15 Years After Land-Grabs, Mugabe Invites White Farmers Back To Zimbabwe

Tyler Durden's picture

File this one away in the "when populism backfires" folder. 

A little over a month after announcing that the Zimbabwean dollar - which, you’re reminded, was phased out in 2009 after inflation rose modestly to 500 billion percent - would be demonetized and exchanged at a generous rate of $5 for every 175 quadrillion, Zimbabwe will for the first time rethink the sweeping land grabs which began in 2000 and subsequently crippled the country’s economy.

Many Zimbabwean farmers who have stopped growing food in favor of "green gold" (tobacco) fear they will starve this winter after a severe drought and a generalized "lack of knowledge" left them with a subpar crop that fetched little at auction. Here’s more from Rueters

Thousands of small-scale farmers in Zimbabwe fear they will be going hungry this winter after abandoning traditional staples like maize, sorghum and groundnuts for tobacco, a cash crop known locally in this southern African nation as "green gold".


For 15 years after Zimbabwe's agriculture sector collapsed in the face of President Robert Mugabe's seizure of white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks, the tobacco industry has been booming, with farmers funded by private firms to grow tobacco.


But this switch, coupled with the worst regional drought in nearly a decade, has left Zimbabwe in a precarious food situation. Many farmers have complained of low prices as the season ends while buyers argue the quality of the crop was poor.



The tobacco industry has become the country's biggest export earner with over 88,000 growers registered with the tobacco regulatory body, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board, in the 2014/15 season, up from 52,000 in 2012.


But the returns are often uncertain and many farmers have been left disappointed.


Industry figures showed that at the end of the selling season this month farmers sold 188.5 million kgs worth $555 million, down 8.5 percent from a year ago when the crop was worth $654 million.


"It was a disaster," said David Muyambo, 35, a father of four, who earned $74 from tobacco sales this season after investing $1,200 in his crop. "I need to buy food for my family and I have no money."


Muyambo blames his failure on erratic rains, which decimated his crop, as well as his lack of knowledge on how to apply fertilizer, remove suckers and cure the crop.


Muyambo said he will never farm tobacco again.


With more farmers focused on tobacco, Zimbabwe's harvest of maize, a staple food, dropped by 49 percent in the 2014/15 season, the government said, which is set to exacerbate food shortages in Zimbabwe, once the bread-basket of the region.

Against this rather dreary backdrop, the government is beginning to reconsider its stance towards white farmers and will, according to The Telegraph, "give official permission for some whites to stay on their land."

Via The Telegraph:

Zimbabwe’s government has for the first time suggested it may give official permission for some white farmers to stay on their land, 15 years after it sanctioned widespread land grabs that plummeted the country into an economic crisis.


Douglas Mombeshora, the Zanu-PF Lands Minister, said provincial leaders had been asked to draw up a list of white farmers they wanted to stay on their farms deemed to be “of strategic economic importance”.


“We have asked provinces to give us the names of white farmers they want to remain on farms so that we can give them security of tenure documents to enable them to plan their operations properly,” Mr Mombeshora said. 


More than 4,000 white farmers lost their land after Mr Mugabe lost a referendum to the new Movement for Democratic Change party and, in a bid to regain popularity, authorised land grabs by disaffected war veterans.


Today, fewer than 300 white farmers remain on portions of their original land holdings in Zimbabwe and many of the seized farms lie fallow, meaning the former Breadbasket of Africa has to import food to feed its population.


Among remaining farmers who have been recommended for a reprieve of Mr Mugabe’s edict that whites can no longer own land in Zimbabwe is Elizabeth Mitchell, a poultry farmer who produces 100,000 day-old chicks each week. 



And so once again we see that necessity (a food shortage) breeds invention (rethinking populist land grabs), but lest anyone should believe that Mugabe has done a complete 180, we'll close with the following advice given to supporters at a recent Patriotic Front rally:

"Don't be too kind to white farmers. They can own industries and companies, or stay in apartments in our towns but they cannot own land. They must leave the land to blacks.” 

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Supernova Born's picture
“There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.”
Hugh G Rection's picture

I had a hunting guide in SA who was chased off his parents farm.  They escaped with their lives but lost everything.  I'm sure he's eager to go back and contribute to that wonderful society.

General Decline's picture

Great idea Mugabe! Just screen carefully to avoid the chosenites because you will eventually regret that. Ask Idi Amin...


Bad Attitude's picture

Mugabe has killed that golden goose - raped it, strangled it, and disemboweled it. After the hell Mugabe has put white Rhodesian farmers through, I'd be shocked if any of them took Mugabe up on his offer. Let Zimbabwe starve.

Forward (over the cliff)!

Save_America1st's picture

@Bad Attitude

Great point...and I hear that Mugabe is a graduate from the London School of Economics.

