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Remember Murambatsvina!

Sokwanele Article : 18 May 2007
Today is the second anniversary of the occasion when, the grubby little
dictator, Robert Mugabe, openly declared his contempt for the man in the
street, placed there and suffering because of his economic policies. In an
ensuing "moment of madness" Bob, spurred by his secret service, declared
that these people were filth and had to be fumigated, removed like
cockroaches from the simple homes they had lived in for years.

In the dead of winter, just like Stalin, one his heroes, Bob set the armed
forces on defenceless families and brought in the bulldozers to throw them
into the street. Within a matter of weeks, 700 000 people were living in the
open, exposed to the harsh winter by night and loss of dignity and property
by day. It was a hopeless situation as working men and women were tormented
by the choice between going to work and leaving their property and helpless
children in the open, or not going to work and getting fired. The expression
between a rock and a hard place has never been so real.

Two years later, neither the rock nor the hard place has made way for
comfort. Instead, the people continue to eke out a miserable life, their
eyes clearly displaying their hopelessness while Bob gleefully speeds past
in his motorcade. An evil man indeed.

How did the world react to this? South Africa, who blame their own
frightening crime levels on apartheid's legacy of stripping people of their
dignity and on poverty, saw no evil at all and continued its quiet diplomacy
with Brother Bob. Does this country, the so-called hope of Africa, deserve
to host the world cup?

The UN, it must be admitted, sent in Anna to confront King Bob. She wrote a
good report and was called all sorts of names by Zanu PF, a fate which
befalls everyone who dares criticise Bob and his policies. The UN
bureaucrats did their work but Kofi Annan was focussed on something else -
his impending retirement. So more 'quiet diplomacy' ensued and won the day
as Annan's schedule did not allow him to visit this country while he
jet-setted the world making farewell speeches. It was a question of

Zimbabweans helped where they could but, in their majority, whispered
comments in the privacy of their offices. Nearly all expressed sympathy;
however, no public display of outrage ever occurred. Some companies bought a
few tents for some of their staff and, with conscience clear, went back to
the business of seeing to the bottom line. The opposition stayed ominously
silent, with no attempt to mobilise the people.

The rest of Africa either supported Bob or kept their heads averted in
passive solidarity. There is a tremendous shame in Africa when to spite your
face you cut off your nose. Just for the sake of thumbing their noses at the
EU, African leaders did not condemn Bob.

Instead, two years later, they have rewarded this evil regime by nominating
and electing it to head the UN body on Sustainable Development. Sustainable
Development!? The irony could not be more bitter for those people still
living in plastic tents with absolutely no facilities at all. Their fate was
sealed simply because a grubby little dictator was afraid the people would
rise up against him. So, he set out to destroy them and send them back to
the bleak backwaters of the rural areas.

The pain of last week's endorsement of Zimbabwe at the UN could not be more
poignant. How dare the world vote him in to lead the way in sustainable
development, for a country no longer able to feed itself, not because of
drought or non existent sanctions, but because Bob in a great sulk after
being defeated in a referendum, set about punishing the people by
dismantling the agricultural sector. It is a deep-seated evil that knows no

The praise singers in his party all have relatives who were affected by this
operation and still they have no shame in actively applauding the oppression
of a humble people. It was not the first time, nor will it be the last the
Bob has insulted all who dare oppose him: in the language typical of a
cunning and manipulative thug, he called on peasants to "strike fear in the
hearts of our enemy the whites," he then turned on the same peasants and
called them "totemless people" and "filth" and now he is restoring their
citizenship rights because he needs them for 2008.

The man is truly evil and yet he gets away with it every time. He has
demonstrated that no one is above a bashing from him; his own party members,
business executives, the man in the street, lawyers, judges, women marching
with children, church leaders, members of the opposition - in short anyone
who dares oppose him is the enemy.

This man stands alone, evil and surrounded by fear and misery. Yet he
continues to gloat publicly like Bokassa, Mobutu and Amin did before him.

Africa should be hanging its head in shame.

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Mugabe moblises war veterans

Zim Online

Friday 18 May 2007

By Regerai Marwezu

MASVINGO - President Robert Mugabe's government has begun recruiting 10 000
war veterans into the army's structures as a "reserve force" in preparation
for next year's presidential and parliamentary elections.

In public notices placed in newspapers on Thursday, the Ministry of Defence
under which the war veterans fall, invited all former combatants to meetings
around the country where details of the conscription were set to be

The war veterans have since the 2000 parliamentary election served as Mugabe's
foot soldiers unleashing violence and terror against the main opposition
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters around the country.

The government in April announced plans to conscript veterans of Zimbabwe's
1970s liberation war into a reserve force of the army in a move analysts
said was a bid to bolster its hold on power and to clamp down on a resurgent
opposition ahead of next year's election.

Political violence and human rights abuses, mostly blamed on pro-government
militia and war veterans, traditionally pick up in the run-up to major

Sources within the Ministry of Defence told ZimOnline yesterday that the
government wanted to retrain and arm all surviving war veterans ahead of the
elections that analysts have said Mugabe could heavily lose.

The sources added that the war veterans would be trained in weapons handling
and other war drills.

Isaiah Muzenda, the provincial chairperson for war veterans in the southern
Masvingo province, confirmed that the war veterans will undergo some form of
military training this year.

"The meetings which are going to be held this month around the country will
focus on the retraining of our members. As you know, we are approaching
elections and it is time that we find out if we are still fit and strong.

"We will campaign for our patron President Mugabe and as a reserve force,
fitness is of great importance," said Muzenda.

But Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi sought to downplay the matter when
contacted by ZimOnline yesterday insisting that the training was part of
refresher courses that his ministry conducts regularly for both serving and
retired members of the army.

"The retraining of war veterans and retired members of the army has been an
ongoing exercise. It's only that the programme is gathering momentum this
year because funds have be made available," said Sekeramayi.

Last month, ZimOnline reported that Mugabe was setting up a 15 000-member
youth militia to spearhead his election campaign next year. The youth
militia, like the war veterans, are a vital cog in Mugabe's electioneering

Churches and human rights groups accuse the war veterans and youth militia
of hunting down opposition supporters, beating, raping and torturing and
sometimes murdering them for not backing the government, a charge the
government denies.

Mugabe, who will again stand for re-election next year, has ruled Zimbabwe
since its 1980 independence from Britain. But critics say his controversial
policies are responsible for an economic meltdown, which has left the
majority of Zimbabweans mired in poverty as unemployment rockets and
inflation surges to over 3 700 percent.

The crisis has escalated political tensions, which have sparked a violent
crackdown on the opposition that saw MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and scores
of party activists brutally assaulted and tortured by the police last
March. -ZimOnline

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Prices and incomes freeze no solution to Zim crisis

Zim Online

Friday 18 May 2007

By Edith Kaseke

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has signed a law to freeze prices and wages
but analysts saw little chances of the communist-style legislation
succeeding to rein in hyperinflation without buy-in from haggling tripartite
parties and predicted severe shortages of basic commodities in the long

The Price and Incomes Stabilisation Protocol, which will establish a price
and incomes commission is the first step in a process aimed at creating a
social partnership, which the central bank governor Gideon Gono says is
necessary to tame inflation.

