ZANU PF Youth Leader Clashes With ED, Launches Petition
ZANU PF Youth League’s National Commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu has clashed with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s policy to compensate white former commercial farmers who were disposed of their land about two decades ago.
Tsenengamu, who for the past week has been churning out messages on social media to seek to reverse the compensation move by government, has gone a step further by launching a petition to ratchet up pressure against President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa last week told party youths that he was not seeking to reverse the land reform, but was only following the constitution which has a clause making the government liable to pay for developments made on the farms such as dams, irrigation equipment and schools.
Tsenengamu maintains that compensation must not be paid, and has launched a petition saying: “Compensating white people is not a priority. They robbed and massacred us, looted our cattle and exploited our minerals.
“They benefited from our forced labour and enslaved us. They displaced us and over-used our fertile lands from 11890-2000.”
Tsenengamu says that instead of following the Constitution, which came into effect in 2013, President Mnangagwa and ZANU-PF must have used their majority in Parliament to push for an amendment.
“Let us push for the constitutional amendment and stop the compensations. Our money can not pay thieves, robbers and liars. Our constitution must serve us and not vice-versa.”
Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube in his 2019 budget statement set aside RTGS$53 million towards compensating white former commercial farmers.