A Local empowerment body, the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) has lashed out at policy makers for failing to enforce the indigenisation and empowerment law within the retail sector, saying such complacency will lead to undesirable consequences.
Following public outcry over the influx of foreigners into the retail sector which is reserved for locals according to the law, the AAG has castigated the implementing authority for failing to put a safety net in the area, saying such conduct is not in the interests of empowering the majority.
AAG CEO, Dr David Gomo said Government is sitting on a time bomb by failing to whip flouters of the legislation into line, adding that if there were too many loopholes in the law, it is imperative that the authorities put relevant amendments.
Responding to the matter, National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board (NIEEB) Chairman, Cde David Chapfika acknowledged that they have not been able to enforce the law owing to numerous challenges.
He said there is an urgent need for concerted efforts in the government, the police and his organisation.
Locals have been calling for the speedy enforcement of the indigenisation law in the retail sector, saying they are being muscled out by foreigners who are taking advantage of weaknesses in the law and also bribing authorities for protection.
Analysts say the retail sector has the capacity to create employment opportunities to the majority of Zimbabweans languishing in poverty owing to the economic meltdown brought by illegal sanctions.