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HARARE, 22 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Just when it seems life could not conceivably
get any tougher for Zimbabweans, it invariably does.
The country has been in economic decline for the past eight years, and real
crisis for at least the last four. Fuel, electricity and water are now being
rationed in the capital, Harare, and most basic household items are in short
supply or extortionately priced.
The statistics cataloguing the despair - unemployment at over 80 percent,
inflation at close to 1,200 percent, manufacturing levels at their lowest
since 1971 - have become numbing.
But one simple calculation goes to the heart of the difficulties ordinary
Zimbabweans face. According to the watchdog the Consumer Council of
Zimbabwe, an average Zimbabwean family requires the equivalent of US$524 a
month to just cover the basics. The average worker earns about US$200.
How do people cope?
Janet Ncube is a book-keeper in a printing company in downtown Harare. Each
working day at noon, one of her unemployed sons comes to the office carrying
two huge bags packed with food containers.
Because most workers cannot afford to buy lunch, she hit on the idea of
allowing her colleagues to eat cooked meals on credit until the end of each
month. She makes some money, but acknowledges she always has problems when
it comes time to collect.
"Everybody is going through hardships and collecting payments can be a
nightmare because colleagues will just tell you they have no money to pay
for the food they ate," said Ncube.
Tariro Moyo, a secretary with a Harare-based law firm, goes without lunch
altogether. She instead sits in Harare Gardens park, in the centre of the
city, with a book over her break time. "I just cannot afford to buy food and
the best way of forgetting the pangs of hunger is to immerse myself in an
exciting romance novel."
Brian Chipanga, an office messenger, lives in the dormitory town of
Chitungwiza, 35-km southeast of Harare. He earns just US$140 a month. He
spends US$50 on rent for a room and US$40 on transport. One meal a day adds
up to US$50 a month, exhausting his budget before he's even bought groceries
Chipanga's secret? "In the evenings I sell cigarettes and sweets outside a
nightclub in my neighbourhood for several hours before I go to bed."
Chipanga and Ncube may have found a way to cope, but Steve Nhamo regularly
comes face to face with those who don't. He's the director of Easy Money,
providing "soft loans" to those who need quick finance. Nhamo's business has
been doing well, but he's now encountering an alarming number of defaulters.
"In most cases we have to seize clients' furniture to settle the debts," he
Skipping meals, walking to work, selling home-grown vegetables away from the
gaze of the police, are all survival skills ordinary Zimbabweans are
honing - in marked contrast to an ostentatious, well-connected elite. An
additional lifeline for many families has been a dutiful relative working
abroad remitting money home.
"Close to four million Zimbabweans out of a total of 12 million have
migrated to neighbouring South Africa, Botswana and overseas countries like
the United Kingdom, the USA and Canada," said James Jowa, a Harare-based
economist. "Those who migrated have not forgotten their relatives because
they continue to send back remittances which one way or the other also
benefits the government."
But the structural problems confronting the country - starved of foreign
financial aid, investment, and an agro-export sector in the doldrums - are
staggering. To pay its bills, keep a cap on official prices, and buy foreign
currency, the government has resorted to printing money, which has fueled
the surging inflation rate.
In an interview with a UK-based radio station, economist John Robertson
said: "There is every prospect that we will see prices double again in the
next three months and double yet again in the following three months. That
will take prices to four times what they are today by the end of the year."
Zimbabwe's economy has so far resisted government recovery measures, but in
April a new plan was hatched. The National Economic Development Priority
Programme (NEDPP) aims to raise US$2.5 billion in cash and investment in
mining, manufacturing and agriculture.
China has reportedly signed up to NEDPP with a US$1.3bn finance deal -
equivalent to Zimbabwe's total exports - to build coal mines and three
thermal power stations in exchange for chrome and other raw materials.
"It's a very murky area [the details of the deal]. If the Chinese money is
actually there, it could sustain the government for a bit longer," said
economist Professor Tony Hawkins. "Things are gradually grinding down but
you can keep going; [war-torn] Angola and Mozambique kept going for years."
He expects that "what you'll get is more and more informality [in the
economy] and more people moving to the rural areas. But African economies
don't collapse, they just contract."
Fri 23 June 2006
BULAWAYO - The government this week ordered the spy Central
Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agency to stop investigating five senior
policemen, among them national criminal investigations chief, Steven
Mutamba, who are alleged to have shielded some of Zimbabwe's most dangerous
criminals from arrest in return for money.
The CIO had since March been investigating Mutamba - whose rank is
senior assistant commissioner - Midlands province police commander Charles
Mfandaedza, Bulawayo police assistant commissioners Alexio Paradza, Crowd
Chirenje and senior criminal investigations officer, Richard Nyathi.
Authoritative sources however said last night that the probe was
abandoned on Monday on orders from State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa
and his Home Affairs counterpart, Kembo Mohadi after Police Commissioner
Augustine Chihuri told the ministers the probe was dividing and
destabilising the police when the force should be united to thwart mass
protests planned by the opposition.
Chihuri, who was said to have initially backed the investigation of
his officers, met Mohadi on Wednesday last week and pressed him to convince
Mutasa, who is in charge of the CIO, to agree to instruct the spy organ to
call off the probe, our sources said.
