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January 28, 2005

~~~ Newsletter 054 ~~~
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If we want to climb out of the hole we are in, it is a job for all the people
~ Chinua Achebe

On being asked for a ruling party membership card

you asked me, party cadre,
for a membership card
of the ruining party.
what an insult
to the flowers and the birds
of my country
in my heart

- Chenjerai Hove

zanu pf youth militia being mobilised
A Zvakwana activist who was moving along Harare Drive towards Enterprise Road in Harare recently saw zimbabwe national army personnel using both civilian and army vehicles transporting large numbers of downtrodden looking youth. These youth were all covered in blue overalls. It’s not just the zanu pf green bombers to confront; we now have zanu pf blue flies. Zvakwana also thanks activists who are sending this information in along with their photographs. It is always helpful if you make sure to record the very basic facts: time, date, location, vehicle registration numbers and so forth. The regime must realise that concerned citizens will be documenting all of this suspicious activity prior to the general elections, and this will influence how we vote.

we enjoy a big microphone, thanks very muchZvakwana thanks the herald for their expansive coverage
As didymus mutasa said last year, any publicity is good publicity. (pl)easer zvayi columnist for the herald has recently been acting as the public relations officer for Zvakwana. After he wrote so much about us we have been receiving so many more hits on our web site ( as well as uncountable emails. The majority of these emails are positive praising the Lord that there are still some avenues of free expression in Zimbabwe. Most of (pl)easer’s reporting was balanced except for his propaganda about Zvakwana condoms being defective. All Zvakwana condoms simply had a sticker placed on top of their original packaging and at no stage were they damaged. This is just scare mongering along the usual herald lies and we ask the people to ignore his stupidity. Meanwhile (pl)easer should expect a visit from Zvakwana activists so that he can be shown in person how strong our revolutionary condoms actually are. And (pl)easer thank you for requesting a copy of our Get UP! Stand UP! Music CD – please make sure to review it in your next column.

joyce mujuru: the new vice president is 50% disabled
In 1996 joyce mujuru was medically certified by dr chenjerai “hitler” hunzvi (good riddance) to be more than 50% disabled and therefore be awarded $389 472 from the War Victims’ Compensation Fund. Therefore not only is her appointment a triumph for the women of Zimbabwe it is always a great triumph for the disabled! Apparently some of her injuries caused her a loss of appetite – not as far as we can see!

Stolen farm, stolen coffee
Some years back Pachedu (Roy Bennett) legally bought his farm in Chimanimani. But big-bellied chefs who do not know when enough is enough invaded his coffee farm. Then the illegitimate ruling party took his coffee crop and sold it to the Hamburg Coffee Company in Germany. Instead of rejecting this coffee as stolen goods the Hamburg Coffee Company went ahead and supported mugabe by buying it. We have noticed that the Hamburg Coffee Company is linked to many other companies in different countries. For example, the American Coffee Company and the Pacific Coast Coffee Association in the US. Zvakwana asks you to get involved and send protests to these companies. We hereby list some email addresses for you. Don’t be shy, be strong in your criticism!
Hamburg Coffee Company:
American Coffee Company:
Donald A Pisano, vice president:
Anthony Caputo, trader:
Pacific Coast Coffee Association:
National Coffee Association:


On leadership . . .
The trouble with Zimbabwe is simply and squarely a failure of leadership. There is nothing basically wrong with the Zimbabwean character. There is nothing wrong with the Zimbabwean land or climate or water or air or anything else. The Zimbabwean problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility, to the challenge of personal example which are the hallmarks of true leadership . . . I am saying that Zimbabwe can change today if she discovers leaders who have the will, the ability and the vision.
Apologies to Chinua Achebe

The MDC’s coyness about whether or not they will take part in the election increasingly looks like confused indecision rather than a clever ploy to put pressure on an unpopular regime.
- Chido Makunike

Leadership very much lacking in the MDC at this crucial time
Maybe the MDC should get Bata to make a new kind of shoe in Zimbabwe. The Chinja Flip Flop. If the MDC wants to demonstrate its potential to lead the government of Zimbabwe, it needs to demonstrate strong leadership and direction at this time. We are already ending January and yet there is no final statement from the MDC on whether they will contest the general election. This is simply not good enough. While we are aware that the threat of non-participation is the only power card that MT holds up his sleeve, and that there is pressure from SADC leaders to get them to participate, the MDC must take a moment to reflect on how detrimental this indecisiveness is to the spirits of their supporters. And if the MDC does decide to contest we are hoping that their campaign will be based on more than the ABB (anything but bob) factor. We want significant change not ambitious election promises.

Beware the slippery electioneering tongues

Double talk
Seems like slippery-tongued politicians are having a field day in Zimbabwe. What we need is some straight talk and straight action that will help us shake off these shackles of poverty and despair.

