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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: The week beginning 26/02/2003
Graham Shaw

That was the week, that was ! What an eventful 7 days, and how significant
for Zimbabwe too.  The insolent tyranny of this minority, illegitimate
regime has been exposed again for all to see.  At the same time those
progressive forces working for freedom and democracy have found a new
confidence and new hope that perhaps the dawn may not be as far away as once
we thought.

A few highlights then of events in which I have been personally involved:


Our morning service at Hillside Methodist Church was visited by a television
camera team from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  Much of the
service was recorded as were conversations with members of the congregation
afterwards.  The ABC crew proved to be well informed about the crisis,
sensitive to the dangers and only too willing to do their part in revealing
the real Zimbabwe to the world.


A small group from "Christians Together for Justice and Peace" took their
protest to the Queens Ground where the ICC one day international between
Australia and Zimbabwe was being played.  The group numbered about 20 and we
were pleased to have with us for the first half hour or so Archbishop Pius
Ncube who has become a symbol of the resistance to ZANU PF tyranny.

There was a huge security presence in and around the grounds, comprising
police on horseback, the uniformed police, a private security service, the
riot squad, and a massive CIO (intelligence service) presence - that we know
of !   Severe restrictions had been placed on what could and could not be
taken into the grounds and those entering were subjected to a full search.

Once inside the ground we put on black arm bands and attached black crosses
to the white shirts and tops we were wearing.  The black arm bands were in
solidarity with the two Zimbabwean players, Henry Olonga and Andy Flower,
who wore the same during the first one day international in Harare as a
token of mourning at the death of democracy in this country. The black
crosses were to mark us as members of Christians Together.  We had also
smuggled into the ground two banners which we unfurled, reading simply
"Justice and Peace" and "Christians Together". Our presence in the ground
drew great interest from the international press and they in turn assured
our safety during the match.  Some of our members were followed from the
ground and others intercepted by the CIO after the match but no one from our
number was arrested.

Although those watching the match on television may have been quite unaware
of our presence the assembled press told us we were making news around the
world.  A parable if you like of the huge gulf which exists between the
respectable image of the country this regime goes to any lengths to portray
and the bitter reality.  (The official camera crews covering the match were
under strict instructions to keep the cameras trained on the game on the
field rather than on the more entertaining events taking place off the field

For our part we learnt after the event that a number of arrests had been
made (the unconfirmed figure I have is 39) of students and other brave
protesters, the CIO avoiding the cameras by carrying out most of the arrests
while the news crews were taking their lunch.

I was one of those who campaigned vigorously for the one day internationals
not to be played in this country. England eventually decided on this course.
The others have gone ahead, and I must say that at the end of the day we
have gained at least as much by these matches being staged here as we might
have hoped for through a total boycott.  A window of opportunity has been
opened to show the world what is really happening in this country, and such
opportunities do not come along too often.


A meeting with some of the Church leaders from Mutare with whom Christians
Together in Bulawayo have forged a useful alliance.  Among our visitors were
the Anglican Bishop of Mutare who is also President of the Zimbabwe Council
of Churches (Sebastian Bakare), and a Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies,
also President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (Trevor Manhanga).
Much common ground exists between us on issues of human rights, good
governance, justice and peace.


There was an opportunity for Christians Together to interact with a
delegation of Church leaders, human rights activists and journalists from
South Africa.

In the evening we all attended a service of prayer for the victims of
torture. Worshippers who included scores of victims nearly filled St Mary's,
the large Catholic Cathedral.  During the service we heard harrowing
accounts of brutal torture including that inflicted on the MDC MP Job
Sikhala, and on a 21 year old woman. During a horrendous ordeal in police
custody Job Sikhala was subjected to electric shock treatment applied to his
toes, genitals, mouth and ears. He was also forced to drink a concoction of
urine and poison.  The young girl was forcibly conscripted into a ZANU PF
training camp in 2001 and after being trained in hate and violence was
subsequently raped by other youths. As a result both she and her one year
old baby are now confirmed HIV positive. At extreme risk to herself she gave
full details and named names of those responsible, including the ZANU PF
commander who provided 12 year old girls as a reward to some of his
political proteges.

