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Excerpt from Cathy Buckle's letter ( published in full on May2)

Next weekend there will be many adult shoes pounding the pavements on a 10
sponsored walk in London to raise money for victims of torture, rape and
violence in Zimbabwe. Please support or join them on the 9th May if you are
able to.

Contact Graham for details at
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Are you prepared if there is an election soon?


Hatcliffe Extension Clinic 1- 4 May
Hatcliffe District Office 5 May
Mt Pleasant District Office 9 - 11 May
Marlborough District Office 24 - 26 May
Alfred Beit Primary School 27 - 29 May


Highlands District Office 1 - 4 May
†Avondale Primary 2 - 3 May
†Belvedere Primary 4 - 7 May
†David Livingstone Primary 8 - 10 May
†Borrowdale District Office 6 - 8 June
†Newmarch Farm 9 - 8 June (maybe they mean 8 - 9 June!)
†Gletwyn Farm 12 - 14 June
†Courtney Selous Primary 15 - 17 June
†Zimphos Primary - 18 - 20 June
†Mabvuku community Hall 21-25 June
†Old Tafara Community Hall 26-30 June
†Epworth Local Board Office 5 - 8 May
†Epworth Secondary - 9 - 12 May
†Dzivarasekwa Community centre 12 - 15 May
†Dz Extension Clinic 16 - 19 May
†Warren Park 5 Primary 20 - 23 May

†To register as a voter, take your birth certificate, National ID and proof
of residence.


PLEASE, CHURCHES, encourage your congregations to register.

up in any public place you can think of where people can read it - or make
a poster for your own area



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Herald Reporter

GOVERNMENT has gazetted the Acquisition of Farm Equipment and Material Bill
that seeks to pave way for the acquisition of idle farm equipment and

The Bill, which was gazetted last Friday, is in response to the successful
land resettlement programme which saw a lot of farm equipment and material
that was previously used on the acquired farms lying idle because of the
prohibitive purchase costs of the equipment or material.

The land resettlement programme benefited mostly blacks who were previously
disadvantaged by the land tenure system.

"There is therefore need to have this farm equipment or material put to
productive use for the economic growth of the country hence the proposal to
compulsorily acquire the said farm equipment or material," reads part of
the Bill.

The Bill seeks to replace a Statutory Instrument gazetted last December,
which is about to expire.

Under the Bill, the acquiring authority shall be the Minister of Special
Affairs in the President's Office Responsible for Lands, Land Reform and
Resettlement or any other minister to whom the President may from time to
time assign the administration of the Act.

The farm equipment referred to are movables such as irrigation equipment
not embedded in the ground, tractors, ploughs, disc harrows, trailers,
combine harvesters, pumps not permanently attached to the land, sprinklers,
risers, movable storage facilities and tobacco curers.

Farm material refers to fertiliser, seed, farm feed and chemicals intended
for the destruction of any noxious plant or insect or for the prevention,
treatment or cure of any disease, infestation or other unhealthy or
unfavourable condition of livestock, poultry, domesticated animals and

The Bill seeks to prohibit the destruction of the equipment and material.

It bars owners or holders of farm equipment from wilfully demolishing,
damaging or altering any farm equipment or material or cause any person to
do the same.

Owners of the equipment or material who contravene the proposed law shall
be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine equivalent to the amount of
the impairment caused to the equipment or material or imprisonment for a
period not exceeding two years or both a fine and jail term.

The Bill also seeks to allow authorised representatives or employees of the
acquiring authority to enter any property or premise at any reasonable time
to ascertain whether there is any farm equipment or material not in use and
to verify the condition of the equipment or material.

The inspectors would be given certificates indicating their authority,
which should be produced on demand by the owner of the equipment or

If the inspectors have reasonable ground to suspect that there is any farm
equipment or material on the land or premises not currently being used for
agricultural purposes the owner would be asked to prove that the equipment
or materials were in use.

The Bill also seeks to bar any person who after farm equipment or material
has been identified from being sold, donated, demolished, damage, altering
or disposing without permission in writing shall be fined or imprisoned.

After the identification and valuation of farm equipment or materials the
acquiring authority may, if there is no agreement for the purchase of the
farm equipment compulsorily acquire the equipment or material for
compensation equivalent to the value placed by the evaluators.

