Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) Change Champion in Chief Nelson Chamisa says his party will not return farms to white former farmers but instead give title deeds to resettled black farmers.
Zimbabwe is scheduled to hold presidential, parliamentary and local government elections in 2023.
In 2000, the Zimbabwean government, then led by the late Robert Mugabe, embarked on a violent land reform programme and seized farms from about 4 000 white farmers.
However, top ZANU PF and government officials, as well as senior security services officials, allegedly took the lion’s share of the spoils, with some of them getting several farms each, while millions of ordinary citizens remain landless.
Addressing a rally at Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo on Sunday, Chamisa reiterated his previous assertions that the land programme is irreversible. He said:
We are going to give people title deeds to land. We will not return the land to the white owners as is always being propagated.
I heard them say that if the boy gets into power, he is going to take back the land to the whites. No!
That is never going to happen, we are going to give title deeds to our people.
Chamisa also promised to bring an end to the forced displacements of villagers from their land by the government to make way for businesses. He said:
Our new government will not take land from anyone, but instead, it will offer title deeds. We will revive business confidence and investor confidence because the economy is about building confidence in title deeds and ownership.
Thousands of families in Southeast Lowveld are on the verge of losing their ancestral lands to pave the way for milk and ethanol-producing companies.