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Zimbabweans Plan Demonstration at UN Against Mugabe Rule

The North American Foundation for a Free Zimbabwe, a not-for-profit organization in the United States, said it would demonstrate for two days at the United Nations in New York starting Saturday to urge international action against the Harare administration.

Foundation spokesman Handle Mlilo spoke with reporter Francois Nsengiyumva of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe about what his group hoped to achieve.

While Zimbabwe’s deteriorating political and economic crisis has hindered its efforts to reach development goals, other factors have also come into play, says one prominent Zimbabwean political analyst. Actionaid Regional Policy and Advocacy Manager Brian Kagoro says these factors slowing development have affected all Southern Africa.

Mr. Kagoro, who is based in Nairobi, Kenya, but until recently worked in Harare as the head of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, said that while countries around Zimbabwe are achieving decent growth rates, statistics mask deeply entrenched poverty.

Mr. Kagoro shared his analysis with Studio 7 reporter and host Chris Gande.

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