Zimbabwe gives white farmers compensations

The Zimbabwean government on Thursday invited white farmers thrown out of their properties during a land seizure campaign to collect compensation for improvements on their farms.

Zimbabwe gives white farmers compensations
The Zimbabwean government on Thursday invited white farmers thrown out of their properties during a land seizure campaign to collect compensation for improvements on their farms.

In a notice published in the state-run Herald daily, secretary for lands Ngoni Masoka said a compensation committee had worked out the money to be paid to farmers.

"The former owners or representatives should contact the Ministry of Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement as a matter of urgency in connection with their compensation," Masoka said in the notice.

He said a list of farmers whose compensation had been determined was available at provincial lands offices.

President Robert Mugabe's government launched its often land reforms eight years ago, seizing at least 4,000 properties formerly run by white farmers and pledging to redistribute them to landless blacks.

Mugabe said the measure was aimed at correcting historical wrongs and imbalances favouring British colonial settlers and other white farmers.

According to Commercial Farmers Union only 500 white farmers still remain in Zimbabwe while many others have emigrated to other countries in Africa such as Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia or carved out a new life in Australia and New Zealand.

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