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Fri 7 January 2005
  HARARE - The leader of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation war veterans has fled
the country fearing arrest for allegedly working with four senior ZANU PF
officials accused in an espionage case, insiders say is an extension of a
vicious power struggle within the ruling party.

      Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA)
chairman Jabulani Sibanda, who took charge of the group last year and was
not yet on the list of ZANU PF and government officials banned from the
United States (US) and European Union countries, is believed to be in the

      A senior agent of the state's Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO),
who spoke anonymously for professional reasons, said: "We suspected he was
part of the spying ring. The net is closing in on him. We believe he is in
the USA."

      Former war veterans chairman for Bulawayo province and a close friend
of Sibanda, Themba Ncube also confirmed the ZNLWVA chairman was out of the
country. "I have been looking for him (without success). Initially, I
thought he was out in the rural areas but I understand he is out of the
country," Ncube said yesterday.

      ZANU PF chairman for Mashonaland West province Philip Chiyangwa, party
external affairs director Itai Marchi, deputy security officer Kenny
Karidza, Zimbabwean ambassador-designate to Mozambique Godfrey Dvairo and
bank executive Tendai Matambanadzo are being held by the CIO on charges that
they supplied intelligence information to foreign agents.

      But party insiders say the espionage case is part of bitter infighting
in ZANU PF over President Robert Mugabe's successor.

      According to sources, the ultimate target in the ongoing spy case is
parliamentary speaker, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who attempted to block plans by
Mugabe to appoint Joyce Mujuru as his second vice-president, a key stepping
stone to the top job.

      The five party officials held for espionage unsuccessfully campaigned
for Mnangagwa to be appointed vice-president instead of Mujuru. Sibanda was
Mnangagwa's right-handman and had managed to bring the war veterans, a key
constituency in ZANU PF, behind the parliamentary speaker.

      He was suspended from ZANU PF for four years for attending an illegal
party meeting to plan to scuttle Mujuru's appointment to the vice
presidency. Mugabe had also publicly directed that Sibanda be removed from
his post as ZNLWVA chairman. - ZimOnline
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Zim Online

Magistrate defers ruling on spy suspects' change of plea to next week
Fri 7 January 2005
  HARARE - Magistrate Peter Kumbawa will next week decide whether to allow
three men, two of them senior ruling ZANU PF party officials, to change plea
after initially pleading guilty to espionage.

      An official from the Attorney General's office, Morgan Nemadire, told
reporters after the closure of state submissions against the three men's
application to alter plea that the matter had been, "stood down to January
13 for judgment."

      ZANU PF external affairs director Itai Marchi, Zimbabwe's
ambassador-designate to Mozambique Godfrey Dvairo and banker Tendai
Matambanadzo were arrested three weeks ago on allegations that they were
supplying intelligence information to foreign agents.

      ZANU PF provincial chairman for Mashonaland West Philip Chiyangwa,
also arrested for the same alleged offence will appear in court in two weeks
time while another suspect Kenny Karidza, who is a ZANU PF deputy security
officer, is expected in court today.

      Sources this week told ZimOnline that Karidza could not be brought to
court earlier, because he could hardly walk or talk after being severely
tortured by state secret agents. - ZimOnline
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Zim Online

Botswana NGOs to protest at Zimbabwe embassy
Fri 7 January 2005
  GABORONE - Botswana non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will next month
protest at the Zimbabwean  embassy here against human rights violations and
repressive legislation against civic society in that country.

      Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations official, Segametsi
Moatlhaping, said the council had also written to President Robert Mugabe
urging him to drop a tough NGO Bill passed by Zimbabwe's Parliament last

      The Bill, which bars NGOs from carrying out voter education while
those focusing on human rights work are prohibited from receiving foreign
funding, is now awaiting Mugabe's signature before becoming effective law.

      Moatlhaping said: "It (protest) will also be in solidarity with the
Zimbabwean people. The demonstration comes in the wake of an NGO Bill
introduced in Zimbabwe."

      NGOs in South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique last month protested
against human rights violations in Zimbabwe at the country's embassies in
the region as part of commemorations of the International Human Rights
Day. - ZimOnline
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Business Report

      Banks reassure Zimbabwean clients
      January 7, 2005

      Barclays' Zimbabwe unit and Kingdom Financial Holdings, Harare's
second-largest locally owned lender, said yesterday that they had enough
capital to operate amid mounting concern from clients about the stability of
the country's banking industry.

      The banks placed ads in national newspapers yesterday after nine
lenders were shut down by the central bank over the past year.

      The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe last month appointed a manager for
locally owned CFX Bank after closing the lender, which locked away salaries
and deposits for tens of thousands of people.

      Barclays will "ensure that the bank has sufficient authorised share
capital for future capital requirements and possible future expansion".
Harare's central bank has been cracking down on local lenders after a series
of management failures threatened the industry.

