Zanu (PF) Leaders Cling To Farms Acquired During Land Grab

BULAWAYO,- Scores of senior Zanu (PF) officials, including close family members of President Robert Mugabe continue to cling to multiple farms which they obtained free of charge under the controversial land reform programme.

According to documents in the hands of the media, powerful Zanu (PF) politicians, some of whom were named in the controversial Flora Buka Land Audit Report had still not come forward to give up their ill-gotten properties.

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Previous government attempts to reclaim some of the farms appeared to be targeted at only small plot holders under the fast-track A1 resettlement scheme while the commercial model under which a number of Zanu (PF) heavy weighs and business people connected to the former ruling party acquired scores of farms free of charge has been largely left unruffled.

President Mugabe and his close family members lead the pack of influential people who have benefitted from the chaotic and controversial land reform programme. Mugabe himself is alleged to be the proud owner of 13 farms while his close relatives, wife and in- laws own a total of 26 farms. Some of the farms owned by Mugabe include Gushungo Estates, (Mazowe), Gushungo Dairies (Mazowe) Iron Mask Estate (Mazowe) Sigaru farm (Mazowe) Gwebi Wood (Mazowe) Gwinha farm (Banket), Highfield farm (Norton) Cressydale Estate (Norton ) and John O’ Groat farm in Norton.

Some of the president’s close relatives who own multiple farms are Leo Mugabe, Nyangadza farm (Mhangura), ,Journey’s End (Makonde) and Diandra farm in Mashonaland West. Reward Marufu, Mugabe’s wife cousin owns Leopards Vlei (Glendale), Kachere farm (Mazowe), Grace Mugabe, Smithfiled Extension (Mazowe and Iron Mask farm also in Mazowe.The late Mugabe’s sister Sabina had five farms. The farms are Mimosa of Lembwe in Makonde, Gowrie farm in Norton, Golden Stairs and Audley End in Mashonaland West.

The Minister of Youth Development and Indigenisation Saviour Kasukuwere also owns four farms while Local government minister, Ignatius Morgan Chombo owns three farms. Kasukuwere owns Harmony farm, Pimento (Mazowe), Conucorpia farm, (Mazowe), Bretton farm and Bamboo Creek in Shamva. Chombo owns Allan Grange farm in Raffingora, Oldham farm in Chegutu and Shingwiri farm also in Chegutu.

Mines Minister Obert Mpofu owns five farms in Matabeleland. Mpofu’s farms are Umguza Block 39, Umguza 40, Umguza 41, Auchenbery of Rochester and Young farm in Nyamandlovu.

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This development has prompted a vociferous outcry from the former white commercial farmers, landless peasants and other disaffected groups whose chances of owning land have been scuppered by Zanu (PF) heavyweights.

“ The one man one farm policy seems applicable only to a certain section of our society while some people are multiple owners of land.

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White commercial farmers rights have been trampled in this country ” said Commercial Farmers Union of Zimbabwe (CFUZ) president, Deon Theron during the union‘s meeting held in Bulawayo on Friday.