'Start own indigenous companies'

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has urged Zimbabweans to start their own indigenous companies.

Addressing people gathered for his birthday bash at Chipadze Stadium, Bindura, Mugabe a proponent of foreign company takeovers preached a different empowerment approach yesterday.

He said the only setback in the country was that people do not have adequate machinery but can borrow from other countries.

“We should have our own companies and that’s total empowerment. That’s the issue that I have been advocating for. Let’s create our own indigenous companies from our own geologists and engineers.

“We should remain united, and not focus on looking down upon each other. You should unite and form companies, that is a good development,” said Mugabe.

He urged people who have no capacity to carry out farming activities to come out in the open, so that they get assistance from others with capacity.

Mugabe went on the usual rhetoric and lambasted the Americans for meddling in the country’s politics.
“What has America to do with our people here…we say keep out,” said Mugabe.

He said the American ambassador to Zimbabwe David Bruce Wharton was misdirecting his efforts.

He further said that Wharton had made conclusions that Zanu PF was involved in the death of a 12-year-old boy who was burnt during a suspected arson attack.

Mugabe said Wharton was siding with the MDC by condemning the manner in which the boy died.

“…in America they have serious dishonesty. How can you ever make them friends?” he said.

He said Zanu PF had become a sacrificial lamb and had suffered accusations every time a person dies, notwithstanding the fact that the death was as a result of other issues.

He said some people are now keeping their ears on the ground for any death reports, so that they blame Zanu PF in the end. - Tendai Kamhungira

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