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00HARARE5469
2000-09-28 10:16:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Harare
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SUPREME COURT GRANTS INTERIM RULING ON

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7221
INFO NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC
USDOC WASHDC
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
						C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 005469 

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NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH
USDOC FOR DHENKE-ROGERS
LONDON FOR CGURNEY
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS
PASS USAID FOR AFR/SD - DWELLER, AFR/SA - CPALMA,
NNEWMAN, AA/AFR - VNEWTON, AND A/AID - RMCCALL

USTR FOR ROSA WHITAKER

E.O. 12958: DECL 09/28/05
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TAGS: PGOV PHUM EAGR PREL EAID ZI
SUBJECT: SUPREME COURT GRANTS INTERIM RULING ON
COMMERCIAL FARMERS UNION COURT CASE.


CLASSIFIED BY DCM EARL IRVING. REASONS: 1.5 (B) AND
(D).

REFS: HARARE 5337



1. (U) IN AN INTERIM RESPONSE TO THE LAWSUIT FILED
RECENTLY BY THE COMMERCIAL FARMERS UNION (CFU), THE
SUPREME COURT ON SEPTEMBER 26 RULED THAT FARMERS MUST BE
NOTIFIED 90 DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR EVICTIONS FROM ACQUIRED
FARMS. IN ADDITION, THE COURT ALSO SCHEDULED A FULL
HEARING OF THE SUIT FOR NOVEMBER 6, 7, AND 8. THE COURT
RULING DOES NOT HALT THE GOZ'S "FAST TRACK" PROGRAM, BUT
IT SHOULD SLOW DOWN THE RESETTLEMENT PROCESS SOMEWHAT,
CERTAINLY UNTIL THE SUPREME COURT HEARS THE CFU'S
CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE IN NOVEMBER.



2. (C) RICHARD AMIOT OF THE CFU TOLD ECONOFF ON
SEPTEMBER 27 THAT THIS INTERIM RULING IS IMPORTANT FOR
TWO REASONS. IT LIFTS THE IMMINENT THREAT OF EVICTION
THAT SOME FARMERS WERE FACING AT THE END OF THIS MONTH,
AND IT INDICATES THAT THE COURT IS GOING TO REQUIRE THAT
THE GOZ'S "FAST TRACK" PROGRAM BE CONSISTENT WITH
ZIMBABWEAN LAW.



3. (C) COMMENT: THIS INTERIM COURT RULING COULD BUY SOME
TIME FOR THE CFU AND THE GOZ TO TRY AND REACH AGREEMENT
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ON A RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM THAT BOTH CAN SUPPORT.
ALTHOUGH THE GOZ HAS SHOWN LITTLE WILLINGNESS TO
COMPROMISE IN THE PAST, THE FACT THAT THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL'S OFFICE AT LEAST PAID LIP SERVICE TO THE
COURT'S RULING IS AN ENCOURAGING SIGN.

MCDONALD

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