Compensation for seized land ‘urgent’ – Germany envoy


Germany has reportedly demanded compensation for land seized from its citizens during Zimbabwe’s controversial land reforms, saying this was “an urgent and important issue”.

Germany Ambassador to Zimbabwe Thorsten Hutter

Germany’s ambassador to Zimbabwe Thorsten Hutter maintained that the issue of compensation was part of the re-engagement dialogue between the southern African country and the European Union.

Hutter said this following a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda.

“We have a number of German nationals who invested here in Zimbabwe after independence who are not here anymore… I did not discuss the issue [compensation] with the Speaker of Parliament today but what I can say is that this issue is important,” Hutter was quoted as saying.

Reports in 2016 indicated that Zimbabwe had plans to compensate white farmers for their lost land and that the government had begun evaluating the properties.

Landless blacks 

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa was quoted at the time as saying: “It [compensation] is under our constitution, this is an obligation under our constitution as far as I am concerned.”

Of late, Chinamasa has been in the media saying that the country’s efforts to fulfil the obligation were being hampered by lack of funds.

President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party launched the land reforms in 2000, taking over white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks.

At the time, Mugabe said the reforms were meant to correct colonial land ownership imbalances.

At least 4 000 white commercial farmers were evicted from their farms.

The land seizures were often violent, claiming the lives of several white farmers during clashes with veterans of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation struggle.

Critics of the reforms blamed the programme for low production on the farms, as the majority of the beneficiaries lacked the means and skills to work the land. Radio VOP

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  • They supposed to be jailed for stealing our land

    • Those Germans bought land in the 80s

      • Zimba 1

        Yu must be trying to please the whites. You know the truth that buying stolen property makes you complicit of acquiring land improperly.

    • buying stolen goods?

    • U are not understanding his point read thoroughly

    • No need to read. Land was grabed during colonialism. Let the Brits pay back their money. Topinda kupi isu

    • che

      Little knowledge is dangerous.

      • Francis

        I totally agree with you che. I was hopping that you were addressing that to yourself.

  • Kungotauravo

  • Revisit the Berlin Conference-The Scramble for Africa and take it up from there.

    • Encyclopedia of Africa
      Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kwame Anthony Appiah
      WAS THIS USEFUL? Berlin Conference of 1884–1885
      Meeting at which the major European powers negotiated and formalized claims to territory in Africa; also called the Berlin West Africa Conference.
      The Berlin Conference of 1884–1885 marked the climax of the European competition for territory in Africa, a process commonly known as the SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA . During the 1870s and early 1880s European nations such as Great Britain, France, and Germany began looking to Africa for natural resources for their growing industrial sectors as well as a potential market for the goods these factories produced. As a result, these governments sought to safeguard their commercial interests in Africa and began sending scouts to the continent to secure treaties from indigenous peoples or their supposed representatives. Similarly, Belgium’s King Leopold II, who aspired to increase his personal wealth by acquiring African territory, hired agents to lay claim to vast tracts of land in central Africa. To protect Germany’s commercial interests, German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who was otherwise uninterested in Africa, felt compelled to stake claims to African land.
      Inevitably, the scramble for territory led to conflict among European powers, particularly between the British and French in West Africa; EGYPT , the Portuguese, and British in East Africa; and the French and King Leopold II in central Africa. Rivalry between Great Britain and France led Bismarck to intervene, and in late 1884 he called a meeting of European powers in Berlin. In the subsequent meetings, Great Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, and King Leopold II negotiated their claims to African territory, which were then formalized and mapped. During the conference the leaders also agreed to allow free trade among the colonies and established a framework for negotiating future European claims in Africa. Neither the Berlin Conference itself nor the framework for future negotiations provided any say for the peoples of Africa over the partitioning of their homelands.
      The Berlin Conference did not initiate European colonization of Africa, but it did legitimate and formalize the process. In addition, it sparked new interest in Africa. Following the close of the conference, European powers expanded their claims in Africa such that by 1900, European states had claimed nearly 90 percent of African territory.

  • Urgent?

  • vanopenga

  • Kunani vanopenga varungu

  • day dreaming we are ready for anything

  • Hahaha boys risina mabvi rakurasika manje

  • President wanhu waye watanga futi

  • Honestly i had no idea that among those evacuated were Germans. Anyway they have to get over it it is past now.

