By Kenneth Matimaire
Mutare, August 05, 2016 – HORDES of Zanu PF supporters disrupted a public meeting on the proposed Land Commission Bill when they repeatedly heckled those who contributed opposing views in Mutare on Thursday.
The meeting was one of the many such gatherings convened by parliament’s lands committee to gauge the views of ordinary Zimbabweans on the proposed law.
Over 200 residents from the border city attended the meeting which was held at Beit Hall in Dangamvura high density suburb.
During the meeting, Mount Darwin senator and committee chair Damian Mumvuri was called to make repeated interventions after the youths hurled insults at those who proffered different views.
At some point, Mumvuri looked overwhelmed by Zanu PF supporters who continuously made it difficult for others citizens to air their opinions.
“Let’s get things clear hear, we don’t want people who command from the floor. We need order,” Mumvuri kept telling the hecklers who also queried why the MPs had allowed the meeting to proceed without first singing the national anthem.
However, the parliamentary committee successfully blocked Zanu PF youths who attempted to attend the non-partisan meeting clad in party regalia and the chanting of Zanu PF slogans.
It had to take the intervention of some top politicians based in the city to find alternative clothing to their followers who had attempted to enter the venue while wearing party regalia.
Meanwhile, Mutare residents rejected the issuing of title deeds and the setting up of a land commission through the proposed law insisting this could be a government ploy to repossess their farms.
“I don’t want it, Manicaland doesn’t want it. We totally reject the commission, what is their business? To take back our farms?
“No, we don’t need it. The same goes for title deeds; it’s meant to allow people to sell farms back to whites,” said Josephine Dube.
However, Mamvura had to clarify that the commission was lawfully provided for in the Constitution, following consultations from the very same public, hence rejecting it will be unconstitutional.
The Land Commission is provided for in the Constitution under Section 296. It stipulates the setting up of a Commission that will be stirred by a minimum of two and maximum of nine commissioners that will be appointed by the President.
The commission will be tasked to carry out land audits and fair distribution of farms while the implementation of the Bill will repeal the Agricultural land Settlement Act, Land Acquisition Act and Land Act.