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Washington Post

Where 'Final Edition' Is a Fateful Term
Zimbabwe Paper Alert To State's Animosity

By Craig Timberg
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, July 23, 2004; Page A24

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- The journalists at the Zimbabwe Independent gather each
Monday morning to discuss the stories they are planning for the coming week
and attempt to ignore, as best they can, the unsettling fact that any one of
their articles could be their last.

Their dilemma: To write skeptically about President Robert Mugabe or his
ruling party is to court the wrath of a government that has shut down two
other newspapers in the past year, they say. But failing to write
skeptically would be to betray the paper's mission and drive away readers
who have rewarded it with a growing circulation as competitors have been

Members of the Independent's staff have learned, they said, that in a
country where the government uses the courts to punish its enemies, the only
thing more dangerous than a story critical of the government is a story
critical of the government that contains errors or other flaws.

"The state is like a fox watching," said Iden Wetherell, who recently moved
from being editor of the Independent to a new position overseeing projects
there and at its sister paper, the Standard. "We know they're out to get

The Independent, a weekly with a circulation of 25,000, operates out of a
dingy, one-floor newsroom about the size of a fast-food restaurant. Across
the street, gleaming in modern splendor, is the skyscraper housing the
headquarters of Mugabe's party, the Zimbabwe African National
Union-Patriotic Front. From the windows of the newsroom, Mugabe and other
senior party leaders, who have run the country with nearly absolute power
for the past 24 years, can be seen coming and going, past increasingly
squalid streets, in motorcades of black Mercedes-Benzes.

Party officials control the information that Zimbabweans receive on the
radio, television and in most newspapers. The ruling party exerts outright
control over all broadcasting and runs daily newspapers in the capital,
Harare, and in Bulawayo and Mutare.

The government media tell Zimbabweans that Mugabe and his government are
unfailingly benevolent and wise and that their main opponent, the Movement
for Democratic Change, is a dangerous terrorist group that operates as a
front for British efforts to reestablish Zimbabwe as a colony.

When British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in London that he was working
with opposition leaders in Zimbabwe in hopes of ending Mugabe's rule,
government newspapers and television stations repeated the comment for
weeks. The editorial page of the Herald, the government-run daily in Harare,
ran a column and a picture of Blair with the headline: "World now knows the
truth about Zimbabwe. Speculation as to who is at center of 'problems' is

"This kind of constant messaging is what Zimbabweans have to endure," said
Brian Raftopoulos, a political commentator who contributes opinion pieces to
the Independent. "The public debate is severely curtailed."

Zimbabweans once had more options. The only independent daily newspaper in
Zimbabwe, the Daily News, was firebombed, then raided and looted by police
before finally being closed by court order in February. At its peak, it sold
100,000 copies.

The Tribune, a weekly owned by Kindness Paradza, a member of parliament from
the ruling party, was closed by the state media commission in June after
several months of increasingly skeptical coverage of the government. Paradza
was expelled from the party for criticizing the media law that led to his
paper's demise.

The editors at the Independent say the closures have made them more careful
to avoid the type of actions the government used as pretenses against the
other papers. Owners of the Daily News, for example, had refused to register
the newspaper under a new media law it was challenging in court. The Tribune
changed the name of its corporate parent but failed, according to the media
commission, to notify it of the change in a timely manner.

The owner of the Independent, Trevor Ncube, has instructed his editors and
business managers to rigorously comply with any law that does not violate
journalistic ethics.

"I've insisted to my management, let's play by the rules," Ncube said.
"Let's not create any excuse for them to come for us."

He added that his caution did not affect news judgment. "I'd sleep very,
very soundly if we get banned because we published an article the government
doesn't like," he said.

Three newspapers remain that are not controlled by officials of the ruling
party. Two of them are owned by Ncube.

The Independent has experienced several close calls, Ncube said. The
newspaper has published six stories that have prompted attempts by the
government to prosecute it under a two-year-old media law that criminalized
the reporting of inaccurate information.

Police detained Wetherell, a second editor and a reporter for 48 hours after
one of the stories -- about Mugabe's use of an Air Zimbabwe jet for a
vacation to Indonesia with his wife -- was published in January. On a recent
Monday, the top editors were called to appear in court over the story.

The government has not disputed the central facts in the story but has said
that Mugabe did not personally call for the airplane and that to use the
word "commandeered" in the article amounted to a criminal defamation of the

The government dailies often ridicule the Independent and its editors in
articles and columns. Wetherell, who is white, has drawn particularly
vicious attacks.

A Herald columnist last month called Wetherell a "bitter colonial relic." In
January, the Herald called Wetherell "our willy-nilly neighbour, a fellow
Zimbabwean by statute" who "we the sons of this black African soil have to
suffer until the scythe of time makes its remedial harvest."

The government's willingness to allow the Independent to publish is a source
of anxious conversation among journalists in Zimbabwe. Many former reporters
and editors of other newspapers lost not only their freedom to publish but
also their jobs, in a country where unemployment is estimated to be as high
as 70 percent.

Efforts to start online newspapers have begun, but Internet access remains
slow and limited and is heavily regulated by the government.

"The freedom of expression is dead," said Sam Nkomo, publisher of the Daily
News, who is battling criminal prosecution but trying to get the courts to
allow the newspaper to resume publishing.

Nkomo said one of the few things he could imagine worse than losing his
fight to reopen the Daily News would be the closure of the Independent.

"Then," Nkomo said, "the country would have gone to the dogs."
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This Day, Nigeria

Zimbabwean Farmers Get $4.5m Facility

a.. May arrive next week
From Stephan Hofst"tter in Johannesburg


Zimbabwean farmers offered land in Nigeria plan to clinch a $4.5 million
deal on Monday which will pave the way for the arrival of the country's
first white settlers.

"There are a few minor details we need to iron out but it looks like a done
deal," Zimbabwe's Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) representative Alan Jack
said from Harare yesterday. Zimbabwean farmers have been credited with
reviving commercial agriculture in Zambia and Mozambique, prompting
President Olusegun Obasanjo to court them.

