Goodbye to poverty: ED

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 | 3363 views
President Mnangagwa

President Mnangagwa

Tendai Mugabe in Marondera
Zimbabwe does not regret embarking on the land reform programme, which attracted debilitating economic sanctions from the West, because it is a principled nation that knows its destiny, President Mnangagwa has said.

He, however, said the land reform exercise was a closed chapter as Zimbabwe was now focusing on consolidating the programme through mechanisation. President Mnangagwa made these remarks when he addressed thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at a rally outside Rudhaka Stadium here yesterday.

He said the flagship programme driving agricultural mechanisation was Command Agriculture, which has since been broadened to cover livestock, cotton and soya beans, among others.

“Sanctions were imposed on us in 2000 because we had resolved as Zanu-PF in 2000 to repossess our land. They (Commonwealth) said you should not do that and we said no to Commonwealth. We repossessed our land and redistributed it to our people. Now we are in the process of auditing the land to see if those who got the land deserved it and that there are no multiple farm owners.

“In cases where one family has more than one farm, we will repossess the other farms and give to others. We need transparency and fairness in the distribution of our land. We have a land commission (Zimbabwe Land Commission) which is moving around auditing land ownership. Once they produce their report, we will be able to see how our youths and women who have not benefited can also own land,” he said.

“Secondly, for almost 20 years, we have been in isolation because of the sanctions, but we don’t regret that sanctions were imposed on us because we are a proud people, we are a proud nation, a principled people. We know what we want, we know our destiny, and we know where we want to go. If you go against us, we are against you.

“We are saying the land reform is behind us and we are only consolidating it. What we are now saying is that our agriculture must be modernised, must now be mechanised, must now make sure that much of our agriculture is under irrigation. Once we do that, we will be sure that we can always be guaranteed of good harvests even during drought periods.”

President Mnangagwa continued: “Under that model, which we have introduced — the Command Agriculture model and the Presidential Input Support Scheme — we are achieving this objective. We now have two years implementing these programmes and we are saying bye bye to poverty.

“We are now our own masters and making our land productive. How do we make our land productive? Government should support farmers. We empower the farmer at every level and there are two categories: those on Command Agriculture Scheme we empower them, and those who are not on that scheme, about 1,8 million households, we support them freely under the Presidential Input Support Scheme.

We have so far extended this programme to cover livestock, fishery, wheat and soya beans, cotton and wildlife. Under livestock, we have already started with the Matabeleland region because there are less rains.”

President Mnangagwa said his administration had other programmes for those who wanted to venture into poultry and piggery projects.

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  • Vincent Notho

    Zim is still at the bottom of the human development indicators – the stage of basic need for food. My question is whether ‘Command’ is the ideology to take us to other levels or it’s going to be one expediency after another?

  • zimbotry

    Rubbish. Look at the huge amount of land growing dust. And why wasn’t something done to address multiple ownership long ago. We have heard thos talk from this party so often and they have never done anything about it.

  • Advocate C Moyo

    say that to the zanu pf supporters who believe everything. ZAnu pf ending poverty? This is joke of the year 2018.

    • April taffie

      Hahahah the jokers will win wait till 30 july muone henyu

  • Mkhusto

    How can you say land reform is a closed chapter when you have 12 farms just like your friends have multiple farms. Who are you….who elected you to be in that position….awusitsheli idoti ngoba okwakuqala akukamelanga ubelapho

    • Public enemy

      He is the president and first secretary of zanu pf, and everyone voted him to that office and still w ar goin to vote fo him

      • zimbotry

        So he will be giving back 11 of his Farms? And everybody DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM

  • tinei ganyani

    I know the Zimbabweans kuti they are peace loving people kana mvura ikanaya chete nzara inotama munyika tichizvirimira zvedu. we are heading for a bright future. ED has my vote this election

    • zimbotry

      If you want a better future you will not get it with ZanuPF

      • Legion

        Yes yes because zanu pf is never complete with the champion of he command agricultural and the restore legacy.. Ed wil end it

    • murenga

      Tts true cde we want a friendly environment here in zim whr we get wat we want at that particular time

      • Flame

        It can only be done if we vote responsibly fr a more organised president like ED

        • zimbotry

          You are a comedian

    • Gatsheni

      No normal person will support a mass murderer, a gukurahundist who has been part of Zanu corruption for the past 38 years. EDiot

    • zimbotry

      Really????? Have you not heard of some of our histories massacres?


    Tell that to the stupid,possessed imbeciles..NO NORMAL PERSON SUPPORTS ZANU PF UNLESS THEY ARE PART OF THIEVERY…Please stop playing with people’s minds we see you for who you are

    • Stonyeni

      I ain’t a thief, not as broke as ua and very normal but aint gonna vote fo any opposition because zanu pf is bae

    • Tinokunda

      You must be blind my guy. .If you see him for who he really is then why not vote for a development oriented guy like him

  • Kokerai chisvo

    Sezvinotaurwa nababa mnangagwa tinofara kut kuchave nematura akazara nezvekudla pamberi neZANU PF

  • Gandanga

    ED has been in government since 1980, why didn’t he say goodbye to poverty all these years?

  • Aubrey KL