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Land acquisition to continue: Mugabe

Land acquisition to continue: Mugabe

03/08/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

SANCTIONS slapped on Zimbabwe by the West were aimed at stopping the country’s 
land reforms President Robert Mugabe has said, insisting the measures had 
failed and should be lifted.

Mugabe is on a three-day visit to Zambia where he will also officially open 
the country’s annual agricultural and commercial show on Saturday.

Speaking during a state banquet held in his honour, Mugabe said the 
sanctions, imposed more than a decade ago, were meant to stop the seizures 
of land from white farmers for redistribution to landless blacks.

“The sanctions are a deliberate ploy to make us fail as Zimbabwe, but I can 
tell you that these sanctions have failed and they are not justified and 
should be removed,” he said.
“We refused to stop the land acquisition. The land in Zimbabwe is ours.”

Last month the European Union (EU) promised to ease most of the sanctions 
only if the country holds a “credible” vote on a new constitution, a key 
reform before new elections.

EU ministers said sanctions would be lifted against most of the 112 
Zimbabweans still listed on a decade-old EU asset freeze and travel ban. But 
veteran leader Mugabe would remain on an EU blacklist.

“We will continue to fight for these sanctions to be removed. Zimbabwe is 
for Zimbabweans and we will not surrender,” said Mugabe.
He said despite the sanctions the “economy has grown, the mines are growing, 
inflation has gone down”.

Mugabe who is accompanied by his wife Grace, and senior government officials 
also commended the cooperation between the two neighbouring countries which 
dates back to the 1950s.

“The past is what has made the present, where we are today. And now in our 
present circumstances, we should cooperate even more so that the 
beneficiaries can understand our history,” he said.

Mugabe was expected to meet the country’s first President, Kenneth Kaunda on 
Friday before opening the agricultural show on Saturday. 


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