No rule of law in Zim: Chinamasa

HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa says land barons are giving him “sleepless nights” as they are raking in millions of dollars in untaxed money so that he now agrees with the notion that “there is no rule of law in Zimbabwe”.

Chinamasa’s remarks follow revelations made in Cabinet last Tuesday that a land baron had amassed close to $57 million in Caledonia through selling residential stands illegally.

It was not immediately clear if government would move to arrest the perpetrator, whose name has not yet been revealed.

The astronomical figure, however, infuriated the Treasury chief who is battling to sustain the country’s astronomical wage bill.

“We don’t want land barons at all by whatever name they masquerade!” Chinamasa thundered during the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between Apex Council, Udcorp and Local Government on Tuesday last week.

“Sometimes they masquerade by using big politicians’ names, some call themselves ‘Amai Sally Mugabe scheme’ when everything underneath is rotten but they use the name to keep away anyone who wants to investigate who will say ahh no zvina Amai Mugabe mukati zvina, (Saviour) Kasukuwere mukati (It has the backing of Mai Mugabe and minister Kasukuwere),” he said.

“No we don’t want that. I said it in Cabinet that when we are accused of having no rule of law, some of it we should introspect. Some of it is correct. When someone just goes to a land that does not belong to him and starts pegging and then selling, it doesn’t matter whether its communal land or municipal land or land acquired under the land reform programme, there is an authority responsible for that land. You cannot do any development let alone sell and make a profit.”

He added: “Some of the figures mentioned in the Cabinet..., it’s a lot of money. Someone made $57 million in Caledonia. When ... Kasukuwere mentioned this it made me think ‘that money is not coming through Treasury.’

“So, there is a lot of money out there which is not being taxed ini ndoshaya hope dzekuti toita sei ivo vamwe varikuba havo, kutotsvaga vanhu vekubira, vanobika (I can’t continue to have sleepless nights when land barons are stealing millions while treasury is broke). No.”

Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere admitted that land barons were not being prosecuted.

“…Chinamasa…you know this issue of using political names, one cooperative called itself Joice Teurairopa Mujuru. When things went south they did not know what to do. So we told them ‘hey you don’t have papers right, so get away from here’. They went quietly,” Kasukuwere said.

Comments (7)

No comment surely!but who are the landbarons-chinamasa&friends.And why wasn't it clear- gvt would soon arrest the perpetrators-are their friends&them.You will never hear it again-really shocking!

addmore gudo - 12 December 2016

Chinamasa is right this country will never prosper because of this people. Rule of law is zero, the law is being applied selectively. Deal with the land barons. Harare South is one of the place where the land barons grabbed the land and sold it where millions of money were made without being taxed. These people quickly donate where the name of the first is mentioned pretending to be patriots they are not. Serious pretenders, hypocrites at the highest order. Remember contributions made at the refurbishment of the HICC, the Mashayamombes and companions, pretenders, they do not like this country. Food for thought.

kenny mtombeni - 12 December 2016

If Comrade Chinamasa is serious with his word, then he should immediately set up a structure to destroy landbarons. This should begin with Belvedere West nera the Heroes Acre where residents are being abused daily by these land barons. They create for example double allocation on one stand and the fearful stand owners then have to pay through the nose to correct the scenerio. The High Court is awash with cases from Belvedere West and yet perpetrators are not even punished. I challenge Minister Chinamasa to come to Belvedere and see for himself. May be he knows the culprits!

Lazarus Kajawu - 12 December 2016


brodney mawire - 12 December 2016

This is cheap ZANU PF politics all thieves and people not following the rule of law are ZANU PF members. These are the same people who would like Mugabe to continue ruling even if they know he should be resting at home. Mugabe promoted this kind of living and will take time to remove. He confirmed after loosing elections in Norton that their candidate was a thief. If the candidate had won was he going to mention it that they have thieves they chose to be members of parliament. I am ashamed of what Chinamasa is saying. If you are not ZANU PF supporter how do you get land in Zimbabwe. Even in the farms non ZANU PF supporters are threatened that their plots will be taken if they vote opposition.

NXciniso - 12 December 2016

Rubbish! These so called land barons do these diabolic things in broad day light,no leader has ever distanced him/her self from these shenanigans or extortionist behaviour by these fraudsters.What does this mean?Those being mentioned are beneficiaries as well.

Gen. Spinola - 12 December 2016

please do not insult our insult our intelligence. all land barons are zanupf. chinamasa kuita kunge usingazvizive.

tafi chigorwe - 12 December 2016

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