Indigenisation for communities: NGO

The indigenisation and empowerment programme spearheaded by Zanu (PF) can only succeed if it promotes community development, the Zimunya –Marange Youth Empowerment Trust has said.

ZMYET Chairman, Simon Manhanga, said the Zimunya-Marange community faced poverty and insecure resource tenure rights, despite having diamond fields in the area.

“It is painful that this is the same area that is rich in natural resources. The Zimunya-Marange community requires access to land and clean water. The community should benefit from the extraction of mineral resources,” said Manhanga.

He said the problems facing the Zimunya- Marange Community Share Ownership Trust that was launched by President Robert Mugabe last year emanated from poor governance, control, access and ownership of natural resources and a host of other social, political and economic factors.

“This time Mugabe himself should be at the forefront of advocating for community interests. Last time he just sent Kasukuwere and nothing has been done and the people concerned are still bitter,” he said.

He said Chris Mushohwe, the elected member of the House of Assembly, was supposed to promote people’s interests.

“Legislators are entrusted and mandated by the electorate to represent its interests and can be defined as a template for public participation in decision-making through representation,” Manhanga said. “The community should have the right to pass a vote of no confidence on non-performing public officials and the mechanisms for removal should be simple.”

Mugabe said he was aware of the concerns raised by the people of Manicaland. He said the government would address the issues and hinted that a diamond cutting and polishing plant would be established in Mutare.

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