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MP ordered not to disrupt farms

2/12/02 8:24:29 AM (GMT +2)

By Pedzisai Ruhanya

HIGH Court judge, Justice Moses Chinhengo on Sunday ordered Bernard
Makokove, the Member of Parliament for Chikomba to stop interfering with
activities at three farms in Beatrice owned by a Tawanda Nyambirai after he
invaded them with the help of Zanu PF supporters last year.

Chinhengo’s order followed an urgent application by the farmer’s lawyer,
Beatrice Mtetwa, seeking an order to stop Makokove and Zanu PF supporters’
illegal activities.

Joseph Made, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement and
Augustine Chihuri, the Police Commissioner are some of the respondents in
the matter.

A soldier in the Zimbabwe National Army only identified as Taderera was also
a respondent in the case.

In his interim relief, Chinhengo said: “Makokove and all those acting on his
behalf and on his authority be and are hereby interdicted from interfering
with the farming operations on the farms known as Duncanston, Kopje Alleen
and Rustfontein pending the finalisation of this matter.”

“Makokove and all those acting on his behalf and on his authority be and
hereby interdicted from interfering with the rights of occupation of the
applicants and all those who claim through the farms pending the
finalisation of this matter,” Chinhengo said.

Chinhengo’s order was served to Chihuri, Made and the officer-in-charge of
Featherstone Police Station only identified as Mutize.

Mtetwa said Makokove could not be served with the court order because his
address could not be identified.

She said officials from Made’s office refused to assist her in the matter.
Mtetwa said that Mutize refused to help the farm manager when he
reported incidents of assault at the farms because he was angry that
Nyambirai had taken the matter to court.

She said late yesterday, Taderera and a group of five invaders took away
keys to the farmhouse and ordered the workers to vacate the farms.

The three farms are adjacent to each other.

In his affidavit, Nyambiri said he bought the farms from one Erasmus through
money provided by the NMB Bank in 2000.

“The farms are being run on a commercial basis by my three brothers, two of
whom are qualified graduates of agricultural colleges,” Nyambirai said. He
said he was surprised when the farms were listed for acquisition in November
last year.
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Zanu PF militants seize workers’ IDs

2/12/02 7:55:41 AM (GMT +2)

From Chris Gande in Bulawayo

FARM workers in the Solusi area of Matabeleland South, had their national
identity documents confiscated by so-called war veterans after they failed
to produce Zanu PF membership cards last Friday.

Earlier, the war veterans had destroyed the workers’ compound at Mananda
Farm, leaving scores of workers, some with babies, sleeping in the open.

The war veterans ordered all farm workers in the area to assemble at a store
in the area, where they were asked to produce national identity documents
and Zanu PF party membership cards.

There are more than 500 farm workers in the area. It could not immediately
be established how many of them had their documents confiscated.

“They took away my identity document after I failed to produce a Zanu PF
membership card,” said one worker, who asked not to be named for fear of

Learnmore Jongwe, the opposition MDC spokesman, said the confiscation of the
documents was part of Zanu PF’s election strategy to bar the party’s
supporters from casting their votes during the 9 and 10 March presidential

“They want to confiscate IDs from those they think might vote for the MDC
following passage of the Public Order and Security Act, which compels people
to carry their IDs,” he said.

Without the documents the workers would not be able to vote in the
presidential election, which pits President Robert Mugabe against Morgan
Tsvangirai of the MDC.

Peter Rosenfels, the owner of Mananda Farm, said he reported the destruction
of the farm workers’ houses to the police, who said they could not handle
the issue because it was political.

“When I went to the police, they said I should contact the District
Administrator, but he is also not being helpful,” said Rosenfels.

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Voters in favour of presidential debates

2/12/02 7:50:44 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporter

NEARLY 70 percent of potential voters surveyed recently said they want to
see candidates standing in the 9-10 March presidential election debate
national issues on radio and television.

The recent survey was conducted by the Mass Public Opinion Institute on a
randomly selected sample population of 1 693 potential voters, made up of
684 rural and 1 009 urban respondents. These were further broken into 834
females and 859 males.

The following question, among others, was asked:
“Would you be in favour or opposed to presidential debates, ie debates
between the presidential candidates on radio and television?”

An impressive 68,2 percent nationally was “very much in favour” of such
debates; 13,2 percent “very much opposed”, while 12,7 percent said it “doesn
’t matter”.

The table below details the responses by province. Mashonaland Central is
not included because “war veterans” interfered with the survey by
confiscating the questionnaires and prohibiting it in the province.

In all the provinces an overwhelming number was in favour of the debates.

Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South scored the highest, with
over 80 percent in favour.

Manicaland and Masvingo provinces scored lowest, 51,1 percent and 57,5
respectively, in favour of the debates.

Mashonaland East and Mashonaland West, scored 62,9 and 74,1 percent,
respectively. The survey deducted on the basis of available data that
Mashonaland Central would have been equally in favour of the suggested
presidential debates.

The ethnically “mixed” Midlands province scored 69,5 percent, approximating
the national average.

In none of the provinces did the combined scores of those who were opposed
to such debates and those who said the debates did matter, exceed even one
half of those in favour.

From the result, it is clear that the majority of the people want to see a
squaring-off of the candidates for the highest office in the land on radio
and television.

The desire for the debate demonstrates a high level of political maturity as
the population wants to make comparative and informed judgments.

This maturity is not confined to urban areas, but is also expressed in the
rural communities, says the report.

The high percentage of interest in the debate reveals that for this
election, a large number of people are actively following the political
discourse and are likely to vote in the presidential election.

This is borne out by the number of those in the “doesn’t matter” category
(12,7 percent).

Those who are opposed to the debate can be subsumed to have a given
political position on the debate hence will vote in the election.
In essence there is likely to be a high voter turn-out in the election.

Supporters of the candidates seem to be in agreement in their desire for
this debate. This is an indication that they have confidence in their
candidate winning the debates.

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UZ student killed by the police, court told

2/12/02 8:21:33 AM (GMT +2)

By Fanuel Jongwe Court Reporter

A University of Zimbabwe (UZ) security officer yesterday confessed he lied
to his boss to protect the policeman who assaulted Batanai Hadzizi, a
student killed in unclear circumstances during violent demonstrations at the
Harare campus.

Godfrey Macheka was testifying yesterday at the hearing of the inquest into
the death of Hadzizi which opened at the Harare Magistrates Courts. Hadzizi,
a first-year Bachelor of Science student, died in unclear circumstances when
the riot police were deployed to the campus to quell the demonstration on 9
April last year.

He was 20. Macheka said he was present when a police officer beat up Hadzizi
with a truncheon and left him for dead. Testifying before Wilbert Mandinde,
the magistrate, he said: “I was asked by Mr Tarambiwa, my immediate boss, to
explain what had happened to the student and my answer was that he was
trampled on during a stampede.

