Chinese Sets Up Giant TV Screen Showing Zanu (PF) Jingles

The project is believed to have cost about US$20 000 and was sponsored by the Xinhua News Agency in China.

The Minister of Information and Publicity, Webster Shamu, was supposed to be guest of honour at the unveiling of the huge screen.

The television shows mainly ZBC TV programmes but which are interrupted by the now “infamous” Zanu PF “Team” advertisement showing President Robert Mugabe and his two deputies Joyce Mujuru and John Nkomo playing football together on the same “team”.

Insiders said this project would help the Zanu (PF) election campaign at a time when membership has nose-dived for the former ruling party ahead of elections pencilled in for later this year.

The huge tv screen has become popular with street kids who sleep on First Street.

The Chinese helped Zanu PF during the liberation struggle against the British Government leading to Independence in 1980.

The mainstream Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai this week issued a warning to foreign embassies against continued funding of Zanu (PF) after the Libyan embassy in Harare donated tractors and other farming inputs to the party.