$1 billion China loan for Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe revival

via Bulawayo24 NEWS | $1 billion China loan for Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe revival 25 June 2014 by Itai Gwatidzo Mushekwe

China is reportedly ready to immediately advance a whopping US$1 billion loan for the economic resuscitation of Zimbabwe, to Justice minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, should he as now largely expected succeed, President Robert Mugabe, The Telescope News reported.

According to extensive intelligence briefings, from high level Zanu-PF sources and a reliable diplomat in Harare, Beijing, is leaving no stone unturned in securing her vast strategic economic interests in the country, thus secretly pushing for Mnangagwa to takeover power, using its purse strings.

Revelations of the loan facility, come on the backcloth of reports by experts that, the country might run out of cash by August, leading to a possible economic meltdown with severe consequencies, which have alarmed the new South African leadership of President Jacob Zuma and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa. Mugabe’s increasingly troubled administration, is facing challenges in paying the wages of policemen, army officers and other civil servants, igniting fears of rebellion from within the State.

The situation has been exacerbated by massive capital flight, and the closure of over 60 companies in Harare alone, alongside the failing of local banks. Harare’s woes, have further been dealt a blow, by the inavailability of loans from both the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

As first reported in The Telescope News, China has become the first foreign power, to take a strong interest and involvement in Mugabe’s succession politics, by backing Mnangagwa from the closet ahead of Vice President, Joice Mujuru, who is favoured by Zanu-PF moderates to replace Mugabe. Mujuru has long been viewed by some Western nations, as business friendly and a reform minded politician.

Beijing has a cross-section of economic interests in the country ranging from mining, agriculture and telecommunications. Government officials say, China has renewed a special interest in Zimbabwe’s supply of platinum, to it’s burgeoning automobile industry, where the Asian giant is focussed on using the mineral to produce effective and efficient vehicle emissions control devices, to deal with pollution issues. China has the largest automotive indusrty in the world measured by automobile unit production since 2008. Annual production of automobiles in China exceeds that of the European Union or that of the United States and Japan combined.

“Mnangagwa started negotiating for a special and seperate loan from China on behalf of Zanu-PF, as far back as 2009, when former prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai claimed that he had managed to secure US$950 million in credit facilities from the Chinese, which turned out to be untrue,” said the diplomat said.

“Actually, the justice minister travelled to China, with a team of Zanu-PF officials, to negotiate the financial package, and Beijing seem to have weighed the advantages and disadvantages of providing the loan during the days of the coalition government. Releasing the money then, could have strengthened the opposition in government, and releasing it now will strengthen Mugabe and Mujuru’s hand, so the powers that be seem, to have made as assessment of putting their money on Mnangagwa if he comes to power, and by so doing they can secure their interests and investments in Zimbabwe in the short to medium term.”

The Zimbabwe snub last week by Chinese Vice President, Li Yuanchao, who spent a reported 30mins at the Harare International Airport en route to Zambia, were he signed development loan and grant agreements worth $64 million, is also telling about Beijing’s political mood with Mugabe.

Although Mujuru, was quickly whisked to the airport, for a speed meeting during the Wednesday stopover by Li Yuanchao, elated faction members from Mnangagwa’s camp saw it as a victory for their leader, who the Chinese by their current political behaviour, appear to be taking Mnangagwa seriously, and looking ahead into a post-Mugabe era in their relations with Zimbabwe.

Li Yuanchao reiterated to Mujuru China’s commitment to assist financially, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), but no cent has been forthcoming, with Beijing calling for Harare to offer collateral in mineral assets, to any future loans.

The Chinese Ambassador was said to be out of office yesterday, when we sought a comment, while Mnangagwa’s mobile phone, which rarely goes answered was unavailable.


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    zanupf fear me 8 years ago

    It follows my own predictions. This publication is known for its credibility. Take note you waffling armchair academics straining to be seen !!!!!

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    Reverend 8 years ago

    I wonder how much will find its way into his greedy little pocket?!!

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    Rwendo 8 years ago

    This resonates with the story that the Chinese raised 3 issues late last year as pre-conditions to funding ZimAsset. Succession, Corruption and Security of Investments. Hence the (Mnangagwa)Moyo yap yap on corruption plus the confusion over the indigenisation policy, from early this year. Succession remains stuck in neutral..maybe even reverse now that we are told the first citizen will not be challenged come congress.

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    Mlimo 8 years ago

    Just delaying tactics loans from china will be backed by grand sales of assets minerals yet to be found or mined

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    Methinks 8 years ago

    Throwing money at zimbabwe will not solve any problem. The universally accepted logic is that before you set about solving any problem, first identify what it is and it’s root cause. Only the naive think that zimbabwe’s problem is lack of money.

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    Munangagwa has been negotiating since 2009???? really? AND WHEN WAS THE DEAL SIGNED IF AT ALL?

    So this money is being held somewhere and to be released “when” Munangagwa becomes President? Who really has said this monster will become President??Its a promise..signed? presumably sealed?? Or is it one of those “China is our friend dreams,where old men curl up in a fetal position in bed suckling their thumbs and see Yuan signs in the sky?”
    The whole story is full of assumptions and speculation plus a whole load of suppositions.

    It sounds like it was specifically written to score points against the other faction lead by that woman who warms RGM’s seat when he galivants around the world.

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    Jono Austin 8 years ago

    Wow, $1billion, Zimbabwe is saved.

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    Typo error should read ZW$ 1 Billion loan!!

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    Straight Shooter 8 years ago

    But how many announcements regarding China’s intentions to invest on various projects have we read about in the last ten years? Numerous, and how many of them have come to fruition?

    Its all hot air – forget it!!

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    Panda moyo 8 years ago

    Kkkkkk. Country for sale:us$1billion.

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    maita 8 years ago

    This telescopic news site is a hoax, they lie through the teeth.

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    tonyme 8 years ago

    Methinks its a shame that China would even think of loaning $1 billion to an individual or a party. What about the rest of Zimbabweans. Goes to show that Chinese people could care less about Africans as a whole. They are splitting Zimbabweans worse than the British so they can stay in power. The last thing remaining is for us to fight each other like DRC, Angola, Mozambique and stop all the progress we fought for in the first place. Remains to see.