Remember the shipload of Chinese weapons bound for Zimbabwe?
The "Ship of Shame" loaded with Chinese weapons bound for Zimbabwe at the height of the March election drama captured a huge amount of international attention. But what ever happened to those weapons? Press reports told us that the ship was denied docking privileges in Maputo, Mozambique and then the news item disappeared. A bit of searching turned up the following paragraphs published in May after the weapons had arrived at their destination. No doubt they've played a part in the recent violence against MDC supporters.
After dockworkers in the South African port of Durban refused to unload the vessel, the An Yue Jiang attempted to drop its cargo at the Namibian port of Walvis Bay. But Namibian civil leaders and union pressure obliged the government—normally friendly to Mugabe—to deny the ship landing rights, and it was forced back out to sea.
After a several-week odyssey, however, ZANU-PF officials boasted that they had finally taken delivery of the cargo. The An Yue Jang reportedly unloaded the weapons in May in the Angolan port of Lobito. From there, the cargo traveled by train to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it was loaded onto regular military supply flights and flown to Harare.