Vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has admitted that he subverted the fast-track land reform programme to keep white commercial farmers on the land.
Mnangagwa was speaking at the funeral of Elena Coetzee, wife of Kwekwe farmer Neville Coetzee.
Mnangagwa told an audience of white farmers and farm workers in Kwekwe that Neville Coetzee was regularly at his door at the height of farm invasions to beg for protection from marauding war veterans. Mnangagwa said he had kept it a secret that he was helping the farmers stay on their land.
The revelation drew the ire die hard Zanu PF supporters and war veterans who accused Mnangagwa of trying to appease Western governments and gain their support for his bid to succeed ailing president Robert Mugabe.
Mnangagwa however brushed aside the criticism, saying he was not racist as perceived by many. He told the mourners that at independence, he helped the white policemen who had tortured him under Rhodesia to get promoted.
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