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      Bankers Say Zimbabwe Drew Foreign Currency From Corporate Accounts to
Pay Debt
      By Peta Thornycroft
      02 September 2005

Zimbabwe's central bank took foreign currency from the accounts of private
corporations to pay some of its debt to the International Monetary Fund,
which has threatened to expel Zimbabwe for failure to pay down its debt.

Central Bank Governor Gideon Gono says Zimbabwe's repayment of $120 million,
less than half its debt to the IMF, was drawn from exporters and others with
foreign currency reserves.

This week, many exporters say, they found their foreign currency accounts
empty. They say they use that money to import spare parts and components for

Officials from two foreign-owned banks in Zimbabwe, who insisted on
anonymity, confirmed that the Central Bank drew on the foreign currency

An IMF team has been in Zimbabwe, holding consultations with representatives
of both the public and private sectors.

In a week, Zimbabwe will find out whether it will be allowed to remain a
member of the IMF, or if it will be expelled. Even if it has paid a
substantial part of its $295 million debt, the IMF will have to decide
whether Zimbabwe is prepared to implement many reforms it has promised, but
so far failed to carry out.

South Africa has offered Zimbabwe a loan to pay off its IMF debt, but on
condition that Harare carry out political and economic reforms. Zimbabwe
Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told parliament this week that Zimbabwe
would never accept any conditional loan.

Veteran economist John Robertson said Friday the Zimbabwe government is
reckless not to accept the South African loan, as the economy nose-dives. He
says inflation is on track to reach 1,000 percent by the end of the year.

The value of the Zimbabwe dollar on the black market, where most trading
takes place, slumped by a further 20 percent this week. And, supermarkets
hiked prices again on Thursday.

Thabitha Khumalo, a member of the executive of the Zimbabwe Congress of
Trade Unions, says further job losses can be expected if exporters lack the
foreign currency to keep the productive sector supplied with imports.
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Zim Online

Zimbabwe starves productive sector to pay IMF
Sat 3 September 2005

      HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's diversion of US$120 million to
settle an International Monetary Fund (IMF) debt will exacerbate foreign
currency shortages for Zimbabwe 's weakened productive sector, economic and
business analysts said on Friday.

      To worsen the plight of Zimbabwe 's hard cash-starved industrial and
commercial sector was the fact that while Harare 's surprise payment to the
IMF may save it from expulsion it would however remain suspended and unable
to access benefits from the Bretton Woods institution.

      "We still owe the IMF close to US$160 million and this means even if
we may not be expelled, we still remain suspended," said Zimbabwe National
Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) president Luxon Zembe.

      He added: "It (payment to IMF) has exacerbated the shortage of foreign
currency for the productive sector because this is a shifting of resources .
. . resources have been taken from other critical sectors to (pay the IMF)."

      For example, Zembe said five big companies that are members of the
ZNCC had already told the organisation that they would have to shut down in
a few months time unless they were able to urgently access foreign currency.

      "The rate of companies selling off has shot up by 50 percent . . .
things are pretty bad. We need a serious injection of support .. otherwise
no matter how much we celebrate (continued) IMF membership, we can lose
these gains," said Zembe.

      The IMF board was widely expected to recommend Zimbabwe 's expulsion
at its meeting on September 9 but is now expected not to impose the ultimate
punishment after it received the part payment from Harare . Zimbabwe 's debt
to the IMF now stands at US$174 million.

      Expulsion from the Fund would have hastened the total collapse of
Zimbabwe's crisis-sapped economy. Other multilateral institutions,
development agencies and donors would have cut whatever little aid is still
trickling to Harare once it was expelled. Creditors would also have moved in
to attach the southern African nation's assets.

      Hard cash-strapped Harare said it raised the money to pay the IMF from
its own resources, a claim hotly disputed by economic analysts, who insist
Mugabe's government must have raised part of the money from a loan received
from "somewhere" and made up the remainder by raiding corporate forex

      Sources in Zimbabwe 's Ministry of Finance this week told ZimOnline
China provided a huge chunk of the money Harare used to pay the IMF.

      Whatever the source of the money, independent economist John Robertson
said giving it to the IMF meant starving local producers of foreign currency
who need hard cash to import raw materials, machinery and spare parts. He
said this would ultimately worsen Zimbabwe 's hard cash crisis.