But don’t forget: YOU too are a leader
Maybe too many of our problems come from waiting for others to lead us to a better future instead of taking more active roles ourselves. Why are we sitting back and letting others dictate to us? When we look around us we can see examples of how people power can make politicians shake in their boots and cause them to flee with their tails between their legs. The Ukraine is one such example. How come it is so impossible to imagine thousands of us Zimbabweans staying rooted in Unity Square in protest of a stolen election? Meanwhile thousands of people in the Ukraine did this through snow and bitter freezing winds. They did not move for three weeks. Such was their commitment to seeing justice done. How many elections will we accept as being stolen before we tell the small dictator that Enough is Enough!

shout revolution every way you canThe people of the Ukraine decided that enough was enough . . .
On 26 December 2004, Ukrainians voted for the first time in a free and fair election—and have themselves to thank for it. Without the massive civilian-based resistance dubbed the Orange Revolution, the Ukrainian Supreme Court would not have invalidated the fraud-ridden election of 21 November. The demonstrations that forced action by a weak parliament and regime-appointed judges started when people—every day people, pensioners, vendors, the unemployed, students and business people, working class men and women—decide they want to be free. In Ukraine, the breaking point was reached because the people decided that enough was enough. The Orange Revolution was a people-based response to crooked politics. People power is home grown. When the people realise they have the power to expose the deceit underlying a repressive regime, it is the beginning of that regime’s end. Governments that serve themselves but do not serve the people can eventually be forced to submit to the people—as the regime in Harare may soon find out. Let us remember this when the next election is stolen!

Kowtowing party line toeing isn’t the way forward
Zvakwana received a few agitated responses in response to our last newsletter, in which we criticised the MDC’s poor track record in terms of attending parliamentary sessions. Some of these responses came from very active MDC members and MPs. While we know that some people are sensitive to criticism, it is important to note that if the MDC wants to engage in elections in order to have representation in Parliament then they must make sure to treat that participation in Parliament with respect. It is the MDC’s responsibility to get as many MDC MPs in the house as possible when Parliament is in session, especially when important bills are being debated. For example we heard that the MDC could only muster 16 MPs to debate the very important Electoral Reform Bill towards the end of 2004. What sort of performance is this? So we hereby call on the MDC's staunchest defenders - like David Coltart, to supply us with a record of attendance for MDC (and zpf if possible) MPs from each session in Parliament last year so that we can publish this in full. As Desmond Tutu said:

Truth cannot suffer from being challenged and examined. Unthinking, uncritical, kowtowing party line toeing is fatal to a vibrant democracy.

Rules of the road: when you break them, bones are soon to follow
One of the concerns Zvakwana has been having lately is the rotten state of the driving on our zpf potholed roads. As well as the behaviour when we find ourselves at failed zpf robots. Instead of treating each other with respect all smiles fly out the car window and people become so frenzied. It must also be noted that motorists give cyclists a very hard time. Sometimes cyclists have no choice other than to cycle on a main road because of the poor condition of cycle tracks. Consider how precious human life is and remember how much we all like to be treated with respect.

Individual action
Even if it is something small – you too can make a difference. Make your own leaflets about issues that concern you and distribute them in your community. Use call in programmes on the dead bc radio to drive a point home about the failed government. Pick up litter. Play your Zvakwana cassettes and CDs at top volume. Every little thing makes a difference and will edge us towards a better way of being. And, by the way, we have had such great response to our first music CD/cassette we are now compiling Volume 2. If you would like to suggest some tracks to be included we would like to hear from you!

A river swells from the little streams.
- - Sesotho Proverb

The tsumani disaster
Zvakwana joins the rest of the world in commiserating this terrible tragedy. It is however interesting to note that when it is discussed that people in Asia have lost their livelihoods through this massive natural disaster, we in Zimbabwe have had our livelihoods exterminated through a man made disaster: mugabe. Farm workers, domestic workers, factory workers, farmers, nurses, teachers – the list is endless have had their livelihoods flattened by violent governance. Ironically we also have companies like Econet raising funds for those affected in Asia and meanwhile Zimbabwe’s grain stores are running out. Zimbabweans have never been hungrier: both for food and for a change in government.

Job vacancies: join the Zvakwana freedom fighters
Due to some expanding operations Zvakwana is seeking some more people to join us in inspiring Zimbabweans and combating dictatorship. Most needed qualities are courage, a sense of humour and a lot of Get UP! We are looking for 3 people one each in Masvingo, Bulawayo and Mutare. Because we get so much mail we can only reply to our short listed people. Please email us your CVs today to

“Don’t paint over graffiti voluntarily. First warning!”
