sk moyo with eu envoy 13-09-11.pngZanu PF National Chairman, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo says the issue of writing of a new constitution and the holding of elections is Zimbabwean people’s business which should never be directed by foreigners.

Ambassador Khaya Moyo was speaking at his party’s headquarters in Harare where he hosted two delegations; one led by Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Koichi Morita and the other by the EU Managing Director to Africa, Mr Nick Westcott.

Cde Moyo told the visiting Nick Westcott that while Zimbabwe/EU bilateral relations are very important, the country will never compromise its sovereignty, adding that Harare wants to see the illegal sanctions lifted.

“Part of the provisions of the GPA are that sanctions must be removed and since they have not been removed, that has affected our operations as an inclusive government,” said Cde Moyo.

Ambassador Moyo also said EU got itself entangled in a bilateral dispute between Harare and London.

Westcott admitted that there is need for the restoration of the once good relations between Zimbabwe and EU.

“The EU/ Zimbabwe relations are import to both of us and my presence here is manifestation of our commitment to re-engagement,” said Mr Westcott.

Outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Koichi Morita expressed gratitude for his tenure in Zimbabwe, saying his country is against the illegal sanctions imposed by the west on Zimbabwe.

He said Japan will continue to consolidate its relations with Zimbabwe through investment in various sectors of the economy while also funding humanitarian programmes.

Through Zimbabwe’s Look East Policy, the country has engaged Asian nations with the EU bloc now reportedly realising that it could lose out if it does not re-engage.

Meanwhile, the visiting EU Managing Director to Africa, Mr Nick Westcott says Zimbabwe is justified in seeking a legal course regarding the lifting of the illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the West.

Speaking to ZBC News, Mr Westcott, who is on his first visit to Zimbabwe as part of the re-engagement between EU and the country, says the legal stance proposed by Attorney General, Johannes Tomana is lawful and permitted under the governance of the western countries grouping.

The Attorney General’s office last week wrote to the EU seeking the European bloc to clarify its position on sanctions or face litigation.

Commenting on the possible lifting of the illegal sanctions, Mr Westcott remained adamant that the illegal economic embargo can only be scrapped if there is full implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

Observers have however criticised the conditions placed by EU on sanctions, which they say are misplaced and meant to perpetuate the regime change agenda.

Mr Westcott also acknowledged the socio-economic progress made by Zimbabwe despite the existence of the harsh illegal sanctions, a testimony that the economic embargoes have failed to attain the intended effect of crippling the local economy.

During his visit, Mr Westcott had a chance to meet the principals in the inclusive government, stakeholders in the diamond industry on KP compliance, captains of industry and members of the civic society.