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Wanted: New rulers and opposition for Zimbabwe

Sunday Times (Johannesburg)

January 19, 2003
Posted to the web January 19, 2003

Ranjeni Munusamy

WHEN Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe this week scoffed at suggestions
that an exit plan had been contrived within the ruling Zanu-PF to remove him
from power and enter into a power-sharing government with the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change, he was not lying.

The truth is that the plan didn't emerge from Zanu-PF. It was presented to
Mugabe in January last year by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Similar advice was given to Mugabe in December 2001 by Zimbabwean
intelligence and the ANC.

Obasanjo visited Harare last January and tried to negotiate a deal with
Mugabe that would have seen the ageing Zimbabwean leader make way for a new
Zanu-PF presidential candidate to contest the March elections.

With the support of President Thabo Mbeki, Obasanjo tried to convince Mugabe
and the MDC to accept a package of measures to ensure political and economic
stability after the election. This was to include a number of guarantees,
such as a special amnesty and comfortable retirement for Mugabe.

Mugabe's response was that the time was not "opportune" as it was too close
to the election. However, he gave an undertaking that he would pull out
after securing a convincing win at the polls.

Ahead of Zanu-PF's December 2001 national conference, intelligence agencies
in the Southern African Development Community met and advised Zimbabwean
intelligence officials to tell their president to retire. They said Zimbabwe
would not be able to reverse its slide into an economic wasteland unless
Mugabe stepped down. Because of Mugabe's villain status, the international
community would refuse to bail Zimbabwe out. Zimbabwe's intelligence chief
has since been "redeployed" as ambassador to Kenya.

In December 2001, the ANC advised Zanu-PF on a similar plan to defuse
tensions by asking Mugabe to go.

This plan included a postponement of the election, amendments to the
constitution to align the terms of parliament and the presidency, and
placing a ceiling on the number of consecutive terms served by an elected

Zanu-PF's response at the time was the same as that of its president - it
was too close to the election to backpedal.

Despite a round of denials this week, there is now serious thinking from
several quarters in Zimbabwe about how to effect an exit plan for Mugabe.

South African security chiefs learnt this week that there is "discontent"
within Zanu-PF about the degree of chaos. There is also a level of agitation
among Zimbabwe's security forces that urgent steps be taken to stave off
mass starvation and further economic collapse.

"While the police, army and intelligence agencies are fiercely loyal to
Zanu-PF, they are feeling the pain of the economic meltdown and smart
sanctions. Their families are affected. It is the first time they are
beginning to question," said one senior South African security official.
"What they want is a smooth change of Zanu-PF power. The situation is
different now from six months ago because this is actually being discussed
openly and in a rational manner among the security forces. The writing is on
the wall; Mugabe has to go."

While Zanu-PF faces a monumental test as to whether it can convince its
president to ride off into the sunset, the MDC has equal responsibility to
effect change in Zimbabwe.

During Obasanjo's visit last January, he met MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai
and briefed him on the proposal he had presented to Mugabe. MDC
secretary-general Welshman Ncube says Obasanjo also tried to counsel
Tsvangirai to be "patient" and to concentrate on building a strong, rooted
political party to contest the next presidential election.

ANC secretary-general Kgalema Motlanthe had similar advice for the MDC when
he tried to mediate reconciliation talks between Zanu-PF and the opposition.
He told the MDC it could not sustain itself merely by setting itself up as
Mugabe's enemy. It needed a firm constituency, strong leadership and real
policies in order to contend as a worthy opposition to Zanu. It also could
not continue taking cues from foreign governments if it wanted to shed its
image as a puppet of colonial forces.

But Tsvangirai already had election drums beating in his ears and did not
heed the advice. As a result of his lack of experience and political
grooming, Tsvangirai is easily dismissed by Mugabe and his acolytes as an
over-ambitious lackey of the British government.

And Tsvangirai exposed his political immaturity and lack of sophistication
by confirming rumours of the exit plan when this matter was at a delicate
stage. He, better than anyone, should have known that Mugabe would laugh off
the plan if it was made public prematurely.

Now, even before the strategy has been worked out, it has been scuppered -
by Tsvangirai. In the same way, the MDC ruined the reconciliation talks
which represented the only real hope for a drop in political temperatures.

Although Mugabe would never admit it now, he was ready to play ball with the
MDC after the election. That much was obvious from the conciliatory tone of
his acceptance speech and his five-month delay in appointing a Cabinet in
order to accommodate the MDC should a deal have been brokered. But the MDC
decided to contest the election results through the courts and thereby
undermined the peace talks. Zanu, predictably, pulled out on this basis.

Mbeki said this week that reports that he was now involved in discussions
around an exit plan for Mugabe were a "concoction". It is obvious that Mbeki
and Obasanjo, whose patience with Zimbabwe also appears to have run out,
have realised that both Mugabe and Tsvangirai refuse to heed wise counsel.

Their ability to lend any further assistance to Zimbabwe is therefore
limited. Zimbabwe, it would appear, needs a new batch of leaders, not just a
change in presidency.

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Mbeki 'Dishonest', Says Harare Opposition

Sunday Times (Johannesburg)

January 19, 2003
Posted to the web January 19, 2003

Ranjeni Munusamy

Movement for Democratic Change blasts ANC for supporting Zanu-PF

ZIMBABWE'S opposition Movement for Democratic Change has blasted President
Thabo Mbeki for his "hypocrisy" and "dishonesty" in his approach to the
crisis in South Africa's neighbour.

MDC secretary-general Welshman Ncube has also lashed out at the ANC, saying
it was "not an honest and neutral broker" on Zimbabwe given how it had
embraced the ruling Zanu-PF at its national conference in Stellenbosch in

"The South African government, frankly, is dishonest. It is not surprising,
really, because it is the same SA government which is saying to the rest of
the world: 'Don't do anything about Zimbabwe. Let [Zimbabwean President
Robert] Mugabe go on with his torture and abuse. Let bygones be bygones!' "
Ncube said.

Mbeki's office said the statements were "incoherent".

The unprecedented attack on the SA head of state comes as the March expiry
date of Zimbabwe's one-year suspension from the Commonwealth draws closer.

International pressure for harsher action against Mugabe is mounting.

A row is brewing over the powers of the three-member committee, comprising
Australia, South Africa and Nigeria, which suspended Zimbabwe from the
Commonwealth last year after its flawed presidential election.

The MDC believes Mbeki is trying to protect Mugabe from further sanctions
and is undermining the powers of the committee.

