The ZIMBABWE Situation Our thoughts and prayers are with Zimbabwe
- may peace, truth and justice prevail.

Back to Index

Back to the Top
Back to Index

Britain Not to Suspend Aid to Zimbabwe

HARARE, Oct 13, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- British High Commissioner to
Zimbabwe Brian Donnelly Saturday said that his country will not suspend aid
Zimbabwe and has already given 30 million pounds to the country despite sour
relations between the two nations, Zimbabwe News Agency reported.

"Though Britain has political differences with Zimbabwe, it remains its
bilateral donor and has this year provided 30 million pounds for development
projects in health care, rural development and education," the envoy said.

"There is no doubt that the level of British aid to Zimbabwe has fallen
of differences with the Zimbabwean government, but we will continue to help
country because we have strong historical ties," he noted.

The high commission is considering funding a multi-million-U.S.-dollar
housing scheme in Gwanda in southern Zimbabwe and the construction of a
community library at a school outside the town, Donnelly added.

Relations between Britain and Zimbabwe have been sour since the Zimbabwean
government started acquiring white-owned farms last year, without paying
compensation, for the resettlement of landless people.

Britain has been repeatedly refusing to pay compensation for the farms as
at the Lancaster house agreement in 1979.

At a Commonwealth ministerial conference on Zimbabwe's land issue in Nigeria
last month, the British government made a commitment to fund Zimbabwe's land
reform program under the auspices of the United Nations Development Program.


Back to the Top
Back to Index

Farm Invasions and Security Report
Thursday 11 October 2001

This report does not purport to cover all the incidents that are taking place in the commercial farming areas. Communication problems and the fear of reprisals prevent farmers from reporting all that happens. Farmers names, and in some cases farm names, are omitted to minimise the risk of reprisals.

Featherstone - Lands Committee view buildings for suitability for Primary School
Featherstone - cattle found assaulted and slashed
Theft continues countrywide
Work stoppages continue
Macheke/Virginia - shed full of hay bales burnt
Doma - 2 cottages and a brand new John Deere tractor and sheller burnt
Agritex pegging continues
Nyanga -Claremont everyone back at work and the situation is being resolved

Marondera South -  Eirene farm was attempting to farm on Monday when 20-24 illegal occupiers chased his tractor off the farm.  They tried to hit the farmer with an axe, but he put his arm out to protect his head and his chest and back  were whipped.  They all fled the scene. The farmer was admitted to hospital with a possible fractured skull.  This was reported to the police and as at 2:30pm police had not responded.  A small holding (8ha) with a private house on it which was being looked after by a security guard had illegal occupiers come and take the guard out of the house and put him on the side of the road with all  his belongings.  The attackers said they wanted the house for Chief  Soswe to live in.  On Uitkyk  following a successful application to the High Court for an order preventing any interference with normal farming operations, work was stopped by settlers.  Police and the DA were informed but there has been no response from the police.  The DA said he could not do anything to resolve the matter.  Eirene farm  also went back to work on 10/10/2001, but a large mob threatened the workers and said they would burn houses and evict them if they continued to work.  Notgrove  owner reported illegal cutting of timber to the police who told him it was not an issue for them but for the DA.  The same farmer has had timber cut and sold by settlers on Theydon estate.  On Wenimbi settlers tried to evict a further four workers from their homes.  Eleven workers’ houses and the manager’s cottage are already occupied by settlers.  Police and other authorities know about the situation but nothing has been done.
Marondera North -  Lekkerwater Estate  had work stoppages which the police resolved.  Dorset, Sunny fountains and Inandu all had work stoppages.
Featherstone -  Schoongezicht After being told that New Years Fountain, Bathurst, Oasis and Schoongezicht were to be pegged , with only Bathurst on the list  the owner went to the DA in Chivhu.  The owner informed the DA that Schoongezicht was to be offered to the Government in terms of ZJRI.  The DA informed him that because the CFU and the Government  were at loggerheads, they (the Lands Committee) would continue continue as before.  On Calais two workers’ houses were burnt down while they were on leave, with no injuries.  The matter was reported to the police and arson is suspected.  On Tuesday dairy was stopped because “it is time to prepare for the next season”.  The manager went to the DA to resolve the dispute and was allowed to continue milking.  (The farmer has offered half the land so he can retain dairy, which was agreed by DA )  So it is now up to the Lands Committee to find new plots for  the 62 lots pegged on the remainder of the farm.  (These are the people causing the trouble)  The dairy cattle are now  restricted to a small area around the dairy.  The manager has made arrangements to move the cattle to a neighbouring farm until the owner returns this weekend.  On Ngesi the cattle have been locked up in a kraal for 36 hours and the owner has been told to get rid of them.  SPCA (local) and SPCA (UK) have been informed and were going there on Wednesday to make a case.  Pegging and illegal movement of cattle continues unabated.  A large group of youths from Chiota arrived on Charter Estates on 9/10/2001.   Information received was that they arrived with the intention of chasing off the ARDA manager and workers.  Police reacted and arrested ten of them.
Beatrice -  The situation in Beatrice has remained unchanged on all affected farms.  No incidents to report apart from evaluators, some of whom are unofficial.
Enterprise -  Irrigation equipment  and a compressor has been stolen.  The compressor since found.  The settler responsible for all the theft is Kapesa, who has been arrested before and moved away but still comes back.  Theft of wheat heads at night has started.
Wedza -  Fels farm Two head of cattle were slaughtered on Iamba farm.  Msasa - 4, 6” irrigation pipes were stolen valued at $200000.00.  Some of the labour spotted a scotch cart at around 10pm and followed it, they found the pipes and apprehended one suspect.  The police were informed, but would not react that night and only arrived at 10am the next day.  Agritex were back pegging and when they were told that the farm was not listed, they told the farmer to inform the DA and then spent the rest of the day fishing.
236 plots on Collace and Leeds were allocated and anyone who did not get one was told to go to Corby  the following day.  On Imire 7 head of cattle were missing , six were found on Idube  but one settler insisted that they  were his cattle.  The police responded and the matter was resolved.  On Lushington  a cow with a calf at foot was snared and had to be destroyed.  On Eenheid Agritex arrived on Sunday to peg plots for A2 resettlement.  At Leeds on recomendations from the Member In Charge, the owner employed a guard.  The guard was due to start work on Tuesday 9th but was told by Chitumburudzi he was not allowed on the farm, and if he was seen patrolling he would be killed.  Assistant Inspector Nhakwe was informed but said he was unaware of the Inspectors request that the farmers employ guards and referred the owner to the DA.
Macheke / Virginia -  Mignon reported labour unable to come to work as settlers had put up a road block preventing them from entering.  The next day only ten of the 150 workers were allowed to go back to work.  Police did not attend but a cream Mazda pickup arrived.  The person in the vehicle had an argument with the settlers and this resulted in the settlers being taken away.  As at 18:30hrs they had not returned.  On Malda one cow was reported hamstrung.   Nyagadzi  had a drunken mob at the gate demanding food and also threatening to put all the cattle into the yard.  The owner was told that he would be killed if he rode his motorbike around the farm again.  Ron iverlea 15 roof sheets were stolen from the barn.  Lamjung owner was prevented from collecting bricks.
On Wheatlands police arrested a settler involved in the slaughter of a Bonsmara bull and cow.  They also found stolen wire in his hut.  The Methven owner had a group of 30 very aggressive settlers demanding that everyone to move off the farm that day.  The owner negotiated with them that the labour would be off the farm by next week and he was allowed to stay until he had sold all his equipment and was ready to move.  Reported to the police who said they would react after consultation with the Lands Committee.  No reaction from the police.  Ralphie reported the continued ploughing and building of huts.   On Flint settlers have demolished an old store to reuse the bricks.  40 roofing sheets are also missing.  The incidents have been reported but there has been no reaction. Richmond had over 40ha of maize stover burnt.  Marylands has continuous work stoppages from 5th.  This was reported to the police a number of times by neighbours but there has been no reaction.  The owner phoned Mr Gotchera in the Governors office in Marondera to insist the issue be dealt with.  Sgt Mashanga and Mr Matsatse visited the farm in the afternoon.  As a result the owner is allowed to return to the same level of work as before i.e. no work outside the yard.  Lands Committee in Murewa were told about it but did not attend.  Belgravia has a complete work stoppage.  Camdale , Lyndale Lowlands, Highlands  all had Government evaluators assessing the farms.
Harare South -  On Auk’s nest on Monday at about 4pm a half built greenhouse was burnt down at an estimated cost of $600 000.00.  This was reported to the police.  A yellow Peugot 504 drove onto the farm and the driver spoke to the workers telling them that they must finish the tobacco and be off the farm by the 15th.   Swallowfield settlers have been digging wells and as a result a bull fell into one of the wells and died.  Settlers have also been driving their ox drawn carts around the farm and the owner complained about this because of foot and mouth, the police told the settlers to stop.  The settlers then threatened to cut off water supply to the tobacco, and they have also started building huts.
On Albion the head of the illegal occupiers, Mugoniwa, spoke to the owner on Chesham farm were he was dipping cattle and told him that Chesham was being divided into 14 plots and he owns plot number 7.  He says the DA is coming to settle them.  He also went on to say that Nyarakuru farm was also being divided into 26 plots.   The owner of Rusimbiro had illegal occupiers kicked a worker out of his house.  So the owner put a builder in to try and keep them out but he was also evicted, so the farmer has now put a large padlock on the house.  A foreman has to share his home with some settlers, this has been reported numerous times to the DA but nothing has been done.
Bromley / Ruwa -  Entre Rios Est has had irrigation piping stolen. On Eton land that has been prepared for tobacco is being ploughed up by settlers.