Although once a large net exporter of food, Nigeria's largely subsistence
farming sector has been unable keep pace with its rapidly growing urban
population. The country currently spends about $2.5 billion a year on food

Jack will leave for Nigeria with a team of lawyers this weekend, and plans
to set up a CFU office there to facilitate the arrival of the first group of
pioneers. The government will provide him with office space, equipment, and
a car and driver. Eight Zimbabweans are expected to settle in Kwara state
this year, but the government has budgeted for a further 10 in the first
phase. The state has about 2.3 million hectares of unutilised agricultural
land available.

"If all goes well, the first guys will be coming up next week and we'll have
the bush cleared in the next two months," said Jack, who already has plans
drawn up for his house on the Niger. "Pity I forgot to ask for a jacuzzi,"
he joked.

The gently sloping, riverside land is where Nigeria's first community of
Zimbabweans will settle. "We have the results back from soil tests," said
Jack. "It's perfect."

Jack, who lost his tobacco and maize farm through Robert Mugabe's land
reform programme, said more Zimbabwean farmers were expected to follow.
"They're under a lot of pressure right now." Fewer than 400 white farmers
remain on their land, compared with 4 500 in 1999.

Kwara State Governor Bukola Saraki opened talks with the CFU in February and
within two months the first delegation of six farmers arrived. After being
granted an audience with Obasanjo and finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,
they became convinced their hosts meant business.

Jack's second visit included two irrigation experts and involved inspecting
the farms on offer and calculating how much money was needed to turn them
into viable ventures. The deal now on the table includes a $250 000
government loan per farmer at a nominal interest rate, with another $250 000
guaranteed. Jack said double that amount was needed to get commercial farms
off the ground. "We will need to start talking to commercial banks."

The farmers will also be granted pioneer status, which means they'll be
exempt from tax or import duties on farming equipment for five years, and be
allowed to bring in key staff to train local workers. The governor has also
pledged to build roads and houses and provide security and

Despite preference by the Zimbabweans for freehold title, the government
fears this would provide ammunition to political opponents and is offering
bankable 99-year leases. The governor has also promised the contract would
include a clause making it difficult for a future government to renege on
promises or repossess the land. All land in Nigeria currently vests in the

Some farmers had expressed concern at the violent clashes, some over land,
between Christians and Muslims which have claimed hundreds of lives this
year. But Kwara State has so far been spared conflagrations engulfing the
volatile northern states. "They have been guaranteed nothing like that will
happen here," said Nigel Crompton, representative of Kwara Saraki, speaking
from the state capital Ilorin yesterday.

The pioneers have also been assured no villagers would be resettled to
accommodate their farms. Crompton said a cargo hub was being planned for
Ilorin airport. Once completed, international flights will be diverted from
Lagos airport, leaving empty cargo planes bound for Europe available to the

Each pioneer will receive a 1 000 hectare farm suitable for mixed crops and
dairy products for local consumption and cut flowers and vegetables for
export. Large-scale planting is expected to commence early next year.
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Article from:

Pambazuka News 166

Fahamu (Oxford)

July 22, 2004


Henning Melber

Participants in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) Seminar on "Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic
African Press", held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 29 April to 3 May 1991,
declared: "Consistent with article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, the establishment, maintenance and fostering of an independent,
pluralistic and free press is essential to the development and maintenance
of democracy in a nation and for economic development."

This "Windhoek Declaration" marked a highlight in the so-called second wave
(of democratisation) on the continent. Ironically, it was also at Windhoek -
almost thirteen years later (end of February 2004) - when Zimbabwe's
Minister of State for Information and Publicity signed a co-operation
agreement with his Namibian counterpart on closer collaboration, including a
planned joint weekly newspaper on regional issues.

In an in-depth interview offered to the local state-funded newspaper "New
Era" (5 March 2004), he praised the Presidents of both countries "as two
leaders that have remained steadfast, committed, not only as nationalists
but also as Pan-Africanists, and as global leaders". He urged both countries
to pursue the common task of "doing justice to the kind of solidarity that
was born during the liberation struggle, and which must be upheld today and
in future".

He further identified the following common challenges: "We are here to
cement these historic bonds and ties, and look at the new challenges that we
are facing, as we in particular begin to consolidate the economic objectives
of our liberation struggle, and identifying the critical role of
information, information not only in terms of the press, the print media,
but also the electronic media and other multimedia platforms that are new,
that are being used and that are accessible to these generations that may be
prone to losing the bigger picture of the essential story."

The Honourable Minister was not always using such language. As a Zimbabwean
scholar still abroad he stated at a Conference on Robben Island as late as
February 1999 that "it would be a mistake to justify the struggles for
national liberation purely on the basis of the need to remove the white
minority regimes from power and to replace them with black majority regimes
that did not respect or subscribe to fundamental principles of democracy and
human rights ( ) ruling personalities have hijacked the movement and are
doing totally unacceptable things in the name of national liberation. Being
here at Robben Island for the first time, I am immensely pained by the fact
that some people who suffered here left this place only to turn their whole
countries into Robben Islands."

Only three years later, in March 2002, he - now in a ministerial rank -
praised the results of the Presidential elections in his country as an
impressive sign "that Zimbabweans have come of age that they do not believe
in change from something to nothing. They do not believe in moving from
independence and sovereignty to new colonialism, they do not believe in the
discourse of human rights to deepen inequality."

Rhetoric of such calibre has earned Jonathan Moyo the label 'Goebbels of
Africa'. This is certainly too demagogic itself, given the historically
unique dimensions of German holocaust to which the Nazi propaganda minister
relates and associates with. But name calling of this kind documents the
degree of polarisation and level of dissent in the Zimbabwean society today.
The current clamp down on the independent media in Zimbabwe is certainly
neither exclusively nor decisively the result of a personal vendetta by a
previously progressive scholar.

