HARARE - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe yesterday was to issue new farmers 99-year leases to allocated land under his controversial land reform programme.
Land Minister Didymus Mutasa said an initial 100 farmers would be allocated the long leases at a ceremony in the capital.
"Those who would have farmed well over the past three years will qualify for the 99-year leases."
Zimbabwe launched its land reforms seven years ago, seizing at least 4000 properties formerly tilled by white farmers, and pledging to redistribute them to landless blacks.
Mugabe called the farm seizures a correction of historical imbalances that favoured colonial settlers. - Sapa-AFP