Zimbabwe’s plan to compensate white farmers is facing a backlash from party loyalists and the farmers

Farai Shawn Matiashe
Zimbabwe’s plan to compensate white farmers is facing a backlash from party loyalists and the farmers

Zimbabwe’s latest plan to compensate white commercial farmers who lost land during the fast track Land Reform Program 19 years ago has run into trouble. Finance minister Mthuli Ncube said he had set aside 53 million Zimbabwean RTGs dollars ($18 million) to compensate the farmers, but the full compensation package of $30 billion is yet to be mobilized. An estimated 4,000 farmers were evicted during a much-criticized Land Reform Program which was implemented in 2000 under president Robert Mugabe, who was removed from office in November 2017 after nearly 40 years in power.