Land is for all

HARARE - Cases of Zimbabweans — who are not members of Zanu PF but belong to other parties — being evicted or facing eviction from their properties are on the rise.

These incidents debunk claims by the former ruling party that land acquisition and redistribution programme was meant to remedy land disparities created by our colonial past for all to benefit.

There are numerous cases of controversy surrounding land ownership pitting blacks against blacks.

Zimbabweans were under the wrong impression all along that the available land was there for all to share.

But recent events, as illustrated by a Zanu PF councillor in Hurungwe, who grabbed land from an MDC land beneficiary, indicate the farce surrounding the land reform programme.

The incident projects a dimension that is incongruent to the whole purpose of giving land to all that need it.

It reflects deliberate misunderstanding of the programme for selfish gain on the part of the Zanu PF councillor.

Evicting beneficiaries who do not owe allegiance to Zanu PF has turned into some form of punishment for those who resist coercion.

Looking at recent events, it appears Zanu PF supporters are under an illusion that the land distribution programme is solely meant to benefit them and no one else.

More importantly, work-shy Zanu PF supporters have envied the success achieved by those that took up the land with the sole intention of making it productive.

Zimbabwe can best be served by people who put their shoulder to the wheel and make productive use of the land rather than the scoundrels best described as serial harvesters.

Memories are still fresh of misguided Zanu PF youths baring their teeth bidding to eject Tracy Mutinhiri from her farm at the instigation of senior party officials who wanted to punish her for thinking independently and straying off course.

Land now appears to be a special preserve for those who hold Zanu PF party cards or party posts who use political muscle to dispossess others they view as of lesser mettle.

We question the logic behind this warped mentality that has driven Zanu PF Ward 3 councillor in Hurungwe to believe he can wrest land from an MDC beneficiary.

It is rather parochial that the councillor deems it appropriate that only his party members are entitled to land.

Using land ownership as a weapon to cow citizens into joining Zanu PF is the most irresponsible and primitive form of canvassing support.

Eddy Ndlovu is not in his own league as some chiefs have applied the same tactic to intimidate villagers.

They threaten villagers with eviction forgetting that they derive community leadership from the very same people they threaten in all sorts and manner.

It would be a sad day for Zimbabwe if citizen can only enjoy the benefits of God given resources provided they support a particular party.

That is unacceptable.

What if the people like Ndlovu loses power?

Will the Zanu PF councillor surrender the land he occupies simply because there is a change of government?

Will the same councillor expect to walk the mile in the same shoes as the person he is attempting to victimise?

We hope those driving such a silly agenda to dispossess fellow Zimbabweans on the basis of their political preference and inclination see sense and stop the madness.

No one should fool themselves that they have exclusive right to decide who should or who should not enjoy the benefits of natural resources such as land. - Staff Writer

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