Zimbabwe’s Displaced White Farmers Can Apply To Claim Seized Land

Weeks ago, Zimbabwe agreed to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to local white farmers whose land was forcibly taken by the government to resettle Black families, moving a step closer to resolving one of the most divisive policies of the Robert Mugabe era. 

Under Zimbabwean laws passed during a short period of opposition, foreign white farmers protected by treaties between their governments and Zimbabwe should be compensated for both land and other assets. 

To this end, Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube and Lands and Agriculture Minister, Anxious Masuka have announced in a joint statement, that these farmers should apply for their land back. 

That means in some instances, the government would “revoke the offer letters of resettled (Black) farmers currently occupying those pieces of land and offer them alternative land elsewhere,” the ministers declared.

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