      Robertson said: "This is just diverting foreign currency from
exporters to the IMF at an enormous cost. We are starving local producers of
hard currency and this is exacerbating the problem."

      Fuel, food, essential medical drugs, electricity, water treatment
chemicals for cities and just about every other basic survival commodity is
in short supply in Zimbabwe because there is no hard cash to pay foreign
suppliers. - ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Lawyers to appeal to African Commission over constitutional changes
Sat 3 September 2005

      HARARE - Zimbabwean human rights lawyers on Friday said they were
preparing to appeal to the African Commission on Human and People's Rights
(ACHPR) over government constitutional amendments that will nationalise
agricultural land and curtail civil rights.

      Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights official Otto Saki said: "We will be
taking the matter to the African Commission. We are in the process of
preparing the heads of argument. Our greatest concern is that the
constitutional amendments take away the duties of the courts, violates
property rights and empowers the government to take away passports."

      President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU PF party this week used its
absolute control of Parliament to force through a raft of constitutional
amendments that will bar landowners from appealing to courts against the
seizure of their land by the state, while courts will be banned from
entertaining such appeals.

      The Constitutional Amendment Bill will empower the government to seize
passports of its critics to bar them from travelling abroad. The Bill, that
now awaits Mugabe's signature before becoming effective law, also creates a
65-member Senate that the veteran Zimbabwean leader has said he wants to use
to appease disgruntled ZANU PF allies by appointing them to the upper

      Zimbabwean human rights groups, the official opposition Movement for
Democratic Change and the United States have criticised the amendments
saying they erode further civic rights and liberties in Zimbabwe .

      But it is highly unlikely that Zimbabwe , which has ignored a scathing
report on its poor human rights record officially released by the commission
earlier this year, would heed whatever the continental rights watchdog shall
say about the controversial constitutional legislation. - ZimOnline

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Zim Online

Harare pushes for extradition of fugitive ZANU PF businessman
Sat 3 September 2005

      HARARE - Zimbabwe authorities are planning to ask South Africa to hand
over a former top official of President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU PF party
and one of the country's richest businessmen, James Makamba who absconded
trial for allegedly violating exchange rules, ZimOnline learnt last night.

      Sources said Harare had begun a "process for the extradition of
Makamba", convicted last year of illegally dealing in foreign currency and
was on remand on other charges of breaching the Foreign Exchange Control Act
that had been dropped last year but were renewed after the state
successfully appealed to the Supreme Court.

      He is holed up in South Africa from where he was quoted by Zimbabwean
newspapers saying he was conducting business for his Telecel mobile phone
company and that he would return to face the law in Harare once he finished
his dealings.

      But Makamba, who was once a member of ZANU PF's key central committee
as well as its chairman in its stronghold Mashonaland Central province, was
not at court on Wednesday this week when his name was called out. The court
immediately issued a warrant for his arrest.

      Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena last night vowed they would leave no
stone unturned to bring back the fugitive businessman to trial. But he would
not confirm whether the law enforcement agency would seek his extradition
from South Africa

      "We are pursuing all necessary means to bring him (Makamba) back to
Zimbabwe from wherever he is," Bvudzijena said adding that the police would
issue a statement on the matter on Monday.

      Makamba's lawyer George Chikumbirike refused to discuss the matter
when contacted last night. He said: "I would not want to comment on anything
regarding Makamba until after tomorrow."

      Zimbabwe and South Africa do not have an extradition treaty but the
two neighbours regularly exchange prisoners and other felons.

      Although Makamba was last year convicted on his own plea of guilty to
six counts of illegally dealing in foreign currency amounting to US$133 000,
ZANU PF insiders insisted he was targeted by the police more because of
suspicion by President Robert Mugabe that he was having an affair with his
young wife, Grace.

      Both Makamba and Mugabe's office have never commented on the
suggestions the businessman, who is related to second Vice-President Joyce
Mujuru, was being persecuted because of suspicions he may have had an affair
with the President's wife.

      Apart from Telecel, which is Zimbabwe 's third largest cell phone
network, Makamba owns several businesses including supermarket chains and
farms. - ZimOnline

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Sunday Times, SA

Horror crashes kill 25

Friday September 02, 2005 15:21 - (SA)

Spokesman Captain Mashudu Malelo said the 16-passenger taxi was overloaded,
carrying 26 people, all Zimbabwean nationals.

