Mutumwa Mawere launches book

HARARE - Businessman Mutumwa Mawere has authored a book, which tackles poverty, inequality and unemployment on the African continent.

Titled 'When Minds Meet', the book debuts in Harare Thursday.

Mawere claims to be an advocate of “meaningful” change and good governance — issues which are at the centre of Africa Heritage Society — an organisation he leads.

“The primary motivation to add my voice to issues that matter to the future of our continent and our people was premised on recognition that nothing is inevitable in life,” Mawere told the Daily News from Johannesburg yesterday.

“It is in the context of knowledge building and raising awareness on the role of firms and individuals who work in the team in building inclusive, cohesive and prosperous societies that I thought it is important for me to be the catalyst through words of a new conversation that seeks to connect, equip and motivate Africans to dream and convert such dreams into real life experiences,” he said.

He said when African minds meet; the focus is on looking in the rear view mirror with a view to addressing challenges that are faced in life.

However, despite boasting of 1 billion people, Africa finds itself at the bottom of the human ladder of development and opportunity.

“We confront the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality as a human race and Africa has no monopoly of poor and unemployed people but we all must accept that the prospect of Africa being the vessel that its inhabitants can use to secure a better life depends on our investment in knowledge,” he said.

The businessman said his personal experiences formed part of his desire to write the new book.

“The past gives us a framework of the journey travelled but if our conversations are consumed with what we can do little to change then surely our future is doomed. We cannot blame, the Chinese for instance, for filling the gap or vacuum that we create by inaction or fruitless conversations for in the final analysis nature has no room for a vacuum. My experiences have uniquely equipped with knowledge that ought to be shared and the book attempts to do just that,” he told the Daily News.

Mawere is currently embroiled in a dispute with government of its decision to seize his once-towering business empire.

The former International Finance Corporation (IFC) employee was dispossessed of his Shabanie-Mashaba Mines and agro-based firms by government using a repressive piece of law which has been discredited by independent legal experts as a law which illegally grabs property.

Mawere is still running a number of firms from Johannesburg and heads African Heritage Society which he founded in 2003.

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