Wessels Block, Fort Rixon - Agritex Tractors started ploughing on Monday last week, although the property is not listed.  The Manager asked the ZRP to intervene, but they said they would only come if there would be some meat available to them.  On Deeside Farm, Inyathi District war vets stopped a clients' hunt for 2 hours on Friday

Karoi -   On Yawanda farm guards shot a poacher. ZRP interrogated the guard, and found that he was shooting at a dog but managed to kill a poacher. The guard has been arrested for murder and denied bail. Farmer, who had been away at the time, went to see ZRP on return.  On his way home approached a lorry loaded with 50- 70 settlers shaking their fists and shouting slogans at him. The lorry stopped at the farmer’s main gate they disembarked, running quietly down the road towards the farm village. They split into 3 groups and proceeded to run amok in the farm village. They set fire to the diesel engine and tried to destroy the seedling but left the roots behind. This attack lasted for 10 minutes and was very well organised. 28 houses were destroyed and 30 kitchens. The local ZRP responded as did some local farmers. There is video evidence of the destruction caused. The lorry was later taken into custody.  Most employees were left in the clothes they were wearing at the time of the attack and all their belongings and chickens killed. A record of all property destroyed is with the ZRP. Most labour fear for their lives now as they have been threatened with death as retribution for the killed poacher and want to leave after pay day.  The whole farm has been burnt out and paoching of game is rampant. At Sapi Valley  farm employee was beaten by 28 men armed with sticks, whips and fan belts. He has refused to report to ZRP for fear of retribution. After a meeting of Karoi farmers, the owner of La Rochell held a meeting with his labour to start work. Settlers arrived with reinforcements to stop all work. The farmer was told to leave his farm and they threatened to destroy the tractors and told the farmer only a skeleton staff may work. This matter has been reported to ZRP.   The Nassau Farm - owner was approached by an African male during his lunch break and he demanded money for a political rally. The stranger was drunk, and the farmer was informed that a vehicle with senior war veterans was at the gate. They accused the farmer of killing buffalo (the farm has no buffalo) and selling the meat, and he was instructed to write a report to this effect. He did so and stated that he had not killed a buffalo. They became aggressive and abusive when the farmer denied them re-imbursement and pushed him around. The farmer still refused any payment, the drunken stranger walked around the house and found the farmer’s wife and shouted to her to come to the window and let him walk around the house. She informed him she would talk to him at the back door. He tried to extract monies from her but she refused. . The others in the car told the drunken stranger to leave the wife alone and left. Report made to ZRP.  Westlands Farm   is not designated but the whole farm is pegged, bar 170 hectares, and all work has been stopped. There is also illegal cattle movement which has been reported to ZRP.  On Zebra Downs Farm - settlers have been hassling the farmer for working illegally. They have taken over farm building for a school and the farmer has been told to stop reaping sunflowers and feeding cattle. A security guard has been chased off the farm, the farm keys were stolen and the farmer locked out of his yard. The farmer’s mother was locked inside and the farmer was approached by an angry mob at the gate. The farmer managed to gain access later by climbing the fence. The ZRP were called. The farmer’s cattle were driven into his farm yard. In order to settle the dispute between the settlers and the farmer, the farmer agreed to remove his cattle from the farm. No work has been permitted and proper cattle feeding procedures have been denied.  Fence cutting and tampering with water troughs and reservoirs are a nightly occurrence. The labour receive daily threats and harrasment..  The ZRP have not reacted to any of these complaints.
On Laughing Hills three workers have been assaulted. Fires have been lit all over the farm. The farmer was ordered to remove his cattle. Workers have been chased out of their houses and there has been illegal cattle movement. Settlers still occupy the farm village.  On Chiuwa Farm there has been illegal movement of cattle. A cattle lorry has been moving invaders and their property onto the farm.  Trees are being cut and burnt. New houses go up every day and stumping of cattle lands is taking place. (150 permanent structures have gone up) No work has been allowed.   Fiddlers Green has settlers who set fire to the maize store. Workers were threatened if they extinguished. the fires. Workers were assaulted and all work stopped.   Momba Farm had 50 metres of Boma sheeting stolen. The cattle feed shed was broken into and 600 empty maize bags were stolen.  The farmer found evidence of poaching, and after reporting this to the ZRP was told to catch the individuals in the act.  The farmer was summoned by his guard to follow the poachers. After tracking the poachers and their dogs, they took off and left evidence of snares and game meat. The farmer tried to get the ZRP to react and his guards have been threatened continually by poachers . Some youths have informed the labour to leave their houses and the labour has ignored them and attempted to solve these incidents with the ZRP. Remains of sable have been found.  Peveril Farm - owner attempted to pre-irrigate. But his pipes have been trashed and the labour threatened. The work stoppage is still effective.   On Tavoy Farm  a huge rally was held over the weekend. All labour stopped work. The farmer has closed down all operations and is leaving.  Geluksvlei Vlei - cattle moved to neighbouring farm.  Settlers came and moved the herd and divided 69 head amongst themselves.
Doma -  On South End B an illegal occupier by the name of Jift has been creating problems and has caused $10M  worth of damage on this farm.  He has burnt 2 cottages,and a brand new John Deere tractor and sheller.  The owner of Chimbada Ranch has been told to report to Mhangura Police Station (in a very rude phone call made by the police to the domestic worker)  for allegedly harassing the settlers on his farm.
General -  +- 22 farms are not working with 16 farms out of the 22 farms being tobacco growers.  Farmers told to remove cattle from farms and have not been allowed to ridge. 600 ha of irrigated tobacco has not been planted, and if the situation continues, another 800 ha of dry land tobacco will not be planted.  There has been little support from the police.  
Chinhoyi -  Kilmaurs Farm owner has applied to the A.D.A. to have all settlers removed.  The A.D.A. informed the farmer that his farm is listed, yet CFU has no record of this.   Chisaki Farm had a group of settlers sitting outside the gate.  The farmer was asked by Sgt. Gift Mytedzi (Policeman) and Samuel Mudhoni (Teacher) why he had ridged on this farm and was told that he had no right to ridge as this farm has been designated.  Samuel Mudhoni stated that Makasha belonged to the state and not to the farmer.  Then they said he had one week to remove all the livestock and property from the farm.  If he did not do this they would loot and burn everything on the farm, and the settlers would then drive the cattle on to the roads and that they would not be held responsible for any damage.  Sgt. Fift Mtedzi then informed the farmer that he had organised for Agritex to come to the farm and also the evaluators.  Furthermore the Sargeant stated that he would be on the farm with the police and ZBC so that they would be able to film all the damage that they will do to this farm if the farmer does not comply with their wishes.  This matter has been reported to Chinhoyi Police Station to Const. Zaza RRB No. 966523.  Portelet Farm labour are on strike.  The labour have been given notice because of the forced closure.  The labour went to see NEC Gapwaz and Zanu-PF.
Many work stoppages, much poaching, snaring and wood theft.  Two farmers told to vacate their farms.  Irrigation theft at Nyakaranga and Clent farms.  Stock theft at high level and illegal movement of cattle at night without permits.  Two farmers have had planted tobacco destroyed on Portlett and Njiri farms.
Banket -  DaIton Farm has road blocks resulting in the farmer being unable to combine the wheat.
Tramore - Have reached agreement with local chairman and farmer allowed to plant 35ha as long as he harrows settlers land - diesel must be provided by settlers.Buxton-still negotiating as demands have been rejected.  May be allowed to start riding.Lion Kop-settlers demanding that land be prepared, maize to be planted by farmer, transport to be provided as required and farmer to grind maize for them at $15 per bag.  In return farmer allowed to plant small tobacco crop - demands rejected.  Mpandagutu - Fresh demands now that wheat is off the land - to burn and harrow wheat lands.  Settlers have now built 40 houses on the farm.
Trelawney/Darwendale -  Cleeve Farm owner went to meeting with the settlers and Farm Workers’ Committee at Kutama Store where Mr Chidagwa and a few air force officials told the meeting that tobacco must be planted and only the people who have been settled by Murembedzi offices must be on the farms.  The farmer will start planting tobacco again.  On Dulwich Farm the settlers have been  very uncooperative and mocking and would not attend a meeting with the D.A. at Kutama clinic.  No work has been allowed in the tobacco lands.  After meeting with the Lands Committee on a neighbouring farm, settlers were told tobacco must be planted at Tramore but on arrival back at the farm, the settlers refused to let the farmer start work.
Gombera Ranch - given six weeks to vacate farm.
Work stoppages on 12 farms.  All affected farms still unable to plant.
Chipinge - On Stillemeer Farm 150ha has been pegged of which 4ha is coffee.  There has been a work stoppage on the pegged area and the farmer is unable to graze cattle or plant the proposed 10ha of F6 coffee seedlings. Two incidents where DDF have arrived on a farm with drilling equipment and have installed pumps onto already existing boreholes claiming that they have drilled the boreholes and it belongs to them. 
Nyanga - At Claremont everyone is back at work and the situation is being resolved - there is a meeting today with the labour.

