MWENEZI - As the country embraces devolution of power, with provinces expected to come up with their own development strategies, Mwenezi East Member of Parliament (MP) Joosbi Omar has made it clear that the district requires genuine investors who will put in their money for mutual benefit.
Addressing Zanu PF district structures at an inter-district meeting that was held at Neshuro Growth Point recently, Omar told delegates that in accordance with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ‘Zimbabwe is Open for Business’ mantra, Mwenezi wanted genuine investors.
“Given the vast resources we have, we have the potential to contribute immensely to the province’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP. We need to be wary of ‘investors’ who may come and exploit us and loot our resources.
“We want the people of Mwenezi to have better lives because we own the resources. We need genuine people who will develop our areas and improve our livelihoods,” said Omar.
The Chinese are regarded as some of the worst investors, with people in most of the areas they operate from not benefitting from those investments.
The Chinese are best known for environmental degradation, looting and flouting labour laws and other regulatory rules.
Omar’s call come in the wake of a recent visit by a South African-based investor who visited Manyuchi Dam, exploring possible investment opportunities there.
The investor, who was accompanied by a delegation that was led by Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira showed interest in possibly establishing a game ranch in the area surrounding the dam.
Mwenezi has vast game ranching investments, with one of the biggest game ranch being owned by controversial businessman Billy Rautenbach.
Rautenbach owns Zimbabwe Bio Energy (ZBE) but he is often accused of ill-treating employees and deliberately failing to pay salaries and summary dismissals.
His company is embroiled in bitter legal battles with some stakeholders and former employees who allege abuse, arbitrary dismissals and non-payment of salaries.