Land reform programme irreversible says President

By ZBC Reporter

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has assured the nation that the land reform programme is not reversible and the compensation of former farmers is a constitutional issue that should be done in respect of property rights.

Speaking at the Principals Executive Meeting of the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) in Harare this Friday, the President also said there is no crisis in Zimbabwe.

For President Mnangagwa, the land reform programme is not reversible and farmers need to focus on preparations for the upcoming agricultural season.

“Let me restate that the Land Reform Programme is irreversible. To this end, there is no vacillation. The current processes with regards to land issues entail the implementation of provisions of our national Constitution, in particular, Section 295 as it relates to black indigenous Zimbabweans. I urge all farmers to remain focused on preparing for a successful 2020-2021 season,” he said.

The government recently approved the Global Settlement Deed that will ensure compensation of former commercial farmers who lost their farms during the land reform programme.

However, there has been a lot of misinterpretation of the agreement with some sections claiming that the deal was set to reverse the land reform programme.

Government has therefore since assured farmers that the right to agricultural land is a constitutional right that should not be tampered with.

The President also poured cold water on claims that there is a crisis in the country, urging Zimbabweans to unite in towards economic prosperity.

This Friday’s POLAD meeting gave players an opportunity to deliberate on various issues affecting the economy and strides the government is making to address them.

Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa said as the country battles to contain the spread of COVID-19, the safety of frontline workers remains critical.

This comes as the government has disbursed 2.4 million United States dollars for the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment.

The Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) meeting in Harare this Friday saw the President revealing the funding mechanism towards COVID-19.

“The country is still under lockdown and enforcement measures continue to be streamlined in line with the level of the threat. The government continues to urge citizens to strictly adhere to the set requirements to guarantee their safety. The safety of our frontline staff remains at the core of our efforts and just this week Government released US$2.4 million to procure the much needed PPE, delivery of which commenced on August 27, 2020”.

The President also highlighted how the pandemic has provided the country with opportunities for growth towards self-reliance in the health sector.

“Besides causing challenges to our development, Covid-19 has also provided opportunities for growth towards self-reliance, particularly in the health sector. Our universities and tertiary institutions have led in this regard with most PPEs now being manufactured locally. Our local industry has also been quite forthcoming, leaving us to import only the high-level PPEs for use in highly infectious environments,” he said.

On the economy, Cde Mnangagwa noted that the various infrastructural development and social welfare projects being implemented by the government are testimony of his government’s strides to stabilise the economy.

“Government has gone out of its way to institute innovative measures to spur the country’s development. This is evidenced by the various infrastructural projects that are evident as you traverse our major highways and communities in terms of schools and health centres.”

The meeting saw President Mnangagwa rallying POLAD players and the nation at large to work hard and propel the country towards achieving Vision 2030.