Germany Parliamentarians Raise Concern Over Increased violence
Harare, May 17, 2011 – A group of Germany parliamentarians visiting the
country have expressed concern over continued violence in the country just
over two years after the country’s governing parties signed a unity pact .
The group expressed concern soon after meeting the Speaker of Parliament,
Lovemore Moyo, Tuesday that an upsurge in violence was a worrying
Stefan Liebich, head of the delegation told reporters that they discussed
progress on the constitutional making process with the Speaker.
The delegation also met with the group facing treason trial arrested in
February for allegedly organising Egypt style uprisings on Monday evening as
part of their consultative process.
The group will also meet several government officials, political parties and
civic society. The visit comes a few days before a crucial SADC summit on
Zimbabwe and in the middle of discussions between EU and the regional
grouping on the controversial “sanctions” imposed on President Mugabe and
The visit is the first by Germany parliamentarians since the 1990s. Germany
imposed travel and business related sanctions on Mugabe and his Zanu (PF)
party officials in response to the party’s reluctance to promote democracy
and respect for human rights.
The group is scheduled to travel to other SADC countries for further
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