One source, who was part of the team that was investigating the top
cops, told ZimOnline: "We were ordered to stop the probe last Monday. It had
reached an advanced stage but our (CIO) superiors told us that the
investigation was not good for national security and that it could cause
chaos in the police force.
"They said if the top cops were all found guilty and jailed, those
remaining in the police force would panic and feel insecure which they said
would be a very risky situation given that the police were expected to play
a leading role in suppressing anti-government protests threatened by the
(opposition) Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party."
The MDC has threatened to instigate a Ukraine-style revolt this winter
to force President Robert Mugabe to give up power to a transitional
government that will be tasked to lead the writing of a new constitution and
to organise fresh elections under international supervision.
Political analysts say there is enough anger among Zimbabweans to make
opposition mass protests a success but they are quick to point out that
Mugabe - as in the past - is banking on the loyal police and army to crush
street protests against his rule.
Mutasa last night refused to discuss the aborted probe, saying either
Mohadi or Chihuri were better qualified to comment on the matter. "Go to
Chihuri and Mohadi, I cannot talk to you on that," was all Mutasa would say,
when asked to confirm whether he had ordered the CIO, which falls under his
portfolio, to stop investigating the police officers.
Chihuri was not immediately available for comment while Mohadi
confirmed meeting the Police Commissioner last week to discuss "some issues
that needed to be corrected within the police". But he would not say what
these issues were although he insisted that the government did not condone
"bad behaviour" by police officers.
The CIO began probing the top cops after three of some of the
country's most dangerous carjackers and armed robbers, who had been on the
police's most wanted list for the past two years, phoned the secret service
headquarters in Harare complaining that they were "tired" of being extorted
millions of dollars in protection money by Mutamba and other rogue police
The senior policemen, all of whom have always insisted they are not
guilty and that they are victims of professional jealousy by colleagues,
were also accused of victimising junior police officers who dared arrest
criminals under their protection.
As the probe widened, more evidence of illegal activities by some of
the top policemen was unearthed including allegations that some of them were
stealing and selling for personal gain fuel and basic commodities seized
from illegal black market traders.
The 10-men probe team had already interrogated Mfandaedza and
Chirenje. It was expected to question Mutamba, Nyathi and Paradza next week,
with the whole investigation expected to have been completed by the end of
According to sources privy to the probe, enough evidence had been
gathered to successfully prosecute some of the top policemen although many
of those involved in the investigation said they had always doubted whether
the government would go ahead and prosecute some of its most senior cops.
Corruption has over the past six years risen sharply within Zimbabwe's
police and other uniformed forces as worsening economic hardships in the
country push both ordinary citizens and law enforcement agents to bend the
rules in order to survive.
Several policemen and soldiers have over the last couple of years
appeared before the courts to answer to charges of theft, taking bribes or
even armed robbery. - ZimOnline
Fri 23 June 2006
HARARE - Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU PF party has dismissed as untrue
reports that President Robert Mugabe had been taken ill with the party's
spokesman Nathan Shamuyarira saying the veteran leader was alive and well.
"He is quite alright and working as usual. He is fit and there is no
illness of any kind," Shamuyarira told ZimOnline last night.
Rumours about Mugabe's alleged ill-health were rife in Harare this
week suggesting that the veteran Zimbabwean leader who turned 82 last
February, had collapsed last Tuesday during a Cabinet meeting.
But Shamuyarira dismissed the rumours as unfounded saying Mugabe was
in good health and was diligently executing his duties in office.
Mugabe's spokesman, George Charamba, could not be reached for comment
on the matter last night but has in the past sought to allay any fears over
the President's health.
Mugabe's health, which has been kept a closely guarded secret within
the corridors of power in Harare, has been the subject of rumour over the
past few years.
But Mugabe has boasted that he is in good health saying during his
birthday celebrations earlier this year that he was as "fit as a 28-year
old". - ZimOnline
Fri 23 June 2006
SHURUGWI - With mud spattered over a dress that looks like a selection
from the cheap imports from China so readily available in Zimbabwe today,
Griffin Chawatama, 32, bends over a home-made metal bowl, sifting through
the crushed matte for gold flakes.
His wife Elina sits pounding with pestle, pieces of rock selected from
a pile next to a collapsible dwelling structure, at the nameless but fast
spreading shantytown a few kilometres outside the chrome-mining town of
Shurugwi about 290km south-east of Harare.
Chawatama is one of hundreds of illegal gold panners engaged in a
cat-and-mouse battle with the police since descending here last May after
their homes and informal business kiosks were razed down by government
bulldozers in a controversial urban clean-up campaign last year.
The clean-up exercise, codenamed Operation Murambatsvina, and which
was condemned by the United Nations as a violation of human rights, is said
to have left at least 700 000 people without shelter or means of livelihood.
But Chawatama says Murambatsvina in fact opened up new opportunities
for him panning gold.
"I have never looked back since I arrived here a year ago," he says, a
wide grin of satisfaction deeply etched on his sun-burnt face.
"Police hunt us but staying put has been worth the effort," he adds.
