Zimbabwe’s re-engagement agenda yields positive results: POLAD

By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor

The Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) says the European Union’s decision to remove Zimbabweans on the list of sanctions confirms the success of the country’s engagement and re-engagement with the global community.

The Second Republic’s continuous engagement and re-engagement with the international community is yielding positive results, with the European Union removing the last three Zimbabweans on the list of sanctions.

The three are Vice President, General (Retired) Dr Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Phillip Valerio Sibanda and former First Lady, Grace Mugabe.

The development has been welcomed by the Political Actors Dialogue, with the International Relations and Re-Engagement Rapporteur, Mr Kwanele Hlabangana noting the strides made by the second republic in ensuring that Zimbabwe is part of the family of nations.

“As the Political Actors Dialogue International Relations and Re-engagement Committee (POLAD IRRC), we have taken note of the Declaration by the EU on the restrictive measures issued on 21 February 2022. The EU Declaration on Zimbabwe is indicative of the continued need to dialogue not only as part of international diplomatic engagement, but, also the need to bridge the previously fragile EU – Zimbabwe relations,” he noted.

“Zimbabwe’s commitment to re-engagement continues to show significant and impactful progress. Zimbabwe continues to make positive strides to engage with the West and the West has reciprocated the gesture by welcoming Zimbabwe back as part of the international community.”

Zimbabwe is pursuing the friends to all, enemy to none mantra, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa on an international drive to engage and re-engage the global community.

The President was part of the COP-26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland last year and recently attended the EU -Africa Summit in Brussels, Belgium where his message to work with the international community was clear.