How Zimbabwe Intelligence organisation siphoned US$70m loan facility

via How Zimbabwe Intelligence organisation siphoned US$70m loan facility April 11, 2014 by Elias Mambo Zimbabwe Independent

FURTHER details have emerged on how the shadowy CIO squandered US$70 million provided by the Chinese government through state-controlled financial institutions following hints on the issue by deputy foreign Affairs minister Chris Mutsvangwa last week.

Enquiries by the Zimbabwe Independent this week showed the Chinese government gave the CIO US$70 million for shady joint ventures, but the money was siphoned through fraudulent means via bogus front companies, including Farmers’ World formed in order to access loans.

In an interview this week with the Independent, Mutsvangwa said joint ventures were formed with the CIO in order to get government to guarantee the loans.

Mutsvangwa said Farmers’ World, a joint venture between the Chinese and CIO, failed to repay a loan to a Chinese state-controlled bank. “So they thought by using the CIOs in a joint venture they would get government as a guarantor and in so doing, they first got US$30 million and another US$40 million,” Mutsvangwa said. “Such loans under-performed, but the Chinese bank now has no way of recovery besides placing the loan in the books of government.”

This comes after reports by Global Witness last year CIO was given US$100 million for its operations ahead of the controversial 2013 elections. While this could not be independently verified, the CIO has not publicly confirmed or denied the report.

According to Global Witness, the CIO “appears to have received off-budget financing from Sam Pa, a businessman based in Hong Kong”.

It is said reliable sources showed how Sam Pa appears to have provided a significant sum of money, said by one intelligence document to be US$100 million, to the CIO. Global Witness also said Sam Pa provided 200 Nissan pick-up trucks to the CIO in return for diamonds and accessed business opportunities in the cotton and property development sectors.

In 2013 former Finance minister Tendai Biti said Treasury paid close to US$76,5 million in external loan repayments and the bulk of it went to China, with that of Farmers’ World also involved.

Prior to last year’s elections, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai claimed CIO were running two operations codenamed “Operation Blackhawk” and “Operation Spider-web” financed to the tune of US$100 million in a bid to prevent him from winning the polls.


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    It serves the Chinese right. They have been complicit in Zimbabwe’s suffering and rigged elections. they should learn to be honest. I cry nothing for the lost money except the Zim thieves should be brought to book.

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    Gondobwe 10 years ago

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander! China propped up the Zanu-PF rot. China should not get a single cent or taxpayers money.

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    Fallenz 10 years ago

    If you look at the top tier, the elite, they know absolutely nothing about business or economics (and certainly not morals or ethics). Everything they have, they stole. But, they sure have a corner on that market. Steal it, deny it, walk away. With the master-thief in charge, that’s all that’s required to pocket the nation’s wealth.

    Yup, the Chinese knew who they were “lending” to… they deserve nothing in return… certainly, not the diamonds they pocketed.