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Zimbabwe and Kenya to sign several agreements

Story by Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent

SEVERAL Memoranda of Understanding are expected to be signed between Zimbabwe and Kenya during President William Ruto’s State Visit to Zimbabwe this Friday.

All roads lead to Bulawayo where the 2024 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) edition takes centre stage this week.

The post cabinet briefing held in Harare this Tuesday revealed that Kenyan President William Ruto who will officially open the trade showcase will also be in Zimbabwe to sign several Memoranda of Understanding.

“Cabinet received and noted the report on the State Visit by His Excellency Dr. William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya as presented by Honourable Dr. F.M. Shava, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The nation is informed that His Excellency the President Dr E.D Mnangagwa invited his counterpart, His Excellency, Dr. William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya to officiate at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) 2024. The two Presidents will witness the signing of a number of Memoranda of Understanding agreed upon by the officials at the Zimbabwe/Kenya Joint Permanent Commission,” said the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere.

Cabinet also discussed efforts by the government in dealing with drug and substance abuse.

It was revealed that over 6000 people have been arrested for drug and substance abuse related crimes since January this year.

“Government continues to intensify its response against drug and substance abuse across the country. Since January 2024, about 6 148 people were arrested, 677 were suppliers and 5 471 were end-users. A total of 106 illegal drug and substance trading bases were identified, raided and destroyed in Harare, Shamva, Chinhoyi, Bindura, Bulawayo and Mutare. Fifty-one liquor outlets were charged for operating without the correct licenses and while 268 operators were also arrested for violating license conditions, 17 outlets had their licenses cancelled for violating operating conditions. A total of 311 countrywide inspections on medicine outlets were conducted and 62 lines of medicines were confiscated. Awareness campaigns on drug and substance abuse are being accelerated targeting adults, youths and children,” added Dr Muswere.

As the nation grapples with providing affordable energy, cabinet considered and approved the proposed public private partnership project between ZESA Enterprises Pvt limited and management services.

The joint venture will enable transfer of technology and expertise to ZESA Enterprises and its staff.

“The project will ensure availability of power cables for the revitalisation and expansion of transmission and distribution networks to meet national targets for increased access to electricity. Cabinet advises that players in the mining and cable manufacturing value chains and downstream industries will also benefit significantly from the project. The local copper mines will have a local market for their produce, and there will be significant employment opportunities for Zimbabweans. The value chains will also contribute to increased gross domestic product, through local, regional and continental cable and related product sales which will also include exports.”

Cabinet was also apprised on the progress of some projects under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage.

It was further revealed that the resource mobilisation for the decentralisation of e -passport services to Gokwe South is underway.

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