Chinamasa heckled in London

HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa was yesterday heckled by protesters draped in Zimbabwe flags as he left Chatham House in London.

He was rescued by British police who protected him from the angry crowd.

The mob was shouting at the Finance minister as he left Chatham House, which is the Royal Institute of International Affairs, an independent policy institute based in London.

Chinamasa is in the United Kingdom together with Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya on a mission to woo international investors.

In the video posted on micro-blogging site, Twitter, protesters could be heard shouting: “Chinamasa wauraya nyika (you have destroyed the county)” and also spewing obscenities.

A grinning Chinamasa had to be escorted by security details.

The demonstrations in London coincide with a wave of protests in Zimbabwe.

The current wave of protests began when Mangudya announced that government would be introducing bond notes.

And the situation was worsened when government banned the importation of goods including groceries, household and building material under the open general import license.

In London, Chinamasa and Mangudya will meet British investors and later European business people.

The purpose of the mission, according to Mangudya is “to present and garner support on the re-engagement plan from the financial markets in the UK and Europe”.

As part of trying to improve the ease-of-doing-business, government has been instituting sweeping reforms while pushing its re-engagement agenda which includes normalising relations with Bretton Woods institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Zimbabwe must pay at least $1,8 billion to access low interest loans from the IMF, African Development Bank and the World Bank.

The country is in the throes of a bleeding economy which has spawned cash shortages and high unemployment.

To deal with the crisis, the RBZ will be introducing bond notes in October as it seeks to stabilise the jittery market, but the suspicious public perceives the move as a way of bringing the reviled Zimbabwe dollar “via the backdoor.”

Comments (12)

China is lucky he didn't get clapped or kicked. Zimbabweans are bubbling to burst right now. Tired of thieveng liars and pretenders.

Sagitarr - 5 July 2016

Is this the same China-massa who came to London as Justice Minister boasting and frothing in the mouth saying Britain and EU can go and hang? Once the diplomatic immunity expires these people will be arrested in some of these foreign lands, pity the jail conditions are not anywhere close to Chikurubi for them to feel the burn.

Galore - 5 July 2016

Chinamasa and Mangudya should spend some time inthe library at London School of Economics to learn about the fractional reserve lending system and the relationship between gold and the strength of a national currency.

ADF - 5 July 2016

Majuta the way thi story is written. . . overvsensationalising - if there is such a word. Vanhu 6 ivavo kkkkkkk muchinyarawo

tendai - 5 July 2016

This is like kicking a dog and then expecting it to defend you when robbers come knocking. They have no shame and no morals. There is no "re-engagement" until the corrupt government is removed. That is the only key to bring international assistance. If he can only keep grinning while people shout at him for ruining our Zimbabwe, then it only shows that he is an idiot. If he brings his bond notes, he must be prepared to have them shoved up his...

realtruth - 5 July 2016

ko west zvayakaipa munonotsvageiko.ko handiti zimbabwe ine zvese.we dont need others.dzokai kumba tiite indegenisation tese,dzosai vana venyu kuno nevana venyu varikudzidza kunze.dzokai mutsvage mari.tirikuda mari kuno

comrade muchadura - 6 July 2016

ko west zvayakaipa munonotsvageiko.ko handiti zimbabwe ine zvese.we dont need others.dzokai kumba tiite indegenisation tese,dzosai vana venyu kuno nevana venyu varikudzidza kunze.dzokai mutsvage mari.tirikuda mari kuno

comrade muchadura - 6 July 2016

ADF waqaipa pullo to tt one

amandhla abantu - 6 July 2016

with the 15 Billion we can pay the IMF,ADB and World Bank zvikaita bhoo.just avail the 'lost' money

SUSSANA - 6 July 2016

with the 15 Billion we can pay the IMF,ADB and World Bank zvikaita bhoo.just avail the 'lost' money

SUSSANA - 6 July 2016

The same guys that said Britain can go hang now need help from Britain? I honestly hope Britain and every other nation refuses to land Zimbabwe money until the old government is gone..

inini - 6 July 2016

This is crazy, wooing investors in UK of all the places. What has become of the MEGA DEALS. Worse than hypocrites

Weasel - 7 July 2016

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