As President Robert Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African Nation Union (ZANU-PF) party faces off with Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Zimbabwe’s presidential election on July 31, Mugabe and ZANU-PF call for Zimbabweans to assume 100 percent control of the country’s natural resources.

Mugabe launched ZANU-PF’s 2013 election manifesto at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield in Harare last week, where he explained that although current laws stipulated that indigenous Zimbabweans take control of 51 percent of all foreign-owned companies, it was ZANU-PF’s desire that Zimbabweans take control of all sectors of the economy.

“The ways and the means in the manifesto are anchored on ZANU-PF’s policy of indigenization and economic empowerment, which seeks to enforce the transfer to local entities of at least 51 percent controlling equity in all existing foreign-owned businesses.

“Over and above this, the policy is to empower indigenous entities to hold 100 percent of equity to start up or takeover strategic enterprises across the economy, especially in key sectors such as mining, tourism and agriculture,” he said.

“The policy will create dignified employment, especially for the youth; distribute wealth amongst citizens more equitably; cause a general improvement in the quality of life of every Zimbabwean; and bring about sustainable national development that is homegrown,” he declared. “It is, therefore, the national duty of each and every one of us—young and old—to go out in our historic numbers to vote for ZANU-PF in the forthcoming elections.”

The president continued, “We must vote as Team ZANU-PF regardless of our divergent political affiliations because ZANU-PF is your party, which can guarantee you a secure future as the country’s liberators.”

Omowale Clay, the spokesperson for the December 12th Movement International Secretariat, said, “Zimbabwe’s July 31 election is the battleground for the sovereignty and self-determination of Africa. Make no mistake. H.E. President Robert G. Mugabe and the people’s party, ZANU-PF, have honored the legacy of its fallen freedom fighters. Their leadership has held true to the principles for which so many Zimbabweans that gave their life for a free Zimbabwe.

Returning the land and planning an economy based on the indigenization of the resources is the fundamental road forward not only for Zimbabwe but Africa as a whole. Clay noted that in spite of the decades of anti-people sanctions carried out by the West, the people of Zimbabwe and its leadership have turned the corner on their economic hardships. “Today, they are on the verge of throwing off the yoke of the westernized and controlled opposition that is nothing but a front to overturn the victories of the liberation struggle.

“Today, our responsibility is to heighten the demand that the U.S. government lift the ‘illegal’ sanctions put on Zimbabwe that they hoped would drive the people away from President Mugabe and ZANU-PF. This is the most important election for African people in the world, whether you know it or not.”

The December 12th Movement will hold a Zimbabwe Elections Support Rally on Tuesday, July 30 at 4 p.m. in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Building, which is located at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. (Seventh Avenue).