17 February 2000
Mugabe to push through land grab

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is to push through an amendment to the constitution which would allow the state to seize white-owned farms.

Mr Mugabe has just suffered a humiliating defeat for this plans to change the constitution.

This would have included controversial plans to confiscate white farms.

Zimbabwes 4500 white farmers control about half of the countrys prime agricultural land.