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NATIONAL NEWS Wednesday   19  , July
 
Uproar in Parliament

7/19/00 8:25:08 AM (GMT +2)

Tarcey Munaku, Political Editor

PANDEMONIUM broke out in Parliament yesterday as Members of Parliament from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) chanted down Zanu PF MPs who were uproariously celebrating the election of Emmerson Mnangagwa as the new Speaker.

For the first time since independence, there was no unanimity among the 150 MPs on the choice of Speaker and Deputy Speaker. Mnangagwa and his deputy, Edna Madzongwe, were elected by secret ballot.
Providing the first practical indication of how business will be conducted in Parliament following Zanu PF's narrow victory in last month's election, the MDC, which won 57 seats against 62 for the ruling party, flexed its muscles by opposing the nomination of Mnangagwa. They proposed instead the former MP for Chimanimani, Mike Mataure, for Speaker and Paul Themba Nyathi, the MDC MP for Gwanda North, as deputy.
Wooden ballot boxes and polling booths from the Registrar-General's Office were set-up in the House for the ballot which was supervised by the Clerk of Parliament, Austin Zvoma.
All 148 MPs who had just been sworn in and were present in the House cast their ballot. Mnangagwa polled 87 votes against Mataure ıs 59 votes. Two ballot papers were spoilt.
Madzongwe received 87 votes to Nyathi's 60, with one spoilt paper.
After Zvoma proclaimed that Mnangagwa, 58, had been elected Speaker of the Fifth Parliament, Shuvai Mahofa, MP for Gutu South, and Joyce Mujuru, the Minister of Rural Resources and Water Development, jumped from their seats and led Zanu PF MPs in a war dance, singing loudly in Shona "Zimbabwe ndeyeropa baba, Zimbabwe ndeyeropa remadzibaba" (Zimbabwe's independence was won through bloodshed.)
Taken by complete surprise by this sudden outburst on the part of Zanu PF, MDC MPs momentarily sat glued to their seats.
Then, one by one, they all stood up. Then, chanting in unison, they drowned the Zanu PF voices as they sang "Zanu yawora, Zanu yawora!" (Zanu is now rotten!)
As if on a cue, the Zanu PF members suddenly became quiet, retreated to their seats and watched in silence as the MDC MPs sang to their hearts' content.
Dressed in his black and white ceremonial robes, Zvoma was forced to raise his voice above the din to call for order in the chamber before restoring some semblance of decorum in the august House.
After Mnangagwa, the Leader of the House before his electoral defeat last month, was introduced to the MPs and had taken the oath of office, he told the legislators he would be "fair and impartial, but firm".
The former Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, who lost his Kwekwe Central seat to the MDC's Blessing Chebundo, promised to enhance the efficiency, transparency, fairness and the dignity of the office of the Speaker and the institution of Parliament.
He said: "The Fifth Parliament of Zimbabwe is unique in that for the first time since independence we have a significant opposition from among fellow indigenous Zimbabweans. My joy rests in that once elected a Member of Parliament by the people of Zimbabwe, such a member will work for the national interest and to this end I hope to interact and communicate effectively with every Honourable Member, irrespective of their partisan origin.
" In this way, I hope to be a true representative of this august House and a guardian of the rights and privileges of the House, its committees and its members."
Mnangagwa said he hoped Parliament would be as relevant as possible to the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans by passing laws that were conducive to greater national development and that led to the improvement of the quality of life of every citizen.
Responding to Mnangagwa's address, Sibanda, the MDC vice-president and MP for Nkulumane who is the official leader of the opposition in Parliament, pledged that his party would engage in meaningful and constructive debate to bring about democracy in Zimbabwe.
He said: "On behalf of the MDC I would like this House to recognise that today there is a voice that has the right to speak on behalf of those that cherish democracy. We hope that our contribution is going to be a contribution to the development of Zimbabwe."
Welcoming the MPs, Vice-President Simon Muzenda called for a harmonious working relationship among all MPs.
He said: "We need to remember that we are all members of one nation working to advance its interest and not personal interest. I hope we shall all work with that objective in the forefront of our minds."
The new Leader of the House, former Attorney-General Patrick Chinamasa, the new Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, said his office would be open to all MPs who had suggestions on how the conduct of parliamentary business could be improved or enhanced.
He said: "We will, without shame or apology to anyone, incorporate and take on board any proposals, policies or suggestions from any quarter whatsoever which we perceive are promotive of the cause of all our people."
Chinamasa said Zanu PF accepted the different voices of the people represented in Parliament and was confident that those voices would not send "discordant messages" that were damaging to national interest.

