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Mkapa must push Mugabe to own up, says US

Zim Online

Thu 20 July 2006

      HARARE - The United States (US) yesterday said it would welcome
efforts by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa to mediate in
Zimbabwe's crisis only if he was able to convince President Robert Mugabe to
accept responsibility for his country's crisis.

      The Tanzanian would also have to persuade Mugabe to accept sweeping
political and economic reforms necessary to rescue Zimbabwe from its
problems, the US embassy in Harare said in statement on Wednesday.

      "If former president Mkapa is able to convince the government of
Zimbabwe to acknowledge its responsibility for the crisis and to embrace the
need for reforms and national dialogue focused on Zimbabwe's present and
future rather its past, this initiative could make a meaningful
contribution," the statement read in part.

      United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan called off a visit to
Harare after Mugabe told him on the sidelines of an African Union meeting
held in Gambia last month that Mkapa had been appointed to mediate between
Zimbabwe and its former colonial power Britain.

      Mugabe claims Zimbabwe's economic and political problems are a result
of the southern African country's dispute with Britain, which he accuses of
using its clout on the international platform to punish his country and
sabotage its economy. London denies the charge.

      The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change party and civic
groups in Zimbabwe also reject Mugabe's claims that Zimbabwe's problems are
caused by Britain and instead blame the 82-year old leader of ruining what
was once one of Africa's most vibrant economies through repression and wrong

      Annan had been expected to use the visit to Zimbabwe to persuade
Mugabe to leave power, a development most political analysts say is vital
for any plan to rescue the southern African nation to succeed.

      In return for Mugabe agreeing to step down, the UN chief would have
offered substantial international aid for Zimbabwe and guarantees that
Mugabe would not be prosecuted for crimes committed while in office.

      The US said it saw no evidence to suggest that Zimbabwe's "real and
growing problems" could be resolved through bilateral talks between the
country and Britain, warning Mkapa that his mission would achieve little if
it mistakenly focused on diversionary claims by Mugabe that his country's
problems were authored in London.

      Failure to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law,
misguided economic policies and high level corruption were the root causes
of Zimbabwe's political and economic crisis, the US said.

      The US said: "As a sovereign and independent nation, it is up to the
government and the people of Zimbabwe to recognise that the roots of the
country's current crisis lie within Zimbabwe, and equally to assume their
responsibility for devising viable solutions internally."

      Zimbabwe's Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi was not
available for comment on the matter.

      Zimbabwe is in the grip of a severe economic crisis characterised by
shortages of fuel, food, essential medicines, electricity, hard cash and
just about every basic survival commodity, while inflation is beyond 1 000

      Mugabe has in the past spurned attempts to mediate a solution to
Zimbabwe's crisis by Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Olusegun
Obasanjo of Nigerian as well as by former Mozambican president Joacquim
Chissano. But he seems to have warmed up to Mkapa. - ZimOnline

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Food aid agencies warn of shortages in Zimbabwe

Zim Online

Thu 20 July 2006

      HARARE - Most families in Zimbabwe's rural areas will require food
assistance after poor harvests again this year, aid agencies said in a
report, dispelling claims by President Robert Mugabe's government of a
bumper harvest this year.

      The report by the Consortium for Southern Africa Food Security
Emergency (C-SAFE) that was released last week but made available to
ZimOnline this week was compiled from data collated in April when most
households would have finished harvesting.

      The consortium brings together non-governmental organisations (NGO)
involved in relief work and among its members are World Vision, CARE,
Catholic Relief Services and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

      Describing the food situation in Zimbabwe's countryside as "grave",
the NGO consortium said because of extremely high unemployment levels in
rural areas many households there were resorting to brewing illicit beer
which they sell to raise money to buy food.

      The report reads in part: "Most of the households reported cereal
stocks below 51 kg. Households usually require an average of 78.7 kg of
cereals per month.  The worst districts are Kadoma, Murehwa, Matobo and
Chirumhanzu where all the respondents reported stocks below 51kg.

      This comes soon after harvests and shows that harvests for households
were poor. This coupled with cereal shortages gives a grave picture of the
food security situation in the surveyed districts."

      The survey to establish the food situation in rural areas was carried
out in a selected eight districts across the country. It is the first
independent survey on Zimbabwe's harvests this year after the government
blocked similar attempts by NGOs to establish the food situation in the

      Agricultural Minister Joseph Made was not immediately available for
comment on the matter on Wednesday.

      Both Made and Mugabe have however insisted in recent months that
Zimbabwe would not need food aid this year because it would harvest about
1.8 million tonnes of the staple maize this year, which is enough for
national annual consumption.

      Mugabe, who is eager to show that his controversial land reforms
blamed for food shortages are succeeding after all, has made similar claims
of food sufficiency but which later turned out to be false.

      Independent food experts and international relief agencies have
insisted that shortages of seeds and fertilizer at the beginning of the last
farming season meant Zimbabwe would still fail to produce enough food
despite receiving good rains.

      Zimbabwe, which was once a regional breadbasket, has faced acute food
shortages since Mugabe began  seizing productive farms from whites for
redistribution to landless blacks six years ago.        But the black
villagers resettled on former white farms failed to maintain production
because the government did not give them inputs support or skills
training. - ZimOnline

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Tsvangirai engages SADC over Zimbabwe crisis

Zim Online

Thu 20 July 2006

      HARARE - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is today
scheduled to meet Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairman and
Botswana President Festus Mogae in Gaborone for talks over his country's
escalating political crisis.

      Tsvangirai, who is the president of the main faction of the splintered
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party and is being accompanied by his
deputy Thokozani Khupe and other top party officials.

      "The President will leave with a delegation of three other executive
members to hold discussions with Mogae who is the current SADC chairman,"
said Nelson Chamisa, the MDC spokesman.

      Chamisa said the Gaborone talks will focus on the worsening economic
and political crisis in Zimbabwe, the MDC's proposed roadmap as well as the
initiative by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa to unlock the
six-year old political crisis in Zimbabwe.

      "We are galvanising regional support for the resolution of the crisis
in Zimbabwe," Chamisa added.

      Tsvangirai is expected back home later today.

      The meeting with Mogae comes about a month before SADC leaders meet in
Maseru, Lesotho for their annual summit where President Robert Mugabe is
expected to unveil the Mkapa initiative.

      Meanwhile, the MDC says Tsvangirai will this weekend address star
rallies in the Midlands town of Kwekwe and rural Nkayi in the southern
Matabeleland province.

      The opposition leader has been meeting supporters countrywide to
galvanise them for street protests he has promised to call this winter to
force Mugabe to accept sweeping political reforms. - ZimOnline

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19 protesters arrested in Harare

Zim Online

Thu 20 July 2006

      HARARE - Armed Zimbabwean police on Wednesday arrested 19 members of
the Combined Harare Residents Association civic group for demonstrating
against a 1 000 percent hike in water charges by the Harare City Council.

      Two journalists, Ndamu Sandu of The Standard private newspaper and
Godwin Mangudya, a freelance journalist, were also arrested during the
crackdown by the police.

      They were all still detained at Harare Central Police Station last

      The demonstrators wanted the Harare commission headed by Sekesai
Makwavarara to address the deteriorating service delivery which has seen the
council failing to collect refuse and deal with burst sewer pipes over the
past few years.

      Sarah Chishiri of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, who is
representing the arrested demonstrators, said the police were blocking them
from talking to their clients in a bid to have them spend the night in
police cells.

      "We are still to talk to our clients but we have established that they
have arrested 19 people. The police have not yet told us the charges they
will prefer against our clients. Unfortunately, they are likely to sleep in
custody because we are not making any progress," said Chishiri.

      The Harare civic group, which was set up to fight for the rights of
residents, wants the government to conduct council elections in the city to
elect a new mayor and council after the Harare authorities dismissed former
opposition mayor Elias Mudzuri and his council about three years ago. -

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Zimbabwe power firm hikes tariffs

Zim Online

Thu 20 July 2006

      HARARE - Zimbabwean companies and domestic consumers will have to fork
out more for electricity following another hike in tariffs by the Zimbabwe
Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA).

      The latest tariff increase - which was effective on Tuesday - will see
domestic electricity users paying a fixed monthly charge of Z$783 100 up
from  $103 053 previously. This represents an increase of about 660 percent
in just one month.

      The fixed monthly charge for industrial users has been hiked to $3.3
million with effect from 18 July, according to the schedule of tariffs
released by the Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company (ZEDC), a copy of
which was obtained by ZimOnline. ZEDC is the arm of ZESA responsible for
power distribution.

      According to the schedule, domestic households will be levied at $400
per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the first 250 kWh. It was previously $103.53 a

      The tariff increases to $2 200 a kWh for the next 250 kWh and $3 000
for usage above 500 kWh. This was previously $1 000 and $2 000 per kWh

      Non-domestic users - who include mines and industrial firms - will
attract a $2 800 per kWh on-peak charge, up from $1 500 in June. The
off-peak tariff rises from $400 per kWh to $700 a kWh.

      The tariff hike comes at a time ZESA has been inconveniencing most of
its customers through incessant power cuts that have disrupted production in

      The cash-strapped power utility has been failing to generate enough
electricity to meet domestic needs. It was recently bailed out by the
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) after failing to purchase coal to fire its
three thermal power stations at Harare, Munyati and Bulawayo.

      The latest tariff hike is sure to trigger an increase in prices and
services across the board, a development that will push inflation which is
the highest in the world at 1 184.6 percent. - ZimOnline

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SA lawyers demand release of asylum seekers

Zim Online

Thu 20 July 2006

      JOHANNESBURG - The South African Lawyers for Human Rights has called
on the government to release hundreds of mostly Zimbabwean asylum seekers
who were arrested last week in a major crackdown against crime in

      The lawyers' call comes a day after they successfully fought to have
Washington Mtukumira, a Zimbabwean national, released from Norwood police
station in Johannesburg where he was being held since last Friday.

      Mtukumira and about 2 000 other foreigners were being accused by the
South African police of being in possession of fake refugee status papers.

      Jacob Vangarderne, of the South African Lawyers for Human Rights, told
ZimOnline yesterday that his organisation is pushing for the release of all
asylum seekers who are still in detention.

      "I can confirm that Mtukumira was released on Tuesday but right now I
am busy working flat out to see that several thousands others who were
arrested and were detained on flimsy grounds are also released.

      "As South African Lawyers for Human Rights, we will make sure that
people's rights are not tampered with," said Vangarderne.

      There has been growing concern among South Africans that foreign
immigrants could be behind an upsurge of violent crime in the country. But
diplomats from neighbouring countries whose nationals make the bulk of
immigrants in Johannesburg deny that their compatriots are fuelling crime in
South Africa. -  ZimOnline

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Hot Seat: Biti, Ncube & Madhuku teleconference (PART 2)

Zim Online

Thu 20 July 2006

      Transcript of SW Radio Africa programme 'Hot Seat' in which Violet
Gonda talks with Tendai Biti and Professor  Welshman Ncube and Dr Lovemore
Madhuku. Broadcast on 18th July 2006

      Violet: We continue our discussion with the two Secretary General's of
the MDC factions. Tendai Biti from the  Tsvangirai MDC and Professor
Welshman Ncube from the Mutambara MDC and NCA Chairperson Lovemore  Madhuku.
This week we are going to talk about the split in the MDC.

      So much has been said about this split, but there  is still the
contentious issue of the name and party assets. Many have asked where this
conflict is going or when it is  going to end. So, I first asked Professor
Ncube to update us on where the situation stands right now.

      Prof. Ncube: Well, of course I can't say about this split where it is
going or when it is going to end. What I can tell you  are the things which
divide us and to some of us, those things which divide us are very, very
fundamental. The things  which divide us, as far as we are concerned, are

      There is the issue of violence that we have spoken about,  and that is
issue number one which has been a problem in the party for most of 2005 and
as Tendai has given all examples the assaults on Dr Mudzingwa in Gwanda, the
assaults on some staff members in Bulawayo, the attempted  murder of the
Director of Security at Harvest House, the torture for a week of many
political leaders during May and  June 2005.

      It is a question of how we deal with it, as far as we are concerned
young people will always resort to  violence in frustration. It is how we
deal with that violence as leaders and if we deal with it in a committed
manner  where it is clear that none of us are sponsoring violence or
condoning it for our own political ends, we would not be divided at all.

       It is when it is apparent or it appears that some of us in the
leadership, and senior leaders, are actually  using violence as a tool to
organise the party, to organise their own colleagues. And, that is where we
have a problem.

      The second issue where we have a problem, is that as a democratic
movement founded on the values of collective  democratic decision making
where we have created institutions and structures in our party which must
make decisions.

      And those structures make decisions, those decisions might even be
wrong, that is not the point. The fact is that once  those decisions have
been made collectively in those structures, they must bind us at all times.

