Zimbabwe willing to compensate white farmers, no money to pay

via Zimbabwe willing to compensate white farmers May 20, 2014 NewsDay

INFORMATION, Media and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo yesterday said government was willing to compensate white farmers who were displaced during the land reform programme in 2000, but currently had no money for such an exercise.

According to officials, Moyo said to Danish ambassador to Zimbabwe Erik Brogger Rasmussen at his Munhumutapa Building offices that government was willing to offer compensation for immovable properties.

“Minister Moyo told the Danish ambassador that Zimbabwe was willing to compensate white farmers on immovable properties if Denmark can mediate the deal with other Western countries to fund the exercise through developmental organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme,” the official, who attended the meeting, said.

Denmark, a long-time ally of Zimbabwe, broke ranks with the country in 2002 over the land reform programme.

The Nordic country only resumed diplomatic relations with Zimbabwe last year.

“Minister Moyo told the Danish envoy that he was disappointed that Denmark decided to side with the other European countries over the land issue when the country hoped that it would intermediate to end the rift due to the close ties between the two nations,” the official added.

The official said Moyo told the envoy that he hoped Denmark would become an honest broker and persuade the other countries that do not want to be seen as directly interacting with Zimbabwe to use the developmental agencies to raise money to compensate the white farmers and support agriculture.

Addressing the media after his meeting with Moyo, Rasmussen only said his country was willing to re-engage with Zimbabwe.

 

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30 comments on “Zimbabwe willing to compensate white farmers, no money to pay
  1. andy says:

    So these thugs steal the properties then expect foreign countries to pay the owners for their loss. These clowns are the laughing stock of the world. R.I.P. Ids

  2. Roving Ambassador says:

    A lot of hogwash. They just want the money. They were given money by the British for farm acquisitions, they could not account for it and the British stopped the funding. Bob was cross because he thought he was being treated like a child. Which he was.
    Now they want to do the same trick. The farmers will never get the money.
    Moyo you are are in it deep with these crooks.
    ZANU cannot be trusted.
    Its it is a big mistake to give them an ear.

  3. Heighho says:

    The farmers should take action to attach govt property but do it quickly as the number of creditors is growing rapidly

    • Doris says:

      Tried that in Cape Town you remember? Government covered their sorry asses by paying up – BUT that meant that they admitted they were wrong. Flog off a few diamonds why dontcha and re-direct the earnings to the farmers. But why only moveable assets? What about all the equipment, personal belongings etc. that were also stolen? Oh, silly me, I must ask the so-called “bigwig” for the moneys for that – and also for the crop in the ground that was reaped and sold.

  4. Rwendo says:

    First we had Mutsvangwa appealing to France to mediate with British. Now Moyo asks the Danish to mediate with other EU countries. Yesterday it was ‘ Look East’ and ‘the West can go to hell.’

    It is disconcerting to belong to the same species, let alone the same country as some of these characters. I doubt they still remember who they once were or how they started.

  5. Petal says:

    Moyo is not telling the truth the same lies like his Boss Bob
    all Moyo and the other cronies like Bob want is to put their sticky long fingers in any money that will be given.
    Moyo seems to be holding the farmers to ransom. Feel sorry for these farmers because they have suffered alot the farmers should try to attache Govt. property and as Roving Ambassador mentions the farmers will not get the money not when these thieving people are receiving it .

    How is Bob flying here and there and he is claiming they have no money to pay the farmers?

  6. mark longhurst says:

    Moyo ,you r a liar and you have been talking out your rrrse now for a long time….nobody believes you

  7. kelly says:

    Ha ha ha, how about these farmers receiving these cheques directly from the source and whilst we are at it ,these well wishing donors should not forget our other striving black population and in all fairness for once let the government keep their paws from these NGO community projects THEN we will know the government means business.
    just a thought!!! of course I know they wont let that happen

  8. Chaka says:

    Denmark beware whom u r dealing with, a bunch of crooks

  9. LUCY says:

    Nearly cracked a rib with laughter.!! I knew there had to be a catch somewhere

    So Jonso says to the Danes We will pay up but YOU find the money for us to pay YOU (farmers)!

    What arzehuuuuul!

  10. mike paterson says:

    From his comments I very much doubt that Moyo is really a Professor.

  11. E Makhate says:

    Britain gave Mugabe 33M British Pounds to buy farms. Where did that money go to?

  12. RR says:

    Remember the first white farmer to be murdered during the initial farm invasions, David Stevens. He was married to a Danish girl who was lucky to escape with her life. That is why, Moyo, you imbecile, the Danish Government did not and does not support murder and the theft of other people’s land and property.

  13. harper says:

    By chance I was in a Conference in Copenhagen when the news came through that a Danish owned farm in Zimbabwe had been invaded. During the coffee break I listened to the shock and horror that this news caused and had a quiet chuckle. As I was representing the UK Department of Trade at the conference I had to keep my mouth shut.

