Breaking News

Zimbabwe stops acquisition of land under BIPPA, revokes 55 A1 offers

by Staff reporter
01 January 2013 | 3042 Views
GOVERNMENT has stopped acquisition of farms covered under Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement as the State strives to manage its liability.




The State has also revoked offer letters for 55 A1 farmers allocated pieces of land at Tavydale Farm in Mazowe district. This is part of Government's efforts to observe agreement entered into under BIPPA.

Lands, Land Reforms and Resettlement Minister Hebert Murerwa yesterday said while the law conferred Government with powers to acquire any land, it had decided to put on hold acquiring of farms under BIPPA.

Agreements under BIPPA require that Government pay fair compensation in currency of former owner's choice for both land and improvements.

Minister Murerwa said the decision to stop acquiring BIPPA farms was in respect of the agreement while managing State liability.

He said Government was saddled with a $25 million debt owed to 40 Dutch farmers.

The farmers successfully sued at the International Court for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

"Although under Zimbabwean law, Government can legally acquire such farms, in view of the ongoing litigation in the ISCID, Government has taken the decision not to settle persons on farms covered by BIPPA for now," said Minister Murerwa.

"Government will abide by the provision of the agreement and at the same time we do not want to increase our liability."

Some of the countries covered by BIPPA include Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Malaysia and Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Minister Murerwa said Government would have to find alternative land for the affected A1 farmers.

"At Tavydale farm, a decision has been made by myself and the Mashonaland Central Governor and Resident Minister Martin Dinha that we will not settle farmers on the property," he said.

Minister Murerwa said the offer letters issued by Mazowe district administrator Ms Shelter Nyakudya were done in error.

"That was not authorised. The DA should have checked with the Governor's office. She has no authority to issue offer letters for farms covered under BIPPA," Minister Murerwa said.

The revocation has, however, riled the affected farmers. The farmers said Government, instead of ensuring that the white commercial farmer, Mr Peep Mattison compensated them for destroying their crops, was actually revoking their licences.

They said it was not their fault that they were erroneously issued with offer letters. "We secured loans from commercial banks on the strength of those offer letters. How are we expected to service the loans," said one farmer, Mr Felix Mshambodza.

He said it was strange that Governor Dinha, DA, and other political leaders in the province had actually led them on the farm but had made an about turn on the same. "The Governor actually brought us here. It is him who organised that we are brought here and even addressed us together with other provincial leaders of our party, Zanu-PF," he said.

Governor Dinha said he stood by the letter indicating that the farm was covered by a BIPPA.

"I have delegated powers, my letter was very clear that, our principal has taken a position that the farm should not be acquired for resettlement. Ask the Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement," said Governor Dinha.

Mr Mattison lost a High Court bid to evict the farmers after it ruled that his case was not urgent.

In his judgment, Justice Francis Bere castigated Government officials for failing to speak with one voice.

The judge said there was a need for Government departments not to issue conflicting signals.

He said the A1 farmers had been at the property for more than one year, but Mr Mattison sought to have them evicted on a certificate of urgency.

Land Revokes BIPPA

Source: TH

Comments

News Updates via Email

Email:

News Updates via WhatsApp

Latest News

Zimbabwe borders verification with neighbours starts - THE government ...

by Mashudu Netsianda | 12 February 2016 | 146 Views

Grace Mugabe surveys El-Nino effects - FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe heads t...

by Felex Share | 12 February 2016 | 100 Views

Serial rapist on the run - POLICE have warned Bulawayo residents that ...

by Nqobile Tshili | 12 February 2016 | 137 Views

Joel Luphahla to continue playing - VETERAN former Warriors' and Tshol...

by Geophrey Sifani | 12 February 2016 | 137 Views

Ministry refuses to bail Zupco out of Zimra debt - THE Zimbabwe United...

by Oliver Kazunga/Bianca Mlilo | 12 February 2016 | 120 Views

Obert Mpofu in Victoria Falls land dispute - MACRO Economic Planning a...

by Adelaide Moyo | 12 February 2016 | 150 Views

Mangwe villagers build primary school - NXELE villagers in Mangwe Dist...

by Sukulwenkosi Dube | 12 February 2016 | 125 Views

Zimbabwe resume open heart surgeries - Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals...

