April 16, 2012
Government will never allow white former commercial farmers ousted under the Land Reform Programme to return, Zanu-PF secretary for land reforms and resettlement Cde Ignatius Chombo has said.
Addressing journalists in Harare last week, Cde Chombo said the land reform programme was irreversible.
He said Zimbabweans owning the land should drive Zimbabwe’s economy without interference from the white farmers.
“Some quarters, both local and international, continue to entertain the possibility of the return of the white settler farmers to the land appropriated in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe for equitable redistribution to the indigenous people of Zimbabwe,” he said.
“Our people are now on the land and are committed to ensure optimum utilisation of this valuable Zimbabwean resource.” Cde Cho-mbo said Zimbabwe was beginning to reap the fruits of the land reform.
“After the land reform programme, we have seen a transformation in our agricultural sector with numerous success stories in tobacco, cotton, livestock and even horticultural sectors,” he said.
“We need not remind our detractors that people went to war in order to reclaim, not just our independence but also our land.”
He said it was “wishful thinking” for people to imagine that whites would be given a chance to appropriate the land.