Saturday, August 13, 2005

Land will go to soldiers


...On Tuesday the veteran leader, in power since independence in 1980, said 6,000 officers from the army and air force would be given land under the exercise, which started in 2000.

"The responsible authorities are indeed looking into the matter with a view to allocating land to these remaining deserving cadres," Mugabe told supporters at an annual rally to commemorate Defense Forces day.

Critics says disruptions to the agriculture sector linked to the land seizures have led to chronic food shortages over the past five years, but Mugabe blames drought.

Mugabe also said 600 officers had been allocated stands to build houses under a reconstruction program the government embarked on after its destruction of slums in urban centers.

The United Nations says the crackdown left at least 700,000 people either homeless, without a livelihood or both....

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