The following most interesting and informative
article about the true current situation in "Zimbabwe" has recently been sent to us by a supporter from Australia.
It is well worth reading and re-circulating :-
farms handed over to Chinese owners in Zimbabwe
Land forcibly taken from white owners by Robert Mugabe, were given to Chinese farmers in Zimabawe. White
farmers are still waiting for compensation.
The move comes at a time when Chinese nationals have almost
full control of mining and construction business in the country.
More than five farms have attracted Chinese
investment in Mashonaland Central, a region to the north-west of Harare [Salisbury], that was traditionally one
of the country’s best tobacco-producing areas.
A number of farms in the country lie fallow amid broken
fences, fields scorched by fires and scarce livestock.
There are few surviving indigenous trees as many
were felled by new farmers who could not afford coal to cure their tobacco.
A generation of evicted white
farmers have moved to neighboring countries like Zambia and Mozambique and they are now exporting maize and food
to feed starving Zimbabweans.
After putting more than $20 million in machinery and technology, the Chinese
have been invited by Mugabe to revive the country’s agriculture.
According to United Nations papers,
in 1975, Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) was one of the top three largest producers of corn in the world.
and overseas countries needed to the prosperous white-ruled Rhodesia to feed their citizens. Now the country is a miserable
A Chinese tobacco purchasing firm, Tian Ze Tobacco Company, opened a new
tobacco sales floor in the Zimbabwean capital in February catering specifically for its contracted farmers.
SPEECH GIVEN BY
A.D.HARVEY AT THE "RAISING OF THE FLAG" CEREMONY IN NORFOLK ON 11th SEPTEMBER 2016.
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Subject: Rhodesia - From the record books of the UN.
Rhodesia that used to be.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture
Year Book of 1975 ranked the then Rhodesia second in the world in terms of yields of maize, wheat, soya beans
and ground nuts, and third for cotton.
In the combined ranking for
all these crops, Rhodesia ranked first in the world.
“Rhodesia’s Virginia tobacco was rated the
best in the world in yield and quality, while maize entries in world championships were consistently placed in the
first three slots.
The world’s largest
single citrus producer was developed early in the country’s history. Rhodesia was the world’s second
largest exporter of flue-cured tobacco. This together with exports of maize, soya beans, cotton, sugar, coffee,
tea, fruit, vegetables, flowers and beef made agriculture the major source of foreign currency. Agriculture contributed
more to the gross domestic product than any other industry. It was the largest employer of labor, providing
employment for about a third of the total labor force.”
Zimbabwe has now been declared
the poorest country in the world. WELL DONE, BOB!
Zimbabwe is introducing its own version of US dollars to deal with its worsening cash crunch.
John Mangudya, governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, said the bank will introduce “bond notes” of $2, $5,
$10, and $20, which will hold the same value as their US dollar counterparts, according to a statement (pdf) yesterday.
Ever since declaring its own currency defunct in 2009, Zimbabwe has relied on
a basket of currencies that includes the US dollar, the South African rand, the British sterling, and most recently the Chinese yuan. A strengthening dollar has made Zimbabwe’s trade deficit worse—Zimbabwe imports everything from cooking oil
to bath soap—imports for the first quarter of the year stood at $490 million, compared to $167 million in exports.
And that has made cash shortages in the country worse. “We’re importing more than we’re
exporting and we can’t print money because we use mainly the U.S. dollar,” said Sam Malaba, the chief executive officer of Agricultural Bank of Zimbabwe.
NOTTINGHAM PROTEST HIGHLIGHTS
The following most disturbing
report appeared in January 2016 edition of the magazine The Flag, a publication which reports on Zimbabwe matters
“A White Zimbabwean farming
family have been handcuffed and frog marched off their land to make way for a Black “British” doctor who runs
a slimming clinic in Nottingham and whose wife is friend of Mugabe. The Rankin family, who have farmed tobacco in Zimbabwe
for decades, were handcuffed by police and dragged off their land so it could be claimed by Sylvester Nyatsuro.
“Dr Nyatsuro, 45, is originally from Zimbabwe
but has lived in Britain for at least 15 years, and is now in charge of his own GP practice. He and his wife Veronica were
allocated the Rankins’ farm under Robert Mugabe’s controversial land seizure laws which allow the state to take
the property of White people and hand it over to ‘indigenous’ Black Africans.
“Phillip Rankin, 57, has lived at Kingston Deverill farm in the
north of Zimbabwe for more than 30 years with his wife Anita and their three children. The size of the tobacco farm has
been progressively reduced since Mugabe’s land grabs began in 2000, and last year he was told that he must leave the
property for good.
“Dr Nyatsuro, who is linked
to the Mugabe’s, apparently turned up at Kingston Deverill in September with a government document saying that he was
now the rightful owner of the land. The Rankins refused to leave without being compensated for their property, having recently
planted a £300,000 tobacco crop, but two dozen settlers moved into an empty cottage nearby and a warrant was issued
for Phillip’s arrest.
the early hours of Friday morning, 20 police officers dug under the fence surrounding the family’s home and knocked
on the door before carting away most of their belongings. They then handcuffed Mr. Rankin and took him to a police station
before later releasing him to stay with relatives.
“His son Barry, speaking from his new home in the capital Harare [Salisbury], today described how the family
thought they had ‘survived’ after they held onto their land in the initial wave of confiscations by the Mugabe
regime. The government insists it is necessary to reduce the Whites’ economic dominance which dates back to the colonial
era [sic] - but opponents claim it is a tyrannical and unfair process which bears little relation to justice.
“The White farmers, many of whom have occupied
the same plots for decades, were removed from their homes without compensation and often suffered violence from police during
the evictions. Around 20 farmers and their workers died during the first wave of seizures, which contributed to the country’s
economic collapse as Zimbabwe’s skills base was hollowed out and the amount of crops produced tumbled.
