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Herewith today's (Friday 11th June 2004) Listing of Section 8 Acquisition
Orders published in the Herald under Lot No. 7 pertaining to 16 properties.
There is a repeat of Lot 2 which was also repeated on the 4th June 2004

A repeat listing of Section 5 Notices under Lot 145 and 146 pertaining to
259 and 23 respectively.

Collection of Section 8 Orders for lodgement of Section 5 Notice objection
letters can be effected at the following address which is not given in the

Block 2
Makombe Complex
cnr. Herbert Chitepo Street/Harare Street
See Mr. Pazavakombewa

  Vesting of land, taking of materials and
  exercise of rights over land

NOTICE is hereby given, in terms of paragraph (iii) of subsection (1) of
section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act (Chapter 20:10), that the President
has acquired compulsorily the land described in the Schedule for
resettlement purposes.

Minister of Special Affairs in the President's Office in Charge of Lands,
Land Reform and Resettlement.



11.6.2004.  1.  470/76.  R J Van Rensburg and Sons (Private) Limited:
Lomagundi: Farm Upper Romsey of Romsey: 753,5218 ha
11.6.2004.  2.  5629/84.  Orlando Franz Meyer: Lomagundi: Lot 1 of
Noitgedag: 503,2440 ha
11.6.2004.  3.  2220/77.  Huesca (Private) Limited: Lomagundi: The
Remainder of Dundrennan of Manengas: 578,5439 ha
11.6.2004.  4.  5741/86.  R S C Farming (Private) Limited: Lomagundi:
Petruswil: 948,0821 ha
11.6.2004.  5.  4473/57.  Allan Wallace Williamson: Lomagundi: Remaining
Extent of Manengas: 820 morgens


11.6.2004.  6.  1083/74.  Shanti Estate P/L: Chipinga: Lot 2 of
Leliesvlei of De Rust of Avontuur Extension: 125,6000 ha
11.6.2004.  7.  3230/77. Watershed Estates (Private) Limited: Chipinga:
Lot 12A of Newcastle: 318,6532 ha


11.6.2004.  8.  4596/81.  Masori Investments (Private) Limited: Makoni:
Remaining Extent of Maidstone: 1 113,3764 ha
11.6.2004.  9.  513/88. Alveston Estate (1985) (Private) Limited: Makoni:
Lot 4 of Lawerncedale: 838,3100 ha


11.6.2004.  10.  4412/78.  Michael Boswell: Umtali: Lot 12 of Bomponi:
707,5200 ha
11.6.2004.  11.  2699/2000.  Brandhill (Private) Limited: Umtali: Lot 7
of Lot 1 of Mazonwe: 272,7641 ha
11.6.2004.  12.  6696/92.  P D Hulley (Private) Limited: Umtali: Lot 1 of
Orkney of Howth: 438,0069 ha


11.6.2004.  13.  485/89.  Nyaudza Farm (Private) Limited: Urungwe: The
Remaining Extent of Wingate Estate: 633,3208 ha
11.6.2004.  14.  7782/88.  D M Younghusband (Private) Limited: Urungwe:
Foliot: 1 254,8864 ha
11.6.2004.  15.  4575/88.  Tengwe Estates (Private) Limited: Urungwe:
Fumeira Estates: 582,5291 ha
11.6.2004.  16.  3534/78.  Cosmo Farms (Private) Limited: Urungwe:
Remainder of Chimburukwe: 1 022,8593 ha

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The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries.
It is an invention of civilization.
Mikhail S. Gorbachev


Letter 1.  RE: OLF 274 Letter 3: Big Brother

Dear Little Brother - Watching

Your simile of people as chameleons is very apposite. From my own
observations this is particularly so Zimbabwe at this heightened time of
social and economic stress, where the core-values of each person are tested
to see if they are there at all, and what they really mean when personal
actions put the values to the acid test when deciding "right" from "wrong"
choices on a daily basis.

However, beware those that - like "Little Brother - Watching" -
automatically equate "Non-Chameleons" with people holding Christian values
- we are all part of the Human Zoo with our own camouflage, and warts and
all! There are Christian "Chameleons" in the Human Zoo too!

Watching Chameleons and Little Brother"


Letter 2.  Subject: Please
Hi All,

As you all probably know the Reserve Bank Governor Gidion Gono is
addressing a meeting (Rally) in London to ask all those who have fled
Zimbabwe because of the violence, to submit the money that they are sending
to their relatives through the proper channels. This is so the Zimbabwe
government can use this forex to fight democracy, in other words kill and
maim the opposition. What a cheek, "we want your money to kill your
relatives, but you cannot vote".

Please I ask you all to get those in England to go to this meeting and tell
Gono what we think of him and this repressive government.


Gerry Whitehead

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of the submitters, and do not represent the official viewpoint of Justice
for Agriculture.


