Is Tagwireyi being punished for patriotism?

by | Jul 23, 2021 | Opinions, Politics | 0 comments

Hosia Mviringi

Zimbabwean business tycoon Mr Kudakwashe Regimond Tagwirei has been slapped with more sanctions together with his companies under the flagship Sakunda Holdings.

The announcement was contained in a media announcement by the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today July 22, 2021.
“Both Sakunda and Tagwirei, as it’s CEO and owner, profited significantly from the misappropriation of property at the expense of wider macroeconomic stability in Zimbabwe, in one of the most serious incidences of corruption under the current government,” said Raab in a short statement which lacked details.
Mr Tagwirei makes the list of four individuals from around the world who face allegations of “profiting from proceeds of corruption in their respective countries.”

The statement, however, did not give details of the extent and manner in which Mr Tagwirei could have prejudiced the country economically.
This writer sent an e-mail request to the British Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) Communications Department for further clarification, a request which remained unanswered by the time of going to print.

However, for the benefit of the uninitiated, let’s revisit the background.
Kudakwashe Tagwirei has in recent years become a key figure in government when he began to actively participate in government economic programs such the Command Agriculture.

In the 2016/17 agricultural season, Sakunda Holdings partnered the government of Zimbabwe to fund the highly successful season, delivering in excess of 2 million metric tonnes of staple grains.
This marked the first time that Zimbabwe had achieved food self sufficiency since the turn of the millennium. It became the icing on the land reform cake, which obviously did not sit well with the dispossessed former white farmers of British descent.

It must be mentioned here and now that indeed it has never been a pleasure for the Western community of nations to see the success of the land reform in Zimbabwe as it could potentially serve as a template for other African countries, specifically South Africa and Namibia to emulate.
One of the most pertinent aims of sanctions on Zimbabwe was and remains to suffocate agricultural productivity so as to discredit the historic land reform program.

So this is how does Kuda Tagwirei come in onto the sanctions list.
By stepping forward to fund agricultural productivity he became the undesirable sanctions buster.

Command Agriculture, which was pioneered by the then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was hailed by President Robert Mugabe as the government’s “…latest strategy to stimulate economic growth.”

To illustrate how Mr Kuda Tagwirei’s intervention to extend funding for agricultural production to resettled black farmers, splashed an egg on the face of detractors, lets listen to the whole President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Robert Mugabe at the 2017 Agricultural Show in Harare;

Kuda Tagwirei through Sakunda Holdings has undeniably become the mainstay to the successive agricultural productivity and subsequent import substitution. These are some of the notable successes so far in a March towards an inclusive and prosperous middle-income society by 2030.

“When we have had such a good rainy season like the one we have just had, the results of our land reform become more evident, and that exposes the false propaganda of our detectors,” Mugabe said then.
“May I also underscore the need for increased collaboration by stakeholders to ensure that agricultural production and productivity are enhanced and sustained.”

These are the sentiments that exposed the folly of sanctions when the nation is united with its leading corporate players.
Mr Tagwirei’s involvement set the tone and became the tonic needed to put detractors to shame.
The British recognise that if these successes are sustained, there won’t be any life left for their regime change project in form of the MDC Alliance come 2023.

No rocket science here to show how Mr Tagwirei became an enemy of the British and Americans alike.

Even though Sakunda Holdings’ 2017 agricultural intervention was above board and was endorsed and gained by the then President Mugabe, the Americans and the British, through their CIA turncoat, Jonathan Moyo, flipped the success story into blackmail, alleging corruption by the company and the lead actor Vice President Mnangagwa.

They immediately pushed a corruption narrative which they have sustained to this day, to taint and discredit any and all good deeds and outcomes of the partnership between government and Sakunda Holdings.
They want the nation to forget that up to this day, four hears down the line, Command Agriculture has sustained the country’s agricultural productivity. It is directly responsible for the number harvests experienced over the years.
Zimbabwe has successfully become food self sufficient, a feat that renders Western sanctions ineffective.

Imperialism hates self sufficiency as it entrenches and bolster total independence and sovereignty of a nation.

Recently, a few weeks ago to be precise, a tone for the latest sanctions action by the British was set thorough a report by a Sentry report, carried by the Daily Maverick of South Africa, implicating Mr Tagwirei into what they alleged state capture.
The report alleged that Mr Tagwirei and his associate companies were beneficiaries of proceeds of corruption, a charge which the British have adopted as grounds for extending sanctions on him and his companies.

The latest action against Mr Tagwirei is a direct attack on the nation of Zimbabwe as it will most likely go a long way to incapacitate government programs to which he was an active partner.

It is an attempt to cripple the government of Zimbabwe by the British.