Oromia-Ethiopia: Zenawi – Land in Highlands (Abyssinia) off Limits, in Lowlands Up for Grabs
The following video clip is from the World Economic Forum on Africa, which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on May 6, 2010. At the conference, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Mr. Meles Zenawi, outlined his regime’s land policy.
Here he talks about how land in the highlands (Abyssinia) is off limits while land in the lowlands is up for grabs, and vowed to continue to hand over land in the lowlands to foreign “investors.” These foreign “investors” are actually foreign governments buying land in corruption-plagued Ethiopia and shipping the grains farmed there into their respective countries, a modern-day gebbar system (serfdom), where the feudal lords are now foreign governments and the corrupted Ethiopian government officials. Peasants in the lowlands will now become day laborers on a dime per day wages on farms owned by foreign “investors” – equivalent to becoming modern-day plantation slaves.