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8. Zimbabwe: "The Land Has Come Back"
New African: Amidst the mounting Western strangulation and demonisation of Zimbabwe in recent months, the government has quietly pressed ahead with its fast track land reform programme, bringing it to a virtual end. Baffour Ankomah reports from Harare.

"The land has come back," a triumphant President Mugabe declared at the ruling Zanu-PF Central Committee meeting in Chinhoyi on 12 December. "The age-old question has now been answered. We have not just made history in post-colonial Africa; we have also written a new page on social justice and social change," he thundered.

All out of international glare, and as Britain and its Western allies tightened the economic noose around the neck of Zimbabwe in recent months leading to severe hardships in the country, Mugabe's government has quietly gone ahead with its fast track land reform programme, bringing it to a virtual completion.

In a major interview with the state-owned newspaper, The Herald, published on 12 December, Mugabe said Britain's "negative attitude" to the land programme "was a blessing in disguise" as it enabled his government to acquire more land and at a faster rate than it would have been possible had Britain agreed to compensate the white farmers. (See David Hasluck's historic interview).

If Britain had played ball, Mugabe said "the land issue would have been resolved along the path of understanding between us and Britain, which would have resulted in an understanding between us and the commercial farmers.

"There would not have emerged a situation of conflict between us and the commercial farmers, but that would have meant our moving smoothly, taking into account the feelings of the white farmers, and this would not have made for a faster rate of occupying and distributing the land.
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  - Hmm. Must have been caused by Mugabe's pay rise.  FlashHarry   Apr-01-04 07:17 AM   #1 
  - Did We All Do A Clare Short?  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 07:34 AM   #2 
  - BushCo has to be responsible for this  ZR2   Apr-01-04 07:37 AM   #3 
  - Zimbabwe: West aided 'mercenaries'  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 07:50 AM   #7 
  - 'Libya must sever its ties with Zimbabwe'  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 07:37 AM   #4 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-01-04 07:44 AM   #5 
     - Hi nick uk!!  newyawker99   Apr-01-04 05:52 PM   #34 
  - "HANDS OFF ZIMBABWE"  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 07:47 AM   #6 
  - I'm curious. Any opinon on this?  AP   Apr-01-04 09:06 AM   #14 
     - I very rarely state my opinion  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 09:26 AM   #20 
        - If, say, Buzzflash never stated their opinion, you'd still know what...  AP   Apr-01-04 09:38 AM   #23 
           - Thanks for the compliment  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 09:49 AM   #25 
              - Reading for context.  AP   Apr-01-04 10:11 AM   #26 
              - You did do it to me!  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 10:14 AM   #27 
                 - I have no idea what you're talking about.  AP   Apr-01-04 10:16 AM   #29 
                    - Well I could post it  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 10:25 AM   #30 
                       - You're so cryptic,  AP   Apr-01-04 11:04 AM   #32 
              - Furthermore, I still have no idea what you're talking about...  AP   Apr-01-04 10:15 AM   #28 
  - Zimbabwe: "The Land Has Come Back"  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 07:52 AM   #8 
  - "as Britain and its Western allies tightened the economic noose"  AP   Apr-01-04 09:20 AM   #17 
  - Mugabe's 400% pay raise, while millions starve!  Rockholm   Apr-01-04 07:55 AM   #9 
  - There is oil all around  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 08:02 AM   #10 
  - The only important fact is that. . . .  StopThief   Apr-01-04 08:25 AM   #11 
  - Let them eat cake!  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 08:34 AM   #12 
  - The neoliberals have been screaming "mass starvation" for almost two years  AP   Apr-01-04 09:14 AM   #16 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-01-04 08:45 AM   #13 
  - Here's why it's stupid to use this fact as a measure for whether any...  AP   Apr-01-04 09:10 AM   #15 
  - How many millions of life do you want to sacrifcy in order to  KurtNilsen   Apr-01-04 09:24 AM   #19 
     - It's funny to talk about colonialism and imperialism in terms of lives...  AP   Apr-01-04 09:37 AM   #22 
  - I guess the answer is 3:06PM DU time.  demdave   Apr-01-04 09:24 AM   #18 
     - Thanks I needed that  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 09:32 AM   #21 
        - It's always happy hour somewhere. Think globally , act locally.  demdave   Apr-01-04 09:44 AM   #24 
  - IMF Paints Bleak Picture of Zimbabwe's Economy  seemslikeadream   Apr-01-04 10:44 AM   #31 
  - The IMF needs to get a mirror.  AP   Apr-01-04 11:05 AM   #33 
     - Of course the IMF has problems, but I challenge you to go to Zimbabwe  Zynx   Apr-01-04 06:46 PM   #36 
        - Please review my posts.  AP   Apr-02-04 12:12 AM   #37 
  - Mugabe is a corrupt thug who cares nothing for his people.  Zynx   Apr-01-04 06:44 PM   #35 
     - Regardless of what you think, land reform is going to make a huge  AP   Apr-02-04 12:16 AM   #38 

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