Govt to weed out multiple farm owners — minister

via Govt to weed out multiple farm owners — minister | The Herald February 11, 2016

Nyemudzai Kakore Herald Correspondent
Government has introduced a new data system that will curb multiple farm ownership by not allowing anyone who already has multiple farms under A1 or A2 to be allocated another piece of land.

The new database system is being implemented in conjunction with the Registrar-General’s Office and is part of Government strategy to weed out individuals who have multiple farms.

Under this system, data captured from the Registrar’s Office will be used to verify the particulars of allotees to ensure that those who use fake particulars are dealt with.

Addressing students at the Staff College on Challenges on Land and Rural Resettlement in Harare yesterday, Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said the new system is aimed at ensuring that each family is allocated one farm.

“There were indigenous people who had farms with title deeds which they owned but when the fast track land reform started they also went on to get pieces of land under the model A2 and A1. Most of them said they were entitled to free land as Zimbabwean people,” he said.

“We also had people who were allocated land under model A1 first and also got land under model A2 because we did not have a clear database, where we could cross check to see whether the persons had another piece of land.

“We use the identification card and the national identification number at the Registrar’s General Office because the office has a database of everyone. The Registrar General will cross check with our database to make sure that person has not been allocated piece of land anywhere else,”.

He said under the new system, the moment they enter an ID number the system shows whether the person was allocated land or not.

Dr Mombeshora’s sentiments come after Government unearthed irregularities in the allocation of farms during the land reform programme in 2014.

It emerged that some children as young as 10 years of age benefited from the programme.

Under the audit, it was also noted that the land reform programme was marred by double allocation of farms due to a mix up of names.

Dr Mombeshora said they were going to undertake a massive exercise to ensure that they evaluate all the farms.

He said a dispute resolution committee has been set up at national level to deal with disputes arising from the resettled farmers.

“We also have challenges of disputes among resettled farmers. Some of the disputes are related to boundaries and infrastructure because we have not been able to do surveys of all the new plots.

“The Ministry of Finance has agreed to fund the purchase of new equipment to provide the necessary finances to do the survey that by 2018, all the remaining close to 4 600 farms that have not been surveyed would be completed,” he said.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 10
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    This system will not work unless people are asked to produce birth certificates. marriage certificates to curb the registration of these multiple farms in favour of their spouses and children.

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    Tjingababili 6 years ago

    Kalanga land was stolen by the new makhiwas, under the guise of land redistribution. No BaKalanga have farms in Mashonaland. Kowogwiwa mwensi. I know of BaKalanga with resources to utilise their stolen land who dont have farms when lots Mashonas havefarms in BuKalanga.Zwibgwa matuni, mbava dzemahelo!!!

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    If the technology is there to get instant results, then why can’t the government provide an instant voters roll? Nearly three years after the 2013 elections it’s still not available. At the time, we were told that the computer containing it was not working properly. Clearly, there is, and was, more then one copy of the database that can be accessed – because the RG is using it to check on multiple farm owners now!

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    Zvakwana 6 years ago

    Then start with the man at the top!!

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    Doris 6 years ago

    So, the way I read it, even if you have grabbed multiple farms, then that’s o.k. But you won’t be offered another one. Nice hey?

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    mark longhurst 6 years ago

    Murambatsvina no 2…….get rid of evry ‘commercial farmer’ and redistribute to the farm workers that you sacked ,who actually know how to farm

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    planter 6 years ago

    Start with Mugabe he has grabbed 16 farms then Grace follows a close second so between them they have 20 odd farms not including their children………….. go figure oh ya – and they are the best farms

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    Rawboy 6 years ago

    If this wasn’t so sad,it would be extremely funny hey.
    Thing is these guys totally lack in empathy as much as they lack a sense of humour..

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    Rwendo 6 years ago

    After you finish with the “first” family, then proceed to the implementers of this policy. You, minister and the senior staff under you. Then the military, CIO, senior judiciary and police.

    Then, and only then, we might start to take you seriously. Be careful you’re not used to fight faction wars.

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      Onelove 6 years ago

      First pay compensation to original title holders as required under Zimbabwean law…and constitution otherwise you distributing stolen property under your own law….l