Mbeki says the committee - known as the troika - will have no mandate from
the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to act against Zimbabwe when
the country's year-long suspension expires. But Australia, which chairs the
committee, disagrees and is to insist on tougher action.

Mbeki has said in Parliament that the troika exhausted its mandate when it
decided to suspend Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth.

"And that's the beginning and the end of the mandate of the committee,"
Mbeki told Parliament.

However, Commonwealth spokesman Joel Kibazo said the leaders of the three
countries, Australia's John Howard, Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo and Mbeki,
were due to reassess the situation in March. "They have not exhausted their
mandate, but are still tasked with the issue of Zimbabwe until Chogm meets
again in December in Abuja [Nigeria] ," he said.

The public affairs secretary for the Australian High Commission in South
Africa, Tim Huggins, said his government believed the troika could take
further measures "without reference back" to the Commonwealth summit. He
said the troika had spelt out in a statement after a six-month review
meeting on Zimbabwe in September that "stronger measures might need to be

At that meeting, Howard pushed for Zimbabwe's full suspension, but came up
against resistance from Mbeki and Obasanjo. Huggins said Howard's position
still stood as "nothing has improved" in Zimbabwe.

Ncube said Mbeki's statements about the mandate of the troika were
"mind-boggling" and "demonstrated the hypocrisy of the key players".

"When Zimbabwe was suspended from the councils of the Commonwealth, the
troika specified things to be done in that one-year period.

" Now , he [Mbeki] says the mandate is over. Who should now review the
situation and take action if those things are not done? What has been
articulated by the South African President cannot be an honest position,"
Ncube said.

"Mugabe is establishing militia in all 12 provinces and is torturing and
poisoning the opposition . . . If the troika wants to side with a dictator,
the people of Zimbabwe will not sit back and submit to slavery," Ncube

Presidential spokesman Bheki Khumalo said that when the troika met in March
it would assess "what action it could take, if any". "What the President was
saying was that the troika needed to take into account its terms of
reference and powers."

With regard to the MDC attack, Khumalo said: "If the presidency of a
serious-minded democracy like ourselves spent its time responding to
incoherent statements, then we would not do our work."
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Die Beeld

Tuks student in 'Zim plot'
19/01/2003 23:42  - (SA)
Sonja Carstens

Pretoria - A student from the University of Pretoria's centre for human
rights has been arrested in Zimbabwe for allegedly being involved in a plot
to overthrow the government.

Gabriel Shumba, who received his master's degree from the university in
December last year, was released on bail over the weekend.

He was apparently severely tortured and given electric shocks to his
genitals while in prison.

He is facing a charge of high treason.

Shumba was arrested after acting as a legal representative for Job
Sikhalala, a parliamentarian for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Professor Christof Heyns, the centre's director, said Shumba was apparently
forced to sign a statement. His passport was confiscated.

Shumba would have returned to the centre on Monday to work on reports
dealing with the monitoring of elections in Lesotho and Madagascar.

"This action is against the Constitution and international treaties.

"There can never be any justification for torture," Heyns said.
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Minister Must Explain Himself And Apologise - Or Resign

Sunday Times (Johannesburg)

January 19, 2003
Posted to the web January 19, 2003

Geoff Nyarota

TWICE last week Zimbabwe's controversial Minister of Information, Jonathan
Moyo, sent shock waves through South Africa and his own country.

Last Sunday, a story about the minister's profligacy at a time when millions
of his compatriots queue daily to purchase unavailable basic commodities
made this paper's front page.

In a development equally shocking, Moyo hit back at his perceived
detractors. In a statement published in the daily press on Tuesday, he
attacked not only the Sunday Times, but also the South African government.

He even attacked the people of South Africa, calling them filthy, reckless
and uncouth.

And the Sunday Times, whose "crime" was to publish a factual story about his
self-indulgence, stood for debauchery, Moyo alleged.

"If these people," he fulminated in obvious reference to President Thabo
Mbeki, "believe they can lead an African renaissance, then God help them."

As for his own shortcomings and unrestrained behaviour during his two-week
sojourn in Johannesburg, Moyo offered not a single word of explanation or

This is the man who, apart from the president of Zimbabwe himself, has
contributed so much to the dire straits, the ignominy and the isolation in
which the once-proud and prosperous nation now wallows.

Hopefully, embedded in Moyo's shameful and belligerent utterances, was a
lesson for South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana.

In the wake of a brief visit to Zimbabwe and an even more fleeting encounter
with carefully selected and obviously terrified white farmers, Mdladlana
returned to South Africa to declare Zimbabwe's violent, lawless and
haphazard land redistribution programme a tremendous success.

There is, in the eyes of the ordinary Zimbabwean, an irksome tendency among
SA government officials, Mbeki included, to gloss over Zimbabwe's political
and economic issues - the full significance of which they might not totally
comprehend - or to glorify acts of poor governance, including gross abuse of
the basic human rights of the long-suffering citizens of Zimbabwe.

But far from piling abuse on innocent South Africans and their
not-so-innocent government, in terms of its handling of Zimbabwe's political
and economic crisis, Moyo should be required to explain where, in foreign
currency-strapped Harare, he accessed sufficient money to load three large
vehicles and a trailer with luxury goods.

Meanwhile, Beit Bridge customs officials should produce the declaration
forms, if any, filled in by Moyo and his family on re-entry into Zimbabwe.
If both the explanation and declaration are deemed unsatisfactory, President
Robert Mugabe will have little option but to ask his wayward minister to
resign - after, of course, he has tendered appropriate apologies to the
people of South Africa.

Otherwise there is a danger that his utterances might trigger a new wave of
xenophobia against Zimbabweans in South Africa, their favourite destination
as they flee from the ruin caused by a government of which Moyo is the
unrepentant chief spin doctor.

Nyarota is an award-winning Zimbabwean journalist
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Gruesome Find At Bulawayo Golf Club

Sunday Times (Johannesburg)

January 19, 2003
Posted to the web January 19, 2003


MYSTERY surrounds the discovery of four decomposing bodies, thought to be
victims of political violence in a recent by-election, near the 14th hole of
the Bulawayo Golf Club.

Witnesses say the bodies were discovered in an open sewer shortly before
Christmas. They were in an advanced state of decomposition and were removed
by police. No report of the discovery of the corpses has appeared in local

Locals fear that the bodies could be related to the alleged disappearances
of opposition supporters in a recent by-election in the Insiza area, about
120km east of Bulawayo. The ruling Zanu-PF won the by-election with a
controversial victory.

