Breaking News

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

by Staff reporter
01 January 2013 | 3176 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

Latest News

Female cop begs colleague to wear condom before being raped - A female...

by Staff rerporter | 04 May 2016 | 2858 Views

Mphoko, Mnangagwa fight over Joshua Nkomo

by Staff reporter | 04 May 2016 | 1763 Views

Watercolor artist to showcase artwork at Zim Achievers

by Tidi Kwidini | 04 May 2016 | 357 Views

Bosso top striker dragged into match-fixing scandal - HIGHLANDERS top ...

by Sports writer | 04 May 2016 | 1266 Views

Addressing people's anger is the answer, not muzzling the media - As t...

by Tendai Ruben Mbofana | 04 May 2016 | 489 Views

Obscure multi-currency usage blamed for cash shortages -RBZ - The Rese...

by Staff reporter | 04 May 2016 | 795 Views

Queen Elizabeth's mother visited disputed top Mugabe's aide farm - COL...

by Itai Mushekwe | 04 May 2016 | 1345 Views

MP Cross calls for alignment of 400 Acts to new constitution - to what...

by Wilbert Mukori | 04 May 2016 | 360 Views

First Sci-fi novel in Shona relaunched - Muna Hacha Maive Nei? The fir...

by Belontos Books | 04 May 2016 | 275 Views

The Truth: Christians created to rule - For years now I have been aski...

by Khumbulani Maphosa | 04 May 2016 | 431 Views

Zim Ministers in a magical economic double act to half civil servants ...

by Patrick Guramatunhu | 04 May 2016 | 651 Views

Tsholotsho ghost haunts Mnangagwa - CHIREDZI - Former Zimbabwe Sugar M...

by Staff reporter | 04 May 2016 | 1161 Views

'Mugabe must retire' - FORMER Zanu-PF Hurungwe West MP Temba Mliswa ha...

by Staff reporter | 04 May 2016 | 809 Views

'Mnangagwa sabotaged' - ZANU-PF factional fights have been blamed for ...

by Staff reporter | 04 May 2016 | 820 Views

Man accuses wife of 'locking' his penis - A Harare man, Trymore Mangez...

by Staff reporter | 04 May 2016 | 923 Views

Mnangagwa, Mphoko cause scene at ZITF - VICE-President Emmerson Mnanga...

by Staff reporter | 04 May 2016 | 1248 Views

Lions stalk Bikita village - A PRIDE of lions is wreaking havoc in Bik...

by Walter Mswazie | 04 May 2016 | 595 Views

MDC-T march: attempt at covering up Bulawayo rot - THE planned MDC-T m...

by Nduduzo Tshuma | 04 May 2016 | 496 Views

'Zimbabwe lags behind in mining technology' - MINES and Mining Develop...

by Staff reporter | 04 May 2016 | 178 Views

National Pledge gets mixed response - THERE was a mixed response on th...

by Staff Reporters | 04 May 2016 | 338 Views

Bonus joy for teachers - THE government has paid teachers their 2015 b...

by Nqobile Tshili | 04 May 2016 | 823 Views

Amazulu entice Joey Antipas - CHICKEN Inn coach Joey Antipas says he h...

by Grace Chingoma | 04 May 2016 | 462 Views

Angry residents burns thugs to death

by Staff Reporter | 04 May 2016 | 973 Views

Tendayi Darikwa's finest hour - ZIMBABWE will have a footballer in the...

by Robson Sharuko | 04 May 2016 | 583 Views

National Pledge: 'Christian' outrage unjustified - The livid reactions...

by Gwinyai Mutongi | 04 May 2016 | 412 Views

Entertainment

Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur Davis, dies at 69

by Staff Reporter | 04 May 2016 | 1362 Views

'Ekhweni lami' a classic value for money project

by Vusmann | 03 May 2016 | 915 Views

Macheso relishes SA tour - "We have performed in South Africa before, ...

by Tawanda Marwizi | 03 May 2016 | 1093 Views

Maita crowned Miss Africa Zimbabwe - Harare beauty, Maita Kainga was c...

by Bongani Ndlovu | 02 May 2016 | 1724 Views

1ns and 2s with DJ-Sticha - Know your song Mondays

by DJ-Sticha | 02 May 2016 | 1538 Views

Interview with musician Lyfe Martinez

by Staff reporter | 01 May 2016 | 1937 Views

Busi Mhlanga flies Zimbabwe flag high in foreign lands

by Mafu Sithabile | 29 April 2016 | 6563 Views
iBlog

Hp Omen 15-5116tx – The Next Generation Gaming Laptop

the hp omen 15-5116tx is being targeted at the performance hungry gamers. it comes in a single variant boasting an eye-catching attractive design. the notebook offers a slim, lightweight chassis and appears like a piece of art than an actual gaming... Read More
Sergey 11 June 2015 ago

Greatsoftline For All Of Your Software Needs

coupon and promo codes: greatsoftline for all of your software needswhile some online sellers have promotional services that reduce the overall amount you spent, others do not .you need to be on the lookout for the best outlets in order to chase th... Read More
ITnews 25 February 2015 ago