When political and religious passions are touched off, urgent messages begin to appear on walls. Wars, dictatorships and rebellions produce vast quantities of graffiti in public places. The point of political propaganda is, after all, not to annoy or offend people, but to influence them. At times of great agitation, writers take such risks to ensure their messages are seen that bravado itself can become the point of the exercise. That happened during the Palestinian intifada of 1987-93, when the walls of the occupied West Bank were literally fought over. Gangs of youths crept out at night to paint rebellious and sometimes witty slogans: “Prison is for relaxation, deportation policy is for tourism, throwing stones is exercise”. Israeli soldiers quickly blacked out the slogans though few of them could read Arabic. Or they used threats of fines to coerce the owners of the walls into doing their work, which brought an immediate response from the local scribblers: “Don’t paint over graffiti voluntarily. First warning!” Thanks to efforts made to suppress them, graffiti became so potent
that they not only expressed, but actually created a sense of revolutionary solidarity. Walls became dispatches from which the uprising’s progress could be read.
- - From The Economist

bob: dead and burialed
There has been some consternation in the Malaysian sponsored zanu pf state press about what they are calling vandalism of burial orders. What the press have failed to report (because they are so scared to) is that there are hundreds of thousands of burial orders in the system that have had many different slogans written on them in ball point and other pens. The spirit of Zvakwana is in everyone. In fact just the other day Zvakwana heard of one man who shopped in OK and was given some change in notes. The $500 note had this slogan written in ballpoint: zanu yaora. This, of course, is no secret. But it is no laughing matter when the regime gets pricked up about so-called vandalism when they themselves have trashed our economy to such pieces that we do not have medicines, good education, forex or most things. Who is zooming who mr gonocide?

"There has been eloquent, inexhaustible talk in Africa about politics, side by side with the gaping poverty of political thought. Down there on the ground in Africa, you can smother in the small talk of politics. Mostly it is about politicking, rarely about policies. Politicians are men and women who compete with each other for power, not people who use power to confront their country's problems."
~ Ruth First

Everyone has good ideas and reflections, this time it is Denford Magora
This quotation from Ruth First very much speaks to some of what Denford was writing in the Independent last week. He was speaking of the fact that it is enough with politicians who just want power and who are not interested in the true needs of the people. One must wonder about how candidates for MPs are selected. Is it because they are strategic thinkers with the intelligence to debate and understand policy in the dishonourable house? Are they community leaders active in social issues? Or is it because they own a business, or have special favour with some party hi-riders? Perhaps they are after MisPlaced prestige, free lunches and some travel around the world during their term as MP.

As Denford said:

“Still, the president and his ministers and his party insist on believing that the country is about making speeches. It is not. Action is a concept that the ruling party needs to pursue not only when it feels threatened but all the time in order to lift up the lives of our citizens. Until mugabe finds ministers with a passion for developing Zimbabwe and not lining their pockets and throwing their weight around, the MDC, whether in its current ineffectual guise or not, will continue to exist. Here is the true fact of the matter: zanu pf has been given a new lease of life today not because of its visionary policies, not because of its credentials when it comes to caring about the welfare of homemakers, commuters or food seekers. No. The party is strengthened only by the power on incumbency. This is complemented by a paralysed opposition that is busy picking its teeth while the country burns.”


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Zim INdep. Sport
Little Taibu comes of age
From Darlington Majonga in Chittagong, Bangladesh

HE is the man almost everyone here would love to hate, but cricket-crazy Bangladeshis simply find it hard to resist the genius of little Tatenda Taibu, Zimbabwe’s young skipper who has become the mainstay of his team.

From Dhaka to Chittagong, Taibu has become a hero among the old and young, men and women, critics and journalists — never mind he has on numerous occasions stood between Bangladesh and glory in a series the hosts thought would be a stroll in the park against an inexperienced Zimbabwe.

Chittagong resident Ahmed Islam now calls himself Taibu, while most Bangladeshi journalists reckon the Zimbabwe player is a “lion-hearted captain we wish was ours”.

“He is a witty boy and I like the way he always oozes confidence,” said former Bangladesh coach and veteran scribe Jalal Chowdhury.

“I’m always positive,” Taibu said, as he put down the book he was reading while coach Phil Simmons took the rest of the squad through their paces at Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka.

The book was entitled Discover Your Destiny with the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, a motivational novel by world best-selling author Robin Sharma about “the seven stages of self-awakening”.

“I read quite a lot of books, especially motivational works,” said Taibu as he straightened up in his chair for an exclusive interview with IndependentSport.

Zimbabwe lost a two-match Test series against Bangladesh 1-0, but not before Taibu had proved his prowess at the crease with an unbeaten 85 and 153 in the second drawn game everyone thought the visitors would win.

