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26 July 2004
Maioio Farm, Mkwasine, in the Chiredzi District was once a thriving citrus and sugar cane farm, employing a substantial labour force and bringing in hundreds of thousands of US Dollars in export earnings. Today it is in a sorry state as the citrus crop wilts for lack of irrigation and the untended sugar cane rots in the fields. The plight of the farm owner Eric Harrison and his family was described in an earlier article. Supported by neighbours and friends, Harrison has stood his ground, doggedly refusing to accept what amounts to an illegal invasion of his property by an assortment of ZANU PF thugs, militia and would-be A2 farmers. Neither threats nor violence, neither the looting of his crops nor the vandalizing of his property, has so far undermined his resolve to stand fast.
On the morning of 21st July as Harrison made his way across the farm to turn on the irrigation system, he was accosted by a large group of his uninvited guests. Sensing their hostile mood he managed to get a radio message to his wife Joan who was alone in the house, just before the attack began. One of the would-be A2 settlers called Musekwa (otherwise employed as a member of the ZRP) grabbed his arm and demanded to know what he was doing. Another A2 settler laying claim to the farm, Guno Mutizira, tugged and pushed him from the other side. (this Guno Mutizira with his brother, Phinias, is known to have already secured a cane plot at South East College). The crowd moved in closer as the jostling continued. Completely outnumbered by a hostile mob and fearing serious injury himself, Harrison pulled out a personal protection “pepper spray” canister and aimed it at his assailants. This gave him just the few seconds advantage he needed to break free from the mob and sprint for safety. The mob however followed in hot pursuit and soon had him pinned down. In his own words, “I was surrounded by a frenzied mob, but one thing stuck in my mind – someone in the crowd had a video camera!”
Harrison was thrown into the back of a truck and taken to the police station at Mkwasine. On the way the truck was stopped and as Harrison describes it “Musekwa (the ZRP officer) gave me a couple of good smacks across the face, just to let me know where my place was”. At the police station Harrison was finger-printed and, according to the travesty of justice which now obtains in Zimbabwe, he the victim was charged as the perpetrator. He was charged with the serious offence of GBH – an assault causing gross bodily harm – while his assailants received not so much as a caution or reprimand.
While Harrison was engaged at the police station a serious situation was developing back on his farm. Responding to the alert put out by Harrison’s wife, neighbours managed to get her out of the house and to safety. But then they came under attack themselves. Stones were hurled at them by the youths and thugs occupying the farm and the back window of one the vehicles was smashed. The rescue party retreated to the entrance to the farm and while there watched as a white Nissan pick-up, packed with militia and also containing two police officers drove slowly past. The occupants of the truck screamed at them that they would be back, to beat and kill them. True enough within 15 minutes they were back. Their vehicle was driven at speed, the breaks applied at the last minute, narrowly missing the parked vehicles and actually running into the group standing beside the road. Leaping from the moving truck the thugs started to attack the small group of farmers, but in this instance the farmers resisted the attack. They gave chase to their assailants who ran away. The fleeing thugs however pelted them with rocks, and two of the farmers received severe head wounds. In the ensuing melee Harrison, who had by this time returned to the farm in a police vehicle, noticed that the same man with the video camera was still filming – evidence if any were needed that the whole scenario had been planned in advance.
With the arrival of the police on the scene (a police force or a police farce ?) everyone in the rescue party was ordered to report to the police station …. While the crops continue to rot in the fields …
The rescue work on farms continues unabated, but there is
in many instances, which impedes the efforts of ZNSPCA to safeguard
Political tensions mount ahead of the Parliamentary elections early next
as poverty bites and unemployment is at an all-time high. There are further
reports of human deaths as a result of malnutrition. The current situation
placing enormous pressure on our already depleted natural resources and
wildlife as the population struggles to survive, threatening remaining
woodlands which are being used for fuel as we continue to experience an
extremely cold winter. Bulawayo recorded the lowest temperature ever some
weeks ago. The situation is sadly further aggravated by unscrupulous
from neighbouring countries who have taken advantage of ZImbabwe's tragic
Recently in Chimanimani, Meryl and Simon were "detained" for 3 hours at
Chimanimani Police Station. A Police escort had been requested to accompany
them to Charleswood Farm to treat sick and injured cattle, about which the
Police themselves had informed ZNSPCA. The Army were still in charge on the
ground and were not allowing the few remaining workers to tend the cattle.
Police Officer-in-Charge had been quite friendly and had given his
saying that a Police escourt would not be required, but as they were leaving
men (not in uniform) demanded that Simon and Meryl accompany them to a room.
It is understood that the men were from Military Intelligence.
Meryl and Simon were subjected to a barrage of questions, including some
personal questions. They were both finally permitted to leave after 3 hours.
Due to the obviously very tense situation in Chimanimani the team returned
Harare. As they were leaving a government helicopter landed in the village
carrying about 50 soldiers.
A week later the bulk of the army departed and the Zimbabwe Defence
took over at Charleswood. Their General Manager in Harare gave ZNSPCA a
pleasant letter granting the ZNSPCA permission to treat "affected" animals
Charleswood. However on arrival the remaining armed personnel said they did
not take orders from ZDI and refused entry to the team. Meryl later spoke to
Major at 3 Brigade in Harare who confirmed that ZNSPCA could treat the
Once on the farm the ZNSPCA Inspectors introduced themselves to the new ARDA
A tirade of verbal abuse ensued with the ARDA Manager stating that Meryl
lived in Ruwa and "Roy Bennett does as well" (which he does not) and that he
was very "suspicious" of Meryl.
Permission was finally given for the treatment of several calves, including
calf that had been speared, as well as one of Roy Bennett's horses that had
sustained an eye injury.
ZDI have since withdrawn and ARDA have fully taken over. Armed Support Unit
and some Army personnel are still present on the farm, but ARDA armed guards
have granted access.
On a happier note, 'Bokkie' the little dog that helped save the lives of
Makaza and his family by raising the alarm when their house was set ablaze
to receive the Lewyt Award for Compassionate & Heroic Animals. 'Bokkie' is
well recovered having had the pin removed from his leg following 6 weeks of
Several further rescues have been carried out in recent weeks:
Three Ridgebacks were left on a farm in Raffingora following its invasion
the owner was unable to return for several weeks. An old male died the
before the team arrived. The caring domestic workers had been feeding the
on cooked pumpkin - the only food available. At the request of the owner,
dogs were taken to Harare and euthanaised.
Another farmer was violently evicted in the Glendale area. His herd of
registered Ayrshire dairy cows were moved by government trucks to a Research
Station - in spite of 2 attempts neither the owner nor ZNSPCA have been
access to check on their welfare. Charges of stock-theft have been laid.
An elderly couple on a smallholding in Ruwa were both shot by an armed
and were hospitalised for some time. ZNSPCA supervised the feeding of their
hand-reared tame Duiker. The couple will not be returning to their property
and at their request the Duiker were relocated and their dog re-homed.
Two couples on a farm in Goromonzi were given 4 days by war veterans and the
youth militia to vacate their home of 32 years. Both couples have always
very active in the community, ran Border Collie Rescue as well as taking in
displaced horses from farms. The ZNSPCA team worked from 5am to 7pm using
horse-box to move those animals which could not make the long walk, such as
pregnant cows and an elderly pony with poor eye-sight. The team also moved
Collies, Cats, Chickens and Goats.
Tension remains very high in the Odzi area where a commercial farmer, who
being physically attacked, accidentally shot and killed a war veteran.
Following this incident several farmers and their families have been
and they have fled their farms. One couple appealed to ZNSPCA to rescue
cats and dogs. The Officer-in-Charge at Odzi Police Station refused to
a Police escourt stating that it was like a "war-zone down that road" and
even they would enter the area. The team later met the owner's maid at the
Police station and drove her as close as they could to the farm. This meant
driving through Kondozi (another invaded farm) which is the subject of an
intense dispute between members of the government hierarchy. At one point
brave young lady said that it was not safe for the team to proceed any
The team gave her a large bag of dried cat food, meat and a bag of dog meal
which she placed on her head as she disappeared down the road. It was later
established that she got through and fed all the animals.
A few days later the furniture removal workers managed to bring the dogs
and they were euthanaised at Mutare SPCA. Their owners drove through from
Harare to be with their beloved animals at the end.
ZNSPCA was requested to take much needed food to cattle on a farm invaded
by an Army General. The owner (a widow) had not been onto the farm for
2 months - but she and her son had gone out the day before to put weaner
plates on some of the calves. Both were seriously beaten by soldiers as
were 3 of the farm workers.
As they tried to drive through the security gates one of the guards cocked
gun at their heads. A week later ZNSPCA delivered sacks of feed and treated
two cows which had been wounded. There was only one army detail in sight.
