ZPLRM Solidarity Statement on the arrest and detention of ABM members.


14 May 2021

In the inaugural democratic and non racial elections of South Africa the ANC in its manifesto promised a roof over everyone’s head, land reform and to provide decent habitat for the 7 million squatters and homeless.
The ANC promised to build 1 million housing units in 5 years from 1994, today 27 years after this promise only 3.2 housing units have been completed while SA remains home to one of the largest informal settlements in the world.
In the same manifesto the ANC recognised that housing is a human right while pledging ” for an open society that encourages vigorous debate. People must be free to express their views without fear, including criticising the government of the day. Freedom of the media will be essential for a flourishing of democracy.”.
It is evident that the ANC government has dismally failed in delivering its inaugural manifesto even almost 3 decades after assuming office. Instead they have adopted the former government’s tactics of servicing the elite, silencing and victimising critics, discrimination against the majority and gross human and habitat rights abuse.
It is with a sad heart and disappointment that we learnt of the arrest and detention of the Vice president of ABM and others members on trumped up charges, which are just an attempt to silence the voice of the home and landless people of South Africa.
We the Zimbabwe Peoples Land Rights Movement stand in solidarity with Abahlali BaseMjondolo and demand the unconditional release of the detained leaders and for the government to address the Habitat rights being demanded by detained leaders.

Issued by
Hilary Zhou
National Coordinator
Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement
+263775613705 zimlandrightsmovement@gmail.com

ED petitioned over looming demolitions.



-March 2, 2021
BY TATENDA CHITAGU

AN international housing and land rights movement has petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa asking him to stop the pending house demolitions in the country, particularly at Crowborough Farm, Harare.

Habitat International Coalition (HIC), an international housing and land rights network consisting of about 450 civil society organisations (CSOs) worldwide, has written to Mnangagwa advising him to stop human rights violations, particularly the right to shelter.

The petition, dated February 25, written by the organisation’s co-ordinator, Joseph Schechla, was delivered at the President’s Munhumutapa Offices last week.

It stated that residents of Crowborough Farm, located 20km west of Harare, faced gross violations of their rights, particularly the rights to adequate housing, and forced evictions carried out under Mnangagwa’s authority.

Crowborough Farm, which was formerly administered by the Harare City Council, was the site for the city’s now defunct water treatment plant, operated jointly with a cattle ranch.

It was later occupied by home seekers around the 2013 general elections.

Harare has a housing deficit of 1,3 million, and a waiting list of over 500 000.

In 2016, the Harare City Council obtained 23 court rulings against housing co-operatives, 16 of which are from Crowborough Farm.

Houses in Budiriro were demolished last December during the rainy season and at the peak of COVID-19 infections.

A total of 40 other co-operatives’ houses across the country’s urban councils face demolition.

“We are proposing alternative solutions in accordance with Zimbabwe’s treaty obligations in this year of the country’s report to the High-level Political Forum on its progress toward the sustainable development goals,” part of the letter read.

The activists said the residents of Crowborough, whose houses face demolition, built permanent structures, some with serviced roads, electricity connections, sewer and water infrastructure.

“According to information received, some have been paying taxes and service fees to the city council, while some are in the process of formalising their settlement. This amounts to tens of thousands of United States dollars that these now-threatened households have invested into their homes and communities,” the HLRN statement read.

The CSOs said the fact that most urban councils were controlled by the opposition, while the ruling Zanu PF party controlled central government, had resulted in urban land becoming a political and partisan battleground for the two political parties at the expense of residents.

“We urge you to support the formalisation of urban housing through provision of the required infrastructure, amenities and secure tenure as the cornerstones of the fundamental human right to adequate housing and Zimbabwe’s State obligations,” the CSOs’ letter further read.

“A clear regularisation and formalisation plan is needed, where possible, before demolitions, forced evictions, dispossessions and destruction of their property. Where that is not physically possible and conflicting rights are involved, reparations, including proper resettlement, are required of the State and its organs.”

The organisation urged Mnangagwa to ensure justice and bring sanity to local governance in the country.

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Evicted Lowveld villagers endure two months of hellnews in depth:BY TATENDA CHITAGU


By the roadside in the scorching Lowveld heat, a group of women and children sit under a tree, their few belongings scattered all over the place.Two women have just finished preparing a very small meal of sadza and cow peas, hardly enough to feed all the people there; numbering around 80.The children share the meal put in one dish of sadza and another with watery, variegated soup, while the older women do the same.It is a dog-eat-dog situation and they do not give the meal time to cool off.“This is our first and possibly last meal of the day, you have to eat.“We do not know when we will get the next meal if your father does not bring food,” Violet Muzongomerwa warns her nine-year-old kid.Muzongomerwa is part of 56 families from Gutsaruzhinji village, Ward 23 in Chiredzi North, whose homes were demolished on July 10 this year in a land dispute that has reduced them into homeless hunters and gatherers.Their husbands have gone out in the forest to look for the next meal.The villagers, who settled in the area in 2008, were evicted from their homes and their houses, crops and property was destroyed and burnt in the ongoing Nyangambe land conflict.They were kicked out by the Nyangambe villagers, the original settlers of the resettlement area before the fast-track land reform programme, which brought Gutsaruzhinji villagers. Nyangambe villagers now say they need the land for their children, who are grown up, married and need to till it.The matter has since been referred to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, who are engaging the two conflicting parties.Before the dust has settled, the land that the villagers were staying at has already been turned into sugarcane plots, drawing water from the nearby canal.It is two months counting, and the villagers are still living under a tree with no roof over their heads.They have no toilets and fetch water from the nearby canal, bordering Mkwasine Estates and the place where they were evicted from.The villagers also do not have a safety net, while their sources of livelihood were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.“We do not have anywhere to go as we had since left our original homes in Zaka.“We have no source of income. “We have no food and it’s a daily struggle every day to find food.“We also fear for the little left of our livestock that is not secured during the night,” says Eria Marwei, who had returned from doing menial jobs in the outgrowers’ sugar plantation.“We had built permanent structures and all that has been reduced to rubble, we hardly salvaged anything.“We no longer enjoy our conjugal rights because of the way we are living here.”Ironically, the villagers are a stone’s throw away from a police station, where they said they reported the matter, but the culprits who burnt their houses are walking free.Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Charity Mazula could not be reached for comment.The villagers’ predicament will be worsened by the onset of the rainy season as they just have some make-shift structures.Muzongomerwa said the women have sanitary challenges and have to use old rags for sanitary pads. She said their children were suffering from malnutrition because of lack of food.“We fear for our kids, who are sleeping in the open and do not have adequate food,” she said.“The few chickens that we had, we slaughtered them already.“We depend on food handouts from well-wishers, but this is not sustainable.”Chiredzi district development coordinator Lovemore Chisema said the government was aware of the plight of the villagers. He said they were evicted legally using a court order. He was, however, mobilising food for them.“As government we will be providing them with maize meal. We will be giving each family a 50kg bag, meaning 56 bags.“We have also appealed to organisations like the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to provide shelter, as well as our own Civil Protection Unit.“We are getting positive responses and very soon we will be handing them the items,” Chisema said.The Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement (ZPLRM), an organisation dealing with victims of forced evictions, said the government must move in to stop land rights violations.“It is very sad that the government is prioritising land rights and reparations of those who for decades have been benefiting from the land. These are clearly misdirected efforts. here we have poor families, who have been forcibly evicted and have had their rights grossly violated. They have been living in the open without basics for close to three months now without any relief or assistance from the government.“Government is not setting its priorities right, the highest priority in all sectors is to uphold the wellbeing and human rights of the people of Zimbabwe, whereas all other considerations are secondary.“There is a clear need for land rights for every Zimbabwean now.“These forced evictions of Zimbabweans come at huge cost to their wealth, wellbeing and habitat and make the government liable for gross violations of human rights, triggering further reparations entitlements to be claimed from the state of Zimbabwe and its responsible organs,” said ZPLRM national coordinator Hillary Zhou.Another equitable land rights organisation, the Masvingo Centre for Research, Advocacy and Development (Macrad), lamented the rise in forced evictions in the province.In its August report, Macrad cited four cases of forced displacement in the province — two in Chiredzi, and the other two in Masvingo rural.The report came at a time Zimbabwe is scheduled for its Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council and its “voluntary” National Review before the High-Level Political Forum at the UN Headquarters in 2021.It also may trigger the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ early-warning procedures for Zimbabwe’s breach of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) treaty under which Zimbabwe is delinquent for 22 years in its reporting obligation, as well as under the African Charter on Human Rights.Chisema said the government will be looking for alternative land for the Nyangambe evictees.“We are making efforts to look for a permanent place for them and Provincial Affairs minister Ezra Chadzamira is seized with the matter,” Chisema said.However, Farai Makese, the representative of the 56 families, said they do not have money to rebuild their homes even if they were offered alternative land.“We are doomed and our gains of the past 12 years have been reduced to nothing,” Makese.“All our toil, all our sweat has come to nothing. It is back to square one for us.“We are hoping we will get some assistance from the government as well as humanitarian organisations.”

