Mugabe's land reforms get thumbs up
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2004
Delegates at a conference of southern African liberation movements have given their backing to Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president's, stand on land reforms.
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The conference in Harare has drawn representatives from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Tanzania.
Black empowerment groups such as the US-based December 12 Movement and the Britain-based Black United Front also attended the meeting, hosted by the ruling Zanu(PF) party.
Mugabe says his land programme has been a success but the main opposition party and aid agencies say it has severely disrupted Zimbabwe's once-prosperous agricultural sector and contributed to famine. The conference, which is also discussing international relations, democracy and good governance, has been highly critical of Western dominance and globalisation.
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