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Zimbabwe resumes land allocations


July 21, 2006, 08:15

Zimbabwe has resumed land allocations after they were halted by a corruption
audit of the process, Harare's Herald newspaper reported today. Its website
said Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, announced this at the opening
the 2006 Annual Chiefs' Conference in Kariba yesterday.

He said there was still plenty of land for resettlement and invited all
those who were in need to apply urgently. "We had stopped to audit the
programme. We are now beginning to give offer letters. This means people who
want to benefit should bring up their names. There is a lot of land that was
not taken," he said.

Mugabe said the audit had revealed that only 40% of the allocated land had
been taken up, adding that under the new allocations, consideration would be
given to future generations.

Mugabe said in the past, some people were given land on the basis of their
ambition but ambition alone was not good enough. "You need capability, money
and labour. Not everyone can be a farmer," he said. - Sapa

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Electricity tariffs go up by 100%

From The Daily Mirror, 20 July

Daily Mirror Reporter

People in Harare have urged Zesa Holdings to provide services that match its
electricity tariffs, which were yesterday hiked by close to 100 percent. The
Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company (ZEDC), a subsidiary of Zesa
Holdings, increased tariffs, with immediate effect, for the second time this
month. Most of the people interviewed by The Daily Mirror yesterday said the
increase would put the rates beyond their reach, with economic analyst Luxon
Zembe urging the power utility to give ratepayers value for their money. "It
is important for Zesa to be viable. Some of the rates they were charging
were ridiculously below the cost price. We are now paying the price for
that. On a cost recovery level, we cannot run away from the increase. It is
just a case of chickens coming to roost. But the increase should be matched
with service delivery and efficiency in Zesa," Zembe said. The former
Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce president applauded Zesa for its
recent restructuring exercise and hoped it would bear fruit with ratepayers
receiving efficient services.

Jerome Karomo, a resident of the city's Avenues area, said the tariff hikes
were predictable although they worsened the consumer's plight, coming
shortly after a 95 percent increase last month. "This is the second time the
tariffs have gone up within a short space of time. Obviously that makes life
difficult, but there is nothing one can do. Everything is going up.
Otherwise we would be using the power for free. Another Avenues resident,
Ignatius Mazura, said the increases were unjustifiable given the power-cuts
experienced by residents at various intervals due to Zesa's loadshedding
programme. Mazura said: "Sometimes the power goes out for days. I cannot be
expected to pay for something I am not getting. We should, as a nation,
rearrange our priorities and channel resources towards generating and
transmitting more electricity." Moreblessing Mabara of Warren Park said the
new rates coupled with high water tariffs, would hit tenants the worst as
property-owners were going to factor in these costs on their accommodation

In revising its tariffs, ZEDC said this was in response to the movements in
the Consumer Price Index (CPI), exchange rate and coal price increases since
March this year. The electricity company pegged the fixed monthly charge at
$783 100, up from $505 200 for domestic metered customers using the
conventional meter. Energy charges per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the first 250
kWh would now cost $400, up from $200, while consumers would pay $2 200, up
from $1 400 for energy consumption between 251 and 500 kWh. Domestic metered
consumers using the prepayment meter would be paying $2 200, up from $1 400
for energy consumption up to 500kWh. The public lighting fixed monthly
charge has been increased from $637 800 to $988 600, while the energy charge
per kWh is now $2 800 up from $1 800. Supply for light industries using low
voltage has been set at $1, 2 million from $774 100 for the fixed charge,
with energy charges going up from $1 400 to $2 200 per kWh while heavy
industries will fork out $2 800 per kWh during peak hours. The industries
would be charged a fixed charge of $3,3 million, standard charge of $1 000
per kilowatt-hour and $700 during the off peak period, up from $400.

The government had allowed Zesa Holdings to stagger electricity charges up
to September, having denied the electricity supplier's demand to increase
tariffs by 2 000 percent. Officials at the power utility have however said
that the staggered increase had not made any impact as they failed to meet
expectations as a result of ever-rising input costs. Zesa has in the past
said low tariffs have resulted in the electricity provider failing to
maintain, upgrade and expand its network. Zembe also called on the business
community not to profiteer and indulge in other unethical business practices
on the pretext of the tariff hikes. As a result of aged equipment, only 1
020 megawatts are being generated out of the possible 1 680. Due to failure
to generate enough power, the electricity provider has been failing to meet
demand, leading to the introduction of load shedding, a move that has
affected industry and domestic power consumers. Zesa Holdings is however
putting in place strategies to generate more power in the wake of an
anticipated power shortage in Southern Africa next year. Zimbabwe imports
about 35 percent of its electricity requirements from Snel of the Democratic
Republic of Congo, Eskom (South Africa) Hydro Cabbora Bassa (Mozambique) and
ZESCO of Zambia.

