The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, has expressed disappointment with skilled people and professionals whom he says lack boldness to venture into mining and manufacturing.
Cde Mugabe was speaking at Murombedzi Growth Point where he was addressing members of the Zvimba chieftainship who were discussing a proposal to create additional chieftainship in the district.
“49% of diamonds, 49% of gold, 49% of all other minerals is too much, it is a lot of money getting out of the country. The imperialists do not want us to be in control of our resources and as we fight for this, some seem to be afraid, why? Why do locals want to work for whites instead of working for themselves?” asked Cde Mugabe.
Cde Mugabe is on record as saying Zimbabweans should be masters of their own destiny and should not hesitate to start large consortiums in mining and other sectors.
He advised members of the Gushungo clan to discuss the issue of chieftainship amicably and in conformity with the Traditional Leaders Act.
The proposal to have additional chieftainship boundaries is a result of the extension of the Zvimba chieftainship which was caused by the land reform programme.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development, Dr Ignatius Chombo, said prior to the land reform programme, the Zvimba chieftainship had jurisdiction over only 14% of the land in the district.
He said former white colonial farmers assumed 86% of the land in Zvimba.