Candles were lit from a large Amnesty International candle and there was a
seemingly endless procession carrying wooded crosses to the altar, each one
in memory of a victim who did not survive. Altogether it was a very moving
ceremony and quite a few of those who participated were reduced to tears.
Bishop Rubin Phillip, the Anglican Bishop of Natal brought a message of
support and solidarity from the Church in South Africa.

The service lasted for some three and a half hours and when it ended special
measures had to be taken to evade the cordon of CIO officers around the
Cathedral and spirit the courageous victims who had given their testimonies
away to safety - which means into hiding from the police.  Special concern
was expressed for the young woman who had given the names for those
responsible for various atrocities.  Undoubtedly she will have to go into
exile outside the country to save her life, and with a view to one day
giving evidence to convict  some of the perpetrators of these dastardly
deeds in a free Zimbabwe.  (I would love to share with you how she was
spirited out of the Cathedral under the very eyes of the CIO but I cannot do
so at this point without compromising the safety of those who arranged the


After the service on Thursday evening the CIO had been waiting to interview
Archbishop Pius.  When they learnt that he was accompanied by other clergy
they went away, but they were back again early on Friday morning.
Fortunately a number of the South African Church leaders were still on hand
and others of us from Bulawayo rallied to be with him.  After a short
interview the CIO left, but there is little doubt they will be back again
before too long to continue harassing and intimidating the Archbishop.  Such
is the cost of standing against this pernicious regime.

On the same day we learnt of the arrest of 23 Church leaders in Harare who
were intercepted on their way to present a petition to the Police
Commissioner protesting at police tactics including unlawful arrests and the
violation of human rights.

Friday also saw the one day international between Zimbabwe and Holland
played in Bulawayo.  I was not present on this occasion because I was
conducting a funeral in the afternoon when a number of spectators from the
crowd raised a pro-democracy banner and began an anti-Mugabe chant.  The
police moved in and made a number of arrests. Numbers are not yet available
because the police are not providing any information but from our own
calculations we know that least 40 men and women are being held at four
different police stations around the city.  They face the prospect of at
least three nights in the filthy, over-crowded police cells before being
produced in the Magistrates' Court - if indeed the police decide to charge


No crisis yet today, but who knows what might happen before the day is out.
(I hope I am available to conduct a wedding this afternoon !)   Such is a
week in the life of a minister serving in Zimbabwe today.  And if you are
asking yourself what possible cause anyone could have for rejoicing in such
a week and finding new hope in it, the answer is quite simply the exposure
of the evil it has given.  That and the signs that a growing number of
Zimbabweans, black and white, have had enough and are finally saying "Enough
is enough !"  From Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and others we know
that when a sufficient number of people are willing to go to prison if
necessary to resist institutionalised violence and gross injustice, the
citadels of power begin to tremble. Perhaps we are approaching that critical
mass now which will make change unstoppable.  The days of the dictator are

Graham Shaw
1st March 2003
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Protesting cricket fans jailed in Zimbabwe
Associated Press
Mar. 4, 2003 3:40 a.m.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP)- Dozens of people arrested for protesting against the
government during Zimbabwe's World Cup cricket match against the Netherlands
were expected to spend a fourth night in jail before facing court on
Police said the demonstrators were charged with behavior likely to cause a
breach of the peace at last Friday's match in the western city of Bulawayo.

The demonstrators waved banners critical of President Robert Mugabe and
calling for a return to law and order and justice in Zimbabwe.

Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena on Monday said 26 demonstrators were being
held in custody while investigations continued. Relatives of those in
custody disputed that number, saying 41 people were being held in three
Bulawayo police stations.

The protesters were arrested at the Queens Sports Club, where Zimbabwe is
scheduled to play Pakistan on Tuesday. Among six whites arrested was the
vice chairman of the sports club, who denies involvement in the protest.

Bvudzijena said the police had 48 hours in which to bring the protesters to
court, excluding the weekend when courts are closed.

Family members said the protesters were being held on minor charges carrying
small fines and would probably not be released until after Tuesday's match,
the last World Cup cricket fixture in Zimbabwe.

Opponents of World Cup cricket matches in Zimbabwe argue the government has
used the tournament as propaganda to obscure its violations of democratic
and human rights and state orchestrated political violence.

The International Cricket Council, the sport's governing body, ruled
Zimbabwe could safely host its World Cup matches.

