Former Zimbabwean farmers whose farms were seized during the country’s controversial land expropriation programme are claiming US$9 billion in damages and compensation.
The country’s National Gazette reports the compensation claim by the farmers was presented to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa has pledged to stabilise the economy, including revisiting the compensation of evicted white farmers. He also told the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos that his administration believed thinking along racial lines was “outdated” when it comes to farming and land ownership.
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There are reportedly 300 to 400 white farmers left in Zimbabwe from around 4 000. An order to illegal occupiers to vacate farmers grabbed from white farmers by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister, Perence Shiri, signaled government’s resolve to redress the forceful land expropriation programme.