Gvt to repossess farms from land lessors

via Gvt to repossess farms from land lessors Sunday, 27 October 2013 Sunday Mail

Government intends to repossess all farms  being leased to former white commercial farmers by some beneficiaries of the country’s hugely successful land reform programme.

There are indications that some new farmers are sub-leasing their plots to former white farmers who undertake to pay for the lease with a percentage of the annual income they get from using the land in question.

Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora last week disclosed that his ministry was looking into the issue and was quick to highlight that the sub-letting of State land to former commercial farmers was illegal and against Government policy.

“There have been reports reaching our offices that a number of beneficiaries of the land reform programme are currently doing some form of combined farming with white farmers who were ejected from those farms during the land reform exercise,” he said.

“We do not have the exact number of the beneficiaries who are sub-letting their land at the moment, but what I can tell you is that this is something happening in all the provinces countrywide.

“As we speak we have ordered all our chief land officers countrywide to compile the names of those engaged in these so-called sub-letting deals. After that exercise we as the ministry will move in the identified areas and repossess the land since these beneficiaries are violating Government-stipulated policies,” said Dr Mombeshora.

Dr Mombeshora also revealed that his ministry has also ordered provincial land committees around the country to list down the names of people who have settled on State land without offer letters.

“We have established that the current on-going land disruptions were a result of people moving onto a piece of land without offer letters. This is a matter we are closely looking into.

“People should not move onto a piece of land without the nod from Government. Hence, we expect to address these land disruptions by giving people offer letters which give them security to settle without disruptions from any individual,” he said.

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    Washumba 7 years ago

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    Nyoni 7 years ago

    Look whats the problem. If they are producing let them. Why not give them leases after all they are Zimbabweans to.

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    Quite right! Kick those super productive white farmers off the land that they are paying to use and give it to someone who voted “correctly,” even if he has never farmed before this. We must protect our sovereignty, even if it means that our people starve! That’s the ZANU-PF way!

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    Doris 7 years ago

    Excuse me? You mean you don’t approve of a black farmer employing a white farmer? Why? Isn’t it called ” progress.?” So maybe the SADC Tribunal was right in their ruling that anything to do with land and farming is being dealt with by Zanu as racist.

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    Why would you want to produce your own food when the benevolent USA will feed your people till the end o time at no expense to yourself.

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    gammatox 7 years ago

    This small boy Douglas Mombeshora is trying to get political relevance by pushing for a silly agenda.The produce that the white farmer produces will benefit zimbabwe.Isnt you set the producer price yourselves.

    why muchingoda mbiri yechigandanga pachisingadiwe.So all you want is idle land .You should be happy coz there will be increased production.

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    Nyoni 7 years ago

    Being brainwashed to this extent does show that Zimbabwe will never progress under Zanu and its fools.

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    William Doctor 7 years ago

    Food aid should be stopped. This is one of the most racist Governments in the modern world.

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    Tjingababili 7 years ago

    The white farmer in Zambia came from Zimbabwe! Ha ha ha! Fools,fools!

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    Tjingababili 7 years ago

    My Kalanga land was stolen by the NEW MAKHIWAS! ,WE, THE baKALANGA, HAVE NO LAND! Why did we go to war!!!!Koogwiwa bakaMatjinyiwa tjose!

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    T plus 7 years ago

    there is absolutely no problem to that! I actualy like seeing the black and white working together,…like the spirit that was at independence and a few years after,you could see white and black soldiers parading together,oohh! How lovely and encouraging it was

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    T plus 7 years ago

    …bt these guys thinking really amazes me! For how long are we going to continue importing grain; grain ! Which is produced in so much quantity in Germany that they use it to feed livestock,but we fail to grow enough for our own consumption,how long,and what will it take for us to leave these racial lines and work together for the benefit of Zimboland

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    only shows land was given to the non-deserving in the first place. instead of disrupting farming just give whoever is currently using the land ownership.

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    Mafuta 7 years ago

    Didn’t Savior Kasukwere say not even a year ago the longing of his heart is to have a white gardener? I wonder if he has a white farmer?