The ruling Zanu-PF party has noted with disappointment utterances attributed to the leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema where he criticised President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Programme.
In a statement, Zanu-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said Malema demonstrated with malicious ignorance his incapacity to comprehend the history of Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Programme and the liberation struggle.
He said for Malema to insult President Mnangagwa who is a distinguished freedom fighter and a man of impeccable liberation war credentials, defies logic.
Ambassador Moyo added that Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle was about land and freedom which the country managed to attain hence the independence celebrations on the 18th of April each year since 1980.
“Malema needs to be educated on legislation which was introduced by government aimed at compensating white farmers for improvements made on farms acquired for resettlement and not for the land itself,” said Ambassador Khaya Moyo.
Ambassador Khaya Moyo said the delay in compensating the white farmers was mainly due to sanctions imposed by the west because of the Land Reform Programme.
He, however, said while the sanctions are still in existence, efforts are being made to fulfill the obligation through the national budgetary process and the goodwill of the new administration led by President Mnangagwa.