My questions for Mr. S. Kasukuwere by Oliver Mukome
In light of the Rt. Honourable Kasukuwere recently answering ‘hard hitting’ questions from the youth and his open door policy which I commend him for, I thought I should also put my questions in the fray.
1). I have a friend named Natasha. Zimbabwean born and bred. She’s a straight ‘A’ student who studied at Chisipite before going to Rhodes University for a Mathematics degree which she again did very well in. She is currently in Zimbabwe taking a year off running her mother’s boutique before she does her Masters in Actuarial Science. I suppose the minister would agree with me in saying, she is THE type of person that needs to be encouraged to participate in the indigenisation program. Particularly in the proposed Harare Stock Exchange. Her skills would be virtually priceless. Thing is sir, she’s mixed race. Her father is a white Zimbabwean and her mother is a black Zimbabwean. So my question is this, does she qualify to participate in the Harare Stock Exchange? If so, what maximum level of whiteness is acceptable to the minister to be considered indigenous (a.k.a black according to your accepted translation)? Are we talking 50%, 25%…?
2).My second question requires your advise to the British government. Unemployment in Britain currently stands at 7.8% with youth unemployment close to a million. A considerable proportion of the unemployed is caucasian, white in layman’s terms. Would it be your advise sir, that the British Prime Minister David Cameron, creates a white-only stock exchange exclusively for white-owned companies in order to tackle unemployment? Especially youth unemployment which falls in your kin-portfolio. Naturally, it would mean millions of Black-British, Asian-British and other immigrants are excluded from this special stock exchange.
3).My last question is, in this increasingly globalised and colour-blind world where people are fired for the slightest racial slur. Individuals, corporations and countries thriving to be seen as race-blind. Considering the crippling effect on business that mere association with any form of discrimination has had on multiple companies, how successful do you think the Harare Stock Exchange is going to be? What would be the knock-on effect on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and the blue chip companies trading on it? More importantly, what cultural inheritance is this going to inspire in our children?
It would be very gracious of the elected representative, blessed with this powerful portfolio,to respond to these rather simple questions in light of the need for a truly energetic drive of genuine economic growth and ’empowerment’. An idea which no Zimbabwean at home or abroad opposes.