|PM Tsvangirai in private meeting|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 16:10|
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai reportedly held a private meeting with the head of Britain’s Department for International Development in Zimbabwe asking for funds to spearhead his election campaign.PM Tsvangirai and DFID head Mr Dave Fish had officiated at the launch of the Rural Water and Sanitation in Tsholotsho, Matabeleland South.
Mr Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Mr Luke Tamborinyoka, however, dismissed the reports.
“The Prime Minister never had such a meeting. He met Fish in Tsholotsho in the presence of Government officials, including Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister Ignatius Chombo,” Mr Tamborinyoka said.
The MDC-T is reportedly struggling to secure funding from its traditional donors after Western governments expressed reservations in Mr Tsvangirai’s leadership qualities.A source yesterday said PM Tsvangirai and Mr Fish met in Bulawayo for close to an hour.
He said the MDC-T leader made a passionate plea with the British government to bankroll its election campaign.
Zimbabwe is set to hold its national elections this year. Mr Tsvangirai reportedly outlined the party’s financial woes hence the urgent need for capital injection.
“After completing Government business in Tsholotsho, the PM and Mr Fish had an hour’s long meeting in Bulawayo.
differences among political parties in the inclusive Government rendered the whole system dysfunctional.
He said PM Tsvangirai had asked for more donor funding for various projects in Zimbabwe. Mr Fish said they discussed the recent visit to Zimbabwe by the International Monetary Fund’s officials.
“We discussed the IMF team visit looking at the Zimbabwean debt issue. The Prime Minister was keen to have donors increase their support to Zimbabwe,” he said.
He dismissed reports they discussed election funding adding that the British government had no “sufficient” confidence in the Zimbabwean Government. He said the current Government was a contested arrangement.
Mr Fish said the British government was funding a number of developmental projects in Zimbabwe.
He was reported to have met his donors disguised as “golf partners” during a family holiday in New York.