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Zimbabwe Security Chief Put In Charge of Land Reform

Zimbabwe's state-run media report President Robert Mugabe has appointed the country's minister for state security to oversee the nation's controversial land reform program.

The Herald newspaper says Didymus Mutasa will work closely with the president in overseeing all matters relating to the distribution and settlement of land under the National Land Reform Program.

The report says the current Minister of Special Affairs for Lands and Resettlement Flora Buka would assist Mr. Mutasa but that Mr. Buka's new role has been adjusted to stress "field-based" monitoring of land reform.

The program involved seizing white-owned farms and turning them over to landless blacks.

Some information for this report provided by Herald online and AP.