Britain pledges to work closely with Zimbabwe

Britain’s Africa Minister Rory Stewart

Britain’s Africa Minister Rory Stewart

Daniel Nemukuyu, Harare Bureau
Britain has pledged to work closely with the new Zimbabwean Government, with a view to turn around the economy following the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the country’s new leader yesterday.

Britain’s Africa Minister Rory Stewart, who became the first envoy to pay courtesy call on the newly appointed President, said his country was ready to strengthen its relations with Zimbabwe.

Speaking to journalists after the courtesy call at Rainbow Towers Hotel before a luncheon held for delegates, Mr Stewart said discussions were already under way to ensure Zimbabwe started getting international financial assistance.

“We will be working closely with the Government to understand their needs and what sort of support they require,” he said. “We will be looking at what Government is doing on corruption, elections and other things.  On sanctions, I have to be clear, there are now very few sanctions on Zimbabwe. Sanctions are left on a few individuals. The only outstanding question here is of international financial assistance from organisations like International Monetary Fund and World Bank, but we have already begun discussions to have the embargo lifted.”

Mr Stewart said Britain was impressed by President Mnangagwa’s maiden speech, which emphasised on free and fair elections, fight against corruption, among other programmes of action. “We came to congratulate the President on his inauguration speech,” he said. “We are very encouraged to hear the President talking about free and fair elections, importance of the economic reform, stamping out corruption. We look forward to more engagement and learning more.”

Mr Stewart described Zimbabwe as a fantastic nation with a wonderful educated population. Britain, he said, was hoping to strengthen its friendship with Zimbabwe as the African country opened a new page of its history. “This is the beginning of a friendship, but we feel we have a very strong relationship with the people of Zimbabwe,” said Mr Stewart. “We have engaged the people of Zimbabwe for many years. This is a new page in history and we came to congratulate the new President and to tell him that we feel encouraged.”

 

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  • Tim Mathuthu

    The same person is under 2000 sanctions. He has been embezzling state funds for the past 37 years. We need Truth and Reconcialion Commision which is not polarized. A situation whereby President ED Mnangagwa tell us what happened during Gukurahundi. You can’t juss apologise without stating what you did to me. After apologising then Ndebele people have to be compensated with money bcoz some children cnt write and many did not write grade Seven exams. Registraar General told his workers that Gukurahundi never happened, so victim’s children cnt get birth cirtificates this has been goin on for the past 37 years. After that they are told that they don’t want to learn(Ndebeles) which have become an incurable wound. These people resort to the neighbouring country South Africa. As a matter of fact we are expecting a change of heart from the new President. Secondly Matebeland people have 30 years of Independence bcoz from 1980 until December 21 1987 they we being wiped out, maimed and butchered in a free Zimbabwe. Then Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Father Zimbabwe sais ” My worst nightmare came to me very late, that after Independence a part of cittizens have to suffer more than colonial time”. Ndebeles are marginalised, all Gvt offices and Parastatals in Matebeleland are headed by Shona people as if there are no Phd Graduands and Master Degreed Ndebeles. The list is endless bt i hope the newly inagurated President will undo all these things.

    • Reason

      U have a number of valid issues esp on recruitment in parastatals though I feel it should not be regional.Ndebeles should head in Mashonaland, Manicaland Etc.On ED embezzling I am sure that’s hearsay and it won’t help the country.Even if it were true do you expect ED to arrest himself.Would u do the Same?On Gukurahundi whilst it’s a very bad chapter I believe it’s better we relegate this to the archives for now while we address pertinent economic issues.This can be addressed later when the economy gets on its feet. how will the victims be paid when R Mugabe left us this mess.ED is president and u may not like him much as I don’t but give him a chance for our sake and yours.The man might do well and endear himself to us.Everyone deserves a second chance after all.Who hasn’t messed up before?

      • Zapalala

        Thank u very much for reason but let me also add the issue of helping the moment of madness victims with birth certificates and I’d documents so that they can be integrated into the new Zimbabwe.

        • PHIRI BWAANJI

          A PYTHON DOES NOT CHANGE ITS SPOTS BUT RATHER REMOVES ITS OUTER SKIN TO REMAIN WITH THE NEW ONE THAT WILL MAKE IT EVEN MORE FASTER THAN THE BEFORE.
          THIS ENTIRE ZANU PF REGIME HAS BEEN IN OFFICE FOR THE PAST 37 YEARS AND HAVE DONE NOTHING THAN TO DESTROY EVERY PIECE OF SOMETHING THEY GOT FROM THE COLONIAL REGIME.
          AFTER INDEPENDENCE THEY WENT ON TO REMOVE BOREHOLES AND BURNT BDOWN FARMS THAT THEY HAD AVENGED.

          THEY MURDERD/MASSACRED PEOPLE
          WHAT RECONCILIATION DO THEY NEED AND HOW SHOULD THE PEOPLE HEAL AFTER THAT.
          MAY THE GOOD GOD OF HEAVENS AND EARTH BE WITH US ALL AND GUIDE US THROUGH THIS JOURNEY WE ARE EMBARKED ON.///////////////
          #JOURNEY TO A NEW ZIMBABWE

        • Essexvale

          We are all imperfect, even those of us who are highly compatible.

      • zibulo

        Zimbabwe has been led by Criminals , gangsters , highjackers of democracy, and you say you are giving them a chance. Thsi is what makes the internantional community flabbergasted by Zimbweans’ attitude toward recents events here. They do not see the bigger picture. You say you want to sell our children’s rights for food , Like Esau in bible, and be perpetual slaves of other communties. No Economy will rise as long as the Foundation of this country is LIES , and we keep being led bvy the same Gangsters. Everyone yeh yeh economy economy, fools !!!! The Economy is built on a solid Political, Democratic and Human Rights Base/Foundation. Here we are as Zimbabweans wishing Satan to turn Angel, he killed yesterday , he was hunted by fellow gangsters and then we pity him, support him in fighting his allies again as head. Listen to intrnational local Analysts of where we are coming from, where we are, and we we are likely headed. Yes we are hungry , but sell your souls for food like Esau , like Nkomo and Mgabe rushed to sign the Lancaster House Agreement without asking for time to sell it first to us , and cooked a constitution whose mess we swim eternally . Thats what happens when things are done RUSH RUSH

  • Toko

    In real essecnce in Africa the power does not belong to the ordinary people