[OPE-L:3023] Re: Re: RE: Zimbabwe Petition

From: Paul Cockshott (clyder@gn.apc.org)
Date: Mon May 01 2000 - 15:25:42 EDT

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nicola taylor wrote:

> The petition makes reference to the rule of Law, because Mugabe held a
> referendum in February asking the people of Zimbabwe to support the seizure
> of land from commercial farmers. The result of that referendum was a
> resounding NO vote. Why, when land reform is a critical issue supported by
> everyone?

The referndum was a composite that included farm reform along with other
constitutional changes which would have strengthened Mugabes position.
The fact that it was thrown out does not indicate that people were against
the farm reform part, but that they were against the other parts.

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