By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare, February 05, 2016 – Opposition Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) has agreed with the US Senator Bob Corker’s suggestion that the US should not fund the Zanu PF government since the ruling party is not willing to reform.
The US Senator last week raffled Zanu PF feathers when he raised debate through a letter to the US President Barrack Obama suggesting that multilateral institutions should not advance funding to Zimbabwe.
But Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo was quick to dismiss the statements by the Senator, saying the US was “not the only country in the world”.
There has been an acrimonious relationship between the government of Zimbabwe and the US since the turn of the millennium, with the US accusing Zimbabwe of gross human rights and imposing targeted sanctions on the Mugabe administration.
However, the US government has remained among the major funding partners for humanitarian assistance to the people of Zimbabwe.
The recent letter by Corker came in the wake of reports that Zimbabwe was very close to securing new lines of credit if it clears its US$1.8 billion arrears to the IMF, World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Commenting on Corker’s statements, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) an opposition party led by Harare lawyer and former Finance Minister in the inclusive government Tendai Biti has also warned against funding the “unrepentant” Zanu PF government saying it was ‘akin to funding terror’.
“Mugabe’s regime is far from reforming but is desperate for money hence its attempt to hoodwink the international financial institutions into thinking that it is committed to reforms. Giving credit lines to Zanu PF would be akin to supporting a terror group in the mould of ISIS…” said PDP in a statement.
The party suggested that the rise in incidents of violence and police clamp down on opposition activists was a sign that Zanu PF was not willing to transform from its violent behaviour.
But political analyst Takura Zhangazha said even though the US has constantly funded Zimbabwe, statements by the Senator were misplaced.
“Well the Senator is obviously entitled to his opinion but given the fact that the United States government has been assisting Zimbabwe with humanitarian aid during the ongoing crisis, the Senator’s view is misplaced” said Zhangazha.
Zimbabwe’s human rights situation has been deteriorating with government brutally clamping down on free association and expression.
Journalist-cum-activist Itai Dzamara is still missing since 9 March last year after he called for Mugabe to step down for failure to fulfil election promises.