ZIMBABWE THE TRAIN WRECK NATION
An exiled businessman and former farmer who lost his farm during the land invasions of 1999 to 2003 has said efforts by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to lure back farmers onto the land will fail because the farms now look like they were in 1900: vandalized, barren and wasted after 20 years of neglect.
‘It’ll be like starting all over again, and who honestly wants that?’ Dr David Jesse told Zimbabwe Voice. ‘After two decades of turmoil, Zimbabwe has had eight currencies, 540% per month inflation, no water, no petrol, no food, no electricity, no medicines and no independent judiciary and complete absence of any rule of law. Who comes back to such a country?
‘This latest wish and prayer legislation is not a fix-all for the country’s woes. It will be surprising if it elicits any response whatsoever from those in the diaspora or the international community,’ Dr Jesse said.
Zimbabwe is officially trading in the local RTGS dollar, but the US dollar is creeping back into the market. Prices also differ is one is paying via mobile money platform EcoCash, swipe and other soft currencies.
Two weeks ago, the government gazetted new legislation under which former landowners may opt for repossession or monetary compensation. The new regulations will apply to indigenous farmers whose farms were appropriated, as well as to those whose land was protected by bilateral treaties.
Several countries, among them South Africa, Austria, France, Germany, Mauritius, Holland, Sweden and Malaysia, had signed investment protection agreements with Zimbabwe at the time.
Of those covered by bilateral treaties, South Africans were the worst affected, according to the Commercial Farmers Union in Zimbabwe, as over 200 farmers lost their land.
Said Dr Jesse: ‘It’s taken 20 years to completely destroy and denude Zimbabwe resulting in eight currencies, 540% per month inflation, no water, no petrol, no food, no electricity, no medicines and no independent judiciary and complete absence of any rule of law.
‘It is anarchy ruled by despots and the rapacious and the greedy. The farms are desolate wastelands, now. Homesteads are gone. Fencing is gone. Dams have been destroyed or have filtered up. Infrastructure is now non-existent and there is no sign of livestock or natural habitat and all wildlife has been gutted.’
‘What do I return to? What about my home, my machinery, my livestock, my infra-structure, my employees (whom I loved); my community? Is the government going to replace that?’ he fumed.
Even if someone wants compensation instead of getting back onto the farm, the new legislation does not automatically grant compensation. Any application may be rejected ‘on the basis that granting it would be contrary to the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health, regional or town planning or the general public interest’, according to the gazetted regulations.
To former farmers like Dr Jesse, it is not just a matter of getting back onto the land. He says whole communities have been destroyed and the neighbours and friends he knew are dead or have fled to other countries, so he sees no point of returning again as though it’s 1900.’
He said: ‘In addition to the micro-economies of the district villages like Unvukwes, Bindura and Banket completely disappearing, so have the road infrastructure and macroeconomy of Zimbabwe cities. ‘More importantly, so have my neighbours, friends and family.
‘All this aside Zanu-PF will still terrorise anyone who disagrees with it and murder, rape and torture its people. What do I have to look forward to? So what’s changed? Nothing and there is simply nothing to go back to.
The United Nations World Food Programme plans to double the number of Zimbabweans that it assists, up to 4.1 million, and will require over $200 million to meet needs in the first half of 2020 alone. – Zimbabwe Voice
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