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MDC’s plan for the mining sector
for Democratic Change
Manifesto, which was
launched by President Morgan Tsvangirai at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera
on 7 July 2013 under the theme; “A New Zimbabwe - The Time
is now,” lays a firm foundation for Zimbabwe’s recovery
and growth. The manifesto prioritises job creation as a key deliverable
of an MDC government and it targets the creation of one million
jobs in the first five years of an MDC government.
The past 33
years of Zanu-PF rule have seen Zimbabwe undergoing rapid de-industrialisation
and the mining sector has not been spared. Despite being endowed
with rich minerals that include gold, diamonds, platinum, and iron,
Zimbabwe still ranks as one of the poorest countries on the African
continent. This is because Zanu-PF has failed to craft a comprehensive
economic model that ensures that Zimbabwe’s rich mineral wealth
is leveraged to create jobs and economic prosperity for Zimbabweans.
the mining sector has also robbed Zimbabwe of much needed government
revenue. The recent discovery of diamonds
in Marange has been a curse to the people of Manicaland and
to Zimbabweans in general.
concessions have been awarded to Chinese companies working with
some organs of the security establishment including the military
and this has created an environment of opaqueness where there is
no transparency and accountability on diamond revenues.
have not changed the lives of the people of Manicaland and Zimbabwean
citizens as Zanu-PF fat cats have looted them to fund their lavish
The MDC has
a comprehensive plan
to ensure that Zimbabwean citizens benefit from the country’s
rich mineral endowment. We will create a conducive environment for
genuine investment in the mining sector, which will create much-needed
jobs and revenue. An MDC government will immediately review mining
legislation with a view to making sure that all mining concessions
have Zimbabwe’s national interest at heart.
We will nationalise
diamonds and ensure that government goes into partnership with genuine
investors. An MDC government will also immediately establish a Sovereign
Wealth Fund (SWF) where revenues from diamonds and other minerals
will be deposited.
The SWF will
become the country’s savings pot that ensures that future
generations benefit from the country’s finite mineral resources
and that the government deploys resources strategically to build
a prosperous economy.
The MDC has
a credible plan to get Zimbabwe working again. From 01 August 2013
Zimbabwe’s mining sector will be radically transformed to
ensure that every citizen benefits from the country’s rich
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