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Starvation is the price for defying ruthless Mugabe
The Times ^ | November 25, 2002 | Michael Dynes

Posted on 11/24/2002 3:15:25 PM PST by MadIvan

AT the age of seven months, Thinkmore Mwinde could hardly be accused of harbouring dangerous opposition thoughts, even in the deranged political landscape of President Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.

The same cannot be said of his mother, Regina, 39, who voted for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and is now being punished for that by Mr Mugabe. She is being denied the maize meal she and her seven children need to survive.

Mrs Mwinde, along with an overwhelming majority of the impoverished Tonga people in Zimbabwe’s north-western district of Binga, voted for Joel Gabbuza in the March presidential elections, giving the MDC its single biggest parliamentary majority.

The Tonga did the same again in the rural district council elections in August, providing the MDC with its only rural constituency in the country.

But the price of such persistent defiance has been high. For three months, the ruling Zanu(PF) party has blocked food shipments into the district, in what has become the most blatant and ruthless use of food as a political weapon in the former British colony.

Cradling Thinkmore in her arms, Mrs Mwinde said that she and her children, who stand next to her holding their bloated bellies, had not eaten for two days. They have been surviving for months on a diet of leaves, roots and seeds from the bush. She is weak. She has no money, and has no idea where the next meal will come from.

In scores of villages throughout the district the food situation is the same. Standing in the doorway of his one-room hut, Samson Munkuli, 48, says he has not eaten for days.“I have been surviving on millet and salt,” he said. The muscle and flesh on his arms and legs have wasted away. He is a human skeleton, and will not live long.

In the town of Binga, the manager of the state-controlled Grain Marketing Board (GMB), which has a monopoly on maize sales, openly admits that food is only sold to Zanu (PF) supporters.“We only sell to Shona speakers,” he said. Members of the Central Intelligence Organisation and the President’s Office stand nearby, ensuring that he complies with Harare’s directives on food distribution.

Reports that maize is only sold to card carrying members of Zanu(PF) are widespread. Roadblocks have been thrown up around the major cities to ensure that maize is not smuggled into the urban areas, most of which are hotbeds of opposition support. But the government’s stranglehold on food distribution is far more sophisticated than that.

Under an agreement hammered out with the United Nation’s World Food Programme in February, Harare agreed to import 800,000 tonnes of maize; the WFP would import another 800,000 tonnes for distribution among the young, pregnant women and the elderly; while the private sector would import a further 800,000 tonnes for sale to the adult population.

But the government is only importing 500,000 tonnes. International donors have failed to raise sufficient cash for WFP to fulfil its commitments, and the government has refused to grant licences to the private sector to import food - a flagrant breech of the February agreement.

The MDC has 100 tonnes of maize at the Beitbridge border post with South Africa. Roman Catholic church organisations have another 2,000 tonnes sitting on the border, and Oxfam had wanted to bring in a further 38 tonnes. All have been refused import licenses by the Harare government.

The shortfall in imports has enabled Zimbabwe’s National Food Committee, run by Nicholas Goche, the head of state security, to ensure that only Zanu(PF) supporters get food. The GMB has some 50 depots around the country controlling the distribution of maize stocks.“It controls who mills it, who packs it, and who buys it,” Eddie Cross, a member of the MDC’s National Executive Committee, said.“It is absolutely systematic,” he added.

Didymus Mutasa, Zanu(PF)’s Administrative Secretary, the party’s senior bureaucrat, has said he would not mind if Zimbabwe lost half its 12 million people as a result of the collapse in agricultural production.

“We would be better off with only six million people, with our own people who support the liberation struggle,” Mr Mutasa said.“We don’t want all these extra people,” he added.

Harare: Only 7,000 of 14,000 farmers allocated formerly white-owned land in the rich province of Mashonaland West have taken up their plots, the state-run Sunday Mail reported. (AFP)

Travel ban row

A row over the European Union’s travel ban on President Mugabe of Zimbabwe and key members of his entourage is threatening to disrupt a conference starting today between Euro MPs and their counterparts from 77 developing countries.

Several countries threatened to boycott the meeting after the European Parliament refused access to its premises to two ministers in the Zimbabwean delegation.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: africawatch; deathcultivation; hyundai; mugabe; rhodesia; starvation; zimbabwe
Another day, another atrocity.

Regards, Ivan

Flag of Rhodesia

1 posted on 11/24/2002 3:15:26 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: *AfricaWatch; Clive; Cincinatus' Wife; backhoe; Sparta; Toirdhealbheach Beucail; TopQuark; ...
2 posted on 11/24/2002 3:16:03 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Don't forget the Leftist Nazis of Greenpeace is in the thick of this as well. To them, people are expendable.
3 posted on 11/24/2002 3:19:34 PM PST by JoJo Gunn
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To: MadIvan
Rhodesia, which may have 12 million people at the peak whether that is past yet or not, had only about 300,000 or fewer (black) residents before the Pioneer Column of British settlers entered there some 115 years ago.

