Mugabe gets millions from US, EU states

DESPITE President Robert Mugabe’s hostile stance towards western countries, European development organisations and the United States, the Zimbabwean government has been receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in financial aid from such countries and institutions, the mid-term fiscal policy Statement presented by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa two weeks ago reveals.

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Mugabe has been publicly chastising western countries, accusing them of, among other things, interfering in the country’s domestic affairs and imposing sanctions on the country — a move he says is to blame for the economic problems that have been haunting Zimbabwe for well over a decade.

Mugabe recently threatened to expel United States and British ambassadors for allegedly sponsoring vendors to resist their relocation from the Harare city centre.

Notwithstanding strained political relations, the United States is a leading provider of humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe, providing more than US$150 million in humanitarian assistance in recent years, much of which was food aid in 2012.