|Biti blasts EU over aid policy|
|Saturday, 28 July 2012 22:01|
Finance Minister Tendai Biti has taken a swipe at the European Union (EU) over its aid policy towards Zimbabwe, saying the bloc is giving “dead aid” to the country.
The EU claims to fork out 100 million euros in aid to Zimbabwe annually.
“It’s like the biblical story of giving someone a fish but not the rod to fish . . . That is not to say we do not appreciate it, we really appreciate it but it is more effective if it is coming through the Government or if it is doing things that the Government say please do this for us,” said Minister Biti.
Government under a new EU aid agreement for developing countries due to commence in 2014.
“That is why everyone is questioning the aid . . . but if aid is properly channelled towards developmental issues like roads and so forth, there is nothing wrong with it,” he said.
In an interview Regional Integration and International Co-operation Minister Mrs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga echoed the same sentiments, saying there is a need to introduce a vote of credit to realign donor funding.
we have a vote of credit that will go to Government.
“The only solution to address this is through the removal of sanctions so that Government and NGOs separately get their own chunk of the aid,” she said.