If the owner contests the acquisition and valuation, the acquiring
authority shall within 30 days apply to the Administrative Court for an
order confirming the acquisition of the equipment or material.

Compensation shall be paid within a reasonable time with a quarter of the
compensation paid at the time the equipment or material is acquired or
within 30 days.

The balance would be paid over five years for farm equipment and one year
for material.


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Please send any material for publication in the Open Letter Forum to with "For Open Letter Forum" in the subject line.

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect
before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† --- John Quincy Adams


Letter 1.† Subject: JAG OLF 262

"What is needed is a pool of well-written and relevant letters that can be
copied, printed and posted. What is also essential is an accessible list of
people and their postal addresses. I believe that JAG has these facilities
and could set this up relatively easily."

Dear JAG

I refer to the letter on the JAG Open Forum April 30th from Charles
Frizell. His suggestion that the Zimbabwean diaspora target the media,
civil society and world leaders across the globe with THE TRUTH may well
bear some fruit. I too have found that continual bombarding of the local
press has resulted in the publication of numerous letters on the subject of
injustices in Zimbabwe. JAG - give us the ammunition and we'll use it.


Letter 2.† Subject: JAG OLF 262
In support of Charles Frizell's suggestion, does JAG have some addresses
for the given leaders?† It is definitely time to balance the Government's
propaganda with the truth.† Mbeki, Njoma, Mwanawasa and the other cronies
have all been suckered into supporting a version of the truth with which
they are most comfortable and not that which would require them to act and
do what is right, however unpopular.

There has been a world-wide outcry at images of Iraqi P.O.W.'s being
'humiliated'.† Should not the international media also be bombarded with
images of Zimbabwean civilians who have actually been tortured, beaten and

The tens (hundreds?) of thousands of displaced Zimbabweans living abroad
should definitely be mobilised to start the letter-writing campaign so that
those in contact with exiled Zimbabweans - most of whom are not on e-mail -
could be motivated to write.


Letter 3.† Subject: Letters a Suggestion
This is an excellent idea, but although we know what we want, what exactly
is our message to be?† What are we asking the recipients, the rest of the
world, to do?

It is not only farmers who are reluctantly living in exile, there are
others such as smallholders who also had to leave.† We long to return home.

Tired of Exile.
Letter 4.† Subject: Letters and The Internet

It seems that Charles Frizzel has a very good suggestion about letters
being written and information distributed far and wide.

In the newspaper "The Australian" today 4th May, there is an article about
e-DEMOCRACY by Diana Thorp. The heading is -

"The internet is a powerful tool of political democracy."

'One of the reasons the internet is so effective is that organisations and
individuals can respond immediately, which is "absolutely critical" when
someone is facing execution in a few hours or known to be at risk of
torture. Another reason the internet is very effective is that we're able
to engage many, many people.'

It goes on to quote Dr. Peter Chen, a political scientist from Melbourne
University as saying that "the internet has been harnessed as a political
tool through websites, online collaborations, e-mail lists and webcasting
of political proceedings."

The issue facing Zimbabweans who are being deprived of their basic human
rights, is whether this tool is actually being used as effectively as it
can be to promote democracy and respect for human life. From an Australian
perspective the newspaper did also describe how the ZCU director Ozias
Bvute had had a fist fight with the convenor of selectors Stephen Mangongo
and that Mr. Mbangwa (cricket commentator) was fired by Mr. Bvute for being
honest about Zimbabwean cricket. One comment from a newspaper employee was
that the behaviour was indicative of "them people that's still be a bit
close to the jungle like, mate."

What Jag and the Crisis Coalition need to remember is that the SABC was
very quick to print an article about Mr. Mugabe getting a standing ovation
in Pretoria and endorse it with the comment from a 27 yearold business man
stating that he was a "hero" and that Zimbabwe would "bounce back." That is
to say that the internet is being used very effectively against democracy.
It could well be time for the members of the Crisis Coalition to start
publishing a list all the Zimbabweans who have been murdered by the state
in the last twenty four years. Naturally, Name, sex, age, date, time,
place, & circumstances (army, CIO etc..) for a simple murder docket is all
that is required. This could be saved electronically and sent as an
automatic reply to organisations like the SABC when they publish articles
that are economical with the truth. A list of the over twenty thousand
victims' names of state sponsored murder placed on the internet would be a
good way to measure it as a powerful tool of "political democracy." The is already leading the way and would appear to be
the ideal website to host the information drive, if possible. Off the top
of my head I can give about ten names to start the list. In terms of people
about to be tortured there must be in excess of six million facing
starvation who qualify.

