Msipa compensated white farmer: Machaya

The late national hero and former Midlands governor, Cephas Msipa lived a modest life and believed in fairness such that he paid compensation to the white farmer, whose land he occupied during the land reform programme, Midlands provincial affairs minister, Jason Machaya has revealed.

Source: Msipa compensated white farmer: Machaya – NewsDay Zimbabwe October 22, 2016

BY Stephen Chadenga

Msipa took over Cheshire, a commercial dairy farm, 10km on the outskirts of Gweru along Matobo Road from Graham Ingle in 2005.

The farmer also produced flowers and passion fruit for export at the 2 100-hectare farm.

Machaya said at first Msipa owned a small farm in Zvishavane and it was the Zanu PF leadership in the province, which persuaded him to acquire a better farm (Cheshire).

“We told him (Msipa) that the farm along Matobo Road was near Gweru and after work, he could easily access it,” he said yesterday at Msipa’s memorial service at Cecil John Rhodes Primary School grounds in Gweru.

“He (Msipa), at first refused, saying he was comfortable with his small piece of land in Zvishavane and did not want to appear greedy in the eyes of the public. We persuaded him and when he agreed reluctantly, he later called me and said he wanted to compensate the farm owner.”

Machaya said Msipa entered into an agreement with the ex-farm owner and applied for a loan from a bank, which he used to compensate him.

He said when the number of students on the CG Msipa Scholarship Trust increased, the late hero applied to the Local Government ministry for authority to sub-divide part of the farm into residential stands to raise funds for the scholarship.

“He told me that since he could not turn away disadvantaged students, he would not want to burden traditional sponsors like Unki and Mimosa mines and other individuals and had decided to sub-divide the farm into residential stands for sell to raise funds for the scholarship,” he said.

“I asked him if he was not giving away his farm, but he said it did not matter, as it was for a good cause and every cent of that project was channelled towards the scholarship fund.”

In December 2013, during a visit by Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development deputy minister Paddy Zhanda, Msipa defended his position to keep the few white dairy farmers in the province.

“It is in the national interest that I said these dairy farmers should remain on their farms. We don’t have to import milk when we have people who are productive. It does not matter whether one is white or black; what we want is development,” Msipa said then.


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    Matabele abroad 6 years ago

    Thanks for that Jason. Sadly it seems that, true to Zanu politics and politicians you still remain economical with the truth – surprise, surprise! Unconfirmed but very reliable sources to hand advise us that the facts of this case are that Mr. Msipa did in fact pay for the dairy cattle and some of the equipment that Mr. Graham Ingle was press ganged to sell off due to the farm being taken from him at short notice. However, for the record – the land was never paid for.
    It appears that the Title Deeds were never relinquished at any stage because the land was effectively “affirmative shopped” in Zanu speak. Just as the other farms and the diamond mines, and all the other”Zanu affirmative shopping” – they were purchased with the incentive of what we commonly refer to as an AK 47. In some cases the Zanu incentive was fully paid up by Zanu PF with a 7.62 short round – and the fate of David Stevens, Martin Olds, Terry Ford and Allan Dunne remain truly concrete Zanu receipts of that deposit made by Zanu. Of course, for Matabeles this is nothing new – there are another 20 000 Zanu receipts that need to be fully acknowledged by all those international heroes in Zanu, Westminster, Washington, Chatham House, the CFR, the Commonwealth, the UN and The Hague. Yes Jason Machaya, we in the western world, are well versed in the business ethics of your beloved Zanu PF! You can full some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time – but then there are just a few people out there who know the real facts!

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    And if you believe that you’ll believe the rest of the zpf lies.