Friday, December 12, 2003

Zimbabwe: ZANU wants to kick out ambassadors

Mugabe's party, the ZANU-PF, wants the government to kick out the ambassadors of the US, Britain, Canada and Australia.

Implications ...
More than 400 British companies, employing 30 000 people trade in Zimbabwe. The fear is that if their embassy is thrown out that business will go too.

Zimbabwe stands to lose more than R7 million worth of British aid if links are cut. However, the government argues that it was paying more than R6 million to the Commonwealth and now that it does not have to fork that bill it stands to lose little from Britain's exit from its country.
A few days ago, there was a report that the government was considering cutting ties with Britain and Australia.