The House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on Monday condemned
the indigenisation and economic empowerment law in Zimbabwe, describing it as”discriminatory.”
The Committee’s Chairperson, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, expressed the
position of the committee in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in
NAN recalls that the Zimbabwean Government recently gave January
1, 2014 deadline to foreigners operating retail and wholesale businesses in
Zimbabwe to relinquish them to Zimbabweans.
According to Zimbabwe’s Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment
Act, agriculture, transportation, estate agencies, tobacco grading and
packaging, advertising agencies, milk processing and provision of local arts
and crafts sectors are reserved for the citizens.
“With regards to the law that will take effect from January 1 in
Zimbabwe, we find it very discriminatory.
“This committee decries the attempt at segregation and expulsion
of non-Zimbabweans from Zimbabwe,’’ Elendu-Ukeje told NAN.
She said that Nigeria had shown a lot of brotherliness and
support to Zimbabweans in the days of apartheid.
According to her, it is time for Nigeria to take proactive
measures to protect Nigerians who are migratory in nature.
“Zimbabwe has a culture of expulsion; first it was white
Zimbabweans; and now they are targeting other nationals,’’ she said.