Zimbabwe's top batsman Andy Flower and bowler Henry Olonga, who wore black
arm bands during the first match against Namibia to mourn what they called
"the death of democracy" in Zimbabwe, have been warned by Zimbabwe cricket
officials not to continue with any political protest.

They were threatened with being dropped from the team and forfeiting their
match fees.

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42 people were arrested on Friday in Bulawayo at the World Cup Cricket between Zimbabwe and Holland.  Some of those arrested were merely bystanders who were hauled in with the protesters.   Several of the protesters were beaten at the hands of the police.  
A young boy who was thrown into the cells in an unconscious state is now in hospital but still in a coma and a young woman is missing.   The police told her husband that she was at the Central Hospital but she is not there.   
The police went to her home on Friday evening and asked for a change of clothing for her saying that the clothes she had on were covered in blood.   Her husband has not heard anything since.   When the lawyers asked about her this evening, the police refused to say where she was. 
Two more youths were arrested today from their homes which makes a total of 30 still in detention in various police stations plus the missing girl and the boy in hospital.  Those detained on Friday should have appeared in court today and have now been held for more than 72 hours. 
The whole of Saturday the prisoners were not feed at all by the police.  They would not have had any food if the support for the
cricket protesters had not included them and dished out food for them too.   A policeman was asked why the prisoners were not being feed and he replied "because of the situation there was no food".   On Saturday a load of mealie meal was delivered to Police Central and each member of the police got his share and today tonnes of mealie meal were delivered.   Not one bag was kept for the prisoners.
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'Tortured by Mugabe's guards'

Twenty-six activists from Zimbabwe's main opposition party have been
arrested outside President Robert Mugabe's official residence.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says they were tortured within
State House after being stopped for wearing MDC regalia.
The police, however, say they were "provoking" State House guards and will
be charged with behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace.
'Brutal assault'
The MDC activists were campaigning ahead of two Harare by-elections at the
end of the month.
They were kept in State House and tortured for fours hours before being
taken to a police station, the MDC said.

"The soldiers used logs, booted feet, the butts of their guns and other
instruments to brutally assault the MDC activists" .
Five received serious injuries and were taken to hospital, the party said.
But police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena told AFP news agency: "They were
abusive and there was a need for them to be arrested because they were
actually provoking a situation."
The opposition also says that more than 50 of its activists were detained by
the police over the weekend and told to stop campaigning.
Under tough new security laws, meetings of more than three people require
police clearance.
Elections will be held in Kuwudzana and Highfield on 29-30 March.
These were two of the MDC's safest seats after June 2000 parliamentary
The MDC says that Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party is desperate to win the two
seats because it is four short of a two-thirds majority in parliament, which
would enable it to change the constitution.
Kuwudzana became vacant following the death of MP Learnmore Jongwe, while
the MDC's Highfield MP was expelled for not following party policy.
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Treason trial resumes
03/03/2003 17:01  - (SA)

Harare - The treason trial of Zimbabwe's main opposition leader resumed on
Monday, when the key prosecution witness was quizzed on his alleged dealings
with a Democratic Republic of Congo official in connection with a plot to
oust President Robert Mugabe.

Main state witness Ari Ben Menashe, an Israeli intelligence agent turned
political consultant, was asked by the defence to give details about a
meeting he claims he held with a DRC security minister to allegedly enlist
the help in toppling Mugabe of Zimbabwean soldiers deployed in the vast
central African nation.

Ben Menashe said the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), whose
leader Morgan Tsvangirai and two other senior officials are on trial for
allegedly plotting to kill Mugabe ahead of the 2002 presidential elections,
wanted him to persuade Zimbabwean soldiers fighting in DRC to help kill

He claimed he held two meetings with then DRC security minister Mwenze
Kongolo along with a man he named as Rupert Johnson, said by Ben Menashe to
be an MDC agent.

But the defence has expressed doubt over whether Menashe ever travelled to
the DRC on behalf of the MDC.

During cross examination, Ben Menashe said he could neither remember the
airline he travelled on, nor the airport from which he flew to the DRC,
except that it was in Europe.


His response prompted defence lawyer George Bizos to ask the court to order
Menashe to supply the name of his travel agent in Canada, to enable the
authenticity of the trip to be checked.