Jonathan Moyo is just one - though admittedly due to his track record
notably exotic - example of relatively high profile calibre representatives
of a post-colonial establishment seeking own gains by populist rhetoric
covering up their selfish motives. They have become part and parcel of a set
of deep-rooted anachronistic values within a system of liberation movements
in power. After seizing legitimate political control over the state, these
turned their liberation politics under the disguise of pseudo-revolutionary
slogans into oppressive tools. Their "talk left, act right" seeks to cover
the true motive to consolidate the occupied political commanding heights of
society against all odds preferably forever - at the expense of the public
interest they claim to represent in the light of deteriorating
socio-economic conditions of living for the once colonised and now hardly
liberated (and even less emancipated) majority.

Sadly enough, it was the same Jonathan Moyo, who at an early stage of the
sobering post-colonial realities in Zimbabwe offered courageous and sensible
analytical insights into these processes. While being a Lecturer at the
Department of Political and Administrative Studies of the University of
Zimbabwe, he presented thought provoking and painful reflections on the
liberation war (chimurenga) with all its dubious ambiguity.

Read this from a paper in late 1992: "There can hardly be any doubt that the
armed struggle in Zimbabwe was a pivotal means to the goal of defeating
oppressive and intransigent elements of colonialism and racism. However, as
it often is the case with protracted social processes of a conflict with two
sides, the armed struggle in this country had a deep socio-psychological
impact on its targets as well as on its perpetrators. ( ) For the most part,
the armed struggle in this country lacked a guiding moral ethic beyond the
savagery of primitive war and was thus amenable to manipulation by the
violence of unscrupulous nationalist politicians and military commanders who
personalized the liberation war for their own selfish ends. ( ) This
resulted in a culture of fear driven by values of violence perpetrated in
the name of nationalism and socialism."

Nowadays, the erstwhile critical scholar represents the same mindset he had
questioned. According to a news report by the Media Institute of Southern
Africa (MISA), he used a press conference on 30 April 2004 in Bulawayo to
threaten, "there was enough space in Zimbabwe's prisons for journalists
caught dealing with foreign media houses". As "terrorists of the pen" they
would be targeted next. The report quotes the Minister as saying: "President
Mugabe has said our main enemy is the financial sector but the enemy is
media who use the pen to lie about this country. Such reporters are
terrorists and the position on how to deal with terrorists is to subject
them to the laws of Zimbabwe." This is tantamount to paranoia and indicative
for the recent efforts to censor even private communication.

As the mere distribution of and access to information can be damaging to the
security interest of those represented by the Minister, the next onslaught
is directed against the private ISPs (Internet Service Providers). The state
owned telephone-company announced early June 2004 that ISPs had to enter new
contracts stipulating that they as service providers prevent or report to
the authorities anti-national activities and malicious correspondence via
their telephone lines. If they fail to do so, they will be liable, i.e.

This follows earlier appalling interferences resulting in the closing of
independent newspapers and the imprisonment or expelling of journalists on a
systematic scale. The government and its executive branches are eager to
emphasise that this repression is in compliance with the existing (and for
such purposes enacted) laws and hence fully within "legality" (which, of
course, is a far cry from legitimacy). This simply shows that the "rule of
law" can apply in the absence of any justice. It is the strategy of the ban
that constitutes the rule of law. It does not even spare government friendly
media productions and displays the intolerant, all-controlling nature of the

One prominent example is the banning of the live broadcasted television
production "Talk to the Nation" in mid-2001, which was sponsored by the
National Development Association (NDA). The explanatory statement by an
official of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is a remarkable
example for the "innocence" of a totalitarian mindset: "Live productions can
be tricky and dangerous. The setting of the NDA productions was
professionally done but maybe the production should not have been broadcast
live. You do not know what someone will come and say and there is no way of
controlling it."

Along such an understanding, media operating independently or beyond direct
control of government were increasingly hampered and closed down, as the
prominent example of the Daily News showed. On an alleged breach of a legal
clause under the notorious Access to Information and Protection of Privacy
Act (AIPPA), the Media and Information Commission (MIC) has now in June 2004
closed The Tribune for at least one year. Its publisher, himself a former
ZANU-PF MP, was reportedly suspended earlier on by the ruling party for
"disrespecting" ZANU-PF top structures as he had denounced AIPPA in his
maiden address to parliament.

It therefore does not come as a surprise that the latest annual overview on
the state of media freedom in the Southern African region by the Media
Institute of Southern Africa - issued on the World Press Freedom Day (26
April) - records more than half of all 188 media freedom and freedom of
expression violations in 2003 among the ten monitored countries in Zimbabwe

International agencies committed to the freedom of press and the
professional ethics of independent journalism are in agreement that the
situation in Zimbabwe is intolerable. It prompted the Annual General
Assembly of the International Press Institute (IPI) on 18 May 2004 in Warsaw
to adopt the unanimous decision "to retain Zimbabwe's name on the
'watchlist' of nations that are seriously eroding media freedom". And the
Board of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) condemned at its 57th
World Newspaper Congress in Istanbul early June 2004 the "attempts to
silence independent media". At a meeting in Windhoek during early June 2004
a total of 24 newspaper editors from eight countries in Southern Africa
organised in The Council of the Southern African Editors' Forum (SAEF)
suspended its Zimbabwean wing.

The narrowing down of the post-colonial discourse to a mystification of the
liberation movement in power as the exclusive home to national identity and
belonging finds a corresponding expression in the increased monopolisation
of the public sphere and expressed opinion.

Amanda Hammer and Brian Raftopoulos, co-editors of a recent volume on
"Zimbabwe's Unfinished Business" summarised this in their introduction as
"efforts to control or destroy the independent media and to silence all
alternative versions of history and the present, whether expressed in
schools, in churches, on sports fields, in food and fuel queues, at trade
union or rate payers' meetings, in opposition party offices or at foreign

Such desperate initiatives to enhance control signal at the same time a lack
of true support among the population, who otherwise could be allowed to
speak out freely. The repression of public opinion beyond the official
government propaganda is therefore an indication of the ruthless last fight
for survival of a regime, which has lost its original credibility and
legitimacy to an extent that it has to be afraid of allowing a basic and
fundamental principle of human rights - the freedom of expression.

