Policy discord rocks Mugabe govt

Small and Medium Enterprises minister Sithembiso Nyoni

SMALL-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) minister Sithembiso Nyoni has blasted the Local Government ministry, headed by Saviour Kasukuwere, for encroaching into her portfolio by announcing a ban on housing co-operatives.


Nyoni told journalists in the capital yesterday that the so-called ban recently announced by Local Government deputy minister Christopher Chingosho was “null and void”, adding housing co-operatives remained legal entities.

“I am in charge of co-operatives,” she said.

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“I administer the Act and, at the end of the day, I am the one in charge and if I do not pronounce a change that comes either through Parliament or Government Gazette, any utterances on that matter are null and void.”

Nyoni’s remarks further exposed the inherent policy discord in the Zanu PF government.

Chingosho announced in January that his ministry had banned all housing co-operatives and was now using Udcorp to service land for housing development in a bid to protect desperate homeseekers from being swindled of their hard-earned cash in shady land deals.

SMEs ministry secretary Evelyn Ndlovu said Nyoni’s statements cleared the air on policy confusion and called on all government ministries to seek her consent before announcing policies that affected the sector.

“You are indeed our beacon of light in the ministry and you have made it clear that policy cannot just be discussed in public or through the media like that, but it’s relayed to the public,” she said.

“All institutions or government departments have to come through you on the policy of co-operatives for guidance.”

Nyoni made the remarks while launching the review consultative process of the Informal Sector Formalisation and Co-operative Policy of 2005.

She said the consultative process was meant to ensure that government creates legislation that will be relevant for SMEs and co-operatives.

The minister said SMEs were integral to the economy because they had created massive employment and, therefore, fomalisation in this unit would transform lives.

“The Finscope MSME Survey Zimbabwe 2012 reported that there was an estimated total of 5,7 million jobs created within the MSME sector and there are 2,8 million small business owners, so formalisation can be viewed as the transition from the informal to the formal sector,” she said.


  1. That is the ‘energetic Savoiur & his G40 for you.’ Always poking their dirty noses in other people’s businesses without shame. The sooner these thugs are brought to book the better.

  2. but mai ava ngavachigadzirisa musha wavo wema corporatives arikubira vanhu mari. were was she when bogus corporatives were mushrooming all over. she has failed saka.

  3. All housing co-operatives in Harare are led by Zanu PF functionaries and it’s as clear as mud that top Zanu PF chefs were receiving kickbacks to allow use of state land by co-operatives. It’s still happening in some areas.

  4. Nyoni you left them cheating people so that is the reason they have been banned and we don’t want them. Now Kasukuwere should also go for those bogus land developers.

  5. Kasukuwere is right,Sithembiso Nyoni has failed to stamp authority on some of these people who are robbing people of their hard earned cash,if you look at most of these co-operatives their management committee have been at the helm of their co-operatives since it’s inception and they have failed to do General meeting ,Audits etc,and she is aware about all these issues ,last year she ordered co-operatives to do general meetings and submit audited books of accounts to her Ministry and she even gave deadlines,but what happened nothing.There is also a report that was done by the Parliamentary portfolio commitee that was looking at how co-operatives are being run and they came up with damning report about their findings and recommendations ,what has she done she is still seating on the report.Pamberi naKasukuwere politics aside!

  6. For order to prevail, allocation of stands to Housing Co-operatives should be done through the relevant Urban Councils. The ministers are confused.

  7. Stop politicking on policy issues. Kasukuwere is just finding a way of fixing his rivals ,its not about order or housing delivery. Where were they when people were building houses they are destroying today, it was legal councils connecting water ,ZESA connecting power ,then only today it become illegal. Come on let us be realistic that UDC you are talking about doesn’t have the capacity it only appears in name . The government and its councils have failed to provide housing and services for more than a decade .All housing developments have been being provided by cooperatives and independent housing developers . I agree yes there have been some inconsistences in housing cooperative areas , weighing it the benefits are more than the losses . Internationally the management of cooperatives is a challenge because their boards is usually managed by unproffessional people , hence the need to regulate them not ban them .
    It is known that those cooperatives have been run by combatants ,party stalwarts and the poor which Kasukuwere has vendettas to settle with thereby indirectly forcing people to support his agenda and revolt against their cooperative leaders .
    Evidently the rallies being run by Tyson are sponsored by the likes of those property moguls who were now losing business to cooperatives. Ask Chiyangwa what is benefit in this?
    Lets now deliberate.

  8. Mbudzi the urban councils have failed long ago ,actually urban councils it is their mandate to sort the housing issues in all urban cities alongside their city bylaws which stipulates the requirements of one to acquire or build a house in the city,hence if it was like that then we should not have seen houses being demolished,as city councils, where were they when those building were erected,and i don’t see them able to do it now or any time soon because they don’t have the land and the capacity to provide such services but only to collect revenue from those houses

  9. How inhumane it is kungopwanya dzimba dzevanhu nekuti dzenyu hadzichina unotenga kana kuroja, Unrepentant even after the mistakes of murambatsvina.Kuita mahumbwe kana kuti mamuza pamusoro pehupenyu hwevanhu,Daka rake na Cde chombo tinei naro.

  10. Urban Councils fail because of political meddling, that’s the reason why some co-operatives randomly acquired land and built haphazardly. Powerful politicians!!!
    If councils were allowed to do their job without political interference then they would do it.

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