Those were all desperately poor and living at a starvation level, of course.

How many blacks, do you think, will be living there at a starvation level 115 years AFTER the British (wimpout, treasonable) abandonment of their own in Rhodesia? My guess is: 300,000.

4 posted on 11/24/2002 3:20:38 PM PST by crystalk
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To: MadIvan
Is the British government going to do something about this Mugabe clown? LONG LIVE RHODESIA!!!
5 posted on 11/24/2002 3:26:40 PM PST by Sparta
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To: Sparta
Is the British government going to do something about this Mugabe clown?

Unfortunately no. Shooting black people, no matter the reason, makes some people in the Labour Party grouchy. And we can't have that.

Regards, Ivan

6 posted on 11/24/2002 3:28:02 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
By how much was Labour reelected to Parlament again and how many Tories can go along with Blair if he decides to move on Mugabe.
7 posted on 11/24/2002 3:31:49 PM PST by Sparta
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To: Sparta
Unfortunately our military is doing other things right now - like covering for striking firemen and putting out fires with trucks that are over 50 years old.

Regards, Ivan

8 posted on 11/24/2002 3:34:53 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan


AFRICAN CRISIS - A Photo Essay (*ALERT: This "African Crisis" should not be viewed by Children)

BBC NEWS: "FARRAKHAN BACKS ZIMBABWE LAND GRAB" (ARTICLE SNIPPETS: "Louis Farrakhan, leader of the US Nation of Islam organisation, has backed Zimbabwe's controversial land reform programme at the start of a three-day visit to the troubled country. Mr Farrakhan told the state-owned Herald newspaper that he was in "full support" of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's policies "as it was aimed at correcting a historical injustice"..."Mugabe's government has targeted about 95% of white-owned lands for confiscation.") (July 13, 2002)


9 posted on 11/24/2002 3:47:19 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy
Robert Heinlien said it very well.

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded -- here and there, now and then -- are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people.

Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck."

From "The Notebooks of Lazarus Long"

10 posted on 11/24/2002 4:39:08 PM PST by Ronin
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To: MadIvan
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Rhetoric of blame is now a white lie (AFRICA, HEAL THYSELF)
The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 3, 2002 | Tim Butcher
"I remember Africa in the 1960s, everyone was filled with high expectations after independence. Forty years on, Africa is a series of kleptocracies, many worse off than they were under colonial rule. Almost all of the common people in relative worse shape to the rest of the world than they were before independence. Africans after 40 years have no one to blame but their own leadership for their problems. The leaders want to deflect blame to the West. The West's not buying it anymore..."

CIA -- The World Factbook -- Zimbabwe

First it was Rhodesia then SA now America paying the price of silence.

-A Capsule History of Southern Africa--

Parallels between Apartheid SA & USA today

South African Crime Report - linking the world to Zimbabwe
... Books & Videos. Degrees in Violence: Robert Mugabe and the Struggle for Power
In Zimbabwe This book tells the story of Zimbabwe from the hopeful era of ...

MPR Books - Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African ...

Title: "Cry, the Beloved Country" - Topics: World/South Africa

The Coming Anarchy
February 1994. The Coming Anarchy. by Robert D. Kaplan. ... All rights reserved.

-South Africa - The sellout of a nation--

11 posted on 11/24/2002 4:45:47 PM PST by backhoe
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To: MadIvan
Zimbabwe: another U.S. Liberals' success story...
12 posted on 11/24/2002 4:50:36 PM PST by pabianice
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To: MadIvan
Starvation; tool of the Marxist


13 posted on 11/24/2002 4:55:03 PM PST by Fzob
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To: MadIvan
What I don't understand is why Mugbe (like araRATfink) is still alive? Mugbe has ruined his country economically, financially, physically and produced an unstable regime. Why is he still around?
14 posted on 11/24/2002 6:27:22 PM PST by lilylangtree
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To: lilylangtree
I do wonder how susceptible he is to assassination.
15 posted on 11/24/2002 7:48:22 PM PST by Mmmike
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To: Sparta
Britain? Heck, I'm sill waiting to hear from Brotha' Jesse about what should be done with this hate-filled racist madman!
16 posted on 11/24/2002 8:48:44 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: MadIvan
Oh, how I miss that beautiful sight!
17 posted on 11/25/2002 1:17:57 AM PST by Selous
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To: Mmmike
Difficult nowadays but by no means impossible if the political will and support is there.

We missed him by a hair's breadth in his bolt-hole in Mozambique 22 years ago on two separate occasions - and only because of the activities of a mole in our intelligence community.

He was also slated for dismantling on the morning after the reults of his first rigged election and I'm sad to say we were stood down through the perfidy of the then British government.

Methinks that will be remedied before too long.
18 posted on 11/25/2002 1:24:23 AM PST by Selous
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To: lilylangtree
"Why is he still around?"

And why are we sending him the food to use as a political weapon?
19 posted on 11/25/2002 7:36:45 AM PST by jjm2111
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