Scramble to meet President Mnangagwa at World Economic Forum

President Emmerson Mnangagwa talks to his deputies General Constantino Chiwenga (Rtd) and Cde Kembo Mohadi before his departure for Davos, Switzerland. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa talks to his deputies General Constantino Chiwenga (Rtd) and Cde Kembo Mohadi before his departure for Davos, Switzerland. Picture by John Manzongo

John Manzongo, Harare Bureau
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa and his high-powered delegation arrived in Davos, Switzerland yesterday for the 48th World Economic Forum annual meeting where he is expected to present the country’s investment guidelines and opportunities.

More than 60 Heads of State and Government, and foreign news organisations have requested to meet President Mnangagwa at the World Economic Forum that opens today.

The new administration came into office in the wake of the resignation of Cde Robert Mugabe on November 21 last year.

In an interview at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport ahead of his departure for Davos early yesterday morning, President Mnangagwa said his office was flooded with requests from foreign capitals whose leadership and organisations were keen on re-engagement and investment.

“We have many requests, in excess of 60 requests from Heads of State and news organisations who want to talk to our new Government especially myself but there is not much time to meet everyone.

“My Government is keen on meeting senior drivers of the economies like chief executive officers and Heads of State who shape the world economy, trade and economic growth and in terms of bringing about democracy the world over and fighting global terrorism,” he said.

President Mnangagwa said his delegation would showcase the new order to international financial movers and shakers.

Zimbabwe, he said, was open for cooperation and trade and he would present an attractive pitch for investors.

Turning to the 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union that convenes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, later this month, President Mnangagwa said he will use his maiden appearance to chart new economic frontiers.

“In Ethiopia, this will be my first meeting as a Head of State where I will have a chance to meet my seniors who are seasoned Presidents. I will listen attentively to their deliberations and if an opportunity arises for Zimbabwe to say something, I will tell them that here we are as a new Government.

“We cannot live in the past because the future is more important. We want to cooperate with other regional counterparts. We are keeping our old friends but we also want to embrace new friends for the benefit of our youths and women,” he said.

The 30th Ordinary Session of the AU being held under the theme; ‘Towards a Peaceful, Prosperous & Integrated Africa’; runs from January 22 to 29.

President Mnangagwa is accompanied by a high-powered delegation comprising of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Lt-Gen (Rtd) Sibusiso Moyo, Minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa; Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development Dr Mike Bimha; Head of Europe and Americas Ambassador Chitsaka Chipaziwa, Special Advisor to the President Dr Chris Mutsvangwa, Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Mr George Charamba, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya, Zimbabwe Investment Authority CEO Mr Richard Mbaiwa and other senior staffers in the President’s Office.

He was seen off at Robert Mugabe International Airport by the two Vice Presidents Retired General Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga and Cde Kembo Mohadi, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda; Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, service chiefs and other senior Government officials.

VP Mohadi is the Acting President up to January 25, after which VP Chiwenga assumes the duties till the President’s return from the AU Summit.

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  • Dombodema

    Ko Chiwenga kuzoita ‘Yellow Fever’ kunge muCongolese kana muNigimbi??
    Asi arikuzodzwa maDiprosone ne maBetnovate naMrs?

  • Godlwayo

    Smile on Chiwenga shows that this is what he wanted the most from being a leader…next time he will be president…ya neh lezinja zeChronicle zidelete amacomments wami sies

    • Mthwakazian

      Unga-typer inhlamba baya dilitha.

    • Nkunzemnyama

      Yaaa these idiots want boot lickers ,,,,,,,otherwise you criticise zany they delete. Bloody bastards .

  • Vumani

    The ambitious General has taken to skin bleaching

  • musa

    even if you write high powered delegation or just delegation their composition still remains the same. i don’t buy promises but results.

  • Ijaha leNkabazwe

    Gushungo also used to take “high powered” delegations and was “feted’ but we all know the results.Soyicela isivuthiwe. Totenda maruva tadya chakata. I don’t like the “see him off” is that really necessary!

  • maiMsiyamwa

    apa marwadziwa nei,honestly…….,whether yellow or black skin does that bring any change to your lives,he is living his life and his ambitions so should all of us.

  • Nkunzemnyama


  • Wellington

    The sooner this guy stops lying and acts the better for this country

    • kuchadziya

      need to explain yourself here. who is lying and what did they say or do?

  • Galveston

    How does the old tyrant feel when he sees his ouster enjoying the same adulation that he once enjoyed? I mean all that fuss at the airport when he leaves and arrives? Anyway, who filed this story? Sounds very much like dear Rubin, that overzealous sycophant who virtually licked the old tyrant’s a***; pardon me I meant boots; at every opportunity and as a reward, he got to travel with the dictator whenever and where-ever he went. Well, word is out that the fat tele-journalist has lost favour with the new kid on the block and now has to contend with the drudgery of local reporting, which gives credence to the old saying that every good thing must end! Saw it coming!!


    There are just too many people in Zimbabwe who are counted as Shona just to increase the Shona population yet they are not. Zhuwao is Mozambican, Acie Lumumba is not Shona either; Ariston Chambati was not Shona; Dr Dzingayi Mutumbuka was not Shona; Dr Benard Chidzero was not Shona – the list is endless.

    The very name CHIWENGA is not Shona and therefore not Zimbabwean. I guess that is why he is bleaching his face like the Congolese of Brazzaville and Kinshasa. Look at the Congo Brazzaville President’s face – very embarrassing.

    I have never met a Zimbabwean man who does that!!