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11 June 2004
Closure of Tribune underlines The Partisan Political Agenda of Zimbabwe's Media Watchdog

The decision by the government controlled Media and Information Commission (MIC) to close down the Tribune newspaper is not only a politically motivated strike it also signifies yet another attack on citizens’ constitutional right to receive and impart information of their choice.

This latest move to muzzle the independent media was based on the spurious premise that the Tribune had changed ownership and directors without seeking authorisation from the MIC.

The MIC has yet again shown its true colours as a formidable enemy of freedom of speech; its primary purpose is simply to advance a narrow, elitist, political agenda and root out and silence opponents by abusing ‘legal provisions’ contained within its terms of reference. The MIC, as currently constituted, would have no place in a functioning democracy.

In his recent interview with Sky News, Robert Mugabe claimed that the people of Zimbabwe ‘are able to say things that they would want to say about the government’. Clearly they are not, given that the closure of the Tribune represents the third paper (that has been critical of the government), to be closed this year following the closure of the Daily News and Daily News on Sunday.

Whilst Robert Mugabe is trying to hoodwink the world into believing that Zimbabwe is a haven for freedom of speech his government is busy trying to concoct ways of emasculating the independent media ahead of the parliamentary elections, scheduled for March 2005. 

The on-going closure of objective channels of information by the ruling authorities dilutes people’s capacity to make informed choices at the ballot box; a factor which undermines the legitimacy of any election process.

Paul Themba Nyathi
Secretary for Information and Publicity

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Zimbabwe Publisher Vows to Fight Closure
Tendai Maphosa
11 Jun 2004, 16:25 UTC

The publisher of an independent weekly newspaper, which was shut down by
Zimbabwe authorities, says he will appeal the decision.
The publisher of The Tribune, Kindness Paradza, says the government's
decision to suspend the newspaper's license for a year was based on faulty
evidence and will be appealed.

Zimbabwe's Media and Information Commission, which issued the suspension,
said the publisher failed to notify the government of changes in its
ownership and name, and attempted to mislead the commission in violation of
Zimbabwe's controversial media laws.

But Mr. Paradza says he complied with the notification requirements, and
called the suspension a blow to the freedom of the press in Zimbabwe.

"Those allegations are not valid, in our opinion, because they were meant
just as compliance, and this is what we did. We have since complied with
whatever they wanted us to do; we have supplied M.I.C. (the Media and
Information Commission) with all the information," Mr. Paradza said.

The publisher, who is a member of the parliament for the ruling Zanu-PF
party, has publicly criticized the media law. The Tribune, which first
published in 2002, also did not shy away from taking an independent
editorial line on government policies.

The Tribune was on the streets Friday as usual, but Mr. Paradza says he has
not ignored the order to cease operations.

"The notice, which came to us, was not a formal notice. It was just a form
of a press statement, and that press statement, which came to us was not
addressed to anybody, but it's a statement given to all other news media,
and it does not give us a timeframe to say we should stop publishing by what
date. That's why we published," Mr. Paradza added.

The suspension of The Tribune came a day after four directors of another
banned newspaper, The Daily News, went on trial on charges of publishing
without a license. The newspaper, and its sister publication, The Daily News
on Sunday, were closed down last year, when their publishers defied the
licensing authority, saying the media law requiring registration is
unconstitutional. Mr. Paradza said The Tribune is properly registered, and
said he will ask the court to allow him to continue publishing, pending the
appeals court decision on the suspension of his license.
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Zimbabwe: Plight of Working Children to Be Researched

UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

June 11, 2004
Posted to the web June 11, 2004


A new labour survey is set to highlight the situation of working children in

About 140 enumerators are currently engaged in a three-week National Labour
Force Survey being conducted by the Central Statistical Office (CSO), with
support from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). It is expected to cover more
than 10,000 households in Zimbabwe's 10 provinces.

The survey will not only deal with the employment situation of adults, but
also of children.

UNICEF and the CSO agree that the national survey will provide greater
insight into the situation of working children by indicating how many are
involved in economic activity, the type of labour they are engaged in, what
conditions they work under, and whether these could be potentially dangerous
to their physical and emotional development.

"We hope the information gathered during this survey will give us a better
understanding of the problems faced by working children and, in turn, help
us be better able to identify practical ways to minimise the risk to their
physical, emotional and social well-being," said Dr Festo Kavishe, UNICEF
Representative in Zimbabwe.

Kavishe is hoping the information from the sample survey "will guide us in
finding better ways to support households, especially vulnerable children,
to cope without being forced into exploitative child labour", while
researchers would like to paint a national picture of population
characteristics such as education, activity status, employment, hours
worked, income, work-related safety, and health and housing.

"It is important that we strengthen the quality of our research to reflect
the evolving situation in Zimbabwe," said Lazarus Machirovi, director of the
CSO. "With the largest segment of our population under the age of 18, not
only do we have a moral responsibility to make sure they are accurately
reflected in our work, but any research without their situation included
would be incomplete."

