Mnan­gagwa aids white farmer’s re­turn

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Peta Thorny­croft

THE Zim­bab­wean gov­ern­ment is over­see­ing the re­turn of a white farmer to land that was seized from him at gun­point in what it hailed as a sign of the new pres­i­dent’s “in­clu­sive­ness”.

Rob Smart, 71, whooped with joy this week when he was told that he could re­turn to his farm in east­ern Zim­babwe – the only home he has ever known. He and his fam­ily, in­clud­ing his young grand­chil­dren, and many of their work­ers, were evicted nearly six months ago by gangs loyal to Grace Mu­gabe, the former first lady.

Robert Mu­gabe, 93, the former pres­i­dent, was forced to re­sign last month af­ter a coup d’état, in which he was suc­ceeded by Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, a former ally. Mr Mu­gabe sup­ported land in­va­sions which saw about 4,000 white farm­ers evicted, some­times vi­o­lently.

Mr Smart told Reuters that Mr Mnan­gagwa per­son­ally over­saw his re­turn af­ter he heard about the case and “flipped his lid”.

Chris Mutsvangwa, an ad­viser to Mr Mnan­gagwa, said: “Land re­form is over. Now we want in­clu­sive­ness.”

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