Cor­rup­tion, dou­ble al­lo­ca­tions spoil land re­form: Zanu-PF

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe re­cently in ESIGO­DINI

ZANU-PF says the land re­form is one of the most pro­gres­sive ini­tia­tives un­der­taken by Gov­ern­ment in the past two decades but its suc­cess is be­ing spoiled by al­leged acts of cor­rup­tion in the Min­istry of Lands, Agri­cul­ture, Wa­ter, Cli­mate and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment, and the ab­sence of leases to se­cu­ri­tise own­er­ship.

The party also ex­pressed con­cern over land barons il­le­gally sell­ing land to des­per­ate home seek­ers in ur­ban ar­eas.

In its Cen­tral Com­mit­tee Re­port for the 17th An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence, Zanu-PF’s Lands, Land Re­form and Agri­cul­ture De­part­ment said: “The land re­form has been prob­a­bly one of the pro­gres­sive poli­cies that the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party has im­ple­mented for the bet­ter­ment and em­pow­er­ment of the peo­ple of Zim­babwe at large.

“The party needs to in­sti­tute mech­a­nisms to solve the nu­mer­ous prob­lems em­a­nat­ing from the way the land re­form pro­gramme was con­ducted es­pe­cially tak­ing cog­ni­sance the cor­rupt and vin­dic­tive prac­tices by of­fi­cers in the Min­istry of Lands and some for­mer min­is­ters in that Min­istry of Lands (from head down to the dis­trict). Bona fide farm­ers should be as­sisted in or­der to en­able them to do their work in a tran­quil en­vi­ron­ment,” the re­port said.

The de­part­ment said of­fi­cials in­volved in cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties must be ar­rested.

“Those that cause the chaotic sit­u­a­tion that is pre­vail­ing through greed­i­ness and bla­tant cor­rup­tion need to be brought to book, pros­e­cuted and im­pris­oned for their crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties that threaten to de­rail the no­ble pro­gramme,” it said.

The de­part­ment said it had re­ceived over 200 com­plaints on dou­ble al­lo­ca­tions of land and cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties by of­fi­cials in the Min­istry of Lands.

“The prob­lems in­clude cor­rupt prac­tices in the way land is be­ing dis­trib­uted by of­fi­cers in the Min­istry of Lands, Agri­cul­ture, Wa­ter, Cli­mate and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment, evic­tions of bona fide land own­ers by du­bi­ous in­di­vid­u­als, groups or com­pa­nies claim­ing to be the bona fide (own­ers) of the said pieces of land,” it said.

“The other com­plaints in­clude vic­tim­i­sa­tion of lib­er­a­tion war vet­er­ans on the farms that they oc­cu­pied and ac­quired dur­ing the agrar­ian re­form pe­riod, lead­ing to their evic­tions through High Court or­ders and the of­fice of the Sher­iff of the High Court. All war vet­er­ans with land should there­fore be given leases on a fast-track ba­sis in or­der for them to be pro­tected and en­able them ac­cess to loan fa­cil­i­ties,” said the de­part­ment.

The de­part­ment said there were se­ri­ous con­flicts on the land due to dou­ble al­lo­ca­tions.

In this re­gard, the de­part­ment said: “The Land Com­mis­sion should solve all land ten­ure con­flicts with­out prej­u­dice or favour and should be seen to be do­ing the work for which it was con­sti­tuted.

“As of now, very lit­tle tan­gi­ble is be­ing done to solve the nu­mer­ous prob­lems that are hin­der­ing pro­duc­tion in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor,” it said.

“The scourge of the so-called land barons in ur­ban set­tings which in­clude cities, towns, min­ing es­tab­lish­ments and growth points has to be solved em­phat­i­cally and all those that stole and sold State land should be ruth­lessly dealt with and pros­e­cuted,” added the de­part­ment.

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