Former Finance Minister and current MDC Alliance vice president Tendai Biti said the leasing out of farms to former white farmers by resettled indigenous farmers had made the lad reform programme “a joke”.
Posting on Twitter this Saturday, Biti said land reform created a black landowning rentier class whose only purpose is to extract rent from land.
He said the parasitic class of landlords should be eradicated through an urgent land audit and the seating white tenants must be given offer letters on the “one household, one farm” principle. Wrote Biti:
A cursory study of the land reform process across the country will show the massive and extensive existence of leases of land to former white farmers.
Mashonaland West Province and the Midlands have the highest number of white lessees. That being the case land reform is now a joke.
The creation of a black landowning rentier class whose sole function is to extract rent from land is a negation of the land reform program.
It is a true reflection of how lost and how vacuous Zanu under Emmerson has become. This parasitic class of landlords must be expunged.
An urgent land audit is required to root out these parasites. The seating white tenants must be given offer letters on a one household one farm principle.
More importantly, the black parasitic landlords must pay and fund the US$ 3.5 billion in compensation to whites. Zanu is pathetic.