According to a joint press release from UNICEF and the CSO, the 1999
National Child Labour Survey found that 26.3 percent of children aged 5 to
17 years were working.

Studies indicate that orphaned children in this group are much more at risk.
As their parents fall progressively ill from HIV/AIDS the family becomes
poorer and the children take on an increasing number of responsibilities.
Desperate to earn a living, they are often forced to work in exploitative
and dangerous conditions.

A UNICEF report, "Africa's Orphaned Generations", said a higher proportion
of children in Sub-Saharan Africa were working than in any other region,
where 29 percent of children aged 5 to 14 were economically active.
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Leeds Today

Don't let mum fall into hands of Mugabe thugs


FORMER Zimbabwean MP Charles Duke knows the dark side of Robert Mugabe's
regime - he has a two-inch wide dent in his head to prove it.

Now the 70-year-old is backing a bid by mother-of-seven Deirdre Humphreys,
43, to stay in Leeds after she was refused asylum.
Mr Duke and wife Jill fled the troubled country five years ago and found
sanctuary in Wetherby.
Unlike Mrs Humphreys, the couple hold British passports.
But they were touched when they read about Mr Humphreys's plight in the YEP
in April.
She escaped the Mugabe-backed gangs who took over many white-run farms in
Zimbabwe in 2000, fleing to West Yorkshire with her youngest daughter,
Jessica, 13.
Last year she applied for asylum after her work permit ran out. In its
reasons for refusal, the Home Office said that Mrs Humphreys would only face
risk of violence or death if she tried to live on the family farm and said
the capital, Harare, was safe.
Mrs Humphreys said her partner's association with the opposition Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC) - meant she would be arrested as soon as she set
foot back in the country and possibly killed.
Mr Duke, an MP under former Prime Minister Ian Smith from 1985, who then
became a minister in Mr Mugabe's Zanu PF government in 1987, agreed.
He said: "Deirdre is in a position of many people I know; a lot who are my
friends, who have lost their farms. If she went back there she would be
branded an MDC supporter, even though it was her partner who was involved
with that party.
"She would not be able to get a job to support herself. Secondly I know what
Mugabe's secret police are like.
"When I first crossed the floor I was welcomed with open arms. But, later
on, I was deemed out of favour and Mr Mugabe stopped talking to me."
Born in Southern Rhodesia, as well as being an MP Mr Duke was a millionaire
geologist and owned two gold mines and three houses. He fled the country
penniless after he was beaten with lead piping about the head by a gang of
men while on a field trip. He believes the attack was government-backed.
"I can't go back there. Look what happened to me and I was a minister in the
Zanu PF.
"Deirdre definitely qualifies for political asylum. If she was forced to go
back I would genuinely fear for her and her daughter's safety.
"Her life would be at risk."

11 June 2004
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Harare residents blame minister for water shortage

June 11, 2004, 12:24

Residents of the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, are facing serious problems of
water shortages and delayed refuse collection. Residents blame Ignatius
Chombo, the local government minister, for the ongoing difficulties. They
say Chombo is dismissing elected councillors, in a move seen as more of a
personal than a business nature, without ensuring smooth operations in the

Authorities, however, say the latest water cuts in most of the suburbs of
the town are due to mechanical faults at the treatment plant that services
Harare. They say another obstacle in the water supply system is the shortage
of machinery spare parts and chemicals used to treat water before human

The municipal workers dispute this saying the problem due to bad judgment,
human error, poor management and corruption in the supply of water treatment
chemicals. Residents further complain of worsening destruction of the
capital city's infrastructure, most of which remains without maintenance.
They say the situation will only improve if both the government and city
respect each other's jobs and commit all efforts to serving the people.

Chombo fired Elias Mudzuri, the mayor of Harare, earlier this year, and six
councillors, before suspending 13 others, for alleged corruption and
mismanagement. The remaining councillors, mostly from the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change, are now boycotting council meetings,
bringing municipality business to confusion.
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Zimbabwean opposition not fading: MDC

June 11, 2004, 12:39

By Chris Msipa
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), in Zimbabwe says it is
not fading and there is no fighting going on among its members as has been

Welshman Ncube, the party secretary-general, says the claims are coming from
the ruling ZANU(PF), which is applying what he calls its old tactics of
trying to undermine opponents when it sees fit. He says the MDC is not
experiencing any difficulties, as the group is busy preparing for the
forthcoming elections, which are expected in March next year.

The opposition politician was speaking in an interview with the SABC in the
capital, Harare, after reports of what commentators describe as a state ploy
to gag the opposition ahead of the polls. The government labels the MDC a
front of the former colonial power, Britain, and has fired Elias Mudzuri,
the first opposition mayor of Harare, before sacking Francis Dhlakama, of
the western city of Chegutu.

The two city fathers and their entire councils are accused of corruption and
mismanagement, while they claim interference from the government has been
disturbing the smooth administration of their cities. Political commentators
say the detention of MDC members of parliament and their supporters, as well
as the group's lack of favourable media coverage are the major obstacles the
party faces.

