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Hundreds attend Dignity rally in London

By Lance Guma
10 March 2007.

Hundreds of Zimbabweans living in the UK joined in a rally organized by
Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) in Trafalgar Square on Saturday. The
rally celebrated the role of women in the global struggle for justice and
was addressed by Lovemore Matombo the President of the Zimbabwe Congress of
Trade Unions, and his vice-president Lucia Matibenga. Other speakers lined
up included Labour MP Kate Hoey and former Zimbabwe Test cricketer Henry
Olonga as well as Baroness Amos, leader of the House of Lords.

ACTSA say they have a special interest in the problems faced by Zimbabwean
women because they have heard through the ZCTU that they were having
problems preserving their dignity because of the serious shortage of
sanitary pads. The London rally comes two days after the International Women's
Day and organisers say they will fundraise to get money to provide sanitary
products to Zimbabwean women. An inflation rate way in excess of the
official 1600 percent has meant most women are unable to afford these.

ACTSA keep the Southern African region in the spotlight through lobbying,
publication of reports and media briefings. The rally on Saturday was one
such campaign that will keep the problems faced by women in Zimbabwe in the
spotlight. Kathryn Llewellyn the head of ACTSA's campaigns had urged people
to come to the streets in solidarity and respect for the bravery of the
women in Zimbabwe 'not only as they struggle to meet the basic needs of
their families, but as they fight to free their country."

This will be the second time in a week that Zimbabweans in the United
Kingdom have come together in a massive show of solidarity with suffering
Zimbabweans back home. Last week Saturday, hundreds of MDC supporters
protested against the Zanu PF government's latest restrictions barring
political meetings and rallies around the country and plans by Mugabe to
extend his term of office.

SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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Riot police to stop Zimbabwe prayer rally


Sat Mar 10, 2007 4:06 PM GMT

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe riot police will be used to stop an opposition
prayer meeting on Sunday, arranged in defiance of a ban on protests against
President Robert Mugabe's government, police said on Saturday.

Sunday's prayer rally, called by a coalition of opposition and civic groups,
is due to take place in a Harare stadium where riot police clashed with
opposition supporters last month.

Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena accused the main opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) of hiring and arming "thugs" to attack police.

Bvudzijena said police, who imposed a three-month ban on protests and
rallies after last month's clashes, would act decisively to prevent Sunday's

"As far as we are concerned that is a political rally, and for tomorrow we
are going to be fully deployed, armed police in uniform and in plainclothes,
and we are going to stop that meeting," he told a news conference on

Organisers of the prayer meeting were not immediately available for comment.
Zimbabwe is facing an economic crisis which critics blame on Mugabe's

Bvudzijena said police had intelligence that one branch of the MDC had
formed vigilante groups called Democratic Resistance Committees to spearhead
violent resistance to the government.

"We have been monitoring them for a year, and now they are arming and paying
some thugs to attack police officers," he said. He showed journalists what
appeared to be a factory-made machete he said had been recovered from one
such group.

"They are distributing these, and this kind of weapon can behead a person,"
he said.

The MDC says it has been a victim of a "dirty tricks" campaign by the
government in which its officials are accused of violent crimes committed by
ruling party youth brigades.

Mugabe, 83 and in power since independence in 1980, dismisses the MDC as a
puppet of Zimbabwe's former colonial master Britain which opposes him for
seizing white-owned commercial farms to give to blacks.

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Friday Night - Update

No sooner had we settled down to take a well deserved rest this Saturday for
the Sunday event at Highfields, than a new set of situations was thrown at
all of us by needs of those just released from custody, from hospitals and
others, who are being arrested this evening, an exercise by the Police that
began in Dzivarasekwa at 5 pm today, unbeknown to most.

Peter Pambeni, young, articulate and steady as a rock inspite of the torture
he endured, sat and recounted to us all, horrific details of his
experiences, which have now engulfed the whole family, and these terrors
were still going on, subject of another update, as these unfold, was
happilly for us, medically reviewed thoroughly and placed on urgent
medication. While he is recovering steadilly physically, he is a young man,
he remains riddled with dental problems, incurred during torture by Police
and accusers, ruling party youth stalwarts, in Epworth at Domboramwari
Police Station, Harare South Constituency. His family has been a comfort and
steady support for him throughout his terrible ordeal. His wife really sad,
young, petite, really pretty, sat there disbelieving as she said, that her
husband was still alive, that she was seated with him away from immediate
danger. They live with his widowed Mother, older brother and their toddler.
Young MaMoyo Pambeni's wife is expecting.

Each of these traumatised youths when released has a story to tell, even
more chilling than their own, the persons we were most worried about. The
newest story is that there are 4 more youths currently under torture in
custody at Domboramwari Police Station, one of who is definately an MDC
Youth Assembly activist. He is Jose Gavure (?) who is being accussed of
burgling a home next door, when owners were out at a funeral/wedding.
Accusations are unclear as Police change these, with each beating. The
youths were uncertain about the identity of the other 3. Two were so
severely tortured including Jose, that they were moving on all fours to get
around to anywhere. Their feet were too badly mangled for them to walk on
them, two of the worst cases, they were moved to Mabvuku Police Station
yesterday. Contact has just been made with MDC structures in that
constituency to look for them. We are still to hear.

From Dzivarasekwa constituency news is just in that at 5pm today, some
activist Youth Assembly members including Mary Chimwana were picked up by
Police at their homes. Chimwana lives with her sick parents and her three
children. She is the sole breadwinner for the family, a single mother. This
is the situation of many Zimbabwean households today. There is usually one
person in a position to support the others because of the political
situation induced by the Mugabe regime.

The story as it comes in from different parts of the constituency is that
there is pre-emptive Police action in Dzivarasekwa going on right now to
discourage holding of the combined 'Save Zimbabwe Campaign' Rally at
Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields this Sunday. Chimwana is accused by Police as
she was picked up, of distributing leaflets in her township about the Sunday
event. There is a door to door Police exercise going on in Dzivarasekwa now,
with families being threatened, if they dare attend Sunday's rally.

It is Friday evening now in Harare and Grace Kwinjeh has not heard anything
about her documents from the Registrar General's office. Her trip abroad has
been postponed again.

There is a general thrust, a strategy by the State, to disable many sections
of society at this stage that are seen by the ruling clique, to pose a
challenge with activities and utterances for change for the better for all.
MDC Youth and Women's Assemblies, revitalised have taken the lead in
internal Party activites for Change, making the regime even more nervous and
erratic. Nothing seems to stop these two Party organs. And so tonight is
another, when we must be on the alert throughout.

We will keep you all updated.

Sekai Holland


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Massive maize deficit in Zimbabwe: Radio report

Monsters and Critics

Mar 10, 2007, 19:39 GMT

Harare - Cash-strapped Zimbabwe is facing a maize deficit of more than a
million tonnes and will harvest only one third of its annual needs, state
ZBC radio reported on Saturday.

Citing Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono, the report said
Zimbabwe would harvest only around 600,000 tonnes of the staple maize crop.

It was the first official admission of another looming crop failure in the
wake of President Robert Mugabe's controversial land reform programme.

Zimbabwe needs 1.8 million tonnes of maize per year to feed its 11.6 million
or so people.

The southern African nation used to be known as the breadbasket of the
region. But a land reform programme that has seen around 4,000 white
commercial farmers lose their land in the past six years has led to a huge
drop in yields.

The radio blamed the maize deficit on new black farmers concentrating on
crops that brought in better returns than maize which has to be sold to the
government at a controlled price.

It suggested that the farmers could be forced to turn over half their farms
to maize cropping.

The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) warned this week that
Zimbabwe, like much of southern Africa, was facing another year of critical
food shortages.

© 2007 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur

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Many ordinary people have seen their lives being at the hands of
unscrupulous politicians who have promised them a better life from the
previous ones and yet it turns out to be the same song, enriching themselves
and their chosen elite.
These are the lucky ones who can claim they have democracy in their country
to at least exercise one of their fundamental human rights and cast a vote.
But I would like to call a spade a spade, democracy in much of Africa does
not exist.
Only a handful of African countries can claim this accolade and out of that
handful very few can claim the attribute of putting their fellow countryman
before their own ambitions of greed, plunder and addiction to power despite
the vast and ample natural resources the continent has at its disposal.

In Zimbabwe for example, the tyrant Mugabe once declared that hell would
have to freeze over before any opposition can run the country. He went on to
say that he would arise from the dead if his party, ZANU PF were to allow
that after his death.
These remarks defeat the purpose of having the elections in the first place
because they are not free and fair, any opposition and its supporters are
intimidated and this is a form of coercion to its followers to perpetrate
actions not permissible in a democracy.

In 1980 shortly before Mugabe’s return to Harare, ZANU spoke of the need to
take account of ‘practical realities’ such as the capitalist system and not
to play make-believe Marxist games and force whites into precipitate flight.
Samora Machel had warned him as he himself was reeling from the massive
disruption caused in Mozambique at independence in 1975 by the mass exodus
of whites fleeing the Marxist regime he had instituted.

Mugabe and ZANU made this pledge: ‘ZANU wishes to give its fullest assurance
to the white community, the Asian and coloured (mixed race) communities that
a ZANU government can never in principle, social or government practice,
discriminate against them. Racism, whether practised by whites or blacks is
anathema to the humanitarian philosophy of ZANU. It is as primitive a dogma
as tribalism or regionalism. Zimbabwe cannot just be a country of blacks. It
is and should remain our country, all of us together.’

It has come apparent that these words have been lost in translation. Both
blacks and whites are being brutalised in Zimbabwe, atrocities have been
committed and are still being committed in Zimbabwe, human rights are almost
non-existent and every day life for a Zimbabwean has become unbearable with
an inflation rate of more than 1 600%, life expectancy at 34 and 37 (women
and men respectively) and an almost non-existent currency. Is this not
paramount to racism and regionalism? Where are the ‘practical realities’ of
a capitalist system gone to?

