Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for racial unity before the historic elections, telling white farmers that their lands will not be taken.
The government of former President Robert Mugabe supported the seizure of hundreds of white farms that they considered unfairly. Mnangagwa, 75, told a crowd in Harare that the controversial policy was a thing of the past
"We should stop talking about who owns the farm in terms of color," he said. "
" It's criminal to talk about it: a farmer, a black farmer, a white farmer, is a Zimbabwean farmer.
Mr. Mnangagwa's initiative to alleviate the concerns of white voters precedes the historic elections of September 30th. July.
This will be the first presidential election since Mugabe was ousted from power in November, ending his 37-year reign.
White Zimbabweans have traditionally voted for opposition parties such as the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) as opposed to Mr. Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF party.
He told the crowd that his government was "racially blind" and acknowledged the failure of the controversial land reforms of his predecessor.
exit, an exodus of skilled white farmers and widespread unemployment among black farm workers.