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Saturday protest by Zimbabwean women in the UK

      By a Correspondent

      LONDON - THE women's wing of the opposition MDC will meet Saturday in
London to demonstrate against the continued rule of President Robert Mugabe
and his Zanu PF party.

      The women, irked by the suffering of their womenfolk and children back
home, have decided to dedicate this Saturday to protest the way women
continue to pay the price for the worsening economic and political climate
in the country, lack of sanitary pads, basic products and related issues.

      They argue that Mugabe's continued rule is worsenning the plight of
the ordinary woman in the cities, the rural areas and the farming
communities. The women say there is a crisis of governance in the country
that needs urgent redress to allow a new government with fresh ideas to
revamp the ailing economy hence the creation of jobs, less street children
and thieves on the streets to harass and rape women and related issues.

      The women will meet outside Zimbabwe House in London for the Special
Women's Vigil.

      "We are urging Zimbabwean women from all walks of life, from all parts
of the UK to come and join us as we remember our mothers, sisters and many
others who are suffering," said the MDC.

      "Bring pots, plates and whatever you can get your hands on, let's bang
and make noise on Saturday. Mugabe must go! Ladies we are feeling the pain
of how Robert Mugabe is brainwashing our children back home, turning them
against us, torturing the innocent and starving to death our children, the
future leaders of tomorrow."

      Women in Zimbabwe have been the worst affected by the on-going crisis
in the country. Some have turned to prostitution to fend for their families,
others cannot afford to pay fees for their children resulting in most of
them dropping out due to high fees.

      The MDC says women in Zimbabwe have lost their dignity in the last six
years, especially with the closure of Johnson and Johnson at the beginning
of the country's crisis. As a result there has been a massive shortage of
sanitary products.

      The depreciation of the Zimbabwe dollar on a daily basis has also
meant that the majority cannot even afford to buy the sanitary products and
food that is available on the shelves.

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Justice Hungwe ends Mubawu's 10-day prison ordeal

      By a Correspondent

      HARARE - HIGH COURT Judge, Justice Hungwe, yesterday freed opposition
legislator Timothy Mubawu by granting him bail for Zd$20 million, ending his
10-day ordeal in Zimbabwe's remand prison.

      Justice Hungwe said the lower courts had erred in refusing the
legislator and his co-accused, Abraham Kurimakwaramba, bail. The two had
taken their case to the High Court citing gross irregularities on the part
of Magistrate Mushure when she refused them bail at the Magistrates Court
last week.

      Justice Hungwe said it was clear from the application that magistrate
had premised her decision not to grant bail on wrong facts.

      He agreed with the defence there was nothing tangible before Mushure
at the Magistrates Court to show that the two would abscond or interfere
with the investigation or the administration of justice once granted bail.

      Mubawu is being charged with Kurimakwaramba for allegedly sponsoring
youths from Morgan Tsvangirai MDC to assault former colleague, Trudy
Stevenson, the Harare North MP and four other colleagues from the Arthur
Mutambara MDC.

      They are being charged under the Criminal Law Codification and Reform
Act for provoking violence and breach of peace.

      Justice Hungwe ordered Mubawu to reside at his house, 17 Donny Brook
Drive in Greendale. He was told not to interfere with police investigations.
The MP was also asked to surrender his travel documents.

      Mubawu was also ordered to report to the police once every week.

      Kurimakwaramba was also freed from remand prison on the same
conditions as Mubawu following the release of some of the youths said to
have attacked Stevenson Wednesday.

      Four of the nine youths implicated in the attack are still fighting
their case so they can be granted bail as well. Their second bail
application was dismissed late yesterday by Harare Magistrate William Bhila.
Their colleagues were, however, granted bail of Zd$20 million each.

      Bhila remanded Charles Maruma, Wector Zambezi, Pardon Munengani and
Francisco Zhuwawu to August 23 this year for trial.

      Speaking after Mubawu's release, Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga, the
Mutambara faction's deputy secretary general said her party was "dismayed by
the level of hypocrisy that has been shown by Zanu PF and government over
the recent violent and brutal attacks on our members in Mabvuku."

      "The swiftness at which the perpetrators of the recent violence on our
members were brought to book clearly shows that the state security agencies
are able to deal with those who violate the country's laws," she said.

      "We are left in no doubt that those who have not been brought to book
to answer charges of criminality who include Joseph Mwale and Kainos Zimunya
"aka" Kitsiyatota are infact-enjoying state protection."

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Harare banks may have to deal in 'bobillions'


      Basildon Peta
          July 21 2006 at 05:18AM

      Zimbabwe's banking executives have met to discuss the enormous
disruptions created for banking software by the many zeros that are now
required in transactions made in Zimbabwe's currency.

      With inflation peaking at nearly 1 200 percent, the Zimbabwean dollar
has rapidly lost value since the economic crisis in Zimbabwe started in
February 2002.

      Whereas two Zimbabwe dollars bought a rand as late as 1995, one now
needs at least ZIM$70 000 (about R4,95) on the black market for foreign
currency, where most forex transactions are handled.

      This means that with R20, one can become an instant millionaire and
with R100, an instant multi-millionaire simply by travelling to Zimbabwe.

      Most business transactions are done in amounts of billions and
trillions. The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange is worth more than an estimated
ZIM$950-trillion and will soon have to be counted in a new measure yet to be

      Zimbabweans now joke that the next level will be called "bobillions"
in honour of President Robert Mugabe.

      The computer software used by most Zimbabwe banks has not been
configured to handle the high figures.

      An official at the Zimbabwe Banking Association confirmed that
representatives of banks had met recently to discuss the problems that the
multiple zero transactions had created for computers.

      The most feasible solution was the reconfiguration of software to
increase the maximum number of digits accommodated so that any possibility
in the hyper-inflationary environment was catered for.

      However, the biggest concern for bankers was the enormous cost
involved in having this done by international suppliers of software.

      The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, which has no foreign currency to import
paper to print the proper currency and has been printing artificial money
called bearer cheques on low quality paper, will also be hard-pressed to
fund such upgrades. Other options included doing away with some decimal

      This article was originally published on page 10 of Pretoria News on
July 21, 2006

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Human rights abuses fuel Aids pandemic

Mail and Guardian

            Alberto Cremonesi | New York, United States

            21 July 2006 08:05

                  Thousands of delegates from around the world gather in
Toronto, Canada, next month for the Sixteenth International Aids Conference,
and a leading human rights group has urged them to consider the following

                    a.. The murder in June of Vivian Kavuma in Uganda by her
lover after she disclosed that she was infected with HIV.

                    b.. The brutal stabbing with a pitchfork of 15-year-old
Isaiah Gakuyo last April in Kenya by his uncle simply because the orphan was
HIV-positive. There were numerous witnesses to the attack, but none

                    c.. The murder of in June 2005 human rights activist
Octavio Acuña Rubio in a condom shop he owned in Mexico.

                    d.. The arrests in December of five Zimbabwean Aids
activists commemorating World Aids Day at a public square in Harare.

                    e.. The house arrests in March this year of at least 23
people living with HIV in China's Henan province to keep them from bringing
petitions to the Chinese congress.
                  And the list goes on.

                  "We have the knowledge to defeat HIV now, we know what is
effective, and that is recognising that the epidemic is caused by human
rights abuses, which fuel the epidemic," said Joseph Amon, director of the
HIV/Aids programme at Human Rights Watch (HRW).

                  Since the virus was first identified in the early 1980s,
HIV/Aids has claimed 22-million lives and infected more than 60-million
people. Last year, five million people were newly infected and three million
died of Aids.

                  Between 2003 and 2005, the number of people living with
HIV in East Asia rose by more than 25% and the number of people living with
HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia rose more than one-third.

                  Controlling the epidemic
                  But according to HRW and others, in the 25 years since
Aids was first discovered, few countries have succeeded in controlling the
epidemic. Those that have done so have provided comprehensive information on
HIV transmission to their populations; addressed the vulnerability of women
and girls to violence and abuses; ensured access to condoms, clean needles
and methadone; and expanded access to anti-retroviral drugs.

                  Experts stress that vulnerability to HIV/Aids is closely
tied to the social marginalisation of people most affected by the virus.
They include young girls, injecting drug users, sex workers, men who have
sex with men, migrants and prisoners -- groups that are frequently victims
of discrimination and other human rights abuses.

