Zanu (PF) has already started borrowing from the MDC’s JUICE (Jobs, Upliftment, Investment, Capital and the Environment) economic blueprint with President Mugabe for the first time singing MDC President, Morgan Tsvangirai’s mantra – growing the national cake.
President Mugabe was quoted saying at an indigenous forum the indigenisation programme “must not only focus on grabbing already existing companies, but on creating companies for job creation,” which is straight out of Tsvangirai’s forward to JUICE. (available here).
In the forward Tsvangirai says the biggest challenge facing the economy today is the millions of unemployed young people, facing a bleak future because of economic stagnation.
He called it a time-bomb of political stability and social cohesion which could only be solved by generating decent jobs for leavers of colleges, vocational training centres, polytechnics and universities.
“In order to do this we need to build a sustainable economic framework that grows the economy. In order to spur sustainable economic growth, it is imperative to grow the national cake.”
This is what the MDC has always said, but Zanu (PF) was insisting on parceling out shares in established companies to blacks with nothing to contribute to the companies, leading in most cases to the original company owners refusing to further invest, and the companies eventually collapsing.
Tsvangirai said the current version of indeginisation was tantamount to nationalization and expropriation and it was clearly a political gimmick by ZANU PF to buy votes. The MDC’s jobs plan, JUICE, on the other hand was a comprehensive plan for the generation of decent jobs that will not only end poverty but also empower citizens.
It advocates Broad Based Economic (BBE) upliftment of citizens by expanding people’s choices in attaining sustainable livelihoods, not through asset striping and looting, but through new domestic and foreign investment in order to increase capital formation.
This could be achieved by polices that increased investor confidence to achieve upliftment without suffocating the economy.
“We should never allow a situation where the goose that lays the golden egg is killed,” he said. Which is what Zanu (PF) has done to try and buy votes, but the fallacy of its programme has been exposed before the election.
Now Zanu (PF) is thinking of sabotaging election with another violence campaign, to force the MDC into another Government of National Unity which would only lead to further stagnation of the economy.
A convincing win at the polls which will allow the MDC to implement this programme (full document here) is the only way to ensure a stable future for Zimbabwe, with jobs, and sustainable agricultural development – unlike the current Zanu (PF) slash-and-burn system which has silted all the rivers and depleted the forests without any replenishment.
Even the Indigenisation Minister savior Kasukuwere has now taken up the Mantra of Broad-Based Economic Empowerment, claiming that this is a "fine-tunning" of the failed Indigenisation Policy.
Roy Bennnet's Take on Indigenisation
Zanu-PF is making a lot of noise at the moment about indigenisation. But understand this: indigenisation kills.
'That is an extreme statement', I hear some of you thinking. Yet I am not exaggerating.
Indigenisation kills because it places national wealth in the hands of a few and takes it out of the hands of the many. This money should be going to places like our hospitals.
If you have a loved one who has died because of inadequate medical facilities, it is because the money that should be going to Treasury is being stolen before it gets there.
Zimbabwe is a rich country, but the wealth is not being used for development.
Where there is rule of law, companies are taxed and the proceeds are used to maintain public services. Sadly, the nation's wealth is currently being carved up and fed to the Zanu-PF patronage machine.
I am not against some monies going to local community trusts. But even here the lion's share must go to the Treasury so that it benefits Zimbabwe as a nation. And there must be full transparency at every step of the way.
The beneficiaries at local level must be known to all and the way the money is spent locally must be accounted for. Likewise, company revenues must be known and they must be seen to be paying all taxes that are owed.
We cannot have a situation where Zanu functionaries get in a smokey room with target companies and cut deals whose details are hidden. This is theft. As we speak, billions of dollars are being taken out the back door - billions that could be used to heal our people, to heal our economy, to breath life and hope into our nation.
We couldn't agree more.
Delegates to the Birmingham Assembly
2006 MDC UK Elections
Written by Makusha Mugabe Thursday, 07 September 2006 04:07
All is now set for the MDC UK External Congress - historic in that this it is the first time external structures have been recognised in the same way as provinces at home - and campaigning has gone into top gear.
Besides getting the funds together for national representatives to come and officiate, the co-ordinating committee now headed by Northampton Branch chairman Rodwell Mupungu, has been grappling with technical issues regarding the voting.
The final resolution on the voting procedures was that voting would be by secret ballot by accredited delegates to the congress who are the branch executives, rather than block votes by branches.
The interim secretary, Emily Madamombe, confirmed this yesterday and appealed to those who are campaining not to mislead people and for branches to ensure that they have sent the names of their executives for accreditation.
The co-ordinating chairman has also made it clear branches that have not financially contributed to the holding of the congress would not be allowed to vote.