After 27 years in power it has come apparent that Mugabe and his ZANU
concubines have lost all their marbles. It is either they have become so
drunk with power that they cannot see the black hole sucking Zimbabwe into
oblivion or they just don’t care as long as they can fill their own personal
It is a puzzle to many how in a country with the so-called democracy, these
lazy fat cats are still in power.
The honest truth is that there is no democracy in Zimbabwe hence Zimbabweans
need to grasp this concept and know that without a strong conviction to
fight-on, stand together shoulder to shoulder and rid ourselves of this
plague destroying our country, surely Mugabe and ZANU will reign over us for
eternity, but do we have ourselves to blame for it?

Like I said before I prefer to call a spade a spade and even among your
worst critics, the truth shall always set you free. I will stir the hornets
nest and very loud and clear I will shout at the top of my lungs and say ’we
are not to blame for the wars and greed which besiege Africa’.
The Zimbabwean situation is not an isolated case in Africa but a unique one
to some extent in that the Zimbabwean people are a loving and God fearing
people and this has led to many not contemplating the prospect of another
war of liberation against this regime, but someone has to do it and only we
Zimbabweans can emancipate ourselves from these harsh and hard times.

Another reason is that at independence, Zimbabwe was to be a model and
figure of hope for both black and white living together in harmony. It was a
unique country with great potential of many vast things to come.
Mugabe and ZANU inherited what was known as the bread basket of Africa. A
country with great diversity and ample prospects for development. All these
attributes have slowly vanished as with all other African countries.

As with the rest of the continent, African leaders have become impervious to
the way democracy and the sharing of wealth works. In the so called west not
everyone necessarily lives a cushy and comfortable life.
The basic necessities are readily and easily accessible to the masses,
politicians are accountable even when in office (being a politician does not
guarantee your indispensability and no-one is immune to the judiciary
system), and - for God’s sake - the military does not run the country.

The military and police defend the country and its citizens with honour, not
to terrorise and hold the country to ransom. These parameters need to be
imbedded within our constitution to overcome this scourge eating away
African lives and politics.
Enough with the scapegoat syndrome of always blaming the white man for our
woes. Like our forefathers before us African leaders have always put their
selfish and personal greed before the welfare of their people.

During the slave trade and scramble for Africa, the white man came in their
droves to acquire slaves and natural resources. Africans experienced the
most inhumane and traumatising experience any human being can inflict to
another human being. Human beings were exchanged for meagre goods and inland
African kings and chiefs were the benefactors of these commodities.
African kings and chiefs bartered their people for whisky and guns with the
white man. The slave trade is one of the most painful experience ever
exerted on the dark continent and as a fact Africans themselves played a
significant part in the suffering of their fellow tribesman and kinsfolk.

Even after the slave trade was abolished some African kings continued this
practise up to this day. Child soldiers are a normality in Africa. Ethnical
cleansing is an everyday occurrence in Africa with familiar examples of
Rwanda and Sudan just to mention a few.
It is about time Africans took account of their actions. I can not seem to
get the origins of greediness and no regard for another life in African
leaders. Is it the upbringing in abject poverty or is it genetically
imbedded in us or Africa is merely CURSED?

There is not a single natural resource you do not find in Africa. From Cape
to Cairo, natural resources are in abundance but only a few want to lay
claim to these resources. The discovery/availability of gold, diamonds, oil,
uranium etc seems to compel the ruling elite to butcher masses at the blink
of an eye with no remorse.
Most wars in Africa emanate from the abundance of a natural resource, which
in fairness is ample to sustain the whole populace. African leaders have
become blinded by the ambition of joining the many millionaires’ and
billionaires’ clubs at the expense of their citizens living in chronic
Examples of Sani Abacha and Mobutu Sesesoko swindling millions of dollars
while their countryman live in abject poverty just shows how disease,
poverty and wars will always be prevalent in Africa.
The irony of it is that in death, all these ill-gotten riches are not buried
with them so as to enjoy in their after life. So why be so greedy when each
and everyman’s destiny is death?

Like others before them, Abacha and Mobutu are dead but there is another
breed of blood sucking African leaders lurking within our midst. For example
Mugabe and his regime have been at the realm of Zimbabwean politics for 27
years in which they have managed to bring the country to its knees.
Realistically looking at themselves, does the amount of peril being exerted
on Zimbabweans by corruption and human rights violations by them justified?
Does Mugabe really think that we are all oblivious to his personal vendettas
with the white people using the white man as a scapegoat for Zimbabwe’s
woes? For how long shall we be hoodwinked into believing Mugabe and his
concubines have the best interests for Zimbabwe at heart? I think that time
has come and passed over and over again.

Another common epidemic common among African leaders is denial of hard facts
within their grasp. It is hard to diagnose as ignorance, stupidity or simply
most of our leaders lack the proper qualifications of being world leaders.
They seem to live in cloud cuckoo land, just recently the president of South
Africa denied the existence of violent crimes on the streets of
Johannesburg. Statistically Johannesburg is one of the most crime ridden
cities in the world and a few years ago, the same man denied the existence
of AIDS.

Surely in this day and age how do these leaders get to have so much power at
their disposal in the first place? Almost 700 000 people have been displaced
by the clean-up programme instituted by Mugabe and his regime according to
UN reports.
Mugabe has denied these claims as exaggerated figures and claims only about
100 000 people have been displaced. Surely a hundred thousand people
displaced after having been settled by you in the first place is a
significant number by any standard Mr President, wouldn’t you say?

Africa, we need to wake up and smell the coffee. For how many more centuries
are we going to kill each other while we stand aside and look? I believe
there is enough resources in Africa to share, enjoy and live together.
During my writing of this article one intellect said to me that white people
use divide and rule tactics to get what they want. This is very much true on
the surface but if this tactic has been in use for so long, are we that hard
headed that we never learn or grasp concepts? We have endured this from
slavery to the colonisation of our continent centuries back and to this day
Africa is still enveloped in darkness.
You never see people butchering each other in the streets of London or New
York over elections. A long time ago when I was doing history at school I
GOVERNED.’ I am beginning to wonder if this statement is at all true.

International Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe April 18, 2007

We are declaring April 18, 2007 as International Day of Prayer and Fasting
for Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is a country in desperate need of intervention. And yet the world
is turning a blind eye.

If you would like to be a part of organizing and mobilizing this event,
please let us know.
Already over 1200 have joined our facebook group. Can you help us get the
word out? All we’re asking is for people to 1) pray, 2) organize a prayer
event in their city, and 3) pass the word along to everyone in their address
book and ask them to do the same.

Thousands in Zimbabwe are dying from AIDS. Food is scarce. Medication is in
short supply. The inflation rate is at an outrageous 1600 percent.
Medical workers are on strike. 80 percent of the population is unemployed.
Humanitarian aid organizations are restricted from getting life-saving
supplies to the people.
Government abuses, skyrocketing crime rates, a disastrous economy, and an
exploding health crisis have made Zimbabwe now officially the worst country
in the world for “Quality of Life”.

Kiki Cherry

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Mugabe to stand in 2008 election

Zim Standard


      THERE was mounting evidence this week that President Robert Mugabe has
decided the 2008 presidential election will go ahead - with him as the sole
Zanu PF candidate.

      Insiders said after consultations with party heavyweights he decided
that his party would not unanimously endorse his plan to prolong his term to
2010 by instituting a "harmonisation" of the 2008 presidential and the 2010
parliamentary elections.

      Mugabe proposed the plan, ostensibly to save the hard-pressed taxpayer
money in a country where inflation is now hovering nearer to 2 000% than the
official figure of 1 729%.

      Most of the influential party leaders found his reasons for the
harmonisation implausible. Like the opposition parties, they too saw in it a
ruse to prolong his term by two years. Mugabe had said he would retire in
2008, and let someone else lead the party into the 2010 parliamentary
election. But he appeared to change his mind ahead of the December Zanu PF

      The bottom seemed to fall out of his plan when he failed to win
unanimous support for the strategy at the December conference.

      If Mugabe's volte-face is confirmed, this could dash any hopes by
Zimbabweans of an economic recovery and a quick return to normal relations
with the international community.

      If Mugabe stands and wins next year's election, he could rule Zimbabwe
until 2014 when he will be 90.

      The ruling party's Commissariat Department has already produced a
campaign programme in which Mugabe will embark on nationwide "Meet the
People Star Rallies" in September.

      The rallies will be addressed by the Zanu PF presidium: the two
Vice-Presidents, Joseph Msika, Joice Mujuru and national chairman, John

      The rallies announced by the party'smouthpiece, The People's Voice,
last week will be held by the Presidium "to drum up support for the party
and have an opportunity to meet new executives" elected during the party's
restructuring exercise.

      A Zanu PF politburo member said there were elaborate plans to
disenfranchise millions of Zimbabweans ahead of next year's presidential

      "The claims by Mohadi (Kembo) and Mudede (Tobaiwa) that they cannot
provide passports and national identity cards fall nicely into plans to
ensure that all young people turning 18 years old cannot vote next year."
Most are likely to be opposition voters.

      Sources said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission had already started
preparations for the election.

      ZEC last week splashed newspaper advertisements saying they were on
the hunt for a chief elections officer and a deputy chief elections officer
for administration. But Nkomo, the Zanu PF national chairman, yesterday
denied the rallies would be used to launch Mugabe's bid for another term of

      "There is absolutely no truth in what you are suggesting," he said.

      "The party leadership once in a while is deployed around the country
to visit party members. We have done it before and we will do in future. As
we have shown in the recent Chiredzi South by-election, there is no doubt
about who is in charge. We don't want to give these other people in
opposition or independents any chance and that is why we will be going out
to mobilise the people."

      Speaking in a recent televised interview Mugabe said: "Some say, 'Ah,
because the President wants to lengthen his term'; if I want to lengthenmy
term, I can stand next year. What prevents me from standing and beating? I
can stand and then have another six years, for that matter."

      The Herald's Nathaniel Manheru columnist thought to be close to the
Office of the President yesterday said "sooner" Zanu PF would nominate
Mugabe as its presidential candidate.

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Magistrates threaten to strike

Zim Standard


      MAGISTRATES have threatened strike action if the government does not
review their salaries soon, now averaging $200 000 a month, against a
poverty datum line of $600 000.

      The threat is contained in a letter to the Minister of Justice, Legal
and Parliamentary Affairs, Patrick Chinamasa.

      The Magistrates' Association of Zimbabwe has petitioned the government
to review their pay and working conditions - or face unspecified action.

      The association says when magistrates preside over cases these days,
they do so on "empty stomachs".

      Chinamasa was not available for comment but a letter addressed to him
by the president of the association, Enias Magate, said magistrates were
contemplating strike action.

      According to Magate, magistrates earn a gross salary of less than $200
000 at a time when the Poverty Datum Line has shot up to over $600 000. Many
of them, the letter says, now preside over cases while they are hungry.

      "The registration of dissatisfaction by members of our Association has
prompted me as the president to write this letter as a matter of great
urgency. Our members are groaning that the return they get for their sweat
and loyalty breeds strong feelings of demotivation," says the letter.

      "Part of our members have outlined that they can no longer afford two
simple meals per day, let alone a cheap breakfast. Some have resorted to
taking glasses of water every morning before setting (out) for work on empty

      The letter demanded the government review their salaries before the
end of the month or risk unspecified action.

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Chombo blunders in Chideya case: lawyer

Zim Standard


      A top Harare lawyer has said a government minister made an erroneous
public statement regarding the effect of an appeal on a declaratory order
granted to Harare Town Clerk Nomutsa Chideya.

      The order gave Chideya the green light to resume his duties at Town

      Sternford Moyo, who represents Chideya, said yesterday Ignatius Chombo
erred when he said Chideya could not return to the Town House on the basis
that an appeal had been lodged with the Supreme Court.

      Chombo is the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and Urban

      Justice Lawrence Kamocha two weeks ago ruled that Makwavarara's
commission was illegal.

      Following Makwavarara and Chombo's appeal, Wilson Manase wrote to Moyo
advising him it was improper for Chideya to return to work.

      He wrote: "Our client holds the strong view that it (declaratory
order) shall be overturned by a higher court of the land. It would therefore
be a folly were your client to proceed any otherwise until the appeal is

      But Moyo wrote back to say Manase's clients were misinformed and
labouring "under an erroneous impression that the noting of an appeal
suspends the declaratory order".

      Moyo said although it was common law that an appeal suspends a
judgement appealed against, "a declaratory order is an exception to that

      "A judicial declaration of the right of parties, issued as a
declaratory order in terms of the rules of the High Court, subsists
notwithstanding any appeal," said Moyo.

      He recommended that his learned colleague peruse the Econet (Pvt) Ltd
v Telecel Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd judgement where this was spelt out.

      Moyo said Chideya had not yet returned to work because he was making
consultations regarding Chombo's intervention.

      Meanwhile, Makwavarara and Chombo want Justice Kamocha's judgement to
be overturned in its entirety by the Supreme Court.

      Part of their appeal notes that the commission cannot be blamed for
not holding elections because "None of the appellants have authority to
order the holding or to institute the holding of elections to appoint a
council." It said that function is reserved for the Zimbabwe Electoral

      The appeal also says that "the learned judge failed to take into
account the notorious fact that the 1st appellant was deputy mayor in
council who was elevated to acting mayor after the incumbent was dismissed.
The acting mayor being the 1st appellant has and had authority to act the
way she did".

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Zanu PF postpones Bulawayo poll

Zim Standard


      BULAWAYO - Zanu PF last week postponed elections to choose a new
provincial executive in Bulawayo after regional heavyweights vetoed a
commissariat directive to hold fresh polls.

      Two weeks ago, the party's national commissar, Elliot Manyika, wrote
unexpectedly to the Bulawayo leadership, advising them to prepare for
elections, scheduled for today.

      Sources said the elections were blocked by Zanu PF heavyweights. One
of them, Dumiso Dabengwa, confirmed yesterday he had intervened to stop the

      Insiders told The Standard the decision to dissolve the committee was
linked to moves by Mugabe to extend his term to 2010, which has divided the
ruling party into three distinct factions.

      It is understood that the decision to dissolve the Bulawayo executive
was taken in Gweru three weeks ago at a briefing between Mugabe and the
party leadership before he addressed the 21st February Movement celebrations
at Mkoba Stadium in the city.

      The Bulawayo executive is said to be opposed to Mugabe's plans to
extend his term of office beyond 2008 and would not support the proposal
when it is put to the vote at a central committee meeting later this month.

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20 arrested as anti-ZINWA protests erupt in Masvingo

Zim Standard


      MASVINGO residents, outraged by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority
(ZINWA)'s plan to take over the city's water supply and sewer system, last
week defied the three-month police ban on rallies and demonstrations and
took to the streets in protest.

      Holding a banner emblazoned with "Rescue us from the Evils of ZINWA",
the protesters were confronted by the police who arrested at least 20 of

      Police provincial spokesperson, Inspector Phibeon Nyambo, confirmed
the arrests saying investigations were still in progress.

      Besides the protest march, the residents threatened to sue ZINWA. They
also wrote a petition to the Cabinet to reverse the decision allowing ZINWA
to be in sole charge of the city's water supplies and sewerage system.

      Masvingo mayor, Councillor Alois Chaimiti, speaking at a meeting last
Friday to inform residents of the new development, pledged that ZINWA would
not take over the water supply from the council.

      "We are not tired yet and we as council believe we have not failed in
our role of supplying and distributing water to our residents," he said. "We
are still strong and able to continue doing the work for our residents.

      "Furthermore, we were not told the reasons behind the taking over of
our water supply and sewer system."

      The city council recently applied for borrowing powers to augment its
water works, a move that analysts said was a clear indication that it was
geared towards fighting the takeover.

      Lake Mutirikwi, the country's largest inland water reservoir, supplies
the city with water. Even if the water levels of the country's major dams
fall drastically, it is rare for Masvingo to run dry.

      ZINWA catchment area manager, Albert Mare, failed to give convincing
reasons to the residents concerning the takeover, forcing him to shorten his
speech as residents booed him.

      Some of the residents walked out before he had finished speaking.

      Masvingo Residents and Ratepayers' Association (MURRA) spokesperson,
Tendai Mutungira, said they were appalled at not being consulted about the
take-over. To them, she said, ZINWA was not welcome in Masvingo.

      "We were never consulted as stakeholders, and we did not participate
in the decision-making process. To us, ZINWA is not welcome, given the
current water problems in Harare," she said.

      A spokesperson for the Concerned Masvingo Residents and Ratepayers'
Association accused the government of backtracking on its policy of

      "The government embarked on a policy of de-centralisation," he said.
"Then, why is ZINWA trying to centralise everything?

      "ZINWA promised to first build dams before taking over the water
supply from local authorities. Now my question is: how many dams have you
built so far?" he said.

      Another resident, identifying himself only as Moto, accused ZINWA of
"trying to bring cholera to Masvingo". He labelled ZINWA as "robbers trying
to grab our water".


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Hospital turns away accident victim

Zim Standard


      AS the world commemorated the International Women's Day last week,
19-year-old Evidence Sibambo was writhing in extreme agony, with blood
oozing from her injured leg.

      Evidence said she feared her injuries could become septic if she
failed to get medication on time.

      "We had taken all our money to order vegetables for resale. So I don't
have any money for treatment," she said with tears rolling down her cheeks.

      Evidence, a survivor of last week's train-bus accident in
Dzivaresekwa, was denied treatment at Parirenyatwa Hospital because she did
not have enough money.

      "We were rushed to the hospital soon after the accident but the doctor
just examined me and told me to buy painkillers. They said without $40 000
they would not take an x-ray of the injured leg and hip, although I could
hardly walk," she said.

      Evidence's mother, Veronica, died in the horrific accident which
claimed 36 lives. They were on the same ill-fated commuter bus going to
Mbare Musika to buy vegetables for resale.

      Evidence said it was going to be extremely difficult for her to look
after the family as her mother was the breadwinner, operating a vegetable
stall on the roadside.

      Her father, Robert, is unemployed and spends most of his time selling
firewood.The family was victim to government's 2005 Operation Murambatsvina
which displaced more than 700 000 families countrywide.

      "We are now worse off than what we were (in 2005)," she said.

      Parirenyatwa Hospital spokesperson, Jane Dadzie, said she did not know
that Evidence had failed to pay for medication.

      "If she was not treated it could be a mistake. We thought we had done
a perfect job. Please tell her to come immediately," said Dadzie.


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CIO target hotels in 'Chikorokoza chapera' blitz

Zim Standard


      MUTARE - State security agents have descended on this city's hotels
and lodges to sniff out suspected diamond and gold dealers, The Standard has

      The operation is reportedly inconveniencing tourists and travellers.

      Officials at Holiday Inn and Mount View both in the city centre, and
lodge operators outside the city, confirmed last week they had unidentified
people querying their bookings.

      The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said people they
suspect to be from the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), and the
Criminal Investigations Department, have been frequenting the premises,
"asking awkward questions on who was booked and for how long", information,
they said, was confidential.

      "This is personal and confidential information," said a Holiday Inn
Mutare employee. "We don't reveal the details, but these people have been

      A manager at Mount View Hotel who gave his name as Mr Kavhu denied he
had received such visitors at the hotel.

      But another official at the hotel said he was aware of the visits by
security agents searching for diamond dealers.

