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Vol 6 (AAC) No 12

Published 1st October 2013


Zimbabwe

Ex-army officers fast-track power plant

Military connections may have helped China Africa Sunlight Energy overcome the opposition of bureaucrats and activists

In May 2012, when the Movement of Democratic Change’s Elton Mangoma was still Energy Minister, he worried that the China Africa Sunlight Energy deal could be a case of private interests triumphing over the public good. Mangoma accused the Mines Ministry of flouting a cabinet ruling after coal concessions granted to the state-owned Zimbabwe Power Company were compromised by the award of overlapping concessions to China Africa Sunlight Energy by Mines Minister Obert Mpofu of the ruling Zimbabwe African Union-Patriotic Front.

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