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James Makamba returns home

James Makamba
James Makamba

One of several businessmen and high-profile politicians who fled Mugabe’s iron fisted rule, Makamba’s unexpected return temporarily brought the arrival section at the terminal to a standstill.

 

Family and friends who had not seen him for nearly two decades embraced the thickly-bearded Makamba in jovial scenes that caught the attention of those going about their business.

His arrival marked exactly 12 years after he fled Zimbabwe in 2005 as he feared for his life following rumours he had “angered” Mugabe.

Makamba’s exit came as he was charged with violating the Exchange Control Act.

He was charged with allegedly externalising £3,7 million, $2.1 million and R15 million.

He skipped bail and fled the country.

In a video recording posted on his Facebook wall, Makamba said he was answering the call by President Emmerson Mnangagwa for all exiled Zimbabweans to return home and build the country.

“Anyone who has been away from home for an extended period of time, you know, will tell you that it’s no fun being away from home,” Makamba said on his return.

“So much happens during your absence. In my case I lost a dear daughter, Chiedza, known to most people and friends. Relatives and family had to stand in (for me during) her burial, a thing I found extremely painful, but, however, life goes on. We are answering the call of President, Comrade Emmerson Mnangagwa to come home work with others in rebuilding the economy because Zimbabwe is going to be great once again.”

All that seemed like a distant nightmare as Makamba immediately declared his love for his country saying he was encouraged by the new dispensation to return home.

During his tenure as vice president, Mnangangwa had previously pleaded with exiled Zimbabweans living in the Diaspora to invest in Zimbabwe saying their businesses will be protected.

Speaking at the Investment Conference 2017 in Sandton, South Africa in June Mnangangwa implored foreign nationals to pour resources into the politically volatile southern African nation adding that contrary to widespread allegations rule of law obtained in the country.

At that meeting, Mnangangwa led a high-powered delegation that included Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa, Industry minister Mike Bimha and then Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion minister Obert Mpofu as he sought to improve foreign ties.

He made his promise good as he was sworn in as Zimbabwe’s second president and stressed in his inaugural speech that the country has struggled to attract foreign aid and investment owing to low investor confidence escalated by lack of policy clarity and transparency regarding key economic issues, such as implementation of the indigenisation and empowerment laws.

The country’s once-vibrant economy has been shattered by retrogressive policies, particularly the seizure of white-owned farms for the resettlement of landless blacks.

At the same time, a number of successful black business entrepreneurs among them Mutumwa Mawere, James Mushore, Mthuli Ncube, Makamba and Strive Masiyiwa have faced hostility from the government.

Most have been hounded out of the country.

Some have had their businesses targeted by government on charges which have collapse once tested in the courts of law.  DailyNews

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  • meanwhile, Ramaphosa is going to arrest criminals around Jacob zuma and seize Power.

  • Is it still called in that name?

  • Is it still called in that name?

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  • Ndikati nzve kwaAmato..wandiona.

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  • Bata Grace izvezvi is desperate

  • Lovemore unoziva zvakaitika big up not tumwe tuvafana tunongorota. We want Blueridge spars back and the one in Grace’s farm in MAZOWE. But mudhara Makamba mune nharo. Muri kumberi. Big up

  • ko wakashorei nhai gire inga aribho wani

  • hie

  • Welcome back big man… Its always good to return home..Next time keep your Russian Sausage in your pants sir…Mukadzi we munhu haabatwi unofira zvisina basa/Ungaqali ukugadana laba fazi babantu,uzakufa zhii nyaaa!!aaaaah aaah..kkkkikiki.

  • Welcome back big man… Its always good to return home..Next time keep your Russian Sausage in your pants sir…Mukadzi we munhu haabatwi unofira zvisina basa/Ungaqali ukugadana laba fazi babantu,uzakufa zhii nyaaa!!aaaaah aaah..kkkkikiki.

  • So kudzoka kwake kwatipei

  • So kudzoka kwake kwatipei

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  • Why was he is on self exile?

  • Where is Robert Mugabe internationa airport.

  • Well come back home bro.

  • Good

  • Ndiye wekufongoresa grace

  • Welcome man, ngazviende mberi, i wonder why u kip on calling robhati Mugabe eyapoti, why can’t you change everything cz its now the new zim

  • And makange matizei muno macho

  • 12 chete

  • Manje gire akutoida zvisina kuhwanda. Mochidla pamadiro

  • Correction Harare International Airport

  • Well come back dear don’t forget to employ me

  • arrest the thief immediately

  • Why did he leave in the first place again?

  • Ras

    Saka docket raka vharika here?

  • Chirorodziva

    Amnesty

  • Chikiti

    Mugabe now has to hire gangs of broke unemployed thugs to do his killings

  • The DJ with his infedelity cases. Mari yema war veterans adzoka nayo here?