      Otherwise what stops  Mugabe, in an election, to say 'the people who
have voted they are wrong, I overrule them', as he has been saying  over the
years. Because once any person in a position of leadership superimposes
himself or herself over the people to  say I can now decide which decision
is in the interest of the nation or which decision is not taken by the
people, then  you have a problem.

      You are introducing some form of individual meritocracy, that there
are those who have the  wisdom to overrule the people. And this is where we
have a problem. Where you have people in leadership positions  asserting
this right, to say this thing can go this way. If the vote goes the opposite
way it is not valid. In other words, to  say democracy is valid only to the
extent where it is consistent with my view and that is not democracy and in
fact it is  very, very dangerous, extremely dangerous.

      Because what stops that person from doing that when they are
president,  when they are prime minister and when they are running the
state. The third and final thing which has divided us is the disrespect
which is accorded to the elected organs of the party.

      Once you disrespect these organs by establishing and instigating
kitchen cabinets when these substitute themselves  for elected organs you
are negating democracy again. It basically means if you are a government you
will be basically  ignoring government, ignoring cabinet and basically
making decisions in collaboration with some other body not known  by the
constituents and the law.

      And this is where we have a problem and these are the things that
divide us and we  have said if there was a recommitment not just in word,
but also in deed, to these principles then there would be no  problems and
you probably would have a united MC one day.

      Violet: And Tendai, what is your permanent solution to the split?

      Tendai Biti: Well I think a number of things. I think that, with the
greatest respect to the Professor, personally, as an  individual, I am not
going to to enter into a discourse that tires me; that fatigues me, and I'm
not going to  enter into a discourse that to me does not positively
contribute towards the vision that I have for a new Zimbabwe and  that to
me, does not resonate with my understanding of the requirements and the
demands from the ordinary average  Zimbabwean who is in Dotito, who is in
Nkayi, who is in Murehwa and who is in Dulibadzimu in Bietbridge.

      As far as I'm  concerned, that individual is tired of ZANU PF. That
individual is tired of inflation that is over 2000 %. That individual is
tired of going on one meal in two days. That individual is tired of going
into hospital where there are no drugs. That  individual is tired of sending
children to school who will be sent back a week later because they can't
afford the school  fees.

      The bottom line: that individual is tired of Robert Mugabe and is
tired of the system of corruption and patronage  that he represents. That
individual is tired of the national security state and the securocrats that
are abusing and  mis-abusing us. And that individual wants organisations,
political parties that these same people have set up.

      The MDC  was not set up by the genius of individuals, its was set up
as a result of collective effort by the working class of these  people and
what they want is a democratic confrontation of this regime so that we have
democratic change in  Zimbabwe. In that process, yes, you've got rules that
bind you; your constitution; you're own internal constitution; but  the
bigger picture still remains. The one fundamental process of completing the

      The one fundamental process  of saving our country. The one
fundamental process of turning the dream of a new Zimbabwe into a reality.
And, to me  that must be the starting point, and to me, that must be the
vision that binds us. If we are not united in respect of that  vision then
we have no business in the democratic trenches.

      Then we have no business in the battlefields against  ZANU PF and we
should remain where we are. But if the vision is to see the democratic
change that this country long  needs; that is long overdue; that we owe to
future generations, then surely surely, surely we must appreciate the
stability of a united or of a popular front but not one based on suspicion,
not one based on a patchwork, because as I  said, before, you are not doing
anything about this.

      I will not enter into discourses about this and that after all before
October 12th, I was just an ordinary member of this party. I've got my
strong views, you know, about what happened on  12th October and what led to
the split, but I will not follow into the ZANU PF foot-balling pitch or
cricket field and fire  salvos that will make Robert Mugabe and Chombo
smile. I will not do that. And, I want to remind ZANU PF, and I know  they
are listening or will read the transcripts, I want to remind ZANU PF that as
far as I'm concerned and as far as the  movement that I represent is
concerned, they are the focus and they are the focus of the people of
Zimbabwe, but that  doesn't mean that to say housekeeping issues of
transparency are irrelevant. They are not.

      Some of us are democrats  to the bone, to the bone marrow, and I make
no apologies for that and I don't think I would be where I am if the
structure was fundamentally flawed, what is fundamentally flawed is Robert
Mugabe and the entire system that he  represents.

      Violet: But, Tendai, do you agree that the issue of having the same
name is not practical, and, therefore, when are you  going to deal with this
problem, with this particular problem?

      Tendai Biti: That's different from the causes of the split and why the
split will continue, that is a different issue. I think  the issue of the
name, the issues of identity are not a problem in the immediate short term
because each one of us is  carving his or her own identity. But I think the
more fundamental issue is that if you two bodies pretend to be fighting
ZANU PF and you purport to be saying the same thing then surely, at the very
minimum, you must have some  understanding, some co-existence, some non
aggression position and you mustn't be tearing each other to pieces and
that should be a minimum starting point.

      I know that people are not impervious or opaque to the inevitability
of  discussions around that and in the long term as Madhuku has said, wounds
are still fresh and for people like Professor  Welshman Ncube, they were in
the cauldron. I don't know what they did to each other in they so called Top
Six, which  in my view was in fact the Kitchen Cabinet because it was not a
formal structure of this party so I don't know what they  did to each other
in the Kitchen Cabinet of the Top Six. Some of us were outsiders.

      But the duty on some of us is not to  let 12th October take this
struggle 25 years back and it is the duty of all of us to rebuild the morale
of the  pro-democracy movement to the commanding heights that it was in 2000
and in 2001 and confront this dictatorship.

      We should not allow the dictatorship to continue having the honeymoon
that it's been enjoying quite comfortably since  October 12th 2005 and that
is fundamental.

      Violet: Are you saying that basically the problem was with the Top Six
and not with the general membership because  you seem to imply that you
don't know what the real issues were?

      Tendai Biti: Look,the 12th of October was merely the culmination of a
dis-functionality that had arisen in the top  leadership. So the top
leadership, the so called Top Six, must take full responsibility for what
happened on the 12th  October. There was clear evidence of dis-functionality
in this party. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to  understand that
there was no chemistry in the top leadership of this movement. That
paralysed the party, we did  nothing after the 31st October, after the theft
of the election on March 31st 2005.

      We did nothing; not even issue a  statement when we had Murambatsvina
in May of 2005. So clearly, clearly the was a process of slow death to the
party  that I would argue probably commenced after the heavily stolen
election of March 2002, but that is a long debate. That  is a separate
debate, and as I said, I personally do not have the energy of doing a
discourse into the causes around  the split.

      In my private time, I am actually writing and chronicling my own view
of events in the same manner as Brian  Raftopolous has done in his article.
But, that's my private position, and I am not going to allow that to exhaust
me and I  need all my energies to confront Robert Mugabe and the sycophants
that are at Government Building in Samora  Machel Street.

      Violet: Now, Dr Madhuku, sorry, I'm going to come back to you but I
just need to do a follow up question with Professor  Ncube on what Biti has
said and which has reminded me of some of the reports that are coming up.
Now, Professor  Ncube, is it true that your faction is negotiating with
people like Tendai Biti for rapprochement and if so, do you not find  it
unsatisfactory and contradictory that you seem to be fighting each other on
the streets and negotiating behind closed  doors?

      Professor Ncube: Well, I'm not sure what you mean by negotiations,
there is no where we have done any formal  negotiations. What we do is talk
to each other all the time; at least talk to those who are willing to be
spoken to in the  other group and I can assure you, there are not many. And,
when we talk we talk about exactly the things that Tendai  has referred to.
Which is to say if we are all genuine, then we are democrats, if we are all
genuine then we are in the  business of confronting the Mugabe regime.

      Then surely we have no business of fighting each other. We should
agree  to disagree that we disagreed on 12th October, there are things on
which we disagreed which resulted in the split and  it's time to move on.
Even as separate entities there's no need, for instance, to be beating up
each other.

      There's no  need to be making accusations day in day out about a whole
range of things; accusing people of collaborating with  ZANU PF, accusing
people of being bought and so forth and so on. And if we are all genuine in
that we are fighting  ZANU PF and so some of us are concerned and have been
committed to dialogue between the two parties so that you  could, for
instance, end up with some understanding of co-existence and so each party
is left to wage the struggle  against ZANU PF the best way it sees how
rather than be derailed by the struggles against each other. I

       respect  Tendai when he says he doesn't want to have his energies
sapped by a fruitless struggle within the opposition itself and  which will
leave of course Mugabe and ZANU PF smiling all the way to the bank. That is
true. But, for some of us,  when we struggle against ZANU PF, we want to
hold ourselves to the highest standards.

      We want to hold ourselves to  those ideals for which we say that the
Mugabe regime must go, and therefore, we will not turn a blind eye, even if
it is  exhausting, to actually make sure that we fix ourselves before we get
to State House. Let us fix ourselves.

      We owe it to  the people of Zimbabwe that we do not give them a false
revolution, a false beginning. It happened in Zambia for ten  years, they
went backwards to worse times then they were when they were under Kenneth
Kaunda, and it can happen  in Zimbabwe. This is what we are saying and we
insist that this must not happen. People may feel disillusioned, might  feel
disappointment and some people might say that the bigger struggle, the
bigger enemy is ZANU PF.

      But we must be  careful that in the process of fighting the bigger
enemy we do not end up internalising the values and principles of  ZANU PF
and by the time we get to State House we are in fact no better than the
dictator we have removed.

      Violet: But, could you explain further, a little bit more about who
you are talking to and what you are trying to achieve? I  mean are you
trying to join forces again or are you talking about the issue of the
assets; dividing the assets?

      Professor Ncube: No, we have not talked. We have said or agreed in
principle there is a need to talk about, for  instance, a code of conduct
between the parties; how we can behave and things that are not allowed. So,
that, for  instance, the violence which occurred last Saturday does not
occur and the attacks on each other do not occur. It is  that sort of
discussion which we are saying is necessary.

      It hasn't commenced, it hasn't started. We don't know  whether it will
start. There are those in the two parties who are saying it is necessary for
us at least to have some  understanding that the enemy is not the other
side, the enemy is ZANU PF and therefore why not have some sort of  code of
conduct in respect of which we behave towards each other; we relate to each

      Whether or not that small  beginning can contribute to some greater
co-operation in future is another thing but we are saying at the very least
there is need to talk about that. If we can't we cant, but if we can, all
the better.  Violet And Dr Madhuku on the issue of the two parties moving
on, how do you think these two groups should resolve  the issue of the name,
because it is said that as long as there are two MDC groups not only does
this confuse the  grassroots but it also fuels violence.

      Dr Madhuku: Well, I think that it would be a mistake to think that you
can simply resolve the issue of the name without  creating an atmosphere
that allows them to debate and to be able to believe that they can resolve
their differences.

      When they reach an agreement on the name that will presuppose an
understanding of respecting each other,  respecting their different roles,
their different perspectives etc. It will be impossible to resolve the issue
of the name  without going through the important process of recognising the
two different groups that exist and also recognising that  each of the
groups has a right to exist and to propagate its ideas.

      So I would suggest that they wait and then engage in  processes that
they seemingly, from myself listening to Tendai and to Professor Ncube, that
they all believe ultimately  they have to focus on confronting Mugabe, and I
think if they prioritise on confrontation with Mugabe in the process the
chemistry that Tendai wants to see coming out, I think it will come out and
then perhaps in that process they will get the  name. But, they can't just
rush into resolving the issue of the name, it is impossible and it will
really waste energies and  time.

      Violet: And join us next Tuesday when the three panellists will
discuss another difficult issue; that of the constitution.  Has Dr. Lovemore
Madhuku created a crisis in the democracy movement by the controversial
amendment of the NCA  constitution?

      What agreement was reached between ZANU PF's Patrick Chinamasa and
MDC's Welshman Ncube on  the issue of a new constitution, and, is the draft
constitution that was written by the two political parties a starting point
for negotiations?  Audio interview can be heard on SW Radio Africa's Hot
Seat programme Tues 18 July 2006 - archives. ENDS

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Cocktail of livestock diseases stretch veterinary services

[ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

HARARE, 19 Jul 2006 (IRIN) - Hopes that Zimbabwe could resume beef exports
to the lucrative European Union (EU) market before the end of this year have
been dashed by a widespread outbreak of highly contagious diseases the
veterinary services are struggling to contain.

Harare's beef exports to the EU were suspended in August 2001 following
repeated outbreaks of foot-and-mouth. The principal director in the
department of veterinary services, Stuart Hargreaves, said chronic foreign
currency shortages had defeated the department's efforts to control the
resurgence of foot-and-mouth, anthrax and various other tick-borne ailments.

"We need about US$2 million to run control programmes for the rest of this
year," he noted. Lumpy skin disease, for example, was affecting each
province, but Zimbabwe was competing with better-off neighbours to import
vaccines form a single South African supplier.

