Zimbabwean Mugabe says committed to farm policy

Mugabe said he would not allow a unity government to reverse his controversial policy of seizing white-owned farmland and giving it to blacks.

Zimbabwean Mugabe says committed to farm policy
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Saturday he would not allow a unity government to reverse his controversial policy of seizing white-owned farmland and giving it to blacks.

Speaking at his ZANU-PF party's annual conference, Mugabe said that while he hoped the opposition would agree to form a coalition government, he would not compromise on policies such as land policy.

"We don't want a unity which is retrogressive," Mugabe told about 6,000 ruling party supporters at this town about 80 km (50 miles) north of the capital Harare.

"The biggest issue is of land ... the land has already been given to the people, it will not be returned to whites."

Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai agreed three months ago to form a coalition government after disputed elections, but the pact has stalled as they fight over who should control key ministries.

Under the Sept. 15 deal, land that was seized from white farmers and now lies dormant would not be returned, but would be redistributed to black farmers with the resources and skills to cultivate it.

But, a day after vowing never to "surrender", Mugabe railed against his foes, saying the West wanted to topple him.

"Mugabe must go before Bush is going?" he said, referring to U.S. President George W. Bush, who leaves office in January. "Is it a ritual now that Bush with his political death must be accompanied by some African from Zimbabwe, and that African must be the leader himself, and that leader is Mugabe?"

Reuters

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