Thursday, April 06, 2006

More on the Militarization of Everything

This week's edition of the Financial Gazette is up. Read more about how much Mugabe is increasing military influence in Zimbabwe in this article from the paper. Excerpt;
Late last year, the army launched a command agriculture programme called Operation Maguta in a desperate effort to boost agricultural production and avert massive food shortages. Under the food-security initiative, army officers are tilling rich agricultural land to boost maize output following poor harvests in the past five years after new black farmers took over productive white-owned farms.
The army is also engaged in an ambitious housing reconstruction programme codenamed Operation Hlalani Kuhle/Garikai in which government is building low-cost houses for people who were left homeless in the aftermath of Operation Murambatsvina.
Until recently, Zimbabwe’s electoral system has been heavily militarised with the elections body comprising mainly former army personnel. In addition, serving and retired army personnel have of late been seconded to head state institutions. Examples of parastatals headed by army personnel include the Grain Marketing Board and the National Railways of Zimbabwe, among others.

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