Mandiwanzira defends Mugabe trip

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s recent begging trip to China deliberately excluded the private sector because they represent shareholders’ interests and not national interests, a top government official has said.

Supa Mandiwanzira, the deputy minister of Media Information and Broadcasting Services  said this during the inaugural mining media awards held at a local hotel last week.

“Let’s assume that the president was very happy to take with him to China representatives of Zimbabwe’s mining sector in order to cut deals with the Chinese, deals that will help Zimbabweans and the Zimbabwean economy.

“He would have taken representatives of mining companies representing interests of non-Zimbabweans but investors, who all the same, invest in our country.

“The deal would have been beneficial, yes to a Zimbabwean company through employment, but salaries constitute very little compared to the profit they will make. So the real big benefits would not be coming to us, but will be taken outside the country,” said Mandiwanzira.

The deputy minister who argued that  Mugabe’s trip had been successful added; “He went to China to attract investments in infrastructure and key enablers of the economy.

“If the president signed deals on power and infrastructure development, he has been more than successful,’ Mandiwanzira said.

However, instead of raising hope among the suffering millions of Zimbabweans, most of whom cannot afford a decent meal a day, the deals Mugabe and his entourage of ministers sealed in China have become a cause for concern not only because industrialists were snubbed but due to the veil of secrecy attached to the agreements.

Information on the nature of deals that Mugabe and his entourage have signed remains sketchy.

The state media claims the “mega deals” will in the long run breathe life into the comatose economy.

However, it is not clear how a broke government will repay China, and how the deals will ease the suffering of Zimbabweans blighted by shrinking incomes and failing social services.

What China will get in return also remains a big question.  A closer look at one of the so-called nine mega deals shows nothing extraordinary about the agreement at least in the economic sense, analysts say.

Speculation has been rife that Beijing would pour billions into the country’s empty purse — but the reality is that there will not be any budgetary support from China, a fact confirmed by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa.


Comments (9)

Business should learn to be proactive not just reactive cry babies. W hy not enter into partnership agreement with Chinese business and invite the Government to participate instead of wanting just to be invited. They have been invited in DRC, Mocambique, Equitotrial Guniea and how far have they gone Nxa.

Madzibaba Ishumairai - 1 September 2014

Success will be measured by results. You cannot say I had a successful study week before you have passed the examination. Lets wait for the results which we know will come in the year 2025 when all these looters are underground. Unfortunatley they have taught their kids to be looters too and have put them into strategic positions to take over the loot.

Maita Manyuka - 2 September 2014

I think Mandiwanzira ate a lot of cockroaches in China.

Maita Manyuka - 2 September 2014

was Mandiwanzira part of the delegation? He speaks like as if he is George charamba who should comment on that.

omega - 2 September 2014

Supa speaks to please his boss.He knows for a fact that nothing will come from China.

MANATSAMUKANWA - 2 September 2014


box - 3 September 2014

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