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Zimbabwe: 5.8 million go hungry as food emergency deepens
28/01/2005 - 14:24:26

Nearly half the population of Zimbabwe is facing hunger and needs food assistance as the country's food emergency deepens, a famine early warning group reported today.

Urgent action was required to help 5.8 million people in the country of 12.5 million who are now at risk from food shortages, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, a food security monitoring group, said in its latest report.

The report sharply contradicts government assertions that the country has harvested more food – mainly of the corn staple – than it needs to feed the nation.

“Staple food availability is declining as market prices continue to rise,” Fewsnet said.

It said malnutrition and related diseases were expected to peak ahead of the next harvests.

In many urban and rural areas, families were forced to drastically reduce food consumption “or spend the whole day without having a meal at all” while programmes to help the elderly, the chronically ill, orphans and other vulnerable groups were grossly inadequate, the group said.

It echoed concerns earlier this week voiced by James Morris, head of the UN World Food Programme, over the refusal of international food aid by President Robert Mugabe’s government.

The country consumes about 1.8 million tons of corn meal a year, or 5,000 tons a day.

According to UN and independent crop estimates, Zimbabwe produced about half its food needs last year, but the government insists 2.4 million tons of food were harvested.

Morris said Zimbabwe produced less than 1 million tons in 2003 and described such a massive recovery in the following year as “staggering, if true”.

Fewsnet, a US-funded global research and food security organisation, listed the Zimbabwe food emergency second in Africa to Ethiopia, where 8.2 million people are at risk from hunger.

It said food shortages in Zimbabwe were worsened by inefficiency, transport shortages and “erratic” distribution of supplies at the state grain monopoly, the Grain Marketing Board.

The board’s is the sole buyer and seller of grain in the country.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change has accused the government of using the board to control food distribution as a political weapon, especially ahead of elections scheduled in March.

Agricultural production has collapsed in the five years since Mugabe ordered the seizure of about 5,000 white-owned commercial farms for redistribution to black Zimbabweans.

In what was once a regional breadbasket, some 5.5 million Zimbabweans received food handouts from international agencies in 2003.

But most food aid agreements were cancelled when the government last year declared they were no longer necessary.

Mugabe himself, in a television broadcast last May, defended his land reform policy as correcting unfair colonial-era land ownership and said the United Nations and international agencies were “foisting” food aid on the country to disparage the land redistribution program.

“We have enough. We are not hungry. We don’t want to choke on their food,” he said.

Zimbabwe is suffering its worst economic and political crisis since Mugabe led the nation to independence from Britain in 1980. Inflation is 132%, one of the highest in the world and an estimated 80% of the population are living in poverty. Acute shortage of hard currency, gasoline and medicines and other imports are routine.

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Zim Indep.
Farmers Hamstrung By Lack of Support

Zimbabwe Independent (Harare)
January 28, 2005
Posted to the web January 28, 2005
Augustine Mukaro

