Zimbabwe: Tuesday, 05 February 2013 - Issue 510

press release

The MDC believes the Zanu Pf model of empowerment is anachronistic and incoherent as compared to the currents dictates of the world economic order. The Community Share Ownership Scheme in its current form is tantamount to theft by Zanu PF where companies are arm-twisted into supporting an illegal scheme that has no credence in a normal country. Zanu PF is on a crusade to fleece companies in order to fund its election war chest.

The recent revelation of corruption in Manicaland where the Zanu PF provincial leaders extorted over US$700 000 from mining firms is just a tip of the iceberg. The MDC will continue to boldly and candidly expose Zanu PF's dishonesty and insincerity in this whole facade of empowering people. Hon Biti the MDC secretary general shed light on MDC position with regards to empowerment;

"The fundamental difference, the fault line of the Zanu PF model is that you have to have money in order to be empowered. You cannot be empowered if you are poor because you cannot buy shares in any company. So with the MDC now it's the bottom up approach. Let's start by something which is fundamental and basic to everyone which is a job.

And JUICE therefore aims at creating a minimum of at least 1 million jobs by 2018. Everyone wants a job. A job is a form of psychological comfort apart from facilitating reproduction of oneself.

So we are starting from the bottom empowering everyone because everyone becomes an economic player when u have got a job but also creating conditions particularly through education, ICT such that those of our people who are of entrepreneurial disposition can actually build their own companies and develop their companies and not destroy what some other people have actually built, so it is a fundamental difference between Zanu PF and MDC. We are saying let us empower everyone; Zanu PF is saying let's empower the few elites, ...."

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