“It is instructive that this pass out parade comes at a time when the inclusive government, comprising Zanu (PF) and the two MDC formations has entered its fourth month with significant progress having been made,” Mugabe told a police pass out parade at Morris Depot in Harare.
Mugabe, in power since winning independence from Britain in 1980, formed a power-sharing government last February with the two leaders of the former opposition MDC formations under a deal brokered by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to try to rescue Zimbabwes economy from total collapse.
“Indeed the inclusive government has undertaken several bold steps aimed at addressing various challenges affecting the country, among them the Short Term Emergency Recovery Programme (STERP), which is designed to mobilise resources aimed at resuscitating and rehabilitating the economy, Mugabe said.
“I wish to reiterate our collective national call for immediate removal of the vindictive sanctions as their continued existence hurts the common man, and woman as indeed all our children in our country. “
Zimbabwes coalition government, formed last February, is seen as offering the country the best opportunity in a decade to restore stability and end a devastating economic and humanitarian crisis.
But failure by the government to win support from Western donor countries could hamper the administrations ability to deliver.
While a wrangle between Mugabe and his coalition partners Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara over appointment of key public officials had appeared to bog down the administration, intensifying doubts about durability and effectiveness.
However Tsvangirai told reporters in Harare on Thursday that the three former rivals had reached agreement on all key appointments except those of central bank governor and attorney general.
Tsvangirai said the thorny question of whether central bank governor Gideon Gono and Attorney General Johannes Tomana appointed by Mugabe last January should retain their jobs would be referred to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) for mediation.
The SADC and the AU are guarantors of the shaky power-sharing deal. ZimOnline
HARARE President Robert Mugabe last Thursday said Zimbabwes four-month old inclusive government had recorded significant progress since its formation in February and appealed to Western countries to remove sanctions against the inner circle of his Zanu (PF)