WITH her nine-month old baby girl strapped to her back, Sarudzai Humbwe struggles to clear overgrown weeds and grass overwhelming her now yellowing maize crop.
Sarudzai's husband and her three other children are busy preparing the land with an ox-drawn plough, two months after the planting period. The Humbwe family is still hoping against the odds to produce enough food to feed themselves and contribute to national output.
Their initial crop was planted on land that was not ploughed at all - the zero tillage concept - and had used untreated seed. They had no fertiliser and other critical inputs. They planted their maize unprepared land because they had no tillage facilities and other essential inputs.
This is what the Zimbabwe Independent news crew which visited Mashonaland Central and West's farming areas on Tuesday this week discovered.
The Humbwe family's plight is generally reflective of what is happening to most newly resettled farmers, be they A2 or A1 farmers, across the country.
New farmers who spoke to the Independent during the visit attributed delays in planting and the poor crop to lack of support in the form of capital and inputs. Government has been claiming that it was supporting the new farmers in various ways to ensure they produce for themselves and the nation.
However, the situation on the ground shows that the new farmers are struggling to due lack of support.
"The biggest drawback over the past four years we have been here has been the unavailability of tillage facilities," said Obediah Mupanganyama, an A1 farmer at Vairona Farm in the Mazowe area.
"The majority of the farmers proceeded to plant on untilled land which brings us to the problem you are looking at. The weeds have overwhelmed the crops and we have no machinery or chemicals to deal with it."
Most farmers said the District Development Fund (DDF) never turned up to till their land despite being paid for the services.
"Settlers at Sekerere Farm teamed up to pay for tillage in October last year but the DDF tractors only turned up at the farm last week," another farmer who only identified himself as Mukoko said. "Their excuse was that they have no capa-city to service each and every farmer in the country."
Mukoko said the new farmers could not afford to hire private tractors.
"Private tractors are charging $300 000 per hectare excluding fuel and $350 000/ha including fuel," he said.
Other than the tillage problem, farmers at Bally Hooly Farm in Glendale said the supply of inputs was erratic such that most of them used untreated seeds.
"At the moment we can't access ammonium nitrate which is very critical for production considering the stage our first crop is at. We have managed to come up with a crop from our own initiative but the yield will drop signifi-cantly if we cannot get fertiliser in two weeks' time."
Agricultural experts have said despite numerous promises by government to provide farmers with inputs and tillage, very little if anything has been provided. The current harvest season is likely to be one of the worst ever due to a combination of factors such as poor planning, lack of adequate financing and erratic rains.
Usually by this time, the late planted maize crop throughout the country would be at knee level. But this week's tour showed that a number of farmers were still planting.
The chaotic land reform programme, condemned by international donors and the opposition as unworkable and a recipe for disaster, is turning out to be just that. Over the past four seasons, production in all facets of the agriculture sector has plummeted, dragging the economy down with it. Most farmers estimate production to have fallen by 70%.
This year government resorted to secret importation of grain to cover up shortages despite claims of a bumper harvest and barring humanitarian aid organisations from bringing in food. Government claims a record 2,4 million tonnes were harvested but this was shot down when a lands and agriculture parliamentary portfolio committee reported that only 388 558 tonnes were produced. The figure represents only a sixth of the country's requirements.
Inherent policy contradictions have demonstrated that even amendments to the Land Acquisition Act, the appointment of a series of audit committees or taskforces, have done nothing to improve production.
Six committees were appointed to audit the achievements of the land reform programme but facts on the ground show that agriculture has been completely ruined by the land reform which was characterised by widespread violence and grabbing of farms for self-aggrandisement.
Farming activities require proper financing, planning and expertise which have been conspicuously absent over the past four years.
Special Affairs minister John Nkomo in Jan-uary last year admitted that the land reform exercise had failed in some places. "In some cases, the percentage of people who took up the farms that they were allocated has not been encouraging. Only 40% of people who were allocated land have taken it up," Nkomo was reported to have said.
Nkomo blamed lack of finance, saying farmers who wanted to take the land had difficulties obtaining bank loans. He was quoted as saying there was confusion on the ground caused by the listing and delisting of farms.
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SA raises pressure on Zimbabwe over union trip

January 28, 2005, 16:45

The ANC has backed plans by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to make a controversial visit to Zimbabwe next week despite a warning from that country's government that the delegation could be deported.

In a move likely to increase pressure on Mugabe ahead of March elections, leaders of the ANC, Cosatu and the South African Communist Party (SACP) alliance said the union visit could help ensure Zimbabwe meets regional governance guidelines.

South Africa, Zimbabwe's most important trading partner and key regional ally, has in recent weeks stepped up emphasis on the March elections as a test for Zimbabwe's troubled democracy.

Cosatu, which saw a similar delegation expelled from Zimbabwe in October, said this week it planned to make another trip to highlight the country's political crisis.

"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 that country faces," an alliance statement said late yesterday.

"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 (Southern African Development Community) protocols," the statement said.

South African political leaders appear increasingly eager to hold Zimbabwe to its commitments under the Southern African Developing Community's (SADC) electoral guidelines agreed last year, said Shadrack Gutto, the head of the Centre for African Renaissance Studies at the University of South Africa (Unisa).

