DISPUTED ELECTIONS: President ED Mnangagwa briefs SADC leaders

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

President Mnangagwa briefed several regional leaders on Zimbabwe’s recent elections and discussed energy cooperation with Mozambique during meetings at the United Nations General Assembly last month.

According to Information Minister Jenfan Muswere, the President met with counterparts from Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, and South Africa on the sidelines of the UNGA from September 18-22nd. He described Zimbabwe’s August 23rd elections as peaceful, free and fair.

President Mnangagwa also met with the UK International Development Minister, the African Development Bank president, and leaders of other international institutions. His engagements aimed to showcase Zimbabwe’s successes, including record wheat and tobacco production boosting food security.

The Cabinet was briefed on these meetings after the President returned home and chaired his first session since the elections. Minister Muswere noted that Zimbabwe’s land reform policy has yielded economic benefits despite Western sanctions.

At the UNGA, President Mnangagwa participated in summits on sustainable development, financing for development, pandemic preparedness, universal healthcare, and fighting tuberculosis. He called for reforming the global financial system and boosting investments in health.

Along with allies, Mnangagwa urged lifting the unilateral sanctions against Zimbabwe, saying they are hurting the population. Regional partners from Angola, Cuba, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa voiced similar calls.

The President’s engagements at the UN General Assembly focused on sharing positive developments in Zimbabwe as well as lobbying for sanctions relief and strengthened international cooperation.

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