Six SADC leaders to meet on Zimbabwe land crisis

Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Six presidents belonging to the 14-member Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) will meet in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, next month to discuss the land crisis in that country.
This follows a meeting Monday in the Mozambican port city of Beira, between current SADC chairman President Bakili Muluzi of Malawi, SADC security chairperson President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
Briefing journalists upon his return from Beira, Muluzi said the SADC troika comprising Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Namibian president Sam Nujoma, Muluzi and co-opted members Chissano of Mozambique, South African president Thabo Mbeki and Festus Mogae of Botswana will meet early September in Harare.
Muluzi said while SADC leaders agree that landless black Zimbabweans should have access to land, the sub regional body does not approve of the violence that is preceding it.
The SADC chairman said the planned Harare meeting would include civil society leaders, opposition parties, farmers and government officials.
The meeting in Beira came amid reports that many white Zimbabwean farmers had started fleeing to neighbouring South Africa and Britain.
The Mugabe administration is currently embarked on a land resettlement programme in which several estates belonging to white farmers have been earmarked.
At least 5,327 white-owned farms covering 24 million acres (90 percent of the country's prime, productive agricultural land) have been gazetted for seizure.

28 august 2001 15:21:00

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