“Why I said that is because I did not think that anything serious was going
to happen to him, so I was trying to cover up for my fellows ­ the police
officers.” Jacob Mafume, of Kantor and Immerman, and Tonderai Bhatasara, of
the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, represented the UZ students.
Prosecutor Alvis Chimwaradze led the witnesses’ evidence at the hearing,
attended by members of the UZ Students’ Representative Council.

Macheka said he followed police officers driving a group of students into a
room. “When I got into the room, I remember I saw four or five students. One
of them was sitting on the floor and was being beaten by a police officer
with a truncheon. “I heard one of the police officers shouting: 'Mavhiza,
usadaro.' (Mavhiza, don’t do that.)”

Macheka showed the court a scar on his right elbow which he said was from a
cut he sustained while trying to restrain the officer. He said the policemen
later dragged the other students out of the room and left Hadzizi lying on
the floor, panting for breath. “I heard him producing this strange sound and
tried to administer first aid, but it did not help,” Macheka said.

Hadzizi was pronounced dead on arrival at Parirenyatwa Hospital. A
post-mortem gave the cause of death as “asphyxia due to bilateral lung
contusions and rib-cage soft tissue injuries caused by blunt force”.

Macheka said he was called from home after students looted a supermarket at
the campus but when he arrived, the disturbances had subsided. He said he
gave them “specific instructions” not to beat up or fire teargas canisters
as the students were already dispersing on their own.

He said the riot police later arrived on the campus to augment the UZ
security staff. Macheka said he had noticed that there were “overzealous”
policemen in the group who were itching to beat up the students.
The inquest continues today

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Teacher beaten to death for reading The Daily News

2/13/02 7:13:27 AM (GMT +2)

By Rhodah Mashavave

SHEPHERD Ngundu, a schoolteacher from Dotito in Mt Darwin was last Tuesday
beaten to death by Zanu PF youths after he was found reading The Daily News.

Elliot Pfebve, the losing MDC candidate for Bindura said the youths accused
Ngundu of being a member of the MDC because he was reading the newspaper.

George Ngundu, a brother of the late Shepherd said: “The Zanu PF youths took
him to his house where they searched for MDC T-shirts and cards.

When they failed to get anything linking him to the MDC, they took him to
Shonhai shopping centre near the school and beat him up with bars and

He said six youths were arrested and were in police custody in Bindura. They
were expected to appear in court soon. The grief-stricken Ngundu said:
“Everyone is shocked. The family only came to know about
Shepherd’s death on Wednesday.”

Police in Bindura refused to comment on the incident.
Teachers based in the rural areas around the country have been subjected to
brutal attacks by overzealous Zanu PF youths who accuse them of supporting
the opposition.

Last year war veterans and Zanu PF supporters in Mt Darwin took over the
recruitment of temporary teachers. In January, 30 schools were closed in
Masvingo after 100 schoolteachers refused to report for duty because of
political disturbances.

In another incident, an MDC polling agent, Boyd Gondongwe was abducted five
days ago in Muzarabani by Zanu PF youths who are holding him at their base
at Machaya.

Pfebve said the situation was very tense in Mashonaland Central, as Zanu PF
members had been left to run amok, beating up opposition supporters. “The
police are not giving much help to the people who have been beaten up by the
Zanu PF youths,” he said.
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Building Fund for the MDC Bulawayo Offices

Progress Report No. 5 Period 29/01 - 13/02/02

From a shell to total occupation in 70 working days.  The front section will be completed today and occupation will take place tomorrow. For various reasons, the completion date of the 3rd February was not met. Our optimism was a bit excessive.
The "Team" however still made a tremendous effort to achieve what they have in such a short time bearing in mind the prevailing conditions in which the work was carried out. A grateful thank you is deserving to them all! The photographs say the rest.
Our supporters must not be forgotten. Thanks seem inadequate when consideration is given to the generosity displayed whether it has been in cash or kind. The Party will show it's appreciation in it's promise of just and transparent governance. If 70 days can achieve all this from a hand full of people, imagine what we can build for Zimbabwe as a united nation. Thank you!
Whilst the building is functional there remains a certain amount of External Works.
1    A new front wall, repairs to the side walls and a solid non-transparent back gate and associated side screens.
2    A veranda to the back offices as they become unbearably hot.
3    A similar situation exists at the front of the building and the following would be of great help :-
    a)   One set of blinds 2.00mts wide and 1.5mts deep
    b)   One set of blinds 1.50mts wide and 1.5mts deep.
If their is anyone out there who can help I may be contacted on 091 244 699. Alternatively donations may be made as detailed below. Please note our temporary e-mail address above.
We regret having to again appeal to our supporters generosity to complete the change and have to remind you that WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT FUNDS FROM ZIMBABWEAN SOURCES, as fundraising for political parties from external sources is illegal under Zimbabwean law.

Donations may be sent to:

Building Fund P.O. Box 9400, Hillside, Bulawayo

All donations will be receipted/acknowledged and confidentiality will be respected.

 Anonymous donations may be directly deposited to The Building Fund account no. 0100241395301, Standard Bank, Fife Street Branch, Bulawayo.

Let us unite in support of all people and take one more step on the way to rebuilding our beloved Zimbabwe!

Please pass this report and appeal to as many supporters as possible. Give us the tools and we will complete the job.

Mike Lander

Project Co-ordinator


"Together we can complete the change for all Zimbabweans"


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From News24 (SA), 12 February

MDC's Tsvangirai detained

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's secret police detained opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday night at Harare International Airport, searched his bags and accused him of travelling on a false passport, said officials with Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Party spokesperson Learnmore Jongwe said Tsvangirai was met by state agents after he landed on a flight from Johannesburg. The agents claimed he had left Zimbabwe without a passport and had returned with a false document. "He showed them his passport, and then they searched him," Jongwe said. He was held for about 20 minutes and allowed to return home, the spokesperson said, adding, "This is routine harassment</A>". Tsvangirai had been in South Africa on "party business", he said. Tsvangirai, who is challenging Mugabe in presidential elections on March 9-10, is frequently targeted by state agents. Last month, state power utility officials arrived at his Harare home at midnight and tried to switch off his electricity on the false allegation that his account was overdue. It later emerged they had been sent by the head of the utility, a relative of Mugabe's, as a reprisal for Tsvangirai's urging of South Africa to cut off power supplies to Zimbabwe. In December, police raided and searched his home at midnight, seizing a mobile radio that belonged to a security guard. Tsvangirai was charged with failing to produce a licence for the radio. He has not been prosecuted.

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From The Mail & Guardian (SA), 12 February

A tale of two rallies: Peta Thornycroft, on the campaign trail, catches a glimpse of what Zimbabwe might become

The choice in Zimbabwe’s presidential election is between more of the same - the old African order still wedded to the Cold War and last century’s hero, Kwame Nkrumah - or Africa’s first modern state. Among the green hills of Zimbabwe’s eastern border town of Mutare last Sunday there was a glimpse of what Zimbabwe might be. For a start, the 12 000 people at the stadium in Sakubva township for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) rally were attending of their own free will. Outside the stadium, street trade continued. No one felt pressured to stop selling their wares and listen to the MDC candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai. There were hardly any schoolchildren or people below voting age at the rally; no displays of marching youths as part of the pre-speech entertainment; and none of the women wore wraps bearing Tsvangirai’s image. There was no mud slinging. Not even against Tsvangirai’s opponent, President Robert Mugabe - seen as a relic of a bygone age who cost them their jobs and a middle-class life. Nor were there songs against the British, or imperialism - whatever that may mean in the minds of the peasants from whom Mugabe gets most of his support. Instead, the bulk of the town’s working or would-be working class sang about jobs and change.

Six policemen entered the stadium with a two-man crew from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. They were perhaps nervous about entering what they saw as enemy territory, but they needn’t have worried. The MDC crowd was relaxed. There were no militias or police support units, and no members of the Zimbabwe National Army with cocked pistols. Whites - there were less than 10 in the crowd, including journalists - were part of the scene, unnoticed. Red-faced farmer and MDC MP Roy Bennett, who looks and sounds like a rugby player, was only slightly less popular than Tsvangirai. The liberation struggle was acknowledged by the crowd - most of whom were aged between 10 and 15 when it ended in 1979. They acknowledge it as an important part of their history. But that is what it is: history.

The MDC has proved what so many analysts had declared impossible. The party has overcome the tribalism and regionalism that has warped much of Zimbabwe’s development, or lack of it, over the past 22 years. Tsvangirai is Shona, yet he is a hero among nearly all in Matabeleland province. He and the MDC rejected the manoeuvring for power of regional Shona groups, which has marked internal Zanu PF politics for decades. Tsvangirai is not anti-white or pro-white. The few thousand whites left in Zimbabwe are part of the scene, and they provide bakkies and petrol, the food and safe houses for the unknown number who have fled their homes in rural areas. Tsvangirai said the MDC would have an audit to find out what has happened in the chaotic land grab of the past two years, which has displaced more people than it has settled. He said troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo would be withdrawn, but that it would take time, considering the delicate peace process there. He said that neither the army nor the police would be purged, but that Zimbabwe urgently needed a new constitution.

Two days earlier at Mutawatawa, a village 160km north east of Harare, the atmosphere and the message was of a previous era. Colonialism had little impact here. It was never settled by whites and remains much as it was at the end of Rhodesia: a few dilapidated shops, a school, a clinic without drugs and masses of subsistence farmers. In 30 years the people have only heard one political message - firstly from the Zanla fighters, and then from Zanu PF. No opposition politician has ever ventured here. Mugabe’s message is the only one the people know. All the settlements within a 40km radius of the village were empty, everyone had gone to the Zanu PF rally. It was impossible to judge whether they had been forced or not.

It was an event for the people. Zimbabwe Airforce helicopters swept the skies, and Mugabe’s own craft took him to a clearing far from the crowd. There was pre-rally entertainment, a moving poem about land, a funny skit on white farmers, some awful dancing and endless hours of young men marching. A riot policeman armed with an AK-47 glared down at the children in the front, to the side an army sharpshooter cocked his pistol. The newly recruited militia in their greens and the police support unit in their blues patrolled the area. Marshalls conducted the singing - with songs about the liberation struggle, about Rhodesia and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Scores of civil servants, including officials from the Department of Information, were wearing Zanu-PF T- shirts. The air rang with the cries of imperialism and the perception of millions of former Rhodesians in Perth and beyond, packing to come home to recolonise Zimbabwe.

Mugabe repeated his mantras of the past two years. Blair and whites were responsible for the lack of development in the area, he said. He wagged his finger and warned that a vote for Tsvangirai meant a reborn Rhodesia. His wife Grace sat glumly behind, and the man in charge of the militias, Youth Minister Elliot Manyika, was dressed for the occasion in off-the-peg military fatigues. Zanu PF national chairperson John Nkomo was there, his pleasant, familiar face belying what he had been telling Parliament the week before, that the new Public Order and Security Act was a piece of legislation necessary in all democracies. The crowd was well-behaved, tolerant of four whites among the press, and dutiful. They repeatedly sang a haunting refrain about voting, and used their arms to show how to make a cross. The rally in Mutawatawa reflected the past, and if it wasn’t so menacing because so many are dying, injured or displaced by Mugabe’s various militias, it could have been written off as the most boring event since the last Zanu-PF rally.

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From The Independent (UK), 13 February

The truth about my arrest. And the slurs that followed

By Basildon Peta in Harare

The last thing I expected in my fight for press freedom in Zimbabwe was to trigger a media meltdown in London that would hand ammunition to the Harare government for its persecution of independent journalists. Page one of yesterday's Times made the astonishing assertion that I had admitted to its journalist fabricating a report in The Independent about my arrest and incarceration in Harare Central police station last week. Later editions of The Times dropped the claim that I had admitted lying and settled instead for "exaggeration". The interview I gave its journalist supports neither allegation. But by yesterday morning Zimbabwe was alive with reports that I had admitted lying to the once-venerable Times. This is simply not true.

The facts are straightforward. After my house was ransacked by the police while I was away in Johannesburg, I turned myself in at Harare Central police station last week with my lawyer. I was put under arrest at 4pm on Monday 4 February. I was dumped in a filthy room near a blocked toilet, which emitted a foul and suffocating stench. I had a few broken planks to rest on. The psychological stress I was under inflamed the severe stomach ulcers from which I have been suffering and at about 11pm, after lengthy discussion, I persuaded the detectives assigned to my case to take me home so I could fetch my ulcer medication. I did not know how long I would be in Mr Mugabe's hands and so I agreed to the request of the officers not to disclose that they accompanied me home. I felt I had to protect the detectives who had shown me kindness despite instructions to ill treat me. Now the media frenzy has brought this into the open, to my deep regret. I was back at the police station at 3am and was not ordered released until 11am. Thus my detention at the police station lasted about 15 hours.

I do not need either to exaggerate or fabricate anything about the sorry state of affairs in Zimbabwe, about the difficult circumstances within which the press in my country is operating, or indeed about my own situation. I have always been aware that the fight for press freedom in Zimbabwe would earn me many detractors and enemies, particularly in the Zimbabwean government. I never expected to be maligned and undermined by my professional colleagues - particularly those in the British press, who have shown such a keen interest in the protection of human rights in Zimbabwe. What motivated The Times to say I admitted lying is beyond me. At least I have a witness. My foreign editor, Leonard Doyle, who listened to my telephone interview with the Times reporter, knows I never made this extraordinary admission. Throughout the interview with The Times and other journalists, I responded to their specific queries about my ordeal so they could better comprehend my situation. They for instance wanted me to explain whether I had indeed been detained in a cell or in an office. My answer was detailed and factual: I used the term cell because that is what the police called the stinking room they put me in and as someone who has been in a cell before there was no other conclusion I could come to.

I also explained why I had omitted from my Independent article information concerning my temporary release from police custody near midnight on Monday and my re-detention four hours later. I had promised the detectives I would remain silent on this issue, and now I hoped journalists in London would understand the reason for the omission. I ask myself what could have motivated colleagues at the Zimbabwe chapter of the respected Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) to set the hare running by issuing a statement on Friday about my arrest without at least checking the facts with me. After meeting the senior officers of Misa on Monday, the organisation issued a statement correcting a fundamental error in its previous statement, which said I was only detained for five hours, until 7pm, on Monday. I expected this correction to get the prominence it deserved in all the newspapers that had shown interest in the story in Britain and Zimbabwe. Disappointingly this was not to be.

For the record, I suffered much humiliation at the hands of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). Their act of ransacking and searching my house days before arresting me was uncalled for. Their harassment of whomever they found at my house while I was still abroad was uncalled for. I am not a criminal. I have no criminal record. I don't even have a traffic offence in any record against me. My incarceration at the Harare Central police station was uncalled for. There is no need for me to exaggerate anything about my treatment there. People are dying in Zimbabwe, others are being injured daily because of the political problems bedevilling the country. I will not allow scurillous reporting to break my spirits.

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Wednesday, 13 February, 2002, 08:24 GMT
Zimbabwe poll monitors row grows
Opposition MDC rally
Abubakar says he is there to ensure electoral freedom
The head of the Commonwealth observer mission for Zimbabwe's presidential election has said that it is there to assist Zimbabwe, not to tell it what to do.

Former Nigerian President Abdusalami Abubakar
Abubakar: "Certainly not" a tool of European nations
The former Nigerian president, General Abdusalami Abubakar, who is leading the mission, told the BBC that he could "see no problem" with the mission's role of observing and reporting on the electoral process in the March poll.

His comments come as the European Union considers the imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe in a diplomatic row over the role of European election monitors.

Twenty European election monitors arrived in Zimbabwe on Tuesday, bringing the total now in Harare to 30.

General Abubakar said he was "certainly not" acting as a tool of white Commonwealth countries in the election, in which President Robert Mugabe is expected to face his toughest challenge in 22 years of power.

"We are there to observe and make sure that Zimbabweans are given the freedom to elect who they want," he said.

Access row

International pressure on Zimbabwe to allow monitors has grown as human rights groups have warned of a "climate of fear and terror" in the run-up to the elections.

The European Commission is trying to clarify whether the Zimbabwean Government has refused to accredit Pierre Schori, the head of its delegation of election observers.

Banned EU countries
The Netherlands

On Monday the Zimbabwean foreign minister, Stan Mudenge, said that there was no invitation to the EU as an organisation.

Nine European countries had been invited only in an individual capacity, he said.


A spokeswoman in Brussels said the commission hoped to learn on Wednesday whether this was official policy.

Another EU official said the EU member states would then decide whether or not to impose sanctions.

Pierre Schori
Mr Schori is already in Zimbabwe
If implemented, the sanctions would include a travel ban on Mr Mugabe, his family and close associates, a freeze on any assets they might hold in EU member states, and a suspension of long-tem development aid.

The EU members have also said they will impose those sanctions if they believe that the voting has not been free and fair, or if media coverage of it is restricted.

Petrol bombing

As the diplomatic stand-off continued, Zimbabwe's main state-controlled daily newspaper accused the opposition Movement for Democratic Change of carrying out two petrol bomb attacks on Monday.

The Herald said the opposition had "everything to gain" from the attacks on an independent newspaper and a printing house producing opposition campaign materials.

"It will give credence to charges that the presidential poll was not free and fair," the paper said.

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I’m back at work, says Chinotimba

2/13/02 7:29:18 AM (GMT +2)

Municipal Reporter

JOSEPH Chinotimba, the controversial war veterans’ leader, denied at the
weekend he absconded from work at the Harare City Council to concentrate on
Zanu PF campaign rallies and other business unrelated to his municipal post.

Chinotimba was responding to a story published by this paper last week,
alleging he was playing truant from work as a driver at Town House,
concentrating instead on Zanu PF’s presidential campaign and resolving
labour issues.

“I am back with the municipal police and sometimes I go on patrol. If I do
party business when I am off duty or in my spare time, that has nothing to
do with you,” Chinotimba said testily.

“I do not report to you and my employer should complain before you peddle
lies and malice. Why do you report that I have an office at Town House as if
you want me to work from a toilet?”

The story alleged that Chinotimba was not carrying out his duties at Town
House, focusing instead on party business while still on the council

The war veterans’ leader is the Zanu PF secretary for the commissariat of
the Harare province. He said he attended to his other responsibilities in
his spare time.

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Daily News - Feature

Bishops condemn political violence

2/13/02 7:12:43 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporter

VIOLENCE is causing considerable destruction, loss of life and property and
untold suffering among the people, the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference
said at the weekend.

In their latest pastoral letter, all the nine Catholic bishops called on the
police to act decisively to bring the perpetrators of political violence to

They called for an end to bussing people into areas to commit acts of

The bishops said: “Many people admire the manner in which the country moved
from the horrors of colonialism into a new political dispensation which
upheld the rights of citizens and the policy of reconciliation which helped
our country in establishing an era of national development and peace.

“However, 21 years after independence, we have become disturbed by
increasing cases of political violence and intolerance among our people,
especially when it comes to party affiliations and election campaigns.

“This violence has caused much destruction, loss of life and property and
untold suffering among our people. In our last pastoral letter we made a
fervent appeal for tolerance.

“Unfortunately in some areas the degree of intolerance has increased.”
While they appreciated appeals for an end to political violence because this
is a serious violation of freedom which strikes at the heart of human
dignity the bishops called on the government and party leaders to allow law
enforcement agents to perform their duties without interference.

They said: “In the same way, we appeal to law enforcement agents and
security forces to be more accountable to the people by maintaining order,
peace and security, shunning any form of violence, intimidation or bias. We
call upon them to bring the perpetrators of political violence to book.”

