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Is lifting of sanctions the key to securing the unity government in Zimbabwe?

Posted by AT on March 14, 2010

Africa Today 44
Topic: is the lifting of sanctions the key to securing the unity government in Zimbabwe?

Date of recording : 12 February 2010
Presenter: Vuyiswa

Guests:

Lance Guma,
Broadcaster, SW Radi

Eldridge Culverwell
Zimbabwean Activist

Description:
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has urged the easing of targeted sanctions, saying there ought to be a reward for Zimbabwe’s progress. He made this remarks at The world economic forum.

Opening VT.
It has been over a year now since the ruling Zanu PF signed a power sharing deal, with rival Movement for democratic change, aimed at resolving Zimbabwe’s political and economic crisis. The deal ended months of political standoff as President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai squabbled over details of a power sharing deal agreed in September 2008. Among some of the things agreed on were declarations of commitment to working together to find a solution to the political situation in Zimbabwe and implementing an economic recovery strategy and plan. The deal was signed with the aim of easing the economic crisis the country is suffering. This is as a result of sanctions imposed by western governments over disputed elections and the land reform programme. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangarai, attending the world Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this year called for sanctions to be eased as a reward for improvement in Zimbabwe.

Africa Today asks is the lifting of sanctions the key to securing the unity government in Zimbabwe?

Key points of agreement:

Hear:
The two parties President Mugabe’s Zanu PF and Mr Tsvangarai’s MDC in signing the deal agreed on some key points and here are a few:
LAND QUESTION
The parties agreed to Accepting the irreversibility of the said land acquisitions and redistribution.
Another key point is
FREE POLITICAL ACTIVITY and FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATION
That is Recognising the right to canvass and freely mobilise for political support and working together in a manner which guarantees the full implementation and realisation of the right to freedom of association and assembly.

Lastly, on
SANCTIONS AND MEASURES
The parties agreed tocommit themselves to working together in re-engaging the international community with a view to bringing to an end the country’s international isolation.

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