Thursday, November 05, 2009

(HERALD) ‘Western media peddling falsehoods about Zim’

‘Western media peddling falsehoods about Zim’
Herald Reporter

The information peddled by hostile Western media about the situation in Zimbabwe is false, Vice President Joice Mujuru said yesterday.

Speaking after a courtesy call by the visiting Malawi Foreign Affairs Minister, Professor Etah Banda, at her Munhumutapa offices yesterday, VP Mujuru said the Western media was painting a false picture about the situation in Zimbabwe.

"Most of the things propagated about Zimbabwe by some Western countries through their media are falsehoods. The situation in Zimbabwe is not like what they want the world to believe.

"They (Western countries) should let us solve our problems because right now every country has its own share of problems. They should take a cue from our neighbours and Sadc.

"Sadc and the AU understands us and they are the right people to assist as African brothers."

VP Mujuru urged the Malawi delegation to go and tell the world the true Zimbabwean story, adding that Malawi as a neighbour understood Zimbabwe better.

She said Zimbabwe was a peace-loving country and what it required was respect of its sovereignty that was acquired after bloodshed.

VP Mujuru commended the mutual relations existing between Zimbabwe and Malawi dating back to the days of the liberation struggle.

"Zimbabwe and Malawi are one family and we are proud of the cordial cultural relationship that exist among our people that have also seen our people inter-marrying," she said.

Addressing journalists after a closed door meeting with VP Mujuru, Prof Banda who was accompanied by her Zimbabwean counterpart, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, said the VP had encouraged them to continue working for the benefit of the people of the two countries.

She reiterated that Zimbabwe and Malawi were one family. "Zimbabwe and Malawi are one family, what only separates us are boundaries," said Prof Banda.

She said they had agreed with Minister Mumbengegwi to implement all the resolutions of the recent Joint Permanent Commission.

Minister Mumbengegwi said the communique they signed was a binding document that reflected the relationship between Zimbabwe and Malawi.

"What we have signed here is a reflection of what we have done during the past three days. We have made a lot of changes to the original document and this shows how we understand each other in a sisterly and brotherly manner," he said.

Cde Mumbengegwi said Zimbabwe was willing to learn more in the agriculture sector from Malawi to boost the country’s food reserves.

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