The taxi was on its way to Musina.

It appeared that the driver had stopped by the roadside in the early hours
of this morning to urinate, Malelo said. The driverless combi rolled down
the road, over a bridge and down a cliff.

Among the survivors, four were critically injured. They were taken to
Makhado hospital.

Malelo said police were identifying the dead and would liaise with their
Zimbabwean counterparts before releasing the names of
the victims.

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Zimbabwe mortuaries 'piled high with corpses'
          September 02 2005 at 10:49AM

      Harare - Corpses are piling up at town hospitals in Zimbabwe because
families do not have the fuel available to collect the bodies for burial, a
newspaper reported on Friday.

      A privately-run newspaper said scores of bodies had not been collected
from provincial hospitals in Bindura, Marondera and Masvingo, among others.

      At least 51 corpses are lying in the mortuary at Masvingo Provincial
Hospital in southern Zimbabwe, despite the fact it is only supposed to hold
a maximum of 17 bodies, the paper said.

      "The situation has worsened recently due to the fuel crisis. Relatives
of the deceased are finding it difficult to collect bodies because many
vehicles are grounded due to fuel shortages," the hospital's administrator
Vitalis Shonhai said.

      Zimbabwe is in the grip of its worst fuel crisis ever. Almost all fuel
stations have run dry, and only motorists with access to foreign currency
are allowed to purchase fuel coupons at five stations still serving the
precious commodity.

      In rural areas, long lines of dusty cars sit outside fuel stations for
days, waiting for a possible fuel delivery.

      President Robert Mugabe's government blames the shortage - and similar
shortages of electrical power - on a lack of foreign currency.

      Shonhai said part of the blame also lay in the slow pace with which
the authorities are carrying out paupers' burials.

      Zimbabwe's hospitals are being stretched to the limit by HIV and Aids,
which kills at least 2 000 people a week. - Sapa-dpa
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RMB Linked to SA Loan Package

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

September 1, 2005
Posted to the web September 2, 2005

Nic Dawes And Godwin Gandu

Johannesburg-based Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) has emerged as a key player in a
potential South African loan to Zimbabwe. The bank was reluctant to provide
details but its head of project finance, Peter Gent, told the Mail &
Guardian: "Our involvement in such a transaction -- to the extent that we
get involved -- would be as a facilitator in what is essentially a
government-to-government deal."

Pressed on whether RMB would lend its own money and the nature of its
facilitating role, he said: "Obviously there is a reality about the credit-
worthiness of the counterparty."

It is not clear why a merchant bank would be involved, unless the South
African government is trying to avoid recourse to its own budget. It could
do so by providing security for a commercial facility arranged by RMB, which
would be unlikely to lend money to a serial defaulter like Zimbabwe in the
absence of firm guarantees. Several meetings have taken place between
officials of the Zimbabwe government and RMB with a view to arranging
finance for food and fuel, ZimOnline reported on Thursday.

Zimbabwe, on Wednesday, made a payment of $120-million toward its
$294-million loan arrears with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a
spokesperson for the fund confirmed.

Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono told the local press that "exporters
funds" and "free funds holders" had bailed the country out. Other reports
suggested that an assistance package from China had topped up what the
government had scrounged in the local forex market.

The surprise payment has raised questions about the prospects of the
proposed $500-million loan package from South Africa, the first tranche of
which was set to go toward the arrears.

An IMF team spent 10 days in Harare investigating the situation ahead of a
board meeting on September 9 that may decide to impose "compulsory
withdrawal" on Zimbabwe.

The IMF's resident for South Africa, Vivek Arora, accompanied the
delegation. The presence of Arora may have indicated the fund's concern over
progress on the South African loan, which appears to have stalled over
Zimbabwean resistance to the tough conditions attached to it.

"It's not normal for an IMF assessment team to have, as a member of its
delegation, another of its representatives from another country, unless
there is [a] sticking [point] on a relevant issue," an economist who met the
delegation told the M&G.

And it is unclear whether the payment alone will be enough to prevent the
IMF from taking action.

"We can still be expelled, there is still that risk. We have only minimised
it, not eliminated it," economic consultant Eric Bloch said. "On the other
hand, the IMF can recognise this commitment on the part of Zimbabwe to

Gono also indicated that despite the payment there would be ongoing
negotiations with South Africa.