Judge Paddington Garwe promised to make a ruling on the request later on

The defence asked Ben Menashe why he had not mentioned, in all the
statements he had made before the hearing opened, the alleged meetings with
the DRC authorities.

He replied that he had been told by someone in the Zimbabwean government not
to mention the trip unless he was specifically asked about it in court. He
said he could not remember who that person was.

Ben Menashe is one of nearly a dozen state witnesses expected to testify in
the trial, which opened on February 3 before it was adjourned for a week,
after Ben Menashe asked for time to return to Canada on urgent business.

Canadian-based Ben Menashe secretly filmed a meeting he held with Tsvangirai
in December 2001, at which the MDC leader is alleged to have asked for
assistance to "eliminate" Mugabe.

The opposition says the meeting was an attempt to frame it in order to
sideline Tsvangirai ahead of presidential elections in 2002, which he lost
to Mugabe.

Treason carries the death penalty on conviction in Zimbabwe.
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Witness 'cannot remember'
03/03/2003 21:34  - (SA)

Harare - The main witness in the treason trial of opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai has repeatedly refused to answer questions and cannot remember
key facts in what he says was a conspiracy to kill President Robert Mugabe,
defence lawyers argued on Monday.

Defence lawyer George Bizos has been trying to cast doubt on the credibility
of Canada-based political consultant Ari Ben Menashe in the treason trial of
his client, Tsvangirai.

Ben Menashe has accused Tsvangirai and two other opposition leaders of
hiring him to help them kill President Robert Mugabe. The opposition
officials deny the charges, saying Ben Menashe was secretly on the
government payroll and framed them.

On Monday Ben Menashe told the Harare High Court that Tsvangirai sought help
from Zimbabwean troops fighting on the side of the government in Congo's
civil war to carry out a coup.

He said the request took place in his presence, but that he could not recall
any of the details of the incident.

He said Tsvangirai also offered bribes to Congolese officials to assist in a

Tsvangirai's lawyer George Bizos said Ben Menashe had not referred to the
plan to recruit soldiers in Congo in any of his sworn statements to
Zimbabwean investigators.

He asked the presiding judge to order Ben Menashe to reveal the name of his
Montreal travel agent to confirm the dates of his trip to Congo.

Bicycle accident

But Ben Menashe said he could not recall when he travelled there, which
airline he used, which city he departed from or which hotel he stayed in.

"The lack of memory professed by the witness can be easily checked if we
have the name of his travel agent. If he has a license to say, 'I don't
remember', this cannot be a fair trial," Bizos said.

Ben Menashe also testified on Monday that he feared for his own safety and
that of his staff.

He said his office assistant Tara Thomas, who was scheduled to be called as
a state witness, was attacked in Montreal under orders of the Zimbabwean

"Our information is that she had a bicycle accident. The witness must not be
allowed to abuse and toy with the court," Bizos said.

The main evidence in the treason trial, which has been in session for the
past month, is a secretly recorded 4 1/2 hour video of a meeting between
Tsvangirai and Ben Menashe in Montreal on December 4, 2001.

Tsvangirai and his two co-accused could face the death penalty if convicted.

Ben Menashe has testified he received US$200 000 from the government two
weeks before he signed a US$1m consultancy contract with Zimbabwe on January
10, 2002.

Tsvangirai was charged with treason two weeks before he ran against Mugabe
in presidential elections last year.

Mugabe won the election, which international observers said was swayed by
rigging and political intimidation. - Sapa-AP
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ABC News

S.Africa Govt. Says It Will Never Condemn Zimbabwe

      March 3
      - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa said on Monday
it would never condemn the actions of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and
insisted its quiet diplomacy toward its northern neighbor was working.

      South Africa has been criticized for taking a soft approach to the
Mugabe government, which has faced intense Western criticism of its human
rights record against the backdrop of a collapsing economy and chronic food

      Mugabe, who won a controversial re-election last March, has been
accused of using harsh security laws to target opponents.

      In the latest incident, Zimbabwean police said on Monday they had
arrested 26 supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) in the capital Harare on Sunday and charged them with contravening
security laws.

      "The problem with you (the press), is that you are waiting for one
word -- condemnation of Zimbabwe," South African Foreign Affairs Minister
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told members of the National Press Club in Pretoria
on Monday.

