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Zim obsessed with colour unnecessarily

Local medical doctor, Alex Stevenson said Zimbabwe was falling in the category of apartheid South Africa where people were defined by their skin colour. “It is difficult to define indigenous although many people think it means black while non-indigenous means white,” he said.
“Why are Ndebele people indigenous when they came into the country only 10 years before the whites?
“And why are Shona people indigenous when the first people to live in this country were Khoisan?
Stevenson said historical imbalances can only be addressed by good laws.
“If we try to address the imbalances with bad laws we will end up in the same situation we were in 40-50 years ago,” he said.
Gappah said the legacy of “othering” each other was not good for future generations who may even fail to fully understand its source.
“Right now, Kirsty Coventry is doing us proud flying our flag high at the Olympics. Why does she have less rights?” said Gappah.
“There are so many good things that have come out of this constitution including improved protection for women, children and the disabled that is why I am disappointed that we haven’t had the courage to say all Zimbabweans are equal. Can’t we get over this issue of racial discrimination?”
Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) president Charles Taffs said the union was disappointed because Copac disregarded its input.
CFU had advocated for the unlocking of land value by protecting the rights of owners, something they felt would encourage investment.
“Locking the value only encourages conflict,” Taffs said. “It does not give confidence to any lenders, there will be no development, and there will be no production. Let us deal with the land issue, it doesn’t matter who owns the land.”
Taffs said the constitution-making process had presented Zimbabwe with a chance to correct all wrongs but political interests prevailed over the people’s will.
“We have the land, the water, the people and a great potential to turn Zimbabwe into Africa’s leading agricultural producer but what we do not have is correct policy,” Taffs said. “Let us get the right policy and get busy.”
Hundreds of white commercial farmers were driven out of their land during the 2000 violent farm invasions which were spearheaded by war veterans.

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