Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, has basically told white landowners to take their mule, but leave their forty acres so that it can be given back to the Zimbabwe people. Mugabe said that white people may no longer own any land in Zimbabwe, but can own businesses and urban apartments.

“I have been given a list of 35 white farmers in Mashonaland West alone,” Mugabe said in a speech. “We say no to whites owning our land and they should go. … They can own companies and apartments…but not the soil. It is ours and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.”

“There are white farmers who are still on the land and have the protection of some cabinet ministers and politicians as well as traditional leaders. That should never happen. They [whites] were living like kings and queens on our land and we chucked them out. Now we want all of it.”

From CS Monitor:

At the turn of the century Mugabe, a former guerrilla leader, unleashed waves of violent land acquisition by war veterans aligned to his political party. Thousands of white commercial farmers were forced out under a so-called “indigenization” land reform policy.

Mugabe’s land seizure was widely seen as a means of strengthening his grip on power after the emergence in 1999 of a robust opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai – whom Mugabe defeated in the election last July. The policy gave Mugabe a means to pacify a black rural population that for years had worked the least productive land, a legacy of British colonial era.

Since then, Zimbabwe has been in an economic tailspin, with banks collapsing and with the government unable to pay the wages of many in the civil sector.

Much of the land previously taken by those in the Mugabe regime has benefited the security, police and military wings of the leader’s circle.

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  • eve-audrey

    I agree with you on the ignorance of many whites who have settled in africa. I do not believe the land is theirs neither but they sure do. If kicking white families who have been in africa for generations was that easy there would be none left in south africa for instance.

    I am well aware that many whites think because they have money and can buy things native people can’t makes them superior.

    I hope that mugabe plans on helping his people to modernize their machinery so that they can cultivate the land and benefit from it.

  • SpreadLove

    THIS IS TO ANYONE AT CLUTCH: As a Zimbabwean citizen…PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do you research before posting stories about this piece of crap. MUGABE DOES NOT NEED ANY SUPPORT FROM AMERICANS. President Mugabe is not a president. He is a DICTATOR. He WON an election?!?!? Get OUT of here with that mess. He’s rigged all of the elections since the late 90s. You post this piece of crap to get support from Americans who don’t even know the REAL situation. Mugabe doesn’t even care about the Zimbabwean people…as in the BLACK PEOPLE that live in Zimbabwe. He has beaten and killed his own. My people are suffering because of this man and you write this to give him some kind of praise. UGGHHHH!!! Gosh this pisses me off when publications post crap like this they clearly don’t know about. CLUTCH do some research. I can’t help but lose some respect for this piece of crap you just posted!!!!