food handouts.jpgThe local business community has been challenged to change its attitude and be pro-active in participating in humanitarian work rather than waiting for people in other countries to spearhead development projects in the country.

The business community in Zimbabwe has been criticised for its reluctance in taking part in disaster and drought relief programmes in the country choosing to take a back seat and watch people from other countries spearheading such efforts.

In an interview with ZBC News on the sidelines of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Charity Dinner Dance, the society’s Secretary General, Mrs Emma Kundishora, said the local business community should desist from a dependency syndrome and start building a fund aimed at helping the need in Zimbabwe.


Guest of honor at the ceremony, Dr Solomon Guramatunhu said business communities should feel a burden to help their communities and expect no one else to do that for them. He said local business people should take a lead in assisting vulnerable societies in the country then foreign donors should just complement their efforts and  not vice-versa.


Observers say local business people seem not to be keen to assist the need in the country and when they do so, it is either petty or sometimes too late if not just a way to get publicity.


In 2008 foreign donors swiftly reacted to the cholera epidemic while the local business community folded their arms.


In other countries, wealthy business people leave legacies by forming foundations and trusts that are aimed at helping the less privileged such as the Gates Foundation but in Zimbabwe business  people are either bragging about their wealth or hiding it, leaving their communities stranded and poverty stricken.