This article is from the state owned and controlled newspaper - NOTE : no mention of the number of displaced farm labourers and their families :
"Door still open to all aspiring land owners"
Government yesterday said the door is still open for people still interested in
acquiring land under Model A2 resettlement scheme as it moves to gazette more
Aspiring commercial farmers, are expected to forward their
applications to their provincial land resettlement offices, where they would be
vetted and processed by officials from the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and
In an interview, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and
Rural Resettlement, Cde Joseph Made, said all the people who applied under the
scheme would be guaranteed land.
Mashonaland West tops the list, with 16 000
applications received by the ministry.
Out of the 99 109 people who applied
for the land under the scheme, 54 592 were successful while the remaining 44 517
were accommodated under the Model A1 resettlement scheme.
Cde Made said
everyone who applied for land would get something.
"Everyone who applied
will get something and all those who still want land under the A1 or A2 Model
can still apply," said Cde Made.
In the list for Mashonaland West released
yesterday, some applicants were downgraded to Model A1 scheme while others, with
the required skills and resources, were eligible to acquire medium-scale,
small-scale or the peri-urban farms.
Cde Made urged commercial farmers to
co-operate with the Government as it moves ahead in gazetting more farms for
"We urge the farmers to co-operate during this exercise
because they face a possibility of losing the whole farm if they fail to
co-operate," said Cde Made.
He said some commercial farmers were reported to
be vandalising their assets and property to discredit the programme.
of them are still organising gangs to beat up resettled farmers and this should
stop forthwith," he said.
Some commercial farmers risk losing their whole
farms if they fail to co-operate with the Government.
A total of 210 520
families have already benefited from the Government’s fast-track exercise,
launched in July last year.
This brings to 281 520 the total number of
families who have been resettled on 10,8 million hectares under the Model A1
Between 1980 and 1988, the Government managed to
resettle 71 000 families on 3,3 million hectares of land, while from September
1988 to June 2000 it resettled 4 697 families on 168 264 hectares.
15 000 properties have been demarcated for the Model A2 resettlement exercise
and the land would be ready for allocation soon.
MDC on Monday
31 December 01
We will not be intimidated
weeks before Christmas, Zanu PF met in Victoria Falls whereupon their
President Robert Mugabe, declared war on the MDC. Taking his
seriously, Zanu PF supporters have intensified their orgy of
against all those who support the MDC.
While the rest of
Zimbabwe was preparing to celebrate Christmas, Zanu PF
thugs were actually
plotting to murder some MDC members. Our dedicated
cadres and activists
Trymore Midzi, Titus Nheya and Milton Chambati were
brutally murdered by Zanu
PF supporters. It is obvious now that Zanu PF has
no intention of retreating
from its murderous campaign.
On Christmas day, Zanu PF war veterans
assisted by youth from the Border
Gezi Training Camp who are being trained
under the so-called national
service programme, abducted and tortured three
MDC members in Zaka. The
three, Johannes Chongore, Jerifanos Kahuni and
Misheck Marava were abducted
in broad daylight.
The police say they
are still investigating. Sometimes they say they do not
manpower. We want the people of Zimbabwe to remember that this
is a Police
Force that has previously sent four truck-loads of policemen,
armed to the
teeth, to arrest MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai for possessing
walkie-talkie. We want the people of Zimbabwe to remember that this is
Police Force that has not arrested anyone in the murder of almost 100
supporters. They say they are still investigating. We want the people
Zimbabwe to remember that this is a Police Force which has not
anyone in connection with the bombing of the Daily News printing
They say they are still investigating.
Just last week, the
police missed an opportunity to arrest Jabulani
Machingura (a member of the
Central Intelligence Organisation) who is
strongly suspected to have between
behind the bombing of the MDC offices in
the year 2000. The Daily News had
set up Machingura for the police but they
arrived at the venue of the meeting
five hours later.
So what do we do faced with all this violence and
intimidation? Surely God
is a God of justice. One day in the
not-too-distant future, justice shall
come. As MDC, our struggles must
always be fought on the highest platform
of dignity and discipline. We pray
for peace and we say NO to violence.
Mugabe will go, through the ballot box.
