Govt to spare a few white farmers: Mnangagwa

via Govt to spare a few white farmers: Mnangagwa – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 8, 2015

MASVINGO — Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said Zanu PF will spare some few white farmers who were identified in the country’s 10 provinces as eligible for exemption from land grabs, contradicting his boss, President Robert Mugabe, who last year said all white farmers must go.

By Tatenda Chitagu

Mugabe made the remarks at the launch of the A1 Model Settlement Tenure Permits in Mashonaland West province last year.

“We say no to whites owning our land and they should go. Don’t be too kind to white farmers. Land is yours, not theirs,” he said then.

But an upbeat Mnangagwa sang a different tune yesterday when he addressed party supporters at a rally in Mucheke Stadium soon after the enshrinement of a train station which is set to be turned into a national monument where he bombed a locomotive in 1962.

“There are pockets of farms here and there which are still in the hands of white farmers because people supposed to take them did not take them,” Mnangagwa said.

“But we will repossess those farms which were not taken, except for a few whites who were identified by the provinces as eligible for exemption. We will give them offer letters.”

He added that the government would not apply its controversial indigenisation policy in some sectors.
“When it comes to indigenisation, we can discuss case by case, sector by sector, but it (indigenisation policy) remains paramount,” he said.

The indigenisation policy has been blamed for blocking the much-needed foreign investment in the country while the farm seizures are blamed for the food shortage that has resulted in Zimbabwe importing maize which it used to export, as well as the collapse of the country’s economy in 2007-8, which was agro-based.

Mnangagwa said the government has started looking for additional supplies of maize as the current reserves would not be sufficient to feed the whole country following drought that has ravaged most parts of the country this year.


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    I despair! Why do Zimbabweans accept this type of nonsense? Is every Zimbabwean a racist thief?

    These damned bandits are beyond belief but then I despair for the farmers too, who accept this racist nonsense. That is why so many (maybe most?) productive people both black and white have left the country.

    If some goon told me I was “allowed” to keep what I built I’d tell him to get stuffed.

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    Nyoni 7 years ago

    Blaa bla bla. They are the only ones producing right now you clown of a terrorist. Degrees in violence nothing else. Your hatred is so ugly that you now look like a walking zombie. Very ugly!

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    give the Honourable VP a fighting chance,strong leadership is required especially in the face of chaos reigning in some countries who have totally lost their way causing untold suffering, death and destruction in the name of some distorted religions, beliefs.Disrespect and uncalled for name calling of leadership must be frowned upon. instead we have to accept that we r where we are and we have to have the courage to find constructive solutions to current difficulties, enough of hate and negativity, that way leadership will know to work at earning the respect they get.come on people!

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    chimusoro 7 years ago

    Good thinking comrade! When they have huge crops and infrastructure then we grab it. The land is OURS!

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    DinoD 7 years ago

    Chimusoro you donut that is such a silly comment, but sadly the way most people have thought through the years while all around them the infrastructure and economy has fallen apart.

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    Michael 7 years ago

    They will save some white farmers on the basis of who have paid adequate bribes to Mugabe and his cronies so as to retain their ownership and who have contributed enough money to ZANU-PF – thus paying for the retention of their farms to a corrupt government.

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    torai hupfumi 7 years ago

    You still need more farms for grabbing not possesing please may you spare those few who are still employed keep their jobs on those farms i pray to you land grabbers pliz. lets stop this rubbish start rebuilding not to continue disturbing a few who have kept a few at work. please magandaga ngatimbomirai mweya wehondo wokuparadza chokwadi toita mweya wekuvaka ZIMBABWE

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    So sad that such racial hatred has totally blinded them to the fact that what they have done and are doing is destroying the country they are living in.
    The problem is not “the whites” it is the dark hole of hate that exists in our hearts that needs to be dealt with.
    Retribution and revenge will never satisfy. We need to forgive, celebrate our differences and work on loving our neighbor and not destroying our neighbor.