Bone tired and supping with whites

via Bone tired and supping with whites | SW Radio Africa July 4, 2014 by Cathy Buckle

Dear Family and Friends,

A huddle of men in hats and dark jackets engaged in animated conversation in the wind and dust outside a run down local government office sent eyebrows up this week. They were all clutching bits of paper and there was much gesticulating and arm waving: it all told a lot about the latest saga in Zimbabwe’s fourteenth year into land wars. The men were outside the offices of the District Administrator which, since land invasions began in 2000, is one of the places people have gone if they wanted to get a piece of seized farm land. It’s also one of the places on the convoluted bureaucratic ladder where desperate Title Deed holders of farm land have gone to try and plead their case to save their homes, businesses and livelihoods from seizure without contest or compensation. Mostly, those of us in the latter category, tried and failed.

The latest shocking development that’s sent people into huddles is the news that all A1 Offer Letters given out for plots of land on seized farms have been cancelled. This apparently involves the withdrawal of over 220,000 permits which affects an unknown number of people but must be close to a million people if not more, assuming that each plot is occupied by a single, small family unit.

Amazingly in a country so bone tired and worn out about land grabs and ownership fights, the latest development didn’t even make front page news. As long as there’s food in the supermarkets most people don’t care that it’s all imported or what skin colour the people that grew that food in another country have. They don’t even care that people on Zimbabwe’s once rich and bountiful farm land are out there in the dust squabbling over bits of paper when they should be growing food. Most people have got far more worrying things on their minds like how long their jobs are going to be safe or their companies will stay open; how they’ll afford their kids school fees or pay their rent as our economy shrinks smaller and smaller with each passing day.

Sadly what did make front page news this week were the shocking words: “Don’t sup with whites: Mugabe.” Mr Mugabe said that people who had been given seized farms were leasing them out to white Zimbabweans and accused his own officials of being involved. “Some of my ministers are being mentioned here. They are refusing to remove white farmers from their constituencies… we are told that Chiefs are also involved in land deals,” Mr Mugabe said. “What annoys us… is where our own indigenous farmers sub-lease to the very same white farmers we took our heritage from yesterday,” he added. A whole new batch of A1 Permits are going to be issued, no doubt weeding out some forgeries, some corruption and some double dipping but undoubtedly opening the way for another wave of corruption, pocket filling and renewed land invasions on the few original commercial farms still operating. And so it goes on and on and on, year after yea,r leaving a swathe of insecurity in its wake: evicted commercial farmers with Title Deeds but not compensated; A1 plot holders not legal anymore and A2 growers doing what Mr Mugabe described as “those who still believe that the land they acquired was to afford them places to visit over the weekend for braais (barbecues) and picnic parties or for prestige, then surely these will, sooner rather than later, lose the farms allocated to them.” Our poor Zimbabwe. Until next time, thanks for reading, love cathy. 4th July 2014.

COMMENTS

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    publicprotector 8 years ago

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking to regularize any situation despite Cathy’s superior opinion based on zero expertise or knowledge.

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    some leaders!!! are decades behind civilisation!!

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    just a piece of advice to my fellow white brothers,be VERY careful how you invest in your farm this winter. I tel you,some vultures are already circling,keeping a close eye on what best farm to grab!!

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    Doris 8 years ago

    My goodness, how true.

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    tsano 8 years ago

    and whom are you? where do you fit in this equation ?

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    zanupf fear me 8 years ago

    Emulating his mentors. Stalins great 1932 maoxedung 1949 great famines well documented in history. Mass starvation by zanupf terrorists

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    JRR56 8 years ago

    Racist Pig

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    We pride ourselves as being top, really, on the African ladder… We feel that we have actually been advancing rather than going backwards.

    Comrade His Excellency Robert Mugabe

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      John Thomas 8 years ago

      Love this

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      Swagman 8 years ago

      Your are a stupid Biggus Dickus,
      in the worst possible way!

      Excellency means

      “Cardinal virtue, Distinction, Excellence,
      Grace (sic), Merit, Value, Virtue”,
      of which NONE fit the simian, Mugarbage or dis-Grace!

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      Swagman 8 years ago

      Yes, “Top on the African ladder”
      of ‘destruction, pillage, greed,
      dishonesty, murder, rape, theft
      and genocide’, I agree completely!

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    the zoo is run by animals .

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    Jack H 8 years ago

    Mr Mugabe,
    Hatred for all things Western ! Please don’t stand there in your western cut suit, having drunk tea, with the vaccines of the west in your veins, keeping your brain full of western degrees alive, with your motorcade of western vehicles and your western helicopter which arrives on time given by your western wrist watch.
    Dress in your traditional garb and insult me in your traditional tongue and I will have more respect for you.
    You legacy is thus….. Poor eviscerated Ndebele babies born into a World through a bayonet wound from a 5th Brigade Bayonet.
    I ask you this….. What. If that was your Daughter ?

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    Sceptic 8 years ago

    You didn’t take your heritage you racist fool, you destroyed your nation’s food bowl and consigned the vast majority of Zimbabweans to a life of hell.

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    Kevin Watson 8 years ago

    History has taught the world including China that putting people back on the land is counterproductive. What is required is to follow the example set by successful countries, which involves reducing the farming population to less than 10% of the population, industrialise farming so it maximises its productivity and at the same time industrialise and commercialise the economy so that the urban dwellers can earn a living. Britain began this process in the 1700s the US began this process in the 1800s and India and China in the late 1900s. Zimbabwe on the other hand seeks to return to the pre-industrial age thanks to the thieves masquerading as a government. The pre-industrial age is marked by poor health care, poor transport infrastructure, limited scooling and various famines resulting in starvation. Congratulations Robert “the Idiot” Mugabe.

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    “……Most people have got far more worrying things on their minds like how long their jobs are going to be safe or their companies will stay open; how they’ll afford their kids school fees or pay their rent as our economy shrinks smaller and smaller with each passing day…”

    As long as ZANU is in power, these worries will get worse.
    The sooner the people realise this, the better their chances of doing something about it.

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    I think Mugabe ‘s racist rantings are a mere cover. He who isn’t Zimbabwean shouts the loudest. There could be a lot of truth in the rumours that he is from a little country with a well known lake.

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    Charles Frizell 8 years ago

    And the truly frightening thing is that the king of that little country lived to be 102 – about 10 years after its brain had actually. Think about that!

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    Charles Frizell 8 years ago

    (died)

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    Straight Shooter 8 years ago

    Wena Cathy; the Shona Gukurahundi suffers from a mental disease. Dont worry about him!!