Nearly 200 hundred people chanted in unison, “Hondo!”—an African word for war. They had come to claim the land by force.
They carried sticks and pangas, an African machete frequently used for cutting bamboo and small trees. Some carried guns. Their claim to the land came from the president of Zimbabwe himself, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, who has promised to seize the land of white farmers and distribute it to the black population of Zimbabwe.