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Italy reportedly suspends aid project

Italy has suspended a US $22 million aid programme for Zimbabwe because of a lack of transparency in the awarding of tenders, AFP quoted a state news agency Ziana report on Tuesday as saying.

"Unfortunately, every suggestion and warning has been ignored and
therefore, in observance of its political and legal responsibilities concerning the possible waste of public funds, the government of Italy has been forced to suspend" the aid, the embassy told Ziana.

Ziana said the aid was funding the electrification of 250 rural schools and 250 rural clinics using solar power, as well as a major dam project.

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