11 June 1999
Call for land plan in Zimbabwe
THE human rights group African Rights has called for a new land development plan for Zimbabwe.
In a recently published report, it says the government is using land to stir up anti-white feelings for political gain.
The London-based group catalogues many failures of land reform since the current government came to power.
It says few people have been resettled since independence because corruption has put resettlement farms in the hands of ministers and cronies.
Farmers have received little development assistance and corruption has diverted development funds to party bigwigs, claims the group.
The report calls for a depoliticised approach to land reform which would redevelop land farmed by blacks, as well as resettle blacks on white-owned land.