* Dr Henning Melber is Research Director at The Nordic Africa Institute in
Uppsala/Sweden and has been Director of The Namibian Economic Policy
Research Unit (NEPRU) between 1992 and 2000. Before studying Political
Science and Sociology he was trained as journalist (1971/72) and sacked from
the local German newspaper in Windhoek (1972) for disputes over political
and professional-ethical reasons. He joined SWAPO of Namibia in 1974. This
is the shortened introduction to the forthcoming "Media, Public Discourse
and Political Contestation in Zimbabwe", published in the "Current African
Issues" series with The Nordic Africa Institute.
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Zimbabwe Again Postpones Trial of Suspected S. African Mercenaries
Peta Thornycroft
22 Jul 2004, 16:08 UTC

The trial of 70 suspected South African mercenaries has been delayed once
again to give lawyers more time to prepare. The men were arrested at
Zimbabwe's international airport in March and accused by the government of
plotting to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea.
For security reasons, the High Court allowed this trial to take place where
the men are being held, in Zimbabwe's maximum security prison 25 kilometers
south of Harare. Unlike in ordinary courts, the public and unregistered
journalists are not admitted.

Before the trial was due to begin Wednesday, some families of the imprisoned
men, who all travel on South African passports, said they believed a plea
bargain had been arranged between prosecutors and the defense.

But lawyers acting for the men denied any plea bargain had been discussed or
struck with state prosecutors. The trial, which had been postponed twice
before, will resume next Tuesday.

Defense lawyer Alwyn Griebenow said this time the case has been postponed at
the state's request and the defense had no objection. He said, if all goes
well, the trial would last between one and two weeks, but he said it could
also last 18 months.

After the men were arrested two cabinet ministers, in charge of home affairs
and foreign affairs, said the men had bought weapons in Zimbabwe to be used
in a coup in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea.

Foreign minister Stan Mudenge called for the men to be executed if found
guilty. The indictment contained no specific evidence linking the men to a
plot in Equatorial Guinea.

The defendants claim the weapons were bought in Zimbabwe for a security
contract they had to guard a diamond mine in the Democratic Republic of
Congo. Their lawyer, Mr. Griebenow, said the security law under which the
men have been charged carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Equatorial Guinea, with which Zimbabwe recently signed an extradition
treaty, has asked Harare to send the 70 men to Equatorial Guinea for
prosecution, along with 15 other men detained at the same time, in Malabo.

Families of the 70 alleged mercenaries say they fear the men would be
executed if they are sent to Equatorial Guinea.

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Is Economy Really On Course to Revival?

Financial Gazette (Harare)

July 22, 2004
Posted to the web July 22, 2004


As we go through the last six months of the year, we look at the bold
measures introduced in the monetary policy to correct the fiscal and
monetary imbalances.

While some gains have been recorded in slowing down inflation and bringing
relative stability to the financial markets, Zimbabwe still remains in a
hyperinflationary environment.

Lack of export-led growth strategies has exposed our currency to significant
import pressures, to the detriment of the inflation battle.

High lending rates have eroded the spending power of consumers as they
struggle to make ends meet. Coupled with high costs of borrowing, the
informal sector businesses, which were becoming the major employers in
Zimbabwe, are folding due to a significant drop in speculative demand.

The formal sector, though benefiting from low-cost borrowings made available
under the productive sector facility, have failed to translate this benefit
into increased output, exports and employment as they face a multitude of
problems emanating from exogenous factors.

The problems in the agro-sector - the engine of our economy - are still far
from over. And without taking bold measures to address the anomalies in this
sector, the little gains achieved will be reversed in totality.

The overall year-on-year inflation has been slowing over the past six
months, mainly driven by the societal buy-in, and because the figures are
coming off a higher base.

The first six months of the year were also characterised by heavy restocking
both in the formal and informal sectors, leading to a significant drop in

However, it might be too early to register victory as current inflationary
pressures emanating from high import costs due to the anticipated weakness
in the Zimbabwe dollar still haunt us. Already, since the last two months to
June 2004, producer and consumer prices continue skyrocketing.

Inflation levels will continue to be high as labour demands and commodity
shortages and price controls are looming. The situation is likely to be
compounded by the anticipated rise in the government expenditure ahead of
the general elections to be held early 2005.

Currently, the government is financing its budget deficit through domestic
sources, thereby crowding out the productive sector. This type of deficit
financing is inflationary and increases money supply.

However, there are current efforts to restructure government debt through
issuing long-term paper, which has more appeal to institutions and
individuals with long-term investment horizons. So far, only three issues,
all of which were not fully subscribed, have been issued.

This should be an on-going exercise and the momentum should be accelerated
if we are to preserve any gains scored so far.

The foreign currency auction system has brought some normalcy to the
exchange rate. The introduction of the diaspora floor rate of Z$5200 has
somewhat officialised the parallel market and, according to the Reserve Bank
of Zimbabwe (RBZ), the strategy is yielding positive results through
increased inflow of the much-needed commodity into the official market.

This has meant that foreign currency is available to crucial sectors of the
economy at a fair price, leading to price stabilisation. The rate, however,
needs to be reviewed regularly if this momentum is to be maintained.

The demand for foreign currency has been on the increase lately and this is
expected to continue because many companies now need to restock ahead of the
festive season.

With this in mind, there is need to look for more ways to increase foreign
currency inflows by re-engaging the international community, boosting
exports and continuously reviewing the exchange rate.

The exchange rate will be controlled or managed until the end of the year,
although quarterly devaluation will be witnessed. As a result, the exchange
rate is projected to end the year at $6500 to the US dollar. And if this is
done, exporters' viability will be restored in a way.

In the process of eliminating speculative activities among financial
institutions and individuals, the RBZ adopted a policy where interest rates
would be market-related. This ushered into the market instruments earning
yields in excess of 320 percent.

