How long should Mugabe be misled?

HARARE - Indigenisation and Empowerment law is in the spotlight again.

But Zanu PF’s fulminating and ruminating against indigenisation critics will surely count for nothing in the wake of revelations by diamond firms mining in Marange that they did not pledge nor commit $50 million to the Marange Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust (MZCSO).

The five companies — Mbada Diamonds, DMC, Jinan, Anjin and Marange Resources unequivocally on Friday stated to the Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Youth Indigenisation and Empowerment — that the hullaballoo surrounding the $50 million pledge was nothing but a dud.

More tellingly, the revelations left President Robert Mugabe in the cold as he was made to believe that the diamond firms were stumping the hefty figure as part of the empowerment programme to the Marange Zimunya communities.

Mugabe had been misled, the Justice Wadyajena-led committee was told in no uncertain terms.

Instead the firms pledged donations in various forms to the communities, the committee was also firmly told.

Where does this leave former minister Savior Kasukuwere who led the indigenisation and empowerment drive?

Kasukuwere vigorously defended the community share ownership schemes and dismissed talks that they were stage-managed to bolster the drive which was running at full throttle in the run up to the July 31 watershed elections.

We expect the bellicose minister to prove these diamond firms wrong by providing evidence showing they are reluctant to fulfil ‘their’ pledges of $10 million each.

It is also an opportunity for Kasukuwere to allay fears that his tenure was marred by inconsistencies and lapses in as far as the implementation of the Act was concerned.

What the diamond firms have done is to remind all and sundry about the shoddy manner in which the Act has been implemented. This is, by extension, an indictment on Mugabe who has had to take blows for the blunders and inefficiencies of his cronies in the Zanu PF government.

Last year, he admitted to Kasukuwere having made a mistake in the Zimplats deal which caused a furore when details emerged that it had been botched.

Three weeks ago, the nonagenarian president was forced to make an embarrassing u-turn in his allegations that former Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) chairperson — Godwills Masimirembwa — had received a $6 million bribe from a Ghanaian investor.

So we ask: how many times should Mugabe be misled and eventually take action?

Comments (6)

He will be misled for as long as he doesnt know his duties. He will be misled for as long as he goes to the office to sleep; that is if ever he goes there. He will be misled for as long as he has shadow rulers; him being used as a president. Like i once said Mugabe is not in power in this country please read my comment below: But my question is who is exactly in charge in this country? Obviously its not Mugabe. I have traveled and lived in many countries and what i noticed is that the president appears on television at least once or twice per week talking issues of national policy and governance. These presidents will be talking real issues and taking action which is very tangible and citizens really feel that the president is working. Now when i came back to Zimbabwe i was very shocked to notice that the president only appears on national television at a gala to celebrate his own birthday and after that the nation have to wait for another birthday. Now birthdays come only once in a year. Most surprisingly all issues which the nation feels must have come from the president instead come from his spokesperson. What is this and who is exactly ruling this country? Why does it seem like this country is ruled by ministers in their own capacity which make it have more than twenty rulers as we have more than twenty ministers. The nation has every reason to be worried Mugabe is not doing the job that the people of this nation entrusted him with. As long as we have a situation where the president doesnt say anything this country will continue to die. For those who know please help me; who is ruling this country? Who is running the show'? I havent been around here for many years but i feel i have lost touch with how this country is run.

Exiled - 10 March 2014

What a shame

godfrey gudo - 10 March 2014

kule vachembera ko kuzororawo for active young men

ndizvo - 10 March 2014

Zimbabwe is currently in a state of transition. Mugabe is handing over power to Mai Mujuru. The Cabinet,Politburo and Provincial Executives are almost all majority controlled by Mai Mujuru. Mugabe is taking a back seat and allowing Mai Mujuru to rule and slowly take over the reins....This year Mai Mujuru has been acting Pres more than 50% of the time with Mugabe on leave,sick leave or attending some mediocre conference.Mugabe is leaving himself to handle matters of state whilst handing over the reins of Gvt to Mai Mujuru. After the congress in December if Mai Mujuru has consolidated her position he will hand over to her. If not he can remain as long as it takes for her to do so or until he dies. Mugabe's succession plan has been that when he is threatened with loss of State Power whilst he lives he want Mnangagwa because he can trust that Ngwena won't allow charges against him..But given the choice to die in power he has always preferred a moderate like Makoni or Mai Mujuru to build his legacy and to be remembered well. Now that he is almost assured of dying in office the Mnangagwas are no longer important and he will marginalise them more and more,

wezhira wezhara - 10 March 2014

The President knows exactly whats happening he is not being misled people, this man knows.Government has different security arms that brief key people on very important and sensitive matters so these people know whats happening they just chose to ignore the situation.

Roland R J Ncube - 12 March 2014

Mugabe knows everything that is happening in this country. He even knows about the floods in many parts of the country although he never goes there to check on his subjects or comfort them. The guy simply doesnt care! He doesnt give a hoot! Ndiyo bhora mugedhe yacho!

Tongogara - 12 March 2014

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