The commission immediately had its work cut out after official data showed
that inflation, which Gono has likened to the deadly HIV pandemic, galloped
past 3 700 percent in April as prices continued to soar on a daily basis.

Zimbabwe is now officially facing hyperinflation.

"This will be difficult to effect and it might work for a little while but
then in the long-term we will have empty shelves," Tony Hawkins, a business
studies lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe said, suggesting this would
lead to shortages of commodities.

"But importantly this shows the government has run out of options," he
added, echoing other economists who say Mugabe's government has hit a policy

Economic commentators said the government should abandon its populist
policies and restore the rule of law. It should also ease controls on the
foreign exchange market, crack the whip on people who are underutilising
farms and increase timely support to the farmers and ease a crackdown on
political opponents, which continues to tarnish the country's image among
foreign investors.

Zimbabweans are grappling with daily price increases and inflation, which is
also the world's highest, and is the clearest indicator of a debilitating
economic crisis and has left eight in every ten Zimbabweans without

The government charges that businesses have continued to unjustifiably
increase prices while Mugabe says some companies are working with his
Western foes to raise prices of commodities to fuel anger and turn
Zimbabweans against his embattled government.

The new law will set parameters and models which industry has to follow when
pricing goods and services and for employers and workers when negotiating

Business leaders cautiously welcomed the new legislation and said its
success depended on whether there were adequate foreign currency supplies,
increased agriculture production and constant fuel and power supplies.

The agriculture sector, which is the backbone of the economy, has all but
collapsed and critics say Mugabe's seizures of land from white farmers to
give to landless blacks has knocked commercial farming, which used to be the
biggest foreign currency earner and top employer.

"We should understand that freezing prices and salaries is not an end to
itself, it is only part of a bigger process that we have to go through in
order to stabilise the economy," Callisto Jokonya, the president of the
Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries said.

"Right now industry is heavily constrained and productivity is very low,
around 30 percent. One of the critical areas we as industry want addressed
is the pricing and availability of foreign currency which companies require
for survival," he added.

Industrialists argue that they are sourcing foreign currency on the black
market, where the United States dollar was trading at $35 000 to the
Zimbabwe dollar and are forced to index their prices using the black market

Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst ever economic crisis that is marked by
unemployment above 80 percent, severe shortages of foreign currency, food
and fuel and frequent electricity cuts.

This has left workers unable to feed their families and resorting to
subsisting for survival but political analysts war that anger among the
workers could spill onto the streets and turn violent.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions [ZCTU] and consumer groups welcomed
the establishment of the commission but the labour group maintained that it
would only be part of it if employers, including the government, raised
wages to the poverty datum line first.

"Our position is clear, that we will only agree to a wage freeze if the
salary of the least paid worker is adjusted to the PDL, that is the position
of workers," ZCTU secretary general Wellington Chibebe said.

Mugabe denies that he has presided over the collapse of the economy and
instead points a finger at former colonial master Britain for mobilising its
Western allies to punish his government for seizing land from the white
farmers. -ZimOnline

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Zim police search for MDC military bases in SA

Zim Online

Friday 18 May 2007

By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri

HARARE - The Zimbabwean government has dispatched 16 police officers to
South Africa to search and locate places where opposition party youths were
allegedly trained to carry out terrorist activities, the High Court heard

Tawanda Zvakare and a Mr Makwikwi from the Attorney General's office told
High Court Judge Yunus Omerjee during a bail hearing for 18 Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) activists that the state could not proceed with the
case as its officers were still in South Africa investigating the case.

The state says the MDC activists received terrorist training in South Africa
and were behind a spate of petrol bomb attacks on state institutions last

The MDC activists have been languishing in remand prison since March. They
are denying the charge.

"One has to understand that the case is extra-territorial and we have to
engage the South African government at times - hence the delay in finishing
investigations by the state," said Makwikwi.

"The team that has gone to South Africa will complete their investigations
in a week after which we can set the trial date," he added.

Omerjee gave the state until 1 June to present its case against the MDC

Charles Kwaramba, for the defence, however complained to the judge that the
state was dragging its feet in wrapping up its investigations in the case.

The case has been postponed three times with the state saying it was still
to finish its investigations.

"The state has not been able to bring its witnesses or at least substantiate
its claims so we can't have these people in custody forever. The case has to
come to some finality," said Kwaramba.

The MDC activists who include journalist Luke Tamborinyoka, former First
Mutual Life Assurance chairman Ian Makone and Glen View legislator Paul
Madzore have been in custody for close to two months.

The South African government last month rejected charges that there were any
military bases for the training of MDC insurgents in the country. -

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Bank chief pleads for free hand in running economy

Zim Online

Friday 18 May 2007

By Wayne Mafaro

HARARE - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono on Thursday
told parliamentarians to grant greater autonomy to the central bank and
accused unnamed figures "benefiting from the current crisis" of attempting
to interfere with monetary policy management.

Gono told the legislators that countries with independent central banks had
a better record on inflation management, appearing to suggest the RBZ had
failed to tame inflation - now more than 3 700 and the highest in the
world - due to interference by outside forces.

"It is recommended that the Constitution and the Reserve Bank Act expressly
provide for the operational independence of the Central Bank in the pursuit
of its primary objectives," said Gono, in what should come as a surprise to
most Zimbabweans who consider the RBZ chief closest to President Robert
Mugabe and therefore able to push through whatever policies he wanted.

Gono, who is a former personal banker of Mugabe, was appointed head of the
RBZ in 2003 and tasked to bring down inflation and lead efforts to revive
Zimbabwe's comatose economy.

But the economy has continued shrinking while inflation surges to new
heights almost on a daily basis and the International Monetary Fund has
blamed Gono's habit of printing worthless money to dole out to perennially
loss-making and mismanaged state firms as one of the chief drivers of

Several top government officials have meanwhile accused Gono of behaving
like a prime minister and interfering in other departments while ignoring
his chief responsibility to ensure sound monetary policy.

The RBZ governor however accused powerful figures he did not name of wanting
to influence the central bank in the discharge of its duties and said top
officials corruptly benefiting from Zimbabwe's economic crisis were the ones
complaining that he was interfering in their work.

"Those benefiting from the current crisis find reasons to accuse the
governor of interfering in certain sectors. We have no apologies to make for
the intervention we have done even when we do the unorthodox," he said.

Zimbabwe is in the grip of its worst ever economic recession and which in
addition to hyperinflation has also resulted in unemployment soaring to over
80 percent and sparked crunch shortages of food, fuel and foreign currency.

