Zimbabwe

Zim's white farmers still targeted - CFU

2011-09-05 20:24

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Zimbabweans go hungry as drought hammers southern Africa
Zimbabweans go hungry as drought hammers southern Africa

Even in the best of times, life is harsh in Siyagijima, a desolate village in southwest Zimbabwe. After the worst regional drought in nearly a decade and the failure of nearby crops, it is likely to be even harsher.

Harare - A Zimbabwean farmers' organisation says its white members continue to be the target of violence as political tensions rise ahead of proposed elections.

Charles Taffs, head of the Commercial Farmers' Union (CFU) representing Zimbabwe's 300 remaining white farmers, said on Monday the brutal beating to death of a prominent farmer 90km northwest of Harare on Friday showed that "criminals can act with impunity" against whites still on their land.

Taffs said the ferocity of Friday's killing made it more than a "simple robbery" as police claimed.

It was the latest in a growing series of attacks and threats at white farms.

President Robert Mugabe has called for elections next March to end the nation's troubled coalition.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  zimababwe  |  southern africa  |  zimbabwe land reforms

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