CFU seeks to halt fresh land evictions

HARARE - The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) yesterday said it was seeking an urgent meeting with Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora over renewed government threats to evict the few remaining white commercial farmers in Zimbabwe.

Hendrik Olivier, the CFU director, told the Daily News yesterday that his organisation was concerned with statements pronounced by government ministers in recent days.

“We are studying the situation on what is happening and we are seeking a meeting with minister Mombeshora to understand what is being said by top government officials about the threat to evict us,” Olivier said.

He said they were awaiting a response from Mombeshora.

He said the CFU membership countrywide had dwindled to 300 from 4 500 before the advent of land programme in 2000. 

Olivier was responding to statements by Joel Biggie Matiza, State minister for Mashonaland East, who announced government’s intention to press ahead with plans to seize Zimbabwe’s remaining white-owned commercial farms.

“The white farmers who are carrying out farming activities on gazetted land will not be tolerated as it is illegal in terms of the laws of the country,” Matiza said. “Farms that exceed the recommended sizes will also be down-sized starting February so that their sizes comply with government legal requirement on maximum size.”

Matiza was speaking in Marondera during the hand-over of A2 offer letters to 19 of the province’s 33 chiefs.

Matiza said only white commercial farmers into dairy farming and cattle breeding or those who openly support Zanu PF will be spared.

Mombeshora also backed Matiza’s statement.

“We are not racists because there are whites who are here because they have complied with our policies in line with the president’s expectations to spare those into breeding and dairy farming,” Mombeshora said.

Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa last Saturday also announced that government will soon intensify the land grab targeting the few remaining white farmers.

“Those with multiple farms, we will take them, the few whites on farms, we will look into that and those with big farms, we will cut to size,” Mnangagwa told Zanu PF supporters in his Chirimanzu-Zibagwe constituency.


Comments (1)

Zanu pf louts are rabid ethnic cleansing kleptomaniacs. Notice that BIPPA's are forgotten. Another joke is that Chinamasa whilst in South Africa with his begging bowl he claimed that Zanu pf was going to pay dispossessed farmers and property owners compensation. As usual - these orifices will lie to anyone and all.

Admore Shekede - 23 January 2015

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