The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe was not amused with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s list of alleged externalisers. The list has a significant number of Chinese companies and individuals and has been dismissed by the Chinese as not credible. Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, Chinese Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe Zhao Baogang said,
The list is not credible; there are many loopholes.
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It is not just the Chinese (who are not happy) many people feel the same. Even local businesspeople have complained that their names were put on that list without being consulted, they never violated any law only that they had unfinished transactions.
We respect President Mnangagwa, follow his guidance but need to resolve the issue. But many people are arguing that the list is a violation of the law.
Do not point fingers at people especially at the Chinese. We believe you can make a full investigation into this issue and certainly, we feel that under President Mnangagwa’s leadership we can find a solution. The other thing is you find that there are few or no Americans on the list because they have not invested in this country.
…We are not afraid of making mistakes and never afraid of criticism, we don’t care. But Zimbabwe must have a clear sight of who is their friend. You must be able to tell who is trying to poison the relationship. Do not miss the forest and target the tree.
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