Zanu (PF)'s Mliswa Attacks Indigenisation

Mliswa is believed to be a close associate of Zanu (PF) secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa.

The former Affirmative Action Group (AAG) also announced the formation of the Zimbabwe Economic Empowerment Council (ZEEC) that is set to rival the Zanu (PF) linked empowerment group.

Mutasa had been scheduled to address the launch ceremony of the new organsiation in Harare but backtracked at the last minute and instead summoned Mliswa and his group to the Zanu (PF) headquarters for a meeting.

Speaking at the ZEEC launch Mliswa said the indigenisation programme, spearheaded by a Zanu (PF) politburo member and Youth, Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere, had only benefited a few elites in the party.

“We have a problem with the way government is going with the indeginisation programme,” he said.

“We are concerned that government is not  entering into partnerships with local companies like in the building of toll gates, construction industry, construction of roads, the energy industry and in the mining sector where the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation enter into partnership with Chinese companies,” he said.

“If we want to work with whites, let us come out open and not dine with them in the dark and scold them during daytime.”

Kasukuwere has been aggressive in forcing foreign owned mining companies to cede 51 percent of their shares to locals.

But he has not done the same to Chinese firms including Anjin, which controls a diamond mine in the Marange area.

Mliswa added: “We are left with one big question- are diamonds a blessing or a curse? Where is the money going?”

He also attacked the land reform programme saying it had left Zimbabweans poorer.

“We are empowering other African countries by importing food from them- from the white farmers we chased here- because we are not funding our own agricultural programmes,” he said.

“The question now is- were we empowered by the land reform or disempowered?”

Mliswa was dragged before the courts for allegedly seizing property owned by white farmers during the violent land grab led by Zanu PF but was acquitted of all charges.