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Friday, June 24, 2005

Mugabe Consistent with SCOTUS Kelo decision

Mugabe acts on the Kelo decision
How is Mugabe's recent bulldozing of blighted areas of Harare different from the USSC's Kelo decision?

Mugabe defends demolitions drive
Zimbabwe's president has defended his government's campaign of demolitions and evictions which the UN believes has left about 250,000 people homeless.

Robert Mugabe said the removal of illegal homes and market stalls was part of a bid to fight crime and clean up cities.

At least three children have been crushed to death during the campaign.

Earlier, the African Union rejected calls from the UK and US to speak out against President Mugabe's government.

An spokesman said the organisation had many more serious problems to consider.

In remarks broadcast on state television, Mr Mugabe said: "As much as 3 trillion [Zimbabwe dollars - about $3bn] has been committed to this programme... There is a clear construction and reconstruction programme.

"We pledged to revitalise our cities and towns and to deliver as many as 1.2 million housing units and residential stands by the year 2008. We also undertook to reorganise our SMEs [small and medium business enterprises] so they could grow and expand in an environment that is supportive, clean and decent."

Zimbabwe's Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo, said he was happy with what he described as a normal clean-up operation.

Speaking to the BBC, he denied that it had created widespread humanitarian problems, and said the demolitions had been welcomed by all patriotic Zimbabweans.

The opposition says the demolitions - codenamed Operation Restore Order - are meant to punish urban residents, who have rejected President Mugabe in recent elections.
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The children who have died were crushed to death when their homes were knocked down during Operation Murambatsvina [Drive out rubbish].

The police have moved across Zimbabwe's urban areas, armed with bulldozers and sledge-hammers, destroying shacks and informal markets.

Often, residents have been made to demolish the structures themselves.

The UN is due to send a special envoy to Zimbabwe to investigate the demolitions.

Many people are living on the streets, while others have returned to their rural homes, encouraged by the government.


Sounds like the situation in the Kelo decision... Mugabe's just looking for increased tax revenues.

The effects of Eminent Domain in Zimbabwe
(Before & After)


***UPDATE***
Brian J. Noggle's Musings on the Kelo decision.

Related Query II
Does the Supreme Court's Kelo decision mean that my municipal government can determine that food products I have already ingested could better serve the public as fertilizer in the flower bed in the median of the Maryland Heights Expressway and compel me to report, finger in throat, to expel the contents of my stomach for public use?

If so, I hope the soil is very basic as I drink a lot of coffee and don't want to burn the petunias.


And check out this one, too

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler