Zimbabwe’s land reform was successful, that’s why SA and Namibia are copying us: Mugabe

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Grace Mugabe has said that Zimbabwe serves as an example of successful land reform, which is why the Namibian and South African governments are following suit.

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(dis)Grace Mugabe on Tuesday told anyone willing to listen that Robert Mugabe and his land grabs in Zim serve as an inspiration to the South African and Namibian governments, hence their own land reform policies are taking centre stage.

 

Grace who, alongside her husband Batty Bob Mugabe has overseen the systematic destruction of the Zimbabwean economy, told folks in Harare that the negative image they receive is because white people don’t like seeing a black majority getting their own land – of course, it has nothing to do with the failed state the Mugabes now govern with an iron fist, and the human rights abuses that go along with it –.

“The whites wanted to gag and intimidate us because they knew that if the land reform programme in Zimbabwe was successful, other countries in Africa would follow suit. It (the land reform programme) has been successful and this is why you hear South Africa is also considering following in our footsteps,” she said, according to News24.

 

“The Namibian president (Hage Geingob) was here recently on a state visit and he told president Mugabe that (former president Sam) Nujoma liberated the Namibian people and he (Geingob) as president would ensure that Namibians have access to land because president Mugabe is his source of inspiration.”

Speaking to News24, political analyst Rashweat Mukundu believes the opposite, adding that both the South African and Namibian governments have seen the damage Mugabe’s policies have done and wouldn’t likely follow the same path.

“Both South Africa and Namibia have independent and working judicial systems that would not allow their countries to be plunged into chaos. Zuma and Geingob may have to plan carefully before they embark on populist policies that would affect their economies so I do not see them embarking on the Zimbabwean style of destroying their countries. In any case, Namibia has vast tracts of land but has very few people who need land,” Mukundu told the newspaper.

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