Saturday, January 21, 2006

Mugabe evicts neighbors.

Harare, Zimbabwe - Owners of property next to President Robert Mugabe's retirement mansion have received written warnings that their houses will be confiscated by the state.

The move represents the first time Zimbabwe's elite, both black and white, have suffered at first hand.

Millions of Zimbabweans were affected by last year's "clearances" of urban shantytowns and much of the rural population hit by Mugabe's war on white farmers. But, until now, many members of the "aristocracy" have escaped unscathed - and even set up home in close proximity to his putative retirement home.

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