So it all makes much more sense now, huh?  LOL

RafterManFMJ's picture

Well I'll be damned. Turns out all the magical thinking in the world can't make up for an 85 average IQ.

Whitey!! Whitey, come back!!

But as Whitey has an average 100 IQ, I doubt there will be many takers.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

As usual, everyone blames the failure of Whites on Nigger stupidity. How does that make any sense?

The Whites there did okay for how many years? Then suddenly they were too weak to defend themselves? Yeah, Mmmhmm...

Apparently it takes a genius to see the Whites in southern Africa were betrayed by outside forces. Hmmm... I wonder who that was...? As I've said before, the war between YT and himself is just getting started and it will be ugly.

ACP's picture

Kinda sounds like what's happening in the US right now, what with 0bongo's HUD plan to airdrop hoodrats into every white neighborhood in the country.

However, I'm sure blue enclaves will be the exception, like when Holder said Sausalito, CA was "too white", then large democrat donors made a few phone calls and Holder shut his black ass up.

greenskeeper carl's picture

ahahahaha. Everything I said yesterday, I present this to all the fuckheads who downvoted me. Not only cant they not build a functioning society, they can't even maintain one that they FORCEFULLY took from others. Good luck starving to death, if the AIDS doesn't get you first.


At least our black politicians are smart enough not to FORCE the white people out. They leave slowly on their own over here.

piratepiet2's picture

Outside forces ?  Please explain

Who or what is YT ?

Seek_Truth's picture

Pronounce YT 10 times slowly until you finally understand.

NoVa's picture

Only took me 3 times.  Does that mean my IQ is 120+ ?


J S Bach's picture

Actually, that 85 figure you cited for black IQ is for America (where most blacks have an admixture of white DNA).  In sub-Saharan Africa... the average black IQ is somewhere around 65 (that's considered literally "imbecile").

So, once Mugabe became dictator for life in the great democratic shake-down 35 years ago, he let the black squatters - in all their idiodic glory - freely trespass, murder and eat the seed corn of the white Rhodesian farmers.  Let them starve, thus reducing their populations to more natural and managable levels.  They'll never be grateful to whitey for anything he gives them anyway.  If they want to rule themselves, let them suffer the consequences of their own ineptitude.

mkkby's picture

They won't starve.  They'll either decimate the beautiful wildlife, or obama will bring them to the us.  Oh dear god, please spread a disease that wipes out the upright walking ape.

snodgrass's picture

Africans don't have an IQ of 85. American Americans do because so many niggers have raped white women. The average IQ of Africans is 70. That's two standard deviations below the white average.

bigkahuna's picture

This is as uninformed as it gets. The primary reason that the black people in the USSA have caucasian DNA is because the white slave masters were busy raping slaves - or other inter relations during that time.

Your use of the inflamatory slur shows you like all others who use it are mere shills attempting to degrade legitimate dialog.

Any of you ignorant fools who insist on using your inciteful and hateful language need to go back to your handlers and get different assignments. Go troll your politician/bankster masters, put your beggarly talents to good use. 

snodgrass's picture

Fuckin liar. From one article:

After researching the FBI numbers for “Suicide of a Superpower,” this writer concluded: “An analysis of ‘single offender victimization figures’ from the FBI for 2007 finds blacks committed 433,934 crimes against whites, eight times the 55,685 whites committed against blacks. Interracial rape is almost exclusively black on white — with 14,000 assaults on white women by African Americans in 2007. Not one case of a white sexual assault on a black female was found in the FBI study.”

Though blacks are outnumbered 5-to-1 in the population by whites, they commit eight times as many crimes against whites as the reverse. By those 2007 numbers, a black male was 40 times as likely to assault a white person as the reverse.

If interracial crime is the ugliest manifestation of racism, what does this tell us about where racism really resides — in America?

And if the FBI stats for 2007 represent an average year since the Tawana Brawley rape-hoax of 1987, over one-third of a million white women have been sexually assaulted by black males since 1987 — with no visible protest from the civil rights leadership.


Antifaschistische's picture

Last time I was in South Africa (about 7 years ago) I met a guy who JUST came from Zimbabwe two days earlier.  His name was David.  Kicked off the land that had been farmed by his family for multiple generations.  They gave him 24 hours to leave.

Here's the catch...he had 800 employees who became immediately unemployed.  His land?  Handed to some friend of a government VIP.  The problem?  They didn't know how to operate any of the equipment or understand farming.  So he said what always happened was the productivity of the land drops about 90% and the country ends up starving.

...good job Mugabe.

