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Namibia must take land as Mugabe did
Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Harare - The speed with which Zimbabweans took back their land from white farmers is "commendable" and Namibia wants to do the same, Namibia's deputy land minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

"We feel that the speed they took the land is commendable and we would like to see how they did it," said Isak Katali, who is on a visit to Zimbabwe, according to the state-owned Herald newspaper.

Zimbabwe launched its controversial land-reform programme in 2000, and now most of the country's 4 000 formerly white-owned farms are in the hands of black farmers.

The programme has sparked Western criticism but won Zimbabwe the praise and admiration of other countries in southern Africa.
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