Govt audits black-owned farms in Masvingo

Masvingo Bureau
Government has started auditing more than 25 black-owned farms in Masvingo East district where some of the indigenous owners are suspected of fronting white former farmers in a bid to circumvent the land redistribution programme.Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora yesterday said the results of the audit were expected to be out at the end of this week.

Cde Mombeshora said Government would never tolerate a situation where blacks front white former farmers saying those caught in the audit net would lose their farms instantly.

He said the agriculturally-rich Masvingo East commercial farming region was the only area being audited in the country after it surfaced that the majority of new black farm owners fronted white former farmers.

“The exercise (audit of farms) is going on in Masvingo East and if they are any fronts, they will be flushed out and the land will be redistributed to landless people in the province (Masvingo). We will never tolerate people who front white farmers when our people are still in need of land.

“So far allegations of blacks fronting white former farmers have been reported in Masvingo East only and nowhere else so this audit is not a national exercise but peculiar to Masvingo East district only and by Friday this week we should have a report of the state of the situation on the ground,’’ he said.

Minister Mombeshora said the black farm owners in Masvingo East were supposed to show proof of having purchased the farms in question from white former farmers by producing documents like title deeds and receipts showing how they paid for the properties. He said the fate of hundreds of land-hungry villagers from areas such as Zaka, Bikita, and Gutu who invaded most black-owned farms in Masvingo East, after raising allegations of fronting white farmers, would be decided after audit results are out.

Minister Mombeshora said he was on a familiarisation tour of all the country’s eight provinces to carry out an assessment of challenges around the land reform programme with a view to find solutions over some land hot spots.

So far he has already been to Masvingo and Manicaland provinces and would continue with his visit to other provinces in the coming few days after which his office would have a full picture of the state of affairs across the country on land issues.

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  • Tichayana

    Why target productive farms providing employment and crops for the benefit of the nation?
    Many previous land/farm audits hidden away and swept under the carpet remain to be dealt with first. The embarrassing multiple farm ownerships and abandoned or unused farms of Ministers and Top officials are far more important problems requiring attention, and deserve a much higher priority as being beneficial to increasing national resources for all the people.

  • Mimi

    Hmmmm there is nothing wrong in auditing the farms but my question is why the audit should start in Masvingo? Let this exercise start near Harare, Mashonaland West, East because there are strong rumors that there are lots and lots of farms falling under this scheme (the fronting of whites). Oh my God and what happened to the whistle-blower outcry because we will blow the whistle zvakatosimba chaizvo.

    • Listix

      “So far allegations of blacks fronting white former farmers have been reported in Masvingo East only and nowhere else so this audit is not a national exercise but peculiar to Masvingo East district only…”

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      Government has started auditing more than 25 black-owned farms in Masvingo East district where some of the indigenous owners are suspected of fronting white former farmers in a bid to circumvent the land redistribution programme.Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora yesterday said the results of the audit were expected to be out at the end of this week.

      Cde Mombeshora said Government would never tolerate a situation where blacks front white former farmers saying those caught in the audit net would lose their farms instantly.

      He said the agriculturally-rich Masvingo East commercial farming region was the only area being audited in the country after it surfaced that the majority of new black farm owners fronted white former farmers.

      “The exercise (audit of farms) is going on in Masvingo East and if they are any fronts, they will be flushed out and the land will be redistributed to landless people in the province (Masvingo). We will never tolerate people who front white farmers when our people are still in need of land.

      “So far allegations of blacks fronting white former farmers have been reported in Masvingo East only and nowhere else so this audit is not a national exercise but peculiar to Masvingo East district only and by Friday this week we should have a report of the state of the situation on the ground,’’ he said.

      Minister Mombeshora said the black farm owners in Masvingo East were supposed to show proof of having purchased the farms in question from white former farmers by producing documents like title deeds and receipts showing how they paid for the properties. He said the fate of hundreds of land-hungry villagers from areas such as Zaka, Bikita, and Gutu who invaded most black-owned farms in Masvingo East, after raising allegations of fronting white farmers, would be decided after audit results are out.

      Minister Mombeshora said he was on a familiarisation tour of all the country’s eight provinces to carry out an assessment of challenges around the land reform programme with a view to find solutions over some land hot spots.

      So far he has already been to Masvingo and Manicaland provinces and would continue with his visit to other provinces in the coming few days after which his office would have a full picture of the state of affairs across the country on land issues.

    • Kugarakunzwana

      What racist hypocrisy! We’re ready to accept 150 000 tonnes off Zambian maize grown by expropriated white Zimbabweans, but local grain in short supply with 2,2 million starving citizens is going to be sabotaged because Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora requires to demonstrate his self-importance and go on an ego trip!

  • chakwasi

    You want to use Masvingo farmers as sacrificial lambs so as to send some warning to your kith and kin in Mashonaland where this is rampant.

  • Doris

    So what? The farms are not owned by the “white” ZImbawean farmers. They now have new “masters” to work for. Anyone have a problem with that?

  • Musengadutu

    Murungu munhu. Kana vakawirirana kuti Murungu arime asi purazi riri reMutema pane chakaipa here? Handiti chiri kudiwa kuti mhuri yeZimbabwe idye ichiguta here?

  • Observer

    I thought ALL agricultural land had been made state land including black owned farms.A black farmer would require a new offer letter to remain on the land.However I think its racism to prevent a black Zimbabwean from going into a farming partnership with a white Zimbabwean. Whats wrong with the 51-49 formula for agriculture?I think its hypocrisy to import maize grown by Zimbabwean whites in Zambia after the Mombeshoras took their farms.