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The Land Reform Deception: Political Opportunism in Zimbabwe's Land Seizure Era

Charles Laurie


This book explores what is inarguably the most socially and economically transformative event in Zimbabwe since independence in 1980—the land seizure era. It explains why Mugabe risked the social and economic well-being of Zimbabwe by targeting commercial farms, which were a vital source of commodities, a major employer, and a critical source of tax revenue. It also uncovers why the “land redistribution program,” as Mugabe and the ruling ZANU-PF party claimed the takeovers to be, occurred 20 years after independence and in a very chaotic manner. It exposes why so many political “elites” with n ... More

Keywords: Zimbabwe, ZANU, Mugabe, land, land reform, farm, seizure, invasion, violence, intimidation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199398294
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199398294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Laurie, author
Director of Country Risks, Verisk Maplecroft