Zimbabwe Begins to Compensate Evicted White Farmers

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government sees the paying of compensation to white farmers as key to mend ties with the West, and set aside U.S.$20 million in this year's budget to that end. Two decades ago former president Robert Mugabe's government carried out evictions of 4,500 white farmers and redistributed the land to around 300,000 black families, arguing it was redressing imbalances from the colonial era. But the land reform still divides public opinion as opponents see it as a partisan process that left the country struggling to feed itself.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa assessing their maize crop at their farm (file photo).

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