Reports of the discovery of the bodies first emerged in the British magazine
The Spectator, in an article by a journalist, Peter Oborne, making a
documentary film about Zimbabwe. Oborne was not prepared to reveal how he
found out about the bodies. His programme, for Britain's Channel 4
television station, went to great lengths to disguise those who spoke to

Researching the causes and extent of the famine in Zimbabwe, he was shocked
to stumble on evidence of further atrocities.

"There is something particularly horrendous about dead bodies turning up on
something as completely ordinary as a golf course," he said. "It brings home
the sheer ordinariness of horror, and it's all around you now, in Bulawayo,"
he said.

The Bulawayo police liaison officer was not available for comment. Other
police officers were not authorised to comment.
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Moyo blames Mugabe retirement rumours on staff
January 20, 2003, 05:00

Jonathan Moyo, Zimbabwe's Information Minister, is now blaming disgruntled
civil servants for spreading reports about an alleged plan for the
retirement of President Robert Mugabe. Moyo says the debate on Mugabe's
future is "tantamount to plotting a coup in the glare of the media".

He has blamed the economic crisis gripping the country on government
bureaucrats and suggested members of the civil service may be serving what
he termed hostile political interests. Moyo was the cause of a diplomatic
row between Zimbabwe and South Africa last week.

Moyo made derogatory comments about South Africans, and South Africa
requested an explanation. The Mugabe government then distanced itself from
Moyo's statements.

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      Foreign exchange shortage affects Zimbabwe's cross-border missions

      Xinhuanet 2003-01-20 01:13:29

        HARARE, Jan. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- The shortage of foreign exchange has
affected Zimbabwe's cross-border missions designed to increase trade volumes
between Zimbabwe and other countries in the region, according to the
Zimbabwe Inter Africa News Agency on Sunday.

      Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce trade manager Rotina Musvaire
was quoted as saying that although the program for this year had not been
confirmed, the worsening foreign exchange situation would make it very
difficult for business people to undertake missions.

      "We almost canceled our trip to Malawi last year because of foreign
exchange problems," she said.

      "Although we explained to the banks that we were going to raisemore
foreign exchange for the country, it was very difficult to get it. The
situation has become even worse now. I am not canceling out missions
totally," she added.

      She said shortage of foreign exchange, which resulted in some
business people failing to pay for their orders, was not a good basis for
building trade relations.

      She said many members would not meet orders as they needed foreign
exchange to import raw materials.

      The missions were focused on increasing regional trade, especially
between Zimbabwe and its major trading partners, which include Zambia and

      Musvaire said Zimbabwe and Malawi had signed a program, under which
they would exchange business delegations every year.

      The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce has been scaling down on
cross-border missions in the past two years due to foreign exchange
shortages and financial constraints, which at one time saw the chamber
accrue a debt of 8 billion Zimbabwean dollars (about 145.5 million US

      Zimbabwe has for the past five years been facing a severe foreign
currency crisis, which has resulted in fuel shortages, shortages of basic
commodities and a shrinking production, base ascompanies fail to import raw
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
World View: Mugabe's land reform sends Zimbabwe into further peril

Monday, January 20, 2003

By Wallace Chuma, Special to the Post-Gazette

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Early last year, as I prepared to leave Zimbabwe for a six-month journalism fellowship in the United States, my country was spiraling downward.

Zimbabweans line up for food outside a store in Harare, the capital, last month. (Associated Press)

To maintain power, President Robert Mugabe had rigged his re-election and had declared war on whites, sending thugs to steal their farms. People of all colors who objected to his increasingly repressive rule were subject to violence or arrest. Prices were beginning to rise and goods were getting scarce. AIDS was rampant. International institutions were pulling out of Zimbabwe and levying sanctions on the Mugabe regime.

I returned to Zimbabwe last month, apprehensive and anxious, having kept up with my homeland's decline into near famine via news reports and e-mails from friends, who suggested I extend my stay in the U.S. "by all means necessary." It didn't take long to see how badly things had deteriorated in a mere half-year.

I touched down at Harare International Airport to find it sickly and desolate. My airplane was one of a handful at what was once a bustling terminal. Most airlines, taking their cue from international investors, had left.


Wallace Chuma, a Zimbabwean journalist, worked at the Post-Gazette from July through November of last year as an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow. This is his account of his recent return home.


Almost all the passengers were Zimbabweans, so they filed behind the "Residents only" line at Customs. The "Visitors" section was deserted. Zimbabwe today is a country without visitors.

As we drove home, the friend who picked me up from the airport could not hide his disappointment.

"So, you've decided to come back?" he said. I told him I had to under U.S. law, after the completion of my fellowship.

"If whoever sponsored you for that program could not extend your stay, then you should have considered applying for asylum," he said. He told me most of my friends, educated professionals, had left the country during my brief absence.

As we drove on, I wanted to ask why the highway was deserted. But I figured it was because most people preferred to spend Saturday afternoon indoors.

My friend read my mind. "Look, there're no cars on the roads. Motorists are either in petrol queues or they have parked their empty cars. We've been without enough fuel for God knows how long." He himself was still driving courtesy of the thriving black market, where a liter of gasoline costs 15 times the government's posted price.

I soon discovered that Harare, the capital, had turned into two cities.

In one, thousands work around the clock to scrape by, and thousands more spend the better part of their days queuing for gasoline, bread, cooking oil, corn meal -- virtually everything. This is a city of broken people, loafers and frustrated professionals whose monthly salaries can carry them only a few days past payday.

The other Harare, the seat of government, is a paradise for the properly connected. Affluent young men with tony briefcases drive the latest Mercedes or BMW sedans, armed with tiny cell phones and pistols (despite stringent government regulations on the possession of firearms). These members of the privileged class make their fortunes through illegal dealing in foreign currency (which is in critical short supply) and other scarce commodities. They also bank on backdoor contracts from government departments. Everybody envies them.

A matter of survival

Having overcome jet lag, I boarded a crowded commuter bus into the city center two days after arriving home. The number of people seemed to have doubled since I had left in June.

Shortly after I got off the bus, a frail young woman walking just in front of me tripped and fell hard on the pavement. I knelt and helped her get back on her feet. She managed to whisper "thank you" before moving on, barely.

"She must be very hungry," said a young man who had witnessed the brief scene. An elderly woman chipped in, "Who's not hungry these days, if you're not a thief."

