Friday, 13 April 2012 17:53
The Affirmative Action Group (AAG) Harare province has backed calls by the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board (NIEEB) that reserved sectors should be preserved for indigenous Zimbabweans.
As local traders continue to be marginalised by foreign merchants owing to difficulties in securing capital to finance emerging business, AAG says the policy of reserving service sectors for indigenous Zimbabweans should be followed through.
The new Chairman of the AAG Harare province, Mr. Liberty Bizure said the empowerment lobby group is moving to ensure that the concerns of the ordinary people in the capital would now be addressed.
“We are not going to tolerate any more abuse of indigenous business people by foreign business people ....,” said Mr Bizure.
AAG Chief Executive Officer, Dr Davison Gomo said the organisation is now prepared to reach out to all Zimbabweans following a renewal of its leadership and wider consultations were expected in other provinces to alert Zimbabweans on their rights under the ongoing indigenisation drive and the purpose of the AAG.
“We have a very new focus but we are still preaching the same story of empowerment so it our duty to educate the people who are not very clear about a lot of things,” Dr Gomo said.
Under the indigenisation law, sectors such as retail, transport and other low capital business have been reserved for locals.