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      Mugabe's policies scorch Zimbabwe's tobacco crop
      January 18, 2005

      By Peta Thornycroft

      Harare - There is widespread disappointment that Zimbabwe's richest
crop, tobacco, which appeared set for a small recovery this year, will be
the smallest ever.

      Until President Robert Mugabe began confiscating thousands of
white-owned farms in 2000, tobacco underwrote the economy, supplying up to
40 percent of its foreign currency.

      In the year that Mugabe's loyalists started rampaging across millions
of hectares of some of Africa's most successful agricultural lands, Zimbabwe
produced 238 million kilograms of tobacco.

      This summer season, it will produce less than a quarter of that, even
less than last year's record low of 64 million kilograms when the crop only
earned $120 million (R717.6 million) and when prices on the auction floors
were firm.

      This further slump is despite massive support from the government,
which has bankrolled thousands of "new" farmers this year on rich,
well-watered land seized from white farmers over the past five years.

      "It's a damn disaster," said Rusty Markham, a 20-year veteran regional
tobacco agronomist. "We will be lucky to see a crop above 50 million

      Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono, who has underwritten up to 20 000
new small-scale tobacco growers on land still legally owned by evicted white
farmers, predicted a crop of 165 million kilograms.

      "It is unbelievable that the government is still encouraging new
farmers to plant in mid-January when the crop should be ready for reaping,"
Markham said.

      More than 80 percent of this year's crop and almost all the quality
leaf will still be produced by 250 to 300 white farmers who endure threats
of violent evictions.

      Those who have survived the ethnic purge have already surrendered up
to two-thirds of their land to the government and many provide expertise,
financial assistance and loan equipment to their new, black neighbours.

      "Most 'new' farmers received fertiliser from the government too late
and get almost no technical support from the department of agriculture,"
Markham said.

      In areas where the crop was planted timeously, there were curing log
jams as facilities previously used by one commercial farmer were now shared
by a few dozen, he said. "These poor guys have borrowed money and they won't
be able to pay back as their crop is rotting before it can be cured."

      Zimbabwe Indigenous Commercial Farmers' Union president Davison Mugabe
was quoted in the government-controlled Sunday Mail as saying that he knew
of hundreds of new tobacco farmers unable to cure their crop.

      Doug Taylor-Freeme, the president of the Commercial Farmers' Union,
said last week that this year's tobacco crop would be smaller again than
last season.

      "Despite considerable effort to improve production, tobacco was
planted late and curing facilities are not designed for small-scale
production. Commercial [white] growers are still being disrupted by rowdy

      The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority invested massively in new
tobacco farmers this season. On January 1 it hiked tariffs by over 120

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Zimbabwe: the terror and abuse goes on

Guardian given file of new allegations of violence against opposition in
run-up to parliamentary elections

Paul Kelso and Andrew Meldrum
Tuesday January 18, 2005
The Guardian

New evidence of alleged attacks on opposition supporters in Zimbabwe has
been passed to the Guardian by activists who say they are being subjected to
systematic violence, intimidation and sexual abuse in the run-up to
elections in March.
In one case, a woman who chaired a constituency group said she was covered
in paraffin and set alight. She is now in hiding, but has agreed to have her
photograph published to highlight the situation.

Supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change, the main opposition party,
say they have been targeted by youth militia groups sympathetic to Robert
Mugabe's ruling party, Zanu-PF.

Photographs given to the Guardian, MDC officials say, show evidence of
intimidation and violence against local party activists, including
systematic arrests and beatings of women.

The Guardian has passed the pictures to Amnesty International.

A Zimbabwe government spokesman hung up the phone when asked to comment on
allegations of torture by youth militia, police and other state agents.

The government has previously denied torturing its critics.

Lawyers, doctors and Zimbabwean exiles involved in the asylum process in the
UK also claim that the Home Office is ignoring prima facie cases of torture
and repatriating exiles who will face further maltreatment on their return.

The evidence comes as a high level delegation of diplomats from South
Africa, Botswana and Lesotho prepares to visit Zimbabwe, possibly this week.

They hope to establish whether conditions laid down by the Southern African
Development Community for a free and fair election have been met.

The SADC benchmarks, set out last year in Mauritius, state that political
tolerance, freedom of association and full participation of all citizens are
Evidence of violence and intimidation was passed to the Guardian by an
activist who has spent the last year documenting instances of abuse by the
police and Zanu-PF youth militia. The activist photographed Tabeth Shoniwa,
the MDC chair of Ward 5, in Epworth, south-east Harare, a few days after she
had been doused in paraffin and set alight.

Her crime was to have attended the high court in Harare on October 15 2004,
the day the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangarai, was acquitted of treason. Ms
Shoniwa celebrated outside the court with other MDC supporters and in the
evening Zanu sympathisers visited her home.

"A group of Zanu-PF youth who terrorise people followed her to her home,"
the activist told the Guardian. "They called her out of her home and threw
paraffin on her body and set her alight. She jumped into a well to put out
the flames.

"There were other people there targeted and beaten. One man I saw had his
face swollen beyond recognition, and another had his eardrums damaged by the
beating he received."

The MDC claims the country's draconian laws on freedom of association are
being routinely used to intimidate the opposition.