  • Zanu chete

  • Is this German

  • Inobvepi

  • Germany she is crazy she will not get any kobo from us how do you want to milk the poor nation zimbabwe fight them to the end till the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich

  • No to recolonisation .That is reason the First Chimurenga was fought .Zimbabwe is not in Europe ,it is in Africa.Without land pple become poor .

    • Now that you got the land tell me are you rich?

    • Hve relatives who where moved from their “reserve” in the 70s to poor soils bt are nw resettled in good soil & I am witness to their success now

    • Only lazy ones are poor in Zimbabwe. Work hard to be success

    • German never colonised zim,germans bought and invested

    • Are we reach now tht we hv the land

    • Are we reach now tht we hv the land

    • Are we reach now tht we hv the land

    • Are we reach now tht we hv the land

    • Are we reach now tht we hv the land

    • Work hard my foot and where is the money to pay the farmers . Ask tobacco farmers

    • Work hard my foot and where is the money to pay the farmers . Ask tobacco farmers

    • Work hard my foot and where is the money to pay the farmers . Ask tobacco farmers

    • Work hard my foot and where is the money to pay the farmers . Ask tobacco farmers

    • Work hard my foot and where is the money to pay the farmers . Ask tobacco farmers

    • Kkkkk ana Danyero naTsika wakamboionepi nyika yekut vashoma ndovarikudya uye vekumusoro nehama kana usina wekuziva zvarana aparuzhinji rwese kudya nhoko dzezvironda indaa muchisizer vanhu imimi wrk hard papi pacho paneanoshanda kupfuura murombo hre waunoshandisa pamunda pako unovapa marii isingakwane kana kuvaka kumusha kwake chaiko hembe kungoponawo nema$for2

  • We may have our problems but now I see that Zimbabwe is still “sweet” to the Europeans

  • How many Zimbabweans own land in Germany?Probably none.lam surprised these racist German people owned land in our country. What’s wrong with us Africans giving away our land like that

  • They should get lost. What compensation?

  • Stupid nazis

  • Land yavo? Nxa

  • bayanya!

  • Kana ndichikuudzai kuti our President haapengi munenge muchiti zvimwe akandiroya, honai zvivazukuru zvaHitler zvazviri kutaura. Kwanai varume nyika ndeyedu iyi chimurenga chakarovegwa kuti titore land, Cde Mugabe exercised linience, since 1980 to 1998
    Zvimwe ngatitendeiwo

  • They never bought land from Zimbabweans instead these were arm generals of Smith who were paid in form of our land by Smith as a thank you for fighting Zimbabweans. Go to Smith’s grave ask for compensation. If you can meet him tell him what Zimbabweans have taken their land .

    • love ur sentiments kkkk

    • Where on earth can one person own land that runs or measured in kms.your blary idiot. Musatijairira nxaaaa mhani.

    • Where on earth can one person own land that runs or measured in kms.your blary idiot. Musatijairira nxaaaa mhani.

    • Where on earth can one person own land that runs or measured in kms.your blary idiot. Musatijairira nxaaaa mhani.

    • Where on earth can one person own land that runs or measured in kms.your blary idiot. Musatijairira nxaaaa mhani.

    • Where on earth can one person own land that runs or measured in kms.your blary idiot. Musatijairira nxaaaa mhani.

  • They must 1st give land to Zimbos in Germany, then pay for the genocides in Namibia maybe we can talk. Otherwise go hang!

  • Germans full of fools. Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans and Zimbabwe is in Africa not Europe. No to compensation this dogs they stole it from our fathers so we took it back by force as they do before and we will never be a colony again in Zimbabwe.

    • You re mad they deserve it! How did they steal it? U a located land for your own people ! Futsek!!

    • Idiot, isnt he saying investment after independence, the Germans didnt colonise

    • Zimbos don’t know anything about our history, since when did germany colonise us

    • You cannot become a millionaire in a day. By so doing Zimbabwe’s economy is bedridden

    • Simple scenario. Sam owns a bike, Saviour steals the bike. 4 months later Savior sells the bike to Shepherd.
      Facts
      1. Legally, the owner of the bike is still Sam.
      2. Two people broke the law. Savior (for obvious reasons) and Shepherd if and only if he knew the bike was stolen. (Proving that will be tough but)
      3. The end result is rightful owner, Sam retaining position of His bike.

