26 November 1998
Shadow minister slams Zimbabwe land grab

MICHAEL HOWARD, the shadow foreign secretary, waded into the Zimbabwe “land grab” controversy with a call for a freeze on British aid to the country.

The Zimbabwe Government announced the redistribution of 841 mostly white-owned farms to poor black peasants last week.

Mr Howard wants aid suspended because those who will have to hand over their farms will not get compensation.

Proper compensation was a part of the deal agreed between the Zimbabwe Government, the farmers and international aid donors, including Britain, when it agreed terms for a previous tranche of 118 farms to be transferred.