Editor’s note: As WorldNetDaily international correspondent Anthony C.
LoBaido reported Feb. 21 in “Will Mugabe buy the farm?”, Robert Mugabe, the Marxist president of Zimbabwe, has been
conspiring to make a massive grab for farmland owned by the small white
remnant left in what was once Rhodesia. Although Mugabe lost the
constitutional referendum election that would have legalized this land
confiscation, he has now enacted a cold and calculated measure to take the
white-owned farms anyway, flaunting the election’s mandate.
By Anthony C. LoBaido
© 2000, WorldNetDaily.com
In an act bordering on naked aggression, Zimbabwe’s President Robert
Mugabe has overruled his own black majority and begun the process of seizing
white-owned farmland in Zimbabwe.
Having watched the humiliating loss Mugabe suffered in the Feb. 14
constitutional referendum, many Zimbabwe-watchers familiar with the nature
of the Mugabe regime wondered what his reaction would be.
Their fears seem to be coming true. Mugabe has encouraged masses of
Marxist operatives and citizens to simply squat on the farmland in question.
In fact, so many squatters have taken up residence on white-owned farms that
the rural farming areas of the nation “are on the verge of collapse,” said
one Zimbabwean official.
Particularly hard hit have been the tobacco farms. Tobacco is Zimbabwe’s
leading export crop and a major cash producer for both farmers and the
government. “Illegal invasions” by Marxist followers of Mugabe have been
mounting in recent weeks.
Zimbabwe’s Marxist President Robert Mugabe
These invasions have totally disrupted the harvesting and reaping of the
“Police have failed to stop the invasions, leaving farming districts
facing anarchy,” said David Hasluck, director of Zimbabwe’s farmer’s union.
Zimbabwean opposition groups had monitored the election closely, in some
cases sleeping by the ballot box out of fear Mugabe’s operatives intended to
rig the election.
Election turnout high
Despite what amounted to a “no-confidence” vote, the government of
Zimbabwe stated on March 2 that it will go ahead with plans to confiscate
white-owned farms. The country’s parliament is expected to pass a
constitutional amendment concerning the farmland confiscation before the
general elections to be held next month.
Harare, capital of Zimbabwe
Thus far, Mugabe’s actions have not elicited any major concerns from the
United Nations, European Union, the U.S. State Department or Great Britain,
the former ruling body of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe prior to the “Unilateral
Declaration of Independence” or UDI enacted by former Rhodesian Prime
Minister Ian Smith back in the 1960s. Once a respected statesman on the
international stage, Smith wrote a book in 1997 called “The Great Betrayal,”
describing the “betrayal” of Rhodesia by U.S. President Jimmy Carter in
Mugabe is known mostly these days for his hatred of homosexuals, whom he
refers to as “dogs.” When he visited England last year, Mugabe was met with
more than a few demonstrators critical of his anti-homosexual remarks.
Lesser-known facts about Mugabe include his massacre of 30,000 black
Matabele tribesmen in the northern reaches of his country in the early 1980s
— a grisly job for which Mugabe imported North Korean mercenaries.
The Matabele had been armed at the turn of the 20th century by Cecil
Rhodes, the British diamond tycoon and the founder of Rhodesia and the
Internationalist Rhodes Scholar Program. Rhodes’ lifelong dreams included a
United States of Africa and a world federation of English-speaking peoples
led by Anglo-American corporations.
Today, North Korean troops are digging for uranium for their nuclear
program in neighboring Congo, while at the same time providing training for
Mugabe’s army, which is fighting the anti-communist UNITA rebel army in
The whites in Zimbabwe have nowhere to run in the face of Mugabe’s recent
efforts to confiscate their land. After the Unilateral Declaration of
Independence, England was infuriated with the Rhodesians and would not allow
their British passports to be used for immigration.
The world’s widest waterfalls are Zimbabwe’s mile-wide Victoria Falls.
Once a promising British colony, as well as a valuable Cold-War ally of the
UK and the U.S., Zimbabwe has now, by virtually all accounts, been destroyed
by Mugabe’s Marxist economic plan, cronyism and corruption.
Crime and unemployment are endemic in Zimbabwe, AIDS is proliferating
there as it is in much of Africa, and famine may be just around the corner.
“Mugabe’s Marxist cadres can’t farm the land. What will people eat?”
lamented former Rhodesian and now Zimbabwe resident Micholen Nichols to
“It’s as if our worst nightmare has come to life.”
Will Mugabe buy the farm?