      Inquiries by The Standard confirmed security agents target mostly
hotels and lodges situated outside town since the dealers prefer to operate
in quiet areas.

      An employee at Valley Lodge said most diamond dealers had been
arrested while booked at the hotel when they were found in possession of
precious stones.

      The Standard, however could not establish how many people had been
arrested from city hotels and lodges following the operation.

      Last month the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) bureau chief
for Mutare Andrew Neshamba was arrested at a private lodge, accused of
working with "an e-TV crew", including former Standard Arts and
entertainment Editor, Peter Moyo, now current affairs producer for the

      Moyo was with William Gumbo, a cameraman for Zimbabwe Broadcasting
Holdings (ZBH) and his cousin Trymore Zvidzai.

      They were arrested at Miami Lodge in Mutare.

      According to Moyo, who is back in South Africa, the police pounced on
them believing he was a diamond dealer.

      Edmore Manesa says he was last week asked to allow CID officers to go
through his belongings while they searched for gold, diamonds and other
precious minerals. He had been booked at Border Home.

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Police vow to crush prayer meeting

Zim Standard


      THE police yesterday vowed to use full force to stop the Save Zimbabwe
Campaign from holding a prayer meeting scheduled for today at the Zimbabwe
Grounds in Harare's Highfield suburb.

      The Save Zimbabwe is a group of organisations drawn from the church,
civic society, labour, the opposition, students and non-governmental

      Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena yesterday
told journalists that there would be a heavy police presence in the city to
prevent the prayer meeting.

      Bvudzijena showed journalists a "weapon" which he claimed was
discovered by the police in Glen View.

      "This weapon was targeted at police officers and we view it in very
dark light," said Bvudzijena. The so-called weapon is a scythe.

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Ncube up for award

Zim Standard


      TREVOR Ncube, the publisher of The Standard and The Zimbabwe
Independent has been short-listed for a prestigious Index on Censorship
Freedom of Expression Award.

      The Index on Censorship/Hugo Young Award for Journalism 2007 is
reserved for a journalist who has shown an outstanding commitment to
journalistic integrity in defence of freedom of expression.

      A statement released last week by the organisers of the award said:

      "Ncube's tireless work in continuing to run the only independent
newspapers in Zimbabwe while under constant attack from the government has
been described as 'incredibly inspiring'. Despite a number of personal
attacks, the government has been unable to shut down Trevor's newspapers or
otherwise silence him."

      The 7th annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression awards will
be held at LSO St Luke's, London, on 14 March 2007.

      This year's awards will be presented by Anna Ford, with a keynote
speech from Jung Chang, bestselling author of Mao: The Untold Story and Wild

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Hunger stalks drought-hit Manicaland

Zim Standard


      A severe drought has hit several parts of Manicaland where villagers
failed to plant any crops for two successive cropping seasons because of
poor rains.

      Without any back-up maize stocks from last season, the villagers now
rely on buying expensive maize- meal from retail shops, The Standard was
told last week.

      Most of the current maize crop is still less than knee height and has
already turned yellow, spelling doom for the villagers.

      The villagers said they planted crops three times this season but on
two occasions, nothing germinated due to poor and erratic rains.

      The current crop germinated because of Cyclone Favio, which hit the
province three weeks ago. But some of that crop is already wilting under the
scorching sun.

      There are fears that cattle could die of hunger as there is not enough
pasture for them. Moreover, the small streams, from where the animals drink
water, may soon dry up before the onset of the rainy season later this year.

      The most affected areas are the diamond-mining areas of Marange,
Nyanyadzi, Hotsprings, Bangwe, Mutema and parts of Buhera.

      Villagers who spoke with The Standard last week said they feared
people would starve to death this year if there was no government food aid
in two months.

      Potai Marange of Bambazonge business centre in Marange has lost hope
for his wilting crops.

      "I don't expect anything from this field this year," he said. "As you
can see, the maize has already turned yellow. I don't think we will get
enough rain to see this crop through to maturity."

      Most villagers had abandoned their sun-scorched fields to play
hide-and-seek with security agents in the diamond mining area of Chiadzwa,
about 20km from his homestead, said Marange.

      Rondwi Mwaziyangeyi (74), of Nemaramba village, a few kilometres from
Nyanyadzi business centre, said he was trying to beat the drought by
practising river bank cultivation.

      Although the maize crop is nearing tasselling stage, there is no
guarantee that it will mature.

      "We are appealing for food aid now because we have nothing in the
fields," he said."Without assistance people, especially children, will die
this year."

      An Agricultural Rural and Extension Services (AREX) official in Harare
said Masvingo, Midlands, and Matabeleland North and South were equally
affected by drought.

      "There is virtually nothing in these provinces. I think this year's
drought could be as severe as that of 1991/2, which killed hundreds of
cattle countrywide," said the official, who requested anonymity.

      The Arex principal director, Regina Gata, said her department was
still in the process of collecting data on the crop situation.

      "Right now, our officers are still on the ground," Gata said.

      But she said some parts of the country received enough rainfall and
could get good yields while others received far less below normal rains.

      Last week, the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) said it had started
mobilizing resources to ensure that maize reaches the southern parts of the

      GMB acting chief executive officer, Samuel Muvuti, who could not be
reached this week, was quoted then as assuring the nation that no person
would starve to death due to a maize-meal shortage.

      The government has denied there is a food shortage. In late 2006, the
GMB said Zimbabwe was expecting a surplus above its annual cereal
requirement of about 1.9 milliontonnes.

      But independent estimates suggested only 800 000 tonnes of maize was
produced, or less than half the annual requirement.

      Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of southern Africa, has been reduced to
a basket case, since the invasion of white-owned commercial farms by war
veterans and Zanu PF supporters in 2000.

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Eight die of malnutrition in Bulawayo: report

Zim Standard

   By Kholwani Nyathi

      BULAWAYO - Eight people have died of malnutrition in Bulawayo where
hunger-related medical complications have been identified in suburbs
previously considered affluent, says a city council report.

      According to the report compiled by the health, housing and education
committee tabled at a full council meeting on Wednesday, eight people died
of malnutrition in December last year, compared with five the previous

      Their ages ranged from four to 70 and they were all from high-density
suburbs of Matshobana, Mzilikazi, Old Magwegwe and Lobengula while one
victim was from Barbourfields.

      The 0-4 year-old age group was the worst hit with five deaths

      Bulawayo resumed publicising malnutrition deaths last year after it
suspended the service in 2004, following threats by the government.

      The government claimed the statistics were designed to tarnish its
image. But the council maintained the figures were provided by State
institutions, such as hospitals and the Registrar-General's Office.

      Council reports of mounting malnutrition cases come barely a fortnight
after the authorities at Ingutsheni Central Hospital - a mental health care
centre in Bulawayo - revealed that patients had been struck by a
malnutrition-related illness.

      Five patients reportedly died of the condition last year.

      But the government has refused to acknowledge that people are dying of
hunger since the food shortages surfaced in 2000.

      Bulawayo mayor Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube said the deaths were an indication
of worsening poverty in urban areas and were now a cause for concern for his

      "The trend is disturbing and it is an indication of the worsening
problem of urban poverty," he said. "There is also a need to appeal to
non-governmental organisations and other interested stakeholders to come in
and assist where possible."

      Contributing to a council debate on malnutrition, Councillors Amen
Mpofu and Matson Hlalo expressed concern that people who were now dying of
malnutrition were from medium-density suburbs such as Barbourfields and

      Since October last year Matabeleland region has been gripped by a
serious shortage of grain, cooking oil, sugar and other basic commodities.
The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has blamed grain shortages on transport

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Desperate Zimbabweans seek divine intervention

Zim Standard

   By Kholwani Nyathi

      BULAWAYO - When outspoken Roman Catholic cleric, Archbishop Pius Ncube
openly declared that he was praying for President Robert Mugabe to die, some
people criticised him for what they termed an ungodly request.

      Mugabe himself lashed out at Ncube, a day after the cleric made the
remarks. He said the archbishop "prays for God to kill me, but God doesn't
kill for nothing".

      Ncube had told The Economist magazine that "people just pray that
Mugabe should die. I pray for that".

      But it seems three years after the prelate made the remarks, a number
of other Zimbabweans have joined him in his prayers.

      Of late cases of citizens being dragged to court for "insulting the
president" have been increasing. Most of them were arrested for wishing
Mugabe, who celebrated, rather lavishly, his 83rd birthday last month, could
depart the scene somehow, preferably through natural causes.

      Selestin Jengeta of Masvingo appeared in court after he had pointed at
a picture of Mugabe during a ZBC-TV news bulletin at a bar, saying if Mugabe
died, then Zimbabwe's economic crisis would end.

      In Gwanda, Dingilizwe Ndlovu was arrested after he said the president
"must hang just like former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for his role in
the Gukurahundi atrocities".

      It is a crime under the notorious Public Order and Security Act (POSA)
"to make abusive, indecent, obscene or false statements or gestures about
the President or acting President or in respect of his office or person".

      Both POSA and the anti-freedom of the press Access to Information and
Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) were passed after the 2000 parliamentary
and 2002 presidential elections.

      Both Mugabe and his party, Zanu PF, performed badly in both elections,
worse than they had done since independence.

      Analysts told The Standard that although the pot shots aimed at Mugabe
could be an indication that people's patience has been stretched to the
limit by the worsening economic conditions and Mugabe's determination to
hang onto power; this could also be a sign of massive, collective despair.

      A political analyst in Bulawayo, Jethro Mpofu, said: "People have
tried all options to get him (Mugabe) and his cronies out, but he has used
every trick to remain in power. People have thus resorted to the most
debasing ways of expressing their anger.

      "They will resort to the animal way of lampooning and wishing him

      Since the 2000 constitutional referendum in which the government
suffered a humiliating defeat, after voters heeded calls by the opposition
to reject the document, Mugabe and Zanu PF have been accused of stealing
subsequent elections.

