- The Washington Times - Monday, August 27, 2001

HARARE, Zimbabwe — President Robert Mugabe plans to expel all white farmers from Zimbabwe before next year's elections, according to a secret document obtained by the Sunday Telegraph of London.
The secret order from Mr. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party to self-styled war veterans outlines the political goals of the campaign against white farmers.
Titled "Operation Give up and Leave," it reads: "The operation should be thoroughly planned so that farmers are systematically harassed and mentally tortured and their farms destabilized until they give in and give up."
[Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, asked about the Sunday Telegraph article, said yesterday he preferred not to comment on such "idiocy" because doing so would give it "a semblance of rationality."
["It is out of the realm of rationality," he told Agence France-Presse.]
The document was circulated in July, just before the recent round of invasions in Chinoyi, Doma and Hwedza in which many farmers were evicted and farms brought to a standstill by the forced removal of their workers.
Farmers who resist, it says, should face the "Pamire-silencing method," a reference to Chris Pamire, a businessman and former ZANU-PF supporter who fell out with Mr. Mugabe and was killed in a mysterious road accident.
"You know what happened to Pamire" has become a widely used threat.
Referring to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, the document states: "The opposition should be systematically infiltrated with highly paid people to destabilize and cause divisions and infighting."
War veterans are promised "big rewards if the opposition and white farmers are brought to their knees." It assures there will be "no going back on farm seizures."
Church leaders, meanwhile, have begun a blistering attack on Mr. Mugabe, accusing his government of allowing a breakdown of the rule of law.
In a pastoral letter published over the weekend, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches said the unrest had led to chaos.
"Many people have fallen victim to this monster," said the letter. "We are witnessing murders, rapes, beatings and abductions."
It was the strongest denunciation by the churches since the state-sponsored violence against white farmers and black critics of the regime began last year.
"We have heard political leaders instigating violent actions against their opponents," it said. "Death threats have been publicly made. This is unacceptable."
Whites, meanwhile, have been told they must renounce their right to a British passport this year if they wish to retain Zimbabwean citizenship. The announcement has left many of the estimated 40,000 British nationals in Zimbabwe in a dilemma.
A circular from the British Embassy warns that those who keep Zimbabwean citizenship will lose their right to consular assistance.
Last week, Joseph Made, the agriculture minister, said white-owned farms listed for resettlement must be vacated by Friday. More than 90 percent of the country's 4,600 white farms are listed, and the Commercial Farmers' Union has warned that the disruption will cause food shortages.
There is a growing fear that violence will intensify as Mr. Mugabe, angered by the continued presence of the whites, steps up his election campaign.
He has intensified his anti-British rhetoric in recent days. In a speech last week, he devoted nine of the 23 pages to the hanging of a black girl by the British colonial authorities in 1898.
On Thursday, he declared: "Whatever machinations the British are capable of — and they are capable of many — they will not shake us from our position."


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