Mugabe's Zanu PF bigwigs loot donations

HARARE - Zanu PF bigwigs have been looting and corruptly distributing donated Chinese rice worth tens of millions of dollars to ruling party supporters since last year, a shameful development that has apparently contributed to increasingly strained relations between Harare and Beijing.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources told the Daily News yesterday that the Chinese were “appalled and hopping mad” over this disgraceful conduct, after donating drought relief rice worth more than $24 million to Zimbabwe in 2015 alone — amid claims that some of the rice had been dished out to Zanu PF supporters at rallies across the country.

“The Chinese are currently being accused of many bad things, but they have done so much for Zimbabwe in the past few years. They have donated rice, built schools and done other things but the only thing that is said about them is all the negative things.
“As it is, I understand that the Chinese are appalled and hopping mad over this looting and misuse of the relief aid, as well as the growing criticism that their citizens are being subjected to in Zimbabwe, including by Zanu PF leaders,” one of the sources said.

Despite a desperate Zimbabwe’s Look East policy of the past two decades, and misplaced hopes in Harare that China is the country’s “all-weather friend” which will do anything for Zimbabwe, relations between Beijing and Harare have become increasingly lukewarm over the past two years for a number of reasons.

Apart from China now having to face its own economic demons, the Asian giant is displeased with the level of public sector corruption in Zimbabwe, Zanu PF’s seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars that create political uncertainty, and the recent seizure of some of its companies operating in the Chiadzwa diamond mining fields.

It has apparently not helped matters that even President Robert Mugabe recently attacked some Chinese businesspeople as looters and less than honourable investors — while also charging that the Chinese were externalising the now scarce US dollars, and bizarrely also implying that their men were a threat to local women.

Efforts to speak to Zanu PF spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo did not yield results yesterday as his mobile phone was not available, while party national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere’s cellphone rang unanswered.

However, the well-placed Zanu PF sources who spoke to the Daily News asserted that the Chinese “are currently not very happy with both the government and Zanu PF”, and were also apparently exploring alternative ways of distributing relief aid directly to the needy in Zimbabwe.

“Their perception is that we are generally useless and only good at looting and politicking. As a result of all this, they are said to be investigating alternative ways of distributing their food donations to the country to stop the loping and abuse of this aid.

“As to the wars in the party (Zanu PF), they don’t seem to understand why this is going on and why Lacoste (Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa) is not fit to succeed Gushungo (Mugabe),” another source said.

The rumblings from China follow recent consternation about Zanu PF’s abuse of the government’s $98 million agricultural equipment loan facility with Brazil, which was offered under the Zimbabwe-Brazil More Food for Africa Programme.

Opposition leaders have consistently queried why the ruling party, which has in its grip all levers of power, is abusing the loan facility by distributing tractors and other farming equipment at Zanu PF rallies, and along partisan lines.

A Chinese national who spoke to the Daily News yesterday also said despite the caricatures that they were unethical, Beijing and its citizens had “done so, so much for Zimbabwe”, and for which they were not getting any credit.

“Perhaps we don’t pay as much as others, but we are still providing jobs and a means to a relatively decent life for many Zimbabweans. China is also one of the biggest investors and food donors in Zimbabwe.

“Despite all this, Anjin was kicked out of Marange diamond fields after doing so many good community projects. So, while the Chinese are investing heavily in Zimbabwe, they are not being appreciated at all,” he said.

Addressing the ruling party’s national consultative meeting in Harare a fortnight ago, Mugabe shocked gathered bigwigs when he took a dig at the Chinese.

“In South Africa, I heard they refused the Zhing-zhong (derisive name for cheap Chinese goods). They take money to their country, they don’t put their money in banks, ipapo shamwari dzedu dzechiChina ndipo padzinokanganisa (That’s where our Chinese friends err).

“Ndizvo zviviri zvatakaona zvinotinyangadza pamaitiro avo (These are two of the problems that irritate us about them). They come here, you work together, you share the money, but they will not put their money in the bank. Instead, they send it to their home,” he said regarding claims of externalising money.

Mugabe also complained that most of the Chinese who were coming to Zimbabwe were males who allegedly ended up impregnating local women.

“Zvino ruzhinji rwacho vanongouya varume voga voga ndokuti kudiii ikoko (Most of the Chinese who come here are only males. What is that about?)”

“They don’t come with their wives. Those who come here are not young boys, they are not students. When they come here they spend two to three years without going back home.

“Ivo varume vari pano ndingade kukunzwai kubva kunapresident, vice president angagara makore mashanu iye anga ari murume wemhuri achingotarisa chete vasikana ava (there is no man among us who can go for five years without a relationship with a woman)”.

