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The Age

Rebels plan UK tours to raise funds
By Chloe Saltau
May 28, 2004

Zimbabwe's outcast players, their international careers seemingly over, are
considering a plan to form a team of rebels that would tour the UK and play
social matches against teams such as the famous village side Lashings.
Veteran Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower and the players' agent, Clive Field,
emphasised that the idea was only in its embryonic stage.

But they explained that players sacked by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union were
desperate to find ways of playing competitive cricket and raising money to
pay the hefty legal bills associated with their battle with the ZCU, in
which they were defeated on the eve of the one-day series against Australia
and effectively banished from international cricket.

"There are quite a few logistics to sort out but it is a possibility,
because the guys have got some good marketability in England at the moment,"
said Flower, who has a contract to play with Lashings and said he could
potentially help organise matches against the star-studded team described as
cricket's Harlem Globetrotters.

"We'd have to raise some money here to get the guys over there."

Field said the rebel players' legal bills totalled about 50 million Zimbabwe
dollars ($13,489), while their international careers now rest with the
International Cricket Council's disputes committee.

Regardless of what happens at next month's ICC meeting, at which Zimbabwe's
worthiness as a Test and one-day nation is set to be debated, the former
players strongly believe the game's administration in Zimbabwe needs

"This wouldn't be a rebel side as such because that might have implications,
but they could play some social games in the UK to help raise some money to
fund their legal battle. They might even play against a side made up of
Zimbabwean and South African expats. That was something they discussed,"
Field said. "But it's very much at the drawing board stage at the moment."

He said any social cricket initiative by the Zimbabwe rebels would have to
be organised in the next six to eight weeks.

Former captain Heath Streak, whose allegations of racially biased selection
sparked the dispute almost two months ago, still holds out some hope of
playing for Zimbabwe again, but will head to English county team
Warwickshire a week early to make up for the time in which he has been
unable to play cricket.

Sean Ervine has already gone to Western Australia while fellow all-rounder
Andy Blignaut is thought to be close to signing with Tasmania. While players
such as Ray Price, one of the world's best and most determined left-arm
spinners, would also command attention overseas, others are tentatively
planning for life after cricket.

"The others are going to be doing a variety of things. I know Craig Wishart
is doing a business course, Travis Friend is going to work his hours to try
and get his commercial licence for flying. I know some of the guys are
probably going to take a bit of a break," Streak said.

"I've obviously got to make a living and if there's no resolution to this
whole thing then I've got to look at making the best of the years I've got
left in cricket and capitalising so I can get myself into a stable financial
position to support my family . . . I've lost a lot of income out of not
playing; I haven't carried on as a mercenary."

Streak maintains members of the Zimbabwe board, which has an influential
political arm, had to be scrutinised. "Some of them are acting with
impunity," he said.

"Integrity has to come into it and not just integrity of the game of Test
cricket but integrity of the way the game is run. The game of cricket is not
like any other game - it's a gentleman's game and the way things are being
done are certainly not that way. We've been called racists, but those who
are accusing us of being racists are the ones who are creating these
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New Zimbabwe

Gono heads for Atlanta amid protests

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 05/28/2004 12:47:30
A RESERVE Bank of Zimbabwe delegation flew into Dallas, Texas on Wednesday
to launch a financial package called 'Home Link' which would allow
Zimbabweans in the United States to send money home, SW Radio Africa

The RBZ's campaign to entice Zimbabweans in the diaspora was met by protests
by a group of Zimbabwean nationals who attended the meeting with placards.

A frosty welcome also awaits Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono who is
expected to make a keynote address at the ZimExpo 2004 in Atlanta later on

The delegation to Dallas, Texas was led by former ZBC newscaster, Supa
Mandiwanzira. The governor of the bank Gideon Gono, will meet up with the
delegation in Atlanta, Georgia were there are expected to participate at an
economic symposium.

