Kasukuwere targets white Zimbabweans in Save Valley

Saviour Kasukuwere clarifies the Indigenisation law for the Save Valley Conservancy

By Alex Bell
SW Radio Africa
29 April 2014

Former Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has reportedly stated that only white Zimbabweans will be required to comply with ZANU PF’s indigenisation laws, as part of plans to ‘indigenise’ the Save Valley Conservancy.

Kasukuwere, who is now the Environment Minister in the new government, was quoted by the Cairo based news group Anadolu Agency, as saying that indigenisation is going ahead at Save Valley Conservancy.

“The ongoing discussions are basically about the inclusion of the rural communities who live in the areas surrounding the conservancy,” he was quoted as saying.

The minister stressed that only those properties owned by white Zimbabweans would be affected by the controversial indigenisation policy, which was originally meant to force foreign owned firms to give black Zimbabweans a minimum 51-percent stake in their shareholding. But in the Save Valley Conservancy, foreign owned properties will be protected.

“Foreign-owned properties will not be affected as they are protected under investment laws, but those [properties] of local whites will be,” Kasukuwere said.

National Parks in 2012 issued hunting permits to 25 so-called indigenous ‘farmers’ who were given land in the Conservancy under the government’s ‘wildlife based land reform’ exercise. The permits followed an invasion of the Conservancy by top ZANU PF officials, who were also beneficiaries of 25-year land leases in conservancies throughout the Masvingo province.

This included war vets leader Joseph Chinotimba, Major General Gibson Mashingaidze, Major General Engelbert Rugeje, Masvingo Governor Titus Maluleke, then ZANU PF Masvingo provincial chair Lovemore Matuke, then Deputy Health Minister Douglas Mombeshora, ZANU PF’s central committee member Enock Porusingazi, as well as ZANU PF MPs Alois Baloyi, Abraham Sithole, Samson Mukanduri and Noel Mandebvu.

Former Chegutu farmer Ben Freeth told SW Radio Africa that the situation exposes that the indigenisation campaign is nothing more than “a discrimination program taking place, on the basis of the colour of your skin.”

“It is very sad that just because you have a different colour skin that you are being targeted and you land and homes are given, to a large extent, to the chefs, to the people who are powerful in the party (ZANU PF),” Freeth said.

He added: “It is straight discrimination that goes against every human rights charter ever written.”

Freeth and his late father in law Mike Campbell led and won a landmark court case against Robert Mugabe and the land grab campaign. The SADC human rights tribunal ruled that the campaign was unlawful and inherently racist. That ruling, which still stands, has never been honoured or acknowledged by the ZANU PF government and instead the Tribunal has been hamstrung for daring to rule against Mugabe.

“(ZANU PF) have shown themselves to be people who will go against the law in any way, through murder, through genocide. This kind of discrimination is part of the way they have operated for a long time,” Freeth said.

He added that white Zimbabweans and their property and their rights are not protected anymore in Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwe’s constitution and courts do not allow white Zimbabweans to protect themselves. And it is sad for the whole country,” Freeth said.

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9 Responsesto “Kasukuwere targets white Zimbabweans in Save Valley”

  1. super mondo says:

    stick your racist policy’s up your kasuqueery

  2. Tiger Shona says:

    Plain to see; racism and theft.

  3. informer says:

    The evil and greedy Zanu looters will loot as usual whilst hiding behind empowerment. Too make matters worse no ordinary poor black Zimbabwean will benefit from this either!!

  4. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    Oh no no my gosh Aah, now it is racism and outright theft of land when the indigenous people of Zimbabwe are reclaiming their land which had been stolen from them by foreigners. I guess, the we need to redefine the terms ‘racism, invasion of land and theft’ as the terms have often been abused by Rhodies for their selfish ends and political gain. We the people of this country will not listen to any hopeless propaganda whose agenda is to derail the indigenisation of the economy. Black Zimbabweans who have been denied the right to their land foe centuries by foreigners should be the beneficiaries of the Save conservancies. It is this straightforward. We make no apology about this guys. We are serious and very determined to make the indigenisation of the economy succeed. That it is, ok madofo?

    • Tiger Shona says:

      Madofo?? Who has been controlling the agricultural land for the last 12+ years and why is there so little production?
      One more time, what you are saying has no value.
      And in international terms you people (Zanu PF) are noneties.

    • SlapTheZanuMonkey says:

      It never ceases to amaze us that you can talk such complete nonsense. I truly think you are mentally challenged. Tiger Shona is spot on. What has your racist baboon comrades in Zanu PF done with all the land they stole back from the legal owners? F*CK all but you will never ever admit it. The legal owners of the land were productive in a way that Zany PF can dream of being. OK you donkey?

  5. phil says:

    chimbwido i agree and then let them stave in freedom perfect

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Well, if the indigenous people of this country can starve when in full ownership and control of their land, that will be their fault. Our people should have total ownership and control of their land and what is beneath our fertile land. Land still in the hands of foreigners, most of which was acquired through the barrel of the gun, does not promote or foster our nationhood. In Europe all land belongs to the indigenous people of these countries. You do not see Africans owning ranching farms or dairy farms in Europe at all. Is it because of racism that Africans do not own land in this continent?

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