Policy change

In one recent incident, 25 people, including four women, were arrested for
attending the funeral of an opposition politician, the source said. The
women were beaten across the back and legs, and then taken to hospital where
they were under police guard, preventing the activist from documenting their

Evidence of the abuse and torture of political opponents has also surfaced
in the UK, where lawyers and doctors working within the asylum system claim
the British government is repatriating torture victims because of a culture
of "disbelief".

In November, the Home Office announced it was overturning its policy,
adopted in 2002, of not repatriating Zimbabweans whose asylum applications
had failed. The earlier policy was based on compelling evidence of state

According to one doctor working with asylum applicants, the Home Office has
rejected detailed medical evidence of torture in refusing asylum to many

More than 10 Zimbabweans have already been returned to Harare and scores
face deportation in the coming weeks.

One victim was allegedly told it had been "foolhardy" to support the MDC,
and Home Office adjudicators have in some cases advised victims to return to
Zimbabwe and "seek protection from the police" when in many cases police
were the perpetrators of the abuse.

The doctor, who declined to be named for fear he will lose access to
patients, said Zimbabweans were among the top three nationalities presenting
themselves to him with injuries consistent with torture.

"I have done this for eight years and in the past four years Zimbabwe has
become one of the top three or four torture-producing countries," he told
the Guardian,

"In the past four years the cases of Zimbabwean torture have risen
exponentially, both in terms of numbers and in severity. It appears that
rape and sexual abuse has become systematic. I do not see how, in good
conscience, the Home Office can send these traumatised people back to the
hands of their torturers."

Margaret Finch, a Birmingham lawyer with experience of Zimbabwe, said the
asylum system was ignoring evidence of torture and abuse. "The Home Office
officials often give subjective and questionable judgments. In several cases
accepted facts of physical and sexual assault by government agents were
deemed to be not of a political nature. It is inconceivable.

"I would like to see a return to the policy of not repatriating Zimbabweans.
Nothing has improved in Zimbabwe, things have only got worse. What
justification can there possibly be for lifting the ban? Everybody is
infected by a culture of disbelief."

A Home Office spokeswoman said the change in policy was prompted by an
increase in unfounded asylum claims from Zimbabwe, but genuine refugees,
including opposition politicians, would be protected. "This change in asylum
policy is entirely about operating a firm and fair asylum system. It does
not reflect any change in the government's categorical opposition to human
rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

"We will continue, bilaterally and with our international partners, to push
the government of Zimbabwe to end human rights abuses, and restore democracy
so all Zimbabweans can in time return safely to build a prosperous and
stable country."
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Zim Online

Tue 18 January 2005
  HARARE - The ruling ZANU PF party yesterday said it had not asked for
helicopters and support from the government to run an internal election
because all areas of the country unreachable over the weekend because of
heavy rains were now accessible.

      ZANU PF political commissar Elliot Manyika had earlier said that the
party was going to ask for army helicopters and logistical support from the
government to help it finish an election to pick candidates to represent the
party in a general election scheduled for March.

      Manyika did not say on what basis ZANU PF could access state resources
to run a purely internal party programme. Political parties in Zimbabwe that
enjoy a required amount of support receive a once-off financial grant from
the state under the Political Parties Act.

      But it is illegal for politicians or their parties to use state
resources for party business outside the Act.

      "We have not asked for help as yet as roads have cleared in areas that
were inaccessible because of the rains," Manyika told ZimOnline last night.

      Meanwhile, ZANU PF yesterday announced more results from the election
with no major surprises by late last night. Nearly all senior members of
President Robert Mugabe's Cabinet had either won the party ticket in their
constituencies or were on course for victory.

      Most notable was Foreign Affairs Minister Stan Mudenge, whom it had
been feared could lose to retired army major, Kudzai Mbudzi.

      Party women's league heavyweight Oppah Muchinguri also won in Mutasa
South constituency.

      Mugabe has said he will drop from his government ministers who fail to
win election into Parliament.

      Industry Minister Samuel Mumbengegwi looks on his way out of the
government after he lost the vote in his constituency while Labour Minister
Paul Mangwana was locked in a tight battle for the party ticket in Kadoma
East constituency. The two ministers are seen as junior in both the party
and the government. - ZimOnline
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Zim Online

Lecturers get hefty salary hike
Tues 18 January 2005
  HARARE - The government has hiked the salaries of lecturers by up to 600
percent in a desperate bid to stem an acute brain drain at the University of
Zimbabwe and other state institutions of higher learning.

      The lowest paid lecturer at government universities will now earn Z$20
million up from $4 million per month. Senior lecturers will get $24 million
while professors will receive $30 million per month.

      An average family comprising four children and two parents requires
about $1.7 million for basic survival per month according to the country's
main labour union the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.

      "We have not been able to retain most of our talented and experienced
lecturers due to poor remuneration so we have decided to do something for
them. But I do not have the figures off hand. It is significant though,"
Higher Education Minister Herbert Murerwa told ZimOnline this week.

      Murerwa is also acting Finance Minister in the absence of Chris
Kuruneri who is in jail on charges of siphoning foreign currency out of the

      In addition to the hefty salary hike, lecturers and senior
non-academic staff will also benefit from a $700 billion loan fund set aside
by Murerwa to assist university staff buy houses and cars.

