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THE Herald newspaper attacked its stable-mate, The Sunday Mail, Monday, accusing its sister publication of misfiring over a story that suggested the government was making a “major climb-down” on its indigenisation programme.

In the Herald article, the writer appears to take issue with the Mail’s suggestion that the policy re-think was “an apparent victory for policy moderates like Dr Gideon Gono who was a vocal dissenter during his time at the Reserve Bank.”

Ahead of the elections last year, Gono was the target of g criticism by then Zanu PF MP and politburo member Jonathan Moyo, who is now information minister, for urging caution in the implementation of the 51 percent indigenisation threshold.

Then central bank governor, Gono arguing that a one-size-fits all approach could be detrimental to the economy. He proposed an alternative or supplementary approach which would essentially compel foreign companies to procure the majority of their requirements from indigenous entities.

But the proposal was ridiculed by Moyo, who scathingly described it as “house nigger logic”

Said Moyo: “The (logic of the) so-called supply side model touted by Gono is akin to that of a house nigger whose hopeless mentality is that it is far better to profit from selling the furniture of the house as a vendor under the spell of Maslow’s discredited hierarchy of needs than to own the house even if it does not have any furniture.”

Moyo went on: “If by attacking the equity or ownership-based model of indigenisation in favour of the so-called supply side approach, the Governor of the Reserve Bank is hoping to be a striker in the Bhora Musango brigade ahead of the forthcoming general election that is around the corner, he honestly and seriously should think again.

“This is not 2008. The game this time round is Bhora Mugedhi and the players are Zanu PF only. This should be food for thought for the misguided comrades out there who imagine that they can settle their personal or political scores with the Minister Saviour Kusukuwere by hiding behind Gono or by fronting him to fight the indigenisation reform programme in the treacherous hope that its failure would mark Kasukuwere’s political demise.

“It has now become all too clear that when some spineless cowards in our midst want to attack a Zanu PF policy or when they want to attack President Mugabe, they hide their nefarious agenda by attacking the minister responsible for that policy.”

Below is the Herald article criticising the Sunday Mail …

HEADLINE writers at The Sunday Mail no doubt gave themselves a pat on the back after the publication of Sunday’s issue. The Government, we were told, was in the process of a “major climb-down” regarding the indigenisation policy while Dr Gideon Gono was cited as a major victor in a policy debate he actually has had no input in.

It would be interesting to know how many additional newspapers the deliberately sensationalist headline added to sales.

The problem is that there is in fact no such “climb-down” specifically because the interview on which the headline was purportedly based states quite clearly that Government is in fact digging in and has actually “climbed-up” in requiring that Zimbabweans will in fact own 100 percent of their resources under the proposed Production Sharing Model.

Gloating foreigners immediately seized upon this headlining oversight, if not deliberate mischief. Most vocal in that crowd were white South Africans (understandably fearful for their own cake) who took to social media to celebrate the so-called climb-down.

The gloating reached hysterical levels and came closer to home with inane headlines from the usual suspects at the Daily News yesterday morning.

“Thank you Mr President,” cried a celebratory headline in the offending copy.

The excitable editor of that paper then went on to explain that the newspaper had been proven right in its relentless criticism of indigenisation.

The paper was also at pains to laud the former central bank chief Dr Gono who it quoted extensively as saying (disingenuously I suspect) “don’t thank me” for the apparent possible policy shift by Government. This theme was carried online where many fans of the central bank chief pointed to the shift as a victory for his brand of moderate politics.

The Sunday Mail and the shallow readers taken in by its clever copy-shifting tactics miss one essential point: Gono never at any time aocated the Production Sharing Model. The record will show that he was championing a cheap sort of empowerment where Zimbabweans would be reduced to supplying implements to extractive companies while they carried gold and platinum out of the country.

His “Supply Chain Strategy”, which is freely available to anyone with access to the Internet, was unequivocal in its opposition to equity aspirations instead suggesting that it was better to supply mops, buckets and toilet paper to mining companies as a means to empower our people. He was rightly described as a “house-nigger” over the proposals.

Against this background, it is difficult to see how he can be said to be a victor when his proposed model is not mentioned anywhere in the suggested amendments to the indigenisation policy.

Some will say that Dr Gono deserves credit because he urged moderation and thus should be credited if there is any such movement towards moderation. It’s a weak line of argument. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has also urged moderation as did Cdes Mzembi,

Chidhakwa and even President Mugabe himself when he persuasively argued that there was no merit for demanding 51 percent in non-resource sectors of the economy.

Why is a movement towards such moderation a victory for Gono in particular? It would have been outrageous to claim the planned amendments were a victory for Mzembi but it is clear that our friends at The Sunday Mail really wanted to sell lots of newspapers and decided to squeeze out a desperately contrived headline much to the delight of certain individuals with political ambitions.

Anyone who takes time to actually read through the extensive interview carried by the same newspaper will realise that there is (1) in fact no climb-down but in fact this is a major climb-up for all resource nationalists and that (2) this is not a victory for Gono because he never at any time aocated the Production Sharing Model.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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