The Herald (Harare)

29 March 2014

Zimbabwe: Let's Take the Lead in Investment - VP Mujuru

Vice President Joice Mujuru has urged Zimbabweans to take the lead through investing in various projects to create jobs and spur economic growth.Speaking at the launch of a multimillion dollar Ster Kinekor cinema hall at Sam Levy Village on Thursday, VP Mujuru said foreigners would only chip in when citizens showed keen interest in investing.

"We all have a role to play in uplifting our country and what we are witnessing today is a big step ahead," she said.

"We have been calling on international banks for aid but what have we been doing for ourselves? Why should a neighbour suffer for you when you do not show readiness to help yourself.

"The moment we start developing ourselves that is when foreign investors are attracted to come."

VP Mujuru said those who seized the opportunity stood to make huge gains and contribute to economic growth.

She also applauded the Levy family for doing their bit in infrastructural development and promoting tourism.

The Ster Kinekor project, she said, was in line with Zim-Asset that aims to create a framework for industrial revival and job creation.

"The Zim-Asset document encourages people to think outside the box. This is the Zim-Asset we have been talking about. The Levys have implemented it at a time when the economy is not favourable.

"But it will go a long way in creating employment for many people and contributing to the Government through tax," Vice President Mujuru said.

She took a dig at Zimbabweans who live extravagant lifestyles but claimed to be too broke to assist in efforts to turn around the economy.

"Investment goes with how you think of it. It is the commitment and devotion to your country. We cannot all build cinemas but ploughing that extra two hectare that will create employment for two people or more is important," Vice President Mujuru said.

The launch was attended by Government ministers and members of the public.

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