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    Zimbabwe celebrates 30 years of independence

    Zimbabwe celebrates 30 years of independence



    Mr Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980

    Zimbabwe is marking 30 years since independence from the UK.

    Celebrations include all-night song and dance performances in the capital, Harare, and a speech by President Robert Mugabe in the city's stadium.

    Mr Mugabe, who has ruled since 1980, leads a unity government with rival Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister.

    On the eve of the anniversary, a civil rights group said four of its members had been denied bail after they were accused of staging an illegal protest.

    The group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (Woza) deny wrongdoing. The four were part of a group of women demonstarting against regular power cuts and high electricity tariffs in Zimbabwe.

    Economic woes

    Zimbabwe declared independence on 18 April 1980, following a seven-year conflict against Rhodesia's white minority rule. Mr Mugabe, a former guerrilla leader, was elected president.

    Independence also brought crippling international sanctions to an end.

    The new country was widely seen as a new model for Africa.

    Zimbabwe experienced strong growth in its first decade but the economy began to decline in the 1990s.

    In 2000 Mr Mugabe launched a controversial land reform programme, seizing white-owned farms and handing them to blacks.

    In the following years, farm production and the currency went into free fall. The one-time food exporter became dependent on aid.

    Meanwhile Mr Mugabe suppressed the opposition, saying it was in league with former colonial power Britain.

    In 2008, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change won a parliamentary majority. But MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew from the presidential run-off, citing violence against supporters.

    However the two sides reached a power-sharing deal later in the year.
    New elections are due to be held but no date has been set.


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    I was speaking to a white Zimbabwean and he told me this joke from his homeland. A small boy says to his father one night "what did we have before candles papa ?" To which the father replied "electricity son, electricity". I think this will be a standing joke in S Africa before long also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Zimbabwe celebrates 30 years of independence
    Great, they can all go to the super market and fight over who get's the one loaf of bread.

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    The tree climbing citizens will be so proud of the last 30 years


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    So much to be proud of. So much achieved in the last 30 years. A real gem of a country. it's all down to the brilliant leadership of Mugabe you know, the world should laud him. Zimbabweans never had it so good.

    I was there in 1988, you should have seen it then, they were on their knees. Just look at it now.
    Fahn Cahn's

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    ^I heard they were all rich, when they go shopping they carry rucksacks full of money

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    Basket case..!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smug Farang Bore
    Basket case..!
    And once known as the breadbasket of Africa!

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