“I Would Rather Have My Land Back”. Subaltern Voices and Corporate/State Land Grab in the Save Valley

February 2013
LDPI Working Paper 20 (E. Kushinga Makombe

Includes the land deal and competing land claims, socio-historical context, corporate responsibility or corporate displacement?, Mangoma and “angry villagers”. The case study of Chisumbanje, Zimbabwe, shows how ambiguous land rights emerge historically, particularly over state land, and that these long-running ambiguities come to the fore when land deals are struck. Issues that have lain dormant for decades become the focus for intense contests, which become captured by contemporary interest groups.