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Zimbabwe: Supreme Court Opens Hearings on Evictions of White Farmers
Peta Thornycroft
27 May 2004, 15:44 UTC

Zimbabwe's Supreme Court has opened hearings in a case testing the
constitutionality of a law banishing white farmers from their land.
The farmers are represented in this case by one of South Africa's most
respected constitutional lawyers, Wim Trengove.

He argued before the five Supreme Court Judges that the law, which allowed
for confiscation of white-owned land, was unfair and violated Zimbabwe's

The law gave farmers 45 days to leave, and made it a criminal offense for
them to harvest their crops after that deadline. Hundreds of farmers were
jailed after the law was enacted in 2002.

The government's campaign to drive white farmers from their land started two
years before the law was enacted.

Farmers who brought this constitutional challenge to Zimbabwe's highest
court say few would return to their land, even if they won the case. They
say many white farmers have left Zimbabwe and those who remained do not have
the means to start up again. Many of the farms have suffered extensive
damage since their white owners left.

But the farmers say the case is important because it would give them legal
grounds for future compensation claims against President Robert Mugabe's
government and Britain, the former colonial power.

Out of the thousands of land expropriations, only about 350 cases have been
settled by consent and about a dozen by the courts. The rest of the cases
are still winding their way through crowded court dockets.
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Zim farmer takes land reforms to court

      May 27 2004 at 05:48PM

Harare - A white farmer went before Zimbabwe's top court on Thursday to
challenge parts of the controversial land reform laws under which his
property was seized and given to black farmers.

George Quinnell and his wife, who owned a farm north of Harare, have been
deprived of their only source of income since they were forced to leave
their land in December 2002.

They appeared before all five judges in the constitutional court to try to
have their eviction order overturned and amendments to the country's land
laws declared unconstitutional.

Lawyers specifically targeted amendments made in 2002 to the land laws that
reduced from 90 days to 45 days the timetable given to farmers to wind up
their affairs after receiving an eviction order.

      'The act does not meet the constitutional demand for a reasonable
The amendments also allow the government to resettle people on the farm and
make it a crime for the farmer to interfere in the process.

"The act pursuant to the amendments does not meet the constitutional demand
for a reasonable notice," said South African lawyer Wim Trengrove,
representing Quinnell.

The lawyer said Zimbabwe farmers facing an eviction order should be given "a
reasonable opportunity to wind up their affairs and adjust their lives to
the acquisition of their land."

The case has taken two years to come to court.

Since Quinnell started his legal battle in 2000, most of Zimbabwe's white
farmers have been evicted from their farms to make way for new black

The number of whites still in farming has reportedly dwindled to fewer than
400 out of an estimated 4 000 four years ago.

Before the legislation was amended in 2000, farmers were given 90 days to
wind up their business and resettlement could not take place if they
challenged the eviction order in court.

Trengrove argued that the amendments to the Land Acquisition Act, made two
months after President Robert Mugabe won another term in office in March
2002, violated parliamentary procedure because Justice Minister Patrick
Chinamasa had not yet been sworn in when he introduced them.

Neither had Agriculture Minister Joseph Made, who signed Quinnell's eviction
notice, the court heard.

Mugabe swore in his cabinet ministers three months later, in August 2000.

State lawyer Loyce Matanda-Moyo however argued that as Mugabe was an
incumbent, the ministers' swearing in was not needed to make the cabinet

"The mere fact that they (Quinnell's lawyers) sued them as ministers means
they recognised them as ministers," she said.

Farmers who lost their land under the land reform programme were notified of
the government's intention to acquire their farms two years before receiving
an eviction order, she argued.

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku reserved judgement, saying the court
needed time to consider submissions made. - Sapa-AFP

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Farmer faces murder charge
27/05/2004 19:38  - (SA)

Harare - A farmer will be charged with murder in the shooting death of one
of a group who took over part of his farm, police said on Thursday.

Spiro Landos also faces a charge of attempted murder for allegedly wounding
another settler during a dispute at the farm near Odzi, 220km east of the
capital Harare, police spokesperson Oliver Mandipaka said.

Landos, 45, was also hurt in Monday's clash and is being held under police
guard at a hospital in the eastern provincial capital of Mutare, Mandipaka

President Robert Mugabe's government has seized about five thousand
white-owned farms in an often-violent campaign to redistribute land to black

Landos had already relinquished part of his property to the settlers, but a
dispute arose over the boundary between them, according to his lawyers.

Police said the settlers claim Landos was injured as they tried to disarm

However, Landos's lawyers said he fired a pistol in self defence when he was
assaulted by the group.

Landos, who is of Greek descent, is the second farmer to face a murder
charge since the land redistribution campaign began in 2000. The charge
carries a possible death sentence.

Another farmer was jailed for 15 years in 2001 after being convicted of
running down a settler in his truck and killing him.

