Now that I’ve got your attention, I’ve got something to say.
I’m all for empowerment. In fact, I believe every Zimbabwean, ‘youth’ or otherwise, should have the means and opportunity to better themselves. But not this way.
I’m not a farmer. I don’t know the first thing about farming, and I’m sure if I tried my hand at growing anything other than pot plants (get it?) I’d fail miserably. I don’t want a farm.
I’m not a miner. What would I do with a mining claim? In fact, what the hell would I do with shares in a mining company, anyway? Just because it’s foreign-owned means they have to be stripped of their shares just so some apparatchiks can set up a fake trust (in lieu of the existing, community-run one) and continue enriching themselves?
I come from Mhondoro, but I don’t want any Ngezi platinum interests.
The only way to empower me is to give me a loan facility, or provide backing for commercial bank loans, and let me do my thing. As a ‘youth’ you know I don’t have any damn collateral, and if you wanna empower me, either you collect the funds and disburse them yourselves, or you back me when I go to the bank.
Lend me the money at reasonable terms, and I’ll use MY skills and start my OWN locally-owned company to compete regionally and internationally. I don’t want you to buy/extort/grab a share of someone else’s business. Help me start mine.
That’s true empowerment. Give me the means to do my thing, and I will make my own significant contribution to the economy. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time.
Show me the money.