Hichilema draws inspiration from Zimbabwe

by | Oct 16, 2021 | Politics | 0 comments


Staff Writer

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema has hinted that he will be following Zimbabwe`s lead on land reform.

Zambia, like Zimbabwe was colonised by Britain who were aggressive in their land acquisition while relegating blacks to infertile land, has an unequal distribution of wealth where white farmers still own most of the fertile lands.

Hichilema, a livestock farmer himself, came to the realization that a people without access to land cannot be economically empowered.

On his Twitter, Hichilema said; “We cannot think of joint ventures if we don’t give Zambia land to use as leverage for negotiations with foreign capital. Land reform is on my priority list.”

The idea he has is likely to set him on a collision course with The West, who are averse to the idea of black people owning the means of production.

Zimbabwe was punished through sanctions for deciding to give its people access to critical resources, and Zambia, may suffer the same fate.

Deciding to do land reform is one thing, implementing it is another.

South Africa has been engaged in endless parliamentary debates on the issue as they are buying time, avoiding expropriation without compensation.

Zimbabwe is the only country in Africa, which implemented land reform successfully without compromise.