Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairman Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa has said the war veterans who once gave the government 48 hours to reverse the decision to give back 37 farmers their land have said they support the government’s decision to compensate the commercial farmers, Sunday News reports.
While speaking to the publication at the sidelines of a Zanu-PF Provincial Coordination Committee, Mutswangwa said:
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We strongly support the initiative because we are doing it for goodwill. We have been viewed as being cruel to former white farmers by expropriating land without compensation. We also lost foreign direct investment. So, we are hoping that once we have established good relations, we will get foreign direct investment. We have also been given sanctions based on the issue of land. So, America and other countries that had imposed sanctions on us based on the land issue will not have any reason for continuing to impose the sanctions on us.
Mutsvanga further urged the public to not stigmatise other Zimbabweans based on race and peached unity by saying:
We fought a non-racial war against a racial system. It’s been 40 years after independence. The white people who remained in Zimbabwe are now Zimbabweans. We should not stigmatise them and do racial discrimination in the country. President Mnangagwa wants a united nation regardless of race, creed, religion and gender. We did not fight a racial war. We were supported by the some whites people during the war. Let us not recycle racism in the country
While speaking at the same meeting Jacob Mudenda said compensating the white farmers was constitutional while Paul Mangwana said emphasised Monica Mutsvangwa’s live interview on Radio Zimbabwe by saying there were going to be reallocations but no farmer was going to lose their farm.
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