US embassy cable - 00HARARE2961

GOVERNMENT GAZETTES LIST OF 804 FARMS FOR COMPULSORY ACQUISITION

Identifier: 00HARARE2961
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE2961 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-06-05 11:01:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PGOV PHUM EAGR ECON ZI Land Reform
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6202
INFO NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
DEPTTREAS WASHDC
USDA FAS WASHDC
C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 002961 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH 
 
LONDON FOR PFLAUMER 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
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PASS USTR FOR ROSA WHITAKER 
 
PASS USAID FOR A/AID R. MCALL AND AFR/SA W. JEFFERS 
 
TREASURY FOR ED BARBER AND GRACE SONE 
 
USDA FAS FOR CMT/GARY GROSS AND FRANK LEE 
 
PRETORIA ALSO FOR AG ATTACHE 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/05/2010 
TAGS: PGOV, PHUM, EAGR, ECON, ZI, Land Reform 
SUBJECT: GOVERNMENT GAZETTES LIST OF 804 FARMS FOR 
COMPULSORY ACQUISITION 
 
REF: A). HARARE 2820 
     B). HARARE 1914 (NOTAL) 
 
CLASSIFIED BY DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION EARL M. IRVING FOR 
REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D). 
 
1.  (U) ON JUNE 2 THE GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE PLACED A 
NOTICE IN AN EXTRAORDINARY EDITION OF THE "GOVERNMENT 
GAZETTE," ANNOUNCING ITS INTENTION TO ACQUIRE COMPULSORILY 
804 FARMS FOR RESETTLEMENT.  THE ANNOUNCEMENT ADVISED 
FARMERS WISHING TO CONTEST THE ACQUISITIONS TO LODGE 
THEIR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING WITH THE MINISTER OF LANDS 
AND AGRICULTURE BY JULY 2.  THEREAFTER, FARMERS HAVE AN 
ADDITIONAL POSSIBILITY FOR APPEAL THROUGH THE PROVINCIAL 
ADMINISTRATIVE COURTS, AS THEY WILL FOR ANY SUBSEQUENT 
DISAGREEMENTS ON COMPENSATION.  IF NO OBJECTIONS ARE 
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LODGED OR THE APPEAL PROCESS HAS BEEN EXHAUSTED, THE 
EFFECTIVE OWNERSHIP OF THE FARM/LAND IN QUESTION 
TRANSFERS FROM THE FARMER TO THE STATE, ONCE THE STATE 
ISSUES AN ACQUISITION ORDER.  THE TITLE DEED, HOWEVER, 
IS NOT TRANSFERRED UNTIL A BILL OF SALE IS EXECUTED 
PURSUANT TO A NEGOTIATED PRICE. 
 
2.  (C) COMMERCIAL FARMERS' UNION PRESIDENT TIM HENWOOD 
TOLD US JUNE 2 THAT NO FARMER IN HIS RIGHT MIND WOULD 
RISK HIS LIFE, AT THIS TIME OF RAMPANT INTIMIDATION, BY 
RAISING OBJECTIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT'S MOVE. 
 
3.  (C) COMMENT: THE AMENDED ENABLING LEGISLATION (REF 
A), COUPLED WITH THE GAZETTING OF THE LIST OF FARMS, 
CHANGES THE RULES OF THE GAME AND EFFECTIVELY SCUTTLES 
THE UNITED NATIONS-LED EFFORT TO WORK OUT A MECHANISM TO 
FUND ZIMBABWE'S LAND REFORM PROGRAM AHEAD OF THIS STEP. 
THE DONORS NOW WILL HAVE TO STAND BACK AND ASSESS HOW 
BEST TO RESPOND TO THE ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT'S ACTIONS. 
END COMMENT. 
 
MCDONALD 
 
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