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Zimbabwe court rules seizing of white-owned land legal
Houston Chronicle ^ | December 5, 2001 | Houston Chronicle News Services

Posted on 12/05/2001 12:08:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe's top court has declared the government's plan to seize white-owned farms legal, overturning its own previous ruling that the seizures were unconstitutional.

In a judgment released Tuesday, four of the five Supreme Court justices appointed to hear the new seizure case said they were satisfied the government's "fast track" land nationalization program was lawful and "sufficiently complied" with the constitution.

Last year's Supreme Court ruling declared the government's methods of land seizures illegal and in breach of constitutional ownership rights and government land laws.

Some of the judges who made that ruling have been replaced in recent months.

Four of the five judges hearing the new case, including Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, were appointed recently by President Robert Mugabe. Those four voted to uphold the government's land seizure program.

The Supreme Court traditionally had only five judges until Mugabe expanded the bench to eight in July, adding three judges considered loyal to the ruling party. The chief justice usually appoints small panels of judges to hear each case.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change has described the court's expansion as a political ploy designed to turn the court into a government puppet.

Armed ruling party militants have occupied more than 1,700 white-owned farms since March 2000, demanding they be redistributed to landless blacks. The government has listed some 4,500 properties -- about 95 percent of farm land owned by whites -- for nationalization without compensation and last month warned about 800 farmers they had three months to vacate their land and homes.

Monday's court ruling rejected white farmers' assertions that the land seizures were taking place amid violence and a breakdown of law and order in farming districts.

It said the government had met the previous court's order to prove it had restored law and order and a sustainable land reform program in those districts.

Though it was not disputed that clashes took place on farms, "by definition, the concept of rule of law foresees a situation in which behavior prescribed as criminal will occur. The presence of the rule of law does not mean a totally crime free environment," the court said.

Adrian de Bourbon, the lawyer for the Commercial Farmers Union, had asked Chidyausiku and two other new appointees to recuse themselves from the hearing, alleging they had shown open allegiance to the ruling party and its land seizures.

None of the judges stepped down.

Monday's ruling described de Bourbon's request as "unbridled arrogance and insolence."

"This is the first and last time such contempt of this court will go unpunished," it said.

A spokesman for the union said farmers were surprised and disappointed by the decision.

"The ruling does not seem to be based on the strict application of the law or the rules of natural justice, but on a political argument," the spokesman said.

"We are obviously surprised and shocked by this because this is the highest court. But we hope the government will still find the wisdom to be reasonable," he said.

Judges have been under mounting pressure from the government and ruling party militants. Chief Justice Anthony Gubbay was forced out after the government warned him and other judges they would not be protected from ruling party militants, who stormed the Supreme Court last December.


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The "elite" media reports on the funeral but couldn't be bothered to call a doctor. I guess they didn't want to save the patient.
1 posted on 12/05/2001 12:08:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
That there is no double media standard is the same as "reporting" that the Twin Towers are still standing.
2 posted on 12/05/2001 1:29:59 AM PST by poetknowit
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
bump
3 posted on 12/05/2001 8:01:01 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Was Hedly Lamarr from Blazing Saddles the judge:

There might be legal precedent! Of course, Landsnatching . . . land, land, Land, see Snatch. Ah, Hailie vs. United Sates. Hailie: 7, United States: nothing. You see, it can be done!

5 posted on 12/13/2001 10:18:12 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
What a bunch of racists.
6 posted on 12/13/2001 10:22:43 PM PST by A CA Guy
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To: A CA Guy
Black Africans are marching Black Africa into the blackness.
We should stand back - and allow Africa to be Africa.
The silence of American Blacks, American Media - is deafening.
Equal treatment under the law is not afforded whites in Africa -- is anyone surprised?
Perhaps access, tolerance and multicultural respect - is applicable ONLY with minorities want something from white society in America.
Semper Fi
7 posted on 12/13/2001 10:42:37 PM PST by river rat
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To: river rat
The silence of American Blacks, American Media - is deafening.

They'll be plenty vocal when everyone is starving.

Another thing Mumar Kadafy has been sending in troops to "help" him with the election.
I believe Mugabe is giving him property for his troubles.
If I find the LINK about that I'll put it on the thread.

