(Ed.) Hell and Horror in Zimbabwe. A disgrace to what used to be a flourishing country for all.

(SOURCE:- Cathy Buckle, Zimbabwe)

Dear Family and Friends,

On a few days away, heading south from the capital, the view from the
window is a Zimbabwe that is hot and dry and golden brown. Rivers that
were churning and thundering, overflowing their banks and breaking
bridges just three or four months ago are again dry, littered with
rocks and boulders and filled with deep yellow sand. The grass
everywhere is very tall and completely dry, brittle and golden. Every
day we hold our breath waiting for the inevitable fires that will this
year have enormous amounts of fuel to feed their flames. Out in the
hot and scratchy bush the dust is thick, red and choking; the
deciduous trees are losing their leaves fast and if you are lucky you
may see a magnificent Zimbabwe Aloe (Aloe Excelsa) in full flower,
towering higher than many of the trees, a beacon of red in a golden
landscape.

Returning to ‘civilization’ newspaper reports rapidly bring you
back to what has become our often un-civilized life in Zimbabwe. On
the front page a picture of a woman in South Africa who had allegedly
been assaulted by Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Mrs. Mugabe. The shame of
these scandals, which are growing in frequency, are making a laughing
stock of Zimbabwe; scandals of privileged youngsters living an
unchecked life filled with excesses and outrageous extravagance while
ordinary people are scrabbling in the dust to survive back in
Zimbabwe.

While the international media scrutinize attempts by South Africa to
hold Mrs. Mugabe accountable, there is an even more disturbing report
going almost unnoticed; a report far more serious, more worrying than
a First Lady and an assault in a luxury South African hotel. In his
speech on Heroes Day, President Mugabe said that there would be no
prosecution for the people who killed white farmers in Zimbabwe’s
“fast-track land reform program.” As unbelievable as it is there
has yet to be any accountability for the perpetrators of murders
committed in the name of land invasions since 2000 or of thousands of
other crimes committed under that same smoke screen. Crimes that
include rape, arson, theft, torture, and murder. Crimes committed
against black and white Zimbabweans.

President Mugabe said: “Yes, we have those who were killed when they resisted. We will never prosecute those who killed them. I ask why we should arrest them.”

President Mugabe did not give examples of farmers murdered for
“resisting” the theft of their private property, homes and
life’s work. He did not mention the case, for example, of David
Stevens, the first commercial farmer murdered in April 2000 who was
abducted by war veterans, handcuffed and taken to the War Veterans
Headquarters in Murehwa. There he was beaten and assaulted and later
taken into the bush where he and another farmer, both handcuffed, were
assaulted by numerous people who used “fists, feet, sticks, stones,
fan belts, and wire rods. “ Shortly afterward David Stevens was shot
and killed. Can you call it resistance when you are handcuffed,
lynched and being beaten on all sides? What about justice, the law,
the courts and due process?

This single eye witness account is one of the thousands of stories of hell and horror perpetrated against black and white Zimbabweans which
continue to haunt our nation nearly two decades after land invasions
began. Some of us are ourselves victims or witnessed the events, saw
thousands of traumatized people left homeless, jobless or mourning the
deaths of loved ones in horrific political violence and brutal farm
invasions since 2000.

What kind of an example is it to the youth of Zimbabwe to absolve
murderers of white people? What about the thousands of black people
who were brutalized and lost everything in land invasions and the
thousands murdered in political violence in the same time period? It
doesn’t matter if we are black or white, our blood is the same
color and we are all entitled to justice and protection under our
country’s Constitution. Until the perpetrators of crimes are held to
account, whatever the skin color of them or their victims, Zimbabwe
will not be able to move forward, regardless of this blanket
“immunity” given by our 93-year-old President. Until next time,
thanks for reading, love Cathy. 18th August 2017.

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FX3 and its details

2010-12-09, FX3 (18) 2010-12-09, FX3 (17) 2010-12-09, FX3 (16) 2010-12-09, FX3 (15) 2010-12-09, FX3 (14) 2010-12-09, FX3 (13) 2010-12-09, FX3 (12) 2010-12-09, FX3 (11) 2010-12-09, FX3 (10) 2010-12-09, FX3 (9) 2010-12-09, FX3 (8) 2010-12-09, FX3 (7) 2010-12-09, FX3 (6) 2010-12-09, FX3 (5) 2010-12-09, FX3 (4) 2010-12-09, FX3 (3) 2010-12-09, FX3 (2)

FX3 Petrol and its details
FX3 Petrol, possibly to be found in the USA? Who knows the identity of the owner?

 

P.S. the pictures were not ‘taken’ by me (Hans Dooren) but the system recorded this.

Hans

 
You recently posted images of this FX3 on the LVTA site and although I have no idea who owns this cab at this moment, there are pieces of information which maybe of interest.
 
The interior has been retrimmed “recently”. The roof rail is not original. The rails offered by Mann & Overton as PCO approved accessories, were of a totally different design. It is possible that the rail is actually from a Beardmore Mk VII, although whilst the construction appears to be the same, I shall have to check some very old photos to be sure.
 
With reference to ownership, this cab was offered for sale in the US on eBay, maybe three years ago. Graham Waite made an enquiry about this cab, at that time.
 
