Britain to debate Zimbabwe today


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The British parliament is to debate British policy on Zimbabwe today.

Although Zimbabwe is no longer a British colony and left the Commonwealth in 2003, it has remained a centre of major focus for the British government largely because of British investment in the country.

There have been reports that there are at least 400 British companies operating in Zimbabwe, the most visible ones being the two major banks, Barclays and Standard Chartered.

Several London-based think tanks met a few years ago said Britain’s bossy attitude towards Zimbabwe had helped bolster President Robert Mugabe, according to a cable released by Wikileaks

“Several think tank analysts thought that Zimbabwe should and will remain a top priority for the UK, but that HMG’s history of bombastic statements has only served to solidify President Mugabe’s status as a colonial liberation leader and rallied South Africa’s unwavering support,” the cable said.

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