The co-operatives movement was initiated after independence by the ruling Zanu PF party as a means to accelerate the country’s development agenda.

37 years down the line, the initial thrust that was intended has been eroded as greed as well as a lack of commitment to work together have taken root.

In areas such as housing some strides were met as individuals pooled resources through subscriptions to ensure that they had shelter.

Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister, Cde Mandi Chimene, however noted that a paradigm shift is needed to ensure Zimbabweans realise that in unity of purpose lies accelerated development.

President of the Zimbabwe National Co-operatives Federation, Mr Mike Duru said they are now embarking on a programme to ensure that knowledge on running such entities is disseminated.

In countries such as China, the co-operatives movement, which offers a diverse product mix, has moved into the mainstream economy, employing millions of people as well as venturing into the export market.