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Zimbabwe police ban Tsvangirai rally

Zim Online

Sat 8 July 2006

      HARARE - Police have cancelled a rally scheduled to be addressed by
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in Kwekwe on Sunday on the grounds that
his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party was inciting supporters to
violently overthrow President Robert Mugabe's government.

      Tsvangirai was scheduled to address a rally in the Midlands town of
Kwekwe, some 200 kilometres south of Harare. But the police in the town
turned down the application for permission to hold the rally while other
rallies by Tsvangirai's party were cancelled by police in the cities of
Chinhoyi, Chitungwiza and Rusape.

      "The application for your rally has been turned down because at a
similar rally at Mulamulela business centre in Zhombe on 2 July 2006,
political utterances inciting people to engage in violent demonstrations
were uttered. We are still monitoring the situation," the police wrote in a
letter signed by one Superintendent Chagonda.

      This week's cancellations come as police stepped up the clampdown on
MDC officials. Last Wednesday, the police arrested the opposition party's
legislator for Kambuzuma constituency in Harare, Willas Madzimure, accusing
him of inciting Zimbabweans to revolt against the government. Madzimure was
however later released without charge.

      Tsvangirai, whose MDC party split into two last year, has threatened
to instigate 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.

      MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa yesterday said the party would not be
deterred by the cancellations of its rallies from pursuing its mass
mobilisation programme.

      "They are scared by our nationwide rallies. They cannot scare away an
idea whose time has come. These are terror tactics to thwart the people's
wishes but the people will eventually express themselves," he said. -

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Civic groups to boycott human rights commission conference

Zim Online

Sat 8 July 2006

      HARARE - Zimbabwean human rights and pro-democracy civic groups on
Friday said they would boycott a United Nations-backed conference scheduled
for later this month to discuss plans by the government to set up a human
rights commission in the country.

      Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights executive director Arnold Tsunga
told ZimOnline that the groups resolved at a  meeting in Harare that they
would not attend the Victoria Falls meeting because they did not want to be
seen as supporting the state's proposed human rights commission

      The non-governmental organisations feel a human rights commission
should only be a product of a holistic constitutional reform process aimed
at entrenching democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the country,
according to Tsunga.

      He said: "Civic groups are of the opinion that an exploration of the
context in which the commission is going to function should be the main
focus before even delving into the merits and demerits of establishing a

      "We feel that the Zimbabwe government wants us to simply rubber-stamp
the setting up of the commission and legitimise its creation."

      The conference, organised in consultation with the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP), was initially scheduled for this weekend but
had to be  postponed to the 14th or the 21st of this month after civic
groups indicated they needed more time to study the proposals.

      However, the groups appeared to harden their position yesterday,
insisting they would not take part in the conference or setting up of the
human rights commission unless the government agreed to sweeping
constitutional and democratic reforms.

      "What we want in Zimbabwe is a review of democratic space through a
new constitution," said Crisis Coalition in Zimbabwe executive director
Jacob Mafume.

      The spokesman of the National Association of NGOs, Farai Ngirande,
said civic groups want the government to draft a new constitution before
setting up the human rights commission.

      "We want a wholesale constitutional reform. You can't talk of a human
rights commission without addressing issues pertaining to freedom of
expression and association."

      The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change party, Western
governments, local and international human rights groups accuse President
Robert Mugabe's government of repression against opponents and gross human
rights abuses, charges Harare denies. -  ZimOnline

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Envoy raps SA media over Zimbabwe crime link

Zim Online

Sat 8 July 2006

      JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's top diplomat in Pretoria Simon Khaya-Moyo
has criticised South African media for what he said were false allegations
that former Zimbabwean army soldiers were behind an upsurge in violent crime
in the country.

      One of South Africa's biggest newspapers, the Sunday Times, claimed in
its edition last week that deserters from Zimbabwe's army were behind a
bloody shoot-out between criminals and the police in Jeppestown,
Johannesburg two weeks ago.

      The paper also claimed that Harare police failed to assist a South
African Police Services (SAPS) team that visited the Zimbabwean capital as
part of investigations into the shoot out and other crimes allegedly
committed by Zimbabweans.

      Moyo told the Press on Friday: "In an attempt to seek clarification on
the reliability of these claims (that Zimbabweans were behind crime in South
Africa), the relevant authorities responsible for police in the province
(Gauteng) have expressed shock as well at these allegations which have no
basis in fact.

      "The authorities confirm that South African Police Services (SAPS)
enjoy excellent working relations with Interpol in Harare, contrary to
claims that a SAPS team recently visited Zimbabwe and received no assistance
from their counterparts.

      "To the contrary, no SAPS delegation ever visited Zimbabwe in
connection with the Jeppestown incident."

      Four SAPS policemen and at least eight suspected gangsters said to be
linked to a group of alleged supermarket robbers were shot dead in the
Jeppestown shoot-out. Among the gangsters were South African citizens and
exiles from Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

      Moyo said the claims by South African papers that Zimbabweans were
behind crime would fuel xenophobia by the local community against immigrants
from Zimbabwe.

      Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's ambassador in Gaorone, Thomas Mandigora on
Thursday attacked Botswana civic groups for allegedly demonising Mugabe's

      The ambassador, apparently miffed at the increasingly vociferous
condemnation of Harare's controversial policies by the Botswana Civil
Society Coalition (BOCISCOZ) civic society accused the coalition of teaming
up with Mugabe's Western opponents to push for regime change in Harare.

      "BOCISCOZ is interfering in the internal affairs of Zimbabwe," he

      But BOCISCOZ representatives yesterday dismissed Mandigora's charges
of interference saying it was their right to speak out over human rights
abuses anywhere in the world, Zimbabwe included.

      Civic groups in Botswana have over the past few months spoken out
against Mugabe's government which they accuse of serious human rights
violations and economic mismanagement. - ZimOnline


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Trevor Ncube interview - continued from yesterday...

From PBS Frontline/World (US), 27 June

How would you characterize the current legislature in Zimbabwe?

Since independence in 1980, we have seen 17 amendments to the Zimbabwean
constitution. The 17 amendments that we've seen have been directed at
increasing the power of the president, increasing the power of the state. So
the state, the government, the president have been expropriating those
rights and people's liberties. It rather concludes that he can only extend
his political tenure by limiting people's liberties. The legislature
itself - parliament - is full of people who cannot see themselves surviving
without Robert Mugabe, people of questionable character, who see politics
and the ruling party as a way toward self-enrichment. It's in their
interests to make sure Robert Mugabe rules for as long as possible. Linked
to that is the fact that Robert Mugabe saw the judiciary as an impediment to
his grand design of dislocating the whole country. He has been known to get
rid of judges who were independent-minded and replacing them with judges
that are "yes" men, judges that will rubber-stamp everything that he says.
So there is no guarantee that you'll go to a court and that that court is
going to look at your case and look at it fairly. There's no rule of law to
talk about, just a selective application of the rule of law. It depends on
who you are. Are you a friend or an enemy? Are you a member of the ruling
party or are you not? Are you a member of the elite or are you not?