                  The connection between abuses of women's rights and their
vulnerability to the disease is particularly evident in sub-Saharan Africa,
where 58% of those infected with Aids are women. According to HRW, in 2003,
half of all governments in sub-Saharan Africa had yet to adopt laws
specifically banning discrimination against people living with HIV/Aids,
while only one-third of countries worldwide had adopted legal measures
specifically outlawing discrimination against populations vulnerable to the

                  "If we attack the epidemic by attacking human rights
abuses, we can turn the epidemic around. The way we can do that is to have
comprehensive prevention and information provided to people. We need to
empower communities to take the step that they need to recognise the
epidemic and respond to it," Amon said.

                  Rights abuses
                  Documenting and punishing human rights abuses related to
HIV/Aids is essential in raising public awareness and fighting the epidemic.
Unless countries adopt approaches to HIV that are rooted in human rights
principles and informed by scientific evidence, the epidemic will keep
growing, HRW says.

                  The need for global HIV prevention based on sound
scientific evidence is supported by groups like the Caucus for
Evidence-Based Prevention, a coalition of United States-based NGOs and their
international partners whose aim is to implement strategies with proven
success in lowering HIV transmission rates.

                  In fact, according to the multidisciplinary group of more
than 30 organisations, for different reasons, too often strategies with no
proven efficacy have been promoted instead of those that are known to work.

                  For example, in Uganda, once one of the continent's
greatest success stories in reducing HIV rates, infections are now on the
rise again since the government and evangelical groups have pushed
abstinence-only messages and attacked the effectiveness of condoms.

                  In Thailand, another initial bright spot in the fight
against Aids, condom use is down and infections of sexually transmitted
diseases are up. HRW says the government has done little to reduce HIV
infection among drug users or migrant workers, and leading Aids experts say
that Thailand's success is "history".

                  In Zimbabwe, about 350 000 people urgently need
anti-retroviral drugs, but only about 25 000 have access to them. The life
expectancy for women is 34 years -- the lowest in the world.

                  In the US, African-American women are 19 times more likely
to be infected with HIV than white women. The number of new infections has
remained static for a decade, and HRW says that "programmes that once
vigorously and creatively challenged communities to confront Aids and learn
how to protect themselves from HIV are being replaced by proposals to
eliminate individual pre-test counselling and written consent, and simply
have doctors routinely test everyone they treat for HIV".

                  "One of the ways to combat the epidemic is by having
greater accountability by governments, having better cooperation between
civil society and governments in terms of monitoring the epidemic, having
specific concrete goals and having periodic reports that include civil
society in terms of tracking progress," Amon said.

                  "In Southern Africa, for instance, there are many policies
which maintain the vulnerability of women and there is also a lack of
protection and enforcement of property rights abuses. The traditional
systems often do very little to respond to those abuses," he noted.

                  At the just-concluded Group of Eight summit in St
Petersburg, Russian Federation, leaders of the world's richest nations
adopted a document pledging to achieve "tangible progress" in the fight
against HIV/Aids by 2010. However, activists said donors must also increase
funding or they would miss their own target, set last year at the summit in
Gleneagles, Scotland, of providing treatment to four million Africans by
that same deadline.

                  In order to achieve universal treatment for HIV/Aids, at
least an additional $10-billion would be needed, they noted.

                  Many hopes are now pinned on the August 13 to 18
conference in Toronto, where HRW has called on government representatives,
United Nations officials and delegates to recognise that "only by protecting
the rights of those most vulnerable, and by empowering those most
marginalised, can the few success stories to date in the fight against Aids
be expanded and sustained". -- IPS

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Red Cross officials tour humanitarian projects in Zimbabwe

      July 21, 2006

      By ANDnetwork .com

      Danish Red Cross Society representative, United Nations and Japanese
Red Cross Society officials on Thursday 20 July 2006 toured humanitarian
assistance projects in Zvimba Communal Lands, Zimbabwe.

      By Walter Nyamukondiwa

      Birgit Wichmann toured home-based care (HBC) projects that were
assisting people affected by HIV/Aids in Zimbabwe.

      The projects were being coordinated and funded by the Zimbabwe Red
Cross Society through assistance from international organisations such as
the various arms of the United Nations and Red Cross Societies from Japan
and Denmark.

