|Mining: No more room for foreigners|
|Saturday, 16 June 2012 18:08|
Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
He said this while addressing a Zanu-PF Women’s League seminar in Darwendale where they were meeting to formulate a plan of action for 2012 and evaluate their activities.
“This 49 percent is a whole lot of money. Zvatakaita izvozvo zvakakwana. Ngatichiita isu zvedu tega muserefu,” he said.
The President said there were reports of the discovery of diamonds in Chimanimani which were still to be verified.
He criticised Finance Minister Tendai Biti for being reluctant to support Bulawayo’s industry despite a Government position to give firms there loans to revive their businesses.
He said Minister Biti had not only been reluctant to take up the US$500 million Special Drawing Rights from the International Monetary Fund, but to disburse it to revive Bulawayo industries.
about that, but Biti said he had just put US$20 million.”
Cde Mugabe also castigated Minister Biti for his reluctance to adequately fund the Grain Marketing Board to enable it to pay farmers for grain deliveries.
Turning to elections, he said some people who were afraid of elections were pushing that they be held next year in the hope that he, as the Zanu-PF candidate, would have grown older and incapacitated.
“Vamwe vanoti VaMugabe vanofa muna 2013. Ko chandinofira chii, ini ndakangoti gwindiri zvangu? They say perhaps vanenge vavakubata mudonzvo, but I am still very far from that,” he said.
The President said while his political detractors in MDC-T were claiming he was ill, he was aware of most of their leaders who are not feeling well.
Cde Mugabe said there was need to end the Global Political Agreement through an election this year.
The President said he had received reports that one Zanu-PF senior official was printing party cards illegally and clandestinely for his selfish gain.
There were also party officials who were leasing farms to white farmers, he said.
Cde Mugabe said he was aware some people in Copac wanted to change the national flag, but vowed that would never happen.
The President urged party members to remain united.
bigwigs were imposing their people using the President’s name.
Cde Muchinguri said the Women’s League’s operations in provinces and other lower tiers were paralysed because leaders took away vehicles allocated to the league.
Cde Sarah Mahoka said women were sidelined during DCC elections.
“President tinokumbira kuti zvigebenga zvakaba fertiliser zvisungwe nezvakaabhiyuza mari yeConstituency Development Fund,” said Cde Mahoka, who is Mashonaland West Women’s League chairperson.
Senate President Cde Edna Madzongwe, Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and other senior Government and party officials attended the event.