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Zimbabwe police arrest opposition legislator, 200 vendors

Zim Online

Thu 6 July 2006

      HARARE - Zimbabwe police yesterday arrested an opposition legislator,
Willas Madzimure, accusing him of inciting Harare residents to revolt
against the government, while about 200 vendors were arrested in the second
city of Bulawayo after demonstrating against alleged harassment by city

      Madzimure, a member of the main faction of the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) that is led by Morgan Tsvangirai, was by late
yesterday afternoon still detained at Harare central police station,
notorious for its filthy and overcrowded holding cells.

      "They are saying I addressed people at a rally in Dzivarasekwa (a
suburb of Harare) on the 4th of May and that I told people to turn out in
their thousands in mass protests to overthrow the government," Madzimure
said by mobile from the police station. "They are also saying I told vendors
and market women to beat up police when they arrest them for vending. Most
of what they are saying is not true and I believe it's all part of an
orchestrated campaign to intimidate us ahead of the planned mass protests,"
he added.

      Tsvangirai and his MDC party last March vowed to instigate this winter
a Ukraine-style Orange revolution in Zimbabwe to force President Robert
Mugabe to give up power to a transitional government to be tasked to lead
the writing of a new constitution and to organise fresh elections under
international supervision.

      The government has vowed to crush the planned protests, with the
police prohibiting virtually all gatherings and protests, especially by the
opposition and civic society groups fearing the MDC might take advantage of
such occasions to turn them into anti-Mugabe protests.

      In Bulawayo the police, some armed with guns, pounced on a group of
vendors were marching through the city centre demanding an end to what they
said was constant harassment by municipal police. The 200 vendors who were
arrested were still being held by the police by last night.

      The Bulawayo Traders Association said the protest marches were meant
to press for a meeting with Bulawayo Executive Mayor Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube
following what the association said was frequent arresting of vendors by
municipal police.

      Police Assistant Inspector Langa Ndlovu told ZimOnline that the
vendors were arrested for holding a public demonstration without police

      Under Zimbabwe's tough security laws, it is an offence punishable by a
two-year jail term to demonstrate without first seeking permission from the
law enforcement agency. - ZimOnline

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Harare's quick-fix economic solutions will not work

Zim Online

Thu 6 July 2006

      HARARE - Prospects for a sustainable solution to Zimbabwe's six-year
economic crisis remain slim for as long as the authorities ignore underlying
political problems and continue on a fishing expedition in search of a
quick-fix formula, analysts have warned.

       The Zimbabwean authorities, at a loss as to how to restore confidence
to what was once one of Africa's most vibrant economies, have churned out
one turnaround strategy after another since the economic crisis began in
earnest in 2000 - but all which are yet to yield and any tangible benefits

      At least four "home-grown" economic and monetary policy blueprints
have been experimented with during the past six years. These include
Millennium Economic Recovery Programme (MERP) launched in August 2001 as a
short-term 18-month turnaround strategy.

      Its objective, as with all other turnaround strategies, was to restore
economic vibrancy and address the underlying macroeconomic fundamentals.

      However, the MERP was rendered ineffective due to the withdrawal of
international donors and multilateral financial institutions.

      It was replaced in February 2003 by another 12-month stabilisation
package, the National Economic Revival Programme (NERP), with the government
saying at the time that it was looking for a longer-term strategy to pull
the country out of the economic mire.

      Though the NERP was initially received with optimism, it failed to
generate the required supply side responses with regards to foreign currency
inflows and manufacturing production.

      Then came in the Macroeconomic Policy Framework introduced in 2004 at
the time Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono had just been
appointed and appeared to be making progress taming runaway inflation and
addressing the country's wider economic challenges.

      The framework again failed and was replaced this year by the National
Economic Development Priority Programme (NEDPP), which is supposed to be a
six-month quick-fix package.

      But barely four months after the introduction of the NEDPP, Economic
Development Minister Rugare Gumbo announced on Tuesday this week that the
government was already working on yet another economic revival blueprint,
the Zimbabwe Economic Development Strategy (ZEDS).

      According to Gumbo, the shorter term NEDPP would now serve as a
platform for the implementation of the ZEDS which he said was a medium-term
programme to run from 2007 to 2011.

      But economic analysts were adamant yesterday that both NEDPP and the
successor ZEDS were bound to flop like the government's previous economic
revival plans as long as the fiscal and monetary authorities continued to
tinker with the symptoms of the problem while evading the root causes of the

      "There will be no end to the current problems the country is facing
because the answer does not lie in finding an economic solution to a
political problem but in resolving the issues of political governance," said
independent economic consultant John Robertson.

      President Robert Mugabe's government has frosty relations with an
international community which accuses it of running down the economy and
gross human rights abuses, charges the veteran leader denies.

      Mugabe has since 2000 waged a war against the political opposition,
organised civic society and the small media he accuses of working with his
Western enemies, notably the British and the Americans to topple his 26-year
old government.

      "The country is going nowhere fast because those entrusted with the
responsibility of getting the economy out of the quagmire believe that
everything will just fall into place without an effort to win back our
former friends," said an economist with a Harare commercial bank, who
requested anonymity for professional reasons.

      Zimbabwe has been blacklisted from accessing funds from the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) even after clearing most of its debt to
the international lender. Other multilateral financial institutions who take
their cue from the IMF have also blocked assistance to Harare.

      The analysts also said there were major inconsistencies in the
formulation of some of the government's myriad economic turnaround

      For example, they said it was contradictory that the government had by
its own admission modeled both the NEDPP and the ZEDS on its Vision 2020
programme discarded in the 1990s when the two latest blueprints were mere
stop-gap programmes meant to achieve a quick turnaround while Vision 2020
was a long-term programme spanning over decades.

      "How the two could be linked will always remain a mystery only known
to the authorities," observed the bank economist.

      The country's main industrial body, the Confederation of Zimbabwe
Industries (CZI) has also called for a consistent and holistic
implementation of economic policies and programmes to boost  production and
achieve the required turnaround of the economy.

      CZI's Economic Affairs and Taxation Committee particularly noted that
the lack of policy consistency and the "quick fix mentality" would not work.

      The committee singled out confidence as one of the major issues with a
strong bearing to Zimbabwe's economic recovery.

      "There is need for the restoration of confidence through consistent
implementation of proper policies," said the key committee. - ZimOnline

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Another Chinese-made Zimbabwe plane fails to fly

Zim Online

Thu 6 July 2006

      BULAWAYO - Barely a week after an Air Zimbabwe aircraft bought from
China burst tyres in a forced landing in the resort town of Victoria Falls,
another Modern Ark (MA60) plane donated by Beijing failed to take off from
the city of Bulawayo after burning an engine duct, sources told ZimOnline.

      The sources, who work at Air Zimbabwe, said management yesterday
dispatched some engineers to Victoria Falls to remove the engine duct on the
aircraft grounded there so it could be fixed on the one in Bulawayo.

      Air Zimbabwe spokesman David Mwenga could not be immediately reached
for comment on the matter.

      Last Wednesday, an MA60 plane burst two tyres during landing after a
forced turn-back to Victoria Falls because it had developed a technical
fault on the engine.

      The incident prompted the Beijing-based China Aero Technology Import
and Export Corporation (CATIC) and the China Aviation Industry Corporation
to dispatch a team of three experts to attend to the broken down aircraft.

      Zimbabwe acquired two MA60 aircraft from China in 2005 and received
another one as a gift earlier this year as President Robert Mugabe pursues
stronger ties with Asia after falling out with the West who accuses his
government of gross human rights abuses and repression, charges Harare

      Besides running into problems with its aircraft, the national airline
is beset by myriad problems, chief among them gross under-capitalisation and
maladministration. The airline has a small fleet of eight planes, including
the problematic MA60s and some ageing Boeing 767s. - ZimOnline

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MDC faction raps civic groups over MP's attack

Zim Online

Thu 6 July 2006

      HARARE - A faction of Zimbabwe's main opposition party on Wednesday
criticised civic society groups for remaining quiet following last Sunday's
vicious attack on the party's legislator for Harare North Trudy Stevenson.

      Gabriel Chaibva, the spokesman for the smaller Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) faction, told a press conference in Harare yesterday that his
party was appalled by the silence of Zimbabwean civic in failing to condemn
the attack on Stevenson.

      "We are worried by the silence of the civic society and people in the
diplomatic community," said Chaibva. "It (the silence) weakens our struggle.
Violence remains violence and must be condemned," he added.

      The MDC split into rival camps late last year with founding president
Morgan Tsvangirai retaining control of the bigger faction of the party with
former university student leader Arthur Mutambara now heading a smaller
rival faction.

      Stevenson, together with two other officials of her party, were
viciously attacked in Mabvuku suburb in Harare by thugs the police said are
aligned to Tsvangirai's camp.

      But the Tsvangirai group has already distanced itself from the attack.
Tendai Biti, the secretary general in Tsvangirai's camp as well as
Tsvangirai's deputy, Thoko Khupe, on Tuesday visited Stevenson at the
Avenues Clinic in Harare.

      The ruling ZANU PF party, accused by human rights groups as the major
instigator of political violence in Zimbabwe, has been having a field day in
the media over the incident in a bid to exonerate itself from charges of
political violence.

      Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum says it is appalled by
the "savage and barbaric attack" on Stevenson and members of her party.

      In a statement to the press, the Forum said: "The Forum condemns
violence of any sort and castigates the alleged perpetrators of the
above-mentioned incident in the strongest possible terms.

      "The Forum urges all political parties to observe democratic processes
and the constitutional entitlements of the people. The Forum further urges
the responsible authorities to investigate and bring the alleged
perpetrators to book." - ZimOnline

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Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines wants gold price pushed to Z$6.83 billion per kg

Zim Online

Thu 6 July 2006

      HARARE - Zimbabwe's Chamber of Mines has written to the county's
central bank to increase its purchase price for gold to Z$6.83 billion per
kilogramme to shore up gold miners facing viability problems due to a harsh
operating environment.

      The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is the only one permitted by law to
trade in gold, a key hard cash earner for the foreign currency starved
nation. The bank has since March 22, paid miners $2.5 billion for a
kilogramme of gold up from $1.4 billion it was paying at the beginning of
the year.

      In a letter to RBZ boss Gideon Gono, Chamber chief executive officer
David Murangari cited escalating costs of labour, electricity, spares and
other production requirements as the reason for the  miners' request for a
review of the price of gold.

