HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai today said parties in the inclusive government are still haggling on the visit of the United Nations election funding needs assessment team casting doubt on the mission.
The team has been stuck in South Africa since Wednesday last week due to disagreement between coalition partners on the areas they are supposed to visit.
“There could not be any agreement between our two ministers and the UN mission because the UN mission sort to have unrestricted mandate to meet whoever they wanted. The two ministers will continue to persuade the UN mission to have a reduced list especially a list that will focus primarily on those institutions, political parties and organisations that have anything to do with elections.” the Premier told journalists.
The UN team was scheduled to visit Zimbabwe to assess requirements for general elections expected this year, both Biti and Chinamasa on April 4 wrote a letter appealing for financial assistance from UN.
ZANU PF’s Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa is said to have written a counter letter blocking the visit, because his party is unhappy with the UN’s request to conduct a needs assessment first before agreeing to help raise funds for the elections.
Addressing journalists on the state of the economy, Finance Minister Tendai Biti, told journalists that they had agreed that the mission will see the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Regional Integration and International Cooperation, the Minister of Constitutional Affairs, co-ministers of Home Affairs, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Zimbabwe electoral Commission (ZEC), the Registrar General and the fish mongers group of ambassadors.
“We could not agree on the question on whether the mission should see civil society. So we have agreed that the issue should be resolved by principals at principal level,” Biti said.