Zim needs answers on China trip expenses

LAST week, pictures of some Cabinet ministers and President Emmerson Mnangagwa and their supposed children in China emerged, raising questions on what their offspring was doing on a government trip.

The government is yet to issue any statement about what happened on that trip, but from the look of things, the government officials were accompanied by the children, raising the question: Who funded their jaunt?

Already, there were question marks on the trip’s expenses, with question marks on why Mnangagwa had to hire a luxury plane at so much expense to the taxpayer.

It, therefore, leaves a bitter taste in the mouth when Zimbabweans realise that Mnangagwa and his ministers may also have taken their children on the trip and this could have further burdened the taxpayer.

Mnangagwa’s adviser, Christopher Mutsvangwa issued a limp statement on why they had to hire a luxury plane for the China trip and we wait to hear what he has to say about the officials who took their children on that journey.

If they were going there on private business, then they had no business being with the Zimbabwe delegation and in one case, one of them announced that they had signed deals in China.

From the look of things, it is unfortunate that Mnangagwa seems to be carrying on with his predecessor, Robert Mugabe’s traits, where his children and family often accompanied him on trips funded by the State.

On one such trip, Mugabe was pictured with his daughter, Bona Chikore, in Japan and this drew the nation’s anger, as she was not a government official and had no business being there.

It is in this regard that Mnangagwa and his government ought to explain what their children were doing on that trip and at whose expense they went there.

This explanation is demanded because there is real reason to believe they may have travelled on taxpayers’ money and, therefore, Zimbabweans need an explanation on how their money is used.

If they did not travel on taxpayers’ money, then that explanation will help clear things up and answer all the questions people may have.

That is what accountability entails, answering to the public on matters they may have questions to.

There have been puerile attempts to draw parallels between United States President Donald Trump who sometimes travels with his daughter, Ivanka, but this is reaching of the worst kind, as Zimbabwe and the US have different circumstances and their needs differ in several ways.

Zimbabweans need answers on what happened on that trip, if not, then they will be convinced that the change they celebrated last year is just a façade.


  1. The witear is askinag explanation for what he himself agrees is mere hearsay and speculation. That is very amazing. Can’t you have something positive to write about? Don’t you seeso many good things about our new leader? He has a listening ear. He even adjusts to the grievances of the povo. Remember case of former minister Dokora. He engages everyone who maters. This reminds me a recent visit by some Us sanators. He brings billions worth of investment from the orientals. Imagine banks from the second largest economy in the world planning to set shop in Zimbabwe! I think it is time for serious meditation and reflection my budy whoever you might be.

    1. Its my money being used. I have every right to question how it is being used Farai. Haurwadziwe because you do not have a formal job and haubatirwe tax. Or hautobhadhare tax kana uri muindigenous. Tax inorwadza kubhadhara Farai.

    2. Which billions have you seen? Clearly you have no clue on whats happening. MOU signed in China are the same that RG signed worth $10 bn and nothing materialised. Go and check the definition of MOU. He has not engaged us on anything because we do not matter to him, state media still a Zanu pf material, refusal for audit of voters roll

  2. Infact we need answers on what the siblings of those heavies were doing in China

  3. Farai we are the one who funded that trip and their mandate to use the money came from the people so stop talking nonsense.

  4. What I think lacks in Zimbabwe is for some civilians to understand where money that is spent by “government” comes from. What and who is “government” etc
    Current government officials are happy for the voters to remain ignorant of this, so that they continue giving the impression that whatever they do is for the benefit of the whole country…the voters must remain grateful and unquestioning….clearly the first person to comment on this issue will benefit from learning a thing or two about government….so that next time he shares his views it will be very clear that some thinking has occurred first.

  5. Thanks Farai for telling these uneducated people the truth.Only that they wont take it.They do not understand how much is to be gained by Zimbabwe through the trip.They even dont bother to read about the MOU signed because they wont even understand it.All they complain about is money was used and they dont even know how much exactly and how it was used.Infact such people including the writer is talking hearsay and does not have any tangible evidence to the story.These people who cry about tax are hypocrites.They used to fund Mugabe to go on holiday and never asked how much.Now ED goes for business they now question.MaG40 hamusati muchanyatsochema zvenyu.

    1. Maneka you are delusional and are nothing, but an empty-headed nincompoop.

  6. @Maneka, you have a short memory or you are just ignorant, the Newsday has been questioning Mugabe’s trips and even providing maps and directions of his destinations and they are doing the same to Mnangagwa, you simply love Mnangagwa and you don’t take any criticism of him in good light.

  7. Wow. I’m shocked by this behaviour from what I thought was the most professional media establishment in Zim. Let me help you out anyways. Everyone in that picture, bar 1 is part of an organisation called the Aura Group, responsible for the digitalisation of the ZSE a few years back. Here’s a free lead. Check out Samuelle Dimairho who is the director of Aura and Chengetedza investments.

  8. The bottom line is its taxpayers money and they need to know how its being used. if you are a leader you are accountable to the electrorate. I suppose maybe after we have people whom we have elected then we can get proper accountability

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