It appears from some very early LVTA ownership records of 1982 that NDW713 was owned by Tony Spinelli of Philadelphia.  At that time, he stated that it was a petrol engined example of 1957 (possibly incorrect year) and that he was “in process of rebuilding engine & some bodywork – will probably be completed on or before 9/1/82 (1 Sept 1982). Licence tag NDW 713”. He also owned 1967 FX4D SME431F, 1958 Bm Mk VII VYL 788 & 1955 Bm Mk VII RYN 868.
Although the cab shows London General decals, it may not have been owned by the General. A small supply of these decals were circulating in the eighties amongst members and only two unapplied sets are known to exist. Evidence of General ownership would be provided by any original gold paint on the road wheels.
Hope this is of interest.
Regards
Brian West
(Ed. who does know the present owner and has more details on the cab? I feel “it might still live in the USA”?

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The (private) Weblog passed 38.500+ viewers; a great achievement, not possible without your interest. Thank you all..

We passed the 38.500+ viewers; a great achievement, not possible without your interest. Thank you all..

Its great when you work on something and it turns out that visitors of the (private)Weblog come back to view.

I thank our visitors/viewers and Thomas Dik who supports me technically and tries to reduce calamities as much as possible. If you can support us with reports/pictures, all are welcome! (address:- hansdoo@planet.nl)

Shame on Zimbabwe. Can they really afford to throw away 3 a 4 million votes?

Dear Family and Friends, (SOURCE:- Cathy Buckle)

Zimbabweans are so exhausted with the year long struggle to get money,
their own money out of the banks, that almost everything else seems of
little consequence. How can you worry about elections when you have to
spend half of every day outside the door of the bank in order to
withdraw your own money? How can you even think about the voter’s roll
when all the bank allows you to withdraw is twenty dollars and it’s
all in 25 cent Bond coins? Sometimes it even seems as if the year long
shortage of cash is deliberately not being addressed or resolved by
our government so that we do exactly what we’re doing and spend
every day worrying about cash and don’t follow or even care about
events of critical national importance.

There was a by-election in Chiwundura last weekend. Two election
watchdog organizations, the ERC and ZESN said they had found massive
irregularities. These included: 863 people registered more than once
and appearing at different polling stations; 724 voters with similar
first names, surnames, gender, and date of birth but with different ID
numbers and at different polling stations; 132 voters with ID numbers
that are invalid; 218 voters with ID numbers with a suffix that
doesn’t conform to the National Registration Act. The Executive
director of the ERC described the “worst case scenario” where
a person with exactly the same ID number and personal details were found
on the roll at three different polling stations.

The head of the government’s Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC),
Justice Rita Makarau said she “welcomed this sort of engagement”
and then said it was: “important that we highlight the fact that in
that part of the country there can be more than two Rosemary Moyos
living in different parts of Gweru and I have been reassured that this
is the case.” Mrs. Makarau may be reassured but I don’t think we
are as we wonder how many polling stations we are each registered at,
how we will know, and if our dead relations are still on voters rolls
numerous different polling stations.

In a press interview last week Mrs. Makarau said that people with ALIEN
on their ID cards: “Must regularize their identification particulars
to show they are Zimbabwean citizens.”

“Regularize” an absurd word for a so far impossible achievement
for multiple thousands of born and resident Zimbabweans cursed with
the word ALIEN on their ID cards. I am one of them who, because my
parents were not born in Zimbabwe, being classified as an ALIEN.
Zimbabwe’s new Constitution of 2013 says that if you are born in
Zimbabwe you are automatically a citizen but the legislation has not
been changed to reflect the provision of the Constitution.

As I have done, you can arm yourself with every conceivable document
that proves you are a born and resident Zimbabwean and try and
“regularize” your ID to reflect that you are a citizen but it
means nothing when you stand in front of officials at run down
registration offices.

At my local Parliamentary Constituency office, a deep gully adorns the
road outside and a rusty, barely legible signboard mostly obscured by
the branches of an overhanging tree proclaims that this is the
“Parliamentary Constituency Information Centre.” This is where you
go to register births and deaths, get national Identity Documents and
register to vote. It’s only a year until elections In Zimbabwe and
the new Constitution guarantees my citizenship by birth and also
allows me to have dual citizenship but officials in the office say
they have not received instruction on this matter and direct me to
Makombe building in Harare.

It’s an 180 kilometer round trip to Makombe Building, the Harare
headquarters of the Ministry of Local Government. Navigating the
hundreds of people, a rabbit warren of narrow corridors and dirty
doorways I finally find the right place, the right office, and the
right queue. I get to the front and despite not being greeted or
acknowledged, I launch into proving I am who I say I am. As soon as
the words ALIEN, New Constitution and Dual Citizenship are out of my
mouth the woman stops looking at my documents and I can see the
encounter is about to come to an end. “We have not been informed
about the new constitution and dual citizenship,” she says. This
despite the fact that this is the country’s main Citizenship office
and the new Constitution was adopted four years ago, in 2013. “The
legislation has not been changed,” the official says.

So, Justice Rita Makaru, in response to your instruction that we
“regularize” our Identity documents: We are trying but failing.

There are multiple thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of resident
Zimbabweans like me who were disenfranchised after being declared
ALIENS if their parents were born outside the country. There are an
estimated three to four million Zimbabweans living in the Diaspora who
are now ALIENS because they have taken on foreign passports to be able
to live and work abroad. They too will be denied their right to vote
in the 2018 election if citizenship status and dual citizenship laws
are not changed and changed very soon.

So many people could be speaking out, demanding their birth right,
demanding that the laws be changed in order to be aligned with
Zimbabwe’s new Constitution. Little voices like mine are getting
lost, going unheard, while the opposition giants fight for status,
positions, and power instead of fighting for the rights of the very
people who would be voting for them. They will lose our votes because
we will not be entitled to vote. Can they really afford to throw away
3 or 4 million votes? Until next time, thanks for reading, love Cathy
21st July 2017. Copyright � Cathy Buckle. www.cathybuckle.com

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