Correction to the report on Chidza Farm - Tractors were not ploughing on this property as earlier reported, but rather had broken down while passing through this property.
On Lamotte Farm there has been an escalation in the building of huts. There has also been an escalation in the number of people moving onto the farm.  Eight different vehicles have been seen driving around on property in one day.  20% of the top part of the farm has been burnt out. There has been malicious damage to the environment and trees are being chopped down at an alarming rate.  Bon Accord Farm reports that 16 head of cattle have been moved onto property by Takanira Machaka without any veterinary movement permit.  Southwill Estates have cattle that apparently belong to the Senior Health Inspector Mr. Tekere on the property.  Dromore Farm has seen an escalation of people moving onto the property. There has also been an escalation in the erecting of huts. There is more evidence of permanent brick structures being erected.  Bon Domi Farm Has illegal occupiers who continue to leave gates open. An illegal occupier known as Chakanyuka alias Mamisewa has threatened both the owner and his labour.
Chiredzi Area  - Ongoing snaring, poaching, tree cutting and illegal occupiers moving on properties.
Mwenezi -  There has been cutting, burning, building, theft of fence wire, snaring, poaching with dogs, gates left open and cattle scattered all over the place.  On Valley Ranch a letter signed by the Foot and Mouth Sub Committee Mwenezi with signatories of the ZRP, Veterinary Department and the DA was delivered to invaders on the property with the instruction to remove all communal cattle. Although the letter is authentic, illegal occupiers have now accused the owner of forging the signatures and refuse to remove the cattle. The illegal occupiers claim that Member of Parliament Chiredzi South, Mr. Baloyi, has instructed the invaders to move their cattle on and that he is the only person that can inform them to remove their cattle.
Rutenga Ranch is loosing cattle at an alarming rate due to snares and cattle driven away (stolen) by illegal occupiers. This has been reported to Police with no response. Nkomati Ranch also loosing a lot of cattle due to snaring and theft.  The Kleinbegin Ranch and Threeways Safari owners were requested to appear before the District Lands Committee in Beit Bridge and to apply for a certain piece of land on theirs property.  Eureka Farm report an increase in the number of illegal occupiers with an increase in the cutting of trees and building of huts.
Gutu / Chatsworth -  Condor Farm had approximately 2500 ha of grazing burnt out. Illegal occupiers chased all the owners’ cattle off the property into the neighbouring communal areas. The owner rounded the cattle up only to have the illegal occupiers remove all the cattle again from the farm. The owner reported the matter to Gutu Police, but no response was received.  Merlin Farm cattle were chased off the property. The next morning the owner was greeted by four invaders wielding axes who informed the owner that no cattle would be permitted to return.   On Lauder Farm illegal occupiers have told the owner to remove his cattle, they claim they have paid Rural Council fees which give them the legitimate right to the property.  Palm River Ranch There has been an escalation of people moving onto this property.  Mungwezi Ranch
Escalation of people reported to be moving onto this property. Poaching is now out of hand, destruction to the environment is extreme.
Buffalo Range -  Crown Ranch has an escalation in the number of people moving onto the property. In the last two days five cattle have been killed including a Brahman bull. The cutting of trees and the destruction of the environment is extreme.

Our apologies for no sitrep on Monday due to a power failure.
Norton - All the farms previously in a work stoppage situation remain the same with no action whatsoever from Government in trying to resolve any of them. Government, through the D A and Agritex, continue to peg new properties thereby closing more properties down. Five properties have been pegged in the last three days. On Esmerelda which is currently being pegged, illegal occupier Don Carlos has ordered all the tractors out of the land. On Wilbered Farm sixty farm workers remain chased off the property by illegal occupiers with no action from the police in resolving the issue despite letters having gone to Propol and the Commissioner of Police regarding the situation. On Idaho farm Agritex officials came extremely drunk with the war vets to peg. It was pointed out to the D A that only a section five preliminary notice of intention to acquire the farm had been received. The D A said "the farm had gone". There continues to be complete disregard of the processes of the Land Acquisition Act of 1992 and complete contempt of the high court and supreme court orders regarding activity on the farms before the acquisition has been confirmed in the administrative court.
Selous - Airforce and Police personnel have moved onto Orange Grove Farm where they say they are going to be until after elections. On Mount Carmel Farm  three shots were heard close to the airforce base. Mount Carmel farm has a wild life operation on it. An area where seventeen pedigree cows have been slaughtered over the last few weeks has been found close to the main war vet base on Arbor Farm The remains are all still in evidence. On Carskey farm commercial wood cutting has started. Veterinary officials have given a movement permit for cattle to be moved from Chikanga Resettlement to Paarl farm where they have been resettled for the second time in the last three years. The D A's pegging team continues to peg new farms illegally. On Homedale farm illegal occupiers have even now resorted to stealing the topsoil for mining purposes!
Chegutu/Suri-Suri - government pegging continues illegally in the area and resettlement is starting to take place where the chefs are getting given hundred hectare plots and more. On Bosbury farm there are currently seven DDF tractors ploughing. On Riversdale the owner's cattle were chased to the loading ramp at night and loaded onto a lorry. It is unclear as to how many cattle were stolen or where they have gone.
Chakari - Cattle are being driven onto Rondor farm from the resettlement area. On Mopani Park farm the owner's cattle were utilising the only bit of grazing that had not been burnt on the property. Illegal occupiers said that they wish to build huts and that the cattle must be removed. The owner explained that he had no other grazing left. Illegal occupiers moved all the cattle anyway into his yard and garden area.
Kadoma/Battlefields - On Normandy North illegal occupiers have broken into six houses on the property and moved into them. One head of cattle was also slaughtered and the guard was beaten up by illegal occupiers for having reported it to the owner. Illegal occupiers also slashed a ninety hectare crop of sunhemp whilst the owner was not present after coercing the work force to do this. Two hundred litres of milk were also extorted by illegal occupiers whilst the owner was not present with the threat that the dairy would be destroyed if they did not do it. No arrests had been made. On Georgea farm sixty illegal occupiers were busy stealing potatoes from the land and due to police inaction the owner has to lift them a month too early which will result in losses amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars a hectare. The owner of Inniskillen farm is having to do the same and the owner of Alabama farm is having to close her 500 hectare planting program down because of this. Confidence in planting any food crops whatsoever is extremely low. Letters have been sent to Dispol, Propol, the Commissioner of Police etc. regarding the inaction of Chief Inspector Makaza but inaction continues. On Pamene farm government pegging teams are pegging the cabbages. On Colindale farm illegal occupiers have told the workers they must vacate their houses.
General - Government inspired invasions continue through its illegal pegging exercise.  No movement of illegal occupiers from unlisted farms or de-listed farms has taken place despite Minister Chombo telling around 100 farmers on the 3rd Oct.2001 that this would be done the next day and the government had a "moral obligation" to do so. In discussions with police, right up to a Chief Superintendent level, no orders have come down regarding resolution of work stoppages on farms and new work stoppages continue to take effect on a daily basis.
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Independent



WHO is the “African diplomat” who is invariably on hand to comment in the
Herald on stories about the MDC? On Monday he was quoted as condemning the
visit to Australia by a group of MDC officials.

“What is particularly disgusting is the way the opposition party in this
country has gone on a mission not only to discredit President Mugabe but the
entire Zimbabwean population,” he was quoted as saying.
“They put the whole of Africa to shame.”

What is “particularly disgusting” to us is that an “African diplomat” could
violate the hospitality this country affords him, not to mention all
diplomatic and professional protocol, by making gratuitous and partisan
comments on Zimbabwe’s domestic political affairs. It has got nothing to do
with him.

But we should perhaps be careful about rushing to identify which errant
state this individual represents. His comments were followed predictably by
those of Jonathan Moyo which in tone and content sounded remarkably similar.
Indeed, we have encountered this “African diplomat” before purporting to
speak on behalf of Africa. We suspect he has an office at Munhumutapa
Building. Like the Aborigines who wrote to President Mugabe and the regular
letter-writers in the Herald, we are beginning to find clues as to his

Have you noticed how the Herald runs a story in order for Moyo to react to
it? Last Friday there was this poisonous little racist piece about how
certain hotels and “whites” were refusing to pay their rates. This enabled
Moyo to make the fatuous observation that a rates boycott is “no different
from the farm invasions the corporate businesses and whites have been

It was all a political strategy, he alleged, “specifically designed to
assist the hopeless opposition which is increasingly becoming afraid of
contesting free and fair democratic elections”.

Which party is resisting the holding of elections in Harare because it is
afraid of losing? And why should residents pay money to a corrupt and
incompetent city council that doesn’t supply a service in return because it
has spent the money on 4x4s for its officials?

Whites needed to be told that the city would never go back “to the dark days
of Salisbury”, Moyo warned, blissfully unaware that it is the dark streets
of Harare that everybody is presently worried about. The collapse of
street-lighting, the theft of traffic lights, piles of uncollected rubbish,
and declining services across the city are Zanu PF’s very visible legacy of

On Monday Jocelyn Chiwenga, appointed a commissioner earlier this year by
ministerial decree, had joined the fray.