Inflammatory and intimidatory statements and shouting slogans against fellow
Zimbabweans and other parties engender feelings of hatred and incite people
to violence, they said.

“We ask the leaders of different political parties to ensure that they and
their followers refrain from such verbal violence, which often results in
physical violence and is in contradiction with moral and Christian
principles,” the bishops said.

“We also ask for an immediate halt to the system of ferrying people from one
place to another to commit acts of violence. These things compromise our
hope for free and fair elections,” the bishops said.

They criticised some sections of the media for reporting in a “biased and
unbalanced manner”, saying they could curb violence by reporting events

The bishops appealed to the youths to resist being used to commit violence
against their will by leaders bent on using violence to achieve political

“While we should accommodate differences of opinion, these should be dealt
with in the context of dialogue, tolerance and respect for each other.

“We ought to be on our guard against forces and tendencies that divide us .
. . such forces often work for their own selfish advantages,” the bishops

While the bishops were calling for tolerance, three members of the MDC were
killed, allegedly by Zanu PF members, while three others in Zhombe in the
Midlands, were kidnapped and tortured.

Those killed last week were identified as Henry Moyo, an MDC youth
vice-chairman in Masvingo, Shepherd Ngundu, a teacher at Sohwe Primary
School in Mount Darwin, and Khape Khumalo from Mhondoro.

Zanu PF said Tariro Nyanzira, a party member, was found dead on Friday.
It has blamed his death on the MDC.
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Colonial mission schools are root of intolerance

2/13/02 7:37:24 AM (GMT +2)

By Magari Mandebvu

IT MUST have been in 1974 or earlier that I first met Beata. She was already
old and her clever son, of whom she was very proud, was in jail for “his

In 1980 her son joined the government. Mbuya Beata enjoyed visiting his big
house in town with guards at the gate, but she never could understand why he
didn’t want to be headmaster of their local mission boarding school.

I reckon that if he had become headmaster, his authoritarian manner would
soon have landed him in a crisis very similar to what the whole country is
suffering now.

Perhaps he’d have lasted longer as head of the local day school. Perhaps
Mbuya Beata overestimated her boy.

Many mothers do (I think mine did, may she rest in peace). But perhaps she
was right.

I was reminded of all this by listening to a group of schoolchildren in a
commuter bus the other day.

They were talking about what lands them in detention without right of
appeal. If politicians tend to behave like headmasters, should we start by
changing the behaviour of headmasters?

We did wonders in building schools and getting children to attend them in
the 1980s, but shouldn’t someone have been asking more questions about the
kind of schools we inherited? If we had thought then about how colonial our
school system was, we might have less problems now.

The best of those schools produced competent civil servants, even good
scientists and doctors, but the system was so designed that only the
better-funded schools could do this.

Even the better-funded schools were designed to produce people who would
accept the sort of discipline they knew in school. No wonder the
might-have-been headmasters who became government ministers in 1980 thought
they could treat the police as their prefects and the rest of us as unruly
schoolchildren. After all, that is how colonial governors behaved, and they
too had been through the same kind of school.

The schools have to take more blame than that for the mess we are in now.

Most of our political leaders went to mission schools and the missionaries
all had their own, rather different, colonial type of agenda.

They were trying to build up their churches against a lot of other competing
churches. Naturally they wanted to teach their pupils that their church was
the best.

They strengthened their argument by telling these innocent children that
theirs was the One True Church.

Everyone else was in error, and error had no rights. No wonder that those
pupils grew into politicians taught that their party was the One True Party
and all the others were in error. And, of course, error had no rights.

Well, the churches have developed. Maybe it took the silent pressure they
got from parents like one couple I knew.

They were members of the Dutch Reformed Church, but it was not easy to get
places in your favourite school in those days. So eventually they sent their
eldest son to an Anglican school, the second to a Methodist school, the
third to a government school and their daughters to a Catholic school.

All the children duly joined the “right” churches, but they couldn’t be
convinced that their brothers, sisters and parents all had devil’s horns and

With congregations full of people like these, the churches, or some of them,
had to abandon their empire-building attitudes.

Those early mission schools produced the founders of political parties that
had the same imperialist attitude: everyone else had to be converted to
their views or consigned to Hell or at least battered into seeing things
their way.

Those parties still have to catch up with the churches when it comes to

Maybe they saw what happened in the churches and didn’t want it to happen in
their parties. That would explain why some of them still batter perceived
opponents over the head first and ask questions later.

That would explain why they drive any likely opponents out of “their” areas;
if simple voters could see that their neighbours who belong to another party
don’t have devil’s horns and tails, how would the One True Party control

And make no mistake about it, the whole story is about control. The colonial
school system we inherited was about controlling the pupils who passed
through school, while they are there and throughout the rest of their lives.

The colonial church system, which still rears its ugly head everywhere from
the quiet cloisters of the Anglican Cathedral to the “Holy Spirit seminars”
in the Sheraton run by our American brothers and sisters, was all about
control: producing large devout and obedient crowds of believers. Not much
room for the freedom of the children of God that we find in the New
Testament and in the Scriptures of other religions.

The colonial political system, we all know, was all about control control of
our land, control of our minerals and other wealth, but most importantly,
control of our minds.

It was very tempting for our newly independent government to take over the
whole system. After all, it was the one they grew up in. It will be just as
big a temptation for a new government, whenever we get one.

If they are tempted, they need reminding that the unruly shouting of the
mobs manning roadblocks today do express a resentment at this system of

They are being used by it, but they are expressing feelings of resentment at
the whole system that has given them schools, but not jobs, votes, but no
voice and now land, but no food.

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Abuja violated: UNDP

2/13/02 7:27:09 AM (GMT +2)

Farming Editor

THE government has violated the Abuja land redistribution recommendations,
says a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report.

The report says the programme was not transparent because there was no
agreement between the commercial farmers and the government.

The government has allowed more farm occupations and the invasion of
delisted farms despite assurances to the international community that it
would stick to these guidelines.

But the report commended the government for allocating $3 billion for land
acquisition and infrastructure development under the Public Sector
Investment Programme in the 2002 budget. This amount represents a 50 percent
increase in real terms over the 2001 allocation.

The 55-page report, an interim assessment of the Land Reform and
Resettlement dated January 2002, was released this week.

It was produced following a visit by the UNDP mission from 13 November to 5
December 2001. The request to assess the progress of the land reform came
from both the government and a Commonwealth Committee of Foreign Ministers
in Abuja, Nigeria in September 2001.

At the same meeting, a framework was drawn up on how the government should
implement its land reform programme.

The report was expected to facilitate the funding of the land programme or
renew hopes of funding once it was discovered the programme was being
implemented along the pillars of the Abuja agreement.

Several donor agencies had suspended aid to Zimbabwe following reports the
programme was not transparent.