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Water Cuts Hit Parts of Harare

The Herald (Harare)

June 10, 2004
Posted to the web June 10, 2004


Mechanical problems at Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Works are limiting the
flow of treated water to Harare, causing the usual cut in supplies to the
eastern and northeastern suburbs and temporary cuts in southern suburbs as
their supplies are then diverted east.

The latest cuts come as the Municipal Workers Union lashed out over what it
described as poor management, human error, bad judgment and a scam in the
supply of treatment chemicals from some companies.

Two compressors at Morton Jaffray broke down on Monday around 3am
compounding the supply problems that face eastern and northeastern Harare at
the best of times.

These areas receive their water in several stages from the water works.

Water is pumped from Morton Jaffray to the city, and then to Letombo and
from there to the rest of the northeastern third of Harare and all Ruwa.

Whenever supplies fall below demand, these areas see the cuts first.

Supplies are then disrupted to those who draw directly from Letombo as water
is diverted to the further-flung reservoirs, although in recent weeks the
policy has been to reduce pressure sharply rather than cut altogether, so
frequently have there been problems of one sort or another.

If this does not work then residents of the southern suburbs have cuts or
reduced pressure for shorter periods as their water is diverted to Letombo
for onward pumping.

Harare City Council director of works Mr Pyschology Chiwanga said because of
the technical fault experienced at the water treatment works, the city was
pumping at reduced capacity.

"We are currently not pumping from Alex (Alexandra Park) due to the low
level. We are running one pump from Orange Groove to Greendale, one pump
from Letombo to Greendale and one pump from Letombo to Donnybrook," he said.

Yesteday Epworth, Ruwa, Msasa, Mabvuku, Tafara, Chisipite, The Grange,
Greendale, parts of Borrowdale, Queensdale, Hatfield and Highlands had no
water as the council juggled supplies.

Residents in the low-density suburbs were having to rely on neighbours with
boreholes or resorted to water in swimming pools.

Ruwa, Mabvuku and New Tafara residents were yesterday drawing water from
unprotected wells.

Ms Joyce Machokoti of Ruwa said her family boils the water before use.

She said water supplies to Ruwa were very unreliable as these can only be
restored for a few minutes in a week.

Mrs Barbara Gogoma of New Tafara said her family, as have most families in
eastern Harare, had bought huge containers to store water for domestic use.

The water is only used in the event of cuts in supplies.

She said the family fetches water from open wells for use in the garden,
toilet and to do laundry.

"People in this area (New Tafara) have not had peace with water supplies for
a very long time. Supplies are either restored for only a few minutes and
after that we go for days without water," she said.

Yesterday some callers from Hogerty Hill, Philadelphia and Chisipite
complained to The Herald over the unexplained water shortages.

"You should expose the rot at council. What are those people doing? They
should give us value for money," said one male caller who identified himself
as a resident of Hogerty Hill.

Some of the residents complained that they received huge water bills yet
there was no water for the greater part of last month in the northern and
eastern suburbs.

According to a status report on the water situation in the city, one of
Harare's 16 water reservoirs was above 48 percent full as of Wednesday.

The Hogerty Hill reservoir was at zero percent, Alexandra Park 16,9 percent,
Donnybrook 1,3 percent, Philadelphia 1,4 percent with Emerald Hill having
the highest of 48 percent.

But Municipal Workers Union chairman Mr Cosmos Bungu said the perennial
water problems are a result of human error and poor judgment.

In a document addressed to acting Mayor Clr Sekesayi Makwavarara, Mr Bungu
outlined the various problems affecting the governance of the city and
workers' morale.

"As workers, we wish to advise your honour that the alleged water problems
of Harare are man-made, hence the challenge that the issue has to be
thoroughly investigated," he said.

Mr Bungu said it was worrying to note that almost 90 percent of the
equipment at Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Works is not functional.

He said workers were now made to do manually, some steps in water

He gave as an example, the carrying of 50 kilogramme bags of hydrated lime
by workers on their backs. He said a number of the workers at Morton Jaffray
get hurt and are usually retired on medical grounds.

"Employees have to resort to their experience in treating the water and yet
machinery needed to do the job costs much less than what is hired," he said.

Mr Bungu said council employed a number of experienced engineers and
artisans but these employees were not being innovative in the face of

He said workers at Firle Sewage Treatment Works were having to use their
hands to treat raw sewage.

"Imagine having to spend eight hours a day shovelling or sifting raw sewage
without adequate protective clothing," said Mr Bungu.

Mr Bungu asked Clr Makwavarara to investigate an alleged scam in the
purchase of water treatment chemicals.

He said council was losing billions through underhand activities involving a
supplier who he alleges procures chemicals on the pretext that he would be
taking them to South Africa and yet he would be supplying Harare City

He alleged that the company forges documents on entry into Zimbabwe saying
the chemicals would be in transit to South Africa.