The alliance said dialogue between South Africa and Zimbabwe could help resolve Zimbabwe's political impasse. "Cosatu's forthcoming visit to Zimbabwe should be seen in this context," the statement said.

Political analysts said the statement does not necessarily mark a shift in South Africa's official position on Zimbabwe. However, it does show new unity among the ANC and its key domestic political partners, which had sharp public disagreements last year over President Thabo Mbeki's policy of "quiet diplomacy" toward Harare.

'No banana republic'
Paul Mangwana, Zimbabwe's public service, labour and social welfare minister, said proper procedures for the visit are not being followed and that the South African group will be deported if it arrived without government approval. "Cosatu wrote a letter saying they wanted to come here but we have told them that we are a sovereign country, we are not a banana republic," Mangwana told reporters.

Cosatu has said it will go ahead with the visit whatever Harare's response to its written request.

Harare's expulsion of the first Cosatu team sparked a row between the powerful labour group and the ANC, which this month signalled a change in tack when it called on Mugabe's government to create conditions for free and fair parliamentary elections.

Zimbabwe's elections in 2000 and 2002 were criticised as deeply flawed by mostly Western observers and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). - Reuters

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EU Hunts for Mugabe Treasures

Gift Phiri

WITH less than eight weeks to go before the European Union reviews its targeted sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and his officials, investigators in Britain and the United States are working flat out to track assets held by those under review.

The Zimbabwe Independent heard this week that the Jersey Financial Services Commission, in conjunction with the Joint Financial Crimes Unit, has intensified its search for funds that could be held in offshore accounts by Mugabe and his cronies in the Channel Island.

Financial investigators believe members of Zanu PF have used proceeds from 25 years' access to the national treasury to buy houses and other real estate in the UK, the US and elsewhere.

While the investigators have revealed that proof of ownership has probably been hidden several layers deep beneath "shell corporations" and intermediaries, the investigators think the expertise and records exist to make tracking possible.

The commission on its website has listed Mugabe, his wife Grace, and 95 ministers and advisers as "politically exposed persons" who require scrutiny by banks to ensure there was no "reputational risk" to the institutions.

"Politically exposed persons" are identified with what the commission calls "potentate risk", a term given to the risk associated with providing financial and business services to officials of countries tainted by "corruption, bribery, scandals and scams".

"President Mugabe and his associates clearly fit the definition of a 'politically exposed person' as defined in the commission's guidance issued in the Anti-Money Laundering Guidance Update," the commission said.

The Independent understands that as yet, no-one has been able to quantify the scale of the assets in question, and some may be a great deal more difficult to locate than others.

The commission, which regulates Jersey's 250 trust companies, 150 investment firms, 70 banks and 30 fund administrators, said financial institutions should "review files" to determine whether any links existed with the listed individuals.

Jersey is a self-governing British dependency, which has grown to become prosperous because of "offshore" bank accounts held there.

EU and US officials have of late been intensifying the trawling of financial institutions for possible holdings by political and military leaders of the Zimbabwean regime.

But the commission seems doubtful.

"We have no reason to suppose Jersey is being used for this."

But it also said: "Nevertheless, regulated institutions should review their files to determine whether or not they have any connection with any of the named individuals. They will then wish to satisfy themselves that they know the customers concerned and have taken any appropriate action to address any reputational risks that may arise."

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Focus On Quality of Health Service

The Herald (Harare)
January 28, 2005
Posted to the web January 28, 2005
ALL is not well in Zimbabwe's health delivery sector and it is time Government seriously considered taking a microscopic look at the problem.
Having established a massive health delivery infrastructure throughout the country, the Government needs now to focus on the quality of the service itself.

