from CHARLOTTE MILLER in New York, USA
NEW YORK, (CAJ News) – A Zimbabwean delegation arrived in the United States for the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, a week ahead of other delegations as the Southern African country aims to mend relations with the international community.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa leads a small delegation to the 73 session of the UN assembly, weeks after his election officially ended the decades-long divisive rule of Robert Mugabe.
“I am here to share our story of a nation reinvigorated, a hope reborn and a dream renewed,” Mnangagwa said from New York.
Mnangagwa and his delegation – including Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube and central bank governor John Mangudya- spent the better part of last week meeting the US corporate world to lure them to invest in the economically troubled southern African nation.
He (Mnangagwa) will make his maiden address to the 193 UN member states during the course of the week.
Relations between Zimbabwe and the international community, mainly European Union (EU) and the US had been strained under Mugabe.
Mnangagwa is championing the “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra as part of returning the country to the comity of nations.
While tensions have eased with Western nations since the ouster of the aged leader (Mugabe) and the emergence of Mnangagwa, the US under President Donald Trump has maintained its hardliner approach on Zimbabwe with the renewal of sanctions this year.
Mnangagwa pointed out relations with former colonial master, United Kingdom (UK), had eased in recent months.
He accused former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and his US counterpart, George Bush, of “internationalizing” Zimbabwe’s bilateral quarrel with London.
Mnangagwa in jest argued Zimbabwe’s fortunes improved each time UK had a female leader.
Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister when Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980.
“She (Thatcher) was the person who ended our war. So each time there is a lady in Britain, things change,” said Mnangagwa referring to new UK prime minister Theresa May, who was the first EU leader to send an envoy to Harare to congratulate him upon his recent election victory.
He said Zimbabwe would continue extending its olive branch to US.
– CAJ News