Zimbabwe plans to start compensating mainly white farmers who lost their land and livelihoods during state- backed farm invasions that began in 2000 and triggered a near decade-long recession, the Finance Ministry said in a circular distributed to lawmakers.
Farmers may be compensated for “both land and improvements,” as well as for equipment acquired by the state during the often violent seizure of properties, according to the document that was submitted to parliament on Tuesday. If approved by the government, it would mark a major shift in policy. President Robert Mugabe previously said payments would be made only for investments in infrastructure such as dams, roads and buildings on seized farms.
President Robert Mugabe, who cancelled an appearance at a cultural festival in New Delhi, never actually arrived in India, his former information minister Jonathan Moyo said on Thursday.
Mugabe, 92, left Harare for India on Monday, the official Herald newspaper reported then. But now there is speculation that he may have stopped off somewhere else. Where, no-one will say yet.
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is in Singapore where he normally receives medical treatment for cancer and cataracts at the state-of-the-art Gleneagles Hospital.
Mugabe left Zimbabwe purportedly going to New Dehli, India, for the World Cultural Festival (WCF), an event organised by the Art of Living, an educational and humanitarian organisation that promotes peace via conflict resolution, disaster relief and education for all, among other things. WCF starts today and ends on Sunday.
However, checks with the WCF website, www.artofliving.org, which details the programme and activities of the event, shows that Mugabe was never listed as one of the speakers and does not feature anywhere in the programme.