And this is what he means when he says the frequent arrests and
detention by police for panning gold have been worthwhile.
In less than six months after he began panning gold along the valleys
and ravines that enhance the exquisite views fanning out of Boterekwa Gorge
here, Chawatama was able to raise enough money to pay off the bride price
for his wife - a feat he had failed to achieve in the 10 years he was an
informal trader in Shurugwi town.
"In the cities there are no jobs but all what one needs to start
working for themselves as a gold panner is a pickaxe, a shovel and a pan -
it almost sounds unbelievable!" he says, showing unbelievable ignorance or
lack of concern about the damage his illegal activities are wrecking on the
Boterekwa Gorge - one of the most scenic views in Zimbabwe.
From where we are standing talking to Chawatama, the plaques built by
Zimbabwe's former white colonial rulers decades ago still stand announcing
to visitors the breath-taking views lying ahead in the Gorge, made famous in
song by the late local musical great Simon Chimbetu.
"Welcome to scenic Shurugwi," one of the plaques declares somewhat
defiantly. But soon this could become an unbefitting epithet as hordes of
desperate villagers and jobless youths from the cities continue gnawing with
their pickaxes at the huge swathes of spectacular views that is Boterekwa in
search of gold.
The gold panners have deformed the surrounding hills and valleys with
hazardous pits in search of the precious metal, they all believe is the only
means to cushion themselves and their families from an economic crisis
described by the World Bank as the worst in the world outside a war zone.
Initially, the diggers raked the hill slopes and the ravines for
abandoned gold mines that had become uneconomic for big mining firms to
They then turned to burrowing into hill slopes and when that option
was exhausted, they shifted to digging their own pits into the ground in
search of gold. Pits dug to dizzying depths to enter a maze of tunnels
scatter hazardously about in formerly lush indigenous forests that
surrounded Boterekwa itself and Shurugwi town.
"It's sheer hard work," says Wallace Masimba, 40, who came to the site
two years ago. "Often, success depends on luck. If you hit a rich vein you
can go retire to your home," he adds.
Yet Masimba readily admits that none ever go back once they have
enjoyed the touch of the yellow metal dug from these pits.
Acute food shortages and economic hardships critics blame on
repression and wrong polices by President Robert Mugabe's government appear
to have forever transformed these villagers and youths into daredevils who
will never leave the pits where every day they risk life and limb in search
of a means of survival.
International food agencies estimate that three quarters of the 12
million Zimbabweans will require food aid this year, while conservative
estimates put unemployment in the southern African country at more than 70
Of the about 30 percent Zimbabweans lucky to hold a formal job, more
than half say their salaries are not enough to feed their families because
of runaway inflation which in May surged to 1 193.5 percent, the highest in
But 40-year old Joseph Muyambo, who says he migrated from his home in
Chipinge several hundred kilometers in the east of Zimbabwe to come and dig
for gold here in Shurugwi, says besides the economic hardships the
irresistible lure of the yellow metal was also much to blame for the growing
number of panners here and elsewhere in the country.
Muyambo explained: "Once you start this panning business, you can
never go back. The urge to make one more last dig from where you hope to
uncover all the wealth of the earth is what keeps you going."
The government has at best been lethargic in its dealing with illegal
gold panners although the authorities seem very much aware of the
environmental degradation caused by uncontrolled digging of pits and tunnels
by the panners.
A recent report by a special parliamentary committee noted how the
rudimentary mining methods of panners, lack of shelter and sanitary
facilities at the panning site near Boterekwa were both a serious health and
But the forex-starved Harare administration has really been more
concerned in trying to lure gold panners from selling the mineral to black
market traders and instead channel it to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)
which could sell it and earn desperately needed hard cash for the country.
The central bank even imported a processing plant from China with the
hope that the illegal gold panners could take their mineral to the plant for
processing before it is sold to the government.
The plant however broke down after a few months to provide a perfect
excuse for gold diggers to turn their backs on state buyers.
"Even when the plant was operating, there was unnecessary bureaucracy
involved in getting paid," said Chawatama, explaining why he and his
colleagues have resorted to selling gold to unregistered buyers.
So in the end it is back to square one: the illegal panners continue
damaging the environment digging for gold which they sell on the black
market depriving the country of badly needed foreign currency. - ZimOnline
Fri 23 June 2006
HARARE - Zimbabwe's three major milling companies have switched off their
milling plants because of a serious shortage of grain in the country,
ZimOnline has learnt.
Sources within the milling industry said the state-owned Grain Marketing
Board (GMB), which predicted a bumper harvest last season, had failed to
deliver grain to millers forcing most firms to switch off their plants.
"There is nothing at major millers. We have not been milling for two weeks
now. The major millers are without grain and we are not getting any
explanation from the GMB," said an official at one of the milling companies
Another official with one of the biggest milling companies in Zimbabwe who
refused to be named for professional reasons, said small millers were the
only ones sustaining retail shops with supplies because they are sourcing
grain from the parallel market.
"We last received grain in early June by rail from Mutare and we suspect it
was imported from Beira," said the official.
