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I write to all my correspondents in absolute frustration and seek your advise on how to put an end to the violence, intimidation and endless animal rights abuses of the cattle on Bath Farm.
Dispite my endless letters and discussions with government officials on the subject we appear merely confirming to them the results that they desire in the endless torture of Jannie and Maureen Erasmus and their labour and livestock.
Today they returned from Masvingo to be greeted by their desperate and seriously injured staff who had once again been severely beaten and informed that they would be "fired" by Jannie at 6am tomorrow. They would be there to enforce this action is taken.
Whilst we know that there is no genuine need for the desire for land given under the present illegal process there are still many who are using it as a tool for either the party's or their own personal political agendas.
 The savage and barbaric way in which Jannie and his labour and animals have been continually attacked followed the unfortunate death of his only son. This shattered his morale and the attackers have taken a huge advantage of this weakening of his resolve.
Perhaps some personal advice or discussion may help. He can be contacted on ... (email here for contact details.)
Please these humble and Christian people desperately need your help.
God Bless.
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                                                    Attacks on Marakanga Game Ranch Mwenezi

24th January 2002.


In the past 13 Months, Marakanga Ranch, in the South of the lowveld, has been attacked 7 times by about 80 Z.A.N.U. PF thugs and war vets. Six times the owner, Gerry Whitehead, had to go back to recapture the ranch, locate all the workers and start Ranching again.

Eventually the police arrested 8 of the ringleaders and they were charged with public violence, and put into custody for six weeks before getting bail, once out of jail, a concerted effort was instigated by them to destroy the Ranch and wipe out the wild life. If it had not been for the bravery of the game scouts and staff, they would have been successful. As it is from some 200 Eland the Ranch is now left with 50. Most the other species suffered in the same way.

At about 9pm on the night of the 22nd January2002, some of the culprits, who were [it has not been

Established how many] on bail came to the homestead and fatally wounded one of the witnesses, 61 year old Gibson Hlungwani, then they broke into the house and stole some store goods. Leaving the house they proceeded to the Safaris camp close by and burnt it down. From there they walked to the Ranch store where they shot and killed game scout James Machipisa and the Ranch driver Matthew Suzwani, who was another one of the witnesses against them. During the attack one of the game scouts, who was also badly chopped on the head with a panga, managed to fire his shotgun and wound one of the attackers, who made off bleeding badly. The wounded attacker went a short way and hid the S.K.S rifle, he then made his way to a friends house where he was helped to the Chikombedzi hospital. On arrival at the hospital he called the police and said that the owner, Mr. Whitehead, had shot him, this was a last effort to frame me. Obviously this was an effort to get rid of all the witnesses to the public violence case against them. The wounded killer is in hospital under police guard and has been charged with multiple murder.

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Newspeak in Zimbabwe

Anton Christen

In George Orwell's novel "1984" the government of Oceania spouts slogans
turning war into peace, slavery into freedom, ignorance into strength. Much
in the style of Oceania's Ministry of Truth, Zimbabwe's Information Ministry
refers to its country's new draft legislation designed to muzzle the media
as the "Law on Access to Information and the Protection of the Private
Sphere." In a distortion of truly Orwellian proportions, the Zimbabwean
regime pretends that this law gives concrete form to the freedom of
expression and opinion guaranteed in the country's constitution – only to
proceed, almost paragraph by paragraph, to further constrict the already
narrowed latitude available to an independent press there.

In President Robert Mugabe's Oceania, no journalist will be allowed to work
in future without a permit issued by a government-appointed Information
Commission. Only Zimbabweans and foreigners with permanent residence will be
eligible to apply for such a permit. But, in contrast to the initial draft
of this legislation, foreign correspondents will not be entirely banned from
temporarily reporting from Zimbabwe – although only the government's actual
practice of issuing visas and accrediting journalists will show how serious
the Information Ministry is about this minimal concession.

Doubtless less out of concern for press freedom than out of tactical worry
about the threat of sanctions from abroad, the parliamentary caucus of the
governing party has stricken some of the worst excesses from the draft of
the new media law. In addition to the ban on foreign journalists,
restrictive regulations on ownership of Zimbabwean media enterprises and the
requirement for media owners to obtain a government license have been
eliminated. Only a detailed reading of the final text of the law will show
whether, as was proposed in the initial draft, journalists are still
threatened with jail or a hefty fine for poking fun at the chief of state or
for creating "sullenness toward the president, the police or the courts."
The intimidating effect of this latter regulation would be neutralized by
its ridiculousness, since the Zimbabwe government's arrogance and autocracy
have already generated so much "sullenness" among the country's populace
that it could hardly be increased.

The new media law, and the recently imposed, drastic tightening of security
regulations, are only the latest in a long series of administrative and
legislative measures designed to reinforce the present regime's grip on
power. Among those steps are the muzzling of the country's highest court,
the continued violent occupation of farmland (and thus the open abrogation
of the Abuja Agreement), deliberate attacks by security forces against
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, and the punishment of foreign
journalists by expulsion from the country. The cumulative effect of these
measures is tantamount to an unofficial state of emergency over which, as in
Orwell's Oceania, a thin mantle of legality has been thrown. Mugabe has
obviously set out to so anger the opposition and drive it into a corner that
it will resort to the weapon of an election boycott or even take refuge in
armed resistance – and thus can be beaten down without consideration for the
sensibilities of "world opinion."

Under the present circumstances, there can be no question of free and fair
presidential elections in March, especially since the Zimbabwean army has
made it clear, in barely veiled fashion, that it would not accept a victory
by opposition candidate Tsvangirai. It is a testament to the inner strength
and democratic maturity of the opposition united under the umbrella of the
Movement for Democratic Change that it is not letting itself be intimidated
by Mugabe's state-run terrorism and is sturdily sticking to its policy of
nonviolence, the rule of law and economic reason. But the people's patience
with Mugabe is not infinite. Only in Orwell's novel does "Big Brother"
triumph in the end.

February 5, 2002 / First published in German, Ferbruary 2, 2002
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Tuesday, 5 February, 2002, 21:55 GMT
Tories' Zimbabwe jibe angers Straw
Basildon Peta, journalist
Basildon Peta's detention sparked new fears
The UK Government has been accused of "appeasing" Robert Mugabe as the first international observers enter Zimbabwe ahead of that country's elections.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw dismissed the Conservative claim and said Britain was committed to ensuring the polls went ahead in a "free and fair" environment.

