via To hell with Chinamasa FDI talk, Zhuwao – New Zimbabwe 01/10/2015
MUTARE: Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao has made a scathing attack on some top government officials who are preaching the gospel of foreign direct investment, describing them as “enemies of indigenisation”.
Zhuwao made these remarks while addressing youth officers from his ministry drawn from various districts of the province at Mutare Hall Wednesday.
His remarks are a slap in the face of finance minister Patrick Chinamasa who is making frantic efforts to lure investors to boost the ailing economy.
Chinamasa has been working hard to get Zimbabwe back into the good graces of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a desperate bid to secure debt relief, new financial support and to improve the country’s battered image in the West.
“We heard some top politicians saying we will re-look at indigenisation. This means they are saying my-self and all of you should go home and sit.
“Those who are talking about foreign direct investment are precisely saying we should go home.
“If he is your legislator who is saying that then he is saying youths should be fired and go home.
“Please sit down with him or her and tell him that he is going to be the first one to go,” said Zhuwao amid a thunderous applause from youths whose jobs are on the line following government plans to cull down the civil service wage bill.
Zhuwao assured hundreds of youths that their jobs were secured as they were the vanguard of the revolutionary party.
“Some politicians speak in hotels that they want to fire youth officers.
“Those who are saying so are those who joined the party through the back door and waivers. They should not be over excited when their tummies are full,” warned Zhuwao.
The minister said President Mugabe won the election through the indigenisation and empowerment card, saying the programme has to be fulfilled through full implementation of the party’s manifesto.
“People voted for President Mugabe in 2013 and this means they accepted the Zanu PF manifesto. We have to fulfill it and create jobs,” said Zhuwao.
Zhuwao’s rant come soon after war veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa hit out at finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s pro-IMF strategy.
At one moment, Chinamasa had to rebuke Mutsvangwa during a public meeting.
It remains to be seen how he will handle Zhuwao, president Mugabe’s dear nephew.