I walked to the end of the street, looking for newspapers. I grabbed two and handed a Z$100 bill ($2 U.S.) to the vendor. I noticed his frozen stare. He asked if I was a visitor to the country. I had to pay another Z$100; the cover prices had doubled.

Prices for household commodities had gone up an average 500 percent while I was away -- for those things that are available at all. Scarce goods cannot be found at conventional shops, though, where prices are controlled by the government, but only at grotesque places called "gum trees," or "sanitary lanes" or just "there."

These are backyard markets where prices can range up to 10 times the official rate and can change several times a day. There is a price for the morning, for midday, for afternoon and for evening. There is usually little room for negotiation.

Toward midday I visited my barber for an overdue haircut. He was glad to see me, but, like my friends, thought I was foolish to come back to Zimbabwe. The price for a standard haircut had gone up 400 percent. I asked him how he was doing.

"We've come to a stage where you have to think as an individual and respond to things as an individual," he said.

For a Zimbabwean, or any African socialized in the communal ethos which underpins our history and values, this was shocking. My barber didn't see things changing for the better anytime soon. "If you allow yourself to break down, then fine," he said. "If you find other ways to survive, again fine. Who cares?"

On my second day in downtown Harare, I listened to a small group of workers argue about the merits of a "stayaway," a general strike, to protest the government's economic mismanagement and disdain for the law. In the past, such actions have been effective, often reversing government policies.

On this day, most workers ignored the call to action, hastily made by the National Constitutional Assembly, a coalition of civic groups. "Stayaway or no stayaway, things won't change," one of the workers said. "In fact, we could end up being beaten up or killed by the green bombers and the army."

"Green bombers" is the derogatory term for hordes of young militiamen trained by the government to crush dissent and instill "patriotism" in the country.

One fellow said it was better to be killed in protest than die of hunger, but he soon gave up on the stayaway, too, for lack of followers.

Obey or leave

Mugabe's dictatorial regime has made one thing clear: If you can't stand the heat, catch the earliest plane out. For the regime, the response so far has been encouraging. A recent national census showed that more than 3 million Zimbabweans have fled in recent years, most of them after Mugabe and his "war veterans" launched the violent seizure of white-owned farms and led the economy into a cul de sac.

As the crisis escalates, the state apparatus has been all the more determined to silence those who have remained and who continue to ask why things are going so badly.

The land redistribution program -- in which the government seized some 3,000 commercial farms -- was concluded in August. But the departure of the commercial farmers has not diminished the government's screeching rhetoric against whites and the West. In fact, the propaganda machine has been turned up a notch.

In a country with little fuel or food, where more than half the population faces starvation, the hungry poor are invited every day to join their government's diatribe against the "evil and imperialist machinations" of President Bush and Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair. Mugabe's speeches -- and there are many -- are aired for hours on state TV and radio, the only broadcast channels available.

Citizens are told the country is at war against neo-colonialism and that their patriotic duty is to rally behind their government.

They are told it is better to go hungry and be a proud Zimbabwean than to be fed by imperialists and denounce their country (which means disagreeing with the ruling party's policies).

The irony is stunning. At the moment, more than 70 percent of the population in rural areas depends totally on international food donations, mostly from the United States and Britain.

I had a chat with the director for a local human rights organization the other day. She thinks Zimbabweans are strong, capable of enduring.

"I think even Mugabe is shocked that he is still in power after all this," she said. "He must be saying to himself, 'These guys are the most docile people in the world' and assuring himself that he's still popular."

Most Zimbabweans would rather not talk about what has gone wrong. They want to go join the queues, which are now part of their daily lives.

They also understand the relentless nature of their president and his allies.

One secret to their survival, of course, is the hope that things will eventually get better. They have a local proverb that roughly translates into, "That which flies high will certainly come down, sooner or later."

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The Star
Light in the Zim tunnel?
January 20, 2003

Could it be that our collective indignation regarding the mayhem in Zimbabwe is working on our subconscious minds and that we are seeing a possible end to the misrule of President Robert Mugabe where no such possibility exists?

First there was a report that Zimbabwean defence force chief Vitalis Zvinavashe and parliamentary Speaker Emmerson Mnangagwa had commissioned a retired army general to discuss with the opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change, an exit strategy for Mugabe. This has been denied by almost everybody except the leader of the opposition, Morgan Tsvangirai, who, incidentally, was the source of the story.

Now, Zvinavashe, in an interview whose primary objective was to deny the so-called exit plan, has admitted that Zimbabwe faces a crisis and needs change.

Is there anything profound in his statement? After all, everybody knows that Zimbabwe is in a crisis. Is he perhaps merely stating the obvious?

But then Zvinavashe is no ordinary man. He is the power behind Mugabe. Without him, Mugabe cannot stay in power. And when the defence force chief calls for change and makes his statement public, his words cannot be taken lightly.

He has called for the establishment of a task force, involving various arms of government, to address what he termed a crisis. However, the general has still affirmed his loyalty to Mugabe.

His call may be the only hope for Zimbabweans to resolve their political and economic crisis. There cannot be a peaceful resolution without the active support of the army. And now that the defence force accepts the need for change, there appears to be light at the end of this long and dark tunnel.

Pretoria, whose quiet diplomacy is premised on the conviction that war must be prevented in Zimbabwe, should now actively respond to the signals sent out by the general.
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Mugabe raps Moyo over knuckles

      January 20 2003 at 05:30AM

      By Basildon Peta

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is understood to have reprimanded his
chief spin doctor, Jonathan Moyo, about his statement implying that
President Thabo Mbeki was unfit to lead the African renaissance.

Zimbabwe government sources said Mugabe was worried about the possible
diplomatic repercussions of Moyo's implied attack on Mbeki and description
of South Africans as "filthy, recklessly uncouth and barbaric".

They said Mugabe believed Moyo should have confined his attack to South
African whites, whom Mugabe hates with a passion.

"The president thinks that a lot of black South Africans who suffered under
apartheid support him, as opposed to white South Africans," said a
Zimbabwean official, who declined to be named.

"His message to Moyo was that his generalisation of South Africans in his
initial attack was unwarranted.

"He wants Moyo to focus on attacking white imperialists in South Africa and
far afield in Britain and Europe."

Officials said Mugabe regarded Mbeki as his strongest ally as Mbeki had
resisted international proposals for stronger action against him. Mugabe had
also felt honoured by the ANC's inviting Zanu-PF to attend its conference in

While other key allies of Mugabe, such as Mozambican President Joaquim
Chissano, have been silent about the Zimbabwean crisis, the ANC has been
conciliatory and Namibian President Sam Nujoma has supported Mugabe.