Three members of the opposition were brutally murdered this weekend and yet that still apparently is not enough to trigger action from him

Michael Ancram
Shadow foreign secretary
Notwithstanding the election observers' report, the UK would consider withdrawing recognition of Zimbabwe if it believed the elections had not been unfair.

The Liberal Democrats say such action may be necessary if there is malpractice and they argue that sending in a few observers is not enough.

Detention condemned

Angry exchanges in the House of Commons over the issue came as a Zimbabwean journalist was released from jail.

Mr Straw said he "wholly condemned" the detention of Basildon Peta, who is the local correspondent for British newspaper The Independent.

Jack Straw
Straw says the UK is "robustly monitoring" the pre-election climate
The foreign secretary came under fierce attack from his Conservative counterpart, Michael Ancram.

Mr Ancram asked: "Can he not understand the widespread feelings of disgust there is at what is happening in Zimbabwe?

"Three members of the opposition were brutally murdered this weekend and yet that still apparently is not enough to trigger action from him."

The Tory spokesman asked when Mr Straw and his European colleagues would realise "appeasement doesn't work".

Appeasement riposte

Those comments provoked a tense response from Mr Straw, who said the Conservatives were the last party to talk of appeasement.

He condemned what he said was the way the Conservative government in the early 1980s "sat by and did nothing when Mugabe and his henchmen were murdering over 5,000 native people".

Mr Straw continued: "We are taking action, action now, to secure if we can a democratic transfer of power in Zimbabwe, or if we cannot, then to ensure that further action follows."

Conservative policy would lead to nothing but British isolation, he said, and would play into Mr Mugabe's hands as he then portray the dispute as a unilateral one with the UK.

Sanctions efforts

The UK joined with the rest of the European Union in threatening Zimbabwe with sanctions if it did not allow in observers for the March elections.

On Monday, the EU said the targeted sanctions, aimed at Mr Mugabe and his allies, would not be imposed because it had been promised the conditions will be met.

Mr Straw also tried to persuade the Commonwealth to suspend Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth but the idea was rejected last week.

The foreign secretary told MPs four observers had already entered the country and another 100 would join them shortly.

Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman Menzies Campbell said if there was evidence of malpractice in the polls, the UK should "urgently" consider withdrawing recognition of the Mugabe government.

"Letting in two or three observers as a gesture is not a sufficient response to the requirements for full transparency in the presidential election," said Mr Campbell.

Mr Straw said the UK and other countries were "robustly monitoring" the situation in Zimbabwe and withdrawing recognition would be considered if necessary.

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I was listening to a very balanced report about the poor state of Zimbabwean sport, on BBC this morning. Of course it was obvious how the present oppressive politics and the resultant state of the economy has been the main cause of the decline. It is very difficult for anybody to be patriotic under the conditions in which we exist. However I must applaud Henry Olonga for his sentiments in his song Our Zimbabwe, which was played.
However Steven Chifunise should trade places with our (mis)information minister and go to the place to where many people wish that minister to go. His rhetorical racist remarks were totally uncalled for and had no basis at all.
What has happened to our cricket is the mental attitude developed from what is in reality happening at home. Zimbabweans know the truth and it does not matter how many lies or perversions are told this truth cannot be hidden.
A recent example is my young nephew who has just left school. He is an extremely talented young cricketer who would definitely be in the National side, if he could have the opportunity. His greatest wish was to get into the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy, and then hopefully play for Zimbabwe.
Yes he is white, but is not from an "elite club" (just because he is white, according to Chifunise) and he has very little money. He was turned down by the academy for many stated reasons, but in reality, as we were eventually told, because he is white.
The result is, and because of his love of the game, he has flown to England (which is all his parents could afford) and has found a manual job on a chicken farm. He intends to work there for a few months to earn some vital foreign exchange to pay for his air flight and entrance fee into the New Zealand Cricket Academy.
I will miss this talented young man but I will be following his career with great interest, with the hope that one day he may be able to return home to display his talent for the benefit of our Zimbabwe. After all we are all proud of our country, but not of our leaders.
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had a telephone from R.B. who has a ranch on the Zaka communal land near Triangle. He said he was talking to one of his workers about the shortage of maize in the country. He asked the worker what he thought was the cause of the shortage, and he replied that it was because the farmers were hoarding maize!
All I can say is that the government propaganda machine has been very effective, and with the looming crisis this sort of opinion or attitude will create more division, which could even stir up violence against the "whites".
What are the facts? We know that the orchestrated farm invasions and work stoppages accompanied by theft are the main causes for farmers not being "allowed" to grow the crop in significant amounts this last season, and the present one. In many cases entire crops were looted in broad daylight with the authorities turning a blind eye.
Later in the season the Grain Producers Association went to government to express their concern, and offered a solution. Their plan was to grow an early crop under irrigation, but because of the increased expense of producing such a crop a slight increase in the GMB price was requested. (which would be much cheaper than any imported food) The offer was denied with the rhetorical response that the "new farmers" would produce over 4million tons this year.
The present estimates are that we may produce a total of 1.2million tons this year which is far below the national requirement. We are going to have to import maize, at a rate of 5,000 tons every day for the next 18 months. Logistically this is impossible! This is also only for human consumption and disregards maize for livestock and poultry, which is presently being looted from farm stocks by government.
So far 150,000 tons has been secured in South Africa (but not paid for). Presently there is a dispute by truck drivers over promised payment in US$. Although Spoornet has 240 rail wagons in place there re also disputes about the turn around time in Zimbabwe. Trucks have been known to stay here for over 10 years! Also NRZ has a labour dispute and a go-slow strike after it was recently discovered that deductions from workers wages for pensions, NSSA and medical aid had for some time not been paid to those accounts.
Added to the problems is the congesting of the loading points and customs posts by other purchasers of the maize. Zambia is busy moving 100,000tons and Malawi 220,000tons.
The 150,000 tons apparently secured from RSA will be one month's supply. After that who knows!
The seized maize on farms has been kept after having been grown for specific uses, or for their staff. Much of the maize has been of very low grade, as the best grades had previously been sold to GMB. Examples of seizures are the maize taken from Ngwebu Brewery in Bulawayo, which has now put them out of the business of producing the highly popular traditional beer. The pig industry will now collapse and with it years of careful management and selection. The poultry industry will also collapse and producers are finishing off their last birds now. Therefore added to the lack of maize meal on the shelves, poultry products will also disappear. It will take the major players 18 months to 2 years to get full production back.
In short "we are not the one", and the shortage is a result of total mismanagement and mischievous government policies. If we are lucky enough to have a change in government at the watershed election then farmers will be able, and willing, to rise to the challenge to feed the nation again. Under present conditions and forced restrictions this has been impossible.  
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Portal of Truth

