Minister Defends Tongaat Hullett

By Itai Muzondo

The minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Shuvai Mahofa warned cross border traders in a speech to welcome her held in Chiredzi that she will stop anyone who does not have a cordial relationship with government from operating business in the province.

Mahofa said this as she justified that Tongaat Hullett Company is in good relations with the government so no one can stop them. This rubbished the recent proposal by war veterans to have the company investigated as they suspected that it was being corruptly run by ‘Gamatox’ leaders within the province.

“If you want to do anything, you must have good relations with the government.  You want to get rich, whether you are a gold panner, in sugar plantations or in diamond mining, you should have cordial relationships with the ruling government otherwise I can stop it,” said the Masvingo resident resident minister.

Mahofa added that she has not seen anything wrong with Tongaat Hullett.

“I have not seen anything wrong with Tongaat Hullett. Recently, they donated US$4 000 per family to help resettle 137 farmers who needed land from 42 different chieftainships.We however want to solve worker’s dispute at Tongaat Hullett once and for all. Desist from separatism, associations should unite and work as one because we want one word from you all. If government sees that you are doing things that do not serve the populace, it will intervene so that it does the duties you would have failed to do, that is to serve the community at large,” added Mahofa.

Economic analyst Edmore Mujeyi however denounced Mahofa’s sentiments saying such policies scare out investors and ultimately the downfall of the business community.

“Most investors are scared to the bone because they want to be neutral, they do not want to be partisan. It also curtails business ethos and ethics so if we rely want a viable business environment in Zimbabwe, let us do away with partisanship when operating,” said Mujeyi.

The Zimbabwe Amalgamated Housing Association in partnership with Cross Border Association organised welcome gala for Shuvai Mahofa on her appointment as Provincial Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs at Chishamiso Stadium in Hippo Valley, Chiredzi recently