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 ZambiaPost published in: News