Political largesse broke the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe; now the state wants the public to fill up the coffers, but they are not amused.
There are fears the Zimbabwean government is selling off the country's mineral resources for a song.
Desperate government even removes rebates on foodstuffs imported by welfare groups.
It is seriously damaging local industry but it is making a great deal of money for the government.
Despite all the fanfare, the Asian giant is not the easy touch the Zimbabwean despot once knew.
President Robert Mugabe is still up to his old tricks, allowing rivals to fight among themselves before stepping in.
The youth league has new leaders but the party is making sure they are no challenge to the old guard.
The country is divided over its isolated position and cannot attract the investment it needs.
For Zimbabwe, the re-opening of the fast-food outlet is a good sign.
Zanu-PF faces the difficult task of appeasing its supporters, who have been left fuming over Green Fuel's expansion.