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Zimbabwe cements cooperation with Rwanda

Story by Oleen Ndori, Foreign Editor

ZIMBABWE is set to receive 1 000 metric tonnes of grain from Rwanda as part of a global response to the appeal by President Emmerson Mnangagwa after the country was affected by the El-Nino-induced drought.

Since the end of the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has put in place policies that spurred socio-economic and political growth.

As the country marked 30 years since the end of the civil disturbances, it has announced a donation of grain to Zimbabwe, a development welcomed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ambassador Frederick Shava.

“As we celebrate Rwanda’s National Day today, a consignment of 1000 metric tonnes of maize is on its way to Zimbabwe from Kigali. We are grateful for the generosity of the President of Rwanda, His Excellency President Paul Kagame, the Government and the people of Rwanda, for this gesture of solidarity.

“This is the spirit of Ubuntu that Rwanda has demonstrated by responding to the international appeal by His Excellency, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, in the wake of the El-Nino-induced drought experienced during the 2023/2024 season. This donation will go a long way in reducing food and nutrition deficit among our affected communities. We will forever remember this generous donation which has come from our dear brothers and sisters from Rwanda,” he said.

Rwanda’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency James Musoni said his country marks the day with joy while celebrating the deep ties that exist between Harare and Kigali.

“Once President Mnangagwa made the plea, my president responded and dispatched 1000 metric tons of maize in support of his brother and the people of Zimbabwe to cope with that challenge. We are one people, and whatever one experiences, the other one feels it. So, in short, Rwanda and Zimbabwe are very close and they are one people. And our leaders are really working very hard to ensure that the relationship is even taken to a higher level,” he said.

2024 marks 30 years since the end of the genocide with President Paul Kagame steering the country towards social and economic development.

Several agreements have been signed between Harare and Kigali in areas of economics, diplomacy and education.

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