Where sometimes words fail us, images have always been captivating. They are a reflection of our lives and are part of the political landscape. They exert an influence over societies, attitudes and opinions and bear witness to the injustices of our times while they inform, educate, decorate  and warn us against complacency. Ultimately they add to our life experience.

During the countdown to the Zimbabwe 2000 elections many of you will remember I produced around 50 ‘graphic commentaries’ in an attempt to chronicle and highlight the many issues that shaped the reality and atmosphere of our predicament, with one aim in mind, -to raise the consciousness of our situation and similar ones in the world at large. These were distributed daily by email on the internet.

I felt I could contribute something through the positive use of design to bring about some awareness to the abuse and violations of our rights being perpetrated in Zimbabwe. Also given the absolute lack of voter education/information around, which should be the duty of any responsible government except ours, (as this would contradict every aspect of their violent campaign) I also wanted to disseminate ideas out there for interested civic rights groups and individuals to harvest and even use in some way if they could.

Although I wished I could have spread these images farther and to a wider audience through another medium, I was personally inhibited by the exorbitant cost of printing. The internet at least gave me an opportunity and means to successfully share ideas and hopefully connect with those who can print/publish and distribute. Often these people are at a loss in garnering the relevant professionals to help them effectively present their messages and information to enable them to react-to and counter the terror and disinformation that engulfed us.

Faced with a voters roll in a mess and countless other irregularities meant that scores of genuine citizens would not have a voice. There was and remains the daunting problems of intimidation and violence that cast a dark shadow over whole process and the future.

In my soul I believed that against all odds, the people of Zimbabwe could muster the spiritual resistance and vote to ensure a living legacy without fear for themselves and their children, because this was clearly about good against evil. The alternative was and is suicide.

My approach was simply to appeal to the courage, dignity and righteousness of our intentions and hope that this would inspire positive action.

While those elections proved that we could change the political landscape, one major obstacle remains, the head of state, -more dangerous, arrogant and vengeful than ever.

The Zimbabwe presidential elections are to be held on 9th & 10 March, once again under a cloud of violence and intimidation, that has surpassed our worst nightmares. Now Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party cynically cloak their human rights abuses in legislation using using laws to dismember and disenfranchise our citizenry. The country is practically destroyed, and on its knees facing hunger and starvation because of the power hungry.

A vindictive tyrant's way of leaving no stone unturned, is simply to smash it to bits. Our backs are against the wall, disfigured and ignored, while the world watches and wags the finger of 'smart' sanctions, at our transgressor, after the deed is done.

To imagine that these elections will be free and fair, is to insult our intelligence and dignity. The ruling party's campaign of fear and oppression is being used like a branding iron by an authority determined to silence the will of the nation by any means necessary.

As an Indian proverb reminds us "A cobra will bite you, even if you call it Mr. Cobra."

Maybe I am being unrealistic, and blinded by faith in humanity, but from today through the internet, I begin another month of graphic activism called 'The portal of truth' (which the government has already created new laws to deem them illegal). As with the graphic commentaries I will try to send an image a day, to Zimbabwe and the world, until the elections commence.

Once again these images are intended for all and anybody's eyes and can be disseminated and used in any way and every way to spread the truth about our deteriorating situation. The madness has to be stopped and if these images can make the slightest difference, then they need to be out there.

If for any reason you do not wish to receive the images, please let me know and I will amend the the list accordingly.

In faith and action,

Chaz Maviyane-Davies

Here is the first image:

Portal 1 -State Terrorism
The conical tower at Great Zimbabwe is the symbol of our beloved country. The plane is emblazoned with the name and insignia of the ruling party.
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Officer Commanding (Masvingo Province),

P.O. Box 125,



Dear Mr. Moyo,




I respectfully remind you of the assurance publicly given by the Honourable Minister Mudenge at Bath Farm, after the Commonwealth delegation visit. He personally assured Mr. Erasmus of his safely and that there would be no retribution for telling the truth, as a Zimbabwean right.


Well, Mr. Moyo, I am afraid that the continual assaults against Mr. Erasmus, his staff and his livestock have proved completely to the contrary. This is also despite endless letters from me pleading with you and the Provincial Administrator to put a stop to this continual harassment.


Most of Mr. Erasmus’s cattle have been reluctantly moved of his rightfully owned property, some to his son-in-law’s farm, Mazongororo. Here the cattle have been seriously abused and deprived of grazing and a previous request for prosecution under the Prevention of Cruelty Act appears to have been totally ignored.


Does this not tell you that perhaps there could be more sinister reasons behind these episodes by the apparent lack of co-operation from the law enforcers?


Last night when the Erasmus’s returned from business in Masvingo, their staff, who had been thoroughly beaten and assaulted, awaited them. They had been instructed to tell Mr. Erasmus that they must be paid off, or to face further consequences.


We have further information that all farm employees have been ordered to leave the farms by March 01, 2002, because if they do not they are siding with the lawful opposition.


Sir, this is in my interpretation blatant political intimidation and human and animal rights abuse, and I appeal for your intervention in the interest of a free and fair election. I thank you.


Yours sincerely,




It’s time to change a stand

For the future of Your home and land.

Not just for today or just for tomorrow

You must heal the wounds, comfort the sorrow

That’s been heaped on Your heads like burning coals –

Just to achieve a Satan’s goals!

It’s hard I know – but You must be strong

If you want to stay at home and belong

To a New Dawn and New Day.


For you all in Zimbabwe I pause to pray.

I pray for Peace, for Rain and Sun,

Safe places for your children to play and run

Emerald fields of wheat and tasselled corn

Exciting days with each new dawn.

