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Monday, May 30, 2005

Zim: From Bad to Worse
Only days after Mugabe's henchmen burned and destroyed informal settlements around Harare, comes this:
"Zanu-PF spokesperson Nathan Shamuyarira has announced that his ruling party would soon amend the constitution to abolish all private ownership rights to land and nationalise all productive farmland."
This is an about turn from the noises coming out of Zanu-PF about the return of white farmers to farming lands in Zimbabwe, and perhaps reflects the abject failure of their invitation to former white farmers. Whatever the case, it is the Zimbabwe people who will continue to bear the brunt of Zanu-PF's policies.

Things can surely get much worse in Zimbabwe. One wonders what Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Thabo Mbeki will have to say about such a blatant attack on one of the requisite pillar stones of a functioning democracy. Once again, I expect we will hear very little...