“It was disappointing to lose the Test series when we had a chance to win the second match because I think I had put the team in a good position,” Taibu said.

However, only three days after the Test disappointment, the young tourists had already put the Test setback at the back of their minds. Taibu led his charges to an historic win in 17 attempts since he took over the captaincy last May as Zimbabwe stunned Bangladesh by 22 runs in Dhaka in the first of five one-day internationals.

“I was pleased. I felt proud for the boys who have been putting so much in their game,” Taibu said. “A win was long overdue and I knew it was going to come after a few chances we had against Sri Lanka and England.”

If anyone thought the first win was a fluke, then a second victory at Chittagong’s MA Azziz Stadium in as many matches on Monday must have proved otherwise and left Taibu feeling his endurance and hard work were beginning to pay off.

Zimbabwe’s captain, wicketkeeper and key batsman at the same time, an organiser of the Sharjah tournament in the United Arab Emirates feels the responsibilities are too much for the 21-year-od Taibu. But not so, according to the talismanic player.

“People are allowed to say their views, but that’s not much of a problem for me. At times I feel yes it’s too much for me, but at the same time I say who am I to underestimate my capabilities and keep on praying to God to achieve my dreams,” said Taibu.

Taking over the reins from veteran all-rounder Heath Streak after an acrimonious row which saw 15 mainly first-team white players turning their backs on national duty, Taibu admits life has not been easy for him, especially leading a side made up of players barely out of their teens.

“There was a time when I started not to enjoy my game but I was lucky to have Phil Simmons who kept on telling me it had nothing to do with my technical abilities and that I had to remain focused,” revealed Taibu.

“It really crossed my mind to quit because it was frustrating to keep on playing knowing we were going to lose more than we were going to win, but my fiancée kept on telling me that giving up was not an option.”

Affectionately called “Tibba” by his colleagues, the little genius has quickly matured into a rock upon which Zimbabwe’s future in elite cricket hinges. But he still feels he hasn’t done enough yet in his career to be among the best in the world.

“There’s a lot I can improve on. I hear I’m now ranked the number 42 batsman in the world, but that’s not good enough. I’m only 21 and still have a long way to go for me to be able to walk into any team in the world,” said Taibu.

A 40-run loss to Bangladesh in the third one-dayer in Chittagong was disappointing for Taibu, but his spirit is still not dampened as Zimbabwe go into the fourth match in Dhaka tomorrow leading 2-1.

Besides an historic series win knocking on the door, Taibu already predicts better fortunes for Zimbabwe in the future.

“I think by the 2007 World Cup we would have gelled as a team. The future looks bright provided things keep working professionally from Zimbabwe Cricket to the last player,” the influential captain.

Plucked from Churchill High School as cover for then wicketkeeper Andy Flower for the West Indies tour in 2000 when he had not even played domestic first-class cricket, Taibu has not looked back since. It has taken more than natural talent for the hard-working skipper to come of age.

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Alliance supports new union visit to Zimbabwe
    January 28 2005 at 08:03AM

The Congress of South African Trade Unions' planned visit to Zimbabwe was part of efforts to create a dialogue that would ensure free and fair elections in that country, the Alliance Secretariat said on Thursday.

The Secretariat met for an extended session on Thursday, attended by the general secretaries and other officials of the African National Congress, the South African Communist Party, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco).

In a joint statement the group said the meeting discussed a range of issues - including the unity and cohesion of the Alliance as it implemented its programme of action during the course of 2005.

"The Alliance reaffirmed the commitment of all partners to the creation of conditions in which the people of Zimbabwe can collectively and democratically resolve the challenges which that country faces.

"The success of the forthcoming elections will be a key milestone in achieving this outcome and it is therefore important that every effort be made to ensure that the electoral process complies with the SADC protocols."

In this regard the South African government, Alliance formations and people-to-people exchanges between South Africans and Zimbabweans could contribute to a climate of dialogue, the Secretariat said.

"Cosatu's forthcoming visit to Zimbabwe should be seen in this context. The Alliance reaffirmed the view that the principal actors in the resolving the problems of Zimbabwe are the Zimbabwean people themselves."

The Secretariat would meet again in the coming weeks to take these and other discussions further. - Sapa
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Zim Indep. Sport
Independent Sports View - ZC/‘rebels’ a shameful lot
With Enock Muchinjo

SO it looks like talks between Heath Streak and his fellow rebel players and the ad hoc committees are still on going and progressing in the right direction with hopes that the players might be back in the national team soon.

In negotiations with some of the remaining rebels, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is still sticking to its stance that the former players return unconditionally, while on their side the rebels still want selectors convener Macsood Ebrahim and ZC managing director Ozias Bvute kicked out.

