China donates to Zimbabwe Defence Forces

via China donates to Zimbabwe Defence Forces | SW Radio Africa by Mthulisi Mathuthu on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has donated $4.2 million to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), the state media reported this week.

The donation, which will ‘fund various army projects’ was received by commander of the ZDF Constantine Chiwenga, on Monday. Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi said the two armies discussed ‘cooperation between China and Zimbabwe in the defence sector and the programmes for the future.’

Zanu PF’s relations with China date back to the liberation war era when Beijing sponsored the party with military training and equipment. The relationship continued after independence but was to intensify under the ‘Look East’ policy, developed in reaction to President Mugabe’s fall-out with the West.

So far Beijing has been the chief beneficiary of the controversial policy and as a result China’s presence is evident in all sectors of the economy. But it is cooperation in the security sector that has raised more concerns.

The ZDF is under western targeted sanctions because of its role in stifling democracy and in human rights abuses. But the Chinese feel no moral scruples in assisting the Zimbabwean army. In 2008 Beijing attempted to donate arms to Zimbabwe but the shipment was forced to return after workers in Durban refused to unload it in solidarity with Mugabe’s victims.

Zimbabwe Exiles Forum Director Gabriel Shumba said the latest donation was ‘questionable.’ He said China’s consistency in propping up the military shows that it is not interested in the welfare of ordinary Zimbabweans. Shumba said that if the Chinese were genuinely concerned about the ordinary people they would donate to the victims of the Tokwe Mukosi floods.

He added: ‘All that the Chinese want are our natural resources and hence their continued partnership with the army which is also looting in that sector.’

The Chinese are also involved with the army in Chiadzwa diamond mining and provided the $98 million for the so-called Zimbabwe Defence College. Anjin Investments, which is the largest company operating in the Marange area, is jointly owned by the army and the Chinese.

China’s support for the army is also seen as a way of thanking Mugabe for awarding more deals to Chinese businesses ahead of the West. Presenting the latest donation to Chiwenga on Monday General Qi said China admired Mugabe for standing up to the West. The Chinese general said Mugabe was a strong leader who is in the league of Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.



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    Roving Ambassador 9 years ago

    They take away a billion and then give you 4.8 million. What a good deal. Obviously as a minister you got your million.
    What a life!!!!.
    ZANU,Chinese stooges. Vakawana vahnu vavo,madununu.

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    Chaka 9 years ago

    So, nothing for poor Zimbos. Sad that they cant look east or west. Let’s continue crying. The Lord will finally answer

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    Godobori 9 years ago

    Woooow, Thanks to Mao. We can now be very efficient in defending Chinese traders taking our resources back home while oue economy dies. How clever?

    Exploding bombs never build a country.

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    ZPF are myopic. They see things blindly. They think military might will save them. Well NOT in the day of judgement. Can your hungry people eat weapons and bullets.

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    Rocks tone 9 years ago

    Cooperation of armies between Zimbabwe and China, , this is very amazing , a lot of Tokwe Mukosi villagers had sufferd from floods catastrophe ,but goverment had contemplated at this situation & decides to concentrates in their continuos arms deal , what a shame.

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    masvukupete 9 years ago

    And the Chinese do not have any interests of their own. Inga ma China ndivana Jesu chaivo. Giving with no strings attached mmmmmm I don’t think so.

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    mkmatsi 9 years ago

    i hate china.they are giving mugabe weapons to kill us not to defend us[his own people] or country.china is evil.mugabe is giving is killing his his own people to allow china steal our own resources easily. zimbabwe is getting worse day by day since the look east policy.china s are flooding our zimbabwe us zimbabweans we are moving out.this is becaz mugabe is giving our country to china in the expense of hale with tt alliance