I've heard people say things like, "Under Smith the laws were bad, but under
Mugabe they're worse."

You understand why a lot of people feel Zimbabwe was better under Ian Smith
than it is at the present moment. I think in all honesty, the situation in
Zimbabwe has degenerated to the extent that comparison between Ian Smith and
Robert Mugabe becomes fair game. I'm embarrassed to actually admit that. But
what's the difference between Ian Smith and Robert Mugabe? I'm saying now
that because there are 4 million Zimbabweans who are in exile. There are in
excess of 2.5 million Zimbabweans who are in South Africa. Were there that
many Zimbabweans during the liberation of Zimbabwe who are outside Zimbabwe
during Ian Smith's regime? The extent of poverty that you experience at the
present moment - can it not be compared to the extent of social destitution
that there was during the Ian Smith regime? Sentiment aside, let's look at
what Ian Smith did and let's look at what Robert Mugabe has done. What makes
this whole thing criminal is that this is another black man doing this on
his own black people. To me, that just worsens the crime. But I could
understand Ian Smith as a white man behaving the way he did toward black
people. So I think, yeah, to answer your question, the comparison is a
legitimate one. In any case, Robert Mugabe has become worse than Ian Smith.

How has the Zanu PF way of doing business affected the Movement for
Democratic Change, the MDC [Movement for Democratic Change]?

The Zanu PF way of doing things, the Robert Mugabe way of doing things,
unfortunately, has permeated the whole society. For me, that's the most
frightening thing - the way the Zanu PF thinking has poisoned national
thinking. The only way we have known to resolve our differences is through
killing, through threats, through intimidation. That's how Zanu PF has
operated from day one, 1980. The MDC is a victim of that political culture
inasmuch as MDC has been fighting to get rid of Zanu PF. And the interesting
thing about the problems that MDC is experiencing now is that they are
actually the creation of Zanu PF. Witness the kind of exchanges that have
been taking place between the two factions. Its pettiness of insults; its
threats, its violence. The whole thing is degenerating into chaos that is
endangering lives. Can the MDC get out of this thing? I doubt it. Some of us
have always said that the people who were in charge of the MDC were not the
people who could be expected to get this nation out of the challenges that
it experiences. And indeed, some of us, I in particular, have voiced a
series of reservations about Morgan Tsvangirai having what it takes to be
the next leader of this country. We can't take away the fact that he's been
a brave man who has stood up to Robert Mugabe to challenge him. But beyond
that, what does MDC have to offer? What are their policy options?

The whole focus has been getting rid of Mugabe. But get rid of Mugabe and
then what?

Take for instance on land [redistribution]. What is MDC offering? What is
different? Nothing. This illustrates the MDC's tactics and its political
naíveté. That's why Mugabe has outfoxed them again and again and destroyed
them. That doesn't take away from the fact that they operate in a very
difficult environment, with real repression, but they went into this needing
to be much smarter.

Would you say that Mugabe is as much a brilliant strategist as he is a
political thug?

Robert Mugabe is a very bright man, very streetwise. He has outmaneuvered
the Brits, the Americans and the South Africans again and again. They don't
know what to do with him. The man understands politics, knows how to
manipulate African leaders, render South Africa totally ineffective. They
can't give a commitment to the civilized world that they'll stop this chaos
in Zimbabwe. At the end of the day, when we study this man and how his mind
works, we'll be amazed at how very intelligent this man is, but intelligent
in the wrong way, oppressing his own people, killing them, just so Mugabe
can survive to another day.

Why don't South Africans do something?

The South Africans haven't done anything because they understand how he
works, and they know that if they order him, he'll react, and [President]
Mbeki realizes that to be effective, he must engage with this man,
understand where he comes from, because in that way he can influence him,
lean on him by understanding his system better. But one would hope you'd
realize there is a point where quiet diplomacy is no longer productive. And
that's where I depart from the South African position. Why have they behaved
in that manner? One is the race issue. Mugabe claims he's solving the race
issue. The fact that 70 percent of the land is owned by 1 percent of the
population. How can Mbeki stand up to that idea when he faces a similar
situation in South Africa? How do you deal with hero worship, a fallen hero
like Mugabe, a man the whole continent looked up to, who assisted the South
African resistance? How do you tell your father to sit down and shut up?
Nobody has been able to do this. In terms of authority, Mugabe would say,
"Mbeki, I dealt with your father," with Mandela, "How can you tell me what
to do?" That may seem like a small thing, but in African politics it looms
large. So these are things that together explain the current paralysis.

Mugabe repeatedly says he is not breaking the laws of his country.

They show real sophistication in using the law to restrict people. But as
Martin Luther King said, there are good and bad laws, and citizens have the
right to break bad laws. Fortunately, we live in a world that is civilized.
We have a UN bill of rights and an African bill of rights, and I think the
time has come to say the way Zimbabwe behaves is outside the bounds of what
is acceptable.

Is Zimbabwe a cautionary tale for the continent?

What future do we have as a continent if our leaders behave as Mugabe? What
future do we have as a people and generation if we allow dictators like
Mugabe to live within our midst? It's a huge indictment of the continent
that up to now very few African leaders have stood up and said, "He doesn't
represent us." I think Robert Mugabe's behavior is an indictment of African
people and of black people everywhere. He is a huge embarrassment for us.
But if you look at the first 10 years of Mugabe showing us what he could do,
you can't deny that he invested in his people. In terms of education and
health system, there's no comparison. Now what he's doing is trashing that
system. We in South Africa need to stand up and say we stand for something,
we stand for human rights, dignity, civilization, and say it's not right to
kill people, to shed blood to make a point. So what is happening in Zimbabwe
is a lesson for the continent. The lesson is that it's important to be a
principled people. As Africans, when we see a wrong, we must stand up and
say, "That's not right." Unfortunately, we haven't done that with Zimbabwe.
Africa must create a democratic space where ideas compete and the best idea
wins the day.

This interview between Alexis Bloom and Trevor Ncube took place in February
2006 in Johannesburg

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Mugabe laughs last

Mail and Guardian

      Jean-Jacques Cornish and Godwin Gandu

      07 July 2006 06:00

            Going into the African Union summit in Banjul, The Gambia,
Zimbabwe's beleaguered President Robert Mugabe already knew that he would
once again escape censure by the African Commission on Human and Peoples
Rights (ACHPR) for his controversial slum clearance plan that displaced more
than 700 000 people.

