Zimbabwe's vast natural resources could help alleviate the high levels of poverty prevalent in the country if proceeds from the sale of the resources were properly shared among the people, the executive director of the Poverty Reduction ForumTrust (PRFT), Judith Kaulem has said.
Kaulem told a media briefing Thursday that Zimbabwe was blessed with several natural resources, which if properly managed, would help the majority of suffering Zimbabweans.
"Zimbabwe is blessed with plenty of gold, diamonds, platinum, chrome and many other minerals which if properly administered, would assist towards the lowering of high poverty levels in the country.But they are not being adequately distributed by those in power and this has negatively impacted upon the growth of the economy also," she said.
Kaulem added that the Community Ownership Share Trust launched by President Robert Mugabe has been politicized to the extent that it is not benefitting the deserving people. She cited the Marange Community Development Trust, as an example where the people of Chimanimani were left out.
She said:"Chimanimani is closer to Marange but it was left out as result of polical reasons that we all presume. Zimuto is much far from Marange and from the discussions that we conducted with the people, they haven't benefited from the funds."
Chimanimani is an MDC-T constituency and home to party treasurer Roy Bennett who is now living in exile.
PRFT reported that higher mining license fees are pushing indigenous Zimbabweans out of the industry leaving foreign nationals such as the Chinese to benefit.