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Stop economic genocide - looting of companies

by mthwakaziyouthleaders
26 Feb 2013 at 05:50hrs | 3236 Views
In reference to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights particularly. Article 23 which states that.
1 - Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
2 - Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
3 - Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
4 - Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

We as a platform of youth organizations and leaders met on the 25th of February 2013 to discuss the desperate state of affairs in all Mthwakazi companies and industries.

We are a youth platform organization made up of more than eight youth organizations and political parties. Our main objective is to protect the political and socio-economic space of Matabeleland and Midlands areas alias Mthwakazi which has suffered severe oppression and repression since 1980 after also undergoing a painful colonial phase since 1893. On the 4th of May 2012 we unanimously agreed to unite efforts towards emancipating our people. Since that date we have made critical resolutions in the field of employment, education and general empowerment of the young people of Mthwakazi.

However as a people centered institute our efforts are mainly on the direct problems that affect our people. We have watched with dismay the rate at which companies have relocated to Harare from Bulawayo under the guise of low business. To date more than 87 companies have relocated to Harare. Dairiboard has recently joined the track leaving thousands of Mthwakazi Nationals unemployed.

Bulawayo is ideally and traditionally the hub of industry in Southern Africa as a whole. The deliberate plot to destroy industry in Bulawayo has not only affected Mthwakazi but has had a negative impact even to the larger Southern African trade. The proximity of Bulawayo to all major commercial cities in Southern Africa makes it the best location to develop and invest in industry.

What is happening now in all Bulawayo industries is illegal. As there is a distinct difference between relocation and looting.

Relocation is a change in the physical location of a business that established in that area.

Whereas looting is sacking, plundering, despoiling, despoliation, and pillaging it is the indiscriminate taking of goods by force as part of a military or political victory, it is plundering" of private or public assets by corrupt or greedy authorities. It is also scavenging of essential items such as food, water, shelter, or other material needed for survival.

People from Harare never established any new company or let alone invested in any of the current industries. All industries in Bulawayo, Matabeleland and Midlands were left behind by the whites who had illegally used our wealth base after the conquest of our nation. Spoils of invasion where gold and cattle was looted and sold to establish these companies. Since independence the Zimbabwean government has never invested in Bulawayo. Even headquarters that were established in Harare are a result of political manoeuvre and a well calculated marginalization plan under the 1979 grand plan which is the working document for all plunder, murder, oppression and death.

Such a scenario has seen paper companies coming to Bulawayo under the guise of head quarter offices only to plan the demise of our people's livelihood bases.

Therefore we declare the following.
  That all companies in Bulawayo established before 1980 should not relocate any equipment and/or resources.

Only the personnel that was deployed to Bulawayo must relocate and leave behind all company equipment.

  All managers and personnel from Harare must relocate with their families and leave our land in peace.
  All relocated firms must return all the equipment they stole from our beautiful land.
  MaShonaland is currently striving because of resources they have looted since time immemorial.
  We call upon for revolutionary action throughout all corners of Mthwakazi, our unemployed brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers must now fight for their rights.
  We demand that all employment opportunities should give priority to our people first.
  That Dairiboard should be the last company to loot equipment and resources to Harare whoever wants to leave our land must relocate in peace and leave behind everything they did not bring here.

Source - Genocide
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