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Mugabe's wife selects her farm and orders the owners to leave
The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 26, 2002 | Peta Thornycroft

Posted on 12/26/2002 9:50:15 AM PST by MadIvan

Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, has finally chosen the farm she wants, and ordered the owners and workers off their land.

Mrs Mugabe has chosen Iron Mask Estate, about 20 miles north-west of Harare, in the Mazowe Valley. The owners John and Eva Matthews, both in their seventies, have moved off the farm, which was their home for 25 years.

According to residents on the farm, Mrs Mugabe visited the property and politely told those there that she was taking up residence and they should find alternative accommodation.

In other parts of Zimbabwe there is a climate of fear and chaos, as police hunt down white farmers. In recent days Mr Mugabe's supporters have moved on to several farms, where the owners were in jail, and begun looting equipment and personal possessions. Police said they had no reports of looting.

Groups of farmers appearing in rural magistrates' courts were given differing bail conditions, even after the Attorney General's office in Harare issued an instruction that all farmers should be freed on condition that they did not ever return to their homesteads.

Several magistrates ignored the instructions, particularly in the vast ranching lands of Matabeleland in southern Zimbabwe.

Thirteen farmers, several of them pensioners, were granted bail in rural Nymandhlovu, about 40 miles north of Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo, last week. But they then gathered at the local club to hear whether they could go home until their remand late next month.

Before their court hearing, the barefoot farmers, several exercising in a small enclosure outside their cells, were cracking jokes, and David Olds, whose older brother and mother were murdered in the past two years by Mr Mugabe's militia, stripped off his shirt and turned his face to the early morning sun to warm up after a cold night.

Police in Nymandhlovu refused to let the press or wives of the 13 men attend the hearing in the local magistrates' court within the security fence at the police camp.

Wives of several farmers said police were anxious in case hostile people, gathered across the road, stormed the proceedings.

A lawyer representing farmers at another rural magistrates' court said his eight clients were granted bail and allowed to return home for a month to wind up their ranches.

This, the lawyer said, speaking on condition of anonymity, would allow them time to challenge the constitutionality of their evictions.

However in Bindura, about 45 miles north of Harare, lawyers said their clients' bail conditions amounted to a conviction as they were given less than 24 hours to return home for the last time and pack up and go.

Wayne Bvudzijena, a police spokesman, said 193 people had been apprehended since the latest purge of white farmers began, but he could not say how many remained in prison last night.

One of those apparently detained was Elaine Graham, daughter of the British peer, Lord Forrester, who was allowed to breast-feed her month-old baby in the cells. Her husband, Ian, was also arrested. The Forrester family had large agricultural estates in Zimbabwe.

The country-wide swoop on whites has irreparably damaged Zimbabwe's commercial agriculture at a time when half the population is on the brink of starvation.

Several hundred farmers, particularly in the provinces where Mr Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party is strong, have fled their homes and businesses, most of them for ever.

While an unknown number of white farmers have been forced to squat with friends and family, the couple allegedly evicted by Mrs Mugabe, have been housed temporarily in an apartment in Harare, before they leave to join their daughter in Cape Town.

The Matthews' eviction notice expired 10 days ago. A source said that Mr Matthews, 78, and his wife, 74, were told to appeal against their eviction to the district administrator.

They discovered, however, that he had been part of Mrs Mugabe's entourage when she gave orders that workers and other residents on the property should pack their bags.

The farm, which is almost 2,500 acres, has only 400 arable acres, and has been idle for 18 months since Mr Mugabe's militia arrived and prevented the Matthews from growing any crops.

Mrs Mugabe is notorious for her profligate ways and a few years ago had a house built for her which was nicknamed Graceland.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: africawatch; landgrab; rhodesia; stealing; theft; zimbabwe
And the band plays on....

Regards, Ivan


Flag of Rhodesia

1 posted on 12/26/2002 9:50:16 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: *AfricaWatch; Clive; Cincinatus' Wife; backhoe; BigWaveBetty; widgysoft; Da_Shrimp; BlueAngel; ...
Bump!
2 posted on 12/26/2002 9:51:00 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
We really need to take a little detour after Iraq and Syria-Lebanon and take out Mugabe fix up Zimbabwe and then fix up Sudan
3 posted on 12/26/2002 9:55:53 AM PST by joesnuffy
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To: MadIvan
So sad. And the poor people suffer the most.
4 posted on 12/26/2002 9:58:25 AM PST by jjm2111
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To: MadIvan
Never had that problem in Rhodesia!
5 posted on 12/26/2002 9:58:45 AM PST by Redleg Duke
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To: joesnuffy
I can't believe how some local NYC politicos fawned all over him when he was on a "shopping trip" here.
6 posted on 12/26/2002 9:59:02 AM PST by jjm2111
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To: MadIvan
This is total insanity.

His people are starving, the only ones that can feed them are the White Farmers and he's shut them down and kicked them off their property.

He's not going to have much to rule over when he's done.
7 posted on 12/26/2002 10:01:19 AM PST by Aric2000
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To: MadIvan
an advantage in living in a free and armed society is that in such a society, mrs. mugabe's announcement would have served the additional function of being her last words.

dep

8 posted on 12/26/2002 10:09:26 AM PST by dep
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To: dep
"...an advantage in living in a free and armed society is that in such a society, mrs. mugabe's announcement would have served the additional function of being her last words..."

This remark, while laudible, betrays a certain lack of imagination.

Mrs. Muga-buga-boo's FINAL sounds shouldn't be words...

They should be the sounds that the mouse makes when the cat tires of playing with it.

9 posted on 12/26/2002 10:21:39 AM PST by DWSUWF
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To: MadIvan
Several hundred farmers, particularly in the provinces where Mr Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party is strong, have fled their homes and businesses, most of them for ever.

Why don't they organize, take up arms and fight? If I am about to lose my home that has been in my family for generations to a bunch of thugs, they are going to pay a heavy price for it (and if they do manage to occupy it, it will be a burnt out shell with poisoned wells).

Since when does being civilized mean being a coward?

10 posted on 12/26/2002 10:22:13 AM PST by 2banana
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To: MadIvan
The farm, which is almost 2,500 acres, has only 400 arable acres, and has been idle for 18 months since Mr Mugabe's militia arrived and prevented the Matthews from growing any crops.

However, the fact of militias preventing people from growing crops has nothing to do with the impending famine, which instead is solely being caused by drought, foreign governments, currency troubles, American interventionalism, and the phases of the moon. Yeah, that's the ticket.

11 posted on 12/26/2002 10:23:10 AM PST by coloradan
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To: Aric2000
Planned starvation is a time-honored tool of dictators everywhere, especially socialist murderers like Mugabe.

There is an astonishing parallel between the NY Times reporting on Zimbabwe today, and the cover up it did in the 1930's when Stalin and his thugs starved 7 million middle class farmers to death after "collectivizing" their private farmland.

12 posted on 12/26/2002 10:25:24 AM PST by friendly
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To: 2banana
I think the people capable of fighting, did. The country used to be called Rhodesia.
13 posted on 12/26/2002 10:28:33 AM PST by ibbryn
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To: 2banana
Maybe they're liberal Democrats?
14 posted on 12/26/2002 10:30:45 AM PST by chachacha
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To: ibbryn
Yea, in return for giving up power they were promised peace. Since it did not work out quite that way, how do you say "Game On" with a Rhodesian accent?
15 posted on 12/26/2002 10:36:00 AM PST by 2banana
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To: Redleg Duke
Ah yes Rhodesia.

Rhodes "scholar" Dilldo and "wife" [witch] Skullery.

Stay tuned.

Coming soon to a country near you . . . wider implementation of the mentality of the globalist elite.
16 posted on 12/26/2002 10:39:41 AM PST by Quix
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To: 2banana
how do you say "Game On" with a Rhodesian accent.

You say *Impliment Hectic,* followed by *Impliment Hatchet, * and *Impliment Havoc*. Oh wait, *Havoc* is already a go. Nevermind!

17 posted on 12/26/2002 11:18:50 AM PST by archy
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To: joesnuffy
We really need to take a little detour after Iraq and Syria-Lebanon and take out Mugabe fix up Zimbabwe and then fix up Sudan

What are you nuts? You want to help whites and Christians?

He ha he eh ho ho ha ha, you have to be kidding or you're just plain crazy.

Help whites and Christians, ha ha ho ho, what a joke.

