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Zimbabwe set to re-engage with the West:  President Mnangagwa

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe will soon dispatch delegations to western countries in response to re-engagement efforts being initiated by various European powers, President Mnangagwa has said.

Addressing Zimbabweans based in Mozambique after a courtesy visit to his counterpart President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday, Mnangagwa said there was renewed interest in Zimbabwe by western countries as evidenced by the growing number of envoys dispatched to Harare to seek re-engagement, state-run media, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported Thursday.

Western countries had imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe since the early 2000s, largely because of the land issue when white farmers were forcibly removed from their land and replaced with formerly landless blacks.

“But since the dawn of the new era, we are receiving indications from the west...they want to invest in Zimbabwe. In the next few weeks I will be dispatching a delegation to the United Kingdom in response to their calls for re-engagement.

“It will see Zimbabwe again growing by a pace that allows us to catch up with the rest of SADC and the rest of the world as well as overtaking others,” he was quoted as saying.

He reiterated that Zimbabwe would amend investment laws to make it attractive for investment.

“We have declared that Zimbabwe is now open for business. We have to attend to all pieces of legislation which constrain the ease of doing business in Zimbabwe,” said the President.

He said the military intervention which led to the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe was a justified means of ending state capture by a faction in the ruling Zanu-PF faction known as G40.

Zimbabweans in Mozambique urged government to put in place incentives for those willing to repatriate their funds to invest back home.

“We want to return home to repatriate our savings from Mozambique to Zimbabwe but we want assurance,” said Zimbabweans in Mozambique Association chairman George Sithole.

The Zimbabweans also expressed their interest to vote from Mozambique in the forthcoming elections through the diaspora vote.

But Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe currently had no logistical capacity to facilitate diaspora voting.
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UPDATE:

European Union says expecting engagement with new Zimbabwe government

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) said Friday it looks forward to constructive engagement with Zimbabwe under the new administration of Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa took over from former President Robert Mugabe who resigned after military and public pressure last November.

Relations between Zimbabwe and the EU has been strained since 2002 when the bloc imposed sanctions on Mugabe’s government after it embarked on the land reform program.

Although most senior Zimbabwean officials have been removed from the EU sanctions list, Mugabe and his wife still remain sanctioned.

In a statement released on Friday ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels next week, the EU expressed its commitment to reengagement with Zimbabwe after years of frosty ties.

The statement said the EU was expected at the meeting to welcome the stated intention of the Zimbabwean authorities to deliver economic reforms.

Zimbabwe is due to hold national elections mid this year with Mnangagwa promising commitment to ensuring credible elections.

The ruling ZANU-PF party has nominated him as its presidential candidate in the polls.
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EARLIER REPORT:

Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa gives election time frame

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe will go for elections in the next four to five months, state media reported Thursday.

Speaking in Maputo, Mozambique, on the fourth leg of his regional tour of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Wednesday, Mnangagwa said free and fair elections were critical in repositioning Zimbabwe as a democratic state within the international system, the Herald newspaper reported.

This will be the first time since independence that the ruling Zanu-PF party will field a different presidential candidate from former President Robert Mugabe who was forced to step down in November 2017 following military intervention.

“I assure the regional leadership that the forthcoming harmonized polls will embrace the tenets of democracy fair play and standards set by us in SADC,” he was cited as saying.

The President met Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on the fourth leg of a tour which has so far taken him to South Africa, Angola and Namibia.

             

 

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