The sources said Mugabe was to telephone Mbeki and tell him Moyo's remarks
had been way off the mark.

"The president has spoken to President Mbeki or he will do so shortly ..."
said a top foreign ministry official.

After South Africa issued a démarche against the Zimbabwe government this
week, the sources said Moyo, Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge and foreign
ministry permanent secretary Willard Chiwewe had been summoned to State
House by Mugabe to explain the situation.

The meeting led to the Zimbabwe government's statement distancing Mugabe's
government from Moyo's attack on South Africans.

Moyo has also tried to undo the damage. In a subsequent statement, he has
tried to explain that his scathing attack was directed only at Sunday Times

But even Moyo's colleagues were not convinced.

"You must, however, not expect Moyo to be fired from the government... It
was just a reprimand," an official said. "The president wants Moyo to focus
his criticism on whites and their black puppets and not to make
generalisations about blacks in Africa since many of them back him."

Mbeki has angered many around the world by his continued support for a
conciliatory approach to Mugabe. The state-run Sunday Mail newspaper
reported that Mbeki was to meet British Prime Minister Tony Blair on
February 1 to "help the British leader to climb down from his anti-President
Mugabe horse".- Independent Foreign Service

  This article was originally published on page 1 of The Cape Times on
20 January 2003
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The Star - letter

      Stance on political role in sport is hypocritical
      January 20, 2003

      The South African Sports Council's chief operations officer, Dan Moyo,
has accused the British and Australian governments of "dragging politics
into sport" over the Cricket World Cup matches in Zimbabwe.

      I had no idea that Mr Moyo and our supreme sports body, the SASC, were
once secret supporters of apartheid government ministers who, year after
year, decried the local anti-apartheid movement and foreign governments'
demand for a ban on all sports played against South Africa.

      In those days, apartheid ministers, just as Dan Moyo and the SASC are
doing now, strenuously maintained that politics had nothing to do with

      We seem to have come full circle, except for that old anti-apartheid
campaigner, Peter Hain. He, at least, still stands by clear principles where
oppression and injustice are concerned, unlike Dr Ali Bacher, who did his
own "crossing over" at the time of the rebel cricket tours.

      Nowadays, Bacher and the SASC are content to sacrifice principles on
that old altar of political expediency as laid out by Minister Balfour, who
has done little else in sport during his tenure except involve it in

      Michael Bowery
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We'll help

Monday January 20, 2003
The Guardian

Ibbo Mandaza makes the familiar claim that a "conflict between Zimbabwe and
Britain" is at the heart of the crisis which his country now faces (Comment,
January 14). He is wrong, not only in the British government's view, but in
the view of the majority of Zimbabweans, who were denied the opportunity to
elect the government of their choice in March 2002.
However, a sterile rehearsal of accusations will not alleviate the suffering
of the Zimbabwean people. The British government, for our part, will
continue to help the Zimbabwean people. We have provided £47m in
humanitarian assistance since 2001, long before the Zimbabwean authorities
acknowledged the severe crisis they now face.
Baroness Amos
Minister for Africa
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Zim Lands $550m Facility to Buy Fuel

The Herald (Harare)

January 20, 2003
Posted to the web January 20, 2003


AN Arabic bank has extended a $550 million (US$10 million) revolving
facility to Zimbabwe that would be channelled towards purchasing fuel to
ease the critical shortages being experienced.

Finance and Economic Development Minister Dr Herbert Murerwa confirmed
yesterday that the money would be used for buying fuel that was a major

"This is a small amount as compared to what we need for fuel but it will go
a long way to help improve the situation," said Dr Murerwa in an interview.

"We have discussed new priorities and new needs for support and these
include fuel procurement."

Fuel would be just one of the areas in which the Arab Bank for Economic
Development in Africa (BADEA) would support Zimbabwe since there were other
areas that benefited from the bank.

BADEA director-general, Mr Medhat Lotfy told The Herald yesterday that it
was up to the Government to use the facility in areas of priority, though
the fund would be extended to various projects.

"Our financing is very flexible because we prepare our programme according
to the needs of a benefiting country and its priorities," said Mr Lotfy.

"This is not the first time for us to finance import of fuel for Zimbabwe as
we also helped in that area last year."

Mr Lotfy said the US$10 million revolving fund was renewable all the time
the country would have utilised it.

Zimbabwe needs at least US$40 million a month to oil the nation and this
means the facility would have to be renewed at least four times a month.

The country's daily consumption of diesel is 1,9 million litres and that of
petrol is 1,2 million litres.

Harare alone has an enormous diesel consumption of 800 000 litres a day
while that of petrol is pegged at 600 000 litres.

Cde Murerwa told journalists at a Press conference on Friday evening that
BADEA was willing to consider the procurement of fuel on urgent basis.

"We have discussed support with regards to the procurement of fuel and they
are willing to consider this as urgent," said Cde Murerwa.

"We have ongoing projects with BADEA that we review on regular basis and we
also discuss new priorities on regular basis."

BADEA has been funding projects in areas such as telecommunications and
construction industries in different African countries.

The bank has extended at least US$122,4 million to finance about 18
development operations in Zimbabwe since independence.

"Our mission will be sent to Zimbabwe in the near future to finalise our
programmes in the country and the continued funding of the projects," said
Mr Lofty.

BADEA, which has headquarters in Sudan, was formed in 1973 to assist in
financing economic development in non-Arab African countries.

It was also aimed at strengthening economic, financial and technical
co-operation between Arab and African regions.

By the end of last year, BADEA had used at least US$2,6 billion in funding
projects in the 42 sub-Saharan African countries that it supports.

"The bank has been consistent in attempting to reduce the cost of its
borrowed funds and increasing the concessions on its loans," said Mr Lofty.

Mr Lofty, who would leave the country with his delegation tomorrow, was in
Zimbabwe since Friday to discuss areas of co-operation and assistance.

He is on a tour of East and southern African countries to visit Zimbabwe,
Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.

Meanwhile, the Energy and Power Development Minister, Cde Amos Midzi, has
said the Government was taking measures to ensure there will be enough fuel
during the Cricket World Cup matches to be played in the country starting
early next month.