      After two parliamentary elections in 2000 and 2005 and the
presidential elections in 2002, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) -
the strongest opposition party to emerge after Edgar Tekere's Zimbabwe Unity
Movement (ZUM) - split into two factions.

      This left opposition forces without a realistic front to dislodge Zanu
PF and Mugabe.

      Meanwhile, Mugabe is trying to use his technical majority in
Parliament to extend his term beyond 2008, despite strong opposition even
from within his party. State repression of opposition groups protesting
against his rule is also on the increase.

      Transparency International Zimbabwe chairman Goodwill Shana, a pastor,
said the insults and death wishes were an indication that citizens blamed
Mugabe for the political and economic crisis facing the country.

      "People don't just talk and wish evil about someone . . . there must
be a causal link," Shana said.

      "It's a democratic and human inclination for people to protest in such
a way, once they locate the root of the crisis."

      Mugabe has now become the butt of crude jokes by citizens grappling
with the worst economic crisis since independence.

      The police have responded by arresting such citizens, and taking them
to court in the hope that the stiff sentences would act as a deterrent - so
far with dubious effect.

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Zimbabwe to lose out on US$17b Canadian investment

Zim Standard

   TORONTO - Zimbabwe is set to lose out on US$17 billion Canadian investors are set to pour into the
African mining sector in the next five years.
      This was announced by officials during this week's "Investing in
African Mining Seminar" organised here by MineAfrica, a Toronto-based mining

      Zimbabwe had no government or private sector representation at the
seminar and accompanying exhibition and none of the hordes of Canadian
investors seeking opportunities made enquiries about the country.

      The southern African country is ranked high alongside the likes of
South Africa, Namibia and Zambia as a mining destination; however, investor
confidence is at its lowest ebb due to political problems and economic

      Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Ottawa, Florence Chideya said: "the Embassy
of Zimbabwe did not receive an invitation to attend the MineAfrica seminar.
However, we were aware of the conference through colleagues," she said in a
brief statement to MAP Feature Service.

      In an interview she said Zimbabwe does not necessarily have to attend
a seminar to receive foreign investment.

      "Recently, the Canadian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Roxanne Dube met our
ministers of foreign affairs, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, and mines, Amos Midzi
with a Canadian mining expert," she said.

      The seminar and accompanying exhibition was attended by government
officials and mining operators in more than a dozen African countries who
were bidding for a share in the huge investment funding being offered mainly
by some 130 blue chip mining companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange
(TSX), one of the top bourses in the world.

      The same companies already have US$7 billion worth of mining assets in
Africa. In fact, 40% of the global equity raised for mining exploration and
development comes from Canada.

      The African countries were outbidding each other at the investment
table. Among surprise attendees were Madagascar and Uganda who were touting
themselves as "the next" African mining destinations.

      Algerians, Burkinabes, Madagascans, Nigerians and Zambians were
showcasing new policies to ensure investor confidence.

      Angola is touting its unequalled diamond reserves and its newly won
political stability. The country's mining authority last week launched its
bid to host the first ever World Diamond Summit in November 2008.

      Namibia has vast uranium deposits and it is the only African country
that has an abundance of capital to export, something that should interest
investors who often worry about having their assets nationalised by poor

      Another plus, as explained by deputy ambassador, Morven Luswenyo, is
that in an era when most African countries are insisting on legislated Black
Economic Empowerment (BEE) policies, Namibia encourages voluntary community
responsibility by investors.

      South Africa does not need a podium to talk about its mineral wealth;
however, it has a new Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) policy it wants to
articulate to the outside world. The policy requires that investors ensure
26% equity participation by local communities.

      "The policy is there to correct past economic injustices and ensure
lasting political stability in the country," said Debbie Ntombela of the
Department of Minerals and Energy.-MAP Feature Service

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RBZ, MMCZ wrangle over diamonds

Zim Standard


      THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and Minerals Marketing Corporation of
Zimbabwe have quarrelled over the issuance of CD1 forms to process the
exportation of Marange diamonds.

      The diamonds were auctioned last month by the MMCZ, apparently in a
manner the monetary authorities say was improper.

      Standardbusiness was told last week that one international buyer had
bought one parcel of diamonds and was failing to export them without the CD1
froms from the RBZ. CD1 forms are issued by the RBZ but international buyers
collect them from the MMCZ.

      Standardbusiness was told last week the RBZ were holding onto the CD1
forms arguing that the diamonds were disposed of without independent

      Sources said the central bank contends that there was need for
independent valuations before the diamonds were disposed of, to avoid
prejudice to the country.

      "The RBZ argues that diamonds are precious stones and have to be sold
in a transparent manner. They have the Exchange Control regulations and
Statutory Instrument 110 of 1996 on their side," a source said.

      According to the regulations, no one has the right to export or cause
to be exported from Zimbabwe any precious stone or pearl whose value exceeds
such amounts as may be prescribed ($5 000), or any article mounted or set
with a precious or semi-precious stone or pearl whose value exceeds such
amounts as may be prescribed.

      MMCZ had written to the monetary authorities arguing that the
corporation had asked its principal, the Ministry of Mines and Mining
Development to provide an independent evaluator in the interest of enhancing

      "The ministry had responded that MMCZ had the capacity to dispose of
the diamonds and the corporation invited all stakeholders to participate in
the process. The RBZ were invited but said that they would not participate,"
a source said on Friday.

      "MMCZ felt RBZ were undermining their efforts and wanted to take over
the marketing of diamonds," the source added.

      Sources said last week the marketing corporation said it was mandated
by the Interministerial Cabinet Committee on Marange to dispose of the
diamonds by 20 February 2007 in order to "raise money as part payment for
agricultural equipment imported from China".

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Low ranking for Zimbabwe tourism

Zim Standard


      ZIMBABWE is ranked among the worst tourist destinations in the world,
an inaugural index by the World Economic Forum reveals.

      The index, 2007 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report ranks Zimbabwe
as one of the outposts of unattractive travel and tourism destinations
alongside Surinam, Bolivia and Burkina Faso, among others.

      Chad is ranked the lowest on the charts.

      Zimbabwe is placed on 107 with a score of 3.48 from a total of 124
countries. Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Iceland and the United States
respectively were ranked the best destinations.

      Jennifer Blanke, a senior economist with the World Economic Forum said
although the index was not a "beauty contest", or a statement about the
attractiveness of a country, it nonetheless measures the factors that make
it attractive to develop the travel and tourism industry of individual

      On the top five ranked countries Blanke said it "demonstrates the
importance of supportive business and regulatory frameworks, coupled with
world-class transport and tourism infrastructure and a focus on nurturing
human and natural resources, for fostering an environment that is attractive
for developing the travel & tourism (T&T) sector".

      The index looked at the regulatory framework; business environment and
infrastructure; and human, cultural and natural resources.

      Zimbabwe did not fare well on the regulatory framework and was ranked
108. Under policy rules and regulations Zimbabwe was at 114 while the safety
and security aspect placed Zimbabwe on 86.

      Zimbabwe under-performed in the business environment and
infrastructure with a ranking of 84. Airport infrastructure was at position
72nd while tourism infrastructure was ranked 91st. Price competitiveness in
travel and tourism was placed at 32nd .

      On the human, cultural and natural resources category, Zimbabwe fared
badly with a ranking of 114. Under this category Zimbabwe fared badly in
human resources posting a position of 123rd but did well on the national
tourism perception, stationed at 29th .

      In Africa, Tunisia was the best ranked at 34th followed by Mauritius
and Morocco at 39th and 57th respectively.

      Zimbabwe's southern neighbour, South Africa was tied with Poland on 62
while Zambia was placed 94th. Zimbabwe's tourism industry is picking up its
pieces after suffering a downturn in the aftermath of the 2000 land reform
fiasco. The sector employs 200 000, both direct and from other ancillary

      In the period to September 2006, tourist arrivals grew by 45% to 1 596
489 compared with the same period the previous years.

      The tourism industry was in the news last year following the closure
of tourism facilities for failing to register with the Zimbabwe Tourism
Authority (ZTA). In his Monetary Policy review statement in January, Reserve
Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono implored relevant representative
bodies in the sector to "self-police" and encourage their members to comply
with standing regulations in contributing to the turnaround programme. Gono
said the RBZ was working with various authorities locally and abroad to
realise benefits from the 2010 World Cup soccer showcase in South Africa.

      Zimbabwe has also put in place a tourism blue-print, the National
Tourism Development and Marketing Strategy (NTDMS), to lay the foundation
for revival of the industry.

      NTDMS envisages to generate foreign exchange of over US$2 billion a
year for the economy by 2010. It also targets to raise tourism contribution
to GDP to 12% from the current 3% and increase the average length of stay by
tourists to seven days and six nights by 2010 from the current three days
and two nights. ZTA has also bemoaned the shoe-string budget which it said
was inadequate to properly market the country.

      ZTA acting chairperson Shingi Munyeza told Standardbusiness last year
Zimbabwe had budgeted for less than US$500 000 for image building, while its
regional peers, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia had budgeted for US$60
million, US$10 million and US$6 million respectively for the same purpose.

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No respite for small miners

Zim Standard

   By our staff

      MOST small-scale miners are reportedly still out of business because
they cannot raise $2.6m for the compulsory Environmental Impact Assessment
(EIA) and the Environmental Management (EM) Certificates.

      The certificates were recently introduced by the government after
Operation Chikorokoza Chapera/Isitsheketsha Sesiphelile.

      In an interview with Standardbusiness, the Zimbabwe Miners' Federation
president George Kawonza said the fee was "a tall order" for his members.

