Authorities promise land audit

Source: Authorities promise land audit – The Zimbabwe Independent May 13, 2016

FINANCE minister Patrick Chinamasa and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya have promised the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that government will conduct its long-awaited land audit as part of efforts to re-engage with the international community.

Bernard Mpofu

The government embarked on a chaotic and violent land reform programme from 2000 which resulted in white commercial farmers losing large swathes of land to black Zimbabweans.

The programme, which is still disrupting agriculture, remains an emotive issue amid concerns that President Robert Mugabe and his cronies grabbed many farms for self-aggrandisement despite government’s “one-man-one farm policy”.

According to a letter written to IMF managing director Christine Lagarde last month by Chinamasa and Mangudya, government would compensate farmers who lost land.

“We are moving ahead with land audits to expose any irregularities with the implementation of past land reform. We have submitted to Parliament a bill to establish the Land Commission in line with the Constitution,” reads a letter to Lagarde dated April 14.

“In collaboration with the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme, we started mapping and evaluating farms and devising modalities for compensation. The draft bankable 99-year lease is being finalised and is awaiting submission to cabinet. This will go a long way in providing security of tenure to the beneficiaries of the land reform programme and consequently boost agriculture by facilitating access to financing and investment.”

Last year, the Zimbabwe Independent reported that a proposed US$35 million government land audit had hit a brick wall amid disclosures that Zanu PF bigwigs and securocrats, who are multiple farm holders, were stifling efforts by Lands and Rural Resettlement minister Douglas Mombeshora to carry out the exercise

The land audit is part of the commitments government undertook in its reengagements efforts. Zimbabwe’s relations with the West became frosty after the land grab exercise, while it became ineligible to secure long term financing from multilateral financial institutions.

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    ntaba 6 years ago

    Mugabe, Scoones and Zanu decided to have a new political dispensation in agriculture and then when it failed – just tell real whoppers! Displacing, dispossessing and persecuting about 350 000 families was all deemed to be in the best interests of the people – people are only people if they are Zanu people! A land audit is all well and good – but if Zanu does the Land Audit it will be the same as the Casino Clown Economist doing the money printing. Mugabe is the Casino Clown Political Scientist that the likes of Kissinger and Fraser adored. Now we have a (Professor) Casino Clown Agriculturalist in the mix who is telling all and sundry that their land programme is a resounding success!! Through the tunnel vision lens of a Professor using a telescope backwards, yes.

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    IAN SMITH 6 years ago

    CORRECTION

    The ZANU PF GANGSTER’S embarked on a chaotic and violent land reform program from 2000 which resulted in HIGHLY SKILLED AND EXPERIENCED *LIGHT SKINNED* citizen commercial farmers losing large swathes of land AND EMPLOYING THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS to *DARK SKINNED* FAMILY MEMBERS OF ZANU PF GANGSTERS WITH ZERO COMMERCIAL FARMING KNOWLEDGE OR THE WILL TO GET TO WORK OR EVEN EMPLOY ANY ONE.
    FOR EXAMPLE THE CHIEF GANGSTERS BANKRUPT DAIRY BEYOND DUMB IS TOO POLITE FOR THIS BUNCH OF GANGSTERS, MORONS.
    AS THE ZANU PF GANGSTER’S MOTTO GOES IF WE PUT A MONKEY JUSTI VOTE FOR IT.

    HENCE THIS WAS THE FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN AND TOTAL COLLAPSE OF THE ZIMBABWEAN INFRASTRUCTURE.

    TIME TO PAY TAXES TO THE US GOVERNMENT FOR USING THE $US HAHAHA!!

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    Hornblower 6 years ago

    You can’t ask a mosquitoe to find the cure for malaria… Indiginisation and land invasions were legalized by chinamasa as minister of justice… Now he is re engaging the west….. To coin your own phrase … Go hang !!!

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    Joe Cool 6 years ago

    Zanu PF have promised many people many things, but delivered nothing to anyone (except themselves).

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    Tjingababili 6 years ago

    ISwi BAKALANGA toshaka hango yedu yaka togwa ne mashona! Our people with resources were not given farms. Kowogwiwa mwensi! NDOTUNA NDITI BAKA MATJINYIWA TJOSE!

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    Doris 6 years ago

    Just ask the Title Deed holders who grabbed their farm and save yourself bucks doing the pigging audit. How many more audits will start, then stop cos so many bigwigs then have to be exposed for grabbing up to 15 farms. Check Chegutu first please.