Articles tagged 'land reform'

Freehold ownership key to investment: CFU 3 November 2018 HARARE - The Commercial Farmers' Union (CFU) says government should restore freehold ownership rights in order to unlock the collateral value of agricultural land in Zimbabwe. As part of its submissions to the 2019 National Budget consultations, the CFU said the main problem facing Zimbabwe's ...
What 'Zim is open for business' means for smallholder farmer 15 March 2018 HARARE - Former president Robert Mugabe is history and now finds voice only in the private media, sulking about this or that. Elsewhere the new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken hold and has promptly pronounced that “Zimbabwe is now open for business”. What does this mean for the over ...
New land deal for white farmers hailed but... 3 February 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa's move to issue 99-year leases to the few remaining white farmers in a bid to end discrimination along racial lines in agriculture has been hailed as a goodwill gesture amid calls to just give the commercial farmers full ownership. Perrance Shiri, the Land...
Minister grabs white farmer's downsized farm 30 August 2017 HARARE - A Marondera white farmer, Stephen Worswick, has dragged deputy Foreign Affairs minister Edgar Mbwembwe to the High Court accusing him of grabbing his farm at gunpoint. Worswick also wants Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora to give him an offer letter for his Chipunga Farm. In the ap...
MDC slams Mugabe's fresh land grab threat 4 July 2017 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC has slammed President Robert Mugabe's threats to the few remaining white farmers to quit their land and make way for landless black youths. Mugabe has ordered 400 remaining commercial farmers to leave their land without compensation under a controversial progra...
Zanu PF now rural party: SA minister 31 May 2017 HARARE - South Africa (SA)'s Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande has slammed President Robert Mugabe's long-ruling Zanu PF, labelling it a “rural party”. The general secretary of South African Communist Party (SACP) - an ally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) - told a Cosatu m...
Land reform cost 1,5m jobs: Chinamasa 26 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's controversial programme to redistribute land taken from white farmers cost 1,5 million jobs, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said. “Right now our economy is highly informalised. I always give the statistics that in 1999 or thereabout, there were two million workers i...
Chidyausiku defended land reform — Mugabe 14 May 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday hailed the late retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku for ruling that the government may acquire land and agriculture equipment seized from white-owned farms. He told mourners at the burial of Chidyausiku at the Heroes' Acre — a national shrine in...
'We told Chidyausiku to defy land seizure rulings' 9 May 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has confessed to giving the late retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku unconstitutional Executive orders to okay the seizure of white-owned farms. Commenting on the tenure of Chidyausiku — who has been declared a national hero and is set to be interred at t...
I am not white: Zanu PF MP 26 March 2017 HARARE - Three generations of Peter Haritatos' family have owned bakeries amid the rocky outcrops jutting up at the centre of the Kadoma mining area, which provides gold, copper and nickel here. He is popular in town, and speaks fluent Shona. Haritatos is just one of the locals, he even has...
War vets cry foul as govt repossesses idle land 9 March 2017 HARARE - The War Veterans' ministry has bemoaned the repossession of idle land parcelled out to the ex-freedom fighters under the violent land reform programme.  In a statement, the Tshinga Dube-led ministry called on all ex-combatants who had lost land under the repossession exercise to appro...
I don't regret land rulings: Chidyausiku 18 January 2017 HARARE - Outgoing Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has said he does not regret land judgments he handed down that saw several white commercial farmers losing their properties under the government's often-violent land grab programme. Speaking at the official opening of the 2017 legal year on M...
'We'll fix Mugabe's land reform disaster' 7 December 2016 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says as poorly-executed as the country's fast- track land reforms of 2000 were, he will not reverse them if he wins the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections. Speaking to the Daily News in an exclusive interview yesterday, the former prime min...
Govt to repossess underutilised land: Mnangagwa 20 October 2016 HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has cautioned idle farmers that they risk having their land repossessed if they do not fully utilise it. His warning is on the back of the Lands and Rural Resettlement ministry commissioning a survey to ascertain land use following concerns that most ...
Zanu PF youths call for fresh land invasions 19 October 2016 HARARE - Zanu PF youth league secretary Kudzanai Chipanga has controversially called for a total seizure of all remaining white-owned farms to resettle the ruling party's youths. Curiously, his call is on the back of Lands and Rural Resettlement ministry commissioning a survey to ascertain lan...
Let's put an end to this chaos 2 June 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is slowly degenerating into both political and economic chaos due to ill-advised and populist policies being implemented by President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF-led government. The chaotic and often violent land reform exercise in the early 2000s completely destroyed the agricul...
Unproductive farmers do not deserve land 13 May 2016 HARARE - Recently, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation deputy minister Davis Marapira threatened unproductive resettled farmers — particularly Zanu PF bigwigs — that they risked losing their land. Marapira is a commendable, rare voice of reason in Zanu PF and one that was long overdue as...
Play puts spotlight on land reform 19 April 2016 HARARE - The Taking, a play that explores complex issues surrounding the land issue in Zimbabwe, will be performed at Harare's Theatre in the Park from April 21 to 23. The play, written by Intwasa director Raisedon Baya and directed by Memory Kumbota, officially kick-started the Bulawayo Theat...
Mugabe warned over fresh farm invasions 10 April 2016 HARARE - Opposition political parties have warned President Robert Mugabe against his typical populist, political rhetoric approach following his mooted fresh farm invasion exercise to satisfy war veterans' demands amid a disastrous fast track land policy that turned Zimbabwe into a basket case. ...
Will Zim govt ever conclude land reform? 23 February 2016 HARARE - There is a great misconception, especially by those lording over us, to trivialise the contribution of the last remaining white commercial farmers to the development of this country. Clearly, government's new farmers have dismally failed to rise to the challenge and return this nation...
Mnangagwa's 'daughter' entangled in land row 11 February 2016 HARARE - Shorai Kudzai Muchemwa, who claims to be Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's daughter, is frantically trying to evict a white commercial farmer from a Goromonzi farm. The farmer, Martin Grobler has since filed an urgent chamber High Court application, seeking to stop the eviction. ...
RBZ warns govt against land grabs 8 February 2016 HARARE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has warned President Robert Mugabe's government against continued land grabs, which are affecting agricultural production and increasing the country's political risk profile. “Bringing finality to the land reform programme would go a long way in addr...
'White farmers should be compensated' 18 December 2015 HARARE - Government must prioritise the compensation of white former commercial farmers for improvements they made on land it acquired during the ad hoc and often chaotic land reform programme which started in 2000, a Zanu PF MP has said. Contributing to a motion on the Finance Bill in Parliam...
Land grabs hinder economic revival 20 August 2015 HARARE - Government's continued land grabs will worsen the country's economic situation by pushing away investors. Last week, government gazetted 23 white-owned farms for acquisition, but we strongly feel that it's now time Zimbabwe puts the land reform exercise to bed and politicians must not...
'Further land grabs could dampen investor sentiment' 17 August 2015 HARARE - Government last week announced it was going to repossess land owned by wines and spirits maker African Distillers (Afdis) and 22 other white-owned farms, a move analysts have condemned as ill-informed and likely to affect investment. Economists who spoke to the businessdaily yesterday...