Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

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CFU President Press Release

CFU President Press Release

It is with dismay, but not unexpected that the persecution and attacks on 
our members continues and indeed in recent days has increased despite our 
continued calls to Government for immediate relief.

In the last two months alone our members have suffered murder, eviction, 
extortion as well as theft of their personal property in some cases in full 
view of the Police, the very people who are mandated to maintain peace and 
stability as well as ensuring the rights of all citizens.

After 11 years this situation unfortunately has become the norm hardly 
raising a worthy news story let alone headline status. Let us be absolutely 
clear, what is happening on the land is blatant human rights abuse based on 
the selective application of the law against an ethnic group. It breaks 
every moral and ethical code that our Government has ever signed up to 
either in our Constitution or the GPA and is in direct contravention to the 
United Nations Charter for the protection of human rights.

It is therefore no wonder that our country is facing such dire financial 
challenges with little hope of escaping from poverty when all its citizens 
are subjected to such constrant abuse.

We have entered an agriculture season, which in our view is the least 
prepared for in over 50 years. Growers of all sizes, and from all 
backgrounds have no security; there is little funding available for inputs 
and their ability to plan have been removed due to the constant threat of 
eviction. Zimbabwe is going to suffer massive food shortages next year and 
the concern must be who is going to assist us this time around. For the last 
11 years we have survived on food hand outs, but the world is changing, many 
of our traditional donor friends are no longer in a financial position to 
donate millions of dollars to fund our basic food deficits, possibly leaving 
us the Zimbabwean people, at the mercy of countries who have no concern or 
feeling for Zimbabwe and its citizens, but whose only interest is to plunder 
our natural resources.

This status quo can no longer continue, for the sake of our country let us 
put this land issue to bed, once and for all. It is the unresolved land 
issue that is holding this country to ransom by perpetuating the negative 
image of Zimbabwe on the world stage and highlighting our country’s 
disregard for property rights which is ultimately preventing any foreign 
direct investment with the resulting collateral damage affecting all 

We need urgently to create mechanisms to compensate those who need to be 
compensated, restore sound property rights, create an active land market, 
and get inflows of money into the productive sector, with the ultimate aim 
of getting Zimbabwe working again. Zimbabwe has the land, the natural 
resources, the water, the expertise, the best infrastructure in Central 
Africa outside of South Africa together with a highly educated and motivated 
population. We ask our leaders; please give us the stability and policy that 
will return this economy to again be the power house of the region.

11 November 2011


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