Zimbabwe government pays $42.7 million to evicted white farmersStaff Writer | September 14, 2016
The Zimbabwean government has so far paid out $42.7 million to former white commercial farmers who lost their land during the country's on-going land reform program, an official has said.
Africa Zimbabwe acquired more than 6,240 farms
Minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa told Parliament during the presentation of the mid-term fiscal policy statement recently that the government was expediting mapping and valuation of improvements on the acquired farms for compensation purposes.
The European Union and the United Nations Development Programme have provided $7.8 million for evaluation of the farms.
"To date, $42.7 million has been paid out for 43 farms, notwithstanding fiscal constraints being faced by government," Chinamasa said.
Some of the farms had however been subdivided into smaller lots, thus raising the number of individual farms up for compensation.
In March, Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Douglas Mombeshora said the government had fully paid compensation to 240 former white commercial farmers and partially compensated 17 others.
The government acquired more than 6,240 farms - approximately 14.5 million hectares - that belonged to the white commercial farmers whom it now seeks to compensate. ■