It is noble. But sucked in serious confusion based on the following reasons: While meant to equip young people with economic responsibility in shaping their future and that of the country, the indigenization policy, as it stands, does the opposite. What is termed economic empowerment is economic dis-empowerment. You cannot talk of empowerment without instilling responsibility in the minds of those being empowered.
Dishing out free monies or other resources to young people, actually, empowers the benefactor—not the beneficiaries. Those young people become subservient to the person handing out free monies. So that the benefactor gets empowered, instead. The young people actually find themselves idolizing the benefactor. It does not matter whether the philanthropist comes from some Non Governmental Organization or that the government minister is involved. The undeniable reality is that the philanthropist becomes idolized, due to his/her free handouts whilst those young people serve the needs of the benefactor. This is as goes the saying: He who pays the piper calls the tune.
What remains unclear to me is whether the proponents of the indigenization policy are driven by the desire to empower youths, or simply by the desire to keep them in docile condition. I would forgive such government officials, if honestly caught up in dearth of knowledge. However, if theirs is to manipulate and use such young people for political expediency, then we have a problem that remains, until such political system is replaced by a saner governing system. This article seeks to guide those genuinely in need of adopting workable solutions towards true economic empowerment.
True Economic Empowerment implies equipping the youths with the ability to utilize whatever the resources they have at their disposal. Such resources could be in the form of talents, effects of educational achievements or any other suitable entrepreneurial skills. The reason why the economic empowerment policy should focus on youths is in consideration of them being the vanguards of the future generations. The elderly people could also take advantage, but it is the youth that need to be encouraged to take more responsibility.
The wrong view has always been to suppose that indigenization means taking over the existing businesses from the so-called white settlers, regarded as superior to blacks. The correct view should be to come up with innovations that replace the existing business concerns and be in control of general survival in Zimbabwe. This is not suggesting that the youths should supervise the elderly people. But that they should take control of the economy, as being able to look after the elderly people.