This has since been reviewed downwards as the impact of keeping interest
rates at those levels would have been inflationary.

A bulk of these instruments ($1.18 trillion) matured towards the end of June
2004 and to sterilise liquidity associated with these maturities, the RBZ
introduced special treasury bills (TBs) offering lower rates in line with
its inflation forecast of 200 percent by the end of 2004. This forced move
would have the effect of increasing pressure on interest rates to move
upwards. However, the RBZ has allowed institutions to redeem TBs whenever
they seek accommodation.

The yield on these bills will form the basis of interest rate outlook for
the next six to 12 months. We thus expect interest rates to hover around 100
percent. With the rollover of the productive sector facility and the fact
that not much will be paid in tax, there will be no significant impact on
interest rates.

Even under deficit conditions, the fact that using TBs as security, banks
can access accommodation from the RBZ at 118 percent gives little reason to
believe that interest rates will rise significantly above 120 percent.

However, at these levels, negative real interest rates are likely to
continue in the short to medium term. This is mainly explained by the fact
that at current levels of inflation, 90-day rates should be trading above
150 percent.

The task is really demanding and difficult for the RBZ governor, but
cooperation between key stakeholders is the answer to economic recovery. The
survival of exporters should be on top of the agenda in the next monetary
policy review, while lending rates should be reviewed to assist the informal
sector, which critically needs funding for its operations. Consumers need to
be cushioned if long-term recovery of the economy is to be achieved.

Fidelity Life Asset Management shall not be held liable for any losses as a
result of the investment advice in this article.
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Lebanon Daily News

Time for U.N. to find new home

By Dan Sernoffsky

The United States was one of the founders of the United Nations, which, back
in the years immediately following World War II, seemed like a good idea.

It has become increasingly apparent that what may have been a good idea at
the time no longer works. The United Nations has outlived its usefulness,
whatever that usefulness may have once been. It is time for the U.S. to
withdraw from the U.N. and politely invite the organization to find a new

Nairobi might be a suitable locale.

While the American left continues to pay homage to the United Nations, it
does so without examining the facts in evidence, and the evidence is that
the U.N. has become a corrupt debating society.

Fact 1: The U.N.'s highly touted oil-for-food program for Iraq was a
colossal failure, at least in terms of what it was supposed to accomplish.

Although the program was designed to aid Iraqis, the only Iraqis who
benefitted were Saddam Hussein and his henchmen. According to a growing body
of evidence, Saddam wound up picking up something in excess of $10 billion
through oil smuggling and program kickbacks, money that was not only spent
on elaborate palaces but also funnelled to various terrorist groups.

That evidence also indicts, among others, France, Germany and Russia, all of
whom had sweetheart oil deals with the Iraqi government. Those agreements
were the primary reason for the opposition to the decision by the U.S. to
enforce the U.N. resolutions against Iraq. Indeed, despite their opposition
to the U.S.-led coalition that effected the regime change in Iraq, those
countries were among the first to demand a part in the reconstruction
process and to demand that the financial deals they made with the Saddam
regime be honored.

Fact 2: The U.N. has virtually ignored the disaster that Africa has become.

Although most of the nations on the continent are members of the U.N., and
although the U.N.'s secretary general, Kofi Annan, is Ghanian, there has
been no effort made to do anything to provide aid to a continent that seems
to be coming apart at the seams. Sudan may be a member of the U.N.
Commission on Human Rights, but all available evidence points to the fact
that in the Sudan, the only human rights belong to the Muslim majority in
Khartoum. Slavery is still being practiced, the victims members of
non-Muslim peoples living in the south of the country. So, too, is enforced
famine and "ethnic cleansing."

The U.N. totally ignored the genocide that took place in Rwanda in the
1990s, that resulted in millions of deaths.

The U.N. has ignored the depredations of Robert Mugabe, who, in
"nationalizing" Zimbabwe, has effectively turned the country from a food
exporter into a food importer.

Fact 3: The U.N. is anti-Semitic.

Although Israel is a member of the United Nations, only the veto of the
United States on the Security Council has prevented any number of
resolutions condemning Israel. That, however, has not stopped public
criticism of Israel's efforts to simply exist.

The latest outrage was a ruling by a U.N. court, and a later vote by the
General Assembly, calling the barrier Israel is building to separate itself
from the Palestinians a violation of international law.

It is worth noting that the purpose of the wall is to keep terrorists out,
not to fence anyone in, and that since construction began, the number of
homicide bombings has dropped drastically. It is further worth noting that
the U.N. has never condemned terrorist acts against Israel. The U.N. also
never said anything about a wall in Berlin which was designed to keep people
in. The U.N. had no part in the collapse of that wall.

Fact 4: The U.N. is corrupt.

A new book was recently published, much to the dismay of Annan, who did
everything he could to stop it. The book was written by a group of current
and former U.N. employees. The current employees were threatened with the
loss of their jobs if the book was published.

It was. The title of the book is "Emergency Sex and Other Desperate
Measures." It chronicles various U.N. peacekeeping missions which were less
about peacekeeping and more about sex-and-drug parties.

Other reports reveal embezzlement and theft, on a massive scale, in relief
operations in both Somolia and Cambodia, the money being pocketed by U.N.
representatives, among them Annan's son.

For all the rhetoric that seems to emanate from the U.N., the organization
essentially exists only because of the good graces of the U.S., which
increasingly finds itself the target of U.N. criticism. It is time for the
U.S. to separate itself from the U.N., both as a member state and as a
beneficient landlord. Moving the U.N. headquarters to Nairobi might give the
U.N. diplomats a chance to see what life is like in their home countries.
And it would certainly save American taxpayers a lot of money.
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Zim Online

Fri 23 July 2004

      HARARE ­ A magistrate has given the state until Friday next week (July
30) to reveal the names of top government and ZANU PF officials who are
trying to scuttle further investigations and the  prosecution of ZANU PF
member and
      businessman, Cecil Muderede.