Factories and business with open doors

All working towards a common cause –

To build your nation up again

For you to grow old and your children remain

At home where your heart belongs –

To hear the bush and Africa’s songs!


So take your pen…….and still your heart

As you prepare to take your part

In this moment….Now You have the power in Your hand

To change Zimbabwe …. It is Your land!


Pam Crowther 01.02.02.

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Officer Commanding (Masvingo Province),

P.O. Box 125,



Dear Mr. Moyo,




I respectfully remind you of the assurance publicly given by the Honourable Minister Mudenge at Bath Farm, after the Commonwealth delegation visit. He personally assured Mr. Erasmus of his safely and that there would be no retribution for telling the truth, as a Zimbabwean right.

Well, Mr. Moyo, I am afraid that the continual assaults against Mr. Erasmus, his staff and his livestock have proved completely to the contrary. This is also despite endless letters from me pleading with you and the Provincial Administrator to put a stop to this continual harassment.

Most of Mr. Erasmus’s cattle have been reluctantly moved of his rightfully owned property, some to his son-in-law’s farm, Mazongororo. Here the cattle have been seriously abused and deprived of grazing and a previous request for prosecution under the Prevention of Cruelty Act appears to have been totally ignored.

Does this not tell you that perhaps there could be more sinister reasons behind these episodes by the apparent lack of co-operation from the law enforcers?

Last night when the Erasmus’s returned from business in Masvingo, their staff, who had been thoroughly beaten and assaulted, awaited them. They had been instructed to tell Mr. Erasmus that they must be paid off, or to face further consequences.

We have further information that all farm employees have been ordered to leave the farms by March 01, 2002, because if they do not they are siding with the lawful opposition.

Sir, this is in my interpretation blatant political intimidation and human and animal rights abuse, and I appeal for your intervention in the interest of a free and fair election. I thank you.

Yours sincerely,


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From The Cape Times (SA), 5 February

Mbeki's adviser gives blunt warning to Mugabe

New York/Harare - If the coming Zimbabwean elections are not free and fair,
the ensuing government will not be recognised by either the Southern African
Development Community (SADC) or South Africa, President Thabo Mbeki's
economic adviser Wiseman Nkuhlu said this week. Speaking to Business Report
before heading back to South Africa at the close of the World Economic Forum
in New York, Nkuhlu said the SADC was monitoring the situation and that it
"had the will" to act against President Robert Mugabe if necessary. An
advance delegation from the Commonwealth arrived on Tuesday in Zimbabwe
before an observer mission which is planned for next month's hotly contested
presidential election, the Commonwealth announced. In a statement received
in Harare, the Commonwealth said the secretariat team would prepare for the
arrival of observers who are expected later this month. "I am pleased to
have a team on the ground in Zimbabwe that will stay until the voting and
counting in next month's election have been concluded," said Commonwealth
Secretary-General Don McKinnon. The team is to hold meetings with electoral
officials, political parties and non-government organisations about the
March 9-10 presidential vote, in which Mugabe is expected to face his
stiffest challenge since taking power in the former Rhodesia on independence
from Britain in 1980. The first team of actual Commonwealth observers should
be in the country by Monday, while the main group is expected to arrive by
the end of the month.

Mugabe has said he will allow Commonwealth and EU observers. But he has said
the teams should not include any member from Britain, which has harshly
criticised the Zimbabwe president for actions seen as increasingly
autocratic, such as muscling through parliament a raft of legislation
curbing civil liberties. The EU has agreed its observer mission won't
include any British officials and the Commonwealth is not expected to send
any either. Britain campaigned unsuccessfully at a meeting of the
Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group in London last week to temporarily
suspend Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth over concerns about Mugabe's moves to
rein in the opposition before the election. Meanwhile, EU diplomats here
said no EU observers had yet arrived in the country. The EU was awaiting a
formal invitation to send them. Threatened EU sanctions were put on hold on
Monday because Zimbabwe had not prevented deployment. A commission
spokesperson, Emma Udwin, said: "There's been no attempt to prevent us from
deploying" a team she said would number about 150 observers by polling day.
Harare still faces sanctions from the EU if Zimbabwe prevents its observers
from deploying or "operating effectively", if international media do not
have free access to covering the vote, in case of serious human rights
abuses or attacks on Mugabe's opponents, or if the vote is deemed not to be
free and fair.

According to senior ANC MP Ebrahim Ebrahim, experience from the 2000
parliamentary poll showed election observers would "play a very important
role" and the South African parliament would again send a team of observers
to Zimbabwe. "Election observers give confidence to the voters, confidence
that the ballot box won't be tampered with, that there won't be
intimidation, at least at the polling booth, and that there will be proper
counting of the ballot papers." He expressed concern, though, that Mugabe
had pushed ahead with a draconian media bill. Ebrahim said it is "worrying"
that Mugabe had continued to process the legislation despite making a pledge
last month to the SADC that he would not hinder the poll any further. "One
would have expected that since he had given this undertaking there was no
need for the bill," said Ebrahim. However, it was "too early" to say whether
Mugabe had "completely violated the agreement". It emerged over the weekend
that Mugabe had come under pressure from Mbeki and other world leaders not
to sign the bill into law.

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Daily News - Leader Page

The army exists because of the people

2/6/02 9:30:14 AM (GMT +2)

By Chimurenga Dzimbahwe

THERE are tonnes of expectations in Zimbabwe right now that March 2002 will
usher in a new political dispensation that will hopefully be responsive to
the real needs of the people.

Understandably, the unjust black-on-black serfdom that our so-called
revolutionary leaders have kept us under is solely responsible for the hope
that grips so many Zimbabwean hearts at the moment.

It is the hope of a better future. It is the hope of a revived Zimbabwe in
which people are allowed to exist as citizens, and not subjects of some

It is the kind of hope informed by humanity’s incessant quest for justice
and peace. Strangely, it is similar to the hope that drove so many of
Zimbabwe’s gallant sons and daughters to take up arms during the Rhodesian
days. The black blood which watered the soil during the rebellion years was
meant to end the same terror that surrounds our nation today.

