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Reps committee condemns Zimbabwe’s indeginisation law

02 December 2013, 17:59

Abuja - 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 Abuja.

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.



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