      Muderede is one of several ZANU PF and senior government members
accused of corruption and externalisation of foreign currency. The
magistrate ordered the state to reveal the names of the officials who
allegedly gave instructions to a senior police officer to stop
investigations into Muderede's case. An investigating officer in the case,
Chief Superintendent Musarashana Mabunda, had told a stunned court that top
politicians and senior government officials were giving him instructions to
      stop the investigation and prosecution of Muderede.

      The magistrate's order followed a request by the businessman's lawyer
who argued the revelation of the names would have a bearing on the bail
application of his client.

      The order comes amid allegations that a list of top government
officials targeted for investigation over their involvement in various
corrupt schemes has been trashed despite President Robert Mugabe's
assurances that no one would be spared in the anti-corruption crackdown. The
list of 30 was originally compiled early this year by the Zimbabwe Republic

      Sources, who do not want to be named, told Zim Online that top
politicians from  Muderede's home province Mashonaland West are afraid the
businessman might spill the beans on their various illegal activities and
are therefore trying to stop police from carrying out further
investigations.  Zim Online

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Zim Online

Fri 23 July 2004

      HARARE ­ Zimbabwe's High Court today postponed to July 27 the trial of
70 suspected mercenaries held in Harare since March. This is to give the
state and the defence time to negotiate and agree on the charges to be
brought against the suspects.

      The suspected mercenaries were arrested in March after their plane
landed at Harare Internatonal Airport en route to what the state says was a
mission to oust the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema

      The defendants deny they are mercenaries, saying they were heading to
the Democratic Republic of Congo to guard mining operations. The trial of
the men, most of whom hold South African passports, had intially been set to
start on Monday but was twice postponed. The latest postponement was by
mutual consent of both the defense and the state.

      Alwyn Griebenow, one of the defence lawyers, said in a statement, 'we
are trying to limit the issues in dispute'.

      He said an agreement on the issues could limit the trial length to
about 'one to two weeks'. He, however, warned that failure by the state and
the defence councel to reach a compromise could cause a lengthy trial
lasting up to 'one and a half years.'

      One of the issues under discussion, he said, was the charging of the
70 men under the public order and security laws, which could see the men
being jailed for up to 10 years if found guilty.

      Lawyers acting for the 70 men are also pushing South Africa through
the courts there to intervene and prevent the men from being deported to
Equatorial Guinea where they might face the death penalty. Harare has not
ruled out the possibilty of handing the suspected mercenaries to the West
African country. Zim Online

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Zim Online

Heads of electoral commissions meet in Zimbabwe
Thurs 22 July 2004

      VICTORIA FALLS - Heads of electoral commissions in the Southern
African Development Community (SADC) region have gathered in Victoria Falls
to discuss ways of strengthening their capacity to handle elections.

      Belinda Musanhu, the coordinator for the meeting and an official with
the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) yesterday said the meeting
would discuss ways of improving electoral standards in the SADC region.

      'This is an annual general conference of the SADC electoral
commissions' forum. Generally, they do not specifically focus on one
country's electoral standards but they ask each country to present a report
on how it has handled elections.'

      'The issue of Zimbabwe might be discussed but it is not going to be
the central issue although there is going to be another conference between
August 2 and 3 in Victoria Falls. This meeting would be about the regional
initiative about electoral reform.' Previous elections held in Zimbabwe have
attracted international and domestic criticism for being undemocratic.

      The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and the civic
movement have constantly clashed with the government over skewed electoral
laws. Civic leaders and the opposition have maintained that the present
legislation governing the conduct of elections in Zimbabwe is biased in
favour of ZANU PF which has used the advantage of incumbency to
      allegedly rig elections. Zim Online

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Zim Online

MDC claims supporters are denied food
Fri 23 July 2004

      MUTARE ­ Ruling party ZANU PF and opposition Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) officials  in the eastern province of Manicaland are trading
accusations over access to maize.

      Pishai Muchauraya, the MDC's provincial spokesperson, accused ZANU PF
officials of moving around compiling a list with names of his party's
supporters. These, he said, will then be not be allowed to buy maize grain
from the Grain Marketing Board (GMB).

      The Board is the monopoly maize distributor in Zimbabwe selling the
staple food to shops and, in times of need, to ordinary people. Muchauraya
told Zim Online that ZANU PF's provincial youth chairperson, Enock
Porusingazi,  and the District Administrator for Chipinge, Morris Sakabuya,
are involved in the compilation of the lists. Both are candidates in next
      parliamentary election. Porusingazi denied the allegations, and
Sakabuya could not be reached for comment.

      ZANU PF provincial spokesman, Stanley Shamido, said he was unaware of
any exercise or plot by the ruling party to prevent hungry opposition
supporters from accessing food. "I am hearing it from you, but the party's
position has always been clear that all deserving people are entitled to
food," he said. Shamido pointed out that his party did not run the
state-owned GMB, but promised to investigate the allegations.

      Muchauraya insisted MDC supporters were being victimised to make them
abandon the opposition party for ZANU PF, and food was being used as a
bait.. "We are aware of the dirty tactics ZANU PF uses. It has done it
before and has always been doing it, but people need to be vigilant," he

      "One of our members, a businessman, was barred from buying maize at
the GMB. The reason was that he supports the MDC. He is not alone. We have
also gathered that some shops run by ZANU PF activists and officials are
refusing to sell maize meal even to our ordinary supporters.

      ZANU PF has in the past been accused of using food to buy votes.The
party has always denied the charge. Zim Online

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Washington Times

Mugabe alters Zimbabwe election laws

By Geoff Hill

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's government has announced
changes to the country's electoral laws, which it claims will protect the
nation from vote-counting fraud.
    But the opposition charges that the changes, being introduced ahead of
next year's election, are merely cosmetic because of other rules that
prevent the opposition from campaigning.