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New Zimbabwe

Mugabe's spokesman in threat to Zimbabwe news websites

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 01/07/2005 11:58:07
THE Zimbabwe government has launched a desperate attempt to bully foreign
journalists and news websites hosted from abroad from reporting on the
on-going Spy-gate Scandal which has sucked in top officials including
President Robert Mugabe's nephew.

And in an apparent bid to divert journalists from closely probing government
officials, the State-controlled Herald newspaper ran a curious story on
Friday claiming three opposition Movement for Democratic Change MPs were
also under investigation for spying for foreign governmentrs -- although the
opposition has no access to official State secrets.

In a statement, President Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba said
journalists should stick "strictly to court proceedings as briefed to them
by those in the know or handling the case", claiming there were national
security concerns.

"The recent spate of speculative pieces on the matter, some of them quite
incriminating and defamatory to individuals who include Government
ministers, was needless and certainly contrary to the requirements of the
law and good journalism," Charamba railed.

"Government notes, with concern, falsehoods on the case, some of which have
been posted on websites associated with the opposition. This is a grave
matter which can attract serious consequences, including legal ones," he

With the State-media firmly under its grip, the Zimbabwe government has
desperately failed to stem the leaks and flow of information to news
websites like New which operates from Wales and others dotted
across the globe.

On Tuesday this week, New dropped a bombshell with the
sensational story revealing that two ministers linked to the spying scandal
were National Security Minister Nicholas Goche and Local Government Minister
Ignatius Chombo.

President Mugabe's nephew and Chinhoyi legislator Phillip Chiyangwa,
Zimbabwe's Ambassador-designate to Mozambique Godfrey Dzvairo, Zanu-PF
director of external affairs Itai Marchi, the party's deputy security chief
Kenny Karidza and former banker Tendai Matambanadzo have appeared in court
charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act.

They are accused of selling State secrets to unnamed foreign governments.

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New Zimbabwe

Britain plans 'national service' for asylum seekers

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 01/07/2005 10:46:40
BRITISH Prime Minister Tony Blair plans to make failed asylum seekers from
Zimbabwe and other countries do months of "national service" in a bid to
convince voters he has not lost control of the immigration system.

Later this month, Blair will set out a raft of new measures designed to
prove to voters that he is determind to finally "get a grip" on the issue,
the right-wing Daily Express newspaper reported.

The paper says that pride of place will be given to a plan for failed asylum
seekers awaiting the results of appeals to do 35 hours a week community work
in return for their board and lodging.

The latest moves will further infuriate Zimbabwean campaigners and human
rights groups who have planned a big demonstration at the Home Office on 29
January to protest the deportation of Zimbabweans.

British Ministers believe it will be a hit with many older voters who resent
paying for the upkeep of young men whose claims have already been judged
bogus. Opposition MPs and immigration experts dubbed the idea the latest in
a long line of Blairite "gimmicks".

"This plan would apply to all able-bodied asylum seekers going through the
appeals process after their initial application for asylum has been turned
down," a Labour source told the Express.

"We would require them to do a full five-day week on community projects in
return for basic bed and board. We want to convince people we do not condone
young men who abuse the asylum system. They will be set to work on removing
graffiti and litter and cleaning up neighbourhoods."

The government is also expected to repackage a promise that more asylum
seekers will be removed, than arrive, after failing to make the expected
progress towards fulfilling that pledge.

Currently the average asylum appeal takes around six months to resolve, but
four out of five of those turned down are never removed from Britain.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said the community work
idea appeared to be "window dressing" for the Government ahead of the
general election.

He said: "This is best viewed as a harmless gimmick. It will do nothing to
address the main problem of the asylum system which is that four out of five
failed applicants are able to stay on in Britain. For as long as that
situation is allowed to continue, we will remain one of the top global
destinations for asylum seekers. In any case, other forms of immigration
last year were responsible for three times as many arrivals as asylum

"The Government`s own projections show that immigration will add five
million to our population in the next 30 years. This is what needs action."

Tory shadow home secretary David Davis predicted public scepticism towards
Mr Blair`s latest crackdown. He said: "People will treat this
headline-grabbing announcement from Tony Blair with the scepticism it
deserves. Since 1997 the asylum and immigration system has descended into

"One million iimigrations have come to this country under Labour, while 80
per cent of failed asylum seekers are never removed. Only the Conservatives
would get a grip."

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Media Watch Group: Press Freedom in Africa Ranges from Best to Worst By
Suzanne Presto
      06-January-2005 1501

A leading press freedom group, Reporters Without Borders, says more than 50
journalists were killed in the course of their work in 2004.  That figure is
the highest it has been since 1995.  The best and the worst case scenarios
for journalists can be found on the African continent.

