West disappointed at #mugabe’s lack of cooperation

via West disappointed at Mugabe’s lack of cooperation | The Zimbabwean 06.05.14 by Nelson Sibanda

Western diplomats are disappointed with the government’s reluctance to reciprocate their efforts to engage Harare.

Australia Ambassador Mathew Neuhaus said the state was complicating matters by its confusing indigenisation policy and continued violation of human rights.

Speaking at a recent international dialogue “Zimbabwe Going Forward” in Harare, Neuhaus warned that if the Zanu (PF) government did not engage donors positively, its economic blue print, Zimasset, would remain a pie in the sky.

“Australia and other countries have taken considerable measures to engage Harare, but the government continues to use its controlled media to denigrate us. You do not make friends by insulting other states,” said Neuhaus, adding that as a result of the risky investment environment, Australian and other investors were heading to neighbouring Zambia.

The diplomat likened risks associated with investing in Harare to swimming ‘in a crocodile infested Kariba Dam’. But the west continues to provide massive sums for humanitarian aid – estimated at more than half a billion US Dollars annually.


Australia indicated that it imposed the targeted measure on Mugabe and his inner circle because of their “disgusting violation of human rights which included beatings and murders”. Zimbabwe was classified as a country which had not experienced democracy.

“During Mugabe’s term of office, Australia has had seven prime ministers and four different governments. Several ministers have resigned in shame following some issues, but no Zimbabwean legislator has stepped down as a result of corruption,” said Neuhaus.

EU Ambassador Aldo DELL’ARICCIA told the dialogue: “We are not opposed to the land reform but you do not kill in order to take over land. The EU Investment Bank did not stop lending Zimbabwe money because of the targeted measure but because Harare had not paid back previous loans.” He dismissed claims by government that “sanctions” had resulted in drying up of foreign loans and stalled government operations.

He said irregularities around the July 2013 elections (according to observers’ reports) and the recent police ban of a media practitioners’ march on World Press Freedom Day were cause for concern.

Ongoing violations of Bilateral Investment Agreements at the Save Conservatives and the recent first family land grab against indigenous Zimbabweans in Mazoe have convinced the West that Harare is not serious about democracy and respect for the rule of law.

Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader and former Zimbabwe Finance Minister, Simba Makoni, acknowledged that there was need for Zimbabwe to re-engage with the global world for the economy to recover.

“Zimbabwe is endowed with wealth and I am embarrassed to see the country being a basket case due to bad governance,” Makoni said.

Zanu (PF) Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chris Mutsvangwa, defended government’s position saying the West was not the right candidate to lecture on good governance and human rights.

“We see economic prospects in the East where investors do not set yardsticks before committing themselves to us like Western countries do,” said Mutsvangwa. He demanded acknowledgement first that Zanu (PF) was a legitimate government and an important player in world politics before any engagement could be initiated.

MDC’s Tendai Biti urged government to re-engage with the global family as the country was in an unprecedented crisis. “Mugabe at 90 should be concerned with other issues not to do with government and his party should admit failure, apologise to Zimbabweans and call for an all stakeholder dialogue,” Biti said.

He called for a repeal of the Indigenisation Act – not mere modification.


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    Mseyamwa 9 years ago

    A bloated ego, this Mutsvangwa guy has. Who needs who between the EU and Zimbabwe and how badly does one need the other? Importance on the world stage is not declared but is rather earned from the number and quality of plays one performs on it. Turn around, Mutsvanga, see how kids are playing in sewer mud daily, see how cashless the marjority are, seehow dry the medicine cabinets in hospitals are, count the number of ambulances in the entire country and answer me honedtly if our situation should be held in that state all for the recognition of a few hundred individuals who are accused of doing what they have exavtly done – stealing an election.

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    Yes Mr Chinamassa, You say you want to reengage the West, you want direct foreign investment. Why don’t you apologise to the people that you insult daily and then beg for loans and aid. Why do you not insist the government you work for stop political oppression, stop the arbitrary arrests of people just because they belong to the opposition party. Until you learn to Behave as a member of the human race you will always be shunned by civilised society.

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    Dr Kuraivanavevhu 9 years ago

    No wonder the president of Zambia is so friendly with and cheers on our president! As donors relocate to the north, he is quietly rebuilding his economy, which is now twice that of Zimbabwe, when ten years ago it was half that of Zimbabwe. I like the frankness of the Australian ambassador…..if only Chinamasa could take back the message to the first family. Zimbabwe’s interests should surely be bigger than those of just the first lady!

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      Nkiwane (M'kiwa) 9 years ago

      Tsk tsk. It’s embarrassing! Remember when we used to laugh at the Kwacha and the potholed Zambian roads? Ok, sorry Zambia, I apologise. You have the last laugh now…

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    Justice 9 years ago

    A decent government doesn’t need to be lectured on good governance and human rights!

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    John Thomas 9 years ago

    The west has all the time in the world. Zimbabwe is a very peripheral issue for them. They also have the knowledge that we will have to come cap in hand in the end.

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    Mlimo 9 years ago

    Not cap in hand but Zimbabweans need to change the govt put in impartial judiciary remove all senior police and army and change all the disaster policies with decent ones. Nothing less will do.

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    Gomogranny 9 years ago

    Sorry Mr. Makoni and the EU people – Zimbabweans are not ready for you. They still want Chinamasa, Moyo, Chombo. They love those thieves with big sticks and deep pockets to fill, they love those things that are synonymous with Zimbabwe politics. They are not ready for somebody who wants to serve his country….you are too far ahead of your time. As for EU – You are not part of ZIMASSET so you are irrelevant. China is our new buddy…they will throw money our way for just a few minerals and some nice tusks…too easy.

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    Mugabe and co-operation? The two words do not mix. The man should just retire quietly and peacefully. Wake up ZPF. You too will go don the tubes!

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    You can not sing about Jambanja and then suddenly you want to do things right. No amount of advice and good policies will save Zim, they all need to go and we start afresh.

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    JOHNSON 9 years ago