I am completely baffled by the report below in the Daily Mail that suggests that Zambia plans to give Zimbabwe money. Has Zambia got any money to give Zimbabwe ? Anyone who says we should be good neighbours must remember that charity begins at home. We are planning to rob Paul (plus loan interest from the IMF) to pay Peter. Until, I see evidence to the contrary, I am in no doubt that this move is purely for egotistical purposes and at worst a showcase of remarkable incompetence :
President Banda says Government will in the next two weeks decide how much money it will contribute towards the US$10 billion economic recovery plan for Zimbabwe after taking into account the effects of the global economic crisis on the local economy. This is in line with the agreement that was reached by member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) at Monday’s extraordinary summit in Swaziland.
Mr Banda said this yesterday during a media briefing at the Lusaka International Airport shortly after arriving from Swaziland where he had gone to attend the SADC summit on Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
The President said all member states’ representatives at the summit agreed to make donations towards the economic recovery plan but that they would not do so as much as they could because they too had internal problems. “As SADC member states, we have been given a fortnight within which to discuss with our ministers of finance to see what we can give to assist our brothers,” he said.
Mr Banda said SADC countries promised to try their best in providing financial assistance to Zimbabwe but pointed out that each one of them had internal economic problems that arose from the global economic crisis.
The President said Zambia would make a donation towards the economic recovery plan for Zimbabwe but not as much as it would be expected to. "So, after a fortnight and consultations with our finance ministers and other Cabinet ministers, we will be able to see how much we can give,” he said.
Mr Banda said SADC leaders also agreed to make an effort to sensitise the international community to help Zimbabwe with finances to enable it implement its economic recovery plan. “Since we have reached a point where the two leaders (President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai) are now able to sit together, we would like to prevail over our co-operating partners so that they can lift sanctions which were imposed upon Zimbabwe,” he said.
Mr Banda said countries which imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe should now give that country a chance to redeem itself from economic problems. The President said SADC countries and co-operating partners had been instructed to work towards the goal of ensuring that sanctions on Zimbabwe were lifted. Mr Banda said as a neighbouring nation, Zambia would work hard to see Zimbabwe return to its original status.