White farmers quietly returning to seized land in Zimbabwe as Mugabe’s shadow wanes

Nearly two decades after Robert Mugabe began his ruinous purge of white Zimbabwean farmers, hundreds are returning to the land as tenants of the black beneficiaries of his land seizures.  

It may not be the triumphant return some had yearned for,  but across central Zimbabwe’s three main crop-growing provinces as many as 800 younger white farmers are once again tilling the soil.  

The influx has been discreet, even furtive, a cause for discomfort on both sides of the racial divide.  

For supporters of Mr Mugabe, who finally died three months ago at the age of 95, it represents a realisation of his worst fears.   

His land grab may have unleashed economic devastation, reducing Zimbabwe to beggary…

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