Zanu PF provincial commissar wants Indians expelled

HARARE - Zimbabweans were yesterday shocked by new threats from Zanu PF Harare provincial political commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe to expel all Indian nationals from Zimbabwe.

The threats were accompanied by the kind of worrying rhetoric which threatens to place the ruling party in the same league as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin who hounded out the Asian population in the 70s through similar racial and economic unrest.

The Zanu PF Harare South MP said on Facebook:  “Something must be done with this Indian community in Zimbabwe.

“Firstly, they don’t bank their money, secondly, they don’t develop their estates, and thirdly they don’t want to marry our sisters, fourthly, before independence they used to be given special treatment as compared to blacks.”

The Indian embassy was not immediately available for comment over the weekend, but the small community has by and large maintained cordial relations with locals.

By setting its sights on expelling the Indians, Zanu PF appears to be following the well-trodden — but largely discredited — path of Africanisers such as Amin and Mobuto Sese Seko of Zaire.

Amin’s deportation of about 50 000 UK passport-holding South Asians in 1972 failed to bring promised prosperity, and saw the collapse of the commercial sector.

Meanwhile, the economic outcome of Mobutism was the wholesale plunder of Congo’s resources by the ruling elite.

This comes as President Robert Mugabe has increasingly leaned on India and China after being shunned by Western trade and financial partners.

They have been put off by concern over human rights and alleged fraud in elections won by the president and his Zanu PF party.

Speaking at the 11th Zimbabwe International Research Symposium on Friday, Mugabe said more than 23 percent of Zimbabweans were now earning a living through the SME sector and must follow India’s example.

“With success stories having already been recorded around the globe, in China and India for example, there is no need to reinvent the wheel on SMEs development.

“This is especially so given the sound relationship between Zimbabwe and India, especially in the SMEs sector, ICTs, energy, education and the pharmaceutical sectors,” Mugabe said.

Comments (14)

Shaddy uri rombe . Wandinyadzisa .

Amai Mandigona - 20 February 2017

There is nothing left to steal, in this lawless country. Extortion after extortion. Work for your own money and be proud of yourself.

X-MAN IV - 20 February 2017

These indians and asians are basically.carrying whats left of zims shattered economy. This kind of mentality is what has and is destroying this country.

Young Zimbo - 20 February 2017

Thats right comrades, lets expel indians, chinease and whites, followed by prophets other agents of the colonialist west. Once we achieved this noble task we can, with our pants down and on our knees, go back to China, India and London with our begging bawl.

Ignoramus - 21 February 2017

Very racist man he should be expelled from Zanu PF. How does a MP or whatever he is say something like that in the 21st Centuary. ZANU PF Expel him

indiandeli - 21 February 2017

We want this man expelled from ZanuPF now

Indiatimes - 21 February 2017

Your intimidation is gone a bit too far. Put your money where your mouth is and expel the Indians. I dare you

zaranoor - 21 February 2017

he is just seeking cheap media attention thorough rhetoric and silly comment. if he really wanted to talk then talk about unemployment, cash crisis, dependency on BASIC NECESSITY even after 36yrs of independence, potholes ete etc. illitarate failed MP just existing becoz of his brother in law (kasukuwere)

ALEX - 21 February 2017

The economy has sunk to such a pathetic level, we should let sleeping dogs lie. Even if you do not read history books at least you must have foresight.

I Sakala - 21 February 2017

I did not know there were some stupoid people like him in Zwe?

adeel - 21 February 2017

Is this guy a real chikonamombe or he stole a name from the Mashayamombes because Mashayamombes are not as stupid as this idiot.

therambo - 21 February 2017

I need built up properties of Indians. My Papa didn't teach me honesty & culture. I've been boozing & fu...... all free, free, free.

Robert - 21 February 2017

He is going to force intermarriages? Like Karume did in Zanzibar? And how does that help? HE wants to marry an indian that is what this is about

lexington - 22 February 2017

Why is he in power. Expell this idiot. Clearly he has not learned anything from the Ugandans who are begging the indians to come back. Racism should have no place in Zimbabwe.

lexington - 22 February 2017

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