(Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President
Emmerson Mnangagwa has cancelled his trip to Davos, Switzerland,
and will return from a foreign tour to deal with rising tensions
In an update on his Twitter, Mnangagwa said
he was cutting short his trip to attend to issues at home.
"In light of the economic situation, I will be returning home
after a highly productive week of bilateral trade and investment
meetings," he said Sunday evening.
"We will be ably represented in Davos by Minister of Finance
"The first priority is to get Zimbabwe calm, stable and
working again," he said.
He did not mention when exactly he would arrive back home.
Mnangagwa was due to make his second Davos appearance after
becoming the first leader from Zimbabwe to attend the event last
year, state media New Ziana reported.
Zimbabweans took to the streets last week to protest against
fuel price increases.
At least three people died during violent clashes while
several shops were looted and property destroyed.
Mnangagwa had been scheduled to travel to Davos for the World
Economic Forum from Jan. 22 to 25.
Now Zimbabwe will be represented by finance minister Mthuli
He was supposed to travel to Switzerland after his visit to
Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
South Africa working with
Zimbabwe to address challenges
PRETORIA South Africa (Xinhua) --
The governments of South Africa and
Zimbabwe are working together to address the challenges they
face, South Africa’s ministry of foreign affairs said Sunday.
Ndivhuwo Mabaya, spokesperson for the Department of
International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, said,
"Minister (Lindiwe) Sisulu indicated that the South African
government was working with the Zimbabwean Government in finding
a short and long term solution to the economic situation."
"The Minister added that if the situation is not attended to,
the current economic challenges can derail the political and
economic progress the country has made since the election of the
new president," Mabaya said.
Zimbabwe had violent protests last week against increase in
The government said three people, including a police officer,
died in the protests.
Zimbabwe sports minister
Kirsty Coventry denies claims of resignation
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean minister of sports Kirsty
Coventry has dismissed reports claiming that she has resigned
from her ministerial job.
Unconfirmed reports circulating on social media claimed the
youthful minister, a former swimmer and one of the most
decorated Olympian from Africa, had resigned due to violence
that rocked Zimbabwe over the past week.
Coventry denied the claims in a Twitter message Friday.
"I would like to make it clear that I have not resigned as
minister," she said.
She also urged Zimbabweans to desist from violence, saying
the disturbances that rocked the country last week was a sad
Zimbabwe was rocked by violence in the past week after a
three-day nationwide stay away called by the main labor body
turned violent, resulting in the death of three people and
widespread destruction of property.
Police have since arrested about 700 people countrywide in
connection with the violence, including activist pastor Evan
Mawarire who once called for a successful one-day nationwide
stay away in 2016.
Those arrested also include officials from the opposition MDC
The stay away was in protest against fuel price hikes of more
than 100 percent and the general economic meltdown in the
The Zimbabwe government has since offered an additional
salary package of 300 million U.S. dollars to be shared by its
workers from April to December 2019 but the workers rejected it,
saying it is not enough.
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