Economic experts say it is almost impossible to resuscitate the southern
African country's economy without substantial financial aid from the
international community. - ZimOnline

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Zimbabwe's inflation hits 3,700%

The Times
May 18, 2007

Jan Raath in Harare
The cost of living doubled in Zimbabwe last month, lifting the annual rate
of inflation above 3,700 per cent, a stark sign of the economic turmoil
blamed on government policies. Prices of food - which make up one third of
the consumer basket used to calculate inflation - domestic power, fuel and
public transport fares contributed to the steep rise, according to Zimbabwe's
Central Statistical Office.

Economists forecast that inflation will continue to spiral out of control.
Tony Hawkins, an independent economist in Harare, said: "It will be well
above 10,000 per cent by the end of the year, probably nearer 15,000 per

The latest inflation figures were published a week late and hidden away on
the inside pages of the state-controlled Herald newspaper.

A single brick now costs what ten years ago would have bought a mansion in
the capital's upmarket areas. This week the cost of postage stamps went up
600 per cent. In the confusion over the value of anything, two cans of baked
beans and a bottle of beer will also provide three months' subscription to
the Harare Club, the city's elite gentlemen's club that has reciprocity with
most of London's main clubs.

Last month Nicholas Goche, the Minister of Labour, admitted that he paid
workers on the farm he seized from white farmers, the sum of Zim$10,000
(£20) a month, the same as one copy of The Herald.

President Mugabe, who holds an economics degree from London University and
maintains that printing money keeps prices down, added a new weapon to his
quixotic war with inflation this week, and signed laws to establish an
Incomes and Pricing Commission. It will have sole right to set charges for
the hundreds of price-controlled items, and establish profit margins. Anyone
who violates the fixed prices can be jailed for up to five years.

In the past eight years of accelerating economic chaos, price controls have
become a main cause of inflation, forcing manufacturers to go out of
business or stop production because of the unworkable prices imposed, and
making goods available only on the far dearer black market. "It is going to
create some kind of price freeze," said Mr Hawkins. "There will be shortages
all over, and manufacturers will find they cannot produce."

With the announcement of the new inflation figures, the illegal "parallel"
rate of exchange - the mark generally used by business in the country -
soared yesterday to Zim $70,000 to the pound. At the beginning of the year
it stood at Zim$7,000 to the pound.

Mr Mugabe, Zimbabwe's sole ruler since independence in 1980, blames Western
sanctions for the state of the economy. The country faces food shortages
this year after a deficit of the staple maize crop. This week officials
cautioned of bread shortages because wheat growers had so far planted only
10 per cent of their targets.

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Anniversary of Forced Evictions in Zimbabwe Marked By Further Brutality

Freedom House

  Washington, D.C.,May 17, 2007

On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the large-scale razing of Zimbabwe's
residential neighborhoods, the government continues its brutal crackdown on
opposition activists and sympathizers in a systematic attempt to eradicate
the opposition.

Operation Murambatsvina, also known as Operation Restore Order, was launched
March 18, 2005, by President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party as an "urban
renewal" campaign. What actually transpired was a weeks-long operation of
forced evictions and destruction that left over 700,000 Zimbabweans
homeless. Taking place less than two months after the disputed 2005
parliamentary elections, Operation Murambatsvina is widely perceived as
having been an act of retribution against the urban poor who had voted for
the opposition.

"Two years ago, the international community was shocked by the lengths to
which President Mugabe would go to protect his power," said Jennifer
Windsor, Executive Director of Freedom House. "In hindsight, however, it's
clear that Operation Murambatsvina was only the prelude to a much more
extensive campaign of brutality and repression."

Today, the period leading up to Zimbabwe's March 2008 presidential elections
is marked by an escalating violent campaign against those suspected of
belonging to or sympathizing with the opposition. In a systematic effort to
destroy the structures of the opposition, the Mugabe government is targeting
individuals at all levels of the opposition, from student advocates to
municipal leaders of the Movement for Democratic Change. In addition,
prominent civil society activists and even ordinary citizens in Harare are
being abducted and beaten, and police are now focusing on lawyers in an
attempt to destroy the opposition's last line of defense.

"This continuing effort to destroy methodically the opposition proves that
Mugabe is determined to hold on to power at any cost," said Ms. Windsor.
"Order should be restored in Zimbabwe - but for the purpose of stopping the
violence and making way for genuine elections."

Zimbabwe is one of the world's most repressive states, and ranks as Not Free
in the 2007 edition of Freedom in the World. The country received a rating
of 7 (on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 as the lowest) for political rights and a
6 for civil liberties.

Freedom House, an independent nongovernmental organization that supports the
expansion of freedom in the world, has monitored political rights and civil
liberties in Zimbabwe since 1980.

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Corrupt judicial officers will face the music

New Zimbabwe

By Obert Chaurura Gutu
Last updated: 05/18/2007 11:29:12
THE Constitution of Zimbabwe, under Chapter 8, provides for the creation of
the judiciary. The head of the judiciary in Zimbabwe is the Chief Justice
and the judiciary forms one of the three organs of the State; the other two
being the executive and the legislature.

The doctrine of separation of powers basically ensures that State powers are
not concentrated in any one organ of the State. It is not uncommon however,
particularly in totalitarian regimes, to have State powers unduly
concentrated in the executive arm of the State with the legislature and the
judiciary only being weak and severely compromised institutions.

An independent judiciary is the cornerstone of a democratic nation. It
naturally follows that an independent and fearless judiciary is a necessary
instrument in upholding the rule of law and the observance of human rights.
On the other hand, a biased, partisan and corrupt judiciary is the nemesis
of a democratic dispensation.

History is abound with examples of how dictators normally ensure the
subjugation and subordination of the judiciary in their quest to hold onto
power and thus, bastardise the rule of law. The rule of law is defined as
the respect for a set of legal rules and procedures ultimately aimed at
conforming to the requirements of the observance of basic fundamental human
rights. It cannot be over emphasised, therefore, that a judiciary that is
biased, inefficient, corrupt and lacking in independence is the very
foundation for the decay of democracy values and the emergence of

By deliberately providing for the establishment of the three organs of the
State, the Constitution of Zimbabwe sought to provide a system of checks and
balances where no one organ of the State should dominate and indeed,
frustrate the other.

The absence of an independent and fearless judiciary inevitably encourages
the supremacy of the law of the jungle i.e. where might is right. This is a
primitive and chaotic state of affairs where the guiding principle is the
survival of the fittest or put alternatively; the survival and economic
domination of the politically well-connected. Indeed, it is the antithesis
of the rule of law when the law of the jungle is left to rule the roost.

It is a fact that the world's most politically stable and economically
vibrant nations are invariably those that have a fearless and independent
judiciary. A judiciary that is emasculated tends to be weak, biased and
corrupt. Such a judiciary will be a purveyor of injustice, oppression and
general misrule.

In Zimbabwe, we should never allow our judiciary to be compromised and also
to be seen to be prone to abuse by politicians and some other such
characters who are keen to push forward their undemocratic agendas. A
judiciary which fails to fearlessly articulate, defend and uphold the basic
human rights of citizens is a betrayal of the people. Such a judiciary
inevitably becomes a catalyst to the sustenance of a dictatorship.

