The ruling Zanu PF has expressed disappointment at utterances by the leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema when he criticised President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Programme. Julius Malema In a statement, Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said Malema demonstrated with malicious ignorance his incapacity to comprehend the history of Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Programme and the liberation struggle.
He said for Malema to insult President Mnangagwa who is a distinguished freedom fighter and a man of impeccable liberation war credentials, defies logic. Ambassador Moyo added that Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle was about land and freedom which the country managed to attain hence the independence celebrations on the 18th of April each year since 1980. He said Malema needs to be educated on legislation which was introduced by the government aimed at compensating white farmers for improvements made on farms acquired for resettlement and not for the land itself.
Ambassador Khaya Moyo said the delay in compensating the white farmers was mainly due to sanctions imposed by the west because of the Land Reform Programme. He, however, said while there are still in existence efforts are being made to fulfill the obligation through the national budgetary process and the goodwill of the new administration led by President Mnangagwa.