The opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has condemned the alleged harassment of resettled farmers by the ruling ZANU PF. This comes after reports of harassment of farmers in various provinces in the country. In a statement seen by Pindula News, the party led by Nelson Chamisa also said the land reform programme is irreversible:
ZANU PF MUST STOP HARASSING RESETTLED FARMERS
We condemn the harassment of resettled farmers by Zanu PF officials who are forcing farmers to attend Zanu PF meetings in various provinces as they continue to lose support in the lead up to the 2023 election.
Farmers are being threatened with the withdrawal of their offer letters and the forced acquisition of their land by the regime if they do not support Zanu PF. This is a flagrant violation of section 72 of the Constitution which provides that agricultural land vests in the State. We reiterate that land is not the property of any political party.
We are aware that Zanu PF is forcing farmers to attend its Cell Day on 11 June 2022 or risk losing their farms. This is unconstitutional and will be resisted. The Cell Day itself is a panicked reaction by Zanu PF and a direct response to the citizen-driven Mugwazo campaign in rural areas which is focused on mass mobilization for change in rural areas and emphasizes the supremacy of the branch in recruitment and political activities.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Land Reform Program is irreversible. A Citizens’ Government will solve the land issue once and for all. The holding of land will not be left to the whim and fancy of partisan politics or the political mood of the day. Land allocation and ownership will be taken out of the hands of politicians. We will give title deeds to all resettled farmers and guarantee security of tenure to all persons allocated agricultural land. Farmers will be able to borrow against and monetize their land.
In the new Zimbabwe, we will embark upon a Smart Agrarian Reform Program with a special focus on using modern infrastructure, technology and precision solutions in agriculture to ensure improved yields and commercially viable agricultural enterprise. We will ensure that food security is prioritized and that Zimbabwe’s position as a leading agro-business competitor in the region is restored.
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