Access to health is a fundamental right for every citizen of this country and reports about the collapsed services at Zimbabwe's major referral medical centre, Harare Central Hospital, are worrying.
For so many years, Zimbabwe's medical services were the marvel of the African continent.
The sector was specialised in so many fields ranging from primary health care to specialist services that included family planning, radiotherapy for cancer patients, physiotherapy and many other surgical services.
Zimbabwe also trained thousands of medical personnel from the region and admitted patients from all over Africa for specialised treatment.
However, the picture today is a very sad one. It is unbelievable that the simplest procedure like delivery of babies is no longer a joyful experience.
Some mothers have been discharged from Harare Central Hospital with premature babies carried in between their breasts because incubators that are supposed to keep them warm and alive until they are strong enough to go home are dysfunctional.
It is disheartening that basic services such as lifts to carry patients and the dead up and down the floors do not function at an institution providing such a vital service to the nation.
Surely the sight of corpses being pulled down the stairs must be traumatic for hospital staff, patients and visitors.
We believe the present conditions prevailing at Harare Central Hospital do not encourage sick patients to think of recovery.
The intensive care unit is for caring for the critically sick, but right now it is the hospital that needs to be placed in that unit.
The situation at Harare Central Hospital appears like some fictitious story. But the fact remains that deterioration did not take place overnight.
It was disintegration over many years.
The hospital started showing signs of decay many years ago and authorities could have postponed dealing with the issues as they were presented.
Some doctors have left this country for "greener pastures" out of alleged desperation as some of the reasons cited included the lack of equipment for use at these hospitals.
By 2003, there were 2 000 registered doctors in Zimbabwe and only 1 000 were working in the country.
We have reached a desperate situation that is very serious. The patient to doctor ratio by 2003 stood at 1:12 000 and that is way off what is recommended by the World Health Organisation.
Hospitals need to be equipped and refurbished urgently so that medical personnel can be retained.
Some doctors are prepared to continue working under conditions of improved provision of hospital equipment.

However, the very sad development is that the University of Zimbabwe is no longer able to train the number of doctors as before because the lecturers, who are also doctors, are leaving.
We are encouraged though by reports that some foreign currency has now been sourced to replace the elevators, but a lot more still needs to be done to revamp the hospital, which has always been regarded as the best in terms of expertise and care.
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South Africa: ANC/Cosatu Agree Conditions in Zim Not `Conducive' to Free Poll

UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
January 28, 2005
Posted to the web January 28, 2005
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) and its alliance partners have concluded that conditions are not believed to be "conducive" to holding "free and fair elections" in Zimbabwe in March, an official told IRIN.
The ruling alliance secretariat, made up of the ANC, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP), met on Thursday to develop a common understanding of the issues touching Zimbabwe, among other items.
"All the alliance members were in agreement on that position. To ensure that the electoral process in Zimbabwe complies with the SADC [Southern African Development Community] protocols, all alliance partners have been asked to take whatever course they can," COSATU spokesman Paul Notyawa said.
Following the meeting on Thursday, the members announced that COSATU's upcoming "fact-finding" mission to Zimbabwe, reportedly scheduled for next week, should be seen as a "people-to-people exchange between South Africans and Zimbabweans" for the creation of a "climate of dialogue".
"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," Notyawa explained.
The ANC gave the COSATU mission a thumbs-up earlier this week, after the labour movement's first "solidarity" trip to Zimbabwe in October last year was criticised by South African President Thabo Mbeki. The 14-member delegation was deported by the Zimbabwean authorities.
The SACP announced that it also intends sending a mission to Zimbabwe. "Our visit, the timing of which is still to be decided, will also be part of our initiative to engage all the role- players. We are not calling for the postponement of elections; we see the holding of timely elections as a critical component of democracy in Zimbabwe. We have to, however, ensure that they are free and fair," said SACP spokesman Kaizer Mohau.

ZANU-PF spokesman Nathan Shamuyarira declined to comment, but told IRIN that his party would issue a statement on Monday.
[ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations ]
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Zimbabwe shocked at ANC's backing of Cosatu's trip

January 28, 2005, 21:45

Zimbabwe has expressed surprise at reports that the ANC has thrown its weight behind a second planned fact-finding mission by Cosatu to Harare.

