Zim Government Returns Seized German Owned Farms

Germany’s deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Matthias Schuhmacher, said in an interview in Harare that the embassy had managed to force the Zimbabwean government stop the invasions of Germany properties in the Eastern Highlands.

The embassy wrote a stinging letter recently threatening to withdraw aid if the seized properties were not returned. It argued that the take over of the land was in violation of a bilateral trade pact signed between Zimbabwe and Germany.

“After strongly lobbying  for the Zimbabwean government to  influence these invasions, I am happy to  tell you  now that  indeed they have stopped and  the affected  properties are up and working  again and we  appreciate that very much,” he said.

On June 18 an armed  mob of  Zanu (PF) upporters invaded Makandi Tea Estate and Coffee (pvt)limited ,Border  Timbers Limited and  Forester (pvt) ltd owned  by a Germany citizen, Heinrich vonPezold.

The properties are covered by an investment protection agreement signed by Zimbabwe and Germany  in 1995  but came  into  force  in 2000.