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Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 13:35:37 -0700
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From: Zimbabwe Crisis
Subject: ZimCrisis#98 -- E-mail from Zimbabwe

Hi everyone,

I received this on Wednesday.


An extract from an e-mail... source protected.


I have just had a long meeting with an old friend who was standing as a ZANU candidate for many and complex reasons. In this position he was at least able to prevent the death of people who had been identified as opposition candidates in his area. His view is that no one can influence our great leader and that he is prepared to begin another war, although some people feel that this has already started: quite apart from the farm invasions one only has to look at the number of people being killed and beaten and having their homes destroyed in the rural areas. I understand former ZANLA combatants have already been sent to Matabeleland. Read the Daily News ( http://www.dailynews.co.zw and http://www.fingaz.co.zw ) today for info on what is happening in the high density areas of Harare (and presumably Bulawayo).

Another possible scenario mooted is that of a coup by senior army officials loyal to our President. Obviously there are other more positive scenarios to which we are all cleaving. But it is important that the world does not believe that now that we have had peaceful elections, that all is well. This e-mail is not meant in any way to be alarmist. It is just that we need all the help we can get in terms of spreading information and support for human rights organisations, monitoring, support for people who have been displaced, trauma victims, etc. ( http://www.hrforumzim.com ). The leak in yesterday's Daily News giving the new ZANU cabinet contained a lot of heavies, and what is frightening is that apparently one of the worst perpetrators of pre-election violence has been put in charge of Home Affairs, i.e., the police.

We still have a long way to go.

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