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Vol 46 No 10

Published 13th May 2005


Zimbabwe

The dam bursts

Bankruptcy and looming starvation force the government to reverse its land policy

Economic logic is biting back faster even than the government's opponents predicted. Zimbabwe is fast running out of fuel and maize-meal. Before the elections (AC Vol 46 Nos 6 & 7), officials lied about the availability of maize-meal, claiming that there had been a bumper harvest and foreign aid would be superfluous. With the voting over, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe's regime is ready to alter its policies. The most dramatic change is a reversal of land policy.

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