ZNSPCA returned a few days later with a Police escort for the weighing and
videoing of the herd, prior to them being sold. This time there were more
armed soldiers present, some of whom were openly smoking mbanje (cannabis).
The team returned a third time to supervise the loading and removal of the
cattle - ZNSPCA presence was to ensure that the soldiers did not interfere
they had hinted they would. Heavily pregnant cows were loaded - destined
slaughter - as well as day old calves. The farm is situated in a 'Red Zone'
area (foot and mouth area) and therefore any cattle leaving the farm may
be taken direct for slaughter.
Last to leave were the five family horses and the grandson's donkey
The ZNSPCA truck carried the Geese, Bantams and a Calf with a broken leg.
the team left, Meryl took some photographs of a huge pile of snares
by the workers - the two armed soldiers at the gate were not amused and the
team beat a hasty retreat.
ZNSPCA attended Brunton Farm in Bromley, where the farmer's wife and a lady
who lives in their cottage were badly beaten and robbed of all their
and vehicles by settlers who have been targeting the farm for some time.
Earlier in the year ZNSPCA had to request that the settlers allow the
to be fed as they had prevented the farm workers from doing so. The groom
also badly beaten and his wife taken by the settlers and raped. ZNSPCA
on the horses two days later as the family had fled to Harare. Workers were
feeding and grooming the horses - this situation will be monitored.
A farmer who used to farm in the Tengwe area requested the assistance of
in recovering his herd of Sable. Rampant poaching by the settlers was
place. Many of the animals had not been killed outright, but wounded and
to die. The war vet in charge was also refusing to allow the game,
Zebra and Wildebeest, access to feed on game cubes even though there was
available. Meryl and Simon held meetings with all the stake-holders i.e.
Urungwe District Council, Campfire, the Police, National Parks, war vets and
settlers. The Police at Magunje and Karoi openly admitted that they
had shot some of the game on the farm - openly declaring that all the game
farms now belonged to the government to do with what they liked, "even all
fruit and all the vegetables". National Parks supported the farmer and
District Council wanted "a percentage". After further talks with the war
and settlers, they have at last agreed that the game may be relocated.
will be in Tengwe this week.
Apart from the work on farms, the National Inspectors continue to respond to
other reports of abuse. Dairy farms owned by 'new' farmers remain a
Recently on a dairy farm in Beatrice the team came across a huge pile of
- the remains of all the dairy cows that had died there - another two herds
being monitored in the area - hygiene is non-existent and the cows receive
very little supplementary feeding despite being milked twice a day.
Meryl showed Minister John Nkomo the graphic photos of the dairy herd on
Collingwood Farm at a meeting last week. She reported that he was visibly
shocked and said "one photograph is more eloquent than a dozen reports". He
phoned the Governor in her presence and told him to proceed to Collingwood
immediately - it is understood that he went there the same day.
Whilst covering the country during their investigations, ZNSPCA have also
checked on Security Company dogs in Marondera, Goromonzi, Ruwa and Chipinge.
Donkeys have been treated in Beitbridge, Gwanda, Balla Balla, Tengwe, Middle
Save, Hot Springs, Tanganda Halt and Birchenough Bridge. The team also
in at several Police Stations in the lowveld to increase awareness of the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the work of the ZNSPCA and SPCA's.
Two new Trainee National Inspectors (Simbabashe Tambgwa and Mathias
are doing excellent work in the Chinyika and Rusike communal areas. At
twice a week they go out on foot armed with a First Aid Kit and educational
pamphlets. They are being well received by the villagers who previously had
access to advice on animal welfare e.g. how to care for their chickens,
dogs etc. The two Trainees have paid follow up visits on their earlier
and have reported a great improvement in the welfare of all domestic
The villagers themselves have also sent messages of appreciation with
requests for assistance.
News of recent Court Cases:
CLOUDIOUS CHIKWIRA of Beatrice - fined $50,000 or 50 days with hard labour
cruelty to dairy cows.
MCDONALD MADZIRO of Mutare pleaded Guilty to cruelty by overcrowding of
livestock in his vehicle - fined $60,000.
After over a year, the ZNSPCA case against the "hoarder" mentioned in
reports was heard. Having said she was going to have Meryl deported - Robyn
Bennett of Melfort pleaded Guilty to all counts. Her lawyer then pleaded
she had no money (true) and begged the Magistrate not to give a custodial
sentence. She was sentenced to "a fine of $400 000 or 20 months - wholly
suspended for 5 years on condition the accused does not commit a similar
ZNSPCA have another 12 cases pending in the courts, the most serious of
is the case of Dog Fighting in Harare.
As if the ZNSPCA has not already got enough on its plate, it has been learnt
through the press that the Zimbabwe Government are planning to send a
of our wildlife to China. In return Zimbabwe is to receive four Tigers.
country's track record of sending wildlife to foreign countries is quite
abysmal. In the past, Zimbabwe have sent Rhinos to North Korea - they all
died, including one which broke out of its crate, was hit by a car and
Another consignment of wild animals was sent to Algeria some time ago -
to he heard of again. Two years ago wildlife was sent to Nigeria - several
not survive, including a female leopard who died in her travelling crate
starvation as authorities were too frightened to let her out.
Meryl has requested a meeting with the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry
Environment and Tourism in this regard.
ZNSPCA is now receiving enquiries and reports of animals from all over
and whilst there remains a huge backlog of follow ups to attend to, despite
prevailing challenging political and economic climate, the welfare of many
animals has improved due to the involvement of our small team of brave and
None of which would have been possible without your kind generosity and
support. Not having the means or manpower to actively fund-raise for our
Society, we just could not have continued without this vital support.
Thank you for continuing to stand by us as we battle the odds in order to
safeguard the animals of Zimbabwe and for understanding the difficult and
sensitive nature of our situation.
JUSTICE FOR AGRICULTURE URGENT LEGAL COMMUNIQUÉ - 23rd JULY 2004
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PLEASE NOTE that Lot Numbers 71 - 75 appear to have been omitted from the
Herald Newspaper. We are trying to seek confirmation of this
LOT 149 SECTION 5 23RD JULY 2004
1. 7244/73. Kathryn Anne Harvey: Chillimanzi: Culloden of Daviot
of Shasha Fountains: 809,3726 ha
2. 5125/73. Dirk Cornelius Odendaal: Chillimanzi: Subdivision A of
Craig: 491,2696 ha
3. 2335/70. Jacob Solomon Kotze: Chipinga: Stille Meer of
Petrusville West: 916,4486 acres
4. 3544/82. Enhoek Estates P/L: Chipinga: Subdivision A of
Wolfscrag: 256,9483 ha
5. 1076/86. H N Orner Investments P/L: Chipinga: Goromondoni of
Canterbury: 214,1313 ha
6. 4307/75. Clearwater Tea Manufacturing Company (Private) Limited:
Chipinga: Lot 2 of Clearwater Estate: 789,4109 ha
7. 7218/74. Don Victor Odendaal: Chipinga: Houtberg: 1 773,8004 ha
8. 5731/98. Hipkin Jahme Enterprises (Private) Limited: Chipinga:
Rietvlei of Kenilworth: 371,4518 ha
