Mugabe's anti-white remarks 'vile, vindictive'

2014-09-09 12:59
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

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Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's recent anti-white remarks have been condemned by his opponents who said the veteran leader was not serious about resolving the country's pressing issues.

Mugabe last week reportedly told a gathering in his rural Zvimba home area that the remaining whites in the country should go back to England.

The 90-year old leader also said white farmers removed from land redistributed to black Zimbabweans under the country's controversial land reform programme would not be allowed to return.   

"Don't they [whites] know where their ancestors came from? The British who are here should all go back to England," quoted him as saying.

This was not the first time that Mugabe made such pronouncements over land ownership by whites in the southern African country.

In July Mugabe made headlines when he vowed whites would never be allowed to own land in Zimbabwe. He said they could only be allowed to own companies, industries and apartments.

Mugabe's opponents, however, said his statements were retrogressive to the country's development as they undermined efforts to attract foreign investment.

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change's organising secretary Nelson Chamisa described Mugabe's remarks as "vile, vindictive, vituperative and belong in the past" according to

Kurauone Chihwayi from another MDC faction said Mugabe's careless statements make Zimbabwe "a hard hat area".

A look at other reactions on Twitter.

Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party launched the land reforms in 2000, taking over white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks.

At the time, Mugabe said the reforms were meant to correct colonial land ownership imbalances.

At least 4 000 white commercial farmers were evicted from their farms.

The land seizures were often violent, claiming the lives of several white farmers during clashes with veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation struggle.

Critics of the reforms have blamed the programme for low production on the farms as the majority of the beneficiaries lacked the means and skills to work the land.

Read more on:    mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  nelson chamisa  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa  |  zimbabwe land reforms

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