Zanu (PF) Takes Over Parcelling Of Foreign-Owned Shops

The AAG compiled list of the retail businesses owned by foreigners in Harare has been taken to Zanu (PF) offices.

Fears are that the foreign owned shops will now be parcelled out to Zanu (PF) supporters in Harare ahead of ordinary black Zimbabweans.

Sources said the list was taken to Zanu (PF) by Tongai Kasukuwere, a younger brother of youth development minister, Savior Kasukuwere, who is behind the AAG’s bid to dispossess the foreigners of their enterprises.

Tongai Kasukuwere is a member of the Zanu (PF) Harare province. He is also an executive member of the AAG in Harare.

“As many as 200 shops have been identified and attempts were now being made to hand them over to black Zimbabweans. But with the process being done at Zanu (PF) offices they are fears only Zanu (PF) supporters will benefit from this ungodly programme.

The most affected foreigners are Nigerians, Somalis and Indians who run retail shops in Harare. There were reports indicating Chinese nationals running similar business ventures were being spared, at least for now.

Chinese national are largely seen as untouchables because of the close military and political ties between their country and Zimbabwe.

It was not clear how the AAG national executive council led by journalist-cum businessman Supa Mandiwanzira, was reacting to the Zanu (PF) take-over of the parcelling out of the shops which they have identified.

The move, to wrestle shops owned by foreigners was initiated by the AAG which said foreign nationals running small to medium retail enterprises should be pushed out and pave the way for black Zimbabweans.

In a recent letter addressed to the city council, Mandiwanzira said the Harare City Council should not renew shop licenses submitted by foreign nationals.

“We welcome foreigners to invest in Zimbabwe, but can they stay in those areas of business not reserved for indigenous people instead of coming all the way to sell cooking oil, cell phone batteries, sugar, salt etc,” Mandiwanzira said.

“These applications are not sustainable at law and are actually an affront to the whole programme of indigenization and economic empowerment.”