New farmers contributing towards compensating previous owners
Rtd Chief Air Marshal Shiri said Government felt it was not proper to burden all tax payers when it knew the direct beneficiaries of the programme.
“It makes sense that instead of labouring the tax payer, the person who is directly benefitting from those improvements contributes towards the compensation of the former farmer,” he said.
“We also have the aspect of the leases that are paid by the farmers at the rate of three dollars per hectare per year. All that money is meant to actually go towards the compensation of the former farmers.”
Rtd Chief Air Marshal Shiri did not state the amount that has been spent towards compensating former farmers. — @nqotshili