webster shamu as commisar.jpgZanu PF National Political Commissar, Cde Webster Shamu says the party has embarked on a massive indigenisation and economic empowerment drive in Bulawayo and the entire Matabeleland region as it has started facilitating linkages between business establishments and communities.

Cde Shamu revealed his party’s thrust on indigenisation and empowerment of people in Matabeleland during a tour of Redstar wholesalers, who are supplying the region with a variety of commodities.

He called on the wholesale chain to improve its product range and ensure that shops on rural communities are also adequately stocked.

Meanwhile, farmers in the region are lobbying the government to reduce the land levy from the current US$2 per hectare to US10 cents.

The farmers, who include members of the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union and the Zimbabwe Farmers Union, met in Bulawayo to deliberate on the current levy which they say is not sustainable as most of them are unable to pay.

They noted that they were not consulted when Parliament agreed on the levy.

The farmers said in the livestock region of Matabeleland where the livestock grazing ratio stands at one animal to 15 hectares of land, the charge is exorbitant.

They stated that the low viability level in livestock rearing is a result of failure by the Ministry of Finance to release the US$70 million restocking fund allocated through the national budget.