"Can I lose weight and support Zimbabwean land reform... at the same time?"
Posted Thu, Jan 1, 2005 at 6:25 pm
Yes! From "'Obesity tourism' is Mugabe's answer to feeding Zimbabwe":
ZIMBABWE has come up with a bizarre proposal to solve the food crisis threatening half its population with starvation. It wants to bring in obese tourists from overseas so that they can shed pounds doing manual labour on land seized from white farmers.I love it how they managed to diss not only Mugabe but Americans. Meanwhile, here's a (no doubt slim) British person who's both white and a supporter of Mugabe:
The so-called Obesity Tourism Strategy was reported last week in The Herald, a government organ whose contents are approved by President Robert Mugabe's powerful information minister, Jonathan Moyo.
Pointing out that more than 1.2 billion people worldwide are officially deemed to be overweight, the article exhorted Zimbabweans to "tap this potential".
"Tourists can provide labour for farms in the hope of shedding weight while enjoying the tourism experience," it said, adding that Americans spent $6 billion a year on "useless" dieting aids.
"Tour organisers may promote this programme internationally and bring in tourists, while agriculturalists can employ the tourists as free farm labour.
"The tourists can then top it all by flaunting their slim bodies on a sun-downer cruise on the Zambezi or surveying the majestic Great Zimbabwe ruins."
The notion that oversized, overpaid Americans could be enticed into paying to spend their holidays working free for those who seized the country's commercial farms illustrates how far the Mugabe regime has descended into a fantasy world...
"In my view, comrade Mugabe is the most important African leader since Nkomo. Under his leadership, he challenged the imperialists," he says, venting his feelings.
His decision to join Zanu-PF stems from the fact that he grew up in leftist politics and the communist party of Britain, having been recruited by Ronnie Kasrils, South African minister of intelligence.
"During my travels I met a Zimbabwean lady. As a communist, there is one party I can belong to in Zimbabwe, that is Zanu-PF.
"I first joined the party in 1989 when I was outside the country in Botswana. I started becoming active again in 1998," says Deddowes.
Born in Birmingham, England, in his 20s Deddowes lived in London and was an active member of the Communist Party of Great Britain and the construction unions...