Despite the crumbling of services, the department has not given up on its
disease control efforts. Hargreaves said the fencing off two national parks
had just been completed to prevent the mingling of wildlife - especially
buffaloes that carry foot-and-mouth - with domestic animals.

The chairperson of the Cattle Producers Association, Maryna Erasmus, told
IRIN the current disease explosion was a result of illegal cattle movements
that characterised the chaotic government-backed commercial farm invasions
that began in 2000. He said diseases were introduced into new areas or
reinfected previously cleansed zones.

"There is a countrywide outbreak of tick-borne diseases such as heart-water,
red water, gall sickness, lumpy skin disease, three-day-stiff sickness and
anthrax. Some farmers can handle these ailments, but they do not have the
vaccines. It is worse in the communal areas because dip-tanks have not been
working for two years in some areas. Farmers who can afford basic vaccines
cannot find them. Government blames all this on foreign currency shortages,"
said Erasmus.

Before the suspension of the EU beef quota, Zimbabwe earned US$38 million
annually from its beef exports, representing 4 percent of the country's
total foreign currency earnings. Repeated efforts to revive EU sales have
failed although trade deals in other beef products remains operational.

Cold Storage Commission marketing board member Lovegot Tendengu told IRIN
that the loss of the beef export agreement was a major blow to the country.
He added that it would be impossible to revive the industry until the
epidemics were brought under control.

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Zimbabwe patients suffer as state doctors strike


Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:56 PM BST

By MacDonald Dzirutwe

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe government hospitals were turning away patients
on Wednesday as doctors defied calls to return to work until their demands
for higher salaries and improved working conditions were met.

At Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, the country's largest health centre,
patients with non-life-threatening illnesses were turned away because there
were no doctors to attend to them.

"They refused to admit me ... they are saying my condition is not serious,
so what am I supposed to do if I go back home," Emilia Kabayadondo, a
64-year-old grandmother of six with a swollen leg and high blood pressure,

Kabayadondo said she had been at the hospital at 0400 GMT. She was still
waiting for treatment more than seven hours later.

The majority of Zimbabweans use state hospitals because they are cheaper
than private facilities and allow patients to settle their bills months
after being discharged.

Public health workers have staged a series of strikes and walkouts in recent
years to press for higher salaries that they say have failed to keep pace
with living costs, amid an economic crisis widely blamed on President Robert
Mugabe's 26-year rule.

Unhappy over a basic salary of $563 (306 pounds) and new rules compelling
them to serve an extra year-long internship at poorly-equipped rural
hospitals, some 270 state doctors have refused to work since last Thursday
in the country's four main hospitals, Zimbabwe's Hospital Doctors
Association said.

"Why can't they give them the money they want so that they can go back to
work? Where do they think I can get the money to see a (private doctor)?"
Kabayadondo, visibly in pain and unable to walk, said in the local Shona

A few metres away, four people hovered over a woman who lay on the pavement
writhing with abdominal cramps. She was not admitted to the hospital
although her family hoped she would at least see a doctor.

Mugabe's government has singled out health workers among state employees
prevented from boycotting work because they offer essential services.

But Kuda Nyamutukwa, president of Zimbabwe's Hospital Doctors Association,
vowed on Wednesday that doctors would press on with their boycott until a
committee set up to mediate managed to broker a solution.

Zimbabwe has had a heavy exodus of doctors and nurses in recent years, with
most moving to neighbouring countries in search of better working conditions
after completing training.

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Tsvangirai to Mugabe: Open Negotiations Or Face Mass Protests


By Blessing Zulu
      19 July 2006

Founding President Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for
Democratic Change said Tuesday that President Robert Mugabe must choose
between opening negotiations with a broad range of political and civic
groups about a democratic transition process, or face sustained
Ukraine-style civil unrest.

Tsvangirai said in an interview that his faction of the divided MDC has
finalized plans to establish a broad alliance with other opposition parties
and civil society groups to confront the Mugabe government on the streets of
the country. The past week has seen demonstrations in several cities by
groups such as the National Constitutional Assembly, demanding a new
constitution, and displaced street merchants.

Mugabe, 82, in power since 1980, has so far ignored such demands for change
other than to warn that protests will be met with a tough response from

The president meanwhile has met pressure from international critics with the
position that Zimbabwe's economic crisis was caused by sanctions imposed by
Great Britain, the United States and Europe. He has named former Tanzanian
president Benjamin Mkapa as mediator with Britain, seeking to reopen issues
related to post-colonial land reform which Britain says were closed long ago
and will not be reopened.

The British Foreign Office says the real crisis is between Mr. Mugabe and
Zimbabwe's people - an analysis with which Tsvangirai declared himself in

The Mkapa diplomatic initiative has the backing of the African National
Congress, the political core of South Africa's ruling coalition, and
regional diplomatic sources said it is likely to receive the endorsement of
the Southern African Development Community.

Tsvangirai said he intends to follow his party's road map for resolution of
Zimbabwe's crisis through negotiations Mr. mugabe and the ruling ZANU-PF

Reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe asked Tsvangirai about
the road map, the Mkapa initiative, and ongoing protests by civil society

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Namibia says Zimbabwe a role model for land reform

Mail and Guardian

      Harare, Zimbabwe

      19 July 2006 11:05

            Namibia's justice minister has praised Zimbabwe's controversial
programme of farm seizures, saying newspapers that run negative stories
about the country are taken over by forces opposed to the success of
Africanism, it was reported on Wednesday.

            Speaking during a tour of three Zimbabwe farms allocated to
black farmers, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana said there was too much propaganda
against the country, the government's Herald newspaper reported.

            "When I came to Zimbabwe I was looking for chaos, disorder,
lawlessness and rampant human rights abuse. I was surprised to see people
working, some of them on their farms," the minister said.

            Namibia has recently embarked on its own programme of land
reforms, and says it sees Zimbabwe as a role model for the way land reform
can be carried out.

            President Robert Mugabe launched his programme of white land
seizures in 2000. Only a few hundred white farmers are now left on the land,
out of more than 4 000 six years ago.

            The programme has been wracked with controversy, following
allegations that well-connected members of the ruling party cherry-picked
the best farms, often for use as weekend retreats.

            Agricultural production has taken a nosedive, turning a country
once known as the breadbasket of Southern African into a struggling food

            Mugabe blames the drop in production upon repeated drought, but
some senior government officials -- including vice-president Joseph Msika -- 
have dared to suggest that land wasn't always given to people with an
interest in farming.

            Namibia's justice minister told the Herald she was very pleased
to have been brought to see the farms.

            "There is too much propaganda against Zimbabwe. I keep on
repeating, our media from all over Namibia, South Africa are all taken by
forces opposed to the success of Africanism," Iivula-Ithana said.

            The authorities in Zimbabwe also regularly allege that they are
the victim of a hostile Western media plot, and there are strict media laws
in place to try to control which reporters are allowed to work there. -

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Suspect in Mabvuku violence case denied bail

      By Tererai Karimakwenda
      19 July 2006

      The latest suspect arrested in connection with the assault on five
officials from the Mutambara MDC which took place on July 2 has been denied
bail by a Harare magistrate. Lawyer Douglas Mwonzora told us Wednesday that
his client, 31 year old Francisco Zhuwau, was arrested by police at Matopos
National Park in Bulawayo where he had gone to enquire about a job. Mwonzora
said it is hard to tell why Zhuwau was arrested because he was not in the
Mabvuku area when the violent attack took place and there is no evidence
linking him to it. Additionally none of the victims have named him as a
suspect. Despite the lack of evidence Zhuwau becomes the ninth person
arrested as a suspect for the attack on Harare North MP Trudy Stevenson and
four other MDC officials who were assaulted and robbed by a group of thugs
as they left a meeting in Mabvuku two weeks ago. He appeared before Harare
magistrate Faith Mushure on Tuesday and was remanded in custody.

      Mwonzora told us the prosecution's case rests fully on informants they
have refused to name. He said this particular aspect of the case is very
disturbing because the prosecution cannot keep the identity of informants
secret from the court and from the defence. The anonymous informants are the
only evidence the state has presented against Zhuwau. Mwonzora is also
representing 3 other suspects in the case who were granted bail by Justice
Garwe at the High Court. But Magistrate Mushure threw out Mwonzora's
application for bail. The lawyer said he will approach the high court on
Thursday to grant bail for Zhuwau, as was done in the case of the other 3

      The state controlled Herald newspaper reported Wednesday that the
Mutambara MDC faction has said it will not co-operate with the committee
appointed by the Tsvangirai MDC to investigate this violent incident. A
statement by deputy president of the Mutambara MDC, Gibson Sibanda, said
they found no need to co-operate with a committee whose composition they
were not party to. The statement said: "In the event of independent groups
such as civic society setting up a commission, the party will welcome such
an initiative and will encourage our members to co-operate with it."

      The Tsvangirai faction have insisted the committee led by Advocate
Happious Zhou is an independent body. The committee includes lawyers Irene
Petras of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Kay Ncube of Gill Godlonton
      and Gerrans and Kudakwashe Matibiri is the secretary.

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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A Trusteeship for Zimbabwe?

      By Dr. Norman Reynolds

      THE situation in Zimbabwe has been critical for some time without any
sign of a resolution to its myriad of human, community and economic crisis.

      How can the international community, including African nations, best
help to restore that beautiful and productive country to peace, citizen
wellbeing and prosperity?

      The proposal below involves neither peacekeeping troops nor loans for
macroeconomic stabilization. Only certain limited functions of the Ministry
of Finance would be placed under Trusteeship.

      It is innovative, perhaps even radical, in its reliance on a limited
strategic intervention that builds citizen social and economic rights, and
rewards business investment whilst ensuring the working of local economies.

      Zimbabwe is suffering an economic, governance, health and social
implosion. After three fraudulent elections, a chaotic land redistribution
program, the "cleansing" of small informal businesses selling daily
essential needs on the black market and the bulldozing of informal homes,
President Mugabe has lost any chance of engaging civil society or of turning
the situation around.

      People feel defeated and powerless. As they undertake the grinding
daily search for the means to survive, citizens have to deal with an army of
spies and oppressive agents of government. That Government has been at war
with its citizens for at least three years. Almost a third of the population
have fled to other countries taking about half the skills with them.

      Zimbabweans have also to accommodate the longest-running genocide in
fifty years created by the monumental incompetence and malfeasance of the
national government. Zimbabwe has an HIV-AIDS pandemic that is comprised of
a 35% + infection rate amongst adults compounded by 80% unemployment, mass
poverty and food scarcity, and a government that is unable, perhaps is
unwilling, to put people before its survival. The result is that, in
Zimbabwe, HIV infection turns quickly to AIDS and AIDS to death.

      No international authority has yet named this genocide, and no agency
has yet taken responsibility to stop it! By not naming the genocide,
international law, that requires foreign intervention, is not applicable.
This has suited South Africa's "quiet diplomacy".

      In 2003, I estimated with colleagues in Zimbabwe that some 400,000
extra deaths took place that year because of official venality; none of
these should have died but rather have lived productive lives under care for
many more years.

      Political Paralysis

      The current danger is that, with Mugabe weak and old, the field is
ripe for new demagogues to take over.
      We must forget about any first requirement for a government of
'national unity'. That is not on, not because the MDC so distrusts ZANU-PF,
as South Africa should after the many broken promises to President Mbeki,
but because that presumes such a venture will lead to ordered elections.
ZANU-PF has not won the last four elections and will not win any other. It,
therefore, is the party that does not want a national unity government.
Most of its leaders would end up before Human Rights hearings and almost all
would be placed behind bars for corruption. They cannot afford a normal

      Zimbabweans do not see, and thus do not agree, on what to do next. The
Mugabe government does not have the ideas or the integrity to persuade the
international community to rescue the country it governs. False statements
by the Mugabe government have led to even the World Food Program having no
legal mandate to rescue millions of Zimbabweans from imminent starvation.

      The main opposition party, the MDC, has yet to fashion a recovery
program that can attract both local and international support. It would
easily win an open election as the democratic opposition, it would work with
the IMF to create macro-economic stability, but, at present, it has no plans
that appeal to all citizens by telling what they will be able to do tomorrow
to secure themselves and their families.

      Now, at last, a senior member of South Africa's ANC party, Cyril
Ramaphosa, has stated that South Africa should intervene in Zimbabwe. He,
however, did not say how.

      The Terms of any Loan to Zimbabwe

      When Zimbabwe comes begging, as it has recently, and often blowing hot
and cold, to the UN, South Africa, China, Malaysia and other possible
'friends', having broken all the rules of international membership and
having turned against its people, for the means to keep its economy going
and to feed its people, what does one do?

      The first point is to distinguish between that government and the
plight of its people, almost all of whom are innocent victims of its
incompetence, criminality and fascism. This means that help must be given
fast and in ways that help citizens first: not later after some hoped for
'trickle down' of activity.