by Paidamoyo Chipunza | 12 February 2016 | 91 Views

Chiyangwa throws full support behind Harare City - ZIFA president, Phi...

by Staff reporter | 12 February 2016 | 117 Views

Top 100 schools list banned - THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Ed...

by Abigail Mawonde | 12 February 2016 | 227 Views

Chiyangwa in CAF organising committee

by Petros Kausiyo | 12 February 2016 | 99 Views

South Africa: The fall of reconciliation - At the dusk of the aparthei...

by Mbuyiseni Ndlozi | 12 February 2016 | 123 Views

Jilted man fatally axes sleeping wife

by Whinsley Masara | 12 February 2016 | 247 Views

Two Mpilo executives fired

by Temba Dube | 12 February 2016 | 483 Views

Sarah Mahoka's utterances treasonous

by Sam | 12 February 2016 | 628 Views

Lorry driver jailed for transporting dope

by Staff Reporter | 12 February 2016 | 622 Views

Man on the run for stabbing another at tavern - POLICE are looking for...

by Staff Reporter | 12 February 2016 | 489 Views

Prophet claim he saves prostitutes - A prophet has claimed to have sav...

by Staff Reporter | 12 February 2016 | 713 Views

Man in court for trying to kill brother

by Staff Reporter | 12 February 2016 | 431 Views

Woman stabs brother over unclear dispute - A woman who allegedly stabb...

by Staff Reporter | 12 February 2016 | 414 Views

Matabeleland North villagers scrounging for food- PDP

by Stephen Jakes | 12 February 2016 | 359 Views

Mugabe capable to diffuse potential party split

by Stephen Jakes | 12 February 2016 | 451 Views

ZIMRA embraces effective ICT usage

by Stephen Jakes | 12 February 2016 | 252 Views

Harare residents concerned over continuously blocked sewage - Harare R...

by Stephen Jakes | 12 February 2016 | 117 Views

Zanu PF is a confused party- commentator - Political commentator Nqobi...

by Stephen Jakes | 12 February 2016 | 220 Views

Mnangagwa must publicly condemn Charamba

by Stephen Jakes | 12 February 2016 | 629 Views

ZLHR commends school over refusal to release certificates to students

by Stephen Jakes | 12 February 2016 | 227 Views

Father of two convinced he's pregnant after homosexual encounter - A m...

by Staff Reporter | 11 February 2016 | 2696 Views

Would-be suicide bomber changes mind before attack - Abuja - Local Nig...

by Staff Reporter | 11 February 2016 | 1496 Views

Entertainment

Ringo to perform at Mlanzi Durban on Valentines day

by Staff Reporter | 12 February 2016 | 207 Views

Cont Mhlanga retires as wife takes over

by Bongani Ndlovu | 11 February 2016 | 2724 Views

Trevor Dongo's marriage collapses after 7 months

by Staff Reporter | 09 February 2016 | 6654 Views

1ns and 2s with DJ-Sticha - Business Advice for Aspiring Musicians

by DJ-Sticha | 08 February 2016 | 1496 Views

Double-decker bus blown up in London for 'The Foreigner'

by Staff Reporter | 07 February 2016 | 4626 Views

Every 12 hours a new artist is born into Zim's heavily contested gospel music industry

by Maxwell Teedzai Entertainment in Harare | 07 February 2016 | 2017 Views

Dog eat dog @ #NAMA2016 - THE sturdy list of nominees for the 15th edi...

by Prince Mushawevato | 07 February 2016 | 1360 Views
iBlog

Tb Joshua Worst Enemy Angelique Tonge Exposed

About two years ago, we came out emphatically about those behind the t.b joshua watch. many were those who thought we were framing innocent people up or on a witch hunt. some events have vindicated us and the cat is out of the bag. it is said that no... Read More
pointblank 01 May 2015 ago

Apple Watch Teardown Reveals Unique Hardware And Replaceable Parts

The apple watch may not be fine jewelry, but bill detwiler cracks it open and shows you why he thinks it's a fine piece of tech. the apple watch may be beautiful on the outside, but how about on the inside? in this cracking open installment, we go in... Read More
Sergey 11 June 2015 ago