18 posted on 12/26/2002 11:20:32 AM PST by 2timothy3.16
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To: 2banana
Amen!
19 posted on 12/26/2002 11:45:36 AM PST by cubreporter
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To: MadIvan
If all the white people in Zimbabwe and South Africa move to the USA and give birth to children here, will the children be "African Americans"?
20 posted on 12/26/2002 11:58:40 AM PST by NewLand
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bttt
21 posted on 12/26/2002 12:29:24 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: NewLand
I asked a black friend of mine that self-same question when the term African-American first saw light. He was in a bit of an activist mood that day but spluttered and nearly choked on his whisky. We changed the subject and finished out visit and never more has the term arisen
22 posted on 12/26/2002 12:34:04 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: MadIvan
Retore Rhodesia now!!!
23 posted on 12/26/2002 12:37:06 PM PST by Sparta
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To: NewLand
"If all the white people in Zimbabwe and South Africa move to the USA and give birth to children here, will the children be "African Americans"?"

Yes, and it has been done. It really ticks of certain factions here in the USA. You should see the looks on their face when a white person introduces themselves as African and their kids become African-American.

24 posted on 12/26/2002 12:37:44 PM PST by Deguello
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To: Sparta
Retore=restore
25 posted on 12/26/2002 12:38:40 PM PST by Sparta
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To: joesnuffy
We really need to take a little detour after Iraq and Syria-Lebanon and take out Mugabe fix up Zimbabwe and then fix up Sudan

All you need are a 100 strong commando group to eliminate demon Mugabe and his henchmen.
26 posted on 12/26/2002 12:43:38 PM PST by dennisw
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To: MadIvan
Where's Barbra Streisand and Sean Penn now that the country is sinking into self-immolation, starvation, murder, rape, and genocide against whites? I'm sorry; I didn't hear their answers...
27 posted on 12/26/2002 12:46:04 PM PST by pabianice
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To: dennisw
All you need are a 100 strong commando group to eliminate demon Mugabe and his henchmen.

One laser guided bomb at the Presidential palace will do it. The henchmen will kill each other trying to divide up the spoils and the opposition will win in the ensuing chaos.

Regards, Ivan

28 posted on 12/26/2002 12:49:38 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: pabianice
So far as I can tell, Babs Streisand is torturing the United States with her "Duets" album, and Sean Penn is likely at home, wondering where he left the egg nog.

They cannot, in other words, be reached for comment on Mugabe, in light of such "important" activities.

Regards, Ivan

29 posted on 12/26/2002 12:51:01 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
For all those who are wondering why there isn't enough food in Zimbabwe, here is the operative sentence from the article:

The farm, which is almost 2,500 acres, has only 400 arable acres, and has been idle for 18 months since Mr Mugabe's militia arrived and prevented the Matthews from growing any crops. [emphasis added to make it clear the starvation is an INTENTIONAL government policy, not a unintended byproduct of land "re-distribution"]

30 posted on 12/26/2002 1:11:06 PM PST by longshadow
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To: MadIvan
Unforunately, the US and Britain lack the political will to take on Comrade Mugabe.
31 posted on 12/26/2002 1:11:22 PM PST by Sparta
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To: NewLand
Excellent point. We should give sancuary to whites from South Africa, with open arms!.....
32 posted on 12/26/2002 1:15:56 PM PST by WyCoKsRepublican
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To: NewLand
I actually knew a white man from South Africa who always called himself an African American (he became a citizen of US).

Whenever anyone would dare to question him, he would respond "I am from Africa and I am American. Have you ever been to Africa?"

Would shut them up quick.
33 posted on 12/26/2002 3:05:51 PM PST by packrat35
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To: Sparta
The liberal RATS among us would never allow it and would join in to prevent any such actions. Remember what they did during the South Africa debacle with the takeover by Mandela and his commies? They even threatened to boicott companies that did business in SA. Even Congress supported the takeover when it happened, not to mention "Bongo" Klintoon.
34 posted on 12/26/2002 3:15:42 PM PST by Paulus Invictus
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To: packrat35; Deguello; WyCoKsRepublican; Lion Den Dan; Tailgunner Joe
Don't you just LOVE this one! It's my very favorite trap for the HypoCrats I have the pleasure of engaging in debate on occasion!
35 posted on 12/26/2002 6:48:54 PM PST by NewLand
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To: 2banana
Since white folks fighting for their own interests became "evil racism" and anyone else doing the same became "fighting white oppression."

White folks have been checkmated by the "race card" and the "fear of the smear" keeps anyone from speaking out against these horrors.

Meanwhile, we sit in these "complaining clubs" and continue to suck on it. Since no one in the mainstream has seen fit to promote the "Displaced Whites of Africa Fund," we have to find other venues within which we can actually DO something.
36 posted on 12/26/2002 9:09:36 PM PST by portfmgr
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