Victorious Mugabe vows to step up transfer of wealth

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 August, 2013, 4:07am

Fresh from its landslide election victory, President Robert Mugabe's party said it would intensify the transfer of economic wealth to black Zimbabweans and overhaul the country's "British" education system.

"We are saying we have to deepen and broaden the indigenisation and empowerment programme," Zanu-PF secretary for information Rugare Gumbo said. "It must cover a wide range of people," he said.

In a full-page advert carried only in the private media - some fiercely critical of the government - Zanu-PF said it was "ready" to start applying the policies listed in its election manifesto.

"Over the next five years, Zimbabwe is going to witness a unique wealth transfer model that will see ordinary people take charge of their economy," the party vowed.

After a series of farm seizures, in 2007 Mugabe passed a law which stated that large foreign-owned entities might be liable to cede 51 per cent of their ownership. So far only mines have been targeted.

Gumbo said there were also plans to change the British-modelled school curriculum.

"The curriculum … reflects the British education system, which is not benefiting our people," he said. "We want a curriculum which is indigenous, which looks at Zimbabwean history, society and culture."

Despite its economic woes, Zimbabwe still has one of Africa's highest literacy rates.

Gumbo hinted the government would be looking to China for funding for projects.