04-08-18 by Spotlight Zimbabwe

Britain Breaking Ranks Over Zimbabwe


Britain may be breaking ranks with donors and creditors over conditions for restoring Harare’s access to finance, Africa Confidential reports.

The International Monetary Fund continues to take a firm line, insisting that new loans be contingent on settling $9.4 billion in arrears and on deep cuts to government salaries, perks and agricultural subsidies.

The UK is, however, promoting debt write-offs in exchange for a commitment to – not necessarily delivery of – reform.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has been sending economists to Harare in an effort to persuade other donors of the merits of a debt relief programme, we hear.

Both approaches are risky. A lack of access to finance will consign the best-intentioned reforms to failure, while too ‘soft’ a line will leave the government with no incentive to change.

The UK’s proposal is not motivated solely by altruism.

London would like to include Zimbabwe in its plans to broker post-Brexit trade deals with African members of the Commonwealth, which Zimbabwe left in 2003.

These will be discussed at the organisation’s Heads of Government Meeting in London later this month.

Britain’s overtures have probably led to accusations that it is biased towards President Emmerson Mnangagwa, which Britain has denied.

But Africa Confidential is reported to have close links to the British establishment.



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  • It is disappointing that the British are once again propping up Zanu PF at the expense of the ordinary people. The British made the same mistake during the dark years of Gukurahundi and they are at it again.

    Making sure that we implement the democratic reforms to ensure we have free, fair and credible elections from now on, it the single most important task for the country. Nothing of value will ever be accomplished until we get this job done. Nothing!

    It is very disappointing that, Britain, a nation that considers itself to be the cradle of modern day democracy and good governance; should now be the one bending over backwards to protect a corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship. The Zanu PF junta’s number one priority is to defend its dictatorial powers at all cost. If the regime is let off the hook on reforms on the basis of a commitment to implement the reforms in future, we can be certain the reforms will never see the light of day!

    The sheer foolishness of the British’s position in her continued support of President Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF Junta has left many people confounded!

    If the Zanu PF junta is let off the hook and fails to implement the reforms, it will leave the British with a lot of egg on their faces but it will be the ordinary people of Zimbabwe who will come off a lot worse – they will once again be stuck with a corrupt, incompetent and vote rigging regime! It is therefore incumbent on Zimbabweans to make sure this foolish British proposal does not go through!

  • As a Zimbabwean, I and my fellow country men and women are asking the international community to hold President Mnangagwa and his Junta to their promise to hold free and fair elections. If they fail to deliver on their promise then the international community must declare the elections null and void and open the way for the appointment of an interim administration whose primary task will be to implement the democratic reforms followed by the holding of free, fair and credible elections.

    The people of Zimbabwe are in this economic mess which has forced unemployment to soar to 90%, millions of Zimbabweans have been forced to leave the country as economic and/or political refugees, ¾ of the population live on US$1.00 or less a day, etc., etc. This has all happened because for the last 38 years the nation was stuck with a corrupt, incompetent and tyrannical regime that rigged elections to stay in power. After all the sacrifice and suffering and deaths it would be an act of unimaginable folly and betrayal if the nation was to emerge out of this with the Zanu PF dictatorship complete with all its vote rigging powers intact!

    • let us be objective in our analysis and not be clouded by a false sense of belief that an MDC government will revive our economy. Let us not forget the forces that lobbied for ZIDERA that has brought untold suffering to the people of Zimbabwe under the banner of targeted sanctions. Britian has seen hope under the new dispensation hence their change of policy towards Zim.
      Its a pity we have our own flesh and blood still pushing for the western bloc to maintain their former hostile stance on Zimbabwe.

      We praise a BIG God