UK pledges to assist Zimbabwe


Britain has once again expressed its commitment to continue working with the Zimbabwean government in ensuring adequate access to basic services for the people of Zimbabwe.
This comes at a time when the international community continues to pile the pressure on the country’s political parties in the inclusive government to fulfill the Global Political Agreement (GPA) signed in September 2008.
Speaking at the commissioning of electricity supply to Madigane Clinic in Lower Gweru, about 60 kilometres south-west of Gweru yesterday, British deputy Ambassador Tim Cole said his government would continue to provide assistance to Zimbabweans.
About $10 000 was used to link the clinic with an electric grid some kilometres away from the health centre.
Of the amount, the British Embassy is said to have provided $7 000 while the rest of the money was provided by the Vungu Rural District Council.
Cole told the gathering composed of parents and school children his government was involved in a lot of humanitarian work in the country.
“The British government is here to work with the people of Zimbabwe in ensuring that you all get better services. There is a lot of work we are doing in the country in sectors such as health, education, food security, and HIV and Aids, amongst others,” he said.
Cole said they would, as a government, continue to support the inclusive government despite the myriad of challenges the country’s coalition government is faced with.
“We appreciate your country and government is faced with a number of serious challenges. We are pleased to note that you are trying under very difficult circumstances and I would like to point out that the British government is here to support you through the challenges you face,” Cole said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Gorden Moyo, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office, said government appreciated the assistance that had been rendered by the British so far, he however chided some within the unity government who have continued to “insult” the British and the Americans despite the support rendered to Zimbabwe.
“It is fantastic to see the commissioning of this worthwhile project.
After a long struggle, we have finally reached our destination. Thanks to the British government, we now have electricity here,” said Moyo.
He added: “My heart bleeds when I look at this project and the journey we have come thus far as a community. My heart bleeds because the British have given a deaf ear to the insults that they have been subjected to despite the fact that they are helping us.”
Moyo described as nonsensical cheap political propaganda for players in the unity government and outside to claim the British and the Americans wanted to push a regime change agenda in Zimbabwe.
“It is nonsensical to insult the British and accuse them of wanting to institute regime change in this country.
“ If you hear someone insulting the British yet they are the ones that help our people, it shows there is something weird about their thinking.”