Govt hailed for setting up land compensation fund

OPPOSITION parties and analysts have hailed government’s move to set up a land compensation fund for over 4 000 white former commercial farmers who lost their land during the fast-track land reform programme.

BY Everson Mushava

In his 2016 National Budget, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said a number of policies to mobilise Diaspora remittances as an important source of liquidity in the economy have been instituted.

In his 2016 National Budget, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said a number of policies to mobilise Diaspora remittances as an important source of liquidity in the economy have been instituted.

The parties told NewsDay in separate interviews yesterday that the move would help unlock the much-needed foreign direct investment.

Government has in the past maintained that it would only compensate for developments made on the farm, but on Monday did an about-turn, with Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa announcing that the proposed fund would compensate for land, developments and equipment looted during the land reform programme.

He announced the proposal through a statement stuffed in legislators’ pigeon holes at Parliament Building.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said compensating white former commercial farmers was at the core of respecting rule of law and property rights which his party had been advocating for since its formation in 1999.

“The MDC is, of course, quite happy with any action that will ensure that appropriate and adequate compensation is paid to these farmers,” Gutu said.

People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said his party was still sceptical of government’s intentions.

“We will only believe that when it is done,” Mafume said, adding that Zanu PF has promised a lot of things, but proceeded to act to the contrary.

Zimbabwe People First spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said compensation of farmers was long overdue.
“They should actually do it now. The Constitution provides for that. The farmers have been waiting for compensation for a long time. This is what we have also been saying. Farmers should be compensated,” Gumbo said.

Political analyst Alexander Rusero welcomed the decision, saying it was an international relations charm offensive to try to lure foreign investors.

“I think this will be a good international public relations charm offensive. It will give the impression that government has now come to its senses and is willing to right its past wrongs in order to attract foreign investment,” Rusero said.

25 Responses to Govt hailed for setting up land compensation fund

  1. nehanda Nyakasikana March 11, 2016 at 6:12 am #

    But there must a land audit first to ensure that those with multiple farms only retain one. It’s unfair for the nation to pay for the benefit of mugabe and his cronies. The redistribution was biased along politics

  2. tinotoidavo land March 11, 2016 at 8:02 am #

    I agree with nehanda nyakasikana coz some people who don’t belong to did not get land

  3. The Saint March 11, 2016 at 8:35 am #

    Where is Chinamasa going to get the MONEY?

    • aikazveeee March 11, 2016 at 11:20 am #

      it is the thought and commitment that counts. the rest will sort itself out.

    • Loud Speaker March 11, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

      He is going to borrow it of course!
      Borrow from Peter to pay Paul.So that Paul can lend him more money!!

  4. Mugwekwenhi March 11, 2016 at 8:52 am #

    I hope the proposal does not end up in limbo before implementation. A lot has been said in various cycles or written about but there has been no meaningful action on the ground. I know Zimbabwean Politics under different governance. The one saying so is the worst. On another note, are we going to have compensation to the land developers whose land was invaded? I say so because the land issue was not inclined to farming only but to residential land as well. Thirdly lets not give them a pum pum before we get to understand where the money will be coming from. Its not surprising that in less than six months they will talk of levying the seriously burdened workers and or industrialists. Watch out team. Totenda dzanwa dzaswera na….

  5. tongogara March 11, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    day dreaming Mugabe UPI anoita iyoyo kutaura chete

  6. moyo March 11, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    Those who got farms should pay the whites.Why should people who got no land also pay via taxation??

    As blacks we also want compensation for what Ian Smith did to us.So the opposition and analysts need to look at that.

  7. nadi March 11, 2016 at 10:30 am #

    aah gore rezhara irori toita compensation chibage chakwana here chinikwana mhuri ye zimbabwe,tisat taa vachena vakaguta kare

  8. Cde Hasha March 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    Stop talking about that rubbish. The people with multi farms should ensure that , kwete ma taxpayers nooooooo. You benefited land, including your unborn grand children, now you want the poor to fund your ill gotten multiple farms , Chinamasa, hey, be ware. Dont try our patience. We cant waste our hard earned cash that way. TAX farmers to compensate. Is it not a fact that most of you guys got luxurious farm houses, and other developments where you are enjoying heaven on earth. At least pay for that. Nothing for free.

  9. Cde Hasha March 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    Thus the duty of the mutiple farm owners , not us ordinary tax payers. Isu we did not benefit. Those who inherited mansions at farm houses must pay. Simple

  10. CDE ZINDOWE March 11, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    But did whites compensate for using our land illegally.

    • Loud Speaker March 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

      He is going to borrow it of course!
      Borrow from Peter to pay Paul.So that Paul can lend him more money!!

    • Loud Speaker March 11, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

      That is opening a can of worms and you know it! How far back do you want to go?

    • gonawapotera March 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

      That’s another chapter. We also need to be compensated for the destruction caused by sanctions.

  11. kuhestagac March 11, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

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  12. 2000 land Reform March 11, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    Mashefu eZanu pf nemashefu emasoldier ndovatora luxurious farm houses nekulooter let them pay

  13. Sabhuku March 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

    It all starts at the primary level Honourable CDE Minister, we as a nation need to focus on the means of production if our economy is to stand any chance of competing and succeeding in this global economic village. Only then when we have greatly enhanced our supply side economics as a nation, will industry have local raw materials readily available to process and value add(beneficiation). Only if the fore-mentioned occurs, can Zimbabwe then re-establish a dynamic tertiary industry providing locally manufactured reputable goods and services domestically and internationally. Out of all this will spring out an new economy, one which will be properly valued and respected by international finance lenders; it will be characterised by high quality goods and services offered at competitive pricing to spur sustainable growth into posterity.

  14. Team March 11, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    Maybe the excitement of living in invaded houses , using equipment one did not buy and the manner in which these farms were taken is now weighing down on some sensible people’s conscience and they want it off them, or maybe someone wants to leave burdens of paying the former farmers to the next government,while peacefully enjoying the farms, just saying

  15. corporateguru March 11, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

    Why should we pay for farms Zpf members own the current owners should pay why not give the owners title deeds and inturn they surrender title to banks and secure finance to compensate white farmers and its the only way we can kick these incompetent farmers off the land when they are foreclosed by the banks and then sold to real agri-investors.

  16. gonawapotera March 11, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

    In case you are not aware, farmers are already paying rent for land & improvements. Those payments will contribute compensation to farmers one by one.If we levy every produce 1%, we can actually pay this fellows and get their relatives off our backs. So there is no need for US to sanction our fertilizer. We are going to pay compensation….and black farmers are already making a contribution.

  17. mageja siziba March 12, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    paying compensation to white settler farmers? Nada. Not in our lives unless you want another 4th Chimurenga!!!!

  18. Teurai Ropa March 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    Chinamasa ukuda kurasika route shamwari those white settlers didn’t compensate blacks who were forced to work on their own land for no pay.No white person came with land from UK this is our own natural resource and the fact is there’s no need to pay cz we regained what has been taken to us by their ancestors.Down with leeches.

  19. Proudly Zimbabwean March 12, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    Aya ndiwo masewage aya kudii?so makaenderei kuhondo kwacho kana maveku bhadhara iwo mabhunu mamwe cheteyo aitibata chibharo?development yavakaita vaitove nechinangwa chekuda kuwedzera kuti shandisa tarisa we are still developing countries while they developed their own with our resources.oh shame.

  20. Dhenyo March 12, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    Opposition parties tokuzivai ever since kuti munoiswa kumagaro naana ian smith.So mukumiramira chaizvo on issues of no importance.

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