      Now, Early November 2005, South Africa has announced a relatively tiny
grant (US22 million) for food and, rather late, support for farming for many
southern African countries including Zimbabwe. In addition, the UN is trying
to raise US$30 million for relief in Zimbabwe, notably to those who lost
homes and business in the state assault on the poor. Neither attempt at help
has cleared a pathway to reach the poor rather than simply bolster Mugabe
and his party.

      Given the depth of poverty, there is no 'demand' in the national
market for more goods and services. Demand in the hands of citizens is the
urgent need and the basis of any economic recovery. The terms of the grants
and any loans become the only lever available to help restore that beautiful
country to democracy and wealth. How to do it?

      So far, the countries other than South Africa to whom Mugabe is
appealing for funds have not promised much. However, their style is to
demand large parts of that country's farmland, minerals and future exports
in upfront payment; measures that help Mugabe to pawn the country cheaply to
stay in power.  His desperation could drive him to 'sell' Zimbabwe more and
more cheaply.

      Zimbabwe's financial games are just that. In early September it stole
$120 million in scarce hard currency held legally in exporter's accounts to
stave off the likely loss of IMF membership by deposited those funds into
the IMF account. . This move is unacceptable. Worse, while it might allow
the regime to live on for a while longer, that money, and much more, is
needed immediately to keep those exporters in business and to find the
wherewithal to purchase fuel, food, and essential inputs for agriculture and

      The Role of the International Community

      It is a certainty that, over the next ten years, the international
community will have to pour large amounts of money into Zimbabwe, certainly
as humanitarian aid but also, hopefully soon, for its reconstruction.
Immediately, Zimbabwe requires at least US$818 million for the urgent
importation of grains and cereals that it does not have.  Over the next five
years or so, the total cost of "relief and recovery" for Zimbabwe will
likely come to at least $15 billion.

      What terms should the international community, including South Africa
and the African Union, set for the use of this money? How can aid be
provided so that it will not be drained away by corruption and simply act to
prop up an illegitimate regime?

      This is the key question and opportunity regarding Zimbabwe's recovery
and the return of human rights and citizen economic security. South Africa
can play a lead role in this effort, and in so doing can restore the promise
of NEPAD and the African Union. Zimbabwe represents a unique opportunity to
create a "failed state" programme based on international trusteeship of a
particular and limited, but vital form. That would also represent the best
method to reform the tired and largely ineffectual international AID
business and rebuild rich country citizen support for it.

      Apart from Zimbabwe, such a plan would fit the needs of Afghans, for
example, to wrest citizen competence away from warlords, ideologues and
reliance on the opium trade. It has lessons for South Africa's long
marginalized township and rural areas whose non-working local economies
still hold the majority of citizens as economic prisoners.

      The Aims and Methods of International Intervention

      To be successful, a recovery program must be built upon the quick
realization of economic and social rights and effect humanitarian relief.
People must be treated as competent immediately, not after prolonged
 "relief", "training" or "management" or "trickle down". The plan must give
them the financial means and the right to make their own economic decisions,
to look after themselves and their families, to contribute to their
communities and to build working local economies.

      Finally, the management of foreign exchange in any such plan is
critical: it must not be diverted into the pockets of corrupt officials or
be used to pay off the debts of the Mugabe government. Rather, it must be
highly strategic. It must pass directly from the trusteeship to be set up to
import key national requirements and to support economically productive
industry and businesses.

      The Plan

      The following is an outline of the plan that a colleague and I put
together in 2003, at the request and with the agreement of the Zimbabwe
Country Team of the United Nations. It stands in stark contrast to the usual
IMF macroeconomic stabilization program, based on controlling deficits and
the balance of payments. Briefly, here are the main points:

      a. All foreign aid is to go into a special account in the Zimbabwe
Reserve Bank, without exception. A customized foreign exchange system would
be implemented under UN supervision.

      b. The equivalent in local currency would be transferred into a
Zimbabwe Economic and Social Rights Trust, controlled by persons appointed
by the major donors and the UN. The Zimbabwe government, businesses and
civil society could have seats but no majority.

      a.   Foreign Exchange

      Under the plan, all foreign exchange ("forex") provided by the
international community would be sold for local currency to business and
industry through a series of forex "windows." The first window would be
limited to exporters, because export industries like mining, tourism, and
agriculture generate forex through their international sales, thus
multiplying the amount of forex available. By giving priority to exporters,
guarantees for foreign loans would be easier for them to obtain, further
swelling the pool of forex available.

      Any forex surplus in the first window would be passed to a second
window through which national essentials like fuels, medicines etc., are
bought. This would act to keep the cost structure of the economy, and
inflation, down.

      Any further forex surplus would go to a third window that would
auction its available forex for use by domestic business and industry.
      The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe could amalgamate any forex it might have,
but without the right to determine the rules or prices of this
internationally supervised scheme.

      b. Child and Investment Rights
      The Economic and Social Rights Trust would receive the Zimbabwe $
equivalence of the inflow of foreign aid to provide "Child" and "Investment
Rights" to all citizens who register and act together under Community Trusts
formed at the village, neighbourhood, and street levels.

      "Child Rights" would be set at US$50 (R330) equivalent per child per
month up to 18 years of age. The monthly inflow of funds would be used first
to buy locally produced food for daily child feeding. This 'rule' sets apart
the prices in the local market from global and other sources, rewarding
local production.

      The payments for the food goes 30% to pay the school fee until paid
off each term, 10% to the Community Trust, and the balance to the parent /
local supplier. In this way, the money will circulate locally three to four
times, activating and rewarding local economic production and building
community cohesion and common purpose.

      Thereafter it will rebuild the economy of the cities and businesses.
      "Investment Rights," worth $300 (R2,000) per adult per year for five
years, would be paid to each Community Trust per registered resident adult.
These funds would be used jointly at the local level to build or restore
community productive capacity such as community gardens, irrigation systems,
improved grazing and woodland, rental housing and other infrastructure, and
to finance individual crop production, food processing etc. For the
reconstruction of Zimbabwean society, such funds must build both community
organisation and productive capacity, but also call forth and reward and
support individual businesses.

      Both 'rights' programmes avoid the considerable distortions Mugabe has
introduced into the economy by his mishmash of subsidies.

      Impact of the Plan

      By design, each Community Trust converts a politically and
economically dysfunctional village or neighbourhood into democratic property
companies, with modernized rights of access to and ownership of land. They
become asset holding, investing and managing bodies. Women become equal
owners, the most important gain possible in Africa. Each year, the Trusts
will issue equally to all members exchangeable 'Use Rights' that they buy
and sell amongst themselves. This will cause prices to arise, the
fundamental requirement for resource management.

      Local equal member / owner labour contributions will more than match
these "investment" monies since there is now a community body that can turn
cash and labour investments into member dividends.

      We anticipate that Community Trusts would join with local government
and business to form regional periodic market systems, community banks,
production and service companies and the like and possibly operate in local
currencies to ensure that the local income multiplier is strong so that the
money does not run away to central places too quickly.

      The total cash infusion per year into a community of a thousand adults
and a thousand children under 18 would be $670,000. To this, the adults
would add around $456,000 worth of labour. The local income multiplier
should rise from around a pathetic 1.3 or so at present to between 3.0 and
4.0. The total annual local economic activity generated per year would be
around $2.4 million or $4,900 per family of four (R14, 000, 000 and R32, 000
respectively). Total investment would be $760,000 per year, or $1,500 per
family (R4, 790, 000 and R9,450 respectively).

      This surge in unlocked local energy and economic investment would then
drive the national Gross Domestic Product at least 3% per annum higher. It
would also generate tax revenues equal to 60%+ of its cost because of the
high total national income multiplier, which will be around 9. Just as
importantly, when compared to the IMF balance of payments route, it would
first build local demand to reward the revival of neighbourhoods and then of
companies, ultimately encouraging all Zimbabweans to become active
participants, both locally and nationally.

      Balancing Localization with Globalization

      The use of economic and social rights programming in this plan,
employing a strong "localization" model to balance "globalization," would
allow Zimbabwe to come under an innovative form of UN / AU Economic and
Social Trusteeship. It would provide the means for all citizens to quickly
become economically active and secure, it would ensure a better than minimum
level of schooling and health for all, and it would build communities and
local economies, thus laying the foundation for national reconciliation,
rapid economic recovery and a broad-based growth in citizen ownership of
their country's productive base. We anticipate that this will result in a
rapid restoration of an active and participatory democracy.

      Land Reform from the Bottom Up
      Financially and organizationally competent communities would gain the
ability and the means to enter the land market if they wished to expand
their land base or to move into particular crops or to be nearer to markets.
This form of economic rights programming takes the state out of the driver's
seat of what has become a too politically charged matter, land reform, and
creates what amounts to full agrarian reform led by the people from the
bottom up.
      Finally, if implemented and fully funded, this recovery plan would
attract back the three million Zimbabweans who have fled in the last four
years and who have considerable skills and much needed experience.

      Dr Reynolds was Chief Economist with Zimbabwe's late Finance Minister,
Bernard Chidzero from 1981-86.

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Zimbabwe Police Raid Bulawayo's Killarney Settlement, Harare's Mbare District


By Patience Rusere
      18 July 2006

Police raided the Killarney squatter settlement outside Bulawayo Tuesday
morning and took into custody a number of people who had returned to the
site after being evicted from their homes in Operation Murambatsvina one
year ago.

Correspondent Matsautso Banda of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe reported.

In Harare, witnesses said police continued to harass residents of the
populous Mbare district after weekend raids on street vendors in which
police confiscated goods and levied fines on informal business people
operating without licenses.

There were unconfirmed reports some unauthorized structures had been
demolished, evoking memories of the May-July 2005 Operation Murambatsvina
(Drive Out Trash), which according to a United Nations report left some
700,000 homeless or without livelihoods or both, and created a humanitarian
crisis in the country.

Residents of Mbare said police forced them to pay bribes.

Reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio for Zimbabwe asked spokesman
Precious Shumba of the Combined Harare Residents Association about
conditions in Mbare.

Diamond Karanda, a spokesman for Mbare's member of parliament, Gift
Chimanikire of the Movement for Democratic change faction led by Morgan
Tsvangirai, said the continual police activity has prevented many residents
from making a living.

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Black U.S. Labor Organizations Back Zimbabwe Liberation

New America Media

Special to the New America Media, News Report, Dwight Kirk, Jul 18, 2006

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe now has a new American acronym to scorn -

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) has launched a major campaign
to clip Mugabe of his "liberator" image in the African American community by
exposing the thuggish actions of his regime against the Zimbabwean people.

CBTU President William Lucy announced that CBTU would aggressively reach out
to African American media, labor websites/blogs and other progressive media
this summer to get Americans "tuned into the Zimbabwe crisis." Lucy also
said CBTU would join other organizations in demonstrations at the Zimbabwe
Embassy and other locations.

It is, indeed, a grim picture in Zimbabwe:

80 percent of Zimbabwe's workforce is unemployed. 700,000 urban poor and
working class people were made homeless a year ago, when the Mugabe
government declared them "rubbish" and destroyed their property.

Fuel and food are scarcer now than ever, with many families living on one
meal or less a day.

Over the past the two decades of Mugabe's rule, life expectancy in Zimbabwe
has plummeted by nearly 20 years - to an almost unimaginable level of 37
years for men and 34 years for women.

Lucy, who is also international secretary-treasurer of the 1.4
million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees,
said,"CBTU will not be a silent witness to this tragedy unfolding on distant
soil liberated by heroic freedom fighters. Zimbabwe's people, who are
suffering crushing poverty, homelessness, hunger and rampant violations of
human and trade union rights, need to know that their cries for help echo in
our hearts, no less than those of our sisters and brothers in South Africa
who prevailed over the racist apartheid regime."

Lucy was one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement in the 1980s,
which conducted the most effective grassroots anti-apartheid campaign in the
U.S. He was also instrumental in raising union revenue to finance Nelson
Mandela's historic trip to the U.S. in 1990.

In the 1960s Mugabe became an icon of the Zimbabwe nationalist movement that
fought white-minority rule and won independence in 1979. However, his
Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) party has tightened its autocratic
grip on power as Mugabe's support in urban areas has drastically waned. In
2002, he was reelected in a vote marked by government intimidation of the
opposition, a crackdown on the free press, and charges of vote rigging.

Mugabe's descent from icon to despot is wrenching for many black Americans.
In the 1960s, a lot of black activists here gave money and claimed
solidarity with Zimbabwe's liberation fighters. Josh Williams, president of
the Washington, D.C. central labor council, recently returned from a visit
to Zimbabwe with a verdict on Mugabe's leadership.