“The hotels are now speaking one language,” she announced, “but we are still
having problems with some whites who are opposed to this government.”

This followed what looked like Chinotimba-style visits to hotel managers.
In fact, the ratepayers of Harare are “still having problems” with an
unelected, unaccountable commission which takes people’s money without
providing a service in return. Chiwenga heads a Zanu PF front organisation
called Heritage Zimbabwe. She allowed its headquarters in Milton Park to be
used as a venue for Chenjerai Hunzvi’s rowdy wake without preventing drunken
war veterans from abusing and threatening people who live in the area.

Who elected her to anything? But if she insists on making defiant and racist
statements in the Zanu PF media she will certainly be among those held to
account for the mismanagement of city funds when a democratic council is
elected. The first task of any duly elected body must be to tell residents
where the millions of dollars in rates paid to the council since March 1999,
when the commission was set up, have gone because they evidently haven’t
been used for the upkeep of the city.

Still on the subject of Zanu PF’s plunder, it was interesting to see the
government confirming the Independent’s story of last Friday which revealed
the extractive concessions yielded to Libya in return
for its help with fuel procurement.

Instead of denying the story, the government spokesman resorted to abuse,
pretending “growing economic cooperation” with the Libyans — a euphemism for
letting them take what they want — had thrown the Independent’s “ill-fated
sanctions strategy” into disarray.

He childishly suggested that those opposing “cooperation with Libya” had
opposed the liberation struggle, a feat that would have been rather
difficult given the average age of our reporters!

Nathan Shamuyarira was hauled out of retirement to make the same point about
the Standard’s publication of the official report on the Chitepo
assassination. This was all the work of people trying to cause “confusion
and division”, he claimed.

Causing confusion in Zanu PF — not a difficult task — has always been
regarded as a hanging offence by ruling party ideologues whose job it is to
defend the official line, however threadbare it may have become.

Shamuyarira said the report by an international commission that held
individuals in Zanu PF responsible for the assassination was “proved to be
inaccurate at the time of its publication”. Those implicated would be taking
legal action against the Standard, he said.

That was the funny bit. Those mentioned in an official report published by
the Zambian government in 1976 are taking legal action against a newspaper
that informed its readers of what the report concluded? These guys are even
more stupid than we thought!

Then David Martin and Phyllis Johnson’s “well-researched” book (1985) on the
assassination was adduced as “concrete evidence” that the Rhodesian CIO was
responsible. Ken Flower’s autobiography was also cited. And two weeks after
the Standard’s story the Herald got around to publishing Peter Stiff’s
version of the assassination.

Flower’s views carry some weight. In particular his exoneration of
Tongogara. But David Martin and Phyllis Johnson’s book is hardly regarded as
a disinterested account. It was widely seen as an attempt to clear Zanu PF
of blame.

Despite all the published work there still is a lingering suspicion that
Chitepo was the victim of plotting in Zanu. And the Rhodesian CIO could well
have been involved. But the fact is nobody knows for sure who killed
Chitepo. A newspaper is therefore entirely within its rights to publish the
official report, just as others are in publishing differing accounts. Only
those with something to hide would oppose that.

Shamuyarira alleges that the Zambian government was involved in a cover-up
because it was implicated. It certainly treated the suspects abominably. But
more to the point, it was fed up with the Zanu leadership’s interminable
squabbling on its soil and perhaps seized on the assassination to rein them

Shamuyarira talked about the “dark social forces in our country who have
been opposed to the normal progress of our people”. They were of course
working in cahoots with the “gutter press” to “protect their properties”.

The old dinosaur should be asked about the dark social forces that have been
unleashing violence and anarchy in the farming sector for 18 months. What
“normal progress” has the country made during their reign of terror?

And what properties have Shamuyarira’s colleagues been able to acquire as a
result of this lawlessness and plunder? Why wasn’t he made to tell us about
his party’s career in crime?

Shamuyarira has meanwhile been busy working on his magnum opus, a biography
of Robert Gabriel Mugabe. He didn’t say what it is to be called.
But Mein Kampf comes to mind. It will certainly be a struggle to get
through. It will trace all recorded statements by Mugabe dating back to
1958, we are told. Is Mutare Board & Paper up to the task?

Shamuyarira promises it will be an “exciting” book. But then again, his idea
of excitement is an all-day central committee meeting!

He told the Sunday Mail that 1990 will be the cut-off year for the memoirs.
But disappointed readers should not despair. It will be followed up by a
sequel on the liberation struggle “which will cover the period up to the
present day”.

“This will stretch to 1999,” he told the Sunday Mail.

It might be a good thing before he embarks on this project for somebody to
tell Shamuyarira — and the Sunday Mail — when “the present day” is.
Our thanks to the Speaker of Parliament for saying it is okay to call
members “parrots”. A misguided attempt by Paul Themba Nyathi to have a taunt
by Patrick Chinamasa ruled out of order was rebuffed by Emmerson Mnangagwa
who ruled that calling Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga a parrot was not

To parrot is to repeat and therefore not derogatory, he ruled.

Can you imagine how difficult Muckraker’s life would be if we were forbidden
to call prominent people parrots? There are enough of them in Zanu PF to
stock an aviary.

We were however a little surprised by Chinamasa’s invitation to the EU to
freeze President Mugabe’s assets abroad.

“Please let them go ahead,” he told Misihairabwi-Mushonga who he castigated
for repeating what she had heard on news reports.

This followed Tony Blair’s speech to the Labour party conference in Brighton
where he singled out Mugabe as emblematic of misrule in Africa. Chinamasa
said he was unaware of the remarks.

He should try and follow the news. Rather like requests from judges for
investigations into wrong-doing, as a government minister he does need to
have a reasonable idea of what is happening to this country.

Chris Mutsvangwa has always been considered one of the more sober Zanu PF
spokesman, especially when commenting on developments in the telecoms
sector. But last weekend he revealed a worrying ignorance of how the economy
works when he said that our current difficulties were the product of
economic sabotage by whites.

Is this what most people think? That whites are responsible for the country’
s decline? Or do they think that institutional corruption, state- sponsored
anarchy and persistent misallocation of public resources may have something
to do with it?

What about the millions flowing to the Congo every month, the money spent on
Zanu PF’s unaccountable “projects”, or state borrowing to bridge the budget
deficit? What about the printing of money which is not backed by reserves or
a land occupations policy that halts the production of vital crops thereby
necessitating imports? Couldn’t that have something to do with the country’s

We expect people like Ben Mucheche to make stupid statements about the
economy because he is genuinely ignorant. But Mutsvangwa should beware of
being lumped together with Zanu PF’s dimwits.

Andrew Ndlovu, national secretary for projects of the War Veterans
Association, took out a large advertisement in the Herald this week to
demonstrate his martial skills.

He is shown in a judo pose, no doubt intended to impress opponents. Below he
advises “all war veterans, political detainees, mujibhas, and restrictees
throughout the country to work hand-in-hand with the Zanu PF district
coordinating committee as we approach the 2002 presidential election
campaign as a way forward to enable our president and party to win the

The ad presumably shows how they intend to do that! It doesn’t
say Ndlovu is a former dissident who promised to go back to the bush
if the MDC won last year’s election. He has now gone back to the gym
instead, it would appear.

But there is some ambiguity about the fierce pose. One hand is shown
clenched in a fist, the other open in what looks like an opposition salute.
Is he keeping his options open?

Back to the Top
Back to Index

Telegraph (UK)

Gaddafi sends thugs to help Mugabe fight election battle
By Angela Eager in Harare
(Filed: 14/10/2001)

HUNDREDS of Libyan troops have been sent to Zimbabwe, prompting fears that
they will help Robert Mugabe crack down on his political opponents and the
white minority, according to Zimbabwean intelligence officers.

The militia, part of Col Gaddafi's elite forces, who are known for their
terror tactics, are being housed in secret locations scattered across the

According to members of the Movement for Democratic Change, the opposition
party, the Libyans are assisting Mr Mugabe with his "security". Senior
officials of the MDC believe that assassination squads are moving into

An intelligence officer in the Zimbabwean government, who has become
disillusioned with the regime, told The Telegraph: "We know the Libyans are
here, but we don't know where."

The officer said that a growing number of Zimbabwe's intelligence officers
were turning against Mr Mugabe.

Gaddafi has become one of Mr Mugabe's most vocal political allies and is
believed to have contributed more than $1 million towards the Zimbabwean
president's re-election campaign.

The contribution was part of a $300 million deal between the two countries
under which Libya will supply oil to Zimbabwe. It is thought that the
Libyans have also acquired part of Zimbabwe's state oil company.

The deal was struck last month when Mr Mugabe visited Tripoli, the Libyan
capital, after a high-profile visit by Gaddafi to Zimbabwe.

Mr Mugabe has been increasingly turning to Libya for support in the run-up
to the elections, expected early next year. He is facing his first serious
electoral threat since Zimbabwe gained independence 21 years ago.

