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  • James Werle
    Apr 30, 2001
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      Hey Dudley,  how's it going?
       
      Zim does appear from the outside to be going down.  I haven't heard of anyone going there recently but I'm sure if you don't hang out on occupied farms and walk around with cash in harare at night or, you know, do stuff like that, chances are nothing "major domo" would happen to you.  I did read this thing that the fuel shortage has caused a major domo collapse of the vic falls tourism industry (the countires flag ship #1 visited tourist site as we all know).  Why don't they promote Zim tourism to US people as paint ball PLUS (kind of like milk plus).  Instead you go to an occupied farm and run around with a AK 47 trying to dodge real bullets and ex-war veteran guerillas with long pointed black beards and evil in their eye.  I bet Johnson would do it?  By the way, speaking of AK-47s, did you know there is a place outside of Saigon where the VC let you shoot ALL of the weapons from the Vietnam war as long as you like for like 5 bucks.  Not a bad price. 
       
      I don't know if PC  is still in Zim.  I'm guessing not. 
       
      James Werle
       
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 12:19 PM
      Subject: Re: [ujeni] news

      Is Peace Corps still in Zimbabwe.  Has anyone traveled or heard of anyone
      traveling to Zim?  I am just wondering if it is as bad there as the news
      makes it out to be.

      Dan


      >From: "Christine Chumbler" <cchumble@...>
      >Reply-To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
      >To: shelley.milstein@...,ujeni@yahoogroups.com, seanconchar@...
      >Subject: [ujeni] news
      >Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 10:50:40 -0400
      >
      >Ruling Party Tops Council By-Elections
      >
      >Panafrican News Agency (Dakar)
      >April 26, 2001
      >Posted to the web April 26, 2001
      >
      >Blantyre, Malawi
      >
      >Malawi's ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) has won 10 of
      >the 21 wards in Tuesday's local government by-election.
      >
      >Chief Elections Officer of the Malawi Electoral Commission
      >George Chimwaza said Thursday that the second opposition
      >Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) of former trade unionist
      >Chakufwa Chihana won seven wards while the main opposition
      >Malawi Congress Party (MCP) only managed to get only one.
      >Two wards went to independent candidates, he said.
      >
      >Chimwaza, however, said results of one ward in the central
      >district of Kasungu have been withheld pending investigations
      >into what he termed "serious irregularities."
      >
      >"We are suspecting fraud because there is no way voter turn-
      >out can surpass the figures we have on the roll," he said.
      >
      >Lipenga said just like the 21 November 2000 local government
      >elections where voter turnout was a dismal 14.7 per cent,
      >turnout in the 24 April re-run was equally low at 17.7 per cent.
      >
      >The results means the ruling UDF still controls local
      >government affairs with 621 of the 861 councillors. AFORD has
      >127 councillors while the MCP has 82.
      >
      >The National Independence Party (NIP) of former UDF MP and
      >deputy speaker of Parliament Arthur Makhalira, has one
      >councillor while independent councillors control 29 wards.
      >
      >The local government by-elections were initially planned to hold
      >concurrently with a crucial parliamentary by-election in a rural
      >constituency outside Blantyre, where lawyer Henry Dama Phoya
      >is standing on a UDF ticket against businessman Levison
      >Mlauzi of the MCP.
      >
      >But the parliamentary re-run was stayed following political
      >violence on 8 April between UDF and MCP supporters that left
      >one UDF cadre dead.
      >
      >*****
      >
      >Church Alleges Muzzling By Malawian
      >Government
      >
      >Panafrican News Agency (Dakar)
      >April 29, 2001
      >Posted to the web April 29, 2001
      >
      >Blantyre, Malawi
      >
      >In a letter read Sunday in parishes across Malawi, the Church
      >of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) has said its members
      >were under threats after they read a previous pastoral circular
      >highly critical of the ruling establishment.
      >
      >The letter further complained that in some cases CCAP
      >Christians in districts affected by the recent flooding have been
      >denied relief items as punishment for the pastoral letter.
      >
      >The church also alleges that some influential pastors and
      >elders had been approached and enticed with money to
      >discredit the pastoral letter as the work of politicians.
      >
      >President Bakili Muluzi has, however, taken a rather conciliatory
      >stance on the palaver.
      >
      >He told a rally in Blantyre earlier Saturday and a church service
      >in the southern town of Balaka Sunday, that he has instructed
      >officials to respond diplomatically to concerns raised in the
      >letter.
      >
      >"We are all not perfect, we makes mistakes. My government
      >accepts criticism from anybody," he said.
      >
      >Meanwhile, leaders of the Christian Council of Malawi
      >(Protestant) and the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (Roman
      >Catholic) have hinted they would meet in the week ahead to
      >discuss how to strengthen their cooperation against what they
      >called social ills.
      >
      >*****
      >
      >8 Quizzed Over Estate Scandal
      >
      >Panafrican News Agency (Dakar)
      >April 29, 2001
      >Posted to the web April 29, 2001
      >
      >Blantyre, Malawi
      >
      >Malawi police are investigating eight employees of the
      >Administrator General's Office over the disappearance of
      >hundreds of thousands of dollars belonging to dead people.
      >
      >The fraud was uncovered following an inquiry ordered by
      >Justice Minister and Attorney General Peter Fachi last May,
      >after some widows complained that they got nothing from the
      >estates left behind by their late husbands.
      >
      >The inquiry discovered alleged loopholes in the administration
      >of the estates, making it easy for unscrupulous officials to cash
      >cheques meant for dependants of the deceased.
      >
      >According to a report from the probe, "proper cash books were
      >last maintained in 1997.