"We are determining means and ways to ensure that the situation will have
improved and totally changed in the next weeks," Cde Midzi said at the

Thousands of cricket fans from all over the world are expected to throng
Harare in the next few weeks for the Cricket World Cup matches which
Zimbabwe co-hosts with South Africa between February 8 and March 23.

Zimbabwe would host six matches out of the 54 to be played during the World
Cup, while Kenya would have two, with the bulk going to South Africa, the
main host.

Cricket fans would be expected to come from England, Australia, Pakistan,
India, Namibia and Holland, the countries that would have their group
matches in Zimbabwe.

The fuel situation remained tight throughout Harare yesterday, though some
service stations were serving the commodity.

Long queues could be seen at most of the service stations around the city.

Fuel problems resurfaced in the country last month after disappearing for
the last two years.

They became critical during the Christmas and New Year holidays, resulting
in some people failing to travel for the period.

Part of the blame for the shortages was laid upon the National Oil Company
of Zimbabwe that was accused of ditching reliable supply deals with a Libyan
international oil supplying company.

Foreign currency shortage was cited as one of the reasons why the country
was failing to import fuel.
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Monday, 20 January, 2003, 15:16 GMT
Fifa to probe Zimbabwe FA
Zimbabwe's national team
Zimbabwe may have trouble fulfilling their Nations Cup fixtures
The Zimbabwe FA is to come under financial scrutiny after Fifa ordered an audit into Zifa's bank accounts.

Fifa give every country affiliated to it a grant of $250,000 a year, and have sent auditors KPMG to examine what has become of Zimbabwe's share of this cash.

"We have asked our partner KPMG to carry out an audit at the FA of Zimbabwe to check the use of funds from Fifa and especially from our financial assistance programme," Fifa spokesman Nicolas Maingot confirmed.

"You don't give out $250,000 a year without checking what is done with it."

Leo Mugabe
Mugabe has defended his reputation
Earlier this month a panel of Zifa members confirmed the expulsion of Leo Mugabe from his position as the head of the organisation.

Mugabe was initially dismissed after allegations of financial misconduct, although he has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

Maingot added that he did not think the audit would take long to complete.

"We have asked KPMG to conduct this audit quite rapidly - at the end of this month or maybe early February," he said.

But he warned that until the examination was finished there was little point in speculating on what punishments, if any, Fifa would deal if financial irregularities were discovered.

"We need to wait for a complete audit and report from KPMG before we look at any future consequences," he said.

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Sunday Times (SA)

Zimbabwean inflation hits 198%

HARARE - Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate has hit 198.9%, the latest
government statistics reveal.

The Central Statistical Office (CSO) said the inflation figure, which is for
December 2002 represents a gain of 23.4 percentage points on the previous
month, when inflation was increasing by around 1% a day.

"The increase in month on month inflation in December 2002 was accounted for
by increases in the average price of beverages, fruits and vegetables, bread
and cereals and public transport," the CSO report said.

The latest figure has almost doubled in the past 12 months and is likely to
increase hardships for most Zimbabweans, who watch the prices of goods go up
several times a week.

Government price controls on most goods, even luxury items, have seen basic
commodities disappear off shop shelves and reappear on the black market,
where business is thriving with prices way above the controlled prices.

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Zimbabwe civic groups call anti-Mugabe protest

By Stella Mapenzauswa

HARARE, Jan. 20 - Zimbabwean civic groups called a nationwide strike for
Wednesday to protest against President Robert Mugabe's rule, but denied they
aimed to disrupt next month's cricket World Cup.
       ''It's just a continuous protest against the Mugabe regime to expose
government malpractice and demand an open democracy. We don't have a
specific cricket protest,'' Lovemore Madhuku, chairman of the National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA), told Reuters on Monday.
       The NCA -- a coalition of student and church groups, political
parties and rights groups, has led a number of poorly attended protests over
the past two years in Zimbabwe, where harsh laws restrict opposition
       The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), a key NCA
ally, said on Friday several of its officials had been arrested ahead of the
six World Cup matches due in Zimbabwe.
       The MDC has blamed the police crackdown on the World Cup organisers
who allowed the country to host the matches despite a worsening political
crisis and the Mugabe government's poor human rights record.
       The International Cricket Council (ICC) ruled last month that it was
safe to play World Cup matches in Zimbabwe.
       Police have accused the MDC of planning civil unrest ahead of the
matches to force a change of venue. The MDC has denied the charge.
       Mugabe has attracted international condemnation over his seizure of
white-owned farms for redistribution to landless blacks, and 2002
presidential election victory was branded fraudulent by the MDC and several
Western governments.
       Madhuku said the NCA opposed Zimbabwe's hosting of the games but that
Wednesday's stayaway and a series of demonstrations to be held during and
after the World Cup were coincidental.
       ''These protests are not about cricket per se....(but) we very
strongly believe that if anyone wants to support the cause of Zimbabweans
they should not participate in the cricket matches in Zimbabwe,'' Madhuku
       Last December workers largely ignored a national strike called by the
NCA and backed by the main labour movement. The poor turnout was blamed on
bad organisation but many fear losing their jobs in an economy now in its
fourth year of recession.
       Zimbabwe is struggling with record high unemployment, inflation and
crippling fuel shortages in the country's worst economic crisis in two
       Nearly half of the country's 14 million people face severe food
shortages caused by drought and disruptions to agriculture linked to
Mugabe's land reforms.

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Lamido in Harare, to Deliver Obasanjo's Message to Mugabe

This Day (Lagos)

January 20, 2003
Posted to the web January 20, 2003

Yommi Oni With Agency Report

Efforts by Nigeria to mediate in resloving the political and economic crises
engulfing Zimbabwe may get a boost as Foreign Affairs Minister, Alhaji Sule
Lamido, today leaves for Harare to deliver a letter from President Olusegun
Obasanjo to his Zimbabwean counterpart President Robert Mugabe.

The trip, which is coming on the heels of recent reports of Mugabe's
retirement plan, a move he has since denounced, according to sources in the
ministry, may not be unconnected with the botched retirement deal between
leader of the opposition, Morgan Tsvangirai and ZANU-PF and is expected to
seek for ways of tackling the lingering crises caused by Mugabe's
controversial land reform programme.

Lamido is expected to convey Obasanjo's proposition on restoring normalcy to
Zimbabwe, a country that has since been at logger heads with Britain,
Australia and United States over its land reform programme which seeks to
redistribute agricultural lands between white settlers and the blacks.

