supa mndiwanziraa.jpgThe City of Harare has been urged to follow the stipulations of the Indigenisation and Empowerment Act by not giving licenses to foreign nationals in sectors that are supposed to be ventured into by locals.

 

The Affirmative Action Group (AAG) President, Mr Supa Mandiwanzira made the call following recent applications for licence notices, which the council published in a local newspaper.

 

He said the call is a reminder to people who are trying to ignore the Indigenisation and Empowerment Act.

 

He said foreign nationals should venture into big sectors that contribute to the Gross Domestic Product for example the mining and manufacturing industry.

 

“We like investors in mining, manufacturing and not in retailing like making bread, milling and selling clothes. If they want to sell clothes and groceries they should supply local retailers,” said Mr Mandiwanzira.

 

On the issue of foreign nationals marrying locals for them to get work permits, he said the AAG is in continuous talks with the Zimbabwe Investment Authority and the immigration department for them to be thorough when considering people for work permits.

 

In a telephone interview, the Harare City Council spokesperson, Mr Lesley Gwindi said the council is guided by council by laws and has no intention of flouting the laws of the land.

 

He however said whoever sees otherwise should put it in writing and forward it to the council.