Zimbabwe Goverment Lists 23 White-Owned Farms For Seizure


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Gift Phiri, NEWS EDITOR • 15 August 2015 3:53PM

HARARE - Government yesterday listed 23 white-owned commercial farms it has targeted for confiscation as government moves to take over all the remaining white-owned farms.

The announcement was made in a State newspaper and listed the identities of the farms earmarked for seizure.

“It is hereby notified that the minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement acquires for and on behalf of the State, the land identified and described in the schedule for purposes of agriculture settlement under Section 72 (2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” the notice said.

“Further take notice that the ownership of the acquired land with full title therein vested in the State is with effect from the date of publication of this notice in the Government Gazette.”

Officials said the deadline would allow new black owners of the land enough time to prepare and plant for the new crop season, which should start in October.

White farmers defying the order to leave their land face up to two years in jail.

In a speech to supporters of his ruling Zanu PF party, President Robert Mugabe said the government was now looking at the totality of its land.

If others were allowed to own portions of it, he said, it would be out of charity — not as a result of colonial history.

“Don’t be too kind to white farmers,” Mugabe told supporters at a recent Zanu PF rally. “They can own industries and companies, or stay in apartments in our towns but they cannot own land. They must leave the land to blacks.”

This also comes amid reports that names of six Zanu PF-backing white farmers have been handed to central government seeking permission for them to remain on the farms under new laws safeguarding farms “of strategic economic importance”.

Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora said: “We have asked provinces to give us the names of white farmers they want to remain on farms so that we can give them security of tenure documents to enable them to plan their operations properly.”

Zimbabwe’s continuing land reform programme, a trigger for tightening Western sanctions against Mugabe and his top aides, is being driven to a climax amid a worsening food crisis.

Among those targeted for eviction are Brad Herzberg of Maguga in Umzingwane with a farm stretching 303 hectares, African Distillers Ltd for its Springvale Estate in Umzingwane, Timothy Andrew Cherry’s 114ha Woodlands property again in Umzingwane, Michael Lewis Gleman’s 101 ha farm.

Other properties listed for acquisition are Christopher Ladas’s 316ha farm in Umguza, Ismene Ekaterina Plangetis’ 95ha farm in Umquza and another 21ha farm in the same area, MetCargo Pvt Ltd’s 393 ha farm in Umguza, and several properties in Matobo, Mazowe, Marondera and Insiza.

Hendrik Olivier, director of the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU), which represents interests of thousands of evicted white farmers and the roughly 300 who remain, said some of the property are small-holder properties.

“It amazes that we continue to list properties for acquisition,” Olivier told the Daily News yesterday. “They continue looting these farms but we have not seen any significant compensation. Only 200 farms have been compensated (from over 4 000 farms seized) up to date. We see listings taking place and no compensation taking place, compensation should be paid in a reasonable time, is 15 years a reasonable time? We need to rebuild the agriculture sector.”

The renewed seizures come as Zimbabwe is facing its worst staple food crisis in a decade, with an estimated four million of its 13 million people at risk of starvation, according to the World Food Programme.

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko in June said the new black farmers had gutted commercial agriculture and embarrassed Mugabe.

“It’s true that the resettled farmers have failed us,” Mphoko said. “They have put to shame our president. President Mugabe is being verbally abused everywhere because of the failed land resettlement.

“President Mugabe is now being forced to beg for food from neighbours. We were once the breadbasket of the region, but these farmers have destroyed the agriculture sector.”

Supporters of the president point to Zimbabwe’s colonial history, which left 70 percent of the land owned by the white 5 percent of the population, as justification for the land seizures.

At an international donors conference in 1998, the CFU agreed to sell back 2,5 million acres of land with another 12,4 million to follow in a phased plan. But international funding dried up after donor money was instead lavished on Mugabe’s cronies. Restless for a share of the land, the war veterans launched farm invasions in 2000.

With the 48-year-old David Cameron sweeping to a stunning May 7 election victory in Zimbabwe’s former coloniser Britain forming the first majority Conservative government since John Major’s surprise victory in 1992, Catriona Laing, the British ambassador to Zimbabwe, recently told the Daily News the new government will not support any compensation scheme set up to help evicted white farmers in Zimbabwe. In fact, the demand was met with scorn in Whitehall.

“The UK has never agreed to accept responsibility for compensation but we have always said that we would support a fair, transparent and pro-poor land reform programme as part of an international effort,” Laing said.

