India heads to Harare to try to break China's coal monopoly
As tensions mount in the global energy market, an Indian government delegation is going to Harare to try to loosen China's grip on Zimbabwe's coal mines.
The Zimbabwean mining company, property of businessman Tawanda Nyambirai, bought the Arcturus mine in 2017 from Metallon, once the county's leading mining company. But he has faced a major court setback that could scupper his plans for the site.
Since his appointment in February, Zimbabwe's foreign minister has been concentrating on cultivating closer relations with Turkey and India to complement the country's longstanding alliances with China and Russia and lessen the impact of Western sanctions.
Present for the inauguration of the Kazungula Bridge, which spans the Zambezi River between Botswana and Zambia, Emmerson Mnangagwa and his PR team would appear to have somewhat exaggerated the role of the Zimbabwean president in the bridge's construction.