Outgoing Germany ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. Albrecht Conze, has thrown his weight behind calls by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, for the three parties in the GPA to quickly complete the elections road map to pave way for fresh polls.Mr Conze had paid a courtesy call on Vice President Joice Mujuru at her Munhumutapa Offices in Harare to bid her farewell after completing his three-year tour of duty.
The ambassador, who spoke passionately to ZBC News on the need for the election roadmap, said he believes time has now come for political leaders both in the country and in the SADC region to bring finality to the issue of elections in Zimbabwe so as to allow people to exercise their right to vote.
â€œI hope the tripartite (SADC, Comesa & EAC) summit to be held in South Africa will bring a final solution to the election issue in Zimbabwe, the leaders need to move with speed and ensure that the roadmap gets finished so that people express their freedom to vote,â€ said Mr. Conze.
Mr. Conze said while his discussion with Vice President Mujuru focused more on educational programmes, Germany has demonstrated her willingness to bust sanctions which it believes was a temporary measure, by availing US$15 million through UNICEF.
Earlier on, the new Norwegian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Ingebjorg Stofring, who paid a courtesy call on Vice President Joice Mujuru told ZBC News that while her country has enjoyed cordial relations with Zimbabwe before and after independence, it is unfortunate that Norway can not lift the sanctions as its hands are tied by the European Union.
She said, â€œWe are not a member of the EU, but the bloc is our biggest partner so we have to believe in the same dialogue that is being pursued by the west to remove restrictive measures on Zimbabwe,â€ said Ms Stofring.
The sentiments by the by European ambassadors that their respective countries believe that the sanctions which the Norwegian ambassador called â€˜restrictive measuresâ€™ were a temporary action come amid revelations that the last EU summit was left divided as Germany was against the idea of extending the illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe.