The land issue is a big issue in Zimbabwe and how competently and quickly the matter is dealt with will determine how efficiently and quickly the national economic recovery will take place. There is a real danger that the nation will be stuck in the economic mess it now finds itself in for a very long time if the land issue is handled with the blundering incompetence as Tsvangirai is proposing.
"The criticism we have is that government has not trained people to fully utilise the farms. It has also not equipped them adequately. I want to emphasise to Zimbabweans and anyone who believes that the MDC is going to reverse the land reform programme that this is mere Zanu-PF propaganda which has no basis whatsoever," he said
Let us be absolutely clear here what Morgan Richard Tsvangirai would do if he was elected next president of the Republic of Zimbabwe:
· He will not reverse Mugabe’s chaotic farm seizures so all those with multiple farms will keep them; President Mugabe has 13 commercial farms. Some of Mugabe’s cronies have long since abandoned the farms and even he has accepted the need give these abandoned or underutilized farms to those who can put them into productive use. President Tsvangirai would stop the reallocation of such farms and allow the errand farmers to keep their loot
· For years following the farm seizures this Zanu PF regime has poured billions of dollars in soft loans for equipment and agricultural inputs to boast agricultural production to no avail. Mugabe and his cronies wasted the money and have failed to repay the loans. President Tsvangirai will reinstitute the same failed subside scheme to the same failed farmers!
So, the same people who benefited from the looting of the white owned farms worth thousands or millions of dollars, who received freebies from government worth thousands of dollars, etc. and never paid a single dollar of their own money for any of this are now to be give even more freebies from the MDC-T government. No doubt the likes of Bright Matonga, former Deputy Information Minister who seized a fruit farm worth millions of dollars but in a few years destroyed everything, must be hymning to himself “The good times are here again!” He is one of those Zanu PF cronies who was forced to give up the farm; it is being leased to the original owner. He will now be looking at take the farm back and live off the freebies!
· Meanwhile the impoverished Zimbabweans, the sorry sods, who have paid the dearly for the whole sorry farm invasion business direct and indirectly through food shortages; the collapsed economy; forced to pay the filthy rich the freebies, their unpaid loans and now the compensation to the white farmers; etc.; etc. Whilst the people are expecting the new regime in Harare would end all this gross injustice and exploitation of povo they now learn that Tsvangirai will let the looters keep their loot and reward them with new freebies paid by the poor.
Whilst the poor expected the new government to spend public funds in restoring the all but collapse health and education service, repairing water supply, etc. they now learn the funds will be channelled to paying Mugabe and his cronies freebies. The looters are being rewarded for landing the nation in this mess and, worse still, for holding the nation to ransom. The revival of the agricultural sector is key to the country’s economic recovery so even in the post Mugabe era, the tyrant and his cronies will continue to dictate the fate of the nation; that is, if Tsvangirai is the next president!
There is a simple explanation why Tsvangirai is so keen to assure everyone he will never ever reverse President Mugabe’s land redistribution, chaotic and ruinous as it is. Tsvangirai is fearful that demanding the recovery of all ill-got loot from Mugabe and his cronies will sooner or later lead to the spotlight turned on his own $4 million Highlands mansion.
If President Mugabe cannot hang on to his ill-got 13 farms then why should Tsvangirai be allowed to hang on to his equally ill-got mansion!
Richard Morgan Tsvangirai is corrupt and incompetent, his track record speaks volumes. It was his failure to implement even one democratic reform during the GNU that allowed President Mugabe to once again rig the elections and stay in power. The tyrant bribed Tsvangirai with the $4 million mansion. In his desperate effort to hang on to his GNU mansion bribe, Tsvangirai will allow Mugabe and his cronies to get away with all their have looted from the nation.