Land Redistribution in Zimbabwe

Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is February 5th, 2009, I’m Royce, and I’m here to tell you about a program in Zimbabwe with land redistribution.

A new program in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa is literally taking farmland from some white citizens to give it to impoverished blacks in the country. And if the white family who owns the plot of land refuses to give up the land, the government is threatening them with death or a sentence to jail.

“For one thing, I understand the main point of this, the main idea is good, it has a good intention, but this is basically just stealing land from other people. It is morally wrong to do. If  I was a person whose land was just taken away, I would be completely outraged! Just hearing about this makes me infuriated!” says Cody, a writer at the Modern Typewriter.

We recently came across a news article on a family who was victimized by this unfairly played game. A man name Wally and his wife Helen were white citizens living in Zimbabwe. The police came to their 13,000 acre property demanding to see them. They met and the police ordered to take their farm for the program, and if they refused, they could either be jailed or killed, it was their choice.

“I feel the greatest sympathy for this couple, because they were in their fifties, and they are having to start their life all over again.” says Melanie, another writer.

The couple, Wally and Helen, had to immediately pack their belongings and leave. The new family that would be living in their house would be able to take anything they wanted.

Helen remembers asking if the new black woman if she would want a clay vase that their daughter had made in school. The woman said yes and Helen turned and smashed it on the floor.

“The general intention of the land redistribution idea is good, but you can’t just take something that is someone else’s. That is considered stealing.” says Rochester, another writer.

The couple, Wally and Helen have relocated to North Carolina, in the United States. Wally found a job with hogs, but when news that the business was having trouble, the employer said it was alright if Wally started searching for more work. So Wally did. He found a job at a farm overlooking cattle. His benefits would include a nice home right on the grazing field, free of rent. His wife and himself live there currently.

Before, the family that had taken over Wally and Helen’s farm had kidnapped their son and held him for ransom. They completely depleted Wally’s bank account.

“This is a huge issue! Somehow, we can’t just let the President of Zimbabwe steal away property and give it to someone else. That is completely terrible! And what kind of world has it come to when a family holds a son for ransom? Shouldn’t the police get involved? Where were they during all this? Oh right, they were stealing more property.” says Jaycee, another writer.

The American dollar can go a long way in Zimbabwe, since the inflation is so bad. Wally and Helen thought about taking their dollars to Zimbabwe to retire, since just a thousand dollars would take you far in Zimbabwe, but they figured America is where they belong right now.

So, what do you think on the land redistribution program in Zimbabwe? Do you think it is good? Bad? Why? Leave us a comment to express your opinion!

Remember, I’m Royce, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT!

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  1. jjjoseph · · Reply

    It must be remembered that the family almost certainly gained and cultivated that much land through continued exploitation of the poor african working class.

  2. moderntypewriter · · Reply

    It actually said in the article that the land had been in the family for generations, and that they payed their workers on the farm. They really established a good relationship with their workers. They even set up a pre-school for the workers’ small children.


  3. Hey! i am Beth and I’m written a paper on zimbabwe. I am focussing on land re-distributon for my problim/solution section.

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