Draft constitution perpetuates racism — Coltart

EDUCATION minister David Coltart has dismissed the Copac-led draft constitution as racist, arguing the clause on land perpetuated racial discrimination.

Report by Pamela Mhlanga

Addressing residents during the MDC referendum publicity campaign meeting at Barham Green Hall in Bulawayo on Saturday, Coltart said the land provision discouraged foreign investors from doing business in Zimbabwe due to its “racist connotations”.

“According to the draft constitution, the clause on agricultural land in Section 288 that says all citizens, regardless of race, have a right to hold, occupy, use or dispose of agricultural land is well put and good, but the problem comes in Section 72 of the constitution,” he said.

Section 72 of the draft on the rights to agricultural land states that no compensation was payable in respect of the acquisition of land except for improvements, unless the agricultural land was acquired from an indigenous Zimbabwean.

It also states that with regard to the compulsory acquisition of agricultural land for resettlement, Zimbabweans were unjustifiably dispossessed of their land during colonialism, that they took up arms in order to regain their land and thus they must be enabled to reassert their rights and regain ownership of their land.

“The former colonial power, not the government of Zimbabwe, has an obligation to pay compensation for agricultural land compulsorily acquired for resettlement of people. This is a very unfortunate provision because any person of any race who wants to invest in the country is not given an opportunity to do so. It affects our ability for farming investment and deters foreign investors from investing in the country,” Coltart said.

He said the land tenure system was “unjust and unsustainable” as it was going to create a huge burden to Zimbabwe’s economy.

The Zanu PF-led government launched the fast track resettlement programme in 2000 ostensibly to address land ownership imbalances that were skewed in favour of minority whites.

At the time the resettlement programme was introduced, an estimated 4 500 white commercial farmers held 75% of prime agricultural land.

But some critics have disputed benefits derived from the land reform arguing that it had reduced the country from the region’s breadbasket to a basket case.

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14 Comments

  1. Phunyukabemphethe

    Coltart you are right. But these are the realities of dealing the Gukurahundis mfowethu.

  2. Listening to Coltart preaching the gospel of land makes this fellow sound like Diabolos,Satan the Devil himself appearing before the Holly Church of Christ in white linen garments, taking to the sacred pulpit with the Holy Bible in his hand, preaching of the salvation in Christ and trying to look holy all the time yet his devilish horns are sticking out of the papal frock and head scarf. A complete fraud, Nyangadzi igere panzvimbo tsvenetsvene-The disecration of the Holiness. Even drunks know that the obvious reason why Satan goes to church(and he is fond of that) is so that he can deceive the elect-leading them astray from the true gospel of salvation throught Jesus Christ unto Hades and eternal pedition.That is Coltart himself.

    Honestly speaking, what does Coltart and his white skin know about racism that he should boldly take to the Zimbabwean podium and preach a sermon about land rights right here in Africa? Coltart should have directed those remarks to Bismark and his Berlin Conference where the white racists ploted the partitioning of Africa as if it was a birthday cake. He should have told Cecil John Rhodes and his lineage down to Ian Douglas Smith of the racism in the Rhodesia Land Act. That is where land laws were racist. He should have said the same of land rights to the then World War II ex-combatant British colonialists and Belgian Hotentots who were appropriating to themselves the richest aluvial land in the Concession Areas of Mash East, Horse Shoe Farming Zone in Mash West, Insiza Farming areas of Mat North, Nyangani , Tanganda Estates, Lowveld estates in Masvingo or Enkeldon Farming zones whilst blacks were driven and confined to Arid, sandy baren Tribal Trust Lands (TTL-implying even that land was held by the black indegene in trust of the white government). Fullstop. Is Coltart himself not a direct heir and benefiaciary of land racism?Was Coltart himself not a Sellous Scout who went to the 1970’s bush war to protect the Rhodesia Land Act?

