War vets slam looming takeover of companies

WAR veterans’ national chairman Christopher Mutsvangwa has raised concern over the proposed “nationalisation” of companies accused of defying government’s indigenisation laws.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

WAR veterans’ national chairman Christopher Mutsvangwa

WAR veterans’ national chairman Christopher Mutsvangwa

Mutsvangwa told NewsDay in an interview yesterday that the former fighters would oppose government’s move to “nationalise” companies that would have failed to cede 51% shares to local investors by April 1.

“It is a plan to loot the country’s resources and we will not fold our hands. War veterans want a country that is open to business, that is attractive to investment from anyone and there is no need for us to slam doors in the faces of those who want to bring in new money,” Mutsvangwa said ahead of the April 1 deadline issued by Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao.

Zhuwao has indicated that companies that would have failed to comply risk having their registration licences withdrawn by government, but Mutsvangwa claimed the threat was to force companies to part with money that would “end up in the wrong pockets”.

“They (ministers) are parcelling out to each other money that should be going into the Consolidated Revenue Fund to finance their egoistic rush to build 50-roomed houses. Every minister wants to control some kind of levy. It has happened to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) with the creation of the Border Control Authority,” Mutsvangwa said.

“These kinds of levies, including the fines being collected by the Zimbabwe Republic Police, are not benefiting the country, but individuals. That should be stopped; it is an assault on the very essence of our nationhood. We are in opposition to expropriation, but want a new modern State open to capital.”

Zhuwao, in response, said if war veterans had any issues with a particular government policy, they should follow correct channels to air their grievances.

“I am not sure war veterans would want to give instructions to me. Their patron (President Robert Mugabe) and other members of their association were part of a collective Cabinet decision that I announced,” Zhuwao said.

He added: “It is hard for me to think that chairman Mutsvangwa would say such things when he is aware of Cabinet processes. I am certain they would not want to give me instructions because that would be tantamount to usurping the powers of my appointing authority (Mugabe), their patron.”

18 Responses to War vets slam looming takeover of companies

  1. Tendai Chaminuka March 29, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    Zvihanda zvinoona zuva misi yakasiyana

    • terence March 29, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      are these the same war vets who grabbed farms not so many years ago.hypocrites

  2. Oliver March 29, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    Mr. Mutsvangwa you have preceded over this for all these years. Are you challenging the policy or Zhuwao because he is from G40. I can’t see your sincerity here.

  3. Mhofu March 29, 2016 at 9:12 am #

    Mutsvangwa is very correct.If anyone wants to run a business,they should just start their own business.Why go to someone’s business.

    • tmutekwe March 29, 2016 at 9:24 am #

      If said genuinely and honestly without factional political considerations then I can also say for once I am on the same wavelength with Chris and his war vets constituency.

  4. john March 29, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    regai vazhuwawo vadye bag, I gap rawakabata

  5. zai March 29, 2016 at 9:21 am #

    Oliver, is it preceded or presided? Anyway English lessons aside, I think Zhuwawo whose surname is evidence that he is Moza to the core – considering that his mother was in Moza at the time she conceived him – should stop meddling in Zim issues. In fact he shouldn’t be in cabinet at all. By the way, did he renounce his Moza citizenship?

  6. nehanda March 29, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    Hear hear….finally Mr Mutsvangwa is standing up to this craziness. Now this is what the war vets stood and faught for not looting of the countrys resorces. #savezanupf campaign. Pasi ne G40

  7. Cde Njelele March 29, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Mutsvangwa cannot be trusted. He is by all means insane? The public remembers his utterances against Minister Chinamasa`s attempts to attract foreign investors,which the War vet leader war vetted against over the past few years. Very soon he may start singing praises in favour of Mai Mujuru , foolishly thinking people have forgotten. He should just nurse his political wounds quietly.

  8. Hoko March 29, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    Chris is right. At least he has the guts to expose corruption. In Zimbabwe if you are cornered just tell them I was mandated to do this dirty job by the highest powers.kkkkkkkk muzukuru akatumwa na sekuru kutora macompanies.

  9. Observer March 29, 2016 at 10:11 am #

    These are very significant statements from Cde. Mutsvangwa. We can’t simply look aside whilst the State is being privatised by a few greedy individuals.

  10. G Madiro March 29, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    Chris munhu arikutsvaka basa paseri pechuru, ndiyani achamuterera? Office yaari agere neganyabvu, pataida kuti ashande akarara. Zvakatovharana ngaachinyarara, matare haavaki musha, mai nababa ndivo vanovaka nerudo uyechido.

  11. Juao Juaqim March 29, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    Paibiwa 15 Billion asekuru vaive vakanyarara,mbavha dzacho vanotodziziva,nhasi votuma muzukuru kutora makambani next year pabirthday vanenge vachitiudza nhamba yemakambani anenge abiwa.lmi vanhu imi munosembura mhani munobhowa imimi nxaaaa.

  12. truth March 29, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    mutsvangwa spare us your nonsense,every investor must follow the laws of this country,maybe start by giving back your farm if yu think it was acquired in an improper as for @zai,zhuwao is as zimbabwean as anybody

    • s shumba March 29, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

      “What kind of animal is this RG Mugabe” said this chap who had been dropped off in Zim 2 months earlier from Jupiter.

  13. s shumba March 29, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    “What kind of animal is this RG Mugabe” said this chap who had been dropped off in Zim 2 months earlier from Jupiter.

  14. john moyo March 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    But why is it that us Zimbabweans of nowadays are so comfortable when theis Mozambican is messing up. Where in the world have you ever heard of handing over by the owner of 50% share ownership to an anybody. Which nation, on which continent, which island on which ocean. There are several questions here;
    a) Who is going to receive those shares?
    b) Zhuwawo (JOAO) is not a trustworthy person, how be trusted here?
    c) There are a lot of unanswered questions on Tyson’s tenure in that ‘Ministry”
    d) Are we not going again to the land grab scenario that landed us into hunger?
    e) Where are we when we are being abused to death like this?
    f) Are we real men or we are now old women as Zimbabweans?
    g) Do we hope things will eventually sort out themselves and say “come and enjoy now”?
    h) When we fought Smith had he even reached this point of abusive lunacy?

  15. john moyo March 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

    ISN’T THE TIME NIGH TO DO A LITTLE WRESTLING? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I THOUGHT ZIMBABWEANS WERE EDUCATED BUT THE TRUTH IS THESE GUYS HAVE DISCOVERED THAT WE ARE BOTH COWARDS AND FOOLS…..WAITING FOR A TOMORROW THAT WILL NEVER COME. MOST OF YOU WILL DIE OF HUNGER WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO HELP YOU. THE TRUTH IS ‘NONE BUT OURSELVES CAN DO THAT’. WANT IT OR NOT. THESE PEOPLE ARE NOW ANIMALS AND AS FOR US WE ARE JUST PREY……..NOT FUNNY

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