Mugabe seeks global friends

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday moved to re-establish ties with the rest of the world in exchange for fair treatment.

He spoke at the State’s official opening of the 8th Zimbabwe Parliament amid a diplomatic stand-off between Zimbabwe and Western countries which have imposed sanctions on the southern African country over alleged human rights violations and electoral fraud.

“With the election now behind us, we look forward to meaningful and effective collaboration with all the progressive members of the global community,” Mugabe told lawmakers largely from his Zanu PF party.

His rival Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC  legislators boycotted the official opening in protest at the results of the July 31 vote won by the octogenarian leader.

“We indeed stand ready to work even with those who before were at odds with us, some of them our detractors.”

Mugabe also demanded that sanctions must be removed unconditionally.
 
“On the other hand, Zimbabwe will continue to demand the immediate and unconditional removal of the illegal sanctions imposed by some arrogant Western countries,” said Mugabe.

The US and European Union imposed travel bans on Mugabe in 2002, and have steadfastly refused to lift the punitive measures saying there has not been sufficient reform by the Zanu PF regime.

Meanwhile, Mugabe set out the legislative agenda for the 8th Parliament.

“The 8th Parliament will be seized with aligning the existing various pieces of our legislation to the new constitution,” Mugabe said. “There will be need to come up with the new legislation to give legal underpinning to the new structure and institutions provided for in the new constitution.”

The 8th Parliament is expected to debate 21 bills, among them a Land Commission Bill, which establishes the Zimbabwe Land Commission  to deal with land and agricultural matters, the Banking Act Amendment Bill which seeks to strengthen regulation of new forms of banking.

Amendments to the Insurance Act, the Pension and Provident Act and the Insurance and Pension Commission Amendment Act which collectively seeks to enhance operations of the pension and insurance sectors, are also due to be presented before this session.

The Consumer Protection Bill which will seek to protect the rights of consumers and foster fair trade is also being tabled in the house.

There will also be the Public Private Partnership Bill and the Sovereignty Wealth Fund which be used as vehicles for mobilising resources for the critical programmes of public infrastructure, irrigation and rural development.

Mugabe also hinted on a new Mines and Minerals Bill, to boost the mineral development and maximise benefits from the sales of the country’s minerals. 

He said the 8th Parliament was expected to debate the Health Services Act, Medical Services Act, the Public Health Act to enable the State to carry out its duty to treat health care as an inalienable right for every citizen.

The 89-year-old leader said government was set to continue improving the working conditions of health workers.

Government was working towards reviewing the wages and salaries of civil servants, he said, an announcement that received wild applause from the legislators.

Mugabe warned legislators against abusing the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), and said a CDF Bill was going to be introduced in Parliament to curb abuse of the fund. The new the law would descend heavily on those who abused the fund, he said.

Comments (8)

So its travel ban for individuals and the way this sanction song is singed you may think its the whole country banned to beg in these few western states.

Mukuru - 18 September 2013

Tsvangirai cannot boycott parliament because he is not a member of parliament. His MPs did. Unless if Tsvangirai is MDC

crocodile squad - 18 September 2013

@mukuru.Sir let me help u a little bit... they are not only travel bans, but are called Targeted Sanctions which targets individuals and institutions as well that have anything to do with the military party. So this bans the movement of funds both officials' and as well funds in line with the development of these institutions, Co.s like ZESA, NRZ,ZMDC etc are under such,so they can not procure anything from the Western countries and can not receive any investment aid as well. So had it been that they are travel bans only Mugabe and his fellows could not be crying, but it strikes the well being of some institutions as well. e.g ZESA it had to acquire transformers and electrical parts from them but cannot now, they used to receive funds from Western institutions but cannot now...so sanctions are not health for Zimbos, they should have only be targeted to Mugabe and his fellows. Lift them up!!!!!!!! Not that having ties with USA will change anything, USA is a country which cannot help anyone without receiving any benefit in turn, hink of Mubarrack, what they did to him? Tsvangirai thts his weakness and Mugabe thts his strength!!! No to traitors, No to them dictating our affairs and again no to cultural erosion!!!!

Independant - 19 September 2013

Mugabe is right to start begging the west to assist him he can see that his cabinet can not deliver without the help of the west.This cabinet must be turned to an old pple 's institution which must rely on hand outs. This is an old pple 's home not a cabinet for zimbabwe.We zanu pf youth where do we belong now 33yrs after independents.Bob send turned our country to a powerfull educated nation but we do not have space to exercise our academics ,proffession and capabilities because of these other guys who do not want to retire.

cde kuyatshisa - 20 September 2013

He has rubbished the West kutukirira nezvimwe zvisngaite. What a surprise. Who is he to give the West a condition? Fair treatment yekuita loot and go and spend ill gotten wealth in those Countries? I do not think this guy knows what he wants. Has he not told the West to go to hell? What has happened to the look East policy? From the rantings he does not need the West let him trade with fellow Pariah States like China and Iran then the idiots in SADC and AU? appointing a cabinet of sick geriatrics who should be in an old people's home to run a country? It only happens in Zimbabwe. Manenji chaiwo. Kutsvaka mascape goats so that when he fails with him team of tested and failed geriatrics he can blame it on the West. Kana munhu asingade kuita trade newe endaka kune vanoda kutamba newe ava vasiye vakadaro.

vongai - 20 September 2013

Cde i think its too let to look for friends at the age of 90.

cde kuyatshisa - 20 September 2013

MUGABE Lied to the nation ,he bosted of their ECONOMIC policies which are supposed to be implemented right now without the WEST's involvement now he is preaching about reconciliation with the west.He has enough friends as we speak in the name of SADC,CHINA,AU & not forgetting NIKUV.As we said before ZANU can rig the elections not the ECONOMY now the truth is out .ZANU cannot make this economy tick CHINA their big brother is just looting as they wish and not giving back to this economy.The friends he is looking for are not going to extend their hand without conditions it is becoz they know his double standards ,He says this now and does the opposite tommorow .ZIMBABWE now needs true leaders with people''''''s needs at heart not these OLD GOATS who can't even remember their NAMES .So in other ways KEEP YOUR ZIMBABWE & THEY WILL KEEP THEIR WEST as you said it ,now you want them to colonise you , SANCTIONS were not imposed on the country but on individuals aligned to ZANU'S evil deeds .The position of the west will not change as long as MUGABE is in charge .I FEEL pity for our CIVIL SERVANTS they get promises each & every time but their lifestyle deteriorates instead of improvement.LIES ARE SHORT LIVED

CASHTALK - 21 September 2013

He should just scrap the indeginisation bill and empower workers to be able to save to form their own comapnies not to grab companies. Look where G&D is, Baldwins Steel, ICL Zimbabwe, David Whitehead, Ziscosteel, name them. Now you can sleep on the rail lines in the industrial sites. eating business and fuel business is the only thing booming.

maita - 23 September 2013

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