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‘Masiyiwa must help break impasse between ED and Chamisa’

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TOP Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa, who Forbes announced last Thursday as being now Africa’s 8th richest person, has been called upon to break the impasse between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

Masiyiwa has received considerable international recognition for his business expertise and is considered one of Africa’s most generous humanitarians.

Leader of the pressure group Zimbabwe Entrepreneurs Youth Action (Zeya) James Pande has called on Masiyiwa to break the current post-election political impasse between Zanu PF and the MDC Alliance by bringing to the table their two leaders President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa respectively.

Said Pande: “After Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin described Masiyiwa as one of Africa’s most influential figures whose good counsel was sought after by world leaders, the youths are saying why can’t we engage him broker talks with between Zanu PF and the MDC.

“Broke businessmen and failed political leaders, the likes of Jonathan Moyo, who during their prime time as government ministers failed to build even a creche from their own funds, must leave the Masiyiwas alone.

“They are busy attacking them, but they have not done anything to uplift the lives of the young people,” Pande said.

Pande said Masiyiwa was not only a role model to young African entrepreneurs, but those in the rest of the world and urged youths leaders in the country to embrace him.

Masiyiwa has received considerable international recognition for his business expertise and is considered one of Africa’s most generous humanitarians.

In 2014 he was ranked among the top 50 greatest world leaders by CNN’s Fortune magazine.

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The Roman Catholic leader Pope Francis was leading the pack of the world’s greatest leaders.

In a citation CNN Fortune lauded Masiyiwa as “a persuasive advocate for development opportunities and the creation of strong government institutions.”

Last year British Prime Minister Theresa May awarded Strive and his wife, Tsitsi with the Points of Light award for their exceptional voluntary service providing education to underprivileged children in Zimbabwe.

May praised the Masiyiwas, who are the founders of the Higherlife Foundation, for their philanthropic endeavours in a private letter.

In responding to the letter, the Masiyiwas thanked the incredible work done by the Higherlife Foundation team and all their partners for their apart in helping over 250 000 Africans.

According to their website, the Higherlife Foundation “is a social impact organisation that invests in human capital to build thriving individuals, communities and sustainable livelihoods.”

The Masiyiwas founded the Higher Life Foundation in 1996. The foundation funds scholarships for orphaned children in Zimbabwe, Burundi and Lesotho to attend primary, secondary and high education schools.

The organization provides bursary awards, scholarships, food packs and medical assistance to the children. The charity also funds the construction of libraries and other resource centers where beneficiaries can access educational materials.

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