What goes around comes around, so they say. We have been there before where
we are today, if not physically then in the bones of our ancestors that
perished during the liberation war. But some among us think they were better
freedom fighters and thus deserve to loot, plunder, and keep a whole nation
hostage through fear, propaganda, rape and murder.

The gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe did not take up arms to put new
chains around the people’s necks. Their objective was to liberate the people
in toto. The hope that most Zimbabweans carry today is against the Zanu PF
warmongering and myopic view of the liberation struggle.

Hope, however, does not consist of folding arms and waiting for the Ides of
March to unfold. The hope that Zimbabweans are carrying needs to be
activated and begin to burn like the thousand flames of a candle to expose
the Zanu PF betrayal of the struggle for what it is – downright

As we slowly approach the defining moment of our nation’s destiny, it is
critical to keep up the fight. Zimbabweans have to keep up the fight for
what is right for our beloved country.

In the name of our beloved nation, the flames of hope that we carry in our
hearts have to be constantly stoked up if the final battle against
totalitarianism and absolutism is to be won. To give up is only to dig our
own graves and those of the liberation struggle ethos.

Not even the bootlicking army should be allowed to destroy the anticipation
for a better Zimbabwe that we carry. Armies are not made in heaven. Armies
are made up of mere mortals that cannot play the Almighty and change the
destiny that He has made for His people.

No amount of threats from the army will deter Zimbabweans from exercising
their right to choose. For all we know, the army chiefs are mere products of
President Mugabe’s patronage, and are merely singing for their supper.

Zimbabweans do not want threats anymore. We have had enough of those. In
fact, Zimbabweans are now fed up of threats. What Zimbabweans want is
change - noble change that will bring bread and butter on the table.
Zimbabweans will not bow down to threats because they carry the dreams and
hopes of people who have suffered in the past.

We carry the knowledge that tyranny and absolutism can be defeated through
resilience and people power. We have been there before, where Zanu PF wants
to bury us, but the people’s power will overcome.

No amount of threats from the army will destroy the fire that we carry in
our hearts. Any attempt to destroy that fire will breed anarchy which the
army cannot even contain. It is called the human fire.

That human fire will rise like the mists of Mosi-oa-Tunya and destroy
anything that stands in the way of freedom. It is called the fire of

If not in this generation, then in the next because not even nuclear weapons
can hinder the human quest for freedom. No army can stop the people’s power.

Armies are not for leaders. They are for the people.
When armies make themselves willing tools of political leaders, they cease
to serve their role in society. Armies that make themselves enemies of the
people will get what they deserve when the people decide enough is enough.

The people are not as dumb as those at the top believe.
In short, the people will create new armies to defend themselves. It is as
simple as that. Chaos breeds chaos, but in the end, the people will
overcome. Freedom will reign supreme.

Armies, after all, are not made of automatons, but of people who think, see,
know, feel and bleed. Armies are made up of husbands, brothers and sisters
of the long-suffering people of this nation who want to make the change that
they desire. As for General Vitalis Zvinavashe, he can have his threats and
eat them too. No one is convinced or shaken by his theatrics to sing for his
supper at the expense of the people.

The good men and women of Zimbabwe have to immerse themselves in the good
hope of the future without fear of the risks involved. The final chapter of
our country’s tearful desolation requires the full participation of all the
sons and daughters of this nation.

Fear does not provide food on the table. There is no need to be afraid of
death, because we are all going to die. The best we can do for our children,
future generations and ourselves is to leave a solid foundation of freedom
that will remain embedded in the psyche of our nation for eternity.

In itself, hope is a frame of mind that needs constant nourishment. It is
not like a beautiful wedding dress that can be hung in the closet, only to
be worn when the big day comes.

The hope that we have of the future is for generations to come. It needs to
be spread to others who are still blind to the light of freedom. It badly
needs to be spread to our brothers and sisters who have been reduced to a
class of Zanu PF lumpenproletariat. It needs to be spread to our brothers
and sisters who have been bought by blood-soaked land to secure their
backing of blood-sucking, double-dealing, corrupt and war-hungry
high-ranking Zanu PF officials.

They parcel out land as if they own it in order to secure their political
futures. They turn people into murderers because the taste of power is too
sweet for them to resist.

This is the idiocy that should force every right-thinking Zimbabwean to hold
on to the hope that is simmering in so many a heart in the country. Zimbabwe
will never be the same again. The time has come for us to lay the foundation
of a nation that will carry us into the future.
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Zanu PF dumps youths in Kotwa

2/6/02 9:31:33 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporter

INNOCENT Ndlovu, 18, of Tafara in Harare, says he was beaten up over the
weekend together with 60 others and forcibly transported from Mbare Musika
to Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe by Zanu PF youths for President Mugabe’s first
presidential campaign rally on Friday.

Ndlovu broke down at The Daily News offices as he recounted how he was
forced into a bus and later beaten up after attending Mugabe’s rally.

He said he was minding his own business on Friday at Mbare Musika when he
was stopped by Zanu PF youths and ordered into a bus together with other
youths wearing Zanu PF T-shirts.

“The bus was bound for Nyamapanda,” said Ndlovu. “We didn’t pay. When we
arrived we were dumped at the rally.”

Ndlovu said the owner of the bus protested at carrying passengers for
nothing but was still forced to take them to the rally. The bus owner said
he would not bring back the passengers to Harare.

After attending the rally, there was no transport to return to Harare, he

“We were forced to sleep in the open,” he said. “While we slept by the
roadside, Zanu PF members came and divided us into three groups, according
to our ages.

“We were asked where we had come from and we told them we were from Harare.

One man said he hailed from Buhera. He was beaten up. The youths said he was
related to the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.”

Tsvangirai comes from Buhera.

The abducted youths were accused of supporting the MDC because they were
from Harare which, like all urban areas, is an MDC stronghold.

Ndlovu said a colleague is in hospital with a broken arm from the beatings.

He said even those dressed in Zanu PF T-shirts with a picture of Nigerian
President Olusegun Obasanjo were beaten up after being accused of “wearing
opposition T-shirts”.

They were assaulted until a Good Samaritan called the police on his mobile

“Our abductors were surprised when the police arrived on Saturday. We were
taken to the police station. A bus was later sent to collect us. We were
dumped at Mbare Musika on Monday.”

