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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, Septem­ber 17, 1991 — The Gov­ern­ment must en­sure that past mis­takes made in the re­set­tle­ment ex­er­cise, in which ex­pen­sive in­fra­struc­ture was de­stroyed and farms de­graded, are not re­peated, the Gover­nor of Mata­bele­land South, Cde Mark Dube, said yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing at the Zim­babwe Farm­ers’ Union (ZFU) sem­i­nar, Cde Dube said in the past the Gov­ern­ment made a mis­take by ad­mit­ting peo­ple into re­set­tle­ment ar­eas with­out con­sid­er­ing whether they were farm­ers or not.

‘’We are cur­rently in the process of re­dress­ing that. It is now clear that not all peo­ple who are now set­tled in the re­set­tle­ment ar­eas are farm­ers,’’ he said.

He said as soon as the peo­ple moved into the farms they started chop­ping down trees, re­mov­ing fences, de­stroy­ing houses, pumps, bore­holes and pad­docks. The ar­eas were also over-grazed re­sult­ing in land degra­da­tion which in turn led to sil­ta­tion of some dams.

‘’We will now give pri­or­ity to those peo­ple who are will­ing to farm and who can prove that they can do it,’’ he said ad­ding that or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the ZFU would play a lead­ing role in the se­lec­tion process.

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