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      MP attacked in fuel queue

      3/15/2003 9:08:31 AM (GMT +2)

      Staff Reporter

      Abednigo Malinga, the MP for Silobela was on Monday night attacked by
seven suspected Zanu PF supporters in a fuel queue at a service station in

      Malinga on Thursday said the youths emerged from a Zanu PF militia
base behind a service station owned by a Zanu PF councillor in the Kwekwe
City Council and told him to refuel his car in Britain.

      "I went to a service station in the city to get some fuel because I
wanted to attend Parliament," he said. "The youths manning the fuel queue
said I would not fill my car because the fuel did not belong to the MDC

      The police in Kwekwe confirmed the incident and said investigations
would begin soon.
      Malinga said the Zanu PF supporters barred him from filling his car
claiming Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC president had called for sanctions
against Zimbabwe.

      He said one of the supporters smashed an empty bottle on his head, and
he sustained a deep cut.

      "I made a report at Kwekwe Central Police Station and two policemen
were ordered to guard my car. The police took me to Redcliff Medical Centre
where I was treated."

      The MP said while the car was under police guard, the Zanu PF
attackers smashed the front windscreen and tried to set it alight with

      The Zanu PF thugs were stopped by a security guard at the service
station who warned them if they burnt the MP's car, the whole place would go
up in smoke.

      Paul Themba Nyathi, the MDC spokesman, said the MP's attackers were
holding the country to ransom.

      "We condemn this criminal act and call upon the police to ensure that
these criminals are brought to book," he said.
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      ZimRights warns Mugabe over 'Green Bombers'

      3/15/2003 9:07:45 AM (GMT +2)

      Staff Reporter

      MUNYARADZI Bidi, the executive director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights
Association (ZimRights), says President Mugabe risks being confronted by the
masses if he does not rein in the so-called national service youths who are
terrorising innocent citizens.

      He said ZimRights had received thousands of calls from members of the
public demanding an immediate end to the violence being perpetrated by the
youths or they would resort to civil disobedience.

      ZimRights said since January, it had received 129 reports of violence
by the so-called Green Bombers, while 53 people had been internally
displaced by violent Zanu PF supporters.

      Bidi was commenting on the continued reprisals against the opposition
in Buhera, Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe, Chimanimani and Chipinge.

      He said: "The ordinary person has been pushed to the periphery of
active political participation. The call is now very high and people are
saying they can't take it any more. I believe the patience of the ordinary
people has been stretched so far that there is a rising demand for civil

      "We call on Mugabe to restrain his followers because the situation is
about to explode. Zanu PF supporters, war veterans and the Green Bombers
must exercise restraint otherwise people are ready for action."

      In a statement entitled A Call for Immediate Restraint, Bidi said
Chengetai Chimunhu, 56, of Mutata village in Chief Chinyerere area of
Mutoko, was on Monday severely assaulted by known Zanu PF supporters. He was
admitted at a private hospital in Harare where he is recovering.
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      Let's use the non-violence of the brave

      3/15/2003 9:10:01 AM (GMT +2)

      I have just been re-reading the 30 articles of the Declaration of
Human Rights which was adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the
United Nations on 10 December, 1948.

      All member nations of the United Nations Organisation are bound by the
tenets of this declaration. Since Zimbabwe is a member of the UN, it is
supposed to keep this Declaration constantly in mind and promote respect for
the rights and freedoms contained therein.

      Unfortunately, in Zimbabwe the government itself is in the forefront
of violating almost all the individual rights and freedom set forth in the
UN Declaration.

      Part of the preamble to the UN Declaration of Human Rights reads:
"Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled, as a last resort,
to rebel against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be
protected by the rule of law."

      Unfortunately, again, in Zimbabwe the rule of law itself was thrown
out of the window long ago. In fact, rules and regulations are being passed
daily which themselves violate human rights.

      I can truthfully say, in Zimbabwe the rule of law, and with it,
individual liberty and human rights, died long ago. If the majority of
Zimbabweans were not such latent cowards, they should be wearing black
armbands to mourn the death of freedom as Andy Flower and Henry Olonga did
during the country's World Cup Cricket ties.

      Democracy is the cradle and natural element of human rights. History
has proved that the more democratic a society is, the more respectful it is
of individual human rights. The more autocratic a country is, the more
individual freedoms and human rights are trampled underfoot.

      Our government proudly claims that it brought democracy to Zimbabwe.
What a sick joke! The truth is that it destroyed what little democracy there

      Abraham Lincoln defined or described democracy as "government of the
people, for the people and by the people". This is not true of our situation
in Zimbabwe. The government which we have is "of a dictator, for
card-carrying Zanu PF members and by the President and his cohorts". In
other words, it is an autocracy, which is government by a single person
having unlimited power. Like all autocracies, it has no respect for freedom,
justice and human rights as enshrined in the UN Declaration.

      In democratic countries people can and do change their governments
peacefully through the ballot box.

      Past elections in Zimbabwe have proved that it is impossible for
Zimbabweans to change their rulers by these means because they have vowed to
rule until mabwe awora (rocks have rotted) - which is forever.

