The Herald (Harare)

17 November 2012

Zimbabwe: PM Threatens Another Land Revolution

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Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

Buhera — MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai has threatened another land revolution unless Government revises the current land tenure system that distributed land from a few white farmers to hundreds of thousands of black families.

In his remarks during a tour of the drip irrigation system he installed at his homestead in Humanikwa Village in Buhera West yesterday, Mr Tsvangirai said the challenge in Zimbabwe was not about land shortage, but the tenure system.

"We had the land reform. Some people were injured while others were killed. It was a violent programme. The concept (drip irrigation system) here is that we can use a very small piece of land and produce enough to feed ourselves and even for export.

"We have lots of land in this country. We can even donate some of it to the Mozambicans and Zambians.

"The challenge is that we are using ancient methods of farming and the current land reform exercise will cause another land revolution unless we change the method of land tenure," he said.

Mr Tsvangirai, whose party is on record promising to return land to white former farmers, did not elaborate on what he meant by "another land revolution".

The land issue was also the basis of a protracted liberation war. The field day at Mr Tsvangirai's homestead drew diplomats from the United States of America, Britain and other European countries. The Japanese Ambassador was also present.

Mr Tsvangirai condemned Government's farm input support scheme saying it was high time communal farmers sourced their own seed and fertiliser.

He said previous efforts by Government to assist farmers had not translated into bumper harvests.

"We gave you inputs before and nothing came out of it. Until when should Government continue spoon feeding you?

"We must give you fishing rods, not fish. The challenge we have is not about land ownership but productivity," Mr Tsvangirai said.

Ironically, a few minutes later, Mr Tsvangirai donated 10kg seed maize and 25kg of fertiliser packs per household to villagers who attended the event.

His remarks contradicted those of his deputy agriculture Minister Seiso Moyo who blamed the poor harvest the nation experienced on the effects of climate change.

Addressing the same gathering, Deputy Minister Moyo said: "Over the years Government has committed more resources to agriculture but it has not been matched by increasing yields.

"We are not seeing increased harvests because of climate change which is affecting harvest leading to food insecurity in most households throughout the country."

He said the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development was putting in place measures designed to ensure food security and these included consideration for drip irrigation.

"Our greatest challenge therefore Mr Prime Minister as a Government is how we can promote this system (drip irrigation) to cover the whole country. This technology can transform the agriculture sector in Zimbabwe," deputy minister Moyo said.

Meanwhile some women in Buhera are up in arms with Mr Tsvangirai whom they accused of abusing his powers to exploit defenceless females.

The elderly women in Buhera have voiced their dismay over Mr Tsvangirai's bed hopping attitude which has seen him fighting court battles with many women whom he dumped after either impregnating them or making false promises.

According to ZTV news the Buhera women say women from across the country should join hands and disown Mr Tsvangirai for his misdeeds.

"Is that democracy when a woman's dignity is destroyed by Tsvangirai? We are tired of the Prime Minister's antics of humiliating women," said one elderly woman in Humanikwa Village where Tsvangirai hails from.

"How can we say we have a Prime Minister when all he does is sleep with any woman he can lay his hands on? Women should unite against this male chauvinist," said another villager in the area.

The sentiments by the Buhera women follow Mr Tsvangirai's sex escapades which have seen him dating, impregnating and divorcing several women since the death of his wife Susan in a car accident in 2009.

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