MP ordered not to disrupt farms
2/12/02 8:24:29 AM (GMT
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’
Joseph Made, the Minister of
Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement and
Augustine Chihuri, the Police
Commissioner are some of the respondents in
A soldier in
the Zimbabwe National Army only identified as Taderera was also
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
with the farming operations on the farms known as
Duncanston, Kopje Alleen
and Rustfontein pending the finalisation of this
“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
finalisation of this matter,” Chinhengo said.
order was served to Chihuri, Made and the officer-in-charge of
Police Station only identified as Mutize.
Mtetwa said Makokove could not
be served with the court order because his
address could not be
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
reported incidents of assault at the farms because he was angry
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
In his affidavit, Nyambiri said he bought the farms from one
money provided by the NMB Bank in 2000.
“The farms are
being run on a commercial basis by my three brothers, two of
qualified graduates of agricultural colleges,” Nyambirai said. He
said he was
surprised when the farms were listed for acquisition in November
Zanu PF militants seize workers’ IDs
2/12/02 7:55:41 AM
From Chris Gande in Bulawayo
FARM workers in the
Solusi area of Matabeleland South, had their national
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
There are more than 500 farm workers in the area. It could not
be established how many of them had their documents
“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
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
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
“When I went to the police, they said I should contact the
Administrator, but he is also not being helpful,” said
Voters in favour of presidential debates
7:50:44 AM (GMT +2)
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
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
females and 859 males.
The following question, among others,
“Would you be in favour or opposed to presidential debates, ie
between the presidential candidates on radio and
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
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.
and Masvingo provinces scored lowest, 51,1 percent and 57,5
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
Mashonaland Central would have been equally in favour of the
The ethnically “mixed” Midlands
province scored 69,5 percent, approximating
the national average.
none of the provinces did the combined scores of those who were opposed
such debates and those who said the debates did matter, exceed even one
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
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
The high percentage of interest in the debate reveals that for
election, a large number of people are actively following the
discourse and are likely to vote in the presidential
This is borne out by the number of those in the “doesn’t
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
candidate winning the debates.
UZ student killed by the police, court told
8:21:33 AM (GMT +2)
By Fanuel Jongwe Court Reporter
University of Zimbabwe (UZ) security officer yesterday confessed he lied
his boss to protect the policeman who assaulted Batanai Hadzizi, a
killed in unclear circumstances during violent demonstrations at the
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
“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
Prosecutor Alvis Chimwaradze led the witnesses’ evidence at the
attended by members of the UZ Students’ Representative
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
with a truncheon. “I heard one of the police officers
usadaro.' (Mavhiza, don’t do that.)”
showed the court a scar on his right elbow which he said was from a
sustained while trying to restrain the officer. He said the policemen
dragged the other students out of the room and left Hadzizi lying on
floor, panting for breath. “I heard him producing this strange sound
tried to administer first aid, but it did not help,” Macheka
Hadzizi was pronounced dead on arrival at Parirenyatwa Hospital.
post-mortem gave the cause of death as “asphyxia due to bilateral
contusions and rib-cage soft tissue injuries caused by blunt
Macheka said he was called from home after students looted a
the campus but when he arrived, the disturbances had subsided.
He said he
gave them “specific instructions” not to beat up or fire teargas
as the students were already dispersing on their own.
said the riot police later arrived on the campus to augment the UZ
staff. Macheka said he had noticed that there were “overzealous”
the group who were itching to beat up the students.
The inquest continues
Teacher beaten to death for reading The Daily
2/13/02 7:13:27 AM (GMT +2)
SHEPHERD Ngundu, a schoolteacher from Dotito in Mt Darwin was
beaten to death by Zanu PF youths after he was found reading The
Elliot Pfebve, the losing MDC candidate for Bindura said the
Ngundu of being a member of the MDC because he was reading the
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
When they failed to get anything linking him to the MDC, they took
Shonhai shopping centre near the school and beat him up with bars
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
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
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
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
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.
MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC
Building Fund for the MDC Bulawayo Offices
Progress Report No. 5 Period 29/01 -
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
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
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,
All donations will be receipted/acknowledged and confidentiality will be
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
VOTE FOR CHANGE - VOTE MORGAN TSVANGIRAI FOR PRESIDENT
"Together we can complete the change for all
THE POWER IS IN YOUR HANDS !
From News24 (SA), 12
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.
From The Mail & Guardian (SA),
A tale of two rallies: Peta
Thornycroft, on the campaign trail, catches a glimpse of what Zimbabwe might
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
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
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.
