MDC Alliance MPs backing MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora on Thursday took to task Agriculture Minister Anxious Masuka on why the government’s land distribution exercise remained partisan.
The MPs queried why the government was distributing land only to Zanu PF members leaving out the opposition MDC.
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Masuka was grilled by the MPs when he was appearing before parliament’s portfolio on agriculture.
He was giving oral evidence on the government’s strategy to improve farming activities in the country.
MDC-T (Proportional Representative) MP Joyce Makonya questioned the minister why the 99-year farm leases were being handled by the government.
She also asked Masuka to clarify reports some resettled farmers were being removed from their land to pave way for evicted white farmers.
MPs from the MDC-T, however, interjected her shouting; “Yes! We also want those farms.”
Gokwe Nembudziya MP, Justice Mayor Wadyajena (Zanu PF) urged Minister Masuka to give the MDC MPs farms. He said:
Minister, the burning issue here is that MDC’s land policy in the past was that no one member should accept a farm from the government. Now you see what I am saying is that they also want farms.
Give them farms when they come to your offices and treat them as citizens. Do not look at politics. They are citizens of Zimbabwe and want to engage in farming as well.