It is truly wonderful to see our people in different parts of the country engaging in land debates, particularly whether or not section 25 of the constitution should be amended to allow for expropriation of land without compensation.
We see people from all walks of life, such as commercial and small-scale farmers, rural and urban folks, politicians, scholars and many others expressing themselves on the vital question of land.
The regret is that this exercise was not embarked upon 24 years ago. If we did that then, we would by now be very far in addressing the land question in our country.
That land is suddenly the flavour of the moment suggests that there might be an element of political opportunism, as opposed to an engrained conviction on its importance. Be that as it may, this exercise needs to be embraced and employed to further serious land reform in this country.
The only fly in this ointment is the tendency of a few to use this debate to engage in ill-advised war talk and secessionist rhetoric. This country belongs to all of us and we should be able to debate its future in peace, without some threatening us with fire and brimstone.
Ethnic chauvinism is as archaic as it is illogical and has led to the types of genocide we have seen in countries such as Rwanda.
We should summarily reject those who beat ethnic drums and turn their backs on peaceful national dialogue.
It is to be hoped that at the end of this debate, decisive action would be taken to deal with the question of land reform once and for all. The prevarications of the past must be jettisoned so that we may march forward with land redistribution.