      In order to stay in power, they have rigged elections and employed
violence to intimidate the people. The 2002 presidential poll was stolen in
broad daylight.

      Democratically ruled nations of the world, including the Commonwealth,
the European Union and the United States, have effectively isolated Zimbabwe
because of its outrageous behaviour.

      Her only comfort comes from fellow travellers Thabo Mbeki of South
Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, the African Union and the Non-Aligned
Movement, which themselves are composed mostly of dictators and despots who
have no respect for democracy.

      I laugh mirthlessly whenever I hear the President or his sidekick
Professor Jonathan Moyo, the Information Minister purport to speak for
Zimbabweans. They seem to be oblivious of the fact that Zimbabweans are no
longer with them. In fact, the people are now against them. Wherever you go
in Zimbabwe today people are saying: "Enough is enough, Mugabe must go."
They desperately want a change of government.

      Since it is impossible to remove this unwanted government through
elections other means have to be found.

      When Zimbabweans were fed up with the racist and oppressive rule of
whites they tried all means to attain their freedom. Finally they opted for
armed conflict. This and other factors, like international support, brought
us our independence. Unfortunately, it did not also usher in the freedom we
so yearned for.

      Our liberators have turned out to be more repressive of our freedoms
than the white government we ousted. We jumped from the frying pan into the
fire, so to say.
      Now, how do we get out of this fire?

      The violent option is out. Even with the Second Chimurenga (violent
uprising), many people, including myself, feel that a non-violent approach
could have been just be as successful.

      No one in his right mind can advocate for a violent rebellion today.
The physical, moral and psychological implications are just too ghastly to
even contemplate. We have not even yet recovered from the negative effects
of the last civil war. It created in the country a culture of impurity,
looting and violence which we did not have before.

      Today we have half-deranged war veterans whose minds were singed by
violence that they now believe that the only answer to any problem is
violence. Should we add to their number?

      The only option Zimbabweans should take is that of Mahatma Gandhi's
satyagraha or Martin Luther King Junior's non-violent resistance. This is
the only moral and brave way our government can be persuaded to leave

      Bharatan Phumarapa, in a note to Gandhi's book, Non-Violent
Resistance, wrote of Gandhi's philosophy thus: "But the non-violence which
thus overcomes evil is not the passive resistance of the weak. The
non-violence of a satyagrahi (an exponent of non-violent resistance) is
unflinching. It is the non-violence of the brave. It will lead the
satyagrahi to die with a smile on his lips and with no trace of hatred in
his heart. It presupposes a disciplined character, selflessness and
unswerving devotion to duty."

      Opposition forces in Zimbabwe are talking of non-violent mass action,
when, eventually, the call for such action comes. Let not even one
Zimbabwean, who loves this country and his or her fellow Zimbabweans, be
found lacking in bravery or resolve. We shall overcome.

      He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
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      Zanu PF refuses to comment on Obasanjo call for Mugabe to quit

      3/15/2003 9:06:40 AM (GMT +2)

      Staff Reporter

      THE ruling Zanu PF's secretary for information and publicity, Nathan
Shamuyarira, has refused to comment on remarks by Nigerian President
Olusegun Obasanjo that President Mugabe should step down.

      In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Times of London last week,
Obasanjo said that it would be wise for Mugabe to step down as leader of

      "It's entirely up to him, but obviously he knows he has to work out a
succession," said Obasanjo, 66, in a rare interview.

      Shamuyarira refused to shed light on Zanu PF's official position.
      "I cannot comment on that," he said. "It's mere speculation. The
succession of the President will be done in an orderly manner."

      Obasanjo pointed out that he was more than a decade younger than
Mugabe, 79, and expected his ageing colleague to step down.

      "I don't need to tell him, but if I say I am thinking about my
succession, that's an indication that I think he should think of his. In my
part of the world, there are many ways you can tell a man to go to hell."

      Paul Themba Nyathi, the opposition MDC's spokesperson, yesterday said
his party had always suspected that the letter written to Australian Prime
Minister John Howard could have emanated from Information Minister Professor
Jonathan Moyo's office.

      In that letter, Obasanjo said Zimbabwe's suspension from the
Commonwealth councils should be lifted because Mugabe was reforming.

      Obasanjo, who heads a nation of 130 million, said Zimbabwe's
suspension from the 54-member bloc was no longer warranted.

      A year ago, the Nigerian leader voted in favour of the suspension of
Mugabe from the Club after election monitors had condemned the Zimbabwean
presidential poll that confirmed Mugabe in power.

      Obasanjo has since changed his mind.
      "If you don't lift the suspension, what do you do?" he asked.
      He now blames the MDC for challenging the election result in court,
arguing that this will prevent talks between Mugabe and the main opposition.

      But Nyathi said the MDC would not withdraw the election petition
because in the party's view, the case was not related to the talks between
the two parties.
      "Zanu PF is trying to get legitimacy by default and we will not allow
that to happen," he said.

      The court case threatens to cast a shadow over the Commonwealth Heads
of Government Meeting to be held in Abuja, Nigeria, in December.

