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Nachtengel
Saturday, March 7th, 2009, 12:12 PM
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's president, has urged the country’s last remaining white farmers to leave the country, in a speech delivered during his 85th birthday party.

"Land distribution will continue. It will not stop ... the few remaining white farmers should quickly vacate their farms as they have no place there," he said at the celebration in Chinhoyi, north of the capital Harare, on Saturday.

"Let not the original owners of the farm refuse to vacate those farms," he added.

Mugabe's birthday event, which is reported to have cost $250,000, comes as a new unity government aims to tackle an economic crisis that has rendered the Zimbabwean dollar useless.

'Hope' for economy

Mugabe, who has been president of Zimbabwe since 1980, admitted that his Zanu-PF party had lost last March's legislative elections.

But he said that Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and Mugabe's main political rival, must work with him to tackle Zimbabwe's economic crisis.

"Under this arrangement I want it known, as some of you were thinking we are no longer in power, we have an inclusive government with the president at the top, followed by the two vice-presidents, then Prime Minister Tsvangirai and two deputy prime ministers," he said.

"It's not the work of one side. It's the work of all. We hope we shall in this co-operative way manage to bring about some appreciable turnaround of our economy."

Agricultural output in Zimbabwe has fallen dramatically since 2000, when Mugabe launched his policy of seizing white-owned commercial farms and turning them over to native Africans.

Most of the new beneficiaries lack both farming equipment and the expertise needed to manage the land effectively.

Severe hardship

A decade ago, Zimbabwe produced enough maize to export the surplus. Now more than half the population is estimated to need food aid.

About three million Zimbabweans - a fifth of the population - have left the country to escape economic hardship or send remittances to relatives back home.

Tsvangirai was not at Mugabe's celebrations, despite initial reports he would attend.

The MDC leader has in recent weeks appealed to international donors for $5bn in aid and investment.

Zimbabwe's schools, hospital and sewerage have fallen into disrepair as a result of hyperinflation.

More than 83,000 people have also been affected by a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 3,800, according to the UN.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/02/20092281921141234.html

Eoppoyz
Saturday, March 7th, 2009, 02:33 PM
If the White farmer is leaving it is going very bad to Zimbabwe. Doesn't he got it now either?

Dagna
Saturday, March 7th, 2009, 04:45 PM
Look closely at Zimbabwe. I believe this is how South Africa is going to look like in some years.

GroeneWolf
Saturday, March 7th, 2009, 04:51 PM
Look closely at Zimbabwe. I believe this is how South Africa is going to look like in some years.

I was doing some thinking these weeks about Obama. Mugabe was once embraced by the pc-crowd in the West. But now critism of him is alowed. He has been replaced by Mandela. Maybe the same thing will happen now. Namely they will slowly alow critism of Mandela to become more mainstream, because they have a new black hero Obama.

Stormraaf
Saturday, March 7th, 2009, 09:59 PM
Look closely at Zimbabwe. I believe this is how South Africa is going to look like in some years.

I share that belief. Already we are getting warnings that our currency will plummet once Zuma becomes president.