US remains engaged, despite poll regret

via US remains engaged, despite poll regret 13/11/2013 NewZimbabwe

THE United States remains disappointed with the manner in which the July election was conducted but will continue to be engaged with the Zimbabwe, Washington’s top envoy to Harare said Wednesday.

Ambassador Bruce Wharton, who was addressing reporters at the Naletale monuments in Shangani, said although his country does not recognise the July 31 election as credible, Washington will continue to engage Zimbabwe to boost its economy.

The US government donated a $64,000 grant for the rehabilitation of collapsed walls at Naletale monuments through the US Department of State initiative, the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.

“The election was peaceful and a major improvement from the 2008 poll. There is no doubt about that. But the whole process was flawed,” he said.

Washington and the European Union have refused to accept President Robert Mugabe’s re-election in the July 31 elections despite observers from the African Union (AU) and the regional SADC grouping endorsing the vote.

“Even the AU and SADC did not say the election was credible; they said ‘generally credible’. As the US we do not see the election as credible, it did not express the will of the people of Zimbabwe,” said Wharton.

“But that disappointment does not mean the US government has any plans to disengage with the government of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is important not only to the region but the world as a whole.”

Wharton said the US would continue to assist Zimbabwe in all sectors of the economy to support recovery.

“We have committed $125m to the health sector and we help in agricultural development programmes targeting small scale farmers. So Washington will continue to look for ways to engage Zimbabwe,” he said.

Harare would however, prefer that Washington removes sanctions imposed about a decade ago over allegations of rights abuses and electoral fraud which are denied by President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party.

Mugabe blames the sanctions for Zimbabwe’s economic problems.

 

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    The best engagement would be to drop the propaganda and start with honesty, surprisingly when two sides are honest you can build a relationship but as long as propagandas harps on about targeted sanctions etc. its hard to move forward.
    Sanctions have always been on Zimbabwe whether you say they are targeted or not they must logically extend to all as those implementing same have no idea who is who so even the MDC has sanctions on them save that they are not bright enough to notice.

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    Boss MyAss 8 years ago

    If there is anyone else who is interested in investing in Zimbabwe, can they invest in structures in the hands of our people and they are free to do so up to 49% of the value of that company or investment so chosen, and what is wrong with that? I cannot think of any country in the world that has given half of its wealth to foreigners like we have done in Zimbabwe. So it is part of balancing out as far as we are concerned. But you must understand that this whole thing is not just economic; it is social, cultural and so on, we still have to deal with the influence of western countries in terms of radio, television, cultural, education programmes and so on because until we see these things from an Afro centric perspective, we will continue to live in Africa but with a very foreign mind-set and this creates a perpetual problem in dealing with hard political, economic, social and cultural issues that bedevil Africa today.

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      nesbert majoni 8 years ago

      You are are lying. Why do you want to treat zim as the only country which was colonised by foreigners. ZANU of started this racism mantra by violently taking the farms from the whites. Now you want them to treat zim nicely. Where in the world have you ever heard of this empowerment thing which is so hollow and biased to the top people.

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        nesbert is the only one who knows the truth, what an idiot – just because ne got a z in his O level, he now thinks he’s Einstein and every one who knows what is happening is lying.

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        Boss MyAss 8 years ago

        I know my brother, I know. I am so disappointed that I was sarcastic.

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    Ones sees the dirtiness of politics. Even the imperialists are now no doubt confused not knowing exactly how to deal with Zimbabwe. Its now a no wrong/ no right or no yes/ no no predicament. They are shy to just say okay Zanupf go ahead. They went too far pleasing their kith and kin white Rhodies who lost farms as they denounced the elections and now they are talking of continuous engagement even supporting agriculture. Its good for the ordinary people perhaps but it causes friction when you come to rural people with your aid and put them at antagonism with their government officials whom you humiliate whenever you feel like doing so. Imperialists will always be imperialists and their interests will never be for the oppressed no matter what or when.

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    zvavharwa 8 years ago

    Guys guys guys,who started to take the land,whites or black?go back to history

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      tafadzwa 8 years ago

      look at history, did the shonas invaded zimbabwe. i believe the sam were the first know culture on this land. time to empower them?

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        Boss MyAss 8 years ago

        Please don’t start the racism now, it makes no sense. The situation is the same for ALL of us now.

