29 Dec 2008

Land confiscations continue in Zimbabwe

7:10 am on 29 December 2008

According to state media in Zimbabwe, 140 white landowners are facing prosecution for failing to leave their farms after being served with eviction orders.

The government ordered them off their properties by 30 September.

But quoting a government report, The Sunday Mail newspaper says more than 300 others will be allowed to continue farming and are having lengthy lease agreements drawn up.

The Sunday Mail said a further 97 white farmers will be allowed to continue running conservancies or private game parks in six provinces.

More than 4000 white farmers have been evicted under President Robert Mugabe's reform programme, under which land is redistributed to blacks, the majority of whom lack the skills and means to farm.

The programmes began eight years ago.