Zim­babwe promised bil­lions if polls are cred­i­ble

African Times - - International / Africa -

Zprovin­cial cap­i­tal of Man­i­ca­land -Mutare.

Some of the fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments for eco­nomic re­vival had come from coun­tries such as Britain, Canada and the United States (US) whose re­la­tions with Zim­babwe have been strained over the past two decades

fol­low­ing hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions by the regime of now-de­posed Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe. China, an ally to Zim­babwe dur­ing hos­til­i­ties with the West, also as­sured the South­ern African coun­try of funds if polls were cred­i­ble.

Last week, ex-colo­nial mas­ter Britain com­mit­ted $100 mil­lion (about R1,2 bil­lion) to ease Zim­babwe’s cash short­ages.

Early this year, it had com­mit­ted an­other $400 mil­lion (about R4,8 bil­lion) for eco­nomic re­vival.

A Cana­dian in­vestor signed a $5,2 bil­lion (about R60 bil­lion) coal-to-fu­els deal that is ex­pected to take off in June.

Mnan­gagwa re­it­er­ated elec­tions would be free and fair, in line with Zim­babwe re-en­gag­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to re­build the econ­omy since he took over in Novem­ber last year fol­low­ing a mil­i­tary coup.

His gov­ern­ment, he said, would not tol­er­ate vi­o­lence.

“So, when that day of vot­ing comes, we should vote wisely to safe­guard our

in­her­i­tance, eco­nomic re­vival and vote to en­sure the new dis­pen­sa­tion com­pletes its man­date of lur­ing for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment into the coun­try,” Mnan­gagwa said in Mutare. He pledged to an­nounce poll dates for Au­gust in the next two weeks.

The op­po­si­tion Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change (MDCAl­liance) started cam­paign­ing in April with Nel­son Chamisa be­ing its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. Other no­table op­po­si­tion par­ties in­clude Joice Mu­juru’s Peo­ple’s Rain­bow Coali­tion (PRC) and Du­miso Dabengwa’s ZAPU. DANAI MWARUMBA IN MUTARE, ZIM­BABWE IMBABWE has re­ceived as­sur­ances of $15 bil­lion

(about R180 bil­lion) if the coun­try em­barks on cred­i­ble, free and fair elec­tions in the up­com­ing months.

Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa dis­closed the fig­ures this past week­end as

the rul­ing Zim­babwe African Union-Pa­tri­otic Front (ZANU-PF) kicked off its elec­tion cam­paign in the eastern - CAJ News

ZIM­BABWE has re­ceived as­sur­ances of $15 bil­lion (about R180 bil­lion) if the coun­try em­barks on cred­i­ble, free and fai elec­tions

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