They can kill us but they won’t be
able to finish us. They can send thugs to
beat us, but we will vote, even
if it means we have to limp to the ballot
box. We are the majority, and we
will win. Yes, the price is high, but the
end is near.
We will not be intimidated. Mugabe and his supporters
continue to use
violence to maintain oppression and safeguard their
We stand firm with the people of Zimbabwe and will
continue to speak for
what is right. Zimbabwe is not just for Zanu PF
supporters, it is for all
Zimbabweans regardless of their party
So we say to all Zimbabweans do not lose faith. As you
continue to work
against so many odds, do not despair. As you watch those
close to you
consumed by Zanu PF violence, do not give up. Be patient. You
this far already. Let us wait for the March presidential election
to put an
end to Zanu PF’s madness.
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Zimbabwe militants on ''terror run,'' opposition
HARARE, Dec. 31 — Zimbabwe's opposition said youths loyal to
Robert Mugabe went on a ''terror run'' in Harare on Monday, beating
The main opposition party said the young
militants attacked people in
two of the capital's townships as part of
Mugabe's re-election campaign.
But a police spokesman said police
had received no reports that
members of Mugabe's governing ZANU-PF party who
recently graduated from a
controversial national youth training programme had
A statement by the Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) said dozens
of graduates from the Border Gezi Training Camp in
northeastern Zimbabwe had
descended on Kuwadzana and Mabvuku townships in the
capital hunting for
''This group of about
100 youths was beating up people, accusing them
of being MDC supporters,''
said MDC national youth chairman Nelson Chamisa.
Chamisa said the
''terror runs'' in the townships were part of a
campaign of violence by the
ZANU-PF ahead of presidential elections
scheduled for March. Mugabe faces the
greatest challenge of his career from
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
Mugabe, 77, has been in power since the former Rhodesia gained
from Britain in 1980.
Political analysts say Mugabe, who led a
war for independence after spending 11 years in
prison for fighting white
minority rule, has a tough task retaining power in
a country hit by a severe
economic and political crisis blamed on government
Mugabe -- who calls the MDC a front for Western
interests -- says he
will win the presidential elections on his record as a
and a defender of the rights of Zimbabwe's black
The Zimbabwean leader said his ruling ZANU-PF would run
presidential campaign like a military machine -- which critics say shows
party will be stepping up political violence.
The MDC's Chamisa
said on Monday the townships forays by ZANU-PF
youths was part of that
''It has become apparent that this so-called national youth
service is in fact a ZANU-PF party service where the murderous
recruiting children to terrorise their parents,'' he
Last Thursday the MDC said a party member had died, the fourth
a week, following an attack by suspected members of the ruling ZANU-PF
linked to forthcoming presidential elections.
The MDC said
the death brought to 87 the number of opposition
activists and supporters
killed since February 2000.
The government blames the latest upsurge
in violence on MDC youths it
says have been attacking ZANU-PF supporters in
the party's rural
At least 31 people, most of them
opposition supporters, were killed
in political violence before parliamentary
elections in June last year,
which the MDC narrowly lost.
UK Ministers urged to protect Zimbabwe asylum seekers
Ministers have been
urged to stop deporting would-be asylum seekers back to
Zimbabwe until the
situation there improves.
There has been increasing international concern
over President Robert
Mugabe's repressive regime.
And now the Liberal
Democrats have called on Home Secretary David Blunkett
to halt the removal of
Zimbabwean nationals from Britain until further
The plea was
issued jointly by Lib Dem home affairs Simon Hughes MP,
the party's leader in the Lords, and Lord Avebury, Lib
Dem foreign affairs
spokesman in the Lords.
"As the presidential elections loom President
Mugabe is taking more steps to
curb the rights of opposition parties and
people," Mr Hughes said.
"It is clearly now not safe for people with any
record of political party
activity to go back to Zimbabwe.
Government must suspend deportations until the Commonwealth Heads
Government agree that normality has returned and people can live in
in safety and freedom."
