Zim land com­mis­sion starts assess­ing farms

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba and Mun­yaradzi Musi­iwa Mid­lands Re­porters

THE Zim­babwe Land Com­mis­sion, which was re­cently ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, has started assess­ing farms in all the prov­inces to en­sure ac­count­abil­ity, trans­parency and fair­ness in land dis­tri­bu­tion as well as curb­ing mul­ti­ple farm own­er­ship.

Ad­dress­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties, churches and mem­bers of the pub­lic dur­ing a con­sti­tu­tional ad­vo­cacy out­reach meet­ing in Gweru on Fri­day, Act­ing Pres­i­dent Emmerson Mnan­gagwa said the com­mis­sion was mov­ing in all prov­inces con­duct­ing land au­dit and assess­ing farms.

The Act­ing Pres­i­dent said Gov­ern­ment was tak­ing the is­sue of mul­ti­ple farm own­er­ship se­ri­ously as it was a mis­nomer that ought to be ad­dressed as a mat­ter of ur­gency. “Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe re­cently ap­pointed a nine-mem­ber Land Com­mis­sion which is go­ing prov­ince by prov­ince au­dit­ing the land assess­ing that the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the land re­form have the stip­u­lated farm sizes cor­re­spond­ing with the re­gions in which they were re­set­tled.

“As we de­lib­er­ate, the Land Com­mis­sion has al­ready started to ex­e­cute their man­date,” he said.

Cde Mnan­gagwa said all farm­land ac­quired by Gov­ern­ment dur­ing the land re­form pro­gramme is owned by the State, adding that mul­ti­ple farm own­ers will soon lose land to Gov­ern­ment be­fore it is re­dis­tributed to other ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“All agri­cul­tural land that was ac­quired dur­ing the land re­form or was iden­ti­fied for such pur­pose be­fore the com­mence­ment of this Con­sti­tu­tion con­tin­ues to be vested in the State and no com­pen­sa­tion is payable in re­spect of its ac­qui­si­tion ex­cept for im­prove­ments ef­fected on it be­fore ac­qui­si­tion,” he said.

He said all po­lit­i­cal par­ties should pro­mote peace and unity in the coun­try and shun vi­o­lence and tribal pol­i­tics “which is ret­ro­gres­sive to the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try”.

“Zim­babwe un­like other coun­tries is a uni­tary state which has one na­tional flag, one coat of arms and one na­tional an­them. I was telling peo­ple yes­ter­day (on Thurs­day in Bu­l­awayo) that re­gard­less of our po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion you should preach the uni­tary state of Zim­babwe. If you are a politi­cian, you also tell the peo­ple the sig­nif­i­cance of our na­tional flag and our na­tional an­them,” he said.

Cde Mnan­gagwa said Gov­ern­ment had made in­roads to­wards the re­pro­duc­tion of the new Con­sti­tu­tion into all the of­fi­cial 18 lan­guages.

“Gov­ern­ment has made great in­roads to­wards the re­pro­duc­tion of the new Con­sti­tu­tion into all the ver­nac­u­lar lan­guages. I’m glad to re­port that we have now abridged ver­sions of the Con­sti­tu­tion in Nde­bele, Shona, Tonga, Chewa, Sotho, Kalanga, Venda and Braille. To date we have caused the re­pro­duc­tion of over 500 000 copies of the Con­sti­tu­tion and 350 abridged ver­sions. We also have 5 000 copies of the Con­sti­tu­tion in Braille for the ben­e­fit of those who are vis­ually im­paired,” he said.

Mean­while, Jus­tice, le­gal and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Mrs Vir­ginia Mab­hiza has warned tra­di­tional chiefs against un­der­min­ing the au­thor­ity of the mag­is­trates court as they serve as their im­me­di­ate su­per­vi­sors in as far as the ju­di­ciary sys­tem was con­cerned.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion by Chief Chirumhanzu of Chiru­manzu per­tain­ing to the ju­ris­dic­tion of chiefs in the ju­di­cial hi­er­ar­chy, Mrs Mab­hiza said tra­di­tional courts were not sovereign and their judg­ments have to be as­sessed by mag­is­trates.

She said any­one ag­grieved by the tra­di­tional chief’s rul­ing has the right to ap­proach the magistrate courts for re­prieve. “In the hier­ar­chi­cal sys­tem of the ju­di­ciary at the bot­tom there are the tra­di­tional courts that are presided over by our chiefs. There are also pro­ce­dures of ap­peals re­gard­ing some of the judg­ments you pass in your courts. Those are as­sessed at the magistrate’s court and what­ever the magistrate says it is passed to the higher court which is the High Court then to the Supreme Court then to the Con­sti­tu­tional court,” she said.

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Emmerson Mnan­gagwa

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