From The Independent (UK), 13
The truth about my arrest. And the
slurs that followed
By Basildon Peta in
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.
Wednesday, 13 February, 2002, 08:24 GMT
Zimbabwe poll monitors row grows
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.
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.
Abubakar: "Certainly not" a tool of European
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.
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
The European Commission is trying to clarify whether the Zimbabwean
Government has refused to accredit Pierre Schori, the head of its delegation of
Banned EU countries
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
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.
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.
Mr Schori is already in
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
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
"It will give credence to charges that the presidential poll was not free and
fair," the paper said.
I’m back at work, says Chinotimba
2/13/02 7:29:18 AM
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.
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
back with the municipal police and sometimes I go on patrol. If I do
business when I am off duty or in my spare time, that has nothing to
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
The story alleged that Chinotimba was not carrying out his
duties at Town
House, focusing instead on party business while still on the
The war veterans’ leader is the Zanu PF secretary for
the commissariat of
the Harare province. He said he attended to his other
his spare time.
Daily News - Feature
Bishops condemn political violence
7:12:43 AM (GMT +2)
VIOLENCE is causing
considerable destruction, loss of life and property and
among the people, the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference
said at the
In their latest pastoral letter, all the nine Catholic bishops
called on the
police to act decisively to bring the perpetrators of political
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
“This violence has caused much destruction, loss of life 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.
the leaders of different political parties to ensure that they and
followers refrain from such verbal violence, which often results in
violence and is in contradiction with moral and Christian
“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
They criticised some sections of the media for reporting in a
unbalanced manner”, saying they could curb violence by reporting
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
Those killed last week were identified as Henry Moyo, an MDC
vice-chairman in Masvingo, Shepherd Ngundu, a teacher at Sohwe
School in Mount Darwin, and Khape Khumalo from Mhondoro.
PF said Tariro Nyanzira, a party member, was found dead on Friday.
blamed his death on the MDC.
Daily News - Leader Page
Colonial mission schools are root of
2/13/02 7:37:24 AM (GMT +2)
IT MUST have been in 1974 or earlier that I first met Beata. She
old and her clever son, of whom she was very proud, was in jail
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
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
Perhaps he’d have lasted
longer as head of the local day school. Perhaps
Mbuya Beata overestimated her
Many mothers do (I think mine did, may she rest in peace). But
I was reminded of all this by listening to a
group of schoolchildren in a
commuter bus the other day.
talking about what lands them in detention without right of
politicians tend to behave like headmasters, should we start by
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
The best of those schools produced competent civil servants, even
scientists and doctors, but the system was so designed that only
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
They were trying to build up their churches against a lot of
churches. Naturally they wanted to teach their pupils that
their church was
They strengthened their argument by telling
these innocent children that
theirs was the One True Church.
else was in error, and error had no rights. No wonder that those
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.
churches have developed. Maybe it took the silent pressure they
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
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
Those parties still have
to catch up with the churches when it comes to
saw what happened in the churches and didn’t want it to happen in
parties. That would explain why some of them still batter perceived
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
system we inherited was about controlling the pupils who passed
school, while they are there and throughout the rest of their lives.
colonial church system, which still rears its ugly head everywhere from
quiet cloisters of the Anglican Cathedral to the “Holy Spirit seminars”
the Sheraton run by our American brothers and sisters, was all about
producing large devout and obedient crowds of believers. Not much
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
After all, it was the one they grew up in. It will be just as
temptation for a new government, whenever we get one.
If they are
tempted, they need reminding that the unruly shouting of the
roadblocks today do express a resentment at this system
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.
Abuja violated: UNDP
2/13/02 7:27:09 AM (GMT
THE government has violated the Abuja land
says a United Nations Development Programme
The report says the programme was not transparent because
there was no
agreement between the commercial farmers and the
The government has allowed more farm occupations and the
delisted farms despite assurances to the international community
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
The 55-page report, an interim assessment of the Land Reform
Resettlement dated January 2002, was released this week.
produced following a visit by the UNDP mission from 13 November to 5
2001. The request to assess the progress of the land reform came
the government and a Commonwealth Committee of Foreign Ministers
Nigeria in September 2001.
At the same meeting, a framework was drawn up
on how the government should
implement its land reform programme.
report was expected to facilitate the funding of the land programme or
hopes of funding once it was discovered the programme was being
along the pillars of the Abuja agreement.
