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In February 2000, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe spearheaded the Fast-Track Resettlement Program. The campaign meant that White owned farms would be acquired by the government by forcing the owners and sometimes their workers off the land. The militant and sometimes violent forced removals were carried out by pro-Mugabe war veterans. The Fast-Track Resettlement Program has remained controversial and has had dire economical consequences for Zimbabwe. There have also been claims that the programme has only benefited Zimbabwe's elite rather than ordinary citizens.