      "People were out of work for the past four months and they are finding
it difficult to raise the fee," he said. "It is a tall order for most of

      ZMF secretary general, Daniel Gurure said before the operation,
small-scale miners could afford the EIA fee, because it was lower than it is

      Miners can obtain the certificates after the government, through four
Harare-based consultancy firms, has ascertained their activities are

      But ccording to Mr Gurure, most miners are still out of business as
the new mining regulations prohibit them from operating without the

      "Small-scale miners have been living from hand-to-mouth operations and
they do not have any cash reserves to enable them to raise the fee,"said

      Activity in the sector was brought to a halt last November, with the
launch of Operation Chikorokoza Chapera, ostensibly to bring gold panning
activities under control.

      With the implosion of the economy, the sector burgeoned, albeit
illegally in most cases, as poverty-stricken Zimbabweans struggled to
provide for themselves and their families.

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End to doctors' strike short-lived; the formula was short-sighted

Zim Standard


      STRIKING junior doctors may have returned to work but the agreement
they reached with their employer is bound to be short-lived.

      The explanation for this is to be found in a similar but futile
attempt by the Ministry of Transport and Communication on one hand and bus
operators on the other to broker a fare freeze. In less than a week of this
"agreement", the operators had recanted. The reason is government erred in
isolating a segment of a whole and hoped that by attempting to negotiate
with the isolated portion, they could provide a panacea for the bigger

      Bus operators pulled out of the entente cordiale because the price of
fuel shot up to new levels, rendering the understanding between the ministry
and the operators redundant.

      Similarly, the predicament junior doctors face is that most likely by
next week, the price of commodities will have gone up, exposing the futility
of the basis of the agreement with the government. It is total tomfoolery to
try and negotiate when there is no absolute control over everything.
Zimbabwe cannot keep the price of commodities on the international market
frozen in a bid to honour "contracts" because it has no control over the
international market and how prices are determined. In any case, controls
are a recipe for scarcities.

      The suggestion that the doctors be advanced loans of $2.5 million or
US$3 000 an individual to enable them to buy or import cars defies logic.
The said amounts would be inadequate for the purpose of buying a decent
vehicle. Whoever negotiated those figures was doing so in bad faith or was
not fully conversant with the reality of the current situation in this
country. There is a measure of desperation in the manner in which the whole
dispute has been handled by the government. Locally available pre-owned
vehicles cost in excess of $2.5 million, while US$3 000 will afford one a
vehicle for use for a limited period, but when service and spares are
factored in, the junior doctors will be back to square one.

      A long-term approach to the doctors' strike could be to engage the
international community - the United Nations in particular -to assist in a
programme involving retention of skilled people. One of the causes behind
Zimbabwe's rapid decline is because of professional people leaving the
country. Once these are lost to other countries, it is an uphill task
persuading them to return so long as the situation - the cause of their
flight - remains unattended.

      The International Office for Migration (IOM) assists in efforts to
stem the flow of skilled people fleeing from their countries and countering
the negative effects of migration. There are some merits in the government
exploring such initiatives as they can reduce the flight of skills. But
there has to be a sweetener in it for people with skills to bite.

      But this approach has its own problems. It cannot be specifically for
the medical fraternity. Pilots, engineers, scientists and other
professionals would demand similar preferential treatment, unleashing
another vicious cycle that can only exacerbate the crisis in which there are
no winners.

      The solution to the country's current crisis does not lie in piecemeal

      The issue is that there is no guarantee the country will not relapse
into a basket case. There needs to be a complete overhaul, which is
predicated on the political will of the country's leadership to correct the
fundamentals and their willingness to engage the international community
meaningfully. That doesn't look likely yet.

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Humourless leaders deserve hyperinflation

Zim Standard

   sundayopinion by Bill Saidi

      A LONG time ago, Zimbabweans had this fathomless capacity to laugh at
themselves. Not any more.
      Recently, I have related the lyrics of a song by a popular 1940-50s
troubadour, George Sibanda, deriding his own people, the Ndebele, for being
tightwads when it came to entertaining the fair sex.

      He sang that they would not change a pound. But then along comes a
"manheru" who off-loads a pound and flattery on her and - voila!

      It's not easy to translate into English such esoteric phrases as "wati
mwana wachena, kachuchu pendeka!"

      A long time ago, everybody laughed at the lyrics - Shona (the manheru
in the song) and Ndebele.

      Today, people are apt to frown, especially the young. It's a trend I
have noticed over the years.

      More than ten years ago, a young man complained to me his career as a
stand-up comic was about to go up in smoke - because The Man in Dark Glasses
had got wind of it.

      His act was a parody of President Robert Mugabe speaking in public, in
his perfectly-enunciated English, which some people call his Oxbridge

      There was little I could do. I knew that tangling with the MIDG was
foolhardy. I could only offer an ambiguous message of hope, its main stem
being A Man's Gotta Do, What A Man's Gotta Do.

      A few months later, I read a Letter to the Editor in a newspaper,
under his name, praising the MIDG paymasters with enough treacle for me to
almost throw up.

      A nation whose leaders are devoid of humour deserves the misfortune of
an inflation rate literally out of this world.

      Zimbabweans can't laugh at themselves any more. They take themselves
so seriously the only humour they are capable of is to insult their leaders
with obscenities.

      We were not always like this. Under colonialism, we would laugh at how
assiduously we tried to look like the typical "advanced" Africans; how we
dressed and carried ourselves like "assistant Europeans".

      Two men who did this with marvellous aplomb were the great comedy duo
of Misheck Mugambiwa and one man nicknamed Fourpence, of the pioneering
Black Evening Follies, led by Moses Mafusire-Mpahlo.

      We men parted our hair, either straight in the middle or on the side -
another fashion copied from the Europeans.

      In a recent photograph shown on TV for his 83rd birthday, President
Robert Mugabe is wearing such a parting of his hair - on the side. It's fair
to say he was dead serious then.

      Most nations led by humourless people, people without a bone you could
describe as "funny", have seen periods of bloody strife - Italy and Germany
spring to mind.

      In Africa, Uganda under Idi Amin is an ideal specimen.

      People have described Amin as a buffoon, but careful examination of
his utter contempt for human life, reveals evidence to the contrary.

      There are Ugandans reported to be unhappy with the portrayal of Amin
by the great African-American actor, Forest Whitaker as The Last King of
Scotland. Some even suggest an African should have been given the part.

      This demonstrates an ignorance of Whitaker's pedigree. In The Crying
Game, he performed with such virtuosity the only reason he didn't get the
Oscar then was probably because of his colour.

      Again, in Bird, directed by Clint Eastwood, he portrayed the great but
perilously flawed jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker so peerlessly, he
was nominated for an award.

      Whitaker is a consummate actor who, typically, researched his role as
if he wished to enter the skin of the dictator.

      Which bring us to a film I have tentatively called The Last
Chimurenga, directed by Cont Mhlanga, starring Forest Whitaker as Joshua
Mqabuko Nkomo, Billy Dee Williams as Robert Mugabe and Denzel Washington as
Edgar Tekere.

      Rod Steiger would play Cecil John Rhodes, with Peter O'Toole as his
long-time partner - his portrayal of the sexually ambivalent Lawrence of
Arabia was riveting.

      This is, of course, a pipedream. Under the present leadership, Cont
Mhlanga was almost rusticated to a literary Siberia with Workshop Negative,
a fairly mild critique of our first few years of independence.

      I doubt he would ever forget that dramatic episode of his life.

      Mhlanga is now famously executive producing Amakoroza, whose actors
are, by popular vote, better than anyone appearing on Studio 263.

      Laughter, particularly laughter at one's own expense, is said to be
immensely therapeutic. Certainly, its effect cannot be compared to the
constant self-harassment to which most us now subject ourselves as we search
for ways to survive the day, which is synonymous with the leadership's

      There are countries today where people have formed laughter clubs,
where they gather regularly to laugh.

      India, apparently, has many such thriving clubs - and India is
speeding fast towards total economic emancipation.

      The chances of such clubs sprouting in Zimbabwe are distinctly remote.
If people can get all flustered over a cartoon of laughing baboons . . . .

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Independence: was it worth the sacrifice?

Zim Standard

   reflections with Dr Alex T

      "WAS it really worth the effort?" In the beginning, it may have been a
murmur. It might have been whispered in the security of private enclosures.
It is the question that, 27 years ago might have been contemptuously
dismissed, given the euphoric atmosphere attendant upon the advent of Uhuru
in Zimbabwe. But it has now become uncomfortably audible and fairly
commonplace, a sad sign of a heartbroken nation beginning to doubt itself
and the foundation of its existence. It has become like the pungent odour
that slowly invades the trapped atmosphere of a small room, creating an
enforced silence and imposing a sense of collective guilt. Hard though you
might try to pretend otherwise, it cannot be ignored, because it is so
stubbornly and uncomfortably present.
      It is, in our current circumstances, a question that is at once
painful and pertinent; requiring the mind to enquire whether, given the
physical decay that has been visited upon Zimbabwe, independence (and the
struggle for it) has been worth the sacrifices that were made. Was it, after
all, a lost cause?

      It is painful because thousands of lives were sacrificed to achieve
Uhuru. Indeed, some would consider such a question to be an insult to the
memory of those who paid with their lives to displace the colonial system,
arguing that they cannot be condemned for the gross failures of their
compatriots who lived on to assume power and whose inept political and
economic management has brought harsh consequences upon the country. But it
might also be said that, the sacrificed souls must surely now rest rather
uneasily given the manner in which the dreams for which they fought appear
to have been jettisoned by their living comrades.

      It is pertinent however because it goes to the very root of the nation's
existence, for the definition of Zimbabwe, as we now know it, is
inextricably connected to the encounters, both harsh and sweet, between the
peoples of different races and tribes who constitute it. Its future too, is
dependent upon how these constituents are able to negotiate a reasonable
co-existence and part of this process involves finding common ground and
understanding on the key aspects that define the nation - among which
include the liberation struggle, the contribution of the settler and
immigrant communities and also overcoming the bitter and divisive aspects
such as Gukurahundi.

