Let us embrace indigenisation
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JAMES Chapter 1: Vs 22 â€“ 25 reads: Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourself. Do what it says.
In the early
1960s the legendary Pan-Africanist and first President of independent
Today our living
icon of the liberation struggle and the emancipation of the black people in
â€œWe are living in the afternoon,
if not in the evening of our lives and
those who are still in the morning of their lives will have the benefits we
are fighting for. They do not have to toil as we have done. It would be much
easier for them to proceed into the future.â€
President Mugabe and his generation and a couple of generations have toiled for a better future particularly for the generation others have christened Generation 40.
The bright future the President refers to is embodied in the Indigenisation and Empowerment Act. Let us all read and embrace the empowerment drive in the wise counsel of Apostle James: â€œDo not merely listen to the word, and so deceive you. Do what it says.â€
Mbuya Hehanda, Sekuru Kaguvi and
Lobhengula all died fighting for free
A theme that embodies that very bright future which President Mugabe and those amongst his generation who are still living and departed toiled to deliver.
Let us not be deluded by the agents of Satan who do not want to see black people being the creators of wealth, but seek condemning them to perpetual job seekers.
Let us be reminded that those very people who are touting the so called job creation policy walked half way to join other in the liberation struggle only to end up at some mine in Bindura, where they cooked and toiled for our oppressor to deny us the bright future which President Mugabe and his compatriots is placing before us.
The very people who worked with
our oppressors yesterday, when others sought to liberate
Unlike some of us who are in the late afternoon generation, those still in their morning time stands to benefit from the indigenisation drive. This generation should not be deceived by failures, when all is there to see how really indigenisation can turn around the fortunes of individuals and a nation at large.
Twelve years ago at the height
of the countryâ€™s difficulties, two major features that characterise the face of
Which are these one might ask? Twelve
By the way this is not to say that the indigenisation processes started during this said period, which is the time between 1998-99. No!
This is the time we saw the likes of Mr Enos Dube, Mr Chidziva and Mr Musariri to mention just a few enter the lucrative hunting industry which was a preserve of the white minority. From the proceeds of the industry both Musariri and Chidziva went on to invest in education and building schools in Kadoma and Chivhu respectively amongst other investments they undertook.
In 2000, at the dawn of the land reform programme more black Zimbabweans were to enter into the hunting industry through being allocated land in the countryâ€™s hunting conservancy. Men and women in this industry have made a big killing.
Going back to the period 12
years back, we see the Gigantic General Josh, helping as short young man in his
late thirties enter into the telecommunications industry. Those who worked with
the maverick Father
To the memory of the late General Josh Masiwa established the Joshua Mqabuko Scholarship Fund which seeks to assist intelligent children from under privileged homes from primary school to University level.
Talking of the Joshua Mqabuko
Scholarship Fund, quickly takes one to another scholarship fund, whose funding
was made possible through wealth of this country. This is the Rhodes
Scholarship Trust Fund. By the way,
Besides, Econet, we have the Government owned Net One and another private player Telecel which has significant shares being held by Zimbabweans completing the full circle of the indigenisation of the telecoms industry.
If the truth was to be told
without fear and favour, Econet is contributing significant inflows to the fiscus
far ahead of the rich cash platinum companies the country boast to be home to. We
now have wholesalers dealing specifically with airtime that has been created as
a result of these telecommunications companies, that has resulted in the
existence of vanha ma juice card.
Rough estimates put these women and men who sell juice cards at about 2500 in
One wonders to imagine what goes in the minds of the likes of Masiwa, direct products of indigenisation, when other go full throttle to scuttle it. Let us not go further to discuss other business which Masiwa has gone out to establish and others he has helped grow into big names. What happened to Masiwa is simple that when the nationalist spoke of indigenisation he listened and did what they said. He did not go to the Rhodies to get where he is.
Talking about agriculture, today, who can rival a tobacco farmer coming from the auction floors? Just last week Stanford Moyo, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority chairman in his quarterly results admitted that revenue from tobacco had significantly contributed to the authority surpassing its first quarterly target. This is one industry that is today being dominated by indigenous Zimbabweans and so is the fruit and vegetable business.
Today our President is saying let all those who are still in the morning of their time benefit from the toil of the work of them who are now in the evening of their time by embracing the indigenisation and empowerment act.
The question is are we ready for the challenge the President is bestowing up on us. Whereas it was hunting industry in the 1980s, tourism in the late 80s to the early 90s, the telecoms and agriculture industry at the turn of the millennium today is the mining and banking industries.
Why are people scared to take what is theirs.
The relocation houses
constructed by Aquarius, the sister company to
The copper belt, which is
DRC has abundant deposits of copper and cobalt as well as huge deposits of gold, diamonds and iron to mention a few, but what has it got to show serve for decades of civil unrest at the instigation of the imperial forces as they sought control of that country resources.
The people of
In the same manner the late General Josh walked hand in hand with Strive Masiwa, President Mugabe is today not only calling one individual but all Zimbabweans with the zeal to walk hand in glove with him as he bestows them with the riches of the countryâ€™s natural resources.
Borrowing from Apostle James, Zimbabweans need not to merely listen to the Indigenisation and Empowerment Act, nor should they be deceived by those who purport to seek to create jobs on the basis that they refused to take up arms to liberate the country and become masters of their destiny but chose to be workers at some Bindura Mine, Zimbabweans ought to embrace and practise the empowerment drive.
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Source: Dingizulu Mahlathini Moyo