Christmas Demand Leads to Maize Shortages
UN Integrated Regional
December 31, 2001
Posted to the web December 31,
Dealers in Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo, temporarily ran out
just before Christmas as shoppers heading for their rural homes
According to news reports, the shortages led to fears of
Matabeleland. However, a local journalist told IRIN on Monday that
situation had returned to normal. He said a number of trucks had been
arriving in the region, and while some grain storage facilities still
to be empty, the shops had enough mealie meal.
spokesman George Charamba said Matabeleland was traditionally a
area and was experiencing the kind of shortages it normally
the rural areas during the lean season.
Peasants and farmers in
Matabeleland and in other southern parts of Zimbabwe
have been severely
affected by floods and drought this year. In addition,
maize production in
other parts of Zimbabwe have been hampered by farm
invasions led by ZANU-PF
Charamba told IRIN, however, that maize supply had stabilised
government increased the amount it was paying farmers from about US
metric tonne to about US $282 about two weeks ago. Before that, he
number of communal and commercial farmers were withholding their
the government in protest of low prices.
Charamba said it
was estimated that the 300,000 mt of maize the government
intended to import
would be enough to see the country through to the next
harvest season. The
UN's World Food Programme (WFP) is in the final stages
of drafting food
distribution plans to ease hunger in areas hardest hit by
According to a WFP official, the agency hoped to begin
distribution early in
Some blatant twisted Govt propaganda from the Herald -
man died of natural causes - police POLICE
have said the man who was reported to have been beaten to death by armed riot
police on Tuesday in Bindura died of natural causes. MDC
bombing saga takes new twist THE saga
surrounding the bombing of the Movement for Democratic Change offices in Harare
last year took a new twist following revelations that The Daily News had failed
to honour its promise to pay its main witness money for providing the
EU's interference unacceptable
THE Zambian elections are a major eye opener
for Zimbabwe’s forthcoming presidential elections as they have revealed the
obnoxious interference of the European Union in African affairs.
achieving political independence, the European continent has still not let go of
its mentality of having a colonial hold over Africa and wants to decide the fate
of the continent.
By running ahead of the Zambian authorities in trying to
announce who the presidential winner is or is not, the European Union is
usurping the southern African country’s sovereignty to take charge of its own
Presidential elections determine the nationhood of a
country and proclaim its independence. It is, therefore, an insult to all
African nations to have their elections adjudicated and certified by former
colonisers. This is totally unacceptable.
The European Union should never be
allowed to undermine the integrity of African political processes because it has
no moral authority to adjudicate such issues in Africa, having destroyed the
continent’s cultural, economic and political systems.
The hand of the
European Union in the Zambian elections should serve as a crucial reminder why
we need to take charge of our own electoral processes and move with speed in
enacting legislation that makes it quite clear that only Zimbabwean authorities
can proclaim the winners of its elections.
We should by all means avoid such
debacles as witnessed in the United States where even the media was announcing
winners of the last presidential election before counting was finished.
Amendments to the Electoral Act currently before Parliament should empower
the Registrar General of Elections to announce results of winners and no other
body, political party or former coloniser.
There is a real danger that such
careless interference by organisations such as the European Union could plunge
countries into civil conflict as political parties refuse to accept certain
results on the basis of what the EU would have proclaimed.
themselves should be the final arbiters of their electoral processes and can
call on the help of fellow countries in Sadc or the African Union but certainly
not former colonisers, whose plunder of the continent’s resources still
The time has come for Africa to make a final stand on
its future political processes because the continent’s fight against colonialism
to achieve political independence was meant to usher in a new democratic
dispensation that the continent had been denied by powerful members of the EU
such as Britain.
The dignity of the African continent is at stake here and
should never be sold on the alter of expediency by those political parties that
want power at all cost, even if it means selling their soul to the devil. This
is more sinister than colonialism.
The rejection or acceptance of electoral
results should purely be a preserve of citizens and nobody else. This is what
happens throughout the so-called First World.
That is why countries such as
Britain quickly sanitised the fiasco of the American elections because they
dared not criticise another democratic country.
It is our firm view that the
outcome of the Zambian elections should be a matter primarily for the Zambians
to accept or reject.
In terms of the rule of law, voting should be as it was
done in terms of the constitution and laws of Zambia.
By the same token, the
determination of the outcome, including the declaration of the winner, must be
done in accordance with the Zambian constitution.
