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An audit of Zimbabwe’s controversial land reforms has revealed that children as young as ten were allocated farms seized from whites, state media reported on Tuesday. The audit found that policy regulations had been flouted by some people who acquired more than one farm and registered them in their children’s names.

“You know our policy. We do not give somebody land who is less than 21 years, but we are getting people with 10 years, 12 years,” The Herald newspaper quoted Lands and Resettlement Minister Douglas Mombeshora as saying. He said the fraudulent allocations came to light during an interim audit to determine farm ownership and productivity on the farmland. “Some people acquired farms on behalf of their children,” Mombeshora said He said the interim audit involved checking the ministry’s farm register against names at the registrar-general’s office and that the revelations “explain why some plots are vacant.” President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party launched the land reforms in 2000, taking over white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks.

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