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Vol 41 No 14

Published 7th July 2000


Namibia

Too dry for crops

Redistribution sounds like a good idea until you look at the land itself

Namibia's 4,000 white farmers have been shocked by the farm occupations in Zimbabwe. The farmers, mostly of Afrikaner or German ancestry, had felt safe under the government's policy of national reconciliation. Yet there are close links between the governing South West Africa People's Organisation (AC Vol 41 No 2) and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and President Sam Nujoma has loudly supported President Robert Mugabe's demands that Britain compensate the white farmers. With its two-thirds majority in parliament, the government could in theory change the constitution to acquire land without compensation.

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