            But this doesn't explain why he was walking around like the cat
that had got the cream, and why he was confident enough to doze lazily
throughout the human-rights debate on the opening day of the gathering.

            The ACHPR's damning report on Operation Murambatsvina was yet
again held back by the AU's executive council of foreign ministers. It felt
Mugabe needed more time to comment, even though the same report was tabled
at the AU summit in Khartoum in January.

            It was not until the closing hours of the summit that the source
of his delight became clear, after out-going United Nations Secretary
General Kofi Annan announced that his long-planned visit to Zimbabwe was off
and that former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa had been appointed to
mediate between Mugabe and Western countries.

            "There is room for only one mediator in this matter and I will
give time and space to former president Mkapa to do his job," said Annan.

            Whether Annan ever really intended to make that visit before
leaving office at the end of this year is arguable, particularly after
Mugabe had indicated his invitation had gone cold. It is also by no means
certain that Annan would have gone armed with an exit strategy for Mugabe,
as was widely reported.

            Annan's withdrawal certainly surprised the United Kingdom's
Africa Minister Lord David Triesman: "If Annan feels he can't take things
any further, I think that is very sad," he commented.

            "If Mkapa wants to convey anything to us he will be very welcome
in the UK. He is widely admired for the job he did as president although he
has said things in Mugabe's defence. Nevertheless, we'll listen to anything
Mkapa has to say."

            Sources privy to the details of a hurried meeting between Mugabe
and Annan say the Zimbabwean president ran the show.

            In attendance, Annan, Mugabe, UN Under Secretary Ibrahim
Gambari, Zimbabwe Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Central
Intelligence Organisation Director General Happyton Bonyongwe and Justice
Minister Patrick Chinamasa. Out of sight, President Thabo Mbeki.

            Mugabe apparently quizzed Annan on why he was allowing himself
to be used by the West to put "Zimbabwe in the dock" and helping its critics
"to have a tiny innocent Southern African country made an issue on the
Security Council". Mugabe told Annan there were more pressing issues to deal
with on the continent, such as the crisis in Darfur.

            "Mugabe will always have his way -- it's a strategy he plotted
even before he left, that he would advise Annan that any attempt to mediate
will amount to political interference," a source privy to the discussion
told the Mail & Guardian.

            "The more protracted the crisis becomes, the more difficult it
will be for measures to restore the crisis," says Dr Reginald Matshava-Hove,
a Zimbabwean human rights activist.

            Political analysts say Mugabe seems to be an expert on the
political diplomatic chessboard, fooling all the people all the time and
getting away with it.

            "Whoever is going to be a mediator in this diplomatic impasse
should have undoubted credibility," says Simon Badza, lecturer in
international relations at the University of Zimbabwe. "In the recent past
we have seen Mkapa more on the side of the president [Mugabe] and his
impartiality is likely to be doubted by the Western world," he said.

            Cashing up
            When African leaders departed from Banjul, they left behind
three stretch Hummers, a fleet of Korean 4x4s and 200 Taiwanese motorcycles.
Then there were the 53 luxury beachside villas, used only once.

            Apart from the real estate, which was being offered for sale, it
isn't certain what will remain in the friendly hands of the hosts.

            As the Gambians ponder the harsh realities of their future, the
African Union itself has to consider its own cash-strapped existence.

            For all the euphoria expressed by United Nations Secretary
General Kofi Annan and African Union chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare, there's
no escaping the fact that the continental body is going broke.

            Members are being asked to meet a budget of $129,6-milion over
the next year. This consists of $69,4-million from assessed payments -- that
reflected the ability to pay in accordance with members' gross national
product -- and $60,2-million from voluntary payments.

            South Africa is pushing to have these two items joined into a
single assessed payment, but did not achieve this in Banjul.

            Five countries -- Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria and South
Africa -- pay 75% of the assessed payments.

            By the commission's own admission, the assessed payments don't
cover its expenses and this hinders its ability to do its work.

            This leaves AU organs, such the Pan African Parliament, based in
Midrand, totally hamstrung.

            Unable to maintain its running expenses, the AU cannot embark on
developmental programmes so eagerly suggested by members.

            The reality is that no fewer than 11 AU countries are under
sanction for being more than two years in arrears.

            Thus the leaders of these bad payers -- Cape Verde, the Central
African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Guinea, Guinea
Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, the Seychelles and
Somalia -- are permitted to attend summit meetings but are not allowed to
speak. Hardly an auspicious debut for Liberia's Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf,
Africa's first elected woman president.

            Going into the summit nine countries were in arrears on this
year's budget. A total of $39-million has been paid, leaving a shortfall of
$93,8-million. -- Jean-Jacques Cornish

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UN Chief Annan Pressed To Re-Engage On Zimbabwe Crisis


By Blessing Zulu
      07 July 2006

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has come under pressure to
reconsider his recent decision to step aside as a possible broker for a
solution to the Zimbabwe crisis to leave a clear field to Tanzanian
ex-president Benjamin Mkapa.

Though Annan has said he wants to give Mkapa a chance to mediate at the
request of President Robert Mugabe, diplomatic sources say U.N. Under
Secretary for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari could be called on to help
advance the mediation process.

Gambari, the U.N.'s top political officer, received the backing of the
United States, Britain, Denmark and Japan last year when they recommended he
visit Harare to address Zimbabwean government resistance to U.N.
humanitarian relief efforts following the 2005 slum-clearance drive known as
Operation Murambatsvina.

UN spokeswoman Marie Okabe told journalists in New York Tuesday that she was
positive the U.N. would have contact with Mkapa, but she stressed that he is
not a U.N. mediator. Prospects for mediation by Mkapa between Harare and
London have dimmed, as they already differ on the agenda for such talks.
President Mugabe has framed the issue as unfinished post-colonial business
with Britain, saying the crisis stems from U.K. sanctions imposed in
response to Zimbabwean land reform. But Britain has already responded that
Harare's problems are of its own making.

First Secretary for Political and Public Diplomacy Gillian Dare of the
British embassy in Harare said that Zimbabwe's crisis was mounting not
because of a bilateral dispute, but because of "bad policy". Harare insists
that Great Britain imposed sanctions as a response to Harare's seizure of
land from white farmers of British origin.

For perspective on how the U.N. might re-engage Harare, reporter Blessing
Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe turned to with Brian Kagoro, a
Zimbabwean political analyst and human rights lawyer who is based in
Nairobi, Kenya.