      Wichmann said she was here to assess some of the projects the local
chapter of the Red Cross was involved in.

      "I can't say much but I am here to see the projects on the ground,"
she said.

      The team visited child-headed families, which were being assisted by
the Red Cross through provision of shelter and inputs to assist them to be

      Most of the children lost parents to the Aids pandemic.

      The team also toured Kumboyedza support group, which is made up of 13
members who are living positively with the HIV virus.

      Zimbabwe Red Cross Society HIV/Aids co-ordinator Janet Muteiwa said
the projects were designed to support ailing people through provision of
psychological social support and food among others.

      This support, she said, would be extended to children by paying school
fees should their parents die.

      The Red Cross is supporting four projects in the province. Zvimba has
a population of about 209 000 people with about 20 200 home-based people
getting support owing to the HIV/Aids scourge.

      Zimbabwe Herald AM//JB

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US Urges Harare To Address 'Real Issues,' Take Responsibility In Crisis


By Blessing Zulu
      20 July 2006

The United States has joined Britain and France in saying Harare should
tackle internal issues like its collapsing economy instead of seeking
bilateral talks with Great Britain on the premise - disputed by British
officials - that differences with London over land reform led to the
imposition of sanctions that in turn undermined the economy.

The statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Harare said Washington would
welcome mediation in the Zimbabwe crisis by ex-President Benjamin Mkapa of
Tanzania if such mediation focused on "the real issues affecting Zimbabwe
today." Including what the U.S. statement described as a "sustained
assault.on freedom and democracy."

The statement said human rights and the rule of law in Zimbabwe have been
eroded, and that flawed policies and endemic corruption have devastated the

The embassy statement said the Mugabe administration's proposal to hold
bilateral talks with former colonial power Britain was a diversion "created
by the government solely to distract attention from its own responsibility"
for the national crisis.

The statement concluded that Mkapa might be able to make a meaningful
contribution if he could "convince the government of Zimbabwe to acknowledge
its responsibility for the crisis and to embrace the need for reforms and a
national dialogue."

Referring to President Robert Mugabe's depiction of the crisis as caused by
Western sanctions, the embassy said that it is "up to the government and
people of Zimbabwe to recognize that the roots of the country's current
crisis lie within Zimbabwe, and .assume responsibility for devising viable
solutions internally."

Responding to the statement, Zimbabwe's Acting Information Minister Paul
Mangwana said the United States is entitled to its opinion, but insisted
land reform is the correct subject for bilateral Zimbabwean-British
discussions to resolve the crisis.

Separately, opposition Movement for Democratic Change founding President
Morgan Tsvangirai met with Botswanan President Festus Mogae in Gaborone on
Thursday to discuss the impact of Zimbabwe's crisis on Botswana and Mkapa's

Zimbabwe's problems have spilled over into Botswana, which has been publicly
critical of Harare's policies in contrast with most neighboring governments.

With Tsvangirai were faction Vice President Thokozana Khupe, Secretary for
Foreign Affairs Eliphas Mukonoweshuro and Deputy Secretary General Lovemore

Mukonoweshuro offered details on the talks and his analysis of the situation
in an interview with reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe.

From Johannesburg, South Africa, political consultant Obri Matshiqi offered
his view on the U.S. statement and the evolution of diplomacy in the
Zimbabwean crisis.

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JAG Job Opportunities dated 20 July 2006

Please send any job opportunities for publication in this newsletter to: JAG
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Ad inserted 22 June 2006

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Ad inserted 22 June 2006

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Community radio stations launched

The Zimbabwean

Themba Sibunde was elected the chairperson for Radio Kwelaz while Howard
Masaninga was elected secretary-general. In Gweru, the residents elected
Stambuli Kim as chairperson and Munyaradzi Makoni as the vice chairperson.
The community radio initiatives will enable the respective communities to
discuss socio-economic and political issues through relevant radio
programmes designed to address issues of concern. The Broadcasting Services
Act allows for the setting up of community radio stations in Zimbabwe.
Committees for the community radios comprise a chairperson, vice
chairperson, secretary general, finance secretary, gender secretary,
disabilities secretary, community liaison secretaries and an HIV/AIDS
Committee members will also spearhead the publicity and advocacy campaigns
for the community radio initiatives and lobby parliament, government and the
Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to be granted community radio
broadcasting licenses. - MISA