Last week the international media reported that seven of the rebel players had agreed to play national league cricket, assuming that it would pave their way back into the national team. But merely agreeing to play national league is not a guarantee by the rebels that they will now be available for national team selection.

It appears that the decision to play for their clubs in the national league by the seven, Streak, Craig Wishart, Andy Blignaut, Raymond Price, Stuart Carlisle, Trevor Gripper and Neil Ferreira, was only a statement meant to prove that they were still committed to Zimbabwean cricket.

The rebels, no matter how the ad hoc committee convinces them otherwise, seem not ready to let bygones be bygones and relax their conditions for coming back.

The return of the rebels to national league cricket is nonetheless a positive development on the domestic game. Experienced players are crucial in the development of cricket for any country that wants to be taken seriously and see its cricket improve.

The experienced players guide the younger players and pass on their expertise to them as they break into the senior teams to become the next generation of international cricketers.

It is a permanent feature in countries like Australia, South Africa and India to see former first-class and national team players, well into their forties, still playing domestic cricket years after international retirement. Experience is something that cannot be substituted for in cricket.

Now that the rebels will play national league, it is generally agreed that the rebels, for the good of the game, should just come back to the international arena and bury their hatchet with ZC.

The mistrust between ZC and the rebels is not getting their negotiations anywhere and it high time both parties realise that cricket is bigger than any of them and stopped behaving like life-time adversaries.

Presently, Bvute is in firm control of ZC in his capacity as managing director, while Ebrahim is very much in the thick of things in national teams selection. As things stand, Bvute and Ebrahim are not going anywhere, a situation which makes the rebels conditions for coming back a lot difficult.

When the International Cricket Council (ICC) absolved ZC of racism charges pressed by the rebels last year, it recommended that ZC chairman Peter Chingoka and his vice Justice Ahmed Ebrahim address issues of emotionalism shown by some of the ZC directors. This was of course in reference to Bvute and Ebrahim who the rebels accused of racial aggression instead of pursuing racial integration in the national team.

ZC, as a matter of fact, is under no obligation to undertake the ICC recommendations. The rebels will have to grasp this reality and decide their future in Zimbabwe cricket once and for all.

The ad hoc committee will use all its professional ingenuity in trying to bring the two sides to a common understanding, but the ball still remains in both the rebels and ZC’s court. Both sides should now take a knock on the face and forego all the selfish pride and mistrust in each other.

By continuing to hammer on the Ebrahim/Bvute matter, the rebels risk having their goodwill questioned. Ebrahim and Bvute are just two individuals in the cricket set-up and are not the custodians of Zimbabwe cricket. One is coerced to sympathise with the rebels’ fears.

But after widely publicised accusations of political agendas, racial prejudice and even violent behaviour, the cricket world now has its gaze firmly fixed on Zimbabwe cricket and no person in the ZC can afford any more mischief, which may prove costly to them.

Two of the former rebels, Barney Rogers and Gavin Ewing, have already come back to the national team. Rogers and Ewing are young professional cricketers who have realised they have a promising future in international cricket in spite of everything that has happened.

If the remaining rebel players return to international cricket, the ZC/players dispute might just turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Zimbabwe cricket.

We have already identified the best players among the current youthful national team. If blended with world-class players like Streak, Price and Wishart, Zimbabwe can have a strong team that can hold its own against the best in the world.

The rebels and ZC must give each other another chance.

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Zim Indep. Sport
Zim capable of sealing ODI series win
Enock Muchinjo

TOMORROW the Zimbabwe cricket team will have nothing but victory in their minds when they take on Bangladesh in the fourth match of their One-Day International (ODI) series at the Bangabhandu National Stadium in Dhaka. A win for Zimbabwe in tomorrow’s tie will seal a timely and welcome series win for the young Zimbabwe side, which is 2-1 up in the series.

Tatenda Taibu’s men, after the disappointment of the Test series, showed that they still had something up their sleeves to comfortably race to a 2-0 lead in the ODIs before the home side managed to reduce the arrears with a 40 run win on Wednesday.

The young Zimbabwe team has always displayed a good fighting spirit even in the darkest periods of its 20-match losing streak, but winning was something it desperately needed. The manner and temperament in which they won the first two matches was even more pleasing, as the players showed a desire to win and learn from past mistakes.

Combined effort carried the day for Zimbabwe in the first two matches, with the middle order batsmen putting up important partnerships and patching up early wicket losses which might have proved disastrous. Good batting from Taibu, Barney Rogers and Elton Chigumbura enabled Zimbabwe to set defendable targets on a slow wicket which favoured the bowlers.