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Bennet says soldiers on his farm beating up workers

2/6/02 9:21:49 AM (GMT +2)

From Brian Mangwende in Mutare

THE MP for Chimanimani, Roy Bennet says the 80 soldiers camped on his
Charleswood Farm are beating up his workers and making life unbearable.

The troops moved on to the farm in October last year under the guise of
peacekeeping after violent clashes erupted between war veterans occupying
parts of the Bennet’s farm and members of the MDC.

Bonisi Gatsheni, the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA)’s spokesman, said: “I am
unaware of the deployment of soldiers to the farm. We did not sanction that
move, so I honestly do not know what is happening there.”

Chimanimani, a politically volatile area of Manicaland, is an MDC

Bennet said about 80 soldiers were camped at Charleswood Primary School.

Said Bennet: “They came in the name of peace, but they are the ones
provoking my workers on the farm. On Sunday, my public relations manager and
security chief, Amos Makaza was illegally detained by the soldiers.

“They stripped him and assaulted him.”

Pishai Muchauraya, MDC’s spokesman for Manicaland, said the soldiers were
attacking farm workers.

“These ZNA officers have now developed an unprofessional tendency of beating
up and verbally abusing workers on the farm.

“The events on the farm at the moment are far from the question of land
distribution, but are clearly about political harassment of all people
linked to Bennet.”

Meanwhile, four MDC supporters were allegedly abducted on Sunday by a group
of suspected Zanu PF members at Chipinge Rural District Council beerhall.

The four, Joseph Manyongaidze, Victor, his brother, Garikai Chitemba and
Peter Sibiya, were having drinks in the beerhall when the group allegedly
approached them and demanded they follow them outside.

Muchauraya said: “We reported the case to Chipinge police, who said they
were aware of the case but their hands were tied.

“I then telephoned the officer-in-charge at the same police station. but he
wouldn’t talk to me.

“I also telephoned Rudo Muchemeyi, the officer commanding Manicaland, and
she promised to investigate the matter.”

He said the MDC on Monday engaged lawyers to take up the case since the
police were not forthcoming.

Muchemeyi refused to comment and referred all questions to Police General
Headquarters in Harare.

President Mugabe is expected to hold a presidential campaign rally in
Chimanimani today and in Rusape tomorrow.

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Judge calls on Zimbabweans to refrain from violence ahead of poll

2/6/02 9:22:42 AM (GMT +2)

From Energy Bara in Masvingo

HIGH judge, Justice Nicholas Ndou, on Monday called on Zimbabweans to
refrain from public violence ahead of next month’s presidential poll.

Opening the first session of the High Court this year in Masvingo, Ndou said
people should know that the destiny of this country lay in their hands and
should be tolerant.

Ndou said: “With the presidential election looming, public violence and
intolerance should be discouraged at all costs.

“We should all remember that we are Zimbabweans and the destiny of our
country lies in our hands.”

In Masvingo, political violence has claimed at least five lives and scores
have been displaced, while close to 40 schools have been closed because of
teachers fleeing victimisation.

Ndou called on the police to investigate cases fairly and thoroughly.
He said the public might show reluctance in providing crucial information if
there was a perception of unfairness in the police investigations.

But he said while the workload for the police had increased considerably, it
seemed that there was no corresponding increase in resources made available
to them.

“Generally, the facilities to enable the police to cope with the increased
workload have to be increased,” said Ndou.

“One very serious impediment is the perennial problem of lack of transport.

“This affects their ability to get to the scenes of crime, often resulting
in loss of valuable evidence which would assist the courts in arriving at
just decisions.

“I would urge the powers-that-be to make every effort to provide adequate
resources to the force to execute its duty in a more efficient manner.”

The High Court judge expressed concern at the backlog of cases in the
country’s courts.

The High Court circuit court will preside over 12 murder cases.
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Harare poll saga deepens

2/6/02 9:19:01 AM (GMT +2)

By Pedzisai Ruhanya

WITH six days to go before the High Court and Supreme Court deadline for
holding the Harare mayoral and council elections, it is now almost
impossible that the polls will go ahead, given the impasse between the
government and the judiciary.

The government has repeatedly refused to implement court decisions, saying
it was more comfortable to have the elections on 9 and 10 March
simultaneously with the presidential poll, citing logistical problems.

However, analysts have argued that the delay had nothing to do with
logistics but with Zanu PF’s fear of losing the elections in the MDC
stronghold just before the presidential poll.

The saga took yet another twist when High Court judge, Justice Moses
Chinhengo, on Monday dismissed an application for leave to appeal to the
Supreme Court against an order to hold the polls by next Monday.
Chinhengo said President Mugabe did not have powers to suspend court orders.

Chinhengo’s latest ruling followed an appeal against his earlier judgment
which ordered Tobaiwa Mudede, the Registrar-General, told hold the

The Attorney General’s Office yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court
against that decision.

The court will hear the matter today.

Meanwhile, Sheila Jarvis, the lawyer for the Harare Residents and
Ratepayers’ Association, said yesterday she had filed an urgent application
in the High Court for contempt of court charges against Mudede for failing
to conduct the nomination of the candidates on Monday as ordered last week.

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku and four other judges of the Supreme
Court, on Monday struck off the register an urgent application by the
government to stop the holding of the Harare mayoral and council elections
by 11 February as ordered by the High Court last week.

Chidyausiku sat with Justices Vernanda Ziyambi, Misheck Cheda, Luke Malaba
and Ahmed Ebrahim.

In his ruling, Chinhengo said Statutory Instrument 13A of 2000 promulgated
by Mugabe to have the elections on 9 and 10 Mach 2000 could not stand.

He said: “The application for leave to appeal from the order that I issued,
as it is, on the submission that section 158 (2)(a) empowers the President
to suspend a court order cannot succeed. There is no prospect of success on
appeal and accordingly leave to appeal is refused.” Chinhengo said it should
be noted that the President can suspend or amend the provisions of the
Electoral Act, not court orders.

In its continued disregard of the decisions of the High Court and the
Supreme Court, the government on Monday issued a notice which said the
nomination of candidates will take place on 18 February 2002.

