|Sweden calls for violent free elections|
Calls for credible elections have grown louder with Sweden adding her voice to condemning acts of violence and impunity.
Swedish Minister for International Development Co-operation, Gunnila Carlson, told journalists after a closed door meeting with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday and impressed her country’s commitment to assisting Zimbabwe in future.
“We discussed the holding of the referendum and elections and Sweden calls for free and credible elections,” Carlson said.
She said that her country was strongly following events and was very keen to invest in the country.
“I am really happy to be here in Zimbabwe and Sweden has been a developmental partner that has been contributing about US$40 million annually since 2000 in Zimbabwe. Sweden is very happy with the progress that has been made towards the constitution making process and Swedes have interests in Zimbabwe and eager to invest here,” she said.
Ms Carson added that her country has been one of the biggest contributors towards the constitution-making process as well as humanitarian development assistance.
“Sweden has been a major financier of the constitution-making process as well as assisting towards the humanitarian activities especially in areas related to education,” Carlson said.
Secretary of Transition Affairs in the PM’s Office, Dr Alex Magaisa, said that the Premier briefed the visiting Swedish Minister on current affairs especially with regards to preparations for the coming elections.
The PM told the visiting minister about the resurgence in political motivated violence.
“The story of the 12-year old boy who who was recently killed by Zanu PF thugs was also brought to the attention of the Minister as well as the Glen View 29 case,” Magaisa said.
“PM Tsvangirai discussed lack of confidence in the police system .He also hinted on the need to decisively deal with incidences of political violence as the country prepares to go for elections,” he added.