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April 18, 2004

Finding Blame for Mugabe

A while back, there was a comment left here that had kind words for Robert Mugabe and his land redistribution efforts. The truth about Robert Mugabe, though, is that he is a typical tyrant who uses land redistribution for political gain and hunger as a tool of oppression.

The two sisters, aged 32 and 34, should have been the first generation of black Zimbabweans to benefit from Robert Mugabe's rule as the first democratically elected leader of the nation. When the liberation hero turned dictator and engineered a famine, however, Agnes and thousands of others joined a long list of the regime's victims. Sipho is one of thousands more who hover on the brink.

Food shortages have pushed Zimbabwean prices to unaffordable levels. A loaf of bread in Bulawayo costs 2,500 Zimbabwe dollars, the equivalent of 30p, but also the same as the average monthly pension. As a result, an estimated 5.5 million Zimbabweans depend on food aid.

Even for a person who agrees completely with the land redistribution efforts has to admit to the complete and utter corruption and mismanagement in Mugabe's government. The effect that his policies have had on the nation are to totally ruin an economy and create a nation of starving paupers.


Read the story.

Posted by zombyboy at April 18, 2004 07:40 PM

In Zim, land redistribution means re-distributing it to Mugabe's cronies. There's nothing innovative about it.

Posted by: Brian at April 20, 2004 08:18 AM

No, not innovative at all. Just tragically short-sited and foolish.

Posted by: zombyboy at April 20, 2004 10:20 AM

Yet Mugabe wondered: "Some of our people are running away to wash the bodies of elderly people in England," referring to the large numbers of Zimbabweans there who work as carers for the elderly. Mugabe added: "Yet we are giving farms to people here. What are you running away for? Zimbabwe's problems can only be solved by Zimbabweans, not by foreigners," he said. "We have got medicine to sort out our problems, we have got traditional healers."

Posted by: Brian at April 21, 2004 04:55 PM

He has a singularly annoying trait similar to Castro: the bastards absolutely refuse to die off.

Posted by: zombyboy at April 22, 2004 10:13 AM
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