Govt to weed out multiple farm owners — minister

Dr Mombeshora

Dr Mombeshora

Nyemudzai Kakore Herald Correspondent
Government has introduced a new data system that will curb multiple farm ownership by not allowing anyone who already has multiple farms under A1 or A2 to be allocated another piece of land.

The new database system is being implemented in conjunction with the Registrar-General’s Office and is part of Government strategy to weed out individuals who have multiple farms.

Under this system, data captured from the Registrar’s Office will be used to verify the particulars of allotees to ensure that those who use fake particulars are dealt with.

Addressing students at the Staff College on Challenges on Land and Rural Resettlement in Harare yesterday, Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said the new system is aimed at ensuring that each family is allocated one farm.

“There were indigenous people who had farms with title deeds which they owned but when the fast track land reform started they also went on to get pieces of land under the model A2 and A1. Most of them said they were entitled to free land as Zimbabwean people,” he said.

“We also had people who were allocated land under model A1 first and also got land under model A2 because we did not have a clear database, where we could cross check to see whether the persons had another piece of land.

“We use the identification card and the national identification number at the Registrar’s General Office because the office has a database of everyone. The Registrar General will cross check with our database to make sure that person has not been allocated piece of land anywhere else,”.

He said under the new system, the moment they enter an ID number the system shows whether the person was allocated land or not.

Dr Mombeshora’s sentiments come after Government unearthed irregularities in the allocation of farms during the land reform programme in 2014.

It emerged that some children as young as 10 years of age benefited from the programme.

Under the audit, it was also noted that the land reform programme was marred by double allocation of farms due to a mix up of names.

Dr Mombeshora said they were going to undertake a massive exercise to ensure that they evaluate all the farms.

He said a dispute resolution committee has been set up at national level to deal with disputes arising from the resettled farmers.

“We also have challenges of disputes among resettled farmers. Some of the disputes are related to boundaries and infrastructure because we have not been able to do surveys of all the new plots.

“The Ministry of Finance has agreed to fund the purchase of new equipment to provide the necessary finances to do the survey that by 2018, all the remaining close to 4 600 farms that have not been surveyed would be completed,” he said.

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  • Brigadier Siyasutha Belamba

    I think it does not make sense to issue threats when we know these are empty threats. Siuppose you find Mugabe with more than two farms what are you going to do Mombeshora:nothing. Instead of punishing people with more than one farm why not just tax them more so they produce more on the farms. It is known that Zimbabwe is now a net importer of food due to farm underutilisation. I would rather we find a way to make farmers work the land.Give them title so they access loans and stop using land in your political football squabbles. If Gororo has 10 farms and is productively using those farms why not encourage him. Myo may have one farm and if he is not doing anything on that farm he is sabotaging the nation

  • XposiaMania

    The ? is when? Since when and to when? Truly, the Gvt has high appetite to say something and do nothing for the people. Ex-VP project, People First is a clear message to Zimbabwe that the ZANU (pf) party does not prioritize the people at all. This is now very CLEAR!

  • yowe

    Really???

    • Gary WekuZviyambe

      All this is another opportunity for the fatcats to get more bribes from multiple farm owners. Everyone knows the bigwigs who own multiple farms. This whole exercise will not yield any meaningful results.

  • Observer gonzo

    Remember doink the clown?

  • Wakisai

    Rather hypocritical, since Minister Mombeshora has confirmed those already illegally allocated multiple farms will be allowed to enjoy a loophole to keep their spoils but not increase their numbers of farms, simply entrenching the illicit status quo.
    How does this reconcile with official policy of ‘one man/family one farm’ when many Ministers, Zanu-PF bigwigs and the First Family are already multiple farm owners, with the majority of them far from being fully utilised or productive?

  • Cde Fide

    All bark no bang. Every statement/announcement depends on which side or in whose bed he woke up in. 900 000ha remaining identified but survey not completed/started yet. Productivity not multiple farm ownership to be used as criteria for repossessing farms and now we are back to IDs and roping in the RG. Why should LAND, the foremost grievance for waging the liberation war be entrusted to such ineptitude.

  • mhepo

    Noble idea. Tax system based on land size is the answer. It shouldn’t be a token figure but something like 30% of potential production value. Concessions can then be made on profit tax to make agriculture commercially viable.

  • Chaluvha

    Minister Mombeshora your talk is cheap and misleading to the nation . The issue of multiple ownership of land is there but you simple do nothing to solve it . People on the ground have reported these cases but nothing is happening because the people involved are big wigs and most of them pay lands officers money. If you discover that a child was given land at the age of 10 years by then and today this person is above 18 what will you do . We have these cases everywhere. I for one , l reported to the District lands Officer of Zvimba that we are embroiled in a A 1 land dispute at Tramore Farm with a Director of Education in Mash-West Province . This DE guy has another A2 farm in Mash Central and this little A1 six hactares at Tramore farm . After we exposed him , your guys at the District lands offices connived with him to register the A1 farm in the name of his son who is in Australia . Today as we speak since 2000 noone is using that land . Minister , you are just a toothless bull dog barking for nothing . There is nothing you are doing to these issues so why dont you just keep quiet .

  • Telescope

    Totenda dzanwa dzaswera nebenzi. You know some of you have six farms in one family. Chabuda Nada…basa you are leasing to those who didn’t get land, imi reaping zvemahara as usual. We should not be getingt so much food aid if Minister muri serious kuita what we tax payers pay you for. Some of us were not even considered for this land thing even when we could prove capacity to work that land and contribute. Itai tione. Yaaaaawning.