Highly controversial land reform initiated by former president Robert Mugabe in 2000 left thousands of white farmers without land. As it was reported earlier, the Zimbabwe government announced setting aside 53 million Zimbabwean dollars ($18 million) for compensation. On Sunday, president Emmerson Mnangagwa explained who of all 4,500 white farmers could expect to get it.
“We’re looking at old white farmers as we make payment. We don’t pay compensation to those who are fit. Our constitution bids us to pay for improvements on the land. We do not pay for land because no one brought land to Zimbabwe,” he stated.
According to Mnangagwa, the estimated value of the improvements on the farms is three billion Zimbabwe dollars ($1 billion). The government hopes to get the rest of the money from the British government.