Land reform irreversible: ED

Land reform irreversible: ED

Source: Land reform irreversible: ED | Daily News

HARARE – President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said the country will not return land seized from former white commercial farmers almost two decades ago.

“It is now behind us, it is irreversible,” Mnangagwa said in a speech to mark Heroes Day commemorations at the National Heroes Acre in central Zimbabwe, broadcast on television.

He said “the land reform programme was one of the fruits of the liberation struggle” and since it is “now behind us, it is irreversible.” He said “the task ahead is to fully utilise the land to increase agricultural production.”

Zimbabwe embarked on a violent land reform programme in 2000, taking over white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks.

Thousands of white farmers were forced off their land by mobs or evicted, with Mugabe saying the reforms would help black people marginalised under British colonial rule.

Critics blame the land redistribution for the collapse in agricultural production that saw the former regional breadbasket become a perennial food importer.

The government has indicated it will issue 99-year bankable leases to beneficiaries of land reform and Mnangagwa on Saturday said land owners must be more productive.

“Our land must be productive. We must mechanise and modernise our agriculture,” he said, adding that the land reforms were “irreversible”.

He said: “Let us move forward with the same determination and single mind, after all we share the same dream for the country.”

He said his government’s top priority was to revive the ailing economy.

It was the first Heroes commemorations since independence in 1980 that did not feature the former 94-year-old ruler, Robert Mugabe, who was forced to step down after the military seized power last November in a soft coup.

The new leader of the ruling Zanu PF party, who secured a marginal victory in the July 30 presidential elections, polling 2,46 million votes against 2,15 million for 40-year-old opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, presided over yesterday’s celebrations, also attended by his two deputies Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi, who was walking with the aid of crutches.

The minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Obert Mpofu, was the director of Ceremonies.

The second Monday of August is reserved for National Heroes’ Day, to remember those who fought and perished in the struggle for independence from British colonial rule. The heroes of the nation are honoured every year at the national shrine, where some of the soldiers from the revolution are buried.

People laid down wreaths on their grave sites, and Mnangagwa also paid his respects.

“This day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the role played by our national heroes of the liberation struggle. We remember the sacrifice of the sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who died for the country, we remember their great sacrifice for our freedom and independence,” Mnangagwa said.

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    Ndebele 2 years ago

    This is fantastic news. Like the 20 000 civilians murdered by Mugabe, ED, Shiri and Chiwenga – it is all irreversible. the good thing for Zanu is that they all dead and buried – just like the Zanu looting of farm equipment and the murder of people both black and white – it is all behind us until Zanu need another feel good genocide? I wonder who will be next – it seems that it might be Biti and the MDC, Mrs. Giggling British High Commissioner? Shooting six civilians in Harare was just a starter to satisfy the craving of wholesale murder – and then how many hundreds of MDC or perceived MDC supporters have been beaten since the rigged election results? Any questions about Zanu – I suggest the Giggling High Commissioner has a chat with Dabengwa and ZAPU?

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    Former farmer 2 years ago

    And so will the economy remain irreversible.
    Zimbabwe needs commercial agriculture to maintain an economy. Pre 2000 70% of Zimbabwes economy relied on agriculture.
    Give back all farms that were bought with certificates of no present interest. We had you blessing to purchase them, now stick to your word and the law of the day.

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      Ndebele 2 years ago

      Zimbabwe is blessed with a special band of politicians at the top. ED the Rigging President Elect has been murdering civilians for over 50 years – ask him what they did to Mr. Oberholzer in Chimanimani in the early 1960’s. Chiwenga has actually praised ED for this murder by stating that it was with ED’s bare hands with a knife. Now we have a whole team of ED worshippers thinking that this heroic act – carried out in front of the victims’s wife and children – is going to be celebrated in the USA and around the world. We need to remember that its the Giggling British who think that this is funny – not the rest of the world. It was Dear Boris Johnson who backed the Operation Restore Legacy – that has now created an Illegitiate ED and an illegitimate Election.
      Good old Boris might call it Restore Legacy – bur the rest of the world call it a Coup. But, there is no Coup like a British Coup to endorse a 20 000 Genocide that Her Majesty gave Robert a Knighthood for? Zanu = Britain = support for Gukuruhundi Genocide = Concenrtarion Camps for 25 000 Boer Women and children deaths. Is this the future of Zimbabwe? We shal see Mrs. Giggling British High Commissioner to Zimbabwe?

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    So all that we stole lets forget about and start again – kindergarten thinking comrades

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    Doris 2 years ago

    So confirm this…..no land will be returned to the white commercial farmer? Correct? But confirm that any South African white can take over land on multiple farms purely because the banks are owed a debt created by the so-called “new black farmer”?

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    Fellow readers and commenters,
    There is no point in trying to make sense of a stupid vote buying decision taken by our brave and fearless leaders 18 years ago!
    Whilst born zimbabweans may not farm, you will notice that Chinese, Russian, Libyan and whatever other nationality including the South Africans can do so with no problem.
    Britain have never really been that kind to Rhodesia or Zimbabwe, unless it was of necessity to them. The Brits foisted Mugabe on Zimbabwe and we lived with their stupid decision for a very long time, until the military got pissed off with him and his avaricious wife and then we all, celebrated together for once. What a day that was!
    Next election, the same army who celebrated with us poor long suffering Zimbabweans, who hailed them as heroes, I might add, then turn on us again
    What did we all do so bad in a former life to deserve this treatment? We must have seriously bad karma!

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    Former farmer 2 years ago

    The white Zimbabweans have always been a pawn in the zim political arena. It is far to easy to label a white racist and to be racist toward him with impunity. That is why the land was taken and whites and their employees murdered while the world turned a blind eye. Just imagine the furore if britain was to tell every black person to move out their houses to make way for the homeless.
    Imagine the uproar if third generation british born blacks had their passports endorsed alien, get it is ok for racist black governments to do the same.
    Lets now wait for the comments calling me racist.

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      Doris 2 years ago

      No former farmer you are a realist. We are now suffering from Reverse Racism. You know that one? It’s the one where the outside world makes excuses for people’s with a black skin who hate whites with a passion.