      "It is recommended that the price of gold be adjusted to Z$6 830 000
000 per kg with immediate effect. The price should also be reviewed once
every quarter, taking into account increases in production costs," Murangari
said in a letter also copied to the Ministries of Mines and of Finance.

      According to Murangari, labour costs that contribute 35 percent of
total production costs, had gone up by 238.35 percent between January and
June while the costs of electricity that makes up seven percent of total
costs had increased by 280.25 percent.

      Murangari, a former senior official in the Ministry of Mines, bemoaned
the fact that the precious metal has performed well on the international
market but miners in Zimbabwe did not benefit because of the country's
skewed exchange rate policy and the RBZ's fixed purchasing price.

      He wrote: "Gold prices averaged US$674.6667 per ounce in May. Of note
is the fact that the price reached US$725 per ounce on 15 May 2006.

      "However, the local gold mining sector has not benefited from these
high prices because the exchange rate policy has resulted in a static
exchange rate while the gold support price has been fixed at Z$2.5 million
per gram. Meanwhile, costs have been escalating at alarming levels."

      The Chamber predicts gold production to reach 11 175 kg this year, a
decline of 2 847.73 kg if compared to 2005 production levels.

      Gono was not immediately available for comment on the matter last

      Besides having to worry over hyperinflation and shortages of foreign
currency to import spares, Zimbabwe's otherwise lucrative mining sector also
faces an uncertain future after President Robert Mugabe threatened to seize
50 percent shareholding in all foreign-owned mining firms while paying for
only 25 percent for the stake. - ZimOnline

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Zimbabwe resumes ostrich exports to EU

Zim Online

Thu 6 July 2006

      HARARE - Zimbabwe ostrich farmers have resumed meat exports to the
European Union after the Harare authorities lifted a voluntary ban on
ostrich exports imposed last year after an outbreak of avian flu in the

      Stuart Hargreaves, the Veterinary Services principal director, on
Wednesday told ZimOnline that ostrich producers had already resumed exports
to the EU, the biggest market for Zimbabwean ostrich meat.

      "We are back into exporting ostrich meat to the EU. The EU is
satisfied that we can resume exports," said Hargreaves.

      The Zimbabwe government banned a voluntary ban on ostrich exports last
year after an outbreak of avian flu on farms in the southern Matabeleland

      But Hargreaves said his department, working closely with the country's
national taskforce on avian influenza, had successfully brought the disease
under control.

      The resumption of ostrich exports should come as a huge relief to the
ostrich producing industry as it was incurring huge financial losses because
farmers had to feed the animals without any export sales.

      At its peak before violent farm invasions in 2000, the ostrich
production was a key foreign currency earner for Zimbabwe raking in US$3
million every year.

      But the sector has struggled since 2000 when hordes of pro-government
militias invaded white-owned commercial farms in what the government said
was a correction of a historical injustice in land allocation. - ZimOnline

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The Mediation That Never Was


Moyiga Nduru

JOHANNESBURG, Jul 4 (IPS) - While U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's
stillborn effort to mediate in the Zimbabwean crisis may have made headlines
this week, it came as no surprise to political observer Brian Raftopoulos.

"Kofi Annan is a lame duck. (Zimbabwean President Robert) Mugabe knows that
his term in office ends at the end of this year," he told IPS, Tuesday, in
South Africa's commercial centre of Johannesburg.

Formerly a professor of political science at the University of Zimbabwe,
Raftopoulos is based at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in the
South African coastal city of Cape Town; this non-governmental organisation
seeks to use South Africa's experiences in assisting countries which are
making the transition to democracy.

He was in Johannesburg to participate in a discussion titled 'Zimbabwe: A
Political and Economic Stocktake' that was organised by the South African
Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), a think-tank at the University
of the Witwatersrand.

Annan held talks with Mugabe in the course of the bi-annual African Union
summit, held Jun. 25 to Jul. 2 in the West African nation of The Gambia; he
announced afterwards that he would no longer be travelling to Zimbabwe to
help address the country's political and economic problems.

The U.N. head said Mugabe had informed him that former Tanzanian president
Benjamin Mkapa was already mediating, albeit between Zimbabwe and former
colonial ruler Britain, rather than between Zimbabwe's government and
beleaguered opposition.

The Zimbabwean leader regularly blames his country's ills on Britain. London
stands accused of meddling in Zimbabwe in response to the occupations of
white-owned farms that began in 2000 -- billed as an effort to correct
racial imbalances in land ownership that were instituted under colonialism.

While some have questioned the focus of Mkapa's mediation, others query his
ability to intervene with impartiality.

"Mkapa is an ally of Mugabe. He will not be an effective mediator but an
effective messenger of Mugabe internationally," noted Raftopoulos.

The farm seizures in Zimbabwe are often blamed for the country's precipitous
economic decline, although Mugabe claims the economy has been sabotaged by
those who oppose his government, locally and abroad.

"Zimbabwe's economy is the fastest shrinking in the world. Its GDP (gross
domestic product) declined by 40 percent in the past decade. Two-thirds of
the population lives on less than one dollar a day. Inflation is over 1,000
percent," said Raftopoulos. Millions of Zimbabweans -- including those with
desperately needed skills -- have fled the country because of financial
hardship or political persecution.

However, Diana Games, director of Africa@Work, a Johannesburg-based research
and publishing company, told the SAIIA gathering that there were warning
signs about economic mismanagement in Zimbabwe before the farm occupations.

She cited the unbudgeted payout to veterans of the 1970s liberation war in
1997 -- and the decision to send 10,000 soldiers to the Democratic Republic
of Congo in 1998 to support then President Laurent Kabila, in the face of a
rebellion backed by Rwanda and Uganda.

"Zimbabwean companies have expanded into the region, particularly to Zambia,
as a way to cope with the situation. Currently companies are operating at 20
or 30 percent below capacity due to a range of problems such as lack of
foreign currency and fuel," said Games, who has also published a booklet on
the operations of South African companies in Zimbabwe.

'A Nation in Turmoil: The Experience of South African Firms in Zimbabwe' was
launched at SAIIA on Tuesday.

South Africa's policy of quiet diplomacy towards Zimbabwe has come under
fire, with critics saying it has been ineffective. Games doesn't believe
matters will improve: "I don't think South Africa's diplomacy is going to

But in the event of moves to engage Zimbabwe's opposition, Pretoria would
have difficulty in deciding who to consult, an official from the Department
of Foreign Affairs told IPS. "The MDC has split in two. Which faction should
South Africa talk to?" he asked.

A group led by Arthur Mutambara left the MDC (the Movement for Democratic
Change), Zimbabwe's main opposition party, in June last year. The other camp
continues to be led by Morgan Tsvangirai, who has been at helm of the MDC
since it was founded in 1999.

The party presented the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic
Front (ZANU-PF), in power since 1980, with its first serious electoral
challenge during parliamentary polls held in 2000. While ZANU-PF won the
2000 election, its victory was marred by allegations of vote-rigging and
widespread human rights abuses directed against opposition supporters.
Similar claims were made about the presidential election of 2002.

But, although democracy has been severely undermined in Zimbabwe,
Raftopoulos does not believe that the country's people are about to resort
to a popular uprising.

"It's unlikely to happen in the near future. If it happens, it will lead to
a bloodbath and repression by the state," he said.

"This will mean greater suffering for the people of Zimbabwe. It will mean
greater problems for the region." (END/2006)

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She stood up to Mugabe - but it was her party that did this

The Times, UK July 05, 2006

            By Richard Beeston and Jan Raath in Harare

            AS SHE lay in a Harare hospital recovering from severe head
injuries and surgery on a broken arm yesterday, Trudy Stevenson was still
amazed that she had lived to tell her story.
            "They were calling my name: 'Trudy! Trudy! Get out [of the
 car]," she told The Times from her bed. "They wanted me. They wanted to
kill me."

            The veteran opposition MP is no stranger to the sharp end of
African politics. She has survived repeated intimidation at the hands of
Robert Mugabe's regime and in the 1970s had to flee Idi Amin's murderous
rule in Uganda.

            But what makes her closest brush with death so extraordinary is
that the assailants were members of her own Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) - once the unified opposition in Zimbabwe but today a badly divided
party in the process of imploding.

            Mrs Stevenson's troubles began last year when she and several
colleagues split from the MDC, in part over the violent behaviour of some
supporters of Morgan Tsvangirai, its founder and leader.

            On Sunday afternoon, after she had attended a small political
meeting in the Harare suburb of Mabvuku, her colleagues saw a dozen
Tsvangirai supporters.

            "They approached us in a threatening way. Most people just ran.
I had a car and tried to get in and drive away. But I was not fast enough,"
said the 61-year-old American-born politician, recalling her ordeal.

            Boulders the size of footballs rained down on her car, she was
hit by a panga on the back of the head and her attackers tried to drag her
out of the vehicle with such force that they broke two bones in an arm.

            "I knew I would be in greater danger if I got out of the car. I
knew they wanted to kill me. They kept trying to drag me out. They kept
hitting my head with rocks. I could feel the blood running down my neck."

            But before the assailants, some of whom were identified as MDC
activists, were able to complete the attack they fled, leaving five former
colleagues bleeding and beaten.

            No arrests have been made.

            Mrs Stevenson insisted yesterday that she would not be
intimidated and vowed to remain to serve her constituency in the capital.
Despite appeals from her family to move to Britain, she refused to leave her
adopted home. To prevent further violence her son confronted Mr Tsvangirai
and demanded an explanation.

            The former union leader apologised for the "barbaric"attack,
which he condemned, adding that if any of his supporters were responsible
they would be expelled from the party. But his assurances did little to
reassure his former supporters that the movement, once regarded as a symbol
for peaceful, democratic opposition in Africa, can be resurrected.

            The unravelling of the pro-democracy movement and champion of
Harare's urban poor began in October when Mr Tsvangirai refused to accept a
national executive vote to participate in elections for a new senate. He
claimed to have won support to boycott the election. Mrs Stevenson then
joined the breakaway faction opposed to Mr Tsvangirai.

            The controversy brought to a head long-simmering divisions
within the party over the former trade union chief's leadership style. Two
years ago MDC youths tried to murder one of its security chiefs, but Mr
Tsvangirai failed to take action on that and a string of further violent
incidents before and after the split. Critics also cited increasingly
dictatorial tendencies.