An independent and fearless judiciary should go out of its way to prove that
everyone is equal before the law. Such a judiciary should instil the
people's confidence in the legal system of Zimbabwe and it should be
uncompromising when it comes to the upholding and enforcement of the rule of

Recently, the country witnessed a very sad and unfortunate development in
which all the learned magistrates in Manicaland province refused to preside
over the criminal trial of the Minister of Justice mainly because a certain
named top government official had threatened all the magistrates with
unspecified harm and had also accused the magistrates of being members of a
certain opposition party.

Surely, such a state of affairs is a very sad indictment on the level of
fear that is found in some members of the judiciary. How then can we talk
about the rule of law in Zimbabwe when magistrates in the whole province of
Manicaland were so afraid of presiding over the criminal trial of the
Minister of Justice? This is a shame!

An independent and fearless judiciary is the main champion of justice and
fairness. It is the ultimate authority for the enforcement and observance of
human rights and the rule of law. A judiciary that takes ages to deal with
election petitions inevitably compromises its integrity and its impartiality
in the minds of all right-thinking people. A judiciary that slavishly take
sides with the whims and designs of the executive arm of the State at the
expense of the enforcement of basic human rights is a disgrace to the
generality of Zimbabweans.

All court cases, be they politically connected or not; deserve to be handled
with speed, efficiency, competence and extreme impartiality. A situation
were litigants wait for unduly long periods of time before their cases are
heard and finalised, particularly in election petitions, is a negation of
the people's fundamental human rights. Justice delayed is justice denied.

Because of the overwhelming importance of the judiciary in a democratic
dispensation, judicial officers should be persons of unquestionable
integrity, competence and professionalism. It is my humble view that there
should be a rigorous screening and selection process before someone is
appointed to the judiciary; particularly to the High Court and Supreme Court

We might have to learn from the example of South Africa where all persons
ear marked for appointment as judges have to appear before a parliamentary
committee as part of the screening process. The parliamentary committee
consists of members from all political parties represented in Parliament.

This committee scrutinises and debates the suitability of candidates before
they can be appointed to a high judicial office such as to be a High Court
judge, Supreme Court of Appeal judge or a judge of the Constitutional Court.
Preferably, therefore, only persons who have an illustrious and outstanding
record in any relevant legal context, should be appointed to a high judicial

Judicial officers should shun corruption. A corrupt judiciary is extremely
dangerous for it can be abused and manipulated by powerful and influential
people; including the fabulously rich and the politically well-connected.
The example of the Kenyan judiciary is apt. Not too long ago, the Chief
Justice and twenty three other senior judges in Kenya had to resign after
findings from the Ringera Report were presented to President Kibaki. The
Ringera Report contained damning details of corruption and abuse of power
within the Kenyan judiciary.

The majority of the judges implicated in corrupt dealings opted to resign
rather than to be probed by a tribunal as recommended by the Honourable
Justice Ringera's report.

Judicial officers in Zimbabwe should view the Ringera report as a warning
signal. The time shall soon come when all incompetent, inefficient and
corrupt officers will face the music. The people are angry. Very, very

Obert Chaurura Gutu is a Gutu & Chikowero lawyer. He can be contacted on

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Africa must not be fooled by Mugabe

Accra Daily Mail

| Posted: Friday, May 18, 2007

It is disturbing to see some African leaders pampering the Zimbabwean
president Robert Mugabe.
The ongoing African Commission on Human and People's Rights session in Accra
should not be an opportunity for Mugabe 's men to defend their crackdown on
innocent Zimbabweans and opposition officials.

As a Zimbabwean, my heart bleeds whenever the situation in our country is
talked about; once the bread basket of Africa the country has been relegated
into a beggar.

After independence we had hope that this was the dawn of a new era that
characterized freedom of expression and other fundamental freedoms, but alas
we were in for a rude surprise, not only were our freedoms taken but our
right to live too. Any dissent against the government is met with the
highest punishment on earth: death.

Robert Mugabe rushed through land reform purportedly aimed at giving poor
black farmers access to good quality land. But the reform was poorly managed
the new owners, all of them Mugabe 's cronies and supporters lacked the
necessary capital, infrastructure, equipment, seeds and fertilizers, and as
a result were unable to farm effectively or at all.

Confronted with plummeting popularity, Mugabe is willing to do anything to
stay in power. Using war veterans, police, army, and other ZANU-PF
supporters to suppress violently all opponents, he has institutionalized an
authoritarian system in Zimbabwe.

The media is being unfair with Zimbabweans, as a lot of human rights abuses
go on unmentioned, we want political change in our country, Mugabe cannot
offer us that and whoever is ready to help us weather they are in the West
or in Africa is welcome.

Zimbabwe's problems cannot be blamed on so-called sanctions; the economic
meltdown began way before them, all our problems are Mugabe's fault. Any
amount of distortion and buying Mugabe 's anti-West propaganda is a great
disservice to the suffering people of Zimbabwe.

Asher Tarivona Mutsengi

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Zim reporter in altercation with police


          May 18 2007 at 11:59AM

      Harare - A reporter with one of Zimbabwe's official newspapers got "a
taste of state medicine" last week when police angrily confiscated his
camera and press card after a cabinet minister accused him of spreading
falsehoods, it was reported on Friday.

      Samuel Kadungure, a reporter with the state-controlled Manica Post
weekly, was covering a tour of a diamond mining area in Chiadzwa, eastern
Zimbabwe last Thursday.

      He was in the company of National Security Minister Didymus Mutasa,
said the Manica Post, which is based in the border city of Mutare.

      "When Mutasa introduced the reporter to Mines and Mining Development
Minister Amos Midzi all hell broke loose," Kadungure said.

      In an unusual show of discord between senior government ministers,
Midzi accused the reporter of gate-crashing a protected zone. He told police
to seize Kadungures state-issued press card and camera, the reporter

      Zimbabwe is a notoriously difficult place for reporters to work in,
unless they are employed by the state-controlled media. Reporters for
official radio and newspapers are normally able to work without harassment.

      Reporters for the independent press are frequently arrested under
Zimbabwes tough press law, the Access to Information and Protection of
Privacy Act (AIPPA), which stipulates that all media workers must hold a
valid licence.

      Licences are rarely issued to those working for the independent press.

      The clampdown on the private press has steadily worsened in the last
two months, with at least four reporters beaten, a Time magazine
correspondent from Britain arrested and forced to leave the country and an
ageing local cameraman abducted and killed.

      Kadungure was rescued by a senior police officer, according to the
Manica Post. His equipment and press card were only returned a day later.
The reporter described the altercation as "sad." - Sapa-dpa

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Learn to live with Zim aliens - Mbeki


          Boyd Webb
          May 18 2007 at 07:11AM

      South Africans will just have to learn to live with the millions of
illegal immigrants flooding the country, President Thabo Mbeki told MPs on

      "I think that is something we have to live with," Mbeki told the
national assembly. He was responding to a question from Democratic Alliance
chief whip Douglas Gibson on how the government planned to manage the
estimated 3,5 million illegal immigrants fleeing economic and political
strife and coming into South Africa.