The mission said despite assurances that the government would work to ensure
that there would be no further occupation of commercial farms and that
occupiers on non-designated farms would be moved to legally acquired farms,
occupiers remained on farms that were not designated.

The report said: “The mission found that a number of unlisted and delisted
farms were still occupied. Evidence provided by provincial governments
indicate that as of 16 November 2001, 157 farms, covering an estimated area
of 405 227 ha, were still occupied by 14 286 illegal settlers.

Twenty-six of these (covering 128 495ha) were farms that had been delisted,
while three were gazetted and three were State land.

“It appears from the evidence, however, that only 27 farms have been newly
occupied since then.”

The mission found that in at least two cases of post-Abuja occupations, new
settlers had occupied, pegged and begun ploughing plots on non-designated

The report said the contesting and delisting of farms had created confusion
within the provincial governments and this had introduced uncertainty in the
whole process.

It said: “The government needs to state its position on these matters
publicly to increase confidence and predictability in the land reform
process and to encourage negotiated settlements.”

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Little to be gained from this strutting and posturing

2/13/02 7:36:56 AM (GMT +2)

THE government’s refusal to accredit the head of the European Union (EU)
delegation, Sweden’s Pierre Schori, as an election observer suggests they
have something to hide.

One man cannot possibly change the acceptability of an election outcome, if
it is conducted freely and fairly and meets all reasonable conditions.

But the government declared a dispute with the EU, and in terms of dispute
resolution that means none of the parties can take unilateral action,
because all issues ought rightly to be referred to a mediator.

So from the outset, Zimbabwe could be in breach of the rules of mediation.

The government’s uneasiness with the Swede stems from Schori’s role as head
of the EU observer mission to the 2000 parliamentary election and his
familiarity with Zanu PF’s and the government’s tricks, hence the panic.

The EU report on that election was uncomplimentary, for a government so used
to praise-singing and feel-good indulgences.

It said responsibility for re-establishing the rule of law and good
governance was in President Mugabe’s hands.

It would be tragic if the EU, during its meeting in Brussels today, were to
decide to impose smart sanctions because of the way the government has
reacted to the Schori mission’s arrival.

Zimbabwe seems to be doing its damnedest to court the wrath of the
international community.

It is also trying to play EU members against each other with Britain,
Denmark, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands and Sweden being excluded as
observers to next month’s poll. The decision of six EU members cannot
possibly drown that of the other nine members Zimbabwe is not averse to
having as election observers.

In fact, the very idea that there can be certain groups of observers
acceptable to the government is insulting to the other nine EU member

Why the government should appear so scared of one person is beyond

Schori’s group will be one of many to the presidential election, and if his
report contradicts the reports of the others, then he will be duty-bound to
explain the discrepancy.

The government would be on a higher moral ground if it were to invite all
its critics to come and observe the election and prove them wrong by its

If the government intends to run the presidential election according to the
rule book, then what could possibly be the source of its ire?

The truth lies in the government’s wasteland of broken promises, starting
with the 6 September 2001 Abuja agreement.

Its pledge to end land invasions and institute a transparent land reform
programme, its commitment to end violence and allow free campaigning by the
opposition have all been violated even before the ink on them had dried.

People continue to die in pre-election terror, while at least 35 schools
have been closed as a result of violence, blamed mostly on supporters of the
ruling party and the government.

Clearly the government has no intention of honouring any of its promises in
its bid to ensure the re-election of Mugabe.

There is very little real benefit to be gained from the government’s conduct
towards the EU delegation. There may be an element of political machismo
recalling the dark days of the Cold War. Other than that, it all seems so

On the other hand, the EU should not contend itself with just sending

It can boost its contribution by offering transparent ballot boxes, and the
special ballot paper. Such a gesture would represent a significant saving on
Zimbabwe’s foreign currency-starved resources.

The government should go ahead and accredit as many observers as possible,
because they can only help the ailing tourism industry and boost foreign
exchange earnings.

If, after the election, the EU can give the government full marks for
conducting a free and fair poll, that would be a bonus not to be sneezed at.

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Parties discuss code of conduct for polls

2/13/02 7:32:07 AM (GMT +2)

Political Editor

POLITICAL parties contesting the 9 and 10 March presidential election on
Monday held talks to discuss a code of conduct to guide them during the

Patrick Chinamasa, the Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs, represented his

The MDC was represented by Gift Chimanikire and Learnmore Jongwe, deputy
secretary-general and secretary for information and publicity, respectively.

The National Alliance for Good Governance was represented by its president,
Shakespeare Maya.

The meeting, the second on the issue, was held under the auspices of the
Electoral Supervisory Commission (ESC).

Sobusa Gula-Ndebele, the ESC chairman, said: “There was general agreement
all around. We should get an agreement by Friday. The goal of the ESC is to
see free and fair elections that are conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and
according to the Electoral Act.”

He said there was unanimous agreement by the political parties on the
important provisions of the code, especially those that prohibit violence.

The code binds the parties from committing or inciting acts of violence
against members of or property of other parties.

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Sir Garfield Todd loses right to vote

2/13/02 7:19:26 AM (GMT +2)

From Lawrence Chikuwira in Bulawayo

Sir Garfield Todd, the former Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia and one of
the few white people recognised by President Mugabe’s government as a
champion of the black people’s fight against racism during the liberation
struggle, has been denied the vote in the forthcoming presidential election.

Sir Garfield, 93, yesterday vowed he would go to the polling station next
month to claim his vote.

He received a registered letter yesterday morning from the Ministry of Home
Affairs’ provincial registry in Bulawayo, advising him that he had ceased to
be a citizen of Zimbabwe.

He is no longer qualified or entitled to be a registered voter in the
Bulawayo South constituency.

The letter, dated 5 February, gave Todd seven days in which to appeal or
face being struck off the voters’ roll.

Strangely, the letter arrived on the very day 12 February the deadline for
an appeal expired.

Only last week, Sir Garfield and his late wife, Lady Grace, had three
schools in Bulawayo and Matabeleland South renamed after them, as part of
the government’s drive to get rid of colonial names.

They were among a handful of white heroes honoured for their distinguished
service to Zimbabwe.

Sir Garfield was prime minister from 1953 to 1958, when he was defeated in
an election largely confined to whites, because he was seen to be too
sympathetic to the black people’s cause.

He was detained by the Smith regime in 1965 and 1972, for his stand against
the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) and the settlement
proposals struck between the Smith regime and Britain in 1971, respectively.

Sir Garfield later became a member of Joshua Nkomo’s PF Zapu delegation to
the abortive 1976 Geneva Conference, which tried but failed to pave the way
for majority rule.

Mugabe appointed him among the first senators in 1980 and he was knighted by
Queen Elizabeth in 1986.