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Shopping basket

The Zimbabwean


2 kg White Sugar         380,000
1 kg Oranges               99,000
1 kg Avocados             82,000
2 kg Self Raising Flour  455,000
2 kg Brown Flour         636,000
Coffee Time 200g        1,150,000
Korn Kurls 150g          525,000
Mazoe Syrup 2 litres     658,000
Red Seal Rice - 2 kg     865,000
Tomato Sauce - 375g   152,500
Milk Powder - 500g     1,045,000
Willards C'flakes 300g  875,000
1 kg Minute Steak         999,000
Scouring Power 500g    185,000
Cold Power 400g          480,000
Scone - One                 80,000

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Shortage of curators

The Zimbabwean

A memorandum to the organisation's deputy secretary, Clifford Foroma reads:
"May those lawyers who are interested in being appointed curators in the
event of a sole partner in a law firm dying, absconding or becoming
insolvent lodge their names with the Society as soon as possible".
There are only four well-known curators, Funga Kuipa, David Scott, Robert
Mcindore and Terry Matavire.
Since 2004, more than 15 financial institutions have been placed under
curatorship by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. A curator is roped in after a
financial institution is facing liquidator problems and to protect the
investments of depositors, curator is sought to look for fresh capital
injection to save the financial firm.
Sources in the legal and financial sector said there is a possibility that
many banks would face financial problems in September after failing to meet
new stringent capital requirements. Commercial banks should have Z$1
trillion while merchant and building societies should have $750 billion in
their books. - CAJ News

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Bull market erupts as treasury bills suspended

The Zimbabwean

The monetary policy, which was rumoured to be announced on Thursday, did not
materialise and expectations are that it should be announced either this
Thursday or the next.
The buying patterns that were observed last week favoured exporters. It is
apparent that there is a an exchange rate devaluation in the monetary policy
statement. Other measures expected are the increase in the gold buying price
and an attempt to convert the short-term Government debt into long term.
The top gain of the week was agro-exporter ARISTON.  The stock put on 109%
to $11500. NICOZ gained 76% to $1500. ZSR, which is possibly re-rating to a
favoured stock status, put on 72% to $31,000. The stock actually retreated
from an intra-week high of $36,000. PGI rose 69% to $22,000. BARCLAYS, which
has been on the periphery of fund managers' interests, put on 67% to $4500.
ZIMRE and CAIRNS each put on 67% to $10,000 and $15,000 respectively. The
other top gains above 50% were CBZH, CELSYS, ZIMPLOW, NTS, HUNYANI, COTTCO,
TA and ART.
There were only two declines recorded in the week and these were led by
penny stock PELHAMS, which shed a marginal 3% to $300 while M&R shed 2% to
The top gain in the minings was BINDURA, which doubled its share price to
$40,000. The stock still has some significant upside. RIO gained 70% to
$850,000. The stock is chasing after the psychological $1 million mark
despite the 2 for 1 bonus issue that occurred less than a month ago.
Embattled stock, FALGOLD gained 50% to $6000. HWANGE and HALOGEN were

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The Zimbabwean Letters

 question of identity
EDITOR - The Zimbabwean identity is a genuine, essential, and inherent
characteristic; it is transmitted from generation to generation. Defined as
an identity that is renowned for its culture of tolerance, pride and unity.
Never before has this identity ever been questioned for its integrity
especially by the international community, until now when the Zimbabwean
Diaspora community is failing to exempt the basic principals that form the
foundation of our identity which are tolerance, pride and unity.
With a growing culture of ignorance, arrogance and selfishness amongst the
Zimbabwean Diaspora community and misconception of tolerance by turning a
blind eye to the Zimbabwean situation, failing to take responsibility and
failing to realize the importance of uniting as a people and realization
that the voice of the Diaspora could potentially be a major catalyst in the
fight for a new Zimbabwe.
Ignorance, arrogance and selfishness can easy be justified as self defence
in minds infiltrated with years of propaganda and Zanu-ism, but never before
has the question of Identity been of such importance, at a time when the
nation is subdued to harsh political misconduct and economic meltdown, of
which it has resulted in gross human rights violations by the regime in a
bid to clinch onto power and suppress the people from any up rising.
A time where the nation is in prayer for change but constrained by various
legislative laws making it virtually impossible to excise freedom of
expression and stand up for the right to good governance, excess affordable
good standard health, education, rule of law, shelter, child care, food and
If the Zimbabwean Diaspora community, an estimated 3 million of us, took
pride in our Identity and not only practised the basic fundamentals
Tolerance, pride and unity, we will be in a position to regain the dignity
of the Zimbabwean people and be it in solidarity in order to restore our
legitimate rights in Zimbabwe, to re-establish peace and security in our
country, and to enable its people to exercise national sovereignty and
United we stand a chance of making history and paving way for the birth of
democracy and restore rule of law in our motherland.