8 posted on 12/13/2001 11:48:56 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: dfwgator; A CA Guy; river rat
(October 19, 2001) Mugabe Engages Libyan Special Unit-- Zimbabwe Independent (Harare) by Brian Hungwe

A CRACK unit of Libyan intelligence officers is in the country to beef up President Robert Mugabe's security and intelligence system as the nation lurches towards the 2002 presidential election, now only five months away, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt.

Intelligence sources told the Independent this week that over 20 Libyan nationals were booked at a local hotel and could be seen driving around in government vehicles. They are understood to be re-training intelligence personnel and President Mugabe's close security unit.

(November 5, 2001) Terror Militias set up for election

(November 7, 2001) Gadaafi to supply Mugabe with death squads?

9 posted on 12/13/2001 11:56:30 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
They'll be plenty vocal when everyone is starving.

Wanna Bet? It is not the US Negros who will be starving as a result of the African snafu's. Their "Afrika" is mostly a false fetish.

10 posted on 12/13/2001 11:57:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
It will be LIBERALS and their religious handmaidens.

Religion and social justice

Web of Creation: Resources on Ecology and Faith

Transforming Faith-Based Communities for a Sustainable World

Social Development and World Peace(U.S. Catholic Conference)

11 posted on 12/14/2001 12:29:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
But they won't go anywhere near the root of the problem (government ownership, already a lousy idea, made infinitely worse by breathtaking mismanagement and corruption). Instead they will try to band-aid it in every conceivable way.
12 posted on 12/14/2001 12:37:04 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Yes, it just wouldn't do to say free market and capitalism. A good education would go a long way too.

But slavery is alive and well in Africa, run by Africans, condoned by Africans, so as to profit Africans.

13 posted on 12/14/2001 12:41:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; *AfricaWatch
Indexed... the Implosion of the continent continues, unnoted and unmourned....
14 posted on 12/14/2001 12:56:33 AM PST by backhoe
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To: backhoe
Bump!
15 posted on 12/14/2001 1:08:36 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: backhoe
New Laws Give President Mugabe Sweeping Powers (Election laws) Illegal to criticize Mugabe
16 posted on 01/11/2002 5:09:13 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Here we go again! In a few years there will be massive starvation among the black population of Zimbabwe. We'll hear plenty from the Media then!
17 posted on 01/11/2002 5:13:15 AM PST by Destructor
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To: Destructor
And it will be all our fault.
18 posted on 01/11/2002 5:17:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Disarm & silence- always the way of dictators and totalitarians.
19 posted on 01/11/2002 7:22:53 AM PST by backhoe
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The Supreme Court traditionally had only five judges until Mugabe expanded the bench to eight in July

So their President (executive branch) has legislative powers? Or is their Constitution simply a joke? (Unlike ours, which is merely treated that way by our representatives)

20 posted on 01/11/2002 7:27:15 AM PST by Teacher317
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To: Teacher317
Constitution? They don't need no stinkin constitution!
21 posted on 01/11/2002 1:39:13 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: backhoe
Disarm & silence- always the way of dictators and totalitarians.

Bump!

22 posted on 01/11/2002 1:40:26 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
A similar situation is developing in Kenya and South Africa is falling apart. Mugabe's Way or the Highway
23 posted on 01/16/2002 1:52:18 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Teacher317
The U.S. Constitution does not stipulate the number of justices for the Supreme Court, and FDR tried to raise the number from 9 to 15 so that he could name 6 justices (the infamous court-packing episode). Congress refused to go along even though the Democrats were in control.

It's possible that Mugabe did not enlarge the Zimbabwean Supreme Court on his own, but told his Congress to do so.

24 posted on 01/16/2002 2:43:44 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Zimbabwe Police Release Reporter for British Paper-- "The police did not misinterpret the law. They knew exactly what they were doing," Peta told South African public radio after his release. "Everything was aimed at humiliating me and sending a message to my colleagues that it will track down those journalists it does not like."
25 posted on 02/05/2002 6:45:58 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
'War Veterans' training youths to hunt down opposition supporters--The national chairman of the Zimbabwe Victims Rehabilitation Support Network (ZVRSN), Bopoto Nyandoro, said war veterans had also set up 10 bases in Mashonaland East where suspected opposition supporters were being tortured. He said a field study undertaken by ZVRSN had revealed that opposition Movement for Democratic Change supporters were being kidnapped, tortured and forced to reveal where their colleagues lived.
26 posted on 02/08/2002 12:58:09 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
67 rallies canceled: Zimbabwe opposition members attacked, murdered-- "To date we have had 67 rallies canceled either by the police or by ZANU-PF violence since the (laws were) passed three weeks ago," said Jongwe. "We will contest this election under the most severe circumstances but we have been stretched to the limit."
27 posted on 02/11/2002 3:57:27 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: one_particular_harbour
Outrageous!
29 posted on 02/11/2002 4:21:49 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Zimbabwe rejects EU poll observer (murder and mayhem rule: opposition "stretched to the limit") [Excerpt] Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai poses the main election threat to Mugabe amid discontent with a collapsing economy and chronic food shortages in a land once known for agricultural abundance.

Analysts say the food problems stem from Mugabe's seizure of white-owned land, which has disrupted commercial farming. [End Excerpt]

30 posted on 02/12/2002 4:33:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
EU deadlocked with Zimbabwe over election observers [Excerpt] It was not clear what action the government would take if Schori and other barred Europeans traveled widely around the country and visited areas not on regular tourist routes.

The EU has warned Zimbabwe of sanctions unless the elections are free and fair, and unless observers and international journalists are allowed to work unhindered.

Political violence has intensified ahead of the presidential vote in which Mugabe, 77, and his increasingly unpopular ruling party face opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, 49, a charismatic former labor leader. [End Excerpt]

31 posted on 02/12/2002 7:18:38 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Canadian firm accuses Zimbabwe opposition leader of plotting to kill Mugabe --[Excerpt] A presidential election is scheduled for March 9-10. Tsvangirai poses the greatest challenge to Mugabe's 22-year rule since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980. Mugabe has become increasingly unpopular amid the collapse of his country's economy and political violence against opposition supporters.

A man representing Tsvangirai's party approached Dicksen & Madson in November, said Ari Ben-Menashe, the firm's president.

The opposition officials appeared unaware the firm had done work for Mugabe's government for "a few years" and believed it had connections to assassins, Ben-Menashe said. It is currently representing the government as lobbyists. [End Excerpt]

32 posted on 02/13/2002 10:54:15 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Zimbabwe Defies EU Diplomat but Denies Visa Revoked --[Except] Zimbabwe is under growing international pressure and approved 30 other EU monitoring team members on Thursday.

But it has pointedly failed to invite representatives from Britain and five other EU countries -- Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden -- which have criticized Mugabe over human rights and the seizure of white-owned farms.

South Africa, the biggest regional power, has also sent a monitoring team. It urged the EU to accept Zimbabwe's ban on Schori so it could keep the rest of its team there.

"They shouldn't fight a battle on the issue of a leader or not a leader. The issue is quite simple: Are they going to be able to put in observers to observe?" South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad told reporters in Cape Town.

The Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity, Amara Essy, adopted a harsher tone toward the Europeans, saying that Africans could look after their own.

"Really I am not happy to see foreigners coming to look at what we are doing. They do not ask us to go to the United States to see what is happening," he said in Lusaka. [End Excerpt]

33 posted on 02/15/2002 2:02:01 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: A CA Guy
"What a bunch of racists."

I agree; and they've done it all 'nice and legal', just like the U.S. Feds in their so-called 'War on Drugs'.

Right????

34 posted on 02/15/2002 2:11:03 PM PST by headsonpikes
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Very sharp posting. The devils are loose in Zimbabwe, and the government's message to white farmers is simple - Give up your land and get out before we kill all of you. I'm old enough to remember when the liberal western press denounced Ian Smith's Rhodesia as a racist, fascist oppressor and predicted utopia under the enlightened "Dr." Mugabe. Now that utopia has arrived, nothing but silence from these bozos. South Africa is fast going down the same road. And the ones who suffer most are Black Africans themselves - they have nowhere else to run to.
35 posted on 02/15/2002 2:20:15 PM PST by Argus
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To: Argus
Now that utopia has arrived, nothing but silence from these bozos. South Africa is fast going down the same road. And the ones who suffer most are Black Africans themselves - they have nowhere else to run to.

Communism is not utopia.

Bump!

36 posted on 02/15/2002 2:26:45 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"The Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity, Amara Essy, adopted a harsher tone toward the Europeans, saying that Africans could look after their own."

We'll have to remember Mr. Essy's little comment when Zimbabwe and our own pathetic liberals are clammoring for the U.S. to bail them out with our food and money!