    Do we Africans need land for investment? Or is this land not our rightfull heritage? So that we can live on it. Yes undoubtedly Bismark and his other white imperialists looked at our departed ancestors and saw nothing out of them other than brainless hunter-gatherers and migrant subsistence farmers lacking foreign capital, and brains to work the land and export sugarcane and tobbacco to Europe-hence deserving to be driven away from the land to make way for Bismark and his kith. Coltart surely knows this is how black Rhodesians wound up in the unproductive land sectors called TTLs. Wait, is Coltart aware as well that Bismark and his infamous Berlin Conference did not plan on paying (no budget for funding land acquisition in Africa was set aside) for even one mosel of soil to appropriate Africa to the whites? Dear readers, I know the one shortcoming of Africans was illiteracy and unrecorded history, but if anyone remembers one of their ancestors ( minus Lobengula and his one satchet of sugar of course) being paid for African Land please come forward and bear witness to the plentif David Coltart. This land therefore was acquired by force by Bismark and his Berlin Conference disciples. That is armed robbery. The land was stolen. The rest after that is common knowledge-two Cimurengas to disposses the armed robbers flocking from Maodzanyemba (South) and third Chimurenga to drive Coltart and Bennet from ill-gotten farms since 2000. Surely I find nothing wrong with dispossesing a commodore dragon(mupurwa) which is mercilessly milking village cows at the expense of legitimate bilogically seared calves.
    Ndozvingachemerwa namupurwa here kuti mandidzingirei kumatanga. Ko mupurwa haazivi kuti haasi mhuru here? Ngaarege mhuru chaidzo dziyamwe. Angachemere kuti zvino kana mukasosa matanga zvakanyanya isusu anamupurwa tozoyamwawo sei kunge zvatove zvemhosva kuti mupurwa anofanira kusiirwa mukana wekuyamwa mombe? Dai kwaive kuda kwaMwari kuti mupurwa ayamwe mukaka angadai akamupawo zamu rinosisa.That land was taken back by its rightfull owners.Never mind whether it is productive or not. There shall be time for worrying about that. Now is the time to consolidate ownership and ensuring no other little Bismark from europe will convene another conference in Berlin and repeat another infamous partitioning of Africa. The Zimbabwean Constitution carries exactly that tone. If that is the basis of Coltart’s lamentations, the lamentation for a return to Rhodesia Land Act, then are we not left with one conclusion? The conclusion that surely Mr Coltart is a sanctimonious, sonorous, unrepentent,remorseless, proud -for-nothing SOB?

  3. sadza mushumha

    Well said Shame. But what would we expect from Phunya, whatever he calls himself. History tells us we lost Zimbabwe by way of a sugar sachet, that sachet was delivered in the western corner of the country where, going by this nomenclature, he should hail from. It is in the bone marrow, askari politics of giving out on a silver platter. We have the misfortune of sharing citizenship and ownership of this country with a hole lot of reckless people who lack seriousness when it comes to national interests, and we happen to have guests here who because of freedem of expression, are allowed time to expose what they are. Thank you oga moderator. Gentle reader, that was a bit of a digress. Now, Coltart of all people!!!, accusing the draft of racism because it has sought to constitutionally deal with the land issue once and for all? That ridiculous to say the least. From what moral high ground is Coltart broaching his oracular voice? He is hairy haughty white triumvirate first and foremost, given a head start not by exceptional cerebral, but by color. He is a direct beneficiary of an evil system which he is at pains to defend through thick and thin. A member of the infamous selous scout involved in some of the heinous crimes against humanity the world has ever seen. And happens to be politics through the back door, thanks to MDCs’ askari politics defended by Phunya and his accolytes. What beats me most is that those who ate us black Zimbabweans yesterday has been made the most righteous democratically, whilst denigrating those who fought for democracy to see the light of the day in Zimbabwe. Thanks again to MDCs’ saleout politics which is abrogating energy and zeal to the likes of Coltart. What has become of us Zimbabweans? I wonder

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      Rubbish, Gukurahundi S.h.o.na gabbage!!

  4. Jb Maphosa ka Mathayi

    David Coltart is a shamekess and unrepentant hypocrite with no moral leg to stand on and preach to zimbabweans about the ‘unfairness’ of the land distribution exercise. Where was fairness in 1884 when Africa was patitioned at the Berlin conference? Where was fairness when the Land Aportionment Act was implemented in Rhodesia in the 1940s and 50s? No compensation was paid to my partenal grand parents when they were moved from Lumane area of Insindi Ranch to Matshetshe TTL in !952. I grew up in that dry thirsty land in Gwanda where crops fail year after year. My martenal grandfather’s family was moved from .Fort Ricksen !n !935 when he was 15 years old, bundled into a lorry and dumped in Lupane a thick forest with poor soils, lions, tsetse flies and mosquitos and poisonous plants (umkhawuzane), which decimated their livestock. How much did the Rhodesian government pay in compeosation for these iniquitous acts against legitimate land ownes in zimbawe?.

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      You are a piece of racist shiiit. David Coltart is very right – grabbing without working for anything has never been a formula for success, anywhere in the world!!

      1. @Phunyukabemphete

        Are you directing those remarks to Mzilikhazi and his land grab policies? Sometimes you just have to indicate who is the receipient of what comments because certain comments end up suiting a lot of people with similar orientations and characteristics.Come clean.

        1. Phunyukabemphethe

          Gukurahundi Sh.o.n.a rubbish!!!