      The president said while South Africa would continue to arrest illegal
immigrants, the constant inflow was something that had to be accepted.

      It was common knowledge that at around Christmas many Zimbabweans who
were in the country illegally handed themselves over to authorities for
deportation back home, he said.

      "We pay for their fares to go back to Zimbabwe and the same person
would reappear a year later to say, 'I am illegal please deport me to

      Mbeki said it was a difficult situation but that South Africa would
not build a "Great Wall of China" between South Africa and Zimbabwe to stop
people crossing the borders.

      Gibson, acting as DA parliamentary leader, asked Mbeki if the South
African government would put pressure on Zimbabwe if that country refused to
allow access to a Pan African Parliamentary fact-finding mission.

      Mbeki replied that he was not aware that the government of Zimbabwe
had prohibited such a visit.

      "I can't imagine that Zimbabwe, who is a member of the Pan African
Parliament, would not want to talk to members of the Pan African Parliament.
I don't see how that would happen," Mbeki said.

      Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling party last week reacted
angrily to a resolution passed by African lawmakers to send a delegation to
probe rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

      Joram Gumbo, a Zanu-PF delegate to PAP, said he and other ruling-party
delegates had failed to block a resolution passed last Friday to send a
fact-finding mission to Zimbabwe.

      Dismissing the PAP as a "noise-making organisation", Gumbo said Harare
had the power to prevent such a mission from entering the country.

      But Mbeki, who has been mandated by the African Union to help Zimbabwe
out of its economic and social crises, said he had no information that there
was a problem.

      "So let's wait and see what happens," he said.

      The latest blow for South Africa's beleaguered neighbouring state came
last week when the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, which monitors food
security in sub-Saharan Africa, issued an alert that Zimbabwe had produced
less than half the maize it needs to feed its people.

      Until 2000 when Mugabe began seizing white-owned farms, which produced
40 percent of Zimbabwe's foreign earnings, Zimbabwe was a net exporter of
food. But, now with inflation topping 2 200 percent, Zimbabwe's agricultural
sector is on its knees.

      Mbeki said discussions between Zimbabwe's ruling party and the two
opposition parties were "going well".

      However, he would not divulge any information as he said all parties
had agreed that the matter would not be discussed through the media.

      This article was originally published on page 4 of Pretoria News on
May 18, 2007

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True hell on earth: Simon Mann faces imprisonment in the cruellest jail on the planet

Daily Mail

By GEOFFREY WANSELL  Last updated at 00:44am on 18th May 2007

Torture and starvation routine. Disease and death commonplace. And if you
escape all that, there's always cannibalism to contend with. The fate that
awaits British mercenary Simon Mann in the cruellest jail on the planet.

Malaria and yellow fever are endemic, there is an infestation of rats and
the sadistic guards think nothing of torture and keeping inmates starved of
food for days on end.

Black Beach prison in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (off the west coast of
Africa), is surely worse than the notorious Devil's Island, home to the
fictional Papillon.

There are no human rights, no proper access for lawyers, no regular family
visits, no medical supervision; in fact, almost no contact whatever with the
outside world from behind the barbed wire and the guard towers.

The jail, situated on the tropical volcanic island of Bioko, is a black hole
into which prisoners disappear - often in mysterious circumstances - or die
of chronic disease after being beaten.

Small wonder that the 53-year-old British former SAS officer and alleged
mercenary Simon Mann - who last week lost his battle to avoid extradition
from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea, where he is accused of organising a
"coup" to overthrow the oil-rich country's despotic government - is
convinced he will die in the isolated prison.

Mann's lawyer, Jonathan Samkange, said after the extradition hearing: "I'm
not going to allow Simon to go to Equatorial Guinea because I know for sure
he'll be killed."

He has every right to be concerned. According to sources inside Equatorial
Guinea, the President has promised his henchmen that once Mann, a close
friend of Sir Mark Thatcher, is extradited to Black Beach, he will be
paraded in triumph to his palace in the old port of Malabo to be sodomised
personally by the President before being skinned alive.

Such taunts are typical of a man who reportedly thinks nothing of torturing
and executing his political opponents once they have reached the jail.

One political opponent, Pedro Motu Mamiaga, is said to have had his liver
removed - which the President then ate.

Like Idi Amin of Uganda, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema likes to suggest he
is a cannibal, to maintain his power and mystique.

Friends of Mann (the Old Etonian son of a Fifties England cricket captain)
fear he will be tortured, not just to extract information about the alleged
coup but to satisfy the President's demands.

"The catalogue of murder and torture in his prisons, police stations and
elsewhere is toecurling," explains one expert on the country.

"Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch frequently report on
extra-judicial executions, torture and rape by police and soldiers."

Two years ago, a British judge described the President as "a despot who
rules without regard to the rule of law or democratic institutions such as
free elections, and through a regime which uses torture to procure

At the time, on state radio, Nguema declared himself a "god" who can kill
without "anyone calling him to account".

Mann, whose wife is living in their Hampshire home, would not be the first
to suffer in Black Beach, where prisoners have their jaws broken as a matter
of course, or their forearms snapped.

One French economist bent on exposing corruption in the country had the
veins in his neck sliced open.

Indeed, the fate of the foreign prisoners has been of rapidly increasing
concern since the death of a German who was a member of Mann's alleged plot
to overthrow the President.

Gerhard Eugen Nershz died in 2005 from what the authorities officially
described as "cerebral malaria with complications".

He was taken to hospital just hours before his death, where witnesses said
he had "severe injuries" to both his hands and feet apparently caused by

The United Nations, the American State Department and Amnesty have all drawn
attention to the "disappearance" of three members of the Equatorial Guinea
armed forces and a civilian, also held in Black Beach.

All four were later found guilty, in their absence, of planning a coup.

The list of horror stories surrounding the jail goes on.

In September 2002, inmate Juan Asumu Sima died shortly after his trial for
another coup attempt.

During the trial - in which he was convicted - he needed help to stand, and
reportedly had scars on

his legs and arms, consistent with accounts that he was severely tortured in
detention. He repeatedly requested medical assistance, but was refused.

Some months later, Felipe Ondo Obiang, head of one of the opposition parties
to the President and accused of being involved in another coup attempt, also
vanished. (He had already been sentenced to 20 years in Black Beach.)

There was speculation that he had been abducted, and he has not been seen

At least 13 other co-accuseds remain in Black Beach - most, if not all, were
severely tortured at the time of their arrest, according to Amnesty, which
added that they were refused medical attention, against UN rules.

Simon Mann, who is reported to be in poor health and in need of a hip
replacement and hernia surgery, is unlikely to receive any medical attention
should he be sent to Black Beach.

Yet medical treatment would be just one of his problems. Prisoners at Black
Beach face another privation - lack of food.

Their daily ration of one cup of rice a day was reduced to one or two bread
rolls a day three years ago, but even that has been cut recently.

Prisoners can go for six days at a time without receiving food.

Another of Mann's colleagues in the alleged coup conspiracy was former South
African Army officer Nick du Toit.

He was allegedly part of an "advance party", waiting for Mann and about 70
other mercenaries to arrive.

However, the plotters were arrested in Harare after a large consignment of
weapons was seized at the city's airport and Zimbabwean prosecutors accused
them of planning a coup in Equatorial Guinea.

As part of a plea bargain in South Africa, where he was accused of being
part of the plot, Sir Mark Thatcher admitted leasing a helicopter for Mann,
knowing it was to be used in the coup bid.

Du Toit was jailed for 34 years in 2005 after what Amnesty alleges was a
"grotesquely unfair" trial.

At first, he admitted taking part in the coup attempt, but withdrew his
statement, claiming it was given under torture.

He has managed to smuggle letters out of Black Beach to his wife, Belinda,
who says: "He's so thin that he looks like a grain of rice."

Amnesty says that du Toit and ten other foreigners sentenced with him are at
imminent risk of starvation.

All foreign prisoners are kept inside their cell for 24 hours a day, with
their hands and legs shackled at all times.

The prison authorities block all contact with their lawyers, consular
officials or members of their families.

Belinda said: "I can't believe there are places that operate this way."

Sometimes there is no access to water. Even when it is available, it is
dirty and Belinda is worried about cholera.

Her husband is reportedly in poor health following a series of beatings and
the persistent lack of food.

"Many prisoners are extremely weak because of torture or ill-treatment and
chronic illness," says Kolawole Olaniyan, director of Amnesty's Africa

"Unless immediate action is taken, many of those detained there will die.

"It is a scandalous failure by the authorities to fulfil their most basic
responsibilities under international law."

Another Amnesty campaign director, Stephen Bowen, similarly says: "Such near
starvation, lack of medical attention and appalling prison conditions are
nothing short of a slow, lingering death sentence."

But what is it about Equatorial Guinea that inspires these brutal, mindless

The answer can be traced to the traditions of the ruling Nguema family.

The country became a republic in 1968 and the first elected president,
Macias Nguema (the current ruler's uncle), took control.

Within a few months, he killed an opponent by breaking his legs and letting
him die of malnutrition.

He then murdered ten members of his Cabinet and, according to Amnesty,
massacred "tens of thousands of his own people".

The country soon got the nickname "the Dachau of Africa" and more than
100,000 of its inhabitants fled.

Nguema next banned medicines - which were deemed "un-African".

This led to the widespread return of tropical diseases, including yellow
fever, malaria, leprosy, diphtheria, typhus and cholera.

He also took Western hostages, expelled missionaries, closed schools, banned
the word "intellectual" and declared himself President for life.

But in 1979, his rule was overturned by his nephew, then in charge of the
National Guard and commandant of Black Beach.

Marcias Nguema was shot by Obiang's supporters shortly after he tried to
flee with the country's entire foreign currency reserves -
£100million -stuffed into suitcases.

But the country's plight did not improve. Now acknowledged as one of West
Africa's most feared despots, legend has it that President Obiang Nguema
eats the testicles of his defeated enemies so that he can absorb their life

However, financially, he was far luckier than his uncle.

In the early 1990s, Equatorial Guinea was transformed by the discovery of
two vast oil fields near Bioko Island.

The country now produces more oil per head of population than Saudi Arabia.

Yet the fortune doesn't reach the population at large.

Four years ago, the International Monetary Fund found that the government
had received £65 million in oil royalties, but accounted for only

Observers call it "one of the most corrupt, oppressive and anti-democratic
states in the world".

With water shortages in all major cities, little running water or
electricity, the population is malnourished, forced to live on monkey meat,
yams and bananas, and has an average life expectancy of just 43.

The country has the smallest proportion of GDP spent on health and education
of all Africa.

Meanwhile, Forbes magazine estimates the President's personal wealth at
£300million, and in 2004 he bought his sixth private plane - a Boeing 737 -
for nearly £30million.

Nowhere are conditions harsher than in Black Beach prison.

As one senior government official said recently: "It is doubtful any Western
prisoner could survive for more than three years because of the health
problems in our jails."

Simon Mann has every right to fear for his life should he find himself
incarcerated there.

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CHRA Press Statement: ZINWA Must Stop Complaining<


P.O Box HR 7870
145 Robert Mugabe, Third Floor,
Exploration House
Tel/Fax: +263 4 705114
Cell: 011 862 012, 011 443 578
                       0912 249 430, 0912 924 151

16 May 2007                                      BR>
THE Combined Harare Residents' Association (CHRA) is extremely concerned by
the errant behaviour of the powers that be at the Zimbabwe National Water
Authority (ZINWA) including the Ministry of Water Resources and
Infrastructural Development. The incessant complaints typical of cry babies
and failures and are intended to camouflage their incapacity to satisfy the
demand for water.

The Minister of Water and Infrastructural Development, Engineer Munacho
Mutezo, was quoted in the Herald 15 May 2007 accusing the City of Harare of
being dishonest in its dealings with the water authority.   The media has
been awash with misleading comments by ZINWA since they were imposed on
Harare by Ignatius Chiminya Morgan Chombo, the Minister of Local Government,
Public Works and Urban Development. Is it by coincidence or design that the
decision to hand over our assets and lifeline to ZINWA was made at the he
time he re-appointed the illegal Commission running Harare on 13 December

These accusations follow hard on the heels of yet another disastrous action
by Mutezo. The reshuffling of the Zinwa Board on Wednesday 25 October 2006
by Mutezo was clear confirmation that Zinwa has failed to perform, even to
the low standards expected from parastatals. Minister Mutezo ordered the
water authority to urgently address the water woes being experienced in
Harare.   The regime constantly demonstrates its centralist and commandist
attitudes and believes that by issuing orders, the situation will be
rectified despite the fact that our water woes arise from a combination of
bad policies, partisan political interference as well as technical and
financial problems.

The time has come for the whole nation to reject and denounce this madness
from the Minister and his cronies at the water authority. They are forever
complaining about almost everything related to their services, blaming every
bad thing on the City of Harare and taking credit for all the good things.
Remember, the City has no legitimate authority save for an illegal
commission appointed by the Minister. CHRA rejects these irrelevant excuses
and insists that ZINWA must be disbanded with immediate effect or it becomes
a department in the Ministry of Water Resources and Infrastructural
Development with clearly terms of reference which does not include the
responsibility of water distribution, treatment, supply .

Mutezo must just shut up and realise that he is a Minister responsible for a
failed parastatal. ZINWA has nothing to show for its existence except of
course 'jobs for the boys'. It is clearly a political (if not personal)
project that is driven by malice and incompetence. The Chairperson of the
Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government Honourable Margaret
Zinyemba was quoted in the Herald (31 March 2007) saying Cabinet should
reconsider its decision to transfer water and sewerage reticulation services
from local authorities to ZINWA because the water authority lacked capacity
and mandate.

