Second Republic’s engagement and re-engagement agenda continues to bear fruit

By Oleen Ndori

THE Second Republic’s engagement and re-engagement agenda continues to bear fruit, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa was invited to the 6th edition of the African Union-European Union Summit in Brussels.

In a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare this Tuesday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, said the AU-EU summit presents a platform to define a new vision in the partnership for years to come.

“The nation is informed that His Excellency, the President was invited to attend the 6th AU-EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium, from 17 to 18 February 2022. The forum is an important turning point in the partnership between AU and EU member states as it intends to define and promote a new vision in the partnership for the coming years, based on the principles of mutual respect, accountability, equality, value addition and respect for sovereignty,” she said.

Cabinet also resolved to open all ports of entry in line with covid-19 protocols.

“In view of the continued decline in new cases and deaths coupled with a declining testing positivity rate that is indicating that the community transmission has gone down, all ports of entry must be re-opened, but ensuring that all the recommended COVID-19 prevention measures are adhered to, and all persons entering Zimbabwe must have undergone a valid COVID-19 PCR test not more than 48 hours from the time of their departure for Zimbabwe, and fully vaccinated,” she added.

The first cabinet sitting of 2022 also discussed issues of regularising illegal settlements across the country and the 2021/2022 agricultural season.

“The nation is informed that the exercise on the mapping of dysfunctional urban settlements commenced with Caledonia settlement and then proceeded to Harare South. Cabinet notes that construction works on the Treasury-funded four blocks of flats at Dzivarasekwa is now at 70% of completion and should be ready for occupation soon. Upon completion, the Dzivarasekwa flats will benefit mainly households currently residing in flood-prone areas such as Budiriro 5 in Harare,” said Senator Mutsvangwa.

Minister Mutsvangwa also revealed plans to establish the Pomona Waste to Energy Plan, which upon completion will be able to feed onto the national grid.

Other issues that were discussed include the ongoing emergency road rehabilitation programme, Expo 2020 Dubai, the growing gold sector and the situation in schools.