Nigeria and South Africa have been in the vanguard of trying to resolve the

Recent reports speculated that Mugabe had made a deal with the main
opposition, Movement for Democratic Change, MDC to step down as part of
efforts to resolve the crises but in a swift reaction, he denied he has any
intention of stepping down and fleeing Zimbabwe until his land reform
programme is complete.

Speaking on his return to Africa from a two-week holiday in Malaysia, Mr
Mugabe said it would be foolish for him to leave office just months after he
had been re-elected.

"I am not retiring yet until this business is done [land reform]," he told
reporters in neighbouring Zambia at a ceremony to honour their country's
founding president Kenneth Kaunda.

The 78-year-old Zimbabwean leader, who has ruled since 1980, has faced
growing international isolation for his seizures of white-owned farms, a
worsening economic crisis, a looming famine and intimidation of opponents,
but regional leaders have remained supportive.

From an original 4,000 white farmers in Zimbabwe, only about 600 now remain
on their land.

"It would be absolutely counter-revolutionary and foolhardy for me to step
down," he said.

Earlier last week, Tsvangirai had told the BBC that just before Christmas he
had been approached by an emissary from two of the most powerful figures in
the ruling Zanu-PF party.

He said Parliamentary speaker Emmerson Mnangagwa and General Vitalis
Zvinavashe, head of the armed forces, had wanted to discuss the possibility
of forming a power-sharing government.

But Zanu-PF's spokesman Nathan Shamuyarira dismissed reports about contacts
preparing the way for Mr Mugabe's departure that appeared in the press.

Previous internationally-backed plans for Mr Mugabe to go quietly have also
been vehemently rejected by the Zimbabwean president himself.

Speaking in Lusaka, Mr Mugabe also vowed never to go into exile.

"I was born in Zimbabwe, I grew up in Zimbabwe, I fought for Zimbabwe, I'm
in Zimbabwe, I'll die in Zimbabwe and will get buried in my soil and nowhere

Zambia's former leader Kenneth Kaunda criticised the West for not engaging
constructively with Mr Mugabe.

"Why not go and talk to him and not demonise him," Mr Kaunda said.

Talks between the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and Zanu-PF,
brokered by Nigeria and South Africa, broke down in May last year after the
opposition launched a legal challenge to Mugabe's election victory in March,
alleging fraud.
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Murder Trial Opens in Zimbabwe; Deeper Political Divisions at Stake
Peta Thornycroft
20 Jan 2003, 16:51 UTC

Zimbabwe's High Court has begun hearing a case the government hopes will
prove that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change is what the
government calls a terrorist organization.

Six men, including an opposition member of parliament, are accused of
murdering Cain Nkala, a veteran of Zimbabwe's war for independence, 13
months ago in the city of Bulawayo.

The state's first witness was Sikhumdudzo Nkala, who said she did not
recognize any of the accused from the night she saw her husband kidnapped
and bundled into a vehicle.

At the time of his death, Mr. Nkala was out of prison on bail, accused of
abducting an opposition election official, who was never seen again.

Following his death, the government, including President Robert Mugabe,
accused the Movement for Democratic Change of being a terrorist

One of those on trial is opposition member of parliament Fletcher
Dulini-Ncube, who is also treasurer general for the opposition party. He is
a diabetic, and recently had an eye removed, because, his doctors say, he
had inadequate medical treatment during his imprisonment on these charges.

Three of the accused, who said they signed confessions under torture, have
been in prison for 14 months. Their release was ordered by the courts last
year, but the prison authorities refused to obey the order.

Defense lawyers say they will show that the opposition had no motive for
killing Mr. Nkala. They are going to present evidence to say that Mr. Nkala
was killed by fellow war veterans, because he was going to go public with
information about the abduction of an opposition election official before
the general elections in 2000.

The state has more than 80 witnesses and the trial is expected to last
several weeks.

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High Commission in UK Not Serving Zim Interests

The Herald (Harare)

January 20, 2003
Posted to the web January 20, 2003

David Nyekorach-Matsanga

The success of any diplomatic war depends on sharp envoys with tough public
relations abroad. These are the main tenets if one is to win any battle of
hearts and minds.

As the gang of 13 gay Labour ministers led by Peter Hain continue to exert
pressure on Tony Blair to demonise President Mugabe Africa Strategy decided
to carry out an investigation into the failures of Zimbabwe's tough foreign
policy, which could have made irrelevant some of the stories that appear in
the British Press.

The same clips of images of dying children and white farmers being evicted
from farms have been used repeatedly on BBC since 2000 and this is the image
which lingers in the minds of the British and those who wish to know about
Zimbabwe in Britain.

However, it is possible to counter attack by an aggressive public relations
campaign abroad. Why has Zimbabwe done so well at home and failed to stop
the British madness abroad? Here are some of the answers.

The propaganda against President Mugabe in London has gone unchallenged by
his own High Commission, whose duty in Britain is to make rebuttal
statements on behalf of the Government of Zimbabwe by making bare the facts
about the real situation prevailing in the country. The failure by the High
Commission to realise that Cde Mugabe has become a political football
constantly kicked about without anyone coming to his defence has led many
African diplomats in London to wonder why this has been the case.

This lack of aggressive public relations has availed to the opposition MDC
the opportunity to use the known British gay journalists and lesbians to
launch a hostile campaign on Zimbabwe as witnessed by the recent reports on
BBC and other media in Britain. There are concerns that President Mugabe's
public relations machinery abroad has not done enough especially in Britain
to change or reshape the image of the President. More so, it appears that
there is a "wait and see" scenario and a dirty syndrome of avoiding to hit
at the foreign Press like what has been done by the Government at home.

The President's name has been damaged in Britain yet his High Commission in
London, which is near the media houses, like the BBC, CNN and Sky News,
keeps a low profile and does not even issue rebuttal statements. It does not
answer any of the accusations labelled against the same hand that feeds it.

By adopting a lukewarm attitude the Zimbabwe High Commission for the United
Kingdom is actually acting as an accomplice in the strangulation of

A source very close to Africa Strategy in London recently revealed that the
High Commission in London does not deny some of the stories appearing in the
Press. This goes to show how besieged the High Commission in London or how
confused some of the staff are, or worse still one wonders on whose side
some of these sons and daughters of the soil belong?

There are illegal demonstrators around the High Commis-sion's premises near
a British police station almost on a daily basis and yet no charges or
protest note has been sent to the British government about the behaviour of
these narrow-minded zygotes of ZDT and MDC who want to sell their country to
gays and lesbians.

