Fix resource allocation to achieve healing: official

white_farmersMARONDERA A government national healing and reconciliation drive should address the issue of inequitable distribution of national resources such as land and other means of production a senior official of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirais MDC-T party has said. {Pictured: A group of wh

Stanley Chigumbura said there could be no true healing when a rich elite linked to Zanu (PF) is allowed to benefit from resources including farms looted from fellow citizens while the majority continue to wallow in poverty.

Chigumbura, who said he was speaking in his personal capacity, said a land audit to establish who owns which farm in Zimbabwe was critical to any effort to achieve peace and reconciliation.

He said: The MDC was formed to among other things, address inequitable distribution of wealth and promotion of human rights. Zanu (PF) grabbed and distributed land on partisan grounds to the army, police, prison officers, party fat cats and supporters at the expense of members of rival political parties.

When national wealth is fairly distributed . then people may start witnessing some semblance of national healing.

Chigumbura said while land reform could not be reversed there was need for a land ownership audit to weed out multiple farm owners, many of them members of Zanu (PF) and the security forces who grabbed several farms each against the governments state one-man-one-farm policy.

Land should be allocated to all citizens who wish to farm regardless of their political affiliation, Chigumbura said.

A committee of senior ministers drawn up from Zanu (PF) and the two MDC formations to promote national healing and reconciliation after years of political strife and violence has achieved little since its establishment more than 12 months ago.

Zimbabwe witnessed some of its worst political violence in 2008 after a parliamentary election that was won by the MDC while Tsvangirai defeated Mugabe in a parallel presidential poll but with fewer votes to avoid a second run-off ballot.

In a bid to ensure Mugabe regained the upper hand in the second round vote, ZANU PF militia, war veterans and state security agents unleashed an orgy of violence and terror across the country, especially in rural areas many of which virtually became no-go areas for the opposition.

Tsvangirai later withdrew from the June 27 run-off election because of violence that he says killed about 200 of his supporters and displaced thousands of others.

Mugabe won the vote uncontested in a ballot that African observers denounced as a shame and Western governments refused to recognize forcing the veteran leader to agree to form a power-sharing government with Tsvangirai and Mutambara

While the political violence of the past decade has caught the attention of the world more, Zimbabwes darkest period remains the phase soon after the countrys 1980 independence from Britain when more than 20 000 innocent civilians from the Ndebele ethnic minority were reportedly killed during a bloody counter-insurgency drive by the army in the southern Matabeleland and Midlands provinces.

Mugabe who some say personally ordered deployment of the armys North Korean-trained 5th Brigade in Matabeleland and Midlands ostensibly to stop an armed insurrection against his rule has called the killings an act of madness.

But the 86-year-old leader has never personally accepted responsibility for the civilian murders or formally apologised. He has not yielded to calls by human rights activists for his government to compensate victims of the brutal army operation or Gukurahundi as it is more commonly known among Zimbabweans. Police in forced Heroes Day contributions

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