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NATIONAL NEWS Wednesday   19  , July
 
Strive Masiyiwa denies donating money to MDC

7/19/00 10:49:04 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporter

THE Econet Wireless boss, Strive Masiyiwa has denied ever donating money tothe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Masiyiwa was denying a statement made by Eddie Cross, the MDC economic affairs executive that he was being hounded by the government for supporting the opposition's cause.
Cross told a business breakfast meeting on 7 July that Masiyiwa was being persecuted for the money he had donated to the MDC election campaign. He did not disclose the amount.
"Strive Masiyiwa is being punished for giving us a cheque for our operations," said Cross at the meeting. "At least he was man enough to sign the cheque."
Welshman Ncube, the secretary-general of the MDC, yesterday said he knew nothing about the donation.
"I don't know where Eddie Cross got the information," said Ncube. "I am not aware of anything. Therefore I am not in a position to confirm for you, one way or the other. In any case, we do not discuss our donors in public unless the person wants to go to the Press."
Cross yesterday referred The Daily News to Masiyiwa, saying the party was not keen to mention individual donors.
He said the MDC would soon announce the donations made to the party. "But we will not be discussing individuals for obvious reasons," said Cross.
Buthe said, businessmen had supported the MDC in many different ways.
"If Strive says he did not make a cash donation, he is not telling an untruth. Half the businessman in Harare could say the same," said Cross.
Ncube could neither confirm nor deny that Masiyiwa donated to the party.
Masiyiwa is understood to be in the United States. He has been under investigation by the National Economic Consultative Forum's Anti-Corruption Committee, headed by Phillip Chiyangwa, a businessman and now Zanu PF MP for Chinhoyi.
Police have said they want to interview Masiyiwa as part of investigations of misconduct at First Mutual Life (FML).
Nigel Chanakira, the chief executive of Kingdom Financial Holdings, has appeared in court in connection with the allegations of fraud at FML.
Econet has said Masiyiwa is on an extended business trip and did not have to account for his movements.

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NATIONAL NEWS Wednesday   19  , July
 
Tekere welcomes Cabinet, but ....

7/19/00 10:33:44 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporter


VETERAN politician Edgar Tekere yesterday described the new Cabinet as "a beautiful assembly of capable people", but doubted they would deliver the goods under President Mugabe's stewardship.

Tekere, 63, a former Cabinet minister in Mugabe first government, said the only way the new ministers would be able to perform effectively was without Mugabe, whom he described as "too bossy".

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NATIONAL NEWS Wednesday   19  , July
 
Massive retrenchment at minerals firm

7/19/00 10:34:31 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporter

SEVENTY-TWO of 142 workers lost their jobs with the government controlled Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) when the corporation completed its restructuring on 30 June.

The chief executive, Onesimo Moyo, said the process was meant to rejuvenate the parastatal and ensure superior service to its stakeholders.
"We had to retrench staff because we want to be leaner and more organised to give superior service to all our stakeholders," said Moyo.
He said certain positions became redundant due to advances in technology and the direction of the corporation.
"We believe that if we're lean and efficient, even if revenues were to fall, we would remain viable," said Moyo.
The MMCZ paid $56,3 million in dividend and corporate tax to the government on Wednesday, 12 July.
One of the retrenched managers who refused to be named said the process was so transparent there was no reason to complain.
The works council agreed with management on the criteria for retrenchment which included education and age, with workers aged 50 and above being retrenched.
Moyo would not disclose details of the retrenchment packages saying there was an agreement with the workers to maintain confidentiality. The corporation was set-up by government in the early 80s to centralise and control the export of all the country's minerals.

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NATIONAL NEWS Wednesday   19  , July
 
Uncertainty threat to agriculture, says official

7/19/00 10:36:33 AM (GMT +2)

Daily News Correspondent, Mutare

THE future of the agriculture industry looks bright provided farmers are allowed to get on with their business, a top farming official said.

