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Sunday, May 22, 2005
  Ollie Ollie Oxen Free?!
You have a madman that took a country that was a net exported of food, and in less than 5 years: Starvation and Famine.
White farmers scorn call to return - Sunday Times - Times Online: "WHITE farmers in Zimbabwe have dismissed as “madness” and “completely divorced from reality” an invitation by the governor of the country’s central bank to go back to their land.

The offer, made by Gideon Gono in a televised speech on Friday night, was widely seen as a government acknowledgement that its land reform policy had failed.

Last week President Robert Mugabe finally admitted the country needs food after months of refusing supplies, though he blamed drought for shortages that have left half the population hungry.

“In order to ensure maximum productivity levels, there is great scope in the country for promoting and supporting joint ventures between the new farmers with progressive-minded former operators,” said Gono in the three-hour broadcast, during which he announced a 31% devaluation of the Zimbabwean dollar.

He added that skilled whites and other new investors would be given guarantees of uninterrupted tenure of five to 10 years, backed by government force to prevent any disruption on the farms.

Only about 300 of 4,500 white farmers remain on their farms after a five-year campaign to take their land that has seen 15 farmers killed and thousands of farm workers beaten and evicted.

Far from being distributed among landless peasants, many of the farms have ended up in the hands of Mugabe’s relatives and cronies.

Gono’s suggestion that the evicted farmers could return as managers in partnership with the new occupiers was ridiculed by those white farmers still in Zimbabwe."
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