By Bruce Chahwanda
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sworn in several government officials including six commissioners for the Land Commission and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
Retired Justice November Mtshiya, who will chair the Justice Thompson Mabhikwa Tribunal was also sworn in.
First to be sworn in was Honourable Sibangumuzi Sixtone Khumalo as Minister of State in Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s Office, replacing Honourable Evelyn Ndlovu who was appointed Minister of Primary and Secondary Education.
Four Land Commission officials were sworn with Tendai Bare coming as the Chairperson, while the other commissioners are Abdul Nyathi who is the Deputy Chairperson, Philip Sewera and Lauretta Marembo.
Retired Justice November Mtshiya will chair the Justice Thompson Mabhikwa tribunal, which is investigating the fitness of the High Court Judge to remain in office.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s two commissioners; Rodney Kiwa and Jasper Mangwana were also sworn in.
The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi said the commissioners should get down to business for them to meet the set deadlines.
“We had two sets of commissioners and that to investigate Justice Mabhikwa. What it means is, we want the work of the commissions to continue. We have a lot of work to be done by ZEC must undertake, the delimitation, by-elections and voter education. We have lost a lot of time owing to Covid-19. We also need the Justice Mabhikwa issue to be concluded hence the appointment of the chairperson of the tribunal, lands commission there are a lot work there to be done.”
Newly sworn in Zimbabwe Lands Commission Chairperson, Mrs Tendai Bare said there are 220 thousand farms which will be audited to complete the exercise.
“We have to finish land audit, we have 220 000 farms to be audited we hope resources will be availed. We have decentralise the dispute resolution to district to speed dispute resolution process. We also want to implement the land management system to ensure that 300 thousand farms are ascertained,” she said.
Zimbabwe is undertaking land audit to ensure there is production and productivity on the farms while also downsizing others to accommodate the 250 thousand farmers who are on the waiting list.