Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Energy Mutodi said that the government’s decision to compensate white former commercial farmers is meant to mend relations with Western countries.
Mutodi was speaking to the Newsday in response to utterances made by South African opposition politician, Julius Malema.
Malema told South African journalists in Johannesburg on Wednesday that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sold out Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle by compensating the whites and will not finish his term in office. Said Mutodi:
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Government is clearing all obstacles that have hampered cordial and co-operative relations with Britain and the whole European Union bloc. The Second Republic is focusing on re-engagement.
The compensation of the former white farmers is necessary to instil investor confidence. We are implementing a number of reforms that ensure that we create a clear break from the past and lay a firm foundation for investment. That is the (direction) this government has taken.
We are compensating for improvements and not for the land itself and it’s only fair that we handle the land issue in that manner so as to bring finality to the land reform exercise that has caused a lot of disquiet and lack of confidence in our commitment to the rule of law.