Mugabe's flexi Constitution

On Tuesday Zanu-PF pushed through Parliament constitutional amendments
designed to deny travel visas to government critics, remove legal recourse
to protect property rights and reintroduce the Senate. The latest changes
are the 17th time Zimbabwe has tampered with its Constiution since
independence in 1980. The Lancaster House Constitution, crafted in 1979,
stated that the Bill of Rights was not to be tampered with for 10 years. The
key changes are:

Abolition of seats reserved for whites in Parliament (Act 15 of 1987) The
Lancaster House Constitution provided that the white minority would have 20
guaranteed seats in Parliament for five years to have their economic and
political interests represented.

Creation of the Executive Presidency (Act 23 of 1987) It did away with the
ceremonial president and created an executive president. Robert Mugabe, the
then prime minister, became head of government with executive powers and
privileges that included immunity from prosecution for offences committed
during his term of office.

Introduction of the unicameral Parliament (Act 31 of 1989) The two-chamber
legislature of the Senate (upper house) and Parliament (lower house) was
dropped. The new Parliament allowed for 150 MPs, 20 appointed by the
president, and 10 seats were reserved for chiefs.

Introduction of the Office of the Attorney General (Act 4 of 1993) The
attorney general assumed the role as chief legal adviser and sat in on
Cabinet meetings.

Creation of second vice-president (Act 15 of 1990)

In 1987 Zanu-PF and PF-Zapu signed a unity accord. The second vice-president
was created to accommodate Joshua Nkomo, the then leader of PF-Zapu. The
amendment was designed to unite the two major ethnic groups (Shona and
Ndebele) and ensure equal representation in the presidium.

Bestowment of powers to compulsorily acquire land without the obligation to
compensate (Act No. 5 of 2 000) This provision was further amended by the
changes that were pushed through Parliament this week denying legal recourse
to aggrieved farm owners.

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Zimbabweans in United States Mobilize to Help Fellow Emigres By Ndimyake
      02 September 2005

Leaders of the Zimbabwean diaspora in the United States say they have
mobilized to help the Zimbabwean émigrés whose lives have been upset by
hurricane Katrina.

In Dallas, the president of the Association of Zimbabweans Based Abroad,
Dumhapi Mema, said that as of late Thursday he had been contacted by about a
half dozen Zimbabweans who had reached Texas from New Orleans or other
stricken areas.

Mr. Mema says some of these people are reluctant to ask for help because
their immigration status is irregular.

His organization has asked churches and other Zimbabweans in the area to
help them by providing housing and donating money for food and clothing.

In Washington, Zimbabwe's ambassador to the United States, Dr. Simbi Mubako,
says the embassy has been contacted by a number of Zimbabweans in dire

Dr. Mubako told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyele of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe
that his heart goes out to all the flood victims.
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Airzim Resumes London Route

The Herald (Harare)

September 2, 2005
Posted to the web September 2, 2005


AIR ZIMBABWE has started to clear the backlog of passengers to London which
accumulated after one of its planes failed to take off from London over the

The airline's spokesperson Mr David Mwenga yesterday told The Herald that
the national airliner is expected to be back to its normal schedule today.

In an interview, Mr Mwenga said the plane that had been grounded in London
arrived in Zimbabwe on Wednesday afternoon and immediately started flying
passengers to their destinations. Some of the passengers had been flown in
other carriers and the airline was working flat out to clear the backlog.

"What we are clearing are the passengers we could not accommodate on that
flight and on other carriers. We still have an overflow of the passengers
whom we failed to accommodate on the flight and other carriers. Most of them
are gone and the plane will be back on schedule on Friday.

"We normally operate the London flight on Friday and the flight takes off at
10:10 am. What we are clearing are the passengers we could not carry on the
flight and on other carriers," Mr Mwenga said.

On suggestions that the airliner could have lost a substantial amount of
money in the process of engaging other airliners, Mr Mwenga said they were
not worried about the monetary gains but the welfare of their passengers.

"Our main concern are the passengers. The airfare written on the ticket is
the same fare we negotiate with other carriers. That is very normal and
standard and in most cases other airlines do not reject the requests.