Our investigators went to the police near the premises to ask why they have
allowed the illegal protests to take place every day near the building and
to see whether those members of ZDT and MDC who gather near Zimbabwe House
every evening in London have a permit to do so. Guess the answer: NO

It was discovered that not a single permit had been issued and the police in
London was reported as having said, "there was no complaint from the High
Commission as regards that issue".

How will President Mugabe defend himself when he can't travel to London to
do so if those given the responsibility have no idea why they are there?
Many observers on Zimbabwe politics have expressed surprise on the silence
of the officials in London who are supposed to defend their President in
this country of the Queen, which has gone bananas.

The whole year has ended without Zimbabwe's officials in London openly
defending their President in Britain like what other officials from African
countries. One outgoing High Commissioner, who has appeared on BBC several
times, said "there was an opportunity for any diplomat whose country is
being attacked to openly defend it on the same television or reply to the
media". He wondered why his counterpart from Zimbabwe had not taken up the

Africa Strategy has decided to bring this matter to the public because of
the crucial stage of defence of Cde Mugabe in the coming months. Those who
admire the President's work in Africa are going to be intellectually brutal
and factual in their attack on those who want to fail the President of
Zimbabwe who has spearheaded an African dream.

"Let those who have hidden ambitions come out openly and face the tough
stance friends of Cde Mugabe have put up in Britain and has shaken Blair
morally and intellectually. There is no need of strangulating the Government
of Zimbabwe and Cde Mugabe in London," said one lecturer of African politics
at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

"Those envoys who stand on the fence must be axed if the President of
Zimbabwe is to gain any good in London," said another Eastern European
diplomat who has tried to reshape the image of President Mugabe in London.

Many friends of the President, both white and black in Britain, were
hesitant to say this to the world and to the Government but because of the
looming danger in months to come and because our lives have been threatened
by the gay and lesbian groups, we have decided to go on record for alerting
the President and Zanu-PF that there is dubious silence in London.

Reliable sources at the House of Commons in London and sources at BBC say
that the High Commission of Zimbabwe last visited the MPs in this British
Parliament in 1998.

In the last five years, no information on land and other developments from
Zimbabwe has been forwarded to the Commons. Mr Nhlanhla Masuku is the only
visitor after four years who presented the CD-Rom, and other materials, of
the NEF to British MPs in October last year when his team visited London.

Records at the visitor's book at the House of Commons show that not a single
entry was made from the Zimbabwe High Commission in London. Most British MPs
who don't agree with Tony Blair's policy on Zimbabwe complained of the lack
of concrete official information from the Government so as to press for
their case.

The contributions of people like Mr Chino Mararike, Prof George Shire, Mr
Baffour Ankomah of NewAfrican and Africa Strategy have filled the gap of
doubting Thomases and "lost sheep" in the London Mission.

Apart from Mr M. Manhuna the Minister Counsellor who understands the plight
of Zimbabwe and gives guidance to most people who seek to defend President
Mugabe in London, the rest of the officials are either running their own
business or using their immunity to drink and dine with British

This is the bottom line in politics and those who are just standing on the
fence must quit. But most of us who are defending President Mugabe in Europe
against the bunch of gay gangsters in the Labour cabinet will not surrender.

But away from the shocking display of silence on the part of the Zimbabwe
High Commissioner to London in defending his country, there is need for us
to examine the next phase of our struggle for the nation of Zimbabwe. The
lesbian and gay journalists have opened a Pandora's box of death and
skeletons, which we shall from now onwards, attack on the question of
MORALITY and we have decided that until they stop meddling in the internal
affairs of Zimbabwe, we shall not rest. The whole strategy is to scare the
cricket team from going to Zimbabwe next month as was used in Yugoslavia in
the overthrow of President Milosevic.

The so-called imaginary house coup in Zimbabwe is a design of the British
MI6 that Zanu-PF should not listen to. The same man in the British High
Commission in Harare used this Strategy in Yugoslavia. Some of us who
visited Belgrade before the collapse of Yugoslavia know better.

But Zanu-PF as a party must find out those who are spreading these false
reports to Zimbabwe's so called yellow journalism? There must be a dark
sheep amongst the party who wants to kill the party.

This reminds me of one Kenyan politician who kept on switching sides while
President Moi was being strangled. I wrote to President Moi about this dirty
guy but it was too late, politics had moved dynamically.

This hand of death in Zimbabwean politics that goes on peddling malice and
hatred against Zimbabwe's Speaker of Parliament Cde Emerson Mnangagwa and
General Vitalis Zvinavashe has to be exposed soon to avoid costly remedies
in future and for us who love our African Martin Luther King (Cde Mugabe) we
are not going to hesitate to do so.

The direction of the onslaught on Cde Mugabe's enemies abroad must be
decided now. We stand to lose an African statesman who has stopped madness
in the Congo, has given his people the pride by giving them back their land
which the same criminals stole 200 years ago.

Where will you find a Castro of Africa like the one we have in Zimbabwe? The
story of accusing the most honest and loyal men in Zanu-PF for plotting to
remove their leader is not absurd but very idiotic in terms of those who
imagine and produce such gutter journalism. Soon, the people of Zimbabwe
will see the true colours of the agents of British imperialism in Zimbabwe.

Just to mention but a few, the recent donation of £46 000 by Annabelle
Hughes to the MDC boss via a so-called golf player and the payment made by
Mr Peter Oborne to the MDC officials for the fake story must be investigated
by the Government of Zimbabwe.

Highly placed sources have told us that ZDT official Hughes, through an
undercover journalist called Peter Oborne, sent money to disrupt the cricket
matches due next month from Account 42182002 of Lloyds Bank of London. This
is a clear testimony to the world that ZDT wants to fight the people of
Zimbabwe and cause political infighting in Zanu-PF and create an imaginary
power struggle.

President Mugabe and the Zimbabwean nation, we thank you for your tenacity
and steadfastness and assure you that the road to Jerusalem is full of
temptations and trials but this is the time of UNITY of purpose for those
who cherish peace. Africa Strategy will continue with its fight and we shall
deal with these gangs of gays and lesbian idiots who have defied GOD'S
Commandments and have brought the subject of JOURNALISM to disrepute.

There is need for an aggressive foreign policy in the embassies and high
commissions abroad. This must be done before the Commonwealth meets to
decide the fate of Zimbabwe.

The Libyan model of foreign public relations helped to bring back this
country to the world harmony. Let Zimbabwe try the same medicine of the
Libyans and the West will listen.
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