Govt publishes names of all people given farms

Zimbabwe next week publishes the list of all the people that were given land since 2017 including those who were given farms by the late Minister of Lands Perrance Shiri and those who got land under the current Minister Anxious Masuka.

Masuka announced this in Parliament yesterday in answer to questions from legislators who wanted the minister to clarify the status of the country’s land reform programme.

Masuka said the list was almost ready and he would release it to Parliament next week.

He said his ministry was inundated with applications for land and was currently sitting on 250 000 applications yet 99% of the land had already been allocated.

“All the farms that are available have been given. One may move around and see an unsettled farm but invariably on our records, that farm would have been offered to someone,” he said.

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“So on our database it will appear as if it is occupied to an extent, because there is no additional land that is available to give to people, we now have gone back to look at re-distributing that which we have given to others already.

“We have formulated from a policy perspective, four categories of how we are going to guide the Provincial Lands Committees and the District Lands Committees to identify such land. The first category is that of multiple farm owners and that we are identifying. The Provincial Lands Committees and District Lands Committees will then look at those that are on their waiting lists and allocate.

“The second category we indicated is for abandoned farms. The third category is underutilized farms and the fourth is that of derelict farms.

“There is no guarantee that if someone applies for land today, they will then think that two months, a year or ten years down the line they can get something.