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||Wednesday 19 , July
|Uproar in Parliament |
7/19/00 8:25:08 AM (GMT
Tarcey Munaku, Political
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
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
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
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
" 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.
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
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
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.
||Wednesday 19 , July
|Strive Masiyiwa denies donating money to MDC
7/19/00 10:49:04 AM (GMT
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.
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
"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
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,"
Ncube could neither confirm nor deny that Masiyiwa donated to
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).
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
||Wednesday 19 , July
|Tekere welcomes Cabinet, but ....
7/19/00 10:33:44 AM (GMT
Edgar Tekere yesterday described the new Cabinet as "a beautiful assembly of
capable people", but doubted they would deliver the goods under President
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
||Wednesday 19 , July
|Massive retrenchment at minerals firm
7/19/00 10:34:31 AM (GMT
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.
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
The works council agreed with management on the criteria for
retrenchment which included education and age, with workers aged 50 and above
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.
||Wednesday 19 , July
|Uncertainty threat to agriculture, says official
7/19/00 10:36:33 AM (GMT
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
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
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.
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
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
||Wednesday 19 , July
|Harsh conditions threaten survival of timber industry
7/19/00 10:42:09 AM (GMT
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
Kariwo warned, at the organisation's annual general meeting, the
government must introduce policies that promote industrial growth and
His speech was read for him by Bill Johnstone, the federation's
Kariwo urged the new government to recognise the importance
of forestry land and clearly spell its position on security of tenure for timber
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
Development of the industry was being stifled by loss of investor
confidence while markets were shrinking due to the depressed economic climate,
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.
about $1 billion from export sales, representing a 32,4 percent increase on the
previous year's contribution.
Media Update # 28
Monday 10th July
to Sunday 16th 2000
· 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
here in Zimbabwe, but left in the 1980's. Please pass it on to as
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
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
joy, and peace-in great abundance.
Much love, in Jesus Christ our