The Affirmative Action Group (AAG) has challenged the owners of Spar Groombridge in Harare to give back former black tenants their premises or face the full wrath of the law.AAG Chief Executive, Dr. Davison Gomo told ZBC News that the issue of Groombridge Spar where several black indigenous people were booted out and replaced by whites has reached a boiling point which calls for extra-ordinary interventions to save indigenous entrepreneurs from the ugly head of white supremacy.
Dr. Gomo said AAG as a black empowerment group will take up the case until justice is done.
â€œAccording to the arbitration, the former tenants have a genuine case to operate at the premise, the Innscor group and the owner of the premise should not be allowed to use their wealth to elbow upcoming business people out of business, itâ€™s not fair and if not stopped then the whole idea of indigenisation will go nowhere,â€ said Dr. Gomo.
Mr. Macdonald Kamuchira, who represents the former black tenants, expressed concern over what he suspected is an act of racism to sack indigenous people in favour of the whites.
â€œWe suspect a hand of racism because how can we all be replaced after we signed an agreement to occupy the premises on completion of the rennovations, but all of a sudden we are being told that we have been replaced by whites,â€ queried Macdonald.
This is not the first time that the newly opened Spar Groombridge Supermarket has courted controversy linked to racism.
Recently a white supplier to the supermarket was reported to police after allegedly beating and injuring one of the black managers at the shop and dislocating his shoulder.
It is against this background that some youths lobby groups feel that there is need for thorough investigations into the matter as failure to do so will defeat the whole idea of Indigenisation and empowerment.