Chari an inspiration

EDITOR - Givemore Chari is such an inspiration to most of us and his
courageous stance against Mugabe and oppression at his young age, is surely
a motivation to us students and  youths.
However, it is surprising to note that the prominent student leader after
all this has to struggle to get education .Where is ZINASU,MDC,STUDENTS
of the civil society?  Or maybe they are not concerned at all - the irony of
it is that most student activists seem to believe so much into some of these
organisations but this is how they are treated at the end.
It is disheartening to learn that they are no safety nets in place to
protect the likes of Chari.  The prominent youth leader is suffering whilst
Morgan Tsvangirayi and other opposition leaders are busy dining in their
mansions whilst someone fighting  for the same goals as them (probably one
of them) is suffering and cannot  finish his education.
This clearly explains why most ordinary Zimbabweans do not heed calls made
by these leaders to mass demonstrate because at the end of the day they will
suffer alone. If these leaders cannot work on this, they risk future
opposition from these people.
Rregardless of his suffering and what he has been through, Chari vows that
he will only stop the struggle when he is dead - such courage and bravery is
what makes a true leader. We salute you comrade - don't give up the

Chari a true leader
EDITOR - "Even though I am in exile I did not run away from the struggle but
have only relocated strategically. I will only stop the struggle when I am
dead."   Such statements incited the revolutionary spirit in me and made me
realise that I have an important role to play in the struggle to free
Givemore Chari is really an inspiring leader, and now I see why they chose
him to be the president at Bindura University.  He really is indeed a bright
future leader of Zimbabwe. I thought of myself as a coward because of my
being in the diaspora and far away from home when others are fighting back
home, but these revolutionary statements from a true cadre have helped me
redefine myself and I will fight from this end to help free Zimbabwe. Isn't
it that Mugabe and others went into exile during the liberation struggle but
achieved victory far away from home? We are behind you Chari - one day Zim
will be free and we shall go back home.
Advice for Mutambara

