Mugabe fumes

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday took a swipe at unproductive new farmers, whom he alleged were using outdated farming techniques.

Officially opening the Harare Agricultural Show, Mugabe slammed resettled farmers for using Stone Age farming techniques.

“Tinoda machengeterwo emombe akasiyana neaiitwa nanasekuru vedu (We want to rear cattle in a different way from what our ancestors used to do),” Mugabe said.

“Now people with A2 farms are practising just like my grandparents but they have the knowledge and so many degrees.”

Zimbabwe has been on the edge since 2000, when Mugabe, now 89, ordered the seizure of white-owned farms.

The land seizures were widely seen as a move to bolster his sinking popularity.

White farmers, aid officials and Western diplomats agree that land redistribution was needed to undo colonialism’s legacy in Zimbabwe, where whites made up one percent of the population but owned 70 percent of the most fertile land. FROM P1

But they say the programme’s fast pace and Mugabe’s hardball tactics spawned violence and aggravated the food crisis. Some white farmers were killed during the land redistribution campaign. More than 4 000 were evicted without compensation, according to the Commercial Farmers Union.

Mugabe called on new farmers to “embrace new technologies  in order to empower our agriculture.”

The Zanu PF leader admitted that the country’s livestock production was still stuttering and promised to assist farmers to jump-start the agricultural sector which used to be the mainstay of the economy before the advent of the land reform programme in 2000.

After chiding new farmers for employing archaic methods, Mugabe turned his focus on black farmers leasing out their properties to evicted white farmers.

“Let’s change our methods, zvanezuro zvekuti dai agriculture yafondoka varungu vadzoke tozoratidza mhuri yeZimbabwe kuti hatigone pasina varungu ndezvezvibwasungata zvinoda kuramba zvichiyamwa mazamu anaMrs.
Hatingarambe tichishandira bhunu ratisingazive kuti rakabva kupi. (What was happening in the recent past when some were saying agriculture should collapse in order to prove that blacks are not good farmers so as to bring back white farmers is a wishful thinking by sell-outs. We cannot continue working for the whites),” Mugabe said.

During the tenure of the inclusive government, Zanu PF rejected a land audit amid allegations from the MDC that several top government officials are multiple land owners.

Ex-minister of State in the President’s Office, Didymus Mutasa, who is also Zanu PF administration secretary, has said the three land audits he conducted had confirmed that the poor black masses were the major beneficiaries, not the cronies named in several audit reports; and therefore there was no need for another land audit.

Government did not take up an offer of $31 million from the European Union to bankroll the planned land audit.

The European Commission in Zimbabwe has said the EU was ready to fund an “inclusive, transparent and comprehensive land audit” but said no one had come forward to claim the money.

Fresh from winning an election albeit under controversial circumstances, Mugabe is pushing for yet another black empowerment programme targeting foreign firms similar to the land reform programme.

Mugabe was on cloud nine, boasting of his re-election for yet another term in a disputed poll.

He said he was glad the country had successfully co-hosted the world tourism indaba in Victoria Falls this week.

“The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) which we successfully co-hosted with Zambia showed that nothing is enchanting and enduring as people united in achieving the same goals they have set for themselves,” said Mugabe.

Comments (21)

Why is he trying to force people into farming. They want jobs and a regular income. Is that too difficulty to comprehend?

oliver wkwaMutare - 31 August 2013

Nhai Mwari mambo ko mutisireyi tichitambudzwa ne mbwa inonzi Mugabe? Tatambura kubvira 1980. Hatina zororo nekamunhu aka kanongohukura se mbwa yachembera kachishora varungu vakamufundisa nekumubhadharira chokoro kwa Kutama nekumupa imba yekugara ku Highfields iye asina mari yekuzvivakira yake imba. Mwari titorerei nhubu iyi tapota.

Musona - 31 August 2013

Cde Achimwene, these resettled farmers do not have access to free funds and inputs which are available to you. The blame should rest with you after you authorised the chaotic land reform without proper foresight and resources to support it. Allahu Akbar.

Johnny Wishbone - 31 August 2013

Surely one wonders why Mugabe who claims to have won resoundingly should talk so bitter like a grieved person.It becomes evident that the question of legitimacy with regard to his government will consume him to his grave.

Ndabazezw Viki - 1 September 2013

Mugabe, through mismanagement, corruption and looting has dragged the whole nation politically and economically into the stone age. The only way the nation is ever going to recover is if he goes. He rigged the July elections so that he stays in power and the tyrant, somehow, expects the nation to prosper regardless. How naïve!

Wilbert Mukori - 1 September 2013

ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your beloved family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without talking politics. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars. Very interesting. Go to (USED.CO) not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using to do that (USED.CO) not dot com, it is a very simple idea but a very powerful One, Wake up Africans

wVada - 1 September 2013

Unproductive new farmers are not farmers , they are clueless on how to farm. They have no experience whatsover on how to farm. People were given farms but they do not know what to do with the land. Also these new farmers are very poor people with no money to buy state of art farming equipment. Even if they are given state of art farming equipment, they will probably not know what to do with the machinery because most of them havanakudzidza ( they are uneducated).

