Deputy Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Energy Mutodi has defended the government’s seizure of farms owned by former and current ZANU PF members considered to belong to the G40 faction.
Mutodi said there was nothing amiss in the sequestration of farms owned by Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere and Robert Zhuwawo as the intention is to ensure productivity. Said Mutodi:
Government is taking back all underutilised and in some cases, abandoned agricultural land as we move forward to ensure food security in the country.
The names you have mentioned are former ministers who are in self-imposed exile and have neglected their farms.
We are facing critical shortages of maize, soya beans, oranges and other raw materials because several farms that used to be productive are now lying idle.
It is a clear government policy that such underutilised farms are repossessed by the government and subdivided to create smaller highly productive farm units.
Reports suggest that Mandiitawepi Chimene, Walter Mzembi and Kudzanai Chipanga’s farms are also in line for repossession as President Emmerson Mnangagwa goes for broke against his rivals.