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Tsvangirai threatens farm invaders with arrest

Video by Louis MASSIE

Latest update : 2009-03-28

Zimbabwean PM Morgan Tsvangirai has denounced a new wave of farm seizures by people claiming they were owed land under the nation's controversial land reforms. The former opposition leader warned such activity would lead to arrest.

AFP - Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday decried a fresh wave of farm invasions across the country and warned that those responsible for the farm disruptions risk arrest.
  
"I have tasked the minister of home affairs to ensure that all crimes are acted upon and the perpetrators arrested and charged", Tsvangirai said in a speech to open a meeting of donors, business leaders and government.
  
"Indeed, this government is aware that most of the ongoing disruptions of agricultural production, which are being done in the name of the land reform process, are actually acts of theft using fraudulent offer letters.
  
"Those continuing to undertake these activities will be arrested and face justice in the courts," said Tsvangirai.
  
The prime minister's warning came as the predominantly white Commercial Farmers' Union (CFU) reported an upsurge in the numbers of farm seizures and disruptions by people claiming to have been allocated land under the country's controversial land reforms.
  
He expressed satisfaction at the performance of the new government so far and urged unity among parties to the inclusive government to address the plight of Zimbabweans battered by years of economic crisis.
  
"The spirit of co-operation has already seen results," Tsvangirai said.
  
"To name a few, our hospitals and schools have started functioning, basic commodities are now available at lower prices and the spectre of hyperinflation has been eradicated.
  
"We have a long way to go, but there is now tangible evidence that we have started the journey, that we are working together and that we are prepared to put the needs and interests of our great country first".
  
Tsvangirai who also leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) joined a unity government with his rival President Robert Mugabe in February, after months of negotiations.
  

Date created : 2009-03-27

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