China says Zimbabweans have ‘most say’ after elections

Tichaona Zindoga

China is maintaining its non-interference approach on Zimbabwe following elections held recently.

The polls, which were won by President Mnangagwa and his Zanu-PF party have divided world opinion: Western interests castigated the process while the influential Sadc bloc is apparently split following an uncharacteristically adverse report of the observer mission led by Zambian Nevers Mumba.

There have been calls for fresh elections in some quarters that allege that the elections were not credible, although this is unlikely to hold with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa – a huge diplomatic figure – insisting that flaws in the last elections pointed out by the SEOM did not invalidate the results.

China, on its part, says Zimbabweans need to decide on the direction of the country, with the Asian giant all but supporting the status quo.

Chinese Ambassador Zhou Ding on Friday tied the internal political dynamics to modernisation and the overall direction Zimbabwe would take.

He spoke during the 74th commemoration of the founding of People’s Republic of China.

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amon Murwira attende the event, alongside government, security service chiefs, diplomatic corps and Chinese community in Zimbabwe.

‘Zimbabwe has recently held its harmonised elections and Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent his congratulatory message to H.E. President Mnangagwa on his re-election, and a special envoy to participate the inauguration ceremony.

“We believe that there are various paths leading to modernization. The African people and Zimbabwean people have the most say on which path suits them best.

” I believe, under the strategic guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, China-Zimbabwe friendly cooperation will embrace more dynamic growth and fruitful results,” he said.

He added: “Our embassy here in Harare will continue to serve as a bridge in promoting Zimbabwe’s industrialization, economic diversification, and facilitate people to people exchanges between our two countries.”

China and Zimbabwe enjoy warm relations that have been upgraded to “comprehensive strategic partnership”.

China is Zimbabwe’s biggest source of Foreign direct Investment with growing number of billions worth of Chinese projects.

China has provided technical support and grants in energy, transportation, health and governance.

Murwira thanked China for investments in mining and nascent value chains and invited China to do more and increase interest in agricultural products such as avocado, macadamia, chillies and blueberries.

Murwira hailed investments by Chinese companies despite sanctions imposed on the country by the West..

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