Letter 5.† Subject: PUBLIC RELATIONS
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† COMMUNIQUE 30TH APRIL 2004
F.Y.I. -to follow on from your article -Our illustrious Ambassador to S.A.
on 60 degrees
- Africa news channel on D.S.T.V. in an interview says I quote "Zimbabwe is
expecting a bumper harvest this year and we are not expecting to require
food aid this year" thought u might be interested in this amazing piece of
news.† Mr Khaya Moyo says he has recently visited Zimbabwe and the "fields"
are full of crops.... God knows what Zimbabwe he visited.....


Letter 6.† Subject: Murder
Dear JAG,

The Zimbabwean Police appear to have a highly professional spokesperson.
Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena's name is often quoted in the
international media as the official Police Spokesperson.

*It has been reported that 20 000 people were murdered in Matabeleland in
the early eighties - twenty years ago.

*It was reported that the murder of David Stevens (four years ago) was
carried out after he was abducted from a Police station by War Veterans.

*It was reported that the murder of Martin Olds (also four years ago) was
carried out after he was surrounded by about a hundred persons and that
there were approximately seven firing positions around his homestead which
was torched by the people who carried out the execution.

The Zimbabwean Police are to be commended for the professional manner of
discharging their duties of late in connection with foreign currency
problems in the country. Naturally, some form of professional Police update
on the investigations into these murders can only enhance their
international reputation further. Their attention to the above would indeed
be welcomed by the families of the deceased as well as the population in
general. Seemingly, murder is taken more seriously than transgression of
exchange control laws in the civilised world.

Pro Lege - Pro Patria - Pro Populi - The Police Motto (?)

All letters published on the open Letter Forum are the views and opinions
of the submitters, and do not represent the official viewpoint of Justice
for Agriculture.


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The Guardian

Zimbabwe 15 set to walk out for good

ZCU refuse to offer binding arbitration

Telford Vice in Cape Town
Wednesday May 5, 2004

Zimbabwean cricket will reach meltdown this morning when 15 rebel players
and their lawyer draft a letter rejecting the board's offer of mediation and
renewing their boycott. This time they will walk out for good.
"This will hopefully be our final letter," one of the rebels said. "We'll
probably be set free in about 14 days when they fire us." The Zimbabwe
Cricket Union will be forced to pick Test sides from the willing but
hopelessly inexperienced young players who crashed and burned to a 5-0
one-day series defeat against Sri Lanka.

An immediate consequence of the rebels' letter today will be the removal of
four of their number from the squad of Zimbabwe named for the first Test
against Sri Lanka, which starts in Harare tomorrow. The former captain Heath
Streak, spearhead of the attack for several years, will not play; nor will
Ray Price, Sean Ervine and Trevor Gripper.

The rebels' condition for scrapping the boycott they suspended on Friday was
binding arbitration rather than the toothless mediation the ZCU proposed
yesterday. "We're adamant that we've in effect had three weeks of mediation,
and we believe arbitration is the only route," a player said.

He made plain the group's anger at what they see as the board's refusal to
take them or their grievances seriously. "We laughed at their letter," he
said. "Our guys are really pissed off with the way the union continues to
reject everything we ask for. "We've heard stories that they don't really
want us anyway. Let them go that route, and we'll see how they suffer.

"We believe we are trying to save cricket, and we're 100% keen to play. But
they just keep rejecting our issues." The players claim Streak was
unlawfully removed as captain and that board officials have acted
improperly. The rebels also want to see "politicians" removed as selectors.
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Trinidad and Tobago Express

††††† Zimbabwe editor warns: Don't let Govt control media

††††† By Imran Ali

††††† Wednesday, May 5th 2004

†††† Nqobile Nyathi, editor of the Daily News and the Daily News on
Sunday-both newspapers which have been shut down by the Zimbabwe
government-cautioned that citizens and journalists in this country "should
appreciate what they have".

††††† "There is so much passion and commitment from the (journalists) that
I've met. They should try as much as possible to hold on to it (press
freedom) because once it's gone, it's difficult to get back," she told the
Express, after delivering the feature address at the Commonwealth
Journalists Association's World Press Freedom Day Dinner Lecture.