      Lecturers and other specialised staff at the government's six
universities have for the last 12 months spent most of their time striking
for better pay and working conditions. And many more of Zimbabwe's top
university teachers have left the country for better paying jobs in the
region and beyond. - ZimOnline
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The Scotsman

Mugabe's party riven with dissent as his power ebbs


ACCUSATIONS of violence and voter intimidation yesterday dogged internal
polls held by Zimbabwe's ruling party to select candidates for the general
election in March.

One cabinet minister and at least ten serving politicians were disqualified
from the forthcoming elections.

The poll was held amid increasing signs of dangerous divisions that have
been rocking President Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union -
Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party for the past three weeks.

Police were called on Saturday to stop clashes between rival ruling party
supporters in the western Harare district of Dzivaresekwa, while state radio
said that results of voting in the southern district of Zhaka were being
withheld yesterday because of irregularities.

Earlier this month, in a rare challenge to the party's leadership, angry war
veterans stormed a ZANU-PF meeting in a Mutare hotel to complain that
candidates for this year's parliamentary elections were being imposed on
them, according to the weekly Manica Post. "There was chaos," Shadreck
Chipanga, who heads ZANU-PF's co-ordinating committee in Manicaland
province, told the newspaper.

The anti-corruption minister, Didymus Mutasa, had to be summoned from a
relative's funeral to defuse the stand-off.

Mutare is not the only place where cracks have appeared in Mr Mugabe's
normally impenetrable party.

In the capital, Harare, recently, scores of disgruntled members briefly held
hostage Elliot Manyika, the chairman of ZANU-PF's national elections
directorate, at the party's Rotten Row headquarters. They, too, were
complaining that party candidates approved by the directorate for the March
polls were not the ones they had chosen.

Zimbabweans have been mesmerised by the sudden blow-up of dissension within
ZANU-PF, a former guerrilla movement that has been in power since
independence in 1980.

Several well-known party officials and Zimbabwe's ambassador to Mozambique
are being held - some reports say tortured - on allegations of spying for
foreign powers. Two cabinet ministers have been dropped from Mr Mugabe's
Soviet-style politburo and six out of ZANU-PF's ten provincial chairmen have
been suspended for five years for failing to back the election of Joyce
Mujuru as vice-president.

"ZANU-PF has never been more divided in the last 25 years," the University
of Zimbabwe political sciences professor, Eliphas Mukonweshuro, told The

Whether Mr Mugabe can whip his party into line in time for the elections
remains to be seen. "It is going to be extremely difficult for Mr Mugabe to
get his party to agree on an election strategy," Prof Mukonweshuro
predicted. "For the first time he has unleashed certain forces he may not be
able to control."

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The Mercury

      Mugabe tightens grip on Zanu-PF
      January 18, 2005

      President Robert Mugabe's stranglehold over Zanu-PF has tightened
after at least one cabinet minister and 10 sitting members of parliament
lost in the ruling party's internal elections of candidates for the March
parliamentary poll.

      The elections, marred by reports of violence and vote rigging, saw
many Mugabe loyalists beat sitting MPs who have, at times, expressed

      Health Minister David Parirenyatwa, a key Mugabe loyalist who lost his
seat in a 2000 primary but was then was appointed a non-constituency MP, won
this year in Murehwa over incumbent Victor Chitongo, a former journalist.

      Chitongo once publicly challenged Mugabe's deployment of troops in the
Democratic Republic of Congo, saying the move was not benefiting Zimbabwe.

      Many of the 10 sitting MPs who lost in the primaries were in the camp
of Speaker of parliament Emmerson Mnangagwa, who sponsored a powerful
faction that tried to oppose Mugabe's choice of Joyce Mujuru as
vice-president in favour of himself.

      Dozens of senior party officials, including three other cabinet
ministers who opposed Mugabe's choice of Mujuru, were disallowed from
standing in the primaries.

      Zanu-PF had also set up tough new criteria for candidates. These
included service in party structures for five years, disqualifying many
Young Turks. - Independent Foreign Service
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The Herald

ZABG formation on course - RBZ

Business Reporter
THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe says the formation of the Zimbabwe Allied
Banking Group, the giant bank which was supposed to have opened its doors at
the beginning of the year, is on course.

The formal launch of ZABG has been stalled by unforeseen legal and
administrative challenges, fuelling speculation as to what exactly is taking

In a statement, RBZ governor Dr Gideon Gono said the establishment of the
banking group was subject to the "strict observance of the necessary and
enabling legal instruments and legislation governing such establishment".

This is a clear reference to the legal challenges which have been instituted
by some of the proposed ZABG candidates, namely Time Bank, Intermarket and
Royal Bank.

RBZ initiated the formation of ZABG and the plans were announced at the
presentation of the third quarter monetary policy review statement and was
subsequently supported by Government in the 2005 National Budget.

"Subsequent to that, various legal and technical processes have been in
motion with some aspects taking longer than originally envisaged.

"This, regrettably, is the nature of all pioneering or ground-breaking
initiatives upon which human development and economic progress is founded
the world over," said Dr Gono.

ZABG is a unique bank in that it would be an amalgamation of formerly
troubled banking institutions, the most notable candidates being Barbican
Bank, Trust Bank, Royal Bank, Intermarket and Trust Bank.

In spite of the delays, it is now expected the amalgamated bank will open
its doors to the public next month, after the announcement of 2005 monetary
policy statement.

ZABG is now almost a reality after the signing of the Troubled Financial
Institutions (Resolution) Act by the President.

"The critical element to note, however, is that there is no going back on
the turnaround path we have chosen in order to stabilise and raise the bar
of corporate excellence in the development and running of the financial
sector and its institutions in this, our great country.

"It is critical that we ensure that correct infrastructure, personnel,
operating system and procedures of the new bank are set to the highest
standards that allow the bank to assume a leadership role in everything that
it does from the day of opening," added RBZ governor.

He reiterated that only those troubled financial institutions with the
capacity or restoration value would be candidates for the amalgamated bank.

"Those critically ill or whose shareholders and or management impaired the
institution beyond recovery will be left to the liquidation route with
shareholders, depositors, staff and their creditors settling themselves from
any residual value obtained from the liquidation process.

"That is why the Reserve Bank has been placing reliance on the curators who
themselves are professionals from various audit and accounting firms," added
Dr Gono.

RBZ clearly spelt out, when it announced the idea of the amalgamated banking
group, that under the prompt corrective action standards, lender of the last
resort facility would be available to those institutions requiring temporary
liquidity assistance.

This was likely to be ascertained from the reports that have been prepared
by the curators managing the affairs of the troubled financial institutions.

Banking institutions requiring relief for more than 30 days are going to be
accommodated through the Troubled Banking Fund for a maximum period of 90

ZABG will be owned by the Government and other local institutional and
individual investors, thus promoting indigenisation which had been the
biggest casualty of the shake-up in the financial sector.

This banking group would initially be managed by a management board of
turnaround and integration experts supported by a competent management board
of directors.

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Yahoo News

Iranian leader Khatami arrives in Zimbabwe

      Mon Jan 17, 3:41 PM ET

HARARE (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammed Khatami arrived in Zimbabwe Monday
to a red carpet welcome from his counterpart Robert Mugabe with whom he is
due to hold talks over two days.

Khatami, on a seven-nation tour of Africa, was warmly greeted at Harare's
international airport by Mugabe and his two vice-presidents and received a
21-gun salute, an AFP correspondent reported.

There was tight security at the airport and the route to the city with armed
soldiers dotting the road.

He was due to hold one-to-one talks with Mugabe later Monday and follow up
discussions on Tuesday. The Iranian leader will also visit the Victoria
Falls before flying out on Wednesday.

The two leaders are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding, the
details of which were not immediately available.

Iran is one of the countries Mugabe has been warming up to following his
"Look East" policy, partly forced by Zimbabwe's isolation from the West over
controversial land reforms and allegedly fraud-marred elections in 2000 and
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New Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe opposition demands voters' roll review

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 01/18/2005 13:00:05
ZIMBABWEAN opposition parties and civic groups have warned that unless the
voters' roll is reviewed by an independent body, the credibility of the
March general elections could be called into question.

The voters' roll was opened for inspection on Monday until 30 January.
Zimbabwe has 5,658,637 eligible voters, according to the registrar-general's

In an interview with IRIN, Lovemore Madhuku, chairman of the pro-democracy
NGO, National Constitutional Assembly, contended that the roll would be no
different from the one used in the 2002 presidential elections, which were
condemned as flawed by most western observers.

"The roll is in shambles: over the years the registrar-general's office has
added more names but not totally reformed the roll ... We have had cases of
deceased people appearing on the roll; people being registered in the wrong
constituencies; or others simply failing to find their names," said Madhuku.

Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede announced that his department would prepare
the roll according to the new constituency boundaries drawn up by the
Delimitation Commission.

However, Madhuku alleged that it was impossible for the authorities to
compile an accurate roll in time because of the lack of resources and in the
absence of an independent electoral body, the authorities could manipulate
the voting process.

"We could have hoped for a credible roll if the proposed Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) had been appointed ... Even if the ZEC were to be
appointed, I don't think there would be any changes, since its head will be
a presidential, and therefore partial, appointee," said Madhuku.

The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has threatened to
boycott the elections unless government agrees to reform of the electoral
process in accordance with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)
guidelines, which include the appointment of an independent electoral

The MDC is also demanding the repeal of a raft of laws affecting the media,
NGOs and public security, which it views as an infringement of Zimbabweans'
democratic rights.

Mudede has defended his department, saying: "Those questioning the accuracy
of the roll are free to go and inspect it, with the rest of the country,
during the inspection period."

He added that, "The [registrar-general's] office has a mandate to conduct
elections, and will do so until such a time that the new electoral
commission is appointed. I cannot comment on statements alleging
irregularities, because we have not gone through the inspection process as

South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has
weighed into the debate on the fairness of upcoming poll.

"We have been concerned about several things [in Zimbabwe]," ANC
secretary-general Kgalema Motlanthe told a media briefing after the annual
meeting of the ANC's National Executive Committee at the weekend.

"The fact that the opposition MDC is a properly registered political party,
but it still requires police permission to hold its meetings ... impairs its
ability to interact with its constituency - it's an anomaly," Motlanthe was
quoted as saying. "Indeed, the playing field should be levelled, and the
police should act in an impartial manner," he said.
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New Zimbabwe

Moyo: 'Tsholotsho people will hold Nkomo to account'

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 01/18/2005 06:57:53
ZIMBABWE'S Information Minister Jonathan Moyo escalated his public
mudslinging match with Zanu PF national chairman John Nkomo on Monday as
their war of words entered a second week.