9. 2251/00. I B A Crawfod (Private) Limited: Chipinga: Remaining
extent of Naffertons: 3 256,8108 ha
10. 2645/90. H De Foiard Brown P/L: Chipinga: Chihosa of
Subdivision A of Excelsior of Hofstede: 164,6548 ha
11. 6940/88. A C Lubbe InvestmentP/L: Gatooma: Ebor: 637,0671 ha
12. 3414/78. Esajas Fillipus Petrus Vosloo: Gutu: Irvine A: 1
13. 10783/89. Fopogena Properties P/L: Hartley: Remainder of
Fopogena: 1 373,4829 ha
14. 10301/99. Mike Campbell P/L: Hartley: Mount Camel Railway 19:
1 200,6489 ha
15. 7202/99. Marulla Farming P/L: Hartley: Remainder of
Violetsvale of Raiway 18: 7365941 ha
16. 1360/72. Tiverton Estates P/L: Hartley: The Remaining Extent
of Farnham: 763,8588 ha
17. 743/89. Blandale Estates P/L: Hartley: "Cecil": 1
18. 1447/87. Farquhar Transcorp (Private) Limited: Hartley: The
Remainder of Idbury: 396,0055 ha
19. 5792/81. Taunton Holdings (Private) Limited: Hartley: The
Remainder of Idaho: 1 219,4753 ha
20. 4214/54. Rock Farm P/L: Hartley: Farm "Rock": 1289,0596 ha
21. 4466/74. Nyadgori Estates P/L: Hartley: Farm Nyadgori: 1
22. 493/67. Dodhill P/L: Hartley: Dodhill: 619,4143 ha
23. 8491/96. Bonview Estates P/L: Hartley: Bulfield: 1 223,1077
24. 5682/74. Brunwsick Farm P/L: Hartley: Brunswick of Railway
Farm: 13 514,1667 ha
25. 5554/91. Mahammadi Gardens (Private) Limited: Hartley:
Braeside Estate: 3 261,7761 ha
26. 1534/86. Borden Enterprises P/L: Hartley: Borden Extension:
27. 1533/86. Borden Enterprises P/L: Hartley: Borden: 937,4390
28. 5409/56. R J Geyser: Hartley: Bedford: 375,2900 ha
29. 5833/90. Alexandera Estates P/L: Hartley: Remainder of
Balwearie: 1 216,1955 ha
30. 4466/75. Nyadgori Estates P/L: Hartley: Balmoral: 1 256,1516
31. 1537/62. Mathys Johannes Vosloo: Hartley: Ardmore: 3
32. 4120/88. Pax Farm P/L: Hartley: Pax: 518,1900 ha
33. 7878/87. Dunnotar Farm P/L: Inyanga: Lot 9 of Lot z of Inyanga
Downs of Inyanga Block: 8 6038 ha
34. 1523/58. Eastern Highlands Plantations Limited: Inyanga:
Aberfoyle Plantations of Inyanga Block: 2 362,3536 morgen
35. 527/52. Wattle Company Ltd: Inyanga: S/D B of Britannia:
36. 2978/79. Louie Angelor David Spencer: Inyanga: Glen Spey: 1
37. 4327/86. Staffin Estates P/L: Inyanga: Maybeck Estate:
38. 9159/99. P V Lardner-Burker: Lomagundi: Mkuyu: 616,2876 ha
39. 3223/78. A and J Farms P/L: Lomagundi: Remainder of Stratford:
40. 2380/66. Harold Edwin Schultz: Lomagundi: Remainder of Lion's
Den: 1 801,5572 ha
41. 2913/75. Lancefield Farm: Lomagundi: Blckmorevale: 4
42. 3422/72. Mema Estate P/L: Lomagundi: Mema: 1 164,9437 ha
43. 115/57. R P Cress P/L: Lomagundi: Mawara of Gomo: 505,1949
44. 5012/85. Farquhar Transcorp P/L: Lomagundi: Mfuti: 516,3947
45. 5207/55. Weston Park P/L: Lomagundi: St Ninians Estate:
46. 1939/86. Keiray Estate P/L: Lomagundi: Lot B of Donnington:
47. 4281/79. George John Beattle Small: Lomagundi: Dart Moor:
48. 11120/2000. Nibrob Holdings P/L: Lomagundi: Remaining Extent
of Gwina: 701,3146 ha
49. 1447/87. Farquhar Transcorp P/L: Lomagundi: West Cote:
50. 2520/75. Marasha Farm P/L: Lomagundi: Peth: 2 372,3591 ha
51. 6577/83. Chris Grobler Enterprises P/L: Makoni: 16A of
Lawrencedale Estate: 859,5429 ha
52. 11897/99. Kokstad (Private) Limited: Makoni: S/D B of
Tsungwesi Ridge: 330,2327 ha
53. 842/76. BAC Farm P/L: Makoni: Farm Woodlands: 1363,9893 ha
54. 9358/88. Jacobus Andriaan Smit: Makoni: Farm Nyawa:
55. 10616/2000. J G Delport P/L: Makoni: Fodjga: 353,4955 ha
56. 4323/75. Adam Farms P/L: Makoni: Fonteintjie of Fishers Farm:
57. 6578/83. Chris Grobler Enterprises P/L: Makoni: Farm 15 of
Lawrencedale Estate: 526,5545 ha
58. 7406/95. Beeskraal Farm P/L: Makoni: Farm 17 of Lawrencedale
Estate: 852,8507 ha
59. 6594/84. Henk Luther Viljoen: Makoni: Farm No. 23 Ptn
Fairfield Estate: 1196,5557 ha
60. 2679/90. G H B Estate (Pvt) Ltd: Makoni: Haileybury A:
61. 4394/82. H Muller P/L: Makoni: Farm 18 of Lawrencedale
Estate: 848,1770 ha
62. 4936/75. Desmond Charles Munch: Makoni: Inyamasitza:
63. 1874/82. Dawie Malan: Makoni: Tiny Extension of Mount
Tikwiri: 809,3506 ha
64. 6944/73. J H B Herrer P/L: Makoni: Tsungwesi Source: 1
65. 10197/99. Carthorse Enterprises P/L: Makoni: Inyamasanga:
66. 484/90. Driefontein Farms P/L: Makoni: Farm 26 of Fairfield
Estate: 970,9988 ha
67. 4672/98. Farinya Farming Enterprises P/L: Makoni: Farm 25
Lawrencedale: 1 053,8598 ha
68. 1845/99. D W Van Rooyen P/L: Makoni: Dyffryn: 1 180,5720 ha
69. 12967/99. Stubbs Farm P/L: Makoni: Bormu: 1 343,4200 ha
70. 7676/96. Acrefair Farm P/L: Makoni: Bathavon of Firmandale:
1 021,2534 ha
76. 1003/90. PVP P/L: Makoni: Remainder of Lesapedale: 329,6738
77. 5173/94. Brookdale Estates P/L: Makoni: Devos: 1 388,0000 ha
78. 6872/84. FAR P/L: Makoni: Remaining Extent of Lesapi Cave:
1 062,7386 ha
79. 1205/40. Government of Colony of S R: Makoni: Mapopi of
Falls: 472,2810 morgen
80. 1011/98. Cotleigh Farm P/L: Makoni: Cotleigh Farm P/L: 1
81. 10616/2000. J G Delport P/L: Makoni: The Remainder of Compton:
82. 3349/69. Lesbury Estate P/L: Makoni: Urmston Extension:
83. 6039/88. Lodewyk De Klerk Van Rensburg: Makoni: Cavalla: 1
84. 1221/49. Silverbow P/L: Makoni: Silverbow: 2 633,58 ha
85. 4410/82. Wengi River P/L: Makoni: Wengi River Estate:
86. 1168/81. John Bamber and Francis William Bamber: Makoni:
Arrowaw of Umvukwe Estate: 694,6518 ha
87. 1428/67. H J S Phillip & Sons P/L: Makoni: Montegomery of
Barwick Estates: 3 189,5124 acres
88. 6107/80. Mahomed Ismail Kassim: MakoniL More Baas of 24 of
Fairfield Estate: 419,6174 ha
89. 6986/86. Sleamish P/L: Mazoe: Sleamish Estate: 421,2204 ha
90. 56571/81. Msasa Ridge Farm P/L: Mazoe: Lot 2 of Umvnicwe OOG:
91. 6208/98. Mangwiro P/L: Mazoe: Barrock: 3 110,8665
92. 4217/53. Fredrick Jack Saunders: Mazoe: The Remaining Extent
of Mormanale: 1 386,2400 ha
93. 8750/95: M D Stobart Vallaro P/L: Mazoe: The Remainder of
Sandhurst: 977,1200 ha
94. 949/87. Adndries Hendrik Joubert: Melsetter: Remainder of
Holland: 1832,3979 ha
95. 251/39. Kenneth Hastings Nethersole: Melsetter: Springfield:
96. 8501/99. Hangani Development Company (Privte) Limited:
Melsetter: Remaining Extent of Sawerombi: 1 922,3886 ha
97. 2820/96. Hangani Development Company (Private) Limted:
Melsetter: Weltevreden Estate: 1 067,9585 ha
98. 2820/96. Hangani Development Company (Private) Limited:
Melsetter: Welgegund Estate: 1 737,7694
99. 2820/96. Hangani Development Company (Private) Limited:
Melsetter: Glacier of Weltevreden: 856,5180 ha
100. 2820/96. Hangani Development Co. Pvt Ltd: Melsetter: Groenkop
Extension: 533,9802 ha
101. 2820/96. Hangani Development Company (Private) Limited:
Melsetter: Middelpunt Portion Jantia: 1 121,4276 ha
102. 1729/47. Border Timbers Ltd: Melsetter: Tilbury: 12
103. 2572/80. Border Timbers Ltd: Melsetter: Cambridge Estate:
18 241,2954 ha
104. 2636/91. Michael Anthony Clark: Nuanetsi: The Remainder of
Umbono of Nuanetsi Ranche A: 5 413,3665 ha
105. 4172/85. Gillian Mary Southwood: Ndanga: Subdivision Bo of
Glendevon Estate: 1 824,8139 ha
106. 2138/77. Robert John Tayler: Ndanga: Lot 8 of Mkwasine
Central: 149,4070 ha
107. 2331/81. Abraham Johannes Van Aarde: Ndanga: Sebenani Of
Glendevon Estate: 1 827,4660 ha
108. 1332/94. Mkwasine Ranching Company (Private) Limited: Ndanga:
Mkwasine Ranch: 16 588,9415 ha
109. 4862/73. Buffalo Range Ranches (Private) Limited: Ndanga:
Remainder of Essanby: 12 134,2927 ha
110. 4525/81. Hippo Valley Estates Limited & Triangle Limited:
Ndanga: Lot 2 of Mkwasine Central: 190,2965 ha
111. 757/97. Chiredzi Wildlife Investments (Private) Limited:
Ndanga: Lot 2 of Fair Range A: 174,9053 ha
112. 2507/77. Buffalo Range Ranches (Private) Limited: Ndanga: The
Remaining Extent of Buffalo Range: 19 245,2553 ha
113. 6642/87. Mungwezi Ranching Company (Private) Limited: Ndanga:
Lot 1 of Chiredzi Ranch South: 5 038,4994 ha
114. 1486/84. Naude Holdings (Private) Limited: Ndanga: Mkwasine
Ranch A: 16 396,8575 ha
115. 8968/99. Administrators of the Estate of The Late Theodoor Carl
Rijs and Louis Rijs: Nuanetsi: The Remainder of Limburgia of Nuanetsi
Ranch A: 11 049,0865 ha
116. 5180/80. Ironwood Ranch (Private) Limited: Nuanetsi: Lot 28
of Nuanetsi Ranche A: 11 330,2672 ha
117. 3642/75. Mariotti Ranch (Private) Limited: Nuanetsi: Mariotti
Estate: 9 802,7658 ha
118. 1404/82. Richwill Car Sales (Private) Limited: Nuanetsi:
Kyalami Ranch of Quagga Pan Ranch of Nuanetsi Ranche: 4 249,1209 ha
119. 11326/2001. Kamiliso Investments P/L: Salisbury: R/E of
Charfield A: 308,9988 ha
120. 4994/84. Nigel Geofrey Lowe: Salisbury: Fairfield of
Homefield: 51,2573 ha
121. 3223/78. A and J Farms P/L: Salisbury: Remainder of
Stratford: 620,7204 ha
122. 578/72. Samuel Rahamin Levy: Salisbury: Lot 2 of United:
123. 5700/79. E Drakes & Son P/L: Salisbury: Spitzkop: 759,2500
124. 1810/88. T S Ford Enterprises: Salisbury: Msasa: 435,0785
125. 1420/41. Duncan Hamilton Black: Salisbury: Bitton: 2 256
126. 451/91. Britannia Orchard P/L: Umtali: Britannia:
127. 289/85. Burma Park P/L: Umtali: The Remainder of Burma of
Clydesdale: 1 251,299 ha
128. 4861/89. Susanna Vivier: Umtali: Have: 202,7145 ha
129. 2841/85. Five Streams P/L: Umtali: Five Streams: 1
130. 3712/79. Robin Francis Haaden Tebb: Umtali: Remaining Extent
of Braintree Portion Lawrence Ville: 215,7834 ha
131. 3495/88. Freezing Point Estate P/L: Umtali: Eden Dale: 1
132. 3895/85. Christian Hendrik Van Vuuren: Umtali: Lot 1 of
Oukar: 1 278,5842 ha
133. 200/78. Andries Christoffel Kok: Umtali: Saaihoek of Clare
Estate Ranch: 1 103,4826 ha
134. 1149/64. Partridge Hill P/L: Umtali: S/D A Portion Partdirge
Hill Portion of Cloudlands: 246,7650 acres
135. 5039/80. Hermanus J Vorster: Umtali: Monkfield of Norseland:
136. 367/96. Ragdale Investments Pvt Ltd: Umtali: Mt Maienji: 1
137. 6559/74. J & R Tobacco Estates P/L: Umtali: Mount Shalom of
Clare Estate: 2 381,2714 ha
138. 5124/80. Alvern Farming P/L: Umtali: Lot 6 of Lot 1 of
Mazonwe: 560,3347 ha
139. 4089/82. Alan McGregor: Umtali: Nyamakari of Burma of
Clydesdale: 879,4323 ha
140. 1800/78. Robert Christopher Donald: Umtali: Remaining Extent
of Highlands: 40,4694 ha
141. 7304/98. J R Hildebrand (Private) Limited: Umtali: Remaining
Extent of Valhalla: 376,0419 ha
142. 2989/84. F J Barry and Company P/L: Umtali: L'amour Estate:
143. 3495/88. Freezing Point Estates P/L: Umtali: Headlands: 1
144. 2572/80. Border Timber P/L: Umtali: Imbeza Estate: 1
145. 6997/81. Rhotalia Winery P/L: Umtali: S/D of Chikonga Farm:
146. 6010/74. Green Valley Vine Yards P/L: Umtali: S/D C of
Chikonga Farm: 54,2747 ha
147. 6010/74. Green Valley Vine Yards P/L: Umtali: S/D D of
Chikonga Farm: 31,0987 ha
148. 4151/58. Border Timbers Limited: Umtali: Mahugara of Epson:
149. 12892. Border Timbers Limited: Umtali: Remainder of Walmer:
150. 4265/75. En Avant Farm P/L: Umtali: En Avant: 332,0578 ha
151. 1408/84. En Avant Farm P/L: Umtali: Lot 1 of S/D A of En
Avant: 878,6539 ha
152. 7850/88. Cynthia Elaine Kok: Umtali: Remaining Extent of
Lostad of Clare Estate Ranch: 408,8969 ha
153. 224/58. Odzi Farms (Pvt) Ltd: Umtali: Remaining Extent of
Farm "Odzi": 942,4541 morgen
154. 5508/98. Warranted Investments (Private) Limited: Victoria:
Swartfontein: 777,2787 ha
155. 2529/90. Harold Arthur Paterson: Victoria: Lamotte:
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JUSTICE FOR AGRICULTURE COMPENSATION COMMUNIQUÉ - 26th July , 2004
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Herewith the Valuation Consortium's latest Newsletter.
The valuation of land and improvements done by this group of independent
professional valuators is an integral part of the JAG Loss Claim Document
which comprehensively covers all losses that have been sustained by
property owners to date in this diabolical process masquerading as land
reform. Most, if not all farmers, have incurred by substantial other
losses and damages which continue to accrue and escalate over time. The
JAG Loss Claim Documentation adequately caters for this and is designed
under International Law governing compulsory acquisition.
Contact the JAG Office, 17 Philips Avenue, Harare, 04-799410, for further
information and advice as to how to proceed.
THE VALUATION CONSORTIUM - NEWSLETTER - JULY 2004
In this issue:
· Still time
· Community help
· Down the line
· Certificates of Registration
· Members Contact Details
1. FOUR MONTHS LEFT TO ENROL
The number of the Valuation Consortium's database titles has reached just
over 1800 but farm owners still have four more months in which to enrol.
The valuation exercise will be concluded by 1 December this year with the
expiration of the contracts of the extra staff involved in the data
collection and verification exercise. Directors report that the process of
checking and verification of the information submitted by land owners is at
an advanced stage.
"We have a valuation team in the field visiting the farms not already
valued that are accessible and a Chartered Valuation Surveyor has been
employed full time to check the database information and valuation
figures", Tony Purkis said this week.
Readers will recall that the Consortium was set up to establish a
professional, verified database hopefully representing a majority of
Zimbabwe's large-scale commercial farmers as this would be required by the
various international community sectors involved in final compensation.
2. PERSUADE YOUR OLD COMMUNITY
Bearing in mind the greatest strength in the compensation process will be
the recorded number of people desiring it, readers are urged to pass on
this newsletter to other farmers. Better still take it upon yourselves as
individuals to persuade former friends and neighbours to sign up. Don't
let your enrolment end your involvement but instead appreciate you can help
the rest of your former community - some of whom are very hard hit - by
encouraging them to get on the database.
For further information, a one-on-one discussion, help and advice you can
contact the Consortium's offices (see numbers on last page). Farmers living
overseas can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or else check our web site
3. THE COST? STILL MINIMAL
In spite of rampant inflation, rising to 600%+ since the Consortium was
established in October 2002 and the current soaring COL, the cost to be
listed on the Consortium's database remains reasonable at: Registration
fee: ZW$150 000; Verification fee ZW$300 000.
Some farmers, who have not enrolled, have questioned this and there's also
been some largely tired and emotional bar chat about exploitation. As to
this, we decided to ask one of the Consortium's first clients how he would
respond and here's his reply:
"Well, you could say that about many professions couldn't you? Think of
lawyers, doctors, surgeons, nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists - the
whole medical world through to ambulance drivers and paramedics -
veterinary surgeons, firemen, journalists, security forces, priests, great
musicians, artists, poets and authors - and that's just for starters." The
labourer is worthy of his hire.
(Contact the Consortium for the relevant forms. Fees are only due on
submission of the forms, furthermore if you have had a recent valuation
done by one of the Consortium's valuers you don't need to pay the
4. CONFUSION? NOT HERE
When the tired and emotional chat about exploitation sags to a halt it
tends to turn to what is seen as confusion between the number of groups
working towards obtaining compensation for those evicted from their farms.
