A Chinese national shot two Zimbabweans in Gweru yesterday over a salary dispute. Reports in Gweru is that a two workers approached an employer over salary increase but the meeting ended up with their Chinese employer shooting them.
Chinese Embassy releases statement on Gweru shooting
Meanwhile the Chinese Embassy has released a statement on the shooting in Gweru.
Remarks by the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe
We are highly concerned about the case in which a Chinese employee of a private Chinese company near Gweru shot and injured a local employee due to a wage dispute yesterday. Although this is an isolated incident and the Embassy has no law enforcement authority over the enterprise, we firmly support Zimbabwe’s law enforcement agencies to transparently and openly investigate and handle the case in accordance with the law of Zimbabwe. Any possible illegal acts and persons who violate the law should not be shielded. China and Zimbabwe have long-standing friendship and cooperation. We call upon all relevant sides to safeguard it jealously and carefully.
ZCTU speaks on Chinese employer shooting in Gweru
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions has brought government to the attention of the government over the shooting in Gweru.
“The government has sold the country to China. Now the Chinese do as they pleased & ill treat Zimbabwean workers in our own country because they know we have no protection from the government. The liberators have turned our good country into a predator state,” ZCTU posted on Twitter.
Zimbabweans have called the government to investigate the issue and that of other workers who are forced to work under poor conditions in Chinese owned companies. The case is not isolated as similar cases of violence has been associated with Chinese operations in Zimbabwe.