Our all weather friends are not amused
Zimbabwe and China have been buddies for a long time but relations might start getting frosty because our leaders are extremely economical with the truth.
Our government is quick to blame sanctions for the deteriorating economic situation but the truth is our problem has more to do with lack of good governance, corruption and wrong priorities.
This week, Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube drew the ire of the Chinese embassy in Harare when he, according to the latter, misrepresented facts about their financial aid from January to September 2019.
Presenting the 2020 national budget statement last Friday, Ncube said bilateral support provided by China to Zimbabwe is about US$3.6 million.
However, in a press release, a clearly annoyed Chinese Embassy said the information was not just false but massively so.
The Chinese insist they have given the Zim govt US$136.8 million.
“The embassy wishes that the relevant departments of the Zimbabwe government will make comprehensive assessments on the statistics of bilateral supports and accurately reflect its actual situation when formulating budget statement,” reads the statement.
This is not the first time that our government has irked our all weather friends as far as money is concerned.
In early November, there were media reports that the Chinese government had withdrawn funding of some infrastructure developments projects after our government diverted almost US$10million from the fund.
This doesn’t come as a surprise as millions of dollars have a way of ‘developing legs’ in Zimbabwe.
Those in power have the powers to abuse funds with no shame whatsoever.
Thus it is no shocker that part of the money advanced by the Chinese government could have financed the lavish lifestyles of our leaders hence it cannot be accounted for.
I guess if China, which has stood with Zimbabwe through ‘thick and thin’ and in the process being labelled our all weather friends, decides to indefinitely withdraw funding or assisting our government in whatever way because of these looting tendencies, our leaders will still blame it on sanctions.
They will never have the guts to admit any wrong doing despite glaring evidence of abuse of funds.
In other news, new notes were introduced last week and according to the government, cash queues were going to be a thing of the past.
But a week later, nothing has changed as people are still struggling to access cash.
I had hoped that government’s promise would become a reality and somehow put a smile on our faces but well, it’s the same old story of money finding its way into the black market and never into the banks.
66th Y-Care pre walk at Marokolwane farms
The Y-Care team in association with The Voice took on a 20km walk at Marokolwane Farms in honour of the late Mrs Beata Kasale-Kabango this past weekend.
Thieves rob BFA offices and Cricket Club
Central Police Station (CPS) are investigating a case in which thieves broke into Botswana Football Association (BFA) office early last Thursday morning.
Station Commander, Superintendent Mothusi Phadi, says they have not made any arrest in connection with the break in and theft.
He said according to two night watchmen who were on duty, they were attacked by a group of eight men who beat them up and tied their hands and legs before breaking into the office.
He said their preliminary investigations indicate that a Canon camera and a mobile phone, all worth P15 000 were stolen.
“We received a report around 4am on Thursday. When the police arrived at the scene, they found the security officers’ two dogs dead. We suspect they were poisoned during the attack of the officers because we found a piece of meat and the dogs had some white foam coming out of their mouth. The security officers were taken to the hospital to be treated for trauma and they have since been released,” said Phadi
The Station Commander said there was also a break in at the Cricket club and they believe that after hitting the BFA offices, the culprits broke into the bar and stole alcohol beverages of an undisclosed amount.
Phadi said investigations were still ongoing and that they are yet to make any arrest.
Young Author Pens Kofi Annan tribute
Freelance journalist and acclaimed local author, 26-year-old Khumoetsile Magonare has published a book titled ‘Kofi Annan, An African Dream’.
The book is a fitting tribute to the former United Nations Secretary General and tells the story of his life, leadership and quotes that inspired the world.
The Ghanaian diplomat, a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, passed away at the age of 80 back in August 2018.
Devastated by his death, the young author managed to find productivity in her pain.
“I was mourning as the rest of the world but developed an inspiration which became a dream during the grieving period. I took my diary and wrote down the idea and that is how this book came up,” explained the Pitsane native in a brief interview with Voice Entertainment.
Khumoetsile, as the wordsmith is widely known, described Kofi Annan’s quotes as a living testimony to the life he lead.
“He was an example to all and his quotes emphasise his faith in the youth. He believed in the minds and existence of young people to make a change.”
One of the quotes chronicled in the book reads, “Literacy is the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realise his or her full potential.”
Another quote that stands out is, ‘We are not only responsible for each others security. We are also in some measure responsible for each others welfare.’
“This is a book anyone can pick up in the morning and flip open on any page while taking a cup of coffee. It’s a must have for motivation,” stressed Khumoetsile whose previous work includes ‘A Pillar of Hope’ as well as co-authoring ‘The Reality Check’ with Nlingi Simon.
“Apart from writing books I am the founder and host of ‘The Truth With Khumo’ which is found online or on Facebook,” continued the creative, whose prowess with the pen is matched by her mastery of the spoken word.
Retailing for P200, ‘Kofi Annan, An African Dream’ is set to hit local bookshops by the end of the month.