https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2020/09/21/evicted-lowveld-villagers-endure-two-months-of-hell/amp/

700k people forcibly evicted since 2000 — Survey


700k people forcibly evicted since 2000 — Survey
-September 16, 2020
By Tatenda Chitagu

AT least 737 160 people across the country had their housing and land rights violated after being forcibly evicted without compensation since the launch of the land reform programme in 2000, a survey by the Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement (ZPLRM) has revealed.

The organisation said the number of forced evictions in the country was likely to rise further after the government recently announced it would return land to white former commercial farmers who were kicked out of their farms which were covered under trade agreements.

ZPLRM national coordinator Hillary Zhou said the figure could be more as some of the cases may have gone unreported for fear of reprisals.

“There have been numerous violations from dispossession like gender-based violations, destruction, lack of compensation, among others which have gone unreported because of fear that makes victims fail to speak out,” he said.

Zhou said the number of displaced people was likely to rise after the government offered to compensate and return land to some white former commercial farmers whose farms were seized under government’s chaotic land reform programme.

“The figure is likely to rise if the decision by the government to kick out resettled black farmers is anything to go by. We are likely to see a rise in evictions as this time some farm invaders of BIPPA (Bilateral Investment Promotion Agreement) farms will be ejected. However, most have nowhere to go since they had built permanent structures after moving from their original homes and this will create a habitat crisis,” he said.

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STATEMENT ON PAYMENT Of COMPENSATION TO FORMER COMMERCIAL FARMERS.


7 August 2020.

Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement (ZPLRM) Statement on payment of Compensation to Commercial Farmers.

We note with great concern the sad developments in which the Finance Minister Prof Muthuli Ncube has agreed to pay 3,5bn United States of America dollars to about 1000 former commercial farmers.This ridiculous payment is done at a time when the current resettled farmers are struggling to get any form of sustainable support from the government.It is with this background that ZPLRM intend to castigate this irresponsible and misplaced expenditure by government.

The land reform programme that resettled over 500 000 families needs further consolidation by ensuring that the government funds the various initiatives being done by the current farmers.The current farmers need support of infrastructure that is technologically viable and efficient. There is also need to ensure that there is entitlement to the land through the granting of bankable security of tenure documents.The granting of bankable tenure documents will give motivation, security, install a sense of belonging and enable the farmers to use them as collateral in securing loans from banks.

The government’s unethical move to pay the former commercial farmers 20 years after the land reform program is a misplaced priority. It has the worst levels of irresponsibility considering that the government does not even have such money.It seeks to reverse the gains of the land reform programme by compensating former commercial farmers who were not the owners of the land. Furthermore when they settled, the former commercial farmers never compensated the indegenous people who they displaced from their ancestral land and only source of livelihood.The redress of the historical imbalance of land is undermined by the compensation of former commercial farmers, with most of them having already received some form of aid, recoverd and have moved on.

As ZPLRM we believe that the government should have used the money it used for compensation to support the current farmers.The current farmers must be supported by inputs subsidies, loans and infrastructure to improve their farming.The current incapacity of the current farmers is due to lack of resources, the massive corruption in the Command farming program and there is a lot of under utilisation of land as a result of this.

Government must embark on a transparent land audit to establish a number of controversial issues surrounding the land redistribution exercise.There is need to identify underutilised land and redistribute it to those who need the land.The audit must also identify multiple farm owners and make measures to re possess the land and redistribute it to the landless poor people. We also believe that land and resources must be directed to the majority of poor Zimbabweans who need it more than the rich elites. As we celebrate the sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives and limps, this month of August let us not forget that they died for among others issues land, majority rule and Gutsa ruzhinji.

