UK urged to suspend aid to Zim

HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s re-engagement efforts will suffer a huge blow as calls for the United Kingdom (UK) government to withdraw its foreign aid and support to Zimbabwe’s mount.

This comes as UK has been aiding Zimbabwe for years now with 3 000 bicycles being donated last week to girls who walk between five to 15km to school every day.

UK Time party leader Robert Kimbell has urged the British government to suspend its foreign aid to Zimbabwe until self-governance is restored, following violent protests that took place in the country last week.

“End all bilateral UK foreign aid to Zimbabwe with immediate effect. Prohibit entry by any minister or agent of the Zimbabwean government. Withdraw UK support for the re-entry of Zimbabwe to the Commonwealth. Promise to re-instate all when the democracy resumes,” he said.

He condemned the Zimbabwean government’s response to the demonstrations suggesting that the UK government should compel Mnangagwa’s administration to stop persecuting its people who are now afraid to get out of their homes.

“We must pressurise the government of Zimbabwe to stop harassing, imprisoning, injuring and even, allegedly, killing Zimbabweans. The situation in the southern African country is dire. People are frightened to venture out of their homes. That is a shutdown,” the opposition leader said.

This also comes after the British foreign secretary Harriett Baldwin summoned Zimbabwe’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Christian Katsande, to discuss concerns over reports of violence, killings of demonstrators, Internet blackout and a security crackdown in the country last week.

In a statement on Zimbabwe recently, Baldwin said reports were received on the widespread unrest and a heavy security force response in Zimbabwe with several people being killed and many others injured. The British foreign secretary slammed government’s response to the violent protests suggesting that it was a violation of human rights.

“While we condemn the violent behaviour of some protesters, and unlawful acts such as arson and looting, we are deeply concerned that Zimbabwe’s security forces have acted disproportionately in response.  In particular, there are disturbing reports of use of live ammunition, intimidation and excessive force,” the statement read.

She called on the Zanu PF led government to investigate human rights violations and restore full Internet access, consistent with citizens’ constitutional right to freedom of expression.

“We call on the government of Zimbabwe to ensure its security forces act professionally, proportionately and at all times with respect for human life and constitutional rights. We further call on the government of Zimbabwe to investigate all allegations of human rights abuses,” the statement read.


Comments (19)

15000 bikes ? . What kind of bikes....Yeti Beti SB5 c-series XT, Canyon Spectral wmn CF 9.0 SL , or something else super nicer ?. Good work tho.....God bless the Queen.

Inga zvavo.... - 22 January 2019

3000 bikes/

Inga zvavo.... - 22 January 2019

We thought vechidiki vakamwaya jecha zvikashaya basa. Zvino vakuru vodira jecha ne ma tipa. Will we be able to breathe? All becoz rather than presenting a case for debt write off using our poor nation status, Mtuli wants to wring every breathe out of the working and investing Zimbabwean. Just a word of advice...before you submit your case for debt write off we may have to find a cheaper, yet secure means of transport for our President. As long as he is spending money and living like an Arabian Prince, we have no chance.

Mega Deals Branch - 22 January 2019

Should Zimbabweans celebrate this? What is the role of the media in such situations? Should be ulilating for any negative issues against Zimbabwe? Do you think its Zanu PF and ED who suffers? We need to think again.

Jojo - 22 January 2019

i ask the uk gvt to realise that its not zanupf who will suffer but the poor masses they have money full in their offshore accounts why dont you supply arms and training to the people of zim so they can liberate their country because zanupf use force so let it be force to force

david - 22 January 2019

I fully support the idea of arms supply and basic military training to Zim youth,there is no ballot paper that will ever remove this selfish admistration from power,only AK47 can fix Zim crisis.We are ready to carry arms and slaught the skeleton army of Zim

David - 22 January 2019

Zimbabwe`s relations with UK will never suffer.UK is willing to work together.Peace was restored following violent by protestors.Zimbabwe is a very peaceful country.The MDC party working together with some pressure groups are the ones who need to be dealt with.The violent protestors were just a handful,thugs and thieves who stole people`s property.

Rudo Saungweme - 22 January 2019

Those calling for UK to suspend aid to Zim are misguided UK warmed up to Zim after President Mnangagwa became President it is not going back there.

derick tsimba - 22 January 2019

Zimbabwe is a peaceful country which opposition party MDC and some NGOs or human rights activists are bent trying to desrupt. UK has always been and will always be open to Zimbabwe. our relations with the UK are quiet good.

Gift Mashoko - 22 January 2019

Obvious as an opposition party, the UK Time party leader is bound to sympathise with an opposition party in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately Robert Kimbell is not the UK prime minister. Britain will continue to assist Zimbabwe.

John Sigauke - 22 January 2019

The UK has enough of its own problems associated with Brexit. Aid is meant to support and encourage the countries that make progress in areas such as rule of law, enhancement of democracy and human rights. Zimbabwe and it's oppressive zanu pf junta led by ED and his cronies do not deserve to by supported at the expense of British tax payers. Only once ED and zanu are removed from power Zimbabwe will return on the path of democracy.

Ken Sharpe - 22 January 2019

For your own information gentlemen, zanupf summoned the youths to do acts of violence and looting so that the demonstrations can be tarnished. Ask Jim kunaka and he will tell you how canal zanupf can be. Zanupf can do anything i know that because i grew in this part. Don't try to tarnish mdca, they do not have any hand in this. All the acts of violence was engineered by zanupf in trying to counter the demonstrations.

Amalinze - 22 January 2019

BY design or by accident, every time we hear the name ED we think of IDI AMIN. The difference is the same. All the goodwill invested in the man, in the party, in the cause is lost, up in smoke because of people who act first and think later. How can a person from a poor, struggling country hire the world's most expensive jet?

New Dispensation - 22 January 2019

A pal of mine will be building a couple of modern schools in one of the areas where kids travel long distances to access an education. I think thats the best solution. Thanks for the bikes though , they are ok for 5km distances or less...some rural primary schools will be digitalised...teachers and parents will know where a child is or if he or she arrived well at home or school. Fun jobs for rural folks in post Mugabe Zimbabwe.

Abantwana bemakhaya apucukileyo - 22 January 2019

Is commonwealth a good idea ?. Who benefits from it ? , what are the gains...and losses ? , Any examples of common wealth citizens that are African in the UK doing well beyond a nine to five living wage....for example in business ?. How many millionaires that are not Muslim the UK has made ? , Any cultural relationship between the UK and the modern republic of Zimbabwe etc ?....many questions that need answers.

Commonwealth relevance. ... - 23 January 2019

Making someone means letting them thrive and I dont mean in a £20K turnover two men care business listed for Britain is Great Awards. I mean for example a small business with 30 people in a grade A office that costs £220K a year to let + bills , turning over between 4 and 10 million quid a year. Thriving just like any business in a great city like NY , SF , Tokyo , Capetown , Berlin , Sydney....if there are no such Made in Great Britain people then there is no Britain for us or the Commonwealth and nothing is great. Dont you think we should be helping those girls not the Britain Aid ?.

Commonwealth relevance. ... - 23 January 2019

It is important to note that currently most of EU and UK aid is not being channeled through the zanupf lead government but through specific needy areas via NGOs or recently through the Standard Chartered the 200 milion loan facility- funds that can be accessed by business. A facility which our beloved national media houses abused as they wrongly touted it as aid from the UK to give a false impression that the UK had thawed its stance on Zim.

Sinyo - 23 January 2019

Sei chipepa chenyu chifarira zvakaipa zviri kuitirwa Zimbabwe?.Musaita seMachinja anoda kuti ruzhinji rutambure kuti vhoterwa.

Adam - 23 January 2019

withdrawing humanitarian aid to vulnerable zimbabweans as a means of forcing zanu to change it s ways is putting the cart before the horse..zanu does not care in the first place, that is why there is a humanitarian crisis to begin with.

alternative - 23 January 2019

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