Zim White Ex-Farmers To Receive Compensation For Land

Zim White Ex-Farmers To Receive Compensation For Land
Published: 2016 June 12 07:13:12 (1775 Views)


GOVERNMENT is finalising compensation for white former commercial farmers as part of measures to bring to finality the Fast-Track Land Reform Programme, a Cabinet minister has said.

Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa told The Sunday Mail that valuations had been done for about 1 400 of the roughly 6 000 farms concerned.

He said the exercise was in terms of the Section 295 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

“What Section 295 of the Constitution is doing is to give Government a contingent liability to pay compensation, but only until evaluations are done,” he said.

“From about 6 000 farms which were acquired, around 1 400 farms were evaluated so the exercise now is to ensure that we finish the evaluation of the remainder of the farms.

“There are two exercises that are being undertaken which are fixing of new boundaries – this is preparatory to issuance of security documents like A1 permits and 99 year lease and this evaluation for compensation.”

Compensation will also be made for acquired farms covered by Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements.

Section 295 of the Constitution says: “(1) Any indigenous Zimbabwean whose agricultural land was acquired by the State . . . is entitled to compensation from the State for the land and any improvements that were made on the land when it was acquired.

“(2) Any person whose agricultural land was acquired by the State … and whose property rights at that time were guaranteed or protected by an agreement concluded by the Government of Zimbabwe with the government of another country, is entitled to compensation from the State for the land and any improvements in accordance with that agreement.

“(3) Any person, other than a person referred to in subsection (1) or (2), whose agricultural land was acquired by the State . . . is entitled to compensation from the State only for improvements that were on the land when it was acquired.

“(4) Compensation payable under subsections (1), (2) and (3) must be assessed and paid in terms of an Act of Parliament.”

- Sunday Mail
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