HARARE, (Xinhua) --
The Zimbabwean government said Wednesday it will
evict 500 illegal settlers on farms across the country, as it
moves to bring finality to the land reform program which it
started at the turn of the millennium.
Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrence Shiri
told a post-cabinet media briefing that Cabinet had resolved to
evict the illegal settlers to ensure stability on the farms,
state news agency New Ziana reported.
settlers are found throughout the farming areas so basically you
find them in all the provinces. We have identified where they
are and we are proceeding with the evictions,” he said.
“We expect that they
shall go back to where they came from. If they have got any
challenges, well we have got the social department which can
look into that, but our task is to ensure there is total
stability on the farms,” said the minister.
Zimbabwe embarked on
the land reform program to correct colonial land imbalances
which favored the white minority.
However, the program
resulted in some people settling themselves unlawfully on pieces
of land, a situation which the government is now trying to
The government is in
the process of conducting a land audit to assess utilization
patterns to open up under-utilized land for other interested