Zimbabwean president wants United Nations to observe vote

Carla Harmon
January 21, 2018

A report by the state-owned Herald newspaper on Tuesday quoted Mnangagwa, who spoke on the sidelines of his state visit to Namibia this week, as saying that millions of looted funds were being returned.

While in Angola last week, he briefed President Joao Lourenco about the transition in Zimbabwe and assured him that the government would take care of former President Robert Mugabe, who resigned after the military action was bolstered by public demonstrations and parliamentary proceedings to impeach him.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly said that his call previous year for the return of externalised funds is "being heeded and substantial millions" have been returned.

In Mozambique, President Mnangagwa is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Fillipe Nyusi as well as Zimbabwean business people based in that country.

Mugabe was forced to resign in November after 37 years of autocratic rule, in a dramatic standoff with the military, which placed the veteran leader under house arrest while supporting Mnangagwa's rise.

"We will demand results, we do not want more ministerial work that does not bring tangible results, we want our ministers to be proactive and bring us results", said Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa in the interview also said Zimbabwe was interested in rejoining the Commonwealth, the group of Britain's former colonies.

The EU and the United States, which still has sanctions against Mnangagwa for his past activities as a top Mugabe aide, are Zimbabwe's biggest donors.

"We will ensure that Zimbabwe delivers free, credible, fair and indisputable elections to ensure Zimbabwe engages the world as a qualified democratic state".

The new president in recent weeks has intensified outreach to neighboring countries, which he has described as "an important step in building a new, prosperous and democratic Zimbabwe". A visit to China is planned for April, according to his office.

Mnangagwa and the main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, are likely to contest the election.

Parts of Zimbabwe are desperately poor after years of economic mismanagement and rampant corruption under Mugabe.

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