United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean constitutional law expert and political commentator Alex Magaisa has questioned Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Guo Shaochun’s decision to channel his country’s donation towards fighting COVID-19 to First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa’s Angel of Hope Foundation.
Magaisa queried why Guo donated the equipment to Mrs Mnangagwa instead of the Ministry of Health and Child Care or the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Magaisa suggested that the Chinese were taking Zimbabweans for fools as it is apparent that they were trying to use the First Lady to get closer to President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Said Magaisa:
To capture the heart of the highest office. They probably discovered that power or at least influence, rests in the other half, and, therefore, her happiness is the best path to the leader’s heart and mind.
Now they come through a non-state actor which is related to the country’s CEO when the State entities exist, indeed when the World Health Organisation and UNDP exist. We can see through the veil. Zimbabweans are not in the 19th century and they certainly aren’t stupid.
The Chinese embassy earlier this week used social media to announce that Chinese companies, Sichuan PD Times Technology Co. and Huawei, handed over 50,000 masks, 510 protective suits and 1,000 goggles to Angel of Hope Foundation.
In 2019, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube exempted Huawei Technologies from paying its taxes dating back to 2009.