Archive for July 7th, 2007

source: news24

Gaborone – The help of a Botswana sangoma was enlisted to predict the viability of a new movie based on the best-selling book The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, its producer has said.

The prophet divined that the film, to be shot in the southern African nation and based on the book by Alexander McCall Smith, would be a huge success, Amy J Moore told a news conference on Tuesday evening.

“About a year ago, I was in Gweta scouting for the movie with Anthony Minghella, our director…We met with a very old man – a sangoma (traditional healer),” she said.

The film managers decided to seek divine intervention from the “wise spirits” following six years of planning the movie.

“We all sat huddled around him, for we had been told he was a very wise sangoma. He handed me the (animal) bones and instructed me to ask them a question.

“I asked about the movie, what was about to happen, how would it turn out. After I threw the bones, through a translator, the sangoma said to me: ‘It is going to be a very long journey, but a very successful journey,'” she said.

So far, the diviner has been [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
International Organization for Migration (Geneva)

6 July 2007
Posted to the web 6 July 2007


As governments gather for the first meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling for migration to be systematically mainstreamed into poverty reduction strategies and for better support to be given to diasporas wanting to contribute to the development of their home countries.

If real progress is to be made on making migration work for development, this and the need to reinforce the capacity of States to map labor market trends and gaps, preparing the way for safe and planned labor migration, would have to be addressed.

IOM sees the Global Forum to be held in Brussels on 9-12 July as an important way to identify good practices and concrete, practical ways forward, following on from the High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development held at the UN General Assembly in September 2006.

IOM promotes and supports global governmental dialogue on migration and development issues,” says IOM’s Director General Brunson McKinley. “But dialogue must lead to action. Tangible, result-oriented ways of strengthening the mutually beneficial links between migration and development need to be defined through dynamic partnerships between States, international organizations, civil society and the private sector in order to make migration a potent force for the development of both home and host countries.”

Many participating countries do not have comprehensive migration policies or the mechanisms to develop them that also protect the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
SW Radio Africa (London)

6 July 2007
Posted to the web 6 July 2007

Tererai Karimakwenda

The ongoing government campaign to monitor prices and arrest those who do not comply has resulted in thousands of workers being laid off as businesses shut down around the country. After being forced by the authorities to reduce their prices by 50% last week, many businesses ran out of stock within days. They have not reordered fearing further losses and this has meant nothing to do for the workers. Bulawayo businessman Eddie Cross said the large manufacturer National Foods has laid off all its casual workers. Unfortunately the situation there is being duplicated around the country. All butchers in Bulawayo have closed their doors and workers were sent home.

Our contacts on the ground say it is difficult to tell who is in charge of this Operation that has been dubbed “Operation Dzikamai” (Operation be calm). Some shops say they were raided by armed police and others by plain clothes intelligence or Prison Officers. On Friday Eddie Cross’s shop was monitored by a team from the local police. Cross described the situation as anarchy. He said one owner of a petrol station who [continue reading]

source: Herald Tribune
The Associated Press
Published: July 6, 2007

HARARE, Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe warned manufacturers Friday not to defy government-ordered price cuts by cutting production of basic goods or their businesses would be seized.

Hundreds of war veterans and ruling party militiamen and loyalists turned out at his party headquarters.

“We say to factories, ‘You must produce,'” Mugabe told cheering militants, many brandishing posters supporting the crackdown on shops and businesses. “If you don’t we certainly will seize the factories.”

One poster read: “Down with economic saboteurs.”

Mugabe urged the militants to report to authorities what he called “wayward Zimbabweans” either overcharging or stopping production of goods in efforts to thwart attempts to revive the economy.

Some businesses have shut down, saying lowered prices stopped their operations being viable.

A rare call on state radio for veterans of the guerrilla war that swept Mugabe to power and ended colonial rule in 1980 and militants to gather at the ruling party’s downtown headquarters raised fears they would be called on to enforce seizures and price cuts.

Veterans and youth militias, known as Green Bombers for their green denim uniforms, were the main participants in the chaotic and bloody seizures of thousands of white-owned commercial farms that began in 2000.

Mugabe enlisted their support Friday, but stopped short of urging them into direct action against [continue reading]

source: IOL

July 06 2007 at 03:12PM

The Safety and Security Ministry took issue on Friday with claims that a 2010 safety strategy was not mentioned at the crime-trends briefing held earlier this week.

“As anybody that attended the briefing can attest to, both Minister [Charles] Nqakula and National Commissioner [Jackie] Selebi discussed this issue,” said ministry spokesperson Trevor Bloem.

“The commissioner specifically stated that one reason why he did not have sleepless nights about 2010 was because the police have plans in place.

“The minister in turn explained the planned safeguarding of 2010 players and supporters at ports of arrivals, places of accommodation and leisure, playing venues and the routes between all these.

“Claims to the contrary can only be [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
SW Radio Africa (London)

6 July 2007
Posted to the web 6 July 2007

Lance Guma

A Zimbabwean journalist who formerly worked for the state media says he prefers to remain in a Botswana prison rather than go back home, following the refusal of his asylum application. Ever since his application was turned down in 2002 David Mpofu has been in detention for 5 years at Jerald Estate Prison, 20 kilometres outside Francistown. The Association of Zimbabwe Journalists in the UK report on their website that Mpofu fears for his life in Zimbabwe, following death threats after he published an article exposing electoral rigging by Mugabe’s regime. He worked for the government controlled Herald newspaper before becoming an editor with the now defunct Plumtree Post.

James Mushandu, a relative of Mpofu who escaped from the same prison, told the website that despite poor living conditions the journalist has opted to stay there rather than face certain death in Zimbabwe. Mpofu says after covering a story on vote rigging in 2002 he received numerous death threats from Zanu PF supporters and state security agents. This prompted him to escape into Botswana and attempt to seek political asylum there. Mashandu also told of how Mpofu’s health was fast deteriorating because of the poor conditions in the cells.

Illegal immigrants due to be deported from any country are normally [continue reading]