Sunday, July 03, 2005

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From the People's daily, so may not be accurate

UN envoy endorses cleanup operation in Zimbabwe
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United Nations special envoy to Zimbabwe, UN-Habitat Executive Director Anna Kagumulo Tibaijuka, said on Thursday the Zimbabwean government's vision for the cleanup exercise is in line with her organization's objective.

She said this after separate meetings with civic groups and a government task force.

During the meeting with the government task force which is largely made up of government ministers, Tibaijuka said that UN- Habitat's core obligation was to create clean cities and towns.

"Habitat's agenda is creating cities without slums and the vision for Operation Murambatsvina is clear," she said.

"Obviously you are fighting poverty and not the poor and you are also fighting slums and not the slum dweller and we look forward to working with you," said Tibaijuka, whose organization has a presence in 25 other countries.

The cleanup exercise started in Harare on May 18 and rolled out to all urban centers across the country.

Tibaijuka, who is in the country at the behest of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, however wanted to know how the government planned the operation and how the implementation procedures were undertaken to enable her to critically assess the situation.

She will prepare a detailed report of her findings for the UN chief.

She also requested to be furnished with figures of how many people had been rendered homeless and where they had been relocated.

She began her fact-finding mission on Wednesday when she met President Robert Mugabe after holding internals meetings with UN country staff on Monday and Tuesday.

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