BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC NEWS
 You are in:  World: Africa
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

SERVICES 
Tuesday, 19 March, 2002, 12:02 GMT
Arrests in Zimbabwe farmer's murder
Terry Ford's dog squeak lies on his shrouded body
Ford was found shot dead on his farm
Police in Zimbabwe have arrested four men in connection with the murder of a white farmer, who was found at his home in the early hours of Monday morning.

"Four people have been arrested, and firearms which we suspect were used in the murder were recovered," assistant commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said.

Terry Ford was tied up and shot dead on his farm near Norton, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Harare.

Robert Mugabe
Mugabe has pledged to accelerate land reform
He was the tenth white farmer to be murdered since controversial land seizures by supporters of President Robert Mugabe began.

Mr Ford had telephoned the police and neighbours on Sunday evening complaining that he was being besieged by a group of about 20 black settlers.

"The four are from the Norton area," Mr Bvudzijena said of the suspects. But when asked if they were "war veterans" squatting on Ford's farm he said, "we have not gone into that".

Upsurge in violence

The murder was the first attack on a white farmer since Mr Mugabe won the last week's presidential election, beating off a challenge by Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

However, according to the Commercial Farmer's Union (CFU) there has been an upsurge in violence against white farmers since Mr Mugabe's disputed victory.

Most CFU members supported Mr Tsvangirai, who had promised to stop the illegal seizure of white-owned farms and to implement a negotiated programme to remedy ownership inequities instead.

Ford's farm was one which had been designated for seizure and redistribution by the government.

Intimidated by the violent occupations, hundreds of white farmers have abandoned their farms. Many moved into the cities or even out of the country during the election.

Ford's death came the day after Mr Mugabe gave a fiery speech at his inauguration in which he vowed to accelerate his programme of redistributing land from white-owned farms to landless blacks.


Key stories

The vote

SLIDESHOW

TALKING POINT

AUDIO VIDEO
REGIONAL ROUNDUP
See also:

18 Mar 02 | Africa
White farmer killed in Zimbabwe
17 Mar 02 | Africa
Mugabe pledges rapid land reform
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Africa stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Africa stories