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ZANU-PF’s Land Redistribution Gamble

Charles Laurie

in The Land Reform Deception

Published in print April 2016 | ISBN: 9780199398294
Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199398317 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199398294.003.0002
ZANU-PF’s Land Redistribution Gamble

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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 the national economy foundered, and as a result, the party began making ever greater promises about land redistribution to appease this constituency. It shows that the government was aware of how important the agricultural industry was to the nation’s economy, and was cautious about disrupting it. It also explains how the dramatic rise of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, culminating in the loss of the referendum in February 2000, forced the government into taking drastic action to preserve its political power. The chapter casts doubt on the claims that there was widespread desire for land from the general populace as the country entered the new millennium.

Keywords: ZANU-PF; MDC; war veteran; land; Liberation War; land seizure

Chapter.  15383 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy ; Politics

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