Top US Official In Zimbabwe

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Affairs, Susan Page, arrived in Harare on Monday night.

The US embassy public affairs section Tuesday confirmed Page visit a day before President Robert Mugabe launches a campaign against sanctions imposed on him by the US and the European Union.

“During her visit, Page will be in Harare and also Bulawayo, meeting separately with senior government officials, representatives from the business community, and civil society leaders. Her visit to Zimbabwe reflects the importance the United States Government places on engaging a broad array of Zimbabwean leaders to foster bilateral
economic and diplomatic relations,” said the US embassy in Harare in a brief statement to the media.

Page also comes at a time the country has been gripped by a resurgence of violence in both urban and rural areas.
In Mbare ZANU-PF youths have initiated all-night vigils as violence continues to rock the country’s oldest and poorest township.

“We did not sleep last night (Monday),”a Mbare resident, told VOP on Tuesday, speaking strictly is not named.
“The ZANU-PF thugs spent the whole night chanting their party slogans,” he added.