      Citizens are asking this and related questions more openly because of
the physical degeneration of the country since independence and the negation
of the idea and spirit of independence by those who led the fight for its
achievement. The struggle after all, was meant to achieve freedom and lead
to the improvement of their material conditions. Yet most people have become
worse off materially, than they were at the time of independence in 1980 and
the emasculation of the freedoms is no different from their position in
colonial Rhodesia. In short, they have not seen the fruits of the struggle
for freedom.

      That notwithstanding, there is an important distinction that must be
made between the ideals of the struggle for independence and the outcome of
that process as seen today. It would, in my opinion, be unfortunate to
nonchalantly dismiss the notion of independence on the basis of the failures
of the leadership. Freedom is a natural right and to the extent that the
colonial system deprived other people of that right and claims to allied
rights, it was necessary to fight for independence. The post-independence
regime appears to have failed dismally, to deliver what was envisaged in the
struggle for independence but that cannot be used to detract from the notion
of independence. It is important always, to distinguish Zanu PF's failures
and the idea of independence, which by all accounts, is still to be

      A troubling trait of the debate about the value of independence is
what appears to be an attempt, in some circles, to impose collective blame
for the failures of Zanu PF, on the black people. Accusatory statements are
sometimes recklessly thrown about, implying that the failures of Zanu PF
provide conclusive proof that black people cannot govern. This has not been
helped by the chaotic land reform programme, the poor implementation of
which has caused a dramatic fall in agricultural productivity. It is
important, in my opinion, to avoid being unnecessarily divisive on racial or
other grounds by denigrating a whole race or tribe on the basis of the
incompetence of a particular regime.

      The generalisations have unwittingly turned otherwise well-meaning
people into defenders of what is ordinarily indefensible, simply because the
issue would have shifted from one about the incompetence of particular
leaders, to one about racial or tribal responsibility.

      It seems to me that the problem is that during both colonial Rhodesia
and independent Zimbabwe, the political landscape has been dominated by
extremists on either side and unfortunately those extremists have held
positions of power to make key decisions that have sown the seeds of
polarisation along racial and tribal lines. It is an historical fact that
Zimbabwe has broadly speaking, both white and black people, among others and
also people from various ethnic tribes. The challenge has always been and
remains achieving reasonable co-existence, respecting the dignity, equality
and Zimbabweanness of every man and woman who claims it.

      You cannot blame every white person for the excesses of the Smith
regime, no more than you can blame every black person for the excesses of
the Mugabe regime. But this appears to happen with reckless abandon causing
bitter but unproductive divisions in the communities.

      Despite both colonial Rhodesia and independent Zimbabwe having the
common denominator of pursuing unsatisfactory politics, the independence
regime has the distinction of having performed dismally on the economic
front. Their colonial predecessors appear to have fared better in economic
management, which even when it guaranteed unequal treatment, still had some
excess to cushion the marginalised.

      It is a fact of life that socio-economic conditions remain the core
interests of citizens. There can be an unfavourable political system, but
they will thrive so long as they can get by economically. Citizens who say
they were better off before independence are not necessarily condoning the
repressive political system of that time; they are simply confirming that
they care more about their economic well-being.

      This of course, is a lesson for any future government, that whatever
you do, the most important aspect is the economy. It is also the same
message to every politician that the key lies in finding a pragmatic
solution that reverses the economic decline. They care less about who does
it; they just want to see something done, by Zanu PF, MDC or whomsoever can
deploy the necessary skills and resources towards that end.

      The bitter lesson for Zimbabweans appears to be that regardless of
their worthy efforts, liberators are not always the best governors. The
science of leading a liberation struggle is significantly different from the
science of governance. Experience has shown that the liberators lacked the
transferable skills that could be deployed in the process of government.
There has always been a militaristic approach in handling party and
government affairs, which probably explains the frequent resort to military
personnel and methods in governance matters. If there is any lesson to be
learnt by those at the forefront of today's liberation, it is that when the
time comes, instead of clamouring for power and staying there until the end
of time, they ought to defer to those of their own who have the skills to
manage the economy.

      But at the end of the day, it important to not let the understandable
bitterness that people have against the current regime, to detract from the
idea and struggle for independence, which was and remains a key ideal,
because in an event true Uhuru is yet to be achieved. It is not about
rhetoric and slogans - it constitutes finding ways of promoting coexistence
of the people regardless of the bitter past and creating systems for the
management of resources, both human and material, to improve the
socio-economic well being of the people. As we have seen, the erosion of
socio-economic status of the people ha now caused people to openly question
the whole idea of independence. It is sad because in some ways, it
represents a decline in collective self-confidence; a psychological crisis
that will drag down a whole nation. That collective mental fall will be
harder to recover from than the rebuilding of the physical structures that
have deteriorated.

      Alex Magaisa can be contacted at

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Zim Standard Letters

Mai Mujuru should not be fazed by Mugabe outbursts  VICE-PRESIDENT Joice
Mujuru has suffered a lot of humiliation recently at the hands of President
Robert Mugabe simply because somebody said something about her in some book.
      But there is one point she needs to bear in mind: she does not owe her
life to Mugabe. She was a fighter in her own right and her record during the
struggle for independence of this country speaks for itself, therefore, she
does not need some old petty-minded man to humiliate her.

      We hope Enos Nkala changes his mind about having his own views of what
happened during the struggle for independence being published posthumously.
We need to hear the story of the struggle for independence being told by the
various players. After all, it is their right to tell the nation about how
they saw things at that particular juncture and what in their view was
responsible for such outcomes.

      In a sense we are very happy that the long promised version of the
struggle for independence according to Zanu PF has not been published. It
was always going to be a bastardised version intended to project one person
as the Alpha and Omega of the struggle.

      By putting together what the various writers say about what transpired
during the war years, we should be able to come up with what is close to the

      Mujuru is not like a fish that will succumb the moment it is removed
from water. She needs to understand that there is life after Mugabe and that
the humiliation she is being subjected to must strengthen and not weaken

      In fact, given the role that women freedom fighters played and their
representation, she must stand out as a role model and refuse to beg for
what should rightly be hers. Women have allowed themselves to be trampled
upon for far too long and this is one reason why today we have about three
women buried at Heroes' Acre disproportionate to the men.

      As students, we hope that the various camps in Zanu PF sit back and
reflect on who the real enemy is so that they can forget their differences
and begin to work in the interests of the people of this country. We cannot
have people being humiliated and denounced because someone's ego is deflated
if another person's role during the struggle for independence is cast in a
way that shows not only one person was as powerful and resolute as the
praise-singers have been telling us.

      Mugabe might not like what is being written by the various political
players such as Edgar Tekere, but we would like to warn him to prepare
himself for more and damaging disclosures. By the time the various writers
offer their perspectives Mugabe will no longer be the "consistent and
authentic" revolutionary we were told he was.

      The more versions of the liberation war the better. No one owns the
history of the struggle for independence.

      UZ students

      Mount Pleasant



       AZ chairman owes us an explanation

             ACCORDING to the chairperson of the Board of the national
airline, Air Zimbabwe, Mike Bimha, the former acting Chief Executive
Officer, Engineer Oscar Madombwe, did a fantastic job while at the helm of
the national carrier enabling it to post profits for the first time in over
a decade.
            Bimha also said that Madombwe was responsible for drawing up a
strategic turnaround plan for Air Zimbabwe. He was beside himself in
lavishing praise on the former acting CEO.

            The question that begs an explanation is: If you have someone
who is able to perform such a miracle in such a limited time and with ageing
equipment, why was he not confirmed as substantive CEO?

            There are two explanations: Either the AZ chairperson suffers
from the common malaise that afflicts the majority of Zimbabweans - that
they identify a problem or solution but have no courage to implement the
kind of changes that are required to achieve progress, or it is that Bimha
was effectively telling the nation that in their view, as a board, Madombwe
was their choice based on his track record, but that political interference
came into play and their plan was rendered useless.

            It will be recalled that in October last year The Standard
published a report in which it was disclosed that Bimha and his board had
recommended Madombwe for the top post at Air Zimbabwe, while the Minister of
Transport, Christopher Mushowe, was rooting for Peter Chikumba, who has
since been appointed CEO of the national airline.

            On the basis of the "recommendation" Madombwe received from
Bimha and his track record, it will not be surprising to hear that the man
has been offered a job in the region. This is one way in which this country
has lost skilled personnel to the region and the world. We are busy
promoting mediocrity, while frustrating the people who have the expertise to
make enterprises not only viable but profitable.

            Whatever Madombwe decides, I certainly wish him the best of
luck. Let's not hear anyone preaching patriotism because Madombwe showed his
patriotic commitment and how was he rewarded? We are very good at
approaching things with one determination: to plunge everything to new
depths than when we took over.

            Death of an airline



       Succession imbroglio: Mugabe fears 'Ngwena'

             PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has not just had a sudden change of
heart on his views on the succession issue and Vice-President Joice Mujuru
versus Emmerson "Ngwena" Mnangagwa.
            Mugabe was presented with a stuffed "Ngwena" for his birthday
present recently and it appears the present did much more than might have
been the original intention of the people making the presidential birthday

            The issue is not that Mugabe has suddenly found Mujuru lacking
as presidential material. Rather he has realised the potential harm that
could be occasioned by "Ngwena" should he decide to write his own Lifetime
of Struggle as Edgar Tekere has done. More damaging disclosures would
demystify the "aura" of a great leader that Mugabe has craved and for which
he dearly wants history to remember him.

            Diana Mitchell's recent contribution in The Standard (25
February 2007) described the role "Ngwena" played in ensuring Mugabe's
safety. As someone who was in charge of national security, Zanu PF business
companies and a critical link person between Mugabe and the Kabilas, Ngwena
could write revealing best selling novels/books on each of those to leave
Mugabe in tatters.