The notice is in line with Mugabe’s statutory instrument which said the
elections will be held on 9 and 10 March 2002 together with the presidential

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Wednesday, 6 February, 2002, 02:07 GMT
Zimbabwe's climate of fear
Murdered opposition supporter is buried
Violence is continuing as the election approaches
New evidence of violence against opponents of Zimbabwe's Government in the run-up to next month's presidential elections has been obtained by the BBC.

Families of victims have spoken of beatings, murders and disappearances, in footage recorded at a secret safe house for opposition supporters.

The attacks on the innocent women and children... is an indication of the desperation of Zanu-PF to win at any cost

Opposition supporter
One such victim was Trymore Midzi, an activist for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

Trymore's family says he was killed by militants linked to the ruling Zanu-PF party.

It took Trymore's family several days to obtain permission to bury him, because of his opposition credentials.

Militants on the increase

Despite the upheaval gripping white farmers, it is ordinary black Zimbabweans who are paying the highest price in the country's crisis.

Opposition activists have been attacked by Mugabe's supporters
Opposition supporter displays scars on his back

At a secret location, opposition activists showed scars from attacks by what human rights groups say is an increasing number of pro-government militias.

Despite the focus on the so-called war veterans, human rights groups say many other pro-government militias have been formed ahead of the presidential poll and they tolerate no dissent.

"The attacks on the innocent women and children in the absence of the men at work in the cities is an indication of the desperation of Zanu-PF to win at any cost," one woman said, holding a young child with a scarred face.

Mugabe blamed

After 22 years in power, President Robert Mugabe is accused by his opponents of orchestrating all the violence in order to save his political career.

Zimbabweans leave
Many Zimbabweans are leaving the country ahead of the election

"You must stand your ground, defend your situation, defend your family. We are entitled to do that, but please, we shouldn't go assaulting people," he said as he launched his presidential campaign at the weekend.

But many ordinary Zimbabweans are not waiting for the chance to vote, they are simply leaving.

Hundreds are escaping to South Africa every day.

President Mugabe has not banned European election observers from attending the poll and for the moment that seems to have convinced the EU to step back from a decision to implement targeted sanctions.

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Accreditation of international, local observers starts

2/6/02 9:23:16 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporter

The accreditation of international and local observers by the Electoral
Supervisory Commission (ESC) for the March presidential election starts

A statement issued by Thomas Bvuma, the information and public relations
co-ordinator of the ESC, said the accreditation would take place at the
Media Centre behind the Harare Sheraton Hotel.

“We will be accrediting observers from the Southern African Development
Community, Libya, India and Nigeria on Wednesday,” Bvuma said in the

He said that the accreditation of domestic observers would take place
tomorrow at the same venue.

Bvuma said international observers would be required to pay US$100 (Z$5 500)

Domestic observers will pay Z$1 000 per person.

International observers are required to bring their passports, while
domestic observers should bring their national registration cards or their

“Both international and domestic observers are required to produce proof of
invitations that were extended to them.

“International observers are eminent persons from outside Zimbabwe or
individuals representing foreign countries, international or regional
organisations who have been invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to
come and observe Zimbabwe’s elections,” said Bvuma.

He said international observers included individuals from regional bodies
that exercise functions similar to those of the ESC who have been invited by
the ESC itself.

All the observers are accredited by the Observers Accreditation Committee,
which is chaired by the chairman of the ESC, Sobusa Gula-Ndebele, a lawyer
in private practice.

Observers will be furnished with identification cards, which they are
required to wear at all times during observation of the election.

Meanwhile, a secretariat team from the Commonwealth in London is expected to
arrive in Harare today, while Commonwealth observers are scheduled to arrive
in the country a few days later.

A spokesman for the Commonwealth, Wanebeya Mwambu, said President
Mugabe had extended an invitation to the organisation to send observers for
the election.
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Suspected Zanu PF supporters petrol-bomb court official’s house

2/6/02 9:19:32 AM (GMT +2)

From Zerubabel Mudzingwa in Gweru

PROPERTY worth nearly $2 million was destroyed last week when suspected Zanu
PF supporters petrol-bombed a house belonging to Felix Matsinde, a senior
court official in Kwekwe, after accusing him of supporting the opposition
MDC party.

Police in Kwekwe confirmed the attack which occurred in Mbizo Section 12 on
28 January, and said no suspects had been arrested yet.

The family, which sustained minor burns during the attack, has fled the
Midlands city for fear of further attacks.

Matsinde is the area public prosecutor for Kwekwe.

His wife, Etinah, said the attackers, who were chanting anti-MDC, slogans
broke into the house in the early hours of Monday morning and doused it with
petrol before setting it alight.

The family lost household goods worth nearly $2 million.

The attack has left several court officials in the small Midlands city
shell-shocked and in fear of being the next victims. Two months ago, the
house of Gokwe magistrate, Vakai Douglas Chikwekwe, was stoned by mobs of
Zanu PF supporters who accused him of being an MDC supporter.

The youths later gained entry into the house at Gokwe growth point and
looted household goods.

“We are in a state of shock because we do not know who their next target
will be,” said a senior Kwekwe magistrate.

“I am afraid that these attacks could compromise our partiality as judiciary

Matsinde was particularly accused of allegedly denying bail to Zanu PF
youths facing charges of public violence.

Three weeks ago, three Zanu PF youths were denied bail after they appeared
in court facing extortion charges involving about $22 000 from a motorist at
an illegal Zanu PF road-block in Mbizo suburb.

Political violence has rocked Kwekwe and Redcliff in the last few weeks,
leaving a trail of destruction as Zanu PF and MDC supporters clashed mostly
in the high-density suburbs of Mbizo, Amaveni, Rutendo and Torwood.

This is despite the heavy presence of armed riot policemen and soldiers in
the area.

Meanwhile, Stanley Mandondo, the MDC chairman for Mhondoro is in hiding
after Zanu PF youths burnt down his house and threatened to kill him for
belonging to the MDC.

Speaking from hiding, Mandondo said property worth about $6 million was
destroyed by fire on Wednesday night.

He said trouble started after 30 Zanu PF youths started beating up three MDC
youths at Mubaira growth point on Wednesday.

Mandondo was called by MDC youths to come and stop the fight, but he was
arrested by the police who accused him of inciting the violence. The police
did not arrest the Zanu PF youths, he said.

“The police arrested us, saying we had beaten up the Zanu PF youths,”
Mandondo said.