Mince Pie - 1 September 2013

Mugabe chased the experienced white farmers from the farms and gave the farms to non productive farmers, who are not farmers, but peasants who do not know how to farm . Mugabe should look in the mirror , and blame the man that he will see in the mirror for giving unexperienced farmers land to farm. Mugabe is to blame for these non productive farmers who are sooooo poor that they are unable to buy modern farming equipment and also these unproductive farmers have no clue of what to do with the land. All they are growing now on their land is grass and lots of it !!!!!

Back Side - 1 September 2013

AND NOW WE IMPORT OUR FOOD FROM THE FARMERS HE KICKED OUT. WHO SAID THIS FOOL WAS EDUCATED? EVERYTHING HE TOUCHES IS DESTROYED STARTING WITH THE COUNTRY IT'SELF.

Peter Macklyn - 1 September 2013

AND NOW WE IMPORT OUR FOOD FROM THE FARMERS HE KICKED OUT. WHO SAID THIS FOOL WAS EDUCATED? EVERYTHING HE TOUCHES IS DESTROYED STARTING WITH THE COUNTRY IT'SELF.

Peter Macklyn - 1 September 2013

It makes sense for a farm to grow tobacco sell and get high returns per hactre then use the proceeds to import maize from subsidised farmers of Zambia. Zvakaipei. Kungwara. Iwe unongofunga zvirinegative zvinoita kuti varungu vako vaurrikuchemera vaite sekuti ndivo vaiita feed the nation. Use cold water to wash and see beyond what your bitter heart takes you to.

naume - 1 September 2013

kana vatema ivava vatadza kurima ivhu ngarigare rakadaro tikarwadziwa nenzara tichadzidza kurima pane kuti ivhu ridzorerwe kuvarungu ndozvatakaramba musi wa31 july uchangopfuura uyu .

tsotso - 2 September 2013

farmers were given farms to farm on, equipment to equip farming and loans to finance farming but @ cross purpose they leased, sold and squandered respectively

chamadhungwaza - 2 September 2013

farmers were given farms to farm on, equipment to equip farming and loans to finance farming but @ cross purpose they leased, sold and squandered respectively

chamadhungwaza - 2 September 2013

vanhu veMDC munotumwa kutaura mashoko asina maturo,asi murikubhadharwa mari yakawanda.Kana makabirwa pamaelection it means makapusa mose,hatitongwe nevanhu vakapusa isu.MURI IMBWA DZEVARUNGU.Stupid people

cobra - 2 September 2013

@Cobra you are a vile person who stole elections and you are not ashamed of being a thief. You knew that MDC T would win fairly but you decided to cheat, you cheated, mbavha dzevanhu, thieves, magororo. You stole elections. Hamunyare!!!!!!!!!!

Spenengwene - 2 September 2013

MaMDSHIT mawe kupedzera shungu dzekurakashwa panyaya dzefarming munofunga zvinobatsireyi? Zvino chero mukagwauta zvinengeyi mabhunu haasi kuzodzoka mumapurazi edu. Imi muchandopihwa naiye tsvangirayi aikunyeperayi kuti iZANUPF irikutsvaga rutsigiro. Makajaidzwa kudya zvamusingaziwe kwazvinobva. Munongoswero wawata nezveminda sekunge yakatorerwa vabereki wenyu seyi? Endayika iko kwavakaenda varungu wenyu mundodya zvavanorima maduche evanhu.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 3 September 2013

@cobra and marcaves just stop barking and start something productive on those farms you stupid idiots. like your uncle bob you are used to stealing without knowing how to make use of what you have stolen.

ATZ - 3 September 2013

cobra urimatuzvi omunhu unofunga nomukosho. wakamama moyo ukasiya madhoti mudumbu. unomusoro usinagotsi sewehuku

john gwati - 5 September 2013

ATZ thank you very much for calling me stupid, idiot and thief. The truth is your hate shall never ever change anything. I am a better person than you, because at least I think on my own as a black person, I know what is right and wrong. I even know why you behave that way. Kana makabiirwa maelections then it shows kuti makafa. tsvangirayi boasted of having his men and women in all sectors and said there is no room for rigging this time, but he is the same person now crying loudily. So what else can we say about you people? You are all a bunch confused persons. Mwari vakuitireyi nyasha muwewo nechiyedza.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 5 September 2013

Some new farmers have been doing really well: Justice Ben Hlatshwayo a few years back is a case in point & what happened to him? Mugabe and Grace grabbed the farm from him! What double standards! Other new farmers were chased away from their farms after investing the little they have access to and the ZANU PF thugs (of which again Mugabe himself and his wife are the main culprits) threw them off tthe farms. Mugabe should just shut up on the land issue he is the number one national thief and land grabber from fellow Black Zimbabweans...so even his race card does not apply. His utterances make for sickening reading. It is sad that all Africans are now complicit in what the nation of Zimbabwe will now continue to suffer at the hands of Robert & Grace Mugabe and his handful of real supporters or fellow thieves ( by endorsing a rigged election). These people are holding an entire nation to ransom and stealing the future of our ture generations. Shame on Africa!

June - 6 September 2013

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