A spokesman for the Association of Zimbabweans Based Abroad in the U.S.
Ralph Black said they condemn the action by the RBZ, describing their effort
as aiding and abetting the policies of a murderous regime.

The demonstrators waved placards saying: 'Gono seeking foreign currency to
fund the youth militia' and 'Gono: Banker turned sellout'.

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Cape Times

      'Crony' of Mugabe arrested in SA
      May 28, 2004

      Johannesburg: One of Zimbabwe's richest businessmen has been arrested
here in connection with an investigation into possible fraud and breaches of
foreign exchange rules.

      Mutumwa Mawere, a majority investor in the plush Kilimanjaro night
club here, was arrested on Tuesday and released on R50 000 bail by the
Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday.

      A Zimbabwean police team is in South Africa to escort him back to
Harare. Until recently, Mawere was considered President Robert Mugabe's
closest business crony.

      A police spokeswoman said Mawere's application for bail was in
relation to a case about whether he could be extradited to Zimbabwe. "We
cannot comment on the allegations."

      It is understood, however, that Zimbabwean authorities are
investigating invoices issued for asbestos exports through Southern Asbestos
Sales here and want to question Mawere.

      The exports followed Harare exempting asbestos from the materials that
had to be sold through the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe.

      Mawere paid more than R7 million for a 60% stake in the Kilimanjaro
night club. Sources say they want to ascertain whether the money was
"illegally externalised".

      Yesterday, Zimbabwe's Daily Mirror quoted Mawere as saying he had been
living abroad since 1989. "How can a person who has been non-resident for 15
years be accused of externalisation?"

      Mawere, chairman of Africa Resources Ltd, rose to prominence in 1996
when he acquired Zimbabwe's largest asbestos mines on the strength of a
Harare government guarantee. Asbestos exports earn about R400m a year for

      Also in 1996, Mawere, who had worked for the International Finance
Corporation, an arm of the World Bank, teamed up with Mugabe's Zanu-PF to
launch a major bank, the First Banking Corporation. - Foreign Service
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The Star

      Mugabe doesn't want early poll
      May 28, 2004

      By Basildon Peta

      President Robert Mugabe has ruled out calling an early parliamentary
election - something being widely speculated about in Zimbabwe.

      The election is due in March next year but Mugabe has reportedly been
under pressure from his cabinet to call an election in October or November
before food stocks run out.

      Mugabe said in an interview with state media yesterday that he would
not call an early election as it would be undemocratic because other
political parties were not ready.

      He said general elections in Zimbabwe were held at the end of every
five years, and he would stick to that timetable.
      He added that Zimbabwe's electoral system was "very orderly and
systematic", and the country recognised the rules of procedure and the
provisions of the constitution.

      Mugabe told The Herald newspaper that reports that he would call an
early election were as far from the truth "as the North Pole is from the
South Pole or as the South Pole is far from the North Pole".

      "We do not waylay the opposition or any other parties by calling for
an abrupt election," said Mugabe. "I think it's undemocratic."

      "The Movement for Democratic Change must be aware of the ides of
March," Mugabe told state media journalists aboard a flight to Cairo, Egypt.

      Buoyed by the party's disputed successes in recent by-elections,
senior members of Mugabe's Zanu-PF have been calling for an early election
which they believe would guarantee the ruling party an easy victory and the
two-thirds majority it wants in parliament.

      Zanu-PF secretary for the commissariat Elliot Manyika recently boasted
that Zanu-PF could defeat the MDC any time an election was called.

      In Cairo, the president of the African Export and Import Bank,
Christopher Edordu, held talks with Mugabe, who is desperate to open credit
lines for his government.

      Edordu said Zimbabwe was an important and founding member of the bank,
and the institution would provide financial support for the country's
agriculture and mining sectors.

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New Zimbabwe

Sky News' Zanu PF fixer deported from Zim

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 05/28/2004 11:59:04
THE fall-out between Information Minister Jonathan Moyo and senior ruling
Zanu PF officials over a Sky News crew's entry into Zimbabwe took a new
twist this week when the man who organised the trip was barred from entering
the country.

