Cabinet approves war vets company

CABINET has approved the formation of a company, Power Zim, to be run by war veterans, as the former freedom fighters venture into business.

by VENERANDA LANGA

This comes as the war veterans have identified areas to venture into such as a bus assembly plant, chrome mining as well as beneficiation of natural resources for exportation, War Veterans Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa said last week.

“Power Zim was approved by Cabinet in October and we are already working at full speed to implement and engage some of the most competent names in various industries to deliver top notch goods and services in Zimbabwe, Africa and the world,” he said.

Christopher-Mutsvangwa

Mutsvangwa was addressing war veterans in Kariba at a workshop organised by the Centre for Legal Resources and Research and the Justice ministry for alignment of laws that affect the former freedom fighters laws with the Constitution.

“Innovation is in the DNA of war veterans and we are looking at establishing a bus assembly, and to identify competent Zimbabwean companies with a good track record to work with war veterans,” he said.

“We are also looking at getting into the chrome industry, and we are happy that Cabinet and the President have agreed to put chrome back into the Zimbabwean global trade.”

Mutsvangwa said war veterans were also looking into taking land for farming and to become big players in the beef market and supply China, Indonesia and central Asia.

Mutsvangwa said the Zimbabwean agricultural capacity should go beyond national food production and export food to other countries.

“We are also developing bonds with other former liberation movements in the region to incubate former liberation fighters into business. The purpose is to look at pursuing business in the region and Mozambique and its ports in Beira are vital, and that is why Zimbabwe fought Renamo to defend that port.”

Mutsvangwa said Zimbabwe should seize opportunities of logistics at Beira ports to import maize to mitigate hunger using war veterans, who are experienced strategists.

“We want to take part to ensure the promise of the President when he said that no one will die of hunger is fulfilled. We want support for the National Railways of Zimbabwe to ensure food comes from outside because the main challenge is not the money to buy the maize, but the logistics of moving 1,8 million tonnes into the country,” he said.

32 Responses to Cabinet approves war vets company

  1. Bona January 26, 2016 at 6:06 am #

    after many years of looting ZIPRA’s registered companies and assets!

    • Togarepi January 26, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

      Bona war veterans include ZIPRA fighters as well.

      • EmilyTyler January 27, 2016 at 11:30 am #

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  2. Bona January 26, 2016 at 6:09 am #

    kkkk after you finished looting ZIPRA/ZAPU registered companies and asstes for years, nhasi moti chori chori toda kuita business…35 years down the line. do you even have the energy now? or even the brains. Just wait to die mawar vet…you squandered your opportunities busy kunhanzva shure kwabOb makore makumi mana neanoraudzira! mungadai makasumuka kare.

  3. aikazve! January 26, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    Makes Sense

    • jonas January 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

      Talking and doing are 2 different things. Ask us the Nortoners who were promised industries in Norton by Chris if we voted for him to be our MP. All I can say we have even lost some of the old industries instead of adding new ones as promised.

  4. Willard Mubvumbi January 26, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    You failed as farmers and now, you want to go in to sophisticated business. The maize we are importing ironically is being produced by the very same farmers we chased. Is it not an embarrassment to import maize produced by an ex zimbabwean white farmer? Its pointless to go into other business ventures b4 proving to all that really you can do well in farming.

    • Togarepi January 26, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

      Willard please you need to do a little bit of reading, it wont hurt. The whole of Southern Africa is importing grain (maize) including those countries that took ex-Rhodesian farmers. Moreover I think Mutsvangwa is right, at least he is working for the interest of his group. The war veterans are much better in my eyes, they have CVs with history of delivery. They have shown that they can plan and implement by executing a much tougher assignment like the liberation war. They are far better disposed that these thieving lot you call CEOs of the organisations in both private and public sectors. Have you seen that nearly everything is dying moreso in the private sector but we have everyone claiming to have be a Doctor of this and that. A little while ago Companies were giving excuses of foreign currency. How long have we been using a basket of currencies and tell which industry has improved. I totally support Mustvangwa, he may not be everyone’s cup of tea but at least he speaks his mind not cowards who are everywhere. Including a lot of you lot who write on these forums. The Army and other Security organs of the government function very well, so its not people from these institutions who are a problem. They have shown capacity and capability in every assignment including liberation war, DRC, Beira and Angola, so maybe its high time people analyse properly the problems areas.