To date there are three other obvious groups involved in this but the
Valuation Consortium is not in conflict with any of these as the service
offered is purely professional and the data at the end of the day will be
made available to whoever is relevant in the compensation process. We are
in the business of quantifying compensation and presenting a sound case for
value. The semi political task of channeling compensation we leave to
representative bodies unless we can help. We liaise and keep in very close
contact with all involved.
5. DOWN THE LINE (with Martin Redfern):
Of interest is the tiny percentage of tobacco farmers - those few brave
souls who persevere - who smoke their own product. I have valued three in
the last week, two in Rusape, one in Nyazura - and not one farmer was
interested in my proffered packet of Barclays. To a committed smoker like
me the smell of barns during curing or later the
bulking/grading sheds is just too good and perhaps that is why growers
don't need to light up. It's refreshing however to find farmers still on
the land doing what they
do best - farming.
A few continue without too much hindrance but with the constant threat that
this may change and they might be off soon. A major concern other than
losing their livelihood is being "the last one left" and we all understand
that. I don't know of one farmer's club left - even Odzi Country Club is
now in suspense following the Kondozi debacle where the out growers threw
up their hands with mighty Gaelic shrugs and called it quits. Odzi club was
great - fine bar, good food and a newly refurbished cricket pitch for our
Winter League. All over I fear, but only for the time being we can only
hope. However fine the Odzi club was, very few clubs compared to Virginia's
which I valued for compensation purposes. Simply great but your humble
farm valuer presently "enjoys" probably one of Zimbabwe's most depressing
But let's not despair - compensation is on - or just over - the horizon.
Consider the history of other African countries where land was "acquired"
(sic). Think in particular of Uganda and Mozambique where land and property
was either returned to the rightful owners or they acquired the right to
resell after a number of years together with the option of compensation
through the courts. The point of the Valuation Consortium is to quantify
the amount of compensation required - at the end of the day a most
necessary exercise and I do urge you to bite the bullet, take a deep breath
and fill in the form if you haven't already done so. But if you are reading
this you probably
already have so please send this newsletter on to farming friends either
here or abroad who may have not signed on.
Most things come right in the end and I have more than a shrewd suspicion
that there will be light at the end of the tunnel for Zimbabwean farmers
who understandably feel they have been harshly dealt with. Good does
triumph over stupidity so - stay strong!
6. CERTIFICATES OF REGISTRATION:
Those of you receiving this newsletter by post will also find enclosed your
Certificate of Registration and a copy of the last newsletter if you haven'
t already been sent one. The Certificate of Registration is signed by a
director of the Consortium and, therefore, cannot be sent by email so if
you are reading this newsletter on email please confirm your physical
address and we will send your Certificate by post.
7. PARTICIPATING FIRMS' CONTACT DETAILS:
The Valuation Consortium: Tel: Harare (04) 746926 Email:
Redfern Mullett & Co: Tel: Harare (04) 746654 Email:
G.R.L. Farm Sales: Tel: Harare (04) 776255 Email: email@example.com
Burgoyne Estate Agents: Tel: Marondera (079) 24133 Email:
J. Pocock & Co: Tel: Bulawayo (09) 70753 Email:
Purkis & Co: Tel: Harare (04) 570203 Email:
Holland & Redfern: Tel: Mutare (020) 64303 Email:
C.C. Sales - Harare: Tel: Harare (04) 252253 Email:
C.C. Sales - Gweru: Tel: Gweru (054) 21912 Email:
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JAG OPEN LETTER FORUM 26th July 2004
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Please send any material for publication in the Open Letter Forum to
firstname.lastname@example.org with "For Open Letter Forum" in the subject line.
JAG OLF 288
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion
or it will be killed.
Every morning a lion wakes up.
It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle
or it will starve to death."
OPEN LETTER FORUM
Letter 1 Subject: Genocide
Genocide by any other name.
The decision of the Senate in the United States to call the situation in
Darfur, genocide, was an important step towards resolving the situation
facing the Sudanese people living in the southern Sudan. There is little
doubt now that the Sudanese government has armed and equipped the militia
that has been terrorizing the people of the Darfur region. I watched the
Secretary General of the United Nations being interviewed on the same
subject and he carefully skirted around the issue - saying that the form of
words used was important but he was very careful not to use the "G" word.
He knows full well that that would have triggered a response that would
have demanded action by the UN to protect the rights of the Sudanese
In Sudan we have a government dominated by a minority who hold onto power
by any and all means available. It is not a democracy. In Zimbabwe we are
governed by a small oligarchy who have been in power for 24 years and hold
onto power by all the means at their disposal. They have subverted the
electoral process so that it has become a farce. We are no longer a
In the Sudan the people of Darfur are terrorized by a militia, which is
trained and supported by the Sudanese government. These have destroyed the
homes of the people of Darfur and driven a million people across the Chad
border into the desert where they are suffering severe physical
deprivation. In Zimbabwe the armed forces are used to train and mobilize a
militia that is terrorizing the democratic opponents of Zanu PF and denying
people the right to make a living and to live with their families through
economic depravation. The destruction of the formal economy is deliberate
and designed to undercut the support base for the opposition. As a result
2,5 million people have been forced into exile as economic refugees in the
past 4 years.
In the Sudan it is estimated that 300 000 people are under threat from
hunger and exposure in the deserts of central Africa. In Zimbabwe 800 000
people have died from preventable diseases and Aids and related causes in
the past 4 years. Many simply because they cannot afford the right foods
and the hospitals are now simply death traps for the ill and injured.
The political elite in the Sudan have lied and made all kinds of statements
to deflect international criticisms. In Zimbabwe the State has engaged in
an all out propaganda war to keep African States on sides and to persuade
them that this is a conflict with the West and not with legitimate internal
forces of opposition.
In fact what has been going on here in Zimbabwe is a sophisticated form of
genocide. An illegitimate government that has tried to destroy any internal
opposition to its rule by all means available. In the period 1980 to 1987,
the Zapu opposition led by Joshua Nkomo was subjected to mass killings;
starvation and other forms of state sponsored violence. This savage
campaign saw twice as many people killed as in the civil war which brought
independence and majority rule from white settler dominated government in
1980. This genocidal campaign only came to an end when Zapu capitulated and
entered a "government of national unity" in 1987.
When finally, after two decades of mismanagement and corruption, civil
society forces in Zimbabwe decided to again confront Zanu PF on the
electoral field, the State launched an all out attack on the opposition.
Mutasa famously made the statement that "if we are only left with 6 million
people at the end of this exercise, but they support Zanu PF, we will be
quite happy". So now, after 4 years of this all out campaign, Zimbabwe
instead of having a population of 16 million people with an average life
expectancy of 60 years and average literacy of over 95 per cent, has a
population of less than 11 million and average life expectancies of under
Each year hundreds of thousands of people either die from disease, hunger
or malnutrition or simply pack their few belongings in a bag and flee the
country. The targets have been clear - first it was the commercial farm
community - 2 million people who held the balance of power between the
urban and the rural electoral communities. Now it is the urban educated and
middle class. Like the Kulaks in Russia in the 1930's these classes are
being deliberately eliminated to ensure the continued control of central
government by an aging oligarchy of veterans of the earlier civil war.
Is it genocide - of course, but by any other name! It is no accident that
the UN has described the situations in the Sudan and Zimbabwe as "the worst
examples of human suffering and depravation in the world today".
In the Sudan they have chosen to resist the Sudanese government by force
and the SPLA and others have been engaged in a civil war for the past 30
years. It has not brought change or democracy to that ravaged country. The
AU, the UN and the international community at large now face the
possibility of yet another costly and difficult exercise involving military
and political intervention.
Here we still have the possibility of a peaceful, democratic and lawful
transition of power from one regime to another - but time is running out.
The opposition has committed itself to just such a process but in order to
achieve this outcome it must have help. This is recognised by the State
that has banned all foreign assistance to political parties and now is
attempting to choke off support for civil society NGO's as well. If help is
not forthcoming then there is the very danger that AU and SADC imposed
democratic elections might again be subverted by the inability of the local
opposition and civil society to ensure the process is not again hijacked by
ballot stuffing and other malpractice's. The AU and the SADC are pressing
Mugabe and his cohorts to conform to the SADC norms for a democratic
election. There are hopeful signs that this might just happen - even though
the Mugabe regime will manipulate the process and delay implementing the
required measures until the last minute. But if we are given the chance to
vote on the day, under reasonable conditions then we must have the
resources required to control the process on the ground. A few well-meaning
observers cannot achieve this. It can only be achieved by the empowerment
of the local population to ensure their votes are recorded and counted
properly. I only hope someone outside there is thinking about this issue
right now and will do something before it is too late.