A statement by Simon Moyo, the country's top envoy to Pretoria, says reports that the ANC has changed its mind about Cosatu's visit are contrary to what they have learnt from the party itself. Yesterday, the Alliance Secretariat, made up of the ANC, Cosatu, the SACP and the SA National Civic Organisation said the labour federation's planned visit was part of efforts to create a dialogue that would ensure free and fair elections in Zimbabwe. Moyo says Zimbabwe is not for sale.

This will be Cosatu's second visit to Harare following their abortive attempt last year when they were booted out of the country. The alliance partners were divided on the issue with the ANC criticising the union's actions as undermining Zimbabwe's sovereignty.

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Zimbabwe's Foreign Minister Encourages Rice to Visit Country

28 January 2005

Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice
Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is free to visit Zimbabwe to acquaint herself with the political situation in the country. This follows Ms. Rice's description of the country as one of six outposts of tyranny.

In the state-controlled Sunday Mail newspaper, Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge referred to testimony Condoleeza Rice gave to Congress during her confirmation hearing. He says she overlooked, what he called, the Zimbabwe government's "positive signals through a decrease of open violence against political opponents".

One critic, who does not support the Zimbabwe government, says Ms. Rice's description of Zimbabwe as an outpost of tyranny is too strong.

University of Zimbabwe Professor Heneri Dzinotyiwei says while the situation in Zimbabwe is far from perfect, Ms. Rice's comments are inaccurate. And he says, the United States singling out Zimbabwe is unfair, considering its ties with such country's as Saudi Arabia and Libya.

"Is it simply because Libya now has given some gesture that it wants to cooperate with the outside world, particularly the western world and the United States, that they see it as more democratic than Zimbabwe? Can anybody say that really? So, in short, democracy must not be used to mean governments that are pro-American, but genuinely countries with governments that reflect the interests of their own people," he said.

Professor Brian Raftopolous, also of the University of Zimbabwe, agrees.

"The second aspect is the sense of hypocrisy when this kind of condemnation comes from a U.S. government that is itself conducting repressive politics in places like Iraq, Afghanistan," he said. "So there is that ambiguity in our response to the Condoleezza Rice position."

But Mr. Raftopoulous and Mr. Dzinotyiwei agree the United States and the international community should play a key role in resolving the crisis in Zimbabwe. Mr. Raftopolous says that role should involve supporting regional efforts.

"I think the role that they can play is to support whatever initiatives are coming out of the region around trying to get discussions internally in Zimbabwe," he said. "But I think the fundamental resolution of the Zimbabwe question lies within Zimbabwe itself with the assistance of those in the region and on the continent who have a constructive intentions within the Zimbabwe situation."

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe
Government officials from President Robert Mugabe on down often accuse the governments of the United States and Britain of demonizing the Zimbabwe government with the goals of effecting regime change. And they accuse the opposition party - the Movement for Democratic Change - as being the agent of those governments.

Some opposition officials say privately that comments such as those made by Ms. Rice actually play into the hands of Mr. Mugabe in his efforts to paint the opposition as an enemy of the people of Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe spends 8.5 million dollars monthly for power imports 2005-01-29 07:00:55

    HARARE, Jan. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) is spending 8.5 million US dollars monthly for power imports and settling of arrears, an official said Friday.

    ZESA Manager Obert Nyatanga said the parastatal was paying about 4.5 million dollars in advance for power imports to regionalpower houses and 4 million dollars toward servicing its debt to suppliers.

    "We had actually asked for about 12 million dollars, with the remainder from the payment of imports and arrears being used to acquire spare parts," he said.

    He said the power authority had cleared most of its foreign debt and the rest 7 million dollars owed to Escom of South Africa and Hydro Cabora Bassa of Mozambique will be cleared in two months.

    Zimbabwe, he said, was importing about 650 megawatts or about 35 percent of the country's electricity requirements.

    Meanwhile, Nyatanga dismissed allegations of load shedding saying electrical blackouts were mainly a result of vandalism.

    "We have improved our payment record with regards to imports from Mozambique, South Africa and from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and we are meeting the expected demand. If there is no power, it's because of a fault that has occurred as a result of vandalism," he said.

