Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

- Agriculture Minister Perrance Shiri ordered illegal occupant off farms

- The Commercial Farmers Union sees this as a positive development

- The farm seizures started in 2000 and have had a devastating effect on Zimbabwe’s agricultural division

A recent declaration by the new Agriculture Minister in Zimbabwe, Perrance Shiri, could see white farmers return to land illegally taken from them. Minister Shiri, on Wednesday, ordered anybody who is unlawfully occupying farmlands to leave them immediately.

Perrance Shiri was head of the air force before being appointed to the land and agriculture ministry. The Herald reports that Shiri has called for "unquestionable sanity on the farms’.

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Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

Perrance Shiri - photo from Bullawayo24

Briefly.co.zalearned that land is an issue that evokes strong emotions in Zimbabwe. Especially after the violence from Mugabe supporters when they invaded white-owned farms in 2000. Mugabe tried to legitimise the seizures by calling them a ‘redress of colonial-era imbalances’.

The agricultural sector played a large part in sustaining Zimbabwe’s economy. The GDP nearly halved from 2000 to 2008.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the new president, has promised to create jobs and stabilise the economy as well as the agricultural sector.

Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

Mnangagwa plotted with the military, war veterans and white farmers to take over from Mugabe as reported by Reuters. Mugabe resigned after a de facto military coup.

President of the Commercial Farmers Union, Peter Steyl, told Reuters that the move by Shiri was encouraging and that maybe white farmers would return. They will however be patient in waiting for the new government to sort out their problems.

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In another positive move a white farmer was told he could return to his farm. This after he was forced off it at gunpoint in June.

White farmers have raised concerns in the past when they were forced off their farms by state security agents, often during harvesting. Siting that politically connected people were behind the moves to get them off their farms.

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  • Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister

    Illegal settlers were ordered to immediately leave farms by Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister