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US ambassador to Zim, Charles Ray

Article by Clayton Moyo

The United States of America spends up to 300 million dollars annually on health care in Zimbabwe as revealed by the US ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray.

Ambassador Ray told journalists during his tour of Bulawayo ‘s Mpilo opportunistic infections (OI) clinic that US provides resources especially in support of anti-retro viral therapy. He said the resources are going to address the HIV and AIDS problem.

“When you look at amount of money that the US puts in support for health care in Zimbabwe, its greater than many of the countries in the entire budget,” Ambassador Ray said.

He dismissed reports by the National Aids Council that funding of HIV and AIDS programs has dwindled in the country by 50 percent.US Embassy public affairs officer, Tim Gerhardson added that instead, there has been a double increase on some funds. The US President’ s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief this year rose to $46 million up from $20 million last year.

Ambassador Ray said there is not likely to be a reduction of funding in the near future as the country is in need of HIV and AIDS support.

“HIV has an international impact because it affects the working population which makes it very difficult for a country to sustain effective economic growth.It’ s hard to build industry and grow your economy when you are having a huge bill drawn on your medical resources because of the requirement for treatment.
“This is another drain on your economy and when one country ‘ s economy goes to down, it affects your neighbours and when a region’ s economy falls, it affects the world.”

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Still not a breakthrough for Zuma

Posted: March 20, 2010 in News
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(from left) Morgan Tsvangirai, Jacob Zuma, Robert Mugabe, Prof Arthur Mutambara

Article by Clayton Moyo

South African President Jacob Zuma ‘s visit that folded on Thursday was celebrated as a breakthrough but the negotiators still have a lot to determine. The negotiators from the three political parties in the Global Political Agreement are known for not concluding the talks as they are still on the table since 2008.

In a statement released by Zuma ‘s Pretoria office, negotiators have to meet and deliberate on outstanding issues on 25, 26 and 29 March and produce a report to be handed over to Zuma, the GPA facilitator by the 31st of March.

Spokesperson of the MDC, Edwin Mushoriwa says his party can neither confirm nor deny that Zuma has made a breakthrough on the talks. He says the hope lies in Zuma ‘ s satisfaction with the discussions he had with the negotiators.

Zuma says he has to present a progress report to the chairperson of the SADC organ on politics and defence, Mozambican president Armando Guebuza.

In his visit President Zuma met the Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono, Attorney General Johannes Tomana whose controversial appointments have created tensions in the all inclusive government since its formation last year. Zuma also met MDC-T treasurer general, Roy Bennett who is awaiting anointment as agriculture deputy minister. President Robert Mugabe has refused to install Bennett citing his pending court case on treason charges.

Political analyst Dr Samukele Hadebe dismissed the meeting of the three individuals who are centre of dispute as the outstanding matters saying it is not about their personalities. Doctor Hadebe said the three should be recognised in the context of differences among the GPA actors not on their personal capacities.

President Zuma also met the three principals in the GPA, President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Professor Arthur Mutambara.