"What we want is for the same passengers to come back again. We have gained
the trust of those passengers because we have managed to take them to their
destinations in time," said Mr Mwenga.
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Mail and Guardian

      Namibia concludes first forced farm sale

      Windhoek, Namibia

      02 September 2005 03:39

            The first compulsory sale of a white-owned farm concluded in
Namibia this week, bringing fresh impetus to the government's land-reform
programme and raising concerns among white farmers of Zimbabwean-style land

            "Yes, our lawyer received a cheque for N$3,7-million, which will
be paid to us as soon as the transfer is finalised," Hilde Renate Wiese, the
owner of Ongombo West, a 4 006ha farm 50km east of Windhoek, said on Friday.

            The Wiese family, of German descent, have farmed Ongombo since
1904. They have requested three months to gather their belongings and move
to the city.

            "We have cried far too long now. We are embittered, but we have
no choice and we have to make the best of it," said Wiese.

            What will become of the 12 farm workers and their 60-odd
dependants, she does not know.

            "We have to pay them for the years they worked for us, that is
law. But where they will go, I don't know," she said.

            "It is ironic that the people who are supposed to benefit from
land reform now sit on the street as well," she said.

            In May last year, the Namibian government served the first
letters requesting farmers to offer their farms for sale. So far, only two
have offered to sell. Namibia is home to an estimated 4 500 mostly white
commercial farmers.

            The first compulsory sale has raised concerns among farmers that
Namibia is facing Zimbabwe-style farm invasions. But the Namibian government
has repeatedly emphasised that it will conduct land reform within the
parameters of the law.

            Namibia's Constitution provides for an equitable distribution of
land, but rules that such deals must involve a willing buyer and a willing
seller as well as payment of fair compensation for the land.

            The president of the Namibia Agricultural Union representing
about half of all commercial farmers, Raimar von Hase, also believes
comparisons to Zimbabwe are ill-founded.

            "There is absolutely no indication that there are developments
here which can remotely be compared to what happened in Zimbabwe," he said
in an interview.

            He is, however, worried about labour disputes becoming the basis
for compulsory sales.

            "Ongombo West came into the public limelight due to a labour
dispute and now it is the first farm to be forcibly purchased," he said.
"This could look like revenge."

            The Namibian government intends purchasing 4,8-million hectares
of land in the next five years to resettle 240 000 previously disadvantaged

            Since independence in 1990, the former German colony and South
African-administered territory has registered the resettlement of 37 000
people. -- Sapa-DPA

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      Zimbabwe's future in the IMF bleak

      September 02, 2005, 16:45

      An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team gave no hints on Zimbabwe's
future today as it left the cash-strapped African country, which coughed up
$120 million this week to try to avoid expulsion from the fund.

      The team arrived in Zimbabwe two weeks ago, as the IMF prepared for a
Sept. 9 board meeting to discuss expelling Zimbabwe over a total of $295
million in unpaid arrears.

      Zimbabwe's surprise last-minute payment left analysts wondering how
the government had got the money when the country was facing an acute
shortage of foreign currency. The IMF mission said nothing on the subject of
expulsion. A member of the team said that the fund would issue a statement
from Washington after concluding its mission, but would not say when.

      The IMF said in a separate statement that its team had reviewed
Harare's economic developments and prospects, and was preparing a report for
the IMF Executive Board.

      Herbert Murerwa, Zimbabwe's finance minister says the government would
only comment further after the IMF statement. "As far as we are concerned we
have given enough details on the payment. We will now wait to hear from the
IMF," he said.

      The central bank says the $120 million payment came from export
earnings, inflows from expatriate Zimbabweans and locals working for
foreign-owned organisations, who are paid in foreign currency. But analysts
were sceptical, noting that Zimbabwe has experienced severe shortages of
foreign currency that have already caused an acute fuel crisis.

      "It is very probable that we have acquired new debt from somewhere,
most likely China, because there are no signs that we have that kind of
money to pay the IMF," Harare consultant economist John Robertson said.

      A source in President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu(PF) party this week
said the IMF payment was partly covered by money from China, which Mugabe
has courted as his relations with the West deteriorate. Mugabe's relations
with Western countries have soured over his seizure of white-owned farms for
the landless black majority, as well allegations of human rights abuses and
vote rigging.