    • Togarepi January 26, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

      The whole of Southern Africa is importing maize including the countries that took those white farmers you romance about. A little bit of reading will help your ignorance Willard

      • cloud January 27, 2016 at 7:21 am #

        Thats this year Togarepi. If like you said read a bit you will see that they have been supplying maize for some years now. Petulant fool

        • Togarepi January 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

          There you are Cloud, you now resort to insulting. I think you are the fool here. If you had an element of fairness in you, you will recognise that there is a lot that goes into making one proficient in what they do. More so in farming Cloud. You will agree with me that with respect to new farmers they have already reached that same level of productivity in cash crops like tobacco in less than a decade. What this means is most farmers have simply looked at the crops that give them more money and abandoned staple crops. Its not that they failing but its simple economics. You are invited to visit any tobacco auction floor during the selling season for you to understand what I am talking about. To these new farmers its not politics but creating wealth for their families. Have you ever wondered why there is never starvation (here I mean real not media made) in Zimbabwe, its because the farmers you hate a lot have the money to buy the maize from whoever. If that’s means ex-Rhodesian farmers who surprisingly now are into grain production yet during their time in Zimbabwe did not farm staple crops so be it. You need to watch a video of the research done by Oxford University called: Zimbabwe Takes Back Its Land to appreciate what goes on. Its on youtube. A lot of lies have been said by people like you with no sense of shame at all. You may need to be educated that the people who made Zimbabwe the breadbasket in the region are the farmers in the rural areas and small scale farmers, not the ex-Rhodesian farmer. Opportunities were not available for your rural or small scale farmer to embark in cash crops so they fed the nation instead. On the other note why don’t you go and farm staple crops yourself and stop accusing others. VaMugabe vakapa vanhu minda wani.

        • cloud January 27, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

          Tobacco is another issue. The issue is that madunu is feeding you! On your lengthy spout on cash crops you fail to mention quality. I dont see ma new farmers winning quality awards.

        • Grendal January 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

          Togarepi your amazingly stupid! How can you not see after all this time in charge they have only destroyed everything they have touched. People like you are the reason this place is on its knees that self entitled blind following that characterises fools like you. Carry on your boot licking well into your grave!

        • Biggie Taapatsi January 29, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

          Togarepi, please stop wasting your time trying to educate self-hating people like Cloud, they will never appreciate anything done by a fellow black person, while the likes of Grendal will just insult without saying anything.

  5. Lucky January 26, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    haiwa! the same govt looted companies and assets owned by ZIPRA combatants. zvozoita make sense 37 years later pasisina kana currency when they destroyed same initiatives way back in 82? kutambisirana nguva. zanu will be gone soon zvese naMugabe wacho.ou have lost many opportunities muchingoita lick mugabe backsides insrtead of developing yourselves.

  6. cloud January 26, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    they couldnt run a f*ckin tuck shop! I dont even think stupidity describes them well enough!

  7. Mukanya January 26, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    Crooks are waiting!!!!

  8. Azog January 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    Thank you minister…making a lot of sense. In pray the initiative won’t be hi-jacked by your erstwhile comrades

  9. Willard Mubvumbi January 26, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    You fail in farming business, and do you think you can do wonders in a more sophisticated business? You are planning to import maize from the farmers that you chased. In Zambia, Malawi, Mosa, etc, the farmers that were chased by you are doing all the farming and you import from them. Is it not an embarrassment?