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    zvavharwa that’s a good one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Africanson 8 years ago

    I have been very consistent with my please for Zimbabweans to seperate issues. Its difficult for punitive measures when they are supported by some Zimbabweans. If you check through this site many Zimbabweans sympathetic to the opposition have embraced sanctions. It has been given different names but the issue is we invited them. The sanctions will never make Zanu PF hungry but the country. Zanu and the economy are different entities although one affects the other. So polititians have embraced sabotaging the economy to get rid of Zanu but unfortunately these people are sabotaging the economy. I remember Tendai Biti presenting a paper claiming that why should Zimbabwe fail to pay for its electricity when we have the best man find (diamonds) in zimbabwe when he was the Finance Minister. He was very vocal in the plea to have sanctions removed because he said it was affecting his budget. But surprisingly you hear people from the same MDC camp saying sanctions are targetting Zanu not the economy. You are now left wondering who is the enermy of the opposition ZANU or the economy, may be both. Why should sanctions affect the Finance Minister of last year and fail to affect the current Minister. Let us campaign for the improvement of our economy and let politicians do tgheir politics. Political leaders don’t love Zimbabwe, they love power and they peddle propaganda for selfish purposes. Trust a politician at your own peril.

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      Jrr56 8 years ago

      Yes you have been consistently ignorant of the facts about sanctions. 1. They affect fewer than 100 people and even fewer companies today. 2. ZIDERA was actually never implemented, Gono by not paying the company debts and rather raping and allowing his maters to rape the country did it all on their own. I suggest you go read and research the history books Africanson and get a real opinion rather than following the PanAfrican mantra you seem to be closeted with

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        How much did you get paid to make such a ludicrous statement about sanctions you obviously don’t live here.
        US Treasury states on sanctions that all assets of and company/individual in the US of any US national found dealing with directly or indirectly any oone on sanctions.
        The US ambassador explained theyb don’t knowc who is involved with whoch company due to indugenisation so unfortunately all businessmen in the US are afraid to cdo business here.
        Many companies close down locally.
        Jack Straw imposed measures and financed same to bring Zimbabwe to its knees explaining that when there was a change in government they would rebuild Zimbabwe – REBUILD ZIMBABWE.Jrr56
        Not quite Jrr56’s message who gets all his information from propaganda journalists paid from the political support fund at the Brit Embassy.
        They were very successful with MDC support and todayb Zesa is almost closed down – according to the then CEO Zimbabwe doesn’t need power stationsc we can import so that the country is controlled industry closes due to high tariffs and the resultant unemployed vote against government – didn’t work as many having tries MDC went for democracy instead.
        Today they tries to unbundle zesa to effect outside control
        Igf that doesn’t work illergsal pre paid meters eewhere they increase tariffs as was donrein SA so that with looting in advance zesa qwill be bankrupt and bneed unbundelling.
        If that doesn’t work then we will get Nsbia to sort our power out, cost of two gec generators to give Harare power 10 million with kick backs etc 135 million, we will pay in power which will take five years then say zanu couldn’t get industry going due to no power so MDC can have another go.Those MDC members involved in this sabotahge should be lined up and shot in my view.
        JAust look at the excuses – no coal at wankie coal at sengwa can be used an has been in Harare – investigation revealed there was not even an order for coal placed for Harare – hence no coal from wankie.
        Harare was closed not even light bulbs in the place some of us whom believe in the nation complained and investigated, the MD was fired and Raffamoyo the CEO chief sabatour was eventually fired, reemployed as he had done good closing down power stations by the MDC minister to the Board

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        What is need is fact not journalistic opinion as you suggest based on other clueless journalists.
        I see stupid suggestions about going on internet and reading other propaganda.
        Sanctions have affected the economy, under pressure from businessmen the more than one US ambassador has agreed.
        You need to understand the west is not dim like those who think there are no sanctions affecting them in Zimbabwe.
        They call it targeted sanctions when ion fact the commons discussion on Zimbabwe by Jack Straw said he would bring Zimbabwe to its knees not a few individuals.

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    Africanson has some points following what the US and the French Ambassadors have said recently. What is their position really? Why don’t they just keep quiet and let Zimbabweans solve their own problems? It causes confusion when they go about “You see this is right. No that is wrong. Yes there are sanctions but they are not sanctions. They are “individual restrictions”. Meanwhile members of the same party can freely go to those places. One Chiyangwa even attempts to fly to England in his private jet! Other Ministers are humiliated, half apologized and then let in. It is better to deal with a straightforward person than deal with one who is really pre-occupied by his interest that I do not even know.

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    Shebah 8 years ago

    Since I joined commenting on this site I have used provocative words to unmask the real characters behind the commentators. I can now confirm that 90% of the adverse comments come from bitter white men or their sponsored black yes men. I can also confirm that 100% of the adverse comments come from the DIASPORA. As was the case before the elections you can continue to comment while we read through the MDCT strategies, because they also believe what you comment.

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      I have to agree, it is clear that this is simply an anti government propaganda site – they moderate factual comments against the opposition only in true propaganda journalism against truth and fact.

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      Boss MyAss 8 years ago

      ‘My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh.But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain.’