††††† The event was held last Monday night at the Principal's Garden, UWI,
St Augustine.

††††† In her address, Nyathi detailed a steady erosion of the democratic
landscape, primarily through media and opposition control, in Zimbabwe by
the country's president, Robert Mugabe.

††††† She told the Express that one of the first signs that press freedom is
being stifled was when Government starts to talk about restrictions.

††††† "Suddenly people are saying: 'The media is not patriotic and not
serving the nation's interest, and we need to have somebody looking over the

††††† "Although I appreciate that the media has to be ethical, I don't
believe it is the media's duty to support the government. If the government
is wrong, the media should be able to say (so)," she stated.

††††† At the same time, Nyathi made it clear that she did not support
reckless reporting. She said it was important for the media to "police
itself", and she supported the formulation of a code of ethics for the
media. She said this code should be developed and administered by media
associations, and not dictated by the government.

††††† Following President's Mugabe's election in 2000, Nyathi said in her
address, the government has created several pieces of legislation which
place strict limits on the access to public information and just how much
the media can report.

††††† One law-the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act of
2002-forces all media, both local and foreign, to register with a
government-appointed commission before being allowed to work in Zimbabwe.

††††† Those who work without accreditation can be jailed for up to two
years, she said.

††††† It was this very piece of legislation which shut down her newspaper in
September last year, when the Supreme Court of the country ruled that the
publishing company had not properly registered with the media commission and
had been operating illegally.

††††† The Broadcasting Services Act and the Public Order and Security Act
place limitations on the press and curtail freedom of movement and
association. These laws also give the police and army "extensive powers" of
arrest and detention, she stated.

††††† "(The law) prohibits the publication of statements deemed offensive to
President Robert Mugabe," Nyathi said, adding that she had been jailed for
this crime last year because a cartoon in the Daily News had been deemed
insulting to the President.

††††† The editor said that independent journalists and opposition party
supporters alike have been routinely targeted over the past five years in a
government-led campaign of violence and persecution.

††††† She said that during the run-up to elections, certain rural areas in
Zimbabwe are barred off and are off-limits to the independent media and
opposition parties. Nyathi called on the international community to take
note of the victimisation of the media in Zimbabwe. She said that the
government, by having a stranglehold on the country's access to information,
has been destroying democracy in Zimbabwe, and if this is allowed to go
unchecked, it is unlikely that there will be free and fair elections in the

††††† Three journalists were also honoured by the CJA and the Media
Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

††††† Commonwealth correspondent Derek Ingram was bestowed the CJA Lifetime
Achievement Award, while Allister Hughes was given the Caribbean Press
Freedom Distinction Award.

††††† Former media owner and publisher Patrick Chookolingo was awarded
(posthumously) the MATT Lifetime Achievement Award. Keith Shepherd, Editor
of the TnT Mirror, received it on Choko's behalf.

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New Zimbabwe

Parents fume over Zim school closures

By Staff Reporter
Last updated: 05/05/2004 16:55:12 Last updated: 05/05/2004 13:28:43
PARENTS have blasted President Robert Mugabe and his government following the closure of over 45 schools in a dispute over the hiking of fees.

Scores of irate parents and our readers rang and e-mailed to register their dismay at the government decision, delivered on Tuesday, the same day schools opened for the new term.

Distressed parents criticised the regime's heavy-handness in closing down the schools.

"For our children to get quality education, we have to pay more because these schools cannot retain good teachers and maintain good standards without resources," said Jill Teltford, a parent whose three children were sent home after the closure of their school.


Every Zimbabwean is proud of the government's achievements in the education sector since 1980.

But the growing political intervention in our education system and the repeated closure of the University of Zimbabwe is absolutely unwarranted.

There are a few positives President Mugabe has achieved since independence and one of those is an excellent education system.

But it's only a lunatic who would blow up such a good reputation. President Mugabe shouldn't be doing this.

There are two things that emerge, its either his advisers have all gone barmy, or he is the lunatic!

Unconfirmed reports said some headmasters had been arrested and were in police custody over their decisions to increase fees without authority.

The parents said there was no option for the schools but to increase fees because of Zimbabwe's inflation rate of 600 per cent, the highest in the world.

