Political ‘Aggression’ Against Whites Not Hurting Zimbabwe Race Relations

via Political ‘Aggression’ Against Whites Not Hurting Zimbabwe Race Relations | ZimDaily 21 September 2015

When Zimbabwe came out of a brutal war of liberation in 1980, then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe offered a hand of reconciliation to former white minority colonizers saying oppression by blacks or whites was despicable.

Mr. Mugabe called for co-existence between the Rhodesian Front, then led by Ian Douglas Smith, and liberation parties – Joshua Nkomo’s PF Zapu and the prime minister’s Zanu PF.

At that time there were almost 300,000 whites living in the new Zimbabwe. Today, according to official records, there are only about 40,000 whites left in the southern African nation. Some of them came under attack during Zanu PF’s land reforms that started in 2000.

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Among the people who have pledged allegiance to Zimbabwe’s national anthem, are whites who were born and bred in Zimbabwe.

One of them is David Coltart, an attorney, former Rhodesian serviceman and education minister in the defunct 2009 unity government, who says this is his only home.

Coltart says most Zimbabweans, who like their black counterparts endured years of brutal abuse at the hands of white settlers, are not racists.

“I have an affinity for the flag. I love our national anthem, I love the tune though some of the words are offensive,” he says.

According to the former Movement for Democratic Change lawmaker, his family has been living in harmony with blacks for many years, an indication that whites are part of life in Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwe remains a wonderful place to live in because despite all the hate speeches being spewed out by Zanu PF the fact of the matter is that we have remarkably good race relations in this country.”

This is despite the fact that Coltart was in the Rhodesian military fighting against so-called terrorists aligned to Zapu and Zanu.

The former lawmaker is well-known for assisting in the crafting of a comprehensive booklet on alleged Five Brigade atrocities in Matabeleland and the Midlands provinces in the 1980s, which left thousands of people dead and displaced.

Another white Zimbabwean, Ian Kay, who describes himself as a family man, says his roots are in Marondera province.

“Zimbabwe is my home, there is no need to leave. It’s my birth right and so don’t take political rhetoric too seriously. A handful of people wanted me out,” says Kay.

He used to play with black children when he was a child and this made him feel wanted by local communities.

He was attacked by some suspected Zanu PF activists when Zimbabwe introduced its land reform program in 2000, resulting in more than 3,600 white commercial farmers losing lucrative land to indigenous people.

MDC lawmaker, Eddie Cross, who supported black nationalists when they took up arms against the Smith government, echoes Kay’s sentiments, saying he also loves Zimbabwe.

“Society as a whole, I don’t feel any discrimination at all. My constituency is 100 percent black and I am part of the community,” he says.

However, Cross believes that whites need to be careful about what they say and do in the country.

More than 4,000 white commercial farmers used to occupy prime land in Zimbabwe before most of them were pushed out by blacks whose ancestors lost their land to white settlers when first came to the country.

Some of the whites were killed and others maimed in the skirmishes with land invaders.

COMMENTS

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    chimusoro 5 years ago

    They must adapt or leave!

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      R Judd 5 years ago

      Better you leave Chiusoro – I do not think you belong here.

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    Will I am Tell 5 years ago

    Whites must sue zanupf until they are bankrupt. The west will help. We’ve already destroyed their economy through sanctions – let’s keep up the fight.

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      Kevin 5 years ago

      I hope that you were joking because sanctions have not done anything to destroy the Zimbabwean economy. If anything they have helped as they have restricted Mugabe’s ability to waste enormous amounts of Zimbabwe’s money on foreign junkets, as well as making the import of arms more difficult. If you are not joking, my advice is do not take an IQ test because you will fail it.

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    IAN SMITH 5 years ago

    ZANU PF is the most racist tribalistic bunch of theives now bankrupt, no one is going to give them a cent.Scrounging around for the white mans money is all ZANU PF can do.

    A law that does not apply to all citizens is no law.
    Just forget it.

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    Collin Mackenzie 5 years ago

    They is no rasict people Zimbabwe white or black it’s just the few that did not want to share the farms when asked while having 15.

    Zimbabwe is not a rasict country but the mind set and the thinking of the past still lingers in the minds of few.

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    Tiger Shona 5 years ago

    Forget about black/white relations; that is not the problem. Mugabe tried his best to create a situation where blacks hated whites. And he failed. The only blacks to pick up and believe in that, are the guys that benefit from Mugabe’s corruption.
    The situation is that most people in Zimbabwe now hate Mugabe.
    For sure whites made mistakes in the past, but it is obvious now that they did much more good than bad.

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    what a stupid article.

    if blacks were being treated like this by any white government, the world would be up in arms whinging about apartheid and so on.

    fact it, apartheid/discrimination/theft etc. is acceptable so long as it’s against whites.

    the wheel will turn….