      Britain has made it clear that Prime Minister Tony Blair will not
attend if Mugabe is present. Blair may also advise the Queen, the titular
head of the Commonwealth, to stay away, dealing the organisation a severe
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      Ben-Menashe aide confesses she lied

      3/15/2003 8:25:42 AM (GMT +2)

      By Fanuel Jongwe Court Reporter

      A STATE witness in the treason trial of three top MDC officials
yesterday confessed that she acted and lied in order to deceive the
opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, during a meeting in Montreal, Canada.

      Tsvangirai is jointly charged with Welshman Ncube, the MDC
secretary-general, and Renson Gasela, the shadow minister of agriculture.
They have pleaded not guilty.

      "I was told not to look surprised, but to go along with what was being
discussed at the meeting," Tara Thomas, a personal assistant to Ari
Ben-Menashe, president of Dickens & Madson, a Canadian-based political
consultancy, told the High Court.

      She was being cross-examined by Advocate Chris Andersen of the defence
team, about the secretly video-taped meeting at the Dickens & Madson
headquarters on 4 December 2001, where Tsvangirai allegedly outlined a plot
to assassinate President Mugabe and overthrow his government ahead of last
year's election.

      "I was doing what I was asked to by my bosses," she said.
      Thomas said she pretended to agree with Tsvangirai on his presidential
election campaign plan when "exactly the opposite" was true.

      Asked whether she had rehearsed the deception before the meeting,
Thomas said: "I acted in high school, yes."

      She denied, however, that she wanted to undermine Tsvangirai.
      "I am not someone who can control someone's mind," she said.
      "I did not make him do or say what he said. He undermined himself."

      She said she did not personally initiate anything during the meeting
which Ben-Menashe, the key prosecution witness, said was arranged to gather
evidence of the alleged conspiracy against Mugabe by the opposition leaders.

      "None of this was my initiative. I just sat in on the meeting," Thomas
      She said during the meeting, Tsvangirai talked about a plot to
eliminate Mugabe and said that Mugabe's death would have to look like an

      Earlier, Thomas had told the court that Ben-Menashe and his deputy,
Alexander Legault, told her they had closed their commodity company,
Carlington Sales, because of financial problems and formed Dickens & Madson.

      She said when she joined the firm in May 2001, it did not have any
paying clients until the MDC came along.

      "I don't remember exactly, but the other client, Cote d'Ivoire, came
at the end of 2001 or the beginning of 2002."

      But in spite of their problems, Thomas said, Ben-Menashe and Legault
led flamboyant lifestyles and lived in a posh part of Montreal. Ben-Menashe
drove a BMW car, while Legault had a Toyota van, she said.

      Asked where the pair could have got their money from, Thomas said she
assumed they had savings. She said she was not privy to the company's
accounts and details of the contracts with their clients. The trial
continues on Monday.

      "I am not a curious person as some people are," she said, when asked
why she did not bother to find out about the company's finances and history.
"I get paid. That's what I am worried about."
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 Moyo indeed a serial deserter
Eddison Zvobgo once described Jonathan Moyo as the first successful deserter at Mgagao camp.
Zvobgo forgot to mention that Moyo was also the first successful deserter at Wits University and the Ford Foundation. Not to mention the fact that he is also the first known deserter of the camp that criticised President Mugabe in the 1990s. Perhaps Nkosana Moyo, sensing he would be outdone, decided to desert the regime before Johnny-come- lately. If this pattern is maintained, we should see him deserting Mugabe’s rapidly sinking ship very soon!
A Chingore - Harare
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Dear Family and Friends,
As a white African living in a black African country, it has taken me a long time to understand that my religious and cultural beliefs are not as different from those of black Zimbabweans as I once thought. Just as I believe that I must pay for my misdeeds, to man or to God, so African culture dictates that people are completely responsible for their behaviour and actions.Failure to behave in an acceptable and humane way will bring down upon the offender the evil spirit of Ngozi which will drive you mad unless it is appeased. The daily incidences of barbaric, evil and inhuman behaviour in Zimbabwe are so totally alien to both black and white cultures that it is now almost impossible to understand how either the victims or the perpetrators will ever find peace.
Last Saturday, as I sat writing my weekly letter, 500 women braved the wind and rain and gathered in the car park of the Bulawayo City Hall. It was International Women's Day and they were holding a peaceful demonstration about the crisis in Zimbabwe. When police arrived and attempted to arrest 8 of the organisers, the woman tried to prevent it by kneeling down in front of the police vehicles.They sang and prayed.  Eye witnesses said that the women, some with babies on their backs, were kicked and beaten by riot police wielding baton sticks. An elderly woman who lay on the ground begging for mercy was repeatedly assaulted by 5 policemen who took it in turns to beat her. 15 women were arrested and later there were horrific reports of how they were treated whilst in police custody. They were stripped naked and made to lie on their stomachs. They were beaten on their backs and then made to roll over and were beaten on their lower abdomens. It was men inflicting the beating but they were watched by police women who stood and laughed as their sisters screamed out in agony. There was a lot of blood, both internal and external and as a woman I still cannot get the picture out of my mind of women police watching and laughing as this went on.
In another incident in the past week a young opposition activist was kidnapped in broad daylight in Nkayi. Mthulusi Moyo was putting up posters on a tree when he was grabbed and hauled into a government vehicle without number plates. He has not been seen since but all his clothes, including his underpants have been found, covered in blood. We fear that the young man is now dead.
Other young men and women, graduates from the notorious so-called Training Camps are reported to be fleeing to South Africa in their hundreds. According to South African newspapers, human rights organizations, law firms and churches in that country, youths as young as 15 are appealing for assistance. The youngsters say they have fled Zimbabwe because they are' tired of killing for nothing.' The youths report that training centres have been set up in secondary schools where students have no choice but to attend. There they are trained to kill in ways that are 'silent and leave no evidence'. They say they are given alcohol and cannabis to give them false courage before being sent out on missions of violence. Youngsters told how they had killed a man by breaking his neck and were ordered to burn the body. They said they could not do that, so they just dumped the man next to a railway line. In another incident, one boy reported how he had been instructed to kill his own father. Others have been instructed to kill close family members because of their membership of the opposition.
I do not know how Zimbabwe will even begin to heal these wounds.As a nation we are traumatised by evil. I know, that for my 10 year old son, it has been a long and painful two years overcoming the trauma and memories of the awful things that happened on our Marondera farm in 2000. Just one and a half years before he starts senior school I had begun to despair that he would ever be able to spell. Teachers, counsellors and educational specialists told me that he had a mental block, that he had unlearned basic spelling and writing principles and that it was a type of stress dyslexia. This week he came home wearing a merit badge for spelling. He has finally overcome the trauma and opened his mind again. We can only pray that it will be the same for all the living victims of violence. For the dead, their spirits will never rest until justice is done.
Until next week, with love cathy. Copyright cathy buckle, 14th March 2003.
"African Tears and "Beyond Tears" are both available from: and
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      Where have France's high ideals gone?

