Zim war veterans 'want more'
22/10/2007 12:12 - (SA)
Harare - War veterans in Zimbabwe want 100% local ownership of all resources, it was reported on Monday.
Parliament has already passed a controversial law to make it mandatory for foreign-owned companies and mines to hand over a 51% stake to black business people in a move that economists warn will drive away many desperately-needed overseas investors.
But now President Robert Mugabe's most loyal supporters, veterans of the 1970s war for independence from white minority rule, want more, the state-controlled Herald daily reported.
Jabulani Sibanda, the chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association claimed the 83-year-old Mugabe was under attack.
We are supporting our president because he has stepped forward in redeeming what is ours, Sibanda told reporters at a Harare hotel last week.
We want to control 100% of our resources, he added, claiming war veterans were not happy that locals were restricted to a 51% share of foreign businesses.