The European Union began political talks aimed at turning the page on hostile relations during Robert Mugabe’s era, enabling a resumption of direct financial aid for the developing economy.
At the start of the open-ended talks between diplomats and officials in Harare (pictured), the European Union delegation to Zimbabwe Ambassador Timo Olkkonen announced they aim to discuss issues including economic development, trade, investment, rights, rule of law and good governance.
The government has already signed up to an IMF monitoring programme where it has committed to political and economic reforms in a bid to set a track record of fiscal discipline that could lead to it debt cuts, and future financial aid.
At a separate event in a Harare hotel, President Mnangagwa signed a new bill creating a tripartite negotiating forum intended to assemble labour, business and government to shape policies.
Zimbabwe protesters blocked the roads and burned tires in a suburb of Harare , two days after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a considerable fuel price hike in an effort to stem a deepening economic crisis.
Cash shortages have plunged Zimbabwe’s economy into disarray, threatening widespread social unrest and undermining Mnangagwa’s efforts to win back foreign investors who massively left under his predecessor Robert Mugabe.
Mnangagwa’s announcement of a 150% increase in fuel prices was received with shock in Zimbabwe where unemployment is over 80%. The government sets fuel prices via the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Agency.
Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe said that he accepted the election victory of his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, IOL news site reports.
“Mnangagwa won. It’s now constitutional… It was an election and his victory cannot be disputed. We now leave behind us the transgressions of yesterday.” Mugabe told mourners on September 6 at his mother in-law’s funeral ceremony in the capital, Harare.
Zmbabwe‘s newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed on Sunday, August 26 to open a probe into violence which followed the country’s first election since Robert Mugabe was ousted from power.
“To put closure and finality to the matter, I will soon be announcing members of the commission of inquiry into the said violence who will, upon completion, publish their findings,” he said shortly after being sworn in.
“This is a different Zimbabwe, the dawn of the second republic of our Zimbabwe” the President Mnangagwa.
Zimbabwe electorate heads to the poll stations in the first election since the removal of Robert Mugabe, a milestone moment of hope to end the country of its global pariah status and spark a recovery in its failed economy.
The election marks a competition between 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time Mugabe ally, and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who is claiming to become Zimbabwe’s youngest head of state.
Polls give former intelligence chief Mnangagwa, who took over as president after the army ousted Mugabe in a bloodless coup last November a slight advantage over Chamisa. That makes a runoff on September 8 a possibility if no candidate wins more than half of the votes.
Nicknamed “the Crocodile” Mnangagwa has pledged to revive economy, attract foreign investment and mend racial and tribal divisions.
Chamisa, a charismatic speaker who honed his craft in the courtroom, is winning over young and unemployed voters who are frustrated with nearly four decades of Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) rule.
Fabio CASTALDO, the vice-president of the European Parliament, explains the significance of the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe for the country’ future, and special attention of the Member of the European Parliament on the developments after Robert Mugabe stepping down.
The debate on situation in Zimbabwe tool place in the Strasbourg plenary on February 6, 2018.
Emmerson Mnangagwa’s return has raised questions in Zimbabwe — he is alleged to have been behind some of Mugabe’s most ruthless policies and to many he represents the oppressive status quo.
Known as “The Crocodile” for his political cunning and longevity, he is accused of orchestrating the massacres in the 1980s, an allegation he denies.
He said in remarks on Wednesday that he was in “constant contact” with military officials during its operation to remove Mugabe, raising concerns that he could use the armed services to run a campaign of fear ahead of elections next year.
The main opposition MDC-T party, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has called on the security services to return to an apolitical stance.
Reportedly Mugabe had spent a week negotiating his departure with the military since the country’s army seized control in the capital, Harare, and placed the leader under house arrest.
In a long, drawn-out process, military officials gave into the demands for immunity and allowed the president to keep several of his properties, before Mugabe stepped down.