HERALD columnist Nathaniel Manheruâ€™s statements threatening the use of violence if a land audit is carried out are very worrying especially when most Zimbabweans are trying to move the country forward following the signing of the political agreement.
His statement in the Saturday Herald (September 20) that there would be bloodshed if the commitment by Zanu PF and the MDC to remove corrupt multi-farm holders is implemented should be condemned by all progressive Zimbabweans. He is using his influence as a senior civil servant to abuse the public media for his own ends.
Even Information minister, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu has urged the public media to report responsibly in light of the signing of the agreement to form an inclusive government.
How can he, as someone who is also a beneficiary of the land reform programme, be against an independent land audit that will put an end to the land issue once and for all? Is he scared because he is one of those Zanu PF bigwigs who have multiple farms?
The wounds and memories from the June 27 violence are still fresh and it is irresponsible for Manheru to make public statements that fan violence.