Vice President, Cde Joice Mujuru has castigated multiple farm owners for derailing the land reform programme which is a noble programme aimed at redressing imbalances in land ownership.While the Zanu PF government embarked on the Land Reform Programme to address imbalances in land ownership it has emerged that some individuals acquired more than one farm which they are however failing to fully utilize.
Addressing hundreds of people at a field day at Matsikiti homestead in Chegutu East Constituency, Vice President Joice Mujuru took a swipe at individuals who instead of fully utilizing land are looting resources on the properties they acquired.
â€œAs a country we have a seriousÂ challenges of people who take many farms and they canâ€™t use them effectively, instead they are looting and destroying these farms ad this is a bad habit. It Should Stopâ€, Cde Mujuru said.
Turning to politics, Cde Mujuru said real leaders should not promote factionalism but instead work to strengthen the party at grassroots levels.
â€œPolitical leaders should not work for selfish gains but instead help on strengthening the party at grassroots levels.
â€œZanu PF is a peoplesâ€™ party and not for certain peopleâ€, Cde Mujuru said.
Zanu PF Secretary For Production and Labor, Cde Dzikamai Mavhaire who is spearheading the national programme of enhancing productivity on the farms said focus now is on ensuring the maximum utilization of the acquired land.
â€œYou have the land, contribute in your own way to the success of the Agrarian Reformâ€,said Cde Mavhaire.
Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Cde Webster Shamu who is also the member of the house of assembly for Chegutu-East constituency said tribute should be paid to cadres who fought in the liberation struggle such as Vice President Mujuru so that the majority can have access to land.
â€œWe have cadres like Cde Mujuru who participated in the struggle for us to have this land so we should cherish and guard it jealouslyâ€, Cde Shamu said.
Mr. Marufu Matsikiti emerged as the number one cotton grower in Chegutu district and was awarded various prizes including farming implements.
Earlier on, Cde Mujuru was briefed on the socio â€“political situation in the constituency and later toured Lowood Dip tank and was briefed on various challenges in livestock production in the area. She then led the political leadership in planting trees at the proposed sites for the construction of two schools in the resettlement area.
The field day was attended by the Mashonaland West political leadership, Zanu PF Politburo and Central Committee Members and farmers from the area.