NoPension's picture

Sounds about right.
Same thing happens here in the US. Just takes a little longer.

greenskeeper carl's picture

this guy should have taken a lesson from our inner city black 'progressives': you don't force whitey out with threats of violence, you guilt trip him into staying by making him feel racist for not wanting black neighbors while simultaneously raising taxes through the roof. Our politicians at least know that black people, based on years and years of evidence, cannot typically maintain a farm or business, so it makes much more sense to let the original owners stay and run it while you extract more and more of their wealth until they finally give up and leave for greener pastures. THEN you can typically pick up the property, for much less money, and finish of the distruction. He needs to call the mayor of one of our inner cities for some lessons, That Mugabe guy is a fuckin piker.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

They actually ripped up irrigation pipes to... Sell them for scrap metal!

A buck today, soldjah!

Zero Point's picture

Farming's easy. Said every despot revolutionary ever.

Hugh G Rection's picture

Good video.  I was just thinking about Idi Amin.

He knew the Israelis well, which is why he kicked them out of Uganda.  

Can't go around telling the truth, particularly about Israel... Otherwise you will be branded a murdering, psychopathic, jew-soap making monster that gasses millions with bug spray.

"Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past."

General Decline's picture

Yes. They smeared the hell out of Amin. What a closed minded antisemite. We should all learn to love our cheesepope captors.

snodgrass's picture

Didn't Idi Amin used to eat his enemies? They are all cannibals. In America they eat your figuratively by taxing you into supporting them all the while screaming what a racist you are.

scraping_by's picture

And he also kicked out the Indians. Which put the country's literacy rate in the single digits.

Decisive's picture

I have had a lifetime of being taught "equality" among all races. After seeing what the black Zimbabweans did to the white farmers turns my stomach. I say let them starve. I'm over accepting people just because of the color of their skin. I judge a man by his work ethic and compassion towards other humans. I hope Mugabe gets what's coming to him.

Groundhog Day's picture

They must be great at math,  doing quadrillion dollar transactions in their heads

Freddie's picture

Oddly, hundreds of thousands of dumb white males in TN, TX plsu other southern, midwest and other states cheer on Trayvon/Mugabe/Obola thugs playing ball when they are not playing Knock Out Games or Ferguson.

Dumb whites cheering on their own genocide.  112,000 at U of TN on any saturday in the fall.  Whites have no clue.  they support their own genocide.

saints51's picture

They have to cheer them on. Americans love them some false idols.

Freddie's picture

Clueless white fan boys love their Trayvon ball players. They cheer on the genocide of the white race like idiots.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

College football : The opiate of America?

Tarshatha's picture

"112,000 at U of TN on any Saturday in the fall."


It's just a different "Bread and Circus" to distract stupid, fat, lazy over entitled Romans (Americans) as their society burns.

Joebloinvestor's picture

When they disembowel Mugabe it will be the start of improvement.

Arnold's picture

There will be another Colonel to replace him.

The problem is Colonels.

Fukushima Fricassee's picture
Fukushima Fricassee (not verified) Jul 23, 2015 5:57 PM

Stupid african communist have done it again, now on to Baltimore !

johngaltfla's picture

Dear Commie Rat Bastard,

You can not "unrape" all the white women and children your soldiers molested.

Needless to say you can not bring the dead white farmers back to life either.

Starve you mother fucking commie bastard.

You and all your shitty communist fucktards.

P.S. - What that nation really needs is a large scale return of the Selous Scouts.

DFCtomm's picture

"Don't be too kind to white farmers. They can own industries and companies, or stay in apartments in our towns but they cannot own land. They must leave the land to blacks.” 



Obviously a Mossad agent.

Fukushima Fricassee's picture
Fukushima Fricassee (not verified) DFCtomm Jul 23, 2015 5:56 PM

Fucking Obama agent

roisaber's picture

Once again, free shit proves to be the most expensive shit there is.

greenskeeper carl's picture

truer words have never been spoken. there is a bumper sticker Ive seen around here a few times since obamacare was made into law that said something like "if you think healthcare is expensive NOW, just wait 'til its FREE"  unfortunately I think that one probably goes ove most people's heads around here. FL public schools and all

Ghordius's picture

it is for sure way more expensive in any way then other solutions. but I don't see here a willingness to realize that there are, for example in Britain or France, national health services that do function

relatively expensive, yes, but again, it's a question of "how much", to be judged with numbers, not by simple rules of thumb

ZH: "File this one away in the "when populism backfires" folder"

populism backfires... always. now there you find a rule of thumb that works

your "Obamacare" is a hideous monstrosity, don't get me wrong. too complex by far, too corruptible, because of that, grafted on a previous system that was already too expensive and corrupted

"how much", btw, can be measured by percentage points of GDP. France's system costs roughly 11% of GDP, and is actually less of a "state-system" then for example Canada's or the UK's

in fact, Obama could have just adopted it. but that's populism, too, the thing about being always convinced that the own brewed solutions must be better

Auburn's picture

Just give it a couple decades - this will replay when the Euronaunts invite Greece back into the EU.   Then like now - run like hell.

salvadordaly's picture

You reep what you sow! Suck on it Mugabe!