Ben Freeth’s Column
In this latest column I have summarised the legal steps that we have taken from 2005 to 2020 to bring back legality and achieve compensation/restitution for the resolution of the land issue and the rebuilding of Zimbabwe and its crucial agricultural sector on sound legal ground.
With respect to the Global Compensation Deed (GCD), which was signed by two farming organizations with the government, and which remains a very contentious issue, there are currently two roads for dispossessed farmers:
One is to go with the GCD and hope that some money is found, that laws are changed, that the Zimbabwe Government is honourable and that there are not too many leakages on the way.
The second is to hang onto your title deeds and join us on the legal road that continues to open up and which will continue to bring significant pressure through legislation such as the US’s Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZDERA), on those stopping you from re-establishing your fundamental legal rights to your inheritance and your life’s work.