White ex-farmers on cusp of compensation

Source: White ex-farmers on cusp of compensation | The Sunday Mail  June 12, 2016

Livingstone Marufu
GOVERNMENT is finalising compensation for white former commercial farmers as part of measures to bring to finality the Fast-Track Land Reform Programme, a Cabinet minister has said.

Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa told The Sunday Mail that valuations had been done for about 1 400 of the roughly 6 000 farms concerned.

He said the exercise was in terms of the Section 295 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

“What Section 295 of the Constitution is doing is to give Government a contingent liability to pay compensation, but only until evaluations are done,” he said.

“We are not in a position to know how much that quantum is and I would not want discussion of a speculative nature on how much the compensation is going to be.

“So we will not speculate on how much will be paid but that amount will be ascertained once the evaluations have been completed.”

“That can only come about after evaluations are done. What I certainly dissuade everyone from doing is to carry out speculative discussions because we all don’t know.

“We are all in the dark until that exercise is completed.

“From about 6 000 farms which were acquired, around 1 400 farms were evaluated so the exercise now is to ensure that we finish the evaluation of the remainder of the farms.

“We have provided the resources and we want this exercise to be sped up so that we can bring finality to this land reform issue.

“There are two exercises that are being undertaken which are fixing of new boundaries – this is preparatory to issuance of security documents like A1 permits and 99 year lease and this evaluation for compensation.”

Compensation will also be made for acquired farms covered by Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements.

Section 295 of the Constitution says: “(1) Any indigenous Zimbabwean whose agricultural land was acquired by the State . . . is entitled to compensation from the State for the land and any improvements that were made on the land when it was acquired.

“(2) Any person whose agricultural land was acquired by the State … and whose property rights at that time were guaranteed or protected by an agreement concluded by the Government of Zimbabwe with the government of another country, is entitled to compensation from the State for the land and any improvements in accordance with that agreement.

“(3) Any person, other than a person referred to in subsection (1) or (2), whose agricultural land was acquired by the State . . . is entitled to compensation from the State only for improvements that were on the land when it was acquired.

“(4) Compensation payable under subsections (1), (2) and (3) must be assessed and paid in terms of an Act of Parliament.”


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    nelson moyo 6 years ago

    Presumably the clever Finance Minister Chinamasa will pay the farmers in bond notes ?

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    Wow 16 years later! Who even recorded what was on the farm before it was acquired?

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      Doris 6 years ago

      Actually, we did. In great detail. I.e. Serial numbers of every mechanized item including personal household appliances for the three homesteads. Nothing was left out. The question is…..will they pay compensation on that list or on their list which was done after everything had been broken and looted? Our list was lodged with a lawyer and through the CFU from the time the farm was stolen.

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        I am not the one 6 years ago

        Very smart… in a normal country but plse dont hold your breath in anticipation.

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    Yeah they will be paid with bond notes. And three quarter of them don’t even live in Zimbabwe anymore.

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    Real Zimbo 6 years ago

    Very clever Chinamasa it coincides with the bond notes

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    Joe Cool 6 years ago

    Totally misleading as usual – ‘Government is finalising compensation…’. The article then indicates that they are not even nearing ‘finalising’ the AMOUNT of compensation. They are not even going to pay it in bond notes – they are just not going to pay it, but they are keeping that quiet until after the loan they are hoping to get from the IMF. It’s the entire focus of the Zimbabwe government now – the IMF loan. It’s the only ” economic’ plan they have left, and if the IMF tells them it’s not coming, the whole thing will at last collapse. What a pleasure.

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      Farmer 6 years ago

      But if the IMF split the loan up into identified portions and manage the compensation process through a third party…..

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    Johann 6 years ago

    if my maths is correct, it’s taken 16 years to evaluate 1400 farms so the completion of valuation of 6000 will be in the year 2068. That’s just the first step on the road to compensation. Somehow don’t think the bond notes will last that long.

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    Mundawetsine 6 years ago

    Govt will pay? Iwe Chinamasa, I did not get a farm you hear me? I never got your land. Please do not use my tax to pay for a farm you gave to your muzukuru, like you did with the so called farm mechanization naGono wenyu.


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    Fallenz 6 years ago

    Blah, blah, blah… And the scam continues… ya wonder how much time those clowns sit around thinking up bogus press releases that they actually think folks will believe, versus actually doing some work.

    The credibility of any current Zim government financial authority is completely blown. How many more influxed dollars have to disappear into the off-shore accounts of Zim government officials before everyone accepts the fact that it’s all a ruse and nothing more than a den of snakes continuing their bank heist.

    Anyone in the International finance community who would authorize laying out more funds for the snakes to plunder are nothing more than accomplices expecting their own kickbacks. No one is so stupid as to be that naive.

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    C Frizell 6 years ago

    THERE IS NO MONEY. Long and short of it

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    former farmer 6 years ago

    1. Ask Valcon, they have all that information and a valuation of sorts ( I say that as they will not divulge that information to us the title holders).
    2. The constitution and laws of the day ie pre 2000 stand so the matter of the three categories has to be contested.
    3. What does the constitution say on who is what class of Zimbabwean. I consider myself an indigenous Zimbabwean – even though I have a white skin. My parents and grand parents were born there.

    I would rather have the option of my farm back and compensation for the damage done to it. Agriculture is the mainstay of Zimbabwe’s economy. 70% of industries relied on it. 25% of South Africa’s businesses relied on Zimbabwe and look where their rand is now. Under the present arrangements / stewardship the economy is never going to recover. What a shame for a nation that was once so proud.

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    Another peace of lie. Zanu has been a lie since independence. Never waste yo tym following on their lip service.

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    To the minister………..OH bite my BOND

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    It wont be long now, once they try to pay the army, police and civil service in Bond Notes” and they demand real money, it is all going to implode.