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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has vowed to continue seizing land from white farmers after a spate of "farm invasions" over the past month.
Posted on: 02-03-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

With his nation's economy in shambles, President Robert Mugabe threw himself a lavish 85th birthday party on Saturday, using the opportunity to call on Zimbabwe's last white farmers to leave. Speaking in Chinhoyi, 60 miles northwest of Harare, Mugabe said land seizures would not stop.

Mugabe was capitalising on what has long been a sensitive issue in Zimbabwe and other nations in the region: the unjust division of land between whites and blacks that is a legacy of colonialism and white minority rule. Dozens of the several hundred white farmers left in Zimbabwe are currently challenging the right of its government to confiscate their land before a regional tribunal of Africa judges.

Again I want to say: the farmers who owned these farms which now have been designated and have been offered to new land owners in accordance with our land acquisition law, must respect that law and they must vacate those farms, they must vacate those farms, they must vacate those farms.

 Zimbabwe faces the world's highest official inflation rate, a hunger crisis and a cholera epidemic that has killed nearly 4-thousand people since August. Mugabe, who turned 85 on February 21, has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.



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