    • Togarepi January 26, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

      Willard please don’t show your ignorance on such forums. The whole of Southern Africa is importing maize including those countries that took ex-Rhodesian farmers. A little research will liberate you from self-hate. Mutsvangwa is spot on. War veterans might do better than these thieving lot you call CEOs in all industries private and public. At least the war veterans showed that they are good at planning and executing a much tougher assignment like the war of liberation and all the hotspots in the region (Moza-Beira, Angola, DRC), and winning all of them. Please give these guys a chance. Their CVs have experience of actually embarking on something and producing results not these Doctors in every sphere of the Zimbabwean society now. Respect to the war veterans. In some countries like here in UK war veterans are very much respected and demanding…….you want the government always gives what they want.

  10. valembe January 26, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    Why do private citizens need cabinet approval to start a company? The level of retardation in this country is ridiculous

    • nameless January 26, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

      its not retardation Valembe its called following the rightful procedures. remember C. Mutsvangwa is the National Chairman of War Veterans and the Minister of the welfare of warveterans so that company will be run as private but its mandate comes from the government of Zimbabwe. That’s why they need cabinet approval.

    • mulembe January 27, 2016 at 8:29 am #

      Good question bro. If you and I want to form a company, we dont need cabinet approval, do we? The only reason I can think of is, not following the proper procedure as others would want us to believe, but to use taxpayers money and God knows whether the company will pay it back, that is if it lasts for a year!

  11. Nyika Ndeyedu tese January 26, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    @Valembe…You are right. But I think the reason they had to go through cabinet is because as you know our system and how the war veterans operate they would want some special favours from the government… Nyaya iripakuda kutyorerwa mitemo kuti vawane ma benefits from the government…

  12. mudhara January 26, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    This is bullshit from these evil Mutsvangwa and company , why would the cabinet approve the formation of a company , they think they are tell danda heads like his erstwhile fake war vets . In Zimbabwe companies are registered with the company registry and you get you documents what does and were does the cabinet comes . This is all lies and because these fake war vets don’t know anything they are be fade with lies everyday , they must wake up smell the coffee . This regime destroyed our agriculture sector , they have 10 farms each so how are they going to do farming which they have failed since 2000, excuse me , this Mutsvangwa must stop smoking what he is smoking . ICHO

  13. Emmerson January 26, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

    Understanding procedureral issues needs research not just commenting on issues without knowledge but only hatred .War vetarans are of paramount importants and a sensitive nature in every nation ,that is why they have a ministry.Companies of such a nature they can only be approved through ZIA which cabinet approval is a requirement for final approval.Drought is everywhere in southern Africa leave the blame game and take responsibility.

  14. WILLARD MUBVUMBI January 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    @ Togarepi, IDIOT. Who the f*cking sh*t are you to tell me what to do?

    • mukorekore Tavara January 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

      Perhaps we shoul ask if it’s a civil way to talk to a brother, Willard?

  15. Hoko January 27, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    These people so called war vets are now a problem to our country. What is so special with Mutsvangwa and company. Why is it that they want benefit in every sector as if they are the only people in Zimbabwe. The cabinet must not approve such a stupid request considering the way they destroyed our economy after they receive their 50 000 zim dollars and buy cabages for the cattle instead of investing. This bunch of stupid people Who send them to go to war? They have failed to produce in their vast lands of farms now they want to destroyed the already comatose economy in the commercial industries. To hell with these War vets.

  16. limwaz January 27, 2016 at 9:11 am #

    Does one need to be a war vet to form a company and do business ?It is only in Zimbabwe were such madness is allowed to prevail. Havagute kuba ne kulooter ma resouses e Nyika.Enough is enough mheni

  17. War vet January 27, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    It is clear from some negative comments on this New War Vets business venture that most of you do not like war vets and whatever effort is made to uplift the lives of war vets and their families is met with this Warvetphobia!

  18. PB January 28, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    Let us not forget that they are these same war vets who ran the country into the ground.Maybe they will be more successful running smaller businesses than running a country.

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