Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa left Harare yesterday evening for a five-day official visit to China.
He was accompanied by his wife Auxillia, Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha, Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development Minister Sithembiso Nyoni and senior Government and Zanu-PF officials.
During his visit, VP Mnangagwa is expected to hold meetings with his counterpart, the Vice President of the People’s Republic of China Mr Li Yuanchao, the Communist Party of China Minister of International Cooperation, Mr Wang Jiarui, Chinese businessmen, leaders of Qingdao Municipal Committee and Municipal Government and officials from the National Development and Reform Commission.
VP Mnangagwa is also expected to sign several agreements, among them a memorandum of agreement between the Communist Party of China and Zanu-PF and another memorandum of understanding between the National Development and Reform Commission and the Office of the President and Cabinet.
The Vice President’s visit to China comes at a time when it is becoming increasingly clear that the mega deals signed by President Mugabe are just pies in the sky.