Mugabe must be rolling in his grave as Zimbabwe gives land back to white farmers. The Mugabe led government violently seized most of the country’s commercial farms about 20 years ago arguing that it wanted to address imbalances resulting from colonialism.
In a move which effectively reverses former President Robert Mugabe’s land reform programme, the Zimbabwe government is now giving land back to the white commercial farmers whose farms were seized by the government.
Mugabe argued that the controversial and so-called Fast Track Land Reform Programme was meant to redress colonial-era land grabs when much of the country’s best land was reserved for the white population and black farmers were forced onto marginal areas. Ironically though, some black farmers also lost their land in the process.
However, Mugabe’s former protegee and successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa seems to have given up on the controversial programme. Mnangagwa’s government has offered to give the white farmers land in an effort to settle claims by the farmers who are demanding compensation for the assets and land developments they lost.
This was revealed in new regulations which were published in the Government Gazette on Friday. Part of the new regulations read. “The object of the regulations is to provide for the disposal of land to persons entitled to compensation,” reports Bloomberg
Statutory Instrument (SI) 62 of 2020 also adds that the white farmers either get monetary compensation or apply to get their land back. Any person listed in section 4, who wishes to obtain title to a piece of acquired agricultural land that was formerly his or her farm, may apply in writing to the minister, who shall refer all such applications to the committee.
(2) The minister shall constitute a committee which shall receive and process applications from persons referred to in section 4, with a view to recommending to the minister, whether or not to alienate the land in question to the applicant.
The authorities are legally required to only pay for infrastructures such as buildings and dams. They will not pay for moveable assets that were left behind, such as tractors and irrigation pipes.
The government says that it will not compensate the farmers for the value of the land that they lost, which has always been one of the main bones of contention. The seizures that began in 2000 were ratified by the government, which said they were needed to redress colonial imbalances. A vibrant agricultural industry that exported tobacco and roses and grew most of the food the nation needed collapsed.
Periodic food shortages ensued, inflation became the world’s highest and the manufacturing industry was decimated. What was one of Africa’s richest countries became one of its poorest.
Almost 4,500 white-owned properties and others protected under government-to-government agreements were affected by the program. The southern African nation this year budgeted about Z$380 million ($21 million) for compensation.
Several farms that were protected under so-called Bilateral Investment Protection Agreements belonged to nations including the U.K., South Africa, Australia, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Source – iHarare
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