onisimo gore.jpgZanu(PF) party supporters in Mbare have joined hands with the Zimbabwe Home Industry Association (ZIHA) to raise their concern

 

on the slow progress in the implementation of the Indigenisation and Empowerment Act, especially in the retailing sector.

The concern by Zanu(PF) supporters and members of home industry association comes against a background where there is a general upsurge in the number of foreigners taking over the country’s retail outlets at the expense of locals.

 

ZIHA President, Cde Onesimo Gore appealed to the responsible authorities to consider the plight of locals, especially in areas of small businesses like shops, where indigenous people are capable of taking such enterprises without the need for huge capital injections.

 

“We face a problem where our people are forced to sell their wares under unhygienic situations especially on street corners while foreigners are sitting pretty in shops like the Gulf Complex.

 

“We have already written to the governor of the Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde David Karimanzira to address our concern,” he said.

 

Some Zanu(PF) party supporters and ZIHA members have also added their voices on the conditions they are subjected to, regardless of the existence of a law that is meant to protect the country’s citizens.

 

The government recently enacted the Indigenisation and Empowerment Act whose provisions sets aside 14 sectors of the economy, including the retailing sector to indigenous people, in a bid to ensure that locals play a pivotal role in the way the economy is run.