Political analyst Rashweat Mukundu said the Zimbabwean government does not need to hire a United States (US) firm to help in the removal of sanctions.
This comes after government engaged prominent public relations firm Ballard Partners in a $500 000 per year deal. Mukundu said Zimbabwe needs to implement reforms clearly spelt out in the Zidera sanctions document for sanctions to be removed. Said Mukundu:
They include the respect for human rights, they include realignment of our laws with the Constitution, respecting the democratic norms, security sector reforms that remove the overbearing role of the military in our politics, which often results in our military clashing with civilians. So, for me these are actions that can easily be done without the need of hiring any company for so much money which we need in Zimbabwe for critical public services like hospitals, servicing our debt and in agriculture. So, essentially this is a waste of resources over something that the Zimbabwean government can easily do on its own. This is essentially kicking the can down the road.
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