After a weekend which saw Nkomo fire his own salvo in the direction of the
information tzar, Moyo snapped back on Monday, using the Chronicle
newspaper, which he controls, to barrage Nkomo with accusations of stifling
development in Matabeleland and lying over his visit to Tsholotsho in the
company of Dumiso Dabengwa last week.

Reacting to Moyo's accusations last week that he was a "primitive liar",
Nkomo said his trip to Tsholotsho "had nothing to do with determining the
outcome of the nomination process in the constituency."

"That's a naked lie," Moyo snapped back Monday. "It assumes members of the
public are stupid and will believe anything that he says when the truth
speaks for itself."

Nkomo called Moyo "unbalanced", adding: "I will not let you or others who
are similarly inclined destroy the party on our watch." He said Moyo was
free to leave Zanu PF.

But Moyo hit back: "Nkomo makes claim that 'Tsholotsho was the scene of
crime and therefore cannot escape (his) attention as the custodian of
discipline in the party'. What crime is Cde Nkomo talking about? If there
was any crime in Tsholotsho, why are the police not involved? How did Cde
Nkomo suspend six provincial chairmen on December 21, 2004 for a crime he
alleged was committed in Tsholotsho before going there until January 12,

"If Cde Nkomo imagines that he will stigmatise Tsholotsho by conveniently
labelling it the "scene of crime'' for personal political purposes and get
away with it, then he has some serious thinking to do because he is going to
be held accountable not just in the courts but also by the public,
particularly the people of Tsholotsho who have suffered from the tragedy of
political stigmatisation before."

On Monday, Nkomo and the Zanu PF elections director Elliot Manyika were
expected to go to Tsholotsho in a bid to calm the situation but were
expected to meet hostilities from Moyo's followers.

Moyo enjoys popular support in Tsholotsho after orchestrating a stunning
development drive -- getting the roads tarred, computerising schools and
hospitals, getting street lighting installed and luring banks to the

He said of Nkomo: "Thanks to Cde Nkomo, the Zanu PF manifesto has become
"discipline, discipline and discipline" and if you take a closer look at
what is meant by this commandist mantra, you see that it is all about using,
actually abusing, senior positions to settle personal scores to the
detriment of the party and public good some 25 years since independence
during which a new generation of Zimbabweans has emerged with more dynamic
and more values that need to be recognised and respected.

"As a result of Cde Nkomo's selfserving approach to discipline, we are
witnessing attempts to block committed and hard working people like Cdes
Andrew Langa in Insiza and Abednico Ncube in Gwanda from contesting primary
elections or from running for elections on Zanu PF tickets. What is going
on? This is only happening in Matabeleland and not in other provinces across
the country where senior leaders in the party have been more accommodating
and understanding despite the existence of obvious political differences,"
he said.

"Cde Abednico Ncube is one of only two comrades in Zanu PF who won a
parliamentary seat in 2000 in Matabeleland when all the others, including
many who now see themselves as heroes, were tumbling down. Cde Andrew Langa
had the guts and leadership to win back Insiza from MDC and has since then
shown what can be done to bring development in Matabeleland as a Member of

"Cde Nkomo says, 'History has taught us that some amongst us belong to Zanu
PF as long as it furthers their personal ambitions and interests only'.
Well, this can only refer to him since he apparently knows first hand what
he is talking about. As far as I'm concerned, since 1999 when I worked for
the Constitutional Commission, I have specifically and selflessly done my
bit in the national interest and in defense of my country's sovereignty
without fear or favour and I have not gained anything personally from this.

"It is notable that Cde Nkomo did not deny in his statement published today
that he said he would rather have Tsholotsho lost to MDC than have me as a
Zanu PF candidate. Well, he knows who the MDC candidate might be and it's
certainly not me!"

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The Herald

Regularise citizenship status: RG's Office

Herald Reporters
THE Registrar-General's Office has invited people made "stateless" by the
Citizenship Amendment Act number 12 of 2003 to come forward and regularise
their citizenship status.

Failure by the affected people to regularise their citizenship would result
in them failing to vote in the on-coming elections.

Affected people include those born in the country or any other country in
the Sadc region whose parents were Zimbabwean.

"Persons falling within this category are those born in Zimbabwe and one of
their parents was born in a Sadc country and entered the country on or
before 18th April 1980," said the Regi- strar General, Mr Tobaiwa Mudede, in
a state- ment.

He said those whose parents entered the country as migrant workers and
remained in the country until the affected person's birth were citizens by

Some of these people had lost their citizenship after failing to certify the
origins of their pare nts.

People born in Zimbabwe and continuously remained resident in the country
since birth except for any temporary absence from this country and had not
at any time after their birth acquired any foreign citizenship or foreign
passport, whether voluntary or otherwise, or enjoyed the protection of any
foreign country were legible for Zimbabwean citizenship, Mr Mudede said.

He said also eligible were those born in a Sadc country with one of his or
her parents having been born in Zimbabwe but left the country on or before
April 18, 1980 for a Sadc country as a migrant worker.

Mr Mudede said those who qualify for regularisation should be individuals
who have not at anytime after the date of their first entry into Zimbabwe
acquired any foreign citizenship or other foreign passport, whether
voluntarily or otherwise, or enjoyed the protection of any foreign country.