      THE revulsion I felt at seeing French president, Jacques Chirac
welcoming the "self indulgent eaters of the (African) peoples" bread, to
France, is difficult to express in unemotional terms.

      My father died when I was still a toddler due to the privations
experienced during the First World War but at least he died at home. My
uncle died on the fields of Flanders while my wife's uncle gave his life at
the Somme. During the Second World War, three of my family served in the
Royal Navy and my wife's brother in the North African desert, fighting for
the same ideals as their French allies. They all served and some died for
what they believed in-the freedom of man from the scourge of poverty, the
evil of oppression, and the indignity of autocracy.

      Whilst many of the president's guests were men of honour, who lead
their countries with the consent of the governed and for the benefit of
their people, we witnessed the president of France-in a sickening display of
hypocrisy-giving moral support to others perceived by the civilised world to
be dictators, "whose God is their belly and whose glory their shame" and who
stand for everything that Adolf Hitler stood for and everything that the
people of France should abhor.

      As a student, I chose to study the history of the American War of
Independence and felt a certain pride in the fact that the French General
Lafayette and the French Admiral Comte de Grasse played such heroic and
decisive roles in freeing the Americans from the domination of an oppressive
regime...what has happened to France-this once proud nation?

      Later this year, I hope to revisit the United States of America and I
wonder whether this time if I visit the Statue of Liberty (a French gift to
the people of America in celebration of America's independence) will
Liberty's head now hang in shame; will the arm bearing the torch of Liberty
have withered and dropped into the sea and will the inscription 'Liberty,
Equality and Fraternity' now read 'Brutality, Autocracy and Hypocrisy'?


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Herald Sun Australia

Salary diplomacy


LIBYAN leader Muammar Gaddafi has agreed to bail out the beleaguered regime
of Robert Mugabe by paying the salaries of Zimbabwe's diplomats.

The move follows complaints by Mugabe's men in the Libyan capital of Tripoli
that they had not been paid in months.
Gaddafi stepped in after a crippling shortage of foreign currency left
Mugabe unable to pay diplomats.

Zimbabwe's Financial Gazette said Gaddafi was now paying the salary of
Harare's ambassador John Mvundura, four other diplomats, rent and car costs.
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Letter 1: Professional Hunters' Association

Dear Members

The latest Hunting Report has a story on the recent Executive Order from
the US Government banning American citizens from doing any kind of business
with a listed 77 high officials in Zimbabwe - or with any company they may
be associated with in any way.  There are huge fines involved for breaking
this ruling.

While we look into further implications of this, please examine your own
hunting and/or photographic arrangements to see how you relate and make
appropriate changes where necessary if possible.

We also suggest if you are "clean" that you email your clients and agents
and advise that you are "clean" and clients will not be indicted if they
come hunting with you or stay at your photographic lodge etc.!!

I can email you the entire report with the list of names if you request it.