Issued By

Hilary Zhou

(ZPLRM National Coordinator)

+263 775 613 705

Email zimlandrightsmovement@gmail.com

STATEMENT BY SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS ON THE PREPARATION OF THE THIRD UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HABITAT III) UNDER THE 2014 WORLD HABITAT DAY


The General Assembly of the United Nations has called for the year 2016 to host the Third United
Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, also known as Habitat III.
Held this month of September, it will be the first preparatory meeting, convening in New York.
For civil society organizations internationally, this conference means the possibility of a New
Habitat Agenda, not just a New Urban Agenda that considers rural and urban areas as one
continuous territory. It will identify international standards and obligations to recognize the right
the city, the right to land and territory, as well as environment-friendly transport and energy
quality.
In 1976, the year in which the HABITAT I Conference was held in Vancouver, a Declaration on
Human Settlements was formed. Thought it was established during a period of rising awareness of
rapid urbanization, it never lost sight of the rural-city relationship. At HABITAT II held in Istanbul
in 1996, thanks to the participation of civil society, significant advances were achieved for the
recognition of the right to housing. This heavily impacted the Habitat Agenda that emerged from
the conference. We cannot, however, ignore the current accelerated processes of speculative
development, witnessed around the world. It often violates basic human rights, and it leads to
irrational sprawl and social segregation with serious impacts on the lives of human beings, nature
and territories, as well as in everyday social life. Moreover, it harms the possibility of realizing the
right of all people, without any discrimination, to a safe space and home to live in peace and
dignity.
To our organizations-even when the policies of recent decades have sought to destroy the field
and empty its population in favor of big industry businesses that have allowed cities to grow at an
expense- the continuum between the rural and urban, as well as the symbiotic relationship
between the two cannot be ignored. We disagree with the hegemonic model of development in
which these policies are derived, which are causing the seizure of communities’ territories,
indigenous peoples and peasants, destruction of habitat and sources of income. It has also
increased criminal violence that provokes mass migrations, increased poverty, and a loss of
culture and community practices. All the above makes all other forms of life impossible for those
not concentrated in the cities. The dire consequences above requires that the discussions, proposals and resolutions of HABITAT
III focus primarily on human rights and obligations that follow from these negative effects for the
states. From grassroots and civil society organizations exist alternatives and proposals that should
be considered in what will be the first global conference post 2015, such as: the necessary
evaluation of the implementation of the Habitat II Agenda and corresponding Global Plan of
Action; the promotion of measures to overcome inequalities, discrimination, segregation and lack
of opportunity to access decent housing and living standards for all in both the city and country;
the development of proposals to create instruments for participatory planning and budgeting,
institutional support for the social production of habitat, the democratization of areas of territorial
management, citizen control and coordination of the public sector with the planning sectors,
production and habitat management, as well as the recognition of the social function of property.
All this, among other things, is made explicit and developed in the framework of the right to the
city.
In a complementary manner, HABITAT III shall encourage measures and instruments that
promote responsible production and consumption, avoiding distortions of the “green economy”.
In the new agenda that will arise, there must be tools to prevent, avoid and compensate for human
rights violations related to habitat, particularly the destroyal of territories, evictions and forced
displacement of populations caused by megaprojects and works of infrastructure. Finally, in
HABITAT III, beyond the plan to construct resilient cities, measures must be designed to address
the root causes of environmental degradation and climate change.
None of this will be possible if, in HABITAT III, civil society does not have guaranteed equal
participation with respect to the other participants. This is especially important for issues such as
representation and participation in national committees, access to information, and the inclusion
of their concerns and proposals on national and international debates and throughout the process.
The way to make sure social participation is fulfilled in Habitat III is by creating ways to facilitate
appropriate and dignified conditions in the planning, as well as during and after the conference.
All must have access to information and logistical support for all social proposals to reach every
level during each phase of the process. It is important to consider that social participation reflects
gender equity, facilitation of various age groups and the inclusion of people with disabilities and
representatives of indigenous peoples, with respect of their customs.
There cannot be a new Habitat Agenda without participation of civil society. Therefore, we
demand that instead of having to face opposition, lack of support and even criminalization, this
international effort will include and recognize innovations by the social sector and achieved
through HABITAT III. Only then will another world be possible.
October 6, 2014

Establishment of the Zimbabwe Land Commission


The above matter refers

Clerk of Zimbabwe Parliament

Section 296 of our constitution requires the establishment of an
independent Land Commission which among other things will play a major
role in ensuring equity, equality and sustainability in terms of
agricultural land utilisation. In light of the above constitutional
requirements we strongly feel that there is an urgent need to
constitute the land commission which we think is long overdue and will
play a major role in solving the numerous land disputes which are
being reported on a daily basis in the press. We also believe this
commission has the potential to assist family farmers to achieve food
security, poverty eradication as stated in UN General Assembly
Resolution 66/222.

