December 8, 2011
President Mugabe yesterday said the indigenisation and economic empowerment programme would take centre stage at the Zanu-PF 12th Annual National People’s Conference, which starts in Bulawayo today.
Speaking during his photographic exhibition at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) last night, the Head of State and Government and Commander-In-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces said the time has come for ordinary Zimbabweans to have a say in the national economy.
He said the liberation struggle was fought in order to repossess the land from the white minority and empower black people economically.
“Our sovereignty would not exist unless we own the land. We must be masters of our destiny and manage the natural resources below and above the earth’s surface. We must train ourselves hand skills and pride ourselves in being able to manage our affairs.
“Let us not be content with being employees. Let us fight to be employers and owners of companies. The big companies should cede shares to black people,” said President Mugabe.
“We will not drive away those companies that brought investment into the country but we will not allow them to be our masters. This is what we will be discussing in our conference meetings, which start tomorrow.
“Each one of us must feel proud to be a Zimbabwean, feel proud to have a role in ensuring that our past does not destroy the revolution.”
The Government has already started the indigenisation programmes in the country through the Community Share Ownership Scheme Trust (CSOS/T), a countrywide initiative meant to spearhead development and empower rural communities by giving them a 10 percent stake in all businesses that exploit natural resources in their respective areas.