Sixteen farmers have also been killed in violence blamed mainly on ruling
party militants and veterans of the guerrilla war that led to independence
from Britain in 1980. No one has been convicted of their deaths.
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Committee Starts Probing Bennett

The Herald (Harare)

May 27, 2004
Posted to the web May 27, 2004


THE parliamentary privileges committee that was appointed to probe the
conduct of Chimanimani MP Mr Roy Bennett (MDC), who assaulted two Cabinet
ministers last week in Parliament, started its preliminary investigations

Mr Bennett assaulted Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Cde
Patrick Chinamasa and Anti-Corruption and Anti-Monopolies Minister Cde
Didymus Mutasa when the House was considering an adverse report on the Stock
Theft Amendment Bill.

The chairman of the committee and Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
Minister Cde Paul Mangwana said in an interview the full hearing on the case
would be held this morning.

"We started our preliminary investigations today (yesterday) and we viewed
the video footage in which Honourable Bennett assaulted the two Cabinet
ministers," he said.

"Hon Bennett was also present during the viewing of the video together with
his lawyer Advocate Eric Matinenga. We believe that after viewing the video
footage this is enough for us to start the hearing."

Other members of the committee are Water Resources and Infrastructural
Development Minister Cde Joyce Mujuru, Chief Jonathan Mangwende, Harare East
MP Mr Tendai Biti (MDC) and Bulawayo North-East MP Professor Welshman Ncube

The privileges committee was appointed to investigate whether the conduct by
the opposition MP was not in contempt of Parliament.
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Magistrate Queries Fundira, Kuruneri's Court Appearance in Civilian Clothing

The Herald (Harare)

May 27, 2004
Posted to the web May 27, 2004


A HARARE magistrate court yesterday queried why Finance and Economic
Development Minister Chris Kuruneri and safari operator Emmanuel Fundira,
who are accused of breaching the Exchange Control Regulations, were brought
to court wearing civilian clothes.

This occurred at the routine remand hearing of the two who are being held at
the Harare Remand Prison on separate charges of externalising large sums of
foreign currency.

Kuruneri and Fundira appeared in Court 6 clad in designer suits and they
were further remanded to June 9.

The two sat side by side in the dock from about 9 am and were taken back
into holding cells around 1:30 pm after the court adjourned.

According to Mr Bruce Mujeyi of Gollop and Blank who was representing
Kuruneri, the magistrate Ms Sukai Tongogara wanted to inquire, in her
chambers, if accused persons being remanded in custody were allowed to wear
their civilian clothes when appearing in court.

"The court queried why my client was wearing his own clothes," Mr Mujeyi
said referring to Kuruneri.

He said the court also queried Fundira's appearance in his clothes.

Charges against the minister who was arrested late last month arose between
2002 and 2004 after he allegedly externalised US$1 million, 37 000 British
pounds and 30 000 euros to South Africa where he is constructing a property
in Cape Town.

Kuruneri is also alleged to have contravened the Citizenship Act of Zimbabwe
by possessing two passports without the permission of the Minister of Home

Fundira is alleged to have externalised more than US$100 000 from hunting

The State alleges that sometime in 2002 Fundira who is the chief executive
officer of Makuti Game, Safari and Lodges entered into an agreement with Out
Of Africa Adventurous, a United States company.

It alleges that, the agreement stipulated that Out Of Africa Adventurous
would source clients on behalf of Makuti Game, Safaris and Lodges.

These clients, the State alleges, would then make advance payments to the
US-based company in foreign currency.

The company would, in turn, deposit into Fundira's accounts at Nedbank in
Las Vegas, the State alleges.

It is further alleged that Fundira failed to repatriate the money amounting
to US$101 388, which was proceeds from hunting and safaris.
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Khaya Moyo Blasts SA Media

The Herald (Harare)

May 27, 2004
Posted to the web May 27, 2004


ZIMBABWE's ambassador to South Africa, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, has castigated
the South African media for twisting a recent interview between British news
channel Sky News and President Mugabe in their latest campaign to present
the Government of Zimbabwe in bad light.

Cde Moyo said in the latest instance, sections of the South African media
sought to put out the entirely false notion that President Mugabe had said
the Government of Zimbabwe and Zanu-PF were not interested in talks with the
opposition MDC.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. Only last week the Minister of
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs told Parliament that informal
dialogue is taking place between Zanu-PF and the MDC and that when this is
concluded, parties involved will be in a position to report to their
respective parties," he said.

Cde Moyo said in December 2003 both President Mugabe and the MDC leader Mr
Morgan Tsvangirai said formal negotiations would start as soon as this
informal dialogue was concluded.

"The Government of Zimbabwe and the ruling party Zanu-PF remains committed
to this programme of engagement with the opposition party, to agree on a
Zimbabwe solution to the challenges that face the country.

"No amount of falsification by sections of the South African media will
divert patriotic Zimbabweans away from the path of dialogue already agreed
to by all parties concerned," he said.
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MDC Office

Zanu PF supporters attacked the MDC Headquarters last Thursday in what Witness Magwende described as a peaceful demonstration. The Zanu PF supporters, who were escorted by the Zimbabwe Republic Police, attacked and destroyed the entrance to the MDC headquarters as is seen in these photographs.

MDC Information and Publicity Department

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Updated 27th May 2004

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