Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced on Wednesday that, following an audit of how the nation’s agricultural lands were being used, the nation would proceed with seizing property from wealthy members of the ruling Zanu-PF party deemed to own too much of it.
Mnangagwa launched the farmland audit in November to enforce the one-farm-per-person rule and seize land from wealthy black families who avoided violating the rule by legally granting the land to underaged children in their family but using it themselves.
The audit was once also part of a plan allegedly intended to compensate the white farmers who survived the sieges of the 2000s for their land, though as recently as last week, senior Mnangagwa officials said the country was not in an economic position to offer compensation to the white farmers displaced.
Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube told reporters that the government is attempting to lure foreign investment to the country intended to, in part, compensate the farmers affected.
Lands and Agriculture Minister Perence Shiri revealed less than a week ago that, as part of a separate report released, the government believes that 1.83 million hectares of arable land in Zimbabwe currently stands unused.