Zimbabwe Closes Down Nigerians Shops, Orders Arrest Of Traders

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Nov 25, 2013 – Zimbabwe Shuts Down Nigerians Businesses, Orders Arrest Of Traders

Zimbabwean authorities say they have given foreign shop-owners, mostly Chinese and Nigerian nationals, an ultimatum to shut down their businesses by 1 January 2014, hand them over to Zimbabweans or face arrest.

A top official of the black empowerment ministry said only Zimbabweans had the right to run shops that have sprung up across the country and are termed foreign businesses targeted under the nation’s black empowerment laws, the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported Friday.

Permanent secretary for the empowerment ministry, George Magosvongwe, told a Parliamentary committee that the government would enforce regulations which reserve certain sectors of the economy to Zimbabweans on January 1, 2014.

Under the country’s economic empowerment legislation, areas reserved for locals include retail and wholesale businesses, barbershops, hairdressings, beauty salons, bakeries, employment agencies and grain milling, among others.

Said Magosvongwe: “I confirm that some non-indigenous entities are still operating in the reserved sectors and there is a deadline for January 1 for them to comply with the requirement to relinguish their holdings in that sector.

“You will realise Mr Chairman that 1 January is a month to come and we are putting in place measures for enforcement in the event that they do not comply.”

He said the ministry was preparing measures to ensure the exit of foreigners from the retail sector would not result in shortages.

“There is need to ensure that we don’t create shortages in the economy, but certainly the ministry is going to enforce the reserved sectors rule,” he said.

“And we will bring in the enforcement agencies from right across the Government departments and the local authorities to ensure that enforcement happens.”

The January 1, 2014 ultimatum was gazetted in May, making it mandatory for all locally and foreign-owned firms in reserved sectors to apply for indigenisation compliance certificates.

Only locals will be given those certificates.

Those laws, passed in 2007, demand foreign businesses to cede 51 percent control to local blacks.The foreign shop owners have been criticized for taking retail trade opportunities from Zimbabwean traders by selling cheap imports.

Poor townships and city flea markets have in recent years been inundated by shops run by foreigners.According to state media, shop owners who fail to comply will be arrested.

[Source: New Zimbabwe]

24 thoughts on “Zimbabwe Closes Down Nigerians Shops, Orders Arrest Of Traders

  1. D mssg is v clear… “We dnt wnt strangers in our land anymore“
    Bt i tink if evry Nation shld tk same action, i dnt tink d World wld b a 9ce place 2 live in.
    Imagine Zimbabwe of all Nation?

  2. What an insult to Nigeria that common Zimbabwe will ask Nigerians to leave their country, is the population of Zimbabwe up to Lagos state, why should our govt make nigerians to be seeing as touts,is it not time for us to make this country great so that our people can come back home instead of being humiliate by small countries, years back we told Ghanaians to go and today Ghana is a great country and our people are now traveling to Ghana day by day business oppunities and Education, tommorow Togo will ask Nigerians in their country to go, pls our leaders let us build this nation so that this rubbish will stop, we have what it takes to build a great Nation. thanks

  3. I am Jeffery Dormu from Liberia. What this government people was to do is, telling the foreigner to give chance to the citizens of the country.but not making them to go away completely.
    Let some of the citizens work with them in order to move the nation forward.

  4. Wait Nigeria it is bad for African counties to be complaining in your name.
    It is truth that the largest and biggest country in west Africa is Nigeria with the population of 174,500,000 people
    and squaring mile of 356,667
    around the hold Nigeria.
    Sorry to say the Liberian are tire of complaining of you.
    Because every things you want to be the first and at the result it is problem on your part.
    Stop this behavior.
    First come first serve.
    Thanks the Nigerian for this problem.
    Goooooooooooooodbye!

  5. I am a Zimbabwean and I can inform you that this action does not reflect the thinking of majority of Zimbabweans. This is a statement coming from a politician who has his on agenda. We are Aficans and we believe in the solidarity of African nations. Nigerians stood by Zimbabweans when we were fighting for our freedom. This thing called xenophobia is alien to our African culture. What is wrong with us Africans? In Europe they are united under the EU and have free movement of people and goods.

