Mnangagwa on diplomatic offensive……as Kenya pledges support

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Special Advisor to the President Christopher Mutsvangwa shakes hands with Zambian president Edgar Lungu in Lusaka this week as government intensifies its policy of engagement and re-engagement with different nations. (Pic courtesy of Zambian Times)

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has embarked on a diplomatic offensive as he intensifies his policy  of engaging and re-engaging different countries to mend broken relations and buttress already existing friendships to create synergies bent on championing economic rebound and nation development.

This has seen two senior government officials been sent to Zambia and Kenya this week to deliver ‘special messages’ to the countries’ respective presidents and both missions were accomplished.

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta met  Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri at State House in Nairobi.

The two had a fruitful meeting which prompted President Kenyatta to pledge his government’s support for Zimbabwe and denouncing sanctions.

He registered his sentiments on microblogging site Twitter, which has become more of his official communication channel since his ascendancy to power.

“Kenya continues to stand in solidarity with Zimbabwe as the country works to solve its challenges.

“Imposing sanctions on a country is like tying somebody’s hands and feet. We will give our support to bring back Zimbabwe to the global platform,” he said.

Mnangagwa’s advisor and war veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa also had a successful mission in Lusaka where he met President Edgar Lungu at State House.

His visit made headlines in Zambia’s revered media outlets although contents of the ‘special message’ could not be disclosed.

Meanwhile,back home on Wednesday, Mnangagwa met representatives of political parties that contested in the July 30 harmonised elections in a national dialogue which stated that they will be no preconditions set for talks.

MDC-Alliance was not represented but the government vowed that dialogue will go ahead since the majority of the political parties were represented.

Justice Nare will head the dialogue as the country seek to map  a way forward and restore prosperity.

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