Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Philip Valerio Sibanda called on youths to emulate the entrepreneurial skills of Cecil John Rhodes.
Rhodes came to South Africa as a young nonentity but went on to establish the British South Africa Company, a huge corporation which could fund the British Empire’s activities.
General Sibanda also called on youths to have a sense of patriotism and direction.
He said this while delivering his speech as guest of honour at the Young Farmers Association inaugural independence dinner in Harare last week. Said General Sibanda:
You should nurture good entrepreneurial skills and commitment such as those possessed by Cecil John Rhodes, who while in his 20s and 30s, incorporated the British South Africa Company (BSAC) and its subsidiaries that structured the trade of major commodities for international markets.
Most of our young people have lost their sense of patriotism and direction. Our people have also lost their sense of patriotism.
I don’t worship Rhodes but where we need to use him as an inspiration then let’s do so.
General Sibanda called upon the Ministry of Agriculture to support youths through programmes such as Command Farming.