All firms should cede shares: Nhema | The Herald

via All firms should cede shares: Nhema | The Herald March 13, 2014

THE Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Cde Francis Nhema, says all companies, particularly those in mining, are obliged to contribute to the community share ownership scheme. Addressing the Joint Command and Staff Course Number 27 at the Zimbabwe Staff College in Harare yesterday, Minister Nhema said all companies should comply with Government regulations on the community ownership schemes in line with Zim Asset.

He criticised reports of squabbles arising from the scheme in some provinces, saying Government will not go back on the programme hence the need for all companies to comply.

Cde Nhema said for Zimbabwe to meet the targets set in Zim-Asset, every citizen should contribute to the fulfilment of goals starting with food self sufficiency at household level.

“It is important that there is need to secure food security at household level first, until there are enough reserves at national level,” he said.

Zim-Asset is the economic blueprint set to drive economic and social transformation of the country.
The Joint Command and Staff Course Number 27 was attended by a total of 55 students drawn from the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Zimbabwe Defence Forces, the Air Force of Zimbabwe and SADC countries.

There have been divergent comments on the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust launched by President Mugabe on July 25, 2012 where all the five companies operating in the area pledged to contribute US$10 million each to the Trust.

Last week, the mining companies told Parliament that they were not aware of the Marange-Zimunya CSOT and had not made any pledges towards its implementation, with former Mines and Mining Development Minister Dr Obert Mpofu echoing their sentiments.
However, former Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Cde Saviour Kasukuwere came out guns blazing accusing the mining companies of dishonesty.

“For anybody to try and suggest they were not aware of the legal provisions contained in our laws and the instruments which were gazetted is really, really deceitful,” Minister Kasukuwere — who is now in charge of the Environment, Water and Climate portfolio — said.
“In all the ceremonies that were held, all the ministries — Mines and Mining Development, Local Government and the President’s Office — were all involved in setting up these community trusts.

“For one to say they did not hear or they didn’t know about it is just displaying dishonesty of the highest order. You cannot display dishonesty to this level and the communities of Marange deserve what is due to them.

“They (the mining companies) must be responsible and show respect.”
Minister Kasukuwere said he could not have fabricated the dummy cheque that was displayed at the launch of the community trust.
“Kasukuwere does not work in a bank to come up with a dummy cheque,” he said.

“How do I know the signatures of the bank officials? Let’s be responsible and ensure that the communities are benefiting from their resources, that is the bottom line.”

Cde Kasukuwere said the US$10 million for the community share trust was suggested by the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development on the premise that the community could not be given 10 percent shares because the Zimbabwe Mining Development Company, Government’s investment arm, was already in partnership with the companies. — ZBC-Herald



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    ZimJim 8 years ago

    “It is important that there is need to secure food security at household level first, until there are enough reserves at national level,” he said.

    WTF!? The man is a TOTAL IDIOT!!!

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    Francis is a moron and ONLY because he WAS married to Josh Nkomo’s daughter did he get a “look in” with the despots. What an incompetent fool then and now.

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    Fallenz 8 years ago

    I bet the nice cmdes would insist on distributing those shares to the communities themselves…

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    What a dead beat. Minister of thievery

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    Reverend 8 years ago

    Why Francis Nhema? Have you lost the plot? You won’t admitt it and you now want to sneak around and steal our stuff eH? Go on tell the truth for ONCE in your life!!

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    Sekuru Mapenga 8 years ago

    99.4 % of all state revenues (mining license fees, PAYE, company tax) that accrue from mining are refunded to the central government. Only 0.6 % remain in the mining district to benefit the local communities.
    Perhaps this distribution of these existing state revenues from mining should be changed with a view to providing more benefit to local communities before Minister Nhema starts demanding more from mining companies.

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    Dear Minister we do not trust you with one red cent; or any of the others. have you been away on extended leave and missed the obscene facts of salaygate and EVERY other asset and facet of Zimbabwe. Corruption, greed and theft have become our names by which we are known. Truly, I struggle to understand why any of you are still any where near government. It is a disgrace! You have no hearts, All shred of conviction of what is right and wrong has gone; indeed-a very, very dangerous place to be. The lie has replaced the truth!

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    henry 8 years ago

    Why does Kasukuwere refer to himself in the third person?