      >
      >It also said that some 46 million Malawi Kwacha (about 575, 000
      >US dollars) was undistributed for two years, raising suspicion of
      >intended diversion.
      >
      >Many beneficiaries, who daily besiege the Administrator's Office
      >for claims have also alleged that officials demand bribes from
      >claimants.
      >
      >The report further noted that there were no records for the 20
      >million Kwacha (about 250,000 US dollars) disbursed between
      >1998 and 2000 from the dead men's estates.
      >
      >The Weekend Nation Saturday reported a case of how
      >beneficiaries were swindled.
      >
      >It involved one Alina Makunganya, whose husband, an
      >employee of a security firm, died last year.
      >
      >The weekly reported that money in the estate the man left
      >behind, had already been paid out to claimants, who could not
      >be traced by either the Administrator General's Office or the
      >security firm.
      >
      >Administrator General Benard Makwinja, blamed some of the
      >problems on shortage of staff.
      >
      >He was quoted as saying that the 22 staff in his office, including
      >the eight on interdiction, were handling 19,000 cases.
      >
      >The official also indicated that the lack of National identity cards
      >hindered the smooth operation of the scheme.
      >
      >*****
      >
      >Floods Force Grain Estimates Down 25 Per
      >Cent
      >
      >Panafrican News Agency (Dakar)
      >April 26, 2001
      >Posted to the web April 26, 2001
      >
      >Blantyre, Malawi
      >
      >Malawi would this year experience a 25 per cent drop in grain
      >yields as a result of devastating floods in 13 of the country's 27
      >districts.
      >
      >The ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development says
      >grain yield would also drop in some districts because of an
      >outbreak of armyworms.
      >
      >Agricultural extension and technical services controller Charles
      >Matabwa said the floods washed away of crops like the staple
      >food maize.
      >
      >In other cases submerged crops, most of which had already
      >reached maturing stages, simply rotted away after staying
      >under water for too long.
      >
      >"Further problems would come from isolated draught in some
      >areas of [the southern district of] Machinga, besides
      >post-harvest losses," Matabwa said.
      >
      >Districts like Salima experienced an unprecedented outbreak of
      >armyworms.
      >
      >According to programme officer for Salima Rural Development
      >Programme Nevison Nhlongo, army worms attacked at least
      >5,000 hectares of crop fields leaving most maize and rice fields
      >bare.
      >
      >Also in Salima rampaging herds of hippopotami destroyed an
      >additional 600 hectares of maize and rice fields.
      >
      >All these natural calamities combined, Malawi's grain prospects
      >do not look too good, Agriculture ministry officials fear, noting
      >that the country requires at least 2.3 million maize - to meet
      >demand.
      >
      >Devastating floods that peaked in February have largely
      >receded and the 350,000 people displaced by the deluge have
      >started returning to their flooded villages.
      >
      >*****
      >
      >Zimbabwe veteran
      >               denies threats
      >
      >               Hunzvi says the reports are damaging to the
      >               government
      >               The leader of Zimbabwe's so-called war
      >               veterans, Chenjerai Hunzvi, has denied that he
      >               threatened to attack foreign embassies and aid
      >               agencies.
      >
      >               He said a report published on Thursday in the
      >               Financial Gazette, which quoted him as saying
      >               that foreign organisations would be the next
      >               target for his supporters, was not true and had
      >               damaged his reputation.
      >
      >               Mr Hunzvi, whose
      >               movement spearheaded
      >               the illegal invasion of
      >               white-owned farms,
      >               told Zimbabwean state
      >               television that his group
      >               could not be seen to be
      >               terrorising foreign
      >               embassies.
      >
      >               His reported threats led to condemnation from
      >               Western powers and calls for the rule of law to
      >               be upheld in Zimbabwe.
      >
      >               The European Union expressed concern over
      >               the issue and called on President Robert
      >               Mugabe's to heed the Vienna Convention,
      >               which stipulates that host countries should
      >               provide full security for diplomatic missions and
      >               personnel.
      >
      >               Government warning
      >
      >               Embassies tightened security, while several aid
      >               agencies have closed their offices in Harare
      >               and pulled out families of expatriate staff.
      >
      >               The Zimbabwean Government had already
      >               warned that could not guarantee the safety of
      >               diplomats and aid workers who, in its words,
      >               became involved in local politics.
      >
      >               Correspondents say
      >               that the rule of law has
      >               steadily collapsed in
      >               Zimbabwe, with farm
      >               invasions and attacks
      >               on white farmers
      >               spreading to all-out
      >               violence and
      >               intimidation against
      >               anyone who opposes
      >               Mr Mugabe's rule.
      >
      >               President Mugabe's
      >               ruling Zanu-PF party
      >               has accused Britain,
      >               the United States and the EU of backing the
      >               opposition Movement for Democratic Change
      >               (MDC).
      >
      >               The government advised that aid workers who
      >               allowed themselves to "indulge in partisan
      >               political work" would not be helped if they got
      >               into trouble.
      >
      >
      >
      >
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