Letter 2:

(H. DOC. 108-45) -- (House of Representatives - March 06, 2003)
[Page: H1676] GPO's PDF

   The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Bishop of Utah) laid before the House the
following message from the President of the United States; which was read
and, together with the accompanying papers, without objection, referred to
the Committee on International Relations and ordered to be printed:

To the Congress of the United States:
   Pursuant to section 204(b) of the International Emergency Economic
Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1703(b) and section 301 of the National Emergencies
Act, 50 U.S.C. 1631, I hereby report that I have exercised my statutory
authority to declare a national emergency with respect to the unusual and
extraordinary threat to the foreign policy interests of the United States
posed by the actions and policies of certain individuals who have
formulated, implemented, or supported policies that have undermined
Zimbabwe's democratic institutions.
   Over the course of more than 2 years, the Government of Zimbabwe has
systematically undermined that nation's democratic institutions, employing
violence, intimidation, and repressive means including legislation to
stifle opposition to its rule. This campaign to ensure the continued rule
of Robert Mugabe and his associates was clearly revealed in the badly
flawed presidential election held in March 2002. Subsequent to the
election, the Mugabe government intensified its repression of opposition
political parties and those voices in civil society and the independent
press calling on the government to respect the nation's democratic values
and the basic human rights of its citizens. To add to the desperation of
the besieged Zimbabwean people, the current government has engaged in a
violent assault on the rule of law that has thrown the economy into chaos,
devastated the nation's agricultural economy, and triggered a potentially
catastrophic food crisis.
   As a result of the unusual and extraordinary threat posed to the foreign
policy of the United States by the deterioration of Zimbabwe's democracy
and the resulting breakdown in the rule of law, politically motivated
violence, and the political and economic instability in the southern
African region, I have exercised my statutory authority and issued an
Executive Order which, except to the extent provided for in regulations,
orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order,
and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit
granted prior to the effective date:
   Blocks all property and interests in property of the individuals listed
in the Annex to the order;
   Prohibits any transaction or dealing by United States persons or within
the United States in property or interests in property blocked pursuant to
the order, including the making or receiving of any contribution of funds,
goods, or service to or for the benefit of the persons designated pursuant
to the order.
   The Secretary of the Treasury is further authorized to designate any
person determined, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to be owned
or controlled by, or acting or purporting to act directly or indirectly for
or on behalf of, any persons designated in or pursuant to the order. The
Secretary of the Treasury is also authorized in the exercise of my
authorities under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to
implement these measures in consultation with the Secretary of State. All
Federal agencies are directed to take actions within their authority to
carry out the provisions of the Executive Order.
   This Executive Order further demonstrates the U.S. commitment to
supporting the Zimbabwe's democratic evolution, and strengthens our
cooperation with the European Union in efforts to promote that evolution.
The European Union has acted to freeze the assets of 79 individuals
responsible for the political, economic, and social deterioration of
Zimbabwe. With the exception of two individuals no longer associated with
the Government of Zimbabwe, this order encompasses all those identified by
the European Union.
   I have enclosed a copy of the Executive Order I have issued.
   George W. Bush.
   The White House, March 6, 2003.

COMMENT: This Executive Order (see below) reiterates the US government's
rejection of the Mugabe regime's human rights abuses against its people, a
situation that has deteriorated substantially in the last few months.

In simple terms, this Order prohibits any transactions or dealings in all
property and interests in property either in the United States or held by
US citizens. It focuses specifically on the individuals who have commited
the crimes, not the people of Zimbabwe. The list of 77 names mirrors that
of the European Union, but most importantly, the President of the United
States has authorised the Secretary of the Treasury, together with the
Secretary of State, to additionally designate individuals and entities,
that act for or on behalf of, or are owned or controlled by, the
individuals listed in the Annex to the Executive Order.

This is obviously very good news!


Letter 3: Tore Balance

District Administrator Sanjoba,

Ref: Forced Eviction and Assault : Breach of the High Court Order :
Mungwezi Ranch

I am enclosing a copy of the High Court Order for you.  This is the third
one that I have given you. The first was handed to you in mid October.  In
addition the Chairman of the Lands Committee himself was made very aware of
the High Court Order.  I have copied the High Court Order to a number of
appropriate people and one copy was left with my supervisor on the ranch.
There has been no indication that the settlers have cared to respect this
Order or that you have educated them on the contents of it.  They seem to
be following a systematic harassment programme. On 12th March you stated to
me and my wife that you would like to see me off Mungwezi.

May I inform you again that I have been evicted by force, and that you
appear to have supported the eviction because the police have been unable
to respond appropriately without authority from you.  The settlers have
totally negated my rights as a Zimbabwean citizen and have laughed at the
High Court Order. We have all been assaulted in various degrees.  I believe
that you have encouraged their programme by not taking my case seriously.
I believe that you are prejudiced to the illegal land grab, and have
yourself participated in it.  Thus I am totally committed to seeking a
solution to my situation in the courts as your lack of understanding of the
Nation's Constitution and your own political objectives and racialism have
corrupted the impartiality of your role as the DA.

In yesterday's meeting I also informed you that your settling of people
onto Dombadema Ranch was not legal as they have not received a Section 8.
You claimed that it was part of Crown Ranch and were not even aware of the
subdivisions that have taken place. We are all part of the Chiredzi River
Conservancy.  The resultant confusion is from your office.

The resultant impact on my personal life and business has been serious and
thus I will do my best, despite the present lawlessness, to expose the
injustices.  They will be exposed.

