The West suspicious of Mnangagwa

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In recent years, President Emmerson Mnangagwa seem to have discovered that Britain and the West are good. For example, when newly-appointed as vice-president in 2013, Mnangagwa was not ashamed to demonstrate his new obsession: “We cannot do without the West,” was his early mantra. And, since replacing former president Robert Mugabe via the November 2017 coup, his obsession has deepened. These days he is deploying a catchy phrase to please any white man who happens show interest: “Zimbabwe is Open for Business.” For a man notorious for being secretive, discerning…

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Zimbabwe to fast-track lagging economy with China’s help

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in China this week for a five-day state visit which is aimed at boosting the Southern African country’s troubled economy. Leading up to the scheduled trip, Mnangagwa reportedly outlined his economic agenda in an interview with China’s state-run news outlet Xinhua. “The issue is not only about attracting capital into Zimbabwe. It’s an issue of leapfrogging after 18 years of isolation so that we catch up with the rest of the developing countries,” Mnangagwa has been quoted as saying. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday…

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Outrage as president Mnangagwa blows US$2,3 million on China trip

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly gobbled over $2,3 million to charter a private Swiss luxury jet to the Chinese capital, Beijing, sources in the aviation industry claimed yesterday. Mnangagwa, who arrived in China on his first State visit to the Asian country since he took over the levers of power from his predecessor, Robert Mugabe last November, has been accused of snubbing the limping national airline, Air Zimbabwe, preferring chartered private jets. In January, Mnangagwa also hired a private jet to Davos, Switzerland, as well as when he travelled to…

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UPDATED: Mnangagwa, Xi knuckle down to business

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will today meet his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, following his arrival in Beijing yesterday for a five-day State visit. This is President Mnangagwa’s first State visit outside Africa at the invitation of Mr Xi. Today’s meeting will focus on political and economic developments as the two leaders consolidate their countries’ relationship. President Mnangagwa, who is accompanied by First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa, several Cabinet ministers and private sector excutives, will also meet officials of the Communist Party of China and the Chinese business community. Government officials accompanying…

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China Rejects Mnangagwa’s Looters List Of Shame

The People’s Republic of China has downplayed a much hyped “looters list” published by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Chinese mining companies and individuals who allegedly externalised more than $363-million were at the top of his list. Speaking at a media conference in Harare on Tuesday‚ Zhao Baogang‚ from the Chinese Embassy to Zimbabwe‚ said the list was not accurate. “Some of the things are not factual. They would have done better to investigate more and come up with a more credible list‚” he said. “Some of those people and companies…

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Why China’s removal of term limits is a gift to African despots

    The recent sitting of the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rolled out a big surprise development: a proposed removal of presidential term limits. This came among a raft of other constitutional amendments. The two-term limit had been instituted in 1982 by Deng Xiaoping after his experience with the chaotic post-Mao succession. Term limits were instituted to facilitate orderly succession and to support China’s reform era. China’s economic transformation wasn’t to be disrupted or side-tracked by unnecessary political struggles and uncertainty. Consequently, successive communist leaders have…

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Why China’s removal of term limits is a blessing to African despots

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The recent sitting of the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) rolled out a big surprise development: a proposed removal of presidential term limits. This came among a raft of other constitutional amendments. The two-term limit had been instituted in 1982 by Deng Xiaoping after his experience with the chaotic post-Mao succession. Term limits were instituted to facilitate orderly succession and to support China’s reform era. China’s economic transformation wasn’t to be disrupted or sidetracked by unnecessary political struggles and uncertainty. Consequently, successive communist leaders have abided by this…

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Putin’s Special Message To Mnangagwa

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Russian Foreign Minister Mr. Sergey Lavrov arrived in the country last night to deliver a special message to President Mnangagwa from President Vladimir Putin. Zimbabwe and Russia enjoy warm bilateral relations dating back to the days of the liberation struggle. Mr Lavrov is expected to meet President Mnangagwa this morning and thereafter hold a meeting with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Lieutenant-General Dr. Sibusiso Moyo (Retired). He is also expected to sign a cooperative agreement and meet the business community in the country. Mr Lavrov was welcomed at Robert…

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Re-Skill Or Get Retrenched: The Demands Of A Digital World

The announcement by Standard Chartered Bank last week that it will close at least seven of its branches across Zimbabwe could be viewed as a sad development in light of country efforts to create employment. The bank said the move to retrench is due to the emergence of digital banking solutions like mobile banking and Internet banking which are countering the need to continue keeping traditional human resources workforce. This raises fundamental questions on the place of technology in the modern day operations of companies and factories. It can be…

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