Zimbabwe ready for Commonwealth re-admission- Shava

Chris Mahove, EDITOR

The government of Zimbabwe has made tremendous strides in enhancing civil and political rights of its citizens and should be re-admitted into the Commonwealth on its merits, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Fredrick Shava has said.

Ambassador Shava was speaking in Harare Monday at a High Level Follow Up Commonwealth Mission meeting to assess progress made by the country.

The Commonwealth Mission is led by Assistant Secretary General, Professor Luis Francschi and will be in the country until November 18.

“There has been tremendous progress in the alignment of laws to the Constitution. Suffice to note that statutes that relate to human rights are being given priority in this process. Regarding the amendment of the Electoral Act, consultations are being held and most of the recommendations from the Electoral Observation Mission have been incorporated,” he said

He said Zimbabwe’s wish to re-join the Commonwealth was premised on the country’s  desire to play a meaningful role in the community of nations, open new frontiers of growth and development, and rekindle relationships with erstwhile friends.

“It is, therefore, Zimbabwe’s hope that our interest to re-join the Commonwealth will be considered on its merits, taking into consideration the tremendous progress that has been achieved to date. We look forward to fruitful discussions and a favourable outcome of our deliberations, which should take us to the next stage in the membership process,” he said.

Ambassador Shava re-affirmed Zimbabwe’s determined objective to re-join the Commonwealth saying that since the last Commonwealth Assessment Mission in July 2019, Government had made significant strides in the implementation of its reform agenda, as well as in meeting the five expectations that were critical to its re-admission.

“I am aware that an update on our reform agenda is necessary to enable you to finalise your report on the informal consultations and as a result, my colleague Ministers here present, will furnish you with the details of progress made in each critical area of the reform agenda. Let me to emphasize however, that this reform Agenda was initiated by Government to, first and foremost, improve the lives and livelihoods of the Zimbabwean citizens in line with our Vision of achieving an Upper-Middle Income Society by 2030,” he said.

He said Zimbabwe’s Vision 2030 prioritised the reorientation of the country towards democratization; respect for human and property rights; freedom of expression and association; the rule of law as well as addressing economic challenges.

“In that regard, under our National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1), for the period 2021 to 2025, Government is striving to build on the successes of the Transitional Stabilization Programme to ensure macro-economic stability and growth,” he said.

He said the inception of the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) which was endorsed by SADC, TRHE African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) was testimony of the Second Republic’s commitment to meaningful political dialogue.

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