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Friday, 2 March 2012

The peasant girl with a rich lover, 4th Edition

We have previously likened China's relationship with Zambia as that of a peasant girl with a rich lover (here, here and here), with the MMD as the "shibukombe". That situation appears not to have changed under the PF government according to a new piece in the African Confidential that reveals a deepening love affair  between China and Zambia under the new government :
The former scourge of Chinese investors, President Michael Chilufya Sata, has reshuffled his Patriotic Front government to placate Asian and other investors and to streamline economic policy. On 3 February, he moved the outspoken Labour Minister, Chishimba Kambwili, who had lambasted Chinese and Indian economic interests and upset the Chinese Ambassador among others, to the Sports Ministry. Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao publicly lamented that there was only one political party in Africa that had made China a domestic political issue. The Labour portfolio is now the responsibility of the Information Ministry. The reshuffle is an attempt by Sata to preserve Chishimba Kambwili, one of his most trustworthy PF party stalwarts. 'We told him [Kambwili] that he was fighting a losing battle, as the Chinese would have the last laugh,' a senior government official said.
If the above is to believed, it does seem the days in which the President wrote this paper where he noted that the Chinese were at the root of the corruption in mining industry and the wide tax exemptions are fast becoming a fading memory :

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