UK vows to push for fair Zim elections

2012-03-22 10:33

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday pledged to push the international community to insist on fair elections in Zimbabwe during a meeting with counterpart Morgan Tsvangirai.

The pair met at Britain's parliament and agreed it was essential for South Africa and other Southern African Development Community countries to lead the way in pushing for constitutional reforms which would ensure fair elections.

During a "warm and friendly" meeting, Cameron also praised Tsvangirai's attempts to bring about economic reform, a statement from Cameron's Downing Street office said.

The two leaders "discussed the prospects for holding elections in Zimbabwe at the right time" and "both agreed that the international community should insist on constitutional reforms before the elections".

Cameron vowed Britain would fully support the efforts, but said it was "critical for South Africa" and neighbouring countries to take the lead.

"The Prime Minister re-stated how passionate he was about wanting Zimbabwe to succeed and commended the MDC [Tsvangirai's party] on progress made on the economy," said the statement.

"Tsvangirai thanked the Prime Minister for British aid, which he said was being channelled directly to those who needed it most," it added.

Elections are scheduled for 2013, but negotiations over a new constitution that would set out the rules for the vote have stalled on several points, including whether President Robert Mugabe, 88, should be allowed to run again.

Tsvangirai was in London for an African business summit.

  • Glenview - 2012-03-22 11:30

    waste of time !!! zimbabwe will never be a colony

      Akili - 2012-03-22 11:40

      Zimbabwe, the only free Sub-Saharan African country. The Europeans have created enough damage in Africa already, they should rest now please, don't they get tired?

      djmain1 - 2012-03-22 15:26

      Unfortunately for Zimbabweans, it is far worse than a colony at the moment. Only our spineless government continues to prop up the illegimate regime.

      henry.bose.39 - 2012-07-30 15:53

      It will also never be a democracy while mugarbage/zanupf is around. But they sure will be hungry,i like starving zimbabweans,they work harder.

  • Warwick - 2012-03-22 11:48

    The UK sold out Rhoedesia first, then Zimbabwe and now wanna get involved again?? No wonder crazy Bob hates them.

      Lesvokli - 2012-03-22 13:30

      Why would the UK want a country that has defaulted on its Debt since 1999? And dont tell me its about diamonds, cause at the end of the day, Zimbabwe needs to sell the diamonds to someone whether they like it or not.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-22 14:14

    Don't care who pushes for fair elections. Every bit helps. Let's not wait for the Chinese to push for fair elections, by than there won't be anyone left in the country, besides Mugabe and his lovely corrupt Grace!! Quite frankly, the Chinese could not give a damn who runs the country, even the old Rhodesia would do for them !!!!!!!!!

  • Mark - 2012-03-22 16:14

    Mr Cameron. If you really want free and fair elections in Zimbabwe, then keep untrustworthy South Africa out of any observor mission.

  • Sekuru - 2012-03-22 18:20

    Fair Elections = No sanctions = no violence = no foreign interference = David Cameroon shutup

      teboh.rapheal - 2012-07-30 14:14

      any african who sits on the same table with aryans to eat the blood of our ancestors with aryans.planing our distruction like stvangirai shall be punished by history.who is the british pribe minister to push for whatever in africa?they have inherited supiriority complex from thier canibalistic ancestors beliving the world is thiers.but the world shall turn against such unpardonable people responsible for decimating our people and latter wanting to give us lessons.we must stand at the center of our own existence and make it clear in thier docile can not be an inslaver yesterday occupying and stealing peoples land.then latter coming to give lessons to the victims of your crimes.when did the faith of african people become the pre occupation of aryans?let them stop propaganda media manipulation etc.we now understand thier real intentions and would creat choas in the lifes of thoes who seek to hold our people in oder to continue expliotation.if they have free money let them give it to thier greec brothers .we are not thier brothers and shall never be.the world is not a paradise where people do charity.manipulators.

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