Former Ugandan rebel fugitive David Nyekorach Matsanga was turned away at
the Harare Airport and sent back to London, further emphasising the bitter
split which threatens to tear-apart the ruling party.

Chief immigration officer Elasto Mugwadi confirmed Matsanga's deportation,
but refused to say why he had been deported.

But New today reveals that information Minister Jonathan Moyo
instigated the deportation as revenge after a messy fall-out with Zanu PF's
secretary for publicity and information Nathan Shamuyarira over the Sky News

Sky News entered into a deal with Zanu PF through Matsanga to be allowed
into Zimbabwe to do a positive spin on land reform and the national youth
training scheme. Shamuyarira began writing to Moyo in April asking him to
ensure their smooth entry into Zimbabwe.

But Moyo, the architect of draconian legislation banning foreign journalists
dragged his feet and when the crew flew into Zimbabwe a week ago, he ordered
them to be deported sparking a stand-off which was won by Shamuyarira.

The Sky News crew was allowed to stay but Moyo sought to undermine them but
bringing in a Kenyan team of journalists to interview President Robert
Mugabe. After some resistance, Moyo was again overruled by Shamuryarira and
Sky News landed an interview with Mugabe.

The Herald which has enthusiastically printed public relations articles by
Mastanga supporting government policy on Friday led the attack, mocking
Matsanga for "boasting about his connections in Zimbabwe".

The paper said last year, he boasted to British journalists that he "knew
everyone in Government and that all the (Zimbabwean) ministers turn to me
for advice. Mugabe is always interested in what I have to say."

Matsanga, 44, who runs a company called Africa Strategy has been sheltered
in the United Kingdom after running away from Uganda where he was a member
of an outlawed terrorist group.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper last year described him as a "propagandist and
public relations adviser for Mr Mugabe."

A former official of the disgraced former Ugandan President Milton Obote,
Matsanga has lived in Croydon, Surrey, with his wife and four children for
10 years. He was granted political asylum on the grounds that he would be
killed if he returned home.

Until recently he was the British spokesman for the Lord's Resistance Army
(LRA) in Uganda, a proscribed terrorist organisation which conscripts child
soldiers and has been accused by Amnesty International of terrorising the

It is understood that a bank account held by Matsanga frozen by the
British Government in London in 1999 because of his LRA activities.
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New Zimbabwe

Paradza fails to prove Zanu PF membership

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 05/28/2004 12:33:54
MAKONDE Member of Parliament, Kindness Paradza's faux pas at yesterday's
hearing before a Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial disciplinary committee
may prove to be the Waterloo in his bid to rescue his newfound political
career in the ruling party.

Paradza failed to produce a Zanu PF membership card before the committee
that is hearing his misconduct case.

"We have resolved to make our recommendations on the basis that Paradza is
not a member of the party," a confidential source on the disciplinary
committee said Thursday.

"We are, therefore, recommending his expulsion from the party," the source

Paradza, a former journalist who worked at the Financial Gazette becomes the
second ruling party official whose loyalty has been questioned after Finance
Minister Chris Kuruneri was found to possess a Canadian passport.

Mashonaland west provincial committee deputy chairman and disciplinary
committee head, John Mafa yesterday said the Makonde MP had responded to the
allegations levelled against him.

"We have temporarily adjourned because some of his responses need to be
referred to other people for verification. We will be calling more people
and we expect to resume by next week," Mafa said.

When asked about his impartiality in view of allegations that he belonged to
a rival faction from that of Paradza, Mafa said: "I am not very sure if
Paradza belongs to any faction.being a deputy chairman for the province
(and) elected unopposed I do not have any faction, in fact, I don't even
know about these factions you are talking about."

Mafa said his committee's terms of reference were to make recommendations to
the party's national chairman, who would in turn take further action based
on these recommendations.

