Evicted white Zim farmer to get land back, as Mnangagwa govt reverses decision

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Rusape – A white commercial farmer, who was evicted from his farm in Manicaland province in Zimbabwe, is reportedly set to return back and resume production after the decision "was reversed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa's new administration".
Heavily armed Zimbabwean riot police besieged Robert Smart’s farm outside Rusape town in June and forcefully evicted him from his farm.
The tobacco and maize grower was evicted to reportedly pave way for a top cleric, Trevor Manhanga, who had links with then president Robert Mugabe.
The grabbing of Lesbury Farm came shortly after Mugabe told his supporters at a rally that all remaining white commercial farmers should be kicked off their properties to make way for the ruling Zanu-PF party's youth and his supporters who had no land.

But, according to New Zimbabwe.com, president Mnangagwa’s special adviser Chris Mutswangwa said on Tuesday that Smart and his Darryn should not be disturbed in their farming activities.
"These farmers are Zimbabweans and they belong to Manicaland province," Mutswangwa was quoted as saying, adding that the country now needed direct investments to boost the economy.


https://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimba...-as-mnangagwa-govt-reverses-decision-20171207
 

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First sign that Mnangagwa will operate at least slightly differently from his predecessor. Of course, I won't put my money on it lasting too long.
 

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Step in the right direction...... Time will tell.
 

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i told you i heard this stuff that he wanted the white farmers to come back and do their farming. this would be good for the country. mugabe kicked him out when he suggested it.
 

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Interesting.

My sincere hope is that he will take it further, boost farming production and create employment opportunities for the jobless Zimbabweans.

Wonder what will our Dear Leaders say of that then.
 

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i told you i heard this stuff that he wanted the white farmers to come back and do their farming. this would be good for the country. mugabe kicked him out when he suggested it.

Agreed. However, it's a catch 22 for me. I won't pretend to know his entire history, but going by what I've read about his past and the killings he was responsible, I am in conflict with myself as to whether I think he's been good or bad for his countrymen, even if he does everything right from here on in. To me, he still played a part in bringing Zim to its knees.
 

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Agreed. However, it's a catch 22 for me. I won't pretend to know his entire history, but going by what I've read about his past and the killings he was responsible, I am in conflict with myself as to whether I think he's been good or bad for his countrymen, even if he does everything right from here on in. To me, he still played a part in bringing Zim to its knees.

I just happened to talk to a Zimbabwean Taxify driver, who said that apparently he was part of an ethnic cleansing drive, lots of blood on his hands
 

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One simple act of parliament and Zanu PF can turn Zimbabwe around. Full property rights with expropriation without compensation made explicitly illegal.
 

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Wonder what will our Dear Leaders say of that then.

Evidence doesn't matter when you are bent by ideology. Only the reality of starvation is enough to convince the commie types who want this that their ideology doesn't work.
 

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Interesting.

My sincere hope is that he will take it further, boost farming production and create employment opportunities for the jobless Zimbabweans.

Wonder what will our Dear Leaders say of that then.
Might be us trying to get into Zim one day.
 

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Malema very quiet lately. He was singing Mugabe's praises for years and how Zimbabwe was a shining beacon, and example to all of Africa. Strangely not even Zimbabweans felt that way except a few small cronies close to Mugabe, of which included Malema.

C'mon Julius you not going to say anything? Where are you hiding now?
 

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Malema very quiet lately. He was singing Mugabe's praises for years and how Zimbabwe was a shining beacon, and example to all of Africa. Strangely not even Zimbabweans felt that way except a few small cronies close to Mugabe, of which included Malema.

C'mon Julius you not going to say anything? Where are you hiding now?

You must have missed him, he angered Zanu a while ago when he said Mugabe is too old and should step down, also recently said Mnangagwa should never to backtrack on the land issue.
 

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This was the same farmer who's workers slept with them and their belongings next to the road to protect it. The farmer was very well loved
 

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It's gonna take a lot more than just one farm to restore faith in Zimbabwe. Personally I'd not risk trusting the Zimbabwe government but maybe that's just me..
 
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