"Those who fail to regularise their citizenship by January 30, 2005 may find
that they do not qualify to vote in the March Parliamentary Elections," Mr
Mudede said.

He said those intending to regularise their status should visit the nearest
Registrar-General offices with their birth certificates, national identity
card and passport if they have any.

Meanwhile, the Registrar-General has published names of individuals who have
either supplied incomplete or incorrect residential addresses when they
registered as voters in their constituencies to report with their national
identity cards to the nearest registry office.

In a notice yesterday, the Registrar-General, Mr Tobaiwa Mudede, said the
voters risked being struck off the voters' roll if they did not approach
their respective district registry offices within a period of two weeks.

"Please be advised that failure to report as requested and directed within
14 days from this date (of notice) will result in the constituency
registrars removing the voter's name from the roll in accordance with
section 25 of the Electoral Act chapter 2;01," he said.

The Registrar-General's department is in the process of updating the voters'
roll in preparation of the forthcoming General Elections scheduled for March
this year.
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The Herald

Bulawayo, Tsholotsho committees dissolved

From Bulawayo Bureau
THE Zanu-PF Bulawayo Province and the Tsholotsho District Co-ordinating
Committee were yesterday dissolved and interim structures were put in place
to prepare the party for the March elections, the party's political
commissar, Cde Elliot Manyika announced yesterday.

Cde Manyika made the announcement after holding separate meetings with the
party leadership in both Tsholotsho and Bulawayo concerning the state of the
party in the two areas.

He said Bulawayo province had been suspended for what he termed incompetence
and lack of direction while the Tsholotsho DCC, led by Cde Believe Gaule,
was suspended for its role in the so-called Tsholotsho Declaration.

All members of the previous DCC were, however, co-opted into the new DCC
with the exception of Cde Gaule.

"The Bulawayo provincial executive was dissolved for incompetence and lack
of direction. As the political commissar, I regularly assess party
structures and it was apparent that the members of the Bulawayo province
failed to perform," Cde Manyika said.

"We have put an interim executive in place of Bulawayo province led by Cde
Norman Mabhena."

The other members of the interim executive are Cdes Zenzo Nsimbi (deputy
chairperson), Amos Ngwenya (secretary), Grace Lupepe (treasurer), Raphael
Baleni (commissar), Stanely Donga (secretary for security), Alice Tshabalala
(women's league chairperson) and Zephaniah Nkomo (youth chairman).

Cde Themba Ncube, who was last year suspended alongside six other party
chairpersons for their alleged role in the Tsholotsho Declaration, was the
ruling party's chairman for Bulawayo province.

Cde Manyika said Cde Velaphi Dube, who was Cde Gaule's deputy in the
previous Tsholotsho DCC, has become the new chairman.

Cde Manyika, who is also the chairman of the Zanu-PF National Elections
Directorate said the new structures set up in Bulawayo and in Tsholotsho had
been mandated, among other things, to prepare for primary elections, which
were postponed to Thursday.

"The interim Bulawayo provincial executive has been mandated to make sure
that the district co-ordinating committees conform to the election campaign
strategies that we want to set soon after we finish these primaries," he

"Both interim structures in Bulawayo and Tsholotsho have been directed to
help prepare for the primary elections that have been rescheduled for
Thursday. They will be assisted by staff from the party headquarters."

He said in Tsholotsho, the National Election Directorate would consider the
names of five additional aspiring women candidates who had submitted their
curriculum vitaes for vetting. Meanwhile, the female candidates who are
battling to represent Zanu-PF in Tsholotsho started campaigning straight
after the meeting with Cde Manyika.

Cde Manyika said primary elections in the seven constituencies in Bulawayo
as well as Tsholotsho, Binga, Insiza and Gwanda will be held on Thursday.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

4 ministers lose primary elections

Mirror Reporters
issue date :2005-Jan-18

THE Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare, Paul Mangwana and
the Minister of State for State Enterprises and Parastatals Rugare Gumbo
last night became the latest high-profile casualties in the Zanu PF primary

They bring to four the number of ministers who lost the elections to choose
the party's candidates for this year's parliamentary elections.
The other two are the Minister of Industry and International Trade Samuel
Mumbengegwi, who lost Chivi North to Enita Muzariri, and his deputy Kenneth
Manyonda, who lost to businessman William Mutomba in Buhera North.
Mangwana lost in Kadoma East to former Zupco boss Bright Matonga in the
primary elections, which started on Saturday and were still going on in
other constituencies.
Acting Mashonaland West provincial chairman John Mafa yesterday confirmed
that Mangwana had lost the election to Matonga.
In the Midlands, acting provincial chairman, Jason Machaya confirmed that
Gumbo had lost the primary election to Godwill Zishiri.
He said counting of ballots was still in progress last night for Gokwe
Central and Gokwe West.
"The counting of ballots is still in progress. The figures have not been
tallying so the counting had to be done all over again," Machaya said.
At the time of going to press last night, 13 legislators - including
Mangwana, Mumbengegwi and Manyonda - had lost the right to represent Zanu PF
to new entrants.
Meanwhile, in Mashonaland West, the province has defied the party's
directive to reserve some constituencies for female candidates.
The province was supposed to set aside four constituencies for women, but
only Zvimba South - in which incumbent MP, Sabina Mugabe was unopposed - is
the only seat the ruling party will field a female candidate.
Mafa said on Thursday that former Zifa  boss Leo Mugabe would battle it out
with Douglas Mombeshora for the ticket to represent Makonde, while in Kariba
incumbent legislator, Isaac Mackenzie would be challenged by former MP
Shumbayaonda Chandengenda, and one Jonasi.
In Mutasa South, women's league national secretary Oppah Muchinguri beat
former Hatfield MP, Irene Zindi by  4 126 to 3 203.
Manicaland acting provincial chairman Shadreck Chipanga told The Daily
Mirror last night that he was yet to get results from Mutare Central, where
there were reportedly some disturbances during polling.
In Chimanimani the primary elections were postponed due to logistical
Chipanga said the election would now be held at a date to be determined by
the party's national elections directorate.

