Patrick Chinamasa attacked
Finance Minister, Patrick Chinamasa was yesterday bashed with eggs in an attack in London. Below is an opinion report by the ZimVigil NGO.
Zimbabwean demonstrators confronted Mugabe’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa for the second time in two days when he arrived for a money-raising conference in London on Tuesday.
Chinamasa was driven up at about 8 am to a side door of the conference venue in the financial district. If he thought he would evade Vigil protesters he was mistaken.
Vigil co-ordinator Fungayi Mabhunu spotted ZIM 1, the Ambassador’s car, and when Chinamasa got out Fungayi demanded to know what he had done with the $15 billion Mugabe says has disappeared from diamond revenues. ‘He was really shaken’, said Fungayi.
The Vigil was congratulated on its work by former coalition finance minister Tendai Biti. ‘Well done guys you are doing a good job’, he said when he arrived for the conference. He was happy to be photographed with us and took a bundle of our leaflets to hand out at the meeting.
Congratulations also came from Zimbabwean journalist Peta Thorneycroft who was covering the conference which Zanu PF hopes will help get loans and investment to make up for the $15 billion it has looted.
The Vigil hears that at Monday’s meeting at Chatham House international affairs think tank in London Chinamasa had no answers to questions put to him. ‘He was arrogant and rude’, our source said.