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UK Regrets Annan's Withdrawal From Zimbabwe Mediation


HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP)--The U.K.'s embassy Friday said it regretted U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan's withdrawal from attempts to mediate a
solution to Zimbabwe's political and economic impasse.

President Robert Mugabe recently rescinded an invitation to Annan to visit
Zimbabwe following reports Annan might press him to step down after more
than two decades in power in exchange for an aid package. Annan told
reporters that Tanzanian President Ben Mkapa would broker any further talks
on Zimbabwe after meeting with Mugabe on the sidelines of an African Union
summit last weekend.

"We regret that Kofi Annan's visit will not now go ahead," the British High
Commission in Harare said in a statement Friday, adding that the trip could
have highlighted international concern about the plight of ordinary
Zimbabweans and the need for tangible reforms.

The statement disputed the government's portrayal of Mkapa's mission as an
attempt to mediate between Britain and Zimbabwe, saying the country's
problems were of its own making.

"Zimbabwe's problems are mounting. They stem from bad policy .... But we
will work with anyone who seeks to address these," the statement said.

Mugabe has repeatedly blamed sanctions imposed by the U.K., Zimbabwe's
former colonial ruler, and other Western nations for his country's economic

Government critics counter that the seizure of thousands of white-owned
commercial farms for redistribution to black Zimbabweans since 2000 has
destroyed the key agriculture sector and plunged the country into political

  (END) Dow Jones Newswires
  Copyright (c) 2006 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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The two-step between Mugabe and the opposition goes on

[ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

HARARE, 7 Jul 2006 (IRIN) - Yet another mediation effort has been launched
to solve the political and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe but analysts and
politicians told IRIN there was little hope of success.

Benjamin Mkapa, a former Tanzanian head of state, has been asked by regional
leaders to help find a solution to the divide between Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe and an opposition that rejects the legitimacy of his
government. Without a settlement, Zimbabwe's pariah status in western
capitals is likely to continue, and financial aid will remain frozen.

Zimbabwe's southern African neighbours fear the accelerating meltdown on
their doorstep. "We remain concerned not only about the effects on the
people of Zimbabwe, but the effect on the region as a whole," South Africa's
deputy minister of foreign affairs, Aziz Pahad, said earlier this year.

There was much media speculation ahead of last week's African Union summit
in Banjul, Gambia, that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and South African
President Thabo Mbeki would meet Mugabe to explore prospects for a
negotiated settlement.

After 40 minutes of talks, the UN chief announced he was throwing his weight
behind Mkapa. "There is nothing more the Secretary-General would want to see
than to bring an end to the humanitarian suffering of the people on the
ground," said Annan's spokesman, Marie Okabe. "Since there is a mediator
named ... he would like to back that process."

Mkapa takes over from former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, and
Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, among others, who have all failed to make
headway in promoting dialogue in Zimbabwe over the past five years.

Mugabe has repeatedly accused the opposition of being "[British Prime
Minister Tony] Blair's puppets" and said in Banjul that he would prefer to
negotiate directly with Britain rather than talking to Zimbabwe's divided
opposition. The main faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC),
the country's largest opposition party, rejected the idea.

"The crisis in Zimbabwe has to be correctly identified and then remedied. It
is the crisis of a weak and usurped constitution, a crisis of a privatised
and militarised state that has failed. The mediation that is required is
between the government and the brutalised people of Zimbabwe," MDC secretary
for international relations, Eliphas Mukonoweshuro, told IRIN.

"To us there can be no solution to the Zimbabwean crisis unless Zimbabweans
are allowed the opportunity of writing a new democratic constitution for
themselves. After that, free and fair elections can be held under
international supervision," he added.

The MDC, a broad-based labour-led movement, is the most serious political
challenge the ruling party has faced since winning power in 1980. However,
the MDC has repeatedly failed at the ballot box, blaming the government for
rigging and intimidating voters - a charge largely accepted by the
international community.

Mkapa has tried to assure the government of his even-handedness. "They
[other countries] will, however, be upset by the fact that, unlike many
people, I will not censure the Zimbabwean government over alleged human
rights and a diminishing democratic space," he wrote in the official Sunday
Mail just before the Banjul summit.

Welshman Ncube, secretary-general of a rival MDC faction, commented, "Mkapa
should be very clear that the crisis in Zimbabwe is because the government
is at war with its people, which has resulted in misgovernance, electoral
disputes and repressive laws."

He pointed out that "it is not a question of how many carrots the government
should be given, but how many sticks - the issue of international aid does
not arise, because aid will definitely start flowing into Zimbabwe as soon
as order returns".

Zimbabwe's security and lands minister, Didymus Mutasa, has dismissed the
notion of talks with any faction of the MDC, saying, "Where in this world
has a government negotiated with the opposition so that the opposition can
take over power?"

The MDC split last year when its president, Morgan Tsvangirai, rejected a
narrow vote by the party's leadership to participate in elections for a new
senate. The pro-senate faction accused him of being anti-democratic, while
Tsvangirai's supporters said his critics were opportunists. The party has
been unable to heal the breach.

Gabriel Chaibva, a former MDC legislator, suggested that only a conference
of all stakeholders, including political parties, churches and civil society
organisations, to decide on constitutional issues, elections and
recommendations on the future role of Mugabe, would be able to find a
solution to the country's problems.

Pro-democracy activist Lovemore Madhuku said no political deal - including
promises of non-persecution for alleged human rights abuses - were likely to
appeal to Mugabe. "There has been talk that there could be an arrangement to
give Mugabe a soft landing, but that is unlikely ... Mugabe is in total
control and the succession debate is taboo in [ruling party] ZANU-PF."

President Mugabe's term expires in 2008, but with the succession issue not
having been finalised, insiders speculated he might consider using his
two-thirds majority to amend the constitution, allowing him to appoint a
successor. That scenario would keep him at the helm until parliamentary
elections in 2010.

A weak MDC and a ZANU-PF that insists it has no need to negotiate with the
opposition leaves few openings for a settlement in the country's
humanitarian crisis, which most analysts predict can only worsen.

