Wednesday, May 8, 2019

UK Ambassador Nods Paper Promises, State Paper Stamps Ultimate Commendation

The state owned Herald newspaper yesterday reported that Great Britain has commended Zimbabwe government reforms when the ambassador had only given a nod to promises to reform which are just on paper.
Speaking after a meeting with Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu at the Zanu-PF Headquarters yesterday, British Ambassador to Zimbabwe Ms Melanie Robinson said, “we had a good opportunity to discuss the UK-Zimbabwe relationship and I was able to assure the chairman (meaning Secretary for Administration) of the UK’s commitment to seeing Zimbabwe succeed and our desire to see Zimbabwe along its pathway to a more prosperous, peaceful and democratic future,” she said.
“I was able to express our support for the reforms the President has laid out on the economic and political side and that those reforms are meaningful and sustained and to say the more Zimbabwe is able to reform, the more the UK is able to engage and support that reform process. We had a very productive discussion around those issues.”
Obert Mpofu said the discussions centred on Government’s reform agenda.
“The discussion we had this morning revolved around reforms; constitutional reforms, the land policy, the Motlanthe Commission, economic issues to do with the sanctions, the issues to do with our currency and other related issues,” Obert Mpofu said.
“But I can assure you that the meeting was very helpful in terms of issues topical between us. On the issue of the Commonwealth, the ambassador spoke strongly about the need for Zimbabwe to go back to the Commonwealth.”