      "Did we form the MDC to create another Mugabe?" Mrs Stevenson asked.
      Mr Tsvangirai still attracts widespread support, Zimbabweans
apparently content to look the other way over his failings. The party was
founded in September 1999 on the principles of democracy and nonviolence and
hope for an end to Mr Mugabe's rule, and has been beaten only by fraud in
three national elections since. Now the MDC is becalmed. Party insiders say
that its structures have faded away, dedicated activists have left the
country in disillusion, and its source of funds has dried up.

      In February Mr Tsvangirai promised "a bitter winter of protest"
against the Government and vowed that he was prepared to die leading the
marches. Nothing happened.

      John Makumbe, a human rights activist, said: "The attack on Trudy is
part and parcel of the political culture of violence created by [Mugabe's
ruling] Zanu (PF). We in the opposition think we are immune, but we are not.
The real enemy is the raw, state-sponsored violence of Mugabe."


      September 1999 MDC founded by Morgan Tsvangirai; unites disparate
social and ethnic elements in opposition to Mugabe

      June 2000 MDC wins 57 seats out of 127 contested, but at least 12
activists killed in internationally condemned elections

      March 2002 Tsvangirai defeated in presidential elections, subsequently
accused of treason

      March 2003 MDC co-ordinates general strike, government responds with
beatings and detentions

      October 2005 Tsvangirai declares MDC boycott of senatorial election
but 26 members still register as candidates

      November 2005 Tsvangirai expels candidates; senior MDC officals
declare him a 'dictator in the making'

      July 2006 Opposition MP Trudy Stevenson attacked by MDC thugs loyal to

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Canadian MP seeks Mugabe indictment for crimes against humanity

      By Lance Guma
      05 July 2006

      A Canadian member of parliament, Dr Keith Martin, has been able to get
the Foreign Affairs Committee in that country to pass a motion calling on
the government to use its 'crimes against humanity legislation' and try to
bring bring Robert Mugabe to justice. The Committee passed three motions
from Dr Martin that seek to address the ongoing crises in the Congo, Darfur
and Zimbabwe. The motions received support from the two main opposition
parties and passed during a marathon parliamentary session a few weeks ago
in Canada.

      Speaking on the Behind the Headlines series Dr Martin says he is
disappointed with the attitude of the international community towards the
Zimbabwean crisis. He said there is little attention being given to problems
in the country and the same applied to the conflict in the Congo and Darfur
where you 'have the longest serving genocidal regime in the world.' The MP
once worked in Mozambique as a doctor during the civil war and says its very
difficult for people in the West to have a real appreciation of the
challenges faced by people in African hotspots because most of the images
are only seen via television. This he says allows them to 'shut it off' from
their minds. His experience in Mozambique showed him first hand what it's

      His motion on Zimbabwe reads: 'That the Committee recommends that the
government work with victims in Canada to ascertain the feasibility of using
existing, domestic crimes against humanity legislation to indict Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe for crimes against humanity as well as press for a
resolution at the Security Council to invoke a Chapter 7 article 41
resolution against President Mugabe and that the Minister of Justice report
back to the Committee by November 15th on his efforts.' Dr Martin argues the
motions will give the Canadian government clear direction on how to
implement effective actions, 'that will diminish the endemic cycle of
violence and appalling human suffering occurring.These motions make our
responsibility to protect, an obligation to act.'

      He is also calling for the redirection of financial resources from the
Zimbabwean government to local NGO's because he believes the authorities are
misusing them and withholding food to opposition supporters. He says the
withholding of food and anti retrovirals (ARV's) was effectively a death
sentence in a country with a high HIV infection rate. Turning to the last
minute u-turn by Koffi Annan on meeting Mugabe Dr Martin said 'its our
collective guilt when something is not dealt with,' but he quickly added it
was a bit naïve to expect Mugabe to negotiate in good faith when all he had
shown was a desire 'to acquire and retain power.' He added that the
Gukurahundi massacres where thousands of Ndebele's were killed in
Matabeleland showed Mugabe's determination to cling on to power.

      For the full interview with Dr Keith Martin (MP) tune in to Behind the
Headlines with Lance Guma next week Thursday and Friday.

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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The Destruction of Property Rights and Resulting Wildlife Catastrophe in Zimbabwe

American Enterprise Institute

            By Roger Bate
            Posted: Wednesday, July 5, 2006

            AEI Online
            Publication Date: June 28, 2006


            Last year was Africa's year, with the continent enjoying the
attention of the EU, G8 and UN. Most of the focus was on aid and debt
relief; each rich nation or bloc eager to give more in fiscal support to
overcome the myriad tragedies on the continent. But Africa provides many of
the most important reminders of why countries grow rich--and as importantly,
why they don't, which is directly, not just indirectly, related to the
likelihood of how they'll protect their environments. For as the Commission
on Africa said last year, lack of "good governance . . . is what we believe
lies at the core of Africa's problems."[1]  More specifically, it is
governance in the form of the institutions of free societies that matter

            By looking at the tragedy unfolding in Zimbabwe, this paper
provides empirical support for the notion that property right protection is
vital for development and conservation in that country and probably in the
rest of the continent.

            Zimbabwe's Lesson: Property Rights Are the Key to Growth

            When I first visited Zimbabwe in 1996, $1 US would buy about $8
Zimbabwe. When I was there in November 2004, $1 would get you Z$7000 at the
official rate, but Z$12,000 when traded on the black market (from those
desperate to get hard currency for their increasingly worthless Zimbabwe
dollars). Today the $1 rates are respectively Z$100,000 and Z$145,000. The
Government tries to place restrictions on prices, whilst printing money
recklessly, but obviously cannot change the laws of supply and demand. For
example, even the threat of imprisonment will not work; at least 282 bakers
and shopkeepers were arrested in Zimbabwe's capital Harare at the end of
June 2006 for charging more than Z$85 000 for a standard loaf of bread, the
state-controlled Herald newspaper reported.

            For the past two years, bank notes have been printed on only one
side and with an expiration date; bank collapses occur regularly; the
economy has halved in the past five years and not surprisingly, official
unemployment is about 80 percent.[3]

            Much has been written about government-backed violence in
Zimbabwe and the fraud at the polls in 2000, 2002 and last March. Similarly,
a great deal has been written about attacks on independent journalists, the
rising disease burden from malaria and HIV, and the systematic rape of
opposition women by President Robert Mugabe's youth league. Mugabe has
enacted a slew of policies designed to maintain his power base but which
have caused the steady collapse of the economy. His recent Operation
Murambatsvima (literally, "driving out the trash"), which targeted
businesses and residences owned by supporters of the opposition party, the
Movement for Democratic Change, has destroyed the informal economy over
which Mugabe had no power but which sustained approximately a third of the
population. Having rewritten laws to prevent an independent media, to
disallow other forms of freedom of expression and to suppress independent
election monitoring, Mugabe may well rewrite the constitution to delay
handing over power and allow him to hand-pick his successor rather than
engage in a true democratic process.

            Certainly, it is not helpful for an economy to be run by a
power-crazed tyrant. But the fundamental reason for the recent collapse in
Zimbabwe is not the loss of freedom of the press, or unsound monetary
policy, or high military expenditure from fighting wars in other countries
that benefit cronies, or low health expenditure--although all these factors
have a negative impact.

            No, the real reason that Zimbabwe has collapsed is that there is
no protection of private property. The executive rides roughshod over the
judiciary in all matters of property, especially land rights. The result, to
use Hernando De Soto's phrase, is 'dead capital' and total economic
annihilation. The economy is now worth a fraction (in US$ terms) of its
value in 2000, when the 'land reform' program really started.

            In short, Zimbabwe provides the reverse of the good news offered
by De Soto. In The Mystery of Capital, De Soto builds on the works of great
economists like Coase, Knight, Hayek, von Mises, North and Adam Smith, to
exhaustively demonstrate that inter alia, where private property rights are
delineated and enforced, economies grow rapidly. When someone can borrow
against their one large asset (for nearly everyone this is their home) they
can establish businesses, buy supplies, design marketing programs, sell
products and make a profit and thrive for themselves and their children. For
some countries the vast majority of capital is dead - one cannot prove one
owns it outright, and hence no capital market will lend against it. De Soto
found that 90% of Egypt's property rights were effectively untitled. As he
jokes, by barking at strangers the dogs demonstrate they know where the
property boundaries are even if the people don't.[4]

            Zimbabwe, on the other hand, had a system of property rights and
the rule of law which, until recently, was more than adequate. Rights were
based on a decent, largely unambiguous titling system and a judiciary that
upheld rights of landowners in the face of an executive branch that (like so
many African economies) was largely Marxist in orientation. And this same
judiciary continued to try to do this in the face of mass expropriation of
land rights in 2000. Even as late as 2003, as the final major swathe of
white farmers were thrown off their property and their land left idle, some
judges tried to uphold the constitutional rights of these farmers. But
finally all the good judges were fired, resigned or run out of the country.
I met one such judge in late 2004 in Johannesburg. He had stood up for
individual rights and free speech in a case in mid-2003. First, he was
quietly told to drop the case by a junior minister, then the authorities
attempted to bribe him with a farm of his own, then they threatened him with
the sack, then publicly humiliated him with a smear campaign in the
government-run Herald newspaper, claiming he was the recipient of bribes,
and finally he was told by a friend with police contacts that he was going
to be arrested on bribery charges, so he fled the country. This 42-year-old,
former Appeals Court judge, was gaunt and without visible means of financial

            While his story is upsetting, the thousands who have died and
the millions who have fled Zimbabwe with even less than this judge are all
victims of the destruction of rights in Zimbabwe, which led to the almost
instantaneous collapse of the economy. I am not alone in this assessment.
Craig Richardson, an economist at Salem College, North Carolina, claims that
the land seizures broke a vital "trust" and everyone "wondered if their
assets were safe."[5]  His analysis leaves no room for doubt about the cause
of collapse. While the international community (and certainly African
commentators) blamed the drought for the collapse of food production in
Zimbabwe, Richardson shows that the drought of 2001/2002 was only 22% below
average rainfall levels. It at most counted for 13% in the drop in the value
of the agricultural economy; 87% of the drop was due to the collapse of
property rights. Furthermore, he estimates that the 12.5% average decline in
GDP growth was caused by land reforms, with poor rainfall playing a minimal

            In addition to Richardson's work, analysis by the Center for
Global Development shows that there has never been a two year period when
low rainfall in Zimbabwe was not associated with low rainfall in neighboring
countries, Zambia and Malawi. According to the United States Department of
Agriculture, maize production (the most important regional staple crop) in
Zimbabwe fell by 74% between 1999 and 2004, whereas it fell by only 31% in
Malawi and actually rose in Zambia.[7]

            But to smooth over African political debate, and more defensibly
to enable food aid provision, the drought in Zimbabwe has been played up as
the cause of the food shortage.[8] This does long run discussions of the
importance of institutions no favors. Indeed, most worryingly, Malawi,
Namibia and South Africa have been flirting with the notion of 'land reform'--Mugabe
style. And Malawi is even beginning to destroy urban property (businesses
and homes) of those opposing the ruling regime. It is imperative that
politicians and their advisers (especially in Africa) accept the reality of
the causes of Zimbabwe's collapse.