This is done to avoid the payment of duty to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

The chemicals are later delivered to Morton Jaffray.

He said payment for the chemicals is done promptly.

"At the moment, we are told there is an over supply of the chemical and
lorries that deliver it are queuing to offload. The longer the lorries are
parked there, the more the cost to council," he said.

Mr Bungu said the chemical suppliers were overcharging council and that the
burden was being transferred on to ratepayers.

Clr Makwavarara said she would only be able to comment on the allegations
after seeing the document.
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Special envoy for humanitarian needs to visit region

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

JOHANNESBURG, 11 Jun 2004 (IRIN) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy
for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, James Morris, is to return to the
region on Tuesday to lead a mission aimed at taking stock of future
humanitarian requirements, a UN press release said.

Morris will visit four countries - Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and
Namibia - affected by the "triple threat" of food insecurity, weakened
capacity for governance and AIDS. The seven-day interagency mission will
follow up on the findings of his previous visits in September 2002, January
2003, and March 2004.

A visit to Zimbabwe was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, but coincided
with a cabinet meeting, and no government officials were likely to be
available to meet with him, the press release noted. "An alternative
schedule is being proposed but in the meantime, plans are proceeding for the
special envoy to meet ambassadors and UN agencies in Harare," it added.

The special envoy's mission comes at a time when a US $615 million UN
Consolidated Appeal for southern Africa remains "seriously underfunded",
with only US $327 million (53 percent) in confirmed donations to date. "In
particular, funds for non-food items, such as medicines, healthcare,
education, water and sanitation supplies are desperately needed, with only
16 percent of resources for these items having been raised," said the press

World Food Programme regional director Mike Sackett told IRIN on Friday
there were ongoing drought-related food emergencies in Lesotho, southern
Malawi and the lowveld region of Swaziland. Regarding the outlook for
Zimbabwe, he said WFP was "still analysing the food security situation".

According to preliminary results of the 2004 Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO)/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission to Lesotho,
cereal production was sharply down at 49,000 mt, compared with 119,000 mt in
the 2002/03 season, and a five-year average of 156,000 mt. Lesotho's cereal
deficit this year, after subtracting anticipated commercial imports and
existing stock levels, was an estimated 26,000 mt.

Late and erratic summer rains, a smaller area cultivated than in previous
seasons, the government's removal of input subsidies, and the failure of the
2003 winter crop were identified by the food assessment mission as among the
factors contributing to the dramatic decline in production.

Cereal output in Malawi was estimated at 1.8 million mt, down from the
2002/03 season's yield of 2.0 million mt, leaving an uncovered deficit of
85,000 mt. Swaziland's harvest was forecast at 61,000 mt - 8,000 mt less
than the previous season, with a cereal deficit of 22,000 mt that includes
already committed food aid.

In Zambia and Mozambique, further to the north, where more rain was received
during the growing season, "the situation is considerably better than last
year", said Sackett. According to FAO, these two countries would not require
additional food aid.

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From Focus (Helen Suzman Foundation), June 2004

Al-Qaeda and the Zimbabwe nexus

continued from 10 June issue

The printing of Qadaffi's 1 September 2001 speech in The Herald had caught
the eye of several MDC members. "When September 11 occurred I went back and
looked at it again," one of them told me. "Then we noticed an Afghan we call
Mr Moosa." Moosa, who was in the motor trade, had got into a trifling
dispute with a florist near his premises over parking spaces. Amazingly, the
CIO immediately materialized and warned off the florist: Mr Moosa was, they
said, a very important person and under the government's protection. The
same happened when some of Moosa's workers threatened a strike. Again the
CIO arrived in force to warn the workers that they had better not dream of
upsetting a person enjoying president Mugabe's protection. "We managed to
get through to a person in the ministry of foreign affairs," my MDC contact
told me. "He confirmed that Moosa was a special case and that 'we're looking
after him'. For us that was virtual confirmation that he was effectively the
Afghan - and thus, at that time, the Taliban -ambassador, perhaps even the
al-Qaeda ambassador. He clearly has a hot-line to Mugabe which in turn means
they have an on-going deal." They then discovered that Moosa's office did no
actual business."It was just a front company, providing a phone, fax,
e-mail, a bank account and it took delivery of containers. There couldn't be
an open Taliban embassy here, so they had this disguised one instead."

