Mugabe: White Can Own Companies And Apartments But Not Our Land


Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

Fourteen years after Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s administration first adopted a policy to repossess land from white farmers, the long-time leader has warned that more white people were likely to lose their land, as they could not be allowed to own land in the country.

In a chilling and foreboding message, Mugabe on Wednesday said “we will have no mercy for white people regarding the land, they cannot own our soil”.

Mugabe, in power since 1980, told thousands of black farmers that the whites are free to own companies and apartments in our towns and cities but not the soil.


He said the remaining white farmers enjoyed the protection of some of his ministers and warned of a renewed crackdown.


“There are white farmers who are still on the land and have the protection of some cabinet ministers and politicians as well as traditional leaders,” he said.


“That should never happen and we will deal with the ministers. I have been given a list of 35 white farmers in Mashonaland West alone and in just a few districts that have been audited. We say no to whites owning our land and they should go.


“It is ours and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.”


Faced with a prospect of defeat in the 2000 general elections, Mugabe’s government adopted a much maligned fast track land reform programme that saw thousands of white farmers violently pushed out of the land they owned.


Mugabe’s government insists the land reform programme was meant to balance colonial imbalances, where blacks were forcibly removed of their land.


However, there are reports that some of the beneficiaries of Mugabe’s land reform routinely invite the former owners to lease the farms back, much to the disgust of one of Africa’s remaining strongman.


His pronouncements are likely to send jitters across the agricultural sector and the remaining white commercial farmers, who have argued that they did not benefit from colonialism.


The land reform programme triggered a capital flight, which Zimbabwe is yet to recover from.



3 thoughts on “Mugabe: White Can Own Companies And Apartments But Not Our Land

  1. Bravo mzee mugabe! African land belongs to africans.Tell ur power super glued friend to style up with his indians in uganda.

  2. Bravo brother leader of the Great Nation, President Mugabe, the move is a true character of a Patriot and and African Nationalist. economic justice to the natives need to be done, that’s why Africans supported you, offered their blood so that you liberate their descendants and address the colonial economic injustices. Though Colonial brainwashed African elites are to typically criticize the program because they are the bourgeoisie beneficiaries of the colonial injustice, facts need to be made clear that Africans were marginalized and held in servitude in their own motherland, economic factors of production like land were deliberately made inaccessible to huge number of natives, why? There fore in struggle to building a Great nation, historical injustices need to be addressed by offering redress and restitution to the victims of colonialism, 1. by offering natives an upper hand to own land, but this should be based on equitable principles

  3. No one believes what Mugabe says for simple reason as he is desperate to hold on power. Then he uses the land issues for political popularity. We can no longer be deceived as we remember him being a darling of the west. What would happen if UK was still paying their annual fee? Mugambe needs to know he is a disgrace to democracy and not only Zimbabwe people most people everywhere would like to see him hand over peacefully than die as a leader as he claims. Greed of power is infectious. At 85 years he should be enjoying life at home

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