    • Better wake up, Nigeria is a curse, as the oppressed Biafrans has been shouting, and we are making countries around the world to hear that, so more is on the way! Biafrans are all over the world and they are pulling the evil called Nigeria down!

      • For ur mind u don talk abi.if ur agenda is to pull Nigeria down u are surely coming down with it. Biafra could not work in the olden days when people were not widely distributed among other tribes what makes u feel it will work naw. Abeg go sleep

        • @hif: No need to engage someone who lacks the basic mental or spiritual understanding that will enable any rational conversation. No need to argue here with you that Nigeria is long finished the day they shot the first gun at the people in the declared Republic of Biafra. The so-called Nigeria dug their grave that day, despite throwing their useless hands in the air for having ‘defeated’ without even giving those evil world powers and their Arab allies that actually fought against Biafrans.
          No need to go into long history here, but even the blind can see that the fraud is on suicidal sloop, and is only a matter of time when it explode, not even in years but in months!
          Wise countries like Zimbabwe are already taking the smart measure of getting rid of the curse that goes with the name ‘Nigeria’. I won’t be surprise if the person (hif)living in the illusion is Yoruba, the parasites that wants to maintain the status quo, where they can continue to rise without sowing! Too late Biafrans are going this time, and fraud called Nigeria will be off the map!

  6. thunder fire zimbabwe, na our people wey even come to una country i dey blame, dat poultry farm una dey call country……..

  7. @ uchenna o, nice one may God help nigeria, 13 largest supplier of oil to the global market, we have what it takes 2 build this (nigeria) nation.

  8. Here in Nigeria, we r v v receptive n accomodative. We welcm all kinds of pple irrespective of dia colour, creed, n conduct. Bt its v un4tun8 dat Nigerians r hated d world ova 4 a rzn i cannot tell. May God save us 4rm all our secret enemies.

  9. I hope our politicians are seeing the embarrassment they are causing us. 2015 is another Election year. Do we have a messiah somewhere waiting to rescue us or are we still going back to our vomit. God help us.

  10. Anyone with Igbo/Biafran names ignorantly commenting on this should know that he/she is declaring that he/she is denouncing being a Biafran, and such person is on his/her own, and should not come back when the calamity descending on evil Nigeria start…
    Don’t be like the foolish generation of Sodom and Gomorrah during the time of Noah!
    Biafrans are not affected in that effort toe clean up evil curse of Nigeria from their land and many other lands, like what Angola did to ban the same evil called Islam in their land!
    Listen to daily live broadcast of Radio Biafra. (Copy and paste) radiobiafra.co

  11. Nigeria have the same law is not new to me as i am a nigeria IF YOU ARE NOT A NIGERIA YOU CAN NOT START A BUSINESS IN NIGERIA WITHOUT HAVING A NIGERIAN AS DIRECTOR . SO WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT ZIMBABWE IS TRYING TO DO THE SAME JUST TO HELP HIS PEOPLE , I DID NOT SEE ANYTHING BAD IN THIS

  12. The Zimbabawue with that old man at 89 with old style,with dyied hair. who always smoke weed,before, it is farm and the white today is his fellow black people, why i always annoyed with this African Union is that they are all hypocrisy, shameless people, well i dont want to say anything, but one day somrthing terreble will happen in Africa.

  13. Proud Biafran or wat eva u calld urself, u r big fool, a wanker. Try n c if u n ur cohorts wil succeed, u r tryin 2 pull ur own world down not Nigeria.

  14. Nigeria is a great country we have all it takes to take care of our citizens,the problem is only miss-management by some of our leaders, Zimbabwean government are confused they don’t even know how to move forward, they will end up driving other tribes from their own country too someday. They are still primitive people.

  15. IT IS NOT GOOD FOR THINGS LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN AMONG AFRICANS, I THOUGHT WE WERE ONE.THE BLACK NATION OF OUR FATHERS,IF WE ALL GO BACK HOME TO OUR VARIOUS COUNTRIES FROM WHERE WILL DEVELOPMENT COM FROM? ZIMBABWE ALWAYS HAVE THIS AT THE BACK OF YOUR MINDS THAT NO COUNTRY IS SUFFICIENT TO SUPPLY ALL ITS NEEDS. HAVE A RETHINK FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE ONE BLACK NATION

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