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and Chinese imperialism
January 28, 2013
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I just wish I could educate
Zimbabweans that, as long as they continue to import cheap goods
from China, they are effectively shifting jobs and employment to
If I were to
become the President of Zimbabwe, one of my first decisions would
be to rescind all deals done by ZANU (PF) with the Chinese. I am
disgusted and quite angry to learn that Anjin, one of the companies
in the Marange fields in Manicaland province in Zimbabwe, is
90 percent owned by the Chinese and 10 percent by the army and is
clandestinely diverting huge diamond revenues that effectively belong
to Zimbabweans. How could we be so stupid to get into a relationship
where the army merely owns 10% of a very valuable national asset?
Interestingly enough, they are the very ones talking about how they
will defend 100% indigenization of the corporate sector.
As far as I am concerned,
the extraction of national assets and revenues from Zimbabwe by
the Chinese is no different to Western imperialism that resulted
in the underdevelopment of Africa. This time, we have Chinese imperialism
happening with the consent and participation of our so called liberators.
Our politicians continue
to tell us how the imperialists want to destroy Africa and keep
it underdeveloped, but right on our door step is de facto Chinese
imperialism. I think our liberation struggle political parties have
been naïve to believe that looking East will create a advantageous
economic relations compared with the West. Personally, I have not
heard of any African country, which has developed rapidly because
of the involvement of the Chinese. Yes, they have built infrastructure
in Africa, but the cost to our future generations is unimaginable.
Their economic agenda is that of extracting as much wealth and value
out of Africa as possible. Its all about them.
I cannot believe it that,
as Zimbabweans, we have allowed the Chinese to ride roughshod over
locals in almost every sector of the economy that they are involved
in. There are many disturbing instances reported, not only about
the ridiculous quality of their products, but on how they badly
treat workers in Zimbabwe and how they boast that they are untouchable.
In addition, their utter disregard of our environment is evident
Remember that, despite
China's wealth, the Chinese are one of the most poor and rural populations
in the world. Those who end up in Africa are not necessarily the
best of breed there. This was also the same pattern during colonialism,
where Africa was the dumping ground of those who were escaping poverty
Chinese products that
have flooded the Zimbabwe market are certainly cheaper than local
ones or those products imported from South Africa, but their quality
and durability is atrocious. All one has to do is to walk around
Harare shops and witness Chinese imperialism in action. Our factories
are closed and unemployment is high because we have allowed the
Chinese unfettered entry into our markets and yet, worldwide, countries
are protecting their economies and the livelihoods of their people
from Chinese competition.
In my book, the Minister
of Trade and Industry has responsibility to protect Zimbabwe's borders
from unfair trade practice and cheap imports. Unless I am misinformed,
I have not heard of him aggressively addressing this issue. This
is a national security issue.
consumers are also naïve participants in their own underdevelopment.
Whatever happened to the buy local campaign? I wish I could educate
Zimbabweans that, as long as they import cheap goods from China,
they are shifting jobs to China. Of course right now, we have a
fundamental problem in that, our factories are unable to meet local
demand and prices are quite high due to the cost of capital. However,
unless we protect our economy with a very aggressive local industrialization
policy that builds local capacity; we cannot expect this economy
Each day, I
sit and think the economic and social costs that have been caused
by the ill conceived policies of ZANU (PF) over the last couple
of years. From a land reform program that affected 2 million families
and created serious food insecurity that Zimbabweans could not feed
themselves, to Operation
Murambatsvina that affected 700,000 families to their disastrous
monetary policy in 2008 that effectively made every Zimbabwean poor
and now to the indigenization policy that will destroy viable entities
and further discourage foreign investment which we desperately need.
Everything these black men have touched has been a disaster. Now
we have a case where, billions of US dollars that we need to develop
our country are going to China on the pretext of fighting imperialism.
That is unacceptable.
This makes me really
angry because, it is the poor Zimbabweans that I see every day that
are suffering while the 'chefs' are getting fat.
I shall definitely be
writing a book soon on the underdevelopment of Zimbabwe by ZANU
(PF) in partnership with the Chinese, so that our future generations
may know the truth and hopefully not repeat the same mistakes.
Wake up Zimbabwe!
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