Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has assured white Zimbabweans that his administration will not continue land invasions.

“Land grabs belong to the past,” he told the white community at Borrowdale Race Course in Harare while on the campaign trail ahead of the July 30 elections.

“We are grateful to the white farmers who remained in Zimbabwe and you must also be given 99-year leases,” he said.

“Everyone is equal. If my deputy [Constantino] Chiwenga or even me, has a farm too big for his capacity in terms of utilisation, it shall be downsized,” he said.

“All am saying is everyone is equal, as long as he or she is patriotic and participating in nation-building. They should not just wait to eat the cake, but must participate in the cake-making process.”

Promising to stop farm seizures, Mnangagwa said he had seen senior government officials “who when they see a productive farm, they seize it and run it down, go to the other and do the same”. “Let me tell you that time is gone,” he said.