President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe said Wednesday that land reform will continue despite objections from his partners in the unity government to seizures of commercial farms which they say are hurting the country’s prospects for securing reconstruction funding.
Addressing the central committee of his ZANU-PF party, Mr. Mugabe also demanded the immediate and unconditional removal of targeted financial and travel sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union, Australia and others.
Mr. Mugabe urged his party faithful to prepare for elections in two years time.
Reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe interviewed State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa, who said only transfers of land are taking place, not farm invasions.
Johannesburg-based political analyst Brilliant Mhlanga warned that Mr. Mugabe’s declaration as to the continuation of the land reform program spells turmoil within the government as his Movement for Democratic Change partners insist farm seizures must end.