37 posted on 02/15/2002 2:53:55 PM PST by nightdriver
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Zimbabwe - Welcome (back) to the Dark Ages...

The new U.S. Taxpayer welfare state.

38 posted on 02/15/2002 3:06:30 PM PST by Doomonyou
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To: nightdriver
Yes Mugabe's government henchmen can shoot of their mouths. Here's another comment:

Zimbabwe Defies EU Diplomat but Denies Visa Revoked-- The Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity, Amara Essy, adopted a harsher tone toward the Europeans, saying that Africans could look after their own. "Really I am not happy to see foreigners coming to look at what we are doing. They do not ask us to go to the United States to see what is happening," he said in Lusaka.

But the people trapped under this dictatorship are trying to break free.

39 posted on 02/15/2002 3:37:31 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Destructor
Here we go again! In a few years there will be massive starvation among the black population of Zimbabwe

That would certainly be the case if I were one of the farmers being evicted from my own land. I would burn down all the buildings, poison the water supply, and sow the fields with a heavy dose of salt before I vacated. They wouldn't be able to grow anything for years on that land.

40 posted on 02/15/2002 3:45:29 PM PST by JavaTheHutt
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To: Verginius Rufus
The U.S. Constitution does not stipulate the number of justices for the Supreme Court, and FDR tried to raise the number from 9 to 15 so that he could name 6 justices (the infamous court-packing episode). Congress refused to go along even though the Democrats were in control.

Don't confuse democrats of yesterday with the socialists of today who have taken over the democrat party, and changed its direction starting in the mid 1960s. - Tom

41 posted on 02/15/2002 4:00:47 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Alas for Zim,the decent into the Great Terror continues.

Adrian de Bourbon, the lawyer for the Commercial Farmers Union, had asked Chidyausiku and two other new appointees to recuse themselves from the hearing, alleging they had shown open allegiance to the ruling party and its land seizures. None of the judges stepped down. Monday's ruling described de Bourbon's request as "unbridled arrogance and insolence." "This is the first and last time such contempt of this court will go unpunished," it said.

Alas for Mr.de Bourbon also,I imagine things will not go well in his future too.

42 posted on 02/15/2002 4:08:02 PM PST by tet68
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To: headsonpikes
More like Libertarians that have to have their drugs no matter the horror it causes those around them.
43 posted on 02/15/2002 10:16:31 PM PST by A CA Guy
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To: headsonpikes
This has NOTHING whatsoever to do with dope , nor the WoD ! And NO, what Mugabe anhis thugs are doing in Zimbabwe is NOT legal at all. It countermands their Constitution and their laws.

Is dope the ONLY thing you ever think about ?

44 posted on 02/15/2002 10:27:01 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Argus
Some Zimbabwean blacks are trying to get into Soth Africa. The South African Army catches some of them, and deports them or shoots them.

Mbeki , the president of South Africa, has said he will take over the white's properties, by the end of three years. The black South Africans have killed MORE white farmers, and stolen their land, than the thugs in Zimbabwe have , and not a damned word about THAT has gotten out to the West, in any media.

45 posted on 02/15/2002 10:31:15 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Argus
Some Zimbabwean blacks are trying to get into South Africa. The South African Army catches some of them, and deports them or shoots them.

Mbeki , the president of South Africa, has said he will take over the white's properties, by the end of three years. The black South Africans have killed MORE white farmers, and stolen their land, than the thugs in Zimbabwe have , and not a damned word about THAT has gotten out to the West, in any media.

46 posted on 02/15/2002 10:31:42 PM PST by nopardons
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To: JavaTheHutt
Forget abiut " a few years " ! The esitmate is two months, they will all be staving in Zimbabwe.

The white farmers don't have to " salt the earth "; those wh have taken over their lands , don't know how to run the farms ! They are like dogs in the manger ; squating n the lands, destrying the crops, breaking down the fences, so that wild animals come onto the land and infect the cattle with diseases, that make the nonsaable / nonedible. Welcome to the " NEW " Zimbabwe ; the seventh ring of hell!

47 posted on 02/15/2002 10:38:17 PM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons
bump
48 posted on 02/15/2002 10:46:03 PM PST by GeronL
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To: nopardons
Bump!
49 posted on 02/16/2002 1:30:32 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: backhoe
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50 posted on 02/16/2002 2:16:16 AM PST by backhoe
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