Outspoken Independent Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa (Norton) says there was no point in liberating the country from the yoke of white minority rule if 41 years after independence black people are forced off their ancestral land for whites.
This follows the recent gazetting of Statutory Instrument 50 of 2021 by the Ministry of Local Government for the removal of the Chilonga people in Chiredzi from their ancestral land to pave way for a dairy company, Dendairy owned by Darren Coetzee, to run a lucerne grass farming project.
Mliswa claimed that white people are doing as they please under the so-called New Dispensation and this is a reversal of the gains achieved by the nation through the armed struggle. He said:
No one wants to support a system that persecutes people. The whites are having a party in Zimbabwe with the Second Republic.
They’re making more money than everybody, we’re witnessing the reversal of policies and empowerment in their favour.
12 000 people are being removed for what? For one white man? Dendairy what national project are we talking of here?
Mliswa challenged the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage to intervene and ensure that the Chilonga people retain their heritage.
The former ZANU PF Mashonaland West provincial chairman warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa that on a spiritual level, Zimbabwe will become difficult to govern as local people are “crying” because of government policies. Said Mliswa:
Where’s our culture and heritage [Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage]?
Spiritually it becomes difficult to govern the country when such prevails. People’s tears aren’t good.
What was the point of liberating this country when we’re still oppressed?