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Zimbabwe offers £2.7B compensation to 4,500 white farmers

- White farmers' land was seized under Robert Mugabe
July 29th, 2020 | Tags:
Robert Mugabe's successor Emmerson Mnangagwa, pictured above, said the deal was 'historic in many respects'. Photo: Reuters
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Zimbabwe on Wednesday signed a US$3.5 billion compensation agreement with white farmers whose land was seized over 20 years ago under the country's controversial reforms.

Then president Robert Mugabe forcibly took more than 4,000 farms from the country's 4,500 white large-scale commercial farmers.

The compensation is for built structures including farmhouses and irrigation systems on the farms which were redistributed to landless blacks.

But as the cash-strapped government does not have the funds to make the payouts, a committee made up of farmers and donors has been tasked with raising the money.

'In the agreement we have given ourselves 12 months to run around the world, around Zimbabwe to think of ways of raising this funding,' Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said at the signing ceremony in Harare.

'We are determined that we achieve that. It's also about pledges not necessarily about cash being put on the table. It's about commitment.'

Zimbabwe launched controversial land reforms in the year 2000 when ruling ZANU-PF party activists and veterans of the 1970s liberation seized large swathes of farms.

Mugabe justified the land grabs as a way to correct historical wrongs by claiming back land that was forcibly taken from the nation's blacks.

Critics blame Mugabe's land programme for wreaking havoc on the agriculture sector - a mainstay of the economy.

Economic output fell by half following the land seizures, and the economy has been hobbled ever since.

Mugabe's successor Emmerson Mnangagwa said the Wednesday deal was 'historic in many respects'.

'It brings closure and a new beginning in the history of the land discourse in Zimbabwe,' Mnangagwa said.

'The process which has brought us to this event is equally historic as it is a reaffirmation of the irreversibility of land as well as a symbol of our commitment to constitutionalism, the respect of the rule of law and property rights,' he said.

 

8 Responses to “Zimbabwe offers £2.7B compensation to 4,500 white farmers”

  • asking for a friend (30/07/2020, 16:33) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    well well so who paying us for black slavery...this man is a sell out
    • ask (01/08/2020, 15:13) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      ask the blacks that sold you, the white man already paid
      • Fran (05/08/2020, 07:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ ask...Like you don't know the deceptive ways Whites got it. Africans, like any other countries fought among themselves, and then here comes the malicious Whites, with evil intentions, cunning, stealing, ulterior motives backing one side, in order to STEAL the land from under them. Shut your forked tongue mouth, like you don't know the history of the Evil Whites, acting like allies, when they knew good and well what their plans were. I hope there are more Mugabes coming soon, to take it all back again and keep it that way!
        • Kingfish (05/08/2020, 11:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Right on Fran, tell it like it is: They should not get rust off of a penny, the stole that land from the native people.As it stands they will not receive anything as the country is dead broke and prospect of raising over $3 billion is very slim.
        • Kingfish (05/08/2020, 11:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Right on Fran, tell it like it is: They should not get rust off of a penny, the stole that land from the native people.As it stands they will not receive anything as the country is dead broke and prospect of raising over $3 billion is very slim.
  • jack (30/07/2020, 18:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    How the white farmers get the land?
    • Read (01/08/2020, 15:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      they are not paying them for the land, they are paying them for the structures that they put on the land.
  • NezRez (05/08/2020, 06:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Property rights? The en slavers STOLE African land from Africans and built on it, became prosperous and wealthy. They never gave Africans a dime for it. Now the only one who had guts to take it back was Mr Robert Mugabe. Finally a move in the right direction. Now this @$$#*l€ Emmerson Mnangagwa, undid everything, and the biggest slap in the face is he is willing to allow these White people to get money for it. Why? When do the Africans get paid back?



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