David Coltart, the shadow justice minister in the MDC, said in a speech at a
private meeting in a Harare hotel two weeks ago: "Mugabe is prepared to turn
us into a satellite state of Libya."

Gaddafi visited Zimbabwe in August, driving down from the Zambian capital, L
usaka, in a motorcade packed with female Nubian bodyguards. During his
visit, the Libyan dictator urged Zimbabwe's Asian Muslims to wage a jihad
against Zimbabwe's small white population.

Although he did not say when this "holy war" should begin, the Libyan leader
also held secret talks with Pagad, a secretive Muslim organisation based in
Cape Town, which is hostile to the white community.

As part of the oil deal, Gaddafi's regime acquired some 20 Zimbabwean
properties, from mansions in Harare's northern suburbs to farms. There were
fears that the properties would become bases for the Libyan militia but so
far they are still standing empty, the intelligence officer said.

Critics of Mr Mugabe point out that, despite the deal with Libya over the
supply of oil, most of Zimbabwe's petrol stations are still empty and there
is no end in sight to the two-year fuel shortage.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's passport office has been ordered to produce 10,000
passports, which will be issued to Libyan nationals, according to officials
in the registrar general's office.

Zimbabwean passports are considered more acceptable than Libyan ones by many
countries. The move means that the Libyan forces may be used not only to
help Mr Mugabe win his presidential election but also to operate beyond the
country's borders, says the MDC.

Back to the Top
Back to Index

Zim Independent

Invaders cause havoc in conservancies

Dumisani Muleya
ZIMBABWE’S second largest wildlife conservancy, Bubiana, faces collapse and
decimation of its endangered black rhino population due to poaching spawned
by government’s fast-track land resettlement programme.

The reports of rampant poaching in the conservancy follow news that a game
scout in the Save Conservancy was last Friday killed by a poacher’s arrow.
The wave of lawlessness and pervasive poaching would further damage the
ailing tourism sector which this week attempted to kick-start its flagging
campaign to attract foreign visitors.

Bubiana is home to the biggest concentration of black rhino in Zimbabwe,
translocated from the Zambezi Valley in the mid ’80s at the height of a
poaching invasion by Zambian-based groups. Three rhino have already been
lost to the poachers while at least half a dozen have been injured by wire

Information at hand shows the vast conservancy — the second biggest after
Save — has been plunged into anarchy by widespread poaching and vandalism of
property by gangs of marauding farm invaders.

In a letter dated October 3 to stakeholders, Bubiana chair Ken Drummond
warned the once-thriving private game park, which covers 15 farms in
Masvingo and Matabeleland South provinces, could soon become a disaster

“A major problem is compounding itself each day within the conservancy
because of the severe levels of poaching that exist due to the ongoing
presence of people who have settled themselves,”Drummond wrote.

“As you can imagine, the situation worsens daily and I appeal to the
ministry concerned (Agriculture) to intervene in order to save the
bio-diversity and valuable resources for our tourism industry.”

Raiding of wildlife was said to be one of the major problems. “Poaching has
increased and is now rampant everywhere — the conservancy loses over 100
animals per month now,” he said.

“The rhino have been scattered, nine rhino have been snared and the deputy
director (Department of Nationals Parks and Wildlife) (Vitalis) Chadenga and
PW Tawona witnessed one of them.”

Drummond indicated three rhino had been killed and one of them had its horns
sawn off. A rhino calf, caught in the blaze caused by invaders, was burnt to
death while elephants, buffaloes, kudus and impalas had also been affected.

“Nearly half of the conservancy has been burnt by settlers’ activities and
in many cases we have been unable to combat the fires because of roadblocks
set up by the settlers,” he said.

“This has reduced the available habitat for the protected species within the
conservancy, severely affecting population growth.”

Bubiana fences have been damaged and stolen by government mobs, while game
scouts were being prevented from their routine wildlife protection duties.

Six tourism safari lodges within the conservancy — Tamba, Nyoni, Peregwe,
Sovelele, Barberto and Ghandahari — have been forced to close down. Stein
Sondelani lodge is facing closure.

Drummond warned if the problem was not urgently addressed the conservancy
would be ruined. Save Conservancy was last year occupied by farm invaders
and poachers. This has reduced important tourism foreign currency receipts.

“I wish to emphasise that unless this is done very quickly, the wildlife
resources here as well as whatever little tourism is left, will no longer be
available for the country,” he said.

The Bubiana crisis started with farm invasions last year. After the property
was occupied, the conservancy’s management offered government 37 000
hectares on which people were resettled.

However, invaders still remained on parts of the game park where they had
resettled themselves haphazardly.

“A total of 2 000 people (500 families) still inhabit some part of the
conservancy that lies within Masvingo province,” said Drummond. “Another 175
people have settled themselves on that part of the conservancy that lies
within Matabeleland South province.”

The Gwanda District Land Committee, he said, has further compounded the
situation by allocating 74 “self-contained” plots of between 200 and 400
hectares to 86 beneficiaries, mostly civil servants, businessmen and
councillors. But so far only 11 recipients have taken up their plots.

It was said those who received the pieces of land were causing chaos through
illegal activities such as cutting down gates and fences when they wanted to
drive through in government and private cars.

“One beneficiary has erected his own fence lines,” Drummond noted.

“Another beneficiary has drilled a borehole. Another one has been allocated
a homestead and new irrigation scheme on my property called Boulder Creek
and it should be placed on record that this beneficiary is in fact Assistant
Inspector Alton Dube with the ZRP (Zimbabwe Republic Police) uniform branch
at Gwanda.”

He said two land occupiers were last week found in possession of “a Section
60 (4) permit authorising them to hunt on Inyoni Ranch” where they shot a
number of animals.

The poachers have capitalised on this situation and our animals have been
decimated,” Drummond complained.

Agriculture minister Joseph Made would not comment on the issue.
“Send your queries to the Ministry or Natural Resources (Board),” he told
the Zimbabwe Independent.
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Saturday, October 13, 2001 7:31 AM
Subject: Plunged over the edge

Dear family and friends,
Night after night America bombs Afghanistan in its fight against world terrorism and while it does so Zimbabwe's terror increases while no one is watching. The only difference is that our terror is not being inflicted by men in bunkers but by our own government. Trying to get the world to listen to our hell has become an almost impossible task. Last night Mary Robinson appealed for a halt to the bombings so that food aid could be trucked into Afghanistan in order to prevent starvation facing 2 million people. How many of Zimbabwe's 13 million people will be facing starvation in the coming months - inflicted upon them because our government will not allow the farmers to grow food. This week our economy plunged over the edge in a move which can only be described as criminal. Our government announced price controls on a dozen basic commodities and slashed their prices, in some cases by as much as 50%. Some of the affected products are bread, sugar, flour, milk, maize meal, cooking oil, margerine, salt and meat. They said they had introduced the controls because consumers could no longer afford these basics but did not address the root of the problem which is farm invasions and war veterans. Interestingly, it was 'war veterans' who had demanded the price cuts and threatened unspecified action if they were not effected. Yet again we see who is really running Zimbabwe. In Marondera yesterday the shelves of the controlled products were virtually empty in the main supermarket. By 11am there were less than 2 dozen units of sugar, flour, maize meal or salt. There was no cooking oil at all but fridges were full of margerine and milk whose prices had not been put down by the retailers. In Mvuma, Karoi, Murehwa and Kadoma 'war veterans' ordered retailers to close their shops because they had not put their prices down. Retailers who were not prepared to sell their stocks at less than they paid for them, closed their doors. Riot police moved in and forced them to open. The Master Bakers Association did not bake any bread at all on Thursday refusing to sell their product at a loss. In short, chaos reigns. Yesterdays newspaper headlines summarize imminent hunger: "Shops forced to close over prices." "No Bread." "Controls trigger shortages." "Police step in to quell demonstrations." While all this was going on I spent a couple of hours talking with a farmer who has been stopped from farming by 'war veterans' who are refusing to let any crops be planted on the ploughed lands. This situation is the same on over 60% of the farms in that district and the police are not stepping in to help because "it is political". Soon there will be no food in the shops and none being grown either. If this looming starvation is not terror then I don't know what is.
A couple of months ago I wrote and told you  about the 23 Chinoyi farmers who had been arrested for trying to help a fellow farmer who was barricaded into his home and war veterans were trying to break the door down. 23 farmers were arrested and imprisoned, had their heads shaven and were denied bail for 3 weeks. Of those 23 men, more than half were arrested when they called at the police station to offer assistance and blankets to their colleagues. These men were finally granted a ridiculously high bail and will be back in the dock on the 28th of October. Their wives are desperately trying to rise Z$2 million to cover their legal costs. One Chinoyi woman whose farm, home and life was completely trashed by marauding looters two months ago wrote to me yesterday. Her name is Mandy and she said: "We have been refugees for 2 months now and it seems like years... This is the first time we haven't grown a crop and I wake up every morning, leap out of bed and then realise... you are not farming." Mandy and her husband lost everything except one photograph and a serviette ring when their home was destroyed. Mandy is still in Zimbabwe, waiting to find out if she and her husband will be allowed to farm again, waiting to find out if they will be allowed back onto their own land. She is desperately trying to raise money towards the legal fees of her 23 friends and neighbours. If you would like to help, offer moral support or find out more, please contact her at:  
Zimbabwe is in such deep crisis now and for the first time in 19 months no one is watching or listening. Yesterday there was a second assasination attempt on the leader of our official opposition and the world has not noticed. This week alone 3 farmers have written to me and said they are leaving, they can't take anymore. By the end of October if farmers near me are not 'allowed' to plant their crops, 10 000 farm workers will be unemployed and destitute - and that number can easily be quadrupled to include their wives, children, mothers, fathers and extended families. On the front cover of this weeks Zimbabwe Independent newspaper is a photograph of five 'war veterans' slashing newly planted tobacco seedlings on Njiri farm near Chinoyi. Destroying it because they want the land for themselves. God help us, no one is watching or listening and the terror is escalating. My weekly letter a couple of months was called The Litany Bird  where I described a nightjar whose call is "Good Lord Deliver Us" - the call is getting louder and more desperate. Until next time, still wearing my now very frayed and tatty yellow ribbon in silent protest at anarchy, cathy
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Daily News

War veteran’s pension frozen for testifying in favour of MDC

10/13/01 7:52:48 AM (GMT +2)

Court Reporter

DAVID Sundai, a war veteran who testified for the MDC in an election
petition in which Nicholas Mudzengerere wants the High Court to nullify
Shadreck Chipanga of Zanu PF’s victory in Makoni East in last year’s
parliamentary election, had his war veterans pension frozen without notice.

Sundai’s lawyer, Sheila Jarvis on Thursday wrote to the War Veterans
Inter-Ministerial Investigation Team which deals with the vetting of
ex-combatants, giving it 24 hours to reinstate Sundai’s pension which was
frozen last month.

Jarvis said if the department was considering stopping the pension, it
should advise her and give Sundai a hearing before implementing the action.

She copied the letter to Paddington Garwe, the acting High Court Judge
President, who in turn handed the election petition to Chipanga’s lawyer,
Takunda Tivaone and the Attorney General (AG)’s Office.
Chipanga is the former director-general of the CIO, who won the election by
a mere 118 votes.

Sundai said yesterday: “I suspected that I am being targeted for supporting
the MDC, but I will not stop because I have every right to do that.”

In the petition hearing whose judgment was reserved last month, Sundai told
Garwe that during the campaign Chipanga assaulted him and took away his war
veteran’s particulars and ordered the freezing of his benefits because of
his support for the MDC.

The decision was reversed in June when the election petition opened at the
High Court in Harare.
Jarvis said: “In June 2000 Sundai’s pension was stopped without notice. He
testified in the court that this followed threats by Chipanga that it would
be stopped (as punishment) for his support for the MDC.”
She said the decision was unlawful.

“Certainly, the law requires that before any government office takes action
affecting any person’s interests, they should normally be given both notice
and an opportunity to be heard. You may need to consult the AG’s Office
about the procedures you are using,” Jarvis said.

Chipanga told Garwe the first time he was accused of tampering with Sundai’s
pension he had told Sundai that once a war veteran’s pension was awarded, it
was difficult for anyone to stop it.
He denied any wrongdoing.

Brian Mafondokoto from the war veterans department told the court Sundai’s
pension had been withheld because of a report they had received in October
No details of the report were given.

Garwe has yet to decide on Mafondokoto’s evidence.
Jarvis said that Sundai was a widower with minor children and was ill.
“He has been vetted twice. He has had to raise money to come to Harare and
has been told this week by the Pensions Office that the war veterans office
instructed the stoppage,” she said.

Back to the Top
Back to Index

Daily News

Invaders defy court order, bar farming

10/13/01 7:51:43 AM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporter

Farm invaders are barring farmers in the Marondera area from carrying out
normal farming activities despite the High Court ordering the police and the
Mashonaland provincial authorities to stop the lawlessness.

On Thursday, David Kay, the son of Iain Kay, the owner of Chipesa Farm about
20km south of Marondera town, was arrested at Marondera police station when
he had gone to report the disturbances.
Justice Moses Chinhengo ordered that David Kay and his employees were to
continue with their farming operations without hindrance.

The order was served on Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri, David
Karimanzira, the Provincial Governor for Mashonaland East, the provincial
and district administrators, the Central Intelligence Organisation in
Marondera, the officer-in-charge of Marondera police and a J I Kochi.

David Kay is reportedly being charged with attempted murder, arising from an
incident last month when he and five workers went to the rescue of a tractor
driver being severely beaten by the invaders.

Unconfirmed reports say at least 36 out of 56 farms in the Marondera and
Hwedza areas have stopped operations due to the terror campaigns.
Last Friday, Justice George Chiweshe granted an interim order to five
farming companies to continue their operations unhindered.
The order was served on Chihuri, Karimanzira, and the district
administrator, the Marondera police officer-in-charge, Bhebhe Musimbe, Ben
Wenjere, Joram Sosve, Amon Mageyo, and three other people named only as
Mujuru, Jera and Chisango.

The 12 have 10 days from Monday this week to oppose the provisional order.
No comment could be obtained from the police and the provincial authorities.
On Monday, Hamish Charters, 48, the owner of Eirene Farm, was brutally
attacked by the invaders at his farm.
No arrests had been made by late yesterday
Back to the Top
Back to Index

Daily News

CIO officers get salary hike

10/13/01 7:49:31 AM (GMT +2)

Political Editor

THE Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), whose 1 200 junior officers
refused to write internal examinations in August, has given its 3 000-strong
workforce a 20 percent salary increment and is buying new vehicles to beef
up its fleet ahead of next year’s presidential election.

CIO officials said this week the across-the-board increment was meant to
pacify the disgruntled officers, especially the junior ranks who refused to
take the internal examinations.
They were protesting against the refusal by their bosses to approve
immediate salary and allowance increases of 50 and 100 percent,

The increment was effected last month. “It is pathetic that the government
chose to award a 20 percent salary hike across the board simply because the
officers had boycotted the examinations,” said an official who spoke on
condition he was not named. “Doctors and nurses went on strike to press for
better working conditions and packages but they were ignored. This is a
power struggle. The government knows it needs the CIO in its presidential
campaign hence the increments and improvement of working conditions.”

The officials said the organisation, which recently bought 12 luxury cars
worth an estimated $50 million, had recently acquired 10 Peugeot 306
vehicles and six Mazda pick-up trucks for allocation to the provinces after
disposing of an ageing fleet.

An estimated $36 million was used to buy the cars from a local company. The
luxury vehicles, which included six Volvo sedans imported from Sweden, were
allocated to directors.
But CIO officials claims the vehicles cost much less than $50 million.
On the boycotted examinations, the officials said a date was expected to be
set soon since the results for those who sat had been nullified. The
examinations will allow the organisation to release positions it had frozen
to pave way for the restructuring process, which had also been shelved.

A spokesperson said Minister of State for Security, Nicholas Goche, and the
director-general, Elisha Muzonzini, were unavailable for comment.

Back to the Top
Back to Index

Daily News Leader Page

Someone else is bad rubbish, not Gillespie

10/13/01 6:55:52 AM (GMT +2)

THE government’s arrogant reaction to the serious concerns that it is
“engineering the breakdown of the rule of law”, expressed by Justice Michael
Gillespie, must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

For some time now, the government has been behaving like a mad man living in
a house whose walls are made up of a series of mirrors.

Every day it wakes up, the government cannot avoid passing in front of one
of those mirrors. And each time it looks at its own image in the mirror, it
doesn’t like what it sees and so proceeds to smash that particular mirror.
Some of the many mirrors the government has had a go at for reflecting its
ugly image have been the International Monetary Fund, Britain, the United
States, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, the independent
Press, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the MDC and the Zimbabwe
Council of Churches.

At one point or another, all these countries and organisations have been
labelled “enemies of the State” with an agenda to remove President Mugabe
and his government from power, merely for telling the government that it is
behaving badly. Courageous local individuals, who have dared point out to
the government the error of its ways, have been similarly vilified and
slandered. They have invariably been labelled “racists” if they happen to be
white or “puppets of the whites” if they happen to be black.

Individuals outside the country’s borders such as Tito Mboweni, the governor
of the Reserve Bank of South Africa, who have openly slammed the government
for sponsoring lawlessness and violence, have been accused of harbouring an
agenda against Zimbabweans and their leadership. Even the current Southern
African Development Community chairman, Malawi’s President Bakili Muluzi,
has not been spared for openly censuring the government for its promotion of
lawlessness on commercial farms. While reviewing his last case, Gillespie,
who resigned from Zimbabwe’s High Court in frustration last month, took that
opportunity to fire parting shots at our rogue government.

He said the breakdown of law and order, constant attacks of judges and “the
selective application of justice” is being “spearheaded by the Executive,
Zanu PF supporters and war veterans”. It was a show of great moral courage
for Gillespie to also state publicly that one could not have sat on the High
Court Bench for the past two years and not become increasingly concerned at
the manner in which “the Executive has attempted to compromise the Judiciary
and bend the rule of law”.

But, in his mighty wisdom, Professor Jonathan Moyo, the government’s
official spokesman who has become something of a master at employing
invective and undiplomatic language to describe people whose views he doesn’
t agree with, declared the judge had no business making those pertinent and
wholly accurate observations. Coarse as ever, Moyo, in spite of overwhelming
evidence of rampant violence and lawlessness all over the country, has
consistently maintained the rule of law is intact and there is no violence
in Zimbabwe.