The Zimbabwe government, which has been battling to portray its chaotic land
reforms as a success, has said the country will harvest 1.8 million tonnes
of grain, enough to feed its 12 million people this year.
But international food aid agencies have disputed the figures saying
Zimbabwe will harvest at most between 800 000 and 1.1 million tonnes of
grain, leaving the country with a serious grain deficit.
The Harare authorities two weeks ago began seizing maize from farmers with
the GMB chief executive officer, Samuel Muvuti, saying the seizures were
necessary to prevent the grain from falling into the hands of "unscrupulous
dealers." - ZimOnline
By Peta Thornycroft
22 June 2006
The head of the Roman Catholic church in Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo is
calling for a boycott of the country's day of prayer. Some analysts say Mr.
Mugabe is splitting Christian churches, pitting pastor against pastor.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is due to take part in a national day of
prayer Sunday that is to include several clerics who previously opposed the
ruling Zanu PF's policies.
The initiative for the prayer meeting began on May 24, when Mr. Mugabe asked
a number of pastors, mainly from the evangelical churches, to meet with him.
Since then a new umbrella organization, the Ecumenical Peace Initiative, has
been formed and it says it represents the majority of churches and church
groups in Zimbabwe, including the Zimbabwe Council of Churches.
One of the group's leaders, Bishop Trevor Manhango, from the eastern city of
Mutare, says many churches have asked him to represent them in a dialogue
with the government to see if a solution to Zimbabwe's political and
economic crisis can be found.
A long-standing critic of government policies, Manhango says he is simply
looking for solutions to Zimbabwe's woes.
But Zimbabwe's most outspoken priest, Archbishop Pius Ncube, head of the
Catholic church in second city Bulawayo, said Christians should boycott the
prayer day. He says churchmen who had been critical of government policies
and are now praying with Mr. Mugabe are hypocrites.
University of Zimbabwe political scientist John Makumbe says Mr. Mugabe had
succeeded in driving a wedge between Christian churches.
He said Mr. Mugabe is working hard for Zimbabwe's acceptance into the
Western international community so that he can secure foreign loans to help
finance the bankrupt economy. He says he and other analysts believe part of
this strategy is for the government to appear to have the support of the
majority of Zimbabwe's Christian churches.
June 22, 2006, 19:30
Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, could be meeting Kofi Annan, the
United Nations secretary-general, on the sidelines of the Gambia African
Union (AU) summit next week. The sticking point is what are both parties
putting on the table, considering three previous attempts to resolve the
political crisis in Zimbabwe have hit a brick wall.
Just after the 2002 presidential election, President Thabo Mbeki dispatched
a team to have opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and the
ruling Zanu(PF) party resolve their political differences. Nothing came out
of that and thereafter came Olusegun Obasanjo, the Nigerian president, and
Mbeki a year later - again, no progress.
Now Mbeki is believed to have facilitated a meeting between Mugabe and Annan
in the next AU summit. The government was unavailable for comment the past
four days, but political analysts believe still a solution could be hammered
International sanctions may be on the table
Sources within the government have told the SABC that should Mugabe agree to
meet Annan, he will put on the table the issue of international sanctions as
a condition before any talks can resume. But others within the government
want to play ball.
Mugabe has admitted international sanctions are hurting his economy.
Inflation has stormed into the four digit zone, surging to 1 200% last
month. Fuel prices have gone up, pushing through the roof prices of basic
food commodities. Analysts say outside help is still required.
June 22, 2006, 18:30
If you have a tooth for sweet things, Zimbabwe is not the place you want to
be in at the moment. A sugar shortage has hit the country despite more than
adequate production from its lowveld sugar fields. This follows after more
than 200 bakers are being arrested for selling bread above gazetted prices.
With the local currency now trading at $400 000 to US$1, retailers are
hiking their prices while those with cash hoarding commodities like sugar,
for speculative purposes, and some bakeries have more than doubled the
gazetted price of bread of R1.80 a loaf.
Police are clamping down on them under an operation code-named Chingwa. "We
have arrested 262 bakers and they have been paying their fines and for the
repeat offenders, we are compiling dockets of which we will take them to
court," police confirmed.
National sugar shortage
Oliver Chidawu, the chairman of the country's largest sugar refinery, admits
there is a national sugar shortage. "We produced 445 000 tonnes where we
could have produced 580 000, so basically there was a shortage, and again
you can attribute that to many factors, one of them being drought, not
having enough water." He also attributes the shortage to export obligations.
For local manufacturers, it is also attractive anyway to export and earn
hard currency than sell locally.
By Tererai Karimakwenda
22 June 2006
The minister for Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Patrick Chinamasa
made a blistering attack on Zimbabwe's civil society at the inauguration of
the new United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Wednesday. He also
misled the Council about Zimbabwe's appalling human rights record. In a
speech that portrayed the government as a victim of non-governmental (NGO)
activity, Chinamasa accused developed countries of interfering with internal
affairs and supporting regime change through opposition parties.
