ZANU-PF central committee member Elifas Mashaba has defended his firewood businss empowerment venture which he introduced to youths over the weekend
Mashaba became the subject of ridicule after he trended on social media for encouraging youths to venture into firewood selling business, inspite of the environmental degradation it causes.
This was after he was captured on video launching business startups for youths in the Nketa Emganwini constituency where he donated chicken broilers and firewood to groups of youths.
But in a snapback, Mashaba has said that the firewood he donated to youths in Bulawayo at the weekend was sourced from the Bulawayo City Council, contrary to social media sentiments that he was promoting firewood poaching.
Mashaba said he purchased the firewood from the local authority so as to empower youths to venture into small businesses.
“If you take a closer look at that video, that log is actually from a Jacaranda and I actually have the necessary receipts to prove that I purchased the firewood from the Bulawayo City Council (BCC). I bought about 10 tonnes of the firewood from the local authority with the intent of assisting bereaved families in Nketa-Emganwini.
“I then also realised a possible opportunity for the youths, in the firewood selling business, of which we are now in the process of getting them licenses to sell from the Environment Management Agency (EMA), everything is being done above board,” said Mashaba. ■