He said of Gillespie’s remarks: “You will not find a more disgusting abuse
of the Bench than this. And you will not find a more fitting occasion than
this to say good riddance to bad rubbish.” It is questionable whether Moyo
has the moral authority to make such lofty pronouncements, given his well
known inconsistency when confronted with grave moral issues that weigh
heavily on one’s conscience. Rather, we are more persuaded to think that,
because of his thoroughly disgusting abuse of both power and the public
media, it is to him Zimbabweans would say “good riddance to bad rubbish” if
he were to quit government tomorrow.

Back to the Top
Back to Index

From The Daily News

Pressure piles on Mugabe

10/13/01 7:00:07 AM (GMT +2)

By Lloyd Mudiwa

THE Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) yesterday called on the
international community to immediately tighten the screws on President

“The international community must apply strong, co-ordinated pressure on
President Mugabe immediately, if Zimbabwe is to avoid total internal
collapse and greater violence, with dangerous regional repercussions,” part
of a report released by the group yesterday reads. “It is time to freeze
overseas assets held by Mugabe, leaders of his Zanu PF party and their
families, and to impose personal restrictions on them.”

Accusing Zimbabwe of reneging on the terms of last month’s Abuja agreement,
the ICG said the international community should introduce sanctions against
Mugabe and senior members of the Zimbabwean government. In the report,
entitled Zimbabwe: Time for International Action, the ICG accused Mugabe of
failing to address the concerns of the Southern African Development
Community leaders over Zimbabwe’s worsening economy, the collapse of the
rule of law, violence and political instability.

The ICG says sanctions “will isolate Mugabe and bring further pressure to
bear for positive change”. The report reads: “The Zimbabwean government
shows no intention to permit free and fair elections in order ensure a
Mugabe victory in the presidential election due by April next year.
“Pressure is the only thing Mugabe understands and direct aid should also be
offered to the opposition and civil society to encourage Zimbabweans working
for change to ensure positive policy changes in time.”

Mugabe faces Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC leader, in the stiffest challenge to
his 21-year rule in next year’s presidential poll. John Prendergast, ICG’s
Africa programme co-director, said: “It’s time for the international
community to impose Œsmart’ sanctions on the Zanu PF leadership, without
increasing the suffering of the Zimbabwean people. “Any further delay in
international action will only allow the government to continue whatever is
necessary to stay in power. Zimbabwe’s neighbours and international friends
must act quickly.”

He said the postponement of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
following the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States must not
allow Mugabe to believe that he has a free run to intensify repression
because the international community is focused on Afghanistan. The ICG’s
report follows a field mission to Zimbabwe in the second half of last month,
which revealed that farm invasions were escalating with thousands of farm
workers displaced and poverty rising in both urban and rural areas.

By-elections have been rigged and marred by violence, while political
appointments have compromised the judiciary, and intimidation and violence
were being used to shackle the independent media, the ICG delegation said.

Back to the Top
Back to Index

From The Daily News, 13 October

Tsvangirai survives attack

Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC president, yesterday narrowly escaped what his party described as an assassination attempt after his convoy and personal vehicle were attacked at Patchway Mine in Kadoma by a group of about 70 Zanu PF supporters. Addressing a Press conference after the attack, Tsvangirai said: "It was clear. What would you say when a group of between 50 and 70 people attack you and almost destroy your vehicle? The attack could have led to death." The windows on the passenger seat side of the vehicle where Tsvangirai was sitting were completely destroyed, while the rear windows were smashed open, leaving big holes in them. Tsvangirai said: "We were going to Sanyati when a group of about 50 youths attacked our convoy around 11am. My vehicle’s windows were shattered by stones. We had to drive through the crowd, but fortunately no one was hurt."

This was the second attack on Tsvangirai’s convoy this year. On 23 July, Tsvangirai’s motorcade was attacked by Zanu PF youths in Chiveso village in Bindura in the run-up to the Bindura by-election. Learnmore Jongwe, the MDC’s secretary for information and publicity, yesterday said: "We now have firm and solid information that Zanu PF intends to stop Tsvangirai from contesting the forthcoming presidential election by physically eliminating him. The strategy is deliberately designed to be less sophisticated and involves the use of agents disguised as village vigilantes." Jongwe said the damage to Tsvangirai’s Pajero vehicle was in excess of $950 000.

Tsvangirai said the attack occurred as he drove to Sanyati with other MDC officials to educate his party structures on the need for a peaceful election campaign and to encourage them to register to vote for the presidential election. Tsvangirai said the attack, a clear violation of the Abuja agreement in which the government promised to restore the rule of law, took place in the presence of a police inspector he named only as Makaza, the officer commanding Kadoma Rural. "The international community should note that the Abuja agreement was a smokescreen to hoodwink them into believing that law and order would be restored in the country," he said. The incident was reported at Kadoma Central police station. But an Inspector Mpofu, the officer-in-charge of the station, referred questions to Makaza, who was reportedly out of the office. "It would appear that Makaza was around the vicinity of the incident. I hold him responsible for that incident," Tsvangirai said. A police officer at Kadoma Rural who refused to identify himself yesterday said: "The position is that we do not speak to the Press, but it is not true that Makaza was involved in that incident."

From The Independent (UK), 13 October

Zimbabwe moderates massive price cuts on food

Harare - Zimbabwe tempered price cuts on basic foods on Friday after sweeping reductions it had announced earlier in the week threatened to ruin hundreds of companies and cause food shortages. Price cuts of between 10 and 45 per cent on corn meal, the country's staple food, bread, meat, cooking oil and milk which were announced on Wednesday were modified to between 5 and 20 per cent in an official price-freeze order issued by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Since Wednesday, two supermarket chains had closed several stores after being besieged by shoppers demanding goods at the reduced prices. Business leaders said the prices were below the costs of production. The first announcement decreed that a loaf of bread should sell for Z$34.43, a drop of 33 per cent. After millers and bakers protested that it cost Z$40 to produce a loaf, the government pegged the price at Z$48.40, a drop of about 14 per cent from the current price.

The cuts became effective yesterday as the government battled to control soaring inflation ahead of hotly contested presidential elections early next year. The independent Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) said even the modified reductions would threaten the viability of many businesses suffering high import bills and rising transport and power costs. "Bakers have had to raise their prices throughout the year to stay in business," said Jacob Dube, of the CZI. "Reduced prices will lead to closures and job losses." The price controls were expected to create shortages, hoarding and black marketeering, he said. Howard Sithole, an economist, said the price freeze was impractical and "a populist decision to please voters".

From The Financial Times, 12 October

Zimbabweans 'desperately need help'

Johannesburg - The economic crisis in Zimbabwe, and rising prices in particular, are having a devastating effect on its people, the South African government said on Friday. Alec Erwin, the minister of trade and industry, said economic mismanagement had led to sky-rocketing inflation that was hurting Zimbabwe's poorest people. "What is happening to ordinary people and workers is devastating, absolutely devastating. And it's not being solved," he said. "They desperately need help." Inflation in Zimbabwe is estimated at 70 per cent, while unemployment is 50 per cent. The country is facing shortages of basic foodstuffs and the International Monetary Fund has ruled out making further loans to the country.

Mr Erwin's comments followed a partial U-turn by the government of Zimbabwe on Friday on its decision to impose price controls on staple foods. Wednesday's announcement of big cuts in the price of bread, maize, meat, cooking oil and milk had led to a run on shops, causing food shortages and threatening to close down hundreds of companies. This acknowledgment of Zimbabwe's economic plight by the South African government is one of its strongest statements yet about the extent of the financial crisis, precipitated by political violence and land invasions in its northern neighbour. Mr Erwin warned that South Africa should avoid the de-industrialisation and job losses that had taken place in Zimbabwe. "In a short period in Zimbabwe, the industrial capacity has been destroyed. It would be very dangerous in South Africa," he said.

The Zimbabwean ministry of trade and industry on Friday ordered that the price cuts of between 10 and 45 per cent announced on Wednesday should be reduced to between 5 and 20 per cent, after business leaders complained the new prices did not cover production costs. Supermarkets and bakeries across the country were forced to close on Friday after running out of bread and other foods and being besieged by customers demanding lower prices. The price of a loaf of bread, which had dropped 33 per cent to around Z$34 ($61 US cents) on Friday, was increased to Z$48, a drop of 14 per cent from the non-regulated price. The price of bread has increased eight times this year. The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) said on Friday that even the modified price cuts were a threat to many businesses. "Reduced prices will lead to closures and job losses," said Jacob Dube, a CZI official.

From the Zimbabwe Independent, 12 October

Army in Manicaland crackdown

The government has deployed the army in parts of Manicaland seen as loyal to the Movement for Democratic Change as part of the ruling party’s nationwide campaign to root out opposition. Latest information reaching the Zimbabwe Independent indicates the military - garrisoning MDC Chimanimani MP Roy Bennett’s Charleswood Estate - went on the rampage this week assaulting people accused of being opposition supporters. Sources said the vicious crackdown, which also involved the police and state intelligence agents, started last weekend and left a trail of victims. "On Saturday, October 6, police, under the command of Assistant Inspector Mujuru, CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) under Joseph Mwale, and the army, under Captain Charamba from ZNA (Zimbabwe National Army) 3 Brigade Mutare, proceeded with about 25 details to Machongwe village to assault people accused of supporting the MDC," a source said.

