The former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, will be limited to owning only one farm. This is the firm stance taken by recently elected president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mugabe has had a torrid year – first being removed from power through military intervention, then having his presidential pension slashed. Now, it seems the former liberator and authoritarian will only be allowed to keep one of his farms.
Emmerson Mnangagwa lays down the law
It’s an ironic twist of fate that has befallen embattled former leader Mugabe. The man who led a violent and brutal land reform process, which saw the forceful dispossession of land under white ownership, is now having his own farms repossessed.
According to EWN, the newly elected President of Zimbabwe, Mnangagwa, has confirmed the redistribution process due to affect Mugabe’s land ownership.
During an exclusive interview with the Telegraph’s Peta Thornycroft, which has since been republished by NewZimbabwe.com, Mnangagwa stated the decision to limit Mugabe’s ownership would be in line with government policy.
During the interview Mnangagwa stated that after an inquiry process, Mugabe would have the opportunity to pick one farm and one farm only, saying:
“It’s not a question of voluntary giving up, but about complying with the policy. I am still receiving evidence of what the (former) first family had.
When that process is complete they will select one farm and the rest will be given elsewhere. We have the land commission, and this is one of the matters they are seized with attending to.”
Government policy, not victimisation
However, Mnangagwa has given assurances that Mugabe is not being unfairly targeted and that any family owning more than one farm will face the same consequences.
The newly elected president said he is committed to furthering land reform, in a just and fair manner, following stringent regulations which are in place to prohibit land from being hoarded.
It’s been reported that Mugabe owns at least 14 farms in Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa reaffirmed his position on and reform, saying:
“It’s not on the basis of the family. It is on the basis of government policy. There are so many other families who have more than one farm. It must all be governed by the size of the farm.”