Firebrand Trade Unionist Munyaradzi Gwisai has characterised Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa as a capitalist who thrives on exploiting worker across the African continent.
Gwisai is the leader of the International Socialist Organisation (ISO).
While addressing politicians, civic leaders, among other delegates to a conference organised by SIVIO Institute (SI) International Summit in Harare on Wednesday, Gwisai Said:
I think there is a naïve belief of class unity of Strive Masiyiwa, trade unions and peasants when he talks about a vision when he talks about the people of Zimbabwe.
Masiyiwa has become a billionaire by exploiting Zimbabwean workers and using the advancement of technology.
Strive Masiyiwa and Tsitsi (his wife) were worth less than US$500 million at the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018. Today, one year later, and as a result of this world advanced bidding of Ecocash, Strive Masiyiwa’s net value now is at least US$1.4 billion.
But the same Strive Masiyiwa is at the forefront of fighting for casualisation of labour, outsourcing labour, fighting trade unions, fighting the right to strike and in ensuring that workers are paid peanuts.
So this is the exactly fundamental contradiction of capitalism that cannot be resolved by giving the lead power to this class to lead the society, its interest and its profits does not allow to play this role including allowing the 4th industrial revolution to take place.