PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, by saying the Indigenization and Empowerment Act (IEA) is null and void has embarked on a wild goose chase.
No Zimbabwean has any power to reverse laws that were passed by Parliament, whether that Parliament existed before or after the formation of the inclusive Government.
On March 9, 2008 President Robert Mugabe signed the IE Bill into law after Parliament passed it. It was passed in September 2007.
In any case, the IEA is not the only piece of legislation passed before, and signed into law by President Mugabe after, the formation of the inclusive Government.
Why did the prime minister not cry foul about the other pieces of legislation?
This law was long overdue.
Zimbabwe has had a chequered history. 20 percent of the white population owned 90 percent of the means of production.
The inequalities that were brought about by colonialism have to be addressed.
Britain reneged on its obligation in redressing these inequalities and the government of Ziumbabwe ought to take on that role, without the former colonizer.
It is interesting that there are many Zimbabweans who today would still like to see whites only control the means of production in a country that is independent.
Reconciliation and cordial race relations mean that everyone should have access to the means of production. Because the black majority has been marginalised for a long time, the laws of the land have to be formulated to favor that group, without excluding other players.
That is the essence of the affirmative action initiative that the government embarked on.
As far as the Act is concerned, there is nothing that Prime Minister Tsvangirai can do. He is not the law unto himself.
This is a legitimate piece of legislation. (This article was first published in the Zanu PF website, The Zimbabwe Guardian)