“The UK government supports, and will continue to support, the aspirations of the Zimbabwean people for a more democratic, stable and prosperous Zimbabwe.”
White farmers defying the order to leave their land face up to two years in jail.
Is that what Mugabe is calling summary execution these days
If I am not mistaken, Mugabe did the same thing in 2003-2004. At that time I was following it on BBC as I was working in Eastern Europe. That was the initial land grab to my knowledge. My guess is that if Zimbabwe were not a good hunting country, there would be a lot fewer "whites" going there for any reason. Mugabe is a combination of ignorant, stupid and criminal!
There is a mistaken belief amongst black politicians almost everywhere in Africa, that land is the answer to their staying in political power whereas the reality is that land ( more so marginal land) in the use of unqualified and often disinterested land users will degrade rapidly and produce starvation and ill health so fast the same politicians will face revolt a lot sooner than if land were left in the productive ownership of ONLY agriculturally qualified users, irrespective of race. Chinese revolution under Chairman Mao was motivated by peasant land hunger real or imagined, and Zimbabwe follows the Chinese model of politizing land ownership based on ruling party affiliation not even race!
This is just a political shout out to his followers to keep them calm. I know two white farmers that have been given land by Bob.
You are right John and Adriaan, with out to offering land to the black population Zim and that 90 year old ruler will not have any more votes, same as in RSA when its closing in on elections then Zuma start to talking about that white commercial farms should be 50 % own by black people... then nothing happen.

I do not understand why the people of Zimbabwe do not take out that tyrann when they see daily starvation and hunger and after so many years the government have lying to them voters with promises !!!

Number two : Its a fact that black people in Africa can not running commercial agriculture farm, we see that for 50 years now, and its very sadly the same problem every time.
The government removed the white farmers who were educated and knew how to run a commercial agriculture farm and replaced them with uneducated black citizens. With removing all of the knowledgeable farmers the new ones have no one to learn from. I'm guessing Zimbabwe doesn't have schooling for agriculture or its not easily available and internet research is also probably not widely available. If you replace an entire skill based sector with unskilled workers without any means of learning how to do it properly, the government couldn't of expected anything better than a catastrophic failure. The government involved politics and racism with business and its reaping what it sowed. I think it would be great if more native Zimbabweans improved themselves economically but land seizure/redistribution based on race was probably the worse way of trying to. Its like taking a trout out of a pond and throwing it into the ocean and expecting it to thrive.
Bsums, I will be straight forward on this one. Zim have agriculture college that's not the problem. The problem is that the land is given to people with connection to the government, and most of this black lads have only one interest and that is to do as little as possible except from drinking and have as many girlfriends as possible, it's a total other culture and for them it's a successful life when you can drive a new Mercedes and own a farm, but dancing and scotch on the rocks comes first.... not bad life I can promise you but a disaster for the country :LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL:

Philip Chiyangwa (say he is cousin to Mugabe)
In 1996 he proposed the indigenisation of Zimbabwe through the removal of white farmers from the country, threatening "Rowanda" if they didn't choose to leave.
I stand corrected. But that is worse than what I was thinking. The uneducated can be educated. Leeches can't be made to work.
When I hunted Zim 1996 with the Greaves family who farmed and also owned Fountain Safaris, they were already concerned about losing it all way back then. I imagine they have lost it all by now.
Zimbabwe has gotten progressively worse, until someone overturns the government, I see little chance for improvement. Zimbabwe us to be a great country, with great farms and lots of wildlife at fantastic prices. It's really sad to see it slip further and further down the slope.
Yes sestoppelman, it's a sad story. Most of the private "white" own farm is gone, but I know for example some German company's that buy farms in Zimbabwe, and it's looks like the government have problem to decide if it's black or white people that are shareholders....
If I am not mistaken, Mugabe did the same thing in 2003-2004. At that time I was following it on BBC as I was working in Eastern Europe. That was the initial land grab to my knowledge. My guess is that if Zimbabwe were not a good hunting country, there would be a lot fewer "whites" going there for any reason. Mugabe is a combination of ignorant, stupid and criminal!

@sierraone try 2000 here is a bit of reading from the farmers union , you will see a small mention of 2 women being gang raped ( they were also tied up with their husbands and hit with on the head with bricks, and covered in what was i think luckily floor polish which didnt catch alight when the "war vets" tried to set them all on fire)who were as it says related to a top official of the farmers union. a bit of a read but this is when it kicked off. i was in a matetsi hunting area at the time with clients who i had booked the hunt for, and the ph`s were on the landline getting new info every evening and they were very worried. this was easter period 2000


the link to the rape part of the above link
Mike, terrible to read that reports, was down back and forward in Zim for hunting from 1989 and up to 1994... and when the country start to boiling already -96 I left and did not go back after that. I am still wondering why Blair and the uk government did not send rescue troops to Zimbabwe during that time, the French did it in Rwanda even if the white population was not in the risk zone, I am sure if Margaret Thatcher that resing 1991 was the PM 9 years later (2000) she should have solve the problems in Zimbabwe with the same way she did during the Falklands War !!

Thanks God that Zambia (North Rhodesia) is one of the peacefullest places in Africa, where white and blacks have a full understanding and respect each other, no violence at all for 50 years !
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If I owned a farm in Zim and faced eviction I would rather blow up all the buildings and destroy all farming equipment than leave it to these criminals..

Thats what they are.....criminals..
Yes... I would do the same Pondoro, the problem is that you don't have time. Like the Portuguese did in Angola when they putting betong in all sewers they could in all government buildings in and around Luanda before they left... :D
If I owned a farm in Zim and faced eviction I would rather blow up all the buildings and destroy all farming equipment than leave it to these criminals..

Thats what they are.....criminals..

and salt the fields. let hunger kill them off.

BTW I would never hunt Zim for that reason

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