But the Zimbabwe government sees otherwise.

"We are dealing with racist schools. They are all former white schools - all racist," Education Minister Aeneas Chigwedere told state media.

"They throw Africans out simply by hiking fees."

A fuming Dr Nomusa Dlodlo said: "I am an indigenous Zimbabwean, who is patriotic and concerned about seeing the ducation deteriorate. I pay through my nose to see my child get a quality education, hence it is by choice that my child is in that school. We sit as the PTA to determine the fees. So, why then should my child be denied access to an education when I, the parent, is willing to pay such monies."

Police kept a vigil at all the affected schools, with reports suggesting that some panicking headmasters were about to reduce fees in order to appease the government.

Our readers yesterday expressed shock at the move. Many wondered why President Mugabe who has held education as one of his major achievements since independence would take such a huge gamble.

School fees at both government and private schools have gone up by large amounts, and principals at some government schools have already been dismissed for increasing fees.

Most private schools have increased fees by up to 75 percent since January. There are 38 private schools in Zimbabwe, and all but one or two are run as not-for-profit trusts.

The private schools have about 30,000 students, most of them the children of professionals, the middle class, and the political elite, mostly from the ruling ZANU PF Party. Among them are President Robert Mugabe's three children.

One school principal, speaking on condition that neither he nor his school was identified, says most school governing bodies regularly apply to the Department of Education to increase fees. He says they seldom if ever receive replies. This principal says that if the police continue to order that schools be kept shut, then private schools would go to the courts seeking relief.

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This Day (Nigeria)

Zimbabwean Farmers Get 200,000 Land Hectares in Kwara
From Stephan Hofstter in Ilorin


Kwara State government has allocated almost 200,000 hectares of prime
agricultural land to Zimbabwean commercial farmers wishing to relocate to
Nigeria - almost twice as much as they had bargained for.

"We will do anything in our power to make this project a success," said
Permanent Secretary of Lands and Housing, Mrs. Tayo Alao. "It will enhance
the status of our people, who will learn skills from the Zimbabweans," she

She assured the farmers no Nigerian villagers would lose their homes in the
process, but conceded movement of nomadic herders in the district would be

A second delegation of Zimbabweans whose farms were seized under Robert
Mugabe's land redistribution programme arrived in Kwara state this week.

Kwara governor Bukola Saraki has been vigorously courting Zimbabwean farmers
to kick-start commercial agriculture in Nigeria since the dramatic success
of their compatriots in Zambia late last year.

About 100 Zimbabwean farmers reportedly grew over 70 percent of Zambia's
2003 maize crop. On average Nigeria spends $1.5 billion on rice and dairy
imports a year, agriculture officials said. An import ban due to fall on a
range of agricultural products will leave a lucrative gap in the market.

At a meeting with the farmers in Kwara's capital Ilorin earlier this

week Alao insisted local residents would not be relocated. This apparently
contradicts an earlier remark by the state deputy surveyor-general Ezekiel
Ajiboye that some villagers would be resettled and compensated for land

"But we have made it clear to the Fulani nomads they must steer clear of the
Zimbabwean farms," said Alao.

Last weekend clashes in Plateau State between Muslim Fulani cattle herders
and Christian Tarok farmers over land and cattle reportedly claimed 100

About 20 000 people live on land earmarked for a proposed Zimbabwean sugar
cane estate, village officials said. The estate comprises about 10 percent
of total land allocated.

Alao was responding to concerns raised by the Zimbabweans their arrival
would coincide with land being seized from local peasants.

"We know what it feels like to be kicked off farms," said Alan Jack, who led
delegations sent by Zimbabwe's Commercial Farmers Union. "If the same
happens to the local [Nigerian] population the project will fail because we
will get a bad name, locally and internationally."

Other concerns included poor roads, lack of services such as clinics and
schools, and erratic electrical power provision and telecommunications.

"This is worse than the [Zimbabwean] Lowveld in "62 and worse than Zambia,
where the farms were already marked out," said Allain Faydherbe, who saw his
sugar cane holdings shrink from 700 ha to 35 ha and spent the weekend in
jail under Mugabe's reforms. "It's virgin bush."

But the farmers regarded the Nigerian invitation a golden opportunity,
despite the massive capital investment required.

