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.
From taxis to tomatoes, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority is looking for cash as the formal sector dries up.
Priorities such as sorting out the economy will be set aside as Zimbabwe focuses on preparing for Zanu-PF's elective congress.
Corruption and incompetence do not matter if the president knows he can count on you.