During a recent state visit to South Africa, President Robert Mugabe stated that he "would not see a single white face". This cast a dark shadow over the racial issue in Zimbabwe, pointing back to 1999, when land reform was introduced by the ZANU-PF-led government to counter the support the newly established Movement for Democratic Change Party (MDC) received from white landowners. With Morgan Tsvangirai at the forefront, the worker-supported MDC posed a major threat to President Robert Mugabe's 19-year reign.
During the period 1999 – 2003, Zimbabweans witnessed a forced removal of white farmers. Laws were quickly established to justify the brutal takeovers of farms. War veterans, who since their release in 1980 had wanted land reform, suddenly became landowners, while government ministers exploited their position and became owners of several farms. Some white farmers remained on the farms, mostly because of their relationship with the local community, as well as the new owners wanting to utilize the knowledge and equipment of the white farmers.
Gloomy development. However, the new "winners" did not know. . .
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