The Affirmative Action Group (AAG) has threatened to take the Zanu PF government to task over inconsistencies in the Indigenisation Act, as the body seeks to open opportunities for many aspiring business people in the country.
Source: AAG plans to take govt to task over indigenisation law – NewsDay Zimbabwe December 1, 2016
BY STAFF REPORTER
At the AAG’s annual general assembly to be held tomorrow, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to clarify the government’s position, while Zanu PF’s secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo will give the party’s position.
The Indigenisation Act has been a source of intense infighting among Zanu PF bigwigs.
“This is an annual conference, but as you would know, we had challenges with the interpretation of the indigenisation policy at some point, the President had to intervene, but we still need some direction on the matter, hence, we invited the VP representing government and a Zanu PF representative,” AAG president, Chamu Chiwanza said.
“We want to take the government to task because we feel there are a lot of inconsistencies that must be cleared.”
Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao at one point had a face-off with Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa over the policy, with each minister digging in until President Robert Mugabe stepped in to clarify some clauses of the law.
The public spat generated debate in and out of the country over Zimbabwe’s policy inconsistencies, with South African President Jacob Zuma recently advising Mugabe to rectify the empowerment laws if South African investors were to come to the country.
Others to deliver speeches include ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira and Tourism minister Walter Mzembi.
Chiwanza said Mzembi would focus on how the international community had reacted to the unclear policy.
The AAG’s annual conference will be held at Zimbali gardens in Greendale under the theme: Stimulating Growth and Wealth creation on the back of Economic Empowerment through ZimAsset.