Mafa, however, declined to disclose the nature of the aspects that had been
raised by Paradza that he said needed verification.

"I do not want to be seen as pre-empting our investigations, any interested
person will know what will be happening when the time is ripe," said Mafa.

When contacted, Paradza declined to comment on the proceedings preferring to
refer all questions to Mafa. He, however, said he was happy with the way the
proceedings were going.

"I don't have any complaint with regard to the investigations, everything is
going on well," said Paradza.

There was speculation that Paradza might not attend the hearing following
the refusal by the committee to furnish him with minutes of a meeting that
led to his suspension from the party last month.
From Daily Mirror
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The Herald

UK-based group launches campaign against Gono

Herald Reporter
A UK-BASED anti-Zimbabwe group has launched a rabid campaign on the Internet
and the British House of Lords to derail the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe's
international outreach to regularise foreign currency remittances to the
country by Zimbabweans living in the Diaspora.

An article written by Mduduzi Mathuthu posted on the website
alleged that central bank governor Dr Gideon Gono slipped into London on
private business on Tuesday and was expected to stay there until Friday

However, the governor was nowhere near London as he was meeting with African
Export and Import Bank officials in Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday and Wednesday
before being joined by President Mugabe to solicit support for Zimbabwe's
agriculture and mining sectors.

The Zimbabwean delegation returned home on Wednesday evening.

Mathuthu, a former Zimbabwe Independent reporter now based in the UK, wrote
that outraged British MPs were set to review the list of senior Zimbabwe
Government officials banned from travelling throughout the European Union
after Dr Gono's imagined visit.

"Since Gono was appointed Reserve Bank governor last November, the EU
sanctions list has not been reviewed.

"Embarrassed British Foreign Office officials said: 'It's a private visit.
It's certainly nothing to do with us. We are not meeting him."

"In the House of Lords," wrote Mathuthu, "Baroness Amos, responding to
questions from peers who suggested Gono was on a mission to raise funds for
Zanu-PF's re-election campaign also stressed that the Government's hands
were tied on the issue."

Mathuthu alleged that President Mugabe's opponents were already planning to
make it an uncomfortable visit for Dr Gono with unspecified protests, as he
claimed that the governor was "trying to raise money for Zanu-PF's
re-election campaign".

Contacted for comment in Harare yesterday, Dr Gono said: "When I go to the
UK it will be on a mission to promote the formalisation of funds transfers
into Zimbabwe by our brothers and sisters in not only that country but other
parts of the world.

"Those of us charged with the responsibility to superintend financial
systems in our backyards have a duty to ensure that funds that flow into our
system do so in as transparent and accountable manner as possible.

"Some of us cannot forget the horrors of September 11 which have changed the
whole face of this world and that horror was in part financed by funds which
were moving in and out of world financial markets without close scrutiny or

He said: "Under the prevention of terrorism finance, as governor of the
central bank I have an obligation to urge Zimbabweans living outside the
country to use safe, transparent and accountable channels for funds
transfers as our collective fight against opaque financial systems which
tomorrow can be used against humanity through money laundering and other
terrorist activities."

He said if Mathuthu could regard such a mission as counterfeit by choosing
to lie about "why I would be visiting the United Kingdom or any other part
of the world then he ought to be seen for what he stands for."

"His (Mathuthu) hatred for the governor should not be allowed to cloud the
noble mission that is founded on international responsibility towards clean
financial systems in one's backyard."

Dr Gono said he last visited the United Kingdom in September last year
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The Herald

'Land issue can only be resolved through dialogue'

Herald Reporter
THE land issue is a bilateral and colonial question and can only be resolved
through dialogue between Zimbabwe and Britain, the Minister of Justice,
Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Cde Patrick Chinamasa, said on Wednesday.

"It cannot be resolved by the British speaking to the opposition because
they are not in Government. It can only be resolved by dialogue between the
two contended parties," he said.

The minister was answering Kuwadzana MP Mr Nelson Chamisa (MDC) during the
question and answer session.