As the International Year of Family Farming national civil society
committee(IYFF2014Zim) we recommend government to come up with a
policy in line with the new development goals set by the UN General
Assembly for 2015 of consolidating the right and access to sufficient
food, improved nutrition, gender equity, focus on family farmers,
peasants, indigenous peoples, artisanal fisher-folk as well as
sustainable food production systems.

We believe the commission will be instrumental in solving land
disputes since it will also be able to conduct and produce an
independent land audit. Recently parliament called for nominations for
all the other constitutionally stipulated independent commissions
except that of the land commission, something which we strongly feel
undermines the right to agricultural land for ordinary small scale
farmers. There is also an urgent need for the commission to look into
issues of security of tenure for the millions of recently resettled
small scale farmers and also the bankabilty of the land so as to
attract investors and public investment in family farming as regards
access to productive resources (land, water, seed), credit, training
and equitable and sustainable farming contracts.

2014 was declared the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF 2014)
by the United Nations General Assembly on 22 December 2011. We believe
through the land commission civil society can ensure the effective
participation of small scale farmers.  Proposals from civil society
and farmer organisations must be included in the post 2015 Development
Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), declarations and
documents of the United Nations and the government.
It is our view that the land commission will be crucial in developing
policies that support family farming for poverty eradication and food
security.

For and on behalf IYFF 2014 Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement  (Coordinator)

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS IYFF-2014 ZIMBABWE CIVIL SOCIETY NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS


The World Rural Forum in partnership with the (ZPLRM) Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement is inviting nominations from civil society organisation interested in the defence and improvement of Family Farming and being part of the IYFF-2014 Zimbabwe civil society national committee.
What is an IYFF-2014 National Committee?
It is a group of Civil Society organisations -agricultural, peasant, rural organisations, NGO, indigenous people, pastoralist, traditional fishers, etc.-, which decide to organise themselves to promote the IYFF-2014 and its objectives in each country.
These include the largest possible number of farmers’ organizations and representatives of other sectors of civil society, which, together with government and international organizations, are the three pillars that should normally end up in an official National Committee or, at least, in forms of official dialogue towards improved agricultural policies, etc.
What objectives does an IYFF-2014 Committee have?
The National Committee will establish modalities of its objectives. However, when preparing them, it seems reasonable that every IYFF-2014 Committee would take into consideration the objectives established by the “Civil Society’s IYFF-2014´s Preparation Programme” as well as the objectives that FAO has settled according to IYFF-2014.
The WRF, as global Coordinator of the IYFF-2014 of Civil Society and in collaboration with its network of partners and collaborators, has drawn up the “2012-2013 Global Programme for the Preparation of the IYFF-2014”, in which the following objectives are listed:
Primary Objective:
To promote, in all countries, real active policies in favour of the sustainable development of agricultural systems based on the family unit, to provide guidance to put it into practice, to boost the role of agricultural, peasant and artisan fishermen’s organisations, and to increase awareness among civil society as a whole about the relevance of supporting Family Farming.
The breakdown of the objectives is as follows:
1. To promote, at all levels, active policies in favour of the sustainable development of family agriculture, including artisan fishing, demanding the adoption on the part of governments and international institutions of concrete and operative means and strategies by establishing and implementing adequate policies, making the necessary financial allocation for these ends.
2. To strengthen the legitimacy of rural associations and farmers and fisher folk organizations to represent the interests of family farming, as well as to boost their fully participation in the decision making processes for their propositions and demands to be included in the agrarian policies.
3. To increase the awareness on the part of civil society and all social agents of the decisive role of family agriculture in the sustainable production of food and in the conservation of the ecosystem and biodiversity.
4. To achieve recognition of the role of women in family farming and to make possible the implementation of their specific rights and roles in this matter.
5. To minimise the migration of small agricultural producers, traditional fisher folk and indigenous communities to the cities, for reasons allied to rural poverty by bringing about policies in favour of rural youth, and agricultural and rural employment.
6. To advocate and defend the international commerce of food products -subsidiary to local and regional markets-, based on the rules that encourage rural development and food security and food sovereignty in all countries, stop speculation, (that contributes to price volatility) and promote equal access to markets and the protection of family farming on all the continents, -with special attention to developing countries- against dumping, abusive trading margins of intermediaries, and subsidised food imports.
7. To promote the various forms of research and technology linked to sustainable rural development, including the recognition and diffusion of local know-how, equipping them with the necessary human and financial resources to carry out their work and for the application on the ground of their results and progress.
Source: Global Schedule for the Preparation of the IYFF-2014. May 2012. World Rural Forum.
In turn, the FAO was requested by the UN the mandate of facilitating the IYFF-2014. It has established the following objectives:
Primary Objective:
The primary objective consists of promoting the contribution of Family Farming and small-holder farming to eradicating hunger and reducing rural poverty.
Immediate Objectives:
1. Increase awareness of public opinion in all areas regarding Family Farming and small-scale fisheries;
2. Determine, promote and/or provide technical support to certain policies and measures at global, regional, national and autonomous community level in order to guarantee the sustainable development of Family Farming and small-scale fisheries;
3. Promote international dialogue and cooperation regarding Family Farming and small-scale fisheries by forming ties between public and private organisations and the creation of associations of interested parties.
For more information about FAO objectives please visit: http://www.fao.org/docrep/meeting/025/md888S.pdf
Interested organisations should send a single page expression of interest describing their activities, how they would like to promote family farming in Zimbabwe and a profile of their organisation to the coordinator zimlandrightsmovement@gmail.com