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Intensify targeted sanctions on Zim leadership - coalition

Mmegi, Botswana

      Staff Writer
      7/7/2006 4:56:25 PM (GMT +2)

      Members of the Coalition for Crisis in Zimbabwe have called on the
international community to intensify targeted sanctions on Zimbabwean

      Speaking at a seminar hosted to sensitise the public on the crisis of
Zimbabwe at Gaborone Sun yesterday, a member of the coalition, Itai Zimunya
said sanctions should be intensified to an extent that the children of
president Robert Mugabe and those of his cronies can be brought back to
Zimbabwe to endure the hardships that other Zimbabwean students go through.
"They should drink the same dirty water that other students drink." Zimunya
who is not apologetic about his mission remarked that he was among the
students who travelled to Europe in 2001 and lobbied that sanctions be
imposed. He said that Zimbabwe would not be able to resolve its crisis by
itself. He indicated that prior to the independence, the Frontline States
assisted in the attainment of independence. "It is unfortunate that 26 years
down the line, the government has the audacity to distance itself from other
countries," he said. He decried that Zimbabwean laws are currently crafted
to protect only the ruling party despite the fact that laws should protect
all Zimbabweans. "The same laws are used to suppress human rights," he said.
Zimunya pointed out that the 17 constitutional amendments that were
instituted were done purely to protect a certain fragment of the society.
"Operation Murambatsivra has left the poor even poorer, travelling documents
of those who are deemed to be enemies can be confiscated if the government
sees the need to do that and police have the right to disperse people when
they suspect that it is a political meeting," he said. The militarisation of
the state has also raised concern among Zimbabweans. Zimunya said former
army generals head most institutions, among these institutions are the
ministries of youth, energy and the independent electoral commission. His
sentiments were reiterated by a member of Women of Zimbabwe Arise, Jenni
Williams who said that for as long as Mugabe impose sanctions on his own
people, the international community should do likewise to him. She decried
that human rights were being trampled upon. "We no longer have the freedom
to assemble; to express ourselves under this regime," she said. Williams
indicated that operation Murambatsvina has hit hard on women and children.
She decried the continuous harassment of informal traders by police. "Women
try to make a living out of the crop produce but police will impound them,"
she said. William who has been arrested on several occasions with other
women vowed to continue with the struggle. She said that on some instances,
women are denied trading licences when they fail to produce the ZANU-PF
identity. As a result of these hardships, Zimbabweans often resort to crime
and prostitution. On a vitriolic statement this week, the Zimbabwean High
Commission in Gaborone dismissed the coalition's call for sanctions which it
referred to as "illegal (sanction) meant to destroy the economy and incite
public discontent and protests leading to regime change in Zimbabwe."

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Zimbabwe Church Council Ousts Proponent of Engagement With Mugabe


By Carole Gombakomba
      07 July 2006

The Zimbabwe Council of Churches elected a new president this week,
punctuating a running controversy over the council's involvement in a
dialogue since May between some national religious leaders and President
Robert Mugabe.

Incumbent President Bishop Peter Nemapare, who sought re-election in the
ballot on Wednesday, has been succeeded by Bishop Wilson Sitchebo, who heads
the Anglican Church in Bulawayo, where sentiment against engaging Mugabe
runs high.

Dennis Mafinyane, still the council's secretary general, said 22 of 24
council members cast votes. Council members elect officers every two years,
he said.

Reporter Carole Gombakomba pf VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe asked Sithchebo
for his thoughts on assuming leadership as the organization grapples with
the role of Zimbabwe's churches and clerics amid crisis and a looming
political transition.

Namapare could not be reached by phone. Political commentator Farai Maguu,
executive director of the Civil Alliance for Governance and Democracy,
shared his thoughts on the leadership shuffle within the ecumenical

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UK says Zim's problems stem from bad policy

Mail and Guardian

      Harare, Zimbabwe

      07 July 2006 02:34

            Britain says the crisis in former colony Zimbabwe is a result of
bad policy and not a bilateral dispute between the two nations as President
Robert Mugabe claims, it was reported on Friday.

            British Embassy in Harare spokesperson Gillian Dare told the
state-controlled Herald newspaper that there was no need for mediation
between Zimbabwe and Britain because Zimbabwe suffers from a purely internal

            Mugabe frequently claims that Zimbabwe's crippling economic and
political crisis, which has left the country reeling under persistent food
shortages and sky-high inflation, is due to a quarrel with Britain over
controversial land reforms.

            Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa was recently named
mediator between the two sides.

            That appointment was confirmed at a key African Union summit
last weekend, when it was also announced that United Nations Secretary
General Kofi Annan would not visit Zimbabwe, denting the hopes of the

            Responding to questions from the Herald, Dare said that what was
needed to mend Zimbabwe's crisis was a change in policy from the Zimbabwean
authorities, not an international mediator.

            "We have always said we would be ready to respond positively to
real commitment to sustainable reform in Zimbabwe. There is still much
progress needed in this direction," she said.

            "Zimbabwe's problems are mounting. They stem from bad policy.
Unless policy evolves in different and sustainable directions, no one will
be able to help," she was quoted as saying.

            The Herald 0- which usually closely reflects the government
line -- said that Dare's comments showed that Britain had been offended by
Annan's decision not to visit Zimbabwe, and said that other groups,
including some church leaders had welcomed Mkapa's appointment. - Sapa-DPA

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Three men held over Stevenson attack

New Zimbabwe

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 07/07/2006 11:30:32
ZIMBABWEAN police have arrested three members of the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) accused of Sunday's brutal attack on Harare North
legislator, Trudy Stevenson and four other officials of the fractious party.

Police spokesperson Memory Pamire confirmed the arrests, adding that police
investigations were continuing into Sunday's attack which left Stevenson
with a machete wound at the back of her head and a broken wrist and arm.

Pamire told New "We have arrested four people in connection
with the incident and they
are being detained at Harare Central Police Station."

She identified the arrested men as Tonderai Ndira, Tererai Todini, Tendai
Chidziva and Enerst Zhangezha of

The arrests come a day after Morgan Tsvangirai, the man whose supporters are
blamed for the attack, left Harare for South Africa for undisclosed

Tsvangirai was accompanied by his secretary general Tendai Biti and
secretary for information and publicity Nelson Chamisa, among other

Tsvangirai has established a commission of enquiry headed by Harare lawyer
Advocate Happius Zhou into the attacks on Stevenson and four other officials
aligned to a rival faction led by rocket scientist, Arthur Mutambara.

Zhou on Wednesday refused to comment on his mandate referring all questions
to Biti.

On Thursday, Gabriel Chaibva, spokesman for Mutambara's faction, once again
rubbished the creation of the commission.

He said: "The MDC 's view on the so-called commission of inquiry into the
attack of our four party officials is that it is a mere damage control
exercise meant to deceive the public. Tsvangirai's officials namely Chamisa,
Biti, Gonese, Sekai Holland, Ian Makone, Roy Bennett, know very well that
these youths are controlled, directed and sanctioned from the highest office
of their group."

Canada became the first foreign government to condemn the attack on

American-born Trudy Stevenson, 61, is Zimbabwe's only white female
legislator and a founder member of the MDC which broke into two camps last
November following clashes between senior leaders over participation in
elections for a newly-created senate.