“The policy also led to allegations that Mugabe’s
cronies were more likely to be given land than genuinely needy citizens. Roughly 300 White farmers were left in possession
of their land, but last year the policy of confiscation seems to have started again, threatening the last remaining holdouts
such as the Rankin family in Centenary.
“Dr Nyatsuro’s lawyer today denied that his client had clashed with the Rankin family, claiming that
the farmers had not been able to prove that they are the rightful owners of the land. The Foreign Office has expressed concern
over the seizure of the Rankins’ farm and suggested that it ‘did not follow the process as described by the
Since this report appeared we have received the following update from the editor of The Flag,
who has informed us about a demonstration outside Nyatsuro’s clinic in Nottingham :-
“Dr Nyatsuro’s wife Veronica, who is related to Grace Mugabe, is the clinic’s
practice manager and angrily ordered one of the protesters off her property when he started handing out leaflets. She didn’t
seem to have much grasp of property rights as he was on the pavement. He advised her to call the police which she did. Unfortunately
for her the police didn’t support her effort to claim ownership of the pavement. The demonstrator put up the following
notice outside the entrance to the clinic: ‘Dr Nyatsuro: I am a White indigenous British citizen. Leave this
clinic within 24 hours because I want it. I am not a doctor but you are not a farmer. Ask your relative Mugabe for compensation’.”
The following most eye-opening account of the true conditions
now pertaining in "Zimbabwe" written by Cathy Buckle has recently been forwarded to us by the Flame Lily Foundation.
It is well worth reading, absorbing and then re-circulating.
ZIMBABWE THEN AND NOW: A CAUTIONARY TALE
Dr. Mick Gammon, a senior official in the erstwhile Rhodesian Department of Agriculture, wrote the following
in the magazine The Rhosarian (October 2009):
“The first white
hunters, traders and missionaries who in the 19th century came to the region which was to become Rhodesia and
subsequently Zimbabwe, found a land devoid of infrastructure. The wheel was not yet in use. Early travellers recorded travelling
often for days without seeing any human habitation. Commercial farming started in the 1890’s on what was for the most
part virgin land. There were no roads or railways, there was no electricity or telephone, there were no fences, boreholes,
pumps, windmills, dams or irrigation schemes; there were no cattle dips, barns or other farm buildings.
These first commercial farmers had to discover how to contend
with predators that killed their livestock plus other animals that consumed their crops and how to control diseases, pests
and parasites of livestock and crops that were foreign to them. From this starting point, agriculture developed faster than
anywhere else in the world.
The United Nations
Food and Agriculture Year Book of 1975 ranked the then Rhodesia second in the world in terms of yields of maize, wheat, soya
beans and ground nuts, and third for cotton. In the combined ranking for all these crops, Rhodesia ranked first in the world.
Rhodesia’s Virginia tobacco was rated the best in the world
in yield and quality, while maize entries in world championships were consistently placed in the first three slots. The
world’s largest single citrus producer was developed early in the country’s history.
Rhodesia was the world’s second largest exporter of flue-cured
tobacco. This together with exports of maize, soya beans, cotton, sugar, coffee, tea, fruit, vegetables, flowers and beef
made agriculture the major source of foreign currency. Agriculture contributed more to the gross domestic product than any
other industry. It was the largest employer of labour, providing employment for about a third of the total labour force.”
The story of the destruction of Zimbabwe basically started with the tsunami of African independence as
Europe abandoned its African colonies in a post Second World war haste to pacify the new nationalisms sweeping the continent.
India took the lead and many were not far behind. Colonial financial and other responsibilities
were unsustainable and it was at the same time easy to wash one’s hands of pesky African demands, bring down the flag
and beat a hasty retreat. But Southern Africa’s substantial white populations were harder nuts to crack. A flourishing
Rhodesia stood its ground through a self-declared independence and a vicious civil war where the Mugabe’s and the Nkomo’s
terror triumphed with the help of a West whose prime goal was to get out as fast as they could. Where are the Harold Wilsons
now?Mrs Thatcher’s Rhodesian legacy preceded a British-assisted ANC government in South Africa.
And where are the British parliamentarians, churchmen and London street protestors whose efforts brought Robert Gabriel
Mugabe to power?
Do they now avert
their eyes at a Zimbabwean 90% unemployment rate? Are they actively helping to alleviate the hunger and poverty that their
protégé Robert Mugabe’s destruction of the country’s commercial agriculture caused? Do they write
to the Times about the appalling condition of the country’s hospitals and judiciary? Are they content that
ideology trumped a functioning state and food on the table for all? In reality they really didn’t care who took over
Rhodesia. What a strange political ideal - third world destruction preferable to first world prosperity! And the millions
of Zimbabwean blacks thrown to the wolves? We don’t hear much about them in Westminster’s hallowed halls.
Cathy Buckle is a Zimbabwean who writes about her country. Her whimsical style and her clear love for Zimbabwe’s
natural beauty is tempered by the terrible reality that is Robert Mugabe’s political Zimbabwe. Her books will remain
forever a testament to Perfidious Albion and its forsaking of a wonderful land and people, the erstwhile bread basket of
Arriving back in Zimbabwe from a trip overseas, she says “going from the first world to the third
world is a trip of mixed emotions, culture shocks and confusing adjustments”. On landing, “rules
go out the window: queues, waiting for hours, every bag checked, scrutinized by tax collectors for anything that may yield
a dollar or two”.
with the formalities, you head for the toilet where you find a door with no lock, only one of three hand basins has water,
the soap dispenser doesn’t work and neither does the hand dryer”. After weeks away nothing has changed: “electricity
is unlikely, water is rare but politicians are too busy to care as they scramble for positions in a silent succession war”.