“They end up leaving coloureds (mixed race children) here. If you go to their country they don’t want their girls to be married by others and they don’t allow anyone to play with their girls.

“They must bring their families kwete kuuya marori nemarori avo (and not come in truckloads of men). They remain our friends and we are going to engage their leaders on these two issues,” he thundered.

Comments (9)

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Dingiswayo - 23 June 2016

which good community projects did Anjin do? Manicaland reeks of poverty yet they are lying that they did so much for the community? which community? Mt Hampden?

Gudo - 23 June 2016

The Chinese have to play it safe and carefully. They should always realize that they are dealing with a people and not Mugabe and his ZANU PF thugs. I am telling you that they will reap what they are sowing. Mugabe will not live forever and if they are just clever and not even talking about wisdom, they need to deal with a people and not a single man, as Zimbabwe is not private property of Mugabe and his ZANU PF thugs. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans and anyone thinking that he or she is more Zimbabwean is hallucinating and is like Mugabe, the 92 year old great grandfather..

Zvichapera - 23 June 2016

I think we should be careful not to tarnish the image of well meaning Chinese investors in the same way we hounded out all white farmers both good and bad for political expediency. In any case the mining companies, their projects were designed and executed by Zimbabweans who included patriotic ZRP and Army Officers. If we are to blame for the poor management, monitoring and control of projects then let us take the blame gracefully, learn from our mistakes and move forward.

Tekere - 23 June 2016

Damage in Zimbabwe by Chinese started in Tanzania when they colluded with some Zanla elements and attacked Zpra cadres in military training centres in 1975.

Gen. Spinola - 23 June 2016

Talk of the Chinese. Talk of the Brazilians. Talk of any other country that offers any aid to Zimbabwe. The fact is aid is only given when it suits the donor. Remember the famous ( or is it the infamous statement) from Ronald Regan that "only good boys will receive aid". My point is Robert Mugabe had over three decades to marshall Zimbabweans to be themselves. Instead of telling them to look on the ground upon which they stand he proffered strange guide lines to look at other countries for our development. After being divorced by the West he , like a crazy prostitute, started shouting to us to look East. We are not a dull nation. We are not a poor nation. Intelligent and hard working Zimbabweans were frustrated to leave the country to abroad where many are shining. Billions of dollars worth of resources were misappropriated from the government itself, government-controlled parastatals and other institutions. Mugabe and his party big boys started the vicious spiral of corruption which now consumes our country. The idea for attaining independence was for us to believe in ourselves and from within ( with the aid of existing systems) develope as a nation. Instead Mugabe thought being elected leader meant he is above the law and the systems. It became very clear five or so yeras after independence that he had totally no clue let alone vision for the country he was to lead. In my view his legacy is that of the dullest person to ever lead Zimbabwe. He is a stupid man with a mindset locked in the armed struggle . Instead of working a plan for utilizing the country`s human resources he always conjures images of the country being attacked by invisible enemies and he wants all of us to subscribe to that crazy mentality. It can not be for self-enrichment only because moneywise he and his cronies have looted enough.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 23 June 2016

@Masamba Akareyo -Tanganda, I agree with you that RG Mugabe's legacy is stupid! What has this man has for 36 years done nothing but run Zimbabwe into the ground. We are a failed state. Zanu PF took over all the land and nothing is coming out of these fields. Zimbabwe is a net importer of food. Zanu PF took over all the diamond fields and they deposited all sales proceeds in Hong Kong; Dubai; Singapore; Durban etc, wher they are building and buying mansions. Now the same people are question about the whereabouts of the cash. Zanu PF has failed us. RG Mugabe has ruined this beautiful country.

Mbareboy - 23 June 2016

Chinese have aided the stay of Mugabe untouched through unnecessary vetoes that could have assisted the international community to tackle Mugabe and his ZANU PF's waywardness and they stood by him. They appeared to be messiahs to the country and they are a big part of the problem in Zimbabwe. As such they must just pack their bags and go. They have looted diamonds worth over billions and not even one of their citizens doing business is complying to any single low of quality, health or even EMA, is that the exchange for the 24 million worth of rice. They have perpetuated massive corruption and yet in their country corruption is so intolerable that is punishable by immediate death. They have been used in money laundering and even swindling the economy of much needed currency as they do not bank but sell cheap useless product yet they are taking hard earned dollars back to Beijing without paying taxes and even customs duty. The moment any government official customs/taxes official approach their offices for compliance checks they will call their embassy and their ambassador will call foreign affairs office alleging that officials are harassing Chinese nationals. Yet in China every one must abide with the local laws or you are jailed and even hanged. CHINESE GO OUT OF ZIMBABWE AND AFRICA.

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