            But the situation is not as hopeless as it seems. The property
rights collapse has happened elsewhere, and has been reversed. By way of
hope, Richardson draws a parallel with Nicaragua, which also suffered
economic collapse based on the destruction of property rights under the
Sandinista government in the early 1980s. But in recent years, with a more
capitalist-minded government, the Nicaraguan economy has grown at over four
percent annually, with inflation below 10 percent, which, he claims, is
mainly due to protection of property rights and private sector
development.[9] Richardson found that the other institutions of a free
society matter, but, as predicted by De Soto, none matter so much as the
right to the rewards of one's own labor.

            Zimbabwe needs reinstatement of land rights and compensation to
those robbed. Some landowners, both black and white, I spoke to still hold
on to their original title deeds in the hope that they will be able to
reclaim their land and rebuild their lives.

            But ignoring issues of justice and compensation, it is vital
that individuals (in economic terms anyone will do) are given transferable
rights to land in Zimbabwe. Turning dead capital into something with life
will do more than anything else to reverse the disaster that is Zimbabwe.
This cannot happen with the current government. But Mugabe will die, become
too infirm to govern or be the victim of a coup at some stage, when there
will be a chance for democratic reform. While political reform is a
necessary condition for economic growth, it is not sufficient--only private
property right enforcement adds sufficiency for growth.

            But What of the Impact of Property Right Destruction on the

            Zimbabwe had one of the more enviable wildlife management
programs in place up till 2000.

            The Zimbabwean Parks and Wildlife Act of 1975 was a very clever
and useful piece of legislation since it gave ownership of wildlife to
landowners. This allowed private land owners the possibility of gaining
revenue from use of the resource. By selling hunting and game viewing
licenses landowners in certain more arid locations (rainfall below
750mm/year) could gain greater revenue than from farming, and hence had an
incentive to protect wildlife, and critically the habitat it requires.
Indeed, by 1995, the Wildlife Producer's Association had 351 members with
over 250,600 head of game.[10]

            Not only did it have private game reserves for general tourism
and hunting, but it had the CAMPFIRE program (Communal Areas Management
Programme for Indigenous Resources) established in 1988. CAMPFIRE helped
local communities to reap the financial benefits associated with living in
the vicinity of dangerous animals. They did this by selling a
biologically-limited number of high value hunting licences to mainly
foreigners (UK, US, South African, German predominantly), and then dividing
most of the proceeds within the community. 90% of revenue came from hunting
licenses but they have run a few eco-tourism sites too, and these were
likely to become more important in future.

            CAMPFIRE was a radical change in policy because it recognized
that local communities should benefit directly from wildlife and crucially
created a sense of communal ownership and stewardship of the resource.

            For over a decade CAMPFIRE provided significant revenues to
communities while populations of white rhinos, elephants, lions and other
charismatic megafauna flourished. By 1992 70,000 households were
participating in CAMPFIRE, the elephant population had grown to 76,000 (then
over 10% of all Africa's elephants). Unfortunately due to earlier widespread
poaching, the black rhino population had dropped to 370 (down from 2000 in
1980) by 1993. But protection began to improve with funds increasing for
park management, and critically, communal and private landowner protection,
and by 1995, nearly 30% of Zimbabwe's land was used for conservation, over
half of it private and CAMPFIRE areas.

            But with the destruction of property rights in 2000, starting
with the seizures of white-owned farms, uncertainty over land title
everywhere has increased, culminating in the nationalization of most land,
policing of poaching has drastically lowered (partly because there is also
an HIV crisis and no fuel for Parks' vehicles and in many instances no one
to drive them), and opportunists have entered to make money from short term

            As Brian Gratwicke, a Zimbabwean wildlife expert puts it: If
CAMPFIRE's market for wildlife through hunting and tourism is not maintained
and cultivated, then there is the risk that the cost-benefit scales will tip
against the wildlife. A recent media report serves to illustrate this point,
as locals in Guruve are cashing in on their elephants to sell the ivory on
the black market.

            Even with the collapse of many controls, CAMPFIRE still managed
to raise about 10% of total hunting fees for Zimbabwe in 2005 Z$ 5 bn
(US$3m) and over half of that money was disbursed back into the communities.

            Today poaching is rife and falls into three categories:
subsistence; sport and commercial. Subsistence poaching reflects an
opportunistic response to the combination of poverty, lack of food, and the
disintegrating economy. Gratwicke reports that 'thousands of rural poor cut
through wire fences on conservancies and commercial farms, then use this
wire to make snares to catch wild animals for food'.

            Illegal sports hunters, mostly from South Africa, are hunting
without licenses and harvesting venison for 'biltong' (a dried meat
delicacy) or hides (mainly zebra). Commercial poaching is for the provision
of meat and 'trophies'. Once again Gratwicke citing local media reports says
that unscrupulous South African based safari-hunting operations are bringing
clients, perhaps ignorant of the harm they are causing, in to shoot trophies
in unregulated situations such as game farms from which previous owners have
been evicted.[11] Furthermore, it is alleged in local media that army
helicopters have been used to transport antelope carcasses, and use
landmines to cull hippos. And it's possible that poaching is occurring
across the porous national borders as well, which should be of concern to
other countries of the region.

            The chairman of the Wildlife Producer's Association remarked in
2002: 'it is estimated conservatively that we have lost about 50% of our
wildlife, 65% of our tourism in the country and up to 90% safari hunting on
commercial farms, and a huge reduction in capture and translocations of
wildlife on conservancies'.[12] Since 2002, Government officials have
incited and paid its thugs to invade private land, accelerating this
practice, so figures have not been measured properly since then.

            Data are generally speculative or based on small samples, so
extrapolation is unsafe but one estimate said that 10% of black rhinos were
lost just in 2003, while over an 18-month period 60% of the extremely rare
painted hunting wild dog population was lost. Furthermore, Mugabe's 'look
east' policy and Zimbabwe's increasingly important relationship with China
is worrying, since China is already a major importer of wildlife products
for its traditional medicine and one high-profile case may mask many others;
67 illegally-procured elephant tusks were recently confiscated from arrested
Chinese nationals.

            Other problems abound due to the destruction of property rights,
lack of rule of law in all aspects of social life, and the inherent
short-termism it breeds: deforestation and overgrazing are an increasing and
a widespread problem (maps show scarred countryside); pollution of water
ways with untreated sewage, often being dumped into waterways killing fish
and other aquatic wildlife and illegal gold panning exacerbating squatter
communities on formerly private land; pollution of land and land degradation
from deliberately-started fires to flush out game for hunting; invasive
species such as water hyacinth are no longer cut back and proliferate.

            Surprisingly lack of management has meant that elephants are
proliferating with over 100,000 (at least in 2004), leading to even more
habitat destruction (although the fact that elephants have survived this
long means that poaching cannot be as a great a problem as worse-case
scenarios paint it to be--at least on national parks where most of the
elephants are today); Part of the reason elephant populations have grown is
that so far only Gonarezhou of all the National Parks has been invaded by
those claiming rights to squat/settle there (around 11,000ha was settled by
March 2006). Unfortunately, revenue from sales of elephant ivory under CITES
(the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) from 1997
has apparently not been used to fund elephant conservation.[13]

            Since there has been little accountability for foreign funds
donated to Zimbabwe; multilateral, bilateral and private charitable donors
have all been wary of trying to help protect wildlife. Into the void they
have understandably left, less scrupulous partners have jumped. With help
from its Southern African neighbours and other Eastern supporters (China and
North Korea in particular) are helping Zimbabwe to maintain access to
markets for its wildlife products, bypassing CITES regulations and
furthering international trade in wildlife. Corruption is so significant
that it is impossible to know how bad the status of wildlife protection is
today; a few examples will suffice: game wardens have sold water pumps
donated to National Parks by conservation groups; some game conservancies
have been confiscated by Government and distributed to favored friends; the
operations director of the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority was
suspended over theft and translocation of wild game and then reinstated for
'lack of evidence', when the animals reappeared.

            Unfortunately, as stories of corruption, mismanagement and
wildlife destruction have trickled out of Zimbabwe, the main response from
international wildlife groups is to demand strengthening of controls on
international trade in wildlife (to allegedly control poaching etc.). While
this is understandable given it is something they can influence (and
successfully influence since the US has apparently stopped any wildlife
trophy imports from Zimbabwe as they correctly view all of it as stolen
property), it misses the main point, which is that without protection of
property rights in all economic matters economies collapse, and with it
wildlife protection, amongst many other things.

            What is happening in Zimbabwe should be a lesson for those who
demand national parks to house wildlife, oppose trade in wildlife and
dislike private game reserves. While it is distasteful that hunting
operators were as recently as March 2006 bidding for rights to hunt in
Zimbabwe, they are reacting to incentives--today it's a cheap place to hunt
and authorities need to make it costly for foreign hunters to bring back
products from Zimbabwe. The US Government has followed good policy in
stopping exports of trophies from Zimbabwe to US. But those opposing
international trade in wildlife generally, should understand as explained by
Richardson, that destruction of property rights is critical for the collapse
of the economy and what they propose to control wildlife, is pretty close to
what Mugabe has done to his entire economy--nationalize it. It is folly.

            Those who care about wildlife should learn the Zimbabwe lesson,
uphold property, communal and private, protect and enforce the rule of law,
and allow diversity in economic systems, as one would want it in ecosystems,
and the wildlife will flourish. Right now boycotting wildlife from Zimbabwe
is the right policy. But when a new government comes to power, and if it
upholds CAMPFIRE and private property, then international trade in trophies
will help, not harm, Zimbabwe, since the revenue can be reinvested in
wildlife management.

            But times are changing.