Several donor agencies had
suspended aid to Zimbabwe following reports the
programme was not
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
occupiers remained on farms that were not
The report said: “The mission found that a number of unlisted
farms were still occupied. Evidence provided by provincial
indicate that as of 16 November 2001, 157 farms, covering an
of 405 227 ha, were still occupied by 14 286 illegal
Twenty-six of these (covering 128 495ha) were farms that had
while three were gazetted and three were State
“It appears from the evidence, however, that only 27 farms have
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
It said: “The government needs to state its position on these
publicly to increase confidence and predictability in the land
process and to encourage negotiated settlements.”
Daily News - Leader Page
Little to be gained from this strutting and
2/13/02 7:36:56 AM (GMT +2)
refusal to accredit the head of the European Union (EU)
Pierre Schori, as an election observer suggests they
have something to
One man cannot possibly change the acceptability of an election
it is conducted freely and fairly and meets all reasonable
But the government declared a dispute with the EU, and in
terms of dispute
resolution that means none of the parties can take
because all issues ought rightly to be referred to a
So from the outset, Zimbabwe could be in breach of the rules of
The government’s uneasiness with the Swede stems from Schori’s
role as head
of the EU observer mission to the 2000 parliamentary election
familiarity with Zanu PF’s and the government’s tricks, hence the
The EU report on that election was uncomplimentary, for a
government so used
to praise-singing and feel-good indulgences.
said responsibility for re-establishing the rule of law and good
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
Zimbabwe seems to be doing its damnedest to court the wrath of
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
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.
government would be on a higher moral ground if it were to invite all
critics to come and observe the election and prove them wrong by
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
with the 6 September 2001 Abuja agreement.
pledge to end land invasions and institute a transparent land
programme, its commitment to end violence and allow free campaigning
opposition have all been violated even before the ink on them had
People continue to die in pre-election terror, while at least 35
have been closed as a result of violence, blamed mostly on supporters
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
paper. Such a gesture would represent a significant saving on
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
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.
Parties discuss code of conduct for polls
7:32:07 AM (GMT +2)
contesting the 9 and 10 March presidential election on
Monday held talks to
discuss a code of conduct to guide them during the
Chinamasa, the Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs, represented
The MDC was represented by Gift Chimanikire and Learnmore
secretary-general and secretary for information and publicity,
The National Alliance for Good Governance was represented
by its president,
The meeting, the second on the
issue, was held under the auspices of the
Electoral Supervisory Commission
Sobusa Gula-Ndebele, the ESC chairman, said: “There was general
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
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.
Sir Garfield Todd loses right to vote
AM (GMT +2)
From Lawrence Chikuwira in Bulawayo
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
He received a registered letter yesterday morning from the Ministry
Affairs’ provincial registry in Bulawayo, advising him that he had
be a citizen of Zimbabwe.
He is no longer qualified or
entitled to be a registered voter in the
The letter, dated 5 February, gave Todd seven days in which
to appeal or
face being struck off the voters’ roll.
letter arrived on the very day 12 February the deadline for
Only last week, Sir Garfield and his late wife, Lady Grace, had
schools in Bulawayo and Matabeleland South renamed after them, as part
the government’s drive to get rid of colonial names.
among a handful of white heroes honoured for their distinguished
Sir Garfield was prime minister from 1953 to 1958, when he was
an election largely confined to whites, because he was seen to be
sympathetic to the black people’s cause.
He was detained by the
Smith regime in 1965 and 1972, for his stand against
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
Mugabe appointed him among the first senators in 1980 and he was
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
horrified by the destruction of our economy, the starving of our
undermining of our Constitution, the torture and humiliation of
our nation by
“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
Sir Garfield’s wife, Lady Grace, died in December last year and
at Dadaya Mission amid eulogies from top government officials,
Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Aeneas
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
Proposed school names condemned
2/13/02 7:28:52 AM (GMT
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
The government announced the suggested changes last
The Daily News yesterday took to the streets to find out what people
about the proposed name changes.
Lycha Saidi, a newspaper
vendor said the government had more pressing issues
than changing the names
“I find it very disturbing that instead of buying more books
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
“What is strange is that some ministers send their children
overseas while here at home they are busy changing the names of
That is hypocrisy at its worst. If they are serious about doing away
colonialism, why do they send their children to London or
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.
changes now when we attained independence 22 years ago? We want
education, sound economic policies and roads to be repaired. We are
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
McKop, a former student of Queen Elizabeth Girls’ High, soon to be
Sally Mugabe, said the names show that the government is
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.”
I am trying to assist people in the Bulawayo area with queries
Notice of Objection.
PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO ALL
THOSE ON YOUR LIST AND SPREAD THE
WORD TO ALL THOSE YOU HEAR HAVE RECEIVED
ONE OF THESE NOTICES. ONCE YOU
HAVE REGISTERED YOUR APPEAL THEY CANNOT
PREVENT YOU FROM VOTING IN THE
A number of
people have received these notices in the last few days, some
their foreign citizenship and passport. Don't panic. You must,
respond and have 7 days from the date on which you collected your
from the Post Office. I advise that you take
personally to The Registrar in Bulawayo at Room 12, Passport
Tax Office - entrance on 10th Avenue). Make sure you get a receipt
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
Fiona Lander Please use the above e-mail address -
it is temporary - we
----- Original Message -----
Mailing List" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"List Member" <email@example.com>
12 February 2002 12:07
Subject: Notice of Objection Update
people have been contacting our offices with questions and concerns
continued Notice of Objection process. We are aware of the extent
notices, and are working as an organisation to ensure that all
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
Citizenship Lobby Group Update
February 10, 2002
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
is at hand since Friday Feb 08, 2002.
Objection notices dated Feb 04/05,
A new batch of objection notices has been sent out to people dated Feb
05, 2002. This batch appears to target people who renounced dual
back in the 1980's. Having said that, though, all sorts of people
receiving these notices. At least two individuals have received 2 notices
one from the Jan 25 batch and one from the Feb 04 batch.
recipients of the letter have successfully completed the renunciation
foreign citizenship procedures required of them by the Citizenship
Act 2001. One man was even issued with a new Zimbabwean passport
2001 having satisfied the Registrar General's office that he had
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
It may be a good idea to take your Notice of Objection with you as
the date on which it was written (to distinguish yourself from the
Jan 25/26 group from whom the constituency registrars are refusing
This was the experience of one person -
was asked for the date of my notice of objection and if I had the
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
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
returned, the deadline for accepting the appeal had allegedly
expired and the
documents were not accepted.
Bryant Elliot of Gill,
Godlonton & Gerans continues to be involved in legal
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
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
Regarding rules of interpretation, I have been sent this extract
Section 34(1) of the Interpretation Act, Chapter 1 which reads as
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).
I propose to collate the information received regarding these
Objection and submit it to the "observers" as proof of the R-G's
to disenfranchise voters with a legitimate right to participate in
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
Permanent residence is an implicit part of citizenship. Prior
renunciation in the latter part of 2001 you would have been a de
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
him that for reasons related to place of origin, political
otherwise, it is appropriate that they be registered in a
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
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
2. The grounds specified in this draft may not apply to
· If, for instance, a person has been removed from being a citizen
because they have a right to a foreign citizenship, then they should
that they are still a citizen of Zimbabwe and they are entitled to
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
me informed of:
· which city/district you reside in and
· when you
received your Notice of Objection
· how you submitted your response
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
Electoral Act (Chapter 2:01)
Appeal Against Objection to Registration
The grounds of my appeal are as
I have been a permanent resident of this country since . . . . .
. . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . that is before 31 December 1985.
therefore entitled to register as a voter on the common roll in terms
section 3 (1) (b) of Schedule 3 of the Constitution. I would be
therefore if you will retain my name on the voters' roll.
should mention that although your letter is dated . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . I note that the postmark on the
containing your letter is dated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . .
. . . In fact I only received your letter on . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from which date I presume the seven
notice period commences.
Signed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mugabe opponent accused of murder plot
Patrick Barkham in Sydney and
Andrew Meldrum in Harare
Wednesday February 13, 2002
An Australian television documentary will today allege that
opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, was involved in a plot to
his rival, President Robert Mugabe, before next month's
The SBS Dateline documentary will broadcast surveillance video
purporting to show Mr Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for
Change, agreeing to the "elimination" of Mr Mugabe before the
president goes to the polls in Zimbabwe on March 9 and 10.
Tsvangirai dismissed the charges yesterday. "It is a crude smear
against me. They are ridiculous charges and there is no truth to
The grainy video allegedly records a December meeting
between Mr Tsvangirai,
two unidentified men and a Canadian firm of political
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
"Do coffins win elections?" asks one of the
"OK, Mr Mugabe is eliminated. Now what?" another participant
in the meeting
later asks. "Are you in a position basically to ensure a
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
documentary will also reveal alleged evidence that a British company
two meetings with Mr Tsvangirai and the Canadian firm.
Interviewed on the
programme, Mr Tsvangirai denied that the MDC was plotting
to assassinate Mr
"Why should we?" he said. "He is a 78-year-old man. We have no
whatsoever to make any harm to him."
Mr Tsvangirai said he was
surprised that a reputable journalist would fall
for "such obvious