VP Mnangagwa defies President
Mugabe, refuses to go to CHINA :
The trip is useless
VP Emmerson Mnangagwa refused to travel to
China saying the trip was useless as he would
return empty handed again.
This comes amid reports the Chinese are sticking
to their initial demands which include, among
many other issues, leadership renewal in Zanu
PF, economic reform and tackling corruption.
Government sources said the Chinese only want
to invest and give Zimbabwe a sustainable
economic rescue package if Harare resolves the
ongoing Mugabe succession crisis, addresses
corruption and submits bankable project
Mnangagwa, government officials said, politely
told Mugabe that he was likely to come back from
China empty-handed, given that Harare had not
fulfilled the demands made by the Chinese during
his visit in July last year.
Once it became clear that Mnangagwa — who has
reportedly fallen out with the Chinese and is now
working with the British — was reluctant,
Mugabe then decided to send Vice-President
Phelekezela Mphoko on Monday to attend the 19th
China International Fair for Investment and
Trade in Xiemen, which started yesterday and
ends on Sunday.
He is expected to hold talks with the Chinese on a
number of issues on the sidelines of the trade
fair. “It is rare that Mugabe dispatches Mphoko
to China because that has never been his area,”
the source said.
“Mphoko, given his Zapu background and having
been a form