The black empowerment drive that the government has embarked on must be carried out in an orderly manner and not destroy business, the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) has said.
In an interview on Tuesday, Sam Ncube, the AAG’s national vice-president, said total empowerment must not be used to pull down viable businesses.
“We have seen cases where our people have taken over viable businesses and we have watched those businesses run down. We do not want such things this time around,” said the tough talking Ncube.
“There are also situations where one takes over a company that employs 200 people and within a short space of time, the same company would have remained with less than 50 people. We want people who will improve business and not destroy it.”
During the 11th Zanu PF Conference in December last year, President Robert Mugabe said his party would take over companies run by white people if US sanctions slapped against him and his party’s inner circle were not lifted.
Ncube said Zimbabweans ought to aim higher in the New Year.
“The previous decade was characterised by insecurity, turbulence and uncertainty which badly affected business. We have to do better this time around. We have to learn from our mistakes. It will be unfortunate if we fail to do that,” he said.
“We would like to see a paradigm shift everywhere this year. We should change our mindset and be a prosperous nation. There should be a good working relationship between government, business and civil society.
“The rest of the world is moving forward in business and politics and we should not be left behind,” said Ncube.