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Zimbabwe To Return Expropriated Land Protected By BIPPAs

Zimbabwe To Return Expropriated Land Protected By BIPPAs

The government plans to return ownership of land to former farmers whose farms were protected by the Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements (BIPPAs) but seized during the fast-track land redistribution exercise at the turn of the Millenium.

Out of the 153 farms which were protected under the BIPPAs, about 116 were forcibly taken by the government during the land reform exercise.

Speaking to Business Times recently, Foreign Affairs and International Trade deputy minister David Musabayana said indigenous Zimbabweans will also get their land back. He said:

It’s very clear if you go to the Constitution, section 72 and you read it with Chapter 16.

We will certainly return land under the BIPPAs and that which was owned by indigenous people who have title deeds.

What the government has done so far is to regularise that and align the Constitution by saying whoever was dispossessed of their land during the land reform programme but with title deeds is going to be given their land back or given alternative land. That land is given back to its original holders.

If the land under BIPPAs was not occupied, they can be given back the occupation and there is an option for compensation.

The return of farms that were protected by BIPPAs is expected to mend relations between Zimbabwe and western countries after the former disregarded existing agreements.

More: Business Times

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8 Comments

factos 2 weeks ago

this song is soo familiar because is always dung towards elections


INTERESTED ONLOOKER 2 weeks ago

Hapana chinobuda apa vagara vachingo zvitaura kubata vanhu kumeso chete.


Farm occupant. 2 weeks ago

I hope you are not talking about the land Mugabe gave to us . Or else Zanu loses our Votes . This would be self sabotage


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 weeks ago

Kana wanga uchiti ED Pfee urimupurazi zvisiri pamutemo basop 😂


Sekuru Dhambi 2 weeks ago

Itai henyu asi pangu handibvi. Never!!!


Machiavelli 2 weeks ago

Sorry to spoil the party for our esteemed Ruining Party and Government. This is only the latest in a series of botched vote-buying gimmicks.

Lately we have seen boreholes in urban areas, sweets-for-votes in Kariba, Kapentavrigs for chiefs in Binga US$50 stipends for sabhuku, mystical 1,200 schools built since 2017, 120 more schools to be built before year end, Wi-Fi for schools that don't have buildings, computers and electricity, Title Deeds for squatters in Epworth etc. etc. etc.....

All vote buying tactics that are unbelievable and unrealistic. We have heard the re-engagement mantra since November 2017, we have heard of compensation for white farmers every budget day, and we heard "Zimbabwe is Open for Business", umpteenth times but what we have seen is vilification of business, accusations of sabotage against all and sundry.

I for one will take this mouthing with a liberal pinch of salt


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 2 weeks ago

As has been choreographed by @Machiavelli this ZANU PF Government uses some of these promises as campaign gimmicks which they will not fullfil once elections go by.

However, returning land covered by BIPPAs is intended to persuade relaxation of sanctions because most, if not all, farms covered by BIPPAs were owned by western countries.

This is why I usually and safely say the land grab was chaotic because farms under BIPPAs should not have been expropriated in the first place.

Returning BIPPA covered farms to their rightful owners is not going to be a walk in the park. Firstly, does the government have enough extra unoccupied land to resettle those farmers who currently are resettled on BIPPA farms ?

Some of these farmers are going to claim compansation for additional infrastructures they have installed at the farms. Some former original BIPPA covered farmers are going to claim compensation for damaged infrastructures.

[ SOME THINGS ARE EASIER SAID THAN DONE ]

[ BVA AA NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA ]

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ]

Yours sincerely
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


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luv 2 weeks ago

Zero land return to white farmers,land is for all Zimbabweans not for western..........



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