Zimbabwe to pay white farmers compensation for expropriated land

Zimbabwe to pay white farmers compensation for expropriated land

- Zimbabwe will begin paying out compensa tion to white farmers who lost their land during the country's land reform project two decades ago

- Farmers will be compensated for the value of the infrastructure on their farms, rather than the land itself

- A government committee will review the properties to determine the value of the infrastructure on each one

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The Zimbabwean government says it will begin paying compensation thousands of white farmers who lost their land during the country's land reform process two decades ago.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration reportedly views this compensation as a way to mend Zimbabwe's relationship with the West.

$17.5 million has been set aside by the state for payment to farmers who were dispossessed of their land.

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Their land was then distributed to black citizens, with the stated intention of redressing colonial injustice.

However, the land reform project was at times violent, and is viewed by some as being a contributing factor in the collapse of Zimbabwe's economy.

The uncertainty around property rights led to a mass exodus of foreign investment, and many of the farms later became unproductive and unused.

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However, Mnangagwa said that the payouts are not for the land itself that was nationalised, but rather for the infrastructure that had been built on the farms, according to IOL.

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Additionally, the government has said that it will begin by compensating those identified as being most in need. Thereafter, it will move on to compensating others who lost their farms, Briefly.co.za has gathered. 

A government committee, which includes former farmers, will review farms in order to decide on the value of the infrastructure that was expropriated.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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