      "You will never hear that. It is not going to happen as long as this
government is in power," Dlamini-Zuma was quoted as saying by the South
African Press Association.

      The African National Congress-led government has maintained its
behind-the-scenes "quiet diplomacy" is the best approach to resolving
Zimbabwe's political and economic crisis.

      Critics say land reforms carried out by Mugabe's government have
destroyed a once thriving commercial farming sector and left close to half
of Zimbabwe's 14 million people facing critical food shortages.

      Dlamini-Zuma said Zimbabwe was correcting "mistakes" made during its
sometimes violent seizure of white-owned farms for redistribution to
landless blacks.

      "The Zimbabweans themselves have admitted that in their
implementation...there were mistakes. They are correcting them," she said.

      South African President Thabo Mbeki said last month that Zimbabwe was
working on changing policies that have sparked international and domestic
outcries, including a media law that opponents say is designed to gag
criticism of the government.

      A few days after Mbeki's remarks on South African state television,
Zimbabwean authorities barred a British journalist from entering the country
to cover a World Cup cricket match.

      On Sunday, 26 MDC activists were detained and beaten by police as they
passed Mugabe's State House residence on the way to a political rally in
Harare, the opposition said.

      Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said the activists had tried to
provoke violence and denied they had been assaulted.

      "Any suggestion that they were badly treated, assaulted or tortured
are just malicious claims. Those who were arrested were charged and paid
admission of guilty fines," he said.

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From The Sunday Times (UK), 2 March

Mugabe won poll with army of ghost voters

RW Johnson, Cape Town

Zimbabwe's opposition has obtained evidence that President Robert Mugabe won
re-election in March last year with the help of as many as 1.8m "ghost"
voters who were added to the electoral roll. Tobaiwa Mudede, the
registrar-general and a Mugabe loyalist, has repeatedly refused requests by
the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) for a copy of the roll to be used
in a court action challenging the result - even though the roll is a public
document. Last week, however, it was revealed that the MDC had succeeded in
obtaining a copy. Mugabe, 79, beat Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC candidate, by
434,000 votes in a poll that provoked widespread accusations of
vote-rigging. Analysts say that even a pro-government judge would find it
difficult to reject the evidence of the electoral roll. A judgment in the
MDC's favour would mean that the election would have to be invalidated and a
fresh one held. Mugabe, whose international standing was boosted when
President Jacques Chirac invited him to a summit in France last month, would
be barred from standing again. John Robertson, a Zimbabwean economist who
has analysed the electoral figures, said they showed "the illegality of the
election is proven beyond doubt". "The discrepancies are so wide, the
various forms of cheating so obvious and the interference in the process so
aggressive and blatant, no country on earth should recognise Robert Mugabe
as president of Zimbabwe," Robertson said.

In its court action the MDC alleges huge state violence against opposition
voters and candidates. It says it was not allowed to campaign in much of
Zimbabwe or to appear on state-owned media. Many opposition voters were
deliberately prevented from voting by a cut in the number of urban polling
stations and the unconstitutional disenfranchisement of some white
Zimbabweans, it is claimed. The Mugabe government has, from the outset,
taken the gravest exception to the case and repeatedly insisted it will not
participate in talks on power-sharing with the MDC unless it is abandoned.
The last thing Mugabe - who is named as a respondent in the case and would
be expected to appear - wants is an open trial in which the full extent of
the vote-rigging and the violence that accompanied the poll would be
explored. The MDC last week refused to drop the case "until a timetable and
process for the restoration of legitimacy in Zimbabwe has been agreed on".

