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Draft constitution: Zim farmers unhappy

01 August 2012, 13:16

Cape Town - Zimbabwe's Commercial Framers' Union (CFU) has criticised the country's draft constitution, saying it does not guarantee security of tenure for land.

The CFU said such a development was bound to scare away potential investors in the agriculture sector, NewsDay reported on Wednesday.

Union president Charles Taffs said potential investors would "continue to adopt a cautious approach until it is clear that land can be levered as security and has a real market value".

"We are disappointed that the parties to the Global Political Agreement [GPA] have missed an opportunity to provide a sound legal framework, which stimulates an enabling business environment, investor confidence and national economic recovery," he said.

"Many questions regarding the specifics of secure tenure to agricultural land, the effectiveness of a new land commission, the limitations of the state’s powers as regards the 99-year lease and so on remain unanswered by this draft."

If adopted into law, the draft seeks to protect government against paying compensation for land seized under its agrarian reforms in 2000.

Experts have blamed the country’s 2000 land reform programme for the current food shortages.

The United Nations reported last week that about 1.6 million Zimbabweans faced starvation.

- News24


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