Children aged 10 given farms, audit shows

via Children aged 10 given farms, audit shows. newzimbabwe.com 10 June 2014

AN audit of Zimbabwe’s controversial land reforms has revealed that children as young as ten were allocated farms seized from whites, state media reported on Tuesday.

The audit found that policy regulations had been flouted by some people who acquired more than one farm and registered them in their children’s names.

“You know our policy. We do not give somebody land who is less than 21 years, but we are getting people with 10 years, 12 years,” The Herald newspaper quoted Lands and Resettlement Minister Douglas Mombeshora as saying.

He said the fraudulent allocations came to light during an interim audit to determine farm ownership and productivity on the farmland.

“Some people acquired farms on behalf of their children,” Mombeshora said.

He said the interim audit involved checking the ministry’s farm register against names at the registrar-general’s office and that the revelations “explain why some plots are vacant.”

President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party launched the land reforms in 2000, taking over white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks.

Food shortages

Mugabe said then the reforms were meant to correct colonial land ownership imbalances.

The land seizures were often violent, claiming the lives of several white farmers during clashes with veterans of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation struggle.

Critics of the reforms have blamed the programme for low production on the farms as the majority of the beneficiaries lacked the means and skills to work the land.

Zimbabwe was a net food exporter before 2000 but now faces food shortages and relies on imports from neighbouring countries.

Mugabe and his wife reportedly own more than one farm, while government land policy limits ownership to one farm.

Mombeshora said the government needs $35m for a full audit of the land reform programme.

 

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12 comments on “Children aged 10 given farms, audit shows
  1. Roving Ambassador says:

    Lots of hot air. Why don’t you name the parents involved. After all noon have title deeds.
    Much ado about nothing.

  2. Wilbert Mukori says:

    “You know our policy. We do not give somebody land who is less than 21 years, but we are getting people with 10 years, 12 years,” The Herald newspaper quoted Lands and Resettlement Minister Douglas Mombeshora as saying.

    Well that is not surprising for we are dealing here with a regime so corrupt and shameless that nothing was too dirty or outrageous for them. When the regime finally collapse, which is happening already, and the truth is known the whole nation and world will know what absolute power, corruption and greed can do to feeble minded mortals like these Zanu PF thugs!

  3. Chaka says:

    They do not know that soon they will be exposed.

  4. Bambazonke says:

    And what about the chef that stole from FARMS about 10 of them in the Chegutu area and finally settled with a cell phone in Harare directing a mining operation on that export farm !!!! Farm audit my ass it’s blowing smoke up the EU so they can support the Pf

  5. zanupf fear me says:

    That’s why we say the day of reckoning for zanoids will include family n relatives even luxuriating abroad for there will be no hiding place for

  6. nyoni says:

    The time is near for our redemption. CHIKURUBI IS WAITING FOR ALL ZANU THUGS!

  7. Mahlaba says:

    They will blame Jono on this expose. Same like the ZBC and cashbert sagas

  8. Charles Chamunorwa says:

    If the law was flouted arrest the culprits Minister. Don’t talk-ACT

  9. Rwendo says:

    “Mombeshora said the government needs $35m for a full audit of the land reform programme.”

    The gift that keeps on giving.

  10. todd says:

    TZ president Jacob Ngarivhume has been arrested by state security agents and is currently detained at Chimanimani police station

  11. Percy Malunga says:

    Sometime in the year 2000, The late Snr AssCom Chang Ara, AssCom Kazi N cube,myself and eight other Police officers visited a farm in Mhangura with intend to poach a kudu and later sell the meat at a music gala in Kariba meant for Police Boarding school fund raising. The farm belonged to a nine gear old daughter of the late Kumbirayi Kangai. No Kudu was found and instead Changara shot dead a small animal and the Parks officials heard the shots and approached us. The case wentry nowhere.

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