USAid programme to Zimbabwe apolitical, says envoy

USAid programme to Zimbabwe apolitical, says envoy
Published: 24 July 2015 (525 Views)
The United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton says his country's aid to Zimbabwe is apolitical amid accusations that its funding the National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe led by Stan Zvorwadza to stir political turmoil in Zimbabwe.

Wharton said his country's assistance to any Zimbabwean was meant to bailout different sectors of Zimbabwean communities.

Recent reports from government controlled state media alleged that two Western nations have been fingered in funding of resistance efforts by illegal vendors who have been ordered to move out of Harare streets to designated vending sites across the city. The state media said the move is meant to foment political upheaval in the country pursuant to the illegal regime change agenda.

Reliable sources cited the United States through PACT Civic Organisation and the Netherlands' HIVOS Zimbabwe who are accused of funding the MDC-T aligned National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (NAVUZ) led by Mr Stan Zvorwadza.

Mr Zvorwadza has been leading a section of illegal vendors in confrontations with Harare municipal police as they resist relocation to designated selling points. On Monday illegal vendors engaged in running battles with municipal police in the city centre although some have since to areas designated by the Harare City Council.

The sources said the funds came through the embassies of the two governments to incite street vendors to stage wildcat demonstrations against President Mugabe and the Government on the pretext of unemployment.

Mr Zvorwadza's union is reportedly receiving $10 000 every month towards that cause. The sources said Mr Zvorwadza at one time arrived at Harry Nkumbula International Airport in Zambia aboard a Kenyan Airways flight number KQ708 from Britain.

- dailynews

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