Tuesday, December 1, 1998 Published at 17:24 GMT
Land battle sets black against white
Tobacco farming provides half a million jobs
By Africa Correspondent Jane Standley
Some 18 years since victory in the war that turned Rhodesia into independent Zimbabwe, much awaited land reform has yet to be carried out.
Redistributing land has been on the political agenda since independence, but Zimbabwe's current economic crisis, the worst ever, has fuelled even more hunger for land.
No-one in Zimbabwe is arguing about the need for land reform, even Mr Wayne supports land redistribution, but with a recent government notice that his land is going to be taken, insists that there must be proper compensation.
"We'll have to go somewhere else, and do it somewhere else, it's not that I am on the best soil or the best rainbelt or anything."
The next people on Mr Parham's land could be the Dambaza family, whose head, Constantine, has recently led his neighbours onto a nearby white farm, to squat and plant crops.
A lifelong member of the ruling party, he wants action, not more promises.
But the occupation does not last long. The government knows all too well that mass protest can turn against it, and the authorities call in the police.
As Constantine and his supporters are taken off to jail, the land they have sown with their own maze, is replanted with tobacco.
Due to the economic crisis, discontent with the government's rule is greater than ever before, and uncertainty in the countryside is likely to create more instability.
"When is it going to be alright to buy a farm and actually develop the farm. Now there's got to be a time when I'm just perceived as a Zimbabwean," he says
That time, however, will only come when black Zimbabweans are satisfied that more of their land belongs to them.