"I don't think anyone could have foreseen the unbelievable events which have taken place in the farming community over the past five months," Simon Pritchard, chairman of the Zimbabwe Cereal Producers' Association, said in Nyanga recently.
"The anguish and uncertainty caused, and the inability to foresee the problems as they arose has been horrendous."
In his remarks to the association's 15th annual congress, Pritchard expressed cautious optimism that the future looked somewhat rosy provided farmers were allowed to carry on with their farming activities and better agronomic practices were adopted.
He said the timing of the land invasions could not have been worse from a crop production point of view. Reaping of summer crops, land preparation and planting of the winter crop were severely disrupted in some areas and, consequently, winter hectarages were reduced.
At least five farmers were killed as war veterans occupied over 1 000 farms between February and June this year.
Pritchard applauded farmers who faced threats and intimidation, but still managed to plant.
But while the future of the wheat industry, in particular, was uncertain, he was optimistic it would get back on its feet next year with increased yields.
"The way forward is uncertain, though I am cautiously confident that we can get back on track next year and increase production again," Pritchard said.
"Viability is perhaps the biggest threat faced by all and needs to be resolved."
Last year the industry yielded 325 000 tonnes of wheat from 57 500 hectares, up from 300 000 tonnes from 50 000ha in 1998.
An estimated 250 000 tonnes of wheat and 30 000 tonnes of barley will be produced this year.
Actual production would depend on the season but yield was likely to be reduced since much of the crop was planted late for various reasons,Pritchard said.

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NATIONAL NEWS Wednesday   19  , July
 
Harsh conditions threaten survival of timber industry

7/19/00 10:42:09 AM (GMT +2)

Daily News Correspondent, Mutare

THE timber industry is operating under a hostile environment which threatens its very survival, industry captains warned this week.

"The situation is critical and the fundamental issues must be resolved for the industry to succeed," Phillip Kariwo, chairman of the Timber Producers Federation, said in Mutare on Monday.
Kariwo warned, at the organisation's annual general meeting, the government must introduce policies that promote industrial growth and development.
His speech was read for him by Bill Johnstone, the federation's chief executive.
Kariwo urged the new government to recognise the importance of forestry land and clearly spell its position on security of tenure for timber plantation land.
Kariwo said such clarity would restore confidence and encourage investment and development of the industry.
His remarks follow industry concerns that land tenure, so fundamental to the sector, was under threat.
Development of the industry was being stifled by loss of investor confidence while markets were shrinking due to the depressed economic climate, he said.
Unrealistic currency exchange rates were making exports unattractive while high production costs driven by high inflation and high interest rates were eroding profitability.
"Collectively, these constraints constitute a hostile environment which is damaging business moral and seriously limiting the effectiveness of the industry," Kariwo said.
The industry was ready to work with the government and other key players to help put it recover through increased timber production and export sales.
The sale of timber, poles and primary products, including wattle extract, charcoal, paper, board products and matches in 1999/2000 yielded about $3,1 billion.
This included about $1 billion from export sales, representing a 32,4 percent increase on the previous year's contribution.

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Media Update # 28
Monday 10th July to Sunday 16th 2000

SUMMARY

·     COVERAGE of the worst sporting tragedy in Zimbabwe's history dominated the early part of the week in all media. But The Daily News did not consider it worthy of being the paper's lead story.
·     The announcement by President Mugabe of his new Cabinet ended a week of speculation in the print media led by The Daily News which featured its own speculative opinion piece as the paper's lead story on Friday, July 14th.
·     Measures to implement government's "accelerated" land resettlement programme were featured in the public media, especially Zimpapers' titles, but more specific information about the on-going conflict between war vets and commercial farmers, particularly in Mashonaland West and Central was to be found in The Daily News, The Financial Gazette and The Zimbabwe Independent.
·     ZBC continued to ignore incidents of politically motivated post-election violence, while the Press tended to provide their own polarized perspectives.
THE STADIUM TRAGEDY
THE tragedy at the National Sports Stadium in which 13 people died in a stampede during a World Cup qualifying match between South Africa and Zimbabwe on Sunday received wide coverage in all the media the following day. Despite the fact that ZBC failed to tell its audiences about the disaster until 9pm on Sunday night, Monday's edition of The Daily News subordinated its front-page story of the tragedy to a speculative report about war veterans demanding Cabinet posts. Nor did the paper carry a picture of the tragedy, preferring instead, to use a Reuters picture of South African youths signing an AIDS message ahead of the international AIDS conference in Durban.
The Daily News compounded its original error the next day by leading the paper with a follow-up report of President Mugabe blaming the MDC for the tragedy, thus appearing to give the political consequences of the incident greater prominence than the disaster itself.
The Herald and The Chronicle gave due prominence to the tragedy, carrying the story boldly as their lead. The Herald also carried a front-page picture of the stampede. In subsequent issues, Zimpapers' dailies reported the launch of an official inquiry and gave eyewitness accounts of the tragedy.
The state-controlled dailies also identified the police as the cause of the disaster and did not slavishly play along with Mugabe's politicized condolence message in which he blamed "members of a planted group, who took advantage of the huge crowd to sloganeer and exhibit their symbols and finally started throwing missiles into the pitch."
The Herald, The Chronicle and The Manica Post all carried editorial comments condemning the police reaction. All the private papers that came later in the week, carried editorials blaming the police for the tragedy and demanded the resignation of Police Commissioner, Augustine Chihuri. The Zimbabwe Independent comment linked the police and army crackdown on opposition activities in urban areas to the violent police reaction at the stadium because many fans had been waving the MDC symbol. ZBC's initial coverage of the reaction to the tragedy was as confusing as the accusations it reported. Radio and television bulletins (10/7) gave prominence to Mugabe's condolences to the families of the dead and his visit to the injured survivors. But it also used footage in its television bulletin (10/7) of fans waving the MDC's open hand symbol at the match to reinforce Mugabe's claim that political groups were responsible, although ZBC provided no evidence to link them with those who  threw missiles onto the pitch. Former England soccer star, John Fashanu, was also quoted implying that MDC supporters were responsible for the hooliganism by saying that trouble started from a section of the stadium where he had earlier seen youths "doing strange things with their hands.I'm told it is a political symbol". Later in the same bulletin however, ZBC used an earlier clip of Fashanu inside the stadium blaming the police. Television also quoted Health Minister Timothy Stamps blaming drunken youths for sparking the violence, although he also mentioned police over-reaction and questioned ZIFA's security arrangements. By Tuesday, radio reports (6am, 1pm and 8pm) quoted ZimRights blaming the police for over-reacting, although it wasn't until Wednesday, amid stories about an inquiry being launched, that ZBC finally quoted Home Affairs Minister, Dumiso Dabengwa, admitting the disaster could have been averted if the police had been "well drilled".

POLITICS
While the state-controlled media generally avoided speculating about the composition of a new Cabinet, the delay in its announcement provided the privately owned Press with plenty of opportunity. The Daily News was the chief culprit, reporting on Wednesday that the new Cabinet had been leaked and that Chenjerai Hunzvi, Phillip Chiyangwa, Saviour Kasukuwere, Border Gezi, Rugare Gumbo and Simba Makoni were among new blood selected by the President. The paper failed to provide sources for its information which later proved substantially inaccurate. And in another front-page lead "story" on Friday, the daily decided to give its own opinion - complete with pictures - of those it thought should be included, under the misleading headline, General Nyambuya proposed for Cabinet. MMPZ can only assume that the daily's editors made the extraordinary decision to elevate this fiction story because they couldn't find a suitably factual news story to feature as the lead. All three Sunday papers (The Sunday Mail, The Sunday News and The Standard) carried the president's announcement of a new Cabinet on their front pages, focusing on the fall of the Old Guard and the entry of technocrats into government. The Standard also accessed a comment from MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai. ZBC's coverage of the new Cabinet was somewhat low key, mysteriously attracting second item status on radio and television's 8pm bulletins on Saturday, and restricted to Mugabe's announcement alone. Reports the following day featured street surveys.   In one item on television's 8pm news, the reporter confined the public's opinion by asking leading questions about the technocrats   (Simba Makoni, Nkosana Moyo, Joseph Made and Francis Nhema) appointed without seeking comment on other new faces. Radio 1/3's 1pm surveys only commented on Simba Makoni, while Radio 2/4   (1pm) and television's 8pm reported Bulawayo residents responding to the news with mixed views, but then only referred to comments welcoming Mugabe's decision to appoint educated people. Mixed reactions from ordinary people on the poor representation of women in the Cabinet were also aired (Radio 1/3 1pm and 6pm and 8pm, Radio 2/4 8pm and television 6pm and 8pm). Only television (16/7; 8pm) sought comment from one of the new cabinet ministers, Joseph Made, in an unrevealing interview. However, ZBC did quote war veterans' leader Chenjerai Hunzvi (Radio 1/3 1pm and Radio 2/4 1pm and 8pm) saying he was unhappy that war veterans were not represented in Cabinet, but it provided no comment from experts or the business community for their opinion on the implications of the appointments.

ZBC and Zimpapers' titles have remained silent over the clash between the church and the executive widely reported in the privately owned Press. The Herald and The Chronicle (15 July) only made side reference to the issue in a story they carried quoting Father Walter Nyatsanza expressing concern at attacks on ".the Church in general and on specific clergy by the Head of State". The Dispatch also quoted church organizations criticizing statements by President Mugabe in which he accused the Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, as being instrumental in ZANU PF's electoral losses in Matabeleland. The Daily News (10/7) reported that the CCJP was worried by the President's threats against Archbishop Ncube and (13/7) also reported that church organizations in Bulawayo had declared their concern over Mugabe's tribalist statements.
On 12/7 television and radio's 8pm news reported the death of little known former ZIPRA Commissar, Cephas Cele, who was later accorded the status of national hero. ZBC's news coverage of his funeral on 14/7 however, gave prominence to President Mugabe's eulogy in which he spoke of the need to re-educate the nation's youth and of government's pledge to speed up land reform with only a token reference to the dead hero. There was no coverage (apart from a brief interview with Dabengwa) providing any in-depth background information about Zimbabwe's latest hero. The Press all but ignored the man too, except for a report of his funeral in The Herald on Saturday which contained a "potted history". Nobody has asked why the nation didn't know anything about this hero until his death, or indeed, why he had lived in political obscurity. The announcement by Home Affairs Minister, Dumiso Dabengwa that he was ready to retire was covered in the public and private Press, and by ZBC in its 6pm and 8pm bulletins on radio and television (12/7). In the ZBC interview he said the police belonged to the people of Zimbabwe and were non- partisan. He wasn't asked if he thought events during the election had compromised the police, or whether the rule of law had been affected.
The Daily News continued its exclusive profiles of MDC MPs, while The Herald focused on their ZANU PF counterparts, thus maintaining the newspapers' political polarity.


POST ELECTION VIOLENCE
ZBC maintained a virtual blackout on post-election violence and Zimpapers continued to underplay its prevalence, reporting only that the police would not withdraw the army from so-called "flashpoints" around Harare. It also reported the NCA calling for the prosecution of perpetrators of politically motivated violence in the run-up to the election. The private Press however, continued to report new incidents of political violence in the cities and on commercial farms. The Daily News reported that soldiers had imposed a curfew in some Harare suburbs, while The Standard reported that the leaders of African Dialogue and Imbovane Yamahlabezuklu had received death threats, allegedly from members of the CIO. The Zimbabwe Independent and The Dispatch followed up the issue of the abduction and disappearance of an MDC polling agent, Patrick Nyabayama, in Bulawayo, insisting that police investigations were inept. The private Press also reported renewed intimidation in commercial farming areas where war veterans have accused farmers and their workers of voting for the MDC. The Financial Gazette quoted the farm workers' union (GAPWUZ) leader appealing to the President to stop the war veterans and ruling party supporters from terrorizing farm workers and their employers. He said his union's officials were prevented from doing their work in Mvurwi, and in Karoi where an official had been badly beaten by war veterans.
LAND
The privately owned Press left coverage of the rising political temperature over land resettlement up to Zimpapers. The Herald and The Chronicle featured stories throughout the week about the war veterans' increasing impatience to be allocated land - and government's responses. On Monday, The Herald reported that war veterans had warned the government they would take land and disrupt farming activities if they weren't given land immediately. By Friday, The Herald reported that war veterans had ordered several commercial farmers off their land. The paper quoted CFU president Tim Henwood saying about 50 farmers had been threatened and that the situation was getting worse: "They have threatened to kill all farmers who do not get off the land." he was quoted as saying. The Daily News (12/7) carried a story about one of those farmers. During the week, The Herald carried two other front-page lead stories about the acquisition of farms and that war veterans would be moved onto these properties under the "accelerated" land redistribution programme. On Saturday, ZBC television and radio bulletins reported a press conference by Vice-President Joseph Msika, who officially launched the programme and explained how it would work; a story that was also covered in The Sunday Mail. Earlier in the week, Zimpapers' dailies quoted the ZANU PF secretary for information and publicity announcing that at least 20 farms in each province had been acquired for resettlement, and that official resettlement would start on 25 July. The Sunday Mail all but ignored Chenjerai Hunzvi's address to war veterans outside ZANU PF headquarters on Saturday, presumably because news of the new Cabinet dominated the day. But ZBC gave the rowdy meeting first item status on Radio 1/3's 8pm news ahead of the late-breaking Cabinet announcement. Hunzvi was also featured on television and Radio 2/4's 6pm and 8pm news, as well as the morning bulletins the following day, issuing another deadline for government to allocate land and instructing his followers to remain on occupied farms until they got it. A reporter from The Standard attended the meeting too, but he was detained and assaulted by a group of veterans who accused his paper of being unpatriotic, according to The Standard's own report of the incident. Television and Radio 2 reports also mentioned the incident, saying the reporter had been chased away but failed to mention the assault.

