President Mugabe smiled and shook hands with fellow unity government principals, including long-time rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, after signing copies of the document in Harare
Political analyst Blessing Vava of the National Constitutional Assembly said that if SADC funds the election, it will have more leverage in pushing for reforms in Harare
Mr. Tsvangirai told the Chinese vice premier that a new government that will be elected in fresh elections expected to be held this year will continue to engage the Chinese to boost trade between the two countries
Although the Bulawayo City Council suspended such moves last year after complaints from residents, it has since started the auctions with property from 16 households having already gone under the hammer
In its monthly report, the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs said the shortafall would make it difficult for the agency to assist the needy in the country from May to October.
Mapfumo said the government’s number one priority should be to root out corruption, which he said is rife in the country, affecting efforts to revive the economy.