We'll Be Getting Out As Cheaply As Possible

I had a few inconsequential dealings with the British High Commissioner, during our sojourn in Gabs. I knew he was involved with the political changes that were being negotiated regarding the future of Zimbabwe, as were all the British High Commissioners of ‘Frontline States’. I once asked him the extent of a British Aid programme that would follow the elections and the advent of a majority government in Zim.

A look of abject horror crossed his face and he said abruptly, “We’ll be getting out as cheaply as possible.”

I don’t know what aid has been given to Zim since 1980. I do know that Mugabe insisted on any controlling any funds intended for the acquisition of land owned by white farmers. No money has ever been paid to any white farmer as compensation for the loss of their property.

Guy Hallowes