I will not return to my land until you rectify the situation as a DA
should.  I consider that you are accountable for the actions on Mungwezi
and I will thus respond appropriately .

In closing: I have witnessed intense racial hatred coming from youngsters
who should not have any hatred .  We know that this intense racialism
comes from the fathers and that our nation is being presently poisoned by
it.  I am saddened and we will work to bring in the change that will clean
the hearts of the fathers and now their children!!  Thanking you for
assisting us in bringing in the change.

In respect to your office,
Yours sincerely,
T.C.Ballance. Owner Mungwezi Ranch.
Copied. JAG, CFU, Dispol, Propal, Governor, Honey & Blanckenberg. PA.

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IMF delivers scathing report on Zimbabwe

      March 14 2003 at 12:54PM

Harare - Concerns over governance issues, pervasive price controls and a
grain marketing monopoly have contributed to Zimbabwe's crippling food
shortages, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.

An IMF team which had been visiting Zimbabwe for nearly three weeks until
Thursday, also blamed Zimbabwe's grave food security situation on the
chaotic land reforms.

In a statement received by news agencies on Friday, the IMF said while some
foreign donors poured in large amounts of humanitarian aid, "other donor
assistance has been curtailed because of concerns over governance."

"Pervasive price controls and other policies such as the GMB (Grain
Marketing Board) monopoly contributed to shortages, damaged business
confidence, drove up prices," said the IMF.

Nearly two thirds of Zimbabwe's 11,6 million people face hunger, which the
government has blamed solely on bad weather.

Price and foreign exchange controls which were further intensified in
November last year "further damaged" production and created new shortages,
the IMF said.

Zimbabwe is going through its worst economic crisis in two decades. The
economy, according to the IMF, has deteriorated sharply, especially in the
past four years.

"Real GDP has declined by about 30 percent and is still contracting," it

Inflation stood at 208 percent last month and "could well rise further".

"There are widespread shortages. Poverty and unemployment have risen, and
the HIV/Aids pandemic is worsening," said the Bretton Woods institution.

Apart from food shortages, Zimbabwe has experienced an acute shortage of
foreign exchange which has led to a scarcity of all other commodities and
services that are imported.

The government last week devalued its currency from 55 Zimbabwe dollars to
one US dollar, to 824 to one for most transactions, a move described by IMF
as "a courageous step forward" but which "will require careful follow-up".

The IMF said it has observed that there has been a "modest tightening of
monetary policy in recent weeks, and that if pursued with increasing vigour,
inflation will eventually be brought under control".

Because of the foreign currency shortages, Zimbabwe has fallen into arrears
in its loan repayments to the IMF in recent years.

Zimbabwe incurred arrears to the IMF in mid-February 2001, and was seven
months later declared ineligible to use IMF resources.

It was then removed from the list of countries eligible to borrow resources
under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility.

The visiting team of experts welcomed the southern African country's renewed
undertaking to make small quarterly payments of $1,5-million to the IMF on
its $282,4-million loan as of January 31. - Sapa-AFP
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Recent Fuel Price Increases Sub-Economic: Midzi

The Herald (Harare)

March 14, 2003
Posted to the web March 15, 2003


THE recent increases in fuel prices was not enough to cover the cost of
procuring and distributing the product, a Cabinet Minister told Parliament
on Wednesday.

Responding in Parliament to a question by Makoni East MP Mr Shadreck
Chipanga (Zanu-PF) on whether the latest increments would ensure the
availability of fuel, Energy and Power Development Minister Cde Amos Midzi
described the increases as sub-economical.

"The clear position is that the prices that we are applying, those that were
approved are sub-economic in terms of the question of procurement, cost and
distribution," said Cde Midzi. The Government last month increased the price
of petrol from $74,47 per litre to $145,20 per litre, while diesel was
increased from $66,39 to $119,43 per litre.
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Barclays Zimbabwe Suspended From Group

The Herald (Harare)

March 14, 2003
Posted to the web March 15, 2003

Leonard Makombe

BARCLAYS Zimbabwe has been suspended from Barclays Africa because its poor
performance in British pound terms has become a liability to the group.

This means the local bank will now operate as an autonomous bank without the
obvious benefits that come with being part of the whole group.

Its accounting and any other transactions previously handled by Barclays
Africa will now be done locally.

Although Barclays Africa made a profit of £89 million in 2002, the group's
managing director Mr Dominic Bruynseels singled out its Zimbabwean
operations as having affected overall performance.

Barclays Zimbabwe made an inflation-adjusted net loss of $1 billion during
the year.

However, in historical terms, it made a net profit of more than $6 billion.

Its performance in British pound terms was considered costly to Barclays

Barclays Bank management confirmed they had been ring-fenced from the group
but were quick to point out that they would continue to operate in the

"As a responsible organisation, Barclays conducts periodic exercises to
assess its services, the delivery of these services and the requirements and
physical location of its customer base to ensure we deliver the most
effective service to our customers while meeting our financial performance

"Zimbabwe's fast changing economic environment has necessitated a further
review along similar lines, as the changing situation has had a significant
impact on our ability to provide products and services to customers at
affordable cost," said a bank spokesman.