The unraveling of the MDC began in October last year when Tsvangirai refused
to accept a national executive vote to participate in elections for a new

He claimed to have won support to boycott the election. Stevenson then
joined the breakaway faction opposed to 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
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.

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
Mugabe's rule.

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

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Matonga harvests, loots neighbour's farm

New Zimbabwe

By Lebo Nkatazo
Last updated: 07/07/2006 10:15:22
ZIMBABWE'S Deputy Information Minister, Bright Matonga, has looted
irrigation equipment and forcibly harvested oranges and beans from a
neighbouring farm owned by Thomas Beattie, signed affidavits show.

The revelations were made in a letter written to Didymus Mutasa, the
country's Minister of National Security, Lands and Resettlement as well as
in affidavits filed before the Harare High Court by Beattie -- one of
Zimbabwe's few remaining commercial white farmers.

Beattie is a Zanu PF supporter whose farm was divided and parceled out to
Matonga in 2004 sparking a land ownership dispute.

Matonga joins a host of ministers accused of looting irrigation equipment
from lucrative properties.

Mutasa, Transport Minister Chris Mushohwe, Agriculture Minister Joseph
Made, Manicaland governor Tinaye Chigudu and others have been accused of
looting from Kondozi estate, located in Odzi, Manicaland Province.

Mushohwe has since returned his loot.

The Attoney General recently wrote to Manicaland police to investigate the
ministers for purposes of prosecution, giving a deadline of June 19.

Sources said the head of police in Manicaland Ronald Muderedzwa was awaiting
instructions from police commissioner Augustine Chihuri.

Unsuccessful attempts were made to get comment from Matonga last night.

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Against the Grain: Geoff Nyarota's book on Zimbabwe now on the shelves

      By a Correspondent

      JOHANNESBURG - "AGAINST THE GRAIN", a book written by Geoff Nyarota,
the founding Editor of the banned Daily News, has hit the shops in South
Africa and is said to be selling well.

      The much-awaited book is an engrossing first-hand account of life in
Zimbabwe and how those who oppose government policies and expose corruption
are treated by Robert Mugabe's autocratic government.

      The book sheds new light on conditions in the country, takes a close
look at the harassment faced by journalists working for independent
newspapers and the consequences for a society when freedom of speech is

      Nyarota chronicles the decline of the country under the Zanu PF

      Over the years, the award-winning Nyarota was arrested on countless
occasions for his work at the independent and popular Daily News that was
forced off the streets under the draconian Access to Information and
Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).

      He, like many other independent media journalists, was subjected to
extreme harassment by the state.

      The book is topical and an absorbing read in which Nyarota traces his
roots in Zimbabwean journalism, politics and also talks about his life. As a
young man, Nyarota fervently believed that his children would know the
freedom of democracy that he himself had been denied under colonial rule.

      But after the liberations struggle and Mugabe's accession to power in
1980, Nyarota discovered that the returned war heroes were more interested
in enriching themselves than in uplifting the poverty-stricken millions, and
he unflinchingly began to expose the wholesale corruption perpetrated by the
Mugabe government.

      It took several arrests, torture and intimidation, costly legal fees
and, finally, a contract on Nyarota's life before he fled Zimbabwe at the
end of 2004 to go into permanent exile.

      Leigh-Anne Havemann, the publicity manager at New Holland Publishing,
which is based in South Africa, told the book hit
the shelves in Zimbabwe's southern neighbour beginning of July. The book
will also be sold in international bookshops around the world.

      Gripping, insightful and current, "Against the Grain" records how
President Mugabe came to see Nyarota as Public Enemy No. 1 and caused him to
sacrifice everything he'd worked for - but could destroy neither his pride
nor his principles, said Havemann.

      Nyarota was the founding editor of the Daily News. He was recently a
Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Carr Center for Human
Rights Policy, both at Harvard University, and is the recipient of nine
international journalism awards.

      These include the Golden Pen of Freedom, presented by the World
Association of Newspapers, and UNESCO's Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom

      Nyarota is now at Bard University in the USA where he is visiting
professor of political studies and human rights.

      He offers courses on the successes and failures of democracy and the
media in sub-Saharan Africa not only to students on the main campus in
Annandale-on-Hudson, but also to inmates earning degrees through the Bard
Prison Initiative (BPI) programme in the Woodbourne and Eastern New York
Correctional Facilities.

      Against the Grain
      Geoff Nyarota

      Pub date:  July 2006
      ISBN:   1-77007-112-1
      Barcode:  9 781770 071124
      Price:   R179.95
      Format:  230 x 150 mm
      Extent: 432 pages (tbc)
      Imprint:  Zebra Press
      Binding:  Softcover
      Classification:  Biography/Journalism/Politics

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Cost of Living For Zimbabwe Households Up 24% May-June: Consumer Council


By Ndimyake Mwakalyelye
      06 July 2006

It became a lot more expensive in the month from May to June for an average
family of six in to survive, according to the latest survey by the Consumer
Council of Zimbabwe.

The Council reported that the cost of a basket of  basic goods needed by
households rose 24% in one month from Z$49 million to Z$61 million (US$490
to US$610)

Council Chairman Phillip Bvumbe told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyele of VOA's
Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that even a minimal standard of living is out of reach
for many.

For an explanation of why prices in Zimbabwe keep relentlessly going up,
Mwakalye turned to economist and ZimConsult Director Daniel Ndlela, who said
the price surge is a combination of inflation driven by a parallel market in
goods and currencies.

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Air Zimbabwe shooting itself in the foot

      By Nancy Lazarus

      BIRMINGHAM - I TOOK a friend to Gatwick International Airport to catch
a plane to Zimbabwe a week ago.  This journey was planned and booked for
with Air Zimbabwe months ago and the ticket for the flight was bought from
Air Zimbabwe then.

      On the scheduled date of the journey the national airbus was nowhere
to be found. Booked passengers were not notified of this cancellation of the

      There was no one available at Gatwick to give an explanation of the
whereabouts of the plane. Passengers booked on this flight had to wait for
two days to catch a flight to Harare.

      Air Zimbabwe could have issued a prior notice of the cancellation of
the flight from its London office if the airline valued its passengers.
Cancellation of a flight is just a telephone call away to television or
      radio stations.

      Does the national airline have a publicity and marketing department at
all? The inconveniences caused to passengers could have been
      avoided if this department existed.

      But then isn't it typical of the ZANU PF Zimbabwean government and a
known fact that it does not care at all about the plight of its own

      The Zimbabwean people are aware of the man-made economic hard times
that have hit all sectors in Zimbabwe. People are also aware of some of the
reasons for previous flight delays such as strikes by engineers and pilots
due to poor pay, lack of aviation fuel, shopping trips of VIP
shopperhollicks etc.