"He [Mugabe] has lost touch with the people," Williams said. "In the past 10
years Mugabe has become a totally different person." Williams, who
represented the AFL-CIO at the 25th anniversary convention of the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions in May, said "Workers there [Zimbabwe] find it hard
to accept that many of them are being beaten, arrested and harassed by the
same people that they marched with 25 years ago for [Zimbabwe's]

Mugabe's hand of repression greeted Williams when he arrived at the airport
in Harare. "There were about 20 other labor organizations that sent
representatives to the ZCTU convention," Williams said. "But when we arrived
at Zimbabwe's airport, 11 delegates were denied admission and sent back home
by the government, apparently because they had been critical of past actions
taken by Mugabe."

To squelch growing dissent from the displaced urban poor, the trade unions,
and farmers whose lands have been confiscated by the military, Mugabe has
virtually strangled democracy in Zimbabwe.

Barely two months ago, police officers raided the headquarters of the
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions. They ransacked the accounts department
under the pretense of searching for documents relating to foreign currency
transactions and fraud allegations. Union officials believe this attack was
designed to remove the current union leadership ahead of the annual meeting
last month of the International Labor Organization, which has repeatedly
cited the Mugabe regime for violating ILO conventions on freedom of

The government's campaign to destabilize ZCTU also includes mass arrests,
death threats, and bogus investigations; the threat of imprisonment of
leaders; the use of provocateurs to disrupt ZCTU meetings; and the creation
of splinter unions to undermine and weaken ZCTU. Government thugs have even
assaulted leaders of ZCTU's Women's Advisory Council, injuring one woman so
badly that she had to be taken to a clinic for x-rays. ZCTU Secretary
General Wellington Chibebe says he has been detained "many times" by the
government, targeted for beatings, tortured and received death threats.
Chibebe spoke at CBTU's 35th anniversary convention in Orlando, Florida in

He told the 1,500 delegates, "It is one thing to be independent. It is
another to be free. We are still fighting for our freedom in Zimbabwe." The
audience responded with a chorus of "Amen's'" when Chibebe added,
"Oppression is oppression, whether by a white person or a black person."

Lucy, who sits on the powerful AFL-CIO Executive Council, said CBTU's
Zimbabwe resolution and its invitation to Chibebe to speak to thousands of
black workers from every sector of organized labor in the U.S. "upped the
ante on Zimbabwe." He added, "It's time we - in the labor movement and in
the African American community - said 'Enough is enough: Hands off the
workers movement in Zimbabwe!' Bring back peace and democracy in Zimbabwe."

Williams echoed Lucy's call to action, saying "We must peel the veil from
Mugabe's regime and then be prepared to fully support our sisters and
brothers in Zimbabwe, who, sadly, must liberate their country - again."

Based in Washington, D.C., Dwight Kirk writes on employment and union

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Air Zimbabwe crisis continues to upset passengers

      By a Correspondent

      HARARE - PASSENGERS travelling with Air Zimbabwe on the London-Harare
route are furious with the airline for taking them for granted and delaying
their journeys to and from Harare by 10 to 12 hours, sometimes even more but
without giving any plausible explanations.

      The national carrier is experiencing a crippling fuel and foreign
currency shortage resulting in major problems within the corporation. The
airline is having to scout for the precious JetA1 fuel used to fly
aeroplanes hours before take off.

      On Sunday passengers were stranded at Gatwick Airport after having
checked-in at least three hours before their flight, which was supposed to
take off at 8 pm. The plane only touched down at Gatwick around 5 am the
next day. Passengers slouched on the uncomfortable chairs at the airport
overnight as Air Zimbabwe staff repeatedly told them the plane would be
available in "two hours".

      They only took off at 6 am arriving in Harare around 5 pm. Apparently
Air Zimbabwe could not afford to put the stranded passengers into hotels.
They only managed to give them £7 food vouchers for their trouble.

      "What makes me furious is that Air Zimbabwe has been lying to us -
they lied the whole day through until the following day," said one angry
Ngoni Funani. "If they told us to check-in and go back home and sleep, some
of us would have been able to do that because we live in London. It's a
shame, this is supposed to be the pride of the nation and it's going to the

      The continued delays are costing the airline thousands of pounds as it
not only disrupts the passengers' plans but also BAA, which runs Gatwick
Airport and charges them heavy penalties. has learnt that Sunday's flight was delayed
because passengers coming from Harare had to pass through Zambia to get fuel
to reach London.

      An insider said: "The situation is so bad and we risk losing so many
of our loyal customers to BA which does not offer that big baggage
allowances like we do. The airline is in a crisis and there is need for
sound management with good viable decisions being taken. As it is, we have
spent a lot of money on routes that are not lucrative because of the
government's "Look East" policy while neglecting the route giving us more

      Passengers were also irked upon arrival in Harare to find that the
airline had not issued any statements to alert relatives or friends picking
them up not to go to the airport early morning but later at the end of the

      "The delays are going to be with us for some time to come," said the
Air Zimbabwe source. "We are having to go all over Africa to get fuel so we
can service the London-Harare route and in the process we have the massive
delays but we will get there, things will improve."

      Mike Mutare, another passenger said: "It was really painful to spend
the whole night at the airport with children who are supposed to be going
home to have fun. I did not know what to tell them and yet someone kept on
saying "two hours", "two hours" from 5pm to 6am.

      Why do they not communicate with passengers - tell us not to come to
check-in until later."

      Grace Chitiyo, who was taking her British boyfriend home for the first
time and also for their wedding, was flabbergasted.

      "Can you imagine - Air Zimbabwe is supposed to be the epitome of
Zimbabwean hospitality - doing this to me on such an occasion - I do not
even want to know what he is thinking right know. I feel ashamed to be let
down in such a way."

      Other passengers have endured worse delays in the past few weeks. Anna
Mbambo told that she had to spend 24 hours to get to
Harare on a flight that normally takes about 10 hours.

      "First the flight was delayed because they had to pass through Kenya
to get some fuel so we boarded late and unfortunately for us, we went to
pick President Mugabe in Banjul at the end of the AU Summit. So we were
there on the runway as they did all the national anthems, the parades and
all. So for 24 hours I was on the plane from London to Harare. I made my
decision that day, I will stop using my national airline for now until
things improve."

      The airline is also experiencing problems with its three Chinese-made
MA60 planes which are out of service after developing problems. One burst
its four main tyres after being forced into an emergency landing at Victoria
Falls Airport after developing engine failure soon after take off.

      This followed the grounding of two other MA60 planes sourced from
China. The MA60 planes are said to have developed mechanical faults that the
airline has been struggling to deal with.

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Zimbabwe must act now on food situation

New Zimbabwe

By Renson Gasela
Last updated: 07/19/2006 09:37:20
ONE of the reasons why in Zanu PF those who aspire to be members of
parliament will invest so much money, materials, time etc campaigning, is
the hope of appointment as a minister.

Once you become a minister, you don't have to work; you don't have to know
anything at all. You continue to be rewarded for malfeasance, misfeasance or
even nonfeasance. You are assured of a permanent career as minister and also
a place at heroes acre when God, in His divine impartiality, decides to call
you above.

How does President Mugabe justify keeping ministers who fail and are corrupt
and he admits they are but keeps them? My friend the Minister of Agriculture
Hon Made has perennially misled the country for the past six years. I say
misled the country because Zanu Pf knows the truth and approve of the

In a statement I gave on the 9th of March 2006 concerning maize production,
I said that at best, maize production this year was going to be 800 000
tonnes. I gave reasons why it was going to be so. I need not repeat reasons.

In May, 2006, Minister Made announced that the crop forecast was that
1.8million tonnes of maize would be produced this year. He strangely went on
to say that although this was sufficient for the country, imports of maize
would continue. Of that production, GMB was likely to get 900 000 tonnes, as
farmers normally retain 50% for their own use.

A production of 1.8m tonnes would be enough for the country without the
strategic reserve. But we know that other experts were refused to
participate in the crop assessment exercise so that the country can be
properly misled.

GMB's financial year is April to March. This means that maize delivered
within that period is accounted for as intake for that year. However,
farmers deliver their maize from May to early October, depending on the
lateness of the season. The peak delivery is July to early August.

The Acting CEO of GMB, Col Muvuti, is quoted in the Herald of 10th July,
2006 that 80 000 tonnes of maize had been delivered, naturally, this figure
includes the first week of July.

The Sunday Mirror of 16th July says "Earlier during Saturday's meeting,
Agriculture minister Joseph Made had revealed that to date there are 100 000
metric tonnes of maize that have been brought into the silos, with the GMB
receiving 20 000 metric tonnes of maize from farmers every week. Made
pointed out that there is also a fair supply of crops such as millet,
sorghum and groundnuts, a sign that there was a good harvest last season"
(am sure meaning this season). This was a report to the Zanu PF consultative

Minister Made naturally got latest figures from GMB for the meeting. If by
15th July a paltry 100 000 metric tonnes of maize had been bought by GMB,
how much more will be bought by GMB before end of deliveries? For all
intents and purposes, all maize that farmers want to sell will be delivered
by end of September, whatever comes after that is inconsequential, quantity

There is 10 weeks between now and end of September. Even if we were to be
generous and say that weekly deliveries will continue at the current peak of
20 000 tonnes up to the end of September, that will only bring in 200 000
tonnes, making a total of 300 000 tonnes. This means a huge shortage of
maize. The delivery trend so far should make a caring government worried. It
should trigger food appeal to avert another disaster in the midst of a good
rainfall season!

Because my estimate of 20 000 tonnes per week is for the whole period of 10
weeks, in reality, the intake will be much less.

What this means is that there is no production of 1.8 million tonnes of
maize. That is why the government is mum on the Financial Gazette article
that Z$15 trillion is required for grain imports (Fingaz 13 - 19 July 2006).

The MDC appeals to the government to have mercy and feeling for the people
by approaching the donors in time. I know that there are continued food
imports but US$35m is too much in addition to the current imports, hence my
appeal to the government to act now. Why wait until the crisis hits the
country and then panic when the signs are so clear?

Equally, we are asking the donors to start sensitizing their governments.

Why can't it be done right for once?

Renson Gasela is the MDC Secretary for Lands and Agriculture

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Mugabe should follow self-flagellation with mea culpa

      By Bill Saidi

      HARARE - President Robert Mugabe seems to have perfected what is
turning out to be a ritual of self-flagellation.

      In condemning the hierarchy of his ruling Zanu PF as - to call a spade
a spade - a bunch of crooks, he is engaging in a form of self-flagellation.

      Who is Zanu PF? Who has been the personification of Zanu PF since
Ndabaningi Sithole - may his soul rest in peace - was consigned to the
political wilderness after that jailhouse putsch in 1975?
      Robert Gabriel Mugabe, who at the recent Central Committee meeting of
his party in Harare again scolded the members for being such crooks.

      He even made one accusation in SiNdebele - Ungubani wena? (Who are
you?). To many neutral observers this raised an intriguing question: did he
want the alleged culprit to know that he (Mugabe) knew what shenanigans he
was up to, even if he (the culprit) thought nobody had spotted him so far?

      Amazingly, Mugabe managed to infuse a bit of humour into his
accusations. The man even laughed, at one point, reducing the serious tone
of his condemnation into another political charade.

      As far as many observers can remember, he has always managed to
lighten the heavy atmosphere of Judgment Day with this light touch. In the
end, nobody seems to have taken him seriously.

      It would help if, after making such accusations, he owned up: he, as
the leader of the party, must accept responsibility for the decadence into
which his party is now wallowing.

      Earlier, at the Heroes Acre burial of Josiah Tungamirai, he extolled
the late freedom fighter's virtues by declaring that when he was
impecunious, Tungamirai came to Mugabe and sought help, openly.
      Others, Mugabe said, slouched into their holes of iniquity and cooked
up schemes to deal illicitly in gold.

      At the Central Committee meeting, he referred to some officials
setting up their own "amakoroza" to do the dirty work for them.
      A stranger might have come away with the impression that this party
had so many rotten eggs it was beyond redemption.

      There would surely be demonstrations in the streets the next morning,
with placards shouting to the skies: RESIGN NOW! or THE BELL TOLLS FOR ALL

      Yet, on the morrow, life continued at its customary, sedate, merry
pace all over Zimbabwe, with the urchins of the streets accosting passers-by
for anything from a hundred thousand to one million dollars - they too know
how worthless our currency has become.

      How could you be taken seriously if you said to a stranger  "Please,
Sir, spare a dollar for a poor man?" You would be laughed off the street.

      There was not one demonstration calling on Mugabe and the men and
women he had called such dirty names to quit, call fresh elections and let
the people pick a new, squeaky clean government.

      If Benjamin Mkapa, Mugabe's Good Samaritan-in-waiting, took all this
in and didn't squirm at the prospect of defending this man on the
international arena of good governance, then we must all wonder: should Kofi
Annan not have insisted that he be included as a guarantor of some sort of
"fair play"?

      It has long been accepted that, even though he has a record of
ruthlessness in adversity, Mugabe has no stomach for sticking the knife in
when a political misfit richly deserves to be bloodied.