“We come back to a country where it’s not unusual to see four or five people on a motorbike”
she says, “and where adults and children alike bathe, fish and swim in puddles on the sides of the road.” We
are back into the “system”, she declares. “Police roadblocks every ten kilometres, no water for days at
a time, generators roaring in the towns and the whole nation laying its wares out on the pavements, trying to survive unemployment.Public officials don’t greet you, look at you or thank you when you go to their offices to do business. Chewing
gum, talking to their colleagues or on their cell phones, they scroll up and down Facebook pages while you stand in front
The Minister of
Local Government tells the population to ”make babies”, this in a country with 90% unemployment
and where very few of the country’s 300 000 annual school and college graduates ever find jobs.
“Where else in the world would the Minster of Energy blame
the Meteorological Department for the country’s energy crisis?” declares Cathy. Apparently “wrong predictions”
were responsible for the government’s failure to plan against the low water levels in the Kariba Dam.
“Where else would the Vice President of a country stay in
a luxury 5-star hotel for over 290 days with his family because ‘suitable accommodation’ has not yet been provided
for him? This in a country that is broke and has an external debt of over US$ 7 billion and an internal debt of over US$
9 billion.” (Yes, the currency is in US dollars due to the collapse of the Zimbabwean currency.)
THE STAFF OF LIFE
“People queue from as early as 5 am on weekday mornings outside a local bakery. They want to buy
the cheap bread – breakages, damaged loaves or misshapen loaves, below standard loaves. The cheap bread is 50c a loaf.”
“Electricity suppliers ZESA publish schedules of ‘load
shedding’ indicating which times of day will be without power. The schedules are a complete waste of time because
they are not adhered to. The cuts never last for the stipulated six to twelve hours – they last for seventeen or eighteen
hours. For people who are trying to make a living from home doing things like baking, sewing, welding or printing, it’s
impossible to keep going. In October 2015 the government’s solution to the power crisis was an announcement that all
mining companies and other big industries must reduce their electricity consumption by 25% with immediate effect. Another
‘solution’ is to ban electric geysers. Will they ban water taps next?” asks Cathy.
Some children were stung by bees. The nurse at the local government
clinic had nothing to treat the victims with: no pain killers, no anti inflammatories, no anti histamine. The nearest provincial
hospital 14 kilometers away had had no electricity for 13 hours. By the light of a single candle, the nurse checked out
the children but there was no medication to treat these casualties. A prescription was written out and the group with the
children was told to go and source the injections themselves in town. The group went out into the darkness. They needed
$30 to buy the medication. Someone rescued them, and a week later, one of the children regained consciousness.
Five days later in his State of the Nation speech, President Mugabe
said Zimbabwe’s health sector was growing thanks to help from the Chinese.
In the meantime, dustbins have not been collected for five months. Street lights haven’t worked for
eleven years. High grass grows unchecked on the verges. Blocked storm drains and piles of garbage dumped on the roadside
highlight the parlous state of local ‘government’.
Economist John Robertson estimates that only 700 000 people in Zimbabwe are in formal employment and half
of those employed are in the civil service, this in a country of 14 million people.
Cathy Buckle has published some beautiful books on her country,
books about Zimbabwe’s natural beauty and human tragedy. She can be reached email@example.com
The following was sent to us by Springbok Cyber Newsletter. The introductory
opinions expressed are theirs, followed by a Frontline Fellowship opinion piece that I feel we should share with
our readers. -- Webmaster
This latest article circulated by the Cape Town-based Frontline Fellowship
is an excellent follow-up item to the article "Remember Rhodesia - Pray for Zimbabwe" from the same source which
we re-circulated yesterday. We know that many of our readers will disagree with some of the unfortunate comments made herein
suggesting that the Britsh Empire should not have fought Germany in WWI and WWII (which conflicts were surely unavoidable),
but even so this article makes some excellent points about the bravery of all those from throughout the British Empire and
Commonwealth who fought in these hostilities, and how the great nation of Rhodesia exemplified this spirit so magnificently
until it was so disgustingly betrayed by the post-WWII generation of Western politicians. (Unfortunately in our covering
comments to the previous article which we re-circulated from this source we unfortunately gave the name of the Chairman
of Frontline Fellowship incorrectly. He is of course Dr. Peter Hammond!).
Subject: The 11th of November
The 11TH of NOVEMBER
Remembering Rhodesia 11 November is packed full of meaning for anyone
whose relatives fought in the World Wars, and for all who had the privilege of growing up in Rhodesia. 50 Years ago on Thursday,
11 November 1965, at the most solemn moment of the 11th hour of Armistice Day, Ian Douglas Smith, the Prime Minister of Rhodesia, signed Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.
Remembrance Day Throughout the English speaking world, the 11th November is
observed as a Remembrance Day to solemnly recall the end of hostilities of World War One at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In time, it has come
to be observed as a Memorial Day for all who died in both World Wars and in other subsequent conflicts.
We Forget During my Missionary travels I have been struck by how many hundreds of War Memorials there are
throughout the world. Every town and village in the British Isles, and in Rhodesia and South Africa, have Memorials to the
fallen of World Wars One and Two. Even at Victoria Falls, close to the new statue of Dr. David Livingstone, erected in 2005
on the Zambian side, there is a War Memorial listing the names of people from Northern Rhodesia, who fought and died for
Honour Rolls At Milton High School in Rhodesia, we would be reminded daily
of the vast numbers of past pupils who had given their lives "for King and Empire" in WWI and WWII. There
were numerous wooden Rolls of Honour on the walls of our halls engraved with the names of past pupils and the dates of their
In Flanders Fields When I have visited the battlefields in Ypres, Belgium,
I was struck by how many Hammonds are recorded in the Rolls of Honour on the walls of the War cemeteries. There are many
War cemeteries near Ypres for soldiers of the British Empire. I have by no means visited all of these cemeteries, but I
have visited the six largest and counted over 65 Hammonds listed as killed in action, in that one theatre of the First World
War. According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission 480 Hammonds died fighting for Britain in the First World War.