CHRA is opposed to the commodification of basic services and especially to
the de facto privatisation of our water resources for the enrichment of a
few individuals. The water system belongs to Harare and must be returned to
its rightful owners. Playing games and shifting responsibilities is not the
answer to our water problems. CHRA demands the immediate return of water and
sewer reticulation services to the local authority from ZINWA in line with
Parliament and Senate recommendations. To cap it all, CHRA demands the
immediate restoration of legitimate authority to manage the resources of
Harare in line with court judgments listed below:

High Court, Hungwe J. HH 210/2001 (CHRA and Another vs. RG),
HH 80/ 2005 Makarau J (Christopher Magwenzi Zvobgo vs. City of Harare and
Dominic Muzawazi)
Sandura J (Stevenson vs. Minister of Local Government and Others SC 38/02)
and HC12862/00,
Justice J. Chinengo-HH24-2002, and
Justice Kamocha ruling -HH 13-2007/ HC5604/06 (Nomutsa Chideya vs. City of
Harare, the eight commissioners and the probe team that recommended Chideya's

"CHRA for Enhanced Civic Participation in Local Governance"
For further details please contact us on, and on mobile 0912
924 151, 011 862 012, 011 443 578 and 011 612 860 or visit us at Exploration
House, Third Floor, Corner Robert Mugabe Way and Fifth Street


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JAG Job Opportunities dated 17th May 2007

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

(Ad inserted 26 April 2007)

Contracts in the DRC

Wanted: for  six month renewable contracts in the DRC, three Zimbabwean farm
managers.  One with experience in orchard and plantation crops especially
citrus and bananas, the second with experience in row cropping: potatoes,
maize/soya, wheat and barley and the third with experience in dairy
production.  Formal agricultural qualifications an advantage but not a

Fluency in Swahili preferable but not essential.

Contact: 011610073.


(Ad inserted 26 April 2007)


We have a vacancy for a mature/semi retired man to join our team.  The
position would be as workshop manager to be in charge of maintenance and
repairs of all farm equipment.  Accomodation and competitive package offered
for the right person. Situated 30km from Beit Bridge (Zim)
Please send CV/References to or


(Ad inserted 26 April 2007)


We are looking for a business partner in Bulawayo or Gweru or Masvingo to go
into a 50/50 venture to offer instant passport and visa photographs. We will
provide all equipment and training. The equipment comprises 1 compact
digital camera and 1 printer (the size of a supermarket till). The partner
will need to have a shop outlet close to the CBD and be able to devote a few
square metres of floor space to the passport/visa photography. The partner
will operate the venture and share all costs and profits on a 50/50 basis.
No photographic experience is required. The net profit to each party should
be in the region of USD 600 (equivalent) per month. Please reply to giving details of your location and any other
relevant information.


(Ad inserted 26 April 2007)

Management Couple / Professional Guide

Management couple/professional guide needed to run small, exclusive, safari
camp in Kariba/Matusadona as soon as possible.  Salary and benefits
negotiable depending on experience and qualifications - please contact one
of the following:
Steve -  Phone 013 43358    011 207 307
Wendy -  0912 307 875
Belinda - email:  phone:  (04) 301494/301496 or 011 603


(Ad inserted 26 April 2007)

Transport Manager

To co-ordinate all aspects of transport for cane haulers, mechanical
background is a pre-requisite

Please contact Rob Buchanan, E-Mail -
Cell 082-3371290, Tel 033-3431106


(Ad inserted 26 April 2007)

Manager for Sawmill

We are a large furniture manufacturing company (J.W.Wilson Int (Pvt) Ltd).
Based in Harare. We are currently looking for a manager for our sawmill in
Matabeleland, which supplies our Norton factory with teak.

The position entails travel to the mill in the Thlotsho area spending 2
nights, 3 days, a week at the mill attending to the management of the mill.
We feel that the job would suit a person with a farming background.

Should you need any further details please contact me at
of phone on cell 0912231 511 or Harare 620131.


(Ad inserted 26 April 2007)


A leading Independent School in Zambia requires a teacher of Computer
Studies for September 2007. Experience in a CHISZ school in Zimbabwe or an
Independent School in South Africa is essential. A good US dollar salary is
offered along with accommodation and other benefits which include medical
There is a possibility of other vacancies at both primary and secondary
arising in the future and interested teachers with appropriate experience
should register there interest.
A brief resume should be emailed to


(Ad inserted 26 April 2007)


Looking for an honest hard worker in Harare to work in the house as well as
in the garden. We would prefer a mature male who has experience.

Please if there is anyone out there who is leaving or knows of someone
please contact me on 011207583 or 0912308410.


(Ad inserted 26 April 2007)


Busy office in Avondale requires a full day lady to take care of
correspondence and general office duties.    Email/computer knowledge an
asset but we can teach
you what you need to know.   Pleasant working environment - to start as
early as possible.

Please contact -


(Ad inserted 26 April 2007)

Employment Offered

I am a South African farmer who needs employers for the following vacancies:

1: A person with mechanical knowledge who can do welding and am able to work
with steel as well.  He must be reliable, able to attend to my vehicles and
help with general work on the farm and with the cattle

2. A reliable chef, housekeeper. He/she must have experience in western

I would like to see references which can be e-mailed to the following E-mail


(Ad inserted 3 May 2007)


Looking for a retired Christian couple - will suite ex-farming couple - to
be caretakers of a dairy enterprise.  70kms from Harare.  Accommodation on
farm.  Package to be discussed.  Please email CV and contact details to


(Ad inserted 10 May 2007)

Employment Offered

OXFORD IT is looking for cvs for the below mentioned positions.  Please send
your cv as soon as possible if you wish to be considered for the positions.

Administration - Temp PA's/Receptionists and Secretaries, Company Secretary
Advertising - Graphic Designers, Public Relations Executives, Marketing
Officers, Key Account Executives
Consultants - SAP, Spectrum
Finance - Bookeepers, Chartered Accoutants, Accountants, Internal Auditors
IT - Developers (esp Web and Oracle), Network Engineers, Workshop Managers,
Technicians, Linux/Unix
Management - General Managers, Managing Directors, Chief Executive Officers,
Finance Director/Manager, Project Managers
Other - Mornings Only, Part-time, Flexi-time, Contract, Driver/Messenter,
Stores/Warehouse, Procurement/Purchasing Buyer
Hotel/Catering  - Attachments
Human Resources - Training Officer/Manager
Sales & Marketing - Sales/Marketing Managers, Regional Sales Managers,
Corporate Sales Personnel, Business Development Manager
Shipping - Import/Export Controller, Transport/Logistics Distribution
Tourism - Reservationists, Consultants

Please email you cv to the below email address or contact the General
Manager for more information.  We have many other jobs that are not
advertised, so call today to find out more!

