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HARARE, ZIMBABWE - SEPTEMBER 06. Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa holds a press conference at State House:on September 6, 2019 in Harare, Zimbabwe. The current President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Managagwa, cut short his visit to the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa on hearing of the death of former President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe to Return Land to Previously Evicted White Farmers

Amid the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe, the government will reportedly return land which was seized under the Mugabe era to white farmers both in the country and those abroad.

The Zimbabwean government is reportedly set to start returning land which seized from white farmers during the Mugabe era. In the 1980s, some 4500 farms were expropriated without compensation from white farmers to approximately 300 000 Black Zimbabweans shortly after independence. The fertile agricultural land had originally been seized by British colonialists in what was then known as Rhodesia. According to several reports, the Zimbabwean government has recently signed a USD 3.5 billion compensation agreement with white farmers both in the country and abroad.

In a statement released by the Zimbabwean government, they communicate that, "Where the situation presently obtaining on the ground makes it impractical to restore land in this category to its former owners, government will offer the former farm owners alternative land elsewhere as restitution where such land is available." However, given the complexities of this initiative, the government adds that they will "revoke the offer letters of resettled (Black) farmers currently occupying those pieces of land and offer them alternative land elsewhere."

The news of the compensation agreement comes amid an ongoing socio-political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe. There have been ongoing protests in the country both on the ground and online under the banner of Zimbabwean Lives Matter. Prominent journalist Hopewell Chin'ono, opposition leader Jacob Ngarivhume and veteran author Tsitsi Dangarembga have been among those imprisoned by authorities in the wake of these protests.

READ: SADC Meeting Leaves Zimbabwe Crisis Off African Union Summit Agenda

While the South African government recently sent a special envoy to facilitate discussions with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his cabinet, the outcome of those discussions are still unclear. Mnangagwa maintains that "there is no crisis" in the Southern African country.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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