Zimbabwe feels cheated by London and Washington

Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- It was on the basis of commitments and promises made by the British and American governments that Zimbabwe agreed to national reconciliation, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told the ongoing World Conference against Racism.
"Twenty-one years later", Chinamasa said, "we realise the seriousness of this mistake".
The minister cautioned South Africans to be "vigilant" in their relations with their former (white) oppressors.
"I have an advice to give you.
You have fought with courage against apartheid and racism.
You have won the battle, but not the war", Chinamasa told the South African delegation.
"Zimbabwe sacrificed many human lives to conquer colonialism and racism, but when we attained independence, we realised that it was at that moment that the most difficult struggle had started to redress past injustices.
"Thirteen million hectares are still in the hands of 4,000 white farmers to the detriment of the black majority in Zimbabwe".
Chinamasa said the land ownership system based on race was still intact despite the promises.
In a country of 13 million Africans and about 100,000 whites, the black majority is still subjected to racism and discrimination.
"Our land and livestock rearing activities were brutally taken away from us without any form of compensation.
We were confined to dry land, exposed to malaria and in tsetse infested areas.
"The racist policies and laws of successive colonial regimes systematically deprived native Zimbabweans of their land from 1890 to 1980.
"The government's current policies aim to rectify these historical injustices by distributing land to the entire population", he explained.

05 september 2001 09:56:00

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