    ZESA said it incurred losses of more than 5 billion Zimbabwean dollars (about 862,069 US dollars) through vandalism last year andhas called for deterrent penalties to curb the practice.

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Warning on Zimbabwe food crisis

AP in Harare
Saturday January 29, 2005
The Guardian

Nearly half of all Zimbabweans are facing hunger as the country's food emergency deepens, a monitoring group said yesterday.

Urgent action is required to help 5.8 million people out of a population of 12.5 million who are now at risk from food shortages, the US-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network said in its latest report.

It ranked Zimbabwe's food emergency second in Africa to Ethiopia's, where 8.2 million people are at risk from hunger.

The report contradicted Harare's assertion that the country had harvested more food - mainly staple corn - than it needs. "Staple food availability is declining as market prices continue to rise," it said. Malnutrition and related illnesses were forecast to peak in March, before the next harvests.

In many areas, families were forced to reduce food consumption drastically, while projects to help the old, the sick, orphans and other vulnerable groups were said to be grossly inadequate.

The report echoed concerns voiced this week by James Morris, the head of the World Food Programme, over Harare's refusal of international food aid.

Agricultural production has collapsed in the five years since Robert Mugabe ordered the seizure of about 5,000 white-owned farms for redistribution to black Zimbabweans.

In what was once a regional breadbasket, about 5.5 million people received food handouts from international agencies in 2003. But most food aid agreements were cancelled last year as the government said they were no longer necessary.

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Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 9:48 PM
Subject: Press Release for the Demo on the 29th January in London

Please find below a press release for immediate release and more information on speakers about the demo on the 29th January 2005 at the Home office in london.


Zimbabwean Community Campaign to Defend Asylum Seekers




Contact: ZCCDAS Press Officer Brighton Chireka on 07960209253


Hundreds of Zimbabweans will be protesting outside the Home Office tomorrow afternoon against the resumption of forced removals of so-called ‘failed’ asylum seekers to Zimbabwe. Deportees face detention and torture on their return and the UNHCR has recently reiterated that Zimbabwe unsafe for removals.


Coaches and other transport are bringing protestors from Manchester, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Derby, Northampton, Coventry, Luton, Loughborough, Bournemouth, Scotland, Wales, and London and the South East.


The headline speakers are: Tony Benn; Jean Lambert MEP; Tim Lezard, NUJ Deputy President; and Lindsey German, Convenor of Stop the War Coalition.


They will be joined by Crispin Kulinji, Tracey Ndovi, Themba Moyo and the journalist Adolf Mukandi - Zimbabweans who have experienced torture, detention in the UK and the threat of deportation. These and others like them will be available to speak to the media between 2.30-3.30pm. Please call the press officer if you would like to arrange an interview.


Speakers are also coming from the following organisations: Association of University Teachers; Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers; Communication Workers Union; Natfhe; National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns; Public and Commercial Services Union; Refugee and Migration Network; and the Zimbabwean Community Association.  


Backing and solidarity statements for the demonstration have been received from: Jeremy Corbyn MP; Jeremy Dear, NUJ President; George Galloway MP; Billy Hayes, CWU General Secretary; London Region UNISON International Committee; John McDonnell MP; Paul Mackney Natfhe General Secretary; and Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary.


The demonstration will be held between 1.00-5.00pm outside the Home Office, 50 Queen Anne’s Gate, SW1H 9AT (nearest tube: St James Park on the District Line). Further information on the deportations will be on-hand for the press.

Dr B Chireka Publicity Officer UK ZIMBABWEAN COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN TO DEFEND ASYLUM SEEKERS (ZCCDAS) Tel 07960209253 or 07787591904 To those who choose silence, let me adapt the Rev Niemoller's famous words.FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE NDEBELE,BUT I WAS NOT A NDEBELE SO I DID NOT SPEAK OUT. Then they came for the farmers, but I was not a farmer, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the farm workers, homosexuals and the trade unionists, but I was neither, so I remained silent. Then they came for the journalists, but I was not a journalist so I did not speak out. And when they came for me,there was no one left to speak out for me. STOP THE REMOVALS NOW!!!
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