GOVERNMENT POLICIES SHOULD FOCUS ON POVERTY ERADICATION AND SUSTAINBLE DEVELOPMENT.


Compliments of the New Season from The Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement (ZPLRM) team. As a movement fighting for the rights of the poor people with no access to land we continue to hope that government focuses more on improving the ordinary people lives through addressing their needs.
Its 13 years after the fast-track land reform program in Zimbabwe commenced yet the unavailability of land to the poor is alarming. Recently the Minister of Finance announced a budget, which confirmed the dishonesty of government in terms of supporting indigineous people’s livelihoods through sustainable access to land-based resources. For instance, the combined budget allocation to the Ministries of Agriculture and Mines is less than the allocation for the President’s office.
The introduction of land tax is one of the major concerns of the ZPLRM since it remains a fact that the land leases issued by government are still not bankable. As a result of government’s misplaced priorities, thousands of small-scale farmers will not get support for their activities. If the government is to tax farmers then there is need to ensure that the land is bankable and that farmers have access to loans and other infrastructural support they may require, and this should be clearly laid out in a proper policy, with attendant budget allocations.
As a movement, we are disturbed by recent media reports about senior government officials grabbing land outsides the confines of the laws of Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe Republic Police is reluctant to take any action in relation to issues involving land disputes. Inlight of these revelations the ZPLRM urges the government to accelerate the land audit and appointment of a Land Commission so that it can urgently attend to issues pertaining to land ownership and utilisation.
ZPLRM is concerned with the chaos in the housing sector with reports that hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of losing their right to shelter. An estimated 14 000 families will be affected by the proposed demolitions of illegal houses, a clear misplaced priority for a government whose pre occupation must be alleviating poverty and improving people’s livelihoods.
In the mining sector, indigenous, small-scale miners are also facing many challenges including, harsh laws and barbaric policing. The punitive high costs of formalisation of small-scale mining are still a big obstacle to small-scale miners. These miners still face great challenges to acquire equipment to use.
The ZPLRM would like to urge the government through the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) to work with small-scale miners in creating a sustainable model of small-scale alluvial mining. This model must be environmentally friendly, and for the benefit of ordinary people mostly in rural marginalized areas.
ZPLRM calls upon government to play a significant and neutral role in eradicating hunger and poverty. This can be achieved by ensuring that there is food security and nutrition, improving people’s livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, ensuring sustainable development especially in farming communities and mining areas.
For equitable and sustainable land based resource utilization
ZPLRM Information Department,
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