by Staff Writer
December 12th Movement member, Clay Omowale, has hailed Zimbabwe for embarking on the land reform programme in the late 1990s, paving the way for Africa to be self-determining.
Omowale said this while addressing participants at a rally held in solidarity with President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 22 September in New York. He added that it was impossible for a people to succeed without control of its land.
“If you don’t have land, if you don’t have a place to stay and to build your culture, to build your economy, to teach your children, to defend your human right – then you will fail,” said Omowale.
Another member of the Movement, Viola Plummer, said that she saw nothing wrong with Zimbabwe taking back its land which was stolen during the colonial period.
“We are here saying that Zimbabwe is a sovereign nation… and that they have the authority to decide how they are going to govern themselves.
We know that when the colonialists went (to Africa) they stole the land, made the people who lived there work the land and they benefited from that labour they did not pay for.
… The actions of the United States, to try to strangle Zimbabwe and those nations which are buying in on that (redistribution of land) are not what we think should be happening.” said Plummer.
The December 12th Movement, is a black human rights organisation based in the United States of America.