president rgm with undp rep.jpgHead of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has briefed the new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative, Mr Allan Noudehou on the current political and socio-economic situation prevailing in the country.

Cde Mugabe and Mr Noudehou met behind closed doors at State House in Harare this Wednesday morning.

 

Sources close to the meeting’s proceedings said Cde Mugabe spoke about the political situation prevailing in the country and in particular the electoral process as spelt out in the Global Political Agreement.

 

According to the GPA, the inclusive government is a temporary arrangement that should see the making of a new constitution and the eventual holding of elections.

 

The sources said the constitution-making process also came up for discussion with Cde Mugabe emphasising that it has been delayed due to lack of funding.

 

Analysts say some funders are deliberately dragging their feet to allow political parties they support to redeploy and restrategise as they are currently in disarray.

 

Government has called on relevant authorises to prioritise the completion of the constitution-making process and allocate the necessary resources so that elections are held this year.

 

In the recent past, Cde Mugabe has said the inclusive government should not continue for more than six months after the lapse of the two years stipulated in the GPA, citing ideological differences among parties which have affected the smooth implementation of government programmes.

 

In the discussion with Mr Noudehou, the President stressed the need for a close working relationship between the UNDP and government to facilitate the flow of development assistance in the country.

 

The country has been a victim of negative western propaganda in the past few years and in this regard Cde Mugabe urged the new UNDP envoy to study the situation in Zimbabwe so that he can convey objective, accurate information to his quarters rather than for them to rely on the distorted information spread by the biased Western media.

 

The discussion also dwelt on Zimbabwe’s economic pillars, namely: agriculture and mining where Zimbabwe needs more support to further propel economic growth.

 

With the imposition of illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe by the EU over land, Zimbabwe has been relying heavily on friends from the east to help newly settled farmers.