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envoy views results of Zimbabwe 'clean-up'
Muleya, Business Day (SA)
December 07, 2005
Robert Mugabe yesterday met the United Nations (UN) humanitarian
envoy assessing the effects of the government’s "clean-up"
blitz to discuss the consequences of the widely condemned crackdown.
between Mugabe and Jan Egeland paved the way for a visit by UN Secretary-
General Kofi Annan, who has had to delay his expected visit to Zimbabwe
due to frosty diplomatic relations between the world body’s highest
office and Harare.
Annan is now
expected to visit Zimbabwe at the beginning of next year to engage
Mugabe on the demolition of shacks and informal businesses that
left tens of thousands homeless and destitute. The meeting also
opened the way for the UN to dispatch a $30m aid package that has
been blocked by the government.
George Charamba, said the meeting centred on "shelter, drought
mitigation and food security".
that Egeland, who met a wide cross-section of Zimbabweans, conveyed
Annan’s "deep concern" about the situation of the victims
of the state’s "clean-up operation".
Egeland indicated Annan was also worried about the blocking of aid
to the victims.
They also said
Egeland was unimpressed by the lack of progress in building news
houses for those been left homeless.
the Hatcliffe, Whitecliff and Hopley construction projects that
were being built under "Operation Live Well".
has stopped because of a lack of funds.
He visited Mavambo
Trust School, an AIDS orphanage in Mabvuku township.
the UN had appealed to international donors for the release of $270m
to help Zimbabwe tackle the consequences of the "clean-up"
blitz and other problems, such as food shortages and deteriorating
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