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March 03, 2005

The fruits of hate

From the UK Telegraph:

President Robert Mugabe confessed yesterday that millions of acres of prime land seized from Zimbabwe's white farmers are now lying empty and idle.

After years spent trumpeting the "success" of the land grab, Mr Mugabe, 81, admitted that most of the farms transferred to black owners have never been used.

All but a handful of Zimbabwe's 4,000 white farmers lost their homes and livelihoods when armed gangs of Mugabe supporters began invading their property in 2000.

In the first 18 months of the campaign, eight white landowners and 39 of their black workers were murdered, court orders defied and Zimbabwe's economy plunged into crisis.

Mr Mugabe said this was the price that Zimbabwe would have to pay to redress the wrongs of the British colonial era, which left much of the best land in white hands. He claimed that the seizures would boost production and benefit millions of blacks.

You mean robbery and murder aren't quick solutions to problems? Who'da thunk. I think Mugabe will now get a taste of the “redress of wrongs” he callously spoke of. Elections in Zimbabwe are scheduled for the end of this month.

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 3, 2005 09:06 AM

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