'EU has no regime change agenda'

HARARE - Europe has no regime change agenda in Zimbabwe, visiting EU managing director for Africa Nicholas Westcott has said.

Addressing a press conference in Harare on Tuesday, Westcott, who is in the country on a two-day official visit, said the 27-member bloc had nothing but good intentions for Zimbabwe.

“I am going to emphasise explicitly that the European Union has no regime change at all,” Westcott said. “The only regime change that we would accept is one that reflects and freely expresses the wishes of the people of Zimbabwe through a credible election process.

“On both sides, the processes of re-engagement have enabled us to start rebuilding trust, trust from the EU, trust from the government of Zimbabwe and vice-versa, trust for all parties of Zimbabwe of the good intentions of the EU.”

The re-engagement process started at the dawn of the coalition government and has seen several Zanu PF-linked individuals and companies removed from the travel and business restrictions.

Zanu PF has demanded the wholesale removal of all sanctions.

Westcott said the EU was ready to work with whichever government will be chosen by Zimbabweans in the upcoming elections expected sometime this year, as long as the elections are credible.

“Our hope is that Zimbabweans select a government of their choice through a peaceful transparent and credible process,” Westcott said.

 “The crucial thing about the elections is that they are judged by the people of Zimbabwe as well as international observers to be a peaceful credible process.” -
Bridget Mananavire

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