Business Herald understands that the bank's chairman Mr Robbie Mupawose
intimated to employees in January that the local operations would be

An internal memo sent to one of the branches explains the bank's position,
after employees had panicked as they were not sure of their future at the

Speculation is rife that the local operations may actually be disposed of to
interested investors.

"In fact, we remain very much part of Barclays Africa fairly, but as alluded
to by the chairman (Dr Robby Mupawose), we have been ring-fenced for the
time being due to the problems we are facing and which are affecting us.

"I am sure that you will all by now have seen Mr Dominic Bruynseels
commentary on the financial performance of Barclays Africa.

"Evidently Zimbabwe pulled the whole team down," read the memo.

The bank has also announced that it will undertake an exercise to review its
operations specifically looking at staffing levels, the physical location of
branches and the range and type of products offered.

"All business concerns must balance the interest of their owners, staff and
customers to remain financially viable and have a secure future," the
management at the bank said.

"The objective is to match operational requirements to customer needs," the
management said in a statement.

Barclays Africa said the Zimbabwean operations would only be allowed back in
the fold if it starts making a meaningful contribution to the group's

The bank has been operating in the country for the past 91 years and is one
of the leading financial institutions in the country.

"Whilst Barclays is committed to developing its presence in Zimbabwe, we
have taken the opportunity to consider the question of the bank's position
in the market place and the direction we should take to secure a long-term
future in Zimbabwe."

At the moment, the bank has a staff complement of slightly more than 1 800
serving at its 44 branches.

This is not the first time Barclays Africa has suspended operations on the

It once pulled out of South Africa after realising that its profits were
threatened by the political turmoil prior to majority rule nine years ago.
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Development Programme (UNDP) has proposed that a land conference should be
held between Government and donors so as to restart agricultural
production. They stated that the land reform program requires a lot of
funding, which would need to come from donor communities. Donors have
refused to finance any program that is not transparent or that ignores
stakeholders and jeopardises the self-sufficiency of agriculture. The
proposal does not seek to reverse the land reform program, but to achieve
optimal utilisation of the land.

JAG'S COMMENTS: It is JAG's opinion that although funding is desperately
needed to ensure food security in the country, funding the present
so-called land reform program, would legitimise the program, and thus
endorse the lawless manner in which it was executed: the lack of
transparency, accountability and poverty alleviation, the ignoring of
stakeholders' constitutional rights and the jeopardising of the
self-sufficiency of agriculture.

land audit report, which blatantly exposes the corruption of senior party
officials, has naturally caused a huge stir in the ruling party. They are
trying to find out who leaked it, whilst denying that there ever was such a

JAG'S COMMENT: We look forward to the unabridged publication of this land
audit, but will not hold our breath.

supported Government have been betrayed, as they have now been issued
Section 5 notices and 8 orders on their farms. Kobus Joubert was served a
Section 8 Order, whilst John Bredenkamp and Nick Swanepoel have received
Section 5 Notices.

JAG COMMENTS: Some farmers who at the advice of CFU have tried to deal
with, and support Government have possibly done so naively, unwittingly and
unknowingly. This article just goes to prove that selfish self-preservation
through siding with, and trying to do deals with, an illegitimate greedy
government focused on power preservation is fruitless. Holding them
accountable and litigating against them is the only way forward for
commercial farmers.

vice-president, has criticised the lawlessness still prevalent in the
acquisition of land, and the deception by Government, as apparent by the
continued listing of farms despite Government claims that the program ended
in August last year. He stated that 98% of commercial farms have been

JAG'S COMMENTS: Although far from timeously done, this is a limp step in
the right direction by the CFU, as they are holding Government accountable
and are being transparent as to their stance.


CORRUPTION: Zvobgo, a veteran ruling party official, has criticised the
corruption by senior ZANU-PF officials and their friends. He cited the
seizing of up to five farms by individuals as one indication of the
corruption. Kangai, the MP for Buhera South (ZANU-PF) seconded the motion
to set up an anti-corruption commission.

JAG'S COMMENTS: JAG commends them for finally being aware of the truth,
encouraging transparency, and having the courage to do so.

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From The Times (UK), 15 March

Commonwealth report may keep Zimbabwe suspended

By Richard Beeston, Diplomatic Editor

The Commonwealth has compiled a report about continued abuses in Zimbabwe over the past year to try to ensure that it remains suspended from the organisation. Despite efforts by African nations to have President Mugabe readmitted to the Commonwealth when the suspension expires next week, most of the 54 member states seems to favour keeping Zimbabwe out until the next summit meeting in eight months’ time. The leaders of Australia, Nigeria and South Africa, who were to review the suspension before it expires on Wednesday, have been unable to agree. John Howard, the Australian Prime Minister, believes that Mr Mugabe’s regime should be excluded because of persistent human rights violations. President Mbeki of South Africa and President Obasanjo of Nigeria favour the country’s readmission. The argument may be decided by the report, which was drawn up by senior Commonwealth officials and sent to the three leaders this week. The contents are confidential, but sources who have read the document said that it was damning of Mr Mugabe. "There was hardly a good word said about Zimbabwe in the report," one source said. Another described it as sombre and serious and said that it faulted Mr Mugabe’s regime on human rights, land reform, democracy and the rule of law.