      What was the reason for the delay this time around?

      If Air Zimbabwe is now being run like a rural chicken bus company or
as emergency taxis that fit in impromptu journeys in between scheduled trips
and have little concern for keeping time schedules or customer satisfaction,
would any one be surprised if the patronage of the airline declines as
travellers shop around and opt for reliable airlines?

      It is an open secret that the national airline, like every industry
      in Zimbabwe is struggling to keep afloat. Why can't Air Zimbabwe make
a realistic assessment of its economic status and team up with other viable
airlines until it is able to run its airline without hiccups?

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Zim appoints first female judge president

Sunday Times, SA

Friday July 07, 2006 06:32 - (SA)

HARARE - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has for the first time appointed
a woman to head the southern African nation's high court, state television

Justice Rita Makarau, a former private lawyer and lecturer at the University
of Zimbabwe, was sworn in by Mugabe at a ceremony held at state house as the
judge president of the high court, the television report said.

A judge president is the most senior position in the high court here.

Makarau replaces Paddington Garwe, who has since been promoted judge in the
supreme court.

Makarau is a founder member of an association of local women lawyers and is
a member of the International Association of Women Judges as well as a
member of the International Association of Women Lawyers, the report added.

Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa was quoted by state television as saying
Zimbabwe needed four more judges to ensure efficient service delivery.

Zimbabwe presently has 29 justices.

He said the country would continue to identify suitably qualified and
experienced lawyers to serve on the high court.


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Sonn for Zimbabwe


      One of the first actions to be taken by the incoming president of the
International Cricket Council, Percy Sonn from South Africa, is to be a trip
to Zimbabwe.

      Sonn has taken over the presidency from Ehsan Mani and told the ICC's
Business Forum at Lord's on Friday that he wants to see the state of the
game for himself in the troubled country.

      "What I want is some degree of understanding of the issues that
surround the administration of cricket within Zimbabwe," CricInfo reported.

      He has been given an invitation from Zimbabwe Cricket to make the

      "I will hear first hand of the challenges that confront the sport
there, how these challenges will be dealt with and, at the same time, we
will discuss how the ICC can assist the game in Zimbabwe.

      "Once I have done that I will then report back to the ICC's executive
board so that we, as an organisation, are better informed about what is
happening there."

      Malcolm Speed, the ICC's chief executive, will make the trip with him.

      "Zimbabwe has seen many of its leading players walk away from
representing the national side over the past few years and that has led to
an inevitable weakening of cricket there," Sonn said.

      "We are not at a stage where Zimbabwe has voluntarily stepped back
from its Test commitments and they will only return to that arena when they
are ready to do so.

      "By traveling there, talking and listening, I believe we will be in a
better position to support cricket in Zimbabwe at a time when such support
is clearly needed."

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Tsvangirai MDC deny hiding suspects in Mabvuku violence

      By Violet Gonda
      7 July 2006

      The Secretary General of the Tsvangirai MDC, Tendai Biti, has
dismissed allegations that his party had smuggled out of the country some of
the suspects in the Mabvuku violence incident. The rift between the warring
MDC factions had deepened last Sunday when officials from the Mutambara MDC
were attacked in Mabvuku by people they claim belong to the other faction.
      Then on Thursday Gabriel Chaibva spokesperson of the Mutambara MDC
made more serious accusations saying that some of the youths alleged to have
attacked Harare North MP Trudy Stevenson and others had been smuggled out of
the country into South Africa by a top official of the Tsvangirai group.
      Chaibva claimed, "The opposition faction was tipped off by members of
the public that a number of people were housed at Eddie Cross' house in
Bulawayo over the night, en-route to a foreign country."
      Chaibva also said one of the vehicles that the youths allegedly used
to get away in Mabvuku, was found in Bulawayo.

      But the Tsvangirai MDC denies this.
      Biti said the party will not protect anyone who breaks the law and the
law must take its course on this issue. Responding to the allegations of
smuggling people out of the country he said this is an attempt to mislead
people and an attempt to score political points. He defended Eddie Cross
vehemently saying, " I have known Eddie Cross throughout my life and Eddie
Cross cannot hurt a fly."
      The opposition official said the allegations won't fool the people of
Zimbabwe because what they want are solutions to address critical issues of
unemployment, housing and food.
      Biti said his party condemned the attack on Trudy Stevenson and the
others; "And I made it very clear that if our commission of inquiry
establishes that any member or supporter was indeed involved, due processes
will take place and we will expel them."

      Biti says he suspects the police and the notorious Central
Intelligence Organisation (CIO) may have played a role in the Mabvuku
incident and created the violence.
      He said, "To me I have no illusions about the system we are dealing
with. We are dealing with a ZANU PF that was founded on violence, got to
power through violence, has sustained itself through violence, will use
violence to destroy the opposition and will use violence to destroy and put
wedges in the democratic forces."
      The Secretary General added, "In recent times there has been no state
that has unleashed more moral, physical and intellectual violence than the
Robert Mugabe regime and that is the violence we need to deal with."

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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JAG Job Opportunities dated 6 July 2006

Please send any job opportunities for publication in this newsletter to: JAG
Job Opportunities; or

Ad inserted 8 June 2006

Concession Manager. Mozambique - based

TCT successfully recruited a manager from Zimbabwe in February 2006 and are
now looking for an additional manager to join the team.

Forestry and sawmill operation in northern Sofala Province seeks bush
manager as part of a team managing 2 forest concessions, 2 sawmills and a

Should be self-motivated, industrious, able to work alone and live in remote
areas. Owing to nature of work the candidate should have good technical
sense. Suit an ex-Farmer experienced in running low-skilled teams,
overseeing maintenance of machinery and equipment and "doing whatever is
necessary to get the job done"!

The candidate should be prepared to reside in Mozambique full time, with the
majority of time spent in bush. Fully legal residence and work permits will
be provided.

Package in US$ with vehicle & accommodation in bush.

Portuguese not essential at the start but the successful candidate would
have to learn to communicate in the language.

Basic computer literacy an advantage.

CV's will be accepted until the 26th of June 2006, short listed candidates
will be advised by the 5 July and a candidate will be selected by the 20th
of July, candidate expected to start as soon as possible, preferably August

Package to be negotiated

Please send your CV to email or fax +258 23 30 21 61.
Included in your CV or on the covering letter please advise what package you
will be expecting.

Those candidates who submitted their CV's for the first position that has
been filled and would like to apply for the second position, please resubmit
your CV's.

