By A Correspondent-Agriculture Minister Anxious Masuka has said that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is the owner of the entire Zimbabwe.
Masuka said this in parliament Wednesday when he was giving oral evidence before Parliament’s portfolio committee on Lands and Agriculture chaired by Zanu PF’s Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena.
He was invited to outline his ministry’s vision to transform agriculture as well as answering what Government was doing to deal with the issue of title on land.
“Land is vested in the President and cannot be transferred because its ownership is not a measure of productivity. I think the issue of title deeds is taken out of context,”he said.
“I have often said you do not need to own a building in order to operate it. If you want to do business you can rent, you don’t need to own a house. Everyone seem to be saying I need to own the land in order to farm. The land is vested in the President for the right reasons,” he said.
“Land ownership and farming are different. Farming is a business which happens on land, so the two are separate and often we think they are not. There must be a distinction. There is not necessarily a link between land ownership and the transfer of land,” Masuka said.