OTHER
Elections for urban councils and city mayors were among other stories that attracted the attention of all newspapers during the week. Both private and public Press carried reports that government was contemplating delaying the elections because it feared it could lose them to the MDC. The Zimbabwe Independent reported that the government was considering reinstating Harare's disgraced council, while The Standard reported that ZANU PF was contemplating the idea of fielding Solomon Tawengwa as its mayoral candidate. In their Saturday editions, ZIMPAPERS dailies quoted a statement from the Secretary for Local Government and National Housing, Finnie Munyira, that provided some answers about when local government and mayoral elections would be held. Munyira explained that many cities and towns would not need to have elections until 2003.
The Financial Gazette reported that the Commonwealth observer team had judged the parliamentary polls as not free and fair. The Standard reported that MDC was challenging Phillip Chiyangwa's election victory in Chinhoyi on the basis that he had breached the Electoral Act.
All radio stations 6pm and 8pm news and television on 14/7 reported reactions to an event in June that was never covered in which the United States Senate had approved a Bill to impose punitive aid sanctions against Zimbabwe. The US House of Representatives still has to approve the Bill before it becomes law, and ZBC produced businessman Mutumwa Mawere to say such a decision would be unfortunate. The OAU was also reported to have been "shocked" by the American action, although no OAU official was directly quoted.   In a follow-up report that only appeared on ZBC television, MDC Secretary for Information Learnmore Jongwe said the MDC did not support sanctions. No comment was sought from US representatives, or even from government. The original story appears to have been a follow-up of sorts to The Zimbabwe Mirror's front-page article earlier in the day reporting that government had launched a diplomatic offensive to stop the Americans from approving the Bill.
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We received this email from a friend of ours in the UK, who used to live
here in Zimbabwe, but left in the 1980's. Please pass it on to as many
people as you can.

I went to a prayer meeting on 6 July,to a place I had never been before,
with a whole lot of people I have never met before and who certainly didn't
know me. We got into groups of three and were asked to be quiet before God
to allow Him to speak to us, whether by specific word, picture, or whatever.
In obedience I am sending you what I believe was a word from God for His
people in Zimbabwe.

One of the ladies had a picture of an interior of a train, dimly lit and she
cuoldn't quite make out the occupants, what creed or colour they were.
Through the window outside she could make out a white figure in the
distance. None of us could make this out as it didn't seem to have any
relevance for us personally. I suggested we carry on praying and asking God
to reveal to us what this picture meant. Then, the next lady asked me if I
had any family in Zimbabwe as she felt that the train was in a foreign land-
the first lady confirmed that she felt this. I was amazed as most people
when they hear my accent, automatically assume I am from South Africa. I
said no, but that I had many Christian friends still out there. Once again,
we bent our heads in prayer and waited on the Lord.   Then, it became very
clear to me, like a revelation:
the vision was for Zimbabwe and the train represented those who wanted to
leave. The dimly lit interior represented the lack of hope and vision that
the travellers were experiencing, but that if they were to look out of the
window, there in the distance was either an angel, or Jesus, offering hope
and comfort. God does not want the travellers to leave under such
circumstances, sitting in a Dimly lit interior with no hope, but to believe
that God is going to fulfill His purpose in their lives and they are not to
lose sight of what He is doing despite what was happening. As this vision
was being made clearer, I just cried and cried, as if God was laying on me
the pain He felt for His peoplein a country in which the world was no longer
interested, but whom God had heard the cries of and had NOT for gotten. Why
else would He touch three women in a little English country village, who
didn't know each other and lay on each of them a part of what He had to say,
knowing full well that one or the women would understand the vision because
she had a connection with the country He wanted to
let know that He hadn't forgotten?! I was so amazed, and so humbled, but I
also felt deep within that now I had to act in obedience and pass on the
message that we three ladies received.

So I am just doing what I believe to be God's will-may His will be done. So
may the Lord continue to bless you all and may His love sustain you and give
you hope,   joy, and peace-in great abundance.


Much love, in Jesus Christ our Lord


Eileen Dunn


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