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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa undoing some of Mugabe’s land and empowerment reforms

By Michelle Chifamba
Posted on Monday, 19 April 2021 20:40

A communal farmer clears his land before planting season in Macheke, Zimbabwe, 10 September 2019. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Against popular outcries, the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa is removing Black Zimbabweans from the land in Chilonga to make room for a white-owned dairy farm. His policies have strong differences from his successor, authoritarian Robert Mugabe, who took land from white farmers and gave it to Black Zimbabweans and his cronies.

In February, the president’s office issued statutory instrument 50. It forces the Chilonga inhabitants to vacate the land they traditionally used to make way for a white-owned dairy company named Dendairy. It intends to use the land to grow grass for cows.

The residents say the move is unfair, but the government maintains that the lands are communal and belong to the state.

This land is your land…