'Stop pulling down local businessmen'

HARARE - Flamboyant businessman, Philip Chiyangwa, has accused the government of mismanaging the country’s economy after it hounded out of Zimbabwe some of the nation’s most high-profile businesspeople.

Chiyangwa, who addressed students at an entrepreneurial programme in Harare at the weekend, said among the entrepreneurs who had been frustrated out of the country were telecommunications mogul Strive Masiyiwa.

“The British and the Americans do not frustrate their rich citizens.

Ask yourself why Masiyiwa does not stay in this country. He would have been arrested for being rich. Being rich in Zimbabwe is a crime. If he were here, they would have put him in a lice-infested cell.

“Yet Masiyiwa contributes immensely to the economy, and I know for a fact that he is the lender of last resort in Zimbabwe. When government runs out of money they get it from him.

“Masiyiwa must be free to come into Zimbabwe without getting arrested. He is feeding the same government that frustrates him,” the forthright Chiyangwa said.

Masiyiwa is the founder of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s leading cellular operator which has since expanded globally. He left Zimbabwe in 2000 and has not been back in the country ever since.

Chiyangwa said “ Unfortunately, Zimbabwe’s loss” was other countries’ gain, with many citizens contributing more and immensely to foreign lands than to their country of birth.

“This country has so many educated people. Nkosana Moyo, Arthur Mutambara and others. Where are they? We have no space for open and creative minds here.

“We should not stifle God’s talent. Let those who can make money do so. Get out of the way and let Zimbabwe grow,” Chiyangwa exhorted the government.

Moyo, a former Industry minister in Mugabe’s Cabinet, sensationally quit the government in 2001, after growing disillusioned by the country’s fraught politics.

“Our leadership is not happy as long as you make money without them. They start creating trouble and manufacturing charges against you.

“We don’t need people like that. They must get out of the way. We can’t afford to have Masiyiwa living outside the country.

“I know many other people who ran away from arrest here. I myself was arrested and stayed in jail for three months.

“When I came back to Zanu PF after suspension, (former vice president) Joice Mujuru started saying Chiyangwa supports (Vice President Emmerson) Mnangagwa and so he must leave the party. So what, if I support Mnangagwa?,” Chiyangwa added.

Comments (16)

Anyone who finance ZANU PF thugs is complicit with human rights abuses committed by ZANU PF. I hope Masiyiwa is clever to know this.

Zvichapera - 17 October 2016

Thank you for the wise and honest words. I pray that God Almighty will bless you. I never thought I would hear such wise words and advise from you. Thank you Mr Chiyangwa for calling a spade a spade. Its true our government doesnt want anyone rich. They will pull you down. God is watching. YOu reap what you sow

TERERAI MARI - 17 October 2016

Whether we should read between the lines, or what I don't understand. I don't think I would at this point of time say any word of encouragement to anyone, because its all tough, but finally I would like to beg all those merciless cadres to look back and see how things are running bad by each day. Does this this really mean these guys are heartless, ooo...ooo shame, Are we doomed??

tungamiraimoscan - 17 October 2016

Yes.Yes we are doomed !

TruthSaid - 17 October 2016

Ah! Phidza you are likely to be thrown back to those cells.Where do you get the courage to say all those things?

Gen. Spinola - 17 October 2016

Ain't sure, but Philip is not a businessman. These are corporate vultures that thrive on corporate tungundus which they pillage and run down. Typical primitive accumulation chaiyo.

Inevitable - 17 October 2016

Surely it's very surprising of you Phillip, but i would honestly advise Zimbabweans to be cautious here. Here is a man who has thrived through this very government, suddenly seeing the rot, no this man is also part of the problem and to exonerate himself by shifting blame to others is wrong. This man has never been a serious investor but a shark speculator

Dziva - 18 October 2016

Surely it's very surprising of you Phillip, but i would honestly advise Zimbabweans to be cautious here. Here is a man who has thrived through this very government, suddenly seeing the rot, no this man is also part of the problem and to exonerate himself by shifting blame to others is wrong. This man has never been a serious investor but a shark speculator

Dziva - 18 October 2016

This man has been part of the same rot he condemns. He is Zanu PF to the core and the policies of this party have led to our pariah status as a nation. Refusal to accept criticism is one of the biggest weaknesses of Zanu PF. Outside the Zanu PF framework we have lots of talent which feels stifled and suffocated by Zanu PF thugs, youth, police, MPs etc This is not news - in 1999 the same was apparent. Frankly I am tired of Zanu PF hypocrites - they talk loud but say nothing. They know the price of everything and he value of nothing.

Sagitarr - 18 October 2016

Let Chiyangwa say that again, he has looted a lot in Harare and all over the country. Mr Chiyangwa now wants to gain the support from the poor so that he can protect his loot.

Gumandafa - 18 October 2016

Wachinja tone Chiyangwa zvaiita sei ? Vana varimudiaspora vakushandirai tinozviziva. Makamora mambomorazwe. Can I say your new utterance is a sign of new things to come ? I don`t know but what I know is nyoka haichinji maitiro nokuti yasendeka its old skin. Dai iwe navamwe vako maiva vanhu taidai takamunzwai kare muchitaura sezwauri kuita. Zwakafana naNgwena avakuti iye vanavevhu yasvika nguva yekuti tichiita trust each other panyaya yemaBond Notes. Haisiri here game iya yevana vana huyayi. Isu toti tinotya. Imwi moti a-aa, muchityeyi ? Isu toti tinotya shumba. Imwi moti shumba dzakaperakufa. Isu nekupusa tobva tauya. Imwi zvikara moti dzauya dzega - mobva matindonyera mumasaga - "Mava nyama imwi." Zimbabwe ndava kuiziva !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 18 October 2016

chiyangwa is right the Zimbabwean ZANU pf party is jealous and greed.can't work but they are just extortionists

majangara majangara - 18 October 2016

Apa Phidza mataura chokwadi? zviri nanewo, i respect your words only to the extend that you mean it. Havade kuti tikupei ma idea, we want to contribute, we need more tv channels, its simple and logical, look DSTV, BT Sport??? ko isu totadza nei, heee uno supporter party ipi nhai akomana, regai vanoda kuti zvinake vaite...????

xavi ## student - 22 October 2016

Philip Chiyangwa(formerley of the BSAP) should be re named motor mouth of ZANU PF

nelson moyo - 31 October 2016

Philip Chiyangwa(formerley of the BSAP) should be re named motor mouth of ZANU PF

nelson moyo - 31 October 2016

Philip Chiyangwa(formerley of the BSAP) should be re named motor mouth of ZANU PF

nelson moyo - 31 October 2016

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