Land Reform in Zimbabwe or racial revenge?

Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe underwent a dismal land reform . It was instigated by consideration of the colonial past of this country. Robert Mugabe seeking to wipe out any legacy from the Whites had the “genius” idea of stripping white farmers of their lands despite their high competence and productivity. Big lands were parcelled into tiny farms owned by inexperienced black farmers. The consequence is that that Zimbabwe has fallen from a food exporting country and even food donor to poor countries to a country under the threat of starvation.

When economy is influenced by blind ideology it sinks into stagnation and deterioration. Robert Mugabe is ready to sacrifice anything and anyone, including white Zimbabweans just to purge himself from the complex of having been once under the rule of the whites. His visions seem to be inclined to the past when Zimbabwe was unknown to the Europeans and the whole land was roamed by its original inhabitants and wildlife.

Mugabe just causes his country to be more divided. There are the white who are stripped of their economic power without his succeeding in empowering black Zimbabweans. He caused a political rift among the Zimbabweans at all level. The land he’s sought to free has become barren. Destitute Zimbabweans are seeking other countries as theirs is offering them oppression from a black leader who seems to cherish his survival despite the odds without caring about the plight of those have new alternatives to his extreme policies.

His policy is likely to lead his country to further ruins in an age of globalisation and of political and economic alliances. For those who missed the world economic crush of 1929, they will have just to go to Zimbabwe to see what it looked like then – although the causes are different now and then. Lands in this country lay to waste as their roots are sprayed by the poisonous policies of Robert Mugabe, whose pleasure is to see them disowned by the whites rather than exploited by them although they can enrich the national economy through taxes and exports.

Mugabe should look to South Africa which underwent worse conditions under apartheid. The South Africans reconciled themselves with their past and are relatively having a racial harmony. Black South Africans aren’t seeking to expel the white or to dispossess them. It’s no wonder if South Africa kept its economic superiority at the African level. In contrast Zimbabwe has become one of the poorest countries. Steve Wander once in Master Blaster sang in celebration of independent Zimbabwe.

They want us to join their fighting
But our answer today
Is to let all our worries
Like the breeze through our fingers slip away
Peace has come to Zimbabwe
Third World’s right on the one
Now’s the time for celebration
‘Cause we’ve only just begunI wonder if he is in Zimbabwe, he will sing the same song in praise of Robert Mugabe.


  1. Hisham said,

    October 12, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Eid Mubarak Said… I noticed that we share the same passion for the Blind Genius: Steevie Wonder(ful)

  2. Abdelilah Boukili said,

    October 12, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Eid Mubarak Said to you and all your family.

    the Blind Genius has lost sight but he’s not short of insight. Music, meaningful music is the best connection between people. Ideologies can die out. But music like any great art is eternal. Stevie Wonder will continue to influence, especially the generation who have grown up with his art.

    When you can watch him sing with your family without feeling embarrassed (let’s remember that Moroccan families remain traditional at least at home) some female Arab singers use just their half naked bodies and erotic gestures to attract, as for them sex sells better than art.

    Once again عيد مبارك سعيد

  3. Bunc said,

    October 14, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    So you are a Stevie Wonder fan? You obviously have good taste Abdelilah.

  4. Abdelilah Boukili said,

    October 14, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    Who does love great music and can’t be a Stevie Wonder’s fan, Bill?

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