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Gift Chimanikire wins Mbare primary elections

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jan-18

MDC deputy secretary-general Gift Chimanikire on Sunday won the right to
stand for Mbare constituency on the opposition party's ticket after
defeating Mbare East legislator Tichaona Munyanyi in primary elections held
at Harvest House.
The Delimitation Commission merged Mbare East and West constituencies into a
single constituency -Mbare.
Harare City commission member, Tendai Savanhu has been nominated as Zanu PF's
candidate for the same constituency.
Another MDC Member of Parliament (MP), Dunmore Makuwaza of Mbare West, was
barred from contesting the primary elections after being declared ineligible
following his loss to the opposition party's deputy secretary-general last
year in a confirmation exercise.
In an interview, Munyanyi said the primary polls were not free and fair.
"I have lost to Chimanikire by four votes, but I would want to state that
there was a lot of vote-buying in this election.
"The MDC is no longer different from Zanu PF.  Some people were given money
to influence the outcome, and the party leadership was also biased in favour
of the deputy secretary-general, who is a member of the party's national
executive," said Munyanyi.
The Mbare West MP said he would mobilise the opposition party's supporters
against Chimanikire.
Makuwaza also added his voice against the outcome of yesterday's opposition
"Some members of the national executive have manipulated the outcome in
Chimanikire's favour, and as a result I urge all our supporters not to vote
for him in the coming polls. Chimanikire has come all the way from Guruve to
cause confusion in Mbare.  I am not going to give in, I declare myself the
candidate," he said.
Makuwaza also said the decision to bar him from participating in yesterday's
primary election was undemocratic, charging that despite his earlier loss in
Mbare West, Mbare was a new constituency since other suburbs like
Waterfalls, which had participated, no longer belonged to the constituency.
Efforts to get a comment from either Chimanikire or Paul Themba Nyathi, the
opposition party's spokesperson, were fruitless.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Former SMM chairman blasts RBZ

Masimba Rushwaya
issue date :2005-Jan-18

FORMER chairman of SMM Holdings, Abner Botsh has blasted the Reserve Bank of
Zimbabwe for allegedly halting graft investigations into the company, in
order to protect certain individuals.

The accusations come in the wake of innuendos that senior Zanu PF officials
are said to be in a quandary as their plot to help themselves to businessman
Mutumwa Mawere's empire has run into a spot of bother.
Most of them are said to have been part of the now infamous Tsholotsho
Sources have revealed that the clique (names supplied), were now clutching
at straws as evidenced by the revocation of the specification of CFI
Holdings where the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs,
Patrick Chinamasa saw it fit to remove the specification of the agro-based
company after finding nothing to write home about.
 However the battle seems to be far from over as SMM administrator, Arafas
Gwaradzimba has written to former chairman Botsh, demanding that he should
call at his offices.
In a letter dated December 5 2004 and addressed to Botsh's lawyers, Costa
and Mudzonga, Gwaradzimba says: "I make reference to your letter dated 30
November 2004 in which I summoned your client, in my capacity as
administrator of SMM Holdings (Private) Limited to appear before the
administrator in terms of section 10 (1) of statutory instrument 187 of
2004, to answer questions put forward to him in terms of the said statutory
instrument.  Without good cause, excuse or reasonable grounds whatsoever,
your client failed and/or refused/neglected to appear before the
administrator as stated in the administrator's letter referred to above and
in accordance with the provisions of section 9 (2) of SI 187 of 2004.
Accordingly, your client is liable to prosecution in terms of sections 9 (3)
and 14 (1) of SI 187 of 2004."
Gwaradzimba's letter says a person summoned by the administrator of a
company under reconstruction shall be examined on oath and shall answer all
questions that are put to him or her.
The administrator adds that a person so summoned may not purport to respond
to questions put to him or her by the administrator, "in writing as you have
Gwaradzimba further adds that he was proceeding to hand the matter over to
the police for prosecution.
However, Botsh did not take the matter lying down, saying: "I had been the
chairman of SMM for two months but the fraud and corruption that I unearthed
was shocking. The top executives were buying top-of-the range cars. There
was a loan for $90 million, which had accumulated to $600 million. Mind you
these loans were in their names.  You had a funny situation where the
offices at Batanai Gardens were refurbished for $250 million, which had
ballooned to over $500 million over a period of one year."
He added that there were so many phantom companies that the executives used
to their advantage with claims that were dubious.
"I discovered that there was one claim where Turnall Zambia was said to be
owed US$70 000 and R100 000 for spurious reasons.  I refused to authorise
that payment."
Botsh's allegations seem to be buttressed by recent media reports that SMM
lost billions of dollars to a ghost company - New Base Construction
Company - that renovated the company's stadium, Maglas.
Botsh said just when he was about to gird his loins and crack the whip, SMM
was specified.
"Specification is now the order of the day. When they know that you have a
case against them and they run out of ideas, they specify you. Look at Time
Bank. It is an open secret that the commercial bank has a case against the
central bank, but to quell any murmurings, the bank was specified," Botsh
He added that what was surprising was that some of the executives were
rewarded with plum jobs for their chicanery.
This newspaper has documents that reveal that former SMM chief executive
officer, Hilary Munyati had a foreign currency account with Citi Bank in
Florida, USA whose account number was 31067 70396 and there was one
transaction where US$7 500 which was made good to him.
This was on July 3 2002
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Law Society challenges sections of Money Laundering Act

