ED’s business partner jets in

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s business partner and former British Cabinet minister, Peter Hain, arrived in Harare last night as part of the Moti Group’s drive to promote their chrome mining business interests in the country.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Mnangagwa, his deputy Constantino Chiwenga and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces are believed to have facilitated the Moti Group to set up the African Chrome Fields (ACF) in the Midlands town, Kwekwe.

Hain, who is an ex officio member of the Moti Group, which is a major shareholder of African Chrome Fields (ACF), said he was excited to be in Zimbabwe.

“We are here for African Chrome Fields one of the major investors in Zimbabwe, which has created close to 2 000 jobs and a lot of families depend on it, and there are big expansion plans in the future to help create more jobs and greater prosperity for the people of Zimbabwe and I am very pleased to be working with Mr Moti to help achieve that objective,” he said.

Moti Group chairman, Zunaid Moti, who accompanied Lord Hain, said bringing in the former British Cabinet minister was a way of showing the world that “Zimbabwe was open for business”.

“The intention is to explain to the rest of the world that the type of investment that we have created in Zimbabwe is real investment. It’s not something that we are speaking about or signing papers about, but investment on the ground. As Peter Hain has explained, we have actually created the jobs and the infrastructure, we want the world to be able to see the type of investments that have materialised in Zimbabwe and I brought Lord Hain to experience this successful business and to take the message to the rest of the world and for us to be able to show them that Zimbabwe is open for business like our President [Emmerson Mnangagwa] has said,” Moti said.

ACF has invested more than $200 million at its Kwekwe chrome mine located in Mnangagwa’s former Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency.

Hain’s connections in Zimbabwe have however raised eyebrows among civil society groups.

“Given Lord Hain’s strident promotion of accountability and transparency in relation to the behaviour of British businesses with the controversial Gupta family in South Africa, one would hope to see a similar standard applied to his business associates’ engagement with Zimbabwe’s military and political leadership,” said Piers Pigou, Southern Africa director for the International Crisis Group.

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11 Comments

  1. these are the type of business partners the country want who have a history of investing and same time developing areas where there put their money unlike the chinese who are after milking a country of both resources, finances, and to some very very notorious extent there even impregnate our sisters and leave us to take care of the offsprings.

    1. Mind where you you use your ‘there’

      1. sir typing errors do happen

      2. Hezvooo unopenga iwe

        Saka ndozvawakwanisa kuona chete? Uri ticha wechirungu here iwe?

      3. Murambatsvina

        How about your “you you”?

  2. Mhlanga, I wonder whether we are truely blessed or cursed to have a journalist like you in our motherland. Basa rokudenha nekunyepa nezvevanhu vakuru. Ndosaka uchirobwa.

  3. Iwe Mhlanga, I realy wonder whether we are blessed or cursed to have a journalist like you in our motherland. Do you have unrefutable evidence that the man you are talking about is president Mnangagwa’s business partner? Basa nderekudenha vanhu vakuru nekusvibisa nyika yedu nemanyepo. Ndosaka uchizorobwa.

  4. Hapana hapana ma deals mangani anoitwa chabuda hapana

  5. @taneta report yati business partner not country investor chabuda kunyika hapana asi kwavo zvabuda kuseri nekuseri

  6. Hapana hapana ma deals mangani chabuda hapana.

  7. Havaneti kuba

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