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Zimbabwe Says 1,300 White Farmers Who Lost Land Seek Payouts

Zimbabwe Says 1,300 White Farmers Who Lost Land Seek Payouts
epa07842150 Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa (3-R) greets former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo (2-L) as he arrives for the state funeral of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, at the National Sports Stadium,in Harare, Zimbabwe, 14 September 2019. Invited heads of states and former Presidents attended the ceremony. Mugabe passed away on 06 September aged 95 in Singapore, where he had been receiving treatment since April this year. Mugabe led the country post-independence from 1980 to 2017 when he was ousted. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

About 1,300 White Zimbabwean commercial farmers, whose land was seized in the early 2000s, have signed up to receive compensation and those who qualify will be paid in 10-year treasury bills, a government official said. 

“We now have to go through the process of vetting them and confirming the amounts that they are owed,” Andrew Bvumbe, head of debt management in the Ministry of Finance, said in an interview on Friday. “With these 1,300, we want to move as quickly as possible. Maybe by the end of the third quarter of this year we want to get this out of the way.”

Under an accord signed in 2020, the government agreed to compensate 4,000 White farmers whose land was seized by state-backed militants, but it has repeatedly missed payment deadlines. It expects the compensation deal will cost it $3.5 billion over 10 years.

Read More: Zimbabwe Offers New Terms for $3.5 Billion White-Farmer Deal

Payouts will be made for improvements that were made to farms, rather than the land itself, Bvumbe said.

“If others start seeing that we are acting, maybe the others will start coming in and they all be part of the whole process,” he said.

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  • Norman Sander says:

    Whilst a step in the right direction its not fair.
    What about the price the farmers paid for the land.
    Also, what about the farmworkers who all lost their jobs.

    • Adri Pretorius says:

      The Commercial farmers where forced to pay all the labour relocation fees, 5 years salary in advance, compensation for years worked on farm,some had 42/45 years service. And much more on top of Murgabe demands. The entire deal is one-sided and selfish. They Never wrong, everybody else causes that they don’t keep to their part of the deal. Poverty they brought over their own citizens but they living like royalty.

  • Andre Swart says:

    A terrible crime has been committed against Zimbawean citizens because their skin colour is white!

    The evil perpetrators of this terrible crime must still be prosecuted and punished.

    Many of the victims have passed away without justice having been served to them.

    By making an example of the evil perpetrators future similar racist crimes will be prevented.

  • Random Comment says:

    This is akin to offering a band-aid plaster to a gunshot victim.

    Res ipsa loquitor – nothing more needs to be said about land reform in Zim.

  • Tumelo Tumelo says:

    “Payouts will be made for improvements that were made to farms, rather than the land itself, Bvumbe said”- aptly so.

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