Farm Invasions Threaten Zim/German Relations

Despite the existence of the Encouragement and Reciprocal Protection of Investments signed between the government of Germany and Zimbabwe, the invaders claimed that they had offer letters from the ministry of lands.

In a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the German Embassy in Harare protested against the invasions at the farms and called on the inclusive government to act and stop the lawlessness.

“The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zimbabwe and has the honour to draw the attention of the esteemed Ministry to incidents that took place at Makandi Tea and Coffee (Private) Limited, Border Timbers Limited and Forrester Estate (Private) Limited.

“The properties mentioned are all owned by the German citizen Heinrich von Pezold and fall under the provisions of the Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Zimbabwe concerning the Encouragement and Reciprocal Protection of Investments (BIPPA) signed on 29 September 1995 and entered into force on 14 April 2000.

“The Embassy has been informed that over the last two weeks groups of settlers, with the encouragement of the local authorities in Chipinge have threatened to evict  Makandi Tea and Coffee Limited from the properties in the Chipinge area,” reads part of the letter in possession of Radio VOP.

The letter says that a Mr Muziti arrived at Makandi Farm on Wednesday in the company of police and land officers all claiming that Mr Muziti had been allocated 100ha of Makandi Farm.

On June 8, a group of people invaded Forrrester Estate where they allocated themselves land and put up structures on land earmarked for commercial structures.

The invasion also took place on Charter Estate of Border Timbers Limited where the invaders are said to have destroyed established timber plantations.

“Once again, the German Embassy notes with great concern that property rights of German nationals and their investments in Zimbabwe are being put under threat, in clear violation of international law.

“Despite repeated confirmations of high ranking representatives of the Zimbabwean Government about its intention to honour the BIPPA in full, the development on the ground so far shows insufficient commitment to follow upon its declarations.

“The Zimbabwean Government is well aware of Germany’s intention to considerably contribute to the Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF).

“For this contribution to be approved the consent of the German parliament is a prerequisite. News about German nationals falling victim to land invasions in Zimbabwe will make approval of German funding of the MDTF in the German parliament highly unlikely.

“The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany herewith requests the esteemed Ministry to take the necessary steps to ensure an immediate end of all threats to the above mentioned German investments,” reads part of the letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Despite the existence of an inclusive government with an agreement that all land seizures must stop, Zanu PF officials and War Veterans defiantly continue invading prime land.