Bulawayo, 24th July 2004
Letter 2. Subject A moment of comfort
Dear Family and Friends,
This week the privately owned Tribune newspaper lost its court battle to
re-open and became the third Zimbabwean independent paper to have been
closed down by our government in less than a year. The scope of
communication and access to information is getting smaller by the day and
was reduced even more this week when the price of postage stamps increased
by 500%, making even letter writing a luxury most cannot afford. Our lives
are now so filled with propaganda from the state media that it has become
almost impossible to separate fact from fiction and most of us have
absolutely no idea what is true about our country any more. There has been
much talk in recent weeks about whether or not Zimbabwe is going to need
world food aid later in 2004. According to President Mugabe and a handful
of government ministers, we will not, and are apparently reaping a bumper
harvest. The President even went as far as to say that Zimbabwe did not
want to choke on world food aid. This week I travelled 200 kilometres east
from my home town through what has always been very productive commercial
farm land and had a chance to see for myself what the signs were of a
Frankly what I saw was shocking and the word that came to my mind most
often on the journey was: nothingness. My head was full of questions :
Where is everyone I thought. Where are all these newly harvested fields.
Where are all the people? Every now and again along the roadside farms you
see three or four scrappy, tatty huts and occasionally one or two women
just sitting outside in the sun, but mostly you just see nothing except
deserted bush. There is no sign of bustling communities, busy village
life, thriving small holdings or even happy family groups, you just see
nothing. In between the huts are miles and miles of nothing except
deserted farms whose once lush fields are thick with dry grass, rank weeds
and thorn bushes and have certainly not been ploughed or planted for the
last year or even two.
Perhaps Zimbabwe's bumper harvest is not visible from the roadside but the
view I had was eerily frightening and with almost no free press left to
describe these scenes, I dread to think what lies ahead for ordinary
Zimbabweans in the coming months, especially as we approach elections.
I end this week on a sad note. Just six days after having started the
Christopher Campaign to try and get support for Aids victims and their
carers and families in my home town, it was with great sadness that I
learnt that Christopher passed away on Thursday night. When I heard the
news I was bereft that we had been just too late to help him. I was
ashamed that when I had visited him the week before I had only been able
to help in such a small way with just one bag of toiletries. Perhaps those
few minutes and that small bag gave a moment of comfort to Christopher.
The death of Christopher has strengthened my resolve to help others in
such dire circumstances. Well over a hundred people emailed from all over
the world with pledges of support and assistance and on behalf of our
small Christopher team, I thank you all. Christopher is one of 3000
Zimbabweans who die every week from Aids but his name and memory will live
on through the Christopher Campaign. This letter is dedicated to the life
Until next week, with love, cathy. Copyright cathy buckle 24th July 2004.
Letter 3. Subject: JAG
Arthur and I would both like to advise you of the latest development on
Two days ago a front loader arrived to move off the LCBL sisters large
stationery engine, as well as two pickups, to move off their maize. Father
Thamm has phoned us several times, and assured us that, as soon as they had
harvested the maize, the sisters would leave the farm. The Church was
hugely embarrassed and distressed by the exposure, and, although the
sisters apparantly did have an offer letter, they had been told that they
were not allowed to accept the farm.
We thank you for your advice in exposing the story, and, although it was
pretty scary at times, it was the best thing possible. Thank you very much
for your constant support and encouragement during some very stressful
weeks. Your numerous phone calls and assistance were very much appreciated.
Arthur & Ansy Swales.
Letter 4. Subject: JAG Open Letter Forum 22nd July 2004 - OLF 286
Dear Justice for Agricultural
A recent article in the Fingaz about the double dealing of the Whistle
Blower must have been the issue on the 15th July - how ironic that Mutuma
Mawere should write a letter to the Whistle Blower disclaiming that he
wrote the article in the Fingaz
Is the Fingaz liable for damages and also the Whistle Blower would hardly
write the story in the Independent but it quotes various matters from
Fortune Chasi that the whistle Blower will have to be patient to get his
What is the sinister plot behind all of this - has the blower got too much
Should an appeal be sent the No 1 Whistle Blower if he has some $30
billion due to him will this not break the economy if he gets paid that
much - isnt that what happened when they paid the war vets out
Letter 5. Subject: JAG Open Letter Forum 22nd July 2004 OLF 286
I don't know who is involved in the dissemination of information at your
offices but thank you and keep it up !
All letters published on the open Letter Forum are the views and opinions
of the submitters, and do not represent the official viewpoint of Justice
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LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FACE COLLAPSE
Wed 28 July 2004
HARARE - Local government and service delivery in Zimbabwe's cities
could collapse within a month unless central government reverses an order
banning councils from hiking rates, the Urban Councils Association of
(UCAZ) has said.
UCAZ first vice-president Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube said most
municipalities were facing financial ruin and were struggling to sustain
their operations. He added that most urban council authorities would be
forced to abandon service delivery altogether within a month because of cash
Ndabeni-Ncube, who is also the executive mayor of Zimbabwe's second
biggest city of Bulawayo, accused the government of seeking to financially
cripple Councils led by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
through the ban on rate hikes.
He said: 'There is a disaster waiting to happen across the board. The
unfortunate decision by the Minister of Local Government to overturn rate
increases will mean that service delivery could grind to a halt within a
month. Councils are broke because of the minister's interference.'
The minister, Ignatius Chombo, who under the Urban Councils Act (UCA)
must approve rate hikes, has since January this year ordered authorities in
the country's biggest cities to reverse rate increases. These are Harare,
Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru and Masvingo, which are all run by MDC-controlled
Chombo could not be reached for comment yesterday. Officials at his
office told Zim Online he was busy attending meetings.
Chombo, who says the ban on rate hikes is meant to protect
hard-pressed ratepayers, last month threatened to dismiss any local
authority that increased rates without his approval. The Urban Councils Act
empowers Chombo to dismiss mayors and their councils if they disobey orders
from central government.
Ndabeni-Ncube said: 'The unfortunate thing is that the minister is
taking political decisions. But we don't run councils on political slogans.
We are mandated to deliver a service. The minister has disempowered us by
withdrawing our purchasing power. Councils have no sources of income other
Ndabeni-Ncube said his association was now seeking a meeting with
Chombo over the matter. He said, 'We want to meet the minister and hopefully
put him in the right frame of mind. We have to impress on him the importance
of keeping councils afloat despite the political orientation of who is
running the councils.'
Mutare mayor Misheck Kagurabadza said his council had been forced to
abandon capital projects worth 40 billion Zimbabwe dollars after Chombo
froze rate hikes by the city. The projects included the construction of
schools and health facilities.
'We (in Mutare) are in a such a tight squeeze that our operations and
service delivery could collapse in two weeks. We need nothing short of a
miracle,' said Kagurabadza. Zim Online
Zimbabwe air force 'frustrated' with youth programme graduates
Wed 28 July 2004
CHEGUTU Senior officers of the Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) want to
stop recruiting graduates from the government's National Service Youth
Training Programme (NSYTP), because the youths are failing to cope with
their training courses, Zim Online has established.
The Youth Training Programme was introduced by the government two
years ago with the objective to inculcate discipline and patriotism in young
people. The AFZ and other state institutions and departments, have been
ordered to give first preference to youth trained under the programme when
Sources, who do not want to be named, told Zim Online that instructors
stationed at AFZ's training school at Fyld Airforce base near Chegutu town,
about 70km west of Harare, last week resolved to urge their commander,
Perence Shiri, to ask the government to permit the airforce to stop this
According to the sources the AFZ senior officers and instructors are
worried that the mass recruitment of under-qualified staff from the national
youth service programme could in the long run hamper Zimbabwe's air defence
One senior instructor at Fyld said: "Graduates from the National
Service Youth Training Programme are being dumped on us. There is no proper
audit of their qualifications and most of the time we are finding that they
cannot cope with the training requirements. Air defence is sophisticated and
we are now afraid that the country's air defence will be compromised."
The commander's office promised Zim Online that Shiri would respond to
questions sent to him, but he had not done so by late last night.
Deputy National Youth Minister Shuvai Mahofa told Zim Online: "We have
not received any complaints over the quality of our graduates from the AFZ
or any other institution for that matter. In fact graduates from the
national youth training are in high demand and are highly sought after
because they are discplined and are competent."
But instructors at AFZ's Fyld base confided to Zim Onlne that they
were frustrated by the poor quality of students they were getting from the
NSYTP. 'We are a highly specialised operation. It takes more than the right
political orientation to grasp training in Air Defence Systems or radar
systems for example," said one instructor, who did not want to be named.