Miss Sarah Vale
Oxford IT Recruitment
Agriculture House, c/o CFU Building, Cnr Adylinn Road/Marlborough Drive,
Marlborough, Harare
Tel: (Direct) 309274
Tel: (Switchboard) 309855-60 (ext 23)
Fax: 309351


(Ad inserted 10 May 2007)

Vacancy for Farm Assistant

Samona (Z) Ltd.,
P.O. Box 630557

Tel: +260 3 225 018
Cell: +260 97 790 209

The above-mentioned company has a vacancy for a Farm Assistant to work
directly under the Managing Director, to help with the running of a large
tobacco enterprise situated in the Choma/Kalomo farming area in the Southern
Province of Zambia.

Qualifications required:

Internationally recognised Diploma/Degree in Agriculture

The farming programme for the 2007/2008 season is 120 Ha Tobacco (55
Irrigated and 65 Rainfed), 60 Ha Soyabeans (Supplementary Irrigation), 60 Ha
Winter Wheat. There is currently no livestock production.

Remuneration package:

Commission (paid in US Dollars) will be calculated as a percentage of farm
profit, details of which, together with other benefits, will be made
available to applicants considered for the position once all CV's have been
received and processed.

Applicants should apply to Samona Zambia Ltd using the above e-mail address
attaching their CV for consideration by the company.


(Ad inserted 10 May 2007)

Project Manager in Tanzania

we have a pretty large Eco-Tourism and  residential Beach Plot scheme going
on for which we are looking for a Project Manager with overall
responsibility for the whole thing. A farmer background would be ideal.
Please advise whether  there are still farmers willing and able to leave Zim
for a new horizon. If affirmative we would of course provide you with
further details.
Look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards - Georges C. Hess / Amboni Sisal Properties Ltd - Nairobi
Liaison Office


(Ad inserted 10 May 2007)

Vacancy Available

Vehicle Sales Administrator :
This position is in the busy front office of our Vehicle Sales and would
suit a self-motivated, efficient and pro-active lady.  The post combines all
aspects of Administration, client interaction and sales. Must be able to
work under pressure.

Building Foreman :
Must have hands-on-experience in all aspects of building including :
- Setting Out
- Foundation work
- Steel re-enforcing
- Concrete Work
- Brick laying / Plastering
- Carpentry / Roofing
- Plumbing / Electrics
- Material Ordering / Quantity Estimating
- Labour Procurement & Supervision
- Must be able to work on own initiative.

Forward CV or apply in person with contactable references to ABC Auctions,
Seke Road, Graniteside, Harare.
Glynis Wiley, 751343 or 751904 or cell 011 630164

ABC Auctions
Hatfield House
Seke Road
Telephone 263 4 751904/751906/751343/751498
Fax 263 4 751904/751906/751343/751498
Email Address:


(Ad inserted 10 May 2007)

Job Title:                  Chief Executive Officer
Based at:                  Asamankese, Ghana
Reports to:               Direct reporting to Shareholders

Introduction:  Pinora is the 3rd largest fruit processing plant in sub
Saharan Africa. Completed in 2006, the state of the art facility, and its
dedicated Pineapple orchard, occupies 610 acres, employs 250 staff and is
capable of processing 320,000mt of locally procured oranges and pineapples.

Job purpose summary:
Identify, develop and direct the implementation of business strategy leading
to growth and profitability
Plan and direct the organisation's activities to achieve stated and agreed
targets and standards for financial and trading performance, quality,
culture and legislative adherence
Evaluate existing staff, and thereafter where necessary, recruit, select and
develop executive team members
Direct functions and performance, where necessary, via the executive team
Maintain and develop organisational culture, values and reputation in its
markets and with all staff, suppliers, partners and regulatory and official

Key responsibilities:
Evaluate existing procurement process and thereafter plan and implement
procurement strategy, including transportation of fruit to the plant.
Plan and implement supply(ier) retention, expansion and development.
Producing an operating budget and thereafter its monitoring, implementation
and reporting.
Maintain administration and relevant reporting and planning systems.
Evaluate existing and thereafter select and manage external agencies, such
as transportation companies, banks, insurance, quality management standard
bodies and inspection companies etc.
Identify and manage new business development and further potential
Plan, develop and implement strategy for organisational development



(Ad inserted 10 May 2007)


Maid needed for Avondale West area. We are looking for a maid to help with
housework, for a "growing" family. She needs to have her own accommodation.
Please call 091-2-300 059 or e-mail


(Ad inserted 17th May 2007)

Employment Offered
Workshop Manager

Workshop Manager - To run a fleet of Freightliner/Internationals - Cross

Contact:  Jim Wilson 620131-4
Contact:  Rowena Bannister

TEL:  +263-(04)-620131-4
FAX: +263-(04)-620135


(Ad inserted 17th May 2007)


PLEASE RESPOND WITH CV AND REFERENCES TO: or tel: 04 485695/6 attention Brigit."


(Ad inserted 17th May 2007)

Houseworker required

Gardener OR houseworker required.  Someone who is clean, and hardworking.
Preferably employer recommended or contactable references.  Please phone
011-614-233 or email :


(Ad inserted 17th May 2007)

Looking for Investors:

Looking for serious investors that want to get involved in the Floricultural
industry of Zimbabwe.  Need secure land close to Harare and access to
finance.  Technical expertise, markets and highly skilled human resources
ready available. For serious enquires please contact me on:  011 630 696,
0912 782 782, 480 160,


(Ad inserted 17th May 2007)

Housekeeping Team

Looking for an experienced husband and wife team to cook and housekeep.
Excellent staff accommodation is available on the property.  A very
competitive remuneration package, with benefits, proportionate with
experience and qualifications is offered by way of negotiation with
successful applicants.  Traceable references are essential.

Apply on 091 2 238 204



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(Ad inserted 26 April 2007)

Employment Sought

A husband & wife team looking for employment with accommodation in Harare.
They both come highly recommended; he in the garden and she with housework,
cooking and child minding.  They have 4 children, 3 of whom are school
going.  Current employer does not allow the family on the property so he
spends his entire earnings on visiting them every 6 weeks in the Eastern
districts.  Please phone Julie on 011 605 083 or evenings only on 744156;


(Ad inserted 17th May 2007)

Employment Sought - Secretarial

I am a mature Lady looking for Secretarial / Administration/ Reception with
20 years of experience.  Computer literate , good communication skills with
all segmentas of Zimbabwe society.
I will consider full or part time engagement in any field

Please contact me on 331116 ( Home ) 011 732 497 Cell or e-mail me at :


(Ad inserted 17th May 2007)

Seeking Challenging Management Position:

I am looking for a good management position where by I can grow with the
business, I have mainly been involved in Rose exports for the past 15 years
on large scale farms in Zimbabwe.  Although this is my main line of
expertise, I interested in any  other industry that is looking for strong
management, an energetic, ambitious, honest and strong willed person to join
their organization.

Please contact me,  Wayne Seiler on the following details if you are
interested and I will forward you my CV,  011 630 696, 0912 782 782, 480
160, .  Skype name : Wayne Seiler


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