ZANU PF youth league targets land barons, multiple farm owners

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Tendai Chirau

The ZANU PF youth league has intensified its anti-corruption crusade and is at daggers drawn with  multiple farm owners and land barons within the party’s top echelons, Zim Morning Post has learnt.

This comes hot on the heels of their ‘name and shame’ announcement by deputy secretary for youth affairs Lewis Matutu which implicated alleged corrupt bigwigs including the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor  John Mangudya, Zanu PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu , Tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira, parliamentarian Tino Machakaire among others.

Zanu PF Youth League secretary for administration Tendai Chirau  said they were targeting land barons and multiple farm owners guided by their internal investigations and the ongoing land audit.

The announcement will be made at a yet to be advised date this month.

He said the youths have the entrepreneurship skills to utilise land and   contribute to food security.

‘’It remains a fact that not all youths need land but most youths need land.

“They have the energy and entrepreneurial acumen to contribute to national food security,’’ said Chirau.

Sources said the youth league’s land barons expose was likely to ruffle a lot of feathers as most party big wigs were multiple farm owners.

“It is not a secret that most party bigwigs abused their office and were involved in illegal parceling out of residential stands and some owns more than two farms and end up leasing out the land.

“The youths must also target cooperative association leaders for fleecing homeseekers.

“Some of the culprits are members of the youth league and I don’t know how the young boy Matutu (Lewis) and crew will handle this, will they sacrifice their own?” said a senior ZANU PF main wing member who refused to be named.

  The government launched a land audit in all provinces and vowed to use the outcome recommendations to attain equitable land distribution.

‘’We have been made to believe that some provinces have completed the audit and we hope the Ministry of Lands will share this information. The youth are calling for maximum land utilization and most are begging for a mere 10 hectares per person,’’ Chirau  added.

He said the land must be given to the needy although he did not categorically qualify whether the “needy youths” were exclusively ZANU PF members.

 ‘’We are engaging the land commission so that we know who has multiple farms… and we will urge lands ministry to make sure such farms are also handed over to those in need’’ said Chirau.

The Zanu PF Youth League has vowed to fight corruption and such developments indicate that they are soldiering on with their pursuit for a corrupt free nation.

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