Mr Chamisa had asked Cde Chinamasa to clarify the Government's position
following the statement by President Mugabe that Zimbabwe was willing to
engage Britain in talks if London wanted dialogue. The President said this
during an interview with British news channel Sky News.

Mr Chamisa had alleged that by trying to talk to the British government the
Zimbabwean Government was selling out since the President was on record
saying anyone who talked to the British was a sell-out.

"A sell-out is a person who is a member of this House and goes to talk to
George Bush (United States President) behind Zimbabwe's back and we have got
them here. Those sell-outs will go to talk to the State Department and the
CIA, that is now selling-out," Cde Chinamasa said.

The land issue, he said, would not be resolved by the British funding white
farmers in Zimbabwe or sending them to Nigeria.

Nigeria has been wooing some of the former Zimbabwe commercial farmers.
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Business Day

Zimbabwe's inflation rate down for now, says bank

ANNUAL inflation in Zimbabwe declined last month to 505% year-onyear from
583,7% in March, with all subcategories of the inflation index registering a
decrease, Standard Bank said in a research brief yesterday.
"Clearly, the administrative measures introduced over the past six months
have been instrumental in lowering inflation. However, viewed over a longer
term the inflation outlook is not positive," said Standard Bank economist
and author of the brief Robert Bunyi.

The productive sector lending facility was injecting inflationary pressure
into the economy. "We expect annual inflation rates will continue to decline
but will later revert to a rising trend," Bunyi said.

Late last month the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe reduced the overnight rate from
400% to 205%, indicating to the market where it would like interest rates to

"Following this the bank stated that compound effective interest rates
should be in line with inflation levels. In response to these signals,
commercial banks progressively began revising lending rates downward.

"Frequent changes to interest rate policy have increased the level of
uncertainty in the money markets," said Bunyi. This was expected to result
in rapid, large changes in money-market liquidity. In the short term,
interbank interest rates were expected to stay volatile.

Following the decision to let Zimbabwe's dollar depreciate on the auction
market it depreciated 15,3% last month.

Black market activity fell due to tightened controls. "The reserve bank may
have to incorporate a programme of periodic devaluation of the Zimbabwe
dollar as part of the process of injecting some stability into the markets."
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Business Day

Quiet conniving

The South African government's position on Zimbabwe is not diplomacy, but
cynical conniving with a ruthless and cruel dictator.
President Robert Mugabe says food aid is not required, and makes every
effort to thwart attempts to bring food into the country by concerned
donors. Why?

He wants a big election turnout (food for votes) to decimate the Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC), increase his majority and return to changing
the constitution (which he cannot do now).

He will call the election early, arranging it for October. This is the
driest time of the year with maize at its annual low. Without donors, he
will control all food stocks.

He can then ensure not only compliance at the ballot box, but the large
turnout he and President Thabo Mbeki need to pretend his popularity is
increasing again.

Mbeki will collaborate. SA will declare the election free and fair, shrug
its shoulders and say it tried to bring the two sides together, but the MDC
would not respond with any sense of urgency and hence lost out, so let's
recognise Mugabe and back to business as usual.

Martin Udwin

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'Zimbabwe ignoring cricket's core values'

SYDNEY: Zimbabwe is ignoring cricket's 'core values' and the International
Cricket Council (ICC) should consider that when assessing the Zimbabwe
crisis at its meeting next month, the international players' association
said on Thursday. Zimbabwe is in danger of being suspended from Test cricket
after a revolt by the country's top white players forced two Test matches
against World Champions Australia this month to be cancelled. Former
Australian Test bowler Tim May, who is chief executive of the Federation of
International Cricketers Association (FICA), said the ICC must investigate
claims that Zimbabwe was ignoring cricket's equality and integrity. "It is
the strong position of FICA and its member player associations that the
present Zimbabwean crisis is more than just a perceived dilution in the
value of international cricket," May said in a statement here on Thursday.
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