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Zimbabwe Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Apr 05, 2002

This Public Announcement alerts American citizens to the potential for further violence following the presidential election in Zimbabwe. This Public Announcement supersedes the one issued for Zimbabwe on January 23, 2002, and it will expire on July 1, 2002.

American citizens should consider postponement of non-essential travel to Zimbabwe until conditions in the country stabilize. U.S. citizens in Zimbabwe should be aware of continuing conditions that could adversely affect their personal security. Although a president was sworn into office on March 17, 2002, the political, social, economic, and security situation is likely to remain fluid. Mass demonstrations remain a possibility, and there continue to be incidents of land seizures, roadblocks, and political violence and intimidation in both urban and rural areas.

The Government of Zimbabwe has enacted the Public Order and Security Act, which makes it an offense to "undermine the authority of the President" or "engender hostility" towards him. This includes speaking negatively of the President in public. The bill also bars individuals from speaking negatively of the police and carrying weapons of any kind.

American citizens should avoid public demonstrations or large gatherings and refrain from taking pictures or videos of political events of any kind. Americans should also monitor the local and international media for developments that may affect their safety. Additionally, American citizens should exercise caution when traveling anywhere in Zimbabwe and are urged to register with the U.S. Embassy, located at 172 Herbert Chitepo Ave., in the capital, Harare, telephone (263)4-250-593/4.

For additional information on travel to Zimbabwe, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Zimbabwe, available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.

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