Former Mozambican President, Joachim Chissano meets President Mnangagwa

By Josephine Mugiyo Diplomatic Correspondent
FORMER Mozambican President Joachim Chissano has paid a courtesy call on President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House in Harare this Monday, with the two leaders exchanging views on various issues, including on development.

It was a busy Monday evening for President Emmerson Mnangagwa after receiving three distinct visits at State House in Harare.

Former Mozambican President Joachim Chissano, who served as head of state from 1986 to 2005 and has now assumed the role of an elder statesman, paid a visit to President Mnangagwa, a close friend.

The former president said they have cherished memories of years gone by.

“It’s my private visit to President Mnangagwa. We have not been so close so I decided to make that change. We have cherished memories and to see how our countries are moving,” said the former President.

Some key areas of common interest that came under discussion according to President Chissano was development of the two countries.

“We have the issue of the transfrontier, issues of the parks I’m in the game parks. We also spoke about possibilities of developmental capacity as chairman of the forum of former heads of state, it was really a free exchange of views,” he said.

The two countries have maintained strong ties over the years and continue to work together on several fronts, with Mozambique being a key trade partner for the country.

Earlier on, President Mnangagwa also met with India’s Minister of State for External and Parliamentary Affairs, Honorable Vellamvelley Muraleedharan.

India and Zimbabwe are collaborating on various areas, including pharmaceuticals.
“I briefed the president on the developments after the VP visited Zimbabwe in 2018. India and Zimbabwe have been supporting each other in various areas. Issues of the health sector also came up,” he revealed.

Meanwhile, a delegation from the Pan African Parliament who are campaigning for Zimbabwe’s candidate in elections to be held this year also paid a courtesy all on President Mnangagwa.

Chief Fortune Charumbira will be representing Southern Africa, with the region’s campaign manager, Honorable Mchenry Vennani saying they are lobbying for support from all African countries.

“We are lobbying across Africa, we will abide by the rules and unite Africa.

The campaign for the Pan African Parliament Presidency will be taken to various countries on the continent.