ZVISHAVANE President Robert Mugabe yesterday departed from his prepared speech to attack former British Premier Tony Blair, gays and lesbians during the launch of a $10 million Zvishavane community Share Ownership Trust.
Under the Community Share Ownership Scheme Trust (CSOS/T), the Zvishavane community will get 10% stake in all businesses that exploit natural resources in their respective areas.
I have no words to describe gays, you cant call them dogs because even the dogs themselves will not be happy to be associated with such acts of paganism . . . what I have not heard is what vows they exchange with each other when they marry, who do they say they have married and to bear what kind of fruits? said Mugabe to wild cheers from Zanu PF supporters.
Mugabe said his government will not hound major shareholders out of mining firms like what happened during the land reform programme on condition they abide by the indigenisation policy.
We will not hound you out of the country like we did the farmers if you comply with our laws, we will give you shares in exchange of capital injection and technology which we do not have, he said.
He went further to call for transparency in the management of the trusts which will be managed by local chiefs, saying corruption or privatisation of the trusts will not be tolerated.
The trust, the third to be launched after government gazetted regulations stipulating that locals should have 51% shareholding in foreign companies, will see the platinum miner transferring 10% to the community.
Zimplats launched the MhondoroNgezi Zvimba Community Share Ownership Trust in October while Unki launched the Tongogara Community Share Ownership Trust in November.
Mimosa is wholly owned by Mimosa Investments Limited, a Mauritius-based company jointly held by Implats and Aquarius Platinum Limited (Aquarius) in a 50-50 joint-venture.