President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that the Chinese President once told him about corrupt activities in Zimbabwe that he was personally not aware of. Speaking about corruption in a special Independence Day interview with ZBC Mnangagwa said money from China was corruptly spent at the Harare City Council and that President Xi Jinping had told him about it.
“We had a loan extended to Harare City Council by the Chinese for sanitation and water reticulation. That money was then used to buy cars and other luxuries. It didn’t address the issues for which the money had been given. So when I met my brother and colleague President Xi Jinping and discussed about this loan, I wasn’t aware that had happened and so I said, ‘Mr President, the loan was fully disbursed’, and he said, ‘my brother, the money was not used for what we had given you for.’ I was not aware people bought cars, some having workshops which had nothing to do with sanitation.
Those who spent the money are not in office anymore, but they are likely to be followed.”
It is not clear when Mnangagwa was told these things by the Chinese president.
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