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Violent land reform youth corps wallow in poverty
The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 4 September 2010 | Wongai Zhangazha

Posted on 09/05/2010 11:54:06 AM PDT by vikingd00d

MUZA Fredrick's desperate situation hardly makes him recognizable as one of the vanguards of President Robert Mugabe's often violent land reform that has seen politically linked chefs enjoying rich pickings. Now in his early 30s, Fredrick says he was part of youth corps who were at the forefront of evictions that began in 2000, rampaging from farm to farm to displace white commercial farmers who were forced to make way for beneficiaries of the land reform programme.

Today, living on handouts, Frederick's life has become a daily struggle for survival at Insingisi Farm near Bindura, about 80km north-east of Harare. The returns promised by politicians who encouraged him in the invasions have not materialised and he lives a pauper's life.

Fredrick and his friends say they have been reduced to casual labourers by Dick Mafios, the new owner who they helped grab the farm. He now pays them US$1,30 a day for occasional jobs. Mafios, the Zanu PF provincial chairman for Mashonaland Central, is related to Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment minister and MP for Mount Darwin South, Saviour Kasukuwere. Commercial Farmers Union president Deon Theron said Collin Taylor, the former owner of Insingisi farm, is now in Zambia after skipping the country like most farmers traumatised by the violence accompanying the farm invasions.

Fredrick was part of a militia that invaded the farm in 2000 and stopped Taylor's labour force from harvesting a ripening citrus crop meant for export to make way for Mafios. "We arrived in Bindura in 2000 after some politicians approached us and requested that we help them grab land from white farmers," said Fredrick, explaining how he ended up in his situation. "You know that this was the time when we started taking our land and occupying it." "They said 'boys come and help us take land from the white farmers' and that is when we joined in from Mt Darwin in our hundreds as youths. We were excited and the promise was that we would also get pieces of land which we could farm on," Fredrick told the Zimbabwe Independent last week, likening his situation to a hunting dog that is denied the right to even eat the skin of its prey. "As years went by, no land was given to us until now. If we try to raise our concerns we are told that the bosses are also struggling as they don't have inputs and so forth. Besides, we will never be taken seriously because the foreman lives in such squalid conditions."

The married father of two represents the plight of thousands of youths and militant veterans of the liberation war still loyal to Mugabe who were at the forefront of the violent campaign, but have turned destitute after being dumped by the new owners. Mafios acknowledged that his farm workers had no access to clean water, but denied that youths were taken from Mt Darwin during the 2000 farm invasions. He said he suspected that panners looking for gold along the Mazowe River were squatting at his farm. "My workers usually get water from the borehole, but for the past two weeks it had not been working and it's true they had difficulties in accessing clean water," he said. "However, we will provide them with clean water that we brought in bowsers."

According to research conducted by the General Agricultural and Plantation Workers Union of Zimbabwe, youths and ordinary Zanu PF militia contributed to most of the violence that characterised the land reforms at the farms together with war veterans. Thousands of militia, some claiming to be war veterans, went on a rampage from 2000 after Mugabe declared his intention to replace white farmers with landless blacks in a land revolution whose haphazard execution left Zimbabwe a basket case. They burnt houses and property, assaulted -- at times fatally - farmers and their workers, looted livestock and vandalised equipment like irrigation pipes and tractors. Led by the late Chenjerai Hunzvi, the war veterans showed no mercy as they went around farms chanting slogans and singing revolutionary songs while wielding axes and knobkerries, in an exercise that virtually ground agriculture to a halt across the country.

Most of the farms have become derelict, as new owners struggle with finances and expertise needed to keep production levels high. A visit to the once flourishing Mazowe area shows a sad picture of failure. Once vibrant agricultural fields are in a sorry state with tall grass swamping the wheat crop and citrus trees that used to characterise this area. Farm workers' houses are falling apart because of lack of maintenance while sanitation facilities have collapsed. Actual farming is at a standstill, and subsistence farming has replaced commercial, export-oriented agriculture. "The owner of the farm can't even provide us with clean drinking water," said a resident at one of the farms. "Our families drink water from an open source - the Mazowe River which we suspect has raw sewage that flows from Glendale residential. We don't have any running taps, the boreholes are no longer working. The toilets are worse as they are in a terrible state." At Insingisi, like most neighbouring farms, neglect has taken over. Farm workers and the youths who used to terrorise them are wallowing in poverty induced by lack of productivity.

