Zim Loses Out On 5 milliion Euro WASH Grant

Last month Zimbabwe also lost round 10 of the Global fund for to fight HIV, malaria and tuberculosis because of the same reasons.

An official from government, who declined to be named, confirmed Zimbabwe had been denied the funds following a meeting held in the Netherlands last week.

“We were told point blank that the International community is closely monitoring the political situation in Zimbabwe especially the projected next year elections. A Food and Agriculture Association delegate who was chairing the fund granting board said our 2011 grant for WASH was going to be set aside until the outcome of the elections,“ said the official.

However four other developing countries were granted the funds.

The WASH International fund is given to development countries to enhance their sanitation infrastructure especially in the rural areas where communities are usually marginalised.

The official said it was unfair for the international community to deny Zimbabwe the much needed humanitarian assistance at a time when economy was recovering.