President Robert Mugabe has said the few remaining white farmers must go adding that his message ‘should ring loud and clear in Britain and in the USA.’
According to Newzimbabwe.com, Mugabe said the white farmers ‘were living like Kings and Queens on our land and we chucked them out. Now we want it all.’
He announced this in Mhangura at the launch of the new permits for the small scale farmers saying an ongoing land audit, whose details were shown to him, has so far revealed that there were 35 white farmers in Mashonaland West alone and those farmers ‘should go.’ He said: ‘No to whites owning our land. They can own companies and apartments in our towns and cities but not the soil.’
Mugabe castigated cabinet ministers and traditional leaders who are in partnership with whites on farms that were allocated to them through the land grab exercise, saying they could lose their properties. He said partnership with whites ‘should never happen’ and government will ‘deal’ with the concerned ministers, urging Fortune Charumbira, the president of the Chiefs Council, to rein in his members.
Mugabe said government will not pay for the seized land because the white farmers ‘never paid for it in the first place.’ He also claimed that under the new tenure system the new black farmers will be assisted to access funding from the banks. He added that the new tenure system was’ a shield against Western machinations to reverse the land reform programme through the MDC-T.’
However, mixed reactions from economists in the country say that Mugabe’s actions couldn’t be more “Ill-timed”