The 84 run stand between Taibu and Elton Chigumbura in the second match in particular, which set Zimbabwe on the victory path, was one of the best moments for the Zimbabwe team since being thrown into the international limelight.

It was also good to see Rogers getting two consecutive half-centuries in the second match, when he was voted man of the match, and in the third match on Wednesday. Rogers’ two knocks were most welcome especially with his opening partner Stuart Matsikenyeri not able to follow up on his promising batting in the Tests.

Zimbabwe are more than capable of winning one of the last two matches, but they will need to show some stability at the top of the order where Dion Ebrahim looked out-of-sorts and vulnerable with each delivered ball.

Vusi Sibanda, himself a bundle of nerves in the Tests, will be the first choice replacement if Ebrahim is dropped from the order as expected. But uncapped batsman Terrence Duffin will also be hoping to get the nod.

The spin bowlers, who played key roles in the matches played so far, should continue with their good job. Prosper Utseya remains as economical as ever, while the part-time spinners, Rogers and Brendan Taylor, have provided vital breakthroughs.

The Zimbabwe pace bowling attack utilised the pitch conditions well and stuck to the basics with a consistent good line and length. With the ball not coming on to the bat, the Zimbabwe seamers put pressure on the Bangladesh batsmen who had no answer to the fully pitched deliveries and variation of Douglas Hondo, Christopher Mpofu, Tinashe Panyangara and Chigumbura.

The toss will once again be a major factor in the outcome of the match. All three winning results so far in the series have been achieved after the captains won the toss and elected to bat first. But Zimbabwe should be prepared for anything and must be able to chase well.

The team’s batting philosophy of keeping wickets in hand and hitting big shots to the boundary in the later innings, which was employed to great effectiveness in the first two matches, must also be used when chasing a winning target.

Bangladesh will come with all guns blazing tomorrow knowing the integrity of

their cricket lies on that match. After winning their maiden Test series, the Dav Whatmore-coached side is desperate to follow up with a first ODI series victory as well. But the boys in red are also in line for a milestone achievement and will go all out to wrap up victory tomorrow.

If Bangladesh manage to level the series, the last match on Monday will be the ultimate grand finale to this exciting battle between Test cricket’s two youngest sides.

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Zim INdep.
Musanhi gains govt recognition
Chris Goko/Roadwin Chirara

BUS tycoon Kenneth Musanhi has endeared himself to the Zimbabwean establishment to an extent that his W Dahmer coach assembly operation has been singled out to get preference in foreign currency allocations.

This was disclosed by Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono this week. His rationale is that the bus company is strategic to the improvement of public transport provision in the country.

Also to benefit is the government-owned Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries (WMMI).

Said Gono, in his fourth quarter monetary policy statement: “The bank will continue to give support to companies like W Dahmer and Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries (WMMI).”

“Improvement of transport services can be undertaken by providing greater private sector participation,” he said, adding the revival of the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) was helping, although enhanced private enterprise intervention was the key to national provision.

While WMMI will benefit because it produces relatively cheaper and almost-available motor vehicles, W Dahmer will get funding priority because it is in the manufacture of mass passenger transport buses.

Musanhi and his consortium bought the bus manufacturing concern from Lonrho Africa about two years ago.

Observers said the preference funding not only bodes well with Harare’s new economic policy thinking, but also that W Dahmer was an indigenous company, with an effect on the life of many Zimbabweans.

The government, through various initiatives and particularly Zupco, has

attempted to solve the country’s transport blues, which have been spawned by shortages of spare parts and other imported components.

The shortage is attached to the country’s five-year forex drought.

Gono, in his statement, acknowledged the crisis, saying: “Shortages of spares and other imported components has incapacitated many transport operators.

Targeted provision of foreign exchange for procurement of spare parts will improve operating conditions.”

The Zimbabwean motor industry, he said, should grow to match demand in order to discourage imports which pressured hard cash reserves.

It is, therefore, in that vein that he wants to extend funding to the likes of Musanhi and WMMI because some basic spare parts and components should be produced locally.

Possible funding to W Dahmer and other motoring companies come at a time Harare is considering further reduction in duties on imported bus kits and other spares for public transport.

In the statement, widely-regarded as a socio-economic recovery tool, Gono noted that it is a pipe dream for most Zimbabweans to own a car hence the need to improve mass transport segments.

Just a few days ago, the government, through Zupco, imported another batch of buses in a bid to improve public transport provision.

Vice-President Joyce Mujuru officially unveiled the 57 buses.

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Zim INdep.
Coventry tipped for top sports award
Enock Muchinjo

KIRSTY Coventry is almost certain to walk away with the Sportsperson of the Year Award when Zimbabwe’s outstanding athletes for the year 2004 are honoured at the Annual National Sports Awards ceremony in Harare tonight.