      Others have a different theory: it would be a case of the pot calling
the kettle black.

      Does Mugabe himself have so many skeletons in his cupboard he dare not
hurl specific accusations against colleagues who might hit back by citing
his own past misdeeds in the morality stakes?

      In reality, the only people who have been victims of Mugabe's wrath
have not been openly associated with dipping their fingers in the big cookie
jar of government funds.

      Two of them, Simba Makoni and the late Eddison Zvobgo, were apparently
perceived as heavyweight challengers to Mugabe's mantle as party leader.
Makoni, young and possessing the requisite freedom fighter baggage, was
publicly humiliated over the devaluation fiasco.

      Today, Makoni could be justified to remind Mugabe that if, all those
many years ago, the government had taken his and former Reserve Bank of
Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor, Leonared Tsumba's advice on devaluation, Zimbabwe
would not be turning into a zhing zhong economy that it has become today.

      Zvobgo, he of the falsetto voice which captivated political audiences
the way Maria Callas wowed opera lovers, had the political acumen and even
the charisma to match Mugabe's any day.

      Mugabe probably didn't fear the two men, politically, because he is
possessed of the sort of political vanity that blurs his every weakness.

      Which, ironically, might explain why he has not acted decisively
against corruption in the government and his party. Loyalty is a political
commodity Mugabe values above many other qualities.

      The only way he could have survived this far, in spite of blunders
over which other political leaders - Kenneth Kaunda and Hastings Kamuzu
Banda come to mind - would have been sacrificed, was to create a loyalty
base built entirely in patronage.

      It is no exaggeration to say that, at this time of economic crisis,
the hierarchy of both the party and the government is peopled by citizens
out to feather, not only their nests, but those of their relatives,
girlfriends and mistresses.

      Hence, perhaps, his decision to go public with his concerns.
      For most of us this must mean that the government is rotten to the
core. It is no wonder that not many governments who set great store for
rectitude in public affairs, but particularly the custody of public funds,
will not touch this government with a barge pole.

      This has brought many observers to wonder what the late Minister of
Information and Publicity, Tichaone Jokonya, had planned for the public
broadcasting system.

      At his burial, Mugabe said Jokonya had planned to get rid of the
entire board of directors of ZBH. Mugabe said he had persuaded the former
diplomat to keep half the board members in their jobs.

      Why? Were these Mugabe's favourites, the men and women who believe the
sickeningly propagandist National Agenda is probably the best thing that has
ever happened to Zimbabwean television since one of its stars, Godfrey
Majonga, was so tragically disabled?

      Incidentally, when will Masimba Musarira devote an entire Face The
Nation episode to one interview with Didymus Mutasa and another with
Emmerson Mnangangwa, on what Mugabe said of the corruption in Zanu PF?

      Both men are eminently suited to ventilate their views on this weighty
subject. Mutasa has been mentioned in the newspapers in connection with some
legal matter to do with the politics of his turf, Manicaland.

      He is also in charge of the land reform programme, which is so riddled
with corruption Mutasa must have the inside lane on who has stolen what farm
from whom?

      Mnangagwa has been mentioned in the newspapers in connection with the
old Zanu PF company he used to run, presumably on behalf of the party.

      He has denied suggestions he is guilty of any wrong-doing in
connection with his handling of the zillions of dollars controlled by this

      In the 1980s, M & S Syndicate was featured in a number of stories
which created the impression, among readers and would-be investors alike,
that its business methods were, at the very least, not entirely kosher.

      Mnangagwa's supporters scoff at the suggestion that he salted away
billions from M & S, insisting that the allegations are politically
motivated, that they are being cooked up by his rivals for Mugabe's mantle.

      All this, to a stranger on his first visit to political Zimbabwe,
might create the impression that this is one of the causes of the economic
crisis in the country - the leaders are so preoccupied with their political
survival, they don't care tuppence for the economic stability of the

      Which some people might say raises another question: is the Zimdollar
really worth less than the old two pennies?

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Is it safe to return failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers?

Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 2:13 AM
Subject: Is it safe to return failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers?

Behind the Headlines
Lance Guma hosts a teleconference debate between Harris Nyatsanza of the
United Network of Detained Zimbabweans in the UK and Jan De Wilde the Head
of Mission at the International Office for Migration (IOM) in London. Is it
safe to return failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers? What is the role of the IOM
in shaping the UK Home Office policy? This two part debate attempts to bring
out all the issues that concern most Zimbabweans in the UK and also give the
IOM a chance to explain their  Assisted Voluntary Returns  programme.

Reporters Forum
Human rights activist Julius Mutyambizi and documentary producer Everette
Ndlovu join the forum to discuss the week's top stories with Lance Guma. The
impounding of Elias Mudzuri's passport took centre stage during the week.
Does the left hand really know what the right hand is doing? Jocelyn
Chiwenga the wife of General Constantine Chiwenga travelled to France to
receive 'a little-known award' on behalf of her company Zim-Safe despite
being on a list of banned officials. Surely the smart  sanctions are a joke?
What does the forum think?

For the programme schedules visit:

Lance Guma
SW Radio Africa

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Thursday 20th July.
3230 kHz 7 - 9 pm Zimbabwe time.
Don't forget you can also hear us live over the internet and to programs
that are archived for 2 weeks for your listening convenience
Join us for all the news, views and interviews you want to hear.
There's something for everyone on SW Radio Africa - bringing Zimbabwe to
Zimbabweans, wherever you are.

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Zimbabwe's future lies in the hands of its citizens

      By Tichaona Sibanda
      19 July 2006

      The secretary for International Affairs in the Tsvangira led MDC has
expressed deep surprise and amazement over comments made by former Namibian
President Sam Nujoma that he will intervene militarily if anyone tried to
remove Robert Mugabe from power.

      Professor Elphas Mukonoweshuro said fortunately the future of Zimbabwe
will not be determined by views of the likes of Nujoma. In a diplomatic
gaffe Nujoma surprised all and sundry when he threatened to instruct Swapo
forces to go into Zimbabwe to defend the regime from foreign aggression.

      'Not very many politicians regionally and internationally have taken
Nujoma as a leader or statesman who is schooled in diplomacy or the arts of
handling a crisis situation,' Mukonoweshuro said.

      He said since Nujoma was expressing solidarity with an individual
(Mugabe), his party was not worried by such comments. Despite Nujoma's
outburst Mukonoweshuro reiterated that the MDC enjoys fairly cordial
relations with the majority of countries in the SADC region.

      'We compare notes with the SADC leaders on a regular basis, we brief
them about our perception of the Zimbabwe problem and its impact on the
population,' he said.

      Commenting on an initiative by former Tanzanian President Benjamin
Mkapa to mediate in the current fall-out between Mugabe and the British
government, Mukonoweshuro poured scorn on the idea, labelling it 'mission

      He said of Mkapa's mission; 'Any intervention or mediation in the
Zimbabwe crisis is welcome in principle. But first it would have to be an
intervention based on a collective reading of the situation.'

      The position of the MDC on this issue, said Mukonoweshuro is that 'the
correct reading of the situation would yield a picture of which, any
mediation required would be between the regime on one hand and the oppressed
people on the other.'

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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Zimbabwe tourist earnings drop

From Angola Press, 18 July

Harare - Zimbabwe earned US$21.2 million in the first quarter of this year,
down from US$30.5 million recorded in the same period last year, according
to the national tourism agency. The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) said
Monday that tourist arrivals increased a marginal two percent to 495,976 in
the first quarter compared to the same period last year. It blamed the drop
in earnings on the low spending power of tourists from Asia, Zimbabwe`s new
tourism market. The industry has declined sharply in the last five years
after most western countries warned their citizens against travelling to
Zimbabwe because of perceived security concerns. "Unlike our traditional
markets (Western Europe) where holidaymakers have huge spending power, the
situation is quite different with our new markets (Asia) because of the
sales mix of the spending power," said ZTA chairman, Emmanuel Fundira. "The
first quarter arrivals were fairly well and these are positive indicators
that the industry has turned the corner and is now on the recovery path," he
added. The agency said tourist arrivals from Asia, particularly China, grew
49 percent in the first quarter of this year from 7,577 to 11,330. To
increase the flow of Asian visitors, Zimbabwe`s State-owned airline last
year introduced flights to Singapore and China, and Dubai in the Middle

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Cancel Copper Licences - Police

The Herald (Harare)

July 19, 2006
Posted to the web July 19, 2006


FIRMING copper prices on the international market have triggered an upsurge
in thefts of copper cables countrywide, prompting police to ask Government
to cancel all copper trading licences.

The thefts are weighing down heavily on Zesa Holdings, TelOne and the
National Railways of Zimbabwe which use copper cables.

Zesa Holdings says it is losing about $30 billion worth of cables to
vandalism and thefts every month, while TelOne is losing up to $18 billion

Police spokesperson Inspector Andrew Phiri yesterday said stringent measures
should be taken to ensure that only deserving people were accorded the right
to deal in copper.

"The recent spate of thefts of copper cables recorded throughout the country
are a cause for concern, not only for the police but also for Zesa, TelOne
and NRZ whose utility infrastructure has fallen victim to these criminals
due to the lucrative demand for copper on the local and international

"In light of taming the perturbing incidents of theft of copper cables, the
police are calling for the immediate cancellation of all copper licences by
the relevant ministry as a way of destroying the market of copper loot,
ill-gotten by the criminals.

"At a time when the country is not mining copper, there is virtually no
reason for one to justify the issuance of copper licences when there are no
ready sources," said Insp Phiri.

Of late, the number of copper licence applicants had been rising
exponentially against a backdrop of diminishing sources, raising suspicion
on the anticipated sources of copper by the applicants.

Investigations by police indicated that some influential businesspeople were
perpetrating the theft of copper cables through buying the stolen cables or
organising criminals to go on a rampage, stealing the cables.

Insp Phiri said the sudden appreciation in the value of copper to US$7 500
per tonne had increased the demand and temptation among the criminals to
steal it.

"In most cases the emissaries got caught, like what happened in Goromonzi
and Harare, while the errant business people remain free to continue their
illicit but lucrative business practices," said Insp Phiri.

Last week, four suspects were arrested in Goromonzi and police recovered
500kg of copper wire, which was hidden in a bush.

The four then led police to the arrest of six other suspects in Harare and

Insp Phiri said preliminary investigations indicated that this gang was
working in conjunction with other criminals believed to be outside the

"The arrest of these criminals comes barely a week after the police had been
inundated with similar cases of theft of copper cables from heavy vehicles
in transit.

"Most of such cases were discovered to be disguised incidents of
car-jackings to camouflage criminal intentions and involve the connivance of
both local and foreign citizens," he said.

The widespread vandalism and theft of copper cables was a worrisome
phenomenon as it caused wanton disruptions to rail transportation, electric
power supply and telecommunications due to the commonness of copper within
infrastructure of these utilities, Insp Phiri said.

He said this trend was more disturbing at a time the Government was trying
to turn around the economy under the National Economic Development Priority

"The disruptions of irrigation cycles under the winter wheat programme,
power supply to industry and ordinary consumers, all serve to indicate the
ramifications that theft and vandalism of copper cables have on the
economy," said Insp Phiri.

He said while consumers were blaming Zesa for the load-shedding programme,
some of the electricity interruptions were caused by criminals who drained
oil from transformers and also stole cables.

He called on the public to help police in curbing cable thefts since the
resultant effects of power disruptions caused discomfort to all electricity

Vandalism and theft of aluminium conductors and transformers has been
escalating in the past three years, apparently due to a sharp increase in
the demand for electrical equipment.

On the other hand, TelOne has lost more than 40 percent of its conventional
drawn copper wire to thieves in the past three years.

This development has left more than 500 subscribers without telephone
services, seriously compromising the service provider's ability to fully
meet the country's demand for fixed telephone services.

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JAG Classifieds dated 18 July 2006

As a JAG member or JAG Associate member, please send any classified adverts
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PLEASE TELEPHONE - 091 305 313


1.13 For Sale (Ad inserted 04/07/06)


Good strong front loader machine in working condition
Powered by CAT 4 cylinder engine and transmission
Rear turning wheels (i.e.not articulated)
Fitted with 1 cubic metre bucket
Useful for loading all loose materials (e.g.sand, gravel, mining materials,
etc., etc.)
PRICE - Z$ 5 billion o.n.c.o.


Good working condition
PRICE - Z$ 2.6 billion o.n.c.o.


In working condition
PRICE - Z$ 600 million o.n.c.o.


In working condition.
Excellent for compaction on gravel roads
Tractor Towed machine
PRICE - Z$ 2 billion o.n.c.o.


Ideal for on-site brick & block making
PRICES on request

available on request.

Please contact Paul Brown on Hre 755 401/2, 091-754 302,
for further details.


