National disunity continues in Zimbabwe
February 23, 2009
Scores of white-owned farms in Zimbabwe have been invaded since the country’s national unity government took office, a union chief has told the BBC.
Commercial Farmers Union President Trevor Gifford said 77 properties had been occupied in the last fortnight.
MPs, police, the military and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe officials had taken part in the invasions, he said.
Many of the farmers targeted recently mounted a successful legal challenge to government land reforms, he added…
The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Tribunal ruled in November the Zimbabwe government’s programme of seizing white-owned property for redistribution to landless black farmers was discriminatory and illegal.
The government said at the time that it would not comply with the ruling.
- BBC News
Roy Bennett, former white farmer and proposed deputy agriculture minister for the MDC is still in jail awaiting a bail hearing on treason and/or terrorism charges.