Yesterday Sir Garfield, who arrived in this country from New Zealand as a
missionary in 1934, further lamented the loss of his right to travel.
“As a former Senator of Zimbabwe, I travelled on a diplomatic passport which
expired last April. A request to Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede to assist
in its renewal has remained unanswered,” he said, in a statement to The
Daily News.

“I am horrified by the destruction of our economy, the starving of our
people, the undermining of our Constitution, the torture and humiliation of
our nation by Zanu PF.

“Just as we stood with courage against the racism of the past, so today we
must stand with courage against the terror of the present. Come what may, I
will in March be going to the polling station to claim my right as a very
senior citizen of Zimbabwe, to cast my ballot for good against evil.”

Sir Garfield’s wife, Lady Grace, died in December last year and was buried
at Dadaya Mission amid eulogies from top government officials, including the
Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Aeneas Chigwedere.

Lady Grace was a renowned educationist, credited with introducing the Dadaya
Education Scheme that greatly improved the quality of education for blacks
during the colonial era.

Their daughter, Judith Todd, was among the activists hounded by the Smith
regime for their role in the liberation struggle.

Yesterday, she said it was ironic that her father was the first former Prime
Minister of a Commonwealth country to be detained and now he was going to be
the first to be stripped of his citizenship.

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Proposed school names condemned

2/13/02 7:28:52 AM (GMT +2)

By Columbus Mavhunga

RECENT proposed changes to names of government schools have been scoffed at
as a desperate ploy by Zanu PF to curry favour with the electorate ahead of
the 9-10 March presidential election.

The government announced the suggested changes last week.
The Daily News yesterday took to the streets to find out what people thought
about the proposed name changes.

Lycha Saidi, a newspaper vendor said the government had more pressing issues
than changing the names of schools.

“I find it very disturbing that instead of buying more books for students,
the government is using money to buy paint to write a new name,” said Saidi.
“There is nothing wrong with the former names. They are part of our

Themba Ndebele said forcing the new names on the people was a form of
oppression. “This is what I would call African oppression. It shows how a
black man can oppress his brother,” said Themba. “Changing names is like
trying to change our history. That will achieve nothing. We need a change of
economic policies so that we can have food on our tables.

“What is strange is that some ministers send their children to schools
overseas while here at home they are busy changing the names of schools.
That is hypocrisy at its worst. If they are serious about doing away with
colonialism, why do they send their children to London or Washington?”

Esther Zuze said people were more concerned with the availability of basic
foodstuffs such as maize-meal, cooking oil and soap, which are in short

“It is ridiculous that we have a government that concerns itself with such
petty issues,” said Zuze.

“Why the changes now when we attained independence 22 years ago? We want
free education, sound economic policies and roads to be repaired. We are
starving and that should be addressed first,” she said.

Tawanda Mudzengerere said: “We might have to change the names again when
things have settled because this will confuse people. The changes are
unjustified, anyway.”

Thelma McKop, a former student of Queen Elizabeth Girls’ High, soon to be
changed to Sally Mugabe, said the names show that the government is
interested in trivial issues.

She said: “This is ridiculous, to say the least. The whole country is being
turned into a battlefield, the new names are just frightening. Think of
Border Gezi and Chenjerai Hunzvi Schools and what happened in the run-up to
the 2000 parliamentary election.”
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Dear All,
I am trying to assist people in the Bulawayo area with queries regarding
Notice of Objection.

A number of people have received these notices in the last few days, some
who have renounced
their foreign citizenship and passport.   Don't panic.  You must, however,
respond and have 7 days from the date on which you collected your notice
from the Post Office.    I advise that you take
your appeal personally to The Registrar in Bulawayo at Room 12, Passport
(old Tax Office - entrance on 10th Avenue).   Make sure you get a receipt
for your documents and the $50 fee.

Either e.mail your details to me and I will pass them onto the Citizenship
Lobby Group or e.mail them direct.  You must keep a copy everything and
e.mail the details to be collated for the observers and for the class
action.  Any further queries please contact myself on 243467 (home) or 011
230 733 or Margaret on 242979.   Please read the following which explains
the law etc.   There is a sample appeal foryour guidance.

Fiona Lander  Please use the above e-mail address - it is temporary - we

----- Original Message -----
From: "MDC Mailing List" <>
To: "List Member" <>
Sent: 12 February 2002 12:07
Subject: Notice of Objection Update

Many people have been contacting our offices with questions and concerns
about the continued Notice of Objection process.  We are aware of the extent
of these notices, and are working as an organisation to ensure that all
eligible citizens and permanent residents will be able to vote.  However,
our case is all the stronger when individuals stand up for their rights and
refuse to be robbed of their democratic right to vote.

The below message comes from the independent Citizenship Lobby Group.  It
contains useful information on what to do if you have received a Notice of
Objection, particularly since Feb 4.

Citizenship Lobby Group Update #9
February 10, 2002

Dear All

I apologise for not being able to reply personally to each of your emails
due to the large number I have received in this regard. I hope this update

New information is at hand since Friday Feb 08, 2002.

Objection notices dated Feb 04/05, 2002
A new batch of objection notices has been sent out to people dated Feb 04 or
05, 2002. This batch appears to target people who renounced dual citizenship
back in the 1980's. Having said that, though, all sorts of people are
receiving these notices. At least two individuals have received 2 notices -
one from the Jan 25 batch and one from the Feb 04 batch.

Some recipients of the letter have successfully completed the renunciation
of foreign citizenship procedures required of them by the Citizenship
Amendment Act 2001. One man was even issued with a new Zimbabwean passport
in November 2001 having satisfied the Registrar General's office that he had
duly complied with the provisions of the Act.

Appeals from individuals in receipt of letters dated Feb 04, 2002 are
currently being accepted by the Constituency Registrars. I suspect that the
cut-off date for these appeals is likely to be Monday Feb 11, 2002. Make
every effort to submit your appeal by then.

It may be a good idea to take your Notice of Objection with you as proof of
the date on which it was written (to distinguish yourself from the previous
Jan 25/26 group from whom the constituency registrars are refusing to accept

This was the experience of one person -
1. I was asked for the date of my notice of objection and if I had the
appeal form with me. I was then directed to office 4. "They are using
office four today". I handed in my documents and paid $50.00. I was given a
receipt. The details were then recorded in a register as was a contact
telephone number. The whole process took less than ten minutes.

$50 Deposit Required
Please note that at least one person has had their appeal returned to them
because it did not include the required payment. When the payment and appeal
were duly returned, the deadline for accepting the appeal had allegedly
expired and the documents were not accepted.

Legal action
Bryant Elliot of Gill, Godlonton & Gerans continues to be involved in legal
action challenging the issuing of these Notices of Objection. I will keep
you updated on his progress. He is being kept informed of the information
received through the Citizenship Lobby Group.