He has however courted controversy by indicating that he plans to run for a post when was elected as one who would be neutral.
All the interim committee members, Emily Madamombe, Matthew Nyashanu, and Suzette Kwenda-Ruwona, are running to substantiate their posts supported by an array of candidates whose CVs are now being scrutinised by potential voters.
For chairman, John Nyamande, has a Masters in Educational Studies and is managing director of a marketing company.
His political history starts in the 1960s as a youth member of ZAPU in Mbare, goes through activity in UANC in Kambuzuma District, Zanu (PF) Chiwororo branch in Belvedere in the mid nineties and finally joining MDC at Travel Centre in Harare in 1999.
In the UK he was Publicity and Information Secretary, then elevated to branch chairman of South-End-On-Sea in October 2003.
He formed Grays Branch which became substantive in July that same year. His achievements included organising fundraising for the branch adopting Makoni East constituency where the branch bought bicycles, mobile phones and footballs for the youth while supporting it in the 2005 elections.
The branch supported MP Masaiti with two bicycles, and contributed to the welfare of leadership when they visited us here on a number of occasions. It also "supported Harare in a big way after the October 12 fiasco."
His branch also worked with the local Labour Party and supported the Zimbabwe Vigil and demonstrations organised by the party here.
His promises: setting up of a provincial office for MDC (UK), database of all MDC (UK) paid up members, database of qualifications and capabilities of paid up MDC (UK) members, leadership training for executive members of the party, enforcing monthly contributions from members of the party, engaging in serious fundraising for the party, regular meetings offering all a chance to host meetings, instilling discipline at Party meetings, and supporting the Women and Youth wings so that they become more pro-active in fundraising and mobilising for more membership.
Nyamade also promises to liase with other Diaspora MDC Provinces like USA and SA, source for sponsorship to train members in various fields of interest to the party, persuading branches to adopt a constituency at home, establishing a social services committee to look into the social problems of our members in the Diaspora. Encourage members of our movement to have a Zimbabwe day, when Zimbabwean dance, food and dress are encouraged to instil identity amongst our people to make it mandatory that travelling expenses for party business should be the responsibility of branches and not individuals members.
Nyamande also claims stability because of his marital status, charisma, approachability and vision.
The aspiring candidate for vice-chairperson is Jonathan Chawora, a former senior policeman with an MA in Social Policy and Criminology. Chawora says he took early retirement in protest against the undermining of the constitution by the head of state, breakdown of the rule of law promoted by the head of state and the Commissioner Of Police, undermining of civil and political rights by the government in contravention of UN conventions and the African Charter on Human Rights.
His claims of administrative experience are well backed up and he says his activism started when spoke against the abuse of human rights, particularly at workshops organised by Mr Matshazi, the director of the Southern African Human Rights Trust.
From 2002 he was writing on political and social issues on websites including NewZimbabwe.com, The standard, Zimdaily, ChangeZimbabwe.com and making political comments on Short-Wave Radio Africa. He was co-opted as MDC Birmingham vice-chairman between 2004 and 2005 and elected chairman in 2006, actively involved in the 8th January 2006 meeting which effectively dealt with the split of the MDC and brought focus and direction to the party in the UK.
He led Birmingham branch in taking a firm and principled stand against the Senate elections. He also chaired of the Constitutional and Policy Review Committee which saw the submission of proposals for the review of RESTART and submission of constitutional proposals to the 2006 Congress.
Chawora believes the MDC offers hope to millions of Zimbabweans, that the Diaspora can contribute more effectively towards change in values by taking advantage of the peaceful environments to exchange ideas and access information in order to contribute towards better lives for million of disadvantaged in Zimbabwe.
His promise: to support the chairperson and his or her Provincial Executive and Council in bringing stability, unity, integrity and vibrancy to MDC-UK.
Enter Virginia Ncube who will be contesting for the vice-secretary post and who claims that her life experiences and professional qualifications make her suitable. She is the women’s representative for the MDC Manchester branch
A teacher for twelve years at home she witnessed first-hand how civil servants were abused and ill-treated, how the general public is under-estimated by the Zanu PF and the Mugabe regime. "I know as I was within that society."
A diploma in executive secretary/ PA skills led to work as the general manager’s secretary for four years, taking minutes at board of directors’ meetings, drawing memos and distributing the minutes as required.
In Manchester she is working for A.S.H.A (Asylum Support Housing Advice) where she has seen first-hand the destitution, deprivation and abject poverty in which some of her countrymen and women live.
She is also co-coordinator for the greater Manchester Zimbabwe Support Network and, as part of an initiative to sensitise and engage the communities and political leaders about the plight of Zimbabweans, she will be a speaker at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester between on 24 –27 September 2006.