EDITOR - We advise Aurthur Mutambara to join Tsvangirai. His intelligence is
very vital for this struggle. He needs patience. We appeal to him to show us
the power of love not the love of power.
Tsvangirai is a brave leader who founded this revolution, but if you try to
out-compete him you end up like Munyaradzi Gwisai who thought he was a hero
Highfields - yet the word MDC was his armour. Mutambara's turn will come to
be a leader, considering his age.  Right now he should work for the success
of the party. Sabotaging the party doesn't help.
Truth hurts
EDITOR - I agree with Patti Nyemba that the Zimbabwe situation today is the
fault of the white race, that's basically Boers and British. How do I know?
Well we came in and stole whatever we could and told ourselves it was just
fine and dandy to do so.  Not so much as a by your leave, Sambo.
To facilitate this, we tricked an illiterate king who nonetheless held sway
over the kingdom, and lied about our intention with the aid of a Reverend in
the pay of that arch-crook, Rhodes.
That wouldn't have been so bad, but instead of trying to win hearts and
minds, we rode roughshod over the indigenous people so that within a mere
six years they rose up in revolt, as was their right to do, and damned near
wiped out the white invaders - pity they didn't - until the Imperial army
had to be called in and with the help of the latest technology we
machine-gunned and dynamited the rightful owners of the country to hell and
back.  Then we called it peace, and opened the place up to anyone in search
of a bit of adventure.
The indignities inflicted with gusto on the poor, ignorant povo continued
unabated for 70 long, weary years, and far outweighed the benefits of
education and health care - provided largely by the missionaries.  Finally,
the 'uppity niggers' rose in one mighty roar and after sacrificing many of
their own fine young men, swept the whites ignominiously aside.  About time,
and good riddance say I.
Scotch or millions?
EDITOR - How about this for a sign of the times?  A poster seen in a
Bulawayo club recently read:  The Raffle draw will be held in the Cocktail
Bar with snacks proved from the ticket sales. The prizes are as follows:1st
prize - a bottle of BELLS
Whisky; 2nd prize - $5million cash; 3rd prize - $2,5million cash. Anywhere
else in the world I would have chosen to become a millionaire over a bottle
of scotch - but not in Zimbabwe.
The way forward?
EDITOR - It is my belief that people of Zimbabwe are fed up with a
leadership that gives them no proper respect and has made their lives a
living hell. But what can change things. Smart sanctions have failed. The
electoral system has failed. Mbeki does not want to be involved,
international pressure and condemnation has yielded nothing.
Well there is already a national mood for mass protests and Zimbabweans
should  take  to  the streets. We have the power in numbers to stage an
effective mass protests that can unseat the current regime. However, there
is need for all democratic forces to combine forces, be it the MDC, ZCTU,
ZINASU, Civic organisations, Churches and all opposition political parties
to became one powerful force that will stand to face the current regime.
It is important for them to realise that in pushing for their demands, the
starting point should be a new constitution, a democratic people-driven
constitution for the people by the people.
This then should pave way for free and fair elections under regional and
international supervision. Of course, Mugabe has a tendency to crush
peaceful protests using armed forces, soldiers and militia to silence
protestors and we cannot deny that he will definitely employ one or two of
his terror tactics and pounce on these protests.
Nevertheless, people have to confront these security forces - thousands
might loose their lives, but millions will be saved and this will send a
clear message to any future leader to respect the wishes of people.
Those in the diaspora should push for political transformation and lobby for
international intervention in their respective countries and demonstrate in
solidarity with those at home at various Zimbabwe embassies.
One day Zimbabwe will be free.
GIVEMORE CHARI, former SRC president, Bindura University
Holier than thou
EDITOR - President Mugabe advised his cronies not to consult witchdoctors
because he is not stepping down. That is symptomatic of Zanu (PF) leaders
who would rather go to n'angas to get into power rather that to seek the
popular vote of the people of Zimbabwe.
As for his advice to party leaders to stick to one-man-one-wife - he can
talk! He should have led by example and not fathered children with Grace
while Amai Sally was lying on her death bed.
The colours of home
For the people who have stayed in Zimbabwe, either by choice or because they
have no choice, it is hard to understand what it must be like to live in
exile. From here, we wish we were somewhere with single, double or even
triple figure inflation.  We dream of being able to afford the most basic
things again -everyday things once taken for granted and now just
permanently off the shopping list because they are simply too expensive.
We long for an end to fear and oppression and ache for the time when we will
again be able to afford to travel to the beautiful places in our own
country. We long to be able to speak freely again, to stop whispering and
looking over our shoulders wondering who is listening, who is a spy, who we
can trust. Mostly though, we long for our families and friends who have
gone, we miss the community life, the gatherings and the laughter.
And for the people who have left, the aches and longings of being strangers
in strange lands are probably even harder. The longings are for familiarity,
for friends and family left behind, for the climate and countryside, and for
the laughter in the wind of the country that will always be home. Recently
someone living in exile said how much they missed the colours of Zimbabwe
and it made me realise how we take the richness
and beauty of Zimbabwe for granted.
Winter is almost over now although we are still waking to blankets of frost
sprinkled on the ground in the early mornings. The days are mostly clear,
bright and sunny and the skies are a brilliant blue. The grass is golden and
yellow in the fields and in the vleis and stream beds the red hot pokers
have almost finished flowering.
In the bush the lucky bean trees are just opening their clusters of red
flowers and in our towns the poinsettias are covered in scarlet. In the
highveld the Msasa trees have begun shedding their load and the ground is
covered with hard, curly, deep brown pods, their shiny dark brown seeds
lying in the sand waiting for the rain when they can start the cycle all
over again. And to end our days are the sunsets which are filled with
spectacular colour: pink and then lilac, and at last orange and polished
These are the true and permanent colours of Zimbabwe, refreshed and replaced
every day. They are the colours of home and frankly, for many of us, it is
the simple things like this that some days prevent total and utter despair
at the horrific situation we are living in. The other colours that are
temporarily Zimbabwean - brown, purple and green - they
are just imposters.
They are the colours of our bank notes which aren't really bank notes and
which have expiry dates. They are the colours of inflation, oppression and
despair and hard as it is to believe, we know they will be gone - we pray it
will be soon.
Until next week, thanks for reading, Ndini shamwari yenyu.

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