Any declaration by anyone
else is illegal, unconstitutional and unacceptable. This is a bottom line, which
the EU must be the first to know and respect given the noise it makes about the
rule of law.
Neither Al Gore nor George Bush declared themselves winners
when the US presidential contest was not clear and when it was even closer than
the Zambian scenario. Why should this one be different?
Irish firms control most SA English paper
British and Irish media companies now own or have a major say in
almost all English-language newspapers in South Africa and the British
government has indirectly poured millions of dollars into some Zimbabwean
publications to influence political opinion ahead of next year’s presidential
Meikles in Whopping $2 Billion Profit
December 31, 2001
Posted to the web December 31,
While most companies are complaining
about the fixed exchange rate, which
has seen the Zimbabwe dollar pegged at
$55 to the greenback since August
last year while the parallel market rate is
now over $300, Meikles Africa
earned a whopping $1.6 billion in exchange
gains in the six months to
September. It only earned $623 million during the
same period last year.
Although its turnover had increased by 78 percent
from $4.1 billion to $7.1
billion, operating profit increased by only 53
percent from $363 million to
$556 million. Profit before tax, however,
increased more than three-fold
from $746 million to $2.4 billion boosted by
the exchange gain and a further
$433 million from its associate company
Kingdom Financial Holdings. The
share from Kingdom rose more than five-fold
from $83 million during the same
period last year. Net profit increased from
$525 million to $2 billion.
The company says it opened one new TM
supermarket in Zengeza and a new
flagship Borrowdale branch. The supermarkets
contributed the bulk of the
revenue and operating profit. The revenue from
the supermarkets increased
from $3.1 billion to $5.6 billion and operating
profit from $219 million to
It says it also opened a new
Clicks store in Gweru and another in Bulawayo.
It also integrated its retail
credit operations into Kingdom Bank. The
retail division contributed $1.1
billion in revenue, up from $636 million.
Operating profit, however, only
rose marginally from $154 million to $188
million but this amount included
some $29 million from Meikles Financial
The hotel division,
which comprises three hotels, all members of the leading
hotels of the world,
had an excellent performance at a time when the tourist
sector is down and
most hotels are running at a loss. Turnover increased
from $303 million to
$573 million while operating profit shot up from $4
million to $44 million.
Its South African Cape Grace Hotel was voted the
best hotel in Africa and the
Middle East by readers of Conde Naste travel
magazine. Meikles owns two
hotels in Zimbabwe, Meikles in Harare and
Victoria Falls Hotel which it
jointly owns with Zimbabwe Sun Hotels
Cimas in $1.3 Billion Surplus
The Insider (Harare)
Posted to the web December 31, 2001
Cimas, generally regarded as the country's biggest
medical aid society, had
a net surplus of $1.3 billion in the financial year
ending June up from
$762.6 million the previous year but it says inflation
year-to-year comparisons almost meaningless.
It also says
because of ever escalating inflation it has become necessary to
tariffs and contributions every six months. Its report clearly
the bulk of the surplus came from investments rather than
contributions. Investments brought in a hefty $1.1 billion up
The surplus from medical aid was a mere $164.6 million, an
$116.6 million the previous year, while that from strategic
was $67.4 million, a drastic increase from $19.4 million. The
properties was $8.7 million, up from $1.3 million.
says its medical aid service was facing severe difficulties is
foreign currency to pay for foreign medical costs incurred by its
says because of the shortage of foreign currency, it was now
being forced to
pay cash up front as foreign providers no longer accepted
its letters of
It had, however, entered into an arrangement with Milpark and
hospitals in Johannesburg, It also says there is an increasing
defraud the society because of the current hardships. An
employee of the
society who had been working in cahoots with some members is
now before the
courts after defrauding the society. The report does not
The society says because of the low interest
regime it believes that its
cash cow will be adversely affected. It says
during the second half of the
year, its budgets were not met. On its
strategic business units which
include Cimas Medical Laboratories, Harare
Haemodialysis Centre and MRI, it
says it terminated its investment from MRI
after its partners, Baines
Imaging obtained a new machine.
Haemodialysis Centre, which is a joint venture with Gambro of Sweden,
officially opened in February. Cimac Dispensaries was shelved after
society failed to obtain a licence from the Medicines Control