            It is well established that 'wealthier is healthier', and hence
priorities for African nations with poor health systems must be on economic
growth.[14] Fortunately, there is a new breed of African business leaders,
politicians and opinion formers. A year ago, just prior to the Gleneagles G8
summit, businessmen met in London for the Business Action for Africa summit.
Pascal Dozie, chief executive of Nigeria's Diamond Bank said "[t]he key to
eradicate poverty is wealth creation, and you can only create wealth through
the private sector through investment and job creation . . . . But to
thrive, Africa's private sector needs help to grow."[15]

            There was enthusiastic support from the floor for Mr. Dozie,
with acceptance that property rights must be protected and the rule of law
must be respected. Other institutions being pressed upon a somewhat
surprised media were that stable and democratic governments should focus on
creating predictable environments for business to operate in. And beyond
that, "the state should adopt a hands-off regulatory approach."[16]

            One can only pray that for all the inhabitants of Zimbabwe such
changes in approach to combat corruption and dictators and uphold property
rights and the rule of law come sooner rather than later.

            Roger Bate is a resident fellow at AEI.


            1. Commission for Africa (2005), "Our Common Interest: Report of
the Commission for Africa," Penguin Books Ltd, London, UK, p.25

            2. Ibid

            3. Roger Bate (2005a), "Zimbabwe's Impending Elections: What
Other Countries Can Do and Why" AEI Online, On the Issues, February 23,

            4. Hernando De Soto (2000), "The Mystery of Capital: Why Capital
Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else" US, Basic Books.

            5. Craig Richardson (2005), "The Loss of Property Rights and the
Collapse in Zimbabwe" mimeo.

            6. Ibid

            7. Source: USDA (2005), Foreign Agr. Service, PSD Online db.

            8. "Food Imports Head into Zimbabwe" BBC Online, July 14, 2005.

            9. Richardson (2005), mimeo.

            10. B Gratwicke and B. Stapelkamp (2006) Wildlife Conservation
and Environmental Management in an 'Outpost of Tyranny'

            11. ibid

            12. ibid

            13. ibid

            14. L. Pritchett and L. Summers (1996), "Wealthier is
 Healthier," Jnl of Human Resources 31 (4): 841-868.

            15. Jorn Madslien (2005), "African leaders in push for trade"
BBC Online, July 5, 2005 (accessed 08/08/2005:

            16. Ibid

                  Source Notes:   This speech was given at the sixth annual
Property Rights and Environment conference at Aix-en-Provence, France, on
June 28th, 2006.

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Government takeover in Zimbabwe almost complete

Cricinfo staff

July 5, 2006

The government's grip over cricket in Zimbabwe will increase further if the
proposed new board constitution is passed.

It empowers the Robert Mugabe-controlled Zanu-PF regime to appoint seven of
the 12 board members for a four-year term, rendering them unaccountable to
any of the country's stakeholders. Only five members will be appointed by
provincial associations, and they will be outnumbered by the political
appointees. They will also be subject to re-election.

The constitution also limits the power of its affiliate provinces, making it
illegal for them to pass a vote of no confidence in the national board or
any of its members.

On the surface, there is a safeguard in that the constitution stipulates
that board members must have cricketing background - Test or ODI
appearances, three years previous ZC board experience, umpiring
qualifications or a record of cricketing administration. However, a degree
will also suffice.

"Some of the conditions are tailor-made to suit certain people who
government is likely to appoint," a highly placed official told the
Independent newspaper in Harare.

The revelation came at a bitter meeting of stakeholders in Mutare. Thosew
present spoke of shocking "power-seeking" after some provincial delegates
even wanted their newly-created associations, filled with individuals
appointed by the Peter Chingoka-dominated board, to automatically take up 10
of the posts on the ZC board.

However, a senior ZC official said that the new constitution had been forced
by the instability which preceded the government intervention in January.

© Cricinfo

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IPI Condemns Government's Jamming of London-Based SW Radio Africa

International Press Institute (Vienna)

July 5, 2006
Posted to the web July 5, 2006

According to information provided to the International Press Institute
(IPI), the medium wave signal of the London-based SW Radio Africa is
apparently being jammed in and around the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare.

The apparent jamming follows reports over the last two weeks of the break-up
of the medium wave signal inside Zimbabwe.

At first, these problems appeared to be related to signal difficulties;
however, on 26 June, the station concluded that the previous problems were
merely tests in the lead-up to a persistent jamming of the morning medium
wave signal.

Based on information from inside Zimbabwe, the jamming is believed to come
from the broadcasting centre at Pockets Hill, rather than ZBC Gweru, which
has previously jammed SW Radio Africa on its shortwave band.

It is widely believed that the Chinese government has provided the
Zimbabwean government with the technology that allows the signal of private
radio stations to be jammed inside the country.

In early June, the Zimbabwean vice-president, Joyce Mujuru, returned from a
visit to China and announced a number of trade deals including a significant
deal with Star Communications to provide the necessary equipment to allow
Zimbabwean state radio and television to broadcast all over the country.

Commenting on the apparent jamming of SW Radio Africa's signal, IPI Director
Johann P. Fritz said, "Having brought the independent press to its knees, it
now seems that the Zimbabwean government is determined to do the same with
independent radio stations, both inside and outside the country."

"Since the beginning of the year, the government has done everything within
its powers to silence the Zimbabwe-based Voice of the People radio station
and it is now blocking outside signals."

Fritz added, "Because of the growing relationship between the Zimbabwean
government and China it is hard not to see these actions as part of a
concerted effort to silence all alternative radio voices in the country. If
successful, this will allow the state radio and television to use Chinese
funding to broadcast its own deeply prejudiced views to the Zimbabwean
people unchallenged."

Note: Zimbabwe was placed on the IPI Watch List on 20 October 2001. For
information on the IPI Watch List or for IPI's most recent report on
Zimbabwe, please visit IPI's Website:

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Trevor Ncube interview

From PBS Frontline/World (US), 27 June

Trevor Ncube is a prominent Zimbabwean newspaper publisher living in
Johannesburg. He bought the Mail & Guardian, a South African newspaper, in
2002. He also publishes Zimbabwe's last two independent newspapers. All
three publications have heavily criticized President Robert Mugabe's
government. In December 2005, Mugabe drew up a list of government critics
and announced that those who "go around demonizing the country" would have
their passports seized. Ncube was the first victim of the crackdown. In this
interview, he talks about "the passport incident" and describes what he
calls "the tyranny" of Mugabe's regime -- from the conditions endured by
reporters to the state control of the legislature. Ncube also offers an
explanation for South Africa's muted response to Zimbabwe's crisis and for
why he and others are saying that the situation in Zimbabwe today is worse
than it was under Prime Minister Ian Smith's white-minority regime.

Alexis Bloom: How would you characterize the Mugabe government at the

Trevor Ncube: What's very distinct about the Mugabe regime at the moment is
that you have what appears to all intents and purposes to be a regime whose
back is against the wall. A regime that has become politically bankrupt.
They've painted themselves into a corner and they don't know how to get out
of that corner. They're desperate. And in their desperation, they are trying
to find scapegoats; they're hitting out at anybody, mostly their citizens,
and blaming the Americans and the British for the problems that Zimbabwe
currently experiences. It's a terrible place, Zimbabwe, at the moment. Pity
the poor Zimbabweans who find themselves basically imprisoned in their own
country, where standards of living have deteriorated quite significantly,
particularly over the past six years, as poverty and social destitution have
taken root.

Tyranny is an everyday thing; people fear for their lives. Their rights have
been taken over by the state. It's more than a police state. To some extent,
one would say it's got the trimmings of a military dictatorship. There's a
preponderance of military or ex-military personnel in senior government
positions. Intelligence operators are taking charge of policing and
implementation and running of the country. If you recall that only seven
years ago, Zimbabwe was one of the best places in southern Africa to be in
and that all that I've just outlined has taken place inside six and a half
to seven years - it's quite alarming. It's a sad story of what happens when
a regime gets so punch drunk with political power and there's nothing to
restrain them.

It seems to me that the No. 1 priority of the government is to control its
own people. Would you say this is a fair statement?

There are quite a number of priorities at the present moment. But clearly,
holding on to power for power's sake is one of them. Extending the political
tenure of the state is one of them. And controlling the thought process of
the people, the movement of the people is one of them because of this fear
that the citizens are going to cause something - an uprising and so forth.
One of the goals is to try to prevent that. One of the paramount concerns of
every person in power is that they are making hay while the sun shines.
There's tremendous looting that is taking place - looting of state assets,
private property, the land - which has been widely reported. Only last week
Robert Mugabe started issuing letters to citizens who are his neighbors at
his mansion in Harare; he's given them notice that he intends to acquire
their homes because they are too close to him and he's concerned about his
security. There is no end to that kind of desperation.

Why do you think Mugabe is so driven to stay in power?

It has gotten to an extent where he's dug himself into this big hole;
there's no getting out of this hole. But I think he's also made up his mind
that he's not getting out of power; he's made up his mind that he's going to
drop dead in office. And I think one of the things that drive him to reach
that decision is that he's concerned about what happens if he leaves office,
"What's going to happen the morning after?" as I always call it. Is he going
to be taken to Geneva, like what has happened to Slobodan Milosevic? Is he
going to be called to account for the things he's done? For the matter of
more than 20,000 people [who died] in Matabeleland in the 1980s? The abuses
that have taken place over the past six years? The media can't go into
certain places in Zimbabwe, so we have no idea the extent of the human
rights abuses. That element, to me, is quite significant in making him
decide that getting out of power is not an option.

to be continued...

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Zimbabwe central bank chief puts faith in recovery

Engineering News


      Zimbabwe's struggling economy is set for a "dramatic" recovery in the
next two to three years on the back of expected growth in mining and
commercial farming, central bank governor Gideon Gono said on Wednesday.

      Zimbabwe's economy has shrunk by more than a third during a recession
which has lasted for eight years, with inflation running at a world record
of nearly 1 200% and unemployment estimated at about 70%.

      Gono aims to tackle the meltdown, which has been worsened by the
withdrawal of international support over policy differences with Harare,
particularly President Robert Mugabe's forcible redistribution of
white-owned commercial farms among blacks.

      Zimbabwe's biggest challenge was to rebuild confidence and mobilize
investment around its natural resources, the governor said in an interview.

      "We are working quietly and fighting very hard on several fronts to
rebuild (business) confidence, to boost both domestic and external
investment in mining and commercial agriculture," he said.

