Saturday, March 28, 2009

Zim to arrest Farm invaders

from the IHT:


Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday warned people invading commercial farms that they were committing theft and would be arrested and prosecuted, appearing to challenge a key feature of President Robert Mugabe's land policies.

The seizure of white-owned farms to give to poor black Zimbabweans has become a controversial but important Mugabe strategy, and his opponents say this has helped to destroy the agriculture sector that was once the backbone of the economy....

This should make the UK happy.

But as I have noted before, the problem is the way Mugabe did land reform: Essentially getting thugs to take over farms, and often giving them to big shots.

In the Philippines, the law was passed limiting how much land one could a result, my husband's ancestral land is now "owned" by the tenants. We never did get reimbursed but then a lot of times his famiily never got paid much rent either.

But the farmers got the land, not the government...

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