In a recent development published by The Standard, the government, lead by Vice president Constantino Chiwenga is reportedly considering amending part of the constitution and repeal Statutory Instrument (SI) 62 of 2020 to effectively ban freehold title deeds for farms covered by Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (BIPPAs).
The possible major policy reversal which might further worsen Zimbabwe’s relationship with Western allies have been the agenda of VP Chiwenga’s marathon meetings with Attorney-General Prince Machaya, Lands minister Anxious Masuka and Finance minister Mthuli Ncube and his personal assistant, Major General Godfrey Chanakira according to the publication.
A government official that disclosed the issue to the publication stated that a draft amendment to abolish freehold title deeds on BIPPA farms has already been prepared:
Chiwenga later went to meet the president in the company of Machaya to apprise him of his decision and get the greenlight to amend the constitution.
Machaya was instructed to draft the changes to the constitution and an SI has already been made. A draft amendment has already been prepared for circulation.
The draft will be fast-tracked in Parliament using the ruling party’s majority
Chiwenga is reportedly feeling that the BIPPA agreement that was unveiled at the same time the government announced the $3.5 billion the government was going to raise to compensate commercial white farmers who lost their farms during the land reform program, is to an extend a reversal of the land reform program.
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