president robert mugabe with eu envoy 12-09-11.pngThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe says the GPA is an internal political arrangement and not a European one, adding that Zimbabweans have always had the opportunity to elect their leaders.

 

Cde Mugabe was speaking in Harare this Monday after meeting the visiting Managing Director of the European Union external services, Mr. Nicholas Westcott.

 

Mr. Westcott had said the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the west will only be removed when the country holds free and fair elections.

The European Union envoy also said the issue of sanctions will be considered if Zimbabweans fully implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA), a move which the Zimbabwean authorities have seen Europe changing goal posts.

Sanctions were initially imposed to reverse the land reform programme nine years ago and the GPA is hardly three years old.

President Mugabe told the visiting European envoy that the GPA is an internal political arrangement and not a European one.

He questioned why Europe wants to stand as judges to the country’s systems and keen on dictating what Zimbabweans should do.

President Mugabe said elections will be held when they are due and not to please Europe but to fulfill Zimbabwe’s constitutional obligations.

The European envoy is in the country en-route to South Africa where he will hold yearly bilateral meetings with the South African authorities.