"The owner of the farm lends us a bucket of maize meal at US$4,50 which will then be deducted from our monthly salaries of US$40," said a farm worker who refused to be named. "But to be given that bucket of maize meal one should have worked for at least 20 days. The money is not enough to look after the families. If we try other alternatives like gold panning we are chased away by the police. So how do they expect us to survive?" Another resident said most of the new farmers had little knowledge of commercial farming and were hardly in touch with operations at their farms. "These are not real farmers from what we have seen," he said. "They come from Harare once in a while and do not take part in the farming. As you can see, tall grass has replaced wheat on these lands."

Another resident, Patricia Muremo, said a lot had changed since the new farmers settled in. "People looted and stole irrigation pipes and farming equipment," she said. "This has really affected people like us who were left behind. Now we feel the pinch, the taps are no longer working and we don't have clean water to drink or proper food. We use the water in this dam to wash our clothes, bathe ourselves and the children and also to cook and drink. We are lucky to have escaped cholera."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mugabe; usefulidiots; zimbabwe
They are the very model of the modern useful idiot.
1 posted on 09/05/2010 11:54:10 AM PDT by vikingd00d
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To: vikingd00d

____em.


2 posted on 09/05/2010 11:55:56 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

BUmp FOr TRuth POst!


3 posted on 09/05/2010 12:00:23 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3(0|\|0/\/\1($ 101: (4P174L1$/\/\ R3QU1r3$ (4P174L. Could it be any more simple?)
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To: vikingd00d

As if I needed any more reason to never want to go to Africa.


4 posted on 09/05/2010 12:03:42 PM PDT by wastedyears (Iron Maiden's new album in the top 5 in the US. Incredible)
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To: vikingd00d

Hope he continues to enjoy his just deserts.


5 posted on 09/05/2010 12:04:09 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: vikingd00d

Geee—Commie land confiscaion isn’t good.
For you or anybody else.


6 posted on 09/05/2010 12:04:23 PM PDT by Flintlock
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To: vikingd00d
Triumph of socialist ideology.
7 posted on 09/05/2010 12:06:36 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: vikingd00d

It is a pity that he was young, stupid and probably didn’t understand what he was doing but, I couldn’t possibly care less if he starves to death.


8 posted on 09/05/2010 12:07:29 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: vikingd00d

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr3v7Vsg3uY&feature=related


9 posted on 09/05/2010 12:08:42 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: vikingd00d

Hell, let me break out my violin!


10 posted on 09/05/2010 12:09:36 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: vikingd00d

Redistribution of wealth ALWAYS goes hand in hand with useful idiots.


11 posted on 09/05/2010 12:15:34 PM PDT by parisa
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To: vikingd00d

Oh, the poor little hoodlums, raid farms and take them away from the people who knew how to run them and now they aren’t getting the Skittles sh**ing Unicorns they were promised and they are still whining about it and see nothing wrong with what they did except that they are screwed as badly as the former white owners.


12 posted on 09/05/2010 12:20:45 PM PDT by calex59
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To: vikingd00d
"Wait a tic...blimey, this redistribution of wealth is trickier than I thought."


13 posted on 09/05/2010 12:21:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: vikingd00d
No honor among thieves.
14 posted on 09/05/2010 12:24:00 PM PDT by Mark was here (It's either Obama or America. There cannot be both.)
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To: vikingd00d

gravity, dawn breaking in the East, bookmark.


15 posted on 09/05/2010 12:24:40 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: vikingd00d; pabianice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qHg_yvuz3o


16 posted on 09/05/2010 12:25:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: vikingd00d

Good, They can all starve to death, then the farmers can go back to their farms if they want. Lessons learned the hard way....


17 posted on 09/05/2010 12:26:07 PM PDT by Quickgun (As a former fetus, I'm opposed to abortion. Mamas don't let your cowboys grow up to be babies..)
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To: dfwgator
So if we steals it all from them today, next week who do we steals it from?

Starvation ensues.

It is their biggest weapon of death against mankind.

18 posted on 09/05/2010 12:46:47 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against you, O you most proud, said the Lord God of hosts.)
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To: vikingd00d

Reaching for a Kleenex.


