patrick chinamasa 04-04-2011.jpgGovernment has hailed the continued co-operation and support to State institutions by the United Nations while urging other partners who wish to assist Zimbabwe in developmental projects to do so in a manner that promotes the democratic process.

The call was made by the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Cde Patrick Chinamasa at a handover of vehicles and equipment to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) by the UNDP in the capital.

He commended the UNDP for its continued efforts in supporting local State institutions, but however called on all external stakeholders who wish to assist the country to do so in good will and desist from compromising the country’s sovereignty.

“I am pleased to note that the assistance rendered to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission by UNDP and its partners has followed procedures laid down by our law and hence has been done above board…..this will go a long way in meeting ZEC’s needs for quite some time to come,” said Cde Chinamasa.

Speaking at the same occasion, UNDP’s country director, Ms Christine Umutoni said the UNDP remains committed to supporting key national institutions that play an important role in advancing sustainable development.

“Our positive partnership with ZEC has enabled us to mobilise resources from other development partners such as the European Commission, Sida and Denmark,” Ms Umutoni said.

The UNDP together with other stakeholders handed over 11 Prado vehicles, 100 desktop computers, 125 notebook computers and 86 printers to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.