Love In Action Numerous of the Memorials have this Scripture verse etched into the stone:
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John
15:13. Others declare: "…unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone;
but if it dies, it produces much grain." John 12:24
Blood Swept Lands and Seas During a recent Mission to England, I saw the beginning of the Tower of London Memorial for those who fell in the First
World War. Beginning on 4 August 1914, marking the 100th anniversary of Britain's declaration of War against
Germany, which launched WWI, 888,246 ceramic poppies were planted by volunteers in the moat surrounding the Tower of London.
Entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, this evolving memorial marked the number of soldiers who fell for the
British Empire in the First World War. Every evening, Last Posts were played by bugle at sunset and names of those who died
in the First Word War were read out to the crowds.
For King and Country My Father
served in the Royal Artillery throughout the six years of World War II. Much of the Second World War, my Father served in
the Eighth Army under Field Marshall Montgomery, in North Africa and Italy. My Dad operated a 25 Pounder. He was involved
in the Battle of El Alamein. Although my Father was a very patriotic Englishman, and Rhodesian, he had an extremely high
respect for Field Marshall Erwin Rommel and the Afrika Korp. He called them "an honourable enemy", and
the North Africa Desert Campaign, "the last gentlemen's war".
Hollywood Distortions On a number of occasions, I remember my Father becoming quite agitated and angry over distortions in Hollywood films that
depicted the German Afrika Korp committing atrocities. "Rubbish!" he declared, "The Afrika Korp
were gentlemen. No such atrocities ever happened in the North African campaign. This is absolute rubbish!" It
deeply offended my Father to see the enemy he so highly respected portrayed in such a dishonest light.
Fought the Wrong Enemy On several occasions, my Father explained that he could never understand how Britain
had ended up fighting against the Germans and for the French. "The Germans should never have been our enemies",
he was convinced. "Historically, our real enemies have always been the French and the Russians!"
Clobber the Communists There were many other military veterans in Rhodesia who shared the same conviction.
A common sentiment was: "We should not have fought against the Germans, we should have joined them in clobbering
the communists in Russia!" I have heard similar sentiments from British, Canadian, Australian and South African
veterans at MOTH (Memorable Order of the Tin Hats) Shell Holes.
Ian Smith of Rhodesia The first time I saw Prime Minister Ian Smith, it was as a young boy of 14-years old, standing outside the Bulawayo Club
in Rhodesia. I had heard from my Father that the Prime Minister was going to visit. Expecting some impressive entourage,
I was standing by the entrance in Eighth Avenue with my cat, Tim. I can still remember my surprise as I saw a rather humble
Peugeot 404 park in front of the Bulawayo Club and out stepped Mr Ian Smith. The Prime Minister was completely alone. There
was no driver, or adjutant, no bodyguards, or policemen, visible anywhere. The Prime Minister had driven himself alone to
the Club. He stroked my cat, who was sitting on the wall and smiled at me, then walked into the Club!
Contrast Almost 10 years later, I was in Harare, on Samora Machel Avenue when Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe
sped past. The contrast with Ian Smith's arrival could not have been more acute. First came 8 motorbike outriders, then
police cars, armoured luxury Mercedes Benz’s with tinted windows, followed by another police car and a truck load
of soldiers with heavy weapons, sirens blaring. All vehicles on both sides of the road had to come to a complete stop at
the side. This, I was informed by residents, was how Mugabe travelled every day!
Fearing None But
God When I mentioned this to Ian Smith, he laughed and commented that he feared God, he was a life-long Presbyterian,
he believed in the Sovereignty of God, and he had survived the Second World War – he did not see what he had to be
afraid of! In fact, during the war years, as Prime Minister, Ian Smith would frequently travel alone, without a convoy,
scorning the real risk of an ambush, down to his farm near Gwelo. He would also often give all the staff at Independence
(the Prime Minister's residence) the weekend off, so that there not be so much as a cook in the kitchen or a policeman
at the gate. He and his wife would be alone and that was the way he wanted it. He could not bear people fussing around him.
Honourable Man of Integrity I have a photograph of Ian Smith cycling to work. Ian Smith
was a remarkable statesman. A man of integrity. He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He was an example of an
honourable man of his word.
Flying Hurricanes for Britain Over the last 20 years of
his life, I frequently had the privilege of having lunch, or tea, with Mr Smith. We read the Scriptures and prayed together
on a number of occasions and I interviewed him for radio. On one occasion, when we were discussing the Second World War,
Mr Smith grew serious. He had devoted six years of his life flying in the Royal Rhodesian Air Force. With the outbreak of
the Second World War, he joined the RRAF and served in 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron. He flew Hawker Hurricanes, serving in Egypt,
Lebanon, Persia, Iraq, and then finally in the North African Desert War. He served at El-Alamein and Tobruk and was severely
injured in a crash landing. He suffered a broken jaw, broken leg, broken shoulder and severe facial wounds. It was thought
that his back was broken, but it turned out to be, as he put it, "only buckled". After 5 months of recuperating
under expert medical attention in Cairo, he returned to active service, flying Spitfire Mark IX's.
Shot Down It was during the Italian campaign in 1944 that he was shot down. He had to jettison his canopy,
release his harness and turn the Spitfire upside down, so that he could drop free, pull his ripcord and parachute to safety.
For the next five months he evaded enemy patrols, joined up with the local Resistance and later crossed the Alps on foot,
to link up with Allied forces in France.
The Benefit of Hindsight "With hindsight",
Mr Smith declared to me, "We fought on the wrong side. The real enemy was communism. We did not realize it at the
time, of course, but we were not really fighting for Christian civilisation and freedom, because we were allied to Stalin's
Russia. Instead of freeing Europe, we helped Stalin enslave half of it under communism."
Consequences We discussed some of the catastrophic consequences of the World Wars, how Europe had been bullied
into abandoning their colonies and protectorates in Africa and how the African people had suffered so severely under the
dictators who were pawns of the superpowers in the Cold War. "It would have been better if Britain had stayed out
of the war and let Germany smash communism in Russia once and for all. Or better still, we should have actually helped free
Russia from the communists. That would have spared a lot of people much grief."
Are Stubborn Things What he said was quite jarring and shocking. As I had taken the Hollywood and textbook
version at face value, the idea that we had been on the wrong side seemed too staggering a thought to fully comprehend at
the time. However, from conversations with Christians throughout Eastern Europe, I came to the same conclusion. The persecuted
Believers suffering behind the Iron Curtain in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary,
Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania, could not be convinced that the Second World War had achieved freedom, democracy
and Christian civilisation!
The Yalta Betrayal Over 100 million Christians had been
betrayed into the hands of Stalin's Soviet Union by the Yalta Agreement and the extremely generous so-called Lend-lease which poured limitless supplies of tanks, trucks, aircraft, weaponry and every conceivable tool and ammunition
into the vile Soviet Union to enable it to survive Operation Barbarossa and come to dominate more than half of Europe by
the end of the war.
The Katyn Forest Massacre and Operation Keelhaul Then Polish
Christians enlightened me as to the Katyn Forest Massacre, Russians informed me of Operation Keelhaul, which betrayed millions of Russians (men, women and children) who
immediately following the war, were forced by the Allies, at gun and bayonet point, over the border, into the hands of Stalin's
Honour the Soldiers But Do Not Let the Politicians Get Away with Murder There is no questioning the courage, dedication to duty and self-sacrifice of the soldiers, sailors and airmen who served
in their countries armed forces during the First and Second World Wars. However, the wisdom and honesty of the politicians
who placed them in the line of fire, should certainly be questioned.
Audio Lectures As I have presented lectures on these to various History
Societies, and at universities, several of these are available as audio messages on our SermonAudio.com link on the www.frontline.org.za website.
PowerPoints Numerous of our audio messages and articles have also been
made into PowerPoint presentations, and are available for you to view, or download, through our Slideshare link.
A Hundred Years War However, I am also coming to the conviction that while one can consider WWI and WWII as the Thirty Years War, it may be
even more accurate to refer to the Hundred Years War. Since 1914 the world has not been at peace. The consequences of 1914
continue to afflict all of us.
Babylon and the Beast It has also become clear that
our real enemy is communism and the secular humanist New World Order, particularly as promoted by degenerate Hollywood, the
treacherous United Nations and Apostate World Council of Churches. The New World Order agenda of a one-world government,
one-world religion and one-world economy bear remarkable resemblance to the Biblical warnings in Revelation 13. Please see
my article: Resisting Babylon and the Beast. This is also available as a PowerPoint.
Recognising Our Friends and Our Enemies So, as we remember the fallen soldiers and Rhodesia's
bold and brave stand against communist terrorism, we should also reflect on how the greatest century of Missions was derailed
into the worst century of Persecution. There is no doubt, in my mind, that, if our ancestors could have seen the results
that have flowed from the First and Second World Wars, they would not have fought against one another, they would have fought
side by side, against the real enemy.
Understand the Times May God grant that we
may understand the times and know what God's people should do (1 Chronicles 12:32).
these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things… and do not become idolaters…
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition…"
1 Corinthians 10:6-11
Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has defied “death prophecies”, which had predicted he would not survive 2015.
Zimbabweans and those who seek its rich mineral wealth are preparing for Mugabe’s death - and the possible
opening of markets it would create.
The southern African nation has the world’s third-largest platinum supply,
20 billion tons of coal, and more than 60 other minerals like gold and silver.
We have recently received the following most well-analysed
account of the destruction of Rhodesia written by Dr. Philip Hammond of the Cape Town-based Frontline Fellowship. Although
we know that not all readers will agree 100% with all which is written here, we believe even so that this is a most praise-worthy
account of what happened to perhaps the greatest success story in Western civilisation, and thereby will hopefully stimulate
renewed interest in the Rhodesian story, so that one day that great nation may once again rise from the rubble of Zimbabwe
REMEMBER RHODESIA –
PRAY FOR ZIMBABWE
Years Ago 50 years ago, on Thursday, 11 November 1965, at the most solemn moment of Armistice Day, the 11th
hour, Ian Douglas Smith, the Prime Minister of Rhodesia, signed Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence
from Great Britain.
Defiance This act of defiance, which came after many months of
negotiations and fruitless discussions with the British Foreign Office, resulted in a most extraordinary explosion of diplomatic
activity, international outrage, economic sanctions and motions of condemnation from the British Commonwealth, the Organisation
of African Unity, the United Nations, the Soviet Union, and even from the US State Department. Incredibly, Rhodesia
was labeled: “A threat to world peace!” This from nations engaged in nuclear arms races
and invasion of other lands!
Double Standards One commentator at the time observed
that it was: “…strange that the United States should spend American blood and money like water in
Vietnam in order to deter Communism from spreading a few hundred miles further; but that, due to some strange ethical kink,
that same United States should be seeking to clear out of Africa those very people and governments that could effectively
and forever bar the advance of Communism in that continent!” A.J.A. Peck, Rhodesia Accuses.
Beaten - Betrayed As the Prime Minister of Rhodesia, Mr. Ian Smith, declared: “We
were never beaten by our enemies, we were betrayed by our friends.”
Loyal In the First and the Second World Wars, and in the Malayan Conflict, Rhodesia had provided more men, percentage to their
population, than any other part of the British Empire and Commonwealth to fight for the West.
in the Back However, when Rhodesia was targeted by Soviet and Red Chinese trained and supported revolutionaries,
their British, Canadian, Australian and American allies not only placed economic sanctions on Rhodesia, but even channeled
funds towards the very terrorists who were murdering their people.
Blood on their Hands It is often forgotten that Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF revolutionaries received United Nations (UN) funding, despite
its terrorist record of murdering missionaries, bayonneting babies, burning to death congregations of Christians in their
church buildings, ambushing Red Cross ambulances, exploding bombs in public streets, placing landmines in farm roads, and
the cold-blooded murder of thousands of unarmed civilians. In fact, the World Council of Churches (WCC) also channeled
church funds to these Marxists who were murdering missionaries and burning churches.
the Murderous Mubage Now, the results of US State Department and British Foreign Office policy in the 1970’s
continues to wreck havoc on the long-suffering people of Zimbabwe. We need to remember that initially Robert Mugabe was held
in very high regard by the West. He was knighted by the Queen of England, given official visits to the United States
and Britain, and many lifted him up as an ideal example of a wise and moderate African leader. Some even hailed Mugabe
as “a modern day messiah.”
Blasphemous Idolatry When Mugabe’s
ZANU-PF Marxist revolutionaries were handed power in Zimbabwe / Rhodesia, Bishop Tutu, of the South African Council of Churches,
declared that this was: “The arrival of the Kingdom of God in Zimbabwe!” (Ecunews Bulletin, 11/1980).
Failed State After the war came to an end and a peaceful settlement was enforced by Britain,
optimism was high for Zimbabwe. Foreign aid from Britain, America and the European Union flooded the country.
Today, a quarter of a century later, that once prosperous and productive nation has been impoverished and devastated.
American Recognition of the Fruit of Their Misguided Policy In the light of the extraordinary
international economic and military campaign to bring down Rhodesia and replace it with Mugabe’s Zimbabwe it is most
enlightening to read the speech by the American Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Christopher Dell (delivered 2 November, 2005 at
Africa University in Mutare): “…The growing collapse of the Zimbabwean economy. Not too
long ago, Zimbabwe had a vibrant and diversified economy. It was a land of great hope and optimism in Africa…A
symbol for the rest of the world of what Africa could become. Today, as you know, it is a country in deep crisis.
I know of no other example in the world of an economy that, in times of peace, has contracted so precipitously in the course
of six years…Real GDP fell by 30% from 1997 to 2003…inflation is…triple digits and clearly on the rise.
If the government continues to print money to meet its obligations it could well drive inflation into quadruple digits by
National Suicide “Manufacturing has shrunk by 51%
since 1997 and exports have fallen by half in the last four years…Foreign direct investment has evaporated from UD$444
million in 1998 to UD$9 million in 2004. Agricultural production – the mainstay of the economy – has collapsed
under the violent implementation of…badly thought through land reform. The government…have continued
to expropriate farms without compensation and to distribute these farms in a non-transparent manner to ruling party insiders…not
only commercial farm owners have been affected. This mis-guided and ill-fated land grab also displaced over a million
farm workers and their family members.
Voting with Their Feet “The
human cost of Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has been extraordinarily high. The estimated proportion of the population
living below the official poverty line has more than doubled since mid-1990’s – it is now about 80% of the population.
At least half the country faces food shortages…well over a quarter of the population has fled the country, according
to the last national census…Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has set the country back more than half a century…That’s
an astonishing reversal of 52 years of progress in only half a dozen years.
Disasterous “The flood of economic bad news has been continuous…the World Economic Forum…ranked Zimbabwe as
the least competitive of all 117 economies studied…What has caused Zimbabwe’s unprecedented economic
descent? The government’s official position has been that the economic collapse is the result of drought
and sanctions imposed by unfriendly Western nations…The CATO Institute in Washington recently published an insightful
paper…when rainfall has recovered the Zimbabwean economy nevertheless has continued to decline…it notes that
rainfall patterns are regional, yet Zimbabwe’s decline in maize production over the last five years has been dramatically
greater than Zambia’s or Malawi’s. In fact, Zambia’s maize production actually increased…
Corruption and Mismanagement “Zimbabwean firms that are not connected to regime
leaders are free to do business with American firms and American firms are free to invest in Zimbabwe and trade with any
individual except those top level sanctioned officials…There are no blanket sanctions against doing business in Zimbabwe…what
has been the cause of Zimbabwe’s unprecedented economic descent?…Neither drought nor sanctions are at the root
of Zimbabwe’s decline. The Zimbabwe government’s own gross mismanagement of the economy and its corrupt
rule has brought on the crisis…The fiscally reckless, massive, unbudgeted payout to war veterans in 1997…Zimbabwe’s
costly misadventure in the Democratic Republic of the Congo…the government’s policy of land siezures and tolerance
for chaotic disruptions on commercial farms led to the collapse in food production. The impact of the farm invasions
has extended beyond food security, beyond Zimbabwe’s balance of payments crisis, and beyond the plight of the thousands
of individual expropriated farm owners. The land grab has intensified the suffering of Zimbabwe’s most vulnerable
segment of society – the rural and urban poor.
How to Destroy
a Once Vibrant Economy “Fast track land reform, still under way…also had the ugly and debilitating
side effect of spurring violence, racial mongering, and the destruction of property and livelihood…riddled with political
favoritism…the refusal to admit and correct mistakes…no wrongs are righted; the rule of law is a shambles.
Multiple farm ownership by the politically powerful and their families makes a mockery of the government’s official
‘one man, one farm’ policy.
Worthless Currency “The Reserve
Bank keeps the printing press running and the economy suffers through the ripple effects on the value of the currency and
on food and fuel supplies.
Chasing Away Investors “…nothing
rattles investor confidence more than the prospect of expropriation…the Zimbabwean economy appears to be entrenched
in a downward spiral, and the abandonment of sensible economic policy has shut off most foreign aid, scared away most foreign
investment, and spurred an alarming rate of brain drain…Investment flows to countries with sound macroeconomic
policies, where the rule of law is respected and contracts enforced, to countries that offer a good opportunity for generating
a healthy return on investments, to countries that do more than pay lip service to the concept of transparency…bad
policies have sidelined this country…the outlook for the next years is bleak. Zimbabwe cannot pull
itself out of the hole it has dug by itself…by shortsighted and misguided government policies.”
