Zimbabwe White Farmers Call Britain to Order
The Commercial Farmers’ Union, largely composed of white ex-farmers, says the British government should play a leading role in compensating them for losses incurred as a result of Zimbabwe’s Fast-Track Land Reform Programme.
This comes as Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Minister Chief Air Marshal (Retired) Perrance Shiri has said authorities in Harare are working around the clock behind the scenes to bring closure to the emotive chapter.
Zimbabwe in 2000 embarked on expedited land reforms after the British government reneged on its obligations to compensate white farmers who were historical beneficiaries of racially skewed tenure policies.
More than 250 000 black families benefited from land previously held by around 6 000 white farmers.
Government has pledged — and created legal provisions to back this — to compensate white ex-farmers for developments they had made on repossessed land. Thus far, Government is conducting valuations to come up with the total bill.