Chinamasa said he hoped the Council will make it its business to
depoliticise the pursuit of human rights issues. He claimed civic groups
operating in Zimbabwe are set up and financed by developed countries as
instruments of their foreign policy." He went on to say: "Their objectives
include destabilisation and interference with the evolution of our political
processes, undermining our sovereignty, creating and sustaining opposition
groups that have no local support base, and promoting disaffection and
hostility among the local population against their popularly elected
Chinamasa also urged the new council to come up with a framework
"..which prohibits direct funding of local NGOs operating in the field of
human rights and governance issues by developed countries and their
Fambai Ngirande, spokesman for the National Association of
Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO), which represents NGOs in Zimbabwe,
told us Chinamasa had made unsubstantiated claims. He said Zimbabweans had
become heavily dependant on assistance from NGOs because the government has
failed to provide the basic needs of its citizens. He added that NGOs were
under no duress from the west or the international community to interfere in
Ngirande said there is no money in Zimbabwe and unemployment is over
80% with extremely high inflation rates. He said the private sector has no
money and neither does the government.
For this reason, he said, NGOs have had to partner with international
organisations to bring food aid, medical assistance, education and other
services. It is widely accepted that without NGO assistance, Zimbabwe and
most of Africa would be in dire straits.
The justice minister concluded his speech by assuring the council that
Zimbabwe would respect the human rights of all its people as provided for in
the Charter of The United Nations and of our Constitution. The Council did
not know that at the time Chinamasa was giving this assurance, police were
disrupting the funeral of MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai's father in Buhera
using the repressive Public Order and Security Act. And WOZA women arrested
in Harare on World Refugee Day on Tuesday for demonstrating peacefully
against unaffordable school fees were forced to pay admission of guilt fines
in order to buy their freedom from police custody.
The new UN Human Rights Council was created to replace the old Human
Rights Commission which had come under increasing criticism for its failure
to act on many violations of human rights law. The Commission's voting
procedures allowed countries like China and others to block action against
consistent violators like the Mugabe regime and the Sudanese government. It
is hoped the new Human Rights Council will be much more effective, but
Chinamasa's speech is not a good start.
SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news
By Lance Guma
22 June 2006
The Interception of Communications Bill is still in draft form but
already there are complaints that e-mails containing political content are
being blocked by some Internet Service Providers (ISP's) in Zimbabwe. The
news will not go down well with most e-mail users who have turned to this
mode of communication to try and either access or pass on information about
events in the country. Service providers in Zimbabwe include Telconet,
Africa Online, Mango, Mweb and Zimbabwe Online.
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for example has installed a mail content
manager that blocks its employees from receiving any e-mails with words that
are deemed political. An e-mail with text like 'Morgan Tsvangirai' or 'MDC'
in its body will not reach the intended receipient at the bank.
Investigations by Newsreel show that the Central Bank's mail system runs
through Tel One (Pvt) Ltd, a government owned company that provides an
internet hub through its Com-One subsidiary for all the other ISP's. Its not
clear if the mail content manager is being run for all e-mail users or just
the Reserve Bank system. United States based NetIQ, a provider of security
management solutions, supplied the software that is being used.
Shadreck Nkala the Chairman of the Zimbabwe Internet Service Providers
Association (ZISPA) denied any knowledge of ISP's blocking political
e-mails. Responding to questions Nkala says he is not aware of any of their
members who are engaging in this practice. Asked why the Reserve Bank e-mail
server was blocking e-mails to its employees he promised to investigate the
matter and give us feedback. Nkala remained adamant the complaints were not
justified insisting that Telconet, a company he is Chief Executive of, was
actually carrying out the servicing and maintenance of the RBZ platform. He
says he would know if blocking was happening.
He conceded the proposed new bill giving government the power to spy
on e-mails and phone calls will cost them financially. Not only will they
require huge financial injections to install monitoring equipment, they also
risk losing customers who are set to flock to secure e-mail providers like
Yahoo, Hotmail and Hushmail. Experts say its highly unlikely government will
be able to snoop on e-mails run on external platforms. In June 2004 ZISPA
issued a statement assuring its customers that none of its members had
signed an agreement with Tel One to facilitate the monitoring of e-mails but
the issue seems to have come back courtesy of governments renewed attempts
at spying on its citizens.
NB: See below a copy a message you will get if you e-mail anything
'political' to Central bank employees.
'MailMarshal (an automated content monitoring gateway) has not
delivered the following message: From... To.. Subject: Morgan Tsvangirai...,
This is due to automatic rules that have determined that the intended
recipient is not authorized to receive messages that have political content.
If you believe the message was business related please contact ... and
request that the message be released to its intended recipient. If no
contact is made within 5 days the message will automatically be deleted.
MailMarshal Rule: Content Security (Inbound) : Political
Email Content Security provided by Net IQ Mail Marshal.'
SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news
The Herald (Harare)
June 22, 2006
Posted to the web June 22, 2006
THERE will be more water cuts in Harare and its satellite towns following a
seven-hour power cut at the Morton Jaffray Treatment Plant yesterday. The
Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) said in a statement that power was
cut between 1.15am and 8.35am.
"The power outages have resulted in no pumping being made from Morton
Jaffray to Warren Control Pump Station and the city's strategic reservoirs
at Lochinvar, Letombo and Alexandra Park.
