Zimbabwe’s evicted white farmers ‘demand $9bn pay-out from govt’ – report
This 2002 photo shows a group of displaced Zimbabwe white commercial farmers taking group photograph
Harare, Jan. 27, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Zimbabwe’s evicted white farmers have reportedly demanded a $9bn pay-out for assets expropriated during the country’s controversial land redistribution programme.
The figure included land, which the farmers valued using regional rates, as well as fixed assets, the report said.
One of the sources was, however, quoted as saying that at least 20 white commercial farmers were against the $9bn pay-out and wanted an international monitored settlement.
Some white farmers left on the land have faced harassment or been threatened with eviction by new black farmers who claim to have been allocated their farms.
Mnangagwa told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week that his his new government believed thinking along racial lines was “outdated” when it came to farming and land ownership.
He said white Zimbabwean farmers left on the land had integrated “happily” into the country’s new farming system, albeit on smaller land holdings.
“We don’t want to think along racial lines – that there are white farmers and black farmers. That should be a philosophy of the past,” Mnangagwa said.