He said he was released on 25 January but did not return to his home because
he had been warned by his wife that the Zanu PF youths wanted to kill him as
well as the MDC district secretary, Ellen Manumanu.
Mandondo is expected to appear at the Chegutu Magistrates’ Court on 8

“The police have not been doing much to help victims who are assaulted by
Zanu PF youths,” Mandondo said.

He said Zanu PF activists would come almost every night to his house and
stone it as they chanted songs.

Most of the youths causing havoc at Mubaira were brought in from Chinhoyi,
Chirumhanzi and Nyamweda.

“I do not feel safe going back because the police are working with the Zanu
PF youths,” he said.

He said his five school-going children who live in his area near Mubaira
were being harassed at odd hours by the police as they search for him.

“I have not done anything unlawful by belonging to an opposition party,”
Mandondo said.

Mubaira police refused to comment on the issue.

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Tsvangirai promises compensation for 5 Brigade victims

2/6/02 9:21:01 AM (GMT +2)

From Mduduzi Mathuthu in Bulawayo

THE MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, last Saturday pledged to compensate
families who lost relatives during the 5 Brigade massacres in the 1980s.

Tsvangirai, who is expected to present the biggest challenge to President
Mugabe on 9 and 10 March presidential poll told more than 7 000 supporters
at Gwanda’s Pelandaba Stadium at a campaign rally that the murder of about
20 000 people by the North-Korean trained force just after independence was
the “height of inhumanity”.

“Mugabe promised to compensate families over two years ago, but he still has
not done so.

“It just shows he is not sorry for his government’s vile deeds and he doesn’
t deserve to be our leader.”

On the same day, the MDC secretary-general, Professor Welshman Ncube, led
the party’s campaign trail in the Midlands areas of Zhombe and Silobela,
while the party’s vice-president, Gibson Sibanda, was in Masvingo.

Tsvangirai was accompanied by several MDC parliamentarians, including
Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, Thokozani Khupe, Esaph Mdlongwa, Lovemore
Moyo and the party’s director of elections, Paul Themba Nyathi. Last year,
Tsvangirai toured mass graves of victims of the 1980s massacres in the
Bhalagwe area of Kezi and Tsholotsho. He said if voted into power, he would
facilitate a healing and pardoning process which should be supported by the
perpetrators’ readiness to accept their responsibility.

Some families recently threatened to sue the government over the atrocities.

Mugabe has expressed regret and described the massacres as an “act of
madness . . . never to happen again”, but his detractors query his
commitment to honour his pledge of compensation.

A committee which was formed over two years ago, at Mugabe’s behest, to
identify victims and assess compensation has since disbanded.

On Saturday Tsvangirai urged his followers to remain calm and not retaliate
to any attacks by Zanu PF members ahead of the presidential election.

“If they attack you, just report to the police,” he said. “One day soon they
will account for their actions because we know that the police hands are
tied at the moment. Let all those who commit murder under the cover of a
political party know that we will take justice to their doorstep.”

Tsvangirai, responding to concerns expressed by Gwanda residents, dismissed
threats of a coup by the army if he defeated Mugabe in the poll.

“We assume that those who say they will not salute an MDC government are
tired of work and we don’t need them,” said Tsvangirai.

“Those in the army and the police who still want work will stay on because
we have no plans to create a new police force or army.”
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Prosecutor threatened

2/6/02 9:16:55 AM (GMT +2)

By Conrad Nyamutata Chief Reporter

KENNEDY Mpomba, a prosecutor at the Harare Magistrates’ Court, has been
threatened by suspected war veterans for having “a zeal” to prosecute Zanu
PF officials and ex-combatants.

Correspondence secured by The Daily News suggests that Mpomba has written to
Joseph Musakwa, the acting director of public prosecutions, asking to go on
leave for security reasons.

In the latest incident on Monday, the suspects pointed a firearm at Mpomba
along Harare Drive in Marlborough, Harare. The men fled in their car after
Mpomba produced his own firearm.

The prosecutor has handled an incest case involving the war veterans’ leader
Andrew Ndlovu; a Zanu PF librarian for threatening Geoffrey Nyarota, the
Editor-in-Chief of The Daily News; and the war veterans from Marondera
accused of kidnapping.

Mpomba handled a case involving threats contained in letters to Nyarota,
Anglican priest Reverend Tim Neill and Morgan Tsvangirai, president of the

Mpomba says in a memorandum that last October, he set a trial date for
Ndlovu at the Harare Magistrates’ Court.

But he was asked by some State witnesses, believed to be war veterans, to
postpone the trial, saying they wanted to campaign for the Zanu PF candidate
in the Bulawayo mayoral election.

On 23 January, Mpomba approached Ndlovu’s lawyer, Andrew Muvirimi for
another date. On that day, Muvirimi was representing Joseph Chinotimba,
another war veterans’ leader, charged with attempted murder.

Mpomba said later that day when he got home, a white Nissan Hardbody pulled
up as he was opening the gate.

Eight men were in the car. Mpomba approached the vehicle, and one of the men
allegedly said:
“So this is where you live, comrade. Why is your Court 18 and in particular
you, so keen to deal with persons aligned to Zanu PF and war veterans? You
seen to want to embarrass our leaders when we are working flat out for Zanu
PF to win. You must be taught a lesson.”

The men then drove off. But Mpomba said he was positive that Ndlovu was not
one of them.

In another memorandum, Mpomba said he had pulled out his pistol. He said he
was driving along Harare Drive when he stopped at an intersection. A man
armed with a pistol approached his car.

Mpomba said he switched off his engine and got out of the car. He produced
his pistol and the man fled to join his colleagues in a white Nissan
Hardbody which sped off. It was the same car which had brought men to his
house in October, he said.

This time, Mpomba only managed to record part of the registration number,
739 5 . . . L.

The Attorney-General (AG)’s Office has assigned another prosecutor to handle
Ndlovu’s case. But Mpomba says he still feels unsafe, and has asked to go on

According to the memorandum, Mpomba reported the matter to Marlborough

But yesterday he refused to comment, referring questions to Musakwa who
confirmed he had received Mpomba’s complaint.

“We are still looking into the matter. I need to brief the AG in a proper
manner,” Musakwa said.

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