What to do if you've been refused the opportunity to appeal
I don't have any wise answers to give in this regard as yet. I will approach
Bryant Elliot and ask if he has any recommendations. At the very least it
would seem to be important to write in protest to the relevant Constituency
Registrar and the Registrar-General detailing the date of receipt of the
actual document notwithstanding the date on which it was posted by the
Constituency Registrar and the date on which your appeal was refused.

Regarding rules of interpretation, I have been sent this extract from
Section 34(1) of the Interpretation Act, Chapter 1 which reads as follows:

Where an enactment authorizes or requires a document to be served by post,
where the word "serve" or any of the words "give"' "deliver" or "send" or
other word is used, the service of the document may be effected by
registering and posting an envelope addressed to the person on whom the
is to be served at his usual or last known place of abode or business, and
containing such document, and unless the contrary is proved, the document
be deemed to have been served at the time at which such envelope would have
delivered in the ordinary course of post.

Section 28(2) of the Interpretation Act, Chapter 1 reads as follows:

Where in an enactment a period of time is expressed to begin on, or to be
reckoned from, a particular day, that day shall not be included in the

Possibly a copy of your complain should be sent to a civil society
organisation like Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) or Legal
Resources Foundation (LRF).

Submission to Observers
I propose to collate the information received regarding these Notices of
Objection and submit it to the "observers" as proof of the R-G's intention
to disenfranchise voters with a legitimate right to participate in the
forthcoming elections.

Below I have repeated a bit of information (and appeal draft) given out in
update #7 for the benefit of people who have joined this mailing list since
Jan 30, 2002.

Best wishes and thanks for all your replies and information
Brenda Burrell

Your rights
Permanent residence is an implicit part of citizenship. Prior to
renunciation in the latter part of 2001 you would have been a de facto
permanent resident.

Regardless of the fact that you may have chosen to retain your foreign
citizenship over your Zimbabwean citizenship, you are nonetheless eligible
to vote as evidenced by the following relevant details extracted from the
High Court judgement handed down by Justice Rita Makarau on January 25,

1. In order to comply with section 28(2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe,
for the Presidential elections scheduled for 9 and 10 March 2002, the
Registrar General shall ensure that there is in place a common roll.
2. The common roll referred to in 1 above, shall contain the names and such
other information as may be necessary, of all persons who have attained the
age of 18 years, are citizens of Zimbabwe or, since 1985, have been regarded
by a written law to be permanent residents in Zimbabwe and who meet the
residential requirements of any particular constituency or have satisfied
him that for reasons related to place of origin, political affiliation or
otherwise, it is appropriate that they be registered in a constituency in
which they do not reside;
3. The Registrar General shall restore to the voters roll of any
constituency all voters who, on or before 18 January 2002, were on that roll
or were eligible but were refused to be on that roll, who may have lost or
renounced their citizenship of Zimbabwe, but who since 1985, have been
regarded by a written law to be permanently resident in Zimbabwe;
4. The Registrar General shall make adequate and reasonable administrative
arrangements for all voters registered on the common roll who will not be in
their constituencies on the polling days, to exercise their vote

Notes regarding the draft Notice of Appeal Against Objection to Registration
1. The draft is included at the end of this document.
2. The grounds specified in this draft may not apply to everyone.
· If, for instance, a person has been removed from being a citizen simply
because they have a right to a foreign citizenship, then they should argue
that they are still a citizen of Zimbabwe and they are entitled to be
registered on that basis.
· Alternatively, they can also say that if they have been a permanent
resident in Zimbabwe since 31 December 1985 they qualify on that ground as
well, to be a voter.

What you should do if you receive one of these letters
1. Respond immediately.
2. Use the following draft Notice of Appeal Against Objection to
Registration - it has been provided by a lawyer with plenty of experience.
3. Preferably hand deliver your response to the relevant registrar's office
AND request a receipt for the document OR;
Post your response by registered post
4. Keep me informed of:
· which city/district you reside in and
· when you received your Notice of Objection
· how you submitted your response
· what happens to you next in this regard

Note that the $50 fee has to be submitted by money order or cash - not
personal cheques. Apparently a $50 money order earns commission of $150 and
registering $88, so be prepared to pay out $288 if you want to return your
documents by registered post in this manner.

Electoral Act (Chapter 2:01)

Notice of Appeal Against Objection to Registration

The grounds of my appeal are as follows:

I have been a permanent resident of this country since . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . that is before 31 December 1985.  I am
therefore entitled to register as a voter on the common roll in terms of
section 3 (1) (b) of Schedule 3 of the Constitution.  I would be grateful
therefore if you will retain my name on the voters' roll.

I should mention that although your letter is dated . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  I note that the postmark on the envelope
containing your letter is dated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . .   In fact I only received your letter on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  from which date I presume the seven day
notice period commences.

Signed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Mugabe opponent accused of murder plot

Patrick Barkham in Sydney and Andrew Meldrum in Harare
Wednesday February 13, 2002
The Guardian

An Australian television documentary will today allege that Zimbabwe's
opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, was involved in a plot to assassinate
his rival, President Robert Mugabe, before next month's election.
The SBS Dateline documentary will broadcast surveillance video footage
purporting to show Mr Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic
Change, agreeing to the "elimination" of Mr Mugabe before the ageing
president goes to the polls in Zimbabwe on March 9 and 10.

Mr Tsvangirai dismissed the charges yesterday. "It is a crude smear campaign
against me. They are ridiculous charges and there is no truth to them," he

The grainy video allegedly records a December meeting between Mr Tsvangirai,
two unidentified men and a Canadian firm of political consultants in

Referring to Mr Tsvangirai's presence, one of the Canadian company's
employees says in extracts released yesterday: "The MDC, represented by the
top man who's sitting here right now, commits to - let's call it... the coup
d'etat or the elimination of the President."

"Do coffins win elections?" asks one of the Canadians.

"OK, Mr Mugabe is eliminated. Now what?" another participant in the meeting
later asks. "Are you in a position basically to ensure a smooth transition
of power?"

The man the documentary identified as Mr Tsvangirai replies: "Yes. I've no
doubt about it."

He adds later: "We can now definitely say that Mr Mugabe is going to be

The documentary will also reveal alleged evidence that a British company
attended two meetings with Mr Tsvangirai and the Canadian firm.

Interviewed on the programme, Mr Tsvangirai denied that the MDC was plotting
to assassinate Mr Mugabe.

"Why should we?" he said. "He is a 78-year-old man. We have no reason
whatsoever to make any harm to him."

Mr Tsvangirai said he was surprised that a reputable journalist would fall
for "such obvious propaganda"

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