For additional company information see


Ad inserted 8 June 2006

Tobacco Farm Manager Required

Irrigated and Dry land Crop.  Good Package for Experienced Person.



Ad inserted 15 June 2006

Secretary Wanted
A keen and enthusiastic person wanted to fill a secretarial position at
Garden Genius Pvt ltd.  Hours would be 8 - 5 from Monday to Friday.
Please phone 746538 if you are interested.


Ad inserted 15 June 2006

Manager Wanted - Namibia

Zimbabwean farmers, who may be interested in exploring the possibility of
moving to other African countries to start projects or equity in business.

Farm of 4433 hectares situated 7 km from the mining town of Tsumeb, Namibia.
The farm has 7 boreholes but only two of them are currently used. It has a
transformer with continuous electricity power supplied by NAMPOWER. In the
past, 30 hectares have already been cleared for crop production and
currently we have 21 cattle, which we would like to increase to make it
economically viable. Also, wild animals such as kudu, eland, wild boar and
many small buck animals roam freely through the farm. The farm also has
ample supply of trees for firewood.

We require somebody to manage, develop and run the farm profitably because
at the moment we have our jobs in the city, Windhoek, which is 440 km from
the farm. We will be interested in entertaining business proposals for
profit sharing ventures or applications from individuals who will be
interested in developing, managing and running the farm as a business

For further information they might like to contact us at our email address, or contact Estefania at +26461223088 (After 18h00
Namibian time) or Stephen at mobile phone +264812988991.


Ad inserted 15 June 2006

General Manager Wanted

General Manager required for locally based international seed company.
Applicants should have a good background in administration with particular
emphasis on the ability to operate in an economy affected by hyperinflation.
Experience in horticulture is essential.

Position would suit a mature ex-farmer who is computer literate.
Motor vehicle and other benefits included in package.
Please apply to


Ad inserted 15 June 2006


We need a Transport Manager as soon as possible that can handle the basic
transport management side as well as fuel procurement.

Competitive salary offered to the right person.

Please apply to with CV and references.
Phone no. (067) 28603/4  (067) 29299   011609841


Ad inserted 15 June 2006


1) Small scale tobacco project in D.R.C.
2) Tough conditions (but safe!)
3) Project in developing stages.
4) This post is for a "Jack of all trades" person with sound knowledge of
tobacco and admin skills.
5) Applicants to reply to advertiser, at Box 4601, Harare. Please advise
contact phone number.
6) Salary to be negotiated.


Ad inserted 22 June 2006




Ad inserted 22 June 2006

Manager Wanted

Position Offered:  Manager required to oversee factory in Harare and to
travel to Chalala, Kariba for one week per month for stock takes etc.  In
Harare the job will entail the overseeing of factory, machinery and vehicles
maintenance and managing labour, stocks and security.  Position available
immediately.  Interested applicants please email


Ad inserted 29 June 2006


C.E.O required to Head the Kapenta Industry in Kariba. Good package
depending on applicants qualifications. To start, 1st August 2006. Applicant
required to be good & meticulous administrator & very active (35 years &
above). Please apply to email address:


Ad inserted 29 June 2006




Ad inserted 6 July 2006

Workshop Manager Required

Workshop located in Ashbrittle
Work involves water supply systems
Applicant should be approximately 60 to 68 years old, needing to supplement
his pension.  Knowledge of pumps and vehicle maintenance an advantage
Job covers stock control and workshop activities as well as
Salary negotiable

Please telephone 091 212 163 for further discussion (evenings 882718)


Ad inserted 6 July 2006


We are an Agricultural Commodity Trading company,  also involved in Contract

We are looking for a Farmer Liaison Officer/Broker/Agronomist

DUTIES are outlined below but are not limited to: -
Data entry of contracts, deliveries and communications (Computer skills
Liaison with Farmer's with regard to delivery Procedures.
Handling of quality disputes and contracting problems with both buyers and
Managing any queries during delivery of crop.
Weekly collection of documentation from various delivery depots.
Liaison with the storage depots, transporters and other interested parties.
Managing the supply of inputs to farmers during contract growing as well as
monitoring the crop progress and any queries during delivery of crop and
empty grain bags.
Crop progress reports and crop management.
Must have a farming background.

Please apply to the General Manager, 04-307868/9
04-339575 or email


Ad inserted 6 July 2006

Operations Manager

"Operations Manager" required for retail shops in Manicaland. Would suit ex
farmer and wife. Age and experience not important. Email"


Employment Sought


Ad inserted 22 June 2006

Position Required in Safari/Outdoor Organization;

Single male with previous experience in Zimbabwe and Mozambique seeks
position. Has experience in camp management, catering, lodge/camp
construction, and administration. Please contact Ned via Duncan on 011 405
387, 309971 (work hours) or email at


Ad inserted 22 June 2006


We are shortly leaving Zimbabwe and wish to find employment for our driver
Munyaradzi Maliki.  He is a non-drinker, very reliable, hard working and
honest.  Munyaradzi has driven our T35 extensively on long distances over
extremely poor dirt roads to our Kapenta Fishing Camp (Harare to Kariba -
via Gokwe).  He is meticulous in conducting regular full vehicle checks and
has proved to be a valued employee and a good team player, who willingly
undertakes other duties if he is not driving.  His availability would be on
an immediate basis.  Please contact Shaw: 091 945686 or 091 270 245
(landline not working)."


Ad inserted 22 June 2006

Farm Manager

Looking for a farm job as a manager, Qualified at Blackfordby Agricultural,
Three years farming experience in tobacco, maize and wheat.
Please contact George Heyns home: 064 8388    Cell:091272216


Ad inserted 22 June 2006

Ex Farmer

Ex Farmer/Consultant and Agronomist for Alliance One Tobacco aged 50 years
living in Zimbabwe with 23 years experience in growing tobacco, maize, seed
maize, horticulture, beef cattle, pigs, chickens.  Excellent management,
administration and communication skills, computer literate, full clean
drivers licence.  Was runner up'Tobacco Grower of the Year' in 1985.  Spent
last 2 years consulting for Imperial Tobacco Group in Madagascar on the
production of flue-cured tobacco.
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY.  CONTACT: 091 439 911/011  602 583 or

Can send CV if necessary.


Ad inserted 6 July 2006

Girl Friday

Mature lady seeks position as a Person Friday.  Typing skills, Clerical
work, some computer experience i.e. Email.

Reliable, Honest, Available immediately has own transport.

Prefers not to have to deal with any figure work or money.

Areas - Workington, Light Industrial Sites, Msasa, Newlands, Southerton.

Contact Address: Phone Heather Don on 571737 or Email:


For the latest listings of accommodation available for farmers, contact (updated 6 July 2006)

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