      Gono declined to discuss what new investments were in the pipeline,
but analysts say Zimbabwe appears to be banking on inflows from Asia under a
'Look East' policy which Mugabe has adopted after his isolation by Western

      "We are not going to give out any details at this stage, but I can
safely say that in two to three years' time, this economy will be back on
its feet, strong and robust and a model of a turnaround programme," Gono

      "We are setting the stage for a dramatic turnaround, although this
might sound incredible because the economic statistics currently on the
ground do not support such an outlook," he added. He gave no further details
The World Bank says Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of the region, has the
fastest shrinking economy outside a war zone.

      Critics say Gono has failed in his efforts to tame rampaging inflation
since his appointment in December 2003 but the governor said on Wednesday he
regarded missed targets as temporary setbacks, not failures.

      Under a national economic development priority programme launched in
April, the government hopes to stabilize the fragile Zimbabwe dollar, which
is trading at four times its official value on an illegal parallel market.

      The plan also aims to improve food security and revive crumbling
industries, now operating at 30% capacity.

      Gono declined to discuss details of the programme or say how he aimed
to boost forex inflows, reduce inflation or meet growth targets, saying it
was too close to the unveiling of his second monetary policy statement for
the year, expected in July.

      But he hinted that the central bank could be planning another
crackdown on the black market in foreign exchange, similar to one that
forced several top business executives to flee the country two years ago for
fear of arrest.

      "We are working on a number issues...and those who are involved in the
parallel market should not cry foul when the law catches up with them," he

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TOUGH LOVE for Mayor

Dear All,

About 500 WOZA members marched to Bulawayo City Hall
on Monday morning (July 3rd) to lobby the Mayor about
the right to trade.  In response to regular state
raids on small traders trying to eke out a living in
city markets, WOZA had met 10 days earlier with Mayor
to request that the Bulawayo City Council stop
participating in the Government's ongoing vendetta
against honest people. The Mayor was given a deadline
of one week to stop these activities or he would face
a dose of 'Tough Love' from WOZA. The week being up,
WOZA delivered on its promise.

Most WOZA members are themselves informal traders and
are no longer prepared to remain silent about the
on-going harassment they are facing. As one of the
placards they were carrying read: 'A child who remains
silent on its mother's back will die.'

Having marched peacefully from the Revenue Hall and
Tower Block, the women sat singing outside the
entrance to City Hall while representatives were
received by the Mayor. He asked them their business
and then agreed to speak with the group waiting
outside. A Police Officer arrived during the meeting
but the mayor told him that these women were his
'children' coming to their father to make their
grievances and refused to allow them to be arrested.
Mayor Japhet Ndabeni Ncube then proceeded to read the
placards held by the women and answer them - with the
officer in tow.

Like a mother who knows where the pain is and what
remedy is needed, WOZA has once again homed in on the
heart of the issue in Zimbabwe and taken action. I
hope you will join us in congratulating them.

Aluta Continua!

Lois (for WOZA Solidarity UK)

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Former ZimRights Chairman Nicholas Ndebele on BTH

Reporters Forum (Wednesday/Thursday)
South Africa based journalist  Edmund Chimusoro and Lionel Saungweme debate the alleged involvement of disgruntled Zimbabwean military personnel in a spate of armed robberies in South Africa. How are Zimbabweans coping with the negative fallout especially in light of perceived one - sided press coverage of the issues ? 
Former ZimRights Chairman Nicholas Ndebele on BTH (Thursday/Friday)

He left ZimRights under a cloud of controversy and is now based in the United Kingdom. Nicholas Ndebele ,  the leader of the Zimbabwe Action Group (UK) ,  is the guest on Behind the Headlines. How does he respond to allegations he was a member of the CIO tasked to destabilize ZimRights at the time. There were further allegations of financial impropriety against him at the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace. Ndebele denies the allegations and explains how a personal relationship he developed with a divorcee made him choose love over the CCJP and its strict moral codes on marriage.


On the Pulse (Friday/Saturday)
Jokes and celebrity news dominate on the pulse this week. Regular contributor Brilliant Pongo has been tasked to get a m ys tery guest for the show. Who will he get? There are several top celebrities now resident in the UK and he has promised to deliver at least one of them for a chat. Tune in to find out.
For the programme schedules visit:
Lance Guma
SW Radio Africa

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Package to Zimbabwe caught in global snag

Chicago Tribune

Published July 5, 2006

Warm clothing is essential these days in Zimbabwe's Bvumba Mountains, where
it's winter now and the temperature can dip into the 30s.

But Chicagoan Jessica Bowers, a United Nations humanitarian worker stationed
in Harare, cannot buy clothing there because inflation has made it almost
impossible to purchase even simple goods.

Bowers, 32, recently transferred there from Sudan, where temperatures
sometimes top 100 degrees. Facing several months of chilly nights, she
called home to Chicago and asked her father to send warm clothes.

On June 7, Larry Bowers shipped $1,300 worth of clothes and other items
using the United States Postal Service's Global Express Mail.

He paid $165.15 to have the package stamped and insured. A representative at
the Norwood Park Postal Store told Bowers the box would arrive at his
daughter's door in three to five business days.

When the package had not arrived by June 14, the father began to worry. He
tried tracking the shipment on the Postal Service's Web site, but the last
entry showed it at O'Hare International Airport on June 8.

Bowers said he called the Postal Service repeatedly, but was told it could
not locate the box.

On June 16 Bowers filed a formal complaint about a missing package, asking
the agency to investigate. When the Postal Service still could not find the
package, Bowers e-mailed What's Your Problem.

"Every time I talk to them, it's just `There's nothing further we can tell
you,'" he said. "You walk into the post office here and talk to the people,
and they just don't care one way or another."

The Problem Solver called the Postal Service on Thursday. Musette Henley,
acting customer relations coordinator for the Postal Service in Chicago,
said the agency called Bowers later that day and told him it had found the
package--in the offices of Zimbabwe's customs service.

Bowers said he received no call.

Henley also said that although Bowers had paid for the package to be
insured, he was not eligible to file a claim.

"The mail piece is not lost or stolen; it is in customs," Henley said. "Once
it leaves the United States, we don't have jurisdiction over the piece."

Henley said the U.S. Postal Service has contacted the postal service in
Zimbabwe but said the U.S.' role is limited.

"You cannot tell another country what to do," Henley said. "We can't just
tell customs how fast to move a product."

So the package apparently sits in Zimbabwe customs, filled with clothing,
DVDs, a DVD player, candy, cosmetics and tea bags. Henley said she has no
idea how long it could take to clear customs. The three to five business
days Bowers was promised applies only to the United States portion of the

Bowers worried that because Zimbabwe is in financial crisis, someone would
steal the package once it arrived in that country. He said he shipped the
items only after getting assurances from his local post office that the box
would make it through, and that if it didn't, he would be reimbursed.

Instead, his daughter has not received her clothes, and Bowers cannot get a
refund for the $1,300 in insured goods or the $165.15 in shipping costs.

He called the Postal Service's response--that there is nothing it can do--a
"cop out."

"It's ridiculous," Bowers said.

Henley said the U.S. Postal Service provides excellent service within the
United States.

"We say we can deliver it," she said. "But once it goes into a foreign
country, we don't have the authority to tell them what to do."

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Former intelligence operatives give evidence in asylum hearing

      By Tichaona Sibanda
      5 July, 2006

      The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in the AA test case in London was
on Tuesday given a chilling account of how state security agents 'deal with
undesirable elements'of the opposition MDC party in Zimbabwe.

      At one point the tribunal had to be held in camera following a request
from solicitors representing AA because a key witness in the hearing
identified two central intelligence organisation agents in the gallery.

      A source told us Wednesday the judge had to ask everyone to leave
except solicitors from the Home Office and those representing 'AA'. The
source added that the nature of evidence that was heard thereafter was 'very
sensitive' and the judge had no option but to protect the witness.

      The key witness, the first of three former intelligence operatives to
give evidence in court, gave a chilling account of how failed asylum seekers
are likely to be treated as soon as they set foot at Harare International

      'The evidence was from a person who was in the system for many years
and the account given in court left the judges shocked. The witness was
speaking from past experience in the job and no-one doubted his credibility
which was a massive blow for the Home Office,' the source said.

      The AA asylum case is meant to determine whether it is safe to return
failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers back home. The home office has already
submitted its evidence and declared that it is safe to return the failed
asylum seekers.

      They also told the hearing Monday that a full time member of staff is
now based at the British Embassy in Harare to monitor the welfare of
returnees and that this will also ensure their safety. But a host of other
witnesses testifying on behalf of AA have tacitly agreed that the country is
still unsafe and failed asylum seekers would be at risk if returned home.

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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JAG Classifieds dated 4 July 2006

As a JAG member or JAG Associate member, please send any classified adverts
for publication in this newsletter to:

JAG Classifieds:;


1.  For Sale Items
2.  Wanted Items
3.  Accommodation
4.  Recreation
5.  Specialist Services
6.  Pets Corner




1.1 Pet Mince for Sale (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

Pet Mince for sale 500g for $80 000. Pet mince made from pork offal
including liver and veg only, it is minced and well cooked.
Cat Heart Mince with cooked liver for sale 250g for
$80 000
Delivered on Friday's, collected at Benbar Msasa at 10:30, JAG (17 Philips
Ave, Belgravia) at 11:30, Peace Haven (75 Oxford St off Aberdeen) at 12:30
and Olivine Head Office in car park at 2:30.
Please order by email.
Phone 011211088 or email


1.2 For Sale (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

Philips Telefax for sale price 80 million contact me on   091941171 or email


1.3 Property For Sale (Ad inserted 06/06/06)


Situated on 15 acres just outside Harare, but classified as Urban.
Consists of 1 x 3 bed roomed house, 1 x 2 bed roomed cottage, 2 x ensuite
guest rooms, pool and entertainment area, workshop and offices. Boreholes x
2, water storage tanks, domestic quarters and storage rooms, walled,
electric fenced and electric gated.

