Rebuilding Foundations Caring for People
On 28 November 2023, the Mike Campbell Foundation's executive director, Ben Freeth, set out on the first leg of a journey of possibly 4 million steps to raise awareness of a travesty of justice in Zimbabwe and the subsequent fallout for the entire southern African region. With Ben throughout his trek from central Zimbabwe to Kazungula border post, just west of Victoria Falls, was his little horse, Tsedeq, which means “justice and righteousness”. It was an epic journey of nearly 800km (500 miles) unsupported, through heat and drought and difficult terrain. The second leg of his trek from Botswana’s Ngoma Bridge border post to Windhoek began on Friday 2 February 2024.
"Long Ride for Justice” - Namibians support Ben Freeth
Ben Freeth from Mike Campbell’s Mount Carmel farm in Zimbabwe, which was taken over violently by the Mugabe regime, is currently on a “Long Ride for Justice”, walking and riding from Ngoma Bridge Border Post at the eastern end of Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, to raise awareness of the need to reinstate the SADC Tribunal regional court of justice. "I am so grateful for the warmth and kindness of Namibians I have encountered so far - both in the communal and commercial areas. Thank you very much! My biggest need is to be able to give Stardust enough water." – Ben Freeth, Zimbabwean farmer
"Long Ride for Justice” - Ben Freeth letter to Namibian Farmers
My name is Ben Freeth from a farm called Mt Carmel Farm in Zimbabwe. You may see me with a horse walking along the road.
I have ridden and led a horse unsupported from the farm through Zimbabwe for 800 km. Here on the Namibian side I have ridden and led a mule for approximately 400 km - with the amazing back-up of Dr Telané Greyling.
The mule is now back in Windhoek due to his intense dislike of being alone on the trail without a fellow equine. Megan from Grootfontein has come to the rescue with a wonderful horse called Stardust.
SAPES Trust webinar: “Crisis in opposition parties”
Following the resignation of CCC leader Nelson Chamisa, the SAPES Trust has organised a crucial webinar titled: "The Crisis in Opposition Political Parties". Time: Thursday 1 February from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Harare/Pretoria, or 3:30 pm UK time. The panel is still being finalised. The Trust’s director, Dr Ibbo Mandaza, has been calling for a paradigm shift to achieve reform in Zimbabwe and has previously proposed a national dialogue process and after the contentious 2023 elections, the creation of a transitional authority.
Advocate Fadzayi Mahere resigns from CCC party
Advocate Fadzayi Mahere of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party, has resigned as MP for Mount Pleasant (Harare), in support of former leader Nelson Chamisa who on 22 January said he was dumping the “contaminated” CCC. Announcing her resignation and thanking her constituents, Mahere wrote: “Despite numerous odds, we fought hard to push back against unjust, anti-people pronouncements like the 2024 Budget, the fees crisis in higher education, the power crisis, the broken economy and the imposition of candidates following a series of fraudulent recalls. She said this was the beginning of a different journey.
High Court (UK) upholds Border Timbers ICSID award
The High Court in London has rejected the Zimbabwe government's attempt to evade paying a US$125 million arbitral award for grabbing land belonging to Border Timbers Ltd and Hangani Development (the von Pezold case). The two companies were awarded US$124m plus interest and a further US$1m in "moral damages and costs" in 2015 by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The German and Swiss owners should have been protected by Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (BIPPAs) signed by the Zimbabwe government with Germany and Switzerland.
Nelson Chamisa quits opposition CCC party
Zimbabwe’s opposition party leader, Advocate Nelson Chamisa, has been forced to quit the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) movement that he started last on 22 January 2022 after “an imposter”, Sengezo Tshabangu, managed to recall its legislators and local government. Chamisa said the CCC had been hijacked by proxies of President Mnangagwa’s ruling Zanu-PF party. Chamisa, who rose to prominence as a student leader and later as an activist in the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Zimbabwe’s late former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, said he was not abandoning politics.