Sources said soldiers assaulted a number of people. Some of the victims of what appears to be organised state terrorism were identified as Edmore Mafuse (24), Tobias Machocho (22), Shepherd Kajai (31), Brian Manoma (9), and Never Ruwo (32). "Ruwo sustained a fractured skull, face lacerations, severe bruises and multiple cuts. He is currently undergoing treatment," a source explained. "A headmaster from Kushinga A school had serious lacerations and bruises as well. Some of the victims have not yet got treatment because of death threats they received when they went to hospitals or clinics." It is understood the local MDC leadership reported the incidents to Chimanimani police station. Constable Matubu of Police Internal Security Intelligence was said to be investigating the matter. Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said he was not aware of the situation.

Trouble also struck Biriwiri township in Chimanimani on Sunday. Soldiers and state security operatives were said to have unleashed another wave of terror. This followed a meeting earlier in the day held by senior Zanu PF officials. Present were Didymus Mutasa, Zanu PF secretary for foreign affairs in the politburo and Makoni North MP; Patrick Chinamasa, Justice minister and non-constituency MP; Munacho Mutezo, the Zanu PF candidate who lost to Bennett in last year’s general election; Sidney Gata, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority chair and chief executive; Jane Knight, a local Zanu PF coordinator and several district officials. A headmaster and two teachers from each school across the district, civil servants, and community leaders were ordered to attend the weekend gathering, it was said.

"They were told their jobs and lives were on the line if they continued supporting the opposition," a source said. "The headmaster for Nenhowe School was ordered to stand up and identified as a suspected MDC supporter and threatened with reprisal." It is understood Mutasa opened the meeting claiming Mutezo was the legitimate MP for Chimanimani and not Bennett who beat Mutezo the Zanu PF rural stronghold by 11 410 to 8 072 votes. A source close to the get-together said Mutasa announced: "I’m now declaring Munacho Mutezo as the official MP for Chimanimani and Roy Bennett as history." Sources said Chinamasa asked the audience how they could have voted for a "Boer" and why they wanted to return the country to whites.

"He said Zanu PF was there to stay and people better get used to it because things will never change," another source said. "They all dwelt in war-like rhetoric threatening villagers with retribution in the most menacing manner possible." It was said Gata - who is President Robert Mugabe’s brother-in-law - alleged he had received applications for electricity from a number of MPs but Bennett had not been interested in bringing power to his constituency. "The Zanu PF officials also urged people to proceed to Bennett’s Charleswood Farm to seize the property," a source noted. "They said if you want to kill a hornet you destroy its nest." "In the evening around 5pm two plainclothes soldiers entered Charleswood Estate bar and started harassing farm employees," another source revealed. "Scuffles ensued and several people were beaten up." Violence has been going on in Chimanimani for sometime now. Bennett’s farm and MDC supporters have been targets for government-sponsored mobs and the state security apparatus.

From The Financial Gazette, 11 October

Plot to expel farmers foiled

Influential leaders of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu PF party and senior intelligence officers hatched an "Idi Amin-type" plan to expel almost all white farmers from Zimbabwe by December if international efforts to resolve the land crisis failed but the plan has apparently been abandoned, it emerged this week. The government however denied the existence of such a plan, saying the introduction of the fast-track land reform programme was meant to address such concerns as the slow pace of resettlement. Idi Amin, the 1970s ruler of Uganda, expelled all Asians from the East African country after accusing them of corruption and excessively exploiting the economy. The Zimbabwean plan, which seems to have been aborted following the signing of the Abuja agreement last month, would have begun with riots on farms in the Chinhoyi and Mhangura areas of Mashonaland West, intelligence sources told the Financial Gazette. Many farmers in August fled the rich farming areas from rampaging government supporters who targeted their small communities for random assaults. According to the sources, the plan by the CIO and Zanu PF hinged on landless villagers, party youths and self-styled war veterans being inflamed to attack farmers and drive them out of properties as the quickest way of implementing the government's fast-track land reforms.

Marauding bands of villagers and war veterans attacked farmers in Mashonaland West in August and looted properties, forcing owners and their workers to flee after an altercation at Liston Shield, a farm about 15 km from Chinhoyi, ignited the rampage. It is alleged that some senior Zanu PF leaders had visited the farming area and urged villagers to physically attack farmers to force them to abandon their properties. Twenty-one white farmers were later arrested and are being charged with common assault. Their case attracted international attention when the courts initially refused them bail. According to the sources, the exercise to induce the mass exodus of white farmers from Zimbabwe was only abandoned after Nigeria successfully cobbled up a truce between Zimbabwe and Britain, its former colonial master, in Abuja on September 6. What also helped to cool tempers was the generous land reform plan offered before Abuja by some members of the Commercial Farmers' Union (CFU) as part of the Zimbabwe Joint Resettlement Initiative. Under the Abuja agreement, Zimbabwe assured the international community it would restore law and order in exchange for the resumption of Western aid and the funding of its land programme.

One source said the "Idi Amin" plan was actually part of a "grand strategy" hatched by members of the spy Central Intelligence Organisation, war veterans and some Zanu PF leaders as the final countdown that would have culminated in attacks on leading members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Aspects of the plan that apparently found favour among senior military and intelligence officers included forcing MDC leaders to flee the country before next year's presidential poll. "When it comes to the nitty-gritty, these people do not care. They are guerrillas, they are just like the Talibans," said one intelligence source, referring to the militant Islamic government being pounded by the United States for allegedly supporting international terrorism. Almost all of Zimbabwe's senior military and intelligence officers are former members of Robert Mugabe's pre-independence ZANLA guerrilla army.

The source said Britain and the CFU must have got wind of the plan and immediately agreed to attend the Abuja talks. The CFU, through a spokesman, however said this week the organisation did not know of the plan. Contacted for comment, a senior Zanu PF legislator this week said in confidence that while not privy to the original plan to scare away farmers, the intention to get rid of them was well known within the party and would continue "whether there is Abuja or not". "It is simple," said the legislator who preferred anonymity, "the whites have to leave the farms. The difference now is that with Abuja, they will be paid. Before they would have left with only the compensation for improvements they made on the properties." The Zanu PF leader said in provinces such as Mashonaland Central, white farmers had already realised that only working with the ruling party would assure their continued stay on their properties.

Welshman Ncube, the MDC's secretary-general, said his party was aware of the plan to force some of its senior executives into exile or into detention and scrap next year's presidential election. "We are aware that that is one of the contingency plans which is said to be preferred by Zanu PF even now. It's not as if this has been abandoned because of Abuja," Ncube said. He said his party's own intelligence sources had warned the MDC that the ruling party would use all means at its disposal to retain power and these might include introducing martial law and arresting opposition party leaders. The department of information yesterday evening brushed off the so-called "Idi Amin" plan saying the fact that the government had introduced the fast track land reform programme was to address concerns over the slow pace of resettlement since the Lancaster House conference in 1980. A government spokesman directed the Financial Gazette to Zanu PF or the Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association to check whether they knew about the alleged plan to chase away farmers to speed up the resettlement exercise. It was not possible to do so before going to print.

From The Zimbabwe Independent, 12 October

Muzenda flouts ban on maize

Vice-President Simon Muzenda is openly flouting the law by buying maize through one of his companies, Murefu Investments, in contravention of a statutory instrument banning private trade in maize and wheat, it has been established. In July the government passed a law which prohibits trading in maize and wheat outside the Grain Marketing Board. Farmers delivering their maize to Murefu Investments - which he opened in the Soti-Source resettlement scheme in Gutu - said Muzenda was currently buying maize at $160 a bucket, which weighs about 15kg. This translates to $10 560 a tonne, about $1 000 more than the GMB buying price.

"His buying maize here is a big advantage to us because it cuts transport costs we incur when we take the maize to the nearest GMB depot and if we deliver to GMB it would take at least a week to get our cheques," one farmer said. The nearest GMB depot is at Gutu-Mpandawana, about 50km from Soti. The farmer said Muzenda’s company supplied transport to collect maize from the small-scale farmers who were paid immediately after delivery. However, there was a catch to the deal as sellers had to purchase agricultural inputs from Murefu Investments using the proceeds from the maize sale. They are then paid the balance in cash. Considering the fact that Muzenda’s company is buying the maize at a price higher than the gazetted one, it is unlikely that he would send the grain to the GMB at a loss, commentators said.

Sources said Muzenda was buying maize to support his piggery project. There is also speculation that some of the maize is being resold on the black market for a profit. Currently maize is selling at $200 a bucket from street vendors in urban areas. The GMB has deployed more than 50 inspectors to monitor the movement of cereals throughout the country. Sources at the GMB said once the inspectors caught-up with a truck carrying maize to any destination other than the GMB, the consignment would be diverted to the nearest depot. The GMB had not responded to written questions enquiring about Muzenda’s maize trade by the time of going to press.

Back to the Top
Back to Index