Robert Mugabe’s policy has seen thousands of white farmers lose their land since 2000
Barry Rankin and his family were forced off the tobacco farm he was born on as police took all their belongings and chucked them in an abandoned railway shed.
The 33-year-old and his father Phil, who he runs the farm with, are some of the last survivors of President Mugabe’s violent regime which led to 4,000 white farmers having their land taken from them and 300,000 farm workers’ jobs destroyed.
His “revolutionary land reform programme”, which started in 2000, aimed to replace mostly “British lords” owning the farms with black Zimbabweans.
Having put up a fight for years, the Rankins were unceremoniously kicked off their land to make way for a Zimbabwean-born British doctor who runs a weight-loss clinic in Nottingham.
Zimbabwe has been characterised by violence under Mugabe’s rule
Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro, 45 and his wife, Veronica, were told they had the Rankins’ farm in September.
Barry Rankin said: “It’s all over.
“I have no idea where we go from here.
“I don’t even know what we’re having for lunch.”
Farmers like Neville Tapson, pictured, had their entire tobacco farms torched
His family repeatedly resisted police pressurising them to give up their land which ended up in a long legal struggle.
However, on Friday about 20 paramilitary police arrived in two trucks and forced their way into his parents’ home and loaded the majority of their belongings onto the vehicles.
Tobacco farming is a lucrative business in Zimbabwe
Dr Nyatsuro is listed as a British resident, as well as a citizen.
His lawyers say he has taken possession of the farm legally.
Express.co.uk has contacted him for comment.