"This has now put pressure on the city's reservoirs as they are releasing
water to residential areas without getting additional water from the
treatment plant," read the statement.
Zinwa urged consumers to use the available water sparingly.
From The Mail & Guardian (SA), 21 June
The offices of Zimbabwe's Voice of the People (VOP) radio station have been
destroyed by a fire bomb, its reporters have been beaten and jailed, its
broadcasts jammed and now its directors face government charges that could
see them jailed. Yet all involved in this plucky shortwave station remain
committed to continuing their broadcasts of independent reports into
Zimbabwe. The station's perseverance against the media repression of
President Robert Mugabe's government has won VOP the One World Media special
award. "This is a great recognition of our determination to give a voice to
the voiceless people of Zimbabwe," said the station's executive director
John Masuku, on receiving the award in London last week. It is a dangerous
and difficult task, as Zimbabwe's government has used repressive media laws
to close four newspapers, expel foreign correspondents and ban all private
radio and television broadcasts.
The VOP team operates openly in Zimbabwe with six full-time journalists and
15 freelancers. It gets around the draconian media regulations by not
broadcasting from Zimbabwe. Instead it sends its reports to Radio
Netherlands where they are broadcast back into Zimbabwe via a relay
transmitter in Madagascar. "We use digital technology to send our reports to
Holland via e-mail," explains journalist Shorayi Kuriwa who has worked for
the station for five years. In August 2002, Kuriwa narrowly missed being
killed. He left VOP's Harare offices after midnight, as he had been
preparing material to be sent to The Netherlands. "About 10 minutes after I
left work, a huge bomb blast blew the roof off the building and destroyed
it. Thankfully, no one was injured but the force of the fire melted all our
equipment," he says. "It was frightening but we decided this is a mission
and not just a job, and we must carry on." Two years later, Kuriwa was
beaten by government supporters and suffered a broken nose and an injured
leg. He has been arrested so many times that he refers to the Harare police
station as his "second home".
Established in 2000, as Zimbabwe's political, economic and humanitarian
crisis took hold, VOP broadcasts an hour-long programme of news, opinion and
debate in Zimbabwe's three main languages: English, Shona and Ndebele. It
receives funding from the Dutch group, Hivos, the Soros Foundation's Open
Society Initiative and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The station often has
interviews with government officials. "That is some of our most dangerous
work," says reporter Davison Mudzingwa. "During the parliamentary elections
in 2005, we tried to interview candidates from Zanu PF. Some of them were
very hostile and threatened to arrest us." However, such broadcasts are
important because the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has
become such an instrument of government propaganda. Against the odds, VOP
has won a listenership that it estimates at about 500 000 people, based on
the letters it receives. In Zimbabwe, people must tune into the station
secretly because of possible retribution by the government, such as the
withdrawal of food aid.
"In the rural areas, people have 'listeners' clubs' where they listen to our
programmes. It's encouraging to know that we have devoted listeners," says
Mudzingwa. Two other shortwave stations broadcast into Zimbabwe, SW Radio
Africa from London and Studio 7 from the Voice of America in Washington.
Unlike VOP, they operate from their foreign studios and interview
Zimbabweans over the telephone. The VOP, though, will not have long to
celebrate its award. The directors of the station, including human rights
lawyer Arnold Tsunga, appeared in a Zimbabwean court this week on charges of
operating a radio station without a licence. "We have a passion for radio,
for getting real news, balanced news on to the airwaves," says Masuku.
June 16, 2006
Posted to the web June 22, 2006
The Zimbabwe government this week gave coal mining rights to a Chinese
company in exchange for opening two mines and setting up three thermal power
stations in the investment-starved economy. But with previous agreements
still to be fulfilled, questions remain on whether the deals will come to
Two Zimbabwean companies, Ele Resources and Hwange Colliery, have agreed to
jointly establish coalmines and three thermal power stations with China
Machine Building International Corporation (CMEC) in deals worth about
The deals were facilitated by vice president Joyce Mujuru, who this week
toured China at the invitation of the Chinese government.
Another, RioZim, this week also said it was in talks with two consortia from
China and Indonesia about setting up a thermal power station at its Sengwa
Coal Mine. But those talks have been going on since 2003 and company
officials conceded that it was finding it difficult to attract investors in
the present economic climate.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has over the last six years been trying
to forge close alliances with Asian countries. Investment from the West has
dried up but China, Iran, and India indicated interest in investing in
return for mining guarantees.
Meanwhile South African companies have taken control of the most profitable
mines in the country. Implats, the world's second largest platinum producer,
and Aquarius Platinum control Zimplats and Mimosa Mines while Anglo Platinum
holds mining rights to Unki Platinum Mine near Gweru. SA tycoon Mzi
Khumalo's Metallon Gold owns five of the largest gold-producing mines in the
country. Some of its major banks, Nedbank, ABSA and Standard, either own or
have controlling stakes in the biggest banks in Zimbabwe.
Analysts remain sceptical about the Chinese deals, after previous agreements
failed to bear fruit, mainly as a result of the Zimbabwe government failing
to meet its obligations.
"The trade deals with China needs to be put into reality so that we can
practically see them rather than ending on talks. We still need investment
from China but that should be genuine," said Eric Bloch, a local commentator
on economic issues. Oscar Chiwira, of the National University of Science and
Technology, said it was obvious that the Chinese wanted guarantees that
their ownership of mines would not be reversed.
"The Chinese know that there are vast natural resources, mainly platinum,
they can exploit, but they want to avoid a situation that is in the mining
industry now when the government suddenly wakes up and wants to nationalise
all mines," he said.
China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC), which
has been supplying the Zimbabwe government with passenger and military
planes and electricity transmission equipment, said it was still owed money
from previous ventures.
Mujuru has offered CATIC mineral concessions, thought to be the platinum
reserves released by Zimplats two weeks ago, saying the Zimbabwe government
had decided to use the country's abundant mineral resources to start joint
ventures with foreign investors to escape Western economic sanctions.
CATIC has already been offered coal reserves at Sinamatela, near Zambia, in
partnership with ZESA, the parastatal responsible for electricity
generation, while CMEC is expected to help fund another mine at nearby
Chaba, along with Zesa and Hwange.
CATIC president Wang Dawei asked the Zimbabwe government to give assurances
that the mining concession would be legally transferred to the joint venture
Zimbabwe has meanwhile signed a US$60 million deal with China that will see
state radio and TV transmission improved in return for chrome supplies.
Under the deal, which was signed in Beijing on Tuesday, Star Communications
of China will provide new radio and television transmission equipment to
extend coverage to all parts of the country.
The Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) is to provide security
for the deal in the form of chrome.
June 22 2006 at 03:14PM
Harare - Police in Zimbabwe have arrested more than 280 bakers and
shopkeepers for overcharging on bread, reports said Thursday.
But bakers have hit back, saying they have no choice if the industry
is to survive.
Police spokesperson Memory Pamire told the state-controlled Herald
newspaper that 282 defiant bakers and retailers had been arrested since last
"Some have been fined but repeat offenders will be taken to court,"
Bakers recently hiked the price of a loaf of bread from around R5 a
loaf to at least R8.
Some shops are selling a large loaf of white bread for as much as R13,
heaping pressure on Zimbabweans already reeling under spiralling costs
fuelled by inflation of close to 1 200 percent.
Bakers say they have no choice but to effect price hikes because they
are being forced to buy imported wheat because of a local grain shortage.
But the government says the price hikes are illegal and have promised
to take action.
In a statement, the National Bakers Association said the recent price
hikes were necessary to avoid total collapse and bankruptcy of industry.
It said 20 000 jobs in the industry were at stake.
The association said the prices of key inputs were going up on a
fortnightly basis, making the government's set price for a loaf of bread
Flour for example has gone up from $500 (about R3 685) a tonne in
March to $800 (about R5 897) this month, the association said.
"The Bakers Association is a loyal citizen of Zimbabwe. We have always
and are going to continue working with the government," the statement
said. - Sapa-dpa
Mail and Guardian
Richard Davies | Shashe River, Botswana
22 June 2006 04:12
A pact for a new transfrontier game park straddling the borders
between Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe was signed on Thursday.
The environment ministers of the three countries endorsed the
agreement in Botswana on the dry bed of the Shashe River.
Once proclaimed, the Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation
Area (TFCA) will cover 4 872 square kilometres, almost a quarter the size of
the Kruger National Park.
Centred on the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers,
where the borders of the three states meet, the area is well known for its
rich cultural heritage and prolific wildlife.
It includes South Africa's renowned Mapungubwe archaeological
site, where excavations in the 1930s uncovered a royal graveyard, including
numerous golden artefacts.
Chief among these is a one-horned golden rhinoceros, made of
carved wood covered with gold foil. The sculpture was produced by a powerful
Iron Age civilisation that established itself on and around the flat-topped
sandstone hill about a thousand years ago.
The African people who lived there, from about 1 000AD to 1
300AD, exchanged ivory and gold with East African traders for glass beads
from places as far away as India and Egypt.
Thousands of such beads have been found in the ruins and graves
at Mapungubwe, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003.
The transfrontier area also contains a large number of
elephants, as well as viable populations of lion, leopard and cheetah.
Thursday's signing ceremony included South Africa's Minister of
Environment Marthinus van Schalkwyk and his Botswana and Zimbabwean
counterparts Kitso Mokaila and Francis Nhema.
Van Schalkwyk said the Limpopo-Shashe TFCA was set to become a
"big five" park.
"We will bring in large numbers of the big five [elephants,
rhino, lions, buffalo and leopard]. We will play our role in stocking the
area with what is needed," he said.
According to a fact sheet handed to journalists at the ceremony,
there are close to 2 000 elephants within the TFCA, mostly in Botswana.
The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism described
the proposed TFCA -- just over half of which is located in South Africa --
as a "complex mosaic of landowners".
It includes, in South Africa, privately owned land as well as
land owned by the state and the South African National Parks.
On the Botswana side, the park would include privately owned
land, the northern Tuli Game Reserve and cattle and game ranches. The
Zimbabwean part would include a mix of communal lands, privately owned stock
and game farms, and a government-owned safari area.