      We can add 32 more people to the chain but the rightful owner is still Sam.

    • Simple scenario. Sam owns a bike, Saviour steals the bike. 4 months later Savior sells the bike to Shepherd.
      Facts
      1. Legally, the owner of the bike is still Sam.
      2. Two people broke the law. Savior (for obvious reasons) and Shepherd if and only if he knew the bike was stolen. (Proving that will be tough but)
      3. The end result is rightful owner, Sam retaining position of His bike.

      We can add 32 more people to the chain but the rightful owner is still Sam.

    • Simple scenario. Sam owns a bike, Saviour steals the bike. 4 months later Savior sells the bike to Shepherd.
      Facts
      1. Legally, the owner of the bike is still Sam.
      2. Two people broke the law. Savior (for obvious reasons) and Shepherd if and only if he knew the bike was stolen. (Proving that will be tough but)
      3. The end result is rightful owner, Sam retaining position of His bike.

      We can add 32 more people to the chain but the rightful owner is still Sam.

    • Simple scenario. Sam owns a bike, Saviour steals the bike. 4 months later Savior sells the bike to Shepherd.
      Facts
      1. Legally, the owner of the bike is still Sam.
      2. Two people broke the law. Savior (for obvious reasons) and Shepherd if and only if he knew the bike was stolen. (Proving that will be tough but)
      3. The end result is rightful owner, Sam retaining position of His bike.

      We can add 32 more people to the chain but the rightful owner is still Sam.

    • Simple scenario. Sam owns a bike, Saviour steals the bike. 4 months later Savior sells the bike to Shepherd.
      Facts
      1. Legally, the owner of the bike is still Sam.
      2. Two people broke the law. Savior (for obvious reasons) and Shepherd if and only if he knew the bike was stolen. (Proving that will be tough but)
      3. The end result is rightful owner, Sam retaining position of His bike.

      We can add 32 more people to the chain but the rightful owner is still Sam.

  • Zimbabwe is not a Germany extension,I understand that the world is in Zimbabwe.They must compensate THE JEWS THAT they slaughtered.

  • When Otto Van Bismarck was partitioning Africa at the Berlin Conference in 1884 pakambotaugwa zve compensation nani?

  • Nooo. Land is for us zimbambweans not white people we take our land

  • How much did they pay to acquire that land

  • They say zimbabwe will suffer but am glad it doesn’t hurt anymore though i am against the brutality that was used against fellow white citizens. The poverty doesn’t hurt anymore

  • He is speaking about Germans who came and invest after independence, the Germans didnt stole land from us, it was the British who did that. An open minded person should understand why they are demanding compensation because they came to invest , not to grab land.

  • You are misunderstanding his point, read thoroghly

  • The international law of sovereign states does not disallow expropriation of assets owned by foreign firms.So long that is in public interest.The legislation is very clear.The government must pay a fair value of assets in compensation.What happened in Zimbabwe was confiscation and is not ok.Mind you the Germans were real investors many of which came after 1980.For anybody to think that they worked with the British, history doesn’t agree with this dichotomy.

    • Vakatenga ku Britain land yacho vanongopiwa mare ikoko, Britain agreed to pay for land reform during Lancaster agreement then Blair obva angoti haachadi so were was the so called international law Joe

    • You are not wrong.However the Germans bought land mostly after independence.Their case is exactly what I am addressing through that piece of legislation.

    • Verengesa unzwisise pane panzi vamwe after 1980 apo chikomana no1is above the law

    • They bought from who? They bought stolen property.

  • That’s untutored Germany nationals .did they buy the land they took. ???.

  • Are these Germans zimbabweans dd any zimbabweans have land in German nxaaa these pple so our zimbabwe and Germany theirs Amen

  • lol nxt up chinese who are destroying our country s resources on a fast pace uchanzwa voti toda compensation

  • To me germany is campgain 4 mugabe why now .i wl vote 4 Mdc

  • Baba vaBona nyaya iya yatanga ,itayi zviya

  • The Jews were decimated! Butchered! Dislocated! Dismembered! Destroyed. …by Germany! !!pay something to Israel NOW! !!!…later; we can talk of payment on improvements you purport to have done. ….Payment for our land …NO! REMEMBER; ISRAEL HAS NOT FORGOTTEN. ..neither will IT…

  • Pure madness!

