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ZANU

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(Zimbabwe African National Union)

A Zimbabwean political party formed in 1963 by disenchanted members of Nkrumah's Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) in reaction to its...

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ZANU-PF’s Land Redistribution Gamble

Charles Laurie.

in The Land Reform Deception

April 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Economy; Politics. 15383 words.

Chapter 2 provides a detailed background of events preceding the land seizure era. It details how ZANU-PF found itself facing a rebellion from Liberation War veterans in the late 1990s as...

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Overview of the Land Seizure Era

Charles Laurie.

in The Land Reform Deception

April 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Economy; Politics. 7169 words.

This introductory chapter defines the political landscape that ultimately led Mugabe and ZANU-PF to target Zimbabwe’s productive, dominant, and economically vital agriculture industry in...

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Mugabe Targets Agriculture

Charles Laurie.

in The Land Reform Deception

April 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Economy; Politics. 11422 words.

Chapter 3 explores why Mugabe and ZANU-PF targeted the country’s dominant agriculture industry. It outlines the buildup to the planned seizure of commercial farms and, crucially, details...

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Suppressing the MDC

Charles Laurie.

in The Land Reform Deception

April 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Economy; Politics. 18398 words.

Chapter 5 assesses the first of two key objectives of farm invaders: suppressing the opposition MDC party by targeting farmworkers and farmers. It examines where ZANU-PF concentrated...

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The Land Reform Deception

Charles Laurie.

April 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Book. Subjects: Political Economy; Politics. 424 pages.

This book explores what is inarguably the most socially and economically transformative event in Zimbabwe since independence in 1980—the land seizure era. It explains why Mugabe risked the...

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Strategy behind Farm Seizures

Charles Laurie.

in The Land Reform Deception

April 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Economy; Politics. 14147 words.

Chapter 4 details the strategies deployed by war veterans as they moved onto farms. The chapter notes how many of the farm invaders’ tactics, such as pungwesand the targeting of purported...

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Conclusion

Charles Laurie.

in The Land Reform Deception

April 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Economy; Politics. 5035 words.

The conclusion summarizes the three major findings of The Land Reform Deception. First, Mugabe, and his ZANU-PF government, never intended mass large-scale farm takeovers. Planned...

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Seizing Land and Agri-Property

Charles Laurie.

in The Land Reform Deception

April 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Economy; Politics. 17493 words.

Chapter 6 explores farm invaders’ second key objective: the takeover of land and seizure of agri-property. It details the extent to which farm invaders were motivated by the aim of seizing...

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