Saturday, March 04, 2006

Good white farmers can stay in Zimbabwe

HARARE - Zimbabwe's vice-president has said the country's remaining white farmers would be spared eviction if they toed the line and respected the law, local media reports.

"We cannot remove every white man in this country," Vice-President Joseph Msika was quoted as telling a farmers' rally.

"If you think it's possible, that will not happen. We will respect those white people who respect our laws and want to live with us," the private Daily Mirror newspaper quoted him as saying.

The state-owned Herald further quoted Msika as saying: "We cannot remove every white farmer because it's stupidity. That is shooting yourself in the foot."

Msika also lashed out at lazy black farmers who invaded white farms and seized properties and then failed to produce anything.

No more than 600 white farmers remain in Zimbabwe following controversial land reforms which saw the eviction of at least 4,000 of their peers to pave the way for land redistribution to poor blacks.

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