The 21-year-old swimming sensation, the country’s best Olympian since 1ndependence 25 years ago, rose to stardom when she scooped three medals at the Athens Olympic Games in August. It was the first time Zimbabwe had won any Olympic medal since 1980 when the women’s hockey team shocked the sporting world by clinching gold at the Moscow Games in Russia.

Harare-born Coventry broke Zimbabwe’s medals jinx when she started with a silver medal in the 100m backstroke and a bronze in the 200m medley.

And when Zimbabweans from all walks of life were still celebrating in apparent contentment with two medals, the United States-based swimmer put the icing on the cake by bagging the big one, a gold 200m backstroke, beating pre-race favourates, Russian Stanislova Komorova and Japanese Riko Nakamura.

Coventry is also expected to win the Sportswoman of the Year Award.

Soccer star of the Year and Caps United wingback Cephas Chimedza, athlete Lewis Banda and Shooting’s Michael Nicholson will battle it out for the Sportsman of the Year award.

Disabled sprinter Elliot Mujaji was surprisingly confined to the Sportsman with a Disability category when he could have been a serious contender for Sportsman (of the Year after he defied poor preparations and half-hearted corporate support to retain his Paralympic Games 100m title in Athens.

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Zim Indep.
ZABG in stillbirth
Shakeman Mugari

THE Zimbabwe Allied Banking Group (ZABG), an amalgam of collapsed banks due for opening on Monday next week, is still illegal because the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe did not follow the law in its formation.

This comes amid revelations this week that the bank had not completed the crucial legal process required to legalise the bank by close of business yesterday. The authorities have not complied with a single demand of the Troubled Financial Institutions (Resolution) Act, sources close to the move said.

The Act, signed into law by President Robert Mugabe two weeks ago, requires the RBZ to seek confirmation from a High Court judge to take over any bank to be absorbed into ZABG. The RBZ is also required by the same law to inform former directors, shareholders and creditors of the decision to amalgamate their bank into ZABG. The interested parties, according to the law, must be advised at least two weeks before the opening of the ZABG.

The law allows stakeholders to challenge the move to take over their bank. Only after the former directors, shareholders and creditors have been informed and the judge has consented to the move is the ZABG allowed to swallow the bank. A proper notice is supposed to be sent out to the stakeholders.

It emerged that none of these legal requirements have been met. This is despite declarations by RBZ governor Gideon Gono that the bank would open on Monday next week. But despite this outstanding legal issue, the Reserve Bank was by Wednesday pulling down banners and posters of Barbican, Royal and Trust Bank, to replace them with the new ZABG logo.

Businessdigest understands none of the shareholders and former directors was officially informed of the move to take over their bank. Royal Bank chief executive Jeffrey Mzwimbi said last night that he was now seeking legal advice on the issue. He also confirmed that he had not been officially informed of what seems to be an arbitrary decision of the central bank.

“We are seeking legal advice because this has become a legal issue.

However, I can confirm that neither me nor other directors and shareholders have been informed of the decision to take over our bank,” said Mzwimbi.

Trust chief executive and founding director William Nyemba refused to comment on the issue but this paper understands that no formal communication was made to him as required by law.

Although this paper could not talk to former Barbican chief executive and owner Mthuli Ncube, it is also understood that he has not been informed. Respective shareholders and former directors of the two banks are yet to be given a chance to challenge the matter in court.

ZABG chief executive Stephen Gwasira confirmed that they were still to clear some legal challenges. He said these were now being rectified. “We know that there are some crucial issues outstanding. We are trying our best to rectify the issue,” Gwasira said.

He could not however confirm whether these issues would be cleared before the bank opens next week

Other shareholders and former directors of the three banks that have been taken over are now bracing for a legal dogfight with the RBZ. Sources say they are likely to pounce on the ZABG as soon as its doors open.

“As we speak even the depositors and creditors whose monies are in the closed banks have been turned into shareholders. Nobody knows the value of the ZABG shares,” said one of the former directors.

Others are also planning to challenge the valuations of their banks, which they say was deliberately undervalued by curators to justify the takeover of their financial institutions.

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Zim Indep
SRC/Zifa meet on Zim 2010 bid
Ndamu Sandu

LOCAL soccer controlling body Zifa and the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) meet next week to formulate a road map for Zimbabwe’s 2010 African Cup of Nations bid, IndependentSport can reveal.

The indaba next week is envisaged to come up with a bidding committee for the games as a follow-up to Zimbabwe’s requests for the right to host the tournament.

In November last year, the Rafik Khan-led Zifa board informed Africa’s soccer controlling body Confederation of African Football (Caf) of its intention to host the biannual soccer showcase.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said once established the bidding committee would prepare a document to be sent to (Caf) by May.