Only serious buyers with ready cash need respond.
Contact Ashleigh- Tel: 091 890722 or


1.4 Items for Sale (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

Kelvinator Four plate stove/eye level grill - old.
Imperial fridge/freezer.
Sharp microwave oven.
Telefunken video recorder
DSTV decoder and card
Bosh cake mixer/liquidiser/mincer.
Waffle maker.
Snackwich maker.
4 piece upholstered lounge suite
2 large hot trays.
2 half moon tables.
1 Defy Auto Maid washing machine
1 Defy tumble dryer.
1 garden table & 4 chairs (with cushions)
Carpets (2) 9 x 12 with under lays
1 Muhkwa Kist
1 Bookcase
2 chests of drawers
3 table lamps
 Please phone Cherry: 251150 - 2 (Business) or 304095 (home).


1.5 Items for Sale (Ad inserted 13/06/06)

Jungle gym with slide ladder, aeroplane, boat-swing. $50000000.00.
Pool slide (large fibreglass) $50000000.00.
Mazda 626 South African assembled 1992 model
Sport boat with 40 hp mariner engine phone Cheryl 308227. 011208619,


1.6 For Sale (Ad inserted 13/06/06)

Falcon with a 115 Yamaha motor for sale.  Z$ 1.7 Billion neg contact details
are 04-572136 8am - 6pm Mon - Fri.


1.7 For Sale (Ad inserted 13/06/06)

1 x complete water pump with pulley and base for any 10 Series Ford tractor.
As good as brand new.

1 x water pump with pulley no base plus new gasket for any 10 Series Ford
tractor. As good as new.

For further details contact 04 - 745463 or  011211924.


1.8 For Sale (Ad inserted 13/06/06)

50 kg bags coarse salt @ Z$ 3 million each collected Ruwa, or Z$ 3.25
million delivered Harare.   Limited quantity, available after June 23rd.


1.9 Items For Sale (Ad inserted 13/06/06)

1) Branding irons - Numbers 0 through 9; 3 of each, still good condition.
2) Motorolla, Kenwood and Tait radios; 5 base and 1 hand held.
3) Robust steel trailer suitable for off road work.

Please phone Wally Herbst, 011 212 264 or 09 244388
E mail Mziki


1.10 For Sale (Ad inserted 13/06/06)

8-chair oak dining room suite with extendable table, tea trolley and
dresser.  Very good condition
Brand new modern fold up camp cot Pine cot (used but very good condition)
Pushchair/pram - 2 position - changeable handles - (used twice only and in
very good condition)
Offers on all above items - please phone 091 310012 or 339509 (afternoons
and evenings only)


1.11 For Sale (Ad inserted 20/06/06)


SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY TO PHONE 011 407747 OR 055 20213


1.12 For Sale (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

One new "Star" car radio deck (no speakers).  $15 million onco.

Call Karen 011-407-184 or leave message on 495445 and I will call you back
if I am not there.


1.13 For Sale (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Quarter-sized Billiard/Pool table with all accessories.  Excellent
condition.  Reasonable offer accepted.
Phone: Neville 091-278-461.


1.14 For Sale (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Finesse 12 fin oil heater.

7 heat settings and
2 different wattage settings

Removable wheels for ease of transport.
I find it gives out a gentle heat and does not dry out
the air. Comes with original 15 amp plug.
Cream in colour with black trim.

Asking :     $25 000 000

+263 (04) 884634

1.15 For Sale (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Full household goods for sale, numerous and various items.
Double Bed = $40m
Stove = $80m
Fridge = $60m
And so much more!  Electricals, furniture, kitchen equipment, accessories
and other bits and bobs.
Please email for complete catalogue and pricing.

For more details and viewing arrangements please contact Monique.
Tel: 309274 (w), 091 315 411, Email: as per above address


1.16 For Sale (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

Back & front loading: Groom's door: Partition: Rubber mat: Tows very well
with no rattles. Has extra height.

Contact: PIERCY, James Farm Rd., Ruwa.   Tel: 073 2566."


1.17 For Sale (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

Horticulture 4 ft fluorescent lights, approx enough for 3 Ha
Please contact Martin on 011 603 762 or Lars 011 604 398.


1.18 For Sale (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

Substantial quantity of very good Siratro legume seed.

Contact 04 745463 or 011211924 for further details.


1.19 For Sale (Ad inserted 37/06/06)



CONTACT 011 407 149 OR


1.20 For Sale (Ad inserted 27/06/06)






CONTACT NUMBERS: 011205247 - 091909244 - 251377 EMAIL:


1.21 For Sale (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

New Discs for sale, suit IMCO or Duly Disc Harrows 28 inch with 45mm. Hole

Uses Discs suit IMCO or Duly Disc Harrows, 20 inch to 24 inch with 45mm
Hole, 8mm thick.

Phone 011 803 707


1.22 For Sale (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

Please contact Carol on 332798 or 011 231 541 if you are interested.


1.23 For Sale (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

1998 Model
Colour: Silver
Engine Type: Diesel
Mileage: 60111

4WD, Intercooler Diesel Turbo, ABS, Automatic with overdrive, excellent

Please contact: 011 213 471 or


1.24 For Sale (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

Phone your orders to--Anne--011212424 or 332851.


Small woven bags--$750,000 each.
Large crocheted bags.--$1,800,000 each.
Large woven bags.--$1,500,000 each.

Table Runners.--$1,150,000.

Set of 4 Fringed Table mats + serviettes--$3,400,000.
Set of 6 Fringed mats+ serviettes--$5,200,000.

Set of 4 Bordered table mats+ serviettes---$4,000,000.
Set of 4 Bordered table mats only---$3,000,000
Set of 6 Bordered mats + serviettes--$6,000,000.
Set of 8 Bordered mats + serviettes---$8,000,000.

Tea cosy(L)--$800,000.
Tea cosy(m)--$600,000
Tea cosy(s)--$400,000.

Cotton(lined)oven gloves(pair)--$900,000.

Decorated cushion covers--$1,300,000.
Plain cushion covers---$1,100,000.

Large plain cotton rug--$3,500,000.
Med. plain cotton rug---$2,200,000.
Small plain cotton rug.---$1,400,000.
Cotton Rag Rug--$1,400,000.
Lots of other rugs to order.

Duvet Cushions(opens into a
Toilet sets--$2,500,000. NEW.
Bath mats---$1,100,000 NEW.

Wholesale prices available for orders(over 6 of an article) or large


1.25 Items for Sale (Ad inserted 04/07/06)









MOTORS -    1 X 7,5KW RPM 1445
                  1 X 3,1KW RPM 1415 AMPS 6,5
                  1 X 3KW RPM 1435 AMPS 5,25
                  1 X 5,5HP 4 KW
                  1 X 1HP LAWNMOWER MOTOR





PLEASE TELEPHONE - 091 305 313


1.26 For Sale (Ad inserted 04/07/06)


Good strong front loader machine in working condition
Powered by CAT 4 cylinder engine and transmission
Rear turning wheels (i.e.not articulated)
Fitted with 1 cubic metre bucket
Useful for loading all loose materials (e.g.sand, gravel, mining materials,
etc., etc.)
PRICE - Z$ 5 billion o.n.c.o.


Good working condition
PRICE - Z$ 2.6 billion o.n.c.o.


In working condition
PRICE - Z$ 600 million o.n.c.o.


In working condition.
Excellent for compaction on gravel roads
Tractor Towed machine
PRICE - Z$ 2 billion o.n.c.o.


Ideal for on-site brick & block making
PRICES on request

available on request.

Please contact Paul Brown on Hre 755 401/2, 091-754 302,
for further details.


1.27 Fuel for Sale (Ad inserted 27/06/06)


We have had to revise our payment system over the last week, and have little
choice but to introduce the following:

Cash can be paid at our offices in Harare for fuel in excess of 300 litres.
Any amount paid into our accout will be held as a deposit only and deducted
from your final fuel bill.  Fuel will be drawn against your deposit at the
prevailing pump price on the day the fuel is issued REGARDLESS OF THE DATE
ON WHICH YOU PAID IN HARARE.  Please do not pay for fuel more than 3 days in
advance of your charter/arrival in Kariba.

Directions to our offices are as follows:
Execulink (this is a branch of Premier Bank)
5 Beit Avenue
Telephone: 04 720963
Fax: 04 792717
(Off Josiah Tongogara Avenue, into Blakiston Avenue.  Beit Avenue is the
first road right after Dr. Fremantle's Rooms, which are opposite Alex Sports
Club tennis courts.)
See Kim or Natalia.  Advise that payment is for HamCor and retain your
receipt to be presented to us in Kariba on collection of your fuel.

2.    RTGS / ZETSS
As with any cash payment, transfer of funds by RTGS will be held as a
deposit only, and will now attract a 10% surcharge.  This means that if you
transferred $100 million into our account, we will automatically deduct 10%
from your deposit.  Your fuel will be drawn against your deposit on the
prevailing pump price on the day your fuel is issued.  Please phone us for
our bank details and instructions.  Again, please do not pay for fuel more
than 3 days in advance of your charter/arrival in Kariba.

We no longer accept payment by cheque into our account, nor do we accept
payment by cheque at our offices in Kariba.

Cash can be paid directly to us at our office in Marineland Harbour.

Petrol is currently critically short and we are only issuing fuel to
Marineland Houseboat Owners and Marineland Speedboats.  We hope to have more
petrol in by the end of next week.

Current fuel price:  $470,000/lt (cash price)


HamCor Fuel
Fuel Procurement & Sales
Kiara Cordy & Guy Hammond
Southern Belle Office
Marineland Harbour
Telephone: 091 275 714 or 091 269 330
Fax: 061 3134
email: or




2.1 Wanted (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

Looking for wooden filing cabinets, preferably lockable and hanging file

Also a magnet for a Trojan treadmill I have misplaced mine 'safely' whilst
moving and just cannot find it at all now - or else a heavy found magnet I
could try - the machine will not operate without this.
Or sms 091 201 894


2.2 Wanted (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

Blue glass bottles ie wine bottles, desperately needed for medicinal

Please contact Geoff Long 011 601 316 or Irene Hammond 781452


2.3 Wanted (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

Space in container (1 -3 M³) to Australia for personal effects. Destination
Sydney, Newcastle or Brisbane. Around August 2006!

Phone: Clemens
cell: 011 621 572, LL: 04 494366


2.4 Wanted (Ad inserted 13/06/06)

Looking for a good second-hand monosem planter, either 4 or 6 row please
phone 883323 Harare or cell 091202924


2.5 Wanted (Ad inserted 13/06/06)

Desperately looking for a fridge/freezer (2 door) or a small bar fridge.
Wanted immediately.

Caroline 091 250932 or


2.6 Wanted PHOTOCOPIER (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

A photocopier needed in good working order.

