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Zimbabwe joins Mozambique in celebrating independence

Story by Kenias Chivuzhe

THE need to further strengthen economic ties between Zimbabwe and Mozambique took centre stage as the neighbouring country celebrated its 48th independence anniversary this Sunday.

Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Nokuthula Matsikenyere led a provincial delegation to Chimoio for the Mozambique Uhuru celebrations.

Honourable Matsikenyere spoke on the importance of cordial relations that exist between the two countries, sentiments also reflected on by the Governor of Mozambique’s Manica Province, Honourable Fransisca Domingos Tomas.

“This event is very important to us as it brings us together and reminds us of our common history. The Mozambique independence is our independence and we celebrate together just like we celebrate the Zimbabwean Independence. Provinces of Manica and Manicaland will remain forever inseparable. We must grow our two economies together and increase trade between our two provinces,” said Hon Matsikenyere.

The need to improve trade relations between the two countries was also noted as a key priority alongside the upgrading of Forbes Border Post and establishment of Katiyo Border Post.

“This morning we had a meeting with our Zimbabwean counterparts and agreed to proffer solutions in reducing congestion both sides of our border,” said Secretary of State for Manica Province, Mr Stefan Dick Kassitche Mphiri.

“We are establishing Katiyo Border Post to decongest Forbes Border Post. The route to Beira via Katiyo is shorter by 100 kilometres. We are now waiting for the ministry of foreign affairs to facilitate dialogue between Zimbabwe and Mozambique so as to start the construction of border post and the bridge. This is strategic as we share a common border stretching for about 700 kilometres,” noted Manicaland Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Mr Edgers Seenza.

Relations between Zimbabwe and Mozambique which date back to the days of the liberation struggle have been cemented through economic ties with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi exploring new avenues for cooperation.

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