simbarashe mumbengegwi 14-02-11.jpgForeign Affairs Minister, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi says Zimbabwe stands guided by the dictates of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) in coming up with elections scheduled for later this year.

Cde Mumbengegwi cleared the air on the country’s elections roadmap in Harare soon after meeting some SADC diplomats in routine briefing on progress made by Zimbabwe’s inclusive government.

The Minister’s statement puts to rest speculation being peddled by some sections of the media on a possible external hand in the drawing of the country’s elections roadmap.

Commenting on recent offers by Britain and the European Union to finance the country’s upcoming elections, Cde Mumbengegwi said Zimbabwe is capable of organising and funding its own elections.

“Britain and any other western force should back off from meddling in the country’s internal affairs,” Cde Mumbengegwi said.

Malawian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Professor Richard Phoya said SADC is strongly behind the government of Zimbabwe, adding that the meeting with Minister Mumbengegwi has helped in clearing the air on some media reports on the position of the Zimbabwean government towards the regional block.

Recently, there has been speculation from certain sections of the media about a possible fall out between Zimbabwe and SADC after the Troika meeting in Livingstone, Zambia.

Zimbabwe has however dismissed such suggestions, stressing that if the country is offended, there are normal government to government channels, which must be used to solve the problems.