1.14 Fuel for Sale (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

We have had to revise our payment system over the last week, and have little
choice but to introduce the following:

Cash can be paid at our offices in Harare for fuel in excess of 300 litres.
Any amount paid into our accout will be held as a deposit only and deducted
from your final fuel bill.  Fuel will be drawn against your deposit at the
prevailing pump price on the day the fuel is issued REGARDLESS OF THE DATE
ON WHICH YOU PAID IN HARARE.  Please do not pay for fuel more than 3 days in
advance of your charter/arrival in Kariba.

Directions to our offices are as follows:
Execulink (this is a branch of Premier Bank)
5 Beit Avenue
Telephone: 04 720963
Fax: 04 792717
(Off Josiah Tongogara Avenue, into Blakiston            Avenue.  Beit Avenue
is the first road right after Dr. Fremantle's Rooms, which            are
opposite Alex Sports Club tennis courts.)
See Kim or Natalia.  Advise that payment is for HamCor and retain your
receipt to be presented to us in Kariba on collection of your fuel.

2.    RTGS / ZETSS
As with any cash payment, transfer of funds by RTGS will be held as a
deposit only, and will now attract a 10% surcharge.  This means that if you
transferred $100 million into our account, we will automatically deduct 10%
from your deposit.  Your fuel will be drawn against your deposit on the
prevailing pump price on the day your fuel is issued.  Please phone us for
our bank details and instructions.  Again, please do not pay for fuel more
than 3 days in advance of your charter/arrival in Kariba.

We no longer accept payment by cheque into our account, nor do we accept
payment by cheque at our offices in Kariba.

Cash can be paid directly to us at our office in Marineland Harbour.

Petrol is currently critically short and we are only issuing fuel to
Marineland Houseboat Owners and Marineland Speedboats.  We hope to have more
petrol in by the end of next week.

Current fuel price:  $470,000/lt (cash price)


HamCor Fuel
Fuel Procurement & Sales
Kiara Cordy & Guy Hammond
Southern Belle Office
Marineland Harbour
Telephone: 091 275 714 or 091 269 330
Fax: 061 3134
email: or


1.15 Pet Mince for Sale (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

Pet Mince for sale 500g for $80 000. Pet mince made from pork offal
including liver and veg only, it is minced and well cooked.
Cat Heart Mince with cooked liver for sale 250g for
$80 000
Delivered on Friday's, collected at Benbar Msasa at 10:30, JAG (17 Philips
Ave, Belgravia) at 11:30, Peace Haven (75 Oxford St off Aberdeen) at 12:30
and Olivine Head Office in car park at 3:00.
Please order by email.
Phone 011211088 or email


1.16 For Sale (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

Toyota Hilux Surf 2.8 Turbo Diesel, 105 000kms, 1992,4 wheel drive, manual
gear shift, tow hitch, new tyres, immaculate condition, power steering,
radio tape, many extra's. Phone Richard 336660 Harare, or 091 - 321010 or
Mike 301290 Harare or Russel 091 - 899 949.


1.17 For Sale (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

FOR SALE: TOYOTA CONDOR 2002 model, Silver, 138000km, radio/cd, air
conditioning, immaculate condition, lady driver,  Serious buyers only.
Please phone 011 407747 or 055 20213


1.18 For Sale (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

Case Poclain 888, 18 tonner without engine in excellent condition.  Good for
spares or to have engine replaced for usage.  Highest offer secures.  Photos
available if interested.

Caterpillar - D6 - 9U - 90% complete.  Could be rebuilt or used for spares.

2 Ford 6610 - 1 Ford 5610 and 2 Mushandi 640 F.W.A.

Fully Reconditioned with 3 month guarantee.  Suitable for stationary use.
i.e. Generator / pump / etc. ZW$1,4 Billion

Ideal for small farm / plot or as a haulage unit.  ZW$1,8 Billion neg.

Too many to list to include:- Deutz D60/D68 - 8 speed gearbox in good
condition ZW$150 Million.

Contact Doug Edwards Ph 068-22463 / 011212454 -


1.19 For Sale (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

"Vehicle For Sale:
1991 Nissan 2.3 diesel pickup
140 000km, canopy, rubberised back,

phone 04 443017."


1.20 Oil For Sale (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

Mobil MX 15W40

Mobil HD 85W140

Mobil HD 80W90

Mobil Agricultural

Mobil Outboard Plus

Container size 208 lts

Tel 091 261 075 or email


1.21 For Sale (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

Honda XR 600
16 000km
Immaculate cond.

Yamaha YZ 125
2002 model, new piston & rings.
Good condition.

Honda CR 85
2003 model, new piston & rings.
Good condition.

Kawasaki KX 85
2002 model,
Good condition.

Phone 04 443017.


1.22 For Sale (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

TOOLS for sale.

Centre Drills
Die nuts
Drill bits (double ended, jobber, mts, ss etc)
End mills
Slot Drills

For further details please contact 091428726.
For a detailed price list email


1.23 For Sale (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

As new Superior Duchess stove with 3 plates 150 million

4 plate gas stove with eye level grill and warming drawer, excellent
condition 85 million

Queen size feather duvet 15 million

Complete Eezi Awn to fit side of a Micro Bus with fitted sides and front
with door and windows. Ideal for day trips and extended camping trips 150

Phone 776411 or 091 362 333.


1.24 For Sale (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

Music equipment.
Guitar Amp - Marshall 80W RMS w Overdrive = $80m
Bass practice amp = $10m
Electric Guitar (Black & White) = $25m
Electric Guitar (Red) = $15m
Mic Cordless = $2m
Mic with stand = $5m
CD Rack = $3m
Vinyl Records = $100K ea
For more details and viewing arrangements please contact Monique.
Tel: 309274 (w), 091 315 411, Email:

1.25 For Sale (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Suzuki TF 125 good condition $350 million

320m 100sq mm Aluminium overhead cable $250 Million

800mm mouth freestanding Jet Master width 6m fire $150 million ono

Monarch French doors, large pane, width 2 side panels $80 million set.

Contact 091 352 567

1.26 ITEMS FOR SALE (Ad inserted 18/07/06)


DOUBLE BEDROOM SUITE-WHITE                                     $40M
Headboard side cupboards with draw and cupboard, Dressing table and Stool,
other unit of two cupboards and four draws all with slat louver type doors.

DINNING ROOM SUITE - ROUND TABLE                           $25M

LOUNGE SUITE - Fabulous soft gold colour with regent      $280M
Stripes of maroon, dark green and blue 3 seater Couch +
2 seater couch + 1 arm chair all huge with scollop back,
piping and big rolling arms.

CARPET EMERAL GREEN/ OLIVE GREEN                   $7M/$10M
Bigger than 9 x 12 size

BAR CABINET TROLLEY OPENS UP                                      $5M
2 CASUAL CHAIRS IN SOFT FLORAL                          $10M each
CHEST DRAWS X 2                                                          $6M
WRITING DESK COME SIDEBOARD UNIT                            $12M
HI FI - PHILIPS MAKE WITH CD & TAPE                              $10M
STOVE - OLD BUT WORKING                                               $15M
VIDEO MACHINE NEEDS SERVICE                                        $8M
VIDEO CAMERA    BIG VHS OLD TYPE                                  $5M
4 LARGE WOODEN ARM CHAIRS                                   $8M SET
JUNGLE GYM SLIDE, BARREL SWING ETC                         $20M
$10M each


DINNER SET -FLORAL WITH GOLD TRIM                           $20M
Large plates, salad plates, small side plates, soup plates,
Pudding plates, Cups & saucers & tea set to match.


WELDING MACHINE LARGE                                                  $30M
MONO PUMP & CYLINDER                                                    $15M
GRINDER ON METAL STAND                                                  $8M
WINDOW FRAMES 4 X CHURCH TYPE                         $3M each
4 x LONG LARGE TYPE                                                   $4M
each 4 X OTHER
$3M each 2 X EXTRA LONG WIDE TYPE                                        $3M
SWIMMING POOL FENCE WITH GATE                                 $10M
CEILING FANS FANCY TYPE X 2                                  $10M each
AVERY PORTABLE 5 SECTIONED LARGE                           $10M
METAL SHELVES VARIOUS                                  $2M / $4M each
OXYGEN BOTTLE & TROLLEY                                                $4M
BRAAI 200 LITRE DRUM TYPE WITH LID & ARM                   $5M
VEE BELTS   VARIOUS                                                     $2M
GAUGES VARIOUS                                                          $3M
METAL LOUVERS X 10                                                     $4M
SADDLE STOCKMAN TYPE & TACK / BITS                  $15M LOT
THREADER PIPE VICE & METAL STAND                               $6M
$3M each
IRRIGATION SPRAYS                                                      $3M
ARCHWAY MOULDS                                                        $4M
WOODEN HOUSE PARTIONS NO ROOF                                $5M
TRUNK FULL RECORDS LP'S                                                  $3M


1.27 (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Phone your orders to--Anne--011212424 or 332851.


Small woven bags--$1,200,000 each.
Large crocheted bags.--$2,700,000 each.
Large woven bags.--$2,300,000 each.

Table Runners.--$1,600,000.

Set of 4 Fringed Table mats + serviettes--$5,100,000.
Set of 6 Fringed mats+ serviettes--$8,000,000.

Set of 4 Bordered table mats+ serviettes---$4,000,000.
Set of 4 Bordered table mats only---$4,500,000
Set of 6 Bordered mats + serviettes--$9,000,000.
Set of 8 Bordered mats + serviettes---$12,000,000.

Tea cosy(L)--$1,000,000.
Tea cosy(m)--$900,000
Tea cosy(s)--$800,000.

Cotton(lined)oven gloves(pair)--$1,400,000.

Decorated cushion covers--$1,900,000.
Plain cushion covers---$1,600,000.

Large plain cotton rug--$5,300,000.
Med. plain cotton rug---$3,700,000.
Small plain cotton rug.---$2,300,000.
Cotton Rag Rug--$2,300,000.
Lots of other rugs to order.

Duvet Cushions(opens into a
Toilet sets--$3,800,000.
Bath mats---$2,300,000

Wholesale prices available for orders (over 6 of an article) or large


1.28 For Sale (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

HONEY JEWELLERY:  Imported from South Africa - a selection of gold-plated,
rhodium plated, antique bronze plated necklaces, bracelets, rings and
earrings, exclusively made up with Swarovski crystals, cubic zirconia,
pearls and many more high quality fashion accessories. Anyone interested in
hosting a party?  Depending on the sales on that day, the host will get a
percentage discount on jewellery of her choice.
Please contact Annette on 011 600 769 or


1.29 For Sale (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

MOLASSES, 750ml. in glass bottle, Z$ 100,000.   Larger quantities available
on request.

COARSE SALT, 50 kg. bags @ Z$ 3,750,000.



1.30 For Sale (Ad inserted 18/07/06)





1.31 For Sale (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Case Poclain 888, 18 tonner without engine in excellent condition.  Good for
spares or to have engine replaced for usage.  Highest offer secures.  Photos
available if interested.

Caterpillar - D6 - 9U - 90% complete.  Could be rebuilt or used for spares.

1 Ford 6610 - 1 Ford 5610 and 2 Mushandi 640 F.W.A.

Front Wheel assit / High clearance / Very Clean / 80HP

Fully Reconditioned with 3 month guarantee.  Suitable for stationary use.
i.e. Generator / pump / etc. ZW$1,4 Billion

Ideal for small farm / plot or as a haulage unit.  ZW$1,8 Billion neg.

In addition to the above we have for sale 1 Same 60 Tractor / 1 Deutz 6806
Tractor & 2 Zambezi 445 Tractors - along with various farming implements -
Plough's / Harrow's / etc

Too many to list to include:- Deutz D60/D68 - 8 speed gearbox in good
condition ZW$150 Million.

Contact Doug Edwards Ph 068-22463 / 011212454 -


1.32 For Sale (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Sony HiFis for sale. Excellent condition. Phone 494395


1.33 For Sale (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Pro. Pull Winch, 12 volt DC.  6000Lb Load.  Portable or Permanent.  Please
contact 011 608 061.




2.1 Wanted PHOTOCOPIER (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

A photocopier needed in good working order.

Please call Trace Scott
Tel: (263-4) 731 926, 091 310 492


2.2 Wanted (Ad inserted 20/06/06)


Bookcases, carpets and various household items.

Please call Trace Scott
Tel: (263-4) 731 926, 091 310 492


2.3 Wanted Maid (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

We need a maid who can cook with recipes and baby mind to help my present
maid. Preferably over 30 yrs.