Please call Trace Scott
Tel: (263-4) 731 926, 091 310 492


2.7 Wanted (Ad inserted 20/06/06)


Bookcases, carpets and various household items.

Please call Trace Scott
Tel: (263-4) 731 926, 091 310 492


2.8 Wanted Maid (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

We need a maid who can cook with recipes and baby mind to help my present
maid. Preferably over 30 yrs.

Please call Trace Scott
Tel: (263-4) 731 926, 091 310 492


2.9 Wanted (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Please if anyone has a Childs first Pony that they are willing to sell or
lease I am desperately looking for my little boy.  Please contact Thea on


2.10 Wanted (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Needed RAM (Hydram Pumps)  - please specify capacity and price.
Any Dexter cattle left in Zimbabwe and at what price?
Please contact Keith Holland 011 401 691 or 020-64303 (Office); 020-61369


2.11 Wanted (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Second hand wooden garden shed   -- between two and a half and three metres
square. We will collect (and repair if necessary) please contact Clare


2.12 Wanted (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

I am looking for 50 kgs + of Methyl bromide.  Please contact Geraldine
McLaughlan 754666 or


2.13 Wanted (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

WANTED urgently is a Working / Non- Working TV, VCR, DVD, Satellite Dish,
Decorder and/or Hifi. Please contact Joel on 091 450 928 or email


2.14 Wanted (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

HEIFERS or Weaners wanted to buy. I need 12 to 15 animals from in and around
the following areas Chinhoyi, Banket, Karoi, Tengwe, Hurungwe, Kadoma and
Kwekwe. Prefer Brahman, Africander, Tuli or any other hard mombies. Please
contact Joel on 091 450 928 or email


2.15 Wanted (Ad inserted 04/07/06)




For further information please contact ANTHONY BUTLER on 884311/ 091327743/
302558 or e-mail


2.16 Wanted PEARS CYCLOPAEDIA (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

I am looking for a Pears Cyclopaedia newer than the 81st edition.
Many thanks

Tracelle Scott

Tel: (263-4) 731 926, 091 310 492


3 Accommodation Wanted and Offered


3.1 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

RELIABLE EX-FARMER SEEKING ACCOMMODATION on caretaking basis or reasonable
rent.  Single man, non-smoker and reliable.  Wanted from September 2006,
short or long-term.
Contact Rob Walmisley Tel: 011 731 922 (cell) or 748939 (work) or e-mail


3.2 Accommodation Offered (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

Looking for a tenant from 1st July to end of January
Town House, No. 44 Bridgeways, Lincoln Road, Avondale.  Three Bedrooms,
fully furnished.
Please contact Valda Rous on 307051 or 091 337 682


3.3 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

"House proud lady desperately seeks 3 bed-roomed house or flat for end of
June 2006. Please help!

Telephone Mrs. Ashley 743121/5 ext 228 bus hrs, 743282 (after 5 pm), e-mail"


3.4 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 13/06/06)

Please will you help by sending this to as many of your family and friends
or by putting the word out? We have sadly been given notice to vacate the
cottage we rent in Kambanji. We are looking for either a house or cottage or
town house, which has affordable rent, preferably on the Borrowdale/Mt
Pleasant side of town.  We are also possibly looking to look after a house
for the owners who are out of the country, or similar. For Kay and her 17
year old son.  Kay works for MARS and has vast medical experience, which may
be beneficial to the owners especially if they are elderly or have young
children. Dion is currently doing his O levels at St Georges. Please we
urgently need help and would be most grateful for any contacts.
Contact Kay Kondonis 091219476


3.5 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

"Two bed roomed garden flat, Greendale, lock up carport, close to shops,
available July, call Mr Wallis 023894597 or email "


3.6 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

Looking for cottage/flat/small house with at least 2 bedrooms for young
couple just starting out.  Reliable tenants looking for modest rent in
decent area.  Please phone Raymond or Bronwyn on 771097-9 or 771101 (work
hours only).


3.7 House for Rent (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

Milton Park, next to Bridge Club. Lounge,dining room,3 beds,1 bathroom-sep
toilet, B.I.C's ,lock-up garage,Sat.Dish,swimming pool,elec.gate,S.Q's. Long
lease. No increases in rental anticipated.Rental rate on application.
Phone Lisa 091 900024.

3.8 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

Young couple with 2 young children looking for house to rent.  Needs at
least 2 bedrooms and domestics quarters for single, elderly maid with no
family.  Please e-mail or sms 091 264 160.




4.1 Mana Pools (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

4-person lodge (Mubvee/Hipp0) available between now 6th - 16th June.  To
avoid a total waste of booking, take any time you can between these dates.
Please contact asap

Tel: 304492
Cell: 091 247 141


4.2 (Ad inserted 13/06/06)


US$80pp pn (equivalent)
Including : All meals, All Locally-bottled Drinks, All Activities (walking,
canoeing, walking),
Fully Serviced Camp, Professional Walking & Canoeing Guides
Excluding: National Parks Fees and Transfers into Mana Pools
Contact Julie : or 333414/339001
See more details on our Camp at


4.3 (Ad inserted 13/06/06)

Wild Heritage, Kariba - Muuyu Lodge

Lodge in Wild Heritage Complex, 3 double bedrooms, overlooking the Chirara
Floodplains with wonderful view of passing game from the front deck, 2
bathrooms, fully furnished, plenty of freezer space, serviced by a maid
capable of basic cooking. Own splash pool on the front deck. Good birding,
even from the deck.  Access to boat launching facilities.  Good get away.
$15,000,000 per night
Contact Wendy: or phone 091 261 253


4.4 (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Open now for bookings for JULY South African school holidays.
ALSO for our local Zim August school hols AND for the
HEROES DAY (nice) long weekend of 12-15th August.
Contact: Andrea  or  091 208 836


4.5 Savuli Safari (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

Self-catering chalets in the heart of the Save Valley Conservancy. Game
watching, fishing, horse riding, canoeing, walking trails and 4x4 hire. Camp
fully kitted including cook and fridges, just bring your food, drinks and
relax.   $4 000,000 pppn, 1/2  U/12.  Contact John: or
Phone 091 631 556


4.6 (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

Imire Safari Ranch and Black Rhino Breeding Station.

Imire would like to Welcome you to Mike and Sheila Thompson who are the new
Managers of Sable Lodge.

We are only 1 1/2 hours from Harare.A unique GamePark...which is centred on
giving you an unforgettable African Experience amongst Black Rhino and their
calves, Elephant safaris, Excellent Game Drives and soul satisfying
walks...with aTouch of Home Food and our undivided attention.
Contact Details.
Tel; [022] 2449 /22257
Mobile:011 911419


4.7 (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

The Southern Belle luxury Cruise Ship

Operating on Lake Kariba we carry up to 44 passengers over night in spacious
air-conditioned cabins. Her many features include comfortable cabins, large
public areas, conference room, cocktail bar, games deck, swimming pool etc.

We offer off ship activities such as game viewing and bird watching from our
fleet of Tender boats, or on foot or by Landover in the Matusadona National
Park, then there is fishing for that famous fighting tiger fish.

You can laze by the pool and watch the spectacular Kariba scenery drift by,
sip a cocktail in the well appointed Schooner Bar, listen to our 3 piece
resident band in the main saloon, or just relax in you own spacious air
conditioned cabin.  The Southern Belle is the ideal "unique" product for all
types of group travel, corporate incentives, conferences and special
celebration events, cruising up and down the lake from Kariba to Milibizi
and back.

The Southern Belle 'experience' is something that you will never forget!!

If you would like any more information about this unique and upmarket
product, please contact our Marketing department in Kariba on any of the
following numbers.

Po Box 339,Kariba
Tele/fax  +263 - 061 - 3176
Cell +263 - 011 -  208665


5.1 (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

Radium Africa

Montana Boom Sprayers 10m 600l 85litre pump in stock
Harrow discs 24", 26" 28" plain and cutaway in stock
Silage Machines - manual feed and tractor drawn units in stock
Generators 15KVA and 60KVA on the water.
Phone : 870264 or 011600389
Email :


5.2 FOOTBALL WORLD CUP (Ad inserted 13/06/06)



5.3 G - TECH (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

Diesel vehicle and plant maintenance
Site contracting
Generator and stationary engine installation and maintenance

Contact Graham at or call 011 406023, 091 286657, 04 741001,
075 2264


5.4 (Ad inserted 20/06/06)


For all computer requirements and repairs for both hardware and software

Please call Lance Scott
Tel: (263-4) 731 926, 738 666, 739 675, 091 310 492

5.5 (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

It's winter. Now's the time to service your boat, we do Yamaha, Mercury and
Mariner. Also modifications, transoms, floors and live wells. Redo
upholstery and conversions.

Contact Russell Hook  305381  331970   331976   091201744   011201744


5.6 (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

Study in the UK
Get expert advice from Stephanie Berry.
Catering for a broad range of interests and abilities
Consulting in Harare July/August
For further details contact:  04 862 197 or 091 402961


5.7 (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

For all your computer requirements and servicing contact us

Norton Antivirus 2006 OEM 10m
Windows XP Pro   10m
USD to Printer Adapter 15m

We repair all computer equipment

Call Sean +26391954888



6.1 Wanted (Ad inserted 06/06/06)

even cross)
or would consider young dog as companion to our Labrador bitch.  Must
tolerate cats.
Phone 882142 or email


6.2 For Sale (Ad inserted 20/06/06)

"Dog meal, 20 kg,$1,2 mill,pse order on 023894597,email "


6.3 Wanted (Ad inserted 27/06/06)

Looking for Great Dane's, (pure or cross) either puppies or a young dog to
go to a loving home on a farm.
Please contact Bridget on 011 408044


6.4 Home Wanted (Ad inserted 04/07/06)

Staffy Lovers. Rusty a superb black/brindle male staffy dog, 4 years, has
been sitting in kennels for 3 months now. His mum and sister have both gone
to a new home and he is very lonely. very affectionate, good temperament,
just wants someone to love him. tel Michelle on 884294 or 011602903 or


6.5 Wanted Blue Heeler (Ad inserted 04/07/06)


Please can anyone give me the contact details of any Australian Cattle Dog
breeders in Zimbabwe.

We are desperately looking for a Blue Heeler Bitch Pup for our young

Please Please if anyone can point us in the direction of a breeder, please
could you send me their contact details.

091 208726


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