One of the MDC activists deputed to watch Moosa was 'Richard', who works out
every morning in a Harare gym. In early September 2001 Richard noticed that
Moosa and two Afghan companions had begun to frequent the same gym. On 12
September 2001, the day after the attack on the twin towers, he walked
across the gym to where Moosa's party were exercising and asked them what
they thought of the previous day's events. "They were vehemently
anti-American and clearly pro-Taliban," Richard told me. "They said the
Americans had got exactly what they deserved. They seemed to be bursting
with a mixture of elation and bitterness. To be frank I think they blurted
out more than they meant to because they disappeared from the gym for a few
days after that. "Then in the week following they reappeared, this time with
eight other Afghans. These guys looked tired, as if they'd been travelling,
which I guess they had," Richard reported. "One of them was wearing a Tamil
Tiger T-shirt. My immediate guess was that these were escaping Taliban or
al-Qaeda. I've had military training myself and these men were fighters. If
you're a fighter you've got to stay fit, even if you're stressed and
travelling. That's why I think they were at the gym. They only came that
once and then disappeared." At this I went back to another CIO source who
put out feelers among his former colleagues in the CIO. One of them, he
confirmed to me a few days later, had told him that in mid-September he had
been asked to produce ten false passports for the same number of Libyans.
These were delivered on 20 September. When I queried whether the recipients
were genuinely Libyans it became clear that all that was really known was
that they had previously been travelling on Libyan passports. The tie-up
between these ten passports and the eleven men seen by Richard at the gym
hardly needs emphasis, particularly since Richard must have seen them in the
week of 12 to 19 September - as they waited for their new passports, with
which they could then leave Zimbabwe with fresh identities.

One also has to remember that Zimbabwean military involvement in the
Democratic Republic of Congo had given Mugabe and the top Zanu PF elite
control over several diamond mines there, including a joint venture with Al
Shanfari's Oryx Group in the Senga Senga mine. According to a confidential
study prepared by Kroll Associates in 2002, "Al Shanfari and Oryx launder
diamonds for several Lebanese traders linked to al-Qaeda". Thus here too
there was a direct - and profitable - relationship between Mugabe and
al-Qaeda, providing, incidentally, a route through which payment for other
services could also be made. In fact al-Qaeda involvement with blood
diamonds goes back some way before 9/11. Two al-Qaeda operatives named by
the Washington Post (3 November 2001) as having been involved in the DRC
since the mid-1990s are Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani and Fazul Abdullah Mohammed.
Ghailani, a Tanzanian, was also the man who bought the truck used in the
truck-bombing of the US embassy in Dar-Es-Salaam in 1998 while Fazul turns
out to be one of the many aliases used by Haroun Fazil, the mastermind
behind the Nairobi embassy bombing. Thus both the key architects of the East
African embassy bombings emerged from an al-Qaeda network active in southern
Africa for some years before that, one which will have had many points of
contact with the ruling Zimbabwean elite. This throws a new light on
Zawahiri's alleged visits to Zimbabwe prior to 9/11 - he was clearly
travelling to an area in which he already had operatives and at least a
rudimentary infrastructure. This would certainly have increased the
likelihood that al-Qaeda would have wanted to use Zimbabwe for the
transit-and-laundering role we have seen.

Another straw in the wind was the revelation that closed circuit TV cameras
within the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Cape Town had recorded the image
of a known al-Qaeda suspect lolling against the restaurant's bar a month
before the bomb-blast there. The police, who identified the man as a
Moroccan based in Zimbabwe, strangely refused to act on this information. It
is tempting to link this attitude with Pretoria's rapid volte face on the
issue of 9/11. By January 2002 ANC pressure on ex-president Mandela had
forced him publicly to recant his previous condemnation of Bin Laden, while
deputy president Zuma announced that the ANC no longer saw 9/11 as a
terrorist act but as a blow in a wider struggle against imperialism. He
simultaneously denounced Britain and America for their war on the Taliban
which, he said, was aimed "against innocent Afghan civilians". Given
president Mbeki's support for president Mugabe it is possible that Pretoria
was not keen to see a line of enquiry opened up in the Planet Hollywood
affair which led back to the presence of al-Qaeda activists in Zimbabwe. In
Harare again in late 2003 I was struck by the US embassy posters offering a
$2 million reward for Haroun Fazil. Quite clearly, the FBI believe either
that he may be in Zimbabwe or that there may be people there who know him. I
decided that this merited a visit to Zimbabwean CID headquarters in the vast
police camp adjacent to Mugabe's presidential palace. I eventually found the
office I was looking for, with a Wanted poster of Fazil from Interpol - and
a CID poster showing a copy of Fazil's passport. For, it emerges, Fazil
travelled to Nairobi to carry out the bombings which were to kill and maim
thousands from Harare, on a Zimbabwean passport. The possibility that
Zimbabwe may have provided some sort of support base for both the East
African and 9/11 atrocities - perhaps even for the Planet Hollywood bombing
too - is perhaps not surprising. Mugabe has, after all, not scrupled to use
terror against his own people. The real question is whether South Africa's
NIA has taken note of what is happening and whether president Mbeki, in the
strong support he has lent Mugabe, has realized the full implications of
what he is doing.
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Land Nationalization in Zimbabwe Unnerves Some in South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa ( - Zimbabwe's government has
announced its intention to nationalize all remaining private-owned land,
unnerving some people in neighboring South Africa as President Robert Mugabe
pushes ahead with his controversial "land reform" program.

Land Minister John Nkomo said the new policy was abolishing land title
deeds, replacing them with 25- and 99-year government land leases for
wildlife and commercial land respectively.