Please call Trace Scott
Tel: (263-4) 731 926, 091 310 492


2.4 Wanted (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Please if anyone has a Childs first Pony that they are willing to sell or
lease I am desperately looking for my little boy.  Please contact Thea on


2.5 Wanted (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Needed RAM (Hydram Pumps)  - please specify capacity and price.
Any Dexter cattle left in Zimbabwe and at what price?
Please contact Keith Holland 011 401 691 or 020-64303 (Office); 020-61369


2.6 Wanted (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Second hand wooden garden shed   -- between two and a half and three metres
square. We will collect (and repair if necessary) please contact Clare


2.7 Wanted (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

I am looking for 50 kgs + of Methyl bromide.  Please contact Geraldine
McLaughlan 754666 or


2.8 Wanted (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

WANTED urgently is a Working / Non- Working TV, VCR, DVD, Satellite Dish,
Decorder and/or Hifi. Please contact Joel on 091 450 928 or email


2.9 Wanted (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

HEIFERS or Weaners wanted to buy. I need 12 to 15 animals from in and around
the following areas Chinhoyi, Banket, Karoi, Tengwe, Hurungwe, Kadoma and
Kwekwe. Prefer Brahman, Africander, Tuli or any other hard mombies. Please
contact Joel on 091 450 928 or email


2.10 Wanted (Ad inserted 04/07/06)




For further information please contact ANTHONY BUTLER on 884311/ 091327743/
302558 or e-mail


2.11 Wanted PEARS CYCLOPAEDIA (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

I am looking for a Pears Cyclopaedia newer than the 81st edition.
Many thanks

Tracelle Scott

Tel: (263-4) 731 926, 091 310 492


2.12 Wanted Items (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

"Hardback novels wanted by collector for cash."
Ernest Hemingway, William Boyd, George Orwell, John Steinbeck, Aldous
Huxley, J R.Tolkien, Virginia Woolf,
Grahame Greene, William Golding, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Ian Fleming, Agatha
Christie, Beatrix Potter, Anna Sewell, Frank Baum, Isaac Asimov,
P.G.Wodehouse, D.H. Lawrence, H .G.Wells, A.Conan Doyle, Grahame, Lewis
Phone Mr Wallis 496829 or 023894597"


2.13 Wanted Maid (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

Looking for an honest hardworking maid to work in the Greendale area.
Someone who can cook would be a huge bonus, but not essential.
Accommodation provided and good wage.  If anyone is leaving and has a maid
with the above criteria please contact Michelle on 091 402 559 or 661558.


2.14 Wanted Maid (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

We are desperately looking for a live in maid who can do some basic cooking
for someone who lives on their own and needs  assistance due to illness,
ideally someone mature with a strong personality whose family is off their

Please contact Penny on 776411 or 091 362333


2.15 Wanted (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

35m 4 cole 16mm almouned cable, 2nd hand

Contact 091 352 567


2.16 Wanted (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Looking for swimming pool fence or net for large swimming pool.  Please sms
091 264160 or e-mail


2.17 Wanted (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Second hand, boxing bag.  Must be in good condition and at a reasonable
price.  Contact 011 231 917.


3 Accommodation Wanted and Offered


3.1 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

"Two bed roomed garden flat, Greendale, lock up carport, close to shops,
available July, call Mr Wallis 023894597 or email "


3.2 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

Looking for cottage/flat/small house with at least 2 bedrooms for young
couple just starting out.  Reliable tenants, looking for modest rent in
decent area.  Please phone Raymond or Bronwyn on 771097-9 or 771101 (work
hours only).


3.3 House for Rent (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

Milton Park, next to Bridge Club. Lounge,dining room,3 beds,1 bathroom-sep
toilet, B.I.C's ,lock-up garage,Sat.Dish,swimming pool,elec.gate,S.Q's. Long
lease. No increases in rental anticipated.Rental rate on application.
Phone Lisa 091 900024.


3.4 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

 Executive middle-aged lady urgently requires house, cottage or such to
rent. Has own domestic staff and labbie dog. Please contact Linda 091321640
or 251377 or email


3.5 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Looking for house.  Reliable tenant, with 2-year-old daughter, looking for
modest rent, in decent area.    Please phone Sharon Strange on 011219015.




4.1 (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Open now for bookings for JULY South African school holidays.
ALSO for our local Zim August school hols AND for the
HEROES DAY (nice) long weekend of 12-15th August.
Contact: Andrea  or  091 208 836


4.2 Savuli Safari (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

Self-catering chalets in the heart of the Save Valley Conservancy. Game
watching, fishing, horse riding, canoeing, walking trails and 4x4 hire. Camp
fully kitted including cook and fridges, just bring your food, drinks and
relax.   $4 000,000 pppn, 1/2  U/12
Contact John: or Phone 091 631 556


4.3 (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

Imire Safari Ranch and Black Rhino Breeding Station.

Imire would like to Welcome you to Mike and Sheila Thompson who are the new
Managers of Sable Lodge.

We are only 1 1/2 hours from Harare.A unique GamePark...which is centred on
giving you an unforgettable African Experience amongst Black Rhino and their
calves, Elephant safaris, Excellent Game Drives and soul satisfying
walks...with aTouch of Home Food and our undivided attention.
Contact Details.
Tel; [022] 2449 /22257
Mobile:011 911419


4.4 (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

The Southern Belle luxury Cruise Ship

Operating on Lake Kariba we carry up to 44 passengers over night in spacious
air-conditioned cabins. Her many features include comfortable cabins, large
public areas, conference room, cocktail bar, games deck, swimming pool etc.

We offer off ship activities such as game viewing and bird watching from our
fleet of Tender boats, or on foot or by Landover in the Matusadona National
Park, then there is fishing for that famous fighting tiger fish.

You can laze by the pool and watch the spectacular Kariba scenery drift by,
sip a cocktail in the well appointed Schooner Bar, listen to our 3 piece
resident band in the main saloon, or just relax in you own spacious air
conditioned cabin.  The Southern Belle is the ideal "unique" product for all
types of group travel, corporate incentives, conferences and special
celebration events, cruising up and down the lake from Kariba to Milibizi
and back.

The Southern Belle 'experience' is something that you will never forget!!

If you would like any more information about this unique and upmarket
product, please contact our Marketing department in Kariba on any of the
following numbers.

Po Box 339,Kariba
Tele/fax  +263 - 061 - 3176
Cell +263 - 011 -  208665


4.5 (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

Sponsored by the Cutty Sark Hotel
(Under new family ownership)


21.1km Half Marathon for the serious athletes
21.1km Corporate Relay (4 runners per company)
10km Fun Run / Walk for the "not so serious" athletes & kids

Followed by Brunch & Prize Giving
Optional Game Drives and Sunset Cruises from the hotel
Dinner & Disco in the evening


For further information email: or


4.6 (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

'AFRICAN VOICE' in concert
with special guests
St George's Senior Choir
St George's Shona Choir
St George's Marimba band
kindly sponsored by:-
Siltek Distribution
Intella Productions
Date: Thursday 20th & Friday 21st July
Time: 7.00pm prompt
Venue: St George's College, Beit Hall
Cash bar at interval
Tickets: $ 1 000 000.00 per person (if paid in advance) or $1 500 000 at the
Tickets available from St George's College    phone 091 212 417
from 7.30 - 1.00  Monday to Friday only
(Proceeds to St. George's College Bus Fund).
'AFRICAN VOICE' is an all female acapella group, whose vibrant members are
Kundisai Mtero (Founder and Musical Director), Yvonne Mwete, Lilliossa
Kayinamura, Prudence Katomene-Mbofana and Faith Mandipira.
Since its inception in 1999, this quintet which has featured extremely
successfully at HIFA, continues to explore and perform various musical
styles: Early/Classical Gospel, Jazz, African Traditional, Rhythm/Blues,
Soul and Reggae. Their repertoire is solely Acapella(unaccompanied) and the
essence of their music unique in that each voice is woven into an exquisite
fabric whose fine vocal texture captivates the spirit and feeds the soul.
This pre-U.K tour Concert entitled 'THE JOURNEY.' is a recital of songs
carrying a special message of spirituality, love, joys, trials, tribulations
and triumphs of the global village we live in today.


Villa Musango Kariba (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Executive Accommodation close to Kariba Breeze Hotel for more information,
contact Emmanuel Kasaki.

Tel:  04-792508 or 04-742301



5.1 G - TECH (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

 Diesel vehicle and plant maintenance
Site contracting
Generator and stationary engine installation and maintenance

Contact Graham at or call 011 406023, 091 286657, 04 741001,
075 2264


5.2 (Ad inserted 20/06/06)


For all computer requirements and repairs for both hardware and software

Please call Lance Scott
Tel: (263-4) 731 926, 738 666, 739 675, 091 310 492

5.3 (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

It's winter. Now's the time to service your boat, we do Yamaha, Mercury and
Mariner. Also modifications, transoms, floors and live wells. Redo
upholstery and conversions.

Contact Russell Hook  305381  331970   331976   091201744   011201744


5.4 (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

Study in the UK
Get expert advice from Stephanie Berry.
Catering for a broad range of interests and abilities
Consulting in Harare July/August
For further details contact:  04 862 197 or 091 402961


5.5 (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

For all your computer requirements and servicing contact us

Norton Antivirus 2006 OEM 10m
Windows XP Pro   10m
USD to Printer Adapter 15m

We repair all computer equipment

Call Sean +26391954888


5.6 (Ad inserted 11/07/06)


Liz Small is running a Diabetic Support Group

On the First Saturday of every month

>From 9:00-10:00am

At the Albert Zinn Medical Centre, 31 Rhodesville Ave., (corner of Bickleigh
Close   Opposite the Rhodesville shopping Centre)

Discussion about control of diabetes with diet and other healthy practices,
monitoring and general support - and anything else the group feels like.

If you want to find out more about the group phone Liz on 499767 (home) or
e-mail - or just pitch up on Saturday morning


5.7 (Ad inserted 11/07/06)


Liz is running a Weight Management Support Group

Every Saturday morning

At 10:00-11:00am

At the Albert Zinn Medical Centre, 31 Rhodesville Ave., (corner of Bickleigh
Close) Opposite the Rhodesville Shopping Centre

Discussion of all aspects of nutrition; recipes, weekly weigh-in, mutual
support - and anything else the group feels like.

If you want to find out more about the group phone Liz on 499767 (home) or e
-mail - or just pitch up on Saturday morning


5.8 (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

For all household and garden plumbing, painting, carpentry, renovations and
general maintainance contact Jonathan on 091 233165   04 499817 or


5.9 TRACTOR STEERING (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

To include reconditioning of all Tractor steering boxes, Hydraulic rams,
Hydrostatic orbital valves: - All prices reasonable and work guaranteed.

Contact Doug Edwards Ph 068-22463 / 011212454 -


6.1 For Sale (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

"Dog meal, 20 KGS, $1,9 mill, please order on 023748599"


6.2 Wanted (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

Looking for Great Dane's, (pure or cross) either puppies or a young dog to
go to a loving home on a farm.
Please contact Bridget on 011 408044


6.3 Home Wanted (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

Staffy Lovers. Rusty a superb black/brindle male staffy dog, 4 years, has
been sitting in kennels for 3 months now. His mum and sister have both gone
to a new home and he is very lonely. very affectionate, good temperament,
just wants someone to love him. tel Michelle on 884294 or 011602903 or


6.4 Wanted Blue Heeler (Ad inserted 04/07/06)


Please can anyone give me the contact details of any Australian Cattle Dog
breeders in Zimbabwe.

We are desperately looking for a Blue Heeler Bitch Pup for our young

Please Please if anyone can point us in the direction of a breeder, please
could you send me their contact details.

091 208726


6.5 Homes Wanted (Ad inserted 11/07/06)

We are looking for a good home or homes for our 3 dogs.

Toby - 5yr old Jack Russell, full of character, loves children.  Very alert
and good rat/mouse catcher.

Barney - A 6yr old Maltese Cross - who is most adorable and very loving ,
loves children.

Snoopy - A 6yr old Border Collie / Besenji Cross.  Tends to keep to himself
but is an excellent watchdog.  Good with children.

All dogs pretty used to being spoilt.  Sandly we are leaving Zimbabwe and
the thought of putting down any of our beloved dogs just doesn't bear
thinking about.

If interested you can contact me on either email - Attention Fran Grant

Home Tel: 573942   (after 12pm) Cell: 091 369 539


6.6 Golden Cocker Spaniel Pups (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Golden cocker spaniel puppies ready to leave home. Phone 851088.


6.7 Wanted (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Purebred Maltese Poodle puppy/ies or Maltese/Cross Puppy/ies, needed to fill
'empty nest'.
Please contact Rochelle at E-mail:
Phone:  020-64296 / 091404749


6.8 Rusty needs a Home (Ad inserted 18/07/06)

Staffy Lovers! Rusty a magnificent black brindle staffy 4 years is still
sitting in kennels 4 months later. His mum and sister have gone to a good
home but he is still waiting. He has a super nature and all he wants to do
is be loved. Please help. Is there someone out there who can give him the
good home he deserves. Tel Terrier Rescue Michelle on 884294 or 011602903 or
e-mail me at


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