Zimbabwe's churches, civic and human rights groups accuse the NSYTP of
brainwashing the youths and turning them into violent militias that
terrorise the government's political opponents. Zim Online
Zimbabwe opposition fears more political violence
Wed 28 July 2004
HARARE -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party fears there could be more
political violence in the run up to next year's general election because of
the Supreme Court's failure to finalise petitions challenging results in
several constituencies allegedly won by the ruling party through
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) secretary-general Welshman Ncube
said: "Perpetrators of electoral violence are likely to feel emboldened by
these delays (in finalising petitions). Legislators will sit out their full
terms even though the High Court ruled that violence and intimidation won
them their seats."
The High Court had nullified results of eight constituencies won by
ruling ZANU PF candidates in the 2000 parliamentary election. The court
found that voting in the respective constituencies had not been free and
fair because of political violence mainly against MDC supporters.
ZANU PF appealed to the Supreme Court. About eight months before
another general election in March next year the Supreme Court is still to
decide on the appeal.
The MDC had initially appealed against the results in 37
constituencies. The remaining 29 petitions were thrown out, withdrawn, or
are still being dealt with by the High Court. Zim Online
'Fast Exit' for Foreign investment in Zimbabwe
Tue, 27 July 2004
HARARE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is trying to
attract much needed foreign investment into the country, quickly. RBZ
governor Gideon Gono today said the institution had opened a 'limited window
to new foreign direct investors to come in with their investments'.
The central bank promises that foreign investors will be allowed
to remit dividends abroad within 30 days from the date of application to do
so, and to take their entire investment capital out of the country within
three months when they decide to leave.
Gono said during his mid-term review of monetary policy: 'From
September 1, 2004 up to December 2006, there will be this window which will
allow them the privilege to ... leave the country in the soonest possible
(time) if they find the conditions of operation are not as they expected."
"We will be able to pay the principal ... the capital within 90
days of your telling us that you want to exit. We believe this is possible
and we are putting in place measures to ensure that this redemption fund is
operational," Gono said.
"Ordinarily, foreign investors need maximum assurances on remit
ability of returns on their investments, as well as dividends or
disinvestments, security of investment and a conducive fiscal and monetary
policy environment," Gono said. "It is now common knowledge in the world of
finance and investment that unlike old capital, new money today, especially
foreign direct investment, is very timid and needs a window for fast exit."
Gono announced that South African business mogul Mzi Khumalo had
pledged to invest R100 million (US$ 1.6 million) in Zimbabwe once the
country had put in place new guidelines for foreign investment. Khumalo,
who has bought various gold mines in Zimbabwe, was present during Gono's
Gono's mid-term review came after he unveiled his maiden
monetary policy last December, in which he pledged to combat record-high
inflation and destroy the black market for foreign currency.
Zimbabwe's inflation rate peaked at 600 percent at the end of
last year before declining to just below 400 percent last month. Gono
reiterated his pledge to reduce the inflation rate to 200 percent by the end
of the year. He said he had reduced the time frame for his economic turn
around plan from the end of 2008 to 2007. Zim Online
Nigeria signs Zimbabwean farmers
A group of white Zimbabwean farmers have reached a deal to start
farming in Nigeria within 60 days.
The western state of Kwara has promised to extend financial aid in
return for the development of the state's agricultural sector.
The farmers are among those whose land was taken by the Zimbabwe
government for redistribution to blacks.
One of the farmers said he hoped a further 200 Zimbabweans would move
to Nigeria over the next five years.
Alan Jack, who signed the memorandum on Tuesday, said that the farmers
would initially come without their families.
With the first arrivals due in the next two months, he said there was
still much to organise.
"We've got to get the finances in place, the structures in place and
the physical planning of the farms," Mr Jack told the BBC.
The Kwara state government has promised to give them tax breaks, loans
and help to develop infrastructure.
The BBC's Anna Borzello in Lagos says local officials hope the farmers
will help kick start a sluggish agricultural sector and attract other
The farmers have expressed concern about Nigeria's reputation for
corruption, but according to Mr Jack, "so far everything looks exceptionally
White farmers from Zimbabwe have been looking for alternative homes
since President Robert Mugabe began seizing their farms four years ago.
Mr Jack said they were coming to Nigeria because the country was one
of the first to ask.
He said local chiefs and elders were keen on the farmers coming to
Kwara state because they would bring jobs, electricity and roads.
Nigeria's farms have been neglected since oil was discovered 40 years
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has also given his support for
the project, saying Nigeria was "anxious to benefit from their expertise and
Zim crackdown on black market
27/07/2004 17:35 - (SA)
Harare, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's central bank threatened on Tuesday to crack
down on a resurgence in the black market for scarce foreign cash, saying
officials would strictly enforce the country's stringent laws on currency
The government has already begun "closer surveillance" of currency dealers,
and a special committee will soon start randomly inspecting money changers
and businesses suspected of dealing on the black market, said central bank
governor Gideon Gono.
"There will be swift prosecution and hefty penalties. We are catching up,"
Those found guilty of black market money trading face fines and jail time.
Already, several businessmen have reportedly been charged for black market
money dealing, and at least six top bank and finance executives are believed
to have fled the country, fearing arrest.
Zimbabwe has been wracked by political violence and economic turmoil in
recent years as President Robert Mugabe's government has seized thousands of
white-owned farms for redistribution to blacks.
Seeking to crack down on dissent, the government has arrested opposition
leaders, trade unionists and independent journalists.
The farm seizures have disrupted the country's agriculture-based economy,
leading to acute shortages of food, gasoline, medicines and other essential
Annual inflation has skyrocketed to around 400%, and hard currency - needed
to buy imports from abroad - is running short.
The government has been auctioning hard currency, like US dollars, at around
a rate of Z$5 300 to US$1 - an artificially low exchange rate.
Black market dealers, in contrast, offers Z$6 700 for US$1, and there has
recently been a resurgence in illicit money trading, Gono said.
"Clearly, Zimbabweans continue to be innovative in these selfish practices,"
Gono told a meeting of bankers, business leaders and state officials.
Gono encouraged "whistle blowers" to report employers or colleagues in
return for a percentage of hard currency recovered.
Some businessmen have already confessed to buying hard currency on the black
market and requested amnesty, saying they turned to black market dealers
because they had failed to buy at auction the cash needed to keep their
While the bank is not empowered to grant pardons, Gono said bank officials
would push courts to levy fines - and not send to prison - those who
'Zim laws support urban agriculture'
A STUDY conducted by the Municipal Development Partnership (MDP) and the
Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) has established that
Zimbabwean laws support urban agriculture but have been wrongly interpreted
to suppress the practice.
The research findings were made public last week at a workshop on the policy
and legislative framework for urban agriculture in Zimbabwe.
"The research also establishes that in what is seemingly a very prohibitive
environment, there are indeed many opportunities that exist in legislation
for the practice of urban agriculture, contrary to popular belief that the
law prohibits urban agriculture in Zimbabwe."
The research found out that there are a number of legislative pieces that
impact on urban agriculture at both national and municipal levels.
The legislation, however, does not refer to urban agriculture per se, but
rather to farming in urban areas.
"It is the combination of the multiplicity of legislation and the silence in
that legislation on urban agriculture, coupled with misinterpretation by
those that enforce the law, that has led to confusion in the sector, on its
legal standing," says the study.
The MDP and ZELA say it is that confusion that prompted the research.
The main purpose of the research was to identify relevant and current
policies and legislation, which impact on urban agriculture as a basis for
initiating the improvement of current legislation.
"The key finding from this research is that urban agriculture as a concept
or practice is not prohibited in the legal system and especially with
specific reference to the scope of this inquiry, in Harare. Although there
are legal provisions which may be utilised to outlaw some or all
agricultural activities within any urban set-up, the current laws are
designed to regulate rather than prohibit."
Urban agriculture has lately become a full-time job for households who have
literally invaded all open spaces for agricultural needs.
"Urban agriculture has also grown in substance, as people have now
diversified from the traditional crops to include new commercial crops like
mushrooms," said the researchers.
Addressing the workshop, MDP-ESA regional director Mr George Matovu said the
growth of urban agriculture would significantly contribute to food
self-sufficiency, employment generation and improvement of life for
"In 2005, we plan to work with a select few pilot municipalities in a
programme called 'Making the Edible Landscape: Integrating Urban Agriculture
in Urban Planning and Design'," he said.
The International Development Research Centre would partner MDP in the
design of specific layout plans that integrate urban agriculture and support
its development and construction.
"This way we hope to demonstrate in practical terms how integrating urban
agriculture into urban development can be done in a manner that is
aesthetically pleasing, adding beauty to the landscape and feeding the urban
poor," said Mr Matovu.
Urban Councils' Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ) secretary-general Mr Ferris
Zimunya said urban councils are faced with increasing challenges of
unemployment, urban food insecurity, and weakening economic base that lead
to the impoverishment of the urban dwellers.
He expressed hope that urban dwellers would be able to utilise the many
farms surrounding urban centres acquired by Government for agricultural
Zimbabwe Tour Details Discussed
By Richard Gibson, PA Sport
England's players should know what is expected of them in regards to
November's tour of Zimbabwe in the next month.