  14. munzwa says:

    so if they admit there should be compensation but want someone else to pay for it let the donors and farmers negotiate without govt. interference…

  15. JOHNSON says:

    YOU CAN ONLY GIVE WHAT YOU HAVE MR JONA MOYO. NEGOTIATE AND OFFER THEN LAND FOR THEIR BUSINESS. THERE IS PLENTY OF IT AROUND. WHY STRESS WHEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING IN HAND? WHEN YOU DO THAT THEY KNOW YOU ARE SINCERE. AT THE MOMENT ZPF IS SUFFERING FROM CREDIBILITY PROBLEMS SO THEY NEED TO SPRUCE UP AND SHOW THE WORLD THAT THEY MEAN BUSINESS BY MAKING EFFORTS TO DO WHAT THEY FEEL IS GOOD. THERE ARE CHEAPER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE WAYS OF REENGAGING THE WHITE FARMERS, SIR. JUST ASK AND YOU CAN GET A HUGE BOUQUET OF OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM. GOODDAY HONOURABLE MINISTER, SIR.

  16. Jrr56 says:

    Strange it is Moyo doing the job of a foreign minister and reporting on it himself? Moyo the diplomat, Man of Peace and justice. Moyo the man with a plan while all in government flounder (even though his ideas are juvenile – Pay to others for things I stole). Moyo the man exposing corruption, Name and Shame them.
    I smell a plot from the conniving serial liar!

  17. Netsai says:

    Compensate the commercial farmers, YES. And, in tandem, the desperate half million black labourers and their families who lost even their mattresses and were reduced to sleeping rough and eating berries to survive. Moyo and all chefs, you damned hypocrites… the sooner you get a taste of that, the better.

  18. Nkiwane (M'kiwa) says:

    The greatest trick the Devil ever played was to convince the world he didn’t exist.

    The greatest trick Mugabe ever played was to convince the world that there is a shortage of land.

    Drive through Zimbabwe – there is PLENTY of land for everyone.

  19. masvukupete says:

    Everyone needs to be compensated for we have all lost a lifetime. Why should the white farmer be compensated they were part of the problem for not sharing the excessive land they had at their disposal. The white farmers should be given some of the land back for “utilisation” but monetary compensation is out of the question. We all need to start afresh hopefully when the ZANU outfit is out of the picture.

  20. phys says:

    So true Netsai. Compensate the millions of black Zimbabwens who lost everything in the land grab, along with the commercial farmers who fed this country. Does the world care that Bob The Sod destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives – including his own people. Zanupf you and you evil bunch of goons make us all sick.

  21. Mugagao says:

    “Minister Moyo told the Danish envoy that he was disappointed that Denmark decided to side with the other European countries over the land issue when the country hoped that it would intermediate to end the rift due to the close ties between the two nations,” . What it means prof is that Denmark values its relations and ties with Europe more than with this rogue regime. Haven’t you heard thatthere are no permanent friens but interests. The problem with Zim is that we think we are the only friend of some countries like China, not realising that these countries are friends with many other countries other than us. Look, we crafted Zimasset on the basis of hoping to get funding from China, our so-called all-weather friend and where is the money now. We have to compete with other nations. Zvasiya nesloan yenyu yokuti tinofanira kukutongai kusvika mazizi amera nyanga nokuti tisu takakusunungurai izvi

  22. former farmer says:

    The only positive here is that these crooks now admit they are wrong.

    But, Moyo is still playing the old tune, WE WILL ONLY PAY FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS and not the land, just, he now acts educated and calls it immovable assets.

    The CFU have a deal (which is also not acceptable) to pay us in a broke governments bonds.

    The reality is we have won our cases in the Hague, US, Sadcc and South African courts / tribunals and in every case the award is for full compensation. The problem is it has now got too big a payout owing to the interest charges levied and unaffordable to the country or any multitude of donors.

    The solution is to give the farms back.

    The advantages will be the restoration of property values, national wealth, employment creation, surplus food exports and an economy.

    To achieve this we firstly need our president to mean what he says and respect the right to own property by all. We will also need the international community ( where the Danes can help) to offer a rescue package that will compensate the former farmers – white and black – for losses and damaged incurred in this disastrous land grab exercise. This will give the capital needed to get these farms working again. It does not have to be much – US$1 million each farmer ( Not farm ). Much cheaper than the euro720 000 awarded with 10% interest compounded every 6 months since 2003.

    The CFU are no longer the body representing the farmers as they are only representing the farmers still paying subs. They have ignored those who have been forced to leave the country.

  23. DubboZimbo says:

    Hahaha Moyo must be getting desperate to try to sell that yarn, although I’d like to watch the Danes get robbed blind by their tame terrs.

  24. Fisal Greenland says:

    Dont fall into this well used ZANU ploy to raise funds. They will spend the money on their other shortfalls like Salaries and once again the Farmers will get nothing. I suggest if they want to compensate the Farmers it is dont directly from Doner to Farmer and not anywhere near sticky ZANU hands

  25. mujibha says:

    The best compensetion, give those farms to those people who knows how to farm and feed the nation. Not u corrupt idiots

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