The UK would strongly support Zimbabwe’s re-entry to the Commonwealth and praised President Emmerson Mnangagwa for impressive progress since Robert Mugabe was toppled in a military coup.
“The UK would strongly support Zimbabwe’s re-entry and a new Zimbabwe that is committed to political and economic reform that works for all its people,” the Foreign Office said in a statement issued after the meeting.
Zimbabwe exited the Commonwealth network of 53 mostly former territories of the British Empire in 2003 after Robert Mugabe, who had ruled Zimbabwe continuously from its independence (1980), was heavily criticised over disputed elections and land seizures from white farmers.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met his Zimbabwean counterpart Sibusiso Moyo and ministers from other nations over breakfast on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.
The Parliament of South Africa has passed a motion of resolution to seize land from white farmers without compensation.
Passed by an overwhelming majority of 241 votes to 83 votes against, the proposal to amend Section 25 of the South African Constitution would pave way to expropriation of the farms.
The resolution was put forward by the radical left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party under the pretext of “restoration of dignity” of native Africans.
“We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land” – Julius Malema (pictured), the leader of EFF declared to the deputies.
In reaction the land grabs decision the Member of the European Parliament Janice Atkinson, UK, ENF, wrote a letter to UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, asking to react in protection of the white minority in South Africa.
The White Africans today constitute around 8% of the entire population of South Africa, their ancestors came to South African shores in the 17th century.
Zimbabwe government is ready to foot the bill for the funeral arrangements of Morgan Tsvangirai (65) in a tribute to the opposition leader a spokesman said.
Tsvangirai’s died on Wednesday (14.02.2018) in a South African hospital, leaving the Movement for Democratic Change party without leadership just three months after the army coup ousted his life-long opponent – Zimbabwe’s ruler Robert Mugabe (93).
“The Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria has been instructed to help in any way appropriate in the circumstances, including assuming the costs that are attendant to the proper handling of the body of the late (Tsvangirai),” said George Charamba, who is also the presidential spokesman.
Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has made no public statement yet on the former trade union leader’s death but postponed a trip to Bulawayo in the south of Zimbabwe due to other “pressing commitments”, the state-owned Herald newspaper said.