Mokaila said the establishment of the TFCA would enhance
socio-economic development in the area.
He also jokingly alluded to his country's massive elephant
population -- estimated at 151 000 -- saying while South Africa had most of
the biodiversity in the region, Botswana had the biomass. -- Sapa
The Herald (Harare)
June 22, 2006
Posted to the web June 22, 2006
JULY could prove to be a defining month for the Zimbabwean economy as the
Minister of Finance, Dr Herbert Murerwa, and the Governor of the Reserve
Bank of Zimbabwe, Dr Gideon Gono, are expected to present to the nation a
cocktail of measures set to arrest the present economic decline.
We have grown to expect much from the two policy statements, particularly in
this era when the economy is facing enormous challenges that have threatened
to force the country into "curatorship".
Of course, in any economy, the fiscal and monetary policy statements are
always awaited with keen interest but in Zimbabwe's case they are more than
that. Everyone pins their hopes on these instruments expecting they will
contain a pronouncement that will change the economy's course.
There has not been much joy on the economic front since the beginning of the
year. Instead the situation has continued to deteriorate and the challenges
confronting the economy have persisted, particularly on the inflation front.
Prices of goods and services have continued to rise astronomically, far
outpacing the rate at which salaries and wages have been reviewed.
This, to the average Zimbabwean, has meant more suffering, calling for
further belt tightening.
However, for many the situation is so bad they no longer have any belt to
tighten while for yet others, their waists have become so weak they cannot
hold a belt, let alone tighten it.
A ride to work, or a visit to a supermarket, clinic or medical drugstore has
remained a nightmare for the majority of the populace.
It is against this background that we all await, with bated breath, for Dr
Murerwa and Dr Gono to take to their respective podiums.
We believe the two are already busy crafting their presentations, as they
seek to consolidate efforts to turn around the economy.
Theirs is a big challenge, I must admit, given the challenges that the
economy is facing. It is no stroll in a rose garden but we remain confident
that they will come up with something to turn the tide.
Fiscal and monetary policies play a complementary role in solving economic
challenges. We hope they will live up to our expectations.
A factor that could work in their favour is the already rolling National
Economic Development Priority Programme, launched two months ago to come up
with quick-win solutions to the economy.
Much is expected out of this programme and we understand a lot is happening
behind the scenes to ensure its success.
This could mean that policy guidelines coming out of the Ministry of Finance
and the Reserve Bank will have to be dove-tailed into NEDPP to consolidate
Many are pinning their hopes on its success although it has been labelled as
being "too ambitious" in some quarters. However, snippets of some of the
achievements under NEDPP are pointing to a brighter future.
For instance, we have seen levels of investor interest in Zimbabwe rising of
late. No doubt, more aggressive marketing will yield more results.
A growing number of deals have been sealed, giving hope that more investors
could be coming this way.
But to me the real battle remains on the inflation front.
The scourge has since the beginning of the year proved to be very stubborn,
threatening to rise much further.
Presently, at 1 193,5 percent, the annual inflation rate looks set to rise
further given the growing inflationary pressures in the economy.
Reversing the trend is proving to be quite some arduous task that goes
beyond the central bank and the Ministry of Finance.
There is need for a holistic approach towards this challenge and we all have
a role to play to tame inflation.
Authorities have remained optimistic that the second half of the year will
witness a significant chop on the inflation figure.
This takes nothing short of responsible behaviour by manufacturers,
retailers, consumers and everyone in the production and consumption lines in
all sectors of the economy.
We applaud industry for further demonstrating its commitment to ensuring the
success of NEDPP, whose objectives will directly and indirectly cause
inflation to come down.
The Herald (Harare)
June 22, 2006
Posted to the web June 22, 2006
THE Government has withdrawn a land offer from farmer Mr Langton Masunda and
has asked him to stop all operations immediately.
A letter dated 7 June 2006, signed by the Minister of Lands, Land Reform and
Resettlement in the Office of the President, Cde Didymus Mutasa, said Mr
Masunda should forthwith cease all, or any operation that he may have
He should also immediately vacate the land.
"You are, therefore, notified of the immediate withdrawal of the offer of
Subdivision 1 of Volunteer 47, 48 and 49 measuring 611,79 hectares.
"You are required forthwith to cease all or any operations that you may have
commenced thereon and immediately vacate the said piece of land."
The letter further states that if Mr Masunda wishes to make any
representations on the issue, he should do so in writing within seven days
of receipt of the notification and direct his correspondence to Cde Mutasa.
Mr Masunda is involved in a legal wrangle with the Speaker of the House of
Assembly, Cde John Nkomo, over farm boundaries and ownership of lodges in
the Gwayi Conservancy area.
Last week Mr Masunda was granted a provisional order interdicting Cde Nkomo,
who is also the Zanu-PF national chairman, from interfering with the
occupation of Jijima Lodge as well as disturbing the safari-hunting business
on the disputed piece of land.
Mr Masunda's lawyer, Mr Vonani Majoko, of Majoko and Majoko, said in view of
the latest developments they would challenge the withdrawal under the laid
He said if there was no joy from the ministry, then they would be left with
no option but to resort to the courts.
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