Abel Zhakata in Mutare
Government will take land from those with multiple farms, while those with large farms exceeding 1 000 hectares will have them subdivided and parcelled out to landless families, Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
Responding to questions raised by members of the public during a Constitution outreach programme in Mutare yesterday, Acting President Mnangagwa, who is also the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, said the ongoing land audit would expose those who had multiple farms.
“We know that some of us senior Government officials got more than one farm, while some parcelled (out) farms to family members, relatives and girlfriends at the expense of other families,” he said. “We are going to look at that and give those pieces of land to other people.
“Anyone who is found with a farm that is bigger than the required size in a region that farm falls in will have his or her portion of land downsized. So, I urge those with big farms not to invest beyond their farm sizes because those investments will be given to the person who is allocated the remaining part of the farm.
“We need to empower our youths and they will not be left out in the process of fine tuning the land reform programme.”
Cde Mnangagwa took the people through the new Constitution, saying it was vital for everyone to know the contents of the supreme law of the land.
“The Constitution of a nation is a mirror of the national soul and aspirations of a people,” he said. “It is our identity. Who we are? Where we are coming from? And where we are going?
“The Constitution must be taught in schools because that is written so and if we are not doing that we are in breach of the supreme law of the land. We should know our rights.”
Through knowledge of the Constitution, he said, Zimbabweans will value their dignity and be proud of themselves.
Speaking to the same gathering, Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mrs Virginia Mabhiza said Zimbabweans must have a bold culture of constitutionalism.
“If you know your rights you also know and respect the rights of the next person,” she said. “When that happens we live peacefully as a nation. Right now we are in the process of aligning of our legislation to suit the provisions of the new Constitution.”
About 400 pieces of legislation need to be realigned with the Constitution, with the General Laws Amendment Bill to effect such changes having been published last week and is now ready for debate in Parliament.
“We are in the process of aligning these laws and we are prioritising those that affect human rights and the economic development of the country,” said Mrs Mabhiza.
Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Cde Mandi Chimene praised traditional leaders for attending the advocacy meeting, saying they would be equipped with vital knowledge to administer justice in their respective communities.
The outreach meeting was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services ,Cde Monica Mutsvangwa.