The Catastrophic Result of US Foreign Policy This courageous and insightful analysis of Zimbabwe’s
present crisis is all the more impressive when one realizes that throughout the 1970’s it was a primary goal of the
US State Department to replace the strong anti-Communist government of Rhodesia with Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. In the
last quarter century, millions of lives have been ruined, and many tens of thousands of innocent people murdered as a result
of this misguided policy.
Western Support for a Violent Marxist Revolution It is
not as though ZANU had not clearly identified themselves as a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary movement. Freely available
in the 1970’s, before the hand over of power by the British governor, Lord Soames, to Robert Mugabe, the “Basic
Information About ZANU” leaflet stated: “ZANU is guided by the principles of Marxism/Leninism.
It aims at achieving a socialist revolution. However, before the achievement of such a socialist revolution, a transitional
stage of national democratic revolution is necessary. The national democratic revolutionary is a necessary preparation
for the socialist revolution, and the socialist revolution is the inevitable sequel to the national democratic revolution.
The deeper the national democratic revolution, the better the conditions for socialist revolution.”
A Trail of Terror Aside from the written and public pronouncements of ZANU and its leaders, the
facts that they received such massive funding, training and military weaponry from Red China, North Korea and the Soviet
Union should have provided some further clues. The track record of ZANU murdering missionaries, bayoneting babies
and burning to death congregations of churches should have been further warning.
Terrorism Nevertheless, the United Nations, the US State Department, the British Foreign Office, the European
Community, the Organisation of African Unity, the Commonwealth, the World Council of Churches, the Olympic Committee, Time
magazine, the Washington Post, and most of the media worldwide united in campaigning for the downfall of Rhodesia and the
hand over of that once peaceful and productive country to the violent Marxist revolutionary, Robert Mugabe.
Resisting Communist Aggression This 11 November, as we remember the attempt by Rhodesia to make a
brave stand against the advance of Communism in Africa, we should remember the many courageous soldiers and civilians who
gave their lives in that fight against terrorism and Marxism, and the many innocent victims of the terrorist onslaught.
WHAT DID RHODESIA’S STAND AND SACRIFICES ACHIEVE? In 1976, Ian Anderson
of the League of Rhodesia wrote the following: “From Thermopalae (480BC) to Malta (AD1565)…it has
often fallen to a small community or people to give a moral examples to its larger and more powerful neighbours…in
each case valuable breathing space was gained for other parties to rally to the cause and to complete the task so boldly
initiated by faith.
Duty and Destiny “We in Rhodesia have a very strong
sense of national purpose. We feel we have been singled out by Providence to be the stumbling block in the path of
Communist aggression. There is yet time for the Western powers to put Rhodesia’s stand in its historical perspective;
but they are leaving it dangerously late…” (Rhodesia: Myths and Facts)
Holding the Line Against Communist Terrorism In standing firm against Communist aggression for 15
years, Rhodesia indeed won valuable breathing space for the free world. In much the same way as the 300 Spartans held
up the enormous invading force of Persians at Thermopalae, and as the courageous knights resisted the Islamic invasion of
the small island of Malta, I believe that, in time, history will recognise that the sacrifices and courage of Rhodesians
in resisting Communist terrorism contributed to the ultimate collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe in 1989. Had
Rhodesia not resisted, the consequences for South Africa could have been absolutely disastrous. Had South Africa fallen
to Communism during the Cold War, the strategic Cape sea route and vital minerals essential for Western industry and defence,
would have fallen into the hands of the Soviet Union with catastrophic consequences.
by History The reign of terror and state sponsored terrorism of Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF regime in Zimbabwe
have only vindicated Ian Smith’s position. In time it will become even clearer that in no small measure Ronald
Reagan’s successful stand against Communist expansion in the 1980’s was made possible by Rhodesia’s stand
against Communist terrorism in the 60’s and 70’s.
We Need to Learn from History The history of Rhodesia confirms the disastrous consequences of the unprecedented foreign interference and the rejection
of Rhodesia’s internal settlement. Even more seriously, there is a real danger of Mugabe’s example of racist
and lawless land invasions example in Zimbabwe being followed in Namibia and South Africa.
the Persecuted The Scripture commands us to care for widows and orphans, to love our neighbours, to remember the prisoner,
and to serve our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for their faith.
Suffering We also need to intercede for the millions of starving Christians of Zimbabwe today. Frontline
Fellowship has been working in Zimbabwe since 1982. As the situation in Zimbabwe has deteriorated, so we have increased
our activities into that desperately needy country. As the Zimbabwean government has begun deliberately starving their
citizens into submission, we have had to smuggle many tonnes of food, relief aid and medicines to suffering Christians in
Zimbabwe. Amidst the state orchestrated racial hatred, lawlessness and savagery, Frontline Fellowship mission work
in Zimbabwe has become particularly difficult and dangerous. However, true Christianity cares for widows and the orphans
in distress. And we are commanded to love our neighbour as ourselves.
Pray for Zimbabwe Please pray for the impact of the tonnes of Gospel literature which we are distributing throughout Zimbabwe, and do continue
to lift up our field workers and the evangelists, pastors and teachers whom we are serving and equipping. The only hope
for Zimbabwe is sincere repentance, Biblical Reformation and spiritual Revival. Zimbabwe needs to repent before God
and rebuild their nation on Biblical principles. Please join us as we commit ourselves, for the rest of this year, to pray,
daily, for the removal of the Marxist regime in Zimbabwe. Join us as we pray through the Psalms,
praying for God to expose the oppression and persecution of the anti-Christian regime in Zimbabwe, and as we pray for support
and freedom for the long suffering Christians of Zimbabwe.
