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EU undermines Mnangagwa anti sanctions march

by Staff Reporter
25 Oct 2019 at 10:48hrs | Views
The European Union on Friday announced a US60 million additional aid facility to Zimbabwe coinciding with the country's anti sanctions march.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will address the anti sanctions march where they are calling for the removal of sanctions on Zimbabwe by the United States and European Union.

Sadc nations have also joined in the anti sanctions call.

In what has been seen as a move to discredit the anti sanctions march, the EU decided to announce the aid on the same day.

"The European Union steps up its support to the people of Zimbabwe with an additional US$60 million under its National Indicative Programme. The funds will directly support the population in the fields of health and resilience building.

"US$43 million will support public health service delivery by strengthening primary care systems, capacitating human resources for health and enhancing community participation," said the EU in a statement.

"US$18 million will support household and communities in vulnerable situations across the country by increasing their capacities to respond to food and nutrition security shocks."

EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen said, "With this top up, the European Union increases its support to the Zimbabwean population, which now reaches USD$320 million under the National Indicative Programme for the period 2014-2020. These two actions come at a critical time to support the people, who are facing  difficult socio-economic times."

The EU said its development cooperation with Zimbabwe under the 11th EDF (2014-2020) National Indicative Programme amounting to US 260 million before this top up, focuses on the focal sectors of health, agriculture based economic development, as well as governance and institution building.

Source - Byo24News