Tsvangirai Calls For Indigenisation Awareness Campaign

Tsvangirai said few politicians campaigning for black empowerment were the same people eyeing certain companies to grab, taking advantage of the lack of knowledge by Zimbabweans on how they could also benefit.

The country’s Premier was addressing businesspeople in Bulawayo, the country’s second city, on Friday during a breakfast meeting organised by the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI).

“On the issue of indigenisation and black empowerment, we need a national campaign to teach people about this whole programme because a few people who are talking about this indigenisation are the same people who want to grab companies,” Tsvangirai said.

“We need an awareness campaign about the black empowerment and indigenisation programme to avoid a few people who are campaigning for it from benefiting alone at the expense of millions of Zimbabweans.”

Tsvangirai said if there is no awareness programme only a few elite people will ‘grab everything’ by taking advantage of lack of knowledge by ordinary Zimbabweans about the black empowerment regulations.

President Robert Mugabe has pledged to forge ahead with plans to handover 51% of shareholding of white owned companies to blacks to enable locals to own the country’s resources.

Mugabe argues that seizures of white-owned farms and now the indigenisation programme serve as concrete and living examples of empowerment designed chiefly to redress the historic imbalances in ownership of the economy.

The MDC and critics have expressed concern that the black empowerment programmes will chase away much needed investment and fear that Mugabe wants to press ahead as part of a drive to reward Zanu-PF loyalists with thriving businesses.

Recently, government named committees to spearhead the programme.

The committees will cover the financial services, mining, agriculture, energy, transport and motor industry, telecommunications and information communication technology, trading, engineering and construction.

Other committees were appointed for the tourism and hospitality, arts, entertainment and culture, education and sport, services, and manufacturing sectors.