      As for your racism in 2013 please read o learn:

      Think outside of the box, create your own path in life. You laugh at me because I am different; I laugh because you are all the same.Genes are small parts of your cell that are the pattern for what you look like. You get all your genes from your parents. You will have light or dark skin depending on what kind of genes you parents have, not from polka dots! Red and yellow, black and white, and let’s not forget brown; to get all these skin colours it would seem that there must be red, yellow, brown, black and white colourings or pigments in the skin. But in fact, there is only one skin colour: a brown pigment called melanin. We basically all have the same skin colour, just different amounts of melanin. Albinos have no melanin, so they have very white skin (almost pink because of the blood vessels that show through). If you have only a little melanin, you have white skin. If you have very black skin, it is because your skin makes a lot of melanin. Brown skin comes from all the variations you can get between white and black. If you are Chinese, your skin is slightly thicker which gives your skin a yellowish shade. No matter the colour, it all comes from melanin. Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes. It is produced to protect the skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. If you have light skin (little melanin), a lot of sun can give you a sunburn. Even dark skinned people can get a sunburn, making their skin even darker. Take away the sun and their skin colour returns to the original shade.

      Genes in the DNA carry the instructions on how to make each and every feature that makes your body. We get our genes from our parents: one half comes from the father and the other half comes from the mother. Melanin, the skin’s brown pigment, is a natural sunscreen that protects tropical peoples from the many harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays can, for example, strip away folic acid, a nutrient essential to the development of healthy fetuses. Yet when a certain amount of UV rays penetrates the skin, it helps the human body use vitamin D to absorb the calcium necessary for strong bones. This delicate balancing act explains why the peoples that migrated to colder geographic zones with less sunlight developed lighter skin colour. As people moved to areas farther from the equator with lower UV levels, natural selection favoured lighter skin which allowed UV rays to penetrate and produce essential vitamin D. The darker skin of peoples who lived closer to the equator was important in preventing folate deficiency.

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    Wise up 8 years ago

    U gonna suffer with this Zanupf stupid and greedy policies they want to run and control evrything in this country and it won’t help but lead to more corrupt pussies if u nationalise everything u create more corruption

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    Africanson 8 years ago

    Jrr56 insulting me will not make you intelligent or well read. You are the last person to prescribe me what to read. I would rather advise you to read Tendai Biti’s presentations when he was campaigning the removal of the sanctions. You will get what I meant. I am not talking about the kind of information that you trade with your women friends selling potatoes in your Dzivaresekwa community. You can still argue your case using simple English or your mother tongue Lingala for your fellow M23 blood brothers to understand. Don’t try to teach me how to think or acquire knowledge. Why don’t you google and read Biti’s article. Don’t be lazy. I am no ones puppet and I will never be used by any political part. I am a proud Zimbabwe. I may not be educated to your approved standard but I am proud of my education standard and achievements. I am well read and read everyday. Stop insulting me and contribute morally and educationally.

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    Shebah 8 years ago

    So Boss MyAss do you mean this melanin, it being short in some race make them think they think bigger than other races with more of it.

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      Hisexcellency 8 years ago

      If it is that what you understood, please read it again because you understood nothing.

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    Zvichapera 8 years ago

    BossMan My Ass and Africanson, you look like men who understand the truth but are just in denial like your Zanu PF leadership and its construct.

    You are all like Neo Nazis, religious fanatics. Mugabe supporters have this “denialist” culture, in which they you’re consciously and purposefully “blind” to wrongdoing that you would NEVER otherwise tolerate for one second. Is it that you have been brain washed, retarded or something. Because what ever makes you fee good about yourselves … must be a very precious feeling indeed, in your minds you just believe Zanu PF is “Lord” … even if reason is to be sacrificed. Your poor souls!!

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      Boss MyAss 8 years ago

      I really don’t understand a single word from all these comments. Please explain. I thank you for your comments and I am happy that you disagree, if that is the case, with me. Let’s discuss your points please.

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    Africanson 8 years ago

    Get lost, don’t bring your cheap analysis to me. I worship God in Jesus’s name. Dont use terms you are not familia with. I dont suport politicians and i dont need to be a politician. What do you know about brain washing. Enrol yourself to the nearest college and get some education. In Jesus’s name God will punish you for calling the God I serve Zanu PF. War to those who play with my God’s name in mockery and scorn. Leave my faith alone

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    Africanson , please if you are the really son of God , then you must be off this web , its only for us , stop your threats God does not want that ,which God are your worshiping , please ground yourself.

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    Africanson 8 years ago

    Khabo read what your friend said. He said in my my mind zanu is lord. And i repeat to you to you as well I have one lord God and leave my faith out of this.