      Zimbabwe's worst economic crisis since independence in 1980 has seen
food and fuel shortages, inflation soar to three digits and the jobless rate
rise above 70 percent. -Reuters

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Zimbabwe finally clears donated food for distribution

      By Tererai Karimakwenda
      02 September 2005

      The tonnes of food donated by The South African Council of Churches
(SACC) to help victims of operation Murambatsvina were finally cleared by
Zimbabwean authorities on Friday, a month after the package was put together
for the desperate families.

      Speaking for the churches, Ron Steele confirmed the final duty-free
permits had been granted and the trucks would be leaving Johannesburg for
Zimbabwe. Blankets that were released from a bonded warehouse in Harare
earlier this week are already being distributed by Christian Care, the local
NGO working with the SACC and Zimbabwe's Council of Churches.

      The month delay was caused by the Zimbabwe side which first demanded
certificates showing the maize was not genetically modified, then insisted
on charging duty on the donated goods even though it was the Zimbabwe
government that created the crisis. Despite all the difficulties, the SACC
said they are still willing to help. They are meeting on Monday to decide
the next step.

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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Mlambo-Ngcuka makes U-turn on Zimbabwe

      By Tichaona Sibanda
      2 September 2005

      South Africa's deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Wednesday
backed off her assertion that her country could learn from Zimbabwe's land
reform process.

      She instead said South Africa should avoid the problems that had
occurred north of the Limpopo.

      The deputy President had been under fire over the past week for saying
that Zimbabwe's land reform process, which saw white owned farms grabbed
without compensation, was a process from which South Africa could learn.

      During her maiden question time session in Parliament, Mlambo-Ngcuka
moved to repair the damage her remarks had caused, but this has not stopped
Zimbabweans in that country from describing her as naïve.

      Godfrey Phiri, head of the advocacy for Justice and reconciliation in
Johannesburg said the deputy President was too new in her job to give a
correct political analysis on Zimbabwe.

      'She has since realised that her utterances were not accepted by the
general population in this country, said Phiri.

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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Desperate Zimbabweans to march to SA Home Affairs Office

      By Tererai Karimakwenda
      02 September 2005

      Tired of having no access to legal status and of abuse at the hands of
the police, Zimbabweans in Johannesburg plan to march to the Home Affairs
office building and present a petition with their grievances.

      Members of the Action Support Group have organised this march for
Wednesday, September 7th, starting at Berea Park. They invite exiles from
other African countries who are having the same problems to join them in the
park at 9:00 in the morning.

      Our correspondent Gift, himself a member of the Action Support Group,
said the march is intended to highlight the desperation that Zimbabweans are
feeling because they have no access to legal papers. The Home Affairs office
shut down the processing centre that was in Johannesburg back in April and
the Pretoria office takes only 5 Zimbabweans a day.

      To make the situation worse, those who have asylum letters sometimes
lose them to South African policemen who tear them up saying there is no war
in Zimbabwe. The Action Support Group is petitioning Home Affairs to clarify
this issue with the police.

      Finally, the group is asking for better conditions at The Lindela
Detention Centre. Gift spent 7 days there last week after being arrested,
and as he reported on Thursday, the place is filthy, the food is terrible
and the guards are very abusive. The group believes the clinic at Lindela
may be manned by unskilled workers.

      The demonstration is to begin promptly at 9:00 A.M. and organisers
urge participants to come early.

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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Zim public servants scolded
02/09/2005 10:20  - (SA)

Johannesburg - Zimbabwean vice-president Joice Mujuru has scolded civil
servants who put personal farming errands before government business,
Zimbabwe's Herald Online reported on Friday.

It said she told public servants on Thursday to choose between serving the
state or themselves.

"Some of you get into the office for a few minutes before going to your
farms, leaving behind files of your work unattended," Mujuru said.

Mujuru was speaking at a one-day workshop held in Harare for senior
government officials.

She branded as sabotage, activities by those who spend more time at their
farms at the expense of their full-time official responsibilities.

"It's more than the corruption that is in this country. It's mixed with
sabotage and everything. There is an "I-don't-care" attitude in this
country," said Mujuru.

She underscored the need for Zimbabweans to have a common purpose of
concentrating on matters that benefit the nation.

Civil servants were expected to lead by example but some of them were
corrupt, she said.

The government expected civil servants to diligently transform broad policy
pronouncements into programmes of action.

"The times of seamless discussion of policies that yields no tangible
results for the ordinary man and woman are now over. Our watchword and,
indeed, our battle, is action, action and action," Mujuru said.

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