“Remember the prisoners as
if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you yourselves are in the body also.”
Mobilising Prayer and Action for the Persecuted Persistent prayer,
publicity and pressure provide protection for the persecuted (Luke 18:1-7). Pray for the Christians suffering in Zimbabwe.
Mobilise your congregation and Bible study group to pray. And write to your elected representative to urge decisive
political and economic pressure to be brought to bear against the Communist ZANU regime in Zimbabwe. Encourage your
church to support missions of mercy to the suffering Christians in Zimbabwe. Phone, fax or write to your nearest Zimbabwe
embassy to protest against their racist and lawless policies of oppression.
your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and
plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
Readers will probably recall that in last month’s SCN we carried a report about
the distressing and sickening murder of Cecil the Lion, the much loved resident of Hwange Game Park in what is today Zimbabwe,
which we had received from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF). We have subsequently received the following
press statement issued by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority from the ZCTF which announces stronger
measures which they are adopting in order to prevent any similar acts of cruelty occurring again. We do not doubt that these
stronger measures would not have been taken if it wasn’t for the lobbying of Mr. Johnny Rodrigues of the ZCTF and other
animal welfare organizations around the world, so therefore congratulate them on their marvellous work in this regard :-
“PRESS STATEMENT BY THE ZIMBABWE
PARKS AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY ON MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE ADMINISTARTION OF HUNTING IN THE COUNTRY
the illegal killing of an iconic lion, Cecil, outside the HwangeNational Park on Antoinette farm in Gwayi River Conservancy
on the 1st of July 2015, it has become necessary that the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority further
tightens hunting regulations in all areas outside the Parks Estate. The Authority working with other law enforcement
agencies has launched a crackdown to weed out any undesirable elements. To date our law enforcement agencies are following
up on all found or reported cases and they have since arrested another culprit, Headman Sibanda, on allegations of breaching
hunting regulations. He is currently assisting Police with investigations.
“Further to that crackdown the following measures are going to be
“1. Hunting of lions, leopards and elephant in areas outside of HwangeNational Parks has been suspended with
immediate effect. All such hunts will only be conducted if confirmed and authorized in writing by the Director-General of
the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, and only if accompanied by parks staff whose costs will be
met by the landowner.
”2. Bow hunting has been suspended with immediate effect and no such hunting will
be conducted unless it has been confirmed and authorized in writing by the Director-General of the Zimbabwe Parks and
Wildlife Management Authority.
”3. Members of the hunting fraternity are being reminded that it is
illegal for quotas to be transferred from one hunting area to another. Any case of quota transfer is regarded as poaching.
The Authority will not hesitate to arrest, prosecute, and ban for life any persons including professional hunters, clients
and land owners who are caught on the wrong side of the law.
”All players in the hunting industry are being
reminded to familiarize themselves with the relevant statutes governing the wildlife industry. Further, the Authority would
like to appeal to all members of the public that they should report any suspected illegal wildlife activities to the nearest
offices of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Zimbabwe Republic Police and other Government law
”E. Chidziya, Director-General”
ZIMBABWE BETRAYED. By Sandy Botha.
All the world leaders stood with pride, On that day when Rhodesia
died. They congratulated themselves on a job well done, As Zimbabwe was born with the rising sun. And the
drums beat so very loud, As Mugabe addressed the eager crowd. He said "we've won our freedom today, He said "I'm president and I'm here to stay", And he made wild promises about the way, That
Zimbabwe would change on its very first day. Towns were renamed and streets were too, Every time an African leader
passed through. And the cheering of the crowd as they danced in delight, As Mugabe lit the "Heroes Acre"
light. Mercedes were ordered, they couldn't have enough, They knew they deserved them as the fight had been
tough, The West would pay for them so they didn't need to worry, The aid was pouring in they had to spend
it in a hurry. Mugabe was important now, he'd even met the Queen, And of the whole world there was little left
unseen. But still Mugabe felt ill at ease, What if someone else his power did seize. The Matabele leaders
had to go first, It was for their blood that Mugabe did thirst. And the whites that remained were a thorn in his
side, What to do about them he needed to decide. But what had actually changed in the ordinary men's lives? As a future for their children they did strive. Inflation had spiralled out of control, And on these people it
took its toll.
And when there was a rumbling of discontent, It was always the army that in he sent, He
silenced the people who didn't agree, That he'd done a good job since Zimbabwe was free. He had to find
someone else to blame, So he started his land seizure game, So he kicked the white farmers off the land, So
many farms now idle they stand. Farm workers jobs have all gone now, And they wonder how they'll make a living
somehow. And now as children starve and die, The people of Zimbabwe hang their heads and cry. Elections were
held but what a farce, The results were in before the first vote was cast. And as food aid continues to pour in, Mugabe commits the ultimate sin. For as people get to the front of the queue, They have to prove that to Mugabe
they're true. For if they don't have a ZANU PF card. Then its empty handed that they leave the yard. And the leaders of the world stand by and sigh, As they see the people of Zimbabwe die. Why can't they admit
that they made a mistake, Why can't they do something for Zimbabwe 's sake.. And I wonder what stories
the old people tell, Of the time before they were living in hell. Of a time when work was plentiful, And
the children were happy and their bellies were full. Of days before they lived under a dictator so cruel, In the
days before they fought for Majority rule!
But some of President Robert Mugabe’s supporters said they would dig up the grave in solidarity with protests in
South Africa calling for the removal of Rhodes’s statue from Cape Town University.
“We strongly support what is happening in South Africa. We
cannot stand seeing whites coming from abroad every day to honour and conduct rituals before their ancestor who is buried
on our own land,” said Zweli Malinga, an official with the ruling Zanu PF party in Bulawayo.
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