Clemence Manyukwe
issue date :2005-Jan-18

THE Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) is challenging the constitutionality of
some sections of the Bank Use Promotion and Suppression of Money Laundering
Act in the Supreme Court, that compels lawyers to record and pass their
clients' confidential information to the government.

The lawyers are arguing that the legislation turns them into state agents.
The application was lodged with the Supreme Court on January 10 2005 under
file number (SC 3/2005).
Under the Act, lawyers are compelled to report on their client's "suspicious
information", especially on large cash transactions, collect information
from them and other sources and pass it onto the government even without
their knowledge or approval.
In its Supreme Court application the LSZ is the sole applicant, while the
Minister of Finance, Herbert Murerwa, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and
as well as the Attorney General of Zimbabwe, Sobuza Gula-Ndebele are the
first, second and third respondents respectively.
The legal practitioners said some provisions of the Act were in violation of
the common law rule on attorney and client privilege.
The application is seeking that the Supreme Court declare that: "Sections
24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 of the Bank Use, Promotion and Suppression of
Money Laundering Act Chapter 24:24 are inconsistent with the declaration of
rights and unconstitutional insofar as they seek to impose on legal
practitioners, recording, disclosure and reporting obligations as contained
in them.
"Such obligations are null and void insofar as they relate to legal
The application also wants the respondents to be directed to do everything
in their power to ensure the removal of paragraph three of the First
Schedule of the act and Murerwa to pay the cost of the suit.
 In his supporting affidavit, the society's president, Joseph James said
where the information is incriminating, the disclosure creates a situation
whereby a client effectively incriminates himself through his agent, the
He added that if legal practitioners complied with the requirements, that
would be in violation of the code of conduct of lawyers.
"The recording, reporting and disclosure requirements conscript legal
practitioners to act as state agents, contrary to their client's interests.
They do so by requiring lawyers to collect information that may not be
required for the representation of the is not necessary to turn
lawyers into whistle blowers," reads part of the affidavit.
The law society's lawyers, Scanlen and Holderness, said no opposing papers
had een filed yet.

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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Bulawayo City hires private debt collectors

From Our Correspondent in Bulawayo
issue date :2005-Jan-18

THE Bulawayo City Council has contracted out its debt collection services in
a bid to collect, trace and investigate outstanding debtors in a move set to
improve the local authority's precarious financial position.
Its debtors, among them, the government, owe the council billions in unpaid
The city's town clerk Moffat Ndlovu said the non-payment of rates and
tariffs by some of Bulawayo's residents had seriously affected the
implementation of council's development programmes and the effective
provision of services in the city. "To improve its finances, council has
invited public tenders to collect debts on behalf of council.
"The fact that the debtor situation will now be approached from a
professional angle should be viewed with hope and if well executed should
result in a win-win situation for both council and the residents," said
The town clerk stressed that not all debts will be handed over to private
companies, but contractors will strictly handle problematic debts.
He said industrial and commercial properties as well as tracing and
investigating of debtors would be the responsibility of the debt collectors.
The town clerk added that aspiring debt collectors should be registered in
terms of the relevant statute, have fixed assets and latest balance sheet
should be produced to show their current financial.
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Lands committee descends

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jan-18

MASHONALAND Central Province is bracing for farm evictions as a team headed
by Deputy Police Commissioner Godwin Matanga, tasked with enforcing the
government's one-man-one-farm policy has finally descended on the area.
Ephraim Masawi, the Mashonaland Central Governor, yesterday told The Daily
Mirror that the committee had already carried out a probe into land
ownership in an attempt to flush out multiple farm owners.
The team has moved in barely a fortnight after Matanga dismissed as fake
another team that had earlier moved into the area.
So far, the eviction committee has been to Mashonaland West, Masvingo and
some parts of Matabeleland, where a number of high-ranking government and
Zanu PF officials have been barred from some properties on the grounds that
they have more than the stipulated one farm.
In an interview, Masawi said: " First of all, they found problematic areas,
and they are now working on their findings. It's not my committee, it's
independent and I cannot comment on its work. However, it is answerable to
(Deputy Police Commissioner) Matanga and only him can comment on its work"
Asked to comment on the reportedly fake team, Masawi preferred to remain mum
on the issue.
No further information on the work of the team could be obtained, as Matanga
refused to comment by the time of going to print.
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