China Condemns Shutdown
Acting Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr. Zhao Baogang has condemned last week’s violent protests that left a trail of destruction in most urban centres around the country.
Baogang was speaking at the “Tour Africa New Horizon Project” launch and cultural exchange festival which will see the government of Zimbabwe partnering China’s Touch Road Group to boost the country’s tourism industry.
“Every country has its problems but the way is, we must work harder and try to find a solution. Strikes and vandalism will not bring any solution but dialogue and collective effort will bring new life and a brighter future.
“For the time being, I think confidence is more precious than gold and as China, we do have confidence in president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration hence projects like Hwange thermal power station, new parliament building, lithium project among many others that are on the ground not in pipelines,” said Baogang.
Speaking at the same event, Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa said events that took place last week do not reflect true Zimbabweans.
“Zimbabweans are not violent, they are a peace loving people and what we witnessed last week is not Zimbabwean,” she said.
She also urged investors not to let last week’s National Shutdown demonstrations define Zimbabwe.
“Let not the events of last week mar the economic progress and efforts our president has made. I also urge you not to let those events define Zimbabwe,” she said while addressing a Chinese delegation visiting the country.