N
2623 Kuwadzana 4
Munyanyi, Hon T
No 241 Harare T/ship, Cagat House Office 24 tel 250402
Makuvasa, Hon D
Stodart Hall, Mbare tel h 795417
Mpariwa, Hon P
698026 Area J, Mufakose 091 924 155
St Mary’s, Chitungwiza
Sikhala, Hon J
50 Chugunguru Rd, Zengeza 1 tel 070 255227/24037