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Mugabe to drive indigenisation at Sadc

The Zimbabwean president will take over as chair of the regional body in August.

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe with President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's ruling party says President Robert Mugabe will encourage indigenisation policies when he takes over as head of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) in August.

Last year, the 90-year-old was re-elected as deputy chair of the 15-nation body, putting him in line to be chairperson this year.

Zimbabwe's government view Mugabe's rise to the position as final proof that Harare is no longer under regional suspicion.

The Zanu-PF says the Sadc should expect resolute leadership when Mugabe takes over.

Party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo told state media the president would promote Zimbabwe's method of indigenisation.

The policy obliges foreign and white investors in key sectors to cede a 51 percent share of their businesses to locals.

Gumbo said Mugabe would also promote agricultural reform as a way of improving food security in the region.

The president's controversial land reform programme was launched in 2000.

Zimbabwean authorities blame the food shortages that followed on drought and Western sanctions.