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Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai Heads for US, Europe to Tell 'Success Story'


Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is scheduled to embark this weekend for the United States and Europe to talk up his unity government notwithstanding its problems and seek budgetary support from the West in addition to ongoing humanitarian relief.

Harare has obtained loan commitments exceeding a billion dollars from African partners, but it needs billions more to run the government and relaunch a battered economy.

The United States, Britain and other countries have not concealed they are wary of sinking funds into a government which includes President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party, fearing such funds could be diverted or misused.

Only this past weekend Tsvangirai acknowledged in a speech to the annual conference of his Movement for Democratic Change that resistance from hardline elements in ZANU-PF have prevented his government from achieving its democratic objectives.

Minister of State Gorden Moyo, in Mr. Tsvangirai's office, told reporter Blessing Zulu that Tsvangirai will continue the process of re-engaging the international community and relate "the achievements, the success story of (his) inclusive government."

Political analyst Joy Mabenge said the Zimbabwean prime minister’s diplomatic foray might very well yield some of the funds his unity government needs so badly.

More reports from VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe...

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