BERN– President Emmerson Mnangagwa is reportedly receiving massive secret political funding from Belarus, through a war chest Minsk is said to have set up, to finance his precarious stay in power, and almost zero chances of a 2023 presidential re-election bid, Spotlight Zimbabwe , has been told.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, together with his extremely close ally, General Colonel Victor Sheiman, are believed to be the masterminds behind Mnangagwa’s funding, in exchange of securing mining concessions in Zimbabwe and other opaque deals, including an agricultural land deal, which Belarus has earmarked for dairy farming, horticulture and cereal crops for internal consumption back home.
Sheiman is also the Chief of Presidential Affairs, and Lukashenko’s chief property manager as he heads the Belarus President Property Management Directorate.
“Belarus is secretly funding Zimbabwe’s president,” said a Lithuanian banker based in Zurich, who spoke to Spotlight Zimbabwe in confidence this week.
“According to information provided by some senior government officials inside the Belarusian administration I cannot name, and do business with, their leader and his inner circle see Zimbabwe as a trade hub for Belarus in Africa. The sitting president in your country, we’re told was identified as a candidate and partner who could make this a reality, as far back as 2015 when he visited Minsk as a vice president.”
The banker said, although former leader President Robert Mugabe had sent Mnangagwa to Belarus in 2015 to cement cooperation between the two nations, Mnangagwa “used the trip to sell himself as Mugabe’s successor” and an “incoming leader”, thereby catching the eye of Sheiman.
“There’s just a lot of deals and agreements between Zimbabwe and Belarus shroudred in mystery. Lukashenko wants the incumbent to retain office in 2023, so these deals can be implemented and see the light of day.
They have been working closely with him (Mnangagwa) since he became vice president, and during his 2015 visit when Mugabe sent him to cement cooperation with Minsk, he used the trip to sell himself as Mugabe’s successor and an incoming leader of Zimbabwe. It worked because he caught the attention of Sheiman, and by default Lukashenko.
The rest is history. So he’s being funded to make sure that Belarus reaps full economic rewards in your country.”
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