New book provides an insider’s insight into official land policy

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Title: The Old Man In — Mugabe’s White Hand Man
PUBLISHER: Weaver Press
ISBN:978-1-77922-335-7

It is remarkable how few government officials in Zimbabwe have published accounts of their time in office covering their service in the post-Independence period. The cynic in me can see a few possible reasons why, but this dearth is noticeable when compared to the embarrassment of riches in memoirs about the liberation struggle. Few seem to wish to discuss their role in “building” the Zimbabwe of today while even the interest of local newspapers in their hagiographic interviews with stalwarts of the liberation struggle and later government service seems to end with April 1980. After such elated, unassailable democratic accomplishments, who really wants to discuss the subsequent troubles?

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