“We need to prepare our bid documents as a matter of urgency and the meeting next week will look into that issue,” Mashingaidze said.

The bidding committee would be in place by mid-February and would be composed of all stakeholders involved in the development of sport in the country.

Mashingaidze said members of the committee were likely to be drawn from Zifa, SRC, government and the corporate world.

The committee would have working committees that would advance Zimbabwe’s bid. IndependentSport also heard that the bid committee would have a separate secretariat from Zifa.

Its mandate would be to look at facilities requiring refurbishments and procurement of equipment.

Information dissemination, Mashingaidze said, was vital to the country’s bid and as such the committee would set up a web-site with information on Zimbabwe’s facilities.

Mashingaidze said that committee would look at how resources would be mobilised with the support of the corporate world.

Mashingaidze said lobbying for the 2010 Nations Cup would be done through sporting ambassadors and Zimbabwe would work with other sporting personalities on the continent like Abedi Pele and Kalusha Bwalya. He said Zimbabwe was still waiting for a response from Fifa on the conferment on Peter Ndlovu as an ambassador of the world soccer governing body.

Zimbabwe, which controversially lost the right to host the 2000 edition, will face stiff competition from Morocco for the 2010 tournament.

Meanwhile Zifa will today unveil its calendar for 2005. The calendar will contain national team fixtures as well as programmes of action on how to finance the national teams.

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ANC moves to back Zimbabwe trip
Cosatu president Willie Madisha
Cosatu feels trade union solidarity with Zimbabwe's opposition
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has moved to back a controversial trade union mission to Zimbabwe ahead of March elections.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) wants its visit to highlight Zimbabwe's political crisis.

Last year, a Cosatu delegation was expelled from Zimbabwe and the ANC initially opposed a second trip.

The BBC Southern Africa correspondent says the Zimbabwe government will not welcome the ANC's change of tack.

South Africa is seen as a key player in attempts to resolve Zimbabwe's problems and some have called for it to stop supplying subsidised electricity to put pressure on Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.


The BBC's Barnaby Phillips says several ANC ministers have been publicly supportive of Mr Mugabe, whereas Cosatu has criticised human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

President Robert Mugabe
Mugabe insists that the elections will be fair
Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was formed by trade unions and correspondents say Cosatu feels union solidarity with the MDC.

Zimbabweans ministers have said that the Cosatu team would not be welcome.

But before getting ANC backing for next week's trip Cosatu dropped meetings with civil society leaders, disappointing Zimbabwean human rights activists.

In Zimbabwe, two MDC MPs have been arrested in recent days after holding political meetings.

The MDC says this shows the government is not serious about holding free and fair parliamentary elections which are expected in March.

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party denies rigging two previous elections.

Mr Mugabe has appointed an independent electoral commission to oversee the poll - a key part of new regional electoral guidelines, which Zimbabwe says it will respect.

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Cosatu aims to 'interact with Zim people'
    January 28 2005 at 01:50PM

The Congress of SA Trade Unions has brought forward the date of its second fact-finding visit to Zimbabwe to next week, Cosatu said on Friday.

Cosatu spokesperson Paul Notyawa said that on Friday the exact date of departure will only be decided and announced after a meeting of "national office bearers" on Monday. Cosatu had been expected to leave some time in February.

"The aim of the visit is not to undermine the government of Zimbabwe but to interact with the people of that country and listen to their concerns.

"We cannot announce the coming Zimbabwe national elections as being free and fair if we do not have a true reflection of the problems of the people of Zimbabwe. The aim of the trip is to experience these problems ourselves," said Notyawa.

'The aim of the trip is to experience these problems ourselves'
He said the trip would also help Cosatu assess the kind of support it can give to the people of Zimbabwe.

Cosatu's first fact-finding mission to Zimbabwe in October last year was cut short when the delegation was deported by the Zimbabwean government for pursuing a "political agenda". This was after it arranged to meet local civic groups.

Police hustled the 13-strong delegation from a meeting with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and took them back to their hotel. They were later bundled onto buses and driven to the border overnight.

Notyawa said that at a meeting of the general secretaries of the African National Congress, Cosatu, the SA Communist Party (SACP) and the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Thursday, the view that Zimbabwe's problems can only be solved by its own people was reaffirmed.

"This is not to say the Zimbabwe issue dominated the agenda. It was just one of the important issues that we discussed as a family. The meeting was just a follow up of the one we had on January 7."

He said the meeting was meant to discuss "family issues" and a number of "revolutionary issues" aimed at strengthening the alliance further.

"Make no mistake, the alliance is stronger now than ever before," said Notyawa. - Sapa
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