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Stop Farm Seizures, Zimbabwe Central Bank Chief Tells Govt

FILE - Zimbabwean President and Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe (L) and his wife Grace greets delegates during the official opening of the 6th Peoples Congress of Zanu-PF in Harare, Dec. 4, 2014.

Zimbabwe’s central bank governor, John Mangudya, has urged the government to finalize its land reforms and halt farm invasions so as to stabilize the agricultural sector and stir economic growth.

“Bringing finality to the land reform program would go a long way in addressing uncertainties that continue to adversely affect this sector from achieving its potential in transforming the economy,” Mangudya said in a policy statement Thursday.

The government needed to cool “off the continuing disruptions and threats to farmers, particularly in the diary, cattle breeding, horticulture and tobacco subsectors,” Mangudya added.

He also called for the compensation of thousands of white commercial farmers who were forcibly removed from their properties as government seized their land in the name of black empowerment.

But opposition MDC-T organizing secretary Abednico Bhebhe dismissed Mangudya’s proposals as empty talk.