Speaking at a rally in Marondera, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said that the government did not regret the sanctions which came due to the land reform programme. Mnangagwa emphasized that land reform was a closed chapter which just needed to be consolidated and refined. Said Mnangagwa,
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 benefitted can also own land.
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.
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