    The proposals, which were approved this week by the politburo of the
ruling Zimbabwe African Nation Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), include
tighter control of the counting process, translucent ballot boxes and the
appointment of an independent electoral commission to oversee the poll.
    The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) dismissed the
reforms as "meaningless."
    "The political environment in Zimbabwe is characterized by violence and
draconian statutes that curtail freedom of speech, assembly and
association," party spokesman Paul Temba Nyathi said.
    "Unless political space is opened up, any electoral reforms are
technically meaningless," he said.
    Mr. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, which has ruled the country since
independence in 1980, controls all radio and television broadcasts and much
of the print news media.
    Laws passed in 2002 make it a crime to criticize the president and
public gatherings are illegal without police permission.
    The MDC claims that while ZANU-PF is always granted the right to hold
political rallies, other parties are often denied a permit.
    Human rights groups say that the Zimbabwe government has been guilty of
widespread torture and abuse against its own citizens.
    In an election in May, observers reported that voters had been
intimidated and bribed with food in a country where the United Nations
estimates that 70 percent of people do not have enough to eat.
    As recently as four years ago, Zimbabwe was one of the largest food
exporters in Africa. In 2000 Mr. Mugabe embarked on a coercive land-reform
program and forced most of the country's 4,000 white commercial farmers off
their properties.
    Agricultural production collapsed and critics claim that instead of the
land being given to rural peasants, the best farms were taken by government
ministers and their families.
    Mr. Nyathi said there was still time to create a democratic environment
before next year's election.
    "All we are asking is for the Zimbabwe government to respect citizens'
fundamental right to freely participate in the democratic process and elect
leaders of their choice," he said. "These are not unreasonable demands."
    Zimbabwe's last general election in 2000 was marred by state-sponsored
violence and charges by international observers of vote-rigging. Mr. Mugabe
won a presidential ballot two years ago, and most Western countries,
including the United States, refused to recognize the result.
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Independent (UK)

Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe has taught the West about human rights
From a speech made by the President of Zimbabwe at the opening of parliament
in Harare
23 July 2004

This neo-colonial dependence syndrome has been our repeated ruin.
Traditional business enterprises that have shaped and defined our thrust
are, in the majority of cases, unambitious subsidiaries of major companies
in South Africa, Britain and America, caught in a time warp and hopelessly
hide-bound. Consequently, enormous possibilities presented by burgeoning
Third World economic regions doing much better than the much vaunted, yet
risky and even declining West, have escaped us.

Happily, we have not gone too far down this path. We have halted the policy
of blind privatisation, and the expectation is that our parastatals, once
reformed and commercialised, and properly re-oriented, will be the cutting
edge of our economic policy.

In the wider international arena, my government remains committed to
meaningful collaboration with all peace-loving countries and peoples of the
world, based on mutual respect and sovereign equality.

We nonetheless remain patently opposed to the current mutant strain of
imperialists who have arrogated to themselves the role of patrons of
democracy and human rights, which they shamelessly trample upon in their
pursuit of bloated self-interest.

Those who only yesterday were our colonialists and for decades trampled upon
our own rights as Zimbabweans have no human rights or democracy lessons to
impart to us when we taught them these values through a protracted armed
liberation struggle that cost us thousands of lives.
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The Herald

Kuruneri to remain in remand prison, court rules

Court Reporter
FINANCE and Economic Development Minister Chris Kuruneri, who is facing
charges of externalising large sums of money, will remain in remand prison
while the police finalise investigations, a Harare magistrate ruled

Ms Memory Chigwaza made the order after dismissing another application for a
trial date by Kuruneri, who is accused of breaching the Exchange Control
Act, during his routine remand hearing.

"The reasons given by the court still stand. This case is complicated and
the police need adequate time to investigate," Ms Chigwaza said in her brief
ruling before remanding Kuruneri to August 5.

Kuruneri, through his lawyer Mr Bruce Mujeyi of Gollop and Blank, had made
an application similar to the one he made on his last remand hearing on July
8, but was opposed by the State.

State representative Mr Bright Mugomeza said Kuruneri had only been in
remand prison for three months and the State was not yet ready with his
trial date.

"It is premature for defence to make such an application. I tried to contact
Mr Jagada, but I failed," Mr Mugomeza said, referring to Mr Joseph Jagada,
the chief law officer in the Attorney-General's Office.

However, the defence argued that three months behind bars was a long time.

"He (Mr Mugomeza) doesn't say why he stands here in the comfort of his suit
and says that three months is a short time when we are talking about the
liberty of an accused.

"The State should proceed against my client by way of summons when they are
ready," he said.

Mr Mujeyi said they had come to court on a number of occasions to "hear
flimsy" reasons by the State.

Soon after the ruling, Mr Mujeyi asked the court for the time it would take
to have his client tried.

"I cannot estimate on time considering that there are five counts," Ms
Chigwaza said.

Earlier, a dejected Kuruneri, clad in an executive suit, sat quietly in the
dock as he followed the proceedings.

Soon after the ruling was handed down, a prison officer whisked him back to
the holding cells.

A handful of his relatives, among them his wife who sat in the court
gallery, immediately left the courtroom in despair.

On the last remand hearing, the minister made a similar application, which
was dismissed.

Kuruneri had also submitted that charges against him be dropped and that the
State should proceed by way of summons or he be given a short remand.

Charges against Kuruneri, the most prominent figure to be arrested under the
Government's anti-corruption drive, arose between 2002 and this year after
he allegedly externalised R5,2 million, US$582 600, 30 000 euros and £34

It is alleged that the minister illegally externalised the funds to South
Africa, where he is constructing a property in Cape Town.

Kuruneri has since admitted to building the eight-bedroom mansion, but
claimed the money used for the project was earned outside the country before
he was appointed a Government minister.

He has also said the house cost him "only R7 million, not R30 million as
reported by some sections of the South African media".

The minister is also alleged to have contravened the Citizenship Act of
Zimbabwe by possessing two passports without the permission of the Minister
of Home Affairs.

The State alleges that Kuruneri possesses a Canadian passport while also
being a holder of a Zimbabwean diplomatic passport.

Kuruneri was arrested on April 24 and was remanded in custody by a Harare

He had requested the court to remand him at any Government hospital on
medical grounds, a request turned down by the magistrate.

