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Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 15:18:08 -0700
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From: Zimbabwe Crisis
Subject: ZimCrisis#103 -- Message from Zimbabwe

Hi everyone,

Received this yesterday.


Would you mind forwarding this to your mailing list in the hopes that some Glendale farmers see this?

My heartiest Congratulations to you all on your difficult decision to shut down your farming operations until rule of law is restored and the abominable situation you find yourselves in is resolved. If more farmers took a principled stand like yours, and more businessmen in the cities backed them up by: a) not investing in Treasury Bills and b) not paying Sales Tax, PAYE, and the innumerable levies, over to central Treasury, then the situation would be resolved very quickly.

We all have to face losses to bring a return to sanity in our beloved country. Time for us all to pull together. With effect from the end of this month I am withholding all tax payments and banking them in a savings account (not the POSB). They will only be paid over to central treasury once there is a) a return to the rule of law, b) removal of all farm invaders and c) a start has been made on a people-driven constitution.

I have a small operation and, alone, my contribution is not going to effect change. But I hope that others will be inspired by the principled stand taken by the Glendale Farmers, and will join me in this.

I have received three death threats, had the CIO come looking for me while I was on holiday at Kyle, been arrested and released, and had rifles cocked and pointed at me at a road block. I live up in the hills in Goromonzi, and the farms all around us in the valleys have been invaded. I'm an unarmed, grey-haired grandmother who was mildly involved in politics (not even with the MDC!!) before the elections, and I have had ENOUGH of this s--t. It has to be brought to an end.

Glendale, millions of people are behind you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You all deserve medals for the hardship you have endured, and for the stand you have taken. You are an inspiration to us all.

Best regards to all of you wonderful people.

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