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Vol 55 No 15

Published 25th July 2014


Zimbabwe

Seized farms haunt ZANU-PF

Party leaders worry that in a post-Mugabe world they may lose the land they seized from white farmers and they are secretly buying up title deeds

A wave of anxiety is passing through the highest echelons of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, Africa Confidential has learned. Relatives of President Robert Mugabe and other ZANU-PF high-ups appear to have realised that without title deeds to the properties forcibly seized from white commercial farmers, they could eventually lose the land in court. The government has always claimed that the land-redistribution programme was irreversible but after Mugabe leaves office, law suits to reclaim the land for its previous owners could succeed. Guarantees that the government and the official current owners have given to their leaseholders and tenants could also be affected.

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