Contenders: from left Jonathan Chawora, Suzette Kwenda-Ruwona and Mary Kasirowore and from right Sakile Mtombeni and Linda Mtimbanyoka with Yours Truely in Leeds.
Mary Kasirowore wants the treasury post. She is the North London Branch Chairperson and has previously held the Branch Treasurer post.
A qualified and experienced chartered certified accountant, and company secretary and administrator she boasts good managerial skills; being highly organized and being dedicated to achieving set objectives, with excellent communication skills; professional approach to tasks; dedicated team player.
Her work has included preparation and production of monthly management accounts, budgets, cash flows, financial statements, income tax returns and VAT returns; completion and submission of company secretarial forms and reports; liasing with company solicitors, bankers and auditors; and development, implementation and maintenance of accounting and payroll systems; staff recruitment, supervision and training; implementation and monitoring of internal control systems; and administration of clients’ investment portfolios.
In Zimbabwe she joined a firm of chartered accountants as trainee accountant and left as finance manager in 2000 and in the UK she has been working as a business services manager and as a finance manager.
Her promise: to perform the duties of treasurer to the best of her ability in accordance with Article 6.4.2 and Article 8 of the Constitution and to ensure that she produces regular financial reports as required and to work with the executive and branches towards a standardized system of record-keeping and reporting, to provide training to branch treasurers who require it, to prepare budgets and forecasts as needed and to concentrate on the Party’s fund raising efforts.
Coventry vice-chair Edward Nyakudya says he wants to be deputy organising secretary. A UZ economics graduate with marketing public relations training he previously worked for Manica Freight and joined MDC on its formation as youth Chairman, Mutare Central.
He successfully campaigned for current MDC Secretary for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Innocent Goneso and other candidates like Evelyn Masiti in Nyanga and Roy Bennett in Chimanimani during 2000 parliamentary elections.
He says the organising department permeates each and every portfolio within the executive and as such he intends "to fuse strategic thinking to come to grips with strategies that must try to understand the structure of the problems that we have faced here as a nation and its underlying causes, thus diagnosing, analysing or reflecting in order to come up with potential solutions."
He says in the organising department he would articulate and influence a process of action with plans which detail what actions will be undertaken to reach particular objectives.
He advocates "semi-automony" from Harare as a means of doing away with bureaucratic bungling which is stifling progress in most Diaspora Districts and urgently choosing representatives who are professionally competent in various negotiating skills to tackle the U.K administration on the issue of asylum.
He also advocates budgets for the province rather than it going to branches with a begging bowl every time there is an event and also fair play in appointment processes, transparency and a code of conduct applying to everyone regardless.
Another candidate for the top job, Sakile Hay Mtombeni has demonstrated his passion and the conviction to serve our country, our party and the struggle loyally, diligently and selflessly through rousing letters to this site and others, and his activity.
A teacher in Zimbabwe, he was driven by his strong passion for social justice and human dignity to actively involve in ZIMTA (the Zimbabwe Teachers Association ), Zimbabwe Unity Movement and Forum party of Zimbabwe then MDC since 1999.
He formed MDC Leeds branch in 2001 and the Zimbabwe Community Organisation in Leeds in 2003 as well as the Zimbabwe Refugee Community which he chaired while he was also Leeds Branch information and publicity secretary (2001 June 2003) and chair (June 2003 May 2004).
Sakile also had a brief spell as the MDC UK District Secretary when Sipho Nkala resigned, only to be reinstated and to quit to join the Mutambara faction.
His values and beliefs include social justice, team work, unity and respect for both the individual and other peoples opinions. "No amount of history or contribution should make any one of us more important than the other," he says adding "I strongly believe in transparency in decision making and all other processes."
His greatest challenge he says is to ensure that the credibility of the MDC as a democratic party is protected in the UK. "My dream is to give the MDC in the UK an image that it deserves as a progressive Government in waiting (but not for long)."
He also wants to see a culture of tolerance, discipline, progress and growth within the MDC in the UK, to make MDC UK attractive and appealing to all Zimbabweans of all tribes, denominations and races, not only as an alternative to Zanu (PF) but attractive in its own right as a modern and progressive party.
Sakile would also like to ensure that meetings are focussed, enjoyable and productive as well as progressive.
He says the party in the Diaspora let the struggle down in finances and he hopes to have a wise, committed and capable individual in the treasury to engage trade Unions in the UK and other corporate organisations in relation to funding.
A pound a month from members would go a long way to fundraising and other activities would be undertaken to grow the party.
On immigration and asylum he said as a displaced community he strongly believed in focussing on immigration laws in this country and on the most vulnerable, i.e. those threatened with deportation, and putting them at the top of the party’s priority list just as youth and women had to be developed to their full potentials.