Nkomo said the government did not believe that land should be used "for
speculative reasons" and that was why it was better to have 99-year leases.

In the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, land expert Sam Moyo said the
announcement had put to rest any hope that white farmers whose land has been
confiscated in recent years would receive compensation.

Moyo also said the announcement was "not as dramatic as it sounds." It had
long formed part of the government's comprehensive land reform program, and
had to take place at one time or another.

The program, designed to ensure fairer distribution of land between the
white minority and black majority, began in 1997 and accelerated in 2001,
just before disputed presidential elections.

Commercial white farmers' lands were taken by the government -- at times by
force -- and handed to black peasants and Mugabe's political allies.

The program saw food production drop to historically low levels and ignite a
socio-political crisis that has seen a near collapse of the Zimbabwean

Many whites in South Africa are concerned similar actions may occur here.

Dr. Kraai van Niekerk, an opposition lawmaker and former Minister of
Agriculture, warned this week against nationalizing land in South Africa.

Speaking in parliament, to jeers from lawmakers for the ruling African
National Congress (ANC) party, van Niekerk said land reform in South Africa
should not only involve transformation of ownership but also consider issues
like sustainability and the productive capacity of the land.

Seventy-six percent of the population of Africa's military and economic
powerhouse is black, while whites account for around 13 per cent. The
remainder are of Asian extract or mixed-race "coloreds."

Ten years after the election which brought majority-rule democracy to South
Africa, official statistics say 87 per cent of land is owned by around
40,000 white farmers.

President Thabo Mbeki's government has adopted a policy of "willing
buyer-willing seller," but the approach has been criticised by some
politicians as being ineffective in ensuring reasonable redistribution of

Under that policy, only four percent of the black population has been

Mugabe's policies have drawn condemnation from around the world, but South
Africa -- the country with the biggest potential influence -- has been
criticized for refraining from criticizing Zimbabwe, instead adopting an
approach of "quiet diplomacy."

David Monyae, a teacher at Johannesburg's Witwatersrand University, said one
of the reasons Mbeki has taken this stance is that any interference in
Zimbabwe would open him to domestic criticism that he is ignoring the land
problem in his own country.

"This could ignite violent land demands by the South African landless

Another factor influencing South Africa's foreign policy towards Zimbabwe,
Monyae said, was a reluctance to interfere because of the destructive role
played by the former apartheid regime which intervened in the affairs of the
region's emerging democracies.
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      Outrage as Mugabe official arrives in London
      by STAFF EDITOR (6/11/2004)

The British Government was accused yesterday of allowing a senior member of
the Zimbabwe regime into Britain on a mission to raise badly needed hard
currency for President Mugabe. The arrival of Gideon Gono, the head of
Zimbabwe's Central Bank and a man described as "Mugabe's banker", prompted
Tories and the Zimbabwe opposition to demand that sanctions be tightened
against key figures in the regime.

Mr Gono, who has made little secret of his travel plans, is on a tour of
Britain to persuade the estimated 400,000-strong Zimbabwe community here to
use a new government service when they send money to relatives back home. By
offering the same exchange rate as the black market, the scheme could inject
millions of pounds in hard currency into the Government's bankrupt coffers.

The Foreign Office said yesterday that Britain's sanctions policy against
Zimbabwe was co-ordinated with the European Union and the Commonwealth.
Although Mr Gono is forbidden from travelling to the United States, he is
not on the list of 95 Zimbabwean officials banned from visiting the European
Union. "Gono's visit to the UK underlines the need for EU targeted sanctions
to be expanded to include all individuals who play a leading role in
perpetuating the illegitimate rule of Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) Government,"
said Welshman Ncube, the Secretary-General of the Movement for Democratic
Change, the main opposition party.

Michael Ancram, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, said that Britain should have
acted unilaterally to stop Mr Gono from coming to London. "We have always
called for the sanctions to cover not just those directly involved in the
regime, but also those who support the regime financially, because the
regime without financial support would be very severely weakened," he told
the BBC.

Late last year Mr Gono was appointed Governor of the Central Bank and
achieved what no one has previously been able to do. He persuaded President
Mugabe to adopt sensible economic policies.He slashed the Zimbabwe dollar to
a quarter of its value and introduced public auctions of foreign currency,
rapidly increasing foreign currency inflows. Mr Gono went on to cut money
supply, manage interest rates, liberalise gold sales, launch a crackdown on
corruption in a rotten financial sector and introduce a mass of other
measures that previously would have been considered frankly dangerous under
Mr Mugabe's regime. Mr Gono's chief accomplishment has been to persuade Mr
Mugabe that dictators do not survive in economic collapse and that if he did
not abandon the policies of the past 24 years he would be out of State House
within months. Mr Mugabe publicly asserts that the economy - still with the
world's highest inflation (500 per cent) and fastest shrinking GDP - is

Privately Mr Gono tells friends that "the President says I have his full
support". His most popular scheme has been to tap into the "diaspora dollar"
of hard currency earnings from the 3.5 million Zimbabweans who have fled
abroad. Many keep their families back home alive by sending hard currency
remittances, which are exchanged at the black market rate. Mr Gono is
offering them rates comparable to the black market, and has sucked in US$16
million into state reserves in the past two months.

