Figtree farmer, David Connolly who lost his farm to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s top aide Ray Ndhlukula, has made an angry rant against the Zanu PF strongman by accusing him of not being sincere in his re-engagement drive.
Connolly poured acid on Mnangagwa, whom he felt should have intervened to save his farm from being given to Ndhlukula.
Ndhlukula, a deputy chief secretary in the office of the President and Cabinet recently won the legal battle over ownership of Figtree Farm being Subdivision ‘A’ of Centenary situated in the Bulilima District in Matabeleland South province following a Supreme Court ruling.
The court said the farm in dispute was State land and had been gazetted under the land reform programme by government.
“Basically, I was surprised with the judgment. It’s quite shocking how the government has treated me on this matter.
“I know it’s because I have a white skin hence I am being denied my rights which I deserve like any other Zimbabwean citizen.
“We have a Constitutional Court; I think we have to challenge the Constitution there.
“We just have to see what is good for us but we should be able to do that before the elections such that the international community is aware that president Mnangagwa is all about rhetoric,” said Connolly.
“Mnangagwa is saying Zimbabwe is open for business yet on the other hand is doing the opposite.
“He can’t do that when he is expecting to win in the next election.
“He is chasing white farmers at a time he has promised to address their plight,” he added.
In his inauguration speech in November last year, Mnangagwa promised to compensate the white farmers whose land was seized under the then president Robert Mugabe regime.
Connolly said Mnangagwa’s re-engagements efforts could be in vain if he does not address outstanding issues such as repressive laws which he claimed made his bid to attract investment difficult.