Zimbabwe Says White Farmers Can Apply To Get Back Seized Land

Earlier Zimbabwe agreed to pay U.S.$3.5 billion in compensation to local white farmers whose land was forcibly taken by the government to resettle black families, but removing the black beneficiaries from the land could prove practically and politically difficult for Mnangagwa who has been saying the land reform could not be reversed but paying of compensation was key to mending ties with the West. Thousands of white farmers were forced from their farms, sometimes violently, between 2000 and 2001 under a government programme of land reform. The seizures were blamed for destroying the country's economy, and ruined relations with the West.

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa (file photo).

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