In a regime controlled for the past 24 years solely by the decree of its
leader, now aged 80, advice is rarely heeded. Mr Gono is reckoned to have
more influence over Mr Mugabe than anyone else. This week, Mr Gono's image
suffered a blow when the South African Sunday Times cited him as the
controller of a slush fund in the state-owned Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe
that dealt illegally in foreign currency and handed out cash to ruling party
bosses, including the Mugabe family.

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Mahathir and Mugabe: The cat is out of the bag

At last the cat is out of the bag! It took the former Prime Minister
Mahathir Mohamad 15 days to shed some light on an issue that had remained
shrouded in mystery. It must have been the best kept secret - the Malaysian
government and the cabinet did not seem to know anything about it! When the
news regarding Mugabe's lavish 25-bedroom mansion and the fact that Malaysia
was partially funding the construction of this RM18.6 million palace was
first disclosed, the country was in the dark.

Even the Number Two man in the government knew nothing about it! Deputy
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak claimed that he was not aware of
it. He was quoted as having stated, "I have no information about that. I
will check." Even Parliament was not privy to this information. Deputy
Foreign Minister Joseph Salang Gandum informed Parliament that he was
unaware of this. He is on record as having stated, ".I don't think the
government would have funded the mansion."

The Foreign Minister who has been in that office for some time should have
known something about this. After all, it concerns foreign relations with
another country and that must surely be within his purview. While the
present Deputy Prime Minister may with some justification plead ignorance
about this matter, what about the Prime Minister who was Mahathir's Deputy
Prime Minister? Did he know anything about it or was he equally in the dark?

This is an extremely odd situation. Ministers are in the dark, the Cabinet
knows nothing about it and Parliament is none the wiser. We are talking
about the country's wealth and assets. Can it be just given away by an
individual without sanction from the government? It is not private wealth to
be donated as and when one is inclined to do so.

This is why it is so upsetting to read Mahathir saying, "Yes, we did give
Zimbabwe, but what's wrong with that?" What does he mean by "WE"? It is more
like "I" The entire country is in the dark and how can he claim that "we"
gave the timber? And let's not forget Mugabe is not "Zimbabwe." The gift was
for Mugabe's private mansion and not for Zimbabwe, the country.

It is even more bewildering to read him stating that there was nothing
extraordinary about the gift, which he described as "usual practice" in
promoting Malaysian timber. Is this how we promote our Malaysian timber? It
is more like exporting our timber without a valid permit for the
construction of a private palatial mansion that does not accrue any benefit
for the timber industry.

Is it a fact that it is a "usual practice" to promote the timber industry in
this fashion? If so, how many Heads of States have benefited from this
promotion of the timber industry? It is very telling that Mahathir did not
disclose the value of the timber that was given away to Mugabe. And what
kind of timber have "we" presented him with? Does this gift run into
millions of ringgit and if so how many millions?

Mahathir is also accountable to the public for his action. He must come
clean by providing facts and figures to justify why a guy like Mugabe, who
is regarded as a tyrant and a despotic dictator, deserves this "gift" from
Malaysians. This is just one example of the wealth that was squandered at
the expense of the poor and the deserving.

P Ramakrishnan
11 June 2004

This statement was sent to the local media including The Star and the Sun.
We have stopped sending statements to the New Straits Times as they have
never been carried.
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Zim 'wrecking' border park
11/06/2004 10:47  - (SA)

Johannesburg - The land redistribution policy of Zimbabwe's President Robert
Mugabe was threatening to turn the transfrontier parks project from a
showpiece into a wreck, Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon said on

Addressing the Johannesburg Press Club, he said an owner of large tracts of
conservancy land in Zimbabwe had approached him to address the matter in
South Africa.

"The consequences are way beyond property ownership... I hope (Nelson)
Mandela, (Thabo) Mbeki, and (Anton) Rupert will do something to stop this
showpiece becoming a wreck."

On Thursday Leon criticised the 99-year lease programme being introduced in
Zimbabwe as an "appalling step backwards".

He said nationalising all farmland in Zimbabwe would be an immediate red
flag to potential investors in Southern Africa, and could not but affect
South Africa negatively.
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Tom Orford a friend and contemporary of Rupert Fothergill past away
recently. He was involved with Operation Noah, one of the first few in the
game department, started Kyle National Park, was Alan Savory's partner (head
of opposition to Smith) and brought the first white rhino into Zimbabwe. He
is best known for his wild life work. I am presently writing a book about
him and would like any stories, info, dates, times etc. (however
insignificant), or your interaction with him. Please e-mail Bryan at
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