In 2002 the Western countries, include EU, USA, Canada and Australia, agreed to impose targeted sanctions against Mugabe and a number of his cronies in protest against the regime's bad human rights record and repeated failure to hold free and fair elections. It was the reports of a dooming diamond trade in Zimbabwe’s diamond by the Chinese, Israelis and Indians that has shaken the west’s unity. For the last two years the EU, under pressure from Belgium in particular whose old diamond industry was been threaten by these newcomers, has threaten break rank and re-engage the Zanu PF regime regardless it failure to hold free and fair elections.
“We are most happy today to announce that the EU council confirmed this position (re-engagement with Zanu PF regime) and that appropriate measures will indeed effectively be lifted this weekend,” EU ambassador to Zimbabwe, Philippe Van Damme, flanked by diplomats from 10 EU states, told journalists in Harare
So it is official, the EU has broken rank with the USA, Australia and Canada and given up the demand for Zanu PF to hold free and fair elections as a lost cause. The EU has now joined China, Israel and India in the on-going looting and plunder of Zimbabwe’s mineral wealth and riches. Yes I said looting and plunder because that is exactly what is going to happen – the economic environment is not conducive for the normal medium and long term investor but ideal for the looters and plunders!
EU – Zanu PF re-engagement will not bring any investors who will open new companies and bring the much needed jobs because the Zanu PF government will not deliver the condition such investor demand.
“There is no investor who can come to an environment where their investments are not secure. The clarification [of the indigenisation law] is important. As far as the clarification of the indigenisation law, the investors are not saying change your law, but what they are saying is: ‘Make it clear that there should be predictability and transparency’. They are not saying change your laws to suit us,” Finance Minister, Patrick Chinamasa told a visiting UK trade delegates the other day.
The nation has been over this ground a thousand times already and no amount of spin by the Minister can change the fact on the ground that delivering that environment for normal business activities to thrive has been a bridge too far for Zanu PF.
In 2008 the Zanu PF regime passed a law that forces any foreign investor to sell up to 51% of their investment to a local black Zimbabwean partner. On Tuesday Mugabe warned against those who fail to follow the rules in the selection of the local partner, thus confirming he has no intention of scrapping the law. The only compromise the regime has offered since the rigged July 2013 elections is that the percentage sold to the local partner will be “negotiable”.
No foreign investor wants to be forced to take on a partner, period. And these Zanu PF approved partners are nothing but blood sucking ticks!
Even if the regime was to announce that it has scrapped the indigenisation laws, no one will trust the regime to honour the new law, a point UK Ambassador was quick to remind Minister Chinamasa.
“The promised clarification of indigenisation policy is welcome, which, if handled well, could have a major impact. The government must also show observers that rule of law is paramount, underlining this message as much in political rhetoric as in the conduct of its institutions,” Laing said.
The Zanu PF regime is well known for its disregard of even its own laws and treaties.
So the EU know the Zanu PF government will not give any would-be foreign investor any assurances – let alone ironclad guarantees – that their investments will not be seized and yet they are still as keen as mustard to re-engage the regime and do business. Well the only business these Europeans must be after is the only business not requiring any medium to long term investment – looting and plunder.
The Belgians, who have been pushing hard for the EU to do business with Mugabe regardless the fact he had just blatantly rigged vote the July 2013 elections, have never cared about human suffering, justice, free elections or human life if it that person was an African. MDC had the best chance ever to implement the democratic reforms and force Mugabe to hold free and fair elections during the GNU. The failure to get even one reform implemented gave the EU the excuse they have been waiting for to abandon the demand on Mugabe to hold free and fair elections as a lost cause.
“Zimbabweans fcuked up big time,” the Belgians argued, no doubt. “Now let us end the sanctions so we can join in the looting and plunder!”
As far as Mugabe and Zanu PF is concerned the re-engagement with EU meaning the regime is off the hook, it does not need to hold free and fair elections. On the economic front the regime is hope the looting and plunder will generate addition wealth to easy the economic meltdown the country has faced these last year.
The people of Zimbabwe and history will never forget or forgive Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC village idiots for betraying the nation and failing to implement the democratic reforms throughout the GNU years. Their betrayal costed the nation its best chance to end the Zanu PF dictatorship.
Still, if the west had remained united and resolute in its demands for free and fair elections Mugabe was bound to give in. So all the human suffering and deaths the nation has endured over the years to get Mugabe to this point have all been wasted.