Mwonzora calls for a relook at the Indigenisation Act

It is impossible to achieve economic growth or poverty alleviation in Zimbabwe if the country adopts the current indigenisation policy in its form, Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC national spokesperson has said.

Douglas Mwonzora
Douglas Mwonzora

said this during a public debate organised by the Public Policy Institute of Zimbabwe in Harare yesterday.

He said the implementation of the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act was marred by confusion, policy conflict, political patronage and clientism that disturbed the nobility of the indigenisation exercise.

“Saviour Kasukuwere has made it clear who the beneficiaries of this indigenisation programme is, because according to Kasukuwere, the MDC is not interested,” he said

“Here is the fallacy; the people of Zimbabwe are not necessarily Zanu PF, neither are they necessarily MDC. There are people who do not subscribe to these political parties.

“And if we go to the election of 2008 where two million people voted, prima facie, one would say these are interested in politics, what of the nine million who are there? What plans does Kasukuwere have for them?” Mwonzora said.

He questioned the genuineness through which the programme was being conducted and whether it is meant to create a strong economy.

Mwonzora said there is need for a legal framework that protects property rights to allow for a conducive environment for economic growth.

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