Reporters Without Borders is calling 2004 the deadliest year in a decade for
media professionals, with 53 journalists and 15 assistants killed around the

In a report released Wednesday, the group says last year, in Africa alone,
almost 200 journalists were arrested, another 176 were threatened or
attacked, and one journalist was killed.

The head of Reporters Without Borders' Africa desk, Leonard Vincent,
explains his belief that press freedom in Africa can range from the best to
the worst.

"In great democracies like South Africa or in new democracies like Benin,
Cape Verde or Ghana or other countries like this, press freedom is really
rather like it is in Europe," he explained.  "But we have the worst like in
Cote D'Ivoire or recently in The Gambia where our correspondent and one of
the most respected journalists was shot dead by unknown persons."

He is referring to Deyda Hydara, killed December 16 amid tensions between
the government and the press.

Africa reported the lowest number of media professionals killed, with a
single journalist murdered, but that fact does not diminish Mr. Vincent's

"The situation is still worrying even if we have only one or two journalists
killed in Africa," he added.  "The violence is very high.  The climate, the
atmosphere is very very tense."

He says he is troubled by reports from eastern Congo, where journalists say
they are being harassed, arrested or tortured.  And he adds that the state
of the press is especially dire in Eritrea.

"This is one of the worst countries in the world," he noted.  "You know, it
looks like North Korea, in fact, and we're very concerned and very worried
to see that happen in Africa.  Eritrea is in a situation completely frozen
for more than three years.  There has been no private press, no expression
whatsoever besides what the government wants to hear, and state media
completely taking orders at the ministry.  So this is a very disastrous

He adds that at least 14 journalists detained in Eritrea are being held in
secret locations, without any outside contact since 2002.

On a positive note, Mr. Vincent has high hopes for Zimbabwe, where the
government has used strict media laws to shut down newspapers, including the
2003 closure of The Daily News.  He says good news might come from
Zimbabwe's Supreme Court in the next few weeks, with a possible ruling that
the paper would be allowed to publish again in Harare.
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Dear Mr. Cross,

Thank you - I found your communication about Phillip Nsingo very touching.
My husband and I used to own a Plumbing Firm and I have good memories of
some of the people who worked for us - they were truly honourable, brave and
obviously people of a good background.

I am from an Afrikaans pioneer family and, as a child, I was taught to
respect and honour people of all races - especially those older than I was
at that time.

My grandmother told us  a story about herself as a very young married woman.
She lived in Selukwe and she was expecting her first child (my Mother).  My
grandfather left her at home whilst he went on a trip - he was a "transport
rider" and brought cattle up from Bulawayo to Salisbury.   Anyway, he was
away longer than expected and she found herself in dire circumstances.  She
says that one evening there was a knock on the kitchen door and an old
gentleman had brought her a sack full of vegetables.   She told him that she
had no money to pay him for his produce and no gift to give him in return,
as was the custom at that time.  His reply was "My child, I did not come for
money - only to help you because your time for birthing is near and your
husband is away".  This family story has had a huge influence on all of us
because she told it with such love and we always felt grateful that this man
had so graciously
helped a young woman who had no one to turn to.  So I send you my deep
sympathy.   I am sorry for your loss.

Kind regards


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Murmurs of discontent

      Cape Times (SA)

      It is time for them to honour this obligation. They have paid lip
service to their own ideals for far too long


      By the Editor

      As Zimbabwe's election in March approaches, so the murmurs of
discontent within the ruling party are growing louder. This week Zanu PF
members protested angrily outside the party's headquarters in Harare at what
they regarded as the imposition of election candidates on them. This display
of dissent follows the dropping of several senior party officials as
candidates and the exclusion of others from the party's decision- and
policy-making organs. At the heart of the dissension, it seems, is
ultimately a power struggle over who will succeed Robert Mugabe as president
when he retires in 2008. It is unclear what the fallout will be of the rifts
emerging within Zanu PF, which has been in power since the first
post-independence elections in Zimbabwe in 1980. On the one hand, the
wrangling within Zanu PF may open political space for the beleaguered
Movement for Democratic Change in the run-up to the election and allow them
to campaign more freely. On the other hand, a fractious Zanu PF may
dramatically increase the political instability in Zimbabwe - certainly not
conducive to a safe election.

      Zimbabwe has already been buffeted by one crisis after another during
the last decade or so. Today its economy is virtually paralysed. The general
citizenry has inevitably been the worst affected, with several warnings of
hunger, and even starvation, in certain parts of the country. The election
scheduled for March offers them an opportunity to elect those they believe
best able to improve their circumstances. The squabbling within Zanu PF must
not be allowed to deprive them of this opportunity. The Southern African
Development Community, and South Africa in particular, have an obligation to
ensure that this does not happen. It is time for them to honour this
obligation. They have paid lip service to their own ideals for far too long.

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