Kuruneri had said he suffers from acute back pain.

He went on to apply for bail at the High Court, but his request was
dismissed after the court ruled that he could abscond if freed on bail.

The court also said the prosecution had a solid case against the minister on
three of the five charges, which could induce him to flee the country to
evade trial.

Kuruneri challenged the High Court's decision to deny him bail at the
Supreme Court, arguing that is was riddled with irregularities.

The case was referred back to the lower court on a technicality, but the
matter was heard again at the Supreme Court after the defence sought leave
to appeal.

The Supreme Court reserved judgment in the appeal for bail by the minister
and later dismissed the appeal, citing lack of merit, after a week

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The Herald

Prepare for polls, police force told

Herald Reporters
POLICE should ensure that next year's parliamentary elections are "conducted
in a peaceful and tranquil environment" since the country would be under the
international spotlight, President Mugabe said yesterday.

Speaking at a pass-out parade for 361 police recruits at Morris Depot in
Harare, where he was the reviewing officer, the President said this was
critical since the country's detractors would, as usual, seek to
deliberately misrepresent the situation and the electoral process in the

"In view of this, it is necessary for the police to prepare for the polls in
time so that they are conducted in a peaceful and tranquil environment.

"The message of a peaceful and non-violent election campaign should be
adhered to in both letter and spirit.

"In the same breath, I wish to strongly warn those who are bent on indulging
in violence and any other illegal activities with a view to tarnishing the
country's image, that the full wrath of the law will descend upon them.

"In light of this, challenges that lie ahead, therefore, demand unflinching
commitment, vigilance and unfettered dedication to duty by our police
officers," he said.

In April this year, Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri also alluded to
the same issue.

He said the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) did not entertain "lukewarm"
officers who might have joined it for reasons other than serving the people
of Zimbabwe.

The commissioner said then that the police would not fold their hands when
individuals intent on triggering violence to batter the image of the
country, do what they want during the election period.

Turning to corruption, President Mugabe said his call for the nation to
re-energise efforts to fight graft during his address to the nation on the
opening of the Fifth Session of the Fifth Parliament on Tuesday has been
further reinforced by the establishment of the Department of Anti-Corruption
and Anti-Monopolies in his office.

"Amendments to the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act have further
buttressed police work.

"Let it be known that even those criminals who surreptitiously escaped the
police net and sought refuge in other countries will still face the full
wrath of the law.

"My Government takes cognisance of the ZRP's desire to contain economic
crimes in the short, medium and long terms," he said.

The recent launch of a new Police Strategic Plan, "Vision 2008: Policing for
National Economic Revival", the President said, was a bold step aimed at
reversing the cancerous effect of white-collar crime which has manifested
itself through various forms.

These included fraud, money-laundering, tax evasion, under-invoicing of
exports and imports, corruption, externalisation of foreign currency and
smuggling of gold and other precious minerals.

President Mugabe said the expeditious implementation of the strategic plan
needs to be premised on significant incentivisation of police operations and
complementary avenues created by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe such as the
whistle blower facility.

"It is my hope that the anti-graft campaign will continue to benefit from
co-operation among various stakeholders and members of the public who expect
to see a turnaround in the economy," he said.

The President said the synergies derived from the framework of regional
co-operation against transnational crimes should be fully exploited in view
of the current crime situation in the southern African sub-region.

Organised crime, manifesting itself through murder, robbery, car-jacking,
stocktheft and money-laundering, he said, cannot be overcome without
fostering strong relationships with regional partners.

"In furtherance of the objective of regional co-operation, Parliament has
approved the Southern African Development Community Protocol on the Control
of Firearms, Ammunition and Other Related Materials, that empowers member
states to enact laws prohibiting unrestricted possession and trafficking in
illegal firearms.

"The protocol will bolster the operations of the Southern African Regional
Police Chiefs Co-operation through the creation of a database for the swift
exchange of information on firearms, their movement and use," he said.

The President said members of the security forces, including the police,
should not lose sight of what gives significance to their professional
standing, since the Government they serve is an outcome of a century-long
revolutionary struggle against colonialism and imperialism.

"The maintenance of peace and stability must, therefore, be predicated on
sustaining our national sovereignty and independence as a people who owe
unending gratitude to the gallant sons and daughters who perished for the
cause of national liberation.

"It is common knowledge that efforts of the ZRP in safeguarding national
peace and tranquillity form the cornerstone of economic and other forms of

"In this regard, the force's unwavering dedication to duty since
independence must be applauded, more so in light of the hostile campaigns
and efforts by Western imperialists to undermine and dislodge a
democratically elected Government in Zimbabwe," the President said.

The rich menu of courses undertaken by the recruits, which include the
history of the liberation struggle, the President said, underlines efforts
to integrate practical approaches and theory, which should be seen as a
calculated and useful thrust to imbue the young men and women who graduated
yesterday with correct values.

The President said the promotion of gender equality should be pursued as a
matter of national policy in all Government ministries and departments.

This, he said, was in view of the global shift towards greater recognition
of the role of women in society.

"The increasing number of women joining the ranks of the police force as
reflected by those on today's parade is a positive development that is
deserving of praise.

"This well-balanced configuration of course participants thus indicates a
visible effort to transform the police force into a sensitive, vibrant and
dynamic organisation geared to deliver excellence," he said.

Out of the 361 graduating recruits, 110 were female while 230 were male.

Other areas touched on by the President included HIV/Aids in the police
force and the need to devise strategies to combat the epidemic and also
distribute anti-retroviral drugs to infected members of the ZRP.

He also made reference to the need to vigorously pursue the recapitalisation
of the force in the coming financial year.

The pass-out parade was witnessed by senior Government officials, senior
police, army and air force officers.

The senior Government officials present included Minister of Home Affairs
Cde Kembo Mohadi, Minister of Industry and International Trade Cde Samuel
Mumbengegwi, Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Cde
Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Cde Herbert
Murerwa and Reserve Bank governor Dr Gideon Gono.
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