  5. Corotati, hatidi zwenhando. Nyika ndeyedu. Mangamajaira kutibata chibharo.

  6. Mr Maphosa and your like-mindend, are you not being emotional over something so full of economic sense? The remark on Zimbabwe Constitution regarding land was simply to lay out that this does not guarantee the country of economic growth through agriculture which only exists if meaningful capital investment is poured into the sector. The land rights embodied in the Draft Constitution do not guarantee that. I am of the opinion that you would see this common sense. The Rhodeisan mass deporatations from productive land (Lumane) to arid regions (Gwanda) suffered by your grandparents to make way for a cattle ranch is very unfortunate but raising the question on compansation for land and acusing the Rhodesian government of failing to compansate its iniquitous acts against legitimate land owners in Zimbabwe is rather comical. ‘Legitimate land owners in Zimbabwe’ I presume is supposed to refer to yourself and your grandfathers deported from Insindi ranch in 1935? ‘Legitimate’ is reference to lawfull ownership. Kindly refer that question, (and I suppose you should have done that in the first place) to your grandfather and the Matebele king Mzilikhazi himself and please rephrase to read “How much did the Matebele king Mzilikhazi and armies pay in compasation for these iniquitous acts against legitimate land ownes in zimbawe?” Comic isn’t it? That you accuse me and my kith of colonialist practices, the very same of which your grandfathers were pioneers in the same land! According to recorded history, Rhodes and Mzilkhazi are just two colonialists sharing the same guilt-and evn death did not manage to seperate them since they both lie burried in the Matopos hills. Isn’t that what they say: “talk of colonialists and the Matopos hills have all the answers?” Truely speaking, you and me are seperated by skin colour alone, but we are direct beneficiaries of the same land grab policies by our fathers. Mr Maphosa, you would not think that you owe me an apology? Surely with all this eveidence in history books? This is one case worth suing someone for $5 million plus in defamation of character if I was a globetrotting money spinning opportunist like Jonathan Moyo or Geoff Nyarota.

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      Gukurahundi Sh.o.na rubbish, as usual!!

  7. Mr Maphosa and your like-mindend, are you not being emotional over something so full of economic sense? The remark on Zimbabwe Constitution regarding land was simply to lay out that this does not guarantee the country of economic growth through agriculture which only exists if meaningful capital investment is poured into the sector. The land rights embodied in the Draft Constitution do not guarantee that. I am of the opinion that you would see this common sense. The Rhodeisan mass deporatations from productive land (Lumane) to arid regions (Gwanda) suffered by your grandparents to make way for a cattle ranch is very unfortunate but raising the question on compansation for land and acusing the Rhodesian government of failing to compansate its iniquitous acts against legitimate land owners in Zimbabwe is rather comical. ‘Legitimate land owners in Zimbabwe’ I presume is supposed to refer to yourself and your grandfathers deported from Insindi ranch in 1935? ‘Legitimate’ is reference to lawfull ownership. Kindly refer that question, (and I suppose you should have done that in the first place) to your grandfather and the Matebele king Mzilikhazi himself and please rephrase to read “How much did the Matebele king Mzilikhazi and armies pay in compasation for these iniquitous acts against legitimate land ownes in zimbawe?” Comic isn’t it? That you accuse me and my kith of colonialist practices, the very same of which your grandfathers were pioneers in the same land! According to recorded history, Rhodes and Mzilkhazi are just two colonialists sharing the same guilt-and evn death did not manage to seperate them since they both lie burried in the Matopos hills. Isn’t that what they say: “talk of colonialists and the Matopos hills have all the answers?” Truely speaking, you and me are seperated by skin colour alone, but we are direct beneficiaries of the same land grab policies by our fathers. Mr Maphosa, you would not think that you owe me an apology? Surely with all this eveidence in history books? This is one case worth suing someone for $5 million plus in defamation of character if I was a globetrotting money spinning opportunist like Jonathan Moyo or Geoff Nyarota.

  8. When Givemore Makoni branded Coltart racist over his SRC directive some among us jumped to his defence. Coltart is an unrepentent Rhodie disguising himself as a human rights defender. The only rights he is interested in are white rights that’s why he has disregarded the history of Zimbabwe totally to want to claim to be a victim. He has been making these noises for sometime now. Hanzi muka sekerera benzi rino tiza nechitunha.

    Who said all the foreign investors will be white? It shows you Coltart’s real motive which is to treat the indigenous population like little kids that he can hoodwink with statements like the one he is making. If he feels that our draft constitution is racist then he can leave just as he did at independence.

  9. Phunyukabemphethe

    David Coltart is a hero. Gukurahundi Sh.onas are idots. Grabbing things they have never worked for now they cannot even maintain the same!!!

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