  • Compensating who? Germans? Ooh my [email protected] foot!! To be fair they should compensate Namibia first for more than100 000 Herero people they killed during their occupation of Namibia before they could compensated for the land they could be compensated for the land they never bought in Zimbabwe.

  • No compensation!!!! For what?!!

  • Their land ? Did they bring land to Africa?

  • We disagree on other issues with Mugabe but when it comes to land and education you did the Best Goldman. On these two things I stand by you.

  • We disagree on other issues with Mugabe but when it comes to land and education you did the Best Goldman. On these two things I stand by you.

  • We disagree on other issues with Mugabe but when it comes to land and education you did the Best Goldman. On these two things I stand by you.

  • We disagree on other issues with Mugabe but when it comes to land and education you did the Best Goldman. On these two things I stand by you.

  • We disagree on other issues with Mugabe but when it comes to land and education you did the Best Goldman. On these two things I stand by you.

  • Did they pay compensation when they grabbed our land by force…?

  • Did they pay compensation when they grabbed our land by force…?

  • Did they pay compensation when they grabbed our land by force…?

  • Did they pay compensation when they grabbed our land by force…?

  • Did they pay compensation when they grabbed our land by force…?

  • Zim land for Zimbabweans, German for Germans period

  • Zim land for Zimbabweans, German for Germans period

  • Zim land for Zimbabweans, German for Germans period

  • Zim land for Zimbabweans, German for Germans period

  • Zim land for Zimbabweans, German for Germans period

  • Compensation! What compensation? Zim for Zimbos. Come what may never. We shall guard this land jealously until ever and ever.

  • Compensation! What compensation? Zim for Zimbos. Come what may never. We shall guard this land jealously until ever and ever.

  • Compensation! What compensation? Zim for Zimbos. Come what may never. We shall guard this land jealously until ever and ever.

  • Compensation! What compensation? Zim for Zimbos. Come what may never. We shall guard this land jealously until ever and ever.

  • Compensation! What compensation? Zim for Zimbos. Come what may never. We shall guard this land jealously until ever and ever.

  • I hope they compensated our ancestors who were initially dispossessed

  • I hope they compensated our ancestors who were initially dispossessed

  • I hope they compensated our ancestors who were initially dispossessed

  • I hope they compensated our ancestors who were initially dispossessed

  • I hope they compensated our ancestors who were initially dispossessed

  • Forget

  • These fellow cde think like juviniles . They nearly killed every jew noone asked 4 compansation cum on fungai sevanhu vakuru mhani

  • give the land back to the Germans b4 they nuc u . land that kand this what kind

  • Mugabe must pay for his idiotic,partisan,tribalistic land reform.

  • Whatever these descendants of Hitler are smoking they should stop because they are going nuts compensation will never happen unless they brought land from Germany

  • They grabbed our forefathers land
    ……… to hell wth them nxaaaah

  • Taita Bea Natsa unoda kufumiswa nani shanda kkkkk nyapura yemunhu

  • They must given their land back big invasion didn’t benefit either blacks or white

  • German must go to hell,no compasation! ha!they looted gold and what was left, only disused mines where hundreds of our fellow Zimbabweans trying to mine there were trapped under,
    I think German Government is day dreaming!

  • Fuck your stinky ass Germany

  • You are all a bunch of semiliterate illusionist twits had no wonder you suffer such deprivation under Mugabe

  • As long they bought those farms they should recieve their compansation,only those who colonise and invaded the land should not be paid for the land but compansated for the developments they did kudya zvemahara bodo munhu ngaashande nemaoko ake

  • all the production and profits made from 1890 to 1980 is more than enough compansation they should come buy or lease it from the government for better utilisation most of it is under utilised and laying idle

  • Taneta nekunzwa nevarungu isu Ko isu tichanzwikwawo rini I think its tym dey accept defeat nd move on did they compansate Africa fo slave trade.

  • Stupidity at best.

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