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Like farm seizures, indigenisation will destroy economy

Like farm seizures, indigenisation will destroy economy

Sunday, 04 December 2011 11:45

Eleven years ago, the then Zanu PF-led government instigated chaotic 
seizures of white commercial farms, an idea that the party allegedly stole 
from MDC’s election manifesto, which the latter could have smoothly 
implemented without causing any harm to the country’s agro-based economy.

The intention was to give land to majority blacks and the excuse was that 
Britain, the country’s colonial master had reportedly refused to compensate 
the Zimbabwean government for huge tracts of land lost to minority whites 
during the colonial era.

All hell broke lose when the so-called war veterans seized the productive 
farms, stalling production. There is really no problem when our fellow black 
brothers get land, but the problems come when farms are not utilised to 
benefit the nation.

Right now, it is no secret that the land reform programme is a flop, with 
millions of hectares of seized land lying idle throughout the country. It 
boggles the mind that Zanu PF still insists on displacing more white 
commercial farmers when failure is evident in its disorganised policy of 
farm seizures.

Since the takeover of commercial farms the country has been relegated to 
perpetual begging, yet the country used to be the bread basket of southern 

Then came the partisan manner in which Zanu PF is implementing the 
indigenisation policy, which is politicised in favour of its supporters; 
one needs to belong to the party in order to benefit from the indigenisation 

But there are also shocking levels of looting in the name of black economic 
empowerment. Some party stooges are out in full force using the black 
economic empowerment policy to plunder the national economy.

They do not care what will happen tomorrow as long as they can fatten their 
pockets and through their militant siege of firms and farms, they are 
leaving trails of economic destruction in the country.

What Zanu PF is doing through the black economic empowerment policy has got 
nothing to do with benefitting the country, but it may be the party’s 
desperate attempt to prepare its own retirement packages as it faces a 
certain demise the moment free and fair elections are held.

After all, what evidence is there to suggest that Zanu PF has been 
successful in its so-called black economic empowerment manouvres? Truly, 
everything upon which Zanu PF has laid its demonic touch is collapsing, 
fainting or yelling for resuscitation. Where is the gigantic Jaggers 
Wholesale today — gone  because of the Zanu PF regime?

Of course, the former ruling party would always hide behind sanctions; they 
will tell you it was due to sanctions that Jaggers shut down.
And again where is the Cold Storage Commission? Sanctions, isn’t it?

What is happening at the Grain Marketing Board, all because of Zanu PF. 
Some party loyalists have been planted in all government sectors, former 
army generals, lieutenants and brigadiers are all over the show, from the 
National Railways of Zimbabwe to government clinics and hospitals, and have 
caused untold destruction of state parastatals, with no productive activity 
to talk of.

And now the hand of destruction is about to be stretched upon foreign-owned 
banks and mines, all in the name of black economic empowerment.
To me, continued calls to implement the black economic empowerment policy is 
hogwash, emanating from the wicked lips of desperate and greed political 
goons in Zanu PF, bent at unleashing some kind of a scotched-earth policy as 
they behold their final departure approaching.
Indigenisation is only helping to scare away much needed foreign investors 
and it is a flop.



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