White Farmers In Court
By Peta Thornycroft
Ten ethnic-European (White) commercial farmers appeared in court in Zimbabwe yesterday on charges of growing crops on their land – in a country where millions of people need food aid within the next few months.
The trial in the Chegutu district, 70 miles southwest of Harare, exposes the perversity of President Robert Mugabe’s policies. Commercial agriculture was the mainstay of the economy in the days when Zimbabwe was a food exporter. Since 2000, when the government began seizing ‘white’-owned farms, many of them violently and during which farmers were even murdered, the agricultural sector collapsed.
The Chegutu group of farmers — whose names were not published in this UK report — is charged with ‘violating the Consequential Provisions Act” — which ordered all the remaining ‘white’ farmers off the land and out of their homesteads by Sep 30.
ETHNIC CLEANSING CAMPAIGN OF WHITES WILL CONTINUE SAYS MINISTER:
The colonial-era Chegutu courtroom was packed by so-called “war veterans”, young men too young to ever have participated in ‘the struggle for freedom’ but who are Mr Mugabe’s staunch supporters. Also at hand were the “beneficiaries” ( i.e. looters ) who expect to be ‘given’ the properties should these ten white food-producers be ‘convicted’ and probably jailed.
Among these (looters) were Zimbabwean parliamentary speaker Edna Madzongwe, and Nathan Shamuyarira, a former information minister and one of President Robert Mugabe’s closest aides.
The ethnnic-European farmers, aged from 38 to 75, produce a variety of food from chickens to oranges and have indeed already given two-thirds of their farms to the government for ‘resettlement of black farmers’.
All but one still work their remaining land intensively and say they intend to try to continue.
Didymus Mutasa, the lands minister said the few hundred remaining white farmers will be forced out, one way or another.
“The position is that food shortages or no food shortages, we are going ahead to remove the remaining whites,” he said recently.. >>Source