Zambia scoffs at Zimbabwe

THE Zimbabwean government is not being fair to President Mwanawasa as
chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) by heaping
abuse on him and then asking him to assist the country.

Chief Government spokesperson, Mike Mulongoti also said that Zimbabwe should

quickly resolve its problems by holding free and fair elections before

talking about the sanctions that have been imposed on that country.

Mr Mulongoti was reacting to allegations by Zimbabwean Justice Minister,

Patrick Chinamasa that president Mwanawasa as the SADC chair was doing

nothing to ensure sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe were lifted.

He said it was surprising that the Zimbabwean government had allowed its

newspaper, The Herald to heap abuses on President Mwanawasa and at the same

time ask him to assist the country.

“The Zimbabweans need to exercise humility and show decency because they

cannot insult President Mwanawasa and at the same time ask him to help them

because as SADC chair he has done what he can,” he said.

The minister of information and broadcasting said in an interview that

Zimbabweans should hold the elections and whoever would emerge winner would

then talk much about sanctions because to talk about sanctions now may be


He said the issue of sanctions was for Zimbabweans which they understood


He said President Mwanawasa from the on-set had done everything possible to

help resolve the problems in Zimbabwe and the entire world was watching the


“It is surprising that Mr Chinamasa, the man who lost an election is very

vocal and bitter,” he said.

Mr Chinamasa was yesterday reported on South African Broadcasting

Corporation (SABC) saying that President Mwanawasa as SADC chair had failed

to criticise Western-imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Commentary in The Times of Zambia

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