Negotiations between the England and Wales Cricket Board and their
Zimbabwean and South African counterparts over the winter itinerary are said
to be at an advanced stage.
And the topic was high on the agenda today at the ECB's management board
meeting, held at Lord's.
Chairman David Morgan is likely to soon be involved in further dialogue with
the Zimbabwe Cricket Union, having reported to the ECB management committee
the home board's request to play five one-day contests, following the
suspension of two Tests.
But exactly how many matches and where England will be based during their
series has yet to be finalised - and that could be a factor in players
deciding whether or not they will be involved.
Where the squad warm up and for how long are also matters for conjecture and
some within the Lord's hierarchy might prefer the team to set up camp in
Johannesburg - a similar altitude to Harare - and fly in on match days to
lessen the English presence.
A safety and security inspection will take place nearer to the departure
Until the schedule and touring policy has been formulated, it is not clear
which players will refuse to travel, although some reports have suggested
the top brass like Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff may stay away.
ECB officials have held 'constructive talks' with the players' head Richard
Bevan, the managing director of the Professional Cricketers' Association,
and more are due to follow once the dates and destinations are announced.
Morgan has already insisted that individuals who choose to make themselves
unavailable for the tour will not be ostracised.
Meanwhile, ECB chief executive Tim Lamb reported that the second season of
Twenty20 had led to an estimated 12% increase in attendances despite the
It is hoped that finals day at Edgbaston a week on Saturday will sell out,
as 11 matches already have, which would mean grounds have been 63% full to
From: "Trudy Stevenson"
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2004 6:09 AM
Subject: Extension of Harare Municipal boundaries - implications on rates
Are the services you receive from Harare City Council adequate? Do you
receive an uninterrupted supply of water? Is your refuse collected
regularly and efficiently? Are the roads well-maintained? Do you have
street lights? Does Council respond to your calls?
If not, you and other residents in your area may wish to challenge the
extension of Harare Muncipal boundaries to include parts of Ruwa, Goromonzi,
Zvimba and Mazowe Rural District Councils - for which Harare residents would
have to pay for services, which in cases like Whitecliff and Merwede do not
yet exist! You may also find other changes to Ward boundaries undesirable
for various reasons.
Note that the deadline for objections is 30 days after the third publication
of the notice below, so to be absolutely certain, you should lodge your
objection by WEDNESDAY 18 AUGUST. Please send a copy to CHRA for the
record, or let the office know.
Trudy Stevenson MP
----- Original Message -----
From: chra <email@example.com>
To: CHRA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2004 4:11 PM
Subject: Ministry plans to alter ward boundaries.
The Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing intends
to carve up Harare again, this time reducing its wards from 45 wards to 44
wards. The "reduction" is being complimented by the proposal to add other
areas into Harare, notably Whitecliff. (read advertisment below)
We have in the past raised questions about the incoperation of areas
outside Harare City Council boundaries, particularly with regards
Whitecliff. The concern has been raised on the basis that these areas would
increase the burden on service provision for the city, without giving due
regard to the problems that the city is already facing. Unless these areas
are incoperated into the city and local residents make a financial
contribution to the running costs of the city, they should not enjoy
political representation on Council.
Our records show that the advert has been posted twice this month, that is,
on 5 July and on 19 July. If you know of any other advert placed between
these dates please let us know. Residents are required to send in objections
within 30 days of the third publication of the advert.
Advocacy and Information Officer
Combined Harare Residents Association
11 Armagh Avenue
URBAN COUNCILS ACT [CHAPTER
29:15] AND RURAL DISTRICT COUNCILS
ACT [CHAPTER 29:13]
Notice of intention to alter the Council and Ward boundaries for Harare City
Council, Chitungwiza Municipal Council, Epworth and Ruwa Local Boards and,
Goromonzi, Mazowe, Manyame/Seke and Zvimba Rural District Councils
NOTICE is hereby given in temis of subsection (1 ) of Section 11 of the
Urban CouncilsAct [Chapter 29:15] and subsection (2) of Section 140 of the
Rural District Councils Act [Chapter 19:13] that it is intended to recommend
to the President that he exercises the powers conferred upon him in terms of
Section 4 of the Urban Councils Act [Chapter 29:15] and Settton 139 of the
Rural District Councils Act [Chapter 19:13] to alter the District, and
Municipal boundaries of Harare City Council, Chitungwiza Municipal Council,
Epworth and Ruwa Local Boards and, Goromonzi, Mazowe, Manyame/Seke and
Zvimba Rural District Councils as described hereunder:
(a) Properties: Zisalisari Lots 4, 5 and 8; Lot 3 of
Bannockburn; Remainder of Bannockburn, and Teviotdale, presently in Mazowe
District, be incorporated into Ward 17 of Borrowdale District, Harare.
(b) Properties: Remaining Extent of Stuhm, Remainder of the Craig of
Crag Estate, Lot 1 of East Anglia of the Craig of Crag, presently under
Goromonzi RDC, be excised there from and Incorporated into ward 18,
Tafara Mabvuku District, Harare,
(c) Borrowdale Racecourse, presently In Ward 8, Borrowdale District,
Harare, be incorporated into Ward 17 In the same District.
(d) Properties: Draycott, Chedgelow, Godavery, Water Vici, Woodford
Green, Block S of Hatfield Estate (kutsaga/Bellapaise), Dunowen, Harare
Airport and Manyame Airbase and kaola Park, presently in Ward 1, Harare
Central District, be excised and incorporated into Ward 22, same District,
(e) Gunhill Area of Harare Central, presently falling under Ward 8, be
removed and incorporated into Ward 7, same Disrtict, Harare.
(f) Workington and Southerton Industrial Areas, presently in Ward
11, be excised and incorporated into Ward 13, same District, Harare.
(g) Warren Park Area, presently In Ward 15, be excised and
incorporated Into Ward 5, same District, Harare.
(h) Little Norfolk and Univeroty Areas, presently in Ward 17, be
removed and incorporated Into Ward 7, same District, Harare.
(i) Properties: Caledonia, Clovadael, Sebastopol, Mairi Sana,
Greensyke, 'Tarisa and Wavertey Farms, presently under Goromonzi RDC, be
excised therefrom to be incorporated the Ruwa-Epworth District, under Ward
9, Ruwa Local Board.
(j) Properties: Cranbrook, Setonleigh, Ruwa Estate and Ruwa
Sports Club, presently under Goromonzi RDC, be annexed to the Ruwa-Epworth
District under Ward 1, Ruwa Local Board.
(k) Properties: E of Galway Estate, Egondini, Mapumuta and Rem of F of
Galway Estate, presently under Goromonzi RDC, be excised therefrom and be
incorporated into the Ruwa-Epworth District under Ward 5, Ruwa Local Board.
(l) Properties: B & D of Galway Estate Boulders and 1, 2 & 3-of
Galway Estate, presently under Goromonzi RDC, be annexed there from and be
incorporated into the Ruwa-Epworth District under Ward 7, Ruwa Local Board.
(m) Properties: Heany and Rydale Ridge Park, presently In the Zvimba RDC
area, be annexed to the Highfield District, Harare, underward 34.
(n) Property: Ingwe Farm, presently under Zvimba RDC area, be annexed
to the Highficid District, Harare, underward
(o) Properties: White Cliff and Marwede Township, presently under
Zvimba RDC, be excised and incorporated Into Ward44, Highfield District,
(p) Properties: Dunnota, Imbwa, Longlands, Kirncote and Braemar,
presently under Manyame RDC, be excised and incorporated into Ward 6,
Zengeza District, Chitungwiza.
(q) Properties: Cawdor, Tantallon and Edinburg, presently under
Manyame RDC, be annexed to Ward 18, Seke District (urban), Chitungwiza.
(r) Guzha Shopping Centre, presently under Ward 21, Seke District
(urban), Chitungwiza, be excised there from and incorporated back into Ward
1, Manyame RDC.
(s) Property: komani Estate, presently under Mazowe RDC be
incorporated into Ward 41 of Borrowdale District, Harare
Maps and reports relating to these proposals are available for inspection
free of charge, at the offices of the Secretary for Local Government,
Public Works and National Housing, Makombe Building, Leopold Takawira
Street, Harare and the offices of the Town Clerks for Harare City Council
and Chitungwiza Municipal Council, and the Secretaries for Ruwa and Epworth
Local Boards as well as the offices of the Chief Executive Officers for
Goromonzi, Mazowe, Manyame/Seke and Zvimba Rural District Councils.
Any person who wishes to make representations concerning the proposals
should lodge such representations, in writing, with The Secretary for Local
Government, Public Works and National Housing, Private Bag 7755, Causeway,
Harare, by not later than thirty (30) days after the third publication of
Secretary for local Government, Public Works and National Housing