Mudede revealed in January last year that the electoral roll contained 5.2m
names; the figure was later increased to 5.6m by additional illegal
registrations in Zanu PF strongholds. Census data, however, shows that in
August 2002 there were only 4.7m adults in Zimbabwe. Moreover, a range of
surveys suggests that no more than a maximum of 80% of these have ever
registered to vote, bringing the possible electorate down to 3.8m. The roll
therefore appears to include at least 1.8m too many people; analysis of the
numbers in individual constituencies could reveal further anomalies. Mudede
had rejected calls to give civic groups a copy of the roll on grounds of
expense, and refused to hand it over even when they offered to pay. The MDC
has not disclosed how it obtained its copy. A successful legal challenge to
Mugabe's victory would be a blow to Thabo Mbeki, the South African
president, and Olusegun Obasanjo, his Nigerian counterpart, who have put
pressure on the MDC to accept a junior role in a Zanu PF government. Mbeki
made strenuous efforts to ensure that observers from both South Africa and
the Organisation of African Unity declared the poll free and fair.Last month
he used his presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement to steer its 115 members
into giving Mugabe a unanimous vote of confidence and voting through a
motion that attempted to lay blame for the "grave humanitarian situation in
Zimbabwe" on drought, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
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Tuesday's match may be Andy Flower's last REUTERS MONDAY, MARCH 03, 2003
12:55:48 PM JOHANNESBURG: He has not said it and nor has the Zimbabwe
Cricket Union (ZCU) but everybody is thinking it.

All things being equal, Andy Flower, one of the best batsmen of his
generation, will play his last game for his country against Pakistan on
Tuesday. His country? The words are apposite.

Zimbabwe has yet to call on Flower to surrender his passport following his
World Cup protests against President Robert Mugabe's government, but they
have already disowned him. Nathan Shamuyarira, information secretary for the
governing ZANU-PF party in Zimbabwe, put it simply during an interview with
a Johannesburg radio station earlier in the tournament.

"Flower is...not a Zimbabwean," he said. "He is British." Flower, Cape
Town-born, Zimbabwe-bred and with an English wife, could end up being just
that - British - or even Australian.

He seems set to divide his future between England and Australia, playing
county - he was a big success at Essex last year - and state cricket.

Rarely can a player have made such a stressful, unhappy exit from the
international game, although team mate Henry Olonga - a Zambian, according
to Shamuyarira - finds himself in similar circumstances. The two set their
own agenda in protesting against human rights abuses and "mourning the death
of democracy in our beloved Zimbabwe". They also wore black arm and
wristbands for a couple of World Cup matches before being pressured to

Flower, in all probability, had accepted that his declaration would mean the
end of his Zimbabwe career. Aged 34 and still at the top of his game, he
might have played on for several years more, as a specialist batsman rather
than wicketkeeper after agreeing to groom Tatenda Taibu as his successor
behind the stumps.

Flower will be remembered as a neat gloveman and a tenacious, flinty,
formidable left-handed batsman who delved deep into the psychology of his
art. No one sold his wicket more dearly.

If he does not play again, he will retire with a test average of 51.54, his
4,794 runs coming from 63 matches. But there is still time to improve on his
first-class statistics of 54.75 runs for each visit to the crease. Only four
men currently playing test cricket - Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden of
Australia, India's Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid - average more than

Flower, an articulate man who has played alongside brother Grant for most of
his international career - they often call in Afrikaans when batting
together to confuse opponents - made an immediate impression for 'his

He scored 115 on his debut as an opener at the 1992 World Cup against Sri
Lanka in New Zealand while his test career began almost as impressively,
with half-centuries in each of his first two games and a century in his
fourth. His most notable exploits include an innings of 156 against Pakistan
in Harare in 1995, when Zimbabwe recorded their first ever test win. He also
averaged 270 in two tests with India in 2001, making 183 and 232 not out as
part of a series of seven consecutive test innings where he passed 50.

Later that year, Flower made 142 and 199 in a test against South Africa in
Harare. One more run and he would have become the sixth man in history to
make a century and double century in the same test - prompting former South
African player Mike Procter to say: "He's a machine." Zimbabwe, however, as
so often when Flower hit the heights, still lost the game.

His durability is also legendary. He made a record 174 consecutive one-day
appearances before a finger injury ended the run. After the 1999 World Cup,
Zimbabwe lost leading lights Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson. To lose Flower
after the 2003 tournament is certain to set the side back years.

Sadly but understandably, he has not been quite at his best recently,
despite two half-centuries during the World Cup. Defeat to Pakistan on
Tuesday, in his 210th one-dayer, will lead to Zimbabwe's first-round
elimination, leaving Flower without a chance to make amends.

He will still, however, be remembered as one of the greatest players
Zimbabwe -- or Britain, depending on your point of view - has ever produced.
Copyright 2003 Times Internet Limited

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