            My view is that Mugabe has just realised how invaluable an ally
"Ngwena" is. In fact, in a way he has always made this recognition, which
accounts for why he has retained him in Cabinet. But it needed Tekere for
Mugabe to appreciate how useful and significant it is and would be for him
to have "Ngwena" on his side. He knows too much, probably more than any
other Zanu PF politicians or ministers.

            In the end, it remains a matter of conjecture whether this will
result in a significant shift in the succession. Mugabe may or may not wish
to go beyond recognition of the debt of gratitude he owes "Ngwena". Ngwena,
the aquatic reptile, and not the person, has enormous patience.

            Only time will tell. However, celebrations in "Ngwena's" camp
could prove premature just as they did for the Mujuru camp in December 2004.
We live in interesting times.



            The Midlands


       Real enemy number one

             THIS is an urgent appeal to your readership and politicians to
take the issue of water pollution as their real Number One Enemy.
            Our five-year long research has come to the uncontested
conclusion that due to a serious increase (3 000%) in levels of
contamination of water bodies, particularly rivers, more people are dying
from the subsequent effects.

            In the same way it took longer to accept HIV and Aids, it has
also needed this jolting revelation for politicians to wake up to the
dangers of water pollution.

            We therefore urge all of government at local and national levels
to declare a pollution emergency and take the necessary policing action in a
serious manner. The cities of Gweru, Masvingo, Marondera and Harare
participated in this research and sadly the last came first in confirmation

            Toxicants are being openly deposited in very large quantities
particularly during weekends via container vehicles, lorries and even
minibuses who seem to believe washing their dirt downriver promotes hygienic
standards. Shame! The more the sludge, the less effect any amount of
chemical treatment will make our water safe.

            In Marondera, the authorities are touting Wenimbi dam as their
new salvation but the year-long monitoring project has revealed 1 700
percentage point increases in pollution already.

            M Masimba

            ZIMRESEARCH ORG.


       Chickens coming home to roost  WHAT is the main reason why a man
would want to stay in power forever?
            I know quite well that so many of his critics had him as their
hero in the early days of this country's independence but as for many in my
home area, considering the part of the country where I come from, we found
no reason to clap and cheer for the man.

            My home area is under-developed; many of our people (the young
and the old) have fled to neighbouring Mzantsi, where they have a sense of
belonging more than they have in their motherland. One day, the chickens
will come home to roost, and when they do I will be there to witness.

            Giya Mthwakazi kaNdaba


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The price of milk

Comment from The Daily Telegraph (UK), 8 March

Harare - "Why didn't I buy milk yesterday," a tired looking woman wailed at
a check out till in Harare's Avondale shopping centre. She told anyone
prepared to listen, that a 2 litre bottle of milk cost Z$10 000 on Tuesday,
but 24 hours later it was Z$17 000. Someone paying for milk at the next till
snapped: "There wasn't any milk yesterday." So what is that in real money?
Well depends on the hour of the day as the Zimbabwe dollar is depreciating
all the time. In the morning the new price of milk would have been about £1.
Later in the day it would have been down to about 98 pence. That's on the
black market, the only money market these days. Madly illegal of course, but
everyone does it, especially the ruling Zanu PF, and the money police, the
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. Legally that milk would cost about £36, (if the
calculator on the mobile can be trusted) as the official rate of exchange is
US$250 to one Zimbabwe dollar.

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Jag Job Opportunities dated 9 March 2007

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

(Ad inserted 9 March 2007)


We have a vacancy or business partnership available for a sober, capable,
dedicated, reliable and experienced Vegetable Farmer. Specific experience in
the growing of tomatoes, cabbages, potatoes, tobacco, onions and carrots
would be advantageous.

The successful candidate must be able to work independently, identify and
rectify problems on his own, be an improviser and maintain good labor
relations. He must have knowledge of soil preparation, pests, and disease
and the control thereof, fertilization, sprinkler, center pivot and drip
irrigation, harvesting, handling and packing process, machinery and

Remuneration package will depend on experience and abilities.

Interested individuals can e-mail their CV to   Please
mention if you are interested in employment and if you would consider a
business partnership.

(Ad inserted 9 March 2007)

Wanted Manager for Dodhill Garden Centre Restuarant.

It is a position that would suit a semi retired person, male or female, and
entails supervising the kitchen staff who are well trained, and supervising
the garden centre nursery, which also has trained staff, so all in all it is
more of a supervisory position.

The position requires a working knowledge of computers, mainly spread sheets
for stock control.

Our contact details are as follows:

P O Box 102, Chegutu, 091 273056, 053 - 3555

(Ad inserted 9 March 2007)


Help needed by elderly lady owner of a national monument garden and home
situated 5 km from stellenbosch.

 prefer retired or semi-retired couple or single lady.  Farming or similar
practical background would be a great asset.  South african residency would
be necessary.

Private accommodation in a 2-bedroom cottage in a group of cottages adjacent
to the main homestead in a peaceful and magnificent country setting only 10
minutes drive from shops.

 duties would be part time,  assisting owner with activities such as local
driving, shopping, paying garden and domestic staff, incidental faxing and
phoning, preparing occasional meals, handyman repairs and light maintenance
around the buildings and gardens, arranging for servicing  and repairs of
motor vehicles, lawnmowers and similar activities.

This is very much a flexitime position with minimal routine.  You would be
able to pursue other interests and activities in the area.

 Remuneration comprises the cottage accommodation and a salary commensurate
with duties and individual requirements, by negotiation.

 we are hoping to fill this position by late april.

Please reply, providing relevant information about yourself and with contact
phone numbers,  to the lady's son in harare, email or fax
263 (0)4 70 70 35.  Confidentiality and prompt response assured.


(Ad inserted 9 March 2007)

Position Required: GARDENER AND MAID

Ex farm gardener and wife who is a house maid require positions in Harare.
Very honest and reliable couple.

Please Contact Jo on 0912-247001 for info.


(Ad inserted 9 March 2007)

Employment  Offered

1.                  Position for bookkeeper up to trial balance (pastel), to
assist with administration, salary by negotiation.
2.                  2 Workshop managers to supervise caterpillar and
earthmoving undercarriage repairs. Mechanical knowledge essential. Salary by

For both positions please contact Mr J.Meintjes on cell: 011411117,
0912434293 or
263 4 447180-3



(Ad inserted 15 February 2007)

Employment Wanted

Been self-employed for 17 years, in Zimbabwe, specializing in the service,
spares, and sales of tractors but due to the change of the economy it has
become almost impossible to make self-employment worthwhile at present.

Due to this, I am looking for a consultancy, management, supervisory work,
willing to do hands on work only when necessary, related to the above, our
first preference being Zambia, second Mozambique. My wife is computer
literate with ICDL certificate and office experience and certificates and
would be able to handle the administration side if a position were
available. Our preference would be something along the lines of servicing,
managing, repairing a fleet of tractors belonging to a large farming
operation or a syndicate of farmers in close proximity of each other.  With
33 years experience in the above type of work, specializing particularly in
Fiat, Ford and MF, I would request an attractive package including
accommodation, vehicle and salary which would make my efforts worth while.
I wish to stress that regular work hours are not a necessity and that if my
services were required I would be fully committed to whatever contract I
agree to. My wife is computer literate and would be able to handle
administration work.

My wife and I would like to do this together and would need to travel back
to Zimbabwe fairly regularly to spend time with our children as they are all
being schooled locally.

For CV and/or interviews, please contact us on 263-68-22463 / 263-11212545 /


(Ad inserted 22 February 2007)

Employment Sought

Position                             Accounts Clerk / Assistant Accountant
Experience                         4 years
Qualifications                     S.A.A.A  Diploma in Accountancy
Computer Packages           Microsoft word, excel and (S.A.P)

For more information an Curriculum Vitae


(Ad inserted 22 February 2007)

Employment Sought

Been self-employed for 17 years, in Zimbabwe, specializing in the service,
spares, and sales of tractors but due to the change of the economy it has
become almost impossible to make self-employment worthwhile at present.

Due to this, I am looking for a consultancy, management, supervisory work,
willing to do hands on work only when necessary, related to the above, our
first preference being Zambia, second mocambique. My wife is computer
literate with ICDL certificate and office experience and certificates and
would be able to handle the administration side if a position were
available. Our preference would be something along the lines of servicing,
managing, repairing a fleet of tractors belonging to a large farming
operation or a syndicate of farmers in close proximity of each other.  With
33 years experience in the above type of work, specializing particularly in
Fiat, Ford and MF, I would request an attractive package including
accommodation, vehicle and salary which would make my efforts worth while.
I wish to stress that regular work hours are not a necessity and that if my
services were required I would be fully committed to whatever contract I
agree to. My wife is computer literate and would be able to handle
administration work.

My wife and I would like to do this together and would need to travel back
to Zimbabwe fairly regularly to spend time with our children as they are all
being schooled locally.

For CV and/or interviews, please contact us on 263-68-22463 / 263-11212545 /


(Ad inserted 9 March 2007)


I am an active, multi-skilled retiree seeking a fresh challenge. I have
extensive and long-standing knowledge of the Agrichem and Veterinary
supplies industries with over twenty years experience in management and
research. I am computer competent, multi-lingual, and have good
communications skills with all segments of Zimbabwean society. I will
consider full or part time engagement in any field.

Please contact me on 885236, on cell 0912 535737 or e mail at:


(Ad inserted 9 March 2007)

Employment Sought

Single male aged 45 mechanic by trade, keen knowledge of nature.  Looking
for a job within the wildlife environment within the SADC Region.

Contact Nick MyBurgh:

References - available on request.

For the latest listings of accommodation available for farmers, contact (updated 9 March 2007)

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