ED Admits To Land Reform Errors By The Previous Gvt
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly admitted that the haphazard land reform programme caused a serious dip in farm productivity in the country.
According to reports, Zimbabwe went through a chaotic land redistribution in the early 2000s, which was meant to correct past historical imbalances resulting in white commercial farmers losing their farms to mostly the elite in Zanu PF.
Mnangagwa assured the white community during a gathering at Borrowdale Racecourse in Harare that whatever happened now belongs in the past.
“In 1999 and 2000, we left the Commonwealth after quarreling with Britain. As Zanu PF, we met with (then) president Olusegun Obasanjo in Abuja, Nigeria”.
“At that time, it was said we should stop the land reform if we wanted to remain in the Commonwealth because it was chaotic and would disrupt the economy,” he said
“We chose to leave the Commonwealth and pursue the land reform. Whether that was right or wrong, that is history”
“We corrected the land imbalance in the country. Now it is behind us”
Mnangagwa says the task behind Zimbabwe now is to make the land productive again as it was before the land reform.
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