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‘Zim free to rejoin Commonwealth’

Zimbabwe’s then acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) and his wife Auxilia (R) attend the funeral ceremony of Peter Chanetsa at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, on January 7, 2017.
Former governor Peter Chanesta died on January 2, 2017. / AFP / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Commonwealth — whose nations represent nearly one-third of the world’s seven billion people — banned Mugabe from its decision-making council in 2002, after he was accused of using massive force and fraud to win re-election at home.

When the Commonwealth sought to extend Zimbabwe’s suspension at its summit in Nigeria in 2003, Mugabe swiftly quit the 53-nation club.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the House of Commons on Wednesday that Mugabe’s resignation was the first step for Zimbabwe to rejoin the Commonwealth.

There is hope for Zimbabwe’s return on condition that it engages in political reconciliation and stick to Commonwealth principles including respect for human rights.

“My honourable friend sets out what I think would be a fine and noble aspiration, both for the Commonwealth and for Zimbabwe. But of course, I must caution him that several steps need to be gone through before that can happen,” Johnson said.

“There must be free and fair elections next year, it then falls to Zimbabwe to apply to the Commonwealth secretariat and then to make clear to the Commonwealth and to the world that Zimbabwe fulfils the criteria on human rights, on rule of law, on democracy, that are necessary for Commonwealth membership,” he said.

Membership in the Commonwealth confers political prestige on an international stage for poor nations and some modest trade and aid benefits.

Members see exclusion from the “gentlemen’s club,” which highly values cordial diplomacy, as inflicting a huge opportunity cost.

Supporters of the Commonwealth point out that there are some beneficial cultural links for the former colonies.

Britain’s universities retain strong links with Commonwealth countries, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Britain’s foreign ministry, runs internship programmes, such as the Chevening Scholarship, that are biased towards Commonwealth nationals.

Moreover, though some criticise the Commonwealth for being little more than a talking shop, it is a talking shop that poor countries seem to like.

For former colonies, it is the most important global organisation that the United States does not dominate. And though Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is the head of the Commonwealth, Britain has no special status.

It is not clear if Mugabe’s successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa — who takes oath of office as President today — will consider Zimbabwe’s readmission.

But upon arrival from exile in South Africa on Wednesday, he pledged to mend relations with the international community.

“We need the cooperation of our friends outside the continent,” the president-designate said.

“That we shall achieve. I am already receiving messages of cooperation and support for us to grow our economy…Today, we are witnessing the beginning of a new unfolding democracy.” Daily News

  • I salute yo bravery mdhara Garwe,chekumirira hapana

    • Ndange ndave kukunzwira tsitsi Gurus. Kana zvinyadzi usisa taure. G40 yange yakupinza chando sahwira.

  • How can one man decide the fate of 20million citizens?this mugabe is a real dictator.

    • I don’t think no opposition wants to be used, like 2008, Tsvangirai nebenzi rake Biti they worked very much but at the end ZANU didn’t appreciated them

  • I salute maigarwe mhai mutori carder pachenyu stop it akapopota imizi zvenyu ndokuti mhayi vokwedu midlands nyavuma lokhubonga

  • Ini im of the opinion Garwe form a unity gvt wombogadzirisa nyika 1st then elections after maybe 5 yrs

    • According to our constitution he have to finish the term of former president

    • Ah

    • Hmm

    • WATAURA ZVAKO SHA.Now he will concentrate on Elections achisiya kugadzira nyika

    • elections pliz we need some1 with the mandate from the pple we need adherance with the constitution

    • That’s noble enough. ….Zimbabwe doesn’t need elections so early. ..rather we concentrate on national building….people are tired of these elections. …Let ED finish off the term. .sit down with all Zim stake holder ^ form a GNU

  • Thats good news

  • We really need to be back in the common wealth

  • Not so fast. Wait until we are done with our elections. You cant trust ZANU that fast.

  • What do we benefit from this colonial club

  • There is a condition , IF COUNTRY HOLDS FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS ,AND UPHOLDS HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY.

  • io

    Vanhu vazhinji vanogara mu randani asi havasati vamboiwona , vanogara mu UK asi havasati vamboiwona. Its the same , komoni weruth kuneyemabhoi koita yevarungu koita yemari mugungano rimwechete asi havazi vamwe.

  • Free and fair elections first

  • Mapfumo Chimedza

    Hahahahaha, to pay allegiance to the white queen!! TOTAL B.S. Lol. Fck that. We dont need commonwealth at all. How dumb, these country go and brag and say we were under the British colony. Whats so special being in a group of the former oppressed and the oppressor is still the head. Its a dark history that should never be commemorated

  • Commonwealth haina basa

  • was

  • Mugabe’s arrogance caused untold suffering. He created disaster by specifically bad mouthing. During DRC war, IMF was still giving Zim loans and only questioned the rationale behind intervention. Mugabe replied the question he said SHUT UP. IMF stopped assisting Zimbabwe

  • Chihuri was booed, eish!

  • To me i think election doesn’t help anything let them work together, do u think those generals will allow Mdc if they win election. Another coupé

    • Never ,they wont

    • Let’s say the lost & refuse. Then we get to demonstrate twice as we did on the 14 Nov.

    • But the generals know who has got the Zim keys

    • Kkkkk they wont elections z waste of tym en resources transition z way forward include all capable guys in his cabinet irregardless of political affiliation tackle economy 1st then u a hero

    • If ED goes fo election as u are implying next year ,anorowa naTsvngsn,its a fact,musanyebrane,povho yamurikuona iyi tanga tisisade Bob,so kusada Bob nekusada Tsvng are 2 dfrent tings guys

    • Usaderere brain yemuZimbo

  • Maelection Garwe rakatohwina kare pamwe kuda a2023 nekuti 2018 garwe rakatopedza kare

    • Vazhinji vaiti nyepera vachiti Mugabe anofirapo. Akapiwa mhiko nChief Tangwena. Usapike pasi pezuva rino. Zvinhu zvino sanduka wani.

    • Horyt Look my man Mnangagwa its obvious achamboita basa time yasara and vanhu vachabelever waiziya then anoenda kuma election ane back up

    • He was luck that ppl nolonger loved Bob,bt ppl still biliv in Chematama usamufurira Ngwena anokwadzwa mugraund

    • Pane nyaya baba

    • Hapana nyaya apa mdc hapanahapana

    • Wait and see -what we need is job not Ģàrwe or Tsvagi

    • Say that again we want change not people

  • Kudzai Jeremy Muzenda your prediction might come true

  • Lets give the president a chance so far he doesnt hav a cabinet form his cabinet hopefully it wil b inclusive then we start commenting if he addresses the pple’s needs eg a decent life then i dnt c any reason for any election mayb after 5yrs yes nt nw we need jobs etc

  • We want electoral reforms tomupa sando dzake

  • Pane zvekuti hungochani ihuman rite hatidi izvozvo. Ngochani kwete

  • aaaaaa sure

  • Spot on.Its good to work together,you cant do it alone.

  • ZVORWADZA ZUMA ZVIRIKUYITIKA IZVI