19 posted on 09/05/2010 1:08:16 PM PDT by tal hajus (too disgusted to care...almost)
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To: vikingd00d

Hint: You are still being kept down by “the Man”. Track down the current “owners” and fix the situation. You know what to do... :-)


20 posted on 09/05/2010 1:08:46 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: wastedyears

Same here, there is no African trip in my future plans. I have trouble hearing people say “oh it is so beautiful”. Yeah I am sure the scenery is nice if you can see through the squalor, poverty and destitute people.


21 posted on 09/05/2010 1:14:14 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: vikingd00d

Zimbabwe was once the agricultural giant of Africa but Mugabe and his band of thieves and murderers have crippled that country beyond any hope for countless generations to come.

I can only hope that history will judge Mugabe as severly as the Lord is sure to.


22 posted on 09/05/2010 1:19:35 PM PDT by SwedishConservative
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To: vikingd00d

Now who would have guessed things would turn out so badly?


23 posted on 09/05/2010 1:24:17 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: vikingd00d

Wow I guess the expertise of white farmers is not needed to grow food. Just steal whitey’s land. Kind of like GM bondholders.

Reminds me of ALL of television in the United States where every other TV commercial shows a “dumb white man.”

Another reason I cancelled TV that and the 24x7 pro-Obama endless propaganda on ALL channels including Fox/Saudia - one of the U.S. networks Saudi Prince Bin Talil has investments in.


24 posted on 09/05/2010 1:46:24 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: vikingd00d

Interesting that the MSM focuses on this scumbag who is actually reaping what he sowed instead of one of the displaced white farmers or the farm workers that were driven off by these thugs. I really can’t feel sorry for any of these idiots who thought it would be a good idea to destroy the food production of their country.

This is almost like what the Chinese communists did except the Chinese were far smarter than these yahoos. They promised the peasants free land by taking it away form the land lords and “giving” it the the peasants actually working the fields. Then after they were in power they took it all back, collectivized it and screwed the peasants and the land lords. The key difference is that they made sure that those that knew how to work the land stayed on the land (the Chinese were at least smart enough to figure they’d all starve otherwise, unlike their African brethren).


25 posted on 09/05/2010 1:59:53 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: vikingd00d
...Mugabe's often violent land reform that has seen politically linked chefs enjoying rich pickings.

Hannibal Lecter had no comments.

26 posted on 09/05/2010 2:09:10 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: vikingd00d
I think Africans everywhere have always had difficulty understanding civilization.
27 posted on 09/05/2010 3:01:47 PM PDT by blam
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The married father of two represents the plight of thousands of youths and militant veterans of the liberation war still loyal to Mugabe...

The war was over in 1980. The land thieves are veterans of nothing except thievery and murder. Let them starve. The real pity is that the people who sent them, won't.

28 posted on 09/05/2010 3:16:39 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: wastedyears
As if I needed any more reason to never want to go to Africa.

I'm afraid we have a President, his wife, Attorney General and entire administration determined to turn America into another Africa.
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29 posted on 09/05/2010 3:33:27 PM PDT by Iron Munro (I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take any more beatings.)
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To: vikingd00d

Don’t worry, it’s all part of Jimmy Carter’s Grand Plan.


30 posted on 09/05/2010 3:47:02 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: vikingd00d

Maybe they could ask for help from Terry Ford, a white farmer.

31 posted on 09/05/2010 3:50:31 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: vikingd00d

The returns promised by politicians who encouraged him in the invasions have not materialised and he lives a pauper’s life.


But he will still follow his “great leader”


32 posted on 09/05/2010 3:57:02 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: vikingd00d

The returns promised by politicians who encouraged him in the invasions have not materialised and he lives a pauper’s life.


But he will still follow his “great leader”


33 posted on 09/05/2010 3:57:26 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: vikingd00d
Look what's happening in Brazil:

Food And Drink Prices To Soar

“Brazil screwed it all up,” Chris Mayer, editor of Mayer’s Special Situations, laments by way of giving us an explanation. Last week, the Brazilian government let loose a sudden, “immediately binding” mandate that effectively outlawed all foreign ownership of domestic farmland…eerily similar to the Zimbabwean farmland coup."

“Worse,” Chris continues, “the legal rules are so unclear that all such acquisitions since 1988 could be null and void, with the land returned to nationals. I can tell you from talking to people down there in the last few days – including attorneys – that local businesspeople are not dismissing that possibility."

34 posted on 09/05/2010 4:57:10 PM PDT by blam
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