An irrigation consultant who accompanied the group said it would cost 30
farmers a total of $80 million to irrigate 27 000 hectares of land.

Another $80 million would have to be found for building and farming
equipment costs.

Governor Saraki returned yesterday from a trip to Brussels to woo investors.
The farmers will present financing proposals to the governor later this
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The Star

††††† I am not going to sue Mbeki, says Tsvangirai
††††† May 5, 2004

††††† By Basildon Peta

††††† Zimbabwe's opposition leader says he will apologise to President Thabo
Mbeki for the impression created by his lawyers that he is suing Mbeki over
a report on Zimbabwe's presidential election.

††††† "I would not be naive to sue Mbeki, considering the important role he
is playing in trying to resolve the Zimbabwe crisis," Movement for
Democratic Change president Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday.

††††† "I will therefore write to him apologising for any misunderstandings
that could have been caused by the statements attributed to our lawyers,"
added Tsvangirai, dismissing a news report that he was suing Mbeki.

††††† He said his party had indeed mandated the Cape Town-based lawyers to
seek a release of the report by two South African judges but it had not
asked them to apply for a court order with Mbeki as respondent.

††††† However, he said the MDC wanted the government to release the document
compiled by Constitutional Court Justice Dikgang Moseneke and High Court
Judge Sisi Khampepe on Zimbabwe's 2002 presidential election.

††††† Tsvangirai said that if any legal action was considered, it would be
to enable the MDC to get access to information held by the SA government.

††††† The MDC wants to get the report to help it in its court challenge of
President Robert Mugabe's 2002 re-election.

††††† ThisDay newspaper quoted one of Tsvangirai's lawyers as saying he had
asked for a copy of the report but had not received one and would therefore
resort to court action.

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The Telegraph

'The end' say rebels as ZCU offer is rejected
By Peta Thornycroft in Harare
(Filed: 05/05/2004)

Any hope of reconciliation between Zimbabwe's senior white cricketers and
their employers, the Zimbabwe Cricket Union, was dashed yesterday. About 13
rebels will not turn up for practice today and none will be available for
selection for the first Test against Sri Lanka tomorrow.

After a long meeting with their lawyers late yesterday, the group rejected
the ZCU's offer of "mediation" because they said only legally binding
"arbitration" of their fundamental grievances would work in the long run.

In a bruising letter to the white players yesterday morning, the ZCU said
they would agree to mediation by Zimbabwe businessman Much Musunda, but
rejected any claims of bias in selection, and reprimanded players who had
made public statements, in contravention of their contracts.

The rebels had supported the appointment of Musunda but also asked for an
international player, and a cricket administrator, to arbitrate binding
resolutions of their long-standing grievances against the ZCU.

Among their grievances were what they call "transgressions" by members of
the ZCU board, an under-qualified selection panel and the captaincy issue.
They claimed Heath Streak was sacked because he threatened to retire if the
ZCU did not address their "grievances".

"We have been mediating for three weeks already, and there need to be
permanent and binding solutions which we believe can only come through
arbitration," said Streak yesterday.

"It looks as though the ZCU continue to be unprepared to take us seriously.
I am sad, because it looks as though I will not be playing again for
Zimbabwe. We tried, right from the first moment, to get a solution."

Other players, speaking on condition they were not named, said: "We are all
out, this is the end for us and Zimbabwe cricket."

ZCU managing director Vince Hogg said yesterday he was waiting for the rebel
cricketers' formal response to the ZCU letter, agreeing to mediation.

"If what you tell me is true, that they have rejected this, then I am
disappointed," he said. "I was hoping the players would return and make
themselves available. They are an important part of Zimbabwe cricket."

The deepening crisis in Zimbabwe cricket includes the extraordinary
behaviour of a ZCU board member who threatened to sabotage the pitch after
three white players were included in the national side after Zimbabwe were
beaten by Bangladesh in February.

At the weekend, during a warm-up game between Zimbabwe A and Sri Lanka,
another member of the board, Ozias Bvute, and national selector Stephen
Mangongo reportedly exchanged blows in public over the racial composition of
the team.

The rebel cricketers last month suggested alternative names for the
selection panel. They also complained that the ZCU did little to support
cricket at club level and develop the sport for poorer children at state

Australia begin a tour to Zimbabwe in the next 10 days and none of the
rebels will be available unless the ZCU do an about-turn.
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