Mugabe's Victims: Mostly Black

Charles Barron Calls It 'One of the Most Stable Countries in Africa'

In a future column: Excerpts from the weekly online letters from a white woman in Zimbabwe, Catherine Buckle, and from her book, African Tears. The introduction to her book is by a black independent journalist much harassed by Mugabe's goons—Trevor Ncube, publisher of the Zimbabwe Independent and the Standard.

In his introduction to African Tears, Ncube has severe criticisms of those of the white landowners in Zimbabwe who, for 20 years, profited from their "century-old access to land" and "were prepared to do nothing that would radically alter their access to this critical means of production." There should have been, he writes, "a just and properly planned land reform program."

But, Ncube emphasizes, the horrors Mugabe has inflicted on blacks and whites "was not about land at all but about one man's [Mugabe's] fear of losing political power. . . . And about one man's racial bigotry [and] desperation to leave behind a legacy at whatever cost."

When Charles Barron next celebrates Robert Mugabe at City Hall, I wish he would invite me to ask some questions.

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