Why Cross is cross
I couldn't stand the nonsense Eddie Cross put across to your readers for consideration as 'simple facts" (Letters, NA, April). In fact, I'm nor surprised that the nonsense is coming from the very same men and women who have made the Zimbabwean economy what it is today, with the help of Britain & Co, by calling for economic and other sanctions against Zimbabwe.
Eddie Cross is one of them, no wonder he is trying to paint a bad picture of President Mugabe's land reforms. I stand by New African's story of May 2000: "Land issue--Mugabe is Right!" These are my reasons:
Since independence, black farmers have produced 70-80% of maize delivered to the granaries. The bulk of peanuts, beans and a variety of small millers are still the domain of black farmers. Of late, the emergence of "A2 model of resettlement" is grooming good beef and dairy farmers, soyabean, wheat and sugar cane farming in Triangle and Mkwasine. This was a bastion of white commercial farming before the land reforms began. Not any longer.
The longest queues of people applying for land were in Harare and Bulawayo and other urban centres. These are MDC strongholds, and most of them were civil servants who had openly shown their dislike for Mugabe's government. Most of these applicants were approved regardless of parry affiliation. One of the beneficiaries was Welshman Ncube, the MDC secretary general. Why Eddie Cross should think ZANU-PF members should not benefit from the land they sacrificed life and limbs for, boggles my mind. When three-quarters of Ian Smith's cabinet of the Rhodesian days were farmers, Mr Cross & Co did not raise a finger for the suffering black masses.
As for the UNDP conference of all stakeholders, none of those promises were honoured--just like the "willing-seller, willing-buyer" clause never produced the desired results.
Mr Cross is very silent on why two active members of his MDC party went globetrotting canvassing for economic and other sanctions against the very same economy and people they so love to inherit and govern.
Yes, we are now importing the bulk of our maize, not because of the land reforms, but because of drought that has gripped the whole of Southern Africa. If my memory serves me well, the 1999-2000 season produced surplus maize.
The bulk of farm workers were either resettled or taken over by the new farm owners, although, of course, not all of them benefited from the land reforms. A delegation from Malawi, where most farm workers in Zimbabwe come from, visited Harare and they were happy with what they saw from their tour of the farms.
Lastly, if Eddie Cross failed to run a bakery, how come now he wants to teach Zimbabweans how to run their economy. You can fool some, but not all of us. I am a Zimbabwean by nature, not accident.
Many people are making the mistake thinking that the stay-away called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) in March was just another strike. It's not. This is the start of a concerted drive by civic organisations and the MDC to do what Thabo Mbeki and Obasanjo were tasked to do and...