The Zimbabwean government has responded to EFF Leader Julius Malema’s remarks on its announcement to compensate white farmers who were forced off their farms during the Zimbabwean Land Reform Programme.
Julius Malema criticized the Zimbabwe government lead by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on their “treasonous” act of agreeing to pay USD3.5 billion compensation to white farmers who lost land during land reform.
The Economic Freedom Fighters said the move by the Mnangagwa government to compensate white farmers is a desperate measure to please the West.
“We are of the view that Mnangagwa is either deeply misinformed about the real causes of the crisis in Zimbabwe or is simply capitulating to the pressure from the white supremacist world,” the EFF said.
The Zimbabwean government responded to Malema utterances through the ruling party’s director for Information and Publicity Tafadzwa Mugwadi who said the EFF leader has no moral ground to talk about Zimbabwe.
“Mr Julius Malema or marema, whatever is the proper pronunciation, has no moral ground to poke his nose and uncircumcised mouth on matters of Zimbabwe, which he is historically, foundationally and contemporarily unschooled on. It is not only surprising but absolute hogwash that while our Zimbabwean indigenous farmers who benefited from the land reform itself are yet to comment, Mr Malema and his moribund group of provocateurs, desperate of waning domestic traction in SA politics, think that Zimbabwe is a readily available vantage from which to revive fading fortunes.
“As a candid reminder, Mr Malema has never dealt with nor can he claim any experience in empirical management of decolonisation processes to which land is the nuclei. Until he can give us a single exemplary EFF beneficiary of land reform in his own society, then we have neither parlance nor parity with him or his outfit,” said Mugwadi.
The Permanent Secretary in the Zimbabwe Ministry of Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services Nick Mangwana defended the move by the Zimbabwean government as a fulfillment of constitutional provisions.