Don McKinnon, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, has been consulting member states about Zimbabwe. The issue had threatened to divide the organisation along racial lines, but many leaders of developing countries have now hardened their attitudes towards Mr Mugabe. Caribbean nations, for example, turned against Zimbabwe after Henry Olonga, a Zimbabwean cricketer, was dropped from the national side for protesting against the Government by wearing a black armband during the first match of the World Cup. The state-owned Herald newspaper in Harare denounced the report this month, even before it was circulated, and alleged that it had been compiled by Brian Donnelly, the British High Commissioner in Harare. African high commissioners in London met this week to try to co-ordinate a defence for Zimbabwe. South Africa, for instance, has lobbied to have European Union sanctions against Zimbabwe lifted and for it to be readmitted to the Commonwealth. One move open to Nigeria would be to invite Mr Mugabe to the next Commonwealth heads of government meeting, which it is hosting in December. Diplomats said, however, that that could lead to a boycott by other nations.

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We have degenerated towards fascism

A lot has been said in our beautiful country about democracy, which according to my understanding of it, has not been fully realised.
Maybe it’s just because I do not have “degrees in violence”. Well, what can I boast about is my “O” level certificate.
Democracy is a form of government in which all adults have a say in the exercise of power. Anyone who is over the age of 18, is allowed to vote and can occupy public office regardless of whether they were in the liberation struggle or regardless of the political organisation they belong to.
Democracy is also characterised by individual rights such as freedom of speech, religion and political affiliation. In a democratic country one has the right to voice concern about how the country is run, as an individual or as a political organisation.
Journalists have to be allowed to do their job without restrictions. Journalists act as mirrors reflecting what is happening in society.
As such journalists should be delegated duties by the companies that employ them.
In a democratic country problems are solved by discussion and not through violence.
Democracy is also hinged on legitimacy, meaning the government has to be acceptable to the majority of the population, because the people are the source of that legitimacy.
The opposite of democracy is fascism. It says democracy is too weak because it allows people to be treated equally regardless of their race and place of origin.
Fascism emphasises national solidarity and fascists do not allow any dissent. This is what now obtains in Zimbabwe.
Thulani - Bulawayo

No one is safe in Zimbabwe any more

The events unfolding in Zimbabwe have turned us into a laughing stock in the world.
The story of the arrest of High Court judge Justice Benjamin Paradza in chambers was the last straw in the fast-deteriorating justice delivery system in the country.
As a layman, I believe that there is a procedure that must be followed which involves the Judge President and the Chief Justice, followed by the formation of a tribunal to try any crime that a judge might have allegedly committed. But to go and arrest someone without any evidence of absconding or wrongdoing, clearly indicates to the country and the entire world that any judge who makes decisions which the government does not like will be liable to arrest.
Research indicates that Justice Paradza has of late made a number of judgments favourable to the Movement for Democratic Change which include the release of the Executive Mayor of Harare, Elias Mudzuri, from police custody a few months ago.
If the country’s learned judges were basking in glory and thinking that they had the regime’s protection, they need to revisit their situation.
Now is the time for them to join the masses in the fight for freedom of and peace in Zimbabwe.
Believe me, no one is safe in this once lovely country any more. The evidence is there for all to see.

Ndiniwo Munhu - Harare

The building of assertiveness in our Nation
A message to businesses.
Zvakwana is a movement which is actively working towards the installation of a democratic government in the firm belief that once this has been achieved many rewards will flow for all Zimbabweans.
These include, inter alia, the platform for economic recovery, job creation, alleviation of poverty, the return to rule of law and a respect for human rights.
Zvakwana understand that to rid a country of a dictator, and his incumbents, requires the majority of the people to take action, ideally this action being non-violent. To build the capacity of the people to challenge a regime takes time, planning and requires actions that are incremental in nature.
These actions will take many forms over the forthcoming months and certain of these will impact on business and their workforces. Under these circumstances we urge you, and your business colleagues, to give your staff the "space" (time and pay) to engage in any morally acceptable activity that they are called on to undertake. We further urge you to accept that change will not happen overnight or with a single action. An activity such as a stay away forms part of the building process. Workers knowing that their pay will not be jeopardised for short-duration stairways will, in due course,build their confidence in becoming more courageous and committed in their actions. The same applies to demonstrations that may be called in your area.
Zvakwana therefore asks you, as a member of Zimbabwean society, to support the call of civil society and / or opposition parties in their quest to build defiance amongst our citizens.
This week is the anniversary of a stolen Presidential election. An election in which the democratic voice of Zimbabweans was denied through violent and dishonest means. We expect that over the next few weeks organisations will follow the lead of recent groups of demonstrators and activists (Honourable Eng. Mudzuri, Andy Flower, Henry Olonga, Pastors of Zimbabwe, Women of Zimbabwe Arise, to name a few) by calling for acts of defiance.
If called on to close your business for a day please do so unconditionally
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