ZANU PF youths have disapproved President Mnangagwa’s decision to compensate white former commercial farmers. President Mnangagwa claims the compensation is a constitutional mandate and will not be for land, but, improvements on the farms.
Godfrey Tsenengamu, ZANU PF youth league political commissar revealed that he is infuriated by the decision. He said:
Compensation for land developments or infrastructural development is not a priority for Zimbabweans. The Constitution demands compensation for the above and what we are proposing is an amendment to that clause, as the clause is an insult to our fallen heroes who paid for this land through their blood, sweat and tears.
Pupurai Togarepi, Zanu PF youth league leader has however dismissed allegations of a fallout. Said Togarepi:
That’s a very healthy debate and any Zimbabwean is entitled to his or her opinion. As long as the compensation is constitutional, it’s good for us as a country to abide by our laws.
Meanwhile, other pressure groups have also contributed to the heated debate. Gilbert Bwende, secretary-general of pressure group Tajamuka/Sesijikile believes there are teething issues the government should address first. He said:
Hospitals and medical practitioners are under-equipped, yet the government chooses to spend money on a group of white commercial farmers, most of whom are harboured within the comfort of their native countries.
The ZANU PF youths open revolt against party decisions would be the first time in history as they never defied party authorities and policies before.
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