The president of Zimbabwe has apparently declared that he wants all white farmers to surrender their land to black Zimbabweans. Last week, President Robert Mugabe proclaimed that white people are no longer allowed to own land in the African country.
Mugabe spoke to farmers in Mhangura, which is a small mining town that’s roughly 120 miles north of the nation’s capital Harare, saying that all white farmers should leave. He also made sure to clarify that white people aren’t even allowed to rent farms from black farmers, even though hundreds have been doing so for some time.
“I have been given a list of 35 white farmers in Mashonaland West alone,” the 90-year-old president said. “We say no to whites owning our land and they should go. … They can own companies and apartments…but not the soil. It is ours and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.”
Mugabe even took a swipe at his colleagues who are profitable in being land owners that rent to white farmers.
“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. That should never happen. They [whites] were living like kings and queens on our land and we chucked them out. Now we want all of it.”
“Don’t be too kind to white farmers. Land is yours, not theirs,” Mugabe said.
Not everybody is on board with the idea, however. Barnabus Thondlana, editor of the weekly publication “The Observer,” objected to Mugabe’s blatant racist views.
“I strongly and vigorously denounce someone who expects me to hate someone because of the color of their skin. I think what the president is doing is out of order because the problem with our country at the moment is not whites.”
“We should be fighting these prejudices like tribalism, regionalism and racism. I say no to racism.”