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European Union pours €4.5millon to Zimbabwe

by Mandla Ndlovu
25 Apr 2019 at 15:39hrs | Views
The Head of Delegation of the European Union to ZimbabweTimo  Olkkonen on Thursday met President Emmerson Mnangagwa to announce a further €4.5 million relief fund form the European Union towards assisting the victims of Cyclone Idai.

After the meeting Olkkonen said, "I met President Mnangagwa and conveyed a letter from the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides of additional €4 million support to victims of Cyclone Idai. A total EU cyclone support to the region €16 million of which 4,5 Million comes to Zimbabwe."

He also revealed that they discussed various challenges affecting Zimbabwe and the President showed commitment to the reform agenda.

"I also had a good and candid discussion on Zimbabwe's political and economic reform agenda. EU supports reforms. We discussed violence and human rights violations of August 2018 and January 2019  and measures government is taking to address these, including implementation of the Mothlante commission recommendations."

Earlier in April the European Union announced an additional €12 million in humanitarian support in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

This funding was for assisting  people in need following cyclone Idai and the subsequent floods.

Total EU humanitarian assistance in response to this natural disaster now amounts to over €15 million.

Source - Byo24News